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‘Upside’ Director Neil Burger Sets Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ as Next Project

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‘Upside’ Director Neil Burger Sets Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ as Next Project
The Upside” director Neil Burger is set to direct sci-fi thriller “Voyagers” as his next project. The film will be fully financed and co-produced by Stuart Ford’s Agc Studios, and produced by Burger’s Nota Bene Productions and Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Films. Agc also handles international sales on the new film.

Written and directed by Burger, “Voyagers” tells the story of 30 children sent into space on a multi-generational mission to reach and populate a newly discovered planet. After the adult captain is mysteriously killed, the young crew descends into chaos, reverting to a primitive, tribal state, giving in to their most feral and animal desires.

Burger will produce alongside Iwanyk and Brendon Boyea for Thunder Road. Ford and Greg Shapiro, Agc’s president of film, will serve as executive producers.

The film marks Burger’s first screenwriting credit since 2008’s “The Lucky Ones.” His past directing credits
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‘The Upside’ Director Neil Burger To Helm Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ For Agc & Thunder Road

  • Deadline
‘The Upside’ Director Neil Burger To Helm Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ For Agc & Thunder Road
The Upside director Neil Burger (Divergent) is next to make sci-fi thriller Voyagers, which will be fully financed and co-produced by Stuart Ford’s Agc Studios.

Burger will direct from his own original screenplay which will be produced by Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Films (John Wick franchise) and Burger’s Nota Bene Productions banner. Thunder Road’s Brendon Boyea will produce alongside Iwanyk and Burger, with Ford and Agc’s Head of Film Greg Shapiro onboard as executive producers. The film is due to begin production this spring and is actively casting its key roles.

The project focuses on 30 children sent into space on a multi-generational mission to reach and populate a newly discovered planet. After the adult captain of the mission is mysteriously killed, the young crew descends into chaos, reverting to a primitive, tribal state of being, and giving in to their most feral and animal desires.
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Agc Studios Greenlights Sci-Fi Project From 'The Upside' Director Neil Burger

Stuart Ford's Agc Studios has greenlit Ya sci-fi thriller Voyagers, the next project from The Upside director Neil Burger.

Agc will fully finance and co-produce the project, which Burger wrote. Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Films (A Star is Born) will produce together with Burger’s Nota Bene Productions banner.

The plot of Voyagers reads like an updated version of Lord of the Flies: 30 children are sent into space on a multi-generational mission to reach and populate a newly discovered planet. But after the adult captain of the mission is mysteriously killed, the young crew descends into chaos, reverting to ...
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The Beard & The Bald - Golden Globes, Alita: Battle Angel, Bird Box & more!

  • JoBlo
Welcome to Season 2! The Beard (Paul Shirey) and The Bald (Chris Bumbray) are back for another year and kick things off with a little new year catch-up, Golden Globes winners discussion, a trip to New Zealand for Alita: Battle Angel at Weta Digital, Bird Box phenomenon, The Avengers potentially hosting The Oscars, Journalists being "paid off", reviews for Replicas, The Upside and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and listener questions! Listen and Subscribe at BlogTalkRadio Here Listen…
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Will ‘Glass’ Be Cracked at Box Office by Bad Reviews?

Will ‘Glass’ Be Cracked at Box Office by Bad Reviews?
Two years ago, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” became one of the surprise box office hits of 2017. Critics and audiences hailed the film as a long overdue return to form for the “Sixth Sense” director, and the surprise twist ending that revealed the film as a secret sequel to his 2000 film “Unbreakable” created a wave of anticipation for “Glass,” the trilogy-completing film that hits theaters this Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

But as Universal prepares to release the film on 3,700 screens, “Glass” is being hammered by critics as a big letdown, currently holding a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 38 percent compared to 76 percent for “Split.” What’s more, some critics are predicting that fans of “Split” are going to be very disappointed, leading to bad word of mouth.

Also Read: Why Didn't 'Bumblebee' Get Box Office Buzz Despite Series' Best Reviews?

“In a way, ‘Glass’ feels like a giant
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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ to Break January’s Slow Box Office Streak

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ to Break January’s Slow Box Office Streak
No plot twist here: M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller “Glass” will dominate the domestic box office.

As this weekend’s lone wide release, “Glass” looks to be the de facto choice for moviegoers during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Now the only question is: how big of an opening can “Glass” pull off?

Mediocre reviews don’t seem to be holding back anticipation for the sequel to both “Unbreakable” and “Split” as “Glass” is expected to make between $60 million and $75 million during its first four days of release. Universal, the studio releasing the film in North America, is more modestly suggesting a $50 million to $55 million debut from over 3,700 theaters. Even so, that would still be a lot of coinage for a movie that only cost $20 million to produce. Shyamalan took the unusual step of self-financing “Glass,” which means more riches for M. Night if “Glass” becomes a hit. Since
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Bryan Cranston Sees A Serious ‘Upside’ To Working With Kevin Hart

With the Oscars hosting controversy, 2019 didn’t start well for Kevin Hart. But at least there’s an upside. Literally — he’s got a new movie called The Upside, and it’s a real departure for the comedian. Yes, the movie does have plenty of laughs, but there’s also a lot of drama — especially between Hart [...]

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‘The Upside’ Review

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, Aja Naomi King, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Genevieve Angelson, Golshifteh Farahani, Tate Donovan, Julianna Margulies, Suzanne Savoy, Michael Quinlan | Written by Jon Hartmere | Directed by Neil Burger

The Upside has been in a form of legalistic limbo for over a year after the Weinstein Company seized to exist and slowly defunct into liquidation after the ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal. Eventually being acquired to Stx Films for distribution it has finally seen the light of day. Directed by Neil Burger, The Upside is the English language remake of the hugely successful French film Intouchables directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. A film that not only brought worldwide attention to the acting ability of star Omar Sy but also brought worldwide attention to disability on screen. Even gaining the support of Christopher & Dana Reeve’s non-profit Foundation. So, to say The Upside was fighting
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Box Office Weekend: The Upside Sees, Well, the Upside

In its third week of release, the Aquaman juggernaut was felled by upstart The Upside, which bested it by approximately $2.3 million over the weekend. The Upside debuted on top of the weekend box office with $19.6 million. Meanwhile, Aquaman added another $17.3 million to lift its four-week tally to $287.9 million. Despite losing the top spot on the domestic box office, Aquaman did manage to exceed $1 billion in global returns so there probably isn’t too much crying over at the headquarters of the DC Extended Universe.

Another new film this week, the family-friendly A Dog’s Way Home debuted in third place with a weekend haul of $11.3 million. The animated Sony/Marvel film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse held firm in the fourth spot adding $9 million to lift its five-week total to $147.8 million. The horror film Escape Room dropped from second place to fifth this week as it brought in just $8.9 million compared
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Fandango to Host ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Preview Screening Three Weeks in Advance

Advance public screenings of major blockbusters are becoming an increasingly popular option for studios and partner companies, and now Universal and Fandango are pushing the envelope further with the announcement Monday that “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will screen in 1,000 theaters on February 2, three weeks before release.

Other major releases have done one-day advance screenings prior to their nationwide release, but very few have held them so early. Warner Bros., for example, held early screenings of “Aquaman” one week before its December 21 release, and did the same for “Crazy Rich Asians” in August.

Also Read: 'Aquaman' Becomes First $1 Billion DC Film Since 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Fandango is hoping to make “HTTYD3” the first of several major films that will be available three weeks in advance for members of its VIP Rewards program. The program, which is free to join, is also offering
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Nicole Kidman Rules the Box Office

Nicole Kidman has the top two movies in the nation today, with the surprise hit The Upside and the endless hit Aquaman. She's also got Destroyer in the top ten platform films of the moment. In short she never stops working and sometimes audiences come out for it. Listen, you could argue that she has nothing to do with the success of Aquaman or The Upside but why would you want to? Come live in our better world where the public lines up in droves and says "one for the new Nicole Kidman, please!".

More box office commentary after the jump...

Weekend Box Office (Estimates)

(January 11th-13th)

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800+ screens

Platform / Limited

excluding prev. wide

1 The Upside $20.3 on 3080 screens *New*  

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Why Nicole Kidman Gambled Big to Star in Karyn Kusama’s Dark L.A. Noir ‘Destroyer’

Why Nicole Kidman Gambled Big to Star in Karyn Kusama’s Dark L.A. Noir ‘Destroyer’
Nicole Kidman puts her money where her mouth is. Always in demand, this fearless actress goes where many fear to tread. She has made it clear that when she picks her projects, half must be directed by women. Beyond that, she urges her directors to hire as many women as possible on the crew. Thus, she committed to starring in Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,” even with a meager budget of less than $9 million.

“Scripts aren’t getting better,” Kidman said. “They’re scant. I still have to find them. You don’t change the statistics by just saying it. ‘Karyn — let’s go. You get to go again!’ She’s had hits and failures. It’s easier to get behind the 25-year-olds. The female Dp, she’s gotten some work. You’ve got to allow women sometimes to come out of the gate. They have to build up experience and
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Why Nicole Kidman Gambled Big to Star in Karyn Kusama’s Dark L.A. Noir ‘Destroyer’

Why Nicole Kidman Gambled Big to Star in Karyn Kusama’s Dark L.A. Noir ‘Destroyer’
Nicole Kidman puts her money where her mouth is. Always in demand, this fearless actress goes where many fear to tread. She has made it clear that when she picks her projects, half must be directed by women. Beyond that, she urges her directors to hire as many women as possible on the crew. Thus, she committed to starring in Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,” even with a meager budget of less than $9 million.

“Scripts aren’t getting better,” Kidman said. “They’re scant. I still have to find them. You don’t change the statistics by just saying it. ‘Karyn — let’s go. You get to go again!’ She’s had hits and failures. It’s easier to get behind the 25-year-olds. The female Dp, she’s gotten some work. You’ve got to allow women sometimes to come out of gate. They have to build up experience and learn
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‘Aquaman’ Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide But Loses Fourth Weekend to ‘The Upside’

Aquaman has only been in theaters around the world for over a month, but the blockbuster comic book movie has already crossed the $1 billion mark. It’s the first DC Extended Universe movie to reach that box office milestone, and it’s only the 37th film in history to cross that threshold. Who would have thought […]

The post ‘Aquaman’ Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide But Loses Fourth Weekend to ‘The Upside’ appeared first on /Film.
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Next 3 Surprising Comedies: 'What Men Want,' 'Isn't It Romantic,' 'Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral'

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Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart star in The Upside (above), which opened in theaters everywhere over the weekend. In the comedy, Cranston plays a disabled man who is wealthy, yet unhappy. Hart portrays a poor man on parole who desperately needs a job, yet displays a great sense of humor. The two wind up together and soon embrace the idea that they each have something to offer the other. Nicole Kidman also stars. The idea of two unlikely, mismatched people being forced together has often...

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The Upside and the Downside of ‘The Upside’: An Analysis From a Disabled Writer

The Upside and the Downside of ‘The Upside’: An Analysis From a Disabled Writer
Putting it bluntly, it’s difficult to get excited anytime Hollywood wants to trot out a narrative on disabilities nowadays, especially as someone born and living with Muscular Dystrophy Type 2. They are stubbornly set on staying the feel-good course without necessarily saying anything meaningful or relevant. If you thought Green Book had nothing but safe […]

The post The Upside and the Downside of ‘The Upside’: An Analysis From a Disabled Writer appeared first on /Film.
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How ‘The Upside’ Beat the Box Office Bankruptcy Curse

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How ‘The Upside’ Beat the Box Office Bankruptcy Curse
The Upside,” a feel good film about the bond that forms between a wealthy quadriplegic and his caretaker, scored a surprising box office victory last weekend. The movie had to overcome a series of obstacles and setbacks before it topped charts.

In the weeks leading up to the drama’s release, star Kevin Hart had been the subject of countless headlines analyzing whether or not the comedian will host this year’s Oscars. The entertainer was offered the gig, but quickly stepped down after controversy sparked over homophobic jokes he made in the past. A little unwanted press, however, is nothing compared to the turmoil leading up to the movie’s theatrical debut.

Its rocky gestation to the big screen makes “The Upside,” which doubled industry expectations with a $19.5 million opening weekend, all the more impressive. An English-language remake of the French hit “Les Intouchables” was first announced in 2011, and
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Box Office: How 'The Upside' Survived Harvey Weinstein and the Kevin Hart Oscar Drama

Box Office: How 'The Upside' Survived Harvey Weinstein and the Kevin Hart Oscar Drama
Over the weekend, the Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston dramedy The Upside opened to $19.6 million at the North American box office in a surprise victory for an indie film that wasn't expected to launch to much more than $10 million after a long delay.

Not only did the dramedy survive the Harvey Weinstein scandal — it was one of the last movies the disgraced mogul made — it overcame the more recent controversy over whether Hart would host the Oscars after his past homophobic tweets resurfaced.

"Hollywood can be an echo chamber. The general public processes information very differently. I ...
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Is The Upside One Of The Biggest Surprises Of January Ever? One Minute Movie Review

The Upside is a remake of the french film The Intouchables and stars Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. It tells the story of a struggling criminal who miraculously lands a job as the hired help of a millionaire quadriplegic. On the surface it doesn’t sound like much of a movie, but I was completely surprised with how enjoyable it is. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know down in the comments below.

Watch the 60-second review from One Minute Critic:

You can check out more 1-minute reviews on One Minute Critic's Instagram or Youtube page.
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Aquaman Box Office Surpasses $1 Billion Worldwide

Alec Bojalad Jan 14, 2019

James Wan's Aquaman has become the first DC Extended Universe film to reach $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Arthur Curry? More like Arthur Hurry to the box office to make Aquaman a lot of money. 

That horrific joke can only mean one thing: the box office receipts for Aquaman have now surpassed $1 billion worldwide! Box Office Mojo reports that as of January 13, 2019, Aquaman's worldwide earnings stand at $1.02 billion. The DC Extended Universe film reached the $1 billion landmark following a successful fourth weekend in theaters, taking in $17.26 million domestically and $27.9 million worldwide, good for second behind The Upside.

Improbably, Aquaman is the first DC Extended Universe film to reach $1 billion. Of all the previous entries into Warner Bros. attempt at a Marvel-like cinematic universe, only Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.6 million) and Wonder Woman ($821.8 million) came close. Justice League, which featured Aquaman, himself, along
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