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Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards

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

Haugesund, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the opening of the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, which runs through Aug. 25.

Norwegian actress (and singer) Pia Tjelta, who earlier on the day was honored with a stone at Haugesund’s walk of fame – the Haraldsgate – hosted the show, which was televised by Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV. A majority of Amanda winners went on stage to receive their statuettes.

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“The King’s Choice” topped Norwegian box office charts last year, earning 713,276 admissions. It was named best Norwegian feature of 2016 by the Norwegian Film Critics. It »


- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Shooting to $20 Million Debut, ‘Logan’ Not So ‘Lucky’

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

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” won’t have to fight hard to claim the new No. 1 spot in the box office. The late summer entry starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson is expected to easily win this rather slow weekend.

Lionsgate’s buddy action comedy is shooting towards a $20 million debut after taking in $8 million from 3,377 theaters on Friday, including Thursday night previews. While that number is on the higher end of early estimates, it’s still one of the smallest opening weekends for a first place film in 2017.

In its second frame, “Annabelle: Creation” from Warner Bros. falls to a still-respectable second place. The fourth film in the “Conjuring Universe” is on track for a $15 million showing after bringing in $5 million from 3,542 locations on Friday.

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The weekend’s other new entry, “Logan Lucky,” isn’t faring as well as the title would have you believe. Bleecker »


- JD Knapp

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Jaime King Joins Indie 'Ice Cream in the Cupboard'

18 August 2017 5:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jaime King, who starred in four seasons of Hart of Dixie, has joined the cast of Ice Cream in the Cupboard, an indie drama that adapts the book by Pat Moffat.

Drew Pollins is directing the indie drama that hails from Serenity Media Group and that is shooting in Los Angeles.

The book tells of a couple’s fractured life when the wife is diagnosed with early Onset Alzheimer’s. Claudia Ferri (The Killing) and Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks) are playing the couple. King is playing a neurologist that tries to help the duo.

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- Borys Kit

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David Mackenzie’s ‘Outlaw King’ Adds Billy Howle

18 August 2017 2:25 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Actor Billy Howle has joined Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Florence Pugh in David Mackenzie’s (Hell Or High Water) upcoming Netflix film Outlaw King. The Looming Tower scribe Bash Doran drafted the screenplay, which tells the story of Robert The Bruce (Pine), the king who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in Scotland. Howle will play Prince of Wales who goes head to head with Robert The Bruce to secure the Scottish… »


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Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success

18 August 2017 3:46 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box  office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »


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‘Girls Trip’ Crosses $100 Million at Domestic Box Office

18 August 2017 10:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” has crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office after four weeks, to become the studio’s sixth film to reach that milestone this year.

Girls Trip” has also taken in $9.9 million internationally as it starts its foreign rollout. Australia and Romania will release the film on Aug. 31, with additional markets launching the film through the end of the year.

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Girls Trip” debuted behind “Dunkirk” with a surprisingly strong $31.2 million at the North American box office over its opening weekend on July 21 to July 23, making it the highest-grossing opening for a live-action comedy of the year. It dropped only 36% in its second weekend.

Girls Trip” broke the summer’s streak of underperforming R-rated comedies such as “Rough Night” and “The House.” Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith star as four friends attending the Essence Music »


- Dave McNary

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Sonny Landham Dead: 'Predator' and '48 Hours' Actor Was 76.

18 August 2017 3:44 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Sonny Landham -- who played Billy the self-knifing military badass in "Predator" -- has passed away in a Kentucky hospital at the age of 76 from congestive heart failure.  Landham was part of Arnold Schwarzenegger's band of special forces soldiers in the 1987 flick -- and starred in the famous scene where he tried to go one-on-one with the alien armed only with a knife.  He lost ... but he went down in a frickin' blaze of glory. »


- TMZ Staff

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‘Super Troopers 2’ Lands Spring 2018 Release Date

18 August 2017 11:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight has set an April 20, 2018, release date for “Super Troopers 2” — 17 years after the original.

Jay Chandrasekhar is directing the comedy sequel, as he did on the original. Filmmaking team Broken Lizard raised $4.4 million in a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in 2015 that saw more than 50,000 contributors. It was one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a movie along with the $5.7 million raised by fans for the “Veronica Mars” movie starring Kristen Bell.

Donation incentives for “Super Tropers 2” on the first day included a producer title for $10,000, a speaking actor role for $10,000, a trip to the ballpark with the main actors for $15,000, and the patrol car to be used in the filming for $35,000. “Super Troopers 2” met the initial goal of $2 million (set by Fox Searchlight) in 26 hours.

Super Troopers 2” reunites all five Troopers from the original film — Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. The »


- Dave McNary

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Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher to Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel

18 August 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After originally planning a full reboot of the ’70s classic, New Line is reverting back to a familiar formula for the next installment of “Shaft,” while also leaving the door open for a new face to take over the franchise.

Sources tell Variety that Samuel L. Jackson is in negotiations to reprise his role of the titular character with “Survivor’s Remorse” star Jessie T. Usher in talks to play Jackson’s son in the film.

Tim Story is directing a script from “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris.

The original 1971 version — based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel — starred Richard Roundtree as a smooth private detective who’s hired by a drug lord to find his kidnapped daughter. The character became a pop culture icon and the theme song, written by Isaac Hayes, went on to win an Oscar.

Paramount Pictures rebooted the film in 2002 with Samuel L. Jackson taking over the role, and »


- Justin Kroll

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Adam Driver Teases "Unexpected" Kylo Ren Development in 'Last Jedi'

18 August 2017 8:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It's a trap! Or maybe not. 

Adam Driver will intrigue Star Wars fans with a Sunday interview on the Today show in which he discusses his Sith character, Kylo Ren. 

The 33-year-old actor doesn't give anyway any specifics, obviously, but he does make a comment that is interesting when asked by Willie Geist if fans "will be happy with that happens to Kylo." 

Driver responds, "God, I hope. I think it will be hopefully unexpected." 

Now, this could mean anything. Perhaps Luke or Rey cut him down or maybe he pulls a Darth Vader and redeems himself. Or maybe none of the »


- Ryan Parker

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Eric Zumbrunnen, Film Editor and Frequent Spike Jonze Collaborator, Dies at 52

17 August 2017 4:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Eric Zumbrunnen, an inventive film editor who worked with director Spike Jonze on several films, music videos and commercials, has died. He was 52.

Zumbrunnen died Aug. 1 of stomach cancer at his home in Pacific Palisades, Jason Kasperski of Prodigy Public Relations told The Hollywood Reporter.

Creative kindred spirits, Zumbrunnen and Jonze collaborated for more than two decades, teaming for the features Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), Where the Wild Things Are (2009) and Her (2013), an Oscar nominee for best picture.

Zumbrunnen won the best edited feature film award (comedy or musical) from the American Cinema Editors for Being »


- Mike Barnes

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Musicians’ Union Members Stage Free Concert to Bring Scoring Jobs Back to L.A.

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As part of an ongoing effort to return scoring jobs to California, some 150 music professionals supporting Los Angeles musician unions gathered on Saturday (Aug. 19) at Los Angeles City Hall for a free concert. They included members of Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians, SAG-aftra and Iatse; and other music groups including the Society of Composers and Lyricists, the American Youth Symphony, the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, and the Recording Academy of Los Angeles.

Longtime “American Idol” music director Rickey Minor led a six-man band in music throughout the event, and songwriters Siddhartha Khosla and Chris Pierce performed “We Can Always Come Back to This,” the Memphis-soul-style song that proved popular during the past season of “This Is Us.”

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The aim of the concert was to raise awareness for  Assembly Bill 1300, known as the “Music Scoring Tax Credit Bill,” which »


- Jon Burlingame and Shirley Halperin

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Lee Pace on ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Season 4 and the “Perfect” Series Finale

5 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of my favorite shows on any channel is AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. Over the course of its first three seasons, the fictional drama has followed a dynamic group of characters as they navigate the rise of the personal computer in the 1980s. Now about to enter its fourth and final season, the show has entered the 90s and with it the birth of the World Wide Web. While the ratings on Halt and Catch Fire have never been what it deserved, that hasn’t stopped creators and showrunners Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers from producing a … »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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