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Forecast: WB's 'Pan' Faces Stiff Competition and Low Expectations
Warner Bros' Pan is this week's new wide release. The film is a new telling of the Peter Pan origin story from director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), starring Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard and newcomer Levi Miller in the title role. A week ago it was reported the film's opening weekend was tracking as low as $21-22 million, worrisome numbers for a film said to be budgeted at $150 million, and I'm having a hard time going even that high with my predictions. In an attempt to find similar titles for comparison there are plenty to choose from, one such being Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful, which opened to the tune of $79.1 million in 2013. On the opposite end of the box office spectrum there's Universal's attempt at a live-action Pan movie back in 2003, which opened with $11.1 million. Adjusted for inflation, that opening number climbs to $15.4 million, a bit »
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F. Gary Gray Confirms He Will Direct ‘Furious 8’
Update, 11:18 AM: F. Gary Gray made it official today, confirming via Twitter that he will direct Universal’s Furious 8. The studio and the Straight Outta Compton helmer have been working to close a deal over the past three days after beginning negotiations Monday. That’s when Gray and star Vin Diesel met and meshed. Cant ask for better partners than Vin, Neal & Universal. Excited to bring u the next chapter of the #FastFamily saga pic.twitter.com/zRGre14kKO — F Gary… »
Disney Announces Release Dates for ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Cars 3’
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· Cars 3 now dated on 6/16/17 wide
· Coco is final title of previous “11/22/17 Untitled Pixar Animation” (previously announced 11/22/17 wide playdate is unchanged)
· 12/22/17 Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 12/22/17 wide
· Black Panther moves to 2/16/18 wide (from 7/6/18 wide)
· Gigantic is final title of previous “3/9/18 Disney Animation” (previously announced 3/9/18 wide playdate is unchanged)
· Toy Story 4 moves to 6/15/18 wide (from 6/16/17 wide)
· Ant-man And The Wasp now dated on 7/6/18 wide
· 11/2/18 Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 11/2/18 wide
· Captain Marvel moves to 3/8/19 wide (from 11/2/18 wide)
· 3/29/19 Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 3/29/19 wide
· Untitled Disneytoon Studios now dated on 4/12/19 wide
· The Incredibles 2 now dated on 6/21/19 wide
· 11/8/19 Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 11/8/19 wide
· 3/13/20 Untitled Pixar Animation now dated on »
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Marvel Sets 'Ant-Man' Sequel For 2018
Good news for Scott Lang fans — Marvel Studios' smallest hero will ride again, with 'Ant-Man and the Wasp,' a sequel to this summer's Paul Rudd vehicle, announced for a July 6, 2018 release. The news means that the previously locked "Phase 3" schedule will shift for a second time (The first being when Sony's Spider-Man deal with Marvel was announced), with Black Panther moving from July 6, 2018 to a Feb. 16 2018 release, and Captain Marvel being pushed out from Nov. 2, 2018 to March 8, 2019. The studio also scheduled three untitled movies for 2020,
- Graeme McMillan
Stars of Hit Sundance Doc 'The Wolfpack' Line Up New York Gallery Show
The Angulo brothers, the movie-loving sextet at the center of Crystal Moselle's prizewinning Sundance documentary "The Wolfpack," is taking on a new medium: contemporary art. Former MoCA director Jeffrey Deitch will open "The Wolfpack Show," including homemade materials from their reenactments of modern classics like "Reservoir Dogs," at his Soho gallery later this month. (Listen to Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson's conversation with Moselle, during a live taping of "Screen Talk" from this year's Sundance.) Read More: "Watch: 'The Wolfpack' Does De Niro" The show, scheduled to coincide with the release of the book "Wolves Like Us: Portraits of the Angulo Brothers," as well as the DVD edition of "The Wolfpack," also marks the premiere of Mukunda Angulo's new short, "Window Feel." Isolated in their Lower East Side apartment by their tyrannical, paranoid father, the brothers re-created the outside world within »
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'Martian' Producer Simon Kinberg on 'Fantastic Four' Woes, Jennifer Lawrence's Uncertain 'X-Men' Future and 'Star Wars' Secrets
This story first appeared in the Oct. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Simon Kinberg isn't opposed to making small movies. The tentpole maestro behind Cinderella (produced), Sherlock Holmes (wrote) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (produced and wrote) says he's attempted an intimate drama, but inevitably it turned epic. "When I wrote Mr. & Mrs. Smith in film school [at Columbia University], I was trying to write my version of Ordinary People or Kramer vs. Kramer — people in a bad marriage who have to get through problems. But for
- Tatiana Siegel
Toni Collette, Tracy Letts & Sam Trammell Join ‘Imperium’
Exclusive: Toni Collette, Homeland‘s Tracy Letts and Sam Trammell have joined the cast of Daniel Ragussis’ Imperium, the Lionsgate Premiere thriller that stars Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe plays an FBI agent who goes undercover and infiltrates a white supremacist group to expose a terrorist plot to create a dirty bomb. While investigating the group, he is faced with the challenges of maintaining his principles while trying not to blow his cover. Collettte will play Angela… »
Alejandro G. Iñárritu Tapped As Featured Speaker At Produced By: New York
Alejandro G. Iñárritu will be the featured speaker at the second Produced By: New York conference later this month. The headlining panel, Producers' Masterclass: An Adventurous Partnership With Alejandro G. Iñárritu, featuring the Oscar and Producers Guild Award-winning filmmaker with his producing team — Mary Parent, Steve Golin, and Brad Weston — as they discuss their latest film, Tne Revenant. Iñárritu and his team join previously announced Tina Fey and a roster of… »
Watch: Jane Austen Meets The Undead In The First Trailer For ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’
If you’re looking for a reflexive, self-aware zombie movie—maybe not unlike “Zombieland”—which plays with walking dead tropes, perhaps even acknowledging how absurd zombies within the world of Jane Austen is, you’re looking in the wrong place. “The idea was that it was ‘Pride and Prejudice’ set in this alternate world and then for everyone to play it straight,” Burr Steers (“Igby Goes Down”), the director of “Pride And Prejudice And Zombies” explained to EW. “The movie’s big wink is that there is no big wink.” The ‘P&P&Z’ version that’s hitting screens next year is vastly different from the many iterations that were once in development. David O. Russell was once going to direct and Natalie Portman was once attached to star (Russell’s script remnants may still make it into the final fabric of the movie). An adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s »
- Edward Davis
Pan is getting panned by critics: One reviewer has actually given this movie zero stars
Starring Levi Miller and Hugh Jackman, Pan isn't receiving the warmest of critical receptions, with many believing the Peter Pan origin story is guilty of lacking in fun. Below is an overview of the consensus for the movie:
"There are so many great creative flourishes on show - such as characters exploding in puffs of vivid colour and the detailed CGI landscapes of Neverland - it's just a shame the whole feels less than the sum of its parts. All that considered, when Pan is firing on all cylinders it's a fun and exhilarating ride that'll likely hit home with kids who've never experienced Barrie's world before."
"Dear lord, it's like Rooney Mara »
Nyff Review: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Doc ‘Junun’ Featuring Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express
If Christoper Nolan recently borrowed a chapter of the Mayles playbook with his all-too-brief Quay Brothers documentary, quietly observing events unfolding without cinematic editorializing, perhaps on could argue Paul Thomas Anderson pulled out a looseleaf page from cinéma vérité giant Les Blank for his debut doc, “Junun.” While neither as rollicking or rambunctious as Blank’s films, there’s a spiritual connection to “Junun,” a free-form, vibrant documentary about an album recorded by a supergroup of musicians in Northern India that doesn’t feel the need for formal narrative. Maybe it’s as simple as the innate sense that, just like Blank does in his work, Anderson is sitting on the fringes, soaking up the infectious energy and loving every second of what he’s now become part of. Documenting an album recorded by Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, Radiohead multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood, and the 15-plus motley crew of Indian folk musicians known. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson Composes An Exhilarating Tune in 'Junun' Trailer
Read More: Nyff Review: Paul Thomas Anderson is Trying Something Different With 'Junun' Paul Thomas Anderson's mysterious documentary project "Junun" had its world premiere yesterday at the 53rd New York Film Festival, and if reviews out of the screening are to be believed, it seems like the director has effortlessly switched to non-fiction filmmaking. The 54-minute documentary is a collaboration with Jonny Greenwood, the guitarist from Radiohead who has scored Anderson's last three films, and Israeli musician, composer and poet Shye Ben Tzur. The three traveled to Rajasthan in northwestern India and were welcomed by the Maharaja of Jodhpur at the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, where they assembled a makeshift studio and worked with a group of Indian musicians. "Junun," which translates to "the madness of love," depicts the resulting artistic collaboration over their three-week stay. In his B+ Nyff review, Indiewire Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn said, »
- Zack Sharf
Ron Perlman Joins ‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has just found itself a Beast. Ron Perlman is set to join the Harry Potter spinoff, which stars Eddie Redmayne as a British “magizoologist” in 1920s New York. More about the Fantastic Beasts Ron Perlman casting after the jump. According to THR, who broke the news, Perlman will play […]
- Angie Han
Review: 'Goosebumps' Starring Jack Black
R.L. Stine’s tween-targeting scary stories get a fittingly juvenile – if unintentionally self-critical – adaptation courtesy of “Goosebumps,” a film that assembles many of the author’s most memorable creations with noisy, tossed-off sloppiness. The second straight pairing between director Rob Letterman and his “Gulliver’s Travels” headliner Jack Black, this frantic muddle of an adventure assumes that kids will so easily recognize and comprehend its cast of archetypes that no character development is necessary. Consequently, it spends most of its time indulging in CG craziness that’s only matched in sheer, uninhibited intensity by the mugging of its star. Introduced making pursed-lipped threats from a window (and then, shortly thereafter, from between a fence’s slats), Black is a runaway cartoon as the children’s-lit novelist, overacting as if he were being paid by the wacky facial expression. If so, he must have been compensated handsomely, because “Goosebumps” never wastes a. »
- Nick Schager
Meryl Streep Thinks Rotten Tomatoes Needs More Female Critics
Meryl Streep (Adaptation) isn’t a feminist. In her own words, she’s a humanist, a comment which drew some flack, as did a recent photo shoot she did to promote her newest picture, Suffragette. In the photo, Streep wore a shirt with the slogan, “I’d rather be a rebel than slave,” an arguably tone deaf and outdated line from Emmeline Pankhurst, […]
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Paramount is testing the YouTube waters with free movie channel
Paramount Pictures is dipping its toes in the YouTube pond by launching a channel with hundreds of free movies on the video service.
Hundreds of films for free sounds like a sweet deal. So what's the catch?
Unfortunately there's more than one - not only do you have to be based in the Us to access the Paramount Vault, playback is limited to just 480p.
That's barely higher than VHS quality, and while we're on the subject of quality, many of the movies are bargain-bin fodder like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and American Ninja II: The Confrontation.
No need to cancel that Netflix subscription just yet, but it will be interesting to see where Paramount takes this idea in the future. »
Sebastian Schipper and Laia Costa Talk ‘Victoria’, Improvisation, Style, Berlin, and More
"In a way, maybe I want to be a bad director, because something needs to happen. Sometimes I have a feeling that way too much of what we do is playing it safe or going through all the movements of how you’re supposed to do it."
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‘The Martian’ rockets to top of buzz chart
Suffragette ranks a close second.
The film generated nearly 11,200 mentions across social media, news, forums and blogs after a week on release, according to analysis firm Way To Blue.
Of those, 13% expressed intent to view, meaning they would look to convert comments into cinema tickets.
Ranked a close second was Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, the period drama starring Carey Mulligan that opened the BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday – the scene of feminist protests on the red carpet.
Possibly helped by the extra media attention, the drama generated nearly 10,700 mentions (6% ItV) ahead of its release next week.
Due to the volume of films listed as wide releases next week, titles that failed to gain over 200 mentions have not »
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Germany calls for cultural diversity guarantee in Ttip talks
The German government has issued a clear call for guarantees of diversity in the areas of culture and media in the ongoing Ttip free trade negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the Us.
Germany’s Economics and Culture Ministers Sigmar Gabriel and Monika Grütters joined forces to issue a position paper demanding that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (Ttip) agreement “not contain any regulations which are likely to impair the diversity of culture and media in Germany”.
“The protection of cultural diversity and the diversity of opinion and media must also be guaranteed when faced with the asymmetry of the markets in the Internet sector,” the position paper’s authors stated.
“While the dominance of large Us companies in the Internet and the audiovisual area represents a challenge for the cultural and media diversity in Europe, this is not the case in the other direction with respect to the low market share of European companies »
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Toy Story 4 has been delayed until 2018 but that's not long enough for some people
The biggest story from Pixar's wide-ranging announcement was that Toy Story 4 will be delayed for a year until 2018.
It's rare for movie news to unite all film fans, but it seems like everyone is in a strop about it.
A few people were miffed about the longer wait.
i'm okay with the perpetual fed rate hike delay but not thisssss"@TheIndyFilm: Toy Story 4 has been delayed for a year"
— Zatayumni (@yumni2zs) October 9, 2015
— Will Reid (@williamreid) October 9, 2015
— John (@NewJackWriter) October 9, 2015
Why on Earth Pixar had to delay Toy Story 4 till 2018? The next thing they'll »
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