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Box office bloodbath: Hollywood has worst October in a decade

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Couldn’t happen to a finer group of people.

From Hollywood Reporter: Following a record September, the October box office was a bloodbath.

Revenue for the month won’t crack $560 million, the worst showing in a decade after a string of movies underperformed domestically. Through Sunday, October ticket sales stood at $539.1 million, down a steep 13.4 percent from the same time period last year, according to comScore. The last time October revenue didn’t cross $600 million, or $700 million, was in 2007.

The final weekend of the month was particularly brutal. Moviegoers already ambivalent about showing up to for the new titles on the marquee were easily distracted by Halloween parties and the World Series (to boot, Stranger Things 2 premiered on Netflix).

The malaise struck hard.

Case in point: George Clooney’s upscale dramedy Suburbicon opened to a paltry $2.8 million from 2,046, the worst showing of any film Clooney has directed and a career low for star Matt Damon outside of All the Pretty Horses in 2000. The $25 million film, also starring Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac, was skewered by critics before getting slapped with a D- CinemaScore by audiences.

It is also among the worst wide openings in Paramount’s history. The studio has endured one box-office disappointment after another this year; last month, Darren Aronofksy’s mother! opened to $7.5 million domestically for a total to date of $17.8 million. Globally, the horror film, starring Jennifer Lawrence, has earned $43 million.

Thank You for Your Service, from Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks and partner Universal, didn’t fare much better than Suburbicon after failing to drum up interest in America’s heartland. The $25 million film, starring Miles Teller as an Iraqi war veteran suffering from PTSD, opened to $3.7 million from 2,054 locations. Universal and DreamWorks hosted dozens of screenings for members of the military and veterans, hoping to emulate the success of American Sniper.

But the biggest reason for the worrisome slump was the lack of a successful big event film along the lines of past October hits Gravity ($274.1 million), The Martian ($228.4 million) or Gone Girl ($167.8 million).

This year, not one October release crossed $100 million domestically. Blade Runner 2049, which hoped to follow the same trajectory as Gravity and The Martian, has only earned $81.4 million since its release on Oct. 6. Environmental disaster pic Geostorm also faltered, earning just $23.6 million in its first 10 days. Both films are facing major losses.

To be fair, no 2016 October title cleared $100 million, either. However, five titles did earn north of $50 million; this time out, only one has, Blade Runner.

October has been a bloodbath at the box office, and unfortunately reminiscent of what was a very slow month of August,” says comScore box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “With year-to-date revenue down 5 percent and just two months left in the year, making up the difference will be a daunting task with enormous pressure on every movie to perform to get us anywhere near last year’s record $11.4 billion North American record.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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Movie review: “Let There Be Light”

As you know, I’m not a big fan of Hollyweird. We RARELY go to the movies because of 1) Hollyweird’s political stance and sanctimonious lectures, and 2) the movies are really terrible. In the last six years, I’ve only seen four movies: American Sniper, Lone Survivor, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Although I couldn’t make it through that movie – I ended up waiting in the lobby for my boyfriend to finish watching it), and Heaven is for Real.

Saturday night we decided to go see and support Kevin Sorbo (director and star) and Sean Hannity’s (executive producer) Christian movie, Let There Be Light.

The movie stars Kevin and his wife Sam. Kevin and his family are Christians and according to Wikipedia, he believes his religious views have caused Hollywood to limit his career. He has said, “There’s a negativity towards Christians in Hollywood. And a negativity towards people who believe in God.”

About the movie, from Rotten Tomatoes:

“For all his far-reaching fame, Sol Harkins, the world’s most famous atheist, is a lonely soul and a lousy part-time dad. After a near death experience challenges his simplest assumptions about this world, Sol finds his purpose and reimagines his life, in a film that will make you laugh and cry and want to stand up and cheer.

The movie has a 4.5/5 rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

On October 25, Kevin Sorbo spoke with Fox News about why he made the movie:

“The world has gotten darker,” says actor/director Kevin Sorbo, explaining why he’s teamed up with Sean Hannity to bring “Let There Be Light,” a film full of hope, faith and love, to theaters this week.

“The world has gotten more evil,” said the 57-year-old actor, who co-wrote the film with his wife, Sam. “And this movie is about bringing lightness to the darkness, because dark hates the light.

“People are looking for hope. They are looking for a glimmer of something positive in their lives, because so much negativity happens. Evil, a lot of times, is so hard explain it, why people do the stuff that they do that hurts so many people’s lives.

“And we have fallen apart,” said Sorbo, who starred in the TV series “Hercules” and “Andromeda.” “This country is founded on Judeo-Christian values, and now we are a secular nation and you can see the anger and the hate.”

The movie follows the life journey of its lead character, Dr. Sol Harkens, as he converts to Christianity.

Sorbo said the film follows an atheist who changes his views following a series of traumatic events, including the death of his 8-year-old son and a failed marriage.  

“In his private life, he is a pretty miserable guy, and an event (a car accident) happens to him, and he can’t really explain his worldview anymore. And he is torn and lost and the only other person that understands him is his ex-wife. It’s that journey and story of hope, faith and, ultimately, I think it’s a love story and the celebration of the importance of being a father to kids.

Hannity, the movie’s executive producer, described the film as “a real-life emotional roller coaster ride.”

“This is a story about how one man struggles to find his true identity, his faith and how his decisions in life directly impact [things] all around him. It’s a movie that will touch people in every way possible: mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

The movie plot moves incredibly way too fast but that is to be expected given that the movie is only 1 hour and 41 minutes long. That time limit doesn’t allow for enhanced character development (except for Sol) so you take the other characters for what you see. Sol’s agent it a jerk from the get go and remains so after Sol’s life-changing event. Sol’s PR agent is tough at first yet I was happy to see that she was moved by Sol’s transformation.

Sam, Kevin’s real-life wife, does a great job in the movie. I had never seen her before and she came across as a natural. Her character is extremely forgiving of her ex-husband, maybe more so than I believe most women would be in real life.

From what I understand, a lot of Sam’s movies have a Christian theme. In real life, she studied Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, but decided to pursue modeling and acting afterwards. Sam married Kevin in 1998 and they have three children together, whom they homeschooled. Sam wrote They’re Your Kids, a book that chronicles her family’s experience with homeschooling. She publicly advocates homeschooling.

If you are a believer you will enjoy this movie and its overall theme. The fast-pace of the movie makes you question how this can all happen so fast. You just have to go with the flow and know that it’s designed as a short movie, not a TV series that can take more time to delve into the consequences of Sol’s actions and how he fully processed the almost near-death experience he had.

The one point of the movie that relates to his near-death experience might differently affect some people, especially if you have lost children (which I have not). I could see where one might find his encounter uplifting or disheartening, depending upon your stage of grief.

Considering that Let There Be Light had no major press, it came in at number 11 for the weekend, making almost $2 million, according to Box Office Mojo. (Compare that to Suburbicon, which had major libtard stars and heavy promotion: Suburbicon came in at number 9 with $2.8 million in ticket sales.)

My boyfriend gave the movie a rating of 8 out of 10. I give it a 7. And even though I anticipated the ending, I still cried.

Overall it was an inspiring movie, one that I would recommend. If you are watching your budget wait until it comes out on DVD – it’s not a “must-see” at the theater.

DCG

Clooney and Damon say they knew Weinstein was a womanizer, not a predator

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Damon and Clooney: Selling their souls for fame and fortune

The jig is up boys. Quit trying to backpedal to sell tickets for your racist movie. #TheyAllKnew.

From Hollywood Reporter: George Clooney and Matt Damon are shedding more light on what it was like working with ousted Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who helped launched both actors to stardom, in the late ’90s.

The pair, during their press tour for the Clooney-directed film Suburbicon, sat down with ABC’s Michael Strahan to clarify what they knew about Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual harassment prior to the media firestorm that erupted after the publication of two exposés, by The New York Times and The New Yorker, which detailed decades of harassment and assault allegations against the disgraced mogul.

“You had to spend about five minutes with him to know that he was a bully, he was intimidating — that was his legend,” said Damon, who first worked with Weinstein on Good Will Hunting and was subsequently signed to a three-picture deal. “When people say everybody knew, yeah I knew he was an asshole. He was proud of that.”

Damon revealed that he had heard of Gwyneth Paltrow’s encounter with Weinstein from friend Ben Affleck, though he had been under the impression that Paltrow had come to “an agreement or understanding” following the incident.

Paltrow was one of the first Hollywood actresses to come forward and accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment. She previously disclosed to the Times that the producer made unwanted advances to her early in her career, summoning her to his hotel room and suggesting the two of them head to the bedroom for massages.

“I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy, but it’s not my business,” Damon said, explaining his thinking back then. “But this level of criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on.”

Clooney noted that he similarly had an inkling of Weinstein’s alleged behavior around women based on conversations he had with the mogul.

“Harvey would talk to me about women that he’d had affairs with,” said Clooney. “I didn’t necessarily believe him quite honestly, because to believe him would be to believe the worst of some actresses who were friends of mine.”

Telling Strahan he now knows the truth behind what Weinstein had described as an “affair,” he added, “The idea that this predator — this assaulter — was out there silencing women like that…it’s beyond infuriating.”

Clooney called for a change in Hollywood and an end to victim shaming, saying, “There has to be a comeuppance for all of this. All of the people who were part of that chain. And then, we have to make it safe for people to feel that they can talk about it.”

The Suburbicon director, noting that wife Amal Clooney has also been subject to harassment in her line of work, encouraged women to continue coming forward and so that men may be warned that “you’ll be out of the business, and more than that, you might be prosecuted.”

On the topic of harassment in Hollywood, he added, “We’re going to have these discussions, and we’re going to make it harder for it to happen.”

Since allegations first surfaced in the Times, over 40 women — including actresses Lupita Nyong’o, Lea Seydoux and Sean Young — have accused Weinstein of harassment and assault.

The disgraced film mogul has since been terminated as co-chairman from his own company, expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is under investigation by the LAPD, NYPD and London police.

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George Clooney: “Houston is Syria post Hurricane Harvey”

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Riiiiight. Because Syrian refugees and victims of Hurricane Harvey have so much in common.

Bonus: Not only does Julianne Moore want “re-education for everyone,” she also wants to “eradicate all these borders.”

From Hollywood Reporter: As George Clooney joins efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Irma rips through Florida, the Hollywood star on Sunday likened Americans left homeless by catastrophic weather events to Syrians caught up in their country’s civil war.

“It’s going to take a long time … and we’ll all have to be involved, because Houston is Syria,” the multihyphenate said during a press conference for his film Suburbicon, which is screening this week at the Toronto International Film Festival after bowing in Venice. “People in Houston are now refugees based on something that had nothing to do with them. They didn’t do anything. They’re now victims and they’re out of their homes and they will be suffering for a very long time,” he added.

Harvey slammed into Texas’ Gulf Coast on Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane. It was soon downgraded to a tropical storm but lingered for days, dropping up to 50 inches of rain on Houston and the surrounding area before moving eastward to Louisiana.

“We’re going to have to find ways to get involved — that’s our jobs as citizens of the world,” said Clooney. The Hollywood star directed Paramount’s Suburbicon, which features Matt Damon and Julianne Moore as a couple in over their heads with a dastardly plan in a caustic satire penned by Joel and Ethan Coen, Clooney and Grant Heslov.

Moore, also in Toronto to help promote the film, said humanitarian crises like in Syria and hurricane-ravaged Texas and Florida remind Americans they need to come together to help one another. “This is happening everywhere, with people being forced out of their homes and their nations and are looking for places to go. The only way we can help each other is by eradicating all these borders and thinking globally,” said the actress.

Damon said Suburbicon, a drama about very flawed people making very bad choices in a seemingly idyllic 1950s community, also has resonance with the Trump era. “You never know when you’re making a movie. A lot of these current events, we couldn’t have predicted,” said the actor.

A movie inspired by the true-life story of African-Americans who were harassed by their white neighbors to get them to move out of their Levittown, Pa., community in the 1950s, Suburbicon will inevitably be overshadowed by recent events in Charlottesville, Va., Damon suggested.

“Everything was there, but the lid hadn’t been torn off yet. And it seems like this presidency has reinvigorated this certain element, and emboldened them to step out into the open,” the actor said of Donald Trump’s defiant comments about alt-right provocateurs in the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy.

The U.S. president stirred controversy when he initially declined to single out the white supremacists and neo-Nazis whose demonstration against the removal of a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue had led to violence and the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville.

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George Clooney: “There’s a dark cloud hanging over our country right now”

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Damon, Clooney and Moore: Bunch of angry libtards

Feel free to keep your butt in Italy, George.

Bonus: Julianne Moore wants “re-education” for everyone.

From NY Post: George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” has a timely subplot — based both on present times and a 1957 incident — about racism in white America. That subplot, however, resounded deeply during the Venice Film Festival press conference for the film, which stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.

“I was watching a lot of speeches on the campaign trail about building fences and scapegoating minorities and I started looking around at other times in our history when we’ve unfortunately fallen back into these things,” said Clooney, talking about how the pic germinated.

While casting around for story ideas, Clooney found a 1957 incident that happened in Levittown, Pa., in which an African-American family moved into a suburban development; however, many white residents in the area reacted with violence. Then, while looking to try to make a film out of the Levittown story, he remembered that the Coen brothers had written a script called “Suburbicon,” so those two elements were meshed together.

Of course at that stage the Charlottesville, Va., race riots had yet to happen, noted Damon, who in the film plays a bad guy who goes all the way, to an extent that he’s “never been able to do so far” in his career.

“When we were filming we obviously could not have predicted the race riots,” said Damon. “We weren’t literally thinking that race riots would erupt in America right before this came out. But it does speak to the fact that these issues have not, and are not, going away. So there’s an honest reckoning in our country.”

As to the character Damon plays: “It’s kind the definition of white privilege when you are riding around your neighborhood on a bike covered in blood murdering people and the African-American family [who are his neighbors] is getting blamed for it,” he said.

Clooney pointed out that the film’s very dark tone reflects the anger he sees in the U.S. today.

“If you go to our country…depending on what side of the aisle you sit on, it’s probably the angriest I’ve ever seen it,” he noted. “There’s a dark cloud hanging over our country right now.” But he added: “I’m an optimist…I believe that we will get through all these things…but people are angry; a lot of us are angry.”

The “Suburbicon” director also underlined that the film “isn’t a movie about Donald Trump. … This is a movie about our coming to terms constantly with the idea that we have never fully addressed our issues with race.”

Moore, who plays a double role in the pic, made a clear-cut a statement on the issues being raised by Charlottesville.

“We are living in the United States where people are arguing about removing Confederate monuments: They must be removed,” she said. “You simply cannot have these figures from the Civil War in town squares and in universities for our children to see. As a parent and as a citizen I need to be active in the eradication of those, in the re-education of everyone. We have to take responsibility for it.”

Clooney joined her on a similar note: “This is something that is really festering right now in the United States: Talking about the Confederate flag, and the Jefferson Davis monument,” he noted.

“Now, if you want to wear it [a confederate flag] on your T-shirt or if you want to hang it on your front lawn…have at it. But to hang it on a public building where possibly African American tax payers are paying for it — and it’s a symbol of hate — that cannot stand.”

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