7 items from 2017
George Clooney is a legend for pulling pranks on his co-stars. One of his most infamous jokes was hatched on Matt Damon when he had his wardrobe taken in by an eighth of an inch every day while making The Monuments Men because he knew Damon was trying to lose weight. Damon was left baffled, thinking he was gaining pounds despite spending so much time at the gym. But it seems Clooney's prankster days may be slowing down. Damon said Clooney behaved while they were making the upcoming Suburbicon. "I don't think he did anything to me this time, which makes me nervous because that means that something might happen," Damon tells me. "But I think because, you know, he had such huge changes in his »
MaryAnn’s quick take… Snappy, snappish historical drama about the partition of India rings with sly humor, dry cynicism, and a smack of relevance for today’s divisive politics. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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In 1947, Lord Louis “Dickie” Mountbatten, cousin to King George VI, was sent to India as its last viceroy, to rule in George’s stead — he was Emperor of India, of course — and to facilitate that nation’s transition to independence. And as depicted in Viceroy’s House, Gurinder Chadha’s snappy and later snappish drama about the handover, Mountbatten is initially a rather cheery midwife to the end of the British Empire. Hugh Bonneville (Paddington, The Monuments Men) brings a certain bonhomie to a man described as someone who “could charm a vulture off a corpse,” and Dickie and his wife, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Chinese film studios Wuxi Studio and German production facilities house Studio Babelsberg have inked a deal to work together on a project-by-project basis.
The pact will encompass the production of German-Chinese co-productions and the exchange of technical expertise and personnel. The partners plan to set up a joint production service unit.
Carl Woebcken, president/CEO of Studio Babelsberg, said: “The modern film studios in Wuxi offer excellent conditions. Studio Babelsberg will be contributing its expertise in the areas of production services and the realization of international film productions to the cooperation.”
“The aim of the partnership is to promote the internationalization of Wuxi Studio and provide Studio Babelsberg with access to the Chinese film market,” according to a statement.
Wuxi Studio, which »
- Leo Barraclough
With Presidents’ Day, “The Great Wall” (Universal), “Fist Fight” (Universal), and “A Cure For Wellness” (20th Century Fox) each have the luxury of a four-day weekend. However, even with this advantage they could fall short of last weekend’s successful debuts.
Last week saw a trifecta of new releases gross over $30 million. And it’s likely that we’ll see the winner, “The Lego Batman Movie” (Warner Bros.), in the top spot once more. A forty percent drop would place it at $32 million over three days, more than enough to dominate a group of titles that are each likely to struggle to pass $20 million.
Among the new releases, two very different entries could be in a close race to reach the upper teens.
The edge goes to “Fist Fight,” a »
- Tom Brueggemann
Finally, the 2017 box office has arrived. Three new releases thrived, each opening to more than $30 million: “The Lego Batman Movie,” “Fifty Shades Darker,” and “John Wick: Chapter 2.” We haven’t seen an opening weekend like that in more than three years.
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Only one film, “Split,” has opened at that level this year, and indeed only two others in the low twenties also makes the weekend stand out. And the fact that all are sequels (and part of franchises certain to continue) is encouraging, since that’s far more typical of studio fare made for worldwide consumption with the American market along for the ride.
The Top Ten
$55,635,000 in 4,088 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $13,609; Cumulative: $55,625,000
2. Fifty Shades Darker (Universal) New – Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 33; Est. budget: »
- Tom Brueggemann
While February hasn't traditionally been a hotbed for box office blockbusters, that started to change three years ago. Warner Bros.' The Lego Movie became an instant hit in February 2014, opening with $69 million en route to $469.1 million worldwide. In 2015, Fifty Shades of Grey ($85.1 million opening weekend, $571 million worldwide) and Kingsman: The Secret Service ($36.2 million opening weekend, $414.3 million worldwide) went toe-to-toe, and last year, the R-rated Deadpool ($132.4 million debut, $783.1 million worldwide) set box office records. This year, three highly-anticipated movies square off, with The Lego Movie spin-off The Lego Batman movie facing a pair of R-rated sequels, Universal's sexually-charged erotic drama Fifty Shades Darker and Lionsgate's action-packed John Wick: Chapter 2. While all three should have no trouble drumming up business this weekend, we're predicting that The Lego Batman Movie will come away with the easy win, debuting with $58.7 million.
While that tally is a bit less than The Lego Movie »
3 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Jean Dujardin has moved from Wme to CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
As the silent screen idol in 2011’s The Artist, he became the first French actor to win the Academy Award for best leading actor, to go with similar accolades from the SAG Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Independent Spirit Awards and the Cannes Film Festival.
Since then, Dujardin has appeared in Hollywood movies The Wolf of Wall Street and The Monuments Men, as well as several films from his native France, including Up for Love, Un + Une and The Connection »
- Rebecca Sun
7 items from 2017
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