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Box Office: Matt Damon’s ‘Jason Bourne’ Shoots Down $4.2 Million on Thursday

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

Universal’s “Jason Bourne” has opened with a solid $4.2 million on Thursday night.

The actioner screened at 2,928 locations in North America in showings starting at 7 p.m.

Stx Entertainment’s raunchy comedy “Bad Moms” took in $2.1 million in Thursday night previews.

Matt Damon’s fourth “Bourne” movie is expected to dominate the weekend with about $50 million at 4,025 theaters. He’s returning to the signature role as a former CIA assassin for the first time since “The Bourne Ultimatum,” which launched with $69.3 million in 2007.

Paul Greengrass directs “Jason Bourne,” which also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, and Riz Ahmed. Greengrass also directed “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” opened with $55.5 million over the same weekend last year, including $4 million from Thursday night previews. “The Bourne Legacy,” starring Jeremy Renner, debuted with $38 million in 2012 with Damon not appearing.

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- Dave McNary

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Weekend Forecast: 'Jason Bourne', 'Bad Moms' and 'Nerve' Hit Theaters

28 July 2016 8:42 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return to the Bourne franchise after a nine year, one film hiatus as Jason Bourne is looking at a #1 finish as it debuts in over 4,000 theaters this weekend. The weekend also features the R-rated comedy Bad Moms and Nerve, a PG-13, teen-targeted thriller that opened on Wednesday with $3.75 million and hopes to find an audience over the weekend as a piece of counter-counter-programming. Looking at a comfortable first place finish is Universal's Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the Bourne franchise and fourth starring Damon in the title role following the lackluster response to 2012's The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner. That said, this should be looked at more as a sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum, which opened with $69.2 million in August 2007. Of course, this year has not been kind to the majority of sequels. Following last weekend's opening for Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course, »


- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Nick Jonas In Talks To Join ‘Jumanji’ Movie

28 July 2016 10:12 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Nick Jonas is in talks to join Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black in the Jake Kasdan-directed reimagining of Jumanji that Sony Pictures has set for a July 28, 2017 release. Matt Tolmach is producing. While Jonas is best known for his singing voice as a solo artist who started as one of the Jonas Brothers, he showed real chops in the frat hazing drama Goat, which premiered at Sundance in January and which Paramount releases September 23. He also stars in… »


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Meryl Streep Joins Emily Blunt in ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel (Exclusive)

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Is Meryl Streep ready for a spoonful of sugar?

Sources tell Variety, the Oscar-winning actress is in talks to join Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”

If a deal closes, the family film would reunite Streep with the “Into the Woods” musical team of Blunt, director Rob Marshall, and producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Streep and Blunt also shared the screen in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Marshall and John De Luca are also producing.

Streep is said to play the role of Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, a supporting role that wasn’t in the 1964 classic. Streep would also sing for the part, much like she did in “Into the Woods,” which earned her a record 19th Oscar nomination.

The Mary Poppins sequel hits theaters Dec. 25, 2018.

David Magee wrote the screenplay, based on the stories by P.L. Travers, with Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and »


- Justin Kroll

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‘Roadies’ Casts John Mellencamp, David Spade, Rosanna Arquette and Marc Maron

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

Showtime’s “Roadies” has added a number of high-profile guest stars for its upcoming episodes, Variety has learned.

David Spade will appear as Harris DeSoto, star of the fictional drama “Dead Sex,” a must-see favorite of the roadies. Rosanna Arquette has signed on as a smug and intimidating iconic rock photographer who battles with Shelli (Carla Gugino) over her unusual concepts. This Sunday, comedian Marc Maron, playing himself, finds that comedy and rock aren’t always in perfect harmony, and legendary rocker John Mellencamp will also guest star as himself, giving some much-needed wisdom to Wes (Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly) and Winston (Ethan Michael Mora).

The show has already drafted a number of guest stars including Rainn Wilson, Eddie Vedder and Matt Passmore, among others.

Roadies” is created, written and executive produced by Oscar winner Cameron Crowe. The season finale will air Sunday, August 28th.

Watch a sneak preview of Mellencamp’s performance »


- Laura Prudom

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Fox ‘s Fourth ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Movie in the Works

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

Fox is rebooting its “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” franchise with Jason Ian Drucker and Owen Asztalos on board for the fourth film in the series.

David Bowers, who directed “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” has been tapped to helm the new film based on Jeff Kinney’s book “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.”

Fox’s Wimpy Kid films are all produced by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson via their Color Force production company. Based on Kinney’s book series, the three films grossed a total worldwide box office of $225 million with Zachary Gordon starring as the main character Greg Heffley.

Gordon has aged out of the part with Drucker taking over the role. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” follows Greg Heffley, who goes on a summer road trip with his family »


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Stephen Frears to receive honorary Sarajevo award

5 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British director’s latest film, Florence Foster Jenkins, to screen at the festival’s open air theatre.

Stephen Frears, the British director of The Queen and Philomena, is to receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award at the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 12-20).

Frears, who was previously the subject of the festival’s tribute programme in 2002, will have his latest film - Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant - screened as part of Sarajevo’s Open Air programme.

Previous recipients of the honorary award have included Angelina Jolie, Gael Garcia Bernal, Mike Leigh and last year Benicio del Toro.

Frears breakthrough as a feature film director came with the low budget hit My Beautiful Laundrette in 1985 and made his Hollywood debut with Dangerous Liaisons in 1989, which received six Oscar nominations.

His first Oscar nomination as best director can in 1991 for The Grifters, produced by Martin Scorsese, while his 1998 western »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Megan Fox Returning to New Girl for Major Season 6 Stint

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

So… Nick and Reagan’s summer in New Orleans apparently went well.

Megan Fox has signed on to return to New Girl in Season 6 for a huge arc (as many as eight episodes!), TVLine has learned exclusively. In the Fox comedy’s Season 5 finale, Nick (Jake Johnson) informed Jess (Zooey Deschanel) that he intended to spend three months in the Big Easy with sorta-girlfriend Reagan (Fox) as she adjusts to her new job.

RelatedFall TV 2016: Your Handy Calendar of 90+ Season and Series Premiere Dates

However, when Nick reappears at the loft at the start of Season 6 don’t expect »


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Stephen Colbert: Viacom tells host to stop using 'Colbert Report' character

29 minutes ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There’s another political battle brewing these days, but it has nothing to do with Trump or Clinton. Well, maybe not exactly political, but more “political.” During the Republican National Convention, Late Show host Stephen Colbert reprised his conservative Colbert Report alter ago. This apparently did not go over well with Comedy Central and their parent company Viacom as it seems they own the character. “Immediately after that show, CBS’s top lawyer was contacted by the top lawyer from another company to say that the character ‘Stephen Colbert’ is their intellectual property, which is surprising, because I never considered that guy much of an intellectual,” Colbert said. He added, “So it is with a heavy heart that I announce that, thanks to corporate lawyers, the character of ‘Stephen Colbert,’ host of The Colbert Report, will never be seen again.” But then a funny thing happened. Colbert (are you keeping this all straight? »


- David Eckstein

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‘Broad City’ Stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson Play Colonial Women Reacting to Hillary Clinton’s Nomination

34 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

During his post-dnc live show on Thursday, Stephen Colbert brought “Broad City” stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer on to help celebrate Hillary Clinton’s historic Democratic nomination acceptance speech.

But, with such a feat being a major milestone for women’s rights, he first traveled back to July 4, 1776 to share the news with Josephine Hindley and Abatha Whitmore (Glazer and Jacobson in costume), two female delegates from the Second Continental Congress.

I know you guys are busy putting the finishing touches on the Declaration of Independence right now, so I’ll make this quick,” Colbert said. “I just wanted you to know that it’s 2016 and we finally have a female presidential nominee.”

Overjoyed from the news, Jacobson yells, “Well butter my bonnet, that is incredible. I’m going to celebrate by making a meal for my husband, and then cleaning it up immediately.”

But, there’s some confusion. The »


- Lamarco McClendon

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Jean-Claude Van Damme Storms Out of Interview Over ‘Boring’ Questions (Video)

43 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jean-Claude Van Damme can hold his own in a fight, but he crumbles in the face of dull interview questions. Action star Van Damme became the latest celebrity (Ok, play along with us here) to walk out of an interview, after accusing his interviewer of asking “boring” questions. Van Damme was appearing via satellite on the Australian television program “Sunrise” when he became annoyed enough to storm out of the interview. Also Read: Tara Reid Shuts Down Interview With Jenny McCarthy Amid Nasty Exchange (Audio) First the actor was peeved by people talking behind the camera. Then he went off on the line of. »


- Tim Kenneally

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10 Biggest Winners and Losers From the Democratic National Convention

46 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Philadelphia — Journalists who trekked to both conventions knew that the atmosphere of each party gathering would be different — what they didn’t expect was how much different they would be.

So much of the story at the Republican Convention was who wasn’t there; for the Democrats, the reverse was true, as the concern was whether the prelude to Hillary Clinton’s moment would be upstaged by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and others.

All of this may not matter in the long run, even if Donald Trump is well attuned to star power and celebrity (two years ago he actually tweeted dating advice to Katy Perry). Trump is running an anti-establishment campaign — and he’ll probably play up that fact in the coming days.

But from the angle of showmanship, this was a very successful convention, with some exceptions.

Winners.

1. Michelle Obama. Her speech on Monday, in »


- Ted Johnson and Ramin Setoodeh

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Visual-Effects Pioneer Douglas Trumbull on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Digital Innovations

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Visual-effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull first appeared in Variety on Dec. 17, 1968, in a review of the sex satire “Candy,” for which he created two outer-space sequences. His other movie credit that year was more memorable: “2001: A Space Odyssey,” on which he was one of the masterminds behind the groundbreaking special effects.

Trumbull — also known for his effects work on such films as  “Blade Runner” and “The Tree of Life,” and for directing 1972’s influential “Silent Running” — continues to push the boundaries of filmmaking, working on digital innovations and theater design as part of his ongoing quest to create a new and immersive experience for moviegoers. He spoke recently with Variety about how he got his career off the ground by working on the Stanley Kubrick classic.

Your father worked on the effects on “The Wizard of Oz.” Was he an influence on your VFX work?

No, by the time I was born, »


- Tim Gray

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TheGrill Update: Mobile Is the Key to Reviving Movie Ticket Sales, Says Movio’s Will Palmer

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“The winner of the mobile race will be the winner of the ticketing race,” said Movio CEO Will Palmer, in a preview to his panel about the future of moviegoing at TheGrill 2016. “The way the social channels are headed towards e-commerce, studios will be able to create content that will perform really well within these social channels. Those will be the biggest changes — mobile, and the ability to ticket natively within social apps.” Currently, only 25 percent of movie tickets in the United States are sold online, compared to a stunning 80 percent in China, a topic that »


- Andrew Bernard and Sharon Waxman

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director Fires Back at Fans Complaining About Kurt Russell ‘Spoiler’

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” director James Gunn is taking whiny fans to task after they chastised him for revealing that Kurt Russell is playing Ego the Living Planet, better known as Star-Lord Peter Quill’s father, in the highly anticipated sequel. In a Facebook post he titled “Why The Identity Of Star-lord’S Father Isn’T A Spoiler,” the filmmaker explains, “A minority of folks who have questioned, and even been angry, that I and Marvel would reveal something so major months before the film comes out.” The filmmaker said if it was up to him, he wouldn’t reveal anything about his. »


- Joe Otterson

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U.K.’s Secret Cinema Draws Audiences With Immersive Events for Classic Films

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Theater owners have bemoaned declining audience numbers for years. So it might be a surprise to learn of one exhibitor that packs them in despite showing old movies and charging upward of $85 a ticket.

Secret Cinema has been putting on films in London since 2007. The latest, 1987’s “Dirty Dancing,” wrapped July 24 after six days of sold-out screenings that raked in $2.5 million. The company offers an “immersive,” interactive experience, with sophisticated sets, actors, and staged events. Audience members are encouraged to wear costumes.

For “Dirty Dancing,” 30,000 attendees descended on an East London park that had been converted into a fictional Catskills resort. Decked out in ’60s attire, they indulged in outdoor games and laughed at cheesy stage acts for hours before the film finally lit up the huge outdoor screen.

Some of Secret Cinema’s previous productions have been even more ambitious. Its 2014 “Back to the Future” extravaganza re-created a ’50s-era American town. »


- Henry Chu

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'Into the Forest' Review: It's the End of the World (and They Don't Feel Fine)

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It's not hard to believe that the world can come to an end; just view the current general election. Into the Forest, which director Patricia Rozema (I've Heard the Mermaids Singing) adapted from Jean Hegland's apocalyptic 1996 novel, brings the darkness to the near future in a house in the rural woods. That's where two sisters, Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood), must deal with a blackout that erases technology and every other modern convenience from their lives. Can the siblings survive on their ingenuity and what they find in the forest? »


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'Gleason' Review: A Moving Look at Sports Hero Battling Als

2 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Most fans will never forget former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason's famous blocked punt during the team's first game back in the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina. You might think it's a downer, watching a movie detailing Gleason's deterioratation from the effects of Als (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a.k.a Lou Gehrig's disease. But the last thing this stirring, indelibly moving documentary is about is self pity. Gleason, organized and edited by director Clay Tweel from four years of video diaries often shot by the sports hero himself, »


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7 ‘Stranger Things’ Fan Theories About Season 2

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Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you’re caught up on the first season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” The first season of Netflix’s horror series “Stranger Things” has had fans buzzing since its premiere just a few short weeks ago, and now that they have digested all eight “chapters,” theories are emerging about things to come in Season 2. The season finale, titled “Chapter Eight: The Upside Down,” tied up the season’s overarching search for Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), with his mom Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Sheriff Hopper (David Harbour) discovering the boy in a dark alternate universe. »


- Meriah Doty

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Weekend Rock Question: What Is Jared Leto's Best Role?

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Rolling Stone's latest cover star Jared Leto has been talked about all year for his stirring, disturbing performance in the upcoming Suicide Squad as the Joker. The method actor's on-set actions as he dove into the character's sick mind have also become a subject of exploration for fans and tabloids, adding mystery to the Academy Award winner's style and approach to his diverse history of on-screen characters.

Now we have a question for you: What is Jared Leto's best on-screen role? Feel free to vote for an early appearance, »


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