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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’

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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’
It’s never easy to get let go from a project, but in their first public appearance since exiting what’s now been titled “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller handled it gracefully.

“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said to the crowd at Vulture Festival Sunday. “In terms of us leaving the project, everyone went in with really good intentions and our approach was really different from theirs… The gap was too big.”

Added Lord, “Sometimes people break up and it’s sad. We learned a lot from our collaborators, we’re really proud of our work and wish everyone with the best.”
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'Justice League' Stumbles in Domestic Debut as 'Wonder' Delivers Wondrous Results

'Justice League' Stumbles in Domestic Debut as 'Wonder' Delivers Wondrous Results
Warner Bros. and DC Comics' Justice League struggled compared to expectations as it failed to top $100 million over the course of its three-day weekend. Meanwhile, it was Lionsgate's Wonder that captured audience attention, debuting with an excellent $27 million, topping Thor: Ragnarok for a second place finish, positioning itself well for the holiday weeks ahead. Additionally, A24's Lady Bird continued its impressive run in limited release as it makes way for a nationwide debut over Thanksgiving weekend. With an estimated $96 million, Justice League managed to top the weekend, but fell short of the low end of expectations. Despite bringing in $13 million from Thursday previews, which was $2 million more than Wonder Woman hauled in from preview screenings ahead of a $103.2 million debut, Justice League just couldn't crack the century mark, delivering the lowest opening for any of the films in DC's Extended Universe thus far. Opening day audiences gave the
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Viacom Halts ‘Padmavati’ Release After Religious Uproar

Viacom Halts ‘Padmavati’ Release After Religious Uproar
India’s Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions have halted the global release of much-anticipated costume drama “Padmavati.” Controversy was sparked by the idea that it features a cross-faith Hindu-Muslim romance.

The film had been set for a Dec. 1 release in India. Related company, Paramount Pictures was recently announced as handle the worldwide distribution, in a day-and-date date release, coordinated with the outing in India.

While announcing a “voluntary deferment” of the film’s release, Viacom18 said that it had faith in legal process. And that it expected to announce a new date soon.
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‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Three Billboards’ Fly High, Netflix Mum on ‘Mudbound’ Results

‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Three Billboards’ Fly High, Netflix Mum on ‘Mudbound’ Results
A24’s “Lady Bird” and Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” both cracked the top 10 at the domestic box office this weekend as limited release awards contenders.

But Netflix is opting to maintain its policy of not releasing box office numbers after opening its awards candidate “Mudbound” in 17 theaters this weekend. Netflix also began streaming the well-reviewed historical drama on Friday.

A24’s third weekend of comedy-drama “Lady Bird” moved up from 10th to eighth place with $2.5 million at 253 sites as the distributor added 201 locations. A24 plans to further expand the coming-of-age movie, which marks Greta Gerwig’s feature directorial debut, over the Thanksgiving holiday. “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalfe, scored $364,437 on four screens for the top limited opening of the year on Nov. 3-5 and has grossed $4.7 million in its first 17 days.
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Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Scores $185 Million International Opening, Led by China

Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Scores $185 Million International Opening, Led by China
Warner Bros.-DC’s “Justice League” dominated the international box office in its opening weekend with $185.5 million at approximately 47,000 screens in 65 markets, led by $51.7 million in China.

The costly superhero tentpole is ahead of the international opening weekends for Warner’s “Wonder Woman” and Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok.” In China, where “Justice League” screened at 20,500 screens, the film took in 65% of grosses from the top five films and scored the second biggest debut for a Warners title after last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Justice League” ranked first in 10 other Asian markets with $41.2 million as the second highest Warner Bros. launch after “Dawn of Justice” while Latin America region contributed $35.4 million for the third highest Warner opening after “Dawn of Justice” and the final Harry Potter movie. Results from Europe topped “Wonder Woman” and were slightly behind “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Brazil was the top individual market after China with $14.2 million on 1,580 screens and set a record
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‘Ghost Dog’ Sequel In The Works

Jim Jarmusch has been keeping it pretty chill since last year’s release of “Paterson” and “Gimme Danger,” but the director always has a couple irons in the fire. Last month, Tilda Swinton revealed she was gearing up to reunite with the filmmaker on a new project, which is yet to be revealed. But it seems that’s not all the director has cooking up.

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‘Justice League’ Spoiler Review: The Dceu Stumbles Again

‘Justice League’ Spoiler Review: The Dceu Stumbles Again
(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the superhero team-up extravaganza Justice League.) You can’t save the world alone, and saving the Dceu might be even more of a challenge. After […]

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‘Justice League’ Underperforms at the Box Office: What Does This Mean for the Dceu?

‘Justice League’ Underperforms at the Box Office: What Does This Mean for the Dceu?
Justice League failed to live up to the sky-high expectations of fans and box office trackers on its opening weekend, raking in a mere $96 million domestically, lower than what was initially predicted. That makes it the lowest opening for any Dceu Film. With the pressure high on Justice League to keep up the momentum of the summer’s runaway success […]

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MipCancun: 15 Takes on 2017’s Edition

Cancun, Mexico — The 4th MipCancun unspooled Nov. 15-17 in the Sunrise quarter of a beachside hotel. That name could stand metaphor for the Latin America’s independent TV production sector at large and for MipCancun itself, as attendance soared to over 700 delegates, boosted by a co-production strand which looks like representing much of the meeting’s future. 15 points on this year’s meet, which caught the industry on a dramatic upturn.

1.Viva La Revolucion, And Yes, It’S Quite A Revolucion

MipCancun’s defining energy, playing out in multiple iterations and sweeping MipCancun, was Hollywood – studios, big and boutique indies – and Latin America’s top TV players – broadcasters, producers – thrashing out the co-production, co-financing and distribution, here by the former, of ambitious TV dramas, rooted in Latin American realities but made for the world. Just two-or-three examples: “Narcos” producer Gaumont TV started “at the beginning of the year” to become co-producers and partners of series from Latin
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Hub and Assembly Line set Fund for China-u.S. Co-Productions (Exclusive)

Shanghai-based production and finance company, Hub Film has set up a film fund to invest in U.S.-Chinese co-productions. Assembly Line Entertainment is its U.S. partner.

The pair aim to put up a minimum of $3 million into each project, with that figure counting for 50-80% of budget. They aim to have boarded up to five co-productions by the end of next year, with content including movies, web series and other episodic TV.

“The goal of the Hub/Assembly Line partnership is to become a part of the burgeoning U.S.-Chinese production industry, by acquiring new content (finding) partners and together, putting development projects into production,” the companies said in a statement.

Hub Film is part of the larger Hub Group, which straddles film, finance and property development. It recently opened the Fengxian Film Center in central Shanghai. The 23,000 square meter complex spans production, post-production, equipment rentals, and distribution facilities. The center
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Fans Petition For Release Of Zack Snyder’s Cut Of ‘Justice League’

Ask any diehard Zack Snyder fan, and they’ll swear to you, the extended cut of “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” fixes all the problems of the inept theatrical version. It was the silver lining they clung to following the disappointment of that film, and now they’re seeking a new life preserver in the wake of “Justice League.” The film’s rocky start at the box office and dismal reviews have started the finger pointing about where it all went wrong, but it’s clear the mishmash of Snyder and Whedon’s visions didn’t leave either director looking their best.

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Lizzy Caplan is Returning to Her ‘Party Down’ Roots on ‘Ill Behaviour,’ and She’s Very Excited About It

Lizzy Caplan is Returning to Her ‘Party Down’ Roots on ‘Ill Behaviour,’ and She’s Very Excited About It
Lizzy Caplan is great at playing dark, jaded, and edgy characters. She hates that word — “edgy” — but she still uses it to describe Nadia, her role on the new Showtime acquisition, “Ill Behaviour.”

“I think the perception of me is that I played this type of screw-up a lot,” Caplan said in an interview with IndieWire. “It was a return to something familiar, but playing this type of sardonic– I hate the word edgy, but edgy screw-up, in a situation that was completely novel was exciting. I wanted to put back on my black T-shirts and my smeary eye makeup and get back on that horse again for a minute.”

The novel situation she refers to is indeed that: Nadia is a doctor called upon to illegally administer chemotherapy to an unwilling patient. Played by her husband, Tom Riley, Charlie wants to tackle his cancer with alternative medicine, but his
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Chris Miller & Phil Lord Talk Exit From ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: “Sometimes People Break Up”

One of the biggest news stories of the summer — if not the year — was Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s sudden exit from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Heck, the movie didn’t even have an official title when they left. The spinoff was in the middle of production, but the directors behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street” reportedly ran afoul of Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan, by deviating from the script, and putting their own irreverent touch on the material.

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Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie: First Plot Details Reveal the Role Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are Circling

Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie: First Plot Details Reveal the Role Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are Circling
Quentin Tarantino fans have been wondering what exactly his ninth movie will be about ever since word leaked in July that the project would deal with Charles Manson and the Manson family murders. The filmmaker intensified the speculation surrounding the plot of his new film when he told IndieWire, “It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969.” The answer to what that means has been provided by Vanity Fair, which spoke to someone who has read the script.

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Vanity Fair reports the official synopsis as follows: “Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing.
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Cool Stuff: Gallery 1988’s Crazy For Cult 11 Celebrates ‘Gremlins’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More

Cool Stuff: Gallery 1988’s Crazy For Cult 11 Celebrates ‘Gremlins’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More
Gallery 1988 has delivered another round of incredible pop culture artwork with Crazy 4 Cult 11, the latest iteration of the recurring exhibition of artwork paying tribute to some of our favorite movies. This time we have a collection that includes pieces honoring movies like Gremlins, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Big Lebowski, National Lampoon’s […]

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Japan Box Office: ‘It’ Climbs to Number One in Third Weekend

Warner Bros.’ “It” climbed to number one in its third weekend at the Japanese box office after spending its first two in second slot. For the Nov. 18-19 frame the film earned $1.73 million on 140,000 admissions, driving its cumulative total to $10.2 million. Admissions in its third weekend were 6% higher than in its first.

Falling to number two, was the local actioner “High & Low The Movie 3 Final Mission.” With Shochiku distributing, the film made $1.26 million, while boosting its cumulative total to $6.2 million.

The highest ranking among the new entries to the top ten was the Toho animation “Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters,” the first of a planned trilogy.

Debuting on 158 screens, the film made $919,000 on 71,200 admissions. It is expected to finish near the $5 million mark. By comparison, the live action “Shin Godzilla” ended its 2016 first run with $74 million, the third highest total for all films that year.

Related storiesKorea Box Office: 'Justice League' on Top as Foreign Films DominateJapanese
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Tig Notaro Says the Only Positive of Louis C.K.’s Harassment is the ‘Victims Were Not Told They’re Lying’

Tig Notaro Says the Only Positive of Louis C.K.’s Harassment is the ‘Victims Were Not Told They’re Lying’
Tig Notaro broke her silence on Louis C.K.’s sexual harassment during an interview at Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on November 21. Notaro previously made headlines earlier this year when she mentioned the harassment rumors against C.K. in an interview with The Daily Beast and told her fellow comedian he should “handle” them. At Vulture fest, the “One Mississippi” star and creator spoke on the only positive part of the C.K. story.

Read More:Jon Stewart Gets Honest About Not Believing Louis C.K. Sexual Misconduct Rumors: ‘You Get Mad at Yourself’

“I don’t want to go into the Louis stuff,” she said. “The positive of that particular situation is whatever someone’s intentions are there, meaning him, the positive is that victims were not told they’re lying anymore, and that was the positive that came from that, and that’s it as far as I’m concerned.
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The Morning Watch: How Do ‘Westworld’ Bullets Work, Bruce Wayne’s Thanksgiving & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, find out how the visual effects wizards behind […]

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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Official Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Family Blockbuster Bends Time and Space

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Official Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Family Blockbuster Bends Time and Space
With “A Wrinkle in Time,” Ava DuVernay will become the first black woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million. She’ll also hopefully deliver a family blockbuster for the ages. Anyone who has seen films like “Middle of Nowhere” and “Selma” know it’s more than likely.

Read More:Ava DuVernay Opens Up About ‘A Wrinkle in Time’: ‘I Love It, but I Don’t Know How It’s Going to Be Received’

A Wrinkle in Time” is based on the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle. Newcomer Storm Reid stars as Meg Murry, who sets out on an adventure through time and space to locate her missing father. Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling co-star.

Disney will release “A Wrinkle in Time” in theaters and IMAX March 9. Watch the official trailer below.

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Studiocanal, Neal Street Climb Enid Blyton’s ‘Magic Faraway Tree’; Simon Farnaby To Pen

Studiocanal and Neal Street Productions are developing a feature adaptation of Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree with Paddington 2‘s Simon Farnaby attached to write. Neal Street’s Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown will produce. English writer Blyton, who has been called the Jk Rowling of her time, was born in 1897 and is one of the biggest selling children's authors in history with global sales of over 500M books. The Magic Faraway Tree series was written between 1939 and…
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