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Box Office: Can ‘Boss Baby,’ ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Top ‘Beauty and the Beast’?

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Beauty and the Beast” shows no signs of slowing down.

The Disney smash has earned more than $700 million in its first three weeks of release, and it could top the domestic box office chart yet again with roughly $40 million. Whether “Beauty and the Beast” three-peats as the weekend winner depends on how many people turn out for “Boss Baby” or “The Ghost in the Shell,” two new wide releases scheduled to hit theaters.

Despite appealing to the same family audience as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Boss Baby” looks to be in the stronger position. The animated feature about a young boy struggling to adjust to life with his attention-grabbing baby brother is on track to debut to $30 million when it opens across 3,773 locations.

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DreamWorks Animation produced the picture, which is being distributed by Fox. The studio didn’t offer up a budget. »


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Poll: Which Summer Superhero Movie Are You Most Excited for?

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Summer popcorn movie season is fast approaching, and with that comes the inevitable: Superhero movies.

Both DC and Marvel have big films in the pipeline, ready to make their debuts in the summer months. Disney and Marvel will kick things off with a bang on May 5 with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” the follow-up to the 2014 hit. James Gunn returns to direct, with stars including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana also returning.

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The following month, on June 2, DC will bring Princess Diana of Themyscira to the big screen with “Wonder Woman.” Gal Gadot, who made her debut as the superhero in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” stars in the highly anticipated movie directed by Patty Jenkins.

Also on June 2, but with a very different tone, 20th Century Fox will debut “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, »


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Vin Diesel Chokes Up While Paying Tribute to Paul Walker at CinemaCon

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Vin Diesel choked up while paying tribute to the late Paul Walker at CinemaCon on Wednesday.

He said that he decided to go forward with “The Fast and the Furious” franchise to make good on a promise Walker made that there would be an eighth chapter in the long-running series. That film, “The Fate of the Furious,” opens next month. Universal later surprised the audience by debuting the full movie.

“It was Paul Walker who promised eight,” Diesel said. “It played over and over again in my brain.”

Walker died in an automobile crash in 2013.

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“Part of Paul’s legacy lives through every frame that we shoot,” Diesel said. Diesel, who has called Walker his best friend, said the actor continues to live through the characters.

“You are reminded of this angel that was so integral to »


- Brent Lang

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Channing Tatum’s Production Banner and Tencent Pictures Team on ‘Zombie Brother’ (Exclusive)

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Tencent Pictures, the fast-expanding film and television arm of China’s internet and social media giant Tencent, has joined forces with Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin’s Free Association to produce a film adaptation of the comic “Zombie Brother.”

Tencent and Free Association have tapped Matt Lieberman to pen the script, with “Kung Fury” helmer David Sandberg attached to direct.

The project is an adaptation of the top title on Tencent’s digital comics platform and has already been adapted in China as a hit animated series and stage play, with Tencent and Free Association planning to develop it for the international market.

“‘Zombie Brother’ is one of the first products of Tencent’s trans-media pipeline, utilizing animation and comics, gaming, literature and live-entertainment platforms. The material has already attracted an incredible loyal fan base in China, and we are delighted to be working alongside Free Association in bringing this »


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Tom Cruise’s Zero-Gravity Stunt in ‘The Mummy’ Took 64 Takes

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Tom Cruise is committed.

For a plane crash sequence in “The Mummy,” the actor’s upcoming monster movie, Cruise did 64 takes in zero gravity. The sequence took two days to shoot and four high-altitude flights, the filmmakers said during a trailer presentation on Wednesday at CinemaCon.

“There was a lot of barfing,” said Alex Kurtzman, the film’s writer and director.

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Cruise was offered the option to do the scene on a sound stage, but he insisted on filming the sequence in zero gravity, believing it was important that audiences got the most realistic experience possible.

“He did not barf,” said co-star Annabelle Wallis at the Universal Pictures presentation, who said much of the 64-person crew became sick to their stomachs. Wallis also held down her lunch, but credited Cruise with being a gentleman.

“I was happy »


- Brent Lang

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CinemaCon Buzzmeter: What’s Hot and Cold in Las Vegas

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Hollywood’s biggest studios are gathered in Las Vegas to preview their upcoming films for theater owners and the press. Are there any sure bets? Here’s the latest buzz from CinemaCon, which runs through Thursday:

Cinemacon Buzzmeter What’S Hot And Cold At This Year’S Exhibitor Confab In Vegas:

Blade Runner: 2049” Visually stunning, with a few sly nods to Ridley Scott’s 1982 original and a super creepy Jared Leto. Sign us up. (Sony/WB)

Downsizing” Sure to go down as Alexander Payne’s most bizarre film. Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as a couple who decide to shrink themselves in order to live the good life. The 10 minutes that screened were out there, but hilarious and compelling. (Paramount)

Baywatch” A gag where Zac Efron’s dim bulb life guard examines a dead man’s genitals is worth the price of admission. (Paramount)

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle »


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Film Review: ‘Cézanne et moi’

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The Impressionist painters were to the French Academy what punk rockers were to the conservative pop-music establishment — wild, unruly artists who refused to conform to the standards of what passed for good taste — and yet, to watch a movie like “Cézanne et moi” is to be treated to one of those frou-frou French costume dramas in which Pathé specializes: an impeccably tasteful night at the art house for those who fail to see the contradiction in appropriating this once-scandalous chapter in art history as fodder for mousepads and screensavers.

The cinematic equivalent of calendar art, “Cézanne et moi” oh-so-politely recaps the lifelong relationship between Paul Cézanne (played by thoroughly nonthreatening French actor Guillaume Gallienne) and Émile Zola (the even blander Guillaume Canet, husband of Marianne Cotillard), as the two once-rowdy friends meet as children and grow to see their respective life paths diverge. While Zola “sells out” and becomes a celebrated novelist, »


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Older Moviegoers Have Box Office Clout, AARP Study Shows

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U.S. moviegoers who are at least 50 years old comprise more than 30% of all admissions, a new survey by the Aarp shows.

The Helen Mirren-Ryan Reynolds drama “Women in Gold” was a particular favorite among older moviegoers, who comprised 82% of its audience.

Similarly, the over-50 audience comprised 57% of the moviegoers who attended the Tom Hanks’ “Miracle on the Hudson” drama “Sully,” which generated $125 million domestically.

The study — dubbed “The 50-plus Moviegoer, An Industry Segment That Should Not Be Ignored” — was conducted late last year of about 500,000 moviegoers by marketing data analytics firm Movio on behalf of Aarp. The conclusions were released Wednesday during CinemaCon.

Heather Nawrocki, director of Aarp Movies for Grownups, touted the study as providing concrete evidence of the power of older moviegoers. “The 50-plus audience segment has disposable income, more leisure time and high loyalty to specific actors making this segment extremely valuable,” she added. »


- Dave McNary

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Watch the Terrifying First Trailer for Stephen King’s ‘It’

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The trailer for the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s literary classic “It” is sure to give you coulrophobia.

Warner Bros. released the terrifying first footage of the film on Wednesday — a day after the creepy poster reveal. If the broken projector scene or closing gutter shot doesn’t make you afraid of clowns, nothing will.

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The New Line pic, from “Mama” director Andy Muschietti, stars “Hemlock Grove” actor Bill Skarsgard as the evil clown Pennywise. “Stranger Things” breakout Finn Wolfhard, “Midnight Special’s” Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor play some of the terrorized children.

Tim Curry portrayed the iconic clown in the 1990 miniseries. Like Curry, Skarsgard’s demon carries around a red balloon, as the trailer promises “You’ll float, too.”

The teaser opens on a rainy day as Pennywise lures »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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4Dx Motion Technology Finds Favor in Australia, Angola

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4Dx, the cinema motion technology developed by Korea’s Cj 4DPlex, is to be installed in multiplexes in Australia and Africa. The installations mean that the equipment is now operational on six continents.

Cj 4DPlex struck a deal with Australia’s Village Cinemas to equip one theater in Century City, Melbourne. The location was selected because of its past success with blockbuster movies.

4Dx includes motion seats and environmental effects such as wind, rain, lightning, snow, and a variety of scents. It is currently installed in some 370 auditoriums across 47 countries.

The company also unveiled a deal with Cinemax, the leading cinema exhibitor in Angola. Cinemax plans to open three 4Dx locations in the country’s capital city, Luanda, by the end of 2020, beginning with Cinemax Talatona this year. 4Dx was first installed in Africa in 2015 in through Nu Metro Cinemas in South Africa.

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Golden Globes: HFPA Announces Timetable for 75th Annual Awards

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the timetable for next year’s Golden Globes.

Nominations will be unveiled on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.

This year’s best picture Globe winners were “Moonlight” and “La La Land.” Top TV honors went to “The Crown,” “Atlanta” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

Full timetable below.

Monday, July 10, 2017 — Submission Website for 2018 Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entries is now open

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 — Deadline for submission of Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms

Friday, November 24, 2017 — Deadline for nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young

Monday, December 4, 2017 — Final screening date for Motion Pictures

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 — Final date for Motion Picture press conferences

Thursday, December 7, 2017 — Deadline for receipt of nomination ballots by Ernst & Young, at 8:00p.m.

Monday, December 11, 2017 — Announcement of »


- Kristopher Tapley

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New ‘Valerian’ Trailer: Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan Witness the Majesty of Alpha (Watch)

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Some of the wonders of Alpha are revealed in a new trailer for Luc Besson’s space opera, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

“Welcome to Alpha — the city of a thousand planets,” a voiceover says in the trailer, released Wednesday morning, “where for hundred of years, every species has shared their knowledge, their intelligence. It’s paradise.”

But all that is about to change. Dane DeHaan, as the title character and his partner played by Cara Delevingne are tasked to save the land from an unknown force. The new footage also shows a split-second glimpse of Rihanna’s character, Bubble, a shapeshifting entertainer.

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Clive Owen, Kris Wu, John Goodman and Ethan Hawke round out the film’s core cast. Besson has been developing the project — which carries a $180 million price tag — for decades. It’s »


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Breaking Glass Takes North American Rights to ‘The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis’ (Exclusive)

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Breaking Glass has acquired North American rights to “The Long Night of Francisco Santis,” a Cannes hit that established Argentine first-time directors Andrea Testa and Francisco Márquez as emerging talents. 

Breaking Glass is planning a limited theatrical opening, followed by a VOD and DVD release in the third quarter of 2017.

“A dark journey of the soul” which makes for an “atmosphere-driven, haunting feature debut,” according to Variety, “The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis” was acquired for world sales by Berlin-based Films Boutique, a company which has carved out a reputation for backing notable first movies such as Houda Benyamina’s 2016 Camera d’Or winner “Divines.”

The Long Night” world-premiered at Buenos Aires’ Bafici Festival, where it won best film, then segued to an appearance in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. It has gone on to play a number of festivals – including Busan, Jerusalem and Warsaw – before holding its U.S. premiere at the Hamptons Film Festival, »


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Venice Film Festival to Launch New Competitive Section for Vr Works

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Rome – The Venice Film Festival is launching a competitive section dedicated to films made for virtual-reality viewing.

The new section, named Venice Virtual Reality, will comprise a maxiumum of 18 titles. It is being touted  as the first-ever competition for Vr works launched by a major film fest.

A jury composed of up to five prominent personalities from the creative tech world will award the following three prizes: Best Vr film, Grand Vr Jury Prize, Best Vr Creativity Award.

Venice last year became one of the first fests on the global circuit to showcase Vr works in a new state-of-the art Vr theatre (pictured), which has seats that pivot 360 degrees.

Vr titles at Venice in 2016 included a 40-minute preview of “Jesus Vr – The Story of Christ,” which is considered the first Vr feature film. It was produced by Autumn Vr and Vrwerx and shot in Matera, Italy.

In January, the fest’s parent organization, »


- Nick Vivarelli

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Cannes Unveils 70th Edition’s Poster of a Young Claudia Cardinale Dancing

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Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the Cannes Film Festival has unveiled a joyful official poster showcasing a 1959 snapshot of iconic Italian actress Claudia Cardinale dancing against a vibrant red backdrop.

“Full of joy, freedom and daring, just like Claudia Cardinale dancing on its official poster, the 70th Festival de Cannes (17-28 May) promises a celebration in passionate red and sparkling gold,” the festival said in a statement.

It described Cardinale as an “adventurous actress, independent woman and social activist” and said she embodied better than anyone the spirit of Cannes.

“Throughout the 12-day festival, the spirit of openness and welcome will infuse the Croisette – as it does every year – with pictures of a world that dares to look itself in the mirror, to stand proud and to speak out,” added the festival, whose official selection will be announced on April 13.

Cardinale said she was “honored and proud to be »


- Elsa Keslassy

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Thai Official Receives Hefty Jail Term For Bangkok Festival Corruption

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Juthamas Siriwan, the Thai official who took bribes from the U.S. organizers of the now-defunct Bangkok International Film Festival, has been sentenced to 50 years in jail for corruption.

Siriwan was found guilty by the National Anti-Corruption Commission on Friday under abnormal wealth charges. Her trial took place today at the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases.

Her daughter Jittisopa was also found guilty and received a 44-year sentence. The pair are also required to repay the $1.81 million (THB62 million) that the court said they had taken in kickbacks from U.S. film makers Gerald Green (“Rescue Dawn”) and his wife Patricia.

Siriwan was governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and financier of the festival. The Greens paid her in order to obtain and retain the festival management contract between 2003 and 2006.

In 2009, the Greens were found guilty in a Los Angeles court of breaching the U.S. »


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CinemaCon: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Pleases Exhibitors

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Amid a myriad of slot machines at Caesars Palace, Disney’s showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” on Tuesday left exhibitors in an upbeat mood for representing close to a sure thing.

“That’s the movie people have been waiting for,” said one. “I loved the special effects and the story felt fresh.”

Disney’s presentation of the screening came at the end of the second day of CinemaCon, and started 30 minutes late as Paramount’s earlier presentation ran longer than scheduled. Disney’s distribution chief Dave Hollis first gave a short recap of the studio’s record year of $7.6 billion worldwide, noted that “Beauty and the Beast” had eclipsed $700 million and offered a relatively brief update of the upcoming slate.

No stars took the stage and Hollis did not engage in the typical CinemaCon hyperbole, though he did point out mater-of-factly that the four »


- Dave McNary

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CinemaCon: Disney Plays Hold ‘Em in Vegas, Announces ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Details

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Las Vegas — Disney can be forgiven for phoning it in.

Fresh off a $7 billion year at the global box office, the studio raced through its upcoming releases at a sprinter’s pace during a 12 and a half minute presentation at Cinemacon on Tuesday. There was no footage from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” or “Thor Ragnarok.” Nor did Disney use the gathering of theater owners to debut a preview for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the mere mention of which was enough to have the crowd at Caesar’s Palace whooping and clapping.

Most studios come to Cinemacon, the annual exhibition industry trade show unfolding this week in Las Vegas, armed with A-list actors, new trailers, and promotional art. Their presentations can stretch on for hours. Not so Disney, which likes to unveil that sort of thing at D23, its in-house fan event.

Despite the cursory effort, Disney distribution chief »


- Brent Lang

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CinemaCon: Anthony Hopkins, Mark Wahlberg Dominate ‘Transformers’ Footage

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Paramount opted to highlight its most successful franchise Tuesday at CimemaCon, concluding its presentation by offering a well-received 15-minute sneak peak at”Transformers: The Last Knight.”

Aside from the usual barrage of mechanized transformers — both good and bad — battling each other, the action-packed footage was dominated by Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner and newcomer Anthony Hopkins. To introduce the footage, the studio offered comment from Michael Bay, who is directing his final “Transformers.” A  lively Bay touted the film as being the first to be shot entirely in Imax 3D.

“The scale of the ‘Transformers’ is meant to be seen on the big screen,” Bay asserted.

Moner’s portrayal of a street kid who’s wise beyond her years included a tearful goodbye to one of the Bots who had been trying to protect her. And Hopkins was particularly well-liked by the crowd in the key role of Sir Edmund Burton, »


- Dave McNary

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‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ to Open NY Indian Film Festival

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Hindi indie “Lipstick Under My Burkha,” which has been banned by the Indian film censor board, is continuing its march through film festivals around the country. After opening the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Alankrita Shrivastava’s women-centric movie will launch the New York Indian Film Festival on April 30 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian followed by a fundraising gala.

Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s “An Insignificant Man” will be the centerpiece of the festival on May 3, while Milind Dhaimade’s “You Are My Sunday” will close the fest May 7.

44 docs, features and shorts will unspool at the fest in not only Hindi and English but also Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati languages. The films come from four South Asian countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangla Desh.

Other highlights of the festival include siblings Deepa and Dilip Mehta presenting »


- Shalini Dore

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