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Ready Player One Pushed Into 2018 To Avoid Clash With Star Wars: Episode VIII

9 February 2016 1:45 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Following in the footsteps of James Cameron’s long-gestating Avatar sequel, Warner Bros. has officially pushed pack Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One film into 2018.

Originally scheduled to open on December 15, 2017, the sci-fi adaptation will now hit theaters on March 30, 2018. Yes, it seems Disney and Lucasfilm’s decision to bump Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII into late 2017 – December 15, to be specific – has had a resounding effect on Hollywood’s slate of blockbusters, setting off a domino effect that has now made an impact on Warner’s release plans for Spielberg’s futuristic tentpole.

Given that Ready Player One is still simmering in pre-production, news of delay shouldn’t prove too damaging for the studio’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s eponymous novel. At the time of writing, only Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn have been confirmed to star, with the latter on board to play the role of the film’s chief villain. »

- Michael Briers

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21st Century Fox Earnings: Cable Gains Can’t Lift Weaker Film Results

8 February 2016 1:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Lackluster home entertainment results, a weaker film slate and difficult foreign exchange rates pushed revenues and profits at 21st Century Fox down during the media conglomerate’s most recent fiscal quarter.

Revenues hit $7.38 billion, down 1% from the prior year, missing analysts expectations. Earnings per share topped off at 44 cents compared to 53 cents per share in the year-ago period, which was roughly in line with projections.

Wall Street was expecting earnings of 44 cents a share and $7.51 billion in revenue. It was a quarter that saw the return of Fox’s television hit “Empire,” the release of Ridley Scott’s space epic “The Martian” and several tussles between Fox News and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. There’s also been some preemptive belt-tightening. Last week, word leaked that the media conglomerate is initiating a voluntary buyout program as it looks to reduce staff overhead by $250 million in the coming fiscal year. »

- Brent Lang

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21st Century Fox Earnings: Cable Gains Can’t Lift Weaker Film Results

8 February 2016 1:23 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Updated: Lackluster home entertainment results, a weaker film slate and difficult foreign exchange rates pushed revenues and profits at 21st Century Fox down during the media conglomerate’s most recent fiscal quarter.

Revenues hit $7.38 billion, down 1% from the prior year, missing analysts expectations. Earnings per share topped off at 44 cents compared to 53 cents per share in the year-ago period, which was roughly in line with projections.

Wall Street was expecting earnings of 44 cents a share and $7.51 billion in revenue. It was a quarter that saw the return of Fox’s television hit “Empire,” the release of Ridley Scott’s space epic “The Martian” and several tussles between Fox News and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. There’s also been some preemptive belt-tightening. Last week, word leaked that the media conglomerate is initiating a voluntary buyout program as it looks to reduce staff overhead by $250 million in the coming fiscal year. »

- Brent Lang

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Oscars 2016: David vs. Goliath In Best Picture Race

8 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The stage is set for a David vs. Goliath battle at the 88th academy awards.

In one corner are the Goliath box office hits that Oscarcast viewers have heard of — and maybe even seen: This year’s top three on the nominations tally are Fox’s “The Revenant” (12 noms), Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” (10) and Fox’s “The Martian” (seven).

Together, they’ve amassed over $1.2 billion at the global box office.

In the other corner are the likes of Fox Searchlight’s “Brooklyn,” which was acquired at Sundance and had a production budget of $11 million, and A24’s “Room,” which is the first best picture nominee for the emerging studio.

Together, they’ve made just over $40 million at the domestic box office (though neither one is close to finished, especially with three weeks to go until the Oscars).

Blockbuster Oscar winners such as “Rocky” and “Titanic” have given way »

- Geoff Berkshire and Tim Gray

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens passes $2bn at global box office

7 February 2016 10:10 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes only the third film ever to take $2bn at the box office. It won't be toppling Avatar, though.

A month and a half after it stormed into cinemas worldwide, Jj Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become only the third film ever - and the first not to be directed by James Cameron - to pass $2bn at the global box office.

The movie is by distance the biggest film of all time at the American box office, where it's taken $905m (comfortably ahead of Avatar's $760m Us haul). Elsewhere in the world, it's now added $1.1bn, to give the film a running total of $2.008bn and counting. It should still attract a few more quid, before the film finally heads to disc this April.

What it won't do is dislodge Avatar as the biggest grossing movie of all time. »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens passes $2bn at global box office

7 February 2016 10:10 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes only the third film ever to take $2bn at the box office. It won't be toppling Avatar, though.

A month and a half after it stormed into cinemas worldwide, Jj Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become only the third film ever - and the first not to be directed by James Cameron - to pass $2bn at the global box office.

The movie is by distance the biggest film of all time at the American box office, where it's taken $905m (comfortably ahead of Avatar's $760m Us haul). Elsewhere in the world, it's now added $1.1bn, to give the film a running total of $2.008bn and counting. It should still attract a few more quid, before the film finally heads to disc this April.

What it won't do is dislodge Avatar as the biggest grossing movie of all time. »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes only the third movie ever to gross $2 billion worldwide

7 February 2016 9:58 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having become the first release ever to gross $900 million at the North American box office this past Friday, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has now achieved another milestone, with the movie crossing the $2 billion mark worldwide today.

It’s only the third time ever that a film has reached the landmark figure, with James Cameron achieving the feat twice with Titanic ($2.187 billion) and Avatar ($2.788 billion). However, it is unlikely that The Force Awakens will have enough left in the tank to knock either of those from their current positions and will surely have to settle for third in the list of the highest-grossing movies of all time, leaving Cameron as the king of the box office world.

See Also: Pre-order Star Wars: The Force Awakens via Amazon UK or Amazon Us

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo »

- Gary Collinson

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Crossed $2 Billion at the Worldwide Box Office This Weekend

7 February 2016 6:47 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still flying high at the box office and passed two substantial milestones this past weekend as it continues to add to its impressive ticket sales haul.

On Friday, Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned an estimated $1.76 million at the domestic box office in North America. While that number might not seem earth shattering at first glance, the deposit pushed the film's domestic total to $900 million. No other film has ever reached $800 million, much less $900 million.

The big score came on Saturday when Star Wars: The Force Awakens became the third film in history to surpass $2 billion at the worldwide box office. The other two are James Cameron classics: Titanic and Avatar.

Despite the strong box office performance by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's unlikely that Titanic and Avatar will be threatened by its presence in the two billion-dollar club. The Force Awakens is »

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The Week in Star Wars – The Force Awakens to hit $2 billion, Captain Phasma returning for Episode VIII, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kevin Smith talks Stormtrooper cameo and more

7 February 2016 2:26 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pre-order Star Wars: The Force Awakens via Amazon UK or Amazon Us

In this edition of The Week in Star Wars, we’ve got news on The Force Awakens reaching $2 billion, a confirmation of a returning character for Episode VIII, an announcement for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kevin Smith talking his Stormtrooper cameo and more…

Our top story this week surrounds the ambiguous Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the character was featured heavily in the marketing for the movie, the character didn’t end up doing a lot in the movie. Well, perhaps she’ll be given more to do in the Episode VIII, which the actor confirmed she would be appearing in this week. “I will be in the next Star Wars movie. I think that’s an exclusive, actually,” Christie said at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. She »

- Luke Owen

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes the first movie to hit $900 million at the domestic box office

5 February 2016 1:13 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It had already taken the crown of the highest-grossing North American release of all time back in early January, and now after fifty days on screens Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the first film in history to pass $900 million at the domestic box office.

“The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come,” states Disney’s Alan Horn.

Worldwide, The Force Awakens is expected to become only the third film ever to reach $2 billion this Saturday after James Cameron’s Titanic ($2.18 billion) and Avatar ($2.78 billion).

See Also: Pre-order Star Wars: The Force Awakens via Amazon UK or Amazon Us

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning »

- Gary Collinson

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Here's why 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' fell way short of 'Avatar's' box office record

5 February 2016 11:39 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The latest press release from Disney confirms once again the following irrefutable fact: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a massive box office hit. But the numbers put forth today also confirm the predictions of the box office experts we surveyed several weeks ago: there's simply no way J.J. Abrams' franchise reboot can touch Avatar's worldwide record of more than $2.7 billion. It would take a great cynic indeed to sniff at these Star Wars numbers. The film is by far the domestic box-office champ, having now racked up over $900 million in North American receipts in its 50th day of release (Avatar made $749 million). It will also pass the $2 billion mark globally on Saturday. But it's still a whopping $700 million off from Avatar's worldwide take, thanks to a less-robust-than-expected performance in several key international markets including Russia, China and South Korea.  In Korea, for example, Avatar made over »

- Chris Eggertsen

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Reaches Unprecedented Height At Domestic B.O. With $900M, $2B Worldwide

5 February 2016 9:50 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Today, the highest grossing film in domestic box office history, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will click past $900M after 50 days in release. In addition, the Disney pic is crossing the $2 billion worldwide mark tomorrow in its 53rd day of global release, still the third-highest on a worldwide basis after James Cameron’s Avatar ($2.78B) and Titanic ($2.19B). By comparison, former all-time champ Avatar stood at $612.7M at the same point in time in its domestic run; it… »

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Kate Winslet breaks silence on Titanic raft end: 'He could have actually fitted'

2 February 2016 10:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Star of third highest-grossing film of all time voices agreement with fans who felt Leonardo DiCaprio’s character died unnecessarily

Related: Did Winslet want DiCaprio to die in Titanic? – the Dailies film podcast

Avatar and then Star Wars: The Force Awakens ousted James Cameron’s 1997 weepie from the top of the all-time highest-grossing film charts. Yet the power of the film Titanic to inspire debate remains undimmed, nearly 20 years after its premiere.

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- Catherine Shoard

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TCM Oscar Homage Kicked Off Today: Is Bigger Always Better?

1 February 2016 10:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Ben-Hur' 1959 with Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston: TCM's '31 Days of Oscar.' '31 Days of Oscar': 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ben-Hur' are in, Paramount stars are out Today, Feb. 1, '16, Turner Classic Movies is kicking off the 21st edition of its “31 Days of Oscar.” While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being vociferously reviled for its “lack of diversity” – more on that appallingly myopic, self-serving, and double-standard-embracing furore in an upcoming post – TCM is celebrating nearly nine decades of the Academy Awards. That's the good news. The disappointing news is that if you're expecting to find rare Paramount, Universal, or Fox/20th Century Fox entries in the mix, you're out of luck. So, missing from the TCM schedule are, among others: Best Actress nominees Ruth Chatterton in Sarah and Son, Nancy Carroll in The Devil's Holiday, Claudette Colbert in Private Worlds. Unofficial Best Actor »

- Andre Soares

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Avatar 2 and Wolverine 3 set to start shooting this spring

1 February 2016 10:16 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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A new report suggests production on the final Wolverine film and the first Avatar sequel is edging closer...

Both Avatar 2 and The Wolverine 3 are sequels that seem to be without shooting start dates. James Cameron has been working on his three planned Avatar sequels for many years now, without any obvious sign that they're going in front of the cameras. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman has been insistent that his Wolverine swansong - to be directed by James Mangold - wouldn't enter production until the script was where it needed to be.

In fact, Jackman revealed just last week that he's back doing the required physical work to become Wolverine for the final time, and he also said that the screenplay was very close to where they needed it to be. Now we learn that The Wolverine 3 is likely to start shooting at the end of April, with »

- simonbrew

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New "Avatar," "Wolverine," 'Alien" Shoot In April

1 February 2016 9:40 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A bunch of major 2017 releases are gearing up to begin production and today My Entertainment World has offered a breakdown of when these major tentpoles are going to shoot.

First up, Rupert Sanders' live-action film adaptation of the celebrated anime "Ghost in the Shell" will reportedly begin production this month and will shoot in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai. It is slated to be released March 31st 2017.

"Fifty Shades Darker" also begins production this month in Vancouver before a Valentine's Day 2017 release.

In early April, Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant" is aiming to begin production in April in Sydney ahead of an October 6th 2017 release.

The "Avatar" sequel is targeting a mid-late April start of filming in New Zealand. James Cameronhelms the project which has Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang set to return.

Next, the third "Wolverine" film will begin shooting April 25th »

- Garth Franklin

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Is About To Hit Another Huge Milestone

1 February 2016 9:06 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Sure, it isn’t going to dethrone Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens has still made a ridiculous amount of money, and continues to do so. At the domestic box office, it added another $10 million over the weekend, and should cross another huge milestone in relatively short order, as experts estimate that The Force Awakens is about to hit the $2 billion threshold. You have to assume that Disney and Lucasfilm are rather pleased with that number. Only two movies have breached the $2 billion mark, Avatar and Titanic—both directed by James Cameron—but Variety reports that Star Wars: The Force Awakens should join this very exclusive club by the end of the week. The worldwide take thus far for J.J. Abrams’ epic space opera is $1.983 billion, which places it just $17 million away from this mark. Domestically, no »

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'Avatar 2' Will Reportedly Start Shooting In April

1 February 2016 9:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With last month's news that James Cameron's "Avatar" sequel(s) would be delayed yet again, many asked a very simple question: what the hell is going on? Well, 20th Century Fox and Cameron are both staying mum, but there's no doubt that the production will be one of the most ambitious in recent memory, with the director evidently planning to shoot the new trilogy of movies simultaneously. So I'd wager the that scale of it is probably bigger than expected, that scheduling the actors will be tricky, and that Cameron's inevitable new technology for shooting the movies will be massively expensive and time-consuming. But it seems cameras will be rolling fairly soon. Read More: Looking Back At James Cameron's 'The Terminator' On Its 30th Anniversary According to industry site My Entertainment World (via ComingSoon), production on "Avatar 2" will begin in April in New Zealand. There's »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Box Office Weekend: Family-Friendly Kung Fu Panda 3 Takes Weekend

1 February 2016 7:59 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

There was no battle, no contest, nor were a flurry of blows necessary as Kung Fu Panda 3 took the weekend box office with no real competition with an estimated $41 million. Though the weakest start for the franchise domestically, the latest entry looks set to rake it in big in overseas dollars, as have the previous films, already bringing in $116.7 million in worldwide gross. The Revenant, too, is banking on those overseas dollars to break even, though an estimated $12.4 million is adding to a $138.2 million domestic total that seemed far off when it first debuted. And as far as Star Wars: The Force Awakens is concerned…well, though an estimated $10.8 million brings it within spitting distance of an unheard of $900 million domestic total (which it could easily do, already bringing in $895.4 million in seven weeks), it may have to settle for third in worldwide totals behind the two-movie legacy of James Cameron. »

- Seth Paul

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Avatar 2 Will Start Shooting In April (Yes, It’s Still Happening)

1 February 2016 7:54 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Considering that Avatar 2’s release date recently disappeared from its original slot of December next year, it was widely considered that the reason was James Cameron being nowhere near ready to start filming. That school of thought is about to be adjusted, as production is set to start in April in New Zealand.

With the production start date firmly in place, expect a slew of casting announcements to follow. Sam Worthington is probably thanking the high heavens, considering his Hollywood career is currently circling the drain. He’s been relegated to bit parts in big productions, last seen climbing the kiddie slopes of the mountain adjacent to Everest last year whilst Jason Clarke and Jake Gyllenhaal got to play on the big boy peaks.

Cameron has previously been open about the fact that the sequel will either focus on or feature the oceans of Pandora, moving »

- Dan Woburn

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