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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ reviews: The musical sequel starring Cher is a surprise hit with critics

‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ reviews: The musical sequel starring Cher is a surprise hit with critics
And the critical darling of the summer is … “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”? This sequel comes 10 years after the original “Mamma Mia!” film, which itself was adapted from the 1999 jukebox musical that brought the songs of Abba to the Broadway stage. No, it’s not a movie we’re likely to be talking about in the year-end awards conversation — except perhaps the Golden Globes, which adore musicals. But it does seem to have caught critics off-guard by actually improving on the original.

The 2008 “Mamma Mia!” was a huge hit, grossing $144 million domestically and a whopping $609 million worldwide against a mere $52 million budget. And it earned Golden Globe noms for Best Film Comedy/Musical and Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress (Meryl Streep). But it didn’t win over critics: it scored 51 on MetaCritic and had a rotten Tomatometer score of 54%.

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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Director Ol Parker on Casting Cher: ‘I Refused to Contemplate Anyone Else’

‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Director Ol Parker on Casting Cher: ‘I Refused to Contemplate Anyone Else’
It’s been a decade since the smash hit “Mamma Mia” hit the screen, and yet director Ol Parker knew audiences still had the hunger for a sequel.

Parker, best known for writing the “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” series, was originally planning just to write the sequel, before Universal decided he would also be the right choice to direct.

With the film opening Friday, Parker talked to Variety about how Richard Curtis, the screenwriter and director of the original, played a part in pushing him towards the job, Lily James’ full commitment to the part and the famous sequel he was inspired by.

Have you been surprised at at all that there is still a thirst for a sequel even after ten years?

I’m grateful for starters. When I first got the gig I spent a couple of the first days terrified! Obviously we are here because of
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Box Office: ‘Mamma Mia’ Shoots Past ‘Equalizer 2’ in Thursday Night Shows

Box Office: ‘Mamma Mia’ Shoots Past ‘Equalizer 2’ in Thursday Night Shows
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” has opened with a solid $3.4 million at 2,850 North American locations in Thursday night preview showings that began at 7 p.m.

That was enough for the musical to top Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer 2,” which launched with $3.1 million at 2,934 sites in Thursday previews that began at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Universal’s follow-up to its 2008 musical “Mamma Mia!” is tracking for a three-day tally between $30 million and $36 million when it opens in over 3,317 venues. Its predecessor opened with $27 million on the same weekend a decade ago and finished with $145 million domestically and $615 million worldwide on a $52 million budget.

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is both a sequel and a prequel, highlighted again by Abba songs. Most of the original cast — including Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, and Dominic Cooper — are reprising their roles with Cher
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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Dances to $3.4 Million at Thursday Box Office

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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Dances to $3.4 Million at Thursday Box Office
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” danced to $3.4 million at the Thursday box office, while Sony’s “The Equalizer 2” took in $3.1 million at the previews.

In 2008, the original “Mamma Mia!” earned a modest $27 million opening weekend while serving as counter-programming to “The Dark Knight,” which opened the same weekend. (The adaptation of a London and Broadway stage hit eventually earned nearly $610 million worldwide on a $52 million budget.)

Independent trackers are expecting that “Here We Go Again” will improve on the opening of the original “Mamma Mia!,” projecting an opening of $32-34 million from 3,200 locations while carrying a higher production budget of $74 million.

Also Read: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Is 'Charming' and 'Joyful,' Critics Say

Picking up a decade after the first film, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!” sees Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) prepare for motherhood by learning about how her mom, Donna (Meryl Streep) became
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Review

(L to R) Young Tanya (Jessica Keenan Wynn), Young Donna (Lily James) and Young Rosie (Alexa Davies) in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” Ten years after “Mamma Mia! The Movie,” you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of Abba. Photo courtesy of Universal Studios.

The sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is explosion of late ’70s spandex and glitter set to the tune of Abba hits, which is just what fans of the original Mamma Mia! are looking for.

For fans of either the stage musical, its movie adaptation or even just Abba songs, this sequel hits all the right marks. Set on a sun-drenched Greek island where nothing very bad happens, it is light, sentimental romantic comedy packed to the rafters with those absurd late ’70s-early ’80s fashions. It is also filled with song and dance production numbers,
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Box Office: ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Dancing Past ‘Equalizer 2’ to $30 Million-Plus Opening

Box Office: ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Dancing Past ‘Equalizer 2’ to $30 Million-Plus Opening
In true popcorn-season form, it’ll be a battle of the sequels at the domestic box office this weekend.

Universal’s “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is taking a chance at the top spot against fellow newcomers “The Equalizer 2” and “Unfriended: Dark Web.”

The follow-up to 2008’s jukebox musical “Mamma Mia!” is tracking for a three-day tally between $30 million and $36 million when it opens in over 3,200 locations. A $30 million-plus debut would be a jump on its predecessor’s $27 million start. Much like the hit Broadway musical it was based on, “Mamma Mia” became a box office smash, earning $615 million worldwide on a $52 million budget. Though it pocketed an impressive $144 million in North America, “Mamma Mia” found even greater success overseas, where Swedish pop group Abba has a huge following. At the time, it was the highest-grossing film directed by a woman (Phyllida Lloyd), until it was surpassed by
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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Is ‘Charming’ and ‘Joyful,’ Critics Say

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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Is ‘Charming’ and ‘Joyful,’ Critics Say
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is “everything you ever want” and “everything you ever need,” critics are saying.

“Much like its predecessor, ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ is escapist fluff of the highest order — joyful, filled with beloved pop songs and incredibly bizarre,” wrote Chicago Tribune’s Katie Walsh. “Go ahead and treat yourself to this raucous seaside summer confection, you deserve it.”

TheWrap’s film critic Nicholas Barber wrote in his review, “as for the writer-director, Ol Parker, he doesn’t come up with any urgent artistic reasons for the existence of its follow-up, ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,’ but he does make it surprisingly watchable, and he manages to overcome some mountainous obstacles.”

Also Read: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Film Review: Lily James Makes Up for Near-Absence of Meryl Streep

Overall, the sequel to 2008’s “Mamma Mia!” holds a score of 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes,
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Can ‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel Repeat Original’s Runaway Box Office Success?

Can ‘Mamma Mia’ Sequel Repeat Original’s Runaway Box Office Success?
Ten years ago, while “The Dark Knight” and “Iron Man” were ushering us into a new age of superhero blockbuster domination, “Mamma Mia!” was waving the flag for Abba fans and mid-budget movies alike. Now Universal is hoping to repeat that success with the new sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.”

In 2008, “Mamma Mia!,” which was made on a $52 million budget, earned a modest $27 million opening weekend while serving as counter-programming to “The Dark Knight,” which opened the same weekend.

But while Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” film became a cultural phenomenon and grossed over $1 billion worldwide, “Mamma Mia!” quietly endured for two months at the box office, earning over five times its opening with a domestic run of $144 million.

Also Read: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Film Review: Lily James Makes Up for Near-Absence of Meryl Streep

Overseas, the film found even more success in Australia and
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'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' revs up for global launch

'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' revs up for global launch
World premiere took place in London on Sunday night.

Universal top brass are preparing for the global launch of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again this week, exactly 10 years after Mamma Mia! took off en route to a $609.8m final global tally.

The musical sequel, based like the original on Abba songs, ventures into 41 territories this week, day-and-date with Friday’s [July 20] North American bow in approximately 3,200 theatres.

The UK, Australia, Germany, Spain and Abba’s home country Sweden are expected to be among the highlights in the first wave as the family tentpole rolls out through September.

The 2008 original opened
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Bill Bailey, Matthew Goode, Adrian Edmonson, Celia Imrie Set For ‘Big Bad Fox’ Voice Cast

Gkids and Studiocanal have enlisted a host of Brit actors to voice the English-language version of animated family feature The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales. Bill Bailey (Hot Fuzz), Adrian Edmonson (War & Peace), Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Justin Edwards (The Thick Of It), comedian Phil Jupitus and Giles New (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) will lend their voices to the story of an unusual farm which is…
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again featurette sees Cher cover ‘Fernando’

With just three weeks to go until Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again arrives in cinemas, Universal Pictures has released a new featurette for the musical comedy sequel which focuses on the music superstar Cher and her performance of the Abba classic ‘Fernando’ in the film; watch it here…

See Also: Watch the final trailer for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, James will play the role of Young Donna. Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful). Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends).

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is set for release
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‘Book Club’: How Robert Redford’s Former Producers Made the Rare Rom-Com About Women Over 65

‘Book Club’: How Robert Redford’s Former Producers Made the Rare Rom-Com About Women Over 65
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

There are four leading ladies in Bill Holderman’s directorial debut, “Book Club,” and each of them get equal time to explore burgeoning new romances that light up their individual lives (and that are further enlivened by the introduction of E.L. James’ steamy “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy to the eponymous book club). It’s cute idea, but it’s also one that’s quietly revelatory: each of the film’s stars is over the age of 65. Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen, and Diane Keaton all play long-time best pals trying to squeeze some life out of their waning years. The lesson, of course, is that they’ve gotten plenty more to do, no matter the number of candles on their birthday cake.

Romantic comedies have sputtered out in the studio world over the past
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay join Gemma Arterton in 'Summerland' (exclusive)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay join Gemma Arterton in 'Summerland' (exclusive)
Jessica Swale’s feature debut will start shooting this summer in the UK.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Tom Courtenay (45 Years) and Penelope Wilton (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) have boarded second world war-era drama Summerland which is set to star and be executive produced by Gemma Arterton.

The project marks the feature debut of Olivier Award-winning playwright Jessica Swale. She previously collaborated with Arterton on West End romantic comedy Nell Gwynn.

Embankment Films is representing international sales in Cannes on the title and co-representing U.S. with Gersh.

Producers are Guy Heeley and Adrian Sturges. The film is set to shoot this summer in the UK.
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton join Gemma Arterton in 'Summertime' (exclusive)

Jessica Swale’s feature debut will start shooting this summer in the UK.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Tom Courtenay (45 Years) and Penelope Wilton (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) have boarded second world war-era drama Summertime, which is set to star and be executive produced by Gemma Arterton.

The project marks the feature debut of Olivier Award-winning playwright Jessica Swale. She previously collaborated with Arterton on West End romantic comedy Nell Gwynn.

Embankment Films is representing international sales in Cannes on the title and co-representing Us with Gersh.

Producers are Guy Heeley and Adrian Sturges. The film is set to shoot this summer in the UK.
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See where it all began in final trailer for Mamma Mia Here We Go Again

The final trailer and poster for the return of the Abbatastic musical, Mamma Mia Here We Go Again has dropped ahead of its June 1st release.

Reprising their roles from Mamma Mia! The Movie is Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar® winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry.

Joining the cast are Lily James as a Young Donna. Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful). Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends).

Ol Parker, the writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,
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Watch the final trailer for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

With its July release fast approaching, Universal Pictures has revealed the final trailer for Ol Parker’s upcoming upcoming musical comedy sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again; watch it here…

As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, James will play the role of Young Donna. Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful). Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends).

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is set for release on July 20th and sees Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) directing returning stars Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, and Colin Firth
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again gets a new poster ahead of Tuesday’s trailer

With a new trailer set to arrive tomorrow, a poster has been revealed for the upcoming musical sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again featuring its ensemble cast; take a look here…

See Also: Cher gets the party started in new Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again TV spot

As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, James will play the role of Young Donna. Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful). Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends).

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is set for release on July 20th and sees Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) directing returning stars Meryl Streep,
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Fox Searchlight International Promotes Roya Vakili to Svp, Marketing

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Fox Searchlight Pictures International has promoted Roya Vakili to Senior Vice President Marketing, its president Rebecca Kearey announced today.

Vakili was previously Vice President.

Since joining Searchlight in 2006, Vakili has managed all international marketing functions, working across the entire Searchlight slate, including the recent international campaigns for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,”(international box office of $103 million and still in theaters) and “The Shape of Water” (international box office of $131 million and still in theaters).

Also Read: Fox Searchlight Promotes Executives Katie Goodson-Thomas, Taylor Friedman

“Roya has helped to build the campaigns for many of our most successful international box office hits,” Kearey said in a statement. “She covers the whole gamut of marketing for our films, and her consummate creativity has made her an invaluable member of our team.”

Prior to joining Fox Searchlight Pictures, Vakili was the promotions director for two Clear Channel Washington D.C. radio stations, and also worked for Ubisoft Entertainment in San Francisco as an international product manager. She has an Mba from Pepperdine University and an Mfa from the Producers Program at UCLA. During her time at Searchlight, she has worked on the international marketing campaigns for many of the studio’s most successful films, including “Black Swan,” “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “The Descendants” and “Juno.”

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Lucy Liu, Jacki Weaver, Taye Diggs join 'Stage Mother'

Lucy Liu, Jacki Weaver, Taye Diggs join 'Stage Mother'
Film Mode to launch Cannes sales; production set for later this year in Canada.

Jacki Weaver, Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu have joined Stage Mother, which Film Mode will introduce to worldwide buyers in Cannes next week.

The project is scheduled to begin shooting later this year in Canada with Canadian director Thom Fitzgerald at the helm.

Stage Mother centres on the conservative director of Texas church choir who gets a new lease of life when she leaves her narrow-minded husband and moves to San Francisco after she inherits her recently deceased son’s financially stricken drag club. Brad Hennig
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New Clip & Poster For The Upcoming ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

Studiocanal has released a new clip and poster for next weeks big release, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Directed by Mike Newell and based on Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ best-selling novel.

Lily James plays free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.

Directed by Mike Newell, the film also stars Glen Powell, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay and Katherine Parkinson with Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society opens on April 20th.

Check out the new clip below.

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