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'Ford v Ferrari' Races to #1 While 'Joker' Becomes First R-Rated Film to Ever Top $1 Billion Globally

'Ford v Ferrari' Races to #1 While 'Joker' Becomes First R-Rated Film to Ever Top $1 Billion Globally
Fox's Ford v Ferrari more than lived up to the most aggressive of pre-weekend expectations, delivering a #1 performance at the domestic weekend box office. However, Sony's Charlie's Angels struggled mightily in its debut, failing to reach the lowest of expectations, which means the film's third place finish puts the weekend's overall performance into perspective. In better news, WB's Joker became the fourth DC Comics adaptation to ever top $1 billion at the global box office and the first R-rated movie to ever reach that milestone.

Finishing in the winner's circle atop the weekend box office, is Fox's Ford v Ferrari with an estimated $31 million. The performance is well ahead of Mojo's pre-weekend forecast and even tops the most optimistic of industry expectations and comes with an outstanding "A+" CinemaScore. The film played to a male-dominated crowd with men making up 62% of the audience and 79% of the overall
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‘Climbing Blind’ Snares Kendal Mountain Festival Grand Prize

Kendal “Climbing Blind,” from Alastair Lee, took the Grand Prize at the 2019 Kendal Mountain Festival on Saturday. Detailing the ascent of a vertical rock pillar, the film revealed how a blind mountaineer led the climb, assisted only by a sight-partner a rope length below. The film had particular significance for a British audience, which had watched the climb in 1967 as an early outside broadcast undertaken by expert mountaineers. “Climbing Blind” showed not only how blindness was no impediment to the driven and the fearless, but also how it was the leading climber who required the greatest strength and faced the highest risks.

The Best Short Film prize went to “Fear of the Unknown,” from Daniel Brereton, and continued the theme of overcoming disability, using the outdoors as a part of the recovery process during the treatment of depression in an individual going through a program of therapy.

“Scenes From a Dry City,
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Frozen II: how Disney left other animation studios out in the cold

From the Lion King to the return of Elsa, Disney/Pixar remain undefeated in the kids’ film industry. So why is everyone else lagging behind?

Here we (let it) go again. Frozen II has broken box-office records with presales before it has even been released, and will doubtless cap off a triumphant year for Disney Animation and its subsidiary Pixar. The revamped Lion King is the biggest animation of all time; Toy Story 4 has also taken more than a billion dollars. Cue more fist-shaking at the unassailable hugeness of Disney. But if any rival is hoping to overturn this, they will have to try a damned sight harder.

At the beginning of the century, we considered ourselves in a “golden age” of animation, brought on by now-classic early Pixar titles Toy Story, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo, and the non-Pixar Shrek and Happy Feet. But looking around this year,
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Director Kevin Smith on heart attacks, happiness, extreme weight loss – and Weinstein

The director and actor talks about his near-death experience, becoming vegan and the star-studded reboot of the film that first made him famous 25 years ago

In February last year, Kevin Smith performed 90 minutes of standup for a TV special, padded back to the green room and started to worry that the joint he had smoked before the show was too strong. He was sweaty and nauseous, which was not entirely out of the ordinary. But after he lay down on the tile floor and vomited, he was rushed to hospital, where a doctor broke the news that Smith was having a massive heart attack.

Smith stayed calm. Honestly, he tells me, as we talk at his Hollywood Hills home, he was still stoned. On learning that he might die, he says: “I was like: ‘I’m going to make peace with this right away.’ You did way more than you ever set out to do,
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‘Watchmen’: Damon Lindelof Explains the Whole Squid Thing

Spoilers for Watchmen Season 1, Episode 5 follow below. If you haven’t watched the episode yet, turn back now! Ever since HBO’s Watchmen began, fans of the graphic novel have been waiting to see if the show would address the whole squid thing. While Damon Lindelof’s excellent series is set years after the events of the graphic novel Watchmen, those events did still happen in the world of these characters, meaning on November 2, 1985, a giant squid plopped down in the middle of New York and killed a whole lotta people. Those who’ve only seen …
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President Trump to Award Jon Voight the National Medal of Arts

President Trump to Award Jon Voight the National Medal of Arts
President Trump will present actor Jon Voight, musician Allison Krauss, and mystery writer James Patterson with the national medal of arts.

Voight is one of few in Hollywood who has been vocal about his support of President Trump in the past, calling him “the greatest president of this century.”

The White House announced four recipients of the National Medal of Arts and four of the National Humanities Medal on Sunday night.

Voight was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for his work in “Midnight Cowboy,” an accolade he later won for “Coming Home.” He was also nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his roles in “Runaway Train” and “Ali.” He starred in “The Rainmaker,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Heat,” and is the estranged father of Angelina Jolie. More recently, he’s appeared in Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”

The announced recipients are the first since Trump’s administration began,
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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘Open Your Eyes’ Serves Up Genuine Horror — Spoilers

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘Open Your Eyes’ Serves Up Genuine Horror — Spoilers
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Walking Dead” Season 10, Episode 7, “Open Your Eyes.”]

Well, that was unexpected.

Siddiq (Avi Nash), still suffering from ever-worsening panic attacks, is able to pull himself together enough to realize that Alexandria’s plague is being caused by tainted water — due to a switched handle in the purification system and not from Gamma’s (Thora Birch) zombie dam, as previously theorized — and since Siddiq’s in charge of the water systems with Eugene (Josh McDermitt) gone, he blames himself. Dante (Juan Javier Cardenas) comes by to give him a pep talk and clicks his tongue in a distinct manner, causing Siddiq to realize that Dante is a Whisperer. In fact, he’s the one who forced Siddiq to watch as Alpha (Samantha Morton) beheaded his friends. Dante figures out Siddiq is onto him, they have a brief scuffle, and Dante strangles Siddiq, presumably to death.

Whew!

As a story turn,
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‘Watchmen’ Delivers Its Best Episode Yet, Giving Us “Little Fear of Lightning”

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‘Watchmen’ Delivers Its Best Episode Yet, Giving Us “Little Fear of Lightning”
After a slightly underwhelming episode last week, Watchmen comes back swinging with its best episode yet, “Little Fear of Lightning.” Tim Blake Nelson‘s Looking Glass gets to step into the spotlight, opening the world of the show up even more while revealing more secrets. Here is an episode that both furthers a bigger storyline while also […]

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‘Watchmen’ Review: Episode 5 Goes Through the Looking Glass to Find Answers, Intrigue, and Despair

‘Watchmen’ Review: Episode 5 Goes Through the Looking Glass to Find Answers, Intrigue, and Despair
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Watchmen” Episode 5, “Little Fear of Lightning.”]

Remember what Agent Laurie Blake (Jean Smart) said last week, about people who wear masks and how they’re driven by pain? Well, she may have been talking to Sister Night (Regina King) at the time, but I believe after sitting down with “Mirror Guy” aka Looking Glass aka Wade Tillman (played by the excellent Tim Blake Nelson), he’d be her first case study toward proving that theory true. In a dense hour devoted to the root of Wade’s pain, veteran “Leftovers” scribes Damon Lindelof and Carly Wray guide the audience through a troubling series of revelations, all centered around Wade, yet consequential for everyone in the “Watchmen” universe.

Given that’s the design behind every “Leftovers” episode — using individual trauma to reflect universal concerns — it should come as no surprise that Episode 5 is deeply sad, difficult, and exceptional. Even by “Watchmen’s” lofty standards,
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‘Justice League’: Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Zack Snyder Support Release of ‘Snyder Cut’

‘Justice League’: Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Zack Snyder Support Release of ‘Snyder Cut’
Zack Snyder, Gal Gadot, and Ben Affleck have taken to social media to request that Warner Bros. release the Snyder cut of “Justice League.” Snyder, who helmed “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman” and was “Justice League’s” original director, had to leave production on the film partway through after his daughter died, with Joss Whedon taking the reins.

Gadot was the first to tweet in support of the fan movement, posting a black and white behind the scenes shot from the movie using with the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.

#ReleaseTheSnyderCut pic.twitter.com/wssMmlPqEK

— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) November 17, 2019

Affleck followed suit shortly after, posting just the hashtag.

#ReleaseTheSnyderCut

— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) November 17, 2019

Snyder retweeted both, making references to their DC universe characters: “This ancient Amazonian can’t be wrong” and “Neither can Batman.”

This ancient Amazonian can’t be wrong. #releasethesnydercut https://t.co/XBdaE1ynkL

— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) November 17, 2019

Neither can Batman.
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‘Star Wars Resistance’ Review: The Presence of The Force Grows in “The Relic Raiders”

‘Star Wars Resistance’ Review: The Presence of The Force Grows in “The Relic Raiders”
“The Relic Raiders” is the first Star Wars Resistance episode to directly engage in the Force. For the majority of Resistance, the Force itself has been virtually non-existent as an explicit presence, despite exploration of its vacated worship sites and references to practitioners like the Knight of Ren and Jedi. The closest the Force came […]

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‘Ford V Ferrari’ Easily Takes The Win In The Weekend Box Office Race As ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Fizzles

A trio of beautiful superspies didn’t stand a chance this weekend at the box office, as it was the duo of Christian Bale and Matt Damon that not only took the top prize but did so in dominating fashion. Sadly, the battle between “Ford v Ferrari” and “Charlie’s Angels” proved to be far less interesting than the period racing drama that won the weekend.

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Russo Brothers Producing Marvel vs. DC Docu-Series ‘Slugfest’ for Quibi

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In all the excitement for Disney+ (and the lack of excitement for Apple TV+), we forgot about Quibi! The short-form content streaming service is still headed our way, and it continues to line up interesting concepts and talent. The latest: The Russo Brothers, famous for directing multiple Marvel movies and then doing press tours where […]

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Billy Eichner on the Disney+ Movie ‘Noelle’ and Why Gabe Isn’t Wrong

When you think about the term, “family-friendly,” Billy Eichner’s name isn’t necessarily what you would picture. While the comedian is best known for his brash, confrontational type of comedy, earlier this year he joined the Disney family by voicing one of the most beloved characters in The Lion King, Timon. Now, with the launch of Disney +, Eichner once again switches genres in one of Disney+'s first original films, the Christmas movie, Noelle. Eichner plays Gabe, the cousin of Nick (Bill Hader) and Noelle Kringle (Anna Kendrick). After his uncle, Chris Kringle dies, Nick is being prepped …
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Gal Gadot Wants Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut Released, Too

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Gal Gadot Wants Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Director’s Cut Released, Too
“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot is the latest actor to voice support for Zack Snyder’s coveted rumored director’s cut version of “Justice League,” his 2017 DC Comics superhero movie. The director’s cut, according to some fans, currently being held hostage by the film’s distributor, Warner Bros.

Gadot on Sunday tweeted a behind-the-scenes image of herself along with the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. (That tweet is embedded below.) Shortly after, Ben Affleck, who plays Batman in the DC universe, was also quick to chime in via Twitter.

When Warner Bros. announced in June that Ann Sarnoff would replace Kevin Tsujihara, who stepped down amid misconduct allegations, as the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, Snyder acolytes began trolling the Warner Bros. Twitter page demanding the release of the “Snyder cut” of the 2017 “Justice League.” The “Snyder cut” refers to a long-mythologized version of the film that failed to see
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Paul Rudd Says He Almost Chose ‘Baby Geniuses’ Instead of ‘Mac and Me’ For His Long-Running Conan O’Brien Show Prank

Paul Rudd Says He Almost Chose ‘Baby Geniuses’ Instead of ‘Mac and Me’ For His Long-Running Conan O’Brien Show Prank
Actor Paul Rudd has been pranking talk show host Conan O’Brien with the same clip for 15 years, always pretending as if he’s about to show a real clip from the project he’s ostensibly there to promote, only to actually show a truly ridiculous snippet from the 1988 film Mac and Me. There’s no reasoning […]

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Whose Side Is ‘Marriage Story’ On? (Column)

Whose Side Is ‘Marriage Story’ On? (Column)
Do we choose sides when we watch “Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach’s brilliant and wrenching drama of divorce? The question, on the face of it, sounds facile in a dozen ways the movie isn’t. Rarely are there winners in divorce, and there are two sides to every breakup. “Marriage Story” is a movie that reflects that reality. It’s a dazzlingly layered and empathetic tale that delves deep into the lives of both Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson), a couple who are splitting up despite the fact that they’ve never stopped loving each other. They each have their reasons, their desires and arguments and defenses. It might seem to violate the essence of a movie like this one to declare that either one of them is “right.”

Yet I’d suggest it’s woven into the dramatic fabric of “Marriage Story” that as we watch this couple,
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‘Ford v Ferrari’ Outpaces the Box Office, While ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Is Hellish

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‘Ford v Ferrari’ Outpaces the Box Office, While ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Is Hellish
Ford v Ferrari” roared to a very strong start as an original film that targeted adult audiences. At $31 million (which actually seems a little low; don’t be surprised if higher is reported Monday), it would be good news any week. This one, it owns the track practically by itself.

Theaters fervently hope that, starting with “Frozen 2” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” the holiday lineup reverses course. This weekend will see about an $110 million total across North America theaters, compare to $175 million last year — a 40% drop. At this point, no one’s looking to make up the gap between 2018 and 2019; that’s impossible. Performing at par for the rest of the year would be a victory.

James Mangold’s $100 million biopic with Matt Damon and Christian Bale as car designer and racer didn’t set records, but it’s a good performance that ranks as a significant achievement.
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Christopher Nolan Hopes Nitrate Print of ‘Rebecca’ Will Reestablish the Film’s Place in Hitchcock’s Legacy

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Christopher Nolan Hopes Nitrate Print of ‘Rebecca’ Will Reestablish the Film’s Place in Hitchcock’s Legacy
It was the go-to motion-picture medium for the first half of the 20th century, but after nitrate film stock was discontinued by Kodak in 1952, nitrate prints of many classic movies were given a lonesome life locked away in vaults. That’s in part because nitrate film is very similar to guncotton, so flammable that it burns even underwater — haphazard handling can lead to disastrous effects when you’re talking about film moving through a projector at 24 frames per second, inches away from a red-hot 6,000-watt bulb.

“It’s a lot of work,” said Jared Case, curator of film exhibitions at the George Eastman Museum based in Rochester, New York. “It’s a museum artifact that needs a tool in order to be seen. You have to maintain the projectors. You have to make sure that they are clean and that they’re running properly. Our chief projectionist is so careful
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Idfa: Kenyan Documentary ‘The Letter’ Debuts Trailer (Exclusive)

Variety has been given access to the trailer for Kenyan documentary “The Letter,” by producer-director duo Christopher King and Maia Lekow, which world premieres Nov. 23 at Idfa.

The film follows a young man who travels to his grandmother’s rural home when he learns she’s been accused of witchcraft. He soon discovers that the threatening letter she received came from a member of his own family, and that the accusations have caused a rift among relatives driven by a combination of superstition and economic motives. As the film’s focus widens, he learns that hundreds of other elders in the region are being branded as witches as a means to steal their land.

King and Lekow stumbled upon this unlikely drama while exploring the oral history of coastal Kenya, to which Lekow traces her roots. While researching the story of a female freedom fighter who was arrested by the
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