WWE Superstar Paige on Having ‘Fighting With My Family’ Made About Her Life at 26: ‘It’s Definitely a Surreal Moment’ (Video)

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WWE Superstar Paige never anticipated that a movie would be made about her life at the age of 26, and she said it’s “surreal” for Stephen Merchant’s “Fighting With My Family” to finally be released.

“It’s wonderful — obviously I didn’t know I was going to have a movie made about my life at the age of 26, so it’s definitely a surreal moment,” Paige, whose real name is Saraya-Jade Bevis, told TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven at the Sundance Film Festival. “But it feels really good — we have such a wonderful cast. I mean, look at them!”

“Fighting With My Family” cast members Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost and Jack Lowden also stopped by TheWrap’s interview studio alongside Merchant, who explained that it’s a very “hopeful, funny, entertaining, emotional, uplifting, inspiring story based on the true life of this woman here, Paige.”

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“It’s hopefully a film for anyone who has had a dream and you try to pursue a dream, and it’s tough and it’s hard and it’s even harder when you’re 18 and you have to leave the support network of your family and go 4,000 miles away to another country to try and pursue that,” Merchant said.

“Fighting With My Family” follows Paige (Pugh), who decides she wants to go to the WWE with her brother (Lowden). However, only she gets chosen to head to the United States with the WWE, and she must leave her parents (portrayed by Frost and Headey) behind to follow her dreams. The small indie film was written and directed by Merchant and based on the 2012 documentary “The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family.”

“I had seen the documentary years ago and it totally blew my mind,” Headey explained. “You just fall in love with the family. They are bonkers and brilliant and I was really excited when I read the script… I just didn’t want to f— up being Julia.”

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Frost added that “everyone has a family, everyone has been in love or has been disappointed or been hurt… It’s a story about a family, that’s what it’s about.”

In order to portray Paige, Pugh learned how to wrestle, and she did as much of the wrestling moves as possible.

“One of my favorite things about this film and being able to play her is that Stephen said straight away, ‘I want to you to wrestle as much as possible and I want you to be in it and I want to capture as much of you doing it,’” Pugh explained. “That’s so liberating and exciting that I got to do that.”

Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, through their Seven Bucks Productions banner, are among the executive producers for the film, while Johnson also appears in the film. However, although the film had Johnson’s name attached to it, for Merchant, it was always meant to stay a small independent film that would premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Fighting With My Family” hit theaters on Thursday.

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‘Extremely Wicked’ Director Joe Berlinger on Making Ted Bundy Film, Doc Series Simultaneously (Video)

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You might’ve heard Joe Berlinger’s name in regard to not one, but two, Ted Bundy projects in recent months — and he says putting together both the Netflix docuseries “The Ted Bundy Tapes” and directing “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” was purely coincidental.

“It is kind of surreal that the same person did a doc series and a feature film, all coming out at the same time,” Berlinger told TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven at the Sundance Film Festival. “I wish I could say I had this grand master plan to be ‘the Bundy guy’ in 2019, but it all was kind of coincidental, honestly. For the doc series, the tapes fell in my lap: they were sent to me by the author in 2017, I [thought] there was something to make, I listened to the tapes, I thought they were chilling, and I thought there was a new way to get into the mind of the killer, which is what the doc was about — it spared no detail.”

Haley Joel Osment, Angela Sarafyan and cinematographer Brandon Trost also stopped by TheWrap’s interview studio at the film festival. In the movie, Osment and Sarafyan play friends of Lily Collins’ character, Liz Kendall, Bundy’s former girlfriend. The movie is told from Liz’s perspective as Bundy’s crimes come to light, and Osment and Sarafyan’s characters are somewhat Liz’s voice of reason.

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“Joe told me that my character is an accumulation of a number of different women that were her friends so she becomes this composite character,” Sarafyan explained. “It was fun to play this particular role because it’s very empowering to be able to see clearly. I think she is someone that does. She is not hidden by the manipulation, she is not affected by the charm. She is someone that follows her instinct and I like being that for Lily — for Liz — in the film.”

Osment added, “It was nice being the positive energy team. Our characters are a little bit of sunlight for Liz because she is descending into this terrible world with Ted and we’re the people who are helping her see a life beyond that, which ultimately the real Liz was able to do.”

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Trost also explained how he was able to re-create scenes to make it “as 1970s as we could,” and emphasized that the team looked at a lot of archival footage and photos, especially in terms of the set pieces.

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” stars Zac Efron as Ted Bundy. The film premiered on January 26 at Sundance, but doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet.

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Andi Matichak on ‘Halloween’ Co-Star Jamie Lee Curtis: ‘She Really Took Me Under Her Wing’ (Video)

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Andi Matichak plays Jamie Lee Curtis’ granddaughter in the new “Halloween” film, and Matichak says that the famous actress started mentoring her before they started filming.

“She has been an incredible mentor to me this entire process,” Matichak said in an interview with TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven. “Before I even got down to set, she sent me a message to welcome me to the family and introduce herself, saying, ‘we’re so excited to have you here.’ The second I got down to set, she took me dinner and gave me a full history lesson of ‘Halloween,’ like start to finish, which was the best thing in the world and then from there, she really took me under her wing.”

While Curtis is the “scream queen” and one of the most famous actresses in the world, Matichak was really excited to meet Judy Greer, who would play her mother in the David Gordon Greer-directed horror film.

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“Judy Greer is somebody I was really nervous to meet because I love her so much,” she said. “I had loved her for so so long, I was like, what if she doesn’t live up to what [I expect]? I met her, and she completely shattered all expectations — she’s just as lovely and bubbly and kind and funny as you’d think.”

Matichak joined a franchise that has been around for 40 years and 10 previous films, and Michael Myers has become synonymous with the horror genre. And Myers is the definition of what scares Matichak, personally.

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“The main thing that scares me is random acts of violence and that’s exactly what I find so terrifying about Michael Myers in the original and this one, is that there is really no motive, there’s really no reason, he’s going house to house and he’ll decide who he kills and he’ll decide who he spares,” Matichak said. “There really is no cause and that randomness is really scary and the facelessness of Michael [as well].”

“Halloween” will hit theaters on Oct. 19.

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‘Dear David’: ‘It’ Producer, BuzzFeed to Develop Horror Film Based on Viral Ghost Story (Exclusive)

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“Dear David,” the online ghost story from BuzzFeed writer Adam Ellis, is on its way to the big screen, TheWrap has learned exclusively. BuzzFeed Studios is partnering on the film with “It” producer Dan Lin’s Rideback.

The film, currently named The Untitled “Dear David” Project, will be a high-concept horror thriller based on Ellis’ tweets and images. He says his entire story is true. It began with this message from Ellis on Aug. 7, 2017:

“My apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he’s trying to kill me.”

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In subsequent tweets, Ellis presented what he said was digital evidence of a boy with part of his head missing — a boy he addresses with the words “Dear David. He said the boy has worried him and his cats, and followed him as far as Japan. Ellis amassed more than 1 million Twitter followers eager to see where the story would go.

“I’ve never been interested in convincing anyone that ghosts are real–I just wanted to tell my story,” Ellis told TheWrap. “If it was all fiction, I probably would’ve updated more than once every couple weeks.”

BuzzFeed and Ellis struck a deal to bring the project to market in partnership with Rideback. Mike Van Waes is attached as the writer, based on a story by Van Waes and Evan Turner. BuzzFeed Studios’ Lauren Dolgan and Hieu Ho will produce alongside Lin and Jonathan Eirich. Turner will serve as executive producer.

In February, TheWrap’s “Shoot This Now” podcast focused on why “Dear David” should be a movie. You can listen on Apple or right here:

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Ellis’ account story was posted as an article on BuzzFeed and continued as an ongoing post titled “Dear David,” which raised questions about whether BuzzFeed or Ellis himself owned the rights to the story — and in whether BuzzFeed was involved in producing the narrative, which, again, Ellis says is true.

Suspicion arose when Ellis posted a screenshot of an Instagram story that included a distorted photo of himself with a friend. Another photo of what looked like a child seemed to have been blended in.

“Nice editing,” one follower wrote, while another added, “I’ve that app.”

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On February 6, Ellis announced he was leaving BuzzFeed after four years to focus on “personal projects.”

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His last tweet about Dear David read, “For everyone asking if I’m alive: I’m doing OK! It’s been pretty quiet around here lately and I’ve been trying to focus on work. Of course I’ll keep you updated if anything strange happens, but for now I’m staying busy with drawing and other projects.” This didn’t appease fans at all, and many threatened to unfollow when he started posting unrelated things to the ghost story.

“Dear David” is the newest project on BuzzFeed’s production and development slate. BuzzFeed is in development with Warner Bros. on “Brother Orange,” with Jim Parsons set to star and Ellen DeGeneres and Ilana Glazer to executive produce. “Brother Orange” follows another viral BuzzFeed story in which a man attempts to find his phone when pictures of a man with an Orange tree appear on his iCloud.

BuzzFeed is also in production for an interactive dating series “RelationShipped” for Facebook, as well as Buzzfeed News’ recently announced “Follow This” for Netflix, “The Killing of Jessica Chambers” on Oxygen and “From Russia With Blood” with George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures. This is in addition to the company’s digital series that includes “Worth It,” “Ladylike’ and “Buzzfeed Unsolved.”

Lin recently renewed his first-look film deal with Warner Bros. His company, Rideback, was formerly known as Lin Pictures. Lin’s ten-year collaboration with the studio has spawned franchises such as “The LEGO Movie,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “IT.” Rideback is also producing Disney’s upcoming “Aladdin,” starring Will Smith and directed by Guy Ritchie. Rideback also produces the Fox Network series “Lethal Weapon,” based on the hit movie franchise.

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TheWrap Lands 14 Nominations for LA Press Club Journalism Awards

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TheWrap scored 14 nominations for this year’s Los Angeles Press Club Southern California Journalism Awards, the organization announced Thursday, including for Best Website of a News Organization Exclusive to the Internet.
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Reaction: Here’s What We Think of Marvel’s Latest Installment (Video)

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“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters tonight, and TheWrap’s Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven are here to give you their spoiler-free thoughts on Marvel’s latest.

The consensus about Marvel’s epic superhero team-up is — mostly — that it’s fantastic.

According to Gonzalez, the film has major reveals and advises audiences to stay offline until they have seen the movie to avoid spoilers. Gonzalez and Verhoeven have a list of Marvel films to watch before seeing “Infinity War.”

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With 183 reviews in, “Avengers: Infinity War ” is certified fresh with an 87 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics praising the film’s scope, ambition, and execution. TheWrap’s Alonso Durade wrote, “If you’re a viewer who binges TV dramas because you can’t wait a week to find out what happens, the implied ‘to be continued’ at the end of ‘Infinity War’ may drive you batty. But if you’ve been solidly along for the Marvel ride up to this point, you’ll enjoy this leg of the journey even if it hasn’t yet reached the terminal.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters Thursday night.  Watch the video above.

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‘Rampage’ Reaction Video: Ridiculously Fun Monster Movie Has Heart (Video)

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Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming film “Rampage” is a ridiculously fun monster movie that also has plenty of heart, TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven and Umberto Gonzalez say. But, they say, just go into the film expecting tons of destruction, explosions and laughs — and don’t take the movie too seriously.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan shines, and Umberto thinks Morgan’s “wiseass cowboy” performance steals the movie. But Morgan is supported by great turns from other stars Malin Akerman, Naomie Harris, Joe Manganiello, and of course Dwayne Johnson.

But the film’s big standout is Jason Liles’ mo-cap performance as George the albino gorilla, who ends up becoming one of the film’s giant rampaging creatures. George is one of the best-looking CGI monsters to date, and as Beatrice and Umberto note, the character’s relationship with Johnson’s Davis Okoye gives the film unexpected depth.

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It certainly could’ve been just another soulless CGI monster film, but instead, the great actors and funny one-liners elevate it. Yes, it’s over the top, but so is the video game on which it is based, and the film is ridiculous, fun, and a great way to be entertained after a busy week at work.

Directed by Brad Peyton, “Rampage” hits theaters on Friday.

Watch the reaction video above.

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Watch Our Jim Gaffigan Interview Go Completely Off the Rails (Video)

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TheWrap’s interview studio at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival ended in the best way possible — with an interview that went completely off the rails.

“You Can Choose Your Family” stars Jim Gaffigan and Logan Miller, as well as director Miranda Bailey, joined TheWrap to discuss the comedy in Austin Texas, and from the moment the group sat down, Gaffigan, Miller and Bailey took control of the interview in the best way possible, and TheWrap’s film reporter Beatrice Verhoeven could barely squeeze a question in.

The conversation went from comparing the film to “Call Me by Your Name,” where Miller said he was like Timothee Chalamet while Gaffigan was like Armie Hammer, to Gaffigan’s wrinkly shirt and why Matthew McConaughey has to star in so many Lincoln commercials.

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Gaffigan dangled his microphone by the cord and Bailey laid down in the middle of the interview, and even walked off set when Gaffigan started pondering the philosophical nature behind what film is all about.

Bailey assured, however, that even though Miller and Gaffigan were acting bonkers throughout the interview, that filming was “all business.”

“You Can Choose Your Family” stars Gaffigan as a father whose life is soon turned upside down when his son discovers that his dad has a second family. Anna Gunn, Danielle Campbell, Samantha Mathis and Alex Karpovsky also star.

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The comedy premiered at SXSW on March 11 and does not have a U.S. release date yet.

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‘Black Panther’ Reaction Video: Why Marvel’s Latest Is Different Than All Previous Films (Video)

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“Black Panther” is different than any other Marvel movie that has come before it — TheWrap’s Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven are here to tell you why.

The new superhero film is more emotional, cultural and spiritual than any previous film, and is more focused on finding one’s identity than trying to save the world from aliens. It took more of the “Logan” route — but both Gonzalez and Verhoeven agree that this film elevates even the last iteration of the “Wolverine” films.

With beautiful cinematography and stunning costume design, “Black Panther” lives up to our expectations. And another thing the film does well: Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger is a fully fleshed-out villain for whom you also feel compassion at times.

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And those post-credit scenes (don’t worry, no spoilers here).

The film stars Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker. Ryan Coogler directed.

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“Black Panther” will hit theaters on Feb. 16.

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‘Justice League’ Reaction: Here’s What We Think of DC’s Latest Installment (Video)

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The embargo on reviews for “Justice League” has lifted, and TheWrap’s Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven are here to give you their thoughts on DC’s latest. Watch the review video above.

All in all, the consensus is that the film is good, but not great, is fun but is flawed, and the villain isn’t a show stealer, but the main characters —  namely Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and The Flash — make up for it.

According to Gonzalez and Verhoeven, the film is indeed filled with good performances by the main Justice League members, however the bad CGI of the film handicaps its third act. However, the characterizations make up for the lack of action so the film is a palette cleanser and a step in the right direction for DC Entertainment.

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“Justice League” stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Ciaran Hinds and Henry Cavill. Zack Snyder directed from a script by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, the latter of whom stepped in to complete the film after Snyder stepped down following the death of his daughter.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Reaction: Here’s What We Think of Marvel’s Latest Installment (Video)

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The embargo on reviews for “Thor: Ragnarok” has lifted, and TheWrap’s Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven are here to give you their thoughts on Marvel’s latest.

In early reviews, the film starring Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo had won people over. And TheWrap’s film reporters agree with the accolades.

According to Gonzalez and Verhoeven, the film should be lauded for its portrayal of women, as well as main characters, Thor and Loki. Even Hulk is hilarious in the film, and the character and plot arcs work in the third installment of the “Thor” franchise.

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“Ragnarok” finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer, and in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok — the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization — at the hands of Blanchett’s ruthless Hela, who is a bada– first female supervillain in the series, just so you know.

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi added his personal touch to the “Thor” franchise with this film, and made it fun and entertaining — and the visual effects are never too much.

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It’s not clear how Marvel does it — but every time a new MCU film comes out, it’s better than the last. And “Thor: Ragnarok” follows that trend.

Watch the review video above, and check out “Thor: Ragnarok” when it hits theaters on Nov. 2.

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Alexandra Daddario Joined ‘Baywatch’ for the Penis-Stuck-in-a-Chair Scene (Exclusive Video)

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Alexandra Daddario wanted to star in the “Baywatch” movie after reading one scene in the script — and it involved Jon Bass’ penis and a chair.

“The moment I read this scene in the script I was like, ‘I want to fight to be in this movie,’” Daddario told Beatrice Verhoeven in an interview at TheWrap Studios. “It’s early on in the script, it’s the scene where Ronnie — Jon Bass — gets his dick stuck in an object, and the way I pictured that scene in my mind, it’s even better on screen … He gets his dick stuck in a chair and he can’t get it down so he can get it out and you have Kelly’s [Rohrbach] boobs in his face and they are the most beautiful boobs ever so that’s obviously not going to work and it just goes on and on and it’s just so funny. It was even better on screen that I had pictured it and that scene epitomizes what that movie is.”

Daddario stars alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Efron, Ilfenesh Hadera, Bass and Rohrbach in the movie based on the hit TV series that ran from 1989 to 2001 and starred David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.

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“It’s cool to be part of something everyone knows … and it’s really cool to be a Baywatch babe — it’s a really iconic role to play. It’s like being a superhero in a weird way,” she added. “I think it was important to bring in elements from the original series and sort of playfully poke fun at them and sort of what ‘Baywatch’ was. Because it was this incredible phenomenon that took itself really really seriously but there’s so much  humor in that and it was just one of those shows that did that perfectly and I think this movie plays it up and then adds raunchiness and elevates the world that ‘Baywatch’ was.”

Daddario plays Summer, a girl who gets accepted into the lifeguard training program, led by Mitch Buchannon (Johnson). The team must uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the Bay. But if there would be another remake of the original series, Daddario would have her eyes set on a bigger (literally, in every sense of the word) character.

“It would be Mitch!” she said, laughing. “He’s the ultimate bad a–, takes his job the most serious of everyone and he almost has supernatural powers as a lifeguard — he’s the ultimate lifeguard. But no one can play Mitch except for David Hasselhoff and Dwayne.”

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“Baywatch,” directed by Seth Gordon, hits theaters on Thursday, just in time for the start of summer.

“You should go see ‘Baywatch’ for a variety of reasons — for the titties, obviously, but also for The Rock, Zac Efron’s abs, The Rock’s abs, and it’s just a really fun, hilarious action-packed movie. It’s exactly what I think we need right now.”

Watch the video above.

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‘Logan’ Reaction: Best Wolverine Ever? (Video)

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“Logan” will hit theaters in exactly two weeks, but we, TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven and Umberto Gonzalez, have seen the film and are here to tell you our thoughts.

It’s simple, really: It’s the best “Wolverine” film to date. The action is solid, the storyline works, and Hugh Jackman delivers a performance that’s noteworthy. We see another side of him — we see he’s human and not just a killing machine.

X23, played by Dafne Keen, is a bad a– and people will talk about her a lot when the movie actually hits theaters. And Boyd Holbrook, who plays Donald Pierce, is a great character as well. Of course, we can’t forget Caliban (Stephen Merchant) and Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), the latter who has aged tremendously.

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In the film, Logan is living in a self-imposed exile with Professor Xavier (Stewart), while his mutant healing abilities are in severe decline. As we saw inBut his solitude is interrupted by the arrival of a young girl (Keen), who possesses powers shockingly similar to Logan’s. When an army of mercenaries shows up to take her back, Logan and Professor X must take her on the road to keep her safe.

James Mangold directed the film, reuniting with Jackman following their work on “The Wolverine.”

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On Thursday, TheWrap reported that the film is eyeing a huge opening of $60 million when it opens on March 3, but now, some experts say it could do $70 million to $80 million.

The first film, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” opened to $85 million in 2009. Its sequel, “The Wolverine,” debuted to $53 million in 2013. The second film received better critical reviews than the first. “Origins” has a score of 38 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, while “Wolverine” received a score of 69 percent.

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TheWrap Lands 13 Noms for National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards

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TheWrap landed 13 nominations for this year’s National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, the L.A. Press Club announced Monday.

TheWrap is a finalist for best entertainment website as well as best print entertainment magazine.

In addition, TheWrap picked up two nominations for a series of stories from last November marking the first anniversary of the Sony hack, for work by reporters Matt Donnelly, Itay Hod and Beatrice Verhoeven.

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Awards editor Steve Pond earned recognition for his profile of “People v O.J. Simpson” star Sarah Paulson, and reviews editor Alonso Duralde picked up a nom for his film criticism.

In addition, TheWrap’s creative director Ada Guerin earned multiple nominations for the feature and profile photography she commissioned for TheWrap magazines and the website.

TheWrap founder and editor in chief Sharon Waxman earned nominations for her feature on the Oscar-winning movie “Spotlight” as well as for her regular WaxWord column.

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The 9th annual NAEJ Awards will be presented on December 4 during a ceremony at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. In addition to awards for print, broadcast and entertainment journalism, the L.A. Press Club will offer three honorary awards.

Songwriter Diane Warren will accept the Visionary Award for her humanitarian work, Chelsea Handler will collect the Luminary Award for career achievement and Angela Lansbury will receive the Legend Award for lifetime achievements and contributions to society.

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‘Doctor Strange’ Reaction: One Of Marvel’s Best Origin Movies (Video)

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The embargo on reviews has lifted and we, TheWrap’s Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven, can give you our thoughts on Marvel’s “Doctor Strange.”

In general, early reviews seem to be praising the performances of Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, and Mads Mikkelsen as the villain, as well as the visual effects. We both mutually agree that seems to be the case.

“Doctor Strange” follows the story of talented neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions.

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It opens in theaters on Nov. 4, and should open somewhere between $60 million and $75 million, according to early tracking obtained by TheWrap.
Among Marvel movie openings, those figures would put the title somewhere between 19th and 24th place for highest-grossing of all time. “Doctor Strange” will likely come in ahead of Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which debuted to $62 million in 2012.
The film could come in ahead of “Thor,” which grossed $65.7 million during its opening weekend in 2011.
If “Doctor Strange” opens on the high end of those estimates, it will come out ahead of Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which was out earlier this year and debuted to $65.7 million.
That’s a strong achievement for an original film — especially one based on a relatively unfamiliar comic-book property not previously seen on the big screen.
 Watch our reactions to the film in the video above.
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The 13 Scariest Movies We’ve Ever Seen, and Why They Still Scare Us (Photos)

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In an effort to exorcise our demons, TheWrap staffers are confessing about what movies and TV shows scared us more than anything else in our lives… and trying to explain why they still scare us. Happy Halloween.

“Darkness”

I still have nightmares about one scene. The one time I wanted to show my friend the trailer I hoped to God the scene wasn’t in it, and it was, and it was horrifying. “Darkness” stars Anna Paquin and was released in 2002. Directed by Jaume Balagueró, it follows an American family who moves in a house where six children previously disappeared during an occult ritual forty years ago. The thing that scares me involves… eyes. – Beatrice Verhoeven

“127 Hours”

I can cope with ghosts, hauntings and flesh-eating zombies, but am claustrophobic and terrified of caves. The tight spaces and feeling of being trapped in “127 Hours,” makes me nauseous with fear, and that’s way before James Franco gets around to amputating his arm with a blunt pocket knife. I can’t even get through the trailer without cringing. – Debbie Emery

Pink Floyd – The Wall”

A family friend took me to an audition on the MGM lot in 1982, when I was 7, and sneaked us into a preview screening of this afterward, scarring me for life (sorry ’bout it, prospective girlfriends). What followed was a succession of marching hammers, ground-up children, exploding birds, sucked fingers, clawed walls, maggots, boning humans, boning flowers and prog rock to which no kid should be subjected. The animated sequences were the most terrifying because cartoons were supposed to be my friends. – Jordan Burchette

“The Last House on the Left” 

Wes Craven‘s 1972 film is terrifying because it has no supernatural elements — just things that could really happen. Released soon after the Manson murders, it shows what a psycho and his cultlike followers do to two helpless teenage girls. After they’re tortured and humiliated, one walks into the water, resolved to the fact that she is going to die. You feel like you’re watching a real murder. – Tim Molloy

“In The Heart of the Sea”

I didn’t actually see this movie because I’m no dummy. I’m not going to willingly sit through my worst nightmare. But I was at the movies see “Mockingjay Part 2,” a nice, family-friendly movie about children overthrowing the government, and was forced to sit through three horrifying minutes of proof that whales are evil and trying to kill me. They’re too big and they should be in jail. – Reid Nakamura

“House on Haunted Hill”

Back when I was a kid a long time ago, all my friends loved horror movies, and we all knew one thing for sure: William Castle’s 1959 “House on Haunted Hill” was the scariest movie ever made. Eccentric millionaire Vincent Price offers five people $10,000 if they can last the night in his haunted house, and things go very wrong. The film rarely played on the Saturday afternoon TV creature-features where we got our horror-movie fixes, and its scarcity made it even scarier. I saw it again years later and was surprised to find that it was kind of boring in between the cheesy shocks, but I don’t care: The 10-year-old me will never stop believing that this is the scariest movie ever. – Steve Pond

 

 

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