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We’re still several hours away from Tribeca’s opening-night screening of Time is Illmatic, but the festival officially kicked-off earlier this afternoon. Co-founders Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro hosted an Opening Lunch around the corner from Tribeca headquarters, at the restaurant Thalassa on Franklin Street. Organizers, press, and the worker... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Screener
NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival kicks off in just a few brief days, this Wednesday, April 16. The showcase not only highlights an overwhelming selection of films across many, many genres and, of course, countries, but also offers an array of supplementary events. Filmmaker panel discussions, interactive selections, Q&A sessions, awards... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Screener
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Annie Baker's play The Flick, which follows the employees of a struggling movie theatre in Worcester County, MA, has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama, it was revealed earlier today. Last spring, our Doris Toumarkine reviewed the lauded production. The following article appeared online in April 2013: Saving 'The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Screener
FJI contributor Bruce Feld recalls his two encounters with movie legend Mickey Rooney, who died on April 6 at the age of 93. He holds a special place in my recollections because he is the only actor I ever interviewed who had actually made silent films. The first time I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Screener
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It was a close race, but ultimately, Captain America: The Winter Soldier took the top spot at the box office this weekend, its second in theatres. The Captain added another $41.4 million to a domestic cume that, as of last night, stands at $159 million. In terms of international business,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Screener
Mickey Rooney, the man whose 90-year career was the longest any actor has ever enjoyed in Hollywood, and whose many starring roles included turns alongside Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Judy Garland, among other industry greats, passed away Sunday. He was 93. From an accepted legend to a tireless aspirant,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Screener
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Rio 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier will both vie for the top slot at the box office this Friday-Sunday. The former is one of the weekend’s new major releases and the follow-up to the popular Rio, an animated kids’ film about a pair of endangered macaws (voiced by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Screener
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For reasons no one understands, a teenage girl, Sabina (Dasa Cupeveski), takes her own life. Her classmates exploit the tragedy to rebel against what their new German teacher, Robert Zupan, calls the “mathematical” or inflexible system of their school: the hierarchy of teachers, the pressure to perform well on tests,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Screener
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The Avengers effect was on full display this weekend as Captain America: The Winter Soldier blew its predecessor out of the water, not to mention the other films currently playing in theatres, with a $96.2 million debut. That tallies out to a 48 percent improvement over the first Captain America’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Screener
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The power of the princess movie has asserted itself in Disney's Frozen, which officially became the highest-grossing animated movie of all time earlier this week, displacing previous record-holder Toy Story 3. Incidentally, if you take the number three and double it, you will find you have just calculated the number... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Screener
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Being as it is the eastern (many would say cooler, and not just meteorologically) hub of filmmaking, New York City is ever awash with cinematic offerings. This weekend, the tide will have a distinctly smoky flavor as whisky manufacturer Bulleit Bourbon presents First Time Fest, a showcase for first-time filmmakers.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Screener
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier flies into 3,938 theatres today, by all indications readying itself for quite the stunt landing. This latest installment in the increasingly crowded Marvel cinematic universe has already broken the record for most advance tickets sold, according to Fandango. Overseas, the film has grossed more than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Screener
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Darren Aronofosky’s Noah has proven itself an unqualified success. Having bowed to $44 million domestically, Noah has already grossed more than Aronofsky’s first four films combined. It marks the most successful debut ever for a film in which Russell Crowe plays the lead role. Noah’s audience was evenly split along... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Screener
The great critic debate -- should critics write, or rather, write much more, about form? -- waged on in earnest this week. To briefly recap: Last week, music critic Ted Gioia published an invective against contemporary music journalism, decrying the lack of technological knowledge among writers more concerned with "lifestyle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Screener
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Will all the controversy and all the press awarded the controversy reap dividends at the box office this weekend? That’s the question facing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. The director’s Biblical epic (action movie? Disaster flick? Faith-based offering? The latter seems the most unlikely…) opens in 3,500 theatres today. The familiar story... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Screener
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Young-adult adaptation Divergent hit the mark this weekend with its $56 million bow. Although less than that which the first Twilight or either of the Hunger Games films earned over their opening weekends, Divergent’s debut is nonetheless strong enough to justify Summit Entertainment’s plans to move ahead with sequels Insurgent... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Screener
This week saw two big Hollywood players, Sofia Coppola and Andy Serkis, sign on to direct projects for the benefit of the little people -- kids, that is. A cult classic celebrated its 10th anniversary, we were treated to our first look at classic cartoons in 3D form, and a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Screener
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Young adult novel adaptation Divergent is tracking strong among advanced ticket sales and should easily win the weekend’s top spot. Right now, the film accounts for 80 percent of weekend sales, according to Fandango. Lionsgate/Summit is clearly hoping for another successful franchise in the vein of its Twilight and Hunger... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Screener
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Jesse Pinkman deserves better. Hollywood’s latest videogame adaptation undercut what were already modest expectations this weekend when Need for Speed failed to nab first (or second) place at the box office. Instead, the Aaron Paul-starrer earned a disappointing $17.8 million. Its debut haul secured the film third-place standing behind Mr.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Screener
Each Friday afternoon moving forward, we will compile and post a list of the week's top film stories. Between casting updates, features, breaking news and other industry highlights, we aim to provide a comprehensive mix of stand-out headlines. The following is a breakdown of those stories that piqued our interest... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Screener
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Disney is expecting modest returns in the low-to-mid $20 millions for videogame adaptation Need for Speed this weekend, but those earnings should still be enough to propel the Aaron Paul star vehicle (pun not intended, we promise) to first place. The film has received terrible reviews (23 percent on Rotten... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Screener
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300: Rise of an Empire debuted to strong numbers this weekend, even if it failed to match the boffo opening of 300. The sequel raked in $45.05 million from 3,470 locations (compared with the first film’s $70.9 million gross) and can largely thank 3D ticket sales for its high returns:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Screener
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Seven years ago, CGI sword-and-sandals epic 300 took the box office by surprise when it opened to a wonderful $70 million. The Zach Snyder film, which set the March record for best opening weekend, would go on to earn over $456 million worldwide. 300: Rise of an Empire isn’t exactly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Screener
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The question on everyone’s lips, “Who would win in a fight between Liam Neeson and Jesus?” has been settled. The country’s favorite action star KO’ed the iconic religious figure $30 million to $26.5 million at the box office this weekend. Non-Stop’s impressive opening haul exceeded the debuts of Neeson’s last... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Screener
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The Lego Movie’s successful reign at the top of the box office is poised to come to an end this weekend, as two new releases featuring high-profile men – ageless action star Liam Neeson and timeless figure of fascination Jesus Christ, played by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado – open wide.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Screener