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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.

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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Keanu Reeves will have ‘The Matrix 4’ and ‘John Wick 4’ both coming out on May 21, 2021

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May 21, 2021 is poised to be a very big day for Keanu Reeves as the actor will have not one but two films hitting theaters: John Wick 4 and The Matrix 4.

It’s curious as to why Warner Bros. chose this particular date for the Matrix sequel given the fact that Lionsgate had already announced months ago that John Wick 4 would be coming out on that very day.

Regardless, it seems likely that either one studio or the other — Lionsgate, I’m guessing, even though they had the slot first — will adjust their calendar accordingly so as not to cause too much of a conflict for our boy Keanu.

Production on The Matrix 4 is scheduled to get underway next year with Lana Wachowski returning to the director’s chair with a script she co-wrote along with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell.

Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith will all be reprising their roles from the previous Matrix movies, while Neil Patrick Harris and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be joining the franchise for the very first time.

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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ tops the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations

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The 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards nominations were announced this morning with Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman unsurprisingly — and very rightfully — leading the nominees.

Both Once Upon a Time and Irishman are up for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, as is Jay Roach’s Bombshell, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, and Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite.

In the acting categories, Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role along with Adam Driver for Marriage Story, Christian Bale for Ford v Ferrari, Taron Egerton for Rocketman, and Joaquin Phoenix for Joker.

Meanwhile, the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category includes Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story, Lupita Nyong’o for Us (!), Charlize Theron for Bombshell, Cynthia Erivo for Harriet, and Renée Zellweger for Judy.

You can check out the complete list of nominations for the 2020 SAG Awards below.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Jamie Foxx, Just Mercy
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Nicole Kidman, Bombshell
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Bombshell
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act
Emily Watson, Chernobyl
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Outstanding Comedy Ensemble
Barry
Fleabag
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things

Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Drama Ensemble
Big Little Lies
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things

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The final ‘Antlers’ trailer further reveals Scott Cooper’s Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film

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While Scott Cooper’s last film was a bit of a dud, it appears the Hostiles director is looking to redeem himself with Antlers, a Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick starring the terrific pairing of Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons.

Based on Nick Antosca’s short story The Quiet Boy, the film centers around a small-town Oregon teacher (Russell) and her brother (Plemons), the local sheriff, as they discover a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret with so-called “frightening consequences.”

Though the latest trailer for Antlers certainly shines a bit more light on the plot than the previous marketing we’ve received, the overall mysterious quality of the film is still very much there and I can’t wait to see what kind of crazy shit unfolds, because you already know some wild stuff is going to go down in this thing if the trailers are any indication.

Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, and Amy Madigan also star in Antlers, which is set to hit theaters via Fox Searchlight on April 17.

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