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'Jungle Book' rules the box office again | Fox News

Disney's "The Jungle Book" trounced a handful of underperforming new releases to rule the box office for a third consecutive week, while next week's certain champ, "Captain America: Civil War," began setting records overseas.

Jon Favreau's live-action Rudyard Kipling adaptation earned $42.4 million in its third week at North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday. One of the year's biggest hits, "The Jungle Book" has now totaled $684.8 million globally.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Vs. ‘Batman V Superman’

Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters on May 6, 2016, and so far critics are loving it. Coming on the heels of the critically panned Batman v Superman, it’s difficult not to compare two of the year’s biggest films. Its important to look at this aspect because as much as studio executives hate to admit it, Hollywood’s superhero genre is a race between Marvel and DC, with Marvel being the clear front runner.

The Zack Synder-directed Batman v Superman has made over $850 million dollars worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. Normally, this would be considered a financial win for any film, but for this movie that isn’t necessarily the case. The film surprisingly underperformed in China — earning $70 million — a sum that is well under the $155 million earned by Avengers: Age of Ultron. So the evidence shows, as the Daily Beast reports.

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6 Things Justice League Needs To Do Better Than Batman V Superman - CINEMABLEND

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been in theaters for nearly two weeks, but talk hasn’t died down about it. While a sizable chunk of comic book fans and some moviegoers like the second DCEU installment, the movie has earned more negative reviews than positive ones. Although Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman are the next DC movies coming up, Justice League: Part One begins production next week, with Zack Snyder directing again. This Justice League movie is essentially the direct follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which means there’s a lot the November 2017 flick can learn from it.

Justice League: Part One is without a doubt DC’s biggest movie yet, which means there’s a lot riding on it succeeding. Mixed reviews aren’t going to cut it anymore. It needs to be spectacular if the current slate of DC movies is going to remain unchanged. To help out, these are the suggestions we have on how Justice League: Part One can improve from its predecessor, from tonal adjustments to how the heroes should interact. 

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Date announced, accepting submissions, for Halloweenapalooza 2016: Iowa’s only horror movie film festival

OTTUMWA, Iowa - Prescribed Films, an independent film group based out of Ottumwa, Iowa, presents Halloweenapalooza 2016, their seventh annual horror film festival and celebration. Halloweenapalooza is Iowa’s only horror film showcase--created by horror filmmakers for horror fans. The event will be held on Oct. 1 at the historic and haunted Hotel Ottumwa. In addition to the film festival, the event will feature vendors, celebrity appearances, zombie walk, costume contests, live music, showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and much more.

 

Submissions for short and feature films are now being accepted until Aug. 20 at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/halloweenapalooza. Tickets, including special VIP packages, are on sale now at http://halloweenapalooza.ticketleap.com. More information will be added as it becomes available at http://halloweenapalooza.prescribedfilms.com.


The Daily Wire presents a live, staged reenactment of Michael Brown shooting using actual testimony from Ferguson grand jury

 FERGUSON 


 
"Verbatim drama, at its best, is aesthetically indistinguishable from high art."
 — Michael Billington, The Guardian
 
LOS ANGELES (March 30, 2016) —  The controversial shooting of Michael Brown is to be reenacted on the screen for the first time in FERGUSON, the filming of a play based on actual grand jury witness testimony. 
 
Written by journalist and documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer and carried exclusively on The Daily WireFERGUSON represents the first filmed dramatization of the controversial shooting that prompted public outcry and riots. The shooting gave rise to the Black Lives Matter campaign with protestors claiming that white police officer Darren Wilson shot black teenager Brown as he was surrendering with his hands up. 



FERGUSON is the filming of a staged reading of the play of the same name that caused enormous controversy when it opened in Los Angeles last year. Nine of the 13 actors walked out when they discovered that the Grand Jury testimony did not match their understanding of what had happened.
 
Ferguson on filmFERGUSON the play was “verbatim” theater, which is defined as “a play constructed from the precise words spoken by people interviewed about a particular event or topic.” In FERGUSON, the script consists of unaltered witness testimony, exactly as the Ferguson grand jury heard it. The actors complained that the testimony makes it clear that the jury was correct in not indicting Wilson and that Wilson had no choice but to shoot Brown.
 
Now The Daily Wire is bringing the truth of what happened that day to the screen and offering it free online. Directed by veteran actor and director Basil Hoffman, FERGUSON is a riveting minute-by-minute countdown to the last seconds of Michael Browns life as told by multiple witnesses with multiple viewpoints. It also features evidence from forensic experts and medical examiners.
 
“I want to bring the truth about what happened that day to a wide audience,” said McAleer, a veteran journalist and filmmaker. “I think they will be very surprised, even shocked, when they hear the clear and unaltered truth about the events that took place on Aug. 9, 2014. There are a lot of myths and half-truths circulating about the shooting. FERGUSON is a chance to dispel these once and for all.”


 Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire said: “FERGUSON was acclaimed by critics and drove national dialogue about what really happened the day Michael Brown died. It’s a mythbusting work of importance, and we couldn’t be prouder to bring it to the broader public for the first time.”
 
The left leaning LA Weekly said Ferguson was "divisive, but riveting" and "an incendiary night of theatre". The play was covered by a huge range of media outlets including NPR, The Hollywood Reporter and Rush Limbaugh.
 
Concludes McAleer, who covered numerous crime scenes and court cases while reporting on the troubles in Northern Ireland for The Irish News and UK Sunday Times, “I’ve always been fascinated with the truth and with reexamining facts once the controversy and grief have abated. That is what I want to bring to the audience with FERGUSON.”


 
McAleer is also a producer and director of documentaries, including FrackNation, about fracking (“meticulously researched...provocative” — The New York Times; “briskly paced... [a] mischievous pic.” — Variety); Not Evil Just Wrong, examining the devastating consequences of global warming hysteria; and Mine Your Own Business, exploring campaigns by foreign environmentalists against large scale mining projects in the developing world, which the UK Guardian described as “A Michael Moore-style documentary [that] casts the green movement as the influential villain of a worldwide campaign to block development and deny people the chance of jobs and a decent life.” 

He is currently producing Gosnell, a feature film about Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, whom ABC News described as “America’s biggest serial killer.” As a foreign correspondent with the Financial Times and The Economist, McAleer covered the post communist chaos in Eastern Europe, and he is a regular columnist for the New York Post. He has appeared on BBC, CNN and Fox News, among others.

The provocative nature of McAleer’s projects make traditional financing difficult. With FrackNation, McAleer bypassed traditional funding methods and instead turned to Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website. It was one of the most successful documentary campaigns in Kickstarter history: in just 60 days, 3,305 backers donated $212,265. His Indiegogo campaign for Gosnell was the site’s most successful ever, with over 26,500 people contributing $2.25 million in 45 days. FERGUSON is also being financed through crowdfunding. For more information, or to make a contribution, go to FergusonThePlay.com. 




What to Know Before You See Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | TIME

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is shaping up to be the biggest movie of 2016 so far. Director Zack Snyder’s pairing of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, due out March 25, promises to be instant box office gratification while whetting fans’ appetites for upcoming DC superhero flicks like Wonder Woman and Justice League. Here’s everything to know before you watch—save for what actually happens in the movie.

It’s a follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel. Snyder directed Henry Cavill in the Superman origin story, many of whose stars—Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne—reprise their roles in Batman v Superman. The new flick begins where that one left off, so those who have seen Man of Steel will be best equipped to follow the action from the get-go, though it’s not an absolute prerequisite.

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Trailer Remixes Coldplay’s ‘Don’t Panic’ « Radio.com

Those of us who enjoyed Coldplay‘s “Don’t Panic” back in the early 2000s might not have foreseen the day when it would feature in an ominous, apocalyptic movie trailer. That day has come! The trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse hinges on a dramatic remix of the song for maximum blockbuster effect. Remember Beyoncé’s vamped-up version of “Crazy In Love” from the 50 Shades of Grey trailer? It’s like that.

Related: First X-Men Trailer Features Song That Sounds like Lorde, But Isn’t

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The trailer also features Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and the other X-Men battling forces of destruction.

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Disney Announces Fifth 'Indiana Jones' Movie - Hollywood Reporter

The tentpole will hit theaters in summer 2019.

Indiana Jones is swinging back into theaters.

Steven Spielberg will direct Harrison Ford in the untitled fifth installment in the action-adventure franchise, which will open July 19, 2019, Disney announced Tuesday.

“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Disney chairman Alan Horn. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”

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Three reasons why 'Spotlight' walked away with the Oscar for best picture - LA Times

It was a year of two films. Until it wasn't.

It was a year of small but well-placed surprises, right up to the end.

It was the year "Spotlight," the third film on everyone's list of top three finishers, came from behind and walked off with the best picture trophy.

An impeccable ensemble picture that polished classic Hollywood virtues to a splendid shine, “Spotlight” won the first Oscar of the night, for original screenplay, and then had to wait three-plus hours for another trip to the stage.

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