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Furious 7 is poised to take the box office crown for the third week in row this weekend, but the action-packed sequel has just passed an incredible milestone, earning over $1 billion worldwide in just 17 days of release. The action-thriller has become the first Universal Pictures movie in history to earn over $1 billion during its initial theatrical release. Jurassic Park is currently the studio's highest-grossing movie ever, grossing $1.044 billion, but it only crossed $1 billion after its 3D re-release back in 2013. Furious 7's global haul now stands at $1.009 billion through today, and it will surely surpass Jurassic Park as the studio's highest-grossing movie of all time over the next few days. The sequel opened two days early in certain international markets, taking in $735.2 million internationally over 17 days, and taking in $273.7 million in North America in 15 days. Here's what Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution, had to say in a statement. »
Universal Pictures is celebrating this weekend with the news that the James Wan-directed action sequel Fast & Furious 7 has become the first film of 2015 to reach the $1 billion milestone at the global box office. It also has the distinction of being the fastest movie to reach that figure, doing so in just 17 days – 2 days less than Avatar, The Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
“We’re incredibly proud to watch Fast & Furious take its place as the only original live-action franchise to reach these kinds of results at the box office,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s head of domestic distribution. “Our cast, filmmakers and all of our Universal and Fast family deserve credit for working so hard to make Furious 7 a huge success and we look forward to continuing to watch the film grow over the next few weeks.”
See Also: Read our Fast & Furious 7 reviews here, »
- Gary Collinson
Universal’s “Furious 7″ will cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office Friday, becoming the studio’s first film to reach that milestone.
“Furious 7″ has grossed $735.2 million overseas in 17 days and $273.7 million in North America after 15 days — making it the fastest movie to reach $1 billion. “The Avengers,” “Avatar” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ had all crossed $1 billion in 19 days. Universal said the seven films in the franchise have totaled $3.392 billion in worldwide grosses.
It is the 20th film to take in $1 billion, with “Avatar” leading the list at $2.79 billion, followed by “Titanic” at $2.19 billion. Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” had been most recent addition to the list last year with a $1.09 billion worldwide gross, which leaves it in 10th place. »
- Dave McNary
After directing such hits as "Kingsman: The Secret Service," "X-Men: First Class" and "Kick-Ass," director Matthew Vaughn is now negotiating to direct his next movie, a remake of "Flash Gordon." The character was created in 1934 by iconic artist Alex Raymond. Along with the lovely Dale Arden and mad scientist Hans Zasrkov, he ends up on the planet Mongo fighting its tyrannical ruler, Ming the Merciless. Vaughn's film will not be based on the 1980 movie, which is best known for its Queen soundtrack, inspiring George Lucas to make "Star Wars," and more recently, being constantly referenced in "Ted." Instead, the film will be based on the classic "Flash Gordon" comic strip. Back in 2009, Sam Worthington (Avatar) was attached to star in the movie, which was set to be directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies). »
Production has begun on “The Great Wall,” Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s first English-language film. The movie is also the first for Legendary East, the ambitious Chinese offshoot of Hollywood super-producer Legendary Entertainment.
Legendary describes the story as “an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.” Locations include the China Film Group Studios at Huairou, near Beijing, and the coastal city of Qingdao.
A topnotch crew includes cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh (“The Piano,” “Once Were Warriors,” “Boardwalk Empire,”); costume designer Mayes Rubeo (“Avatar,” “Apocalypto”); production designer John Myhre (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Nine”); VFX supervisor Phil Brennan (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Wolverine”); and film editor Craig Wood (“Pirates of the Caribbean, »
- Patrick Frater
James Cameron has won another legal victory in the claims that he boosted the “Avatar” story from others. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed on Wednesday the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by special effects artist Gerald Morawski, a suit that was initially dismissed in February 2013. While Cameron’s producing partner, Jon Landau, thanked the appeals court for its decision, he also lamented about the plaintiffs who “seek to take credit for the success of our film.” Also Read: James Cameron’s First ‘Avatar’ Sequel Pushed Back to 2017 “While it is unfortunate that a myriad of fortune hunting plaintiffs seek to take. »
- Tim Kenneally
Syfy’s inventive competition series “Face Off” has been renewed for a ninth season, Variety has learned exclusively. The contest — which tests the skill and creativity of special-effects makeup artists — will return for season nine on Tuesday, July 28, at 9 p.m.
The ninth season of “Face Off” will also include the show’s 100th episode. McKenzie Westmore hosts the series, with Ve Neill (“The Hunger Games,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”), Glenn Hetrick (“CSI: New York,” “Heroes,” “Legion”) and Neville Page (“Avatar,” “Prometheus”) returning as judges. World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (“Star Trek”) serves as the contestant mentor.
The show wraps its eighth cycle on Tuesday, April 14, at 9 p.m., with the remaining contestants facing one of the most challenging finales in “Face Off” history, which will bring back all the previously eliminated competitors from this season to assist the finalists. Their challenge will be to create four characters who »
- Laura Prudom
Zoe Saldana says she weighed up to 185 pounds while pregnant with her and husband Marco Perego's twins last year and that her body was "really bent out of shape" after they were born. The 36-year-old Star Trek and Avatar actress, who had always appeared slender prior to her pregnancy and showcased trim looks at celebrity events over the past few weeks, made her comments on Friday in a Facebook post, alongside a photo of herself on a treadmill in a gym, looking slim and fit. It is unclear when the picture was taken. Saldana said she is on a "slow," "painful" and "frustrating" journey to lose weight and get healthy and gain her strength back, with the help of her »
Vidhu Vinod Chopra has produced some of the best in Bollywood from 1989’s Parinda, to 2003’s Munna Bhai Mbbs and the follow up Lage Raho Munna Bhai in 2005, Parineeta in 2005, 3 Idiots in 2009 and last year’s big hit Pk. After making some brilliant films in Bollywood, the director decided to pursue a long held dream of making a film in Hollywood. What is even cooler is that he is just not producing the film, he also wrote and directed the thriller titled Broken Horses. The film stars a huge cast of Hollywood stars including Vincent D’Onofrio (The Judge, Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Alpha Dog) and Chris Marquette (Alpha Dog, The Girl Next Door) along with Spanish actress, Maria Valverde (Exodus), Thomas Jane, and Sean Patrick Flannery.
Broken Horses is about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence. »
- Stacey Yount
As I mentioned last time out, this series has officially returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent (or now recent-ish) Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be attempting to do just that, time will still tell if it’s something that gets stuck with or not. Again, if nothing else, this continues to give you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my »
- Joey Magidson
Marvel's The Avengers had the highest domestic weekend opening at the box office in cinematic history with $207.4 million. So, of course all eyes are on Avengers: Age of Ultron, with many eager to see if it can beat it's predecessor and score a new box office record. As of now, Avengers 2 is tracking just a little better than the original did this same time back in 2012. The new film opens May 1, and has all of the main heroes from the original adventure returning, including Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury. We even get a few new costumed crime fighters with Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Vision joining the team.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will partake in advanced Thursday night previews on April 30, starting at 7pm. Advanced ticket sales for these shows began early last month, with the movie said to be 'significantly' outselling the first. »
"I did work a lot in 3D and I still believe in it, but I'm sort of shocked how unexplored it still is," Wim Wenders told us in a recent interview. Indeed, the trailblazing filmmaker latched onto the format even before James Cameron made it de rigeur in Hollywood thanks to "Avatar," but Wenders believes the technique has barely been exploited. Perhaps he'll prove that three-dimensions can work just as well for drama as it can for explosions via his upcoming drama "Every Thing Will Be Fine." Starring James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Charlotte Gainbsourg and Marie-Josée Croze, the story follows how aftermath of a tragedy affects the lives of those involved over the years. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, where our critic called it a "slow-ass" movie that never "cracks a joke and potentially melodramatic moments (a fairground ride collapse, the initial accident, a. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lara Bingle has finally confirmed the name of her son with rumored husband Sam Worthington, posting a series of heated tweets aimed at reports poking fun at the unique moniker. The 27-year-old Australian fashion model and the 38-year-old Avatar star welcomed their first child last month, a baby boy whom they named Rocket Zot, and since Bingle gave birth to the wee one, the fiercely private new parents have stayed mum on their bundle of joy...until now. "This quote taken from a balderdash article in The Daily Telegraph Australia, April 4, 2015 - is very embarrassing. My sons middle name Is a respectful nod to my late father, whose nickname was affectionately, Zot," she posted on the social »
Can Zoe Saldana's husband Marco Perego be any hotter? Not only is he gorgeous to look at, but he's also an artist and he's from Italy. And now Saldana tells me he's pretty much the perfect hubby and dad. When I caught up with the Avatar star at the Samsung Galaxy S 6 edge launch party, I asked who was the better diaper changer. "He's better than me," she said. "I am not a diaper duty person." Really? "Even when my nieces were little and my nephews I was just like," she said while throwing her hands up in the air to show how she didn't touch the dirty diapers. But Saldana is getting used to being peed on by her »
Fantasy adventure from Muppets creator Jim Henson, in which a Gelfig embarks on a quest to restore order to his world by retrieving the missing shard of a magical crystal.
Groundhog Day - 2.45pm, Gold
Cynical weatherman Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, gets trapped in a time loop that causes him to live the same day over and over.
10 Things I Hate About You - 7pm, Film4
Raiders of the Lost Ark - 8.10pm, BBC Three
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) travels the globe »
Zoe Saldana's plans for her first Mother's Day celebration as a new mom are pretty simple. "In bed with…my man and my boys," the Avatar star told me last night at the Samsung Galaxy S 6 edge launch party at Quixote Studios in West Hollywood. Saldana joked that she's spending as much time with the kids—she gave birth to her and her artist hubby Marco Perego's twin boys Cy and Bowie four months ago—because she knows they won't always want her around. "I might as well enjoy it right now because I don't want that day to come when I'm like standing in front of our television and they're kind of going to to me, 'Mama, mama—move, move, move!' »
After giving birth to their first child together almost a week ago (and keeping their son's name a secret), Sam Worthington and rumored wife Lara Bingle have reportedly come clean with their child's moniker. According to reports, Worthington and Bingle's son is named Rocket Zot Worthington. Sources tell People that they chose the name Rocket because "they just liked it!." Page Six also reveals that Zot is a nickname for Worthington's father Ronald Worthington. The fiercely private couple never confirmed Bingle's pregnancy but instead let her bump do the talking when she debuted it in January. The 38-year-old Avatar actor and his 27-year-old love also never confirmed their marriage, which »
The littlest Worthington has one pretty cool — and intergalactic — moniker. Welcoming their first child, a baby boy, last week in Los Angeles, Avatar star Sam Worthington and his model wife Lara Bingle named their son Rocket Zot, Page Six confirms. Since Rocket's birth, Worthington, 38, and Bingle, 27, have been entertaining visitors anxious to meet their new little guy. "Their families came in and they've been staying at his place," a source told Us Weekly March 27. "Sam couldn't be happier." Largely keeping their pregnancy a [...] »
National Geographic has released the first trailer for their upcoming documentary Living in the Age of Airplanes, which is narrated by longtime pilot Harrison Ford. The airplane has changed our world, but do we really understand exactly how much? Living in the Age of Airplanes reminds us how profoundly this amazing invention has changed the way we do just about everything. It also renews our appreciation for the airplane and stunningly conveys the wonder and grandeur of flying.
Not that long ago, traveling between continents was a migration. Now, on any given day, 100,000 flights transport people and products between any two points on Earth in a matter of hours. Indeed, the airplane may be the closest thing we have to a time machine. Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, the film explores the countless ways the airplane affects our lives (even when we don't fly). With a fascinating take on history, »
They're parents! Sam Worthington and his wife Lara Bingle have welcomed their first child, Us Weekly can confirm. "The baby was coming any day for the last week. Their families came in and they've been staying at his place…" a source tells Us. "Sam couldn't be happier." Us broke news in September that the Avatar actor, 38, and Bingle, 27, were expecting a baby together. The couple have kept mum about parenthood, but Bingle has shown off her growing baby bump on several occasions while photographed in both [...] »
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