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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Hopes to Recapture Raunchy Zombie Magic, 10 Years Later

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‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Hopes to Recapture Raunchy Zombie Magic, 10 Years Later
Audiences may have a few questions about the sequel to 2009’s hit “Zombieland,” which opens Friday.

Why did it take 10 years to make a second one, after the first grossed $102.4 million worldwide on a $23 million budget, making it the third-biggest zombie movie of all time?

Does Bill Murray return, even though as a human dressed as a zombie, he was definitively killed off the first time around?

And finally, will America’s obsession with the undead translate to a Halloween treat for “Zombieland: Double Tap”? The sequel is looking to take in around $25 million for its Oct. 18-20 opening weekend in North America, and hoping to sustain interest up to Halloween and beyond.

Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin reprise their roles from 2009’s “Zombieland” in addition to newcomers Zoey Deutsch, who portrays a ditzy survivor, and Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch. Together, the new
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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Director Taika Waititi: ‘I Felt Very Nervous’ Playing Hitler (Video)

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Director Taika Waititi: ‘I Felt Very Nervous’ Playing Hitler (Video)
Jojo Rabbit” director Taika Waititi says he felt “very nervous” playing Adolf Hitler in his film about a young German boy who imagines conversations with the fuhrer while growing up during World War II — and that he never planned to take on the role when he wrote the script.

“It wasn’t my intention at all writing the script and it was actually something Fox Searchlight encouraged me to do,” Waititi told TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven at the Toronto International Film Festival. “They encouraged me to play the role and I felt very nervous about that. But then I thought, ‘You know what? Once in a generation, an actor comes along who sort of changes the game…'”

“Well, you couldn’t afford him,” Stephen Merchant, who plays a Gestapo officer in the film, joked.

Also Read: 'Jojo Rabbit' Film Review: Taika Waititi Insists That Nazis Can Be
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Jonah Hill No Longer in Talks to Join ‘The Batman’

  • The Wrap
Jonah Hill No Longer in Talks to Join ‘The Batman’
Jonah Hill is no longer in talks to join the cast of Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The Oscar nominee was previously in talks to play the Riddler.

Robert Pattinson is set to star as the Dark Knight. Reeves took over as director after Ben Affleck stepped away from the role. Reeves has since described the film as a “defining” and “very personal” story about the Dark Knight, rather than an origin story in the vein of Frank Miller’s beloved “Year One” series.

Also Read: Zoe Kravitz Cast as Catwoman in Matt Reeves' 'The Batman'

For months, reports have said Hill was the frontrunner to play the antagonist the Riddler. The character first made his appearance in “Detective Comics #58” in December 1941 — he is one of Batman’s biggest enemies, a Gotham City mobster and crime boss. The Riddler first
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Nick Jonas Has Joined Shawn Levy in Producing Ya Netflix Series Dash & Lily

Shawn Levy, executive producer of the mega-hit series Stranger Things, and singer/actor Nick Jonas have come aboard a new Ya series for Netflix based on the book series Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. They also wrote Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

Levy and Jonas are coming together to produce the holiday show that has the shortened title of Dash & Lily, which will have a first season made up of eight episodes, each thirty minutes long.

Austin Abrams and Midori Francis star as the title characters, and Variety provides the following description for the series:

In the show, a whirlwind holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City, finding they have more in common with each other than they would have expected.
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‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Heading for $45 Million Launch, Topping ‘Joker’

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‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Heading for $45 Million Launch, Topping ‘Joker’
Angelina Jolie will topple Joaquin Phoenix from the North American box office throne as her “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” should open in the $45 million range this weekend, while “Zombieland: Double Tap” will battle “Joker” for second place in the mid-$20 millions.

The film, told from the perspective of the sorceress in “Sleeping Beauty,” is pacing behind the first movie’s opening weekend of $69 million in 2014. “Maleficent” went on to become a box office smash, earning more than $750 million globally from a $180 million budget.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” arrives at about 3,700 theaters, including over 2,300 3D locations, 380 Imax screens, 600 Premium Large Format screens and 135 D-Box/4D locations. It’s one of the few offerings appealing to female audiences after Warner Bros.’ “Joker” has dominated domestic moviegoing for the past two weeks.

The cast includes returnees Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville and newcomers Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein and Chiwetel Ejoifor.
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Netflix Orders ‘Dash & Lily’ Adaptation with Austin Abrams & Midori Francis

Are you a fan of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, a series of Ya novels about young, unlikely love in New York City? How about friggin' Nick Jonas? Or Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy? Then you're in luck, friend: Netflix has ordered a TV adaptation of these charming, off-the-beaten-path books called Dash & Lily. Playing the title roles? Austin Abrams (The Walking Dead, Euphoria) and Midori Francis (Good Boys), aka the odd couple you're about to stan for eight binge-worthy episodes of holiday romance. If you'…
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Austin Abrams, Midori Francis to Star on Netflix Holiday Rom-Com Series ‘Dash and Lily’

  • The Wrap
Netflix has ordered a TV adaptation of the Ya series “Dash & Lily” from producers Nick Jonas and Shawn Levy (“Stranger Things”), the streaming service announced on Tuesday. The eight-episode, holiday rom-com show stars “The Walking Dead” alum Austin Abrams and “Good Boys” actress Midori Francis in the titular roles.

Here’s the official description for the 30-minute show, based on Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s young adult book series, “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares”: A whirlwind holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City, finding they have more in common with each other than they would have expected.

Along with Abrams and Francis, the series stars Dante Brown, Troy Iwata, Keana Marie, James Saito and Jodi Long.

Also Read: Rob Lowe, Vanessa Hudgens Headline Netflix's Holiday
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Nick Jonas, Shawn Levy Team for Netflix YA Series

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Nick Jonas, Shawn Levy Team for Netflix YA Series
Nick Jonas and “Stranger Things” producer Shawn Levy are teaming on a YA holiday series which has been ordered at Netflix.

The show in question, “Dash & Lily,” is based on the book series “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, and will consist of eight 30-minute episodes, scheduled to launch sometime in 2020.

Austin Abrams (“Euphoria”) and Midori Francis (“Good Boys”) have been cast as the titular romantic couple. In the show, a whirlwind holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City, finding they have more in common with each other than they would have expected.

Levy will executive produce with Josh Barry via his 21 Laps banner, which now has multiple projects including “Stranger Things,” set up at the streamer. Jonas will Ep via his Image 32 shingle.
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Austin Abrams & Midori Francis Star In Netflix Holiday Ya Series ‘Dash & Lily’ From Shawn Levy & Nick Jonas

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Netflix has started production on Dash & Lily, an eight-episode holiday romantic comedy series, from Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Nick Jonas’ Image 32. It marks the fifth Netflix series for Levy, who signed one of the first big overall deals with the streamer and has emerged as one of its most prolific producers.

Austin Abrams and Midori Francis (Good Boys) lead the cast of the half-hour series, based on the Ya book series Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares from authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. It also includes series regulars Dante Brown and Troy Iwata and recurring Keana Marie (Huge in France), James Saito (Always Be My Maybe), and Jodi Long (Sullivan & Son).

Described as a whirlwind Holiday romance, the series revolves around cynical Dash (Abrams) and optimistic Lily (Francis) who trade dares, dreams, and
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Box-Office Weekend: Joker Remains On Top

Joaquin Phoenix and Joker finished atop the box-office weekend once again. The film took in $55 million over the weekend, to give it two consecutive weeks at the top of the weekend box office and a cumulative domestic take of $192.7 million.

Finishing in second place was the animated adventure of everyone’s favorite oddball family, The Addams Family, which debuted this weekend to the tune of $30.3 million. The second of three films that debuted in the top ten this weekend, the science fiction action film Gemini Man, starring Will Smith, garnered a $20.5 million opening weekend and finished securely in third place.

Meanwhile, dropping from second place last weekend to fourth this weekend was the animated Abominable, which added $6.2 million, giving the family-oriented film a three-week total of $48.0 million. Similarly, Downton Abbey dropped from third place to fifth with a $4.9 million showing over the weekend. This gives the film adaptation of the
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Bo Report: ‘Hustlers’ trumped by ‘Joker’ as ‘Gemini Man’ bombs

‘Hustlers’ (Photo credit: Stx Films).

Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers is a hit in the Us but the crime caper starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart and Cardi B was never going to beat the second weekend of Todd Phillips’ blockbuster Joker in Australia.

Meanwhile Ang Lee’s $140 million-budgeted action thriller Gemini Man is shaping as a write-off for Paramount Pictures and co-investors Skydance, Alibaba and Fosun.

Rachel GriffithsRide Like a Girl maintained a fair clip in its third weekend while two alternate content releases, Nt Live: Fleabag and Metallica & San Francisco Symphony: S&m drew sizable audiences.

The top 20 titles generated $19.2 million last weekend, 13 per cent down on the previous frame, according to Numero.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix as the twisted, disenfranchised clown-for-hire and stand-up comic in 1980s Gotham, Joker rang up $7.4 million, easing by just 24 per cent, hoisting its total to $22 million.

The Warner Bros/Village Roadshow/Bron Studios
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'Joker' soars past $350m at global box office ahead of 'Gemini Man' challenge

'Joker' soars past $350m at global box office ahead of 'Gemini Man' challenge
Will double dose of Will Smith overcome Joaquin Phoenix?

While there is no doubt that after last weekend’s box office heroics Joker will still pack a punchline heading into its second weekend, it faces a considerable challenge from Gemini Man, which gets a big expansion in the coming days.

The Warner Bros hit stands at $222.2m internationally and $350.1m globally, marking an impressive gain since it stormed out of the gates last weekend to establish record October launches at the global, international, and North American box office on $248.2m, $152.2m, and $96.2m, respectively.

However Paramount Pictures International has high hopes for Gemini Man,
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'Joker' soars past $350m at global box office ahead of 'Gemini Man' challenge

'Joker' soars past $350m at global box office ahead of 'Gemini Man' challenge
Will double dose of Will Smith overcome Joaquin Phoenix?

While there is no doubt that after last weekend’s box office heroics Joker will still pack a punchline heading into its second weekend, it faces a considerable challenge from Gemini Man, which gets a big expansion in the coming days.

The Warner Bros hit stands at $222.2m internationally and $350.1m globally, marking an impressive gain since it stormed out of the gates last weekend to establish record October launches at the global, international, and North American box office on $248.2m, $152.2m, and $96.2m, respectively.

However Paramount Pictures International has high hopes for Gemini Man,
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SXSW’s Impact on Austin Economy Totals a Record $356 Million, Study Shows

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In the entirety of its 33-year history, South by Southwest’s 2019 event had the greatest economic impact on businesses and residents in Austin, Texas, according to an analysis prepared by Greyhill Advisors in conjunction with SXSW. The study showed that this year’s conference brought $355.9 million of revenue into the Austin economy.

“SXSW is a quintessential Austin story,” said the city’s mayor, Steve Adler. “Starting as a music festival, then expanding to include film and evolving further to cover interactive technology, as well as education and gaming, SXSW has become the world’s fair of the future. The economic impact of SXSW is on par with hosting the Super Bowl every year, and all participants benefit year round.”

The impact analysis report divides SXSW’s economic impact into attendance impact (expenditures by SXSW credentialed participants and single ticket holders), operational impact and consumer impact (expenditures by SXSW Guest Pass and consumer participants). Respectively,
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Joker Has Biggest October Opening Ever with $93M Box Office Haul

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Joker Has Biggest October Opening Ever with $93M Box Office Haul
Joker was easily able to take the number one spot at the box office this weekend. The controversial movie debuted with a massive $93.5 million haul and set a record for the biggest October opening in box office history. Venom was the previous October record holder with $80 million, but that record has now been buried. The record breaking weekend comes after weeks of controversy and concern over glorifying violence. One screening of the movie was even shut down in California after a credible threat was reported. Globally, the Joker movie ended up with $234 million.

Abominable was able to take the second position this weekend after bringing in $12 million. The animated family movie has been in theaters for two weeks and has already brought in $76.3 million globally. Downton Abbey continues its box office success with $8 million, which was enough to earn the third spot. The continuation of the TV series has been
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10 Hilarious Bad-Taste Comedies To Watch If You Loved Good Boys

When Good Boys hit theaters, it was a risky move — an R-rated bad-taste comedy starring kids. The film exceeded all expectations, hitting $105 million with a budget of $20 million, with an impressive 79% Rotten Tomatoes score, with an 86% audience score. That is high for a comedy movie in today's social landscape and shows that people still want to laugh and don't mind raunchy humor when done right.

Related: Best Comedy Movies Of The Decade

This fact isn't anything new. The idea of bad-taste comedies is old, with movies in the '70s reaching a youth movement that wanted to laugh at risque and vulgar situations playing out on the big screen. While the comedies have become a little more sophisticated over the years, there is still a call for something low brow. Here is a look at 10 bad-taste comedies for people who enjoyed Good Boys.
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Box-Office Weekend: Abominable Downs Downton Abbey

The animated adventure Abominable from Universal finished on top of the box-office weekend with a $20.9 million showing during its opening weekend. This bested second-place finisher (and last week’s top earner) Downton Abbey by approximately $6.4 million. Still, Abominable has a long way to go to justify its $75 million budget, but positive reviews and word of mouth could help it along in that regard.

The aforementioned Downton Abbey did make $14.5 million during its second weekend, giving the theatrical edition of the popular television show a two-week total of $58.5 million. Director Loren Scarfaria’s Hustlers moved up two spots to finish in third place this weekend with an $11.5 million haul in its third week of release, giving the comedy a cumulative total of $80.6 million.

Meanwhile, It Chapter Two held steady in the fourth spot of the top ten with $10.4 million, giving it a four-week total of $193.9 million. Ad Astra did not prove
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‘Downton Abbey’ keeps UK box office crown as holdovers surge, ‘The Goldfinch’ falters

A slow weekend for new titles.

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Sept 27-29)Total gross to date Week 1 Downton Abbey (Universal) £2.7m £19.4m 3 2 Ad Astra (20th Century Fox) £1.3m £4.5m 2 3 Hustlers (Stx) £1m £5m 3 4 It: Chapter Two (Warner Bros) £940,000 £17.8m 4 5 Ready Or Not (20th Century Fox) £697,488 £947,018 1

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.23

Universal

Period drama Downton Abbey topped the UK box office for the third weekend, grossing £2.7m from Friday to Sunday to take it to £19.4m so far.

That result is an 18.5% drop on its previous session, roughly half of the first drop of 36% and suggests the film can
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‘Downton Abbey’ keeps UK box office crown as holdovers surge, ‘The Goldfinch’ suffers

A slow weekend for new titles.

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Sept 27-29)Total gross to date Week 1 Downton Abbey (Universal) £2.7m £19.4m 3 2 Ad Astra (20th Century Fox) £1.3m £4.5m 2 3 Hustlers (Stx) £1m £5m 3 4 It: Chapter Two (Warner Bros) £940,000 £17.8m 4 5 Ready Or Not (20th Century Fox) £697,488 £947,018 1

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.23

Universal

Period drama Downton Abbey topped the UK box office for the third weekend, grossing £2.7m from Friday to Sunday to take it to £19.4m so far.

That result is an 18.5% drop on its previous session, roughly half of the first drop of 36% and suggests the film can
See full article at ScreenDaily »

‘Abominable’ #1 as the Oscar-Season ‘Judy’ Soared With $3 Million

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‘Abominable’ #1 as the Oscar-Season ‘Judy’ Soared With $3 Million
DreamWorks Animation’s “Abominable” achieved a surprisingly easy #1 this weekend. With just under $21 million, it fell into line with cartoon features around this period. “Smallfoot” last year took in $23 million.

That was enough to easily top the second weekend of “Downton Abbey.” The big-screen extension of the popular British series added $14.5 million to its already surprisingly strong domestic return.

Had a second studio release opened, the weekend likely would have exceeded last year. That didn’t happen for two reasons. This was the date Universal slated the Blumhouse-produced “The Hunt” before the studio pulled it in the face of controversy over its violence. The other is that with “Joker” opening next week, most distributors preferred not to face that competition for a release’s second week.

If 2019 is to equal the 2018’s $11.9 billion total, all remaining weeks need to gross (on average) $40,000 or more than the previous year’s same date.
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