'Furious 8' Tops $900 Million Worldwide as Disney's 'Born in China' Bests All Newcomers
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fox Sets Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Deadpool 2’ for June 2018
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.
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.
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
Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’ Pushed to Late Summer 2018
Shane Black’s reboot of the “Predator” universe is spending six more months in the oven. 20th Century Fox announced Saturday that the Feb. 9, 2018 release of the Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Boyd Holbrook starring vehicle has been changed to Aug. 3, 2018. Holbrook stars in the film as an ex-Marine who discovers the existence of the titular alien species and is forced to lead the fight against them. Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) plays the marine’s son, an autistic boy who is bullied in school but becomes vital to his father’s mission as his ability to quickly learn languages proves to be. »
- Matt Donnelly
Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers Drama Gets 2017 Oscar Season Release
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.
- Brent Lang
Margot Robbie to Play Queen Elizabeth in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ (Exclusive)
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
Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio & Robert De Niro May Reteam For ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’
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.
- Rodrigo Perez
Marvel’s ‘Avengers 4’ Won’t Shoot Alongside ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ May End the Modern MCU
Kevin Feige has been particularly chatty as of late. Marvel‘s movie boss has taken on a string of interviews in the past few weeks, taking the opportunity to provide updates on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including some particularly juicy comments about the ‘Avengers‘ movies and where the Marvel universe as a whole might head at the conclusion of Phase 3. And while that might be the more enticing storyline, let’s begin with the (relatively) smaller piece of news.
Continue reading Marvel’s ‘Avengers 4’ Won’t Shoot Alongside ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ May End the Modern MCU at The Playlist. »
- Matthew Monagle
Erin Moran Dies: ‘Happy Days’ Actress Was 56
Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days has died. She was 56. Reports indicate that Moran was found unresponsive on Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana, after they got a call just after 4 pm ET. No cause of death has been revealed at this time and an autopsy is pending. The actress rose to fame in the ’70s after appearing as Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham’s little sister on Happy Days. The show ran for 11 season, with Moran… »
‘The Leftovers’ Offers Up a ‘Perfect Strangers’ Homage in a Stunning Nora-Centric Episode (Spoilers)
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched season three, episode two of “The Leftovers,” titled “Don’t Be Ridiculous.”
Of all the things one might expected of “The Leftovers,” no one could have predicted a tragic homage to “Perfect Strangers,” the 1986-1993 sitcom. It’s so telling of the grace of “The Leftovers” is so aware that it is a television show — and more precisely, that it is aware of the sometimes terribly banal distance between television shows and real life.
“Perfect Strangers” and Mark Linn-Baker have been mentioned in “The Leftovers” before — in the world of “The Leftovers,” star Linn-Baker is the only one of the four regular leads not to have disappeared on October 14. For a while, the world thought all four had disappeared. But in the Season 2 premiere, a news item on a tabloid show is that Linn-Baker faked his own disappearance to start over — kind of — in Chihuahua, Mexico »
- Sonia Saraiya
Tribeca Film Review: ‘I Am Heath Ledger’
If there is any one image you take away from “I Am Heath Ledger,” it’s that of Ledger staring into the camera, spinning it around and around, creating his own sort of impromptu Dv-selfie version of the swirling-camera Pov dance duets in “Saturday Night Fever” and “Carrie.” The shots are emblematic for a couple of reasons. Ledger, as we learn, was always filming and photographing things, including himself and his friends; it was part of his compulsion to make art, to filter his experience through a vast array of lenses. The bounty of images he left behind is a testament to that creative hunger. Yet the fact that he got off on filming himself so much makes its own statement. “I Am Heath Ledger” is a portrait of the artist as an angelic young narcissist, a self-conjured celebrity image-maker. He was always pushing himself to the next level, which is why, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Tribeca: Jon Favreau on 'Lion King' Fans' Expectations, 'Cowboys and Aliens' Disappointment
When Scarlett Johansson and Jon Favreau sat down for a Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, the two reminisced about their multiple collaborations, including Iron Man 2, Chef and The Jungle Book.
And they opened up about dealing with failure.
While Johansson was the interviewer for this exchange — and the actress came well-prepared with a legal pad full of detailed questions — she delivered a few noteworthy asides. In particular, she alluded to the poor performance of The Ghost in the Shell when she introduced a question about some of Favreau's poorly received films, name-checking Cowboys and Aliens.
- Hilary Lewis
SAG-aftra Board to Ask Outside Counsel to Review Misconduct Allegations
The national board of SAG-aftra will ask outside counsel to review recent allegations of alleged misconduct by the union’s leaders.
The board, in a statement passed unanimously on Sunday, also blasted the United Screen Artists Committee for making the allegations.
Variety reported exclusively on Friday that former SAG president Ed Asner and eight other SAG-aftra members made the accusations in a “letter of demand,” and promised to file a suit if the policies are not corrected in 45 days.
The letter of demand said that the amount of member money that’s allegedly being withheld is in the area of $1 billion.
“What appeared to be the improper handling of One Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars of monies held in trust is now approaching at least a Billion Dollars, spread out among internal accounts, as well as such entities as Sound Exchange, Afm & SAG-aftra Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, and a »
- Dave McNary
Rihanna Photoshops Queen Elizabeth II’s Head Onto Her Body (Photos)
Rihanna gave Queen Elizabeth II a 91st birthday present that the royal family won’t soon forget — a look at the monarch’s face on the “Love on the Brain” singer’s 29-year-old body. The magic of PhotoShop proved to be quite funny to some and yet wildly inappropriate to others. “Total disrespect,” one Instagram user wrote, while another said, “Queen’s got some nice legs.” How about you? What do you think? Also Read: Rihanna Accepts Harvard's Humanitarian Award: 'So, I Made It to Harvard' (Video) it’s not that deep. A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Apr »
- Rosemary Rossi
'Get Me Roger Stone': Film Review | Tribeca 2017
Since he claims to thrive on the hatred of those who think democracy is best served by honesty and decency in political campaigns, let's all shout this together: Roger Stone is a swell guy. Loves his mama. Snappy dresser. Has helped sell Americans on some of their finest statesmen, from Richard M. Nixon to Donald J. Trump. We love ya, Rog. Here's hoping our admiration doesn't shrivel your weirdly pumped-up, expensively clothed physique.
- John DeFore
Justin Bieber Reflects on His Troubled Past: ‘Thank God I’m Not Where I Used to Be’
Justin Bieber shared an introspective moment with his 85 million Instagram followers on Sunday, reflecting on his troubled 2014 when he was arrested for driving under the influence. “I Love This because it reminds me Im Not Exactly Where I Want To Be But Thank God Im Not Where I Used To Be!! The Best Is Yet To Come Do You Believe It?” he wrote while depicting side-by-side “then” and “now” photos showing his 2014 mug shot and his healthier look today. I Love This because it reminds me Im Not Exactly Where I Want To Be But Thank God Im »
- Rosemary Rossi
China Box Office: ‘Furious 8’ Drives Off With Second Weekend
“The Fate of the Furious” drove off into the distance in its second weekend at the Chinese box office, far ahead of holdovers and a slew of new releases.
It clocked up $53.4 million, for a cumulative score of $318 million after 10 days. That was despite its screen count being reduced by approximately a fifth to 120,000 sessions per day.
“Furious 8” continued to dominate China’s 400-odd IMAX screens, where it earned $4.5 million over the weekend. That gives it an IMAX China score of $23.2 million in 10-days, with 10 more days to play on the giant screen circuit.
Opening in second place with a score of $11.0 million was “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” which got to play over 40,000 sessions per day. In third place was new release Chinese romantic comedy “Mr Pride Vs Ms Prejudice,” which played an average pf 32,000 sessions per day and earned $7.29 million over the weekend. Including previews, it stands on $9.86 million. »
- Patrick Frater
Tencent’s Penguin Pictures Boards Fox Networks’ ‘Trading Floor’
Tencent Penguin Pictures, one of the studio operations belonging to Chinese social media giant Tencent, has come on board “The Trading Floor.” The 5-part series, which goes into production imminently, is the first premium series from Hong Kong-based Fox Networks Group, and is being made with Andy Lau’s Focus Television.
With Kk Wong directing, “The Trading Floor” follows a crack team of financial mercenaries in their attempt to conquer the financial market.
Hong Kong actor Francis Ng, Taiwanese hearth throb Joseph Chang and Yu Nan are confirmed as starring. It will also co-star Poon Chang Leung, Jacky Cai , Carlos Chan and Jiang Qilin, with a special appearance by Patrick Tam.
Scheduled to be released in the fall of 2017, “The Trading Floor” will be broadcast on Scm, Fng Asia’s Chinese movie channel. It will also be made available to viewers in mainland China on Tencent Video on a day and date basis.
- Patrick Frater
‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Broadway Review: Christian Borle to the Rescue
In my nearly half century of Broadway theatergoing, I’ve never witnessed such a second-act reversal of fortune as what’s going on now at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” opened Sunday. Only in retrospective can you see glimmers of hope in the musical’s desultory first half. Just one song by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman hits the mark in this retelling of Roald Dahl’s tale of four children who win golden tickets to Willy Wonka’s long-shuttered chocolate factory. In “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” the media-obsessed Mike Teavee (the devilishly good Michael Wartella) and his doting mother, »
- Robert Hofler
Scott Baio Lovingly Remembers Erin Moran: ‘God Has You Now, Erin’
Scott Baio took to Twitter Sunday to acknowledge the death of his one-time “Happy Days” love interest, Erin Moran, who died Saturday at the age of 56. “May people remember Erin for her contagious smile, warm heart, and animal loving soul. I always hoped she could find peace in her life. God has you now, Erin,” he wrote. “My sincere condolences.” Baio and Moran played iconic young lovers Joanie Cunningham and Chachi Arcola in the classic sitcom of the ’70s and ’80s, “Happy Days.” Also Read: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler Mourn Death of 'Happy Days' Costar Erin Moran Although he joined the show. »
- Rosemary Rossi
Tribeca: Political Activist Tries to Cause a Stir at 'Acorn and the Firestorm' Premiere
A conservative political activist and investigative journalist caused a stir Sunday night at the world premiere of Acorn and the Firestorm at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The documentary explores how the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (Acorn), a group of more than 400,000 left-leaning members, became a major player in the 2008 presidential election that resulted in Barack Obama's victory and was subsequently taken down by the strategic efforts of conservatives, including exposé videos from a then-budding media entity spearheaded by Andrew Breitbart. The group also was aided by conservative activists James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, who posed »
- Kimberly Nordyke
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