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Just a few months after actor Chris Pratt was confirmed to star in Universal Pictures' Cowboy Ninja Viking, the studio is in early talks with John Wick directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski to take the helm. Variety's sources reveal that Chris Pratt personally met with the filmmakers, giving them his approval before an offer went out from the studio.
The plot is based on the graphic novel of the same name by A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, which centers on a man with multiple-personality disorder. He is put into a secretive government program to become a super-soldier who possesses the skills of a cowboy, ninja and a Viking. Universal has been putting Cowboy Ninja Viking on the fast track to get production started before Chris Pratt's growing schedule. Still, it isn't completely clear when production will start, since the actor is scheduled to shoot The Magnificent Seven »
Hollywood’s hopes for a record 2015 box office have received a shot in the arm from the electrifying run of “American Sniper,” which has driven one of the biggest January hauls in history.
Going into the weekend, overall domestic box office grosses for January were at nearly $900 million, of which Warner Bros.’ Iraq War saga had contributed $213 million, a little less than a quarter of that. Only January of 2010, when James Cameron’s “Avatar” was dominating with 30 percent of $924 million, has been bigger.
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- Todd Cunningham
When Johnny Depp‘s mustache comedy “Mortdecai” brought in less than $5 million on opening weekend, it marked the A-list actor’s fifth straight box office bomb. But he’s far from the only top billed actor to endure a tanker or two.
Also Read: 19 Biggest Box-Office Bombs and Bummers in 2014: From ‘The Giver’ to ‘Winter’s Tale’ (Photos)
- Travis Reilly and Todd Cunningham
In "X-Men: Days Of Future Past", Lawrence plays 'Raven'/'Mystique'.
In "Dumb and Dumber To", currently filming, Lawrence plays 'younger Fraida Felcher'.
In "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Part 1 and Part 2, Lawrence reprises her role as 'Katniss Everdeen'.
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- Michael Stevens
Lionsgate Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of director Francis Lawrence’s blockbuster The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which will arrive on March 6th.
Mockingjay – Part 1 became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014 when it reached nearly $333.2 million at the domestic box office yesterday. The last two installments of The Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1) have become the highest-grossing releases at the domestic box office each of the past two years, the first time in decades that a studio has scored back-to-back #1 films of the year and the first time ever for back-to-back sequels. Mockingjay – Part 1 has already grossed more than $700 million worldwide.
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the »
- Scott J. Davis
We knew it was only a matter of time, but Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has officially overtaken Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy as the highest grossing film of 2014 at the Us box office. Katniss Everdeen's brilliant, but rather grim third big screen outing was predicted to beat the intergalactic A-holes' $331.1 million take by a comfortable $9M or so, but it actually only narrowly came out on top with a $333.2 million domestic haul. Mockingjay - Part 1 is also the lowest grossing Hunger Games so far, as Catching Fire came out with $425 million domestically a couple of years ago, and the original movie brought in $408 million in 2012. It should be noted that all of that coin was amassed without the benefit of hiked up 3D or IMAX ticket prices, however. Can the final instalment in the franchise bring Lionsgate out on top »
British pop star Ellie Goulding hasn't had a proper album released since 2012, but since then the artist has appeared on the soundtracks to "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," "The Host," "About Time," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Divergent," and, perhaps most memorably, over the closing credits to stone cold masterpiece "Spring Breakers." Her latest contribution to her ever-growing soundtrack compendium is a new track for the hotly anticipated "Fifty Shades of Grey," opening on February 13th.
The track, an unbelievably catchy number called "Love Me Like You Do," has an accompanying music video and said music video features ballroom dancing, Goulding walking around in a black leather jacket, and, oh yeah, brand new footage from the movie (starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan). Don't worry, it's totally safe for work. The soundtrack, which also features cuts from The Weeknd, Annie Lennox, and Sia, will be out on February 10th. »
- Drew Taylor
Look, the news of "Supergirl" and the new trailer for the Tina Fey-produced Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" has got me riled. I've got to cope with these exciting developments by watching movies and TV featuring awesome, powerful, hilarious, and/or weird women. Here are five options for riiiiiight now. Go Netflix them! Go on! "The Fall": Gillian Anderson is patron saint of no-nonsense "The Fall" is a captivating British serial about a calculating, dead-eyed serial killer (Jamie Dornan, who is currently skulking about the dungeon in "Fifty Shades of Grey") and the detective in Northern Ireland named Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) who's onto him. Dornan's moody machinations are entrancing, but Anderson's understated authority propels this whole show. It's always creepy and occasionally very dark, but Stella is a feminist protagonist who is as comfortable theorizing about a woman-hating psychopath as she is exploring her own sexuality. "30 Rock": Lemon In. »
- Louis Virtel
Lionsgate's global juggernaut The Hunger Games franchise continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 arriving on Digital HD February 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand Friday, March 6, the Company announced today. Mockingjay - Part 1 became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014 when it reached nearly $333.2 million at the domestic box office yesterday. The last two installments of The Hunger Games franchise (Catching Fire and Mockingjay - Part 1) have become the highest-grossing releases at the domestic box office each of the past two years, the first time in decades that a studio has scored back-to-back #1 films of the year and the first time ever for back-to-back sequels. Mockingjay - Part 1, which opens in China on February 8, has already grossed more than $700 million worldwide, bringing global box office for the franchise to over $2.2 billion. Here's »
For the second year in a row, Katniss Everdeen stands alone atop the box office heap. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which opened in November and is still playing in over 1,200 theaters, has earned $333.18 million as of yesterday, surpassing the Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy as the top-grossing movie of 2014. Despite already being released on Blu-ray and DVD, Guardians of the Galaxy is still playing, though it was only screening in 65 theaters nationwide last weekend, meaning its domestic take of $333.17 million won't increase too much over the next few weeks.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 still has some work to do if it wants to surpass its predecessor, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which was 2013's top movie at the box office with $424.7 million. While That movie's take was bolstered by 3D and IMAX screenings, Deadline's sources claim that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was screened in, »
The third film in Lionsgate’s blockbuster Jennifer Lawrence franchise has grossed $333 million domestically
The Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi adventure has grossed more than $333.2 million since opening on Nov. 21 last year. That surpasses the $331.1 million total of Disney and Marvel’s superhero space romp, which ended 2014 as the box office leader after debuting in August.
This makes it two years in a row that Lionsgate has had the top-grossing movie, even though the haul »
- Todd Cunningham
It’s official: Katniss just kicked Guardians Of The Galaxy‘s butt. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hit $333.18M yesterday, seizing the title of highest-grossing film of 2014 away from the Marvel/Disney comic book film which has amassed $333.17M at the domestic box office. Further bolstering Mockingjay‘s title is that its bread wasn’t propped up by 3D or IMAX ticket pricing, the latter of which was the case with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($424.7M). (However, sources say that Mockingjay – Part 1 did play about 350 non-imax-brand large-format venues where it grossed $10M).
This is all deja vu. In January 2014, Katniss overtook another Marvel superhero title, Iron Man 3, as 2013’s highest-grossing film. In its seventh week, Hunger Games: Catching Fire clicked past Iron Man 3‘s $409M before finaling its cume at $424.7M. But the records don’t stop there: This is the first time in »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
The tallies are almost identical, but "Mockingjay" has come away with the slight upper hand, raking in $333.18 million at the domestic box office since its November 21 bow. That's only incrementally better than "Guardians," which has so far made $333.17 million in North America, but good enough for the win.
Deadline reports that this is nothing new for Katniss and co., who also bested Marvel in 2013, when "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" initially lost out to "Iron Man 3" in the box office war, before claiming victory in January. And it marks the second year in a row that a female-led flick has taken the box office crown, a big coup in diversity-challenged Hollywood.
There will be another showdown between the two companies next year, too, since Marvel »
- Katie Roberts
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
It may not change the minds of consumers who believe that movie tickets cost too much. But they shelled out 0.6% less in the last three months of the year than they did at the end of 2013, the National Association of Theater Owners reports today. The average outlay was $8.30, due in part to the fact that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was not in IMAX theaters (with pricier tickets) while last year’s Hunger Games: Catching Fire was.
All told, moviegoers paid an average of $8.17 for a ticket in 2014, up 0.5% from 2013 and a new high. But the increase is a lot less than last year, which was up 2.1% over 2012. Nearly all of the increase came in the third quarter, which was up 3.1% vs the same period last year: Prices were virtually flat in Q1 and down 0.6% in Q2.
Remember that Nato tallies the average outlay for a ticket, a number »
- David Lieberman
Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Director Francis Lawrence are joining forces again for The Dive, a film that will be produced by James Cameron. Both Lawrences have previously worked together in Catching Fire and Mockinjay, parts 1 & 2, which are part of the popular Hunger Games franchise.
The Dive tells the tragic true story of freedivers and married couple Francisco “Pippin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to dive as deep as possible with a single breath of air. Mestre tragically died while attempting to beat her own record of 557.7 feet. Ferraras paid her a tribute by diving the same depth, an attempt that was filmed by Cameron.
Dana Stevens have penned the most recent draft of the script. Stay tuned for additional details.
The Dive doesn’t have a release date yet.
Source: The Wrap »
- Munir Abedrabbo
TheWrap reports that the trio will work together on "The Dive," the true story of married couple Francisco "Pipin" Ferraras and Audrey Mestre, freedivers who competed with each other to see who could dive the furthest underwater using a single breath of air. Mestre died in 2002 during one of those dives, in an attempt to break her own world record of 557.7 feet.
No word yet on when production is expected to start, or who will play Ferraras. Stay tuned.
Photo credit: Getty Images »
- Katie Roberts
Back in 2012, we heard about a project called The Dive that was going to be produced by James Cameron. The film was said to tell the fascinating true story of Francisco Ferreras and his wife, Audrey Mestre, a free-diving couple who achieved world records in reaching crazy depths with only the breath in their lungs. Mestre died in a tragic accident when she hit 557 feet and couldn't return to the surface in time. At the time Martin Campbell was slated to direct the film, but has since fallen away, and now The Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence will direct the film instead and Jennifer Lawrence will star. The Lawrences (who aren't related at all) are fresh off finishing The Hunger Games franchise with the two-part finale of Mockingjay, and they must have really liked working together if they're looking to do it again. And with Cameron producing this film, »
- Ethan Anderton
"...'Carrie' was a schoolgirl and girl scout who was attacked by muggers one night, but was saved by the recently returned and grizzled elder Batman on his first night out of retirement.
"She would then spend her lunch money on a 'Robin' costume and hunt down some petty con-men to find Batman again, using a slingshot loaded with firecrackers as weapons.
Her parents were very neglectful of her, as one-time activists and hippies during the 1960's that became 'apathetic stoners'..."
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- Michael Stevens
The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has been tipped for a starring role in upcoming biopic The Dive. It also seems Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games partner in crime Francis Lawrence is in talks to direct the James Cameron production. The pair worked together on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as well as both of the Mockingjay movies.
The Dive tells the true love story of professional free divers Audrey Mestre and Francisco Ferreras who went on to break a number of diving records. Sadly, Mestre passed away at the age of 28 when attempting a dive of over 500 feet.
Despite set backs on the production of Cameron’s upcoming Avatar trilogy, the film aficionado is still determined to release the trilogy, one episode a year starting in 2017.
- Alfie Nobes
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