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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’

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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’
It’s never easy to get let go from a project, but in their first public appearance since exiting what’s now been titled “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller handled it gracefully.

“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said to the crowd at Vulture Festival Sunday. “In terms of us leaving the project, everyone went in with really good intentions and our approach was really different from theirs… The gap was too big.”

Added Lord, “Sometimes people break up and it’s sad. We learned a lot from our collaborators, we’re really proud of our work and wish everyone with the best.”
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'Justice League' Stumbles in Domestic Debut as 'Wonder' Delivers Wondrous Results

'Justice League' Stumbles in Domestic Debut as 'Wonder' Delivers Wondrous Results
Warner Bros. and DC Comics' Justice League struggled compared to expectations as it failed to top $100 million over the course of its three-day weekend. Meanwhile, it was Lionsgate's Wonder that captured audience attention, debuting with an excellent $27 million, topping Thor: Ragnarok for a second place finish, positioning itself well for the holiday weeks ahead. Additionally, A24's Lady Bird continued its impressive run in limited release as it makes way for a nationwide debut over Thanksgiving weekend. With an estimated $96 million, Justice League managed to top the weekend, but fell short of the low end of expectations. Despite bringing in $13 million from Thursday previews, which was $2 million more than Wonder Woman hauled in from preview screenings ahead of a $103.2 million debut, Justice League just couldn't crack the century mark, delivering the lowest opening for any of the films in DC's Extended Universe thus far. Opening day audiences gave the
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‘Justice League’ Opens With Gloomy $96 Million in North America

‘Justice League’ Opens With Gloomy $96 Million in North America
Warner Bros.-DC’s costly “Justice League” has dominated the North American box office but fallen well short of expectations with a $96 million opening weekend at 4,051 locations.

It’s a decidedly gloomy result for the tentpole, which had been forecast by the studio just prior to the weekend to open in the $110 million range. Instead, “Justice League” is launching with only the eighth largest opening of 2017. It’s not even in the top 50 domestic openings of all time.
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Viacom Halts ‘Padmavati’ Release After Religious Uproar

Viacom Halts ‘Padmavati’ Release After Religious Uproar
India’s Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions have halted the global release of much-anticipated costume drama “Padmavati.” Controversy was sparked by the idea that it features a cross-faith Hindu-Muslim romance.

The film had been set for a Dec. 1 release in India. Related company, Paramount Pictures was recently announced as handle the worldwide distribution, in a day-and-date date release, coordinated with the outing in India.

While announcing a “voluntary deferment” of the film’s release, Viacom18 said that it had faith in legal process. And that it expected to announce a new date soon.
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‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Three Billboards’ Fly High, Netflix Mum on ‘Mudbound’ Results

‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Three Billboards’ Fly High, Netflix Mum on ‘Mudbound’ Results
A24’s “Lady Bird” and Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” both cracked the top 10 at the domestic box office this weekend as limited release awards contenders.

But Netflix is opting to maintain its policy of not releasing box office numbers after opening its awards candidate “Mudbound” in 17 theaters this weekend. Netflix also began streaming the well-reviewed historical drama on Friday.

A24’s third weekend of comedy-drama “Lady Bird” moved up from 10th to eighth place with $2.5 million at 253 sites as the distributor added 201 locations. A24 plans to further expand the coming-of-age movie, which marks Greta Gerwig’s feature directorial debut, over the Thanksgiving holiday. “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalfe, scored $364,437 on four screens for the top limited opening of the year on Nov. 3-5 and has grossed $4.7 million in its first 17 days.
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Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Scores $185 Million International Opening, Led by China

Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Scores $185 Million International Opening, Led by China
Warner Bros.-DC’s “Justice League” dominated the international box office in its opening weekend with $185.5 million at approximately 47,000 screens in 65 markets, led by $51.7 million in China.

The costly superhero tentpole is ahead of the international opening weekends for Warner’s “Wonder Woman” and Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok.” In China, where “Justice League” screened at 20,500 screens, the film took in 65% of grosses from the top five films and scored the second biggest debut for a Warners title after last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Justice League” ranked first in 10 other Asian markets with $41.2 million as the second highest Warner Bros. launch after “Dawn of Justice” while Latin America region contributed $35.4 million for the third highest Warner opening after “Dawn of Justice” and the final Harry Potter movie. Results from Europe topped “Wonder Woman” and were slightly behind “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Brazil was the top individual market after China with $14.2 million on 1,580 screens and set a record
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‘Los Perros’, ‘To Let’ win Kolkata Festival

Chilean-French “Los Perros,” directed by Marcel Said, won the best picture prize in the international competition of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival. Iceland’s Asa Helga Hjorleifsdottir won best director for “Swan.”

In the Indian competition, Chezhiyan Ra’s “To Let” was awarded best film while Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran won best director for “Sound of Silence.” The jury gave a special mention to Panchakshari’s “Pathumma”.

Akanksha Sood Singh’s “Mrityubhoj – the Death Feast” won best Indian documentary while Amritanshu’s “Chaahat Ke Gubbare” won best Indian short.

Despite inclement weather, the festival was extraordinarily well attended with all screenings, talks and masterclasses witnessing capacity crowds.

This year the focus country was the U.K. and noted British academic Rachel Dwyer delivered the annual Satyajit Ray memorial lecture, named for the late Oscar-winning Kolkata director of seminal films such as “Pather Panchali” and “Days and Nights in the Forest.” Dwyer discussed
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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Negan Finally Explains Himself In ‘The Big Scary U’

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Negan Finally Explains Himself In ‘The Big Scary U’
Whose Episode Is It?

It’s a Negan episode. Wait, don’t go! It’s actually much better than it sounds! In fact, “The Big Scary U” is not only the best episode of Season 8, it might be better than any episode from Season 7. And it manages this feat by simply giving Negan some depth and motivation, an actual character for us to consider, instead of a one-note psychopath. It also gives poor Jeffrey Dean Morgan something to do other than bluster, and he admirably rises to the occasion.

“The Big Scary U” also goes a long way in confirming that this season will finally seriously address the moral costs of living in the zombie apocalypse, as it both establishes Negan’s philosophy and questions Rick’s methodology. It even manages to address this in different storylines involving multiple characters, which is a rarity for the standard recent “Walking Dead
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‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System

‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System
For a movie meant to start conversations, “The Problem with Apu” follows its own advice and includes plenty of its own. In his search for answers about the origins, impact, and continued inclusion of “The Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Hari Kondabolu gives over much of the runtime of his new truTV documentary to his talks with South Asian performers and professionals about how Apu has affected not just their careers, but their lives.

Kondabolu’s film argues that as a character, Apu isn’t just a vehicle for promoting misguided and harmful stereotypes about South Asian people. For him, it’s a symptom of a system that never had anyone at the table to explain why the Kwik-e-Mart owner might be a caricature that would fundamentally shape understanding of the South Asian-American experience for everyone from playground bullies to well-intentioned businessmen.

This need for an honest evaluation of what Apu might represent,
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Idfa Film Review: ‘Amal’

For most young adults, coming of age feels like a fight against stasis. As your body, emotions and perspective rapidly change from month to month, the world often feels too still and too staid to support your new, unruly self-in-progress. For the eponymous subject of Mohamed Siam’s tight, perceptive documentary “Amal,” however, the dynamic is rather different and more disorienting: As her adolescence is irrevocably shaped by the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, her personal growth and her country’s violent upheaval complement each other in their turbulence.

Checking in annually on Amal’s unpredictable progress over five tough years, Siam’s bittersweet film elegantly maintains its dual personal and political narrative without undue contrivance. The engrossing, quietly upsetting result should travel widely — as befits its multinational provenance — on the festival circuit following its prominent premiere as this year’s Idfa opener. Meanwhile, the multi-platform distribution appeal of a film that touches intersectionally on topical matters of gender
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Read Weinstein Bidder Maria Contreras-Sweet’s Pitch: $275 Million And Female-Centric Leadership

Read Weinstein Bidder Maria Contreras-Sweet’s Pitch: $275 Million And Female-Centric Leadership
Exclusive: The first true bid for the assets of the troubled Weinstein Company will be a difficult one to beat for any bidders thinking of getting into the fray. It starts with the woman fronting the bid, a Mexican immigrant who served in the Obama cabinet and has built banks and businesses and has four bonafide backers, some in Silicon Valley, ready to pony up $275 million in funds that are at the ready and will not have to be raised. Those funds would take TWC’s…
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The Kids Are Given a Mission in New ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Trailer

The Kids Are Given a Mission in New ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Trailer
Disney has released a new trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” as well as four first look photos.

The trailer depicts even more of the strange worlds that Meg Murray (Storm Reid), her younger brother Charles Wallace Murray (Deric McCabe), and school friend Calvin O’Keefe (Levi Miller) enter after Charles Wallance and Meg’s father (Chris Pine) mysteriously disappears. Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon also make appearances as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit. The Mrs. Ws narrate the trailer, explaining that they think the Murrays’ father is still alive, and that it’s up to the children to save him and potentially the world.

A Wrinkle in Time” is the first book in L’Engle’s “Time Quartet” series that also includes “A Wind in the Door,” “Many Waters” and “A Swiftly Tilting Planet.”

Ava DuVernay is directing the film from an screenplay
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Plot Details Revealed For Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s “Not Charles Manson” Movie

It all came crumbling down for American ideals in 1969. As hippies were preaching “flower power” and genuine notions of compassion and human empathy, Charles Manson came into the picture to crush dreams and pervert the message of peace with his own nightmare vision of America. Claiming to be one of these free thinking hipsters, Manson had a different agenda; he was an agent of the dark side of cultural change. The Manson murders, along with the Altamont Speedway incident, most notably featured in the Rolling Stones documentary “Gimme Shelter,” essentially ended the flower movement and brought the country back to reality.

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‘Outlander’ Review: Tumultuous Waters Rip Claire and Jamie Apart

‘Outlander’ Review: Tumultuous Waters Rip Claire and Jamie Apart
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Outlander” Season 3 Episode 10, “Heaven & Earth.”]

Unrequited, Requited Love

Following last week’s cliffhanger, Claire and Jamie spent the entirety of “Heaven & Earth” separated as Claire battled the typhoid outbreak on the British ship that kidnapped her and Jamie was locked up below on the Artemis for trying to go after his wife. Given how little there was for Jamie to do under those circumstances (other than to brood over his loss), we were forced to navigate the duo’s relationship through monologues and voice-overs. Or, in the case of Claire, the love part of this love story survived through sheer speculation about what might happen to Jamie once all parties reach Jamaica.

Obviously, trouble follows this couple no matter what country (or open body of water) they find themselves in, but it was nice to take a break from that story in order to let each character breathe a little and come into their own.
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New ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Trailer Shows Impressive Effects, Grand Scale

Disney has released a new trailer for the upcoming adventure film A Wrinkle in Time, and this movie looks big. Based on the beloved Madeleine L’Engle book of the same name, the film follows a young girl (Storm Reid) who goes in search of her father via interdimensional travel. Oscar-nominated Selma and 13th filmmaker Ava DuVernay directs from a script by Frozen co-writer/co-director Jennifer Lee, and this new trailer offers a showcase of the film’s grand, fantastical visual effects while revealing a bit more of the story—which involves three “celestials” played by Oprah
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‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Trailer Includes New Fantastical Footage From Disney’s Ava DuVernay-Directed Adaptation

‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Trailer Includes New Fantastical Footage From Disney’s Ava DuVernay-Directed Adaptation
“Be a warrior!” says Oprah Winfrey’s Mrs. Which to Storm Reid’ Meg in the new trailer for Disney’s highly-anticipated adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time. The new look at the Ava DuVernay-directed fantasy pic includes tons of new footage that takes you into an adventurous and visually stunning world created by author Madeleine L’Engle. The epic adventure based on the timeless classic takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus…
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‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Trailer: Ava DuVernay Serves Up A Cosmic Adventure

History, in Hollywood, can be a slow-moving beast. For instance, it was just this year that Patty Jenkins smashed box office records for a film directed by a woman with “Wonder Woman” when the film crossed the $700 million mark, an exciting feat but one sullied by the fact that it took a decade for two films directed by women to even make $600 million (in that time over 25 movies directed by men crossed the $1 billion mark).

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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Fantasy Film Looks Truly Divine

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Fantasy Film Looks Truly Divine
Traveling 91 billion light years has never looked so surreal and fantastic. A new trailer for Ava DuVernay‘s adaptation of the Madeleine L’Engle fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time has been released by Disney, and it continues the film’s parade of lush visuals and trippy space-time travel. Watch A Wrinkle in Time Trailer The trailer follows young Meg […]

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China Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Makes $52 Million Debut

China Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Makes $52 Million Debut
Justice League” opened widely in China and comfortably topped the box office with an opening score of $51.7 million. Over three days, it enjoyed a two thirds share of revenue for all top ten movies.

The film opened on some 20,500 screens, giving 115,00 screenings per day, according to data from local analysts at Ent Group. It scored $15.2 million on Friday, $21.0 million on Saturday and $14.5 million on Sunday. Including previews and midnight screenings, it has a cumulative of $52 million.

Warner Bros. said that is its second biggest opening in China, behind only “Batman vs Superman.” It was also a shade lower than the opening two weeks earlier of “Thor: Ragnarok,” which debuted with $54 million.

Within that total, the film played on 453 IMAX screens for a $6.15 million haul. That was the second best Friday to Sunday weekend for IMAX in China, behind “Doctor Strange.”

Second placed over three days in China, was comedy-fantasy “The Golden Monk.” With close to
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Jeffrey Tambor Exits ‘Transparent’ Following Harassment Allegations

Actor Jeffrey Tambor is leaving Transparent. The monumental move comes a week and a half after Tambor’s personal assistant, a trans woman named Van Barnes, accused him of sexual harassment in a private Facebook post, prompting an investigation by Amazon Studios. And on Thursday of last week, Transparent guest star Trace Lysette came forward with her own accusations of inappropriate behavior. Tambor strongly denied both allegations, and now the actor has made the decision to leave Transparent altogether. In a statement (via Variety), Tambor cited the series’ “politicized atmosphere” as the reason for his departure: “Playing Maura Pfefferman on …
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