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Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Starring Matt Damon Moved Up To 2015, Tim Burton's 'Peregrine' Bumped And More

4 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When it was announced that Ridley Scott would be directing Matt Damon in "The Martian," there was that usual caveat that comes with anything associated with the director, that plans could change or the project could wind up on the backburner. But then things got more real with producer Simon Kinberg revealed that production would begin this fall. But wait, what about "Prometheus 2"? Isn't that supposed to be the next project from the filmmaker, and won't it fill that vacant release date Fox has slotted for it? The simple answer is: no. Fox has announced today that the previous mystery date of March 4, 2016 has now been moved ahead to November 25, 2015 and it will be the home of "The Martian." The Drew Goddard penned adaptation of the book by Andy Weir follows an astronaut who is stranded on a Martian colony and struggles to survive. Back on Earth, Nasa tries to mount a rescue mission. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Your Box Office Predictions as 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Takes Off with $11.2 Million On Thursday

10 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Guardians of the Galaxy is off to a massive start, hauling in $11.2 million on Thursday evening for the largest Thursday night opening so far this year, topping the $10.2 million brought in by fellow Marvel feature, Captain America: The Winter Soldier back in April. Looking at the predictions the readers definitely have the edge on Laremy as this one is going to make more than $75 million this weekend, one of the best openings of Summer 2014 not to mention what will be the largest August opening ever, currently The Bourne Ultimatum at $69.3 million. Meanwhile, the James Brown biopic, Get on Up didn't have a large Thursday presence, bringing in $371,000 from 1,769 theaters. It will open in 2,466 total theaters this weekend, and should be fine hitting the $13 million tracking, but the readers as well as Laremy are both over $16 million and that doesn't look likely. I've included Laremy's predictions and the average reader predictions »

- Brad Brevet

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July Box Office Falls Short of $1 Billion

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The final results are in for the month of July, and they aren't pretty.Domestic box office revenues totaled $966 million, which is down a massive 30 percent from last July. This also marks the first time since 2002 that the month of July fell short of $1 billion.The 30 percent year-to-year decline is the steepest drop in Box Office Mojo's database, which dates back to the early 1980s. The only rival is January 2011, which was off 29 percent (thanks in no small part to Avatar's impact on January 2010).What explains this historic decline? Simply put, it can be chalked up to an abnormally weak lineup of movies that weren't appealing enough to get people in to theaters. Nothing performed on par with Despicable Me 2, The Dark Knight Rises or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and nothing was expected to, either. Moviegoers aren't just going to show up out of habit*there »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Casting Net: Will Ferrell in talks to play porn producer Russ Meyers

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Will Ferrell may play porn producer Russ Meyers in the indie film Russ and Roger Go Beyond. Written by Christopher Cluess (The Simpsons), the movie will explore the relationship between Meyers and film critic Roger Ebert as they collaborated on the 1970 satire film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. [Variety]

• Joseph Fiennes and Harry Potter’s Tom Felton will co-star in the first-century epic thriller ClaviusKevin Reynolds (Waterworld) will direct the film told through the eyes of Fiennes’ character, an agnostic Roman Centurion forced to locate the missing body of Jesus of Nazareth. Production begins this month in Spain, aiming for an Easter weekend 2015 opening. »

- Jake Perlman

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It’s Officially A ‘Jungle’ Out There: Warner Bros Titles And Dates Its Kipling Adaptation

4 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

With Disney’s live-action/VFX take on The Jungle Book set for October 2015, Warner Bros has staked out a date a year later for its take on the Rudyard Kipling classic about an orphaned boy raised by animals in the wilderness. Now officially titled Jungle Book: Origins, the pic has been slated for October 21, 2016. Andy Serkis is set to direct the live-action film, to which Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu had been in talks to helm last year. The script is by Callie Kloves, daughter of Harry Potter series scribe Steve Kloves, who is producing. It’ll go up against Universal’s Untitled […] »

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Elle Fanning to Play ‘Frankenstein’ Creator for ‘Wadjda’ Director

11 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

While her peers are signing on for sci-fi tales, Elle Fanning is preparing to play the person who invented sci-fi tales. The Maleficent actress is set to portray Frankenstein author Mary Shelley in A Storm in the Stars, a romantic drama from Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda). Meanwhile, Fanning is also jumping aboard the Ya weepie bandwagon […]

The post Elle Fanning to Play ‘Frankenstein’ Creator for ‘Wadjda’ Director appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Theater Surprises ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Fans with Wrong ‘Guardians’ Movie

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

Fans of “Guardians of the Galaxy” were surprised to find themselves watching “Rise of the Guardians” instead of the new Marvel film Thursday night.

Regal Entertainment Group remained silent on its mishap, which caught moviegoers at two different theaters by surprise when they saw “Rise of the Guardians,” the 2012 animated feature from DreamWorks Animation, rather than “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the new superhero film featuring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, on the bigscreen. Regal did not respond to several requests for comment, however produced a mea culpa on Twitter, apologizing to one fan who called the company out on social media.

@dbrowell We hope things went better today. We’re very sorry. No excuses for what happened last night. http://t.co/yKHWd6GIKf

— Regal Cinemas (@RegalMovies) August 1, 2014

Reports have surfaced that at least two theaters, one in Richmond, Va and another in Turnersville, New Jersey, both had the same issue. »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Universal: ‘Fifty Shades’ Trailer Scores Historic 100M Views In First Week

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Exclusive: Universal and Focus Features have something to pant over: In the week since debuting the trailer for their hotly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey, the 2 1/2-minute promo video has become the biggest online trailer launch in history, says the studio. Related: Hot Hot Trailer: ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ The steamy adaptation of E L James‘ 2011 erotic bestseller tracks the love affair between a naive young woman and a dashing closeted S&M enthusiast, a tome that had global readers gasping over the span of three novels. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s take on the torrid tale stars Dakota Johnson as […] »

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‘Transporter Legacy’ Set for U.S. Release on March 6

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

The Transporter Legacy,” the launch film of EuropaCorp’s action trilogy, will be released in North America on March 6 through newly launched EuropaCorp USA.

Variety first reported in February that “Game of Thrones” actor Ed Skrein (pictured above) would succeed Jason Statham in the reboot of the “Transporter” franchise. Also starring are Loan Chabanal, Radivoje BukvicGabriella WrightAnatole Taubman and Tatiana Pajkovic.

The new “Transporter” trilogy is helmed by “Brick Mansion” director Camille Delamarre from a script by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper. Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is producing with Mark Gao’s Fundamental Films.

The first and second “Transporter” pics, helmed by Louis Leterrier, grossed $43.9 million and $85.1 million worldwide, respectively. The third, directed by Olivier Megaton and handled by Lionsgate, grossed $108.9 million.

The combined budgets totalled less than $95 million.

In the new film, Skrein will play a top driver and mercenary who teams with the leader of a »

- Dave McNary

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Orbits $100 Million at Box Office

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The opening day of Marvel-Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” has demolished forecasts — so much so that it may reach the iconic $100 million mark in its first weekend.

Late Friday afternoon estimates placed the new superhero tentpole’s debut at approximately $95 million, the best ever for the month of August, with Friday estimates ranging from $33 million to $40 million.

“Guardians” had originally been pegged to open in the $70 million range.

Disney downplayed its estimates Friday afternoon with a range of $85 million to $95 million but if the intergalactic pic can hit the nine-figure mark, it would be only the second time in 2014 following Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” doing so at the end of June. The $100 million mark has been crossed a total of 27 times.

Four other titles have opened above $90 million in 2014 — Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America: The Winter soldier” with $95 million, Warner-Legendary’s “Godzilla” with $93 million, Sony’s “Amazing Spider-Man 2 »

- Dave McNary

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Disney’s The Jungle Book Adds Bill Murray; Warner Bros Version Gets a Release Date and New Title

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The October 9, 2015 release of Disney’s The Jungle Book isn’t all that far away, so the studio’s been casting up like crazy lately.  In the past month alone, the production has added Ben Kinglsey, Neel Sethi, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito to the line-up, and now they’ve got yet another new addition to share – Bill Murray as Baloo.  Sethi’s Mowgli will be the only actor seen on screen in the film, but he’ll be joined by a slew of CG characters including Walken as King Louie, Esposito as Akela, Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Idris Elba as Shere Khan and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa in addition to Murray. We’ve also got some movement on Warner Bros. Pictures’ rendition of The Jungle Book, which is now titled Jungle Book: Origins.  The Andy Serkis-directed rendition is scheduled to make its way »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Film Review: ‘Behaving Badly’

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Managing to elicit genuine belly laughs while playing a blind teenage cancer patient in this summer’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” 19-year-old Nat Wolff has displayed a precocious knack for wringing humor out of the most unfortunate circumstances. And yet, as Tim Garrick’s barrel-bottom teen sex farce “Behaving Badly” illustrates, even he has his limits. Wolff is hardly alone, however, as a surprisingly deep cast of slumming stars (Selena Gomez, Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue, Gary Busey, Jason Lee, and even an uncredited Justin Bieber) all fail to lift this ruthlessly unfunny misfire, which should be quickly relegated to an IMDb trivia question after a brief theatrical bow.

Things start out badly for 17-year-old Rick Stevens (Wolff), who opens the film by discovering he has crabs, only to head downstairs and discover his alcoholic mother (Parker) slumped on the couch, with pill bottles, vodka and various suicide notes strewn all around. »

- Andrew Barker

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Jeff Bridges Saluted by Aarp for His End-Hunger Work

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At a Spago luncheon on Friday, the conversation touched upon moviegoing demographics, the new film “The Giver” and the importance of branding — but the key talking point was solutions to hunger.

Aarp threw the event to honor Jeff Bridges, the cover subject of the org’s August/September issue. The story is tied to the Weinstein Co.’s Aug. 15 release of “The Giver,” which Aarp Media Svp-editorial director Myrna Blyth described as being based on a Ya novel but focused on “the wisdom of age.” She also talked about the new alliance between Aarp Foundation’s end-hunger program and No Kid Hungry, which Bridges has been championing for 20 years. The former is focused on needy seniors, while the latter focuses on children; the two have come up with programs to help both.

The actor spoke briefly, thanking Aarp and praising the “Giver” team who were there, including producers Neil Koenigsberg »

- Tim Gray

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Noel Black, Director of Cult Hit ‘Pretty Poison,’ Dies at 77

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Noel Black, who directed the 1968 black comedy “Pretty Poison,” a cult hit despite a diverse critical response, died of bacterial pneumonia at a hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. on July 5. He was 77.

Starring Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, “Pretty Poison” was adapted by Lorenzo Semple Jr. from Stephen Geller’s novel “She Let Him Continue.”

Perkins plays an arsonist who’s done his time and tries to win the affection of a pretty blond student, played by Weld. But despite a well-scrubbed facade, Weld’s character is in fact a psychopath, and soon the pair are committing a string of crimes, including homicide.

Twentieth Century Fox pulled the picture after weak box office, but when some critics championed the film, the studio re-released the movie, which began to pick up a cult following — a following that only grew with time.

It was released on DVD in 2006.

His short about California skateboarders, »

- Variety Staff

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‘Dead Island’ Film Rises Again

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Remember Dead Island? Even non-gamers probably checked out the much-praised trailer that featured the non-linear story of a young girl’s descent into undead-dom. Movie rights to the game series were snapped up quickly after that trailer debuted, but that was in 2011. Actually making the movie has been a more difficult thing than making the […]

The post ‘Dead Island’ Film Rises Again appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Box Office Matinees: Biggest Ticket Sales Of Summer As ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Could Take $88M to $95M After Logging Late Night Record; ‘Get On Up’ $14M+

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Updated, Friday 6:02 Pm: More numbers are rolling in for Guardians of the Galaxy right now which is on track at the moment to take in anywhere from $33M to $36M tonight for a three-day weekend that is right now in the $88M to $95M range and will get a better idea in a couple of more hours so stay tuned, but this looks to be the case at the moment. Matinees have ended incredibly strong. Regardless, this is another great hit for the daring duo of Disney/Marvel. Stay tuned. Updated, Friday, 1:33 Pm: Matinee showings of James Gunn’s The […] »

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Update: Feds Take Up ‘Expendables 3′ Leak Probe After Lionsgate Files Lawsuit

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A federal investigation has been opened into the source of the illegal downloads of Lionsgate action pic The Expendables 3, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, aka Ice, has picked up the case after Lionsgate made calls to several law-enforcement agencies to ask for help in locating the pirates, who are accused of leaking a full version of the pic on various file-sharing sites last week. Said an Ice public affairs officer this afternoon, “It is our policy to neither confirm or deny that an investigation is underway, unless or until […] »

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Bill Murray Cast As Baloo In The Jungle Book

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You never really know when or where Bill Murray might turn up. Unless it's a Wes Anderson movie, in which case, there's a pretty good chance. But The Jungle Book isn't a Wes Anderson movie, it's a Disney movie directed by Jon Favreau, and Bill Murray is voicing the role of Baloo. Murray joins a top-notch cast of voices that already includes Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o, Idris Elba,and Scarlett Johansson, the latter of whom starred alongside Murray in Lost in Translation. To celebrate the news, Jon Favreau posted this teasy announcement, offering a nod to Caddyshack, but no direct mention of Murray... (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Jon »

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Bill Murray is Baloo In Jon Favreau’s ‘The Jungle Book’

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Jon Favreau just bagged a white whale while casting his Disney remake of The Jungle Book. Or, maybe more to the point, a great big bear. Bill Murray will provide the voice of Baloo, the second lead, in Favreau’s CG live action hybrid. He joins an already rich voice cast that includes Scarlett Johnasson, Idirs […]

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- Germain Lussier

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Bill Murray Is Baloo In Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’

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Forget about your worries and your strife: Disney has found its lovable and carefree if somewhat bumbling bear for The Jungle Book. The studio said today that Bill Murray will supply the voice of Baloo in its live-action/VFX take on Rudyard Kipling’s classic. Murray joins a powerhouse voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley as worrywart panther Bagheera, Christopher Walken as fire-envious orangutan King Louie, Scarlett Johansson as kaleidoscope-eyed snake Kaa, Luipta Nyong’o as wolf mother Raksha and Idris Elba as villainous, man-hating tiger Shere Khan. Newcomer Neel Sethi is mancub Mowgli in the film from director Jon Favreau, which is […] »

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