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People may have been too shy to pick it up in shops, but Sky sold more copies of Fifty Shades of Grey via its Sky Store than any digital retailer has for any other title.
The broadcaster made the claim in its annual results briefing for the twelve months ending June 30, 2015, where it also revealed it had passed the 12 million customer milestone for the first time in the UK and Ireland.
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"In 2015, we increased revenues to Sky Store, our movie purchase and rental service, by 77% for the year, thanks to a growing contribution from Buy & Keep, launched just over a year ago," Sky said.
Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson will be making a bid for festival respectability in Venice this year where she'll be pulling double duty as a supporting player in Scott Cooper's Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass and Luca Guadagnino’s thriller A Bigger Splash. Both are both part of the Venice Film Festival's lineup, which organizers unveiled on Wednesday. The first will play out-of-competition, while the latter is part of the competition lineup. In Black Mass, Johnson plays Lindsey Cyr, a waitress and former fashion model who became the girlfriend and common law-wife of the notorious Boston
- Scott Roxborough
The 72nd annual Venice Film Festival announced its lineup on Wednesday, with a mixture of international auteurs and big Hollywood stars. Films booked for the festival include Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” starring Eddie Redmayne as an early subject of male-to-female gender reassignment surgery; Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash,” with Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson and Atom Egoyan’s “Remember,” with Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor looking to track down the guard who killed his family. Main competition titles in Venice include Drake Doremus’ “Equals,” with Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult; Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight, »
- Steve Pond
Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller The Martian, starring Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut, and Black Mass, a Seventies-era crime drama about notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger (played by Johnny Depp), are among the first crop of movies announced for this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
The Martian — based on the bestseller by Andy Weir — will make its world premiere at Tiff. It stars Damon as an astronaut left to fend for himself on the red planet after being separated from his crew in their attempt to flee Mars amidst a storm. »
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass,” Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall” and Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Demolition” are among the films expected to bring such stars as Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal and Dakota Johnson to the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Tuesday. The 48 films are all among the first batch of selections to be announced for the 2015 festival, which will run from Sept. 10-20 in Toronto. The festival’s typically hefty helping of high-profile awards contenders includes a number of films dealing. »
- Steve Pond
With the Venice Film Festival slowly confirming its line-up for this year’s 72nd festival, news has come via Variety that Warner Bros. Pictures’ crime drama Black Mass is to have its world premiere out of competition.
Directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace), Black Mass stars Johnny Depp (Public Enemies) as notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger alongside a stellar cast including Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Peter Sarsgaard (Night Moves), Adam Scott (The Overnight), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) and Kevin Bacon (Cop Car).
See Also: Watch the new trailer for Black Mass
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, »
- Scott J. Davis
Universal is giving "Jem and the Holograms" fans a chance to appear in the upcoming teen-musical fantasy. Winners of this digital casting call will be selected based on "Jem"-inspired videos posted on social channels like YouTube.
The 'Star in Jem' contest is inviting anyone to post multiple videos of themselves singing or dancing to one of the songs from the movie (after downloading music from the site). For actors, the studio is looking for testimonials addressed to the fictional Jem about "how she has given you courage to be yourself." [Source: Variety]
The series launched this spring to just 430,000 total viewers and mixed reviews, and it failed to pick up an Emmy nomination. [Source: The Live Feed]
- Garth Franklin
Read More: Watch: Johnny Depp Turns Cold-Blooded Mob Boss In The New Trailer For Crime Drama ‘Black Mass’ Just days after the New York Film Festival lined up the world premiere of Don Cheadle's directorial debut "Miles Ahead," the fall film festival circuit continues to take shape thanks to the 72nd Venice Film Festival, which has secured the world premiere of Scott Cooper's "Black Mass." The Johnny Depp-starring drama will screen out-of-competition. Based on the book of the same name by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, the drama stars Depp as notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, who became an FBI informant to eliminate criminal competition from the '70s to the early '90s. The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton and Peter Sarsgaard, among many others. The film will be released on September 18. The Venice Film Festival runs September 2-12. As previously announced, »
- Zack Sharf
Johnny Depp crime-drama biopic will play out of competition at the 72nd Biennale.
Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, which tells the true story of notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, will receive its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival (September 2-12) on September 4 in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema at Venice Lido.
Johnny Depp stars as Bulger alongside Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey), Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead), Rory Cochrane (Argo), Jesse Plemons (Paul) and Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13).
Edgerton plays an FBI agent who forms an alliance with Bulger in an attempt to take down their mutual rival the Italian mob.
Producers are John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick, and Tyler Thompson, with Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Christopher Woodrow, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serving as executive producers.
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As it turns out, those early reports were correct. Today, the Biennale di Venezia announced the out-of-competition world premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated drama "Black Mass," directed by Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart," "Out of the Furnace") at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival. The mobster drama stars Johnny Depp as notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, along with an ensemble cast that features Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, and Kevin Bacon. "Black Mass" makes the second out of competition film announced in Vence after "Everest," the opening night film. Read More: The Fall Festival 50: Our Wishlist For The Venice, Telluride And Toronto Film Festivals "Black Mass" will be screened on Friday September 4th 2015 in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema at Venice Lido. Directed by Alberto Barbera and »
- Rodrigo Perez
Venice Film Festival organizers today announced that Black Mass, the Johnny Depp-starring biopic of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, will get its world premiere out of competition at this year’s fest. Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), the film also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard and Kevin Bacon. The film will screen September 4 in the Sala Grande. Venice’s dates this year are… »
Perhaps fittingly, Fifty Shades fans always go crazy for a good tease. And the possibility of Henry Cavill taking on a role in the upcoming Fifty Shades Darker has certainly proven enough to get their tongues wagging. With rumors flying around about the Man of Steel himself romancing Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) in the planned sequel to this year’s “erotic romance” (I’d disagree with both those labels), Et Online recently took the chance to ask the star about his potential involvement.
Instead of shutting down talk that he might take on a role, Cavill chose to feed the rumor mill. “How can I make this interesting?” he said. “I think it’s probably best that I say nothing for now.” Pressed for further comment, he added, “At this time, I’m not allowed to say anything.”
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- Isaac Feldberg
"How can I make this interesting?" he teased. "I think it's probably best that I say nothing for now."
Cavill - rumoured for the role of Jack Hyde - added: "At this time, I'm not allowed to say anything."
Fifty Shades of Grey starred Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Both Johnson and Dornan are committed to appear in planned sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
Showgirls is reportedly the biggest-selling MGM DVD of all time. So how did it go from flop to hit?
In the build up to the release of Paul Verhoeven's now-infamous 1997 movie, Showgirls, the signs were looking positive. Uniting the creative team - Verhoeven and writer Joe Eszterhas - who had generated the gigantic hit, Basic Instinct, MGM was gearing itself up for a further success. In the run up to the film's release, the Showgirls website was proving to be one of the most successful to date on the-then burgeoning public world wide web, with over a million people accessing the site. This at a point where AOL had barely pressed a million of those infamous CD-ROMs promoting its service, we'd wager.
So confident was MGM that it had a must-see movie on its hands that it didn't insist on Showgirls being cut for an R-rating. As such, it »
There is a case to be made for home movies as the purest form of cinema. It’s folly, of course, to pit films against one another based on the circumstances under which they were made; to argue what is realer, and thus more valid, than the other. In a camera’s lens, especially, the lines of truth and lies blur and overlap. It’s just that in what we believe to be reality the stakes are always higher, the emotions elevated. One of the first films ever made, the Lumière brothers’ L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat, was a succinct 56 seconds that depicted the arrival of a train at its station in Lyon, France. When it was first shown to the public it was the audience’s virgin film-viewing experience, and it was reported that many were frightened by the illusion that the train was coming straight for them. »
- Oliver Skinner
Fifty Shades of Grey fans couldn't wait to get Christian and Ana back to their living rooms.
The movie adaptation of El James's erotic novel looks set to become the fastest-selling DVD of the year so far, shifting 379,000 copies after just three days, the Official Charts Company has said.
The record holder for 2015 is currently The Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies, which sold 477,000 in its first week. Paddington is in second place with 464,000 copies.
Martin Talbot, chief executive of Official Charts Company, said: "This is a quite stunning success for Fifty Shades of Grey, which looks on course to outstrip the first week performance of both The Hobbit and Paddington by this Sunday - and thus helping make it a great week for home entertainment."
Meanwhile, El James's latest Fifty Shades book has also broken records. Grey - which retells the events of Fifty Shades of Grey from »
Chernin Entertainment chairman Peter Chernin is moving his company’s TV division from 20th Century Fox TV to NBCUniversal under a new two-year overall deal with NBC Entertainment and Universal Television.
Chernin’s TV division, which produces the Fox comedy “New Girl,” can now find alignment with Universal Television’s roster of writers and producers while having the option of producing independently for cable and other streaming platforms.
The deal also includes the promotion of Jenno Topping to Chernin’s president of film and television. She will now oversee television as well as film for the company. A head of television development and production will be named shortly, as the pact follows former TV head Katherine Pope’s departure from Chernin.
“Peter Chernin is, without a doubt, one »
- Whitney Friedlander
It feels like just yesterday that we were fanning ourselves over the sexy spectacle of Fifty Shades of Grey, but while that movie's release has come and gone, there is reason to look ahead: the sequel! Fifty Shades Darker has been making news over the last few weeks as info about the next film in the franchise has been released. While production won't start for a while as stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are busy with other projects, it's on our mind, especially with the release of Grey. »
Fifty Shades of Grey, 2015.
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
When college senior Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) steps in for her sick roommate to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for their campus paper, little does she realize the path her life will take. Christian, as enigmatic as he is rich and powerful, finds himself strangely drawn to Ana, and she to him. Though sexually inexperienced, Ana plunges headlong into an affair — and learns that Christian’s true sexual proclivities push the boundaries of pain and pleasure.
With the books a best-selling phenomenon despite writing that would embarrass a 10-year-old and people arrested in cinemas for getting intimate with themselves, you’d expect Fifty Shades to be some sort of explicit or sordid affair.
It’s not. In fact it’s all rather tame and safe. Maybe I’m a pretty open-minded guy, »
- Chris Cooper
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