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‘Akicita’s Native Warriors Stood Up To “Genocide,” Violent Police Militarization At Standing Rock — Sundance Studio

The first feature from award-winning native activist and filmmaker Cody LucichAkicita: The Battle of Standing Rock is a powerful and harrowing watch, telling the story of the Standing Rock occupation from the perspective of the “Native warriors” involved, while thrusting the viewer into the action. The largest Native American occupation since Wounded Knee—back in 1890—Standing Rock unfolded over the course of almost a year, as thousands of activists and… Read


Wanda Chief Predicts Comeback In 2018 After 10.8% Revenue Drop In 2017

Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin has presented a look back at a challenging 2017, and a look ahead to what he says will be a plan for the group to gain RMB 247.9B ($38.7B) in annual revenue in 2018. On Saturday, the embattled Chinese conglomerate reported Wanda Group operating revenue of RMB 227.37B ($35.5B), down 10.8% from 2016. Largely that was the result of the sale of some $9.4B in hotels and tourism projects which Wang said over the weekend was a main achievement of the… Read


Andrea Riseborough And ‘Nancy’ Director Christina Choe On Finding Truth In Fiction – Sundance Studio

Continuing her banner year at the Sundance Film Festival, with four films in the program, Andrea Riseborough made her second trip to Deadline’s Sundance Studio with her producorial debut, Nancy. Bringing with her writer/director Christina Choe, Riseborough expounded on the power she felt in Choe’s script, about a young woman (played by Riseborough) with a habit for spinning fantastical stories around her quiet life as a temp. When she sees a report on TV about parents… Read


‘Ready Player One’ Teaser A Link To Secret Steven Spielberg & Ernest Cline Clip

UPDATE, with second Tweet Warner Bros is getting clever with its promotion of the Steven Spielberg-directed Ready Player One. They’ve got a teaser trailer (watch it below), and it has a secret link in it that has a password that links to a hidden video that is narrated by Spielberg and author Ernest Cline, with new unseen footage. The studio will be advertising the movie during today’s NFL division championship games. Can you crack the QR code and get a look at the unseen… Read


Bridey Elliott’s Feature Directorial Debut ‘Clara’s Ghost’ Was A True Family Affair — Sundance Studio

Coming to Sundance two years ago with her first short film, Affections, writer/director Bridey Elliott graduates this year in her return to the festival with Clara’s Ghost, her feature directorial debut. The supernaturally-tinged drama follows actor Ted Reynolds (Chris Elliott) and his homemaker wife Clara (Paula Neidert Elliott) who welcome their twenty-something daughters (Abby and Bridy Elliott)—a pair of former child stars—back to their Connecticut home. There… Read


Jim Hosking Takes On The Romantic Comedy Through ‘An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn’ — Sundance Studio

Premiering at Sundance two years ago, Jim Hosking’s feature debut The Greasy Strangler was a midnight smash, presenting a very clear idea of Hosking’s vision and taste as an artist. The eccentricities and unique shock value on display in that film might foster certain notions or expectations of the filmmaker. Certainly, for those familiar with Hosking’s work, the notion of the filmmaker taking on a romantic comedy would seem highly improbable But Hosking isn’t one to… Read


Burning Out On Stand-Up, Bo Burnham Turns To New Form Of Expression With ‘Eighth Grade’ — Sundance Studio

Doing stand-up for ten years and establishing himself as a singular, memorable comedic voice, Bo Burnham, at some point along the way, burned out on himself as a subject of exploration, and the art of stand-up in general. “I was so violently tired of my own face, and my own voice, and my own head,” Burnham explains. But when one door closes, another opens—and in the medium of film, the comedian has found a new creative outlet that allows him to express himself in a… Read


‘Private Life’ Breakout Star Kayli Carter Wants To Surround Herself With Women In Creative Spaces — Sundance Studio

Taking a 10-year hiatus from filmmaking after seeing her Sundance-premiering The Savages collect two Oscar nominations, writer/director Tamara Jenkins is back at the fest in a productive year, with not one, but two films that are drawing strong buzz in Park City. There’s Juliet, Naked—based on a Nick Hornby novel—which she scripted, and then there’s Private Life, a Netflix release which opened this year’s festival. Private Life follows Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) and Richard… Read

Box Office

‘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. It will soon overtake 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


‘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


‘SNL’ Highlights: Stormy Does Update, Robert Mueller Bursts At Seams, Jessica Chastain Hosts Anti-Trump Game Show

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