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"Rogue Nation" Scores $56M Opening

2 August 2015 9:24 AM, PDT

Beating studio estimates by as much as 40%, "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" opened to $56 million in North America which was the third-best domestic opening of a Cruise film for all time behind only "Mission: Impossible II" ($57 million) and "War of the Worlds" ($65 million).

The film was even bigger overseas with $65 million from 40 territories, delivering Cruise his biggest opening in 27 markets. The film's A- CinemaScore indicates audiences seemed to have embraced the film as much as the critics.

Not faring so well was the "Vacation" reboot which made $14.9 million for the weekend and $21.2 million since its Wednesday opening, that's around half of what the studio was estimating. Reviews for the comedy were not good.

Disney's "Ant-Man" passed the $300 million global haul, "Inside Out" made it past the $600 million worldwide mark, and "Minions" is at $854 million. "Pixels" dropped 57% in its second weekend with a $10.4 million haul, while the John Green Ya film »

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Paramount Confirms Sixth "Mission" Plans

2 August 2015 9:23 AM, PDT

Following on from Tom Cruise's comments a few days ago, Paramount Pictures vice chairman Rob Moore has confirmed the recent announcement that a sixth film in the "Mission: Impossible" series is in the works.

Moore tells Variety: "We're very happy to be developing this movie with Tom. There's no question that Ethan Hunt deserves another film... The international brand is as strong as ever."

The news comes in the wake of the fifth film, "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," opening to $56 million in the U.S. and another $65 million from 40% of international markets - bringing it to a total $121 million global opening.

Cruise made comments last week indicating that production could start as early as a year from now for a 2017 release. »

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Gyllenhaal Talks Passing On Batman, Spidey

2 August 2015 9:22 AM, PDT

One person who has been offered comic book movies in the past and has turned them down has been Jake Gyllenhaal. At times the actor was under heavy consideration for perhaps the two biggest superheroes there are - Batman and Spider-Man.

Gyllenhaal was being lined-up for "Spider-Man 2" after Tobey Maguire was injured and looked like he would not be returning to the role. Maguire ultimately was able to return to do the work. Gyllenhaal was also up for the lead in "Batman Begins," a role that ultimately went to Christian Bale.

He didn't get either role, and speaking with The Daily Mail he says it didn't really impact his career or life one way or another:

"I believe whatever happens, happens for good. I was definitely open to both the roles (of Spider- Man and Batman). However at a certain point you realise there is always someone more interesting, »

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Boone Options "Red Tree," "Drowning Girl"

2 August 2015 9:21 AM, PDT

Josh Boone's production company Mid-World Productions has reportedly optioned two of Caitlín R. Kiernan's best-known works "The Red Tree" and "The Drowning Girl" according to Grey Girl Beast.

'Girl' follows a schizophrenic young woman after she discovers another woman in the middle of the road, and she begins an obsessive hunt to discover her past. 'Tree' follows a woman who leaves the south for Rhode Island and discovers a manuscript from a former tenant which harbors long-forgotten revelations.

"The Fault In Our Stars" director Boone will write the screenplay for 'Girl' while Kiernan herself will pen the 'Tree' adaptation. Judy Cairo will produce. How this will fit in with Boone's commitments to "The Stand" and "The Vampire Chronicles" adaptations is unknown. »

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First Trailer: "Zoolander 2"

2 August 2015 6:45 AM, PDT

After leaking online early the other day and then being quickly pulled, Paramount has now released the teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel to the comedy "Zealander". A deliberately crafted teaser rather than a trailer showing any actual footage from the film, Ben Stiller and a Stephen Hawking-style voiceover dominate the clip which spends much of its runtime exploring the galaxies without and within. "Zoolander 2" opens February 12th 2016.

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"Fletch" Reboot Lives, "Crow" Reboot Dies

1 August 2015 3:55 PM, PDT

The long in the works reboot of the Chevy Chase-led 1980s comedy film series "Fletch" may have gotten a new lease on life thanks to the bankruptcy of Relativity Studios.

The project was originally setup at Miramax, moved to Warner Bros. Pictures, and at least half of it ended up at Relativity. With the company having filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, they are seeking ways to keep themselves active during this period with their rights to the "Fletch" franchise being one of their more valuable assets.

THR reports that the fate of the property is unclear at this point. Their current deal requires a film to start pre-production by the end of the year and insiders for the studio insist it is staying with them.

However, the trade has also heard from two sources saying that when Relativity released the rights to the Natalie Portman western "Jane Got a Gun, »

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New "Daredevil," "Jessica," "Luke" Details

1 August 2015 3:52 PM, PDT

New "Daredevil," "Jessica," "Luke" Details More details about Marvel's various Netflix shows have come out in the days following the streaming service's Television Critics Association presentation earlier this week. Here's a breakdown:

Daredevil

First season show runner Steven De Knight says that despite the inclusion of The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) in the second season, don't expect it to ramp up the violence to be more akin to the last film about the character (2008's "Punisher: War Zone"). De Knight says:

"The first season of 'Daredevil' was violent, but I always say it was more implied. It wasn't nearly as violent as 'The Walking Dead,' a show that I love. On that, if somebody were to crush somebody's head in a car door, you would've seen the head crush on screen, but we didn't want to go quite that far. We wanted to keep it right around »

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Stars Talk "Bourne 6," "Fantastic 2" Possibilities

1 August 2015 3:51 PM, PDT

With the casts of "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" and "Fantastic Four" doing press tours, a few key quotes have come up from some of the stars of those films.

First up Jeremy Renner spoke with ScreenRant about the Bourne franchise which he became a part of playing Aaron Cross in "The Bourne Legacy". With Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass returning to the franchise for the next outing, it's already been indicated Renner's character won't cross paths with Damon in the next film.

If the studio did decide to do it in another sequel though, Renner was asked if he'd be up for it. He says: "Yeah, I mean in two seconds. I love that world. I love the character. If they want to do that, I'm in. there's no 'no' coming from this direction."

Meanwhile, the "Fantastic Four" cast was asked by ComicBook.com about what they would like to »

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AMC Renews "Fear," Dates "Badlands"

1 August 2015 3:50 PM, PDT

AMC conducted their Television Critics Association presentation yesterday where they used the opportunity to announce that they have already ordered a second season of their yet to premiere spin-off series "Fear the Walking Dead".

The network has picked up the show for a further fifteen episodes, a big step up from the initial season order of just six episodes which will commence airing on August 23rd.

The first season is set during the month-long period when Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) was in a coma in the pilot episode of "The Walking Dead". Show runner Dave Erickson confirms to The Live Feed that we will Not see the cause of the outbreak, and the series will not rush forward to 'catch-up' with the mother show. In fact the first season takes place only over a three-week period:

"By the end of season one, we know the world has changed; it is »

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Moffat Talks "Doctor Who" S9 Episodes

1 August 2015 3:48 PM, PDT

"Sherlock" and "Doctor Who" show runner Steven Moffat turned up at the Television Critics Association presentation for BBC America yesterday where he discussed what's in store regarding the latter's ninth season which premieres in September.

Moffat confirmed that "Game of Thrones" actress Maisie Williams' guest starring role in an episode will Not be a "returning character or someone in the Doctor's past. Her role will develop in an unexpected way." He adds that:

"Once you see what she's up to you'll appreciate what a clever idea [the role] was. It's a significant role, we're not just throwing her away. It's a great part and she's terrific in it."

Moffat dismissed talk of doing a 'Who' movie:

"First that would be up to the BBC. What are we going to do? Shut down for a year and make a movie? Does everyone want that - a whole movie and not a series? »

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Starz Chief Explains "Da Vinci" Cancellation

1 August 2015 3:46 PM, PDT

Starz announced this week that the upcoming third season of "Da Vinci's Demons" would be the period drama's last, news which came as a surprise as the show had been a respectable performer for the network.

Speaking about the cancellation, network CEO Chris Albrecht tells Deadline that it essentially comes down to them having better performing shows that appeal to the same demographics:

"We really believe in serving underserved audiences in the premium cable space. The key is having shows that target a specific audience that becomes really passionate about the show. We have the success with Black Sails, which in some ways appeals to some of the same audiences, and while we have a lot of fan boys for Da Vinci's Demons, we have what may be the fan boy series of all time in Ash vs. the Evil Dead."

The show wrapped production on the third season before »

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TV News: Ash, Downton, Descendants, Flash

1 August 2015 3:42 PM, PDT

Ash vs. Evil Dead

Starz has released the first official photo of Lucy Lawless in the upcoming "Ash Vs. Evil Dead" TV series which they talked up this week at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Asked about doing more movies, Sam Raimi said during the presentation: "I'd love to direct if Bruce is starring in it and Rob was producing it, yeah.". [Source: Screen Rant]

Downton Abbey

PBS has announced a January 3rd 2016 U.S. premiere date for the final season of "Downton Abbey". 'Downton' will also have a celebratory float at January's Tournament of Roses parade to honor the show's final bow. [Source: Variety]

Descendants

Disney Channel's "Descendants" telemovie, which explores the lives of the kids of the most infamous villains of their animated movies, pulled in a strong 6.6 million total viewers on Friday night. The movie also set a record with a further 1.4 million views on the Watch Disney Channel app, »

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Trailer For "Zoolander" Sequel Leaks Online

1 August 2015 10:23 AM, PDT

It turns out the first trailer for the sequel to "Zoolander" has already premiered online. This first look at the comedy sequel showed up on Youtube last night for all of a few minutes before being pulled by the studio.

It was on long enough though that a description is out which says it begins with a journey through the cosmos while a Stephen Hawking soundalike provides voiceover.

The shot then arrives in the brain of Derek Zealander who is considering things such as orange mocha Frappucinos and hairdryers before asking the big question - "If God exists, then why did he make ugly people?"

Stiller, who directs from a script he wrote with Justin Theroux, returns as the dim male model alongside Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and Christine Taylor reprising their roles from the 2001 original. It is scheduled to open early next year. »

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Channing Tatum Set For "Gambit" After All

1 August 2015 10:21 AM, PDT

Channing Tatum has closed his deal to star in the X-Men spin-off "Gambit" for 20th Century Fox according to THR. This follows on from reports last week that indicated the actor was seriously considering leaving the project after he and Fox failed to come to terms.

So was it the classic old Hollywood tactic of "negotiating in the press"? The trade says they did hit a sensitive spot in negotiations, but his participation hardly was in any real danger because the actor already had invested heavily in the superhero part.

What was a sticking point was both Tatum's backend compensation, and the extent of his involvement in the X-Men universe as Fox was seeing this as a multi-picture commitment.

Rupert Wyatt directed the Josh Zetumer penned film. Tatum, Reid Carolin, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg are producing. »

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Ian McShane Joins "Game of Thrones"

1 August 2015 10:20 AM, PDT

"Deadwood" alum Ian McShane is returning to HBO, the actor set to join the big-budget fantasy series "Game of Thrones".

The production will not reveal any details about McShane's character other than to say that though he has a relatively small amount of screen-time during the season, his character is of key importance.

He will appear in the sixth season of the series which is currently in production ahead of airing in April next year. Details about the new season are being kept under tight wraps as the show moves past the source material from which the series is based.

The casting follows on from reports this week that HBO plans for the show to go at least eight seasons.

Source: EW »

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R.I.P. Rowdy Roddy Piper

31 July 2015 2:20 PM, PDT

Rockerick Toombs, better known as 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, has died at the age of 61. TMZ reports that the Canadian-born pro wrestling legend passed away due to cardiac arrest on Thursday night in his Hollywood home.

Piper was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and was apparently still free of the disease when he died. Piper found international fame with the WWF in the early 1980s, jumped over to the WCW, returned to the retitled WWE and ultimately making appearances up until last year.

He's also known for his big and small screen career with most notably the lead role in John Carpenter's 1987 cult sci-fi classic "They Live" along with numerous direct to video fare including "Hell Comes To Frogtown" and "Jungleground". He also appeared on shows like "The Outer Limits," "Highlander: The Series" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia".

Sincerest thoughts and condolences go out to all of Piper's friends and family. »

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Egerton, Hoult Wanted For "Robin Hood"

31 July 2015 10:44 AM, PDT

With numerous Robin Hood-themed projects in the works, Lionsgate is looking to get ahead of its rivals and is moving fast on its "Batman Begins"-style take on the dashing Nottingham hero which is currently titled "Robin Hood: Origins".

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" star Taron Egerton heads up a shortlist that includes Dylan O'Brien ("The Maze Runner"), Nicholas Hoult ("X-Men: First Class"), Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") and Jack Reynor ("Transformers: Age of Extinction") for the title role in this gritty, revisionist version of the Sherwood Forest outlaw which Joby Harold has penned.

Scheduling is said to be a major issue but reportedly Reynor had a successful session with director Otto Bathurst ("Peaky Blinders") and is said to have been the only actor of the bunch who has done such a meeting. No decisions have been made yet but filming is aiming to begin in the first quarter of next year. »

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A "Naruto" Live-Action Film In The Works

31 July 2015 10:42 AM, PDT

Lionsgate has signed Michael Gracey to direct an adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series "Naruto" and is in negotiations for the film rights to the franchise.

First published in 1997, Masashi Kishimoto's manga has sold more than 200 million copies in print and follows adolescent ninja Naruto Uzumaki, who dreams of becoming the village ninja.

"Naruto" has generated an anime series in Japan that premiered in 2002 and lasted 220 episodes, followed by the "Naruto: Shippuden" sequel which has been airing since 2007. Ten movies have also been produced.

Avi Arad is producing. Gracey is a former visual effects specialist who remains attached to several biopics in the works including the Elton Jonn-themed "Rocketman" with Tom Hardy, and the P.T. Barnum film "The Greatest Showman on Earth" at Fox.

Source: Variety »

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Oldman, Gugino To Go Intergalactic

31 July 2015 10:41 AM, PDT

Gary Oldman ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"), Carla Gugino ("San Andreas") and Britt Robertson ("Tomorrowland") are set to join Asa Butterfield in the untitled intergalactic love story project originally titled "Out of This World" and setup at Relativity. It is now moving forward at Stx Entertainment.

The story is set during a mission to colonize Mars led by a billionaire entrepreneur. A female astronaut is found to be pregnant and dies during childbirth, so her son is raised in secrecy on Mars.

Sixteen years later, the teen (Butterfield) begins an online romance with a Colorado girl (Robertson). He hatches a plan to meet the girl and find the enigmatic billionaire in hopes of uncovering information about his mother and birth.

Peter Chelsom is directing and Richard Lewis is producing.

Source: Heat Vision »

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Ryan Robbins To Play An "Arrow" Villain

31 July 2015 10:40 AM, PDT

"Falling Skies" actor Ryan Robbins has scored a recurring role in the fourth season of The CW's "Arrow". Robbins will play Conklin, a sadistic and ruthless member of Shadowspire who will be an adversary for Oliver (Stephen Amell) in the flashback sequences.

In this year's flashbacks, Oliver will take on Baron Reiter aka Baron Blitzkrieg (Jimmy Akingbola) who is the leader of Shadowspire. Robbins will make his first appearance in episode three of season four.

Baron Reiter and Conklin will serve as the primary antagonists of the flashback scenes as counterpoint to Neal McDonough's Damien Darhk who will be the season long antagonist in the present day scenes.

Other additions this year include Echo Kellum as the heroic Mr. Terrific, and Jeri Ryan as the politically ambitious Queen family friend Jessica Danforth. The new season kicks off October 7th.

Source: Variety »

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