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Casey Wilson (‘Black Monday’): Our 1980s comedy is ‘kind of its own animal’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Casey Wilson (‘Black Monday’): Our 1980s comedy is ‘kind of its own animal’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I love how it vacillates between all these different tones,” admits Casey Wilson about the freshman Showtime series “Black Monday.” Watch our exclusive video interview where she adds, “It’s many things in one show. It’s a mystery, it has hard comedy, it has heart and it’s set in the 80’s. It’s kind of its own animal.”

The series, created by her husband David Caspe and Jordan Cahan, tells a fictionalized version of events leading up to the stock market crash of October 1987. The cast includes Don Cheadle, Regina Hall, Andrew Rannells and Paul Scheer. Wilson who has previously starred in “Saturday Night Live” and “Happy Endings” plays Tiffany Georgina on the dark program. Tiffany is heir to the valuable Georgina Jean’s company and fiancé to new stock trader Blair, played by Rannells.

SEEEmmys 2019 exclusive: Showtime categories for ‘Escape at Dannemora,’ ‘Black Monday,’ ‘Kidding’ and more

Wilson says,
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29 Most Anticipated Summer Movies, From ‘Long Shot’ to ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ (Photos)

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29 Most Anticipated Summer Movies, From ‘Long Shot’ to ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ (Photos)
Long Shot (May 3)

There’s something for everyone in this movie starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, and you’ll especially find yourself laughing so much your stomach will hurt. Rogen plays a writer who gets hired by Theron during her tenure as Secretary of State — but of course, romance gets the best of them.

Detective Pikachu (May 10)

Whether you lived through the era of Pokemon or not, you know it was a worldwide phenomenon. Pairing the cutest Pokemon of all with the voice of Ryan Reynolds seems like a home run.

John Wick: Chapter 3 (May 17)

The “John Wick” franchise has worked well consistently for Lionsgate, and footage shown at CinemaCon of Halle Berry, Keanu Reeves and dogs (!) received roars and “oh dang’s!” from the audience. We’re in a for a fun ride with this one.

Booksmart (May 24)

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut has received praise since its premiere at SXSW.
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Bo Report: Unhappy Easter for cinemas as the ‘Curse’ strikes

‘The Curse of the Weeping Woman’

New Line/DC Entertainment’s family superhero adventure Shazam! easily retained the top spot in its third weekend virtually by default.

One reason for the dreary Easter weekend trading: Distributors were unwilling to launch films for fear of being crushed by the Disney/Marvel juggernaut Avengers: End Game, which opens on Wednesday.

But an underlying factor is the generally lousy performance of Hollywood films this year. In the Us pundits described the Easter business as the worst since 2003. The Us box office for the year to date stands at $2.9 billion, down 16 per cent on 2018.

The only new wide release was the James Wan-produced horror pic The Curse of the Weeping Woman (aka The Curse of La Llorona), which opened at No. 1 in the Us but was a distant fifth here.

Bollywood romantic drama Kalank and Korean thriller Burning fared best among the specialty
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Emmys 2019 exclusive: Showtime categories for ‘Escape at Dannemora,’ ‘Black Monday,’ ‘Kidding’ and more

Emmys 2019 exclusive: Showtime categories for ‘Escape at Dannemora,’ ‘Black Monday,’ ‘Kidding’ and more
In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for Showtime. For this season, the premium network has newcomers “Black Monday” (Don Cheadle), “Kidding” (Jim Carrey) and “Who is America?” (Sacha Baron Cohen), returning Emmy contenders “Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) and “Shameless” (William H. Macy) plus limited series “Escape at Dannemora” as part of their 2019 campaign.

Below, the list of Showtime lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series. More names might be added by the network on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

SEEShowtime has never won the Best Limited Series Emmy, but ‘Escape at Dannemora’ can change that

The Affair

Drama Series

Drama Actress – Ruth Wilson

Drama Actor – Dominic West

Drama Supporting Actress – Sanaa Lathan, Maura Tierney

Drama Supporting Actor – Joshua Jackson,
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Little: Marsai Martin on Power Suits, Dancing on Bars, and Embracing Your Authentic Self

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Little: Marsai Martin on Power Suits, Dancing on Bars, and Embracing Your Authentic Self
I can't tell you what I accomplished at the age of 14 (aside from worrying about being a freshman in high school), but I can tell you it certainly wasn't executive producing and starring in a major Hollywood movie based on my own idea. So it isn't an exaggeration to say that 14-year-old Marsai Martin is doing major things right now.

The Black-ish star has been steadily making grown woman moves since finding success starring in the ABC breakout series. She has her own production company, Genius Productions, which recently inked a deal with Universal Pictures that will allow them to work on a number of enterprises together. The first is an upcoming film titled StepMonster in which Martin will play a teenager adjusting to having a new stepmother. But before that, Martin hitched her star to the comedy Little, which also stars Regina Hall and Issa Rae.

Based on Martin's concept,
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Warner Bros titles 'Shazam!', 'La Llorona' to battle for international box office crown

Warner Bros titles 'Shazam!', 'La Llorona' to battle for international box office crown
Warner Bros Pictures International executives find themselves with the high-class problem of two films competing for Hollywood’s international box office crown this weekend.

Superhero adaptation Shazam! has dominated the global and international charts for the past two weekends and faces a challenge from The Curse Of La Llorona, the latest horror film to emerge from The Conjuring stable that launches in select key markets this weekend day-and-date with North America.

Shazam! has generated $178m and
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Regina Hall on Being a "Boss B" in Little: "It's Important That She Believed in Herself"

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Regina Hall on Being a
There have been many horrible bosses in movies that have shaken us to our very cores (looking at you Priestly), but it's safe to say that Little's Jordan Sanders takes the cake. Played to perfection by Regina Hall, Jordan starts her day terrorizing everyone, from her next door neighbor to local baristas and her own long-suffering assistant, April (Issa Rae). In a very The Devil Wears Prada-esque moment, April actually tries to warn her colleagues that Jordan is on her way, but there's no hiding from the boss when she wants to find you. And Jordan's anger is like a heat missile, constantly aimed at her terrified employees.

Her reign of terror is abruptly cut short when she meets the business end of a wand and wakes up in the body of her 13-year-old self. A modern reversal of the classic 1988 comedy Big, the film follows a similar formula
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Little: Marsai Martin on Power Suits, Dancing on Bars, and Embracing Your Authentic Self

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I can't tell you what I accomplished at the age of 14 (aside from worrying about being a freshman in high school), but I can tell you it certainly wasn't executive producing and starring in a major Hollywood movie based on my own idea. So it isn't an exaggeration to say that 14-year-old Marsai Martin is doing major things right now.

The Black-ish star has been steadily making grown woman moves since finding success starring in the ABC breakout series. She has her own production company, Genius Productions, which recently inked a deal with Universal Pictures that will allow them to work on a number of enterprises together. The first is an upcoming film titled StepMonster in which Martin will play a teenager adjusting to having a new stepmother. But before that, Martin hitched her star to the comedy Little, which also stars Regina Hall and Issa Rae.

Based on Martin's concept,
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How the ‘Little’ Production Team Created Look of Marsai Martin-Regina Hall Comedy

  • Variety
What if you could return to a time in your childhood and relive your life from that point knowing what you know now? That’s the fantasy at the core of Universal’s “Little,” released April 12, in which Regina Hall’s Jordan Sanders, a character overwhelmed by the pressures of adulthood, gets the chance to relive the life of her younger self, played by Marsai Martin in an oversize wig.

Writer-director Tina Gordon crafted the fluid look of the fantasy comedy in close collaboration with Dp Greg Gardiner and editor David Moritz. Gordon and Gardiner spent their weekends walking through sets and locations, discussing blocking and playing roles including Hall and Martin’s Sanders while acting out the scenes together.

“Greg played everyone in blocking,” says Gordon with a laugh. Among the scenes: a striptease with Luke James’ character, Trevor, and a separate dance atop a bar by Martin.

Gardiner
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Producer Will Packer on ‘Little’ and What Sold Him on Marsai Martin’s Original Pitch

From director Tina Gordon and producer Will Packer, the comedy Little follows highly successful tech mogul Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall), who lives the glamorous life, but is a nightmare boss with a management style that sends people running. One morning, Jordan wakes up and finds that she’s suddenly trapped in the awkward 13-year-old version of herself, and she realizes that she must rely on her long-suffering assistant April (Issa Rae) until she can figure out how to return …
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‘Hellboy’ and ‘Missing Link’ Bomb From a ‘Little’ Competition at Weak Weekend Box Office

‘Hellboy’ and ‘Missing Link’ Bomb From a ‘Little’ Competition at Weak Weekend Box Office
This weekend’s Hellboy box office was…well, hell. The Neil Marshall-helmed comic book reboot was met with the cold shoulder from audiences on its opening weekend, earning $12 million, beneath reigning champ Shazam! and the Regina Hall comedy Little. But it wasn’t the only anticipated new film to be beaten by a Little competition. Laika’s Missing Link, which earned rave reviews […]

The post ‘Hellboy’ and ‘Missing Link’ Bomb From a ‘Little’ Competition at Weak Weekend Box Office appeared first on /Film.
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'Dumbo' retakes top spot at UK box office; 'Hellboy' opens fifth

'Dumbo' retakes top spot at UK box office; 'Hellboy' opens fifth
‘Shazam!’ down to second; ‘Hellboy’ opens fifth.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.31

Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (Mar 5-7) Total gross to date Week 1 Dumbo (Disney) £2.3m £17.7m 3 2 Shazam! (Warner Bros) £2.1m £8.9m 2 3 Captain Marvel (Disney) £885,000 £36.4m 6 4 Wonder Park (Paramount) £810,000 £1.6m 1 5 Hellboy (Lionsgate) £757,124 £979,328 1 Disney

Fantasy adventure Dumbo rose up the chart to retake top spot on its third weekend, recording a £2.3m Friday to Sunday total.

The film fell just 34% on its previous session, and has now grossed £17.7m in the UK in total.

It has now passed the lifetime of director Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s
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Bo Report: ‘Shazam!’ rules again as new releases go missing

Back of the Net

Facing zero competition from the new releases, New Line/DC Entertainment’s family superhero adventure Shazam! continued its reign at Australian cinemas last weekend.

Lionsgate’s Hellboy reboot, Universal’s comedy Little, Fox’s romantic drama The Aftermath and Laika Studios/Roadshow’s stop-motion animated comedy Missing Link all struggled, generally mirroring their Us results.

Meanwhile Umbrella’s Back of the Net, a young adult drama directed by Louise Alston and scripted by Casie Tabanou and Alison Spuck, launched in Queensland and Victoria, netting $14,000 from limited sessions on 38 screens.

Don’t read too much into that because the film starring Sofia Wylie (the Disney Channel’s Andi Mack) as a soccer academy student who locks horns with the school’s star player Evie (Tiarnie Coupland) is rolling out over the next few weeks, dated for the school holidays.

Also, producer Steve Jaggi is soon expected to
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‘Shazam!’ Leads a Weak Weekend as the Box-Office Addiction to Superheroes Grows

‘Shazam!’ Leads a Weak Weekend as the Box-Office Addiction to Superheroes Grows
Events are considered box-office salvation. Case in point: This week brought the trailer debut of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” and next week is the debut of “Avengers: Endgame.” Both are, to put it mildly, highly anticipated.

However, this week also saw the detailed, appetite-whetting announcement of the Disney+ streaming service as well as “Guava Island,” a just-under one-hour musical starring Donald Glover and Rihanna that premiered at the Coachella Music Festival before showing on Amazon Prime for a brief period Saturday. The social media attention these events received dwarfed interest in any standard theatrical release this weekend. And then add the “Game of Thrones” final season opener to the mix.

Four new wide movies debuted, with the lower-budget “Little” showing the best total with $15.5 million. It placed second to “Shazam!”, despite the D.C. Comics film’s 53% second-week drop.

For individual films, the news is more downbeat than positive.
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Film Review: ‘Little’ Squanders Its Comedic and Social Potential in an Attempt to Play It Safe

Chicago – After a typical late night, deep dive of the internet, I found something terrifying. Around the 60’s, creating dinners in Jello were popular for some reason. Although I liked every individual ingredient, seeing the way they fit together was a less than appetizing. Watching “Little” reminds me of this experience except after the film, I was left with a bland, spiceless taste in my mouth.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

With a strong cast of black, female actresses, I had certain expectations when going into this film. Obviously, I had hoped that there would be a message of female empowerment at the forefront, especially since the three main actresses have recently been part of productions that have emphasized that, most notably Regina Hall in last year’s indie hit “Support the Girls”. I’m ecstatic to report that this aspect was more than well-represented, which made the baffling part about why the black perspective was so underplayed/underutilized.
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'Shazam!' stays top in North America as 'Hellboy' disappoints (updated)

Box office drops 25.6% against last weekend.

April 15 Update: Shazam! held on to its North American box office crown thanks to a confirmed $24.4m haul through Warner Bros, fending off a number two debut by Universal’s body swap comedy Little and a disappointing number three arrival by the Hellboy reboot.

DC Entertainment and New Line’s superhero adaptation Shazam! starring Zachary Levi stands at $94.2m and will cross $100m within days. The film, which reportedly cost $100m excluding P&A spend, stands at a solid $258.4m worldwide.

Universal’s comedy Little from super producer Will Packer starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and youngster Marsai Martin,
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'Shazam!' stays top in North America as 'Hellboy' disappoints

Box office drops 25.6% against last weekend.

Shazam! held on to its North American box office crown thanks to an estimated $25.1m haul through Warner Bros, fending off a number two debut by Universal’s body swap comedy Little and a disappointing number three arrival by the Hellboy reboot.

DC Entertainment and New Line’s superhero adaptation Shazam! starring Zachary Levi stands at $94.9m and will cross $100m within days. The film, which reportedly cost $100m excluding P&A spend, stands at a solid $259m worldwide.

Universal’s comedy Little from super producer Will Packer starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and youngster Marsai Martin,
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'Shazam!' stays top in North America as 'Little', 'Hellboy' score top three debuts

Box office drops 25.6% against last weekend.

Shazam! held on to its North American box office crown thanks to an estimated $25.1m haul through Warner Bros, fending off a number two debut by Universal’s body swap comedy Little and a disappointing number three arrival by the Hellboy reboot.

DC Entertainment and New Line’s superhero adaptation Shazam! starring Zachary Levi stands at $94.9m and will cross $100m within days. The film, which reportedly cost $100m excluding P&A spend, stands at a solid $259m worldwide.

Universal’s comedy Little from super producer Will Packer starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and youngster Marsai Martin,
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Shazam Wins 2nd Weekend with $25.1M as Hellboy Bombs at the Box Office

Shazam! fell over 50% from last weekend and was still able to easily dominate this weekend's box office with $25.1 million. The DC movie has been receiving praise from fans and critics, who are excited about the lighter tone and family atmosphere. David F. Sandberg, Zachary Levi, and the young cast were able to put something honest and unique on the big screen, giving comic book fans something different from the genre.

Body-swapping comedy Little stars Regina Hall, Marsai Martin, and Issa Rae debuted at number two this weekend with $15.5 million, which was more than enough to take down the Hellboy remake. The Neil Marshall-directed movie took the third position and was only able to bring in $12 million for its debut after it was expected to make anywhere from $16 million to $21 million. However, the remake has been getting torn apart by critics, though some comic book fans were satisfied with the hard R-rating and action.
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Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Remains Victorious as ‘Little’ Beats ‘Hellboy’

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Box Office: ‘Shazam!’ Remains Victorious as ‘Little’ Beats ‘Hellboy’
Warner Bros.’ superhero adventure “Shazam!” took a victory lap at the domestic box office, retaining the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row.

“Shazam!” added another $25 million in its sophomore outing, bringing its North American haul to $94 million. That sum was easily enough to top a crop of newcomers including Universal’s comedy “Little,” Lionsgate’s remake of “Hellboy,” and Lakai’s stop-motion animation “Missing Link.”

While “Shazam!” continued to entice comic-book fans, “Hellboy” wasn’t as fortunate. The R-rated fantasy film, based on Mike Mignola’s graphic novel, debuted below expectations with $12 million from 3,303 locations. Neil Marshall directed the reboot of “Hellboy,” which sees “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour assume the role of the red-skinned superhero. The movie was skewered by critics and audiences alike. It holds an abysmal 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, along with a disappointing C CinemaScore.

Males accounted for 56% of opening weekend crowds for “Hellboy,
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