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Daddy's Home 2 takes custody of the UK box office

The Will Ferrell sequel exploits previews to top the charts, while George Clooney’s Suburbicon is outperformed by Polish film Letters to Santa 3

With an official debut total of £4.92m, festive comedy Daddy’s Home 2 lands at the top of the UK box office. The number is a big improvement on the £1.63m opening result of the first Daddy’s Home nearly two years ago.

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Second Opinion – Wonder (2017)

Wonder, 2017.

Directed by Stephen Chbosky.

Starring Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabel Vidovic, Noah Jupe, Danielle Rose Russell, Nadji Jeter, Millie Davis, Sonia Braga, Emma Tremblay, Ali Liebert, Daveed Diggs, Crystal Lowe, and Mandy Patinkin.

Synopsis:

Ten year old Auggie Pulman was born with a genetic condition leaving him with extensive facial scarring. Previously home schooled by his mother, it’s time for him to join the other children in fifth grade. It’s a challenge for him, for his parents and for everybody else in the school.

Remember Rocky Dennis? He was the teenager with a skull deformity at the centre of Mask (1985) whose mother was determined he should lead as full a life as possible. Fast forward to now and a pre-pubescent version, August Pulman, known to everybody as Auggie (Jacob Tremblay). Like his cinematic predecessor, he looks different, but this time because of a genetic condition:
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Suburbicon review – misjudged take on race relations

An African American family’s plight is secondary in George Clooney’s drama about small-town racism

I don’t doubt that George Clooney meant well. He’s one of the good guys, after all. But as this film, which he co-adapted and directed from a long-abandoned screenplay by the Coen brothers, demonstrates, he is out of touch. There’s a vacuum of extreme privilege inhabited by movie stars as famous as Clooney. Which is fine, but it’s not a place from where you can get a particularly clear view of American society. And it’s certainly not the place you want to reside if you are intending to make a satire about Us race relations, particularly after Jordan Peele’s Get Out covered the juxtaposition of black lives and privileged white suburbia so effectively.

The backdrop to this film is Suburbicon, a 1950s model community. But there’s something
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Movie Review – Suburbicon (2017)

Suburbicon, 2017.

Directed by George Clooney.

Starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, Glenn Fleshler, Gary Basaraba, Karimah Westbrook, Tony Espinosa, Megan Ferguson, and Oscar Isaac.

Synopsis:

A home invasion rattles a quiet family town.

It’s all too easy to discuss the rather meat-headed prescience of George Clooney’s Suburbicon, a film unable to shift a lingering sense of falsity and façade. As to whether this is deliberate – the titular small town looks as if torn straight from a catalogue – is debatable, but Clooney, alongside regular collaborators Grant Heslov and the Coen Brothers, have woven a tale shamefully hollow.

And this hollowness spreads through the dueling narratives Clooney struggles to interweave. Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) leads a seemingly blissful life alongside wheelchair bound wife Rose (Julianne Moore), her twin-sister Margaret (Moore once again) and son Nicky (Noah Jupe).

Nicky is woken one night by his father and alerted to the
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Nightmare in suburbia: how cinema found the darkness behind the picket fence

George Clooney and the Coen brothers’ new movie Suburbicon shows how discrimination is baked into Us city planning. But they are far from the first to see trouble in a genteel neighbourhood

Suburbia was always poisoned. Not much in Us history is as blandly shameful as the National Housing Act of 1934. Designed to insure mortgages and encourage home owning, the heart of the policy was “redlining”: underwriting loans in areas deemed safe financial bets, refusing those that were not. America being America, the real red line was racial. As prim new developments sprawled across the postwar nation, banks and mortgage brokers had official licence to reject black applicants – and anyone looking to buy a house where black people lived. For much of the 20th century, if you needed help to buy an American home, being white was not enough. You had to live among other white people, which meant
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Critics Debate What the Disney Ban Against the L.A. Times Says About the Future of Film Criticism

Earlier this year, critics group made headlines when they came together to protest Disney’s decision to ban the Los Angeles Times’ access to the studio’s films. The ban was eventually lifted, but it raised a number of questions about how critics and studios maintain an ongoing relationship.

During a recent panel discussion at the Key West Film Festival moderated by IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, Los Angeles Times’ critic Kenneth Turan was joined by Rolling Stone’s David Fear, Time Out New York’s Joshua Rothkopf, Buzzfeed’s Alison Willmore, and Miami-based freelancer Juan Barquin to discuss the ramifications of Disney’s decision and other related issues. The following is an edited excerpt from that conversation.

Kenneth Turan: Around the time of “Thor,” a lot of people in the film department of the paper were not getting invited. We knew screenings were taking place. We got in touch
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George Clooney Is Making His Grand Return to TV by Adapting a Classic Novel

Eighteen years after ending his run as Dr. Doug Ross on E.R., George Clooney is returning to the small screen. The Suburbicon director will direct and star in a limited series adaptation of Joseph Heller's 1961 novel Catch-22, per Variety. With other big movie stars like Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins making award-winning and nominated jumps to "prestige" TV shows (Big Little Lies, Westworld), Clooney's decision to do so himself seems like a smart choice. Catch-22 follows Us Air Force Captain John Yossarian as he gets caught up in a bureaucratic paradox in Italy in the midst of WWII. If a soldier declares insanity to be released from duty so as to avoid participating in dangerous missions - only an insane person would continue to fly into certain danger - doesn't his declaration inherently demonstrate sanity? Our minds are already short-circuiting. Clooney will appear as Yossarian's commander, Colonel Cathcart, and
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George Clooney returning to TV with Catch-22 series

Suburbicon bombed at the box-office, so George Clooney looks to be retreating to the medium that launched his career – the world of television. According to The Hollywood Reporter he will direct and star in a Paramount produced limited series based on Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22.

Co-written by Luke Davis (Lion) and David Michod (War Machine), the six part series will see Clooney return to the small screen for the first time since his Emmy nominated role of Dr. Doug Ross in NBC’s ER.

Originally adapted as a 1970’s feature film directed by Mike Nichols, Catch-22 follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier. The novel explores the experiences of Yossarian and his fellow airman as they attempt to maintain their sanity while fulfilling their service requirements so that they may return home.

The novel’s title refers to a set of
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‘Suburbicon’ Review

Stars: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, Oscar Isaac, Gary Basaraba | Written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, George Clooney, Grant Heslov | Directed by George Clooney

Legend has it that the Coen Brothers penned this dark satire back in the 1980s, around the time of Blood Simple. So it’s interesting the extent to which Suburbicon feels like a product of our time – that is, a reflection of Us anxieties about race, immigration and social cohesion.

The film’s title refers to a fictional, yet depressingly plausible, 1950s experiment: a 60,000-strong utopian community comprised purely of white people, content and complacent behind a bulwark of quaint picket fences. (The faux promo which opens the film is like something out of a Fallout game.) We join the story at the moment when the first African-American family, the Myers, moves into the neighbourhood.

Suburbicon rapidly descends into criminality. But it’s nothing to do with the Myers.
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Wonder- Review

While another bruising company of costumed heroes makes the walls vibrate in stereo at many theatres (actually in most of the screens at your local multiplex), a quieter, more gentle film is opening to give families a nice alternative. And it stars real flesh and blood actors rather than computer-generated characters. It’s based on the rare young adult novel that’s not set in a dystopian future. The beloved five year-old book offers another take on a tale as old as time, with themes that echo the live Beauty And The Beast from earlier in the year. Add a dash of The Elephant Man, a pinch of The Phantom Of The Opera, a sprinkle of Mask, toss it in a middle school (maybe cooked in a classic “Easy Bake Oven”) and film goers should savor this sweet, nourishing cinema dish all about a most unusual boy, who despite his
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George Clooney to direct and star in Catch 22 limited series

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Despite its all-star cast, which included Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac, plus a script from Joel and Ethan Coen, the recently released Suburbicon was not embraced by critics, but George Clooney isn't letting that stop him from returning to the directors chair, although his next effort will be seen on the small-screen. THR reports that George Clooney is set to star in and direct a... Read More...
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Tough Mother and Rookies Make Up Supporting Actress Oscar Race

Tough Mother and Rookies Make Up Supporting Actress Oscar Race
Motherhood is a common theme for supporting actresses this year, from Emmy winners Laurie Metcalf and Allison Janney parenting lead actress potentials Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie in “Lady Bird” and “I, Tonya,” respectively. Then there’s Mary J. Blige’s tough matriarch in “Mudbound,” a commanding performance by the singer. Matriarch Catherine Keener is not to be trusted in “Get Out” while Holly Hunter is loving parent to a sick daughter in “The Big Sick.” And there’s a mother of a different kind with Melissa Leo in “Novitiate,” playing a Mother Reverend grappling with change. Other potential nominees include previous winner Octavia Spencer, standing out in the strong ensemble of “The Shape of Water,” previous nominee Kristen Scott Thomas bringing grace to the wife of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” and newcomer Hong Chau, stealing scenes as a political activist in “Downsizing.” Buzz is also high on Lesley Manville, though “[link
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Suburbicon review

George Clooney directs a talented star-studded cast in this comedy crime film that never stops twisting and turning...

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The film opens on the utopic images of the too-good-to-be-true neighbourhood of Suburbicon, presented in lifestyle magazines as the picture of domestic bliss and social harmony. The quaint houses, the tree lined streets, the picket fences; it’s all very… well, white. The year is 1957 and the picture-perfect town is being shaken by a new arrival. A black family have moved in and, to the neighbourhood’s horror, they seem to be making no apology for attempting to live the same quiet, serene life enjoyed by all the other residents.

Shortly after the young African American family move in next door, the Lodge family experience a traumatic home invasion. Two unknown white men tie the family to chairs and Gardner (Matt Damon), his wife Rose (Julianne Moore), their son Nicky (Noah Jupe
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‘A Quiet Place’ Trailer: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Stay Silent to Survive

Paramount has released the first A Quiet Place trailer. The upcoming horror film follows a family in the woods who have to live in silence unless they summon some kind of threat that is hyper-sensitive to sound. When a friendly game of Monopoly ends up going sideways, the family must fight to survive. John Krasinski directed and co-stars in the film alongside Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe (Suburbicon), and Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck). Although this is only a teaser trailer, it’s incredibly effective, and it’s clear Krasinski knows the power of sound, especially in the horror genre. I …
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'A Quiet Place' Teaser Previews Emily Blunt in John Krasinski's Thriller

'A Quiet Place' Teaser Previews Emily Blunt in John Krasinski's Thriller
Words are too loud of a threat in the teaser for A Quiet Place.

John Krasinski co-wrote, directed and stars in the contained thriller alongside Emily Blunt (who is also his real-life wife).

Wonderstruck's Millicent Simmonds and Suburbicon's Noah Jupe play their onscreen kids.

The movie centers on a family living on a farm that is terrorized by a supernatural evil.

The teaser previews how the family speaks sign language in order to stay hidden from the threat — until they're discovered by an accidental drop of a lantern.

Paramount will release A Quiet Place on April 6, 2018.

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'A Quiet Place' Teaser Previews Emily Blunt in John Krasinski's Thriller

'A Quiet Place' Teaser Previews Emily Blunt in John Krasinski's Thriller
Words are too loud of a threat in the teaser for A Quiet Place.

John Krasinski co-wrote, directed and stars in the contained thriller alongside Emily Blunt (who is also his real-life wife).

Wonderstruck's Millicent Simmonds and Suburbicon's Noah Jupe play their onscreen kids.

The movie centers on a family living on a farm that is terrorized by a supernatural evil.

The teaser previews how the family speaks sign language in order to stay hidden from the threat — until they're discovered by an accidental drop of a lantern.

Paramount will release A Quiet Place on April 6, 2018.

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Could a George Clooney presidency save America?

With Suburbicon flopping, it’s time for the star to take on his biggest challenge yet: Donald Trump

For most of the millennium, George Clooney has been the movie star you’d want to have an affair with, hang out with, or simply be. He has basically won life’s lottery: handsome, Oscar-winningly accomplished, smart, funny, politically engaged, happily married. And if that wasn’t enough, he just sold the tequila brand he “accidentally” co-founded for a billion dollars. He’s the consummate Hollywood star; he’s basically the anti-Weinstein. There’s just one problem: the movies. His acting roles are beginning to read like a list of well-intentioned failures: Disney sci-fi Tomorrowland; the Coen brothers’ un-hailed Hail, Caesar!; Jodie Foster’s Money Monster. None of them terrible, but none of them great. Or successful.

Related: Suburbicon review – George Clooney's picket-fence creepfest grows up to be Fargo's idiot child

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Megan Colligan Out as Global Marketing Chief at Paramount (Exclusive)

Megan Colligan Out as Global Marketing Chief at Paramount (Exclusive)
Updated: Megan Colligan is out as head of worldwide marketing and distribution at Paramount Pictures, Variety has learned. The move comes as newly installed studio chief Jim Gianopulos continues to shake up the top executive ranks at the troubled company in the wake of a series of film flops such as “Ghost in the Shell” and “Baywatch.” Paramount’s latest bomb, “Suburbicon,” a dark satire from George Clooney, debuted to a dreadful $2.8 million. It has eked out $5.1 million in two weeks of release. In September, Gianopulos ousted Marc Evans, the motion picture group president, and replaced him with Wyck Godfrey, the producer of “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Twilight.”

In a memo to staff, Colligan thanked her colleagues for their “hard work, inspired talents and true professionalism.” She went on to write, “You are a team in every sense of the word. You never give up and never give in, no matter
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George Clooney On Stepping Back from Acting: ‘I’m Not the Guy That Gets the Girl Anymore’

George Clooney On Stepping Back from Acting: ‘I’m Not the Guy That Gets the Girl Anymore’
George Clooney hasn’t acted in a film since 2016, and in a interview with The Sunday Times, the 56-year-old actor admitted that it isn’t a priority for him anymore — because he doesn’t need the money.

“Look, I acted for a long time and, you know, I’m 56. I’m not the guy that gets the girl anymore,” he said, before adding that at least he “shouldn’t be the guy that gets the girl.”

The father of two continued, “But, look, if somebody’s got Paul Newman in The Verdict, I’d jump. But there aren’t that many like that.
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Beats ‘Wonder Woman’ Opening, But Box Office Still Declines

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Beats ‘Wonder Woman’ Opening, But Box Office Still Declines
All hail our Disney and Marvel overlords as they came through on schedule with the most positive box office news since “It” two months ago. “Thor: Ragnarok”‘s opening take of $121 million for exceeded $100-110 million projections. The third time out for “Thor” is not only the top-performer for the sub-franchise, but the second-best ever for Marvel outside the May-August period — only “Deadpool” in February was bigger.

Such is the dominance of comic adaptations that this impressive total is only the 19th-best opening in adjusted numbers. But for 2017, “Ragnarok” grossed $18 million more than the year’s top genre entry “Wonder Woman,” which sits at #2 for 2017, behind “Beauty and the Beast.”

This debut also marks a $35-million increase over “Doctor Strange,” another Marvel entry, on the same first November weekend in 2016. And it comes parallel to a worldwide take (in the second weekend many markets) of $427 million so far.

So “Ragnarok” came through big time,
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