Daveed Diggs Celebrates Collaborative Spirit of ‘Blindspotting’

Blindspotting centers on Collin (Daveed Diggs), an Oakland denizen who must stay on the right path during his final three days of probation. Unfortunately his childhood friend Miles (Rafael Casal) is not exactly a positive influence, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting all bets are off.

The film was a labor of love for Diggs and Casal, as the actors wrote and produced the Blindspotting. “It feels like our whole lives,” said Diggs who was seen last year in Wonder. “It’s been nearly 10 years of work on this project. Getting out is unbelievable, actually. Most of those 10 years was us being like ‘This will never happen, I don’t know why we’re working on this.’ And then not being able to put it down.”

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Blindspotting is now playing in theaters.

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Blu-Ray Spotlight: Julia Roberts And Ensemble Are A ‘Wonder’ In Memorable Film


Don’t let the the plotline fool you, as Wonder is not an overly sappy family drama that aims for the lowest common denominator. For one, the picture, which is based on R.J. Palacio’s 2012 novel, is directed by The Perks of Being a Wallflower filmmaker Stephen Chbosky. As with Perks, Chbosky approaches the material with insight, preferring to let this refreshingly intricate story (and not cloying emotion) lead the way.

The storyline centers on Auggie (Room’s Jacob Tremblay), a boy with a facial deformity who enters fifth grade. Home schooled and sheltered by his parents (Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson) and older sister Via (Izabela Vidovic), Auggie has a hard time fitting in thanks to a bullying classmate (Bryce Gheisar) and his friends. Slowly but surely, Auggie makes a couple of friends and gradually finds that school actually has its merits.

The tale may be predictable, but Chbosky frames his narrative by giving various characters their own moment in the film to shine. For example, Via has her very own subplot which deals with her own feelings of neglect (Vidovic, who does a stirring monologue in the picture, is a revelation). Noah Jupe, who plays Auggie’s best friend Jack, is also given his own section of the story which also bolsters the narrative. Roberts and Wilson, though they are the film’s A-list stars, are just a small part of the overall picture, as Tremblay’s excellent performance is ultimately the star of the picture.

Special features on the Blu-ray include a five-part documentary, three featurettes (a look at the making of the soundtrack, “What a Wonderful World”, “A Child’s Sense of Wonder”), audio commentary from Chbosky and Palacio, and a music video (“Brand New Eyes”). The DVD version comes with the commentary, music video, and the soundtrack featurette.

Click on the media bar below to hear Julia Roberts talk about one of the themes behind Wonder:

Wonder is now out on Blu-Ray and DVD.

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‘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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‘Coco’ Continues Dominant Box Office Run With $26 Million Weekend


The critically acclaimed animated flick Coco beat Justice League for the top spot at the box office as it made $26.1 million. Justice League ($16.6 million) and Wonder ($12.5 million) rounded out the top films. The top ten:

1. Coco – $26.1 million

2. Justice League – $16.6 million

3. Wonder – Family drama headlined by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson continues to do well with $12.5 million. To date, the feature has collected over $88 million domestically.

4. Thor: Ragnarok – Flick makes $9.7 million this weekend and it’s grossed over $816 million worldwide.

5. Daddy’s Home 2 – $7.5 million

6. Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot feature takes in $6.7 million and with just a $55 million budget, it’s collected over $210 million worldwide.

7. Lady Bird – One of this year’s most beloved films makes $4.5 million

8. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – $4.5 million

9.  The Star – $4 million

10. A Bad Moms Christmas – The Bad Moms sequel is closing in on $97 million worldwide. This weekend it earns $3.4 million domestically.

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