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‘The Upside’ Opened at #1, But $20 Million Is Low for a Kevin Hart Movie

‘The Upside’ Opened at #1, But $20 Million Is Low for a Kevin Hart Movie
The opening weekend of “The Upside,” the Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston remake of the worldwide French hit “Intouchables,” ended the three-week reign of “Aquaman.” It made just over of $20 million — besting estimates — and comes after a few weeks of controversy for Hart that suggested the long-delayed film might take a hit.

The odd-couple pairing of a wealthy and paraplegic New Yorker and the ex-con hired to care for him is a curious inverse of “Green Book.”

Initially a Weinstein film, it premiered to mixed critical response at Toronto 2017, with plans for an early 2018 opening upended by the company’s demise. Its pickup by Stx, a totally capable distributor with access to top theaters, still suggested to some a limit to its, shall we say, upside. The company has had several successes, but only one opening over $20 million. And Hart’s promo tours for the film got more attention for
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Warner Bros. Buys RatPac-Dune Library, Including ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Gravity’

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Warner Bros. Buys RatPac-Dune Library, Including ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Gravity’
Warner Bros. has bought the RatPac-Dune Entertainment library, consisting of 15% to 25% stakes in each of 76 films that the RatPac co-financed, including 2017’s “Wonder Woman” and 2013 Oscar winner “Gravity.”

The library was generated by RatPac with the studio through a five-year slate deal. Other notable titles included in the deal include “It,” “Batman V Superman,” “The Lego Movie,” “American Sniper,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Justice League” and “Dunkirk.”

Warner Bros. confirmed that the price tag was about $300 million. Vine Alternative Investment had recently reached a tentative deal for the library assets but Warner Bros. subsequently exercised its right to match the bid and closed the deal.

RatPac Entertainment was founded by Brett Ratner and billionaire James Packer in 2012. RatPac-Dune Entertainment was formed in 2013 as a production company-financier with a 75-title co-financing arrangement with Warner Bros. In 2017, RatPac became part of Len Blavatnik’s Access Entertainment, which bought Packer’s ownership share.
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Oscars 2019: Who Will Host Now? The 10 Most Likely Candidates — Including No Host At All

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If anyone doubts the insane pace of the news cycle in Hollywood these days, consider this: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences just announced that Kevin Hart would be hosting the 2019 Oscars this Tuesday, December 4 and just a little over 48 hours later he had withdrawn. The Academy now faces a dilemma: any potential host they reach out to could feel like they were a second choice or a “safe” choice.

But it doesn’t have to be that way: the IndieWire staff has given a lot of thought to who is most likely to step into Hart’s shoes, given their availability, the image they’ll project for the Academy, what corporate synergy they’ll represent for broadcaster ABC, and any previous statements they’ve given about their desire to host. Based on what we know right now, these are the most likely contenders.

10. Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani
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Kevin Hart Is the 2019 Oscars Host

Kevin Hart Is the 2019 Oscars Host
With mere months to spare, the Academy finally found its Oscars host. After much speculation that Oscar producer Donna Gigliotti was having trouble landing a suitable host, former hosts Hugh Jackman, Ellen DeGeneres, and Whoopi Goldberg were among the possibles before Kevin Hart agreed to be the man in the spotlight at the top of the upcoming Oscar ceremony on February 24. Hart is the fifth African-American to host the Oscars, after Goldberg, Chris Rock, Richard Pryor and Diana Ross.

Hart revealed in an Instagram post late Tuesday that he had accepted the role:

For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it would happen when it was supposed to. I am so happy to say that the day has finally
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Kevin Hart Will Host 2019 Oscars Ceremony

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Kevin Hart Will Host 2019 Oscars Ceremony
Kevin Hart will host the 91st annual Academy Awards, the actor-comedian announced Tuesday on Instagram.

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For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to. I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time….I will
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Red Notice’ Heads To November 2020

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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Red Notice’ Heads To November 2020
Dwayne Johnson’s Red Notice is moving back five months to Nov. 13, 2020 from its June 12, 2020 release.

It takes the spot on the calendar occupied by an untitled Universal event film. Currently the only other major studio title is Paramount’s Rugrats on that date.

Johnson reteams with his Skyscraper and Central Intelligence writer/director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, in this international action-thriller. Johnson plays an Interpol agent tasked with capturing the most wanted art thief in the world.

The film will be produced by the returning Skyscraper team, including Beau Flynn for his Flynn Picture Co.; Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia for their Seven Bucks Productions; and Thurber for his Bad Version, Inc. Wendy Jacobson executive produces.
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Red Notice’ Pushed Back Five Months

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Universal Studios has pushed back Dwayne Johnson’s “Red Notice” five months from June 12, 2020, to Nov. 13, 2020.

The studio made the announcement Thursday. Johnson reteams with his “Skyscraper” and “Central Intelligence” writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber and plays an Interpol agent tasked with capturing the most-wanted art thief in the world.

The film will be produced by the returning “Skyscraper” team, including Beau Flynn for his Flynn Picture Co.; Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia for their Seven Bucks Productions; and Thurber for his Bad Version, Inc. Wendy Jacobson executive produces.

Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot came on board in April. Johnson is expected to get his first $20 million paycheck for the gig. Universal won a bidding war for the project in February in the wake of the surprise success of Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which starred Johnson with Kevin Hart.

“Red Notice” was the only title slotted
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Chris Rock Will Direct Kevin Hart in the Comedy Co-Parenting

Chris Rock Will Direct Kevin Hart in the Comedy Co-Parenting
Chris Rock and Kevin Hart are teaming up for a new comedy. Universal Pictures is in negotiations to have Rock direct Hart in Co-Parenting, an original comedy the two stars came up with. While the deal hasn't officially closed yet, it sounds like this is trending in the right direction and will see Rock, a legendary stand-up comedian and comedic actor, stepping behind the camera to direct a movie for the first time since 2014.

According to a new report, Chris Rock and Kevin Hart have partnered with Yamara Taylor, of Black-Ish fame, who is currently penning the screenplay for the comedy. Co-Parenting centers on Hart, who plays a stay-at-home dad who takes care of the kids while his CEO wife is busy being the breadwinner of the family. Things get ugly when his wife decides she wants a divorce and kicks Hart out of the house, putting him in a state of publicly visible disarray.
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Kevin Hart Inks First-Look Deal With Nickelodeon (Exclusive)

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Kevin Hart Inks First-Look Deal With Nickelodeon (Exclusive)
Kevin Hart has signed a first-look deal with Nickelodeon, Variety has learned exclusively.

Under the deal, Hart and his HartBeat Productions banner will develop and produce live-action, scripted kids content for the network. News of the deal comes less than two weeks after Awesomeness TV co-founder Brian Robbins was tapped to lead Nickelodeon after most recently serving as head of Paramount Pictures’ genre division, Paramount Players.

“For me, Nick has always represented everything fun about being a kid, and it’s still at the forefront today of kids’ and family entertainment,” Hart said. “I’ve been slimed at Kids’ Choice, won a lot of Orange Blimps and my kids are my very own built-in focus group, so I’m ready to dive in and make some next-level shows with Brian and everyone at Nickelodeon.”

No stranger to the Nickelodeon audience, in 2014 Hart won the Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Funny Star.
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Ike Barinholtz Credits Donald Trump for His Dark Comedy ‘The Oath’

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Ike Barinholtz Credits Donald Trump for His Dark Comedy ‘The Oath’
Donald Trump won’t be getting a producing credit in Ike Barinholtz’ dark comedy “The Oath,” which opens Friday, but he’s the major reason why the film got made.

“The movie grew out of the Thanksgiving dinner two years ago at my house in Los Angeles,” Barinholtz recalls. “We got into a nasty fight about politics — and we had all voted the same way against Trump. So I woke up the next morning and thought ‘I’ve got make a movie about this, if this can happen at our table, it must be happening all over America.'”

The Oath” takes place in a near future in which the U.S. government, headed by unnamed president, has required all citizens to sign a “Patriot’s Oath” to the government by Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving. Barinholtz’ character Chris and his no-nonsense wife Kai, played by Tiffany Haddish, host
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Night School (2018) – Review

September, the month when many movie-goers return to school, is generally not prime release time for a big, raucous, “down ‘n’ dirty” comedy starring one of the most popular film “funnymen”, Kevin Hart. Aha, but what if the new movie comedy’s premise is his return to school. This could be inspired marketing timing. Speaking of timing, the very prolific Hart, who seemed to be in a new flick every five or six weeks, appears to be pacing himself, perhaps following his own marketing strategy. Aside from his Summer TV game show “Tko”, we’ve not seen him at the multiplex in over nine months, when Hart was part of the ensemble cast that made the reboot adventure Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle a surprise holiday hit. As with that smash, Hart is not alone this time out. Many of his biggest successes have been team-ups, from Ice Cube in
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Night School Review: Dim-Witted Slapstick That Runs Painfully Long

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Night School Review: Dim-Witted Slapstick That Runs Painfully Long
Night School is a dim-witted, slapstick comedy that runs painfully long. Star Kevin Hart shifts his annoying antics into overdrive. He spends the film in a perpetual high-pitched squeal that grates the senses. Thankfully the supporting cast is filled with brilliant comedians. They level Hart's pestering with moments of scattered humor. Night School has an uplifting message, but it's delivered poorly. Director Malcolm D. Lee needed to rein in his lead and cut twenty minutes of runtime.

Kevin Hart plays Teddy Walker, the top salesman at a store that sells barbecue grills. He drives a porsche, lives in a fancy duplex, and has a beautiful girlfriend, Lisa (Megalyn Echikunwoke). But it's all a facade. Teddy lives paycheck to paycheck, keeping up his successful image to impress Lisa and her high-brow friends. Everything comes crashing down after his disastrous marriage proposal. Teddy's forced to look for a new job, but is continually rejected.
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‘Night School’ Film Review: Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish Comedy Earns a Passing Grade

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Theatrically released in the summer of 2017, Andrew Cohn’s heart-rending documentary “Night School” is a compassionately observed account of the onerous ordeal a group of underprivileged adults in Indianapolis weathers to obtain their GEDs. Cohn’s film is a stirring demonstration of the power of second chances.

Girls Trip” director Malcolm D. Lee’s newest comedy, also called “Night School” and boasting a nearly identical premise, is similarly persuasive in its quest to preach the gospel of never giving up. The core distinction between these two effective approaches is that Lee’s uses laugh-our-loud gags in its delivery. Tonally different but thematically synced, the movies’ intentions are thoughtful.

2018’s “Night School” brings Kevin Hart back to high school as a grown man with unfinished business from his teenage past, not unlike his character in “Central Intelligence.” As Teddy, Hart is leaning onto the slightly maniacal and humorously vulnerable trope we
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‘The Oath’ Trailer: Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish Have a Bloody Thanksgiving With Their Less-Liberal Loved Ones — Watch

‘The Oath’ Trailer: Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish Have a Bloody Thanksgiving With Their Less-Liberal Loved Ones — Watch
Ike Barinholtz directed a quartet of “Mindy Project” episodes while co-starring as that series’ car thief-turned-nurse, Morgan Tookers. This fall, he makes his feature directorial debut with “The Oath,” a political comedy he also wrote. In the film, Barinholtz and Emmy-nominated “Saturday Night Live” host Tiffany Haddish portray spouses whose place in the resistance movement is challenged by their nearest and dearest over Thanksgiving. The holiday falls the day before each American must sign “The Patriot’s Oath,” professing government loyalty.

Turkey Day turns violent for the couple while they are supposed to be expressing gratitude for the family and friends: Roadside Attractions’ first trailer finds Barinholtz at knifepoint and Haddish recovering from a tasing, plus additional bloodshed, body slamming, and handguns. Co-stars include “Portlandia” co-creator Carrie Brownstein, “SNL” veteran Nora Dunn, and Billy Magnussen and John Cho as Washington agents who sour the group’s festivities.

Get Out” producer
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Dwayne Johnson's New Kind of Hollywood Masculinity

Pain & GainStanding at a towering 6'5" and dwarfing the proverbial brick shithouse, Dwayne Johnson seems to be the man to call in a crisis. If you need someone to save you from a cataclysmic earthquake, giant monsters, or a cursed board game, he’s the leading man of choice. The majority of his films are big-budget comedies or even bigger-budget action blockbusters; his central and ongoing role in The Fast and Furious franchise has made him as ubiquitous as he is wealthy. And if there’s any hint that audiences are still as in thrall to larger-than-life movie stars as they were a century ago, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s box-office figures seem to confirm that this is the case. What Johnson’s film work has in audience appeal it does tend to lose in subtlety; you might uncharitably call his persona slightly cartoonish. His masculinity is traditional—all chiseled
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Improbable’ Crane Jump in ‘Skyscraper': ‘We Did the Math,’ Says Director

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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Improbable’ Crane Jump in ‘Skyscraper': ‘We Did the Math,’ Says Director
The heart-pounding fun of Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper” wasn’t just movie star bravado and CGI for director Rawson Marshall Thurber — it was math mixed with a little but of adrenaline.

“This is a thrill ride — you bought your ticket and here it is,” Thurber told TheWrap. “We didn’t consult with math professors to make sure it made sense, but we did the math with Ilm [Industrial Light & Magic] and we knew we were close. People aren’t buying tickets to see a documentary about a guy jumping a big jump. With any action sequence, you want it to feel believable — but 10 percent more. You want it to be improbable, but not impossible. You want it to feel insane, but not unachievable.”

In the movie, Johnson tries to get into a building that is engulfed in flames in order to save his family. The only way in is to jump from a crane into the burning building,
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Skyscraper Director Talks The Rock, Burning Buildings and Red Notice | Exclusive

Skyscraper Director Talks The Rock, Burning Buildings and Red Notice | Exclusive
Rawson Marshall Thurber has had tremendous success in comedy. The writer/director is responsible for such hits as Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, We're the Millers, and Central Intelligence. Thurber tackles big-budget action for the first time in Skyscraper. Dwayne Johnson, his lead in Central Intelligence, stars as Will Sawyer; a former FBI agent turned building inspector who lost a leg in the line of duty. Sawyer is assigned to inspect the Pearl, the world's tallest building in Hong Kong. His family moves into a luxury apartment while he completes the job. Terrorists with an unknown motive attack the building, setting it on fire while pursuing its billionaire owner. Sawyer must rescue his family, fight the bad guys, and escape the burning behemoth.

Rawson Marshall Thurber developed Skyscraper during post production for Central Intelligence. The filmmaker was a fan of films like Die Hard and The Towering Inferno, but drew
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‘Skyscraper’ Spoiler-Free Review: Exactly The Film It Needs To Be

Whether it was intentional or not, it’s kind of a shame that the new Dwayne Johnson vehicle ‘Skyscraper’ is being released on the eve of ‘Die Hard’s 30th anniversary. It’s a film that will inevitably draw comparisons to ‘Die Hard’, but on the eve of film’s 30th birthday, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the comparisons. The curcular nature of the Hollywood machine is an interesting thing. Since it’s release, ‘Die Hard’ has become a trope in itself, often being used as a way to pitch a film quickly “’Die Hard’ on a Plane”. In the case of ‘Skyscraper,’ it’s a film that is literally ‘Die Hard’, just doubling down with a much taller, futuristic building that is also on fire. Ultimately though, the comparisons stop with ‘Skyscraper’s premise (it actually has more in common with ‘Towering Inferno’)–that is unless you’re
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Skyscraper (2018) – Review

Alright, it’s roughly the Summer midpoint, so let’s escape the “dog days” by heading into the cool confines of the local multiplex and catch a flick that practically screams, “big, loud, blockbuster”. This isn’t a new thing, for the past several decades (maybe since the late 70’s), the Summer action extravaganza has been the domain of several stars that seem to be playing much the same character in every flick (that’s the case with “movie personalities” since the dawn of cinema), who seem to have almost been biological engineered for such “heavy lifting”. For the seventies it was Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson, then with the 80’s they “flexed” their talents to greater heights with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Toward the end of the decade we got TV stars like Bruce Willis and martial arts masters such as Jean Claude Van-Damn and Steven Seagal. Now
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Review: Thurber's 'Skyscraper' is a Towering Achievement in Absurdity

With box office receipts exceeding $3 billion around the world so far, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has solidified himself as a global box office powerhouse. In recent years, the wrestler-turned-actor has earned a reputation as the hardest working man in Hollywood, starring in hits like Central Intelligence, Moana, The Fate of the Furious, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle from last fall. Even his misses are still massive successes — both San Andreas and Rampage earned over $400 million worldwide, despite underwhelming critical response. Now, only three months after his last theatrical release, Johnson continues his shock-and-awe campaign for box office supremacy with the action-packed, Hong Kong-set skyscraper disaster film Skyscraper; further testament to the movie star's enduring commitment to quantity over quality. Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, Skyscraper stars Johnson as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and Us war veteran Will Sawyer. Wounded in action and now ...
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