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Box Office: Matt Damon’s ‘Jason Bourne’ Targets $55 Million, ‘Bad Moms’ Eyes Strong Launch

12 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jason Bourne” is heading for a $55 million opening weekend at the domestic box office while “Bad Moms” is generating as much as $35 million, early estimates showed Friday.

Universal’s actioner is performing slightly above forecasts with an opening day taking in about $20 million at 4,026 sites, while Stx’s “Bad Moms” will earn as much as $12 million on Friday at 3,215 locations.

Lionsgate’s thriller “Nerve,” which opened Wednesday, will gross an estimated $3 million on Friday at 2,538 theaters for a weekend of up to $9 million and a five-day total of about $15 million.

Matt Damon’s fourth “Bourne” movie took in a solid $4.2 million in Thursday night previews. His last film in the franchise, “The Bourne Ultimatum,” launched domestically with $69.3 million in 2007.

The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” helmer Paul Greengrass returns to direct “Jason Bourne,” which also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, and Riz Ahmed.

Should the early estimates hold, »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: Matt Damon’s ‘Jason Bourne’ Shoots Down $4.2 Million on Thursday

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal’s “Jason Bourne” has opened with a solid $4.2 million on Thursday night.

The actioner screened at 2,928 locations in North America in showings starting at 7 p.m.

Stx Entertainment’s raunchy comedy “Bad Moms” took in $2.1 million in Thursday night previews.

Matt Damon’s fourth “Bourne” movie is expected to dominate the weekend with about $50 million at 4,025 theaters. He’s returning to the signature role as a former CIA assassin for the first time since “The Bourne Ultimatum,” which launched with $69.3 million in 2007.

Paul Greengrass directs “Jason Bourne,” which also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, and Riz Ahmed. Greengrass also directed “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” opened with $55.5 million over the same weekend last year, including $4 million from Thursday night previews. “The Bourne Legacy,” starring Jeremy Renner, debuted with $38 million in 2012 with Damon not appearing.

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- Dave McNary

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Weekend Box Office Preview: ‘Jason Bourne’ Returns, ‘Bad Moms’ Could Surprise

28 July 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With sequel “Jason Bourne” leading the way, this weekend’s three new wide studio releases should provide an uptick during this seesaw summer season, which is down from 2015 despite a surge of animated blockbusters, continues to stage a rebound this weekend.

Last weekend saw “Star Trek Beyond” at $59 million pushing Top Ten grosses up significantly from the previous year. Now “Jason Bourne,” which is projected to end up in similar territory, could be joined by two other openers, Stx’s R-rated femme comedy “Bad Moms,” and younger-audience thriller “Nerve” (Lionsgate) combining to gross what last week’s other two openers (“Ice Age: Collision Course” and “Lights Out”) took in (just over $40 million combined). That plus reasonable holdover totals should propel the weekend substantially above the $136 million brought in last year at the same time.

The question is whether “Jason Bourne” will measure up to late July 2015’s “Mission: Impossible—”Rogue Nation, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Box Office: ‘Jason Bourne’ Targets $50 Million Debut, ‘Bad Moms’ Looks Like Sleeper Hit

26 July 2016 2:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The posters state authoritatively, “you know his name.” And then there’s Matt Damon, half of his all-American visage cloaked in shadow, back in the role that solidified his place on Hollywood’s A-list.

Still, it’s been nearly a decade since Jason Bourne unpacked Treadstone and slowly pieced together the parts of a life story that a nasty case of amnesia wiped away. The promotional campaign aside, audiences could be forgiven if it takes them a minute to recall the Bourne moniker. Though Damon has left the butt-kicking to others, the influence of the Bourne movies and their handheld intensity remains omnipresent, helping to shape the action sequences in everything from the latest James Bond films to “Captain America: The Winter Solider.” But will audiences, increasingly fixated on comic book movies, still have a place in their hearts for one of cinema’s most durable super spies?

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- Brent Lang

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‘Turn’ Set to End After Four Seasons on AMC

26 July 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

AMC has renewed Revolutionary War drama “Turn: Washington’s Spies” for a fourth and final season, the network announced Tuesday. The 10-episode final run is scheduled to premiere in 2017.

Season three of “Turn” ended June 26. The series averaged 1.2 million viewers per episode and nearly 600,000 adults 25-54 for season three.

“‘Turn: Washington’s Spies’ has always had a lofty goal – to tell the real story of the American Revolution from the ground up. To capture the truth about the choice regular people had to make to support what has become the United States of America. It frequently involved turning against friends and family, and it always involved risking everything,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “Craig Silverstein, Barry Josephson, and their incredible team introduced us to the Culper Ring who have reminded us that without human intelligence, the war may have had a very different outcome. We »

- Daniel Holloway

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China’s Alibaba Pictures Unveils $300 Million Investment Fund

25 July 2016 9:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

China-based Alibaba Pictures Group, the studio unit of Jack Ma’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has unveiled a new $300 million investment fund for the movie and television industry.

Alibaba Pictures is partnering with Wuhu Gopher Asset Management on the fund, called the Hainan Alibaba Pictures Entertainment Industry Investment Fund.

“The fund will focus on investment opportunities of high-quality companies in the movie and television entertainment industry chain, under the four key pillars of production development, celebrity resources, marketing and distribution, and advanced technology,” the partners said in a statement released on Monday.

Alibaba Pictures has invested in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” ” Star Trek Beyond” and “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” and is partnered with Skydance Media to finance and co-produce the WWII film “Flying Tigers,” with “Braveheart” writer Randall Wallace on board to script.

The partners did not specify whether the fund will target international investments. Alibaba »

- Dave McNary

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Weekend Box Office Takeaways: What’s Smarter Bet? Costly Franchise ‘Star Trek Beyond’ or Low-Budget Horror Flick ‘Lights Out’?

25 July 2016 8:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Justin Lin’s “Star Trek Beyond,” the third installment in the J.J. AbramsStar Trek” series, boosted the summer of 2106 back into positive territory.

That doesn’t make “Beyond” a big moneymaker for Paramount. It falls into the middle ground of big-budget films of late. It’s not a domestic bomb like “Warcraft” or “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” nor is it a too-expensive minor dud like “Ghostbusters” and “The Legend of Tarzan.”

“Beyond” likely will end up, like earlier summer recoupers “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” in profit. Yet the returns on these franchise tentpoles compared to cost pales versus the massive numbers seen for a slew of animated hits and far less costly real blockbusters “Deadpool” and “The Jungle Book.”

Star Trek Beyond” came in 16% ($11 million) lower than its preceding franchise entry. That’s an improvement over “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which fell 26% from its last edition. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Star Trek Beyond’ Must Score With Foreign Crowds to Justify Sequels

24 July 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For five decades, the Starship Enterprise has boldly gone where no one has gone before, exploring distant worlds and bringing a message of peace and inclusion to the distant reaches of the universe.

Despite the onscreen planet hopping, the “Star Trek” films have remained stubbornly parochial in their appeal, at least until J.J. Abrams rebooted the series in 2009 with a younger cast and an emphasis on action sequences and space battles. Now Paramount, the studio behind the science-fiction series, is banking that the franchise’s newly globalized appeal will continue with “Star Trek Beyond.”

“We’re showing that ‘Star Trek’ is a brand that is strong around the world,” said Rob Moore, Paramount’s vice chairman.

He believes that the film could do as well or even improve upon the performance of the previous film in the series, 2012’s “Star Trek Into Darkness,” in Latin America and in Asia. That »

- Brent Lang

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Lego Dimensions E.T. Fun Pack unveiled

21 July 2016 3:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thanks to The Brick Fan, we’ve got a look at the upcoming E.T. Fun Pack for Lego Dimensions, which features a minifgure of the extra-terrrestrial, along with telephone build for when he wants to phone home. Take a look at the promotional image here…

See Also: Lego Dimensions Year 2 packs for Ghostbusters, Adventure Time, Harry Potter, Mission: Impossible and The A-Team revealed

As yet, there’s no word on a release date or price for the E.T. Fun Pack, but it’s thought it will retail for $11.99.

See Also: Follow all of our Lego coverage here

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- Amie Cranswick

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J.J. Abrams Says Anton Yelchin Won’t Be Recast In ‘Star Trek 4,’ Talks ‘Star Wars’ Story He’d Like To See

20 July 2016 9:59 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It speaks to the time we’re in that one person has their hands in both the rebooted “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” franchises, but it perhaps speaks more to the magic touch of J.J. Abrams. The filmmaker (who also has a “Mission: Impossible” movie under his belt) has provided the magic key to bring both […]

The post J.J. Abrams Says Anton Yelchin Won’t Be Recast In ‘Star Trek 4,’ Talks ‘Star Wars’ Story He’d Like To See appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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What’s Behind Wanda’s Interest in a Hollywood Studio?

13 July 2016 11:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Whatever you are hearing about Wanda and Paramount is not coming from Wanda,” one Wanda source told Variety on condition of anonymity. “It is most likely coming from the Viacom side.”

“But, frankly, we are not clear whether such a deal could go ahead. We don’t know if Viacom and Sumner Redstone would agree.”

Wanda and other ambitious Chinese groups have spent years examining the possibility of owning a Hollywood studio, and months looking at Paramount specifically. Now, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal, Chinese property to entertainment group Dalian Wanda is alone and in exclusive talks.

The company’s hesitation about confirming the negotiations is understandable. It is a matter of face. And anyway the talks may fail.

Other candidate buyers that have fallen by the wayside included China Media Capital, e-commerce giant Alibaba, and the state-backed China Film & Television Fund.

All were attracted by the growing strength of the China-u. »

- Patrick Frater

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Class of 1986: Johnny 5 Creator Eric Allard Discusses His Iconic Work on Short Circuit

12 July 2016 5:16 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

On May 9th, 1986, John Badham’s Short Circuit debuted in theaters nationwide. The family adventure film with a sci-fi twist starred Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy, and Fisher Stevens as a group of humans trying to protect a sentient robot by the name of Number 5—as he’s known to the government agencies chasing him—who goes rogue after electrocution causes him to develop a sense of identity and the constant need for “more input.”

Short Circuit was a smash success upon its release, opening number one at the box office and eventually taking in over $40 million during its theatrical run in the spring and early summer of 1986. And while Short Circuit did as well as it did partly because of the actors involved, there’s no denying that it was the film’s robotic co-star that pretty much stole the film and became a huge part of mid-’80s pop culture as well. »

- Heather Wixson

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Javier Bardem Is a (Frankenstein's) Monster

12 July 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Get ready for more reboot franchise mayhem because Universal's Monster Cinematic Universe is growing: Javier Bardem has signed on to play Frankenstein's Monster.

Without any superheros to rely on, the studio is going back to their canon of classic horror icons and roping in some big names. Tom Cruise is the lead in next year's The Mummy revamp, with Russell Crowe also appearing as Dr. Jekyll. Johnny Depp has been confirmed as the Invisible Man for his own stand alone film. Their names may carry cache but each is in need of a (non-Mission: Impossible) hit we can get excited about, so here's hoping they can sommon more than another Van Helsing.

But Bardem's casting is easily the most exciting of the bunch. Let's not forget the actor does creepy so well that he got an Oscar for it, even if his most terrifying feat was his hairstyle in The Counselor. »

- Chris Feil

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Chinese Twitter account teases Warcraft sequel

11 July 2016 4:39 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Although Warcraft failed miserably at the U.S. box office, grossing just $24 million, the Duncan Jones-directed fantasy epic has performed rather well in China, helping to propel the film to a solid $430 million worldwide and making it the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time.

Universal and Legendary had franchise hopes for the movie (hence the Warcraft: The Beginning title in some markets), and it seems that the international box office may just help that to become a reality.

On the official Chinese Twitter account, a message has been posted which reads: “Warcraft’s theatrical run is coming to an end. But the chapter of a new decade has just begun. It’s a starting point, not an end point. We don’t say goodbye now because we’ll meet you again.”

See Also: Read our reviews of Warcraft here and here

Are you hoping to see a Warcraft sequel? »

- Gary Collinson

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New The Mummy set photos reveal Sofia Boutella as the titular villain

11 July 2016 11:43 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

New photos from the set of Universal’s The Mummy, a reboot of the Brendan Fraser-led franchise of the same name, offer up a first look at Sofia Boutella’s titular villain, The Mummy, in full costume and makeup. Reportedly, the pictures, which come from ComingSoon.net (via the World Entertainment News Network), were taken in central London on Sunday and are the first to appear from the film since April, when stars Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis shot in Oxford, England. See a photo compilation of Boutella as The Mummy down below…

Tom Cruise ve Russell Crowe'lu The Mummy'nin çekimlerinden Mumya'lı (Sofia Boutella) ilk fotolar yayınlandı. pic.twitter.com/1K86ff25Es

— bakınız (@bakiniz) July 10, 2016

Sofia Boutella ในร่างมัมมี่จากเบื้องหลังท The Mummy รีบูทที่ London นำโดย Ton Cruise ฉายปีหน้า #movietwit pic.twitter.com/o3AC1VoevQ

— Mint Movie (@MintMovie) July »

- Justin Cook

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Damon Expects Bourne Series To Go The James Bond Route In Future, Talks Recasting Role

11 July 2016 8:38 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

I'll never forget seeing the first trailer for The Bourne Identity. It was 2001 and, up until that point, Damon had acquitted himself quite nicely as a dramatic actor-writer in high-minded productions like Good Will HuntingSaving Private RyanThe Talented Mr. Ripley, and The Legend Of Bagger Vance. He and pal Ben Affleck crossed over into the A-list at the same time, thanks to their work as writers/actors in 1996's Good Will Hunting, but they seemingly split after that. Damon went serious, and Affleck went big. While Damon worked on the kinds of films mentioned above, Affleck ran around making bombastic blockbusters like Armageddon, Reindeer Games, and Pearl Harbor.

So the idea, as a follower of films, was that- of the two of them- Damon was more of the thoughtful artiste, while Affleck was more the celebrity movie star. 

That's what made the debut trailer for The Bourne Identity so attention-grabbing. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Now You See Me 2 review – too long, too complicated, no magic

7 July 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Daniel Radcliffe, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco and Mark Ruffalo star in this underinteresting magician-thieves caper

The quirky Robin Hood magician-thieves return for another massively overlong, overcomplicated and underinteresting caper, prestidigitating more bad guys out of their ill-gotten gains. Basically, we encounter the same problems of putting magic in a film. Magic is great in real life, but in a made-up world it becomes strangely pointless, because the entire artifice of fiction in the movies is itself a magic trick, and the challenge of a magician’s illusion is nullified from the outset.

Anyway, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco and Mark Ruffalo (but not Isla Fisher) are back, and they have a new, edgy magician with them, played by Lizzy Caplan. They are the “Horsemen” who had gone to ground after the last movie but now are bamboozled and chivvied and sort of zugzwanged into breaking cover for »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Five Directors Who Could Direct ‘Top Gun 2’

7 July 2016 6:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

As you may have determined, there will be a Top Gun sequel at some point in the very near future. Jerry Bruckheimer teased an image with Tom Cruise a little while ago via his Twitter account, but since then things have gone a little bit quiet.

Cruise is currently shooting The Mummy for Universal and then he’ll reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in a sixth Mission: Impossible movie for Paramount. In between he’ll hit the road to promote the Jack Reacher sequel and then, hopefully, we hope he’ll turn his attention to Top Gun 2 – after all, the original film is thirty years old next year.

What we haven’t considered is who will direct it. As we all know, Tony Scott sadly passed away a couple of years ago, and his legendary shoes are going to be really difficult to fill.

Scott was a truly unique, »

- The Hollywood News

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The 16 Most Shocking TV Moments of 2016 (So Far)

6 July 2016 1:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Warning: Spoilers below for the listed shows. 

“11.22.63”

The Clothespin

Time-jumping Jake (James Franco) may have been a man of the modern world, but even he was not ready to hear about Sadie’s (Sarah Gadon) wedding day deflowering by her ex-husband Johnny (T.R. Knight) that involved him having a clothespin clipped down between his legs and raping her. Wait, what? While we put a pin in that moment (aka, hit pause) so we could frantically Google “clothespin penis,” it dawned on us just how twisted Johnny actually was and how it was just a taste of the sadism to come. (Hanh Nguyen)

The Americans

The Americans” Says Goodbye to Two Favorites

The Americans” is always shocking when you least expect it, and never was that better exemplified than in Season 4 — first when Nina’s luck finally ran out in Episode 4, and soon after when we said goodbye to Martha in »

- Liz Shannon Miller, Ben Travers and Hanh Nguyen

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The 16 Most Shocking TV Moments of 2016 (So Far)

6 July 2016 1:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Warning: Spoilers below for the listed shows. 

“11.22.63”

The Clothespin

Time-jumping Jake (James Franco) may have been a man of the modern world, but even he was not ready to hear about Sadie’s (Sarah Gadon) wedding day deflowering by her ex-husband Johnny (T.R. Knight) that involved him having a clothespin clipped down between his legs and raping her. Wait, what? While we put a pin in that moment (aka, hit pause) so we could frantically Google “clothespin penis,” it dawned on us just how twisted Johnny actually was and how it was just a taste of the sadism to come. (Hanh Nguyen)

The Americans

The Americans” Says Goodbye to Two Favorites

The Americans” is always shocking when you least expect it, and never was that better exemplified than in Season 4 — first when Nina’s luck finally ran out in Episode 4, and soon after when we said goodbye to Martha in »

- Liz Shannon Miller, Ben Travers and Hanh Nguyen

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