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Is the Black Hole Remake Too Dark for Disney?

Disney has found much success with its live-action adaptations of earlier animated movies. But when it comes to rebooting or remaking their own classic live-action movies from the 70s and 80s, they've had a far less impressive track record. Tron: Legacy teeters on being considered an outright bomb, and this led to their planned Black Hole remake getting indefinitely shelved. But there may have been bigger issues behind The Black Hole's delay than the lackluster performance of Tron 2.

Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski had actually teamed up with his producer from that movie, Sean Bailey, to start developing the Black Hole remake over seven years ago, which would have revamped the 1979 sci-fi thriller. Passengers screenwriter Jon Spaihts was hired to come in and do a rewrite. Though that project never moved foreword, Spaihts did stick with Disney, and has since co-written the screenplay for this weekend's Doctor Strange.
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Tues Top Ten: Helen Reddy on TV and at the Movies

Appropos of nothing let's celebrate Helen Reddy's 75th Birthday today! The Pete's Dragon star (the original not this year's remake) was an Australian pop star who had a ton of hits in the 1970s. The only one that gets much airplay today is "I Am Woman" which still shows up in movies and on TV for an instant time capsule. You know how some songs become cultural shorthand. For a time Reddy was a movie and TV presence, too, including at awards shows -- and you know how we love those here at The Film Experience. She was Golden Globe nominated as "Most Promising Newcomer" a now defunct category for the disaster flick Airport '75 and she sang multiple movie theme songs, too!

Let's look back at 10 moments from her TV/Movie history just for kicks and star sightings...
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Disney's Pete's Dragon coming to Blu-ray, Digital Nov. 29

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Pete's Dragon is coming home on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD!

“Pete’s Dragon,” a reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film centered on an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot -- who just so happens to be a dragon -- comes home on Nov. 29 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand. Families will be captivated by this magical movie followed by never-before-seen bonus features, including a revealing look at director David Lowery’s personal diary kept during the filming of “Pete’s Dragon,” the design process behind the lovable dragon Elliot, deleted scenes, a tour of the film’s breathtaking production location of New Zealand, audio commentary by filmmakers and actors and hilarious bloopers. "Pete's Dragon" stars Bryce Dallas Howard ("Jurassic World") as Grace, a forest ranger in the Pacific Northwest who happens upon 10-year-old Pete, played by Oakes Fegley ("This is Where I Leave You
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Bo report: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children opens on top

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has debuted on top of the box office, with long-weekend takings of $4.8 million. Tim Burton's latest has knocked off The Secret Life of Pets, which fell 7 per cent to bring in $3.99 million. The Universal title now sits on $25.1 million after four weeks. Just an inch behind Pets was Sony's The Magnificent Seven, which debuted on 250 screens and made $3.98 million. The long weekend saw Warner Bros' Storks soar, with its takings of $2.3 million up 31 per cent on last week's debut. The animated film has now made $5.2 million overall. Bridget Jones's Baby took a tumble this week, falling 33 per cent to ring up $2.16 million. Now on screens for three weeks, the Universal film sits just shy of $14 million. Roadshow's Sully also fell, down 25 per cent on last week with takings of $1.4 million. The Clint Eastwood film has now made $11.2 million after four weeks.
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Shia Labeouf Says He ‘Doesn’t Like the Movies’ He Made With Steven Spielberg

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Shia Labeouf Says He ‘Doesn’t Like the Movies’ He Made With Steven Spielberg
Shia Labeouf is on the cover of Variety, and nestled among his introspective comments about his personal and professional trajectory are some unexpected thoughts about Steven Spielberg. The actor, who worked with the vaunted filmmaker on the “Transformers” franchise (which Spielberg produced) and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (which he directed), says that “I don’t like the movies that I made with Spielberg.”

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“The only movie that I liked that we made together was ‘Transformers’ one,” adds Laboeuf. During his recent #AllMyMovies performance, in which the actor live-streamed himself watching every single movie he’d appeared in, he left during the second installment in the toy-based series of films directed by Michael Bay. “You get there, and you realize you’re not meeting the Spielberg you dream of,
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Summer Box Office Wrap Up: 7 big lessons from a season full of disappointments

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Summer Box Office Wrap Up: 7 big lessons from a season full of disappointments
There's been a bit of confusion in the media as of late about the performance of this year's crop of summer movies. Pieces abound about the so-called dismal state of the season, and yet when you look at it purely from a numbers perspective, 2016 actually ranks as the second-best summer ever in terms of domestic box office (2013 remains firmly in first place). So why all the doomsaying? First, let's take a look at a list of this summer's out-and-out "flops" -- a designation that can roughly be judged by measuring a film's budget-to-gross ratio. Historically, for a title to be deemed "profitable" it has to have made at least two times its production budget, and by that measure, the last four months have produced a total of six outright box office failures. They are: Star Trek Beyond Budget: $185 million Worldwide gross: $285 million Ghostbusters Budget: $144 million Worldwide gross: $219 million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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Box Office Report: The Winners and Losers of Summer '16

Here's your estimated 4-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Don't Breathe - $19.5 million ($54.9 million total) 2. Suicide Squad - $12.8 million ($300.2 million total) 3. Pete's Dragon - $8.583 million ($66.3 million total) 4. Kubo and the Two Strings - $8.537 million ($36.3 million total) 5. Sausage Party - $6.5 million ($89.6 million total) 6. War Dogs - $6.02 million ($36.5 million total) 7. Bad Moms - $6.0 million ($103.7 million total) 8. The Light Between Oceans - $5.9 million ($5.9 million total) 9. Hell or High Water - $5.6 million ($15.7 million total) 10. Mechanic: Resurrection - $5.5 million ($15.6 million total)   The Big Stories As Labor Day weekends go, it certainly is not one to write home about. Audiences showed...

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Will Clint Eastwood's Sully Fly High at the Box Office?

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Will Clint Eastwood's Sully Fly High at the Box Office?
The low-budget hit thriller Don't Breathe managed to stay atop the box office during the Labor Day holiday weekend, taking in $15.7 million over the first three-days, and a total of $19.5 over the extended four-day holiday. Now that the fall movie season is kicking into high gear, some of this year's awards season favorites will start hitting the big screen, with the highly-anticipated biopic Sully poised to be one of the first Oscar candidates to arrive this year. We're predicting that Sully should have no trouble taking the top spot this weekend with $22.5 million, fending off fellow new releases The Disappointments Room, The Wild Life and When the Bough Breaks.

What will be interesting to see is how the 9/11 anniversary affects box office sales. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack, and while Sully, which stars Tom Hanks as the title character, does not have anything to do with terrorism,
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Don't Breathe Wins the Labor Day Weekend Box Office with $15.7M

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Don't Breathe Wins the Labor Day Weekend Box Office with $15.7M
The summer movie season is now officially over, bringing an end to big popcorn blockbusters. Last weekend, Don't Breathe surprised everyone as it brought Suicide Squad's three-week reign to a close. While Don't Breathe's opening gross of $26.4 million might not sound like much, it far surpassed its budget of $9.9 million. This weekend it faced off against two newcomers, the 20th Century Fox A.I. thriller Morgan, which has only been gettin so-so reviews. And DreamWorks and Touchstone's drama The Light Between the Oceans. The Obama date movie Southside With You also expanded. Despite having some new competition, Don't Breathe was able to score its second weekend atop the box office with $15.7 million.

Don't Breathe played in 3,051 theaters this weekend, pulling in a decent $5,146 per-screen average. Box Office Mojo reports that Morgan debuted in 2,020 theaters, but the movie failed to crack the top 10 in 17th place with $1.9 million, pulling
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Home Invasion Thriller Don't Breathe Remains #1 For A Second Weekend At The Box Office

comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of September 4, 2016, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services.

As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, comScore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using comScore's suite of products.

comScore's Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented:

"Paramount's 'Star Trek Beyond' beamed up an out of this world opening of $31.3 million in China for an overall international weekend of $37 million in 40 markets, thus propelling its international total to $131.1 million and its global cumulative to $285.3 million."

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, September 4, are below.

1. Star Trek Beyond - Paramount Pictures - $39.5M

2. Suicide Squad - Warner Bros. - $21.8M

3. Don't Breathe - Sony - $21.M

4. Secret Life Of Pets,
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'Don't Breathe' Repeats Atop Weekend Box Office Over Slow Labor Day Weekend

'Don't Breathe' Repeats Atop Weekend Box Office Over Slow Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day weekend is sending the Summer 2016 movie season out with more of a whimper than a bang, but that isn't to say there aren't performances that stand out. While the weekend's two new wide releases*The Light Between Oceans and Morgan*failed to have much of an impact on the overall weekend, Sony's horror/thriller Don't Breathe became only the second horror film to top the weekend box office two weekends in a row since 2014. On top of that, Bad Moms has now crossed the $100 million mark domestically, Suicide Squad will soon top $300 million and The Secret Life of Pets moved up another notch on the all-time animated list while Finding Dory continued to pad its lead. With an estimated $15.7 million three-day weekend Screen Gems' Don't Breathe finished atop the box office for a second weekend in a row with a drop of just 41% as its cume now
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'Don't Breathe' To Lead Labor Day Weekend Over 'Morgan' & 'Light Between Oceans'

'Don't Breathe' To Lead Labor Day Weekend Over 'Morgan' & 'Light Between Oceans'
Saturday Morning Update: With an estimated $4.2 million Don't Breathe is right on track to become the first horror film to top the weekend box office two weeks in a row since Ouija did it back in 2014. The film is looking to crack upwards of $14-15 million for the three-day with a chance at $18 million for the four day. In second is Suicide Squad, continuing its journey to $300 million domestic with another second place finish around $10 million for the three-day and $13-14 million for the four-day after an estimated $2.24 million on Friday from 3,292 theaters. As for the weekend's two new wide releases, neither is faring well. Dreamworks' The Light Between Oceans pulled in an estimated $1.35 million on Friday from 1,500 theaters, heading toward a three-day weekend around $4.6 million and a four-day around $6 million. Looking even worse is Fox's Morgan, which won't even crack the weekend top ten after an estimated $615,000 on Friday from 2,020 theaters,
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Will Don't Breathe Strangle Morgan at the Labor Day Box Office?

Will Don't Breathe Strangle Morgan at the Labor Day Box Office?
The Labor Day holiday traditionally marks the end of the summer movie season, and the end of huge box office grosses. Last weekend, the horror-thriller Don't Breathe managed to end Suicide Squad's three-week reign atop the box office with $26.4 million, and this weekend it will face two newcomers, 20th Century Fox's thriller Morgan and DreamWorks and Touchstone's drama The Light Between the Oceans, with the true story drama Southside With You also expected to expand. Still, we're predicting that Don't Breathe will win for a second weekend in a row, in what has always been a typically low-grossing frame.

While Don't Breathe didn't put up staggering numbers last weekend, it will still be playing in over 1,000 more theaters than its competitors. Box Office Mojo reports that Morgan will be released in approximately 2,000 theaters, while The Light Between the Oceans is expected to debut in 1,500 theaters. Southside With You is
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Box Office Report: 'Don't Breathe' Continues Strong Year for Horror at the Box Office

Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Don't Breathe - $26.1 million ($26.1 million total) 2. Suicide Squad - $12.1 million ($282.8 million total) 3. Kubo and the Two Strings - $7.9 million ($24.9 million total) 4. Sausage Party - $7.6 million ($80.0 million total) 5. Mechanic: Resurrection - $7.5 million ($7.5 million total) 6. Pete's Dragon - $7.28 million ($54.7 million total) 7. War Dogs - $7.25 million ($27.7 million total) 8. Bad Moms - $5.7 million ($95.4 million total) 9. Jason Bourne - $5.2 million ($149.3 million total) 10. Ben-Hur - $4.5 million ($19.5 million total) The Big Stories It may be the dog days of summer but no one told the horror crowd that. A couple weeks ago I speculated whether or not we...

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Don't Breathe Tops The Box Office

comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of August 28, 2016, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services.

As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, comScore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using comScore's suite of products.

comScore's Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, "The box office is 'Bourne' again in China as Universal's 'Jason Bourne' is the No. 1 film there this week and by virtue of this performance is pushed to the number one spot globally with $62 million over the weekend.  Having opened in China on Tuesday, the box office through Sunday is an impressive $50 millionand has already passed the lifetime box office of all the Bourne films in this all-important moviegoing territory."

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday,
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Looking Back: The Unseen Gems of the 2016 Summer Movie Season

With the 2016 summer movie season all but officially over, plenty of movie bloggers/journalists have been quick to say this past summer has been rather lackluster for film. I would argue otherwise – while some of the blockbusters have crashed and burned at the box office, this past weekend Suicide Squad and Sausage Party still performed strong at the box office. Marvel's Captain America: Civil War and Disney's Pete's Dragon were highlights of the summer as well. So why all the “doom & gloom”? That's likely because most audiences never really gave some of the best films of summer 2016 a chance. There were quite a few hidden gems out there waiting to be seen, if you were brave enough to give them your time (and money). It may not be entirely the audience's fault, though. One of the best films of the summer, Star Trek Beyond, had a very mediocre first trailer
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Sam Mendes Considering Directing ‘James and the Giant Peach’ Live Action Remake

Sam Mendes Considering Directing ‘James and the Giant Peach’ Live Action Remake
Director Sam Mendes in early conversations to come aboard a live action version of “James and the Giant Peach[/link]” for Disney, Deadline reports. Nick Hornby is writing the screenplay for the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1961 children’s novel.

Henry Selick previously directed the 1996 animated feature “James and the Giant Peach” for Walt Disney Animation. The film grossed $28.9 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo. Dahl’s story follows an orphan living with his two cruel aunts when he meets and befriends a group human-like bugs living inside a giant peach. Together, they embark on a trip to New York City.

Mendes’ latest feature directing job was last year’s James Bond film “Spectre,” his second of the franchise after 2012’s “Skyfall.” He has stated publicly that he’s done with the Bond franchise, however. Other projects listed as “in development” on IMDb Pro for Mendes include the drama-thriller “The
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Sam Mendes in talks to direct James And The Giant Peach

Ryan Lambie Aug 26, 2016

Director Sam Mendes could be going from Bond to Dahl with a live action adaptation of James And The Giant Peach for Disney...

It's 20 years since the release of Henry Selick's adaptation of Roald Dahl's James And The Giant Peach - a sweet and sometimes macabre fantasy brought to life with a charming mix of live-action and stop-motion animation. The movie wasn't a huge hit, but it remains a beautifully-crafted highlight in Selick's career.

Disney certainly hasn't forgotten about James Henry Trotter and his adventures aboard a giant, floating peach; the Dahl story is set to be the latest in a string of live-action adaptations, which has so far in cluded the likes of Maleficent and this year's The Jungle Book. According to Variety, American Beauty, Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes is in talks to direct a new James And The Giant Peach, with
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'Fantastic Beasts,' 'Magnificent Seven' and 'Doctor Strange' Are Most Anticipated Fall Films, Say Moviegoers

This summer has brought its share of successful blockbuster entertainment (The Conjuring 2, Central Intelligence, Finding Dory, Ghostbusters, Star Trek Beyond, Jason Bourne, Kubo and the Two Strings), unexpected pleasures (The Shallows, The Infiltrator, Lights Out, Pete's Dragon, Sausage Party, Ben-Hur)  and movies that didn't quite live up to expectations (Independence Day: Resurgence, Suicide Squad). What will the fall bring? In a nationwide poll conducted by Fandango, moviegoers revealed their most anticipated movies of the upcoming season. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them topped the list, which is really no surprise, in view of the continuing popularity of the Harry Potter universe created by J.K. Rowling. The new movie may be a prequel, taking place...

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'Don't Breathe' to Stifle Weekend Box Office as Summer 2016 Winds Down

'Don't Breathe' to Stifle Weekend Box Office as Summer 2016 Winds Down
Saturday Am Update: With an estimated $10 million on Friday, Screen Gems' Don't Breathe took the #1 spot with ease and will breeze through to a weekend win around $22 million. Meanwhile, Jason Statham's Mechanic: Resurrection pulled in an estimated $2.6 million on Friday and is expected to bring in $6.5-7 million for the three-day weekend. Roadside and Miramar's Southside with You brought in approximately $1 million on Friday and is expected to bring in $2.6-3 million for the weekend while the Weinstein's Hands of Stone brought in an estimated $624k and should finish right around $1.5-1.8 for the three day. You can check out our chart of Friday estimates right here and we'll be back tomorrow morning with a full recap of the weekend. Friday Am Update: Screen Gems and Stage 6 Films' Don't Breathe brought in $1.875 million from Thursday night screenings in ~2,500 theaters. This is just ahead of the $1.8 million Lights Out
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