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Chewbacca Smacks a Porg in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer: Go Behind the Scenes of the Movie

Chewbacca Smacks a Porg in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer: Go Behind the Scenes of the Movie
Bb-8 was the scene-stealer in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the droid felt like a distant memory the moment a porg popped up in the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Lucasfilm aired a new 15-second TV spot during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC Thursday. Though it didn't reveal any major plot points, given its compact time constraints, it did show Chewbacca smacking a porg while piloting the Millennium Falcon—and fans loved it. Directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters Dec. 15. The ensemble cast includes Kenny Baker (R2-D2), John Boyega (Finn), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Benicio Del Toro...
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Box Office: 'Coco' Trots Past 'Justice League' With $13.2M Wednesday

Box Office: 'Coco' Trots Past 'Justice League' With $13.2M Wednesday
As the long Thanksgiving holiday got underway, Disney and Pixar's Coco danced its way past holdover Justice League on Wednesday with an opening-day gross of $13.2 million after nabbing an A+ CinemaScore.

Wednesday's haul included $2.3 million in Tuesday night previews. Coco is playing in 3,987 theaters in North America.

Justice League took in $10.5 million from 4,051 theaters for a domestic total of $122.4 million.

At this pace, Coco, about the popular Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, should have no trouble winning the turkey trot with a five-day debut north of $70 million.

Between them, Disney...
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‘The Death Of Stalin’ Wins Three British Independent Film Awards

‘The Death Of Stalin’ Wins Three British Independent Film Awards
Armando Iannucci's political satire The Death of Stalin has taken an early lead at The British Independent Film Awards – picking up three awards as part of the event's newly introduced craft section. The Death of Stalin, which stars Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, Paddy Considine, Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor and centers on the last days of the Soviet dictator, won Best Casting for Sarah Crowe, Best Production Design for Cristina Casali and Best Make Up & Hair…
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ First Footage: Watch Chris Pratt Play With A Baby Raptor

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ First Footage: Watch Chris Pratt Play With A Baby Raptor
The first footage from “Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom” has arrived courtesy of Colin Trevorrow’s Twitter account, which has posted an adorable video of Chris Pratt playing with a baby raptor. It’s unclear whether or not the footage is from the actual movie or if it was just taken on set, nor is it confirmed if the baby raptor is CGI or an animatronic. “The Impossible” director J.A. Boyena has promised more practical effects in the sequel.

“Obviously you don’t have real dinosaurs — sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs — but we love animatronics and we’re trying to do as much with them as possible,” he said of the sequel. “I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We’re trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they
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‘Happy Death Day’ Reaps $100M+ At Worldwide Box Office

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‘Happy Death Day’ Reaps $100M+ At Worldwide Box Office
The hits keep coming for Universal and Blumhouse with Happy Death Day celebrating a $100M global milestone. Including yesterday’s grosses, the latest collaboration between Uni and Jason Blum’s micro-budget specialist Blumhouse has taken in $55.5M domestically and $44.6M at the international box office. Directed by Christopher Landon, Happy Death Day is the third original film from Blumhouse in 2017. It joins blockbuster pics Split and Get Out which have grossed $278.3M…
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Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge review – sex and science in turn-of-the-century Europe

Soapy biopic of the Nobel prize-winning chemist which focuses more on her spicy personal life than her groundbreaking work

Director Marie Noelle’s biopic about Marie Curie, the Polish-born chemist who was the first woman to win the Nobel prize, is something of a tacky treat. Roughly 35% science talk and 65% soap opera, it has adulterous shenanigans and a strong-willed heroine (Polish actor Karolina Gruszka) defying sexism, xenophobia and antisemitism (even though she isn’t Jewish) to make it in a male profession.

The first part unfolds in a non-toxic soft-focus haze, all sun dapples and smiles, as Marie and her beloved hubby Pierre (Charles Berling) bask in acclaim after their crucial research on radiation is recognised by the Nobel committee.

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Ventana Sur: Media Luna Picks Up Puenzo’s ‘The Unseen,’ Quintero’s ‘Angela’ (Exclusive)

In the run up to Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur, Cologne-based Media Luna New Films has picked up international sales rights to two features by up- and-coming directors: Nicolás Puenzo’s “Los últimos” (The Unseen) and Agamenon Quintero’s “Angela.”

Social issue thriller “The Unseen” tells the story of a couple, a pregnant Quechua girl and her creole partner, trekking in a desperate state across the Bolivian Highlands, now a post-apocalyptic wasteland devoid of natural resources and ruled by a bloody militia, in an attempt to reach the Pacific Ocean, where they hope a safe haven awaits them.

The film marks the helming feature debut of Nicolás Puenzo, son of veteran Argentine filmmaker Luis Puenzo, after many years working as a cinematographer or producer on projects such as “Cromo” and “The German Doctor”, both collaborations with his sister, the director Lucía Puenzo. In “Cromo,” a 12-episode TV drama currently streaming in Netflix, Nicolás Puenzo also co-directed.
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Nightmare in suburbia: how cinema found the darkness behind the picket fence

George Clooney and the Coen brothers’ new movie Suburbicon shows how discrimination is baked into Us city planning. But they are far from the first to see trouble in a genteel neighbourhood

Suburbia was always poisoned. Not much in Us history is as blandly shameful as the National Housing Act of 1934. Designed to insure mortgages and encourage home owning, the heart of the policy was “redlining”: underwriting loans in areas deemed safe financial bets, refusing those that were not. America being America, the real red line was racial. As prim new developments sprawled across the postwar nation, banks and mortgage brokers had official licence to reject black applicants – and anyone looking to buy a house where black people lived. For much of the 20th century, if you needed help to buy an American home, being white was not enough. You had to live among other white people, which meant
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Daddy's Home 2 review – Mel Gibson puts the freeze on Christmas reboot

There’s plenty to like as co-dads Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell spend the holiday with their fathers, but Gibson irradiates the film with his unfunniness

It’s a funny thing – or rather an intensely and overwhelmingly unfunny thing – but this can be a moderately successful film until Mel Gibson shows up and opens his mouth. Or even just smiles. Then he’s a kind of grinning death’s-head of unfunny, toxically irradiating the entire film with poison rays of conceited non-charm. Like the recent and rather better movie A Bad Moms Christmas, this sequel franchises a hit comedy by bringing in the older generation. Brad (Will Ferrell) and Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) are the father and stepfather, who have agreed to be co-dads for their kids. But now their own fathers show up for the Christmas holidays. Naturally, reformed tough guy Dusty has an unreformed alpha dad: Kurt, played by Mel Gibson.
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Netflix to Produce ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Season 2: Watch Jonah Ray Break the News

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Netflix to Produce ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Season 2: Watch Jonah Ray Break the News
The next time the Satellite of Love is subjected to terrible movies, it’ll be on Netflix’s dollar. As announced on Thursday, the cult series “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (also known as “MST3K: The Return”) will be returning for a second season sometime — per the lyrics of the show’s theme song — “in the not-too-distant future.”

The announcement came at the end of the now annual “MST3K” Turkey Day Marathon, as stars Felicia Day and Jonah Ray, alongside creator Joel Hodgson, shared the news. Check out their reaction below:

MST3K” has had quite the journey since its inception nearly 30 years ago. After an epic run that began in 1989, eventually migrating from local Minneapolis TV to Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel, “MST3K” was initially canceled in 1999. Then, it returned to its fans after a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. While the first season of the show, released by Netflix in April 2017, was thus fan-sponsored,
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Uma Thurman To Harvey Weinstein: “I’m Glad It’s Going Slowly, You Don’t Deserve A Bullet… Stay Tuned”

Uma Thurman To Harvey Weinstein: “I’m Glad It’s Going Slowly, You Don’t Deserve A Bullet… Stay Tuned”
Uma Thurman, who recently appeared to demonstrate extreme self-restraint when asked her thoughts on women speaking out against harassment, today wished a Happy Thanksgiving to her Instagram followers — all except Harvey Weinstein and his “wicked conspirators.” She wrote, “I’m glad it’s going slowly — you don’t deserve a bullet.” She also cited the #metoo hashtag in reference to herself. This follows an October 18 video clip that went viral on November 4, when the actress…
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Virtual Reality Conference Promises to Ignite Singapore Media Festival

Virtual Reality Conference Promises to Ignite Singapore Media Festival
Virtual Reality is the buzz phrase these days at film festivals, big and small. They are keen to explore alternate means of entertainment that might just possibly the future. The Singapore Media Festival is no different and has set up a one-day event – the Vr X Smf Ignite Conference – that will unspool Nov. 29 with a packed line-up.

Kicking off proceedings will be the keynote presentation by Mohen Leo, creative director and visual effects supervisor at ILMxLAB, an immersive entertainment and Vr laboratory belonging to Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic, and Skywalker Sound. While Leo is expected to share insights about storytelling for immersive entertainment, “Star Wars” fans in Singapore will be hoping that he provides a sneak peek into “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire,” a Vr joint venture between ILMxLAB and The Void, that is designed to transport users to a galaxy far, far away.

The conference continues with Allen Foo, founder and chief
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Singapore: ‘Scorpions’ Director Readies Third Film With Irrfan Khan (Exclusive)

Singapore: ‘Scorpions’ Director Readies Third Film With Irrfan Khan (Exclusive)
Top Indian director, Anup Singh is poised to reunite with star Irrfan Khan on “Lasya – The Gentle Dance.”

Singh’s “The Song of Scorpions,”, starring Khan, Golshifteh Farahani and Indian cinema legend Waheeda Rehman, is playing as a special presentation at the Singapore International Film Festival, part of the Singapore Media Festival. Singh’s previous film “Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost” also starred Khan.

“As with all film directors, I suppose, I have a few film scripts juggling in my head. I await the one that keeps flying in my imagination while the others steadily fall away,” Singh told Variety. “At the moment, that one seems to be my next film with Irrfan Khan. It will be my third film with him, a kind of conclusive trilogy bringing to some resolution, I hope, the themes that have been haunting me since “Qissa” and have continued to pursue me with “The Song of Scorpions.”

The film is
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Feng Xiaogang’s ‘Youth’ Reinstated: China & U.S. Release Date Set After Sept Delay

In September, the Chinese release of Feng Xiaogang's Youth, a coming-of-age drama about young people making peace with the past, was abruptly shelved ahead of the Middle Kingdom’s lucrative National Day holiday. In the wake of that move, U.S. distributor China Lion was obliged to postpone its planned run. Both are now back on with a December 15 day-and-date release set in the Middle Kingdom and North America. The period epic from Huyai Brothers screened at the Toronto…
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‘Thelma’ Director Joachim Trier on Crafting His Incredible Queer Horror Film [Interview]

‘Thelma’ Director Joachim Trier on Crafting His Incredible Queer Horror Film [Interview]
Thelma is the story of a girl who moves away from home for the first time to attend college. And then she falls in love with another girl. And then she realizes that she has horrifying supernatural powers. And then things really go off the rails. Norway’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Academy […]

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‘La Belle Noiseuse’ Is Jacques Rivette’s Epic Ode To The Creative Process [Review]

Maybe the fall of 2017 wasn’t the right time for a 4K restoration of “La Belle Noiseuse,” Jacques Rivette’s four hour ode to the creative process; headlines today are dominated by reports of predatory or simply lascivious men leveraging power to exploit women’s bodies, power being multifaceted by its very definition. Maybe they take advantage through force. Maybe they take advantage using coercion. Either way, this year remains an unflattering lens for revisiting the film, though it’s a comfort to know that it caused a bit of a commotion when it premiered at Cannes back in 1991.

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Hell Freezes Over As Terry Gilliam Nears Completion of ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’

Hell Freezes Over As Terry Gilliam Nears Completion of ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’
It’s hard to believe, but director Terry Gilliam has been working on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for almost 20 years. After one setback after another, with bad luck compounding bad luck, it looks as if Gilliam might buck the odds and finally release the film for the world to see. The filmmaker recently revealed […]

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The Best Animated Movies on Netflix Right Now (November 2017)

Last Updated November 23rd The phrase “best animated movie” means different things to different people. Some will automatically think of classic Disney movies or similar family-friendly feature-length cartoons from their childhood, while others will automatically gravitate toward adaptations of their favorite comic-book stories. Others still may consider the exotic appeal of anime or the avant-garde style of artists outside of the mainstream as the “best” animation has to offer. The only thing these disparate features have in common is that they’re devoid of live-action components; anything else goes. With this broad range of animated …
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Jim Carrey Opens Up About His Depression: ‘I’m Sometimes Happy’

Jim Carrey Opens Up About His Depression: ‘I’m Sometimes Happy’
Anyone who’s seen Jim Carrey’s movies knows he’s hilarious; anyone who’s seen his interviews knows he isn’t always laughing. The actor has spoken about his depression before — in 2004, he told CBS News that “it feels like a low level of despair you live in” — but he says it’s now subsided and that he’s “sometimes happy.”

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The updates comes in an interview with i News occasioned by the exceptional new Netflix documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” which focuses on Carrey in general and his experiences making “Man on the Moon” in particular. “At this point, I don’t have depression. There is not an experience of depression,” he says. “I had that for years, but now, when the rain comes, it rains, but it doesn’t stay.
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