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    OCTOBER SCREENINGS October, traditionally, is the month for all things horrific and spooooky. But it's 2020. The entire year is a horror movie. This month's schedule reflects my general anxieties, fears, and dread as we count down to November: September 30 Dark Victory (1939) 1 hour 44 mins Directed by Edmund Goulding; Starring Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart Our transitional movie is Betty Davis in Dark Victory, where she plays a wealthy, hedonistic heiress, who gets diagnosed with brain cancer and falls for her doctor. It also is famous for featuring a supporting role by the devil himself, Ronald Reagan. I can’t think of anything more horrific. October 03 The Haunting (1962) 1 hr 54 minutes Directed by Robert Wise; Starring Julie Harris, Claire Bloom Based on Shirley Jackson's classic horror story about a haunted house, and repressed lesbians, this is my favorite horror movie. "Hill House has stood for about 90 years and appears haunted: its inhabitants have always met strange, tragic ends. Now Dr. John Markway has assembled a team of people who he thinks will prove whether or not the house is haunted." October 07 Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) 1 hr 55 minutes Directed by Peter Weir; Starring Rachael Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray Peter Weir's adaptation of Joan Lindsay's novel of the same name; "during a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind." A rare horror movie shot in the light, this film mixes elements of supernatural and horror to a chilling effect. October 10 Gaslight (1944) 1 hr 54 mins Directed by George Cukor; Starring Ingrid Bergman A woman's husband manipulates her into thinking she's insane. I mean: October 14 Tod Browning Double Feature Freaks (1932) / The Devil-Doll (1936) 1 hour 6 mins / 1 hr 20 minutes Tod Browning is an early silent and sound filmmaker, best known for directing Dracula. But some of his best work are these two short "horror" movies. Freaks tells the story of a trapeze artist who agrees to marry a fellow circus performer, but his friends discover she only wants him for his inheritance. The film -- only clocking in at an hour -- lost a reel after MGM saw the film and hated it; it's since taken on a cult classic feel. The Devil-Doll is just, look, it's straight up the most bizarre film I've ever seen. It's got a revenge plot from Count of Monte Cristo mixed with Mad Scientists and early movie special effects. Lionel Barrymore spends half the film in drag. It's a trip. October 17 The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 2 hrs 6 mins Directed by John Frankenheimer; Starring Frank Sinatra, Janet Leigh, and Angela Lansbury You've probably heard the term, and seen the Denzel version. Here is the original, classic political horror show thriller: "A former POW is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy." October 21 Double Feature The Pit and The Pendulum (1961) 1 hr 25 mins Directed by Roger Corman; Starring Vincent Price Really can't beat a film directed by the Pope of Pop Cinema, staring the iconic Vincent Price. This is based on Edgar Allan's Poe's short story, in this version: "In the sixteenth century, Francis Barnard travels to Spain to clarify the strange circumstances of his sister's death after she had married the song of a cruel Spanish Inquisitor." The film's written by Richard Matheson, who wrote sixteen episodes of what we have next: It's A Good Life (1961) 25 minutes Directed by James Sheldon; Written by Rod Sterling Both of the films this week are only an hour and a half, so I decided to sneak on two episodes of Rod Sterling's The Twilight Zone. We think of the Twilight Zone for its brilliant social commentary and sci-fiction stories, but Rod Sterling could write a horror story, and this week we have two. The first is It's A Good Life. "On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish." October 24 Double Feature The Blob (1958) 1 hr 26 mins Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr; Starring Steve McQueen Yes! That Steve McQueen! In this 1950's B-Horror Movie classic, a too old to play a High Schooler Steve McQueen fights off a mindless, all-consuming Blob trying to devour his small town. The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street (1960) 25 mins Directed by Ronald Winston; Written by Rod Sterling From Season 1 from The Twilight Zone, this episode centers "on a peaceful suburban street where paranoia reigns supreme." Often ranked as the #1 or #2 greatest episode of the series. If you haven't seen either of these Twilight Zone episodes, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND you go in blind. Do NOT look into them before you watch them. October 28 Ace In The Hole (1951) 1 hour 52 mins Directed by Billy Wilder; Starring Kirk Douglas and Jan Sterling Next, we follow the unwritten rule of this entire endeavor: if there is a Billy Wilder movie available, show the Billy Wilder movie. Considered one of his finest, though a commercial flop during its initial release, Ace In The Hole is about "Chuck Tatum (Douglas), an ambitious newspaperman more concerned with his own glory and profits than with reporting the truth." October 31 Singin' In The Rain (1952) 1 hr 42 mins Directed By Gene Kelly and Stanley Doren; Starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor And finally, after all of that dread, and fear, and horror, we're going to let everything go and watch my Ultimate Comfort Movie. I want nothing more than to have two hours of peace and share in the glory of Gene Kelly's ass magna opus. (Also: I'm working the polls for my town. We actually might be counting ballots, depending on the volume we receive and what the Clerk says, that weekend. So I want something I can easily cancel if I have to.) General Disclaimer: TImes and Pictures are Subject to Change. Join Our Telegram Chat for Updates: https://t.me/joinchat/ONh3RRgIaCyS7E7AdglLwA
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    After 6 or so years I've decided to step down from my Admin role on the forums. In 2020 I have found it hard to be on the forums enough to do a proper job of moderating and after much deliberation I decided it would be better if I stepped down. I'd like to personally and publicly thank @Shawn for the opportunities he has provided me. As someone who was not an active forum poster and pretty quiet in general it was a honor to be asked to join the staff. @Water Bottle you have always been supportive, especially when it came to my Derby requests and @Plain Old Tele - I modeled my moderation style after you. The forums lost a great resource when you stepped down from the staff. I won't attempt to mention all the members and staff that I've enjoyed interacting with over the years. It's been great. I just hope that some of the old-timers will return to posting more often. I do want to mention that the one thing I learned about moderating here is how important different views are in a social setting such as the BOT forums. I hope the forums continue to contain a diverse and tolerant attitude towards both movies and life in general. I'll still be around as much as I can so this is not goodbye and the Derby will continue to operate with @ChipDerby's help.
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    This is an incredibly in-depth and great read with 11 experts about how they feel COVID will progress. Long but well worth the read. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/09/25/how-covid-19-pandemic-ends-421122 This is the end of the coronavirus pandemic. And this is how it could happen in the United States: By November 2021, most Americans have received two doses of a vaccine that, while not gloriously effective, fights the disease in more cases than not. Meanwhile, Americans continue to wear masks and avoid large gatherings, and the Covid-19 numbers drop steadily after a series of surges earlier in the year. Eventually, as more and more Americans develop immunity through exposure and vaccination, and as treatments become more effective, Covid-19 recedes into the swarm of ordinary illnesses Americans get every winter. “It will take two things to bring this virus under control: hygienic measures and a vaccine. And you can’t have one without the other,” “I don’t see this pandemic ending as in like, you know, ‘This is the day, the pandemic ended,’” says virologist Angela Rasmussen. “I see this as being a process that will go for a long time, potentially even years.” Much will depend on how effective the vaccines are, how many people refuse to get inoculated and how many people forget to get their second dose if the vaccine requires two (yes, that is a significant concern). And then there’s what epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, calls “the trillion-dollar word of the day with this disease”: immunity. How long, on average, will immunity from natural infection and from the vaccine last? The vaccine arrives: ‘I expect a little bit of chaos’ given the urgency across the world, it’s probable that one or several approvals will happen at the end of the year or early next year. “Best-case scenario, we get a few vaccines that work by December,” says Landon. It could take longer. Larry Corey, who is in charge of coordinating the clinical trials of U.S. government-funded vaccines, has guessed the first U.S. Phase III results won’t be available until February. Many experts, including the director of the CDC, predict that vaccines could be widely available as early as late spring or summer. But Emanuel believes that they’re underestimating just how difficult it will be to manufacture and distribute the doses at scale. In a report published by the Center for American Progress this summer, he and co-author Topher Spiro pointed out large gaps in the country’s vaccine setup, including potential shortages of production capacity, syringes and packaging. And then there’s the problem of actual shot-in-arm delivery. Pfizer’s vaccine, for example, needs to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius. “No doctor’s office has negative 70,” says Emanuel. “You can’t do ‘the usual’—you know, this sort of hodgepodge we have of CVSes, Walmarts, … Walgreens, doctor’s offices, schools.” CDC guidance suggests states prepare to distribute doses at hospitals and mobile clinics. Making sure that most Americans receive two doses of the same vaccine four weeks apart smoothly and efficiently will be a massive government operation—one that Emanuel thinks the country can pull off no earlier than November 2021 After vaccination: ‘We have to wait to prove that it’s working’ Experts aren’t optimistic that these first-generation vaccines are going to be highly effective at preventing transmission. “The likelihood that we are hitting a home run in the first at bat is just very low,” says Michael Kinch, director of the Centers for Research Innovation in Biotechnology and Drug Discovery at Washington University in St. Louis. “If you’re immunizing effectively above that immunity threshold, then it means that you can go back to business as usual,” says Cobey. “But that’s assuming … you’ve got the vaccine pretty evenly distributed in the population. And vaccines are almost never evenly distributed. “Fifty percent [effectiveness] is not that little.” But it won’t enable people to attend the theater or cozy up in their favorite dive bar right away. “I’m not sure people get that,” says Offit. “What worries me in this is that people would think, ‘Great. I’ve got the vaccine. I’m good. I can engage in high risk activity.’ And that would put us right back to where we were.” Adds former CDC director Tom Frieden: “I think even with a vaccine, for the indefinite future, handshakes are out and masks are in.” If protection from vaccines is found to wane within a year or so, as some people fear, Americans might end up getting a yearly Covid-19 booster with their flu shot, which is what Landon predicts. Or, vaccines could get more durable over time. “The way we’ve seen other vaccines historically has been that you get proof of concept … that one can work and then you’ll get gradual improvements,” says Kinch, who thinks we’ll see mediocre vaccines in the near future and a much better one in three to five years. “I think there’s going to be a fundamental fear,” says Kinch. “My grandparents lived through the Depression. And for the rest of their lives, even when they had money and some degree of financial security, they to a degree acted like they were living through the Depression.” “And that’s not meant [to be] gloom and doom,” he adds. “The new normal will be fine, and we’ll get through it just fine. But I don’t think we’ll go back to January in my lifetime.”
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    Weekend: 17th-20th September 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week 1 Scoob! 6,912 – 135 – 6,912 1 2 Greenland 6,057 – 84 – 7,491 1 3 Mulan 4,752 -74.2% 113 -99 29,841 2 4 Tenet 2,863 -70.0% 42 -58 102,899 4 5 After We Collided 2,863 -65.1% 43 -27 50,806 3 6 The Roads Not Taken 1,980 – 32 – 1,980 1 7 Il traditore [Italian] 1,600 -56.9% 37 +26 6,520 2 8 Trolls World Tour 591 -75.7% 25 -19 44,098 6 9 Άγνωστοι Αθηναίοι [GR] 386 – 15 – 386 1 10 The New Mutants 375 -70.8% 13 -12 7,496 3 Source: https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-on-the-verge-of-another-lockdown/ https://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/5444/box-office-scooby-doo-stin-korufh-kai-sto-ba8os-mellon-skoteino Weekend admissions were 29,382 – the lowest since the start of the new season – thanks to a storm that caused severe damage and floods in many parts of the country and thanks to a coordinated campaign of terror by the government and the mainstream media regarding the "second wave" of the pandemic. 'Mulan' and 'Tenet' fell by 70%+ as did 'Trolls 2'. Even 'Il traditore' plummeted, despite tripling its screen count. 'Scoob!' and 'Greenland' were in a close race for first place. The formal 4-day weekend was won by the prior, but the latter won when taking into account previews. 'Tenet' reached 100K admissions and 'After 2' reached 50K admissions. Don't expect them to reach any other milestones. If the cinema crisis continues in the longer term, the financial viability of studios and exhibitors is gonna be in big trouble.
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    Rang Titel Verleih Woche Besuche Wochenende Besuche Gesamt 1 Tenet Warner Bros 4 8.172 132.874 2 After Truth Constantin 3 8.090 91.617 3 New Mutants Disney 2 3.878 12.255 4 Follow Me Polyfilm 5 2.398 26.177 5 Hello Again - Ein Tag für immer Warner Bros 1 1.922 2.259 6 Scooby! Voll verwedelt Warner Bros 10 1.555 52.166 7 Love Sarah - Liebe ist die wichtigste Zutat Filmladen 2 1.119 3.743 8 Jean Seberg - Against All Enemies Panda 1 814 891 9 Boonies, Die - Eine bärenstarke Zeitreise Einhorn 4 921 13.630 10 I Still Believe Const/STCanal 6 576 38.480
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    That was back in July. The Direct is saying (though admittedly other sites haven't independently corroborated it yet) that filming is now delayed to start in February due to Uncharted.
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    How so? Vaccines are expected to be widely available by April, and it's been back on track filming for a few months now.
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    Because its going to make no money in cinemas with a simeltaneous release regardless of the showcount and its only going to set a bad precedent.
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    Japan Box Office: Weekend Estimates (09/19-20) (C)2020 Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. All Rights ReservedWeekend Estimates (09/19-20):01 (---) ¥340,000,000 ($3.2 million), 0, ¥465,000,000 ($4.4 million), Tenet (Warner Bros.) NEW02 (---) ¥275,000,000 ($2.6 million), 0, ¥400,000,000 ($3.8 million), Violet Evergarden: The Movie (Shochiku) NEW 03 (01) ¥186,000,000 ($1.8 million), -29%, ¥535,000,000 ($5.1 million), Crayon Shin-chan: Rakuga Kingdom and the Four Heroes (Toho) WK2 04 (02) ¥155,000,000 ($1.5 million), -24%, ¥1,745,000,000 ($16.5 million), Stigmatized Properties (Shochiku) WK4 05 (04) ¥102,000,000 ($970,000), -09%, ¥1,775,000,000 ($16.7 million), Tapestry (Toho) WK5 06 (08) ¥x85,000,000 ($810,000), +22%, ¥1,705,000,000 ($16.1 million), Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III - Spring Song (Aniplex) WK5 07 (03) ¥x78,000,000 ($740,000), -31%, ¥2,945,000,000 ($27.7 million), Doraemon: Nobita's New Dinosaur (Toho) WK7 08 (06) ¥x77,000,000 ($730,000), -23%, ¥375,000,000 ($3.5 million), The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese (Phantom Film) WK2 09 (05) ¥x75,000,000 ($715,000), -31%, ¥390,000,000 ($3.7 million), Break the Silence: The Movie (Avex Pictures) WK2 10 (09) ¥x47,000,000 ($445,000), -27%, ¥5,160,000,000 ($48.5 million), From Today, It's My Turn! (Toho) WK10 11 (07) ¥x46,000,000 ($435,000), -43%, ¥235,000,000 ($2.2 million), Midway (Kino Films) WK2 12 (11) ¥x34,000,000 ($325,000), -28%, ¥3,560,000,000 ($33.1 million), The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Princess (Toho) WK9 13 (10) ¥x33,000,000 ($315,000), -35%, ¥760,000,000 ($7.1 million), Onward (Disney) WK5Good weekend. I'm not really going to provide any analysis until Weekend Actuals are available this week. Consider the Weekend Estimates above to be rough, since the normal method of calculating them was thrown off going into the weekend after several chains moved from 50% capacity back to 100% capacity. >Tenet, according to Warner Bros. out-opened both Interstellar (no surprise) and Dunkirk, which appears accurate based on my estimates as well, although it's very close to Dunkirk and I expect their admissions were very similar, but Tenet probably has the edge in revenue due to more IMAX showings. Nolan's films are usually frontloaded due to the dedicated fanbase he has in the market, but this estimated start should get it above ¥2 billion (~$20 million) since legs should be a bit stronger this time. As long as it beats The Dark Knight Rises's ¥1.97 billion total, it'll become Nolan's second biggest film in the market, only behind Inception. >Violet Evergarden: The Movie settled for second place, but it delivered a strong second place debut (I even think it was #1 on Friday, at least in admissions). Its estimated opening is even more rough, however, since these types of animated films have varying average ticket prices. Whatever the number ends up being, it's a big success and should clear ¥1.5 billion (~$15 million). I also expanded the Top 10 a bit this weekend to keep better track of The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Princess (since it's performed so well) and Onward (which hasn't performed well, but still has a slim shot of beating Brave at least).Monday and Tuesday were national holidays,
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    SEPTEMBER 16TH-20TH WEEKEND. INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND. TENET TOPS ON OPENING BUT FALLS BELOW DUNKIRK. NEW MUTANTS AND SCOOB KEEP HOLDING WELL. Tenet - Wednesday was obviously its biggest day but couldn't keep the pace for the weekend. Pure FSS frame was $10.7M which is not far off from New Mutant's $10.1M on its FSS first frame. - 5-Day is about half of Dunkirk's 4-Day opening in lc but 60% below in admissions. - Both Dunkirk and Inception had healthy runs in the market so hopefully this legs a bit better than New Mutants and won't be that far from Dunkirk's final gross. Between () is shown the figure for pure FSS. # MOVIE WEEKEND % CHANGE TOTAL (MXN) TOTAL (USD) ADM. TOTAL ADM. 1 Tenet $12.60 ($10.7) $17.40 $829K 173.9K 238.3K 2 New Mutants $6.10 ($5.3) -30.68% $35.30 $1.65 102.8K 576.9K 3 Scoob! $3.70 ($3.3) -11.90% $33.70 $1.58 67.4K 609.8K 4 Fantasy Island $1.30 ($1.1) -31.57% $11.80 $548K 22.5K 197.9K 5 Hasta que la Boda nos Separe $865.2K -49.10% $3.30 $156K 11.8K 46.5K 6 Cuidado con lo que Deseas $782.8K -21.72% $9.10 $419K 13.5K 159.3K 7 Donne Moi Des Ales $679.9K $875.9K $42K 11.6K 15K 8 Patients of a Saint $668.6K -12.81% $6.20 $279K 11.5K 115.9K 9 Spycies $622.4K -28.99% $1.90 $90K 11.6K 35.9K 10 The Hunt $442.6K -30.17% $9.50 $433K 7.6K 157.7K This Thursday opens: Trolls: World Tour, Break the Silence, El Club de los Idealistas and Sin Origen
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    MGM/Universal should move Bond forward to Candyman's release date. Would be much better than having theaters shut down again.
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    In the current domestic political environment, they'll never get one...except maybe next year, but that'd be too late for most... And not sure they would be prioritized internationally.
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    I don't see how avatars record is not going down. Off of a 1.3 billion dollar opening weekend it needs an incredibly small multiplier of something like 2.3 to get there. I think the floor right now is probably 3 billion.
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    And here I was thinking days ago that $320M was a pretty high but reasonable opening for A:E but it's going way past that. The movie is also only benefiting from 1 year of higher ticket prices vs. Infinity War, while IW benefited from 3 years of higher ticket prices than Age of Ultron.
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    “With a snap of my fingers I can destroy the pure Friday record by 45%. I call that mercy.” Yeah, shit’s fucked. Didn’t think these kinds of % increases to these records were possible in the modern moviegoing era. Still think they aren’t, AEG aside.
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    All started 11 years ago with Iron Man grossing 300M and showing great success... Ending with Avengers doing well more than that in 3 days. Who would've ever thought
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    In it's defense, there was not much going on here box office wise.
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    One current book to adapt, Lost Symbol. For September 2017 the next book in the Langdon series will be released, Origins. So for the inevitable reboot there will be at minimum 2 unadapted Langdon books. Depending on the timeframe and success of these Langdon books there could in theory be another book or two in the series.
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    WOW! $15m Really was hoping for at least $19m but the World Series & bad reviews have killed it and other late Oct films. RIP Hanks as Langdon series. The reboot is coming in 2024 no doubt with new Dan Brown books adapted most likely. There will be at least 2 unadapted books.
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    I'm a bit surprised this got made, at least with Ron Howard, but I could be misremembering. I had thought that in the timeframe after the A&D film left the theater that Ron said he didn't feel like doing another entry. Is that cause the studio was pushing for Lost Symbol? Then they shifted to Inferno and Ron was back on board, bringing Tom along as well?
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    Just got back from it. If you enjoyed the other films, you'll enjoy this one. Pleasantly shorter too.
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    Zero. Sorry Emily, but you're gonna remain Oscar-nomless another year. Disappointed but can't say I'm overly shocked by the mixed reviews. Still looking forward to seeing it on Friday.
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    YIKES at that budget. WTF was Lionsgate thinking?! Ugh. Here's hoping that the movie does well. The Deepwater Horizon tragedy is recent and culturally impactful enough that I think audiences, both American and OS, will show up. Maybe it'll be another Everest type movie that way, way overperforms in the WW market.
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    Loved the trailer. Looks way better than the last one. Glad they took a chance on this and made another one.
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    Did this friend hear about it from another friend who heard about it from his uncle who heard about it from his cousin who's really just a studio shill at Disney to try and ensure that Doctor Strange had absolutely no competition when it comes out?
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    That's not how it works, theaters will get rid of older releases for new ones. Jack Reacher's hypothetical OW on Thanksgiving would make much more than Doctor Strange's fourth weekend and Strange will be down to one screen at basically every theater by then. Yes, Moana and Fantastic Beasts will be taking a lot of screens, but right now in its current release date there are 5 other releases and holdovers from previous weeks. A Thanksgiving release would help maximize how many theaters it gets and would result in better legs due to the lack of releases in early December.
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    Wait, the budget is really 150M? Someone needs to whack Lionsgate in the head
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    Can't wait for this. I loved the first one. It's one of those movies where you didn't realize just how much you liked it until some time had passed and every time it's on TV you can't help but watch. I like that it's about a guy who teams up with a woman to clear her name and take down some bad guys. It's grounded, relatively speaking. It's not about 13 superheroes fighting each other as all of New York City is destroyed and you zone out and stop caring.
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    This won't be another Finest Hours at the box office, I can guarantee that.
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    = a fairly inexpensive cast. This is sold as make/break on Cruise alone, why spend too much money on another name when this film is lucky to have gotten a sequel in the first place?
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    My son loved the movie so me & my husband watched - we really enjoyed it - glad they are making another one. Loved that red & black Chevelle he stole - to me nothing compares to American Muscle!!
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    Makes sense especially that the other Cruise vehicle is coming out in January. It makes MI6 for 2017 pretty doable.

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