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Friday Estimates by Waiting For Supe-ot Klady

(Did anyone see the earlier version of this post before it disappeared?) Of 54 movies that have had a Friday opening of $38 million or more, only 4 failed to crack $100 million for the 3-day… 2 Fast/Furious films (#6 & #8), a Potter (Azkaban), and the most recent Godzilla. So why are outlets projecting…

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15 For Your Consideration Screenplays Await

PDF downloads, for at least the duration of the 2017 awards season. 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 Big Sick, Written by Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon Brad’s Status, Written by…

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BYOHeroes: Justice League Spoilers Welcome Here

[“Uncanny philtrum” via Mark Harris/Twitter.]

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Erasing Spacey

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BYOGG

‘Get Out’ is a documentary. — Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) November 15, 2017 Here come the Globes: The august members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association says Get Out is a comedy. What’s going to be the next strange moment in the unfolding awards season?

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Weekend Estimates

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Friday Estimates

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Kristen Stewart’s COME SWIM (17’58”) From Refinery 29

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BYOB: It’s Not Just For Harvey Anymore

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Rian Johnson Gets His Own Trilogy

Takin me back, Clips. Takin me back. pic.twitter.com/8d5NcQ1bgd — Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) November 9, 2017 Good, right?

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“The Making of an Underground Film,” “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite,” 12/31/1965

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Fresh Ideas In Hollywood? Start With Executives!

I was in the middle of writing a piece about the studio landscape this week and BOOM!, down goes Megan Colligan. I expect that she leapt before she got whacked. Not shocking. New chiefs tend to clear the decks and bring in people who were part of the success that got them the job. Plus,…

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Weekend Estimates by Sore: Kladnarok

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Friday Estimates

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Jodie Foster on “The Silence Of The Lambs” at BFI Southbank (38’42”)

Pretty much covers the subject in a rich 40 minutes.

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A THOR: RAGNAROK Thread, Not Limited To Spoilers

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BYOTreasure

Three movies that you could go to on the darkest day in the darkest mood and come out all better. Go…

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Weekend Estimates by Toothless Saw Klady

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Friday Estimates by Is October Over Klady

Jigsaw will not be the lowest opening by a Saw movie, but it will be right there at the bottom where the franchise died out. What made this Saw movie a Saw for now instead of a Saw for then? I never learned that from the ads, trailers and outdoor. As a non-fan of the…

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Trailering PHANTOM THREAD

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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