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Alamo Drafthouse Launching Video Rental Store in 2018 (Exclusive)

Alamo Drafthouse Launching Video Rental Store in 2018 (Exclusive)
The Alamo Drafthouse chain is taking a step into the past by launching Video Vortex, a reimagining of classic video rental stores, at its upcoming 11-screen location in Raleigh, N.C.

The company, now in its 20th year with 29 locations in operation, is touting Video Vortex as one of the largest video archives on the planet. The North Carolina location will open in the first quarter of next year. Visitors can return rentals on their next trip to the location or mail DVDs and Blu-rays back to the shop with a return envelope.

Along with Blu-ray and DVD titles, Video Vortex will contain a “massive” rental selection of rare VHS tapes, including titles never released on digital formats. The store will also rent VCRs as well as provide renters with the equipment for RCA adapters free of charge. The space will also feature a selection of curated Blu-rays for sale, film-related merchandise,
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Christopher Plummer Reveals How He Shot 'All the Money in the World' in Just 9 Days

Christopher Plummer Reveals How He Shot 'All the Money in the World' in Just 9 Days
Not only did Christopher Plummer replace Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott’s finished film All the Money in the World, he also nabbed a surprise Golden Globe nomination less than two weeks after portraying J. Paul Getty for the Sony film, in theaters Dec. 25.

From his home in Connecticut, Plummer spent a bit of his birthday with The Hollywood Reporter to talk shooting all his scenes in just nine days, opting not to watch any of Spacey’s footage and continually challenging himself at 88 years old: “I’m not pushing up the daisies just yet.”

How did Scott approach you?

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Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles

Berlin Film Festival Unveils First Competition Titles
The Berlin Film Festival on Monday unveiled the first competition titles for its latest edition, which takes place in February.

Gus Van Sant's latest film, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, and Dovlatov from director Alexey German Jr., who a few years ago won the festival's Silver Bear for his Under Electric Clouds, are among the first films selected.
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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Delivers Second Largest Opening Ever

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Delivers Second Largest Opening Ever
Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered on expectations, debuting with the second largest opening weekend of all-time and propelling the box office to the third largest weekend ever based on estimates. In an attempt at counter-programming, Fox's Ferdinand got off to a bit of a slow start against the might of Star Wars as well as the continued strong performance of Pixar's Coco as it fell below Mojo's expectations, though the studio is optimistic when it comes to the film's future. With an estimated $220 million, Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivered the second largest opening weekend ever behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted with $247.9 million back in 2015. Last Jedi got off to a strong start on Thursday night with the second largest preview gross ever of $45 million and became only the second film to ever gross over $100 million on opening day resulting in the second largest opening day ever,
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Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M

Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M
Still wrestling in the courts with his former business managers over millions, home foreclosures and claims of excess, Johnny Depp now finds himself at the legal receiving end of one of Hollywood's biggest lawyers in a $30 million sword fight that is sure to take some of the cheer out of his Christmas. Less than two months after the thrashing Pirates of the Caribbean star dragged his old attorney Jacob Bloom and his Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman…
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‘I, Tonya’ Ices Robust Weekend; ‘Disaster Artist’, ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand – Specialty Box Office

‘I, Tonya’ Ices Robust Weekend; ‘Disaster Artist’, ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand – Specialty Box Office
Clearly it was always going to be a Star Wars weekend, but some Specialties braved going against the herd. Neon/30West's I, Tonya won gold in its second frame, grossing over $176K with an added run. James Franco's The Disaster Artist went over a thousand locations grossing $2.6M, while Fox Searchlight more than tripled outings for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water in its third weekend, taking in over $1.73M. Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri…
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Jonny Greenwood’s ‘Phantom Thread’ Original Score is Used in Nearly 70% of the Movie

Jonny Greenwood’s ‘Phantom Thread’ Original Score is Used in Nearly 70% of the Movie
Paul Thomas Anderson fans are well accustomed to how instrumental Jonnny Greenwood’s music is to the auteur’s body of work. Whether it’s the foreboding strings in “There Will Be Blood” or the discordant percussion in “The Master,” Greenwood’s original scores expertly capture Anderson’s tones. This fact is especially true in “Phantom Thread,” which marks the fourth collaboration between Anderson and Greenwood.

Variety reports that Greenwood’s score has been included in 90 minutes of the 130-minute drama, which means you’ll be hearing the score in nearly 70% of the movie. Greenwood’s music has always been important to Anderson’s films, but it’s dominant in “Phantom Thread” in a way it never has been. In some ways it acts as a Greek chorus of sorts, changing and
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Minnie Driver Wants Men Everywhere To Know ‘They Can’t Tell Women About Their Abuse’

Minnie Driver Wants Men Everywhere To Know ‘They Can’t Tell Women About Their Abuse’
Minnie Driver slammed Matt Damon last week on Twitter after the actor told Peter Travers of Rolling Stone that it would be unfair to compare accused harassers like Al Franken to Harvey Weinstein because their allegations “don’t belong in the same category.” Driver called Damon’s remarks “bullocks,” and she has elaborated on her feelings in a powerful new interview with The Guardian.

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“I felt I desperately needed to say something,” Driver said about tweeting out against Damon, who she dated and starred opposite in “Good Will Hunting.” “I’ve realized that most men, good men, the men that I love, there is a cut-off in their ability to understand. They simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level.”

“I honestly think that until we get on the same page,
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Ranking This Christmas’ Oscar Movies , from ‘The Post’ to Hugh Jackman’s Vanity Musical

Ranking This Christmas’ Oscar Movies , from ‘The Post’ to Hugh Jackman’s Vanity Musical
Christmas movies suggest family-friendly, heartwarming tales, designed for peak holiday family moviegoing. And then there’s the other kind — the late-breaking, high-profile, A-list titles designed to hit the box office and Oscar voters’ consciousness. Some of these launched at prestige fall film festivals (“Downsizing,” “Molly’s Game,” “Hostiles,” “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”); others are bonafide awards contenders (Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread”); and some, like Hugh Jackman vanity musical “The Greatest Showman,” will soon skid into either bad reviews or audience reaction, or both.

Herewith, a ranking of the Christmas movies in order of their likely Oscar prospects.

The Post” (Fox, December 22)

Metascore: 82.

Strengths: Steven Spielberg’s riveting paean to newspaper journalism and freedom of the press couldn’t be more timely. Early reviews are strong for this true story about The Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers,
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Interview: Rian Johnson Talks The Surprise Inclusion Of [Spoiler]

**Spoilers** If you have not seen “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” do not read this piece with director Rian Johnson discussing some of the major events of the movie. Repeat, if you have not seen “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” turn around right now and come back when you’ve seen the movie, got it? Yes? For real? For sure? Great. Here we go. **Spoilers**

These days, some storytellers, especially in big blockbuster movies, write from action beat to action beat, or figure out what they want to see in the movie and reverse engineer the narrative from there.

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‘Dear White People’ Star Logan Browning Joins Allison Willliams In ‘The Perfection’

‘Dear White People’ Star Logan Browning Joins Allison Willliams In ‘The Perfection’
Exclusive: Logan Browning is tuning up to star alongside Girls alum Allison Williams in the Richard Shepard-directed horror thriller, The Perfection, about two cello prodigies and a sinister obsession that drives the dark pursuit of perfection. The screenplay hails from Shepard, Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder. Miramax CEO Bill Block is producing the project with Shepard and Stacey Reiss. Christian Mercuri's Capstone Group is handling international sales for the film…
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A Force for good: why the Last Jedi is the most triumphantly feminist Star Wars movie yet

The franchise’s terrific new instalment offers up complex female characters and dialogue that aces the Bechdel test, while still hitting all the classic marks

The Last Jedi stormed into cinemas at the weekend as the most triumphantly feminist Star Wars film yet. While The Force Awakens and Rogue One had terrific heroines, they were isolated, and barely spoke to other women. Writer-director Rian Johnson has delivered a film that’s funny, exciting, spiritual and true to the original essence of the series while also having well-rounded female characters who actually interact with one another. Both in terms of women and non-white characters, there’s a celebratory inclusiveness that seems entirely in the Jedi spirit.

If you haven’t seen it, very mild spoilers are ahead. Rey (Daisy Ridley) is feeling the first stirrings of the Force and has gone in search of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who is living
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Box Office: Fathom Events Sees Soaring 2017 Performance (Exclusive)

Box Office: Fathom Events Sees Soaring 2017 Performance (Exclusive)
Amid an overall slump in domestic moviegoing, Fathom Events has seen a surge this year in box office for its live events and one-night showings for theatrical chains.

The company, which is co-owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings and Regal Entertainment Group, has topped the $1 million mark with 27 different events in 2017. That’s nearly double its 2016 mark of 14 events with more than $1 million.

Six events topped the $2 million mark, led by a Feb. 16 showing of “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical” with $4.7 million and followed by faith-based documentaries “Is Genesis History” with $2.7 million and “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem” with $2.5 million, “Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You!” with $2.4 million, the Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match with $2.4 million, and “Jeepers Creepers 3″ with $2.2 million.

“This year has seen tremendous growth for Fathom and event cinema, proving that consumers want a true event experience in their movie theater,” said Ray Nutt, chief executive officer.
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It’s Sir Ridley Scott To You As Legendary Director Holds Court On ‘All The Money In The World’

The strange journey of Ridley Scott’s “All The Money In The World” is one for the history books. The Sony Pictures release screened late Friday afternoon for invited members of the press and, remarkably, in the span of five weeks it somehow became one of the most anticipated films of the year. That’s what happens when a member of your cast, in this case Kevin Spacey, becomes a catalyst for the growing #MeToo movement which has not only taken the entertainment industry, but Washington and the world by storm.

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Over 20 Minutes of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Deleted Scenes Include a Big Rey Sequence

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow below. At 2 hours and 32 minutes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the longest Star Wars movie in the franchise’s history, but even so there’s quite a bit that was left on the cutting room floor. Writer/director Rian Johnson packs a lot of story into that two and a half hours and there’s really no scene in the film that doesn’t directly impact the plot, character development, or support the movie’s thematic thrust. As Johnson previously revealed to us, his initial cut of the film …
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‘The Florida Project’ Cinematographer Alexis Zabe On Gorgeously-Realized ‘Little Rascals’ For The 21st Century

‘The Florida Project’ Cinematographer Alexis Zabe On Gorgeously-Realized ‘Little Rascals’ For The 21st Century
First collaborating with celebrated indie director Sean Baker on Snowbird—a 2016 short starring Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Abbey Lee—cinematographer Alexis Zabe had no idea at the time that Baker was putting together a trial run with the artists he would bring on to his next feature. That film was The Florida Project, a “Little Rascals of the 21st century” centered on children growing up in poverty near Walt Disney World. With The Florida Project, the idea was to keep one foot…
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson on [Spoiler]’s Cameo

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow below. . . . . . . . . . [caption id="attachment_680918" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Lucasfilm/caption] If you’re reading this, you better have seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, because we’re about to get real spoilery. Yoda’s back! Yes indeed, in a film packed with twists and turns and surprises galore, one of the biggest reveals is the return of Master Yoda as a Force Ghost. His arrival coincides with Rey (Daisy Ridley) leaving Ach-To to go try and turn Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) to the light, with Luke (Mark Hamill) feeling …
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How Ridley Scott, Dan Friedkin, Runner-Up Christopher Plummer & $10M Reshoot Ransomed Getty Kidnap Pic Back From Kevin Spacey Scandal Death Sentence

How Ridley Scott, Dan Friedkin, Runner-Up Christopher Plummer & $10M Reshoot Ransomed Getty Kidnap Pic Back From Kevin Spacey Scandal Death Sentence
Director Ridley Scott unveiled his new film All the Money in the World to press and for consideration by the Producers Guild over the weekend. By his estimate, that meant staging “200 interviews in the last two days, and seven screenings." Scott said the film got as strong a reaction as it did when a wet print was shown the previous week to the Hollywood Foreign Press and elicited three Golden Globe nominations. "I think the press are genuinely taken with the movie,&#8221…
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Beautiful Struggle: Trump, Retirement, and Death Made ‘Phantom Thread’ One of the Hardest Films of His Career

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Beautiful Struggle: Trump, Retirement, and Death Made ‘Phantom Thread’ One of the Hardest Films of His Career
It’s safe to say “Phantom Thread” was one of the most difficult production experiences of Paul Thomas Anderson’s career. He started shooting his ‘50s period drama on the day of the presidential inauguration; during the shoot, leading man Daniel Day-Lewis decided to the retire; and on the last day, Anderson learned that his longtime friend and mentor Jonathan Demme had died.

“The world was a very, very different place than it was when we started writing this story,” Anderson said, in a conversation from his room at the Crosby Hotel in New York. Recalling the start of the production, his voice became so soft it sounded as though it could break at any moment. “It didn’t make it easy to look at your country on fire, and you’re telling the story of a self-consumed egomaniac,” he said. “But that was the situation we were in.”

Yet
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Mark Hamill Destroys Ted Cruz on Twitter: ‘Maybe You’re Distracted From Watching Porn At the Office Again’

Mark Hamill Destroys Ted Cruz on Twitter: ‘Maybe You’re Distracted From Watching Porn At the Office Again’
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” isn’t the only reason Mark Hamill is making headlines right now. The actor behind Luke Skywalker got into a brief and heated argument with Ted Cruz on Twitter over the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality, and it ended with Hamill making the ultimate diss.

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The actor originally tweeted in favor of net neutrality, to which Cruz responded, “Luke, I know Hollywood can be confusing, but it was Vader who supported [government] power over everything said & done on the Internet. That’s why giant corps (Google, Facebook, Netflix) supported the FCC power grab of net neutrality. Reject the dark side: Free the net!”

“Thanks for smarm-spaining it to me, Ted Cruz. I know politics can be confusing, but you’d have more
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