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BYOB: Who’s Going To See The Man About The Mule?

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Who Would Make An Ideal Oscar Host (And Why)?

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BYO Criminally Overlooked 2018 Movies

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BYOMost-Anticipated Pictures Yet To Be Seen

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BYOTurkeys For Thanksgiving – New AND Old

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Post-Midterms Hangover BYOB

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BYOB Fall Wild Cards

Are there any unexpected movies out there that will take audiences (and awards types) by sweet surprise?

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BYOBlog – Before The Awards Season Dawns

The Gurus O’ Gold start the season-long discussion…

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Friday Estimates – Felt Falls To GlamAsians

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Friday Estimates: Modestly Rich Asians,

Hollywood have given all the love it can give to Crazy Rich Asians, but the movie still has work to do to find a big mainstream audience. There is nothing wrong with a $23 million 3-day or even a $20m 3-day, especially after $8.8 million was siphoned off on Wed/Thurs. But… let’s be adults about…

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Friday Estimates: Meg Eats, Slender Man Thin, BlacKKKlansman Burns Gently

The Meg will likely be the biggest opener of the summer for Warner Bros, with a number in the low 40s. The most striking thing about this is that WB put out such an unambitious summer slate by their historic standards. They should have a much better fall/holiday run. But even looking at next summer,…

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Weekend Estimates: Oh Pooh! The Audience That Dumped Them

For those who wrote (snicker, snicker) about how the “Wonder Woman weekend” was a lost opportunity earlier this summer, we present The First Weekend Of August. home of 2016’s $134 million opening of Suicide Squad. This first weekend in August, the Top 17 movies grossed $134 million. Reality is not complex on this issue. There…

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Friday Estimates: Disney Can’t Quite Open Non-Superhero Pooh, Lionsgate Dumps Spy By Mistake, Fox Goes Dark

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Weekend Estimates: Mission Succeeds But Doesn’t Blow Up, Titans Go Boom Boom

A solid Mission: Impossible opening for Mission: Impossible. You can’t complain about it. It’s the best in the series. But you can’t crow about it either. It’s the #7 opening of the summer (if you include Avengers, which I do). It will gross between $195m and $210 million domestic and between $375m and $500 million…

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Friday Estimates: Mission Teen (Not So) Impossible Go

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Weekend Estimates: Mamma, You’ve Been Equalized!

Okay… I had fun with the title of this, but if there is anything I can emphasize first about box office, it is that there was no race this weekend between The Equalizer 2 and Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again. Both movies opened. Both had wildly different constituencies. They took different directions over the…

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Friday Estimates: Mamma Equalized 2

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Weekend Estimates: Johnson Haze

Hotel Transylvania 3 started Friday stronger than its predecessors, but is estimated to end up between 1 & 2 for a completely expected launch. Dwayne Johnson, however, was rocked, not only missing the top slot with Skyscraper, but falling to #3 in estimates for the weekend. Eighth Grade and He Won’t Get Far On Foot…

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Friday Estimates: Blob Beats Rock

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“Yes, yes, yes. Now I am also the producer on Jean-Luc’s films, so I need to raise the money. Yes, there are two projects in preparation with the pretext of virtual reality. We are beginning with two approaches: we can either do or undo VR. Maybe we will undo it more than we do VR, because thinking about VR leads to the opposite of VR. Is there concrete imagination in virtual reality? For me, cinema is concrete imagination because it’s made with the real and uses it. VR, virtual reality, is totally the opposite of that, but it might be interesting to use this and then to destroy it. No, we’ll see, we’ll see. First, it’s just an idea of a beginning. There is a forest to cross, and we are just at the beginning of the forest. The first step is development. As they say in business, first there is development and research. We have to develop somehow an idea for the film; I won’t say a script, but to see what we can do with this system, and what we can undo with this system.”
~ Fabrice Aragno On Godard’s Next Projects

“Why put it in a box? This is the number one problem I have—by the way it’s a fair question, I’m not saying that—with this kind of festival situation is that there’s always this temptation to classify the movie immediately and if you look at it—and I’ve tried to warn my fellow jurors of this—directors and movie critics are the worst people to judge movies! Directors are always thinking, “I could do that.” Critics are always saying, “This part of the movie is like the 1947 version and this part…” And it’s like, “Fuck! Just watch the movie and try and absorb it and not compare it to some other fucking movie and put it in a box!” So I think the answer’s both and maybe neither, I don’t know. That’s for you to see and criticize me for or not.”
~ James Gray