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PADDINGTON 2: SETS ROTTEN TOMATOES RECORD AS BEST-REVIEWED MOVIE EVER

01/21/2018

Blowing the lid off the critical marmalade jar, Paddington 2 has set a new benchmark as the best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes. The little bear from darkest Peru has now notched the most consecutive Fresh reviews without a single Rotten. Directed by Paul King, the Heyday Films/Studiocanal family sequel began offshore rollout in November, and was released in North America by Warner Bros last Friday. Its worldwide box office is $163M through Thursday.

Over at aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has 167 Fresh reviews and no naysayers, overtaking Toy Story 2‘s 163 Fresh and 0 negative critiques. There’s a codicil that should be added here: in November 2017, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird surpassed Toy Story 2 on the Fresh side, but was later knocked down a percentage point by one negative review, landing it at 99% Fresh. Paddington 2 has a 100% Fresh score.

The multi BAFTA-nominated sequel sees the return of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi and Jim Broadbent, and has Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson joining the CGI bear’s adventures — he’s voiced again by Ben Whishaw. King and Simon Farnaby wrote the movie that’s based on the Michael Bond creation.

Director King tells me of the RT news, “It’s incredibly gratifying. It’s such a strange process making these films which are preposterously labor-intensive. Normally you feel a film is coming into shape fairly quickly, but when it’s semi-animated so much of it evolves over the following year and you spend so many dozens of hours in darkened rooms looking at incredibly small details. You get incredibly meticulous and controll-y over every last frame. But there’s a danger you entirely lose your mind — and there’s an extraordinary moment when your head comes above water and the first response is from critics.”

The film was finished, King says, “on a Wednesday at 11 and we screened it at about 2PM that afternoon” for critics. “It’s a strange experience and you can’t help but hope for the best for this little character and the film you’ve created. It’s very lovely they were warm and enthusiastic.”

The success is extra sweet given the bear of a situation the movie had to deal with domestically. The Weinstein Co had released the first movie and had an option on this one. In the wake of the mountain of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the North American distribution fate of Paddington 2 was ultimately resolved when Warner Bros beat out Sony, Lionsgate and Global Road to take over the movie in a bidding war that reached $30M.

In North America, P2 was somewhat soft at open. But in a crowded market it finished its first week at $16.8M with strong mid-weeks. Says WB’s Jeff Goldstein, “The key for us is the hold this coming weekend. Given the rare 100% Certified Fresh on RT as well as the A CinemaScore, we are encouraged for strong holds and a long play.”

Warner Bros took over the movie mere weeks before its release date, and has done, King says, “an amazing job.” He notes that “younger kids are probably not reading film reviews or on Twitter” and adds, “Hopefully the parents are reading reviews to children. I dream of households across America going, ‘Hey, son, listen to this metric. This is arguably the most appreciated film in history.'” More seriously, he says, “I hope it will be one of those miracle films and people spread the word. Fingers crossed it’ll be the little train that could. The good thing is that it’s not one of these $200 million behemoths that needs to take in $1 billion.”

It certainly looks to cross $200M worldwide. Currently at $163M, it’s still got Japan, Russia, Brazil, Korea and Mexico among majors to come. The current Top 5 worldwide markets are the UK ($55M), China ($31M), the U.S. ($16.8M), France ($13.7M) and Germany ($9.1M).

Source: Nancy Tartaglione, http://deadline.com/2018/01/paddington-2-rotten-tomatoes-record-best-reviewed-movie-ever-worldwide-box-office-1202263264

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RIDLEY SCOTT’S ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD RECEIVES 3 NOMINATIONS AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES

12/14/2017

Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated thriller All the Money in the World received three nominations at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.

Michelle Williams is nominated for Best Actress for her role as Gail Harris, the mother of John Paul Getty’s grandson who was kidnapped in real life. Christopher Plummer, who plays John Paul Getty in the film received his nomination for Best Supporting Actor, while legendary director Ridley Scott was nominated for Best Director.

All the Money in the World is based on the true story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) with the help of Fletcher Chace (Mark Wahlberg) to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom.

All the Money in the World releases in Middle East cinemas on February 1, 2018.

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STEVEN CAPLE JR. TO DIRECT CREED SEQUEL

12/12/2017

Director Steven Caple Jr. will helm the sequel to the 2015 Rocky spinoff hit Creed.

MGM and Warner Bros. are preparing the follow-up with Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan set to return, along with Tessa Thompson, who will reprise her roll as Bianca.

Dolph Lundgren is also expected to return and reprise his role as nemesis Ivan Drago.

Creed 2 is releasing in the Middle East this 2018.


THE BREADWINNER DOMINATES THE ANNIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

12/05/2017

The exceptional and inspiring animation film The Breadwinner dominated the nominations for the 45th Annual Annie Awards.

The Annie Awards, held is Los Angeles, California, recognizes achievements in the field of animation.

The Breadwinner garnered 10 nominations, including major catergories such as Best Animated Feature-Independent, Outstanding Achievement for Writing, Outstanding Achievement for Character Design and more.

From producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award nominated Song of the Sea, this critically-acclaimed film tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up in Afghanistan on 2001.

When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a dangerous quest to find her father and reunite her family.

The Breadwinner is releasing in cinemas soon.

Watch the inspiring trailer below.

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ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD: THE NEW TRAILER

11/30/2017

The second trailer of the upcoming action/thriller from acclaimed director Ridley Scott is out now.

Based on true events that shocked the world, All the Money in the World is based on the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty sends his enigmatic security man Fletcher Chace (Mark Wahlberg) to look after his interests, he and Gail become unlikely allies in this race against time.

There is no doubt that this film will garner several nominations this awards season, with powerful performances from Michelle Williams, Mak Wahlberg and Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer.

All the Money in the World is showing in cinemas on January 4, 2018.

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GERARD BUTLER IS OUT TO HUNT BAD GUYS IN DEN OF THIEVES

11/01/2017

Cops and robbers come face off in the action-packed trailer of Den of Thieves, starring Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O'shea Jackson Jr., and 50 Cent.

A Los Angeles crime saga in the vein of Heat, Den of Thieves follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles.

Den of Thieves is coming to Middle East cinemas on January 18, 2018.

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FIRST TRAILER: WINCHESTER: THE HOUSE THAT GHOSTS BUILT

10/26/2017

The first trailer for the upcoming horror film Winchester starring Helen Mirren is finally out.

Based on what’s considered the world’s most haunted house, Winchester features the real-life Winchester Mystery House in California, a massive 24,000-square-foot, 160-room Gothic mansion built at the direction of firearms heiress Sarah Winchester, with daily renovations that lasted for 38 years.

After the sudden death of her family, Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren) becomes convinced that she's haunted by the souls of those killed by guns. Winchester then decides to build an enormous mansion that's designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. When skeptical psychiatrist Eric Price (Jason Clarke) visits the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he soon discovers that her obsession may not be so far-fetched after all.

Winchester releases in cinemas on February 1, 2018.

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BRUCE WILLIS IS OUT FOR REVENGE IN DEATH WISH

08/06/2017

Bruce Willis is out for revenge in the first trailer for Eli Roth's remake of Death Wish.

Willis stars as Dr. Paul Kersey, an emergency room surgeon in Chicago whose wife and college-age daughter are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, he vigilantly hunts his family’s assailants to deliver justice. Meanwhile, the city wonders if he's a grim reaper or a guardian angel.

See below for more photos from the film!

Death Wish arrives in Middle East cinemas on November 30.

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