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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Dominating U.S. Box Office, Aiming for $44 Million Weekend

29 January 2016 2:47 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Po the panda will rule the U.S. box office this weekend with “Kung Fu Panda 3” grossing four times as much as nearest rival “The Finest Hours,” early estimates showed Friday.

Kung Fu Panda 3,” which has been expected to dominate with at least $40 million at 3,955 theaters, is heading for a $13 million opening day — dwarfing a trio of Friday launches for Chris Pine’s “The Finest Hours” with $4 million at 3,143 sites, Marlon Wayans’ “Fifty Shades of Black” with $3.2 million at 2,075 locations and Natalie Portman’s “Jane Got a Gun” with a miniscule $300,000 at 1,210 screens.

Kung Fu Panda 3,” distributed by Fox for DreamWorks Animation, appears likely to finish with $44 million, or close to 2011’s “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which opened with $47.7 million domestically on its way to $162.5 million. The 2008 original bowed to $60.2 million and ended its U.S. run with $215 million.

The cartoon is a tonic for the box office following a weekend »

- Dave McNary

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Natalie Portman’s ‘Jane Got A Gun’ Finally Arrives; Oscar Shorts Hit Domestic Theaters – Specialty Preview

29 January 2016 11:36 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

This year’s crop of 15 Oscar-nominated short films heads to North American theaters Friday via Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures. The annual showcase has grown since first rolling out in 2006, reaching hundreds of theaters and grossing seven figures at the box office. The Weinstein Company, meanwhile, will open Jane Got A Gun starring Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. The title had initially been planned for an early September release via Relativity. Lazer Team… »

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Review: Jane Got a Gun

29 January 2016 11:22 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: After her husband is nearly killed, a woman must seek out her ex-lover to help protect her family from a deadly gang looking for blood. Review: The most surprising thing about the latest western featuring Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton is not only that it actually got made, but it’s actually not bad. In fact, this wild west tale is much better than it has any right to be. After problems with... Read More »

- JimmyO

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Natalie Portman Goes Western in Jane Got a Gun - and 10 Great Roles That Got Her There

29 January 2016 11:20 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This Friday, the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got a Gun hits theaters. The film has Portman playing the all-too-rare Western film heroine - a wife and mother who must fight off a gang of outlaws. (Watch a clip exclusive to People here.) The film, often described as a passion project of Portman's, has been a long time coming. The actress first became attached to the project back in 2012, and various delays held up production. Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper were each attached as playing one of the film's two main male characters, but then left due to conflicts »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Damien Power talks debut feature Killing Ground

28 January 2016 8:15 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Aaron Glenane and Aaron Pedersen in Killing Ground.

Writer-director Damien Power describes the writing process on his thriller, Killing Ground, in one word: "long".

"I was working with producer Joe Weatherstone on another script. With that project we went to the then-afc's IndiVision lab, which was a workshop for low-budget features: a million or less. It's a workshop so we kind of pulled it apart, and I don't think we ever really put those pieces back together again"..

"But while I was in that process I had an idea for something that I thought we could make quickly and cheaply. And then eight years later, I got to make it" (laughs)..

Power's debut feature stars Aaron Pedersen, Harriet Dyer, Ian Meadows, Aaron Glenane, Maya Strange, and Tiarnie Coupland, and was inspired by an image that floated into the filmmaker's head: of an orange tent in the bush, abandoned.

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- Harry Windsor

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Natalie Portman Is 'Very Concerned' About Gun Violence

28 January 2016 4:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Natalie Portman may play a gun-slinging cowgirl in her latest film, Jane Got a Gun, but in real life, she is a strong advocate for tighter gun laws in the United States. "I definitely am very concerned about gun violence in our country," Portman told People at the movie’s New York premiere. When asked if she agrees with President Obama's recent effort to increase gun ownership regulation, the actress passionately expressed her support. "Yes, absolutely," the 34-year-old replied. Portman admitted that while filming Jane Got a Gun - which she also produced - she was nervous about working with the weapon. »

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Natalie Portman Is 'Very Concerned' About Gun Violence

28 January 2016 4:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Natalie Portman may play a gun-slinging cowgirl in her latest film, Jane Got a Gun, but in real life, she is a strong advocate for tighter gun laws in the United States. "I definitely am very concerned about gun violence in our country," Portman told People at the movie’s New York premiere. When asked if she agrees with President Obama's recent effort to increase gun ownership regulation, the actress passionately expressed her support. "Yes, absolutely," the 34-year-old replied. Portman admitted that while filming Jane Got a Gun - which she also produced - she was nervous about working with the weapon. »

- Maggie Parker

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Natalie Portman on Making ‘Jane Got a Gun’: ‘There Was an Obstacle Every Hour, Every Day’

28 January 2016 12:07 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After a bevy of problems — a director who quits on the first day of production, a series of cast changes, conflicting script approvals, legal battles and the loss of a distributor — the Weinstein Company premiered Western drama “Jane Got a Gun” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Wednesday evening. Natalie Portman, who produced the film and stars as the title character, Jane Hammond, made a grand entrance at the intimate screening presented by the Cinema Society — where she admitted to Variety that the production was “stressful,” but has made her a “stronger and braver” filmmaker.

“This was the most challenging movie I’ve ever been a part of. There was an obstacle every hour, every day,” Portman, 34, told Variety on the red carpet. “It was interesting that all the problems we went through were parallel to the obstacles that characters in the movie go through. You »

- Paul Chi

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Weekend Preview: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' To Top 'Fifty Shades of Black' and 'Finest Hours'

28 January 2016 11:39 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Kung Fu Panda 3 enters a marketplace where the largest January opening for an animated feature is currently 2014's The Nut Job with $19.4 million. You can count on Po the Panda squashing that number with ease. Additional new releases looking to find a place on the chart this weekend include the 1950s-set disaster thriller The Finest Hours, the R-rated spoof feature Fifty Shades of Black and Jane Got a Gun. Question is, while Po and the Furious Five are taking the top spot will these other new releases be able to top last weekend's top two films? Last weekend's box office took a hit thanks to the East Coast snowstorm and films such as The Revenant and Star Wars may be looking to make up some ground. Starting with number one, and working in the favor of Kung Fu Panda 3 is the fact the last really strong animated release was »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Watch: #Tbt to Nsfw Rapping Natalie Portman, Pre-'Jane Got A Gun'

28 January 2016 9:38 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Natalie Portman is currently out on the media circuit to promote the upcoming "Jane Got a Gun" -- yet another attempt to shed the nice girl Harvard grad persona she was stuck with since playing Queen Amidala almost two decades ago. Read More: Watch: Natalie Portman Fires Away in Heart-Pounding 'Jane Got a Gun' Trailer However, playing a gunslinger in the wild west, who does bloody battle alongside Joel Edgerton, is actually not that much of a stretch for her. Since the beginning, she has proven herself to be more than a pretty face, both in theaters and out on the streets: Her complex roles have included winning an Oscar as a mentally deteriorating ballerina in "Black Swan," her acting debut as an assassin's protege in "Leon: The Professional" and taking on the government as a burgeoning terrorist in "V for Vendetta." It was during the promotion for »

- Mike Lown

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How Prop 8 Lawyer David Boies Saved Natalie Portman's Troubled 'Jane Got a Gun'

28 January 2016 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. If there's one word to describe veteran producer Scott Steindorff's feelings about Jane Got a Gun, it's humility. The indie Western, starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton and Ewan McGregor, opens Jan. 29 after a journey to the big screen that was more fraught than a cattle drive caught in a rising river. Nearly everything that could go wrong did, beginning when original director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) no-showed the first day

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- Pamela McClintock

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ to Deliver a Punch to the U.S. Box Office

27 January 2016 3:09 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kung Fu Panda 3” should win the upcoming weekend box office in the U.S. with at least $40 million at 3,955 theaters.

Fox is distributing the animated comedy for DreamWorks Animation five years after “Kung Fu Panda 2” opened in late May with $47.7 million domestically on its way to $162.5 million. The 2008 original opened with $60.2 million and ended its run with $215 million in the U.S.

Moviegoing should recover from last weekend, when a massive snowstorm held down box office in the eastern U.S. and “The Revenant” led with $16 million.

“‘Kung Fu Panda’ makes the move from summer to late January and should deliver a solid punch to the box office solar plexus as families who have ostensibly been left out in the cold with few options for appropriate entertainment at the multiplex of late, will flock to theaters this weekend and give the film a debut that should land somewhere between the first two installments, »

- Dave McNary

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13 Essential Female-Led Westerns

27 January 2016 12:21 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This week shall be marked in the annals as the one when Jane finally got a gun. After what seems like years of squabbles, director changes, acrimony and delay, the Natalie Portman-produced "Jane Got A Gun" is saddling up and trotting into theaters. How much the film will bear the scars of its notoriously troubled production is yet to be seen. Although its tempting to speculate about "what ifs" regarding the original, Lynne Ramsay-directed version, at the very least it should be interesting to see what replacement director Gavin O'Connor, along with stars Portman, Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich and Ewan MacGregor, have managed to make of this curate's egg. Whether the fact that it opens tomorrow and is not screening for press is telling or not is for you to decide.  In the meantime: considering it's a genre so deeply associated with men, manliness and man's-gotta-do, classic westerns »

- Jessica Kiang

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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Baywatch’ Movie Casts Jon Bass

27 January 2016 11:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jon Bass has joined Paramount’s movie reboot of the 1990s television series “Baywatch,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Ilfenesh Hadera and Kelly Rohrbach have been cast in “Baywatch.” The film is directed by Seth Gordon.

Producers are Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman with Johnson and partner Dany Garcia producing in some capacity. Executive producers are Tom Pollock, Greg Bonnan, Michelle Berk, Michael Berk, Doug Schwartz and Tripp Vinson.

Bass will play the role of Ronnie, who’s described as funny, awkward and a skilled disco dancer. He falls in love with Rohrbach’s  C.J. Parker character at the beach.

Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the latest draft of the script. Production is expected to begin in the next few months.

Bass recently wrapped the Jeff Nichols movie “Loving” with Joel Edgerton and Michael Shannon. He was also a series regular on “Big Time in Hollywood, »

- Dave McNary

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Natalie Portman Reveals She Has Not Yet Seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens

27 January 2016 7:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Apparently, The Force is not strong enough to get Natalie Portman to see The Force Awakens yet. The actress - and Star Wars veteran - stopped by Good Morning America on Wednesday, where she revealed that she has not yet watched the franchise's newest film. "I haven't been able to see it yet," she said, adding that she's only heard positive reviews about the film. "I've heard it's amazing and it's so nice that it's sort of this continuing part of everyone's shared cultural knowledge." Portman, 34, famously starred as Naboo monarch Padmé Amidala, the mother of Luke and Leia, in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Aussies line up for Aacta International Awards

26 January 2016 8:13 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

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Australian film buffs will be able to watch this year's Aacta International Awards on Foxtel's dedicated Arts channel on Sunday..

The 5th Aacta International Awards will air at 7.30pm followed by an encore on Arena at 9.30pm.

The awards are held annually in Los Angeles and recognise film excellence regardless of geography..

The Awards are determined by the Aacta International Chapter, which is comprised of over 140 of Australia.s most recognised filmmakers and executives who vote across seven categories: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

The 5th Aacta International Awards ceremony will be held at an exclusive event in Los Angeles this Friday January 29 Pst (Saturday January 30 Aedt) and attracts Australian and International guests, including actors, filmmakers, studio executives, film distributors and media.

Aacta announced that 17 films have received nominations recognising excellence across the seven categories. »

- Staff Writer

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The 10 Best Westerns Of The Past 20 Years

26 January 2016 8:05 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

To paraphrase Mark Twain: "The reports of the western.s death have been greatly exaggerated." Sure, unlike the first sixty years of Hollywood . from the 1900s to the 1960s . the Western genre might not define cinema in quite the same way anymore. But the repeated declarations that the genre is dead are way off. Ever since 1992.s Unforgiven, movie enthusiasts have written off the western as a has-been. But over the last 24 years there have been a number of films that prove it.s still excelling. The latest example, Jane Got A Gun, starring Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton, is being released this week. And to celebrate, here are 10 of the best Westerns of the last 20 years, which prove there.s still plenty of life left in the old horse yet. True Grit While John Wayne won his only Oscar for his performance in the 1969 version of True Grit, »

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Sylvester Stallone To Receive Montecito Award At Santa Barbara Film Festival

26 January 2016 3:40 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today that Sylvester Stallone will receive their prestigious Montecito Award for his critically acclaimed role in Ryan Coogler’s Creed.  Given to a person in the entertainment industry whose has made a great contribution to film, the award will be presented to him at a ceremony on Tuesday, February 9th at the historic Arlington Theater.

Sylvester Stallone’s performance in Creed has reminded us of what a true talent he is and what a joy it is to share in his successes as the many beloved characters he has created.  Since he first hit the silver screen as Rocky Balboa nearly four decades ago, he has been a force in the industry both on film and behind the scenes.  He is a true legend in our field, and it is our privilege to present him with the Montecito Award, and to continue to honor his legacy, »

- Melissa Thompson

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Exclusive Clip: 'Jane Got a Gun'

26 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

When the past comes to haunt her in the form of the Bishop Boys, a violent gang of outlaws hell-bent on vengeance against her current husband, Jane Hammond enlists her former fiancé to help defend the family and new life she has built. Jane Got a Gun is a dramatic action-adventure set in the Wild West and stars Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich and Joel Edgerton. Watch this Fandango Movieclips exclusive clip where the Bishop Boys gang plans their search for Jane and...

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Julie Bishop to attend G'Day USA La Gala

19 January 2016 5:28 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop will visit New York, Washington and Los Angeles from 21 to 31 January for the 2016 G.Day USA program.

The last leg of the tour will be La, where Bishop will meet business leaders from the film and television industry in between foreign policy engagements and attend the G.Day USA Los Angeles Gala..

The Gala on January 28 will honour George Miller with a Lifetime Achievement award "in recognition of the screenwriter, director and producer's outstanding contribution to the Australian creative arts sector and acclaimed global success, including through the Mad Max franchise".

While Joel Edgerton will be honoured with the Excellence in Film award, "in recognition of his success as a writer, actor and director, most recently with The Gift. »

- Staff Writer

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