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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, »
Daniel Radcliffe-Starrer ‘Jungle’ to Shoot in Australia
The film will shoot at least 50% on location in South East Queensland as well as the Village Roadshow Studios on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Other locations have still to be determined. Production starts in April.
The news was announced Thursday by the state’s Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Scripted by Justin Monjo (“Rush,” “The Untold Story of Inxs”,) the screenplay is based on an internationally bestselling memoir of the same name by Yossi Ghinsberg. It tells the story of four travellers who set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest on a dream adventure which quickly turns into a nightmare.
- Patrick Frater
‘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… »
‘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
Kevin Randleman, Former Ufc Fighter, Dies at 44
Kevin Randleman, a former Ufc Heavyweight Champion, died Thursday. He was 44. Born in Sandusky, Ohio, Randleman was one of the pioneers of ultimate fighting and mixed martial arts before fading from the sport’s spotlight in the mid-2000s. According to Bleacher Report writer Jeremy Botter, Randleman was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and later passed away from heart failure. Also Read: 'Iron' Mike Sharpe, Former WWE Superstar, Dies at 64 He attended the eighth annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards at The Palazzo Las Vegas (pictured above) on Feb. 5 and appeared to be in good health. Before he entered the Octagon, »
- Debbie Emery
‘How To Get Away with Murder’: What Happened to the Baby? (Spoilers)
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the midseason premiere of “How To Get Away with Murder” on Feb. 11, titled, “What Happened To You, Annalise?”
As if a gunshot in Annalise’s (Viola Davis) stomach wasn’t enough of a shocker for the first half of “How To Get Away with Murder’s” second season, the back half kicked off with a baby of a bombshell: Annalise was once pregnant.
Much of Thursday night’s midseason premiere dealt with Annalise recovering from her gunshot wound and Wes (Alfred Enoch) struggling with the aftermath of pulling the trigger. While Annalise was on the mend with meds, she hallucinated that a woman brought her a baby.
At the end of the episode, we learn that that woman was Wes’ mother. In a flashback, we see the two women meet when a very pregnant Annalise sits down next to her in a park, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
‘Ex Machina,’ ‘The Martian’ Top Final Draft Award Winners
It was good night for sci-fi and fantasy at Thursday’s 11th Annual Final Draft Awards, honoring the year’s best screenwriting in film and television. Alex Garland‘s “Ex Machina,” about a seductive robot played by Alicia Vikander, edged out “Bridge of Spies” and “Inside Out” for Best Original Screenplay. Drew Goddard‘s big screen take on Andy Weir’s “The Martian” survived as Best Adapted Screenplay over “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Big Short.” Also Read: Alejandro Inarritu Wins for 'The Revenant' at Directors Guild Awards In television categories, Best Drama went to HBO’s “Game of Thrones. »
- Matt Donnelly
Berlin: Shingle Strengthens Indian-German Connection
The Indian film, a gay love story about two longtime friends who discover their mutual desire over a weekend trip, premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival late last year and is making its international market debut at Berlin’s Efm; it then heads to the Guadalajara Film Festival and SXSW in Austin.
While “Loev” is Saria’s first joint effort with Katharina Suckale and Arfi Lamba’s Bombay Berlin, the helmer had initially hoped to make another film with them first — “I Am Here,” about a young American man in India trying to get closure from an unresolved relationship. Saria describes it as a character study that follows “the journey of someone coming to terms with himself and his desperate need for companionship. »
- Ed Meza
Longtime Democrat Richard Dreyfuss Explains Why He Went to Ted Cruz Rally
While he is known for being a staunch Democrat, actor Richard Dreyfuss has been playing the role of political tourist of late, soaking up all the sights and sounds that this election season has to offer. However, his appearance at a recent Ted Cruz rally sparked sparked an angry response from some liberals, so the star of ABC’s recent miniseries “Madoff” appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” Thursday night to explain why he attended the Republican candidate’s event in Iowa on Jan. 30. “I went to hear whether or not there’d be a difference between what I »
- Debbie Emery
LL Cool J Defends Beyonce Super Bowl Performance, Compares Her to Bob Dylan (Video)
Beyonce’s politically charged Super Bowl performance wasn’t lost on rap legend LL Cool J — who told TheWrap that social issues and music have long had a relationship. “Ever since Bob Dylan … there’s always been some element of counterculture that has existed in music. That’s always going to be there. They didn’t show Elvis from the waist down — really think about that,” said Cool J, who will host the Grammy Awards on Monday. A surprise single from Queen Bey, “Formation,” was released one day before she graced the halftime stage with Coldplay and Bruno Mars. The »
- Matt Donnelly
Rachel Nichols Stars in ‘Inside’ (Exclusive)
Rachel Nichols, who starred in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and 2011’s “Conan the Barbarian,” is attached to topline psychological thriller “Inside,” from director Miguel Angel Vivas, and Spain’s latest English-language genre movie teaming talents behind the “[Rec]” franchise, one of Spain’s biggest genre exports, “Buried” and “Kidnapped,” the first feature from Vivas.
Produced by Adrian Guerra and Nuria Valls at Spain’s Nostromo Pictures, whose credits include “Buried,” “Red Lights,” with Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver, and “Palm Trees in the Snow,” which has grossed $18 million-plus and counting for Warner Bros. in Spain, “Inside” is written by Manu Diez and “[Rec]” creator/co-director Jaume Balaguero, helmer of “Darkness,” which grossed $22.2 million for Dimension. Balaguero also serves as exec producer.
“Inside” turns on pregnant woman, left partially deaf from »
- John Hopewell
Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital to Host First Awards Show
The new media network — which was created by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons — will hold its inaugural event Feb. 24 at Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre. Tony Rock, the actor-comedian brother of 2016 Oscars host Chris Rock, will host the show.
“Beasts of No Nation,” “Chi-Raq,” “Creed,” “Dope” and “Straight Outta Compton” are among the All Def Digital Awards nominees for best picture, which members of the public can vote for online through midnight on Feb. 23. The winner of the most quoted movie category will also be determined by online votes. Remaining categories include best actor, best actress and best director as well as non-traditional categories like best bad muh f–ka, best helpful white person and best black survivor in a movie.
The awards ceremony will feature a black carpet, a special music »
- Alyssa Sage
Berlin: Japan’s Village Brings Geki Cine to World Market (Exclusive)
Veteran Japanese theater company Village Inc. is in Berlin to make its first move into the international movie business. With 14 feature films under the belt of its Geki Cine subsidiary, however, Village is hardly a newcomer to filmmaking.
Village and Geki Cine are seeking to introduce European audiences to their particular brand of stage (“geki”) film.
Berlin buyers get a chance to see for themselves Feb. 13 with the Efm screening of “Legacy of Soma-Aonoran,” a romance-action-drama about a female former warrior and a bungling, but well-intentioned samurai.
For over 35 years, the company’s core business has been the production of elaborate stage plays that use the Village stable of artists and tour big city venues in Japan for limited runs that each earn tens of millions of dollars.
In order to take the shows to audiences further afield, the company started filming the plays. After roughly a decade, Geki Cine »
- Patrick Frater
Indonesia to Abolish Foreign Investment Restrictions on Film Business
Indonesia is set to abolish the multiple restrictions on foreign investment that have hindered development of its film industry.
The resource-rich, predominantly Muslim country is one of the largest in Asia, and has huge potential for development in many sectors.
In a bid to restart the stalling economy, President Joko Widodo on Thursday announced the partial or full removal of some 20 industries from the so-called “negative list.”
He specified the complete removal of foreign investment restrictions in film production, film distribution and cinema operation.
“Today’s revisions represent our largest opening to international investment in 10 years,” Trade Minister Tom Lembong told Reuters. “More international investment will bring more capital, more world-class expertise, more technologies to Indonesia. Domestic players must seize those opportunities.”
Hollywood and other foreign media companies have been unable to set up their own film distribution companies in the country due to the government-mandated restrictions, which may have »
- Patrick Frater
John Hurt Faces Death in ‘That Good Night’ (Exclusive)
John Hurt is attached to star in bittersweet drama “That Good Night,” in which he plays a once-famous screenwriter facing death. The film, which Gsp Studios Intl. is selling in Berlin, is based on N.J. Crisp’s 1996 stage play of the same name.
Hurt’s character has two final wishes in life: to be reconciled with his long-lost son, and to ensure he doesn’t become a burden on his wife by hiring a mysterious “visitor” to help him pass painlessly into “that good night,” to quote Dylan Thomas’ poem. However, his wishes do not go to plan.
Eric Styles (“Dreaming of Joseph Lees,” “Relative Values”) will direct from a script by Charles Savage. It will be produced by Savage and Gsp Studios’ Alan Latham, who was the producer of the original play.
The film starts to shoot in March across locations on the Algarve coastline of Portugal as well »
- Leo Barraclough
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