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How Editor John Ottman Helped Rescue ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – Podcast

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What a difference a year makes.

After news broke last December that Fox was firing Bryan Singer as director on Bohemian Rhapsody, from the outside looking in, it didn’t appear as though things were going well for the Freddie Mercury biopic.

However, when it comes to executing his vision on-screen, Singer has continually surrounded himself with sublime below-the-line talent, and Ottman is a longtime collaborator who he’s worked with going make to their indie filmmaking days on such ’90s fare as the short Lion’s Den, and the Sundance Film Festival features Public Access and the Oscar-winning The Usual Suspects. And the editor doesn’t just put films like X-Men together, he typically composes the score as well, making him an anomaly in the industry (who actually does both on major studio films?).

Ottman catapulted Bohemian Rhapsody across the finish line with producers Graham King and Ep Denis O’Sullivan.
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Fantastic Beasts 2 Threatens to Crush The Grinch's Box Office Spirit

Fantastic Beasts 2 Threatens to Crush The Grinch's Box Office Spirit
Last weekend, The Grinch kicked off the holiday season with a massive $67.5 million box office take. But there will be a new champion in town as Fantastic Beasts 2 looks to cast a spell on moviegoers. Also opening this weekend will be the Mark Wahlberg comedy Instant Family and director Steve McQueen's female-led heist drama Widows, which are both heading towards solid debuts as well.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which sees David Yates return to the director's chair, with Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling penning the screenplay, will win the weekend with anywhere between $65 and $75 million domestically. Worldwide, the second movie in the prequel series is looking at a debut as high as $275 million. This, despite the fact that the latest entry in the Wizarding World currently sits at a measly 52 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. But Potterheads are still expected to turn out in
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Malaysia Cuts Bohemian Rhapsody Gay Scenes and Changes Rating

Malaysia Cuts Bohemian Rhapsody Gay Scenes and Changes Rating
The head of Malaysia's censorship board, Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz, has confirmed that the country has cut out all gay scenes from Bohemian Rhapsody. It is against the law to have homosexual relations in the country, and Abdul Aziz had no problem explaining why they cut the scenes out of the Queen biopic. The argument has been completely different in North America, with Freddie Mercury fans complaining that the movie did not show enough of the front man's personal life off stage.

Several scenes from Bohemian Rhapsody featuring Freddie Mercury in same-sex situations were omitted. The result is a movie that is several minutes shorter than the rest of the world is seeing, along with it getting the equivalent of an R-rating in that country. The movie has a PG-13 rating in North America. Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz says that they cut out "four scenes" from Bohemian Rhapsody. He explains.
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Robert Zemeckis Returns To Science Fiction With ‘Project Blue Book’ & ‘Bios’

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Robert Zemeckis Returns To Science Fiction With ‘Project Blue Book’ & ‘Bios’
Exclusive: Now this has a familiar ring to it: Robert Zemeckis is revisiting the 1950s to rewrite history with one new project and then he’s going back to the future to prove the power of love with a second project.

No, Zemeckis isn’t revving up the DeLorean for more Marty McFly sequels — however, the director of the Back to the Future trilogy (1985-1990) and Contact (1997) is making a relatively rare return to science fiction with the two projects. This time around, however, his foray into the genre is in a producing role. On Monday, Zemeckis talked about the two projects: Bios, the upcoming feature film; and Project Blue Book, a television series that premieres in January on History.

Bios, scheduled to start filming early next year, reunites Zemeckis with one of his most celebrated collaborators. “We’re producing a really magnificent science fiction project called Bios with Tom Hanks,
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Will ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Be Critic-Proof at the Box Office?

Will ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Be Critic-Proof at the Box Office?
Over the past month, films like “Venom” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” have found big bucks at the box office despite tepid reviews from critics. Now, Warner Bros. is hoping the trend will continue this weekend with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” which will try to prove that the Harry Potter prequel series has achieved critic-proof status.

Though the film currently has a 57 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, “Fantastic Beasts 2” isn’t expected to have a much lower opening than its 2016 predecessor, which had a 74 percent Rt score. The sequel is currently projected for an opening in the high $60 million range from 4,000+ screens, with estimates topping out at $73 million. By comparison, the first film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” opened to $74.4 million, grossing $234 million domestically and $814 million worldwide.

Like Spider-Man and Queen fans, Pottermaniacs are expected to turn out for this film no matter what. Perhaps a sign of the
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Music of the part: Could all 4 Oscars go to actors playing musicians?

Music of the part: Could all 4 Oscars go to actors playing musicians?
It’s not uncommon to win an Oscar for playing a musical performer, real or fictional. From James Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942), to Sissy Spacek in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980), to Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls” (2006), just to name a few, it often pays dividends to star in a musical showbiz story. But this is a unique year where every Oscar could go to an actor playing a musician.

First there’s “A Star is Born.” Real-life recording artist Lady Gaga stars as a fictional up-and-coming recording artist in the musical remake. Her co-star Bradley Cooper — who also directed, produced and co-wrote the film — plays a veteran country singer whose career is on the skids. According to the latest forecasts of thousands of Gold Derby users, they’re the front-runners to win Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively.

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But even if Cooper loses Best Actor,
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Scene-Stealer Tom Hollander on ‘A Private War,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Bird Box’

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Scene-Stealer Tom Hollander on ‘A Private War,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Bird Box’
The holidays have come early for fans of Tom Hollander, with a plethora of new projects for the English actor who has emerged as one of the season’s favorite scene-stealers. Hollander has proven equally at home in period pieces (“Gosford Park”), wordy farce (“In the Loop”), action blockbusters (two “Pirates of the Caribbean” films), or even acting opposite himself (playing twins in last year’s “Breathe.”)

Hollander is now on screens in two films, giving advice and managing Queen in “Bohemian Rhapsody” and playing editor Sean Ryan to Rosamund Pike’s heroic journalist Marie Colvin in “A Private War.” Later this year he’ll bring his special brand of ambiguous menace to “Bird Box” with Sandra Bullock, which premiered Monday night at AFI Fest. He’ll also be heard as Tabaqui the hyena (don’t call him a jackal!) in “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle,” from his “Breathe” director Andy Serkis.
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Introducing the New IndieWire Homepage: More Awards, Festival Coverage, and Breaking News

Welcome to the new IndieWire homepage. The last time we did this was back in June 2016, shortly after IndieWire joined Pmc. And while we think the latest nip-and-tuck is very good looking, it also reflects improvements we’ve made to IndieWire over the last 18 months.

Here’s a look at the highlights:

More Awards Coverage. From Oscars to Emmys and all points in between, IndieWire has year-round coverage of all the awards circuits. Our new homepage modules provide multiple opportunities to surface the articles, photos, and video that create our world-class coverage.

More Festival Impact. From Sundance through Toronto, our coverage of the major festivals increases every year, and our new site lets you find all the latest news about the films that matter.

More Breaking News. Our team provides year-round coverage of the latest news in TV and film, seven days a week.

Cleaner layout, better design, and look at all that white space!
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You’re A Rich One, Mr. ‘Grinch’: Illumination-Universal Toon Sees Near $78M Four-Day Opening

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You’re A Rich One, Mr. ‘Grinch’: Illumination-Universal Toon Sees Near $78M Four-Day Opening
Monday Pm: With many schools taking off for the Veterans Day holiday today, turnstiles didn’t stop spinning with Illumination-Universal’s The Grinch grossing an estimated $10.3M today, -52% from Sunday taking its four-day opening to $77.8M. ComScore reported that close to half of all K-12 schools were off today along with 28% colleges.

It’s already been declared that The Grinch is the biggest Christmas-theme pic opening of all-time, beating his 2000 live-action self which was directed by Ron Howard ($55M 3-day), but next to other Illumination titles and their first four days at the B.O., the Green One feasibly beat The Lorax ($73.7M), Despicable Me ($63.9M), Sing ($41.4M) and Hop ($39.8M). A hold in the -40% range is in store this coming weekend for The Grinch as Warner Bros.Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald flies in to feast on more pre-Thanksgiving dollars, which many in the industry believe
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On the Charts: Metro Boomin Lands First Number One With ‘Not All Heroes Wear Capes’

Metro Boomin‘s surprise, guest-filled Not All Heroes Wear Capes debuted atop the Billboard 200 to give the hit-making Atlanta-based producer his first Number One album.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes moved 99,000 total copies in its debut week, the bulk of which came from streaming equivalent albums (SEAs); of the album’s opening week total, only 5,000 were traditional album sales, Billboard reports.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes features Boomin’s productions bolstered by an all-star guest list touting Drake, Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, Migos’ Offset and more. Metro Boomin
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2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Rami Malek can win Best Actor for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

2019 Oscars: 5 reasons why Rami Malek can win Best Actor for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
I know what you’re thinking. Is this a real prediction? Or is it just fantasy? Before you assume that I’m caught in a landslide (with no escape from reality), please open your eyes and look up to the skies and see … Here are five reasons why Rami Malek can win the Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

1. He plays a real person And is physically transformed onscreen.

It’s awardsology 101. The combination of portraying an actual individual plus altering one’s outward appearance is the easiest way to ensnare the academy’s attention. In the past twenty years alone, a plethora of people have won lead statuettes for doing exactly just that.

Look at Hilary Swank in “Boys Don’t Cry,” Adrien Brody in “The Pianist,” Nicole Kidman in “The Hours,” Charlize Theron in “Monster,” Jamie Foxx in “Ray,” Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote,” Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ rocks on at the box office: It’s about to be the biggest Lgbt film of all time

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ rocks on at the box office: It’s about to be the biggest Lgbt film of all time
“The Grinch” stole the box office crown on the weekend of November 9-11 with an impressive $66 million in receipts, but that didn’t stop “Bohemian Rhapsody” from rocking on during its second week in theaters. It brought in another impressive haul, which carried it over a significant milestone and indicates that the film could be a moneymaker for weeks to come.

Rhapsody,” which tells the story of Queen and the struggles of its lead singer Freddie Mercury (played by Rami Malek), dropped to second place this weekend with about $30.8 million. That brings the film over the $100 million mark at the domestic box office after just 10 days, making it the 24th film this year to reach the century mark. What’s especially impressive about its second-weekend take is that it’s a less than 40% drop from its opening weekend, indicating strong word of mouth that could keep the film chugging along
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Allen Leech To Co-Star in CBS' NSA Spy Drama Pilot "Surveillance"

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Allen Leech To Co-Star in CBS' NSA Spy Drama Pilot
Exclusive: Downton Abbey alum Allen Leech has been cast as one of the leads opposite Sophia Bush in CBS’'drama pilot "Surveillance," from Matt Reeves, David C. White, Patricia Riggen and 20th Century Fox TV, which will co-produce with CBS TV Studios.

Written by White, with Riggen set to direct, "Surveillance" is described as a complex and timely spy thriller centered on the head of communications for the NSA, Maddy (Bush), a charming operative who finds her loyalties torn between protecting the government’s secrets and her own.

Leech will play Mike, Maddy’s (Bush) husband and an accomplished former CIA operative. In addition to Bush, he joins recently cast Catalina Sandino Moreno, Matthew Modine and Raphael Acloque.

Reeves executive produces via his 6th & Idaho production company alongside Riggen; White co-executive produces.

Leech currently co-stars in the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, which has grossed $285 million worldwide to date. Leech also
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'The Grinch' pips 'Bohemian Rhapsody' to number one UK box office spot

Animated Dr. Seuss title took £5m over the weekend.

Rank Film / Distributor Three-day gross (Nov 9-11) Gross Week 1 The Grinch (Universal) £5m £5m 1 2 Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £4.5m £29m 3 3 Widows (20th Century Fox) £1.6m £2.4m 1 4 A Star Is Born (Warner Bros) £1.2m £25.4m 6 5. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (Disney) £1.1m £3.4m 2

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.29.

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3D family animation The Grinch has dislodged Bohemian Rhapsody from the number one slot at the top of the UK box office, taking £5m from its first three days.

Playing in 561 sites, the film scored a decent average of
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Korea Box Office: ‘Intimate Strangers,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Remain on Top

Korea Box Office: ‘Intimate Strangers,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Remain on Top
Local comedy “Intimate Strangers” remained on top of the South Korean box office, earning $7.88 million from 1 million admissions between Friday and Sunday. The Lotte Cultureworks release has earned a total of $25.3 million from 3.38 million admissions after two weekends on release. Directed by Lee Jae-kyoo (“The Fatal Encounter”), “Strangers” is a Korean remake of the 2016 Italian film, “Perfect Strangers.”

With a rare week-on-week increase of 47%, Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” remained in second place. The biographical film earned $6.43 million for a total of $14.7 million after two weekends on release. The two top films accounted for 79% of the total weekend box office.

Opening on Wednesday (Nov. 7), “The Villagers” landed in third. The Little Big Pictures release earned $2.64 million from 352,000 admissions over five days. Starring Don Lee, “Villagers” is a Korean action thriller about a teacher and a girl who questions the disappearance of her friend.

Next Entertainment World’s “The Wrath” opened on Thursday and took fourth spot.
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Bo Report: Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe fans embrace ‘Boy Erased’

‘Boy Erased.’

Given the challenging subject, Joel Edgerton’s gay conversion therapy drama Boy Erased opened very respectably in Australia last weekend, its first international market after platforming in the Us.

In part that speaks to the star power of Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as well as Lucas Hedges’ impressive turn as the teenage protagonist and Edgerton’s direction, screenplay and supporting role.

Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Warner Bros’ A Star is Born continued to dominate ticket sales as Sony’s sequel to the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo flopped.

Hindi action-adventure Thugs of Hindostan drew plenty of Bollywood fans while They Shall Not Grow Old, Peter Jackson’s artful mix of restored WW1 footage owned by the Imperial War Museum and BBC audio generated an impressive $178,000 from limited sessions on Sunday.

Meanwhile Disney’s British live action romantic comedy Patrick, Transmission’s polarising Suspiria and Icon
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Christmas Comes Early For ‘The Grinch’; ‘Overlord’ Proves Zombies and History Don’t Mix

Christmas Comes Early For ‘The Grinch’; ‘Overlord’ Proves Zombies and History Don’t Mix
There’s always room for a familiar hit at the box office. “The Grinch,” from Universal’s animated division Illumination Entertainment, beat out two live-action studio releases. This is the fifth adaptation of a Dr. Seuss classic in the last 18 years, and it bested the combined gross for World War II zombie film “Overlord” and “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the second English-language Lisbeth Salander adaptation, by a 350 percent margin.

With $66 million from “The Grinch,” that represented about 40 percent of the weekend’s $161 million total gross. Compared to last year, that’s a 10 million dollar improvement, but the pace will be tough to maintain: Last year had “Justice League,” “Coco,” and a Star Wars film still to come.

The Grinch” is the third-biggest opening among the Dr. Seuss films, behind the live-action version in 2000 and “The Lorax” in 2012. Its release date isn’t necessarily prime for a family
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‘Venom’ Devours $111M In China Debut, Bonds With $674M Global – International Box Office

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Update, writethru…: Thrashing to a massive China start, Sony’s Venom has reclaimed the No. 1 spot at the worldwide and international box office this weekend. Chomping on $111M in the Middle Kingdom, the Tom Hardy-starrer is the 2nd best bow there ever for a superhero title, the 5th best for an imported film and Sony’s biggest China launch of all time.

As we noted on Saturday, the China performance was powering Venom across the $600M mark globally, and with $673.5M through Sunday, Ruben Fleischer’s take on the Marvel property will soon see the other side of $700M. The overall overseas session was worth $118.2M on 44,700+ screens in 66 markets for an offshore cume of $467.3M.

The China debut makes Venom just the second superhero movie ever to hit the century mark during a 3-day Middle Kingdom bow, behind only Avengers: Infinity War. Audience reaction has been great,
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Hollywood Idol Rock Hudson Getting a Biopic from ‘Arrowverse’ Executive Producer Greg Berlanti

Hollywood Idol Rock Hudson Getting a Biopic from ‘Arrowverse’ Executive Producer Greg Berlanti
Right now, rock legend Freddie Mercury is making waves at the box office in the form of the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, telling the story about how his band Queen rose to fame and would make an impact on music for generations. More importantly, the film shines a light on Freddie Mercury’s sexuality, though the frontman […]

The post Hollywood Idol Rock Hudson Getting a Biopic from ‘Arrowverse’ Executive Producer Greg Berlanti appeared first on /Film.
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'The Grinch' steals North American box office in $68m debut (update)

'The Grinch' steals North American box office in $68m debut (update)
Awards contender The Front Runner arrives in muted $56,000 from four venues.

November 12 Update: An impressive confirmed $67.6m North American debut saw Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s family feature The Grinch snatch top spot from Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody as the Fox hit crossed $100m in its second weekend.

The Grinch opened in 4,141 theatres. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the curmudgeonly creation from the Dr. Seuss children’s books, which also features Rashida Jones, youngster Cameron Seely, and narrator Pharrell Williams. By way of comparison, How The Grinch Stole Christmas voiced by Jim Carrey opened on $55m in November 2000, which adjusts for inflation to $79.9m.
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