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Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo for Groundhog Day-esque thriller

David Crow Nov 16, 2017

Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo will star in Boss Level, a new time-loop thriller from the director of The Grey.

Last month, Blumhouse and Universal’s Happy Death Day successfully retrofitted the ever-growing subgenre of Groundhog Day-adjacent films to the slasher movie form. So it only stands to reason that there must be other types of time-loop thrillers we can see, right? And now here’s one that has war themes and Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo to boot.

Indeed, as revealed via Deadline, Gibson and Grillo are teaming with director Joe Carnahan for Boss Level, a new action-thriller about military veterans with a time-bending premise. In a project also based on a script by Carnahan, Boss Level follows Grillo as a retired special forces operative who finds himself trapped in a never-ending loop that constantly results in his death. The film certainly has an increasingly
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Joe Carnahan to Direct Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson in Action Thriller ‘Boss Level’

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The Groundhog Day premise—a protagonist has to keep reliving the same day—has been adapted numerous times, and as recently as this year we got Before I Fall and Happy Death Day. The latter was a spin on the slasher genre where the hero died every day and had to find her killer. It now looks like Joe Carnahan will be playing along those lines with his upcoming action thriller Boss Level. According to Deadline, “Every day, a retired special forces veteran is trapped in a never ending loop resulting in his death. In order to stop his endless …
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October 2017 Box Office Returned to the Year's Downward Trend

After September delivered record numbers, the month of October saw the 2017 box office return to its downward trend, delivering calendar grosses down 15.6% compared to last year, falling below $600 million for the first time in ten years. Perhaps most startling is that with 287 films in release, the average per film was just $1.9 million, making it the first time that average has ever fallen below $2.1 million for any individual month based on BoxOfficeMojo's records going back to 1982. That being said, the Fall movie season has since come to an end and overall the season showed a ~6% improvement compared to last year thanks in large part to the record setting release of WB's It back in September, which became the first Fall release to ever gross over $300 million domestically. In fact, Warner Bros. had a strong Fall season overall, leading the charge in August, September and again in October despite the fact the
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The Writer Behind It Is Bringing Are You Afraid of the Dark? Back From the Dead

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If you're still freaking out about how incredible the remake of Stephen King's It is (or if you're still freaked out by it, period), we have some exciting news: It screenwriter Gary Dauberman is tackling a script for an Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie. Yes, really. The creepy '90s anthology series not only launched countless careers for stars like Ryan Gosling and Neve Campbell, but also boasts a passionate fan base that may or may not be still recovering from the Nickelodeon show's more terrifying episodes. Ayaotd?, which ran from 1992 to 1996 and was later rebooted for one season in 1999, followed a group of kids who called themselves the Midnight Society and would tell scary stories and urban legends with an eerie modern twist. Given Hollywood's newfound success with recent horror films like It, Happy Death Day, and The Conjuring franchise, it makes total sense that they'd try introducing Ayaotd?
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James Franco on ‘The Disaster Artist’ and How He Conquered His Fear of Failure

James Franco on ‘The Disaster Artist’ and How He Conquered His Fear of Failure
James Franco is almost over the hill. On a recent Los Angeles afternoon, as he climbs up a steep path on a hike to Griffith Observatory, he starts ruminating about his life. “I realize, ‘James, you’re 40,’” says the actor, who is actually 39. “I have achieved all the things that I dreamed when I was younger. And realizing, ‘Oh, those things are not going to fill the hole.’” As he approaches this milestone, he says he’s not afraid to slow down and focus, after bouncing from one project to the next for most of his life: “Do fewer things, and do things that you really love, and give them the attention they deserve.”

For Franco, a constant state of frenzy has been a shield, to protect him from failure. “It was a defense mechanism,” he says. “If I do a lot of things and one of them comes out and people don’t like it, I’m
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Japan Box Office: ‘High&Low 3’ Knocks ‘Thor’ Into Third Place

Japan Box Office: ‘High&Low 3’ Knocks ‘Thor’ Into Third Place
High&Low the Movie 3: Final Mission,” the third and final installment in an action trilogy featured the all-male dancing and singing ensemble Exile Tribe, debuted atop the Japanese box office for the Nov. 11-12 weekend. Opening on 318 screens with Shochiku distributing, the film, which is part of a multi-media project that encompasses CDs, live performances and comics, earned $2.7 million on 237,000 admissions.

This was some 16% less than the first weekend score of the second “High&Low” picture, which finished its run with $12 million following an August debut. Including pre-opening previews, “Final Mission” has earned $3.8 million.

Holding onto the number two slot was the shocker “It.” With Warner distributing, the film earned $2.0 million to raise its cumulative total to $6.4 million. Warner added 52 screens since last weekend, of which 31 are 4Dx and MX4D.

Disney’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” fell from first to third place, taking $1.2 million in its second week. The film’s cumulative total stands at $6.5 million after two weekends
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Box Office Report: 'Thor' Brings the Thunder Again, But 'Daddy' and 'Express' Make Noise Too

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Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Thor: Ragnarok - $56.6 million ($211.5 million total) 2. Daddy’s Home 2 - $30.0 million ($30.0 million total) 3. Murder on the Orient Express - $28.2 million ($28.2 million total) 4. A Bad Moms Christmas - $11.5 million ($39.8 million total) 5. Jigsaw - $3.4 million ($34.3 million total) 6. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween - $2.0 million ($45.9 million total) 7. Geostorm - $1.5 million ($31.6 million total) 8. Blade Runner 2049 - $1.4 million ($88.0 million total) 9. Happy Death Day - $1.3 million ($54.9 million total) 10. Lady Bird - $1.2 million ($1.7 million total) The Big Stories Thor: Ragnarok kicked off the holiday...

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Korea Box Office: ‘Thor’ Remains on Top, ‘Happy Death Day’ Lands in Second

Korea Box Office: ‘Thor’ Remains on Top, ‘Happy Death Day’ Lands in Second
Thor: Ragnarok” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the third consecutive weekend. The Disney release earned $3.52 million from 466,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday to extend its three-weekend total to $31 million from 4.28 million admissions. The Marvel picture accounted for 26% of the nationwide weekend box office.

Horror thriller, “Happy Death Day” debuted in second. Opening on Wednesday (Nov. 8), the Upi release earned $3.7 million over five days. Local family comedy “The Bros” slipped to third from the previous week’s second. The Megabox release earned $2.25 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $9.13 million after two weekends.

Crime action dramas, “The Outlaws” and “A Special Lady” took fourth and fifth respectively. Megabox’s “Outlaws” earned $1.34 million for $48.8 million after six weekends. Opening on Thursday, “Special Lady” earned $1.39 million over four days. Starring top actress Kim Hye-soo, “Special Lady” sees the story of a woman who fights against men to protect her only son.

Another Thursday
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‘Thor’ Reigns as ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Score — Box Office

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‘Thor’ Reigns as ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Score — Box Office
Thor: Ragnarok” (Disney) repeated at #1 its second weekend, but was joined by “Daddy’s Home 2” (Paramount) and the remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” (Paramount) as strong performers. And “A Bad Moms Christmas” (Stx) had a strong hold to add to the good news.

But otherwise it was more famine than feast. #5-10 combined only grossed $11 million. Last year’s #5 (a holdover) grossed nearly that much by itself. The lingering effects of a weak October continue to affect the overall results. Initial estimates show total business this weekend down around six per cent from the same weekend last year.

The two new entries both fall into the realm of mid-budget (between $50-75 million) titles that have been so problematic of late. Both came in several million or more above the $20 million or close estimates, with both now in range to be make money, though each has a different path to reach that.
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Thor: Ragnarok Continues to Crush Box Office Newcomers

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Thor: Ragnarok Continues to Crush Box Office Newcomers
With just two new releases hitting theaters this weekend, both expected to have moderate success at the box office, Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok was expected to repeat at the box office, and it did so with ease. The Thor sequel dropped a respectable 53.9% in its second frame in theaters, pulling in a solid $56 million this weekend, which was more than enough to take down the two newcomers this weekend, Paramount's comedy sequel Daddy's Home 2 and 20th Century Fox's adaptation Murder on the Orient Express While both newcomers fared well in their opening frames, they still couldn't come close to the mighty Asgardian.

Thor: Ragnarok remained in 4,080 theaters this weekend, pulling in an impressive $13,873 per-screen average for its second weekend. This tally has now brought Thor: Ragnarok past the $200 million domestic threshold, with $211.5 million domestic and $650 million worldwide through its box office run, from a $180 million budget. In just 10 days, Thor: Ragnarok
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Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Thunders to $56.6 Million Second Weekend

Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Thunders to $56.6 Million Second Weekend
Showing plenty of staying power, Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” is dominating the North American box office with $56.6 million at 4,080 locations in its second weekend.

The figure give the third Thor movie the 29th highest second weekend of all time and the fifth best of 2017. It also took in nearly the combined total of the two new titles — Paramount’s family comedy “Daddy’s Home 2,” with $30 million from 3,575 sites and Fox’s mystery “Murder on the Orient Express” with $28.2 million at 3,341 venues.

Thor: Ragnarok,” starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by Taika Waititi, declined 54% from its $122.7 million opening last weekend and is already the ninth highest domestic grosser of 2017 with $211.6 million in its first 10 days. It’s also been a stellar international performer with $438 million in less than three weeks — topping $650 million worldwide.

On Nov. 8, “Thor: Ragnarok” became the 12th consecutive Marvel Cinematic Universe film to top $500 million worldwide.

The movie has reversed a box office slump that persisted
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Movie News: 'Truth or Dare' Horror Thriller Set for 2018; Sandra Bullock to Star as Texas Politician in 'Let Her Speak'

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Truth or Dare: Supernatural thriller Truth of Dare has now been set for theatrical release on April 27, 2018. Lucy Hale (Scream 4, above) and Tyler Posey star in the movie, which follows what happens when friends playing what should be a harmless game suffer deadly consequences for telling a lie or refusing a dare. Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) directed; Jason Blum (Get Out; Happy Death Day) produced. [Coming Soon]   Let Her Speak: Sandra Bullock, who starred as a political consultant in Our Brand Is Crisis (above), is provisionally attached to star as Texas State Senator Wendy Davis in Let Her Speak, "subject to landing a director she likes." Davis earned nationwide recognition when she staged a 13-hour filibuster in 2013 against the passage of abortion...

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Movie News: 'Truth or Dare' Horror Thriller Set for 2018

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Truth or Dare: Supernatural thriller Truth of Dare has now been set for theatrical release on April 27, 2018. Lucy Hale (Scream 4, above) and Tyler Posey star in the movie, which follows what happens when friends playing what should be a harmless game suffer deadly consequences for telling a lie or refusing a dare. Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) directed; Jason Blum (Get Out; Happy Death Day) produced. [Coming Soon]   Let Her Speak: Sandra Bullock, who starred as a political...

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Universal sets date for Blumhouse thriller Truth or Dare

Blumhouse Productions have had a stellar year at the box-office, with Split earning $278m, Get Out amassing $253m, as well as Oscar buzz, and more recently the micro-budgeted Happy Death Day has a to-date gross of $79.1m.

The thing to note alongside this commercial success, is that each of these movies were largely well received by both audiences and critics. As much as anything, the Blumhouse name is becoming intrinsically linked with quality output.

With this in mind, Universal have announced that one of the next films off the conveyor belt will be Truth or Dare, a supernatural thriller which has been given an April 27th 2018 release date.

Truth of Dare will be directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), and star Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Scream: The TV Series), Violett Beane (The Flash), Nolan Gerard Funk (Dear White People), Hayden Szeto (The Edge of Seventeen) and
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Blumhouse's Truth or Dare Gets 2018 Release Date

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Blumhouse's Truth or Dare Gets 2018 Release Date
Blumhouse Productions has had a truly massive year and it doesn't look like they intend to slow down at all in 2018. The studio has just given an official release date for their upcoming, original supernatural horror/thriller, Truth or Dare, which will hit theaters on April 27, 2018. The movie has also been given a simple, yet possibly fun synopsis. Here's what Truth or Dare is said to be about.

"The story centers on a harmless game of 'Truth or Dare' among friends that turns deadly when someone, or something, begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare."

While that sounds pretty basic, Blumhouse proved with Happy Death Day this year that they can take a rather simple concept and turn it into something a little more memorable. Universal is set to distribute the movie, which means it's going to get a wide release. Blumhouse produces
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Lucy Hale-Tyler Posey Thriller ‘Truth or Dare’ Slated for April Release

Lucy Hale-Tyler Posey Thriller ‘Truth or Dare’ Slated for April Release
Universal Studios has set Blumhouse’s supernatural thriller “Truth or Dare,” starring Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey, for an April 27 release.

The story centers on a harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends that turns deadly when someone — or something — begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.

The film is directed by Jeff Wadlow (“Kick-Ass 2”) and co-stars Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk, Hayden Szeto, and Sophia Taylor Ali. The film was produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum and executive produced by Wadlow.
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'Thor: Ragnarok' Set to Repeat as Newcomers Scrap for Seconds

'Thor: Ragnarok' Set to Repeat as Newcomers Scrap for Seconds
The holiday season is underway with Disney and Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok getting things off to a nice start last weekend and ready to easily repeat atop the box office this weekend. Battling for second will be a pair of new films looking for $20+ million debuts in the form of Paramount's comedy sequel Daddy's Home 2 and Fox's adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. We'll also be keeping a close eye on Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, which has become one of the most buzzed about titles of late following its strong reviews and excellent limited debut last weekend. At the top, Thor: Ragnarok's $122.7 million opening last weekend was the fourth largest of the year so far and seventh largest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Additionally, the film crossed $500 million worldwide yesterday to become the fourteenth film in the McU to cross that threshold. This weekend, we're
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‘Forever My Girl’ Trailer: A Country Superstar Reconnects With His Southern Roots In Family Romance

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The first trailer for Roadside Attractions and Ld Entertainment’s Forever My Girl has been released, and it has enough small-town charm and Southern romance to win your heart. Based on the novel by Heidi McLaughlin, the film stars Alex Roe (Rings) and Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day). When country music superstar Liam Page (Roe) returns to his hometown, he runs into Josie (Rothe), the bride he left at the altar, choosing fame and fortune instead. Their relationship was…
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Foreign Films Are a Treasure Trove of Acting Gems in Crowded Awards Season

Foreign Films Are a Treasure Trove of Acting Gems in Crowded Awards Season
On Oct. 20, 16 films were released theatrically in the U.K., a box office battle that, among other things, pitted an action movie (“Geostorm”) against an art film (“I Am Not a Witch”), a doc (“Dina”), a satire (“The Death of Stalin”), a teen romp (“Access All Areas”) and a horror pic (“Happy Death Day”). This situation is worth noting since the U.K. release schedule alone seems to have reached critical mass. According to British writer-researcher Stephen Follows, the U.K. released some 821 films theatrically last year, almost 100 more than the 736 released in the U.S.

“This means that if you saw a new movie every morning and every afternoon on every single day of the year, you would still miss 91 new movies,” Follows notes dryly on his blog.

Add to this the rapacious acquisitions made by Netflix and Amazon Studios and the chances of even getting audiences in the door start to dwindle even more. An
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Can Thor Beat Back Orient Express and Daddy's Home 2 at the Box Office?

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Can Thor Beat Back Orient Express and Daddy's Home 2 at the Box Office?
After setting the box office on fire last weekend, Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok goes up against two newcomers, 20th Century Fox's adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express and Paramount's comedy sequel Daddy's Home 2. After a horrendous month of October at the box office, Thor: Ragnarok provided a much needed jolt with an impressive $122.7 million box office opening weekend, although these two newcomers aren't expected to put up anywhere near the opening weekend that this Thor sequel did. Thor: Ragnarok is expected to come out on top once again with a projected $65.2 million, more than enough to best Murder on the Orient Express and Daddy's Home 2.

If this Thor sequel hits this projection, it will represent a modest 53% drop from its massive opening weekend. Even with the glowing reviews that Thor: Ragnarok has gotten, with its 93% Rotten Tomatoes rating the second highest in McU history behind 2008's Iron Man
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