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IFC Films snaps up Us rights to ‘Six Minutes To Midnight’ with Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard (exclusive)

IFC Films are planning an autumn theatrical release in the Us.IFC Films has added the UK-set thriller Six Minutes To Midnight starring Eddie Izzard and Judi Dench to its distribution pipeline after snapping up Us rights and plans an autumn theatrical release.Andy Goddard, who directed multiple episodes of the Downton Abbey TV series, directed from […]

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Maggie Smith: Harry Potter and Downton Abbey weren’t ‘what you’d call satisfying’

The actor has said that, while grateful for the work, ‘I didn’t really feel I was acting in those things’Dame Maggie Smith has said her work in the Harry Potter films and on Downton Abbey “wasn’t what you’d call satisfying”.The actor, 84, played schoolmistress Minerva McGonagall in the boy-wizard films and the waspish Violet Crawley […]

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‘Abominable’ #1 as the Oscar-Season ‘Judy’ Soared With $3 Million

DreamWorks Animation’s “Abominable” achieved a surprisingly easy #1 this weekend. With just under $21 million, it fell into line with cartoon features around this period. “Smallfoot” last year took in $23 million.That was enough to easily top the second weekend of “Downton Abbey.” The big-screen extension of the popular British series added $14.5 million to […]

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‘Abominable’ Puts Universal Atop the Weekend Box Office Once Again

Universal finished atop the weekend box office yet again this year with their animated adventure Abominable, while also taking second position with Focus’s Downton Abbey, now in its second weekend. Meanwhile, Roadside saw a strong performance from their release of Judy, delivering a top ten performance in moderate release, while holdovers such as Hustlers and […]

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Box Office: ‘Abominable’ Edging Out Holdover Competition for $20 Million Opening

“Abominable” is edging out its box office competition, following $5.69 million in Friday’s domestic ticket sales.If estimates hold, the DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production should take home around $20 million come Sunday — the biggest opening for an original animated film this year and only the third original film to open at No. 1 […]

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Universal’s ‘Abominable’ Ready to Freeze Out the Weekend Competition

The first animated film of the fall season, and the first in over a month, arrives this weekend in the form of Universal, DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s Abominable and it’s looking to top the weekend box office. Behind it is last weekend’s strong opener Downton Abbey, while Roadside Attractions looks to crack the top […]

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‘Downton Abbey’ Director Discusses the Realities of Crafting a 1920s Closeted Gay Romance

Romance is finally on the menu for the scheming butler Thomas Barrow (Robert James-Collier) in Julian Fellowes’ “Downton Abbey” film, a follow-up to the Emmy-winning TV series. But given the 1920s time period, his same-sex relationship won’t be without its obstacles. Director Michael Engler spoke to IndieWire about Thomas’ promising romance, and the realities the […]

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‘Downton Abbey’ Serves Up Record, $31 Million Opening for Focus Features

It was a record weekend for Focus Features that saw Downton Abbey not only top the weekend box office, but it became the studio’s largest opener ever, topping $30 million. The weekend’s fellow new releases * Ad Astra and Rambo: Last Blood * delivered on expectations and are in a neck-and-neck battle for runner-up position […]

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