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Fox's 'Alita' Leads Worst President's Day Weekend in 15 Years

Fox's 'Alita' Leads Worst President's Day Weekend in 15 Years
The three-day President's Day weekend last year saw the top twelve gross over $270 million, the bulk of which was due to the over $202 million three-day opening for Black Panther, accounting for nearly 74% of the combined top twelve gross. This year didn't have such a monster release, and while expectations were muted, the top twelve's combined $109.1 million makes for the worst three-day President's Day weekend since 2004. Leading the charge was Fox's Alita: Battle Angel, delivering $27.8 million for the three-day. Elsewhere, while Universal's release of Blumhouse's Happy Death Day 2U fell short of expectations, it has already grossed more than its production budget and WB's release of New Line's Isn't It Romantic took advantage of Valentine's Day leading into the weekend and delivered a third place finish. Fox's Alita: Battle Angel topped the weekend box office with ease, outperforming expectations and delivering an estimated $27.8 million over the three-day weekend
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Dwayne Johnson Wraps ‘Most Challenging Film’ Ever

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Dwayne Johnson Wraps ‘Most Challenging Film’ Ever
It’s a wrap on Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Dwayne Johnson shared the news Friday on Instagram, saying production just ended on the “most challenging film” he’s ever done.

“Hobbs & Shaw is officially wrapped,” Johnson wrote. “Easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in, however based on the fans’ insanely hyped ‘break the internet’ reactions to our first trailer — this film is also shaping up to be my most rewarding.”

The wrestler-turned-box office heavyweight went on to praise co-star Jason Statham for joining him on the adventure.

“A Huge bald and brotherly Mahalo to the man who trusted me and our chemistry and ‘pushed all his chips in’ to make something bad ass and fun for the fans. My uso @jasonstatham,” he added.

The spinoff, directed by David Leitch is set two years after the events of The Fate of the Furious,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Cinema Audio Society Winners
Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Cinema Audio Society’s top prize for sound mixing at Saturday night’s 55th annual CAS Awards. The film is Oscar-nominated for sound mixing this year along with “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born.”

In a surprise over heavy-hitters “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” won the animated prize. “Free Solo” reigned in the documentary field.

TV winners included “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

Three-time CAS award-winner Mary Jo Lang received the President’s Award, while Oscar-winning production mixer Lee Orloff was honored with career achievement recognition.

Steven Spielberg received the organization’s Filmmaker Award. Seven of the director’s films have been nominated by the Cinema Audio Society: “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,
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Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards: 'Vice' Tops Film Categories

Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards: 'Vice' Tops Film Categories
The Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild on Saturday handed out its annual awards in film, TV, commercials and live theater.

Vice scored the most wins in the feature motion-picture categories, winning two awards: best period and/or character makeup and best special makeup effects.

Other film winners include A Star is Born (best contemporary makeup), Crazy Rich Asians (best contemporary hair styling) and Mary Queen of Scots (best period and/or character hair styling).

American Horror Story: Apocalypse won the most awards of any project, taking home three: best contemporary makeup in a TV series and both of the commercial and music video awards. The Marvelous ...
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Berlin Film Festival 2019: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins Golden Bear

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Berlin Film Festival 2019: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins Golden Bear
Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms,” about a young Israeli man in Paris who has turned his back on his native country, won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale on Saturday.

The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to François Ozon’s French drama “By the Grace of God,” a fact-based account of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal behind the ongoing trial of Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon.

Accepting the award, Lapid said “Synonyms,” which stars Tom Mercier, would likely be considered “scandalous” in Israel and France – the pic skewers stereotypes from both nations – but added that it was ultimately a celebration.

In his review in Variety, Jay Weissberg wrote that the film takes “a Kalashnikov to the nation’s military culture and its carefully nurtured persecution complex.”

Thanking the Berlinale for selecting his film, Ozon said he did not know whether addressing child sexual abuse
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2019 WGA Awards Winners: ‘Eighth Grade’ and ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Surprise with Top Honors

Over the weekend, the Writers Guild of America handed out their annual awards honoring the best writing in film and television, and they’re definitely shaking things up in the final week before the Oscars. While Roma has been the Oscar favorite for some time now, earning the Directors Guild of America’s top honors, Green Book […]

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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Banks on Foreign Audiences to Save It From Box Office Disaster

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Banks on Foreign Audiences to Save It From Box Office Disaster
Alita: Battle Angel” beat expectations with its $27 million debut at the domestic box office, but Fox’s cyberpunk fantasy adventure has a long road to travel before it can claim victory. When it comes to achieving profitability, the CGI-spectacular may never arrive at that particular destination.

With a production budget hovering at $170 million (Fox says tax incentives lowered costs that were once north of $200 million) and tens of millions more in marketing and distribution costs, executives at rival studios estimate “Alita: Battle Angel” will need to gross roughly $500 million globally to break even. It’s too early to completely write off the film. But even though the movie has made $130 million worldwide so far, it’s unlikely that “Alita” will reach those box office heights.

“When you swing for the fences in the sci-fi genre, it doesn’t come cheap,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a box office analyst with Comscore.
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Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn May Return for ‘Suicide Squad 2’ After All

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn May Return for ‘Suicide Squad 2’ After All
It seemed like Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn had flown the nest. After becoming the breakout star of 2016’s Suicide Squad, Robbie set a spin-off for the beloved Batman rogue in the upcoming “girl gang” film Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Harley Quinn’s future looked bright as Warner Bros. went through upheaval after […]

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Ethan Hawke No Longer Attached To Paul Schrader’s New Surreal Western

After decades of creating masterpieces in filmmaking, Paul Schrader finally secured his first Oscar nomination with “First Reformed” and looks to the future with his new project “Nine Men From Now.” In a recent interview with IndieWire, the director reflects on his work and gives us a colorful description of what ‘Nine Men’ has in store for us.

Read More: Watch: Paul Schrader, Eric Roth, Tamara Jenkins & More Discuss Screenwriting & Influences

Schrader officially has the green light for ‘Nine Men,’ and is planning to start production this summer.

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Cool Stuff: The ‘Hellboy’ Right Hand of Doom Prop Replica Smashes Things Real Good

When you’re ready to bring about the end of the world, you’ll need The Right Hand of Doom. The indestructible arm of the half-demon known as Hellboy makes the agent of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense stand out almost as much as his bright red skin. And now you can have one of […]

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BLTs and hypocrisy whistles: imagining 2019’s Oscars goodie bag

Hollywood is in flux, but how will these turbulent times affect nominees’ haul of free swag?

Last year, the Oscars’ gift bag featured a $40,000, 12-day trip to Tanzania. This year? An all-inclusive £350 package holiday to Lanzarote for the whole family. In order to avoid any backlash from the general cinema-ticket-buying public who might resent this degree of opulence popping up on their Instagram feed during a period of global instability, A-listers have to show the normals they’re just like them. This gift also gives actors a chance to audition for that Bad Moms 3 part by wrestling with a pram on a packed easyJet flight, dealing with screaming toddler meltdowns at the breakfast buffet and hashtagging #momlife as their husband eyes up the holiday rep from a sunbed by the pool they had to get up at 5am to reserve.
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Theme Park Bits: Skyliner Testing, World of Color Returns, and More

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: World of Color is coming back to Disney California Adventure. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has announced its Food and Wine Festival. The Disney Skyliner did a test run this week in full view. And more! Well, it’s about time. After more than nine months of being on the […]

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Screenplay glory for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade

Writers Guild of America awards throw spotlight on two surprise winners – including the black-comedy Oscars contender

The awards season race took a late final twist as two previously little-fancied films took best screenplay awards from the Writers Guild of America. Teen movie Eighth Grade, written and directed by Bo Burnham, won best original screenplay, while black comedy Can You Ever Forgive Me? won best adapted screenplay.

Eighth Grade, which is Burnham’s feature-directing debut, is not even nominated for a best screenplay Oscar, while Can You Ever Forgive Me?, telling the story of literary forger Lee Israel, is well behind Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk in the race for the adapted screenplay Oscar. The results appear to underline the lack of consensus for this year’s Academy awards, with all major craft guilds opting to honour different films for the first time ever.
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'The Lego Movie 2' retains UK box office lead as 'The Kid Who Would Be King' struggles

Paramount comedy ’Instant Family’ opens in second position.

Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (Feb 15-17) Total gross to date Week 1 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Warner Bros) £2.5m £7.4m 2 2 Instant Family (Paramount) £2m £2.5m 1 3 How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal) £1.6m £11.5m 3 4 Alita: Battle Angel (20th Century Fox) £1.4m £5.7m 2 5 Green Book (eOne) £736,786 £5.1m 3 Warner Bros

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part retained its lead at the top of the UK box office chart in its second weekend, dropping 39% with takings of £2.5m. That puts the film on £7.4m so far. In comparison, the
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French court rejects request to block release of François Ozon's 'By The Grace Of God'

French court rejects request to block release of François Ozon's 'By The Grace Of God'
Lawyers for priest alluded to in sexual abuse drama tried to delay release ahead of his trial.

François Ozon’s Catholic church sexual abuse drama By The Grace Of God will hit French cinemas as scheduled this week after a court rejected a request by the lawyers of the real-life priest at the heart of the tale to delay its release.

The film, which won the Berlinale Silver Bear on Sunday, will be released by French distributor Mars Films on some 300 screens across France on Wednesday (Feb 20).

Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet and Swann Arlaud co-star as three men who band
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Court rejects request to block release of François Ozon's 'By The Grace Of God'

Court rejects request to block release of François Ozon's 'By The Grace Of God'
Lawyers for priest alluded to in sexual abuse drama tried to delay release ahead of his trial.

François Ozon’s Catholic church sexual abuse drama By The Grace Of God will hit French cinemas as scheduled this week after a court rejected a request by the lawyers of the real-life priest at the heart of the tale to delay its release.

The film, which won the Berlinale Silver Bear on Sunday, will be released by French distributor Mars Films on some 300 screens across France on Wednesday (Feb 20).

Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet and Swann Arlaud co-star as three men who band
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‘Dolor Y Gloria’ Trailer: Pedro Almodóvar Returns With Antonio Banderas & Penelope Cruz

It’s been three years since we’ve heard from Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar and he’s coming off the critical acclaim of “Julieta” which was the filmmaker’s 20th film and debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. As per usual, the film came out early in Spain, but was still elected to premiere in competition at Cannes—the festival loves its exclusivity and to tout its world premieres, but Almodóvar routinely gets a pass in this regard and is invited to screen regardless.

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The Morning Watch: ‘The Lego Movie 2’ Scene Breakdown, How Often Do Stormtroopers Miss Shots & More

The Morning Watch: ‘The Lego Movie 2’ Scene Breakdown, How Often Do Stormtroopers Miss Shots & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, The Lego Movie 2 director Mike Mitchell breaks […]

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Scandinavia's NonStop goes on buying spree for 14 titles (exclusive)

Scandinavia's NonStop goes on buying spree for 14 titles (exclusive)
Deals include Alejandro Landes’ Sundance and Berlinale hit Monos; Peter Strickland’s In Fabric and Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale.

Scandinavian distributor NonStop Entertainment has closed a record 14 deals during Sundance and Berlin’s European Film Market.

The titles (full details below) are: Monos, The Nightingale, Colour Out Of Space, In Fabric, The Hole In The Ground, The Brink, Shooting The Mafia, Cold Case Hammarskjöld, Hail Satan, We Intend To Cause Havoc, Galveston, Out Of Blue, Charlie Says and Mid90s

“It’s noteworthy that 7 out the 14 films are directed by women and that they come from some of the
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Berlin Awarded ‘Tess’ Sells to Multiple Territories (Exclusive)

Berlin-based sales agent Picture Tree Intl. has sold Steven Wouterlood’s coming-of-age film “My Extraordinary Summer with Tess,” which received a Special Mention from the jury of Berlin Film Festival’s Generation KPlus section, to distributors in several territories.

Among the buyers are Les Films Du Preau in France, Proview Entertainment in Taiwan, Angel Films in Denmark, New Horizons Assn. in Poland, and Storytelling Media in Norway. Further deals are likely to be closed soon.

As previously announced, the pic will be theatrical released by September Film in the Benelux countries and Farbfilm in Germany.

In a statement, Berlin’s KPlus jury said the film “tactfully explores difficult discussions around mortality, loss and trying to find one’s place in the world within an uplifting coming-of-age story full of light and infectious joy.”

The jury added that the film “teaches us about the importance of connection. It is full of surprises,
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