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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ on Pace for $67 Million Opening, Double ‘Get Out’ Debut

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ on Pace for $67 Million Opening, Double ‘Get Out’ Debut
Universal/Monkeypaw’s “Us” is blowing by all analysts’ expectations this weekend. On the back of strong pre-release buzz and an opening day total of $29 million, Jordan Peele’s second film is estimated to gross $67 million from 3,741 screens this weekend.

If that estimate holds, not only will “Us” have doubled the opening weekend of Peele’s debut film “Get Out” ($33.3 million), it will set a new opening weekend record for original horror films, beating the $50.2 million of last year’s “A Quiet Place.” It’s also a new openiing record for any original film released in March.

The one somewhat bad note for “Us” is that while critics have been raving about the film with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 95 percent, audiences aren’t quite as enthused as they were for “Get Out.
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Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in ‘Mouse Guard’

Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in ‘Mouse Guard’
Idris Elba is in negotiations to join Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Fox’s fantasy-action movie “Mouse Guard” with “Maze Runner’s” Wes Ball directing.

Fox is planning a live-action movie through performance capture technology employed in the “Planet of the Apes” films, in which Serkis starred as the ape leader Caesar. David Peterson created, wrote, and illustrated the “Mouse Guard” series, which launched in 2006 and is set in a medieval times world without humans. The stories center on a brotherhood of mice sworn to serve their fellow mice.

Fox started development on the movie, based on the “Mouse Guard” graphic novel series, in 2016. Matt Reeves, director of “War for the Planet of the Apes,” is producing “Mouse Guard” through his 6th and Idaho production company along with Ross Richie and Stephen Christy, both of Boom! Studios — the publisher of “Mouse Guard.” Joe Hartwick Jr. is also producing.

If the deal goes through,
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Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried Are Voicing Fred and Daphne in Animated Scooby-Doo Film

Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried Are Voicing Fred and Daphne in Animated Scooby-Doo Film
Scooby-Doo is hitting the big screen!

Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried are teaming up to voice Fred and Daphne in an animated film adaptation of the popular cartoon series, People confirms.

Titled Scoob, the film is the first time since Warner Bros.’ 2004 live-action film Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed that members of the Mystery Inc gang have been seen on the big screen.

Also joining the cast are Gina Rodriguez as Velma, Will Forte as Shaggy, Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman and Frank Welker who will reprise the voice of Scooby-Doo.

Director Tony Cervone will be directing the project with Chris Columbus,
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Film Review: ‘The Dirt’

Film Review: ‘The Dirt’
A long time ago, the words sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carried a hint of danger. The lifestyle did, too, but I’m talking about the phrase. It used to sound cool (back around the time the word “cool” sounded cool). But sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll has long since passed into the realm of vintage American catch-phrase banality, like “How’s that workin’ out for you?” And “The Dirt,” the new Netflix rock biopic about the sordid, squalid saga of Mötley Crüe, the royal hair-metal sleaze gods of the ’80s and ’90s, is a movie that reflects the new harmless status of that phrase.

The Dirt” boils over with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, whether it’s Vince Neil (Daniel Webber), the snaky leader singer of Mötley Crüe, acting like a horny jackrabbit as he enjoys a backstage boink with every woman who comes near him,
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Danny Trejo & Benicio Del Toro Voice A Monkey And A Fox In ‘Dora The Explorer’ Live-Action Film & Nothing Makes Sense Anymore

Danny Trejo & Benicio Del Toro Voice A Monkey And A Fox In ‘Dora The Explorer’ Live-Action Film & Nothing Makes Sense Anymore
If you’re a film fan, you’re probably very familiar with the work of actor Danny Trejo. He’s the epitome of badass, even starring in a film literally titled “Bad Ass”. He’s probably most well known for roles in films like “Machete,” “Con Air,” “Heat,” and about a million films with Robert Rodriguez.

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Roseanne Barr Says Sara Gilbert ‘Destroyed the Show and My Life’

Roseanne Barr Says Sara Gilbert ‘Destroyed the Show and My Life’
Nearly a year after “Roseanne” was canceled, it appears that Roseanne Barr herself still has hard feelings. Speaking to the Washington Post, the controversial actress — whose racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett led to her massively popular sitcom getting the axe and her character being killed off in its spinoff “The Conners” — has said that co-star Sara Gilbert “destroyed the show and my life with that tweet. She will never get enough until she consumes my liver with a fine Chianti.”

The tweet in question — “Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least” — was part of a widespread backlash against Barr’s controversial tweet comparing Jarrett to an ape. Gilbert played Barr’s daughter on “Roseanne.”

She was likewise interviewed by the Post,
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Barbra Streisand Clarifies Michael Jackson Remarks After Backlash: ‘I Feel Nothing But Sympathy for Them’

Barbra Streisand Clarifies Michael Jackson Remarks After Backlash: ‘I Feel Nothing But Sympathy for Them’
Barbra Streisand has released a statement clarifying remarks she made about the recent allegations of underage sexual abuse against Michael Jackson.

“To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is Ok for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone,” the statement reads. “The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them. The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children. It’s clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”

Streisand had made comments to the Times in the U.K. ahead of her July concert at London’s Hyde Park, saying that she believes Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” that they were abused by Jackson as children. “Oh absolutely,
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Showrunners, Screenwriters Back WGA in Agency Battle, Sides to Meet Again Tuesday

More than 750 showrunners and screenwriters have backed the WGA’s battle against talent agencies taking packaging fees and other changes to the rules governing the business relationship between agents and writers.

The letter of support issued Saturday is significant because of the immense clout showrunners and prominent screenwriters possess in Hollywood. Several showrunners had recently expressed reservations about the WGA’s hardball negotiating tactics and the potential disruption to business if a deal isn’t reached — leading to a March 20 meeting with several dozen showrunners at the WGA West headquarters. But the new missive makes it clear that showrunners want WGA leaders to be able to claim they’re representing a united front.

The signers endorse the WGA’s efforts to reform decades-old industry practices involving agencies taking packaging fees on film and TV projects as well as other issues such as the expansion of the parent companies of the
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‘Parks and Recreation’ Stars Pick Their Favorite Underrated Episodes & Share Hopes For Possible Revival

No matter the order, all Parks and Recreation fans can agree on the best episodes of all time, from "Flu Season" to "The Fight" to "Harvest Festival" and any episode with a wedding, Galentine's Day, Treat Yo' Self or Li'l Sebastian. But what about the best underrated episodes? It could be argued that every episode of Parks and Rec is underrated (because they totally are), and Collider's own Vinnie Mancuso previously ranked the Top 50, but to celebrate the show's 10-year anniversary, some of the stars looked back on all 125 episodes to pick out …
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Animated ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movie Adds Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried as Fred and Daphne

Animated ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movie Adds Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried as Fred and Daphne
The animated Scooby-Doo movie in the works over at Warner Bros. Animation Group is picking up steam as the rest of Mystery Inc. has been cast. Fans of Scooby-Doo were a little shocked when Will Forte stepped up to voice Shaggy, replacing live-action Scooby-Doo movie star Matthew Lillard, who has been voicing the character in […]

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‘The Oa’: Let’s Talk About Homer’s Nde and What It Means for The Mythology

Be aware there are spoilers for Season 1 and Season 2 of The Oa. Poor, sweet Homer (Emory Cohen) just can't catch a break. No matter what dimension The Oa travels to, it seems like everyone's favorite puppy-dog-eyed angel boi just keeps getting screwed over. In Part I, Homer was Hap's captive, trapped in a glass cell for years and used as a pawn to manipulate his fellow cellmates. In Part II, The Oa takes its characters to another dimension, but unlike the rest, Homer's consciousness doesn't travel with him, introducing us to …
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Streaming News: Streaming Subscriptions Beat Cable in 2018; Comcast Has Their Own Streaming Service; and More

Streaming content is both the present and the future, and everyone wants in on it. So much so that day by new, more and more streaming services are popping-up. Will they all last? It’s doubtful. But they might have a chance simply because streaming is what consumers want. Case in point: last year, streaming subscriptions […]

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‘Shrill’ Accused of Plagiarizing Lauded Pool Party Scene, but Is It a Coincidence?

‘Shrill’ Accused of Plagiarizing Lauded Pool Party Scene, but Is It a Coincidence?
Shrill” has received acclaim for an episode featuring a body-positive pool party, but one person is taking exception with it: author Virgie Tovar, who has accused the Hulu dramedy of lifting the scene from her book “Flawless” and a Tedx Talk she gave on the same subject. In response, Ijeoma Oluo — a friend of Sam Irby, who wrote the episode in question — has pointed out that the episode was filmed the same month that the book came out (August 2018) and any similarities are a coincidence stemming from the fact that such parties have been common for decades.

Tovar, who took her accusations to Instagram, wrote that she was “worried about speaking out both because I didn’t want to sully an important moment in fat representation for anyone (fat people have so little meaningful representation. I know how much this show means to people.) and in fear of being labeled
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Ari Aster Describes His ‘Hereditary’ Follow-Up ‘Midsommar’ as “A Wizard of Oz for Perverts”

Ari Aster arrived on the scene in 2018 with the resounding thud of a small child's noggin bouncing off a telephone pole. The director's jarring, head-rolling feature-length debut Hereditary pretty much guaranteed that its follow-up, Midsommar, would be highly anticipated in horror circles. And that was before Aster gave it the absolutely wonderful descriptor of, in his own words, "a Wizard of Oz for perverts." As another modern piece of art once said: "My brand." Speaking to Vulture, Aster gave more than a few intriguing comparisons for his upcoming nightmare. “It’s a breakup movie, …
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‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Director S. Craig Zahler Doesn’t Want to ‘Express Values’ in His Films

‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Director S. Craig Zahler Doesn’t Want to ‘Express Values’ in His Films
Anyone who’s seen “Bone Tomahawk” or “Brawl in Cell Block 99” knows that S. Craig Zahler isn’t the most subtle of filmmakers, at least where violence is concerned. The writer-director’s latest, “Dragged Across Concrete,” is slightly toned down in that regard but has some viewers questioning both the film’s politics and those of its director — not least because it stars Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn as two cops who get suspended for excessive force and make casually racist jokes to one another.

Zahler addressed all that and more in a Ringer interview, saying, among other things, “Certainly I’m not making movies and writing books and doing all these things to become popular or for people to like me. I hope people enjoy them, but I’m not going to make different creative choices so that more of them do.”

“If you come into a movie
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Conan O’Brien’s ‘Late Night’ Archive Opening Up March 25, Starting with Over 350 Classic Field Pieces

Back in May of 2018, Conan O’Brien announced that in addition to turning Conan into a half-hour show, he and TBS would be collaborating to release the entire library of episodes of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. We hadn’t heard anything about that endeavor since last spring, but that all changed this week. Beginning March […]

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‘Hellboy’ Producer on the Daimio Whitewashing Controversy: “We Lost Track”

The whitewashing of Asian characters is still a major problem in Hollywood: Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell, Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange, and Emma Stone in Aloha are some of the most recent examples. Yet when the Hellboy reboot threatened to follow the same route in casting English actor Ed Skrein as Major Benjamin Daimio, a character of Japanese-American descent in the comics, another casting controversy transformed into an example for the industry. “The public conversation was the same conversation we had,” Lloyd Levin, a longtime producer on the Hellboy films, said on the reboot’s Bulgarian …
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‘Rocketman’ Will Be Rated R for Sex, Drugs, and Presumably Rock ‘n’ Roll

Not only is Taron Egerton providing his own voice to the fantasy-influenced Elton John biopic Rocketman, but the Kingsman star is also giving the world the valuable gift of an on-screen Elton who definitively, demonstrably fucks. THR reports the film landed an R-rating for sex scenes and drug use. Much scuttlebutt has been made about a reported love scene between Egerton's Elton John and Richard Madden's John Reid, a former music manager. The Daily Mail reported that director …
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‘Midsommar’: Ari Aster Calls His ‘Hereditary’ Follow-Up ‘Wizard of Oz for Perverts’

‘Midsommar’: Ari Aster Calls His ‘Hereditary’ Follow-Up ‘Wizard of Oz for Perverts’
Little is known about “Midsommar,” which is by design. Ari Aster became one of last year’s breakout filmmakers with his feature directorial debut “Hereditary,” and so anticipation is naturally high for his follow-up — not that he’s revealing much about it. Speaking to Vulture, the writer-director described his forthcoming cult thriller as “a breakup movie, in the same way that ‘Hereditary’ is a family tragedy. It’s less overtly a horror movie, but it’s still working in that same space.”

“It’s very macabre. But people shouldn’t go in expecting ‘Hereditary,’” Aster added. When asked what they should expect and whether there’s any one film he would compare it to, he couldn’t come up with an answer; then, when “Mamma Mia” was mentioned as a reference point, the filmmaker replied, “Yeah, sure, I’d say so,” with a laugh. “It’s a ‘Wizard of Oz’ for perverts.
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Barbra Streisand Defends Michael Jackson, Says His Accusers ‘Were Thrilled to Be There’

Barbra Streisand Defends Michael Jackson, Says His Accusers ‘Were Thrilled to Be There’
Barbra Streisand has come to the defense of Michael Jackson, even while clarifying that she “absolutely” believes the two men who accuse the pop superstar of sexually abusing them in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.” Speaking to the Times, Streisand said Jackson was “very sweet, very childlike” the few times they met one another and that “his sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.”

“You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard them say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them,” she added.

As for whether she’s angry with the late singer, who died 10 years ago, Streisand described it as “a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow
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