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'Hitman's Bodyguard' Hauls in Strong $1.65M from Thursday Previews

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Friday AM Update: The Hitman's Bodyguard did a solid $1.65 million from preview screenings last night, which took place at ~2,600 locations beginning at 7 PM.

This compares favorably to War Dogs, which brought in $1.25 million from preview screenings at 2,800 locations before opening with $14.6 million. It's also an improvement on 2013's 2 Guns, which brought in $1.28 million from preview screenings and opened with $27 million. It's also just a shade below the preview grosses for Valerian ($1.7M) and Ghost in the Shell ($1.8M), which opened with $17 million and $18.6 million respectively.

As far as R-rated films are concerned, however, this is a very solid showing as no R-rated film has opened with less than $16.5 million after bringing in more than $1.5 million in Thursday night previews, the lowest of the bunch being Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates which brought in $1.6 million from previews and opened with $16.6 million last July.

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- Brad Brevet

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'Star Wars' Obi-Wan Kenobi Film in the Works (Exclusive)

17 August 2017 9:19 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Stephen Daldry is Star Wars’ new hope.

The Oscar-nominated director behind Billy Elliot and The Hours is in early talks to direct a Star Wars standalone movie centering on Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. 

Sources say talks are at the earliest of stages and that the project has no script. If a deal makes, Daldry would oversee the development and writing with Lucasfilm brass. It's not known at this stage if Ewan McGregor will reprise his role. 

The Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone is one of several projects being developed by Lucasfilm and Disney that fall outside the trilogies telling the »

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Amazon Studios, Warner Bros. Teaming on ‘The Goldfinch’ (Exclusive)

22 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. is finalizing a deal with Amazon Studios to co-finance its film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch,” Variety has learned.

As part of the pact, Amazon will invest more than a third of the movie’s budget, which is estimated to be in the $40 million range, according to insiders. In return, it will get streaming rights to the picture and debut it on home entertainment platforms in what is commonly referred to as the pay-tv window, the term for when movies debut on HBO and Showtime.

Warner Bros. will distribute the film in theaters worldwide. There were several other parties interested in boarding the project, but Amazon was the most aggressive. The e-retailer believes the project is a good fit for its customer base, because Tartt’s novel was a big seller on its platform. It also views the partnership on the movie as a good branding opportunity. »

- Brent Lang

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Director David F. Sandberg gives an update on Shazam and his comic book inspirations

17 August 2017 5:49 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fresh from the box office success of Annabelle: Creation, director David F. Sandberg is now turning his attention to the DC Extended Universe and his next project, Shazam!. Speaking to Film Riot (via Heroic Hollywood), Sandberg has provided an update on Shazam!, confirming that the script is ready and it will be the next DC movie to go into production after Aquaman.

“There’s a script, it’s the next DC movie to shoot,” said Sandberg, who also confirmed that Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam will no longer feature in the film. “There’ve been variations of the script, like before I came along, where… you know, variations where Black Adam was in and out and, you know. But now, this is about Shazam.”

Sandberg also talked about which comic books he’s been reading in preparation for the project: “I’m taking it all in. Some of those really old ones are quite fun, »

- Gary Collinson

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The Jetsons Live-Action Sitcom From Robert Zemeckis Lands at ABC

17 August 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

ABC, meet George Jetson. George Jetson, meet ABC.

The Alphabet network has given a put-pilot order to a live-action sitcom reboot of The Jetsons, TVLine has learned. The remake, first reported here back in June, will update the classic 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon about a futuristic family, this time as a traditional multi-camera sitcom. Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) will serve as an executive producer, with Family Guy writer Gary Janetti penning the pilot.

Janetti’s presence may be a hint about the tone of these new-look Jetsons, which “looks at America’s favorite future family through a modern filter, »

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Bruce Forsyth, UK Gameshow Host and TV Legend, Dies at 89

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Bruce Forsyth, TV legend and host for various game shows such as “The Price is Right,” has died. He was 89. According to the BBC, the former “Strictly Come Dancing” presenter had been unwell for quite some time and was in the hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection. He died at his home Friday afternoon surrounded by his wife and children. According to the Guardian, Forsyth recently contracted bronchial pneumonia. Also Read: Christopher Titus to Host 'Pawn Stars' Spinoff Gameshow (Exclusive) “It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Apple and Hollywood Pose New Threat to Sinking Movie Theaters With Digital Download Talks

22 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Apple and Hollywood are working together to offer digital downloads of movies only weeks after they premiere — a move that could further exacerbate the dwindling strength of movie theaters. The price, however, is still up for debate. Major studios like Warner Bros. and Universal are ironing out deals with Apple and Comcast to distribute new releases for between $30 and $50, according to Bloomberg. Movies would be available on Premium Video on Demand as soon as two weeks after debuting in theaters, under the project’s current framework. For $50, digital downloads would be available around 17 days after their theater »

- Sean Burch

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Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger Tell a Trump Bobblehead How to Condemn Neo-Nazis

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Friendly advice from one Celebrity Apprentice host to a bobblehead version of another. »

- David Canfield

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Bruce Forsyth Dies: Legendary British Entertainer Was 89

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Legendary British entertainer and television personality Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89, it was announced Friday by his manager Ian Wilson.

A statement from Wilson said: “It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children.”

More to come… »

- Robert Mitchell

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Emmys 2017: Will dazzling ‘Planet Earth II’ beat true-crime intrigue of ‘The Keepers’ for Documentary Series?

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With 10 nominations, the nature documentary “Planet Earth II” is the most recognized nonfiction program at this year’s Emmy Awards, so it seems like it should be a safe bet to win Best Documentary Series, especially after the original “Planet Earth” won this award in 2007. But while Emmy voters like nature programs, they’re also […] »

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‘The Fosters’ Star Elliot Fletcher on Hate Speech: ‘It Doesn’t Do Anything But Create More Violence’

31 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

From teen pregnancy to drugs, “The Fosters” has always tackled potentially controversial topics, confronting them head-on with characters that express varying points of view. The fifth season of Freeform’s family drama finds Callie (Maia Mitchell) involved with a student group that plans to protest a conservative campus speaker, arguing that someone spewing hate speech should not be given a platform. Callie’s boyfriend, Aaron (Elliot Fletcher), surprised her — and the audience — when he revealed that he believes all speech should be protected as free speech, and therefore he wasn’t in agreement with the protest plans.

“When I got the script for that episode, it did take me aback a little bit, I won’t lie,” Fletcher tells Variety. “I was surprised that Aaron felt that way, but I did as much work as I could internally with the character to develop why he felt that way and what had happened in his past to make »

- Danielle Turchiano

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The Defenders Recap: Talk to the Hand

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The fight scenes in “Mean Right Hook” are a big step up. »

- Oliver Sava

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Why The Defenders Has a Scene About White Privilege

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The co-showrunner and stars weigh in on a memorable argument. »

- Abraham Riesman

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Noomi Rapace Is Unleashing Her Toughest Role Yet

31 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

[Warning: This story contains minor spoilers for What Happened to Monday]

Noomi Rapace is known for going to extremes for her work. She's been so entrenched in a role that she experienced physical pain that only left when production ended. She vomited after completing the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy — her body's way of expelling her character Lisbeth Salander from her soul.

So it certainly means something when Rapace says Netflix's What Happened to Monday wasn't easy.

"This is definitely the hardest thing I've ever done," the actress tells Heat Vision of the film, in which she »

- Aaron Couch

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TV Ratings: ‘SNL: Weekend Update’ Stays Solid with Surprise Cameos

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The second installment of “SNL: Weekend Update” is currently up significantly in both key ratings measures in its second week, according to Nielsen overnight data,

However, Thursday night’s numbers will likely be adjusted down later today due to local preemptions for NFL preseason football.

Airing at 9 p.m., the expanded version of the popular segment is currently averaging a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.8 million total viewers. That is up approximately 25% in the key demo and 24% in total viewers, pending adjustments. The episode featured cameos by former “SNL” cast members Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers.

Earlier on NBC, “The Wall” (1.2, 5.8 million) was also up significantly in both measures. A new episode of “The Night Shift” (0.8, 4 million) is currently matching its season high in the key demo.

On CBS, “Big Brother” (2.0, 6.6 million) was the top-rated and most-watched show of the night. “Zoo” (0.6, 2.8 million) was up in total viewers at 10.

For ABC, “Boy »

- Joe Otterson

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Apple’s TV Content Push: Who Will Get a Piece of That $1 Billion?

40 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Apple signaled this week that it is serious about competing in the original-programming space, devoting a cool $1 billion in a concerted push into new TV shows. But questions remain regarding exactly which kinds of shows will fill out its roster. The Cupertino-based company initially plans to develop up to 10 series as it joins the crowded content fray that already includes digital platforms such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. This summer saw Apple launch its first two original shows, “Planet of the Apps” and a spinoff of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke.” Neil Landau, author of “TV Outside the Box” and. »

- Ryan Gajewski and Matt Pressberg

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John Boyega Hints Again at Possible Cameos by Princes William and Harry in ‘Jedi’

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John Boyega has hinted again that heirs to the British throne Prince William and Prince Harry and actor Tom Hardy have cameos in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program Friday morning to promote Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” Boyega was asked about the rumors he fueled when last on the show – that the two royals had secret cameos in “The Last Jedi” as stormtroopers – and whether the princes had lines.

“I think they took that scene out,” Boyega said jokingly, then added: “I’ve had enough with those Prince William secrets, man. They came on set; they were there, man. Tom Hardy was there, too – I said it. I’m sick of hiding this.”

The actor, who plays former stormtrooper Finn in the sequel trilogy, said questions had dogged him ever since the rumors first began circulating in April 2016, when William and Harry visited the “Jedi” set (pictured). “Every time I get »

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Adam Driver Teases "Unexpected" Kylo Ren Development in 'Last Jedi'

45 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It's a trap! Or maybe not. 

Adam Driver will intrigue Star Wars fans with a Sunday interview on the Today show in which he discusses his Sith character, Kylo Ren. 

The 33-year-old actor doesn't give anyway any specifics, obviously, but he does make a comment that is interesting when asked by Willie Geist if fans "will be happy with that happens to Kylo." 

Driver responds, "God, I hope. I think it will be hopefully unexpected." 

Now, this could mean anything. Perhaps Luke or Rey cut him down or maybe he pulls a Darth Vader and redeems himself. Or maybe none of the »

- Ryan Parker

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‘Game of Thrones': Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Teases Final Season Filming Start Date

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The cast of “Game of Thrones” is set to start filming the final season of the hit HBO series in October, according to actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. “You get the scripts a month before we start shooting, or six weeks, and then you know what’s going to happen that season,” the actor who plays Jaime Lannister told Collider. “But, I don’t know what’s going to happen next season. We go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks, we’ll get the scripts and I’ll find out. I’m very curious.” According to the publication, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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From Jay-z to Steven Soderbergh: 11 Stars Who Unretired From Showbiz

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In the entertainment business, staying in retirement is apparently not as easy as it may sound. Actors, musicians, writers and directors often claim to be done for good only to return to their craft later on — some sooner than others. Whether it's because of health issues or simply wanting to take some time off, Hollywood stars often turn toward retirement as a way to step out of the spotlight. 

Daniel Day-Lewis is the most recent star to announce his retirement from showbiz. However, he previously took a break from acting in 1997 to pursue a passion for woodworking and shoemaking. »

- Sydney Odman

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