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‘Night School’ to Top Box Office Over ‘Smallfoot’

  • Variety
‘Night School’ to Top Box Office Over ‘Smallfoot’
“Night Schoolâ€. is kicking off its box office run with top marks.

The Universal film starring Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart is on its way to an estimated $26 million from 3,010 North American sites to land at No. 1, though the debut of Warner Bros.’ animated “Smallfootâ€. is close behind with $23 million from 4,131 domestic locations.

“Night Schoolâ€. stars Hart as a man who must get his Ged after facing job stagnation, with Haddish as his unconventional teacher. Rob Riggle, Taran KillamRomany MalcoKeith David, and Loretta Devine also star in the comedy, which was directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film is sitting at a 30% Rotten Tomatoes score and 60% audience score, and received a A- CinemaScore. Writing credits include Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, Matt Kellard, Nicholas Stoller, and John Hamburg. “Night Schoolâ€. earned about $9 million on Friday.

Meanwhile, “Smallfoot,â€. which features a star-studded voice cast including Channing Tatum, Zendaya, James Corden,
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"Little Women" - New Footage

  • SneakPeek
Sneak Peek "Little Women", directed by Clare Niederpruem, in a modern, updated adaptation of author Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel, starring Sarah Davenport, Allie Jennings, Lucas Grabeel, Ian Bohen and Lea Thompson, opening September 28, 2018:

"...in the original novel, four teenaged sisters and their mother, 'Marmee', live in a new neighborhood in Massachusetts in genteel poverty. Having lost all his money, their father is acting as a pastor, miles from home, involved in the 'American Civil War'. The women face their first Christmas without him.

"'Meg' and 'Jo March', the elder two, have to work in order to support the family: Meg teaches a nearby family of four children; Jo assists her aged great-aunt 'March', a wealthy widow living in a mansion, 'Beth', too timid for school is content to stay at home and help with housework; 'Amy' is still at school. Meg is beautiful and traditional, Jo
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‘Little Women’ Film Review: Contemporary Take on Literary Classic Feels More Old-Fashioned Than the Original

  • The Wrap
‘Little Women’ Film Review: Contemporary Take on Literary Classic Feels More Old-Fashioned Than the Original
Clare Niederpruem’s adaptation of “Little Women” is billed as “the first-ever modern cinematic retelling of the classic story.” (Apparently they’re not counting the 2012 TV movie “The March Sisters at Christmas.”) This sounds like a promising approach; Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel was published 150 years ago, yet it remains as relevant as ever.

Alcott’s books grappled with the place of girls and women (and also boys and men) in the world, so there will always be room for thoughtful adaptations of her work. Indeed, this year brought a well-received miniseries to PBS, and Greta Gerwig is currently working on an interpretation starring Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep. Plus, of course, parents still show kids their own favorite versions, from 1933, 1949 and 1994.

But these efforts reflected a crucial understanding missing from Niederpruem’s feature debut: that we are all Jo. The girls in this contemporary retelling — which was produced
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‘Little Women’ Review: Louisa May Alcott’s Classic Gets a Modern, Undercooked, and Unnecessary Adaptation

  • Indiewire
‘Little Women’ Review: Louisa May Alcott’s Classic Gets a Modern, Undercooked, and Unnecessary Adaptation
What would the world of the March sisters look like in the contemporary era? Such is the concept behind Clare Niederpruem’s misguided take on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel “Little Women.” Released between last year’s well-received three-episode PBS miniseries and Greta Gerwig’s upcoming star-studded feature, Niederpruem’s debut will be remembered as a curiosity amongst otherwise stellar adaptations. Niederpruem, who adapted the book with Kristi Shimek, clearly has great affection for Alcott’s indelible sisters, but her film never goes beyond placing them in a contemporary setting and simply hoping for the best.

While there’s certainly room to explore Alcott’s biggest themes in the lives of modern women, here the results feel more hammy than revelatory. Sweet scenes in Alcott’s book are now suddenly weird and outdated, and only serve as uncomfortable evidence of the film’s poor execution. The intrusion of modern idioms also stings,
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Film Review: ‘Little Women’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Little Women’
When characters cry on screen, but the audience doesn’t cry in their seats, there’s a problem. Unfortunately, it’s not the only problem in director Clare Niederpruem’s “Little Women.” This contemporary adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s enduring classic is certainly admirable in its attempt to give the material a modern spin. However, what’s new only serves to frustrate and detract from the reasons why this material has been beloved for generations.

Niederpruem, along with co-writer (and editor) Kristi Shimek, updates Alcott’s source material with an unnecessary framing device in which present-day twentysomething Jo March (Sarah Davenport) is attempting to make her mark by writing an unforgettable novel. Can you guess what that novel will eventually be?

Jo was once a young girl yearning to “do all the things”, such as travel the world and be a playwright. Now, she’s just a frustrated fantasy-fiction writer,
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Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish’s ‘Night School’ to Score High Marks in Box Office Debut

  • Variety
Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish’s ‘Night School’ to Score High Marks in Box Office Debut
Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart’s upcoming comedy is studying up for an A+ opening.

Haddish and Hart’s “Night School” is heading for a debut around $25 million in the Sept. 28-30 weekend, early tracking showed Thursday. Warner Bros.’ animated “Smallfoot” is eyeing similar numbers in its opening that same weekend.

Universal’s “Night School” is the first lead role for Haddish since she broke out in “Girls Trip” last year. She plays a no-nonsense teacher heading adult instruction at a high school with Hart as a particularly hapless student, told at one point that he is “clinically dumb.”

Tracking for “Night School” ranges from $21 million to $34 million. The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee, who directed Haddish in “Girls Trip,” which opened to $31.2 million on July 21-23, 2017, its way to $115 million domestically. Hart produces via his Hartbeat Productions banner and Will Packer is producing for his Will Packer Productions.
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Greta Gerwig May Next Direct ‘Little Women’ with Streep, Stone, Ronan, and Chalamet

How many adaptations of Little Women can we pack into the next few years? Add another one to the list! Though PBS just aired the BBC Little Women miniseries starring Maya Hawke (and it was really good!), and another, modernized Little Women is on the horizon starring Lea Thompson and Sarah Davenport, there is apparently room for more. According to Variety, Greta Gerwig is eyeing an adaptation for Columbia Pictures, which would unite her with Lady Bird's Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet, as well as (potentially) Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Florence Pugh. The most famous adaptation of recent …
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Kevin Hart & Lionsgate’s Laugh Out Loud Network Sets Summer Slate: ‘Lyft Legend’, ‘Cold As Balls’, New Series & More

  • Deadline
Kevin Hart & Lionsgate’s Laugh Out Loud Network Sets Summer Slate: ‘Lyft Legend’, ‘Cold As Balls’, New Series & More
Kevin Hart and Lionsgate’s digital network Laugh Out Loud has unveiled its summer slate, featuring four new original series and sophomore seasons of three others. The rookie shows star the likes of Rahat Hossian, Sarah Davenport, Skye Townsend and Carlie Craig.

Read details of all seven series below, and check out a teaser trailer for Lyft Legend Season 2 above.

The June-to-September months will see the returns of prank series Kevin Hart: Lyft Legend, which launches today, along with stand-up showcase Just for Laughs and Cold as Balls, which features athlete interviews that take place in an ice bath.

Debuting this summer will be In the Zone, a comedic companion to Hart’s new CBS series Tko: Total Knock Out; prank show Rahat’s Terror Traps, starring YouTube prank king Rahat Hossian; Unmasked, a mockumentary comedy about the bizarre world of costumed street performers on Hollywood Boulevard; and Donors, a
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Little Women gets a modern retelling, watch the trailer here

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, a new trailer and a poster have arrived online for director Clare Niederpruem’s modern retelling of the classic novel which stars Lea Thompson, Sarah Davenport, Melanie Stone, Allie Jennings, Elise Jones, Taylor Murphy, Lucas Grabeel, Ian Bohen, and Stuart Edge; take a look here…

Sisters—and dreams—are unique in their ability to inspire, encourage and change the world.

For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has motivated women of all ages to dream together and celebrate family. Coming to theaters for the first time, a modern retelling of Little Women brings a new generation together with their mothers, sisters and friends.

From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up

sometimes means growing apart.
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Pure Flix/Quality Flix screens four features for buyers, including 'Samson' with Billy Zane (exclusive)

Pure Flix/Quality Flix screens four features for buyers, including 'Samson' with Billy Zane (exclusive)
Louisa May Alcott adaptation ‘Little Women’ is another of the titles offered to buyers.

Pure Flix/Quality Flix is screening four new features in Cannes to offer to buyers – works-in-progress Little Women and Indivisible, along with recent Us releases God’s Not Dead: A Light In Darkness, and Samson.

Indivisible screens in the market on May 14, and recounts the story of a Us Army chaplain whose faith is tested when he returns home from combat. Madeline Carroll, Sarah Drew, Jason George, Skye P. Marshall and Eric Close star.

Little Women is based on the Louisa May Alcott classic novel about
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Pure Flix brings Efm quartet led by 'Samson'

Berlin sales roster includes latest instalment in God’s Not Dead franchise.

Pure Flix/Quality Flix arrives at the Efm in Berlin with four new titles led by the imminent release Samson.

Vice-president of international sales Ron Gell will kick off talks at the market on Samson, which Pure Flix launches in the Us on Friday (February 12) on 1,000 screens.

The film is styled as the story of the world’s first superhero and follows the life of the child born with supernatural strength in ancient times who grows up to lead his oppressed tribe against the mighty empire of his day.

Taylor James, Billy Zane, Jackson Rathbone, Rutger Hauer, Lindsay Wagner and Caitlin Leahy star in Samson, which screens in the market on February 16 and 18.

Pure Flix/Quality Flix will also screen the latest instalment in the God’s Not Dead franchise, God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, featuring a cast of
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First Trailer for Cheesy High School Horror Thriller 'Deadly Detention'

"Attention students, the rules have changed. I am your new principal." Yes, I fully admit this looks terrible, but thankfully you don't have to waste any time or money on this if you don't want to - all trailers are free to watch! Deadly Detention, originally known as The Detained before the title change, is a new horror thriller about five "archetypal teens" (eye roll already) serving detention who "find themselves in a life or death situation." The main cast includes Henry Zaga, Alex Frnka, Sarah Davenport, Coy Stewart, Jennifer Robyn Jacobs, Kevin Blake, and Gillian Vigman. At least they admit in the description that the characters are archetypal, because everything about this looks cheesy and awful and not worth watching. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Blair Hayes' Deadly Detention, direct from YouTube: Stuck together for Saturday detention, five high school students with nothing in common find
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The Hatred arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand September 12th

Experience the bone-chilling tale of supernatural evil when The Hatred arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand September 12th from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Experience the bone-chilling tale of supernatural evil when The Hatred arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand September 12 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Starring fan favorites Andrew Divoff and David Naughton, the film centers on a group of young women who are tormented by a sinister forceas they discover their house has a dark history. From a producer of Halloween, The Hatred Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Check out this terrifying trailer for The Hatred:

Sins from the past return to terrorize the present in this shocker from a producer of Halloween. When recent college grad Regan goes to a family’s house to babysit their daughter for the weekend,
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Casting: Dormer, Kranz, Lind, Wilkinson, Mishler

In Darkness

"Game of Thrones" actress Natalie Dormer will star in Anthony Byrne's thriller "In Darkness" with production slated to begin early next year. Dormer co-wrote the film with Byrne while Ed Skrein and Stacy Martin are co-starring.

Dormer will play a blind musician who gets pulled into London's dark underbelly after she hears a murder committed in the apartment above her. As she gets embroiled in this violent and murky world, it appears she is out of her depth - until it becomes apparent she has been following her own path of revenge. [Source: Variety]

Rebirth

Fran Kranz, Adam Goldberg, Kat Foster, Nicky Whelan, Harry Hamlin, Andrew J West, Sheryl Lee, Pat Healy, Eric Ladin, Luis Geardo Mendez and Steve Agee have all joined the cast of Karl Mueller's indie feature "Rebirth" for Netflix, one of several low budget indie features the streaming service is behind.

The twisted psychological
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