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Box Office: ‘Old’ Slithers Past ‘Snake Eyes’ to Win Slow Weekend

Box Office: ‘Old’ Slithers Past ‘Snake Eyes’ to Win Slow Weekend
M. Night Shyamalan is scoring another No. 1 win at the domestic box office, where his thriller Old is slithering past fellow new offering Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins to win the spoils of an overall quiet weekend.

Old — about a family whose tropical vacation turns into an age-accelerating nightmare — grossed $6.9 million Friday from 3,355 locations, including $1.5 million in Thursday evening previews. At that pace, the film post a weekend gross of nearly $16 million.

Old, starring Gael García Bernal and Vicky Krieps, was inspired by the graphic novel Sandcastle.

Paramount and Hasbro’s Snake Eyes isn’t far behind....
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Whoopi Goldberg and Danielle Deadwyler to Star in Emmett Till Drama From 'Clemency' Director

Whoopi Goldberg and Danielle Deadwyler to Star in Emmett Till Drama From 'Clemency' Director
"Watchmen" star Danielle Deadwyler and Whoopi Goldberg are set to star in "Till," a drama about the aftermath of the murder of Emmett Till from the director of "Clemency," Chinonye Chukwu.

"Till" is set up at MGM's Orion Pictures, and the studio will kick off production on the film this September in Atlanta.

"Till" is about Mamie Till-Mobley, who led a pursuit for justice for her 14-year-old son Emmett Louis Till, choosing to have an open casket at her son's funeral following his gruesome murder in 1955 after he was accused of offending a white woman in a grocery store. Mamie chose to have Jet magazine publish the horrific photos at the funeral, which became a galvanizing moment that helped lead to the creation of the civil rights movement.

Deadwyler in the film will play Mamie, while Goldbergh will portray Emmett's grandmother Alma Carthan.

Chukwu also wrote the screenplay based
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Cannes Palme d’Or Winner ‘Titane’ Gets October Release in U.S.

Cannes Palme d’Or Winner ‘Titane’ Gets October Release in U.S.
Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Titane” is coming to the U.S. on October 1.

Neon, who nabbed stateside acquisition rights to the Julia Ducournau film back in 2019, made the announcement Friday on Twitter.

The film centers around Alexia (Agathe Rousselle), a serial killer impregnated by a car who disguises her gender and goes incognito as a lonely fireman’s (Vincent Lindon) long-lost son. The body-bending horror also features Garance Marillier, Laïs Salameh, Mara Cisse, Marin Judas, Diong-Kéba Tacu, Myriem Akheddiou, Bertrand Bonello and more.

Without a word of dialogue, the trailer for the movie flashes between harrowing scenes of a body transforming, fire spreading and people dancing.

Variety critic Peter Debruge called the film “lusty” and “dark,” writing that “Titane” is “a daringly queer and undoubtedly controversial ride, resulting in a most uncommon monster movie — a cross between David Cronenberg’s ‘Crash’ and the uterine horrors of Takashi Miike’s ‘Gozu,
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‘Jackie Brown’ Icon Pam Grier Joins Cast of ‘Pet Sematary’ Prequel (Exclusive)

‘Jackie Brown’ Icon Pam Grier Joins Cast of ‘Pet Sematary’ Prequel (Exclusive)
The prequel to Paramount’s 2019 horror film “Pet Sematary” has added “Jackie Brown” star Pam Grier to its call sheet.

Grier joins a cast that includes Jackson White (“Mrs. Fletcher”), Forrest Goodluck (” The Revenant”), Jack Mulhern (“Mare of Easttown”), Natalie Alyn Lind (” The Goldbergs”) and Isabella Star LeBlanc. The upcoming “Pet Sematary” will serve as an origin story to the Stephen King novel about a family that discovers a rather disturbing graveyard in the woods behind their home.

The movie, which still doesn’t have a title, begins shooting in August and will debut exclusively on Paramount Plus, the recently rebranded streaming service from ViacomCBS, on an undetermined date. It is set up at Paramount Players, a division of Paramount that specializes in genre fare.

The film marks the feature directorial debut of Lindsey Beer, who previously wrote the screenplay to Netflix’s coming-of-age movie “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser
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Nope: What on earth is Jordan Peele’s new film about?

Nope: What on earth is Jordan Peele’s new film about?
The Oscar-winning creator of Get Out and Us has released a mysterious new poster for a film called Nope, causing mass speculation online

Yesterday, seemingly out of the blue, Jordan Peele announced the name and poster of his third movie. The film is called Nope and the poster is a picture of an ominous-looking storm cloud hovering above a mountain village. Do we know what it’s about? Nope. Do we have any sort of insight into the film whatsoever? Nope. Would it be a good idea for us to attempt to extrapolate the premise for the film using nothing but a one-word title and a picture of a cloud? Nope. Are we going to do it anyway? Sure, why not.

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Yasiin Bey Says He Won’t Portray Thelonious Monk ‘If Monk Estate Is Not Happy’ With Film — and They’re Not

Yasiin Bey Says He Won’t Portray Thelonious Monk ‘If Monk Estate Is Not Happy’ With Film — and They’re Not
Yasiin Bey was announced as the star of a Thelonious Monk biopic on Wednesday, but as of Thursday, he appeared to be backing out the project in the wake of complaints coming from the late jazz great’s estate about the planned film.

“If the Monk Estate is not happy with it, if Mr. Monk III is not happy with it, then neither am I,” said Bey, the actor and musician formerly known as Mos Def, on Instagram Thursday morning. “To be clear, I was given every indication by the production company that the family was on board. It was one of my primary questions. … I took them at their word and clearly that wasn’t the case.”

Added Bey, “I can’t lie — I’m super excited, still, if there’s an opportunity to tell this type of story, but in the right way and only with the estate
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Rian Johnson and Karina Longworth Pledge $100,000 to LA’s Iconic Vidiots Store and Theater

Rian Johnson and Karina Longworth Pledge $100,000 to LA’s Iconic Vidiots Store and Theater
The moviegoing landscape in Los Angeles has been a little sadder without the return of the shuttered Arclight, but two of LA’s savviest cinephiles are hoping to do something about it. Director Rian Johnson and Karina Longworth, author and creator of the beloved “You Must Remember This” podcast, are pledging $100,000 as founding members of Vidiots, the iconic LA video store and nonprofit film organization. Vidiots is currently undergoing a nine-month renovation at the historic Eagle Theatre in the Eagle Rock neighborhood. Their gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 through September 17.

“Given the recent demise or transformation of some of our most beloved places for moviegoing in Los Angeles, it feels more urgent than ever to celebrate and support the rebirth of Vidiots. We hope you’ll join us in helping the women of Vidiots build an inclusive shrine to movies — both projected in a community setting, and preserved on physical media,
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Watch ‘Titane’ Palme d’Or Winner Julia Ducournau’s Twisted Debut Short ‘Junior’

Watch ‘Titane’ Palme d’Or Winner Julia Ducournau’s Twisted Debut Short ‘Junior’
French filmmaker Julia Ducournau is poised to become one of the biggest sensations in international genre filmmaking thanks to her surprise Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or win last weekend for “Titane.” That film took the festival’s top prize from a jury led by Spike Lee, and will next be released in the United States by Neon on October 1 in theaters.

Fans may remember her 2016 stomach-twisting debut feature “Raw,” but five years before that Ducournau directed a short film titled “Junior.” This amazingly disturbing short centers on a 13-year-old tomboy whose body becomes home to a startling metamorphosis. Courtesy of Unifrance you can now watch the full short in full below.

IndieWire recently interviewed Ducournau about her shocking feature “Titane,” following an erotic dancer who becomes impregnated by a Cadillac and is also a serial killer. “I can tell you that I do try to create affiliation between my films,
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‘Tig Notaro: Drawn’ Review: Tig’s Animated Standup Special Brilliantly Colors Outside the Lines

‘Tig Notaro: Drawn’ Review: Tig’s Animated Standup Special Brilliantly Colors Outside the Lines
Since galvanizing standup comedy with the arrestingly personal 2012 album “Live,” Tig Notaro has been a trusted source of joy for those who prefer their chuckles with a side of achingly real musings on life’s unavoidable hardships. The improvised half-hour, which famously begins with “Hi, I have cancer…” and proceeds to imagine God musing, “I think she can take a little more,” set a new high bar for vulnerability in comedy.

From “Nanette” to “Inside” to mental health jokes proliferating on sweaty basement stages, vulnerability is the new comedic currency. Lest traditionalists be dissuaded, Notaro is first and foremost a comedian, and a very funny one at that. All “Live” did was elevate her brand of dry observational comedy on mundane topics — from ‘80s singer Taylor Dayne to the spelling of “diarrhea” — to the near-divine.

The comedian’s latest special, “Tig Notaro: Drawn,” may not reach as holy heights (a
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‘Crank’ Director Brian Taylor and Christopher Meloni Take On the Nft Marketplace With Short Film ‘Out!!!’

‘Crank’ Director Brian Taylor and Christopher Meloni Take On the Nft Marketplace With Short Film ‘Out!!!’
As director Brian Taylor watched the Nft market expand from digital paintings and photography to musical projects and beyond, the filmmaker decided to get in on the action, crafting a new experimental short film with Christopher Meloni.

“You hardly ever get to be first in anything in my business,” Taylor tells Variety, explaining why he decided to get in on the Nft craze. “Everything you do has been done 50,000 times before.”

“So I called Meloni and said, ‘Are you in?’ and he said ‘Absolutely,’ because he’s in for anything new,'” Taylor says. “So I flew to New York and we made a film.”

Taylor and Meloni first collaborated on the Syfy series “Happy,” where Meloni played an injured hitman who befriends his kidnapped daughter’s imaginary friend, a perky blue flying unicorn. All this to say, the actor and director were pretty comfortable going all in no matter
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M. Night Shyamalan’s Daughter Follows in Filmmaking Footsteps as ‘Old’ Second Unit Director

M. Night Shyamalan’s Daughter Follows in Filmmaking Footsteps as ‘Old’ Second Unit Director
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old” is a family affair, at least behind the scenes.

The film follows a group of tourists staying at a luxury resort who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing causes them to rapidly age. At one point, Maddox — the character played by Alexa Swinton and Thomasin McKenzie — sings a song in the film, titled “Remain.” The song was written by Shyamalan’s daughter, Saleka Shyamalan, a singer and songwriter.

The second unit director of the film is his other daughter, Ishana Shyamalan, a recent graduate of New York University. The two had previously collaborated on Shyamalan’s Apple TV Plus series, “Servant.”

Below, she talks about working with her father, learning from him and growing up watching horror films.

How did this job come about for you?

It happened randomly. I was doing work on “Servant,” and he pitched it to me far in advance.
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‘Sopranos’ Monopoly Game Has Tony’s Duck, Melfi’s Chair, Bobby’s Toy Train, and More

‘Sopranos’ Monopoly Game Has Tony’s Duck, Melfi’s Chair, Bobby’s Toy Train, and More
The Sopranos” is getting the Monopoly treatment. Op Games recently announced a new edition in the popular board game franchise, this time focusing on Tony Soprano and many fan-favorite little details from the hit HBO mafia saga. The collectible tokens in this game include a baby duck (iconically lifted from the show’s first episode), the Stugots boat, Bobby Bacala’s toy train engine, Satriale’s pig, Dr. Mefli’s chair, and even a Barone sanitation truck.

The description promises you can “buy, sell, and trade popular locations like Tony Soprano’s house and Satriale’s Pork Store, before wheeling and dealing at the Bada Bing! Let tokens like The Stugots or Bobby Bacala’s toy train engine take you around the board and be the last boss standing!”

All the game’s houses have been renamed “stashes,” while the hotels are now called “contraband,” and chance cards are called “Ay!
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Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’ Creeping to No. 1 With Estimated $15 Million

Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’ Creeping to No. 1 With Estimated $15 Million
Old,” the newest thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan, is poised to top the domestic box office charts this weekend with an estimated $15.75 million.

The Universal film, starring Alex Wolff and Thomasin McKenzie, took in $6.8 million from 3,355 theaters on Friday. Throughout the weekend, it’s expected to add roughly another $9 million to its haul — with some industry experts predicting even more — which would be enough to take over the No. 1 spot. If so, “Old” will mark Shyamalan’s 14th film to gross more than $15 million in its opening weekend, and seventh film to debut in the top spot.

Old” follows a family on a tropical vacation who happen upon a beach that causes them to age rapidly, reducing their lives to one single day. The film’s predicted $15 million haul marks a slight downturn at the box office compared to other recent debuts — like “Black Widow” and “Space Jam: A New Legacy
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HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon’ Resumes Production After Hitting Pandemic Pause

HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon’ Resumes Production After Hitting Pandemic Pause
After a brief pause due to some trouble with Covid-19, HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel has resumed production House of the Dragon shut down for a couple days after a positive Covid test came out of a cast or crew member in Zone A, which is the inner circle of a film set that […]

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Filmmaker Andrea Arnold On ‘Cow’: The Beauty & Brutality Of Nature In All Is Unglamorized Truth [Interview]

Filmmaker Andrea Arnold On ‘Cow’: The Beauty & Brutality Of Nature In All Is Unglamorized Truth [Interview]
Andrea Arnold is aware that cows roaming the countryside is an image cut straight from the cloth of pastoral English iconography, the stuff of Victorian novels and Renaissance paintings. “[For] a lot of our modern lives, our sort of view of nature is a very romantic one,” she says. “It’s a very sort of postural, are we going to have a picnic and a nice bit of nature? We engage with the romance of it as opposed to the reality of it.”

Read More: Best Of Cannes 2021: 15 Must-See Movies From The Festival

The reality of nature, in all its unglamorized truth, is the driving force of Arnold’s new film, “Cow,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Oliver Stone Settles the Score with Cannes Debut ‘JFK Revisited,’ Feels Unappreciated at Home

Oliver Stone Settles the Score with Cannes Debut ‘JFK Revisited,’ Feels Unappreciated at Home
When you think reliable narrator, Oliver Stone doesn’t exactly come to mind. Since his start as a director in the 1970s, the lightning-rod filmmaker, now 74, has leaned into fiction narratives with political points of view, from “Salvador,” “Wall Street,” and “W.” to Best Director Oscar-winners “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July.” His last Oscar nomination came in 1996, for “Nixon,” arguably his peak of high regard in Hollywood. It’s hard to recall that in 1992, controversial global smash “JFK” earned three Oscar nominations including Best Picture.

Times change, and Stone’s complex historic and global point of view is far more layered and nuanced than current American partisanship will accept. That’s why the Yale-grad-turned-Vietnam-vet has managed to alienate folks on every side of the political spectrum, including accusations of promulgating violence with “Natural Born Killers,” promoting a whistleblower in “Snowden,” and conducting friendly documentary interviews with dictators,
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‘Settlers’ Does Home Invasion & Stockholm Syndrome In Space When They Could’ve Stayed Home [Review]

‘Settlers’ Does Home Invasion & Stockholm Syndrome In Space When They Could’ve Stayed Home [Review]
As our society has watched the likes of billionaire Richard Branson and Amazon mastermind Jeff Bezos proclaim themselves interstellar pioneers with their recent self-funded forays to the edge of space, it’s serendipitous to see a newly released movie about people inhabiting Mars following an ecological disaster on Earth and a story that unfolds where things predictably go awry. Though said effort, entitled “Settlers” and helmed by Wyatt Rockefeller, foregoes the sleek spacecraft Branson & Bezos have both commandeered in favor of a stark, eroded landscape appropriate for the red planet.

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The Daily Stream: Whether You Watch the Olympics or Not, ‘Ikiru’ Is Essential Viewing

The Daily Stream: Whether You Watch the Olympics or Not, ‘Ikiru’ Is Essential Viewing
(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching, why it’s worth checking out, and where you can stream it.) The Movie: Ikiru Where You Can Stream It: The Criterion Channel The Pitch: Hit with a terminal illness, a widower stuck in a bureaucrat’s job rediscovers what […]

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Covid Anxiety Finds a Sequel as Hollywood Confronts the Next Wave

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Covid Anxiety Finds a Sequel as Hollywood Confronts the Next Wave
This week provided an unwelcome, although not entirely unexpected, raft of Covid news in the entertainment industry: Rising case numbers, a canceled theatrical release, confusing protocols, uncertain futures, and a movie-star ultimatum. IndieWire editor in chief Dana Harris-Birdsong and editor-at-large Anne Thompson stopped for a Double Take to assess what might happen next.

Dana Harris-bridson: This was a busy week for Covid in Hollywood. We saw the guilds and producers tentatively negotiate a short-term deal that appears to be double-jointed in its flexibility: It simultaneously relaxes Covid protocols while “allowing” producers to require vaccinations in Zone A on sets. Meanwhile there’s a 15.7 percent positive test rate in Clark County, Nevada, where Las Vegas plans to host CinemaCon next month. In the U.K., A24’s “The Green Knight” was pulled from theatrical distribution two weeks before release in response to rapidly rising Covid fears — even though the
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Riders of Justice review – oddly life-affirming revenge comedy

Riders of Justice review – oddly life-affirming revenge comedy
Mads Mikkelsen is the enthusiastically violent avenger, with top back-up support, in Anders Thomas Jensen’s darkly funny new movie

A former military man is driven to avenge the death of his wife with brutal, at times overly enthusiastic efficiency. It’s a fairly generic revenge movie premise. However, in the hands of Danish director and co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen (the man behind transgressive black comedy Men & Chicken), the revenge movie takes a swerve into more unexpected territory. Jensen’s approach has always been to push the limits of acceptable subjects for comedy, and this is no exception. Violence aside, there are some moments – I hesitate to call them gags – dealing with sexual abuse that venture into pretty dark places, comedically speaking. Others are gloriously absurd. We laugh, partly, from relief at escaping the unimaginable.

The reliably excellent Mads Mikkelsen channels the rigid black-and-white certainties of military man Markus.
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