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'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… »
Tribeca Review: ‘Copwatch’
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
14 Times Video Games Continued the Stories of Movies (Photos)
Video games based on movies have a long history of being terrible. But there are a few licensed games that don’t just ride the coattails of successful films, they actually expand and add to them. Here are 12 video games that picked up the torches for stories started on film. “The Thing” (1982) John Carpenter’s 1982 horror movie finds a group of scientists trapped in an Antarctic research facility with an alien threat that takes over and imitates them. The film ends with awesome ambiguity: MacReady (Kurt Russell) and Childs (Keith David) staring each other down, neither sure if the other is. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Adds Steven Tyler, Joe Perry Roles (Exclusive)
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
‘Free Fire’ Misfires at Loaded Indie Box Office
A24 has enjoyed immense success with small-budgeted, limited release films like “Moonlight,” but the studio took a different approach this weekend with Ben Wheatley’s shoot-em-up “Free Fire,” opening the film in a targeted release of 1,070 screens. Unfortunately for A24, the results have not been what they were hoping for. The film — which features Martin Scorsese as executive producer and stars Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley as a group of black market arms dealers who whip out their guns when a sale goes south — got decent reviews with a 66 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating. But “Free Fire” »
- Jeremy Fuster
Pablo Schreiber Is a Terrifying Drug Lord in 'Thumper' Clip (Exclusive Video)
Written and directed by Jordan Ross, the crime drama sees Schreiber as Wyatt, the head of the local drug ring. Schreiber — best known for terrifying inmates on Orange Is the New Black — says he’s drawn to “characters who live on the extremes” and “people who have different live philosophies than I do,” but he’s never played an overtly racist character before.
“We shot this April 2016, long before the election,” he tells THR. “But now »
- Ashley Lee
Jill Soloway Says ‘Transparent’ Season 4 Will Be ‘More Political’
Amazon’s “Transparent” hit the Emmy trail once again with a For Your Consideration event Saturday evening, featuring a two-episode screening and Q&A with the cast and creative team. The panel was moderated by a “surprise guest,” singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette.
Held at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway was joined by stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Kathryn Hahn, Alexandra Billings and Trace Lysette to discuss the series’ third season.
Tambor, whose portrayal of Maura Pfefferman has already garnered him two lead actor Emmys, said he is “grateful” for the time he has spent with the role. “I think it’s made me a more responsible actor and person, and also made a better husband, citizen and dad,” he said.
Given the current tense political climate, nearly every member of the cast and crew agreed it was “unavoidable” not to address the influx in Lgbtq discrimination since the »
- Arya Roshanian
9 Former Child Stars Who’ve Gone From Hollywood to Handcuffs (Photos)
Edward Furlong, once a young rising star known for “Terminator 2” and “American History X,” has been arrested multiple times as an adult on domestic violence charges. Macaulay Culkin, star of the first two “Home Alone” movies, was arrested in Oklahoma City for possession of controlled substances in 2007. Jake Lloyd, who played Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars Episode I,” was arrested for reckless driving and resisting arrest in 2015. His mother later said that Lloyd had been suffering from schizophrenia. Shia Labeouf, who got his big start as a child actor on the Disney Channel show “Even Stevens,” was charged with »
- Jeremy Fuster
Andie MacDowell on 'Love After Love's' "Unusual" Opportunity "For a Mature Woman"
Russell Harbaugh's Love After Love, which premiered Saturday night at the Tribeca Film Festival, follows a family after the death of its patriarch and how his widow, Suzanne (Andie MacDowell), and her adult sons (Chris O'Dowd and James Adomian) try to cope with their loss and move on, including with new relationships.
The film is somewhat unconventional in its lack of exposition and traditional dialogue, with viewers instead peering in on the family members' lives.
The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney says in his review, of Harbaugh's approach, "Many of Harbaugh's scenes are little more than fragments, often glimpsed »
- Hilary Lewis
Former Fox News Star Alisyn Camerota Accuses Roger Ailes of Sexual Harassment: ‘Often Grossly Inappropriate’
On the heels of Bill O’Reilly‘s ousting at Fox News comes a claim from former “Fox & Friend” co-host and current co-anchor of CNN’s “New Day” Alisyn Camerota that, “Yes, Roger Ailes did sexually harass me.” On Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” Camerota said she doesn’t relish talking about her experiences with O’Reilly and Ailes while working at Fox News because she doesn’t like the idea of criticizing her past workplace, but now feels as if there was a “tipping point.” “Now, with Bill O’Reilly having been fired, it feels as though — if I take »
- Rosemary Rossi
‘The Voice’: Lilli Passero is best singer on Team Adam Levine after live playoff, say 47% of readers
At the end of the April 18 live two-hour episode of “The Voice,” Adam Levine saw two of his six artists — Jesse Larson and Lilli Passero — win the public vote to make it into the Top 12. He then chose Mark Isaiah from his four eliminated acts to also take on to the next round. Levine has won three of his 11 previous seasons on “The […] »
- Paul Sheehan
'Shadowman': Film Review | Tribeca 2017
Oren Jacoby’s documentary chronicles the life and career of Richard Hambleton, one of three figures who dominated the outsider art scene in 1980s New York. But unlike his contemporaries Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who, as one of the film’s commentators waggishly puts it, each made the “good career move” of dying young, Hambleton squandered his success with a crippling drug addiction. Shadowman, receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, achieves its goal of shining a spotlight on its subject while delivering a fascinating true-life tale.
The film begins with grainy footage, shot late at night on in »
- Frank Scheck
‘Fate of the Furious’ Continues to Dominate Global Box Office With $908.4 Million Worldwide
“The Fate of the Furious” is flexing at the global box office.
While the action film shows signs of waning enthusiasm in the domestic market (that said, it continues to dominate overall), the Fast and Furious franchise’s eighth installment is roaring to new heights overseas. By the end of the weekend, Universal’s latest is estimated to make $744.8 million internationally, and $908.4 million worldwide.
Directed by F. Gary Gray, the film — centered on a group of thrill-seeking racers — rides on the talent and charisma of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron.
Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Stays on Top; ‘Unforgettable,’ ‘The Promise’ Bomb
“Fate” continues to feel the love in China, tacking on an additional $58.5 million during its second weekend. With a 10-day total of $318.9 million, the movie is the second-highest-grossing U. »
- Seth Kelley
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