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October 25, 2020

‘The Empty Man’ Opens at Empty Theaters as Weekend Box Office Grosses Less Than $10 Million

This week has been one of the year’s strongest for new film releases. “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon) is the most talked-about movie in months. “On the Rocks” (Apple) reunites the director and star of “Lost in Translation.” The director of “Cast Away” and the “Back To the Future” franchise adapted Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” (HBO Max). The creator of “Dear White People” returned to feature films with an $8 million Sundance acquisition, “Bad Hair” (Hulu). And Ben Wheatley dared to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, “Rebecca” (Netflix).

Of course, none of those films were available in theaters. Instead, the only new wide release was graphic novel adaptation “The Empty Man,” a 20th Century Fox title (released by Disney) produced in summer 2017. And while we don’t know the numbers for those home releases, “The Empty Man” placed fourth with $1.265 million, one of only four films that surpassed $1 million in gross.

“The Empty Man” is a typical Halloween-timed horror release, but it’s unusually long (137 minutes!) and saw little visible TV/cable advertising, received a last-minute trailer, no reviews (even the trades didn’t check in over the weekend), and a D+ Cinemascore. In short, not really the basis to determine audience interest in new films. Still, its poor #4 showing does nothing to help the cause of release rebooting.

Another dark signifier: No film averaged as much as $1,000 per theater. That’s never happened, ever, in any week that saw wide first-run films in release. It’s reasonable to believe that home-viewing titles gained much more attention, and more pleasure.

The estimated weekend total of all grosses in North America is around $12 million. That’s down from $14 million last weekend, with a top 10 that fell to around $9.5 million, down from around $12 million. These numbers aren’t sustainable. Halloween weekend looks little better.

This weekend, 12 of the 20 highest-grossing titles were horror related. That includes 12 library titles, which accounted for over $2 million in gross — perhaps 300,000 tickets purchased. Theaters and studios are trying whatever they can to entice audiences, but seasonal titles that largely are available at home aren’t a sustainable option.

With Warner Bros. not reporting theater-specific grosses for “Tenet,” it is tricky to gauge the performance of newly reopened locations in upstate New York and Long Island. None of these appeared to gross among the top 100 theaters — and to be fair, we wouldn’t usually expect to see them in that context, even without New York City and Los Angeles County — but it does show a slower recovery. Warners reported that Regal Destiny USA in Syracuse was the #8 “Tenet” location. When Seattle reopened last weekend, that market provided five of the 10 highest “Tenet” results. Overall, “Tenet” held on to #3 with a 15 percent fall; it now stands at $52.5 million domestic, $341.4 million worldwide.

HONEST THIEF, from left: Anthony Ramos, Liam Neeson, Jai Courtney, 2020. © Open Road Films / Courtesy Everett Collection

Honest Thief

Everett Collection

“Honest Thief” retained the #1 spot, dropping 43 percent — a big decline, especially considering the absence of competition. Liam Neeson’s 2019 action release “Cold Pursuit” fell 46 percent in its second weekend, but it faced three new wide openers. “The War with Grandpa” fell 25 percent in its third weekend and is at $9.7 million; neither film looks to pass $15 million.

That’s a decline from earlier openers like “The New Mutants” and “Unhinged,” both of which crossed $20 million. None of these titles would have likely reached $50 million in a normal market, but their shortfalls explain why studios are loathe to release expensive titles or spend even a low-end $15 million-$20 million to release a new film.

The War With Grandpa

“The War with Grandpa”

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The Top Ten

1. Honest Thief (Open Road) Week 3; Last weekend #1

$2,350,000 (-43%) in 2,502 theaters (+83); PTA (per theater average): $939; Cumulative: $7,476,000

2. The War with Grandpa (101) Week 3; Last weekend #2

$1,883,000 (-25%) in 2,345 theaters (+85); PTA: $803; Cumulative: $9,720,000

3. Tenet (Warner Bros.) Week 8; Last weekend #3

$1,300,000 (-15%) in 1,801 theaters (-200); PTA: $722; Cumulative: $52,500,000

4. The Empty Man (Disney) NEW

$1,265,000 in 2,027 theaters; PTA: $624; Cumulative: $1,265,000

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney) REISSUE; Last weekend #4

$577,000 (-44%) in 1,614 theaters (-580); PTA: $357; Cumulative: $169,600,000

6. Hocus Pocus (Disney) REISSUE; Last weekend #5

$530,000 (-30%) in 1,424 theaters (-216); PTA: $372; Cumulative: $(adjusted) 94,300,000

7. Monsters, Inc. (Disney) REISSUE

$494,000 in 991 theaters; PTA: $498; Cumulative: $(adjusted) 471,400,000

8. After We Collided (Open Road) Week 7; Last weekend #46; also available on Video on Demand

$420,000 (+1,050%) in 460 theaters (+397); PTA: $913; Cumulative: $(est.) 1,100,000

9. 2 Hearts (Freestyle) Week 2; Last weekend #6

$(est.) 350,000 (-33%) in 1,678 theaters (-5); PTA: $209; Cumulative: $350,000

10. The New Mutants (Disney) Week 9; Last weekend #7

$286,000 (-39%) in 830 theaters (-413); PTA: $345; Cumulative: $23,154,000

 

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Source: IndieWire film

October 25, 2020

Timothée Chalamet’s Bob Dylan Biopic Not Happening Anytime Soon, Says DP

Way back in January Searchlight Pictures closed a deal on a new Bob Dylan biopic to be directed by James Mangold and starring Timothée Chalamet as the folk icon. The project is centered around a controversial period in the musician’s life as he transitioned from folk to rock, and is set to mark Mangold’s first return to music biopics since 2005’s Oscar-winning Johnny Cash drama “Walk the Line.” Now, according to cinematographer Phedon Papamichael in a new interview with Collider, the film, originally titled “Going Electric” won’t be happening anytime soon and he explained why.

“We were going to do Bob Dylan with Mangold that didn’t happen, with Timothée Chalamet, about going electric in the ’60s, and it would have been my third ’60s movie in a row,” said Papamichael, who last collaborated with the director on 2019’s “Ford v Ferrari.” This year, Papamichael also shot the 1960s-set “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” depicting a tumultuous period of protest that certainly had plenty of crossover with Dylan’s own life and work. Papamichael earned an Academy Award nomination for 2013’s “Nebraska.”

Papamichael said the period-specific details of the story make such a project challenging amid the pandemic, when sets have been forced to pare down. “I don’t think it’s dead, but it’s a tough one to pull off in a COVID-era because it’s all in small clubs with lots of extras in period costumes, so you’ve got lots of hair and makeup,” he added.

Papamichael says his next project with Mangold will actually be “Indiana Jones 5.” “I hope to get people back in the theaters and get to do movies for a while longer for the big screen. I hope it doesn’t change our viewing cinema culture forever, this event,” the Greek cinematographer said.

Chalamet had reportedly already begun guitar lessons and back in August teased the role on his Twitter account by posting Dylan songs and lyrics. He’ll next appear in Searchlight’s “The French Dispatch” some time next year from director Wes Anderson, as well as in Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” which Warner Bros. pushed off the 2020 calendar and to an October 1, 2021 release. He was also recently added to the cast of Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up.”

IndieWire has reached out to Searchlight Pictures for comment.

Source: IndieWire film

October 24, 2020

Michael B. Jordan in Talks to Make Directorial Debut with ‘Creed 3’

Michael B. Jordan is reportedly in talks to not only star in, but also direct, the third installment in the “Creed” film series. The news was first reported by Deadline within the context of a larger story about the studio MGM, which produced and distributed “Creed II” in 2018, and produced “Creed” with Warner Bros. distributing domestically in 2015. The first “Creed” film was helmed by Ryan Coogler, who directed Jordan in the films “Fruitvale Station” and “Black Panther.” “Creed II,” meanwhile, was directed by Steven Caple Jr. “Creed III” will mark the ninth installment in the “Rocky” franchise, dating back to the original starring Sylvester Stallone that won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1977. “Creed III” also marks Jordan’s feature directorial debut. He previously executive-produced “Creed II.”

Back in February it was reported by THR that Zach Baylin, the scribe behind the upcoming Will Smith vehicle “King Richard,” is penning the script for “Creed III.” The movie will continue the saga of Adonis Creed, played by Jordan. The original movie grossed $173 million at the worldwide box office. The second film earned more than $214 million around the world. Jordan was last seen in the 2019 racial justice drama “Just Mercy” as Bryan Stevenson. He’ll next be seen in “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse,” currently in post-production to be released next year, and is lending his voice to the marvel series “What If…?”

Also announced is another Ryan Coogler film, “Wrong Answer.” With a screenplay by Ta-Nehisi Coates based on a New Yorker article by Rachel Aviv, the film centers on a math teacher in Atlanta who is scandalized when he looks to get funding for his school by altering his students’ test scores. Jordan is also reportedly in development on a new film from Danny Boyle, titled “Methuselah.” It’s an action/adventure story centered on a 1,000-year-old man who has used his time on the planet to develop an unparalleled set of survival skills.

Along with plenty of critical acclaim throughout his career, Jordan received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2018 for producing the HBO movie “Fahrenheit 451,” directed by Ramin Bahrani.

MGM representatives declined a request for comment.

Source: IndieWire film

October 24, 2020

Best Blue Light Blocking Glasses

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Blue light glare from staring at your electronics all day might not necessarily be permanently damaging to your eyes — according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, it’s really only UVA or UVB radiation that does that, and neither of those are emitted by computer screens — but long hours of staring at your computer screen definitely does contribute to eye strain.

There’s even more strain on your eyes now, too, considering that social activities also include Zooms and Google Hangouts. Blue light glasses, while not a protection against UV rays, are certainly one way to help combat eye strain (also useful: taking breaks, using artificial tears, and generally trying to reduce your smartphone usage — a tough challenge, we know). The eyewear acts as a filter for the blue light that computer and phone screens emit, which is brighter than other types of light. And when you help ease that strain during your workday, your eyes are much better primed to enjoy the crisp colors on your 4K TV at night.

Blue light glasses come in plenty of shapes and colors and price points, so finding a style you like is as easy as choosing a budget. Most cost between $15-$60, far less than a pair of prescription glasses. Of course, there are also plenty of higher-end options available that can also be customized with your regular vision prescription.

If you’re thinking of investing in a new pair, the list below includes a variety of popular frames available online at many different price points, and with many different features so you can choose the pair that’s right for you.

And if you’re looking to upgrade your home office experience, don’t forget to check out our guide of work-from-home essentials.

MEETSUN Blue Light Blocking Glasses
https://amzn.to/3jq8exW

Price: $9.99

You can’t do much better than this two-pack of blue light glasses in two different colors — black wire frame and leopard tortoiseshell. The 53 mm lenses block the harsh blue light from your computer, tablet, smartphone, games, television, etc., which means you don’t have to worry about eye fatigue, blurred vision and headache.

SOJOS Cat Eye Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Price: $19.99

Prefer metal frames? These reinforced gold ones have soft silicone nose pads and durable spring hinges, and are both lightweight and durable. They’ll adjust to different head shapes thanks to the adjustable temples and nose guards, and are 52mm wide. They come with a microfiber pouch, cleaning cloth, and a blue light test electric torch and test card.

FEIDU Retro Round Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Price: $18.89

With more than 1400 ratings and a 4.7 out of 5-star score, these frames are well-liked by Amazon users. The round plastic and metal frames block blue light and UV403 rays to help prevent eye fatigue.

TIJN Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Price: $16.99

Amazon’s bestselling style are this square pair, with nine different color options for the super-light frame. Though lightweight, they’re made with sturdy metal hinges and have both “abrasion resistance” and “low-friction coefficient,” whatever that means. Try a three-pack for $19.99.

TIJN Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Price: $$16.99

Not into the clear plastic look? Try this bestselling sea green color. This brand has almost 21,000 five-star ratings, so you likely won’t be disappointed.

Hardwire by Quay Australia

Price $55

These stylish square frames from Australian company Quay come in 15 different colors of frame, as well as a mini version for those with smaller faces. It’s the company’s bestselling blue light style, and can be customized with your prescription by an optometrist. (Not to get too HairClub for Men, but they also happen to be the preferred blue light glasses for the author of this story — “not only am I the president, I’m also a client!”)

Hamilton by Felix Gray

Price: $105

The classic, circular shape of these German-engineered metal frames make them a slightly different option than the many plastic frames available. They come in silver and gold, have adjustable nose pads, and can be customized with your Rx.

Percey by Warby Parker

Price: $95

The rounded plastic frames of the Percey come in nine different colors, from tortoise to rose crystal. Like all Warby Parker glasses, your prescription can be added to the polycarbonate frames at no additional cost (though progressive lenses and other specialty options will cost more), and there’s a $50 charge for blue light lenses.

Amomoma Round Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Price: $11.99

These rounded frames combine both plastic and metal and come in six different color options that can all be customized with your prescription.

Pro Acme Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Price: $16.99

This semi-rimless frame comes in matte black or tortoise with gold accents, and has UV405 protection and glare reduction. It also includes a gift box, leather case, glasses pouch, and cleaning cloth.

LifeArt Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Price: $19.95

This pink floral pair has fun art teacher vibes, though there are 10 more slightly safer color choices. You can also add magnification to make these blue light-blocking readers.

FEIYOLD Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Price: $14.43

This two-pack of blue light-blocking glasses is a top seller on Amazon with nearly 8,000 user reviews vouching for its effectiveness. Because the frames are so lightweight, they’re perfect for working, but they’re also great for prolonged blue light exposure due to gaming.

Roebling by Felix Gray

Price: $95

These round, hand-finished Italian acetate frames come in a warm Amber Toffee color with a sophisticated circular shape that fits perfectly on almost any face shape. The lenses filter out 50 percent of all blue light and almost 90 percent of the highest range.

Peepers by PeeperSpecs Women’s Vintage Vibes Reading Glasses

Price: $25

These blue light readers start at 1x magnification and come in three different, funky color options. They also have an anti-reflective coating to minimize glare, an anti-scratch coating, and spring hinges.

Chrissy x Quay Rumours by Quay Australia

Price: $35

Designed by supermodel Chrissy Teigen, these cat-eye frames feature a dramatic almond-shaped plastic frame and contrasting metal nose bridge for a stylish look while also blocking blue light.

Peepers by PeeperSpecs Women’s To the Max Reading Glasses

Price: $25

Although available in magnification up to 3x, these thick plastic frames can also come with no magnification at all. The blue light-blocking lenses have six color options, though some are currently only available in specific magnification strengths.

Hero by SOJOS

Price: $14.92

Feeling retro? Try the square black and gold aviator-style frames, which also come in different color combinations (but with sunglass lenses). The blue light-blocking version is made with reinforced metal hinges and fun cosmetic details.

Faraday by Felix Gray

Price: $95

Perfect for larger faces, these classic wide, square frames have soft edges for a chic look. They come in three different color options (clear, tortoise, or black) and are named after electromagnetism scientist Michael Faraday.

Fashion Designer Sunglasses by SOJOS

Price: $13.96

Another pair of sunglasses that also comes in a blue light-blocking option, this oversized pair of gold wire frames has comfortable silicone nose pads and comes with a soft microfiber pouch and glasses cleaning cloth.

ATTCL Unisex Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Price: $17.98

Imported from Hong Kong, these retro wire and plastic frames come in five different color combinations and are a top seller on Amazon.

One and Only by SOJOS

Price: $17.95

Available in gold, silver, rose gold, and tortoise, these hexagonal wire metal frames are both lightweight and durable, and are also a top seller on Amazon.

AHXLL Kids Blue Light Blocking Glasses 2 Pack

Price: $21.99

Worried about all the increased screen time for your kids as many of them continue schooling over Zoom? This two pack of glasses (black and a fun blue) is perfectly sized for children and is made of soft, bendable plastic so it helps prevent any accidents.

Source: IndieWire film

October 24, 2020

David Fincher Wanted ‘Mank’ to Look Like It Was Found in Scorsese’s Basement Waiting to Be Restored

Because David Fincher’s “Mank” is set in the Hollywood of the 1930s and early ’40s, the director wanted the film to look and feel like exactly that. The film is a re-evaluation of Hollywood through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay for Orson Welles of “Citizen Kane.” And so “Mank,” which releases on Netflix on December 4 following a limited theatrical run to qualify the film for Oscars, transports you to that period through its visuals and sound design, which Fincher recently discussed in an extensive New York Magazine interview.

“Ren Klyce, who is the sound designer, and I started talking years ago about how we wanted to make this feel like it was found in the UCLA archives — or in Martin Scorsese’s basement on its way to restoration,” Fincher said. “Everything has been compressed and made to sound like the 1940s. The music has been recorded with older microphones so it has a sort of sizzle and wheeze around the edges — you get it from strings, but you mostly get it from brass. What you’re hearing is a revival house — an old theater playing a movie.”

Fincher said that in screenings so far viewers have reacted to the noticeably vintage sound quality. “It’s funny because I’ve played it for some people who ask, ‘What is going on with the sound? It’s so warm.’ And I respond, ‘Well, what you mean when you say ‘warm’ is it sounds like an old movie. It sounds analog.’”

Fincher also added that the process of degrading the sound design dragged the post-production process on longer than expected. “We went three weeks over schedule on the mix trying to figure out how to split that atom,” he said. “[Visually,] our notion was we’re going to shoot super-high resolution and then we’re going to degrade it. So we took most everything and softened it to an absurd extent to try to match the look of the era. We probably lost two-thirds of the resolution in order to make it have the same feel, and then we put in little scratches and digs and cigarette burns.”

Another throwback to the Hollywood of yesteryear, “Mank” also features the reel-change circles you’d see throughout an old celluloid print in a movie theater. “We made the soundtrack pop like it does when you do a reel changeover. It’s one of the most comforting sounds in my life. They’re so little that they’re very difficult to hear until you hear them. It has what we ended up calling patina, these tiny little pops and crackles that happen, and they’re very beautiful.”

“Mank” is Fincher’s highly anticipated return to feature filmmaking after 2014’s “Gone Girl.” “Darkest Hour” Oscar winner Gary Oldman stars as Hollywood screenwriter Mankiewicz. The script, written by Fincher’s late father Jack Fincher. The supporting cast includes Tom Burke as Orson Welles, Arliss Howard as Louis B. Mayer, Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies, Charles Dance as William Randolph Hearst, Tom Pelphrey as Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and Lily Collins as Mank’s secretary Rita Alexander.

Source: IndieWire film

October 23, 2020

Stories for Veterans Day

In recognition of Veterans Day we are honoring those in the military community by amplifying their voices. In our newest collection, we are sharing stories from our Military Voices Initiative, where veterans, service members, and military families have StoryCorps conversations about their experiences both abroad and at home.

Share your story. StoryCorps Connect makes it possible to interview a loved one remotely and then upload it to the StoryCorps archive at the Library of Congress. Learn more at StoryCorpsConnect.org.

Germans in the Woods

As a World War II veteran, Joseph Robertson recalls his time as an infantryman and what he refers to as the saddest memory of his life.
Read the full transcript here.

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"Farming…is about life over death rather than death over life."

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How Sheep Farming Helped an Injured Army Vet Overcome PTSD

Through farming, veteran Mickey Willenbring was able to heal after returning home, and discover new life.
Read the full transcript here.

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“Because she was Asian, they wouldn’t accept her. Mom said she didn’t care; she enlisted anyway.”

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Remembering One Tough Veteran: Lieutenant Susan Ahn Cuddy

Flip and Christine Cuddy sit down to remember their mother, Lieutenant Susan Ahn Cuddy, a trailblazer and the first Asian American woman in the Navy.
Read the full transcript here.

Love Lost, And Found

After meeting in a transgender veteran’s support group, Sue McConnell and Kristyn Weed became as close as sisters. The two women share a story of courage — on and off the battlefield.
Read the full transcript here.

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“We are what we are because of our insistence on being with one another.”

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Love In The Time Of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

After marrying in 2018, couple Mike Rudulph and Neil Rafferty share the story of their relationship, and what it meant to love during the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Read the full transcript here.

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“You have to go back. And you’re going back to train for the Olympics.”

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Olympic Gold Medalist Melvin Pender on the 1968 Mexico Games

Veteran Melvin Pender expresses the pride he felt when seeing John Carlos’ Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics during his temporary leave from the military to compete in the Olympic relay.
Read the full transcript here.

Tom’s War

For Tom Geerdes, his road to recovery following the Vietnam War took time. He shares the experience of this journey with his daughter Hannah.
Read the full transcript here.

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"Here in the States, I don't even know how to talk to people."

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The Transition Home

After returning home from Afghanistan, Drew Pham has had a hard time adjusting to normal life again. With his wife Molly Pearl at his side, he is able to get through.
Read the full transcript here.

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"We would turn the sound on so that it sounded like tanks moving on the roads."

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104-Year-Old WWII Veteran Remembers Top-Secret ‘Ghost Army’

When Gilbert Seltzer joined the army during World War Two, he was given a top secret mission; to draw fire away from troops through coordinating misinformation, phony convoys, and even inflatable tanks to trick the enemy.
Read the full transcript here.

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Source: SNPR Story Corps

October 23, 2020

9 of the 10 Most Streamed Shows Are on Netflix


Stuck at home and streaming a TV show? I bet it’s on Netflix…


As we covered earlier this week, Netflix dominates when it comes to second-chance screenings. Whether it’s movies that failed at the box office or shows that never found a wide audience, Netflix is often turning garbage into gold.



Schitt’s Creek, which was already popular while on Canadian TV, is now in the top ten of shows streamed online this week.



When it comes to the most screened shows on the internet, it feels like lots of them are second-runs or rewatches.



And Netflix is crushing that spectrum.



Nielsen streaming ratings factor in Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Disney+ into its top 10 streaming measurements. Its ranking is based on the number of minutes that consumers who have access to platforms are streaming during the week.



They compile a top ten weekly that tracks who’s watching what. These numbers are estimates… but they are all going Netflix’s way. And even Hollywood is taking notice of the sheer domination of Netflix.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

October 23, 2020

Why Was Adam Sandler Worried He Would Ruin 'Punch Drunk Love'?


Adam Sandler is one of the greatest actors alive. Even if he doesn’t know it.


Every year we wait to see what Adam Sandler brings us. Will it be an Uncut Gems year or will we celebrate with a Hubie Halloween? Either way, you know Sandler will go all out in the role. He has been since he broke into the mainstream.



Like it or not, Sandler is one of our greatest actors. He straddles the world between indie and mainstream, waiting for the role he’s called to…or ones he thinks would be a blast.



Our first glimpse of this came in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch Drunk Love, where Sandler showed his range and vision as a guy who loves a good airline deal.



But few people know the story about how Sandler found that role.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

October 23, 2020

How 'The Land Before Time' Made It Okay for Kids to Cry Again


Littlefoot actually left some big shoes to fill.


When you’re a kid, most of the stuff made for you to watch is drivel. The shows and movies focus on bright colors and loud noises to entertain, but there are a few that rise above and stick with us for generations.



For me, that movie was The Land Before Time. Not only did it fulfill my desire to hang out with dinosaurs, but it was an adventure movie that also carried a lot of weight. For me, and many Millennials, this was the first time we saw the parent of a cartoon character die on screen.



And I think I speak for everyone when I say… it wrecked me.





The studio almost had the scene cut, but the film’s director, Don Bluth, had some help saving it.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

October 23, 2020

This Short Film Initiative from Kino Lorber and Dedza Films Wants to Get You Discovered


Need an “in” to the Industry? Dedza Films wants to help.


It’s hard to emerge as a visionary new filmmaker when the world is shut down. In April 2020, 20-year-old filmmaker Kate Gondwe looked at the encroaching pandemic and knew it was time for her to act.



Her brainchild? Foster diversity, build community, and cultivate the next wave of young filmmakers in the face of a global shutdown.



That was the start of Dedza Films, a distribution company led by emerging filmmakers that focuses on shorts. This week, Dedza Films and Kino Lorber announced they will be partnering on a distribution incubator-type initiative for short filmmakers.



“We believe short films should be met with support to further propel the artist,” explained Gondwe to No Film School.

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Source: NoFilmSchool