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Weekend Preview: 'Deadpool' Targets #1 Opening Over 'How to Be Single' & 'Zoolander 2'

4 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

It's President's Day weekend, and last year it was the R-rated Fifty Shades of Grey dominating all things box office with a record-smashing $85.1 million opening that bumped up to $93 million for the four-day. This weekend brings a different kind of R-rated heat to the box office in the form of the superhero feature Deadpool, which won't likely top Fifty Shades' record, but that doesn't mean it isn't looking to perform in a big way. Additional new releases include the romantic comedy How to be Single and the fifteen-years later sequel, Zoolander 2, both of which will battle for a distant second. Arriving in a big way this weekend, Fox's Deadpool will hit 3,558 theaters with its sights set on settling among the top ranks of R-rated comic book adaptation opening weekends. The list is currently topped by 2007's 300 with $70.8 million, followed by 2009's Watchmen with $55.2 million. The film is looking at »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Paramount Pictures Set To Release Diesel's 'xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage'

7 hours ago | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

It was jointly announced today that the new Revolution Studios, Roth Kirschenbaum Films and Vin Diesel’s One Race Films will produce, and Paramount Pictures will distribute worldwide, the next film in the blockbuster “xXx” franchise. Producer and star Vin Diesel will reprise his iconic role as an extreme athlete-turned-superspy in the sequel, “xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage.”

The film is shooting in Toronto, with additional filming in the Dominican Republic.

D.J. Caruso (“I Am Number Four”) is directing “xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage.” The film is written by Chad St. John (“London Has Fallen”) with current revisions by F. Scott Frazier (“Collide”).

The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Daniel Radcliffe-Starrer ‘Jungle’ to Shoot in Australia

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jungle,” a thriller by “Wolf Creek” director Greg McLean and starring Daniel Radcliffe, will shoot in Australia, with Queensland standing in for Venezuela.

The film will shoot at least 50% on location in South East Queensland as well as the Village Roadshow Studios on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Other locations have still to be determined. Production starts in April.

The news was announced Thursday by the state’s Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Scripted by Justin Monjo (“Rush,” “The Untold Story of Inxs”,) the screenplay is based on an internationally bestselling memoir of the same name by Yossi Ghinsberg. It tells the story of four travellers who set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest on a dream adventure which quickly turns into a nightmare.

Radcliffe stars alongside Queenslanders Alex Russell (“Unbroken”,) Jason Clarke (“Everest,” “Zero Dark Thirty”,) Ryan Corr (“The Water Diviner,” “Where the Wild Things Are”.)

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- Patrick Frater

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Idris Elba Climbs A "Mountain Between Us"

16 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Idris Elba is in negotiations to star in the long-gestating adaptation of Charles Martin's romantic drama novel "The Mountain Between Us" at Fox 2000.

Elba would play the lead, taking over a role that both Rosamund Pike and Elba's "Pacific Rim" co-star Charlie Hunnam was once attached to. The story follows a pair who fall in love while stranded in the wilderness after a plane crash.

Hunnam and Pike left the project and Chris Weitz has done a re-write. Elba now takes on the male role with the female lead to be cast shortly. Filming is slated to begin mid-year somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hany Abu-Assad ("Paradise Now") directs while Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing. J. Mills Goodloe and Scott Frank penned earlier drafts of the screenplay.

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- Garth Franklin

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Berlin: Luna, Bichir Topline Canana’s ‘Black Minutes’ (Exclusive)

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Academy Award-nominated Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”), Diego Luna (“Y Tu Mamá También”) and Sofia Espinosa (“Gloria”) will star in “The Black Minutes,” one of two new and high-profile titles brought onto Berlin’s market by Im Global/Canana’s joint sales venture Mundial.

Mexico/L.A.-based, and headed by Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz, Canana also produces “The Black Minutes,” which weighs in as one of the big new players for the U.S. Latino audience, Mexico and beyond.

Mundial will also sell 2016 Sundance-selected “Mr. Pig,” directed by Luna, and starring Danny Glover.

A modern-day film noir and tale of crime, corruption and cover-ups that brings a 20-year-old cold case crashing into the present day, “The Black Minutes” turns on a world weary cop and serial killer confronting past crimes that have tied them together for many years.

Adapting the same-titled novel by Martin Solares, “The »

- John Hopewell

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‘Star Wars’ Producers Charged Over Harrison Ford Accident

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The British government has issued criminal charges against producers of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for alleged violations over an on-set accident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg.

The Health and Safety Executive said Thursday it had charged Disney subsidiary Foodles Production (U.K.) Ltd. with four violations of workplace health and safety laws. “By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers — this is as true on a film set as a factory floor,” it said.

Ford broke his leg in June 2014, after he was hit by a hydraulic door while filming a scene with the Millennium Falcon at Pinewood Studios near London. Production on the film was suspended for two weeks after the injury to Ford, who portrays the iconic Han Solo in the film.

The Millenium Falcon is the spaceship piloted by Solo. Ford was 71 at the time of accident.

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- Dave McNary

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Film Review: ‘Wild’

14 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

True as the description may be, “a thoughtful, toughly acted story of one woman’s escape from urban societal strictures” won’t help anyone distinguish adult German fable “Wild” from the 2014 Reese Witherspoon vehicle of the same title. “The one with wolf cunnilingus” certainly will, but actor-turned-filmmaker Nicolette Krebitz’s thornily sensual third feature deserves to be sold on more than just its raciest novelties. Galvanized by Lilith Stangenberg’s high-risk performance as a young office drone lured inexorably from notional civilization following a chance encounter of the lupine kind, Krebitz’s film questions the behavioral standards we take as given with quiet daring and disquieting sangfroid. Sure to be a recurring conversation piece on the festival circuit following its Sundance debut, “Wild” nonetheless won’t be easily domesticated for arthouse release.

There’s a pleasing lack of emphatic moral definition to a film that a crass distributor could easily »

- Guy Lodge

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Kevin Smith and Greg Grunberg Are ‘Geeking Out’ for AMC

23 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Apparently Kevin Smith has a nice relationship with AMC. Smith’s Comic Book Men has been on the network for around four years now. I’ve never watched it, but it’s done well enough for AMC to give the writer-director another program. Smith and actor Greg Grunberg (Heroes) will co-host a talk show, called Geeking Out (working title). Find out more about the project below. Every […]

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- Jack Giroux

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WGA Honors Scribes for Special Services, Lifetime Achievement

24 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award For Television Writing Achievement (Wgaw)

David Crane and Marta Kauffman

Longtime writing partners Kauffman and Crane created the hit television series “Friends,” which earned 63 Emmy nominations in its decade-long run, the Kirstie Alley starring “Veronica’s Closet”; “The Powers That Be”; and the HBO series “Dream On.” And they didn’t stop there. Outside their partnership, Crane has co-created several series with Jeffrey Klarik, including “Episodes” and “The Class.” Kauffman most recently co-created Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” which was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe this year.

Screen Laurel Award (Wgaw)

Elaine May

May is being honored by the Wgaw in recognition for her lifetime of work. May first hit the national stage with Mike Nichols in improv comedy “Nichols and May,” and their influence is still felt today. She’s earned recognition for penning “Heaven Can Wait,” “The Birdcage” and “Such Good Friends. »

- Variety Staff

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Deadpool Was Supposed To Have Way More Villains In It

31 minutes ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Armed with a fairly limited budget (for a superhero blockbusters, anyway), Deadpool is a rather small scaled film, but it does provide some serious antagonists for its titular character in the form of Ed Skrein.s Ajax and Gina Carano.s Angel Dust. Together they are a formidable force to face against for the Merc With The Mouth, but there were actually early drafts of the scripts that had a larger crew of baddies . including the trio of Wyre, Garrison Kane, and Sluggo. I learned about this special triumvirate while recently interviewing Deadpool screenwriters/producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Discussing a need to make the script tighter both for the story and due to the budget, the filmmakers explained that Ajax originally had a much bigger crew than what we see in the finished cut of the movie. Said Reese, We consolidated, in the first draft, Ajax has really »

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Bb-8 Had Actual Lines Of Dialogue In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, According To Ben Schwartz

44 minutes ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Astromech droids like R2-D2 are a big part of the Star War universe, and fans love the spunky little buggers. The seventh installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens knows this well, and though it sees R2 primarily in what amounts to a robo-coma, it introduces us to anther feisty new fan favorite, the adorable Bb-8. While some characters in-world are fluent in droid, most of us in the theater are not, but as it turns out, Bb-8 is actually saying words. We knew that Bb-8 was communicating when he burbles on at people in a sequence of blips and boops, but there was actual dialogue written and recorded to help the actors. Ben Schwartz, who, along with Bill Hader, helped voice the one-of-a-kind ball droid, explained the process during a Reddit Ama. He said: We wrote real dialogue for him, there.s recordings of me over scenes. J.J. »

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Four Studios Bidding On ‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn’s Short Story ‘The Grownup:’ Hot Package Du Jour

52 minutes ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: While most of the movie deal makers are focused on Berlin, there’s a hot package in Hollywood that has got studios hot and bothered. I’m told that Universal, Fox, Paramount and TriStar so far are in the mix on The Grownup, a package built around the short story by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Natalie Krinsky will adapt the tale, and Mike De Luca and Flynn will produce together what is her first big project since Gone Girl became a big hit movie. Studios read… »

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Berlin: Omar Sy Discusses Role as Black Circus Artist

53 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After appearing in U.S. blockbusters such as “X-Men” and “Jurassic World,” Omar Sy is back in France as the star of Roschdy Zem’s “Monsieur Chocolat,” a biopic of 19th century Cuban artist Rafael Padilla (aka Chocolat), who became the black circus artist in France. Sy became a star in the 2011 French blockbuster “The Intouchables.” Sy has been living in the U.S. with his family for the last three years, hoping to build his acting career on both sides of the Atlantic. Gaumont will host the market premiere of “Chocolat” at Berlin.

What’s the genesis of “Chocolat”?

It all started with the producers Eric and Nicolas Altmayer at Mandarin Cinema with whom I had worked with on the film “On the Other Side of the Tracks.” I was immediately drawn to this project because it offered me a role in an ambitious period drama and it’s set in a historical context, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Episode 8 Bits: ‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ Has Begun Filming, the Possible Return of a Classic Character, a Fistful of Finn Speculation

53 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits: Star Wars: Episode 8 has officially begun filming. A handful of classic Star Wars actors have confirmed their roles (by canceling Comic-Con appearances). A long-dead Jedi may return for Episode 8. John Boyega seemingly confirms more lightsaber training. The possible origins of the Knights of Ren. A lot […]

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- Jacob Hall

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