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'Good Boys' Gives Universal Its Third Straight Weekend #1

'Good Boys' Gives Universal Its Third Straight Weekend #1
Universal scored a strong performance this weekend from their new R-rated comedy Good Boys, which out performed expectations and took the top spot at the weekend box office. The studio also scored a second place finish with Hobbs & Shaw over a weekend that saw yet another five new wide releases hit theaters. However, outside of Good Boys, the weekend's four other newcomers mostly struggled over the weekend, which includes WB's Blinded by the Light narrowly finding its way into the top ten while Uar's Where'd You Go, Bernadette fell short. With an estimated $21 million, Universal's Good Boys finished atop the weekend box office. Doing so with not only a strong critical reception heading into the weekend, but audiences liked what they saw, with the film receiving an 89% audience score at RottenTomatoes and a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The film played to a crowd that was 52% male
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Richard Williams, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Animator, Dies at 86

Richard Williams, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Animator, Dies at 86
Renowned animator Richard Williams, best known for his work on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” died Friday at his home in Bristol, England, Variety has confirmed. He was 86.

Williams was a distinguished animator, director, producer, author and teacher whose work has garnered three Oscars and three BAFTA Awards. In addition to his groundbreaking work as the animation director of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” Williams also animated the title sequences for the “Pink Panther” franchise and received critical acclaim for his first film “The Little Island” in 1958 and his animated adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” in 1971, for which he won his first Oscar.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” is widely regarded as a turning point in the animation field, earning Williams an Oscar for Best Visual Effects and Special Achievement. The addition of cartoon characters to live action footage was seamless, taking fourteen months of post-production and incorporating more than 100 animated elements into some scenes.
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Samuel Gelfman, Producer of Roger Corman Films in the 1970s, Dies at 88

Samuel Gelfman, Producer of Roger Corman Films in the 1970s, Dies at 88
Samuel Gelfman, who produced the low-budget films Caged Heat, Cockfighter and Cannonball! for Roger Corman's New World Pictures in the 1970s, has died. He was 88.

Gelfman died Thursday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from heart and respiratory disease, his son Peter Gelfman, a New York-based property master, told The Hollywood Reporter.

After serving as a vice president at United Artists and a film buyer for one of the first videocassette companies, Cartrivision, Gelfman joined ranks with Corman and produced Jonathan Demme's directorial debut, Caged Heat (1974), about women in prison; Cockfighter (1974), helmed by Monte Hellman and ...
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Samuel Gelfman, Roger Corman Film Producer, Dies at 88

Samuel Gelfman, Roger Corman Film Producer, Dies at 88
Samuel Gelfman, a New York producer known for his work on Roger Corman’s “Caged Heat,” “Cockfighter” and “Cannonball!,” died Thursday morning at UCLA Hospital in Westwood following complications from heart and respiratory disease, his son Peter Gelfman confirmed. He was 88.

Gelfman was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in Caldwell New Jersey where he attended grade and high school, before graduating Princeton University in 1953 with a degree in architecture. Soon after, he returned to New York where he worked for the Candida Donadio talent agency and the Feuer and Martin company. It was the latter that got him his next job as an Off-Broadway producer for the improvisational theater The Premise.

From there, he became the Vice President of New York Production for United Artists, before leaving to buy film rights for the first video cassette company Cartrivision. At that time, he also began working with
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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ becomes Sony box office champ

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ becomes Sony box office champ
The superhero sequel surpasses Skyfall as the studio’s biggest grosser ever.

Spider-Man: Far From Home has become Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film of all time, with the superhero saga passing the $1.108bn global total of James Bond outing Skyfall over the weekend.

Far From Home, from Sony’s Columbia Pictures, took an estimated $2.75m at the North American box office this weekend and another $3.1m from 64 international markets. Those takes push the film’s international total to $733m and its domestic tally to $376m, for a global figure of $1.109bn.

Unlike Skyfall, produced with MGM and Eon Productions and released
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‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’ strong in wide international opening, ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ passes $400m globally

‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’ strong in wide international opening, ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ passes $400m globally
Quentin Tarantino’s latest beats director’s previous films in international box office expansion.

Columbia PicturesOnce Upon a Time…in Hollywood took pole position at the international box office this weekend, opening in 46 international markets and grossing an estimated $53.7m from 11,200-plus screens.

According to studio sources, it was the best start in that group of territories for any of Quentin Tarantino’s films, surpassing the writer-director’s Django Unchained by 30% for the same group of markets at current exchange rates.

Chinese animation smash Nezha, meanwhile, approached the $600m mark and Hobbs & Shaw crossed $400m globally.

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‘Good Boys’ Tops Box Office, Bringing Hope For Original Comedies

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‘Good Boys’ Tops Box Office, Bringing Hope For Original Comedies
Universal is shaking off the damage from pulling “The Hunt” from release, but it can take comfort in the surprise showing of R-rated comedy “Good Boys.” Not only is it the first original film to reach number one since “Us” in March (another Universal title), but it also shows the depth of the studio’s lower-budget slate.

Good Boys” pushed a Universal franchise, “Hobbs & Shaw,” from the top spot, and created the rare case when a non-Disney studio held the top two spots. The week also came with four new wide releases: Two were sequels (“The Angry Birds Movie 2” and “47 Meters Down: Uncaged”), both of which failed to do more than mediocre business. “Blinded By the Light” and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” both targeted older audiences and struggled to gain attention, though the former — a Bruce Springsteen-inspired crowd pleaser — seemed to show initial word-of-mouth appeal.
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Disney Wants You to Stop Sharing Your Streaming Passwords

Disney and Charter Communications are teaming up to prevent multiple people from sharing the same streaming account across their offerings, according to a new report. What does that mean for future Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ users? Get ready to say goodbye to using your ex’s login.

The news arrives amid a new distribution agreement announced between Disney and Charter, which is the nation’s second-biggest cable company, boasting nearly 16 million customers nationwide. In their joint announcement, Disney and Charter said they have “agreed to work together on piracy mitigation. The two companies will work together to implement business rules and techniques to address such issues as unauthorized access and password sharing.”

How exactly they plan to put a cap on password sharing is unclear, with the companies stating “we don’t have details to share at this time.”

In addition to streaming services, the deal allows Charter to continue
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Why ‘Blinded By the Light’ and ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Opened Wide

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Two wide releases from top directors with appeal to adult audiences are specialty films, even if their distributors opted to open them in over 2,000 theaters. Warner Bros. had strong reasons for wide-releasing New Line Cinema’s Bruce Springsteen-infused Sundance pickup “Blinded By the Light” this weekend, as did United Artists with Annapurna’s long-delayed Cate Blanchett vehicle “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

The question is how to find audiences for these films, as studios and indies alike wrestle with deeply rooted issues in today’s theatrical market. Even Sony Pictures Classics, which has pivoted to documentaries, found a weak initial arthouse audience for fast-frame-rate “Aquarela,” despite top-end reviews and theaters.

In wider release, “The Farewell” (A24) continues to add to its impressive totals. So does Roadside Attractions’ crowdpleasing “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” which showed a strong second weekend with non-specialized audiences as a key element.

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Blinded By the Light (Warner Bros.
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A Never Before Seen ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Movie Deleted Scene Has Surfaced

Super Mario Bros. The Movie is one of the weirdest and most mystifying major studio releases of all-time. In an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the Nintendo video game franchise of the same name, Hollywood Pictures and Buena Vista Pictures, the movie brought the game to life in one of the most perplexing […]

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George R.R. Martin Says HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ ‘Wasn’t Very Good for Me’

The rancorous response to the series finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” continues to generate chatter three months later, and author George R.R. Martin still has to answer to fans. In a new interview with The Guardian, the novelist again says that he is sticking to his original plans for the remaining books in the series, stressing that the controversial conclusion to the show will have no affect on what he’s writing — and whatever that is remains shrouded in mystery.

“You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself,” Martin said, adding that he divorced himself from the ire sparked by the finale. “I took myself out of all that,” he said.

“Some of [the theories] are right and some of [the theories] are wrong,” Martin said in response to fan speculation about what’s to come in the new books. “They’ll find out when I finish.”

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‘Friedkin Uncut’ Trailer: New Doc Dives Into The Life Of ‘Exorcist, ‘French Connection’ Filmmaker William Friedkin

By now, you ought to know the filmmaking career of legendary Oscar-winning director William Friedkin. If you don’t know Friedkin himself for some reason, you probably at least know films like “The French Connection,” and “The Exorcist.” But Friedkin’s career is extraordinary and offbeat, going from massive box office success (“The Exorcist”) and Oscar-dominating wins (“The French Connection”), to comeuppance from an industry (and critical industrial complex) that turned on the filmmaker known for his arrogance in his youth.

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Box Office: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Pulls Ahead of ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Overseas

Sony’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” might not have hit No. 1 in North America, but Quentin Tarantino’s latest film is leading the way at the international box office, where it collected $53.7 million from 46 markets.

That marks the best foreign opening of Tarantino’s career, coming in ahead of 2012’s “Django Unchained.” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” debuted in a handful of international territories, including Russia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, before this weekend’s larger release. In a win for original content, the movie has now earned $66 million overseas and $180.5 million globally. The studio spent $90 million to produce the film.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” had the strongest showing in the United Kingdom with a five-day launch of $8.9 million, followed by France with $6.9 million, Germany with $5.6 million, and Australia with $4.4 million. In Russia, where it bowed two weeks ago, the film has made $13 million. It has yet to launch in Mexico,
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‘Black Panther 2’ Bringing Back Martin Freeman, ‘Black Widow’ Has a Dutch Giant

Even though Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t include Black Panther 2, we know that there are plans behind the scenes to get the sequel off the ground at some point. Though we’re still very much in the dark about where the sequel will take the African superhero next, we do know at […]

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Star Wars Bits: Domhnall Gleeson Recalls First Reaction to ‘Episode 9’ Script, ‘Vader Immortal’ Episode II Coming to D23, and Much More

Star Wars Bits: Domhnall Gleeson Recalls First Reaction to ‘Episode 9’ Script, ‘Vader Immortal’ Episode II Coming to D23, and Much More
In this edition of Star Wars Bits: Domhnall Gleeson explains his reaction to reading the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker script for the first time ILMxLAB plans to preview the second installment of Vader Immortal at next week’s D23 Expo Read an excerpt from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Black Spire How does the […]

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Danny McBride & Cassidy Freeman on ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ and the ‘Halloween’ Sequels

From creator/executive producer/writer/director Danny McBride, executive producer/director Jody Hill and executive producer/director David Gordon Green, the HBO comedy series The Righteous Gemstones tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family that has as much of a tradition with greed and deviance as they do with charitable work. And with blackmailers seeking to sully the reputation of eldest son Jesse Gemstone (McBride), patriarch Eli’s (John Goodman) plans to expand the family’s empire could be in jeopardy. While at the HBO portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Collider got the opportunity to …
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Bean Bag Boys 4 Life! ‘Good Boys’ Is Filthy Box Office Gold As ‘Bernadette’ Can’t Find An Audience

After a handful of new releases at the box office last weekend, you might think that studios would take a week off and keep it relatively quiet. But that’s not what happened this weekend, as studios like Sony, Universal, and WB (along with a couple of others) released 5 new wide releases, making an already-crowded multiplex that much stuffier. That being said, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s raunchy tween comedy “Good Boys” found itself surprising everyone and coming away with the box office crown.

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‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ Surpasses ‘Skyfall’ as Sony’s Highest-Grossing Film Ever

It appears that Marvel-Sony deal really did work wonders for the Spider-Man franchise. While 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming was a box office success, outgrossing every previous Spider-Man movie except for Spider-Man 3, this summer’s sequel Spider-Man: Far from Home is a genuine box office smash to the tune of $1.109 billion worldwide. In fact, that figure is enough to make Far from Home the highest grossing movie in Sony Pictures history, surpassing the $1.1 billion gross of previous record holder Skyfall. That’s an impressive feat, and one can’t help …
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‘St. Elmo’s Fire’: NBC Kindles the Sparks For a TV Remake

NBC is turning on the lights and opening up the bar again for a St. Elmo’s Fire TV series remake. The 1985 coming-of-age classic, which cemented stars Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy,and Mare Winningham as core members of the ’80s “Brat Pack,” is being developed into a modern-day remake by […]

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Good Boys’ Scores with $21 Million; Other Newcomers Bomb

While Us scored Universal Pictures the only #1 box office debut for an original film in earlier this year, the studio can now boast they’ve accomplished this feat twice in 2019. The original R-rated comedy Good Boys opened in first place at the box office this weekend with an impressive $21 million opening weekend, giving the comedy genre a much needed boost after films like Stuber, Long Shot, and Late Night were D.O.A. It also scored the second biggest opening weekend for a comedy in 2019 so far, right behind A Madea Family Funeral’s $27 …
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