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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night
Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us” opened huge with $7.4 million on Thursday night in North America.

The figure easily topped Thursday preview numbers for “The Nun” at $5.4 million and “A Quiet Place” at $4.3 million and nearly matched “Halloween” at $7.7 million.

Projections for Universal’s “Us,” Peele’s much-anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Get Out,” have been in the $38 million to $45 million range for the weekend as the film widens to 3,741 sites. Some forecasts call for a launch of as much as $50 million — which would easily surpass the opening weekend haul of “Get Out,” which debuted with $33 million and ended its theatrical run with $176 million in the U.S.

Us” is also launching in 48 international markets, including France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

“Us” stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a couple fighting off doppelgangers while vacationing with their children at a Northern California beach house. The movie has generated exceptional
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Ariana Greenblatt Joins Dylan O’Brien In Paramount Players’ ‘Monster Problems’

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Ariana Greenblatt Joins Dylan O’Brien In Paramount Players’ ‘Monster Problems’
Exclusive: Avengers: Infinity War actress Ariana Greenblatt has booked the role of Minnow in the upcoming Paramount Players feature Monster Problems starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Rooker.

Monster Problems is a coming of age feature film about a young man living in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monsters. Michael Matthews (Five Fingers for Marseilles) will direct with Shawn Levy producing at 21 Laps off Brian Duffield and Matthew Robinson’s screenplay.

A New York City native, Greenblatt credits also include Stx’s Bad Moms Christmas and the upcoming Walt Disney movie The One and Only Ivan opposite Angelina Jolie and Bryan Cranston. Greenblatt also stars on the Disney Channel series Stuck in the Middle. In Infinity War, Greenblatt played Young Gamora.

As Deadline exclusively announced, Rooker will play Clyde, an expert hunter who teaches Joel Dawson (O’Brien) how to survive the Monster Apocalypse.

Greenblatt is repped by Paradigm, Untitled Entertainment
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‘Supernatural’ to End After a Record-Setting 15 Seasons on The CW

‘Supernatural’ to End After a Record-Setting 15 Seasons on The CW
Supernatural, the longest-running live-action fantasy TV series in American television history, is coming to an end. The cast of The CW show has announced that the series will be concluding after its upcoming fifteenth season. “We just told the crew that though we’re very, very excited about moving into our fifteenth season, it will be […]

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Film Review: ‘Staff Only’

Marta (Elena Andrada) is 17, from Barcelona and alternately bored and mortified to be on a Christmas vacation to Senegal with her estranged dad, Manel (Sergi López), and annoying little brother, Bruno (Ian Samsó). For her, the freedoms of imminent adulthood, such as the occasional poolside mojito, are tantalizing close but still technically forbidden, rather like the employees’ section of their resort hotel that is quarantined from the guests’ domain by a doorway marked “Staff Only.”

Catalan director Neus Ballús, in her calm, intelligent second feature after 2013’s docudrama “The Plague,” allows Marta’s coming of age to sensitively parallel, in unexpected ways, a clear-eyed critique of tourism in post-colonial regions. The film is mediated through a white Westerner’s experience rather than that of a local, but it is no white-savior narrative; if anything, it is a gentle dismantling of that myth from the inside, revealing the myopia and self-deluding
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Candid ‘Rocketman’ Dares to Show Elton John as ‘Damaged,’ ‘Ugly’

Candid ‘Rocketman’ Dares to Show Elton John as ‘Damaged,’ ‘Ugly’
Elton John movie “Rocketman” dares to portray the singer’s personality early in his career to have been, at times, “ugly,” Taron Egerton – who plays the pop star – told an audience at London’s Abbey Road Studios Friday, following a screening of 15 minutes of footage from the film. It is a candid portrayal, showing him at his “most vulnerable… most broken and damaged,” Egerton said. It is a story “about someone who was not well becoming well,” he explained.

“What I felt was very special about this project is largely down to Elton’s very specific personality type, and especially him having gone through recovery, which I think leads to a certain quality of openness and candidness,” Egerton said.

“The movie begins with Elton marching into rehab, in a real bad way – sweaty, grinding his teeth… and that’s our jumping off point for the film, and we learn about
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‘Supernatural’ Ending After Season 15 on The CW

Well, they finally went and did it. The CW canceled Supernatural. It is truly the end of an era. But fans of the series will get one more season before saying goodbye to the boys forever. After fifteen years on the air, Supernatural will end on The CW after Season 15, which series star Jensen Ackles promises "will be the big, grand finale of an institution" in a farewell video. Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins came together to announce the news in an emotional video on social media today. “We just told the crew that though we’re very, …
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Why So Serious? New ‘Joker’ Image Shows a Morose Joaquin Phoenix Watching TV

Why So Serious? New ‘Joker’ Image Shows a Morose Joaquin Phoenix Watching TV
A new Joker image is here, showing Joaquin Phoenix looking very, very serious. Lighten up, sir! The movie is called Joker! The black and white pic comes courtesy of director Todd Phillips, who has confirmed he’s now editing the standalone Batman spin-off. See the Joker image below, and don’t worry about spoilers. The only thing this pic reveals […]

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Ben Affleck’s Addiction Drama Set for Awards-Season Release

Warner Bros. has given Ben Affleck’s untitled addiction drama an awards-season-friendly release date of Oct. 18.

The film, which has been known previously as “The Has-Been” and “Torrance,” is directed by Gavin O’Connor and stars Affleck as a former basketball player struggling with addiction, which has led to him losing his wife. As part of his recovery, he becomes the coach of a high school basketball team at his alma mater.

Affleck is a producer on the movie, along with O’Connor, Jennifer Todd, Gordon Gray, and Ravi Mehta. The script was written by Brad Ingelsby and O’Connor. The film also stars Al Madrigal as the assistant coach, Janina Gavankar, Hayes MacArthur, Brandon Wilson, and Rachael Carpani.

Affleck and O’Connor last collaborated on the 2016 drama “The Accountant,” which generated $155 million at the worldwide box office.

Warner Bros. also announced on Friday that it has moved the drama “The Goldfinch” forward to Sept.
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Joaquin Phoenix Channels ‘Jesse James’ in New ‘Joker’ Image

While Warner Bros. is about to release the colorful, family-centric DC adaptation Shazam!, the studio has a very different kind of DC Comics movie on tap later this year: Joker. The 1981-set film is described as a one-off, standalone adaptation of the iconic Batman villain with Joaquin Phoenix taking on the titular role, and co-writer/director Todd Phillips has shared a new look at Phoenix in character. Phillips is knee-deep in the editing phase at the moment, and took a minute to share a snap of Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, who subsequently turns into the …
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Jordan Peele Explains the Meaning Behind the ‘Us’ Michael Jackson Reference

Jordan Peele Explains the Meaning Behind the ‘Us’ Michael Jackson Reference
Jordan Peele’s horror movie “Us” is filled with pop culture references, from “Jaws” to “Goonies.” But the most divisive might be right in his opening sequence. Warning, minor spoilers ahead.

The movie about a couple (played by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke) and their children being hunted and brutalized by a mysterious family that looks just like them opens with a scene from the 1980s. Nyong’o’s character is a little girl when her dad wins her a “Thriller” T-shirt from a game booth at an amusement park.

She puts on the T-shirt just before she wanders into a house of a mirrors — a decision that will imprint on the character’s life forever.

This “Thriller” throwback surfaces shortly after HBO’s documentary “Leaving Neverland,” centered around Jackson’s alleged sexual abuse of underage boys. The film lead to many fans calling for a boycott of Michael Jackson’s music.
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Sequel Bits: ‘Ghostbusters 3’, ‘Zombieland 2’, ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’, ‘Leaving Neverland’, ‘Sliders’, ‘Expendables 4’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’

Sequel Bits: ‘Ghostbusters 3’, ‘Zombieland 2’, ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’, ‘Leaving Neverland’, ‘Sliders’, ‘Expendables 4’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’
In this edition of Sequel Bits: The Cabin In The Woods Art Director and Venom VFX Supervisor Join Ghostbusters 3. J.K. Simmons says he knows all there is to know about Ghostbusters 3, but he won’t tell you about it. Woody Harrelson seems to be having a good time shooting Zombieland 2. Kevin Smith shares another pic […]

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‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Sequel Hires a New Director; Supporting Cast to Return

Netflix's so-called Summer of Love was a big hit last year, but arguably the biggest breakout success of all was the charming rom-com To All the Boys I've Loved Before. No surprise then that Netflix is already putting together a sequel, but THR reports that the follow-up film is going to be missing a key element from the first film -- director Susan Johnson. The To All the Boys I've Loved Before sequel is recruiting Michael Fimognari, who was the cinematographer on the first film, to direct the sequel. To All the Boys screenwriter Sofia …
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‘Those Who Work,’ ‘Chris the Swiss’ Top 2019 Swiss Film Awards

Two debut features in writer-director Antoine Russbach’s “Those Who Work” and Anja Kofmel’s animated documentary “Chris the Swiss,” were the big winners at Friday night’s Swiss Film Awards, notching three plaudits each.

Sold by Be For Films, “Those Who Work,” stars Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet, who has appeared in every single film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne since 1996’s “La Promesse,” to winning a Cannes best actor award for 2002’s “The Son.” In Russbach’s film Gourmet plays Frank, a 50-something fixer for a company which rents out cargo ships. On a busy day, to prevent a ship being put into quarantine, he rashly orders a stowaway be thrown overboard to certain death. The decision gets him fired, not for moral reasons, but in the hopes of avoiding a media scandal.

The film scooped the awards for best fiction feature, best screenplay and best performance in a supporting role,
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‘Unicorn Store’ Trailer: Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut Reunites Her With Samuel L. Jackson

‘Unicorn Store’ Trailer: Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut Reunites Her With Samuel L. Jackson
Two years after Brie Larson‘s directorial debut premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Unicorn Store is finally coming to Netflix. Despite boasting an impressive cast including Larson and her Kong: Skull Island and Captain Marvel co-star Samuel L. Jackson, the comedy-drama about a young idealistic woman struggling to find herself had seemingly vanished after its Tiff premiere. But Unicorn […]

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'Those Who Work', 'Chris The Swiss' win three each at 2019 Swiss Film Awards

Prizes for ’Those Who Work’ included best fiction film.

Those Who Work and documentary Chris The Swiss were the top winners at the 2019 Swiss Film Awards in Geneva on March 22, with three prizes each.

Antoine Russbach’s fiction feature debut Those Who Work took best fiction film, best screenplay and best performance in a supporting role for Pauline Schneider. The film, which premiered at Locarno 2018, is a socio-critical drama about the contemporary working environment.

Anja Kofmel’s Chris The Swiss, which launched at Critics’ Week at Cannes 2018, received best documentary film, best film score and best film editing. The animated
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Gets an Improved Fan-Made New Poster

Update: In a nice bit of irony, it turns out this poster is a fan-made piece. Nice work, Alphaville Design. Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood has had a bit of a rocky go with the advertising so far. First of all, there's that ellipsis. Then there's the matter of the first two posters, which were instantly, ruthlessly dunked on for days. On the heels of the first teaser trailer, Sony Pictures has debuted a new poster for Quentin Tarantino's ninth film, and while it might not have the immediately iconic quality of dorm room staples …
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‘Arrested Development’: Take The Forget-Me-Not Roofies & Cherish Those Memory Of The Show You Once Loved [Season 5 Review]

And now the story of a beloved comedy series that lost everything and the eccentric, determined creator who felt he had no choice, but to keep the show running, way past its prime and beyond the point of being funny. It’s “Arrested Development.”

To recap, “Arrested Development,” in its precarious, always-on-the-edge-of-cancelation Fox years, was your favorite comedy series. Critically-acclaimed, Emmy-respected, ‘Ad,’ had little viewership, but soon developed a huge comedy following and was cherished by humor geeks and famous comedians.

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‘Slut in a Good Way’ Director and Stars on How Shooting in Black-and-White Makes a Movie Timeless [Interview]

‘Slut in a Good Way’ Director and Stars on How Shooting in Black-and-White Makes a Movie Timeless [Interview]
Slut In A Good Way is a little bit of a hard sell. First, there’s the title which fits it perfectly once you see the movie and know the context, but on first glance is a bit… strong. Secondly, it’s a black and white French-language movie, which means the uphill battle to get Us audiences […]

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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ to Easily Surpass ‘Get Out’ in Killer Opening Weekend

Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ to Easily Surpass ‘Get Out’ in Killer Opening Weekend
Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us” will likely slay the box office competition this weekend.

It’s projected to generate an impressive $64 million through the weekend at 3,741 sites in North America, early estimates showed Friday. “Us” is over-performing recent forecasts, which had ranged from $38 million to $50 million. It should wind up with about $27 million on its first day Friday. That includes a stellar $7.4 million from previews, which nearly matched “Halloween,” the most recent horror blockbuster, at $7.7 million.

Should the new estimates hold for weekend, the R-rated “Us” will be the best horror launch since “Halloween” debuted with $76 million on Oct. 19-21. And it will be the third consecutive robust weekend for North American moviegoing since “Captain Marvel” launched on March 8 with $153 million. The third weekend of Disney’s “Captain Marvel” will finish a solid second with about $32 million, pushing it to nearly $320 million domestically in its first 17 days.

Universal’s “Us,
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‘The Eyes Of Orson Welles’ Is An Illuminating Love Letter That Is Too Preoccupied With Its Own Personal Touches [Review]

Orson Welles made films about giants grappling with fantasies. He was an artist lost to time, who believed in the myth of honor and the power of chivalry but was perhaps too romantic to see how a knight-errant who views a windmill as the call to adventure may have already lost their expressed battle for ideology. Welles claimed to value citizens more than cinema. His relatively short-lived Hollywood career backs up this statement; though perhaps, in truth, his two loves were but inevitably irreconcilable tyrants.

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