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‘Who Will Write Our History’ Opens Strong as Oscar Contenders Await Nominations

‘Who Will Write Our History’ Opens Strong as Oscar Contenders Await Nominations
Abramorama release “Who Will Write Our History,” a detailed account of the Warsaw Ghetto during Nazi occupation, showed intense interest in its initial exclusive Manhattan date ahead of special event screenings next weekend. It’s a small release to celebrate; in the pre-Oscar nominations limbo, any signs of life are welcome in the specialized world.

The leading contenders for Oscar nominations grossed about $6 million total this weekend. That compares to about $16 million the weekend prior to the announcement last year. That’s a big drop — but it could also reflect that we’re in a rare Oscar year dominated by major studio films.

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Who Will Write Our History? (Abramorama) – Metacritic: 80; Festivals include: Rome 2018

$12,719 in 1 theater; PTA (per theater average): $12,719

Strong reviews helped propel this documentary centering on massive archives recovered from the Warsaw Ghetto. It played sold-out shows at a 100-seat screen in New York’s Quad Cinema.
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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Dominates MLK Weekend With $47 Million

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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Dominates MLK Weekend With $47 Million
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” topped box office charts during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, collecting $40 million over the weekend for a four-day sum of $47 million.

If estimates hold, “Glass” will come in behind “American Sniper” ($107 million) and “Ride Along” ($48 million) as the third-best showing for both January and Mlk holiday weekend.

The supernatural thriller, a sequel to 2000’s “Unbreakable” and 2016’s “Split,” arrived slightly behind Universal Pictures’ projections heading into the weekend. It’s still a solid showing, to be sure, since the movie was produced for just $20 million. But given the cult status of “Unbreakable” and the surprise box office success of “Split,” industry watchers were anticipating a stronger start for “Glass.” However, middling reviews and a so-so audience reception didn’t help momentum.

“Glass” saw James McAvoy reprise his role from “Split,” while Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson returned as their characters from “Unbreakable.”
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'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening

'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening
Universal and Blumhouse's Glass was unable to quite reach the lofty heights some had expected heading into the weekend, but the film still managed a solid #1 start, playing very similarly to its predecessor based on current estimates. Glass, however, might not be the biggest news of the weekend when you consider the monster debut of FUNimation's Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which is looking at a possible third place finish based on early estimates, but it's important to note current results are not from the film's domestic distributor, FUNimation. Elsewhere, Stx's The Upside delivered on expectations with a strong second weekend while WB's Aquaman topped $300 million domestically. With an estimated $40.58 million over the three-day weekend, Universal anticipates M. Night Shyamalan's Glass will reach $47 million for the four-day holiday weekend. The performance is a bit shy of the studio's $50 million expectations, but the three-day already more than doubles the film's reported $20 million budget.
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Berlin: FiGa Acquires ‘Landless,’ Drops ‘Hormigas’ Trailer (Exclusive)

Sandro Fiorin’s Miami-based FiGa Films, a leading sales agent on the independent Latin American scene, has announced the acquisition of Brazilian doc “Landless,” and released a trailer for the Costa Rican-Spanish drama “El despertar de las hormigas.”

Both features will play at this year’s Berlinale Forum and come from young Latin American filmmakers making their feature debuts.

FiGa typically backs seven-to-eight features a year which demonstrate a strong social conscience and explore contemporary, hot-button themes. Typically the company looks to board early on in a film’s lifecycle, employing its expertise to help find the festivals and exhibitors around the world that offer the best fit for each film.

“El despertar de las hormigas” comes from Costa Rican director Antonella Sudasassi Furniss, and is a direct follow-up to her short debut “El despertar de las hormigas: la niñez.” It’s produced by Amaya Izquierdo.

The film turns on Isabel,
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Ryan Reynolds Cancels Arm Surgery to Promote ‘Deadpool 2’ in China

Ryan Reynolds Cancels Arm Surgery to Promote ‘Deadpool 2’ in China
Ryan Reynolds canceled surgery on his arm to fly to China and charm “Deadpool” fans in Beijing on Sunday ahead of the franchise’s unexpected China theatrical debut.

Just last week, Fox suddenly announced that a re-cut, PG-13 “Deadpool 2” would hit Chinese theaters starting this Friday – the first time the notoriously blood-splattered and foul-mouthed series has passed the country’s strict censorship standards. The expurgated version was initially released in the U.S. in December as a Christmas-tinged, family-friendly offering called “Once Upon a Deadpool,” which earned about $6 million at home and a little less than $1 million abroad. The original R-rated version debuted stateside nearly eight months ago.

The Beijing visit by Reynolds, who is Canadian, came at a time when Sino-Canadian relations are at a historic low following the December arrest of Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, with China detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation. A
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‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Review: ‘Attack the Block’ Director Joe Cornish Returns With a Perfectly Fine Family Adventure

‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Review: ‘Attack the Block’ Director Joe Cornish Returns With a Perfectly Fine Family Adventure
An old-fashioned streak of adventure runs throughout The Kid Who Would Be King, a riff on the King Arthur legend gussied up for modern times. It’s a decent enough family film, largely dependent on the charm of its young cast, that manages to be slightly disappointing only if you recognize the name of its writer/director. […]

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See the First Trailer for Hari Sama’s Sundance Premiere: ‘This is Not Berlin’ (Exclusive)

See the First Trailer for Hari Sama’s Sundance Premiere: ‘This is Not Berlin’ (Exclusive)
Writer-director Hari Sama’s fifth feature, “This is Not Berlin,” is set to world premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival. New York-based Cinema Tropical, a leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the U.S., has granted Variety exclusive access to the first trailer for the coming-of-age drama set in 1986 Mexico City.

Sama wrote, directed and his company Catatonia produced the semi-autobiographical feature, which impressed in works in progress sections at Impulso Morelia in October – where it scooped the Cinepolis Distribución Award and a special mention from the Jury – and Ventana Sur’s Copia Final in December.

The film boasts an ensemble cast led by two newcomers Xabiani Ponce de León and José Antonio Toledano, along with “Roma” star Marina de Tavira and popular Mexican TV actress Ximena Romo. Sama himself makes an appearance as well.

In the trailer, we see the drug and art-fueled world of political
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Shadows Under Strain: Dp Lol Crawley and the Cipher of Vox Lux

When it comes time to “punish” the image of a film, say with filtration, grease (generously applied to the front of the lens), or underexposure, cinematographers regress from their dear and safe technical jargon and assume the barbarous dialect of medieval executioners. They don’t just underexpose their picture to see how it reacts under strain, they “suffocate” it, “break” it, and “destroy” it — sometimes in spite of itself. The digital image is nary embraced and mostly worked against, its sterile lines deliberately corroded and beaten to a duller moosh. Cinematographer Lol Crawley Bsc tortures the film […]
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Roma and The Favourite triumph at the London Film Critics' Circle awards

Alfonso Cuarón’s Netflix-backed memoir and Yorgos Lanthimos period comedy dominated, while Ethan Hawke and Olivia Colman took home acting honours

Alfonso Cuarón’s domestic memoir Roma and scabrous period comedy The Favourite dominated the London Film Critics’ Circle awards, which were handed out on 20 January.

Roma, which has been backed to the hilt by its distributors, Netflix, secured the film of the year award and Cuarón won director of the year. With the Acadmey awards nominations being announced on 22 Jamuary, Roma appears to consolidate its position as an Oscar frontrunner. However, The Favourite, which is also a leading Oscar contender, took home the most awards: four, including actress of the year for Olivia Colman (who plays troubled monarch Queen Anne), supporting actress for Rachel Weisz (who plays power-behind-the-throne Sarah Churchill), and British/Irish film of the year.
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Studiocanal's Elizabeth Trotman no longer taking UK MD role after visa issue (exclusive)

Company to recruit new managing director to work alongside CEO Nicola Shindler.

Studiocanal’s Australia and New Zealand CEO Elizabeth Trotman is no longer relocating to the company’s London office to take up the role of UK managing director due to family-related visa issues.

It was announced in October 2018 Trotman would move into the role from January 1 to work alongside new CEO Nicola Shindler, who is based in Manchester.

However, Trotman has been unable to attain the necessary visa to relocate to the UK due to family reasons. Instead, she will remain in her role as CEO of the
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Cool Stuff: Marvel’s ‘Iron Man’ Mark I Helmet Masterworks Prop Replica is a Work of Genius

The legacy of Iron Man began back in 2008, when Marvel Studios took a chance on sparking the creation of an entire universe where their comic book characters could exist together and finally assembly as The Avengers. But without Tony Stark’s first foray into armored suits, we might never have seen these heroes together. So […]

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Emer Reynolds to direct feature doc about Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott (exclusive)

The documentary is backed by Screen Ireland and Eagle Rock Pictures.

The life and music of rock icon Phil Lynott is to be documented in Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away, to be directed by the award-winning Irish filmmaker Emer Reynolds.

The documentary will trace how a young black boy from working class 1950’s Dublin became one of Ireland’s greatest rock stars as the lead singer of Thin Lizzy. Born in Birmingham to a Brazilian father and an Irish mother, he moved to Dublin as a teenager. He died aged just 36 in 1986.

Phil Lynott: Songs For While
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Bafta honours Film4's Sue Bruce-Smith, cinematographer Roger Pratt

Bafta honours Film4's Sue Bruce-Smith, cinematographer Roger Pratt
Duo received outstanding contribution awards at separate events.

Bafta presented special awards to Sue Bruce-Smith and Roger Pratt at separate events this weekend.

Bruce-Smith, deputy director at Film4, was recognised for her outstanding contribution to British cinema during a tribute evening at Bafta’s London HQ on Friday 18 January.

Alison Thompson, Co-president of Cornerstone Films, presented Bruce-Smith with her award. Speakers included Bafta-winning producer and former head of Film4 Tessa Ross, director of Film4 Daniel Battsek, deputy CEO of BFI Ben Roberts and producer Gail Egan. Also in attendance were Steve McQueen, Kevin Macdonald, Alison Owen, Liz Karlsen and Ed Guiney.
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'Glass' tops 'Mary Queen Of Scots' at UK box office

'Glass' tops 'Mary Queen Of Scots' at UK box office
M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass opens with £3.4m bow.

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Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (Jan 18-Jan 20) Total gross to date Week 1 Glass (Disney) £3.3m £3.4m 1 2 Mary Queen Of Scots (Universal) £2.1m £2.1m 1 3 Stan & Ollie (eOne) £1.8m £6.1m 2 4 Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) £1.7m £40.7m 5 5. The Favourite (20th Century Fox) £1.3m £11.1m 3 Disney

Glass comfortably opened number one in the UK this weekend with a £3.4m debut, including previews of roughly £100,000.

The film is a sequel to two of director M. Night Shyamalan’s previous works – Unbreakable (£11.6m gross in the UK) and Split (£11.4m
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Theme Park Bits: Celebrate Mardi Gras with Pitbull, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets Are Available, Downtown Disney Has a New Restaurant, and More

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Universal Orlando has some big musical acts helping celebrate Mardi Gras 2019. Check out the new restaurant at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney district. You can get tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party now. Construction continues on Dca’s newest Pixar attraction. And more! Are you ready to celebrate Mardi Gras […]

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Trump stinks up the Razzies' worst-film nominations

President vies with worst-actor nominees Johnny Depp and John Travolta in the Golden Raspberry awards

Donald Trump may well be kicking off 2019 with a clutch of Golden Raspberry awards after he and his associates received four nominations in Hollywood’s annual “worst of” lineup.

Trump was nominated for worst actor and worst screen combo (along with “his self-perpetuating pettiness” after his appearances in Michael Moore’s anti-Trump documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 and Dinesh d’Souza’s highly pro-Trump Death of a Nation. Fahrenheit 11/9 also yielded two more Trump-related nods in the worst actress category: his wife Melania will be competing with Kellyanne Conway, counsellor to the president and Trump’s former campaign manager.
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First trailer for Sundance premiere 'Queen Of Hearts' (exclusive)

First trailer for Sundance premiere 'Queen Of Hearts' (exclusive)
Dyrholm plays a lawyer who seduces her stepson.

Screen can exclusively reveal the first trailer for Queen Of Hearts, the second feature from May el-Toukhy which will have its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival (January 24 - February 3).

The film, which stars Trine Dyrholm, will play in the festival’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

Dyrholm plays a successful lawyer who jeopardises her family and career when she seduces her teenage stepson.

The feature is co-produced by Caroline Blanco and Rene Ezra for Nordisk Film Denmark with Nordisk Film Sweden.

TrustNordisk handles international sales on the title.

Sundance 2019 preview - World
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The Morning Watch: How ‘Frasier’ Inspired M. Night Shyamalan, ‘Vice’ Anatomy of a Scene & More

The Morning Watch: How ‘Frasier’ Inspired M. Night Shyamalan, ‘Vice’ Anatomy of a Scene & 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, director Adam McKay breaks down a key scene […]

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Qatar’s beIN Group Calls on Hollywood to Help Fight Pirate Broadcaster Allegedly Backed by Saudi Arabia (Exclusive)

Qatari powerhouse beIN Media Group is calling on Hollywood to join in fighting a pirate broadcaster that it alleges has stolen billions of dollars’ worth of rights to sports events, films and TV content, and that it says has the backing of Saudi Arabia.

Doha-based beIN has compiled what it calls a “dossier of evidence” detailing how satcaster beoutQ allegedly broadcasts live pirated sports content daily – including soccer matches, football games, Formula 1 races and Olympic events – to more than 20 countries via 10 encrypted channels. BeIN also accuses beoutQ of providing illegal access to thousands of premium Hollywood movies and TV shows through apps embedded on its set-top boxes.

BeoutQ allegedly beams the content via Arabsat, a satellite service based in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to customers throughout the Middle East and as far afield as Florida. Arabsat is controlled by the Saudi government.

Arabsat has refused to remove the rogue channels from its service.
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Film Constellation boards Sundance-bound 'Premature' (exclusive)

Film Constellation boards Sundance-bound 'Premature' (exclusive)
Film is second feature from director Rashaad Ernesto Green.

London-based sales and financing house Film Constellation has picked up global rights to Rashaad Ernesto Green’s second feature, Premature.

The film will premiere in the Next strand of the upcoming Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan 26.

Director Green’s debut was Gun Hill Road, which was at Sundance in 2011.

Premature follows Ayanna - played by Zora Howard, who also co-wrote the script - who is making the most of her last summer in Harlem, New York, before heading to college. When she meets the slightly older Isaiah (Joshua Boone), she
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