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‘Darkest Hour’ Tops $41M, ‘The Shape of Water’ Crosses $30M, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expands – Specialty Box Office

Awards contenders are again in command of the Specialty box office this weekend. Focus Features' Darkest Hour is now the highest-grossing fall release Specialty at $41M. Its gross also overtook The Big Sick, which was 2017's box office champ among limited release titles. The company also jumped Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread to 896 locations in its fifth frame, grossing $3.37M. Fresh off of its PGA win, Searchlight's The Shape of Water expanded again, going over… Read


‘Arizona’ Stars Danny McBride & Kaitlin Olson On Their Penchant For Portraying Extreme Characters — Sundance Studio

Wrapping up his exceptional and outlandish HBO series Vice Principals last fall, Danny McBride is on to his next extreme character portrait with the darkly comedic thriller Arizona. The feature directorial debut of Jonathan Watson—who had previously worked for many years as a 1st AD and second unit director, and met McBride on the second season of Eastbound & DownArizona follows Cassie Fowler (Rosemarie DeWitt), a single mom who struggles as a realtor in the midst of the… Read


White House Correspondent April Ryan Tells CNN News Organizations Have Police “On Speed Dial” For Death Threats

April Ryan, the White House correspondent who asked President Donald Trump if he is a racist, told CNN today that news organizations in the age of Trump have “the FBI and local police on speed dial” for death threats against reporters. “Death threats, yes,” Ryan told a seemingly surprised Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources. “For asking questions and reporting. Me personally.” Asked by Stelter what reporters do when threatened, Ryan said, “What do you do? You… Read


‘The Sun Ladies’ Filmmakers On Telling The Story Of “Empowered Women” Through A VR Lens – Sundance Studio

“The idea that I was excited about was the idea of empowered women. The idea that women facing the most extreme violence would use force against that violence, which we never really see,” said Maria Bello, producer of virtual reality documentary The Sun Ladies, which follows a troop of Yazidi women fighters. After ISIS soldiers invaded the Yazidi community of Sinjar, killing all of the men and taking the women and girls as sex slaves, these brave women escaped and formed… Read


‘Come Sunday’ Sundance Clip: Chiwetel Ejiofor Preaches To The Angry Choir

Come Sunday

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in the true-life tale of a renowned pastor in the midst of a crisis of faith in Come Sunday, the new film from Sundance Film Festival alum Joshua Marston that is having its world premiere tonight at the Eccles in the fest’s Premieres section. The Netflix drama bows on the streaming service April 13. Based on the This American Life story “Heretics,” Ejiofor is Carlton Pearson, an evangelical star whose mentor is Oral Roberts (Martin Sheen) and who… Read


‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip With Host Jessica Chastain

On the one-year anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March, one of its many celebrity participants, actress Jessica Chastain, hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The telecast, featuring musical guest Troye Sivan, averaged a 4.3 Live+same day household rating in the metered markets and a 1.8 in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters. That was down from last week’s telecast hosted by Sam Rockwell with musical guest Halsey and featuring SNL alums Bill Murray as Steve… Read

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January Slows As ‘Jumanji’ Takes No. 1 For 3rd Weekend With $19M To $20M; Older Guy Pics ’12 Strong’ & ‘Den Of Thieves’ In Mid-Teens

3rd update, Sunday writethru: Jumanji remained king of the box office jungle despite the entry of three new titles, two of which were action films geared towards an older male audience — 12 Strong and Den of Thieves, both of which are estimated to take in mid-teens this weekend. January has begun to ratchet down after the holidays, with weekend ticket sales seeing an estimated $137M or down about 6.6% from a year ago. This was the weekend also that Disney’s Star Wars: The… Read


Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Reteam ‘Tully’ Is Sundance Secret Screening


EXCLUSIVE: This year’s secret screening is director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody's Tully, a comedy which is their second collaboration with Charlize Theron after 2011’s Young Adult. The Focus Features release opens on April 20. In Tully, Theron plays Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to accept the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and… Read


Endemol & Viacom’s C5 Dispute Big Brother UK Cancellation Claims

Endemol Shine and Viacom's Channel 5 remain in discussions over the future of long-running reality series Big Brother in the UK despite tabloid claims that it has been axed. British tabloid newspaper The Daily Star reported this weekend that the show had been "killed off after 18 years." However, Endemol sources have said that there is no truth to the current reports and I understand that both companies are still in discussions over future series when the contract for the… Read


Keira Knightley-Starrer ‘Colette’ In First Big Sundance Deal: Bleecker Street & 30WEST Team For U.S. Rights

EXCLUSIVE: In the first major deal on the ground at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Bleecker Street and 30WEST teamed on a mid-seven figure U.S. rights pact for Colette, the Wash Westmoreland-directed film that stars Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Elinor Tomlinson, and Aiysha Hart. Word in Sundance was that the filmmakers started the bidding looking for $4 million, this after a rousing Eccles Theater premiere at 6:30 Saturday. Multiple bidders… Read


Sundance Clip: Big Beach’s Animated Jack London Adaptation ‘White Fang’

White Fang

Big Beach, which made past memorable Sundance splashes with Little Miss Sunshine and Safety Not Guaranteed, today launches the first of three projects here at Sundance with its first foray into animation. The premiere of the 3D animated acquisition title White Fang happens this morning at 11:30 AM at the Prospector Square Theater. The hope is to launch a sequel, with a script ready, as Big Beach forges into animation with a small slate of projects that also includes a… Read


‘SNL’ Highlights: Stormy Does Update, Robert Mueller Bursts At The Seams

Kate McKinnon added another political gem to her Saturday Night Live tiara of a repertoire – boosting her portfolio of impersonations and rescuing an otherwise lackluster SNL in one big swoop. As a gloating, canary-stuffed special counsel Robert Mueller, McKinnon edged out even guest host Jessica Chastain as the episode’s MVP. Appearing as a guest on Weekend Update (watch the clip above), McKinnon’s Mueller told co-anchor Colin Jost that he wanted to assure the American… Read