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‘The Addams Family’ Review: The Family Comes Full Circle

One of the best things about the new MGM The Addams Family animated film is that it brings the family full circle. The Addams Family began as a comic strip by cartoonist Charles Addams in the New Yorker Magazine, and was then turned into the mega-popular TV show in 1964. The property briefly became an animated TV series in 1973, and then hit the big time with two feature films in the early '90s.

The last major incarnation of Charles Addams' creation was a popular Tony-nominated Broadway musical. But now, the family is back -- and back to their roots with the new animated The Addams Family. While not hand drawn, the animation is closer to the comic strips than it is to Broadway musicals, and it just feels right seeing the macabre family in this form.

The Addams Family is the story of Gomez Addams (voiced by Oscar Issacs) and his wife,
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I Watched the Trailer For The Turning, and Now I'll Probably Never Sleep Again

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Hopefully, Mackenzie Davis picked up a few lessons in self-defense while filming Terminator: Dark Fate, because she'll need all the protection she can get in The Turning.

The trailer for the upcoming horror film stars Davis as Kate, a young nanny who journeys to a remote estate in the Maine countryside to help care for two orphans - Flora (The Florida Project's Brooklynn Prince) and Miles (Stranger Things alum Finn Wolfhard). Despite the gorgeous home where they reside, the children are clearly disturbed, and Kate soon discovers that they've been harboring a dark and potentially fatal secret about the mysterious death of their parents.

The Turning is directed by Floria Sigismondi (The Handmaid's Tale) and was inspired by the iconic Henry James novel, so yes - nightmares are in your future. (As if the shot of Wolfhard's character chomping down on a giant spider didn't give that away already.
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Movie Trailers This Week: 'Jungle Cruise,' 'The Turning,' 'Klaus'

Movie Trailers This Week: 'Jungle Cruise,' 'The Turning,' 'Klaus'
Jungle Cruise, led by Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt released its first full trailer this week, from director Jaume Collet-Serra. The Turning, starring Finn Wolfhard and Brooklynn Prince and Netflix's Earthquake Bird, starring Alicia Vikander, each debuted trailers this week.

Pixar's Onward, starring Tom Holland, released a full trailer this week, along with animated Klaus, starring Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons and Rashida Jones. Zombieland: Double Tap with Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson released a red band trailer and Kristen Stewart's Charlie's Angels, directed by Elizabeth Banks, released a second trailer.

Watch all the latest trailers below.
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Trailers of the Week: ‘Stage Fright,’ ‘The Preppy Murder,’ ‘The Turning’

Lost in Space Season 2

The Robinson family returns, only, something’s missing: their Robot. Between clips of unending sea and the depths of space (filmed in Iceland and Vancouver), the youngest Robinson, Will, pines for their missing comrade and resolves to find him, even if seems like a hopeless quest. “It’s not like he left you a map,” a voiceover tells Will. Of course, that’s only a minor inconvenience for this space-exploring family whose will to survive has already been proven. December 24th on Netflix.

The Preppy Murder:
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Box Office: ‘Joker’ Conquering Newcomers With $60 Million

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It’s still all smiles for “Joker,” which grossed another $17 million on its second Friday at the domestic box office.

If estimates hold, the Warner Bros. villain flick could score another $60 million come Sunday, down just 37% from its $96 million box office debut. That’s above earlier predictions, which saw the film landing somewhere in the $50 million range, and could push the movie past the $185 million mark by the end of the weekend.

“Joker” also had no problem conquering this weekend’s box office newcomers MGM and United Artists Releasing’s “The Addams Family” and Paramount’s “Gemini Man.” Likely fueled by family audiences looking for a more family-friendly alternative, “The Addams Family” came in at No. 2 with $9.7 million from 4007 locations. If estimates hold, the film should take home around $33 million by the end of the weekend.

The Addams Family” reimagines the classic characters of Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday and Pugsley set
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Charlize Theron Speaks Immigration, Diversity in ‘The Addams Family’

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Charlize Theron Speaks Immigration, Diversity in ‘The Addams Family’
They’re creepy, they’re kooky, and they’re an allegory for immigration in America.

Charlize Theron discussed the changing face of the nuclear family and her animated film, “The Addams Family,” with Variety at the movie’s recent premiere at the Century City Mall in Los Angeles.

“When you think of [the Addams] being around since the sixties, that’s pretty powerful — that they’ve always had their same values,” Theron told Variety‘s Marc Malkin. “But, this moment and time, there needs to be so much more encouragement. We need to question the norm a little bit more and we need to find kindness and understanding for others that might not look like us or might not talk like us or might not sound like us. So, to be a part of something like that, and I know children and their families are going to go see that, if that
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‘Joker’ Dominating Box Office Again With $50 Million as Will Smith’s ‘Gemini Man’ Flops

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‘Joker’ Dominating Box Office Again With $50 Million as Will Smith’s ‘Gemini Man’ Flops
Joaquin Phoenix remains the ruler of the North American box office as the second weekend of “Joker” heads for an easy victory with as much as $50 million at 4,374 sites, early estimates showed Friday.

That’s far above a trio of new entries, led by animated comedy “The Addams Family” with about $30 million at 4,007 venues — above the high end of forecasts. Will Smith’s “Gemini Man” is coming in under expectations with about $19 million at 3,642 locations. Adam DeVine’s artificial intelligence comedy “Jexi” is showing little traction with about $3 million at 3,600 screens.

“Joker” gave a jolt to last weekend’s box office with $96.2 million in the fifth-largest domestic opening of 2019 — achieved amid worries about the potential violence that the film’s dark themes might evoke. It’s showing plenty of traction at multiplexes with a decline of under 50%.

“Joker” has already become profitable for Warner Bros., which partnered with Village Roadshow
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'The Addams Family': What the Critics Are Saying

'The Addams Family': What the Critics Are Saying
The reviews are in for the animated film adaptation of The Addams Family.

The MGM movie follows the creepy and kooky group as their lives begin to unravel when greedy reality TV host Margaux Needler (voiced by Allison Janney) tries to kick them out of their new neighborhood. The mysterious and spooky gang must also prepare for the arrival of extended family members before a major celebration. Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Elsie Fisher, Aimee Garcia and Snoop Dogg are also featured in the voice cast.

The Addams Family, which is now in theaters,...
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Box Office: ‘Gemini Man’ Tops ‘Addams Family’ on Thursday Night

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Box Office: ‘Gemini Man’ Tops ‘Addams Family’ on Thursday Night
Will Smith’s “Gemini Man” topped the animated comedy “The Addams Family” with $1.6 million at 3,000 North American sites on Thursday night.

Paramount’s sci-fi thriller launched similarly to Brad Pitt’s “Ad Astra,” which earned $1.5 million from Thursday previews before opening with $19 million. “The Addams Family” brought in $1.3 million at about 3,000 sites on Thursday.

Both new titles are likely to trail Warner Bros.’ second frame of “Joker,” which outperformed expectations last weekend with a $96.2 million domestic bow. The Joaquin Phoenix-starrer, which has hit $130 million domestically and $280 million worldwide in a week, should take in as much as $45 million in North America this weekend.

Gemini Man” debuts at 3,642 locations, with more than a third of those screening the film in high frame rate 3D+ format, employed by director Ang Lee to show Smith alongside a younger clone of himself. After a nearly 20-year gestation to the big screen, “Gemini Man
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The Addams Family (2019) – Review

Move over Abominable, it’s time for another big animated feature film to hit the ole’ multiplex. Unlike the past Summer’s hit Toy Story 4 and the upcoming Frozen 2, it’s not a sequel, but it’s not exactly an original concept or idea. Even though the characters have been kicking around the pop culture ozone since 1937, they’re now in “uncharted territory”. Yes, it was over eighty years ago when Charles Addams debuted this frightfully funny family in the New Yorker magazine. They were part of a series of “one panel” cartoons so popular that they continued to pop up in issues, eventually being collected in book form. Eventually their creator gave them first names along with the same surname as the artist. It wasn’t until the 1960s that they gained their greatest fame as part of the fantasy TV sitcom fad. Now, there’s a bit
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Film News Roundup: Kerry Washington Joins Netflix Adaptation of ‘The Prom’

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Film News Roundup: Kerry Washington Joins Netflix Adaptation of ‘The Prom’
In today’s film news roundup, Kerry Washington gets a musical role, Marvel’s production chief and Naomi Watts are honored and an app offers a Spanish-language version of “The Addams Family.”

Casting

Kerry Washington has joined the star-studded cast for the upcoming Netflix movie “The Prom,” an adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical.

The cast includes Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Awkwafina, James Corden, Ariana Grande, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells. The musical “The Prom,” an original concept by Jack Viertel, received seven Tony Award nominations, including one for best musical

The Prom” follows a lesbian student in the fictional conservative town of Edgewater, Ind., who wants to bring her girlfriend to her school’s dance. When the two are banned from attending, a cast of Broadway luminaries band together to fight against the injustice. It’s the first movie project announced under Ryan Murphy’s Netflix deal.

Washington previously
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Movie Review – The Addams Family (2019)

The Addams Family, 2019. Directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon. Featuring the voice talents of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Elsie Fisher, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Tituss Burgess, Jenifer Lewis, and Pom Klementieff. Synopsis: An animated version of Charles Addams’ series of […]

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‘The Addams Family’ Review: Beloved Creepy, Kooky Family Gets a Creaky, Kiddie Animated Origin Story

When cartoonist Charles Addams created kooky Addams family as a one-page comic in the late 1930s, the initial gag hinged on how such a morbid clan couldn’t quite comprehend a world unsettled by their ghoulish ways. Over time, the family has permeated every inch of the entertainment complex, from TV shows to movies (and then more TV shows and movies), video games to a stage musical, even an incredibly popular pinball game. At its heart, however, the Addams family has always been a keen gothic metaphor for anyone who has ever felt like an outcast for embracing the macabre.

Which is why the Addams, for all their love of nasty things and affection for decidedly R-rated delights, is perfectly suited for a kid-friendly comedy about the perils of a world that doesn’t value individuality. Alas, that’s easier said than done: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon’s animated
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Film Review: ‘The Addams Family’

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Film Review: ‘The Addams Family’
There must have been something in the water the week of Sept. 18, 1964. That’s when the ghouls-are-us sitcom “The Addams Family” premiered on ABC — and exactly six days later, the ghouls-are-us sitcom “The Munsters” premiered on CBS. True, only one of those shows was based on the sinister genius of Charles Addams (whose first cartoon to feature what would ultimately be known as the Addams Family appeared in The New Yorker in 1937). Yet the two shows shared a remarkably similar trajectory and attitude.

Each one lasted for just two seasons, but together they marked a decisive turn of the entertainment screw, with the shows transforming Old Hollywood horror into gothic-absurdist laugh-track kitsch. You could say that “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” got there first, but that 1948 classic played the monsters straight, whereas “The Addams Family” and “The Munsters,” taking off from the camp spirit (and spirits) of Bobby Pickett’s 1962 novelty hit “Monster Mash,
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‘The Addams Family’ Film Review: Creepy, Kooky Characters Live Again in Fun Animated Feature

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‘The Addams Family’ Film Review: Creepy, Kooky Characters Live Again in Fun Animated Feature
There are certainly a lot of missed opportunities in the latest “The Addams Family” remake: Like why, if you have Oscar Isaac, would you turn him into just a voice in an animated film when the man is just a perfect, real-life Gomez?

And some of the animation choices don’t really convey why this creepy, kooky family has been so beloved for so many decades. Thankfully, other choices that seem out-of-the-box — Snoop Dogg as Cousin It? Christina Aguilera singing on the soundtrack? — help co-directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan (the duo behind “Sausage Party”) deliver an enjoyable, light-hearted Halloween treat that will surprisingly charm families and let them have a few laughs together.

On the wedding day of Gomez (voiced by Isaac) and Morticia (Charlize Theron), the ceremony is overtaken by people who want these monsters out of their town. Chased out of yet another home by torch-bearing villagers,
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The Turning (2020) Movie Trailer: Mackenzie Davis & Finn Wolfhard star in a Psychological Supernatural Thriller

The Turning Trailer Floria Sigismondi‘s The Turning (2020) movie trailer has been released by Universal Pictures and stars Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, Barbara Marten, and Joely Richardson. Plot Synopsis The Turning‘s plot synopsis: based on the novel by Henry James, “For more than 100 years, a deeply haunting tale has been passed down [...]

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Can Joker Laugh Off Gemini Man & The Addams Family at the Box Office?

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Joker finally arrived at the box office last weekend and set a new October record with a $96.2 million take. The Clown Prince of Crime will be facing some relatively stiff competition this weekend, as Paramount's Gemini Man starring Will Smith and MGM's animated take on The Addams Family arrive in theaters. CBS Films is also releasing the comedy Jexi, but none of them will likely have enough gas in the tank to claim the top spot.

Warner Bros. should see another weekend atop the box office as Joker is expected to nab between $42 million and $48 million in its second frame, based on industry estimates. While critics remain divided on the Todd Phillips-directed DC Comics adaptation, the R-rated flick has proved to be a winner with audiences. Joaquin Phoenix's take on the iconic villain is connecting with moviegoers in a big way, as the movie has already passed $300 million worldwide.
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A Famous Ghost Story Returns to the Screen with The Turning: First Trailer

Tagline: "Watch the Children with Care." The Turning is the latest film to find its inspiration from the novella The Turn of the Screw. This film fan has still not read this classic, despite its influences. Now, this latest interpretation will focus on a mysterious estate, in a Maine countryside. Here, a nanny is put in charge of two very special orphans. As well, Italian director Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways) has helmed this feature, with Carey and Chad Hayes adapting the screenplay. The film itself stars: Mackenzie Davis ("Black Mirror"), Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, Mark Huberman, Barbara Marten and Niall Greig Fulton. Now, a trailer and poster are available for this supernatural infused feature. The Turning has been rated PG-13. Though difficult to create challenging horror with a PG-13 rating, The Turning relies on strange imagery to bring the scares. The PG-13 rating is for: terror, violence, disturbing images and suggestive content.
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Mackenzie Davis and Finn Wolfhard star in trailer for horror The Turning

The first trailer for Universal Studios’ and Amblin Entertainment’s horror film The Turning has arrived. The film, which stars Mackenzie Davis (Terminator: Dark Fate) and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), is based on the novella The Turn of the Screw. Watch the trailer below… Based onHenry James’ horror story, The Turning revolves around a young woman (Davis) who becomes […]

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Finn Wolfhard Gets Creepy in Trailer for ‘The Turning’

Finn Wolfhard Gets Creepy in Trailer for ‘The Turning’
Stranger ThingsFinn Wolfhard stars in the unsettling new trailer for The Turning, director Floria Sigismondi’s upcoming film adaptation of the 1898 Henry James novella, The Turn of the Screw.

The clip follows Mackenzie Davis as a nanny who lands an unfortunate gig: watching after two creepy kids (Wolfhard and Brooklynn Prince) on their sprawling Maine estate.

After their introductions, the imagery, naturally, grows more disturbing: ghost hands, spiders slithering into mouths, heavy breathing, horses galloping into ominous mists, Wolfhard clanging menacingly on a drum set. “I know what you’re afraid of,
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