Clint Eastwood's adult drama 'Richard Jewell' and slasher pic 'Black Christmas' also open nationwide, while 'Bombshell' and 'Uncut Gems' are among the awards hopefuls launching at the specialty box office. Let the caroling begin. The year-end holidays get underway in earnest this weekend with the debut of Sony's all-audience event sequel Jumanji: The Next Level, Clint Eastwood's adult drama Richard Jewell and the micro-budgeted Blumhouse/Universal slasher remake Black Christmas. Jumanji 2 is expected to top the chart with a debut in the $40 million-$50 million range, although Sony is being more conservative in suggesting $35 million. Movies opening close Christmas aren't traditionally known for big openings — outside of the recent Star Wars pics — but rather count on strong multiples during the final two weeks of the year. This time out, Jumanji 2 opted to open a week before Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, whereas the 2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle rode into … [Read more...] about Box Office Preview: ‘Jumanji 2’ to Lead Early Christmas Crush With $40M-$50M
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Leonard Cohen’s career had reached a low point when he wrote “Hallelujah.” It was 1984, and he had been out of the spotlight for quite a long time. His 1977 LP, Death of a Ladies’ Man, a collaboration with Phil Spector, was a commercial and critical disappointment, and his next album Recent Songs fared no better. When Cohen submitted the songs for his subsequent LP, Various Positions, to Columbia, label execs didn’t hear “Hallelujah,” the opening song of Side Two, as anything special. They didn’t even want to release the album, though it eventually came out in Europe in 1984 and America the following year. It took a few years for “Hallelujah” to emerge as a classic. Bob Dylan was one of the first to recognize its brilliance, playing it at a couple of shows in 1988. The Velvet Underground’s John Cale tackled it on the piano for a 1991 Cohen tribute disc, and three years later, Jeff Buckley took inspiration from that … [Read more...] about How Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ Brilliantly Mingled Sex, Religion
Jen’s daughter is nine years old, with shoulder-length brown hair and darting, fearful eyes. She’s anxious and withdrawn, and her mother says she doesn’t get asked to go on play dates very often. When she speaks to people she doesn’t know, she keeps a careful distance, like she’s trying to decide whether or not to pet a tarantula at a zoo exhibit. But then Jen’s daughter becomes Emily the deer. She has a pink head with zebra stripes, white tufts of fur, and giant, ink-black antlers. In an instant, she goes from withdrawn to animated and gregarious. “She’ll put her head on and go play and join the other kids,” Jen tells me, as we watch her daughter chatting gaily with other sundry woodland creatures. Emily and Jen have just attended a meet-and-greet for furries who are influencers on TikTok, the hugely popular lip-syncing app used primarily by teens. The pair have driven about an hour from their home in the Chicago suburbs to attend … [Read more...] about Why Are So Many Gen Z Kids Becoming Furries?