On the heels of last year’s acclaimed hit drama Wonder, Julia Robertsplays another mother, this time to a dark sheep of a son (Lucas Hedges) in Ben Is Back. Directed by Lucas’ father Peter Hedges (Pieces of April), the storyline centers on Ben’s (Hedges) unexpected return home on a Christmas Eve morning. Though Holly (Roberts) is thankful to see him, she is concerned about her son staying clean, and over the next 24 hours she does everything in her power to make sure he doesn’t stray from that path.
With Manchester by the Sea, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, and Lady Birdunder his belt, Hedges is simply on another plane momentum wise, and it’s a safe best that Ben Is Backwill continue that streak.The feature has its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Check out the emotional teaser trailer and tell us what you think!
Ben Is Back, co-starring Courtney B. Vance, opens nationwide December 7.
Jonah Hill’s year is shaping up to be a great one, as he’s reuniting with Superbad co-star Emma Stone on the upcoming Netflix series Maniac. Most recently he has received heaps of praise for his work in the Joaquin Phoenix headlined Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot. The trailer to Mid90s was just released today, and it marks the feature directing debut of Hill (he also penned the script).
The narrative centers on Stevie (Sunny Suljic, seen last year in Killing of a Sacred Deer), a kid who’s an outcast at his school and is subject to the abuse of his older brother (Lady Bird’sLucas Hedges). Stevie finds companionship in a group of teenagers he meets at a Los Angeles skate shop. The trailer suggests a ton of skateboarding and turmoil will be featured in the tale which, according to Hill, pays homage to such original coming of age features as Kids and This Is England. The flick also stars Katherine Waterston and Jerrod Carmichael.
It’s been an incredible time career wise for Timothée Chalamet, as he received an Oscar nod for Call Me By Your Nameand also received his share of good notices for the equally revered picture Lady Bird. To add a bit of icing to the cake, he also has a supporting role in the underrated Western Hostiles.
Chalamet understands that his success was not achieved all by himself, as collaboration is always an integral part of the process. Finding chemistry, as well as a lifelong friend in Call Me By Your Name co-star Armie Hammer was, in his words, the “random luck of the universe.” Click on the media bar below to hear Chalamet discuss working with Hammer and filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (who received an Oscar nod for Best Adapted Screenplay):
Call Me By Your Name is best on the novel by André Aciman.
The force was strong with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as the flick took in $220 million, an opening figure that was only surpassed by December 2015’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Coming in light years behind was the animated flick Ferdinand with $13.3 million. Here’s the top 10:
Don’t expect Coco to be the #1 film next week with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but for now the animated flick is ruling the roost with an $18.3 million weekend. Justice League was #2 with $9.6 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Coco – To date, the film has made over $135 million domestically. It collects $18.3 million this weekend.
2. Justice League – $9.6 million
3. Wonder – Julia Roberts drama takes in $8.5 million and crosses the $100 million domestic mark.
4. The Disaster Artist – Acclaimed comedy-drama from director/star James Franco makes $6.4 million.
5. Thor: Ragnarok – $6.2 million
6. Daddy’s Home 2 – $6 million
7. Murder on the Orient Express – This Hercule Poirot mystery has done well domestically with over $91 million amassed. It makes $5.1 million this weekend.
8. The Star – $3.7 million
9. Lady Bird – $3.5 million
10. Just Getting Started – Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones comedy bombs with a miserable $3.2 million debut.