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Elisabeth Moss on 'Her Smell' and a Feminist Take on 'The Invisible Man'

Elisabeth Moss on 'Her Smell' and a Feminist Take on 'The Invisible Man'
Elisabeth Moss has been at the center of Golden Age of Television thanks to her work on The West WingMad Men and The Handmaid's Tale, but so far in 2019, it's her work on the big screen that's been getting the attention.

She had a small but crucial role in Jordan Peele's Us, and currently stars in Alex Ross Perry's Her Smell, in which she plays self-abusive rocker Becky Something.

Her feature work is set to continue, with perhaps her highest-profile film role yet. In March, news broke that Moss was in talks for The Invisible Man, Blumhouse's re-imagining ...
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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are just like us! They cuddle up, watch ‘American Idol’ and gobble takeout, too

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are just like us! They cuddle up, watch ‘American Idol’ and gobble takeout, too
It isn’t enough that “American Idol” judge Katy Perry gets to attend what amounts to a concert by possible future stars of tomorrow each week. She actually spends her days off on weekends re-watching the reality talent show with her fiance, actor Orlando Bloom, and her family members.

“Sunday is usually family night for us — Orlando, myself, my sister, my parents, my brother,” the pop chanteuse, 34, whose hits include “I Kissed a Girl,” “Teenage Dream” and “Firework,” told “Us” magazine at an “American Idol” event in Los Angeles. “So, it’s like cuddling with the kids, and we usually watch ‘Idol’ on Sunday night and have dinner, and we’ll have takeout or what have you. So we went to Crossroads last night and had Impossible Burgers. There were 20 of us.”

As anyone knows from watching Perry’s antics on “Idol,” food figures large in her life. On Sunday’s show,
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Comcast Tops Q1 Earnings Expectations With Assists From ‘Us,’ New ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

Comcast’s first-quarter 2019 financials are out, and they’re a bit of a mixed bag.

Wall Street had forecast the company’s Q1 earnings per share (Eps) at 67 cents on $27.21 billion in revenue, per a Yahoo Finance consensus estimate. Comcast actually reported adjusted Eps of 76 cents on $26.86 billion in revenue.

It’s important to note that in Q1 of 2018, Comcast’s NBCUniversal had the huge and rare combination of the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics, inflating last year’s comparable revenue. So while all of the company’s TV revenue is way down (-9.2% for cable and -29.4% for broadcast), accounting adjustments for normalcy show both cable (+3.2%) and broadcast (+7.1%) increasing sans the one-off boost.

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At the box office, the performances of Jordan Peele’s “Us” and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
See full article at The Wrap »

Can ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Lion King’ and Other Summer Movies Rescue the Box Office?

  • Variety
In the summer, as temperatures rise and schools go on break, Hollywood likes to stick to a well-worn formula: Pack the multiplexes with franchises, spinoffs, reboots and remakes. This coming season will be no different — with hopes that the pay off at the box office will help reverse the current turndown in ticket sales.

“The box office is going to rise and fall on the slate of sequels like it has for countless summers,” says Jeff Bock, an analyst at Exhibitor Relations. “If the summer does better, it will be because studios made sequels that people actually wanted to see.”

That formula worked last summer, as tentpoles like “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” propelled ticket sales and seemingly cured franchise fatigue.

Box office prognosticators believe that this summer’s lineup, filled with installments in the “Avengers,” “Toy Story,” “Spider-Man,” and “X-Men” sagas, as well
See full article at Variety »

Tim Heidecker Previews New Faux-Divorce Album With ‘When I Get Up’

Tim Heidecker Previews New Faux-Divorce Album With ‘When I Get Up’
Tim Heidecker has his elaborate music video dreams crushed in the clip for his new song, “When I Get Up,” set to appear on the comedian/musician’s upcoming album, What the Brokenhearted Do… out June 7th via Jagjaguwar.

The track is a sprightly, piano-driven rocker that nods both sonically and lyrically to Harry Nilsson’s classic, “Gotta Get Up.” “When I get up all I wanna do is go to bed again,” Heidecker croons, “If I go back to my dream land, you might be waiting for me/That’s where I go,
See full article at Rolling Stone »

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Shatter Box Office Records

  • Variety
‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Shatter Box Office Records
Avengers: Endgame” has its sights set on world domination.

Disney and Marvel’s upcoming superhero epic should light the box office on fire when it launches this weekend, with the hopes of setting domestic, international, and global records. In North America alone, “Avengers: Endgame” is expected to earn between $250 million and $268 million in its first three days of release. If it hits the higher part of that range it would qualify as the biggest domestic debut of all time, a distinction currently held by 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the precursor to “Endgame,” which launched with $257.7 million.

Advance ticket sales have been sky high for “Endgame,” so box office watchers are confident the grand conclusion to the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be one for the record books. At the very least, the opening weekend of “Endgame” will position itself as one of the best launches ever. Disney
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Summer Box Office Preview: How ‘Avengers’ and Other Disney Hits Could Save a Dismal Year So Far

  • The Wrap
Summer Box Office Preview: How ‘Avengers’ and Other Disney Hits Could Save a Dismal Year So Far
The Avengers are assembling one more time — and not a moment too soon for a domestic box office that is down 16% compared to last year despite a string of winter hits like “Captain Marvel,” “Shazam!” and Jordan Peele’s “Us.”

Disney’s sure-to-be blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame,” out this Friday, will kick off a summer season that could come close to matching or even toppling last year’s near-record $4.8 billion in domestic ticket sales, analysts told TheWrap.

That’s thanks to Disney’s mighty franchise-heavy slate — made mightier still by the acquisition of 20th Century Fox and new franchise plays like the “X-Men” spinoff “Dark Phoenix” — as well as rival studios’ plans to release their own sequels and spinoffs of familiar IP such as “Spider-Man,” “Men in Black” and “Fast & Furious.”

“If the marketing is good enough by all the studios and the movies actually back up the hype with good quality,
See full article at The Wrap »

2020 Oscar Predictions: 92nd Academy Awards

2020 Oscar Predictions: 92nd Academy Awards
The official start of the 2019-20 awards season is still months away, but with the Cannes lineup announced and dates set for the fall’s big contenders, it’s not too early to start thinking about the movies and performances that will register with awards voters later this year. Sundance often brings a handful of early contenders, but this year was relatively light on narrative contenders: “The Farewell” and “The Report” seem most likely to break out, as could Alfre Woodard for her performance in Grand Jury Prize winner “Clemency.” As ever, documentaries showed a stronger hand in Park City, with titles such as “Apollo 11,” “American Factory,” “One Child Nation,” and “Knock Down the House” all likely to build awards buzz this year.

Per usual, studios are saving their biggest contenders for the fall film festivals. One exception is Jordan Peele’s horror thriller “Us,” which scored $246 million worldwide for Universal,
See full article at Indiewire »

Beauty of the Day Lupita Nyong'o Wasn't Always a Red Carpet Trendsetter: 'I Was a Tomboy!'

Beauty of the Day Lupita Nyong'o Wasn't Always a Red Carpet Trendsetter: 'I Was a Tomboy!'
She has starred in back-to-back hits Black Panther and Us and dominates on the red carpet as a trendsetter. But that wasn’t always the case for Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

As a kid, “I was a tomboy!” insists the actress in this year’s Beautiful Issue, where she is named a Beauty of the Year. “My parents did not emphasize gender norms. I loved climbing trees and getting dirty outside. I also enjoyed playing tricks on my family—I still do!”

The Kenyan-Mexican star, 36, also has some advice to her 15-year-old self: “I would tell her to dance like no one was watching,
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Alicia Keys Goes Bilingual in Pedro Capó and Farruko’s ‘Calma’ Remix

Puerto Rican darlings Pedro Capó and Farruko come from two different ends of the island’s pop spectrum: on one end is Capó, a tender guitar balladeer, and on the other Farruko, an urbano player par excellence. But the two boricuas struck gold in 2018 with their remix of Capó’s “Calma” — a balmy lovers rock masterpiece gone reggaeton, the song peaked at Number 85 on the Hot 100 and Number One on the Latin Pop Songs chart.

This week “Calma (Remix)” got its second remix treatment — this time from none other than
See full article at Rolling Stone »

A Friendly PSA That Us Star Shahadi Wright Joseph Is About to Be in Another Huge Movie

  • Popsugar
Image Source: Getty / Johannes Eisele

At age 13, I spent a majority of my free time prank-calling the boys I had crushes on and tricking out my MySpace page with an array of bathroom mirror selfies. Meanwhile, currently 13 years old, Shahadi Wright Joseph is busy appearing in record-breaking movies alongside renowned actors - and she's just getting started.

This year, Joseph scared the bejesus out of moviegoers while starring in Jordan Peele's latest horror film, Us, which follows a family's struggle to survive when their villainous doppelgängers crash their beach vacation with a hunger to kill. In the thriller, Joseph plays both the innocent Zora Wilson and Umbrae, Zora's sinister red-jumpsuit-wearing counterpart, nailing both polar opposite roles flawlessly.

Image Source: Everett Collection

If Joseph's on-point performance wasn't enough of an indication, Us wasn't her acting debut, as she has a handful of other credits under her belt. At just 9 years old,
See full article at Popsugar »

Lupita Nyong’o Inspired Anthony Rapp to Speak Out About Kevin Spacey

Lupita Nyong’o Inspired Anthony Rapp to Speak Out About Kevin Spacey
Eighteen months since he bravely spoke out about the alleged attempted sexual assault he experienced at the hands of Kevin Spacey when he was just 14 years old, Anthony Rapp is doing just fine. The original “Rent” star began a plum gig on TV’s “Star Trek: Discovery” around the same time BuzzFeed published an interview in which he detailed the 1986 encounter with Spacey. In an interview with comedian Cameron Esposito on her Queery podcast, Rapp said he was moved when the “Star Trek” fandom rallied around him, and shared what was going through his head when he decided to speak out.

“None of us ever thought that anything could ever come of all of this. We all just thought that we’d have to look the other way and get along. It’s such a profound paradigm shift. It just didn’t seem possible that these people could be removed from power,
See full article at Indiewire »

Produced By Conference Adds Mindy Kaling, Nancy Meyers, Michael B. Jordan, Alana Mayo And More As Speakers

  • Deadline
Produced By Conference Adds Mindy Kaling, Nancy Meyers, Michael B. Jordan, Alana Mayo And More As Speakers
The Producers Guild of America has unveiled the second wave of speakers for the 11th annual Produced By Conference. Additions to this year’s event include Mindy Kaling, Nancy Meyers, Michael B. Jordan, Alana Mayo, Danny DeVito, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Meg Whitman, Gail Berman, Lucy Fisher, James F. Lopez, Michael Thorn,Tracey Edmonds, and Vernon Sanders. The event is set to take place June 8-9 at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles.

The 2019 Produced By Conference will host several sessions that range from streaming, horror and social good to podcasting and Ott networks. This year’s session includes relevant topics affecting the industry including “The Streamers: Meet the Buyers” featuring executives from Amazon, Disney+, Epix and Hulu as well as “Content with a Conscious: Social Impact Entertainment Across All Platforms” with Michael B. Jordan. The conference will also delve into horror with “The New Age of Producing Horror” which will feature Ian Cooper, Kate Krantz, Trevor Macy, Sam Shaw, Dustin Thomason, and Marci Wiseman.

Full details about the conference sessions can be read below.

“Conversation With: Toby Emmerich & Peter Roth” features an in-depth discussion with the Warner Bros. heads of film and television about the future of development across platforms.

“Conversation With: Mindy Kaling & Nancy Meyers sponsored by Delta Air Lines” invites Mindy Kaling, the skyrocketing writer and producer of the upcoming film Late Night, to her first appearance at the Produced By Conference alongside revered director and producer Nancy Meyers.

“Conversation With: Michael Douglas & Danny DeVito” features a conversation with Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito discussing their favorite stories from their decades-long careers, including their current work on the award-winning Netflix series The Kominsky Method.

“Conversation With: Jeffrey Katzenberg & Meg Whitman” will bring the Hollywood and tech industry moguls to the stage to talk about their streaming service, Quibi, and provide insights into how disruptive technologies are changing the future of the entertainment industry.

“360 Profile: When They See Us” will bring Ava DuVernay, Cindy Holland, Jane Rosenthal, Jonathan King & Berry Welsh to the stage to discuss the creation and exploration of important themes in the new Netflix drama, When They See Us, that exposes the breakdown of the U.S. criminal justice system during the Central Park Five case.

The conference will also include the following sessions:

Conversation With: Toby Emmerich & Peter Roth Conversation With: Mindy Kaling & Nancy Meyers sponsored by Delta Air Lines Conversation With: Michael Douglas & Danny DeVito Conversation With: Jeffrey Katzenberg & Meg Whitman 360 Profile: When They See Us featuring Ava DuVernay, Cindy Holland, Jane Rosenthal, Jonathan King & Berry Welsh The New Age of Producing Horror Content with a Conscious: Social Impact Entertainment Across All Platforms The Art & Craft of Pitching The Keys to the Kingdom: Financiers & Distributors TV: Meet the Buyers The Streamers: Meet the Buyers Power of Podcasts: The Latest Way to Extend Your Story Live Entertainment Evolved: Scripted, Interactive and Beyond sponsored by Blackmagic Design Representation for Everyone: Why It Makes Sense Now More Than Ever sponsored by Freeform The Integrated Data-Driven Production: Efficiency, Economy and Quality sponsored by Cast & Crew New Technology: Balancing Creativity and Cost sponsored by Panavision

Below you can read the list of additional speakers.

Alana Mayo, President of Production and Development, Outlier Society Productions; Annihilation, Fences Berry Welsh, Svp, Production & Development, Tribeca Productions; When They See Us, The Irishman Chris Thomes, Vice President, Marketing Strategy, ABC Studios Daniela Hamilton; Telenovela Live Danny DeVito; Actor/Director/Producer; The War of the Roses, Matilda Gail Berman, President, Producers Guild of America; Chairperson, Sidecar Ian Cooper,Creative Director, Monkeypaw Productions; Us, Candyman James F. Lopez, President, Will Packer Productions; Little, What Men Want Jeffrey Katzenberg, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WndrCo; Founder and Chairman of the Board, Quibi Jesse Sisgold, President & Chief Operating Officer, Skydance Media Kia Kiso, Founding Member, PGA Social Impact Entertainment Task Force; Producer, Zaza Productions; Mile… Mile & A Half Kip Konwiser, Co-Founder, The Money Pool; Ana, Cigarette Leila Jarman, Producer/Director and Creative Director of Women’s Voices Now Lucy Fisher, President, Producers Guild of America; Partner, Red Wagon Entertainment; The Great Gatsby, Divergent series Meg Whitman, CEO, Quibi Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, Fox Entertainment Michael B. Jordan, Principal, Outlier Society Productions; Black Panther, Creed franchise Mindy Kaling, Principal, Kaling International; Late Night, The Mindy Project Nancy Meyers, The Intern, It’s Complicated Steven Canals; Pose, Dead of Summer Tracey Edmonds, CEO and President, Edmonds Entertainment; Games People Play, Jumping the Broom Tricia Melton, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Freeform Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios
See full article at Deadline »

Box-Office Weekend: Shazam! Dominates Again

For the second consecutive week, Shazam! held on tightly to the top spot on the Box-Office Weekend leaderboard. This week, the film’s second in release, the latest film in the DC Extended Universe, added $25.1 million to give it a two-week total of $94.9 million. The Zachary Levi-led film continues to perform will internationally as well, adding $35.9 million to give it a global two-week total of approximately $258.8 million.

The next two films on the countdown are two of the four new entries in the top ten this weekend. The first, the comedy Little, debuted in second place with $15.5 million. The second, the new version of Hellboy, brought in $12 million despite genuinely terrible reviews (the film currently sports a 14% rating on RottenTomatoes). Dropping from second place last weekend is the horror film remake Pet Sematary, which added another $10 million to give it a two-week total of $41.1 million. Just behind that, with
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‘Long Lost’ Review

Stars: Adam Weppler, Catherine Corcoran, Nicholas Tucci, Fran Kranz | Written and Directed by Erik Bloomquist

Long Lost is a low budget thriller mystery that includes the immortal line “you have asparagus in your teeth”. Our young slacker of a protagonist, Seth gets invited to a mansion by cryptic letter (as we often do). From this point we are introduced to a slightly creepy rich chap who “values his privacy” and thinks that “the internet is a creepy place”. It sure is.

The film also has the line “I handle my own wood”. Who doesn’t.

The creepy chap turns out to be rude and we are told is Richard, Seth’s half brother, and Richard instigates a game called “chubby bunny” (which was actually quite enjoyable and involves marshmallows if you are not aware of it)

Long Lost is a stripped down, character driven mystery where almost everything is based
See full article at Blogomatic3000 »

Shazam Wins 2nd Weekend with $25.1M as Hellboy Bombs at the Box Office

Shazam! fell over 50% from last weekend and was still able to easily dominate this weekend's box office with $25.1 million. The DC movie has been receiving praise from fans and critics, who are excited about the lighter tone and family atmosphere. David F. Sandberg, Zachary Levi, and the young cast were able to put something honest and unique on the big screen, giving comic book fans something different from the genre.

Body-swapping comedy Little stars Regina Hall, Marsai Martin, and Issa Rae debuted at number two this weekend with $15.5 million, which was more than enough to take down the Hellboy remake. The Neil Marshall-directed movie took the third position and was only able to bring in $12 million for its debut after it was expected to make anywhere from $16 million to $21 million. However, the remake has been getting torn apart by critics, though some comic book fans were satisfied with the hard R-rating and action.
See full article at MovieWeb »

Film Review: Childish Gambino’s ‘Guava Island’

  • Variety
Film Review: Childish Gambino’s ‘Guava Island’
Last summer, Donald Glover snuck off to Cuba to create something — a feature film collaboration, or so the rumors had it, based on scant information other than a photo of Glover and Rihanna posed up during production of their mysterious “Guava Island” project.

Creation is what Glover does best, constantly redefining audiences’ ideas of what he’s capable of and how he chooses to express himself: From his roots as a sketch artist (the Derrick Comedy troupe) and comedy writer (serving as a story editor on “30 Rock”) to an already wide-ranging acting career, Glover is constantly inventing, then stepping aside when the momentum seems greatest to try his hand at some fresh challenge.

That could explain the otherwise bewildering plan to the retire his most popular creation yet, falsetto-voiced hip-hop alter ego Childish Gambino. Now, following eight months of speculation over whatever this hush-hush movie brewing in the background
See full article at Variety »

A Friendly PSA That Us Star Shahadi Wright Joseph Is About to Be in Another Huge Movie

  • BuzzSugar
Image Source: Getty / Johannes Eisele

At age 13, I spent a majority of my free time prank-calling the boys I had crushes on and tricking out my MySpace page with an array of bathroom mirror selfies. Meanwhile, currently 13 years old, Shahadi Wright Joseph is busy appearing in record-breaking movies alongside renowned actors - and she's just getting started.

This year, Joseph scared the bejesus out of moviegoers while starring in Jordan Peele's latest horror film, Us, which follows a family's struggle to survive when their villainous doppelgängers crash their beach vacation with a hunger to kill. In the thriller, Joseph plays both the innocent Zora Wilson and Umbrae, Zora's sinister red-jumpsuit-wearing counterpart, nailing both polar opposite roles flawlessly.

Image Source: Everett Collection

If Joseph's on-point performance wasn't enough of an indication, Us wasn't her acting debut, as she has a handful of other credits under her belt. At just 9 years old,
See full article at BuzzSugar »

Elisabeth Moss Confirmed for New The Invisible Man Movie

With Blumhouse teaming up with Universal to bring their timeless horror characters back to the big screen, they're kicking things off with The Invisible Man, and the first casting news for the new movie has now been confirmed.

According to Entertainment Weekly and Deadline, Elisabeth Moss will star in the new Invisible Man movie, confirming an earlier report by Variety. Details on who Moss will play have yet to be revealed. As previously reported, Leigh Whannell will write and direct The Invisible Man for Blumhouse and Universal.

Although Johnny Depp was previously attached to star in The Invisible Man back when the Dark Universe was moving forward, Variety reports that he is not expected to appear in this film, although he could reportedly be involved in a different Universal Monsters movie.

Back in 2017, it looked like the Universal Monsters would be resurrected in a new series of movies, but following the release of The Mummy,
See full article at DailyDead »

‘The Invisible Man’: Elisabeth Moss Joins Blumhouse/Universal Monster Reboot

‘The Invisible Man’: Elisabeth Moss Joins Blumhouse/Universal Monster Reboot
It would appear that “Us” won’t be Elisabeth Moss’ only collaboration with powerhouse production company Blumhouse. The Emmy-winning “Mad Men” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” star has joined “The Invisible Man,” a reboot of the classic monster movie that Jason Blum’s genre-centric studio is producing alongside Universal. Leigh Whannell is helming the project, which was originally announced as part of Universal’s Dark Universe — a venture that was scrapped after the rocky reception to 2017’s “The Mummy.”

It’s been a good month for both Moss and Blumhouse, with “Us” already raking in more than $220 million worldwide against a $20 million budget; its opening-weekend haul of $71 million is the highest ever for a horror film not based on an existing property. The studio behind “Get Out” partnered with director Jordan Peele once again on their continued fruitful collaboration, and Blumhouse may hope to begin a similar relationship with Moss
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