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Things are looking up at the fall box office: for the first time three September releases grossed over $20 million. The average September usually sees one or two performing at this level. Even with poor reviews, sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (20th Century Fox) managed to nearly reach $40 million. It was joined by a strong third weekend for horror phenomenon “It” (Warner Bros.) at $30 million, and the opening of “The Lego Ninjago Movie” (also Warners) at just over $20 million.
Despite the improvement over last year — box office up $15 million, or about 14 per cent — the fall-off from last year is still just under five per cent. That’s better than the 6.3 per cent drop at the end of August. But the uphill climb to equal last year’s box office (with slightly higher prices this year meaning an even bigger gap in ticket buyers) still quite steep.
Also tempering upbeat box office »
- Tom Brueggemann
Darren Aronofsky's film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Mother!, was shrouded in mystery since its marketing campaign began, but after its big release this month, the shroud has been pulled off, and the director and cast are talking about the creepy drama. At the Toronto International Film Festival, Lawrence described her experience of playing the character of mother as "painful" at the film's premiere and Q&A following the screening. Once you see the film, you'll know exactly the many ways in which Lawrence experienced pain as the title character, and it's an experience it sounds like she never wants to have again. RelatedWhat Does Mother! Mean? Here's How the Director Describes It When she was asked what the most difficult scene to film was, Lawrence replied, "Probably the one you can imagine," which she didn't want to spoil by describing. She elaborated (which will make sense once you see the »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Paramount has released a new poster for their divisive film “mother!” and even fans of the film aren’t happy with the “atrocious” and “horrendous” poster. “How about don’t use the abused face of a woman to advertise your movie? This is gross,” one Twitter user wrote. Another added, “The new ‘mother!’ poster looks like those ads for domestic abuse charities, so maybe they should, indeed, not!” “‘mother!’ is my favorite film of 2017, by far, no contest,” wrote another. “That being said this poster is atrocious. “ Also Read: Mismarketing Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!': Festival Obsession Can't Find an Audience However, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Jennifer Lawrence is never one to shy away from expressing how she feels. The actress reminded us all of this again on Friday when she flipped the middle finger during a Q&A session at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' screening of mother! in New York. According to Daily Mail, the actress, 27, watched the film with her director and boyfriend Darren Aronofsky, 48, at the Museum of Modern Art, where the event was held. Lawrence and Aronofsky took the stage after the presentation, the media outlet continued, to answer questions about the film along with producer Ari Handel and moderator Sara Wilkomerson. People wrote that Lawrence told the audience a story of how »
Darren Aronofsky's mother!, with its lowercase title and exclamation point, was always going to push the envelope. The disturbingly vague trailer alone was hint enough that the Jennifer Lawrence-led film was not Hollywood's average horror entry. As a result, many of the scary movie fans who flocked to theaters left disappointed, confused, or a mixture of both. The backlash to the film has been so strong that Paramount actually released a statement defending Aronofsky's "audacious and brave" work. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to keep mother! from pulling in a shockingly bad "F" rating on poll-based website CinemaScore (the worst score that can be given by audiences). Mother! certainly isn't the first movie to land on CinemaScore's "F" list, but until now, the complete list had yet to be published. Vulture set out to discover the full list of titles by speaking to CinemaScore research analyst Harold Mintz. He »
- Quinn Keaney
If you didn't know this by seeing her interviews, Jennifer Lawrence talks with her hands.
After a screening of Mother!, hosted by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Thursday night, the 27-year-old actress and director Darren Aronofsky, who is also Lawrence's boyfriend, sat down for a Q&A about their divisive film.
More: ‘Mother!’ Is a Movie That Must Be Discussed -- Review and Theories
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While recalling a moment on set, Lawrence threw up her middle finger at the audience, which caused Aronofsky to crack up laughing.
Per usual, the Oscar winner's style was on point as she stepped out in a floral Brock Collection maxi dress, while her 48-year-old boyfriend wore a tan button-down shirt and dark slacks.
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In an exclusive interview »
Darren Aronofsky has been talking a lot about the meaning behind his new film, Mother!, following harsh critical response and a weak opening weekend at the box office, and in a recent interview, he contended that the film was meant to provoke, not please.
"How, if you walk out of this movie, are you not going to give it an 'F'?" he said in an interview with radio host John Horn following a recent screening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "It's a punch. It's a total punch. »
Well, that’s one way to greet a crowd.
Jennifer Lawrence and her director-turned-boyfriend Darren Aronofsky attended an Academy screening in New York of their new film mother! on Thursday. And while the film recently got slapped with a rare F rating from audience polling service CinemaScore, the couple proved they aren’t afraid to clap back at the haters.
During the Q&A portion of the night at the Museum of Modern Art, Lawrence gave critics of the divisive film the middle finger onstage as Aronofsky laughed alongside her.
The actress stunned in a black maxi dress with a floral pattern, »
- Jodi Guglielmi
Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky are not planning a wedding, despite a report from the tabloids. Although the couple is happily still together, they have no intention of “heading down the aisle” and marrying. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk these allegations. Life & Style is falsely announcing, “A Wedding For J.Law!” According to the erroneous […] »
- Shari Weiss
Spoiler Alert! If you read any further, you will know way more about Mother! than you might want to. Going into Darren Aronofsky's latest mind-f*ck, Mother!, there's a lot to uncover. After all, the specifics of the film have been completely shrouded in mystery for months. But now that it's finally arrived for public consumption, the secret is out. By the time we reach the perplexing ending, the bulk of the mystery is solved: Mother! is an allegory for how we treat this gracious planet that we inhabit, and the horrifying damage we do. But this film is more than just a conservationist's plea to the scum of the human race. It's basically a retelling of the Bible with a strong focus on the Book of Genesis and the other chapters at the beginning of the Old Testament. Mother! presents a pretty rattling tale of mankind that's quite modern, »
- Ryan Roschke
Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” isn’t sitting well with moviegoers or critics and Aronofsky doesn’t seem too surprised. “Mother!”, a horror film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, received an “F” on the movie rating website CinemaScore. Related: Jennifer Lawrence Says She’s ‘Never Met Anyone’ Quite Like ‘Mother!’ Director Boyfriend Darren Aronofsky But that “F” was somewhat expected from […] »
- Aynslee Darmon
Winslet in “Wonder Wheel”
Kate Winslet has been attached to play American war photographer Lee Miller since 2015, and yesterday marked a major step forward for the project. According to Deadline, Entertainment One snagged worldwide rights for the biopic, and will both finance and distribute the film.
Miller began her career as a model in New York. She later became an artist who collaborated with Picasso before finding her way to photography. She served as a correspondent for Vogue, where she published photos documenting the events and effects of WWII, including the London Blitz and concentration camps. Miller suffered from Ptsd when she returned home.
The drama is based on “The Lives of Lee Miller,” a biography written by Miller’s son, Antony Penrose. Penrose has given producers — including Winslet —full access to Miller’s original photographs and diaries. Neither a screenwriter nor a director has been named.
This role could very well lead to Winslet’s eighth Oscar nomination. She won in 2009 for “The Reader,” where she played a woman who served as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp.
Jennifer Lawrence is also set to play a photojournalist on the big screen. The “mother!” star will portray Lynsey Addario in an adaptation of the her best-selling memoir “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.”
Winslet was recently announced as the recipient of SAG-aftra Foundation’s Actors Inspiration Award, an honor that pays tribute to artists for their career achievements and charitable work. Her latest pic, “The Mountain Between Us,” hits theaters October 6. The drama centers on two strangers who survive a plane crash but are left stranded on a remote, snow-covered mountain.
Kate Winslet’s Lee Miller Biopic Secures Financing and Distribution was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Despite the postmortems for Darren Aronofsky’s critically-polarizing and commercially disastrous “mother!,” there’s no denying the power of the extraordinary Victorian house at its center. It’s a pivotal character that pits Him (Javier Bardem) against Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) in the allegorical battle for the planet’s survival.
For production designer Philip Messina (“The Hunger Games”), creating the octagonal house offered the most unique experience in world building. “What was amazing to me was how, more than any other film, it was a symbiotic relationship between camera moves and set,” said Messina, who collaborated closely with Aronofsky’s long-time cinematographer Matthew Libatique.
“I’ve never done theater, but it reminded me how the staging of actors and sets worked,” Messina added. “This was all one environment and I knew what the camera would be doing.”
The Meaning of “mother!”
However, even though Aronofsky has been open with the press in describing “mother! »
- Bill Desowitz
While we’d begrudge you from going down the rabbit hole of explainer articles for mother!, the chance to listen to writer-director Darren Aronofsky discuss the film with his F CinemaScore brethren William Friedkin is something not to pass up. Recently gathering at the Director’s Guild of America following a screening of his divisive biblical horror film, their full 34-minute talk is now available to listen to.
They work through a number of topics, from Aronofsky’s initial inspiration of Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel, the main allegories of climate change and biblical tales (no word on the artist metaphor), writing the original script in five days, and how Paramount gave him the money (“It came down to the number and Jennifer Lawrence.”)
Being that this was at the DGA, he also touched on more technical aspects, including three months of rehearsal with the main cast, then he »
- Jordan Raup
There’s an old joke about Sigmund Freud: If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother. If only Darren Aronfsky’s “mother!” were as easy to explain. The film, which obsessed critics at film festivals, has bewildered actual Americans — or at least, many of the few who have gone to see the box-office dud. Despite starring A-lister Jennifer Lawrence, the film earned an F from moviegoers on Cinemascore and only made $7.5 million on a $30 million budget this opening weekend. They might not have been so disappointed if the film, and its studio, Paramount, could have braced Americans over what to expect. »
- Matt Donnelly and Beatrice Verhoeven
Full disclosure, I will not spoil ‘mother!‘ (but you can read our review here), I think it’s incredibly vital to the film and the filmmakers that most of the film stay under wraps. For better or worse, I went into the film as blind as I could and left…blind with fury.
Now, I’ll admit wholeheartedly that surrealist films and those that get lost in their own message and metaphors infuriate me. Not because I don’t get it, but because of the people that applaud and celebrate these films like they are the second coming of some long-lost messiah. These are films, yes, and they deserve to be celebrated, but don’t look toward your nose at those that enjoy films that involve The Avengers assembling, or men dressed as bats beating up clowns. All film deserves to be celebrated, so what makes ‘mother!’ worthy of discussion and this essay? »
- S Christian Roe
There’s no easy way to describe Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, the appropriately titled mother! (appropriate once the pieces start crashing into place). It’s oppressively heavy on symbolism, it’s profoundly unsettling, it’s guaranteed to piss off practically audience member in one way or another. To be blunt: it’s pure Aronofsky and, if its reception from both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to the scathingly polarizing reaction its had in its first weekend of release are any indicator, it’s going to cement itself with ease as one of the most thoroughly debated experiences of the 21st century. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is up to you.
In a beautiful countryside manor amidst lush fields and the warmest sunsets (all beautifully brought to life by regular Aronofsky Dp Matthew Libatique and production designer Philip Messina) lives a couple – given no names in the story, »
- William Coffey
The actor that originally played the mutant Colossus will be returning for X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
But according to an exchange Cudmore had on Instagram back in July, he is going to be back for the next X-Men team up adventure, suggesting he was filming scenes. This, of course, led to speculation that the actor was returning as Colossus, but Cudmore refused to comment at the time.
Well, now, thanks to a question asked of Cudmore on Twitter about his role in the movie, we have a little extra news, with the actor saying: “I can’t comment on what character I’m playing, sorry…”
I can't comment on what character I'm playing, sorry.. https://t.co/WSEJkVsm6Z
— daniel cudmore (@danielcudmore) September 19, 2017
While we don’t have »
- Samuel Brace
You might think you know what Mother! is about, but do you? Really? Even after you've seen it? That's what everyone who bought tickets for Darren Aronofsky's brutal new thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence is trying to figure out. Thanks to all of the gore, biblical themes, and the brain-melting twist, it's . . . a lot, to put it lightly. Mother! has also pulled in a shockingly bad "F" rating on poll-based website Cinemascore - the worst score that can be given - so audiences have clearly been thrown by the gruesome tale. If you have similar feelings, don't worry . . . just look at the tweets below as a form of group therapy. RelatedWhy Jennifer Lawrence Said She Probably Wouldn't Make a Movie Like Mother! Ever Again »
- Quinn Keaney
A winter wedding is on the way for Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofksy, who are secretly engaged, according to a shocking new report! »
- Alyssa Norwin
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