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With ‘Good Boys,’ Universal Keeps Beating Box Office Slump for Comedy

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With ‘Good Boys,’ Universal Keeps Beating Box Office Slump for Comedy
Good Boys” was quite a surprise for box office analysts this weekend. Riding off of strong reviews and audience word of mouth, Universal’s raunchy comedy about a group of sixth graders wading into the world of girls and hormones has earned a $21 million opening this weekend, nearly double the $11 million opening set by independent projections prior to release.

“It seems that Universal has cracked the comedy code and thus has been somewhat immune to the movie comedy curse by releasing a steady lineup of original and appealing comedies that have bucked the trend of audience indifference,” comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian told TheWrap.

It’s a win for comedy movies at a time when such success is becoming increasingly rare for the genre. But while other studios have contributed those occasional hits in the last three years — Warner Bros.’ “Game Night” and Lionsgate’s “Madea” series come to mind — the
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Why ‘Blinded by the Light’ and ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Opened Wide

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Two wide releases from top directors with appeal to adult audiences are specialty films, even if their distributors opted to open them in over 2,000 theaters. Warner Bros. had strong reasons for wide-releasing New Line Cinema’s Bruce Springsteen-infused Sundance pickup “Blinded by the Light” this weekend, as did United Artists with Annapurna’s long-delayed Cate Blanchett vehicle “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

The question is how to find audiences for these films, as studios and indies alike wrestle with deeply rooted issues in today’s theatrical market. Even Sony Pictures Classics, which has pivoted to documentaries, found a weak initial arthouse audience for fast-frame-rate “Aquarela,” despite top-end reviews and theaters.

In wider release, “The Farewell” (A24) continues to add to its impressive totals. So does Roadside Attractions’ crowdpleasing “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” which showed a strong second weekend with non-specialized audiences as a key element.

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Blinded by the Light (Warner Bros.
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‘Good Boys’ Earns $21 Million Opening, Becomes 2nd Original Film to Top Box Office This Year

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‘Good Boys’ Earns $21 Million Opening, Becomes 2nd Original Film to Top Box Office This Year
Universal’s “Good Boys” has done something that is becoming increasingly rare with its $21 million No. 1 opening at the box office. Not only is it the first original R-rated comedy in three years to top the box office charts, it is also only the second original film of any kind to open at No. 1 this year.

Good Boys” was positioned by Universal to take advantage of this quieter August period after Spider-Man, Simba and Thanos have taken their share of summer moviegoers’ money. But Universal has also become a studio that has consistently found success with comedy at a time when so many titles in the genre have failed.

While a “Hangover”-level hit remains elusive, “Good Boys” joins films like “Night School,” “Ride Along 2” and the $115 million-grossing “Girls Trip” as Universal mid-budget comedies that have turned a profit in the last three years.

Also Read: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home
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Friday Box Office: ‘Good Boys’ Impresses with $8.3 Million Launch

In a bit of a surprising development, the R-rated comedy Good Boys is performing well above expectations at the box office, pulling in an impressive $8.3 million on Friday. Projections have the Universal Pictures film topping over $20 million for the weekend, which is well above the $11 million to $12 million range most expected. That’s much higher than the $6 million opening for the critically acclaimed Booksmart, $8 million for the Dave Bautista-Kumail Nanjiani comedy Stuber, and even higher than the $15 million opening for Little earlier this year. 2019 has been plagued with underperforming …
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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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Good Boys – Molly Gordon, Director Gene Stupnitsky & writer Lee Eisenberg on the hilarious new comedy

Good Boys is the latest hilarious comedy movie featuring kids in the lead – think a cross between The Goonies and Superbad and you’re someway to approaching the Stranger Things-esque comedy.

James Kleinmann talked Molly Gordon about what elements drew her to the film, how played an antagonist was a refreshing change for her, and who her comedy heroes are.

James also sat down with Director Gene Stupnitsky & writer Lee Eisenberg to talk about their new movie, how their own childhood experiences influenced the events and characters of the film, what producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg brought to the project, and why they think the nostalgia-coms are in fashion right now.

The film stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Will Forte and Midori Francis. Lee Eisenberg, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and James Weaver have produced. It is released in the Us and the UK on the 16th of August.
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Why ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Deserves to Be This Summer’s Indie Breakout

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Why ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Deserves to Be This Summer’s Indie Breakout
Jillian Bell is a comedic force who steals scenes with a delivery that slides effortlessly between perky and profane. She’s been an unlikely drug dealer in “22 Jump Street,” a shrewd pimp in “Office Christmas Party,” even an aunt who gets attacked by a vampire poodle in “Goosebumps.” What she’s never played, however, is the lead role.

“A lot of times my character comes in, says something funny and then roots on the leading woman before leaving after talking about her cats or something,” says Bell.

Those days of appearing as the best friend or the quirky neighbor changed with “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” an inspirational comedy about a twentysomething woman who turns her life around when she decides to give up a hard-partying lifestyle and start training. The little indie electrified the Sundance Film Festival, winning the audience award and igniting a bidding war that culminated in
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Good Boys review – gleefully bad-taste tween comedy

When a gang of goofy boys are invited to a spin-the-bottle party, their research into the mysteries of kissing goes horribly wrong

Some massive laughs, a huge Stephen Merchant cameo and the most impressive school play on film since Wes Anderson’s Rushmore are all on offer in this very funny teen – or rather tween – comedy from screenwriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, with Stupnitsky directing. Both are script veterans of America’s The Office on TV.

It’s a bad-taste kids’ adventure that welds the spirit of The Goonies and Stranger Things with Superbad and Booksmart; the movie rests on the time-honoured premise of our young heroes’ obsession with a supercool party but ups the ante considerably in terms of chancy material and by virtue of the fact that these kids are pretty young: around 10 or 11.
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‘Angry Birds 2’ Flies Into Soft Box Office as Summer Winds Down

  • The Wrap
Sony’s “The Angry Birds Movie 2” is hitting theaters nationwide today ahead of a late summer slate that includes Universal’s R-rated kid comedy “Good Boys” and a sequel to the shark-infested “47 Meters Down.”

Originally set for a Wednesday release, Sony moved “Angry Birds 2” to a Tuesday opening last week in an effort to bring in families in the last week before the majority of schools are back in session. Through six days, independent projections predict an opening of $22-25 million, while Sony is projecting a 6-day opening in the mid-teens from 3,800 screens.

Either result would be a big step down from the $38 million 3-day opening earned by the first “Angry Birds Movie” in May 2016, going on to make $107 million domestic and $357 million worldwide against a $73 million budget. The sequel has an only slightly smaller budget at $65 million and will face tough competition from family audiences with “The Lion King
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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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12 Netflix Movies Directed by Badass Women That You Can Stream Right Now

Netflix may be a mixed bag when it comes to original content, but it's also brought us critically acclaimed films such as Roma and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, as well as lighter flicks such as To All the Boys I've Loved Before and The Perfect Date. Needless to say, it's pretty great that we can watch premium movies from the comfort of our own homes.

Netflix has also distributed films by a handful of female directors in 2019 alone, spanning across genres, including action thrillers, romantic comedies, and arthouse dramas. While we definitely recommend watching female-helmed pictures such as Lulu Wang's The Farewell and Olivia Wilde's Booksmart in theaters, it's worth checking out Netflix's offerings. From Someone Great to Wine Country, here are new female-directed films that you can watch on the streaming service right now.

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12 Netflix Movies Directed by Badass Women That You Can Stream Right Now

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Netflix may be a mixed bag when it comes to original content, but it's also brought us critically acclaimed films such as Roma and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, as well as lighter flicks such as To All the Boys I've Loved Before and The Perfect Date. Needless to say, it's pretty great that we can watch premium movies from the comfort of our own homes.

Netflix has also distributed films by a handful of female directors in 2019 alone, spanning across genres, including action thrillers, romantic comedies, and arthouse dramas. While we definitely recommend watching female-helmed pictures such as Lulu Wang's The Farewell and Olivia Wilde's Booksmart in theaters, it's worth checking out Netflix's offerings. From Someone Great to Wine Country, here are new female-directed films that you can watch on the streaming service right now.

Related: It's Official: These Are the Best New Netflix Shows of 2019 So
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Olivia Wilde teams with New Line for new directorial project Don’t Worry Darling

Deadline is reporting that New Line Cinema has come out victorious in a hotly-contested bidding war for Don’t Worry Darling, a psychological thriller set to be directed by Olivia Wilde, who is riding high following her acclaimed feature directorial debut Booksmart.

Scripted by Shane and Carey Van Dyke, with Booksmart’s Katie Silberman set to polish, the film is described as “a psychological thriller about a 1950s housewife whose reality begins to crack, revealing a disturbing truth underneath.”

New Line reportedly fought off competition from 17 other bidders, including Legendary, MGM, Village Roadshow, Blumhouse, FilmNation, Netflix and Apple.

In addition to directing, Wilde will star in the film and produce with Silberman and Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Miri Yoon. It is the second recent sale for Wilde and Silberman, with Universal picking up a pitch from the duo for an untitled holiday comedy last month.

The post Olivia
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New Line picks up a timely psychological thriller from Olivia Wilde

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Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart was huge, ensuring that whatever she does next will—at the very least—have a lot of momentum coming out of the gate, and now we know exactly what that next thing is. As reported by Deadline, Wilde’s next film is called Don’t Worry Darling, and the spec script for it…
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Olivia Wilde’s Thriller ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Sells to New Line

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Olivia Wilde’s Thriller ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Sells to New Line
New Line has won the bidding for “Don’t Worry Darling,” a psychological thriller to from Olivia Wilde.

A total of 18 bids were submitted on the project, centered on a 1950s housewife whose reality begins to crack, revealing a disturbing truth underneath. Wilde is directing, producing and starring in the film.

Wilde’s “Booksmart” partner Katie Silberman will rewrite the original script from Shane and Carey Van Dyke. Wilde and Silberman will produce along with Roy Lee and Miri Yoon of Vertigo Entertainment. The project will be overseen at New Line by Daria Cercek and Celia Khong.

The deal, which closed Friday Night, comes on the heels of Wilde’s acclaimed directorial debut “Booksmart,” a coming-of-age comedy about two best friends who cut loose on their last day of high school.

Wilde is currently in production on Clint Eastwood’s “The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” set to release in 2020. Her
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Olivia Wilde-Directed Thriller ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Sells to New Line

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Olivia Wilde-Directed Thriller ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Sells to New Line
A spec script for the psychological thriller “Don’t Worry Darling,” which will be directed by and starring Olivia Wilde, has sold to New Line after a hefty auction in which 18 different studios bid on the original project, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

“I ran a horror library out of my bedroom when I was a kid. This feels like a step up. #dontworrydarling,” Wilde tweeted after the announcement was made.

Wilde just made her directorial debut with “Booksmart,” a critical darling released earlier this summer by Annapurna. Wilde is reteaming on the project with the writer for “Booksmart,” Katie Silberman.

Also Read: Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde to Star in Clint Eastwood's 'Richard Jewell'

Silberman will rewrite the original script from Shane and Carey Van Dyke. And both Wilde and Silberman will also produce along with Roy Lee and Miri Yoon of Vertigo Entertainment.
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New Line Wins Olivia Wilde-Directed Spec Package ‘Don’t Worry Darling; Auction Drew 18 Bids

  • Deadline
Exclusive: One of the widest ranging film spec script auctions in years has ended with New Line winning the deal to finance and distribute Don’t Worry Darling, the genre script that Olivia Wilde will direct and star in. Deadline revealed the auction last week, and it swelled to 18 bidders that included Netflix and monied production companies from Legendary to FilmNation, MGM, Village Roadshow Pictures, Apple and Universal-based Blumhouse. The bids were narrowed to six and then three, and Wilde made the decision to go with New Line, which was aggressive from the start. Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Miri Yoon will produce the film with Wilde and Katie Silberman, who is rewriting the script. Catherine Hardwicke is exec producer.

Why so many bids? Wilde is coming off a much admired directorial debut on Booksmart, and like elevated genre fare that includes Get Out, Don’t Worry Darling
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New Line Wins Olivia Wilde's 'Booksmart' Follow-Up, Thriller 'Don't Worry Darling'

New Line Wins Olivia Wilde's 'Booksmart' Follow-Up, Thriller 'Don't Worry Darling'
Olivia Wilde has chosen New Line as the home for her next directorial project, a period thriller titled Don’t Worry, Darling.

In what shaped up to be one of the biggest deals of the year, New Line won the project with the promise of an aggressive and lucrative backend rarely seen in these modern movie times.

But it’s a deal facilitated by the desire to work with Wilde, the actress who made her helming debut with Booksmart, the wildly praised coming-of-age movie released in May. While the pic didn’t burn up the box office, it made Wilde the ...
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FX announces Impeachment: American Crime Story starring Sarah Paulson and Beanie Feldstein

FX has announced that the third season of its anthology series American Crime Story will explore the sex scandal surrounding U.S. President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s bestselling book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, Impeachment: American Crime Story is being written by Sarah Burgess, with Emmy-winner Sarah Paulson (American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson) starring as Linda Tripp and Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) as Monica Lewinsky.

“FX’s American Crime Story franchise has become a cultural touchstone, providing greater context for stories that deserve greater understanding like the O.J. Simpson trial and saga, and Andrew Cunanan’s tragic crime spree which concluded with the assassination of Gianni Versace,” said FX chief John Landgraf. “This franchise re-examines some of the most complicated, polarizing stories in recent history in a way that is relevant,
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Megan Ellison responds to reports of Annapurna financial woes (update)

Sources say Annapurna/MGM joint venture United Artists Releasing remains capable of distributing Bond 25.

Updated: Megan Ellison has responded to reports that Annapurna is in financial dire straits and locked in a tussle with lenders after spending much of its $350m credit facility.

Speculation about the viability of Annapurna has swirled around Hollywood for a year or so and intensified after reports on Wednesday (Aug. 7) that Ellison’s father, Oracle founder and billionaire Larry Ellison, is in talks to shore up Annapurna’s debt as senior lenders circle and the prospect of bankruptcy looms large.

However later on Wednesday (Aug.
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