Poor Things opened to the third-best specialty box office of the year, but it’s real test comes one week from today, when it expands into wide release just in time for the holidays. It then opens in Europe in January, and to that end, there was a gala screening in London last night. Emma Stone was there—I think I like the idea of her dress and opera coat combo more than the execution—as was Andrew Garfield, along with Emma’s co-stars Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Suzy Bemba, and Mark Ruffalo, who also brought his wife, Sunrise Coigney, and daughter, Bella Noche Ruffalo, with him. Is a new nepo baby upon us?
Also, let’s take a moment to shout out Ramy Youssef, who is rocking the oversized suit trend better than most of his contemporaries (it’s about the proportions!). Youssef is currently touring a new stand-up hour—his previous hour, Feelings, is on Max—he’s prepping for the fourth and final season of his award-winning self-titled series, Ramy, he directed the Copenhagen episode of The Bear, and he’s got his first big film role in Poor Things. He also counts Taylor Swift as part of his audience now, after she attended a recent show of his in Brooklyn (with proceeds benefitting survivors in Gaza), and he could well start 2024 strong with an appearance at the Oscars; he’s not a contender, but Poor Things will definitely bag some nominations, which means invitations for the stars. It’s been a banner year for Ramy.