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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Awakens to $40 Million at Thursday Box Office

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Awakens to $40 Million at Thursday Box Office
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the final film in the epic Skywalker saga of the “Star Wars” franchise, made $40 million at the box office in Thursday night previews beginning at 6 p.m. It opens on over 4,300 screens this weekend.

Disney is projecting “The Rise of Skywalker” to earn in the $160 million range over the weekend, with independent trackers officially saying it should open between $175-205 million. In its sights are both of the previous “Star Wars” films in this latest trilogy, including 2015’s “The Force Awakens” and 2017’s “The Last Jedi,” both of which are in the Top 5 for all time opening weekends.

“The Force Awakens” made $57 million in its preview showings ahead of a $248 million opening, and “The Last Jedi” started with just $45 million and opened to $220 million. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the other December opening for a “Star Wars” film, made $29 million in its Thursday
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‘Doctor Sleep’ Director’s Cut Will Turn Mike Flanagan’s Stephen King Adaptation into a Three Hour Movie

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‘Doctor Sleep’ Director’s Cut Will Turn Mike Flanagan’s Stephen King Adaptation into a Three Hour Movie
Doctor Sleep was already a long movie to begin with, but it’s about to get even longer. A Doctor Sleep director’s cut is headed to digital and Blu-ray in 2020, bringing Mike Flanagan‘s Stephen King adaptation to a full three-hour runtime. Flanagan spoke recently about what to expect from the director’s cut, which will apparently be even […]

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The Clock Tower: Who is Spectre and Why Does He Matter to the Arrowverse?

The Clock Tower: Who is Spectre and Why Does He Matter to the Arrowverse?
(Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.) So, it’s been a week, and you’ve […]

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’: What Did You Think?

Spoilers for Rise of Skywalker follow in the story and comments below. At long last, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been unveiled to the world—and it’s quite divisive! J.J. Abrams co-wrote and directed the final film in the Skywalker Saga after taking over for original writer/director Colin Trevorrow, who left the project in development over creative differences. Abrams finishes what he started as he brings the stories of Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, and Poe to an end, but he doesn’t do so without adding new characters and flourishes of his own. Namely …
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Charlize Theron and Kate McKinnon Premiere ‘Bombshell’ in NYC

Charlize Theron and Kate McKinnon Premiere ‘Bombshell’ in NYC
As “Bombshell” premiered in New York on Monday night, director Jay Roach reflected on the film’s place in the #MeToo era, especially in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s recent headline-making interview with the New York Post (made in the midst of his much-publicized trial for sexual assault), where the disgraced producer said, “I made more movies directed by women and about women than any other filmmaker.”

“One of the things I found working on this story is there is a pattern,” Roach told Variety on the red carpet at the special screening at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. “With very powerful men who become addicted to power who then feel entitled to it and will do anything to maintain it, and will do anything to demand loyalty from individuals even if it involves bullying, sexual coercion — when you see someone that delusional compartmentalizing it and then somehow self-justifying it,
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‘The Witcher’ Star Henry Cavill Explains Geralt’s Bizarre Accent

Netflix released the first season of its fantasy adventure series The Witcher today, based on a popular series of books by Andrzej Sapkowski. Henry Cavill stars at the titular witcher Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter prowling the lands of the Continent in search of creatures to eradicate for some sweet, sweet coin. If you’ve already started watching the show, you might be wondering what in the name of Bilbo Baggins Cavill is doing with his voice. Despite the Continent being a clear analog for Europe, and every other character in the series speaking with a decidedly British accent, …
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‘He-Man and the Masters of the Universe’ Animated Series Heading to Netflix to Accompany the Kevin Smith Anime Version

‘He-Man and the Masters of the Universe’ Animated Series Heading to Netflix to Accompany the Kevin Smith Anime Version
A new He-Man and the Masters of the Universe CG animated series is coming to Netflix, adding to the streaming service’s seeming obsession with all things He-Man these days. This iteration will join She-Ra and the Princesses of Power as well as the upcoming Masters of the Universe: Revelation, the 2D anime series being overseen by director […]

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‘The Sneider Cut’ Ep. 21: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Cats’ and The Best Movies of the Decade

On the latest episode of The Sneider Cut, Variety's Justin Kroll joins your esteemed host Jeff Sneider, and together the two scoopers run down their Best Movies of the Decade lists, which feature a couple of the same titles, including Sicario. Elsewhere, Jeff and Justin discuss Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and what it means for J.J. Abrams at this pivotal moment in his career before turning their attention to Cats and the onslaught of bad reviews. The guys also run down some of their biggest scoops of the year/decade, from Robert Pattinson being cast as …
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‘Glory’ at 30: Denzel Washington’s 1989 Breakout Film is Still the Best Civil War Movie Ever Made

‘Glory’ at 30: Denzel Washington’s 1989 Breakout Film is Still the Best Civil War Movie Ever Made
Within the war movie genre, the American Civil War hasn’t beget as many classics as World War II or Vietnam. One indisputable classic, however, is Glory, the powerful 1989 film based on a true story about one of the first all-black volunteer regiments in the Union Army. Denzel Washington won his first Oscar for this […]

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‘Carrie’ TV Series Based on Stephen King’s Novel in the Works at FX

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‘Carrie’ TV Series Based on Stephen King’s Novel in the Works at FX
Carrie, the first published Stephen King novel, has received several different adaptations, and even a sequel. Now it’s time for a TV series. FX is currently developing a Carrie TV series, but their approach to the material is going to change things up a bit. While all incarnations of Carrie White in the past have been […]

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‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Adds Every Dad’s Favorite Actor, Shea Whigham, to the Cast

It looks like Christopher McQuarrie has seen fit to gift us an early Mission: Impossible 7 present in the form of a casting announcement. The upcoming seventh film in the Mission: Impossible saga stars franchise staple Tom Cruise with Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and M:i - Fallout alum Rebecca Ferguson also returning. Additionally, the franchise is adding seasoned action-by-way-of-the-mcu alums Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff for the next M:i mission. On Friday, McQuarrie announced via his Twitter Shea Whigham would be joining the fun, mostly new, and always formidable cast of the seventh Mission: …
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‘The Flop House’ Co-Host Dan McCoy on Why You Need to Check Out the 300th Episode of the Long-running Podcast About Bad Movies [Interview]

The Flop House, in the words of producer and co-host Dan McCoy (writer for The Daily Show), is “a podcast where we watch a bad movie and then we discuss it.” That “we” includes fellow co-hosts Stuart Wellington and Elliott Kalan (head writer of […]

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‘Rise of Skywalker’ Good Enough but Down in Thursday Shows; ‘Cats’ Not Feline So Good

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‘Rise of Skywalker’ Good Enough but Down in Thursday Shows; ‘Cats’ Not Feline So Good
Per-theater averages are usually one of the nerdiest box-office metrics, but sometimes they’re incredibly acute. For example: Thursday-night numbers for “Cats” reflected about 25 ticket buyers per show, with two shows per theater.

Remember “The Lion King” last summer? The remake with a somewhat derisive critical response (Metacritic: 55) saw a domestic gross of $544 million, and another $1.11 billion international. That’s the context of viewing initial numbers for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and “Cats.”

“Skywalker” (Disney), the finale of the third trilogy that began 42 years ago and still stands as the prototype for franchise-fantasy filmmaking, took in around $40 million last night in “previews” that marked the start of its run. Overseas, 46 territories also opened with full-day shows, taking in $59 million.

Meantime, “Cats” (Universal), which has seen more advance interest than just about any film released this year outside the Star Wars or Marvel universes, took in $550,000 in around 2,500 theaters.
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Keanu Reeves is Training to Kill Everyone Again (in ‘John Wick 4’ and ‘The Matrix 4’)

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Keanu Reeves is Training to Kill Everyone Again (in ‘John Wick 4’ and ‘The Matrix 4’)
The time has come for Keanu Reeves to murder everyone again. Not literally, of course, but on the big screen. The actor is now back in training for two big action sequels: John Wick Chapter 4 and The Matrix 4 – two movies, by the way, that are both currently set to open on the same day. […]

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‘Just Mercy,’ ‘Parasite,’ ‘Booksmart’ Join Collider’s Fyc Screening Series at ArcLight

WB's death row drama Just Mercy, Bong Joon-ho's critical sensation Parasite and Olivia Wilde's teen comedy Booksmart have been added to Collider’s Fyc Screening Series at ArcLight Hollywood. On Sunday, Dec. 22 -- yes, just two days from now -- For Your Consideration host Scott Mantz will lead a Q&a with Just Mercy stars Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, which is a hell of a way to close out the year. Foxx earned a SAG Award nomination for his turn as death row inmate, and Jordan gives a stoic lead performance that shouldn't …
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‘Clemency’: Alfre Woodard Opposes the Death Penalty, but Found Her Prison Warden’s Humanity

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‘Clemency’: Alfre Woodard Opposes the Death Penalty, but Found Her Prison Warden’s Humanity
Led by Alfre Woodard, “Clemency” digs into grave social issues for engrossing drama. The veteran actress plays Bernadine Williams, a prison warden who must confront the psychological toll of her job after years of carrying out death-row executions. Personally, she as been a longtime critic of the death penalty, but what’s most important to her is that this personal film be widely seen.

“This film is everything we intended it to be and I’m anxious for it to get to the public, but not just at the arthouse theaters, in the mall multiplexes as well,” Woodard said. “Because every month that goes by, people are put to death. Some of them might have done what they are accused of, and some might have not. But the point is to get this out to as many people as possible and see what kind of dialogue it creates.”

Woodard recalled
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How ‘The Expanse’ Changed With Its Move From Syfy to Amazon

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When The Expanse was cancelled by Syfy, a core group of fans, lovingly called the Screaming Firehawks, worked hard to find it a new home. In May 2018, Jeff Bezos responded to everyone’s efforts, which included flying a plane with a banner that said “Save The Expanse” over Amazon Studios’ main office, by announcing that […]

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James Cameron on the Real Reason Behind the Success of ‘Avatar’, and Why He’s Setting the Bar Higher for ‘Avatar 2’

James Cameron on the Real Reason Behind the Success of ‘Avatar’, and Why He’s Setting the Bar Higher for ‘Avatar 2’
After James Cameron‘s Avatar broke box office records a decade ago, conventional wisdom said that the key reasons for the film’s unprecedented success were its jaw-dropping visuals, excellent use of 3D, and the immersive setting of Pandora. Not so, says Cameron. In a recent interview, he explains the real reason for Avatar‘s success and why he’s driven to […]

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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Eyes Massive $195 Million Opening, ‘Cats’ Struggling

Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Eyes Massive $195 Million Opening, ‘Cats’ Struggling
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will launch to a muscular $195 million domestically this weekend, according to midday Friday estimates.

Disney, the studio behind the sci-fi franchise, hasn’t released numbers, but if rival studios’ figures hold true that will be a spectacular bow for the adventure film, albeit one that trails the launches of other films in the series. “The Force Awakens” debuted to $248 million while “The Last Jedi” bowed to $220 million. Both movies were embraced by critics, who have been colder towards “The Rise of Skywalker,” knocking it for being over-stuffed and unimaginative.

“The Rise of Skywalker” is opening shy of the $200 million that some industry experts had predicted it would earn, though it is bowing higher than Disney’s low-ball estimates of $160 million. Even if “The Rise of Skywalker” is showing signs that Star Wars fans are feeling a little less crazed about the franchise after two prior chapters and two spin-offs,
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Spoiler Discussion: The Mandalorian Episode 7 “The Reckoning”

Spoiler Discussion: The Mandalorian Episode 7 “The Reckoning”
On the December 20, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman to have a spoiler discussion about The Mandalorian Episode 7 “The Reckoning.” Our Feature Presentation: Spoiler discussion for The Mandalorian Episode 7 “The Reckoning.” Other Articles Mentioned: ‘The Mandalorian’ Moves the Pieces Into Place […]

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