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Movies Opening This Week, 09/28/2022

According to Imdb.com, there are 12 films opening in theatres in the United States this week, they are listed below along with details for each film.

  • Title: Amsterdam
  • Category: Comedy, Drama, History
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 Hours 14 Minutes
  • Summary: In the 1930s, three friends witness a murder, are framed for it, and uncover one of the most outrageous plots in American history.
  • Director: David O. Russell
  • Writer: David O. Russell
  • Stars: Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington
  • Title: Aftersun
  • Category: Drama
  • Run Time:1 Hour 36 Minutes
  • Summary: Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t.
  • Director: Charlotte Wells
  • Writer: Charlotte Wells
  • Stars: Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio, Celia Rowlson-Hall
  • Title: Smile
  • Rated: R
  • Category: Horror
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
  • Summary: After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.
  • Director: Parker Finn
  • Writer: Parker Finn
  • Stars: Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner
  • Title: Bros
  • Rated: R
  • Category: Romance, Comedy
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
  • Summary: Two men with commitment problems attempt a relationship.
  • Director: Nicholas Stoller
  • Writers: Billy Eichner, Nicholas Stoller
  • Stars: Luke Macfarlane, Billy Eichner, Kristin Chenoweth
  • Title: Vesper
  • Category: Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
  • Summary: After the collapse of Earth’s ecosystem, Vesper, a 13-year-old girl struggling to survive with her paralyzed father, meets a woman with a secret who will force her to use her wits, strengths and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the possibility of having a future.
  • Directors: Kristina Buozyte, Bruno Samper
  • Writers: Kristina Buozyte, Brian Clark, Bruno Samper
  • Stars: Raffiella Chapman, Eddie Marsan, Rosy McEwen
  • Title: Dead for A Dollar
  • Category: Western, Thriller
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
  • Rated: R
  • Summary: The film follows a famed bounty hunter who runs into his sworn enemy, a professional gambler and outlaw that he had sent to prison years before.
  • Director: Walter Hill
  • Writers: Matt Harris (Writer), Walter Hill
  • Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Willem Dafoe, Christoph Waltz
  • Title: The Good House
  • Category: Drama, Comedy
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
  • Rated: R
  • Summary: Life for New England realtor Hildy Good begins to unravel when she hooks up with an old flame of hers from New York. Based on Ann Leary’s ‘The Good House.’
  • Directors: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky
  • Writers: Thomas Bezucha (screenplay), Maya Forbes (screenplay), Wallace Wolodarsky (screenplay)
  • Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Morena Baccarin
  • Title: Argentina, 1985
  • Rated: R
  • Category: Drama
  • Run Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
  • Summary: A team of lawyers take on the heads of Argentina’s bloody military dictatorship during the 1980s in a battle against odds and a race against time.
  • Director: Santiago Mitre
  • Writers: Mariano Llinás, Santiago Mitre
  • Stars: Ricardo Darín, Peter Lanzani, Francisco Bertín
  • Title: 1618
  • Category: History, Drama
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Summary: The Inquisition continues the persecution of Portuguese Jews, sending Visitador Sebastião Noronha to the city of Oporto. With his family and community in danger, António Álvares, decides to outline an escape plan.
  • Director: Luis Ismael
  • Stars: Pedro Laginha, Francisco Beatriz, Catarina Lacerda
  • Title: Wolf Pack
  • Category: Action, Thriller, War
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
  • Summary: During one of the missions, of the Wolf Pack squad led by Lao Diao who are engaged in overseas security work for a long time discovers that foreign terrorist forces have extended their reach into China’s energy lifeline.
  • Director: Michael Chiang
  • Writer: Michael Chiang
  • Stars: Jin Zhang, Gianluca Zoppa, Aarif Rahman
  • Title: Alex/October
  • Category: Drama
  • Summary: A sad man and a bored girl form an unusual relationship after a bizarre online classified ad brings their chaotic lives together.
  • Director: Josh Hope
  • Writer: Josh Hope
  • Stars: Ethan Cutkosky, Stacy Edwards, Rivkah Reyes

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Oprah Winfrey and Apple TV+ are Ending A Multiyear Content Deal

According to hollywoodreporter.com, Oprah Winfrey and Apple TV+ are ending a multiyear content deal that they had together that was originally announced back in 2018. Sources told Hollywood reporter that Winfrey and Apple TV+ will continue to work together on a case by case basis. The news came out only a short time after the release of a documentary titled Sidney, which is a collaboration between Winfrey and Apple TV+ that focuses on the life of Sidney Poitier. The documentary is directed by Reginald Hudlin and debuted on Friday on Apple TV+.

The pair will also continue to work on Oprah’s Book Club, which is available on Apple Books and OprahDaily.com. Winfrey originally signed the deal with other companies such as Netflix and Amazon also attempting to secure a deal with her. However, Apple aggressively pursued her attempting to make a statement to Hollywood that they should be taken seriously. Since then, Apple has won two consecutive best comedy series Emmys and has solidified its place within the industry as a whole.

Winfrey’s deal with Apple also produced the documentary series The Me You Can’t See, in partnership with Prince Harry that was focused on mental health, another product of the deal was The Oprah Conversation, which was a series of discussions with newsmakers. Puck News was the first to break the news of the Winfrey and Apple TV+ deal coming to an end.

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Lorne Michaels Blames Pandemic For High Saturday Night Live Turnover

According to hollywoodreporter.com, Lorne Michaels saw the recent mass departure of Saturday Night Live cast members and says that he sees it as a result of the pandemic and promises that SNL’s Weekend Update segment will remain the same with head writer Colin Jost and Michael Che in charge. Prior to the premiere of season 48, eight cast members left the series including Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, and Aidy Bryant.

According to Michaels, “The pandemic had put us in this position where no one could really leave because there were no jobs, And at the same time, if I don’t add new people every year, then the show isn’t the show. There have to be new people, for both our sake and also for the audience. We got to a point where we had a lot of people, and people weren’t getting enough playing time. The way the series has survived is by that level of renewal, The price of success is that people go off and do other things; their primary obligation is to their talent and to keep pushing that. And there’s something so much better about the show when all that matters is the show. There’s a time to say goodbye, and there’s a natural time for it, but the natural time just got interfered with by the pandemic.”.

Michaels also dismissed any rumor of him retiring but did mention going big for the show’s 50th anniversary season. Michaels stated that, “The 50th will be a big event. We’ll bring everyone back from all 50 years and hosts and all of that. It will be a very emotional and very strong thing, There won’t be as many plus-ones, I can tell you that much.” He continued to say that, “I’m not a big person for celebrating, Even the 40th [anniversary show], in the end, the only way I got through it was because I knew I was doing a show, and at a certain point, the credits would roll, and we’d be off the air.”

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‘Better Call Saul’s’ Vince Gilligan and Rhea Seehorn Reunite for New Series on Apple TV+

According to hollywoodreporter.com, there is currently a Better Call Saul reunion over at Apple TV+. Apple TV+ has given a two season, straight to series order for a project from Saul and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. Better Call Saul star Rhea Seehorn will be playing a lead role in the untitled series, that is coming from Sony Pictures TV. The series is also a reunion between Gilligan and former Sony Pictures TV presidents Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht who greenlit Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul during their time at the studio and now head Apple’s streaming portfolio.

Gilligan stated that, “After 15 years, I figured it was time to take a break from writing antiheroes, and who’s more heroic than the brilliant Rhea Seehorn? It’s long past time she had her own show, and I feel lucky to get to work on it with her. And what nice symmetry to be reunited with Zack Van Amburg, Jamie Erlicht and Chris Parnell! Jamie and Zack were the first two people to say yes to Breaking Bad all those years ago. They’ve built a great team at Apple, and my wonderful, long-time partners at Sony Pictures Television and I are excited to be in business with them.”

Sony currently produces a multitude of different series for Apple TV+, including For All Mankind, The Afterparty and a sci-fi series Dark Matter. Gilligan will be the showrunner on the new series and executive produce via his High Bridge Productions.

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Woman King Sequel Is A Possibility Due To Success

According to hollywoodreporter.com, The Woman King, the Black Female led epic action adventure film that opened to $19.1 million over the September 16-18th weekend at the domestic box office. According to Sony Motion Picture Group co-president Josh Greenstein, “Usually, everyone is rooting against you, Everyone is coming together for this one. It’s a win for Hollywood.” Before now, no Hollywood studio has produced an action-historical drama that is centered around a cast of Black Women. In the same way that Black Panther, Girls Trip and Crazy Rich Asians were defining moments for diversity in Hollywood, so is Woman King.

Woman King, starring Oscar winning actress Viola Davis, made its premiere earlier this month at the Toronto Film Festival. During the opening weekend, Davis convinced audiences to support the film even posting to Twitter on September 18th stating, “if you don’t plop down money on opening weekend, you’re not going to see … Black females leading a movie AGAIN. Please continue supporting #TheWomanKing, NOW PLAYING EXCLUSIVELY in theaters.” Females ultimately made up 58 percent of Woman King’s audience. “The opening shows both the strength of Black moviegoers, the core audience, and moviegoers in general. People want to see all kinds of movies,” says Greenstein.

The best scenario for Woman King would be to clear as much as $80 million domestically. A more conservative projection would be $60 million, with the film rolling out overseas this weekend. It’s too early to officially talk about a sequel, but “It’s an interesting possibility,” says Greenstein. Adds Brown: “You’re not the first person to ask us this question.”

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