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People From All Age Groups Helped Propel Bohemian Rhapsody To A Box Office Win

There was only one movie that earned the right to sing “We Are The Champions” at the box office this past weekend, and that was Bohemian Rhapsody. The Freddie Mercury biopic jammed out to a $50 million win that was higher than even the more optimistic forecasts. Part of what drove Bohemian Rhapsody to such success was that audiences from all age groups came out to see the film.

You might think that a movie about a rock band that saw its heyday in the ’70s and ’80s might struggle with drawing in Millennials and Gen-Z-ers, but Bohemian Rhapsody proved successful with the younger crowd in addition to those who followed the band in their youth.

As reported by THR, comScore’s exit polling service PostTrak broke down the makeup of Bohemian Rhapsody‘s opening weekend audience and found moviegoers young and old could not pass up a chance to rock with Queen. According to PostTrak, 17% of Bohemian Rhapsody‘s opening weekend audience was between the ages of 18-24, while filmgoers between the ages of 25-34 made up 26% of the audience.

These are sizable percentages that are similar to those put up by October’s A Star is Born, which had the benefit of a modern pop star whose audience skews younger. So that speaks to Queen’s continued relevance and the desire to see this movie among today’s youth.

Audiences between 35-44 and 45-54 each made up 19% respectively of Bohemian Rhapsody‘s opening weekend audience, with 14% of the film’s ticket buyers aged 55 and older. So those who were alive to remember Queen also came out to see the big screen biopic of the iconic band.

This breakdown shows that age groups across the spectrum were well represented and Bohemian Rhapsody didn’t have to just rely on older audiences. That is a testament to how enduring Queen’s music has been and how it is still relevant, recognizable and loved today. It turns out that not all of our parents’ music was terrible.

Audiences young and old can clap their hands, stomp their feet and play call and response with Rami Malek‘s Freddie Mercury and Queen’s timeless songs, and that no doubt played a factor in Bohemian Rhapsody‘s box office success.

Bohemian Rhapsody not only enjoyed ticket sales from all ages, but also from both men and women alike. The audience split was almost even with 51% female and 49% male. That contrasts with A Star is Born, which was weighted much heavier to female ticket buyers.

The wide range of ticket buyers for the film also seemed to really enjoy it once they saw it too. Bohemian Rhapsody enjoyed an ‘A’ CinemaScore, indicating that audiences really loved the film despite its lukewarm critical response. That bodes well for word of mouth and Bohemian Rhapsody‘s legs at the box office.

Bohemian Rhapsody is now playing, so take a look at what we thought and come back once you’ve seen it to rate and discuss the film. Check out our release schedule to plan out your moviegoing for the rest of 2018, and for all the latest movie news, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

Even Hugh Jackman’s On-Set Meltdowns Sound Delightful

Hugh Jackman generally seems like an affable guy, and Anne Hathaway basically confirmed his amazing agreeableness this week when she told an adorable story about the time she and The Greatest Showman actor worked together on Les Miserables and he had a meltdown. Well, of sorts. Speaking at the Hollywood Film Awards this weekend, Anne Hathaway revealed the time her co-star lost “his shit,” noting,

Apparently, director Tom Hooper put the cast through a grueling day emotionally and Hugh Jackman really couldn’t handle it. While this sounds like it is about to be the story of an actor haranguing the rest of the cast or crew, that’s not what it turned out to be. Even though Anne Hathaway said she and Jackman had reached a point emotionally “in that particular place only Tom Hooper or childbirth can get you,” Hugh Jackman’s idea of losing it is basically the politest thing ever. She said:

If that’s the worst interaction a human could have with Hugh Jackman, it’s positively delightful. That said, working on Les Miserables sounds like it was a fairly tough production, with director Tom Hooper asking his actors to go to lengths to find unhappy emotional depths, according to what Anne Hathaway revealed at the Hollywood Film Awards (via USA Today).

The end result, however, may have justified the means. The flick went on to win big at various awards ceremonies in 2012, even nabbing the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture in the Musical and Comedy category. Anne Hathaway also landed a Golden Globe win for supporting actress and Hugh Jackman won in the Best Actor category. On top of those wins, the flick landed big awards elsewhere, including wins at the BAFTAs and the Movie of the Year Award at the American Film Institute.

As for the Academy Awards, Les Miserables also shone. The film was nominated in eight categories, with Anne Hathaway winning again for Best Supporting actress. The flick also won Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Sound Mixing that year.

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway haven’t appeared in a movie together in the time since, but given the context of this story, she’d probably find working with him to be perfectly acceptable, at least compared to some of the other Hollywood hotheads out there. In the meantime, if you’d like to see what movies are hitting the schedule before the end of the year (and at the start of awards season), take a look at our full premiere schedule.

More Lisbeth Salander Movies For Claire Foy? Here’s What She Tells Us

Before this week, audiences have associated the leather-clad Lisbeth Salander with two actresses: Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara. The former brought Lisbeth to life in three Swedish adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novels, while the latter played Lisbeth once, for David Fincher. This week, The Queen‘s Claire Foy gets her turn in a new film The Girl In The Spider’s Web, and it’s being set up as the launch of a franchise. So when CinemaBlend interviewed Foy, we asked if Lisbeth is a character she wants to return to, and she replied:

I bet if you went back in time and found interview clips of Rooney Mara as she and Daniel Craig were supporting their take on The Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo, the actress would have had similar responses of wanting to return to the role of Lisbeth Salander, but needed people to come and support this film, first.

And Claire Foy is correct not to put the cart before the horse when it comes to her interpretation of Lisbeth Salander. Before she is given the chance to explore the angel of vengeance any further, audiences need to show that they like what she and Fede Alvarez have cooked up in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

But we asked Claire Foy this question because we believe that mainstream audiences are going to connect with the action-driven version of Lisbeth that is front and center in Fede Alvarez’s movie. And we also think that the insight into Lisbeth Salander’s character and history that are used to further the plot of Spider’s Web will intrigue crowds in ways the previous Girl movies did not.

Even better, should The Girl in the Spider’s Web catch on, there’s a fifth book waiting for Claire Foy and Fede Alvarez to adapt. Published in 2017, The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye continues the story of Spider’s Web, and continues to dig into Lisbeth’s checkered past. So, more Lisbeth is possible, and continuity in the lead role would be preferred.

Here’s Claire Foy, in an exclusive interview with CinemaBlend, talking about her future in the franchise.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web in the latest big-screen interpretation of the fascinating literary character Lisbeth Salander. It’s a shift into harder action by Sony Pictures, and plays like a Bond movie in Lisbeth’s icy corner of the globe. We will have plenty more from our interviews with the Girl in the Spider’s Web cast and crew as the week rolls on. The movie arrives in theaters on November 9.

Ariana Grande Says Seeing a Therapist ‘Saved My Life’

Ariana Grande has been through some tough times recently—a terrorist attack, the shocking death of her ex Mac Miller, and the very public engagement and break-up of her and SNL’s Pete Davidson. To get through it all, she’s turned to therapy, according to a recent tweet.

Earlier this week, the God Is a Woman Singer teased her new album and single titled Thank You, Next. After a fan joked about her latest breakup-themed hit, which highlights the lessons she learned from her past relationships, by writing on Twitter “who is ariana’s therapist and are they accepting new clients,” Grande took the opportunity to issue an important PSA about mental health.

“lmaoaoo this is funny as fuck but in all honesty therapy has saved my life so many times,” she wrote. “If you’re afraid to ask for help, don’t be. u don’t have to be in constant pain & u can process trauma. i’ve got a lot of work to do but it’s a start to even be aware that it’s possible.”

This isn’t the first time Grande has spoken up about mental health issues. Following the bombing after one of her concerts in Manchester, England in 2017, Grande has been open about her struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. “Sry i’m really really anxious and really exhausted and jus trying to get thru the trip,” she tweeted on her first trip back to England after the attack.

She even dedicated one of the tracks on Sweetener those affected by the bombing. “It’s just about just being there for each other and helping each other through scary times and anxiety,” she said of her song “get well soon” in an interview earlier this year.

Her fans loved her honesty about getting professional help. In the words of one fan: “This simple tweet is going to save a lot of people.”

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This Puffer Jacket Is a ‘Fashion Coat’ That Actually Keeps You Warm

I recently went through my closet and moved all of my summer clothes to the very back, replacing them with heavier pieces for the cold weather ahead. As I was bringing out my jackets, I remembered something funny: A few years ago, during Fashion Week in February, I was waiting for a car with a fellow Glamour editor, out in the freezing cold, when she looked at me up and down and asked, “Is that coat actually warm, or is that a fashion coat?” The coat in question appeared to be thick and substantial—but she was questioning my warmth level because I was shivering, jumping up and down in an attempt at warmth. But she was onto something: It might have looked great, but my coat wasn’t actually doing its job. It was a “fashion coat.”

There comes a point every winter when it gets so cold, style is thrown out the window—whether you’re in New York or in Canada, where I grew up. Everyone ends up relying on puffer jackets, which might not always feel chic but always get the job done. I could never find one that checked off all the boxes for me: extreme warmth, polish, and style. I would reluctantly buy my outerwear from active brands, which were great, but made me feel like I was going skiing every time I put on a puffer jacket.

Fast-forward to yet another freezing winter morning—this time, I was meeting my friend to breakfast, and she arrived wearing a bold, red puffer jacket from Aritzia’s TNA brand. Then, like my colleague had done to me, I asked her: Are you even warm? It was probably just a “fashion coat”—it looked way too good to be functional. But she made me try on her Super Puff… and I immediately took it back.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Aritzia

Soon enough, I was a Super Puff evangelist. (I now own it in three colors.) The first time I wore it to the office, my coworkers immediately perked up—since we see each other so often, we pretty much know everyone else’s wardrobes, and new additions don’t often go unnoticed. I hadn’t even sat down before our accessories director started asking questions, assuming my puffer jacket was made by some expensive designer. I gave her the spiel—and not long after, she, the market director, and the accessories editor had all bought their own Super Puffs.

TNA’s signature Super Puff retails for $228. This year, the brand introduced a bunch of varieties on the style—mid- and long-length, vest, light, and extremely-oversized—which widened the price range: They start at $88 for The Little Puff and go up to $298 for The Super Puff Long.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Aritzia

These puffer jackets are filled with responsibly-sourced goose down and made with a water-repellent fabric and engineered to provide warmth down to -20°F. They’re the perfect marriage of function and design—from the oversized fit and removable hood to the monochromatic snap buttons, thick zipper, and my favorite: super-soft sleeves with a thumb hole. Plus, they now come in 15 matte colors, 6 metallic colors, and even a floral print, so there’s truly a style for everyone.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Aritzia

With the Super Puff, I no longer have to choose between what I want to wear and what I have to wear. It looks just as good during February Fashion Week as it does when I’m walking my dog in the snow—in other words: It’s definitely not just a “fashion coat.”

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Josh Brolin Shows Off His Adorable Newborn Girl In First Photo

There’s nothing like a baby to put a smile on Thanos’ face. Josh Brolin, aka Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Cable in Deadpool 2, is now a proud papa to a newborn little lady named Westlyn Reign. The actor showed off his first child with entrepreneur Kathryn Boyd by posting this awww-worthy photo:

How precious is that? (Let’s just hope Josh Brolin treats this daughter better than Thanos treated Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War. Just sayin’.)

Josh Brolin couldn’t resist giving Westlyn her first close-up with an Instagram video. Sure, it just shows her in sleep mode, but it’s still cute to see her, and to see his pride. Kathryn Boyd Brolin shared the same Instagram video, adding this caption:

Kathryn Boyd was Josh Brolin’s personal assistant before they got engaged in 2015 and married in 2016. She’s the creator of Midheaven Denim, a line of jeans for tall women like her 5’11” self.

Josh Brolin has two grown children — Trevor, 30, and Eden, 24 — from his first marriage to actress Alice Adair. He was also married a second time to actress Diane Lane, from 2004 to 2013. Brolin is the son of actor James Brolin, who is himself married to Barbra Streisand. So little Westlyn is joining quite an impressive family.

Josh Brolin, now 50, recently redefined his acting career with superhero hits. He joined the MCU as Thanos in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and returned in full force for Avengers: Infinity War. We know he’ll be back in Avengers: 4 in May 2019. At the same time, Brolin put himself through the grueling diet and exercise process of becoming Cable for the Deadpool sequel.

Josh Brolin’s hard body work paid off, and it turns out his Thanos was almost shirtless in Avengers: Infinity War, which would’ve pleased the many fans who call Thanos their sexy space daddy.

For now, Josh Brolin is busy being a real daddy to his newest leading lady. Maybe Brolin can make amends with Gamora actress Zoe Saldana by setting up play dates between little Westlyn and Saldana’s three children.

Josh Brolin recently broke up his superhero streak with Sicario and the sequel Sicario: Day of the Soldad_o, plus _Only the Brave and a more comedic role in Hail, Caesar! He’ll next be seen back in Thanos mode, ready to defend that epic snap, in Avengers 4, which should be revealing its title and first trailer fairly soon. That film is currently scheduled to open in U.S. theaters on May 3, 2019.

Michael B. Jordan Had A Secret Role In A Summer Movie And No One Found Out About It

When you have an actor who is as high profile as Michael B. Jordan making a cameo in a big budget movie, the secret will often leak out at some point. Yet when Jordan played a small, but integral role in this summer’s Kin, the secret was so safe that many people still don’t know the actor was in the movie. The story of why the cameo was kept secret, and what it meant for Kin, can be seen in the exclusive special features clip below:

While Michael B. Jordan’s name can be found in Kin’s credits as one of the film’s producers, not even that fact lead to someone stumbling upon the fact that he plays the “male Cleaner” in the film. It’s even wilder that both Cleaner characters are prominently featured in the film’s marketing campaign. Though in that respect, it does help the characters are wearing tinted helmets.

The fact that Kin didn’t lean heavy on Michael B. Jordan’s secret role is a bit of a shock considering the actor is a big name in Hollywood right now. It’s even more surprising considering the film is a proposed start to a new series of films. Considering Jordan’s “Cleaner” character reveals a twist to the narrative once he is introduced in the film’s third act, I’m a little surprised the flick didn’t sell the actor’s inclusion. This isn’t the first time this has happened this year, however, as Deadpool 2 notably didn’t sell the fact that Matt Damon appeared in the flick heavily in costume earlier this year. That news only came out after the movie’s release.

So how did Michael B. Jordan’s big Kin role stay secret for so long? Well, the film’s writers / directors Jonathan and Josh Baker seem to confirm in the video above that it all came down to just consciously leaving that big reveal out of the trailers.

Rather than telegraphing Kin’s total complement of surprises and story beats, the trailers just sell a story involving two adopted brothers, played by Myles Truitt and Jack Reynor, on the run from the presumably villainous “Cleaners.” That’s not the only surprise the film’s marketing hid from its potential audience, as Kin is a film that i surprisingly dark when compared to how the movie was advertised initially.

Michael B. Jordan’s role in Kin isn’t substantial in terms of his screen time. However, if a franchise or spinoff ever comes down the pipeline, Jordan’s Cleaner, and the exposition he drops in the film’s third act, are the keys to making it happen. The fact this special features is now being released to the public with Kin‘s Home Entertainment release makes me more intrigued than ever to see where a potential follow-up could go, should it ever happen.

If you’re now curious to see how this twist pans out, or if you’re just excited to see some more Michael B. Jordan action, you can check out Kin as it arrives on digital HD tomorrow. Physical media releases will follow later this month. In fact, the 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD release for the film is scheduled for November 20th, but you can pre-order a copy now.

Marvel’s Streak Of New Movie And TV Content Has Come To An End

July 2017: Spider-Man: Homecoming

August 2017: The Defenders

September 2017: Inhumans

October 2017: Inhumans

November 2017: Thor: Ragnarok, The Punisher, Inhumans

December 2017: Runaways, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

January 2018: Runaways, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

February 2018: Black Panther, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

March 2018: Jessica Jones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

April 2018: Avengers: Infinity War, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

May 2018: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

June 2018: Luke Cage, Cloak and Dagger

July 2018: Ant-Man and the Wasp, Cloak and Dagger

August 2018: Cloak and Dagger

September 2018: Iron Fist

October 2018: Daredevil

7 Games The PlayStation Classic Should’ve Included

The game library for the much-anticipated PlayStation Classic was announced recently, and there was a fair amount of consumers disappointed in what’s being offered in the $100 retro console. Put simply, there are quite a few games many would see as integral to the PlayStation 1 experience that are missing in lieu of far less popular games. Here are seven that we believe should’ve been included in place of some of the lesser offerings, or just included in general.

Tomb Raider

The Spyro and Crash Bandicoot games being kept off the PlayStation Classic lineup was at least understandable given one just recently released a remastered trilogy and the other has one on the way, but there’s little excuse for excluding Tomb Raider. The franchise had five titles on the PlayStation alone, with its first three titles in the top 12 of the console’s best selling software.

To say it’s baffling not one of those titles was considered is an understatement. It’s such a glaring exclusion that one has to think there’s a specific reason why it didn’t make the cut. Until then, Lara Croft fans will have to get their fix playing the rebooted series, which is a good consolation, but not quite the same thing.

Gran Turismo

Leaving Gran Turismo off the PlayStation Classic is almost like if Nintendo left Mario Kart off of the SNES Mini. We say “almost” because it’s actually more akin to the SNES Mini not having Super Mario World, as Gran Turismo was the top selling game on the PlayStation. Again, how did Sony keep such a classic title off the final cut?

This one is especially confusing, as the Gran Turismo franchise remains a massively successful franchise to this day. Having the original on the PlayStation Classic might’ve swayed franchise loyalists to pick it up just to say they have it, and maybe to play a race or two just for nostalgia’s sake. Instead, buyers get Ridge Racer Type 4, which didn’t crack the top 100 in software sale for the console.

Chrono Cross

To be fair, Chrono Cross may have been considered for the PlayStation Classic RPG fix, but was ultimately beat out by the legendary Final Fantasy VII. Few RPG’s can outshine one of the greatest games the Final Fantasy series has to offer, although Chrono Cross could’ve justified a spot alongside it. Especially given some of its innovative features for an RPG, it’s safe to say few would’ve complained if it appeared.

Chrono Cross would’ve been a solid choice, mainly for its length and replayability. Multiple endings would mean multiple playthroughs, which would increase the longevity of the PlayStation Classic’s usefulness for quite a few. That seems useful when the console it appears on has a limited library and no capability to add games. Perhaps there’s a parallel universe where this game is on the roster, and we just need to wait for our other selves to come give it to us.

Silent Hill

Again, this may have been a case where a game would’ve had a better shot at making the list had there not been a more popular title in the franchise like it. It’s hard to believe otherwise, as Silent Hill has been living under the title of “Resident Evil clone” since it was first released in 1999. Despite that, the series still has its fans, as evidenced by the amount of people saddened when Silent Hills was canceled.

As mentioned though, it’s far more understandable why Silent Hill was excluded when Resident Evil Director’s Cut is in the lineup. The two do have their differences, of course, but the survival horror genre isn’t for everyone. Having two on one pre-packaged lineup might’ve been overkill, although maybe not for diehard horror fans.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

What better way to relive all that late ’90s nostalgia than with a few rounds of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater? Anyone reading this right now is probably subconsciously hearing the game’s soundtrack as they read because this game was that popular. For the kids who wanted to be a pro skater, but quickly realized it was a hard thing to master after getting a skateboard for Christmas, this game was the next best thing.

This might be the key to why some have been so disappointed with the PlayStation Classic roster. The lineup has its share of solid games, but few of them evoke the feeling of late ’90s nostalgia quite like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater or other games might. After all, part of the fun of owning a classic console is thinking back on one’s life when they were first playing those games, right?

Jet Moto

Jet Moto may not have been the best racing series on the PlayStation console, but it had some of the most character. Flying around on hoverbikes and racing on scenic landscapes was visually stunning for the time, and a remake could probably do the same. Unfortunately, Jet Moto is one of those franchises that have been lost in time, which is all the more reason PlayStation Classic should’ve brought it back.

Granted, there may have been some licensing issues considering the game had big advertisements for Mountain Dew and other brands all throughout. While that added a touch of realism to the game at the time, it’d probably have to be changed by Sony now to avoid any payout to those companies be it legal or otherwise. If it meant we’d be backflips on hoverbikes while going over the edge of a waterfall come December, it would’ve all been worth it.


If Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater wouldn’t have given a PlayStation Classic audience that gaming induced flashback to 1999, Driver certainly would’ve. Grand Theft Auto certainly won the war between these two franchises, but it goes without saying the original game was much more popular with PlayStation gamers back in the day than the original Grand Theft Auto.

That was then, of course, and this is now. It’s hard to dispute having the original Grand Theft Auto, despite its original entry being far removed from the current state of the series, won’t catch more eyes than Driver these days. It’s also subjective now which one is the better product of the two, although sales numbers will tell you many in the ’90s thought it was Driver by a large margin.

Are there any entries we missed, or ones that should’ve been added? Let us know in the comments below. The PlayStation Classic launches Monday, December 3.

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Holiday Movie Guide: Blockbusters, Awards Contenders And More You’ll Want To See

A new calendar year is almost upon us, and while 2019 is packed with hotly anticipated movies of all kinds, we still have to get through 2018. But that’s a good thing because there are still lots of big movies to take us through these last two months. The holiday movie season is officially starting, which means there will be everything from blockbusters to awards contenders to keep us busy.

Not limited to just Thanksgiving or Christmas movies, the holiday film season is about every kind of movie premiering for the remainder of the year. We’ve broken down every major release into one of four categories: Blockbusters, Awards Contenders, For The Whole Family, and Coming to Streaming. There’s a lot still left to go this year, so sit back and relax while we break down all the movies that you need to be aware for the holiday season.


While generally associated with the summer, blockbusters basically come out almost every month and the holiday season has become an extremely valuable territory for studios. Major releases like Star Wars and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle have cleaned up in December. There’s less competition, and kids are usually on holiday break, so blockbusters have laid their claim for the holiday season. There are more of them than ever, so here are all the blockbuster releases coming up.

First up on the plate is The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the reboot-sequel to 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This time around, Claire Foy stars as Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker/investigator who finds herself snared in a mysterious new case. Directed by Fede Álvarez, the film is based on a book of the same name written by David Lagercrantz.

Hitting theaters on November 16, the Harry Potter world grows a little larger with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The story picks up a few years after the first movie with Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) sent on a mission to stop the dark wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) by a younger version of Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law). Early reactions from fans have been very positive about the movie, with praise thrown at the action and surprise twists. It also has baby nifflers in it, so, points.

The follow up to the exceptionally well-received Creed, Creed II digs deeper into the Rocky franchise and pits Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) against the son of Rocky IV‘s Ivan Drago, the man who killed Apollo Creed in the ring 30 years ago. Steven Caple Jr. steps into the director’s chair with a script written by Sylvester Stallone and Juel Taylor. The first Creed was massively popular with critics and audiences, so much like its main protagonist, Creed II has a lot to live up to. Creed II hits theaters November 21.

The Robin Hood story has been adapted over and over again, and Hollywood’s not done with it yet. On November 21, we’ll have an all-new version of the story. Simply titled Robin Hood, the film takes a more action and superhero-oriented approach to the classic tale, portraying Robin Hood as a vigilante. The film is directed by Otto Bathurst and stars Taron Egerton as Robin Hood and Jamie Foxx as Little John.

Peter Jackson is back, and instead of hobbits and rings, he’s brought cities on wheels. Based on a series of books by Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the remainder of humanity live on mobile cities where it’s eat or be eaten — literally, the cities can eat each other. The story follows Hester (Hera Hilmar) and her quest to kill a man she blames for her mother’s death. With a script written by Jackson and his writing partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, Jackson handles production duties while Christian Rivers directs.

Sony takes Spider-Man movies in a different (and animated) direction with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The movie focuses on Miles Morales rather than tell Peter Parker’s story for the 100th time. But Peter Parker is still involved! The animated film features Spider-Men from across the multiverse, like an older, jaded Peter, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, and Spider-Ham. The story was created by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and offers a really creative and unique Spider-Man experience. The animated film arrives on December 14.

The only new, live-action superhero hitting theaters in the holiday season is also the only DC movie this year. Aquaman is the solo film for Jason Momoa’s undersea hero, which finds Aquaman embarking on a journey to stop a war between the surface world and Atlantis. The movie features big comic book action (it has giant crabs and sea dragons!) and wants to reverse the campy image of its central hero. Horror master James Wan directs the film, which is all set to hit theaters on December 21.

Bumblebee is the first spin-off film of the Transformers franchise, and it hopes to make you completely forget about the rest of those movies. Rather than focus on big action and explosions, Bumblebee takes a more emotional approach by focusing on the bond between the title Autobot and Hailee Steinfeld’s character. Travis Knight from Laika makes his live-action directorial debut based off of a script by Christina Hodson and Kelly Fremon Craig. The movie is all set to transform and rollout on December 21.

Without question, the most unusual blockbuster release is the Untitled Deadpool Movie. Not much is known about the movie, but rumor has it that it’s a PG-13 re-release of Deadpool 2 framed as Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) telling an adult Fred Savage a bedtime story. It’s a spoof on The Princess Bride, and it’s a curious move by Fox. Then again, this is all pretty on brand for Deadpool. We’ll see what this is all about on December 21.

Awards Contenders

The holiday season is always rife with movies hoping to nab that Oscar. Arriving at the end of the year helps keep the film at the forefront of Academy members’ minds once the time to vote comes the next year. These movies can draw lots of buzz for themselves by people who want to see what all the hubbub is about. If you like to pay attention to the Oscars race next year, these are the movies you should check out.

The Front Runner follows the true story of Senator Gary Hart and his 1987 presidential campaign, which was derailed when reporters discovered that he was having an extramarital affair. The movie is sure to get a boost in the Oscar race due to its timely content, while star Hugh Jackman’s performance is already getting lead actor buzz. The Front Runner is all set to arrive in theaters on November 7.

Director Steve McQueen turns in a thoughtful and entertaining heist thriller with Widows. After four armed robbers are killed in a failed heist attempt, their widows are forced to step up to finish the job. The movie features a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson. Early buzz is already praising the work of McQueen, with Viola Davis getting a shout out for her performance. Widows premieres on November 16.

Also hitting theaters on November 16, Green Book is a comedy-drama film about a tour of the South in the 1960s by Jamaican-American classical pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and New York bouncer Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), who served as Shirley’s driver and security. Peter Farrelly served as director, while Lip’s own son, Nick Vallelonga, co-wrote the screenplay. Opposites attract here, with Ali and Mortensen getting singled out for their performances.

The Academy loves historical drama period pieces, and it’ll get one in the form of The Favourite. Set in the 18th century, the movie stars Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as two cousins who enter a bitter rivalry to be the favorite of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). The movie premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, where it received praise towards its screenplay, direction, acting, and production values, which is a pretty good signal for its awards future. The film will debut on November 23.

I said that the Academy loved period pieces and I meant it. Another Oscar hopeful is Mary Queen of Scots, which tells the story of, uh, Mary, Queen of Scots. Based on John Guy’s biography, Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart, the film follows Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, which results in her imprisonment and eventual execution. Saoirse Ronan steps into the shoes of Mary Stuart, while Margot Robbie plays Queens Elizabeth. That’s two Academy Award nominated actresses right there! The film will release in theaters on December 7.

Director Barry Jenkins made waves in 2016 for his Best Picture winner Moonlight, and this year he returns with If Beale Street Could Talk. Based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin, the movie follows an African-American woman who seeks to clear the name of her wrongly convicted husband before the birth of their child. Jenkins’ new film has received very positive buzz so far, with critics praising his evolving style and visuals. If Beale Street Could Talk will hit theaters December 14.

It’s been 10 years since Clint Eastwood has starred in a film that he directed, but he’s making a big return in The Mule. The film is based on The New York Times Magazine article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule,” which chronicles the story of elderly drug mule Leo Sharp. Pretty much anything involving Eastwood gets attention from the Academy, and we’ll see how strong of a contender it is once it arrives in theaters on December 14.

Another Academy favorite director returning this year is Robert Zemeckis. The Forrest Gump director’s new film is called Welcome to Marwen, which follows Mark Hogancamp, a victim of a violent assault who builds a miniature replica of his town to aid in his mental recovery. The drama is sure to pull on the heartstrings, especially with Steve Carell — who has a knack for making characters sympathetic — in the lead role. Welcome to Marwen releases on December 21.

In addition to the above mentioned period pieces and political dramas, the Academy also loves transformative performances, and no one is better at that than Christian Bale. The actor is one DNA splice away from becoming Dick Cheney in the film Vice, which chronicles Cheney’s tenure as one of the most powerful Vice Presidents in American history. Adam McKay wrote and directed the film, while Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell play Lynne Cheney and President George W. Bush, respectively. McKay got a lot of attention for The Big Short, and we’ll see if history repeats itself on December 25.

For The Whole Family

Kids have a few breaks during the holiday season and what better way to spend time with the family than at the movies? Animated movies are typically seen as being the most kid-friendly, but there are a few options for parents who want to see some real people. There are plenty of family-friendly films hitting theaters this holiday season that offer up some entertainment for people of all ages.

It’s tough to make it through the holiday season without one holiday-themed movie, and you won’t get any better than Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch. An animated retelling of the classic Dr. Seuss children’s book, the new film comes from Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets creator Illumination Studios. This new take on the Grinch is a bit sillier than people might be used to. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the lead role, and the film is set to arrive on November 9.

Not every family-friendly movie has to be animated. Instant Family stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as a married couple who adopt three foster kids and find themselves woefully underprepared for how instant parenthood changes their lives. Both Wahlberg and Byrne have proved their comedy chops, and the film looks to be heartwarming and fun for parents. Sean Anders directs and the movie will release on November 16.

The big animated Disney release this year is Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to the video game comedy Wreck-It Ralph. This time around, Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) journey into the internet to find a piece for Vanellope’s broken game. The movie has gotten positive reception so far for its creativity and strong emotional core. Of course, there’s also that Disney Princess scene featuring all the major Princesses, giving something to love for any fans of Disney. Ralph will officially break the internet on November 21.

This one could be also be categorized as a blockbuster for what a smash hit this is destined to be. Mary Poppins Returns is the long-awaited sequel to the Disney classic Mary Poppins. Emily Blunt takes over for Julie Andrews as the mystical nanny with Lin-Manuel Miranda providing support. The early buzz on this one is extremely strong, with critics highlighting Blunt’s performance, the music, the choreography, and an innovative scene involving 2-D animation. This is going to be a big one and everyone in the family will likely find something to love.

Coming to Streaming

Movies don’t just come to theaters anymore. Streaming has completely changed the game of how we digest media and Hollywood is still trying to figure out what that exactly means. Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime are making their own content, attracting more and more talent to their less-inhibiting platforms. Netflix has all the big movies coming up this season, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that wasn’t the case next year.

Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie’s new film is a historical drama about the life of Robert the Bruce, the King of Scots. Called Outlaw King, the movie follows the renowned King of Scots and the war of liberation he waged against the English occupation of Scotland. Chris Pine reteams with Mackenzie to play the lead role. Pine’s Scottish accent might be a bit spotty, but this duo shined for Hell or High Water, so people should keep on eye out for Outlaw King when it debuts November 9 on Netflix and in select theaters.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is one of the most notable movies coming to Netflix. The film comes from the Coen Brothers, so those two getting in on the streaming game is noteworthy enough. Originally envisioned as an anthology series, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has been retooled as a film with an anthology format, telling six different stories from the wild west. The film stars Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, and Tom Waits, and will air on Netflix on November 16 following a limited theatrical run (so that it can be eligible for an Oscar).

It might not be Halloween anymore, but Netflix has one more horror installment in the form of Cam. The psychological horror-thriller follows a camgirl who discovers that she’s been replaced on her site by a replica of herself. Directed by Daniel Goldhaber and written by Isa Mazzei, the movie premiered at Fantasia Fest earlier this year, where it won awards for Best First Film and Best Screenplay. Cam is due to arrive on Netflix on November 16.

Another streaming movie that is gaining awards buzz is Roma from director Alfonso Cuarón. The foreign language drama is a semi-biographical take on Cuarón’s upbringing in Mexico City and follows the life of a middle-class family and its live-in housekeeper. The film made its debut at the 75th Venice International Film Festival where it won the coveted Golden Lion award. Roma will have a limited theatrical release (again, so it can contend for an Oscar) and will become available on Netflix on December 14.

Sandra Bullock gets in on the horror renaissance with the upcoming Netflix film Bird Box. The movie is sort of like A Quiet Place if the characters were blindfolded instead of mute. Bird Box is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious force kills anyone who sees it. A mother (Bullock) must journey with her kids to a potential safe haven but must make the trip while blindfolded. It’s an interesting concept, and the film comes from Academy Award-winning director Susanne Bier. Bird Box will arrive hit Netflix on December 21.

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