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Movie Review – The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

The Peanut Butter Falcon, 2019.

Written and Directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz.

Starring Shia Labeouf, Zack Gottsagen, Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church, Jermaine Rivers, Mick Foley, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

Synopsis:

Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.

During the early stages of their adventure, Zak repeatedly calls out to Tyler as if to tell him something. Letting his frustrations take over him, Tyler finally turns around and insists Zak say whatever he needs to say right now so they could continue the rest of their trek in silence. Shyly and politely, Zak mentions that he has Down syndrome, to which Tyler replies “I don’t give a shit”. Given his personality up until this point, it’s reasonable to assume that Tyler is simply continuing to be a selfish jerk only fixated on his own goals,
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Peanut Butter Falcon – Review

North Carolina’s Outer Banks provide a unique, Southern setting for Peanut Butter Falcon, a predictable road movie that benefits from one outstanding performance at its center. Zac (Zack Gottsagen) is a young man with Down Syndrome who has been situated in a senior care center by the state since he has no family or money. Popular with the elderly residents, Zac’s passion is wrestling and every day he watches a decades-old VHS tape featuring ‘The Salt Water Redneck’ (Thomas Haden Church), an old wrestler who once ran a wrestling school that Zac thinks still exists and wants to attend. Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind woman who works at the facility considers Zac a ‘flight risk’. Zac shares a room with old Carl (Bruce Dern), who’s not happy about having to watch that same obnoxious wrestling video all day but understands Zac’s desire to break fee. One night,
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Wamg Interview: Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz – Directors of Peanut Butter Falcon

Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz are the writer and director team behind the new film Peanut Butter Falcon. Filmed in Savannah, Georgia (standing in for North Carolina’s Outer Banks), Peanut Butter Falcon tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen) , a young man with Down Syndrome who runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true. Peanut Butter Falcon opens everywhere August 23rd and co-stars Shia Labeouf, John Hawkes, Dakota Johnson, Thomas Haden Church, and Bruce Dern.

Writer/directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz took the time to talk to We Are Movie Geeks about their project.

Interview conducted by Tom Stockman August 23rd 2019

Tom Stockman: Congratulations on Peanut Butter Falcon.

Tyler Nilson: Thanks.

Ts: I watched it on my computer the other day.

Mike Schwartz: How does it play on the small screen?

Ts: Funny you should say that, There are so
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Openers On The Dl; ‘The Farewell’ On The Threshold Of $13M: Specialty Box Office

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Openers On The Dl; ‘The Farewell’ On The Threshold Of $13M: Specialty Box Office
The weekend has mostly been a snooze for the specialties, save for a couple of holdovers. Frameline jury prize winner End Of The Century came out on top with an exclusive run at IFC Center in New York, with a $10,398 estimated gross for the three-day, while Venice premiere documentary Aquarela from Sony Classics dipped in at $23,474 in five locations, averaging $4,693.

“We couldn’t be happier that End Of The Century found the reception it deserves from critics and audiences opening weekend,” noted Cinema Guild’s Tom Sveen Sunday. “Lucio’s film is the end of the summer romance everyone needed.” End Of the Century will next head to the Nuart Theatre on September 20, followed by the Opera Plaza in San Francisco the following weekend. Added Sveen: “In between and throughout the months ahead, we’ll be expanding to theaters in Miami, Philadelphia, Atlanta Denver, Minneapolis and others with lots festivals in between.
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Rita Ora To Perform At amfAR Gala Milano 2019

On Saturday, September 21, amfAR will present the 11th annual amfAR Gala Milano in conjunction with Milan Fashion Week.

The event will feature a performance by Rita Ora.

The Italian fashion community has long been exemplary in its support of amfAR, with its fashion houses and designers leading many of the Foundation’s most successful fundraising efforts. To date, amfAR Gala Milano has raised over $14 million for amfAR’s lifesaving research.

Like all amfAR events, amfAR Gala Milano will draw an exciting and diverse range of distinguished guests, including many of the celebrities, personalities, and designers associated with Milan Fashion Week, as well as famous names from the worlds of music, business, art, and international society.

In recent years, amfAR has paid tribute to the Editor in Chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful, fashion designer Angela Missoni, entrepreneur Lapo Elkann, the late Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani, President of Otb Group Renzo Rosso,
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The Peanut Butter Falcon Movie Poster Released And Trailer

A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, The Peanut Butter Falcon tells the story of Zak (Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (Labeouf), a small-time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whiskey, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey. The movie was written and directed by Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz. With a runtime of 93 minutes, the movie will star Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Thomas Haden Church, Jon Bernthal and Bruce Dern. Artist Oliver Barnett created the movie poster.
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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’: Directors Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz Discuss The Film’s Unique Development [Interview]

Having previously directed documentaries and shorts until this year, filmmakers Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz burst onto the narrative feature scene with “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” which won the Narrative Spotlight Award at SXSW Film Festival. A boldly idiosyncratic independent film with a heart of gold, the modern-day Twain-inspired adventure story doubles as one of the most crowd-pleasing buddy comedies in years. The film stars Shia Labeouf, Zack Gottsagen (both of whom create undeniably infectious chemistry), and Dakota Johnson.

Continue reading ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’: Directors Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz Discuss The Film’s Unique Development [Interview] at The Playlist.
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Crime Drama After Exile Teams Robert De Niro & Shia Labeouf

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Crime Drama After Exile Teams Robert De Niro & Shia Labeouf
Shia Labeouf is continuing his streak of independent dramas with After Exile. The young actor will join the great Robert De Niro on screen as his son. Labeouf will play Mike Delaney who was sent to prison for killing an innocent man after a violent robbery. Once he is finally released, he gets pulled back into the criminal life with his ex-convict, alcoholic father (De Niro). Riddled with guilt, the two must save Delaney's younger brother from a life of drugs and crime.

The drama will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern who sat in the director's chair for Swing Vote, Jobs, and the Epix series Graves. Relatively newcomers Anthony Thorne and Michael Tovo are writing the script for the well-rounded stars. The film comes from Pacific Shore Films through producers Anthony Thorne and Steve Snyder as well as executive producer Les Cohen.

Shia Labeouf is most known for his
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'Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood' becomes Quentin Tarantino’s fourth film to cross $100m at North American box office (update)

'Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood' becomes Quentin Tarantino’s fourth film to cross $100m at North American box office (update)
The Peanut Butter Falcon delivers $12,047 average for Roadside Attractions.

August 12 Update: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood crossed $100m in its third weekend at the North American box office through Sony, becoming the filmmaker’s fourth release to do so.

The ode to Hollywood past starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie dropped 42% to deliver an $11.7m weekend haul and push the running total to $100.4m.

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood dropped two slots to number five in North America and currently ranks third in Tarantino’s career, behind Django Unchained on $162.8m, Inglourious Basterds on $120.5m,
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‘Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood’ becomes Quentin Tarantino’s fourth film to cross $100m at North American box office

‘Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood’ becomes Quentin Tarantino’s fourth film to cross $100m at North American box office
The Peanut Butter Falcon delivers $12,073 average for Roadside Attractions.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood crossed $100m in its third weekend at the North American box office through Sony, becoming the filmmaker’s fourth release to do so.

The ode to Hollywood past starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie dropped 42% to deliver an $11.6m weekend haul and push the running total to $100.3m.

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood dropped two slots to number five in North America and currently ranks third in Tarantino’s career, behind Django Unchained on $162.8m, Inglourious Basterds on $120.5m,
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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Tops Arthouse Openers as ‘The Farewell’ Expands

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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Tops Arthouse Openers as ‘The Farewell’ Expands
For a change, a narrative feature rather than a documentary opened best among this week’s new releases. “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” about a challenged young man and his dreams of wrestling glory, opened to multiple cities to very encouraging initial results and a real shot of crossover success.

The tough-minded “One Child Nation” also had a promising start at two theaters, one on each coast. Breakout success “The Farewell” grossed over $2 million with its expansion to 700 theaters, but that’s less than it made last weekend. Still, this very successful film already has passed $10 million.

Opening

The Peanut Butter Falcon (Roadside Attractions) – Metacritic: 69; Festivals include: SXSW 2019

$205,236 in 17 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $12,108

A creative and atypical release pattern paid off for Roadside Attractions with the initial seven-city release, with five heartland markets joining New York and Los Angeles. A reported special Cinemascore survey with an A+ grade suggests
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BTS Doc ‘Bring the Soul: The Movie’ Dazzles Indie Box Office as ‘The Farewell’ Hits $10 Million

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BTS Doc ‘Bring the Soul: The Movie’ Dazzles Indie Box Office as ‘The Farewell’ Hits $10 Million
Driven by BTS fans, “Bring the Soul: The Movie” — a documentary about the popular Korean pop group’s recent world tour – was this weekend’s highest grossing indie at the box office.

Released on 875 screens by Trafalgar Releasing, the BTS documentary earned an estimated $2.4 million, ranking among the Top 10 films on this weekend’s charts. That result topped the $2.1 million earned by Bleecker Street’s “Brian Banks,” which was released wider at 1,240 screens. The true-story drama starring Aldis Hodge as a football player who fights for his NFL dreams after being falsely accused of rape received mixed reviews with 55% on Rotten Tomatoes.

On the limited release side, Roadside Attractions released the acclaimed adventure film “The Peanut Butter Falcon” on 17 screens, earning $205,236 for a per screen average of just over $12,000.

Written and directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz,
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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Leads Mixed Weekend; Music Doc ‘Bring The Soul’ Croons; ‘The Farewell’ Salutes $10M: Specialty Box Office

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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Leads Mixed Weekend; Music Doc ‘Bring The Soul’ Croons; ‘The Farewell’ Salutes $10M: Specialty Box Office
SXSW Film Festival audience award-winner The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson and newcomer Zack Gottsagen, launched solidly in 17 theaters in seven markets over the weekend. The Roadside Attractions/Armory Films release led the pack of debuts with the highest per-theater average among openers, despite its comparatively bigger location count, grossing an estimated three-day $205,236, averaging $12,108.

Roadside reported Sunday the title, directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, was number one in “more than half” of the theaters it played in including a “big commercial multiplex in Salt Lake City” along with other locations including The Landmark in L.A. as well as theaters in Dallas, Charlotte, Denver and Austin with “lots of sellouts in various markets.”

“We’re thrilled with our opening of audience favorite The Peanut Butter Falcon…,” commented Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen Sunday. “We opened in seven markets across the country…to give the film
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Box Office: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Beats ‘Scary Stories,’ ‘The Kitchen’ Gets Burned

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Despite plenty of new nationwide offerings, Universal’s blockbuster “Hobbs & Shaw” pulled ahead of the competition to maintain its reign at the domestic box office.

The “Fast & Furious” spinoff — starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham — collected $25.4 million during its second weekend of release. Those ticket sales mark a 58% decline from its inaugural outing, on par with past franchise entries. After nine days in theaters, the tentpole has earned $108 million in North America and $224 million overseas.

Though “Hobbs & Shaw” retained the box office crown, CBS Films, eOne and Lionsgate’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” came within striking distance, debuting at No. 2 with a strong $20.8 million from 3,135 theaters. The PG-13 thriller, adapted from the popular children’s horror book series, was directed by Andre Ovredal and produced by Guillermo del Toro. “Scary Stories” tied 2012’s “The Woman in Black” as CBS Film’s biggest opening to date.

“The
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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Review: A River (and Wrestlers) Run Through It

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Review: A River (and Wrestlers) Run Through It
“You like Mark Twain?” asks a character midway through Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz’s road movie. The person saying this is a man who is, coincidentally, named Tyler, a swamp rat played by Shia Labeouf so beautifully backwoods-scuzzy that you can practically smell the country funk coming off of him. The woman he’s addressing is Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a city-dweller who’s found herself in a middle-of-nowhere service station and in his company. The question is rhetorical. Whether or not she’s a fan of the literary genius,
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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Film Review: Road-Picture Buddy Comedy Avoids Disability Stereotypes

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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Film Review: Road-Picture Buddy Comedy Avoids Disability Stereotypes
Borrowing the off-the-grid Southern landscapes of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and adding the energetic, spirited Zack Gottsagen — supported by a very engaging Shia Labeouf and Dakota Johnson — “The Peanut Butter Falcon” is charming, enveloping, and an absolute joy.

Zak (first-timer Gottsagen) is a 22-year-old with Down syndrome; after being abandoned by his relatives, he lives in a nursing home because the state has no other facilities that would supply the care he needs. Looked after by administrator Eleanor (Johnson) and several of the other residents, Zak watches old wrestling videos of his idol, “The Saltwater Redneck” (Thomas Haden Church), and dreams of escaping the home to attend the Redneck’s wrestling school.

One night, with the help of his roommate, who believes Zak should be out experiencing life, Zak escapes wearing only his tighty-whities. Determined, he runs through most of the night, finally finding a moment to rest on a small boat,
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Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams Attend ‘After The Wedding’; Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson in ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ –  Specialty B.O. Preview

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Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams Attend ‘After The Wedding’; Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson in ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ –  Specialty B.O. Preview
Hints of autumn are unspooling this weekend with stars fronting Specialty fare opening in theaters. Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup and Abby Quinn headline Sundance ’19 opener After The Wedding, starting in New York and L.A. today via Sony Pictures Classics. The film by Bart Freundlich is based on the 2006 Oscar-nominated original by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. Shia Labeouf and Dakota Johnson join newcomer Zack Gottsagen in Roadside Attractions’ modern-day Huck Finn-style adventure Peanut Butter Falcon, opening in seven markets this weekend. Doc awards hopeful One Child Nation from Amazon Studios begins its theatrical with exclusive runs in Los Angeles and New York today, while non-fiction title This Changes Everything, featuring a slew of veteran actors and public figures, heads out to three theaters in both cities from Good Deed Entertainment. Following screenings at recent Lgbtq festivals Frameline and Outfest, Samuel Goldwyn Films rolls out Mexican period drama
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Double Beach Date! Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk Bond with Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin

Double Beach Date! Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk Bond with Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are proving once again that they’re the friendliest of exes.

On Monday, the pair spent time on the beach in the Hamptons, New York with their significant others — Paltrow’s husband Brad Falchuk and Martin’s girlfriend Dakota Johnson.

The foursome was spotted sitting on the sand and taking in views of the ocean. Paltrow, 46, wore a grey bikini top while Falchuk, 48, relaxed in dark grey swim trunks. Johnson, 29, and Martin both wore t-shirts and the 42-year-old Coldplay rocker was seen placing his hand on Johnson’s back at one point during their outing.
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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Review: Shia Labeouf Anchors a Sweet Indie that Survives its Own Quirkiness

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Review: Shia Labeouf Anchors a Sweet Indie that Survives its Own Quirkiness
On paper, “The Peanut Butter Falcon” sounds like a cursed film; like a straight-faced parody of the quirkiest and most nauseatingly schematic American indies. The title alone takes you back to the awful darkness of “Napoleon Dynamite,” and the premise — a winsome young wrestling fan with Down syndrome escapes from his care facility with the help of a depressed crab fisherman played by Shia Labeouf — could’ve been cobbled together by a computer program that’s been fed 20 years’ worth of rejected Sundance scripts.

And the opening few minutes of the actual movie, in which our hero attempts a cute and kooky jailbreak while a banjo-tinged b-side from the “Beasts of the Southern Wild” score wails on the soundtrack, seem determined to confirm your most cynical suspicions. In hindsight, however, that rope-a-dope of a start is actually a fitting introduction to a warm (if somewhat overcooked) dramedy about people who’ve lost faith in themselves,
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Shia Labeouf Is a New Man: ‘I’ve Gotten Softer, Things Have Calmed Down’

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Shia Labeouf Is a New Man: ‘I’ve Gotten Softer, Things Have Calmed Down’
Shia Labeouf is a changed man.

The 33-year-old actor has a notorious history of bad behavior that has landed him in jail as well as court-ordered rehab. But those days may finally be over.

He credits his work on his new indie “The Peanut Butter Falcon” with Zack Gottsagen, an actor with Down’s syndrome, with helping him come around.

“I’m quite judgmental, the judge-y type,” Labeouf said on the latest episode of The Big Ticket, Variety’s movies podcast. “You know, you’d be half-empty with me before we started our conversation. I was sort of, was kind of like just a little edgy with the world, you know.”

Listen to this week’s podcast below:

Gottsagen, on the other hand, Labeouf observed, “meets everybody like glass-full. Half nothing! Everybody starts at 100 with him. It makes it easier to live.”

“The Peanut Butter Falcon” follows the unlikely friendship
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