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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Beulah Koale

Hollywood executives are always looking for the next hot start to push to the masses. For actors and actresses, being in the right film at the right time can make their career. One young actor who has the attention of Hollywood bigwigs and fans alike is the rising star Beulah Koale. Beulah has taken a unique route to the parking lots of Hollywood, but since his arrival, he is definitely making his presence felt. He is set to star in a new film called Thank You for Your Service and he has become a regular on Hawaii Five-o. The surge

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Lead Actor Oscar Race Is Battle of Marquee Names

Lead Actor Oscar Race Is Battle of Marquee Names
The lead actor race showcases a wide variety of performances, from vets playing real people (Gary Oldman blustering as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” and Jake Gyllenhaal as Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman in “Stronger”) to newcomers including Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”) and Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) portraying fictional characters. There are also previous winners such as Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” and and Daniel Day-Lewis and Tom Hanks in two films that have yet to screen, “Phantom Thread” and “The Post.” But the prestige behind their projects are enough to put the lead actors in a frontrunner position. Hugh Jackman has both “The Greatest Showman” and “Logan,” but appears to be centering on the latter for awards, and could land another nom. And James Franco channeling Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist” could just be crazy enough to pull off an upset. Then there’s Matt Damon, an Oscar winner
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October 2017 Box Office Returned to the Year's Downward Trend

October 2017 Box Office Returned to the Year's Downward Trend
After September delivered record numbers, the month of October saw the 2017 box office return to its downward trend, delivering calendar grosses down 15.6% compared to last year, falling below $600 million for the first time in ten years. Perhaps most startling is that with 287 films in release, the average per film was just $1.9 million, making it the first time that average has ever fallen below $2.1 million for any individual month based on BoxOfficeMojo's records going back to 1982. That being said, the Fall movie season has since come to an end and overall the season showed a ~6% improvement compared to last year thanks in large part to the record setting release of WB's It back in September, which became the first Fall release to ever gross over $300 million domestically. In fact, Warner Bros. had a strong Fall season overall, leading the charge in August, September and again in October despite the fact the
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Sliff 2017 Review – Surviving Home

Surviving Home screens Saturday, November 11th at 12:30pm st The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. C0-directors Jillian Moul and Matthew Moul will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here

In honor of Veterans Day, Sliff offers a free screening of Surviving Home, an intimate documentary that follows four veterans over an eight-year period as they rebuild their lives after war. Interwoven with their stories are veterans’ voices from across the United States. The film’s principal subjects had vastly different combat experiences and challenges, and they’ve taken equally diverse paths on their difficult journeys to recovery. A World War II vet is part of a generation that stoically resists talking about their experiences. A Vietnam vet becomes a Buddhist monk in an attempt to reconcile his guilt over the people he killed. A severely burned Persian Gulf and Iraq War vet,
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Military-Themed Projects Aim to Raise Empathy for American Vets

Military-Themed Projects Aim to Raise Empathy for American Vets
Even before “Wings” won the first Academy Award for best picture in 1929, stories about soldiers and the military were already a staple of the big screen. Nearly ninety years later, the circumstances of their service have changed, but the nobility of their sacrifice endures, inspiring film and television storytellers alike to continue to pay them tribute with complex, rousing tales of heroism on and off the battlefield.

Spurred by patriotism and the promise of a window into the daily lives of soldiers, audiences have readily embraced military-themed films and shows, from “Band of Brothers” to “American Sniper” to last year’s “Hacksaw Ridge.” But an upcoming wave of projects offers filmmakers the opportunity — and responsibility — to explore the lives of United States veterans more authentically than ever before, drawing upon firsthand accounts from real-life heroes to both do justice and lend credulity to stories both fictional and fact-based without succumbing to jingoistic clichés.

Making his directorial
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Can Thor Beat Back Orient Express and Daddy's Home 2 at the Box Office?

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Can Thor Beat Back Orient Express and Daddy's Home 2 at the Box Office?
After setting the box office on fire last weekend, Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok goes up against two newcomers, 20th Century Fox's adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express and Paramount's comedy sequel Daddy's Home 2. After a horrendous month of October at the box office, Thor: Ragnarok provided a much needed jolt with an impressive $122.7 million box office opening weekend, although these two newcomers aren't expected to put up anywhere near the opening weekend that this Thor sequel did. Thor: Ragnarok is expected to come out on top once again with a projected $65.2 million, more than enough to best Murder on the Orient Express and Daddy's Home 2.

If this Thor sequel hits this projection, it will represent a modest 53% drop from its massive opening weekend. Even with the glowing reviews that Thor: Ragnarok has gotten, with its 93% Rotten Tomatoes rating the second highest in McU history behind 2008's Iron Man
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Box Office Report: 'Thor: Ragnarok' Kicks Off the Holiday Box Office Season in Grand Fashion

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Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Thor: Ragnarok - $121.0 million ($121.0 million total) 2. A Bad Moms Christmas - $17.0 million ($21.5 million total) 3. Jigsaw - $6.7 million ($28.8 million total) 4. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween - $4.6 million ($42.9 million total) 5. Geostorm - $3.0 million ($28.7 million total) 6. Happy Death Day - $2.8 million ($52.9 million total) 7. Thank You For Your Service - $2.26 million ($7.3 million total) 8. Blade Runner 2049 - $2.23 million ($85.4 million total) 9. Only the Brave - $1.9 million ($15.2 million total) 10. The Foreigner - $1.5 million ($31.9 million total) The Big Stories Welcome to the holiday movie season everyone. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will...

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Beats ‘Wonder Woman’ Opening, But Box Office Still Declines

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Beats ‘Wonder Woman’ Opening, But Box Office Still Declines
All hail our Disney and Marvel overlords as they came through on schedule with the most positive box office news since “It” two months ago. “Thor: Ragnarok”‘s opening take of $121 million for exceeded $100-110 million projections. The third time out for “Thor” is not only the top-performer for the sub-franchise, but the second-best ever for Marvel outside the May-August period — only “Deadpool” in February was bigger.

Such is the dominance of comic adaptations that this impressive total is only the 19th-best opening in adjusted numbers. But for 2017, “Ragnarok” grossed $18 million more than the year’s top genre entry “Wonder Woman,” which sits at #2 for 2017, behind “Beauty and the Beast.”

This debut also marks a $35-million increase over “Doctor Strange,” another Marvel entry, on the same first November weekend in 2016. And it comes parallel to a worldwide take (in the second weekend many markets) of $427 million so far.

So “Ragnarok” came through big time,
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Thor: Ragnarok Crushes the Box Office with $121 Million

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Thor: Ragnarok Crushes the Box Office with $121 Million
As expected, Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok helped revive the box office with a better than projected opening weekend of $121 million. The highly-anticipated superhero adventure was projected to take in between $100 million with the top end of the projections $120, and it even managed to barely exceed those expectations. The Thor movie comes along at just the perfect time, following the worst summer movie season in over a decade and a sagging October after a promising September lead by It.

Thor: Ragnarok opened in 4,080 theaters for an impressive $29,658 per-screen average. The movie already earned an impressive $107.6 million at the international box office last weekend, and its foreign total has ballooned to $306 million, for a global total of $427 million, more than doubling its $180 million production budget. The movie also opened in key foreign territories this weekend like China and Japan, although specific numbers from those markets have yet to come in at this time.
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Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Rules With $121 Million Weekend

Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Rules With $121 Million Weekend
Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” is heading for a stellar opening weekend with $121 million at 4,080 North American locations — the fourth best launch of 2017.

The third Thor movie is also putting an emphatic end to the month-long box office slump that saw the worst October in a decade. Among 2017 titles, its debut weekend trails only “Beauty and the Beast” at $174.8 million, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” at $146.5 million and “It” at $123.4 million.

Thor: Ragnarok” also officially launches the holiday season with a major bang. Moviegoing has been battered this year by a subpar second half that’s pulled down 2017 grosses by 5%, but it should rebound somewhat, thanks to “Thor: Ragnorak” — which already cut the decline to 4.8% as of Sunday with $8.93 billion. Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s “Justice League” (which opens Nov. 17) and Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (opening Dec. 15) should keep the positive momentum going.

“November has been a hotbed for blockbusters and is
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'Thor: Ragnarok' Targets $100M+ Domestic Debut, Kicking Off the Holiday 2017 Season

'Thor: Ragnarok' Targets $100M+ Domestic Debut, Kicking Off the Holiday 2017 Season
Saturday Am Update: With an estimated $46.8 million on Friday, Disney and Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok is currently pacing to deliver an opening weekend around $115 million if not a little higher. Like the last eight films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film earned an "A" CinemaScore from opening day moviegoers. Stx's A Bad Moms Christmas is looking to perform right on industry expectations, delivering an estimated $5.5 million on Friday, bringing the film's domestic cume to $10 million and headed toward a three-day weekend around $15-16 million and a five-day total around $20 million. You can check out all of the Friday estimates right here and we'll be back tomorrow morning with a complete look at the weekend. Friday Am Update: Thor: Ragnarok delivered the seventh largest preview gross for a title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe last night, bringing in $14.5 million, which is just behind the $15.4 million Spider-Man: Homecoming brought in earlier this year,
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How 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Got Larry David Ready for War

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Sunday's episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, "Thank You For Your Service."]

Over the weekend, Miles Teller delivered an emotional portrayal of a solider who returned home after deployment from Iraq in the film Thank You For Your Service. Over on HBO on Sunday night, Larry David delivered a different Ptsd-centered story in an episode also titled "Thank You For Your Service."

"It is a weird coincidence that this episode came out at the same time as that movie," Curb executive producer Jeff Schaffer acknowledged during a chat with The Hollywood Reporter. "I...
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The Emotional True Story of the Solider Miles Teller Portrays in Thank You For Your Service

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The Emotional True Story of the Solider Miles Teller Portrays in Thank You For Your Service
When Army Staff Sgt. Adam Schumann returned home to Kansas from his deployment to Iraq in 2007, the psychological damage sustained from his experiences in war soon led him to have trouble not only reintegrating into public life, but into his own family.

Schumann’s struggles with Ptsd—a mental health problem that occurs after someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event—is the focus of the film, Thank You For Your Service, starring Miles Teller and directed by American Sniper screenwriter Jason Hall.

“There were days I didn’t think I was going to see tomorrow, where it was just so terrible,
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Box Office Report: 'Jigsaw' Returns on Top, But It's Only an (Im)Moral Victory

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Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Jigsaw - $16.2 million ($16.2 million total) 2. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween - $10.0 million ($35.5 million total) 3. Geostorm - $5.6 million ($23.5 million total) 4. Happy Death Day - $5.0 million ($48.3 million total) 5. Blade Runner 2049 - $3.9 million ($81.3 million total) 6. Thank You For Your Service - $3.7 million ($3.7 million total) 7. Only the Brave - $3.4 million ($11.9 million total) 8. The Foreigner - $3.2 million ($28.8 million total) 9. Suburbicon - $2.8 million ($2.8 million total) 10. It - $2.4 million ($323.7 million total) The Big Stories From 2004-2010, the Saw movies were a Halloween tradition. It all began as a breakout midnight film from...

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Jigsaw Somehow Wins Weekend Box Office with $16.2M

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Jigsaw Somehow Wins Weekend Box Office with $16.2M
The box office was expected to take yet another hit this weekend, with three newcomers arriving, each of which debuting in less than 3,000 theaters. Sure enough, all three movies came in far under expectations, with Jigsaw, the eighth movie in the Saw franchise, coming out on top with a paltry $16.5 million, which managed to come in under even the most modest of expectations. Still, the movie had no troubles coming out on top, with the other two newcomers Universal's Thank You For Serving and Paramount's Suburbicon both severely underperforming.

While Thank You For Your Service was at least a critical hit, with a solid 77% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Jigsaw and Suburbicon failed to impress the critics, with the Saw sequel earning a 39% score on Rt with Suburbicon faring even worse, with a 29% score. Still, Jigsaw has already made its money back from a $10 million production budget, taking in a $5,525 per-screen average from 2,941 theaters.
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Box Office Plays Dead: Is Audience Distracted by Netflix and Baseball?

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Box Office Plays Dead: Is Audience Distracted by Netflix and Baseball?
Once again the weekend box office fell short of even the most dire predictions. This pre-Halloween weekend looks to be the second worst of the year. Initial tallies total $72 million. That’s down about 20 per cent from last year, which was the worst weekend of 2016.

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This isn’t due to a lack of new product. Three studios released wide films this weekend: “Jigsaw,” Lionsgate’s eighth time around for the “Saw” franchise; George Clooney’s badly-reviewed “Suburbicon” from Paramount; and Middle- America-targeted “Thank You for Your Service” from Universal.

Only “Jigsaw” showed a pulse, though at $16,250,000 it’s the lowest (ticket price adjusted) opening in the series. The earlier annual Halloween efforts (from 2004-2010) ranged from slightly better to $44 million. The most recent, “Saw 3D” debuted at $25 million.

The other two newbies
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Weekend Box Office: ‘Jigsaw’ Takes the Top Spot Over ‘Boo 2!’

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Things are not looking good at the box office at the current moment. As estimates begin to come in for this weekend, it's clear that Jigsaw is the victor, beating out far more worthwhile new releases like Thank You for Your Service and the overtly cynical Suburbicon. The latest Saw installment is currently looking at about $16.2 million in the till, making it one of the smallest weekend takes for a number one movie at the domestic box office in 2017. It's also the worst box office take of the year for a premiering film, falling well …
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Weekend Box Office: Plenty of Tricks and Few Treats at the Box Office

The Lionsgate reboot Jigsaw, the latest attempt to flog the dead horse known as the Saw franchise, killed rather softly at the North America box office this weekend. Joining Jigsaw in its box office misery were the awful starts for Universal’s Thank You for Your Service and Paramount’s Suburbicon.

With a dismal pre-Halloween frame capping off an October that can only be described as awful, Hollywood pins its hopes on a strong November and December to turn business around.

It’s been seven years since a Saw sequel has haunted multiplexes during Halloween, which of course made the series ripe for a resurrection. While Lionsgate certainly was craving more quick cash from low-budget torture porn, could the same be said about ticket buyers? Judging by the bloodless $16.2 million Jigsaw captured from 2,941 theaters this weekend, one would have to guess that the answer would be “not really.”

The opening
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