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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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Bill Nighy, Callum Turner Join 'Emma' Adaptation

Bill Nighy, Callum Turner Join 'Emma' Adaptation
Focus Features' Emma adaptation has added Bill Nighy and Fantastic Beasts actor Callum Turner as it heads into production this week in England.

Miranda Hart has also joined the cast that will be led by Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role and Johnny Flynn as George Knightley. Mia Goth, Josh O’Connor, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson and Tanya Reynolds round out the cast.

Autumn de Wilde will direct this new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, a comedy of manners about a self-proclaimed matchmaker in a small village. Eleanor Catton penned the screenplay.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Actor Michael Rooker Will Have ‘Monster Problems’ With ‘The Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Actor Michael Rooker Will Have ‘Monster Problems’ With ‘The Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien
Back in 2012, Shawn Levy was gearing up to direct a film called Monster Problems, a post-apocalyptic coming-of-age story based on a script by Brian Duffield. Time passed, and that version of the movie fell away into the gaping maw of Hollywood’s endless “what […]

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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)

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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)
Macon Blair has been tapped to write and direct Legendary’s reboot of the cult classic “The Toxic Avenger,” sources tell Variety.

Legendary acquired the feature film rights in December and have quickly made the project a high priority at the studio. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing for Legendary.

Kaufman and Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered on a mild-mannered janitor at a health club who’s chased out a second story window by bullies and lands in a drum of toxic waste. The chemicals cause him to transform into the Toxic Avenger, who has superhuman size and strength and stands up to bullies and corruption.

The Toxic Avenger” became successful after a long run as a midnight movie in New York City, leading to the
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Disney Already Showing Off ‘The Shape Of Water,’ ‘Avatar,’ and Other Fox Titles in Company Banner

Disney isn’t wasting any time when it comes to integrating Fox properties into its marketing following the $71.3 billion Disney-Fox merger that was finalized March 21. Major Fox properties “The Shape of Water,” “Deadpool,” “The Simpsons,” “Avatar,” and “Atlanta” have already been added to the official The Walt Disney Company banner on the company’s website. If Disney was going to prominently feature any Fox properties on its official banner, it makes sense it would do so with a recent Best Picture Oscar winner (“The Shape of Water”), a $2 billion franchise (“Avatar”), a record-breaking television series (“Simpsons”), and more.

With the Disney-Fox merger finalized, the Mouse House now owns film division 20th Century Fox and will distribute such tentpoles as James Cameron’s forthcoming “Avatar” sequels. The merger has given Disney control of blockbuster properties such as “Deadpool” and “X-Men,” in addition to their in-house mega-franchises “Star Wars” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Jordan Peele Reveals The Political & Social Message Of ‘Us’ As Well As His Surprising Cameos In The New Film & ‘Get Out’

**Slight spoilers ahead for the latest film from filmmaker Jordan Peele, “Us,” which hits theaters this weekend. You’ve been warned**

First and foremost, Jordan Peele’s latest film, “Us,” is an unabashed horror film. Unlike “Get Out,” which can find itself sitting more comfortably in the psychological thriller genre, “Us” goes full-on horror, with the inclusion of its very own “monsters” in the form of the Tethered.

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Watch the First Trailer for Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut, ‘Unicorn Store’

Watch the First Trailer for Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut, ‘Unicorn Store’
Brie Larson is seeking salvation from Samuel L. Jackson in Neflix’s first trailer for her directorial debut, the offbeat comedy-drama “Unicorn Store.”

Larson is portraying a lonely 20-something dreamer who’s been kicked out of art school. She’s forced to move back home with her parents and take a temp job at a PR agency. But then she receives a letter in an envelope, instructing her to go to a mysterious store where she’s greeted by a purple-suited Jackson.

“You have come to the store and I am the salesman,” he proclaims. “We sell what you need.”

Larson admits that all she’s ever really wanted is a unicorn, and one of the beautiful mythical beasts shows up on a big screen at the store. Her decision to buy the unicorn doesn’t sit well with her parents, played by Joan Cusack and Bradley Whitford, who wonder
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‘Unicorn Store’: Netflix Releases First Trailer for Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut

Netflix has released the trailer for Brie Larson’s directorial debut, Unicorn Store. Larson stars in the film, which follows Kit, who has failed out of art school and is living at her parents house while she does a temp job. However, her humdrum existence gets an unexpected jolt when she gets an invitation to a mysterious store that’s willing to fulfill her dream of owning a unicorn. I caught the film at Tiff 2017 and was disappointed by it. As I wrote in my review: Unfortunately, the rest of the film lacks Larson’s acting bravado. She seems …
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‘Los Espookys’: Fred Armisen’s Spanish-Language HBO Comedy to Premiere at Atx Festival

‘Los Espookys’: Fred Armisen’s Spanish-Language HBO Comedy to Premiere at Atx Festival
To the growing list of offerings at the 2019 Atx Festival — which already includes a screening of clips from the never-aired “Tremors” pilot — add some Fred Armisen. “Los Espookys,” which stars Armisen and is HBO’s first Spanish-language series, will make its premiere at the Austin-based festival on the first weekend of June. Per HBO’s official synopsis the series “follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life.”

Co-created by “Saturday Night Live” writer Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega (“At Home with Amy Sedaris”), the six-part season of “Los Espookys” is slated to arrive on HBO in June, following its Atx Festival premiere. Torres, Fabrega, and Armisen will also be on hand for a panel following the Atx screening.

The
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‘Us’ Spoiler-Free Video Reaction: A Tense, Well-Directed Horror Film With Some Unexpected Twists

‘Us’ Spoiler-Free Video Reaction: A Tense, Well-Directed Horror Film With Some Unexpected Twists
Jordan Peele‘s Get Out was one of my favorite films of 2017. Peele’s film not only tapped into the the racial turmoil our society was experiencing (a “post-racial lie” as Peele referred to it), but it also gave us indelible imagery and ideas that have become a part of our culture. As a result, I was really […]

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Universal Studios Hollywood Unveils New Details For ‘Jurassic World – The Ride’, an Overhaul of the Old ‘Jurassic Park’ Attraction

Jurassic Park: The Ride opened at Universal Studios Hollywood way back in 1996, but it’s getting a long-overdue upgrade. The new Jurassic World – The Ride will open this summer at the California theme park, and Universal has released a bunch of new details about the overhauled experience. The press release touts that the attraction […]

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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

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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‘Shazam!’ Clip: Can a Little Girl Keep the Superhero’s Super Secret?

In the latest DC Comics big screen adaptation, a young orphan named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) becomes endowed with the power to transform into an adult superhero named Shazam! (played by Zachary Levi). But how are you supposed to keep that secret when you have a whole family of fellow foster brothers and sisters living […]

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Chief Brand Officer Patti Röckenwagner Leaves Stx Entertainment (Exclusive)

Patti Röckenwagner is leaving Stx Entertainment where she has served as the company’s chief brand officer. She announced her departure in a memo to staff, in which she said she was departing for “another opportunity.” The exit is an amicable one.

Röckenwagner joined Stx in 2016 as its chief communications officer before being promoted to her current post in 2018. It hasn’t always been an easy job. Stx was founded in 2015 with the goal of disrupting the entertainment landscape by making mid-budget movies more cheaply than major studios. Its track record has been mixed. The company scored hits with “Bad Moms” and this year’s Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart dramedy “The Upside,” but other projects such as “Mile 22” and “Free State of Jones” have been misfires. Stx also had a setback when its long planned initial public offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange was abandoned amid turbulence in mainland Chinese equity markets.
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‘Us’ Makes a Radical Argument for Black Identity By Ignoring It

‘Us’ Makes a Radical Argument for Black Identity By Ignoring It
Jordan Peele said he initially intended “Get Out” as a sledgehammer response to the illusion of a “post-racial” America. “The movie was written in the Obama era, which I’ve been calling the post-racial lie,” Peele said after a Vanity Fair screening of the film in October 2017. “That’s the era I imagined this movie would come out in.”

With “Us,” Peele takes the opposite approach: His latest horror movie features a predominantly black cast, but race doesn’t influence the plot. As a result, Peele delivers a more complex assessment of black identity by ignoring it altogether.

“Us” stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Evan Alex, and Shahadi Wright Joseph as a family confronted by a group of doppelgängers. A home-invasion chiller that messily unfolds with elements of other horror movie subgenres – without neatly fitting into any single one of them — “Us” could open conversations about a range of issues facing American society.
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‘Unicorn Store’ Trailer: Brie Larson Makes Magic in Directorial Debut

‘Unicorn Store’ Trailer: Brie Larson Makes Magic in Directorial Debut
Brie Larson has already conquered the box office this year with the record-breaking success of “Captain Marvel,” and she’s set to do it all over again at the end of April with the release of “Avengers: Endgame.” In between those massive Hollywood tentpoles, Larson will return to her indie roots with the release of her directorial debut “Unicorn Store.” The quirky comedy-drama premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and will finally get an official release thanks to Netflix.

The official synopsis from Netflix reads: “After failing out of art school and taking a humdrum office job, a whimsical painter (Larson) gets a chance to fulfill her lifelong dream of adopting a unicorn.” Larson has assembled a strong ensemble cast to play opposite her in front of the camera, including her “Kong: Skull Island” and McU co-star Samuel L. Jackson, as well as Hamish Linklater, Joan Cusack and
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‘Unicorn Store’ Trailer: Bright Colors Abound In Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut Coming To Netflix

One of the most anticipated films to come out of the 2017 Tiff was Brie Larson’s directorial debut “Unicorn Store.” The film seems to be in line with Larson’s own description of the film being “an abstract self-portrait of myself.”

Read More: ‘Unicorn Store’: Brie Larson Gets Whimsical With Her Directorial Debut [Tiff Review]

The official synopsis reads:

“Kit (Larson) is a die-hard dreamer, an artist whose canvases are riddled with rainbows and glitter.

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TV Lifeline: Which Shows Have Been Renewed or Cancelled?

Last Updated: March 22nd Never get too comfy with the fates of your favorite shows -- the game is afoot! Below, you'll find the latest updates on the renewal or cancellation status of over 150 scripted broadcast and cable series for 2019 and beyond. For sanity's sake we are not including reality shows or all scripted shows, but noteworthy ones are here (with new ones being added with each new premiere cycle). Also, we do clear out old cancellations, so if you don't see your show listed there's a good chance it's no longer running. Almost …
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The Criterion Channel Launches April 8 With David Lynch Retrospective & Other Streaming Gems

We are mere days away from the highly-anticipated launch of The Criterion Channel streaming service. On April 8, rising out of the ashes of FilmStruck, The Criterion Channel will begin to stream the very best classic and contemporary films that any true cinephile will enjoy. And in advance of its launch, we now have a very specific idea of what subscribers will have access to next month.

For those that didn’t follow the drama of 2018, after the sudden (and shocking) demise of the FilmStruck streaming service, filmmakers and fans were outraged and asking WarnerMedia for a new location for the library of titles that were found on the service.

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