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Why ‘Mortal Engines’ Is the New Top Blockbuster Bomb of 2018 Box Office

After Thanksgiving weekend, it looked like the Lionsgate movie “Robin Hood” would be the biggest blockbuster bomb of the 2018 box office. But the Sherwood Forest revamp has now been dethroned by Universal/Media Rights Capital’s “Mortal Engines,” an adaptation of Philip Reeve’s sci-fi dystopian novel that opened to a mere $7.5 million domestically this weekend.

Most of this year’s box office flops have been mid-budget releases like “Annihilation” and “The Hurricane Heist,” rather than blockbusters with $100 million-plus budgets like 2017’s “Ghost in the Shell.” “Robin Hood” was the closest to that budget mark with a reported budget of around $97 million.

But “Mortal Engines” had a budget of at least $100 million, with some reports estimating it as much as $150 million. While Universal doesn’t disclose budget figures, it’s possible that the studio might not make back its production costs, let alone that of its marketing campaign. Overseas figures
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‘Aquaman’ Review – Second Opinion

Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin, Michael Beach, Randall Park, Graham McTavish | Written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Will Beall | Directed by James Wan

After the critical and financial failure of Zach Snyder or Joss Whedon’s Justice League and the surrounding controversy of just what film we actually saw, or indeed were promised, Warner Brothers have had a colossal and impromptu turnaround. Affleck and Cavill have been seemingly ousted from their respective roles as Batman and Superman, respectively. Matt Reeves solo The Batman project is in reported snail’s pace of script completion and there are now two Jokers in two different universes with Jared Leto and Joaquin Phoenix.

To make matters worse the reported Flash solo outing is based on the Flashpoint Paradox storyline, to what will presumably re-establish a new set of characters and
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Lionsgate sets 2019 release for Rian Johnson's 'Knives Out' starring Daniel Craig

Lionsgate sets 2019 release for Rian Johnson's 'Knives Out' starring Daniel Craig
Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield and others join Daniel Craig on cast.

Lionsgate will release the murder mystery Knives Out starring Daniel Craig and directed by Rian Johnson over the Us Thanksgiving weekend on November 27, 2019.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Chris Evans will also star in the film, which CAA Media Finance and FilmNation introduced in Toronto and licensed the world to Mrc within days. Lionsgate subsequently acquired global distribution rights.

Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Don Johnson, Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why), and Christopher Plummer. Johnson will produce
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Lionsgate sets 'Knives Out' 2019 release date

Lionsgate sets 'Knives Out' 2019 release date
Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield and others join Daniel Craig on cast.

Lionsgate will release the murder mystery Knives Out starring Daniel Craig and directed by Rian Johnson over the Us Thanksgiving weekend on November 27, 2019.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Chris Evans will also star in the film, which CAA Media Finance and FilmNation introduced in Toronto and licensed the world to Mrc within days. Lionsgate subsequently acquired global distribution rights.

Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Don Johnson, Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why), and Christopher Plummer. Johnson will produce
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Denis Villeneuve Adores ‘A Star Is Born’: ‘It Marks the Birth of a Great Director’

Denis Villeneuve Adores ‘A Star Is Born’: ‘It Marks the Birth of a Great Director’
Denis Villeneuve might have taken the year off from releasing his own movies, but the filmmaker was actively watching films in 2018 and, like nearly everyone else around the world, he fell madly in love with Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born.” As part of Variety’s Directors on Directors series, Villeneuve wrote a love letter to the film, which has recently picked up major nominations from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“The North American premiere of ‘A Star Is Born’ was like nothing I’d seen before,” Villeneuve writes. “It wasn’t a normal screening. It was a rock concert. Several times during the movie, the audience cheered and erupted into loud applause. They were, or course, responding to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s electrifying performances. But something else was at work.”

Villeneuve continued, “You can’t cheat when you sing. You are either
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Exclusive Interview – Composer Raul Vega talks Rose Drive and working with Hans Zimmer

Sam Kitagawa chats with composer Raul Vega

Raul Vega chats with Flickering Myth about working with Hans Zimmer on the scores of Man of Steel, Interstellar, Dunkirk, and Blade Runner 2049, as well as his new mystery podcast Rose Drive. The podcast follows seven friends in the wake of a tragedy that occurred at a high school reunion in the small town of South Hampton. Vega also touches on new trends in sound design and the potential future of podcast adaptations.

What’s your background?

Above everything, I’m a music composer. I originally grew up in the Bay Area playing piano in my teens and quickly found a love for film music and decided that was what I wanted to do. I was lucky enough to land an internship right out of college at Remote Control Productions, which is Hans Zimmer’s music studio. So, I started interning for
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What Do ‘Black Panther,’ Childish Gambino Share? A Swede — 4x Grammy Nominee Ludwig Göransson

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What Do ‘Black Panther,’ Childish Gambino Share? A Swede — 4x Grammy Nominee Ludwig Göransson
In looking for what “Black Panther” and Childish Gambino have in common, you might not look first to Swedish heritage. But a transplant from that country, composer Ludwig Göransson, managed a surprising and possibly unprecedented coup in this year’s Grammy nominations, earning one nod for his work as a film scorer on “Black Panther,” and three more as Donald Glover’s producing and songwriting partner in Childish Gambino.

Göransson’s “Panther” score — much of it rooted in the West African sounds he recorded while researching the project — makes its stand in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media category. In his other life as a member of Childish Gambino, Göransson’s work with Glover pulled in three nominations, two of them for the acclaimed single “This is America,” in the all-genre Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories. The additional Childish Gambino nomination came for “Feels
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Film Review: ‘All the Devil’s Men’

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Film Review: ‘All the Devil’s Men’
An opening shot of shirtless Milo Gibson doing sit-ups while hanging from a ceiling bar in a Morocco hotel room raises expectations that “All the Devil’s Men” will be an unwitting exercise in “MacGruber”-ism — 1980s-style turbo machismo run amok. For better or worse, this U.K.-produced action opus doesn’t linger on that extreme end of genre caricature, though it remains hard to take fully seriously. To his credit, writer-director Matthew Hope’s third feature (following not-dissimilar “The Veteran” and zombie horror “The Vanguard”) mostly sidesteps the cheese factor in telling a tale of bullet-riddled skullduggery between mercenaries, CIA agents, and terrorists.

Yet there’s still a tang of C-grade cliché to a movie too obviously trying to pull off global intrigue on a low budget, with a surfeit of alpha-male posturing, hamfisted dialogue, and incessant gunfire ultimately failing to provide sufficient credibility (let alone production values). Resourceful and energetic,
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Grammy Nominations: Kendrick Lamar Leads With 'Black Panther' Soundtrack; Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper For "Shallow"

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Grammy Nominations: Kendrick Lamar Leads With 'Black Panther' Soundtrack; Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper For
Kendrick Lamar leads all nominees for the 61st annual Grammy Awards with seven, including album of the year for the Black Panther soundtrack. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper earned four noms for "Shallow," from A Star Is Born. Drake, Cardi B and Childish Gambino also are among the leading nominees.
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Rogue One Cinematographer Climbs Aboard Dune Reboot

As if Denis Villeneuve’s Dune reboot wasn’t promising enough, the long-in-development feature has just added another ace to its team: Greig Fraser.

Yes, it seems Villeneuve has parted ways with his trusted Dp Roger Deakins for this particular project – previously, the pair had worked on everything from Prisoners to Blade Runner 2049, the latter of which landed him the Oscar for Best Cinematography – but he’s found a bankable talent in Fraser, whose recent credits include Zero Dark Thirty and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

First reported by Kristopher Tapley of Variety (h/t Revenge of the Fans), Fraser’s appointment is undoubtedly a huge coup for Dune, given Rogue One featured some of the very best shots in Star Wars history, and it’ll be interesting to see how he’s able to visualize the seminal sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert and all of its many intricacies.
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Roger Deakins Won’t Be Working on Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune,’ Greig Fraser to Shoot

Roger Deakins Won’t Be Working on Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune,’ Greig Fraser to Shoot
One of the most highly anticipated upcoming tentpoles officially has a cinematographer attached: Greig Fraser is set to work with Denis Villeneuve on his ambitious “Dune” remake. The “Arrival” director is planning a two-part movie. Variety’s awards editor Kris Tapley broke the news, and IndieWire has confirmed the hiring with Fraser’s representatives.

The “Dune” news is notable since it means Villeneuve won’t be working with longtime collaborator Roger Deakins. Deakins has been a staple of Villeneuve’s American film career, having shot “Prisoners,” “Sicario,” and “Blade Runner 2049.” The cinematographer was Oscar nominated for all his Dp efforts on Villeneuve-directed films, and he won the Oscar for Best Cinematography for his work on “2049.”

Filming “Dune” is Greig Fraser, himself an Oscar nominee for his work on Garth Davis’ directorial debut “Lion.” Fraser’s additional credits include “Mary Magdalene,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Foxcatcher,” and “Zero Dark Thirty,
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Denis Villeneuve’s Dune and Bond 25 find cinematographers, and they’re not Roger Deakins

Having finally won an Oscar for his work with Denis Villeneuve on last year’s Blade Runner 2049, legendary filmmaker Roger Deakins is set to set out Villeneuve’s next film(s), the two-part adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune.

According to a report at Variety, Dune will see Villeneueve – who has worked with Deakins on Prisoners, Sicario and the Blade Runner sequel – teaming with cinematographer Greig Fraser, whose credits include Zero Dark Thirty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Vice and The Mandalorian.

And, if you were hoping that might open up the door for a return to the Bond franchise for Deakins after his work on Skyfall, we’re afraid not as new Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga has reportedly hired Oscar-winner Linus Sandgren to shoot the next 007 adventure.

As for Deakins, he’s recently completed shooting The Goldfinch for director John Crowley, and is
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‘Sicario 2’ Filmmaker to Direct Michael B. Jordan in ‘Without Remorse’ Adaptation (Exclusive)

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‘Sicario 2’ Filmmaker to Direct Michael B. Jordan in ‘Without Remorse’ Adaptation (Exclusive)
Sicario: Day of the Soldado” director Stefano Sollima is in talks to direct Paramount’s adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel “Without Remorse” with Michael B. Jordan starring as operations officer John Clark.

Paramount hopes to launch a franchise with Jordan based on the Clark character. Jordan is currently attached to “Without Remorse” and “Rainbow Six,” which also features Clark, and had been meeting with potential directors to launch the series with “Remorse.” Currently, Sollima is only set to direct “Without Remorse.”

Akiva Goldsman will also be spearheading the endeavor as the film’s main producer with Jordan, Josh Appelbaum, and Andre Nemec also producing.

The news comes after Amazon and Paramount TV recently released a rebooted “Jack Ryan” series, also based on a Clancy character, on its streaming platform to positive reviews.

The studio hopes that the film will go into production in 2019, and it’s a possibility that
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Academy Award-Winning Dp Roger Deakins Will Not Team With Denis Villeneuve On ‘Dune’

Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins just work well together. The filmmaker and his trusted cinematographer have worked on “Prisoners,” “Sicario,” and “Blade Runner 2049,” creating three of the best-looking films of the last decade, and perhaps three of the best films during that time-frame, period. And now, with Villeneuve prepping what is probably going to be his biggest production yet, “Dune,” which will no doubt feature some of the most eye-popping visuals of his career, he’s going to do it without Deakins.

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Oscars: VFX Race Includes ‘Avengers’, ‘A Quiet Place’, More

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday that 20 films are eligible for consideration in the Visual Effects category at the 91st Oscars. Nominations will be unveiled January 22.

Later this month, the Movie Academy’s Visual Effects Branch executive committee will select a shortlist of 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

Last year, Warner BrosBlade Runner 2049 won in the category.

Here are this year’s eligible films, in alphabetical order:

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Aquaman

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Bumblebee

“Christopher Robin”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

First Man

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Mary Poppins Returns

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

Mortal Engines

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Paddington 2

A Quiet Place

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Welcome to Marwen

The Oscars are set for February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland live on ABC.
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A 'Blade Runner' Anime Is On The Way

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Crunchyroll and Adult Swim are working together to produce Blade Runner-Black Lotus, an anime set in 2032, 17 years before the events of Blade Runner 2049.

After the success of Blade Runner Black Out 2022 (an animated prequel to Blade Runner 2049), the news has come out that Alcon Television Group is working with Crunchyroll and Adult Swim to produce Blade Runner-Black Lotus, an anime series set in 2032, a full 17 years before the events of Blade Runner 2049. Aside from the year, all other plot details are being kept under wraps for the time being. The series will have 13 half-hour episodes directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama. Shinichiro Watanabe, who directed Blade Runner Black Out 2022, will serve as a creative producer for the series. No air date has been given for the series, but Adult Swim will have worldwide distribution rights for the English dubbed version of the series (except
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Oscars 2019: Best Visual Effects Predictions

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Oscars 2019: Best Visual Effects Predictions
While 2018 has been a stunning year for character animation and world building, powered by “Ready Player One,” “Black Panther,” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the Oscar race for Best Visual Effects shapes up as a showdown between “First Man” and “Avengers: Infinity War” — reshaping in-camera VFX for Nasa’s trip to the moon versus Marvel’s brilliant CG Thanos.

On “Avengers: Infinity War,” Digital Domain created Thanos in parallel with Weta Digital. The success of both Thanos characters was a result of conveying every nuance of Brolin’s onset performance via Dd’s new high-res facial capture system, which captured Brolin’s facial data and then added the actor’s low-res onset performance. Through analysis and fine-tuning, the animators accurately joined Brolin with Thanos, which could yield Marvel its first VFX Oscar. The level of photo-real performance capture definitely raises the bar for a humanoid.

Damien Chazelle set out to
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Blade Runner - Black Lotus: New Anime Series Ordered, Based on Movie

The Blade Runner universe is coming to the small screen. Adult Swim just announced they are producing a new TV show with Crunchyroll called Blade Runner — Black Lotus.

From Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama, the animated series will take place in 2032 and be set within the same universe as the 1982 Blade Runner film and its 2017 follow-up, Blade Runner 2049.

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TVLine Items: Raven's Home Renewed, Blade Runner Anime Series and More

Raven’s Home for a third season: Disney Channel has renewed the Raven-Symoné comedy and upped consultant Eunetta T. Boone to showrunner for the upcoming run, our sister site Deadline reports.

Production is currently underway on Season 3, which is slated to premiere in 2019. (TVLine’s Cable Renewal Scorecard has been updated with the news.)

“[Eunetta is] the ideal leader to bring on board as we begin the third season of this well-loved Disney Channel show,” said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president of content and creative strategy for Disney Channels Worldwide. “We look forward to having her partner with Raven and the talented
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Alcon Television Group, Adult Swim, and Crunchyroll Announce New Anime Series Blade Runner – Black Lotus

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Back in 2017, Shinichiro Watanabe helped bridge the gap between Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 with his anime short film Black Out 2022, and now it's been announced that he'll serve as a creative producer on Blade Runner - Black Lotus, a new anime series set in the year 2032.

Comprised of 13 30-minute installments from Sola Digital Arts, Blade Runner - Black Lotus will be directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama, with Adult Swim set to air the English-dubbed episodes and Crunchyroll set to stream the episodes around the world. A premiere date and plot details have yet to be announced, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements. In the meantime, you can read the press release for additional information:

From the Press Release (via TheFutonCritic): Alcon Television Group, a division of Alcon Entertainment, has partnered with Adult Swim and Crunchyroll
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