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Box Office: ‘Good Boys’ Leads Crowded Weekend With $21 Million

  • Variety
The Bean Bag Boys, the self-appointed nickname for the trio of best friends in Universal’s “Good Boys,” are conquering much more than sixth grade. They are also leading the domestic box office, exceeding expectations and collecting $21 million on opening weekend.

Good Boys,” which screened at 3,204 North American theaters, is a much-needed win for original comedies, a genre that’s been struggling at the box office as of late. The Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg-produced movie is the first R-rated funny film to open in first place in three years (since 2016’s “The Boss”), as well as the biggest opening for an original comedy this year.

“The bottom line is the film is absolutely hysterical,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg knocked it out of the park. And [Rogen and Goldberg] are a brand and really own this space with a very difficult genre.
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Movie Review – Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette, 2019.

Directed by Richard Linklater.

Starring Cate Blanchett, Emma Nelson, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, James Urbaniak, Claudia Doumit, Kate Easton, Lana Young, Zoe Chao, Megan Mullally, and Steve Zahn.

Synopsis:

A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

It would be easy to say that the tone for Where’d You Go, Bernadette is all over the place, but its main issue stems from something much more specific, namely the performance from Cate Blanchett. Directed by the revered Richard Linklater (also serving as a co-writer adapting the likely much better novel from Maria Semple), the talented but unsuccessful architect Bernadette Fox has a cocktail of mental
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All About Kristen Wiig's New Fiancé Avi Rothman — and What They Have in Common!

All About Kristen Wiig's New Fiancé Avi Rothman — and What They Have in Common!
Kristen Wiig and her new fiancé share more than love — he has a film career of his own!

People confirmed on Friday that Wiig, 45, is engaged to longtime boyfriend Avi Rothman, the multi-hyphenate filmmaker she’s dated since 2016. They got engaged earlier this year.

The two were first spotted on vacation in Kauai, Hawaii, holding hands and kissing in May 2016. At the time, a source told People, “They’ve been secretly dating for a few months,” adding that, “They’re really happy together.”

Wiig was previously married to actor Hayes Hargrove from 2005-09. In 2011, she told British magazine Stella she
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‘Good Boys’ Matures to $2.1 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘Good Boys’ Matures to $2.1 Million at Thursday Box Office
Universal’s “Good Boys,” the pre-teen, R-rated comedy romp from producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, earned $2.1 million at the box office in Thursday previews from 2,600 screens.

It’s a crowded yet quiet weekend at the box office where just about anything could emerge as the top earner this weekend. “Good Boys” will be in a close race with Entertainment Studio’s “47 Meters Down: Uncaged,” the horror sequel about killer sharks.

However, Sony’s “The Angry Birds Movie 2” already opened early on Tuesday this week, and it’s made $5.7 million so far in its three days of release. Then there’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” a comedic adaptation of a novel starring Cate Blanchett and from director Richard Linklater that Annapurna is releasing. And New Line has “Blinded By the Light, a British comedy and drama inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen. All of those will
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Kristen Wiig Is Engaged to Boyfriend Avi Rothman

Kristen Wiig Is Engaged to Boyfriend Avi Rothman
Kristen Wiig may get some bridesmaids of her own, because she is engaged! Someone order that cookie! The 45-year-old Bridesmaids actress and Saturday Night Live alum is set to marry Avi Rothman, her boyfriend of three years. Multiple outlets reported the news on Friday, the day Wiig's new film Where'd You Go, Bernadette was released. The two got engaged earlier this year, according to People. Wiig was spotted wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring as early as May. The pair's romance was revealed publicly in May 2016 when they were photographed kissing while on vacation in Kauai, Hawaii. Months later, Wiig and Rothman attended the...
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She Said Yes! Kristen Wiig Is Engaged to Longtime Boyfriend Avi Rothman

She Said Yes! Kristen Wiig Is Engaged to Longtime Boyfriend Avi Rothman
Kristen Wiig is getting married!

The former Saturday Night Live actress and longtime boyfriend Avi Rothman are engaged, People confirmed Friday. The pair got engaged earlier this year.

The couple has been together for more than three years, however they’ve kept their relationship far from the spotlight since first being spotted together in 2016. At the time, the two were seen showing off some Pda in Kauai, Hawaii, and a source exclusively revealed to People that the couple had been “secretly dating for a few months.”

“They’re really happy together,” the source added.

Engagement rumors sparked when Wiig, 45, was
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‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Film Review: Cate Blanchett Stars in a Diverting But Overly Streamlined Adaptation

  • The Wrap
Fans of Maria Semple’s book-club staple have long loved the mad protagonist of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”: a middle-aged mother who has lost her way and, quite possibly, her mind. Semple’s novel portrays this dramatic unraveling via a clever collection of modern detritus — emails, receipts, memos and interviews.

Richard Linklater’s adaptation is a much more straightforward affair, heavily reliant on star power to replace the literary stylings he and his co-writers have left behind. This approach is not an ideal match for the source material, and many may wish the book had been adapted by a filmmaker more connected to its distinctive idiosyncrasies.

But those who arrive without any preconceptions — or are willing to stray from the novel’s style — will appreciate the assets of a modestly engaging and gently touching dramedy.

Watch Video: Cate Blanchett Terrorizes Kristen Wiig's Home in New 'Where'd You Go Bernadette?
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Film Review: Cate Blanchett in ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’

  • Variety
What, exactly, are we to make of Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett), the dysfunctional slacker architect with the racing tongue and the porcupine disposition who’s at the center of Richard Linklater’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”? Bernadette lives in a beautiful crumbling mansion, perched on a Seattle hilltop, that she spends her days indolently renovating. Everywhere in the house, there are signs of her visual imagination (printed pamphlets folded into cones and stacked as wallpaper; splashes of surreal color). But it’s clear that the project stalled a long time ago, because the place is a half-finished wreck, with chipped paint and scarred moldings and barely furnished rooms.

What does Bernadatte do? Basically, she does nothing at all, except talk a blue streak of manic invective. She’s a drop-dead misanthrope who spends all day, every day, putting down everybody and everything. She hates the neighbors. She hates the
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette review – Cate Blanchett is lost in drab drama

The Oscar winner stumbles in Richard Linklater’s much-delayed adaptation of Maria Semple’s bestseller about a woman in need of an escape

Where’d the buzz for Where’d You Go, Bernadette go? Why is a film based on screenwriter turned author Maria Semple’s bestselling novel, directed by Richard Linklater, starring Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig, quietly being shepherded (read: dumped) into cinemas in the dog days of August after four date changes? Well, the answer to the question is as mystery-free as the movie itself: it’s an inglorious mess.

Related: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged review – shark horror sequel has teeth
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‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Review: Cate Blanchett Leads Richard Linklater’s Warm, Witty Portrait of Self-Discovery

A witty portrait of a deferred career, marriage, motherhood, and a missing matriarch, Maria Semple’s hit novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette unfolded in epistolary fashion, making a unique challenge for Richard Linklater and co-writers Holly Gent and Vincent Palmo Jr. Finding an engaging tone between tightly-packed eccentricities and a more grounded portrait of mental illness is difficult, but his film’s rocky introduction eventually settles into an involving tale of self-discovery and how a woman’s dreams can be sidetracked without those closest to her realizing it. As if beholden to laying the narrative cards out on the table as quickly as possible, Linklater seemingly wants to throw as much as he can into the first act before cracking open our characters to see what makes them tick, leading to a more intimate, emotionally rewarding journey.

Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett) lives by the beat of her own out-of-tune drum.
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‘Where’d You Go Bernadette?’: Blanchett-Led Bestseller Gets Lost in Translation

‘Where’d You Go Bernadette?’: Blanchett-Led Bestseller Gets Lost in Translation
Richard Linklater has already proved himself a master surveyor of the rocky terrain of motherhood — think of the complexity of Patricia Arquette’s Oscar-winning performance in his Boyhood. Adapting Maria Semple’s 2012 wild, reckless bestseller seems like a logical next step on that turbulent maternal highway, given that it told the story of an architect named Bernadette Fox. She’s the winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant for creating her 20-Mile House, constructed from materials sourced within 20 miles of the home. But when a tycoon bought the place and destroyed it,
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‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Review: Richard Linklater’s Eccentric Family Comedy Doesn’t Know What it’s Looking For

‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Review: Richard Linklater’s Eccentric Family Comedy Doesn’t Know What it’s Looking For
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” makes perfect sense as a Richard Linklater movie. In fact, this half-baked and eccentric tale of a modern woman getting her groove back — adapted from Maria Semple’s decidedly uncinematic novel of the same name — might only make sense as a Richard Linklater movie.

From the maverick likes of “Slacker” and “Boyhood” to the more studio-polished fare of “School of Rock” and “Me and Orson Welles,” Austin’s most inquisitive auteur has always been drawn to shaggy little stories about creative people trying to find their way through a world that doesn’t always spread itself out into a proper canvas. For a restless iconoclast like Linklater, there’s nothing more dangerous or exciting than an artist who doesn’t know what to do with themselves. So while other directors might have balked at the idea (or the commercial prospects) of a bizarre family comedy
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Cate Blanchett on Playing 'Unlikable' Mother: 'Women Are Going to Relish Seeing That'

  • PEOPLE.com
Cate Blanchett on Playing 'Unlikable' Mother: 'Women Are Going to Relish Seeing That'
In her latest movie Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Cate Blanchett tries to balance being an architect with being a mother as the mysterious title character.

She upends the expectations placed upon mothers, which the Oscar winner thinks many will appreciate.

“I think that if this film had been made 10 years ago, her acerbic, rye, disdainful look at the world would have been seen as unlikable,” Blanchett, 50, told People of her character at a special Aug. 13 screening at New York City’s Metrograph theater. “And how can you play a mother who abandons her daughter in order to find herself?
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With Five More New Releases, Can Any Movie Break Through at the Box Office in August?

  • Variety
August’s box office traffic jam is turning into full-on pileup. After five new nationwide releases last weekend, most of which failed in spectacular fashion, five more newcomers are arriving on movie theater marquees. It could mean another rough outing for Hollywood studios.

Universal’s raunchy comedy “Good Boys,” Sony’s animated “Angry Birds” sequel and Entertainment Studio’s shark thriller “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” look to have the best start among fresh offerings, but there’s a chance those will be the only films to hit double-digit debuts.

The Angry Birds Movie 2” is getting a jump on the weekend by launching on Tuesday for a projected $16 million to $18 million from 3,800 theaters during its first six days of release. Some box office watchers estimate the film could reach $20 million, but even those numbers would be a huge drop from its predecessor, 2016’s “Angry Birds.” The first film, based on
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Where’d You Go, Bernadette Review

Cate Blanchett goes Awol from her life in Richard Linklater’s unfocused Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

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Poor Bernadette Fox. Played by Cate Blanchett, the heroine of Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette is in an existential funk--or perhaps worse. A once acclaimed architect, she retreated from fame nearly two decades ago and fled from Los Angeles to Seattle, where she, her 15-year-old daughter Bee (Emma Nelson), and her high-level Microsoft engineer husband Elgie (Billy Crudup) live in a former school for girls that Bernadette is theoretically going to reclaim and refurbish.

That’s the idea anyway. But Bernadette hates her neighborhood and especially her next door neighbor, judgmental and nosy Audrey (Kristen Wiig). She's also distraught about Bee wanting to go to boarding school and she feels trapped in her enforced domesticity. Worst of all, she is not creating anything anymore; she's just stockpiling
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Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo's Barb and Star comedy gets July 2020 release

  • JoBlo
Bridesmaids alumni Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are re-teaming to add some heat to the summer of 2020 when their new Lionsgate comedy, Barb And Star Go To The Vista Del Mar, hits theaters. Now scheduled for a July 31, 2020 release, the film revolves around best friends that leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, Florida, where they soon…
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‘Bridesmaids’ Reteam Of Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo In ‘Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar’ To Heat Up Next Summer

  • Deadline
Lionsgate has dated the reunion of Bridesmaids creators Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar for July 31, 2020.

The duo are not only writing the comedy but starring with Jamie Dornan and Damon Wayans Jr. Josh Greenbaum, who has directed episodes of Fresh Off the Boat and New Girl, will helm the film.

Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar follows titular best friends Barb (Mumolo) and Star (Wiig), who leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, Fl. There they soon find themselves tangled up in adventure, love and a villain’s evil plot to kill everyone in town.

Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Wiig, Mumolo and Jessica Elbaum are producing.

Bridesmaids was nominated for two Oscars — for Wiig and Mumolo’s Best Original Screenplay and for Melissa McCarthy as Best Supporting Actress. The R-rated female comedy
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Kristen Wiig’s ‘Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar’ Set for 2020

  • Variety
Lionsgate has set a July 31, 2020 release date for Kristen Wiig’s comedy “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.”

The story follows titular best friends Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Wiig), who leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, Fla., where they soon find themselves tangled up in adventure, love, and a villain’s evil plot to kill everyone in town. Jamie Dornan and Damon Wayans Jr also star.

Josh Greenbaum is directing from a script by Mumolo and Wiig. The duo, who are also producing alongside Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum, received an Academy Award nomination for the original script for the 2011 hit “Bridesmaids.”

The project received notice in May when it was announced that it would not shoot in Georgia, following the signing of anti-abortion legislation in the Hollywood-centric state. The bill, which will go
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Kristen Wiig’s ‘Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar’ Scores Summer 2020 Release Date

  • The Wrap
Kristen Wiig’s ‘Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar’ Scores Summer 2020 Release Date
Kristen Wiig’s comedy “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” will hit theaters on July 31, 2020, Lionsgate announced on Friday.

Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan and Damon Wayans Jr. also star in the Josh Greenbaum-directed film, which was written by Mumolo and Wiig, who also co-wrote “Bridesmaids.”

Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Wiig, Mumolo and Jessica Elbaum are producing.

Also Read: Kristen Wiig Comedy 'Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar' Pulls Out of Georgia Over 'Heartbeat Bill'

“Barb and Star” follows two best friends who leave their small Midwestern town to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, Florida, where they soon find themselves in an evil plot by a villain to kill everyone in town.

In May, the film pulled out of filming in the state of Georgia in protest of the anti-abortion “heartbeat bill” recently signed into law.

Also Read: 'Bridesmaids' Duo Kristen Wiig
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Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo Comedy 'Barb and Star' Dated for July 2020

Lionsgate has dated the follow-up comedy from Bridesmaids duo Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, Barb and Star Go to the Vista del Mar.

The feature will hit theaters in a wide release next summer, on July 31, 2020, where it will open opposite Sony's Marvel entry Morbius.

Barb and Star centers on best friends (Wiig and Mumolo) that leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, Florida, where they soon find themselves tangled up in adventure, love and a villain’s evil plot to kill everyone in town.

Jamie Dornan and Damon Wayans Jr....
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