Peter Bart: Last Pic From Brad Grey Era, Can ‘Annihilation’ Bolster Paramount’s Turnaround Effort?

Scheduled for release next week, Paramount‘s Annihilation is stirring expectations despite its unsettling title. The cerebral sci-fi genre thriller represents the last in an anomalous slate of films left behind by the late Brad Grey‘s ill-starred regime at Viacom. The movies represent a defiant, if not dizzying, profile of the sort of ambitious, mid-budget dramas that Hollywood studios have been most urgently spurning. So insiders wonder, will Annihilation repeat the…

Scheduled for release next week, Paramount's Annihilation is stirring expectations despite its unsettling title. The cerebral sci-fi genre thriller represents the last in an anomalous slate of films left behind by the late Brad Grey's ill-starred regime at Viacom. The movies represent a defiant, if not dizzying, profile of the sort of ambitious, mid-budget dramas that Hollywood studios have been most urgently spurning. So insiders wonder, will Annihilation repeat the…

‘Suburbicon’ Costume Designer Jenny Eagan On “Old Schooling” Her Way To Eerie ’50s Suburban Couture

Familiar with George Clooney as an actor, and even as a producer, costume designer Jenny Eagan got acquainted with Clooney as a director on Suburbicon, a dark portrait of quintessential ’50s suburbia. Working for many years as an assistant costume designer under Oscar nominee Mary Zophre’s tutelage, Eagan has become a master of designing costumes—for any environment, and any time—in a way that is seamless and organic.
Speaking with Deadline, Eagan discusses her approach…

Familiar with George Clooney as an actor, and even as a producer, costume designer Jenny Eagan got acquainted with Clooney as a director on Suburbicon, a dark portrait of quintessential ’50s suburbia. Working for many years as an assistant costume designer under Oscar nominee Mary Zophre’s tutelage, Eagan has become a master of designing costumes—for any environment, and any time—in a way that is seamless and organic. Speaking with Deadline, Eagan discusses her approach…

‘Suburbicon’ Production Designer On Cobbling Together Idyllic ’50s Suburb Out Of Disparate SoCal Locations

Tackling a period project that feels true to life, rather than an imitation of the past, is no easy feat for any production designer—but it doesn’t hurt to have lived through the period being depicted. Such was the case for Oscar-nominated production designer Jim Bissell, who has spent much of his career depicting different epochs of the American experience. Breaking out with Steven Spielberg’s E.T., Bissell sees an irony in the fact that at 66 years of age, he’s found…

Tackling a period project that feels true to life, rather than an imitation of the past, is no easy feat for any production designer—but it doesn’t hurt to have lived through the period being depicted. Such was the case for Oscar-nominated production designer Jim Bissell, who has spent much of his career depicting different epochs of the American experience. Breaking out with Steven Spielberg’s E.T., Bissell sees an irony in the fact that at 66 years of age, he’s found…

Suburbicon’s bad guys on how they prepared for their roles

The new George Clooney-directed film Suburbicon takes place in an idyllic 1950s suburb where a family man (Matt Damon) hires two hitmen to stage a home invasion to get rid of his wife (Julianne Moore), but—shockingly—things go awry. In the video above, Glenn Fleshler and Alex Hassell, who play the two hitmen, tell how…

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The new George Clooney-directed film Suburbicon takes place in an idyllic 1950s suburb where a family man (Matt Damon) hires two hitmen to stage a home invasion to get rid of his wife (Julianne Moore), but—shockingly—things go awry. In the video above, Glenn Fleshler and Alex Hassell, who play the two hitmen, tell how…

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Box Office Plays Dead: Is Audience Distracted by Netflix and Baseball?

Horror rules as George Clooney and Matt Damon’s “Suburbicon” belly-flopped in 9th place and audiences binged on “Stranger Things 2” and the World Series.

Once again the weekend box office fell short of even the most dire predictions. This pre-Halloween weekend looks to be the second worst of the year. Initial tallies total $72 million. That’s down about 20 per cent from last year, which was the worst weekend of 2016.

Three New Flops

This isn’t due to a lack of new product. Three studios released wide films this weekend: “Jigsaw,” Lionsgate’s eighth time around for the “Saw” franchise; George Clooney’s badly-reviewed “Suburbicon” from Paramount; and Middle- America-targeted “Thank You for Your Service” from Universal.

Only “Jigsaw” showed a pulse, though at $16,250,000 it’s the lowest (ticket price adjusted) opening in the series. The earlier annual Halloween efforts (from 2004-2010) ranged from slightly better to $44 million. The most recent, “Saw 3D” debuted at $25 million.

The other two newbies between them couldn’t muster $6 million. That’s against a combined pre-marketing cost of around $45 million, with little hope for any major international boost. These are dreadful numbers, though consistent with a string of duds that have dominated the release schedule with minor exceptions since Warners’ blockbuster “It” gave false hope with its strong early September release.

“Suburbicon”

Paramount knew they had a problem with “Suburbicon” based on critic pans out of Venice and Toronto (festival play was a bad idea). But they were keeping players George Clooney and Matt Damon happy and hoping for the best for a star who has opened movies at $50 million or more three times in the last three years.

Not in this case. This black satire on suburban norms is Damon’s lowest wide opener this century by an astounding margin, opening in 9th place with $2.8 million. Even a lesser effort like “The Great Wall” brought in $18 million on its first domestic weekend.

Miles Teller Thank You for Your Service

“Thank You for Your Service”

Universal Pictures

“Thank You for Your Service” is the directorial debut of Jason Hall, co-writer of “American Sniper,” adapted from a biography of one Iraqi veteran’s experiences with post-traumatic-stress disorder. A Dreamworks production, at one point Steven Spielberg was rumored as director and Daniel Day-Lewis mentioned as the lead. While Miles Teller scored strong reviews, at the box office he has yet to deliver on the promise he exhibited in “Whiplash.” Hall brought authenticity to the war at home, but Clint Eastwood’s serious portrait of a soldier was led with taut war scenes that propelled it to success.

This is the latest modestly-budgeted American drama about everyday male heroes, from “Stronger” to “Only the Brave” (also starring Teller) that has failed to resonate. The military film had a Saturday 11 per cent drop (“Suburbicon” only fell three per cent) which suggests that word of mouth won’t save it, despite a decent Cinemascore of A-.

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“Stranger Things 2”

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Distractions

Apart from the usual Halloween-related excuses, several factors caused this box office depression: a strong slate of sports on TV (prime college football games, the World Series all three nights) and the binge-worthy Netflix debut of the second season of “Stranger Things.”

Theaters took a hit, but it’s hard not to think that steady losses spread around most companies (industry leader Disney hasn’t released a film in almost five months) will have an impact on future production and emphasis on fewer films made for theatrical release, with more emphasis on franchises and international-focused projects. And more horror films, this year’s “It” genre.

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Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween”

Lionsgate

Holdovers

The second weekend holdovers weren’t much help. “Boo 2: A Medea Halloween” (Lionsgate ruled the top two spots this weekend) fell 53 per cent despite the holiday boost. Last year’s Tyler Perry original on the same weekend dropped only 40 per cent from a third higher initial total. “Geostorm” (Warner Bros.) fell 59 per cent, although its better foreign results will keep it from being a complete disaster. Well-reviewed “Only the Brave” (Sony) kept its decline to 42 per cent, but it was far below what it needed to start with.

“Blade Runner 2049”

“Blade Runner 2049” got no late-inning boost from China, with a terrible $7 million start; smaller market Japan came in relatively better at just over $2 million. “Geostorm” opened in China at the same time, and did five times more than “Blade Runner.” That means more films like “Geostorm,” fewer like “Blade Runner” ahead.

Disney’s Marvel rides to the rescue this Friday with “Thor: Ragnarok,” which opened in much of the world (but not top territories China, Japan, Russia and Germany) to over $107 million, in most countries ahead of the curve for top Marvel entries. And a later November release, Disney’s animated “Coco,” premiered nationwide in Mexico to $8.4 million, 69 per cent of the total box office in the country. Better times lie ahead.

The Top Ten

1. Jigsaw (Lionsgate) NEW – Cinemascore: B; Metacritic: 41; Est. budget: $10 million

$16,250,000 in 2,941 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $5,525; Cumulative: $16,20,000

2. Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate) Week 2 – Last weekend #1

$10,000,000 (-53%) in 2,388 theaters (no change); PTA: $4,188; Cumulative: $35,552,000

3. Geostorm (Warner Bros.) Week 2 – Last weekend #2

$5,675,000 (-59%) in 3,246 theaters (no change); PTA: $1,748; Cumulative: $23,553,000

4. Happy Death Day (Universal) Week 3 – Last weekend #3

$5,099,000 (-45%) in 2,535 theaters (+237); PTA: $1,442; Cumulative: $48,394,000

5. Blade Runner 2049 (Warner Bros.) Week – Last weekend #4

$3,965,000 (-%) in 2,421 theaters (-782); PTA: $1,638; Cumulative: $81,386,000

6. Thank You for Your Service (Universal) NEW – Cinemascore: A-; Metacritic: 68; Est. budget: $20 million

$3,702,000 in 2,054 theaters; PTA: $1,802; Cumulative: $3,702,000

7. Only the Brave (20th Century Fox) Week 2 – Last weekend #5

$3,450,000 (-42%) in 2,577 theaters (no change); PTA: $1,339; Cumulative: $11,940,000

8. The Foreigner (STX) Week 3 – Last weekend #6

$3,210,000 (-44%) in 2,505 theaters (-10); PTA: $1,281; Cumulative: $28,827,000

9. Suburbicon (Paramount) NEW – Cinemascore: D-; Metacritic: 43; Est. budget: $25 million

$2,800,000 in 2046 theaters; PTA: $2,046; Cumulative: $2,800,000

10. It (Warner Bros.) Week 8 – Last weekend #7

$2,465,000 (-29%) in 2,560 theaters (no change); PTA: $963; Cumulative: $323,730,000

Box Office: ‘Jigsaw’ Dominates Pre-Halloween Weekend With $16.3 Million

In one of the slowest weekends this year, horror titles dominated the pre-Halloween box with Lionsgate’s opening of “Jigsaw” leading the way at a respectable $16.3 million at 2,941 North American locations. The second weekend of “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” also from Lionsgate, turned in a solid performance with $10 million at 2,388 sites, […]

In one of the slowest weekends this year, horror titles dominated the pre-Halloween box with Lionsgate’s opening of “Jigsaw” leading the way at a respectable $16.3 million at 2,941 North American locations. The second weekend of “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” also from Lionsgate, turned in a solid performance with $10 million at 2,388 sites, […]

The Dead Zone: Why Halloween Is One of the Worst Box-Office Weekends

“Jigsaw,” “Suburbicon,” “Thank You For Your Service” — this weekend looks scary for all the wrong reasons.

Halloween is no trick or treat for theaters, which get rocks instead of candy every time. Last year, the Halloween weekend was the second-lowest grossing of 2016. In 2015, when October 31 fell on Saturday, it was the single worst. There’s a chance this year won’t reach the same depths; in the competition for the Most Awful Weekend of 2017, there’s those weekends right before Labor Day — and the traditionally wretched second weekend of December is still to come. Still, it will be weak with “Jigsaw” (the latest in the “Saw” franchise), “Suburbicon,” George Clooney’s poorly reviewed satire, and “Thank You for Your Service,” with Miles Teller as an Iraq War veteran.

Holiday weekends are a big deal for studios, but they can be tricky. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the easiest ones to deal with, and serve as the best time of year to reach older audiences and families. Independence Day can even mean a five-day holiday for some.

Halloween is different. It’s not a legal holiday, but it means means lots of weekend events — for kids and  grown-ups — that render moviegoing secondary. In recent years that’s become especially true for adult audiences, which have embraced October 31 with renewed enthusiasm. It now ranks as a major competitive group activity, along with the Super Bowl. (That football weekend usually ranks among the worst for box office.)

“Happy Death Day”

It seems like an obvious slot for a horror movie, but many position themselves a week or more earlier (“Happy Death Day” this year). “Jigsaw” is a throwback to earlier releases in the series, which owned the date from 2004-2010. “Jigsaw” might boost the weekend, but most distributors have given up.

Halloween weekend also precedes the first weekend of November, which has become one of the year’s most desirable slots. No one “owns” the date, but recent years have seen films from Marvel, Disney Animation, as well James Bond and Christopher Nolan entries. That means fierce competition on a Halloween film’s second weekend, with the likely decline dooming most to short runs.

Meantime, early October has risen as an appealing time, while added playoff series and games for the World Series mean it often ends after Halloween, with prime nighttime games over all three weekend nights.

So, late October is an orphan. Expect another weekend that adds to the growing 2017 shortfall.

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Box Office: ‘Jigsaw’ Slays With $1.6 Million on Thursday Night

“Jigsaw” earned a solid $1.6 million at more than 2,400 North American sites on Thursday night. The Lionsgate horror-thriller is the eighth installment in the “Saw” franchise. It’s expected to take in an estimated $18 million to $22 million at 2,941 locations. Lionsgate’s second weekend of the comedy “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” will finish […]

“Jigsaw” earned a solid $1.6 million at more than 2,400 North American sites on Thursday night. The Lionsgate horror-thriller is the eighth installment in the “Saw” franchise. It’s expected to take in an estimated $18 million to $22 million at 2,941 locations. Lionsgate’s second weekend of the comedy “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” will finish […]

‘Jigsaw’ Carves Up $1.6 Million at Thursday Box Office

Lionsgate’s “Jigsaw” carved up $1.6 million at the Thursday previews at more than 2,400 locations.

“Jigsaw” picks up several years after “Saw 3D,” with signs of Jigsaw’s deadly traps starting to reappear, hinting that someone is continuing the grisly legacy of John Kramer. Peter and Michael Spierig are directing from a script by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger.

2010’s “Saw 3D” earned $1.7 million at the Thursday previews before it went on to gross $22 million its opening weekend. “Jigsaw,” however, is only expected to make somewhere in the high-teens to $20 million range.

Also Read: ‘Jigsaw’ Review: Seven Years Later, the Horror Franchise Offers Nothing New

This weekend also marks the opening of George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” and Miles Teller’s “Thank You for Your Service.”

“Suburbicon,” which grossed $180,000 from 1,614 locations on Thursday, is aiming at a $5 million to $7 million debut this weekend from 2,046 screens, while “Thank You For Your Service,” which grossed $280,000 in late night shows, is looking at an opening in the same range from 2,054 screens.

Directed by Clooney, “Suburbicon” is a dark comedy starring Matt Damon as a husband and father who navigates the murderous underbelly of his seemingly idyllic 1950s suburb. Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac also star, with Clooney writing the script with Grant Heslov and the Coen Brothers.

Also Read: Can ‘Jigsaw’ Revive Torture Horror at the Box Office?

“Thank You For Your Service” stars Teller, Beulah Koale and Joe Cole as a trio of soldiers who struggle with PTSD after completing tours in Iraq. Haley Bennett and Amy Schumer also star, with Jason Hall writing and directing the adaptation of David Finkel’s novel of the same name.

Open Road’s “All I See Is You,” starring Blake Lively, is debuting in 250 theaters. The Marc Forster-directed psychological thriller also stars Jason Clarke, Yvonne Strahovski and Danny Huston.

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Lionsgate’s “Jigsaw” carved up $1.6 million at the Thursday previews at more than 2,400 locations.

“Jigsaw” picks up several years after “Saw 3D,” with signs of Jigsaw’s deadly traps starting to reappear, hinting that someone is continuing the grisly legacy of John Kramer. Peter and Michael Spierig are directing from a script by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger.

2010’s “Saw 3D” earned $1.7 million at the Thursday previews before it went on to gross $22 million its opening weekend. “Jigsaw,” however, is only expected to make somewhere in the high-teens to $20 million range.

This weekend also marks the opening of George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” and Miles Teller’s “Thank You for Your Service.”

“Suburbicon,” which grossed $180,000 from 1,614 locations on Thursday, is aiming at a $5 million to $7 million debut this weekend from 2,046 screens, while “Thank You For Your Service,” which grossed $280,000 in late night shows, is looking at an opening in the same range from 2,054 screens.

Directed by Clooney, “Suburbicon” is a dark comedy starring Matt Damon as a husband and father who navigates the murderous underbelly of his seemingly idyllic 1950s suburb. Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac also star, with Clooney writing the script with Grant Heslov and the Coen Brothers.

“Thank You For Your Service” stars Teller, Beulah Koale and Joe Cole as a trio of soldiers who struggle with PTSD after completing tours in Iraq. Haley Bennett and Amy Schumer also star, with Jason Hall writing and directing the adaptation of David Finkel’s novel of the same name.

Open Road’s “All I See Is You,” starring Blake Lively, is debuting in 250 theaters. The Marc Forster-directed psychological thriller also stars Jason Clarke, Yvonne Strahovski and Danny Huston.

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‘Jigsaw’ Grosses $1.6M In Thursday Previews – Box Office

Lionsgate’s Saw sequel Jigsaw earned $1.6M last night in Thursday previews at 2,400 locations.
That’s just under the $1.7M earned by Saw 3D, the last installment in the franchise seven years ago, from midnight screenings before the film posted an $8.976M Friday and $22.5M opening weekend. Likewise, tracking has this eighth Saw title landing in the low $20M range, which is commendable for a storied horror franchise. While the days of rebooting classic horror pics are…

Lionsgate’s Saw sequel Jigsaw earned $1.6M last night in Thursday previews at 2,400 locations. That’s just under the $1.7M earned by Saw 3D, the last installment in the franchise seven years ago, from midnight screenings before the film posted an $8.976M Friday and $22.5M opening weekend. Likewise, tracking has this eighth Saw title landing in the low $20M range, which is commendable for a storied horror franchise. While the days of rebooting classic horror pics are…

‘Suburbicon’ Review: George Clooney Overplays His Hand With Grotesque ’50s Noir

Like those talented pop singers who keep making valiant stabs at being actors — and vice versa — George Clooney can’t seem to stay away from the director’s chair. His filmmaking career started promisingly enough with “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (helped greatly by its Charlie Kaufman screenplay), but since then it’s been a parade of adequacies (“Good Night, and Good Luck,” “The Ides of March”), mediocrity (“Leatherheads”) and downright catastrophe (“The Monuments Men”).

Clooney’s directorial legacy won’t get any help from “Suburbicon,” a garish and overblown crime melodrama that combines clumsy noir with lame jabs at 1950s suburban conformity and racism, two subjects whose satirical sell-by date are now decades past. (Is racism in the United States as toxic as ever? Absolutely. Is pointing out the existence of racism in the gleaming Eisenhower era the stuff of dramatic counterpoint or groundbreaking observation? Nope.) Written by Joel and Ethan Coen and Clooney and Grant Heslov, the film veers back and forth between the obvious and the ridiculous.

In the quaint mid-century planned community Suburbicon, the white residents have a collective meltdown when the first black family moves into the house next door to the Lodges. But the Lodges have problems of their own: Home intruders show up in the middle of the night, tying up Gardner (Matt Damon), his wheelchair-bound wife Rose (Julianne Moore), their young son Nicky (Noah Jupe, “The Night Manager”) and Rose’s sister Maggie (also Moore — shades of her early work as twins on “As the World Turns”).

Watch Video: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore Do Bad Things in George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ Trailer

The robbers chloroform the family, but they go heavy enough on it for Rose that she winds up dying. Maggie sticks around to help out with Nicky, but the kid grows suspicious when the robbers turn up in a police lineup and Gardner and Maggie pretend not to recognize them. Gardner and Maggie, it turns out, have clumsily killed Rose for the insurance money, but loan sharks want it — assuming that there’s even a payout, since claims investigator Roger (Oscar Isaac) smells a big, fat rat.

There are plenty of ways that “Suburbicon” could have gone to have fun with this premise, but it chooses none of them — or, rather, it chooses all of them simultaneously and the mix never works. If the movie is intended to be a black comedy about an incompetent crime, then the ugly scenes of racism don’t fit. If it’s supposed to be a nightmarish tale of a child who knows something terrible but has no one who will believe him — think “The Fallen Idol” or “Parents” — Gardner’s crime is so sloppy and so quick to fall apart that the movie never builds upon the kind of tension necessary to tell that story.

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And if it’s supposed to be a will-they-get-away-with-it crime drama, that evaporates once people get fireplace-pokered to death in the middle of the street and fire trucks start exploding. It’s all too much in too many directions, and the result is a mess, albeit an exquisitely art-directed one.

The name actors here commit themselves to their roles, despite the fact they all seem to be in different movies. (There is a nice bit of cat-and-mouse between Roger and Maggie, as he gets her to say more than she should about her poor sister’s “accident.”) Top honors go to young Jupe, who faces tragedy and terror, registering it all in his very expressive eyes.

Also Read: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore Prove a Dangerous Duo in George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ Footage

The production design by James D. Bissell (“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”) nails the era without getting too cartoonish about it. There’s a tendency for movies set in the post-WWII boom to go crazy with the kidney-shaped coffee tables and the starburst light fixtures, but he lets the post-war design elements come out in little details like the coffee cups, the cocktail tumblers and Maggie’s checkout-girl uniform.

Composer Alexandre Desplat channels Bernard Herrmann as hard as he can to provide this movie with some genuinely suspenseful underpinnings, but the music winds up offering far more than the film can handle.

Just about everyone involved with “Suburbicon” has done and, one hopes, will do better. But here they’ve given us a mish-mosh of genres that should have been abandoned at the city limits.

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Like those talented pop singers who keep making valiant stabs at being actors — and vice versa — George Clooney can’t seem to stay away from the director’s chair. His filmmaking career started promisingly enough with “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (helped greatly by its Charlie Kaufman screenplay), but since then it’s been a parade of adequacies (“Good Night, and Good Luck,” “The Ides of March”), mediocrity (“Leatherheads”) and downright catastrophe (“The Monuments Men”).

Clooney’s directorial legacy won’t get any help from “Suburbicon,” a garish and overblown crime melodrama that combines clumsy noir with lame jabs at 1950s suburban conformity and racism, two subjects whose satirical sell-by date are now decades past. (Is racism in the United States as toxic as ever? Absolutely. Is pointing out the existence of racism in the gleaming Eisenhower era the stuff of dramatic counterpoint or groundbreaking observation? Nope.) Written by Joel and Ethan Coen and Clooney and Grant Heslov, the film veers back and forth between the obvious and the ridiculous.

In the quaint mid-century planned community Suburbicon, the white residents have a collective meltdown when the first black family moves into the house next door to the Lodges. But the Lodges have problems of their own: Home intruders show up in the middle of the night, tying up Gardner (Matt Damon), his wheelchair-bound wife Rose (Julianne Moore), their young son Nicky (Noah Jupe, “The Night Manager”) and Rose’s sister Maggie (also Moore — shades of her early work as twins on “As the World Turns”).

The robbers chloroform the family, but they go heavy enough on it for Rose that she winds up dying. Maggie sticks around to help out with Nicky, but the kid grows suspicious when the robbers turn up in a police lineup and Gardner and Maggie pretend not to recognize them. Gardner and Maggie, it turns out, have clumsily killed Rose for the insurance money, but loan sharks want it — assuming that there’s even a payout, since claims investigator Roger (Oscar Isaac) smells a big, fat rat.

There are plenty of ways that “Suburbicon” could have gone to have fun with this premise, but it chooses none of them — or, rather, it chooses all of them simultaneously and the mix never works. If the movie is intended to be a black comedy about an incompetent crime, then the ugly scenes of racism don’t fit. If it’s supposed to be a nightmarish tale of a child who knows something terrible but has no one who will believe him — think “The Fallen Idol” or “Parents” — Gardner’s crime is so sloppy and so quick to fall apart that the movie never builds upon the kind of tension necessary to tell that story.

READ MORE

See Suburbicon's latest POWER MOVE.

PowerRank:

993

And if it’s supposed to be a will-they-get-away-with-it crime drama, that evaporates once people get fireplace-pokered to death in the middle of the street and fire trucks start exploding. It’s all too much in too many directions, and the result is a mess, albeit an exquisitely art-directed one.

The name actors here commit themselves to their roles, despite the fact they all seem to be in different movies. (There is a nice bit of cat-and-mouse between Roger and Maggie, as he gets her to say more than she should about her poor sister’s “accident.”) Top honors go to young Jupe, who faces tragedy and terror, registering it all in his very expressive eyes.

The production design by James D. Bissell (“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”) nails the era without getting too cartoonish about it. There’s a tendency for movies set in the post-WWII boom to go crazy with the kidney-shaped coffee tables and the starburst light fixtures, but he lets the post-war design elements come out in little details like the coffee cups, the cocktail tumblers and Maggie’s checkout-girl uniform.

Composer Alexandre Desplat channels Bernard Herrmann as hard as he can to provide this movie with some genuinely suspenseful underpinnings, but the music winds up offering far more than the film can handle.

Just about everyone involved with “Suburbicon” has done and, one hopes, will do better. But here they’ve given us a mish-mosh of genres that should have been abandoned at the city limits.

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Box Office: ‘Jigsaw’ to Piece Together $20 Million Opening

For the second weekend in a row, a Lionsgate horror title is providing a bright spot to an otherwise downbeat weekend at the North American box office. “Jigsaw,” the eighth installment in the “Saw” franchise, is expected to take in about $18 million to $22 million at about 2,800 locations. Lionsgate’s second weekend of the […]

For the second weekend in a row, a Lionsgate horror title is providing a bright spot to an otherwise downbeat weekend at the North American box office. “Jigsaw,” the eighth installment in the “Saw” franchise, is expected to take in about $18 million to $22 million at about 2,800 locations. Lionsgate’s second weekend of the […]

‘Jigsaw’ Looks To Keep ‘Saw’ Franchise Sharp During Pre-Halloween Weekend With $20M+ Opening

Jigsaw is expected to keep Lionsgate’s box office domination going this weekend with a take in the low $20 million range at 2,800 theaters, while the studio’s cash cow Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween will ease to second with a projected $11M, down 48% from its No. 1 opening.
Jigsaw is the eighth installment in Lionsgate’s beloved Saw horror series that through seven movies have made close to $1 billion. The first installment was directed and co-storied by James…

Jigsaw is expected to keep Lionsgate’s box office domination going this weekend with a take in the low $20 million range at 2,800 theaters, while the studio’s cash cow Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween will ease to second with a projected $11M, down 48% from its No. 1 opening. Jigsaw is the eighth installment in Lionsgate’s beloved Saw horror series that through seven movies have made close to $1 billion. The first installment was directed and co-storied by James…

‘Suburbicon’ Review: George Clooney, Coen Brothers & Matt Damon Seem Like A Dream Team, But The Results Disappoint

It saddens me to say, because he is such a terrific multi-faceted filmmaker ( I am a big fan of George Clooney’s Good Night And Good Luck, and I was on The Monuments Men team too, to name a couple of his behind the camera efforts), but with the weirdly detached experience of watching  Suburbicon, Clooney has sadly staged a misfire.
As I say in my video review above, Clooney, serving as director and co-writer (with Grant Heslov) of an old unproduced Coen Brothers script…

It saddens me to say, because he is such a terrific multi-faceted filmmaker ( I am a big fan of George Clooney’s Good Night And Good Luck, and I was on The Monuments Men team too, to name a couple of his behind the camera efforts), but with the weirdly detached experience of watching  Suburbicon, Clooney has sadly staged a misfire. As I say in my video review above, Clooney, serving as director and co-writer (with Grant Heslov) of an old unproduced Coen Brothers script…

George Clooney, Matt Damon Denounce ‘A–hole’ Harvey Weinstein: ‘It’s Beyond Infuriating’ (Video)

Matt Damon said that while he knew Harvey Weinstein was an “a–hole” and a “womanizer,” he didn’t know the extent of his “criminal sexual predation.” Damon sat down with his “Suburbicon” co-star George Clooney — who also spoke out about the disgraced movie mogul — in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Monday.

“You had to spend five minutes with him to know he was a bully, he was intimidating. That was his legend. That was his whole M.O. Could you survive a meeting with Harvey? Could you stand up for yourself with Harvey?” Damon told Michael Strahan. Both he and Clooney have worked extensively with Weinstein over the years.

“When people say everybody knew, yeah, I knew he was an a–hole. He was proud of that. That’s how he carried himself,” Damon continued. “I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy, but that’s not my business, really. But this level of criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on. Absolutely not.”

Also Read: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore Do Bad Things in George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ Trailer (Video)

Clooney said Weinstein would share stories of his affairs but, said the actor, “to believe him would be to believe kind of the worst of some actresses who were friends of mine. I didn’t really think that they were going have affairs with Harvey, quite honestly. And clearly, they didn’t.”

Damon said that Weinstein didn’t parade his misconduct out in the open, but if it did happen at an event and he “missed it,” then he is sorry.

“If there was ever an event or something that I was at, in public with Harvey, and he was doing this kind of thing and I missed it? And there’s some woman who was somehow assaulted, and it was at the Golden Globes, and I somehow missed it? Then I’m sorry,” said Damon.

Damon also said he knew about an alleged incident in which Weinstein sexually harassed Gwyneth Paltrow. “I knew the story about Gwyneth from Ben [Affleck] because he was with her after Brad [Pitt] and so I knew that story,” said the “Saving Private Ryan” actor.

“But I was working with Gwyneth and with Harvey on [the 1999 film ‘The Talented Mr.] Ripley’]… I never talked to Gwyneth about it but Ben told me that whatever or agreement they had come to there was an understanding … and he treated her incredibly respectfully. Always.”

Clooney added that there “has to be a comeuppance for all of this, all of the people that were part of that chain.”

“We have to make it safe for people to feel they can talk about this, and in doing that, I think that will scare away that kind of behavior,” Clooney said. He added that women face sexual harassment in every industry. “Many, if not most women, have at some point in their life faced this kind of behavior.”

Watch the full interview above.

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Matt Damon said that while he knew Harvey Weinstein was an “a–hole” and a “womanizer,” he didn’t know the extent of his “criminal sexual predation.” Damon sat down with his “Suburbicon” co-star George Clooney — who also spoke out about the disgraced movie mogul — in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that aired Monday.

“You had to spend five minutes with him to know he was a bully, he was intimidating. That was his legend. That was his whole M.O. Could you survive a meeting with Harvey? Could you stand up for yourself with Harvey?” Damon told Michael Strahan. Both he and Clooney have worked extensively with Weinstein over the years.

“When people say everybody knew, yeah, I knew he was an a–hole. He was proud of that. That’s how he carried himself,” Damon continued. “I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy, but that’s not my business, really. But this level of criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on. Absolutely not.”

Clooney said Weinstein would share stories of his affairs but, said the actor, “to believe him would be to believe kind of the worst of some actresses who were friends of mine. I didn’t really think that they were going have affairs with Harvey, quite honestly. And clearly, they didn’t.”

Damon said that Weinstein didn’t parade his misconduct out in the open, but if it did happen at an event and he “missed it,” then he is sorry.

“If there was ever an event or something that I was at, in public with Harvey, and he was doing this kind of thing and I missed it? And there’s some woman who was somehow assaulted, and it was at the Golden Globes, and I somehow missed it? Then I’m sorry,” said Damon.

Damon also said he knew about an alleged incident in which Weinstein sexually harassed Gwyneth Paltrow. “I knew the story about Gwyneth from Ben [Affleck] because he was with her after Brad [Pitt] and so I knew that story,” said the “Saving Private Ryan” actor.

“But I was working with Gwyneth and with Harvey on [the 1999 film ‘The Talented Mr.] Ripley’]… I never talked to Gwyneth about it but Ben told me that whatever or agreement they had come to there was an understanding … and he treated her incredibly respectfully. Always.”

Clooney added that there “has to be a comeuppance for all of this, all of the people that were part of that chain.”

“We have to make it safe for people to feel they can talk about this, and in doing that, I think that will scare away that kind of behavior,” Clooney said. He added that women face sexual harassment in every industry. “Many, if not most women, have at some point in their life faced this kind of behavior.”

Watch the full interview above.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Harvey Weinstein Faces 3 New Accusers, All Former Fashion Models

DGA Moves to Boot Harvey Weinstein, Condemns 'Scourge' of Sexual Harassment

Bill Maher Says Trump Is Grosser 'Creep' Than Harvey Weinstein Due to Call to Gold Star Widow (Video)

'Real Time': Blame Harvey Weinstein's Fall on 'Sublimated Anger' at Trump (Video)

Matt Damon, George Clooney Tell ‘GMA’ They Knew Harvey Weinstein Was An “A**hole” But Not A Sexual Predator

“You only had to spend five minutes with Harvey Weinstein to know he was a bully; he was intimidating,” Matt Damon told Michael Strahan on Good Morning America this morning.
“That was his legend; that was his whole MO: Could you survive a meeting with Harvey?” Damon said, seated next to George Clooney, in what was supposed to be a plug for their new 50’s-set crime dramedy Suburbicon. But, both men having been a big part of Weinstein’s world, they came well-prepared for…

“You only had to spend five minutes with Harvey Weinstein to know he was a bully; he was intimidating,” Matt Damon told Michael Strahan on Good Morning America this morning. “That was his legend; that was his whole MO: Could you survive a meeting with Harvey?” Damon said, seated next to George Clooney, in what was supposed to be a plug for their new 50’s-set crime dramedy Suburbicon. But, both men having been a big part of Weinstein’s world, they came well-prepared for…

George Clooney ‘Glad’ Academy Took Action Against Weinstein: ‘It’s Long Overdue’

Matt Damon and George Clooney added their voices to the particularly prominent dialogue surrounding sexual harassment culture. Their input was prompted by the continuously growing number of allegations being brought to light within the industry, primarily against their former colleague Harvey Weinstein. Clooney, who directed “Suburbicon,” addressed, at the film’s premiere on Sunday night in Los Angeles, […]

Matt Damon and George Clooney added their voices to the particularly prominent dialogue surrounding sexual harassment culture. Their input was prompted by the continuously growing number of allegations being brought to light within the industry, primarily against their former colleague Harvey Weinstein. Clooney, who directed “Suburbicon,” addressed, at the film’s premiere on Sunday night in Los Angeles, […]

‘The Snowman’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “The Snowman.” Ads placed for the serial-killer thriller had an estimated media value of $5.47 million through Sunday for 604 national ad airings across 26 networks. (Spend […]

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “The Snowman.” Ads placed for the serial-killer thriller had an estimated media value of $5.47 million through Sunday for 604 national ad airings across 26 networks. (Spend […]

Matt Damon’s BAFTA Britannia Award May Be His Only Win This Year

Coming off his Oscar-nominated triumph in “The Martian,” Damon may not repeat this year with his two high-profile awards contenders.

Matt Damon is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and a superb actor. This fall audiences anticipate his return in two high-profile award-season movies. He plays a rather nasty character in “Suburbicon,” a film noir ’50s dramedy adapted from a Coen brothers script and directed by George Clooney, Damon’s old chum and “Oceans” co-star. And he’s a goofy sad sack in “Downsizing,” a future-world sci-fi comedy with an ecological message from Oscar perennial Alexander Payne, in which he becomes 5 inches tall to save the environment.

It makes perfect sense for BAFTA to present Damon with a well-deserved award — the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film — at the Britannia Awards October 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. After all, he won an Oscar in 1997 with buddy Ben Affleck for writing “Good Will Hunting,” and was nominated for his performances in that movie as well as “Invictus” and “The Martian,” and last year as a producer of “Manchester By the Sea.” Like Clooney and Affleck, Damon is the ultimate Hollywood multi-tasker.

“Suburbicon”

But Damon should soak up every minute of the BAFTA Britannias spotlight, because it may be the only awards attention he receives this season. Here’s why.  Even though Damon gives strong performances in both anticipated Paramount releases, they divided critics at Venice and Toronto. Payne’s sporadically brilliant holiday satire “Downsizing” (Paramount) landed better reviews (it sits at a respectable 74 on Metacritic) while Clooney’s deflated comedy “Suburbicon” scored a miserable 46. The Academy tends to favor serious dramas over comedies anyway, and while Damon deftly maneuvers the challenges of these movies, neither character earns much audience sympathy. That could be a problem for Oscar voters.

Downsizing

“Downsizing”

Joining Damon on Britannia Awards night are honorees Dick Van Dyke, who will receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Television, “Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay, who will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, “The Crown,” “Breathe” and upcoming “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series star Claire Foy, who will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year, and actor-director Kenneth Branagh (“Murder on the Orient Express”), who will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment. British comedian Jack Whitehall returns as host.

Prior recipients of the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film include Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep, Robert Downey Jr., George Clooney, Warren Beatty, Jeff Bridges, Tom Cruise, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Sean Penn, Steven Spielberg and Denzel Washington.

Matt Damon To Receive Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award From BAFTA LA

BAFTA LA has set Matt Damon as the recipient of its Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. Presented by Newegg, the prize is given to “a unique individual, upon whose work is stamped the indelible mark of authorship and commitment, and who has lifted the craft to new heights,” BAFTA said.
Damon joins this year’s previously announced honorees Dick Van Dyke, Ava DuVernay, Claire Foy and Kenneth Branagh. The Britannia Awards will be handed out October 27 at…

BAFTA LA has set Matt Damon as the recipient of its Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. Presented by Newegg, the prize is given to “a unique individual, upon whose work is stamped the indelible mark of authorship and commitment, and who has lifted the craft to new heights,” BAFTA said. Damon joins this year’s previously announced honorees Dick Van Dyke, Ava DuVernay, Claire Foy and Kenneth Branagh. The Britannia Awards will be handed out October 27 at…

George Clooney on ‘Suburbicon,’ Charlottesville, and Why Celebrities Shouldn’t Run for President

If George Clooney ever decides to run for president, he wouldn’t get Julianne Moore’s vote. “I don’t think actors should be president,” Moore said at the Variety studio at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I’m sorry, George.” Clooney wasn’t hurt. In fact, he stressed — once again — that he has no political aspirations. “I… Read more »

If George Clooney ever decides to run for president, he wouldn’t get Julianne Moore’s vote. “I don’t think actors should be president,” Moore said at the Variety studio at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I’m sorry, George.” Clooney wasn’t hurt. In fact, he stressed — once again — that he has no political aspirations. “I... Read more »