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Denzel Washington is ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’; Jon Bernthal, Christopher Abbott In ‘Sweet Virginia’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Columbia Pictures awards hopeful Roman J. Israel, Esq. leads a slate of limited release newcomers more crowded than last weekend’s. Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo star in the film, which the filmmakers shot in Los Angeles. The title will bow in New York and L.A. before going wide November 22 in time for Thanksgiving. Jon Bernthal, Christopher Abbott, Imogen Poots and Rosemarie DeWitt star in Sweet Virginia from IFC Films, with filmmaker Jamie M. Dagg… Read


Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ Averaged 6.7M Viewers For PBS, Reached 34M In Live+7

Vietnam War

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's documentary The Vietnam War averaged 6.7 million viewers across its 10 nights in Live+7 stats, PBS said today. The epic docu enjoyed a reach of just under 34 million. These ratings results mean The Vietnam War is the second-highest-rated Burns/Novick film of the past two decades, following The War in 2007, PBS boasted. Burns’ best-known documentary for PBS, The Civil War, aired nearly three decades ago. Looking back across two decades also… Read

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Searchlight’s ‘Three Billboards’ Signals Robust Bow; ‘Lady Bird’ Soars – Specialty B.O.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Fox Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell launched very well out the gate this weekend, grossing $320K in just four New York and Los Angeles locations, giving the title the third best opening per theater average of the year at $80K. Described as a "darkly, comic drama," the film was the clear spotlight among the weekend's Specialty newcomers. The Orchard, however, did get some traction with… Read

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Searchlight Posts ‘Three Billboards’; The Orchard Has Norway’s ‘Thelma’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Fox Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is among the latest of this year's fall awards hopefuls. Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, it leads a somewhat reduced number of Specialty newcomers this coming weekend following weeks of packed slates of new titles. After opening France's Best Foreign Language Oscar entry last month, The Orchard is launching Thelma from Norway starting Friday on the heels of its festival run. The film… Read


‘Bashir’s Dream’ Director On Alien Abduction And His New VR Short

Dinner Party

EXCLUSIVE: The first widely publicized report of an alien abduction in America provides the backdrop for director Angel Manuel Soto’s latest virtual reality short film, Dinner Party. Soto said he was drawn to the September 1961 account of Barney and Betty Hill’s encounter with extraterrestrials in rural New Hampshire, both as a sensational story that captivated the nation — and as an opportunity to explore race and privilege. Barney, a postal worker, was African American… Read

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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Takes Year’s Best Per Theater Average Of $93K –  Specialty Box Office

Actor Greta Gerwig has added 'director' to her resume in a big way. Lady Bird, starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, grossed $375,612 in four theaters, giving the A24 release a sizzling $93,903 per theater average, the best of 2017. Lady Bird had plenty of competition from veteran filmmakers with well-known actors in a crowded market of Specialty newcomers. Menemsha Films opened 1945 in two theaters, scoring the second-best PTA of the weekend among the Specialties… Read


‘Confessions Of An Eco-Terrorist’ Sequel Sets Sail; Saban Films & Mongrel Media Pact For Canada; More – AFM Briefs

Peter Jay Brown

Lon Haber & Company has acquired worldwide sales rights to Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist 2, a sequel to the 2010 documentary that chronicled the efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to protect wildlife on a global scale. The original docu from Peter Jay Brown spawned an Animal Planet docuseries. The sequel movie is being shown to buyers at the American Film Market. Brown returns to capture the exploits of Captain Paul Watson including more never-seen footage… Read

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Rob Reiner’s ‘LBJ’ On Ticket; ‘Last Flag Flying’, ‘Lady Bird’ Bow – Specialty B.O. Preview


Two films by veteran filmmakers as well as a directorial debut are among the headlining Specialty newcomers rolling out in yet another packed weekend of new releases. New York Film Festival debut Last Flag Flying by Richard Linklater and starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne opens via Amazon Studios/Lionsgate in select locations in New York and L.A. en route to a wide release timed to Thanksgiving. Rob Reiner, meanwhile, is heading out with LBJ from… Read

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‘The Square’ Runs Circles Over Most Openers; Weinstein‘s ‘Amityville’ Bombs – Specialty Box Office

The Square

Cannes Palme d'Or winner The Square by Ruben Ostlund from Magnolia Pictures sold out screenings in its initial four theaters over a crowded pack of Specialty newcomers this weekend, becoming one of the strongest foreign-language debuts of the year at $76,000. On the other end of the spectrum, The Weinstein Company’s thriller Amityville: The Awakening scared up a pathetic post-scandal $742 from ten runs. The highest-grossing limited run debut was Atlas Distribution's… Read

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‘Novitiate’, ‘All I See Is You’ & Palme d’Or Winner ‘The Square’ Close Out Packed October – Specialty B.O. Preview

Closing out October, Specialty titles are packing theaters for the coming weekend. Sony Pictures Classics is heading out with Maggie Betts' Novitiate, a well-received Sundance title that later screened at the Toronto Film Festival last month. Cannes Palme d'Or winner The Square is coming off of its extensive festival run for a theatrical launch today via Magnolia Pictures. The distributor had success with filmmaker Ruben –stlund's previous feature, Force Majeure in… Read


Abramorama Brings Aboard Tom Hassell As SVP & Head Of Sales

Tom Hassell Abramorama

Indie distributor Abramorama has formalized its relationship with industry veteran Tom Hassell, hiring him as SVP and Head of Sales. He had been collaborating with the company as a consultant since 2010 on titles including recently Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Miss Sharon Jones!, and Listen to Me Marlon. He currently is spearheading releases campaigns for Abramorama’s Jane Goodall docu Jane from Brett Morgen whhich hit the specialty box… Read


AFI Fest Sets More Of Lineups; ‘Shape Of Water’ & ‘Molly’s Game’ Among Additions

The Shape Of Water

The AFI Fest today unveiled the lineups for its Special Screenings, Cinema’s Legacy and Shorts sidebars for this year’s fest, which kicks off November 9 with Dee Rees’ Mudbound and wraps November 16 with the premiere of Ridley Scott’s All The Money In the World. In between are Centerpiece Galas for Call Me By Your Name, The Disaster Artist and Hostiles. The Special Screenings include fall festival favorites including Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game, Guillermo del Toro’s… Read