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'Spider-Man' Ready to Send Box Office 'Into the Spider-Verse'

'Spider-Man' Ready to Send Box Office 'Into the Spider-Verse'
After last weekend saw no new wide releases hit theaters, resulting in the worst weekend of the year so far, this weekend offers up three new wide debuts led by Sony Animation and Marvel's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse alongside Clint Eastwood's The Mule and Universal's young adult adaptation Mortal Engines. Additionally, Fox is re-releasing Deadpool 2 in a PG-13-rated version with all-new footage while Annapurna will look for If Beale Street Could Talk to top the charts based on per theater average as it begins its run this weekend. Looking to top the weekend is Sony Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a brand new take on Marvel's webslinger, a character that has already generated over $1.9 billion domestically and over $4.8 billion worldwide for Sony from six previous films. This, of course, is the first time he's been featured in an animated theatrical release and that makes forecasting a bit more difficult.
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Thanksgiving 2019: Lionsgate To Release Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ With Daniel Craig & Killer Cast

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Thanksgiving 2019: Lionsgate To Release Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ With Daniel Craig & Killer Cast
Exclusive: Lionsgate is set to partner with MRC and distribute worldwide Knives Out, the contemporary murder mystery that Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson wrote and is directing. Daniel Craig stars as a detective trying to solve a murder and the killer ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford and Don Johnson.

Lionsgate has dated the film for nationwide release on November 27, 2019 for the Thanksgiving holiday corridor.

The film became possible when director Danny Boyle exited James Bond 25. While that film regrouped — Cary Fukunaga is directing it — Craig suddenly had an open slot, and Johnson and his producing partner Ram Bergman took full advantage with an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery that Johnson wrote and was able to squeeze in before he and Bergman drill down on a new trilogy in the Star Wars universe.
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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Jingles $900K+ On Wednesday

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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Jingles $900K+ On Wednesday
20th Century Fox’s PG-13, holiday infused re-imagining of Deadpool 2 drew an estimated $953K in early morning industry estimates in its opening Wednesday at 1,566 theaters (including Tuesday previews). That number was good enough to make Once Upon a Deadpool second behind Universal/Illumination’s The Grinch which led all movies yesterday with $968K in its fifth Wednesday and a running total of $226.7M.

Rival distributors didn’t know what to expect from Once Upon a Deadpool; the film flew under the radar of tracking, and for Fox, it’s all gravy for the Deadpool brand. Not to comp because the movie catered to a completely different crowd, but the Weinstein Co.’s The King’s Speech changed its rating from R to PG-13 following its Oscar best picture win in 2011 earning $1.1M over three-days in its April re-release for a final tally of $3.3M. The whole thought process behind
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Sondra Locke, actor and former partner of Clint Eastwood, dies at 74

Actor starred in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, before role in Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales

Sondra Locke, the American actor who was nominated for an Oscar for her first film before co-starring in six films with her one-time partner, Clint Eastwood, has died.

The actor, who was 74, died at her home in Los Angeles after a cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer, according to a death certificate obtained by Associated Press. She died on 3 November and authorities were promptly notified at the time. It is not clear why it took nearly six weeks to be reported.
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Film News Roundup: ‘Lawnmower Man’ Director Brett Leonard Boards ‘Elijah’

Film News Roundup: ‘Lawnmower Man’ Director Brett Leonard Boards ‘Elijah’
In today’s film news roundup, “Elijah” gets a director, a French fry documentary starts shooting and “Uglydolls” moves its release date forward.

Project Launch

Brett Leonard, best known for directing ”The Lawnmower Man” and “Virtuosity,” will direct the supernatural feature film “Elijah,” based on the Old Testament prophet.

The project is set up at Winter State Entertainment. Producers are Hamid and Camille Torabpour, Jhene Chase, Mark Smith and Patrick Werksma. The screenplay is by Hamid Torabpour and Andrew Kightlinger.

“The tremendous human and spiritual journey at the core of the epic Biblical story of ‘Elijah’ provides the ultimate canvas for my passion to explore the connection between cinematic and immersive storytelling,” Leonard said.

Winter State plans to kick off a biblical film universe with “Elijah,” which will be followed by “Elijah Part 2.” “The Lawnmower Man,” budgeted at $6 million, featured leading-edge technology and grossed over $150 million worldwide.

French Fries

Zero Point Zero,
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SAG-aftra Commercial Negotiations Set for February

With no fanfare, SAG-AFTRA and the ad industry have set a mid-February start for negotiations for a successor deal to the union’s master contract, Variety has learned.

The current three-year deal — which covers about $1 billion in annual earnings — expires on March 31. SAG-aftra and the Joint Policy Committee of the ad industry plan to hold the negotiations in New York City.

Reps for the union did not respond to a request for comment and the ad industry’s lead negotiator Stacy K. Marcus of the firm Reed Smith said, “The Jpc and SAG-aftra have agreed to a media blackout.”

The Joint Policy Committee recommended in October — as it has in the past — that ad agencies and advertisers plan for a possible strike by re-scheduling production planned for April through June to a date prior to March 31.

“The industry remains optimistic that we will have a successful conclusion to these negotiations without disruption,
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Superhero Bits: Could Jonah Hill Be The Penguin, ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Nsfw Outtakes & More

Superhero Bits: Could Jonah Hill Be The Penguin, ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Nsfw Outtakes & More
What was the alternate title for Elseworlds that ended up getting abandoned? Is Jonah Hill preparing to play The Penguin in the Dceu? Want to hear some Nsfw outtakes for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? Want a chance to attend the Birds of Prey premiere? When is the next draft of The Batman due? All that […]

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From Boots Riley to Debra Granik: 5 Directors To Remember in Awards Season

This week on the Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, we sat down with directors who made smaller films that don’t have big awards campaigns but whose work should be remembered among the year’s best films.

Here’s a taste of the wisdom and insight each director shared about their filmmaking process.

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Lynne Ramsay On Bouncing Back

In the winter of 2013-14, Lynne Ramsay disappeared to the Greek Island of Santorini to seek refuge after the traumatic experience of having to quit “Jane Got a Gun” right as production began, having concluded the producers would never let her make her version of the film she’d worked on for years.

“I found it quite peaceful and I could get quite focused, perhaps because I thought I was going to make a film and I didn’t and that was really painful,” said Ramsay.
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CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million to Settle a Sexual Harassment Complaint

CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million to Settle a Sexual Harassment Complaint
Eliza Dushku received a $9.5 million settlement from CBS after claiming she was written off “Bull” for complaining about sexual harassment on set, according to a New York Times report. The actress joined the primetime drama for three episodes in March of 2017, with plans to become a full-time cast member; following alleged comments from star Michael Weatherly, who “remarked on her appearance, and made a rape joke and a comment about a threesome,” she was written off the series. Dushku believes this would not have happened had she not confronted Weatherly.

CBS confirmed the settlement in a statement:

“The allegations in Ms. Dushku’s claims are an example that, while we remain committed to a culture defined by a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace, our work is far from done,” CBS said. “The settlement of these claims reflects the projected amount that Ms. Dushku would have received for the balance of
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Mailbag: Is Star Wars Aging Up? Christmas Movies, TV Show Recommendations, Release Date Calendars & More

Mailbag: Is Star Wars Aging Up? Christmas Movies, TV Show Recommendations, Release Date Calendars & More
On the December 13, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, senior writer Ben Pearson and writer Hoai-Tran Bui to answer questions in the Mail Bag. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, Spotify and all the popular podcast […]

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‘Black Panther’ Featurette Welcomes You to Wakanda As Part of the Film’s Oscar Campaign

Marvel and Disney want Black Pantherto land some Oscar nominations, and they’re not being shy about it. As we head into Oscar season, the studios have already begun the process of campaigning for the film, including hosting new screening for prospective voters. They’ve also just released a featurette called “Welcome to Wakanda”, where director Ryan Coogler […]

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‘Dead Souls’ Trailer: Eight-Hour Documentary Explores China’s Dark History

‘Dead Souls’ Trailer: Eight-Hour Documentary Explores China’s Dark History
Anyone drawn to the protracted runtimes of Bela Tarr and Lav Diaz will likely be excited by the prospect of Wang Bing’s latest offering: “Dead Souls,” which clocks in at a prodigious 495 minutes. If you’ve never seen an eight-hour-plus documentary about China’s late-’50s re-education camps and the misery therein, this is surely the place to start.

Here’s the synopsis: “In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Deemed ‘ultra-rightists’ in the Communist Party’s Anti-Rightist campaign of 1957, they starved to death in the Jiabiangou and Mingshui reeducation camps. Dead Souls invites us to meet the survivors of the camps to find out firsthand who these persons were, the hardships they were forced to endure, and what became their destiny.”

Bing’s most recent film, “Mrs. Fang,” won the Golden Leopard at last year’s
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Oscar Nominee Sondra Locke Dies at 74

Oscar Nominee Sondra Locke Dies at 74
Actress and director Sondra Locke, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination in her first movie role for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” died Nov. 3 at 74. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed her death.

She died due to breast and bone cancer, according to Radar Online, which reported that she was laid to rest at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary.

Locke had a contentious relationship of more than a decade with Clint Eastwood, who first cast her in “The Outlaw Josey Wales.”

Locke was born in 1944 as Sandra Louise Smith and raised in Shelbyville, Tenn. She changed her named to Sondra in her early 20s and won a nationwide talent search in 1967 for the part of teenager Mick Kelly in the movie adaptation of Carson McCullers’ novel “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.” Locke starred opposite Alan Arkin, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.
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New ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Posters Unleash Rodan, Mothra & Ghidorah

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is shaping up to be one hell of a monster battle epic. After being teased in Gareth Edwards 2015 Godzilla and the Kong: Skull Island post-credits scene, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah are coming to town to battle for dominance and face down Godzilla; our beloved, unlikely protector of Earth. Director Mike Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat) revealed a trio of new posters on social media that fully unleash the trio of titans, soaring through the air in apocalyptic action. (The images were accompanied by quotes from the Book of Revelation to really enhance that …
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Clint Eastwood: Why Alison Eastwood Came Out of Acting Retirement for Her Dad

Clint Eastwood: Why Alison Eastwood Came Out of Acting Retirement for Her Dad
Clint Eastwood’s daughter Alison Eastwood was done with acting after appearing in 2014’s “Finding Harmony.”

Or so she thought.

It was a Friday night and she and her husband were heading to dinner when her father’s producer Sam Moore called. “He [says], ‘You know, your dad wants you to do this film,” Alison recalls. “I almost threw up. [My husband] was like, ’Is everything Ok? Did somebody die?’ I’m like, ‘No, I just don’t feel very well.’ I retired from acting and I sort of threw in the towel and decided to focus on a lot of different things so I thought, why does he want me?”

The movie is the upcoming “The Mule,” which Clint Eastwood directed and stars in. Alison plays his — what else? — daughter in this true story about a 90-year-old who is caught smuggling $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.
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Movie Talk: Is ‘The Lion King’ Live-Action or Animation? Hollywood Animators Debate

On today's episode of Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Perri Nemiroff and John Rocha discuss the following: James Wan revealed on Josh Horowitz's Happy Sad Confused podcast that he had brief talks about directing a horror movie about Batman. Bloody Disgusting is reporting that that Canadian kids horror show Are You Afraid of the Dark? will be getting a feature film treatment with D.J. Caruso possibly directing. Universal Pictures released a new poster for Jordan Peele’s new film Us that stars Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss. THR hosted a round table of animation professionals …
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Noah Hawley’s ‘To Be Read Backwards’ Sounds Like ‘Memento’ meets ‘Benjamin Button’

Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley is headed back to the big screen with To Be Read Backwards. Based on a short story by Matthew Baker, To Be Read Backwards sounds like a cross between Memento and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, telling the story of a man moving backwards in time from his death. Hawley will make his feature […]

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Film Review: ‘Dead Women Walking’

Film Review: ‘Dead Women Walking’
The sober and gripping “Dead Women Walking” focuses on the final days of a series of female inmates facing the death sentence. Divided into nine chapters, each inching its way inexorably closer to the moment of execution, the drama turns the fragmentation of its approach to a powerful advantage. Not only do the individual stories — hard, jagged and persuasive — become tiles in a more complex mosaic, taken together they also give a peculiar experience of time that judders and halts, elongates and foreshortens. It’s impossible for most of us to say if this is an accurate representation of temporal reality for these characters, but it makes even those of us who are convinced we understand the issues around capital punishment consider it in a stark new light. This is not a film about the death penalty; it’s a film about the systems and practices we collectively call Death Row.
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‘Bumblebee’ Featurettes: Meet Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena’s Human Characters

‘Bumblebee’ Featurettes: Meet Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena’s Human Characters
When you watch a Transformers movie, you’re not exactly going in for the people. But in Bumblebee, the prequel revolving around the beloved yellow Autobot, the human characters are just as important as the robotic ones. Paramount Pictures has released two new Bumblebee featurettes that spotlight two of those human characters brought to life by Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena. […]

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Paul Schrader Has Won More Than 2,100 Games of Words With Friends

Paul Schrader Has Won More Than 2,100 Games of Words With Friends
It isn’t much of a revelation to say that Paul Schrader is a wordsmith. The “First Reformed” writer-director, who also penned the screenplays to “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” got his start as a critic before becoming a filmmaker. Even so, his Words With Friends prowess is impressive: In a discussion with A24, Schrader reveals that he’s won more than 2,100 games of the Scrabble-esque time-killer.

This began “probably about four or five years ago,” according to Schrader. “Larry Karaszewski turned me onto it. You’re always waiting five or ten minutes for a meeting. Larry said, you know, ‘What do you do with those minutes? You should play Words With Friends, because that’s what I do.'”

He only partakes “whenever there are those dead times” and has made it a rule to “only play people I know. I play Robbie Doyle the Irish soccer player. What
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