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Jordan Peele's 'Us' Delivers a Mind-Blowing $70 Million Debut

Jordan Peele's 'Us' Delivers a Mind-Blowing $70 Million Debut
Universal's release of Jordan Peele's Us dominated the domestic box office, not only out-performing the opening weekends for several recent horror hits, but delivering the second largest opening ever for a live-action, original picture, topping the weekend box office with over $70 million. As a result, the 2019 box office continues to improve over the month of March after struggling to begin the year. Overall, this weekend was the third straight to outperform the same weekend last year. At #1, with an estimated $70.25 million (~49.6% of all tickets sold among the top 12 films), Us topped the weekend box office with the third largest opening of all-time for an R-rated horror film, blowing away 2018's The Nun ($53.8m opening) and placing behind Universal's own Halloween, which opened with $76.2 million last October. The film also decimated the opening for Peele's previous film Get Out, which was a massive hit back in 2017 following a $33.3 million debut.
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Larry Cohen, Cult Horror Writer-Director of ‘It’s Alive,’ Dies at 77

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Larry Cohen, Cult Horror Writer-Director of ‘It’s Alive,’ Dies at 77
Larry Cohen, best known for his work as a B-movie producer and director in the ’70s and his later work in screenwriting, has died. He was 77.

Cohen’s friend, actor and publicist Shade Rupe, confirmed the news, which was announced in a post to Cohen’s official Facebook page. Rupe said Cohen died in Los Angeles Saturday night surrounded by loved ones.

“The entire #KingCohen team mourns the loss of its star, hero and King, #LarryCohen,” reads the post. “His unparalleled talents were surpassed only by his giant heart. The impact he made on television and cinema will be felt forever, and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.”

Cohen began his career in the 1960s in television, writing scripts for episodes of well-known TV series including “The Defenders,” “Espionage,” and “The Invaders.”

In the ’70s, Cohen began to focus on filmmaking, penning and directing the
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Denise DuBarry, Producer and 'Black Sheep Squadron' Actress, Dies at 63

Denise DuBarry, Producer and 'Black Sheep Squadron' Actress, Dies at 63
Denise DuBarry, an actress and producer who founded Palm Springs Women in Film and Television, died Saturday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after battling a deadly fungus, her husband told the Desert Sun newspaper. She was 63.

DuBarry appeared in Hal Ashby's Being There (1979), The Devil and Max Devlin (1981) and Monster in the Closet (1986); had a recurring role as nurse Samantha Greene Moore on Robert Conrad's Black Sheep Squadron; and showed up on the soap opera Days of Our Lives, CHiPs and The Love Boat.

A resident of La Quinta, DuBarry recently produced two films, Do It or Die (2017) and Walk ...
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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Solid in Debut; ‘Gloria Bell’ Expands to $1.8M: Specialty Box Office

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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Solid in Debut; ‘Gloria Bell’ Expands to $1.8M: Specialty Box Office
Bleecker Street opened Hotel Mumbai in four theaters Friday and appears to have caught some attention from audiences not heading to Us. Overall, the specialties were mostly light. Hotel Mumbai, starring Oscar-nominee Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, grossed $86,492 in four theaters, averaging $21,623, by far the best showing among limited release titles this weekend.

Sony Pictures Classics bowed period drama Sunset by László Nemes in 3 New York and L.A. locations Friday. Its three-day estimate is $15K. Nemes’ previous feature, Son Of Saul, took the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film in 2016 and cumed over $1.77M at the box office. In its debut, Son Of Saul grossed nearly $38K in three theaters in its opening three-day, averaging $12,643.

IFC’s Toronto ’18 drama-mystery Out Of Blue went to 35 theaters. The title floundered with a $17,682 gross, averaging $505.

Focus Features’ The Mustang had the weekend’s best PTA among the specialty openers last weekend.
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Jordan Peele's 'Us' opens second at UK box office with strong £2.8m bow

Jordan Peele's 'Us' opens second at UK box office with strong £2.8m bow
Captain Marvel remains top with £3.5m weekend.

Jordan Peele’s Get Out follow up Us, the horror film starring Lupita Nyong’o, posted a projected £2.8m ($3.7m) opening in the UK this weekend.

The Universal title opened in 47 markets, with the UK delivering the second-highest number behind the huge £53.3m ($70.3m) debut in North America.

In the UK, the film eclipsed the debut of Peele’s debut feature Get Out by some 32%, with that film having opened with £2.2m before climbing its way to £10.4m.

Us opened second in the chart behind Disney’s Captain Marvel, which dropped 48% with a projected £3.5m weekend.
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Buyers strike for LevelK's Danish box office hit 'Checkered Ninja' (exclusive)

Deals done in more than 50 territories.

LevelK has sold hit Danish animated feature Checkered Ninja to more than 50 territories.

Deals include for France (Koba Films); Benelux (Just4Kids); Portugal (Outsider); Russia (Kinoland); South Korea (Challan); the Middle East (Prime Pictures); Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Estin Film); Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro (Radar).

Checkered Ninja is based on a book by Danish comedian Anders Matthesen, who also directed the film alongside Thorbjørn Christoffersen.

Nordisk released the film in Denmark on Christmas Day and it has broken local box-office records including the best first-week
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'Ten Meter Tower' directors to examine camera culture with first joint feature 'Broadcast'

Ruben Ostlund to serve as creative consultant on feature documentary Broadcast, which is pitched this week at Cph:Dox’s Forum.

Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck, directors of the short film hit Ten Meter Tower, are unveiling plans for their first joint feature film, Broadcast, at Cph:dox’s Forum this week.

Danielson and Van Aertryck, who are collaborators at Ruben Ostlund and Erik Hemmendorff’s Plattform Produktion in Sweden, will look at the camera’s power and influence on human behaviour.

Broadcast will be a unique documentary project using lots of raw archive footage yet aiming to be “a completely cinematic experience.
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China Box Office: Taiwan’s ‘More Than Blue’ Wins Second Weekend

China Box Office: Taiwan’s ‘More Than Blue’ Wins Second Weekend
Taiwanese melodrama, “More Than Blue” held strong at the Chinese box office, to secure a second week of success. The film is a Chinese-language remake of a Korean film from 2009, involving Singapore’s MM2 and the filmmaking arm of Fox Networks.

With little in the way of strong, new competition, “blue” scored $27 million, according to data from consultancy Artisan Gateway. That lifted it to a total of $121 million after 10 days in Chinese cinemas. The score was also enough to make it the third highest grossing film in the world over the weekend, behind “Captain Marvel,” and “Us.”

Er Dong’s “Song of Youth” placed second with receipts of $12.6 million in its opening three days.

Captain Marvel” held on for third place with $7.2 million over the weekend, and a cumulative gross of $147 million since its release on March 8.

Bohemian Rhapsody,” which surprised many observers when it secured a release in China,
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Streaming: Of Fathers and Sons – boot camp for young terrorists

Arguably the boldest of this year’s Oscar-nominated documentaries, Talal Derki’s shocking documentary is finally available online

This year’s documentary Oscar race, like pretty much everything else about the Oscars this year, showed a medium in transition between comfortable and more radical forms, and an industry split on where to side. The crowd-pleasers won out. Free Solo, a dazzling National Geographic spectacle, took the prize, with staid bio-doc Rbg presumed to be close behind, while more experimental critical darlings Hale County This Morning, This Evening and the remarkable, forthcoming Minding the Gap were just happy to be nominated. It’s a start; perhaps in a few years the balance will shift.
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‘Star Trek’ Picard: Patrick Stewart Has Read First Script for ‘Psychological’ New Series

‘Star Trek’ Picard: Patrick Stewart Has Read First Script for ‘Psychological’ New Series
Star Trek” intends to do right by Jean-Luc Picard, but the “Next Generation” spinoff featuring the Starfleet captain played by Patrick Stewart will feel much different from what’s come before. At a Paleyfest panel for “Star Trek: Discovery” on Sunday, series co-creator Alex Kurtzman ended the event with a highly anticipated update.

“I had an amazing experience yesterday. I sat at Patrick’s kitchen table and I heard him read the first episode, and I almost cried,” he said. “It was quite something. He’s at an amazing place in his life. He’s so excited.”

Stewart, 78, helmed the USS Enterprise as Picard for seven seasons of “The Next Generation” and four movies. Despite assimilation by the Borg and other unsavory and challenging encounters with aliens and humans alike, Picard had been a steadfast and moral figure, driven by duty but often alone as he is the last of the Picards.
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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘The Calm Before’ Brings Together the Communities for Tragedy

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘The Calm Before’ Brings Together the Communities for Tragedy
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “The Walking Dead” Season 9 Episode 15, “The Calm Before.”]

This Week On “The Walking Dead

“The Calm Before” is complicated. On the one hand, it’s an effective piece of horror, skillfully playing out the dread of what, exactly, Alpha is going to do as reprisal for her stolen daughter, culminating in a truly memorable and ghastly image. The performances are strong, many characters are reunited, and it’s a vastly superior hour (plus) than the last big shocker episode, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.” But as another chapter in the ongoing narrative, it just makes me want to throw up my hands. Here, again, is another pile of agonizing misery for our heroes. Here, again, the audience is strung through the emotional wringer so a new Big Bad can prove how super dangerous they are. It’s an exhausting and exasperating hour of television. Between this episode and “Scars” last week,
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Music: How the Beach Boys and N.W.A Came to Anchor a Great Horror Playlist

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Music: How the Beach Boys and N.W.A Came to Anchor a Great Horror Playlist
If there were an award for music supervisor of the year, Jordan Peele himself would already strongly be in the running. The filmmaker took on the role himself for his new horror-thriller, “Us,” although there’s no such credit in the end titles, since the writer-director-producer didn’t necessarily need to become any more of a multi-hyphenate than he already is. If, in years or decades to come, you can’t listen to a certain Beach Boys song without flinching, or a particular N.W.A number without laughing, Peele is the man to credit or blame.

[Spoiler alert: While the following article doesn’t get deep into plot points, discussing music choices does involve revealing a couple of the movie’s best jokes, so if you’re especially averse to humor spoilers, wait until you’ve seen “Us” to read further .]

“Us” makes prominent use of the mid-‘90s hip-hop hit “I Got 5 On It” — as heard in the trailer — in both song form and an eerie instrumental score reprise, as well as key cuts from the present and distant past by Janelle Monae and Minnie Riperton. But the choices that are going to
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‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Tie-In Novel Reveals the Reistance’s Discovery of Batuu

This summer, Disney theme parks will take fans to a galaxy far, far away with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Disneyland will open the Star Wars expansion in May, and Disney World will follow with an opening in August. And after the second park has been open for a couple days, a Star […]

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‘Us’ Opens to a Fantastic $70 Million, Taking Half the Weekend Box Office With It

‘Us’ Opens to a Fantastic $70 Million, Taking Half the Weekend Box Office With It
Jordan Peele’s “Us” more than fulfilled the advance excitement for the Oscar-winning “Get Out” director. Few filmmakers go from a breakout success and return with another original film that advances on his first. It’s impressive on multiple levels, and a very encouraging sign in a discouraging year.

Its $70 million total contributed to the third straight weekend that grossed ahead of the same one in 2018. That continues a turnaround; now the year-over-year slump is a bit over 17 percent, down from 25 percent a few weeks ago. Still, it leaves the raw number of ticket revenue down $450 million from last year, with this weekend cutting $10 million from the shortfall. That shows the challenge of getting anywhere close to parity. “Dumbo” next week and initial strong response to “Shazam!” two weeks after that suggest that number will be pared further ahead. However, we likely enter summer a quarter billion or more behind.
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Jordan Peele's 'Us' scores highest original horror debut of all time in North America

Neon’s space documentary Apollo 11 soars to $6.9m after four weekends.

Riding high on frenzied buzz and comparisons – by some observers in the Us at least – to Alfred Hitchcock, Jordan Peele confirmed that he is the genuine article as Us, his follow-up to global hit Get Out, delivered the highest debut of all time for an original horror film in North America on an estimated $70.3m.

Furthermore the story of a family hunted by their doppelgangers produced the third highest horror film opening weekend in North America, behind It on $123.4m and last year’s Halloween reboot on $76.2m.

Lupta Nyong’o,
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Theme Park Bits: New Spider-Man Ride Details, An ‘Awesome’ Epcot Movie, And More

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Details of the new Spider-Man attraction heading to Disney California Adventure are available. Epcot is bringing a brand-new film to its park. The PeopleMover at Disney World is the source of a new lawsuit. And more! As reported at Slashfilm and at other locations, there’s some exciting new […]

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‘Action’ Review: Showtime Series Helps Identify the Human Gamble of Sports Betting

‘Action’ Review: Showtime Series Helps Identify the Human Gamble of Sports Betting
In “Action,” the new documentary series from Showtime, multiple participants in the show compare the allure and pull of sports gambling to an addictive substance. Some casual bettors go so far as to describe the need to erase a day of unsuccessful wagers as akin to chasing a fix. Professional behavioral psychologists explain how the elation that can come with seeing a giant parlay pay off originates in the same centers in the brain that light up with any other form of pleasurable activity.

What “Action” also manages to capture is the idea that putting all sports gamblers into the same simplistic category is as misguided and counterproductive as claiming that heroin addicts and recreational vapers should be filed in the same overall camp too. Though not as immediate as something like “The Trade” and not quite as formally showy as other overviews of massive money schemes, “Action” still gives
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‘Hotel Mumbai’ Best Among New Specialized Releases as ‘Gloria Bell’ Reaches Top 10

Gloria Bell” shows some traction and enough heft to reach the Top Ten in its third weekend, and “Apollo 11” continues to grow, but overall the top adult-audience specialized titles see mixed results. This weekend’s releases also includes “Hotel Mumbai” which, like last week’s “The Mustang” and “The Aftermath,” will see wide national releases with hopes of some crossover success. The reality is limited openings with openings similar to “Hotel Mumbai” and others usually don’t break out beyond a modest level.

Opening

Hotel Mumbai (Bleecker Street) – Metacritic: 61; Festivals include: Toronto 2018

$86,492 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $21,623

This recreation of the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai’s most famous hotel got the highest theater placement in New York and Los Angeles. Starring Dev Patel, it received mildly favorable reviews. It is expanding quickly, with a limited initial run in contrast to Bleecker Street’s kidnapping thriller “Beirut” last year,
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‘Midsommar’ is Not Like ‘Hereditary’, But It is ‘The Wizard of Oz’ for Perverts, According to Ari Aster

‘Midsommar’ is Not Like ‘Hereditary’, But It is ‘The Wizard of Oz’ for Perverts, According to Ari Aster
If you’re expecting the new Ari Aster film Midsommar to be anything like his previous horror movie Hereditary, you should check yourself. According to Aster, his latest tale of terror for A24 is plenty scary, but audiences shouldn’t head into the theater expecting Hereditary 2.0. Instead, Aster suggests the movie is akin to The Wizard of Oz for perverts. […]

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‘American Gods’ Season 2: Devery Jacobs on Bringing Sam Black Crow to Life

In Season 2 of the Starz series American Gods, the battle between the Old Gods, or the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world, and the New Gods, who reflect society’s modern devotions, is really heating up, and Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is on his own path to figuring out exactly what he believes. On that journey, he crosses paths with a two-spirited wanderer named Sam Black Crow (Devery Jacobs), an indigenous woman who lives her own life with confidence, openness and strength. During this 1-on-1 …
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