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OPINION: Psychoanalytic Analysis of Nasir Khan in the Night Of

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Crime has a continuous issue with projecting an unjust system in court. Furthermore, bias plays a huge role in downplaying certainty, as no thought is purely factual.

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OPINION: Psychoanalytic Analysis of Nasir Khan in the Night Of

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Crime has a continuous issue with projecting an unjust system in court. Furthermore, bias plays a huge role in downplaying certainty, as no thought is purely factual. The human mind digests information and reacts accordingly, sometimes unconsciously. The Night Of exemplifies a Pakistani man, Nasir Khan, who transforms his identity beyond stereotypical standards through a series of defense mechanisms sparked from his unthinkable situation as well as underlines the concept of uncertainty.

Nasir is the typical Pakistani student who is expected to get good grades and live a strict lifestyle, leaving no room to get into trouble with the law. His dad owns a taxi with two other people, which is the only way income is created for the family. Therefore, it is crucial for Nasir to do well in school in order to commit to a job that will eventually help support his family. What is expected of him outweighs a chance to discover who he really wants to become. But anxiety from the unknown, forces him to commit to his parent’s expectations. Nasir tutors for basketball players and one day is invited to a party by one of the players. Culturally, Pakistani’s resist partying which only assists Nasir to disobey the standard and satisfy himself with doing something that is looked down upon as an act of rebellion and a form of curiosity. A defense mechanism is pronounced as Nasir seeks to identify himself as someone who enjoys partying because it’s deemed as trendy. Although, he is still uneasily struggling with cementing an identity that purely defines him. As his friend cancels on picking Nasir up for the party, Nasir reacts by stealing his dad’s taxi out of desperation to mitigate his intense need to attend the party. Through a psychoanalytic analysis point, Nasir is fixated on refusing to submit into a boring night at home and instead obsesses on going out to party. However, he realizes his mistake with taking a taxi as he had to continuously reject people waving him down for a ride. Eventually, a young beautiful girl, Andrea Cornish, gets into the car which is the sole reason Nasir declines to tell her that he can’t take her anywhere because of his attraction to her. He drives her to a nearby river where she offers him Xanax. Since he has already broken rules he obligingly takes it and they go back to her place and take more drugs combined with alcohol which leads to him sleeping with her.

Through these unexpected actions, Nasir is diving into the unknown with no set routine for the night. He has an opportunity to identify himself as audacious and takes risks throughout the night which dangerously attacks his comfort zone. Nasir has transitioned from a mediocre personality to what he identifies as perilous. Additionally, through an analysis from Public Opinion, “there are at least two distinct selves, the public and regal self, the private and human” (Walter 1922). The decisions we make hold uncertainty because we are seeking to balance out our public and private selves. Therefore, Nasir’s hesitation proves to signify uncertainty in participating in things like knife roulette with Andrea. His private self curiously wants to play the game whilst his human instinct knows the possibility of a dangerous outcome. But, Nasir is making these decisions to purely express a daring personality which juxtaposes from his usually serious and boring personality.

The scene changes to Nasir waking up groggily from downstairs as he goes upstairs to say goodbye to Andrea. He then turns the light on and there lies Andrea with several stab wounds on her back with a splatter of vivid red blood devouring the bed and the walls. Appalled, Nasir runs downstairs in a panic outside to the taxi but realizes he left the key inside which prompts him to break back into the apartment and through his daze grabs the bloody knife that was used earlier in the night to play knife roulette. He understood that all fingers would point back to him as his fingerprints were on the knife. Eventually, Nasir is identified from a neighbor who saw him break into the apartment and he begins getting interrogated by the police. Through the accusations from the police officers, Nasir fails to defend his actions and instead stays in an eerie silence. Within the defense mechanism of denial, Nasir’s silence only provokes suspicion. Yet, Nasir’s vivid fear is the reason that he is motivated to act in silence as his anxiety transitions into pure shock. A series of events take place afterward as Nasir eventually ends up in prison.

At first, Nasir hardly accustoms to the prison life with his doe-like eyes and scrawny figure. This physical representation signifies his sheltered lifestyle as a Pakistani kid whose only main focus in life is school. Being forcibly shown the harshness and brutality of the prison atmosphere slices through Nasir’s bubble of a comfortable lifestyle. He’s revealed to what the world is capable of in terms of violence and hate. This atmosphere only motivates Nasir to also become violent and hateful through the process of identification from a psychoanalytic analysis point. An inmate who his held at a high esteem in the prison offers Nasir protection in return for doing favors like smuggling in drugs. Nasir declines as he is unwary and cannot make a decision on his own which signifies his own insecurity. He eventually befriends another inmate who is doing time for murdering a white man who raped and killed the inmate’s fiancé. As Nasir confesses that he is wholly innocent, the inmate becomes angry as he believes Nasir to have killed and raped Andrea and throws acid at Nasir. It is at this moment that Nasir feels a rage which causes him to go back to the inmate who offered him protection, Freddy Night.

Freddy Night (Michael Williams) and Nasir Khan (Riz Ahmed)

From the beginning of the series, this is the one undeniable decision Nasir makes with assurance. Uncertainty has been eradicated with a confident move sparked from fury. As human nature, we make definitive decisions with the assistance and pressure of strong emotions due to instinct. In this case, Nasir makes it clear that he wants to harm another inmate. Freddy orders the inmate to be beaten up in the bathroom as he directs Nasir to put in a few punches. Nasir delicately nudges the inmate with a weak kick as Freddy fuels Nasir’s mind with reasons to be angry, concluding in him to severely beat up the inmate. In this moment Nasir identifies himself as someone who is capable of harm, exterminating his pathetic and frail personality from his life before prison. The defense mechanism of identification again plays a part in Nasir’s anxious efforts to defend himself in prison, engendering him to become aggressive instead of passive.Uncertainty is also emphasized in the criminal justice system. There is heavy bias on convicting black Americans of a crime a lot easier than any other ethnicity. The fact that the show compares an ethnicity which has an extremely low rate of crime to that of a high rate, correspondingly confirms how corrupt the justice system is. Although the foreboding amount of evidence placed against Nasir is enough to put him away for murder, people second-guess his innocence because of the fact that he is a Pakistani. If he were a black individual, he would have been put away immediately, as prejudicial standards are underscored. The deeply rooted stereotypical standards of ethnicity play a massive role in how we treat one another. Furthermore, the callous nature of prison is emphasized with the degradation of innocence through the situation with Nasir Khan. However, it is beneficially shown how the psychoanalytic analysis of defense mechanisms is used in order to develop an ego strong enough to alleviate an anxious mind from Nasir being in prison.

Uncertainty is also emphasized in the criminal justice system. There is heavy bias on convicting black Americans of a crime a lot easier than any other ethnicity. The fact that the show compares an ethnicity which has an extremely low rate of crime to that of a high rate, correspondingly confirms how corrupt the justice system is. Although the foreboding amount of evidence placed against Nasir is enough to put him away for murder, people second-guess his innocence because of the fact that he is a Pakistani. If he were a black individual, he would have been put away immediately, as prejudicial standards are underscored. The deeply rooted stereotypical standards of ethnicity play a massive role in how we treat one another. Furthermore, the callous nature of prison is emphasized with the degradation of innocence through the situation with Nasir Khan. However, it is beneficially shown how the psychoanalytic analysis of defense mechanisms is used in order to develop an ego strong enough to alleviate an anxious mind from Nasir being in prison.

Through Sigmund Freud’s take on psychoanalytic analysis, defense mechanisms are “techniques the ego employs to control instincts and ward off anxieties” (Berger 2005). Nasir had anxiety from the beginning of the show towards the end which slowly thinned out as he mustered up a resilience and fierceness acquired from his time in prison. The decisions he made in prison were to ward off anxiety. He allowed his instincts to develop a hostile and venomous personality. Yet, as Nasir has conjured up physical and emotional strength, he is still gaslighted by the ample amount of evidence presented, as the foreboding power of uncertainty and anxiety snakes into his mind as he stated that he didn’t know if he raped and killed a girl. This statement alone should have knocked Nasir over into being charged with murder and assault, yet half of the jury goes with their gut that he was innocent. Therefore, “we shall assume that what each man does is based not on direct and certain knowledge” (Walter 1922). The fifty-fifty break-up of the jury verdict parallels with the concept and critical complexities of uncertainty, despite factual evidence. Therefore, we rely on instinct and human knowledge from the mass media to make our decisions, regardless of factual evidence.One may assume that Nasir has a loss of identity due to his time in prison when in reality he has discovered a darkness in his personality which overpowers the vague personality he initially had masked on. Uncertainty has forced him to acquire the identity that everyone treats him as, a criminal. Even though Nasir is innocent, when he is released from jail and goes back to his hometown, the community looks down on him as if he did commit the crime. Nasir begins buying drugs as it has now become an addiction and is familiar to him. His previous life before prison has evaporated as he uses a defense mechanism of fixation to receive temporary satisfaction from consuming drugs as well as delving into identifying himself as a troubled and sinister person. Although he did not commit the crime, people still treated him as if he did rape and murder Andrea, as the accusations were enough. The accusations projected uncertainty amongst the entirety of the community to be against Nasir. The human mind has wrapped its head around viewing Nasir under a judgmental eye because of the daunting shadow of ambiguity.

One may assume that Nasir has a loss of identity due to his time in prison when in reality he has discovered a darkness in his personality which overpowers the vague personality he initially had masked on. Uncertainty has forced him to acquire the identity that everyone treats him as, a criminal. Even though Nasir is innocent, when he is released from jail and goes back to his hometown, the community looks down on him as if he did commit the crime. Nasir begins buying drugs as it has now become an addiction and is familiar to him. His previous life before prison has evaporated as he uses a defense mechanism of fixation to receive temporary satisfaction from consuming drugs as well as delving into identifying himself as a troubled and sinister person. Although he did not commit the crime, people still treated him as if he did rape and murder, Andrea, as the accusations were enough. The accusations projected uncertainty amongst the entirety of the community to be against Nasir. The human mind has wrapped its head around viewing Nasir under a judgmental eye because of the daunting shadow of ambiguity.Uncertainty from those we love and trust feeds into tearing up our own self-confidence. At one point through Nasir’s trial, his mom storms out of the courtroom when a shocking piece of evidence is discovered emphasizing how his own mother does not believe his innocence. The dejection of motherly love slashes against Nasir as he begins to second-guess his own self. When he is released from jail, his mother overcompensates her harsh actions by overdramatizing her pampering on Nasir as he then rejects their relationship. His own mother’s uncertainty and misjudgment contradicted his respect for her.

Uncertainty from those we love and trust feeds into tearing up our own self-confidence. At one point through Nasir’s trial, his mom storms out of the courtroom when a shocking piece of evidence is discovered emphasizing how his own mother does not believe his innocence. The dejection of motherly love slashes against Nasir as he begins to second-guess his own self. When he is released from jail, his mother overcompensates her harsh actions by overdramatizing her pampering on Nasir as he then rejects their relationship. His own mother’s uncertainty and misjudgment contradicted his respect for her.

A coldness is captured through the flaws of uncertainty as we make decisions emotionally due to human nature. When we make choices in life, we are unaware if these actions are right or wrong as facts are disregarded. Furthermore, through a series of defense mechanisms, we unconsciously make decisions in order to mitigate anxiety. To an extent, everyone holds a measure of insecurity which, whether we notice or not, plays a huge part in our decision-making. However, decisions based on instinct are often the rawest, unfiltered and truthful.

 

Berger, Arthur Asa. Media analysis techniques. Newbury Park: Sage Publications, 1991. Print.

Lippmann, Walter. Public opinion. London: Allen & Unwin, 1922.

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Emmy Nominations 2019: See The Full List

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The 2019 Emmys have arrived. The 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Fox this Sunday, September 22, at 8 pm Eastern / 5 pm Pacific, and honor some of the biggest television achievements of the past year.

As usual, the major awards will be split into separate categories for comedy and drama. On the drama side, the 2019 nominations are both dominated by Game of Thrones — which is expected to set a new record for most Emmy wins by a single season — and unusually wide open. Many shows that would otherwise be contenders — including The Crown, Stranger Things, and The Handmaid’s Tale — did not air during the eligibility window (June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019), either because they wanted to avoid competing against Game of Thrones or because they simply couldn’t produce a new season in time.

The thought held by many was that Game of Thrones would turn in an unbeatable swan song and the race would open up again in 2020. In hindsight, that final season was widely criticized and not nearly as unrivaled in its Emmy worthiness as many expected it to be. Nevertheless, Game of Thrones is still the frontrunner in multiple drama categories.

Game of Thrones is also the only show to be nominated in all seven drama categories. In addition to nods for Outstanding Drama Series, Directing for a Drama Series, and Writing for a Drama Series, stars Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke are nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama and Lead Actress in a Drama, respectively.

And the show has pretty much overwhelmed the final two drama categories, with Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams all nominated for Supporting Actress in a Drama, and Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Peter Dinklage all nominated for Supporting Actor in a Drama. In total, between the Primetime Emmys and the Creative Arts Emmys, Game of Thrones’ final season earned 32 nominations, the most received in a single year by any show in the history of the awards.

Having already won 10 awards at the Creative Arts Emmys — which were held last weekend and mainly honor the technical elements of TV production like cinematography, editing, and visual effects — Game of Thrones needs just two more to tie its own record for most Emmys won by a single season of any show. It needs only three to break that record.

The few contenders looking to upset Game of Thrones include This Is Us, Better Call Saul (returning to the race after being nominated in 2017 and sitting out last year), Killing Eve, Pose, Succession, Ozark, and Bodyguard.

Perhaps the biggest player on the comedy side is the final season of HBO’s Veep. After star Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, Veep, the reigning comedy champ, sat out the Emmys in 2018. And in its absence, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took home the major awards.

With Veep back in contention this year — and for its final season, no less — the series easily snagged a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. Its fellow contenders in the category include last year’s winner, Mrs. Maisel; returning nominee Barry; and newcomers to the race Russian Doll, The Good Place, Fleabag, and Schitt’s Creek.

Louis-Dreyfus is also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, an honor she has as already won six times for her role as Selina Meyer (on top of a Lead Actress in a Comedy win for The New Adventures of Old Christine and a Supporting Actress in a Comedy win for Seinfeld). She’ll go head to head with Russian Doll’s Natasha Lyonne, Mrs. Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan (who won last year), and Schitt’s Creek’s Catherine O’Hara, among others.

Here’s the list of 2019 Emmy nominees in all the major categories:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Barry

Fleabag

The Good Place

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Russian Doll

Schitt’s Creek

Veep

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul

Bodyguard

Game of Thrones

Killing Eve

Ozark

Pose

Succession

This Is Us

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Mahershala Ali, True Detective

Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Jared Harris, Chernobyl

Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us

Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

Aunjanue Ellis, When They See us

Joey King, The Act

Niecy Nash, When They See Us

Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl

Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora

John Leguizamo, When They See Us

Michael K. Williams, When They See Us

Asante Blackk, When They See Us

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, The Act

Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us

Vera Farmiga, When They See Us

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Bill Hader, Barry

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead To Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Stephen Root, Barry

Henry Winkler, Barry

Anthony Carrigan, Barry

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Sarah Goldberg, Barry

Sian Clifford, Fleabag

Olivia Colman, Fleabag

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Billy Porter, Pose

Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Laura Linney, Ozark

Mandy Moore, This Is Us

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

Julia Garner, Ozark

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

Amazing Race

American Ninja Warrior

Nailed It

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show

Full Frontal

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

The Late Late Show With James Corden

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

At Home With Amy Sedaris

Documentary Now!

Drunk History

I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman

Saturday Night Live

Who Is America?

Outstanding Television Movie

Bandersnatch

Brexit

Deadwood

King Lear

My Dinner with Hervé

Outstanding Limited Series

Chernobyl

Escape at Dannemora

Fosse/Verdon

Sharp Objects

When They See Us

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Looking at $100M+ In Memorial Day Riches

UPDATED, 1:17 PM: At this time we can tell you that Disney’s Aladdin is off to a healthy start at the domestic box office with a $28 million-$30 million Friday (including $7 million in Thursday’s previews). It is now expected to hit $80 million over three days and $95 million over the full four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend frame.

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Looking at $100M+ In Memorial Day Riches

UPDATED, 1:17 PM: At this time we can tell you that Disney’s Aladdin is off to a healthy start at the domestic box office with a $28 million-$30 million Friday (including $7 million in Thursday’s previews). It is now expected to hit $80 million over three days and $95 million over the full four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend frame.

Some see the Guy Ritchie film besting Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s four-day Memorial Day start of $103M last year with a potential $104M gross, but this holiday is so wonky it is too soon to call it at that. There can be fall-off as people become distracted by holiday activities.

Regardless, it’s a better than anticipated start for Disney’s latest live-action remake, on which critics are divided but exit polls show audiences love. Aladdin is a brand that is fresher than Dumbo and hipper, being a fave of Gen X and Gen Y audiences.

We will have more box office updates later today.

PREVIOUSLY, 7:36 AM: Disney’s Aladdin is off to strong start after $7 million in Thursday night previews that began officially at 6 PM yesterday, preceded by 5 PM fan events. That figure is exceedingly better than the frumpy Thursday night start of Dumbo, which only snorted up $2.6M for a $46M weekend.

Last night was also the best preview start for director Guy Ritchie at the domestic box office; two summers ago, his King Arthur: Legend of the Sword tanked with a $15.3M opening, leading to a $39.1M domestic finish and $148.6M global off a $175M production cost.

Tracking is between $73M-$85M on Aladdin over the Friday-through-Monday stretch of Memorial Day weekend. Critics are split about the live-action reboot of the 1992 Disney classic at 60% fresh. We’ll see whether the die-hard Aladdin fans dominate or remain divided as the weekend continues.

So far, so good: ComScore/Screen Engine PostTrack exits show general audiences giving Aladdin 4 1/2 stars and a solid 69% definite recommend. Females over 25 lead at 34% (98% positive grade), followed by females under 25 at 25% (97% grade), men over 25 at 21% (88%) and Men under 25 at 20% (83%). Parents gave the pic four stars after turning out at 12%, and kids under 12, who repped 20% of the crowd and loved it at 4 1/2 stars.

If those figures maintain, Ritchie is bound to see his best opening at the domestic B.O. after 2009’s Sherlock Holmes ($62.3M). We went into the weekend projecting on the low end, given the funkiness of moviegoing over the Memorial Day stretch. Since Marvel movies have taken over the earlier part of the month (or late April), Memorial Day has increasingly become anti-climactic at the box office. Disney has traditionally tanked over Memorial Day weekend with its event attempts, but this year might be different.

Aladdin‘s Thursday also bests that of Disney’s 2017 Memorial Day attempt Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($5.5M off 7 PM shows for a $78.4M four-day opening) as well as late May 2014’s live-action Sleeping Beauty spinoff Maleficent ($4.2M previews from 9 PM and midnight, $69M opening). Many are comparing Aladdin to the female-skewing Cinderella, and Prince Ali also beat her 8 PM Thursday showtimes of $2.3M, which turned into a $67.8M opening.

Among the preview nights for the live-action remakes of Disney’s toons, Beauty and the Beast is still the fairest in the land with a huge $16.3M from March 16, 2017 shows.

Those who’ve seen the top sheet of Aladdin say it cost around $182M net, which is cheaper than Pirates 5 ($230M production cost net before P&A), and a little higher than Beauty and the Beast ($160M).

Atom Tickets saw Aladdin presales outstrip those of Dumbo and Mary Poppins Returns. Based on Atom’s recent Summer Movie Survey, Aladdin was in the top 10 Most Anticipated Summer Movies list in addition to the top 5 Most Anticipated Family Summer Movies. Of those that voted for Aladdin as their top summer movie, they also said they are most excited to hear the song “A Whole New World” from the movie. The majority (70%) are really excited to see Will Smith as the genie. In terms of the survey demographics, 50% were 25-34 years old, 26% were in the range of 35-44, and 12% were 45-54. Also based on the survey, fans of the movie also skewed more female (~60%), which was what tracking spotted and what last night’s exit polls indicated.

Sony Screens Gems/The H Collective has the James Gunn-produced superhero horror pic Brightburn, which drew $950,000 last night from 7 PM shows at 2,257 locations. Pic’s opening is projected at $8M over three days and $10M for four days. That’s ahead of Warner Bros’ R-rated July 2015 horror pic The Gallows, which opened to $9.8M. Brightburn cost an estimated $6M before marketing and distribution costs.

United Artists’ release of Annapurna’s Olivia Wilde-directed teenage comedy Booksmart took in $875K in previews. The R-rated film is tracking towards a domestic four-day weekend opening in the mid- to high-single-digits.

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Aaron Rodgers Goes on Epic Rant Blasting Game of Thrones Ending

The “Game of Thrones” series finale arrived on Sunday and let’s just say that plenty of fans and critics had problems with the ending.That includes a man who actually made an appearance on the show, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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Aaron Rodgers Goes on Epic Rant Blasting Game of Thrones Ending

The “Game of Thrones” series finale arrived on Sunday and let’s just say that plenty of fans and critics had problems with the ending.

That includes a man who actually made an appearance on the show, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

(Warning: Several “Game of Thrones” spoilers are mentioned here, but you were smart enough to know that.)

Aaron Rodgers blasts ‘Game of Thrones’ finale

Speaking with reporters during Packers OTAs, Rodgers was initially asked to clarify where he actually showed up in “The Bells,” the fifth episode of the “Game of Thrones” final season.

Rodgers confirmed he was neither the archer (“that person definitely looked like me”), nor the man incinerated by dragon fire (“I’m disappointed in every person who would say that was me … total non-athlete.”) Rather, he was the one by the bell tower.

Once that was settled, Rodgers was asked if he actually liked the ending of the show he has watched for years. What followed was a lengthy, point-by-point takedown of the finale’s biggest decisions.

A full transcript of Rodgers’ comments about the show’s ending:

Were you satisfied with the ending of “Game of Thrones?”

No. I love the show and it was a great 10 years, but no. You come down to the end and Tyrion says the person with the best story is Bran? Who, by the way, three episodes said he wasn’t Bran Stark anymore. No. Jon had a better story. Dany had a better story. Arya had a better story. Sansa had a better story. Tyrion had a better story. Varys had a better story. Bronn, a lot better story. Jaime, better story. Cersei, probably a better story. Any Baratheon, better story.

Who should have been on the throne?

I think Dany should have been on the throne. Here’s the thing, though. Here’s my last theory about it. If Bran, the Three-Eyed Raven, whose all about the health of the realm. Let’s think about what he did. He basically wanted the throne the whole time because he’s the one who told the Starks, knowing that Sansa would tell Tyrion, knowing that Tyrion would talk to Varys, knowing that he’d scheme for Dany’s death, knowing that would piss her off, which led her to be the Mad Queen. So he, the entire time, set the whole thing up and then at the end goes ‘Oh yeah, I don’t want to be king. Oh, but why did I travel all this way to be here?’ No. Look, I love the opportunity to be in the show, which most people probably don’t think I was, but I was there. I love the show, but the writers are also doing Star Wars, so I think they might have been a little busy.

Clearly, Rodgers is a little upset.

Aaron Rodgers is not alone in hating the ‘Game of Thrones’ ending

That last comment alludes to the recent news that “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will helm the next “Star Wars” movie, which led to backlash from many fans over the perception that the show’s final season was rushed as its top decision-makers prepared for their foray into science fiction.

Really, Rodgers’ comments match up with most fans’ biggest criticisms, mainly the implications of Bran Stark king-taking the throne and the handling of Daenerys Targaryen’s transition into villainy. Petitions have already been started to redo the show’s final season.

“Game of Thrones” is finally over as a television series, but the discussion around the show and story will likely live on for years.

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