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Box Office: ‘John Wick 3’ to Topple ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $50 Million-Plus Debut

  • Variety
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have finally met their match.

The debut of Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” should end “Avengers: Endgame’s” reign at No. 1 with an estimated $56 million from 3,850 North American locations.

The threequel took in $22.67 million on Friday. “John Wick: Chapter Two,” the previous installment of the franchise, opened to $30.4 million in February of 2017.

Keanu Reeves stars in “John Wick 3,” alongside franchise returnees Lawrence Fishburne and Ian McShane and newcomers Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon, and Lance Reddick. Chad Stahelski returned to helm the neo-noir thriller, with a script from Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Colllins, and Marc Abrams. “John Wick 3” holds an A- CinemaScore and 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Avengers: Endgame,” on the other hand, should notch around $29 million in its fourth weekend in theaters for the second place spot. “Endgame” is currently sitting at around $2.5 billion worldwide — the second highest-grossing film of all time,
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New Movies Hitting Theaters This Week May 17, 2019 Revealed

Hey, Movie fans. We know what you're here for and we're here to give it to you. A couple of big, wide release movies are indeed hitting theaters this week, May 17, 2019. Two of them appear to be dramas while the other one is surely a hit action flick, and that's the one I'll be going to see in particular. The first movie that's set to hit theaters in wide release on May 17, 2019 is: "A Dog's Journey." It's listed as being a family movie. It's also a drama too. So, we'll call it a Family drama flick. It's rated PG. It stars: Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Marg Helgenberger, Betty Gilpin, Kathryn Prescott, and Henry Lau. It's actually a sequel to the original 2017 film titled, "A Dog's purpose." The plot summary for "A Dog's Journey" reads like this: "The soulful story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own
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The Sun Is Also A Star – Review

Ah, the Spring, when hearts turn to love. But is there room for romance at the multiplex, with a certain Mr. Wick taking out a near-endless platoon of assassins just a couple screens down, next to naughty R-rated romp? Well, the studios seem to think so, especially since this is based on a popular “young adult” novel (The Fault In Our Stars certainly did well five summers ago). Unlike that flick, there’s no “grim reaper” lurking about as he did a couple of months past in Five Feet Apart, though, as we find out, there is a clock “ticking down” on our two incredibly photogenic TV star young lovers. Oh, and one half of the pair is an aspiring college astronomy major, which is why she gets to state the title The Sun Is Also A Star.

After she narrates a post-title collage about humanity and her own past,
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Movie Review – The Sun Is Also a Star (2019)

The Sun Is Also a Star, 2019.

Directed by Ry Russo-Young.

Starring Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Miriam A. Hyman, Jake Choi, Cathy Shim, Keong Sim, Jordan Williams, and Camrus Johnson.

Synopsis:

A teenager finds love at a difficult time in her family’s life.

Surprisingly, The Sun Is Also a Star was only written by one person, because if there were multiple names attached it would have offered up an explanation as to how this teen romance can repeatedly alternate between genuinely touching while making effective use of its diverse minority leads, and business as usual for the genre complete with predictability, dumb characters, clichés, overkill on the false endings, and a few scenes so embarrassing and out of touch with the rest of the narrative that it’s baffling anyone thought they were a good idea.

It’s also written by a woman and directed by one (Ry
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Film Review: ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’

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Film Review: ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’
Ask Natasha Kingston (Yara Shahidi) who she adores, and she’ll answer astronomer Carl Sagan, whose presence hovers like Cupid over Ry Russo-Young’s winsome and intelligent teen romance “The Sun Is Also a Star,” based on the bestselling Ya novel by Nicola Yoon. Like Sagan, Natasha is rational and trusts only in the scientific method. Love, she insists, is “legit dead-ass not real” — or at least, it’s not provable — until Natasha cosmically collides with moony high schooler Daniel Bae (Charles Melton) when her baseball jacket embroidered “Deus Ex Machina” catches the would-be poet’s attention.

Alas, tomorrow, Ins is scheduled to deport Natasha, an undocumented Jamaican. Between appointments with her immigration lawyer (John Leguizamo), the strangers have one day to wander the city debating their destiny, during which Daniel takes his cues from the New York Times’ viral 2015 Modern Love column “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This.
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‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ Film Review: Star-Crossed Teen Romance Offers Plenty to Like, But Never Earns Love

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‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ Film Review: Star-Crossed Teen Romance Offers Plenty to Like, But Never Earns Love
The Sun Is Also a Star,” was so painfully close to being an enjoyable experience. I should have felt swept up in Ry Russo-Young’s romantic drama about two interesting young characters from immigrant backgrounds falling for each other as they shared their passions and stories. Instead, there are periodic reminders that something about this movie is off. It’s not so distracting that the movie loses its sense of romantic fantasy, but it’s jarring enough that my audience’s early reactions of “Awww…” eventually turned into groans.

Based on Nicola Yoon’s Ya novel of the same title, “The Sun Is Also a Star” follows Natasha Kingsley, a Jamaican-born aspiring astronomer, on what could be her last day in New York City before she and her family are deported. In the middle of this chaotic time, during which she chases one last hope to stay with the help
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Ry Russo-Young Found a Surprising Refuge in Ya Films, But Now She’s Ready for Something New

Ry Russo-Young Found a Surprising Refuge in Ya Films, But Now She’s Ready for Something New
When Ry Russo-Young arrived at Sundance in January 2017, the festival regular — she had previously debuted films in both the New Frontiers and Competition sections — returned to the annual Park City event with a surprising new feature: an adaptation of “Before I Fall,” based on Lauren Oliver’s Ya novel of the same name, a teenage spin on “Groundhog Day” with a dramatic bite. Featuring a breakout performance from rising star Zoey Deutch, the film pulled in mixed reviews, though nearly every critic singled out Russo-Young’s strong direction and ability to add new dimensions to a story audiences might have thought they already knew.

When it hit theaters two months later, the Open Road production made a tidy $19 million on a $5 million budget, making it the filmmaker’s biggest moneymaker yet in a career that had already seen the release of three earlier features. Moving to a teen-centric movie after
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Kevin Hart to Star in Remake of Korean Comedy Extreme Job

Universal Pictures has won the rights to the wildly popular Korean comedy Extreme Job, and Kevin Hart is lined up to play the lead role.

The film is about “a team of narcotics detectives who go undercover in a fried chicken joint to stake out an organized crime gang. But things take an unexpected turn when the detectives’ chicken recipe suddenly transforms the rundown restaurant into the hottest eatery in town.”

Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) is set to adapt the screenplay, and Hart is producing from his HartBeat production banner. Cj Entertainment is also producing, and Francis Chung, head of U.S. Production had this to say about the collaboration:

“Once ‘Extreme Job’ became such a phenomenon in Korea, we knew we had to partner up with powerhouses for the U.S. version,” Chung said in a statement. “With Universal, Kevin Hart and Tracy Oliver on board, we know this project
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Michael Chiklis to Star in Drama Series "Coyote" in Development at Paramount Network

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Michael Chiklis to Star in Drama Series
Michael Chiklis will star in and executive produce the drama “Coyote” currently in development at Paramount Network, Variety has learned.

The series follows Ben Clemens (Chiklis) who, on the day of his mandatory retirement from the United States Border Patrol, discovers an illicit tunnel used to mainline black market goods into the United States from Mexico. This soon puts Clemens in the crosshairs of the criminal mastermind he’s spent his career trying to destroy.

Josh Gilbert, Michael Carnes, and David Graziano will write and executive produce. Michelle MacLaren is attached to executive produce and direct. MacLaren Entertainment, Darkhorse, and Sony Pictures Television will produce.

Chiklis is perhaps best known for his starring role as Vic Mackey in the FX cop drama “The Shield,” for which he was nominated for multiple Emmys and Golden Globe Awards, winning one of each. He also starred in the popular ABC series “The Commish,
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Win Free Passes To The St. Louis Advance Screening Of The Sun Is Also A Star

“What if I told you I could get you to fall in love with me…?”

College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet—and fall for each other—over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. But will fate be enough to take these teens from star-crossed to lucky in love? With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation as fiercely as she’s fighting her budding feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together. A modern-day story about finding love against all odds, “The Sun Is Also a Star” explores whether our lives
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kevin hart to be seen in this film's remake

Actor Kevin Hart will reportedly star in the English remake of Korean comedy film Extreme Job. Universal Pictures and Cj Entertainment are teaming up for the remake with Hart eyeing the starring role and Tracy Oliver on board to write the adapted screenplay, reports variety.com. Cj Entertainment is developing and producing the remake along with Hart's HeartBeat production banner with Francis Chung producing for Cj and Hart producing through his HeartBeat production banner.?

"At Hartbeat, we are always seeking fun projects that tell a story for worldwide audiences, and we could not be more excited to be a part of this one," Hart said in a statement.?

"Tracy Oliver is such an incredible writer who will surely bring this story to life. We are so thrilled to be working with Universal and Cj Entertainment, who's still helping me achieve my goal of becoming a K-pop star," he added.

The
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Kevin Hart to Produce and Likely Star in Remake of Korean Hit ‘Extreme Job’

Kevin Hart will produce and likely star in an English-language remake of the Korean box office sensation Extreme Job for Universal Pictures, it was announced on Monday. There's no director attached yet, but Girls Trip scribe Tracy Oliver will write the script and produce alongside Hart and Francis Chung of Cj Entertainment, which produced the original film. Jerry Ko will serve as an executive producer, while Cj's Fred Lee and Ini Chung will co-produce and oversee development for the company. Carli Haney will oversee the project on behalf of Hart's HartBeat Productions. Extreme Job follows …
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Universal, Cj Entertainment in 'Extreme Job' remake for possible Kevin Hart lead role

Comedy smash grossed $127m in South Korea this year.

Universal Pictures has secured worldwide rights to an English-language remake of Cj Entertainment’s South Korean comedy hit and all-time box office record-holder Extreme Job, with Kevin Hart eyeing the star role.

Cj Entertainment and HartBeat Productions will Produce with Tracy Oliver, who will adapt the screenplay based on the hit feature about a team of narcotics detectives who go undercover in a fried chicken restaurant just as it becomes the hottest eatery in town.

Lee Byoung-heon’s Extreme Job opened in January in South Korea and has since become the
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‘Extreme Job’: Universal, Kevin Hart, Tracy Oliver & Cj Entertainment Team For English-Language Remake Of Korea’s Biggest Box Office Hit

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‘Extreme Job’: Universal, Kevin Hart, Tracy Oliver & Cj Entertainment Team For English-Language Remake Of Korea’s Biggest Box Office Hit
Kevin Hart, Girls Trip scribe Tracy Oliver and Korean powerhouse Cj Entertainment are teaming up on an English-language remake of Cj’s Korean box office smash Extreme Job for Universal Pictures.

Hart is eyeing a starring role in the comedy, which has been picked up by Universal for world rights. Oliver will script.

Extreme Job, which earlier this year became the highest grossing film in Korean box office history, follows a team of narcotics detectives who go undercover in a fried chicken joint to stake out an organized crime gang. Things take an unexpected turn when the detectives’ chicken recipe suddenly transforms the rundown restaurant into the hottest eatery in town. The Korean hit has taken $127M in its home market, more than 14 times the film’s budget.

The growing Cj Entertainment is developing and producing with Hart’s HeartBeat banner. Producers are Francis Chung, Cj’s Head of U.S. Productions,
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Kevin Hart to Remake Korean Box Office Hit ‘Extreme Job’ at Universal

Kevin Hart to Remake Korean Box Office Hit ‘Extreme Job’ at Universal
Kevin Hart is producing with an eye to star in the comedy “Extreme Job,” an English-language remake of a Korean box office smash, and Universal Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights to the film.

Last March, “Extreme Job” became the highest grossing film of all time in South Korea, taking in $127 million in what was 14 times greater than the film’s budget. Cj Entertainment, the Korean entertainment conglomerate that made the original comedy, is developing and producing the English-language remake along with Hart’s HartBeat production banner.

Tracy Oliver is on board to adapt the screenplay about a team of narcotics detectives who go undercover in a fried chicken joint to stake out an organized crime gang. But things take an unexpected turn when the detectives’ chicken recipe suddenly transforms the rundown restaurant into the hottest eatery in town.

Also Read: Kevin Hart's First Netflix Stand-Up Special to Debut in
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Kevin Hart to Star in English Remake of Korean Comedy ‘Extreme Job’ For Universal

  • Variety
Universal Pictures and Cj Entertainment are teaming up for a remake of the hit Korean comedy “Extreme Job” with Kevin Hart eyeing the starring role and Tracy Oliver on board to write the adapted screenplay.

Cj Entertainment is developing and producing the remake along with Hart’s HeartBeat production banner with Francis Chung producing for Cj and Hart producing through his HartBeat production banner. Oliver is also on board to produce. Jerry Ko, Head of International at Cj, is executive producing.

Fred Lee and Ini Chung are co-producing and will oversee development of the project with HartBeat’s Carli Haney.

“At Hartbeat, we are always seeking fun projects that tell a story for worldwide audiences, and we could not be more excited to be a part of this one,” says Hart. “Tracy Oliver is such an incredible writer who will surely bring this story to life. We are so thrilled
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Kevin Hart Plans 'Extreme Job' Comedy Remake at Universal

Kevin Hart Plans 'Extreme Job' Comedy Remake at Universal
Kevin Hart and Cj Entertainment have banded together to remake the Korean crime comedy Extreme Job.

Tracy Oliver, who penned Girls Trip and Little, will write the screenplay for the project, which just landed at Universal Pictures.

Hart is eyeing the project as a starring vehicle and will produce via his HartBeat production banner. Cj Entertainment, which produced the original, will also produce, with Cj’s head of U.S. productions Francis Chung producing. Oliver will also be a producer.

Extreme Job, now the biggest-grossing movie in Korean box office history following its release in January, centers on a team of narcotics ...
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Amy Powell Opens Up About Her Paramount TV Ouster, Acknowledges Mistakes & Talks About Lessons Learned

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Nine months after Amy Powell’s surprise exit as President of Paramount Television, she has spoken for the first time about the circumstances surrounding her firing.

Powell was let go last July over what was reported at the time as “racially insensitive” comments allegedly made by her during a conference call discussing characters and storylines in Paramount TV’s First Wives Club comedy series, a reimagining of the 1996 movie with black leads. Powell adamantly denied the accusations and, weeks later, she reached a confidential financial settlement with Paramount.

Powell, who had kept a low profile while prepping the next chapter in her career, recently reflected on the events that led to her dismissal, giving a frank assessment of her actions and taking responsibility for them. She made the comments in a Forbes article titled From Pain To Purpose: Why We Need To Have Difficult Conversations, about the importance of difficult
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‘Little’ Screenwriter Distances Herself From “Mean-Spirited” & Transphobic Joke In The Film

For the common movie fan, if they’re so inclined to know who wrote the feature film they just witnessed, a quick Google search can quickly yield a result. However, what most people don’t realize is that just because a name is listed as the sole “writer” on a film doesn’t mean that the person attached is responsible for every word on screen. That’s something that Tracy Oliver would like to stress to people who saw her recent film, “Little,” and are upset over a transphobic joke.

Continue reading ‘Little’ Screenwriter Distances Herself From “Mean-Spirited” & Transphobic Joke In The Film at The Playlist.
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Beyoncé’s $60M Netflix Deal Is Latest in Sharp Rise of Network Pacts With Black Women Creatives

Streaming giant Netflix has inked a mega three-project deal with global superstar Beyoncé Knowles, worth a reported $60 million, a third of which went to her recent, much-anticipated behind-the-scenes Coachella concert special, “Homecoming,” the first of the trio. It’s a significant agreement that is representative of a recent sharp rise in content pacts with African American female creatives.

As TV networks target the African American market ever more aggressively, a corresponding rise in demand for content for that audience has meant a demonstrable increase in exclusive access to African American content creators who networks are clearly willing to pay up for.

It’s noteworthy that Knowles’ previous three TV specials — “Lemonade” (2016), “Life Is But a Dream” (2013) and the “On the Run” concert special (2014) — were all HBO broadcasts, but “Homecoming” was not. A likely explanation for that, according to Vulture, citing unnamed sources, is that binge-spending Netflix stepped in and offered
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