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Why ‘The Death of Stalin’ is the ultimate Trump-era comedy

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Someday in the not-too-distant future, you’ll be sitting in the dark of a multiplex as a trailer plays for the first big-budget movie rendering of the Donald Trump administration. No doubt there will be laughs, gasps, boos, and intense online debates about whether it’s too soon to turn our collective nightmare into silver-screen fodder.

Until that day, one way movie makers can help us process the present American political crisis is to look at it through the lens of dark historical comedy — just as they did during the Vietnam war. While it was still happening, the only way audiences could acknowledge the absurdity of what we were going through was by reaching backward, viewing satires set in Korea (M*A*S*H*, 1970) and World War II (Catch-22, also 1970.)  Read more…

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Weekend Box Office: Not Even ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Can Stop A ‘Black Panther’

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Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle In Time opened this weekend with a softer than anticipated $33 million. The film, which has been heavily hyped for months, may have been set back by mixed reviews (42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but it should be able to rebound somewhat with an A- Cinemascore among those 25 and under (a B overall). The 25 and under demo is important here because A Wrinkle in Time is geared toward younger kids and should be able to capitalize on spring-break week in much of the country and the upcoming Easter holiday, in addition to the fact that a lot of theaters will be getting in kids by the school-bus loads in the coming weeks (my son, in fact, is seeing it with his school tomorrow).

On a $103 million budget, the opening of A Wrinkle In Time is somewhat disappointing, but Disney can’t be that bummed about it, because it got beaten by another one of their properties, Black Panther, which continues to dominate the box office, putting up another $41 million to bring its total to $562 million. It has also officially crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide. What records has it broken in its fourth-frame? It’s now the biggest non-sequel superhero movie of all time; it’s the second biggest superhero movie ever and is catching up to The Avengers $623 million. It also has the third-best fourth weekend ever behind only Avatar and A Force Awakens. Disney staked out the top two spots this weekend with a combined $74 million, so it’s not going to be crying over the opening of A Wrinkle In Time.

Meanwhile, in at number three is the sort-of sequel to the horror film The Strangers, Strangers: Prey at Night. It did OK, opening with $10 million, or about half of the original movie’s $20 million opening. It fared much better than the other two movies that opened this weekend. Hurricane Heist could not capitalize on moviegoers coming out to watch it ironically despite being the Mad Max: Fury Road of alliterative, weather-themed heist movies. It opened at number 9 with only around $3 million. Meanwhile, Gringo, starring David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, and Thandie Newton bombed this weekend despite that stellar cast, opening outside of the top 10 with a lowly $2.6 million.

The rest of this weekend’s entries were all holdovers. At number four, Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow collected $8 million to bring its ten-day total to a disappointing $31 million. Game Night in its third weekend made $7.8 million and now it has earned a modest $45 million. Peter Rabbit continues to hang in there with $6.8 million and is now making a run at $100 million; it sits at $93 million at the moment. In its second weekend, Death Wish added $6.6 million to bring its total to $23 million, and Annihilation rings in $3.15 million to bring its three-week total to $26 million.

Next weekend, another big film, Tomb Raider, will make a run at Black Panther. I Can Only Imagine, Love, Simon, and 7 Days in Entebbe will open as well.

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John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ is brutally effective white-knuckle horror

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It’s not easy to make an entire room full of movie fans scream in terror. But John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place did just that Friday, thrilling the SXSW crowd with impeccably crafted scares, surprisingly effective drama, and one hell of a satisfying ending.

By the time the credits rolled, my hands hurt from clenching them so tightly. I let out a long breath I didn’t know I’d been holding. And then I felt compelled to applaud, loudly, at what I’d just seen. Judging by the dazed looks on the faces of the critics around me, I wasn’t the only one. This is that kind of movie. 

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SCORCHED EARTH Trailer (2018)

In this action-packed, post-apocalyptic Western, a lone bounty hunter (Gina Carano) is presented with the opportunity of a lifetime, but for the first time she may have taken on more than she can handle.

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The Tao of Nicolas Cage: Someone in Spain Loves Nic Cage

One fan is celebrating the actor in a truly unique way.

One of the best things about writing about Nicolas Cage on the internet is meeting people from all over the world that share the same passion for the Oscar winner as I do. I’ve met people that on the surface may have nothing in common with me but then we quickly click and connect over this shared love. It didn’t take long to start meeting these new people either. The second my first Cage column was published I had new friends. It’s like Cage fans have this internal alarm and any time something positive about Cage goes live they’re drawn to it.

Some of the Cage fans I’ve encountered are just that, fans. They enjoy watching his films and discussing them with others. They’ll seek out Cage content and soak it up. The other section of Cage loyalists have created outlets to express their love. Whether it’s a column like this one, a podcast, or anything else you can think of, people are out there spreading the good gospel.

To find what is maybe the most unique expression of Cage fandom, you have to take a trip over to Spain. That’s where Torïo Garcia has taken his Cage love to the next level and created NicCagepedia, a fanzine dedicated to the eccentric Coppola written by the foremost leaders in all things Cage (plug: I have an article in issue #3 and another one coming up in issue #4).

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Torïo was born in a city on the Spanish coast and grew up on comics, movies, and punk rock. He got a degree in audiovisual communication before moving to Madrid to work in a completely unrelated field, something we can all relate to. Currently Torïo lives with his girlfriend, two cats, and a bunch of Nicolas Cage stuff, which is to say he and I live very similar lives despite the 5,000 miles separating us. That’s the power of Cage.

Earlier this week I spoke with Torïo to discuss the zine and all things Cage.

To get this party started, can you tell me when you first became a Cage fanatic? Is there a particular moment or movie that stands out where it just sort of clicked for you? Or is it something that happened gradually over a period of time?

I’ve always liked action movies and especially the John Woo ones, so Face/Off and Windtalkers were already in my sights. There were also many other Nicolas Cage movies that I’ve always liked, like Con Air, Adaptation, and National Treasure. But it took me a little while to realize the Cage factor. It was during one of my last years of university, when I and a roommate decided to watch the entirety of Nic’s filmography. And then the madness began.

How do you get from Cage fan to starting a Cage zine? What was the process of putting the first zine together? How long did it take it from idea to inception?

That year of university which I previously spoke of, I created the Facebook page of the NicCagepedia to share all the news I found related to Cage. This was growing and I jumped to Twitter and opened a blog. Years later, I visited ¡Hostia un libro!, a festival dedicated to fanzines and self-publishing. I was so fascinated by the event that I proposed that the next year I wanted to be there. And the way to be there was to publish a fanzine.

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How do you get the zine out to the public? Is it passed around, word of mouth? Are there stores that carry it?

Basically, I distribute it at these kind of fanzine festivals and I usually announce it in the different social networks of the NicCagepedia. I guess the zine is quite striking and that generates a certain online word of mouth.

You’re currently putting together the fourth issue now. What has the reaction been like for the first three?

As I said before, I sell the fanzine at events, so it’s always different. Usually, it attracts attention. For example, last time was at the Tenderete Festival in Valencia and it was a total success.

You and the zine are both based in Spain. How do the people of Spain feel about Cage?

I think there are mixed opinions. There are people who do not appreciate him and people who admire him as a joke. But gradually ─ I guess partly because I manage the NicCagepedia ─ I find more true fans, people who really appreciate his work. For example, I met Josep Martín, an artist known as Theprometeus who is a huge Cage fan and now he makes all the zine’s covers.

Any chance of a John Travolta spinoff issue?

Well, in this last issue there’s a lot of Face/Off stuff, so there’s something… but you never know.

And finally, lets close it out with your five favorite Cage movies.

It’s hard to choose, but I’ll try: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (I think his best), Con Air, Face/Off, Wild at Heart, and Adaptation… Maybe it’s a rather conservative list, now that I think of it.

To keep up on all things NicCagepedia be sure to follow @NicCagepedia on Twitter and ‘like’ Facebook.com/NicCagepedia.

Mandy gets picked up

Yesterday it was announced that RLJE has acquired the US rights to Cage’s Sundance hit, Mandy. No word yet on when the film will see a release, but in the meantime you can read a review from our very own Rob Hunter.

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Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst Is Directing a Movie Called Moose Starring John Travolta

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Here’s news you can use: Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is returning to filmmaking to make a movie called Moose starring John Travolta. In a plot that sounds pretty similar to Martin Scorcese’s 1982 film The King of Comedy, Travolta plays a stalker named Moose whose obsessive behavior toward his favorite action star (played by Devon Sawa -…

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These kids perfectly recreated the ‘Black Panther’ character posters

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As a part of the ‘Hero In Us All‘ project, several kids from the Looks Like Me talent agency were transformed into T’Challa, Nakia, W’Kabi, Killmonger, Shuri, and Ramonda. 

The initiative helped kids feel proud that they could finally embody superheroes that looked like them.

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Styling by Basma Khalifa
Face painting by Nyomie McCook
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