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Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘La La Land’ Ride Oscar Wave on Soft Holiday Weekend

15 January 2017 1:23 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As far as the box office is concerned, the Martin Luther King holiday weekend might better be dubbed Memorial Day, as six new wide releases are weak or dying. Despite a wide array of product which should have boosted totals, this weekend looks to be down 19 per cent from last year.

On the other hand, Oscar contenders “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox) and “La La Land”(Lionsgate) continued to surf cresting audience enthusiasm to place first and second for the three day weekend.

School vacation Monday results may boost Universal’s “Sing” and possibly Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to higher positions. Animated musical “Sing” is holding well, with a 33 per cent drop. “Rogue One,” though now the top-grossing 2016 domestic release, is falling far faster than juggernaut “Force Awakens” a year ago.

The Top Ten

1. Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox) Week 4 – Last weekend #1

$20,450,000 (-10%) in 3,286 theaters (+815); PTA »

- Tom Brueggemann

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DC’s ‘Green Lantern Corps’ Finds Writers in David Goyer, Justin Rhodes

12 January 2017 10:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The DC comic book movie universe keeps expanding at Warner Bros. as the studio has set David Goyer and Justin Rhodes to pen “Green Lantern Corps.” Goyer will also produce through his Phantom Four banner while DC heads Geoff Johns and Jon Berg exec produce along with Phantom Four partner Kevin Turen.

Warner Bros. first tackled “Green Lantern” in the 2011 movie starring Ryan Reynolds as the title character. The film was a disappointment and the studio moved on from the franchise, while Reynolds went on to star in the Marvel movie “Deadpool,” which has since been a massive hit — it’s the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.

While that 2011 film focused on Hal Jordan (aka Green Lantern), who will also be featured in this upcoming pic, the Corps is expected to be at the center of this one. It has long been rumored that John Stewart, an African-American sniper who joins the Corps, »

- Justin Kroll

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Best Editing Oscar: How Do Voters Separate Great Editing and Directing? (Hint: It’s Not Easy.)

11 January 2017 4:40 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Thelma Schoonmaker won the first of her three Academy Awards for “Raging Bull,” she humbly told journalists that she believed she was being honored for work done by the director, Martin Scorsese.

“I won the Oscar for ‘Raging Bull’ for those fight sequences,” said Schoonmaker in a 1991 interview with Wide Angle/Closeup. “If you look at those fight sequences, those were so incredibly storyboarded and shot in an incredible way – that is the conception a good director has to bring.”

Read More: Oscars 2017 -Editors on Bold Storytelling in ‘La La Land,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Moonlight,’ and More

All below-the-line talent interprets a director’s vision through their crafts, but the editor’s work is most closely associated with the director’s. From 1981 to 2016, every Best Picture winner, except “Birdman,” was nominated for Editing. “Birdman” features long, unedited takes and elaborate camera movements; that might be the only way »

- Chris O'Falt

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How ‘Hidden Figures’ Wound Up Tied For First With ‘Rogue One’ at the Box Office

8 January 2017 3:36 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Blame the hardcore East Coast winter. Or that “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” lacks the heft of “The Force Awakens,” or even “The Revenant.” Whatever the reasons, the first full weekend of 2017 saw grosses fall 19 percent from a year ago — and with that, the top spot at the box office may belong to the expansion of “Hidden Figures.”

While initial studio estimates put “Rogue” a small amount ahead, that could change with final figures. And even if it doesn’t, it definitely sold more tickets in more-crowded theaters: “Hidden Figures” has no 3D/IMAX ticket price enhancement, and it’s playing at 1,600 fewer theaters than “Rogue One.”

And while this weekend lacked the strong performers of 2016, it did benefit from the strength of multiple awards contenders that have successfully widened from their initial platform runs. In the thanks-but-no-thanks category: The mediocre domestic debut of “Underworld: Blood Wars,” Screen Gems’ fifth entry in the franchise. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Bradley Cooper & Pregnant Irina Shayk Celebrate Birthdays Together as They Prepare for the Arrival of Their Greatest Gift

6 January 2017 9:01 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Bradley Cooper and his pregnant girlfriend Irina Shayk are celebrating their back-to-back birthdays together—their last as a duo. The actor turned 42 that day, while the Russian Victoria's Secret model turned 31 Friday. On Thursday, they celebrated with a slew of celebrity friends at their home in the posh Pacific Palisades coastal community near Los Angeles. Guests included Alyssa Milano and husband David Bugliari, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and wife and Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-JohnsonSienna Miller—Cooper's co-star in Burnt and American Sniper, comedian Dave Chappelle, Jonah Hill—who appeared with Cooper in War Dogs, and »

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How ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Hell or High Water’ Could Find Oscar Success With Male Voters

4 January 2017 2:16 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When it comes to the Academy Awards, voters tend to think highbrow. They like to represent the best, most humane, classiest version of themselves.

But don’t forget the Steak Eaters.

The Academy is full of them. They’re red-blooded males (not just American) — often directors, writers, and craftspeople. They’re the guys who voted for Oscar-winners “Argo,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Braveheart,” “Gladiator,” “Avatar,” and yes, “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain.”

“They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling,” one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. In recent years, this faction of the Academy voted for mainstream hits such as Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and A.G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant.”

This year, several movies could get a boost from the Steak Eater vote. »

- Anne Thompson

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How ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Hell or High Water’ Could Find Oscar Success With Male Voters

4 January 2017 2:16 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When it comes to the Academy Awards, voters tend to think highbrow. They like to represent the best, most humane, classiest version of themselves.

But don’t forget the Steak Eaters.

The Academy is full of them. They’re red-blooded males (not just American) — often directors, writers, and craftspeople. They’re the guys who voted for Oscar-winners “Argo,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Braveheart,” “Gladiator,” “Avatar,” and yes, “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain.”

“They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling,” one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. In recent years, this faction of the Academy voted for mainstream hits such as Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and A.G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant.”

This year, several movies could get a boost from the Steak Eater vote. »

- Anne Thompson

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Watch: Blu Murray on Editing Sully

4 January 2017 7:20 AM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Blu Murray started his career as a visual effects editor and worked his way up to being a first editor on films such as Catwoman, Changeling, Gran Torino, and American Sniper. »

- Jazz Tangcay

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