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Minefield of Sunlight: Part 1 – Follow The Money

There is only one standard in a moral revolution… truth. Unvarnished… unprotected… unsympathetic… uncontrolled… truth.

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Weekend Estimates by Many LOLs Klady

Jumanji continues to hold like a champ. The Post has a solid expansion. The Commuter goes on the list of “maybe that thing is over” Liam Neeson movies, which is usually followed by a bigger hit, so go light on the RIPs. The Greatest Showman will pass $100 million domestic next weekend. The Last Jedi…

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Friday Estimates by Still Jungle-y Klady

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BYOB DGA Nominations and more….

Is it a race? Is it a race yet? What’s up with Disney-Pixar’s Sameth moving to Paramount? David Sameth is genius level at some things. Never thought he would ever want the top job in marketing. No idea whether it is a good fit for him. — David "No Collusion" Poland (@DavidPoland) January 12, 2018…

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A Late (But BREAKING) Globes BYOB

I am so proud of #Oprah for her guts, her power, and her voice. "Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have….." "A new day is on the horizon…."…. "when nobody has to say me too, again!" AMEN! — Robert Iger (@RobertIger) January 8, 2018 “I want all of the girls watching…

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Weekend Estimates by Klady ’18

East coast weather on Thursday and Friday seems reflected in the weekend estimates, most with significant bumps that aren’t the norm. That’s fine. But I suspect we will see significant variations in the “actuals” when they land on Monday. The leap of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle over Insidious: The Last Key in the top…

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Friday Estimates: Still Insidious

The most interesting thing about Insidious 4 is that a major (Universal) took over the franchise after it launched at a now-defunct indie, then went to Universal indie division Focus, and now lands at the big house. Part of this intrigue is a bigger story about Universal splitting product between itself and the Dependent. Earlier…

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Scott Derrickson Says It’s The Golden Era For Superhero Genre

In this age of astonishing American moral disregard, thank god for the basic moral attentiveness of our superhero movies. — Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) January 4, 2018

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Weekend 4-Day Chart

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Weekend Estimates by Baby New Klady

Okay… nothing much changed since yesterday. Star Wars is doing great by every standard other than Force Awakens and Jim Cameron. I believe that the complaining is marginal. 10% or less of the audience. They are loud and the media loves any story, however misshapen. The future of the franchise will probably be clearer after…

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BYOB – Happy New Year

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Friday Estimates by The End Is Nigh Klady

The massive success of The Last Jedi continues. It’s inarguable, unless you just like to argue. The film passes $500m domestic and $1 billion worldwide today, 16 days into its run. You can have story issues with the movie, but claiming audiences are bailing on it is simply false. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is working. It…

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2017 FYC (For Your Consideration) Screenplays Now Up To 36 Titles

PDF downloads, for the duration of the 2017 awards season. (Make a note in comments if a link doesn’t load.) Battle of the Sexes, written by Simon Beaufoy Beauty and the Beast, screenplay by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos; based on 1991 animated film written by Linda Woolvert The Beguiled, Written by Sofia Coppola, based…

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Weekend Estimates from The Klady Jungle

I’m already beyond disgusted with anyone who is whining about the Last Jedi‘s box office. It’s well on track to be the sixth $600 million domestic grosser. It is currently the second- or third-fastest grossing film in domestic history, taking a hit today because of Christmas Eve. But that will be more than made up for in the coming weekdays….

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Friday Estimates by Santa Klady

Not a lot of answers in this Friday’s numbers. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is doing great, thanks. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is on the tracking numbers, which puts it at $60 million-ish for the 6-day open, the question being how it will catch on with kids and as a result, can it get…

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Weekend Estimates by Klady: Episode 8 – The Box Office Taken For Granted [COMMENTS HAVE SPOILERS]

The fourth $200 million opening ever. The Force Awakens doubled its opening gross on the second Friday on their run. Will we be reporting a $440 million domestic cume for The Last Jedi next Saturday morning (or in the case of other outlets, presuming to try to be first, even if it’s just a guess)?…

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James Gunn And James Mangold On Politics At The End Of 2017

With you one 100%, James. There are not two sides to everything. When someone shits the bed I don’t want to hear from the people who sleep in shit. We have an ignorant unstable narcissistic fool driving our national bus. My kids are in that bus. Wake up, people. — Mangold (@mang0ld) December 16, 2017

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Friday Estimates by Len Klaywalker

What is there to say? The only shocking thing about this opening is that anyone ever thought that the Force Awakens opening was going to be replicated… and how close Last Jedi is to doing that. The Last Jedi is on track to open to over $175 million domestic… #5 or #6 domestic opening ever……

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Disney + Fox: Bigger Than The Media Is Suggesting

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Streaming is not a business. It is a delivery system. It is a delivery system that allows a new paradigm. All hail Netflix, the first to go there seriously.

But what Disney needs to make this merger a success is to get you and me and at least 75 million domestic households to sign up for three or four “Netflixes” under their massive umbrella of content. $30 to $40 a month.

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BYOSpoilers: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

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There cannot be a human being who has fewer thoughts on the whole question of word processing than I do. I’ve never even seen a word processor. I am hopelessly archaic. For me the typewriter hasn’t even been invented yet, so how can I speak to this matter? I protest! A man who has never learned to type is not going to be able to add anything to this debate. As far as I’m concerned, computers have as much to do with literature as space travel, perhaps much less. I can only write with a ballpoint pen, with a Rolling Writer, they’re called, a black Rolling Writer on a lined yellow legal pad on a certain kind of clipboard. And then someone else types it.

INTERVIEWER
And someone else edits?

BLOOM
No one edits. I edit. I refuse to be edited.

INTERVIEWER
Do you revise much?

BLOOM
Sometimes, but not often.
~ Harold Bloom

“So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that. But the truth is, the ink wasn’t even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy. I was on vacation in Sicily, decompressing — it was a long working relationship and it was a tumultuous end and I needed a moment to just chill with some rosé — and they’re calling me, going, ‘What do you think of this guy?’ ‘What do you think of this guy?’ And they’re sending pictures. I was like, ‘Are you people fucking nuts? Why do you feel that you have to replace this person?’ I couldn’t believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a penis in there.”
Ellen Pompeo