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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Bests $600M WW; ‘Moana’ Mints $177M; ‘Doctor Strange’ Ices ‘Deadpool’, ‘Iron Man 2’ – Intl Box Office


UPDATE, 5:50 PM PT: Scoring a hat trick at the international box office, Warner Bros' Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them led for the 3rd frame in a row, whipping past new benchmarks this session. Newt Scamander and his errant creatures grabbed another $60.4M in 67 markets to take the offshore total to $424.4M. Worldwide, the Beasts have amassed $608M on their way to $700M+. There's still a solid week ahead before the spinoff of another multi-billion-dollar franchise… Read

Los Angeles Film Critics Name ‘Moonlight’ Best Picture Of The Year


Final, 4:30 PM If the recent past is any indication, Moonlight‘s Oscar prospects are looking extremely good, as the acclaimed drama absolutely cleaned up at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards this afternoon. The film has been heaped with accolades since its Telluride debut in September and today picked up four LAFCA Awards total, the most of any eligible 2016 film. In addition to winning Best Picture, Moonlight garnered Best Director for writer-director Barry… Read

British Independent Film Awards: ‘American Honey’ & ‘Under The Shadow’ Glow – Full Winners List


UPDATE: Andrea Arnold's American Honey scooped four prizes at the British Independent Film Awards tonight in London. Those include the top nod for Best British Independent Film as well as Best Director for Arnold, Best Actress for breakout Sasha Lane and the Outstanding Craft prize for Robbie Ryan's cinematography. A road movie about law-breaking teenagers chasing the American Dream, American Honey co-stars Shia LaBeouf. The pic was shot in the U.S. Midwest and won… Read

Disney Sets Industry Record At Domestic Box Office; Crosses $4B Intl For First Time

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With $2,491.4M at the domestic box office through today, The Walt Disney Studios has set a new industry record. The Mouse tops the previous record of $2.45B which Universal revved up in 2015. Overseas, Disney has crossed the $4B threshold for the first time in the studio's history with $4,079.5M. Universal last year was the first studio ever to tilt past $4B, ending the year at $4.44B. Worldwide, Disney's stable of super and animated heroes has accumulated $6,570.9M to… Read

‘Jackie’ Bows With Year’s 5th Best PTA – Specialty Box Office

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Fox Searchlight's Jackie launched with a solid start over the weekend, claiming the fifth best per theater average of the year. The Oscar-hopeful starring Natalie Portman as the iconic First Lady in the waning days of her reign in the White House grossed $275K in five locations in New York and Los Angeles. Sundance Selects had a decent start with French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve's Things To Come, opening in three cities grossing over $30K. TWC's Lion added some runs and… Read

Billy Chapin Dead: ‘Night Of The Hunter’ Child Actor Was 72

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Billy Chapin, who as a child actor held his own against Robert Mitchum’s murderous preacher in Charles Laughton’s brilliant The Night of the Hunter, died Friday following a lengthy illness. His death was announced by his sister Lauren Chapin, the former child actress who costarred in TV’s classic family sitcom Father Knows Best. “It is with a saddened heart that I say ‘Good Bye’ to my precious brother Billy Chapin, wonderful Star of Movies, Television and Radio,” Lauren… Read

There’s Plenty Of Adorable Baby Groot In New ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 2’ Teaser


In case the last several weeks have been something of a downer – or perhaps you’re just experiencing seasonal affected disorder, cough cough – here’s an easy cure: a extremely entertaining new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dropped online this afternoon, and you can watch it here now. Some of what you’ll see here is straight out of the mindblowing presentation last summer at Comic-Con – which, we told you it was awesome. But there’s plenty of new stuff too… Read

‘Sieranevada’ Actors Judith State And Rolando Matsangos On The Fastidious Pursuit Of “Little Miracles”

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A Palme D’Or nominee at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada has been submitted as Romania’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. A sprawling, ambitious family drama, coming in at a nearly three hour running time, the latest entry from the much-lauded filmmaker tells the story of a successful neurologist, who gathers with family on the anniversary of his father’s death. A thoughtful, melancholy reflection on family and one’s place… Read

Hollywood Reacts With Disgust At ‘Last Tango” Rape Scene Revelations

BERTOLUCCI Director Bernardo Bertoclucci, left, discusses a scene from "Last Tango in Paris" with leading actor Marlon Brando and actress Maria Schneider during location shooting in Paris on . The movie, which opens in New York has evoked more pre-release comment than any in recent years largely because of the sex scenes between Brando and Schneider. The 31 year old Bertolucci faces a decision in an Italian court over government charges that the film is pornographic

Actors and other public figures are responding with outrage at recently surfaced news that Last Tango In Paris director Bernardo Bertolucci, in a three year old video that only came to light this week, confirmed what co-star Maria Schneider has long said about the film’s most controversial moment: the brutal rape scene was shot without her full consent. The scene in question featured Brando’s character raping Schneider’s character using a stick of butter as lubricant. It… Read

L.A.-Based Music Label In Oakland Fire Chronicled In 2013 Documentary ‘Silk’


Update The Oakland Athletics will match donations to victims of last night’s warehouse fire up to $20,000, the baseball team tweeted today. “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the Oakland fire,” the A’s said. “We will work together to heal our community.” See tweet below. Previous The massive Oakland, California, warehouse fire that might have claimed as many as 40 people broke out during a concert staged by the Los Angeles-based electronic music label 100% Silk… Read

Alice Drummond Dies; Veteran Character Actress Was 88

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Alice Drummond, a prolific character actress nominated for a Best Featured Actress Tony in 1970 and known for appearances in the films Awakenings, Synecdoche, New York and Ghostbusters, among many others, died November 30 from complications following a fall in her home. She was 88. The news was confirmed by Drummond’s friend, June Gable, to The New York Times. Born in 1928 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Drummond was a 1950 graduate of Pembroke College, then the women’s… Read