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‘The Main Event’: Film Review

There’s a bit of magic sprinkled into director Jay Karas’ “The Main Event.” Trouble is, adults in the audience will have to go looking for it. This kid-centric wish-fulfillment fantasy from WWE Studios centers around a bullied runt who enters a professional wrestling contest after finding a super-powered and super-stinky mask. The film represents all […]

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Exclusive ‘Fighting With My Family’ Clip Finds Florence Pugh Becoming Paige

In Fighting With My Family, Lady Macbeth actress Florence Pugh was tasked with becoming WWE Superstar Paige – an endeavor the actress was particularly interested to take on. In an exclusive Fighting With My Family clip below, Pugh, director Stephen Merchant, and more talk about bringing Paige’s true story to life. Fighting With My Family […]

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Fighting With My Family review – Stephen Merchant has all the right moves

The writer-director’s story of a British female wrestler striving to make it big in the Us winningly balances oddball humour with affection for the antics of the WWE“These are big movies,” insists Michael Lerner’s studio boss in the Coen brothers’ 1991 hit Barton Fink, “about big men – in tights, both physically and mentally!” He’s […]

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‘Wonder Park’ 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, Paramount Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “Wonder Park.”Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $6.9 million through Sunday for 1,167 national ad airings on 29 networks. (Spend figures […]

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Oscar Shorts Hit Records as Specialty Box Office Waits for Academy Award Winners

While possible winners “Roma,” “Vice,” “Free Solo,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Green Book” could get a box-office boost from Sunday’s Oscar finale, the specialized world’s primary reliance on awards contenders is drawing to a close. That leaves room for other players to take center stage. Specialized mainstay Roadside Attractions is releasing “Run the […]

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Debuts with Franchise Best, $55.5 Million Debut

The 2019 box office has finally received a jolt of energy with an impressive, $55.5 million debut for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. The performance led the weekend box office, closing out the final weekend within what has been a rough start to the first two months at the domestic […]

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Looks to End February on a High Note

The winter box office season is nearing an end, serving as good news for what has been a rather rough start to 2019. Fortunately, before all eyes turn to March and Captain Marvel and Us, it would appear one of the final new wide releases of the season is looking to close things out on […]

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‘Fighting With My Family’ Director Stephen Merchant on Stepping Beyond Comedy and Into the Wrestling Ring [Interview]

Through his years of work as a writer, director, and producer (and eventually performer) on such television series as The Office, Extras, Life’s Too Short, and Hello Ladies, Stephen Merchant has proven to be not just one of the great makers of comedy currently working, but also a craftsman of awkward moments. And few moments […]

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