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Sicario

Sicario screenwriter explains why Emily Blunt isn't returning for the sequel

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Along with Edge of Tomorrow, Sicario contributed to Emily Blunt’s edgier action hero reinvention, which is why fans were surprised to learn she wouldn’t be returning for the sequel, Soldado.

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Writers Guild nominates Trainwreck, Straight Outta Compton, The Martian

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The Writers Guild of America announced its 2016 screenplay nominations, honoring a mix of the season’s biggest comedies and dramas, including TrainwreckThe Martian, and Straight Outta Compton.

The WGA nominates screenplays in three categories: Original, Adapted, and Documentary. In the last 10 years, seven WGA Original Screenplay winners went on to win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar and eight WGA Adapted Screenplay winners won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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How Sicario cinematographer Roger Deakins found beauty in darkness — exclusive video

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Sicario director Denis Villeneuve calls cinematographer Roger Deakins “a master of light,” but their gritty cartel thriller often deals in darkness, both literal and figurative.

The story of a dogged FBI agent (Emily Blunt) who finds herself uneasily working with a black-ops team on both sides of the border, Sicario has garnered awards-season attention with its striking imagery, committed performances, and uncompromising narrative.

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Denis Villeneuve relishes the 'deeply stressful' mood of Sicario

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Sicario is one of those films that sticks to your soul. It’s not just its unsparing story and riveting performances, but also the indelible images and action sequences near the Mexican border that burrow deep. 

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Box office report: The Martian No. 1 again as Pan fails to take flight

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The Martian spent its second straight weekend at the top of the box office, as newcomer Pan fell flat.

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Box office preview: The Martian to best newcomer Pan, The Walk

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After its stellar $54.3 million debut last weekend, The Martian is poised to spend its second-straight weekend at the top of the box office.

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See how special effects helped bring Sicario to life

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Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario offers a haunting look at the escalating drug war along the American/Mexican border. However, due to obvious legal and safety concerns, Villeneuve and team weren’t able to shoot their film precisely on location. (Most of the action sequences were filmed in New Mexico.) As a result, Sicario relies on special effects to help create its world, filling in the explosions and dead bodies that are hard to replicate, especially on a modest budget. 

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Box office report: The Martian earns the second-biggest October opening ever with $55 million

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The Martian rocketed into theaters this weekend to an estimated $55 million, besting expectations and falling just short of Gravity’s record for the biggest October opening of all time.

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Mayor of Juarez, Mexico calls for boycott of Sicario

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Sicario, the Emily Blunt-starrer centered on the U.S. fight against drug cartels in Mexico, expands nationwide today, meaning moviegoers from El Paso to Peoria can see the R-rated film on the big screen. Set primarily in Juarez, Mexico, Sicario, which means “hitman” in Spanish, has already earned $3 million in its limited release and has generated a 93% fresh rating from critics aggregated on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Some notes on the return of Benicio Del Toro

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1. Last week, Lionsgate co-chair Patrick Wachsberger announced that his studio was developing a sequel to Sicario. The sequel will focus on Alejandro, a character played by Benicio Del Toro. This was surprising news. Sicario had only just opened in six theaters.

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