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Have you ever been to a movie that was rated PG-13 and you wondered why? Maybe you felt it should have been PG and not PG-13, or even R. And who does the rating anyways? This article takes a look at Film Rating Systems. By the way, this article has been rated NC-17!! Just kidding.

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Dec 10

Box Office: Hayao Miyazaki's 'The Boy and the Heron' Soars to Record $12.8M U.S. Opening

Publicity shot from "The Boy and The Heron" (image courtesy GKids)

by Pamela McClintock

Acclaimed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's Japanese film The Boy and the Heron flew to a record-breaking $12.8 million opening, making it the first original anime title in history to top the North American box office chart.

The whimsical movie wisely chose to open on a weekend when there were no new wide releases from the major Hollywood studios. The first and second weekends of December are generally quiet as the studios prepare to unwrap their big Christmas films.

This year, the holiday action gets underway in earnest next weekend when Warner Bros. opens Wonka, although it debuted in select markets overseas this weekend to a very promising $43.2 million from 37 markets, enough to rank No. 1 on the weekend global weekend chart.

The Boy and the Heron film shattered other records as well, including already becoming Miyazaki's top-grossing film domestically after earning $5.6 million on Friday from 2,205 theaters, not adjusted for inflation. His previous best, 2013's The Wind Rises earned $5.2 million in its entire North American run.

Coming in at No. 2 was Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: The Ballad of the Songbirds and Snakes with a projected $9 million to $10 million from 3,665 locations in its fourth outing. The film, after starting off slow, has hung in there to boast a domestic total of $135.6 million through Sunday and and $279 million globally.

Japanese movie Godzilla Minus One placed third place in its second weekend with a solid $8.3 million from 2,450 cinemas. (No one can remember another time when two Japanese titles landed in the top five at the North American box office.) The monster pic also set its own record in becoming the top-grossing Japanese live-action title of all time in North America with $25.3 million in ticket sales.

Universal and DreamWorks Animation's Trolls Band Together held at No. 4 with an estimated weekend haul of $6.2 million from 3,451 theaters for a domestic total of $83.1 million. It earned another $12.1 million overseas from 73 markets for a foreign cume of $90.7 million and $173.8 million.

Disney's Wish and AMC Theatres' Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé found themselves in a close race for No. 5, although Wish seems to have prevailed with an estimated $5.3 million from 3,450 locations. AMC is estimating $5 million from 2,542 locations for Renaissance, although studio box office execs elsewhere have it higher at around $5.5 million. Final weekend numbers will be released Monday morning, meaning the order could shift.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Dec 9

Barbra Streisand pays tribute to her late ex Ryan O'Neal: 'Funny and charming'

Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand in 1972's "What's Up Doc?" (image courtesy Getty)

by Erin Keller

Barbra Streisand remembered her late co-star and former lover Ryan O’Neal as "funny and charming" amid news of his death.

"So sad to hear the news of Ryan O'Neal's passing," the legendary actress captioned a black and white Instagram photo of the young duo working together on Friday.

"We made two films together, 'What's Up, Doc?' and 'The Main Event.' He was funny and charming, and he will be remembered."

O'Neal "passed away peacefully" on Friday, his son, Patrick, announced.

In her recently-released memoir "My Name Is Barbra," Streisand claimed she and the "Love Story" star first met at a dinner party in 1970, writing the actor, "fancied me and asked for my number."

"We started seeing each other, and it was kind of a new dynamic for me . . . easy and casual," she penned. "I remember a moment early on when he told me, 'I love you,' and I said, 'What do you mean? You don't know me.' Trust me to be so literal."

Although their relationship "fizzled" by the time they shot "What's Up, Doc?" in 1972, they still remained friendly.

"I learned more about comedy from Barbara than anyone," O'Neal reflected to The Hollywood Reporter in March 2022.

O'Neal and Streisand reunited on-screen for 1979's "The Main Event."

Patrick O'Neal announced his father's death on Friday. Ryan was 82.

"My father Ryan O'Neal has always been my hero. I looked up to him and he was always bigger than life," Patrick wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. "As a human being, my father was as generous as they come. And the funniest person in any room. And the most handsome clearly, but also the most charming. Lethal combo. He loved to make people laugh. It's pretty much his goal. Didn't matter the situation, if there was a joke to be found, he nailed it. He really wanted us laughing. And we did all laugh. Every time. We had fun. Fun in the sun."

Ryan's cause of death is unknown, but he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001 and with prostate cancer in 2012.

Continue Reading at: NY Post

Dec 7

Killers of the Flower Moon Named Best Film by National Board of Review

Lily Gladstone, right, and Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from "Killers of the Flower Moon" (image courtesy Cannes Film Festival)

by Rebecca Ford

It's a good day for Killers of the Flower Moon, which picked up three wins from the National Board of Review, including the top prize of best film.

Martin Scorsese also won for best director, while Lily Gladstone continues her hot streak with another win for best actress. Killers of the Flower Moon recently also took the top prize from the New York Film Critics Circle, where Gladstone was honored as well.

"Killers of the Flower Moon is a stunning masterpiece from one of our greatest filmmakers, Martin Scorsese. The NBR is proud to award this complex, important, and deeply resonant epic as our best film and Scorsese as our best director," said NBR president Annie Schulhof.

The best actor prize went to The Holdovers star Paul Giamatti, and his costar Da’Vine Joy Randolph took the prize for supporting actress. Randolph has strong momentum after also picking up an Indie Spirit nomination yesterday and a Gotham Awards nomination. Mark Ruffalo earned NBR’s supporting actor award for Poor Things. Both Poor Things and The Holdovers earned screenplay wins as well.

The winners, which also include Teyana Taylor for breakthrough performance for A Thousand and One and Celine Song for best directorial debut for Past Lives, will be honored at the NBR Awards Gala on January 11 in New York. Maestro director and star Bradley Cooper will receive the NBR Icon Award at the event.

The National Board of Review winner for best film, voted on by "a select group of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics, and students," doesn’t often go on to win best picture at the Academy Awards, but is often an Oscar nominee and strong contender. Previous winners include Top Gun: Maverick, Licorice Pizza, Da 5 Bloods, and The Irishman. The two awards did match up on best picture in 2018, when Green Book took home both.

Continue Reading at: Vanity Fair

Dec 6

Pixar's 'Soul,' 'Turning Red' and 'Luca' Coming to Theaters After Disney+ Debuts During Pandemic

Publicity stills from Pixar "pandemic" films "Turning Red", "Soul", and "Luca" (images courtesy Pixar)

by Jordan Moreau

Pixar's "Soul," "Turning Red" and "Luca" are coming to theaters after they originally had streaming-only releases on Disney+ during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The three movies will come to theaters nationwide in 2024, with tickets going on sale Jan. 2. "Soul" is coming to theaters on Jan. 12, "Turning Red" will be on Feb. 9 and "Luca" arrives on March 22. They will be accompanied by the short films "Burrow," "Kitbull" and "For the Birds," respectively.

"Soul" (2020) was the first Pixar movie to release exclusively on Disney+ amid the pandemic while most theaters were closed. "Luca" (2021) and "Turning Red" (2022) also debuted on Disney+ the following years. Pete Docter, Pixar's creative chief officer, spoke to Variety before the release of the studio's unexpected hit "Elemental" earlier this year and said that the Disney+ rollouts "trained" families to watch the movies on streaming.

"In the long run, there's been a bit of a mixed blessing because we've trained audiences that these films will be available for you on Disney+," Docter said. "And it's more expensive for a family of four to go to a theater when they know they can wait and it'll come out on the platform. We're trying to make sure people realize there's a great deal you're missing by not seeing it on the big screen. In the case of 'Elemental,' it's a beautiful spectacle, there's detail everywhere. I think you feel it more and it's a better experience. There's the shared experience as well, that you get to see it in a room with strangers, and there's something about the energy that comes from other people that makes the whole experience more vibrant and interesting."

"Elemental," released theatrically in June, had a mighty rebound after starting out with the lowest opening weekend in Pixar history ($29.5 million domestically). At first, it seemed like a box office disaster, but the film eventually slow-burned its way to nearly $500 million worldwide. Pixar president Jim Morris told Variety in August that "Elemental" became profitable after its long run.

Continue Reading at: Variety

Dec 5

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Trailer Finally Introduces Baby Kong

by Brandon Schreur

The first trailer for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire debuts the first look at Baby Kong.

Revealed at CCXP 2023 in Brazil and then posted on YouTube by Warner Bros. Pictures, the first trailer for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire previews the next chapter in Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse. Along with King Kong, the trailer introduces a young Baby Kong and gives Godzilla a pink-colored makeover.

Watch the Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire trailer below.

"The epic battle continues! Legendary Pictures' cinematic Monsterverse follows up the explosive showdown of "Godzilla vs. Kong" with an all-new adventure that pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence - and our own. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire delves further into the histories of these Titans and their origins, as well as the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever."

Directed by Adam Wingard (Godzilla vs. Kong, Blair Witch), Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire stars Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens, Kaylee Hottle, Alex Ferns, and Fala Chen.

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon.net

Dec 4

'The Marvels' Ends Box Office Run as Lowest-Grossing MCU Movie in History

Brie Larson in a scene from "The Marvels" (image courtesy Everett Collection)

by Rebecca Rubin

There's nothing heroic about the final box office performance of "The Marvels." The superhero sequel is officially the lowest-grossing installment in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

After four weeks on the big screen, the comic book tentpole is running out of steam with $80 million in North America and $197 million globally. There would typically be optimism that attendance could rebound over the busy holiday season, but Disney apparently doesn't expect that to be the case. The studio wrote on Sunday in a note to press, "With 'The Marvels' box office now winding down, we will stop weekend reporting of international/global grosses on this title."

The film isn't leaving theaters just yet, and the $220 million-plus budgeted tentpole is expected to play through New Year's. However, this memo signals that "The Marvels" is not expected to generate notable coinage during the rest of December. Over the weekend, the movie tumbled to 11th place on box office charts with just $2.4 million in its fourth outing.

"The Marvels" opened on Nov. 10 with $46 million domestically to land the worst debut in the MCU, the franchise’s rare misfire out of the gate. Things only got gloomier. Ticket sales cratered by 78% in its sophomore outing to cement another ignominious record: the biggest second-weekend drop of the series. Now, as the film nears the end of its theatrical run, box office revenues won't top 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" ($264 million, not adjusted for inflation), which previously stood as the lowest-grossing entry.

This degree of disappointment is unusual because Marvel is the most commercially successful film franchise of all time, with $29.8 billion globally across 33 films. Moreover, the passionate MCU fanbase has turned out for less-embraced entries. This February's "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Qunatumania" managed to generate $214 million domestically and $476 million worldwide even though the film was saddled with worse reviews than "The Marvels."

Continue Reading at: Variety

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