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Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown to produce and star in Shadow Force

Deadline is reporting that studio bidding is underway on Shadow Force, an action-drama package produced by and starring Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us).

Shadow Force has been written by Leon Chills (Heaven Hath No Fury), and while specific plot details are being kept under wraps, the film is said to be “a fresh take on Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” A buyer is expected to be announced this coming week.

Washington is currently shooting Little Fires Everywhere, a limited series from director Lynn Shelton (Your Sisters’ Sister), while Brown has The Angry Birds Movie 2 in cinemas now and the romantic drama Waves, action thriller The Rhythm Section and animated sequel Frozen 2 all incoming before the year is out.

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Box Office: ‘Good Boys’ Eyes Best Original Comedy Opening of 2019

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Box Office: ‘Good Boys’ Eyes Best Original Comedy Opening of 2019
Universal’s “Good Boys” is surpassing expectations as it heads toward an estimated $20.8 million opening weekend at the domestic box office following $8.3 million in Friday ticket sales.

That’s well above earlier estimates which placed the film in the $12 million to $15 million range, marking the first R-rated comedy to open at No. 1 since Universal’s “The Boss” in 2016. And if estimates hold, the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg-produced pic could score the best original comedy opening of 2019.

Gene Stupnitsky is making his feature directorial debut with the film, which follows three 12-year-old boys on a quest for some smooch experience after getting invited to their first kissing party. Brady Noon, Jacob Tremblay and Keith L. Williams star.

Universal also took second place at the box office with “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” which took in $3.8 million for an estimated $13.5 million third weekend. The Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham
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‘Good Boys’ Surprises Box Office With Best Original Comedy Opening of 2019

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‘Good Boys’ Surprises Box Office With Best Original Comedy Opening of 2019
A great August for Universal continues this weekend with the release of “Good Boys,” an R-rated comedy that is surprising at the box office with an estimated $20.8 million opening from 3,204 screens. That will make the Seth Rogen-produced raunchfest the first R-rated comedy to top the charts since “The Boss” in April 2016.

On Friday, “Good Boys” earned $8.3 million and did well with audiences, earning a B+ on CinemaScore to go with its 79% Rotten Tomatoes score from critics. The film had been projected for a modest $11-12 million opening this weekend, but will now continue Universal’s streak of comedies like “Night School,” “Girls Trip” and “Blockers” as solid, mid-budget successes at a time when so many adult comedies have failed to take off in theaters.

Also Read: 'Toy Story 4' Crosses $1 Billion, Fifth Disney Film to Hit Global Box Office Landmark in 2019

Universal will take their third straight No.
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‘Good Boys’ Opens With $2.1 Million on Thursday Night

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‘Good Boys’ Opens With $2.1 Million on Thursday Night
Universal’s raunchy comedy “Good Boys” has launched solidly with $2.1 million at 2,600 North American locations in Thursday night previews.

The “Good Boys” number is well above last year’s R-rated “Blockers,” which took in $1.5 million in previews on its way to a $20 million opening weekend and a $60 million domestic total for Universal.

Good Boys” follows three 12-year-olds — Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, and Keith L. Williams — in an R-rated comedy as the sixth-graders prep for their first kissing party. It’s opening at 3,204 venues and is expected to earn between $12 million and $15 million. “Good Boys” has connected with critics with a 79% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sony’s “The Angry Birds Movie 2” has gotten a jump on the weekend by launching on Tuesday and has taken in $5.7 million in its first three days for a projected $16 million to $17 million from 3,869 theaters during its first six days of release. The animated
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‘Good Boys’ Matures to $2.1 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘Good Boys’ Matures to $2.1 Million at Thursday Box Office
Universal’s “Good Boys,” the pre-teen, R-rated comedy romp from producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, earned $2.1 million at the box office in Thursday previews from 2,600 screens.

It’s a crowded yet quiet weekend at the box office where just about anything could emerge as the top earner this weekend. “Good Boys” will be in a close race with Entertainment Studio’s “47 Meters Down: Uncaged,” the horror sequel about killer sharks.

However, Sony’s “The Angry Birds Movie 2” already opened early on Tuesday this week, and it’s made $5.7 million so far in its three days of release. Then there’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” a comedic adaptation of a novel starring Cate Blanchett and from director Richard Linklater that Annapurna is releasing. And New Line has “Blinded By the Light, a British comedy and drama inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen. All of those will
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'The Angry Birds Movie 2': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Performer

'The Angry Birds Movie 2': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Performer
The Angry Birds Movie 2, the sequel to the hit 2016 film, reunites returning stars like Peter Dinklage and Jason Sudeikis while welcoming some new famous voices to Bird Island as well. 

In the midst of a bitter war, the Angry Birds and the Bad Piggies are forced to set aside their differences when a new threat arises in the form of Zeta (Leslie Jones), a mysterious bird hell-bent on destroying both Bird Island and Pig Island. Other additions to the cast of flightless birds include Rachel Bloom and Pete Davidson. Awkwafina and Sterling K. Brown will play some of ...
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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ battles Quentin Tarantino, ‘Nezha’ for international box office crown

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ battles Quentin Tarantino, ‘Nezha’ for international box office crown
The Angry Birds Movie 2 flies into Russia, China.

Universal’s Hobbs & Shaw is expected to coast past $400m at the worldwide box office this weekend, although the action saga faces a battle royal for the international crown against current champion Nezha from China, and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood via Sony.

All three films appeal to different demographics, and all three are expected to prosper in the coming days in a rare session when Disney does not have a release that threatens to dominate the competition. There could even be a challenge from Sony’s The
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'Hobbs & Shaw' Looks to Once Again Fend Off a Flurry of New Releases

'Hobbs & Shaw' Looks to Once Again Fend Off a Flurry of New Releases
Like last weekend, this weekend features five new wide releases, and while we're forecasting Universal's Hobbs & Shaw will finish atop the weekend box office for the third straight weekend in a row, it could be challenged by at least three of the weekend's newcomers. Challengers for that #1 spot include Universal's R-rated comedy Good Boys, Sony's Angry Birds 2 (which debuted on Tuesday) and Entertainment Studios's 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. Alternatively, Uar's Where'd You Go, Bernadette and Warner's Blinded by the Light look to be in a dogfight for tenth position as neither appears they will break out from the pack. After a -58% drop last weekend and a second straight weekend at #1, Universal's Hobbs & Shaw could join Glass and Avengers: Endgame as the only films to top the weekend box office three weekends in a row in 2019. This weekend we're expecting a -48% drop and a three-day around $13 million
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Movie Review – The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)

The Angry Birds Movie 2, 2019.

Directed by Thurop Van Orman.

Featuring the voice talents of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Sterling K. Brown, Leslie Jones, Awkwafina, Rachel Bloom, Zach Woods, Eugenio Derbez, Brooklynn Prince, LilRel Howery, Dove Cameron, Beck Bennett, Nicki Minaj, JoJo Siwa, David Dobrik, Colleen Ballinger, Pete Davidson, Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolph, Anthony Padilla, and Tony Hale.

Synopsis:

The flightless birds and scheming green pigs take their feud to the next level.

With a plot that feels like priced extra downloadable content rather than a sequel, The Angry Birds Movie 2 has arrived, now with a rehaul of the filmmaking team yet still is painful to sit through. The back half of the movie sees the team of birds (now aided by their arch-nemesis pigs joining forces to tackle a new threat from a new island) pulling off a special mission to stop a
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Can Angry Birds 2 or Good Boys Take Down Hobbs & Shaw at the Box Office?

Hobbs & Shaw managed to squeak out another win at the box office last weekend, bringing in $25.2 million in its second frame. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark also performed a little better than expected, nabbing a $20.9 million debut. But an avalanche of competition is making its way to theaters this weekend as five movies are set to open as summer nears its end. Sony's The Angry Birds Movie 2 , Universal's Good Boys, Entertainment Studios' 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Warner Bros.' Blinded By the Light and Annapurna's Where'd You Go, Bernadette are all set to open across the country. So who will come out on top?

In all likelihood, it will be The Angry Birds Movie 2 that finds itself on top of the box office competition, as the animated sequel is looking at a debut as high as $20 million in its first six days of release, per estimates. Reviews
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Box Office: ‘Angry Birds 2’ Slingshots to $2.6 Million on Opening Day

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Box Office: ‘Angry Birds 2’ Slingshots to $2.6 Million on Opening Day
The Angry Birds Movie 2,” Sony’s animated sequel based on the phone app and video game, collected $2.6 million when it opened on Tuesday.

The follow-up to 2016’s “Angry Birds” got a jump on the weekend and is expected to earn $16 million to $18 million during its fist six days of release. Unless “Angry Birds 2” exceeds expectations, the movie could arrive well below the first film, which debuted with $38 million and ended its theatrical run with $352 million worldwide. On the plus side, “Angry Birds 2” carries a $65 million price tag, slightly less than the first movie’s $73 million budget.

In the sequel, the feathered protagonists team up to save Bird and Piggy Islands after advanced weapons threaten their home. The voice cast includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, and Leslie Jones.

The Angry Birds Movie 2” is hardly this weekend’s only new release. On Friday, Universal’s raunchy comedy “Good Boys,
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Box Office: 'Angry Birds Movie 2' Opens in Fifth Place With $2.6M

Sony's animated family film The Angry Birds Movie 2 took flight at the crowded North American box office Tuesday with a subdued $2.6 million.

From Sony and Rovio Entertainment, the big-screen adaptation of the mobile-phone game — a craze when it first hit the scene — opted to open midweek in hopes of luring families during the last gasp of summer. At the same time, kids are already returning to school. Comscore reports that by Friday, 56 percent of first to 12th graders will have returned to the classroom.

Facing plenty of competition, Angry Birds 2 opened in fifth place ...
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‘Good Boys’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

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In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “Good Boys.”

Ads placed for the comedy had an estimated media value of $4.26 million through Sunday for 941 national ad airings on 36 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Aug. 5-11. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Universal prioritized spend across networks including USA, CBS and ESPN, and during programming such as “Big Brother,” “SportsCenter” and “Family Guy.”

Just behind “Good Boys” in second place: Paramount Pictures’ “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” which saw 1,339 national ad airings across 32 networks, with an estimated media value of $3.85 million.

TV ad placements for Columbia Pictures’ “The Angry Birds Movie 2” (Emv $3.84 million) plus Lionsgate’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
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‘Angry Birds 2’ Flies Into Soft Box Office as Summer Winds Down

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Sony’s “The Angry Birds Movie 2” is hitting theaters nationwide today ahead of a late summer slate that includes Universal’s R-rated kid comedy “Good Boys” and a sequel to the shark-infested “47 Meters Down.”

Originally set for a Wednesday release, Sony moved “Angry Birds 2” to a Tuesday opening last week in an effort to bring in families in the last week before the majority of schools are back in session. Through six days, independent projections predict an opening of $22-25 million, while Sony is projecting a 6-day opening in the mid-teens from 3,800 screens.

Either result would be a big step down from the $38 million 3-day opening earned by the first “Angry Birds Movie” in May 2016, going on to make $107 million domestic and $357 million worldwide against a $73 million budget. The sequel has an only slightly smaller budget at $65 million and will face tough competition from family audiences with “The Lion King
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With Five More New Releases, Can Any Movie Break Through at the Box Office in August?

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August’s box office traffic jam is turning into full-on pileup. After five new nationwide releases last weekend, most of which failed in spectacular fashion, five more newcomers are arriving on movie theater marquees. It could mean another rough outing for Hollywood studios.

Universal’s raunchy comedy “Good Boys,” Sony’s animated “Angry Birds” sequel and Entertainment Studio’s shark thriller “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” look to have the best start among fresh offerings, but there’s a chance those will be the only films to hit double-digit debuts.

The Angry Birds Movie 2” is getting a jump on the weekend by launching on Tuesday for a projected $16 million to $18 million from 3,800 theaters during its first six days of release. Some box office watchers estimate the film could reach $20 million, but even those numbers would be a huge drop from its predecessor, 2016’s “Angry Birds.” The first film, based on
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‘Angry Birds 2’ is the Highest-Rated Video Game Movie Ever on Rotten Tomatoes, Which Isn’t Saying Much

‘Angry Birds 2’ is the Highest-Rated Video Game Movie Ever on Rotten Tomatoes, Which Isn’t Saying Much
Video game movies haven’t fared very well with critics. In fact, nearly every single one has been trounced, with a few notable exceptions. The latest exception is The Angry Birds Movie 2, which has so far managed to stay “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. And that’s not all: it’s officially the highest-rated video game movie ever on Rotten […]

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‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ Film Review: Silly Sequel Will Engage Kids, If Not Their Parents

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‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ Film Review: Silly Sequel Will Engage Kids, If Not Their Parents
Before “The Angry Birds Movie 2” first screened in London, Sony proudly showed off the trailer for the new “Jumanji” movie (“The Next Level”) which the studio is obviously hoping will be its big Christmas hit. That film’s very existence, re-animated by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart et al, proves you can never write off an old franchise or an even older video game — and there’s every chance that the further adventures of the flightless cartoon birds and their green pig adversaries can feather the nest for Sony this summer.

Not that “Angry Birds 2” is a very good film. Let’s not go crazy here. Compared to Disney/Pixar, the work here is rudimentary in terms of artistry, character and script. There are hardly any gags in the dialogue, not even terrible bird-based puns. And as for any wholesome or heart-warming family message, forget it. But that in itself may prove somewhat refreshing,
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Box-Office Weekend: Fast & Furious Keeps Pace Ahead of Scary Stories

Still standing tall on top of the box-office weekend countdown was Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, which held onto first place for the second week in a row. The latest offering of the “Fast & Furious” franchise took in $25.4 million this weekend, giving it a two-week tally of $108.5 million and an ever-so-slight first-place finish over newcomer Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which debuted with $20.8 million.

Just behind the top weekend finishers was The Lion King (2019), which dropped one spot to third place with a $20 million domestic tally, and a four-week total of $473.1 million. The second film debuting in the top ten this week, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, finished in fourth place with $17 million and positive reviews all around. Meanwhile, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was also felled a few spots by the newcomers as Quentin Tarantino’s latest dropped to fifth place (from
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‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ Review: A Sometimes Inspired and Generally Tolerable Sequel

‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ Review: A Sometimes Inspired and Generally Tolerable Sequel
There’s really only so much you can expect from a film like The Angry Birds Movie 2, an ungainly title for an ungainly project. A movie based on a smartphone game has beget a sequel, both of which had to come up with characters and stories to varying success. What this movie does well has […]

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The Angry Birds Movie 2 Review: A Fun Sequel That Surpasses the First

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The Angry Birds Movie 2 Review: A Fun Sequel That Surpasses the First
The Angry Birds Movie 2 has the irritated avians and their pugnacious porker foes joining forces against a common threat. The massively popular mobile game spawns a sequel that surpasses the utter silliness of the original. The Angry Birds Movie 2 goes full tilt on its goofy plot. Loaded with slapstick shenanigans and a head-bopping pop music soundtrack, the film's absurdity laughs you into submission. The crisp and colorful CGI animation adds to the cotton candy fluff.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 begins with Red (Jason Sudeikis) basking in the glory of his heroics. The adulation from his fellow birds masking a deep fear of loneliness. Red remembers his days as an outcast. He, Chuck (Josh Gad), and Bomb (Danny McBride), continue their prank war against Leonard (Bill Hader) and the citizens of Piggy Island. It's all good fun until huge ice balls start smashing into both of their homes.
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