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Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone to Teach Online Classes to Support Groundlings Theater

Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone to Teach Online Classes to Support Groundlings Theater
Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone are teaming up with actors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to raise money for The Groundlings Theater and School in Hollywood.

McCarthy, Falcone, Rash and Faxon will host limited live informational classes on Zoom video chat, with registration proceeds benefitting The Groundlings, which shut its doors in late March and is one of many small venues nationwide facing financial pressures because of the pandemic. In April, improv house Upright Citizen’s Brigade closed its New York school and theater because the group couldn’t afford to keep the location open during the pandemic.

Rash is known for his work in the NBC sitcom “Community,” and Faxon has starred in films including “The Way Way Back” and “Downhill.”

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McCarthy and Falcone are both alumni of The Groundlings. The two will teach a class
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Stream of the Day: ‘Let Me In’ Is Proof That ‘The Batman’ Found the Right Director

Stream of the Day: ‘Let Me In’ Is Proof That ‘The Batman’ Found the Right Director
With readers turning to their home viewing options more than ever, this daily feature provides one new movie each day worth checking out on a major streaming platform.

Most English-language remakes of acclaimed recent films tend to register as pointless at best, insulting at worst. Ten years ago, Matt Reeves’ “Let Me In” proved a notable exception to the rule. Three years after director Tomas Alfredson’s elegant Swedish vampire drama became a festival hit, Reeves treated the gig as an opportunity to engage with the aesthetic of the original that made it so chilling and distinct. “Let Me In” plays less like a remake than a remix, with alluring flourishes overlaid across the same magnetic beat.

That achievement is worth revisiting a decade later, as Reeves continues to work on the latest iteration of “The Batman,” with Robert Pattinson donning the cape and cowl. Reeves has several other credits
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Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd Series ‘The Shrink Next Door’ Lands at Apple

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Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd Series ‘The Shrink Next Door’ Lands at Apple
Great Odin’s Raven! There’s an “Anchorman” reunion on the cards at Apple TV Plus.

The streamer has handed a straight-to-series order for “The Shrink Next Door,” a comedy limited series which will see Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd reunite on screen for the first time since “Anchorman 2.” Apple won the rights to the series, which was announced earlier this year, in a highly competitive situation with multiple platforms in the running. In another example of how the industry is having to adapt to the coronavirus situation, sources with knowledge of the deal say it was conducted entirely virtually.

Inspired by true events documented in the Wondery and Bloomberg Media podcast of the same name, “The Shrink Next Door” is described as a dark comedy following the bizarre relationship between psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Rudd) and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Ferrell). Over the course of their relationship,
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‘Acceleration’ DVD Review

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‘Acceleration’ DVD Review
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Natalie Burn, Sean Patrick Flanery, Chuck Liddell, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Danny Trejo, Al Sapienza, Olya Banar, Riccardo Berdini, Ryan Carnes, Neb Chupin, Joe Corzo | Written by Michael Merino | Directed by Michael Merino, Daniel Zirilli

I’ve been a big fan of actress Natalie Burn since her role in 2016’s Left to Die (aka Awaken). That film, which she also co-wrote, saw her take the lead role in a Most Dangerous Game-esque movie but be sidelined by the marketing materials who focused on the appearance of Vinnie Jones in the cast. And Acceleration does something very similar.

To the uninitiated Acceleration looks like yet another Dtv star-vehicle for Dolph Lundgren; hell, even the cast listing atop the DVD cover puts Sean Patrick Flanery, Lundgren and Chuck Liddell ahead of Burns. But this Is Burns’ film, she and her character are the driving force behind the action. It
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Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Downhill Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD May 19th

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Downhill Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD May 19th
Enjoy an Avalanche of Extras on Blu-ray and Digital with an Alternate Opening, Hilarious Outtakes, Deleted Scenes and More! Downhill Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD May 19th

Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell star in this biting comedy. Downhill is directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, written by Jesse Armstrong and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, and stars Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Zach Woods, Zoe Chao, Giulio Berruti, Kristofer Hivju and Miranda Otto. Anthony Bregman p.g.a., Julia Louis-Dreyfus p.g.a. and Stefanie Azpiazu p.g.a. are producing with Erik Hemmendorff and Ruben Östlund serving as executive producers.

Go behind the scenes with two comedy icons through hilarious outtakes, an alternate opening and additional
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‘Almost Love’ Film Review: Gay Couple Works Out Issues in Overpopulated, Underwritten Comedy

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‘Almost Love’ Film Review: Gay Couple Works Out Issues in Overpopulated, Underwritten Comedy
Almost Love” (which screened at festivals under the title “Sell By”) is the first narrative feature written and directed by actor Mike Doyle, best known for playing forensics tech Ryan O’Halloran on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” from 2002 to 2009. This is an ensemble movie, and Doyle makes the common mistake of first-time writer-directors of cramming far too many characters into his story.

Almost Love” is one of those ultra-mild movies that is reliant almost entirely on the likability of its large cast, which includes Scott Evans and Augustus Prew (who recently co-starred in the Hulu horror movie “Midnight Kiss”) as the central couple, Adam and Marklin. Adam is a visual artist who pays the bills by working on canvasses for art star Ravella Brewer, who is played in an all-too-brief cameo by Patricia Clarkson.

Marklin operates some kind of fashion site that is so well known and influential that
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Premium VOD Dominates FandangoNOW Top 10, Led by ‘The Invisible Man’

Premium VOD Dominates FandangoNOW Top 10, Led by ‘The Invisible Man’
The public is watching current movies in large (but uncertain) numbers at home. But a key question is how they are performing in terms of relative revenue draw even as we (unlike box office grosses) we don’t get exact figures. Fandango just released their weekly chart of the last seven days, and it is filled with interesting information supplementing our reports on iTunes, Amazon Prime, and Spectrum charts that only list by number of transactions without distinction among the diverse pricing they have.

Here is the Fandango top 10, which like traditional box office ranking is based on revenue (though actual amount not reported) :

More from IndieWireSony Aggressively Pushes Back Its Entire Summer Release SlateExhibitors Sweat as Audiences Warm to the Studios' VOD Experiment The Invisible Man (Universal) – $19.99 Onward (Disney) – $19.99 Bloodshot (Sony) – $19.99 Birds of Prey (Warner Bros.) – $19.99 Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony) – $4.99 1917 (Universal) – $5.99 I Still Believe (Lionsgate) – $19.99 The Way Back
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Will Ferrell And Julia Louis-Dreyfus Explore The Darkly Comic Depths of ‘Downhill’

Will Ferrell And Julia Louis-Dreyfus Explore The Darkly Comic Depths of ‘Downhill’
These days staying in and social distancing are the norm, and various films that were released earlier this year have made their way onto digital much earlier than anticipated.

Downhill, a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, falls in that category, and it proved to be a more than worthy remake to the critically acclaimed [...]

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Let Other Studios Race to VOD; Sony Pictures Classics Believes It’s Theaters or Nothing

Let Other Studios Race to VOD; Sony Pictures Classics Believes It’s Theaters or Nothing
After Universal ran to premium VOD at the first opportunity, other distributors were quick to follow suit. Sony trotted out “Bloodshot,” while Disney offered “Onward,” Searchlight presented “Downhill,” and Warner Bros. sold “The Way Back.” However, if there’s going to be a last man standing for theatrical exhibition, it’s Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard, who has no interest in exploring the Pvod trend.

“That’s no place to play them,” said Bernard. “Everything starts with exhibition. When the virus is gone, when it’s safe, people will come back to theaters.”

Spc’s sexy European mystery-thriller “The Burnt Orange Heresy” opened in theaters March 13, only days before the pandemic closed theaters across the country. That same day, Focus opened “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” which will now go to Pvod April 3. Bernard and partner Michael Barker will bring “Heresy” — and all the others on their spring schedule — back when theaters open again.
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Focus Features’ Sundance Winner ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ To Hit Homes Early

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Focus Features’ Sundance Winner ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ To Hit Homes Early
Focus Features’ latest title Never Rarely Sometimes Always, will be available at home on-demand for $19.99 48-hour viewing period starting Friday, April 3.

The Eliza Hittman directed and written teenage drama, which has 99% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, faced the unfortunate circumstance of opening in New York and Los Angeles during the weekend when coronavirus jitters began to escalate in the nation, thus earning $16,2K. Now, the movie which made its world premiere at Sundance back in January, will be available for everyone to see. The pic scored the Special Jury award out of Park City, and went on to win the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.

More from Deadline'Call Of The Wild' & 'Downhill' Latest To Get Early Digital ReleasesHollywood Industry Unions Laud Congress For Passage Of $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill'The Great British Bake Off' Filming Delayed As Coronavirus Continues To Disrupt TV Production
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‘Resistance’ Pivots To Digital Release, ‘Tape’ Sets Virtual Premiere, Kino Lorber And Music Box Films Launch Online Exhibitions – Specialty Streaming Preview

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‘Resistance’ Pivots To Digital Release, ‘Tape’ Sets Virtual Premiere, Kino Lorber And Music Box Films Launch Online Exhibitions  – Specialty Streaming Preview
The specialty box office space has quickly adapted to the changing film landscape as many are shifting to virtual theatrical openings. Many indie and arthouse titles do day and date releases and are VOD-only so the transition, for the most part, is familiar territory for many distributors and production companies.

Written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz, Resistance tells the true story of a group of Girls and Boy Scouts that created a network that went on to save nearly 10,000 orphans whose parents had been killed by the Nazis in the World War II. Jesse Eisenberg takes the lead role as an aspiring Jewish actor who has a need to help the children which leads him to the world of pantomime. As a result, he would become the iconic French mime Marcel Marceau.

More from DeadlineKino Marquee Virtual Arthouse Program Expands To 150 Cinemas With Alamo Drafthouse & Laemmle In Streaming Cannes Winner 'Bacurau'Searchlight,
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Farewell, Box Office: This Was the Week That Premium VOD Charts Took Flight

Farewell, Box Office: This Was the Week That Premium VOD Charts Took Flight
At this point, nearly all 2020 wide-release films — as well as key specialized titles — are either available for home viewing, or soon will be. And the initial impact is dramatic. Based on the charts at iTunes and Amazon Prime, which are updated daily, premium sales (largely priced at $19.99) are flying high.

Both charts show strong performances for Vin Diesel’s sci-fi cyborg revenge actioner “Bloodshot” (Sony) and for Pixar’s “Onward” (Disney); at iTunes, initial results also are strong for “Birds of Prey” (Warner Bros.).

More from IndieWireFocus Features Sends 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always' Straight to Premium on Demand -- Exclusive'Bloodshot' Review: Vin Diesel's Comic-Book Movie Is a Delightfully Asinine Distraction

All of this must come with a caveat: Unlike theater box-office revenue, which is verifiable and comes from independent sources, these charts are created without oversight. However, assuming that they accurately reflect consumer choices, they give a sense of what
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‘Call Of The Wild’ & ‘Downhill’ Latest To Get Early Digital Releases

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‘Call Of The Wild’ & ‘Downhill’ Latest To Get Early Digital Releases
20th Century Studios’ The Call Of The Wild and Searchlight Pictures’ Downhill will be made available on digital beginning Friday in the U.S., Disney said.

Both films had hit theaters in February just ahead of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, and like other studio feature films will now get shortened theatrical-to-home windows as most cinemas are shut down during the pandemic. Most exhibitors worldwide look to be shut down for the next two months.

Disney took its Pixar film Onward, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Frozen 2 out early, while Universal has done the same for their in-release fare including The Invisible Man, The Hunt and Focus Features’ Emma; Paramount with Sonic the Hedgehog
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Disney's Call of the Wild and Will Ferrell's Downhill Come to Digital Early This Friday

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Disney's Call of the Wild and Will Ferrell's Downhill Come to Digital Early This Friday
America is staying at home for what may be a third weekend in a row for millions of Americans. And entertainment options may be dwindling. DIsney has come to the rescue, as they will be releasing two recent movies to digital. First up is Disney's The Call of the Wild, which enjoyed modest box office success up until things took a turn in the U.S. And then Disney owned Searchlight Pictures is releasing the Will Ferrell comedy Downhill, which will surely find a bigger audience now than it did when it was released just a few weeks ago, especially with its tale of a family in trouble, as many mom and dad's try to weather the storm of being cooped up with their children for days on end.

The Walt Disney Studios announced today that 20th Century Studios' The Call Of The Wild and Searchlight Pictures' Downhill will be
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20th Century Studios’ ‘The Call of the Wild’ and Searchlight Picture’s ‘Downhill’ Are Both Arriving Early on Digital Tomorrow

20th Century Studios’ ‘The Call of the Wild’ and Searchlight Picture’s ‘Downhill’ Are Both Arriving Early on Digital Tomorrow
Two more Disney-owned films are getting early digital releases. 20th Century Studios’ Jack London adaptation The Call of the Wild and Searchlight Pictures’ comedy Downhill will both be available to buy digitally in the U.S. starting tomorrow. These two films are the latest to receive early digital releases in the wake of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Walt […]

The post 20th Century Studios’ ‘The Call of the Wild’ and Searchlight Picture’s ‘Downhill’ Are Both Arriving Early on Digital Tomorrow appeared first on /Film.
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Harrison Ford’s ‘Call of the Wild’ Gets Early Digital Release

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Harrison Ford’s ‘Call of the Wild’ Gets Early Digital Release
With U.S. theaters closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Disney is releasing Harrison Ford’s “The Call of the Wild” early on digital on March 27.

The studio also announced that “Downhill,” a black comedy from Searchlight starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis Dreyfus, will also be available for an early digital release on March 27. “Call of the Wild” will cost $14.99 to purchase and “Downhill” will cost $9.99.

The crisis has caused a profound shift in how studios are handling home entertainment releasing over the past two weeks. Prior to the pandemic, theatrical releases were not available at home until three months after they premiered in multiplexes.

Last week, Disney announced its animated “Onward” would be available via digital for $19.99 and will hit Disney Plus on April 3 in the U.S.

Lionsgate, Sony, Universal, Stx Films and Warner Bros. have all announced plans to release films early on VOD, including “I Still Believe,
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New Movies Streaming This Week: Birds of Prey, Bloodshot, The Way Back and More

New Movies Streaming This Week: Birds of Prey, Bloodshot, The Way Back and More
With theaters still closed all around the world, people need to turn to streaming for new movies to watch. Luckily, studios are continuing to make recent releases available from the comfort of our own homes. Not only that, but streaming services such as Netflix have new offerings as well, with Disney+ and HBO bringing relatively recent flicks to streaming as well, leaving viewers with abundant options heading into the weekend.

There is a little something for everyone this week, from big, non-traditional comic book movies to dramas of varying variety. We've also got a new crime flick from Guy Ritchie, a criminally overlooked gem from 2019 and much more. Here are some of the new movies that are heading to streaming this week for those looking for something new to watch.

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Adapted from the novel by Jack London, it
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‘Onward’ tops UK box office as ‘Parasite’ breaks non-English language record

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‘Onward’ tops UK box office as ‘Parasite’ breaks non-English language record
Bong Joon Ho’s Palme d’Or and Oscar winner has now grossed £11.5m and counting.

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Mar 6-Mar 8)Total gross to date Week 1 Onward (Disney) £2.6m £3.4m 1 2 The Invisible Man (Universal) £1.5m £5m 2 3 Sonic The Hedgehog (Paramount) £951,000 £18.5m 4 4 Military Wives (Lionsgate) £890,307 £964,373 1 5 Parasite (Curzon/Studiocanal) £528,864 £11.5m 5

Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.31

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Disney topped the UK box office charts with Pixar animation Onward for the first time since the first week of January. The film grossed £2.6m on its three-day weekend and has £3.4m in total following previews on February 29.

This is down on the openings of
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Bo Report: Ticket sales go ‘Downhill’ as ‘The Invisible Man’ reigns again

Bo Report: Ticket sales go ‘Downhill’ as ‘The Invisible Man’ reigns again
The Invisible Man

Last weekend was the worst of the year for Australian cinemas as Universal’s The Invisible Man and Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog were the only titles to crack $1 million.

Still, who can blame people for shunning cinemas given virtually all the new releases had either flopped in the Us or were niche titles that earned modest sums?

Among the misfires were Warner Bros’ The Way Back, Disney/Searchlight Films’ Downhill, Mind Blowing Films’ Bollywood action thriller Baaghi 3 and Roadshow’s The Big Trip.

Universal’s Dark Waters and Umbrella Entertainment’s feature doc Honeyland had mediocre debuts.

The top 20 titles generated $8.8 million, down 13 per cent on the previous frame which had ranked as the lowest of the year, according to Numero.

Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man raked in nearly $2.2 million in its second frame, easing by a mere 13 per cent. The psychological thriller starring Elisabeth Moss,
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Exclusive: Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae on the personal story of Onward and why Pixar has endured for over 25 years

Exclusive: Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae on the personal story of Onward and why Pixar has endured for over 25 years
To celebrate the release of Disney and Pixar’s latest animated offering Onward, which opens in UK and Us cinemas this week, we sat down with the films filmmaking team to chat all things questing.

Onward, which features the voices of Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Chris Pratt (Avengers: Endgame), Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Downhill), Octavia Spencer (Ma) and more, tells the story of two young brothers who, after losing their father years earlier, discover he was something of wizard and that they may have a way of bringing him back to life for one last goodbye.

Scanlon, who lost his own father when he was young, used his own experiences to bring the story to life and through the brother relationship in the film, was able to weave in themes of family, connection, and loss. Indeed, it’s Scanlon and producer Rae think that it is those personal touches that
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