New York Comedy

17 Jul 19

For the first time ever, Universal Orlando’s annual HHN events will feature a maze based on the popular Ghostbusters movies. Earlier today, Universal announced that the maze will feature memorable scenes from the comedy-horror movies, therefore making this a must do attraction for any mega Ghostbuster fan. Guests will be able to venture through iconic […]

17 Jul 19
Waldina

Today is the birthday of James Cagney. The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that he has left. NAME: James Francis Cagney, Jr. DATE OF BIRTH: July 17, 1899 PLACE OF BIRTH: Manhattan, NY DATE OF DEATH: March 30, 1986 PLACE OF DEATH: Stanfordville, NY CAUSE […]

17 Jul 19
Fortune
Audiences turned out in record numbers this past weekend to greet A24’s The Farewell, setting it up as the kind of specialty box-office success story that’s been in demonstrably short supply this summer. “The Farewell could be the breakout we’ve been looking for,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore. “It’s massive.” Opening in four theaters last Friday as part of a platform rollout that will see the film gradually expand into wide release, The Farewell netted the biggest per-theater box-office average so far this year. A24’s family dramedy, written and directed by Lulu Wang, grossed $351,330 at those locations, in New York and Los Angeles, meaning it averaged a magnificent $87,833 per theater. Platform releases are nothing new to A24, which employed similar rollouts to great success with films like 2016’s Moonlight and 2017’s Lady Bird (both of which, notably, became major awards players at their year’s Academy Awards with Moonlight snagging Best Picture). Lady Bird, which also started in four theaters, grossed $364,437 in its first weekend for a per-theater average of $91,109, the best for a limited-release title its year. That film gradually went wide after expanding throughout November, finishing with a jaw-dropping $78.9 million box-office total. A24’s Farewell strategy, which will see the film steadily add more locations throughout July before going wide Aug. 2, may prove especially key to its success this summer, given the ignominious fates of comparison-point comedies like Booksmart and Late Night. Despite critical raves coming out of festival debuts and very strong social-media marketing campaigns, both of those smaller-scale titles disappointed at the box office. Those with eyes on Booksmart—director’s Olivia Wilde’s instant-classic high school comedy—noted that distributor Annapurna’s decision to immediately launch the SXSW hit nationwide in over 2,500 theaters, rather than taking a slow-grow approach and letting buzz build organically, contributed to its disappointing $6.9 million bow. Not helping matters was audience-dollar sponge Aladdin, opening the same weekend to the tune of $116.8 million over the four-day Memorial Day frame. Amazon, watching Booksmart flame out, quickly recalibrated its rollout for Late Night but still only allotted a single week before taking the movie from limited to wide release; that decision, pitting the movie directly against the Shaft remake and Men In Black International, was seen as too-little-too-late to save Late Night from a Booksmart-esque underperformance. Amazon also never shed the perception its theatrical campaign for the Mindy Kaling workplace comedy was a somewhat nominal gesture, intended to offer the title a little visibility before giving it a splashier debut via streaming. “We’ve seen a lot of smaller movies burst upon the scene in over 2,000 theaters and just not find their audience,” said Degarabedian. “Within all the noise of blockbusters in the marketplace, it’s hard to rise above that.” Helping to distinguish The Farewell was A24, an indie distributor that’s earned an unusually avid fan following through branding itself as Hollywood’s premier tastemaker. As the studio that’s launched Ari Aster and Robert Eggers, popularized Barry Jenkins and Greta Gerwig, and pioneered its own quirky ’90s-retro aesthetic, A24 enjoys its status as Hollywood’s coolest name. The Farewell, which stars Crazy Rich Asians breakout Awkwafina, focuses on a Chinese-American family’s unusual decision to withhold their beloved grandmother’s terminal cancer diagnosis from the matriarch, instead saying goodbye to her under the guise of a hastily thrown together family wedding. Critics have rapturously received the film, with some suggesting it could become a major awards player this fall. Farewell director Lulu Wang famously turned down a $15 million streaming deal in order to work with A24, believing the boutique distributor would truly invest its time and energy into giving her movie the best possible rollout. It’s turned out to be a prescient decision. “A24 knew what they had and learned lessons from movies earlier this year,” said Degarbedian. “In the specialty and indie worlds, fans are much savvier about who’s releasing what,” he added, praising A24 as a brand. “It’s highly unusual for a company to have an identity that’s synonymous with a certain level of quality or edge. But even A24’s logo is cool. They’ve got the vibe going that any time you watch an A24 movie, you’ll never be bored.” Degarabedian cautions that not all limited-release titles find greater success through expansion; some, either by virtue of niche subject matter or excessive box-office competition, hit their ceilings earlier than others. But he believes “we have a lot to be optimistic about” in terms of The Farewell, despite incoming competition from The Lion King and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (both of which, notably, will open before The Farewell goes wide). “I think people are really hungry for a movie like this,” he said. “Awkwafina has a huge following, and Lulu Wang did a brilliant job of directing and getting the message out about the movie… Hopefully, this will be one of those cultural phenomenon movies that just catches on, because it’s so universal in its themes. “We’ll find out what happens come Aug. 2,” he concluded. “No matter what, it’s already a winner.” More must-read stories from Fortune: —How Marvel envisions the future after Spider-Man: Far From Home and Avengers: Endgame —The key surprises and takeaways from this year’s Emmy nominations —After two years, Netflix re-edits controversial 13 Reasons Why scene —Classic rock is reanimating Summer 2019’s movies —Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune 500 Daily Follow Fortune on Flipboard to stay up-to-date on the latest news and analysis.
17 Jul 19
Beneath The Covers Blog

“I LOVED both Cosy and Griffin! This story was ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!”- Kendall Ryan, New York Times bestselling author Making Up an all-new laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is available now! Cosy Felton is great at her job—she knows just how to handle the awkwardness that comes with working at […]

17 Jul 19
Beneath The Covers Blog

Making Up by Helena Hunting Series: Shacking Up, book 4 Genre: romantic comedy Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Publication Date: July 16, 2019 Rating: ★★★★ Cosy has never had a serious relationship and she has no plans of changing that situation. Griffin shouldn’t even be thinking serious thoughts about anyone ever since he broke up with his fiance. They didn’t anticipate the lust […]

17 Jul 19
Eagle News Online

By Jason Klaiber Staff Writer From July 18 to 20, the Town of Manlius Recreation Department will be putting on its 43rd annual summer production, presenting the musical comedy “Guys and Dolls” at Eagle Hill Middle School. The Frank Loesser-penned show, which debuted on Broadway and follows New York City gamblers navigating their love lives, […]

17 Jul 19
PP's BookShelf

“I LOVED both Cosy and Griffin! This story was ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!”- Kendall Ryan, New York Times bestselling author Making Up an all-new laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is available now! Cosy Felton is great at her job—she knows just how to handle the awkwardness that comes with working at […]

17 Jul 19

If anything, the progression of Meg Ryan’s hairstyles and Billy Crystal’s receding hairline throughout the movie will thrill you right to the very end.

17 Jul 19
Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has signed actor and comedian Jon Glaser. The six-time Emmy nominee created and starred in three TV series: Jon Glaser Loves Gear, Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter, and Delocated. He played Councilman Jamm on Parks and Recreation and Laird on Girls. Glaser’s other television and film credits include: Inside Amy Schumer, Curb Your […]

17 Jul 19
National Post

‘Maybe it’s just the Canadian in me where you think, ‘Oh, we’re probably not going to get more than one, if we get one’,’ Eugene Levy said

17 Jul 19
Horror Society

The North Bend Film Festival is proud to enter into our second edition August 15th to the 18th, returning once again to the historic town of North Bend, WA, – the destination of the original shooting location for cult sensation Twin Peaks, and still featuring many of the iconic landmarks. Celebrating avant-garde, art house, and […]

17 Jul 19
she lit

Currently a judge on America’s Got Talent and a creator behind a fashion line at New York and Company, actress and author Gabrielle Union has an astounding number of book projects in the works. Her future screen adaptations over the past year have been separated by articles, but when seeing all the upcoming projects come […]

17 Jul 19
Desert Local News

Frank Loesser is considered to be the most versatile of composers enshrined in the Pantheon of Broadway composer/lyricists. Loesser wrote such hits for Broadway as “Most Happy Fella” (1956) and “Greenwillow” (1960).  He also wrote music and lyrics for Hollywood movies “Hans Christian Andersen” (1952) “Guys and Dolls” (1955) starring Marlon Brando Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons, […]