Frozen 2 Box Office

Frozen 2 may have opened in theaters the weekend before Thanksgiving, but that didn’t keep Disney animated sequel from setting new box office records for the holiday weekend. The movie not only broke the record for the five-day holiday weekend, but also the standard three-day weekend window. It wasn’t the only movie to rake in cash over Thanksgiving though.

Knives Out came in second place, and while it may have made less than a third of what Frozen 2 earned, the murder mystery from director Rian Johnson exceeded early box office projections and has been getting rave reviews from audiences too. Get the full Frozen 2 box office rundown and the rest of the weekend numbers below. Read More »

beautiful day in the neighborhood featurette

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is the latest film by Marielle Heller, best known as the director of quirky and engaging stories such as 2018’s award winning Can You Ever Forgive Me. Her latest project is the story of Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a jaded and fairly miserable investigative journalist who has become a new father and is tasked with a 400 word piece on heroes. His editor tasks him with chatting with Children’s Television pioneer Fred Rogers, and thus begins the story of fathers, sons and the complexity of their relations. 

Tom Hanks plays Rogers, and he perfectly encapsulates the man’s enormous outpouring of empathy to those around him, young and old, but equally his quirky and sometimes highly awkward mannerisms. It’s a gifted performance, certainly the most indelible part in the project, even while most of the story centers of Lloyd’s transformation rather than the central figure of millions of childhood memories. 

Heller spoke to the audience following the film’s World Premiere at TIFF (read our review here), discussing some the challenge of convincing her famous friend to join the project, and how a famous doc paved the way.

The following quotes have been edited for concision and clarity.

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weekend box office frozen 2

Finally: Disney can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they’ve scored a box office win. But seriously, folks: Frozen 2 is a smash hit. The long-awaited sequel to the 2013 animated film debuted over the weekend, and hauled in $350 million globally. That includes a $127 million domestic intake, which some are calling the biggest animated opening ever – but that’s not quite correct. Disney’s recent Lion King reboot was also fully animated, and had a $191 million opening weekend. Still, The Lion King 2019 isn’t officially one of the Walt Disney Animation Studios films, and as far as releases from that studio go, Frozen 2 is the winner.

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a beautiful day in the neighborhood trailer

It’s a beautiful day…to cry. Tom Hanks has never been more powerful than when he is inhabiting the role of Mr. Rogers, the beloved children’s show host who inspired generations of children. Hanks stars as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller‘s moving drama about the beloved TV figure and the jaded journalist (Matthew Rhys) who learns to be a little less cynical. Watch the new A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood trailer below.

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beautiful day in the neighborhood featurette tom hanks

It’s no easy feat to transform yourself into one of the most recognizable figures in TV history, but leave it to Tom Hanks to make it work. Hanks takes on the role of Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, delivering a wonderful performance that pays tribute to Rogers while never dipping into impersonation territory. In a new Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood featurette below, Hanks and director Marielle Heller discuss how Hanks turned himself into Mr. Rogers for the film.

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beautiful day in the neighborhood featurette

In these trying times, we could all use a little more Mr. Rogers in our lives. Unfortunately, the beloved children’s television host has long since passed away. But director Marielle Heller and actor Tom Hanks are trying to give us the next best thing: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a film that celebrates how gosh-darn nice Fred Rogers was. The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood featurette below has Hanks, Heller, and co-star Matthew Rhys discussing what made Roger so special.

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Female Directors at TIFF

Like many time periods preceding it, the fall film festival circuit of 2019 has been a mixed bag of results for female filmmakers. The Venice Film Festival spared a measly two slots in its competition for films directed by women and, as if to thumb their nose at those decrying their regressive attitudes, awarded their Best Director prize to convicted rapist Roman Polanski. All this from a festival that signed the 50/50 by 2020 pledge for gender parity just last year, to boot. As Katrin Gebbe, director of Pelican Blood told me, “In the past few years, we’ve started to put our finger into the wound.”

Meanwhile, at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the programmers paid more than lip service to their commitment on equality. Female directors comprised 36% of this year’s selection at TIFF, with percentages even higher in sections like Contemporary World Cinema and the high-profile Galas. Look beyond the numbers, too, and it’s clear that quantity did not come at the expense of quality.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Review

After the beautiful documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor slayed hearts and flooded tear ducts last year, I admit to thinking, “Do we really need a fictionalized version of Fred Rogers’ story?” And then I saw A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and got my answer: we can never have too much Mister Rogers. Especially now.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Trailer

Everybody loves Mr. Rogers. Everybody loves Tom Hanks. Therefore it only makes sense that Hanks would play the legendary television host in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a fictionalized drama inspired by a true story. Matthew Rhys plays a cynical journalist sent to profile Fred Rogers, and wouldn’t ya know it – the endless niceness of Mr. Rogers gets through to his cold heart. Watch the A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood trailer below.

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Are you sitting down? You better grab a seat, because the intensity of this brand new, piping hot, fresh-off-the-presses Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood photo is going to knock the breath right out of your chest. Steel yourself for what you’re about to see, because director Marielle Heller‘s Mr. Rogers biopic is getting real. Check out star Tom Hanks in action in the photo below. Read More »