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Why ‘Blinded By the Light’ and ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Opened Wide

  • Indiewire
Two wide releases from top directors with appeal to adult audiences are specialty films, even if their distributors opted to open them in over 2,000 theaters. Warner Bros. had strong reasons for wide-releasing New Line Cinema’s Bruce Springsteen-infused Sundance pickup “Blinded By the Light” this weekend, as did United Artists with Annapurna’s long-delayed Cate Blanchett vehicle “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

The question is how to find audiences for these films, as studios and indies alike wrestle with deeply rooted issues in today’s theatrical market. Even Sony Pictures Classics, which has pivoted to documentaries, found a weak initial arthouse audience for fast-frame-rate “Aquarela,” despite top-end reviews and theaters.

In wider release, “The Farewell” (A24) continues to add to its impressive totals. So does Roadside Attractions’ crowdpleasing “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” which showed a strong second weekend with non-specialized audiences as a key element.

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‘Good Boys’ Earns $21 Million Opening, Becomes 2nd Original Film to Top Box Office This Year

  • The Wrap
‘Good Boys’ Earns $21 Million Opening, Becomes 2nd Original Film to Top Box Office This Year
Universal’s “Good Boys” has done something that is becoming increasingly rare with its $21 million No. 1 opening at the box office. Not only is it the first original R-rated comedy in three years to top the box office charts, it is also only the second original film of any kind to open at No. 1 this year.

Good Boys” was positioned by Universal to take advantage of this quieter August period after Spider-Man, Simba and Thanos have taken their share of summer moviegoers’ money. But Universal has also become a studio that has consistently found success with comedy at a time when so many titles in the genre have failed.

While a “Hangover”-level hit remains elusive, “Good Boys” joins films like “Night School,” “Ride Along 2” and the $115 million-grossing “Girls Trip” as Universal mid-budget comedies that have turned a profit in the last three years.

Also Read: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home
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Box Office: ‘Good Boys’ Leads Crowded Weekend With $21 Million

  • Variety
The Bean Bag Boys, the self-appointed nickname for the trio of best friends in Universal’s “Good Boys,” are conquering much more than sixth grade. They are also leading the domestic box office, exceeding expectations and collecting $21 million on opening weekend.

Good Boys,” which screened at 3,204 North American theaters, is a much-needed win for original comedies, a genre that’s been struggling at the box office as of late. The Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg-produced movie is the first R-rated funny film to open in first place in three years (since 2016’s “The Boss”), as well as the biggest opening for an original comedy this year.

“The bottom line is the film is absolutely hysterical,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg knocked it out of the park. And [Rogen and Goldberg] are a brand and really own this space with a very difficult genre.
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The Sweet and Funny True Story That Inspired Blinded by the Light

The Sweet and Funny True Story That Inspired Blinded by the Light
The latest jukebox musical is Blinded by the Light, and you might be surprised to learn that the Bruce Springsteen tribute is based on a true story! Set in the 1980s and telling the story of a British-Pakistani teen who becomes a Springsteen fan, it's closely based on the life of writer Sarfraz Manzoor, as well as some of the memories of his friend and director, Bend It Like Beckham's Gurinder Chadha.

To get to Blinded by the Light, we have to go through Greetings From Bury Park, Manzoor's autobiographical novel. In the novel, he describes how he grew up feeling like a misfit, but became inspired to begin writing his own lyrics and poetry after being introduced to Springsteen's music. The film portrays a somewhat fictionalized version of Manzoor's memories, taking creative liberties where necessary.

"I really wanted it to be both fictional but also true at the same time,
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The Sweet and Funny True Story That Inspired Blinded by the Light

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The latest jukebox musical is Blinded by the Light, and you might be surprised to learn that the Bruce Springsteen tribute is based on a true story! Set in the 1980s and telling the story of a British-Pakistani teen who becomes a Springsteen fan, it's closely based on the life of writer Sarfraz Manzoor, as well as some of the memories of his friend and director, Bend It Like Beckham's Gurinder Chadha.

To get to Blinded by the Light, we have to go through Greetings From Bury Park, Manzoor's autobiographical novel. In the novel, he describes how he grew up feeling like a misfit, but became inspired to begin writing his own lyrics and poetry after being introduced to Springsteen's music. The film portrays a somewhat fictionalized version of Manzoor's memories, taking creative liberties where necessary.

"I really wanted it to be both fictional but also true at the same time,
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How ‘Blinded by the Light’ Brought Bruce Springsteen’s Music to the Screen for a Song

  • Variety
How ‘Blinded by the Light’ Brought Bruce Springsteen’s Music to the Screen for a Song
Blinded by the Light co-writer/director Gurinder Chadha knows firsthand what it feels like to be an outsider. Born in Kenya when the country was a British colony, she grew up part of the Indian/Asian diaspora who made their way from East Africa to London. For that reason, the 59-year-old’s movies has always dealt with the immigrant experience, and her latest is no different, telling the story of a Muslim Pakistani teenager growing up in Thatcher’s England whose narrowly structured life is saved when he’s turned on to the music of Bruce Springsteen during the late ‘80s National Front/dole queue era. It serves as a poignant parallel to the xenophobia of today.

Likewise, Chadha is a huge Springsteen fan, who pursued her dream of making a movie about The Boss’ music based on the true-life memoir of co-writer (and fellow diehard) Sarfraz Manzoor. It took
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8 Things We Learned About the Bruce Springsteen Movie ‘Blinded by the Light’

8 Things We Learned About the Bruce Springsteen Movie ‘Blinded by the Light’
It would be easy to assume that the new movie Blinded by the Light — which squeezes maximum uplift out of the tale of a 1980s British-Pakistani teen in the gritty U.K. town of Luton who finds liberation in the music of Bruce Springsteen — is part of the current Hollywood wave of classic-rock-sploitation (Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman, Yesterday, and soon, no doubt, Styx and Kansas biopics). In reality, while the trend certainly didn’t hurt its buzz at Sundance earlier this year, Blinded by the Light is a low-budget British independent film,
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‘Blinded by the Light’ reviews: Critics say it’s ‘cheesy,’ ‘dorky’ and also a ‘pure, ingenuous joy’

‘Blinded by the Light’ reviews: Critics say it’s ‘cheesy,’ ‘dorky’ and also a ‘pure, ingenuous joy’
Blinded by the Light” opened on August 16, and it lands in an interesting position. Following “Yesterday,” it’s the second film of the summer centering on a young British man of South Asian descent whose life is transformed by the music of a legendary artist. In that case it was The Beatles. In this case it’s Bruce Springsteen. So what do critics think of this latest variation on the theme?

Of course, the films take quite different approaches to the artists that inspired them. “Yesterday” was a speculative film that imagined a world where only one man on Earth remembered the songs of the Beatles, while “Blinded” is a coming-of-age story about a teenager (Viveik Kalra) who just really loves Bruce Springsteen. And the reviews are quite divergent as well. As of this writing “Blinded” has a MetaCritic score of 71 based on 42 reviews counted thus far — 34 positive, 7 mixed, and only 1 negative.
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How Bruce Springsteen Musical ‘Blinded by the Light’ Makes Corniness Feel Cool Again

How Bruce Springsteen Musical ‘Blinded by the Light’ Makes Corniness Feel Cool Again
Days before last January’s rapturous Sundance premiere of “Blinded by the Light,” director Gurinder Chadha was struggling with her decision to cut the best scene in the entire film. “It’s just not going to work,” she remembered thinking. “It’s too fucking corny. And we’re already going to get it in the neck from so many cynical British people who are going to think the movie is cheesy as hell.” She took it out.

Chadha, who boasts that her “Bend It Like Beckham” connected with people around the globe so profoundly that it became the first Western-made film to ever air on television in North Korea, knows a thing or two about what audiences are looking for. But if you’ve seen “Blinded by the Light,” it’s easy to appreciate how difficult this particular editing decision must have been — even for her.

Adapted from Sarfraz Manzoor
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Film Review: ‘The Bromley Boys’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘The Bromley Boys’
There’s a sweet message at the heart of “The Bromley Boys” about finding the heroism in mediocrity, thought it’s one not best served by the film being entirely mediocre itself. Adapted from a sepia-tinted memoir by British author Dave Roberts — detailing the childhood origins of his obsession with the consistently second-rate Bromley soccer team — Steve Kelly’s lightweight film spins allegedly true events into the stuff of pure sitcom: affable enough, but so glibly inauthentic as to make “Bend It Like Beckham” look like cinéma vérité by comparison. It’s curious how the world’s most popular sport maintains such a thin roster of truly classic movies in its honor; that is unchanged here.

Perhaps ongoing “Game of Thrones” mania is to credit for a belated, somewhat surprising U.S. release for “The Bromley Boys,” a year after it failed to score on home turf: It’s led
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‘Blinded By The Light’ Star Viveik Kalra And Writer Sarfraz Manzoor On The Universality Of Bruce Springsteen

  • Deadline
When Blinded By the Light first premiered at Sundance, it immediately became a buzzy crowd-pleaser that was picked up by New Line. That was in January. As we near the end of summer, the musical dramedy has maintained its buzz like the longevity and energy of a Bruce Springsteen song. Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) and based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll the film stars newcomer Viveik Kalra in an emotional story of race, cultural identity, family and friendship told through the music of The Boss.

Set in the working-class, post-industrial British town of Luton during 1987, Blinded by the Light (in theaters August 16) tells the story of Javed (Kalra) who feels that he is growing up in a town full of losers Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he finds solace in writing poetry
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Box Office: ‘Angry Birds 2’ Slingshots to $2.6 Million on Opening Day

  • Variety
Box Office: ‘Angry Birds 2’ Slingshots to $2.6 Million on Opening Day
The Angry Birds Movie 2,” Sony’s animated sequel based on the phone app and video game, collected $2.6 million when it opened on Tuesday.

The follow-up to 2016’s “Angry Birds” got a jump on the weekend and is expected to earn $16 million to $18 million during its fist six days of release. Unless “Angry Birds 2” exceeds expectations, the movie could arrive well below the first film, which debuted with $38 million and ended its theatrical run with $352 million worldwide. On the plus side, “Angry Birds 2” carries a $65 million price tag, slightly less than the first movie’s $73 million budget.

In the sequel, the feathered protagonists team up to save Bird and Piggy Islands after advanced weapons threaten their home. The voice cast includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, and Leslie Jones.

The Angry Birds Movie 2” is hardly this weekend’s only new release. On Friday, Universal’s raunchy comedy “Good Boys,
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‘Angry Birds 2’ Flies Into Soft Box Office as Summer Winds Down

  • The Wrap
Sony’s “The Angry Birds Movie 2” is hitting theaters nationwide today ahead of a late summer slate that includes Universal’s R-rated kid comedy “Good Boys” and a sequel to the shark-infested “47 Meters Down.”

Originally set for a Wednesday release, Sony moved “Angry Birds 2” to a Tuesday opening last week in an effort to bring in families in the last week before the majority of schools are back in session. Through six days, independent projections predict an opening of $22-25 million, while Sony is projecting a 6-day opening in the mid-teens from 3,800 screens.

Either result would be a big step down from the $38 million 3-day opening earned by the first “Angry Birds Movie” in May 2016, going on to make $107 million domestic and $357 million worldwide against a $73 million budget. The sequel has an only slightly smaller budget at $65 million and will face tough competition from family audiences with “The Lion King
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With Five More New Releases, Can Any Movie Break Through at the Box Office in August?

  • Variety
August’s box office traffic jam is turning into full-on pileup. After five new nationwide releases last weekend, most of which failed in spectacular fashion, five more newcomers are arriving on movie theater marquees. It could mean another rough outing for Hollywood studios.

Universal’s raunchy comedy “Good Boys,” Sony’s animated “Angry Birds” sequel and Entertainment Studio’s shark thriller “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” look to have the best start among fresh offerings, but there’s a chance those will be the only films to hit double-digit debuts.

The Angry Birds Movie 2” is getting a jump on the weekend by launching on Tuesday for a projected $16 million to $18 million from 3,800 theaters during its first six days of release. Some box office watchers estimate the film could reach $20 million, but even those numbers would be a huge drop from its predecessor, 2016’s “Angry Birds.” The first film, based on
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‘Blinded by the Light’: Bruce’s Music Is a Gift for a British-Pakistani Teen

‘Blinded by the Light’: Bruce’s Music Is a Gift for a British-Pakistani Teen
For some people, Bruce Springsteen doesn’t just write lyrics — he sings words to live by. That’s the case for Javed (dynamite newcomer Viveik Kalra), a no-hope British-Pakistani teen feeling the financial squeeze of Thatcherism in 1987 Luton. Then he hears Springsteen for the first time, and the words of “Dancing in the Dark” jump out of his headphones and into his life. He’s exhilarated. Look for this exuberant gift of a movie to hit you the same way.

Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) from a
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Record-breaker ‘The Lion King’ tops UK box office again; ‘Blinded By The Light’ opens fourth

The Disney animal adventure has been top for 24 consecutive days.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.21

Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (Aug 9-11) Total gross to date Week 1 The Lion King (Disney) £4.4m £59.9m 4 2 Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (Universal) £2.9m £12.8m 2 3 Toy Story 4 (Disney) £1.9m £58.7m 8 4 Blinded By The Light (eOne) £855,042 £964,612 1 5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony Pictures) £720,000 £34.5m 6 Disney

The Lion King topped the UK box office chart for a fourth consecutive week, setting a 2019 record of 24 consecutive days in the number one spot.

It dropped just 16% on its previous weekend, grossing £4.4m across the three days to hit
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UK box office preview: can ‘Blinded By The Light’ become the latest music-themed hit?

UK box office preview: can ‘Blinded By The Light’ become the latest music-themed hit?
Screen Star of Tomorrow Viveik Kalra leads Gurinder Chadha’s latest.

Gurinder Chadha’s Bruce Springsteen-themed coming-of-age tale Blinded By The Light is hoping to emulate recent successful music-inspired titles when it opens through eOne at the UK box office this weekend.

Set in 1987 in Luton, Screen Star of Tomorrow 2019 Viveik Kalra leads the cast as aspiring writer Javed, who finds an escape from a disapproving father and a town overrun by skinheads through the music of Springsteen. It is inspired by journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir Greetings From Bury Park.

The film is Chadha’s eighth feature; she
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UK box office preview: is ‘Blinded By The Light’ the latest music-themed hit?

UK box office preview: is ‘Blinded By The Light’ the latest music-themed hit?
Screen Star of Tomorrow Viveik Kalra leads Gurinder Chadha’s latest.

Gurinder Chadha’s Bruce Springsteen-themed coming-of-age tale Blinded By The Light will look to emulate recent successful music-inspired titles when opening through eOne at the UK box office this weekend.

Set in 1987 in Luton, Screen Star of Tomorrow 2019 Viveik Kalra leads the cast as aspiring writer Javed, who finds an escape from a disapproving father and a town overrun by skinheads through the music of Springsteen. It is inspired by journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir Greetings From Bury Park.

The film is Chadha’s eighth feature; she began
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Sometimes way to reach success is to celebrate failure: Anupam Kher

Veteran actor Anupam Kher has shared the key to success and says sometimes the best way to reach it is to celebrate failure.

Anupam on Thursday morning tweeted: "We make big things out of our failures. But sometimes the best way to reach success is to celebrate failure. My life journey is a perfect example of that."

Also Read:?Anupam Kher proves "Age is just a number"

Anupam is the recipient of two National Film Awards. He has appeared in over 500 films in several languages and many plays.

He is known for his work in Hindi films like "Saaransh", "Ram Lakhan", "Lamhe", "Khel", "Darr", "Daddy", "Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara" and "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge".

Anupam has also appeared in international films such as the Golden Globe nominated "Bend It Like Beckham", Ang Lee's Golden Lion-winning "Lust", "Caution" and David O. Russell's Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook".

He received
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Blinded By the Light review – feelgood tale of a Springsteen obsessive

Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha cooks up this efficiently watchable drama about a rock fan’s yearning to become a writer

Here is a good-natured and likable movie – though machine-tooled to an internationally accepted feelgood standard – by Gurinder Chadha, who directed Bend It Like Beckham. Well, this is Sing It Like Springsteen. Or Live it Like Springsteen. It is adapted from Greetings from Bury Park, journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir about growing up in an unromantic suburb of Luton in Bedfordshire during the Thatcherite 80s, dealing with loneliness, racism, unemployment and the first pangs of love – and finding that rock music is his salvation.

Viveik Kalra is Javed, a young man who yearns to be a writer, to the consternation of his first-generation Pakistani-born dad, Malik, and anxious mum, Noor (there are lovely performances by Kulvinder Ghir and Meera Ganatra). Javed is drifting morosely through life, but when
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