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  1. news Disney Owned 60 Percent of the Weekend Box Office as ‘Shang-Chi’ Broke a Record

    If you seek evidence that theaters are well on the way to recovery, look no further than Disney’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “Free Guy.” They continue to thrive, while Warner Bros.’ “Dune” opened well in its initial foreign territories. If you suspect that exhibition issues...
  2. news Led by ‘Shang-Chi,’ Disney Films Return to Box-Office Dominance

    This weekend’s box-office results justified Disney’s decision to provide theater-exclusive engagements for the remaining 2021 theatrical release schedule. Led by a very impressive second weekend for Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” as well as strong holds for “Free Guy” and...
  3. news Vicky Krieps Says She Avoided Hollywood After ‘Phantom Thread’: ‘Nothing Was as Good as Paul’

    Luxembourgish actress Vicky Krieps was the belle of the ball (or at least of Film Twitter) in late 2017 when the release of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” thrust her into the spotlight. This year, she has four projects floating around, including M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old,” which...
  4. news ‘Dug Dug’ Review: An Alcoholic Inspires a New Religion in Ritwik Pareek’s Intoxicating Religious Satire

    Ritwik Pareek’s “Dug Dug” asks how a culture might pour its anxieties into a supernatural mystery, and it answers in raucous fashion. After a motorcycle accident leaves a man dead in Rajasthan, India, his impounded bike begins mysteriously reappearing at the scene. Locks and chains don’t help...
  5. news Telluride 2021 Recharged the Film World and Anointed 2022 Awards Contenders

    Not all movies are destined for Oscars. And the Telluride Film Festival, while it plays a pivotal role in the annual awards derby, isn’t just seeking to thrust movies into the Oscar spotlight. This year, with many adult moviegoers not comfortable inside theaters, and long slow platform releases...
  6. news ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Opens to #1 and Destroys the Labor Day Myth

    Box-office history was busy this weekend. With Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” we learned that Simu Liu is an action star; that Labor Day is a perfectly fine time to open a blockbuster; and, that exhibition still has the capacity to exceed prior performance. “Shang-Chi”...
  7. news Carrie Coon Reveals She Finds Her ‘Gone Girl’ Performance ‘Horrific to Watch’

    Carrie Coon was emerging as one of the most exciting actors working today thanks to “The Leftovers” when she made her feature film acting debut in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl.” Coon starred in Fincher’s Gillian Flynn adaptation as Margo “Go” Dunne, the no-nonsense twin sister of Ben Affleck’s...
  8. camera RED's latest 8K pro camera has a new sensor that shoots 120FPS RAW video

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  9. news Neill Blomkamp No Longer Sure He’d Direct ‘Alien 5’ If Given the Chance: ‘It’s Completely Dead’

    Every once in a while, concept art from Neill Blomkamp’s unmade “Alien 5” pops up online and sends fans of the space franchise into a tizzy. The “District 9” and “Demonic” filmmaker’s involvement with a proposed fifth “Alien” movie dates back over half a decade. Blomkamp intended to create a...
  10. news Documentaries Continue to Provide Far More Opportunity for Female Filmmakers Than Narrative Films

    While 2021 might have brought with it some major changes when it comes to the ways in which female filmmakers are lauded in Hollywood — including, for the first time ever, the nomination of two women for Best Director, with Chloé Zhao eventually winning for “Nomadland” — other areas of the...
  11. news Adam Sandler: Netflix Removed China Plot from New Film Because It Doesn’t Do Business There

    Adam Sandler’s next Netflix original movie is “Hustle,” a basketball comedy that pairs the actor with acclaimed “We the Animals” helmer Jeremiah Zagar. The film casts Sandler as a basketball recruiter who travels overseas to try and convince an international basketball star to come to the U.S...
  12. news Yes the ‘Candyman’ Can, Exceeding Projections to Make the Gross Taste Good

    The end of August is known for its box-office doldrums, exhibition continues to face a dark time — and Nia DaCosta’s “Candyman” scored an estimated $22,370,00 in its initial domestic weekend, beating the lowball projection of $15 million by nearly 50 percent. That success testifies to the...
  13. news ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ at 40: How Karen Allen Kept Marion Ravenwood from Ever Being a ‘Damsel in Distress’

    Karen Allen struck gold with her first major starring role in a studio film. Just 28 years old when she was cast in Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Allen wasn’t wholly unfamiliar with big-ticket fame — she’d made her debut in “Animal House” when she was 26 — but her role as Marion...
  14. news At CinemaCon, Embattled Film Industry Leaders Rally the Troops with Hopes of a Comeback

    No question about it, the pandemic hit movie theaters hard. As theater owners assemble this week for their annual convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas, after a year of cancellations all around, they are licking their wounds and repeating familiar mantras about the sanctity of the theatrical...
  15. news NYFF 2021 Announces Currents Section Focused on Cutting Edge and Experimental Films — Exclusive

    Film at Lincoln Center on Tuesday revealed the slate for the Currents section of the 2021 New York Film Festival, a slate of cutting-edge and experimental works that showcase fresh voices in contemporary cinema. The section’s opening night film is “The Tsugua Diaries,” a pandemic-era tale that...
  16. news Tribeca to Bring Unreal Engine to Indie Filmmakers via Fall Program — Exclusive

    Unreal Engine has long since established itself as one of the leading video game creation tools in the industry, but its presence in Hollywood is also continuing to grow. This fall, Tribeca will bring the 3D creation tool to indie filmmakers during a fall 2021 program in New York City. IndieWire...
  17. news ‘Free Guy’ Edges Out Day-and-Date ‘PAW Patrol’; ‘The Protege,’ ‘Night House’ and ‘Reminiscence’ DOA

    “Nobody knows anything,” screenwriter William Goldman famously wrote about studio production in the opening line of his 1983 memoir. That sentiment is apparent more than ever as distributors and theaters grapple with the challenges of releasing movies right now. Four new wide releases opened...
  18. news We May Never See Another Movie Like Sean Penn’s Father-Daughter Drama ‘Flag Day’ — Here’s Why

    MGM is releasing “Flag Day” exclusively in theaters on August 20, because Michael De Luca is still running the studio — until the sale to Amazon goes through. A decade ago, he had fallen in love with the Jez Butterworth (“Ford v. Ferrari”) adaptation of Jennifer Vogel’s novel about her con man...
  19. news ‘Respect’: Costume-Designing Aretha Franklin’s Defiant Spirit as the Queen of Soul

    To honor Aretha Franklin (Jennifer Hudson) in director Liesl Tommy’s musical biopic “Respect,” costume designer Clint Ramos took a deep dive into the Queen of Soul’s psychology. This enabled him to understand the complex emotional, spiritual, and political forces that drove her musical genius...
  20. news NYFF 2021 Reveals Spotlight Section: ‘Dune,’ ‘The French Dispatch,’ ‘Red Rocket,’ and More

    Film at Lincoln Center on Thursday revealed the lineup of the New York Film Festival’s Spotlight section, showcasing some of the season’s most significant films. They include Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated “Dune” adaptation, which will play NYFF after its Venice premiere earlier in...
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