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Which The National Song Should Be the Title for Lead Singer Matt Berninger’s New TV Show?

Which The National Song Should Be the Title for Lead Singer Matt Berninger’s New TV Show?
The National lead singer Matt Berninger is currently developing a TV show based on his own life, according to Pitchfork. Following the “Crashing”/”Better Things”/”I’m Sorry” mold, Berninger would play a version of himself, as would his brother Tom. Working alongside Trent O’Donnell (creator of “No Activity” and the original Australian series that formed the basis for “Review”), the creative team for this new Berninger show would also include Matt’s wife Carin Besser.

What this show doesn’t have yet is a title. Since there’s a .001% chance it doesn’t take the name from one of The National’s songs, we thought we’d offer up our ideas for the series’ best prospective titles. Some of the band’s top songs don’t lend themselves well to a TV show. (“Empire Line” is objectively the greatest song of 2017, but it’s hard to see that
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New images from scifi actioner ‘Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter’

Currently in production in the Salton Sea, Yuma, Arizona (same locations as Return of the jedi used), Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter is described as “Star Wars meets Mad Max” about the overthrow of humanity by artificial intelligence.

The film stars Tracey Birdsall (Loving), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Daz Crawford, and Star Trek III : The Search for Spock’s Stephen Manley. With a supporting cast which features Livvy Stubenrauch (Frozen), Erin Bethea (Fireproof), Tim McGrath, Miss Asia USA Ashley Park, and Aaron Jacques (I Might Even Love You). Neil Johnson directs.

Birdsall will also reprise the role in a new TV series The Gods of War
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War Room movie review: to the Devil with it

Slick production values cannot overcome a preachy script full of strained metaphors delivered by wooden actors. Like a corporate promo video for God. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): do not believe in the power of prayer

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If you’ve ever wondered what a corporate promo video made by God’s marketing department would look like, now we know. Slick production values cannot overcome a literally preachy script full of embarrassingly strained metaphors delivered by wooden actors… and that’s even before we get to the scene in which an old lady disarms a mugger with the power of Jesus; the sincerity of that bit only renders it all the more ludicrous.

Smart and confident real-estate agent Elizabeth (Priscilla C. Shirer) is having trouble at home: her husband, Tony (T.C. Stallings), a pharmaceutical sales rep, is nasty,
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Box Office: 'The Perfect Guy' Beats 'The Visit' with $26.7M

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Box Office: 'The Perfect Guy' Beats 'The Visit' with $26.7M
After a dismal outing over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the box office started to show signs of life again, with The Perfect Guy fending off The Visit in a very close race. The Perfect Guy took in $26.7 million over the weekend, with The Visit just behind it in second place with $25.6 million. Since these estimates are so close to each other, it's possible these results could change when the actual box office figures are announced on Monday, but, for now The Perfect Guy has the top spot, according to the estimates at Box Office Mojo.

Both The Perfect Guy ($12 million budget) and The Visit ($5 million) have already turned a profit after just one weekend, but The Perfect Guy's win is more impressive since it opened in far fewer theaters than The Visit. The Perfect Guy opened in 2,221 theaters, earning an robust $12,022 per-screen average. The Visit, on the other hand,
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Box Office: ‘War Room’ Rules Slow Labor Day With $12.6 Million

Box Office: ‘War Room’ Rules Slow Labor Day With $12.6 Million
Religious crowds pulled off a “great awakening” at the Labor Day box office, raising low-budget “War Room” above “Straight Outta Compton” and reaffirming the value of producing pictures for faith-based moviegoers.

The $3 million production from brothers Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick brought in $12.6 million over the four-day holiday. The film has earned $27.9 million and is on track to be the biggest hit of the Kendricks’ careers, passing “Courageous” ($34.5 million) and “Fireproof” ($33.4 million). It arrives in theaters courtesy of Sony’s Affirm division.

War Room’s” success was one of the only bright spots in an otherwise torpid weekend at the multiplexes. Overall ticket sales are still being calculated, but it is shaping up to be one of the worst Labor Day holidays over the past decade.

That poor showing is because newcomers like Europacorp’s “Transporter Refueled” failed to generate much heat, snagging fifth place and $9 million at the box office.
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How 'War Room' Defeated 'Compton' at the Box Office

It's pretty rare for a movie to rise from second place to first at the box office in its second week of release. It's pretty rare for such a movie to defeat a summer smash that's topped the chart for three weeks running. And it's pretty rare for a low-budget, Christian-themed movie with a star-free cast to become the top-grossing film in North America.

And yet, "War Room" did all three of those things this week. After last weekend's impressive $11.4 million debut in the No. 2 slot, the film rose to the top spot this weekend with an estimated $9.4 million from Friday to Sunday (and a projected $12.3 million over the four-day holiday weekend). It dethroned previous three-time champ "Straight Outta Compton" (No. 2, with an estimated $8.9 million from Friday to Sunday and $11.2 million over the Labor Day holiday). It also defeated two new wide releases, one starring the iconic Robert Redford in
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‘War Room’ Producer-Director Alex Kendrick on Prayer, Politicians, and Prospect of a Christian Superhero Movie

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‘War Room’ Producer-Director Alex Kendrick on Prayer, Politicians, and Prospect of a Christian Superhero Movie
The heavenly $11 million opening for the faith-based drama “War Room” was the latest earthly blessing for Alex Kendrick, who with his brother Stephen has become one of the most successful independent film producers in recent years. The brothers’ first three films — “Courageous,” “Fireproof” and “Facing the Giants” — were financed by Georgia’s Sherwood Baptist Church for a combined $5 million and wound up grossing nearly $80 million. The $3 million “War Room,” which Alex Kendrick co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in, was the first production under the brothers’ new banner, Kendrick Brothers Productions. And it seems poised to follow the...
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Straight Outta Compton continues to dominate Us box office as We Are Your Friends bombs

The hip-hop biopic is the first film to sit atop the Us box office charts for three weekends in a row since Jurassic World

For the third weekend in a row, hip-hop biopic Straight Outta Compton dominated at the Us box office, earning an impressive $13.2m (£8.6m) – pushing its domestic total to a whopping $134.1m (£87.3m), making it the highest-grossing musical biopic of all time, according to Variety. It’s also the first film to top the Us box office for three consecutive weekends since Jurassic World.

Despite Straight Outta Compton’s continued success, the real story at the American box office this weekend was the surprise showing of War Room, a low-budget, religious-themed drama from Alex Kendrick and his brother, writing and producing partner Stephen Kendrick, the pair behind Fireproof and Courageous (Variety dubbed them the Spielbergs of Christian cinema). Made for a mere $3m, the faith-based film shot
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Weekend Box Office: Compton Tops the Competition Again

It was another quiet weekend at the North American box office as Universal Pictures’ Straight Outta Compton stayed put at number one for a third straight weekend. Three new films entered the fray this weekend, but only the faith-based drama War Room made any sort of impact. Fellow newcomers No Escape and We Are Your Friends made little to no impact. Business was down 26% from last weekend’s weak numbers and down a steep 24% from last year at this time.

Now playing on 3,142 screens, Straight Outta Compton added an estimated $13.2 million to Universal’s coffers. Off 50% from last weekend, Compton currently stands at $134.1 million and is still on track to wind down its run with a remarkable $165 million. Compton joins fellow 2015 Universal releases Furious 7 and Jurassic World to hold the number one spot for three straight weeks.

Making a surprise second place finish was the faith-based drama War Room
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Review: ‘War Room’

Review: ‘War Room’
Yet another faith-based indie that upended the expectations of box office prognosticators by scoring a bountiful opening-weekend gross, “War Room” is by far the most slickly produced and insistently evangelical movie yet from the sibling team of Alex and Stephen Kendrick. Unlike their previous “Fireproof” (2008) and “Courageous” (2011), which wove uplifting messages of contrition, redemption and transformative Christianity into tales about morally challenged first responders — firefighters in one, police officers in the other — their new drama is pretty much undiluted prayer rally from beginning to end. The emphatic proselytizing doubtless will resound with ticketbuyers who feel a drama focused on the possibility of spiritual salvation can be every bit as compelling as a spectacle that pivots on the question of whether Loki can pull one over on the Avengers. But it remains to be seen if there’s crossover potential for a wide release so bereft of alluring plot hooks for mainstream audiences.
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'Straight Outta Compton' Takes 3rd Weekend Box Office Win

'Straight Outta Compton' Takes 3rd Weekend Box Office Win
As expected, Universal Pictures' runaway hit Straight Outta Compton secured its third straight win at the box office this weekend, taking in $13.2 million. The big surprise, though, was the over-performing faith-based drama War Room, which earned second place with an estimated $11 million, according to Box Office Mojo, out-grossing major studio new releases No Escape and We Are Your Friends (which didn't even crack the top 10), with far less publicity and advertisement. Neither movie was expected to put up huge numbers, considering the last weekend of the summer movie season is always light on box office returns, but War Room's performance is still impressive, nonetheless.

War Room opened in the least amount of theaters of any movie in the top 10, scoring the best per-screen average of all films this weekend with a $9,692 average from 1,135 theaters. The drama, which centers on a mother who turns to faith to try and save her family,
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How ‘War Room’ Became a Biblical Box Office Smash

How ‘War Room’ Became a Biblical Box Office Smash
Outside of evangelical circles, the names Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick are likely to be met with blank stares.

But thanks to low-budget hits like “Fireproof” and “Courageous,” the brothers have transformed themselves into Steven Spielbergs of Christian cinema. Their names above the title are enough to open movies that are firmly pitched to the faithful.

This drawing power was firmly on display when “War Room,” a celebration of the purpose-driven life, stunned box office watchers by nearly dethroning “Straight Outta Compton” as the weekend’s highest-grossing domestic release with its $11 million debut. That’s particularly impressive given that the religious drama was playing on a third of the number of screens as the N.W.A biopic.

“It’s a great example of the power of a brand,” said Chris Stone, founder of the consumer advocacy group Faith Driven Consumer. “The Kendrick brothers’ films have an authenticity with this audience.
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Box Office: ‘War Room’ Stuns With $11 Million, Zac Efron’s ‘We Are Your Friends’ Tanks

Box Office: ‘War Room’ Stuns With $11 Million, Zac Efron’s ‘We Are Your Friends’ Tanks
The box office underwent a religious conversion this weekend as Christian crowds flocked to “War Room,” lifting the low-budget salute to prayer above the Zac Efron drama “We Are You're Friends” and the Owen Wilson thriller “No Escape.”

Filmed for a mere $3 million and distributed by Sony’s Affirm division, “War Room” more than tripled its production budget in a single weekend, picking up $11 million from 1,135 locations. That also easily topped projections that had it debuting in the $4 million to $5 million range, although in retrospect those estimates were overly conservative given that advance ticket sales were unusually strong.

“These are the kind of outlier events that happen and wake everyone up to the fact that faith-based audiences are passionate and looking for content,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.

The film is the latest religious-themed hit from director Alex Kendrick and his brother, writing and producing partner Stephen Kendrick,
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Weekend Report -'Compton' Wins 'War Room' Rumble

Weekend Report -'Compton' Wins 'War Room' Rumble
With $13.2M in domestic box office Universal's Straight Outta Compton held off the upstart War Room to claim the #1 position on the charts for the third weekend in a row. War Room, which beat Compton in theaters on Friday, made $11M with a robust $9,692 per screen average. The top of the heap was still a pretty low heap, however, as the top 12 made $68.8M, off 22% from last year's $88.2M, which was a weak weekend itself. That $68.8M also gives this frame the dubious distinction of being the lowest grossing weekend of the year, 12% lower than March 6 - 8th's $78.3M. The newcomers that helped achieve that feat included No Escape, the Owen Wilson/Pierce Brosnan military coup flick, which the Weinsteins state came in just a little under their $9M estimate with $8.3M. On 2,470 screens that $3,355 psa is better than the $2,850 that last year's late-August Pierce Brosnan movie offering, The November Man,
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Christian Drama Soars at North American Box Office: Could the 'Straight Outta Compton' Reign Be Over?

'War Room' movie: The Power of Prayer. The Power of Prayer at the domestic box office: 'War Room' (sort of) beats 'Straight Outta Compton' A miracle was needed for any of this weekend's new entries to beat the sleeper hit of 2015, F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton, at the North American box office. As long as studio estimates are on target, that miracle has (sort of) happened. Praise the Power of Prayer and the Power of Expert Targeted Marketing. “If you haven't started already, pray for this movie,” urges an Evangelical Christian website featuring a War Room promotional giveaway, “that the Holy Spirit would be in abundance at each showing of the film, that hearts would be impressed to pray more than ever and that revival will happen as a result!” Directed by Alex Kendrick and co-written by Kendrick and his brother, Stephen Kendrick, the Power of
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Faith-Based 'War Room's' Director Talks Box Office Success and "Secular Critics"

Faith-Based 'War Room's' Director Talks Box Office Success and
Brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick's faith-based empire is determined to convert religious-centric film doubters to believers through consistent box office success, as witnessed by War Room's $11 million debut this weekend. Despite playing in only 1,135 theaters, War Room placed No. 2 behind Straight Outta Compton, which grossed $13.2 million from 3,142 locations. The prayer-themed film marks the highest debut for the siblings, and their fifth collaboration after Courageous (2011), Fireproof (2008) and Facing the Giants (2006). Their first movie, Flywheel, was released on DVD in 2003. All of their projects have gone out

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Box Office: 'War Room' shocks 'Straight Outta Compton' by winning Friday

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Box Office: 'War Room' shocks 'Straight Outta Compton' by winning Friday
Another faith based movie came out of "nowhere" to shock Hollywood at the box office on Friday. That's narrative you'll see in most stories about "War Room's" performance, but it may be more about the entertainment media ignoring the consistent performances of faith based movies more than anything else. "War Room," which was distributed by Sony Pictures division TriStar Pictures, took in $3.875 million on its first day to knock "Straight Outta Compton" from the top spot for the first time in 15 days.  "Room" was directed and co-written by Alex Kendrick whose last two films, "Courageous" and "Fireproof," each earned over $33 million during their theatrical runs.  Moreover, "Room" looks like it will slightly exceed the $9.1 million "Courageous" earned over its first three days in 2011.  As with all of Kendrick's productions, the marketing is aimed at churches and religious groups on a grass roots level which flows under the radar for those covering the biz.
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In Real World, 'Compton' Not (Anytime Soon) to Break Record as Highest-Grossing Domestic Hit Directed by Black Filmmaker

'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some
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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Threepeat; Faith-Based ‘War Room’ Leading Newcomers So Far — Friday Matinees

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Threepeat; Faith-Based ‘War Room’ Leading Newcomers So Far — Friday Matinees
Newcomers this weekend are performing as expected in what is anticipated to be a weak, end-of-summer three-day. Three new films are competing for moviegoers in the final weekend before Labor Day, and the faith-based War Room from Fireproof director Alex Kendrick is leading the new entries so far to pull in (as it looks now) around $3.6M or so today after grabbing $600K from over 1,000 theaters last night. Not surprising as it is a PG player, but the R-rated audience for…
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Faith-Based ‘War Room’ Poised to Become Box-Office Sleeper Hit

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Faith-Based ‘War Room’ Poised to Become Box-Office Sleeper Hit
The last week in August is not a prime movie release slot, but there’s one new opener on Friday that is primed to exceed expectations: “War Room,” the latest Christian-themed feature by Georgia-based filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick. The brothers have emerged as the most commercially successful independent producers of faith-based films. Their last three previous movies — 2006’s “Facing the Giants,” 2008’s “Fireproof,” which was the highest-grossing indie that year, and 2011’s “Courageous” — have taken in $87 million at the box office on a combined budget of $2.6 million. “War Room,” with a more ambitious $3 million budget, is on track...
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