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‘Justice League’ Opens With Gloomy $96 Million in North America

‘Justice League’ Opens With Gloomy $96 Million in North America
Warner Bros.-DC’s costly “Justice League” has dominated the North American box office but fallen well short of expectations with a $96 million opening weekend at 4,051 locations.

It’s a decidedly gloomy result for the tentpole, which had been forecast by the studio just prior to the weekend to open in the $110 million range. Instead, “Justice League” is launching with only the eighth largest opening of 2017. It’s not even in the top 50 domestic openings of all time.
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DC Fans Launch Petition for Release of Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut

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DC Fans Launch Petition for Release of Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut
Hardcore DC movie fans have launched a change.org petition asking Warner Bros. to restore director Zack Snyder’s original “Justice League” cut, together with Tom Holkenborg’s (Junkie Xl) score on home release. As of this writing, the petition has collected over 19,000 signatures. DC Movie fan Roberto Mata from San Juan, Puerto Rico launched the petition, condemning changes that were made to the film’s score and run-time following Snyder’s exit in May when his daughter died. Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the film, and composer Holkenborg was replaced with Danny Elfman.
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Harvey Weinstein’s Hitlist for Investigators Included Rose McGowan, 90 Others (Report)

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Harvey Weinstein’s Hitlist for Investigators Included Rose McGowan, 90 Others (Report)
Harvey Weinstein drew up a secret hitlist of 91 actors, publicists, producers, and other notable figures in the film industry for his private investigators to target, according to a report in The Guardian. The British paper reported Saturday that it had “gained access to a secret hitlist of almost 100 prominent individuals targeted by Harvey Weinstein in an extraordinary attempt to discover what they knew about sexual misconduct claims against him and whether they were intending to go public.” Among those on the list were Rose McGowan, who was among the first to speak out about Weinstein last month, when the...
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Viacom Halts ‘Padmavati’ Release After Religious Uproar

Viacom Halts ‘Padmavati’ Release After Religious Uproar
India’s Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions have halted the global release of much-anticipated costume drama “Padmavati.” Controversy was sparked by the idea that it features a cross-faith Hindu-Muslim romance.

The film had been set for a Dec. 1 release in India. Related company, Paramount Pictures was recently announced as handle the worldwide distribution, in a day-and-date date release, coordinated with the outing in India.

While announcing a “voluntary deferment” of the film’s release, Viacom18 said that it had faith in legal process. And that it expected to announce a new date soon.
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Robert Pattinson Reveals That ‘Good Time’ Was ‘Much More of a Comedy’ Before the Safdie Brothers Made It Darker

Robert Pattinson Reveals That ‘Good Time’ Was ‘Much More of a Comedy’ Before the Safdie Brothers Made It Darker
Good Time” isn’t exactly a laugh riot. Robert Pattinson stars as one of two bank-robbing brothers in the Safdie Brothers’ latest, the title of which is about as ironic as Michael Haneke’s “Happy End.” In a new Los Angeles Times interview, however, the “Twilight” star–turned–arthouse staple reveals that the film’s first draft was “much more of a comedy.”
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‘Get Out’ Awards Category Dilemma: Film Defies Easy Labels, Cast Says

‘Get Out’ Awards Category Dilemma: Film Defies Easy Labels, Cast Says
Despite the eruption of controversy over the nomination of “Get Out” in the Golden Globe’s best musical or comedy category, the picture’s cast and producers appeared to have taken the social media furor in stride Friday night.

At a celebration for “Get Out” at Hollywood’s Lombardi house, producer Jason Blum said the film defies a neat category or label – and that’s a strength.

“It is all things: satire. It’s an action movie. It’s a comedy. It’s a drama. It’s a thriller. It’s a horror movie,” Blum told Variety. “That’s what makes it great, is that you can’t put it in a box.”

The critical response to the genre film has been very inspiring, Blum said, in part because it has brought an ongoing conversation about structural racism to the fore.

“The movie is making people think that you can really use genre to tell very, very
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‘Mission: Impossible’ Producer Paula Wagner on Making Thurgood Marshall Movie

‘Mission: Impossible’ Producer Paula Wagner on Making Thurgood Marshall Movie
Paula Wagner’s five-year quest to get the story of Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall onto screen was “absolutely worth it,” the Hollywood producer told filmmakers at Poland’s Camerimage fest on Friday.

The inspiring biopic, “Marshall,” which opened in October, focuses on an early case the young Marshall takes on in Connecticut, defending a black chauffeur accused of rape and attempted murder against his rich, white employer. As the future jurist on the highest court in the land develops his strategy, viewers come to grips with the extent of racism and bias in the justice system that’s hardly limited to the South.

Set in 1940 and featuring “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman as Marshall, the courtroom drama avoids simple hero myths and portrays the defense attorney’s substantial (and deserving) ego as a factor that may endanger his success, as Variety reviewer Peter Debruge points out.

The true story, in which Marshall’s employer,
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‘Justice League’ Soars Globally, But Isn’t Heroic At Home [Box Office]

To take a page from not-dead Superman, it’s not a Doomsday yet, but it is a bizarro world out there this weekend and studio suits are running around scrambling, probably worried about there jobs. Despite two creative shifts with five years, Zack Snyder and then Geoff Johns, something’s not working at the DC Comics Extended Universe and a reckoning is probably coming post “Justice League.

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‘Marvel’s Runaways': Annie Wersching and Kip Pardue on Playing Karolina’s Parents & the Child-Parent Dynamic

From showrunners Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, Marvel’s Runaways, available to stream on Hulu on November 21st , tells the story of six teenagers – Alex Wilder (Rhenzy Feliz), Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin), Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner), Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano), Gert Yorkes (Ariela Barer) and Molly Hernandez (Allegra Acosta) – who realize that their parents have been lying to them all their lives and that they’re really evil. As a result, this group of estranged friends, who also have secrets of their own, must band together to stop their parents before it’s too late. On September 26th, Collider (along …
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Chance the Rapper Hosts the Best ‘Saturday Night Live’ of Season 43 So Far

Chance the Rapper Hosts the Best ‘Saturday Night Live’ of Season 43 So Far
That’s right. Out of the six episodes of Saturday Night Live we’ve had so far, the best episode of the season wasn’t hosted by a huge movie star or a popular comedian. Instead it was hosted by chart-topping hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper, who makes the case for his own career in comedy effortlessly. Chance […]

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Takes the Top Spot with $96 Million

For almost any other movie that doesn't bare the names Marvel, DC, or Star Wars, a $96 million weekend at the box office is something to celebrate. Even for movies that cost around $100 million to make, such a performance would suggest a profitable movie with marketing factored in to boot. And yet the plain fact is that Justice League's $96 million take this weekend is a deafening disappointment, one that now maps out a extremely perilous road for whatever the future of the DC cinematic universe had planned for next. [caption id="attachment_674954" align="alignright" width="360"] …
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‘Justice League’ Lassos $185.5M Overseas, $281.5M Ww; ‘Thor’ Rocks To $738M Global – International Box Office

‘Justice League’ Lassos $185.5M Overseas, $281.5M Ww; ‘Thor’ Rocks To $738M Global – International Box Office
Refresh for latest…: Warner Bros/DC’s Justice League assembled $185.5M at the international box office in its debut session this weekend. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and friends were at play on about 47,000 screens in 65 markets with China leading at $51.7M. Including domestic, the worldwide opening is $281.5M. While WB has the overseas launch ahead of Wonder Woman in like-for-like markets, the score is lower compared to the $200M+ we were hearing amid pre-opening…
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‘Justice League’ Encounters Kryptonite At The B.O. With $96M Opening: Why The DC Movie Weakened – Sunday Am Update

‘Justice League’ Encounters Kryptonite At The B.O. With $96M Opening: Why The DC Movie Weakened – Sunday Am Update
Sunday Am writethru: Refresh for updates No great heroic change for Justice League’s prospects this weekend as Warner Bros./DC is reporting its superhero ensemble movie at $96M this morning after a $38.8M Friday (including solid $13M Thursday) and a Saturday of $33M, -15%. The expectation is that Justice League declines 27% today for $24.1M, still an upset for what was expected to be a high point for the DC superhero universe, especially when you consider that tracking…
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The strange, sad story of Adam Deacon: 'I started thinking, will I ever act again?'

The east London-born actor starred in films such as Kidulthood and pipped Eddie Redmayne to a Bafta. He was poised for Hollywood until a skunk-induced psychosis led to a row with mentor Noel Clarke and a restraining order. Now appearing on stage in The Retreat, he talks about seizing his second chance

When Adam Deacon beat Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston to the Bafta for rising star in 2012 it caused an upset. While Deacon was a working-class school dropout who played street boys, the Eton-educated Redmayne and Hiddleston were already Hollywood sex symbols in the making. But the upset was nothing compared with what came next. As Redmayne and Hiddleston continued their ascent to superstardom, nothing more was heard of Deacon – until 2015, when he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, convicted of harassing his former mentor and director Noel Clarke, and charged with possessing an offensive weapon after reportedly
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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Sells French TV Production Unit for $13 Million

As it seeks to climb out of the red, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has sold its French TV production unit for 11 million euros ($13 million).

The business assets were acquired by Thomas Anargyros, who is the CEO of EuropaCorp Television. Anargyros has been heading EuropaCorp’s TV division since its launch in 2010, when his production banner, Cipango, was acquired by EuropaCorp. Anargyros had founded Cipango with Edouard de Vesinne, who became deputy CEO of EuropaCorp in 2016 and was ousted in September.

The sale of the French TV business fits into EuropaCorp’s scaled-back strategy to focus on fewer films and English-language series, as well as cut overhead. EuropaCorp said the sale will allow the company to reduce its overhead by about 2.5 million euros ($2.9 million) and 3 million euros ($3.5 million) per year.

A week ago, Marc Shmuger, who was hired on a renewable six-month contract in 2016, announced he would be stepping down as CEO of EuropaCorp at the end of
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Chance The Rapper Charms His Way Through The Season’s Best

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Chance The Rapper Charms His Way Through The Season’s Best
The biggest shock to come from this week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” is that Chance The Rapper can apparently exist without his signature hat. He might even thrive without it, which is a fascinating reality to accept. The point is, with or without the hat, Chance The Rapper hosts the best episode of this season so far, the first one to maintain a consistently good quality from top to bottom as well as successfully use the host to their strengths. In fact, Chance The Rapper showed signs in this episode of being the next Justin Timberlake for “Saturday Night Live” in terms of his versatility, gameness, and general sense of humor as a host.

The second biggest shock is that, despite the opening monologue, the “Family Feud” sketch, and some Weekend Update, this year’s Thanksgiving episode is not tied down to the concept of being a Thanksgiving episode.
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Idfa: Syrian Comedian Looks for Fresh Start in France

Fares Helou was one of Syria’s most celebrated actors when the Arab Spring arrived in Damascus. But once his political beliefs forced him to flee the country, he suddenly found himself playing his most challenging role yet—as an exile in a foreign land.

Helou’s story is at the heart of “A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy,” a documentary by director Rami Farah being pitched at Idfa Forum. An intimate portrait of exile, the pic spans four years as Farah and Helou leave Syria and struggle to rebuild their lives in France.

The French-Danish-Norwegian-Jordanian co-prod is produced by Lyana Saleh, of Osor; Signe Byrge Sørensen, of Final Cut for Real; Anita Rehoff Larsen, of Sant & Usant; and Cindy Le Templier, of Shashat Multimedia Productions.

When the first demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011, Farah found himself with the challenging task of trying to document the very protests he was taking part in.

“I raised
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The Incredibles 2: watch the first trailer for Pixar's superpowered sequel

Brad Bird reunites a voice cast that includes Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L Jackson for a follow-up to his acclaimed animated comedy

Thirteen years on from the release of acclaimed animated comedy The Incredibles, Pixar have given us another glimpse of the superpowered Parr family in the first teaser trailer for a forthcoming sequel.

The Incredibles 2 reunites a voice cast that includes Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L Jackson with original writer director Brad Bird in an adventure that will see Hunter’s character Helen, Aka Elastigirl, take centre stage, leaving Bob, Aka Mr Incredible (Nelson), to contend with the challenges of domestic life. The film will also see the Parr’s youngest member, baby Jack-Jack, begin to develop his own nascent powers.

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Good Time review – Robert Pattinson excels in electrifying urban thriller

Pattinson runs into a whole lot of trouble in this high-energy heist caper from rising indie stars Josh and Benny Safdie

This adrenalised street opera from feted indie film-makers Josh and Benny Safdie has been hailed in some quarters as a revelatory breakthrough for former Twilight star Robert Pattinson, shedding his celebrity status to “disappear” into the role of an aggressively unsympathetic street hustler. Yet Pattinson (who I thought was terrific in the sneeringly maligned teen-vampire series) has always been much more than a pretty face, proving his mettle in films such as David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader, and James Gray’s The Lost City of Z. For me, the real revelation of Good Time comes from seeing the Safdies finally fulfil the promise of 2009’s Daddy Longlegs and 2014’s Heaven Knows What, creating an electrifying urban thriller that combines authenticity with accessibility in a compact,
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Trophy review – conflicted hunting documentary

An argument in favour of legalising big game hunting is undercut by the film’s own footage

This documentary about the overlap between trophy hunting and wildlife conservation makes a passionate, if not entirely convincing, argument for the legal hunting of the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, and rhino) as an alternative to illegal poaching. The film gives voice to the commercial case for breeding and hunting, which feels at odds with the emotive way these kills are positioned. Viewers are encouraged to balk at the blunt brutality with which a rhino’s horn (“more expensive than gold or heroin, in weight”) is sawn off, to be moved by the guttural sound of a dying elephant, and to experience indignation when an American hunter poses with a slain buck, holding it up by its horns.

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