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Weekend Preview: 'Deadpool' Targets #1 Opening Over 'How to Be Single' & 'Zoolander 2'
It's President's Day weekend, and last year it was the R-rated Fifty Shades of Grey dominating all things box office with a record-smashing $85.1 million opening that bumped up to $93 million for the four-day. This weekend brings a different kind of R-rated heat to the box office in the form of the superhero feature Deadpool, which won't likely top Fifty Shades' record, but that doesn't mean it isn't looking to perform in a big way. Additional new releases include the romantic comedy How to be Single and the fifteen-years later sequel, Zoolander 2, both of which will battle for a distant second. Arriving in a big way this weekend, Fox's Deadpool will hit 3,558 theaters with its sights set on settling among the top ranks of R-rated comic book adaptation opening weekends. The list is currently topped by 2007's 300 with $70.8 million, followed by 2009's Watchmen with $55.2 million. The film is looking at »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Paramount Pictures Set To Release Diesel's 'xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage'
It was jointly announced today that the new Revolution Studios, Roth Kirschenbaum Films and Vin Diesel’s One Race Films will produce, and Paramount Pictures will distribute worldwide, the next film in the blockbuster “xXx” franchise. Producer and star Vin Diesel will reprise his iconic role as an extreme athlete-turned-superspy in the sequel, “xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage.”
The film is shooting in Toronto, with additional filming in the Dominican Republic.
The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to »
- Kellvin Chavez
‘The Big Bang Theory’ Valentine’s Day Episode Drops a Big Bombshell (Spoilers)
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched Thursday’s episode of “The Big Bang Theory,” titled “The Valentino Submergence.”
It’s Valentine’s Day, and the gang is ready to ring in the holiday in style — but their celebrations don’t go exactly according to plan.
Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) have a romantic dinner planned at a restaurant, but the maitre d informs them they have to wait an hour for their table. He resists their attempts at bribery and flirtation, even calling her — gasp — “ma’am.” They’re desperate to prove they’re still young and fun.
Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Howard (Simon Helberg) hope to break in their new hot tub, but discover what they think is a rat flopping around. It turns out to be a rabbit, which they start trying to care for.
Raj (Kunal Nayyar) decides to break up with »
- Debra Birnbaum
Will 'Thor 3' Kill Off a Another Major Marvel Character?
As we get closer and closer to a summer production start on Thor: Ragnarok, rumors have been flying about what may happen in this highly-anticipated sequel. Last month, an unconfirmed report revealed that Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett has signed on to play the main villain, Hela, who will shake things up for the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in Asgard. Today we have yet another unconfirmed report from Latino Review, which claims that a beloved character may be killed off in this sequel. There will be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
Last month's report claimed that Hela, who, in the Marvel Comics, is the ruler of Hel and the realm of Niflheim, will be portrayed very closely to the comics, with Hela donning a cloak and wielding power over the undead in all Nine Realms. The report also claimed that Hela will join forces with Loki, »
‘Outlander’ Sets April Premiere On Starz, Unveils Teaser Art
We knew that Outlander was set to return in April, and now we have a date. Starz has annnounced that the 13-episode sophomore season of its hit original series will premiere at 9 Pm Saturday, April 9. In addition, the premium cabler released a first look at its teaser art (see above) featuring Outlander couple Claire Randall Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) on the steps of Versailles. Instead of swords and guns, they're armed with political savvy… »
Jared Padalecki Confirmed To Return For ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival
Add Jared Padalecki to the list of Gilmore Girls co-stars who will be returning for the revival on Netflix. The Internet network has confirmed Padalecki will be back reprising his original character in the revival, which consists of four 90-minute episodes. He’ll join previously announced cast Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Keiko Agena, Sean Gunn, Milo Ventimiglia, Matt Czuchry, Liza Weil and Yanic Truesdale. Amy Sherman-Palladino is the… »
'Carol' cinematographer Ed Lachman dishes Oscar nomination and changing technology (Podcast)
Ed Lachman 's first credit as a cinematographer was on the 1974 film "The Lords of Flatbush," which introduced both Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler. More than four decades later, both he and Stalllone are nominated for the second Oscars of their respective careers. While Stallone contends again for reprising his role as Rocky Balboa in "Creed," the lenser is nominated for "Carol," another collaboration with director Todd Haynes with whom he worked on "Far From Heaven" (2002). He contended for an Oscar for that film and reaped an Emmy bid for Haynes' 2011 remake of "Mildred Pierce." -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions During our recent conversation (listen above), Lachman reflected on the changing landscape of movie-making from film to digital, from images created on set to images manipulated during post-production. & »
Film Review: ‘The Final Project’
Apparently news hasn’t yet reached parts of the South that it’s pretty late in the day to still be making “The Blair Witch Project” knockoffs. Hence “The Final Project,” a feeble faux-found-footage horror in which another group of college film students traipse off where they shouldn’t — in this case an abandoned, supposedly haunted plantation — from which they’ll never return. The most enterprising thing about this amateurish exercise is the fact that, rather inexplicably, it’s getting a more-than-strictly-regional theatrical release: It opens Feb. 12 in Houston and three Georgia locations, with several screens in Yankee country slated to be added on March 4. While the film is bound to do slightly better slaking the bottomless thirst of genre fans via digital platforms, its blatantly derivative nature and lack of bloodshed are unlikely to win friends in any format.
After the usual framing device presenting what we’re about »
- Dennis Harvey
Film Review: ‘Cabin Fever’
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the remake of “Cabin Fever” reps a particularly po-faced exercise in pointless puffery. Arriving just shy of 15 years after Eli Roth’s 2002 gorefest scared up enough admirers and box office to launch his career, it’s little surprise that Roth himself is the exec producer of this nearly beat-for-beat redo. Who else would feel as much passion for the middling material? And who better to ensure the copy does nothing to improve on the original? The silver lining of a day-and-date limited theatrical and VOD release is that there’s no chance this repurposed dud duplicates the original’s commercial performance.
Lack of originality feels like a fairly meaningless complaint when Roth’s film was derivative enough to begin with. The plot: Five interchangeably boring college grads set out for a remote cabin in the woods to chill out, smoke pot and have sex, »
- Geoff Berkshire
Film Review: ‘Ogres’
The traveling theater troupe depicted in the colorful French drama “Ogres” idolizes the breaking down of conventional boundaries, presenting Chekhov in cabaret format nightly in different locations. Their compulsive worship of freedom above all else also applies to their personal lives: Messy intergenerational entanglements are what drive sophomore helmer Lea Fehner’s character study of this loose band of free spirits. A leisurely running time and limited international name appeal — the presence of rising star Adele Haenel notwithstanding — may make the film a moderately tough sell outside of France, but an audience award at Rotterdam signals that this is an absorbing and accessible watch; domestic prospects seem rosy.
“Ogres” is a family affair in more ways than one. Starring Fehner’s real-life mother, father and sister alongside half a dozen actors of mixed experience, it is about families both biological and circumstantial. Interrogating the tightly knit bonds that both cradle »
- Catherine Bray
‘Ex Machina,’ ‘The Martian’ Win Final Draft Awards
The screenplays for “Ex Machina”and “The Martian” have won the Final Draft Screenwriters Choice Awards as the top scripts written last year.
The winners were announced Thursday night in a ceremony at the Paramount Theatre on the Paramount Pictures Studios lot, hosted for the second year in a row by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. The awards are voted on by users of Final Draft screenwriting software
“The Martian” won the best adapted screenplay award for Drew Goddard, based on the book by Andy Weir. The other finalists were “The Big Short” by Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, based on the book by Michael Lewis; and
- Dave McNary
Kristen Wiig Poses as Super Bowl Champion Peyton Manning for Jimmy Fallon Skit (Video)
Peyton Manning was back on “The Tonight Show” Thursday, sort of … Hot off the Super Bowl champion’s visit the night before, Kristen Wiig joined Jimmy Fallon in a number 18 jersey posing as the veteran quarterback. While she looked the part, the “Bridesmaids” star needed to study up on her Denver Bronco’s trivia before posing as the team’s leader. Also Read: Peyton Manning Makes Fun of Eli's Sad Super Bowl Face on 'Tonight Show' (Video) Not only did she get the final score of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers wrong and didn’t know who was Mvp, »
- Debbie Emery
Taylor Swift Cautioned Kanye West About "Famous" and its "Strong Misogynistic Message"
Taylor Swift isn’t happy with her namecheck in Kanye West’s "Famous." Those closest to Swift have already shared their thoughts on West’s new track (hint: they don’t like it), in which he raps "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous." Now Swift has hit back at West, claiming she cautioned him about “releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message” and that she was never told about the contentious lyric, "I made that bitch famous." A message supplied to Billboard by Swift’s rep reads: “Kanye did
- Lars Brandle, Billboard
Berlin: Dardenne Brothers Key To Mohamed Ben Attia’s ‘Hedi’ Being Made (Exclusive)
For Tunisian director Mohamed Ben Attia, whose first feature “Hedi” screened in the Berlin competition on opening day, having Belgium’s Dardenne brothers as co-producers truly turned out to be the stuff that young Arab auteurs’ dreams are made of.
His film, a love story set against Tunisia’s post-revolutionary backdrop, had been languishing in development hell for two years when news arrived that the venerable directorial duo who’ve won the Palm d’Or twice (“Rosetta” and “L’Enfant”) and produced plenty of prized pics by other directors wanted to get involved.
“I could hardly believe it when my producer Dora Bouchoucha gave me the news,” he recounts. “When we Skyped the first time, I didn’t want to look too delighted or enthusiastic; I was trying to play it cool.”
Attia had previously shot some shorts including “Selma” about a female taxi driver in Tunis which Bouchoucha had »
- Nick Vivarelli
‘Scandal’: Darby Stanchfield Teases Abby’s ‘Major Change’ in the White House
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the Feb. 11 episode of “Scandal,” titled, “It’s Hard Out Here for a General.”
In the Season 5 midseason premiere of “Scandal,” Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Olivia (Kerry Washington) didn’t come in contact, but the president did get closer to Abby (Darby Stanchfield) — too close for comfort.
After Fitz had repeatedly called Abby multiple times at 2 o’clock in the morning on Thursday’s episode, Abby had a girls night with Olivia, venting to her: “I’ve got no life … What is his problem?”
By the end of the episode, when Abby received yet another call in the middle of the night from Fitz, she finally stormed into the Oval Office, exclaiming, “The job I’ve had around here recently is a different kind of job. I’m not a companion animal!”
Clearly, with Olivia out of the White »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Berlin: Lunchtime Talk With Gabriela Bacher of Film House Germany
Gabriela Bacher, CEO of Berlin-based Film House Germany and managing director of Summerstorm Entertainment, knows the Berlinale better than most. “I knew it even before Dieter Kosslick ran it — as a student growing up in Vienna, when the headquarters were in the Bikini building,” she recalls. Now working mainly from her firms’ L.A. outpost, she arrives in town ready to make production deals and indulge her love of fine food.
I’m a bit like Dieter — I’m thankful he’s a more sophisticated food nerd than I am — (in that) I love “slow food” that’s organic and locally sourced, so I love what he does with the Berlinale Street Food Market, that little food truck alley outside of the Berlinale Palast. There’s another very funky new place I enjoy called Industry Standard in Neukoelln, and then there’s the complete opposite: Borchardt, an established »
- Gregg Goldstein
Michael Bloomberg Shares Spotlight at Lorne Michaels’ Lincoln Center Tribune
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg found more than a little encouragement for his potential run for president Thursday night when he attended Lincoln Center’s American Songbook tribute to Lorne Michaels.
Bloomberg nearly stole the show from the honoree at the after-party at Alice Tully Hall, when high-wattage fans including Steve Martin urged him to mount a run for the White House. Bloomberg confirmed earlier this month that he was considering jumping in to the 2016 presidential race as an independent.
Bloomberg wouldn’t say any more about where his deliberations stand or what timetable he’s set for making a decision, nor would he expand on his motivation for launching a third-party candidacy. When asked variations on all of those questions by Variety, Bloomberg had an answer ready. “No. I can confirm I am not going to see the Knicks tomorrow,” he said.
A second try at the »
- Cynthia Littleton
Critic's Notebook: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Get Into Heated Exchange Over Henry Kissinger
During their sixth debate, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders might have taken a bit too seriously that the event was being televised by PBS. How else to explain the bizarre turn the evening took in the second half when the moderators focused on foreign policy questions? Criticizing Clinton's record of supporting regime change, Sanders launched into a lengthy history lesson that included a detailed explanation of the U.S. involvement in the 1953 overthrow of the Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh that led to the Shah taking power. Not long after, one of the fiercest exchanges of the evening concerned
- Frank Scheck
‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Meredith Attacked — What’s Next?
Meredith was brutally attacked on Thursday night’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” which marked the midseason return for Season 12 of the long-running medical drama.
The 12th season of “Grey’s” — the first without Derek (Patrick Dempsey) after his shocking death — started off with a lighter tone, focusing on Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) newfound life as a single mother.
Tonight’s episode was hardly light with much of the episode focusing on a barely stable Meredith who could not hear or speak after being attacked by a patient. A prolonged scene was shot from Mer’s perspective, demonstrating the pain she, in a different role as a patient, was experiencing. That masterful scene was thanks to Denzel Washington who directed the midseason premiere.
“Denzel’s involvement elevated the creativity of the entire episode,” Pompeo tells Variety, adding that her first reaction to getting attacked was, “Oh, poor Meredith!”
Though Thursday »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Democratic Debate: 5 Key Moments From Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ Latest Battle
Thursday’s “PBS NewsHour Democratic Primary Debate” marked the first battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders since the New Hampshire primary. Here are TheWrap’s Top 5 moments, in reverse order. 5. Clinton defends Madeleine Albright’s “place in hell” comment Clinton defended Albright’s recent controversial comment: “there’s a special place in Hell for women who don’t help other women.” “Well, look I think that she’s been saying that for as long as I’ve known her,” Clinton said before addressing the female moderators. “I would note, just for a historic aside, somebody told me earlier we »
- Brian Flood
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