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The History of Film
Part 2 - The Silent Era

Although the invention of film occurred in the late 1880s, scientists were not able to successfully add synchronous sound to the moving pictures until the 1920s. The lack of sound, however, does not detract from the importance of early film making history...

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Nov 21

Jason Momoa: 'Justice League' could have been two movies

Jason Momoa as Aquaman in DC ensemble flick "Justice League" (image courtesy Instagram)
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by Bang Showbiz

The former 'Game of Thrones' star - who plays Aquaman in the new DC Comics ensemble effort - has defended the film against criticism from some fans that scenes detailing Aquaman's backstory were cut from the final edit, including Willem Dafoe's performance as Atlantean character, Nuidis Vulko.

Jason told Entertainment Weekly: "A lot of things got cut. But it's not my movie. It's a huge movie introducing three new characters, and for myself and The Flash and Cyborg, there was a lot that was there we just couldn't get in.

"It could have been two movies. We had some stuff with William Dafoe. The whole Atlantean part, about me being this reluctant king. There was no need for it because you're going to see it in Aquaman. It's not an Aquaman movie, it's a Justice League movie."

The 38-year-old actor - who will appear in a standalone Aquaman movie, due for release in 2018 - admitted he had been upset to hear that Justice League has not been received well by audiences, but insisted he has avoided reading the criticism.

Jason said: "I try to stay the f**k away from what people say. Some of my friends said, ''Justice League' isn't doing well,' and it kind of bummed me out. But I didn't want to look it up. I don't want to look up the bad and the negativity. I don't think that's useful; it doesn't help."

Continue Reading at: IOL.co.za

Nov 19

Weekend Box Office: 'Justice League' Opens to Dismal $96M; 'Wonder' Amazes

by Pamela McClintock

The world's most famous superheroes seemingly lost their powers over the weekend as Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's big-budget Justice League opened to a sorely disappointing $96 million in North America, while a small feel-good movie named Wonder stole the thunder with $27.1 million after galvanizing elementary school kids across the country.

Justice League posted the lowest domestic opening of any title in the DC Extended Universe, which has yet to match the consistent success of rival Marvel Studios. The superhero mashup is faring better overseas, where it debuted to $185.5 million from 65 markets, including $51.7 million in China, for a global bow of $281.5 million (it had been expected to take in $325 million-plus). The pic is doing notable business in Latin America, including Brazil, where it scored the biggest debut of all time ($14.2 million).

In North America, Justice League had been tracking to bow to at least $110 million. Even that wouldn't have been a rousing start for a marquee superhero title intended to rival Marvel Studios' Avengers franchise by assembling together Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. (In 2012, The Avengers launched to a then-record $204.7 million domestically, followed by $191.3 million for Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015).
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Directer Stephen Chbosky's Wonder, which placed second, came in well ahead of expectations after strong reviews and a coveted A+ CinemaScore. The $20 million film adaptation of R.J. Palacio's acclaimed children's novel tells the story of a young boy with a facial deformity who attends a mainstream school for the first time (the book spawned the "Choose Kind" movement).

Lionsgate, Participant Media, Walden Media and Mandeville Films partnered on Wonder, which stars Julia Roberts, Room breakout actor Jacob Tremblay and Owen Wilson.

Lionsgate's marketing team aggressively targeted elementary schools, a move that is paying off, with higher-than-usual group ticket sales. Wonder's performance is notable in an age when many midrange films get lost at the box office due to competition from Netflix and other platforms.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Nov 18

The Incredibles 2: Oh Baby! - watch Disney-Pixar's first trailer

by Telegraph Film

The first trailer for Pixar's The Incredibles 2 has been released, offering fans their first look at what the superpowered Parr family have been up to since the events of 2004's box-office smash The Incredibles.

The new animated feature brings back the central family of superheroes, Mr Incredible (voiced by Craig T Nelson, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack.

It will also introducing two new characters played by Catherine Keener and Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk.

Brad Bird returns as both writer and director for the new film, and will also be lending his voice to Edna Mode, the diminutive super-fashion designer.

Check out the new teaser here:

Continue Reading at: Telegraph

Nov 17

Fantastic Beasts 2: First look at Jude Law's young Dumbledore

The cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald includes Jude Law (far left), Johnny Depp (far right) and Eddie Redmayne (fourth right) [image courtesy Warner Bros.]
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The first image from JK Rowling's second Fantastic Beasts film has been revealed.

The film's full title, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, has also been announced.

Eddie Redmayne is returning as Newt Scamander and getting a new co-star in Jude Law as a younger Albus Dumbledore, who is known to Harry Potter fans as the headmaster of Hogwarts.

There has been speculation that Jude Law's Dumbledore will be openly gay.

A decade ago, JK Rowling said the character was gay in a Q&A with fans.

Dumbledore was played by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter films.

Rowling also revealed that when he was young, Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald - now played in the Fantastic Beasts films by Johnny Depp.

Continue Reading at: BBC

Nov 16

'Justice League's Rotten Tomatoes Score Leaks Early

Image courtesy Reddit

by Joseph Schmidt

One of the most anticipated films of the year is finally set to debut in theaters this week, bringing Wonder Woman, Batman, and other popular DC Comics heroes together on screen for the first time. But is the movie any good?

Well, we might have an idea now that the Rotten Tomatoes score for Justice League has accidentally leaked online on social media site Flixist. And the results are not pretty.

A Reddit user posted a screen cap of the Justice League score, showing that it currently sits with a 48 percent Fresh rating.

Of course, that could change as the film premieres and more critics go to see the screenings and finish their reviews. After all, Rotten Tomatoes originally wanted to hold the score back until the screenings began on Wednesday evening.

The film has also received its current Metacritic score, currently rated at 51/100. The aggregated reviews range from all over the map, with Richard Roeper's review coming in at 88/100, and the New York Times review ranked at 40/100.

Roeper called it "a putting-the-band-together origins movie, executed with great fun and energy," while the New York Times criticized it for being a "confusion of noise, visual clutter and murderous digital gnats, but every so often a glimmer of life flickers through."

Continue Reading at: comicbook.com

Nov 15

Get Out: Horror film competing as a comedy at the Golden Globes

Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from horror flick "Get Out" (image courtesy Universal Pictures)
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by Jacob Stolworthy

Get Out - the horror smash hit of the year from director Jordan Peele - is to compete in the comedy category at next year's Golden Globes.

The film, which is on track to be the most profitable film of 2017, was released in February to critical acclaim with many immediately keeping their fingers crossed for potential if unlikely awards love in the following year.

Considering the sad fact that original contemporary horror films such as Get Out just don't get the recognition they deserve when it comes to awards ceremonies, Universal Pictures has officially entered the film into the comedy/musical category at the Golden Globes.

While this may confuse some people - Get Out is most certainly a horror film - it's undoubtedly a move designed to increase the film's chances of recognition.

Continue Reading at: Independent UK

Nov 12

Weekend Box Office: 'Daddy's Home 2' Laughs Past 'Orient Express' With $30M

A scene from "Daddy's Home 2" with Mel Gibson, left, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell and John Lithgow (image courtesy Paramount Pictures)
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by Pamela McClintock

The better-than-expected openings of Daddy's Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express - which took in $30 million and $28.2 million, respectively, over the weekend - provided a much-needed balm after a string of fall films were spurned by audiences.

The losing streak, of course, doesn't apply to Disney and Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok. The tentpole won the frame with $56.6 million for a 10-day domestic tally of $211.6 million. Overseas, Ragnarok also topped the chart with $75.9 million for a foreign total of $438.5 million and a global cume of $650.1 million. In North America, the threequel has already surpassed the first two Thor films, as well as boasting the best hold of any title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (54 percent).

Paramount's Daddy's Home 2, playing in 3,565 theaters, came in second after laughing past Orient Express and fighting off the comedy curse, thanks to a strong family turnout. The movie landed the second-biggest bow of the year for a comedy behind Girls Trip ($31.7 million). Paramount was in sore need of a victory after such mishaps as Darren Aronofsky's mother! and George Clooney's Suburbicon.

The sequel sees the return of Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, with Mel Gibson and John Lithgow joining the cast. This time out, Dusty (Wahlberg) and Brad (Ferrell) join forces to create the perfect holiday for their kids, but their alliance is put to the test when their own fathers show up. Linda Cardellini, John Cena and Alessandra Ambrosio also star.
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Fox's star-studded Murder on the Orient Express, which placed third, is a victory for the sort of adult-skewing fare that has suffered with the advent of Netflix and other platforms. Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's iconic train-set mystery, playing in 3,341 theaters, beat projections despite so-so reviews and a B CinemaScore. Overseas, the movie grossed $45.8 million from 57 markets - including a better-than-expected $19 million in China - for a global cume of $85.4 million.

In addition to directing, Branagh stars in the pic opposite Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr. and Daisy Ridley.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Nov 10

Disney Reports Lackluster Fourth-Quarter Earnings, Stock Dips

by Ricardo Lopez

The Walt Disney Company on Thursday reported lackluster fourth-quarter earnings, dragged down by weaknesses in its film studio and media networks division, including further ESPN subscriber losses.

Disney missed analyst expectations of $1.12 per share, reporting instead earnings of $1.07 per share. The company reported revenue of $12.8 billion, down 3% from the previous year’s quarter.

The company's media networks - which include cable and broadcast TV - saw revenues slide 3% to $5.5 billion and segment operating income declined 12% to $1.5 billion. ESPN, which has struggled in recent quarters as consumers turn away from cable TV packages, again saw subscriber losses.

To counter competitors like Netflix, Disney has aggressively moved to launch its own direct-to-consumer service, starting with ESPN Plus, a sports streaming service launching next year. The company announced the name Thursday.

In 2019, Disney will launch a Disney-branded streaming service for its films and television shows. The Mouse House will eventually pull its Disney, Pixar, and Lucasfilm titles from Netflix. Iger said the subscription cost for its streaming service will be "substantially below" what Netflix charges, mostly because the streaming service will also have less content.

In addition to its current library, the streamer will also include original films and TV series. The company announced that it has closed a deal with director Rian Johnson to develop a new "Star Wars" trilogy. Disney is also planning a live-action "Star Wars" TV series to air on its entertainment streaming service, expected to launch by the end of 2019. In addition to the "Star Wars" TV series, Disney is working on TV series adaptations of Pixar's "Monsters Inc.," the Disney Channel's "High School Musical" franchise, and an original entry from Marvel.

Continue Reading at: Variety

Nov 9

Kevin Spacey to be erased from upcoming film

by Reuters

The director and producers of the completed but unreleased Hollywood film All the Money in the World have chosen to remove Kevin Spacey from the movie, recast his role and reshoot his scenes following sexual misconduct allegations against the actor.

The extraordinary measure to erase a leading actor from a completed major studio picture and reconstruct the film without him was reported by three major Hollywood trade publications - Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood.

A source close to the distributor of the film, Sony Pictures, told Reuters the accounts were accurate.

Spacey will be replaced by veteran actor Christopher Plummer in the role of the late U.S. oil tycoon, Jean Paul Getty, in the Ridley Scott-directed drama about the 1973 kidnapping of his then teenage grandson, John Paul Getty III, the three publications reported.

Sony Pictures also withdrew the movie from the American Film Institute's annual festival in Los Angeles on Nov. 16. The film is expected to open on Dec. 22, Variety reported.

Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, who also star in the movie, are expected to be involved with the reshoots.

Check out this early trailer where Spacey is shown at the 1:50 mark:

Continue Reading at: CBC

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