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Box Office: Matt Damon’s ‘Jason Bourne’ Shoots Down $4.2 Million on Thursday

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

Universal’s “Jason Bourne” has opened with a solid $4.2 million on Thursday night.

The actioner screened at 2,928 locations in North America in showings starting at 7 p.m.

Stx Entertainment’s raunchy comedy “Bad Moms” took in $2.1 million in Thursday night previews.

Matt Damon’s fourth “Bourne” movie is expected to dominate the weekend with about $50 million at 4,025 theaters. He’s returning to the signature role as a former CIA assassin for the first time since “The Bourne Ultimatum,” which launched with $69.3 million in 2007.

Paul Greengrass directs “Jason Bourne,” which also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, and Riz Ahmed. Greengrass also directed “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” opened with $55.5 million over the same weekend last year, including $4 million from Thursday night previews. “The Bourne Legacy,” starring Jeremy Renner, debuted with $38 million in 2012 with Damon not appearing.

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- Dave McNary

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Meryl Streep Joins Emily Blunt in ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel (Exclusive)

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Is Meryl Streep ready for a spoonful of sugar?

Sources tell Variety, the Oscar-winning actress is in talks to join Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”

If a deal closes, the family film would reunite Streep with the “Into the Woods” musical team of Blunt, director Rob Marshall, and producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Streep and Blunt also shared the screen in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Marshall and John De Luca are also producing.

Streep is said to play the role of Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, a supporting role that wasn’t in the 1964 classic. Streep would also sing for the part, much like she did in “Into the Woods,” which earned her a record 19th Oscar nomination.

The Mary Poppins sequel hits theaters Dec. 25, 2018.

David Magee wrote the screenplay, based on the stories by P.L. Travers, with Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and »

- Justin Kroll

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Weekend Forecast: 'Jason Bourne', 'Bad Moms' and 'Nerve' Hit Theaters

28 July 2016 8:42 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return to the Bourne franchise after a nine year, one film hiatus as Jason Bourne is looking at a #1 finish as it debuts in over 4,000 theaters this weekend. The weekend also features the R-rated comedy Bad Moms and Nerve, a PG-13, teen-targeted thriller that opened on Wednesday with $3.75 million and hopes to find an audience over the weekend as a piece of counter-counter-programming. Looking at a comfortable first place finish is Universal's Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the Bourne franchise and fourth starring Damon in the title role following the lackluster response to 2012's The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner. That said, this should be looked at more as a sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum, which opened with $69.2 million in August 2007. Of course, this year has not been kind to the majority of sequels. Following last weekend's opening for Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course, »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Nick Jonas In Talks To Join ‘Jumanji’ Movie

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Exclusive: Nick Jonas is in talks to join Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black in the Jake Kasdan-directed reimagining of Jumanji that Sony Pictures has set for a July 28, 2017 release. Matt Tolmach is producing. While Jonas is best known for his singing voice as a solo artist who started as one of the Jonas Brothers, he showed real chops in the frat hazing drama Goat, which premiered at Sundance in January and which Paramount releases September 23. He also stars in… »

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Disney Developing ‘The Rocketeer’ Reboot/Sequel

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Oh boy, I have a feeling that we’re going to see another albeit smaller cry of “childhood ruined!” from certain infantile corners of the web on this one. In a move that will surprise no one, Disney has announced yet another reboot of a catalog title. But in what will likely cause some consternation among […]

The post Disney Developing ‘The Rocketeer’ Reboot/Sequel appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jackie Chan Gets Castmates In ‘Bleeding Steel’

28 July 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Hot off the China opening of the Renny Harlin-directed Skiptrace which opened to $62M+ in the Middle Kingdom in its first weekend out, Jackie Chan headlined a press conference in Sydney to announce that Aussie actors Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant) and Callan Mulvey (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as well as actor Show Luo (Journey to the West; Mermaid) have joined the cast of his next film, the sci-fi actioner Bleeding Steel. Written and directed by Leo Zhang and… »

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Fox ‘s Fourth ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Movie in the Works

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Fox is rebooting its “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” franchise with Jason Ian Drucker and Owen Asztalos on board for the fourth film in the series.

David Bowers, who directed “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” has been tapped to helm the new film based on Jeff Kinney’s book “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.”

Fox’s Wimpy Kid films are all produced by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson via their Color Force production company. Based on Kinney’s book series, the three films grossed a total worldwide box office of $225 million with Zachary Gordon starring as the main character Greg Heffley.

Gordon has aged out of the part with Drucker taking over the role. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” follows Greg Heffley, who goes on a summer road trip with his family »

- Dave McNary

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Stephen Frears to receive honorary Sarajevo award

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British director’s latest film, Florence Foster Jenkins, to screen at the festival’s open air theatre.

Stephen Frears, the British director of The Queen and Philomena, is to receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award at the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 12-20).

Frears, who was previously the subject of the festival’s tribute programme in 2002, will have his latest film - Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant - screened as part of Sarajevo’s Open Air programme.

Previous recipients of the honorary award have included Angelina Jolie, Gael Garcia Bernal, Mike Leigh and last year Benicio del Toro.

Frears breakthrough as a feature film director came with the low budget hit My Beautiful Laundrette in 1985 and made his Hollywood debut with Dangerous Liaisons in 1989, which received six Oscar nominations.

His first Oscar nomination as best director can in 1991 for The Grifters, produced by Martin Scorsese, while his 1998 western »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Whatever happened to Hollywood's really evil villains?

28 July 2016 5:52 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The release of Suicide Squad confirms a cinematic trend: all of our heroes are antiheroes and all of our baddies have been humanised. It’s time for the return of some proper bogeymen

Peter Bradshaw’s 10 favourite screen baddies

Time was when the movie villain was stuck in second fiddle. Their primary role: to devise over-elaborate – and ultimately unsuccessful – ways to kill the hero. But then, somewhere along the line, the bad guys won. Last Christmas, Vader fanboy Kylo Ren erased memories of the Star Wars prequels’ drippy Anakin Skywalker by topping the franchise’s most-beloved character. The cackling nemesis has been given full celebration in the likes of Despicable Me, Megamind and Hotel Transylvania. And now comes Suicide Squad, DC’s party-pack of supervillains – including a certain Clown Prince of Crime – given Dirty Dozen-style licence to run amok with Bohemian Rhapsody cranked up to 11.

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- Phil Hoad

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'The Wailing' wins top awards at Bifan

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Na Hong Jin’s fantasy horror took the best film prize and audience award.

Asia’s largest genre film fest, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Bifan), wrapped its 20th edition today with Na Hong Jin’s The Wailing winning the top Best of Bucheon prize as well as the Audience Award.

In the midst of location scouting, Na recorded and sent a heartfelt and unintentionally humorous video that depicted him and his cameraperson dodging cars on the side of a road.

“The Wailing is a film that many people worked on for five, six years. I had so many doubts along the way, but kept to what I thought would be right, which is why I’m so happy to receive this great award from you. Thank you very much for telling me to keep going down the road I want to go. I will do so without wavering now,” he said about »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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New Trailer For Park Chan-Wook’s Outrageous, Provocative ‘The Handmaiden’

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As Amazon studios continues to flex their muscles, the streaming outlet keeps acquiring material perfect for cinehphiles and arthouse audiences. So far this year, Amazon has picked up Woody Allen’s “Café Society,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” Todd Solondz’s “Wiener-Dog” and later this year, they’ll release Oscar contender, “Manchester By The Sea.” There’s one […]

The post New Trailer For Park Chan-Wook’s Outrageous, Provocative ‘The Handmaiden’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Edward Davis

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‘Suicide Squad’ Has Added a Last-Minute Cameo From a Certain DC Character

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Suicide Squad may star a killer line-up of DC comic book villains, but as we’ve seen in the trailers, the film will feature at least one sequence where Ben Affleck‘s Batman pops in to give the baddies a hard time. After all, Warner Bros. is chasing the Marvel Studios model here – everything is connected, with characters […]

The post ‘Suicide Squad’ Has Added a Last-Minute Cameo From a Certain DC Character appeared first on /Film. »

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‘Ready Player One’ Young Co-Star Philip Zhou Signs With Abrams Artists Agency

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Abrams Artists Agency has signed newcomer Philip Zhou, one of the co-stars in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming action/sci-fi film Ready Player One. He will be repped by the youth and young adult division of the agency out of New York in all theatrical areas, including TV, film and stage. Zhou recently booked the role of Shoto in Ready Player One after being chosen from a world-wide talent search earlier this year. Directed by Spielberg and produced by Amblin Entertainment, the… »

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Vote for Project of the Week: Will It Be ‘Stolen Innocence,’ ‘Boy Howdy,’ ‘Riverment’ or ‘Dirtbag’?

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The winning filmmaker will become a candidate for July Project of the Month. That winner will be in the running for Project of the Year.

The four projects up for this week’s Project of the Week are listed below, with descriptions courtesy of the filmmakers. You can vote at the bottom of the page.

Stolen Innocence: 12-year-old Jan Broberg was kidnapped by her parents’ best friend and trusted neighbor. Twice.

Boy Howdy: Creem changed rock journalism and popular journalism. It launched the careers of photographers. It influenced radio programming. It inspired kids to become the next generation of young rock stars. It made Detroit a rock’n’roll destination.

Riverment: A former civil rights activist copes with her traumatic experiences by sharing her stories with her granddaughter by the river. With her granddaughter wanting to continue the fight, will generational differences push them apart?

Dirtbag: Fred Beckey is »

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Tribeca Winner ‘Here Alone’ To Get Early 2017 Release Via Vertical Entertainment

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Exclusive: Here Alone, which won the Audience Award at Tribeca earlier this year after world premiering in the fest’s Midnight section, has landed at Vertical Entertainment. The worldwide rights deal for Rod Blackhurst’s post-apocalyptic thriller comes ahead of the pic’s screening this weekend at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. An early 2017 theatrical release is planned. Directed by Blackhurst and written by David Ebeltoft, Here Alone stars Lucy Walters… »

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‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’: Ben Schnetzer Replaces Nicholas Hoult In Xavier Dolan’s Next

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Xavier Dolan’s much-anticipated first foray into English-language filmmaking, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” has commenced production in the award-winning filmmaker’s native Montreal. Dolan, who recently picked up a Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his “It’s Only the End of the World,” first announced the film back in 2014. The film will also shoot in Prague, the UK and New York.

The film features a stellar ensemble cast, including Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Ben Schnetzer, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Thandie Newton, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire, and promises to investigate some hard truths about fame, friendship and memory.

Read More: Watch: Xavier Dolan Directed Video For Adele’s “Hello”

Although Nicholas Hoult was originally announced to star in the film back in February, his name does not appear on this list. Instead, another up-and-coming young actor, »

- Kate Erbland

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Funding Completed for Ross McCall Crime Thriller ‘Beautiful Ones’

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Scatena & Rosner Films has provided finishing funds on Ross McCall’s crime thriller “The Beautiful Ones” for final color and effects, Variety has learned exclusively.

S&R has secured all sales rights as a condition of the deal. Director and veteran stunt coordinator Jesse V. Johnson collaborated with McCall to tell the story of a shylock falling in love with the wrong woman amidst the atmosphere of organized crime in Los Angeles.

The film also stars Brian Tee (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”), Jessy Schram (“Nashville”), Fernanda Andrade (“The Devil Inside”), and Eric Roberts.

Johnson is the producer with Anthony Pugliese executive producing. McCall starred in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” and the USA series “White Collar.”

The deal was negotiated at San Diego Comic-Con by Gato Scatena and Johnson.


- Dave McNary

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‘Evil Dead’ Director Fede Alvarez Says He Turned Down Marvel Because He Wanted “More Freedom”

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A few years back, “Evil Dead” director Fede Alvarez was rumored to helm “Doctor Strange,” but beyond internet chatter, it was never really confirmed. The gig went to Scott Derrickson, and Alvarez moved on, helming the upcoming “Don’t Breathe,” but it turns out that he did meet with Marvel. And while he doesn’t share which […]

The post ‘Evil Dead’ Director Fede Alvarez Says He Turned Down Marvel Because He Wanted “More Freedom” appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Jason Bourne Primer: Everything You Forgot (and May Need to Know) For the New Movie

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It’s been almost a decade since the saga of Matt Damon‘s amnesiac super-spy Jason Bourne came to an apparent end. In fact, the door was so firmly closed on this story that Universal tried to spin off another character to keep the series going with The Bourne Legacy. That didn’t work as planned and now […]

The post The Jason Bourne Primer: Everything You Forgot (and May Need to Know) For the New Movie appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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‘Indignation’ Review: James Schamus’ Philip Roth Adaptation, Starring Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon, Resurrects the Focus Features Legacy

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There’s a 15-minute scene at the center of “Indignation,” James Schamus’ adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel, that could work on its own as a short film. Marcus (Logan Lerman), a middle-class Jew sent to a heavily Christian college, confronts the school’s hawkish dean (Tracy Letts) about his anti-Semitic leanings. Their exchange unfolds as a mesmerizing power struggle, as the older, condescending overlord decries Marcus’ alleged sexual tryst with classmate Olivia (Sarah Gadon). With little more than escalating tones and a few well-timed camera angles, the scene shifts from awkward to unnerving and ultimately hilarious in its depiction of opposing ideologies in post-wwii America.

Above all, the scene says this: James Schamus is a real filmmaker.

Read More: Exclusive ‘Indignation’ Poster: Logan Lerman Breaks Out In Festival Darling

Of course, anyone familiar with Lerman from roles as far-reaching as “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” and “Fury” knows that he can command the frame. »

- Eric Kohn

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