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That’s a marked improvement over recent weeks as the weekend total upticked ahead of 2016 for the first time since before Christmas. The lesson is always the same: audiences like it when they get something completely different.
The Top Ten
1. Split (Universal) New – Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 64; Est. budget: $9 million
$40,190,000 in 3,038 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $13,229; Cumulative: $40,190,000
2. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (Paramount) New – Cinemascore: A-; Metacritic: 42; Est. budget: $85 million
$20,000,000 in 3,561 theaters; PTA: $5,478; Cumulative: $20,000,000
$16,250,000 (-22%) in 3,416 theaters (+130); PTA: $4,757; Cumulative: $84,249,000
4. Sing (Universal) Week 5 – Last weekend #3
$9,037,000 (-36%) in 3,193 theaters (-500); PTA: $2,830; Cumulative: $249,362,000
$8,350,000 (-42%) in 1,865 theaters (+17); PTA: $4,477; Cumulative: $89,680,000
$7,036,000 (-48%) in 2,653 theaters (-559); PTA: $2,703; Cumulative: $512,202,000
7. Monster Trucks »
- Tom Brueggemann
Rob Leane Jan 20, 2017
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The network has ordered a pilot episode for Mission Control, a Nasa-centric drama written by Weir. He's also on board as a producer, along with Courtney Conte, Quan Phung, Aditya Sood, Mr Eglee and Mr Kinberg (who also worked on The Martian, between his commitments to Fox's mutant movies).
Deadline broke the news, revealing that Mission Control "revolves around the next generation of Nasa astronauts and scientists who juggle their personal and professional lives during a critical »
Former Fox Film chief Jim Gianopulos is in preliminary talks with China’s Dalian Wanda Group to run and expand its Legendary Pictures, according to two sources close to the executive.
The discussions with Wanda honcho Jack Gao, whom Gianopulos has known for years, are in the very early stages, the sources said. Many key issues have not even been discussed at this point, including Gianopulos’ compensation, an actual business plan, and how much Wanda is willing to invest in building Legendary into a full-fledged studio. Wanda has said in the past that it plans to invest billions of dollars into Hollywood assets.
Legendary is in search of a new leader to succeed Thomas Tull, who two days ago announced his departure as chairman and CEO from the company he founded in 2005, then sold it to Wanda last year for $3.5 billion. Legendary disclosed in a regulatory filing last May that »
- Dave McNary
By: Carson Blackwelder
Mel Gibson has a chance at being nominated in the best director category at the 2017 Oscars for Hacksaw Ridge — but there is definitely some competition. While the 61-year-old multihyphenate has already received nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, snagging one from the Academy is not certain. How often have directors been gotten those two precursor nominations only to fall short of the all-important Oscar nomination?
Over the course of his lengthy career, Gibson has primarily been an actor. That being said, the New York native has stepped behind the camera and directed five feature films to date: 1993’s The Man Without a Face, 1995’s Braveheart, 2004’s The Passion of the Christ, 2006’s Apocalypto, and 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge — with the announcement of another, Berserker, on the horizon. The most successful of the bunch, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Ballots were due on Friday and the nail-biting will finally cease at 5am on Tuesday, Jan. 24. It’s been another jam-packed phase one for Oscar season, though one that didn’t have quite as many twists and turns as you’d expect. After all, a certain musical started the season as the presumed frontrunner, and it hasn’t budged since.
Of course, as soon as you think you’ve got it all figured out, the Academy keeps you on your toes. So how will the nominations for the 89th annual Oscars play out next week? There will be surprises, surely. There always are. Figuring out what they might be is the fun. Check out my final picks if you’re curious to know one guy’s opinion, but as we head into this final lap, a few lingering questions remain.
How many best picture nominees will there be?
In the »
- Kristopher Tapley
CBS has made its first pilot orders this season, giving the green light to 9J, 9K, And 9L, a multi-camera family comedy from the husband-and-wife team of Dana Klein and Mark Feuerstein, toplined by the former Royal Pains star; and Nasa-themed drama Mission Control, from The Martian author Andy Weir, The Martian producer Simon Kinberg and veteran showrunner Charles Eglee (Dexter). Both projects hail from CBS TV Studios. 9J, 9K, And 9L, produced by Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital… »
Multi-camera comedy “9J, 9K, and 9L” is based on a time in Mark Feuerstein’s adult life when he lived in apartment 9K in the building he grew up in, sandwiched between his parents’ apartment, 9J, and his brother and sister-in-law’s apartment, 9L. It follows Feuerstein as he his attempts to set boundaries with his intrusive but well-meaning family.
“Mission Control,” an hour-long drama, follows the next generation of Nasa astronauts and scientists as they juggle both their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error. Weir serves as writer and executive producer. The »
- Daniel Holloway
CBS ordered pilots for both a comedy starring and produced by Mark Feuerstein and an astronaut drama produced by “The Martian” author Andy Weir on Tuesday. “9J, 9K, and 9L” is a family comedy inspired by a time in Feuerstein’s adult life when he lived in apartment 9K in the building he grew up in, sandwiched between his parents’ apartment, 9J, and his brother, sister-in-law and their baby’s apartment, 9L, and his attempts to set boundaries with his intrusive but well-meaning family. Feuerstein will star in the multi-camera comedy in addition to executive producing and writing. Dana Klein will also write and executive. »
- Joe Otterson
CBS ordered a pair of pilots on Tuesday evening — a comedy inspired by the life of actor Mark Feuerstein, and a drama with its sights set on outer space.
On the funny side, 9J, 9K and 9L is a multi-cam project starring and co-written by Royal Pains alum Feuerstein. Inspired by his adult life, it finds him living in the building he grew up in, sandwiched between the two apartments that his parents and his brother, sister-in-law and their baby live in.
Dana Klein will co-write with Feuerstein, »
It’s going on 12 months since Hans Zimmer formally announced his retirement from the superhero genre – a decision made in the aftermath of his contribution to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – but it seems the German composer has left the door open for a possible return.
Chatting to The West Australian (via Batman-News), Zimmer touched base on his time spent in the genre of costumed heroes, which also spans Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and The Dark Knight trilogy, before noting that he’d consider another superhero gig providing “somebody comes along with a great idea.”
“It’s true,” Zimmer said of his retirement from superhero films, before adding, “until somebody comes along with a great idea. “How many people have to go write two Batman themes in their lifetime? I needed a break from it. And I needed to categorically say ‘I need a break’.”
A composer »
- Michael Briers
Marvel Studios concept artist Andy Park (whose previous credits include Thor, The Avengers and Ant-Man) has taken to Twitter to reveal his early illustration of the Sorcerer Supreme for Doctor Strange. The exact date of the drawing is unknown, but star Benedict Cumberbatch most likely wasn’t attached yet, as the figure in the image the doesn’t bear any resemblance to the actor. Check out an alternate costume design for the superhero below…
The tweet the picture was attached to read: “Here’s an early #DoctorStrange concept design illustration I did for the film #conceptart #costume #design #marvelstudios #marvel.”
The concept art comes about a week after a sketch of Ryan Gosling as the character was revealed, reminding us all that not all actors wear the costume as well as Cumberbatch.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the »
- Justin Cook
Dax Shepard (“Hit and Run,” TV’s “Parenthood”) and Michael Peña (“The Martian”) star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action comedy CHiPs. Shepard also directs from a script he penned based on the characters from the popular ‘70s television series created by Rick Rosner.
Jon Baker (Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (Chp) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the Chp.
The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with »
- Michelle McCue
“Arrival,” “Deadpool,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and “Moonlight” have been nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top movie award.
Awards contenders “Silence,” “Jackie,” “Sully,” “Loving,” “Captain Fantastic,” “Nocturnal Animals,” “20th Century Women,” and “Florence Foster Jenkins” were overlooked by voters for the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award. The winner will be announced on Jan. 28 at the guild’s 28th annual awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
SAG Awards 2017: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Leads With Four Nominations
“La La Land” has emerged as a front-runner in the season, with seven wins, setting a record on Sunday for the most Golden Globes nabbed by a film –including »
- Dave McNary
Casey Affleck took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, on Sunday, for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, and the only person who may have been more thrilled by the win than Casey was his brother, Ben Affleck.
The Oscar winner stopped to talk with Et at the premiere of his new film, Live by Night, at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Monday, where he opened up about the joy and pride he felt in watching his younger brother win the coveted award.
Watch: Ben Affleck Hopes He and Casey Will Be the First Brothers to Win Golden Globes and Oscars
"The overwhelming sense I had last night, watching my brother win, and believing in him for so long and knowing how talented he is… it was the most memorable experience in my life," the 44-year-old star shared. "I'm thrilled »
Jimmy Fallon hosted the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 8, and after a pre-taped opening number parodying “La La Land,” his monologue took on President-Elect Donald Trump, Putin and the year 2016. Though he was mostly absent from the proceedings, he returned intermittently throughout the night to crack wise.
Fallon on Leonardo DiCaprio: “I call our next presenter Leo. He calls me, ‘Will you hold my drink please?'”
And now here are some other funny bits from the night, from presenters like »
- Vikram Murthi
Consider this one something to sing (and dance) about. At Sunday night’s Golden Globes award ceremony, Damien Chazelle’s Hollywood-set musical, “La La Land,” walked away with the award for Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture after picking up big wins in a number of other categories, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay. A real musical! How about that!
Despite its wonderfully varied category — which included such contenders as “20th Century Women,” “Deadpool,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” and “Sing Street” — the Ryan Gosling- and Emma Stone-starring film has long been considered a frontrunner for not only this particular win, but further awards season glory. (Are we saying Best Picture? We’d be crazy not to.)
Read More: Golden Globes 2017 Full Film Nominations List, ‘La La Land’ Leads Nominations With Seven Nods
At this year’s ceremony, the film also picked up awards for Best Original Score, »
- Kate Erbland
Stone accepted her award from Matt Damon (who harkened back to last year’s quips over “The Martian” being eligible for the comedy/musical categories). She kicked off her speech thanking her mom, moving on to family, friends and distributor Lionsgate. “This is a film for dreamers and I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world. And that’s what this movie is about,” Stone said.
As a tribute to the challenges faced by aspiring creators, like her “La La Land” character Mia, Stone finished by saying, “Any creative person who’s had a door slammed in their face, whether metaphorically or physically…or anyone anywhere who feels like giving up sometimes, but »
- Steve Greene
Own the critically acclaimed blockbuster with 80+ minutes of extras highlighting the award-winning cast.
Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, the story of Dr. Stephen Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts, has mesmerized both audiences and critics, pulling in more than $658.3 million at the worldwide box office to date and earning a 90% critics consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. The biggest single-character introduction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU), it also carries on Marvel Studios’ winning streak as the 14th consecutive McU film to debut at #1 at the domestic box office.
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On Feb. 14, Doctor Strange fans can bring home the critically acclaimed blockbuster early on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere, or on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, Digital Sd, DVD and On-Demand on Feb. 28.
The Blu-ray and Digital releases come packaged with over 80 minutes of fascinating, never-before-seen bonus materials, including five behind-the-scenes featurettes, five deleted scenes, hilarious outtakes, »
- Michelle McCue
Burbank, Calif. — Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, the story of Dr. Stephen Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts, has mesmerized both audiences and critics, pulling in more than $658.3 million at the worldwide box office to date and earning a 90% critics consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. The biggest single-character introduction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU), it also carries on Marvel Studios’ winning streak as the 14th consecutive McU film to debut at #1 at the domestic box office.
On Feb. 14, Doctor Strange fans can bring home the critically acclaimed blockbuster early on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere, or on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, Digital Sd, DVD and On-Demand on Feb. 28. The Blu-ray and Digital releases come packaged with over 80 minutes of fascinating, never-before-seen bonus materials, including five behind-the-scenes featurettes, five deleted scenes, hilarious outtakes, part two of the comical mockumentary “Team Thor,” audio commentary, and an exclusive look at »
- ComicMix Staff
Before Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as the lead in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, several actors were linked to the role of the Sorcerer Supreme, including Johnny Depp, Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Ethan Hawke, Keanu Reeves and Ryan Gosling. And, thanks to illustrator Court Chu, we’ve got a look at some early pre-production concept art showing how Gosling could have appeared as the Master of the Mystic Arts; take a look here…
See Also: Doctor Strange Blu-ray special features include Phase Three preview and the return of Darryl Jacobson
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing »
- Gary Collinson
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