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    ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Tops New Year’s Eve Box Office

    ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Tops New Year’s Eve Box Office
    Moviegoers flocked to “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” on New Year’s Eve, choosing to ring in 2020 by ringing out the nine-film saga about the rise, fall, rise, fall, and rise again of cinema’s preeminent Jedi family.

    The Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm release pulled in an estimated $13.1 million on Tuesday as much of the world prepared to pop the champagne on the year that was. That brings “The Rise of Skywalker’s” domestic total to $390.6 million, putting it in position to cross the $400 million mark at some point on New Year’s Day.

    Sony’s “Jumanji: The Next Level” continued to perform well despite the formidable challenge from the latest Star Wars. The film came in second over the holiday, bringing in $8.3 million to push its domestic haul to $192.1 million. “Jumanji: The Next Level” is the follow-up to 2017’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” It reunites a cast that includes Jack Black,
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    David Ayer Hopes to Launch Action Franchise with ‘The Dirty Dozen’ Remake

    David Ayer Hopes to Launch Action Franchise with ‘The Dirty Dozen’ Remake
    It was recently announced that David Ayer was in negotiations for a remake of the 1967 classic film The Dirty Dozen. The original flick was itself based on E.M. Nathanson's 1965 bestseller inspired by real-life World War II demolition teams who ventured into enemy territories. It centered on a group of lowlife prisoners who were turned into Army commandos only to embark on what was certain to be a suicide mission. If you're making the connection between The Dirty Dozen and Suicide Squad, congratulations, we're on the same page. And it seems …
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    Disney Drives Spain to 2010s Theatrical Admissions Record

    Madrid — Disney. An extraordinary Mouse House septet, all ranking in Spain’s Top 10, drove its 2019 box office to its biggest cinema theater ticket sales in the decade, according to Comscore figures released Thursday.

    The last time movies in Spain scored more spectators was 2009, said David Rodríguez, general manager, Spain & Portugal, Comscore Movies.

    In all, Spain’s B.O. gross for movies of any nationality came in at €624.1 million ($699.0 million), 7% up on 2018, and the best figure for Spain since 2011’s €630 million ($705.6 million). Admissions totaled 105.5 million, a year-on-year increase of 8%, and the best score since 2009, Comscore announced.

    Disney’s “The Lion King” alone grossed €37.2 million ($41.7 million), the best result in Spain for any individual movie since 2014’s “Ocho apellidos vascos” (“Spanish Affair”), which earned €56.1 million ($62.8 million).

    No. 3 at 2019’s box office was “Avengers: Endgame,” which made the best opening of any film last year with €10.4 million ($11.6 million) over April 26-29, accounting for
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    We Are from Jazz review – zany Russian musical comedy

    In this entertaining fantasy from the Soviet era, a brilliant pianist is expelled from the music academy because of his passion for decadent American jazz

    Only in a Woody Allen film will you hear quite as much Dixieland jazz as this. Here is We Are from Jazz, or We Are Jazzmen, the zany jazz comedy musical from Russian director Karen Shakhnazarov, originally released in 1983, but now revived as part of the Melodia! festival of Russian musicals at London’s BFI Southbank and Ciné Lumière.

    Shakhnazarov is now a rather establishment figure in Putin’s Russia as director general of the official Mosfilm studios and supporter of the party line, but his breakthrough film showed him to be a sprightly, subversive, comic talent – a tweaker of authority’s nose. His story imagines the birth of jazz in the Soviet Union, and it has the spirit of Hollywood movies such as George Roy Hill
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    Hong Kong Annual Box Office Dips Slightly on Protests

    Hong Kong Annual Box Office Dips Slightly on Protests
    Political problems that turned violent in the last few months weighed on the theatrical box office in Hong Kong, especially in the second half of the year. But the territory’s full year outcome was a 2% dip, rather than a precipitous plunge.

    Gross revenues for 2019 totaled Hk$1.923 billion ($245 million), compared with Hk$1.957 billion ($251 million) in 2018, according to data published Thursday by Hong Kong Box Office Ltd. That was achieved with the release of 326 films (of which 46 were considered as local) compared with 353 titles in 2018, of which 53 qualified as Hong Kong productions or co-productions.

    Between January and June theatrical revenues had been trending upwards at over 6%, according to previous figured from Hkbo. That points to a decrease of 10% in the second half, compared to the July to December takings of 2018.

    The political protests, that began in June with a popular movement against a proposed law that would have eroded differences between
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    In the Line of Duty review – race-against-time cop thriller

    Troubled detective Aaron Eckhart is forced to team up with a young citizen journalist in this run-of-the-mill action spectacle

    There’s a straight-to-video feel to this cop thriller, directed by action veteran Steven C Miller, written by Jeremy Drysdale (who scripted the indie hit Grand Theft Parsons) and starring its exec producer, Aaron Eckhart.

    He plays Detective Frank Penny, a troubled but decent police officer with a reputation for shooting first and asking questions later. He accidentally ruins an anti-kidnap operation by killing the kidnapper who was about to pick up the ransom money in a public square, and now it’s a race against time to find out where the hostage is being held before she dies. And this tough, old-school cop finds himself having to tolerate a young citizen journalist, Ava Brooks (Courtney Eaton), who tags along, live streaming the whole thing on her phone, thus putting in
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    The 10 Best Films Languishing Without U.S. Distribution This Decade

    The 10 Best Films Languishing Without U.S. Distribution This Decade
    One of the strangest and most vexing things about reviewing movies for a trade paper like Variety — which involves covering films at festivals and markets, as opposed to those consumer newspaper critics who follow the theatrical release schedule — is the fact that so many of the films we cover don’t have U.S. distribution at the moment we write about them. That’s the whole reason Variety is there: to give buyers, agents, and festival programmers an idea of where the quality lies. But it can be surreal to read (or write!) a rave review a movie that may never reach a movie theater near you.

    Sometimes an enthusiastic critic can nudge a company into taking the risk on a foreign gem, but more often than not, the marketplace is too tough for a review to make a difference in a tiny film’s fate. And so the films
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    ‘Captain America’ Actress Arrested in Connection With Her Mother’s Murder

    ‘Captain America’ Actress Arrested in Connection With Her Mother’s Murder
    Mollie Fitzgerald, who had a minor role in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” was arrested on Tuesday in connection to the stabbing death of her mother last month, police said in a statement.

    According to the police statement, on Dec. 20, law enforcement officials responded to an armed disturbance at the Oltahe, Kan., home of her mother, Patricia E. Fitzgerald. Patricia was discovered with an apparent stab wound, and was pronounced dead on the scene at the age of 68.

    “A 38-year-old, white female, known to the victim, was contacted on scene and transported to a local hospital with minor injuries,” the original police statement read. It was later updated to read that Mollie Fitzgerald had been arrested.

    Mollie Fitzgerald has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held on a $500,000 bond, the Kansas City Star reports. A spokesperson with the Olathe Police Department was not immediately available for comment.

    Mollie
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    Jack Garfein, Director and Acting Coach, Dies at 89

    Jack Garfein, the longtime teacher, director, writer, producer and pivotal member of the Actors Studio died on Dec. 30 due to complications from leukemia, according to Playbill. He was 89.

    Garfein’s influence and expertise touched the lives of many names from directors George Stevens and John Ford to actors Sissy Spacek and Bruce Dern.

    Garfein founded the Actors Studio West in Los Angeles, created the Actors and Directors Lab (both in New York and Los Angeles), co-founded the Strasberg Institute in N.Y. and the Jack Garfein Studio in Paris. He was also a co-founder of the Hollywood Theater Row, a collection of over 22 stages now called the Live Theater District of Los Angeles.

    Establishing the first Actors Studio on the West Coast wasn’t immediate — first he had to convince actor Paul Newman, Garfein recalled on a recent panel for the Film Society of Lincoln Center. “[I called and said] Paul I found a
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    A Dispatch from Canada’s Whistler Film Festival

    For nineteen years, the Whistler Film Festival has been a mountainside home for some of the best award-winning and independent cinema in the world. What started off as a small gathering has evolved in size, shifting from a place where the massive Vancouver film community would annually attend splashy parties and revel in sponsored swag […]

    The post A Dispatch from Canada’s Whistler Film Festival appeared first on /Film.
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    Read All of /Film’s Best of the Decade Lists and Features

    It’s the first day of a new year and a new decade, and what better way to usher in 2020 than with a look back at the past 10 years of movies, TV shows, and everything in between? The pop culture landscape has shifted tremendously in the years since 2010, and our favorite movies of […]

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    Theme Park Bits: Space Mountain Refurbishment, The End of Disneyland Express, and More

    In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Space Mountain is losing its Star Wars theming. Bid farewell to Disneyland Express. Learn what it’s like to make candy canes at Disney World. And more! Since May of 2019, Space Mountain over in Disneyland has been themed to a little franchise you might have heard of: Star […]

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    Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ Gets a New Release Date

    The upcoming Disney Plus series WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Avengers power couple Scarlet Witch and Vision, will be premiering on the streaming service in 2020, a year earlier than originally announced. The reveal was dropped in a trailer released today showcasing all the content coming to Disney Plus this year, which is quite a way to celebrate the beginning of a new decade. [caption id="attachment_863102" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/caption] The show, consisting of 6 episodes presumably somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour in length each, was …
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    ‘Uncut Gems’ Actress Julia Fox on Working with Adam Sandler and Her Unique Path to Stardom [Interview]

    ‘Uncut Gems’ Actress Julia Fox on Working with Adam Sandler and Her Unique Path to Stardom [Interview]
    The path to Julia Fox‘s on-screen acting debut in Uncut Gems took her through a myriad of other successful creative endeavors, including art, photography, fashion design, writing, and even recently directing her first short film, Fantasy Girls. Fox first became well known in her native New York City for being something of an “It girl” on the […]

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    Everything We Know About ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 7

    The surprisingly long-running Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming to an end this summer. The show's official Twitter account just shared an image from its upcoming final season, featuring several of the cast members in jaunty vintage attire. https://twitter.com/AgentsofSHIELD/status/1212418223116836866 The image makes total sense, considering what we already know about the storyline - Season 6 ended with the characters traveling back in time to 1930s Manhattan (before the existence of S.H.I.E.L.D.) to try and thwart an invasion from the Chronicoms. In an interview with TV …
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    ‘Uncut Gems’: The Startling Indie Smash That Audiences…Don’t Like? (Column)

    The film business is now caught in such a swirling hurricane of change that few pretend to know which way is up. A couple of years ago, Netflix was an interloper; now it’s poised to dominate the Academy Awards. Movies and television increasingly flow into each other, and the streaming revolution is only just starting to wash away old categories.

    In the midst of all this brain-boggling evolution, the fact that “Uncut Gems,” a critically acclaimed independent feature by the Safdie brothers, starring Adam Sandler as a sleazy, flyweight hustler-spieler-chiseler-gambler who works in New York’s Diamond District (but spends most of his time hiding out in the chintzy casino of his mind), has succeeded in making $20 million at the box office may not seem like that big a deal. The presence of Sandler, along with a great deal of critical adoration, has put “Uncut Gems” on the radar,
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    ‘Joker’: How Todd Phillips Infiltrated Hollywood Through the New York Underground

    ‘Joker’: How Todd Phillips Infiltrated Hollywood Through the New York Underground
    In 2019, no movie became a greater flashpoint for cultural debate than “Joker” — and Todd Phillips sat happily at the center of the battlefield. To some, Phillips looked like he wanted to provoke the ire of the moment — the bearded reprobate with a naughty grin and cynical gaze, the Hollywood bro who made those “Hangover” movies and gave up on comedy to avoid the sensitivities of the moment, a Tinseltown huckster straight out of the “Entourage” mold who cared less about the art of filmmaking than contorting it into the ultimate blockbuster coup.

    But these readings tend to ignore his roots, and how they set him up for everything that followed. Phillips’ origin story has been obscured by the sheer scale of his commercial successes, and even he’s reticent to look back. “People don’t always know about my beginnings, and I get it,” Phillips told me when we met
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    Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ Series Will Now Arrive on Disney+ in 2020

    Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ Series Will Now Arrive on Disney+ in 2020
    Now that The Mandalorian has finished its first season, Disney+ has to do something to keep those millions of subscribers satiated. A new video announcing what’s coming to the streaming service in 2020 is mostly familiar titles, but there’s one noteworthy addition. WandaVision, the […]

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    ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ and ‘The Mandalorian’s Approaches to Force Healing Represent Different Directions for Lucasfilm’s Future

    ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ and ‘The Mandalorian’s Approaches to Force Healing Represent Different Directions for Lucasfilm’s Future
    Major spoilers for The Mandalorian and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker below. While watching Episode 7 of The Mandalorian, my partner turned to me midway through and asked, “have we seen that before?” The moment in question was when the child (aka “Baby Yoda”) reached out to “Force heal” another character. I had, in fact, seen […]

    The post ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ and ‘The Mandalorian’s Approaches to Force Healing Represent Different Directions for Lucasfilm’s Future appeared first on /Film.
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    A Mostest Violent Year? Jessica Chastain Teases A Return To Her J.C. Chandor Crime Drama With Oscar Isaac

    I always describe it as the Lumet effect or the Lumet application. It’s basically the approach director J.C. Chandor does with all his film; apply the moral tenets and classicist sensibilities of the late great filmmaker Sidney Lumet to all his films. This application of style, tone, and feeling is definitely accurate of Chandor’s 2014 A24 moral crime drama, “A Most Violent Year.” Starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, with Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

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