Jacob Hall Biography

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Zootopia’ Defends Its Perch Against ‘Allegiant’

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by Jacob Hall March 20, 2016 @ 11:36 AM
Pardon the pun, but Zootopia is a beast. Disney Animation’s new film held on to the number one spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row and made it look easy. Not even Allegiant, the third film in the Divergent series, could topple it. Could the film end up pulling Frozen numbers? Maybe. Possibly. We’ll have to see how strong it stands in the face of a couple of superheroes.

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ Opens Well But Can't Catch ‘Zootopia’

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by Jacob Hall March 14, 2016 @ 8:04 AM
Michele K. Short
In news that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone with a child in their life, Zootopia held on to the number one spot at the box office this weekend and made it look effortless. And yet, 10 Cloverfield Lane’s second place opening is nothing to scoff at, especially for a modestly budged, small-scale thriller (although the “Cloverfield” in the title certainly helped).

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Zootopia’ Breaks Disney Records, Ends the Reign of ‘Deadpool’

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by Jacob Hall March 6, 2016 @ 12:01 PM
Disney
That sound you hear is the folks over at Disney popping a couple dozen bottles of champagne — Zootopia didn’t just open at number one at the box office, it had the biggest opening of any film in the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios, beating out 2014’s Frozen. Unfortunately, the rest of the newcomers didn’t fare quite as well, with London Has Fallen and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot limping into second and fourth place, respectively.

SNL and Jonah Hill Tell One Surreal Sports Story With ‘The Champ’

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by Jacob Hall March 6, 2016 @ 8:54 AM
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Last night’s episode of SNL felt a little unfocused, like it didn’t quite know what to do with guest Jonah Hill. However, when the sketches connected, they really connected, with the best of them truly utilizing Hill’s acting chops (he is a two-time Oscar nominee, after all). So it shouldn’t be too surprising that the high point for Hill came in a pre-filmed sketch — he’s funny in regular sketches, but he really shines when things get a little cinematic.

Oh, Boy: SNL Unleashes a ‘Racists for Trump’ Campaign Ad

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by Jacob Hall March 6, 2016 @ 8:48 AM
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Last year, SNL was hosted by Republican presidential nominee frontrunner Donald Trump and the response was unkind, to say the least. Back then, he still seemed like a big joke — just a loudmouth who was surely going to drop out at any moment. And now, as he wins primary after primary, the beloved sketch show has slowly turned on Trump, culminating in a faux campaign ad that lands like a punch to the gut.

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Gods of Egypt’ Gets Trampled By ‘Deadpool’

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by Jacob Hall February 28, 2016 @ 12:02 PM
Lionsgate
Deadpool topped the box office for the third weekend in a row, which is an impressive feat for any movie…but it helps when all of your competition arrives with a thud. Gods of Egypt, Eddie the Eagle, and Triple 9 all flopped in their opening weekends, making the continued box office victory of Ryan Reynolds’ foul-mouthed superhero all the more staggering.

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Deadpool’ Tops ‘Risen’ and ‘The Witch’

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by Jacob Hall February 21, 2016 @ 12:07 PM
20th Century Fox
Deadpool ruled the box office for the second weekend in a row, following up its record-breaking opening with with a strong sophomore weekend that proved its initial success was no fluke. In fact, the three newcomers didn’t even stand a chance against this red-suited menace, as Risen, The Witch, and Race all found themselves punted further down the top 10.

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Deadpool’ Shatters Records and Leaves ‘Zoolander 2’ in the Dust

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by Jacob Hall February 14, 2016 @ 12:41 PM
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox sat on Deadpool for six years before finally giving it a green light with a modest $58 million budget. After a lengthy and impressive marketing campaign that ensured everyone in the world knew the name Wade Wilson, box office tracking was looking strong with $55 million. And then the film actually opened, more than doubling that prediction, shattering a handful of records and blowing the doors off the comic book movie genre. This feels like a big deal. Oh, and Zoolander 2 also opened.

SNL Remembers ‘The Day Beyonce Turned Black’

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by Jacob Hall February 14, 2016 @ 9:04 AM
Last week, Beyoncé released a surprise new music video for her new song “Formation” and the world temporarily hit pause on itself so everyone could watch it, as is often the case when she does just about anything. However, this song and its video instantly courted controversy, as far too many white commenters and writers and what-have-you found themselves churning out think pieces and hot takes about how the beloved pop singer used this opportunity to embrace her heritage. In other words, a bunch of white people suddenly found themselves deeply uncomfortable that Beyoncé was black and SNL has parodied this with a fake movie trailer.