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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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‘Rocketman’ Will Be Rated R for Sex, Drugs, and Presumably Rock ‘n’ Roll

‘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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‘Shazam!’ Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience

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‘Shazam!’ Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience
If the “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman” movies represented DC Comics’ first big-screen steps away from the austere color palette of the Zach Snyder movies, “Shazam!” takes us deeply into primary colors in a single bound. There’s still a touch of urban decay and kitchen-table warmth on display — this is by no means Warren Beatty’s “Dick Tracy” or a candy-colored Cartoon Network production — but this new DC entry has a lovely lightness, both in the visuals and in its tone.

Before the 1940s serials and the 1970s Saturday-morning TV show, “Shazam!” was born in a magazine called Whiz Comics, published by Fawcett and later acquired by the company that would be known as DC Comics. And to use a 1940s expression, there’s a gee-whiz ebullience to the movie that makes it stand out among the last several decades’ worth of caped crusaders.

Young Billy Batson has spent most
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Box Office: ‘Captain Marvel’ Shatters $900 Million Milestone

Box Office: ‘Captain Marvel’ Shatters $900 Million Milestone
Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” continues to do heroic business. In its latest box office milestone, the female-fronted superhero tentpole zoomed past $900 million in ticket sales worldwide.

Captain Marvel” brought in a mighty $87 million globally this weekend, including $52 million from international territories. It has now generated $589 million overseas for a global haul of $910 million. At the domestic box office, “Captain Marvel” brought in an impressive $35 million during its third weekend of release, bringing its North American tally to $320 million.

It now ranks as the 10th-biggest comic-book release of all time, surpassing the lifetime hauls of superhero movies like “Thor: Ragnarok” ($854 million), “Venom” ($855 million), and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($880 million).

Captain Marvel” injected a much-needed boost into the worldwide box office. It’s far and away the biggest movie of the year. It’s no surprise, considering Marvel positioned the film as an essential stepping stone ahead of “Avengers: Endgame,” the epic conclusion
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‘Veep’ Review: Season 7 Is the Ideal and Brilliant Culmination of HBO’s Political Satire

‘Veep’ Review: Season 7 Is the Ideal and Brilliant Culmination of HBO’s Political Satire
More than two years ago, prior to “Veep” Season 6, much was made about the effect Donald Trump would have on HBO’s political satire. How could such an enormous, unexpected shift in America go unremarked upon by TV’s most prescient comedy on American government? But the season was already written. The Trump effect was relatively moot in the alternate reality established within the series, even if showrunner David Mandel and his award-winning writing staff still proved their Nostradamus-esque abilities to predict future political foibles more than a few times over.

Now, “Veep” has adjusted. Deliberately or instinctively, its searing viewpoint on the system and its players has widened to include those formerly outside the bubble. Season 7 — the series’ last — takes aim not only the power-hungry politicians, but also at the willfully ignorant American people who stubbornly support them. That includes the viewers at home; those who carelessly laughed at
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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Stuns With $70 Million Opening Weekend

Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Stuns With $70 Million Opening Weekend
Talk about scary good.

Universal’s “Us,” the second directorial effort from Jordan Peele, pulled off a stunning debut, generating $70 million from 3,741 North American locations. That haul is enough to land it the second-best opening weekend of the year behind just Disney’s “Captain Marvel” ($153 million). The psychological thriller about a family confronted by a band of doppelgangers nearly doubled projections, which estimated a three-day total in the $38 million to $45 million range.

“Us” now has the largest weekend for original horror movie, surpassing “A Quiet Place,” as well as the biggest launch for an original R-rated film behind “Ted.” It also shattered the benchmark set by Peele’s directorial debut “Get Out,” which launched with $33 million in 2017.

Overseas, “Us” launched with $16.7 million from 47 international territories for a global start of $86.95 million.

“Put simply, Jordan Peele is a genius,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “He’s managed
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Us review – a terrific horror tale from Jordan Peele

The Get Out writer-director splices sociopolitical satire with clever, full-blooded chills

“We’re Americans.” That phrase, delivered in a deathless, deadpan drawl, echoes through the twists and turns of a movie whose very title slyly evokes the common abbreviation for United States. Having taken a scalpel to the covert racism of gliberal America in Get Out, writer-director Jordan Peele turns his gaze inward for this rip-roaring follow-up, which is fearsomely entertaining, consistently thought-provoking and occasionally bloody scary. A Twilight Zone mashup of Dostoevsky’s The Double and Jack Finney’s The Body Snatchers, spiced up once again by a wit reminiscent of vintage Ira Levin, it’s a modern fable that locates our anxieties about outsiders in a guilty fear of ourselves. The result plays like a mirror-image riposte to the French-Romanian home-invasion horror Ils (Them), suggesting that, contrary to Sartre, hell is not other people; it is us.

“There
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Dr Alien, PhD: the horror classic that academia loves

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the sci-film inspires an industry of papers, talks and research

It has scared generations of filmgoers; triggered sequels, prequels, computer games and graphic novels; and made a star of Sigourney Weaver. But most of all, the film Alien – which is about to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its first screening – has spawned an academic industry unsurpassed by any other film.

Over the past four decades, dozens of books, hundreds of journal articles and innumerable college courses have analysed, frame by frame, Ridley Scott’s story of a bloodthirsty creature stalking the crew of the spaceship Nostromo. No other film, not even The Godfather or Psycho, has generated quite that amount of attention.
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Edgar Wright, Shonda Rhimes among nearly 800 writers vowing to fire Hollywood agents if talks fail

Association Of Talent Agents last week issued proposal to replace current agreement.

Edgar Wright, James Bond writer Neal Purvis, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes, and Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy are among more than 770 showrunners, screenwriters and writer-directors who have said they will fire their agents should the parties not find a way to reach a new franchise agreement.

The list of signatories to the Statement of Support, which comprises the upper echelon of the Writers Guild Of America West’s (WGA West) members and represents some 4% of the Guild’s approximately 20,000 membership, was made public on Saturday
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Edgar Wright, Shonda Rhimes among nearly 800 writers vowing to fire agents if talks fail

Association Of Talent Agents last week issued proposal to replace current agreement.

Edgar Wright, James Bond writer Neal Purvis, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes, and Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy are among more than 770 showrunners, screenwriters and writer-directors who have said they will fire their agents should the parties not find a way to reach a new franchise agreement.

The list of signatories to the Statement of Support, which comprises the upper echelon of the Writers Guild Of America West’s (WGA West) members and represents some 4% of the Guild’s approximately 20,000 membership, was made public on Saturday
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‘Dora And The Lost City Of Gold’ Trailer: Dora The Explorer Adapts To 2019 Teen Culture & Brings Knives To School

If you’re over the age of 5 and don’t have any children, odds are you’re probably not very familiar with the cartoon “Dora the Explorer.” However, if you are under 5 or have young children, then you’ve definitely experienced the children’s cartoon that attempts to use an adorable little girl and her friends to help kids learn and speak Spanish. And if that doesn’t sound like the makings of a good movie, then don’t worry, that’s not the film that Paramount is interested in making with “Dora and the Lost City of Gold.”

As seen in the first trailer for the ‘Dora’ adaptation, the young adventurer has morphed into a teenager, who is attempting to assimilate in 2019 teen culture after growing up in “the jungle.” Of course, that would also make a fairly boring film, so the plot somehow puts Dora and her new
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‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Trailer Takes You on a Treasure Hunt

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold, the live-action film based on Nickelodeon's long-running animated series, Dora the Explorer. James Bobin (Alice Through the Looking Glass) directs a script by Nicholas Stoller (Night School), with Transformers: The Last Knight star Isabela Moner swinging into the title role. This actually looks like a ton of fun for any kids out there still just a bit too young for Raiders of the Lost Ark or the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies. Plus, for the parents, Michael Peña is a constant treasure …
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‘Shazam!’ Review: DC Surprises with One of the Most Fun Superhero Movies Ever Made

‘Shazam!’ Review: DC Surprises with One of the Most Fun Superhero Movies Ever Made
From “Watchmen” to “The Incredibles” and most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there have been any number of movies set in a world where the general public knows about the existence of superheroes. The common folk in these films refer to such enhanced (and sartorially flamboyant) individuals as “mutants” or “paranormals” or “Avengers,” but the terminology doesn’t really matter because the basic dynamic is always the same: Regardless of whether they’re thought to be threats, saviors, or something in between, anyone in spandex is fundamentally separate from general society.

Of course, it’s never an even split, because power is an inherently unequal thing. Those who have it look down at the faceless masses they hope to help, rule, or exploit; those who don’t look up and feel as small as they might seem from above. Probably. It’s hard to say. We seldom get to see these stories from their perspective.
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‘Shazam!’ Review: Hilarity and Heart Make This Throwback Superhero Movie a Breath of Fresh Air

There’s a moment for every superhero movie fan where something clicks. Whether it’s when we pick up a comic book, flip to a superhero TV show, or watch a superhero movie for the first time, it’s the magic of experiencing something greater, weirder, and just generally more than us. The entirety of Shazam! is like that […]

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Shazam! review – kid-friendly DC adventure is enjoyably old school

The traditionally dour cinematic universe is given a much-needed jolt of energy in a light-hearted yet overly long mash-up of Big and Superman

If there’s one thing that DC’s cinematic universe needs it’s better lighting. Or wait, on reflection, maybe it’s smarter scripts. Or hang on, perhaps it’s more coherent action scenes. Or actually, you know what, it’s the removal of Zack Snyder from every conceivable creative and technical level. Oh yeah, so it was just the one thing, right, well in that case it would be a drastically lighter tone. Taking all the wrong lessons from Christopher Nolan’s mostly sublime, game-changing Dark Knight trilogy, the DC extended universe (Dceu) has been defined by dirge, a glum, self-important string of downers without the requisite heft to justify the unbearably oppressive tone.

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Film Review: ‘Shazam!’

Film Review: ‘Shazam!’
In “Shazam!,” Zachary Levi brings off something so winning it’s irresistible. He plays a square-jawed, rippling-muscled man of might, with a cheesy Day-Glo lighting bolt affixed to his chest, who projects an insanely wholesome and old-fashioned idea of what a superhero can be. But he’s also playing a breathless teenage kid on the inside, and the result of this body-morph balancing act is that the character, Shazam, is at once boyish and manly, wide-eyed and wizardly, ridiculously corny and heroically hip.

Levi, the 38-year-old actor best known for his roles on “Chuck” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” has always seemed a bit on the generically handsome side, but in “Shazam!,” wearing a 1950s-looking red-spandex body suit set off by a white cape with gold piping that looks like a restaurant tablecloth, he’s a walking piece of pop art, with eyes that (literally) pop, hair so absurdly dark
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Uncanny ‘Us’: How Jordan Peele Uses Philosophy to Scare You

Uncanny ‘Us’: How Jordan Peele Uses Philosophy to Scare You
[Editor’s note: The following articles contains spoilers.]

When two people bear a striking resemblance to one another, we often call those similarities uncanny. The word is so rarely used outside that context, in fact, that we may forget its most basic definition: “seeming to have a supernatural character or origin.” For two things to have a truly uncanny resemblance, simply looking alike isn’t enough — they have to arouse discomfort for being nearly, but not entirely, identical. The more alike they are, the more unsettling their small differences become.

Jordan Peele understands that distinction, and he puts it to effective use in his second film, “Us.” A horror-thriller about a family of four confronted by their ill-intentioned doppelgängers, it brings to mind not only such genre influences as “The Twilight Zone” but also this passage from Sigmund Freud’ 1919 essay “The Uncanny”:

“The subject of the ‘uncanny’ is a province of this kind. It is undoubtedly related
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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 also posted an apology to Instagram.

“I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims, because the words as printed do not reflect my true feelings,” the post reads. “I didn
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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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