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‘Fifty Shades Freed’ to Tie Up $37 Million in Opening Weekend

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ to Tie Up $37 Million in Opening Weekend
Universal’s “Fifty Shades Freed” should dominate its North American opening weekend on Feb. 9-11 with about $37 million, early tracking showed Thursday.

Sony’s family comedy “Peter Rabbit” is tracking for a launch that weekend in the $18 million range and Warner Bros.’ Clint Eastwood thriller “15:17 to Paris” should arrive with about $10 million.

The projected “Fifty Shades Freed” launch isn’t as strong as its predecessors “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which opened with $85.2 million in 2015, and “Fifty Shades Darker,” which opened with $46.6 million on the same weekend last year. The two films, co-starring Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, have combined to gross $950 million worldwide.

Tracking shows “Fifty Shades Freed” with an impressive 74% total awareness and 26% definite interest. E.L. James’ erotic romance trilogy was a sensation when published in 2011 and 2012. James Foley directed “Fifty Shades Freed” from a script by Niall Leonard, James’ husband.

Reprising their roles from “Fifty Shades Darker” are Marcia Gay Harden
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Angelina Jolie to be Honored by American Society of Cinematographers

Angelina Jolie to be Honored by American Society of Cinematographers
The American Society of Cinematographers has selected Angelina Jolie as the recipient of its 2018 Asc Board of Governors Award.

The presentation will be made at the 32nd annual Asc Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Feb. 17 at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.

The Asc Board of Governors Award is given to individuals in the industry whose body of work has made “significant and indelible contributions to cinema.” It is the only Asc Award not given to a cinematographer, and is reserved for filmmakers who have been champions for directors of photography and the visual art form.

“Angelina Jolie sets a high standard,” Asc president Kees van Oostrum said. “She is a true artist, with a strong vision and collaborative spirit. She has also entertained us through her work, but more importantly has brought significant social issues to our attention. For her wide-ranging accomplishments, we are honored to present her with our Board of Governors Award.”

Previous recipients
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What You Need to Know About Today's Latina Google Doodle Katy Jurado

Google Doodle is celebrating another Latin icon months after honoring Selena Quintanilla with an animated video set to the tune of her hit “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” and Dolores Del Rio, Mexican actress and well-known crossover star. On Jan. 16, the search giant is featuring an image of Mexican actress and singer Katy Jurado, in recognition of what would’ve been her 94th birthday, by artist Ana Ramirez.

The Doodle “pays homage to the trailblazing actress by depicting her in a powerful pose against a backdrop inspired by the set of her film High Noon.” according to the Google Doodle blog.
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‘Jumanji’ Sequel and ‘The Greatest Showman’ Boost 2018 Box Office

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (Sony) easily bested all comers on its fourth weekend, and sustained the 2018 box office upswing. The shockingly successful reboot is just $50 million away from landing in the top-five grossers of 2017. A $350-million total won’t come near to challenging the $600 million-plus final tally for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which is 2017’s top performer both domestic and globally, with a worldwide total of over $1.3 billion.

A weekend result that puts the Dwayne Johnson family fantasy $15-million ahead of the latest “Star Wars” juggernaut suggests the days may be waning for “Star Wars” as the dominant franchise far above all the rest. For the first time, its fifth weekend fell below the comparable “Rogue One” last year.

And yet overall grosses are up — if not at the level of last week’s 20 per cent increase. This weekend’s overall results are close to a carbon copy
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Is it Time for the Oscars to Get Rid of the Best Director Category?

The 2018 Golden Globes weren’t exactly short of surreal moments. From an all-black red carpet that (deservedly) overshadowed the show itself, to an emotional acceptance speech by an actor who once referred to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as “90 nobodies having a wank,” this year’s pageant was a gilded cortege of conflicting emotions, social justice and industry platitudes meted out in equal measure — what else could you expect from something that managed to honor the artistic contributions of both Tommy Wiseau and Oprah Winfrey in the span of a single night? Hell, even the commercials were kind of unsettling.

It was an evening so defined by profound institutional blunders that it felt like par for the course when Natalie Portman decided to shade the HFPA for their all-male roster of Best Director nominees (fun fact: Clint Eastwood and the entire female gender have the same number of nominations in this category,
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The Witches (1967) Now Available on Blu-ray From Arrow Academy

The Witches (1967) is now available on Blu-ray from Arrow Academy. It can be ordered Here

In the mid-sixties, famed producer Dino De Laurentiis brought together the talents of five celebrated Italian directors for an anthology film. Their brief was simple: to direct an episode in which Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice, Ludwig) plays a witch.

Luchino Visconti (Ossessione, Death in Venice) and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini (Bicycle Thieves) open the film with The Witch Burned Alive, about a famous actress and a drunken evening that leads to unpleasant revelations. Civic Sense is a lightly comic interlude from Mauro Bolognini (The Lady of the Camelias) with a dark conclusion, and The Earth as Seen from the Moon sees Italian comedy legend Totò team up with Pier Paolo Pasolini (Theorem) for the first time for a tale of matrimony and a red-headed father and son. Franco Rosso (The Woman in the Painting) concocts a
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Trust: new trailer for Danny Boyle's series

Joseph Baxter Nick Harley Kirsten Howard Jan 10, 2018

Danny Boyle’s new crime series, Trust, focuses on the Getty kidnapping. An impressive cast has been assembled...

FX recently expanded its prestige drama lineup with Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s new anthology series, titled Trust. This particular offering dramatises one of the most intriguing public criminal incidents of recent history with the ransom-seeking kidnapping of curly-locked young heir John Paul Getty III, which shockingly resulted in apparent indifference and noncompliance from the family patriarch.

While this story might ring familiar to those who caught All the Money In The World, the latest film from director Ridley Scott, expect this limited series to delve deeper into the Getty calamity.

A new trailer for the series has just arrived. Take a look...

Trust release date

Trust is set to debut in the Us on 25th March. We'll bring you the UK broadcast details when we have them.
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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis February 2nd – 4th – Great Line-Up of Guests!

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, February 2nd, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 3rd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday,February 4th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor
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Warner Bros. Shake-Up: Toby Emmerich Named Film Chairman, Sue Kroll Out

Warner Bros. Shake-Up: Toby Emmerich Named Film Chairman, Sue Kroll Out
Warner Bros. is shaking up its film studio.

As part of a major reorganization, Toby Emmerich is being promoted to chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, while Sue Kroll, the president of worldwide marketing and distribution, is relinquishing her role for a three-year producer deal on the Burbank lot. Kroll has been with the studio for decades and has deep relationships with filmmakers and stars such as Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, and Tom Cruise. She will become a producer on the lot.

As part of the shake-up, Blair Rich will head global theatrical and home entertainment marketing. Rich has been courted by several studios in recent months, and is highly valued internally. She was one of the masterminds behind the marketing campaign for last fall’s blockbuster “It.” In addition, Ron Sanders will serve as president, worldwide distribution at the studio, assuming responsibility for global theatrical distribution while retaining his role as president of the home entertainment
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Liam Neeson: exploring a decade of action thrillers

Ryan Lambie Jan 19, 2018

For 10 years, Liam Neeson's been throwing punches and shooting guns. We take a look back at his decade of action thrillers...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Liam Neeson's more recent thrillers. If there's an entry you haven't seen, we'd advise skipping to the next one - apart from The Commuter, which we won't spoil because it isn't out yet.

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For some, he's an Oscar nominee, thanks to his superb performance in Schindler's List. To others, he's the larger-than-life presence in such blockbusters as The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins and Clash Of The Titans.

Since 2008, though, Liam Neeson's taken an unexpected turn into action-thriller territory; now often seen wearing a leather jacket, a gun in his fist and his knuckles bloodied, Neeson's found a new audience as a hard-hitting macho man.

But while some might
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Second Opinion – Darkest Hour (2017)

Darkest Hour, 2017.

Directed by Joe Wright.

Starring Gary Oldman, Kristen Scott Thomas, Lily James, and Ben Mendelsohn.


Chronicling a pivotal period in World War II, Joe Wright’s biopic pitches Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) amongst warring politicians and nations, as he wrestles with the decision to fight Adolf Hitler against insurmountable odds.

The thought of another awards season biopic, especially one with the omnipresent figure of Winston Churchill as its focus, following Michael Gambon (Churchill’s Secret) and Brian Cox’s (Churchill) recent portrayals, is enough to make you slump in your seat like a minor backbencher.

However, Darkest Hour brings some major players to the strategic planning table; the awards buzz garnered by Gary Oldman’s prosthetic heavy performance as one corner of Parliament Square, and in its director, Joe Wright, a filmmaker whose unique visual DNA is woven into every one of his movies. Which makes it
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Jodie Foster Trashes Superhero Movies, James Gunn Responds

Jodie Foster Trashes Superhero Movies, James Gunn Responds
There are plenty of cinephiles that are worried about the current state of American cinema at the moment. The most popular complaint seems to be aimed directly at the influx of superhero movies currently populating, or for many polluting, the cinematic landscape. Many directors have come forth in recent years criticizing the superhero genre including Clint Eastwood, Ridley Scott, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, David Cronenberg, William Friedkin, Terry Gilliam, Mel Gibson and, even, Roland Emmerich!

Continue reading Jodie Foster Trashes Superhero Movies, James Gunn Responds at The Playlist.
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The most exciting action and thriller films of 2018

Benicio del Toro’s Sicario is set loose in Mexico, Robert Pattinson rides off into the sunset and Robert Redford breaks out of Alcatraz in a canoe

• Read more of our most anticipated films of 2018

Remember the three Americans who foiled a terrorist attack on a train in France? Clint Eastwood has made a thriller about them – with the trio starring as themselves.

Continue reading...
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10 Mad Max: Fury Road Facts You Never Knew

10 Mad Max: Fury Road Facts You Never Knew
Born in 1977, Tom Hardy was just a wee lad when filming began on Mad Max, the post-apocalyptic classic that paved the way for Mad Max: Fury Road. With Charlize Theron in the lead alongside the largely silent title character, Fury Road won six Oscars and was nominated for four more, including Best Picture and Best Director. Here we take a look at 10 things you never knew about Mad Max: Fury Road.

Fury Road was many years in the making.

George Miller directed Mel Gibson in the star-making original and its sequel, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. He co-directed Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which arrived in 1985. It would be 30 years before Fury Road was in theaters. There were a number of production delays and false starts along the way, going as far back as at least 1998. The 9/11 terror attacks postponed a once planned 2001 start date. There was a new script
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Toothless Senior Chihuahua Doesn't Tolerate Trespassers, Scares Coyote Off His Lawn

Toothless Senior Chihuahua Doesn't Tolerate Trespassers, Scares Coyote Off His Lawn
Paco is a dog that would make Gran Torino‘s Clint Eastwood proud.

The 18-year-old, toothless Chihuahua basically told a coyote to get off his lawn this week.

According to KOB4, a coyote wandered onto the Paco’s property in Pasco County, Florida, where he shares a home with his owner T.J. Jones.

Instead of hiding from the large carnivore, the spunky pup marched over to the coyote and gave the animal a piece of his mind. A security camera outside the home caught the entire exchange. In the footage, brave Paco is seen standing up the wild animal
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Watch: Clint Eastwood on Casting Real-Life Heroes to Play Themselves in ‘The 15:17 to Paris’

Normally, when Hollywood dramatizes real-world examples of tragedy and heroism, the actual folks involved in those events are played by professional actors, with the exception of the occasional cameo opportunity. Clint Eastwood, and his four Oscars, have decided to do away with that practice in favor of casting real-world heroes to play themselves in The 15:17 to Paris. Eastwood and the leads talk about that decision in a newly released behind-the-scenes video, courtesy of Warner Bros. The heroic trio is comprised of Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman …
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10 Die Hard Facts You Never Knew

10 Die Hard Facts You Never Knew
Yippee Ki-Yay, Christmas movie fans! Die Hard might just be the greatest action film ever made. It's endlessly quotable, made a huge movie star out of Bruce Willis, features one of the penultimate performances from the late Alan Rickman, and launched not only a franchise, but a slew of imitators, as well. Welcome to the party, pal! Here we look at 10 things you never knew about Die Hard.

Frank Sinatra could have been John McClane.

Ol' Blue Eyes had first dibs on the role that made Bruce Willis an action star. Die Hard is based on the 1979 crime novel Nothing Lasts Forever, which was a sequel to the 1966 book The Detective. The famous crooner turned actor starred in the 1968 film adaptation of The Detective and was therefore offered the chance to reprise the role of John McClane in the follow-up. Of course, Sinatra was already 73 by then, and said no.
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Stars Remember Jonah Hill's Brother Jordan Feldstein After His Sudden Death: 'He Changed the Lives of Many'

Friends of Jordan Feldstein, who died suddenly on Friday at the age of 40 after suffering a heart attack, remembered the celebrity talent manager on social media Saturday.

“Man. So Sad Man,” Tonight Show bandleader and Roots member Questlove wrote on Twitter. “Peace be with his family and loved ones. He effected and changed the lives of many.”

Jordan, the brother of actors Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein, was CEO and founder of Career Artist Management (Cam) — a leading management firm in Beverly Hills, California, that was recognized for being a proactive and energetic force in the entertainment industry. He was
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Jonah Hill's Brother Jordan Feldstein Dead at 40

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Jordan Feldstein -- the brother of Jonah Hill and longtime manager of Maroon 5 -- has died.  We confirmed Feldstein passed away Friday night. The coroner is investigating and there are no signs of trauma or foul play.   The Feldstein family released a statement saying that Jordan called 911 for shortness of breath and when paramedics arrived it was determined he went into full cardiac arrest and passed away shortly thereafter.  Jordan is survived by his two
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Jordan Feldstein, Music Manager and Jonah Hill's Brother, Dies at 40

Rest in peace, Jordan Feldstein.

The longtime manager of Maroon 5 and brother of Jonah Hill died on Friday, Et confirms. He was 40.

Feldstein ran management company Career Artist Management (Cam). In addition to Maroon 5, Cam also managed Miguel, Elle King, Robin Thicke and more artists. The manager, who was childhood friends with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, helped negotiate Levine's role as a coach on The Voice.

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Miguel, meanwhile, took to Instagram to mourn Feldstein, writing that he woke up "to a huge unexpected loss." See more reactions below.

Woke up today to a huge unexpected loss. Just wanting to send my condolences to Jordans kids, his family and friends, I can't imagine how difficult this is for them to process. It's crazy to know that in our short time, Jordan already made real dreams of mine reality. We were/ are just getting started and it's just sad because i could see years of friendship
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