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'Incredibles 2' Delivers Record-Shattering $180 Million Opening Weekend

'Incredibles 2' Delivers Record-Shattering $180 Million Opening Weekend
Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 delivered a massive opening weekend debut, not only shattering the previous opening weekend record for an animated film, but finishing with one of the top ten openings of all-time for a film of any genre. Additionally, Warner Bros.'s R-rated comedy Tag debuted in third position while Sony's Superfly fell short of expectations. With an estimated $180 million, Disney and Pixar's Incredibles 2 topped the previous opening weekend for an animated film set two years ago by Finding Dory with $135 million. On top of that, the film's opening weekend is the eighth largest all-time, topping the $179.1 million opening for 2016's Captain America: Civil War, which went on to gross over $500 million at the domestic box office. As for Incredibles 2's domestic future, an "A+" CinemaScore and an opening of this size seems to suggest a $500+ million domestic performance is in the offing, which
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Martin Bregman, Legendary Producer of 'Scarface' and 'Dog Day Afternoon,' Dies at 92

Martin Bregman, Legendary Producer of 'Scarface' and 'Dog Day Afternoon,' Dies at 92
Martin Bregman, the seasoned producer behind Scarface and Dog Day Afternoon, has died at 92, Wnbc 4 New York reported Saturday night. The producer died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Saturday evening, the outlet reported.

Bregman, who actor Al Pacino once described in a Hollywood Reporter interview as "my guy," also produced Carlito's Way, Serpico and Sea of Love with the actor, and was slated to produce David Ayer's upcoming adaptation of Scarface.

Pacino has often credited the producer with offering him crucial early career guidance. "I'm missing a lot not having him around anymore," Pacino said in a 2014 ...
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'Set It Up': How the Netflix Rom-Com Was Aided by Hollywood Assistants' Horror Stories

'Set It Up': How the Netflix Rom-Com Was Aided by Hollywood Assistants' Horror Stories
[The following story contains mild spoilers from Set It Up.]

While Set It Up writer Katie Silberman and producer Juliet Berman met as Hollywood assistants, they insist they worked for wonderful bosses. But hearing horror stories of other assistants grappling with the unreasonable demands of their horrible bosses inspired them to turn those tales into the romantic comedy, Set It Up, now streaming on Netflix.

In the film, Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell play overworked assistants to a powerful sports reporter (Lucy Liu) and investment executive (Taye Diggs), respectively. Frustrated by having to tend to their bosses needs around the clock, they conspire ...
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‘Ocean’s 8’ Star Calls Out ‘Unfair’ Dominance of White Male Film Critics

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‘Ocean’s 8’ Star Calls Out ‘Unfair’ Dominance of White Male Film Critics
Ocean’s 8” star Mindy Kaling had some salt for white male film critics during a recent interview, criticizing the lack of diversity in film criticism and how that affects the reception of works featuring non-white and female performers.

“If I had to base my career on what white men wanted I would be very unsuccessful,” said Kaling in an interview with Yahoo. “So there is obviously an audience out there who want to watch things like [Ocean’s 8], what I work on, what Sarah [Paulson] works on.”
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Tops Previous Film in Chinese Opening

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Tops Previous Film in Chinese Opening
A week before it arrives in the U.S., “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” had its opening in China this weekend, earning a $111 million launch. That tops the $97.5 million made by the first “Jurassic World” in 2015, and that total included $30 million from two whole days of previews.

In the Chinese box office record books, “Fallen Kingdom” has now entered the top ten highest opening weekends for that market, sitting in the No. 8 spot. It ranks fourth among opening weekends for import films, sitting behind “The Fate of the Furious,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.”
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Natalie Portman Wants to Produce a Vegan Cooking Show

Natalie Portman Wants to Produce a Vegan Cooking Show
Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2009 book “Eating Animals” had a major impact on conversations about the sustainability of the food industry, with jarring facts about animal cruelty and poor farming conditions that affect the environment. Natalie Portman was among the fans of Foer’s work, cited the book as the reason she decided to go vegan, and it led her to produce a documentary based on it.

Directed by Christopher Quinn, the IFC-released movie opened Friday to a number of sold-out shows with Portman in attendance for Q&As. At one of them, she revealed that the impact of the movie has motivated her to consider supporting other projects related to her dietary lifestyle.

“I’ll share with you guys my dream,” she said, noting that she had no specific projects like “Eating Animals” in the pipeline. “It would be my dream to make one of those cooking shows, but only for vegan food.
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What 'Incredibles 2' Says About the Modern Superhero Craze

What 'Incredibles 2' Says About the Modern Superhero Craze
Out of the many filmmakers whose careers have soared thanks to working at Pixar Animation Studios, just two have leapt from animation to live-action: Andrew Stanton and Brad Bird. Stanton was the director of the 2012 science-fiction adventure John Carter, which sadly wasn’t able to break out at the box office, so just a few years later, he shifted back to animation with Finding Dory, a sequel to what had been his most financially successful film yet, Finding Nemo. Bird has directed two live-action films: the superlative Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol and the 2015 sci-fi tale Tomorrowland, the latter of which was also unsuccessful ...
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Annecy: ‘Funan,’ ‘Bloeistraat 11,’ ‘Dam Keeper’ Triumph at Buoyant Festival

Annecy: ‘Funan,’ ‘Bloeistraat 11,’ ‘Dam Keeper’ Triumph at Buoyant Festival
Annecy, France — Denis Do’s semi-autobiographical story, set against the Khmer Rouge’s brutal reign-of-terror, took the top Cristal at the 2018 Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival.

Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner,” a moral co-victor, swept three awards, including two key trophies: the Annecy Audience Award, the statue that really counts for distributors and sales agents, and the festival’s Jury Award.
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John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ Whacked at Box Office With $1.6 Million Debut

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John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ Whacked at Box Office With $1.6 Million Debut
After an extremely bumpy road into theaters, the John Travolta crime biopic “Gotti” has gotten kneecapped at the box office, earning just $1.67 million from 503 screens.

While almost all of Travolta’s films in the last 30 years have been either in extremely limited release or with screen counts of 2,500 or more, this counts as the worst opening for the actor since the 1991 film “Shout,” which opened to $1.61 million on 968 screens and was considered one of the star’s biggest pre-“Pulp Fiction” flops.

But “Gotti” hasn’t been able to find similar success this weekend, posting a per-screen average of just $3,320. Analysts told TheWrap prior to this weekend that “Gotti” needed to make around $3 million — or a $6,000 PSA — to be considered a successful launch.
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Why Is a Documentary about Mr. Rogers a Hit? Because it Turns Him into a Rock Star for Our Time

Why Is a Documentary about Mr. Rogers a Hit? Because it Turns Him into a Rock Star for Our Time
It’s difficult, and always has been, for a documentary to break through the clutter and beam itself onto the radar of mainstream moviegoing. When one succeeds in doing so, it’s revealing to look at why. “Rbg,” an incisive portrait of the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is a major documentary hit, but it doesn’t take rocket science to grasp the reasons for its success. The film presents Ginsburg, quite rightfully, as a feminist superhero of progressive action — a crusader who’s become an icon of the resistance.

Yet who would have guessed that “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” Morgan Neville’s transporting documentary about Fred Rogers and his quirky oasis of children’s television, would also turn out to be a tale for our time? Audiences lining up to see it are probably having the same experience I did: You walk in thinking that you
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Jason Blum-Donald Tang Hatch Chinese Genre Film Production Pact

Donald Tang’s Tang Media Partnership has struck a feature film collaboration venture with Blumhouse Productions, the company of ace Hollywood producer Jason Blum.

The companies aim to co-develop and co-finance low budget genre movies, made in the Chinese language for consumption by Chinese audiences.

No production targets were set beyond the first picture, which is now at the scripting stage. The film has no title or director attached, but is expected to shoot at Blum’s U.S. facility within the next 12 months. Typically of Blum’s output, the budget ceiling is maximum of $5 million. China theatrical distribution is to be handled through Tmp’s Chinese unit and local partnerships.

“We are looking to take our low budget system and apply it in China,” Blum told Variety. “We are looking at local books, local legends, and having local creatives at involved at the development and script stage.”

“Horror-thrillers are
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Film Review: ‘Billy Boy’

Film Review: ‘Billy Boy’
Mean Streets” may have reflected the New York City that Martin Scorsese knew, but more often than not, its many imitators reveal how little posers seem to know about acting streetwise. And yet, that doesn’t stop successive generations from trying their hand at sharing their own tales of hard-luck youth on the mean streets of … wherever they hail from, as in “Billy Boy,” whose angsty young male protagonists tempt cruel fate in a city the movie never quite gets around to naming. (There are indications “Boy” was shot in L.A. and Detroit.)

You can’t fault now-25-year-old “American Animals” co-star Blake Jenner too harshly for this shallow muddle of a screenplay, as he was apparently still in his teens when he wrote it several years ago. However, inexperience is not a viable excuse for director Bradley Bueckner, even if this is his first directorial feature. He’s been a busy editor,
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The Tale: a key film of the #MeToo era deserves more than NowTV

Jennifer Fox’s devastating memoir, pitching her teenage self’s ‘erotic awakening’ against her adult view of sex abuse should be widely available

From film festival sensation to streaming channel content: it’s a swift, cinema-skipping trajectory that more and more outstanding films are taking these days, and one I’ve discussed often in this column. But the downshift in screen size for The Tale, an emotional gut-punch now streaming at Sky-owned NowTV, feels especially notable in this regard – a case of a potentially era-defining film entrusted to the unpredictable hands of online distribution.

The first narrative film by the accomplished documentary-maker Jennifer Fox, The Tale was the uncontested toast of a low-key Sundance film festival in January, inspiring the most impassioned reviews out of the snowy Utah hills, as well as some of the fiercest deal-making. The excitement was understandable: by virtue of unplanned timing as well as its own candid,
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‘Pose’ Conventional Christmas Episode Is an Invigorating Gift for the Lgbtq Community

‘Pose’ Conventional Christmas Episode Is an Invigorating Gift for the Lgbtq Community
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Pose” Episode 3, “Giving and Receiving.”]

Christmas has come early to “Pose.” In fact, it arrived in June for Sunday’s episode, titled “Giving and Receiving,” which follows the yuletide experiences of the families in three different homes: the House of Evangelista, the House of Abundance, and the Bowes’ household.

Christmas movies, episodes, and TV specials have become a genre unto themselves, often appealing to non-Christian and secular viewers. While “Pose” may offer a more unique point of view to audiences unfamiliar with the ‘80s ballroom culture, its storytelling often falls into conventional patterns and tropes, and its Christmas episode is no different.

Series producer Our Lady J wrote “Giving and Receiving” with Janet Mock. “Beyond all of the glamour and glitz of the ballroom scene, ‘Pose’ is about family, and what better way to celebrate a TV family than a very special Christmas episode,” said Our Lady J to IndieWire.
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‘Westworld’ Review: ‘Vanishing Point’ Reveals Stunning Stakes for the Finale and Some Tragic Twists

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‘Westworld’ Review: ‘Vanishing Point’ Reveals Stunning Stakes for the Finale and Some Tragic Twists
[Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for “Westworld” Season 2, Episode 9, “Vanishing Point.”]

Programming Note

This is the last episode provided to critics before next week’s season finale, which means that no, we have no idea what happens next either, and that this review will be untainted by any potential future knowledge. Enjoy.

Diagnostic Report

It’s not a good day for anyone in the Westworld park, as the game pieces get set up for next week’s final conclusion. Unlike “Game of Thrones,” creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy don’t choose to play their biggest hand in the penultimate episode.

The focus is largely on William, as flashbacks to the not-too-distant past depict what happened the night his wife Juliet committed suicide. Earlier that evening, the two of them had been attending a gala in William’s honor, but the snide teasing William receives about his “humble roots” as well as Juliet’s public drunkenness
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‘American Gods’ Star Yetide Badaki Launches Campaign For Reimagining Of ‘Alice In Wonderland’

American Gods actress Yetide Badaki is looking to do something different with Alice in Wonderland. She recently launched a fundraising campaign for a short film titled Wonderland that will reimagine the classic tale. Wonderland will take the world of Alice and the Mad Hatter and set it in Hollywood’s film industry — which is just as trippy and full of twists and turns. The short is Badaki’s take on being an actress in Hollywood. Badaki, who wrote the short, launched the In…
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'Incredibles 2' scores highest animation debut of all time in North America

Pixar hit ranks as eighth highest industry opening.

After a 13-and-a-half-year hiatus a beloved Pixar franchise proved the old adage that absence makes the heart grow fonder as Incredibles 2 arrived on an estimated $180m to deliver the highest debut for an animated feature and a PG release in North American box office history.

Active in 4,410 theatres, the family smash delivered an exceptional $40,816 as the overall weekend gross far exceeded the November 2004 original’s $70.5m opening salvo and doubled its $92.9m inflation-adjusted equivalent.

Voiced by Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Samuel Jackson, director Brad Bird and Catherine Keener, Incredibles 2
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China Box Office: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Opening Dominates Weekend

China Box Office: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Opening Dominates Weekend
A blockbuster opening by “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” lifted the Chinese box office from one of its lowest weekends of the year to one of its strongest.

The monster movie grossed an estimated $112 million in the Middle Kingdom between Friday and Sunday. It played 175,000 screenings per day according to local data provider Ent Group, and claimed an astonishing 86% share of revenue on Friday. The score includes $10 million earned from 520 IMAX venues.

The film’s weekend score compares with $67 million earned in the official three-day opening of its predecessor “Jurassic World,” but which then added a further $30 million to its first weekend total through two days of previews. The RMB715 million local currency figure is the fourth highest ever achieved in China by an imported film in a three-day opening, behind “The Fate of the Furious” (Rmb 1.3 billion), “Avengers: Infinity War” (Rmb 1.2 billion) and “Transformers: The Last Knight” (Rmb 795 million).

Several
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Rises To $370M Overseas; ‘Incredibles 2’ Powers $52M Early Bow – International Box Office

Update, Writethru: Coming off of its $151M opening last weekend, Universal/Amblin's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom added a further $173.6M this session in 51 markets. Those include China where the dino-dollars are $111.9M (Rmb 715M) for the 3-day, repping Universal’s 2nd biggest bow ever in the market, behind The Fate Of The Furious. The international box office total through Sunday is $370M. These numbers are down from the Saturday studio estimates, largely owing to the…
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The Week In Deadline Videos & Podcasts: Jason Bateman, Jonathan Tucker, And The ‘Queen Sugar’ Cast

From Arrested Development and Ozark star Jason Bateman to the cast and showrunner of Queen Sugar to our Contenders Emmys video series, there are tons of Deadline videos and podcasts to catch up on from the past two weeks. In addition to chatting with This Is Us star Mandy Moore, Pete Hammond talked to Jason Bateman about his duo of Netflix shows Arrested Development and Ozark on The Actor’s Side video series. On the Next Generation TV video series, Dominic Patten chatted…
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