‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Takes In Whopping $220 Million At The Box Office


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:

1.  Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $220 million

2. Ferdinand – $13.3 million

3. Coco – It makes $10 million and it’s grossed over $150 million domestically.

4. Wonder – $5.4 million

5. Justice League – On the heels of Wonder Woman’s success, this flick has performed below expectations. It earns $4.1 million this weekend.

6. Daddy’s Home 2 – $3.8 million

7. Thor: Ragnarok – Budgeted at $180 million, this Marvel flick has amassed over $306 million domestically. This weekend it collects $2.9 million.

8. The Disaster Artist – $2.6 million

9. Murder on the Orient Express – $2.47 million

10. Lady Bird – Indie darling, directed by Greta Gerwig and headlined by Saoirse Ronan, rounds out the top 10 with $2.1 million

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‘Coco’ Beats Box Office Comers With $18 Million Weekend


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. WonderJulia 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 StartedMorgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones comedy bombs with a miserable $3.2 million debut.

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Review: ‘The Disaster Artist’ Is The ‘Citizen Kane’ of James Franco Movies

The Disaster Artist is a show biz tale about the making of The Room, which is the worst movie ever made. Its absolute inept storytelling and abysmal acting has earned it with the distinction of being the Citizen Kane of bad movies. Director/actor James Franco turns that seeming dishonor into a much more sublime journey of friendship and perseverance.

Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is a struggling actor who is immediately captivated by Tommy Wiseau’s (James Franco) passionate yet absolutely out there performance during acting class. Wiseau beats to the tune of a different drummer, and Sestero is immediately captivated by his spontaneous friend (the pair drive to the spot where James Dean was killed during the dead of night). This bond eventually leads them to Los Angeles where they pursue their thespian dreams (Sharon Stone has a brief cameo as Sestero’s agent).

Seeing Sestero’s frustration over the lack of opportunities coming his way, Wiseau decides to write a screenplay that will be toplined by both of them, thus leading into the formation of The Room. Armed with an impressively solvent bank account, Wiseau is determined to make a film that spotlights their mutual artistry.

Other filmmakers would have taken this true story (it’s based on Sestero’s book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made) and turned it into a biting satire on the vagaries of movie making. Another storytelling approach would probably focus on Sestero and Wiseau’s lack of talent, humorously mocking them for their failed film.

But Franco has deeper things on his mind, and he turns The Disaster Artist into a surprisingly evocative look at an unlikely friendship that can weather the harshest of storms. A substantial portion of the narrative centers on the making of The Room, and it’s filled with very funny moments with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Ari Graynor, and Josh Hutcherson, just to name a few. Watching the cast and crew try their honest best to make The Room a good film, even with the well meaning but ultimately egomaniacal Wiseau controlling all aspects of production, is must see viewing that will garner its share of attention.

The emotional anchor of the film rests on the chemistry between the Francos, as their affection for each other immediately pulls us into Sestero and Wiseau’s friendship. When their movie finally premieres to an unsuspecting audience, and the laughter unfurls, we hope these buddies find a way out of this ridicule, and without giving too much away, they both learn to appreciate The Room in an entirely different light.

Franco’s diverse talents as a novelist, teacher, director, and actor have also been criticized over the years, and it’s easy to see why he sees a bit of a kinship with Wiseau. Both men are passionate about creating projects with the ones they love, and one would assume he poured his heart and soul into The Disaster Artist. Though it may not be considered the worst movie of all time, The Disaster Room is definitely the Citizen Kane of James Franco movies and one of my favorite films of 2017.

The Disaster Artist, co-staring Alison Brie and Jackie Weaver, opens nationwide today.

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James Franco Bares Tommy Wiseau’s Acting Soul In ‘The Disaster Artist’ Trailer

DA_010816_00097.dngIt was back in 2001 when James Franco proved that he could fully immerse himself into a role with James Dean, and now he’s getting rave reviews as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist.

Film enthusiasts know Wiseau as the filmmaker and actor behind 2003’s The Room, a cult flick that has been called the “Citizen Kane of bad films”). The latest trailer of The Disaster Artist begins Wiseau getting ready to perform in front of his acting class and ultimately befriending Greg Sestero (Dave Franco), his co-star from The Room. With tons of critical acclaim, The Disaster Artist should be remembered come awards time.

Directed by James Franco, The Disaster Artist co-stars Alison Brie and opens in limited release December 1 (and nationwide the following week). Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

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