Blumhouse’s ‘Happy Death Day’ Debuts with Excellent $26.5 Million

Universal and Blumhouse score yet again, this time with Happy Death Day. The horror film easily topped the weekend box office, adding to the production house’s impressive stable of original horror films including the likes of The Visit, Split and Get Out. At the same time, Blade Runner 2049 dropped over 50% in its second weekend, STX’s The Foreigner topped Mojo’s weekend forecast, Open Road’s Marshall delivered on expectations and Annapurna’s Professor Marston and the Wonder Women crashed a…
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Blumhouse Makes a Wish for Another #1 Opener with ‘Happy Death Day’

It’s been a good couple years for Blumhouse Productions with films such as Get Out and Split delivering impressive returns on minuscule budgets. This weekend their latest, Happy Death Day, hopes to follow suit as it targets a #1 finish, pushing WB’s Blade Runner 2049 into runner-up position after just one week in theaters. Additional new releases include STX’s The Foreigner, Annapurna’s Professor Marston & the Wonder Women and Open Road’s Marshall as there’s a little something for e…
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Featurette: Cate Blanchett Is Fantastically Evil as Hela, Goddess of Death

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Earlier this week, we brought you another interview from our visit to the Australian set of Thor: Ragnarok, this time with none other than Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, playing Hela, the goddess of death. The actress is the first female villain to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and she’s clearly going to create a lot of problems for the god of thunder and his homeworld of Asgard.

So far, the trailers for Thor: Ragnarok have shown us the impressive powers Hela as she destroys Thor’s trusty hammer Mjolnir (though the setting of that scene has apparently been changed), and now a new featurette shows more of the villain wreaking havoc on Asgard, bringing Karl Urban into the fray as Skurge, and facing off with Thor himself.

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The featurette in question reveals more footage of the reshot sequence where Hela destroys Mjolnir. As we previously recounted, the scene in question has been moved to an area with rolling green hills instead of a dark city alley. The new footage has Hela telling Thor (Chris Hemsworth), now accompanied by Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in this scene, to kneel to their new queen. Obviously, they’re going to refuse, and that’s probably not going to sit well with Hela.

Other footage on display seems to show Hela destroying some kind of mural featuring Asgard, Odin and more. This will likely come after Hela has already blasted Thor and Loki to Sakaar during a confrontation while in the middle of the Bifrost Bridge teleportation, allowing her to create chaos in Asgard with little consequences. As for how Hela returns to power after being banished from Asgard to begin with remains to be seen, but some have theorized that it involves another Infinity Stone.

Thor: Ragnarok is written by Eric Pearson and directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), and you can read our interview with the filmmaker from our set visit right here. Plus, check out our full set visit report for even more details on the Marvel sequel.

Tickets for Thor: Ragnarok are already on sale, and you can buy them right here.

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok”, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok- the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization- the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger- the Incredible Hulk!

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.

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New Death Note Movie Clip: L Confronts Light

New Death Note Movie Clip: L Confronts Light

L confronts Light in new Death Note movie clip

Netflix has released a new Death Note movie clip featuring a pivotal scene where the detective L confronts Light. Check it out below!

Death Note stars Nat Wolff (Paper TownsThe Fault in Our Stars) as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys, The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton, Lakeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, Get OutShort Term 12) as “L,” Paul Nakauchi (Alpha and Omega) as Watari, with Shea Whigham (Agent CarterBoardwalk Empire) as James Turner, and Willem Dafoe (The Boondock SaintsSpider-Man) as the voice of Ryuk the Shinigami.

Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

Death Note is produced by Roy Lee (The RingThe Departed), Dan Lin (The LEGO MovieSherlock Holmes), Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow), and Masi Oka (Heroes RebornHawaii Five-O). Miri Yoon (Behaving Badly), Jonathan Eirich (Hammerspace), John Powers Middleton (Neighbors 2: Sorority RisingThe LEGO Movie), and Brendan Ferguson (Big EyesReasonable Doubt) are executive producers.

Directed by Adam Wingard (You’re NextThe Guest), Death Note will premiere globally on Netflix August 25.

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‘The Death of Stalin’ Trailer: ‘Veep’ Creator Brings the Funny to Russia

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If you’ve ever watched Veep or The Thick of It and wished you could see them done in a post-World War II Soviet Union, you’re in luck. Armando Iannucci, creator of the above foul-mouthed political comedies and director of The Thick of It’s film spin-off In the Loop, is bringing that same brand of crass comedy to Russia, with love.

The Death of Stalin follows what happens after, well, the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953 and the havoc it wreaks upon his hapless generals and advisers. It has Jeffrey Tambor bumbling around in a bad dark wig. What else do you need?

True to form for any Iannucci production, there’s plenty of cursing in this Russian political satire — though it seems like half the cast completely forgoes the Russian accent and just speaks in their natural American and British brogues — and incompetent politicians. Steve Buscemi is at his bug-eyed best, warning that as the “peacemaker, I’ll f*ck up anyone who gets in my way,” Jason Isaacs looks absolutely fabulous (and tossing off his coat as if he were auditioning to play Anastasia) as droll, scarred general, and then there’s Tambor as the lone American who looks like he got lost on his way to the States. Of course, the lack of actual Russian accents seems be very much part of the joke.

The cast includes Adrian McLoughlin as Joseph Stalin,  Tambor as Georgy Malenkov, Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev, Olga Kurylenko as Maria Yudina, Michael Palin as Vyacheslav Molotov, and Rupert Friend as Vasily Stalin.

Here’s the synopsis for The Death of Stalin:

In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive.

The Death of Stalin is Iannucci’s second directorial feature after In the Loop, a smart and biting comedy that brought The Thick of It characters to Washington, D.C. He went on to create HBO’s Veep, but left after the fourth season to give new writers and showrunners a chance to revitalize the series, saying, “every show can benefit from new energy and new names and new ideas.” The Death of Stalin looks like Iannucci is still in peak comedy form, however, so it seems like his departure benefited everyone — including Veep, which had one of its best seasons after he left.

The Death of Stalin will open in theaters this fall.

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First Full Trailer for Armando Iannucci’s New Film ‘The Death of Stalin’

The Death of Stalin Trailer

“I have no idea what is going on!” Entertainment One in the UK has debuted the first official trailer for Armando Iannucci’s new film, The Death of Stalin, a darkly comic look at the internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia. Based on Fabien Nury’s graphic novel, film is about Russian dictator Joseph Stalin’s last days and the disorganized chaos of the regime after his death in 1953 and 30 years of iron-fisted rule. Adrian McLoughlin plays Joseph Stalin, with an ensemble cast of characters including Rupert Friend, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor, Paddy Considine, Michael Palin, and Jonathan Aris. This looks like another brilliant, hilarious political satire from Armando Iannucci that might be perfect entertainment for the times. Just fire up the trailer and enjoy. ›››

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The Death of Superman Lives and the Failure of Auteur Theory

I recently watched Jon Schnepp’s detailed documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened. Even if you’re not a fan of comic book movies, this really is a must see documentary if you’re interested in the real process of filmmaking. So here’s the premise. We’re going to give one of DC’s most beloved super heroes to […]

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Live Blog: Netflix Comic-Con Panel Previews Bright and Death Note

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Bright and Death Note are set to be showcased at the Netflix Comic-Con panel

Netflix is previewing both Bright and Death Note during a Hall H panel at the San Diego Comic-Con starting at 3:15pm on Thursday, July 20. You can follow along with our Netflix Comic-Con panel live blog below!

Bright is Suicide Squad director David Ayer‘s next project and will be coming to Netflix in December. The film reteams Ayer with Suicide Squad star Will Smith and is also headlined by Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Exodus: Gods and Kings) and Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus). Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

Death Note stars Nat Wolff (Paper TownsThe Fault in Our Stars) as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys, The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton, Lakeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, Get OutShort Term 12) as “L,” Paul Nakauchi (Alpha and Omega) as Watari, with Shea Whigham (Agent CarterBoardwalk Empire) as James Turner, and Willem Dafoe (The Boondock SaintsSpider-Man) as the voice of Ryuk the Shinigami. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

Directed by Adam Wingard (You’re NextThe Guest), Death Note will premiere globally on Netflix August 25.

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‘Death Note’ Trailer: Willem Dafoe’s Death God Sees the Light, But the Rest of the Trailer Does Not

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Adam Wingard‘s adaptation of the popular anime and manga Death Note has been wracked by controversy, but you got to give them props for trying. I think.

While the movie has not proven to be loyal to the ethnicity of the characters, the setting, and the cultural context, the new Death Note trailer at least proves that the Netflix movie is at least loyal to the dark, mid-2000s emo aesthetic of the original series. And hey, at least Willem Dafoe‘s Death God Ryuk looks better than the Japanese live-action’s attempt at CGI. So, yay?

The second official trailer for Death Note shows much more of the plot than the first trailer. This trailer follows Light Turner (Nat Wolff) as he rages against the injustice of the world, losing a fight to a group of muggers while defending Margaret Qualley’s Mia Sutton.

Face battered and ego bruised, Light is gifted the mysterious Death Note, in which he reads that any person whose name is written in it will die. He meets the menacing God of Death, Ryuk, played by Willem Dafoe, which looks to be a magnetic performance. The two of them get to work, bestowing gruesome deaths straight out of Final Destination on all the criminals of the world, as well as people that Light doesn’t deem worth living. But an antagonist appears! The idiosyncratic L (LaKeith Stanfield, who seems to be giving his all in this Aspergers-coded performance) leads the charge on the investigation against Light, and accuses him of flying into the sun, but promising Light that “I’m the one to make sure you burn.”

It’s grim! It’s gruesome! It’s really dark! (And I mean that literally, the whole trailer seems to be blanketed in shadows)

Here’s the official synopsis of Death Note from Netflix below:

What if you had the power to decide who lives and who dies? We suggest you obey the rules. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

To be honest, the more I learn about this movie, the more I cringe over it. Wingard has defended the whitewashing in this film, arguing on Twitter, “There is no conspiracy to remove Japanese culture from Death Note. It’s a fresh version of the story set in Seattle. Also see The Departed. When moving the setting of Death Note to America we of course made the movie about America. Its not just a copy and paste situation here.”

The names may be changed and the setting may be rainy Seattle, but at least The Departed made an effort to embed the story in the police and mob culture of Boston. I don’t want to go into details about how much this movie swings and misses, like how Light’s nickname “Kira” comes from the Japanese pronounciation of “killer,” or how Light’s vigilantism in the original series stems from his resentment of a Japanese justice system that only convicts the most obviously guilty, leaving other lesser criminals to slip by.

Not to mention the dated aesthetics that recall every emo punk rock band that existed back when the manga series was published in 2003. Even the Japanese live-action movies in 2006 toned down the gothic fashion horrors. Those original movies, by the way, are not great, but they have that dude from Battle Royale chewing up the scenery, so they’ve got their charms.

Maybe I’ll be proven wrong, but Death Note seems like an ill-advised adaptation at this point. Hopefully, I’ll be proven wrong when it debuts on Netflix on August 25.

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Daily Dialogue theme next week: Unexpected Death

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The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Unexpected Death, suggested by Angry Cyborg.

Ah, poor Boromir.

Not just death, but unexpected death. The demise of characters which surprises us. Hey, this is a big thing in TV nowadays. Which character who we didn’t expect got whacked this week? Let’s jump on that bandwagon and come up with some notable cinematic deaths of the unexpected kind.

What to do:

  • Copy/paste dialogue from IMDb Quotes or some other transcript source.
  • Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from YouTube or some other video source.
  • Any trivia about the movie which you think would be of interest to readers, we always welcome that.

I’d also ask you to think about why the dialogue is notable. Is there anything about the dialogue which provides some takeaway related to the craft of writing? If so, feel free to share your Dialogue On Dialogue.

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Be a part of the proud Daily Dialogue tradition, post a suggestion in a RESPONSE, and have your name emblazoned on a blog post which will forever hold a hallowed spot in the Go Into The Story archives!

Upcoming schedule of themes:

June 26-July 2: Voiceover
July 3-July 9: Sacrifice [Denise Garcia]
July 10-July 16: Church
July 17-July 23: Scientific Explanation [Melinda Mahaffey]

If you have any suggestions for Daily Dialogue themes, please post them in a RESPONSE and I’ll be happy to consider them for the series.

Be sure to post your ideas for this week’s theme: Unexpected Death.

Continued thanks to all of you Daily Dialogue devotees, your suggested dialogue and dialogue themes. Grateful for your ongoing support of this series!


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