Forecast: WB's 'Pan' Faces Stiff Competition and Low Expectations
Warner Bros' Pan is this week's new wide release. The film is a new telling of the Peter Pan origin story from director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), starring Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard and newcomer Levi Miller in the title role. A week ago it was reported the film's opening weekend was tracking as low as $21-22 million, worrisome numbers for a film said to be budgeted at $150 million, and I'm having a hard time going even that high with my predictions. In an attempt to find similar titles for comparison there are plenty to choose from, one such being Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful, which opened to the tune of $79.1 million in 2013. On the opposite end of the box office spectrum there's Universal's attempt at a live-action Pan movie back in 2003, which opened with $11.1 million. Adjusted for inflation, that opening number climbs to $15.4 million, a bit »
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F. Gary Gray Confirms He Will Direct ‘Furious 8’
Update, 11:18 AM: F. Gary Gray made it official today, confirming via Twitter that he will direct Universal’s Furious 8. The studio and the Straight Outta Compton helmer have been working to close a deal over the past three days after beginning negotiations Monday. That’s when Gray and star Vin Diesel met and meshed. Cant ask for better partners than Vin, Neal & Universal. Excited to bring u the next chapter of the #FastFamily saga pic.twitter.com/zRGre14kKO — F Gary… »
Disney Announces Release Dates for ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Cars 3’
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· Cars 3 now dated on 6/16/17 wide
· Coco is final title of previous “11/22/17 Untitled Pixar Animation” (previously announced 11/22/17 wide playdate is unchanged)
· 12/22/17 Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 12/22/17 wide
· Black Panther moves to 2/16/18 wide (from 7/6/18 wide)
· Gigantic is final title of previous “3/9/18 Disney Animation” (previously announced 3/9/18 wide playdate is unchanged)
· Toy Story 4 moves to 6/15/18 wide (from 6/16/17 wide)
· Ant-man And The Wasp now dated on 7/6/18 wide
· 11/2/18 Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 11/2/18 wide
· Captain Marvel moves to 3/8/19 wide (from 11/2/18 wide)
· 3/29/19 Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 3/29/19 wide
· Untitled Disneytoon Studios now dated on 4/12/19 wide
· The Incredibles 2 now dated on 6/21/19 wide
· 11/8/19 Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 11/8/19 wide
· 3/13/20 Untitled Pixar Animation now dated on »
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Marvel Sets 'Ant-Man' Sequel For 2018
Good news for Scott Lang fans — Marvel Studios' smallest hero will ride again, with 'Ant-Man and the Wasp,' a sequel to this summer's Paul Rudd vehicle, announced for a July 6, 2018 release. The news means that the previously locked "Phase 3" schedule will shift for a second time (The first being when Sony's Spider-Man deal with Marvel was announced), with Black Panther moving from July 6, 2018 to a Feb. 16 2018 release, and Captain Marvel being pushed out from Nov. 2, 2018 to March 8, 2019. The studio also scheduled three untitled movies for 2020,
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Stars of Hit Sundance Doc 'The Wolfpack' Line Up New York Gallery Show
The Angulo brothers, the movie-loving sextet at the center of Crystal Moselle's prizewinning Sundance documentary "The Wolfpack," is taking on a new medium: contemporary art. Former MoCA director Jeffrey Deitch will open "The Wolfpack Show," including homemade materials from their reenactments of modern classics like "Reservoir Dogs," at his Soho gallery later this month. (Listen to Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson's conversation with Moselle, during a live taping of "Screen Talk" from this year's Sundance.) Read More: "Watch: 'The Wolfpack' Does De Niro" The show, scheduled to coincide with the release of the book "Wolves Like Us: Portraits of the Angulo Brothers," as well as the DVD edition of "The Wolfpack," also marks the premiere of Mukunda Angulo's new short, "Window Feel." Isolated in their Lower East Side apartment by their tyrannical, paranoid father, the brothers re-created the outside world within »
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'Martian' Producer Simon Kinberg on 'Fantastic Four' Woes, Jennifer Lawrence's Uncertain 'X-Men' Future and 'Star Wars' Secrets
This story first appeared in the Oct. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Simon Kinberg isn't opposed to making small movies. The tentpole maestro behind Cinderella (produced), Sherlock Holmes (wrote) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (produced and wrote) says he's attempted an intimate drama, but inevitably it turned epic. "When I wrote Mr. & Mrs. Smith in film school [at Columbia University], I was trying to write my version of Ordinary People or Kramer vs. Kramer — people in a bad marriage who have to get through problems. But for
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Toni Collette, Tracy Letts & Sam Trammell Join ‘Imperium’
Exclusive: Toni Collette, Homeland‘s Tracy Letts and Sam Trammell have joined the cast of Daniel Ragussis’ Imperium, the Lionsgate Premiere thriller that stars Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe plays an FBI agent who goes undercover and infiltrates a white supremacist group to expose a terrorist plot to create a dirty bomb. While investigating the group, he is faced with the challenges of maintaining his principles while trying not to blow his cover. Collettte will play Angela… »
Why The Nightmare is the one film to watch this week – video review
Peter Bradshaw dares you to watch the most frightening documentary about a medical condition ever made: about eight sufferers of sleep paralysis, in which an inability to move is often accompanied by horrifying hallucinations. The film is the fever dream of Rodney Ascher, whose movie Room 237, about people who uncover hidden messages in The Shining, was a big hit two years ago. The film premiered at the Sundance film festival and is released in the UK on 9 October
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Green Day doc set for worldwide release
Heart Like a Hand Grenade, about the making of the punk group’s American Idiot album, is to be distributed by a trio of companies.
Abramorama will release the film theatrically in the Us on October 15 and Vimeo On Demand will make it available on October 16. On November 11 the film will be released in theaters in countries including Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, the UK and Uruguay. And on November 13, the title will be available for purchase digitally and on DVD through Reprise Records.
Shot more than 10 years ago by director John Roecker, the film, which gives a behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of American Idiot, had its world premiere this week at the Mill Valley »
5 Marvel Fan Bases Left Disappointed By The Big Phase Three Announcements
There are many reasons to be excited about today.s big Marvel Studios announcements. We love the fact that Hope Van Dyne will finally get the chance to get her superhero on in Ant-Man And The Wasp, and it.s great to know that the company has extended their run of three-movies-per-year to 2020. But while there are many properties that got a huge win from today.s news, there are some Marvel fan bases who are probably at least a little upset about the way things have shaken out. Looking at both the direct effects of today.s announcements, as well as considering some other choices that the studio could have made, we.ve collected a list of five different groups of Marvel fans who were probably left a bit bummed by the developments. Read on to find out who. Black Widow Today was actually a great day for fans »
Iff award for Sorkin
The Israel Film Festival in Beverly Hills is giving its film and television achievement award to the the Steve Jobs screenwriter.
Aaron Sorkin will be the recipient of the 2015 Iff Achievement in Film & Television Award at the opening night of the 29th Israel Film Festival on October 28 in Beverly Hills.
Bab Joon, Israeli submission for this year’s foreign language film Oscar, will have its Us premiere as the festival’s opening nightfilm.
The festival, which runs October 28 to November 19, will showcase more than 30 new Israeli features, documentaries, TV series and shorts.
Meir Fenigstein, founder and executive director of IsraFest Foundation,said: “We are thrilled to honour writer and producer Aaron Sorkin this year for his impressive individual contributions to the film and television industries. His iconic films and TV shows have entertained audiences around the world.” »
AFI Life award goes to Williams
The American Film Institute (AFI) is giving composer John Williams its 44th AFI Life Achievement Award.
Williams, the first composer to get the award, will be honoured at a gala tribute on June 9 in Los Angeles.
Among Williams’ 150 credits over seven decades are Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and three films in the Harry Potter series. He is particularly known for his collaborations with Steven Spielberg, which include the scores for Jaws, Et the Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Schindler’s List.
With five Academy Award wins and 49 nominations, Williams holds the record for the most Oscar nominations of any living person.
Danny Boyle For 28 Months Later? Here's What He Said
For years 28 Months Later has been a possibility, both with and without Danny Boyle at the helm. Seeing as he's currently making the press rounds for Steve Jobs, it's only fitting that he be asked about possibly returning to the franchise that he helped launch with 2002's smash indie hit. And as luck would have it, he doesn't seem too bothered by that possibility. While talking to The Playlist, the Academy Award winning director gave some updates on historical films that he's working on, as well as the following quote of hope involving the unofficially titled sequel to 2007's 28 Weeks Later: I've got no problem [with that]. It.s the usual thing: is it's not about whether people think it's a good idea that you're directing. It.s whether you respond to the script or not. Ultimately, Danny Boyle has the best excuse for whether he decides to join up »
‘The Martian’ Slammed Over ‘White-Washing’ Asian-American Roles
The watchdog group, in a statement issued Thursday, said the ethnicities of key characters in the movie are significantly less Asian than their characters in the 2014 novel by Andy Weir.
Scott’s reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“This feel-good movie, which has attracted Oscar buzz, shouldn’t get any awards for casting,” said Manaa founding president Guy Aoki.
Manaa noted that Weir describes Nasa’s director of Mars operations Dr. Venkat Kapoor as an Asian-Indian character who identifies religiously as being “a Hindu.” The group pointed out that in Scott’s film, his name is changed to Vincent Kapoor, and he’s played by British black actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who says his father was “a Hindu” but that his mother was “Baptist.”
Manaa also noted that Mindy Park, »
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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Stuntman Slaps Age-Discrimination Suit On Sony, Marvel & Others
Veteran stuntman Bj Davis has sued the stunt coordinator of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — along with Sony Pictures, Marvel and others — for age discrimination, claiming that he "made no secret of the fact that he felt plaintiff was too old to work as a stunt man." The case, his suit states, "represents a particularly violent instance of age discrimination and exposes the pervasive problem of age discrimination in the stunt industry." Columbia Pictures, Avi Arad Productions… »
Deleted Inside Out Scene Shows A Very Different Side Of This Popular Character
Over 70 New Sales Companies Heading to Afm
The American Film Market has attracted more than 70 new exhibiting companies for the upcoming event, with 22 new companies from the booming Asian market.
The new sellers come from 18 countries including Armenia, China, Hungary, Japan, Malta, Malaysia and Ukraine. Seven of the new sellers are from China. Last year’s total number of Afm sellers was 396.
The eight-day Afm in Santa Monica will open Nov. 4 for its 36th year. The market is one of the top events for independent sales activity along with the Berlin, Cannes and Toronto film festivals.
Last year’s Afm drew 8,000 participants from more than 80 countries with 700 screenings.
The new U.S. companies include Adler and Associates Entertainment, Arrow Productions, Boat Angel Family Films, Bridgestone Multimedia Group and Gaslight Productions.
Other new companies include Contents Panda of South Korea, Cornerstone Films of the United Kingdom, Devilworks of Malta, Gsm of German, Ori Animation of China, Studio 100 Film of Germany, »
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Why Fantastic Four Failed, According To Its Producer
When a bad movie is released, everybody from the studio to the media spends a lot of time trying to figure out what the problem was. This past summer.s Fantastic Four reboot went sideways so quickly that people started to figure out where it went wrong about a week before it was released. Producer Simon Kinberg says there are a lot of things that go into making movies, and when even the smallest thing goes wrong the entire thing can fall apart. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kinberg is asked what exactly went wrong with the "Fantastic" bomb. While the producer says he hasn.t done a full diagnosis, he does know that it doesn.t take much. Kinberg theorized that the following was the ultimate downfall of Fantastic Four: It was a hard movie to make, but I've made a lot of hard movies. I »
Keanu Reeves and Jimmy Kimmel's Speed parody is the funniest video you'll see today
A Reasonable Speed isn't quite as nerve-shredding as the original blockbuster, but it does have much more basic traffic instruction!
Set to the tune of 'Slow Ride', Reeves obeys stop signs, keeps both hands on the wheel and watches out for bystanders while chasing down a thief (Jimmy Kimmel).
When he's not obeying the laws of the road, Reeves is preparing to reprise his role as the stoic assassin in John Wick which begins filming this autumn.
Check out more of these parodies on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, airing weeknights on ABC in the Us. »
Hollywood Accused Of “White-Washing” Roles Meant For Asians
Hollywood again is being accused of "white-washing" roles originally written as Asian characters. The latest incident is on Ridley Scott's The Martian, in which white actress Mackenzie Davis stars as Mindy Park, who's identified as a Korean-American scientist in the book the film was based on. "This insulting practice of white-washing has got to stop," said Aki Aleong, President of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which has been battling the problem for… »
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