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'Annabelle' Sequel Eyes $30+ Million Opening as Summer Slow Down Continues

'Annabelle' Sequel Eyes $30+ Million Opening as Summer Slow Down Continues
Saturday Am Update: WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation is off to an excellent start, bringing in an estimated $15 million on Friday (including $4 million from Thursday previews) on its way to a weekend around $35 million if not more. It's also great news for director David F. Sandberg who helmed last year's hit Lights Out for WB. That film went on to gross nearly $150 million worldwide on a budget under $5 million. The film received a "B" CinemaScore, matching the score for the first film. Open Road's The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is performing even worse than expected, delivering an estimated $3 million on Friday. This is already shaping up to be the lowest opening for a film playing in over 4,000 theaters by a wide margin. Currently the worst opening for an opening that size belongs to The Emoji Movie with $24.5 million, but with the $9 million or so Nut Job 2 is
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The Book Of Life 2: Animated Sequel In The Works

  • Film-Book
Reel FX Planning Follow-Up To The Book Of Life Reel FX Animation Studios is getting ready to make a sequel to its animated 2014 film The Book of Life. Coming in the wake of the studio’s modestly profitable but critically reviled Free Birds, Life was regarded as an improvement over that film. It [...]

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'Book of Life' Animation Studio Reel FX Launches Virtual Reality Firm

'Book of Life' Animation Studio Reel FX Launches Virtual Reality Firm
Reel FX Animation Studio (The Book of Life, Free Birds) has launched a sister company, Flight School, aimed at developing projects for virtual reality and other emerging platforms.

Flight School will be led by Reel FX co-ceo Kyle Clark, serving as CEO; former Moonbot Studios CEO Lampton Enochs as executive vp; and Moonbot alums Brandon Oldenburg as chief creative officer and Limbert Fabian as executive creative director.

Oldenburg won an Academy Award as co-director of the animated short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, and he and Fabian won Emmys for Silent and Scarecrow.

“As the idea behind Flight School took...
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‘Rock Dog’ Review: This Animated Musical Isn’t Very Amped Up

  • The Wrap
‘Rock Dog’ Review: This Animated Musical Isn’t Very Amped Up
Don’t get too excited, geologists: “Rock Dog” isn’t about an animal into minerals. It’s music that stirs the mountain mastiff in this sweet if ineffectual animated movie, purportedly the first instance of a Chinese animation property — an adaptation of Zheng Jun’s graphic novel “Tibetan Rock Dog” — outsourcing its production to America (“Free Birds” studio Reel FX). With obvious nods to the melding of Eastern and Western cultures, and a hoped-for international appeal, the result is a low-key, simple — very, very simple — story of pursuing one’s dreams (and protecting sheep and foiling wolves) that never exactly soars.
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Taking a closer look at the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Cineplex
Taking a closer look at the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemTaking a closer look at the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemAdriana Floridia11/17/2016 9:56:00 Am

This November, we'll be meeting a whole new cast of characters from the mind of J.K. Rowling when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits Cineplex theatres on November 18th. When Harry Potter first came out, the films didn't just give us Harry, Ron and Hermione, but also Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.

While some of the members of this new cast are familiar faces, for many of them this is the biggest project they've yet to be a part of, and the film is bound to introduce these actors to a whole new audience. We're taking a closer look at the cast, one by one.

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne has been in the
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‘Billy on the Street’: 10 Classic Clips to Get You Ready for Season 5

‘Billy on the Street’: 10 Classic Clips to Get You Ready for Season 5
Billy on the Street” is TV’s adrenaline shot. Whether the hijinks come from the show’s growing list of guest stars or the flabbergasted hoards of New Yorkers who become putty in the hands of a raving, microphone-wielding Billy Eichner, it’s a tried-and-true formula that’s birthed four full seasons of Manhattan-set surprises. The kinetic, chaotic game show hasn’t yielded any giant cash prizes or faraway vacations, but every episode turns a few random city folks into potential viral superstars.

Read More: ‘Billy on the Street’ Reveals Season 5 Guests, Filming Secrets

In recognition of the show’s storied history (Fuse’s Season 1 finale featured a member of Blink-182, this season on truTV opens with Jon Hamm, Seth Rogen and Lupita Nyong’o in back-to-back-to-back episodes), we’ve compiled a greatest hits of sorts, singling out some of the “Billy on the Street” moments we keep coming back to.
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‘Billy on the Street’: 10 Classic Clips to Get You Ready for Season 5

  • Indiewire
‘Billy on the Street’: 10 Classic Clips to Get You Ready for Season 5
Billy on the Street” is TV’s adrenaline shot. Whether the hijinks come from the show’s growing list of guest stars or the flabbergasted hoards of New Yorkers who become putty in the hands of a raving, microphone-wielding Billy Eichner, it’s a tried-and-true formula that’s birthed four full seasons of Manhattan-set surprises. The kinetic, chaotic game show hasn’t yielded any giant cash prizes or faraway vacations, but every episode turns a few random city folks into potential viral superstars.

Read More: ‘Billy on the Street’ Reveals Season 5 Guests, Filming Secrets

In recognition of the show’s storied history (Fuse’s Season 1 finale featured a member of Blink-182, this season on truTV opens with Jon Hamm, Seth Rogen and Lupita Nyong’o in back-to-back-to-back episodes), we’ve compiled a greatest hits of sorts, singling out some of the “Billy on the Street” moments we keep coming back to.
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Relativity’s International Distributors: ‘All We Wanted Was More Product’ (Exclusive)

For foreign distributors, Relativity Media’s bankruptcy filing is the final chapter in a story of frustration.

One of the principal pillars of Relativity’s business plan was its global network of output deals, which provided a significant portion of production financing.

Relativity International, headed by former New Line International exec Camela Galano, had upwards of 20 output deals, including multiple pacts with the regional divisions of eOne. The deals spanned the majority of overseas markets. New elements were added this past February when Munich-based Tele Muenchen Group filled in a major gap in the network by signing up for rights in Germany and Austria, and Viva Entertainment did the same on a smaller scale in the Philippines. Relativity International also renewed its deal with Tripictures and Imagem in Latin America.

International distributors are not expected to take a major hit since the Relativity pipeline had not supplied as many films as had been expected.
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Film Review: ‘The Book of Life’

Film Review: ‘The Book of Life’
The visuals outshine the story in “The Book of Life,” a lively animated tale that mixes age-old myths with today’s toon tropes. But what lovely visuals they are. The feature debut of smallscreen animator Jorge R. Gutierrez (co-creator of Nickelodeon’s “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera”) proves to be perfectly charming in relaying the tale of a lopsided love triangle set against the backdrop of Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday. And yet it hardly matters what the characters are saying (or occasionally singing) when their warmly handcrafted appearance keeps stealing the spotlight. Opening domestically three weeks after Focus/Laika’s “The Boxtrolls” and three weeks ahead of Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” “Book” should have time to carve out its own space in the family entertainment marketplace and could become a significant sleeper worldwide, especially if Latin audiences respond to the pic’s universal, yet culturally specific,
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2014 Box Office: Admissions Lowest Since 1995; How The Studios Rank

  • Deadline
2014 Box Office: Admissions Lowest Since 1995; How The Studios Rank
Despite a fantastic Christmas at the box office, 81 million people didn’t buy movie tickets this year. Not only were this year’s domestic admissions of 1.259 billion off 6% from 2013’s 1.34B, but the number of tickets sold hit their lowest level since 1995 when 1.211B people went to the cinema. Calculations are based on this year’s 3Q ticket price average of $8.12 from the National Association of Theater Owners, just a penny off from 2013’s $8.13. The upside is that thanks to Christmas, 2014 crossed $10 billion with a current estimated running cume for January 1-December 28 of $10.22B per Rentrak Theatrical. Some of the major studios are still on holiday with final figures set to be released on January 5. Here at Deadline we’re weighing 2014 according to the fiscal year of January 1-December 31, and we’ll be providing updates about the year along the way (studios tend to include the first weekend of January
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Awfully Good: Free Birds + Leonard Part 6 (video)

  • JoBlo
Happy turkey day everyone! I hope you're hungry for… Free Birds (2013) Director: Jimmy Hayward Stars: Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler Two turkeys travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving to change the menu. From the director of Jonah Hex comes an animated comedy about growing to love the things you murder and eat! It might be oversimplifying things a bit, but that's pretty much Free Birds in a...
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Box Office: Fury Attacks with a Tank Full of Gas

Amir here, reporting to box office duty. America finally flocked to the theatres to quench its months-long thirst for knowledge: just what the hell is Brad Pitt’s hair cut about? Most of you have surely found out by now, but I have to wait until Tuesday to see Fury, because my favourite actor present or not, I’m just not willing to spend more than the $7 for ticket plus popcorn deal on a war movie in a tank.

What did you see this weekend? Let us know in the comments how you liked it.

Top Ten Wide

01 Fury $23.5 New

02 Gone Girl $17.8 (cum. $107) Jason's Review

03 The Book Of Life $17 New Interview

04 Alexander And The... $12 (cum. $36.8)

05 The Best Of Me $10.2 New

06 Dracula Untold $9.8 (cum. $40.7)

07 The Judge $7.9 (cum. $26.8)

08 Annabelle $7.9 (cum. $74.1)

09 The Equalizer $5.4 (cum. $89.1)

10 The Maze Runner $4.5 (cum. $90.8) Nathaniel's Review

Top Ten Limited

Excluding Wide Releases Losing Theaters

01 St. Vincent $.6 68 theaters (cum. $.8) Michael's
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Weekend Report: 'Fury' Topples 'Gone Girl,' 'Birdman' Soars in Limited Release

Weekend Report: 'Fury' Topples 'Gone Girl,' 'Birdman' Soars in Limited Release
Brad Pitt's Fury was able to usurp first place from Gone Girl this weekend, though it was a closer race than anticipated.Meanwhile, Birdman opened at four locations in New York and Los Angeles and scored one of the best per-theater averages ever for a live-action movie.Opening at 3,173 theaters, Fury rolled in to first place this weekend with $23.7 million. This debut is in the same general ballpark as movies like Captain Phillips ($25.7 million), Act of Valor ($24.5 million) and The Monuments Men ($22 million). That's a fine range to be in, though it's a bit disappointing considering how far off it is from recent R-rated thrillers Gone Girl ($37.5 million) and The Equalizer ($34.1 million).Sony's marketing played up Fury's intense tank-on-tank action, which made it a strong option among male moviegoers. Unfortunately, the movie never really connected with women, who wound up accounting for just 40 percent of the audience on opening weekend.
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Friday Report: 'Fury' Rolls in to First Place on Friday

Friday Report: 'Fury' Rolls in to First Place on Friday
On a somewhat quiet day at the box office, Brad Pitt's Fury easily took first place with $8.8 million.That debut is a bit higher than last October's Captain Phillips ($8.5 million), and also noticeably better than The Monuments Men ($6.9 million). Still, it's way off from recent R-rated hits The Equalizer ($12.5 million) and Gone Girl ($13.2 million). For the weekend, Fury is on track to earn $24 to $27 million.Entering its third weekend, Gone Girl eased 32 percent to an estimated $5.55 million. To date, the movie has earned $94.8 million, and will pass $100 million sometime today. For the weekend, Gone Girl will likely earn over $18 million.The Book of Life opened in third place with $4.95 million. That's identical to The Boxtrolls ($4.93 million), and is a bit higher than Reel FX's first feature-length movie (last November's Free Birds, which opened to $3.9 million). For the weekend, The Book of Life should end up between $17 and $18 million.Playing at 2,936 theaters,
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Forecast: 'Fury' to Invade Top Spot This Weekend

Forecast: 'Fury' to Invade Top Spot This Weekend
World War II tank movie Fury will almost certainly take the top spot away from two-time winner Gone Girl this weekend. Meanwhile, The Book of Life and The Best of Me are also opening nationwide.Playing at 3,173 theaters, Fury stars Brad Pitt as the leader of an American tank crew making their way through Germany as the second World War draws to a close.With the exception of 2012's Killing Them Softly*which was an odd, dark crime drama*Pitt has been on a strong run lately as a leading man. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inglourious Basterds and World War Z all earned over $120 million at the domestic box office, while Moneyball was one of the highest-grossing baseball movies ever with $75.6 million.World War II movies have a mixed track record, though the last few installments have done fairly well. Outside of Pitt's Basterds, the best comparison for
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‘Book of Life’ Director On Pitching Guillermo Del Toro, Mixing ‘1,000 Influences’

‘Book of Life’ Director On Pitching Guillermo Del Toro, Mixing ‘1,000 Influences’
It was the pitch from hell.

Jorge Gutierrez had been granted entry to Guillermo Del Toro’s Los Angeles home, hoping to convince the “Pan’s Labyrinth” filmmaker to produce “The Book of Life,” an animated fantasy centered around the Day of the Dead. He hadn’t counted on doing his pitch outside in the 100-degree heat, with gardeners working all around him, their leaf blowers creating a deafening roar. Nor had he expected to have to cut down his twenty-minute song and dance routine to a mere five minutes, because Del Toro was pressed for time.

“There was life-size statue of Ray Harryhausen that I swear was judging me,” remembers Gutierrez. “I yelled everything to be heard. I almost fell in the pool. I’m drenched in sweat and he’s drenched in sweat.”

At the end of it, Del Toro agreed. The pitch fell flat, but fortunately he
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Relativity Teaming with China’s 3C Media for Local Language Movies

Relativity Media has formed a multi-year strategic partnership with 3C Media to produce at least six local-language movies and TV shows annually for the booming Chinese market.

Under the partnership, 3C and Relativity will jointly develop and produce up to four local language TV shows per year based on Relativity’s content and a minimum of two local language remakes of Relativity films for theatrical release each year.

Under the deal, 3C will invest in and co-own films released in China through Relativity’s SkyLand subsidiary.

“This partnership is a significant next step in Relativity’s continued expansion into the Chinese market, and we are thrilled to bring a large number of local language productions both in film and television to the China market where there is an incredibly high demand for local content,” said Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh.

He noted that 3C has a track record of producing TV
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Get high on laughs with Free Birds half-price in Sky Store

Get high on laughs with the cartoon animation Free Birds half price in Sky Store. Plucky bird Reggie (Owen Wilson) escapes his traditional place at the Thanksgiving Day table when he's proclaimed the "Pardoned Turkey" by no less than the President of the USA. However, his life of luxury rudely ends when he's press-ganged into taking a trip back in time with feathered freedom fighter Jake (Woody Harrelson) to alter the course of history...
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Get high on laughs with Free Birds in Sky Store

Get high on laughs with the cartoon animation Free Birds half price in Sky Store. Plucky bird Reggie (Owen Wilson) escapes his traditional place at the Thanksgiving Day table when he's proclaimed the "Pardoned Turkey" by no less than the President of the USA. However, his life of luxury rudely ends when he's press-ganged into taking a trip back in time with feathered freedom fighter Jake (Woody Harrelson) to alter the course of history...
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Relativity Media expands in China

  • ScreenDaily
Relativity Media has announced strategic alliances with China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp (Jsbc) and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Icbc) and has also been appointed international distribution partner by China Film Promotion International.

Jsbc is making an equity investment in Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media as part of a wider agreement aimed at developing, co-producing, co-financing and distributing films and TV content for both Chinese and international markets.

Relativity Media will also receive equity investment from Chinese media investment firm SeedShine Capital, in a deal brokered by Icbc. Relativity has a strategic advisory agreement with Icbc and is understood to be working with the bank on a Hong Kong stock market listing.

“Relativity has deep and growing ties to China, one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant film markets, and the partnerships we announced today will further strengthen the robust foundation we have built in China,” said Kavanaugh in a statement.

Under the deal
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