Melissa McCarthy has some unfinished business. In her upcoming film Life of the Party, McCarthy plays a middle-aged mom named Deanna who decides to go back to college to finally get her degree. Naturally, she ends up at the same school as her daughter (Molly Gordon), and as seen in the film’s new trailer, a bevy of hijinks ensue. She even starts dressing up like her daughter, attending parties with her, and making out with college-aged guys.
Life of the Party reunites McCarthy with her writing partner and husband, Ben Falcone, as director. Her Bridesmaids costar Maya Rudolph is also back in the mix, playing Deanna’s best friend. But the biggest ingredient is McCarthy’s own life experience. Like Deanna, she never finished her college degree and considers going back someday.
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Black Panther Delivers Fifth Largest Opening of All-Time
Debuting in over 4,000 theaters, Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther had a reported $200 million production budget.
Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther topped the President’s Day weekend box office with the movie dominating the weekend box office smashed through the $200M milestone for the three-day weekend. It now now looks set to beat the second highest opening set by Jurassic World (2015) and is now closing in on the top spot set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
Disney has now upped their weekend estimate, which now ranges from $172-198 million for the four-day, inching closer to Mojo’s weekend forecast below. Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther brought in $25.2 million from Thursday night previews alone making it the second highest preview gross within the franchise behind only Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther looks set to deliver the largest February weekend of all-time as well as breaking records for opening weekends.
Debuting in over 4,000 theaters, Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther is the 18th installment in the Marvel Comic Universe with a reported $200 million production budget.
Original estimates saw the film debuting around $100-120 million in late January. Since then projections have gone up to as high as $170 million for the four-day. Disney have said they are anticipating a four-day weekend in the $150 million range.
Internationally, the film opened Tuesday in the UK, Taiwan and Hong Kong and added another 14 markets on Wednesday from which it has so far grossed an estimated $23.2 million.
Black Panther tells the story of T’Challa who returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king and as Black Panther gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
What the critics are saying:
Peter Debruge, Variety
Like Taika Waititi before him, Ryan Coogler gives the Marvel template a bold auteurist twist with an African extravaganza that packs a muscular intensity and challenges as much as it exhilarates.
Jimi Famurewa, Empire
Boseman, who strides through “Black Panther” with unforced, charismatic ease, assumes almost Shakespearean levels of doubt as his character is challenged by an unexpected rival.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
A jolt of a movie, Black Panther creates wonder with great flair and feeling partly through something Hollywood rarely dreams of anymore: myth.
Manohla Dargis, The NYTimes
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Watch the new trailer for Spielberg’s READY PLAYER ONE
Ready Player One is an upcoming American science fiction action film.
Ready Player One is an upcoming American science fiction action film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on Cline’s 2011 novel of the same name.
The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance.
Set in a near-future dystopian Earth, the population spends most of its time in an interconnected virtual space called the OASIS. When the founder of OASIS dies and bequeaths ownership of OASIS to the first person to find a hidden treasure within OASIS.
By playing games and solving puzzles a race ensues between a young man and his friends, and a large corporate entity that wants to control OASIS for themselves.
In the year 2045, much of Earth’s population centers have become slum-like cities due to overpopulation, pollution, corruption, and climate change.
To escape their desolation, people engage in the virtual reality world of the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation), where they can engage in numerous activities for work, education, and entertainment.
Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is a teenager from Columbus, Ohio who frequents the OASIS and attempts to win “Anorak’s Game”, a game created by the recently-deceased creator of the OASIS, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), in search of its Easter Egg.
The winner is to be granted full ownership of the OASIS and Halliday’s $500 billion fortune. While Wade works with several friends from the OASIS to discover Anorak’s treasure, the corporate giant Innovative Online Industries (IOI) employs a number of players to try to discover the treasure first and seize control of OASIS for themselves.
The film is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. in the United States on March 29, 2018.
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Dwayne Johnson stars in new action adventure “Rampage”
Rampage is an upcoming American science fiction monster film directed by Brad Peyton. It is loosely based on the video game series of the same name by Midway Games. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy, Marley Shelton, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable and unbreakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, albino gorilla who has been in his care most of its life. But a mysterious genetic experiment mutates this once gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered that a wolf (Ralph) and crocodile (Lizzie) have gone under similar changes.
As these newly created apex predators battle each other for supremacy and tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer (Naomie Harris) to secure an antidote and fight his way through the ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe, but also to save the fearsome beast that was once his friend.
Warner Bros. acquired the film adaptation rights to the 1986 arcade game Rampage in 2009, as part of their acquisition of Midway Games for $33 million. The project was announced in November 2011, with John Rickard set as the producer. In June 2015, Deadline reported that Dwayne Johnson was set to star and re-team with New Line and producer Beau Flynn, while studio was looking for a director to start production in the mid-2016.
The film is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema in theaters, in regular, Real D 3D, and IMAX 3D formats, on April 20, 2018.