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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Named Best Movie of 2019 by African-American Film Critics Association

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Named Best Movie of 2019 by African-American Film Critics Association
Jordan Peele’s horror film “Us” has been selected as the top 2019 film by the African-American Film Critics Association.

Us” also won the Aafca’s trophies for Peele for best director and Lupita Nyong’o for best actress. The awards will be presented on Jan. 22 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

Peele dominated the Aafca awards two years ago when “Get Out” was awarded best picture, director, screenplay and actor for star Daniel Kaluuya.

“Jordan Peele continued to raise the bar in horror specifically and film overall” said Aafca president and co-founder Gil Robertson. “With ‘Us,’ he once again upended the horror genre. His centering of a black nuclear family determined to survive in a complex storyline in a genre where black family units have historically been unseen is extraordinary. He continues to push previously set boundaries with bold storylines that bring a refreshing perspective to cinema overall and the genre specifically.
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‘Us’ Leads African American Film Critics Association’s 2019 Awards and Ten Best List

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‘Us’ Leads African American Film Critics Association’s 2019 Awards and Ten Best List
The African American Film Critics Association (Aafca) has named Jordan Peele’s acclaimed horror film “Us” (Universal) Best Film of 2019. The tenth-highest box-office grosser of the year took home three awards, including Best Director for Peele and Best Actress for star Lupita Nyong’o.

“Jordan Peele continued to raise the bar in horror specifically and film overall,” said Aafca President/Co-Founder Gil Robertson. “With ‘Us,’ he once again upended the horror genre. His centering of a black nuclear family determined to survive in a complex storyline in a genre where black family units have historically been unseen is extraordinary. He continues to push previously set boundaries with bold storylines that bring a refreshing perspective to cinema overall and the genre specifically. The film’s $255 million global gross is yet another example that inclusive filmmaking resonates big at the box office and it also resonated critically with our members who awarded the film with our highest honors.
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Wins 3 Awards Including Best Picture From African American Film Critics Association

  • The Wrap
Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Wins 3 Awards Including Best Picture From African American Film Critics Association
The African American Film Critics Association named Jordan Peele’s “Us” the best film of the year on Tuesday.

The group, which is the largest collection of black film critics from across the country and around the world, awarded “Us” with three honors in total, including best director for Jordan Peele and best actress for Lupita Nyong’o.

“Jordan Peele continued to raise the bar in horror specifically and film overall,” Aafca president and co-founder Gil Robertson said in a statement. “With ‘Us,’ he once again upended the horror genre. His centering of a black nuclear family determined to survive in a complex storyline in a genre where black family units have historically been unseen is extraordinary.

Also Read: The Strange Story Behind 'I Got 5 on It,' the Secret Weapon of Jordan Peele's 'Us'

“He continues to push previously set boundaries with bold storylines that bring a refreshing perspective to
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Named Best Film Of 2019 By Aafca, Eddie Murphy & Lupita Nyong’o Take Top Acting Honors

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Named Best Film Of 2019 By Aafca, Eddie Murphy & Lupita Nyong’o Take Top Acting Honors
Jordan Peele’s Us has been named this year’s Best Film by the African American Film Critics Association (Aafca). The film, which earned over $255 million globally, received three total wins including Peele for Best Director and Lupita Nyong’o for Best Actress.

“Jordan Peele continued to raise the bar in horror specifically and film overall” stated Aafca President/Co-Founder Gil Robertson. “With ‘Us,’ he once again upended the horror genre. His centering of a black nuclear family determined to survive in a complex storyline in a genre where black family units have historically been unseen is extraordinary. He continues to push previously set boundaries with bold storylines that bring a refreshing perspective to cinema overall and the genre specifically. The film’s $255 million global gross is yet another example that inclusive filmmaking resonates big at the box office and it also resonated critically with our members who awarded the film with our highest honors.
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Box-Office Weekend: Frozen II Maintains Icy Grip on Box Office

Only one film entered anew the top ten this past box-office weekend as Dark Waters cracked the list finishing in the sixth spot. Still standing tall above all challengers was last week’s top finisher, Frozen II, which added $34.7 million over the weekend, giving the film a three-week tally of $337.7 million.

Meanwhile, Knives Out held firm in the second spot of the three-day top ten with $14.2 million over the weekend, which gives the film a two-week total of $63.5 million. This allowed the film to yet again best Ford v Ferrari which languished in third place for another week earning $6.5 million, despite sporting a four-week cumulative total of $91.1 million.

Fourth and fifth placed swapped this week from last as Queen & Slim overtook A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood to finish in fourth, which means that the Tom Hanks vehicle fell to fifth in its third week of release. Queen & Slim
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Golden Globes’ Female Director Shutout Stokes Ire

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Golden Globes’ Female Director Shutout Stokes Ire
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which runs the Golden Globes, has taken heat this morning for the lack of female directors among its movie category nominees.

Female directors missed out entirely in the Best Director category on the film side in nominations for the event’s 77th edition, despite a strong pool of potential nominees including The Farewell director Lulu Wang, Little Women director Greta Gerwig (a Critics’ Choice nominee), Hustlers director Lorene Scafaria, Honey Boy‘s Alma Har’el (both up for Spirit Awards), Queen & Slim’s Melina Matsoukas, Clemency’s Chinonye Chukwu, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood filmmaker Marielle Heller and Booksmart helmer Olivia Wilde.

Women were also absent from the Best Screenwriter lineup, while films directed by women made the cut in the Foreign Language category: Wang’s The Farewell and Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

In 70 years, the HFPA has recorded
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‘Honey Boy’ Director Alma Har’el Rips Golden Globes for All-Male Director Noms: ‘They Do Not Represent Us’

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‘Honey Boy’ Director Alma Har’el Rips Golden Globes for All-Male Director Noms: ‘They Do Not Represent Us’
Honey Boy” director Alma Har’el took to Twitter following the 2020 Golden Globes nominations to voice her frustration with the lack of female directors nominated in a year that was stacked with critically acclaimed films directed by women.

“Good morning to everyone that’s writing me about the #goldenglobes I feel you but know this,” she tweeted on Monday. “I was on the inside for the first time this year. These are not our people and they do not represent us. Do not look for justice in the awards system. We are building a new world.”

In a follow-up tweet, she mentioned some of the directors she felt were snubbed, including Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Melisa Matsoukas (“Queen & Slim”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”). Of course, Har’el’s own film, “Honey Boy,” was shut out of any nominations as well.

Also
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Golden Globes 2020 Shut Out Female Filmmakers in 4 Major Film Categories

Golden Globes 2020 Shut Out Female Filmmakers in 4 Major Film Categories
The Golden Globes have shut out female directors in four major categories, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and both Best Motion Picture categories. It’s par for the course for the annual event, which has only ever nominated five women for Best Director in its 77-year history, with only Barbra Streisand (a two-time nominee) going home with a win for her “Yentl.”

The most recent female-directed film to earn a win in the heavy-hitting categories was Greta Gerwig’s lauded “Lady Bird,” which won the Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy statuette in 2018. The first-time filmmaker was not nominated for her directing and her film was the only one directed by a woman to earn a nod in those three major categories.

This year, two female directors did earn nods in the Best Foreign-Language Film category, including Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” and Celine Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.
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Golden Globes Snubs: Robert De Niro, Shia Labeouf, 'When They See Us'

Golden Globes Snubs: Robert De Niro, Shia Labeouf, 'When They See Us'
While the teams behind a number of awards hopeful movies were excited to hear their films announced as nominees for the 2020 Golden Globes, a number of projects were left out of this morning's nominations.

Specifically, the following awards hopefuls failed to earn a single Golden Globe nomination: Ad Astra, Clemency, Dark Waters, Downton Abbey, Honey Boy, Just MercyThe LighthouseThe Peanut Butter FalconQueen & SlimUncut GemsUs and Waves.

In particular, awards prognosticators believed Shia Labeouf was likely to land either a best screenplay or acting nomination for Honey Boy and Adam ...
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Indie Filmmakers Hope People Won't Forget a "Really Good Movie" in Crowded Awards Season

Indie Filmmakers Hope People Won't Forget a
Awards season may just be ramping up, with the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards set to announce their nominees this week and numerous critics groups this month unveiling their picks for the best films of 2019, but more awards hopeful films keep emerging, with 1917, Dark Waters, Richard Jewell and Queen & Slim among the projects that have debuted to critical acclaim and awards attention in recent weeks. At the same time, the teams behind well-received films that were released earlier in the year — like The Farewell, Hustlers and The Lighthouse — are hoping awards voters don't forget about ...
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‘Frozen 2,’ ‘Knives Out,’ and ‘Queen & Slim’ Shine as ‘Playmobil’ Bottoms Out

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‘Frozen 2,’ ‘Knives Out,’ and ‘Queen & Slim’ Shine as ‘Playmobil’ Bottoms Out
The ugly news first: The weekend’s sole wide opener, “Playmobil: The Movie,” opened to $660,000 in 2,337 theaters, placing No. 14 overall with a $282 per-theater average.

Even with that burden, however, this wasn’t the worst weekend of 2019. The Super Bowl weekend took that honor at $73.4 million, the worst performance that date saw in 19 years. At $87 million, this weekend is slightly up from last year.

Two hit films, “Frozen 2” and “Knives Out,” accounted for about 60% of the total, but several others helped keep grosses at parity. In its 10th weekend, “Joker” remains in the Top 10 and has already reached $321 million domestic. In its third weekend, “Frozen 2” is at $338 million domestic.

And while grosses remain more than $500 million below 2018, expect that shortfall to decline through the rest of the year. Next week four wide releases debut, led by “Jumanji: The Next Level,” along with “Richard Jewell,” “Black Christmas,” and “Bombshell;” these will easily
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Frozen 2 Wins 3rd Weekend as Playmobil Stumbles at the Box Office

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Disney's Frozen 2 continues to rule the box office. The animated musical was able to earn $34.6 million over the weekend, which was more than enough to stay at number one. The movie has yet to leave the number one spot since debuting there three weeks ago. Frozen 2 broke Thanksgiving weekend numbers and is well on its way to crossing the $1 billion mark. As of this writing, the sequel has brought in over $919 million globally.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, STXFilms' Playmobil: The Movie movie bombed with only $811,000 domestically. Globally, it faired a little better, with a little over $12 million, though that is a far cry from the $75 million it cost to make. The animated family movie based on European children's toys now has the record for the third-worst domestic opening for a movie debuting in over 2,000 theaters. Not even discounted $5 tickets were able to help Playmobil.

Knives Out
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'Frozen II' Threepeats Atop Weekend Box Office While 'Playmobil' Bombs

'Frozen II' Threepeats Atop Weekend Box Office While 'Playmobil' Bombs
It was yet another weekend atop the weekend box office for Disney's Frozen II, which has now topped $900 million globally, well on its way to becoming the studio's sixth 2019 release to top the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Meanwhile, while Focus Features saw Dark Waters finish just outside the top five in its nationwide expansion this weekend, Stx's release of Playmobil failed to make the top ten, delivering the third worst opening ever for a film debuting in over 2,000 locations.

At the top of the box office is Frozen II, dipping -59.7% with an estimated $34.7 million for a domestic cume totaling $337.6 million, making it the seventh highest grossing release of the year so far domestically. For some perspective, it wasn't until the original film's 61st day in release that it topped $337 million domestically, before going on to gross over $400 million after 57 weeks in release.

In addition to the domestic performance,
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‘Frozen II’ Stays No. 1 at Box Office With $34.7 Million Weekend

  • The Wrap
On a weekend that is traditionally a slower period before the holiday releases arrive, Disney’s “Frozen II” joined “Glass” and “Avengers: Endgame” as the third 2019 film to top the box office charts for three weekends. The animated film took in $34.5 million this weekend to bring its domestic total to $335 million.

With no major releases this weekend, the two new additions to movie theater marquees were Focus Features’Dark Waters” and Stx’s “Playmobil: The Movie.” “Dark Waters” spent two weeks in a limited release run to build word of mouth, grossing $1.2 million in that span. This weekend, the socially conscious drama expanded to 2,011 theaters and grossed $4.1 million for a $5.3 million total.

Playmobil,” meanwhile, has been left behind by families who are still going to see “Frozen II.” The new animated release has opened to a mere $811,000 from 2,337 screens, giving it a per screen average of just $347. That ranks among
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Box Office Report For December 6-8

Welcome back one and all to the weekly box office report! As is always the case, each and every Sunday you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, Disney has once again continued raking in tons of money for their record breaking animated sequel Frozen II, making it a very hard champion to dethrone. Going up against the cartoon giant for top honors this time around essentially just a bunch of holdovers. How did they all do? Read on to see how the weekend turned out… Frozen II once again led the charge, taking in another $34.6 million, bringing its tremendous cume to nearly $338 million, domestically. Disney will almost certainly be planning a third installment at some point in the future, as audiences continue to eat this franchise up, even if the critical
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Box Office: ‘Playmobil’ Tanking in North America as ‘Frozen 2’ Dominates for Third Consecutive Weekend

  • Variety
Disney’s “Frozen 2” will continue to dominate the box office for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $33.8 million.

The number marks a roughly 67% decline over last weekend. The hit animated sequel has accumulated $310.8 million domestically through Friday, and will likely become Disney’s sixth movie to cross $1 billion in 2019.

Meanwhile, the only major new release of the weekend, animated musical adventure film “Playmobil,” eked out a minuscule $167,000 from 2,337 North American locations on Friday, with an estimated $811,000 for the weekend. The movie is distributed by Stx Films in North America, but the studio has no financial stake in the film, which cost $75 million to produce. Wild Bunch, Pathe, Dimitri Rassam and the Paris-based On Animation co-financed the French film.

Based on a chain of German building toys, “Playmobil” features a voice cast including Anya Taylor-Joy, Jim Gaffigan, Gabriel Bateman, Adam Lambert, Kenan Thompson, Meghan Trainor and Daniel Radcliffe.
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‘Frozen II’ Becomes Third 2019 Release to Stay No. 1 at Box Office for Three Weekends

  • The Wrap
Disney’s “Frozen II” has become the third movie this year to stay No. 1 on the box office charts for three weekends. With an estimated total this weekend of $34 million, it will easily take the top spot over Lionsgate’s “Knives Out” on a weekend that traditionally is a quiet period before the Christmas release period begins in earnest.

The two other films that have earned three No. 1s are Universal’s “Glass,” which took advantage of a historically slow period in the early part of this year’s release slate, and “Avengers: Endgame,” which the rest of the industry steered clear of as it became the biggest box office hit ever. Warner Bros.’ “Joker” almost took a third No. 1 in late October, but was edged out by the second weekend of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.”

Knives Out” will take the No. 2 spot for a second weekend, holding well with an estimated $14 million total.
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‘Frozen 2’ Still Sizzling With $37 Million in Third Weekend; ‘Playmobil’ Crashing

  • Variety
‘Frozen 2’ Still Sizzling With $37 Million in Third Weekend; ‘Playmobil’ Crashing
Frozen 2” is gradually warming up the North American box office, with an estimated $37 million its third weekend at 4,440 sites, early estimates showed Friday.

Disney’s animated sequel is projected to decline about 57%. Should estimates hold, “Frozen 2” should finish the weekend with nearly $340 million domestically in it first 17 days.

With global box office at more than $740 million in its first two weeks, the latest adventures of Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf could become the sixth Disney movie to cross $1 billion in 2019.

Lionsgate’s mystery comedy “Knives Out” is also showing plenty of pull at multiplexes with another $14 million in its second weekend, giving it around $62 million in its first dozen days.

The film, produced by Lionsgate, Mrc and T-Street for about $40 million, received an A- Cinemascore and a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. The star-laden cast includes Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette and Lakeith Stanfield.
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'Frozen II' Headed Toward Third Straight Weekend at #1 While 'Plamobil' Bombs

Saturday Am Update: Disney's Frozen II is looking at another weekend atop the weekend box office after an estimated $7.8 million on Friday, with expectations for a third weekend around $35 million and a domestic cume topping $337 million. The performance is a bit behind Mojo's forecast, but is still in line with the average post-Thanksgiving dip for top titles.

Focus Features's Dark Waters delivered an estimated $1.39 million in its expansion this weekend into over 2,000 locations and is looking at a $4+ million three-day. To go along with that, the film received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences.

In terms of the week's lone new wide release, Stx's Playmobil is hardly registering, delivering an estimated $167,000 from 2,337 locations, with current expectations for a three-day that won't even hit $800k. Should it manage to hit $800k, we're looking at a $342 per theater average, which ranks among the worst openings of all-time
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‘Queen & Slim’ & ‘Knives Out’ Both Tackle Tough Issues Plaguing America [Discourse Podcast]

I hope you all had a relaxing Thanksgiving, but, if you spent it arguing with your family about politics, then boy do we have a terrific double feature for you on the latest episode of The Discourse.

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This week, I’m joined by Robert Daniels to discuss two topical, provocative films, albeit vastly different from one another.

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