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Read Jennifer Garner's Perfect Response to "Movie Star Who Makes No Movies" Comment

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She's not going to let the haters get her down! Jennifer Garner is always one to stay positive, especially when it comes to dealing with online trolls. The mom of three had a hilarious encounter with a mean Instagram user online, but her reaction was absolutely perfect. "For an instant jolt of [joy]—there is still time to hunt down your local Nutcracker!" Jennifer captioned a sweet video of herself with the performers of the American Theater Ballet's Nutcracker. "(Hey Southern California—@abtofficial has 7 shows left at the @segerstromarts)." While Jennifer looked like she was having so much fun in the post, there was one Scrooge in her comments section....
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‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ Has Bad Spell Stateside With $36M+, ‘Joker’ Still The Man With $29M+, ‘Zombieland 2’ Reaps $26M+

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Sunday Am Update: Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, despite being No. 1 this weekend, didn’t make enough money in the Us to justify its $185M production cost before P&a. It came in with $36M, an opening that’s 48% below the original 2014 movie’s $69.4M. The live-action sequel to the Sleeping Beauty spinoff also didn’t wow in China, where it opened to an estimated $22.4M, another sour showing in Prc next to Paramount/Skydance’s Gemini Man, which also paled with $20.9M. Social media ratings for both of those titles weren’t great, with respective Douban ratings of 6.2 and 7.1. In regards to Maleficent 2, Maoyan was much higher than Douban with 9.1 and Tpp an 8.8.

The global take for Maleficent 2 is $153M. Now I’ve been informed from finance sources that it’s a safe start worldwide to get this movie to break-even (which is around $400M), highly contingent on legs overseas.
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Win a signed DVD copy of Us

Us is available to own on 4K Ultra HD, DVD and Blu-Ray from Monday 29th July and to celebrate we are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a special edition of the Blu-Ray signed by the film’s Academy Award director, Jordan Peele.

Academy Award® winner Jordan Peele follows the success of his blockbuster hit, Get Out, with the masterfully executed and viscerally terrifying Us. Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 94%, the film is being hailed as “Utterly brilliant” and “the scariest, smartest horror movie of the year so far” (Den of Geek). Fans around the world can now untether the truth with more than 50 minutes of bonus features delving deep into the mind of Jordan Peele, his filmmaking process and the symbolism behind Us. The global sensation arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on July 29, 2019.

Featuring incredible must-see performances from
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Dark Phoenix Suffers Huge 2nd Weekend Drop, May Bomb Harder Than Fantastic Four

Things went from bad to worse for Dark Phoenix over the weekend. Much, much worse. The latest X-Men movie, which is set to be the final one in this particular version of the franchise, entered its second weekend of release with a pack of newcomers such as Men In Black: International and Shaft. That, coupled with bad buzz has led to a disastrous second weekend take at the box office, marking one of the biggest drop-offs in superhero movie history, and certainly the biggest ever in the modern era. The movie could fare even worse than Fox's maligned Fantastic Four reboot. As such, Dark Phoenix is going to lose a whole bunch of money, likely more than $100 million, for the studio.

Per weekend box office estimates, Dark Phoenix dropped a staggering 72.6 percent week-to-week, bringing in just $9 million. On its opening weekend, it made an unimpressive $33 million. Things have gone from bad to cataclysmic.
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Us: DVD/Blu-ray Release Date and Special Features

Kirsten Howard May 7, 2019

Jordan Peele's masterful sophomore effort is now heading for digital and Blu-ray home release...

It's not easy to follow up an instant classic debut with yet another spectacular film, but that's just what Get Out director Jordan Peele did when Us was released earlier this year. The movie received glowing reviews pretty much across the board, including by us out of SXSW, and did well at the box office too, which isn't easy for an original film to manage in these times of endless sequels and comic book dominance.

It helped that Peele sought out a magnificent cast for his second film, including Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker. There's not a lackluster performance in the bunch.

We won't go into the plot here, because it's a movie best seen without knowing too much, and because we know some of you may have
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Thought-provoking Us comes to Home Video June 4

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Universal City, California, April 30, 2019 – Academy Award® winner Jordan Peele follows the success of his blockbuster hit, Get Out, with the masterfully executed and viscerally terrifying Us. Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 94%, the film is being hailed as “a colossal cinematic achievement” and is “meant to be watched over and over”. Fans around the world can now untether the truth with more than 50 minutes of bonus features delving deep into the mind of Jordan Peele, his filmmaking process and the symbolism behind Us. The global sensation arrives on Digital on June 4, 2019, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on June 18, 2019.

Featuring incredible must-see performances from Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke (Black Panther), Emmy® winner Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker, Us is “the most out-of-the-box horror film of the past decade,”. Movie enthusiasts and horror fans alike can watch Us
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‘Dumbo’ Will Be Global Big Top Attraction With $137M+ Footprint

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‘Dumbo’ Will Be Global Big Top Attraction With $137M+ Footprint
Dumbo, the first of four Disney live-action adaptations this year based off its animated vault, is set to take off this weekend, though not with the stomp of its previous uber-hits, Beauty and the Beast ($357M worldwide debut), Alice in Wonderland ($210.1M Ww start) or even 2014’s Maleficent ($170M opening).

Dumbo, directed by Alice‘s Tim Burton, is a different type of movie, based off a much older Disney 1941 release than recent remakes. While Burton brought punch and snap to Alice and a groovy absurdist musical take to Warner Bros.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was further accentuated by Johnny Depp’s uncanny Michael Jackson-like take on Willy Wonka, Dumbo is slower, old-fashioned family movie. A global opening between $137M-$155M is what we’re hearing at this point in town with overseas between $80M-90M and domestic projections literally wild: Disney thinks it’s in the $50Ms,
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Pet Sematary Review

Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer’s Pet Sematary flips the Creed family narrative, breathes delectable darkness and while Act I takes its time building backwoods tension, once the tale’s famed “incident” occurs, it’s all-aboard this speeding vessel into an undead abyss. Stephen King adaptations are thriving as of late – It and Gerald’s Game, off the top of my head – and Pet Sematary does the prolific suspense author proud. Some might balk at the “switched” narrative, but there’s so much more to embrace about a rebirthed ballet-dancing daughter and Rachel Creed’s bolstered presence. And that’s all on top of the fact that Kölsch and Widmyer *earn* their jump scares.

Sometimes dead is better – but this mean-spirited remake isn’t one of those instances.

We pick up with the Creed clan having just moved to sleepy Ludlow, Maine as an escape from Boston’s hectic madness.
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Misty Copeland Brings Things Full Circle With The Nutcracker Role

Misty Copeland Brings Things Full Circle With The Nutcracker Role
Misty Copeland was dancing on air while making The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. In this exclusive sneak peek at one of the bonus features included in the film's Blu-ray and digital release, Copeland—who had a featured role as the Ballerina Princess—speaks candidly and joyously about what it meant to her. "I never imagined I would be a part of a film of this magnitude, so when Disney wanted to have me be a part of it, it was just like a no-brainer. The Nutcracker was the very first ballet that I ever performed in, and I performed the role of Clara," Copeland said. "It makes sense, I think, to have ballet—to have dance—be a part of this film." The holiday movie, directed...
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Nutcracker and the Four Realms 4K, Blu-ray and DVD Arrives This January

Nutcracker and the Four Realms 4K, Blu-ray and DVD Arrives This January
Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale and the beloved ballet, Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms arrives on Digital, Movies Anywhere, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray&#8482 and DVD Jan. 29, 2019. Relieve the magic of this classic tale instantly through bonus features and never-before-seen extras such as a behind-the-scenes look at how the four realms were created to such dazzling effect. Experience the Disney magic and adventure in what is destined to become an annual viewing tradition for adventurers of all ages.

The dazzling Disney adventure carried audiences along with 14-year-old Clara (Mackenzie Foy) to a magical, mysterious world with breathtaking performances by Misty Copeland plus sweets, snowflakes, soldiers, scurrying mice... and no shortage of surprises. Destined to become an annual viewing tradition for adventurers of all ages, the film arrives home instantly with never-before seen extras and deleted scenes on Digital and Movies Anywhere, and on 4K Ultra HD,
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Don Lusk, Last Living Animator of Disney’s Golden Age Who Worked on ‘Pinocchio,’ ‘Fantasia,’ Dies at 105

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Don Lusk, Last Living Animator of Disney’s Golden Age Who Worked on ‘Pinocchio,’ ‘Fantasia,’ Dies at 105
Don Lusk, the last link to Disney Animation’s golden age of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, has died at the age of 105. His passing was confirmed in an Instagram post by the Disney Animation Research Library.

Lusk joined The Walt Disney Company in 1933 and went on to work as a character animator for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Pinocchio,” “Fantasia,” and “Bambi.” His best-known achievement is single-handedly animating the “danse arabe,” or “dance of the seven veils,” featuring a sultry goldfish during the Nutcracker sequence of “Fantasia.”

The legend goes that the stacked sketches of the fish doing her entire dance would stretch from floor to ceiling, it was that monumental and exhaustive a feat. But a feat of real delicacy and subtlety too. Lusk had previously worked with Eric Larson to animate the goldfish Cleo in “Pinocchio” along with the cat Figaro, whose movements are incredibly lifelike
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12 Worst Movies of 2018, From ‘Happytime Murders’ to ‘Ready Player One’ (Photos)

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A producer on Twitter recently entreated critics not to craft Worst-of lists this year, and I couldn’t disagree more: Observers of film should absolutely be praising the best of cinema, but it’s only by remembering the shortcomings of the art form by which, ideally, artists can learn from their mistakes. And mistakes were definitely made this year:

10. (tie) “Peppermint”/”Proud Mary” /”Red Sparrow”: Can we have some strong screenplays to go with our strong female leads, please? This trashy trio of action sagas put guns in the hands of some of our most talented actresses but then forgot to supply them with things like character, motivation, or logic.

9. “Christopher Robin”: After dumping the last great “Winnie the Pooh” animated feature on a Harry Potter opening weekend, Disney added insult to injury by crafting this glum and tedious look at a grown-up Christopher (Ewan McGregor) in the throes of a midlife crisis.
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Disney Scores Another Record Breaking Year at the Box Office with $7B Worldwide

Disney is having another record-setting year at the box office. Over the past handful of years, other studios are really in a race for second place, as the Mouse House simply has too many franchises and too many resources to contend with. That is evidenced by the fact that the studio has crossed the $7 billion mark at the box office for 2018, with several weeks and one huge release still left to go.

Avengers: Infinity War leads the pack for Disney with $2.04 billion, followed by another Marvel title and the Best Picture hopeful Black Panther, which dramatically overperformed expectations with $1.34 billion. They serve as the two highest-grossing movies worldwide for the year, with Universal's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom taking the number three spot with $1.3 billion. But then Disney is right back in it at number four with Incredibles 2. The long-awaited sequel did gangbusters business, bringing in $1.24 billion. Also in
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No wonder Disney’s Nutcracker is a flop – festive films thrive on despair

The best Christmas movies deal in darkness and disaster as well as sleighbells in the snow…

It’s the Christmas present that nobody wanted. Disney’s Nutcracker revamp, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, stars Keira Knightley and cost about $130m, making it one of the most expensive Christmas-themed movies ever made. Now, with paltry earnings of only $20m on its first Us weekend, it has been declared a flop. As Forbes magazine noted in a doom-laden appraisal, “$130 million is way too much to spend on a Christmas movie”.

The film suffered production troubles, with the original director replaced during shooting, but perhaps something more than behind-the-scenes woes and an over-inflated budget is to blame. Reviewing the film in the Guardian, Cath Clarke missed “the melancholy darkness” of the original Eta Hoffmann story. And if there’s one ingredient Christmas stories need, it’s that. Nothing says festive cinema quite
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Five Movies You Could Argue Were Based on The Nutrcracker

By now a lot of folks know enough about the Nutcracker story in order to recite it and be at least partially correct, but how many people would be able to make a correlation between the Nutcracker and a host of movies that could possibly be based off of it? There are only so many core story concepts in the world that can be drawn from and the Nutcracker touches upon a couple at least. This in turn makes it possible to link many other movies to the story in a way that depicts various elements that are used over

Five Movies You Could Argue Were Based on The Nutrcracker
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James Newton Howard Stays Busy With ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Red Sparrow’ and ‘Grindelwald’ Scores

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James Newton Howard Stays Busy With ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Red Sparrow’ and ‘Grindelwald’ Scores
Two of eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard’s three 2018 scores involved ballet and led to collaborations with high-profile artists from the concert world. Former L.A. Philharmonic music director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted Howard’s ballet music for “Red Sparrow,” while current Phil director Gustavo Dudamel conducted his score for “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” with acclaimed artist Lang Lang at the piano.

Red Sparrow,” the thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina-turned-spy, demanded an opening 12-minute ballet that was “distinctly Russian sounding,” with harmonies and melodic gestures reminiscent of 20th-century Soviet composers. Howard is no stranger to classical writing, having recently recorded a violin concerto and he is currently writing a cello concerto to debut next year.

He was on Disney’s “Nutcracker” for two years. “The trick with ‘Nutcracker’ was figure out how much, and where, we could the Tchaikovsky – using as much as we possibly
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Theatre Review: The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker theatre: The Nutcracker is a classic Christmas time tale, which has been portrayed many times as a ballet. The soaring music of Tchaikovsky whisks you off on a beautiful frosty adventure.

Photo: Emma Kauldhar

The festive spirit is set as the lights dim to show children peering out of the windows of a large house watching the snow fall as their family prepares for a Party the night before Christmas. The children are impatient for the festive celebrations to start but are not allowed in as the maids prepare the room. Clara (Rachael Gillespie) and her brother Frederic (Kevin Poeung) squabble childishly and are reprimanded and indulged by their grandparents. Finally, the party guests start arriving and the party room is revealed. Clara’s and Fredericks exotic uncle Drosselmeyer (Mlindi Kulashe) arrives laden with gifts from his travels. He brings puppets, which appear life like and are mechanical
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Film News Roundup: Molly Shannon’s ‘Wild Nights With Emily’ Bought by Greenwich

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Film News Roundup: Molly Shannon’s ‘Wild Nights With Emily’ Bought by Greenwich
In today’s film news roundup, Molly Shannon’s “Wild Nights with Emily” and Motke Dapp’s “Other Versions of You” get distribution, Robert Patrick is up for a role as an FBI agent and “Nutcracker” writer Ashleigh Powell signs with CAA.

Acquisitions

Greenwich Entertainment has bought “Wild Nights with Emily,’ a dramatic comedy about Emily Dickinson starring Molly Shannon.

The film, which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, was written and directed by Madeleine Olnek. Greenwich will release the film theatrically early next year.

Shannon’s role captures the vivacious, irreverent side of the poet that was covered up for years — most notably Emily’s lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, using Dickinson’s own words.

“Madeleine’s witty, madcap yet poignant and absolutely necessary version of Emily’s life is an Emily we’ve never seen before, but one that has been hiding in plain sight all along,
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Christmas movies in theaters: What’s coming up in the 2018 holiday season?

It’s Christmas time and this is the time of year to watch Christmas-themed movies with snow, cold weather and romance. And while there are plenty of flicks to check out on Netflix, sometimes we just need to get out of the house and head to the theaters to watch something new. This holiday season, we’ve found four movies that simply carry the essence and the magic of Christmas. And you’ll get a little bit of everything: adventure, magic, romance, comedy, animation, and evil creatures. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms From its November 2, 2018 release, you can catch The […]

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10 Biggest Box Office Bombs of 2018, From ‘Gotti’ to ‘Solo’

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10 Biggest Box Office Bombs of 2018, From ‘Gotti’ to ‘Solo’
2018 was a great year for the box office with plenty of record-breaking hits, but even a good year has its bombs. Here are ten of the most notable bombs this year, including one from the biggest blockbuster franchise of all-time.

Solo: A Star Wars Story”– Budget: $250 million, Global gross: $392 million

Disney broke box office records left and right this year, but it also had the most high-profile bomb of the year with this “Star Wars” anthology film that told the origins of Han Solo. With lukewarm reviews and stories of a rocky, budget-inflated production hitting the press for months before release, “Solo” became the first “Star Wars” film ever to fail to gross $400 million worldwide. With “Episode IX” still a year away, Disney execs have said that they’re taking another look at how they handle future films in this hallowed series.

London Fields” — Budget: $8 million, Global gross: $295,435

This critically
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