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"Laura Linney in Ozark FTW!" - H.

"I love Jodie Comer and Killing Eve as much as the next gay and if they recognise Sandra Oh, they need to recognise her - you don’t have one without the other " -Morgan

"I'd like Mandy Moore to be nominated for "This Is Us" at last." -Paul

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What did you see this weekend?

Weekend Box Office Estimates
June 21st-23rd (ESTIMATES)
๐Ÿ”บ = New or Expanding / โ˜… = Highly Recommended
Toy Story 4 Last Black Man in San Francisco
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Toy Story 4  $118 *NEW* on 4575 screens 
1๐Ÿ”บ The Dead Don't Die $1.1 (cum. $4.7) on 690 screens REVIEW
2 ๐Ÿ”บ Child's Play $14 *NEW* on 3007 screens REVIEW
2 ๐Ÿ”บ The Last Black Man in San Francisco $413k (cum. $1.3) on 72 screens REVIEW โ˜…
3  Aladdin  $12.2 (cum. $287.5) on 3435 screens REVIEW1992 RETROSPECTIVE
3 ๐Ÿ”บ  Pavarotti $409k (cum. $992k) on 135 screens 
4 Men in Black International  $10.7 (cum. $52.6) on 4224 screens REVIEW
4 ๐Ÿ”บ  Echo in the Canyon $252k (cum. 1.1) on 81 screens  
Secret Life of Pets 2 $10.2 (cum. $117.5) on 3804 screens REVIEW 
5  Biggest Little Farm $158k (cum. $3.2) on 134 screens 
Rocketman $5.6 (cum. $77.3) on 2414 screens  REVIEW โ˜… 
6 ๐Ÿ”บ Wild Rose $56k *NEW* on 4 screens 


What did you see this week? 

True to the overstated but possibly real 'franchise fatigue' of summer 2019, Toy Story 4 opened lower than both studio and analyst's expectations though $118 million is still a hefty opening tally, and the third best of the year (Disney has the top four openings all to themselves). Meanwhile Child's Play also fell short of expectations continuing the trend. If only some original film would break out we could view it as people being tired of sequels and franchises, but it's probably not that as they're not seeking out anything new instead. Speaking of franchise fatigue, Godzilla: King of Monsters managed to inch over the $100 million mark this weekend. But with a budget of $170 million (not including P&A) that's still rough waters for the iconic kaiju to swim in.

In platform releases, The Last Black Man in San Francisco and the music doc Echo in the Canyon continued to do well both crossing the $1 million mark before even hitting 100 theaters. Pavarotti, nearly got there, too, in its third weekend though it's at far more theaters.

• The new titles not listed above included Anna, earning $3.5 million its opening weekend, the documentaries Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, A Bigger Splash (a rerelease of the art doc classic) and The Quiet One earning $44k, $18k, and $10k respectively.


Emmy voting is in progress. Confessions from a sitcom agnostic.

by Nathaniel R

Aidy Bryant in "Shrill"

Voting is winding down for the year's Emmy nominations, which is why we've been sharing FYCs.  If past years are any indication the nominee list will look nearly identical to last year's with the exception of shows/performances that are no longer eligible. Their slots will be filled by the new hits (it seems likely, for example, that Pose and Russian Doll and a couple of other freshmen series that got people talking for months on end, will receive attention). But looking over the ballots for performers, it becomes suddenly clear that NO ONE can watch this much television...

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Emmy FYC: Eliza Scanlen in "Sharp Objects"

Team Experience is sharing Emmy FYCs as the television Academy finishes their voting in the next few days. Here's Ginny O'Keefe


“Don’t tell Mama.” Three words that left me gasping and slack-jawed all through the credits of the final episode of the hauntingly beautiful and addictive HBO miniseries “Sharp Objects”. Now I, along with everyone else who watched this Jean-Marc Vallée gem, ranted and raved about Amy Adam’s broken and scarred performance as Camille Preaker (I think its her best performance to date). And of course, shook my head in incredulity and awe at Patricia Clarkson’s callous and melodramatic Adora Crellin. But one performer who perfectly balanced being the star of the show and not drawing too much attention to herself was the crafty newbie Eliza Scanlen. Her performance as the psycho-in-plain-sight, Amma Crellin, was one of the breakouts of 2018, and just like the show it cut deep. Unlike Emmy sure things Adams and Clarkson, she lacks star power to stir talk of a nomination, but it's an honor she needs and deserves. It all comes down to her twisted performance, which doesn’t lack for power. 

Every time Scanlen came on screen I would get severe anxiety (I hadn't read the book that the show is based on)...

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One Two Chucky's Coming For You

by Jason Adams

If you squint in the opening moments of the latest Child's Play film -- which supposes a restart, a return to the beginning, an origin story -- it might remind you of Paul Verhoeven's Robocop, another 80s property that recently got the reboot treatment, sans soul. The soul gone missing this time around though is actually a literal one (or as literal as "souls" get anyway), as Chucky's not-so-humble beginnings have been rethought. He's no longer a regular doll that got the soul of a psycho voodoo'd into him, but one whose ultra modern computer tech gets maliciously-virused by a disgruntled employee at a slave labor camp buried somewhere in the deep dark recesses of Somewhere Vietnam...

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Smackdown '01: Connelly, Tomei, Winslet, and the Dames

A bohemian novelist, a longsuffering wife, a snobbish Lady, and a supremely competent housekeeper were the Oscar-honored roles in the Best Supporting Actress competition of 2001. 

The shortlist that year was a veritable who's who of this very category, most of the actresses had been nominated before / would be again. One was already a two-time winner and Dame of the British Empire in fact (Maggie Smith... Helen Mirren wouldn't become a Dame until 2003). The anomaly / party crasher was Jennifer Connelly, who had been a teenage star and was receiving her first taste of awards glory as an adult, building on the momentum of a critically well-received turn the previous year in Requiem for a Dream with a borderline leading role in on of the year's biggest hits (A Beautiful Mind made an incredible $170 million at the US box office, believe it or not). 


Here to talk with your host Nathaniel about these five nominated turns are (in alpha order): Erik Anderson of Awards Watch, freelance critic Valerie Complex, This Had Oscar Buzz's Joe Reid, and Shane Slater from Awards Circuit. Now it's time for the main event...


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Emmy FYC: Hong Chau in "Forever" 

By Spencer Coile

Despite its impressive cast (Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Catherine Keener) and creative team, the premiere of Amazon Prime’s Forever was oddly muted. Yet for anyone who watched the eight episode first season, this shouldn’t be a complete surprise - the premise is almost too clever and takes a solid three episodes before you actually know what is happening. Still, with its pedigree, it’s strange that not even Maya Rudolph’s strong leading role garnered any Emmy buzz, nor did it receive any Globe or Critics Choice love.

Still at least one performance absolutely deserves the Emmy voters attention: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Hong Chau for Comedy Guest Performance in episode 6 “Andre and Sarah.” Months after the series premiere (I first watched it back in September), I haven’t been able to shake Chau’s performance as Sarah…

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