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Rachel ‘likely’ to return for “Doctor Strange” sequel

Rachel ‘likely’ to return for “Doctor Strange” sequel

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Scott Derrickson is set to return for the sequel of “Doctor Strange“. Rachel’s costars Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong will return as well with Rachel “likely to return as well”. Variety is also reporting the return of Derrickson with Cumerbatch, Wong and Rachel “expected to reprise” their roles. 

Scott Derrickson, who directed and co-wrote the mystical Marvel hero’s initial 2016 outing, has quietly finalized a deal to helm the new installment.

A search for a writer to pen the script is about to get underway.

Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Stephen Strange, the good doctor turned master of the mystic arts, as will Benedict Wong, who played his right-hand man, Wong. Rachel McAdams, who played Stephen Strange’s love interest, is likely to return as well.

Strange was last seen de-materializing in the $2 billion-grossing Avenger: Infinity War, where one of his lines of dialogue served as the inspiration for the title of the fourth Avengers movie, Avengers: Endgame.

Marvel has been tight-lipped about its plans for life after Endgame, which it is calling Phase Four. After all, how much can there be when half your heroes are supposed to be dead?

In any case, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the plan is for the script to be hashed out in 2019 with an eye toward a spring 2020 production start. If all goes well, the movie would be casting its spell on audiences in May 2021.

Marvel had no comment.


Rachel Receives BIFA Nomination!

Rachel Receives BIFA Nomination!

The 2018 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were announced earlier today and “Disobedience” received 5 nominations, including a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Rachel. The other nominations are: Best British Independent Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay. Congratulations to Rachel, the cast and crew! Winners will be announced at the British Independent Film Award Ceremony on Sunday 2 December at Old Billingsgate. For the full list of nominees be sure to head over to the official website.

Best Supporting Actress
NINA ARIANDA (“Stan & Ollie”)
RACHEL McADAMS (“Disobedience”)
EMMA STONE (“The Favourite”)
RACHEL WEISZ (“The Favourite”)
MOLLY WRIGHT (“Apostasy”)
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“Disobedience” Opening Weekend Box Office Results

Disobedience” had a strong opening in the box office this weekend and doubles the opening numbers of any film from Bleecker Street according IndieWire. Deadline is reporting the movie posts no #2 thus far in the box office of the limited releases of this year. The movie will be slowly expanding to more theaters the coming week and will officially go nationwide on May 18 in the United States. Be sure to head over to the official website disobedience.movie to find a theater near you.

Fresh from an Oscar win for Best Foreign Language Film for A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio scored with English-language drama/romance Disobedience, which had the second-best limited bow of 2018 on a per-theater average basis. The Bleecker Street title starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams grossed $241K in five locations, averaging $48,255. (The only better limited debut this year has been Searchlight’s Isle of Dogs, which averaged $60,011 per theater in its March debut and has cumed $27 million to date.)

Bleecker Street said Sunday that Disobedience saw strong LGBT and art house patronage over the weekend in its New York and LA launch, with a wide age range from 20s to 50-pluses. “Sellouts occurred in all houses throughout the weekend, particularly during prime evening shows,” said Bleecker Street’s Jack Foley told Deadline. “Mid-afternoon matinees were near capacity… We are extremely happy with the weekend’s business. I think if we had more seats, frankly, we would have done more business.”

Foley noted that the female-to-male ratio was 70-30% at the Angelika in downtown Manhattan, while at uptown site Lincoln Square it came in closer to 50-50. Disobedience is also Bleecker Street’s biggest platform release ever, just ahead of Eye In the Sky, which opened in five locations in April 2016, grossing $113,803 ($22,761 PTA).

Bleecker Street will widen Disobedience to Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Washington D.C., Denver, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Portland. New York and L.A. will also add more locations.

Disobedience (Bleecker Street) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $241,276, Average $48,255


“Disobedience” Opens In Select Theaters Today!

“Disobedience” Opens In Select Theaters Today!

Disobedience” is opening in selected theaters – in New York and Los Angeles – in the United States starting today. The movie will expand to more cities the coming weeks and will open nationwide on May 18. To find the release schedule be sure to head over to the official website. Rachel stars in the movie alongside Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola with Sebastián Lelio directing. It’s based on Naomi Alderman’s book with a screenplay by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. The movie has been very well received with critics praising the leads performances, be sure to check out our reviews round-up in case you missed it. While we always try to have a – somewhat – neutral stand and not favorite any projects of Rachel and promote them equally we do want to take this opportunity to ask everyone to go and support this movie by seeing it in theaters. It seems a passion project of everyone involved and we think it’s important to show support for smaller independent movies like this. To quote the official twitter account, the movie “asks the audience to question many societal norms” and we think representation on-screen (and off-screen) matters.


“Disobedience” Reviews Round-Up

“Disobedience” Reviews Round-Up

Disobedience” is getting critical acclaim thus far and currently holds a 91% rating at Rotten Tomatoes (making it officially certified ‘Fresh’) and 75 Meta Critics Score. Rachel’s performance especially gets praise with critics calling her performance a “stand-out” and “powerhouse“. We will round-up the reviews in this post and we will – as always – focus on the Rachel-centered excerpts. And in case you missed it we rounded-up the reviews after the TIFF premiere in our previous post.

“It’s astounding performances, and complex themes flirt with the dangers and beauty of love in a compassionate, lucid manner. Unsure what sauce Rachel McAdams has been sipping since her Oscar nomination for “Spotlight” in 2015 but the actress had found her hinted mojo that we saw when she emerged onto the scene fourteen years ago with “The Notebook” and “Mean Girls.” She taps into the universal anxieties regarding an examination of one’s self while still simmering in a stunning atmosphere that features eye-catching visuals. McAdams may very well be on her way to her second Oscar nomination, and it wouldn’t be underserved. Esti is heartened and reserved but explores ranges that are both delicate and voluptuous.”
Clayton Davis, Award Circuit

3.5/4 stars
“McAdams, for her part, is quietly devastating as a wife trying to measure what would be lost if she broke free to follow her heart. Weisz and McAdams, two extraordinary actresses at the top of their game, cut so deep into their characters you can almost feel their nerve endings.”
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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“Disobedience” Selected For Tribeca Film Festival

“Disobedience” Selected For Tribeca Film Festival

The 17th Annual Tribeca Film Festival unveiled it’s line-up and “Disobedience” is part of their line-up. The screening will be the premiere screening for the United States. The movie is part of the Spotlight Narrative line-up. The festival runs from April 18–29 and ticket packages are on sale now. For more information be sure to head over to the official website.

SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE
The Spotlight Narrative section is a launching pad for exciting new independent premieres with a focus on marquee filmmakers and performers. Past films from this section include Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in Paris (2007), Jeff Nichols’ Shotgun Stories (2007), Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience (2009), Sarah Adina Smith’s Buster’s Mal Heart (2017), and Azazel Jacobs’ The Lovers (2017). Supported by HSBC.

Disobedience, directed by Sebastian Lelio, written by Sebastián Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Produced by Frida Torresblanco, Ed Guiney, Rachel Weisz. (UK) – U.S. Premiere. After the death of her estranged rabbi father, a New York photographer returns to the Orthodox Jewish community in North London where she grew up and, in doing so, reignites long-dormant passions and controversies. With Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola. A Bleecker Street release.

Disobedience” was selected for the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.


“Game Night” Opening Weekend Box Office Results

“Game Night” Opening Weekend Box Office Results

Game Night” opened nationwide this weekend in the United States and debuted second place in the box office, after Marvel’s Black Panther. Box Office Mojo is reporting that the movie earned $5.2m from 22 mostly smaller markets and opens in a further 23 this week including the UK and Germany. Leading the way was Australia with an estimated $1.5 million followed by Russia ($1.3m) and the Netherlands ($570k). Deadline is reporting the following story:

2) Game Night (NL/WB), 3,488 theaters / $5.6m Fri (includes $1M previews)/$7M Sat/ $4M Sun/3-day: $17M /Wk 1

New Line/Warner Bros.’ Game Night grew 25% on Saturday over Friday with $7M, taking its opening to $16.6M in second place, and as we mentioned, that’s OK, not fantastic, and a bit of a rebound from the studio’s R-rated laugh recession last year with The House, Fist Fight, and Alcon’s Father Figures. New Line kept this comedy as economically sound as possible, with a production cost under $40M, which is their range for the genre. At this box office level with Game Night, New Line is in the same boat of other R-rated original IP comedy openers such as Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates ($16.6M opening, $46M final domestic), Office Christmas Party ($16.9M, $54.8M), and How to Be Single ($17.8M, $46.8M), so figure it comes in within $40M-$50M at the domestic B.O. when all is said and done. R-rated comedies remain the quagmire for many studios (outside of Universal’s Girls Trip geared toward African American audiences), as studios and comedy creators continue to scratch their heads and figure out how to pull in younger crowds who’ll fuel breakout successes. Continue reading


“Game Night” Opens Nationwide Today!

“Game Night” Opens Nationwide Today!

Game Night” is opening nationwide in the United States starting today. Rachel stars alongside Jason Bateman, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Danny Huston, Chelsea Peretti, with Michael C. Hall and Kyle Chandler. Be sure to stay until after the credits, there is a post-credit scene according to the director John Fracis Daley. The movie is officially rated ‘fresh’ at Rotten Tomatoes with 84% with 97 reviews and has a 66 score at Meta Critics with 34 reviews. In case you missed it, you can find our reviews round-up in our previous post. You can order tickets via the official website. Deadline is reporting that the movie made $1 million during the previews yesterday:

In the face of Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther earning $14.2M alone yesterday for a running total that will cross $300M today, New Line/Warner Bros.’ Game Night and Paramount’s Alex Garland sci-fi environmental pic Annihilation respectively pulled in $1M and $900K. Game Night will play in 3,488. Game Night is projected between $13M-$21M while Annihilation was pegged between $10M-$12M. The upside for them in a Black Panther-dominated market? Both titles have awesome Rotten Tomatoes Scores with Annihilation at 90% certified fresh and Game Night at 83% certified fresh and that’s hopeful in regards to changing the minds of those moviegoers are pledge allegiance to RT.

Game Night bulldozes comps for such R-rated summer laugh duds as Rough Night ($700K Thursday, $3.3M Friday, $8M weekend) and The House ($800K Thursday, $3.3M and $8.7M). The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which fared the best of them all, was an action comedy, which Game Night has elements of.


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