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‘Portrait Of A Lady On Fire’ Lights Up In Limited Debut, ‘Dark Waters’ Makes Massive Expansion – Specialty Box Office

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‘Portrait Of A Lady On Fire’ Lights Up In Limited Debut, ‘Dark Waters’ Makes Massive Expansion – Specialty Box Office
Neon’s film festival favorite Portrait of a Lady on Fire didn’t cause an inferno at the specialty box office, but it managed to have a warming glow of an estimated weekend gross of $67,105. The critically lauded romance directed by Céline Sciamma and starring Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel had its one-week qualifying run at the Angelika in New York and the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles with a per-screen average of $33,552. It was #1 at the Angelika and came in at #2 behind Knives Out at the Arclight. Its debut is one of the best averages of any French film in the U.S. in the last 20 years behind Amelie and Coco Chanel. To add to its arsenal of acclaim, the drama sits at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and is the second best-reviewed film of the year right behind its fellow Neon title Parasite.

Also opening this weekend was the Tom Harper
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Disney Developing an Aladdin Spin-Off with Billy Magnussen Reprising Prince Anders Role: Report

Disney Developing an Aladdin Spin-Off with Billy Magnussen Reprising Prince Anders Role: Report
Fans of Aladdin may soon see Prince Anders in a whole new light as a spin-off starring Billy Magnussen is reportedly in the works.

Magnussen, who played Prince Anders in the live-action film released earlier this year, will reprise his role in the project, which is in the early development stages with Disney+, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The spin-off will be centered around Prince Anders, who was added to the cast for the live-action remake, the outlet reported. Rising writers Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme have been brought on to write the script.

In the film, Prince Anders was
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The Worst Films of 2019

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The Worst Films of 2019
Keep in mind that we haven’t seen “Cats.” Or a single one of the half-dozen Nicolas Cage movies released “on demand” (to zero demand?) this past year. Still, in the ongoing quest to find the next masterpiece, film critics inevitably have to sit through a lot more turkeys than your typical moviegoer. Rather than let all that “cinemasochism” go to waste, we might as well amuse you with the fruits of our suffering. Below, Variety taste-makers Peter Debruge and Owen Gleiberman name — and shame — the most ill-conceived, ineptly executed, and all-around disappointing films of 2019.

Peter Debruge’s Five Worst Movies:

1. “Dumbo”

In a decade or two, we’ll look back at this period as the moment that Disney went through its archive, identified its most beloved classics, and rebooted them all as bombastic CG eyesores. Whereas the re-imagineering process has yielded mostly charming results on stage and ice (e.
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‘Dickinson’: Finn Jones & Pico Alexander To Star In Season 2 Of Apple Series

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‘Dickinson’: Finn Jones & Pico Alexander To Star In Season 2 Of Apple Series
Game of Thrones and Iron Fist alum Finn Jones and Pico Alexander are set to star opposite Hailee Steinfeld in the second season of Apple’s half-hour comedy series Dickinson, from wiip, Anonymous Content and Sugar23, Deadline has learned. Season 2 is currently in production in New York.

Created by Alena Smith Dickinson audaciously explores the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of rebellious young poet Emily Dickinson, played by Steinfeld. Set in the 19th century, the series is a coming-of-age story that finds Emily to be the unexpected hero for our millennial generation.

Jones will play Samuel Bowles, an energetic and magnetic newspaper editor. Alexander will portray Henry “Ship” Shipley, a dropout of Amherst College and a boarder with the Dickinsons.

In addition to Steinfeld, they join season 2 cast members Jane Krakowski, Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt, Adrian Blake Enscoe.

Michael Sugar (Spotlight) and Ashley Zalta (Maniac) executive produce for Sugar23 Productions, along with Alex Goldstone for Anonymous Content, Paul Lee for wiip, and Steinfeld. The series is written and executive produced by Smith, who also serves as showrunner.

Jones starred as Danny Rand/Iron Fist on Netflix’s Marvel drama series Iron Fist, which ran for two seasons. He also reprised the character in Netflix/Marvel’s limited series The Defenders and in Luke Cage. Before his Marvel superhero stint, Jones recurred as Loras Tyrell on HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones. He’s repped by CAA, Atlas Artists, Curtis Brown Group and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.

Alexander most recently recurred as Clevinger in Hulu’s Catch-22, and on the big screen appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon in Home Again. He’s repped by UTA.
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M. Night Shyamalan’s Next Three Movies Will Be “Weird and Dark”

M. Night Shyamalan’s Next Three Movies Will Be “Weird and Dark”
M. Night Shyamalan was on the verge of an exciting new comeback after the 2015 sleeper hit The Visit and the well-received surprise Unbreakable sequel Split. But then came this year’s Glass, the highly anticipated third film in Shyamalan’s Unbreakable trilogy that was met with scorching reviews from critics. But while Shyamalan’s creative comeback is in a potentially fragile state, the director […]

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'Frozen 2' Box Office: How Disney Came to Rule Thanksgiving

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'Frozen 2' Box Office: How Disney Came to Rule Thanksgiving
Disney bucked box office tradition this year, opting for the first time since 2014 not to release a movie the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

But that doesn’t mean the studio won’t still gobble up the competition around Turkey Day. Disney unveiled “Frozen 2,” which debuted to a stellar $130 million in North America, a week earlier than the traditional holiday release. It’s a strategic move that Lionsgate and Warner Bros. previously deployed with “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” two of the highest-grossing Thanksgiving releases ever.

Like those offerings, “Frozen 2” should power an impressive sophomore outing during a time when young kids are out of school and parents are off from work.

“Hunger Games: Catching Fire” still holds the record for the biggest Thanksgiving haul for its second weekend in theaters, when it generated $109 million between Wednesday and Sunday in 2013. But since then, Disney has slowly
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M. Night Shyamalan Goes ‘On Location’ in Honor of ‘The Sixth Sense’s’ 20th Anniversary

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M. Night Shyamalan Goes ‘On Location’ in Honor of ‘The Sixth Sense’s’ 20th Anniversary
“As with all things, the thing that makes you different becomes your strength. And so, this is something that makes me different. I’m an Indian dude who lives in Philly, alright? So, why would I want to blunt that?” – M. Night Shyamalan, “On Location”

If you’ve ever seen an M. Night Shyamalan movie, chances are that you know the filmmaker loves to represent his hometown of Philadelphia. Movies like “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable,” “Lady in the Water,” and even “The Village” and “Signs” all take place in or around the Philadelphia area, and much like Shyamalan himself, the location is basically a character itself in his movies.

In honor of that hometown love — as well as the 20th anniversary of “The Sixth Sense” and the general Halloween spirit — Shyamalan went back to Philly for the latest, spooky episode of the Paramount Network’s short-form digital series “On Location,
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New to Streaming: ‘The Nightingale,’ ‘Dolemite Is My Name,’ ‘Honeyland,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options—not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves–each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

The Command (Thomas Vinterberg)

In the summer of 2000, the Russian submarine named Kursk took on a naval exercise in the Barents Sea, the first of its kind since the fall of the Soviet Union a decade earlier. The Command (released under the title Kursk elsewhere), written by Robert Rodat and directed by Thomas Vinterberg, tells of the sub’s crew, the crew’s families and the government that failed them. Without fully spoiling this real-life event, things do not go well from those onboard the vessel. – Dan M. (full review)

Where to Stream: Netflix

Dolemite Is My Name (Craig Brewer)

The opening scene of Dolemite Is My Name
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Servant: Inside M. Night Shyamalan and Apple TV+’s New TV Series

David Crow Oct 5, 2019

We speak with the cast and showrunner of Servant, M. Night Shyamalan and Apple TV+'s new series, and unlock some of its secrets.

We all handle grief differently. For some it can be broken down into five easy steps, but for others it’s messier. In the case of the Turners, the couple at the center of Servant who were once happy young parents, the loss of a child is a downright nightmare with no escape past the denial stage. This is the entry point into M. Night Shyamalan’s new television series for Apple TV+’s Servant, a wicked seeming thriller where there is more than meets the eye. And that includes “the child” they’re still raising in their home.

“They’re trying to rebuild,” showrunner and writer Tony Basgallop tells us during a New York Comic Con interview. “And one of the methods
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M. Night Shyamalan Has Two New Movies in Development for 2021, 2023

David Crow Sep 16, 2019

M. Night Shyamalan and Universal Pictures have dated two new original films for early 2021 and early 2023.

The Shyamalanaissance, or whatever you want to call this late period resurgence in the career of M. Night Shyamalan, continues to thrive. Fresh off Glass earning $246 million earlier this year, Shyamalan has begun concentrating his energies on a new Apple TV+ series, but it seemed inevitable the filmmaker would return to film, especially after three hits in a row.

Hence Universal and Shyamalan announcing Monday that his next two projects are already slated for release dates on Feb. 26, 2021 and Feb. 17, 2023. Details are of course vague about both, but this continues the trends of Shyamalan seeming to have a healthy shop set-up at the studio that released his last three films, which have comprised what the media would dub a comeback: The Visit, Split, and Glass.

Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer said of the announcement,
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M. Night Shyamalan Will Direct Two New Original Thrillers for Universal in 2021 and 2023

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M. Night Shyamalan Will Direct Two New Original Thrillers for Universal in 2021 and 2023
M. Night Shyamalan reteaming with some old friends for a pair of new original thrillers: The Wrap reports that the filmmaker is set to direct two new films in the next four years, both of which will be distributed by Universal Pictures. While the studio previously released Shyamalan’s “The Visit,” “Split,” and “Glass,” the filmmaker independently financed all three of them and, according to The Wrap, he “will similarly finance his upcoming two films.”

The films will be released on February 26, 2021 and February 17, 2023, and details are very much under wraps. The one thing we do know: both are billed as original thrillers, in keeping with Shyamalan’s affection for creating his own unique material for the big screen.

“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” Peter Cramer, President, Universal Pictures, said in an official statement. “There
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M. Night Shyamalan Has Two More Thrillers In Works At Universal

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M. Night Shyamalan Has Two More Thrillers In Works At Universal
Following the success of their theatrical trinity —The Visit, Split and Glass — Universal and filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan are back in business with two untitled thrillers which will be released on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 and Friday, Feb. 17, 2023.

Shyamalan independently financed these last three films with a combined production budget of $35M. They collectively generated $625M WW. He will similarly finance his next two movies.

“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” said Peter Cramer, President, Universal Pictures in a statement. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”

“There are wonderful studios out there, but Universal has made it a mandate to release original films,” said Shyamalan.
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M. Night Shyamalan Sets Two New Films at Universal

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M. Night Shyamalan Sets Two New Films at Universal
M. Night Shyamalan will write and direct two new movies at Universal Pictures, the studio announced Monday. The currently untitled thrillers will be released in theaters on Feb. 26, 2021 and Feb. 17, 2023, respectively.

“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer said in a statement. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”

Shyamalan, best known for supernatural thrillers such as “The Sixth Sense,” “Signs” and “The Village,” recently teamed with Universal on “Glass.” That film, a crossover with Shyamalan’s 2000 cult favorite “Unbreakable” and his 2016 hit “Split,” generated nearly $250 million worldwide. He independently financed “The Visit,” “Split” and “Glass” for a combined $35 million
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Hulu in September: Here’s Everything Coming and Going

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Hulu is out with its list of new and expiring content for the month of September, and what better way to beat the back-to-school blues than with a whole bunch of binge-watching.

Among the new goodies coming next month is the 12th episode and season finale of horror anthology series “Into the Dark.” Out Sept. 6, the finale is called “Pure,” and is described as a female coming-of-age horror story in which a group of teenage girls perform a secret ritual at a “Purity Retreat.” When one of them begins to see a “supernatural entity,” a scary question is posed: “What is more dangerous: the demon they’ve unleashed, or the pressure to conform to their fathers’ expectations?” Scary indeed!

The Hulu original documentary “Untouchable” will be released on Sept. 2, described as “the inside story of the meteoric rise and shocking fall of movie titan Harvey Weinstein.” Directed by Ursula Macfarlane,
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Watch: Mysterious First Trailer For Christopher Nolan’s Tenet Debuts

A better version of the ambiguous first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s new film Tenet has been leaked online today. Anyone hoping to gain some valuable insight from this one-minute clip, however, is going to be disappointed. The subtitles are unfortunately only in French, yet that’s not even the most confusing part.

The footage onscreen shows John David Washington’s character closely analyzing what looks to be a bullet hole in a glass window. The trailer then cuts to some heart-pounding scenes of him in very precarious situations, ultimately resulting in a closing shot where he’s inhaling some kind of gas. What any of this means is still anyone’s guess, but it looks pretty intense.

It makes sense that this teaser is so enigmatic considering how little we know about the movie as a whole. So far, all that’s been said is that Tenet is
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M. Night Shyamalan’s Discussed Directing An McU Movie With Marvel

M. Night Shyamalan‘s output isn’t all beloved, but some of his most fan favorite films include his “Eastrail 177” trilogy – the loose series of superhero-themed movies that encompasses 2000’s Unbreakable, 2017’s Split and 2019’s Glass. Seeing as the director is clearly a fan of comic books, then, has he ever considered teaming up with Marvel Studios to make something within the McU?

The answer, it turns out, is yes. Twice, in fact. Shyamalan spoke to Phawker and was asked this very question. The filmmaker admitted that he’d met with the studio a few times, with his discussions with the Marvel team being pleasant and positive.

“We’ve talked a couple of times. All good. I love what they do. They’re amazing.”

Shyamalan then went on to chat about his particular passion for 2008’s Iron Man, saying:

“The first Iron Man was excellent. Excellent. I remember meeting [director nm0269463 autoJon
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Film Review: ‘Blind Spot’ (L’angle mort)

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Film Review: ‘Blind Spot’ (L’angle mort)
If you thought David Dunn, Bruce Willis’ character from M. Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable,” was a melancholy superhero, he’s the life of the party compared to Dominick, a Parisian introvert whose power to turn invisible has made him profoundly unhappy in the French drama “Blind Spot.” The third feature from directing duo Patrick Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic (“The Other One”) is an absorbing, minor-key take on a superhero saga that stealthily works in plenty of ideas about identity and loss. If the French film industry wants to get into the superhero game, this slow-moving but rewarding character study, which premiered earlier this year at Cannes’ ultra-indie Acid sidebar, could help create a promising niche when it opens in France this October. It’s a risky pickup for North America, but the potentially provocative choice of a black actor to play an invisible man could lead to free think-piece
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‘Gladiator 2’: Ridley Scott’s Sequel Takes Place Over Two Decades After Original

Gladiator 2” was first announced in November 2018, and producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald assure fans of the swords-and-sandal action movie that a follow-up is still gearing up for production. The producers were asked by HeyUGuys about the next “Gladiator” installment and revealed, “We’re working with Ridley. That’s one we wouldn’t touch unless we felt in a way to do it was legitimate. We’re working with an amazing writer as well — Peter Craig.”

Parkes added an intriguing new detail about the script: “It picks up the story 30 years later…25 years later.”

The original report on “Gladiator 2” mentioned the sequel would focus on Lucius, the son of Connie Nielsen’s character Lucilla from Scott’s original film. Lucius is the nephew of Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus, the Roman leader killed by Russell Crowe’s Maximus. Crowe’s character died at the end of the first
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Ellie Kemper Is Pregnant With Baby No. 2

Ellie Kemper Is Pregnant With Baby No. 2
The "UnbreakableEllie Kemper is embarking on motherhood once again!  The actress, who famously starred in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is expecting her second child with husband Michael Koman, her rep confirms to E! News. She and Michael are already parents to their 2-year-old son James Miller Koman.  Speculation that The Office alum could be pregnant first sparked last week when her personal stylist, Jessica Paster, described Ellie as a "beautiful mommy to be" on Instagram. Paster had styled Ellie in a red snakeskin dress by The Kooples for the SAG-aftra Foundation Conversations with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt event. "You ace it...
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Win M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ On Blu-ray

To co-incide with the release of M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, which is available on Digital Download, DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K Uhd now, we have three copies of the film to give away.

From Buena Vista International and Universal Pictures Glass is a grounded-in-reality, comic-book thriller where the heroes and villains are people first. The thrilling culmination to the trilogy that started with “Unbreakable” and “Split” stars James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Anya-Taylor Joy, with Sarah Paulson and Samuel L. Jackson.

Extensive bonus material goes inside the mind of master of suspense M. Night Shyamalan to uncover the connections and references that bring the three films together in one universe. Experience more than 60 minutes of never-before-seen features elaborating on his process and artistic vision, including an in-depth look at the making of the film, deep insights on the characters, a never-before-seen alternate opening, and deleted scenes.

To be in with a chance of winning,
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