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‘Knock at the Cabin’ Beats Out ‘Avatar 2’ With $14.2 Million Opening

The latest film to come from M. Night Shyamalan, Knock at the Cabin, has beaten out Avatar: The Way of Water with a $14.2 million opening from 3,643 theaters. Despite that accomplishment, it marks the lowest opening of any film directed by Shyamalan.

Knock at the Cabin’s story follows a young girl and her parents through a hostage situation at a remote cabin, where strangers demand they make an unthinkable decision in order to avoid the apocalypse. The film features Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, newcomer Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn and Rupert Grint star. The film was released by Universal, produced by a Blinding Edge Pictures, in association with FilmNation Features and Wilshmore Entertainment.

Meanwhile, Avatar: The Way of Water has fallen to number three in its eighth weekend with roughly $10.8 million from 3,310 theaters.

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The Rock Has Joined the GRAMMY Awards® Lineup as a Presenter for the 65th Annual Show!

The 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards® will be full of star power with the list of high profile performers and presenters that have been announced. So far, rapper Cardi B, First Lady Jill Biden, and James Corden, who is not only an actor and producer but also a writer and host are going to be presenting at the Grammy Awards®. Other presenters are going to include five-time GRAMMY winner Shania Twain, three-time GRAMMY winner Oliva Rodrigo, GRAMMY nominees Billy Crystal and Viola Davis, and last but certainly not least is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Meanwhile, on the performers side of things, the list of announced artists includes Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Steve lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras, Sam Smith, and Harry Styles!

The 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards® will be taking place on Sunday, February 5th, at 8pm ET/5pm PT while being hosted by comedian Trevor Noah. The broadcast will be able to be watched live from CBS or streamed via Paramount+ live from Crypto.com Arena.

A GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony® is going to be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater at 12:30pm PT/ 3:30pm ET. The livestream for the ceremony is also going to be available via live.GRAMMY.com.

More announcements are expected in the coming days for an already exciting event, complete with talented artists, high-profile presenters, and incredible performances.

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Tom Hanks and Robin Wright Will Be De-Aged For New Film

Robin Wright and Tom Hanks are going to be de-aged along with others for Robert Zemeckis’ Miramax film Here, an adaptation of Richard McGuire’s graphic novel set in a single room following its inhabitants over several years. They will do so using a new generative AI-driven tool called Metaphysic Live.

The film is starring Hanks and Wright, with Paul Bettany and Kelly Reilly and is supposed to have a 2024 release in the United States by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The film’s production VFX supervisor Kevin Baillie stated, “It is incredible to see Metaphysic’s AI-generated content flawlessly integrated into a shot live on set. The actors can even use the technology as a ‘youth mirror’ — testing out acting choices for their younger selves in real time.”

In order to work on the movie, Metaphysic co-founder Chris Ume is going to serve as AI-Supervisor and chief innovation officer Jo Plaete will be the Metaphysic VFX supervisor.

Metaphysic CEO and co-founder Graham stated, “With the support of CAA and by working on projects like Here, Metaphysic is demonstrating the transformative power of hyperreal AI to shape the future of entertainment and to eventually help people create AI-generated, photorealistic immersive content while they own and control their data.”

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Movies Opening This Week, 02/01/2023

  • Title: Knock at the Cabin
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
  • Category: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Rated: R
  • Summary: While vacationing, a girl and her parents are taken hostage by armed strangers who demand that the family make a choice to avert the apocalypse.
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Writers: M. Night Shyamalan (screenplay by), Steve Desmond (screenplay by), Michael Sherman (screenplay by)
  • Stars: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge
  • Title: 80 for Brady
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
  • Category: Comedy, Drama, Sport
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Summary: A group of friends made it their life-long mission to go to the Super Bowl and meet NFL superstar Tom Brady.
  • Director: Kyle Marvin
  • Writers: Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins
  • Stars: Rita Moreno, Sally Field, Jane Fonda
  • Title: The Amazing Maurice
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
  • Category: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
  • Rated: PG
  • Summary: This story follows Maurice, a goofy streetwise cat, who has the perfect money-making scam. He finds a dumb-looking kid who plays a pipe and has his very own horde of rats, who are strangely literate.
  • Directors: Toby Genkel, Florian Westermann (co-director)
  • Writers: Terry Rossio (screenplay by), Terry Pratchett, (based on the book “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents” by), Robert Chandler(additional material by)
  • Stars: Hugh Laurie (voice), Emilia Clarke (voice), David Thewlis (voice)
  • Title: Bosch & Rockit
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 46 Minutes
  • Category: Drama
  • Summary: In the late summer along the Australian coast, Bosch, a young father goes on the run for drug dealing with his surf gang. In tow is his son, Rockit, who believes he is on a magical holiday.
  • Director: Tyler Atkins
  • Writers: Tyler Atkins (story), Drue Metz
  • Stars: Isabel Lucas, Luke Hemsworth, Rasmus King
  • Title: Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive – Scherzo of Deep Night
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 41 Minutes
  • Category: Animation
  • Summary: Two months have passed since the deadly game began, and Kirito and Asuna continue to make progress. They stop for treasure, but then they must face Asuna’s least favorite monster.
  • Director: Ayako Kouno
  • Writer: Reki Kawahara
  • Stars: Haruka Tomatsu (voice), Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (voice), Shiori Izawa (voice)
  • Title: Dreams of Darkness
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 21 Minutes
  • Category: Horror, Thriller
  • Summary: Devastated by the disappearance of his wife, Derek Fabry enters a nightmarish world of the occult, erotic evil, and supernatural seduction as he tries to unravel the mystery of her vanishing.
  • Director: Nikolai Malden
  • Writers: Miles Jonn-Dalton, Nikolai Malden, Paolo Di Leo
  • Stars: Miles Jonn-Dalton, Pia Bertucci, Renee Domenz
  • Title: He Killed in Ecstasy
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
  • Category: Horror
  • Director: Nikolai Malden
  • Writers: Miles Jonn-Dalton, Nikolai Malden
  • Stars: Ellen Wing, Miles Jonn-Dalton, Antonio Mayans

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Michael Jackson’s Nephew Jaafar Jackson Is Set to Play Him in A New Biopic

Jaafar Jackson, Michael Jackson’s nephew is going to be playing him in a biopic about the singer’s life. The project is titled Michael and will be directed by Antoine Fuqua who posted the news on his Instagram. While Graham King is producing it along with John Branca and John McClain who are co-executors of the Michael Jackson estate. The script was written by John Logan.

Michael Jackson had won 13 Grammys and was a star from the time he was a child being in the Jackson 5. He quickly became the biggest pop star in the world before passing away in 2009 at the age of 50 years old. Lionsgate has said that the film will cover all aspects of Michael Jackson’s life. However, it is unclear how much of the many controversies he faced throughout his career will be seen in the film.

Katherine Jackson, mother of Michael Jackson stated that, “Jaafar embodies my son. It’s so wonderful to see him carry on the Jackson legacy of entertainers and performers.”

Meanwhile producer Graham King added, “I met Jaafar over two years ago and was blown away by the way he organically personifies the spirit and personality of Michael, It was something so powerful that even after conducting a worldwide search, it was clear that he is the only person to take on this role. I am beyond thrilled that he has come on board to portray his uncle and cannot wait for the world to see him on the big screen as Michael Jackson.”

The film Michael will start principal photography this year.

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