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Variety Rushes To Bury Johnny As Alice’s Body Cools

“‘Depp is a fantastic actor, thus will always have a draw with the right project,’ said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations.” Variety Rushes To Bury Johnny As Alice‘s Body Cools

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Taika Waititi On The Go-For-Broke Style Of Wilderpeople

Taika Waititi On The Go-For-Broke Style Of Wilderpeople

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Ramin Setoodeh Says Kristen Stewart Has Reinvented Herself

Ramin Setoodeh Says Kristen Stewart Has Reinvented Herself

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The Weekend Report

.X-Men: Apocalypse led the field for the Memorial holiday frame with an estimated $64.8 million (all figures represent first three days of extended weekend). Session’s other national debut, Alice Through the Looking Glas , took second with $27.9 million.

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From 2015, Ten Seconds Of Trumpbluster Against Indiana Jones And Ghostbusters

From 2015, Ten Seconds Of Trumpbluster Against Indiana Jones And Ghostbusters

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Sony Music Asserts It Can Charge “Administrative Fee” For Fair Use

Sony Music Asserts It Can Charge “Administrative Fee” For Fair Use

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“It’s not a democracy. Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story.”

“It’s not a democracy. Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story.”  

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“It’s quite a few years and I have a dreadful memory of the musical and for people who think that’s all there is, I thought it’s important that people realize there is a lot more to Les Misérables than that sort of shoddy farrago. The book needs a bit of a champion.”

“It’s quite a few years and I have a dreadful memory of the musical and for people who think that’s all there is, I thought it’s important that people realize there is a lot more to Les Misérables than that sort of shoddy farrago. The book needs a bit of a champion.”

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Jürgen Doering Costumes Kristen Stewart For Olivier Assayas

Jürgen Doering Costumes Kristen Stewart For Olivier Assayas

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Variety Rumors Freston Return To Viacom

Variety Rumors Freston Return To Viacom

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Men’s Style Salutes The Duds Of Ralph Fiennes In A Bigger Splash

“Naturally, Mr. Fiennes leaves the shirt open — the better to show off his well-maintained 53-year-old torso and to convey a mischievous sexuality.” Style Section Salutes The Duds Of Ralph Fiennes In A Bigger Splash

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San Francisco Silent Film Society Branches Into Restoration

San Francisco Silent Film Society Branches Into Restoration

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Aaron Stewart On Bi Gan, Director Of Kaili Blues, The Week’s Most Rapturously Received Debut

Aaron Stewart On Bi Gan, Director Of Kaili Blues, The Week’s Most Rapturously Received Debut

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Sean Axmaker On “Genuine Acts Of Courage,” The Films Of Jafar Panahi Under Sentence Of Silence

Sean Axmaker On “Genuine Acts Of Courage,” The Films Of Jafar Panahi Under Sentence Of Silence

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Novelist Adam Thirlwell Appreciates “Unserious” Whit Stillman

Novelist Adam Thirlwell Appreciates “Unserious” Whit Stillman

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Friday Estimates by Memorial Day-Blase Klady

Well… it’s not a happy weekend in Movieland. The new X-Men is off almost 30% from last time… Alice 2 is off more than 75% (though in many ways, this is the better of two not-great movies)… Nothing but The Jungle Book is holding well, not even a terrific movie like The Nice Guys which…

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Apocalypse noise at $26.2 million, Alice hardly heard at $9.7 million; and birds stay Angry at $5 million, even after a 54% plunge.

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Two Hours Of Steve McQueen On The Route From Gallery To Cinema

Two Hours Of Steve McQueen On The Route From Gallery To Cinema

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Kate Beckinsale Says Michael Bay Lacks Manners

“I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren’t bigger than my head and I wasn’t blonde.” Kate Beckinsale Says Michael Bay Lacks Manners

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Tsangari: With my next film, White Knuckles, it comes with a budget — it’s going to be a huge new world for me. As always when I enter into a new thing, don’t you wonder how it’s going to be and how much of yourself you are going to have to sacrifice? The ballet of all of this. I’m already imaging the choreography — not of the camera, but the choreography of actually bringing it to life. It is as fascinating as the shooting itself. I find the producing as exciting as the directing. The one informs the other. There is this producer-director hat that I constantly wear. I’ve been thinking about these early auteurs, like Howard Hawks and John Ford and Preston Sturges—all of these guys basically were hired by the studio, and I doubt they had final cut, and somehow they had films that now we can say they had their signatures.  There are different ways of being creative within the parameters and limitations of production. The only thing you cannot negotiate is stupidity.
Filmmaker: And unfortunately, there is an abundance of that in the world.
Tsangari: This is the only big risk: stupidity. Everything else is completely worked out in the end.
~ Chevalier‘s Rachel Athina Tsangari

“The middle-range movies that I was doing have largely either stopped being made, or they’ve moved to television, now that television is a go-to medium for directors who can’t get work in theatricals, because there are so few theatricals being made. But also with the new miniseries concept, you can tell a long story in detail without having to cram it all into 90 minutes. You don’t have to cut the characters and take out the secondary people. You can actually put them all on a big canvas. And it is a big canvas, because people have bigger screens now, so there’s no aesthetic difference between the way you shoot a movie and the way you shoot a TV show.

“Which is all for the good. But what’s happened in the interim is that theatrical movies being a spectacle business are now either giant blockbuster movies that run three hours—even superhero movies run three hours, they used to run like 58 minutes!—and the others, which are dysfunctional family independent movies or the slob comedy or the kiddie movie, and those are all low-budget. So the middle ground of movies that were about things, they’re just gone. Or else they’re on HBO. Like the Bryan Cranston LBJ movie, which years ago would’ve been made for theaters.

“You’ve got people like Paul Schrader and Walter Hill who can’t get their movies theatrically distributed because there’s no market for it. So they end up going to VOD, and VOD is a model from which no one makes any money, because most of the time, as soon as they get on the site, they’re pirated. So the whole model of the system right now is completely broken. And whether or not anybody’s going to try to fix, or if it even can be fixed, I don’t know. But it’s certainly not the same business that I got into in the ’70s.”
~ Joe Dante

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