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  1. In the case of the 50 Shades franchise, EL James had an incredible amount of input with the adaptation, was on set frequently and even during the promotional tour, the director openly spoke of their clashes about pretty much everything related to the film. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fifty-shades-cray-inside-story-772282 If STJ left/was pushed out of the later 50 Shades movies, it was another woman's doing (EL James). The screenwriter for the first movie was also a woman, who got replaced for the sequels by EL James' husband. I guess the real way for a woman to have true power in Hollywood is to come there with a fortune in the bank already and a commodity the studios desperately want? * I don't think it is a coincidence that Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar for directing The Hurt Locker and not something typically "feminine". If a movie is about men at war then it must be "important". I don't resent war movies or movies about men, but the idea that films need to be about certain sorts of things/people to be "worthy" of awards, holds back movies about/by women in big categories like Best Picture or Best Director. I feel like this tendency with Oscar is getting worse, and there were more female-centric movies winning big in the 1980-90s? * Joker shows the limits of gauging movie's reception based solely on a Rotten Tomatoes/Metacritic score. Some 69 percents are all the critics saying, "It was good, I guess?" and other 69 percent RT scores mean "It was a timely masterpiece!" that wins the Venice Film Festival yet is simultaneously irresponsible, inflammatory garbage that could incite bedlam, according to others. I do think a fair share of its American reviews will be consigned to the scrap heap along with other moral panics throughout movie history, in the not so distant future. But in the current awards landscape, I have a hard time picturing a movie about/by women contending in major categories, with a similarly polarizing critical reception as Joker, especially if it were from a genre Oscar has been reluctant to take seriously. Mad Max: Fury Road got strong reviews from critics, but I remember WB taking a long time to shift gears from thinking its big Oscar push that year would be Black Mass, a more typical sort of awards play (male-centric, biopic, period mob movie).
  2. Playmobil is being released stateside by STX. They already had Uglydolls this year, which flopped with just $20 million total domestic, but that's Endgame money compared to this. The studio probably figured there was no hope for the Lego Movie ripoff regardless and redirected whatever advertising $$$ they would have spent for it to JLo's Oscar push for Hustlers. * More about Disney's $10 billion year. Their theatrical slate for 2020 isn't as strong (at least on paper): * Worldwide, I think Last Christmas counts as a modest success. Before the trailers, I was hoping it could hit Love Actually (unadjusted) numbers ($59 million). In America, at least, Christmas movies with a romantic angle start saturating whole channels before Halloween, so IMO it's harder for theatrical releases covering somewhat similar terrain to stand out.
  3. If a studio decides to drop a new release on 2,000+ screens the weekend after Thanksgiving, they don't have high hopes for it, but Playmobil: The Movie failed to meet even the lowest expectations. It did get off to a marginally better start than Delgo ($511K) and The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure ($443K), but in slightly more theaters. December 6–8, 2019 Estimates: 1 (1) Frozen II $34,670,000 (-60%) | 4,348 Theaters (-92) | $7,974 Avg. | $150M+ Budget | $337,594,901 2 (2) Knives Out $14,150,000 (-47%) | 3,461 Theaters | $4,088 Avg. | $40M Budget | $63,486,491 3 (3) Ford v Ferrari $6,537,000 (-50%) | 3,746 Theaters (+161) | $1,745 Avg. | $97.6M Budget | $91,110,353 4 (4) Queen & Slim $6,530,000 (-45%) | 1,715 Theaters (+25) | $3,808 Avg. | $17–20M Budget | $26,894,005 5 (5) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood $5,200,000 (-56%) | 3,491 Theaters (+256) | $1,490 Avg. | $43,120,415 6 (19) Dark Waters $4,100,000 (+560%) | 2,012 Theaters (+1,918) | $2,038 Avg. | $5,284,749 7 (6) 21 Bridges $2,880,000 (-48%) | 2,465 Theaters (-200) | $1,168 Avg. | $33M Budget | $23,932,696 8 (7) Playing with Fire $2,000,000 (-53%) | 2,253 Theaters (-426) | $888 Avg. | $29.9M Budget | $41,982,325 9 (8) Midway $1,940,000 (-51%) | 2,100 Theaters (-277) | $924 Avg. | $100M Budget | $53,402,471 10 (10) Joker $1,040,000 (-47%) | 956 Theaters (-190) | $1,088 Avg. | $62.5M Budget | $332,141,623 Last Christmas $1,010,000 (-50%) | 1,260 Theaters (-592) | $802 Avg. | $25–30M Budget | $33,447,175 Harriet $810,000 (-56%) | 1,000 Theaters (-84) | $810 Avg. | $17M Budget | $40,851,550 Parasite $700,000 | 333 Theaters (-49) | $2,102 Avg. | $11M Budget | $19,353,735 Playmobil: The Movie $670,000 | 2,337 Theaters | $287 Avg. | $40M Budget | $670,000 Honey Boy $452,439 (+23%) | 460 Theaters (+274) | $984 Avg. | $3.5M Budget | $2,139,465 Waves $421,000 (+200%) | 570 Theaters (+523) | $739 Avg. | $1,045,450 En Brazos de un Asesino $230,000 | 160 Theaters | $1,438 Avg. | $230,000 Charlie’s Angels $215,000 (-83%) | 703 Theaters (-2,453) | $306 Avg. | $48–55M Budget | $17,504,006 Portrait of a Lady on Fire $67,105 | 2 Theaters | $33,553 Avg. | $67,105 * International Box Office: JOKER: $722.8M Overseas Total | $1.055B Global Total FROZEN 2: $582.1M Overseas Total | $919.7M Global Total MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL: $363M Overseas Total | $475.3M Global Total TERMINATOR: DARK FATE: $188.6M Overseas Total | $250.4M Global Total FORD V FERRARI: $76.5M Overseas Total | $167.6M Global Total HUSTLERS: $45.5M Overseas Total | $150.5M Global Total PARASITE: $105.0M Overseas Total | $124.4M Global Total KNIVES OUT: $60.6M Overseas Total | $124.1M Global Total MIDWAY: $67.2M Overseas Total | $120.6M Global Total LAST CHRISTMAS: $51.3M Overseas Total | $84.7M Global Total CHARLIE'S ANGELS: $38.4M Overseas Total | $55.9M Global Total JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL: $52.5M Overseas & Global Total PLAYING WITH FIRE: $5.5M Overseas Total | $47.5M Global Total 21 BRIDGES: $6.0M Overseas Total | $30.0M Global Total THE GOOD LIAR: $9.6M Overseas Total | $25.7M Global Total PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE: $12.4M Overseas Total | $13.0M Global Total
  4. 2019 Holiday Ad Crossover! Yes, that's the star of the already infamous Peloton commercial!
  5. Meanwhile, the "Peloton Wife" already has a new commercial gig: That is some A+ trolling! If only Peloton themselves had responded so quickly (I have no issue with thin people exercising; I just think it's a poorly executed ad). Ryan Reynolds has a stake in Aviation Gin; I wonder whose idea it was to do this ad and cast that actress.
  6. When I saw Dreamgirls a woman sitting in front of me gave a [brief] standing ovation after "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going". Her husband protested that Jennifer Hudson wasn't there and her response was more or less, "I don't care. If you hear singing that good, you have to clap!" I'd read reviews mentioning audiences bursting into applause at that part, so knew to expect it. During the latest Mission: Impossible there were claps and cheering as one of the stunt sequences got more and more audacious. Now, I look at in-theater applauding as people expressing how a movie is making them feel, the same as any other reaction. As long as it's not a constant thing for the entire runtime, I don't mind. There are some movies where I think a lively crowd would enhance the experience, but other times it's the last thing you want, so you pick the theater accordingly. I was worried about A Quiet Place being ruined by people talking, but it was the best moviegoing experience I had last year. On the other hand, even in what passes for an arthouse theater in these parts, the ending of The Favourite got some heckling. I [internally] laughed. On the occasions that I see the same movie in theaters more than once, it's interesting to compare the reactions between screenings. The crowd might have more kids/teens vs seniors, so the same references might not land. A more sedate matinee audience won't react to something that makes a nighttime crowd go crazy. I saw Hidden Figures with two audiences that had very different racial makeups, but the moments seemed to go over the same way each time.
  7. I saw the pics/videos and IMO Alisha's actions aren't being misconstrued, at least not entirely. If she's being painted as a mistress who singlehandedly seduced JT or whatever, then that seems to be inaccurate and would be going too far. However, this is not a case where tabloids found the worst angle of an innocent hug or cropped a photo to make something benign look more incriminiating. The footage looks bad because it kinda was? And maybe Alisha is cool with hand holding and knee touching regardless of a guy's marital status, that's for her to say, but Justin has a wife who apparently wasn't thrilled with his behavior so all he can do now is apologize for it. This is getting global headlines because he's so famous, but the same sort of scenario has played out with people who work in an office, a store, at the holiday party, etc. The spouse at home gets receipts thanks to someone they know sneaking cell phone pics of the overly cozy colleagues and all hell breaks loose.
  8. Justin Timberlake breaks silence on those Alisha Wainwright PDA pics: Would JT be apologizing if he hadn't got caught? Probably not, but by minor celebrity scandal standards that is pretty major groveling. There's no need to give the guy a medal or anything, but other famous, not-single men this year who found themselves in similar spots stood by and said nothing on the record, while the "other woman" publicly flailed about with explanations of varying believability: it was a friendly hello, it was orchestrated, this can happen to anyone...social media! Usually, the woman gets blamed more in these scenarios, even if he's super famous and married, while she's not, but I guess so many people disliked Justin already that he got zero benefit of the doubt after this latest screw up. * Emma Stone engaged to SNL writer/director Dave McCary: https://www.eonline.com/news/1029700/emma-stone-is-engaged-to-dave-mccary * Billy Dee Williams says his recent comments were misinterpreted: * Armie Hammer...yeah...
  9. Olivia Wilde Defends Her Richard Jewell Role: 'People Have a Hard Time Accepting Sexuality': https://people.com/movies/olivia-wilde-defends-her-richard-jewell-role-people-have-a-hard-time-accepting-sexuality/
  10. I don't know if it was the first movie to ever have a trailer for the trailer, but Fifty Shades of Grey got a lot of attention with that 15 second clip that featured Beyonce doing a new version of "Crazy In Love". That would have been in 2014, so five years, at least. I've heard those teasers at the beginning of a trailer on Youtube helps with the view counts. * There are short Bond titles about a person/place/thing (Goldfinger, Skyfall, etc.), and then there are Bond titles that are phrases, meant to evoke a certain mood or feeling. I think No Time to Die falls into the latter camp and was probably picked because it could be interpreted multiple ways. Being that this is a Bond movie like, it might also be a reference to Dr. No.
  11. November 29 – December 1, 2019 Estimates: 1 (1) Frozen II $85,250,000 (-35%) | 4,098 Theaters (-342) | $20,803 Avg. | $287,573,344 2 (N) Knives Out $27,022,000 | 3,461 Theaters | $7,808 Avg. | $40M Budget | $41,700,000 3 (2) Ford v Ferrari $13,221,000 (-16%) | 3,446 Theaters (-82) | $3,837 Avg. | $97.6M Budget | $81,003,779 4 (3) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood $11,795,000 (-11%) | 3,235 Theaters | $3,646 Avg. | $25–45M Budget | $34,308,989 5 (N) Queen & Slim $11,680,000 | 1,690 Theaters | $6,911 Avg. | $17–20M Budget | $15,790,000 6 (4) 21 Bridges $5,820,000 (-37%) | 2,665 Theaters | $2,184 Avg. | $33M Budget | $19,448,268 7 (6) Playing with Fire $4,200,000 (-7%) | 2,679 Theaters (-81) | $1,568 Avg. | $29.9M Budget | $39,203,808 8 (5) Midway $3,957,000 (-15%) | 2,377 Theaters (-250) | $1,665 Avg. | $100M Budget | $50,278,625 9 (10) Joker $2,030,000 (-26%) | 1,146 Theaters (-264) | $1,771 Avg. | $55–70M Budget | $330,601,522 10 (9) Last Christmas $1,980,000 (-36%) | 1,852 Theaters (-559) | $1,069 Avg. | $25–30M Budget | $31,658,680 11 (11) Harriet $1,900,000 (-18%) | 1,084 Theaters (-262) | $1,753 Avg. | $17M Budget | $39,512,300 12 (7) The Good Liar $1,605,000 (-53%) | 2,003 Theaters (-451) | $801 Avg. | $10M Budget | $14,925,064 13 (12) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil $1,360,000 (-34%) | 991 Theaters (-614) | $1,372 Avg. | $185M Budget | $111,579,957 14 (8) Charlie’s Angels $1,260,000 (-61%) | 3,156 Theaters (-296) | $399 Avg. | $48–55M Budget | $16,840,171 15 (14) Jojo Rabbit $1,223,000 (-23%) | 708 Theaters (-79) | $1,727 Avg. | $14M Budget | $18,360,635 Parasite $1,020,000 (-19%) | 382 Theaters (-51) | $2,670 Avg. | $11M Budget | $18,280,000 Dark Waters $630,000 (+514%) | 94 Theaters (+90) | $6,702 Avg. | $972,484 Honey Boy $390,850 (+55%) | 186 Theaters (+142) | $2,101 Avg. | $3.5M Budget | $1,516,598 Waves $140,000 (-16%) | 21 Theaters | $6,667 Avg. | $556,752 63 Up $15,250 | 1 Theater | $15,250 Avg. | $20,015 * International Box Office: JOKER: $717.7M Overseas Total | $1.048B Global Total FROZEN 2: $451.0M Overseas Total | $738.6M Global Total MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL: $363.0M Overseas Total | $474.6M Global Total FORD V FERRARI: $62.0M Overseas Total | $143.0M Global Total MIDWAY: $55.8M Overseas Total | $106.0M Global Total KNIVES OUT: $28.3M Overseas Total | $70.0M Global Total LAST CHRISTMAS: $36.2M Overseas Total | $67.8M Global Total CHARLIE'S ANGELS: $36.4M Overseas Total | $51.4M Global Total
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    College Football

    Crazy Egg Bowl ending: https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/ole-miss-dog-urination-celebration-penalty-leads-to-missed-extra-point-making-mississippi-state-bowl-eligible/ Who knew it was on in Russia?
  13. Justin is the married one but that info is hardly a secret and Alisha was holding hands with him and had her hand on his knee, so she gets some side eye from me as well. This article from E! News claims Justin and Jessica "are downplaying everything and trying to laugh it off as nothing. But it was definitely inappropriate and something that would make any wife uncomfortable," according to an "insider", who also says Justin "had too much to drink and got carried away". https://m.eonline.com/amp/news/1097022/see-the-photos-of-justin-timberlake-and-co-star-alisha-wainwright-during-night-out It's interesting to see the rapid shift by the sources from, "The cast/crew were all together, it was totally innocent!" to, "I mean, they're not having an affair, but that was still not cool on his part...and he was really drunk!" Did the publicists read comments sections and recalibrate the spin accordingly? They were just doing a couples' Halloween costume last month, so I don't think Justin and Jessica are in the "quietly living separate lives before the breakup goes public" stage. Well, at least as far as Jessica knew.... * Cameo is an app where people can pay stars to record video messages for them.
  14. Frozen II starts with the third biggest (wide) opening weekend for animation after Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory (summer releases). Elsa and Mr. Rogers will benefit from the coming Thanksgiving weekend. Knives Out officially opens this Wednesday but made $2 million in sneak previews on Friday and Saturday night. 1 (N) Frozen II $127,000,000 | 4,440 Theaters | $28,604 Avg. | $127,000,000 2 (1) Ford v Ferrari $16,000,000 (-49%) | 3,528 Theaters | $4,535 Avg. | $97.6M Budget | $57,989,570 3 (N) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood $13,500,000 | 3,235 Theaters | $4,173 Avg. | $25M Budget | $13,500,000 4 (N) 21 Bridges $9,300,000 | 2,665 Theaters | $3,490 Avg. | $33M Budget | $9,300,000 5 (2) Midway $4,700,000 (-45%) | 2,627 Theaters (-615) | $1,789 Avg. | $100M Budget | $43,107,561 6 (4) Playing with Fire $4,615,000 (-45%) | 2,760 Theaters (-365) | $1,672 Avg. | $29.9M Budget | $31,621,647 7 (7) The Good Liar $3,375,000 (-40%) | 2,454 Theaters (+15) | $1,375 Avg. | $10M Budget | $11,765,794 8 (3) Charlie’s Angels $3,175,000 (-62%) | 3,452 Theaters | $920 Avg. | $48–55M Budget | $25–30M Budget | $13,940,592 9 (5) Last Christmas $3,040,000 (-53%) | 2,411 Theaters (-1,043) | $1,261 Avg. | $27,792,390 10 (8) Joker $2,820,000 (-47%) | 1,410 Theaters (-927) | $2,000 Avg. |$55–70M Budget | $326,931,813 11 (10) Harriet $2,310,000 (-50%) | 1,346 Theaters (-665) | $1,716 Avg. | $17M Budget | $36,004,055 12 (9) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil $2,000,000 (-59%) | 1,605 Theaters (-944) | $1,246 Avg. | $185M Budget | $108,923,058 13 (6) Doctor Sleep $1,860,000 (-69%) | 1,476 Theaters (-2,379) | $1,260 Avg. | $45–55M Budget | $28,776,742 14 (12) Jojo Rabbit $1,500,000 (-46%) | 787 Theaters (-208) | $1,906 Avg. | $14M Budget | $16,052,713 15 (14) Parasite $1,218,500 (-35%) | 433 Theaters (-187) | $2,814 Avg. | $11M Budget | $16,461,937 Terminator: Dark Fate $1,200,000 (-72%) | 1,022 Theaters (-1,455) | $1,174 Avg. | $185–196M Budget | $59,531,297 Honey Boy $269,280 (+32%) | 44 Theaters (+27) | $6,120 Avg. | $3.5M Budget | $939,677 The Lighthouse $182,260 (-53%) | 113 Theaters (-177) | $1,613 Avg. | $4M Budget | $10,172,945 Waves $168,760 (+26%) | 21 Theaters (+17) | $8,036 Avg. | $335,991 Dark Waters $110,000 | 4 Theaters | $27,500 Avg. | $110,000 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot $64,688 (-62%) | 5 Theaters (-5) | $12,938 Avg. | $10M Budget | $2,762,773 Ad Astra $28,000 (-35%) | 50 Theaters (-28) | $560 Avg. | $80–100M Budget | $50,139,119 * International Box Office: JOKER: $708.8M Overseas Total | $1.035B Global Total MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL: $363.4M Overseas Total | $472.3M Global Total FROZEN 2: $223.2M Overseas Total | $350.2M Global Total TERMINATOR: DARK FATE: $189.8M Overseas Total | $249.3M Global Total PARASITE: $105M Overseas Total | $121.5M Global Total ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP: $43.3M Overseas Total | $114.8M Global Total FORD v FERRARI: $45.8M Overseas Total | $103.8M Global Total MIDWAY: $42.3M Overseas Total | $85.4M Global Total DOCTOR SLEEP: $33.6M Overseas Total | $62.3M Global Total LAST CHRISTMAS: $24M Overseas Total | $51.7M Global Total CHARLIE'S ANGELS: $29.6M Overseas Total | $43.5M Global Total
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