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'Hidden Figures' Topples New Releases to Take MLK Weekend While 'Rogue One' Passes $500 Million
It wasn't necessarily an exciting Martin Luther King weekend, though it is rather astonishing to see how poorly all but one of the weekend's new and expanding wide releases performed. The weekend's successes find Hidden Figures leading the way for a second weekend, followed by Golden Globe juggernaut La La Land while it was STX's The Bye Bye Man that over performed against tracking and delivered the best new opening among the weekend's new and expanding releases, more than doubling the film's production budget over the four-day weekend. At #1 for a second weekend in a row, Fox's Hidden Figures delivered an estimated $20.4 million for the three-day and is expected to finish over $25 million for the holiday weekend as its domestic cume will near $60 million by end of day Monday. Finishing in second for the three-day is Lionsgate's La La Land, delivering an impressive $14.5 million for the three-day (+43.1%) from 1,848 theaters (+333), including 148 IMAX theaters, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Better Call Saul Season 3: Yep, Giancarlo Esposito Will Be Breaking Bad
It’s official: Breaking Bad‘s baddest villain is back in business.
Giancarlo Esposito will reprise his role as drug kingpin Gus Fring on Season 3 of Better Call Saul, AMC confirmed Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. In fact, Esposito joined the rest of the Saul cast, including stars Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks, on the show’s press panel to promote the third season, which also got a premiere date: Monday, April 10 at 10/9c.
Esposito played meth cook Walter White’s most terrifying adversary for three seasons on Breaking Bad, earning an Emmy nomination for the role in 2012. Yes, »
Priyanka Chopra Thanks Fans for Their Support After Fall: ‘I Will Be Ok’
The 34-year-old Indian actress is currently recovering after a scary on-set accident that sent her to the hospital on Thursday.
On Sunday, she thanked fans for their support in a tweet. “Thank you for all your warm thoughts and well wishes,” she wrote. “I will be ok, and am looking forward to getting back to work as soon as I can. Much .”
Thank you for all of your warm thoughts and well wishes. »
- Dave Quinn
‘Portlandia’ to End With Season 8 in 2018
“Portlandia” has been renewed for an eighth and final season.
“Portlandia” is currently in the midst of its seventh season, which kicked off earlier this month.
During the TCA press tour panel with stars Armisen and Brownstein, plus co-creator Jonathan Krisel, reporters asked what went into the decision to end the show. The panelists delicately answered the question, strangely seeming as if they want to keep the door open.
“I think we barely decided to do that,” said Krisel when asked why he decided to end the show. “Season 8 seemed like, ‘Okay, we’ve done a lot.’ We’re not getting to a stage where we’re not bored with »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
AMC to Adapt ‘Night Manager’ Author John le Carré’s ‘Spy Who Came in From the Cold’
On the heels of “The Night Manager,” AMC and BBC are teaming up with Ink Factory to adapt John le Carre’s “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,” the network announced Saturday. Simon Beaufoy will write the series. First published in 1963 and adapted into a feature film in 1965, “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” is set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War and follows Alec Leamas, a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer who returns to London and is given a chance at revenge as long as he takes on one last mission. Also Read:. »
- Linda Ge
Indian Romance Drama ‘Ok Jaanu’ Leads Indie Newcomers at MLK Weekend Box Office
India’s romance drama “Ok Jaanu” lead the indie newcomers on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, grossing $244,000 from 121 locations in its first weekend at the box office. Directed by Shaad Ali, the film stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles of a young couple living together in Mumbai while trying to pursue their lifelong dreams. Other independent films that opened this weekend include Greece’s “Worlds Apart” and France’s “Reset.” Also Read: Jackie Chan's 'Railroad Tigers' Earns $127,600 at Indie Box Office “Worlds Apart” stars J.K. Simmons, Christoforos Papakaliatis and Andrea Osvart and grossed $14,000 in its first weekend. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
‘Toni Erdmann’ Named Best Foreign Language Film at Palm Springs Film Festival
Updated: Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” was named the top foreign language film at the 28th annual Palm Springs Film Festival. This year’s winners were announced at a luncheon on Saturday during the fest, which runs through Jan. 16.
The audience awards went to “When We Rise,” the first episode of Gus van Sant and Dustin Lance Black’s ABC docudama about gay rights in the narrative category and “Take Me Home Huey” in the documentary category, directed by Alicia Brauns and Christine Steele.
When We Rise (U.S.), directed by Gus Van Sant. From Gus van Sant and Dustin Lance Black, the festival screened the first episode of this stirring seven-part docudrama that charts the progress of Gay Liberation from its early days in San Francisco in the 1960s to its 21st-century triumphs. When We Rise will air on ABC starting February 27. The screening was a North American premiere at the Festival. »
- Seth Kelley
China Box Office: ‘Passengers’ Deposes ‘Rogue One’ After One Week
Space romance, “Passengers” took over the number one spot at the Chinese box office, easing aside “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” after just one week.
“Passengers” earned $17.3 million from an outing of some 60,000 screenings per day, according to data from Ent Group. That gave it a 30% market share of a lackluster weekend.
In third place was Chinese romantic comedy “Some Like it Hot,” in its third week in theaters. It earned $7.48 million for the weekend, giving it a 17-day cumulative total of $70.0 million.
Chinese animation “Bakkom Bear: Agent 008” was a new release that opened in fourth place. The latest in a franchise, the picture earned $5.78 million in its opening three days.
“Kubo And The Two Strings” plucked an opening score of $2.98 million. »
- Patrick Frater
Washington Post Columnist Warns Journalists of Trump Presidency: ‘The Fight of Their Lives’
Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan feels “journalists are in for the fight of their lives” when Donald Trump officially becomes the president on Friday. “It’s possible to have a solid idea of what Donald Trump’s presidency will be like for the American media and for citizens who depend on that flawed but essential institution,” Sullivan wrote in a column for Monday’s Post. “The short form: hellish.” Sullivan is the former New York Times public editor who is now at the Post, where she expressed concern regarding the media landscape under Trump’s presidency. Also Read: Van Jones »
- Brian Flood
Russian Box Office Grows 9.5% to $727 Million in 2016
The movie box office in Russia grew 9.5% last year to total 49 billion Rub ($727 million), according to comScore.
“Zootopia” was the best-selling film with 2.08 billion Rub ($28.2 million), followed by “The Secret Life of Pets” with 1.99 billion Rub ($311 million). “Deadpool” was third with 1.61 billion Rub (20.4 million), and then “Suicide Squad” on 1.59 billion Rub ($23.8 million).
Local films nabbed a 17.8% share of the total, and occupied two of the top 20 positions. Nikolai Lebedev’s disaster movie “The Flight Crew” was the top Russian film, and fifth overall, with a gross of 1.43 billion Rub ($21.6 million).
Andrey Kravchuk’s historical epic “Viking” came in in 10th place in 2016 with 1.2 billion Rub ($19.7 million), and is still in theaters. The film grossed 398 million Rub ($6.7 million) across four territories in the Jan. 5-8 weekend, which earned it a place in the top 10 movies of the international box office, which excludes the U.S.
Katya Mtsitouridze, CEO of Russian movie promotional agency Roskino, »
- Leo Barraclough
Tomi Lahren Teaches Jesse Watters How to Pronounce Her Name (Video)
Two up-and-coming conservative stars got together over the weekend when TheBlaze’s Tomi Lahren appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Watters’ World” with Jesse Watters. And the first thing they cleared up was the tricky pronunciation of Lahren’s name. “It’s Tomi, like the boys name. Lahren like Laryngitis,” she told Watters. Watters said he’s “got it,” and Lahren mentioned that she is called “much worse” on Twitter. Also Read: Tomi Lahren Explains Why You Might Be A Snowflake (Video) Watters then asked Lahren about Donald Trump’s recent press conference when he famously called CNN “fake news »
- Brian Flood
As Michael Lynton Exits, Will Sony Double Down on Hollywood or Sell?
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It’s a rare thing for an executive who presides over a corporate disaster to remain on the job and even get promoted. But departing Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton managed to do exactly that.
Two years have passed since the Sony hack was not only a debacle for the studio (and an international incident), but also exposed, via the leaked emails, Lynton’s quest to find employment elsewhere. Yet having quietly become chairman of Snapchat's owner Snap, Inc. in late December — while holding his position at Sony — Lynton is landing softly with a new role and a pile of »
- Kim Masters
Razzie Awards chief John Wilson talks turkeys: ‘Batman v. Superman,’ ‘Dirty Grandpa,’ ‘Zoolander 2’ …
“Well, Madonna’s not making movies anymore and Adam Sandler skedaddled over to Netflix,” John Wilson declared when asked about the impact of the Razzie Awards, which he oversees. “I’d consider both of those a public service,” he told Gold Derby editor Tom O’Neil in a lively podcast (listen below). But while eight-time Razzie champ Sandler may not be in contention […] »
PBS Masterpiece Boards British Newspaper Drama ‘Press’
PBS Masterpiece has boarded six-part drama “Press,” which is set in the contemporary world of British newspapers as they try to move on from the hacking scandal and cope with the 24-hour news cycle of the digital age.
The miniseries is written by Mike Bartlett (“Doctor Foster,” “Charles III”), and produced by Nigel Stafford-Clark, who has won three BAFTAs, for Deep Indigo, alongside Lookout Point and BBC Studios. BBC Worldwide is handling international rights, and the BBC has U.K. rights.
According to a statement, “Mike Bartlett’s razor sharp and observant drama will explore the turbulent media landscape through the fortunes of competing broadsheet and tabloid papers, and the very different and colorful characters who work for them. It’s a drama that could not be more relevant in today’s global news and internet environment.”
Stafford-Clark commented: “At a time when both the nature and the role of the press have themselves become part of »
- Leo Barraclough
Natpe: Mediaset España, Filmax Roll Out Sales on ‘I Know Who You Are’ (Exclusive)
Mediaset España, Spain’s No. 1 broadcast network, and Filmax, one of its top film-tv producers, have rolled out first sales on “I Know Who You Are,” a crime drama directed by Pau Freitas, a writer-director on “The Red Band Society,” one of the highest-profile of Spanish TV series this decade.
The licensing deals form part of a push into international sales by Mediaset España as it seeks to grow additional revenue outside its hugely successful core advertising business which drives one of the highest operating profit margins in Europe: 26% through September last year.
“I Know Who You Are” also shows the network, controlled by Italy’s Mediaset, linking to some of Spain’s iconic movie production houses: Filmax, the driving force behind modern genre production in Spain (“[Rec]”), and Mod Producciones, co-producers of Mediaset España’s four-part period miniseries, “Hidden Behind Her Eyes” and whose heads – Fernando Bovaira and Simon de Santiago – produced Alejandro Amenabar’s “The Others” and »
- John Hopewell
Tencent Partners on China Release of 'La La Land'
After having to apologize over a sexual harassment scandal last week, Chinese technology giant Tencent is back to dealmaking.
The Internet conglomerate's budding film company, Tencent Pictures, has agreed to serve as a strategic marketing partner for the upcoming release of Lionsgate's La La Land in China.
China's film regulators gave La La Land the green light for a local release last week. The film is being brought into China as a "flat-fee" title, meaning Lionsgate sold the distribution rights for a set sum and will not have a share in the local revenue.
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- Patrick Brzeski
‘Trivisa’ Named Best Film by Hong Kong Critics
The Johnnie To-produced “Trivisa,” a crime thriller with a political edge, was Monday named best film of the year by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. The film’s lead actor Gordon Lam Ka-tung earned the title of best actor.
The best director award was bestowed jointly on Stephen Chow and first-time director Wong Chun. The society said after three rounds of debates and voting, Chow’s fantasy comedy “Mermaid” and Wong’s drama “Mad World” earned the same number of votes, and the society decided to give the award to both. “Mad World” also won best screenplay, written by Florence Chan.
“Trivisa”, an intercut of three short films revolving around three of Hong Kong’s most infamous criminals, was directed by a trio of young directors Vicky Wong Wai-kit, Jevons Au and Frank Hui. (Au also directed one of the shorts in dystopian film “Ten Years.”) Lam’s »
- Vivienne Chow
UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Hector Cabello Reyes on ‘An Indian Tale,’ Directing Actors, Its Characters Connecting With Life
Paris — In “An Indian Tale,” which screened over the weekend at the 2017 UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, France-based, Chilean-born Hector Cabello Reyes makes his feature debut directing Belgium’s Benoit Poelvoorde (“The Brand New Testament”), France’s Alexandra Lamy (“Ricky”) and India’s Bollywood and Hollywood actor Pitobash (“Million Dollar Arm”).
Inspired by Ricardo Darin starrer “Chinese Take-Out,” “An Indian Tale” is an odd couple/second-chance-in-life dramedy, kicking off when Pierre, (Poelvoorde), an irascible, short-fused stand-offish hardware store owner with a compulsive obsession disorder rebuffs the love interest of Jeanne (Lamy), the beautiful and life-loving sister of a client. Then he stumbles across a Bengali immigrant, Ajit (Pitobash), who doesn’t speak a word of French. Pierre does everything to get Ajit off his hands, taking him to the police station, the Indian Embassy and to meet possible relations, but ends up having to put him up in his home, »
- John Hopewell
Watch Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin Sing for His Staff at Corporate Gathering
When China's richest man wants to sing, he sings — and the whole company listens.
In what's becoming an annual tradition, Wang Jianlin, the billionaire chairman of Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, took to the stage at his company's year-end corporate gathering in eastern China over the weekend.
With the backing of a live band and professional dancers, the 62-year-old executive belted out some Chinese rock songs and a piece of Chinese opera, as well as a romantic ballad. The conference hall full of Wanda staffers sang along and snapped photos. Wanda then posted videos of the performances to <a »
- Patrick Brzeski
Netflix's 'The Ivory Game' to Screen at Beijing Film Festival
Netflix's elephant conservation documentary The Ivory Game has scored an official selection slot at the upcoming Beijing International Film Festival.
Shortlisted in the best documentary Oscar category this year, the film has been hailed for its gripping depiction of the dangerous underworld of ivory trading and the urgent threat posed to Africa's wild elephant population.
The state-backed Beijing festival's decision to screen the film comes on the heels of China's recent decision to ban ivory trade by the end of 2017.
"On Dec. 30, we received the amazing and historic news that China will ban ivory. It was »
- Patrick Brzeski
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