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Film Review: Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’

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At their best, liberal film dramas that tackle the monumental issue of race in America have offered humanity and insight. It’s safe to say, though, that when Hollywood gives us a portrait of racial tragedy and injustice, it’s probably a tale of hope and uplift as well, a parable of moral darkness leading nobly into the light. But when you watch “Detroit,” Kathryn Bigelow’s sweeping, scalding drama about the Detroit riots that took place 50 years ago, in July 1967, you’re entering a zone where the usual feel-good pieties don’t apply. For this is no comforting drama of social protest. It’s closer to a hair-trigger historical nightmare, one you can’t tear yourself away from. Bigelow, working from a script by her regular collaborator Mark Boal (it’s their first film since “Zero Dark Thirty”), has created a turbulent, live-wire panorama of race in America that feels like it’s all unfolding in »


- Owen Gleiberman

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Why ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Should Lead to More Female-Centered Films

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How has the box office loved “Wonder Woman?” Let us count the ways.

First, its opening weekend, which earned over $100 million in North America thanks in part to nearly universal support from the critical community. But that was just the beginning. Patty Jenkins’ movie went on to become the top earning live-action film directed by a woman, and passed earnings of its fellow DC Comics movies “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” It has experienced cultural victories too — look to the swarms of Comic-Con fans in full Diana Prince getups.

This weekend, with $389 million from the domestic market, “Wonder Woman” can add a new accomplishment to its arsenal — the highest-grossing movie of the summer.

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It’s also the second largest earner of 2017 behind another film centered on a female protagonist, “Beauty and the Beast” ($504 million domestic). As conversation surrounding gender equality and equity »


- Seth Kelley

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‘Wonder Woman’ Becomes Top Earning Summer Movie at the Domestic Box Office

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Step aside, Star-Lord.

As of this weekend, “Wonder Woman” is officially the highest grossing summer film at the domestic box office. With $389 million, the DC Comics movie from Warner Bros. has passed the previous leader, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ($387 million). “Guardians,” though, has “Wonder Woman” beat on a global level with $860 million versus $779 million so far.

Wonder Woman” is also now in second place for 2017 overall behind only Disney’s remake of “Beauty and the Beast.”

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Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ Conquers Weekend With $50.5 Million, ‘Valerian’ Flops

Warner Bros. is reaping the benefits. With this weekend’s successful launch of “Dunkirk,” the studio has tallied over $1 billion at the domestic box office — the seventeenth consecutive year that Warner Bros. has done so.

Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot in the titular role, has been as close to an unmitigated success as a movie can be since it launched to $103.1 million during its »


- Seth Kelley

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‘Dunkirk’ Leads Global Box Office With $105.9 Million Debut

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Dunkirk” is soaring to first place at the global box office.

Christopher Nolan’s latest looks to beat out expectations on the domestic end with $50.5 million. On top of that, the World War II epic is bringing in $55.4 million on 10,775 screens in 46 overseas markets, which will give it a $105.9 global debut.

The U.K. is the top international territory for “Dunkirk,” with an estimated $12.4 million on 1,313 screens. Korea is next, accounting for $10.3 million from 1,252 screens. Other leading territories include France ($4.9 million from 668 screens) and Australia ($4.7 million from 535 screens).

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Imax is a major player in Warner Bros. and Nolan’s plan for the film. $19 million of the international grosses came from 634 Imax screens in 44 markets. In the U.S., the movie got a massive Imax rollout on 402 screens, and is bringing in $11.7 million there. About three-quarters of the film was shot with Imax’s extremely high-resolution 2D film cameras.

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- Seth Kelley

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Venice Film Festival: Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall, John Landis on Jury Duty; Full Roster Released

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Rome – The Venice Film Festival has announced the full roster of its main competition jury, which will include actress Rebecca Hall, “Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright, and Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi, whose “On Body and Soul” won this year’s Berlin Golden Bear.

They will decide the fest’s main prizes alongside French actress Anna Mouglalis, Mexican film director and producer Michel Franco, Australian film critic David Stratton, Italian actress Jasmine Trinca, and Hong Kong-based film director and photographer Yonfan.

As previously announced, four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening will preside over the main jury, the first woman since 2006 to head the panel.

The festival also announced Sunday that U.S. director John Landis will head the jury of the new Venice Virtual Reality section, which organizers tout as the first-ever competition for Vr works launched by a major film fest.

Of the main competition jurors, Franco, whose latest feature as a director is “April’s Daughter,” produced »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ Conquers Weekend With $50.5 Million, ‘Valerian’ Flops

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Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” are opening above expectations at the domestic box office, while “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” looks like a huge flop.

But let’s start with the good. Christopher Nolan’s World War II film from Warner Bros. is flying past earlier projections to a $50.5 million opening weekend from 3,720 locations. $11.7 million of that total came from Imax screens alone — that’s 23% of the total market share from 402 locations. That $50.5 million number is a good one considering it is expected to have a large multiple, and continue to play well through August. The movie’s production budget was reportedly just under $100 million, although earlier reports speculated that it was much higher.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with this incredible result on this brilliant film,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein. “In a summer that has had a lot of disappointments, this movie way over-achieved.”

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- Seth Kelley

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Thor and Loki Team Up in New ‘Ragnarok’ Trailer (Watch)

22 July 2017 8:04 PM, PDT

A new trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok” left the crowd in Hall H crazed during San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. But perhaps the biggest surprise came courtesy of Tom Hiddleston’s character, Loki.

“Loki’s allegiance has always been slightly unpredictable, and he’s still the God of mischief,” Hiddleston said during Marvel’s panel where the footage was unveiled. The trailer shows Loki in chains before eventually teaming up with Chris Hemsworth’s titular character.

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If not Loki’s allegiance, the most exciting aspect of the trailer might come courtesy of Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, who speaks.

“We have a speaking Hulk,” Ruffalo said during the panel, and described his character as having the “vocabulary of a two-year-old.”

Hunt for the Wilderpeople” helmer Taika Waititi directed the third standalone Thor movie, which seems to be quirkier and more offbeat than the first two, and »


- Seth Kelley

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New ‘Black Panther’ Footage Gets Standing Ovation at Comic-Con

22 July 2017 7:53 PM, PDT

Who was happier to see new “Black Panther” footage at San Diego Comic-Con: The fans or the cast?

It was a close call as the audience in Hall H on Saturday leapt to its feet, while the star-studded ensemble grinned and joined together for a group hug. The moderator of Marvel’s panel on Saturday, Chris Hardwick, informed the crowd that the stars had just seen the fresh film footage for the first time as well. Basically, it was loud.

Director Ryan Coogler introduced the footage, which was for the Comic-Con crowd’s eyes only, following a brief Q&A with a long lineup of cast members, including Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

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The scene opened in a high-end poker room. Boseman, Nyong’o, and Gurira’s characters whisper as Serkis arrives to negotiate a »


- Seth Kelley

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‘Captain Marvel’ Will Be Set in the ‘90s With Skrulls as Villains

22 July 2017 6:57 PM, PDT

Captain Marvel” is going to be the comic book movie equivalent of a period piece.

The superhero film will be set in the ’90s, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. That means everything will unfold before Tony Stark dons Iron Man’s suit, Captain America comes out of deep freeze, Thor crashes to Earth, and before the Avengers ever think of assembling.

It also means that Samuel L. Jackson, who is reprising his role as Nick Fury won’t be wearing the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent’s trademark eyepatch. Feige said the film will take place before Fury loses his eye.

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Captain Marvel” is highly anticipated because it’s the first Marvel movie to be set around a female lead. Oscar-winner Brie Larson plays the title character. In »


- Brent Lang

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Michelle Pfeiffer Joins ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ as Janet Van Dyne

22 July 2017 6:06 PM, PDT

Michelle Pfeiffer will star alongside Paul Rudd in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Marvel revealed during its San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday.

The Oscar-nominee will play Janet Van Dyne, mother of Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne and wife of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym. It’s not Pfeiffer’s first brush with comic book fandom, though it is her first time in a Marvel movie. She previously starred in 1992’s “Batman Returns,” injecting some sizzle into the part of Catwoman.

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Pfeiffer next appears in Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” opposite Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. She’s also part of the all-star cast of Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” an Agatha Christie adaptation that also features Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, and Judi Dench.

Pfeiffer also recently scored her first Emmy nomination for her work as Ruth Madoff in HBO’s “Wizard of Lies.” She »


- Brent Lang

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Platino Awards: ’The Distinguished Citizen’ Takes Best Picture

22 July 2017 3:24 PM, PDT

Madrid — Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s “The Distinguished Citizen,” a lament for small-town small-mindedness, won big at the 4th Platino Ibero-American Film Awards taking its top best picture prize, and multiple further plaudits.

Further top honors went to Pedro Almodovar, best director for “Julieta,” and Sonia Braga, who took the actress plaudit for “Aquarius at a ceremony attended by Edward James Olmos, Rob Schneider, John Leguizamo, Sonia Braga, Kate del Castillo, Geraldine Chaplin, “Narcos” actor Manolo Cardona, Oscar Martinez, Rosy de Palma and Martina Gusman. Also present, among directors: Almodovar, Pablo Trapero, J.A. Bayona and Andi Baiz.

In all, Spanish productions swept 12 or the 14 jury prizes, voted by a jury of professionals who had participated in previous editions. That may be put down in part to “A Monster Calls” featuring among contenders, and winning big time in the technical department, and “The Distinguished Citizen” being co-produced out of Spain.

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- John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente

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‘Blade Runner 2049’: New Teaser Connects the Dots Between Original and Sequel

22 July 2017 2:34 PM, PDT

Curious about what happened between the original “Blade Runner” and its sequel?

A 180-degree video display helped fill in the gaps during the Warner Bros. San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday. The journey sets up the sequel, set 30 years in the future in a dystopian Los Angeles where the police are trying to find illegal replicants. The whole “Blade Runner 2049” story is laid out on roadto2049.bladerunnermovie.com.

Moderator Chris Hardwick asked the sequel’s director Denis Villeneuve why he took the job. “I didn’t want somebody else to f— it up,” he responded.

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Ryan Gosling made minor waves for comparing his experience on the movie to being “on a football team with the Avengers.” Hardwick jumped in to let the audience know that Gosling meant to say “Justice League,” prompting laughs.

The cast was dodgy when it came to plot details. When »


- Seth Kelley

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Steven Spielberg: Iron Giant Is Major Part of ‘Ready Player One’

22 July 2017 2:20 PM, PDT

Steven Spielberg wasn’t sure he was the right director for “Ready Player One,” his upcoming science-fiction epic.

During a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, Spielberg said that after reading Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel about a virtual reality-addicted future, his first thought was “They’re going to need a younger director.”

Spielberg was joined onstage by Cline and the film’s stars, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, and T.J. Miller. Fans in Hall H were treated to a trailer for a film that overflowed with shout-outs to several geek staples. The gaming world that “Ready Player One” depicts enables players to interact with characters from pop culture staples from the ’80s and ’90s, such as “The Iron Giant,” “Tron,” “Akira,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Back to the Future,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” to name a few.

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- Brent Lang

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‘Justice League’ Live: Watch Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot Meet Fans at Comic-Con

22 July 2017 1:22 PM, PDT

Watch Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and the rest of the Justice League meet fans and sign autographs at Comic-Con.

The actors playing the heroes in “Justice League” gathered on the Comic-Con floor following the massive Warner Bros panel in Hall H. Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, and Ray Fisher were all on hand to sign autographs, take photos, and meet fans of the films.

There was plenty of “Justice League” news to come out of the Warner Bros. The first footage from “Aquaman” was unveiled, a second “Justice League” trailer was released, and Ben Affleck commented on those rumors of him exiting the role of Batman.

Justice League” hits theaters on November 17.

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- Jacob Bryant

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‘Justice League’ Trailer Shows Off DC Comics Big Bad Steppenwolf

22 July 2017 1:22 PM, PDT

Warner Bros. and DC Comics dropped the largest trailer for “Justice League” yet at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.

The 4-minute preview of the fifth film in the DC Comics Extended Universe focused mainly on Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash, but also introduced fans to the movie’s main villain, Steppenwolf.

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In the clip, Wonder Woman can be seen rescuing children from an explosive robbery before meeting up with Batman to assemble the Justice League. Action shots also showed Aquaman swimming underwater and the Flash and Cyborg learning to hone their powers.

Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Jason Momoa will be joined by fellow Dceu actors Henry Cavill, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons in “Justice League” when it flies into theaters Nov. 17.

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- JD Knapp

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‘Aquaman’ Movie: First Footage Debuts at Comic-Con

22 July 2017 1:20 PM, PDT

Fans at San Diego Comic-Con were transported underwater on Saturday when Warner Bros. screened the first taste of “Aquaman.”

“In a lot of ways, this is an origin story,” director James Wan said to introduce the footage.

The first-look footage, revealed at the studio’s packed panel at Hall H, begins with two fishermen on a small boat in the water. One man casts his rod into the water, and gets a bite. But the pull on his rod is strong, and drags the boat through the sea until the man lets go.

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The camera then zooms out to reveal that the men are floating above an army of underwater ships. The shot dips below the surface to reveal an entire army, including schools of warriors riding sharks.

“That’s Ocean Master’s army,” Momoa said during the panel to clarify speculation that the army belonged »


- Dixie Limbachia and Seth Kelley

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Ben Affleck Denies Rumors He Is Exiting ‘Batman’

22 July 2017 12:58 PM, PDT

Ben Affleck won’t be hanging up Batman’s cape and cowl anytime soon.

During a San Diego Comic-Con panel for “Justice League,” the actor hit back at a report in The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. was looking for ways to usher Affleck out of the DC Comics Extended Universe.

“I am the luckiest guy in the world,” Affleck said to thunderous applause. “Batman is the coolest f—ing part.”

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Affleck had originally been slated to direct “The Batman,” a standalone film featuring the Dark Knight. However, last winter he opted out of sliding behind the camera on the film, ceding directing duties to Matt Reeves, the filmmaker behind “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

“There’s a misconception that because I wasn’t directing it, I wasn’t enthusiastic about it,” said Affleck. »


- Brent Lang

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‘Ready Player One’ Trailer Features ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Back to the Future’ Characters

22 July 2017 12:11 PM, PDT

Steven Spielberg debuted footage from “Ready Player One” at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The trailer was presented as part of the Warner Bros. panel in Hall H.

The new video features characters from “Lord of the Rings,” “Back to the Future,” “Iron Giant,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” while introducing fans to protagonist Parzival, played by Tye Sheridan.

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Parzival is up against the world in order to win a pop culture treasure hunt. As an orphan living in a destitute trailer with his aunt and 15 other strangers, he escapes into The Oasis, a virtual reality created by famed developer James Halliday, played by Oscar-winner Mark Rylance. When Halliday dies, he reveals a game to the world that will leave the winner in total control of The Oasis.

Parzival then becomes obsessed with the competition — and finding the Easter eggs hidden around The Oasis that are the key to »


- JD Knapp

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Warner Bros. Assembles New ‘Justice League’ Poster

22 July 2017 10:38 AM, PDT

Warner Bros. has assembled a new poster for “Justice League,” complete with five of DC Comics’ most iconic heroes. The poster was revealed at day three of Comic-Con in San Diego.

Saturday’s poster joins Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman together behind the words “You Can’t Save The World Alone.” The new tagline also shows the modern symbols for each of the five featured superheroes, as well as Superman.

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Joss Whedon will oversee the completion of “Justice League” after former director Zack Snyder was forced to step away from the film following »


- JD Knapp

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France’s Le Pacte Co-Produces Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s ‘El Reino’

22 July 2017 9:50 AM, PDT

Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte, the upscale Paris-based arthouse film company, has taken a co-production stake in Spaniard Rodrigo Sorogoyen‘s political corruption thriller “El Reino,” probably one of the most talked-about Spanish productions of the upcoming months.

Doing so, Le Pacte, which acquired French distribution rights to Sorogoyen’s previous film, serial killer thriller “May God Save Us,” a best screenplay winner at 2016’s San Sebastian Festival, goes one step further in its commitment to Sorogoyen, already consolidated as a Spanish directors to track.

In “El Reino,” the French outfit joins forces with “May God Save Us” producers Tornasol Films, the Spanish company behind Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” and Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of broadcaster Atresmedia whose credits include Woody Allen’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”

Warner Bros. Pictures España and Latido Films are also re-teaming with Sorogoyen on “El Reino,” after having handled respectively local distribution and international »


- Emiliano De Pablos

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