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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ launches with record-breaking $39 million from Thursday previews

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With the debut of Avengers: Infinity War last night, the summer box office is officially off and running. The latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe scored a massive $39 million haul from Thursday night previews, which is the largest Thursday preview box office ever for a superhero movie, smashing The Dark Knight‘s previous record of $30.6 million.

As of today, Infinity War is now playing in 4,474 theaters nationwide and is expected to finish the weekend somewhere in the $225 million to $245 million range, according to analysts. If it has enough horsepower to reach the $250 million mark, Infinity War will have the biggest opening weekend of all time, a record which currently belongs to Star Wars: The Force Awakens after it grossed $248 million back in 2015.

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Infinity War is the latest Marvel film to be directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo and features a superhero showdown like no other in which the Avengers and their allies must unite and sacrifice everything they’ve got in order to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of destruction puts an end to the entire universe. The film currently boasts an impressive 85% approval rating from critics and a 94% approval rating from audiences on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Infinity War features an all-star cast which includes Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Cooper, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karen Gillan, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Wong, Gwenyth Paltrow, and Anthony Mackie, among many others.

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Check out the official poster for Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed ‘BlacKkKlansman’

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After debuting to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week, Focus Features has unveiled the first official poster for Spike Lee’s true crime-thriller BlacKkKlansman starring John David Washington and Adam Driver as two detectives who infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in attempt to take down the extremist hate group.

Indeed, the film is based on Ron Stallworth’s riveting memoir of the same name and tells the true story of how Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, and his partner, Flip Zimmerman, penetrated the KKK at its highest levels to foil their plans to take over the city.

Lee directed his latest joint from a script he co-wrote with Charlie Wachtel, Davin Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmont. Jordan Peele, who picked up the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his feature debut Get Out at the Oscars earlier this year, produced the film under his Monkeypaw Productions banner, alongside Blumhouse and QC Entertainment.

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The ending of BlacKkKlansman features a documentary-style montage of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. that left one counter-protester named Heather Heyer dead after a man plowed his car into a group of people. “It’s an ugly, ugly, ugly blemish on the United States of America,” Lee said at a press conference on Tuesday. “Heather should be alive now. It’s a murderous act.”

Focus Features will release BlacKkKlansman on August 10, which marks the one-year anniversary of the conflict in Charlottesville. You can check out the newly released one-sheet for the film below and, if you missed the trailer premiere earlier this week, you can watch it by clicking here.

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Rami Malek is Freddie Mercury in the triumphant first trailer for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

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20th Century Fox dropped the long-awaited first trailer for the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody this morning, which finds a glammed up, mustachioed Rami Malek taking on the role of the legendary Queen frontman. However, aside from Malek’s performance, and as much as I think we all want this movie to be great, this first trailer is certainly a bit worrisome.

Described as a “foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved enters on the planet,” the film chronicles the rise of the iconic rock band through their revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985.

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Now, to be fair, this teaser is only a minute and 30 seconds long, so perhaps I should reserve my judgment for the full-length trailer, but there just seems to be something a bit off about this movie and I can’t seem to put my finger on what exactly it is. It’s almost as if this feels teaser makes Bohemian Rhapsody feel more like a cheap, made-for-TV movie than anything else. That being said, I’ll remain cautiously optimistic for this one, and ultimately hope for the best that the final product turns out well.

Bohemian Rhapsody is written by Anthony McCarten and was directed by both Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher (the former was fired for being unexpectedly absent from the set on multiple occasions and forced the production to screeching halt in December) and also stars Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, and Lucy Boynton. The film will hit theaters on November 2.

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‘Halloween’ sequel undergoing reshoots to ‘tweak’ the film’s ending following test screening

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With just five very long more months to go until Blumhouse’s long-awaited sequel to Halloween opens in theaters, a new report from Bloody Disgusting suggests that the David Gordon Green-directed film is headed back to Haddonfield for some brief reshoots that will “tweak the finale” of the movie.

Before you go into panic mode, though, we should point out that there is absolutely no need to panic. Most, if not all, movies end up shooting some additional scenes after principal photography has already wrapped for a variety of different reasons. In the case of Halloween, sources close to the production of the film tell Bloody Disgusting that the results from a recent test screening are what prompted the filmmakers to want to make some changes to the ending of the movie.

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The latest installment in the Halloween franchise is a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic and follows Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) as she comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked murderer who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night 40 years ago. Green is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride.

Halloween, which Carpenter is executive producing and composing a score for, also stars Judy Greer, Will Patton, Nick Castle, Andi Matichak, Omar J. Dorsey, Virginia Gardner, Dylan Arnold, Drew Scheid, and Miles Robbins, and will hit theaters on October 19. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments that come across our desk.

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