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Bo Report: Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ soars, promising start for Damon Gameau’s ‘2040’

Damon Gameau.

Disney’s live action update of 1992 animated blockbuster Aladdin cast its spell over cinemas in Australia and worldwide last weekend while Damon Gameau’s feature documentary 2040 attracted appreciative audiences and is positioned for a long run.

Gameau’s journey, which explores what the world could look like by 2040 if the best solutions already available to improve the planet are adopted, raked in $199,000 on 92 screens, which brings the total including extensive previews and festival screenings to $321,000.

Takings on Sunday were up 5 per cent on Saturday, reversing the usual trend. The Palace circuit, which offered free tickets to students aged up to 18 on Saturday and Sunday, accounted for more than 30 per cent of total admissions.

The distributor, Madman Entertainment MD Paul Wiegard expects a first-week take of $400,000, telling If: “The Sunday uptick is super encouraging, indicating the film is playing well with family audiences.

“We are very pleased with where the film has landed.
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‘Aladdin’ Pops Up With Stronger Box-Office Debut As ‘Booksmart’ Disappoints

‘Aladdin’ Pops Up With Stronger Box-Office Debut As ‘Booksmart’ Disappoints
Aladdin,” the latest Disney retread of a key title, took in an estimated $86 million for the three-day weekend, with $105 million projected for four days. This is a surprisingly strong result; after “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” it suggests the summer will follow the optimists’ path.

Memorial Day weekend, once the official start of summer movie play, has become secondary to the weeks-earlier debuts of Marvel titles. Though still a prime date, recent years have seen several films fall short; last year’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” didn’t gross $100 million.

Still, even with “Aladdin” outpacing “Solo,” the three-day totals are about 5% down from last year and May will end with revenues off about 10% off from 2018. But the results this weekend actually give hope that this summer will further trim that shortfall.

Upcoming are franchise titles like “Godzilla,” “Men in Black,” “Shaft,” “Child’s Play,” “Toy Story,” “Annabelle,” and “Spider-Man,” all before July 4th.
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Movie Trailers This Week: 'Toy Story 4,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' and More

Movie Trailers This Week: 'Toy Story 4,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' and More
Downton Abbey, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Toy Story 4 all released new trailers this week, in addition to The Art of Racing in the Rain, starring Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried.

Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista's action-comedy Stuber released a new trailer while Elizabeth Banks's Brightburn released a final trailer. Booksmart, the directorial debut from Olivia Wilde, released its final trailer, starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, and is in theaters this weekend.

Watch all of the new trailers for the week below.
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter »

‘Brightburn’ Blu-ray and 4K Pre-Orders are Live at Amazon

Director David Yarovesky's Brightburn from producers James Gunn and Kenneth Huang has arrived in theaters.

If you saw the horror-superhero genre mash-up and want it on home video, Amazon is already accepting pre-orders for 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD.

Brightburn stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, and Meredith Hagner. The film flips Superman's tale by having an orphaned alien boy use his superpowers for pure evil.

The film earned roughly $3 million at the box office Friday and is expected to bring in around $10 million through the four-day holiday weekend. That's nearly double the estimated $6 million production budget.

Here are the Amazon pre-order links for Brightburn on the various home video formats. Note that the prices will likely drop between now and the release date in a few months, so any pre-order placed now will automatically adjust to the lower price.

Brightburn on 4K Uhd,
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How 'Brightburn' Opens Up a Larger Universe

How 'Brightburn' Opens Up a Larger Universe
[This story contains spoilers for Brightburn]

“We believe that you came here for a reason,” Tori Breyer (Elizabeth Banks) tells her son, Brandon (Jason A. Dunn), with a gentle yet firm resolve, as though her will for this to be true will make it so. And why should she expect any different? It’s a story that has become ingrained in our collective consciousness: A kindly couple in rural Kansas are unable to have children of their own, and thus are blessed by a star child with amazing gifts and a destiny upheld through the teaching of midwestern values....
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‘Aladdin’ Soaring to $100 Million-Plus Memorial Day Weekend Debut

  • Variety
Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” remake is on its way to a commendable Memorial Day weekend debut with an estimated $109 million over the four-day period.

The musical fantasy starring Will Smith and Mena Massoud should uncover about $87 million in its first three days from 4,476 North American theaters after taking in $31 million on Friday. Should estimates hold, “Aladdin” will mark the sixth-highest Memorial Day weekend debut of all time, just behind 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” with $110.5 million.

Guy Ritchie directed the remake, with Smith taking on the role of Robin Williams’ Genie and Massoud portraying the titular hero. Naomi Scott stars as Jasmine, along with Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, and Billy Magnussen. Ritchie also co-wrote the script alongside John August, with Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich producing.

Also debuting this weekend is Screen Gems’ “Brightburn,” which took in $3 million on Friday and is headed for a $10 million four-day start from 2,607 domestic theaters.
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Trailers of the Week: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘Star Trek: Picard’

Has it really been less than a week since HBO dropped that wonderfully cryptic, Pink Floyd-scored Westworld teaser? It feels like several months have passed since then. Trailer-wise, it’s been a busy six days: We got an extended look at Quentin Tarantino’s latest, a teaser for the upcoming Star Trek: Tng spinoff, a peek at Linda Hamilton’s return to the Terminator franchise and yes, that aforementioned clip about the show HBO is betting the farm on now that Game of Thrones is over. Plus some previews of docs,
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Film Review: Exploring an Inverse Superman Makes ‘Brightburn’ Shine

Chicago – The opening to the 1950s “Adventures of Superman” TV series includes the words “strange visitor from another planet.” But because Supes had used his subsequent powers for good, he eventually was found not so strange. What if, however, he had been evil, and used his powers destructively? The new film “Brightburn” speculates on such a phenomenon.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

The premise is simple, yet could have been so easy to mess up. The creators – producer James Gunn (“The Avengers” series), director David Yarovesky, with writers Brian and Mark Gunn (James’ brother and cousin) – take care to use the situation as symbolism for adolescent emergence and emphasis an outside force (puberty?) as changing the power dynamic within this “superman.” There is so much to unpack in a tight story, there could be a new cinema wing built just to analyze it. It’s powerfully absorbing as well, never shying away from its thesis,
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‘Brightburn’ Screenwriters on the Scenes They Cut and a Larger Superhero Horror Universe [Interview]

‘Brightburn’ Screenwriters on the Scenes They Cut and a Larger Superhero Horror Universe [Interview]
James Gunn is using his clout in Hollywood to get more original horror movies made. He produced The Belko Experiments from his own screenplay, and now he’s produced Brightburn, written by his brothers Brian and Mark Gunn and directed by Dave Yarovesky. Brightburn is the story of a childless couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) […]

The post ‘Brightburn’ Screenwriters on the Scenes They Cut and a Larger Superhero Horror Universe [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
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‘Aladdin’: Naomi Scott on Why Her Princess Jasmine Needed Nasim Pedrad’s New Character

  • Variety
‘Aladdin’: Naomi Scott on Why Her Princess Jasmine Needed Nasim Pedrad’s New Character
Call Naomi Scott the queen of the reboot – or at least, the princess. The 26-year-old actress is taking on the role of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin,” but it’s not her first time jumping into a role that’s already been well-established. Audiences may recognize Scott from 2017’s “Power Rangers” update, where she played Kimberly, the Pink Ranger. Next, fans will see her as Elena in “Charlie’s Angels.” But for now, Scott is only focused on “Aladdin.”

“We’re all just so ready for this movie to come out; it’s been two years,” Scott told Variety on the purple carpet at the film’s premiere. “There was so much joy and love and thought that went into this movie and hopefully that translates on screen.”

Playing a role like Princess Jasmine is already a pretty big task, but the actress had another challenge
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Brightburn's Terrifying Spin on Fathers, Sons & Superheroes

Don Kaye May 24, 2019

Brightburn stars David Denman and Jackson A. Dunn on playing a dad and his son -- who happens to be a superbeing.

What if a powerful being -- the kind we usually refer to as a superhero -- came to Earth and was not interested in protecting humanity but destroying it? The new movie Brightburn, produced by James Gunn and directed by David Yarovesky, asks that provocative question while combining two of the most popular film genres around: horror and superhero origin story.

The film stars Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) and David Denman (The Office) as a young married couple who, while struggling to conceive a child on their own, feel themselves blessed when one lands on their farm inside an alien vessel.

Read More: Brightburn Review

At first Brandon (Jackson Dunn) seems like the perfect child and their lives couldn’t be better. But as he reaches puberty,
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‘Brightburn’ Review: A Grim, Gory, and Illogical Retelling of the Superman Myth

Brutal and bludgeoning, David Yarovesky’s Brightburn is a film designed to knock the breath from your chest and subvert expectations. An alien infant crash-lands to Kansas. A childless couple yearns for a baby. The humans come across the tiny spaceship and raise the alien-who-looks-like-a-human as their own. If you think you’ve heard this story before, that is not the case. The script (written by both Brian and Mark Gunn) is an inventive, if illogical glance at the Superman myth, a ‘what if’ re-telling of a situation we all assume we’d handle correctly.

So do Kyle (David Denman) and Tori Breyer (Elizabeth Banks). The opening shots of infertility books, loving photos, overalls (his) and a Ramones t-shirt (hers) is as much character background as we learn about the Breyers. Following a crash outside and a red light in the distance, the film breezes through the alien baby’s early years,
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‘Aladdin’ Heads for Magical $100 Million Opening in North America

  • Variety
‘Aladdin’ Heads for Magical $100 Million Opening in North America
Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” is heading for at least $100 million in North America during the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

“Aladdin” will likely finish Friday with around $30 million, including $7 million in Thursday night previews. Sony’s launch of horror-thriller “Brightburn” should pull in about $10 million for the holiday weekend and United Artists-Annapurna’s comedy “Booksmart” will open at around $9 million.

Disney’s guidance as of mid-day Friday was for a more conservative estimate of an $80 million to $90 million launch while one rival pegged the opening at $105 million. Prior to opening, “Aladdin” has been pegged to gross between $75 million and $85 million at about 4,400 sites over the four-day weekend.

Guy Ritchie directed the reboot, starring Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. The original 1992 animated movie, with Robin Williams as the Genie, grossed a massive $502 million globally and won two Oscars.
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James Gunn and Elizabeth Banks on How Their Friendship Fueled 'Brightburn'

James Gunn and Elizabeth Banks on How Their Friendship Fueled 'Brightburn'
After nearly a year of keeping a low public profile, filmmaker James Gunn is back this week with Brightburn.

Gunn produced the superhero horror film, which centers on a Kansas couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) who discover an alien baby in a field. They raise the child as their own, but start to question if their powerful son Brandon (Jackson Dunn) was sent to this world for good, or for evil.

Brightburn comes ten months after Disney fired Gunn as director from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and as the film hits theaters, Gunn has bounced back bigger than ever. He ...
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Brightburn Director Teases Possible Sequels, Says They’ll Be A Surprise

When the trailer dropped for Brightburn late in 2018, cinephiles across the nation were abuzz. The fresh new take on superpowers looked as interesting as it was surprising. No one had heard much about the film and most of the details still remained unknown even after the teaser was released.

The fact that Elizabeth Banks and James Gunn were both tied to the project made it even more enticing. Just as director David Yarovesky had planned, fans of the extremely successful superhero genre were left wanting more after watching the trailer. His purposeful attempt to keep audiences in the dark about his latest production in hopes that they would then be captivated when they finally saw his eerie vision of a young alien with otherworldly powers paid off.

Although the film still hasn’t even finished its opening weekend, there’s already talk of a potential sequel or two. If the box office numbers are there,
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How Horror Movies Influenced Brightburn

Don Kaye May 24, 2019

Director David Yarovesky’s obsession with horror movies puts a unique spin on Brightburn.

While James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) is the big filmmaking name on the new superhero/horror hybrid Brightburn -- he produced the picture, which was written by his brother Mark and cousin Brian -- the person actually behind the camera on the movie is director David Yarovesky. A longtime friend of Gunn’s, Yarovesky cut his teeth on videos, commercials and short films before making his feature writing and directing debut with the micro-budget horror movie The Hive.

Yarovesky is still working with a relatively modest budget on Brightburn, but that’s part of the movie’s charm: in many ways it’s a bit of a throwback to the sort of mid-level horror sleepers that dominated the late 1970s and 1980s. The movie stars Elizabeth Banks and David Denman as a
See full article at Den of Geek »

‘Brightburn’ Seems to Share a Universe with One of James Gunn’s Superheroes

‘Brightburn’ Seems to Share a Universe with One of James Gunn’s Superheroes
This weekend sees the release of Brightburn (and it’s pretty good!), the story of a couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) who raises a baby boy after he mysteriously crash lands from the sky in their backyard. As the child grows up, he starts exhibiting incredible strength and other unbelievable abilities. However, this isn’t a Superman origin […]

The post ‘Brightburn’ Seems to Share a Universe with One of James Gunn’s Superheroes appeared first on /Film.
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Brightburn Movie Review

The title "Brightburn" refers to a small town in Kansas, Us. It is the place where alien crash land and is raised with love by a set of perfect, wannabe parents whose prayers of having a child are answered in an unexpected way.

Tori (Elizabeth Banks) and her husband, Kyle (David Denman) feel blessed to have a child gifted by nature. They consider the baby, who arrived out of the sky as Godsend. And for the longest time, their son Brandon Breyer (Jackson A. Dunne) seems like a normal, bright child.

But on the onset of adolescence, when teenage rebellion and hormones run thick, Brandon finds himself vulnerable to circumstances beyond his control. He is suddenly given a new calling, one that will find him using his newfound powers of super-strength, super-speed, heat vision, flight, and immunity.

So when the skinny, smart 12-year-old Brandon is harassed by his classmates, he
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Brightburn Review

David Yarovesky’s Brightburn earns every puddle of eye juice, mangled corpse, and horrific disfigured gore effect of its *hard* R-rating. Yes, this is the “evil Superman origin” slasher promised. Gruesomely inclined to scare prospective parents off pregnancy timetables; complicated enough to thread adoption drama through rural massacre despicableness. A child discovering limitless power, lied to by society, wrestling temperamental consciousness while befalling the corruption of man. There’s a lot to savor, but the flavors end up somewhat expected despite mature adolescent horrors.

Can you kill what you love or love something that kills? Brightburn isn’t the nightmare to answer such crippling caretaker choices, but hey, here are some wicked genre kills you’ll never scrub away!

Brandon Breyer (Jackson A. Dunn) is a Brightburn, Kansas resident with an undefined past. Mother Tori (Elizabeth Banks) and father Kyle (David Denman) found their baby boy when his spacecraft crashed in their backyard.
See full article at We Got This Covered »

‘Aladdin’ Live-Action Remake Steals $7 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘Aladdin’ Live-Action Remake Steals $7 Million at Thursday Box Office
Aladdin,” Disney’s live-action remake of the 1992 animated classic, earned $7 million in its Thursday box office previews. It headlines the four-day, Memorial Day weekend on over 4,400 screens.

Aladdin” comes from director Guy Ritchie and stars Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Marwan Kenzari. It opens against Sony and Screen Gems’ horror film “Brightburn,” and the raunchy teen comedy “Booksmart” from first-time director Olivia Wilde.

Disney is projecting the family fantasy film to earn between $75-85 million in its opening weekend, with independent trackers saying it could be as low as $65 million. That’s in part because social media buzz for the film has been disappointing following early looks at Will Smith’s Genie and other clips. Critics, however, while split, said that the early negative attention was overblown and that the film is better than the initial marketing gave it credit.

Also Read: 'Aladdin' Remake Rubs Critics Differently,
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