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Box Office: Why ‘Hustlers’ Soared While ‘The Goldfinch’ Flopped

  • Variety
Though Stx’s “Hustlers” and Warner Bros.’ “The Goldfinch” couldn’t be more different in terms of genre or style, the two new releases prove the divergent paths that mid-budget movies can take at the box office.

Both films arrived last weekend in an environment that has been increasingly hostile to anything that’s not of the superhero ilk or the umpteenth iteration of a longstanding franchise. “Hustlers” beat expectations with a solid $33.2 million debut, while “The Goldfinch” bombed with just $2.68 million. Those results are a sobering lesson as studios continue to scout for material that appeals to moviegoers interested in more than just blockbuster fare. “Hustlers” cost a moderate $20 million to produce, meaning the movie only needed to do modest business to turn a profit. “The Goldfinch” carried double that budget with a price tag above $40 million. Amazon co-financed the movie, which will help mitigate damages, but it still
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Review: ‘The Goldfinch’ Is a Stolen Opportunity

Review: ‘The Goldfinch’ Is a Stolen Opportunity
To the list of great books mangled by Hollywood — F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities, and, Omg, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged — add Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. This cinematic assault on Tartt’s 2014 Pulitzer prize-winning novel would seem to have everything going for it: a classy cast (Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Sarah Paulson); the acclaimed Irish film and theater director John Crowley, fresh off his Best Picture nominee Brooklyn; Oscar-nominated screenwriter Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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Ruby Rose, Sarah Snook to be honoured at AiF Awards

Ruby Rose.

Ruby Rose, Sarah Snook, Dacre Montgomery, Anthony Maras and Bill Draper are among those who will be honoured at the 2019 Australians in Film (AiF) Awards, to be held in La in October.

Rose, who plays the lead CW’s upcoming series Batwoman, will be presented with the Create Nsw Annette Kellerman Award, which recognises a screen industry figure who has been a trailblazer for Australian women. Previous winners of the award, introduced in 2016, include Hannah Gadsby, Kate Dennis and Rebel Wilson.

Rose said: “I am so proud to receive this award. As an Australian woman who also had to carve her own path to get to where I am today, I can only imagine the barriers Annette Kellerman had to break to accomplish what she did. Thank you to AiF for this incredible honor.”

Actors Snook and Montgomery and director Maras will each be honoured with the Screen Australian Breakthrough Award,
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Lana Del Rey (‘Norman F*cking Rockwell’): Stars are aligning for her 1st ‘F*cking’ Album of the Year Grammy nom

Lana Del Rey (‘Norman F*cking Rockwell’): Stars are aligning for her 1st ‘F*cking’ Album of the Year Grammy nom
When Lana Del Rey dated the release of her latest album “Norman Fucking Rockwell!” for Friday, August 30, one day before the 2020 Grammy Awards eligibility cutoff, the idea that she might receive her first ever Album of the Year nomination for it still seemed like wishful thinking. After all, the initial singles from the project – “Mariners Apartment Complex” and “Venice Bitch” – were released a full year ago in September 2018 and only found recognition stateside as mid-tier performers on the Billboard digital charts.

The best performing song was “Doin’ Time,” a cover of the 1997 Sublime track, which peaked at number-four on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart on June 1, 2019 and was given a video treatment only one day before the album dropped. But that video in only one weekend amassed 8.4 million views on YouTube. Compare that to the views of “Venice Bitch,” released a year ago, which stands at 9.1 million. By that small stat alone,
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Good Place's William Jackson Harper Boards Amazon's Underground Railroad

Good Place's William Jackson Harper Boards Amazon's Underground Railroad
The Good Place may be ending soon (sniff), but William Jackson Harper will still be on your TV: The actor has signed on to play a recurring role in the upcoming Amazon adaptation of The Underground Railroad, our sister site Deadline reports.

Based on the bestselling Colson Whitehead novel, The Underground Railroad tells the story of young slave Cora, who’s an outcast on her Georgia cotton plantation. When she hears about the Underground Railroad and its promise of freedom, she decides to risk her life and escape. Harper will play Royal, a freeborn black man who meets Cora during her journey.
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5 Hollywood Stars Who Are Also Poker Players

Imagine sitting around the poker table and suddenly finding yourself playing against Batman…well, not actual Batman…I’m talking about the actor that plays him, Ben Affleck. This is less uncommon than you might think. Given poker’s popularity amongst Hollywood starlets, players often find themselves staring at stars of the silver screen over the felt. But which Hollywood actors are also poker players, taking down opposition at high profile events like the World Series of Poker (Wsop)? Here’s a rundown of five Hollywood stars you should keep an eye out for next time you’re in Las Vegas.

1 – Ben Affleck

Not content with winning big at the Oscars and the Golden Globes, Ben Affleck, star of Dazed and Confused and Good Will Hunting, reportedly likes nothing more than a game of poker. His biggest poker win to date (as far as we know) came at the 2004 California State Poker Championship,
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Austin Butler’s Elvis Presley Biopic Gets Fall 2021 Release Date

  • Variety
Elvis is in the building on Oct. 1, 2021, the date set by Warner Bros. for Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley biopic.

The studio announced the date on Friday, three weeks after setting Austin Butler as the star. The studio tested with a handful of actors in full hair and make-up at the end of June to see who would join Tom Hanks, who is playing Presley’s manager, Col. Tom Parker.

Luhrmann co-wrote the script with Craig Pearce. The movie covers on the relationship between the veteran manager and the young singer, who was born in 1935 to a poor family in the small town of Tupelo, Miss. Presley broke out in 1956 with “Heartbreak Hotel.”

The project marks Luhrmann’s first film since his adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He most recently worked on the Netflix series “The Get Down.” The plan is to shoot at the top of 2020 to accommodate Hanks’ schedule.
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Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Biopic Lands Prime Awards-Bait Release in Fall 2021

  • The Wrap
Warner Bros.’ untitled Elvis Presley film, which will star Austin Butler as the iconic singer, has scored a prime awards-bait release date of October 1, 2021.

The “Dune” reboot will also move from November 20, 2020 to December 18, 2020. Warner Bros. also slated an untitled WB Event Film for November 20, 2020 — “Dune’s” previous slot.

In Luhrmann’s movie, he will explore the life and music of Elvis through his complicated relationship with his manager Col. Tom Parker, who will be played by Tom Hanks.

Also Read: Austin Butler to Play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's Untitled Movie

Luhrmann wrote the script with Craig Pearce with whom he also wrote “The Great Gatsby” and “Moulin Rouge!” The script will not be based on any pre-existing material. Luhrmann is producing along with his wife Catherine Martin. They have both have been developing the project since the director wrapped up his last film, 2013’s “The Great Gatsby.
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Lana Del Rey schedules new album ‘Norman F*cking Rockwell’ just in time for Grammys 2020

Lana Del Rey schedules new album ‘Norman F*cking Rockwell’ just in time for Grammys 2020
Lana Del Rey announced that her upcoming sixth studio album, titled “Norman Fucking Rockwell,” will be released on Friday, August 30. That’s right in the nick of time to be considered for the 2020 Grammy Awards, whose eligibility cutoff is the very next day, August 31. Will she finally be honored by the recording academy?

An offbeat indie pop artist, Del Rey broke through with her platinum second album, “Born to Die” (2012), which was her first release from a major studio (Polydor/Interscope). But her first Grammy nominations were for the album that immediately followed, the Ep “Paradise,” for which she contended for Best Pop Album in 2014, but lost to Bruno Mars‘s “Unorthodox Jukebox.”

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That year she was also up for Best Visual Media Song for “Young and Beautiful,” her contribution to Baz Luhrmann‘s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” She
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'Lion King' Ready to Repeat as Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time...' Debuts

'Lion King' Ready to Repeat as Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time...' Debuts
Last weekend turned up the heat on the 2019 summer box office, which, despite some disappointing performances, currently stands as the fourth highest grossing summer movie season of all-time at the domestic box office and this weekend looks to keep the ball rolling. Disney's The Lion King is ready to repeat atop the weekend box office following last weekend's record debut, while Sony's release of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood looks to deliver some R-rated counter-programming for those interested in a little something that falls a bit outside the summer blockbuster corridor. The Lion King delivered a monster debut last weekend and has already topped $260 million domestically after six days in release. A look at the second weekend for 2017's Beauty and the Beast shows that film dipping just -48% in its second weekend after a $174.7 million debut. The Lion King not only outperformed Beauty over its opening weekend,
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Netflix Sets Jonathan Majors For ‘The Harder They Fall’; Jeymes Samuel Makes Helming Debut

  • Deadline
Netflix Sets Jonathan Majors For ‘The Harder They Fall’; Jeymes Samuel Makes Helming Debut
Jonathan Majors has been set to star in The Harder They Fall for Netflix. Jeymes Samuel, who in the music game goes by the name The Bullits and who collaborated on The Great Gatsby soundtrack with Jay-Z, will make his feature directorial debut.

Majors will star as outlaw Nat Love, who discovers that the man who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison. He reunites with his gang to track his enemy down and seek his revenge. Film is casting up quickly. Idris Elba has been rumored to be circling, but there is no deal at this point.

Jay-Z, James Lassiter, Lawrence Bender and Samuel are producing.

Majors is popping in a big way. He can currently be seen in starring role in the lauded Joe Talbot-directed The Last Black Man in San Francisco, which broke out of Sundance, was launched in limited release by
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Jonathan Majors to Star in ‘The Harder They Fall’ for Netflix and Jay-Z

  • Variety
Jonathan Majors to Star in ‘The Harder They Fall’ for Netflix and Jay-Z
“The Last Black Man in San Francisco’s” Jonathan Majors is set to star in the Netflix pic “The Harder They Fall” with Jay-Z on board to produce.

British musician Jeymes Samuel, better known by his stage name the Bullitts, is on board to direct and had previously worked with Jay-Z on “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack. Samuel is a singer-songwriter, producer and filmmaker and the movie will mark his feature directorial debut.

Sources say the film is expected have similarities to “The Great Gatsby” in its musical tones.

The movie follows outlaw Nat Love (Majors), who discovers that the man who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison and decides to reunite with his gang to track his enemy down and seek his revenge.

Samuel will join Jay-Z as a producer along with James Lassiter and Lawrence Bender.

Netflix has strong ties to Majors, recently tapping
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Jay-Z to Produce Netflix Movie ‘The Harder They Fall’ Starring Jonathan Majors

Jay-Z has signed on to produce the Netflix movie The Harder They Fall, which will be led by rising star Jonathan Majors from The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Collider has learned. The film will mark the feature directorial debut of Jeymes Samuel, who previously collaborated with Jay-Z on The Great Gatsby soundtrack. Samuel wrote the script, which follows an outlaw named Nat Love (Majors) who discovers that the man who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison, prompting him to seek revenge with the help of his former gang. [caption id="attachment_794435" …
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Real Life Rock Top 10: Colson Whitehead, Pere Ubu, Beyonce

1. Aisha Harris, “Lion Queen (Beyoncé) Has Her Say,” New York Times (July 20). New Horizons in Democratic Theory Dep’t: “To hear Beyoncé speak is such a rare occurrence that any instance of it, no matter how fleeting, feels special, like catching a glimpse of a shooting star.”

2. Bruce Springsteen, Western Stars (Columbia). Battle of the Bands: Harry Nilsson v. Glen Campbell. On the record, it’s a draw, and really, who cares? Off the record, the world is smaller without Glen Campbell. It isn’t without Nilsson. And it isn’t bigger with this.
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Jonathan Majors to Star in Jay-z-Produced Revenge Drama 'The Harder They Fall'

Jonathan Majors to Star in Jay-z-Produced Revenge Drama 'The Harder They Fall'
In-demand actor Jonathan Majors has booked the starring role in the Netflix revenge drama The Harder They Fall.

Jeymes Samuel, who is also known as singer-songwriter The Bullitts, will make his directorial debut with the project.

The story follows outlaw Nat Love (Majors), who discovers that the man who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison. Love reunites with his gang to track his enemy down and seek his revenge.

Jay-Z, who collaborated with Samuel on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, will produce the movie, along with James Lassiter, Lawrence Bender and Samuel.

Majors is ...
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The New Downton Abbey Movie Poster Is Nothing Short of Glamorous

The New Downton Abbey Movie Poster Is Nothing Short of Glamorous
Hopefully you have a steaming pot of tea at your disposal, because you'll need it after looking at all of the posters for the Downton Abbey movie.

The most recently released poster, which made its debut on July 22, features the Crawley family standing inside their stately home looking every bit as regal as ever, while the house staff strikes a pose below. The new image comes after a handful of group posters and solo shots released ahead of the film's September debut. For instance, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) make cameos in two of the posters celebrating the film, both wearing beaded, flapper-style gowns and silk gloves that have us suddenly craving a reread of The Great Gatsby. In addition to the Crawley siblings, the posters also feature a sliver of Thomas Barrow (Robert James-Collier) and Andrew "Andy" Parker (Michael C. Fox), looking sharp n their uniforms.
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‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ Immersive Theater Experience Reveals London Venue

  • Deadline
Immersive theater and alternative cinema experiences have been all the rage in recent years thanks to canny producers such as Punchdrunk and Secret Cinema. The latest buzzed-about production in this space is based on a familiar Hollywood movie.

UK immersive theater experience The Wolf Of Wall Street will take place in a 2000 sq metre property in London’s financial district, it was revealed today.

The show, which is due to world-premiere this fall, will take place in a Liverpool Street location spanning four floors and 25 rooms decked out to represent the world of infamous 1990s New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort, whose flamboyant life was depicted by Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s movie The Wolf Of Wall Street.

A cast of 16 will play multiple characters as featured in Belfort’s memoirs, from his Stratton Oakmont players to the FBI, placing audiences into a world of greed, power and excess.

Producers
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Watch Elvis Biopic Star Austin Butler Sing and Play Guitar in 2012 Sitcom ‘Are You There, Chelsea?’ (Video)

Watch Elvis Biopic Star Austin Butler Sing and Play Guitar in 2012 Sitcom ‘Are You There, Chelsea?’ (Video)
Austin Butler, who was just cast as Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic, is best known for hunky roles in teen-oriented series like “The Carrie Diaries” and “The Shannara Chronicles.”

But he’s also had some experience singing and playing guitar on screen. In an episode of the short-lived 2012 sitcom “Are You There, Chelsea?” he played an angelic pop star who at one point serenaded Dee Dee (Lauren Lapkus), the roommate of Laura Prepon’s Chelsea Handler-like heroine.

Lyrics like “I don’t need a Cadillac car, riding around like a movie star” aren’t very memorable, but Butler holds his own crooning and strumming his guitar.

Also Read: Austin Butler to Play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's Untitled Movie

Turns out the actor, who beat out multiple young male stars to snag the coveted role in Luhrmann’s untitled Warner Bros. film, has considerable musical experience.
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Austin Butler To Star As Elvis Presley Alongside Tom Hanks In Director Baz Luhrmann’s Untitled Elvis Project

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that, after an extensive search, Baz Luhrmann has cast Austin Butler as Elvis Aaron Presley in the director’s upcoming film about the seminal legend. The announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

In the movie, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Luhrmann will explore the life and music of Presley, through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker, played in the film by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks. The story will delve into their complex dynamic spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.

Luhrmann stated, “I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and
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Austin Butler Beats Out Harry Styles, Miles Teller to Play Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic

Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has found his Elvis. After an exhaustive casting search not unlike the one that landed Carey Mulligan the role of Daisy in Luhrmann’s bombastic retelling of The Great Gatsby, it was announced today that Austin Butler will be playing Elvis Presley in Luhrmann’s long-developing biopic of the iconic recording artist, performer, and actor. The film is set up at Warner Bros. and will chart Presley’s rise and zenith, putting a particular focus on his relationship with his manager Col. Tom Parker, to be played by Tom Hanks. The …
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