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Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Licorice Pizza’ Lands Pandemic-Best Debut at Indie Box Office

Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza” has secured the best pandemic-era debut at the independent box office.With speciality offerings like “Licorice Pizza,” the key metric is per-theater-average rather than overall box office tally since its playing in very few locations. From only four theaters in the country — two in New York and two in Los […]

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Daily Podcast: Mini-Water Cooler: The Deep, No Way Out, Rent, Fan Fiction, And More

On the November 23, 2021 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by senior news editor Jacob Hall to talk about what they’ve been up to at the virtual water cooler.Opening Banter:At The Water Cooler:What we’ve been Doing:Jacob went on vacation, and he bought a Kindle.What we’ve been Reading:Jacob read The […]

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The French Dispatch Set Decorator Rena DeAngelo Had A Wes Anderson-Like Adventure In France [Interview]

For the first time in her career, set decorator Rena DeAngelo has stepped into the world of Wes Anderson. DeAngelo, who previously earned an Oscar nomination for “Bridge of Spies,” worked on around 150 sets for “The French Dispatch.” Typically, eight of them would be going at once. Considering how visually dense the film is, […]

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Why ‘Spencer’ Is a German Film, and How ‘I’m Your Man’ Reflects the Best in New German Cinema

To the uninitiated, Princess Diana biopic “Spencer” might appear like the quintessential British film, albeit with a Chilean director and an American star. But it is, in fact, German, Simone Baumann, managing director of German Films, says. It’s a German-u.K. co-production to be exact, but shot in Germany, with a German producer, Komplizen Film, on […]

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Oscars 2022: Best Original Screenplay Predictions

Academy voters give creators extra points for controlling their visions; that gives auteurs the advantage in the race for Best Original Screenplay.Getting a boost during 2021 is any film that debuted to real, live audiences at a film festival like Cannes. That’s where three-time screenplay nominee Wes Anderson debuted his omnibus valentine to The New […]

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‘The French Dispatch’: How Wes Anderson’s Team Crafted ‘The Private Dining Room’ Culinary Caper

With “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner,” Wes Anderson arguably saved the best episode for last in his nostalgic ode to journalism: “The French Dispatch.” It’s whimsical, absurd, and bittersweet, overflowing with visual delights (including a 2D-animated chase sequence), and crafted like a culinary masterpiece.Jeffrey Wight stars as erudite food journalist Roebuck Wright […]

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Bill Murray Says He’s Appearing in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’

Bill Murray is stepping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.While promoting his role in Wes Anderson’s latest film “The French Dispatch,” the 71-year-old Murray said in an Oct. 26 interview published by German outlet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (or Faz) that he recently shot a role on Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” — or, at […]

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Sci-Fi Epic ‘Dune’ Debut Spices Up Box Office With $40.1 Million First Place Finish

Warner Bros.’ big-budget sci-fi epic Dune spiced up the box office this weekend with a $40.1 million domestic debut. Topping predictions that had the star-studded spectacle opening in the $30-$35 million range, director Denis Villenueve’s eye-candy adventure easily snagged the top spot in North America (where it is also streaming on HBO Max) and continued […]

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Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’ Sets Pandemic-Era Record for Indie Box Office

“The French Dispatch,” director Wes Anderson’s tribute to 20th-century magazines, opened at the domestic box office with a robust $1.3 million from only 52 theaters.For platform releases like “The French Dispatch,” which kick off in select theaters rather than in thousands nationwide, the key metric is per-theater average instead of overall weekend box office tally. […]

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Wes Anderson and McDormand Disagree If Her ‘French Dispatch’ Character Slept with Chalamet’s

Editor’s Note: This story contains mild spoilers for Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch.”One of the many plot twists in Wes Anderson’s sprawling love letter to ex-pat journalism, “The French Dispatch,” is the romantic relationship between the characters played by Frances McDormand and Timothée Chalamet. In the film, McDormand plays journalist Lucinda Krementz, who’s reporting on […]

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