The Möbius Strip: Jungle Book easily repeats, Dredd 2!!!

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Facing weak competition, Jungle Book easily repeated last weekend with $61.5 million. Main challenger The Huntsman: Winter’s War didn’t even top $20 million- Box Office Mojo

The success of Disney’s Jungle Book — Jon Favreau’s eighth feature film — and its announced sequel puts even more pressure on Warner Bros. and freshman director Andy Serkis, who is putting together and entirely separate Jungle Book for 2018- Entertainment Weekly

Winter’s War’s flop, following Blackhat and In the Heart of the Sea last year, could mean disaster for star Chris Hemsworth’s career- The Inquisitr

Scott Mendelson looks at the effect dropping Kristen Stewart, star of the original Snow White and the Huntsman, had on the film’s box office, positing that switching to a male lead could have alienated the movie’s primarily female target audience- Forbes

Superstar Beyonce Knowles rocked the Internet Saturday when she released released Lemonade, which is being called a visual album but essentially a movie. The album fueled rumors that husband Jay Z has been unfaithful- CNN

The album’s style is extremely reminiscent of Terrence Malick’s experimental trilogy, which wrapped up with Knight of Cups last month — both are divided into chapters, abstract in largely the same ways and clearly autobiographical. Sam Adams argues that comparing the two is unfair to both Malick and Knowles- Indiewire

The world was similarly rocked in a negative way by the sudden death of Prince. He was 57. Known for his onstage flamboyance, he was actually a devout Jehovah’s Witness- Wall Street Journal

The pop-star’s death has proven to be very profitable, with sales spiking 16,000 percent over the weekend- The Wrap

Brewvies Cinema Pub in Salt Lake City has been cited a potential $25,000 for breaking Utah obscenity laws by serving alcohol at a showing of Deadpool. Utah law does not allow for liquor to be served in the presence of nudity. Though this is mostly a restriction on strip clubs, lawmakers are arguing that the film’s frequent and graphic sex scenes mean the law applies in this case too. Star and producer Ryan Reynolds has donated $5,000 toward the theater’s legal fees- The Wrap

Karl Urban challenged Netflix and Amazon Prime on Twitter yesterday to produce a sequel to his cult hit 2012 film Dredd, or perhaps a spin-off series- Indiewire

Touchstone announced it will release actress Anna Kendrick’s book “Scrappy Little Nobody” Nov. 15- Variety Latino

The potential plot of Star Wars: Episode VIII leaked online last week. The plot will supposedly adhere to a popular fan theory, leading to an interesting question — with The Force Awakens so full of fan service and the next installment rumored to be based on a fan theory, who’s driving the bus when it comes to these movies’ plots? Comic Book Movie

On a similar note, Episode VII director J.J. Abrams revealed at the Tribeca Film Festival last week that the movie’s central relationship between Rey and Finn was initially adversarial, and it took Harrison Ford breaking his leg on the set for him to have time to re-work it into a friendship and potential romance- AV Club

On a separate but also similar note, Star Trek Beyond writer/star Simon Pegg confirmed that fans had input on that script- Screen Rant

At the same festival, Joss Whedon opened up about his difficulties putting together The Avengers: Age of Ultron- Indiewire

Whedon went back on his comments the next day- Indiewire

Coming Soon sits down with Green Room writer/director Jeremy Saulnier about the hazards of researching white supremacists- Coming Soon

Actor James Franco sat down with Jerry Saltz to talk about critical reception and branching out to different forms of art- Vulture

Director Ang Lee’s next movie, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, is shot in 120 frames per second, five times what’s needed for a picture to appear to move to the human eye. The Hobbit trilogy took intense critical heat for, among other things, shooting at a mere 48 fps, which helped make it look like a direct-to-video release. Bill Desowitz explores why it won’t be a problem for Lee- Indiewire

And finally, Jacob T. Swinney edits together this breathtaking compilation, 100 years/100 shots- Vimeo

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