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Weekend Box Office: ‘Don’t Breathe’ Terrorizes Rivals With Winning $26.1M Debut


Elsewhere, Obama date movie ‘Southside With You’ opens to mediocre numbers overall, but knocks out boxing drama ‘Hands of Stone’; ‘Jason Bourne’ is a hit in China.

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Box-Office Analysis: How ‘Hell or High Water’ Became an Indie Summer Success


The critically acclaimed heist pic and modern-day Western — starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster — is prospering in both art house theaters on both (blue) coasts and commercial theaters in flyover (red) states.

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Suicide Squad End Credits & VFX Reel Have a Better Look at Easter Eggs

Though the horror thriller Don’t Breathe will probably knock it out of the top spot at he box office coming into its fourth weekend of release, Suicide Squad is still being considered a blockbuster hit. The movie has racked up an impressive $600 million worldwide. Though, it certainly wasn’t treated well by the critics. If there was one thing everyone seemed to enjoy, it was the colorful end credits scene. That has now been released online for everyone to enjoy over again without having to sit through the movie a second time.

Buddha Jones, the VFX company behind the end credits, released the video on Vimeo. They also have a cool VFX reel that offers fans a better look at some of the awesome Easter eggs discovered in this DC Films super villain adventure. They show off the very cool character introductions and that fan-favorite dance.

While the story and editing came under quite a lot of fire when it opened earlier this August, no one will argue that the visuals and graphics weren’t extraordinary. Buddha Jones was reportedly brought in last minute to alter the vibe of the movie, and give it more of a fun, comic book tone. Which they achieved. Among the highlights seen here are Joker and Harley having their Tango. And we get a way better look at that Deadshot character profile which recreates an iconic comic book cover. If you look closely, you’ll even see a few more deleted scenes with The Joker.

“It feels good to be bad. Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?”

Suicide Squad arrives with one of the biggest ensemble casts of the summer. The character line-up includes such iconic DC Comics characters as Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Slipknot (Adam Beach), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). The supporting cast includes Scott Eastwood, Common, Ike Barinholtz, Jim Parrack, David Harbour, and Alex Meraz. Jared Leto arrives to bring the world a new take on The Joker. And Ben Affleck returns as Batman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Suicide Squad is the third movie in the expansive new DCEU saga from DC Films’. It follows 2013′s Man of Steel, which introduced a modernized Superman to an all-new audience. That film was followed by Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which arrived this past spring and helped establish Bruce Wayne into this world. It also introduced such iconic DC characters as Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Cyborg. Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5th, and will be followed next year by a standalone Wonder Woman movie, which is in theaters June 2, 2017. And then the big ensemble superhero epic Justice League arrives next November. Take a look at the end credits reel and the VFX reel. If the video doesn’t play here, click on the link provided in the video window!

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Nate Parker: Earlier Comments Made “From A Standpoint Of Ignorance”

In a new interview with Ebony magazine, Birth of a Nation director Nate Parker says his comments from two weeks ago – when he spoke to Deadline, Variety and on Facebook – about the now-infamous 1999 college rape charges were made “from a standpoint of ignorance.” In today’s Ebony Q&A, he says, “It’s like, if I don’t know how to swim and two weeks later I know how to swim, I know how to swim. Honestly, when I started reading them comments I had to call some people and say, What did I do wrong? What did I say wrong?”

“I called a couple of sisters that (I) know that are in the space that talk about the feminist movement and toxic masculinity, and just asked questions. What did I do wrong? Because I was thinking about myself. And what I realized is that I never took a moment to think about the woman. I didn’t think about her then, and I didn’t think about her when I was saying those statements, which was wrong and insensitive.”

Parker has acknowledged that he was unaware the female student committed suicide years after the 1999 incident at Penn State that Parker and Nation co-writer Jean McGianni Celestin say was consensual.

Parker and Celestin were charged with raping the woman while she was intoxicated and unconscious. Parker was acquitted and Celestin was convicted of sexual assault, though the conviction was overturned in 2005 and the accuser declined to testify at a new trial.

The story made international headlines after Deadline’s Michael Cieply and Mike Fleming Jr. published an interview with the director August 12.

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How Original Mary Poppins Julie Andrews Feels About Emily Blunt Casting

The original 1964 Mary Poppins is perhaps Disney’s most iconic and beloved live-action classic. So casting someone new to play the magical nanny after all these years was certainly a daunting task for the studio. They eventually landed on Emily Blunt. She will assume the role made famous by Julie Andrews, who is a legend herself. So, how does Andrews feel about the choice that was made?

Emily Blunt hasn’t gotten a chance to speak with Julie Andrews in person yet. But director Rob Marshall, who is taking on Mary Poppins Returns after directing the fantasy musical Into the Woods and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides for Disney, had a chance encounter with Julie. Blunt recalls how this went down to Entertainment Weekly.

“Rob said he was in the Hamptons, and he saw [Andrews], and he said, ‘It’s top secret, but Emily Blunt’s playing Mary Poppins,’And she went, ‘Oh, wonderful!’I felt like I wanted to cry. It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure.”

Good news for Blunt, Julie Andrews is completely on board. There have been rumors that Julie Andrews and her original Mary Poppins co-star Dick Van Dyke will appear in the sequel, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Even with Andrews being on board, there was some trepidation that came with taking on the role for Blunt. She says this about accepting the challenge.

“I enjoy the challenge to be versatile… [but] I want to find the silliness again. I feel a little more trepidation with this [character] because she’s so emblematic of people’s nostalgia,. It’s such an important character in people’s childhood.”

Don’t expect Emily Blunt to just be mimicking Julie Andrews, though. This isn’t going to be the same Mary Poppins, even though it is being sold as a sequel. This version is going to be closer to what P.L. Travers’ envisioned in her original book series. Says Blunt.

“We’re delving into the books a lot more, which is a different version of the character, I’ll say that much. She’s a little meaner, yeah.”

Mary Poppins 2 begins shooting later this year. The movie already has a Christmas 2018 release date. Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to play Emily Blunt’s co-star. Meryl Streep has signed on to play Poppins’ cousin Topsy Turvey from the books. And there will be new music created for this magical musical adventure.

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49ers QB Colin Kaepernick Refuses To Stand For National Anthem: “There Are Bodies In The Street”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he’s ready for the backlash after his refusal to stand for the national anthem out of support for African Americans and other minorities. He’d better be – responses came fast and sometimes furious.

After sitting out the anthem before Friday’s exhibition game in San Francisco against the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick told NFL Media, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

The 49ers responded quickly, releasing the following statement: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pregame ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

The NFL went more to the point:  “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem.”

The 28-year-old, biracial Kaepernick told NFL Media’s Steve Wyche that he did not seek anyone’s approval before taking the stand – or, rather, the sit – and that “if they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.” The QB’s Twitter page, which frequently takes on civil rights issues and supports Black Lives Matter, is toplined by an Iain Smith quote: “Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man.”

He recently retweeted a post supporting Ghostbusters‘ Leslie Jones.

His colleagues didn’t quite agree with his anthem protest, even when they championed his right to say it, like Tiki Barber of CBS Sports Radio:

Kaep is using his platform & brand to make a compelling & polarizing point, which is his right, even if it’s met with ire!#idontagree

— Tiki Barber (@TikiBarber) August 27, 2016

I rotely stood for the #NationalAnthem all my life..post 9/11 & [email protected], I never took it for granted again!
God bless America ????????

— Tiki Barber (@TikiBarber) August 27, 2016

Here are some other notable reactions…

Hey @Kaepernick7 Football is an American sport. If you’re not feeling American feel free to leave you ungrateful clown.

— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) August 27, 2016

The easy thing to do is to make fun of Kap and his play. How about trying to understand where he’s coming from….but that would be too hard

— Adrian Clayborn (@AJaClay) August 27, 2016

Good for Kaepernick. The whole premise of this country is you can protest and speak your mind.

— Ian Karmel (@IanKarmel) August 27, 2016

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Don Cheadle To Trump After Dwyane Wade Comment: “You Truly Are A POS”

It’s a day ending in “y”, and so it is that Donald Trump has sparked another firestorm of criticism this morning, and in doing so landed himself the honor of being called “a POS” (piece of sh**) by House of Lies star Don Cheadle. The cause: a tweet politicizing the tragic death of 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge, cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, who was shot and killed Friday night in Chicago. Offering no condolences, Trump used the occasion of her murder for a tone-deaf I-told-you-so brag session about his chances of landing the African American vote, in the process misspelling Wade’s first name.

“Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” Trump said in a now-deleted tweet, replaced two hours later with one that got the Chicago Bulls Shooting guard’s name right, but was otherwise unchanged.

The comment came after a series of speeches held last week in which the GOP Presidential candidate pitched his case to African American voters, noting high rates of unemployment and violence afflicting their community. “What the hell do you have to lose?” Trump said Thursday, a message largely dismissed by that segment of the electorate, though Trump apparently remained confident enough about the pitch to comment as he did this morning. Unsurprisingly, he quickly became the object of intense criticism, with political commentators, civilians and celebrities alike excoriating him.

Among them, Don Cheadle, who said bluntly “you truly are a POS,” and continued to angrily slam the former host of NBC’s The Apprentice throughout the morning.

Sports journalist and political commentator Keith Olbermann – a frequent, vocal critic of The Donald – also weighed in, blasting Trump for the typo and calling him a “psychopath.”

Singer Michelle Williams was more diplomatic, simply calling Trump “a disgrace” and offering no further comment.

Others, like Bad Boys For Life director Joe Carnahan and Last Week Tonight writer Josh Gondelman, weighed in with bleak jokes.

A bottom ten day in American history will be the first time after Trump loses when someone still decides it’s worthwhile to put him on tv.

— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) August 27, 2016

After several hours of this, condolences for Aldridge’s death were tweeted from Trump’s account. However, political observers immediately pointed out that Trump’s original tweet came from his usual Android device, while the corrected tweet, as well as the much later apology, both came from iOs devices favored by his staff.

My condolences to Dwyane Wade and his family, on the loss of Nykea Aldridge. They are in my thoughts and prayers.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016

For his part, Wade didn’t respond to Trump’s tweets, instead pleading for the lives of Chicago youth and calling for an end to violence in the city.

My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016

The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016

The post was updated with additional information after publication.

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Bucky Vs. Captain America in Civil War Blu-Ray Preview

It’s almost time! On September 13, one of this year’s biggest blockbusters is coming home. Captain America: Civil War is on Digital HD September 2 before making its Blu-ray and DVD later in the month. And leading up to that big release, Disney is sharing quite a few featurettes and other special features online. Today, we have two more exciting sneak peeks, one featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the epic fight between Bucky and Steve Rogers, the other showing the unique superhero pairings this epic adventure was able to pull off.

Civil War has amassed a massive $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office, and it promises to be just as big of a hit on the home market. Disney has already showed off quite a bit from this incoming blast of fun, which gives fans a better understanding of this mammoth movie at large. So far, we’ve gotten to see a really fun blooper reel, a few deleted scenes and a number of character profiles which give us a better understanding of each individual involved with the fight for (and against) the Sokovia Accords.

Go behind the battle lines of the most explosive super hero adventure of the year with Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War in your own home! Captain America: Civil War hits Digital HD September 2 and 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and Digital SD September 13. Check out all the amazing special features that come with the film, along with the artwork, and pre-order your copy below!

Captain America: Civil War has conquered both audiences and critics, debuting to $179.1 million-the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time-and earning a 90% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Captain America: Civil War is the highest-grossing film of 2016 domestically, internationally and globally, earning more than $1.14 billion at the worldwide box office. It also continues Marvel Studios’ winning streak as the 13th consecutive film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to debut at #1 at the domestic box office.

When Captain America: Civil War arrives early on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on Sept. 2 and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 13, viewers can join the nonstop action and pick their side-Team Cap, commanded by Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), or Team Iron Man, led by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Rogers and Stark are joined by a star-studded lineup of beloved Marvel Super Heroes, including Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky Barnes a.k.a. Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson a.k.a. Falcon (Anthony Mackie) Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes a.k.a. War Machine (Don Cheadle), Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), along with new recruit Scott Lang a.k.a. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and joined by two new additions to the MCU: T’Challa a.k.a. Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

More than 60 minutes of thrilling, exclusive bonus material includes: an inside look at the evolution of lead characters Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, a behind-the-scenes exclusive on the making of Captain America: Civil War, never-before-seen deleted scenes and hilarious outtakes. Plus, home audiences can learn more about the latest additions to the MCU and get an exclusive first look at Marvel’s Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, coming to theaters Nov. 4! These bonus features may vary by retailer, and the DVD does not come with any bonus features. You can take a look at a few of the special features here thanks to Screen Slam.

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Beauty and the Beast Concept Art Shows Belle, Gaston & Mrs. Potts

On September 19, Disney will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their beloved animated classic Beauty and the Beast with a new Blu-ray edition. While the movie itself is pretty exciting, this impending release also contains a detailed look at the new live-action movie starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Some critics have already received an advanced copy of the Blu-ray, and images from this sneak peek have infiltrated the Internet giving us our first look at this fairy tale adventure.

Yesterday’s big reveal showed us Gogsworth and Lumiere as they will appear in the movie. Today, we have three pieces of concept art. They arrives with an image from what looks to be a rehearsal. Though we got to see a teaser trailer earlier this year, it didn’t include any footage from the finished movie. Here, we finally get to see what Emma Watson looks like as Belle. We also get a better look at Luke Evans as Gaston. And we get to see Mrs. Potts, played by Emma Thompson.

We’re not sure how close these images represent what we’ll see in the finished movie. Also arriving with this batch of concept art is what appears to be a scene from rehearsal, which shows us the backside of Emma Thompson as she dances with Luke Evans’ Gaston. Yesterday, we got a full-on look at Dan Stevens as Beast before his transformation. We also got to see a crowd scene from inside a pub, which gave us a first look at Josh Gad as LeFou and another peek at Evans’ Gaston.

Bill Condon is directing this faithful adaptation of the tale. Ian McKellen stars as Cogsworth and Ewan McGregor play the role of Lumiere, though the actors themselves are nowhere to be seen in this special sneak. We’re not sure when this full behind-the-scenes preview will make its way online, or if Disney even plans to debut it anywhere except as an exclusive on the new Blu-ray release.

Other cast members in the movie include Kevin Kline as Maurice (Belle’s father), Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster and Stanley Tucci as a grand piano named Cadenza. Its possible that Disney will finally unveil all of these characters as they appear in the new movie quite soon. Stephen Chbosky wrote this new take on the fairy tale, with Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman producing.

Eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, who actually won two of those awards for this animated version of the movie, returns with three new songs. The movie is hitting theaters on March 17, 2017. While we await the arrival of the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray, you can get a quick sneak peek at some of the characters here thanks to Twitter.

<i>Beauty and the Beast</i> on Set

concept art from the new beauty and the beast!!! pic.twitter.com/dXskbz5BjO

— mac (@maconodom) August 27, 2016

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First Look At ‘Downton’s Dan Stevens As Golden-Locked ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Prince

Dan Stevens, his hair — or someone’s – considerably longer than his floppy Downton Abbey style, looks pretty charming in this set photo from Bill Condon’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast live-action film. Co-producer Jack Morrissey posted the photo on his Facebook page yesterday, noting that the reveal comes “One year to the day after the completion of principal photography,” and adding, “here is your very first look at Dan Stevens as the Prince/Beast.”

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Jack Morrissey via Facebook

Morrissey also posted a couple other shots, including one of concept art of Lumière (voiced by Ewan McGregor) and Cogsworth (Ian McKellen) that Morrissey warns might not be final.

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Jack Morrissey via Facebook

Also posted was a frame of b-roll taken on the “Gaston” musical number, with Alexis Loizon-Officiel as Stanley, Josh Gad as LeFou and Luke Evans as Gaston.

Morrissey says the frames are taken from a “Sneak Peek” extra included on the 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/DVD/Digital of Disney’s 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast, coming next month.

Condon’s version hits theaters March 17, 2017, and stars Emma Watson as Belle,
Stevens as The Beast, Evans, Gad, McKellen, McGregor, and Kevin Kline as Maurice, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, among the very large cast.

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