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'Lego Batman' Tops Presidents' Day Weekend, 'Great Wall' Leads Newcomers

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The Lego Batman Movie topped the weekend box office for a second week in a row, holding off a trio of newcomers led by Universal's The Great Wall. Fellow new releases, Fist Fight and particularly Fox's A Cure for Wellness, fizzled in their respective debuts as the start of 2017's Presidents' Day weekend saw the top twelve come in 47% behind last year. While that was mostly to be expected, it's a rather significant dip as 2017 is currently pacing 10.4% behind 2016's yearly grosses. With an estimated $34.2 million, WB's The Lego Batman Movie finished #1 by a considerable margin, dropping 35.4% and raising its domestic cume to $98.7 million after ten days in release. The film should top $43 million for the four-day weekend, pushing it over $100 million by end of day Monday. Internationally, Lego Batman is up to $72 million after bringing in an estimated $21.5 million from 62 markets this weekend elevating its worldwide total over $170 million. »

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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Wants to Make an X-23 Spinoff

17 February 2017 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Hugh Jackman‘s Logan is the undisputed star of Logan (you know, as indicated by the title), but its resident scene-stealer is definitely Laura, a.k.a. X-23. As played by 11-year-old Dafne Keen, she’s a force of nature who’s more than capable of holding her own against veteran X-Men like Wolverine and Professor X. I’ve got a strong feeling she’ll […]

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- Angie Han

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‘The Batman’: Negotiations Break Down Between Studio and Director Matt Reeves

17 February 2017 3:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In another setback for the superhero tentpole, talks have broken down between Warner Bros. and director Matt Reeves about becoming the director of “The Batman,” Variety has confirmed.

A studio source indicates that negotiations have stopped, but adds that talks could resume down the road. WB is still intent on making the film, the source insisted, whatever means necessary.

The news comes after star Ben Affleck stepped down as director in order to focus on playing the Caped Crusader.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement on Jan. 30. “Performing this role demands focus, passion, and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Shazam’: Superhero Movie Eyes ‘Lights Out’ Director

17 February 2017 2:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lights Out” director David F. Sandberg is in talks to direct New Line’s “Shazam” superhero movie.

Lights Out,” based on Sandberg’s short film, was a breakout success last summer for New Line with the horror film grossing nearly $150 million on a $5 million budget. Several months before the release of “Lights Out,” New Line hired the Swedish filmmaker to direct “Annabelle 2,” which will be out in August.

Shazam first appeared in 1939 as Captain Marvel in comic books published by Fawcett Comics as a creation of artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker. He is the alter ego of teenage Billy Batson, who becomes the superhero when he says the word “Shazam!” — an acronym for the gods of the ancient world with the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Aries, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.

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- Dave McNary

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Donald Glover to Play Simba in Live Action ‘Lion King’

17 February 2017 4:52 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Donald Glover will play Simba in Disney’s live action “Lion King,” The Wrap has learned. I just can’t wait to be king. #Simba pic.twitter.com/wUYKixMBJI — Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017 The director also revealed on twitter that James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, the father role he played in the 1994 animated original. Looking forward to working with this legend. #Mufasa pic.twitter.com/1LszbWrcYT — Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 18, 2017 After the success of Favreau’s “The Jungle Book,” the director is teaming up with Disney to create a live-action version of “The Lion King. »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Last Jedi’ Title Translations Reveal There Are Multiple Jedi

17 February 2017 2:37 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The international titles for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” appear to confirm that said “Jedi” are in fact plural. The official Star Wars twitter accounts of France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Italy, and more revealed the titles in their respective languages — all of them calling out multiple Jedi. Because of this development, we now know that the title is supposed to mean more than one Jedi, as in, Luke and Rey… and maybe even more of masters of the Force.

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- Umberto Gonzalez

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Angela Lansbury Joins Emily Blunt in Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

17 February 2017 12:38 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep. It is directed and produced by Rob Marshall and will be set in the 1930’s Depression-era London. Michael and Jane are now grown up. Michael (Ben Whishaw) lives with his three children and their housekeeper, but when he suffers a personal loss, enigmatic Nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters their lives. The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca (“Chicago”) and Marc Platt (“La La Land”). The screenplay is by David Magee (“Life of Pi”) based on the “Mary Poppins” stories by P. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘The Purge 4’ A Go, Gets July 2018 Release Date

17 February 2017 12:45 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Universal, Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes are moving forward with a third sequel to the pair’s Purge horror/thriller franchise, and have set a July 4, 2018 release date for the new installment. Franchise creator James DeMonaco is writing the new pic but has no plans to direct; he performed both duties on the previous movies. He will help the producers find another director for the fourth installment. The plot and concept of the new pic are under wraps. The last pic in the… »

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‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Golden Bear Award at Berlin Film Festival

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The Hungarian love story “On Body and Soul” has won the Golden Bear award as the best film at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. Acting awards went to Georg Friedrich for “Bright Nights” and Kim Minhee for “On the Beach at Night Alone,” while the prize for the festival’s best director went to Aki Kaurismaki for “The Other Side of Hope.” The awards were announced at a ceremony in Berlin on Saturday night, at the conclusion of a festival that began on Feb. 9. Also Read: 'The Dinner' Berlin Review: Laura Linney, Steve Coogan Cram Too Much on Their Plate The winners were. »

- Steve Pond

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Title Confirmed To Be Plural, And Fans Are Freaking Out

18 February 2017 8:52 AM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

After much speculation, we now know that the title for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is referring to multiple individuals. Because Jedi is both the singular and plural form of the word, there was a debate about how many Jedi were being referred to in the title for “Episode VIII”. Finally, foreign-language posters let the cat […] »

- Brent Furdyk

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‘La La Land,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards

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La La Land” and “Game of Thrones” walked away with top film and television honors at the 53rd Cinema Audio Society Awards Saturday night.

Finding Nemo” won the theatrical animated prize, while “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” took the documentary award. Other television winners included “Modern Family” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

The Jungle Book” director Jon Favreau received the organization’s Filmmaker Award. Previous recipients include Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, Bill Condon, Rob Marshall and Jonathan Demme.

La La Land” is nominated for the sound mixing Oscar this year, along with “Arrival,” Cas nominee “Hacksaw Ridge,” Cas nominee “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”

Game of Thrones” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” won sound mixing Emmys last year.

Full list of Cas Awards winners below.

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- Kristopher Tapley

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Marcus Preece obituary

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When I first met Marcus Preece in Birmingham in the mid-1980s it was rare to find an aspiring author among ska and punk musicians. But he produced screenplays and short stories and eventually earned his living as a writer in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Marcus, who has died aged 53 after suffering from a series of blackouts, was born in the town of Mount Isa, north-west Queensland, Australia, to which his parents, Bevan Preece, a builder from Malvern, Worcestershire, and Phyllis (nee Bracken) a secretary from Dublin, had moved the year before, so that Bevan could work in the copper mines. In 1970, the family returned to Britain because Phyllis’s father was unwell and the family settled in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

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- Malu Halasa

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‘Fifty Shades’ Dominant With $277M Ww; ‘La La’ Lands $200M+ Overseas; ‘XXX’ Tops In China – International Box Office

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Refresh for latest…: In a big holdover weekend at the international box office, Universal Pictures' Fifty Shades Darker maintained its grip on the No. 1 spot with an additional $43.7M in 59 markets. That's a 52% drop from last week when the sequel cuffed 2017's biggest offshore debut — it's also a better hold than Fifty Shades Of Grey had in its first-to-second outing in 2015. The overseas total on the James Foley-helmed erotic noir is now $187.2M which includes… »

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Beats ‘Fist Fight’ For The Weekend [Box Office]

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Its Presidents Day weekend, and Hollywood offered audiences everything from a weirdo horror movie to an Ice Cube comedy to Matt Damon fighting monsters, but it turns out they just wanted to see more Batman.

Warner Bros. won the holiday stretch as “The Lego Batman Movie” roped in $34.2 million. The audience drop was only 35% which indicates it’s gonna hold on at the multiplex for a while, and the picture will cross $100 million domestic this week.

Continue reading ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Beats ‘Fist Fight’ For The Weekend [Box Office] at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Mine’ Trailer: Armie Hammer Must Survive the Next 52 Hours

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Armie Hammer is almost performing a one-man show in Mine. The Man from U.N.Cl.E. star isn’t alone in Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro‘s thriller, but he spends much of it on his own in the frame, with one foot resting not-so-comfortably on a landmine in the desert. To stay alive, he’ll have to survive the next 52 hours by […]

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- Jack Giroux

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Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Flies High Over ‘Great Wall,’ ‘Fist Fight’

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The Lego Batman Movie” is dominating the North American box office with an estimated $44 million this President’s Day weekend — nearly matching the combined haul of “Fifty Shades Darker” and “The Great Wall.”

Universal’s second weekend of “Fifty Shades” is heading for $24 million at 3,714 sites and its action-fantasy “The Great Wall” was projected to wind up with $21 million at 3,325 locations for the Friday-Monday period. Lionsgate’s second weekend of “John Wick: Chapter 2” is finishing in a solid fourth place with $19.5 million at 3,113 venues as holdovers propped up the holiday weekend business.

New Line’s opening of high school comedy “Fist Fight” showed only a modest punch in fifth with around $14 million at 3,185 locations. And Fox’s horror-thriller “A Cure for Wellness” was scaring up a modest $4.9 million at 2,704 screens as it was projected to finish 11th.


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- Dave McNary

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Holdovers Reign Over Holiday Weekend, But Why Did The New Releases Tank?: Presidents’ Day B.O. – Sunday Update

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5th Update, 1st Sunday Am: Refresh for chart The Saturday over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend spelled wonders for a number of films with those in the top 10 seeing close to a 50% surge over Friday. However, the holdovers are still getting richer, while the new titles get poorer, that is when you compare heir tickets sales against their estimated combined production costs and P&As. Similar to Mlk weekend, why is there so much lackluster product being dumped again… »

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How to have a pop culture hit like La La Land and Rae Sremmurd

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What are the ingredients of a smash movie or track in 2017? Embrace nostalgia, follow the superstars, and piggy-back on the social networks ...

How do you make a hit? This is the question I have posed to dozens of entertainment executives, pop-culture historians and academics over the past few years. Some of them claimed to know. Others maintained that such knowledge was impossible. But the most interesting things I learned weren’t the variables of some mythic formula, but rather how the shifting rules of cultural popularity are a window into the way the world works, and how it is changing.

If the media revolution of the past generation could be summed up in one word, it would be “more”. The number of opportunities for artists and creators has soared as the internet opened new markets around the world and made possible new media, such as self-published ebooks, and technology, such »

- Derek Thompson

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Berlin Film Festival Winners Include ‘The Other Side Of Hope,’ ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ And More

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Another year, and another Berlin Film Festival has wrapped up. It was bit quieter on the ground in 2017 than past years, but as always, a handful of movies shined brightly and are flying home from the prestigious festival with some serious hardware to put on the shelf.

Read More: ‘The Other Side Of Hope’ Is The Aki Kaurismaki Movie We Need Right Now

One movie we missed, and that we’ll certainly have to catch up with the down the line, is Ildikó Enyedi‘s “On Body And Soul” which won the Golden Bear.

Continue reading Berlin Film Festival Winners Include ‘The Other Side Of Hope,’ ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ And More at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Nominations For Inaugural American Independent Film Awards Revealed

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We know — it’s February and the last thing you want to hear about is another awards show, but believe us when we say that the American Independent Film Awards are different. Generally speaking, the awards season tends to celebrate the best in cinema, with the caveat being that many movies get on the Oscar radar because they have the money and influence behind them helping to make that push. And while the Indie Spirit Awards somewhat the fill the gap of the Oscars, focusing on movies produced outside the studio system for less than $20 million, it still means that worthy films get overlooked.

Continue reading Nominations For Inaugural American Independent Film Awards Revealed at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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