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Beautiful boys acting ugly: why cinema can't kick its drug habit

This week, Timothée Chalamet chucks crystal meth for easy awards bait. Next week, Clint Eastwood smuggles coke for dodgy social commentary. When will the movies stop their substance abuse?

Films are doing drugs again. The appeal is irresistible – the pure hit of human drama that comes with the needle or the rolled-up banknote. Now, a pair of new movies find two actors at opposite ends of their careers deep in the mire. In one, Beautiful Boy, modish male lead Timothée Chalamet plays Nic Sheff, a young addict lost to methamphetamine as his father David (Steve Carell) helplessly looks on. While in The Mule, Clint Eastwood directs himself as Earl Stone, a 90-year-old horticulturalist recruited by a Mexican cartel to ferry cocaine around America. Both are based on real life, in the case of the Sheffs via parallel memoirs.

Related: Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet on drugs, disillusionment and playing father and son

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Migrant Border Crossing Movie 'American Dirt' in the Works From 'Blood Diamond' Writer (Exclusive)

Imperative Entertainment, the production banner behind the Clint Eastwood hit The Mule, has acquired the rights to American Dirt, the Mexican migrant drama novel by Jeanine Cummins.

Charles Leavitt, the scribe who penned the Leonardo DiCaprio drama Blood Diamond, has been tapped to write the adaptation, which will be produced by Imperative’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas.

Mixing ripped-from-the-homepage headlines with thriller elements, the story centers on a Mexican mother and son who are the sole survivors after cartel drug traffickers kill her husband and family. The pair undertake an arduous journey to America and safety, fleeing the cartel while also enduring ...
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Oscars: How 'Roma,' 'A Star Is Born' and Others Must Now Shift Gears to Go the Distance

Oscars: How 'Roma,' 'A Star Is Born' and Others Must Now Shift Gears to Go the Distance
Lost in the hoopla of the Jan. 6 Golden Globes and the parade of awards and nominations that came tumbling out the following week was this simple fact: The death knell has now rung for a host of once-promising candidates in the race for a best picture Oscar. Private Life, Mary Queen of Scots, First Reformed, Widows, The Mule, At Eternity's Gate, The Front Runner, On the Basis of Sex, Ben Is Back, Beautiful Boy and Boy Erased are just some of the titles that can say goodbye to their chances of winning the top Academy Award, even if their hopes remain alive for earning a picture nomination and perhaps ...
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Box Office Weekend: The Upside Sees, Well, the Upside

In its third week of release, the Aquaman juggernaut was felled by upstart The Upside, which bested it by approximately $2.3 million over the weekend. The Upside debuted on top of the weekend box office with $19.6 million. Meanwhile, Aquaman added another $17.3 million to lift its four-week tally to $287.9 million. Despite losing the top spot on the domestic box office, Aquaman did manage to exceed $1 billion in global returns so there probably isn’t too much crying over at the headquarters of the DC Extended Universe.

Another new film this week, the family-friendly A Dog’s Way Home debuted in third place with a weekend haul of $11.3 million. The animated Sony/Marvel film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse held firm in the fourth spot adding $9 million to lift its five-week total to $147.8 million. The horror film Escape Room dropped from second place to fifth this week as it brought in just $8.9 million compared
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Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith to Headline 2019 Faster Horses Festival

Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith to Headline 2019 Faster Horses Festival
Keith Urban is gearing up for a busy summer festival season. The reigning Cma Entertainer of the Year has five fests already on his schedule and just added another: Urban will headline Michigan’s Faster Horses Festival with Toby Keith and Zac Brown Band.

Set for July 19th through 21st in Brooklyn, Michigan, the country-music camping event marks its seventh year. Along with the trio of headliners, the festival features a lineup heavy on young talent: Danielle Bradbery, Brett Young, Cassadee Pope, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Lanco, Michael Ray, Tyer Rich,
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Box Office Report for January 11-13

Welcome back to the weekly box office report! Each Sunday, expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, A Dog’s Way Home, Replicas, and The Upside entered the marketplace. How did they do? Let us take a look right now… The top spot this weekend went to The Upside, in a bit of a surprise. The vehicle for Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart (plus Nicole Kidman) took in almost $19.6 million, coming in ahead of expectations. Nearly $20 million for a cast off from last year? That’s a good opening, to say the least. The movie did not catch on with most critics (excluding yours truly), but audiences sang a different song. Coming in at number two was the recent box office champion Aquaman. Arthur Curry finally gave up his crown to Cranston and
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‘The Upside’ Opened at #1, But $20 Million Is Low for a Kevin Hart Movie

‘The Upside’ Opened at #1, But $20 Million Is Low for a Kevin Hart Movie
The opening weekend of “The Upside,” the Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston remake of the worldwide French hit “Intouchables,” ended the three-week reign of “Aquaman.” It made just over of $20 million — besting estimates — and comes after a few weeks of controversy for Hart that suggested the long-delayed film might take a hit.

The odd-couple pairing of a wealthy and paraplegic New Yorker and the ex-con hired to care for him is a curious inverse of “Green Book.”

Initially a Weinstein film, it premiered to mixed critical response at Toronto 2017, with plans for an early 2018 opening upended by the company’s demise. Its pickup by Stx, a totally capable distributor with access to top theaters, still suggested to some a limit to its, shall we say, upside. The company has had several successes, but only one opening over $20 million. And Hart’s promo tours for the film got more attention for
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The Upside Steals Top Spot at the Box Office as Aquaman Crosses $1B

Early predictions had Aquaman taking the top spot at the box office this weekend, winning its fourth in a row. But The Upside slid in and surprised everyone with a $19.5 million win. The drama arrived amidst controversy over Kevin Hart's role as potential Oscars host. Though he has stepped down from that position, it's clear audiences still want to watch him work.

Coming from STXfilms and Lantern Entertainment, The Upside is an adaptation of the hit French movie Les Intouchables. Kevin Hart stars opposite Bryan Cranston and their on-screen chemistry was enough to make this drama a box office hit. It's $19.5 million take doubles early estimates, and it has since earned an A Cinema score. The film was directed by Neil Burger, who already has films like The Illusionist and Limitless under his belt. Nicole Kidman also appears in the movie, which didn't hurt anything.

Aquaman may have slipped
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‘The Mule’ Proves Clint Eastwood Is Still a Box Office Draw at 88

‘The Mule’ Proves Clint Eastwood Is Still a Box Office Draw at 88
The headlines of the holiday box office have belonged to “Aquaman” while “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” have brought in family audiences. But farther down the charts, Clint Eastwood has quietly left his own mark on the Christmas season.

After opening nearly a month ago to a $17.5 million launch, Warner Bros.’ “The Mule” has amassed a domestic total of $82 million against a budget of $50 million, and is on course to reach $100 million by the end of its theatrical run.

As a director, Eastwood has had several major hits this decade, the biggest being 2014’s highest grossing domestic release, “American Sniper.” He also found success with Tom Hanks on the biopic “Sully” in 2016. But he’s had some missteps too, namely “The 15:17 to Paris,” which only made $57 million worldwide against a $30 million production budget before marketing.

Also Read: 'Dr Seuss' The Grinch' Surpasses $500 Million at Worldwide
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10 Films From 2018 That We Can’t Stop Talking About

At the end of every year, somebody out there will say “this was a terrible year for movies.” Though the 2018 catalogue had an incredible number of what were ultimately disappointing films, calling it “terrible” would be, for lack of a better string of words, a terrible thing to do.

With the ever-growing confidence and innovation of the television and streaming industries, good, impressive filmmaking and getting audiences inside the theaters have become a couple of pretty difficult tasks. And while there will always be duds among the gems, and while I won’t pretend to be as excited for this year’s awards season as I was last year’s, I will also not squander the many achievements we saw this year with the arrogantly simple title, “terrible.”

And so, with that in mind, here are my picks for the top 10 movies of 2018.
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18 Biographical Best Picture Oscar Winners Ranked Worst to Best; Will ‘Roma,’ ‘Green Book’ or ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ join this impressive list?

18 Biographical Best Picture Oscar Winners Ranked Worst to Best; Will ‘Roma,’ ‘Green Book’ or ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ join this impressive list?
“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality.”

A landslide, indeed. Blame the advent of 24-hour cable news, the popularity of reality TV or social media, which allows anyone to invent their own version of their life for public consumption on a daily basis. But biopics have over-run awards season of late while fictional features are becoming a rarity at this time of year, save for the constant stream of comic-book adventures.

SEEPortraying a real-life person is now the way to win an Oscar

Consider that in 1939, often referred to as the greatest year for movies in Hollywood history, all 10 Best Picture candidates – including the winner, “Gone With the Wind” – were based on fictional premises. In fact, only two biopics –“The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex” starring Bette Davis and Errol Flynn and “Young Mr. Lincoln” with Henry Fonda — settled
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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Three-peats As King

Look out ocean, we may have a permanent ruler. While on drylands we are a world in chaos with no visible leaders, it seems Arthur Curry has finally taken the reins as King of the Sea. Aquaman finish atop the box office for its third straight weekend with an estimated $30.7 million, while becoming the highest grossing Dceu movie of all-time.

Even though Aquaman still has some ways to go in surpassing previous Dceu films domestically, internationally, Aquaman has become king of the entire Dceu earning an estimated $940.7 million worldwide. This surpassed the Dceu’s previous best with 2016’s Batman V Superman’s $873.6 million worldwide.

Here’s the domestic box office breakdown brought to you by the great folks at Box Office Mojo:

Movie Summary Man of Steel Batman v Superman Suicide Squad Wonder Woman Justice League Aquaman Genre Action / Adventure Action / Adventure Action / Adventure Action / Adventure Action / Adventure Action / Adventure Studio Warner Bros.
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17 Biographical Best Picture Oscar Winners Ranked Worst to Best

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17 Biographical Best Picture Oscar Winners Ranked Worst to Best
“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality.”

A landside, indeed. Blame the advent of 24-hour cable news, the popularity of reality TV or social media, which allows anyone to invent their own version of their life for public consumption on a daily basis. But biopics have over-run awards season of late while fictional features are becoming a rarity at this time of year, save for the constant stream of comic-book adventures.

Consider that in 1939, often referred to as the greatest year for movies in Hollywood history, all 10 Best Picture candidates – including the winner, “Gone With the Wind” – were based on fictional premises. In fact, only two biopics –“The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex” starring Bette Davis and Errol Flynn and “Young Mr. Lincoln” with Henry Fonda — settled for nominations in other categories but collected no wins that year.

That was then.
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Box Office Weekend: Aquaman Nails the Triple Lindy

For the third week in a row, Aquaman remains perched atop the weekend box office. The film took in an additional $30.7 million, giving it a three-week total of $260 million and a worldwide total over $940 million, making it the highest grossing film worldwide in the DC Extended Universe.

Elsewhere, the erstwhile horror film, Escape Room, debuted with $18 million, giving it a firm hold on second place. Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns finished the weekend bringing in $15.8 million to push its three-week total to $138.7 million as it dropped one spot to third place. The animated Sony/Marvel film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse continues to do tremendous business, taking in $13 million this weekend and retaining its hold on the fourth spot. This brings the film’s four-week total to $133.9 million. With $12.8 million this weekend, Bumblebee dropped from the third to the fifth spot, but still boasts a three-week total of $97.1 million.

Director Clint Eastwood’s latest,
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‘Aquaman’ Rules Again, But Box-Office Down 15 Percent Compared to Last Year

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‘Aquaman’ Rules Again, But Box-Office Down 15 Percent Compared to Last Year
The first weekend of 2019 saw grosses fall about 15 percent from the start of last year. Multiple weaker elements contributed to the result, even though five of the nine holdovers in the Top Ten led by Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” (Warner Bros.) fell a third or less. For those films in particular, the absence of more than one new or widely expanding film (“Escape Room” was the only new wide release) helped overcome the post-holiday drop that can occur as folks return to normal activities, and NFL playoffs compete with many for interest.

The drop of about 15 percent year over year is hardly indicative of future trends. Last January saw only one film open to over $25 million (“Insidious: The Last Key”) and a single other one over $16 million. At a minimum M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” opening on January 18 might well score better (advance estimates have it at $75 million or
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'Aquaman' stays top in first North American session of 2019 (updated)

The top 12 films combine for $122.7m.

January 6 Update: Warner Bros’ global smash is approaching the $1bn mark and stayed top in North America as a confirmed $31m sent the running total to $260m after three weekends.

Escape Room, the first wide release of 2019, opened well in second place for Sony on $18.2m in 2,717 theatres. The horror thriller about a murderous team-building event reportedly cost $9m to produce, although marketing costs have not been disclosed.

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns dropped one place to number three and stands at $138.8m after three weekends, while Sony’s Golden Globe animation winner Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
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'Aquaman' stays top in first North American session of 2019

The top 12 films combine for $122.7m.

Warner Bros’ global smash is approaching the $1bn mark and stayed top in North America as an estimated $30.7m sent the running total to $259.7m after three weekends.

Escape Room, the first wide release of 2019, opened well in second place for Sony $18m in 2,717 theatres. The horror thriller about a murderous team-building event reportedly cost $9m to produce, although marketing costs have not been disclosed.

Disney’s Golden Globe contender Mary Poppins Returns dropped one place to number three and stands at $138.7m after three weekends, while Sony’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, another Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominee,
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'Aquaman' surges past $940m worldwide (update)

Bumblebee rules global, international box office; opens in China on $59.4m.

January 7 Update: The $1bn goal is getting closer for DC Entertainment’s Aquaman as the global smash added $86.9m over the weekend for $943.3m worldwide, and $58m from 79 markets for a $683.2m international running total.

However the underwater saga relinquished its international and global crowns to Paramount’s action adventure Bumblebee, which ruled international box office thanks to an $82.1m session from 63 markets, powered by a $59.1m number one launch in China that elevated the international running total to $191.3m and $289.1m worldwide.

Mary Poppins Returns crossed $250m worldwide
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Box Office Report for January 4-6

Welcome to the return of a weekly box office article! Each Sunday, expect a look at what made the most money in theaters. It’ll take a few weeks to fully implement a format here on the site, so be a bit patient with that. Otherwise, the box office report is back! This first week of 2019 was decently robust, even with only one new release opening wide. Let’s take a look now, shall we? The top spot again went to Aquaman, which continued to dominate the box office. Another $30.7 million or so made it the easy financial champion this weekend. Having taken in nearly $260 million so far, it’s proving to be a real success for DC and Warner Brothers. With some clear road still ahead, it should easily pass the $300 million mark before long. Go figure, the future of the DC cinematic universe is firmly in the hands
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Aquaman Wins 3rd Weekend Box Office, Nears $1B Worldwide

Aquaman took the number one spot at the box office for the third consecutive weekend. The superhero movie earned an additional $30.7 million domestically, which was enough to beat Justice League's domestic earnings, making it the fifth highest grossing Dceu project to date in North America. However, the James Wan-directed underwater adventure is now the highest grossing Dceu project globally, currently sitting at $940.7 million and has its eyes set on a $1 billion take overall. 2016's Batman v Superman held the previous record with $873.6 million.

Sony's psychological thriller Escape Room was able to secure the second spot at this weekend's box office having earned an impressive $18 million. The debut did well enough to knock Mary Poppins Returns to the number three position with $15.7 million. To date, the sequel has earned $138.7 million domestically with a global haul of $257.9 million and shows no sign of slowing down at this point.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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