King of the Crop: “Original” Us Takes Records For Horror, March and “R”-Rated Films(Photo by Universal)Let’s lay out some pretty amazing facts about Us’ million weekend. That is the highest opening ever for an original “R”-rated film. The 11 “R” films to open higher were either sequels or adapted from popular books. Us is also the biggest opening ever for an original live-action film in March and an original horror film in any month. Only It and last year’s Halloween opener higher. But…can it outgross Get Out s 6 million?Us has already doubled Get Out’s .4 million opening. A good start indeed. It is the 142nd film to open with million or more. Of those previous 141 films, do you know how many failed to reach the 6 million earned by Get Out? Six. (Fifty Shades of Grey, Halloween 2018, Fast and Furious, Quantum of Solace, X-Men: Apocalypse, 2012). That is already 95.7% in favor of Us besting Get Out’s total. The number to watch next week when Dumbo knocks Us back to second is whether its second weekend is over or under million.Rotten Returns: Captive State Takes A Dive(Photo by Focus Features)In its second week, Focus Features’ Captive State could not remain in a Top 10 where four finishers made less than million this weekend. That is because it took an estimated 70.7% drop to only 8,000. The million production that has grossed all of .2 million in 10 days of release is the second film of 2018 to have a 70% drop or higher. (Replicas fell 81.5%.) In 2018 there were six wide releases that dropped as much in their second weekend – Mortal Engines, Assassination Nation, Gringo, Super Troopers 2, Kin, and Once Upon a Deadpool.Top 10 and Beyond: Captain Marvel Hits Top 10 Of MCU(Photo by Disney)One film already carving its path amongst the all-timers at the box office is Captain Marvel. With another million this weekend its total stands at 1 million, the 21st-best total for a film after 17 days of release. Its worldwide total currently stands at 0 million – or – the 7th highest-grossing film based on a Marvel property ever.Among other victories in the Top 10 this week we have How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, which is up to 8 million worldwide, just million behind the original (which is still the series’ domestic champion with 7.5 million.) If estimates hold on A Madea Family Funeral it will officially be the third highest-grossing film of Tyler Perry’s directorial career. Finally while the numbers are not giant for Five Feet Apart, a 34% drop from last week means the million production has now grossed over million and should get itself at least over million when all is said and done.This Time Last Year: Pacific Rim Led, But Would Soon Fall(Photo by Warner Bros)One of the biggest bombs of 2018, nevertheless, opened to no. 1 this weekend. Pacific Rim Uprising began with .1 million and later finished with just under million total domestically. Black Panther was finally knocked back to second place with another million as it had amassed over 1 million after six weekends. Also opening with Sherlock Gnomes (.6 million), Paul Apostle of Christ (.1 million), Midnight Sun ( million) and Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane which missed the top ten with .7 million. Leading the per-theater-average charge was Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs (,011 on each of its 27 screens for .62 million.) Fifty Shades Freed also managed to finally cross the 0 million mark.On the Vine: Elephants and a Beach Bum(Photo by Dumbo)Disney releases the first of their 2019 live-action remakes with Dumbo. Tim Burton’s 2010 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland was the biggest success of his career and Dumbo could very well end up being his second highest global success. Also opening wide is PureFlix’s abortion drama, Unplanned, the first “R”-rated release for the Christian-based company. Finally, Neon releases Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum with Matthew McConaughey. The Full Top 10: March 22-24Us (2019) 93% – .25 million (.25 million total)Captain Marvel (2019) 79% – .02 million (1.49 million total)Wonder Park (2019) 34% – .00 million (.47 million total)Five Feet Apart (2019) 53% – .75 million (.46 million total)How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) 90% – .53 million (5.75 million total)Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) 11% – .50 million (.88 million total)Gloria Bell (2018) 91% – .80 million (.49 million total)No manches Frida 2 (2019) 13% – .78 million (.62 million total)The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) 84% – .13 million (3.32 million total)Alita: Battle Angel (2019) 61% – .01 million (.87 million total) me.Buzz, Woody, and the Gang Just Got Put Back In Their Box(Photo by Annapurna Pictures)“Well, I’m flabbergasted,” admitted Missing Link co-director Chris Butler when he accepted the award for Best Feature – Animated with co-director Arianne Sutner. So were we. This was Toy Story 4’s award to lose: The Certified Fresh Pixar sequel is considered a lock for the Oscar in the category, and was a huge smash with audiences and critics. But it was the underseen Missing Link, the stop-motion Big Foot movie from Kubo and the Two Strings and Coraline studio Laika, that won the Golden Globe and made this year’s animation races a touch more exciting moving forward.Tom Hanks Doesn t Usually Get This Emotional, He SwearsTom Hanks proved why he’s the most liked person in Hollywood (the world?), delivering one of the night’s most moving speeches while receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award from Charlize Theron for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Hanks started things off emotionally, struggling to speak as he shouted out his wife and five kids, then delivered some laughs (to Scorsese: “Boy, let’s see the outtakes from that movie, by the way”), before closing with a few more almost-tears (“I have checked the gate”). “I swear to God I’m not nearly this emotional at home,” he said at one point. We’re glad he let himself go this time.President Barack Obama Is on Fleabag s Naughty ListIn her acceptance speech for Fleabag’s win for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, series creator Waller-Bridge reminded everyone that she’s as much of a fan of President Barack Obama as he is of her show.“Personally, I’d like to also thank Obama for putting us on his list,” Waller-Bridge said, referring to the president s end-of-the year list. “And as some of you may know, he’s always been on mine. And if you don’t get that joke, please watch season 1 of Fleabag really, really quickly.”The NSFW scene she s talking about can be seen on YouTube.Next up are my favorite movies and TV shows of 2019. Of course, there’s also American Factory, a film from our own production company, Higher Ground, that was recently shortlisted for an Oscar. Here’s the full list: pic.twitter.com/PEcgwotcxm Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 29, 20191917 Shakes Up Awards Season With Two Jaw-Dropping WinsThere was no direction needed for Sam Mendes to act genuinely shocked after winning Best Director – Motion Picture for 1917: he was visibly shook. So was much of the room, who were likely expecting Quentin Tarantino, Bong Joon-ho, or the man Mendes himself said in his speech stands above all others, Martin Scorsese, to take the prize. Mendes’ win for Best Director was only the beginning of a surprisingly good night for his WWI drama. The movie would go on to win for Best Motion Picture – Drama, too, beating out The Irishman and Marriage Story. Opening wide in theaters next week, a strong showing at the Box Office could put the film in the frontrunner seat for Best Picture at the Oscars.And Olivia Got A Little Boozy, AgainAfter confessing she got bladdered at last year s Oscars, Olivia Colman confessed – on stage – she was a bit boozy tonight when she won her award for Best Performance By An Actress In a Television Series – Drama for The Crown. We thank her for the helpful reminder – on behalf of a number of presenters and recipients this evening – the booze was flowing in the ballroom.Are you as obsessed with awards as we are? Check out our Awards Leaderboard for 2019/2020.
(Photo by Amazon Prime)Podcasts are invading the TV medium in earnest with adaptations of top series dropping across broadcast and streaming — and even more on the way.It used to be that the only way to experience a hit podcast was to pop in your earbuds. But now, it’s just as easy to plop yourself down on the couch and turn on the TV. Three podcast adaptations made their television debuts in November 2018 alone — Amazon’s Homecoming, Bravo’s Dirty John, and Oxygen’s Up and Vanished. The first two are now up for Golden Globe awards on Sunday for best drama series and best performance by and actress in a TV drama (Julia Roberts) for Homecoming and best actress in a limited series or TV movie for Connie Britton s Dirty John performance.Though the three shows are hardly the first podcasts to make the jump to TV, they do seem to be indicative of the growing trend.“This year was a big pivotal moment because you had very aggressive formal interest from television and film studios, as well as coordinated and formalized attempts by podcast companies to build that pipeline,” explains Nicholas Quah, a journalist who covers podcasts and writes a newsletter about the industry, Hot Pod. Quah credits one outlet in particular, Gimlet Media, for jumpstarting the adaptation process. The ambitious company’s non-fiction, real-time account of its founding, Startup, became the ABC sitcom Alex Inc., starring Zach Braff.While the saccharine ABC comedy was quickly canceled (its 40% Tomatometer score reflects its critical appeal), the company’s second attempt has been a resounding success. The Julia Roberts–starring Amazon Prime Video series Homecoming, based on the fiction podcast of the same name, is Certified Fresh with a glowing 98% Tomatometer score. That these two podcasts from the same company had such drastically different fates once they reached the small screen speaks to how variable the podcast-to-TV trend is.Good podcasts don’t inherently make great TV. There are some things that podcasts can do that TV can’t, and the reverse is certainly true as well. Rotten Tomatoes spoke to the creators of all three of November’s shows to learn about what went into adapting these podcasts, and what that means for the future.Homecoming’s New Televised HomeEven as a podcast, something about Homecoming always felt cinematic. The scripted radio drama, a psychological thriller about a facility whose purported mission of helping returning veterans transition to civilian life might mask something more nefarious, featured top-tier talent from the start. Actors Catherine Keener and Oscar Isaac voiced main characters, and the dialogue-driven script resembled the flow of a TV show or film. It was a natural fit for television, and many of its characteristics stayed the same when it jumped mediums. The podcast’s creators and writers, Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, oversaw the TV show as well, with Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail executive producing and directing. There were some changes, though, like a new, possibly even more star-studded cast (Julia Roberts!), and the whole “adding visuals” thing.“In the podcast, we really had complete control of information, the questions, and the scope of the story,” Horowitz tells Rotten Tomatoes, noting how the audio-only version of the story didn’t have room for background details or questions. If a character didn’t mention something, it didn’t exist. On a TV show, though, the way objects are arranged on a character’s desk can be telling.“In the podcast, the whole world is based on voices and ambient tones and when people are speaking to another person,” Bloomberg adds. “When you go to script format or visual, there’s a way to communicate stuff faster and more precise when you can see it.”He cites the opening of the Amazon show’s fourth episode, a wordless montage of a drug manufacturing process, as a prime example.“That’s the type of communication that is totally unavailable to the podcast,” he says,” [that] you get so much story from in this two- or three-minute scene.”Then again, there are other things a podcast does that a television show can’t.“Audio offers this real immediacy and authenticity and connection with the characters,” Horowitz says. “You can really sink into these conversations and listen to the way you would any conversation. Television, I don’t think, has that. There’s a greater sense of artifice, a greater sense of separation between you and it.”Horowitz and Bloomberg say they were both focused on making a story that was right for the specific medium when working on both versions of the show. Neither is “the definitive” version, they say. Some people will like both, some might prefer the podcast, and others, like Bloomberg’s mom, will prefer the show.“My mom couldn’t listen to the podcast,” Bloomberg recalls. “She was bored to tears by it, but she watched the show all in one sitting, got to the end, and was crying. I think they offer different people different stuff, so I think they’re both great in different ways.”Dirty John Gets the Bravo TreatmentDirty John, now approaching its series finale, is a different sort of adaptation than Homecoming. Bravo’s series dramatizes the popular true-crime podcast from the Los Angeles Times, which followed the exploits of John Meehan, a serial liar who conned his way into a dangerous, abusive relationship with well-off Orange County designer Debra Newell.Bravo’s scripted dramatization casts Eric Bana and Connie Britton as the main characters, and retells the story with an uncanny mix of ridiculousness and creepiness. It’s akin to a ripped-from-the-headlines version of Desperate Housewives, which makes sense, given that one of t蓝ez出装这款战斗手游，在虚拟的世界中自由的冒险探索，和更多的玩家一起组合战斗，打造最强的战队，去应对各种敌人，boss，开启全新的战斗，整体的可玩度非常的高，刺激感满满，让每个玩家可以尽享游戏带来的挑战快感！
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imately involved as an executive producer — changed plenty of details in order to create a compelling television narrative. But that was inevitable, considering the books are told from Alina s point of view only — not to mention that the show also worked the Six of Crows characters in despite the fact that those books take place after the events of the Shadow and Bone series. The show does differ quite a bit from the book, especially for Mal, Renaux explained. The books are written in first person, so there s a lot of space in terms of Mal s story there. You know where he is, but you don t exactly know what he s going through and how he s feeling and all that sort of stuff. So I had to refer to the scripts for that. We used [Shadow and Bone] as like a Bible, really, a reference point. In fact, Barnes carried around a book of quotes from the novels that he d hoped to include in the show, and Heisserer and his team were more than willing to indulge him when he felt that one would be appropriate to use.Of course they were useful, Barnes explained: Leah spent years in the minds of these characters and there would be lines from the book which would be really, from my life perspective as an actor, juicy lines that would really help raise the stakes in a particular scene sometimes. 2. Heisserer Has Twitter To Thank for His Involvement in the Series(Photo by Netflix)Heisserer devoured the Six of Crows books after a friend recommended them as Ocean s 11 in a Game of Thrones world. He loved them so much that he even Tweeted Bardugo about just how much he loved them. When he got a call from Netflix a year or so later about the project, he wondered how his name even came up as a potential collaborator — then he remembered his Tweets.Because of his Six of Crows love, he originally wanted to adapt those books only. But Bardugo made him realize why that wouldn t be possible. You can t introduce a magic system and a magic system on steroids in the same breath, that s not gonna work for viewers. And if you think I m gonna let you get away with putting the Darkling and jurda parem in the same space, you re dead wrong, she told him.Non-book readers, don t worry about jurda parem just yet — it ll come into play if the show catches up with the Six of Crows book timeline. Instead of the storyline that happens in the book, Heisserer pitched what amounts to a prequel story for those characters and imagines what they were doing during the time that Shadow and Bone takes place.3. Production Wrapped Just Before Covid-19 Shut Everything Down(Photo by Netflix)Filming took place from late 2019 to early 2020, and the Budapest production finished filming just before the pandemic led to a worldwide shutdown. While they were lucky to have completed filming, they faced the same work from home challenges the rest of us did as the post-production team attempted their work from their home offices.About 99.9 percent of post-production work was remote, Heisserer said. That was the challenge for everybody on the team. I can tell you that you found out right away who had decent internet carriers, he joked.4. The Hunt for Alina Didn t Take Very Long(Photo by David Appleby/Netflix)Heisserer, Bardugo, and the Netflix team settled in for what they thought would be at least six months of hunting for their lead, but Li turned up in the first batch of auditions and the two EPs fell in love with her immediately. She did an excellent job in her scene, but what came after was just as important as what she did during. When Jessie introduced herself at the end of the audition tape she lit up. She was effervescent. She was this joy bubble that you couldn t wait to be around, Heisserer said. And we were like, well, there s the sun summoner! The problem came after, when the powers that be were worried they d found someone too fast. The tension and the anxiety and the nail biting all happened when everybody else in the machine felt like we couldn t have found our Alina that quickly, and that we needed to keep looking and make sure, Heisserer said. I get that because so much rides on this, but at the same time, when you find someone you know is perfect and the larger process goes on, then every day is a chance that they will get hired on to some other show some other movie, you miss your window, and you re heartbroken. 5. Ben Barnes Really, Really Loves This Show(Photo by David Appleby/Netflix)Barnes character has some hidden depths, although we meet him as General Kirigan of the Grisha Army. He s an amplifier, which means he can help enhance the power of other Grisha. The depth was a prerequisite for him taking the role, considering he s not even in the first episode. But once he learned more about his character s true nature — no spoilers, book people! — he knew he not only wanted to play the character, but he also wanted to make sure his contribution to the series made a real impact.Why does he care so much? It s simple: At this point in his career, he only wants to work on projects he believes in, especially if he s uprooting his entire life and moving to Eastern Europe. I think you have no choice but to make the thing that you think would appeal to you. I have to do these scenes in a way that I think I d like to watch them, he said. I made myself a promise with my career five or six years ago that I was only going to do things that I think I d like to watch, because it s very difficult to choose otherwise. And in the end that s how you can feel proud of yourself, I think, and I love all this stuff. Living in a foreign country where you don t speak the language and you re away from all your family and friends is difficult, and not something he d do for just anything. I m in my late 30s, Barnes said. I very often uproot my entire life, and I go and live in Eastern Europe with people that I don t know. That wasn t easy at 24, and it s not easy now. Once he arrived in Budapest, he and the cast quickly became close — especially after he made it abundantly clear that although he was a decade or so older than most of them, he still wanted to hang out. In fact, he sent the Steve Buscemi GIF from 30 Rock — you know, the one where he has a backwards cap and a skateboard and says how do you do, fellow kids — as an ice breaker to the group chat. I was circulating a GIF of it because I was like, look, we re all here by ourselves and just because I m 15 years older than all of you doesn t mean I don t want to come for dinner and have a nice time, he said. You ll be happy to know that it worked, and he and the rest of the cast are all close friends still. They haven t been able to see each other in person because of Covid, but they eagerly await their reunion someday soon.6. There s Smooching(Photo by David Appleby/Netflix)Listen — any good fantasy series is going to have some more fun human elements in its complicated, magical world, and Shadow and Bone is no different. There s plenty of romance happening too, particularly between Alina and some of her costars.Although she and Mal start out as childhood BFFs living strictly in the friend zone, their relationship becomes romantic in the books — and that may happen in the show, too. Here is the possibility, Renaux teased, wary of giving too many spoilers. It s that thing of not knowing what you have or not appreciating or not seeing something in a romantic light until it s gone, which could happen. I m treading on eggshells here with what I can and can t say! There s a possibility that things could blossom but, you know, it might not! I can t say! Luckily he didn t let anything major slip so Netflix called off the hit squad they had waiting outside of his house while he did interviews, he joked. He knows how sensitive people can be about spoilers, and worked very hard not to say anything that would ruin the viewing experience.Why was he so paranoid about spilling the beans? Blame Tom Holland and his many Marvel slip-ups. I ve just seen Tom Holland spoil it so many times by accident. I remember watching him and thinking, God, that s something I would do, so I just have to bite my tongue as soon as I feel like I m anywhere near any spoilers, Renaux teased.
Hey, Billie Eilish, here s a tip: How about just changing Bad Guy to Bond Guy and calling it a day? You re welcome, and we re sure no one else has made this joke today. The 18-year-old is bringing her joie de vivre, all creepy and haunting and weird, to No Time To Die as the newly-selected theme song singer. This makes Eilish the youngest to ever write and record a James Bond theme, the ultimate movie-song gig that has welcomed the likes of Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Adele, Madonna, Duran Duran and more. Listen to Eilish s song here:No Time to Die, starring Daniel Craig in his fifth and final outing as 007, hits theaters April 10. And now, you can vote on your favorite James Bond theme songs over the past six decades!
Do we really need another Toy Story movie? For a significant chunk of moviegoers, that was the first question that came to mind when Toy Story 4 was announced, but here we are, almost a decade after Toy Story 3, and it looks like the wait was worth it. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and most of the rest of the voice cast are back albeit in a slightly more limited capacity in a new adventure that centers on a homemade toy named Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) who s having trouble comprehending and accepting his own existence. Woody takes it upon himself to help Forky fit in, and in the process, he reconnects with an old friend and begins to reexamine his own choices. It was always going to take a monumental achievement to make a return trip to this universe worthwhile, and by most accounts, critics say first-time director Josh Cooley has succeeded. The Certified Fresh Toy Story 4 is yet another triumph for Pixar that somehow manages to find poignant new ways to tug on heartstrings and entertain audiences of all ages, and with a supporting voice cast of new characters that includes Christina Hendricks, Key Peele, and Keanu Reeves, this one is poised to be another hit.
Halloween Kills star Anthony Michael Hall joined us for a live chat about the movie on Instagram. We talked horror with the veteran actor of TV s The Dead Zone and most famously in films The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Sixteen Candles, and National Lampoon s Vacation.Click image to see the video on Instagram.Hall stars as Tommy Doyle in the latest entry into the Halloween canon. The story picks up minutes after the events of director David Gordon Green s 2018 film, Halloween. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she has finally killed her life-long tormentor. But Michael Myers escaped the fiery cage she left him in and has resumed his bloodbath. With daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), Laurie joins a group of Michael s survivors to hunt down the monster once and for all.The film is written by Scott Teems, Danny McBride, and Green and is based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.Thumbnail photo: Riker BrosHalloween Kills premieres on Friday, Oct. 15 in theaters and on Peacock.
(Photo by Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)All Harry Potter Movies Ranked by TomatometerThe Harry Potter film franchise ruled the box office for a decade, but it also managed the uncommon feat of earning Certified Fresh status for every single one of its installments. It remains one of the most successful movie sagas of all time, and it’s even spawned a spinoff series. But while the first Fantastic Beasts continue the Certified Fresh streak, the second became the first Rotten entry in this cinematic Wizarding World. As theaters prepare for a third film in 2021, we re ranking all Harry Potter movies by Tomatometer!