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‘The Wife’ & ‘We The Animals’ Bow Strong; ‘Three Identical Strangers’ at $10.5M in 2nd Month of Release: Specialty Box Office

‘The Wife’ & ‘We The Animals’ Bow Strong; ‘Three Identical Strangers’ at $10.5M in 2nd Month of Release: Specialty Box Office
Sony Classics’ The Wife with Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce topped out a group of newcomer limited releases that mostly did decent numbers this weekend.

The 2017 Toronto debut by Björn Runge grossed $111,137 in four New York and Los Angeles locations in the three-day estimate, averaging $27,784. Sundance breakout We The Animals by Jeremiah Zagar from The Orchard also had a nice launch, playing three theaters in New York and L.A., for $66,261 and a $22,087 per theater average.

Ethan Hawke had two films out this weekend, one in which he stars and another he directed. Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate’s Juliet, Naked with Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd launched in four theaters, grossing $60,922, averaging $15,230. Sundance Selects opened Hawke’s Blaze, which he co-wrote and directed, in three locations exclusively in Austin, TX over the weekend. The Sundance premiere grossed $45,342, averaging slightly lower than Juliet, Naked at $15,114.

Music Box Films, meanwhile, opened Emmanuel Finkiel’s French-language,
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NatGeo’s ‘Jane’ gets 1/4 odds at the Emmys to wreak revenge against the Oscars

NatGeo’s ‘Jane’ gets 1/4 odds at the Emmys to wreak revenge against the Oscars
One of the best things about showbiz awards is that there are a lot of them, so it’s possible for worthy contenders to rebound triumphantly at a new trophy show after previously getting skunked at another. Call it the Hollywood Happy Ending Syndrome and now it looks like it is about to play out at the Emmys for NatGeo’s hugely popular, successful and critically acclaimed “Jane,” according to Gold Derby’s predictions (1/4 odds).

The documentary about the life and career of chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall got cruelly slapped down by the doc branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences earlier this year when it was left off of the list of Oscar nominees. The snub wasn’t “Jane’s” fault. The academy’s doc branch has a shameful history of denying gold to worthy
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Chris Jericho to star in Kevin Smith’s horror anthology KillRoy Was Here

Chris Jericho to star in Kevin Smith’s horror anthology KillRoy Was Here
Last summer, Kevin Smith announced that he was shooting a horror anthology movie entitled KillRoy Was Here, which originally started out as a Christmas-themed Krampus film before morphing into what the filmmaker describes as a “modern day Creepshow kinda flick.”

Well, Smith has now taken to Facebook to provide another update, revealing that wrestling icon Chris Jericho is set to feature in the movie as “a nasty-ass South Florida streamer”.

Despite suffering a major heart attack earlier this year, Smith is showing no signs of slowing down. He’s gearing up to begin production on his return to the View Askewniverse, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, has another episode of The CW’s Supergirl in the pipeline, and recently teased that he’s working on what could become his biggest-budgeted project of his entire career.

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‘Night School’ Trailer: Tiffany Haddish Will Beat The Ged Answers Out Of Kevin Hart If She Has To

Keeping with the school theme of the film, “Night School” is hoping the variables used to populate this movie-making equation can lead to the right box office answer. Okay, I admit that was a bit of a stretch, but when you add Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, and the director of “Girls Trip” together, it sounds like a box office no-brainer, right?

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Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ Posts Ridiculously Low $618 Opening Weekend

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Just over a year ago, Kevin Spacey was celebrating the release of his film, “Baby Driver.” The Edgar Wright-directed crime thriller brought in $21 million in its first weekend. But over the ensuing months, Spacey’s star status took an apparently irreparable hit, with allegations of sexual assault. The actor joined Harvey Weinstein as the poster boys for the abusers in Hollywood.

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‘Atypical’ Season 2 Trailer: The Gardner Family Tries to Piece Itself Together as Sam Faces the Idea of College

Sometimes when a family is trying to regroup in trying times, parents have some difficult decisions to make. In other cases, the kids pretend to be giant birds hatching their siblings. Looks like the latest round of “Atypical” has a little bit of both.

Netflix offered up an early look at Season 2, which premieres early next month. Set in the wake of some major changes in the Gardner family’s natural environment, Sam (Keir Gilchrist) is struggling to adapt to some shifts in his high school friend group. Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is still trying to earn back the trust of her husband Doug (Michael Rappaport) after having an affair. Meanwhile, Sam’s therapist Julia (Amy Okuda) is still working through last season’s surprise pregnancy while helping her patients get back on track.

Season 1 regulars Nik Dodani and Jenna Boyd return for this new batch of episodes, alongside new cast member Casey Wilson,
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‘Sorry To Bother You’ Director Boots Riley Pens Takedown Of Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Boots Riley is a filmmaker that burst onto the scene earlier this year with his breakout film “Sorry to Bother You.” The film, which premiered at this year’s Sundance, found a way to discuss prominent social issues in a truly unique way was released in theaters recently and has become a bit of a small, indie hit. However, over the weekend, Riley decided to take aim at another film that tackled racial issues, Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.”

Before reading the long essay that Riley wrote about Lee’s latest film, you should understand that the filmmaker goes into great detail about very significant spoilers about “BlacKkKlansman.” However, if you’re interested in the crux of Riley’s issues against the film, it’s simple.

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‘Atypical’ Season 2 Trailer: Netflix’s Coming of Age Comedy Returns September 7

It’s time to get “Atypical” again Educating the public at large about the autism spectrum is an incredibly important issue, and breaking down stereotypes and promoting the reality of autism is incredibly important for improving the well being of all who are affected by the disorder. Media representations can certainly help in this regard, and shows like “Sesame Street” and, yes, “Young Sheldon” have made great strides in representing autism in a realistic way to a mainstream audience.

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Asia Argento Reportedly Settled Sexual Assault Claim In 2013 With Underage Actor

In a shocking, and frankly disgusting, turn of events, vocal #MeToo advocate Asia Argento finds herself on the other side of the debate, as information comes out that she “preyed” on a younger man in 2013.

The New York Times reports that documents obtained show that Argento, who is one of the many women that came out with sexual assault stories against Harvey Weinstein, settled a claim with a young actor in 2013 about a sexual encounter both had in a California hotel room.

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‘Outlaw King’ Trailer: ‘Hell Or High Water’ Director Goes To Medieval Scotland For Film Debuting At Tiff

This fall, Netflix is going to have a string of films that are expected to garner some awards buzz. One of those films is the upcoming “Outlaw King.” And judging by the first trailer, Netflix seems to have something special on its hands.

The new film tells the “untold true story” of Robert the Bruce, an outlaw hero turned revolutionary king. And as you might expect from this sort of film, the action seems gritty, real, and of course, epic, as the requisite war scenes and inspirational speeches are all here.

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‘Outlaw King’ Trailer: Chris Pine and David Mackenzie Team Up for Epic Netflix Period Piece

‘Outlaw King’ Trailer: Chris Pine and David Mackenzie Team Up for Epic Netflix Period Piece
David Mackenzie’s follow-up to his Best Picture nominee “Hell or High Water” is headed to Netflix, but it looks to spare no expense on the streaming service. “Outlaw King,” slated to debut in select theatres and on the streaming platform on November 9, reunites the director with his “Water” star Chris Pine for a much different story. Pine stars as Robert the Bruce, the King of Scots who hopes to get back control of his country after the King of England declares that he is an outlaw after stirring the country to civil war. Mackenzie also co-wrote and co-produced the film, which co-stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Billy Howle, Tony Curran, and Stephen Dillane. The film is slated to open Tiff 2018.

Mackenzie recently spoke about the importance of the film opening at Tiff.

“Thank you, Tiff, for welcoming our film into the world. The Festival is the perfect launch pad for our realistic epic,
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From the Dirt to the Gods: Virgil Vernier Discusses "Sophia Antipolis"

After a series of celebrated short films and his fiction debut Mercuriales (2014), French filmmaker Virgil Vernier has brought his sophomore feature Sophia Antipolis to Locarno’s wonderfully-titled “Filmmakers of the Present” section. A psycho-geographical, state-of-the-nation survey that centers solely on the eponymous, strange and tacky business park, Vernier’s film—shot on gorgeously grainy 16mm film—moves with the momentum and anxious ambiguity of a chain letter, from character to character and detour to detour. During this fourth week of August, some of Sophia Antipolis’s permanent residents seek spiritual salvation, and others seek vigilante justice. All remain desperate, and deeply dissatisfied. I spoke with Vernier to break down the irregular rapport of his beguiling and often elusive Sophia Antipolis—a film of speculative spontaneous combustions that at the same time feels highly modern and mythological, and, in its boucler la boucle, both begins and ends with the inexplicable. Notebook:
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Locarno 2018. Awards and Coverage Roundup

A Land Imagined director Yeo Siew Hua Below you will find the awards for the 71st Locarno Festival, as well as an index of our coverage.AWARDSInternational CompetitionGolden Leopard: A Land Imagined (Yeo Siew Hua) Special Jury Prize: M (Yolande Zauberman) Special Mention: Ray & Liz (Richard Billingham) Best Direction: Dominga Sotomayor (Too Late to Die Young) Best Actress: Andra Guti (Alice T.) Best Actor: Ki Joobong (Hotel By the River)Filmmakers of the Present Golden Leopard: Chaos (Sara Fattahi) Special Jury Prize: Closing Time (Nicole Vögele) Prize for Best Emerging Director: Tarik Aktas (Dead Horse Nebula) Special Mention: Fausto (Andrea Bussmann)Rose in Matthieu Bareyre's L'EpoqueSigns of Life Best Film: The Fragile House (Lin Zi) Mantarraya Award: The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin (Benjamin Crotty)First Feature Best First Feature: Alles Ist Gut (Eva Trobisch)Art Peace Hotel Award: Acid Forest (Rugile Barzdziukaite)Special Mention: Erased, Ascent of the
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Ethan Hawke Explains How He Multi-Tasks As Director and Actor With ‘Blaze’ and ‘Juliet, Naked’

Ethan Hawke Explains How He Multi-Tasks As Director and Actor With ‘Blaze’ and ‘Juliet, Naked’
Ethan Hawke is a notorious multi-tasker. He writes articles, books, and scripts — both “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” (with Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater) were nominated for Adapted Screenplay Oscars. He’s a gifted theater director (“A Lie of the Mind”), musician, and songwriter.

His day job has yielded a couple of Supporting Actor Oscar nominations (Antoine Fuqua’s “Training Day” and Linklater’s “Boyhood”). He can do everything from action westerns (“The Magnificent Seven” and the upcoming “The Kid”) to heist movies (Robert Budreau’s upcoming “Stockholm”) and sincere romance. And he’s having a good year: He’s in the running for a Best Actor nod for his performance as an angst-ridden priest in the Paul Schrader drama “First Reformed.”

Like fellow multi-taskers Mark Duplass, David Lowery, Amy Seimetz and Jeff Bridges, Hawke feeds his creative mojo with rich nutrients. That’s why, at age 47, he’s already
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‘The Affair’ Season 4 Concludes With a Recommitment to Living, Even As the Show Readies For the End

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‘The Affair’ Season 4 Concludes With a Recommitment to Living, Even As the Show Readies For the End
[Editor’s note: The following article contains spoilers for “The Affair” Season 4, Episode 10.]

For a show that’s rarely been all that big on the concept of optimism, the Season 4 finale of “The Affair” seemed to feature its characters… well, not in a particularly happy place, but certainly committed to moving forward with their lives. The men who loved Alison (Ruth Wilson) begin to process their grief for her, while the woman who stands to lose her own love seems to come to terms with that.

The absence of Wilson will be a blow going forward for this series, as the alternate universe version of “The Affair” Season 4, a season which wasn’t built in part around Wilson’s departure, is interesting to imagine. Would Alison have continued to find her own footing as she rebuilds her life? Or would her ongoing struggles ultimately sabotage all of the progress she’d made?

Another interesting question to consider is this:
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Asia Argento Settled a Sexual Assault Case Filed Against Her by an Underage Actor — Report

Asia Argento Settled a Sexual Assault Case Filed Against Her by an Underage Actor — Report
Asia Argento, a leading voice in the #MeToo movement and one of many women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, settled a sexual-assault accusation made against her by former child musician and actor Jimmy Bennett last year, according to the New York Times. Bennett was 17 at the time of the alleged incident, which took place in 2013; Argento was 37. Bennett claims the alleged assault took place in a hotel room in California, where the age of consent is 18.

Bennett originally intended to sue Argento for $3.5 million for assault and battery, lost wages, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. The case was settled for $380,000.

Carrie Goldberg, Argento’s attorney in the case, wrote that “we hope nothing like this ever happens to you again. You are a powerful and inspiring creator and it is a miserable condition of life that you live among s—-y individuals who’ve preyed
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Michael Shannon Will Never Play Donald Trump: ‘F—k That Guy’

Michael Shannon Will Never Play Donald Trump: ‘F—k That Guy’
Michael Shannon has played murderers, philosophical drug dealers, and Elvis Presley, but there’s one person he’ll never portray: Donald Trump. The two-time Oscar nominee is asked whether he’d be at all interested in doing so in the upcoming issue of Playboy, responding with an unequivocal “no” before detailing exactly why.

“He’s having the time of his life,” Shannon replies when asked whether he believes Trump is struggling with demons. “He doesn’t even have to work. All the hard work that most people have to do to get to be president of the United States, he just skipped all that. The fucking guy doesn’t even know what’s in the Constitution. He doesn’t have any grasp of history or politics or law or anything. He’s just blindfolded, throwing darts at the side of a bus.”

The actor scoffs at the notion of even
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‘Sharp Objects’ Review: All the Pieces Click Into Place in an Electrifying Episode 7 — Spoilers

‘Sharp Objects’ Review: All the Pieces Click Into Place in an Electrifying Episode 7 — Spoilers
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Sharp Objects” Episode 7, “Falling.”]

“My mother did it.”

Four simple words have rarely been so powerful and meant so much. After a meeting with her Aunt Jackie (Elizabeth Perkins), Camille (Amy Adams) caught up with the viewers watching at home and realized what her mother, Adora (Patricia Clarkson), had done: She poisoned and killed her long-dead sister, Marion; she’s poisoning and killing her rebellious half-sister, Amma (Eliza Scanlen); and she may have poisoned and killed the other little girls in Wind Gap.

That’s a lot to take in, and given how much Camille already went through this episode — a painful connection with another grieving sibling, sex with her clothes off (scars exposed), and some harsh words from her closest ally, Richard (Chris Messina) — she handles the news pretty well. Yet setting aside what state Camille will be left in at series’ end, those watching at home should’ve responded pretty well,
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Tops as Asian-Americans Flock to Box Office

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Tops as Asian-Americans Flock to Box Office
Crazy Rich Asians” (Warner Bros.) scored an impressive #1 box office position, topping $25 million for the three-day weekend and a five-day total of $34 million. Strong word of mouth and huge Asian-American audience interest fueled the box office.

Its appeal to an underserved niche audience was key, but more than 60 percent of its initial audience wasn’t Asian-American. It also pulled broad female interest (about two thirds of attendees) in a romantic comedy after a recent void in the marketplace; “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” opened a month ago.

Timing helped “Crazy.” Theaters were due for a comedy geared to the strong majority female audience in domestic theaters. But overdue doesn’t begin to describe how underserved the large and burgeoning domestic Asian-American audience is for films. They mark eight percent of frequent moviegoers. In the past quarter century, American studios have released only two wide pictures with Asian casts (1993 contemporary U.
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Netflix Is Now Playing Ads for Its Original Series While People Are Binge-Watching

The day you all feared has finally arrived: Netflix is now playing ads for its original series in between episodes of other shows. After reddit users complained about the change, the streaming giant confirmed that some viewers will now be seeing brief trailers for the likes of “Insatiable” while binge-watching.

“We are testing whether surfacing recommendations between episodes helps members discover stories they will enjoy faster,” Netflix said in a statement to Ars Technica. “A couple of years ago, we introduced video previews to the TV experience, because we saw that it significantly cut the time members spend browsing and helped them find something they would enjoy watching even faster.”

A rep for the company stressed that this is being done on a trial basis so far, but the implication appears to be that more and more users will see ads if they prove successful in increasing viewership for Netflix’s original series and movies.
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