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'Kung Fu Panda 3' Tops Super Bowl Weekend; 'Hail, Caesar!' Leads Newcomers

19 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Kung Fu Panda 3 topped Super Bowl weekend, finishing #1 for a second weekend in a row while the weekend's three newcomers didn't exactly inspire upon release. The Coens' Hail, Caesar! performed as expected, though that isn't saying much, while The Choice ended up topping Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which couldn't even reach $6 million. Meanwhile, the big winner of the weekend is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which crossed $900 million domestically and became only the third film to ever make over $2 billion worldwide. With an estimated $21 million, Kung Fu Panda 3 took home the #1 position for a second weekend in a row. The 49% drop is a bit steeper than expected, but could also have to do with some hesitation with predicting too high a Sunday gross. Nevertheless, with no serious competition arriving until Zootopia on March 4, this one still has a lot of time to rake in a few dollars. »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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The Good Wife to End This Season

11 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The verdict is in: The Good Wife will come to an end in May after seven seasons. CBS broke the news Sunday via a commercial during its telecast of Super Bowl 50.

RelatedWhy The Good Wife Needs to End This Season (Listen Up, CBS)

The promo ran toward the end of the second quarter and touted the drama’s “final nine episodes.” The series finale will air Sunday, May 8 at 9/8c.

It was announced last month that Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King would step down as showrunners at the end of the show’s current seventh season. However, CBS »


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Box Office: ‘The Revenant’ Tops $300 Million Globally

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was a weekend of milestones, as “The Revenant” crossed the $300 million mark globally, “The Martian” soared past $600 million and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” became only the third film in history to top $2 billion at the worldwide box office.

In addition to seeing its global total hit new heights, Fox survival saga “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, topped foreign charts, picking up a leading $24 million. The story of a fur trapper seeking revenge on the men who left him in the frontier to die debuted in Spain and Brazil last weekend, earning $3.8 million and $1.8 million, respectively. The $135 million production was famously hellish, as director Alejandro G. Iñárritu drove cast and crew to the breaking point, shooting in remote locations in Canada and Argentina. “The Revenant’s” worldwide total stands at $326 million.

In addition to the financial rewards, “The Revenant’s” Oscar chances got a big boost after Iñárritu won »


- Brent Lang

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Jackie Chan Forgot to Tell Tourists He Was Blowing Up a Bus in London

19 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

On Sunday morning a bus exploded in London. It went up in a great whorl of flame on the Lambeth Bridge, its smoldering wreckage flung into the Thames below. Tourists and Londoners who live near the bridge were, of course, in a panic. Thankfully, the explosion was just a stunt for Jackie Chan’s upcoming film The Foreigner, co-starring Pierce Brosnan. (Given that the movie is being filmed in London, Chan is assumedly the titular expat.) People took to Twitter to voice their frustration that they were not given enough warning about the planned explosion, though others were quick to point out that, yes, they were given ample warning, in the form of signs and fliers and bright orange cones. »


- Greg Cwik

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Russian Group Is Reportedly Planning to Send Leonardo DiCaprio His Own 'Oscar'

16 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Win or lose at this year's Academy Awards (and he's favored to win for The Revenant), Leonardo DiCaprio is guaranteed to get at least one little metal man - all the way from Russia, according to the Washington Post. The Post reports, citing two reports from Russian state news agencies (translated to English), that a group of filmmakers in eastern Russia are gathering donations to create their version of an "Oscar," though they plan on renaming it. As the Post notes, the speculation about DiCaprio's lack of an Oscar, despite a long and storied film career, has gone international, even »


- Adam Carlson, @acarlson91

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Why wasn't the best movie trailer of Super Bowl Sunday shown on TV?

27 minutes ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

To be honest, it feels like the studios just don't care anymore. There was a time starting in the late '90s where each year, the Super Bowl trailers were bigger and more amazing. The studios really pulled out all the stops to try to dazzle this gigantic captive audience, and this Sunday, on what should have been the biggest Super Bowl show of all time, everything felt perfunctory. Phoned in. Just one more commercial or trailer or spot. I liked the Jason Bourne spot. "When the world is at war, we need the perfect weapon" seems like a pretty good line to reintroduce Matt Damon's superspy to the franchise that was as much a showcase for Paul Greengrass as it was for Damon. Having the two of them back makes this one of this summer's biggest events as far as I'm concerned. The commercial itself was fine. Didn't knock me out. »


- Drew McWeeny

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Berlin Film Review: ‘What’s in the Darkness’

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Perhaps the most acute and uncompromisingly grim murder mystery to come out of China in years, “What’s in the Darkness” exposes the putrid minds lurking in a sexually and politically repressed society. First-time helmer-scribe Wang Yichun may have consciously used Bong Joon-ho’s “Memories of Murder” as an artistic blueprint, but her depiction of a schoolgirl’s sexual awakening getting entangled in a serial-murder case represents a femme-centric and wholly Chinese take on police ineptitude and authoritarianism. Insidious and gripping from beginning to end, the film announces a formidable talent with much to contribute to China’s burgeoning demand for cerebral genre films. Her screenplay has already been optioned for a remake, to be helmed by mainland actor Zhang Jingchu (“Peacock”).

Playing a haunting central role is a dreary northern Chinese town on the edge of economic reform, with all the attendant social restructuring. Like “Twin Peaks” with Confucian characteristics, »


- Maggie Lee

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Berlin: Spanou Repping Generation’s ‘Plants,’ Producer-Turned-Director Doveris’ Debut (Exclusive, Watch)

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Germany-based Patra Spanou is serving as sales-festival agent on “Plants,” the first feature of Chile’s Roberto Doveris that scored the Epicentre Film Award at 2015’s Bafici Fest Bal and a proved a highlight at Bal Goes to Cannes, both Latin American pix-in-post showcases.

Associate-produced by Alicia Scherson (“The Future”), Chile’s best-known distaff director, and produced by Rocio Romero, Doveris’ “Plants” is a sexually souped-up teen psycho-thriller and coming of age tale. Written by Doveris, “Plants” stars Argentine singer-songwriter Violeta Castillo as 17-year-old Florencia who for the first time care son her own for her brother, who’s in coma.

Reading that people with her brother’s condition can see, think, understand, though in a vegetative state, she falls under the spell of a comic, a sci-fi thriller “The Plants,” about plant souls invading human bodies, unleashing their darkest desires. Meanwhile, she explores her own sexuality, meeting strangers via the Internet. »


- John Hopewell

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Trailer: Adam Devine and Zac Efron Are Rowdy, But Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza Are Rowdier

3 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In what looks like a more scripted version of Jackass, the Super Stangle Bros. (Adam Devine and Zac Efron) make bad decision after bad decision until they make their best worst decision yet: taking Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) to their sister's wedding in Hawaii. Roll the clip above to see how con becomes catastrophe in the form of really ugly cries, porno parodies, and a Michael Jordan-Mia Hamm commercial gone wrong. Jake Szymanski's comedy, which also includes Stephen Root, Wendy Williams, Alice Wetterlund, and Sam Richardson, unspools in theaters on July 8 — just in time for you to get inspiration for your own late-summer disasters. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Berlin: Fortissimo Strikes Two Film Deal With China’s Zhang Wei

4 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films has struck an agreement to represent a pair of pictures by Chinese producer-director Zhang Wei.

The deal includes his  two previous features “Factory Boss” and “Destiny” before his upcoming “The Sound of A Dream.”

Zhang’s last film, “Factory Boss” earned the best actor prize for Yao Anlian at the 2014 Montreal Film Festival. It will next play at the Berlin Chinese Film Festival (Feb. 16-23,) which overlaps with the Berlinale and as a market screening at the Efm.

Zhang moved into filmmaking after a successful career in business. He now operates his own Shenzhen-based production company, Huahao Film & Media.

He is known for presenting candid visions of marginalized Chinese lives through his films. “Destiny” (“Xi He”) is the tale of an autistic boy’s struggle to get an education. “Factory Boss” is the story of an entrepreneur who desperately takes on low margin jobs to keep his business afloat. »


- Patrick Frater

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Watch James Corden and Elton John's Very Rainy But Very Fun Carpool Karaoke Session

4 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Okay, between the throwback tunes and the Elton John fun facts, there are a lot of gems packed in here. But forget about the singer-songwriter being a wind brat or trying to justify his inefficient purchasing practices. This carpool session notably includes a Lion King classic, with an outfit (of sorts) to match. Roll the clip above to bask in that, and to also enjoy Ej's best impression of a Muppet. (Then hit replay a couple times, because Corden and the harmonies are as great as usual.) »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Film Review: ‘The Monkey King 2’

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With screen goddess Gong Li vamping it up as the villainous enchantress Lady White Bone and a tearful bromance between Cantopop king Aaron Kwok and mainland heartthrob William Feng Shaofeng, what’s not to like about Soi Cheang’s 3D vfx orgy “The Monkey King 2”? Certainly less of a dud than the director’s inane original, this follow-up is even more tyke-oriented, but at least it’s a livelier yarn and boasts a slick upgrade in visual effects. Mainland Chinese families are sure to go bananas over this Lunar New Year offering; it’s almost certain to surpass its predecessor, which broke China’s opening-day records.

One of the many screen adaptations of Wu Cheng’en’s 16th-century novel “Journey to the West” (last year alone brought us the web-tv remake “Surprise” and the animated “Monkey King: Hero Is Back”)  “The Monkey King in 3D” (2014) felt like a prequel rather than the real thing, »


- Maggie Lee

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The Wire Fans Might Have Enjoyed the Reunion Toyota Staged in This Prius Commercial

5 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Among this year's celeb-filled deluge of Super Bowl commercials was one spot aimed at those viewers familiar with a particular TV clan. To promote the all-new 2016 Prius, Toyota wrangled three of The Wire's Sobotkas (Chris Bauer, Pablo Schreiber, and James Ransone), plus one, to pull off a heist. The ensuing chase (above) shows off the car's speed, handles, and stamina — but for fans of the old HBO series, the clip really shows off a goofy, beanie-adorned reunion. Wire creator David Simon seemed to approve, tweeting, "Kudos to the Sobotka clan of South Baltimore. You can't keep good men down." (As the Washington Post points out, however, the commercial also drew some detractors for its ties to crime, as well as other car chases that are unspooling on TV this week.) Watch the other installments from the ad's story line below: And keep tabs on Toyota's hashtag to see »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Zac Efron, Adam Devine Go Full Bro in ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ Trailer (Video)

6 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Zac Efron and Adam Devine go full bro as onscreen siblings in the new teaser for the upcoming comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.” In the first teaser for the summer comedy, which debuted after Super Bowl 5o on Sunday, the stars displayed the sort of outrageousness familiar to fans of Efron’s “Neighbors” or Devine’s Comedy Central series “Workaholics.” In the movie, they play hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) who place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding. Also Read: Zac Efron Gives Ellen DeGeneres Lap Dance, »


- Thom Geier

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Review: Stephen Colbert’s Super Bowl Episode Squanders Big-Game Showcase

7 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

 

CBS loves running image-building spots – as it did during the Super Bowl – touting how the network is No. 1 in various categories. Late night, alas, doesn’t fall into that column, which likely explains why the network took the unprecedented step of using the big game to showcase “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the best, but far from most watched, entry in the crowded late-night race. Still, Sunday’s live episode felt mostly like a wasted opportunity – one that probably won’t win many converts among those football fans sober enough to stick around.

Although the network sought to engineer a handoff directly from the extended post-game show to Colbert, by then plenty of air had been let out of the ball. And while there was some energy in the opening sequence – which worked in President Obama (pre-taped) and astronaut Mark Kelly, the show appeared trapped between trying to do all »


- Brian Lowry

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Turkish Airlines Did a Batman v Superman Super Bowl Commercial, as If Bruce Wayne Deigns to Fly Commercial

7 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Who better to shill for your luxury brand than comic book heroes who teach kids to believe in abstract ideals? Yes, Turkish Airlines has ditched its former spokesmen, superhuman athletes Kobe and Messi, and hired new ones: Superheroes Batman and Superman. In an ad that debuted during the Super Bowl, Batman (well, technically, Bruce Wayne) and Lex Luthor (complete with a sneer and a stress ball) give competing pitches for Gotham and Metropolis in the run-up to Batman v Superman. Turkish Airlines will, apparently, fly you to either, despite the fact that neither place exists. Ignore that, and focus on the way Ben Affleck curls his fingers around the handle of his espresso cup. It's so dainty. Don't you love it? »


- Jackson McHenry

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Megyn Kelly Talks Trump During Colbert's Post-Super Bowl Special

8 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Stephen Colbert hosted the first live late-night show to air in the post-Super Bowl timeslot when he kicked off The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Sunday night. After the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 — and Coldplay rocked the halftime show with Beyonce and Bruno Mars — CBS turned to Colbert and his slew of A-list guests. During his opening monologue, Colbert threw a football off-screen to introduce a few special guests, including Astronaut Scott Kelly and Star Wars’ Chewbacca, before tossing the pigskin to President Barack Obama. After fielding questions about

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Anheuser-Busch: Peyton Manning Was Not Paid To Mention Bud In Super Bowl

8 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The most powerful Super Bowl commercial of the evening was for Budweiser beer, but it didn’t appear in the form of a 30-second TV ad during CBS’s broadcast of Super Bowl 50 Sunday evening.

While speaking to CBS Sports correspondent Tracy Wolfson after Sunday’s victory over the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning mentioned that he intended to “drink a lot of Budweiser tonight” after his game responsibilities were done. It’s an utterance potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in free publicity, given the fact that a 30-second spot in this year’s broadcast was worth anywhere from $4.5 million to more than $5 million.

And the endorsement raised a potential issue. Active NFL players are not supposed to recommend alcohol companies on air.

Manning “was not paid to mention Budweiser. We were surprised and delighted that he did,” said Lisa Weser, a spokeswoman for Anheuser, »


- Brian Steinberg

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Review: Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

8 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Perhaps it was inevitable, in an era of “Full House” reboots, nostalgia for the early Obama Era, and highly publicized reunions of bands not five years disbanded, that we would get a Super Bowl Halftime Show Tribute to Recent Super Bowl Halftime Shows. That’s certainly the easiest way to sum up Super Bowl 50’s hyperactive slurry of musical half-thoughts, busily choreographed kitsch, irreconcilable tonal shifts and, periodically, brief snippets of quality music best experienced as a series of GIFs. Despite Coldplay’s status as the nominal headliners, a mid-set invasion from Beyonce and Bruno Mars brought the only thing approximating heat, while a closing clip reel of recent halftime highlights — from Paul McCartney to Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson — only served to underscore the senselessness of the whole endeavor.

Coldplay, first announced as the halftime headliner back in early December, is not a popular band in certain cred-obsessed corners of the Internet. »


- Andrew Barker

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New 10 Cloverfield Lane Trailer: All of the Lights

8 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In keeping with their penchant for surprises, the 10 Cloverfield Lane team released an unannounced TV spot during Sunday's Super Bowl 50. (The film itself was just a rumor until a mysterious teaser trailer unspooled ahead of 13 Hours's theatrical debut. J.J. Abrams, who produced the first film, only confirmed the sequel's release with a mysterious statement: "We wanted to make [10 Cloverfield Lane] a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.")10 Cloverfield Lane is directed by Dan Trachtenberg and stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr. According to the trailers, Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) also lent a hand on the script. The project, from Abrams's production company Bad Robot, was originally referred to as a "post-apocalyptic thriller" called Valencia, about a girl (Winstead) John Goodman had locked in a basement. How does that relate to a monster attack? »


- Jackson McHenry,Sean Fitz-Gerald

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