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UK box office preview: can ‘Angel Has Fallen’ challenge Tarantino?

UK box office preview: can ‘Angel Has Fallen’ challenge Tarantino?
Gerard Butler-starring threequel looks to displace Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.

Lionsgate’s Angel Has Fallen, the action thriller starring Gerard Butler, rolls out wide in the UK this weekend to give Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood a run for its money.

The film is a sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen and 2016’s London Has Fallen, both of which posted good numbers in the UK. Olympus opened with £2.2m in April 2013 and topped out with £6.2m, London surpassed its predecessor by opening with £3.2m and closing on £11m.

If the latest film follows that upwards trajectory,
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Tarantino's gruesome revenge fantasies are growing more puerile and misogynistic | Caspar Salmon

The director dials up the stomach-churning violence in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. If only he had something meaningful to say

Warning: this story contains spoilers

Compare and contrast two screen deaths. In Quentin Tarantino’s second film, Pulp Fiction in 1994, John Travolta’s Vincent Vega accidentally shoots Marvin, a minor character, in the face. The killing happens mid-sentence, in the blink of an eye; in the process Vince covers himself and his acolyte Jules in blood and guts. The scene is played for laughs and succeeds: the horror and suddenness of the event coax an appalled hilarity from viewers, exacerbated by the two hitmen’s reaction, which is to bicker about mundane practicalities.

In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Manson family member Susan Atkins, who slaughtered Sharon Tate and two others with her accomplices in 1969, is killed in self-defence by Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) and Rick Dalton
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Taylor Swift's Lover Album Lyrics Decoded: Paper Rings, Church Bells and a London Boy

Taylor Swift's Lover Album Lyrics Decoded: Paper Rings, Church Bells and a London Boy
Attention, Swifties! Taylor Swift just dropped her highly-anticipated new album, Lover. The Grammy winner's seventh studio album, released at midnight, is comprised of 18 songs, including previously-released tracks "Me!" and "You Need to Calm Down," as well as "The Archer" and title track "Lover." Now that the album is out, T.Swift fans (like us!) are combing through the powerful lyrics for messages from the singer. Swift even name-checks stars like Drake, Leonardo DiCaprio and Stella McCartney in her new tracks. Overall, it seems as though many of Swift's new tracks are dedicated to her relationship with her longtime love, Joe Alwyn....
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How AI Tech Is Changing Dubbing, Making Stars Like David Beckham Multilingual

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How AI Tech Is Changing Dubbing, Making Stars Like David Beckham Multilingual
David Beckham does not speak Arabic, Hindi or Mandarin. But when the soccer legend starred in a PSA for malaria awareness this spring, he effortlessly switched among these and six other languages, thanks to cutting-edge technology that could soon change how Hollywood localizes its movies and TV shows.

The PSA in question was produced with technology from Synthesia, a London-based startup that uses artificial intelligence for dubbing. In Beckham’s case, the company recorded video footage of the soccer star as well as native speakers in each of the languages it wanted to use.

Then it fed all that raw footage to an algorithm that “learned” the facial expressions for each word in languages like Spanish and Yoruba, and tweaked video of Beckham’s face accordingly. “You puppeteer video,” explains Synthesia co-founder and chief operating officer Steffen Tjerrild. “We have actual lip-sync.”

AI-based video editing has gotten a lot of attention for its darker side,
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Brad Pitt Is Just Going to Be Gorgeous Forever, Huh?

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Brad Pitt Is Just Going to Be Gorgeous Forever, Huh?
The year was 2017, and Brad Pitt was back on the scene promoting a handful of onscreen projects after a tumultuous split from Angelina Jolie. Not only was he hitting red carpets again, but he was looking damn good while doing it. Let's just say that I noticed.

Cut to two years later and I have yet to feel differently about the 55-year-old actor, who is currently doing press for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with another eternally handsome A-lister, Leonardo DiCaprio. The two looked so hot in their recent Esquire spread that it was frankly a little uncomfortable. And don't get me started on Brad in a tuxedo and bow tie, hamming it up on the red carpet in Cannes.

We can plan on seeing a lot more of Brad in the coming months. He's also starring as an astronaut in the upcoming adventure drama Ad Astra, so we'll
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: What Happened to Cliff Booth’s Wife? Brad Pitt Knows

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: What Happened to Cliff Booth’s Wife? Brad Pitt Knows
One of the most intriguing and mysterious characters in director Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has to be fictional stuntman Cliff Booth, who is played by Brad Pitt.

While said to be stylistically inspired by actor Tom Laughlin in the “Billy Jack” movie franchise, Booth is an invention of Tarantino and Pitt, and is depicted as the loyal and deadly friend of fading television series star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Accused by multiple people of being a murderer, Booth is somewhat of an outcast in the universe of stuntmen, and is believed to have gotten away with killing his wife, Billie Booth (Rebecca Gayheart). However, the film is ambiguous on that front and leaves Booth’s alleged dark past to speculation.

What Tarantino does allow the audience to see is a flashback scene that takes place on a boat, during which Billie scolds Cliff, as he
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Summer Box Office Grosses $4.5 Billion, Disney Takes Half, and Cinema Is At Risk

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This was the summer in which Disney saw five films cross $1 billion worldwide. In North America, it’s also the summer in which fewer tickets will be sold than any year since 1992, a year when there were 90 million fewer Americans and Canadians.

How can so much moviegoing, and so many people, translate to a decline? Here’s a look at the strange and watershed summer of 2019.

Over 80% of the gross came from franchise and sequels

Summer totals for 2019 will be about $4.5 billion domestic, which is almost identical for the same period last year, when two original films were in the top 10: “Crazy Rich Asians” at #7, and “The Meg” at #9. This summer, the only original title is Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” at #10.

And of that $4.5 billion, Disney can claim about 50%. Certainly, the theater business would collapse if Disney didn’t do so well, or made
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The One Where We Spoil Once Upon A Time In Hollywood | The Flickering Myth Podcast #114

Listen to the latest episode of The Flickering Myth Podcast…

Allen and Gerald are joined by Lacey Day to discuss the paltry film and television news from last week and discuss more summer movies, and Gerald finally gets to vent his feelings on Quentin Taratino’s latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Major spoilers follow…

Email in your questions, feedback etc. to podcast@flickeringmyth.com.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbour… Sharon Tate.
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Quentin Tarantino and Wife Daniella Expecting Their First Child: We Are 'Very Delighted'

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Quentin Tarantino and Wife Daniella Expecting Their First Child: We Are 'Very Delighted'
Quentin Tarantino is going to be a dad!

The acclaimed filmmaker, 56, is expecting his first child with wife Daniella.

“Daniella and Quentin Tarantino are very delighted to announce that they are expecting a baby,” the couple said in an exclusive statement to People.

The writer-director met Daniella, who is the daughter of Israeli singer and songwriter Tzvika Pick, in 2009 while promoting his film Inglorious Basterds. The pair got engaged in June 2017, after dating for about a year.

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Top 10 early-bird Best Director Oscar picks: Martin Scorsese (‘The Irishman’) is sitting pretty at No. 1 for now

Top 10 early-bird Best Director Oscar picks: Martin Scorsese (‘The Irishman’) is sitting pretty at No. 1 for now
Frontrunners are already forming for the Oscar Best Actor race, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, enough teaser trailers are out there, ranging from “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “The Irishman” to “Little Women” and “Ford v Ferrari” to provide some sense of what at least feels like a worthy contender. We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. And once the fall film fests commence, the standings will likely rapidly shift.

Here are the current top 10 Best Director picks on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Aug. 21:

1. Martin Scorsese: Marty and mobsters are like milk and cookies — most moviegoers just can’t resist. That this is his ninth collaboration with Robert De Niro and their first since 1995’s “Casino” is an event indeed.
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Brad Pitt Knows Answer to That Big 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Question

Brad Pitt Knows Answer to That Big 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Question
[This story contains spoilers for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.]

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood does a good job answering the many questions the Quentin Tarantino film asks along that way — except for one. It is never really spells out whether Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt, actually killed his wife.

The possible murder is alluded to a number of times. Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) dismisses it as rumor, but other characters are sure it happened — and it creeps them out.

One person who knows for sure: Pitt.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, the actor revealed ...
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor (Updated: August 21)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor (Updated: August 21)
Historically the Best Actor Oscar has gone to men with a little grey in their hair while Best Actress is usually given to an ingenue. However, we could be seeing a shift in that bias on both sides. At the 2019 Oscars, Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) won Best Actor at age 37 over a past winner and three previous nominees. Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) did likewise in 2017. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Actor.)

While Affleck won for a fictional role, Malek prevailed for portraying Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Of the 10 most recent Best Actor champs at the Academy Awards, seven of them won for bring life to real-life fellows: Colin Firth; Daniel Day-Lewis; Matthew McConaughey; Eddie Redmayne; Leonardo DiCaprio; and Gary Oldman.

Malek was a first-time nominee while each of his four rivals in the 2019 Best Actor race had contended multiple times at the Oscars.
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15 Male Stars Who’ve Been Body Shamed, From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jason Momoa (Photos)

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15 Male Stars Who’ve Been Body Shamed, From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jason Momoa (Photos)
Sam Claflin

The “Hunger Games” star says that he feels pressure to be thin and fit just like his female colleagues. “I get really worked up to the point where I spend hours and hours in the gym and not eating for weeks to achieve what I think they’re going for,” he said in an interview with The Sunday Morning Herald.

David Harbour

The “Stranger Things” star recently recalled an audition for the role of “The Blob” in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” in which the director said he was “worried about his health” after he jokingly lifted up his shirt.

“I was like, ‘Wait a minute, dude, pause for one second,'” he added. “‘You are telling me I’m too fat to play The Blob? That’s awesome, I have to get the f– back to New York.’ That’s my audition — so I didn’t get The Blob,
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Spotlight: Unep's Celebrity Supporters

The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

Celebrity supporters

Unep has 21 known supporters, including Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Don Cheadle

Areas of work EnvironmentConservationOceans Read more about Unep's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles Don Cheadle To Star In Un Climate PSAsGisele Bundchen Becomes Un Environmental AmbassadorTeam Gisele Or Team Don: Stars Face Off For World Environment DayGisele Bundchen Wants Sustainable Energy In AfricaIan Somerhalder Joins Gisele Bundchen For World Environment Day

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28% say that ‘Kill Bill’ is 1 film since both parts were shot at the same time — But a total 39% insist it is 2 [Poll Results]

28% say that ‘Kill Bill’ is 1 film since both parts were shot at the same time — But a total 39% insist it is 2  [Poll Results]
Now that Quentin Tarantino has been cut loose from disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, he has been proclaiming that his two-part martial arts saga, “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and “Kill Bill: Volume 2.” should be considered a single four-hour film. Hey, the trailer for his fairy-tale ode to Los Angeles circa 1969, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” even says it is his ninth film, not his 10th. That’s in spite of the titles being released separately in 2003 and 2004. It was Weinstein who forced him to cut the film in two, the better to boost ticket sales receipts.

As the the whiz at violent cinematic mayhem said recently while doing publicity for his latest film the stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, “I made it as one movie and I wrote it as one movie.”

However, what do you, the ticket-buying public, believe? Most Tarantino fans — 28% to be exact — support their idol
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5 Things to Know About 10-Year-Old Julia Butters Before She Takes Over Hollywood

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We've been blessed with an abundance of highly anticipated Summer movies this year, and many of them star a fresh crop of up-and-coming actors. One young star who caught our attention? Julia Butters, the 10-year-old actress who stole the spotlight in her scenes with Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Among a cast stacked with A-listers like Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and the late Luke Perry, Julia held her own and gave one of the most memorable performances in the latest Tarantino film. Despite her young age, Julia already has an impressive number of roles under her belt, and there's no doubt she'll return to the big screen soon. And she's not just talented: she's also hardworking, stylish, and absolutely hilarious. Read on to find out more about Julia and why she should be on your radar.

Related: All the Glamorous Photos From the Once Upon a
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Aussie Bo: Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’ notches his biggest opening

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.’

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth movie Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood posted the biggest debut of his career in Australia last weekend, emulating its Us success.

The 1969-set drama/thriller starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Damon Herriman opened 68 per cent bigger than his previous best effort Django Unchained in 2012.

The downside: The Sony Pictures release sucked a lot of air from the second weekends of Universal’s Palm Beach and Transmission Films’ Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan.

The top 20 titles raked in $14.4 million, 3 per cent up on the previous frame, according to Numero. Mind Blowing Films’ Bollywood film Mission Mangal and Magnum Films’ Hong Kong thriller Line Walker 2 had buoyant launches while Universal’s A Dog’s Journey opened with neither bark nor bite, mirroring its Us fate.

The lurid tale of a TV actor (DiCaprio) who wants
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Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Has Bountiful $54M Overseas Weekend, Tops ‘Django’ In Debuts; ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Muscles In On $437M WW – International Box Office

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Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Has Bountiful $54M Overseas Weekend, Tops ‘Django’ In Debuts; ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Muscles In On $437M WW – International Box Office
Update, Writethru: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood is having some hot August nights at the international box office with $53.7M from 49 markets this session. That includes 46 new hubs where the Leonardo DiCaprio/Brad Pitt-starrer came in 30% higher than Django Unchained to log the director’s best offshore opening ever, at current rates. Added to the Qt record debut in Russia last weekend, the overseas cume on the ode to 1969 is now $66.2M for $180.5M global.

There were No. 1s in 28 markets for Hollywood this frame, led by the UK’s 5-day opening of $8.9M (+76% on Django). The Sony/Bona film is rolling out through September and is coming off a terrific world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, while strong reviews and the marquee pairing of stars and director are resonating.

Also a major pairing at the box office, the Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham-fronted
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Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Nears $200M Globally

Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Nears $200M Globally
Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is headed for a fairy tale ending at the worldwide box office.

The movie — affirming the filmmaker's enduring popularity, as well as the star power of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt — will likely end up being the second-biggest movie of Tarantino's career behind Django Unchained at the worldwide box office, not adjusted for inflation. There's also a chance it could overtake Django.

However, most box office analysts predict that Once Upon a Time will ultimately earn between $375 million and $400 million globally, surpassing Pulp Fiction ($212 million) and Inglourious Basterds ($316....
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Xavier Dolan’s Original ‘Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ Cut Was Four Hours Long

Xavier Dolan’s Original ‘Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ Cut Was Four Hours Long
Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s epic drama “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” has been sitting on the shelf, at least stateside, since its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival. Boasting Dolan’s most ambitious cast to date — including Kit Harrington, Jacob Tremblay, Natalie Portman, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton, and Susan Sarandon — “Donovan” was met with jeers at the festival, including by IndieWire’s critic Eric Kohn. In a new interview with the Globe and Mail, Dolan now says that the film originally ran a lengthy four hours long. As it stands, the film currently runs a cool two hours.

“I shot the film that I wrote, but the film that I wrote was a 160-page script that made no choices,” Dolan said. “You now want to focus on something [the editing] that I’ve been focusing on for two years and I don’t know how inspired I
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