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Sept 19

Box Office: 'Shang-Chi' Remains No. 1 in Its Third Weekend

by Mia Galuppo

For a third weekend in the row, Shang-Chi has battled its way to the top of the box office.

The superhero standalone earned a $21.7 million at the domestic box office from 4,070 theaters, dropping 37 percent, bringing its total North American ticket sales to a massive $176.9 million. The PG-13 movie, which boasts an A CinemaScore, stars Simu Liu as Marvel's newest hero and is the studio's first to center on an Asian lead.

In its opening weekend, the Marvel feature grossed a massive $90 million and had the second-biggest three-day debut of the pandemic year so far, coming in behind fellow Marvel Studios pic Black Widow and above Universal's F9. The movie has continued to break pandemic records and is now the second highest grossing domestic release of the year behind Black Widow. Unlike Black Widow, which premiered day-and-date in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access, Shang-Chi is exclusively in theaters and is looking to soon overtake the Scarlett Johansson-starrer's $183 million domestic box office.

With an estimated $320.6 million worldwide gross to date (the movie earned $20.3 million overseas this weekend), Shang-Chi is the fourth highest MPA global movie of 2021.

Coming in second is 20th Century/ Disney's Free Guy, now in its sixth weekend at the multiplex. The Ryan Reynolds-led action-comedy fell only 7 percent, for a weekend gross of $5.2 million, and a cume-to-date of $108.5 million.

The weekend's biggest new release, Clint Eastwood's Cry Macho, came in third with three-day earnings of $4.5 million at 3,967 theaters. The PG-13 neo-western from the 91-year-old, which has a B CinemaScore and a budget of $33 million, follows a one-time rodeo star and horse breeder (Eastwood) who takes a job to bring a man's young son home.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Sept 16

Nicolas Cage Says He Will 'Never' Retire From Acting

by Adele Ankers

Nicolas Cage has assured fans of his filmography that he never plans on retiring from acting.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Oscar-winning actor declared that he had banished the thought of retirement from his mind because he feels healthier and happier when he's working on a project. He also recognized the importance of cinema and the role that the industry has played in his life.

"That can't happen," Cage said of retirement. "To do what I do in cinema has been like a guardian angel for me, and I need it. I'm healthier when I'm working, I need a positive place to express my life experience, and filmmaking has given me that. So I'm never going to retire. Where are we now, 117 movies?"

"What's funny is, my argument with people who go, 'You work too much,' was 'I like working, and it's healthy, I'm happy when I'm working, and by the way, guys like Cagney and Bogart, they were doing hundreds of movies,'" he explained. "And then I went, 'I'd better check that,' and I went, 'Oops...'"

Cage has starred in a huge number of movies over the course of his acting career, and there's no sign of his workload slowing down. He recently landed one of the biggest roles that Hollywood has to offer as he found himself cast as Nicolas Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, directed by Tom Gormican.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent features Nicolas Cage as its fictional main character - someone trying to balance family life and a career while simultaneously finding himself caught in the crossfire of a Mexican cartel leader and the CIA. It's expected to pay homage to some of Cage's former films like Leaving Las Vegas, Face-Off, and Gone in 60 Seconds.

Continue Reading at: IGN

Sept 14

'Nightmare Alley's First Images Reveal an Ultra-Cool Noir Movie From Guillermo del Toro Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, & Bradley Cooper

Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper in an early image from "Nightmare Alley" (image courtesy Searchlight)

by Kristen Santer

Four years after Guillermo del Toro's big win at the Academy Award, the acclaimed director is sure to return for another golden statue with his next film, Nightmare Alley. The first images from Searchlight Pictures tease a beautiful, noir thriller with a stacked cast that is sure to appeal to Oscar voters come awards season. Just take a look at those stunning costumes and iconic 40s waves and tell me that those categories aren't already locked.

While the film and photos are shot in color, Nightmare Alley is a clear homage to the golden age of noir thrillers. The film is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham, and is the second adaptation after the 1947 version, which is regarded as a classic example of the genre. The plot follows Stan Carlisle, a manipulative carny who joins forces with Dr. Lilith Ritter, a psychiatrist that's sure to be the film's femme fatale. Bradley Cooper will play Stan with Cate Blanchett playing Dr. Ritter opposite him.

Rounding out the rest of the incredible ensemble cast are Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, Tim Blake Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, and David Strathairn. Del Toro favorites Richard Jenkins and Ron Perlman also have supporting roles, and Nightmare Alley will finally reunite Rooney Mara and Blanchett after 2015's Carol. Mara will play a carnival worker named Molly, Dafoe stars the show's head barker Clem, Perlman will play Bruno the strongman and Jenkins is a wealthy industrialist named Ezra Grindle.

Click the Continue Reading at link to go to the Collider story and see more of the images from the movie.

Continue Reading at: Collider

Sept 12

Box Office: 'Shang-Chi' Remains No. 1 with $35.8M

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios' "Shang-Chi and The Legend Of the Ten Rings" (image courtesy Marvel)

by Mia Galluppo

Shang-Chi remains atop the box office charts in its second weekend with a domestic haul of $35.8 million.

The superhero standalone, which is playing in 4,300 theaters, has a cume-to-date of $145.6 million. The PG-13 movie, which boasts an A Cinemascore, stars Simu Liu as Marvel's newest hero and is the studio's first to center on an Asian lead.

Shang-Chi now boasts the largest second weekend since the start of the pandemic, besting Black Widow's $25.8 million. In its opening weekend, the Marvel feature grossed a massive $90 million and had the second-biggest three-day debut of the pandemic year so far, coming in behind fellow Marvel Studios pic Black Widow and above Universal's F9. Unlike Black Widow, which premiered day-and-date in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access, Shang-Chi is exclusively in theaters.

Coming in (a distant) second is another Disney release that continues to prove its holding power. In its fifth week in theaters, Ryan Reynolds starter Free Guy fell 32 percent, crossing over the $100 million marks at the domestic box office with a cume to date of $101.8 million.

Both Shang-Chi and Free Guy performed well on larger format screens. The former pulled in $5.3 million at IMAX theaters for the weekend for a cume of $21 million, while the later earned $1.7 million for a total of $19.7 million.

Coming in third is Warner Bros./New Line title Malignant in its first weekend in release, with a tepid $5.57 million from 3,500 locations. Internationally, the pic took in an estimated $6.3 million, for an international cume of $9.5 million, making its worldwide total $15.1 million. The R-rate horror from James Wan stars Annabelle Wallis as a woman who has visions about violence only to realize that it is all real. The feature fared poorly with critics with a 42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a C CinemaScore. Like all of Warner Bros. 2022 slate, Malignant premiered day-and-date in theaters and on HBO Max.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Sept 10

First Halloween Kills reviews brutally split over 'darker, meaner, disturbing' sequel

by Joey Nolfi

Critics are hacking and slashing away at the long-awaited horror sequel Halloween Kills.

The Jamie Lee Curtis-starring film debuted Wednesday at the Venice International Film Festival, and initial reactions appear to be finely spliced into two categories: Those who are giddy over iconic killer Michael Myers' latest onslaught of gore, and others who are downright disgusted.

"Halloween Kills is a darker, meaner, more disturbing entry in the franchise. The kills are absolutely brutal and shocking in the best way," tweeted Collider's Rafael Motomayor, though he took issue with the film's abrupt ending (a final franchise entry, Halloween Ends, is slated for release next year). "It was great seeing old characters again, and there is a flashback that blew my mind. Sadly, this is 100% half a film."

Discussing Film critic Ben Rolph similarly called the movie "one of the most brutal films ever made," and The Wrap's Asher Luberto takes his analysis of director David Gordon Green's intense depiction of violence one step further.

"It's about the generational trauma bestowed upon Haddonfield. The action sequences are more than just action sequences; in Green's social allegory, they are a way for citizens to confront their trauma, their rage, their oppression, and to reclaim their power and agency through revenge," he wrote, referencing the film's plot that sees Laurie Strode (Curtis) and her family (Judy Greer, Andi Matichak) uniting the town's residents (including classic, returning actors like Kyle Richards and Nancy Stephens) in an all-out hunt for Myers. "We see Haddonfield not just as a victim of a masked assailant, but also a victim of larger forces who will stop at nothing to dehumanize their community."

Try on the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Yahoo

Sept 9

'The Matrix Resurrections' trailer is here to blow your mind

by Chris Jancelewicz

Feed your head with the long-awaited Matrix Resurrections trailer, which dropped Thursday morning to much fanfare.

To the tune of Jefferson Airplane's psychedelic White Rabbit, the trailer teases what's to come in the fourth Matrix movie, starring Keanu Reeves as "the One," Neo. There's a lot here for Matrix fans to unpack: the red and blue pills, black cats, fast-paced fights, explosions, defiance of gravity.

We even catch a glimpse of what appears to be a young Morpheus (previously played by Laurence Fishburne, now played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), telling Neo that "itís time to fly" as he hands him a red pill.

Canadian actor Carrie-Ann Moss reprises the role of Trinity, and we see her briefly here too.

"After all these years, to be going back to where it all started: back to the Matrix," says another new addition to the franchise, Jonathan Groff, as the trailer comes to a close.

Check the trailer out here:

Continue Reading at: Global News

Sept 9

Official Teaser for 'Don't Look Up' Puts Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill Back in Dark Comedy Mode

by Adam Chitwood

Fresh off a batch of new images, Netflix has released the first official teaser trailer for director Adam McKay's highly anticipated new film Don't Look Up. The movie is an allegory for climate change, as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and Rob Morgan play a trio of scientists trying to warn the world and its leaders about an impending asteroid impact that will end life as we know it, only to meet resistance and indifference at every turn.

This teaser trailer is a longer version of the first teaser that aired on TV awhile back, and while it begins the same, the back half features new footage of Jonah Hill as the President of the United States' (Meryl Streep) son. McKay is no stranger to comedy having helmed masterpieces like Anchorman and Step Brothers, and he won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for his first dramatic film The Big Short. His next serious effort, Vice, was received with a more divisive reaction but still scored key Academy Awards nominations, so it stands to reason he and Don't Look Up have a solid shot at the upcoming Oscars if the movie is any good.

The film wasn't quite ready in time for the fall film festival season but should be rolling out for critics in November ahead of a December release. Netflix is giving this one an exclusive theatrical run in select theaters before it goes wide on the streaming service on December 24th so... Merry Christmas?

Watch the teaser here:

Continue Reading at: Collider

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