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Dwayne Johnson Jokes He's 'Team No Sleep' Due to 'Baby Duty' Days After Announcing Daughter's Birth

Dwayne Johnson Jokes He's 'Team No Sleep' Due to 'Baby Duty' Days After Announcing Daughter's Birth
Dwayne Johnson is on daddy duty!

Two days after announcing the birth of his third daughter, the actor, 45, skipped his previously scheduled appearance on Wednesday for the upcoming film Skyscraper at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

Instead, Skyscraper writer and director Rawson Marshall Thurber introduced a special video recording from Johnson.

“I know you guys were expecting someone taller, more handsome to be here, but Dwayne had a baby just a few days ago, a baby girl. Three girls, a lucky man,” Thurber shared with attendees.

“He wanted to be here, but couldn’t make it. But he did have time
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How Far Into the Future is ‘A Quiet Place’ Set?

How Far Into the Future is ‘A Quiet Place’ Set?
(Note: This post contains spoilers for “A Quiet Place.”)

“A Quiet Place” imagines a future where humanity is in pretty rough shape. In the early moments of the movie, newspaper clippings make it clear that the human race has come up against some pretty tough creatures — and have lost.

The movie follows the Abbott family, consisting of Lee (Krasinski), Evelyn (Emily Blunt), and their kids Regan (Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward), as they sneak around ruined towns in search of supplies. Newspaper clippings Lee has gathered describe the “dark angels” that have apparently ravaged the planet. The only way to avoid the seemingly indestructible but blind killers is to maintain silence, because the creatures use sound to hunt and kill.

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“A Quiet Place” never explains where the creatures came from, but it does give some sense of how long it has been since they first appeared: 473 days, during the period where most of the action takes place.

But how far in the future is the movie set, and when is the apocalypse supposed to have started? “A Quiet Place” doesn’t make that completely explicit either, but there are some clues in the movie that give some idea of just when the movie might be occurring.

In the opening portion of the movie, 89 days have passed. “A Quiet Place” kicks off with a trauma: the death of Beau, the Abbotts’ four-year-old son, when he turns on a toy and is carried off by a dark angel. Later in the movie, the Abbotts’ daughter, Reagan, returns to the train bridge where Beau was killed, and we get a chance to see his headstone. It places Beau’s death in 2020.

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Working backward from that date, we can get a pretty solid approximate idea of just how far in the future most of the movie is happening. Beau’s death in 2020 is three months into the end of the world, and looks like late autumn or early winter wherever the Abbotts are living. That suggests that the dark angels first started showing up in the late summer or early fall of 2020.

The rest of the movie takes place on days 470 and 473. If the dark angels first started appearing in the early winter of 2020, that puts the bulk of the movie’s action about 15 months later, or around spring 2021. That tracks with the long sleeves and light jackets the family is shown wearing.

So “A Quiet Place” finds the end of the world taking place just a couple years in the future from our current world, and what’s more, humanity is leveled within three months of that. Though we don’t have to deal with any super-strong, indestructible, sound-hunting monsters out here in the real world, the idea that “A Quiet Place” is pretty close to our own world is not exactly a comforting thought.

Read original story How Far Into the Future is ‘A Quiet Place’ Set? At TheWrap
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Disney Is Casting its Latest Adventure

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “Jungle CruiseEmily Blunt is taking her talents from silent horror to family adventure in her next project, “Jungle Cruise.” Disney is turning its beloved riverboat ride, which has been operating at Disneyland since the park’s 1955 opening, into a film starring Blunt and Dwayne Johnson. While the studio has been working on reinventing its animated inventory into live-action blockbusters, “Jungle Cruise” as a ride-specific feature marks a turn rarely taken by the studio. The river ride isn’t based on any specific Disney film, so the plot has been crafted around the elements with an eye toward making the project into a larger franchise. Although the ride is specific to the 1930s, the film won’t necessarily follow that era. The plot will focus on a
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Viacom CEO Talks Paramount Turnaround, TV Production Growth But Stays Mum on CBS Talks

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish took a bit of a victory lap on Wednesday’s quarterly earnings call, talking up the dramatically improved financial picture at Paramount Pictures and plans to expand content production for outside buyers. Viacom’s investments in cutting-edge advertising sales efforts are also bearing fruit and the company is on track to generate $100 million in cost savings this year, most of which are coming from streamlining operations rather than layoffs.

But Bakish did not address the state of merger negotiations with CBS Corp., a corporate soap opera that has enveloped both companies since early January. A Viacom
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Viacom CEO Talks Paramount Turnaround, TV Production Growth But Stays Mum on CBS Talks

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish took a bit of a victory lap on Wednesday’s quarterly earnings call, talking up the dramatically improved financial picture at Paramount Pictures and plans to expand content production for outside buyers. Viacom’s investments in cutting-edge advertising sales efforts are also bearing fruit and the company is on track to generate $100 million in cost savings this year, most of which are coming from streamlining operations rather than layoffs.

But Bakish did not address the state of merger negotiations with CBS Corp., a corporate soap opera that has enveloped both companies since early January. A Viacom rep told the Wall Street analysts on the hourlong call that questions regarding “process with CBS” would not be answered, and in fact none were asked.

The much-improved financial picture for Viacom as evidenced in the company’s fiscal second quarter earnings adds a layer of complexity to the talks
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend
In case you haven’t heard, “Avengers: Infinity War” is heading towards an opening weekend that could end all opening weekends.

The Marvel superhero adventure is eyeing a debut weekend of $225 million to $245 million, with a possibility of even crossing the $250 million mark. If numbers reach the end of that range, “Infinity War” could have one of the biggest debuts of all time. The hefty launch should go a long way to justify its wildly expensive price tag of somewhere from $300 million to $400 million.

As of now, the biggest opening weekend of all time belongs to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which bowed with $248 million in 2015 and went on to make over $936.6 million domestically. Only five films in history have hit the $200 million mark in their debuts.

“Infinity War” picks up two years after the events of “Captain America: Civil War” with the Avengers teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy
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Benicio Del Toro Teases ‘Sicario’ Sequel, Talks ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Benicio Del Toro Teases ‘Sicario’ Sequel, Talks ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Sicario,” a dark and violent look at the drug war, doesn’t exactly scream franchise. It’s characters are morally compromised and its outlook on a conflict that’s devastated families on both sides of the U.S. and Mexican border adds up to a bleak and unflinching drama. There’s nary a caped crusader to be found in this morass.

Despite the obstacles, the 2015 drama is getting a follow-up with this summer’s “Sicario: Day of the Soldado.” Unlike the first film, which centers on Emily Blunt’s novice agent, the sequel focuses on Alejandro Gillick, the brutally efficient hit man who oversees off-the-book operations for the CIA. Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro returns to the role, along with Josh Brolin, who once again plays the government official Matt Graver. Blunt sits this one out.

“I felt the character could be explored further,” Del Toro told Variety during an interview at CinemaCon.
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CinemaCon 2018: Disney tempts with 'Nutcracker', 'Infinity War', 'Lion King'

Outgoing head of distribution Dave Hollis attends final show.

Disney executives treated CinemaCon attendees on Tuesday (April 24) to early footage from its impressive live-action slate encompassing The Nutcracker And The Four Realms, Mary Poppins Returns, and The Lion King.

The session at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace took place without talent appearances and kicked off with a sequence from the imminent worldwide release Avengers: Infinity War.

After Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn delivered the obligatory pledge to exhibitors – “The Walt Disney Company is committed to the theatrical window. Period.” – outgoing president of theatrical distribution Dave Hollis offered a potted
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Movie Review – Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Sherlock Gnomes, 2018.

Directed by John Stevenson.

Starring James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Demetriou, Ashley Jensen and Matt Lucas.

Synopsis:

When all of their friends are kidnapped right out of the garden, Gnomeo and Juliet join forces with a backyard-based sleuth to track down the culprit behind a crime wave of ornament disappearances across London.

Does anybody really remember Gnomeo & Juliet? Released back in 2011, it was a strange story that adapted Shakespeare through the medium of talking garden gnomes and Elton John music. It’s not a movie that begged for a sequel and it has taken seven years to get there, but the garden ornaments are back and taking on Arthur Conan Doyle’s most iconic creation in Sherlock Gnomes, which is an enjoyable, rainbow-coloured adventure carried along on a strong current of slapstick and puns.

Those wondering how
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Join Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ as a Background Performer

Few studios have more in the works right now than Disney, which has projects shooting all over the world, but Atlanta, Georgia–based actors have the chance to be part of a project shooting in their backyard. “Jungle Cruise,” a new Disney film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place”), and Jack Whitehall (“Bad Education”), is looking for background performers. The story, which is based on Disneyland’s popular theme park ride, follows a small group of adventurers traveling by riverboat through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles. The production is seeking background performers for key scenes shooting over a 10–20 day period. These fun scenes are set in South America and feature natives of the continent. Male and female Latino and Hispanic performers, aged 0–80, are needed to portray people who live in the traveled areas. The shoot takes place this summer during July and August in Atlanta,
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Media Mogul Byron Allen Is Betting Billions on an Empire Anchored by The Weather Channel

Entertainment Studios Motion PicturesByron Allen will take center stage at CinemaCon April 25. He’s scheduled to welcome the National Association of Theatre Owners to the 28,000-square-foot Palace Ballroom for an early breakfast and keynote address.

Unless, you know, he doesn’t.

“I think I’m going to go,” said Allen April 17 from the Culver City set of “Funny You Should Ask.” He produces the gameshow that’s broadcast on his Comedy.TV, one of eight 24-hour networks he owns. That afternoon, he served as audience cheerleader and unofficial director, not only anchoring its quintet of comedian-panelists but also instructing “Baskets” Emmy-winner Louie Anderson and “Saturday Night Live” veteran Jon Lovitz to deliver their set-ups and punchlines again, from the top.

Presuming he does find himself in Vegas, he should find a rapt audience. People want to hear from Allen, if only to figure out what the hell he’s driving at.
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Sherlock Gnomes Cast Interviews – James McAvoy, Stephen Merchant, Jamie Demetriou & more

Yesterday as the capital bathed in some unseasonable sunshine giant garden gnomes invaded Leicester Square for a family gala screening of Sherlock Gnomes, the follow up to the most acclaimed clay-based Shakespeare adaptation Gnomeo and Juliet.

The film stars Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Mary J. Blige, Stephen Merchant, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ashley Jensen, Matt Lucas and Dexter Fletcher. Sir Elton John also has contributed music and voice to the project, although in a slightly more family friendly take than his role in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

In this film two garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit the renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. The director John Stevenson talked passionately about respecting the characters from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as the number of Sherlockian Easter Eggs which are present in the film.

You can see his interview,
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2019 Oscars: Best Actress Predictions

Breaking out of Sundance, Netflix-produced Tamara Jenkins drama “Private Life” (Metascore: 81) stars Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn as a couple struggling with a midlife infertility crisis. They turn to their beloved niece (Kayli Carter) to consider donating some of her eggs to the cause, to the horror of her mother (Molly Shannon). Netflix plans a fall festival break for the movie as an awards season launch.

Wash Westmoreland’s “Colette” (Metascore: 74) is a conventional arthouse play, predictably picked up by Bleecker Street (partnering with 30West). The charming British-accented biopic stars Keira Knightley as a smart young French beauty plucked from the country in Burgundy to marry a sophisticated older Parisian, womanizer Henri Gauthier-Villars (Dominic West). She ghostwrites his “Willy” potboilers for him until she eventually grows into her own identity as a woman writer, stage performer and lover of women. Knightley and West are both superb in the well-mounted period movie,
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Weekend Box Office Report: April 20-22, 2018

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A Quiet Place makes more box office noise! The hushed thriller A Quiet Place sneaked back into first place at the box office this weekend with an estimated $22 million! Traveling on strong word-of-mouth, director-star John Krasinski's PG-13 horror movie has now collected a $132.3 million domestic total on its third weekend in theaters. Krasinski's and Emily Blunt's... Read More...
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Weekend Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Reclaims Top Spot in Third Week

After a lively, unpredictable weekend at the box office weekend estimates have A Quiet Place edging out Rampage to reclaim the top spot with $22 million 3,808 locations. John Krasinski's horror hit has been a doozy at the box office, opening to an impressive $50+ million before falling behind the blockbuster appeal of The Rock's Rampage in its second weekend. A Quiet Place roared back to the top spot this weekend, bringing its domestic total to $132 million. The film stars Krasinski alongside real-life wife Emily Blunt as a pair of parents trying to keep their …
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Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Back on Top, ‘Super Troopers 2’ Smokes Projections

Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Back on Top, ‘Super Troopers 2’ Smokes Projections
A Quiet Place” had another noisy weekend at the domestic box office, reclaiming the No. 1 slot in its third frame.

John Krasinski’s thriller co-starring Emily Blunt continued on its stellar run, earning $22 million from 3,808 locations. “A Quiet Place” had another impressive holdover, declining only 34% to bring its domestic tally to $132 million. That was enough to top Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage” and Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty.”

Bumped down to No. 2, Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage” collected $21 million in 4,115 theaters in its second weekend. So far, the film has made $66.6 million at the North American box office. Luckily, “Rampage” has been able to justify its expensive price tag with a strong international showing. It has crossed the $200 million mark overseas, claiming $57 million this weekend. That brings its global tally to $283 million.

Stx’s “I Feel Pretty” bowed in third with $16.2 million from 3,440 theaters. The Schumer-led comedy also features Michelle Williams,
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SXSW Exclusive Interview – Director Sebastian Gutierrez and stars Carla Gugino and Abbey Lee discuss Elizabeth Harvest

Rafael Motamayor chats with writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez, and stars Carla Gugino and Abbey Lee on folktales, directing your partner, fainting in the theater and more…

Where did you get the idea for Elizabeth Harvest?

Sebastian Gutierrez: Well, the film is based on the tale of Bluebeard, which is a French folktale. It is not very well known in the U.S., here they go “is that like the pirate?” but in Europe and Latin-America it is very well known, I new it as Barba Azul. It was always in the back of my mind as a very scary thing, you know. It is kind of like The Shining, with the person you love going crazy and trying to kill you, and that really resonates with me [his partner, Carla, laughs]. I always thought about that character and I was always interested in how it was portrayed sort of a likeable monster, with the
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Edgar Ramirez and Jesse Plemons to play villains opposite Dwayne Johnson in Jungle Cruise

As casting continues on Disney’s Jungle Cruise, it has been reported that the Dwayne Johnson-headlined adventure movie has cast Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) and Jesse Plemons (Game Night) in villainous roles.

The movie, an adaptation of the Disney theme park ride, is being directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) and sees Johnson as a riverboat captain cursed with immortality who takes Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) down river on her quest to search for the Tree of Life. Jack Whitehall (Bad Education) is also on board as Blunt’s brother.

Ramirez is said to be playing a man with a conquistador background who is one of the story’s villains. As yet, there’s no word on Plemons’ character, save for the fact that he’s also a bad guy.

Jungle Cruise is set to begin shooting this summer, with Collet-Serra directing from
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‘A Quiet Place’ Reclaims Box Office Crown, ‘Super Troopers 2’ Outdoes Expectations

‘A Quiet Place’ Reclaims Box Office Crown, ‘Super Troopers 2’ Outdoes Expectations
John Krasinski’s surprise hit “A Quiet Place” has returned to its No. 1 slot in its third weekend at the domestic box office with $20 million from 3,808 theaters, up 219 sites from last weekend.

In second is last weekend’s box office topper, Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage,” with about $18 million from 4,115 theaters. The action film opened to $35 million last weekend, narrowly beating out “A Quiet Place’s” second frame.

A Quiet Place” stars Krasinski and wife Emily Blunt as a couple trying to keep their family safe in a world populated by aliens that hunt based on sound. The Paramount film has grossed a respectable $116 million through Friday, including $56 million from foreign markets.

In its first seven days, Warner Bros.’ “Rampage” has earned $187 million globally to a $120 million production budget, with $141 million from overseas. Directed by Brad Peyton and also starring Naomie Harris, the film follows Johnson’s scientist David Okoye, who
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Emily Blunt on taking over from Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins Returns

Following her role in husband John Krasinski’s acclaimed horror A Quiet Place, Emily Blunt will next be seen taking on the iconic role of Mary Poppins in Disney’s upcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns.

Speaking to Variety, the actress has been chatting about stepping into the shoes of Julie Andrews and what drew her to the film, which reunites her with her Into the Woods director Rob Marshall.

“Rob Marshall called me a couple of years ago and pitched it to me,” said Blunt. “The script hadn’t been written and they hadn’t written the songs, they were just crafting a narrative. He explained that this was much more in the same world as the books. It’s set in the ’30s during the Great Depression, which is when P.L. Travers wrote them. It was the idea of having a darker backdrop in which hope could reappear from the skies.
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