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DVD Wrapup: Commuter, Oscar, A Taxi Driver, Humor Me, Prince, Doris Day, Shakespeare Wallah, Pomegranates and more

Commutertrailer

As high-concept pitches go, “Liam Neeson on a train” is right up there with “snakes on a plane” and “MTV cops.” What else would any screenwriter need to know to fill the blanks?

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The Weekend Report

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It was Rampage by a snout as the monkeyshines debuted with an estimated $34.6 million. On its heels was A Quiet Place with $32.7 million. The session’s other wide release was the horror Truth or Dare in third, with $19.1 million. In limited wide political thriller Beirut opened to $1.6 million and animated Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero grossed $1.1 million.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

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A perfectly solid Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson opening with Rampage… which apparently isn’t a good movie. But the story of the weekend is the hold for A Quiet Place under 30% for Opening Friday vs second Friday. Historically, there are more than 1,000 second weekend holds of 30% or less, but only 40 that don’t involve a holiday weekend on that second weekend and only 30 that aren’t animated. Truth or Dare is looking like the fifth biggest first film (not a sequel) of a Blumhouse movie. It’s not Split or Get Out, but a strong launch. Grace Jones and The Rider both look to be over $210k per-screen in exclusives.

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The DVD Wrapup: Mohawk, Insidious IV, Proud Mary, Are We Not Cats, Fencer, Man From Earth, Mary Stark, Child in Time and more

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The Gronvall Report: An Interview With 1945’s Ferenc Török

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Friday Box Office Estimates

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“It is critical that Mr. Weinstein be granted access to e-mails relevant to the certain civil proceedings and criminal investigations and that are in the Debtors’ possession, as they were sent or received by his TWC e-mail accounts. The Debtors’ continued refusal to permit Mr. Weinstein to access these emails has significantly impinged his ability to effectively defend himself from these allegations and is a continuing deprivation of his due-process rights.”
Harvey Weinstein Hoves Into View At Bankruptcy Court

LA Times

“There are a lot of people inside and outside who think that these are reasonable issues, that the academy is not being well run… It’s a bit knee-jerk, and it’s trying to figure out what it wants to be. The final thing that pushed me over the edge is I went back to incite change and to get a better academy, and I did not feel like I was successful at all.”
Bill Mechanic Speaks

thestar.com

“The major change is to make sure that all of our programming — the festival, our learning programs, our theatrical releases, our Cinematheque, everything that we do — all works in the same direction to serve this incredible audience that we have and to use all of the tools of TIFF to do that. We want to keep our audience really engaged and excited. People are always going to want to share experiences with other people. They’re always going to want to share that discovery of a new movie.”
Cameron Bailey On New Responsibilities At Toronto Int’l And TIFF Lightbox

“They would finally have to reveal to the public how their titles perform.”
“Netflix has rejected showing its movies at some willing theaters, and Hw’d insiders don’t understand why”

“Wall Street meets Apocalypse Now, Cavicchia as Colonel Kurtz, ensconced upriver in his suite eight floors above the security team. People were shocked that no one from the bank or Palantir set any real limits. They darkly joked he was listening to calls, reading their emails, watching them come and go. Some planted fake information in communications to see if Cavicchia would mention it at meetings, which he did. It ended when JPMorgan’s senior executives learned that they, too, were being watched, and what began as a promising marriage of masters of big data and global finance descended into a spying scandal. An intelligence platform designed for the global War on Terror was weaponized against ordinary Americans at home.”
“Palantir Knows Everything About You”

hollywoodreporter.com

“Given this opportunity, I’m sure that Saudi Arabian filmmakers are now going to start making the kinds of films that will gain recognition all over the world. And I bet very soon, a film from Saudi Arabia will get nominated for an Oscar. I love that you’re going to the movies!”
“Tom Rothman, Jeff Shell, Jim Gianopulos, Alan Bergman and Kevin Tsujihara were among those to record special video messages for the historic screening of Black Panther on Wednesday night in Riyadh.”

LA Times

“Netflix would like to get some of its movies for Oscar contention or other types of industry awards. They’re trying to get credibility. Netflix took off when a couple of their own titles got nominated for Emmys. That lent credibility to what they’re doing. If they can do that for various awards, that might raise the platform.”
Netflix Has Considered Buying Up Brick-‘n’-Mortar as Oscar Showcases For Streaming Content

NY Times

“Monáe soundlessly padded into the room, clad in a velour caftan, gold earrings and rings to match. She was barefoot, her toes painted metallic silver.”
Jenna Wortham On “How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice”

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“I had a knockoff Michael Kors bag that said MLK instead of MK. Jada told me that I shouldn’t have knockoff stuff. I told her that my philosophy is, Whatever the bag costs, I should be able to keep that amount of cash in the bag. If it’s a $300 purse, I have to put $300 in cash in that purse. I do not want a bag that is more expensive than the cash I have to put in it. Things are going good for me now, so I am graduating to your Fendis and your Guccis. But I better have the cash equivalent, or I’m not buying the purse. And if things start to go wrong, I’m going right back to my knockoffs. When you’re somebody like me, who’s been homeless, clothes are not that important. Clothes are not a roof over my head, food in my ­stomach, my family’s health—that’s what money is for. But fashion helps get more money. So, we ride.”
~ Tiffany Haddish

“It’s the job of the artist, to exploit connections. You see, I speak on behalf of the world of the artist without hesitation! People don’t realize that the part of the playwright is finding something for people to talk about. If you are writing about a historical episode, or two characters in ‘Hamlet,’ you have a structure for free.”
~ Tom Stoppard