A Moment In History

The History of Film
Part 1 - Humble Beginnings

Film, or Moving Pictures, had very humble beginnings. Although in this day and age you wouldn't know it. Film, Cinema, Motion Pictures, whatever title you give it, it is one of the most important communication and entertainment tools of today's society, influencing all walks of life.

How did something so influential begin?

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Nov 17

Box Office: 'Ford v Ferrari' Flies to $31M; 'Charlie's Angels' Crashes With $8.6M

Publicity stills for new theater releases "Ford v Ferrari" and "Charlie's Angels" (images courtesy 20th Century Fox / Sony)

by Pamela McClintock

Sorry, Charlie.

Ford v Ferrari easily ran Charlie's Angels and the rest of the competition off the road at the weekend box office, grossing a better-than-expected $31 million in North America for 20th Century Fox and Disney. Overseas, it debuted to $21.4 million for a global start of $52.4 million.

Conversely, Sony's Charlie's Angels crashed and burned in its domestic opening with an estimated $8.6 million, becoming the third high-profile reboot or sequel in a row to bomb after Terminator: Dark Fate two weeks ago and Doctor Sleep last weekend.

Directed by James Mangold, Ford v Ferrari - earning a coveted A+ CinemaScore and glowing reviews - is a much-needed win for the Fox film label and new owner Disney following a string of misses this year. The movie's promising debut is also a victory for adult-skewing, original event pics.

Starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, Ford v Ferrari tells the real-life story of the two men who, in 1966, helped Henry Ford II and his Ford Motor Co. become the first American company to win Le Mans, the world's most prestigious race. Chernin Entertainment produced.

Directed by Elizabeth Banks, Charlie's Angels wasn't able to win over younger females, its target audience, in a major way. Worse, the definite recommend on PostTrak was a dismal 47 percent. The film, starring Kirsten Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as globe-trotting spies, opens 16 years after the big-screen sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle debuted to $37 million, not adjusted for inflation.

Overseas, Charlie's Angels limped to $19.3 million from its first 26 markets, including a third-place finish in China with $7.7 million, for global start of $27.9 million.

Domestically, Charlie's Angels came in third behind Ford v. Ferrari and holdover Midway, which declined 51 percent in its second outing to $8.8 million for a domestic total of $35.1 million.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Nov 15

Joker Is Officially Crossing The $1 Billion Mark

The Joker is celebrating his movie crossing the $1 billion mark. Or it is just a scene from the movie. One of the two! (image courtesy Warner Bros.)

by Adam Holmes

Just because you predict a movie will be successful doesn't mean you're right about just how the levels of its success. Case in point, Warner Bros' latest DC Comics movie, Joker, has been steadily climbing commercial heights that few expected it to reach, and now it's official: the Joaquin Phoenix-led Clown Prince of Crime origin story will cross the $1 billion mark this weekend, if it hasn't already.

Where Joker ranks in total box office haul is unclear, as Box Office Mojo states it's at $994.4 million worldwide, while The Hollywood Reporter has it right at the edge with $999.1 million worldwide. Either way, it's only a matter of time before Joker hits that $1 billion milestone; who knows, maybe as you're reading this, it will have already done so.

If we look at Box Office Mojo's numbers, Joker has grossed $316.3 million domestically and $678.1 million internationally. As far as profits go, THR mentioned in its writeup that Joker will generate approximately $600 million for Warner Bros and its partners on the movie, Village Roadshow and Bron, each of which have a 25% stake in Joker.

It's obviously a big deal whenever any movie crosses the $1 billion mark, but where Joker is concerned, to say it exceeded expectation is an understatement. Given the green light as a smaller-scale comic book adaptation compared to the usual DC and Marvel fare that's shown to the masses, it's now the fourth highest-grossing DC Comics movie of all time, trailing behind Aquaman at #1, The Dark Knight Rises at #2 and The Dark Knight at #3. It is the sixth Warner Bros movie to cross $1 billion, as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey also share that achievement.

Continue Reading at: CinemaBlend

Nov 14

Cineplex happy to show Netflix films once they 'follow the rules': CEO

by Shane McNeil

Cineplex Inc. is willing to play Netflix Inc. original movies in its theatres, as long as the streaming service levels the playing field on exclusivity.

"We are very happy to play movies as long [as] our partners follow the same rules as our other partners," Cineplex chief executive officer Ellis Jacob told BNN Bloomberg in a Thursday interview.

"We'd be happy to play their movies and we're always accommodating and speak(ing) with them. But, it's very important that they observe the same window between theatrical release and streaming, like our other partners."

Jacob's comments coincide with the first week in the limited theatrical run of Martin Scorsese's Jimmy Hoffa epic, The Irishman, which is absent from Cineplex's screens ahead of its Nov. 27 release for home streaming. While its three-week cinematic run – currently being housed in the Toronto International Film Festival's Toronto home – is longer than many previous Netflix offerings, it still pales in comparison to the industry standard of roughly three months between theatrical release and home video/on-demand releases.

"The big talk is about The Irishman," Jacob said. "That ship has kind of sailed, but we continue to talk with Netflix about future product."

Continue Reading at: BNN Bloomberg

Nov 12

'Scoob!' Trailer Reveals How Scooby-Doo and Shaggy First Met

by Umber Bhatti

The new trailer for Warner Bros.' upcoming animated movie Scoob! opens with Shaggy and Scooby-Doo nearly breaking the fourth wall as they discuss their new flick.

"Maybe it's time we make a new movie," Scooby-Doo says while sitting next to Shaggy inside a movie theater.

"Good idea, Scoob. But first, we need a trailer," Shaggy responds. "Can you do the 'trailer guy' voice?"

Giving it an attempt, Scooby says, "In a world destroyed by evil, discover the epic origin story of the greatest team of heroes in the history of mystery." The trailer simultaneously reveals a mysterious spacecraft hovering up in the sky before jumping to a brief montage of the gang solving crimes.

It then cuts to a much younger Shaggy and Scooby at the beach - relating the first time the two met.

See what happens in the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Nov 11

Stephen King Stands Up for 'Doctor Sleep' Amid Box Office Flop, Possible $30 Million Loss

by Zack Sharf

One week after "Motherless Brooklyn" disappointed the box office, Warner Bros. has yet another flop in the form of "Doctor Sleep." The Mike Flanagan-directed horror film based on Stephen King's "The Shining" sequel was tracking for a debut in the $25 million range, but its opening weekend came in well below that mark with a dismal $14 million total. While "Doctor Sleep's" $50 million production is a saving grace, Deadline reports the film is expected to lose between $20 million and $30 million for Warner Bros.

"Doctor Sleep" now joins "The Goldfinch," "Gemini Man," and "Terminator: Dark Fate" as one of the fall's big studio tentpole flops, but that's not how King wants it to be remembered.

Amidst headlines over the weekend bringing attention to "Doctor Sleep" bombing at the box office, King took to social media to share a defense of the film. Author Matt Serafini? encouraged "Doctor Sleep" admirers to share positive thoughts online to drown out the negativity of the movie's box office.

"If you liked 'Doctor Sleep don't spend the weekend moping over box office," Serafini wrote. "Talk about the film, what you dug, and inspire others to check it out. Let your championship be meaningful that way. Don't let everyone's hard work be immediately reduced to and defined by numbers." King shared Serafini's opinion with his own 5.5 million followers, adding, "Agree. It's a terrific movie. Take a friend and dig the vibe."

King was originally hesitant to allow Flanagan to direct "Doctor Sleep." The filmmaker's pitch was to adapt King's novel while including some of the iconography made famous in Stanley's Kubrick's "The Shining" film adaptation. King has never supported Kubrick's film, so he was understandably cagey about letting Flanagan recreate Kubrick's version of settings like the Overlook Hotel. Not only did the two find common ground for the film to move forward, but King has since become a champion of "Doctor Sleep."

Continue Reading at: IndieWire

Nov 10

Box Office: 'Midway' Battles Past Comatose 'Doctor Sleep' With $17.5M

Scenes from "Midway" (left) and "Doctor Sleep" are shown in these publicity stills (image courtesy Warner Bros.; Reiner Bajo)

by Pamela McClintock

Veterans Day weekend was a washout at the North American box office as an army of new movies disappointed.

Roland Emmerich's pricey World War II epic Midway may have topped the chart with a better-than-expected $17.5 million from 4,086 theaters in a surprise upset over the horror-thriller Doctor Sleep, but it was somewhat of a hollow victory considering Midway's $100 million budget (luckily, U.S. and U.K. distributor Lionsgate carved out a deal that will leave the studio in the black).

Warner Bros.' Doctor Sleep - a sequel to The Shining - had been expected to easily win the weekend with $25 million or more. Instead, the Stephen King adaptation debuted to a drowsy $14.1 million domestically from 3,855 locations. It is also faring poorly overseas, where it earned $13.1 million from 68 markets for a foreign tally of $20 million and a global cume of $34.1 million.

A big chunk of frequent moviegoers aren’t well-versed in the mythology of The Shining, which opened in theaters 39 years ago, and felt no urgency to see the R-rated follow-up, which cost north of $50 million to produce and stars Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Danny Torrance. There also was the issue of Doctor Sleep's running time of roughly 151 minutes, and a post-Halloween release.

Midway, which chronicles the famous WWII battle in the Pacific between American and Japanese forces, is billed as one of the most expensive indie projects ever made. The film is produced by Emmerich's company Centropolis and financed by Chinese money and foreign sales arranged by AGC International.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Nov 9

Joker Gets the Last Laugh, Becomes Most Profitable Comic Movie Ever

'Joker' is "in the money" (image courtesy CBR)

by Sam Stone

With a significantly lower production budget than most of its superhero counterparts and comparable box office earnings, Joker has just become the most profitable comic book film of all time.

The gritty, R-rated film has earned approximately $956 million at the worldwide box office five weeks into its wide theatrical release -- $304.2 million of its current total from the domestic box office where the studio receives a larger percentage of ticket sales. With a reported production budget of $62.5 million and a relatively smaller marketing budget than most major tentpole films, Joker has earned 15.3 times its budget from its box office haul to date.

For comparison, the previous record-holder -- 1994's The Mask, starring Jim Carrey -- earned $353 million worldwide on a production budget of $23 million. Additional examples of profitable comic book movies include 2018's Venom -- which earned $854 million worldwide on a budget of $90 million -- and 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, earning $200 million on a $13.5 million budget.

Joker is widely expected by industry analysts to reach the $1 billion mark before the end of its initial theatrical run, a feat made all the more impressive considering the film is not expected to be approved by the Chinese government for wide release due to its depiction of widespread social unrest. The Chinese market -- which is the second-largest movie market in the world -- has been an increasingly lucrative audience for Hollywood over the past decade, buoying Disney's latest offerings to multiple billion-dollar earnings.

Continue Reading at: CBR.com

Nov 8

See 'The Invisible Man' Torment Elisabeth Moss in Fresh Take on Monster Movie Classic

by Daniel Kreps

Elisabeth Moss is tormented by her deranged ex-turned-invisible man in the new trailer for Blumhouse’s fresh spin on the classic monster movie.

In the preview, Moss plays a woman who escapes an abusive relationship - after which her ex commits suicide and leaves her $5 million. However, it's soon revealed (from Moss' perspective, anyway) that the death is a ruse and her ex is now haunting her as the unseeable being straight out of H.G. Wells' novel. While the Invisible Man's presence first seems as though it could be manifestations of Moss' own psyche, a trail of bloodshed follows in his unseen wake.

"Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister, their childhood friend and his teenage daughter," the film's synopsis states. "But when Cecilia's abusive ex commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia's sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see."

You can see for yourself here:

Continue Reading at: Rolling Stone

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