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Friend's 'Hitman,' Eisenberg-Stewart 'Ultra' Bomb: Weekend Box Office Estimates

22 August 2015 8:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »

- Zac Gille

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21st Century Fox Beats Earnings Estimates

5 August 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Earnings at 21st Century Fox beat Wall Street’s projections, even as the media giant’s revenue failed to match predictions.

The company’s earnings per share of $0.39 bested consensus estimates of $0.37. Quarterly revenue topped out at $6.21 billion for the three months ending in June, falling short of the $6.46 billion that analysts had expected. Shares of the company briefly rose in after-hours trading before falling again. Fox’s stock closed Wednesday down 6.71% at $31.16.

Just as Disney and Time Warner — two other media companies that reported earnings on Tuesday and Wednesday — saw profits clipped by a stronger U.S. dollar, Fox said its various divisions were negatively impacted by currency fluctuations. Shares in all of these companies are taking a hit amid investor concern that the pay TV bundle is fraying as consumers abandon cable for streaming services and providers are less inclined to pay big prices for the rebroadcasting rights »

- Brent Lang

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‘Barbie’ Movie Written By Diablo Cody Headed To Theaters In 2017 [Updated]

5 August 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Update from editor Peter Sciretta: Sony has just announced they will be releasing a live-action movie based on the Barbie toy line on June 2nd 2017. The film was written by Jenny Bicks (What A Girl WantsRio 2) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body, Young Adult). Laurie MacDonaldWalter F. Parkes and Amy Pascal are producing. Angie Han’s original story from March 5th […]

The post ‘Barbie’ Movie Written By Diablo Cody Headed To Theaters In 2017 [Updated] appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Chinese film breaks box-office records by Jennie Kermode - 2015-07-27 20:34:02

27 July 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Monster of the moment Huba

A few years ago, China's Ministry of Culture stressed its disapproval of fantasy films, arguing that its people needed to see more films about the country's history or day to day life. Now, however, a fantasy film has smashed box office records, making over 1.317bn yuan (£137m) in just over a month. The country has fallen in love with its non-human star.

Monster Hunt, whose domestic box office performance outshines the likes of Rio 2 and Angels And Demons in their native Us, is a comedy based around the story of a woman who gives birth to a baby monster. Because the baby, Huba, is heir to the monster throne, everybody is out to get him. A female warrior agrees to protect him if she can sell him later, but Huba's charm is more than she was prepared for.

The film's success, way ahead of previous record holder Lost In. »

- Jennie Kermode

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The Ghostbusters Remake Just Added 4 Great Supporting Stars

6 July 2015 5:44 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Director Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters reboot has already put together a pretty great ensemble of stars - including Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Chris Hemsworth - but today the roster has gotten even deeper. That's because new reports have revealed that the in-production blockbuster has added four more actors to the cast. The Wrap has the scoop on these new additions, but let's break them down one-by-one, shall we? Andy Garcia was a pretty busy guy in 2014, voicing a blue bird in Rio 2, teaming with Jeremy Renner on the drama Kill The Messenger, and looking for laughs in Let's Be Cops, and now his 2016 is looking a lot more interesting thanks to his role in Ghostbusters. While the precise details of his role are being kept a secret for now, apparently he will be playing the mayor of New York City in the movie. »

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »

- Michelle McCue

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning.  For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing.  Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women.  And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »

- Tim Gray

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The Jurassic World Effect: Rio Director to Helm Live-Action Monster Movie for Fox

24 June 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

As Universal's Jurassic World continues to break records all over the planet, competing studios are working quickly to capitalize on the film’s success. The giant shark movie Meg just came out of development hell with Eli Roth in talks to direct, and now 20th Century Fox has paid big bucks for a monster movie pitch. Per THR, the studio has acquired a live-action/CG project called Shadows from writer Jason Micallef (Butter) for $750,000 against $1.5 million. The film takes place in the world of cryptozoology, a pseudoscience that involves the study of animals whose existence has not been proven. Brazillian filmmaker Carlos Saldanha is set to direct Shadows, which will be his first splash into live-action territory after helming Rio and Rio 2 as well as Ice Age: The Meltdown and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Saldanha got his start as co-director of animated films like Ice Age and »

- Adam Chitwood

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Strange Magic movie review: bad spell

24 May 2015 11:36 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Apparently this was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it has about as much in common with that as Burger King does with Macbeth. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Strange Magic is the first animated feature George Lucas has had a hand in since 1988’s The Land Before Time, and he should have left well enough alone.

Lucas gets a story credit and served as executive producer, but this has the whiff of a vanity project for cowriter and director Gary Rydstrom, making his feature debut. Yes, legendary sound designer Gary Rydstrom, who’s won seven Oscars in that field and has created some of the most memorable movie noises ever for films including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and Minority Report, but who, the evidence of this movie suggests, has no business writing and directing a movie. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Uma Thurman and Kristin Chenoweth Set To Star In Comedy The Brits Are Coming

14 May 2015 2:42 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Oscar nominee Uma Thurman (Nymphomaniac: Vol. I, Kill Bill: Vol 1-2, Pulp Fiction) and Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Kristin Chenoweth (ABC’s “Pushing Daisies,” Fox’s “Glee”)  are set to star in the comedy The Brits Are Coming, it was announced today by producers Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Lee DanielsThe Butler), Jc Chandor (A Most Violent Year, All Is Lost), Robert Ogden Barnum (Margin Call, Lawless), and Will Clevinger (upcoming Life At These Speeds, Maternal Bonds).

In this broad comedy, an eccentric British con-artist couple, Harriet (Thurman) and Peter Fox, flee to Los Angeles to get away from paying a large debt to a notorious gangster after a failed poker game.  With the gangster hot on their trail, the pair scheme to win back the money by executing a jewel theft operation involving Peter’s ex-wife and her new husband, Gabriel. Chenoweth will play Gabriel’s pill-popping assistant, »

- Michelle McCue

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Iff Panama: Distributors Optimistic for Central America and the Caribbean

15 April 2015 1:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Reflecting just how far Iff Panama has come in four years, the festival’s closing film, “Whiplash,” marks the first time one of the major studios has chosen to use the festival as a launch platform for a release. The company in question is 20th Century Fox Central America, which handles Sony Pictures in the region.

The general manager of 20th Century Fox Central America, Renato d’Angelo, was one of an all-star cast assembled by the festival to discuss distribution in Central America and the Caribbean with filmmakers and festival guests.

Other panelists included Elba McAllister, co-founder of Colombia’s Cineplex; Jose Pepe Victoria, general manager of Vista Entertainment, which controls the Central American and Caribbean distribution rights to Walt Disney’s theatrical division; Luis Carcheri of Costa Rica’s Romaly Distribution, which in Costa Rice represents Paramount, Universal, Walt Disney, Cineplex Colombia, Ablo, Sun Productions and Weisner; and Miguel Joseph, »

- Christopher Pickard

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Top 10 Takeaways: 'Furious 7' Leads, Family & Indie Films Take Most Other Slots

12 April 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

That's great, but even with ""Furious 7"'s April-best-ever showing, the overall total came in at $127 million, $4 million below last year. Part of the reason is seasonal --last year, Easter came two weeks later, prompting Fox to open "Rio 2" (which grossed $39 million), whereas the similar appeal "Home" (which is bigger) is in its third week. "Furious 7" in the best case scenario might be headed to a $400 million domestic haul (and much bigger worldwide). It certainly raises the bar for upcoming highly anticipated films, led by "Avengers: Age of Vultron" on May 1. Universal made a brilliant move in going early and first, which is paying dividends worldwide, where combined grosses have it already at $800 million, the biggest hit since the first "Avengers" (which reached $1.5 billion). Also opening, and competing for females with "Furious 7" (initially about half its audience) was the tenth »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Weekend Report: 'Furious 7' Repeats, Sets Opening Day Record in China

12 April 2015 11:18 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

With $59.6 million, Furious 7 easily held on to first place at the domestic box office. It also got off to an incredible start in China, where it set the opening day record with $68.8 million.At the domestic box office, Furious 7's 60 percent drop was a slight improvement over Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, both of which fell over 62 percent in their second frames. On Sunday, it passed Fast & Furious 6 to become the highest-grossing entry in the franchise with $251.5 million. Without any serious competition for the next two weeks, the movie is guaranteed to earn at least $350 million total.Worldwide, Furious 7 is already the highest-grossing Fast movie with $801 million. It's now on track to become one of the biggest movies ever with at least $1.2 billion.DreamWorks Animation's Home (2015) held on to the second spot with $18.5 million, which is down 31 percent from last weekend. To date, its earned $129.1 million, »

- Ray Subers <>

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Iff Panama: Central America on the Right Track for Growth

11 April 2015 6:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Panama – As the leaders of the Americas, including U.S. President Barack Obama, meet in Panama City for the seventh Summit of the Americas, they will be all too aware that it is the economies of Central America that are leading growth in the region. And, according to a report published on Tuesday (April 7) by the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Central America will continue to lead the way in 2015, with Panama, with an expected 6% increase in Gdp over the coming year, at the forefront.

Central America, which consists of seven countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama), is also on the right track for growth in its theatrical movie market, according to Luis Vargas, managing director of Rentrak for Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela.

“Central America is a region that you can consider as one country, one big country, »

- Christopher Pickard

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Golden Trailer Nominations Announced

10 April 2015 10:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Golden Trailer Awards have announced nominations in 82 categories, a month ahead of its 16th annual awards show on May 6 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

Universal Pictures had 44 nominations for films, including “Furious 7,” “Jurassic World,” “Minions,”  “Unbroken” and “Ted 2.” Fox followed with 41 nominations, including work on “Birdman,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Gone Girl” and “Wild.”

Ignition Creative had the most nominations among agencies, working on 44 of this year’s nominees.

The complete list of nominees:

Awards Presented During The Live Stage Show Include:

Best Action

Agent 47 “New Assassin”, 20th Century Fox, Transit

The Equalizer “Domestic Trailer”, Columbia Pictures, Vibe Creative Inc

Furious 7 “Family”, Universal Pictures, Av Squad

John Wick “Domestic Trailer”, Lionsgate, Av Squad

Kingsman: The Secret Service “Trailer E: Path”, 20th Century Fox, Wild Card


Best Animation / Family

Annie “Dreams”, Columbia Pictures, Seismic Productions

Big Hero 6 “Find Your Way”, Disney, Trailer Park

Cinderella “Be Kind”, Disney, »

- Dave McNary

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“Furious 7″ shatters the record for an April opening weekend at the box office

6 April 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

It might not have been a particularly surprising occurrence, but it happened all the same. Over the weekend Furious 7 set the record for an opening weekend in April, earning an estimated $143.6 million at the box office (this also makes it the ninth best opening weekend of all time, just so you know). It takes the April record by a wide margin, as it’s the first April release to open to over $100 million, so that should give you some idea of just how unique this opening is. Previously, last year’s $95 million opening for Captain America: The Winter Solider had the record (and before it, two of the other titles in the Fast and Furious franchise had held the honor), but it now belongs to the latest installment in said Fast and Furious franchise. Now, let me try to break down just why it shattered the record like it did. »

- Joey Magidson

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Friday Box Office: 'Home' & 'Get Hard' Open Strong; 'It Follows' Gets Decent Results

28 March 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"Home" and "Get Hard" (Warner Bros.) took the top two spots yesterday with $15.6 and 12.9 million respectively. Both seemed to have exceeded expectations and led to a healthy $45 million Top Ten total, $6 million ahead of last year when sole opener "Noah" managed $15.2 for its initial day. Both new films had looked promising, though with some concern for different reasons. That makes these numbers more satisfying. "Home" comes from beleaguered DreamWorks Animation, beset by cutbacks and losses of late. Its Friday debut (including Thursday night early shows) came in only $200,000 less than the similar non-holiday/non-summer opening of Disney's "Big Hero 6" last November, and $3 million ahead of last April's "Rio 2" debut (the latter from Fox Animation). With the full weekend likely to approach $60 million and staggered school vacation weeks ahead, this look like a potential $200 million + domestic grosser. "Get »

- Tom Brueggemann

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DreamWorks Animation's 'Home' Rules with $15.6 Million

28 March 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

DreamWorks Animation's Home (2015) got off to a fantastic start on Friday, and is shaping up to be a nice win for the struggling animation studio. Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard was no slouch either. Ultimately, both movies are poised to open north of $35 million this weekend, which is a rare occurrence at the domestic box office.Home opened to an estimated $15.6 million, which is nearly twice as much as Mr. Peabody & Sherman's $8 million debut around this same time last year. It's also well above the first How to Train Your Dragon ($12.1 million), and last year's Rio 2 ($12 million).If it follows Mr. Peabody's pace, it will wind up with over $60 million this weekend. More modestly, the How to Train Your Dragon pace translates to around $55 million.Playing at 3,175 locations, Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard opened to a strong $12.9 million on Friday. While that's a bit »

- Ray Subers <>

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Box Office: ‘Home’ Blasts Off for Massive $59 Million Weekend

28 March 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The animated comedy “Home” is headed for a box office home run.

DreamWorks Animation’s family film defied expectations, to say the least, opening to $15.6 million on Friday, which set it on course for just under $59 million this weekend. This is one of the best debuts in recent years for a DreamWorks Animation original title. However, the studio has a more modest estimate of $55.5 million.

Meanwhile, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart’s R-rated buddy comedy “Get Hard” is headed for $35.5 million.

This is a stellar start for “Home” as only 15% of K-12 schools are on spring break. Recent forecasts had pegged “Home” in the $30 million to $35 million range.

Now, the musical comedy is more than likely to finish far above Fox’s “Rio 2,” which debuted to $39.3 million around this time last year.

The pic, which cost $130 million to produce, also stands to outperform other recent DreamWorks releases handled by Fox, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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