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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Earns Hefty $54,000 Per Screen Average at Indie Box Office

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Earns Hefty $54,000 Per Screen Average at Indie Box Office
Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” follow-up “If Beale Street Could Talk” arrived at the indie box office this weekend, earning $219,173 from its four screen-start for a per screen average of $54,793.

While it’s barely more than half of the $100,000 average made by “Moonlight” two years ago, it’s still a solid start from distributor Annapurna, which is looking for a major arthouse hit sollowing the departure of its film division head and the removal of two films from their release slate. Annapurna will expand “Beale Street” to 65 screens in time for Christmas a week from Tuesday, and will also release the Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” wide.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel of the same name and stars KiKi Layne and Stephan James as Tish and Fonny, a couple whose relationship is tested after Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit, putting
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‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards

‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards
Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” has been named the best European film of 2018 at the European Film Awards, which were handed out on Saturday in Seville, Spain.

The decade-spanning drama, which was inspired by the stormy relationship between Pawlikowski’s parents, also won awards for its director, screenplay, lead actress (Joanna Kulig) and editor.

Marcello Fonte won the best-actor award for “Dogman,” which also took awards for its costume design and hair and makeup.

Also Read: 'Cold War' Film Review: Romance in Postwar Europe Is Ravishing and Haunted

Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” was named the best European comedy, while “Bergman – A Year in a Life” won for documentary, and “Another Day of Life” won for animated film.

Four of the Best European Film Award nominees — “Border,” “Cold War,” “Dogman” and “Girl” — are the foreign-language Oscar entries from Sweden, Poland, Italy and Belgium, respectively. The fifth,
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Big, ‘The Mule’ Strong; ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Big, ‘The Mule’ Strong; ‘Mortal Engines’ Sputters
Sometimes raw figures don’t tell the full story. Case in point: This weekend, grosses dropped nearly 60 percent, or about $160 million, below the same results for the same three-day weekend, even more from the year before. Does this mean the end of the year has become a disaster?

Well, no. Why? Because most years see the release of top holiday films delayed closer to December 25 — the better to maximize impact and not worry about peaking too early. And this year saw no “Star Wars” title released.

By other comparisons, the results — which include decent or better initial takes for two new films (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “The Mule”) and an ongoing impressive showing for “The Grinch” — portend an excellent end-of-year result.

Still, the absence of Luke Skywalker and company from this year’s lineup could mean year-end box office will stay close to the norm this decade. How “Mary
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‘Daredevil’ Actress Says Netflix Was Responsible for Cancellation, Not Marvel

‘Daredevil’ Actress Says Netflix Was Responsible for Cancellation, Not Marvel
Viewers were surprised by the cancellation of “Daredevil” last month; so was the cast. Charlie Cox called it “painful,” and now his castmate Amy Rutberg has said that even “people high up at Marvel” were shocked by the move — and that Netflix was solely responsible for the decision.

“My contacts at Marvel were very surprised. Any of the rumors that it was a Marvel decision are wrong, I think it was purely a Netflix decision. That comes from personal conversations with people high up at Marvel. They were surprised,” said Rutberg in an Inverse interview.

“We had heard rumors we would start production as early as February 2019,” she said. “It’s a little unusual to be that far ahead in the planning and cancel the show, which makes me think Netflix was laboring over whether or not to cancel it. My guess was it was not an easy decision.”

Daredevil
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‘First Man’ and ‘The First’: Why Two Stellar Space Stories Crashed and Burned

‘First Man’ and ‘The First’: Why Two Stellar Space Stories Crashed and Burned
Like a dying star in the night sky, the last glimmer of hope for two epic space stories vanished into nothingness last week. “First Man,” Universal’s highly touted Neil Armstrong biopic, earned zero SAG Award nominations and barely cracked the stratosphere at the Golden Globes. Meanwhile, Sean Penn’s long forgotten Hulu drama “The First” was blanked by both awards shows.

Each prestige picture tells the story of interstellar pioneers. Each earned high marks from critics, and both “Firsts” had ambitious aims for commercial and awards success. What, exactly, went wrong for both properties may be distinct to their mediums: “First Man” tried a wide release right out of the bat, despite a difficult central theme, and “The First” debuted on a streaming service that’s seen inconsistent impact on the culture at large.

But the most damning reason that each fell short is the same: Audiences were misled,
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Hulu’s Asmr-Inspired Holiday Videos Put a Tingle in Jingle Bells

Hulu wants viewers to turn up the volume for a good cause this year and stream its two new Asmr-inspired scenics, the latest in the streaming service’s slow-tv answer to the famed Yule log after last year’s “Puppies Crash Christmas.”

For the uninitiated, Asmr stands for “autonomous sensory meridian response,” a perceptual phenomenon in which a person experiences a physical tingling around the scalp, neck, and shoulders upon being exposed to sensory stimuli – usually auditory. The Asmr trend has inspired countless YouTube videos in which influencers whisper or manufacture noises intended to evoke the response.

Read More: ‘Puppies Crash Christmas’: Hulu Continues Its Holiday Tradition of Addictive ‘Yule Log’ Alternatives

“What Asmr really triggers is when you cue those visuals images in that moment with something that’s very audio-driven. It adds a level of sensory,” said Hulu’s VP of brand marketing and culture, Nick Tran.
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‘Spider-Man’ Swings Into The Top Of The Box Office As Peter Jackson’s ‘Mortal Engines’ Stalls Out

This weekend’s box office saw the major debuts of three completely different films, with fairly different results. However, the worldwide story might be the most interesting aspect of the report this weekend. But before we travel overseas, we have to take a look at the domestic top 10 which was dominated by a young kid named Miles Morales, aka Spider-Man.

Read More: ‘Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse’: Irreverent, Modern, Meme-y, Mashup Superhero Move Is Spectacular [Review]

Debuting this weekend, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” dominated the box office with a three-day total of $35.4 million.

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‘Child’s Play’ Creator Isn’t Happy About the Reboot: ‘My Feelings Were F—king Hurt’

‘Child’s Play’ Creator Isn’t Happy About the Reboot: ‘My Feelings Were F—king Hurt’
Don Mancini, who created the creepy-doll franchise that introduced us to Chucky, is angry about the upcoming “Child’s Play” reboot. Despite writing all seven films to date and directing the last three, Mancini has no involvement with the remake starring Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry.

“Obviously my feelings were hurt,” he said during an appearance on the Post Mortem podcast, per Flickering Myth. “You know, I had just done two movies…forgive me if I sound defensive, [they] were both at 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Even though they didn’t get theatrical releases, they were well regarded. And I did create the character and nurture the franchise for three fucking decades.”

Making the situation more difficult for him is the fact that his own version of the series hasn’t actually ended. “It was hard not to feel like I was being patronized. They just wanted our approval, which I strenuously denied them,
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Francis Lee To Direct Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan In Lesbian Lovers Drama ‘Ammonite’

Director Francis Lee’s gay drama love story “God’s Own Country” was easily one of the Best Films of 2017 You Didn’t See and so damn good it also made our list proper Best Films Of 2017 list. Lee’s incredible film, intimate, sparse and unsentimental, created a terrific, unvarnished look at masculine love, something of a nice anecdote to the won’t-show-dongs conservative take of “Call Me By Your Name,” released in the same year.

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Opens Strong As ‘Green Book’ and ‘The Favourite’ Thrive

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Opens Strong As ‘Green Book’ and ‘The Favourite’ Thrive
Launching new specialized films on this pre-Christmas weekend is always tricky, even when there isn’t a new “Star Wars” opening. Even so, Annapurna’s James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk,” the acclaimed awards contender starring frontrunner Supporting Actress Regina King, delivered a strong initial platform debut in two cities.

Steady as they go: the second weekend expansion of “Mary, Queen of Scots” (Focus) and continued strong showings for “The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight) and “Green Book” (Universal).

Next weekend will also be a challenge, but so far multiple films are successfully positioning themselves to benefit from the holidays ahead.

Opening

If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna) – Metacritic: 86; Festivals include: Toronto, New York 2018

$219,173 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $54,793

Barry Jenkins’ first film since his Oscar winning “Moonlight” had a strong initial showing in four prime New York/Los Angeles theaters, boosted by several Q & As. This would
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Movie Attendance Is the Highest Since the 1970s — in the UK

According to the UK Cinema Association, 2018 will end with 176 million admissions on the other side of the pond — six million more than last year, and the highest number since 1970. The reason is unsurprising: blockbusters, more than eight of which brought in more than £40 million (roughly $50 million) at the UK box office. “There has been a really strong film slate with a diversity of films performing well,” the UK Cinema Association’s Phil Clapp told Sky News.

“Probably one of the reasons why admissions have been higher than they have been is because we’ve been pulling in audiences from a broad range of places,” said Clapp. “It’s something new in the community. We also see cinemas acting as a space for more than just films, and cinemas are catering for this with events like accessible or parent-and-baby screenings.”

Among the most successful films in the UK this year were “Black Panther,
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Here’s the Best Way to Watch ‘Roma’ at Home (Hint: Turn Motion Smoothing Off)

Here’s the Best Way to Watch ‘Roma’ at Home (Hint: Turn Motion Smoothing Off)
As anyone who’s seen “Roma” has already told you, the best way to watch Alfonso Cuarón’s wrenching drama is in a movie theater. If that’s not possible, fret not: The acclaimed film made its Netflix premiere this weekend, allowing you to take in the crisp black-and-white cinematography and absorbing narrative from the comfort of your own home. Before you do that, consult this guide on the best practices for viewing the movie on your TV.

The first few rules are fairly simple and common — turn off motion smoothing or interpolation, set your color temperature to “normal,” and enable Hdr. Motion smoothing is anathema among filmmakers and cinephiles (including Tom Cruise and Chris McQuarrie), making that one no surprise.

However, the guide’s rationale for the temperature setting is of note: “‘Warm’ color temperature can make the film appear tinted sepia or yellow. When set to ‘cool’ the film can appear overly blue.
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‘SNL’ Holds Oscar Host Auditions to Replace Kevin Hart

‘SNL’ Holds Oscar Host Auditions to Replace Kevin Hart
Now that Kevin Hart has been relieved of his hosting duties, the Oscars need to find a replacement. IndieWire has a number of worthy candidates to consider — including Dwayne Johnson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Awkwafina — and so, it turns out, does “Saturday Night Live.” Last night’s episode featured a pre-recorded audition segment featuring the cast members doing their best celebrity impressions, including Matt Damon’s take on Matthew McConaughey.

“The search for a new host begins,” says the video’s narrator. “Who will risk everything for the chance to gain nothing?” Cut to Ego Nwodim as Tiffany Haddish (“She ready!”), Kate McKinnon as Michelle Wolf, and Pete Davidson as Rami Malek

That marked Davidson’s only appearance on the show other than announcing musical guests Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson’s second performance. Earlier in the day, he posted disturbing a message on Instagram saying, “I really don’t want
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Listen: Stream Full ‘Vox Lux’ Soundtrack Sung By Natalie Portman With Music By Sia & Scott Walker

Director Bradey Cobert’s “Vox Lux” is something of a bone of contention around these parts and arguably Film Twitter as well. Following strong reviews during the film festival circuit, the Natalie Portman-starring movie began taking it in the teeth when a deeper swath of North American critics saw the film. While it’s fresh on Rotten Tomatoes currently, the discourse around the film is polarizing and generally lands on a love/hate relationship with the film.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Matt Damon Closes Out The Year With a Strong Episode

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Matt Damon Closes Out The Year With a Strong Episode
While last week’s “Saturday Night Live” decided to put up all of its Christmas lights early this year, this week’s episode, hosted by Matt Damon, with musical guests Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus, is actually the Christmas/holiday episode, as well as the last “SNL” episode of 2018. This season, for the most part, has been fine, and it would be quite the Christmas miracle to get something more than fine to close out the year.

And that’s exactly what happens here.

Host: Matt Damon

It’s crazy to think this is episode marks somehow only Matt Damon’s second time hosting “SNL” (after 16 years), since he’s of course shown up before for guest cameo spots before. (As the reminder in the cold open reminds the audience he’s this show’s Brett Kavanaugh.) But Matt Damon is here to host for only the second time, and
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Pete Davidson Makes ‘SNL’ Appearance After Posting Potential Suicide Message

Pete Davidson Makes ‘SNL’ Appearance After Posting Potential Suicide Message
Pete Davidson has had a rough fall that cumulated in a concerning Saturday, but the comedian still made a limited appearance on “Saturday Night Live” this evening.

Early Saturday, the “SNL” cast member posted what appeared to be a suicide note on his Instagram account. The post was an image of a note, stating: “i really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. i’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. all i’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so.”

Pete Davidson just posted this on his verified Instagram account. If you know him, I hope you’ll give him the love and support he needs. If you don’t, you can still give him support. http://t.co/osNU2MdppU pic.twitter.com/IIlfC38BqY

— Yashar
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‘Cold War’ Dominates 2018 European Film Awards Taking Four Prizes

Pawel Pawlikowski’s celebrated drama “Cold War” may have been snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press, but the Polish filmmaker’s European peers crowned it European Film of the Year and honored it with three other awards. Not bad for a film many also thought should have won the Palme d’Or last May.

Read More: “Cold War” is admirable and beautiful [Review]

An Amazon Studios release in the United States, “Cold War” also saw Pawlikowski taking the European Director and European Screenwriter categories.

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‘Cold War’ Is the Big Winner at the European Film Awards, Picking Up Oscar Momentum

‘Cold War’ Is the Big Winner at the European Film Awards, Picking Up Oscar Momentum
“Cold War” was the big winner at the European Film Awards, picking up the prizes for Best European Film, Actress (Joanna Kulig), Director, and Screenwriter (both Paweł Pawlikowski). Best actor went to Marcello Fonte of “Dogman,” while Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” was named Best European Comedy.

Cold War” also led all films with five nominations, continuing a strong year for the black-and-white drama — Pawlikowski, whose “Ida” won the Foreign-Language Oscar, also took home Best Director laurels from Cannes.

Ali Abbasi’s “Border” and Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro” left the ceremony empty-handed despite picking up four nominations apiece.

The full list of winners:

Best European Film

“Border,” Ali Abbasi

“Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski

“Dogman,” Matteo Garrone

“Girl,” Lukas Dhont

“Happy as Lazzaro,” Alice Rorhwacher

European Comedy

“C’est La Vie,” Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

“Diamantino,” Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt

The Death of Stalin,” Armando Iannucci

European Director

Ali Abbasi,
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Disney Channel Fires ‘Andi Mack’ Actor Arrested for Allegedly Plotting Sex With Minor

Disney Channel has fired Stoney Westmoreland after the “Andi Mack” actor was arrested in Utah for allegedly attempting to arrange sex with a 13-year-old yesterday. Westmoreland had played Ham Mack, the main character’s grandfather, in 38 episodes since the show’s premiere in 2017. Peyton Elizabeth Lee, who stars as the title character on “Andi Mack,” is 14.

According to BuzzFeed news, Westmoreland was using a dating app to speak with someone he believed to be 13 but was actually an undercover police officer. He’s being held on $30,000 bail.

“Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” said a Disney Channel spokesperson in a statement. “Given the nature of the charges and our responsibility for the welfare of employed minors, we have released him from his recurring role and he will not be returning to work on the series which wraps production on its third season next week.
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The 2018 Playlist Holiday Gift Guide

Ok, ok, we know what you’re thinking. It’s December 15, Christmas is only ten days away, Hanukah has already started and goddamn you, how am I supposed to shop for the cinephile in my family when you’re delivering your holiday gift guide so f*cking late? Relax, remember with the Amazons and digital outlets of the world, anything you order by the time you finish reading this article—once you’ve taken copious notes of course—should be at your doorstep in a day or two.

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