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Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million

Friday Box Office: 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Conjures $25.7 Million
There’s no stopping the Harry Potter brand. The latest prequel to the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, pulled in a healthy $25.7 million on Friday, which includes the $9.1 million it made from Thursday night screenings.

The latest Fantastic Beasts movie is on track to pull in $60-63 million domestically, but it could really rack up the score internationally.
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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Heading to $75 Million Opening

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Heading to $75 Million Opening
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is ready to cast a powerful spell on the box office.

Warner Bros.’ tentpole is heading for a domestic opening weekend in the $75 million range, early estimates showed Friday.

The North American figure could wind up matching the $74.4 million opening for 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

The sequel is dominating the other openers — Fox/New Regency’s “Widows” and Paramount’s comedy “Instant Family,” with both heading for the $11 million to $13 million range. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” conjured $9.1 million in Thursday night previews, while “Widows” made $600,00 in previews and “Instant Family” took in $550,000.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has been projected by the studio to earn $65 million from 4,163 domestic locations this weekend, though industry estimates showed that number could be closer to $75 million and as much as $250 million worldwide. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second entry in what Warner Bros.
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Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88

Jorn Winther, Director on the David Frost-Richard Nixon Interviews, Dies at 88
Jorn Winther, the director on the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews that kept television and radio audiences transfixed over four consecutive nights in 1977, has died. He was 88.

Winther was identified as a man killed Nov. 9 in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs, the Riverside County Coroner's Office reported.

In the 1960s, Winther directed for the ABC music showcase Shindig! and worked on variety shows hosted by the likes of Jonathan Winters, Sonny & Cher and Barbara McNair.

He later spent more than five years as an executive producer and director ...
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Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored

Tilda Swinton Joins Wes Anderson’s French Musical; Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman Rumored
When last Tilda Swinton and Wes Anderson collaborated, it was for the former to lend a voice to the latter's stop-motion animated creation of Oracle in the awards-contender Isle of Dogs. When next they work together, Swinton might end up with a more musical role. It seems as if the Oscar-winning actor has joined Anderson's latest, an untitled French musical set just after World War II. Charante Libre (via The Playlist), which previously brought us some insider info on the secretive project, now reports that Swinton has signed on in earnest. We'll stop short …
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ to Cast a Spell With $63 Million Launch

‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ to Cast a Spell With $63 Million Launch
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is on its way to a $63 million debut from 4,163 North American theaters.

The latest Wizarding World installment from Warner Bros. earned an estimated $25.7 million on Friday from North America with an additional $74.3 million internationally. If estimates hold, the sequel’s debut would come in behind its predecessor, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which opened to $74 million domestically.

Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, along with Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, and Dan Fogel. Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz, and Johnny Depp also star. David Yates returned to direct from J.K. Rowling’s script.

Holdover “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” should take in another $39 million in its second weekend for a roughly 42% decline. The latest Seuss adaptation from Illumination has amassed $97 million domestically and $13 million from foreign markets.

Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is still seeing strong returns and is likely to land in third with $15.7 million in its third frame.
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‘Evelyn’ Review: A Raw and Profoundly Moving Portrait of Living with Suicide

‘Evelyn’ Review: A Raw and Profoundly Moving Portrait of Living with Suicide
Orlando von Einsiedel has always been comfortable in dangerous situations. His Oscar-winning documentary “The White Helmets” took him into the heart of the Syrian Civil War, while his widely acclaimed “Virunga” forced him to dodge bullets in eastern Congo as he watched a small team of park rangers protect the last surviving mountain gorillas from poachers and armed militias. In that light, it’s rather jarring to see the British filmmaker so frightened in the opening moments of “Evelyn,” which is essentially a documentary about a stroll he took around the British countryside with his siblings and their parents. A few minutes later, as Orlando stares into the camera and explains the situation, it’s all too easy to appreciate the reason for his terror.

13 years ago, Orlando’s brother Evelyn committed suicide. He was barely 20 years old. His death wasn’t entirely unexpected — Evelyn was schizophrenic, and spent the
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Director Sebastián Lelio: ‘The presence of porn is everywhere and making us numb’

The director of the Oscar-winning A Fantastic Woman talks about his new film, Disobedience, the story of a lesbian affair in a London orthodox Jewish community

The Argentinian-Chilean film director Sebastián Lelio lives in Berlin but, when Skyped, turns out to be in Santiago. He is wearing a white T-shirt – it is almost summer in Chile – and it seems far-fetched that this should be the man whose film Una Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman) won an Oscar this year, helped by an unforgettable performance by its lead, the transgender actor Daniela Vega. It seems improbable if only because of his lack of self-importance – he is an unusual mix of relaxed and concentrated, and it is not easy to picture him getting caught up in Hollywood razzmatazz. He is in Santiago seeing friends, writing, thinking about various possible new projects. Even with the wavering image on the screen, one gets the
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How Horror Cinematography Taps Into Our Primal Fears

The best kind of horror films are the ones that haunt an audience long after leaving their seats. Horror films keep us up at night because we hear the eerie music playing over and again in our minds. But the movies that especially get our adrenaline pumping and deliver the most significant impact are the ones offering unsettling images, mood and

Read More: The 10 Best Final Girls In Horror Movies

In a short video essay from No Film School, edited together by Nelson Carvajal, the images from iconic horror films are spliced together.

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Morgan Neville: ‘They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead’ Is No Orson Welles Biography

Morgan Neville: ‘They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead’ Is No Orson Welles Biography
“There’s a fair amount of debate over which you should see first,” filmmaker Morgan Neville told the crowd at an International Documentary Association screening of his latest doc, “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead,” about the making of Orson Welles’ final, previously unfinished film.

The documentary and a completed version of Welles’ movie, “The Other Side of the Wind,” are both available to watch on Netflix, though Neville said, “they were not meant to come out together.”

The “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” director began working with the new producers of “Wind” four years ago, when they thought they were going to get the previously unseen footage (which had been locked in a vault for decades due to legal disputes) in just a few weeks. They would finish “Wind,” and Neville would make a documentary about the making of the film. But then those “few weeks” turned into years,
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Idfa Film Review: ‘Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World’

Remember when the words “breaking news” used to refer to the thrill of hearing about world events as they happened? These days, it has become the daily sport of autocrats and elected officials alike, who have realized that discrediting once-reputable journalistic sources — quite literally, attempting to break the news — is an effective strategy in not being held accountable to facts. While it can be scary to realize that such misinformation games occur — and often even originate — at the highest levels of government, there is hope in the form of citizen journalists such as those profiled in Hans Pool’s “Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World,” an exciting look at one such group of self-appointed fact-finders that presents their innovative research techniques as a kind of cutting-edge spy thriller.

When Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine, sparking vehement denials that Russia had any involvement, Bellingcat went to
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The Crown writer Peter Morgan on William Goldman: 'He was just a sublime storyteller'

In 2006, while working on Frost/Nixon, Peter Morgan became friends with his screenwriting hero William Goldman, who died this week. Here he remembers a true master of the form

The first way I met him was through his movies, the same way as all of us, growing up watching Marathon Man and All the President’s Men. My first experience as a writer was on Madame Sousatzka for John Schlesinger, who had directed Marathon Man, and I remember quizzing him all about Bill Goldman, and him saying how lovely he was.

By that point I had read Adventures in the Screen Trade. It was utterly riveting and I don’t know if it’s ever been equalled: both a guide to how to write and a guide to how to navigate the experience of being a professional in the industry. Even though he existed at the most exalted level, it never felt like that.
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Film Review: ‘Speed Kills’

Film Review: ‘Speed Kills’
There have been many ups and downs in John Travolta’s career, which currently rests in a valley equivalent to the one he’d hit just before “Pulp Fiction” a quarter-century ago. You might think anything would be an improvement after “Gotti.” Yet the new “Speed Kills” not only isn’t appreciably better, it’s also bad in much the same way: another cliché-riddled portrait of an underworld-tied figure the movie seems to celebrate as one ballsy Sob, though viewers may find his personality warrants more fumigation than admiration.

Portraying the high-flying times and violent death of the erstwhile “King of Powerboats,” this slick yet hapless concoction offers Travolta an opportunity to swagger humorlessly, clutching babes and trophies for nearly 100 minutes. What’s not to like? Well, everything — unless you’re the star, who seems convinced that this embarrassingly cloddish biopic-slash-thriller actually flatters both him and its subject.

Travolta’s
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Academy Cancels Red Carpet Interviews at Governors Awards Due to Wildfires

California’s wildfires have resulted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences scaling back Sunday’s red carpet at its Governors Awards event to a photos-only event. “In light of the tragic wildfires burning through California, we have decided to scale back our red carpet at the Governors Awards this year, making it exclusively photos only,” AMPAS announced Friday evening. “The dinner and ceremony will continue in order to honor the achievements of these artists and filmmakers that are so deserving. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for your coverage planning and hope to see you at the next Academy event.” The Governors Awards takes place at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood. Academy Honorary Award will be given to Cicely Tyson, Lalo Schifrin and Marvin Levy. The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award will be presented to Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’: The Convoluted Lestrange Lineage, Explained

Spoilers ahead for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Near the climax of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, we finally get a big exposition scene where the characters gather and secrets are revealed about family relations. There’s a tossed off prophecy that’s supposed to relate to Credence’s origin, and it’s what has him at the center of a manhunt. However, it’s his genealogy that really concerns writer J.K. Rowling, so we’re treated to a long scene where various characters explain how they’re related (or not related) to each other. [caption id="…
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Superhero Bits: ‘Doctor Strange’ Prop Saved from Fire, Batkid is Cancer-Free & More

Superhero Bits: ‘Doctor Strange’ Prop Saved from Fire, Batkid is Cancer-Free & More
What one sacred item did director Scott Derrickson save from Doctor Strange before his house burned down? What happens when you type “Excelsior” into Netflix’s search engine? When can Amazon Prime members catch an early screening of Aquaman? Will the Avengers 4 trailer arrive before the Avengers: Prelude comic hits shelves? All that and more […]

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6 Takeaways From Variety’s 2018 Inclusion Summit

Innovators from across film, television, and digital media gathered at Variety‘s Inclusion Summit Thursday to discuss the state of diversity and representation within the entertainment industry.

Among the event’s keynote conversations and moderated panels were discussions with Entertainment Studios CEO Byron Allen, Oscar-winning “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, and actress Eva Longoria Baston, who shared her experience as a female filmmaker and the struggles that come with it. Other topics included the entertainment industry’s disability community, the benefits of unscripted series, and the future of inclusive storytelling.

Here are some of Variety‘s biggest takeaways from the day’s discussions.

1) It’s possible to pump breastmilk while filming.

As a mother navigating the film industry, cinematographer Rachel Morrison said she’s trying to support other new mothers in her field, including one female Dp who discovered a way to pump breastmilk while filming with a handheld camera. Other
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’: What’s Up with Dumbledore?

Spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald follow below. This is your final spoiler warning, folks. We’re going deep into Fantastic Beasts 2 and the film’s shocking ending below. If you haven’t seen the film, turn back now. Okay, we good? So yeah, Dumbledore apparently has a brother, and that brother is Credence. That’s literally where Fantastic Beasts 2 ends, and you may have some questions. While we’ve already broken down that specific ending, here we wanted to dive into what we do and don’t know about Dumbledore’s family history, so we …
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Daily Podcast: In Space There’s No Room To Eat A Sandwich

Daily Podcast: In Space There’s No Room To Eat A Sandwich
On the November 16, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and senior writer Ben Pearson to talk about the latest film and tv news, including William Goldman, Creed II, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Thor, FilmStruck, and A24. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on […]

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Film News Roundup: Mlb Doping Scandal Documentary ‘Screwball’ Set for Spring Release

Film News Roundup: Mlb Doping Scandal Documentary ‘Screwball’ Set for Spring Release
In today’s film news roundup, “Screwball” is getting a domestic release in the spring, Brian Goldsmith re-ups at Lionsgate, horror novel “Snowblind” is in the works as a film, and “Room 13” has been cast.

Acquisition

Greenwich Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to baseball doping documentary “Screwball” and plans a theatrical release to coincide with the start of the Major League Baseball season in April.

The film, directed by Billy Corben (“Cocaine Cowboys”), centers on the Alex Rodriguez/Biogenesis doping scandal, which broke in 2013 when several Mlb players were accused of obtaining performance-enhancing drugs such as human growth hormone from the now-defunct rejuvenation clinic Biogenesis of America.

Screwball” premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and recently played at DocNYC. Corben and Alfred Spellman produced under their Rakontur banner.

“Billy Corben’s wildly entertaining doc is his latest look at a perverse pursuit of the American Dream,
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’: What Did You Think?

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is now out in theaters, and boy are there things to discuss with this movie. The sequel is the second installment in what screenwriter J.K. Rowling plans to be a five-film franchise, picking up in 1927 pretty directly after the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The sequel moves us closer to the world of Harry Potter that fans know and love, as the villainous Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) has his eye on recruiting the dangerous and enigmatic Credence (Ezra Miller) to help him on his quest to assert …
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