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Dec 20 2017

7 Makeup & Hairstyling Finalists.Where is _____ ?

by Nathaniel R

We can't be constrained bythe now!Yesterday the Academy announced the 7 finalists hoping to nab one of the 3 nomination spots for Best Makeup and Hairstyling butwe were too busy listing the past 35 (no 37) winnersof this category to mention it.So here we are a day late without a stitch of makeup on to share / discuss and grouse about the exclusions.Join us after the jump won't you?

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May 30 2017

Mid-Year Report: Blockbuster Bombs - Why Did They Flop?

by Séan McGovern

If 2017 is showing any consistency in audience tastes over the last few years it's that no amount of star power,budget or marketing gimmicks can force audiences to buy tickets,with news that theUS Memorial Weekend was the lowest grossing since 1999.I've been told variances of the rule that for every production budget on a bockbuster,you can expect the marketing budget to be half if not equal to that - meaning that managing to break even is still a loss.

The year is noticeable once again for some high profile box office casualties -King Arthur,Ghost in the Shell,Power Rangers,Baywatch,possiblyAlien: Covenantand the latestPirates of the Caribbean,which regardless of its #1 spot at the Box Office has a budget of $230m (!) to recoup and turn into profit.

There is plenty of speculation that the way we watch films is contributing to the losses,but how to explainStar Wars,Guardians of the Galaxyand theMarvel Universe-huge financial successes that tick many of the same boxes as the recent failures? If we like to believe that audiences are more selective or that we truly consider the reviews,then why do theTransformersfilms keep getting made?(seriously please someone explain)

Full figures (and reader speculation welcome) after the jump...

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Apr 04 2017

And the Link Goes To...

Daily MailEwan McGregor and Nicole Kidman reunite...but for an interview series,not a film
The MuseRich Juzwiak talks to Anne Hathaway aboutColossaland the very tired subject of 'Hathahaters' I've always said: their loss,she's awesome.
Deadlineomg Toni Collette has a lead role again (opposite Thomas Haden Church)
CriterionDirector Amy Heckerling (Clueless) visits the Criterion Closet.She loves Federico Fellini,the story of Billy Wilder andTokyo Story

Coming SoonDirector Sam Mendes is considering a movie based on the graphic novelMy Favorite Thing is Monstersabout a little girl trying to solve her neighbors murder
Towleroadthere's a new documentary about Heath Ledger
This is Not Pornand speaking of...polaroids from the set ofBrokeback Mountain
Hollywood Reporter4 Japanese actresses discussGhost in the Shell.This is a fun conversation but I wish they'd engaged more with the central twist of the Scarlett Johansson character because that's something I would love to hear people discuss apart from the white-washing issue.It is a separate thorny issue actually and not entirely unlikeGet Out's existential horror about race relations and bodies at odds with souls...or "ghosts"in this film's parlance.

Oscar Dates
I'm not sure why the internet treated the news that the next Oscars would be held on March 4th,亚博主页2018 as "news"today but they did.The Academy announced the date two or three years ago (they normally announce multiple dates at once).For example: in the latest press release they've added the next four Oscar ceremony dates.It's the other dates (nominations,luncheon,etcetera) that we never know until we're in the film year

Next Four Oscar Nights

  • 90th Academy Awards - March 4th,2018 (nominations on January 23rd)
  • 91st Academy Awards - February 24th,2019
  • 92nd Academy Awards - February 23rd,2020
  • 93rd Academy Awards - February 28th,2021

Off Cinema
MNPPon the subtle importance of Zachary Quinto's public romances
Varietythe Lucille Lortel nominations (Off Broadway)
Theater ManiaI've been so bored that NYC's free summer theater tradition Shakespeare in the Park has been strictly Shakespeare for a few years now.Despite the name they used to mix in non-Shakespeare stuff which made it less basic.But they get good casts.This summer:A Midsummer Night's Dreamwith two of Broadway's very best performers (Danny Burstein & Annaleigh Ashford) andJulius Caesarwith Corey Stoll,Nikki M James,Elizabeth Marvel and more
Voxinteresting piece on Sanrio's most popular character since Hello Kitty
Micnew study suggests cats like humans more than food.Great article punchline.
EWLots of online furor when Marvel VP suggests that their recent diversity push has hurt comics sales.Oh Marvel.That is not the problem.You have so many of them but that ain't it.

Apr 02 2017

Bossy Babies & Ghostly Shells at the Box Office

What did you see this weekend?

I caught the three top new titles and we'll share feelings about them over the next few days along with reactions to tonight's forthcomingFeudandBig Little Liesepisodes.So much to talk about.It's going to be a big week at The Film Experience,亚博主页so stay tuned and return often.

01The Boss Baby$49new
02Beauty & The Beast$47.5 (cum.$395.4)Review
03Ghost in the Shell$19new
04Power Rangers$14.5 (cum.$65)
05Kong Skull Island$8.8 (cum.$147.8)Review

01The Zookeeper's Wife$3.3new541 screens
02T2 Trainspotting$400K (cum.$1.1)140 screens
03The Devotion of Suspect X$330Knew43 screens
04The Last Word$212K (cum.$1.4)289 screens
05Kedi$165K (cum.$2)105 screensReview
06Personal Shopper$159K (cum.$791K)150 screensReview

That's a good start forThe Zookeeper's Wifewhich risked a nearly-wide opening despite not being "bankable"in the current ways (i.e.not being an animated comedy or franchise-oriented or effects driven).

A lot of people online have been gleeful aboutGhost in the Shell's lukewarm start (given the controversies over whitewashing Asian stories) but we're rarely gleeful about failure considering Hollywood often learns the wrong lessons from it.We would love casting to be more racially appropriate -- we've been shouting about giving Asian actors more roles forever here at TFE -- but we would also really love ambitious provocative sci-fi pictures and female-driven genre pictures to do well and knowing Hollywood they'll probably blame the failure on "too female"and "not enough action"rather than the more optimistic takeaway that the internet is pushing,i.e."people want Asian leads in Asian stories"

Nov 15 2016

YNMS: "Ghost in the Shell"

byChris Feil

Coming with a wave of whitewash casting controversy and mini teases over the past month,Ghost in the Shellfinally has a teaser trailer.The Rupert Sanders directed manga adaptation opens in March,and you can expect to hear more and more takedowns on the casting of Scarlett Johansson as an asian character before then - especially Disney screws up with their comingMulanrevamp.But will the film offer anything to draw our attention beyond the controversy,as much as we do love Johansson?

Take a look at the spooky opulent teaser below and check out our Yes No Maybe So analysisafter the jump...

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