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'Kung Fu Panda 3' Tops Super Bowl Weekend; 'Hail, Caesar!' Leads Newcomers
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 <email@example.com>
The Good Wife to End This Season
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.
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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 »
Box Office: ‘The Revenant’ Tops $300 Million Globally
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
Jackie Chan Forgot to Tell Tourists He Was Blowing Up a Bus in London
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
Russian Group Is Reportedly Planning to Send Leonardo DiCaprio His Own 'Oscar'
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
Berlin: Fortissimo Strikes Multi Film Deal With China’s Zhang Wei
The deal includes his upcoming “The Sound of A Dream,” as well as two previous features.
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. The deal also covers Zhang’s “Destiny.”
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 »
- Patrick Frater
Watch James Corden and Elton John's Very Rainy But Very Fun Carpool Karaoke Session
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
Film Review: ‘The Monkey King 2’
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
The Wire Fans Might Have Enjoyed the Reunion Toyota Staged in This Prius Commercial
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
Zac Efron, Adam Devine Go Full Bro in ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ Trailer (Video)
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
Review: Stephen Colbert’s Super Bowl Episode Squanders Big-Game Showcase
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
Turkish Airlines Did a Batman v Superman Super Bowl Commercial, as If Bruce Wayne Deigns to Fly Commercial
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
Anheuser-Busch: Peyton Manning Was Not Paid To Mention Bud In Super Bowl
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
Review: Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show
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
New 10 Cloverfield Lane Trailer: All of the Lights
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
Alejandro González Iñárritu on Donald Trump and Immigration at the DGA Awards
Alejandro González Iñárritu nabbed the Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement on The Revenant yesterday, bringing him one step closer to his second Oscar in as many years. But that night, the director also drew attention to political climate surrounding awards season this year and to politicians like Donald Trump, who have spread stereotypes about people from his native Mexico. “When I went as a nominee back there, there was more than 120 Mexicans in the kitchen that serve you hot food, and that was the best party I had,” Iñárritu said while accepting his award. “Viva Mexico! That’s not the people Donald Trump has described at all, let me tell you.” Backstage, Iñárritu had more to say about the diversity debate currently taking place in the entertainment industry. “The power of this country comes from diversity,” He said. “This country was impregnated by so many different races and »
- Carita Rizzo
Billions Recap: Master of Puppets
This high-paced, crackerjack episode of Billions really defines the incredible world of Bobby Axelrod. While the U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades meets with former Axe Capital ally Pete Decker to get to the bottom of how his firm works — especially the illegal parts — Axe heads up to Quebec to see Metallica in concert. And, of course, he's unable to leave his shark instincts back in the States."Short Squeeze" opens with an Axe Capital employee making a very bad decision: He gets drunk at his palatial estate, then decides to unload an automatic weapon at deer on his property. After he's been rescued from the authorities, he tells Axe that he was mad at the deer for eating what they planted. All they do is "eat, move, shit, repeat." Axe warns him that this will be the only second chance he gets. Axe Capital is on thin ice as it »
- Brian Tallerico
Coldplay Was Beyoncé's Left Shark at the Super Bowl
I’m sure I’m not the only one for whom a question infinitely more pressing than “Broncos or Panthers?” was “Will she play it or won’t she?” As everyone and your football-loving grandfather now knows, yesterday afternoon Beyoncé stopped the world and dropped the gloriously provocative, instantly iconic video for her new single “Formation,” the most explicitly political work she’s released to date. The visuals are timely and stirring: A dancing, hoodie-clad black boy commands a line of riot-geared police officers to put their hands up; Beyoncé double-flips the bird in an image that makes me want Alejandro Jodorowsky to direct a remake of Gone With the Wind; and in the powerful final scene, Bey, proud daughter of the American South (“my daddy Alabama, my ma Louisiana”), sinks atop a cop car into Katrina’s murky waters.I was afraid she wouldn’t play this song. That »
- Lindsay Zoladz
Peyton Manning Sidesteps Retirement, Plugs Budweiser After Super Bowl Win
Despite many expecting Peyton Manning to announce his retirement following his Super Bowl 50 win, the Denver Broncos quarterback sidestepped the question in hist first two post-game interviews. Instead, the long-time NFL player said he was going to spend time with his family and took the opportunity to plug Budweiser beer. “I’m going to take some time to reflect,” Manning told CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson. “I got a couple priorities first. I want to go kiss my wife and my kids, I want to go hug my family. I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser.” What, no love for Disneyland? »
- Reid Nakamura
Beyoncé Announces Surprise 'Formation' World Tour After Super Bowl Appearance
Just one day after surprise-releasing "Formation," Beyoncé informed her fans there would be a corresponding world tour. The announcement came at the end of her Super Bowl halftime showdown in the form of an elemental, black-and-white TV spot. The most urgent message here is that pre-sale for tickets begin February 9, and tickets actually go on sale February 16. The performances begin in North America in late-April, spanning myriad venues in Canada and the States, before switching to a European stretch to close out the summer. Here's the video: And here are the subject-to-change dates that have been set so far (via Live Nation): North America: 4/27 - Miami, Fl @ Marlins Park (Onsale 2/16)4/29 - Tampa, Fl @ Raymond James Stadium (Onsale 2/16)5/1 - Atlanta, Ga @ Georgia Dome (Onsale 2/22)5/3 - Raleigh, Nc @ Carter-Finley Stadium (Onsale 2/22)5/5 - Nashville, Tn @ Nissan Stadium (Onsale 2/22)5/7 - Houston, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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