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Joel Kim Booster, Matt Rogers Defend Streaming Releases for Rom-Coms: “People Are Going to See Movies Differently”

Fire Island stars Joel Kim Booster and Matt Rogers say that some of the “wrong lessons” were taken from Bros. box office performance and the word-of-mouth success of their rom-com. While appearing at the Gotham Awards on Monday night to accept the ensemble tribute along with his co-stars in the Searchlight Pictures’ film, actor, comedian […]

Billy Eichner Addresses ‘Bros’ Box Office and Release Strategy, Saying It Was a “Bold Swing”

Billy Eichner further addressed the box office performance of Bros after its disappointing opening weekend and his controversial Twitter response. Speaking at the New Yorker Festival in Chelsea on Friday, alongside Harvey Fierstein, who makes a brief appearance in the film, Eichner was asked whether he believes homophobia was the factor that kept audience members […]

‘Bros’ Director, Producer Open Up About “Confusing” Opening Weekend and the Fierce Debate It Sparked

When buzz started building earlier this year for Bros, the first LGBTQ romantic comedy released theatrically by a Hollywood studio, it’s safe to assume that no one involved with the film anticipated the debate that would engulf social media and the industry in the wake of its release. In a perfect world, the dialogue might […]

When ‘Bros’ Bombed, Star Billy Eichner Put the Blame on the Audience

Most people don’t want to see movies perform poorly at the box office. And I’d argue that most people, despite the “go woke, go broke” social media rhetoric from a vocal minority, see the value in consuming and identifying with stories about people who may not look like them or share their lifestyle. So, it’s […]

‘Bros’ Box Office: Star Billy Eichner Decries Homophobia After Dismal Opening

Actor Billy Eichner didn’t hold back when taking to Twitter on Sunday to comment on the dismal box office opening of his new comedy, Bros. The Universal film — which marks the first gay romantic comedy released by a major Hollywood studio — debuted to a dismal $4.8 million after doing little business in much […]

‘Bros’ Cast on How Its LGBTQ Representation On and Offscreen Provided a More Comfortable Creative Experience

Much of the discussion around the release of the Billy Eichner-starring, Judd Apatow-produced romantic comedy Bros has been about the semantics of its historic nature. Yes, it’s one of the first major studio movies starring two gay leads played by two openly gay actors. Yes, it’s part of a small, but growing handful of LGBTQ-inclusive […]

Box Office: ‘Smile’ Laughs to $22M Opening as ‘Bros’ Frowns With $4.8M

A new horror film from Paramount put a grin on moviegoers’ faces this weekend. Parker Finn‘s debut feature Smile scared up a strong $22 million from 3,645 theaters to top the weekend chart. The horror pic started off with $8.2 million on theaters on Friday — including $2 million in previews. To boot, it cost […]

Why ‘Bros’ Star Guy Branum Is Paying for Applebee’s Employees in Des Moines to See Romantic Comedy

If you’re an Applebee’s employee in Des Moines who wants to see Billy Eichner’s romantic comedy Bros, Guy Branum just made it a lot easier by serving it up on a platter — free of charge. The comedian, who plays the witty best friend of Eichner’s character in the Nicholas Stoller-directed film, has bought out […]

Billy Eichner on Why Paul Rudd Was the Perfect Guest for Special ‘Bros’ Episode of ‘Billy on the Street’

Billy Eichner says that while there’s currently no plans to return full-time to Billy on the Street, bringing along Paul Rudd to do his recent one-off episode promoting Bros was an easy choice. “Will there be more? Maybe on special occasions,” Eichner told The Hollywood Reporter during the Sept. 20 New York premiere carpet for […]

Events of the Week: ‘Sidney,’ ‘Amsterdam’ and More

Here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings in Los Angeles and New York, including red carpets for Sidney, Amsterdam, Bros, Reboot and Meet Cute. A Jazzman’s Blues special screening After debuting at TIFF, Tyler Perry, Milauna Jackson and Brad Benedict brought their film to Los Angeles for a special screening at […]

TIFF: Billy Eichner on Hollywood Embracing a Gay Rom-Com: “Why Did It Take So Long?”

Billy Eichner knows much has been written and lauded about Nick Stoller’s Bros being the first gay romantic comedy from a major Hollywood studio as it had its world premiere on Friday night at the Toronto Film Festival. “But we have to acknowledge the decades of LGBTQ folks who did not get this opportunity, right? […]

‘Bros’ Star Luke Macfarlane Talks Masculinity and Gay Identity

If Luke Macfarlane had to describe his career so far, he would call it “chaos theory.” In 2005, shortly after graduating from Juilliard, he was cast in Over There, an FX series created by the late, great Steven Bochco, a gig that the young actor was certain would make him a TV star. “I really […]