‘LEMON’: What to Do When You’ve Lost All Hope for Your Film

Director Janicza Bravo and actor Brett Gelman were ‘covered in blood’ while trying to get their film made—but now it’s theatrically released by Magnolia Pictures.

Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman really seem to have it made as rising stars in both TV and independent film. In six years, Bravo has made six shorts, some of which were featured at major festivals, including one that was awarded a Sundance Jury prize and another virtual reality film that was showcased at Tribeca Storyscapes. Plus, she directed the feature film LEMON and the celebrated Juneteenth episode of the Emmy-winning series Atlanta.

Gelman has acted in basically every cool show on television, including current stints on David Lynch’s Twin Peaks reboot and Judd Apatow’s Love on Netflix. He’s also been in several movies and headed up two of his own comedy specials on Adult Swim.

So it was a bit of a surprise to learn that they suffer from the same anxieties, insecurities, frustrations, and setbacks that the rest of us do.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 trailer is all action and a whole lot of of hope

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After weathering criticism that Season 7 of The Walking Dead was unrelentingly bleak, Season 8 of AMC’s zombie hit looks like a very different animal, at least judging from the first trailer released at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday afternoon. 

While Negan is still sauntering around swinging his bat and warning people that they’re about to “shit their pants,” the tone of the trailer is one of defiance, as Rick Grimes and his allies take the fight to the Saviors, with the Alexandrians joining forces with the residents of Hilltop and the Kingdom to defeat the big bad.

There are some moments in the trailer that hint at a little more levity than previous seasons — including a somewhat innocent moment of a walker trying to catch a plastic bag caught on a tree — but much of the footage focuses on Rick and Maggie rallying their troops with motivational speeches… and Daryl blowing shit up.  Read more…

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‘Wonder Woman’ Box Office on Track for Lowest Opening in the DCEU, But Don’t Lose Hope

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The release of Wonder Woman is a little under two months away, but box office analysts are already paying close attention to the next installment of the DC Expanded Universe. Following hotly debated movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, all eyes are on Wonder Woman to help course correct a comic book universe that has disappointed as many audiences as they’ve pleased.

Therefore, it’s a little disappointing to hear that right now, Wonder Woman is currently tracking to have the lowest opening of any movie in the DC Expanded Universe. Find out more about the Wonder Woman box office tracking below.

Box Office Pro included Wonder Woman in their recent long range forecast, focusing on the weekend of June 2 when the DC Comics movie opens against another superhero of sorts in the animated adaptation of Captain Underpants, something being geared towards the whole family. As of now, Wonder Woman is predicted to have an $ 83 million opening, far behind the opening weekends of Man of Steel ($ 116 million), Suicide Squad ($ 133 million) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($ 166 million).

It should be noted that $ 83 million is a great opening weekend, even if it’s not as big as the other DC Expanded Universe movies. With a budget said to be between $ 100-$ 120 million, the movie will have no problem turning a profit for Warner Bros. Pictures. But Wonder Woman seems to have the burden of giving disappointed fans hope that the DC Expanded Universe can turn into something they can get excited about whenever a new installment hits theaters. Let’s break down the pros and cons of Wonder Woman’s position leading up its theatrical debut.

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The Good News

On the bright side, Wonder Woman does have some positive things going in its favor. This is the first time a female superhero is being given a solo blockbuster size movie, and there’s a lot of interest based on that alone, especially from the female demographics. Also helping is the fact that Wonder Woman was one of the best parts of Batman v Superman, even for those fans who were generally disappointed in the superhero blockbuster.

In addition, the buzz on Twitter has been right in line with where Suicide Squad was two months away from its big screen debut. Since that movie also appealed to a higher amount of women than usual, mostly thanks to the presence of Harley Quinn, the comparison works in Wonder Woman‘s favor, even if its opening weekend is tracking much lower than Suicide Squad at this point.

Finally, Wonder Woman doesn’t have to worry about any competition from Marvel Studios since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives a whole month beforehand and Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives a month later. However, that doesn’t mean Wonder Woman is without competition, which is one of the elements working against a stronger box office show.

Wonder Woman - Gal Gadot

The Bad News

Although Wonder Woman doesn’t have to worry about Marvel Studios cramping its style, it still has to contend with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arriving the week before on May 26 and Universal’s The Mummy starring Tom Cruise opening on June 9. While The Mummy isn’t necessarily drumming up huge droves of interest, Tom Cruise still gets plenty of attention at the box office. Meanwhile, Pirates of the Caribbean is an international sensation, and even as interest in the franchise has waned, there are still plenty of loyal fans to help rake in the dollars, which means less for Wonder Woman.

While Twitter buzz is high, reportedly the “overall volume of mentions” on social media isn’t as big as previous DCEU films this far in advance. For example, the growth in Facebook fans is nowhere near what Suicide Squad was pulling down with this much time to go before hitting theaters.

Furthermore, despite Wonder Woman being one of the more praised parts of Batman v Superman, awareness of the character in general isn’t as strong as characters like Batman, Superman and The Joker, all of which fueled interest in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. She hasn’t had her own major TV show since the 1970s, she’s never had a feature film, and has only ever been seen in animated series or straight-to-video animated movies. Even though she’s a key part of Justice League, she’s never been as popular as Batman or Superman in various facets of media. That’s not necessarily indicative of the movie flopping at the box office, but it just means Warner Bros. has a lot of work to do to raise awareness.

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At the end of the day, we have to remember that this is a long range forecast. A lot of marketing can clear up the lack of awareness and interest in Wonder Woman in that time. I don’t even think Warner Bros. has started their onslaught of TV marketing, and the only official Wonder Woman merchandise from the movie that’s on shelves right now is an exclusive at Walmart. Soon enough Warner Bros. will be pushing Wonder Woman with fast food tie-ins, cross-promotions and more. Plus, let’s not forget that we don’t have any word of mouth from anyone who has seen the whole movie yet, which could go either way. For what it’s worth, I’ve seen 16 minutes of footage and I really dug what I saw.

Even if Wonder Woman does open with the lowest debut weekend out of the DCEU movies, that doesn’t mean its a failure. We’ll just have to wait and see how the studio feels about the blockbuster numbers, something we know they’re anxious to see since Geoff Johns can’t confirm any plans of a sequel being in development just yet. Stay tuned for more soon.

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VOTD: Watch the ‘Rogue One’ Ending Lead into ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ Uninterrupted

Rogue One Ending

One of the most thrilling moments in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is when you realize the ending of the movie is leading right up to the opening of Star Wars: A New Hope. There was something very exciting about seeing the moments that led to the chase that opened the movie which started it all, helped immensely by that added Darth Vader sequence.

The only problem with the Rogue One ending is that the credits roll, and if you felt the urge to watch A New Hope immediately, you had to wait until you got home. But now you can experience the seamless transition between the ending of Rogue One and the beginning of A New Hope thanks to an easy but inevitable mash-up of the two movies.

Watch the Rogue One ending lead into the opening of A New Hope below.

This is perhaps one of the easiest edits someone could have made, but even so, the transition between the two movies could maybe be a little smoother. The fade to black between the films feels a little clunky, though it’s just cool to see how perfectly these movies fit together. Even those who were lukewarm on Rogue One as a whole found the climax to be truly riveting, and this sequence leading up to the opening moments of A New Hope were a big part of that.

Fans won’t have to wait much longer to relive Rogue One in its entirety with the film available on digital download this Friday, March 24 (followed by a Blu-Ray/DVD release on April 4). We have some more stuff from our recent visit to Industrial Light & Magic coming later this week to coincide with the release of the movie, so stay tuned.

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“Hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world”

The words of Emma Stone in her Golden Globe acceptance speech.

“This is a film for dreamers. I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world. And that’s what this movie is about. So to any creative person who’s had a door slammed in their face… or anybody anywhere who feels like giving up, but finds it in themselves to get up and keep moving forward, I share this with you.”

This is how Emma wrapped up her speech at the recent Golden Globe ceremony where she won the Best Actress in a Musical Award. The film she references is, of course, La La Land, and it is wondrous entertainment. It is also an homage to those who pursue creative ambitions. Listen to this song Stone sings as her character Mia auditions for a movie role. Told simply to tell a story, this is what she does:

Here are the lyrics:

My aunt used to live in Paris.
I remember, she used to come home and tell us stories
about being abroad.
And I remember that she told us she jumped in the river once,
Barefoot…

She smiled,
Leapt without looking
And tumbled into the Seine
The water was freezing
She spent a month sneezing
But said she would do it again

Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that ache
Here’s to the mess we make

She captured a feeling
Sky with no ceiling
Sunset inside a frame
She lived in her liquor
And died with a flicker
I’ll always remember the flame

Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that ache
Here’s to the mess we make

She told me…

A bit of madness is key
To give us to new colors to see
Who knows where it will lead us?
And that’s why they need us
So bring on the rebels, the ripples from pebbles
The painters, and poets, and plays

And here’s to the fools who dream
Crazy as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that break
Here’s to the mess we make

I trace it all back to then
Her and the snow and the Seine
Smiling through it
She said she’d do it
Again

If you feel despondent about the story you’re writing… the long arduous road to learning and honing your craft… the seemingly insurmountable odds against any chance of what the world would deem as success in the entertainment arts…

Or you just need to listen to a damn fine song about what it is we do as creatives, the “fools who dream”…

I believe you know where you can turn to, thanks to Justin Hurwitz.

Here is Emma Stone’s entire Golden Globe acceptance speech:

And for God’s sake, go see La La Land!


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