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'Lego Batman' Tops Presidents' Day Weekend, 'Great Wall' Leads Newcomers
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. »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Wants to Make an X-23 Spinoff
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 […]
- Angie Han
‘The Batman’: Negotiations Break Down Between Studio and Director Matt Reeves
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
‘Shazam’: Superhero Movie Eyes ‘Lights Out’ Director
“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.
- Dave McNary
Donald Glover to Play Simba in Live Action ‘Lion King’
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
‘Last Jedi’ Title Translations Reveal There Are Multiple Jedi
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.
Not A Drill I Repeat This Is. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Angela Lansbury Joins Emily Blunt in Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’
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
‘The Purge 4’ A Go, Gets July 2018 Release Date
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… »
‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Golden Bear Award at Berlin Film Festival
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
‘La La Land,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards
“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.”
“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.”
Full list of Cas Awards winners below.
Motion Picture – Live Action
Production Mixer: Steven Morrow, Cas »
- Kristopher Tapley
‘Toni Erdmann’ Wins Five Awards From International Cinephile Society
The film’s star, Peter Simonischek, was joined by Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), Andre Holland (“Moonlight”), and Lily Gladstone (“Certain Women”) for acting honors, while “Elle” also claimed the adapted screenplay prize.
“Moonlight’s” ensemble cast won a prize, while animation honors went to “The Red Turtle” and “Fire at Sea” won the documentary award.
Related stories2016's Top 10 Films With Box Office, Awards and Critical AcclaimJack Nicholson, Kristen Wiig »
- Variety Staff
New ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Promo Art Gives a Better Look at Shocker
The first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming showed us quite a bit from the upcoming franchise reboot of Marvel’s webslinger that’s being done in collaboration with Sony Pictures this time. We know Robert Downey Jr. will be helping out a bit, even though he’s ultimately trying to deter young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he is […]
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- Ethan Anderton
[Photos] 2017 Oscar Nominees Part 2: Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Justin Timberlake & More
Looking at AwardsLine’s second gallery featuring an eclectic mix of this year’s Academy Award nominees, you’ll see more first-timers than veterans, reflecting the Academy’s enthusiasm for welcoming fresh faces and new voices to their crop of elite, proven talent. Among the talents featured in our first gallery are Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Elle‘s Isabelle Huppert and La La Land helmer Damien Chazelle. On display in Awardsline’s second gallery are Lion star Dev… »
‘Kenan and Kel’ Flashback: Check Out These Vintage Black History Month Promos
If suggestions that Donald Trump and most others in his administration don’t know who Frederick Douglass was aren’t your preferred way of celebrating Black History Month, Nickelodeon might have something to your liking. Courtesy of the Splat — a programming block that features reruns of such Nick classics as “Doug,” “Rugrats” and “Hey Arnold!” — the network has uploaded several Bhm promos that first aired on “Kenan and Kel” way back when.
One finds the orange soda–loving Kel Mitchell alongside Kenan Thompson (now familiar from his years-long tenure on “Saturday Night Live”) as they discuss Lewis Latimer, who made lightbulb filaments more affordable. Another entrant in the Black Innovators Hall of Fame is Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space (Kel thought it was Uhura from “Star Trek,” because of course »
- Michael Nordine
‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Tops $3.2M, ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ Opens at $1M – Specialty Box Office
This holiday weekend’s Specialty box office is mostly quiet with debuts while key Oscar nominees are keeping their zest. At over $3.2M, Magnolia Pictures' documentary nominee I Am Not Your Negro, in its third weekend of release, has pulled ahead in cumulative gross of all but a few 2016 non-fiction releases. Pantelion/Lionsgate's Spanish and English romantic-comedy Everybody Loves Somebody bowed with a 3-day take of $1M in 333 theaters, by far the most for a new specialty… »
Mark Duplass Urges Oscar Win For Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’
Mark Duplass has a message for Academy members as Oscar voting winds down: “Think what it would mean if Moonlight won Best Picture.” Actor/director Duplass (Blue Jay, Togetherness) tweeted plea along with the poster for the Barry Jenkins-directed drama, urging Academy members to vote for Moonlight because "it's the best film this year." Dear @TheAcademy Voters. Think about what it would mean if @moonlightmov won Best Picture. Then vote for it bc it's the best film… »
‘Discreet’ Review: A Dissonant Thriller About The Effects Of Child Abuse — Berlinale 2017
Childhood abuse affects its victims in myriad and often abstract ways. The disparate images and mysterious female voiceover that provide Travis Mathews’ “Discreet” its illusory opening do eventually come together, like the concentric cycles of abuse and pain experienced by its woeful protagonist, Alex (Jonny Mars).
A drifter and filmmaker, Alex travels the country in a dark blue van shooting footage of highways. On a passing visit to his unstable mother, he learns that the man who abused him is living in a small cabin on the outskirts of the rural Texas town where his mother lives. Seeking out the older man, Alex finds a severely incapacitated John (Bab Swaffar), complete with an involuntary twitch in his left arm and a vacant stare.
John is a ghoulish cartoon of a predator; even in his weakened state, his fluffy white beard, ruddy red nose, and lanky frame tower over Alex. Facing »
- Jude Dry
‘Logan’ Could Be One of the Best Superhero Movies Ever Made: Critical Roundup
The first round of reviews are in for “Logan,” and they’re largely positive. The latest — and supposedly last — Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman is currently sitting pretty at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 73 on Metacritic, with IndieWire’s David Ehrlich calling it “better as an agitated Western than as a fading superhero movie (or a listless cross-country chase)” and saying that “the most cantankerous X-Man’s final outing is a scaled-back affair that nevertheless knows how to swing for the fences.”
Sheri Linden of the Hollywood Reporter is firmly in the positive camp, too:
“Seamlessly melding Marvel mythology with Western mythology, James Mangold has crafted an affectingly stripped-down stand-alone feature, one that draws its strength from Hugh Jackman’s nuanced turn as a reluctant, all but dissipated hero.”
Time’s Stephanie Zacharek is less impressed:
- Michael Nordine
Read the Rumored Description of the First ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer
Here at /Film, we’re very well aware of just how much coverage we give Star Wars. But it’s one of our favorite franchises, and plenty of our readers out there can’t help but read every single bit of all the Star Wars news and rumors out there. We try to be as discerning as possible […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Male Movie Stars Get Almost Twice as Much Screen Time: Report
There’s now even more data confirming the film industry’s gender inequality. Statisticians at St. Lawrence University have analyzed all 92 Best Picture nominees dating back to 2006 to get a sense Oscar diversity, finding that male leads were onscreen an average of 43 percent of the time compared to just 22 percent for their female counterparts.
Read More: Women Spoke Just 27 Percent of the Dialogue in 2016’s Top-Grossing Movies
The study was led by Michael Schuckers and Bailey O’Keeffe, with the latter pointing out that “the Academy often dismisses films that feature strong female leads in favor of the conventional, Hollywood-approved white male characters,” according to a press release on the team’s findings. Several exceptions have come in the last two years, namely “Hidden Figures,” “Brooklyn,” and “Room.”
While movies directed by men were in line with the average ratio, coming out to 44 percent of screen time for men and 21 percent for women, »
- Michael Nordine
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