weekend box office it 2

Another weekend has ended, which means two things: one, we all have to return to the drudgery of work. And two, the weekend box office results are in. While there were a few new contenders at the multiplex, Pennywise and the Losers’ Club held fast with It Chapter Two staying at number one. But the highly-acclaimed Hustlers had a great weekend, too, exceeding expectations. The same can’t be said for the prestige drama The Goldfinch, which could not take flight in the wake of scathing TIFF reviews.

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The Goldfinch Review

How do you make a movie out of The Goldfinch? It’s the question book lovers have been asking themselves since John Crowley’s adaptation was announced last year. And it’s true that Donna Tartt’s thoughtful, decades-spanning, continent-hopping story of a boy and a painting doesn’t really lend itself to an action-packed feature film, but if you’re in the bag for a 150-minute meditation on grief, guilt and the power of beauty, then hey, The Goldfinch is for you.

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goldfinch financing deal

If you’ve been paying attention to the film industry for the past decade or so, you’ve probably heard the frequent lament from critics and executives alike that movie studios don’t make nearly the same number of mid-budget adult-targeted dramas that they used to. Sure, an occasional exception may slip through the cracks, but compare the state of the industry now with how it was in the 1990s, and things continues to look increasingly dire for mid-budget movies.

But The Goldfinch financing deal may establish a template that could keep those movies from going extinct on a studio level. Warner Bros. teamed up with Amazon to co-finance the upcoming prestige drama, with WB distributing the film theatrically worldwide and then passing it off to Amazon Studios, who has video-on-demand streaming rights for its Amazon Prime Video platform.
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The Goldfinch trailer

John Crowley‘s 2015 film Brooklyn was one of my favorites of that year, and now the director is finally back with his next movie: The Goldfinch, a star-studded adaptation of a novel that was even more acclaimed than BrooklynOakes Fegley (the kid from the Pete’s Dragon remake), Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies), and many more co-star in this movie based on author Donna Tartt‘s novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014. Check out the latest trailer below. Read More »

the goldfinch trailer

In 2013, The Goldfinch debuted to rave reviews, going on to spend over 30 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014. Now, Donna Tartt’s award-winning behemoth of a novel is getting a big screen adaptation starring Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort.

John Crowley directs the film following a young boy who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum where his mother dies. Recovering a small Dutch Golden Age painting called The Goldfinch, the boy (played by Oakes Fegley as a young 13-year-old and Elgort as a teen), turns to it as a singular source for hope even as he descends further into a world of crime. Watch the first The Goldfinch trailer below.

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