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Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is heading for a narrow victory over “Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween” with about $22 million at the domestic box office, early estimates showed Friday.
Paramount’s “Never Go Back” was locked in a heated battle with Lionsgate’s “Madea Halloween” for opening day supremacy with Friday grosses pointing to $8 million to $9 million for each, with weekend estimates going as high as $24 million for both. But Lionsgate, however, maintained Friday afternoon that the ninth Madea movie was heading for a finish in the $15 million range.
It will likely be the third straight weekend that the box office winner has opened in that vicinity. Ben Affleck’s “The Accountant” took in $24.7 million in its launch on Oct. 16-18 and Emily Blunt’s “The Girl on the Train” grossed $24.5 million on its opening weekend on Oct. 9-11.
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- Dave McNary
The sequel easily topped “Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween” with $855,000 at 1,800 sites and “Ouija: Origin of Evil” with $722,000 on 2,371 screens. Action-comedy “Keeping Up with the Joneses” launched with $300,000 at about 2,400 locations.
Paramount’s “Never Go Back,” in which Cruise returns as the titular ex-army officer trying to avenge a wrongly-accused colleague, has been forecast to open with roughly $19 million at 3,280 locations. That would be a significant improvement from “Jack Reacher’s” $15.2 million debut in 2012.
The first film was a modest hit, grossing $218.3 million globally on a $60 million budget. The second installment also costs $60 million.
“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” opened in the same vicinity as the two most recent box office winners. Ben Affleck’s “The Accountant” took in $1.4 million on Thursday night on its way to a $24.7 million launch »
- Dave McNary
Colin Firth has become the latest addition to the cast of Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel, with Variety reporting that the Oscar-winner has signed on to play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, in Mary Poppins Returns.
The sequel, which takes place 25 years after the original, will reunite Into the Woods director Rob Marshall with Emily Blunt, who is taking on the iconic role of Mary Poppins. She is joined in the cast by Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) as Mary’s cousin Topsy, Ben Whishaw (Spectre) as Michael Banks, Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) as Jane Banks, and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) as a street lamplighter called Jack.
Mary Poppins Returns is set for release on December 25th, 2018. »
- Gary Collinson
Mary Poppins Returns just got even more British. Colin Firth has signed on for the Disney sequel, joining Emily Blunt as the practically perfect nanny and Lin-Manuel Miranda as her lamplighter buddy Jack. Also starring are Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, and Emily Mortimer. Find out which character Firth is playing below. Variety reports Firth is in negotiations to play William […]
- Angie Han
According to a report by Variety, Firth would take the role of William Weatherall Wilkins of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, at which George Banks, the children’s father, works in the first film.
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- Alan Evans
The film will start shooting next year and will actually be set 25 years after the events of the first movie where Michael and Jane Banks (Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer) get a visit from their childhood nanny, the magical Mary Poppins (Blunt).
Variety reports that Firth will be playing William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.
Rob Marshall is directing the film for Disney with a release date of December 25th 2018 already set.
- Paul Heath
While I'm still questioning the need for a sequel to Mary Poppins, after all, the original was practically perfect in every way, Disney seems to be packing the film full of so many talented individuals that it's becoming awfully difficult to have anything bad to say about the upcoming film. Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt in the title role and now Variety has reported that Colin... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
According to Variety, Colin Firth has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, the upcoming Emily Blunt-starring sequel to the original Julie Andrews film—or at least the P.L. Travers book that the original film was based on. The decision to cast Firth probably came after some Disney executive looked over the cast list and wondered where Colin Firth was. “You’ve got Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, and Meryl Streep,” this imaginary person said, “But where’s the cranky-yet-charming Englishman played with typical aplomb by Colin Firth? You can’t have a movie about British people without Mr. Darcy!”
At that point, Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall sheepishly hung his head and tried to come up with a character—any character—that could be played Firth. “Oh yeah,” he perks up. “Colin Firth is playing William Weatherall Wilkins, the president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. That »
- Sam Barsanti
The eight-time SNL host returns this Saturday for his first hosting stint in more than a decade, and in this new set of promos, Jones has a few questions for Hanks. Like, what is outer space really like? He tries to explain to her that he only plays an astronaut in movies, but she won’t accept that, so he gives up and blurts out an answer: “Cold! »
Variety has the scoop, revealing the British thesp is in line to land the role of William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. On board to craft what Disney hopes to be a super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious screenplay is David Magee, with Marc Platt and John DeLuca attached to produce.
Meanwhile, Sicario star Emily Blunt will takes point as the magical caretaker, headlining a story that “will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins (Blunt) following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack (Miranda), she helps the family rediscover the joy »
- Michael Briers
Colin Firth is in negotiations to play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” TheWrap has learned. Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Lin Manuel-Miranda have already been cast in the film. Emily Mortimer was also recently cast in Disney’s live-action musical. The English actress will play Jane Banks in the film, being directed by Rob Marshall. Also Read: Disney CEO Bob Iger to Write Book for Random House Her character will be featured alongside Michael (to be played by Ben Whishaw), as they portray the children cared for by famed nanny Mary Poppins. »
- Meriah Doty
Firth will play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.
The movie is set 25 years after the original. Michael and Jane Banks (Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer) are all grown up and suddenly get a visit from the magical nanny.
The movie also stars Meryl Streep as Poppins’ cousin. Blunt will be playing the title character, with “Hamilton” star Miranda portraying a street lamplighter named Jack.
The screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee based on “The Mary Poppins Stories” by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman is composing an all-new score and Scott Wittman will be writing original songs.
“Mary Poppins Returns” will hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.
Firth has had a busy year »
- Justin Kroll
Sovereign: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Snowden) will star in Sovereign, described as a sci-fi thriller. Gordon-Levitt will play a man who heads to a space station in search of his estranged wife after she and her fellow crew members disappear. Jack Thorne is writing a new draft of the screenplay and Marc Munden is set to direct; both are British TV veterans. [Deadline] Starfall: Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger; The Wolfman, above with Emily Blunt) will direct sci-fi action movie Starfall. Few details have been offered about the plot, beyond the setting on a space station. The project is budgeted at $100 million and will be filmed in China. [Deadline] Pitch Perfect 3: Anna Camp will reprise her role as Aubrey Posen in Pitch Perfect 3. She...
- Peter Martin
Sovereign: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Snowden) will star in Sovereign, described as a sci-fi thriller. Gordon-Levitt will play a man who heads to a space station in search of his estranged wife after she and her fellow crew members disappear. Jack Thorne is writing a new draft of the screenplay and Marc Munden is set to direct; both are British TV veterans. [Deadline] Starfall: Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger; The Wolfman, above with Emily Blunt) will direct...
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Update, 2:50 Pm: Saturday Night Live‘s October 15 edition averaged 7.016 million viewers, the highest for the third SNL of a new fall season in eight years. With host Emily Blunt and musical guest Bruno Mars, the episode’s 7.016 million viewers is up 22% over the 5.749 million SNL averaged last year with October originals. In adults 18-49, last weekend's SNL averaged a 1.98 rating, 9 share in L+Sd, best for a Week 3 SNL since October 12, 2013 (2.09 with host Bruce Willis… »
Bronies rejoice! Hasbro has announced today that the award-winning My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and the spinoff series My Little Pony: Equestria Girls have both been renewed for 2017. Season seven of Friendship is Magic will get underway in Spring 2017 as the ‘Mane 6’ experience their most exciting adventures yet, while Equestria Girls will return for three 22-minute specials.
My Little Pony fans also have My Little Pony: The Movie to look forward to next year, with the film set to hit on October 6th, with a voice cast that includes Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, Gnomeo & Juliet), Kristen Chenoweth (Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie), Taye Diggs (Murder in the First, Best Man Holiday), Michael Pena (Ant-Man, The Martian), Liev Schrieber (Ray Donovan, Spotlight) and pop super star Sia.
“2017 will be the biggest year in the history of the My Little Pony franchise, including new and exciting stories that will air across television, »
- Gary Collinson
Resisting the challenge of Tom Hanks’s globetrotting symbologist in Inferno, The Girl on the Train hangs on to the top spot, with a gentle decline from the previous weekend of 34%. After 12 days, the murder mystery has grossed an impressive £13.7m, which compares with £9.8m for Gone Girl at the same stage of its run. Gone Girl enjoyed a lot of staying power, ending up with £22.4m in the UK – more than double the number it had reached after two weekends.
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- Charles Gant
Broadway stars were out in full force Monday night at The Hillary Victory Fund‘s Stronger TogetherÂ Broadway for HillaryÂ concert atÂ the St. James Theatre in New York City, which was also live streamed.
Crystal started off the night with an opening number that tookÂ jabs at Republican presidential nomineeÂ Donald Trump, saying, “Our goal tonight is simple: We have to raise more money tonight than Donald Trump »
- Alexia Fernandez
Hillary Clinton’s star-studded Broadway benefit on Monday night was an exercise in the ultimate Trump takedown. The Broadway extravaganza — featuring the likes of Julia Roberts, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris and Helen Mirren among others — was jam-packed with some of the best anti-Trump zingers, many of the courtesy of the event’s emcee, Billy Crystal. Here are the night’s seven Trump jokes that are sure to turn the orange candidate turn red-hot. Also Read: Watch Hillary Clinton's Star-Studded Broadway Benefit (Video) Just days after CNN boss »
- Itay Hod
While her opponent continues to fend off multiple allegations of sexual impropriety, Hillary Clinton is in Donald Trump’s turf tonight, where she’s the guest of honour at a star-studded fundraiser featuring performances by some of Broadway’s most celebrated performers. Scheduled performances include: Emily Blunt and Bernadette Peters (of the film and original Broadway cast of “Into the […] »
- Brent Furdyk
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