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Film Festivals

Like me, every year you may hear about the Film Festivals on the news and say hey, that sounds cool, all those movie stars going to these events. But you wonder what is the idea, what is the role of the festival? How long have they been around and where did they start? This article will take a brief look at film festivals and their role in the movie industry.

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Sept 18

Watch the first trailer for Captain Marvel, Marvel's next big film

by Andrew Liptak

The first trailer for the next installment of Marvel's Cinematic Universe is here. The first look at Captain Marvel arrived this morning on Good Morning America.

Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War

There's a lot of anticipation for this movie after the end of Avengers: Infinity War. During the end credits scene, we saw Nick Fury send out a message via a pager before he dissolves into dust. Before the scene ends, we get a glimpse of the screen, featuring Captain Marvel’s trademark logo. Clearly, Captain Marvel is going to play a big part in what’s to come in the next Avengers film.

Earlier this month, Entertainment Weekly ran a big feature on the film, officially showing off Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) in her costume for the first time. The feature showed off some new details about the film, explaining that Danvers will already have her powers. (This won't be an origin story.) She's left Earth to join a team known as Starforce, which is led by a character played by Jude Law. The feature also confirms that she'll run into Lee Pace's Ronan - we first met him in Guardians of the Galaxy - and the Skrulls, shape-shifting aliens who have long been classic villains in Marvel's comics. The 1990s-set film will also feature a younger Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), and it will feature Danvers' time as a pilot for the US Air Force.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: The Verge

Sept 17

Joaquin Phoenix spotted in character as The Joker for the first time as filming starts on the origins story

Joaquin Phoenix joking around with a clown in his new role as The Joker (image courtesy LRNYC / Mega)

It's a villainous role previously played by some of Hollywood's finest - including Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.

And Joaquin Phoenix was spotted for the first time as The Joker, as filming started for the forthcoming movie of the same name.

The 43-year-old actor looked like he'd lost weight for the titular role, as he shot a scene in NYC which saw him encounter a clown.

Joaquin - who has been dating Rooney Mara since 2016 - looked to be perfecting the Joker's maniacal smile, as he walked the backstreets of Harlem, which were posing as Gotham City in the 1980s.

With trash piled up in the background, Joaquin is seen holding a cigarette and brown paper carrier bag.

He was not yet wearing the Joker's distinctive make-up.

His brown hair is tousled and worn long and loose, as he approached a clown, and was seen pulling off his red nose.

The origin story - which is due for release on October 4, 2019 - sees Joaquin in the titular role despite Jared Leto most recently playing The Joker in Suicide Squad.

Continue Reading at: Daily Mail

Sept 16

Weekend Box Office: 'The Predator' No. 1 With Ho-Hum $24M Opening

'The Predator' doesn't exactly smash the Box Office with mediocre opening weekend (image courtesy 20th Century Fox)

by Pamela McClintock

Shane Black's reboot The Predator led a ho-hum weekend at the North American box office with $24 million, enough to top the chart but coming in behind expectations.

Overseas, the $88 million Fox movie opened to an even more disappointing $30.7 million from 72 markets for a lackluster global start of $54.7 million.

Playing in 4,037 theaters domestically - the fifth widest release in history for an R-rated title - the male-fueled, sci-fi action pic was dinged by lousy reviews and a C+ CinemaScore. Heading into the weekend, tracking showed the film earning $30 million or more, well ahead of Predators in 2010 ($24.8 million), not adjusted for inflation.
New Line's The Nun came in No. 2 after falling a steep 66 percent to $18.2 million from 3,876 locations in its second outing. That's the biggest drop of any title in the Conjuring universe of films.

Regardless, The Nun is a big win for New Line and parent studio Warner Bros., considering its modest budget of $22 million. Overseas, it beat The Predator with $33.1 million from 62 markets in its sophomore weekend for a foreign total of $143.6 million and $228.7 million globally (its domestic cume through Sunday is $85.1 million).

Coming in third in North America was Paul Feig's new neo-noir comedy A Simple Favor, a bright spot on the weekend in beating expectations with $16.1 million from 3,201 locations. Starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding of Crazy Rich Asians fame, the Lionsgate release is a marked departure for Feig, the filmmaker behind such comedic romps as Bridesmaids.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Sept 16

New Halloween Photos Bring a Pistol-Packing Laurie and Plenty of Screams

Mash-up of recently released photos from the 2018 iteration of 'Halloween' (images courtesy Universal)

by B. Alan Orange

Fall is in the air, and you can practically taste the fun sized candy on your tongue. Halloween is just around the corner. Both the holiday and the new horror sequel from director David Gordon Green and his co-writer Danny McBride, delivered with an assist from iconic director John Carpenter and original star Jamie Lee Curtis. Today, we have some spooky new photos of the cast.

Here, we get to see the entire cast in action as they scream, kick, and get guns to face down the infamous slasher killer Michael Myers. This latest Halloween movie wipes away all of the previous sequels, serving as a direct continuation of the original 1978 classic. Laurie Strode has been waiting over 40 years for Michael's inevitable return, and this time the pistol-packing mama is ready to get revenge.

Laurie and Michael will come to their final confrontation in this edge-of-your-seat thriller. The movie recently premiered at TIFF to a standing ovation, which Jamie Lee Curtis answered back by screaming, 'Happy Halloween, Mother F*ckers!' to the crowd. In this new iteration of the longstanding horror franchise, we get a Laurie who has been haunted by the memory if Michael Myers for years, since she narrowly escaped getting slaughtered by his jumbo sized kitchen knife.

A British documentary crew have arrived to visit Michael in prison. They are making a retrospective about the maniac's night of terror. Their documentary takes an interesting turn when Myers escapes police custody, steals back his iconic William Shatner mask, pulls it back over his face, and heads to Haddonfield for some more brutal murder business. He wants to end Laurie once and for all. And in doing so he racks up an impressive body count.

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Continue Reading at: Movieweb.com

Sept 15

'Avengers: Infinity War' Ends Domestic Run With 4th Highest Total in Box Office History

by JK Schmidt

To say it's been a good year for Marvel Studios would be an understatement, as the superhero powerhouse has produced three major hits in 2018. And now, as Avengers: Infinity War ends its box office run, it becomes one of the most successful films ever released in the domestic market.

Box Office Report has the final tally as Avengers: Infinity War exits theaters, it finishes its run with $678,815,482 stateside.

The movie passed Titanic, which made $659,363,944 over multiple theatrical releases, to become the fourth highest grossing movie at the domestic box office of all time.

It's a huge feat for Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures considering it sits behind Black Panther (another 2018 release), which ended its run at third place with $700,059,566. Disney also has the top spot on the list with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made $936,662,225.

As Marvel Studios has cemented its place as a money-making machine in Hollywood, analysts and investors are keen on the future with Avengers 4 on the horizon. As the followup to the phenomenon to Infinity War, it has every opportunity to exceed that mark with the promise of fans finding out how the battle with Thanos ends.

Continue Reading at: ComicBook.com

Sept 13

Watch Tom Waits and James Franco in the first trailer for the Coen Brothers' new western movie 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'

by Samantha Maine

The Coen Brothers have released the first trailer for their forthcoming western movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Originally created as a six-part anthology series for Netflix, the brothers changed the project into a film – although the story will still retain the anthology structure.

It stars Tim Blake Nelson as the sharply-dressed outlaw Buster Scruggs, who ties all the stories together. James Franco, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, Harry Melling, and Tom Waits also appear in the movie. Watch the first trailer below.

After debuting at the Venice Film Festival, the film snapped up a Best Screenplay award. It's set to arrive on Netflix on November 18.

Continue Reading at: NME

Sept 11

Captain Marvel Gives Evangeline Lilly Second Thoughts About a Wasp Solo Film

Evangeline Lilly as Wasp (image courtesy Marvel)

by Nicole Sobon

After a decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios is finally set to release its first female-led film with the March release of Captain Marvel. And now, despite having previously been opposed to leading her own film, another MCU hero is reconsidering her character's future on the big screen.

In a recent interview, actress Evangeline Lilly was asked if she would be interested in headlining a solo Wasp film after the success of Ant-Man and the Wasp. At the time, the actress was initially against the idea, explaining that she felt it was important to keep the tiny duo together on the big screen, citing their comic book counterparts.

However, after seeing bits and pieces of Captain Marvel, Lilly is beginning to lean into the possibility of a Wasp solo film. And the reasoning behind the change is pretty simple. While appearing at Salt Lake City's FanX convention over the weekend, Lilly explained that the art she has seen for Captain Marvel just "looks really fun."

Lilly was on-hand at the convention to promote her book series, The Squickerwonkers, when she addressed her previous comments.

"The original comic books, Ant-Man and the Wasp are a duo," said Lilly. 'And they're always a duo. I mean, correct me if I'm wrong, but I feel like you almost never see them not together. And I've been asked, 'Would you like to do a standalone Wasp film?' And I keep saying, 'Well, I don't think so, because they're partners, and they were always partners, and they're original founding members of the Avengers and they belong side by side.' And now I've been seeing posters coming out for Captain Marvel, and I'm like, 'Ohh, hang on a minute! That looks really fun!'"

While it remains to be seen what Marvel Studios has planned for Phase Four and beyond, Kevin Feige has recently confirmed Captain Marvel is just the beginning of more female-led films headed to the MCU. One of those, of course, is Black Widow, which recently secured Berlin Syndrome helmer Cate Shortland.

Continue Reading at: CBR.com

Sept 9

Weekend Box Office: 'The Nun' Opens to Holy $53.5M in U.S., Soars to $131M Globally

This weekend's Box Office winner "The Nun" helps Warner's continue to dominate the end of summer movie-going (image courtesy New Line Cinema / Warner Bros.)

by Pamela McClintock

Continuing Warner Bros.' winning streak and kicking off the fall box office in high style, the supernatural horror pic The Nun opened to a heavenly $53.5 million from 3,876 theaters to score the second-biggest September debut of all time in North America, not adjusted for inflation.

The R-rated spinoff also boasted the biggest opening of any title in the Conjuring franchise. The fifth installment, from New Line and the Safran Company, also delivered big numbers overseas, earning a divine $77.5 million from 60 markets for a global start of $131 million.

In North America, last year's It ($123.4 million) remains the record-holdover for top September launch.

The Nun easily won the weekend ahead of fellow Warners film Crazy Rich Asians, which has topped the domestic chart for three consecutive weekends.

Crazy Rich Asians was hardly a slouch in its fourth outing, earning $13.6 million to come in No. 2 and finish the weekend with a domestic total of $136.2 million through Sunday. Internationally, Jon M. Chu's rom-com grossed $5.6 million from 23 markets for a foreign tally of $28.5 million and $164.7 million globally.

It's the first time in 25 years that a Hollywood studio has taken the top two spots on the box-office chart for four consecutive weekends, between The Meg, Crazy Rich Asians and now The Nun. The Meg placed No. 4 in its fifth outing with $6 million over the weekend for a domestic tally of $131.6 million. Worldwide, the shark pic is prepared to swim past the $500 million mark after finishing Sunday with $492 million in global tickets sales.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Sept 7

Burt Reynolds, star of Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, and Boogie Nights, has died aged 82

Burt Reynolds in his iconic "Smokey and the Bandit" role (image courtesy WENN)

by The Associated Press

Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights," commercial hits such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and for an active off-screen love life which included relationships with Loni Anderson and Sally Field, has died at age 82.

His death was confirmed Thursday by his agent Todd Eisner. In a statement, his niece, Nancy Lee Hess, called his death "totally unexpected," although she acknowledged he had health issues.

"He was tough. Anyone who breaks their tail bone on a river and finishes the movie is tough. And that's who he was. My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino, and the amazing cast that was assembled," she said, referring to the upcoming film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

Hess noted her uncle's kindness and generosity, and thanked "all of his amazing fans who have always supported and cheered him on, through all of the hills and valleys of his life and career."

The mustachioed, smirking Reynolds inspired a wide range of responses over his long, erratic career: critical acclaim and critical scorn, popular success and box office bombs. Reynolds made scores of movies, ranging from lightweight fare such as the hits "The Cannonball Run" and "Smokey and the Bandit" to more serious films like "The Longest Yard" and "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing."

Continue Reading at: National Post

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