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April 7, 2019

‘Hellboy’ Final Trailer: David Harbour Sees Red in Gory, R-Rated Reboot

Lionsgate has unveiled the final trailer for “Hellboy,” Neil Marshall’s reboot of the comic-book series first brought to the silver screen by Guillermo del Toro. Replacing Ron Perlman as the eponymous Cambion is “Stranger Things” star David Harbour, with Milla Jovovich and Ian McShane co-starring in this take on the “Darkness Calls,” “The Wild Hunt,” and “The Storm and the Fury” storylines. Watch the trailer below.

The project wasn’t exactly riding a wave of goodwill when it was first announced, as fans of del Toro’s first two entries in the series — not to mention everyone involved with making 2004’s “Hellboy” and 2008’s “The Golden Army” — have long wanted the Oscar winner to complete his own trilogy. Marshall is no slouch, however, having previously directed “The Descent” and two acclaimed “Game of Thrones” episodes: “Blackwater” and “The Watchers on the Wall,” the latter of which earned him an Emmy nomination.

“She is the Queen of Blood,” McShane says of Jovovich’s Nimue as the trailer begins, “and for good fucking reason.” She then gets her head cut off before returning from the dead, with the rest of the trailer celebrating the film’s R rating via an abundance of blood, gore, and cursing. Hellboy himself is first seen reading Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking-Glass” before wielding a flaming sword and informing us that his job is to “save the world from fucking monsters,” which sounds like quite the statement of purpose.

Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Thomas Haden Church co-star in the film, which originally carried the subtitle “Rise of the Blood Queen” and was written by Andrew Cosby. Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment banner will release “Hellboy” in theaters next Friday, April 12.

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April 7, 2019

Robert Pattinson Boosts ‘High Life’ Over ‘Peterloo’ and ‘Amazing Grace’

Three promising major releases boasting name directors, savvy specialty distributors and top theaters — “High Life” (A24), “Peterloo” (Amazon Studios), and “Amazing Grace” (Neon) —opened this week with uneven results. Not one of the films has potential to break out for crossover national play at a time when theaters are hungry for strong product.

Robert Pattinson vehicle “High Life” from the great Claire Denis performed the best in top locations, with a respectable initial number. “Amazing Grace” also showed some audience interest, but less than its earlier Oscar-qualifying run promised. Mike Leigh’s delayed “Peterloo” lagged behind.

Specialized film is at a crossroads. Given streaming alternatives like Netflix and Amazon (which will play around with conventional theatrical windows more in future), these three films beg the question of whether dedicating three months to an initial theatrical release remains the smartest move for such important films.

Opening

High Life (A24) – Metacritic: 80; Festivals include: Toronto, New York 2018

$100,000 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $25,000

Claire Denis’ career spans 30 years. Her debut, colonial African drama “Chocolat,” broke out in 1988, followed by critics’ fave “Beau Travail.” “High Life,” an English-language space travel film starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, garnered high-end reviews consistent with most of her releases, opening stronger than any of her previous films. The film drew moviegoers at four major theaters at a decent level, though with a second-day drop. This is a younger-skewing specialized film, which makes A24 a logical distributor and gives it a chance to find (along with its well-known cast) ongoing interest as it expands.

What comes next: That expansion beyond core specialized theaters starts this Friday.

Amazing Grace (Neon) – Metacritic: 96; Festivals include: Doc NYC, AFI 2018

$96,000 in 8 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $12,000; Cumulative: $207,389

The historic 1972 Aretha Franklin church recording sessions, filmed by Sydney Pollack and long-delayed because the singer blocked its release, reopened this week last December after strong one-week Oscar-qualifying runs in New York and Los Angeles, when it generated rave reviews but no Oscar nod. Neon then acquired the film and landed new dates including the best platform theaters as well as a handful of top crossover houses in the two cities.

The initial numbers look less sensational than the initial strong Film Forum nearly-sold-out run (which benefited from reviews and a sense of urgency to catch it in one week). This time, “Amazing Grace” was the top gross at The Landmark in Los Angeles, second best at the Angelika (both with two screens), but neither theater yielded high-end numbers. The film placed fifth-best at the Arclight Hollywood and Lincoln Square against studio titles. The four top theaters will average around $18,000 each. That’s okay, but not in the range of films that break out as major successes. A Fathom Events launch might have worked with this film.

While the initial results aren’t spectacular, the film clearly demonstrates appeal for African American audiences, particularly with Easter ahead. In Los Angeles, the Baldwin Hills in the center of the community was only #6 among the film’s screens, and unlike most of the other theaters, declined Saturday from Friday. This could remain a heartland success film, particularly in core Gospel music areas where Franklin remains an icon. But it looks like more of a struggle than expected.

What comes next: This will have a significant expansion for Easter this Friday.

“Peterloo”

Amazon Studios

Peterloo (Amazon Studios) – Metacritic: 72; Festivals include: Venice, Telluride 2018

$30,426 in 3 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $10,142

For five decades, Mike Leigh has been grabbing acclaim. It’s impressive that he is able to continue to make personal, politically-inspired stories involving social themes. Here he recreates a key 19th-century massacre when British government forces suppressed a pro-democracy movement. While the movie scored modestly favorable reviews, Amazon Studios, continuing to favor a traditional release for their key films, skipped the overheated awards season and booked top theaters. But the results were at best mediocre for the pedigree of this film.

What comes next: Four more major cities open this Friday, with more in the following week.

The Public (Greenwich) – Metacritic: 47; Festivals include: Toronto 2018

$279,294 in theaters; PTA (per theater average): $1,054

Emilio Estevez’s return to directing after almost a decade (“Bobby” in 2006 received considerable attention) is officially under the banner of Universal Home Entertainment, though direct distribution has Greenwich Entertainment on board. This theatrical release as opposed to initial home availability for this story of urban homeless finding shelter in a library received neither good reviews or much sign of audience interest.

What comes next: No word on when this moves to home viewing, but its theatrical life seems limited.

Storm Boy (Good Deed) – Metacritic: 67; also on Video on Demand

$46,744 in 56 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $835

This adaptation of a well-known Australian novel showed little interest in national theaters parallel to its home availability.

What comes next: Home viewing only is ahead.

“Diane”

Week Two

Diane (IFC); also on Video on Demand

$68,032 in 33 theaters (+30); PTA: $2,001; Cumulative: $101,438

Kent Jones’ story of an older small town Massachusetts woman realizing that her life of caring for others hasn’t fulfilled her is having a regular specialized expansion while concurrently having life on VOD. These are reasonable results for a day-and-date film thus far.

The Chaperone (PBS)

$26,520 in 13 theaters (+11); PTA: $2,040; Cumulative: $40,198

PBS produced this film with people who created “Downton Abbey.” Its period story about a woman who was the companion of silent film icon Louise Brooks expanded to top cities this weekend to minor reaction.

“Hotel Mumbai”

Ongoing/expanding (Grosses over $50,000)

Hotel Mumbai (Bleecker Street) Week 3

$1,754,000 in 930 theaters (+6); Cumulative: $6,372,000

With Dev Patel in the lead, this recreation of the Indian terror attack kept about the same theaters, but saw about a 45% drop this weekend. It should end up as Bleecker Street’s highest grossing release since “Logan Lucky” in 2017.

The Mustang (Focus) Week 4

$771,000 in 350 theaters (+169); Cumulative: $2,045,000

This French-made, American-flavored story of Nevada prisoners and their mutual rehabilitation with horses doubled its theaters. It is playing modestly but shows signs of sustaining more business ahead.

Gloria Bell (A24) Week 5

$390,000 in 642 theaters (-485); Cumulative: $5,031,000

A24 aggressively pushed this Julianne Moore centered American remake of the original Chilean middle-age woman with an independent streak story into a national break. It has passed $5 million mark but doesn’t look to go much further.

The Aftermath (Fox Searchlight) Week 4

$375,000 in 344 theaters (+183); Cumulative: $1,104,000

Keira Knightley carries this story of a British family relocating to Germany after World War II. The movie looks to end up as a lesser-grossing title by the usual Fox Searchlight standards. The company remains with its autonomy intact under new Disney ownership.

Apollo 11 (Neon) Week 6

$201,700 in 187 theaters (-167); Cumulative: $8,086,000

CNN Films’ presentation of significant new footage from the first moon landing continues to find interest as it continues its run. It remains the top documentary release of the year so far by a significant distance.

Transit (Music Box) Week 6

$61,039 in 55 theaters (-9); Cumulative: $612,482

Christian Petzold achieved traction with his earlier “Barbara” and particularly “Phoenix.” His latest film, a romantic thriller set in contemporary France hasn’t had much impact though the critical response has been at a high level. It’s not quite getting the response it deserves.

Ash Is Purest White (Cohen) Week 4

$53,763 in 39 theaters (-7); Cumulative: $304,990

Jia Zhang-Khe’s latest film is one of this great director’s most acclaimed. He’s never achieved much beyond a niche audience for his past releases. This drama spanning 18 years in China is getting more attention that his previous releases in U.S. theaters.

Also noted:

Never Look Away (Sony Pictures Classics) – $22,192 in 26 theaters; Cumulative: $1,179,000

The Hummingbird Project (1091) – $19,975 in 71 theaters; Cumulative: $349,871

Sunset (Sony Pictures Classics) – $18,459 in 18 theaters; Cumulative: $62,945

Birds of Passage (1091) – $11,036 in 18 theaters; Cumulative: $495,196

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April 7, 2019

Writers Guild Agrees to One-Week Delay in Implementing New Code of Conduct

Less than three hours before its current agreement with the Association of Talent Agents was set to expire last night, the Writers Guild of America sent a message to its members announcing that it would wait until 12:01 a.m. on April 13 to implement its new Code of Conduct. That new code was overwhelmingly approved by WGA members last weekend, setting up a potential showdown between two groups that have been engaged in tense negotiations since the guild announced last year that it intended to renegotiate the Artists’ Managers Basic Agreement, which had remained unchanged since 1976.

Should the ATA not agree to this new code, members of the WGA will then be free to fire their agents — a potentially huge behind-the-scenes development in Hollywood.

“We had a frank and open conversation and, for the first time, the agencies acknowledged the depth of the problem that their behavior has caused,” the WGA committee said in announcing the six-day extension. “In that meeting, they asked us to delay implementation of the Code until end of day Friday, April 12th, so that they could present us with proposals to address those problems and reach a settlement.”

“In a sincere effort to find agreement, we have accepted that request,” the committee said. “In so doing, we are fulfilling our pledge to you – and the language of your authorization – that we use our best judgment as to the right time to move. But Friday at midnight, which the agencies themselves proposed, is a true deadline. Unless we have an agreed-upon deal, the WGAW Board and WGAE Council have voted that the Code of Conduct will go into effect at 12:01 am on Saturday, April 13th. From that point on, diplomacy can continue alongside powerful collective action.”

“Today, a small group of representatives from ATA and WGA met for several hours on a wide range of issues important to both writers and agents,” Karen Stuart, executive director of the Association of Talent Agencies, said in a message to her members last night.

“Tonight, we mutually agreed to extend the termination of our existing agreement through Friday, April 12 and committed to meeting regularly this week in our continued effort to work towards a resolution that serves the best interests of your businesses and your clients. In the meantime, I continue to welcome your thoughts and look forward to seeing you at Wednesday’s membership meeting, where we will update you further.”

Source: IndieWire film

April 5, 2019

Go Behind the Scenes at SXSW 2019 Closing Night Film Pet Sematary [Video]

“At the end of the day it is a horror film, but at the heart of it, it’s an intense story about loss.” – Amy Seimetz

Directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer and based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

Like any adaptation, there are bound to be changes from the book to the big screen.

“To Stephen King’s credit, we are obviously living in another renaissance right now, the thing he’s always said about adaptations is that he actually respects when filmmakers bring their own vision to it…it was really validating for us when he saw the film and he was such a fan of it because he saw that we kept the essence of the novel.” – Co-director Dennis Widmyer

Watch coverage from the red carpet and Q&A at SXSW 2019 and don’t forget to catch Pet Sematary opens in theaters on April 5. Check out more videos from SXSW 2019 on our YouTube channel.

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World Premiere of Pet Sematary – Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW

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April 4, 2019

‘Booksmart’ Women – Featured Session at SXSW 2019 [Video]

“Every job you have, no matter how insignificant it feels at the time is informing you later for a better job.” – Olivia Wilde

Told from a wildly original, fresh and modern perspective, Booksmart is an unfiltered comedy about high school friendships and the bonds we create that last a lifetime. Capturing the spirit of our times, the film is a coming of age story for a new generation.

The day after the World Premiere of Booksmart at SXSW 2019, director Olivia Wilde, producer Jessica Elbaum, screenwriter Katie Silberman and cast members Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, and Billie Lourd took to the stage to discuss female friendships, women in comedy and the film’s journey to the big screen!

The film is based on many of Wilde’s, Elbaum’s, and Silberman’s experiences as teenagers.

“It’s also autobiographical in the sense when you realize that everyone has that first best friend that you kind of have to break up to go on with the next phase of your life, that inspired a lot of it [the script] as well. That friendship can be so meaningful and powerful…” – Katie Silberman

Booksmart really aims to breakdown traditional high school stereotypes often seen on the screen. “I just think the fact that this film centers around not just one but two smart, capable, funny, wonderful women is really, really something special,” said Feldstein.

“That’s what I love so much about this film, it uses archetypes to break them down.” – Beanie Feldstein

Be sure to take a look at the full session and check out more videos from SXSW 2019 on our YouTube channel.

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For more Booksmart, take a look at Wilde’s Film Keynote and our profile on her in SXSWorld Magazine.Booksmart opens in theaters May 24.

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Featured Session:‘Booksmart’ Women – Photo by JEALEX Photo/Getty Images for SXSW

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April 3, 2019

The Exposure Triangle Explained in Plain English

If I were to take a poll of beginner photographers about what causes them the most confusion and frustration, my money is on understanding exposure.I …
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April 2, 2019

Jailbreaking the Simulation with George Hotz at SXSW 2019 [Video]

George Hotz, hacker and Founder of self-driving startup Comma.ai, took the stage at SXSW 2019 to discuss whether or not we are living in a simulation and who created this simulation? Can we escape it? And if we are living in a simulation, does that mean God is real?

“It’s easy to imagine things that are so much smarter than you and they could build a cage you wouldn’t even recognize.” – George Hotz

During his Featured Session, Hotz wastes no time diving straight into the simulation hypothesis and sharing his own beliefs on the matter. Enthusiastically, Hotz explains why he believes we are living in an advanced simulation beyond the realm of human understanding, created and observed by either a supernatural being or artificial intelligence. While it may sound pretty far out, Hotz stands by the claim that, “There’s no evidence this is not true.”

Watch the full talk and decide for yourself if we are living in a simulation. Learn about Hotz’s notorious hacking background, his daily struggle to understand if we can break out of this simulated universe to meet God, and his future plans to possibly create a church.

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April 2, 2019

World Premiere of The Highwaymen with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson at SXSW 2019 [Video]

“I thought it was a great story and a side of the story that had never been told before. I brought it to John Lee Hancock, a native son of Texas, who knew all about it and felt it in the marrow of his bones.” – Producer, Casey Silver

The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. The Highwaymen follows the untold true story of the legendary detectives Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and Manny Gault (Woody Harrelson) who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. The cast and crew of The Highwaymen hit the red carpet at the World Premiere during the 2019 SXSW Film Festival.

The Highwaymen was film that took thirteen years to make and eventually all the elements beautifully came together. “John Fusco, [the writer] had looked at the story from the Texas Rangers perspective…I liked John’s writing a lot, and I signed on to direct. As soon as that cast came together, we have our pairing of Frank Hamer and Manny Gault, and this is far and away the very best version of this we could ever have,” said director John Lee Hancock.

During the Q&A, Costner reminisced how lucky he was to play all the different characters he’s played over the years.

“For me, to play these characters I am not as brave as, not as smart as, has been a real privilege in my life.” – Kevin Costner

Watch coverage from the red carpet and Q&A at SXSW 2019 and don’t forget to catch The Highwaymen on Netflix now! Check out more videos from SXSW 2019 on our YouTube channel.

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The World Premiere of The Highwaymen – Photo by Travis P Ball

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April 1, 2019

Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum Q&A at SXSW World Premiere [Video]

“Moondog is real Bob Dylan folk poet, he’s a bit of a stew of different cats I’ve run into on my travels.” – Matthew McConaughey

Described by Harmony Korine as his version of a stoner film, The Beach Bum follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Stefania Lavie Owen, Jimmy Buffett, Zac Efron, and Martin Lawrence.

One of the shining moments of the film is the outstanding ensemble cast. During the Q&A, casting director LaShawna Stanley spoke on how she made Korine’s casting vision come to life.

“[Korine] likes interesting, eclectic people who look like they have cool stories. I make sure everything is authentic, it’s real people. Everything I cast is real people. The cops are real, the yoga girl is real, the Rastafarians are real – we want to bring that authenticity to his project to bring his vision to life.”

Watch coverage from the red carpet and Q&A at SXSW 2019 and don’t forget to catch The Beach Bum in theaters now! Check out more videos from SXSW 2019 on our YouTube channel.

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The World Premiere of The Beach Bum – Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW

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April 1, 2019

Reaction Gifs for Every StoryCorps Story

Want to share how you feel after listening to a StoryCorps interview but don’t feel like you’ve got the words? Lighten the load with our collection of StoryCorps-approved gifs: a set of reactions that will fit your mood, no matter how complex your mix of emotions.

(April fools!)

Caught off-guard

Caught off guard

Cracking the facade

Allowing one's facade to crack and expose the vulnerablity beneath

Heartwarmed with a tinge of melancholy

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Starting to tear up

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Mournful yet accepting

Mournful yet accepting

Holding it together in public

Holding it together in public

Wanting to talk it out with somebody

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Experiencing a renewed sense of gratitude

Experiencing a renewed sense of gratitude

Feeling the feels but feeling okay about it

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Crippled with grief

Crippled with grief

Just ugly crying alone

Just ugly crying alone

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