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'Furious 8' Tops $900 Million Worldwide as Disney's 'Born in China' Bests All Newcomers

8 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The top of this weekend's box office looks a lot like last weekend as the top three films remain the same, once again headlined by The Fate of the Furious as it closes in on $1 billion worldwide. As for the weekend's new releases, Disney's Born in China topped the list with the best start for a Disneynature title since the $10.6 million opening for 2012's Chimpanzee. Otherwise, WB's Unforgettable, Open Road's The Promise, Cinelou's Phoenix Forgotten and A24's Free Fire all under-performed. At #1 for a second weekend in a row is Universal's The Fate of the Furious, which performed mostly as expected, dropping 61% in its second weekend and bringing in an estimated $38.6 million as its domestic cume now climbs to $163.6 million. Internationally, the film continued its impressive overseas run bringing in an estimated $163.4 million from 65 territories as its overseas total balloons to $744.8 million for a global cume that stands at $908.4 million. »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Dark Phoenix’ Confirmed as the Next ‘X-Men’ Movie

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The phoenix is once again rising from the ashes. 20th Century Fox has confirmed that the follow-up to last year’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” will be “Dark Phoenix,” which is due in theaters on November 2, 2018; also on the studio’s superhero docket are “New Mutants (April 13, 2018) and “Deadpool 2” (June 1, 2018).

Read More: ‘Logan’ Review: Hugh Jackman Saves The Best Wolverine Movie For Last

Centered around the powerful mutant Jean Grey, Aka Phoenix, the storyline was previously the focus of 2006’s poorly received “X-Men: The Last Stand.” Famke Janssen played Grey in the original trilogy, while Sophie Turner of “Game of Thrones” now portrays the iconic mutant. Writer/producer Simon Kinberg previously told Entertainment Weekly that he “definitely would love to take another stab at the Dark Phoenix story.”

Read More: Fox’s ‘X-Men’ TV Show: Creator Matt Nix on How He’ll Introduce New Characters and Avoid the Wolverine Question

“The »

- Michael Nordine

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Fox Sets Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Deadpool 2’ for June 2018

22 April 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox has set “Deadpool 2” for a June 1, 2018, release date — giving the much-anticipated sequel a prime summer opening as the first title to land on the date.

Ryan Reynolds returns as the foul-mouthed superhero with Josh Brolin recently having signed on as Cable. Shooting is expected to start in June.

Reynolds is also a producer on the films with “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning along with Drew Goddard assisting. “John Wick” co-director David Leitch came on board to lead “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.

The superhero sequel also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as the mutant mercenary Domino.


Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers Drama Gets 2017 Oscar Season Release

Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to a surprisingly strong $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history. »

- Dave McNary

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Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers Drama Gets 2017 Oscar Season Release

22 April 2017 10:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Spielberg’s untitled Pentagon Papers drama announced itself as a major awards season contender in this year’s Oscars race.

The film, which is rumored to star Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, will open in limited release on December 22, 2017. It will expand nationwide on January 12, 2018, a week after the Golden Globes broadcast. Hanks will play hard-charging Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, with Streep handling the role of iron-willed publisher Katharine Graham. The pair made the decision to publish a classified history of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War over the objections of the Nixon administration. Courageous journalist dramas have played nicely with Oscar voters — 2015’s “Spotlight” won Best Picture, while 2005’s “Good Night and Good Luck” and 1976’s “All the President’s Men” earned a bevy of nominations.

The opening slot puts the Spielberg film in the hunt for Academy Awards gold along with the likes of Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing, »

- Brent Lang

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Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio & Robert De Niro May Reteam For ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’

21 April 2017 4:07 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are obviously a little attached at the hip. They’ve made five movies together — “Gangs of New York,“ “The Aviator,” “The Departed,” “Shutter Island” and “The Wolf Of Wall Street” and the short, “The Audition” — but it feels like any time a Scorsese project is announced, DiCaprio’s name is not far behind.

Continue reading Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio & Robert De Niro May Reteam For ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ at The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Ang Lee Eyes Sci-Fi Actioner ‘Gemini Man’ at Skydance

21 April 2017 6:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ang Lee is in discussions to direct the science-fiction actioner “Gemini Man” for Skydance — a project that’s been in the works for two decades.

Skydance picked up the rights to the project last year. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing and Don Murphy is executive producing. Lee’s rep stressed that the discussions are at an early stage and that official contract negotiations have not yet started.

Lee’s most recent film was “The Long Halftime Walk of Billy Lynn,” for which he used an unprecedented shooting and projection frame rate of 120 frames per second — five times faster than the normal rate of 24 frames per second. He won Academy Awards for directing “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi” and was nominated for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

In  2009, the late Curtis Hanson had been attached to direct from a script by David Benioff, in which an aging Nsa agent tries to retire and is targeted for death. »

- Dave McNary

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Margot Robbie to Play Queen Elizabeth in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ (Exclusive)

21 April 2017 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Margot Robbie is in negotiations to play Queen Elizabeth in Focus and Working Title’s “Mary Queen of Scots,” opposite Saoirse Ronan.

Josie Rourke is directing the film with Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin producing.

The movie is based on the true story of Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, only to find herself condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

The film has yet to be greenlit, but sources say things are headed in the right direction. If a greenlight is given, the film would likely go sometime later this year.

Following the success of big hits like last summer’s “Suicide Squad” and “Wolf of Wall Street,” this latest role gives Robbie a prestige part to add to her portfolio. The endeavor could even have awards season potential given Focus’ track record of pushing Oscar campaigns for its prestige film. »

- Justin Kroll

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28 Tips on Crowdfunding and Promoting Your Film via Social Media from Doc NYC’s Marketing Bootcamp

2 hours ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Continuing my coverage of Doc NYC’s Marketing Boot Camp (read part one here), this installment focuses on two information-packed presentations dealing with crowdfunding and promoting on social media. First up was Liz Cook, Director of Documentary Film at Kickstarter, who talked about the marketing and audience building and engagement aspects of crowdfunding. First, some basics. Most people know that Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraising platform: if you reach your goal, you’ll receive all the money raised, minus fees. If you don’t, nothing will be charged to those who pledged, and you’ll get no money. Cook also relayed some interesting stats: […] »

- Audrey Ewell

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Box Office Plummets: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Falls, as Five Fresh Films Fail to Fly

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While good news could be just around the corner with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” two weeks away, this weekend it’s hard to find much to cheer about. Combined, five new wide openings could barely muster $17 million, while the second weekend of “The Fate of the Furious” saw a 61 percent drop.

The grim details, as well as some positive news, after the Top Ten.

The Top Ten

1. The Fate of the Furious (Universal) Week 2 – Last weekend #1

$38,682,000 (-61%) in 4,329 theaters (+19); PTA (per theater average): $8,936; Cumulative: $163,578,000

2. The Boss Baby (20th Century Fox) Week 4 – Last weekend #2

$12,750,000 (-20%) in 3,697 theaters (-46); PTA: $3,449; Cumulative: $136,992,000

3. Beauty and the Beast (Disney) Week 6 – Last weekend #3

$9,773,000 (-27%) in 3,315 theaters (-277); PTA: $3,008; Cumulative: $471,097

4. Born in China (Disney) New – Cinemascore: A-; Metacritic: 58; Est. budget: unknown

$5,147,000 in 1,508 theaters; PTA: $3,413; Cumulative: $5,147,000

5. Going in Style (Warner Bros.)  Week 3 – Last weekend #5

$5,005,000 (-20%) in 3,038 theaters (-38); PTA: $1,647; Cumulative: $31,766,000

6. Smurfs: The Lost Village (Sony »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Bill O’Reilly to Return With ‘No Spin News’ Podcast on Monday

3 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Well, that was short-lived. Just days after exiting Fox News, which let him go after news of his sexual-harassment allegations caused scores of companies to pull their ads from his show, Bill O’Reilly is returning with a new episode of his “No Spin News” podcast on Monday. The podcast, which is available to premium subscribers of his website, will mark his first public comments since exiting the network on Wednesday.

Read More: Bill O’Reilly Is Out at Fox News, But Don’t Congratulate the Network For Finally Taking a Stand

O’Reilly is one of many conservative voices whose 2017 isn’t going as planned, a list that also includes such joy-spreading personalities as Milo Yiannopoulos (who left Breitbart and had his book deal canceled), Tomi Lahren (who was fired from The Blaze) and Richard Spencer (whose organization lost its tax-exempt status).

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- Michael Nordine

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Tribeca Review: ‘Copwatch’

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The topic of police brutality has taken on fresh urgency in recent years, due to a number of high-profile killings of young African-American men by law enforcement officers. Camilla Hall’s documentary “Copwatch” takes a look at the community response to those incidents through the filter of a group of men who’ve formed an organization dedicated to monitoring police. Alas, no matter the story’s timelessness, the film offers few insights and does little to justify the admiration it confers upon its watchdogs, who remain largely unexamined. A Tribeca Film Festival debut notwithstanding, this cursory effort seems unlikely to find future theatrical footing.

Videotaping the police in order to publicize (and, hopefully, prevent) their misconduct has been a decades-long vocation for Oakland native Jacob Crawford, who after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., travels there and quickly befriends David Whitt, an impromptu activist in the area. They »

- Nick Schager

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Dennis Rodman Runs Amok In Colin Hanks’ ‘The Amazing Adventures Of Wally And The Worm’ – Tribeca Studio

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After recounting the slow death of the Tower Records chain in All Things Must Pass and before his Eagles of Death Rock: Nos Amis airs on HBO, Colin Hanks took a pit stop between his feature docs to make the Epsn 30 for 30 short The Amazing Adventures of Wally and the Worm.  Worm meaning Chicago Bulls defensive champ Dennis Rodman and Wally meaning Wally Blase, the assistant trainer for the team during its 1990s glory days. On tackling Blase’s story, Hanks said, “It… »

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Lindsay Burdge Sparkles In The Delicious Psycho Sexual Thriller ‘Thirst Street’ [Tribeca Review]

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To keep it indie 100 for a minute and hopefully not sound too obscure, if indie filmmaker Alex Ross Perry was to Roman Polanski what his paranoiac feature “Queen Of Earth” was to Polanski’s “The Tenant,” then director Nathan Silver is to Rainer Werner Fassbinder what “Thirst Street” is to the German New Wave director’s “Lola.” Plus, well, throw in a little additional devilish Polanski for good measure, too.

Continue reading Lindsay Burdge Sparkles In The Delicious Psycho Sexual Thriller ‘Thirst Street’ [Tribeca Review] at The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Adds Steven Tyler, Joe Perry Roles (Exclusive)

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Neill Byrnes and Anthony Rocco Bovo will play Aerosmith rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, respectively, in the Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.”

The film, which begins shooting in Los Angeles on Monday, centers on drummer Artimus Pyle’s recollection of the events surrounding the crash of the group’s touring plane in Mississippi on Oct. 20, 1977. The accident killed original band members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, an assistant road manager, and the two pilots.

Ian Shultis plays Pyle, with Taylor Clift as Van Zant, Samuel Kay Forrest as Gaines, and Rich Dally III as Allen Collins. Jared Cohn is directing from his own script and Brian Perera, founder of Cleopatra Records, produces.

One week before Lynyrd Skynyrd boarded the doomed flight, members of Aerosmith were scheduled to board the same Convair CV-300. The band deemed »

- Dave McNary

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Zachary Quinto on ‘Star Trek 4’: ”There’s No Guarantee” It Will Happen

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News of Star Trek 4 officially being in development first surfaced last summer. Producer J.J. Abrams confirmed work on the sequel and revealed it would somehow bring back Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk, the father of James T. Kirk who perished in exciting opening sequence of the first installment of the reboot that established a […]

The post Zachary Quinto on ‘Star Trek 4’: ”There’s No Guarantee” It Will Happen appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Avatar' sequel dates unveiled

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Sci-fi series to roll out from 2020 to 2025.

The next four releases dates in the Avatar series were announced on the film’s official Facebook page at the weekend.

A posting on the social media site read: “The journey continues December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025!”

James Cameron and his crew are starting “concurrent” production on the upcoming episodes. Fox handles worldwide distribution.

Cameron announced at CinemaCon 2016 that there would be four more episodes, although at the time the release dates were spread over 2020 to 2023.

Avatar amassed $2.8bn worldwide following its 2009 release, grossing a little more than $2bn internationally and $760.5m in North America.

It ranks as the biggest global release of all time and the second biggest in North America behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Gemini Man’: Ang Lee Might Direct ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunner David Benioff’s Sci-Fi Script

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Here’s a pairing that probably never occurred to you: Ang Lee and David Benioff. Variety reports that the two-time Best Director winner is in talks to direct the sci-fi-action film “Gemini Man,” which has been in one stage of development or another for a full 20 years. The most recent iteration would have seen “L.A. Confidential” director Curtis Hanson working with a script from Benioff, the co-creator and -showrunner of “Game of Thrones.”

Read More: ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’: How Ang Lee and Cinematographer John Toll Changed the Way We Look at Movies

Lee, who won the Academy Award for Best Director for both “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi,” most recently directed “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” “Gemini Man” follows an aging Nsa agent whose retirement plans aren’t received well — he ends up being targeted by an assassin who just so happens to »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Dear Basketball’ Scribe Kobe Bryant On A Career Built “Piece By Piece” And Life After Basketball — Tribeca Studio

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“If you asked me when I was 10 years old if I would be here now—that I would be here—I would have said, 'You're absolutely nuts,'” Kobe Bryant admits, sitting down at Deadline’s Tribeca Studio to discuss his animated short film Dear Basketball. “But that's the beautiful thing about life, isn't it?” One of the greatest basketball players of all time who had an illustrious 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant decided to announce his retirement in November 2015… »

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Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney Return to Liberty City for ‘Moonlight’ Celebration

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For the first time since their surprise Best Picture win, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney returned to Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood together yesterday. The “Moonlight” co-writers were in their hometown to celebrate the renaming of a local street to Moonlight Way, being greeted by hundreds to mark the occasion.

“There’s nothing special about me,” Jenkins told the crowd gathered in front of the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. “I’m just an average brown boy from Liberty City who worked really hard. I hope it shows that you could do this, too.”

Read More: Miami Street to be Renamed After ‘Moonlight

The two shared the Academy Award for co-writing “Moonlight,” whose Best Picture win was among the most shocking moments in Oscar history. “I can only echo Barry, as usual,” said McCraney. “I can only add that the only thing unique you can bring is you. If you bring your full self, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Batman and Bill’ Trailer: The Truth About the Creation of Batman Explained in a New Documentary

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Everyone thinks Bob Kane is the sole creator of Batman. What the new documentary Batman and Bill presupposes is, maybe he’s not. Even though Bob Kane is frequently and historically associated with the creation of Batman, the more educated comic book fans now know that many of the signature elements of Batman’s long comic book […]

The post ‘Batman and Bill’ Trailer: The Truth About the Creation of Batman Explained in a New Documentary appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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