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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
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
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, »
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
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 »
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 »
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, »
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.
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, »
"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
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
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
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
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 »
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
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
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
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
- Hilary Lewis
Three weekends and three no. 1 finishes. It's been quite a run at the box office for "Furious 7" and it isn't over yet. The Universal Pictures blockbuster took in an estimated $29 million this weekend for $294.4 million to date. Globally, James Wan's thriller has taken in an incredible $1.15 billion. "Furious 7" now ranks as the no. 7 highest grossing movie worldwide ahead of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon's" $1.152 billion tally and behind "Iron Man 3's" $1.215 billion. Debuting at no. 2 was "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2." The Sony Pictures comedy grossed $24 million over the three-day frame which was impressive considering the universally negative reviews and B- Cinemascore grade ("Blart" has a rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and 39 grade on Metacritic). Still, at a budget of just $30 million, "Paul Blart 2" has an excellent chance of eventually segueing into the black. Universal Pictures also commanded the third slot with the horror flick "Unfriended." The »
- Gregory Ellwood
"Furious 7" continues to make history. As of Thursday, the latest installment in the "Fast and Furious" franchise had earned $191.9 million in its first week. That places it at no. 10 for all-time seven day tallies ahead of familiar titles such as "The Hunger Games," "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" and every single "Twilight" movie. On Friday, the James Wan directed blockbuster pulled in another $18.8 million for $210.7 million in just eight days. And, yes, Universal Pictures has no fears of their monster relinquishing the title of "No. 1 movie in America" any time soon. Remaining in second place was DreamWorks Animation's "Home." The 20th Century Fox release earned $5.6 million on Friday for an impressive $116.1 million to date. Debuting in third place was another Fox release, "The Longest Ride." The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation took in $5.5 million Friday for what should somewhere around $14 million for the three-day. That's »
- Gregory Ellwood
"Furious 7" has arrived and it has conquered. The latest installment of the "Fast and Furious" franchise took in $67.3 million on Friday surpassing "The Hunger Games" for the 11th biggest single day in box office history. At this pace, the James Wan directed thriller should take between $145-150 million for the three-day frame and that would put it right outside the top 10 for all-time opening weekends. Comparatively, the previous highest grosser in the franchise was the last movie, "Fast & Furious 6" which earned $97 million on its way to a franchise record $238 million domestic and $788.6 million global tallies. Audiences have clearly flocked to theaters and to say goodbye to star Paul Walker in his last film (a fact Universal Pictures subtly avoided in its marketing except for the poster). "Fast 7" earned an A Cinemascore and critics have also given it a thumbs up. The movie matched the 67 grade "Fast Five" earned »
- Gregory Ellwood
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