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Monday
Sep102018

Beauty vs Beast: Tiger vs Dragon

Jason Adams from MNPP here, hoping against hope that Michelle Yeoh's name doesn't get lost among all the brand new Oscar contenders currently dominating our thoughts thanks to the ongoing Toronto Film Festival; they might be fresh playthings but Crazy Rich Asians as Nathaniel just reported is still dominating the box office, so let's keep Yeoh's heat going.

And what better way than to use this week's "Beauty vs Beast" glance back at her previous greatest role, that of the love-stricken bad-ass Yu Shu Lien in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She faced down an ignorant but loveable upstart that time around to, with Zhang Ziyi embodying all fiery desire as the thief and shit-kicker Jen Yu. 

 

PREVIOUSLY Our Hammer vs Cavill battle kept itself pretty tight but Armie came out on top (I hear he's into that) with 52% of your vote - said Matt:

 

"Well, Armie Hammer wants to wrestle. So....yeah."

Sunday
Sep022018

Summer Box Office Top Ten. Are These "Popular Achievements"?

by Nathaniel R

It's probably foolish to continue to poke fun at The Academy for their desperation in wanting to honor "Popular Achievements" but we can't help ourselves. It's so redundant. Box office success is its own reward and has nothing to do with "best" really, just with "success of brand awareness" and "delivering what people are expecting". The charts prove that it's getting more and more rare for an original picture to make it into the year end top ten. Even in the summer, with a much smaller field of contenders, it's still really hard for any movie that isn't a sequel to be one of "the most popular." Summer movie season kicked off on April 27th with The Avengers and ends right about now on Labor day weekend.

Herewith the TEN biggest hits of Summer 2018... How many of them did you see and if you controlled all box office, how much would they have earned?

SUMMER TOP TEN
(Figures as of 9/2/2018)

1. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (April 27th) $678+

It was always going to be huge but the phenomenon of Black Panther helped push it way way over the gross of the preceding Avengers picture which made $459 domestic. (Global Gross to Date: $2 billion... the first Marvel movie to ever do that... Black Panther grossed $1.3 billion globally though it's a bigger hit than Infinity War in the US)

2. INCREDIBLES 2 (June 15th) $601+

Proving that audiences were really impatient for a sequel to the 2004 smash, they turned out in droves 14 years later, the rose still in full bloom (Global Gross to date: $1.1 billion) 

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Sunday
Aug262018

What did you see over the weekend?

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office Estimates
(August 24-26)

W I D E
800+ screens
PLATFORM / LIMITED
excluding prev. wide
1. CRAZY RICH ASIANS  $25 (cum. $76.8)  Review, Michelle Yeoh
1. ๐Ÿ”บ PAPILLON $1.1 on 544 screens *NEW*
2. THE MEG $13 (cum. $105.3)  Review 
2. ๐Ÿ”บ  PUZZLE $372k on 265 screens (cum. $1.2)
3. ๐Ÿ”บ HAPPYTIME MURDERS $10 *NEW*  
3. ๐Ÿ”บ SEARCHING $360k on 9 screens *NEW*

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Wednesday
Aug222018

Links: Lynskey, Castillo, Cho, and Missing 80s Movies

• THR a reporter on the next tense moments at Netflix as they try to make their original movies more culturally impactful to continue to lure filmmakers. Roma and The Irishman are going to be crucial to their plans
• Awards Daily Melanie Lynskey talks about her work on Castle Rock
• EW high powered producer Craig Zadan, who brought lots of musicals to the screen and also produced the Oscars, died unexpectedly at just 69. Hollywood is paying tribute.
Playbill cast announced for the Broadway aimed Beetlejuice musical. Includes Kerry Butler in the Geena Davis role!


ScriptNotes a great discussion about the new silent-movie like loss of old movies (particularly from the 70s and 80s) in the streaming era. It springs from this article...
BlackList "In search of the last great video store" - the writer had a craving for Fresh Horses starring Molly Ringwald and couldn't find it. (We've been there MANY times)
Filmmaker Raúl Castillo talks about his career from his theater roots, through Looking, and on to We the Animals
Variety Aretha Franklin apparently didn't leave a will before she died
Coming Soon Crazy Rich Asians sequel is moving forward. That's great news for Gemma Chan and Harry Shum Jr who feature prominently in the book's sequel
My New Plaid Pants John Cho seven times
The AV Club Hulu wants to revive Veronica Mars
Vulture looks into the climactic mahjong showdown in Crazy Rich Asians

Monday
Aug202018

Podcast: Crazy Rich Asians and Glenn Close for Best Actress

Nathaniel R and Murtada Elfadl welcome Nick Davis back to the podcast this week for lots of Crazy Rich Asians talk.


Index (58 minutes)
00:01 Introductions. Randomness.
02:10 Nick has read the book that The Wife is based on!
05:01 Crazy Rich Asians talk. Lots and lots on with SPOILERS (sorry). We love the ensemble including Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum Jr, Pierre Png, Gemma Chan, and more...
36:34 Older films we've been watching: Travels with My Aunt (1972) Your Name (2016), and Luchino Visconti's The Damned (1969)
42:00 Recent releases: I Feel PrettyMadeline's Madeline, The Darkest Minds
50:45 Steve James new docuseries "America to Me"
54:00 Glenn Close for Best Actress! 

Referenced in this discussion
Nathaniel's year old review of The Wife from TIFF
Murtada's Desiree Akhavan interview
Justin Chang's Crazy Rich Asians review
Kelley Dong's Crazy Rich Asians review
The 1972 Best Actress list

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunesContinue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 

Crazy Rich Asians, The Wife

Sunday
Aug192018

Crazy, Now Richer Asians

by Nathaniel R

The past two years have definitely been a huge wakeup call to Hollywood -- American audiences are demanding more diversity onscreen. It wasn't just the sleeper smash of Get Out, or the bigger than Batman/Superman numbers for Wonder Woman, or the record-breaking figures for Black Panther. Add Crazy Rich Asians to the increasingly large stack of hits proving to the powers that be that people value representation onscreen and movies that reflect the ethnic diversity of real life and the fact that the human race is 50% female. 

Weekend Box Office Estimates
(August 17-19)

W I D E
800+ screens
PLATFORM / LIMITED
excluding prev. wide
1. ๐Ÿ”บ CRAZY RICH ASIANS  $25.2 (cum. $34) *NEW* Review, Michelle Yeoh
1. THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS $498k on 276 screens (cum. $10.5) Review
2. THE MEG $21.1 (cum. $83.7)  Review 
2. ๐Ÿ”บ  PUZZLE $217k on 108 screens (cum. $733k)
3. ๐Ÿ”บ  MILE 22 $13.6 *NEW*
3. ๐Ÿ”บ  THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST $138k on 72 screens (cum. $404k)  PodcastInterview

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