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September 10, 2017

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Teaser: The Honeymoon Doesn’t Go as Planned — Watch

As if in response to “It” making $117 million at the box office this weekend, the first teaser trailer for a rather different blockbuster has just been released: “Fifty Shades Freed.” The third entry in the soon-to-be billion-dollar franchise finds its stars ready to embark on their honeymoon, which probably won’t go as planned — if it did, why would they need to make a movie about it? Watch below.

“I solemnly vow to love you faithfully, forsaking all others. I promise to trust and respect you and to keep you safe for as long as we both shall live,” narrates Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) as the teaser opens. From there, things get less traditionally romantic — Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) is pursued by would-be kidnappers and the couple’s famed S&M exploits are briefly teased.

The full trailer will be unveiled in November, because that’s a thing that happens now. James Foley directed “Fifty Shades Freed,” which arrives in theaters on Valentine’s Day 2018.

Source: IndieWire film

September 10, 2017

‘It’: Why a Creepy Clown Looks Like a Savior for the 2017 Box Office

After the drought of summer box office, “It” is a monsoon. It doubled already-high advance predictions, but most of all, one well-received horror film gives hope that a bad year could recover.

Records, even adjusted ones, get broken sometime. But to this degree is almost unheard of. Previously, the biggest September opening in adjusted grosses was “Rush Hour” in 1998 ($62 million). The $123 million estimate essentially doubled that number — and likely would have been about around $7 million-$8 million more, had Florida theaters not been closed.

This above-and-beyond performance happened on the traditionally comatose weekend after Labor Day. Last year, Warners took a similar risk in releasing Clint Eastwood’s “Sully,” a rare “A” title for the post-Labor Day weekend, and set a record (adjusted) at $35 million. This is 250 percent bigger.


Its success might be isolated. The factors in its favor include the appeal of a creepy-clown story; a lack of recent movies that appeal to mainstream moviegoers (particularly younger and minority audiences, who represent a much larger share of the ticket buying population); and audiences who loved the film as much as critics.

The result is a total gross nearly $60 million better than a year ago. The full week’s uptick could be close to $90 million. If we’re to make up for this weak summer, each week needs to best 2016 by a $30 million average. “It” will help reduce that shortfall significantly.

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Home Again

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Still, it’s hard to overplay its performance. The total gross of everything else playing this weekend was only $40 million. Had this done $60 million as expected, the weekend would have been no better than last year. “Home Again” (Open Road), a romantic comedy with Reese Witherspoon that opened wide, managed only $9 million. No other film grossed even $5 million, with the bulk of them holdovers.

This is the second-biggest opening ever for a film anticipated as a standalone enterprise. Among franchise starters (excluding Marvel and D.C. Universe films that were offshoots of established worlds), it is third best. “Beauty and the Beast” earlier this year was bigger, as was the first “Hunger Games” film. But that’s the company it is in.

The Top Ten

1. It (Warner Bros.) NEW – Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 71

$117,150,000 in 4,103 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $28,552; Cumulative: $117,150,000

2. Home Again (Open Road) NEW – Cinemascore: B; Metacritic: 43

$9,028,000 in 2,940 theaters; PTA: $; Cumulative: $9,028,000

3. Hitman’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate) Week 4; Last weekend #1

$4,850,000 (-54%) in 3,332 theaters (-48); PTA: $1,460; Cumulative: $64,897,000

4. Annabelle: Creation (Warner Bros.) Week 5; Last weekend #2

$4,000,000 (-47%) in 3,033  theaters (-355); PTA: $1,332; Cumulative: $96,267,000

5. Wind River (Weinstein) Week 6; Last weekend #3

$3,210,000 (-48%) in 2,890 theaters (+288); PTA: $1,111; Cumulative: $25,002,000

6. Leap! (Weinstein) Week; Last weekend #4

$2,500,000 (-48%) in 2,691 theaters (-14); PTA: $929; Cumulative: $15,875,000

7. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony) Week; Last weekend #7

$2,015,000 (-45%) in 1,657 theaters (-379); PTA: $1,216; Cumulative: $327,703,000

8. Dunkirk (Warner Bros.) Week 8; Last weekend #6

$1,950,000 (-55%) in 2,110 theaters (-642); PTA: $924; Cumulative: $183,210,000

9. Logan Lucky (Bleecker Street) Week; Last weekend #5

$1,826,000 (59%) in 2,167 theaters (-808); PTA: $843; Cumulative: $25,229,000

10. The Emoji Movie (Sony) Week; Last weekend #9

$1,060,000 (-57%) in 1,450 theaters (-658); PTA: $731; Cumulative: $82,517,000

Source: IndieWire film

September 10, 2017

‘Star Wars Episode IX’: Stephen Colbert Thinks Werner Herzog Should Replace Colin Trevorrow — Watch

Now that Colin Trevorrow is out as “Star Wars Episode IX” director, everyone has an opinion on who should replace him. That includes IndieWire, of course — our picks include newly crowned Golden Lion winner Guillermo del Toro, wonder woman Patty Jenkins, and true detective Cary Fukunaga — as well as Stephen Colbert. Watch the full segment below.

The “Late Show” host discussed the “Book of Henry” helmer’s ouster on Friday night, joking that not all is well in the wretched hive of scum and villainy known as Hollywood. Among Colbert’s suggestions to replace Trevorrow? Quentin Tarantino, because we all know that the franchise far, far away is “missing ’70s music and extended conversations about cheeseburgers” — so get ready for “Episode IX: Everybody Shoots First.”

Also on the list: Nancy Meyers, whose “What Wookiees Want” serves to remind that “sometimes, the droids you were looking for were right in front of you the whole time.” Best of all is Werner Herzog, for whose “Episode IX” the “Late Show” team put together a fake trailer complete with the German auteur’s distinct narration. Who wouldn’t want to watch “Episode IX: Why Do We Need a Subtitle When 100 Years From Now Each of Us Will Be Dead Buried in the Cold, Dark Ground”?

Source: IndieWire film

September 10, 2017

George Clooney: The Key to Diversity Lies with Studio Executives, Not the Oscars

George Clooney has a message for anyone criticizing the Oscars for a lack of diversity: You’re looking in the wrong place. “It’s less about the Academy and more about the industry,” said the 56-year-old actor-director during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I think we need to get more interesting young minority filmmakers getting their films out. It was great to see ‘Moonlight’ do what it did. I’m happy to see that. We need more of those.”

As another awards season takes flight, there are fewer buzzy fall titles with people of color and women directors, which has already raised fears of another #OscarsSoWhite sequel. Clooney, however, thinks that the film industry needs to change its ways if Oscar voters want diverse options. He offered a recent example of a project he was offered a few weeks ago. “It’s like an action film, but similar to ‘The Dirty Dozen,’” he said. “I was reading it, and I was thinking, I’m not the right guy to do this part, but why aren’t you getting Idris Elba to play this? He’s a leading man. There’s no reason why this character can’t be black.”

Elba, whose last star vehicle was the poorly received sci-fi-western “The Dark Tower,” has a history of being under-appreciated in the film industry. In 2016, his lack of a supporting actor nomination for “Beasts of No Nation” was often cited as an example of one major performance overlooked by the Academy when it all the acting nominees were white. Most recently, rumors that Elba had been in talks to play James Bond were put to bed by Sony, which re-upped Daniel Craig’s contract.

“Clearly, the star system isn’t what it used to be, where you put a name out there and everybody comes to see the movie,” Clooney said. “So why isn’t Idris asked to play this guy? Why isn’t Idris in line for the next Bond? Where is the studio’s imagination?”

Despite his progressive philanthropic causes, most of Clooney’s work hasn’t led the charge for diversity. “Suburbicon” is his first big project to deal with racism. The movie, which Clooney and writing partner Grant Heslov spruced up from an old Coen brothers project, stars Matt Damon as a blue-collar man in an exaggerated ’50s suburban setting enmeshed in a crime gone wrong — but the movie’s central motif is the neighborhood impact of a black family who moves onto the same block.

Julianne Moore and Matt Damon, "Suburbicon"

Julianne Moore and Matt Damon, “Suburbicon”

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The family is heckled around the clock by Confederate flag-bearing white people, images that have particular resonance in the wake of the Charlottesville riots. Clooney started working on the movie during the 2016 election, but said he wasn’t surprised that more recent events echoes its themes.

“Of course, Charlottesville happens, because every few years Charlottesville happens again,” he said. “We keep forgetting that we haven’t excised that original sin completely. When I was growing up in Kentucky, the civil-rights movement had its big wave and segregation was exorcised from this country. We really felt like we were on this trajectory toward it all being finished. It wasn’t something you thought would be around. It’s a surprise that it’s still a part of our world.”

As a filmmaker, Clooney said it took years for him to tackle race because he had yet to find the right project. “A lot of people ask me why I haven’t done any movies about Darfur or South Sudan,” he said, recalling his advocacy in the region. “Well, I haven’t found the script that’s right to do it. My personal life and where I go — philanthropic things — have always been toward whatever is inclusive, not exclusive. That’s always been an important part of my life. It’s just hard to find those films.”

But Clooney added that he would rather see more minority filmmakers work their way into the industry, echoing the rise of Mexican filmmakers in Hollywood over a decade ago — the so-called “Three Amigos” of Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, and Guillermo del Toro, whose “The Shape of Water” just won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.

“All these great Mexican filmmakers showed up, it was like, fuck, this is great filmmaking,” Clooney said. “That’s what I’d like to see… some really interesting young filmmakers out there. You want to feel something fresh and new constantly. You want people pushing the limits. There’s a way to make things much cheaper now so there are a lot of different voices out there.”

He also acknowledged the need for stronger female-centric projects. “I feel as if our industry has lost sight of what we could do well,” he said. “In the ‘30s, seven of the top 10 movie stars were women. Now, it’s really hard for women. There are a few — the Jennifer Lawrences of the world — but mostly, they’re having a tough time and we’re going, ‘Well, why? What’s happened?’ And women aren’t the minority, by the way.”

He placed the blame at studio executives’ feet. “The thing is, when a business is run by a certain group of people who can’t see putting a 45-year-old woman as a romantic lead, well, that’s a problem,” he said. “You need to be able to say, she’s still sexy.”

Needless to say, he’s not hopeful about the prospects of a diverse Oscar season in the wake of the “Moonlight” win. “I have a sense that now that’s happened, they’ll be like, well, we did it, and move on.”

“Suburbicon” opens October 27.

Source: IndieWire film

September 5, 2017

SXSW Alumni Film Releases – September 2017

Discover some of the SXSW alumni films on release this month, such as EASY LIVING, INFINITY BABY, and KILL ME PLEASE
. Continue on for a complete list with trailers and more info.

Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2017
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A skewed romantic comedy with a dark edge, Easy Living is a tour de force of subtle performance and pin sharp dialog.
On Demand September 19
In Theaters September 15

Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2017
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Bob Byington’s latest is characteristically absurdist, an inventive tale of arrested development with a sci-fi edge starring Kieran Culkin, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.

In Theaters September 15

Narrative Feature, North American Premiere, 2016
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A striking, provocative portrait of adolescent sexuality and hormonal crisis, Kill me Please rejects the constraints of genre to create something entirely fresh.

Now in Theaters

Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2017
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Harry Dean Stanton confirms once again his status as one of the greatest living actors in this offbeat drama that also features a memorable David Lynch.

In Theaters September 29

Documentary Feature, World Premiere, 2017
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Clearly rooted in passion and fandom, Judd Apatow’s sensitive, intimate study of a remarkable band is a masterclass in music documentary portraiture.

In Theaters September 12

Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2016
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An astonishingly assured debut feature, Papagajka feels like the arrival of major filmmaking and acting talent

Now on Demand

Documentary Feature, World Premiere, 2017
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The long awaited follow up to Marwencol doesn’t disappoint, a stunning portrait of a unique community that’s as singular and insightful as its predecessor.
In Theaters September 6

Documentary Feature, 2017
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The rough, tough world of big game hunting gets a fearless documentary that unfolds with great nuance and a spirit of open-mindedness.

In Theaters September 8

Documentary Feature, 2017
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A deeply personal, startlingly raw, urgent investigation of the grossly misunderstood phenomenon of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In Theaters September 22

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September 5, 2017

Everything You Need to Know (& Even Some Stuff You Don't) About Camera Lenses

Many pros will tell you: it’s less about the camera you’re shooting on and more about the lens.<p>I mean — that’s neither here nor there, but one …
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September 5, 2017

Why Bit Depth and Shooting in Raw Are So Important for Your Images

We’ve all heard it hundreds of times: unless you’re a journalist zooming off shots to an editor as the action happens, you should be shooting in raw. …
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September 5, 2017

New camera can see through human body

<b>Scientists have developed a camera that can see through the human body.</b><p>The device has been designed to help doctors track medical tools, known as endoscopes, during internal examinations.<p>Until now, medics have had to rely on expensive scans, such as X-rays, to trace their progress.<p>The new camera …
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September 3, 2017

Paul Schrader Received a Visit From the Department of Homeland Security for a Facebook Post About Donald Trump

As tends to be the case with Paul Schrader movies, “First Reformed” doesn’t sound like it’s for the faint of heart. Ethan Hawke stars as a grief-stricken ex-military chaplain, with Amanda Seyfried as a member of his church coping with the recent suicide of her husband. It’s currently making the festival rounds at Venice and Toronto, prompting the “Taxi Driver” screenwriter to talk about his latest project — and that time he was visited by the DHS earlier this year.

“I did get visited by Homeland Security this year because I posted something on Facebook about Donald Trump and the John Brown moment we are now in,” Schrader tells Variety. “So they came and visited me to ascertain whether I am a threat to the president’s life. I am not — except in theory. There is this sense in the world now that something must be done, and it’s tearing this character apart.”

He knows it may not be for everyone, but Schrader feels content now that he’s made this movie: “I can hang up my spurs and saddle if I want,” he says. Read the full interview here.

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September 3, 2017

‘Star Wars’ Q&A From 1976 Is a Reminder of a Time Long Ago When Blockbusters Didn’t Yet Rule the Galaxy — Watch

Though it’s synonymous with blockbusters now, “Star Wars” was far from a guaranteed success. Anyone who’s ever doubted that would do well to avail themselves of a half-hour Q&A session about “Star Wars” between Mark Hamill, producer Gary Kurtz, and marketing director Charles Lippincott held six months before George Lucas’ space opera changed movies forever. Watch the full conversation below.

It took place at MidAmeriCon, the 34th World Science Fiction Convention, which was held in Kansas City in 1976. Among the topics of discussion: the idea of model-makers and other special-effects technicians going the way of the dodo — there wasn’t much work for them at the time, says Kurtz, and so some of them “may get out and become encyclopedia salesman.” Suffice to say they were wrong about which career ended up lasting much longer, which “Star Wars” obviously had a huge part in.

More than 40 years later, the franchise continues with this year’s “The Last Jedi” and the upcoming Han Solo/Obi-Wan spinoffs.

Source: IndieWire film