Mongrel Media and Lionsgate are partnering for a special four week initiative where some of Lionsgate‘s biggest blockbusters will stream free starting tonight for four consecutive weeks. Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies will give Moviegoers a chance to stream the likes of LA LA LAND, THE HUNGER GAMES, DIRTY DANCING and JOHN WICK on Mongrel Media‘s YouTube Channel here. Even better, KNIVES OUT star Jamie Lee Curtis will be hosting.
The free movies that will livestream on Fridays at 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET are: April 17 – “The Hunger Games” April 24 – “Dirty Dancing” May 1 – “La La Land” May 8 – “John Wick” (age registration required)
You also may donate, with proceeds going to the CANADIAN PICTURE PIONEERS, who will be donating funds to theatre employees for relief during these challenging times. There is a Donate button on their mainpage.
Last September we fell hopelessly in love. The story of Sebastian and Mia ripped our heart right out and we never have been the same since. We still are very much in-love with LA LA LAND and we want you to have the opportunity to enjoy it now at home! eOne Films x Mr. Will want to give Readers in Canada a chance to win a LA LA LAND Prize Pack including a copy of the six-time Academy Award-winning Film on Blu-ray and also a mini lightbox! The Blu-ray contains unparalleled access to the Film, which won also a record-setting seven Golden Globe Awards including fascinating Featurettes that give us insight into the anatomy of the Movie and also its music.
Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress who works in a coffee shop in a busy Hollywood studio lot in between auditions, keeps bumping into the disgruntled Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated yet stubborn jazz musician who dreams of opening his own jazz club one day.
The two finally get together and Mia even begins to love jazz, but she also begins to lose faith in herself when yet another audition goes wrong. Sebastian believes in her and convinces her to give it one last shot, but she feels he’s selling out when he joins a popular band as a keyboard player in an effort to make money for the two of them. Their struggles and differences drive a wedge between them.
Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway (10:36)
La La Land’s Great Party (5:08)
Ryan Gosling: Piano Student (5:03)
Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle’s Passion Project (10:12)
La La Land’s Love Letter to Los Angeles (6:56)
John Legend’s Acting Debut (4:40)
The Look of Love: Designing La La Land (8:48)
Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm (5:51)
Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream (7:54)
Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos
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eOne Films release LA LA LANDTuesday, April 25, 2017 on Blu-ray and DVD!
LOGAN shreds its competition to take the top of the Box Office with a monstrous $81 million opening for 20th Century Fox. Playing it 4,071 theatres across North America, the final Wolverine Film starring Hugh Jackman receives an outstanding 93% on the Tomatometer and Audiences gave it an A- CinemaScore. Despite an outstanding performance in its debut, it still is behind 2009’s X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, which opened with $85 million, although it should be noted that was a PG-13 release and this latest installment is R-rated, setting a record for highest-ever opening for a Film of that rating in March, a record held previously by 300.
In second this weekend is GET OUT from Universal Pictures, which last weekend debuted on-top. It earns a stellar $26.5 million in its second week out, a two-week tally of $76.3 million.
Faith-based Film THE SHACK opens in third with $15.3 million from 2,888 theatres for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films. It gets 16% on the Tomatometer and an A CinemaScore.
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE is in fourth with $11.1 million for Warner Bros. Over four weeks it has made $148 million domestically.
BEFORE I FALL debuts in sixth for Open Road Films/Elevation Pictures with $4.6 million from 2,346 theatres. The Sundance selection gets a respectable 68% on the Tomatometer and a B CinemaScore.
LA LA LAND rounds-out the Top Ten with $3.1 million after last weekend’s Oscars mis-announcement debacle where it was named Best Picture, only or it to be clarified the award actually went to MOONLIGHT. LA LA LAND over 13 weeks has earned $145 million for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films. MOONLIGHT also gets a boost from last weekend’s Oscars exposure placing eleventh, expanding back to 1,564 theatres and earning $2.2 million. It has grossed $25 million over 20 weeks of release for A24 Films/Elevation Pictures.
The 89th annual Academy Awards took place tonight at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and in a shock of a finale, MOONLIGHT would win coveted Best Picture. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway would make a not-soon-to-be-forgotten gaffe of announcing LA LA LAND and Best Picture, which eventually was corrected. Beatty clarified on-stage he had in fact received the envelope for Emma Stone, Best Actress. The acclaimed Barry Jenkins coming of age Film also would win for Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali).
In an era where inclusion and diversity are at the forefront of discussion, Ali becomes known as the first ever Muslim Actor to win an Oscar. Noted this year was an increased presence of talent whether it be Presenters or Nominees, of various ethnicities.
After dominating Awards Season, Damien Chazelle‘s LA LA LAND would sweep in several categories including Production Design, Cinematography,Original Score, Original Song, Directing and Actress (Emma Stone). Chazelle has the distinction of at age 32 being the youngest to ever win Best Directing.
Jimmy Kimmel filled hosting duties this year, delivering his signature brand of biting humour (much directed to a running friendly feud with Matt Damon) which drew big laughs and at once awkward silence when he joked about O.J. Simpson deserving an extra piece of bologna tonight after OJ: MADE IN AMERICA won Best Documentary.
The night reached a comedic high point where Kimmel told the audience that he had planned for a bus full of random tourists to visit Kodak Theatre without their knowing. Much to their surprise, they were greeted by a front row of Hollywood Who’s-Who which included the likes of Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali and several more!
Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award just earlier this year, three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep stole the show tonight right from the get-go without even speaking with Kimmel poking fun about Donald Trump‘s statement that she was over-rated getting the audience to giver her a standing ovation as the “highly-overrated Meryl Streep“.
The iconic Actress has appeared much in the news of late after Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld claimed to Women’s Wear Daily that Streep refused a dress from Chanel after she was denied monetary compensation for donning the label’s creation. Streep vehemently has denied the accusation, issuing a statement: “I do not take this lightly, and Mr. Lagerfeld’s generic ‘statement’ of regret for this ‘controversy’ was not an apology. He lied, they printed the lie, and I am still waiting.”.
The other acting categories went to heavy favourites. Casey Affleck won Best Actor for MANCHESTER BY THE SEA,Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for her work in stage-to-film Adaptation FENCES.
Canada was represented well, with Montreal’s Sylvain Bellemare winning Best Sound Editing for ARRIVAL. The Best Picture-nominated Film also saw our Denis Villeneuve receive a nomination for Directing.
As always the evening’s fashion is a huge part of the spectacle and here are some of the evening’s winning looks!
It’s been a great year for Universal Pictures who take the top of the Box Office with the Jordan Peele horror, GET OUT. Just earlier this year they topped the Box Office for three weeks with SPLIT. Exceeding all expectations, GET OUT debuts at number one with $28 million from 2,701 theatres across North America. It gets an ultra-rare 100% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore from Audiences.
Slipping to second after two weeks on-top is THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE with $18 million from 4,057 theatres for Warner Bros. in its third week. It has made $132 million thus far domestically.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 continues to go strong in third with $8.2 million in its third week out, a tally of $74 million thus far for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films.
THE GREAT WALL is in fourth this weekend with $8 million, a two-week total of $33 million for Universal Pictures.
FIFTY SHADES DARKER is in fifth with $7.3 million for Universal Pictures, just surpassing the $100-million-mark in its third week.
Oscar Frontrunner LA LA LAND continues to perform well in eighth with $4.7 million for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films, a total $140 million over 12 weeks.
Rounding-out the Top Ten is Chinese Graphic Novel Adaptation ROCK DOG, with $3,5 million for Lionsgate Films from 2,077 theatres. It gets 44% on the Tomatometer and a B+ CinemaScore.
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE gets the love of Moviegoers taking the top of the Box Office in its debut Valentine’s Day weekend with $54.5 million from 4,088 theatres for Warner Bros. Pictures. Its 2014 predecessor made $69 million in its opening, while Critics love it equally as much with 91% on the Tomatometer and Audiences gave it a great A- CinemaScore.
Debuting right behind in second with $48.3 million from 3,710 theatres is FIFTY SHADES DARKER, also a second series installment like LEGO. It gets 10% on the Tomatometer and a much better B+ CinemaScore from Audiences. By contrast, its predecessor made $85 million it its 2015 debut.
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 opens in third with $29.6 million from 3,113 theatres for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films. This bests the series’ first installment which opened in 2014 with $14.4 million domestically. It gets a fantastic 91% on the Tomatometer from Critics and also an A- CinemaScore.
SPLIT still is going strong in fourth after three weeks on-top, with $9.1 million from 2,961 theatres for Universal Pictures. It has made $112 million thus far.
A DOG’S PURPOSE is in sixth with $7.7 million for Universal Pictures, a tally of $42.9 million over three weeks.
LA LA LAND is in eighth with $5 million for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films, tallying-in at $126 million over ten weeks.
THE SPACE BETWEEN US rounds-out the Top Ten with $1.7 million for STX Entertainment/VVS Films, a total $6.5 million over two weeks.
For a third straight week, SPLIT takes the top of the Box Office for Universal Pictures with $14.3 million from 3,373 theatres. It nears the $100-million-mark, with a tally of $98.3 million domestically thus far.
RINGS debuts in second spot with $13.3 million for Paramount Pictures, from 2,931 theatres. The third Film in the Japanese-adapted Horror franchise, it also ranks third in highest opening after 2005’s THE RING 2 ($35 million) and 2002’s THE RING ($15 million) respectively. It gets a C- CinemaScore from Audiences and a paltry 6% on the Tomatometer.
HIDDEN FIGURES still is going strong in third with $10.2 million for 20th Century Fox. In seven weeks it is just shy of $120 million in North America.
A DOG’S PURPOSE is in fourth with $10.1 million for Universal Pictures, a total $32 million in two weeks.
LA LA LAND is in fifth with $7.4 million for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films, a total $118 million over nine weeks.
RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER is in sixth with $4.1 million for Sony Pictures, a two-week total of $21.5 million.
THE SPACE BETWEEN US opens in ninth with $3.5 million from 2,812 theatres for STX Entertainment/VVS Films. It gets 16% on the Tomatometer from Critics, while Audiences loved it with an A- CinemaScore.
xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE rounds-out the Top Ten with $3.4 million, a total $39 million over three weeks earned for Paramount Pictures.
For a second straight week, SPLIT takes the top of the Box Office with $25.3 million for Universal Pictures, from 3,199 theatres. In two weeks, the Thriller has tallied $77 million across North America.
Despite a bit of controversy of late, Universal Pictures’ A DOG’S PURPOSE still performs a respectable second with $18.3 million from 3,059 theatres. It earns 35% on the Tomatometer from Critics, but Audiences responded well with an A CinemaScore, which just might help with word of mouth. The Film was made for $22 million.
In third is former champion HIDDEN FIGURES with $13.9 million from 3,351 theatres for 20th Century Fox. It has just surpassed the $100 million-mark domestically.
RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER debuts in fourth for Sony Pictures, with $12.4 million from 3,104 theatres. It gets 39% on the Tomatometer and a B CinemaScore.
LA LA LAND is in fifth with $11.8 million, playing wide at 3,136 theatres for eOne Films/Lionsgate Films. It has earned $106 million over eight weeks.
xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE is in sixth its second week out with $7.6 million. It has earned $32 million for Paramount Pictures.
GOLD debuts in tenth with $3.5 million for Elevation Pictures/The Weinstein Co. from 2,166 theatres. It gets 38% on the Tomatometer and a B CinemaScore.
As anticipated, LA LA LAND leads the 89th Academy Award nominations which were announced at 8:30 AM EST in Los Angeles. The Musical, hot off seven Golden Globe wins garnered a whopping 14 nominations including Best Picture, Actress (Emma Stone), Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Directing (Chazelle), Writing (Chazelle) and more. It also has two nods for Original Song with Audition and City of Stars. Chazelle in a statement today said, “I am thrilled that the Academy is celebrating the work of Emma and Ryan, who brought these characters to life with such humanity and depth, and also the work of my college roommate Justin who created the beautiful music.”.
Up for Best Picture are:
HELL OR HIGH WATER
LA LA LAND
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
We had the pleasure of running promotions in 2016 for seven out of nine of these nominations and would like to congratulate our friends at these Canadian companies who distribute these Films: Elevation Pictures (Moonlight, Hacksaw Ridge), 20th Century Fox Canada (Hidden Figures), Paramount Pictures Canada (Arrival, Fences), VVS Films (Hell or High Water), Mongrel Media (Manchester by the Sea) and eOne Films (Lion, La La Land).
MOONLIGHT, seen widely as LA LA LAND‘s biggest threat for Best Picture, garners the second-most nods, tallying-in at a total of eight. The Film directed by up-and-comer and nominee Barry Jenkins has been a major force this Awards Season, a powerful response to an outcry of the prestigious awards lacking diversity.
This year, we see a total six black actors nominated including Viola Davis (Fences), Denzel Washington (Fences), Ruth Negga (Loving), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Naomie Harris (Moonlight) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures). We also see an Actor of English-Indian descent nominated for Supporting Actor, Dev Patel (Lion). FENCES, starring an all-black cast, gets four nominations, while HIDDEN FIGURES, fronted by three black female principal actors, gets three nominations.
Davis, seen widely as the favourite in the Supporting Actress category stated, “Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you Denzel for being at the helm!”.
Although Canada’s submission for Foreign Language Film IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD missed the final shortlist, Canadians have plenty to be proud of with a total eight nominations, according to a congratulatory Press Release from Telefilm Canada:
Howard Barish, co-producer (13th), Documentary (Feature) Sylvain Bellemare (Arrival), Sound Editing Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye (Arrival), Sound Mixing Ryan Gosling (La La Land),Actor in a Leading Role Shawn Levy, co-producer (Arrival), Best Picture Theodore Ushev (Blind Vaysha), Short Film (Animated), National Film Board of Canada Patrice Vermette (Arrival), Production Design Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Directing
Some surprises from today’s announcements include a nod for three-time winner Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) in the Lead Actress category and Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) getting his second nomination today for Lead Actor. Many are surprised that despite getting recognized for Best Picture, ARRIVAL star Amy Adams did notgarner a nod for Actress in a Leading Role with two strong performances this year – the other being NOCTURNAL ANIMALS – being a major force all Awards Season. Newcomer and a soon to be on Broadway Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) finds himself among great company for Supporting Actor.
Streep in a humorous visual statement, had this to say about her recognition: