Disney had no problem topping the charts again this summer with their release of the remake of The Lion King. Audiences may not be sure whether to call this movie animation or live-action, but they clearly had to see it for themselves to the tune of a $185 million opening weekend at the domestic box office. That’s enough to give the movie the #9 spot on the chart of the best opening weekends of all-time. Read More »
Yesterday, the latest film from director Danny Boyle, had one of the all-time great movie premises: what if a struggling musician woke up to realize that the rest of the world had forgotten the music of The Beatles? The movie hit theaters at the end of last month and has made $68 million worldwide so far on a reported $26 million budget – not exactly a runaway hit, but not a failure, either.
Now writer Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, About Time) is sounding off about some of the alterations Boyle made to the screenplay, and you can judge for yourselves whether you think these Yesterday script changes improved or worsened the final product. Warning: spoilers ahead. Read More »
Marvel and Sony’s release of Spider-Man: Far From Home had no problem taking over the box office this past weekend. But rather than having a gigantic three-day weekend, the blockbuster release spread out the box office love across the holiday week thanks to an early opening on July 2. That allowed the movie to break several records that Avengers: Endgame was not able to shatter.
Meanwhile, on the indie side of things, A24’s release of the cult horror movie Midsommar debuted with the biggest indie opening of the year despite arriving outside of the top five on the box office chart. Read More »
David, Devindra, and Jeff review the film Yesterday, a love letter to The Beatles. Is it worth running out to see Yesterday today, or could it wait ’til tomorrow? Also tune in to hear why the Netflix show Awake: The Million Dollar Game is the ultimate embodiment of late stage capitalism.
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Surprising absolutely no one, Disney and Pixar were able to hold onto the top of the box office for a second weekend with Toy Story 4. The movie is still performing below expectations, but it’s not as if the movie is hurting for money.
Meanwhile, Disney and Marvel Studios also aren’t upset with the box office performance of Avengers: Endgame, which was re-released in theaters with some bonus footage after the credits this past weekend. Unfortunately, the last ditch effort to rake in some extra cash won’t be enough for the movie to topple the all-time record set by Avatar.
Find out how much the Toy Story 4 box office added last weekend and the rest of the numbers below. Read More »
Danny Boyle’s film Yesterday asks a provocative question – how would the world be different if the Beatles had never existed for anyone else around you? Would playing them these songs elicit the same emotional response these tunes have had for decades, or would they be considered merely a bunch of twee melodies suitable for background enjoyment? Thankfully we don’t have to live the nightmare scenario of a world without these songs from Macca, Johnny, George and Ringo, graced with music that’s been the world’s shared soundtrack since the early 1960s.
Yesterday has some strong cover versions of the Fab’s tunes, with the performance of these “lost” songs central to Richard Curtis’ screenplay. Many other films have used reinterpretations of Beatles tunes in various ways, providing through reinterpretation a different look at what these songs fundamentally represent, using these themes and variation to celebrate the classical canon of Western pop music while making the works unique.
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Never expect a downer of a movie from writer-director Richard Curtis. Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral – his scripts are almost always packed with pure joy. Curtis made a long impressive list of crowd-pleasers, plus a holiday classic that never fails to brighten up the holidays. His scripts are generally packed with pure joy, so his sensibility makes for a fine fit for a movie largely about The Beatles.
Danny Boyle‘s Yesterday is based on an idea by Jack Birth (The Simpsons) and Curtis, who brings his nice and light rom-com touch to a high-concept. As Curtis told us, the movie has much in common with his last film, About Time, his final movie as a director. When we spoke with the writer about writing Boyle’s latest, he told us about his favorite feel-good movies, writing about The Beatles, and not missing directing.
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Early in Yesterday, Himesh Patel’s sad sack musician-turned-unlikely-sensation offhandedly describes The Beatles as a pop group — a massively understated description for one of the most influential music groups of all time. But it’s a surprisingly fitting analog for Yesterday as a film: This is a movie as a pop song. Sweet and sentimental, Yesterday gestures toward some greater meaning, only to fall back on lazily written tropes that fail to make anything of its clever concept.
Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, Yesterday has everything going for it: a soundtrack jam-packed with time-honored classics, charming leads, and the stylings of two respected creatives who together seem an odd pair — Boyle the flashy auteur, Curtis the sentimental savant — but could have made movie magic. Could have. Instead, what Boyle and Curtis deliver is a middling marriage of their disparate styles in a film that wastes its fresh and unique premise for a plot that more closely resembles a generic music biopic.
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What if you woke up one day, and you were the only person on the planet who remembered the Beatles? And then you stole all their songs, and became famous? That’s the weird, interesting premise of Yesterday, the latest from director Danny Boyle. In a new Yesterday music video, Himesh Patel, the film’s star, heads to the legendary Abbey Road Studios to perform the title song.
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In a world in which no one had ever heard of The Beatles, it’s no surprise that Himesh Patel‘s Jack becomes a sensation. Apart from his ethically dubious practice of passing off The Beatles’ songs as his own in Danny Boyle’s upcoming film Yesterday, Patel has a smooth, honeyed voice that is the perfect vehicle to deliver The Beatle’s best songs. Universal has released a Yesterday lyric video for Patel’s rendition of “Something,” which proves that this kid really does have that special something.
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