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Morelia: Toons Bookend 15th Annual Morelia International Film Festival

18 October 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Animation pics are bookending the Morelia International Film Festival for the first time in its 15-year history. Pixar Animation Studios’ latest opus, “Coco,” no less, receives its world premiere in Morelia on opening night, October 20, while Carlos Carrera’s “Ana & Bruno” marks its Latin American premiere when it wraps the fest on October 28.

Set in Mexico and against the country’s most important annual event, the Day of the Dead, “Coco” is an apt choice as Morelia and the nearby lakeside village of Patzcuaro are particularly renowned for their Day of the Dead festivities. Since the festival usually ends close to the eve of the holiday, some guests have stayed on to witness the pageantry.

Snagging the world premiere of Pixar’s latest animated feature began some two years ago when festival director Daniela Michel met Pixar Chief Creative officer John Lasseter at the Lumière Festival in Lyon where Lasseter told her that Pixar’s next project »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Blumhouse's 'Happy Death Day' Debuts with Excellent $26.5 Million

15 October 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent Box Office Mojo news »

Universal and Blumhouse score yet again, this time with Happy Death Day. The horror film easily topped the weekend box office, adding to the production house's impressive stable of original horror films including the likes of The Visit, Split and Get Out. At the same time, Blade Runner 2049 dropped over 50% in its second weekend, Stx's The Foreigner topped Mojo's weekend forecast, Open Road's Marshall delivered on expectations and Annapurna's Professor Marston and the Wonder Women crashed and burned. With an estimated $26.5 million, Happy Death Day topped the weekend box office, outperforming the opening weekend for The Visit, which went on to gross $65.2 million in 2015. Based on averages for Blumhouse titles debuting over $20 million, it seems reasonable to expect Happy Death Day to also push toward a $60 million run domestically, especially with Halloween still around the corner. The film scored a "B" CinemaScore from opening day audiences which broke down 54% female vs. »

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Box Office: ‘Happy Death Day’ Crushes ‘Blade Runner 2049’ With $26.5 Million

15 October 2017 7:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Happy Death Day” has cause for celebration.

The latest from Blumhouse and Universal is leading the box office this weekend with $26.5 million from 3,149 locations. That puts it far ahead of “Blade Runner 2049,” which is skidding to $15.1 million during its second weekend at 4,058 locations, down 54% from its disappointing opening weekend.

A horror spin on “Groundhog Day,” “Happy Death Day” centers on Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as a woman who wakes up to the same day — her birthday — every day, and is murdered every time. Christopher B. Landon directed the film based on a script by Scott Lobdell. The film, which earned a B CinemaScore (good for a horror flick), particularly appealed to female and younger moviegoers — the audience was split 54% female, as opposed to 46% male, and 63% was under age 25. The release date was pegged to Friday the 13th and the weeks leading up to Halloween.

“We’re obviously thrilled with the release,” said Universal »

- Seth Kelley

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Brief Takes: Blade Runners, Tennis Stars, Feisty Queens, Fish Men

14 October 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In an effort to break out of my silence -- October is my favorite month so why has it been so hard? -- micro thoughts on 5 Oscar hopefuls I meant to review but didn't. Whoops. Please to discuss in the comments.

Battle of the Sexes (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)

The story of Billie Jean King's (Emma Stone) famous 1973 match with Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) and her efforts to make women's tennis viable in a sexist industry

Capsule: A timely well-crafted look back to the beginnings of a gender war that's depressingly still raging and a soupçon of queer romance to give it unique personality. Dayton & Faris's light touch is the right choice for this briskly-paced but delicately felt recreation of a pivotal American moment. Emma Stone is perfection as the heroic tight shouldered athlete at the center. Just discussed on the podcast. B+

Oscar Chances: This one could go either way. »


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'Victoria and Abdul' review: The film is pleasantly sweet, but also annoyingly off-putting

13 October 2017 3:36 AM, PDT | The News Minute | See recent The News Minute news »

By Troy Ribeiro

Film: Victoria and Abdul; Director: Stephen Frears; Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Tim Pigott-Smith, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar, Paul Higgins, Robin Soans, Julian Wadham, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon; Rating: **1/2 »


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Box Office Weekend: Blade Runner 2049 Takes Over Box Office

9 October 2017 2:14 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Although it debuted with over $32 million and held the top spot for the weekend box office, the thirty-five years in the making sequel Blade Runner 2049, fell south of the film’s $45-$55 million expectations. Despite mostly positive reviews, the film may have a long climb to ensure that it’s a domestic hit.

The survival epic The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba finished in second-place with $10.1 million, just edging out the Stephen King adaptation It, which brought in another $10 million in its fifth week of release, to bring its domestic total to $305.2 million. The animated My Little Pony: The Movie debuted with $8.8 million. Elsewhere, Kingsman: The Golden Circle added another $8.1 million to its three-week total of $80 million to close out this week’s top film.

The Tom Cruise-led American Made brought in considerably less in it’s second-week of release, $8.1 million this week compared to $22.3 million last week. »

- Mike Tyrkus

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'Blade Runner 2049' Struggles to $31.5 Million Opening Weekend

8 October 2017 8:38 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent Box Office Mojo news »

Warner Bros.'s release of Blade Runner 2049 isn't getting October off to the kind of start September saw one month ago. The dystopian sequel, arriving 35 years after the original, crash landed over its three-day opening, falling well below even the most modest of expectations. At the same time, Fox's The Mountain Between Us didn't exactly light the world on fire in its attempt at counter-programming, though it did top Mojo's pre-weekend forecast, while Lionsgate's release of My Little Pony squeaked over Mojo's meager expectations. Meanwhile, Focus's Victoria and Abdul expanded into moderate release and scored solid numbers, and A24's The Florida Project saw strong returns in its limited opening. With an estimated $31.5 million, Blade Runner 2049 finished atop the weekend box office, but fell well below expectations. Entering the weekend the Warner Bros. release, in association with Alcon Entertainment and Sony, was expected to deliver anywhere from $45- »

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8 Rules You Should Follow When Interacting With Royal Families Around the World

6 October 2017 1:16 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Royal families are all about tradition, which largely affects how they interact with the public. Not only do they have their own rules to follow, but commoners also have to be very mindful of their interactions. Even though royal etiquette and protocol has become much more relaxed over the years, it is something many people still uphold to show respect. While there are certainly various forms of etiquette in each country, general royal rules are very similar to the traditions you would follow if you met the Queen of England (hint: you don't have to bow or curtsy). In promotion for the biographical drama Victoria and Abdul, which tells the groundbreaking real-life story of Queen Victoria and her Indian servant, Popsugar had the chance to talk with Beaumont Etiquette founder and director Myka Meier about everything from how to greet a royal to whether or not it's appropriate to ask for a selfie. »

- Kelsie Gibson

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'Blade Runner 2049' Aims for $50M+ Opening, Hoping for Long Legs Throughout October

5 October 2017 1:08 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent Box Office Mojo news »

Debuting 35 years after the original, Blade Runner 2049 hopes to get October off to a good start on the heels of record numbers this past September. And while the sci-fi drama is looking for big numbers, Fox is delivering some counter-programming in the survival story The Mountain Between Us, Lionsgate is releasing the animated feature My Little Pony and Focus expands the release of Victoria and Abdul nationwide. Blade Runner 2049 and its reported, $150 million price tag, will debut in 4,058 North American theaters (third widest all-time) this weekend while Sony and partner Alcon Entertainment will deliver the film worldwide. Industry expectations are for a $100 million debut globally, with approximately 50% of that coming from the domestic opening as industry forecasts range from $45-55 million. From a comparison standpoint, focusing on films such as Mad Max: Fury Road and Prometheus make good sense given the 30 years between films in the Mad Max »

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Shrabani Basu On ‘Victoria & Abdul,’ Judi Dench & Ali Fazal [Video Exclusive]

5 October 2017 12:05 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Shrabani Basu on ‘Victoria & Abdul’ by Uinterview Shrabani Basu, the author behind the now major motion picture Victoria & Abdul, uncovered the truth behind Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim for her 2010 historical novel Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant. Shrabani Basu On Victoria & Abdul The book and movie adaptation tell […]

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The post Shrabani Basu On ‘Victoria & Abdul,’ Judi Dench & Ali Fazal [Video Exclusive] appeared first on uInterview. »

- Hillary Luehring-Jones

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Based on a True Story: Why So Many Biopics Create Oscar Buzz But Become Box-Office Flops

5 October 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fall is the season of Real-People movies — the biopics that often fuel Oscar hopes. Recent weeks brought “The Battle of the Sexes,” “Stronger,” and “Victoria & Abdul” and there’s more than a dozen to come, including “Marshall,” “The Post,” “Darkest Hour,” and “The Current War.” There’s good reason to believe that a biopic might produce awards. In the last five years, 28 of the 100 Oscar acting nominees played real-life characters, as did four of the 20 winners. But when it comes to the box office, the odds aren’t as kind.

Read More:With ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ Showing Strong, Will Churchill-Heavy Britpics Storm the Oscars?

Since 2012, there have been about 100 biopics including hits like “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” and “Julie and Julia.” But while recent years featured real-life characters and stories in some of the biggest non-franchise hits, the format may have reached a saturation point. 

Last year, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Interview: Ali Fazal Talks Victoria and Abdul (Exclusive)

3 October 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Showcasing the sweeping, epic and lavish costumes and sets that powerfully give some of the most visual credence to historical films isn’t always the most important part of the story. That’s certainly the case with the new comedy-drama, ‘Victoria and Abdul,’ which chronicles the unexpected friendship and loyalty that developed between the two title characters, […]

The post Interview: Ali Fazal Talks Victoria and Abdul (Exclusive) appeared first on »

- Karen Benardello

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Can Blade Runner 2049 Dethrone It at the Box Office?

3 October 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Thanks to three underperforming newcomers, the fall blockbuster It returned to top the box office with a paltry $17.3 million in the estimates, but when the actual numbers were released yesterday, it was actually far worse, with Kingsman: The Golden Circle coming out on top with $16.93 million, and It dropping to second with $16.9 million. Kingsman 2's two-week reign will most likely come to a close this weekend with Blade Runner 2049 hitting theaters, armed with a wealth of Blade Runner buzz and strong reviews, making it an easy choice to win this weekend, even while going up against a diverse slate of newcomers like 20th Century Fox's The Mountain Between Us and Lionsgate's My Little Pony movie. Still, the R-rated Blade Runner 2049 should have no trouble topping the box office with a projected $51.6 million.

Last month, the first box office projections put the Blade Runner 2049 opening weekend at north of $40 million, »

- MovieWeb

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Box Office Three-Way and Dependable Dame Dench

3 October 2017 7:11 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (Sept 29th-October 1st)


800+ screens


excluding prev. wide

1. Kingsman 2  $16.9 (cum. $66.6)  1. »


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‘Loving Vincent,’ ‘Victoria and Abdul’ Expand Strongly at Indie Box Office

1 October 2017 11:57 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Focus Features’ “Victoria and Abdul” and Good Deed Entertainment’s “Loving Vincent” had the highest per screen averages in their second weekend at the indie box office, each earning PSAs of over $13,000. “Victoria and Abdul” made just over $1 million after expanding to 77 theaters, giving it a PSA of $13,393 and a total of $1.25 million. “Loving Vincent, ” the animated biopic follows the life of Vincent van Gogh using an animation style comprised entire of oil paintings, made $52,886 from four screens this weekend, giving it a PSA of $13,222. Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman directed the film and wrote it »

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Interview: Ali Fazal On Playing Queen Victoria’s Best Friend and Confidante In Victoria and Abdul

1 October 2017 10:19 AM, PDT | | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Say the name Abdul Karim and most people will respond with a blank stare. Very little was known about Abdul Karim until recently because he was virtually erased from history books. »

- Jazz Tangcay

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Harry Dean Stanton’s Last Film ‘Lucky’ Leads Crowded Specialty Box Office

1 October 2017 10:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nearly 30 specialized films debuted in New York and/or Los Angeles this week. And with Yom Kippur falling right during the weekend, it meant most potentially high-end titles avoided the date (unlike last weekend).

Perhaps the highest-profile among them, “Our Souls at Night” starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, is debuting on Netflix film at the same time it played a few scattered big city play dates (grosses are not available).

Among those that opened, “Lucky” (Magnolia), Harry Dean Stanton’s second to last acting role, opened ahead of the rest. The initial limited full week (prior to its one-day showings) of “Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two” (Abramorama) showed some strength, while “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” (Sony Pictures Classics) fared less well in its limited showings. An exclusive opening in Los Angeles of the surfer documentary “Take Every Wave” (IFC) in Los Angeles was impressive, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Weekend #1 Up for Grabs after Record September at the Box Office Comes to an End

1 October 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent Box Office Mojo news »

As a record September comes to an end, it's a race for number one with three films separated by a mere $310k. Based on estimates, it's a return to #1 for WB and New Line's It, but hot on its heels is Universal's American Made along with Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Otherwise, Sony's Flatliners debuted on life support, Novus's Til Death Do Us Part found its way into the top ten and Pure Flix's A Question of Faith finished on the outside looking in. With just over $300k separating number one and number three on this weekend's box office chart, first place currently belongs to WB and New Line's It, which is back on top after last weekend saw the killer clown finish in the runner up position. With an estimated $17.3 million, the record-breaking horror has now topped $291 million domestically and will spend Sunday enjoying its third weekend out of »

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Film Review: History by Rote in Formulaic ‘Victoria and Abdul’

30 September 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – There have been 155 TV/Movie depictions of Queen Victoria, who ruled England from 1837 to 1901. The “Victorian Era” continues to fascinate filmmakers, and who is perfect to portray Queen V. towards the end of her life? Get me Dame Judi Dench on the Skype!

Rating: 3.0/5.0

This is a story of a little known chapter of her later life… her unlikely relationship with a footman from India, Abdul Karim. In the film, it is hinted that the history of this friendship was destroyed for image purposes, but enough of the events were recorded to adapt into a film (from a book by Shrabani Basu). Veteran director Stephen Frears (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) applies his usual workmanlike approach to narrative, but nothing comes to life in the situation. No offense to the great Judi D., but the formula presented in the film almost seemed like a satire, with the elder actress of course »

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The Fascinating True Story Behind Victoria and Abdul

30 September 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Judi Dench is stepping back into the shoes of Queen Victoria in Focus Features's biographical drama Victoria and Abdul. While not much was previously known about Victoria's Indian attendant Abdul Karim (played by Ali Fazal), the film is shedding new light on his close bond with the queen, the royal court's disapproval of their friendship, and the lasting impression Victoria had on him before her death. Keep reading for the fascinating true story of Queen Victoria and her "Munshi" Abdul. RelatedShe Was Almost Killed 6 Times, and 17 Other Fascinating Facts About Queen Victoria Humble Beginnings According to Shrabani Basu, the historian who uncovered Abdul's personal diary, the two first met during the Golden Jubilee in 1887, where Abdul served as one of the queen's Indian servants. He and the other servant, Mohamed Buxshe, were meant to "facilitate communication with Indian dignitaries and wait on the queen" during the celebration that marked »

- Kelsie Gibson

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