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This Was the Worst Thanksgiving Weekend in Box-Office History.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is still number one and “Strange World” tanked, but here’s what’s important: The three-day Thanksgiving box office weekend came to $95 million. In 2o19, this weekend’s total was $181 million; in 2018, $216 million. For all of 2019, only four weekends fell short of $100 million.

The last time a Thanksgiving weekend grossed under $100 million was… never? Nearly 30 years ago, Thanksgiving 1994 saw a three-day weekend of $94.5 million… when ticket prices averaged $4.08.

James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” (Disney) opens December 16 and (as we’ve said too often) it can’t come soon enough. But if we’ve learned one thing this year, an occasional massive hit will not salvage what continues to be a troubled theatrical marketplace...

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Iranian Filmmaker Reza Dormishian Barred from Leaving Country for Planned Film Festival Appearance

Iranian filmmaker Reza Dormishian was set to accompany “A Minor,” a new film that he produced, to the International Film Festival of India this week, but he was stopped at the airport and barred from leaving his home country by Iranian authorities. His passport was confiscated was referred to courts for criminal prosecution. The film, which was directed by Dariush Mehrjui, went on to play at the festival on Thursday and Friday.

In a statement sent to IndieWire, representatives for Dormishian attributed his detainment to a recent series of Instagram posts that he made criticizing Iran’s government...

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There’s No Thanksgiving at ‘The Fabelmans’ as Specialized Titles Spiral Downward

Let’s get this out of the way: This was the worst-ever Thanksgiving weekend for adult specialized titles (other than 2020, when major city theaters were still mostly closed). We saw weak results nearly across the board on a holiday that’s often used to expand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Green Book”) or platform (“The Favourite”).

Results usually range from good to strong, enhancing their awards profiles. This year, “The Fabelmans” (Universal) jumped from four theaters to 638 and grossed $2.2 million for three days ($3.1 million for the five days), for a per-theater average just below $3,500. Only Laura Poitras’ acclaimed documentary “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” (Neon) stood out among limited debuts.

It’s been mostly downhill for specializ...

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Terrence Malick Directs New Dreamlike Commercial for Louis Vuitton – Watch

Three years have passed since Terrence Malick released his most recent film, the Germany-set World War II period piece “A Hidden Life.” And while the director has been hard at work on his upcoming Biblical epic “The Way of the Wind,” a reimagining of key scenes from the life of Jesus that notably stars Mark Rylance as Satan, the scope of that project has caused it to be delayed several times.

But while Malick’s fans wait for that passion project to see the light of day, the director has completed a new project featuring his unique visual style. Malick has directed a new Louis Vuitton commercial that weaves together dreamlike shots of various locations throughout the United States.

The official synopsis for the collaboration between Malick and the legendary fashion house reads: “...

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Antonio Banderas Wants to See Tom Holland Play Zorro: ‘I Would Pass the Torch’

With the upcoming “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” Antonio Banderas is returning to his most iconic animated role as the swashbuckling cat from the “Shrek” franchise. So how would he feel about reprising his most famous live action role? Apparently, he’s open to it.

Though he had found plenty of success working as an actor in Spain, Banderas rose to mainstream American prominence in 1998 when he starred in “The Mask of Zorro,” playing the eponymous masked vigilante to great fanfare. He reprised the role in the 2005 sequel “The Legend of Zorro,” but there still could be more to come. In a new interview with Comicbook.com, Banderas revealed that he would be open to returning to the franchise in a mentor role that allowed a younger actor to do most of the sword fighting.

“Y...

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