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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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- Hilary Lewis

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Box Office: 'Furious 7' is the no. 1 movie in America for third straight weekend

19 April 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Box Office: 'Furious 7' easily holds off 'The Longest Ride' for no. 1 Friday

11 April 2015 12:11 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"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

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Box Office: 'Furious 7' goes full throttle with $67.3 million on Friday

4 April 2015 10:58 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"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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Box Office: 'Chappie' survives to claim no. 1 with just $13.3 million

8 March 2015 12:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

2015 has been a banner year so far for Hollywood's movie studios and theater owners.  This past weekend, however, is one they would like to forget.   Sony Pictures and Mrc's "Chappie" came in at no. 1 with an estimated $13.3 million.  That was significantly below pre-release polling which forecast as $20 million plus debut. It was also director Neill Blomkamp's worst performing debut so far and star Hugh Jackman's smallest opening since 2008's "Australia."  "Chappie" earned mostly negative reviews with just a 40 rating on Metacritic and a 30% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes as well as a below average B grade on Cinemascore.  That does not bode well for the long term playability of the $49 million budgeted Sci-Fi thriller. Last weekend's champ, Will Smith and Margot Robbie's "Focus," dropped to second place with  another $10 million and $34.5 million in just 10 days.  The Warner Bros. release looks like it will end up somewhere around $50 million domestic. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Empire’s’ Growth Spurt Fueled by Young Women, Urban Markets

26 February 2015 2:28 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In music biz terms, Fox’s “Empire” is zooming up the charts with a bullet.

On Wednesday the family soap centered on a hip-hop musical mogul continued its unprecedented growth streak by gaining audience for a seventh straight week, hitting 13.9 million. No series in the history of Nielsen’s People Meters (going back to 1991) had grown with the first five episodes following its premiere, and “Empire” has now bested that by two weeks.

The 20th Century Fox TV/Imagine TV drama stunned the industry with its Jan. 7 premiere, which averaged a 3.8 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 9.9 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. It built on its lead-in, the season premiere of “American Idol,” by 32% in  adults 18-34 and logged the net’s top premiere score in this demo in six years.

And it’s only gotten bigger since. “Empire” is part of the ratings boom this season for series »

- Rick Kissell

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36 Things We Learned from John McTiernan’s Predator Commentary

23 February 2015 8:28 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of director John McTiernan‘s release from jail after being convicted of lying to the FBI in a case involving wiretapping and a disgraced private investigator. He hasn’t made a film since 2003’s rough-to-watch Basic, but he has some great ones on his resume including Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October, The Thomas Crowne Affair and… 1987’s Predator. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a mercenary tasked with leading a team into the jungle on a mission only to be interrupted by an alien presence. It remains a ton of old-school action fun nearly three decades later, and while four sequels/spinoffs/reboots have come and gone the original is still the best remembered. McTiernan recorded a commentary track for a special edition DVD release several years ago, and we gave it a listen to celebrate the anniversary of his freedom from the hoosegow. Keep »

- Rob Hunter

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Oscars: The Parties That Celebrate the Academy Awards

17 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This Sunday, over 3,000 dolled-up guests will traverse 500 feet of red carpet on their path into the 87th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre (where it’ll be hosted for the 14th time). But before they reach for that first glass of Piper-Heidsieck brut during the ritzy Oscar cocktail hour, a series of events, benefits, award shows and gifting suites will properly launch the festivities. Here’s where the industry’s brightest will be primping, prepping, donating and gallivanting in the days leading up to Hollywood’s biggest night.


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Where: L.A. SAG-aftra office, 11 a.m.

Who’s expected: Moderators David P. White of SAG-aftra and the Black List founder Franklin Leonard, plus panelists David Oyelowo, Robi Reed, Charles King and Jeremy Kleiner

Why you don’t want to miss it: Industry vets will examine the evolution of black male characters throughout film history and »

- Jasmin Rosemberg

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‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Reviews: Way More Fun Than ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

12 February 2015 9:22 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It may be a given that “Fifty Shades of Grey” will top the box office this Valentine’s Day weekend, but movie critics are more impressed with “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” Director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn‘s adaptation of a comic book by Mark Millar (“Kick-Ass”) and Dave Gibbons (“Watchmen”) has received a majority of glowing reviews for being a fun, stylish and subversive action movie about a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the its ultra-competitive training program. See photos: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’ The 20th Century. »

- Greg Gilman

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Patrick Stewart Hints At Professor X Appearing In New Wolverine Film

9 February 2015 3:59 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The 20th Century Fox portion of the Marvel universe is expanding as the studio takes advantage of its blend of mutants and mercenaries. Bryan Singer is following up X-Men: Days Of Future Past with X-Men: Apocalypse, which focuses more on the younger, First Class versions of the characters. But according to franchise veteran Patrick Stewart, his older take on Professor Charles Xavier could return for a new Wolverine film, while Ian McKellen appears destined to at least cameo in Apocalypse.Appearing to contradict earlier statements that Stewart and McKellen would not be appearing in Apocalypse, the actor confirms that he at least won’t be reporting for duty in Montreal when the film starts shooting soon, but that “Magneto, Ian McKellen, is certainly going to be in it.”As for the Prof? “What I'm very excited about is that we have been talking about a Wolverine movie, which would team Hugh Jackman and myself together, »

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Director Josh Trank & Writer Simon Kinberg Give You an Inside Look at the 'Fantastic Four' Trailer

28 January 2015 8:10 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

You've heard of DVD/Blu-ray director's commentary for feature films; how about for a trailer? A teaser trailer, to be specific. Well, that's what the "Fantastic Four" reboot director, Josh Trank, has done here, accompanied by writer Simon Kinberg, giving you an inside look at the teaser trailer that dropped yesterday.  The 20th Century Fox project stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell. Fyi, Trank previously directed Michael B. Jordan in 2013's surprise hit "Chronicle," a kind of superhero origins story that was very much grounded in reality - something that we've heard this "Fantastic »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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