Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success
So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »
‘Super Troopers 2’ Lands Spring 2018 Release Date
Fox Searchlight has set an April 20, 2018, release date for “Super Troopers 2” — 17 years after the original.
Jay Chandrasekhar is directing the comedy sequel, as he did on the original. Filmmaking team Broken Lizard raised $4.4 million in a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in 2015 that saw more than 50,000 contributors. It was one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a movie along with the $5.7 million raised by fans for the “Veronica Mars” movie starring Kristen Bell.
Donation incentives for “Super Tropers 2” on the first day included a producer title for $10,000, a speaking actor role for $10,000, a trip to the ballpark with the main actors for $15,000, and the patrol car to be used in the filming for $35,000. “Super Troopers 2” met the initial goal of $2 million (set by Fox Searchlight) in 26 hours.
- Dave McNary
John Boyega Hints Again at Possible Cameos by Princes William and Harry in ‘Jedi’
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program Friday morning to promote Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” Boyega was asked about the rumors he fueled when last on the show – that the two royals had secret cameos in “The Last Jedi” as stormtroopers – and whether the princes had lines.
“I think they took that scene out,” Boyega said jokingly, then added: “I’ve had enough with those Prince William secrets, man. They came on set; they were there, man. Tom Hardy was there, too – I said it. I’m sick of hiding this.”
The actor, who plays former stormtrooper Finn in the sequel trilogy, said questions had dogged him ever since the rumors first began circulating in April 2016, when William and Harry visited the “Jedi” set (pictured). “Every time I get »
- Robert Mitchell
Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher to Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel
After originally planning a full reboot of the ’70s classic, New Line is reverting back to a familiar formula for the next installment of “Shaft,” while also leaving the door open for a new face to take over the franchise.
The original 1971 version — based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel — starred Richard Roundtree as a smooth private detective who’s hired by a drug lord to find his kidnapped daughter. The character became a pop culture icon and the theme song, written by Isaac Hayes, went on to win an Oscar.
- Justin Kroll
David Mackenzie’s ‘Outlaw King’ Adds Billy Howle
Exclusive: Actor Billy Howle has joined Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Florence Pugh in David Mackenzie’s (Hell Or High Water) upcoming Netflix film Outlaw King. The Looming Tower scribe Bash Doran drafted the screenplay, which tells the story of Robert The Bruce (Pine), the king who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in Scotland. Howle will play Prince of Wales who goes head to head with Robert The Bruce to secure the Scottish… »
Adam Driver Teases "Unexpected" Kylo Ren Development in 'Last Jedi'
It's a trap! Or maybe not.
The 33-year-old actor doesn't give anyway any specifics, obviously, but he does make a comment that is interesting when asked by Willie Geist if fans "will be happy with that happens to Kylo."
Driver responds, "God, I hope. I think it will be hopefully unexpected."
Now, this could mean anything. Perhaps Luke or Rey cut him down or maybe he pulls a Darth Vader and redeems himself. Or maybe none of the »
- Ryan Parker
The ‘Logan Lucky’ Easter Egg Movie Fans Should Watch Out For
In addition to making an astonishing variety of high-quality films, director Steven Soderbergh also works in the booze industry. Since 2010, he’s been importing and distributing Singani 63. It’s a distilled Bolivian spirit he went nuts for while shooting Che in South America. The drink has previously appeared in David Fincher’s work, and now it’s in the new Steven Soderbergh […]
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- Jack Giroux
Univision CEO Blasts ‘Abject Failure’ to Denounce White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis
Randy Falco, CEO of Univision Communications, is the latest corporate leader to call for a forceful condemnation of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the wake of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va.
Falco sent a memo to staffers at the Spanish-language media giant pledging to speak out against attacks on immigrants, the Lgbt community, the media and those who “espouse racist and hateful views.”
Falco’s statement follows on the heels of similar statements from Apple CEO Tim Cook, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and other CEOs in the wake of President Donald Trump’s conflicting statements about the Charlottesville rally of white supremacists, which left a 32-year-old counter-protester dead on Saturday.
Falco tangled with Trump during the presidential campaign after the then-candidate asserted that many Mexican immigrants were “rapists” and criminals. Univision severed ties with Trump’s Miss Universe beauty pageant franchise in 2015, just months after signing a multi-year pact to carry the events »
- Cynthia Littleton
What China’s Latest Crackdown Means for Hollywood
China’s regulators announced a major crackdown on cross-border acquisitions Friday, saying that investments in entertainment, sports and hotels would be restricted and putting an official stamp on an informal policy that has caused the firehouse of Chinese money pouring into Hollywood over the last couple years to dry up. Earlier Friday, the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission, in conjunction with its State Department, published documents outlining its plans to “restrict” dealings in “real estate, hotels, studios, entertainment, sports clubs and other overseas investment.” It’s a significant blow to companies like Dalian Wanda Group, which had been one of China’s most. »
- Matt Pressberg
Here’s Everyone Who Dumped Trump This Week (Photos)
In the wake of Trump’s response to violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, several business leaders, council members and media personalities severed ties with the president. Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier stepped down from Trump’s council on manufacturing jobs on Monday over the president’s response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. This move set off an avalanche of resignations from other business leaders. Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich followed Frazer’s lead on Monday. Alliance for American Manufacturing president Scott Paul became the fourth business »
- Ashley Boucher
‘Deadpool 2’ Crash Details Released in Preliminary Incident Report
The first official details of a stuntwoman’s death on the set of “Deadpool 2” were released on Friday, revealing the circumstances surrounding the motorcycle accident on the Vancouver, Canada, set earlier this week. Joi “S.J.” Harris was killed on Monday when she was thrown through a plate glass window after losing control of her motorcycle, according to a preliminary report from British Columbia’s workplace safety organization WorkSafeBC. According to The Canadian Press, Harris’ stunt involved driving a Ducati 939 Hyperstrada out of the open doors of a building, across a concrete pad and down a ramp that had been built over three. »
- Reid Nakamura
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