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  1. I don't have any evidence that Vertical Entertainment is planning on releasing this wide, but I do think they'll release it in more theaters than they usually would. They have successes like Miss Juneteenth and Ava, so they probably have the ability to do it. I think the film warrants a thread.
  2. My town's AMC opened last weekend. And I looked on the website. No showings today. They're not even showing anything on the weekdays. That's just sad.
  3. This film has a 78% RT. It released in 865 theaters last weekend and only earned about $100k.
  4. The film that really got the short end of the stick was The Kid Detective. The film is a pleasant surprise of a mystery film with good reviews, but it released in over 800 theaters and only made $100K. You really can't ask audiences to see a film just because it happens to be in theaters. But it's disappointing, you know?
  5. I think out of all of the traditional distribution companies, Sony Pictures Classics is in one of the most interesting positions. In most years, they're a quieter entity in the Oscar game--though in years like 2014, they're able to appear across the board. Their 2014 was eccentric--they had Whiplash (which won three), Foxcatcher (which appeared in many important categories), Mr. Turner (which quietly amassed four tech noms), two foreign nominees (Leviathan and Wild Tales), and, of course, Still Alice (with which thet utilized the overdue narrative to propel Julianne Moore to a win). It can be argued as to whether 2014 was a strong year as a whole, but when it came to the Oscars, SPC was a huge presence. This year, SPC will have three films with huge potential: The Father, French Exit, and Nine Days. With The Father, they have Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, and Adapted Screenplay. With French Exit, they have Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges, and, again, Adapted Screenplay--not to mention all the Golden Globes noms it'll get for being one of the season's only viable comedies. Look at how they're able to allocate and consolidate: - Hopkins is the Lead Actor push - Pfeiffer is the Lead Actress push - Hedges is the Supporting Actor push - Colman is the Supporting Actress push So they basically have a performance for each acting category within the span of two films. To me, that's astounding. And then, there's Nine Days--after that trailer, I think Nine Days is an easy competitor for Original Screenplay, with Winston Duke running as a fringe (top ten) competitor for Actor. And they also have The Climb, as well as a few documentaries here and there. I'm very optimistic about Sony Pictures Classics this year, and I'm hoping that the act of releasing in theaters provides goodwill for the films themselves. I also think that SPC's spotty (yet significant) record is a glowing suggestion that nominations can be less about the campaigns themselves and more about whether elements of the film are campaignable to begin with. I love this season...
  6. I'm almost wondering if Redmayne's comments on the controversy surrounding J.K. Rowling ends up helping or hurting his chances. It could help because his responses were classy and well-worded. It could hurt because he did state that the backlash itself [against Rowling] was "disgusting"--which I get what he means, but I understand why people would be mad. This year is competitive for the category, and the comment might play a factor in his chances. But I think that if Scarlett Johansson could defend Woody Allen and still get nominated twice, Redmayne is probably okay.
  7. I think it's a Ford v. Ferrari situation. Whoever goes lead will have a tough time gaining traction in a surprisingly competitive field, much like Christian Bale did. I think Eddie Redmayne is probably the easiest to sell as a leading actor in this case. I haven't seen the film yet, but from first impressions, I'd say Redmayne has the edge for lead.
  8. With a pandemic and a huge chain closed, I'd say that's a pretty darn good Thursday. Honest Thief should cross $10M total, with $15M as a "this might give other mid-budget films enough confidence to release" threshold. The sooner random mid-budget films become minor hits, the better.
  9. I'll go out on a limb and say Dune. (I am prepared to be wrong.)
  10. @CayomMagazine New Journey Pictures Animation has greenlit a Professor Layton film for Y9. The film will be an original story titled Professor Layton and the Cursed Camera and be presented in 3D animation. Josh Cooley (Toy Story 4) has been tapped to direct. Casting news is soon to come.
  11. This op-ed is my thoughts exactly! It's basically an argument for going forward with the Oscars. https://variety.com/2020/film/awards/oscars-2021-canceling-responsibility-1234801268/amp/
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