There was something particularly nerve-racking about playing a young Steven Spielberg in The Fabelmans , the director’s semi-autobiographical movie base on his own family and upbringing. For starters, star Gabriel LaBelle said during an appearance at Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles awards-season event that he never actually sat down with the director to get the 411 on what Spielberg was like as a young kid. “He didn’t really tell me anything. That made me nervous. He didn’t sit down and say ‘when I was 5….'” recalled LaBelle, who was joined onstage at the DGA Theater by Judd Hirsch , who plays Uncle Boris in the Universal Pictures/Amblin film. “I had to track him down.” RELATED: The Contenders Film: Los Angeles – Deadline’s Full Coverage Hirsch said it was actually a testament to the trust Spielberg had in his cast, which includes Michelle Williams, Paul Dano and Seth Rogen. “He doesn’t rehearse. It’s not going to be, ‘How do I play it?’ before … [Read more...] about Steven Spielberg Doesn’t Like To Rehearse, Admits ‘The Fabelmans’ Co-Star Judd Hirsch – Contenders L.A.
EXCLUSIVE: Audible has today launched Jack Whitehall ’s Safe Space , a new 10-part original comedy series hosted by the comedian featuring a host of A-list guests, including Judd Apatow and Jameela Jamil . Throughout the series, Whitehall ( Bad Education, Jungle Cruise, Travels with My Father ) sits down with his guests to dig into some of their most cringe-inducing tales. The synopsis reads: From the school days we’d rather forget (Emily Atack), to worst first impressions (Russell Howard) and cringeworthy celebrity encounters (Jameela Jamil), no shameful stone is left unturned, as Jack is joined by some of the funniest names in the industry who come bearing all about the moments in their lives that have led to sleepless nights. Elsewhere, Jack gets to the bottom of a real day’s work with comedian and former handyman Tom Davies, discusses embarrassing relationship experiences away from the screen with Judd Apatow, and discovers a personal story of shame not even Big … [Read more...] about ‘Jack Whitehall’s Safe Space’ Podcast Launches With Guests Including Judd Apatow, Jameela Jamil & Big Zuu
The Fabelmans grossed an estimated $160k this weekend at four theaters in NY and LA. That’s a $40K per screen average, on par with recent strong (for post-Covid) specialty openings like The Banshees Of Inisherin (at $45k PSA) and Tár (also $40k), both on four screens too, reflecting a definite pickup in the specialty space. Spielberg’s written, directed and produced semi-autobiographical tale debuted into one of the biggest openings of the year with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever . The Universal Pictures’ release has the potential to drum up strong weekday business from older demos (U’s Ticket To Paradise has) that don’t feel the need to rush out on opening weekend, especially with Wakanda fever, or on weekends in general. It’s preparing to expand to 600 screens on Nov. 23 and will likely go beyond that given an A Cinema Score, mid-90% Certified Fresh ratings on Rotten Tomatoes with audiences/critics, strong word of mouth and more commercial appeal than some other … [Read more...] about Sharp Open For Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans’ On ‘Wakanda’ Weekend – Specialty Box Office
She Said tells the heroic story of the New York Times journalists that brought the #MeToo movement to the forefront by exposing Harvey Weinstein and the system that enabled him to thrive as a sexual predator. The film, which opened in theaters this weekend , stars Zoe Kazan as Jodi Kantor and Carey Mulligan as Megan Twohey, the Woodward and Bernstein of the 21st century. “The whole way through we felt quite a responsibility to the survivors, getting it right and for Megan and Jodi,” Mulligan said during a panel Saturday at Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles awards-season event. “Seeing the survivors at the [New York Film Festival] premiere when Megan and Jodi walked onstage it was like Bruce Springsteen walked onstage — everyone went crazy. Then Ashley [Judd] came on, everyone was on their feet. There were lots of tears. It was incredibly emotional for everyone.” RELATED: Deadline Contenders Film Los Angeles Arrivals & Panels Gallery The … [Read more...] about ‘She Said’s Carey Mulligan & Zoe Kazan Laud “Cadre Of Women Linking Arms” To Get The Story Onscreen – Contenders L.A.
Call it a holiday tradition as common as sweet potatoes on the Thanksgiving table, but Disney is going to rule the five-day holiday stretch again after wins in 2016 ( Moana ), 2017 ( Coco ), 2018 ( Ralph Breaks the Internet ), 2019 ( Frozen 2 ) and last year ( Encanto ), as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ‘s third weekend looks to do $40M over Wednesday-Sunday and Disney Animation’s Strange World hopes to squeeze out $30M+. All of this occurs as Bob Iger is re-installed as the CEO of Disney and the studio’s distribution czar Kareem Daniel exits. That’s not exactly the best result for a Disney family film launching over the 5-day frame, a figure that’s under last year’s Encanto which did $40.5M. Part of the dilemma with Strange World is the fact that it’s original animation, which is also a tough sell. The movie follows a family of explorers, the Clades, as they venture into an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a motley crew which includes a … [Read more...] about Disregard The Corporate Noise: Disney Will Dominate Thanksgiving Box Office With ‘Wakanda Forever’ & ‘Strange World’
Peacock has announced that the groundbreaking romantic comedy Bros — the first from a major studio to center on two gay men — will begin streaming exclusively on the platform on December 2nd. The film directed by Nicholas Stoller is a smart, swoony and heartfelt story about gay men — played by Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane—maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love. Maybe. They’re both very busy. Its cast also includes TS Madison, Miss Lawrence, Symone, Guillermo Diaz, Guy Branum, Monica Raymund, Jim Rash, Harvey Fierstein, Bowen Yang, Amanda Bearse, Dot-Marie Jones, and many more. Eichner and Stoller penned the script. Stoller also produced alongside Judd Apatow and Josh Church, with Eichner exec producing. While Bros world premiered to critical acclaim at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival, it had a disappointing showing upon its September theatrical release via Universal Pictures, grossing just over $14.6M worldwide. Its co-writer and star Eichner made … [Read more...] about ‘Bros’ Rom-Com Starring Billy Eichner & Luke Macfarlane Gets Peacock Premiere Date
Adam Sandler treated a delighted Gotham Awards audience Monday night with a rollicking stand-up session, thanking the org for a Performers Tribute after a long career with two guiding principles, “that people in prison need movies too, and TBS needs content to show between all those basketball games.” He said his daughters wanted to come to the ceremony but he refused, telling them: “I don’t want to spend a whole night that is supposed to be about me and my greatness listening to you…buffoons screaming, ‘Where is Timothée Chalamet?” “As my daddy is with you tonight, we are doing the things we are not allowed to do when daddy is home, like eat his yogurts or try on his Spanx, or, dare we say, laugh out loud at Ben Stiller movies. The last time daddy caught us chuckling away at the Meet The Parents trilogy, he immediately stormed into the room he calls the screaming room, which we just call the shower, and yelling out the phrase, “Only the Sandman makes people laugh. F-ck … [Read more...] about Adam Sandler Cracks Up Gotham Awards With Guiding Principle Of His Long Career: “People In Prison Need Movies Too”
UPDATED, 8:16 AM: Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans will receive the Vanguard Award at the 2023 Palm Springs Film Festival ’s gala in January. The semi-autographical film centers on a young man’s discovery of a shattering family secret and an exploration of the power of movies to help us see the truth about each other and ourselves. Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Jeannie Berlin, Julia Butters, Robin Bartlett, Keeley Karsten and Judd Hirsch star in the pic penned by Spielberg and Tony Kushner. The Fabelmans began its limited rollout last month, scoring a $40k per-theater average at four New York and Los Angeles venues. Last year’s Vanguard honoree, Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast , when on to earn seven Oscar nominations including Best Picture, and won for Branagh’s original screenplay. Read about other Palm Springs fest honorees below. PREVIOUSLY, November 29: Michelle Yeo will receive the International Star Award, Actress at the 2023 … [Read more...] about Palm Springs Film Festival Awards: ‘The Fabelmans’ Set For Vanguard Honor
EXCLUSIVE : Sony and PlayStation Productions have rounded out the cast for their Gran Turismo film, based on the hit racing video game series of the same name, with six additions. Those joining the ensemble are Max Mundt ( How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) ), Mariano González ( O11CE ), Harki Bhambra ( This Is Going to Hurt ), Lindsay Pattison , Théo Christine ( Suprêmes ) and Nikhil Parmar ( Foundation ). The upcoming film based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough is billed as the ultimate wish fulfillment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won him a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional race car driver. Previously announced members of its ensemble include Archie Madekwe, David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Djimon Hounsou, Geri Halliwell-Horner, Daniel Puig, Maeve Courtier-Lilley, Emelia Hartford, Pepe Barroso and Sang Heon Lee. Neill Blomkamp is directing from a script by Jason Hall and Zach Baylin. … [Read more...] about ‘Gran Turismo’ Film From Sony Rounds Out Cast With Six Additions