José Padilha Lifts The Lid On ‘7 Days In Entebbe’ – Berlin
7 Days In Entebbe director José Padilha says that his Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl –fronted terror thriller, which tells the story of the 1976 hijacking of the Air France flight from Tel Aviv, shines a light on similar political issues that are still prevalent in a Trump presidency.
Padilha, speaking at the Berlin Film Festival, said that fear still dominates, as it did in the Middle East in the late 70s.
The film tells the story of the hijackers, two of which were… Read
‘Black Panther’ Blasts Off With $169M Overseas; $371M WW Weekend – International Box Office
UPDATED, Monday writethru: The King of Wakanda is king at the international box office, with a stunning $168.7 million in 48 markets through Sunday. That puts Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther at a global debut of $370.5M, with the actuals on domestic coming in higher. Including Monday's domestic estimate, the worldwide cume rises above $400M.
The numbers are "insane" is the refrain we heard all weekend as the movie shattered expectations. Most ahead of the opening were… Read
‘Black Panther’ Goes Wild: 2nd Best Sunday $60M+; 3-Day $201M+; 4-Day To Shred ‘Jurassic World’ & Possibly ‘Last Jedi’
UPDATED, Monday AM writethru after 12:05 AM post: Disney has verified this morning what we saw in the middle of the night, that T’Challa recorded the second-best Sunday ever at the domestic box office. Its $60.1 million (higher than the industry’s $59.55M estimate last night) ranks only behind the all-time record held by Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($60.5M on December 20, 2015). The total now pushes Black Panther to a three-day total of $201.8M, still… Read
M.I.A & Ed Sheeran Films Drum Up Global Interest in Rock Docs – Berlin
Documentaries about pop stars including M.I.A and British singer songwriter Ed Sheeran, as well as more esoteric indie artists such as The Go Betweens and The Slits, have been drumming up interest in the rock doc genre in Berlin.
Buyers and sellers have told Deadline that there's growing interest in the genre following the success of films such as Asif Kapadia's Amy and Brett Morgen's Nirvana feature Montage of Heck.
Steve Loveridge's film, Matanga/Maya/M.I.A, about Sri… Read
‘Dunkirk’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Take Home Top Honors At MPSE Golden Reel Awards – Complete Winners List
The Motion Picture Sound Editors made some noise tonight as they presented the 65th MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Winners on the evening included Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 for film, while Game of Thrones and Stranger Things received top TV honors.
The Golden Reels, held at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing. Awards were presented in 23 categories encompassing feature films, long-form and short-form television… Read
Idrissa Ouedraogo Dies: Noted Director Of African Film Was 64
Director Idrissa Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso, a giant of African cinema, died Sunday. He was 64, according to his country’s national filmmakers guild. The cause of death was not revealed.
The prolific Ouedraogo was best known for Tilai, a powerful drama about family honor that won the Cannes Jury Prize in 1990.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said in a statement that his country "has lost a filmmaker of immense talent," noting that the director "truly contributed to… Read
BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ Stuns ‘Shape Of Water’ But Does This Mean Oscar Is Next? – Hammond Analysis
Pundits will probably look at today’s Outstanding Film BAFTA victory by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri over its (at least nominally) more favored Fox Searchlight stablemate The Shape Of Water as perhaps a game-changing moment in this year’s still unsettled Best Picture Oscar race. Certainly it gives the Martin McDonagh film new
momentum, especially after his snub by the Academy’s directors branch. (And that may not matter much since the BAFTA directorial win… Read
History Is Already Written: Film Comedies Came Back In 2018
One of the hardest things about covering Hollywood for New York editors is trying to convince them that most of the next year's stories have already happened. Films are made on a long lead time of, say, 18 months, give or take. So most of the touchy decisions, political fights, minor victories, major failures and meaningful trends are already history by the time a picture is ready for its close-up with the opinion-makers back East. (At the New York Times, I was once… Read
Greenwich Entertainment Acquires Lorna Tucker Docu ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’
Outside of the fashion world, Vivienne Westwood isn’t necessarily a household name, but after Lorna Tucker’s documentary Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is released, it very well might be. Greenwich Entertainment announced that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the first documentary that puts the spotlight on the British fashion design icon.
Westwood premiered earlier this year at Sundance and follows the titular designer’s life, her fashion, her personality… Read
BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ Wins Best Film, Tops Night With Five Nods – The Complete Winners List
UPDATED with complete list of winners, more details: Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri walked away with the Best Film prize and a leading five wins overall at the BAFTA Awards tonight at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The annual EE British Academy Film Awards were a Searchlight affair, with Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water taking three awards including Best Director for del Toro. The strong showing makes both films strong candidates for the… Read
Armando Iannucci Still “Hopeful” Of ‘The Death Of Stalin’ Getting Russian Release
Armando Iannucci is "hopeful" that his political satire The Death of Stalin will still be shown in Russia and said that the move to pull it from theaters by the government has made it more "infamous" in the country.
Last month, the comedy, which depicts the chaos of the regime after Stalin's death in 1953 and 30 years of iron-fisted rule and is an adaptation of Fabien-Nury's graphic novel, was pulled after it was criticized by Russian authorities.
The film was due to be… Read
‘The Party’ Has Lively Bow; ‘Detective Chinatown 2’ Wins Chinese New Year Race: Specialty Box Office
UPDATED at 11:15AM PT with more numbers and analysis. Roadside Attractions opened Sally Potter's black-and-white dramedy The Party in three locations Friday, taking in $36,344 and recording the second-highest per theater average of the weekend.
The feature topped a sizable number of limited-release newcomers this weekend, including three titles rolled out in time for Friday's Chinese New Year. Warner Bros.' Detective Chinatown 2 is tracking to be the best of the trio… Read