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Box Office: West Coast wins as 'Straight Outta Compton' takes $56.1 million for no. 1

16 August 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Straight Outta Compton" is a big, big hit. The F. Gary Gray directed biopic hit a button in the cultural zeitgeist and debuted to an impressive $56.1 million over the weekend.  That easily made it the no. 1 movie in America and the sixth topper for Universal Studios this year.  It's an even more remarkable once you dive into the numbers. "Compton" opened on just 2,757 screens for a $20,348 per screen average.  Comparatively, "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" opened at no. 1 in 3,959 theaters with a $14,034 per screen. The previous no. 1, "Ant-Man," also earned a similar $57 million, but with just a $14,841 per screen.  The only other opening films to hit $20,000 per this summer have been"Minions," "Jurassic World" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron."  That's pretty impressive company since each one of those films opened to over $100 million respectively.   While many might have assumed "Compton" could be a $20 million plus opener thanks to its subject »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'Mission: Impossible 5' Beats 'Fantastic Four' with $29.4M

9 August 2015 11:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a weekend that featured four new movies hitting theaters, last weekend's winner Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation took the top spot for the second weekend in a row with $29.4 million, beating newcomer Fantastic Four, which earned $26.2 million. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation dropped just 47% in its second weekend in theaters, with a $7,372 per-screen average in 3,988 theaters. Fantastic Four opened much lower than expected, possibly due to a spate of negative reviews.

Many box office analysts had Fantastic Four earning between $30 million and $40 million in its opening weekend, but it didn't come close to hitting that mark. The 20th Century Fox superhero movie wasn't received well by the nation's critics, with a paltry 9% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with just 13 positive reviews out of 151. It isn't known how much Fantastic Four cost to produce, but the opening weekend numbers are far below the initial projections.

The Gift opened in third place this weekend with just over $12 million, »

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'Ice Age 5' Gets New Title and Release Date

8 August 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Raise your hand if you're excited for Ice Age 5. Well, we've got some good news for you! The 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios sequel has been given an official title and a new release date. Now known as &#160Ice Age: Collision Course, this animated adventure will be moving from July 15, 2016 to July 22. This will ensure it's safe passage through the movie theaters of America!

What had 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios scared enough to move it's big tentpole animated release by a week? Ghosts, which they are definitely afraid of. On July 15, Sony will finally be releasing it's Ghostbusters reboot. The title is certainly appealing to children and adults alike. Though director Paul Feig, who has made some of the top grossing R rated comedies of this past decade, has made it clear that this will be a lot more scary than the original 1984 Ghostbusters. »

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George Coe, Oscar-Nominated Actor and SAG Activist, Dies at 86

19 July 2015 6:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

George Coe, an actor with extensive credits and a longtime activist in the Screen Actors Guild, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., after battling a long illness. He was 86.

Coe acted for more than 50 years of film, television, commercial and stage work. He had a lengthy career as a commercial performer both on camera and voiceover, including six years as the voice of Toyota.

He served more than a dozen years on the SAG national board of directors, having the vice president title for two years and creating the template for what became SAG’s first low-budget production contract.

Coe was born in Jamaica, Queens. His Broadway theater career began in 1957 and included performing as M. Lindsey Woolsey opposite Angela Lansbury in the original cast of Jerry Herman’s “Mame” and as Owen O’Malley in “On The Twentieth Century.”

Coe was also an original member of “Not Ready For Prime Time Players, »

- Dave McNary

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Jennifer Lawrence Has Tough Life in First Trailer for David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’ (Video)

15 July 2015 6:17 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jennifer Lawrence grows up in the first trailer for “Joy,” her next film with director David O. Russell, and her life doesn’t look easy. The 20th Century Fox release hitting theaters on Christmas Day tells the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro also reunite with their “Silver Linings Playbook” director, while Édgar Ramírez, Isabella Rossellini and Virginia Madsen co-star. See video: Jennifer Lawrence Belts Out Cher's 'Believe' for Conan O'Brien Much like Russell’s previous films »

- Greg Gilman

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'Fantastic Four' Cast Respond to 'X-Men' Crossover Rumors

11 July 2015 7:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this week, an unconfirmed report surfaced claiming 20th Century Fox wants Bryan Singer to direct The Fantastic Four 2, which has already been given a June 9, 2017 release date. The rumor says that The Fantastic Four 2 will reportedly lead into a crossover movie with the X-Men franchise, which makes it possible to feature some of the mutants in The Fantastic Four 2, if this were to happen. Of course, this hasn't been confirmed, but CinemaBlend spoke with some of the Fantastic Four stars, who offered their thoughts on a potential crossover. Here's what Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic) had to say about Bryan Singer.

"I think Bryan Singer is a great director and I love the X-Men films. I don't know how that would work. If someone can come up with a world where that works and it's not just trying to combine a bunch of franchises to make money, »

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X-Men: Apocalypse Poster Reveals The Movie’s Big Villain [Comic Con 2015]

11 July 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The 20th Century Fox presentation doesn’t take place until later tonight in Comic Con’s famed Hall H, but the studio is already promoting the next X-Men movie X-Men: Apocalypse on the streets of San Diego. The Comic Con promotional poster gives us a look at the film’s big bad. Check out the X-Men: Apocalypse poster […]

The post X-Men: Apocalypse Poster Reveals The Movie’s Big Villain [Comic Con 2015] appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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'Deadpool' First Look at Weasel, Ajax, Angel Dust and Copycat

8 July 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It isn't known when, how or why Deadpool eventually crosses over with the X-Men franchise, or where it hits in the timeline of that series. But if Colossus' participation in the movie wasn't a big enough tip off, the latest cast photos sure are. Brianna Hildebrand is seen as Negasonic Teenage Warhead wearing a traditional yellow and blue X-Men uniform in these latest images, teasing a Mutant crossover. This latest sneak peek also gives us a first look at Morena Baccarin as Copycat, Ed Skrein as Ajax, Gina Carano as Angel Dust and T.J. Miller as Weasel.

As you may know by now, Deadpool will be showing up at Comic-Con. This morning, after Ryan Reynolds showed everyone that The Merc with The Mouth was having to hitch a ride to San Diego, the rest of the cast of the upcoming film from 20th Century Fox announced their appearance with a »

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'Deadpool' Hitches a Ride to Comic-Con in New Photo

8 July 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Yesterday, we finally got confirmation that Ryan Reynolds is bringing the first Deadpool footage to Comic-Con 2015. But how is he getting himself and his big surprises to San Diego? According to a new Tweet shared on his personal account, the actor is having to hitch a ride to the convention center.

Will he be able to make it to church on time? The chimichanga loving Merc with the Mouth is set to appear in Hall H on Saturday, July 11, so it should be no problem, barring any complications with assassins or other deadly mutants that might stand in his way. He can probably walk there, and peruse the Con floor with time to spare before making his big entrance on stage. This will only be Ryan Reynolds second Sdcc appearance, and he promises to plant a big wet sloppy kiss on the fans who made Deadpool possible. Though, he refuses »

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Ryan Reynolds Is Bringing 'Deadpool' to Comic Con

7 July 2015 2:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

20th Century Fox still has yet to confirm what movies will be shown during their Hall H panel at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 11, but we know that X-Men: Apocalypse will be present, thanks to director Bryan Singer. One of the other movies expected to be present is Deadpool, and now we essentially have confirmation that the sueprhero movie will be showing up, with star Ryan Reynolds revealing that he's excited for his second Sdcc appearance. Here's what he had to say below.

"Yeah, I am ready to go. I'm really excited about it actually. I've only been there once and it's mayhem, but, you know, we're coming in with a ton of goodwill and a truly great film so I'm really happy about that."

The news shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, since Deadpool was recently featured in Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con issue, and Deadpool comic book creator Rob Liefeld announced a scavenger hunt, »

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Smash's Marilyn Monroe Musical Bombshell Headed for Stage Run

22 June 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Let’s not turn this into a referendum on whether Megan Hilty or Katharine McPhee makes the better Marilyn Monroe, Ok?

Oh, who are we kidding? That’s half the fun of the news that Universal Stage Productions has begun development on a stage musical version of Bombshell — the fictional Broadway show at the center of NBC’s two-season musical-within-a-musical drama Smash.

VideosSmash‘s Broadway ‘Bombshell’ Videos: Watch the Marilyns’ ‘Big Finish,’ ‘The 20th Century Fox Mambo’ and More

News of Bombshell‘s resurgence comes a week after a buzzy Actors Fund benefit featuring the show’s music that starred Smash cast members Hilty, »

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Box Office: 'Inside Out' is Pixar's second biggest opening ever

21 June 2015 10:56 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Inside Out" may have had the second biggest opening in the history of Pixar, but it couldn't stop moviegoers from flocking to see "Jurassic World."   Repeating as the  no. 1 movie in America, the Universal Pictures blockbuster made an amazing $102 million for a jaw-dropping $398.2 million in just 10 days.  The Colin Trevorrow directed action adventure has already set the opening weekend record, become the fastest movie to $300 million and will hit $400 million in just 11 days (tomorrow).  Globally, "Jurassic World" has already earned $713.8 billion and should surpass "Avengers: Age of Ultron" as the no. 1 movie of the year by next weekend.  How high can it go?  At this point, $600 million domestic is a realistic ceiling. Despite "Jurassic World's" domination, "Inside Out" had a spectacular debut of its own earning $91 million over its first three days.  That places it right behind "Toy Story 3" among Pixar's all-time openers.  With an A Cinemascore and »

- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Bows at No. 1 on Home-Video Sales Chart

17 June 2015 6:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The surprise theatrical hit “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” a spy film that opened back in February but kept a steady beat at the box office and has now grossed more than $128 million, easily topped the national home video sales charts for the week ending June 14.

The 20th Century Fox release bumped Paramount’s “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” from the top spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan overall disc chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and Nielsen’s Blu-ray Disc-only chart.

“SpongeBob” settled in at No. 2 but according to Nielsen data only sold about one-third as many discs as “Kingsman,” which is loosely based on the popular comic book “The Secret Service” and was directed by Matthew Vaughn.

“Kingsman” generated 51% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray, according to Nielsen, compared to 36% for “SpongeBob,” down from 44% in the animated comedy’s first week in stores. »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Box Office: 'Jurassic World' shocks as no. 2 opener of all-time with $204.6 million

14 June 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Attention Avengers: Star Lord and some genetically modified dinosaurs are out for your summer box office crown.  In a major surprise, Universal Pictures' "Jurassic World" earned an incredible $204.6 million this weekend for the second biggest opening of all-time.  That figure surpasses the $191.2 million "Avengers: Age of Ultron" debuted to last month.  It also is more than the $181.1 million "Jurassic Park III" made during its entire run in 2001. There are two reasons "Jurassic World's" performance was so unexpected. The first is that pre-release polling indicated a $130-140 million debut, at best.  No tracking service or any of Universal's competitors saw an opening this massive as a real possibility.  Second, "Age of Ultron" was projected to top its predecessor, the reigning champ "The Avengers," but couldn't even crack $200 million.  Some pundits believed that surpassing that figure was almost an anomaly and wouldn't occur again until higher ticket prices were at play. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Box Office: 'Jurassic World' has 'Avengers' records in sight after $82.8 million Friday

13 June 2015 12:26 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One thing is clear after "Jurassic World" opened to a staggering $82.8 million on Friday: America missed seeing dinosaurs on the big screen. The Universal Studios release completely blew threw pre-release expectations to become the no. 3 single day gross of all-time behind "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2's" $91 million and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" which took in $84.4 million last month.  Now "Jurassic World" has a clear shot at besting "Age of Ultron's" three-day take of $191.2 million, the no. 2 opening weekend ever.  Some pundits even think it can surpass the current champ, "Marvel's The Avengers," which earned $207 million three years ago. Unlike other releases this summer which have disappointed compared to pre-release polling, the performance of the Colin Trevorrow directed action flick is jaw-dropping.  At best, many believed "Jurassic World "would earn between $140-150 million over its opening frame. The idea that it may earn more in one weekend than »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Spy Review Roundup: Is This Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig's Best Movie Since Bridesmaids? Critics Weigh In

4 June 2015 5:25 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Melissa McCarthy plays an unlikely agent in Spy, but the movie is likely to be a hit. The action comedy, which re-teams the actress with Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig, stars McCarthy as an unassuming CIA analyst named Susan Cooper. She volunteers for duty after a field agent (Jude Law) goes missing and another agent's (Jason Statham) identity is compromised. The 20th Century Fox flick, out Friday, also stars Morena Baccarin, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Miranda Hart and Allison Janney. 50 Cent makes a cameo. McCarthy is a box office star, but Spy faces some serious competition this weekend, as Warner Bros. Entourage and Focus Features' Insidious: Chapter 3 are debuting. Here's »

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Box Office: 'Tomorrowland' no. 1 as 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' passes $400 million

24 May 2015 12:36 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It looks like you can't put a Walt Disney Studios release down.  Even after "Tomorrowland" took the top spot at Friday's box office many observers believed that it would fall behind "Pitch Perfect 2" for the weekend crown.  Instead, the Brad Bird picture has shown some solid resiliency despite just a B Cinemascore and very mixed reviews. "Tomorrowland" is estimated to make $32.1 million for the three-day and up to $40 million for the entire Memorial Day weekend. That's below pre-release polling which predicted a $50 million four-day, but it's an Ok start for the reportedly $190 million production. "Pitch Perfect 2" took the second slot with another $30.3 million and $117.7 million in just 10 days.  That's almost double what the original "Pitch Perfect" earned in 2012. "Mad Max: Fury Road" weathered "Tomorrowland" and "Poltergeist" coming into the marketplace for another $23.8 million and $87.3 million so far. At this point, it looks like George Miller's critically acclaimed »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Upfronts Analysis: Freshman Series Renewal Rate Improves as Nets Favor Sibling Studios

18 May 2015 7:35 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Upfront season is all about the search for primetime’s Next Big Thing. But for a studio, the win doesn’t come until a series is renewed for season two and beyond.

For all the upheaval in TV, the 2014-15 season generally proved fertile for Big Four broadcast nets. The renewal rate of scripted series introduced during the September-May frame is higher than it has been since at least 2009-10 for all but NBC, according to research by Variety Insight.

ABC renewed seven of its 11 new series for a second round in 2015-16, compared to three of 14 from the 2013-14 season. CBS picked up five of its eight freshman shows, compared to two out of eight from the class of 2013-14. Fox renewed three out of eight, an improvement over two of eight from last year. NBC so far has renewed one out of a total of 10 scripted series introduced during the past season, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Taken 3′ Taken Out by ‘Paddington’ on Home-Video Chart

6 May 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Four of the five top-selling discs the week ending May 3 are new releases, led by “Paddington,” the British-French comedy about a talking bear that earned $75.7 million in theaters.

The film, distributed on home video by Anchor Bay Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks all disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray sales chart.

The 20th Century Fox action sequel “Taken 3,” which bowed at No. 1 the previous week, came in at No. 2, also on both charts, selling nearly 53% as many units its second week in stores as the Anchor Bay newcomer.

The three other new releases that all debuted in the top five:

Universal Pictures’ “The Boy Next Door” ($35.4 million box office), a thriller with Jennifer Lopez as a cheated-on married woman who starts an affair of her own, with frightening consequences, No. 3 on First Alert and No. »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Tonys: Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming to Host

28 April 2015 5:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming will host the 2015 Tony Awards, it was announced Tuesday. The announcement of this year's hosts was made as the 2015 nominees were being unveiled. Chenoweth and Cumming have both won Tony Awards in the past. Chenoweth is also a Tony nominee this year for her role in the revival of On The Twentieth Century, which is also up for best revival of a musical. Read More Tony Awards Nominations Announced The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst, Scott Feinberg, recently pointed out that hosts who are currently appearing in shows on Broadway have seen their awards

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