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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night
Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us” opened huge with $7.4 million on Thursday night in North America.

The figure easily topped Thursday preview numbers for “The Nun” at $5.4 million and “A Quiet Place” at $4.3 million and nearly matched “Halloween” at $7.7 million.

Projections for Universal’s “Us,” Peele’s much-anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Get Out,” have been in the $38 million to $45 million range for the weekend as the film widens to 3,741 sites. Some forecasts call for a launch of as much as $50 million — which would easily surpass the opening weekend haul of “Get Out,” which debuted with $33 million and ended its theatrical run with $176 million in the U.S.

Us” is also launching in 48 international markets, including France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

“Us” stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a couple fighting off doppelgangers while vacationing with their children at a Northern California beach house. The movie has generated exceptional
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Ariana Greenblatt Joins Dylan O’Brien In Paramount Players’ ‘Monster Problems’

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Ariana Greenblatt Joins Dylan O’Brien In Paramount Players’ ‘Monster Problems’
Exclusive: Avengers: Infinity War actress Ariana Greenblatt has booked the role of Minnow in the upcoming Paramount Players feature Monster Problems starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Rooker.

Monster Problems is a coming of age feature film about a young man living in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monsters. Michael Matthews (Five Fingers for Marseilles) will direct with Shawn Levy producing at 21 Laps off Brian Duffield and Matthew Robinson’s screenplay.

A New York City native, Greenblatt credits also include Stx’s Bad Moms Christmas and the upcoming Walt Disney movie The One and Only Ivan opposite Angelina Jolie and Bryan Cranston. Greenblatt also stars on the Disney Channel series Stuck in the Middle. In Infinity War, Greenblatt played Young Gamora.

As Deadline exclusively announced, Rooker will play Clyde, an expert hunter who teaches Joel Dawson (O’Brien) how to survive the Monster Apocalypse.

Greenblatt is repped by Paradigm, Untitled Entertainment
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Bill Nighy, Callum Turner Join 'Emma' Adaptation

Bill Nighy, Callum Turner Join 'Emma' Adaptation
Focus Features' Emma adaptation has added Bill Nighy and Fantastic Beasts actor Callum Turner as it heads into production this week in England.

Miranda Hart has also joined the cast that will be led by Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role and Johnny Flynn as George Knightley. Mia Goth, Josh O’Connor, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson and Tanya Reynolds round out the cast.

Autumn de Wilde will direct this new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, a comedy of manners about a self-proclaimed matchmaker in a small village. Eleanor Catton penned the screenplay.

Working Title’s Tim Bevan ...
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Actor Michael Rooker Will Have ‘Monster Problems’ With ‘The Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Actor Michael Rooker Will Have ‘Monster Problems’ With ‘The Maze Runner’ Star Dylan O’Brien
Back in 2012, Shawn Levy was gearing up to direct a film called Monster Problems, a post-apocalyptic coming-of-age story based on a script by Brian Duffield. Time passed, and that version of the movie fell away into the gaping maw of Hollywood’s endless “what […]

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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)

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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)
Macon Blair has been tapped to write and direct Legendary’s reboot of the cult classic “The Toxic Avenger,” sources tell Variety.

Legendary acquired the feature film rights in December and have quickly made the project a high priority at the studio. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing for Legendary.

Kaufman and Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered on a mild-mannered janitor at a health club who’s chased out a second story window by bullies and lands in a drum of toxic waste. The chemicals cause him to transform into the Toxic Avenger, who has superhuman size and strength and stands up to bullies and corruption.

The Toxic Avenger” became successful after a long run as a midnight movie in New York City, leading to the
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Gets a New Poster and It’s Not Bad!

Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood has had a bit of a rocky go with the advertising so far. First of all, there's that ellipsis. Then there's the matter of the first two posters, which were instantly, ruthlessly dunked on for days. On the heels of the first teaser trailer, Sony Pictures has debuted a new poster for Quentin Tarantino's ninth film, and while it might not have the immediately iconic quality of dorm room staples like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Kill Bill, the sketch-style poster is undoubtedly an improvement on the ones that proceeded …
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‘Arrested Development’: Take The Forget-Me-Not Roofies & Cherish Those Memory Of The Show You Once Loved [Season 5 Review]

And now the story of a beloved comedy series that lost everything and the eccentric, determined creator who felt he had no choice, but to keep the show running, way past its prime and beyond the point of being funny. It’s “Arrested Development.”

To recap, “Arrested Development,” in its precarious, always-on-the-edge-of-cancelation Fox years, was your favorite comedy series. Critically-acclaimed, Emmy-respected, ‘Ad,’ had little viewership, but soon developed a huge comedy following and was cherished by humor geeks and famous comedians.

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‘Slut in a Good Way’ Director and Stars on How Shooting in Black-and-White Makes a Movie Timeless [Interview]

‘Slut in a Good Way’ Director and Stars on How Shooting in Black-and-White Makes a Movie Timeless [Interview]
Slut In A Good Way is a little bit of a hard sell. First, there’s the title which fits it perfectly once you see the movie and know the context, but on first glance is a bit… strong. Secondly, it’s a black and white French-language movie, which means the uphill battle to get Us audiences […]

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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ to Easily Surpass ‘Get Out’ in Killer Opening Weekend

Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ to Easily Surpass ‘Get Out’ in Killer Opening Weekend
Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us” will likely slay the box office competition this weekend.

It’s projected to generate an impressive $64 million through the weekend at 3,741 sites in North America, early estimates showed Friday. It’s over-performing recent forecasts, which had ranged from $38 million to $50 million. It should wind up with about $27 million on its first day Friday. That includes a stellar $7.4 million from previews, which nearly matched “Halloween,” the most recent horror blockbuster, at $7.7 million.

Should the new estimates hold for weekend, it will be the best horror launch since “Halloween” debuted with $76 million on Oct. 19-21. And it will be the third consecutive robust weekend for North American moviegoing since “Captain Marvel” launched on March 8 with $153 million. The third weekend of Disney’s “Captain Marvel” will finish a solid second with about $32 million, pushing it to nearly $320 million domestically in its first 17 days.

Universal’s “Us,” Peele’s
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‘The Eyes Of Orson Welles’ Is An Illuminating Love Letter That Is Too Preoccupied With Its Own Personal Touches [Review]

Orson Welles made films about giants grappling with fantasies. He was an artist lost to time, who believed in the myth of honor and the power of chivalry but was perhaps too romantic to see how a knight-errant who views a windmill as the call to adventure may have already lost their expressed battle for ideology. Welles claimed to value citizens more than cinema. His relatively short-lived Hollywood career backs up this statement; though perhaps, in truth, his two loves were but inevitably irreconcilable tyrants.

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‘Bridesmaids’ Director Paul Feig Moves First-Look Deal to Universal After Disney’s Fox Deal Closes

This week, the employees of 20th Century Fox are facing thousands of layoffs as Disney’s deal to purchase a bunch of assets from Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has closed. But that’s only part of the big changes happening at the movie studio. Now that the family friendly studio has picked up 20th Century Fox, some […]

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Let’s Discuss What Part II Of ‘The Oa’ Means For The Series [Spoilers]

**Spoilers for Season 2 of “The Oa,” which hit Netflix today. You’ve been warned.**

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“Superimpose: 7 Hours 46 Minutes Earlier…

Ext. Windy Road – Night

We hear knocking sounds, after which the camera Cuts To a Man, ripped jeans, skateboarding down a dark, steep road. He sees a woman in a shiny, red dress on the side of the road.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About the Making of ‘Parks and Recreation’, 10 Years Later

The screams are deafening. By the volume alone, you'd think a major Marvel star just appeared in front of the thousands of fans gathered in the Dolby Theatre. And to be fair, one did: Chris Pratt has just taken his seat onstage. But the fans are here for something a little more small town – literally – than a Guardians of the Galaxy or Avengers premiere. It's the 10-year anniversary of the Parks and Recreation series premiere, and Pratt along with series stars Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Retta, Aubrey Plaza, Jim O'Heir, …
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‘Sopranos’ & ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Director Hired To Helm HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Series Starring Matthew Rhys

After a long development process that saw original star Robert Downey, Jr. step away, the reimagined “Perry Mason” TV series is officially ready to go and has the green light from HBO to begin production. The go-ahead came just after it was announced that director Tim Van Patten has come aboard to helm the limited series that will now star Matthew Rhys in the title role.

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Daily Podcast: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Spoiler Discussion

Daily Podcast: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Spoiler Discussion
On the March 22, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman and senior writer Ben Pearson to have a spoiler discussion about Jordan Peele’s latest film Us, and hopefully get to the bottom of some of the questions. You […]

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‘The Oa’ Season 1 Recap: Everything You Need to Remember Before Season 2

Be aware there are spoilers for the entire first season of Netflix's The Oa. It's been a long wait for Season 2 of The Oa. The puzzling fantasy series debuted on Netflix in December of 2016, sparking mixed reviews, endless theorizing, and plenty of passionate bar debates about what the heck actually happened in Season 1. Staged across eight episodes, loosely an hour each, The Oa's first season unfolded a mysterious, dazzling, and often baffling story that somehow blended the Russian mob, angels, a scientifically pioneering kidnapper, resurrection, a pack of Midwestern teenage boys, a school shooting, …
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Disney tops Hollywood hierarchy closing 21st Century Fox deal

Disney’s deal is a fightback against tech industry, Netflix and Amazon. Six changes to expect …

Disney closed its $71bn (£54bn) acquisition of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox film and entertainment assets this week, bringing The Simpsons, Star Wars and The Avengers under one roof. The deal combines Disney’s film studios, ABC broadcasting network and theme parks with Fox’s film and TV studios, and the FX and National Geographic broadcast networks.

It confirms Disney’s position at the top of the Hollywood hierarchy but also represents a fightback against the technology industry and the upheaval caused by its forays into the entertainment business through Netflix and Amazon in particular. Here are six changes to expect from the Disney/Fox deal.
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‘Grass’ Trailer: Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee’s Café Society — Exclusive

Cinema Guild has unveiled the trailer for Hong Sang-soo’s “Grass,” the prolific Korean auteur’s 22nd feature. It’s also his fifth with frequent collaborator and romantic partner Kim Min-hee, perhaps best known for her role in “The Handmaiden,” who likewise stars in “Hotel by the River,” Hong’s other 2018 premiere. After debuting in Berlin last year, the 66-minute black-and-white film went on to screen at the Busan and New York film festivals, among others. Avail yourself of the trailer below.

Here, as they say, is the synopsis: “For his 22nd feature as director, Hong Sangsoo delivers a delicious cinematic riddle only he could concoct. In the corner of a small café, Areum (Kim Minhee) sits typing on her laptop. At the tables around her, other customers enact the various dramas of their lives. A young couple charge each other with serious crimes, an old man tries to rekindle
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Solves Its Biggest Mystery and Rewrites ‘Trek’ History With “The Red Angel”

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Solves Its Biggest Mystery and Rewrites ‘Trek’ History With “The Red Angel”
What’s dead is alive and what’s old is new again in this week’s game-changing episode of Star Trek: Discovery, “The Red Angel.” The circular storytelling was paramount, since the entire series has taken us right back to where we started – the day Michael’s entire world changed when her parents were killed by the Klingons. […]

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France’s Film Production Levels Remained High in 2018, But Local Investment Plummeted

While the volume of production in France remained high with 300 films made in 2018, investment in local films dropped by 15.2% to €1.12 billion ($1.26 billion), hit by the sharp decline in financing from traditional distribution deals and TV channels.

Among the 300 films produced last year, 237 were French-majority films and 63 French-minority movies. Although the volume of film production has kept growing over the last 10 years, budgets have been shrinking by about 2.6% per year, and was down by 17.7% to €4 million last year.

Only 33 films were budgeted at or above 7 million euros in 2018, compared with 49 films in 2017. Meanwhile, there were 69 micro-budgeted films made in France last year, nearly 30% more than in 2017.

Local investment in French movies reached a 10-year record low of €890.52 million; and foreign investment in French films was also down to €198 million (compared with €240 million in 2017). It’s the second lowest foreign investment level within the last decade.

Traditional distribution deals — for theatrical, home
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