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The Weekend Report

Weekend Estimates 2017-11-19 10AM

The righteous prevailed as Justice League dominated the marketplace with an estimated $95.6 million debut. Counterprogramming still proved effective with Wonder charting second with a potent $27.1 million and inspirational animated The Star grossing $9.8 million.

Exclusives were led by Roman J. Israel, Esq., which launched at four locations to $64,700 prior to a wide expansion Wednesday. Expansions of Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri sizzled as early favorites in an awards season that’s just starting.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Friday Estimates 2017-11-18 at 8.33.42 AM

Justice League has a better Friday/Thursday Night than Wonder Woman, but is estimated by some to open to less than Wonder Woman over the 3-day. Is WB convincing box office writers to underestimate the weekend now so that a still-soft $105 million opening for the film will seem like a win tomorrow? Probably. Meanwhile, Lionsgate is looking at its best non-Power Rangers opening in over a year, opening Wonder to $9.6 million on Friday with a good chance of gaining strength over the weekend with an appeal to younger audiences and women. Lady Bird expands nicely, as does Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Season of a Different Color


I don’t know if this will be an #OscarSoWhite year. But even if Denzel Washington and Octavia Spencer are nominated, it will be the same way as two seasons ago… and likely, two seasons into the future.

The problem is not how many nominations people of color get from The Academy. The problem is that we have such a small group of “movies of color” for Academy members to consider.

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The DVD Wrapup: Wind River, Unlocked, In This Corner of the World, Funeral Parade of Roses, Zoology, Romero Redux, Indiscretion and more

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The Weekend Report

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Friday Box-Office Estimates

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The Gronvall Report: “Planet of the Apes” Costar Terry Notary Takes Center Stage in “The Square”

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“Baker’s films refuse both the mythology of the American dream and the antiseptic qualities that so often accompany it.”
Anne Helen Petersen Goes Long On The Filmmaking Of The Florida Project‘s Sean Baker

“Let’s hold Lena accountable… It is time for women of color—black women in particular—to divest from Lena Dunham.”
Novelist And Lenny Letter Contributor Zinzi Clemmons


“I am frustrated with myself. I wanted Louis C.K. to be a good guy. I thought he was smart — I still think he’s smart — and if I get over the images that come to mind when I see his face, I might even enjoy revisiting ‘Louie,’ a show that is in fact responsible for much of half-hour comedy’s innovation over the last several years. But I’m more frustrated with him.”
Variety TV Critic Sonia Saraiya Revises Opinion

Words Have Been Written And Duly Posted
“Complaining About DC Movies Has Become Tiresome”


“I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator – ever.”
Jeffrey Tambor Leaves “Transparent”

LA Times

“Because it is less cumbersome than traditional pirate sites such as the Pirate Bay, set-top box piracy also tends to attract older users and families, intellectual property experts said. It even looks more legitimate than typical infringing sites, with a user interface that resembles Netflix or Hulu.”
Meet The Rich, Religious Atlanta  “Power Couple” (Whose Twins Were On “Teen Cribs”) Who Are Making It Easy For People To Steal Movies

“I’m finally getting recognition for this, so I may as well commit. And I look at my heroes like Ken Loach, who had a full career in which he always tackled sociopolitical topics. I thought, why not use him as a model?”
Florida Project‘s Sean Baker

“How A Badass Nerd Became The New Star Wars Lead”
Keely Flaherty‘s Exquisite Profile Of Kelly Marie Tran

“I’m just — I’m just really scared. I’m scared we’re not going to make it. Genuinely — for the first time in my life. The lunatics have genuinely taken over. Everywhere. I’m trying to find a way of engaging with it, without becoming prostrate with depression.”
“Sherlock” Writer Mark Gatiss

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“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster

“One of comedy’s defining pathologies, alongside literal pathologies like narcissism and self-loathing, is its swaggering certainty that it is part of the political vanguard, while upholding one of the most rigidly patriarchal hierarchies of any art form.”
~ Lindy West