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‘The Wife’ & ‘We The Animals’ Bow Strong; ‘Three Identical Strangers’ at $10.5M in 2nd Month of Release: Specialty Box Office

‘The Wife’ & ‘We The Animals’ Bow Strong; ‘Three Identical Strangers’ at $10.5M in 2nd Month of Release: Specialty Box Office
Sony Classics’ The Wife with Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce topped out a group of newcomer limited releases that mostly did decent numbers this weekend.

The 2017 Toronto debut by Björn Runge grossed $111,137 in four New York and Los Angeles locations in the three-day estimate, averaging $27,784. Sundance breakout We The Animals by Jeremiah Zagar from The Orchard also had a nice launch, playing three theaters in New York and L.A., for $66,261 and a $22,087 per theater average.

Ethan Hawke had two films out this weekend, one in which he stars and another he directed. Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate’s Juliet, Naked with Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd launched in four theaters, grossing $60,922, averaging $15,230. Sundance Selects opened Hawke’s Blaze, which he co-wrote and directed, in three locations exclusively in Austin, TX over the weekend. The Sundance premiere grossed $45,342, averaging slightly lower than Juliet, Naked at $15,114.

Music Box Films, meanwhile, opened Emmanuel Finkiel’s French-language,
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NatGeo’s ‘Jane’ gets 1/4 odds at the Emmys to wreak revenge against the Oscars

NatGeo’s ‘Jane’ gets 1/4 odds at the Emmys to wreak revenge against the Oscars
One of the best things about showbiz awards is that there are a lot of them, so it’s possible for worthy contenders to rebound triumphantly at a new trophy show after previously getting skunked at another. Call it the Hollywood Happy Ending Syndrome and now it looks like it is about to play out at the Emmys for NatGeo’s hugely popular, successful and critically acclaimed “Jane,” according to Gold Derby’s predictions (1/4 odds).

The documentary about the life and career of chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall got cruelly slapped down by the doc branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences earlier this year when it was left off of the list of Oscar nominees. The snub wasn’t “Jane’s” fault. The academy’s doc branch has a shameful history of denying gold to worthy
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Chris Jericho to star in Kevin Smith’s horror anthology KillRoy Was Here

Chris Jericho to star in Kevin Smith’s horror anthology KillRoy Was Here
Last summer, Kevin Smith announced that he was shooting a horror anthology movie entitled KillRoy Was Here, which originally started out as a Christmas-themed Krampus film before morphing into what the filmmaker describes as a “modern day Creepshow kinda flick.”

Well, Smith has now taken to Facebook to provide another update, revealing that wrestling icon Chris Jericho is set to feature in the movie as “a nasty-ass South Florida streamer”.

Despite suffering a major heart attack earlier this year, Smith is showing no signs of slowing down. He’s gearing up to begin production on his return to the View Askewniverse, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, has another episode of The CW’s Supergirl in the pipeline, and recently teased that he’s working on what could become his biggest-budgeted project of his entire career.

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‘Juliet, Naked’: Rose Byrne on Turning Nick Hornby’s Book About Two Men Into the Story of One Smart Woman

‘Juliet, Naked’: Rose Byrne on Turning Nick Hornby’s Book About Two Men Into the Story of One Smart Woman
There’s no one actually named Juliet in Jesse Peretz’s “Juliet, Naked,” but the new Nick Hornby adaptation does hinge on the disarming performance of its leading lady: Rose Byrne as Annie, a woman trapped between two very different men. First, there’s her long-time boyfriend Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), a normal enough guy defined by his one unique trait, a decades-long obsession with indie rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke).

Based on the 2009 Hornby novel of the same name, “Juliet, Naked” presents a familiar figure in Duncan, calling to mind the similar Hornby protagonists of “About A Boy” and “High Fidelity”: an infantile aesthete who seems to think that being creepily knowledgeable about another person’s art is a suitable stand-in for having his own life. When the film opens, Annie is struggling with her own kind of mid-life crisis. She’s lived in the same small town for too long,
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Netflix Is Now Playing Ads for Its Original Series While People Are Binge-Watching

The day you all feared has finally arrived: Netflix is now playing ads for its original series in between episodes of other shows. After reddit users complained about the change, the streaming giant confirmed that some viewers will now be seeing brief trailers for the likes of “Insatiable” while binge-watching.

“We are testing whether surfacing recommendations between episodes helps members discover stories they will enjoy faster,” Netflix said in a statement to Ars Technica. “A couple of years ago, we introduced video previews to the TV experience, because we saw that it significantly cut the time members spend browsing and helped them find something they would enjoy watching even faster.”

A rep for the company stressed that this is being done on a trial basis so far, but the implication appears to be that more and more users will see ads if they prove successful in increasing viewership for Netflix’s original series and movies.
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Glenn Close as ‘The Wife’ Leads Specialty Box Office; Two Ethan Hawke Films Pull Crowds

The rekindled enthusiasm for narrative specialty film continues. Sony Pictures Classics opened Tiff 2017 premiere, Glenn Close vehicle “The Wife,” to strong response, while Sundance 2018 debut “We the Animals” (The Orchard) led conventional two-city openings. Another Sundance movie, Texas native Ethan Hawke’s musical biopic “Blaze” (IFC), opened in Austin, Texas to strong initial results before heading to other cities.

And the torrid box office for documentaries has turned “Three Identical Strangers” (Neon) into the fifth specialized release since late spring to pass the $10 million mark. And that’s before any of these films have started awards campaigning.

Opening

The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics) – Metacritic: 75; Festivals include: Toronto 2017

$111,137 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $27,784

Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce both nabbed raves for their performances in this drama set around the Nobel Literature Prize. This family drama opened in four prime New York/Los Angeles theaters, led by the Paris in Manhattan.
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‘Insatiable’ Star Debby Ryan Defends Show’s Controversial Use of a Fatsuit, Comparing it to ‘Friends’

It would be putting it mildly to say that “Insatiable” has not been well received, as the Netflix drama about fat-shaming has been accused of doing what it’s ostensibly criticizing. One aspect of the show that’s received particular criticism is its use of a fatsuit in flashback scenes, something that star Debby Ryan said she was initially hesitant about — and didn’t want to come across like it did in “Friends.”

“We knew that this conversation needed to be had. We knew that this societal brokenness needed to be addressed, but we didn’t know how badly it needed to be addressed,” Ryan says in an interview with Teen Vogue, her first about the polarizing series. “My friend, a few days before the trailer hit, in reference to something else, said, ‘The size of the reaction is the size of the wound,’ and it stayed with me.”

As for the fatsuit,
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‘Shades of Blue’ Finale: Ray Liotta Took the Part Because His Character Is Bisexual, Really Doesn’t Want Series to End

‘Shades of Blue’ Finale: Ray Liotta Took the Part Because His Character Is Bisexual, Really Doesn’t Want Series to End
When Ray Liotta was in “Goodfellas,” he wasn’t thinking about doing TV. After all, in the ’90s, television wasn’t something an film actor aspired to make.

“I was in movies [and] when I started, if you were doing a television show or commercials or something, you were at the end of the line,” Liotta said in an interview with IndieWire at the 2018 Atx TV Festival. “The films were drying up and these people starting going into [TV]. Karl Malden — an unbelievable actor who was in ‘On the Waterfront’ — he’s doing ‘Streets of San Francisco,’ but it was toward the end of his career.”

“As I’m learning [now], as [actors] get older and older, the less they want to travel, and television shows are mostly in one place,” Liotta said. “But no — [it also meant] your career was over.”

Then came the golden age of television, and with it, a role Liotta considers one
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‘Deadpool 2’ Would Have Had a ‘Fantastic Four’ Cameo If Tim Miller Had Directed It

‘Deadpool 2’ Would Have Had a ‘Fantastic Four’ Cameo If Tim Miller Had Directed It
Deadpool 2” features its fair share of cameos — the reveal of who actually played the Vanisher was a moment unto itself, as was a brief glimpse of who’s in the X-Mansion — but at least one didn’t make final cut. Tim Miller, who directed the first film and was eventually replaced on the sequel by David Leitch, wanted to give the Fantastic Four some screentime in a climactic fight against the Juggernaut.

The intel was revealed by concept artist Alexander Lozano, who shared a picture of the Thing on Instagram. According to him, Miller “wanted to make sure that I orient myself in the design as close as possible to the comic template to finally give us, the fans, what we always wanted to see on the big screen.”

Ryan Reynolds had more creative control over “Deadpool 2” than he did with the first film, and Miller departed the
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Love in Fractured Times: New Films Speak to the Power of Memory as a Means of Survival

Love in Fractured Times: New Films Speak to the Power of Memory as a Means of Survival
A scent takes us back to childhood. A flavor transports us to the strange dish tasted during the course of a trip. The memory always works by interconnections. It is easier to access memory through the senses than through intellectual means.

As a result, it is inevitable that this phenomenon is strongest felt in reminiscences of our childhood, when our senses were more vivid. Old memories can be surprisingly vivid. Dominga Sotomayor, the winner of the Leopard for Best Director for her film “Too Late to Die Young,” understands that perfectly. In her film, memory is always related to the atmosphere of a particular time and a particular place; the film is brilliant for the way Sotomayor creates a complex network in which these details interact.

The film is set in the early nineties in Chile, just after the fall of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Sotomayor quickly introduces us
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Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder Might Be Legally Married, and We Have Francis Ford Coppola to Thank

Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder Might Be Legally Married, and We Have Francis Ford Coppola to Thank
Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder, who star together in both the new rom-com “Destination Wedding” and the collective imagination of the entire internet, might not actually need to tie the knot. In an Entertainment Weekly interview occasioned by their new film together, Ryder revealed that the two “actually got married in ‘Dracula.’ No, I swear to god I think we’re married in real life.”

“In that scene, Francis [Ford Coppola] used a real Romanian priest,” she added. “We shot the master and he did the whole thing. So I think we’re married.” This apparently came as news to Reeves, whose memory of the joyous occasion wasn’t as clear as that of his co-star/potential wife: “We said yes?” he asked.

Ryder responded, “Don’t you remember that? It was on Valentine’s Day.” To that, Reeves could only say, “Oh my gosh, we’re married.”

Whether their nuptials are
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‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Made Just $126 on Friday, Which Is Way Less Than $1 Billion

‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Made Just $126 on Friday, Which Is Way Less Than $1 Billion
Billionaire Boys Club” — which, unlike “All the Money in the World,” did not replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer after the two-time Oscar winner was accused of sexual misconduct late last year — didn’t exactly live up to its title this weekend. The financial thriller made a paltry $126 on its opening day, when it opened in 10 theaters across the country; it’s been available via VOD since the end of July.

In June, Vertical Entertainment released a statement explaining why it was moving ahead with the film’s release in spite of Spacey’s presence. “We hope these distressing allegations pertaining to one person’s behavior — that were not publicly known when the film was made almost two-and-a-half years ago and from someone who has a small, supporting role in Billionaire Boys Club — does not tarnish the release of the film,” it reads in part. “In the end, we hope
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Debuts With An Impressive 5-Day Total As Box Office Risk Appears To Pay Off

The folks behind the scenes for the film “Crazy Rich Asians” had a big decision to make before beginning production — Netflix or theatrical? As author Kevin Kwan and filmmaker Jon M. Chu discussed during the press rounds, they had to decide between a “gigantic” payday (and a guaranteed trilogy) with Netflix or risk it all on a theatrical run that could end up crashing and burning.

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Locarno Filmmakers Academy 2018: Meet Some of the World’s Most Exciting New Filmmakers

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Locarno Filmmakers Academy 2018: Meet Some of the World’s Most Exciting New Filmmakers
The following article was produced as part of the 2018 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the Locarno Film Festival.

The annual Filmmakers Academy at the Locarno Festival in Switzerland selects some of the most promising talents in contemporary film from around the world, offering them vital networking opportunities, screenings at the festival for their existing short films, and masterclasses with a line-up of guest directors. This year’s talks from established filmmakers included musings from Bruno Dumont and festival jurors Jia Zhangke and Sean Baker.

During the festival, five participants spoke about their work to date, their aspirations, how the conditions for filmmaking in their home countries have informed their career progress so far, and what they expect to do next.

Carolina Markowicz

Based in and originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Carolina Markowicz has written and directed five short films to date. “Tatuapé
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“Even Before It’s a Vision, It’s a Need”: Director Jeremiah Zagar Talks the Creative Process and his New We the Animals

“I will do everything you do.” Filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar (In a Dream) dubs that his motto, his ethos, while on set. And when you watch his simultaneously epic and beautifully specific film We the Animals, it will come as no surprise that Zagar created for his collaborators such a collaborative, safe space for taking risks. Premiering at Sundance Film Festival this year where it won the Next Innovator award, it’s the first narrative feature for Zagar. His documentarian’s eye combined with his ability to draw vulnerable and vibrant performances from his cast creates sparkling portrait of three young boys discovering […]
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“Even Before It’s a Vision, It’s a Need”: Director Jeremiah Zagar Talks the Creative Process and his New We the Animals

“I will do everything you do.” Filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar (In a Dream) dubs that his motto, his ethos, while on set. And when you watch his simultaneously epic and beautifully specific film We the Animals, it will come as no surprise that Zagar created for his collaborators such a collaborative, safe space for taking risks. Premiering at Sundance Film Festival this year where it won the Next Innovator award, it’s the first narrative feature for Zagar. His documentarian’s eye combined with his ability to draw vulnerable and vibrant performances from his cast creates sparkling portrait of three young boys discovering […]
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Is Inspired by a Chevy Chase Comedy, According to David Harbour

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Is Inspired by a Chevy Chase Comedy, According to David Harbour
Stranger Things” has always worn its influences on its sleeves, and season three will be no different. David Harbour, who’s received two Emmy nods for his work on Netflix’s throwback drama, tells Variety in a new interview that the next go-round will be inspired by the 1985 comedy “Fletch.”

“The Duffers are so specific each year with the movies,” he says. “And ‘Fletch’ is one movie we get to play around and have some fun with this season, which you wouldn’t expect from ‘Stranger Things’ and you wouldn’t expect from the Spielberg universe and you certainly wouldn’t expect from a darker season.’” Set in the ’80s, “Stranger Things” has made numerous references to the movies and TV shows that have inspired it, from “The Goonies” and “Alien” to “Stand by Me” and “Ghostbusters.”

Chevy Chase stars in the film as Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher, an investigative reporter
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An Anthony Bourdain Documentary Is in the Works at CNN: ‘We Want to Do Him Justice’

An Anthony Bourdain Documentary Is in the Works at CNN: ‘We Want to Do Him Justice’
The untimely death of Anthony Bourdain earlier this year left a hole in the hearts of millions across the world who’d had their horizons broadened by the chef, TV host, and world citizen. A few months after his suicide, Bourdain’s former network CNN — which aired “Parts Unknown,” a kind of spiritual successor to his earlier “No Reservations” — has announced that it’s working on what’s being billed as “the definitive Bourdain feature documentary.”

“As well as we knew Tony,” CNN’s Amy Entelis tells Vanity Fair, “because he did reveal himself in the series, there was still a hunger to know more about him, and to honor his work and celebrate him. The documentary format became one of the more obvious ways to go.”

“We just want to make it perfect,” she added. “We want to make it exquisite for Tony. We want to do him justice.
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Ivanka Trump Really Hated the ‘Complicit’ Skit on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Says Omarosa

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and it would appear that Donald Trump isn’t the only member of his family who fumed at his portrayal on “Saturday Night Live.” As part of her scorched-earth press tour for her memoir “Unhinged,” Omarosa Manigault has released an excerpt in which she claims that the First Daughter was none too pleased with last year’s “Complicit” skit.

The skit is presented as a perfume ad, with Scarlett Johansson standing in for Ivanka: “A woman like her deserves a fragrance all her own, a scent made just for her,” a narrator intones. “Because she’s beautiful, she’s powerful, she’s…complicit.”

“At the senior staff meeting, Ivanka couldn’t stop bemoaning it, how offensive it was, how ridiculous it was,” Omarosa wrote in an excerpt published People. “We’d all been subject to ‘SNL’ attacks…we’d all been hit,
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Local Products: How Two New Films Speak to the Desire to Move Beyond a Globalized World

The following essay was produced as part of the 2018 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the Locarno Film Festival.

Film festivals give one a very particular perspective on world geography. Attendants of this year’s Locarno Film Festival, for instance, have access to delicately rendered portraits of communities in Chile, Lebanon, and Turkey that are remote even to most inhabitants of their native countries. The festival circuit can feel like a microcosmic society unto itself, a loose alliance of city states – Venice, Berlin, Toronto being a few leading names – wholly detached from any particular sense of place. Accordingly, it’s easy to see the passion for the local communities in an increasingly globalized world.

International film culture enacts a tension between the global and the local – one by no means unique to cinema. The punning title of London-born, U.S.-raised experimental filmmaker
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