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‘Split’ Psyches Out ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage,’ Heads to $34 Million Debut
Universal’s “Split” took in $14.6 million at the Friday box office, twice as much as “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” did. Heading into the weekend, experts had thought “Split” and Vin Diesel’s “xXx” would battle it out, with both having been anticipated to earn in the high-teens to low-$20 million range. But the M. Night Shyamalan film is over performing — now, the film is looking at a weekend gross of $34 million. “Split” stars James McAvoy and was produced by Blumhouse for a reported budget of under $10 million. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest on Sept. 26 of last year. “Split” is being critically. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Tom Cruise, Jake Gyllenhaal on DC’s ‘Green Lantern Corps’ Shortlist (Exclusive)
Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Armie Hammer, and Jake Gyllenhaal are on the shortlist of actors DC Entertainment is considering pursuing for the role of Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern Corps,” multiple people with knowledge of the project exclusively tell TheWrap. The casting process is still in the very early stages, and there are no talks with any of the actors as of yet. DC is considering whether Reynolds, who played Jordan in the 2011 film “Green Lantern,” should return to the role, an insider told TheWrap. His superhero stock soared last year when he starred in “Deadpool. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘House of Cards’ Season 5 Gets Premiere Date, Teaser
While the eyes of the country are on Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration, “House of Cards” announced the date for yet another transition of power: the premiere of Season 5.
With a post on Twitter, the Netflix drama revealed that the DC-set drama will return May 30. The date was revealed at the end of a somber recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — and the ominous message “We make the terror.” Netflix has also released the same teaser on YouTube, which you can watch above.
We make the terror. pic.twitter.com/VpChwGOSMj
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) January 20, 2017
The line is a recall of the quote from the season finale, when president Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) said, “We don’t submit to terror. We make the terror.” His wife, Claire (Robin Wright), subsequently broke the fourth wall for the first time. The two have been each other’s strongest allies, but »
- Debra Birnbaum
'Wayne's World' Returning to Cinemas for 25th Anniversary
Wayne's World, the 1992 Saturday Night Live spinoff film starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, will return to select cinemas on February 7th and 8th for 25th anniversary screenings. The wacky comedy will feature a pre-recorded, post-film roundtable discussion with director Penelope Spheeris, Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers and select cast members.
The Wayne's World 25 website offers a searchable theater guide for the screenings. Also marking the anniversary, Paramount Home Media Distribution will release a Wayne's World double feature via DVD and digital HD on February 14th, Pitchfork reports. The »
TV News Roundup: Amazon’s ‘I Love Dick’ Gets a Premiere Date
Amazon original “I Love Dick” will premiere on Friday, May 12 on Amazon. The show stars Kathryn Hahn as Chris, a frustrated New York filmmaker who finds herself marooned in Marfa, Texas. Griffin Dunne plays Chris’ husband, and Kevin Bacon as the eponymous Dick, an enigmatic, macho scholar. The series, from “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins, is also getting a special premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 23.
TV Land has cast actor and social media celebrity Ray Diaz as a series regular on the second season of “Lopez,” starring comedian George Lopez. Diaz will make his debut in the first episode of the new season as Hector, a friend from Manolo’s (Anthony Campos) past, who »
- Will Thorne
Facebook Live at Sundance Women’s March (Watch Now!)
Watch Chelsea Handler lead the Women’s March on Main at the Sundance Film Festival, which will be held in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington.
The Women’s March in Park City, Utah, is one of over 350 sister marches planned across the United States and 20 countries around the world to demonstrate universal respect for social justice and human rights issues including race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigration and health care. The #MarchOnMain is supported by Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, Justice Party, Summit County Democrats, Equality Now, Alliance For A Better Utah, Emily’s List, Sentry Financial and Impact Partners Film.
Led by Handler, the outspoken comedian will be joined by Aisha Tyler, Connie Britton, Mary McCormack, Benjamin Bratt, Jessica Williams, Maria Bello and more celebrities. Following the march, a rally will take place, featuring speeches from Handler and others. The entire event is expected to run from 9:00 – 11:00 a. »
- Variety Staff
Paramount, CBS Settle ‘Star Trek’ Fan Film Lawsuit
Paramount Pictures, CBS Studios and producer Alec Peters and his Axanar Productions have settled a lawsuit over Peters’ crowdfunded “Star Trek” fan film “Axanar,” according to a joint statement released Friday by the parties. As part of the settlement, Peters has agreed to make “substantial changes” to “Axanar” and also affirmed that future “Star Trek” fan films produced by him or his company will follow the “Guidelines for Fan Films” distributed by CBS and Paramount in June 2016. “Paramount and CBS continue to be big believers in fan fiction and fan creativity,” they said in the statement. “They encourage amateur filmmakers to. »
- Matt Pressberg
Sundance Film Festival Women’s March Fights Off the Cold to Protest Trump
Park City — With chants of “Make America Great, Love Trumps Hate,” several hundred women and a cadre of supportive men took to the snow-bound streets here Saturday morning to protest the ascension of Donald J. Trump to the White House and to speak out for causes ranging from environmental protection, to Lgbtq rights to embracing immigrants of all races and religions.
The march kicked off a little after 9 a.m. local time, an hour after the scheduled start of a massive march and rally in Washington D.C. for the same causes. It coincided with similar protests around America, and the world.
Talk show personality Chelsea Handler organized and led the protest, which was expected to include Aisha Tyler, Connie Britton, Dolores Huerta, Peter and Peter Bratt, Maria Bello, Laurie David and politicians including Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Park City Youth Mayor Maya Levine.
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- James Rainey and Brent Lang
'Taboo' vs. 'Frontier': Who Wins the Battle of TV Tough-Guy Dramas?
Television and movie producers have a weird habit of doubling-up on big ideas, delivering two projects with more or less the same basic concept at roughly the same time. For no apparent reason, we'll get hit with a couple of "giant space rock threatens to destroy the Earth" blockbusters in the same summer; or a pair of "behind the scenes at a late-night comedy series" in the same fall TV season. So perhaps it's not that odd that FX and Netflix are about to serve up competing historical adventures, both »
Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Doubles Competition to Win Friday
“Split,” from M. Night Shyamalan and Blumhouse Productions, is splintering box office expectations in its opening weekend after earning $14.6 million on Friday from 3,038 locations. The horror-thriller doubled its closest competition, “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” which took in $7.1 million from 3,651 theaters.
“Split” is beating Friday estimates, which put it at about $28 million for the weekend. Now, it’s three-day total could be as much as $34 million.
After winning the past two weekend, “Hidden Figures” should sit comfortably in third. The film earned an additional $4.4 million on Friday on its way to a $16 million three-day total. Musical duo “La La Land” and “Sing” should round out the weekend’s top five.
“The Founder,” meanwhile, is floundering in its first week. From 1,115 locations, the film grossed about $1 million heading toward a $3 million opening frame.
- Seth Kelley
Sundance: Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz on Why Acting Is "Better Than a Job"
While We're Young, he'll be seen in two indies at Sundance this year. He stars in Alex Ross Perry's Golden Exits as one half of a Brooklyn couple (opposite Chloe Sevigny) whose life comes unhinged after a foreign girl (Emily Browning) comes to visit, and he plays a lawyer in '80s biopic Roxanne »
- Rebecca Ford
In Washington DC, A Gray and Divided City Faces Donald Trump the President
At 9 am on Inauguration Day the street of Washington DC were empty, almost deserted, like a conquered city had surrendered and residents were quietly waiting inside for the invaders to arrive in force. But not everybody was waiting. Lots of Washingtonians, it turned out, had simply decamped to parts elsewhere for the arrival of President Donald Trump, which they were eager to miss. The city felt not like a place celebrating democracy but more like an armed camp, with heavy concrete barriers blocking lots of main streets, and much more imposing materiel blocking others – huge trucks turned sideways, Humvees »
- Sharon Waxman
Sundance: Chelsea Handler, John Legend, More Converge on Main Street for Anti-Trump March
Some thousands of women and men converged on Main Street on Saturday morning for a Park City sister march and rally that called for the respect of human rights with regards to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigration and health care.
Brandishing signs that read “Make America Compassionate Again” and “We Live in Trumpled Times," the crowd, roughly half female and half male, braved the snow and 22 degree temperatures, led by Chelsea Handler, who was inspired to organize a Park City march thanks to a THR article that addressed how Sundance’s notoriously liberal festival-goers would will mark Donald »
- Tatiana Siegel
Women's March: America Ferrera, Michael Moore, Ashley Judd Among Estimated 500,000 People Protesting in D.C.
Wearing pink, pointy-eared "pussyhats" to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women massed in the nation's capital and cities around the globe Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic message that they won't let his agenda go unchallenged over the next four years.
"We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our new president is waging a war," actress America Ferrera told the Washington crowd. "Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack and a platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday. But the president is not »
- the Associated Press
Watch Stephen Colbert's Derisive Recap of Trump's Inauguration
Stephen Colbert delivered a long rundown of Inauguration Day Friday on the Late Show. "So that's it. Donald Trump is president. He knows the launch codes, and he hasn't tweeted them yet, so far so good," the host said.
"If you're waking up from a coma… Donald Trump has been sworn in as president of the United States," Colbert said to open as the audience booed. "I know, I know. Listen, we're just as confused as you are, and we've been awake this whole time."
The host joined with the »
How Obama's Legacy Can Help Hollywood Work More Democratically — and Creatively (Guest Column)
Resting quietly amid the deafening debate over Obama’s legacy is a historic reform signed by President Obama, passed by Congress, and likely to have a lasting positive impact on the economy. Already this act is taking root in Hollywood.
Congress passed the Jobs Act in 2012 with rare bipartisan support, just before Obama’s second term. There was no debate, disagreement or salacious tweeting about it, which perhaps explains why this one of Obama’s initiatives has not gotten its due attention. The Jobs Act bill was put forward with support from both sides to amend the antiquated, sometimes unfair, and certainly »
- Paul Scanlan,Jeff Annison
‘Ingrid Goes West’ Sundance Review: Aubrey Plaza Is a Social-Media Stalker to Relish
On paper, the idea of making a comedy about a mental disturbed stalker does not sound terribly promising. On screen at Sundance, though, Matt Spicer’s “Ingrid Goes West” pulled off that tricky balancing act with style, drawing a rapturous reception in its world premiere at the Library Theatre on Friday night. “Ingrid Goes West” is part black comedy, part psychological melodrama and part examination of the perils of social media, and it’s a lot of other things to boot. But Spicer has a deft touch with his story, and his cast marvelously fleshes out a bunch of people we care. »
- Steve Pond
Sundance Film Review: ‘The Discovery’
Following up their delightfully original debut “The One I Love” with a less playful piece of speculative fiction, writer-director Charlie McDowell and co-scenarist Justin Lader suggest the unexpected, even disastrous consequences that might arise if mankind were to receive definitive proof that there is an afterlife. Though “The Discovery” starts out with a great premise, its mystery dissipates over a somewhat tepid course as the concept ultimately heads in a direction we’ve seen many times before, and depends overmuch on chemistry that fails to materialize between stars Jason Segel and Rooney Mara. Netflix is releasing the film both to theaters and streaming on March 31; response is likely to be muted.
Long estranged from his father for reasons that emerge later on, neurologist Will (Segel) is nonetheless visiting him now, at a time when the latter has retreated from enormous public controversy. Two years earlier, Dr. Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford »
- Dennis Harvey
Sundance Film Review: ‘Ingrid Goes West’
If Sun Tzu were alive today, he’d be on Instagram, and his profile would probably read, “Keep your friends close and your followers closer.” Certainly, that advice might apply to social-media celebrity Taylor Sloane, whose phony online persona attracts a sad-sack stalker in Matt Spicer’s darkly comedic “Ingrid Goes West.” A semi-ironic, yet still-empathetic “Single White Female” for the Facebook generation, Spicer’s squirm-inducing directorial debut understands both the pleasures and frustrations of judging one’s worth via virtual connections. If positioned correctly, it’s the sort of timely satire that could click with younger audiences — and further bolster Aubrey Plaza’s value in the title role.
All Ingrid Thorburn wants is friends, and the only way she knows to make them is online, via apps such as Instagram, where the word has been rendered meaningless. Ingrid’s strategy is to identify the most fabulous person she can »
- Peter Debruge
Sundance Film Review: ‘Killing Ground’
In the movies, it’s almost invariably a terrible, if not downright fatal, decision to go camping — as we have learned over and over in films like “The Hills Have Eyes” and “Blair Witch,” to name just a couple. The regularity with which those dark woods (or that stark desert) proves full of murderous psychopaths brings with it a sense of rote slasher-pic deja vu. But Tasmania-born Damien Power’s impressive first feature, “Killing Ground,” transcends the cliches even as the film uses plenty of familiar tropes, laying down a solid hour of effective buildup to a duly hair-raising, prolonged climax. This simultaneously tricky and straightforward thriller should provide a significant career leg-up for its writer-director, inviting remake interest as well as offshore distribution in various formats.
- Dennis Harvey
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