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Box Office: ‘Coco’ Wins as ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Waits in the Wings

Box Office: ‘Coco’ Wins as ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Waits in the Wings
With anticipation building for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Disney-Pixar’s animated comedy “Coco” handily won its third straight crown at a moderate North American box office with $18.3 million at 3,748 sites.

“Coco” joined “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” “Fate of the Furious” and “Split” as 2017 titles to top the domestic box office for three weekends in a row. The major studios have held off on any new openings since the Thanksgiving holiday but that changes on the evening of Dec. 14 when previews start for Disney-Lucasfilm’s “The Last Jedi” amid expectations of an opening weekend in the $200 million range.

“Coco,” a colorful celebration of Mexico’s Day of the Dead, showed impressive holding power with a 33% decline from its second weekend to lift its 19-day total to $135.5 million. It’s performed similarly to Disney’s animated “Moana,” which opened at the same time last year and had totaled $144.7 million after three weekends.

There was a single
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‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards

‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards
God’s Own Country” was the big winner at the British Indepdendent Film Awards on Sunday, winning best British independent film, best actor for Josh O’Connor, and best debut screenwiter for Francis Lee, who also directed the England-set gay romance.

Lady Macbeth” was another multiple prize-winner, taking home the awards for best screenplay for Alice Birch, best actress for Florence Pugh, and most promising newcomer for Naomie Ackie. Armando Iannucci’s “Death of Stalin” picked up four awards, which were handed out Sunday evening at a starry awards ceremony in London.

The British independent movie industry turned out in force, although the snow that had blanketed parts of Britain overnight kept double award-winner Rungano Nyoni from attending and had Lee telling the crowd he needed digging out of his home in Yorkshire, northern England, to make the bash.

Host Mark Gatiss opened proceedings by announcing “it’s been another dreadful year for planet Earth,” adding that “January
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'Shape of Water' Is Wonder and Nostalgia Done Right

'Shape of Water' Is Wonder and Nostalgia Done Right
Wonder is no stranger to the work of Guillermo del Toro. Even at their most phantasmagorical, their most horrific, wonder is infused in his films, as if from behind the camera del Toro cannot help marveling at the supernatural creations wrought before him by his FX crew: Whether eldritch, bizarre, grotesque, kooky, or oftentimes plain old monstrous, the beasts inhabiting del Toro’s imagined worlds never cease to raise his awe while inviting our own.

So take The Shape of Water, his latest film (now expanding after opening in New York last weekend), as a capstone statement on his entire career:...
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Saudi Arabia Lifts 35-Year Cinema Ban

A 35-year ban on cinemas in Saudi Arabia has been overturned as the Kingdom’s efforts to liberalize gain pace, and commercial movie theaters are expected to open as soon as next March. A resolution allowing the Culture Ministry to license commercial cinemas has been passed, and the licensing process started for new theaters.

Cinemas were banned in the 1980s as they were considered a threat to religious and cultural identity. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been driving a program of social and economic reforms under the Vision 2030 banner, and rescinding the cinema ban is part of that drive. Saudi authorities were bullish on the long-term prospects for the cinema business in in the Kingdom and said they anticipated 300 movie theaters opening, and there being 2,000 screens by 2030.

Culture minister Awwad Alawwad said the process of licensing cinemas was already underway and this was a “watershed moment” in terms of Saudi Arabia’s cultural sector. “Opening cinemas
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Saudi Arabia Lifts 35-Year Ban On Cinemas; Movie Theaters Expected In March 2018

Saudi Arabia has officially declared that public movie theaters will return to the kingdom for the first time in more than 30 years. The move had been expected. Deadline reported last month that an initiative was afoot to build and open cinemas after being a focus of the Future Investment Initiative conference held in Riyadh in October. Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad said today, "Opening cinemas will act as a catalyst for economic growth and…
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Korea Box Office: ‘Swindlers’ Wins Third Weekend

Korea Box Office: ‘Swindlers’ Wins Third Weekend
Two Korean titles, “The Swindlers” and “Forgotten” remained on top of the South Korean box office. “Swindlers” earned $3.18 million from 418,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $26.7 million after three weekends. The Showbox release accounted for 24% of the total weekend box office. Megabox’s “Forgotten” earned $2.34 million for a two-weekend total of $7.82 million.

Animated features, “Pororo, Dinosaur Island Adventure” and “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” debuted on Thursday (Dec. 7) and took third and fourth, respectively. Distributed by Next Entertainment World (New), local animation “Pororo” earned $2.28 million over four days. Japanese animation “Mary,” distributed by Cgv Arthouse, earned $2.22 million between Thursday and Sunday. Another Thursday opener, “American Assassin” landed in sixth. The action drama earned $1.12 million over first four days.

With a week-on-week drop of 57%, “Murder on the Orient Express” slipped to fifth place from the previous week’s third. It earned $1.1 million between Friday and Sunday to extend its total to $5.47 million after two weekends
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The Smurfette Principle: why can’t Hollywood accept gender equality?

As Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and It show, the problematic trope of token girls in all-male gangs endures

It has been a good year for women in cinema in many ways, with a high count of quality female-made and female-led movies, and the removal of an echelon of sexual predators from the industry. But by some metrics, there’s still a way to go. In particular, the Smurfette Principle. The phrase was coined back in 1991 by Us writer Katha Pollitt, who bemoaned the number of films and TV programmes that featured a group with one lone female. Not just The Smurfs but also The Muppets, Winnie The Pooh, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and so forth. “The message is clear,” she wrote, “... boys are central, girls peripheral.”

Related: Wonder Woman review – glass ceiling still intact as Gal Gadot reduced to weaponised Smurfette

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Golden Globes: How To Watch Nominations Announcement Live

Golden Globes: How To Watch Nominations Announcement Live
Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell and Sharon Stone will announce the nominees for the 75th Golden Globe Awards today (Monday December 11) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The HFPA will livestream the nominations on Facebook Live on the Golden Globes Facebook Page and at GoldenGlobes.com beginning at 5:15Am Pt. NBC’s Today Show will live broadcast the second set of categories beginning at 5:38Am Pt. You can also check back to Deadline to…
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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: The Saviors Strike Back In Bad Choice-Filled Finale

Whose Episode Is It?

Since it’s the mid-season finale, basically every named character gets at least one line of dialogue, but the biggest focus is poor ol’ optimistic Carl, who grew a pesky conscience between seasons. And we all know where a conscience gets you on “The Walking Dead.” The episode is titled after one of Carl’s lines of dialogue (in one of those patented, infuriating “Oh, by the way” flashback moments of character development that the show loves to use) where he tries to convince Rick that he should probably start thinking about the world that will exist after the war. But the episode is largely unconcerned with the moral arguments the show’s been raising all season, in favor of a lot of running and shooting (which, fair enough, has also been heavily featured all season). There’s plenty of Carl, but it doesn’t add
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The 50 best films of 2017 in the UK: No 10 Manchester by the Sea

As our countdown enters the final stages, Cath Clarke champions a harrowing, beautifully acted film where tragedy has no easy resolution

More of the best culture of 2017

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Hollywood tends to side with Nietzsche on the subject of human suffering. So films end with characters recovering from tragedy, or at the very least achieving some kind of emotional closure, and we all get to go home with the uplifting message that everything in life happens for a reason – even the crappy stuff. But Kenneth Lonergan’s shattering portrait of grief has something different to say. What if some tragedies are impossible to come back from? What happens to the people broken into too many pieces to heal?

So no, Manchester by the Sea doesn’t win the prize for cheeriest film of 2017. But it is definitely in the running for most beautifully acted
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‘Get Out’ And ‘The Florida Project’ Are The Early Critics Groups Picks For Best Picture

If you wonder why so many who cover the Oscar game are hesitant to call out a true frontrunner at this stage in the game it’s because there honestly doesn’t seem to be one yet. We’ve got the Golden Globe nominations in a few hours, but at this point the HFPA are much more likely to influence an Academy member by who they select as a winner in January before nomination voting is completed. The SAG Award nominations are on Wednesday and that will be a much closer (but not perfect) indicator of what the industry thinks, but their SAG Ensemble honor hasn’t predicted five Best Picture nominees twice this decade.

Continue reading ‘Get Out’ And ‘The Florida Project’ Are The Early Critics Groups Picks For Best Picture at The Playlist.
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Dubai: Mohamed Hefzy’s Film Clinic Boards Abu Bakr Shawky’s ‘Yomeddine’ (Exclusive)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Prominent Egyptian independent producer Mohamed Hefzy’s Film Clinic has come on board as a co-producer of Egyptian-Austrian filmmaker Abu Bakr Shawky’s upcoming feature film “Yomeddine,” a road movie about a middle-aged man raised in a leper colony who embarks with a sidekick and a donkey on a journey across Egypt to try and reconnect with his family.

A long-gestating passion project which is now in post, “Yomeddine” is Shawky’s feature film debut and stems from his short “The Colony” that chronicles tales of the residents of the Abu Zaabal leper colony in Egypt.

Shawky, who studied political science and filmmaking in Cairo, is an alumn of Nyu’s graduate film program.

The pic’s protagonist, named Beshay, is played by Rady Gamal a non-professional actor who suffers from leprosy and is a resident of the leper colony. According to “Yomeddine” promotional materials Beshay leaves the confines of the leper colony
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‘Outlander’ Review: The Sweltering Jamaican Heat Leads to a Lukewarm Season Finale

‘Outlander’ Review: The Sweltering Jamaican Heat Leads to a Lukewarm Season Finale
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Outlander” Season 3 Episode 13, “Eye of the Storm.”]

Unrequited, Requited Love

Three seasons in and it’s very likely that Claire and Jamie have as many lives as a cat, given the various arrests, witch hunts, and enemies they have out to do them harm. Yet every single time they seem to escape with barely a scratch, as was the case in this season-ender. Despite being dragged off by the overeager Porpoise captain and arrested at the end of last week’s penultimate episode, Jamie managed to predictably finagle himself out of being hauled back overseas thanks to a quick intervention by Lord John Grey and Fergus. As such, he was able to return to Claire and help her secure Young Ian’s safe return, and the entire Fraser clan made it out alive, albeit with a few more emotional scars than when they first entered that cave.

Since that all went down in the first half of
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China Box Office: ‘Coco’ Stays Tops Ahead of ‘Paddington 2’

China Box Office: ‘Coco’ Stays Tops Ahead of ‘Paddington 2’
Pixar animation, “Coco” stayed on top of a fragmented Chinese box office with a stirring $32.7 million in its third week on release. New release, “Paddington 2” enjoyed second place with $14.5 million.

Benefiting from good word of mouth and only modest competition, “Coco” saw its numbers hold up strongly. The third weekend total represented only a 25% decline compared with the second weekend score of $43.8 million. It scored $6.53 million on Friday, $15.8 million on Saturday and $10.4 million on Sunday, according to data from China’s Ent Group. After three weeks on release, the film has a cumulative $126 million after 17 days on release, by far the best score for a Pixar title in China. (After a three weekends in North America, the film has $136 million.)

Leading out the final major imported film releases of the year, “Paddington 2” had nearly 70,000 screenings per day and took second place on each outing. The first “Paddington” film earned $16.8 million in its 2015 outing.

Chinese crime actioner
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Boston Society Of Film & New York Film Critics Online Announce Award Winners For 2017

As we inch closer to the end of the year, more critics groups across the country are releasing their winners for 2017. The Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Online revealed their winners, showing us that there is no clear frontrunner for this year’s Best Picture. The Boston Society of Film seems to have an affinity for Phantom Thread. The film about the tortured artistry of a renowned couturier in 1950s post-war London won Best Picture as well…
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‘Coco’ Sweet With $390M Global, Scores China Hat Trick; ‘Justice League’ Tops $600M Ww – International Box Office

‘Coco’ Sweet With $390M Global, Scores China Hat Trick; ‘Justice League’ Tops $600M Ww – International Box Office
Update, Writethru: While the world waits for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to hit global hyperdrive this week, the current international box office session was led by its Disney stablemate, Coco. Taking the overseas crown for the 2nd weekend in a row, the Pixar title crooned a $55.3M tune in 35 markets. That brings the offshore total to $254M and worldwide to $389.5M. Coco continues to pop in China where the cume has zoomed past $100M, dropping just 21% in the 3rd frame…
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British Independent Film Awards: ‘God’s Own Country’ and ‘Lady Macbeth’ Win Top Prizes

British Independent Film Awards: ‘God’s Own Country’ and ‘Lady Macbeth’ Win Top Prizes
“God’s Own Country” won multiple prizes at the British Independent Film Awards, including Best British Independent Film, Best Actor for Josh O’Connor, and Best Debut Screenwriter for Francis Lee. Lee also directed the romantic drama, which stood tall at the ceremony in London; “Lady Macbeth” — which took home the Screenplay, Actress, Most Promising Newcomer, Cinematography, and Costume Design awards — and “I Am Not a Witch” (Director, Debut Director, Breakthrough Producer) had big nights as well.

Read More:‘Lady Macbeth’ Leads British Independent Film Nominations

This year’s ceremony, the 20th, took place in London. Full list of winners:

Best British Independent Film

“God’s Own Country”

Best Director

Rungano NyoniI Am Not a Witch

Best Screenplay

Alice BirchLady Macbeth

Best Actress

Florence PughLady Macbeth

Best Actor

Josh O’Connor “God’s Own Country”

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia ClarksonThe Party

Best Supporting Actor

Simon Russell Beale
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Iffam: Pang Ho-cheung Readies Martial Arts Three-Parter

Iffam: Pang Ho-cheung Readies Martial Arts Three-Parter
Pang Ho-cheung, one of the most creative talents in the Hong Kong film industry, is poised to make his biggest project to date. He is just weeks away from shooting a trilogy of martial arts films whose Chinese title translates simply as “Kung Fu Story.”

Pang, who is a whirl of energy, spinning out novels, screenplays and executive production activities, has a track record of edgy films – revisionist romance “Love in a Puff,” sex comedy “Vulgaria,” and property-themed horror “Dream Home” – so he is unlikely to leave the martial arts genre completely untouched.

Plot and casting details are currently scarce, but Pang teases: “Ever since childhood, I’ve always taken different paths. My most recent film, ‘Love off the Cuff,” was not a single-issue movie. (“Kung Fu Story”) will continue in that vein.”

“We’re going to shoot all three together, so we’ve spent a year a year and a half on preparation, and have now
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Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy

Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy
Rising star Indian actor, Rajkummar Rao has signed an untitled film alongside actress Shraddha Kapoor (“Haseena Parkar”), by director duo Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru (“A Gentleman”).

Principal photography will commence by the end of January 2018. Dinesh Vijan is producing for Maddock Films (“Hindi Medium”). Rao describes the film as an “out-of-the-box, raucous horror-comedy.”

Rao, who will receive one of the Variety Asian Actors to Watch award at Iffam later this week, is enjoying the best year of his career.

He is the star of political satire “Newton,” which was released in India in late September on the day it was announced that it would be India’s entry in Oscar’s foreign language category. It not only racked up the box office numbers, but also won Rao best actor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Survival drama “Trapped” released in March and alongside enormous critical acclaim, performed well at the box office.

Romantic comedy
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Celebrities Praise Keaton Jones: Chris Evans Invites Bullied Boy To ‘Avengers’ Premiere

Refresh for updates Seems half of Hollywood is reaching out to Keaton Jones – meaning the other half just hasn’t yet seen the bullied Tennessee boy’s heartbreaking Facebook video. “You got a pal in the Hulk,” tweeted Mark Ruffalo, while Chris Evans has just invited Keaton to next year’s Los Angeles premiere of Avengers: Infinity War. If you haven’t been near a computer screen today, Keaton is the middle schooler whose tearful question – “Just out of curiosity, why do they…
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