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Christian Bale and Matt Damon hit the tracks in first Ford v Ferrari trailer. EW recently unveiled the first look at the Oscar-winners first collaboration together, Ford v Ferrari, and now, you can see the stars in action with the high-adrenaline trailer. Set against the backdrop of 1966's 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France, director James Mangold's (Logan, Walk the Line) film follows fearless British racer Ken Miles (Bale) and maverick American car designer Carroll Shelby's (Damon) mission to build a revolutionary car that would allow Ford to challenge the dominating Ferrari brand. "And how long did you tell them you needed -- 200, 300 years?" Miles says upon hearing the task, to which Shelby responds, "90 days." "It's these two friends figuring out how do you deal with these a**holes in suits who know nothing about racing," Bale recently told EW. "It transcends racing and becomes something that just captures the spirit of people who are willing to risk everything for their love." Ford v. Ferrari, which also stars Caitriona Balfe (Outlander) and Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), races into theaters on Nov. 15. (Entertainment Weekly)

Mindy Kaling Wrote 'Late Night' Film Role for Emma Thompson Before Meeting Her: "Stupid Thing to Do". The actress also talks about feeling like the "least famous person" at the Met Gala. Mindy Kaling wrote the leading role in Late Night for Emma Thompson despite having never met her. The actress-writer-producer of the film, which hits theaters Friday, says in an appearance on Monday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she wrote the main character with Thompson in mind, and she didn't have a backup for the role had Thompson turned it down. In the movie, Thompson plays a late-night talk show host who, after 30 years, finds herself the subject of ire about her writing staff, which is comprised entirely of white males. She is forced to hire a person of color (Kaling) and isn't happy about it. "She's done so much drama and not that much comedy, but she's really funny and came from comedy," Kaling. "It was a stupid thing to do. I'm in L.A. creepily writing this movie about a woman I was a fan of. She's hilarious and never gets to do funny parts. She just turned 60, and I was excited to see her in this kind of role." Meanwhile, Kaling also talked to DeGeneres about attending the Met Gala. "When I go to that, it's so glamorous and the charity is wonderful," she said. "And I think I have a nice career and I'm doing well. But the minute I go to the Met Gala, I'm the least famous person there. Everyone is a European billionaire who doesn't watch American sitcoms, and they sit me next to a random person and ... I have to explain my deal to them. They don't get it: 'Oh, so you're like Harry Styles' publicist?' And I keep trying to explain it to them." (Hollywood Reporter)

Movie Ticket Prices Rise in Japan for First Time in 26 Years. The standard admission rises to $17.50 (?1,900), though the average price paid is lower due to multiple discounts available. Cinema ticket prices rose in Japan for the first time in 26 years as two of the largest multiplex operators hiked the standard cost of admission starting June 1. Toho Cinemas and 109 Cinemas raised the price of a regular ticket by just less than a dollar (?100) to $17.50 (?1,900), while other chains raised the price of some discount tickets or regular admissions at some locations. In reality, the average price paid by cinemagoers in Japan has been $12.15 (?1,315), due to discounts for students, women, seniors, married couples over 50 and for everyone on certain days of the month. The ?100 price hike will apply to most of these discount rates. Prices have stayed relatively stable since the last hike in 1993, after which average paid prices actually fell for three years along with admissions, which dropped below 120 million in 1996. Admissions have since rebounded, hitting a decades-high 180 million in 2016. Screen numbers have also rebounded from a low of 1,734 in 1996 to 3,561 last year, according to the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Higher prices for 3D, 4DX, IMAX and other premium screenings have pushed up average prices slightly in recent decades, but against a background of price stagflation in the wider economy, it has been difficult for the industry to hike standard prices. Japan's box office topped $2 billion again last year, with imports taking around 45 percent of that. (Hollywood Reporter)

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