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Veteran Executive Steve Beeks Departing From Lionsgate

Steve Beeks is departing his posts as Lionsgate co-chief operating office and Motion Picture Group co-president at the end of the year.

The 20-year veteran of Lionsgate and its predecessor companies made the announcement Monday. He will transition to a consulting role as he prepares to embark on unspecified entrepreneurial opportunities.

Beeks has headed business and strategic initiatives for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group since being named to the post as co-president in 2012. Erik Feig will remain as president while Brian Goldsmith remains chief operating officer.

During the past five years, Lionsgate’s film slate has grossed nearly $10 billion at the global box office, led by “La La Land,” and the “Hunger Games” franchise. Its most recent title is family drama “Wonder,” which has topped the $100 million mark in less than three weeks.

Beeks also helped orchestrate the recent renewals of theatrical distribution agreements with StudioCanal and CBS Films, and he has overseen the continued growth of [link
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Why Jacob Tremblay Shouldn't Have Been Cast in Wonder

Author-turned-filmmaker Stephen Chbosky is no stranger to bringing us heartwarming movies, having written the screenplay for Beauty and the Beast and written and directed Perks of Being a Wallflower. But it's his latest movie, Wonder, that might tug at your heartstrings the hardest. Based on a true story, Wonder is the tear-jerking tale of a young boy named August "Auggie" Pullman. Born with a craniofacial condition, which affects how the face and skull form and grow, Auggie undergoes multiple surgeries as a child to be able to breathe, talk, and look as normal as possible. Despite this, he does have noticeable facial disfigurements that make him stand out from other children. Upon entering the fifth grade at his first real school, both he and his parents are terrified. Children at school run from him and treat him like a monster, but Auggie perseveres. He teaches all of the children, adults,
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Box Office: ‘Coco’ Wins as ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Waits in the Wings

Box Office: ‘Coco’ Wins as ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Waits in the Wings
With anticipation building for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Disney-Pixar’s animated comedy “Coco” handily won its third straight crown at a moderate North American box office with $18.3 million at 3,748 sites.

“Coco” joined “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” “Fate of the Furious” and “Split” as 2017 titles to top the domestic box office for three weekends in a row. The major studios have held off on any new openings since the Thanksgiving holiday but that changes on the evening of Dec. 14 when previews start for Disney-Lucasfilm’s “The Last Jedi” amid expectations of an opening weekend in the $200 million range.

“Coco,” a colorful celebration of Mexico’s Day of the Dead, showed impressive holding power with a 33% decline from its second weekend to lift its 19-day total to $135.5 million. It’s performed similarly to Disney’s animated “Moana,” which opened at the same time last year and had totaled $144.7 million after three weekends.

There was a single
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Mel Brooks, Christopher Lloyd and Jacob Tremblay join untitled animated project

Lani Pixels has announced that Mel Brooks (The Producers), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Jacob Tremblay (Wonder) and Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live) have signed on to lend their voices to an as-yet-untitled animated feature, which marks the directorial debut of Kim Pagel.

Variety reports that the project “follows a brother and sister as they attempt to rescue their grandfather from supernatural forces that have invaded his isolated island. Guided by a charming Irish rogue, the siblings end up on a dangerous journey filled with magic and mystery.”

“It is an honor to be working with such a talented and dynamic cast on this project,” said Kim Pagel. “While this has been a passion project for many years, the themes of family unity and courage in the face of adversity are particularly important these days.”

“When we founded Lani Pixels it was our dream to tell exceptional stories and
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Box Office: ‘Coco’ Wins Pre-‘Star Wars’ Weekend With $19 Million

Box Office: ‘Coco’ Wins Pre-‘Star Wars’ Weekend With $19 Million
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” is set to win the box office for the third weekend in a row with $19 million at 3,748 sites, ahead of the release of Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” next weekend.

This and the previous weekend have seen studios hold off from any major wide releases. The latest “Star Wars” installment is expected to dominate when it opens on Dec. 15.

Shuttered production company Broad Green Pictures is launching its last film, however: “Just Getting Started,” starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rene Russo, is heading towards a meager $4 million at 2,146 locations. Broad Green is closing its doors after three years of mostly unsuccessful films. Freeman stars as the freewheeling manager of a luxury Palm Springs resort, whose status as the alpha male is challenged by the arrival of Jones’ character, a charming ex-military man.

Receiving a platform launch this weekend is Neon’s dark comedy “I, Tonya,” which
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Box Office: ‘Coco’ to Dominate Slow Pre-‘Star Wars’ Weekend

Box Office: ‘Coco’ to Dominate Slow Pre-‘Star Wars’ Weekend
Ahead of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Disney-Pixar’s animated comedy “Coco” is looking to dominate the North American box office with about $18 million at 3,748 sites, early estimates showed Friday.

It’s the third straight winning weekend for “Coco” at the domestic box office, which has seen major studios opt to hold off on any new releases for two weeks instead of offering wide openings. Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is expected to dominate when it opens on Dec. 15.

The weekend will see one wide opening as Broad Green Pictures launches its last movie with the action-comedy “Just Getting Started” debuting in 2,146 locations. The film, starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rene Russo, is tracking to gross an unimpressive $4 million this weekend. Also starring are Jane Seymour, George Wallace, Joe Pantoliano, Glenne Headly, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Graham Beckel, and Elizabeth Ashley.

Broad Green closed down production in August after three years of mostly
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Courtney B. Vance cast alongside Julia Roberts in Ben is Back

Emmy Award winner Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story) has signed on to star in Ben is Back, the new film from Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Dan In Real Life).

Vance joins the previously announced Julia Roberts (Wonder), Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea) and Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird) in the project, which has just started shooting in New York City.

The film will follow “the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall.”

Vance, who will soon be seen in the TV movie Civil
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Jacob Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd, Kenan Thompson Join Voice Cast of Lani Pixels Movie

Jacob Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd, Kenan Thompson Join Voice Cast of Lani Pixels Movie
Lani Pixels has signed Jacob Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd, Kenan Thompson, and Mel Brooks as the voice cast in an untitled 3D animated feature directed by Kim Pagel.

Thomas Pagel, who co-founded Lani Pixels with Kim Pagel, is producing with Jason Mirch co-producing. Verité Entertainment’s René Veilleux and Donald Roman Lopez are associate producing.

The movie follows a brother and sister as they attempt to rescue their grandfather from supernatural forces that have invaded his isolated island. Guided by a charming Irish rogue, the siblings end up on a dangerous journey filled with magic and mystery. Production and additional casting are currently underway.

“It is an honor to be working with such a talented and dynamic cast on this project,” said Kim Pagel. “While this has been a passion project for many years, the themes of family unity and courage in the face of adversity are particularly important these days.”

Tremblay is starring
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Critics’ Choice Awards: Wonder Woman And Logan Nominated For Best Action Movie

Guillermo del Toro’s wondrous Cold War fairytale The Shape of Water may have dominated this morning’s Critics’ Choice Awards nominations (14!), but the Broadcast Film Critics Association still showed some love to two of 2017’s superhero gems: Logan and Wonder Woman.

Both were named alongside Thor: Ragnarok in the category of Best Action Movie, while Chris McKay’s (Nightwing) Lego Batman Movie scored a nomination for Best Animated feature. Unsurprisingly, Ragnarok and Wonder Woman made the cut for Best Visual Effects – Chris Hemsworth even got a nod for Best Actor in a Comedy – but perhaps most exciting of all, Dafne Keen (X-23) and Patrick Stewart received nominations for their powerful performances in Logan.

The latter is up against Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me by Your Name
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‘Coco’ Heading for Third Consecutive U.S. Box Office Victory

‘Coco’ Heading for Third Consecutive U.S. Box Office Victory
Disney-Pixar’s animated comedy “Coco” is heading for a third straight winning weekend at the North American box office during what’s expected to be a moderate frame.

For the second weekend in a row, major studios have opted to rely on holdovers during the session instead of offering any wide openings. Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is expected to dominate when it opens on Dec. 15.

The weekend will see one wide opening as Broad Green Pictures launches its last movie with the action-comedy “Just Getting Started” debuting in 2,146 locations. The film, starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rene Russo, is tracking to gross around $5 million this weekend. Also starring are Jane Seymour, George Wallace, Joe Pantoliano, Glenne Headly, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Graham Beckel, and Elizabeth Ashley.

Broad Green announced in August that it was closing down production after three years of mostly disappointing box office performance. Its first major release,
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Mandeville Films Immersed in a World of ‘Wonder’

Mandeville Films Immersed in a World of ‘Wonder’
Even with all the talk of diversity/inclusion, Hollywood still overlooks people with disabilities, but 2017 offers reasons for hope — both on the awards front and at the box office.

In the Oscar race are such films as “Downsizing,” “Logan,” “The Shape of Water” and “Wonderstruck” as well as “Wonder,” starring Julia Roberts, and “Stronger” with Jake Gyllenhaal. All feature strong depictions of people with disabilities, or PWDs.

The latter two contenders were produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films. Last month, “Wonder” surpassed B.O. expectations with a $27.5 million opening weekend and it has now passed $100 million. The Lionsgate release centers on a boy with facial differences (Jacob Tremblay); “Stronger” is about the real-life adjustments of Jeff Bauman after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Lieberman and Hoberman say it wasn’t a game plan to release three films about outsiders in one year — they also produced the year’s biggest earner, “Beauty and the Beast” — but
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Box Office: ‘Coco’ Repeats as Box Office Winner With $26.1 Million

Box Office: ‘Coco’ Repeats as Box Office Winner With $26.1 Million
Disney-Pixar’s animated comedy “Coco” easily repeated as the winner of the North American box office with a solid $26.1 million at 3,987 locations during a moderate weekend.

The third weekend of Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s “Justice League” finished second with $16.6 million at 3,820 sites, with the superhero tentpole dropping 60%.

Lionsgate’s “Wonder” continued to perform well with $12.5 million at 3,449 venues to come in third followed by Disney-Marvel’s fifth frame of “Thor: Ragnarok” with $9.7 million at 3,148 sites, the fourth weekend of Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home 2” with $7 million at 3,403 venues and Fox’s fourth weekend of “Murder on the Orient Express” with $6.7 million at 3,201 screens.

Awards contenders “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” tied for seventh place with $4.5 million each. A24’s “Lady Bird” expanded by 403 sites to 1,194 and Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards” doubled its run to 1,430 screens.

Sony’s third weekend of faith-based animated drama-comedy “The Star” finished ninth with $4 million at 2,822 locations
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Box Office: ‘Coco’ Dominates in Its Second Weekend With $28 Million

Box Office: ‘Coco’ Dominates in Its Second Weekend With $28 Million
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” is set to win the first December weekend with an estimated $28 million in its second weekend at 3,987 domestic locations, a little under double the third frame of “Justice League’s” take at $16 million.

The third weekend of Lionsgate’s “Wonder” is on track to come in third, behind Warner Bros.’ latest DC installment, with $13 million. Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” is doing well in its fifth weekend, taking in $9 million to slot into fourth place, and the fourth weekend of holiday film “Daddy’s Home 2” is heading towards about $7 million, making it fifth.

The major studios are relying on holdover business this weekend and the next before the Dec. 15 launch of Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Three potential awards season contenders had their platform releases as Amazon opened Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” in five locations; A24’s “The Disaster Artist,” starring and directed by James Franco, launched in 19 sites
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‘Coco’ to Easily Top Box Office as ‘Justice League’ Battles ‘Wonder’ for Second Place

‘Coco’ to Easily Top Box Office as ‘Justice League’ Battles ‘Wonder’ for Second Place
Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” will easily win the first December weekend in the $23 million range in its second frame at 3,987 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.

The third weekend of Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s “Justice League” and the second session of Lionsgate’s “Wonder” are on a tight battle for second with about $15 million each. The fifth weekend of Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” will finish fourth with about $10 million, followed by the fourth weekend of Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home 2” with about $8 million and the fourth weekend of Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express” with about $7 million.

The major studios are relying on holdover business this weekend and next before the Dec. 15 launch of Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” There are also a trio of platform releases as Amazon opens Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” in five locations; A24’s “The Disaster Artist,” starring and directed by James Franco, launches in 19 sites
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Movie Review – Wonder (2017)

Wonder, 2017.

Directed by Stephen Chbosky.

Starring Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabel Vidovic, Noah Jupe, Danielle Rose Russell, Nadji Jeter, Millie Davis, Sonia Braga, Emma Tremblay, Ali Liebert, Daveed Diggs, Crystal Lowe, and Mandy Patinkin.

Synopsis:

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Throw out all your inhibitions and your cynicism because Wonder is a tough film to dislike. So full of heart and so without an ounce of misanthropy, Stephen Chbosky has woven a tale rich and ripe in compassion. It’s unabashedly saccharin and heartwarming, enough to make even the hardest of folks beam through tears.

Jacob Tremblay (of Room fame) stars as August “Auggie” Pullman, a 10-year-old boy with severe facial deformities. Refuge is found watching Star Wars
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How ‘Wonder’ Will Become the $150 Million Hit of the Christmas Box Office

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How ‘Wonder’ Will Become the $150 Million Hit of the Christmas Box Office
Lionsgate’s “Wonder” made third place look sexy over Thanksgiving. After doubling predictions with $27.5 million on its opening weekend, it fell less than 18 percent on its second weekend— compared to the 56 percent drop for “Justice League” and 29 percent for “The Star,” the other two films that opened November 17. With $73 million domestic as of November 29, “Wonder” is fast approaching profit on a $20 million production budget.

In some key aspects, “Wonder” resembles “The Blind Side.” Both are based on feel-good best sellers (“Wonder” a novel, “The Blind Side” nonfiction) about young people who overcome school-year odds with the help of dedicated parental figures. Both films opened the weekend before Thanksgiving as counter-programming against a blockbuster (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” then, “Justice League” here).

Read More:‘Wonder’ Review: Jacob Tremblay Faces Middle School In this Emotionally Generous Family Drama

For a small family film, the date was a risk. While it could
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Owen Wilson interview: Wonder, art in movies

Ben Mortimer Nov 30, 2017

Owen Wilson chats to us about Wonder, art, writing and more...

Wonder. It started life as an extraordinary book from R J Palacio, and it's now been turned into a hugely impressive film as well. Already a hit in the Us, the movie stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. And on the UK press tour for the movie, Wilson spared us some time to talk about the film...

[As I enter, I notice that Wilson is reading a book about Van Gogh. I make a comment about this just as I’m setting my Dictaphone to record]

Yeah, I just picked it up off the nightstand. But I’ve been there, to the museum in Amsterdam. Do you have a favourite Van Gogh painting?

Not particularly, Van Gogh. I’m more of a Dali fan.

Very trippy.

Have you been to any of the galleries in London while you’ve been here?

I went to go see the Basquiat show, over at the Barbican.

There was a good documentary on Basquiat recently.

My friend, [art dealer] Tony Shafrazi,
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Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones Up For ‘The Aeronauts’

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are in talks for The Aeronauts for Amazon Studios. The project will reunite the two actors following their success on The Theory Of Everything a couple of years back, a film which won Redmayne the Best Actor award and saw Jones nominated also.

Deadline reports the news of the new project.

The Aeronauts is a period action adventure based on true events about two 19th century hot air balloonists that would be directed and produced by Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders, War & Peace). Jones would play balloon pilot Amelia Wren and Redmayne would be scientist James Glaisher. In 1862, they embarked on an extraordinary journey to discover the secrets of the heavens. In the process, they fly higher in an open balloon than anyone ever has – either before or since. They make breathtaking discoveries, but as they ascend to the highest reaches of the atmosphere, they are
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Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne in Talks to Reteam for 'The Aeronauts' at Amazon

Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne in Talks to Reteam for 'The Aeronauts' at Amazon
Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, who starred together in The Theory of Everything, are in talks to reteam for Amazon Studios' The Aeronauts, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The period film from Tom Harper centers on the adventures of two real-life 19th century hot air balloonists, pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher.

Jack Thorne wrote the feature that will be produced by Mandeville FilmsTodd Lieberman and David Hoberman, who worked with Thorne on the recently released family film Wonder. Harper will also produce.

The project is set to shoot in the spring in London.

Redmayne, who won an Oscar for his...
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Second Opinion – Wonder (2017)

Wonder, 2017.

Directed by Stephen Chbosky.

Starring Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabel Vidovic, Noah Jupe, Danielle Rose Russell, Nadji Jeter, Millie Davis, Sonia Braga, Emma Tremblay, Ali Liebert, Daveed Diggs, Crystal Lowe, and Mandy Patinkin.

Synopsis:

Ten year old Auggie Pulman was born with a genetic condition leaving him with extensive facial scarring. Previously home schooled by his mother, it’s time for him to join the other children in fifth grade. It’s a challenge for him, for his parents and for everybody else in the school.

Remember Rocky Dennis? He was the teenager with a skull deformity at the centre of Mask (1985) whose mother was determined he should lead as full a life as possible. Fast forward to now and a pre-pubescent version, August Pulman, known to everybody as Auggie (Jacob Tremblay). Like his cinematic predecessor, he looks different, but this time because of a genetic condition:
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