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Bo Report: Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ soars, promising start for Damon Gameau’s ‘2040’

Damon Gameau.

Disney’s live action update of 1992 animated blockbuster Aladdin cast its spell over cinemas in Australia and worldwide last weekend while Damon Gameau’s feature documentary 2040 attracted appreciative audiences and is positioned for a long run.

Gameau’s journey, which explores what the world could look like by 2040 if the best solutions already available to improve the planet are adopted, raked in $198,000 on 92 screens, which brings the total including extensive previews and festival screenings to $321,000.

Takings on Sunday were up 5 per cent on Saturday, reversing the usual trend. The Palace circuit, which offered free tickets to students aged up to 18 on Saturday and Sunday, accounted for more than 30 per cent of total admissions.

The distributor, Madman Entertainment MD Paul Wiegard expects a first-week take of $400,000, telling If: “The Sunday uptick is super encouraging, indicating the film is playing well with family audiences.

“We are very pleased with where the film has landed.
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Review: The Hustle (2019)

There is something of a knack to making a film that chooses to centre on dislikable characters, some succeed others face plant spectacularly and sadly The Hustle is more a case of the latter. Essentially a gender reversed remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, itself a remake of Pillow Talk, this is one con that is very much not on.

The basic principle of the film is to make a worthwhile feministic argument about certain types of men and their inherent egos and how these clued up con women can manipulate that base instinct to their advantage and initially there is an idea there. An early scene where Rebel Wilson’s Penny Rust hoodwinks a sex-obsessed man into coughing up his cash to “create” a more idealised female in his own mind really does present a truthfully twisted view of people who think with their pants over their conscience (if they even have one). Sadly,
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Review: The Hustle

by Samantha Craggs

The late great Gene Siskel had a litmus test: is this movie more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch? In the case of Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in The Hustle, the answer is a resounding no. The material keeps Hathaway at a fraction of her potential wattage, and Hollywood doesn't quite know what to do with Rebel Wilson yet.

The Hustle, in theatres now, is a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, although the earlier film isn't required viewing. Hathaway plays Josephine Chesterfield, a skilled con artist with a too-affected British accent who uses her natural charm and willowy figure to swindle men out of money in a little French Riviera town. A police sergeant works with her – for a price, of course. And Chesterfield can pay it. She's made millions doing this.

In comes Wilson's Penny Rust, playing what we've come to
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'The Hustle' Features Customizable $55K Jewelry Safe

'The Hustle' Features Customizable $55K Jewelry Safe
Leave it to the ladies to add a splash of style to their grift.

Among the design details in Chris Addison's comedy The Hustle, starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, it’s easy for those in the audience to catch more than one glimpse of a custom safe crafted in leather and stainless steel. From cash to jewels, that’s where Hathaway’s character stores the bounty from the duo’s schemes, and the MGM-produced film spared no expense in sourcing a safe that suits its posh surroundings.

The piece is by Buben & Zorweg, a German firm that specializes in ...
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Watch at Home: Killing Sacred Deers in Moonlit Hidden Worlds

The heads up on what's newly available right now to screen at home.

New on DVD/Blu-Ray

• How to Train Your Dragon The Hidden World - do we think this has a shot at the Oscar or was the conversation too muted? The series hasn't yet won the gold.

• Isn't It Romantic If you can't get enough Rebel Wilson in movie theaters with The Hustle, you can try her romantic comedy from earlier in the year. We haven't actually caught this yet. If you have do let us know what you thought in the comments as we're curious about it.

• The Upside Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart led this unexpected hit based on the French blockbuster The Intouchables.

New to streaming titles and iTunes deals on the ultra cheap are after the jump...
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Box-Office Weekend: John Wick Takes Out The Avengers

Keanu Reeves and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum easily took the top spot at this week’s box office with a $57 million opening. This is almost twice what John Wick: Chapter 2 brought in when it debuted with $30.4 opening.

In second place, was Avengers: Endgame with $29.4 million in its fourth week of release. This gives the finale of the current spate of Marvel films a domestic total of $770.8 million. Just behind the Avengers behemoth lurks Pokémon Detective Pikachu, which took in $24.8 million for a two-week total of $94 million and a lock on third place.

A very distant fourth-place finish belonged to the family-friendly A Dog’s Journey, which debuted with an $8 million opening weekend. The comedy The Hustle took hold of the fifth spot with $6.1 million in its second week of release to give it a grand total of $23.1 million.

Meanwhile, the horror/mystery The Intruder finished in sixth place adding
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'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' just holds off 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' at UK box office

'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' just holds off 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' at UK box office
Avengers: Endgame’ drops to third spot.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.27.

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (May 17-19)Total gross to date Week 1 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Warner Bros) £2.7m £8.9m 2 2 John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (Lionsgate) £2.7m £3.6m 1 3 Avengers: Endgame (Disney) £2.2m £83.9m 4 4 The Hustle (Universal) £790,805 £2.3m 2 5 Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups (Paramount) £516,000 £516,000 1 Warner Bros

Animation-live action hybrid Pokémon Detective Pikachu narrowly held off the challenge of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum to stay top of the UK box office for a second week running.

The fantasy title fell 45% on its impressive first weekend, taking £2.718m for a total of £8.9m to date.
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New Podcast: Poms, The Hustle, and Under the Silver Lake

by Murtada Elfadl and Nathaniel R

Index (50 minutes)

00:01 Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver and Pam Grier (sort of) in Poms

10:30 David Robert Mitchell directs Andrew Garfield in bizarre red-herring filled hallucinatory noir called Under the Silver Lake

24:45 Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in The Hustle 

34:00 Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir starring Tilda Swinton's daughter

40:22 Olivier Assayas' Non-Fiction

42:30 Ralph Fiennes's Nureyev biopic The White Crow

48:18 Bye for now! 

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 
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‘John Wick 3’ Wins the Box Office, but Weekend Totals Dropped $60 Million from 2018

“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” opened to a domestic total of $57 million; after “Us,” it’s the best opening for a non-Marvel release this year. That’s encouraging as we approach a summer that largely features sequels to previous hits, but — after three very strong weekends — it’s the first weekend in which the total gross lagged behind last year, when “Deadpool 2” debuted to $125 million.

In total, all films grossed around $150 million, for a $60 million shortfall against 2018. For the year so far, grosses are running $400 million short, or 9% below — a gap that would be much worse without “Endgame.” Memorial Day weekend lies ahead, with “Aladdin” leading the way. But advance predictions of its gross place it below what “Solo: A Star Wars Story” did last year, so we could see another falloff before some of June’s major openers come around.

In the meantime, there is nothing but positive vibes from “Parabellum.
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Box Office: ‘John Wick 3’ Knocks Down ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Debut

  • Variety
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes put up a good fight, but John Wick put at end to the three-week box office reign of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Propelled by positive reviews, “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” beat expectations with a debut of $57 million from 3,850 North American locations. That was enough to nab the box office crown from “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel’s latest juggernaut that collected $29.4 million during its fourth weekend of release.

“Parabellum,” the third installment of the action franchise, opened well above its predecessors 2014’s “John Wick” ($14.4 million) and 2017’s “John Wick: Chapter 2” ($30.4 million). “Parabellum” is the first installment in the R-rated series to debut at No. 1 on domestic box office charts. “John Wick 3” also hit a franchise record overseas, bowing with $35 million from 66 international markets for a global start of $92 million.

In “Parabellum,” Keanu Reeves returns as the titular ex-hitman who finds himself on the run from assassins. Stuntman-turned-director Chad Stahelski helmed the movie,
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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Opening

‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Opening
This weekend was a big one at the box office for Lionsgate, as “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” gave the studio its biggest opening weekend since the “Hunger Games” series ended back in November 2015. The latest chapter in the story of the vengeful assassin has earned an opening of $57 million from 3,850 screens, nearly double the $30 million opening earned by “John Wick: Chapter 2” in 2017.

At a time when many studios are acquiring recognizable franchises for four-quadrant appeal, “John Wick” was developed entirely in-house at Lionsgate with writer/creator Derek Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski, growing from a cult favorite in 2014 to a potent R-rated summer action title. Critics and audiences have praised the film’s signature fight sequences, giving “Chapter 3” an 88% score on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- on CinemaScore.

As for “Avengers: Endgame,” which saw its time atop the box office charts come to an end this weekend, falling to No.
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Box Office: ‘John Wick 3’ to Topple ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $50 Million-Plus Debut

  • Variety
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have finally met their match.

The debut of Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” should end “Avengers: Endgame’s” reign at No. 1 with an estimated $56 million from 3,850 North American locations.

The threequel took in $22.67 million on Friday. “John Wick: Chapter Two,” the previous installment of the franchise, opened to $30.4 million in February of 2017.

Keanu Reeves stars in “John Wick 3,” alongside franchise returnees Lawrence Fishburne and Ian McShane and newcomers Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon, and Lance Reddick. Chad Stahelski returned to helm the neo-noir thriller, with a script from Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Colllins, and Marc Abrams. “John Wick 3” holds an A- CinemaScore and 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Avengers: Endgame,” on the other hand, should notch around $29 million in its fourth weekend in theaters for the second place spot. “Endgame” is currently sitting at around $2.5 billion worldwide — the second highest-grossing film of all time,
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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Shoots Up $5.9M Thursday Night

  • Deadline
‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Shoots Up $5.9M Thursday Night
Lionsgate/Summit’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum grossed a great $5.9M last night, a figure that blows away the R-rated action pic’s previous previews.

The first John Wick Thursday previews earned $950K while John Wick 2 made $2.2M, which repped 20% of its $10.95M Friday. John Wick 3‘s Thursday is even higher than the previews for Sony/MGM’s last James Bond movie Spectre which made $5.25M (which went on to earn a $27.4M Friday), and even 2012’s Skyfall ($4.6M Thursday, $30.5M Friday), though both of those pics were PG-13.

The Keanu Reeves R-rated action threequel from director Chad Stahelski (who helmed John Wick: Chapter 2) is poised to see the series’ highest domestic opening this weekend with $50M at 3,850 theaters, finally unseating Disney’s Avengers: Endgame in its fourth weekend which is expected to do $30M at 4,220. Endgame led all titles on Thursday with $3.4M at 4,662 bringing its three week running total to $741.38M.
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UK box office preview: 'Beats', 'John Wick 3' to open this weekend

UK box office preview: 'Beats', 'John Wick 3' to open this weekend
Other openers include ’Birds Of Passage’ and Fox’s Breakthrough.

Scottish 90s rave drama Beats and John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum begin their run at the UK box office this weekend, with Avengers: Endgame aiming to retake the number one crown it surprisingly lost to Pokémon Detective Pikachu last weekend.

Directed by Brian Welsh and based on writer Kieran Hurley’s play, Beats sees two best friends from different backgrounds in a small Scottish town in the summer of 1994. They head to an illegal rave which promises to be the best night of their lives, so long as the police
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The Hustle Review and Rating (2019)

The Hustle is a gender-swapped rehash of "buddy films" featuring tricksters who are out to outwit each other and con people of their money. The films that immediately come to your mind are the 1964 released "Bedtime Story" starring David Niven and Marlon Brando, and the 1988 released "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" featuring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

Director Chris Addison replaces the heroes of the original with women, so here we have Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson playing high-stake fraudsters who swindle naive people. She does so probably, as Hathaway's character puts it, "men can't imagine that a woman is cleverer than they are." And she fails miserably.

Set in the sophisticated but fictional town of Beaumont-sur-Mer, Josephine Chesterfield (Anne Hathaway), a glamorous seductress fleeces gullible wealthy men from all corners of the world. Into her well-ordered, meticulously schemed universe, bursts a small-time trickster Penny Rust (Rebel Wilson) an Australian who is
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Verve Signs WGA Code of Conduct

Literary and talent agency Verve became the most prominent Hollywood agency to sign the Writers Guild of America’s new code of conduct on Thursday.

“In 2010, Verve established itself as an agency where clients’ interests are the top priority. Today, we affirm that commitment by signing the WGA Code of Conduct,” Verve management wrote in a memo to staff on Thursday. “As a result of our meaningful dialogue with our clients and their elected leadership, Verve has decided this course of action is in the best interest of our clients and our company.

“Although there will be modifications to our business practices that are necessitated by today’s decision, one thing that will not change is our commitment to providing long-term, premium service to our clients,” the letter continued.

Also Read: How the WGA Crisis Has Rocked the TV Business: 'Best Staffing Season in Years' or 'Complete S- Show'

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Will John Wick 3 Finally Take Down Avengers: Endgame at the Box Office?

For the past few weeks, it's been all about Marvel's Avengers: Endgame at the box office. It won its third weekend in a row with $63.2 million last week, topping Detective Pikachu, which had to settle for second place with a still solid $54.3 million. However, Keanu Reeves is rolling into town this weekend with John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum and the assassin is looking to aim for the head and come out on top of the competition. Universal is also releasing A Dog's Journey, with Warner Bros. dropping the Ya drama The Sun is Also a Star.

John Wick 3: Parabellum, which once again sees Chad Stahelski in the director's chair, has been earning very solid buzz ahead of its debut. As of this writing, the action flick carries an excellent 95 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Couple that with the die hard fan base that has developed
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Anne Hathaway Brings A Different Sort of Funny With ‘The Hustle’

The Hustle centers on two con women who team up to scam the rich in hopes to amass their own wealth. Josephine (Hathaway) is the more seasoned of the pair, as she attempts to impart her wisdom to the unpredictable Penny (Wilson). Bedtime Story and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels were previous iterations [...]

The post Anne Hathaway Brings A Different Sort of Funny With ‘The Hustle’ appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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‘The Hustle’ Screenwriter Jac Schaeffer on Her Female Con Artist Comedy and the Upcoming ‘WandaVision’ Series [Interview]

‘The Hustle’ Screenwriter Jac Schaeffer on Her Female Con Artist Comedy and the Upcoming ‘WandaVision’ Series [Interview]
It’s clear Jac Schaeffer is going to be a writer we’re following for a long time, since she wrote a screenplay for Black Widow and is running Marvel’s WandaVision for Disney+. Even now, her current film captures the hearts of ‘80s movie buffs like me. The Hustle is a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Rebel […]

The post ‘The Hustle’ Screenwriter Jac Schaeffer on Her Female Con Artist Comedy and the Upcoming ‘WandaVision’ Series [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
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National Geographic Slate Includes ‘Brain Games’ Return, More ‘Wicked Tuna’, Gordon Ramsay & Bear Grylls With Brie Larson & Armie Hammer, More – Upfront

National Geographic Channel has greenlighted three unscripted series — including its first competition series — and renewed Running Wild with Bear Grylls with Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) and Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) as its first celebrity competitors, set for a November 5 premiere. Nat Geo also ordered more episodes of Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted and is bringing back its Brain Games with a new celebrity twist. Those announcements and more were made at the cable net’s upfront presentation this morning in Manhattan.

Launching December 1, the reimagined Brain Games challenges celebrities to realize their special brain power through interactive games, illusions and social experiments that will reveal the “why” behind the “wow,” the channel said. First five celebrity participants are Kristin Bell (The Good Place), Dax Shepherd (Bless This Mess), Drew Brees, Rebel Wilson (The Hustle), and Anthony Anderson (Blackish).

Among the other returning Nat Geo
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