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The third installment of the Despicable Me franchise will make its world premiere at this year's Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival, set to run June 12-17, organizers announced Monday. In what has become a tradition, the Paris-based Illumination MacGuff will debut its latest Steve Carell- and Kristen Wiig-voiced comedy in a special event at the animation fest in the French Alps ahead of the pic's June 30 U.S. release.
It will debut as one of the 10 »
- Rhonda Richford
Universal’s eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise proved to be a global box office titan when it opened last weekend to a record-shattering $532.5 million. This time around looks to tell mostly the same story — while domestic grosses slipped 61% from its first to second weekend, the movie is still easily topping the box office with $38.7 million from 4,329 locations.
But slipping domestic earnings (and lower U.S. grosses than “Furious 7,” which pulled over $250 million in its first two weekends versus “Fate’s” current sum of $163.6 million) are majorly overshadowed by the movie’s international appeal. A bankable, diverse cast including Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron is leading the film, directed by F. Gary Gray, »
- Seth Kelley
It took 20th Century Fox long enough. But we finally have an official release date for Deadpool 2. The movie has been given some prime summer real estate with a June 1, 2018 launch. Ryan Reynolds will return as Wade Wilson, the Merc with a Mouth, and this time out, he'll share top billing with Josh Brolin, who'll be making his X-Men debut as time traveling mutant Cable.
20th Century Fox has also announced a number of other release dates, including Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama starring Tom Hanks, Bryan Singer's Bohemian Rhapsody, two more Marvel superhero movies that include the X-Men spin-off, New Mutants and the sequel Dark Phoenix, and lastly Steve McQueen's Windows. But who cares about any of that? Deadpool 2 is the hot ticket item here.
Arriving in 2016 as one of the biggest releases of that year, and one of the top selling R-Rated releases of all time, »
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
“The Fate of the Furious” keeps on rolling.
The eighth Fast and Furious film, from Universal, raced ahead of the box office newcomers on Friday evening, earning $11.2 million at 4,329 locations. While last weekend, the high-speed blockbuster shattered records with $532.5 million worldwide and seemed to signal that summer box office season had started early, this frame’s new offerings beg to differ.
None of the films opening this weekend should even crack the top five, which should be rounded out by Fox’s “The Boss Baby,” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Warner Bros.’ “Going in Style” and Fox Searchlight’s “Gifted,” respectively.
Warner Bros.’ “Unforgettable” starring Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson earned $1.7 million on Friday from 2,417 theaters on its way to a $4 – $5 million opening. The revenge thriller tells the story of a scorned lover (Heigl) who pathologically torments her ex-husband’s new interest (Dawson). Denise Di Novi directed the film on a $12 million production budget. »
- Seth Kelley
Is there anything cuter than a baby panda? John Krasinski doesn't think so (and neither do we). The actor narrates the latest Disneynature film Born in China (tickets are on sale now, opens April 21), in which we get a bird’s-eye view of gorgeous, mysterious and untouched landscapes filled with endearing animal inhabitants. Filmed in the Chinese countryside, Born in China follows three stories – an elusive snow leopard mom trying to provide for her two...
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“The Fate of the Furious” is dominating the domestic office again with around $38 million this weekend while moviegoers are mostly shunning Katherine Heigl’s “Unforgettable,” early results showed Friday.
Open Road’s launch of expensive historical drama “The Promise” has seen estimates from just $4 million to a surprisingly optimistic $10 million at 2,251 locations. Either way, an opening that will likely be in the single digits of millions is a disappointing result for the Armenian genocide story that carries a $100 million price tag, much of it coming from the late Kirk Kerkorian.
Universal’s second frame of “Fate of the Furious” is declining by about 62% from its $98.8 million North American launch but its international performance — which totaled $433 million in its launch weekend — should remain robust for several more weeks. It’s a similar decline to “Furious 7,” which fell 58% two years ago in its second domestic weekend.
- Dave McNary
Open Road’s historical drama “The Promise” has opened quietly with $200,000 in Thursday night previews.
“The Promise” is expanding to 2,251 venues Friday amid forecasts in the $5 million range. The film is set during the Armenian Genocide in 1915 and centers on a love triangle made up of characters played by Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, and Christian Bale. Terry George directed “The Promise,” which was financed partly by the late Kirk Kerkorian, three-time owner of MGM.
The second weekend of “The Fate of the Furious” will dominate the frame with somewhere around $40-$50 million domestically and easily outgross the combined take of the five newcomers. The eighth installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise opened last weekend in North America with $98.8 million at 4,310 sites as part of its record-setting $532.5 million worldwide launch.
- Dave McNary
Here’s something to remember next time you go to a big trivia fund-raising night. If there’s a movie or Oscar category, one of the questions may be: “What film maker (or producer) has won the most Academy Awards?”. The answer is (and will be for a long time to come) Walt Disney. Now, as you jot down that name, you may think that all that gold was netted by his animation work, the classic features and short subjects. Well, a lot of it, but not all. From 1948 to 1960 Disney dominated the Best Live-Action Short Subject category with his “True-Life Adventures” series. Lots of baby boomers may be familiar with them, not from theatrical showings (usually paired with the re-release of those animated features), but from that NBC Sunday night staple, “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color”. Several shorts would be edited together for the hour-long shows. The »
- Jim Batts
It doesn’t take much to make John Krasinski cry.
When the 37-year-old actor was asked to narrate Disneynature’s animal documentary Born in China shortly after welcoming his second child with wife Emily Blunt, the actor says he knew he didn’t stand a chance.
“I relate probably way too much,” he tells People in this week’s issue of the documentary, which follows three animal families in China. “The movie is about what it takes to raise kids, the sacrifices that need to be made and the moment of letting them go.”
As a father, Krasinski says he immediately connected to the story. »
- Jodi Guglielmi
Disneynature's latest nature documentary, Born in China, is now playing in theaters everywhere. Buy a ticket during opening week and you'll not only be seriously entertained by the animals on-screen, you'll be helping them out, too -- Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to the World Wildlife Fund to benefit wild pandas and snow leopards. In the doc narrated by John Krasinski, we get a look at three animal families surviving in the wild: a...
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Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. The Fate of the Furious made history last weekend as it captured the biggest worldwide opening ever with a staggering $532 million. The film somewhat disappointed stateside with $98.8 million, but Universal is undoubtedly pleased with the worldwide result. Many studios saw this coming and decided to stay away from the Furious wake. As a result, we have a pretty slow week of moderate openers including Born in China, The Promise, and Unforgettable.
What we are excited about: Although not quite a yearly tradition, DisneyNature has released six nature documentaries over the Earth Day weekend since 2009. This year will bring us Born in China, which looks to be just what we have come to expect from the series. It looks to boast beautiful shots of cute animals and narrated by John Krasinski. »
- Scott Davis
“Fate of the Furious” shows no signs of slowing down.
The high-octane eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise broke box office records last weekend when it sped to $532.5 million worldwide. This weekend’s smattering of low-watt newcomers don’t show signs of earning even a tenth of “Fate’s” opening weekend $100 million domestic earnings.
The weekend’s most promising fresh prospect is “Unforgettable,” from Warner Bros., the story of a scorned ex-wife played by Katherine Heigl who pathologically torments her husband’s new mate (Rosario Dawson). The twisty, dark, psycho-sexual thriller, directed by longtime producer, but first-time feature helmer Denise Di Novi should take in about $7 million from 2,300 locations. The estimates grosses are not too, shabby off of a $12 million production budget.
Why Vin Diesel and the ‘Fast and the Furious’ Franchise Should Eye the Exit Ramp
- Seth Kelley
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
Will This April Dump Weekend See Any New Movie Open Over $10 Million?
After the decent opening of last week’s The Fate of the Furious--though not quite as much as I predicted--it’s going to be hard for any new movie to make a mark against its second weekend even if it drops 55% or more this weekend, which is very likely.
Probably the best bet to make money this weekend is the thriller Unforgettable (Warner Bros.), which pits Kathryn Heigl against Rosario Dawson and is the directorial debut by producer Denise Di Novi (Crazy, Stupid, Love). It also stars Geoff Stults as the ex-husband of Heigl’s character Tessa, who becomes engaged to Dawson’s Julia, making her the stepmom to the former’s daughter, »
- Edward Douglas
The Office may be over, but Pam Beesly lives on!
Beesly’s business-casual style was something of a trademark for the beloved character and her real-life counterpoint, Jenna Fischer, still pays tribute to it today.
“My hair dresser gave me Pam’s hair clip,” the actress tells People. “She put it in a little framed shadowbox for me and I have that on my wall.”
Although Beesly’s everyday accessory, which clearly caught the eye of her on-screen husband Jim played by John Krasinski, might seem like an offbeat choice of wall art to some, Fischer found the gift to be incredibly meaningful. »
- Megan Stein
When it comes to making amazing nature documentaries, Disneynature makes it look effortless. The truth is, it takes a ton of work, patience and even bravery to pull off the perfect shots. Disneynature's latest, Born in China, might just be the studio's most challenging film yet. As narrator John Krasinski explains, filmmakers shot four different animal species in four different habitats in four different seasons, dealing with harsh weather and terrain for months on end. Their...
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Image Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are one of Hollywood's most lovable couples, and based on what they've shared about their early days together, it sounds like they were adorable right from the start. Before tying the knot in 2010, the pair started dating back in 2008, and as John once revealed to Ellen DeGeneres, it was more or less love at first sight - or, at least, "like" at first sight. When John met Emily, he was nervous, thinking right away that he was going to fall in love with her. Describing their first interaction, he said, "As I shook her hand, I went, 'I like you.'" He was also a fan of her work, as he's revealed that when they first started dating, she came over while he was watching The Devil Wears Prada, and he quickly changed the channel. Since then, of course, »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Cross Creek will co-finance the film under its Sony deal, along with Charles King’s Macro and Lone Star Capital. Jennifer Fox is producing with Escape Artists’ Todd Black and Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver. Executive producers are Charles King and Kim Roth.
Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis after his partner has a heart attack — and soon uncovers details about the crusading law firm’s history that run afoul of his values of helping the poor and dispossessed. Colin Farrell, Ashton Sanders (“Moonlight”), and Andrew T. Lee (“This Is Us”) are also starring.
- Dave McNary
Brand new trailers hot off the press! The past couple days have been abundant with fresh trailers and today is no different.
Kathryn Bigelow’s new film Detroit dropped its first trailer today and we’re already on the edge of our seats! She’s teaming up with screenwriter Mark Boal again (this duo’s brought you other acclaimed movies like The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty). It’s early in the year to start making Oscar predictions but this one is almost guaranteed to get some award season love. The film stars the likes of John Krasinski, John Boyega, Will Poulter, and Anthoney Mackie. It follows a police raid in Detroit in 1967 which results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in the United States' history. »
- Zachary Dent
Chris here. Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty follow-up, Detroit, has been veiled in almost as much secrecy as that Oscar-winning film, our only snippets of information being that it’s set during the 1967 Detroit riots. The film also has a pretty packed ensemble cast including John Boyega, Jason Mitchell, and John Krasinski (though suspiciously lacking in black female roles). But now we have a first look at what she’s crafted thanks to a tense trailer – and the results are stellar.
Though our mind naturally wanders to Oscar with Bigelow's name and her regular writing partner Mark Boal attached, the film's late summer release (roughly fifty years after the riots) also suggests confidence the film could be aiming to seize the zeitgeist just as we tire of superhero bombast. Though production company Annapurna Pictures has had Oscar success with the likes of American Hustle, Her, and Zero Dark Thirty, »
- Chris Feil
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