Box Office Report: ‘Black Panther’ Joins Exclusive Club of All-Timers

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Here’s your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded):

1. Black Panther – $192.0 million ($192.0 million total)

2. Peter Rabbit – $17.2 million ($48.2 million total)

3. Fifty Shades Freed – $16.9 million ($76.1 million total)

4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $7.9 million ($377.6 million total)

5. The 15:17 to Paris – $7.6 million ($25.4 million total)

6. The Greatest Showman – $5.1 million ($154.4 million total)

7. Early Man – $3.1 million ($3.1 million total)

8. Maze Runner: The Death Cure – $2.5 million ($54.0 million total)

9. Winchester – $2.2 million ($21.8 million total)

10. Samson – $1.9 million ($1.9 million total)

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2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ Wins Best Film, Guillermo Del Toro Best Director

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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won Best Film at last night’s BAFTA Awards, cementing its place as the Oscar frontrunner.

The British Academy honored the movie with five awards in total, including Best Actress for Frances McDormand, Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell, and Best Original Screenplay for Martin McDonagh.

However, McDonagh lost out on the Best Director award to “Shape of Water” helmer Guillermo Del Toro.

Here’s the full list of the 2018 BAFTA Award winners:

BEST FILM

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh

DIRECTOR

GUILLERMO DEL TORO
The Shape of Water

LEADING ACTRESS

FRANCES McDORMAND
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

LEADING ACTOR

GARY OLDMAN
Darkest Hour

CINEMATOGRAPHY

BLADE RUNNER 2049
Roger Deakins

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Martin McDonagh

SOUND

DUNKIRK
Alex Gibson, Richard King, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

ALLISON JANNEY
I, Tonya

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

I AM NOT A WITCH
Rungano Nyoni (Writer/Director), Emily Morgan (Producer)

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

BLADE RUNNER 2049
Richard R. Hoover, Paul Lambert, Gerd Nefzer, John Nelson

PRODUCTION DESIGN

THE SHAPE OF WATER
Paul Austerberry, Jeff Melvin, Shane Vieau

SUPPORTING ACTOR

SAM ROCKWELL
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
James Ivory

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

THE HANDMAIDEN
Park Chan-wook, Syd Lim

BRITISH SHORT FILM

COWBOY DAVE
Colin O’Toole, Jonas Mortense

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

POLES APART
Paloma Baeza, Ser En Low

DOCUMENTARY

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
Raoul Peck

EDITING

BABY DRIVER
Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

ANIMATED FILM

COCO
Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson

COSTUME DESIGN

PHANTOM THREAD
Mark Bridges

MAKE UP & HAIR

DARKEST HOUR
David Malinowski, Ivana Primorac, Lucy Sibbick, Kazuhiro Tsuji

ORIGINAL MUSIC

THE SHAPE OF WATER
Alexandre Desplat

EE RISING STAR AWARD
(Voted for by the public)

DANIEL KALUUYA

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA

Jon Wardle, National Film and Television School

Did Chris Evans Just Confirm a Black Widow Movie?

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Fans clamoring for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow to get her own movie may be in luck. “Avengers: Infinity War” co-star Chris Evans seemingly let the news slip that Marvel is developing a Black Widow spinoff movie.

Evans recently spoke to ET Canada about the massive success of “Black Panther,” saying “There’s nothing [Marvel Studios] can’t do, man. And I’m sure it’s going to have the exact same effect when “Captain Marvel” comes out, and then the Black Widow movie comes out. Marvel just has the winning recipe.”

That would seem to suggest that Marvel is actively moving forward with a Black Widow movie in the aftermath of 2019’s “Avengers 4.” Marvel currently has three unspecified films scheduled for release in 2020, one of which is expected to be “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” Will Black Widow claim one of the other dates?

It’s possible that Evans is merely assuming, as many fans are, that Black Widow is next in line for a solo spinoff. However, this gels with a recent report that a Black Widow movie is in the early stages of development and has hired Jac Schaeffer to pen the screenplay.

We’ll next see Johansson’s Widow and Evans’ Captain America when “Avengers: Infinity War” hits theaters on May 4.

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What’s New on TV, Netflix, Digital & DVD/Blu-ray This Week: February 19-25

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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what’s new on Netflix and TV, we’ve got you covered.

New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital

“Thor: Ragnarok”
“Yes!” Our Avengers friends from work are ready to entertain you at home on Digital HD starting Tuesday, February 20, and then on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 6.

Bonus features exclusive to the digital release include “Evolution of Thor and Hulk’s Bromance” and additional deleted scenes. The Blu-ray comes with heaps more extras, including a “Director’s Introduction,” a gag reel, deleted/extended scenes, and more hilarious shorts with Thor’s Australian roommate, Darryl.

“Murder on the Orient Express”
Whodunnit? Find out as Kenneth Branagh gathers an all-star cast to adapt this classic Agatha Christie novel (again). Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, and Leslie Odom, Jr. co-star in the mystery, which is out on Digital and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 20, and Blu-ray/DVD/4K on Feb. 27. There are several behind-the-scenes features, including an alternate opening, deleted scenes with commentary, and a lot more.

Check out this exclusive clip from the bonus features, focusing on director/star Kenneth Branagh as detective Hercule Poirot:“Neat: The Story of Bourbon”
Find out everything you ever wanted to know about bourbon in this fascinating documentary, which is available on EST and VOD on February 20.

Here is the summary: “‘Neat’ dives into the rich and storied world of bourbon. Exploring its colorful history, charismatic characters, and uniquely American process, the film is a celebration of the artistry that makes America’s only native spirit.”

Check out this exclusive clip explaining the ABCs of bourbon:“The Cured”
Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and Paula Malcomson star in this horror thriller in theaters and available on VOD this Friday, Feb. 23.

Here is the plot summary: “In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart?”

“Beast of Burden”
Daniel Radcliffe, Pablo Schreiber, Grace Gummer, Robert Wisdom star in this action thriller in theaters and on Digital HD/On Demand February 23.

“Pilot Sean Haggerty (Daniel Radcliffe) must deliver cocaine across the US-Mexico border for his final run as a drug smuggler. Alone in a small plane, he is faced with the burden of choosing between his allegiance to the Cartel, his deal with the Drug Enforcement Administration and saving his increasingly tense relationship with his wife, eagerly awaiting his return.”

New on DVD and Blu-ray

“Daddy’s Home 2”
Mel Gibson plays Kurt, Mark Wahlberg plays Dusty, Will Ferrell plays Brad and John Lithgow plays Don in Daddy's Home 2 from Paramount Pictures.Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell’s co-parenting comedy adds two more A-list dads in Mel Gibson and John Lithgow for this sequel out February 20 on 4K Ultra HD, DVD and Blu-ray.

The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack include more than 45 minutes of behind-the-scenes bonus content, including five featurettes, deleted/ extended/alternate scenes, and a gag reel.

“The Star”
Follow the adventures of brave donkey Bo (voiced by Steven Yeun) as he and some new friends follow a star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told. “The Star” — featuring an all-star vocal cast from Oprah and Kelly Clarkson to Kristin Chenoweth and Christopher Plummer — arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on February 20.

The release comes with more than an hour of bonus materials including the “Star-aoke: Sing Along with Bo & Friends,” a dance along to “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World, crafting and baking with “how-to” videos, and a lot more.

“The Florida Project”
Willem Dafoe earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in this indie drama, which co-stars Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite in breakout roles. The movie arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on February 20, including bloopers and outtakes, cast and crew interviews, and the featurette “Under the Rainbow: Making The Florida Project.”

New on Netflix

“Mute” (Netflix Original)
Netflix’s many great February releases continue with this original film from visionary director Duncan Jones, starring Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux. (Fun fact: “Mute” is set in the same universe as Duncan Jones’ “Moon” with Sam Rockwell, and includes some Easter eggs.) Stream “Mute” on Netflix this Friday, February 23. Here is what the much-anticipated movie is about: “Welcome to Berlin 2052 — where dreams come true and man comes undone. In a Berlin of the future, a mute bartender’s search for his missing lady-love takes him deeper and deeper into the city’s criminal underbelly.” “Seven Seconds” Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Regina King stars in this Netflix series premiering February 23.

“How far will you go for justice? Tensions run high in Jersey City after a white police officer accidentally hits and critically injures a black teenager.”“FullMetal Alchemist” (Netflix Original)
This live-action film adapting the popular manga and anime series has done very well in Japan, and it’s coming to Netflix on February 19. “Fullmetal Alchemist” follows two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who learn alchemy in order to bring back their deceased mother.

According to Comicbook: “After a terrible miscalculation, however, the two brothers pay a terrible price with Alphonse even losing his body and linking his soul to a suit of armor. As the two boys search for an alchemy that will restore their bodies to their original forms, they join the military and deal with a whole host of new political, ethical, and moral issues.”“The Frankenstein Chronicles” Season 1 and Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Netflix picked up Sean Bean’s popular British period crime drama series, and will stream both seasons starting February 20. In this re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Bean plays an 1830s London War veteran Inspector John Marlott. In the six-episode first season, Marlott discovers a crude assembly of body parts in a grotesque parody of a human form.

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TV Worth Watching

“The Walking Dead” Season 8 Midseason Premiere (Sunday on AMC at 9 p.m.)It’s time to say goodbye to Carl Grimes. TWD Season 8 returns February 25 with a supersized episode continuing the All Out War between Rick and Negan, but centered around Rick’s bitten son, Carl.

“Ash vs. Evil Dead” Season 3 (Sunday on Starz at 9 p.m.)
If you’re interested in a different type of horror, why not switch over to Starz for the new season of Bruce Campbell’s series. In the Season 3 premiere, demon-hunter Ash returns to action when mankind is threatened by a Deadite plague.

“Celebrity Big Brother” Finale (Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m.)
This season was too short! Our favorite love-to-hate summer series finally launched a celebrity edition, but only for a couple of weeks. The drama is already ending with Episode 13, airing February 25 from 8 to 10 p.m. Could Omarosa somehow win it all?

“Frontline’s Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia” (Tuesday on PBS at 9 p.m.)
Feed your brain with some reality alongside the reality TV. On February 20 and 27, “Frontline” will premiere this three-hour, two-night deep-dive special, which “paints American television’s most comprehensive picture of the dangerous political rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia that has reshaped the Middle East and plunged the region into war.”

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