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‘American Assassin’: (R) (for strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity) Dylan O’Brien brings a youthful freshness to the role of a counterterrorism operative in this international thriller whose holes are compensated for with action. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 51 minutes. Grade: */**
‘mother!’: (R) (for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language) Jennifer Lawrence gives the best performance of her career as a woman whose idyllic existence is shattered when her home is invaded by her poet husband’s worshipful cult. (The Associated Press) 2 hours.
‘It’ is a hit.
The Stephen King adaptation from New Line and Warner Bros. shattered records over the weekend earning $117.2 million from 4,103 locations according to studio estimates on Sunday.
Not only is “It” now the largest ever opening for a horror movie and the largest September opening of all time, the film more than doubled the earnings of the previous record holders. Before this weekend “Paranormal Activity 3” had the biggest horror opening with $52.6 million from 2011, and the highest September debut was “Hotel Transylvania 2’s” $48.5 million in 2015.
“We blew past everyone’s most optimistic and aggressive projections
Critics loved “Logan Lucky” and gave a big collective shrug to “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” but when it came to the test of the marketplace, audiences went their own way.
The two action flicks faced off this weekend, and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” emerged the victor with a chart-topping $21.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, while “Logan Lucky” sputtered on arrival with $8.1 million.
Both had notable stars, “Logan Lucky” has Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig, while “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” boasts Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, both were opening in over 3,000 theaters and both cost around $30 million to produce.
Comic-Con 2017 had a lot to offer, from an incredible year for cosplay to a number of major movie and TV franchises dropping news about upcoming films and series and plenty of panels, merch, publicity stunts and more for the thousands of comic book fans that came to San Diego .
Here are 17 things – and we’ll be honest here, we are giving you that many things, plus a whole bunch more – to know about this year’s convention:
• Everyone loves Wonder Woman: Why else would everyone dress like her – or join a
John Heard, best known as the father in “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2,” has died at 72.
In addition to the “Home Alone” films, Heard appeared in films such as “Awakenings,” “Big,” “Beaches,” “Gladiator” and “Sharknado.” He also appeared on the television shows “Elementary,” “Entourage” and “The Sopranos,” for which he earned an Emmy award nomination.
Variety reports the actor was found dead in a hotel room in Palo Alto where he was recovering from back surgery.Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/22/john-heard-best-known-as-dad-in-home-alone-dies/