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Friday Box Office Estimates

Friday Estimates 02-18 at 8.53.14 AM copy

Lego Batman rolls along, though it is not up to par with The Lego Movie and doesn’t bode well for the future Lego-branded titles that don’t have the most powerful franchise brands in the movie business. Fifty Shades Darker is more than 40% off the first of the series, but it will still cross $100m+ domestic. Newcomer The Great Wall is outperforming low expectations, but hardly a hit. Fist Fight is looking at the worst Ice Cube opening in over a decade. And Fox doesn’t find much interest in A Cure for Wellness, sold as horror/thriller in-betweener.

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Friday Estimates by Still Lego’d Len

Slow-fading IP and soft originals define this box office weekend. The Lego Batman Movie will be a modest success, degree depending on international. But it’s already 20% or so off of The Lego Movie and that is with Batman, a character that almost always wins. Estimates of what The Ninjago Movie might do should probably…

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Warren Frost, 91, Acted In “Twin Peaks,” “Seinfeld,” “Matlock,” “Larry Sanders Show”; Father Of Mark Frost

Warren Frost, 91, Acted In “Twin Peaks,” “Seinfeld,” “Matlock,” “Larry Sanders Show”; Father Of Mark Frost

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Nigel Andrews Defines Cinema (And Moonlight)

“A poem of light and colour, of faces and the play of physique, of passions revealed by glance or gesture. Where its dialogue is all shy withholding or plain statements camouflaging mystery or the unsaid, its visuals — and the music with its matching abstract expressiveness (soul and rap to classical) — define the drama…

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Airlines Intend To Plan To Eventually Eliminate Seat-Back Screens

Airlines Intend To Plan To Eventually Eliminate Seat-Back Screens

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Meet Robert Opel, The Oscar 1974 Streaker Who Led An Incendiary Activist Life

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Jordan Peele On The Inspirations For Get Out

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Richard Brody Has No Special Eeling For Cure For Wellness

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Midterms Purge Arrives July 4, 2018

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Polanski Lawyers Want 1970s Court Testimony Unsealed

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Oh No! Is There A “The Batman” Curse? Will Bruce Wayne’s Parents Never Be Murdered Again?

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Dick Bruna, 89, Creator Of Miffy

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Allan Arkush Looks Back, And Not Only To Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

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London’s Samuel French Bookshop Won’t Make It Past 187 Years

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Trailering Terence Malick’s SONG TO SONG (1’37”)

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“A poem of light and colour, of faces and the play of physique, of passions revealed by glance or gesture. Where its dialogue is all shy withholding or plain statements camouflaging mystery or the unsaid, its visuals — and the music with its matching abstract expressiveness (soul and rap to classical) — define the drama and its meaning… Words are awkwardly muttered, but words barely matter. That’s true in life sometimes and cinema always. The eyes have it. The words dance attendance, annotations to a higher harmony.”
Nigel Andrews Defines Cinema (And Moonlight)

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“I had a Caucasian girlfriend a while ago. I remember specifically asking if the parents knew I was black. She said no. That scared me. It turned out to be totally fine, but I didn’t want to even see an adjustment on someone’s face when they realized it’s not what they thought.”
Jordan Peele On The Inspirations For Get Out

“The subject of A Cure for Wellness is the toxic effect of having too much money, and it’s a fitting sign of the movie’s obliviousness that it looks fulsomely expensive from beginning to end. It drips with gaudy display from the very first sequence.”
Richard Brody Has No Special Eeling For Gore Verbinski

“Roger had all these fanatic film buffs working for him. We were like a religious order, but instead of praying every day, morning, noon, and night, we watched movies.”
Allan Arkush Looks Back, And Not Only To Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

“We know the shop has more value than just financial, and we have tried to square that circle. But there comes a point when the gap is just too big.”
London’s Samuel French Bookshop Won’t Make It Past 187 Years

Could a film be brilliant self-parody as well as lucid dream? So many gestures the most intolerant critics criticized about Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups are front-and-center here. (As a trailer, it’s both tender and confrontational: Don’t like where I’ve gone? I haven’t gone anywhere.)

“This year we have lobster corn dogs. We make our own lobster mousse and then make little sausages and then put them in batter and fry them. We serve them with a little jalapeño sauce, so it’s really tasty. It’s a good snack. A twist on a classic English dish.”
Wolfgang Puck Will Also Serve Oscar Celebrants Oscar-Shaped Salmon, Gold-Dusted Popcorn

“‘I want to make this movie so some kid in a small town in Missouri will know that he’s not alone. And it’s going to be okay.’”
From 35 Years On, The Making Of Making Love

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“I don’t want to hold back movies from our subscribers. There’s no question there’s a romance with the old model. But the fact remains that people watch movies at home. [Theatrical] is increasingly out of step with the global audience. Buying movies and releasing them in theaters? There are plenty of people doing that. We’re not interested.”
~ Netflix Ted Sarandos

MIKE FLEMING: Given the week we’re in, an obvious first question: Mike, you’ve produced the second of three kinkily romantic Fifty Shades of Grey movies that have stretched the Valentine’s Day holiday. What advice from your exhaustive research can you convey that will guarantee Mrs. Fleming a whirlwind week of romance?
MIKE DE LUCA: Mr. Fleming must do whatever she wants and asks for, that’s my one and only instruction. Surrender, that’s the key to a successful marriage. Surrender. Surrender. Surrender.
MIKE FLEMING: So, reading between the lines, it feels like you’re advising me to stick to the usual playbook, a combination of groveling and guilt?
MIKE DE LUCA: Those are your words, not mine. I brought you the surrender advice. If she wants you to be a dominant, you become a dominant. If she wants you to be an infant, you put on a diaper. Happy wife, happy life, is all I’m saying.
MIKE FLEMING: I’m a tired 56-year old at the end of a long Oscar season. All this dressing up and role play sounds like a lot more work.
MIKE DE LUCA: The diaper helps, there. I’m wearing one right now. It’s really convenient.
~ Deadline’s Mike Fleming Interrogates Oscar’s Mike De Luca