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Debut Directors of ‘Smile’ and ‘Causeway’ Compete for a DGA Honor

Eric Appel (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story) Famous parody musician “Weird Al” Yankovic co-wrote the script of his own satirical biopic, which stars Daniel Radcliffe in the title role. Appel’s film charts Yankovic’s rise to fame as well as his fictionalized relationship with Madonna (Evan Rachel Wood). Elegance Bratton (The Inspection) Bratton’s first narrative feature […]

The Best Horror Movies of 2022

This year has been frightfully good for horror. As the box office recovers, 2022 continued to make it clear that the thing audiences are guaranteed to show up for, outside of Marvel movies, is horror movies. Some of the year’s biggest success stories, hottest new directors, and studio overhauls emerged from the horror business. From […]

How Parker Finn’s ‘Smile’ Went From Streaming to Theatrical in a Single Night

[This story contains spoilers for Smile.] Nobody is smiling more than filmmaker Parker Finn these days. Finn knows full well that his feature directorial debut, Smile, has had a charmed run. Originally green lit to be a Paramount+ exclusive, the Sosie Bacon-led horror movie about a curse that reveals itself in the form of a […]

Box Office: ‘Black Adam’ Tops Another Slow Weekend With $18.5M Before ‘Black Panther 2’ Arrives

DC and Warner Bros.’ Black Adam stayed atop the weekend box office chart in its third outing with an estimated $18.5 million from 3,985 theaters for a domestic tally of $137.4 million through Sunday. Globally, the pic has jumped the $300 million mark. Black Adam also dominated overseas, earning another $25.4 million from 76 markets […]

Kevin Bacon Reacts to Daughter Sosie Bacon’s ‘Smile’ Success: “We Have a Horror Tradition in Our Family”

If you can’t beat ’em, the old saying goes, join ’em. In Kevin Bacon’s case, that meant accepting the fact that Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon — the party game that requires you to link every known actor to Bacon in six movies or less — was never going away. So he embraced the phenomenon and […]

Box Office Upset: ‘Smile’ Bites Off Big $17.6M as ‘Amsterdam’ Bombs and ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ Limps

Paramount is grinning widely this weekend as its creepy pic, Smile, continued to stay atop the chart in its sophomore outing with a projected gross of $17.6 million from 3,659 theaters. That’s a decline of just 22 percent, one of the best holds of all time for the horror genre. The news was just as […]

‘Smile’ Star Sosie Bacon Discusses the Horror Hit’s Wild Ending

[The following story contains spoilers for Smile.] Smile may have been a nightmare for Sosie Bacon’s character, but the experience has been a dream come true for the actor. The Parker Finn-directed horror film was not only Bacon’s first time atop the call sheet, but it was also her first number-one film at the domestic […]

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 […]