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Producer’s Roundtable Includes Kevin Feige, Nina Jacobson, Paul Greengrass & More Discussing Diversity On Screen

Producers of some of the biggest films of last year gathered together for this week’s installment of “Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter.” The roundtable includes Oscar-nominated producers Ceci Dempsey (“The Favourite”), Bill Gerber (“A Star is Born”), Gabriela Rodriguez (“Roma”), and Kevin Feige (“Black Panther”), in addition to Nina Jacobson (“Ben is Back” and […]

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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

The Queens have it again. Focus Features opened Mary Queen of Scots in four New York and L.A. locations Friday to a robust start, taking in over $200K for a weekend, topping $50,045 per-heater average, placing it as the 11th highest PTA of the year as of Sunday morning.Specialty moviegoers are clearly satiating their zest […]

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‘Ben Is Back’ Trailer: Addiction Takes a Toll on Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts

This awards season will see two different stories of drug addiction hitting theaters. There’s Beautiful Boy showing the turmoil that addiction creates between a father and son played by Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, and then there’s Ben Is Back, the new film from director Peter Hedges showing how addiction impacts an entire family, with […]

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Toronto Film Review: Julia Roberts in ‘Ben Is Back’

Seventy-seven days. That’s how long Ben Burns (“Manchester by the Sea” discovery Lucas Hedges) has been clean when he shows up at his family’s house for Christmas. Judging by the look on Julia Roberts’ face — a tangle of delight, concern, fear, and forgiveness that’s simultaneously universal and something only this one living actress could […]

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‘Ben Is Back’ Review: Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts’ Excellent Performances Drive a Raw and Sobering Addiction Drama — Tiff

A more nuanced and sobering addiction drama than some viewers might expect from the man responsible for gentle schmaltz like “Dan in Real Life” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” Peter Hedges’ “Ben Is Back” is the kind of white, middlebrow, ruthlessly effective look at the opioid epidemic that might inspire Hollywood to better […]

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Toronto Film Festival Lineup: ‘Beautiful Boy’, ‘Ben Is Back’, ‘Widows’ Among World Premieres

Refresh for latest..: The Toronto Film Festival has unveiled its roster of Gala and Special Presentations screenings for the 2018 edition which runs September 6-16. Among the world premieres are Felix Van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet; Steve McQueen’s Widows and Peter Hedges’ Julia Roberts-starrer Ben Is Back. A key pillar […]

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Lucas Hedges-Julia Roberts Drama ‘Ben Is Back’ Sets Awards Season Release

“Ben Is Back,” the drama starring Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts, is getting an awards season release on Dec. 7.LD Entertainment, Lionsgate, and Roadside Attractions will partner on U.S. distribution for the film, which will be directed by Lucas Hedges’ real-life father, Peter Hedges.Lucas Hedges, who was nominated for an Academy Award for “Manchester by […]

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