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  1. Just a quick note to say that Hustlers earned $33.2 million over the weekend, which gives it (i) the 2nd-best opening of any R-rated film directed by a woman (behind Fifty Shades of Grey), (ii) the 10th-best opening of any live-action film (co-)directed by a woman, and (iii) the 16th-best opening of any film (co-)directed by a woman, as far as I can tell. (The live-action films are in bold below.) 2019 Captain Marvel (co-directed) $153.4 million 2017 Wonder Woman (dir. Patty Jenkins) $103.3 million 2015 Fifty Shades of Grey (dir. Sam Taylor-Johnson) $85.2 million 2008 Twilight (dir. Catherine Hardwicke) $69.6 million 2012 Pitch Perfect 2 (dir. Elizabeth Banks) $69.2 million 2013 Frozen (co-directed) $67.4 million 2012 Brave (co-directed) $66.3 million 2009 Alvin & the Chipmunks 2 (dir. Betty Thomas) $48.9 million 2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 (dir. Jennifer Yuh Nelson) $47.7 million 2004 Shark Tale (co-directed) $47.4 million 2001 Shrek (co-directed) $42.3 million 2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 (co-directed) $41.3 million 1998 Deep Impact (dir. Mimi Leder) $41.2 million 2009 The Proposal (dir. Anne Fletcher) $33.6 million 2000 What Women Want (dir. Nancy Meyers) $33.6 million 2019 Hustlers (dir. Lorene Scafaria) $33.2 million 2018 A Wrinkle in Time (dir. Ava DuVernay) $33.1 million 2014 Unbroken (dir. Angelina Jolie) $30.6 million 1998 Doctor Dolittle (dir. Betty Thomas) $29.0 million 2008 Mamma Mia! (dir. Phyllida Lloyd) $27.8 million Time will tell if Hustlers ends up joining the $100 million club. Given how it kept surpassing all the estimates before and at the beginning of the weekend, though, I'd say it has the momentum to do so -- for now, at least.
  2. Starting at the 18:25 mark, one of the Red Letter Media guys gets into all the reasons why he thinks The Rise of Skywalker will go the way of Avengers: Endgame and bring on the time travel. (Warning: f-bombs etc.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzeOrA2in1c One thing that *doesn't* come up in this video is that time travel is already "canon" in the Star Wars universe thanks to a February 2018 episode of Rebels.
  3. Links to our threads on other Erwin brothers films Moms' Night Out (2014), Woodlawn (2015), Steve McQueen: American Icon (2017), I Can Only Imagine (2018) and Apostles: Resurrection of Christ (in development). We don't seem to have a thread on October Baby (2011).
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    Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly. Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson. And Margot Robbie as a fictitious Fox News producer. (No glimpse of John Lithgow as Roger Ailes yet.)
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwXp5A_L93Y
  6. Links to our threads on the MCU films Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019). Links to our threads on the non-MCU films Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Venom (2018) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), as well as the once-in-development films about The Sinister Six and Aunt May. Links to our threads on the original Spider-Man (2002) at the old Novogate discussion board: 'Spider-man -UPDATED- with Movieguide review' (Apr 29 - May 9, 2002) 'I saw "Spider-Man"!', page two (May 2 - 6, 2002)  'spider-man, shadowlands, son of paleface' (May 5 - 16, 2002)  - - -  Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’ EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige won’t produce any further Spider-Man films because of an inability by Disney and Sony Pictures to reach new terms that would have given the former a co-financing stake going forward. A dispute that has taken place over the past few months at the top of Disney and Sony has essentially nixed Feige, and the future involvement of Marvel from the Spider-Man universe, sources said. . . . Sources said there are two more Spider-Man films in the works that are meant to have director Jon Watts and Tom Holland front and center, though Watts doesn’t have a deal for the next picture. Unless something dramatic happens, Feige won’t be the lead creative producer of those pictures. . . . Deadline.com, August 20 - - - So it sounds like the loose Vulture and Mysterio plot threads won't be left dangling, necessarily, but we won't see (or even hear about?) Tony Stark in any future films, and Aunt May might have to break up with Happy, as well.
  7. Aren't lions cats? That's the connection here, right?
  8. Yeah, the "drug" scene was weird. Demographically, this film is in a very strange place. The original cartoon is aimed at preschoolers, but the film clearly has to aim higher than that... but not *too* high, age-wise. So it's one of those films about high-school students that were clearly made for kids who haven't started high school yet... which means my 13-year-old daughter is, in some ways, the perfect target audience for this film: she was curious to see just what the filmmakers had done to this character that she used to watch, years ago. Me, I liked some of the meta riffing on the Dora franchise, but I got bored during the final half-hour, when the film became just another Indiana Jones rip-off. (And I've already shown my kids three of the Indiana Jones films, so they're familiar with *those* reference points.)
  9. I left the film wondering if I would have liked it more if I knew more about Springsteen's music. As it is, the movie was a little like putting up with those friends of yours who are really hardcore fans of certain things; the scene where the guys say they want to start a radio show that plays Nothing But Springsteen kinda said it all. (Couldn't they at least broaden it out to include Artists That Springsteen Has Cited As His Inspirations? Something that might give The Boss a bit of *context*!?) Having said that, I did like the broader, 1987- and 1988-specific song choices on the soundtrack. (I say this as one who finished high school in 1987 myself.) I had the Pet Shop Boys' 'It's a Sin' on my mind for several days after seeing the film, much more than any of Bruce's songs. Also, in addition to looking at this film through the lens of Recent British Music Movies (With Diversity Elements), I would also suggest looking at the film through the lens of Period Pics About The British Pakistani Experience, like East Is East. In some ways this film is something of a hybrid, genre-wise.
  10. ‘Matrix 4’ Officially a Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski (EXCLUSIVE) In addition to Wachowski, the script was also written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski is also producing with Grant Hill. Sources say the film is eyed to begin production at the top of 2020. . . . Plot details are currently unknown, as is how the role of Morpheus will be handled, originally played by Laurence Fishburne. Some sources say the role may be recast for a younger take. . . . Variety, August 20
  11. kenmorefield wrote: : I tend to not think much about End-of-year stuff until post-TIFF, which is when I think awards season really gets going. I hear ya... but TIFF starts very soon, and even VIFF (which begins a week or two after TIFF ends) is already accepting media applications. It feels like festival season (and thus awards season) has basically begun already, in some ways...
  12. Overstreet wrote: : But the primary problem, for me, is this: The family is so obviously hiding the truth from her that she must certainly guess what's up right away. I could never figure out if the movie wanted us to understand that the grandmother — Nai Nai, as they call her — is in on the charade from the beginning, and accepts their fakery as a gesture of love, or not. I kept wondering if there would be a typical Hollywood scene in which we learn that Nai Nai has been aware of the charade all along, and I was grateful that the film never played that card. Then again, when we are told that Nai Nai *herself* kept her husband's illness a secret from him -- because that's just the way things are done in that culture -- I began wondering how she could *not* suspect what her family was up to. A culture that plays those kinds of games is a culture that would encourage a huge degree of paranoia and/or mutual suspicion, I would think.
  13. Also, here is the video in question (unless there is another one out there...):
  14. kenmorefield wrote: : Peter, I am following your individual rebuttals but confess I am not yet grasping your overall claim/point. Are you suggesting the film is *not* misogynistic because it also directs violence towards male characters? Are you claiming that is is misanthropic as well as misogynistic? I am not claiming that it is misanthropic, per se. (I don't have enough invested in the film to push that particular label.) But I am definitely disputing the narrow focus that people are putting on the film's treatment of women to the exclusion of its treatment of men. : Or is there a larger argument that I'm not grasping, that the treatment of violence in all its forms has some sort of artistic merit and necessity that is being lost in the labeling? Again, I don't have enough invested in the film to argue for its necessity, per se. But I do have a resistance of sorts to trendy labels, and the frequency with which "misogyny" gets thrown around when mere "sexism" would suffice is certainly one of those things that pushes my buttons. (And, as I've already said, the film's treatment of men leaves me thinking that even a label like "sexism" would obscure more than it enlightens here. I mean, I was kind of astonished that the film includes an entire sequence in which Brad Pitt's fictitious character *beats up Bruce Lee*, an actual person and a cinematic icon, to boot. The sequence is more comical than anything else, but -- if I'm remembering the sequence of events correctly -- it starts us on a trajectory towards Pitt's more serious beating of that male Manson follower, which then points us towards the even more intense climax of the film.)
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    Links to our threads on previous Sam Mendes films American Beauty (1999), Road to Perdition (2002), Jarhead (2005), Revolutionary Road (2008), Away We Go (2009), Skyfall (2012) and SPECTRE (2015). Starring Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, etc. Coming Christmas Day.
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