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Taken 3 Gets the Unrated Treatment as Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray Release Dates Revealed

24 February 2015 8:12 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Liam Neeson and his particular set of skills take a third and final lap through a sea of violence in Taken 3, the second Taken sequel that twists the conventional formula by having Bryan Mills (Neeson) framed for a brutal crime and pursued relentlessly by the authorities. Fox Home Entertainment has announced the Taken 3 Blu-ray release date falls on April 21, 2015 (same with DVD), while the Taken 3 Digital HD release date gets a head start on Thursday, April 2.

Taken 3, which also starts Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace, wasn't quite as successful as the second installment at the domestic and worldwide box office but still has performed extremely well and further cemented Neeson as a top action star draw. North American box office earnings currently sit at $87.6 million, while worldwide business has reached $285.8 million. For comparison, Taken 2 finished just under $140 million domestically and $376.1 million worldwide.

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Fifty Shades of Grey sequels on the way

9 February 2015 5:33 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release this Valentine’s Day weekend (because nothing says flowers and romance like an erotic drama), there was some news coming out of a special fan screening of Fifty Shades of Grey. Some fans tweeted and revealed that the book’s sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed would also be going into development.

So far, none of this is confirmed by Universal, but excited fans (via MTV), who attended the “Fifty Shades First” event in New York said that author E.L. James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson confirmed the sequels.

Fifty Shades of Grey has broken box office records in terms of pre-booked tickets for an R-rated movie, and industry experts reckon it will easily take the box office next weekend with around $61 million. Should the movie meet those numbers, expect Universal to announce the sequels pretty sharpish.

See Also: Fifty Shades of Grey gets an »

- Luke Owen

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Fifty Shades of Grey gets an 18 rating in the UK

3 February 2015 12:17 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It had been speculated since its announcement that the big screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey would get a 12A rating in the UK (the equavilent of a PG-13 in the States) in order to get more butts in seats. But by doing so, fans feared they would be missing the essence of the story.

Well, fans’ fears can now be put to rest.

It was revealed yesterday by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) that Fifty Shades of Grey will be rated 18, meaning no one under the age of 18 can see the movie. As the BBFC website describes it, “Fifty Shades Of Grey is a drama, based on the novel by E.L. James, about the relationship between a wealthy businessman and a young student.”

“The film contains strong sex and nudity, along with the portrayal of erotic role play based on domination, submission and sado-masochistic practices,” they continue. »

- Luke Owen

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Fifty Shades of Grey director had on-set bust ups with book’s author E.L. James

3 February 2015 11:57 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having just been announced to have received an 18-rating here in the UK, Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has been talking about some of the on-set issues she had with the book’s author E.L. James.

“It was difficult I’m not going to lie” she told Porter Magazine. “We definitely fought but they were creative fights and we would resolve them.”

“We would have proper on-set barneys, and I’m not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she’d written as well as my need to visualise this person on screen but, you know, we got there,” she continued.

When asked if the two saw through their differences, Taylor-Johnson simply paused for thought and didn’t give an answer – suggesting the tension between the two remains.

See Also – Fifty Shades of Grey gets an 18 rating »

- Gary Collinson

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Fifty Shades of Grey director had on-set bust ups with book’s author E.L. James

3 February 2015 8:43 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having just been announced to have received an 18-rating here in the UK, Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has been talking about some of the on-set issues she had with the book’s author E.L. James.

“It was difficult I’m not going to lie” she told Porter Magazine. “We definitely fought but they were creative fights and we would resolve them.”

“We would have proper on-set barneys, and I’m not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she’d written as well as my need to visualise this person on screen but, you know, we got there,” she continued.

When asked if the two saw through their differences, Taylor-Johnson simply paused for thought and didn’t give an answer – suggesting the tension between the two remains.

See Also – Fifty Shades of Grey gets an 18 rating »

- Luke Owen

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Box Office Weekend: Third Times a Charm for Sniper

2 February 2015 6:23 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

There were three new releases this week, but with American Sniper reigning once more at the top of the box office with an estimated $31.9 million…and at $248.9 million and counting, it is the fifth highest earning R-Rated film of all time…it is understandable that they are not exactly the top draws, especially considering their critical reception. Even Paddington, for instance, entered its third week in second place with an estimated $8.5 million, just edging out the estimated $8.5 million for the time travel suspense thriller Project Almanac (though at only $12 million to make, it does not have much work to become profitable), and doing far better than the latest Kevin Costner vehicle Black or White, which brought in an estimated $6.5 million. Neither film is making much headway critically, but both have weathered those storms better than The Loft, a Karl Urban-starring Hitchcockian thriller which debuted in tenth with an estimated $2.9 million. »

- Seth Paul

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Fifty Shades of Grey Super Bowl spot arrives online

1 February 2015 11:34 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next week, Universal Pictures debuted a new spot for Fifty Shades of Grey during the Super Bowl last night, and we have it for you here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan (The Fall) as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson (Need For Speed) as Anastasia Steele, while the rest of the cast includes Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (24), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica), Eloise Mumford (In The Blood), Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River) and musician Rita Ora.

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- Gary Collinson

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‘Lucy’ Leads as New Releases Top Home Video Sales Charts

28 January 2015 6:07 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Consumers were eager for fresh entertainment the week ending Jan. 25, as four of the five top-selling discs were new theatrical releases.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment topped both Nielsen VideoScan sales charts with “Lucy” and “The Boxtrolls.”

Lucy,” the sci-fi actioner with Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman that grossed more than $126 million in U.S. theaters, easily debuted at No. 1 on both the First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray sales chart.

“Boxtrolls,” an animated adventure with a domestic theatrical gross of $51 million, debuted at No. 2, again on both charts. According to Nielsen research, the film sold 41% as many discs as “Lucy,” but still managed to outperform 20th Century Fox’s “Gone Girl,” which slipped to No. 3 on First Alert and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart its second week in stores.

Gone Girl” had debuted at No. 1 the prior week. »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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‘Sniper’, ‘Boy Next Door’, ‘Mortdecai’ Up In Actuals; ‘Taken 3′ Cume Shifts: Intl Bo

27 January 2015 4:08 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

2Nd Update, Tuesday 4 Am Pt: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a respective $23K and $70K). American Sniper reloaded to $18M from a previously projected $17.6M.

Updated below are final numbers on those films along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Penguins Of Madagascar, The Theory Of Everything, Unbroken, Seventh Son, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Ouija, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Ex Machina, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Hobbit' Finale Invades China, Passes $600 Million Overseas

25 January 2015 1:13 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ruled the international box office this weekend with $54.3 million, most of which came from its excellent debut in China.The final installment in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth prequel trilogy opened to $49.3 million in China, which is its final major market. That's the biggest opening ever for Warner Bros. International, and is nearly on par with what the first Hobbit movie made in its entire run.So far, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has earned $617.1 million overseas and over $866 million worldwide.Playing in 57 markets, Taken 3 added $26 million this weekend. That includes a huge $8.2 million debut in France and a very good $2.2 million opening in Brazil (over twice as big as Taken 2). Taken 3 has now grossed $132.7 million overseas, and remains on track to come close to the last movie's $236 million total.American Sniper expanded to a total »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Hobbit’ Finale Debuts With Record $49 Million in China

25 January 2015 11:16 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Best-ever Warner Bros. opening there lifts “Battle of Five Armies” past $600 million mark overseas

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” crossed the $600 million mark at the overseas box office, led by a record $49.5 million debut in China this weekend.

That’s the highest non-holiday three-day opening for any movie there, distributor Warner Bros. said Sunday, and it pushed the foreign total for the finale of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster franchise to $619 million. It also helped the Middle Earth epic to easily become the weekend’s No. 1 movie internationally, with a total of $54.2 million from 62 markets.

After ringing up a $249 million domestic haul, »

- Todd Cunningham

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New Fifty Shades of Grey TV spot and images

22 January 2015 10:05 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Focus Features continue to crank up the marketing campaign to tease fans of the upcoming film adaptation of that saucy book by debuting new photos and a TV spot for director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey. Check them out…

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan (Marie Antoinette), Dakota Johnson (Need for Speed), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (Godzilla), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Rita Ora (Southpaw), Callum Keith Rennie (Memento) and Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Into the Wild).

See Also: Watch the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey

A global phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey was first published in 2011 and follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Johnson). The trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the Fifty Shades trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, »

- Scott J. Davis

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‘Gone Girl’ Tops Home Video Sales Charts, ‘Maze Runner’ Leads Rentals

21 January 2015 3:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two new releases, both about missing women, topped the national home video sales charts last week.

The top seller, by far, was 20th Century Fox’s “Gone Girl,” an acclaimed mystery about a man suspected in his wife’s disappearance that grossed more than $167 million in theaters. The film bowed at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Bowing at a distant second, also on both charts was “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” a theatrical underperformer from Universal Studios starring Liam Neeson as a private investigator hired by a drug lord to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. The film only earned $26.3 million in theaters after opening below expectations on the big screen in September.

Nielsen data shows “Tombstones” sold less than 38% as many copies as “Gone Girl.”

Gone Girl” generated 38% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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‘Sniper’ Hits Eastwood Highs; ‘Taken’, ‘Son’ Top International Box Office: Final

21 January 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

International actuals took their time arriving after the long holiday weekend in the U.S. Most studios have now reported, and in some cases have included grosses through Monday. There were no massive fluctuations, but some of the Oscar nominees including The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood and Birdman enjoyed nice bumps in holdover markets. Figures have also been added below for Jason Statham’s Wild Card, which opened to a strong hand in France, two weeks ahead of its domestic debut.

Figures for the above films have been updated below along with: Taken 3, Seventh Son, Big Hero 6, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, American Sniper, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Ouija, Blackhat, Dumb And Dumber To, Horrible Bosses, Honig Im Kopf, Gone Girl, Let’s Be Cops, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Eastwood’s Fistful Of Dollars: ‘Sniper’s Cume At $110.4M – 4-Day Actuals

20 January 2015 3:48 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

6th Update, Tuesday, 3 Pm: Rentrak Theatrical filed the weekend’s actuals with Warner Bros.’ American Sniper counting a four-week cume through yesterday of $110.4M. Talk about the spoils of war: American Sniper propelled the 2015 box office, in its first 19 days, 3.6% percent over the same frame last year with $667M. It stands to reason that this would be the highest-grossing four-day Mlk weekend of all-time with $248.5M after American Sniper broke a slew of records, read Eastwood’s career-high bow, best three-day opening ever during January and February. Previous Mlk record was 2009 with $231.5M when Sony comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop zoomed up a four-day bow of $39.2M. American Sniper had the biggest theater average of the four-day weekend with $30,100, followed by Sony Classic’s Still Alice, which chalked up $20,685 PTA or $248K in 12 venues.

The consensus is that American Sniper is going to hold for another two weekends. Wide releases »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

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‘Lucy,’ ‘Weddings,’ ‘Beast’ Drive Bumper French Exports

17 January 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Powered by Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” comedy “Serial (Bad) Weddings” and Christophe Gans’ redo “Beauty and the Beast,” French films punched the second-best year outside France on record, scoring €640 million ($768 million) from 111 million admissions at the international box, Gallic promo org UniFrance announced Friday in Paris.

Last year was only the second time in over two decades that French movies passed the 100 million international tix sales benchmark. Past decade average is around 80 million.

Scarlett Johansson starrer “Lucy” broke all-time records for a French film abroad, running up €302.8 million ($363.4 million) at international cinemas by year-end. But 2014 was more than a one-movie wonder. “Weddings” grossed €55.2 million ($66.2 million), “Beast” €25.0 million ($30.o million).

In 2012, Liam Neeson starrer “Taken 2,” produced by Besson’s EuropaCorp; “The Intouchables”; and Academy Award winner “The Artist” drove international territory box office for French movies to a total 144.1 tix sold and some $1.2 billion in box office. That record remains. »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Watch: 'Taken 4' Trailer Gives Liam Neeson the Perfect New Co-Star

16 January 2015 7:29 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

In case you haven't heard, Taken 3 is pretty terrible. It's boring, has awfil action, a predictable story, stupid villains and still doesn't measure up to that surprisingly great first film. But thankfully, it looks like Taken 4 is going to be infinitely better. Sure, Taken 3 may still be in theaters, but this sequel looks so damn exciting that you're going to be anticipating this one more than The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In this one, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) finally gets the co-star he's always needed: Guillermo from "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Honestly, this could reinvigorate the entire franchise. Watch! Here's the trailer for Taken 4 with Liam Neeson and Guillermo from "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night: Taken 3 is directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional) and Robert Mark Kamen (The Transporter franchise). Ex-covert »

- Ethan Anderton

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‘The Equalizer’ Bests Newcomers to Stay on Top of Home Video Sales Charts

14 January 2015 2:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Several new theatrical features arrived on disc last week, but none could budge Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s “The Equalizer” from the No. 1 spot on the national home video sales and rental charts for the week ending Jan. 11.

The crime thriller, starring Denzel Washington, earned more than $100 million in U.S. theaters and topped the Nielsen VideoScan overall and Blu-ray Disc sales charts for the second consecutive week, as well as Home Media magazine’s rental chart.

The highest-charting new release was Entertainment One’s “Left Behind,” a remake of the 2000 Christian thriller, starring Nicolas Cage and Lea Thompson, that grossed $14 million in theaters. The film bowed at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart but could muster only a No. 6 debut on the Blu-ray sales chart, given that just 18% of its total unit sales came from the high-definition format.

Next was Sony Pictures’ “No Good Deed,” with $52.5 million in theatrical earnings. »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Box Office Democracy: Taken 3

13 January 2015 1:00 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

It’s not that hard to make a sequel to a popular movie. You take the basic formula from the original movie and do all of the same things with slight changes. To make Taken 2 they took just about everything from the original movie and changed it just a little. It wasn’t France it was Turkey, it wasn’t the daughter who was kidnapped it was the mother, it wasn’t about human trafficking it was about revenge. It’s very hard to make a third movie because the audience will make fun of you if you do the exact same things again, the same things they praised you for the first two times they will bury you with the third. Taken 3 tried very hard to find new ground to cover and while they made a very different movie, it’s not a good movie.

Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, »

- Arthur Tebbel

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Unifrance Rendez-vous in Paris to go ahead as planned

13 January 2015 4:35 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Annual event set to showcase 90 French productions, 48 of them market premieres.

Unifrance’s annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris will kick-off as planned on Thursday (Jan 15), a week after a series of terrorist attacks, in which 17 people were killed, rocked the capital.

France remains on high alert after the shooting of 12 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, by two radicalised brothers offended by its cartoon depictions of the Islamic prophet Mohammed; the shooting of a police woman and the slaughter of four people at a kosher supermarket in the east of the city.

The French government announced on Monday that it was deploying 10,000 troops to protect vulnerable sites across the country  — including Jewish schools and neighbourhoods – amid news that security forces believed at least six members of the terrorist cell that plotted the attacks may still be at large.

Charlie Hebdo’s surviving staff have responded to the attack with a new edition of the »

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