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Skyscraper Featurette Goes Inside The Rock's Tribute to Die Hard

Universal Pictures has released a new featurette for Skyscraper. Dwayne Johnson has undeniably set himself as one of the most bankable movie stars on the planet. Not only can he breath new life into franchises such as the Fast and Furious and Jumanji, but he also has a knack for getting audiences to turn up for his original works as well. Skyscraper certainly appears to be an homage to several action classics that have come before it, but it's an original movie coming out in the middle of a summer back with reboots, sequels and franchise fare. Now, we have a new look at the upcoming action flick.

The featurette showcases footage that was mostly used for the movie's second trailer, but the appeal comes from seeing The Rock discuss Skyscraper, alongside several of the producers as well as writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber. They give a window into the
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Daily Podcast: Water Cooler Discussion Including Jurassic Doritos, Star Wars, Ocean’s 8, Westworld, Glow, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Jumanji, 2001, Mulan & More

Daily Podcast: Water Cooler Discussion Including Jurassic Doritos, Star Wars, Ocean’s 8, Westworld, Glow, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Jumanji, 2001, Mulan & More
On the June 18, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, […]

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Dwayne Johnson excitedly announces that Jumanji 3 is 'officially underway'

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After taking some time off to enjoy the monumental success of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle ($961.9 million worldwide), Sony has announced that plans for a sequel are "officially underway." News of a third film in the Jumanji franchise arrived by way of Dwayne Johnson's Instagram account when the box office behemoth shared the following post:   Ladies, gents and... Read More...
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‘Annihilation’ Bows at No. 2 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Chart

Marvel’s “Black Panther,” distributed by Walt Disney Studios, topped both national home video sales charts the week ended June 2, marking its third consecutive week as the country’s top-selling DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

The sci-fi horror film “Annihilation,” a theatrical underperformer from Paramount Pictures, debuted at No. 2 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. According to Npd data, the film, which earned just over $32 million in U.S. theaters, sold 38% as many units its first week in stores as “Black Panther” did in the superhero film’s third week of availability.

Annihilation” stars Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh as members of a group of military scientists who enter “The Shimmer,” a quarantined zone of mutating landscapes and creatures.

Twentieth Century Fox’s spy thriller “Red Sparrow” slipped a spot on both charts to No.
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Can Studios Crack the Code for a Video Game Movie Breakout in the U.S.?

Last summer, during an annual retreat for Sony studio executives, Matt Milam, vice president for film production and development, led a presentation on what could be learned from the handful of successful video-game adaptations.

Among the titles were the 2016 releases “Warcraft,” which grossed $434 million worldwide, and “Assassin’s Creed,” with global ticket sales of $241 million. Fox’s 2007 release “Hitman” grossed $100 million worldwide.

In theory, popular video-game IP should be an easy moneymaker for studios: Games like “World of Warcraft” have enormous built-in fan bases, and a potential hit can spawn a new franchise, creating opportunities for merchandise and other ancillary revenue.

But, studios remain vexed by how to launch a successful game adaptation that has broad appeal both domestically and internationally. One Sony insider walked away from the retreat presentation feeling unconvinced the film industry could soon crack the formula for a domestic box office smash.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore,
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‘Black Panther’ Continues Reign Atop DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

Marvel’s “Black Panther,” distributed by Walt Disney Studios, held back a pair of newcomers to handily top the home video sales charts for a second consecutive week.

The top new release on Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended May 26 was 20th Century Fox’s spy thriller “Red Sparrow,” which debuted at No. 2 selling 22% as many discs as the returning superhero actioner.

“Sparrow” stars Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina who is forced into becoming a seductive secret agent after her dancing career is cut short due to injury. It earned $46.9 million at the domestic box office.

No. 3 on both charts was Warner’s “Game Night,” a comedy about a group of friends who are caught up in a life-and-death caper that they believe is an elaborate role-playing game. It took in $68.9 million at U.
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Creepy Crawlers Movie Is Happening at Paramount

Paramount Players has acquired the rights from Jakks Pacific to make a movie based on the Creepy Crawlers toy franchise. Yes, you read that correctly, there's a movie in development that will somehow use Creepy Crawlers as the focal point. Paramount has had some luck in the toy department in making films based off of famous franchises. However, Creepy Crawlers isn't exactly what comes to mind after making G.I. Joe and the Transformers.

According to Stephen Berman, Chairman & CEO of Jakks Pacific, the Creepy Crawlers movie will be "in the vein of Jumanji". No plot details are available at this time, but that is a pretty lofty goal. However, Jumanji was based off of a fictional board game and Creepy Crawlers are a semi-popular toy that originated in the 1960s and had a short-lived Saturday Morning cartoon that lasted 2 seasons in the 90s. Berman had this to say.

"Creepy
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Paramount Players to Develop ‘Creepy Crawlers’ Feature Film

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Paramount Players to Develop ‘Creepy Crawlers’ Feature Film
Paramount Players has picked up the film rights to “Creepy Crawlers,” the iconic toy brand owned by Jakks Pacific, the two companies announced Wednesday.

“Creepy Crawlers has been an iconic brand since the 1960’s and we are honored to work with Neal Moritz, Paramount Players, and the Nickelodeon-Viacom Family in bringing it to life on the big screen,” said Stephen Berman, chairman & CEO of Jakks Pacific. “We, and the studio, envision the property to be developed into a family adventure film in the vein of ‘Jumanji.'”

Neal H. Moritz is set to produce alongside Marc Gurvitz. Toby Ascher and Berman will serve as executive producers.
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First teaser posters for Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel and Men in Black reboot

With this year’s Las Vegas Licensing Expo now underway, we’ve got a look at two early teaser posters for Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel and the Men in Black reboot. Check them out here via Collider

The Jumanji sequel is set for release at Christmas 2019, and is expected to reunite Dwayne Johnson with costars Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. Men in Black is being directed by F. Gary Gray and will feature Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, with Liam Neeson also reportedly in talks to appear.

See Also: Rumoured plot details for the Men in Black reboot starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson

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Chris Hemsworth Gives Thanks To The Marvel Fanbase Following Avengers: Infinity War Triumph

If you happen to follow Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on any form of social media, you’ll know the wrestler-turned-movie star tends to post his updates from Iron Paradise, otherwise known as his custom-built gym, regardless of whether they’re centered on Rampage, Jumanji or his latest Under Armor commercial. And it seems they’ve even inspired Chris Hemsworth himself.

Via Twitter, Marvel’s God of Thunder raised a glass dumbbell to the fanbase after Avengers: Infinity War became the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time – besting the previous record held by Joss Whedon’s Avengers – along with its historic debut in China.

Indeed, after three weeks (and change) of absolute dominance, Infinity War‘s total cume has reached a staggering $1.675 billion worldwide, placing it just ahead of Jurassic World ($1.672 billion) on the official box office charts. And while $2 billion now seems to be a little out of reach, Joe
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Film News Roundup: Produced By Conference Adds Paul Feig, Neal Moritz

Film News Roundup: Produced By Conference Adds Paul Feig, Neal Moritz
In today’s film news roundup, Paul Feig and Neal Moritz are added to the Produced By Conference, a “Jumanji” double feature gets scheduled, and Jean-Luc Godard’s “The Image Book” gets bought.

Conference Additions

The Producers Guild of America has added Paul Feig and Neal Moritz as speakers at its 10th annual Produced By Conference, which will be held June 9 and 10 at Paramount Pictures Studios.

Moritz will be joining Jim Gianopulos in his headlining “Conversations With…” session. Additional speakers include Stephanie Allain, Ian Bryce, Donald DeLine, Tracey Edmonds, Lucy Fisher, Lynette Howell Taylor, James F. Lopez, Chris Moore, Ronald D. Moore, Mary Parent, Stacy Rukeyser, and Doug Wick.

The Produced By Conference will bring back its Mentoring Roundtables to give attendees a chance to ask questions about their own projects in development and learn in a more personalized, intimate setting with one-on-one feedback. No pitching is allowed — the roundtables
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Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake

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Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake
Kevin Hart is in talks to star in Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment’s remake of 1974’s “Uptown Saturday Night,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Sidney Poitier directed the original comedy and also starred in it alongside Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte and Calvin Lockhart. (With Richard Pryor in a supporting role.) The film followed two friends as they barely navigate the criminal underworld in order to retrieve a winning lottery ticket stolen during a robbery.

Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter are producing the remake, while “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris is penning the most recent draft of the script.

Also Read: Kevin Hart to Host CBS Obstacle Course Game Show 'Tko: Total Knock Out'



Hart’s most recent credits include “Captain Underpants” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and will star in “Night School,” “The Secret Life of Pets 2” and the “Jumanji” sequel next.
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Dwayne Johnson Was Paid $1 Million Just to Plug His Upcoming Movie on Instagram and Twitter

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Dwayne Johnson Was Paid $1 Million Just to Plug His Upcoming Movie on Instagram and Twitter
Dwayne Johnson asked for a $1 million fee to promote Universal Pictures’ upcoming film “Red Notice” on his social media handles as part of his hefty paycheck for the film.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the actor scored a $21 million base pay for the film after almost every major studio bid on rights to the action comedy “Red Notice,” with Universal and Legendary winning out and handing The Rock his career-best paycheck. The actor also asked for $1 million as part of the package to share promotional content on his social media platforms, bringing his total up to $22 million.

Johnson’s fee is not surprising, given that he has over 105 million followers on Instagram, and almost 13 million on Twitter. He also has become known for breaking exclusive casting and shooting news, as well as trailers, for his projects, like “Jungle Cruise,” “Skyscraper” and his most recent blockbuster, “Rampage.”

Also Read: 'Rampage' Star Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia Share Their Trailblazing Plan for Hollywood Dominance (Exclusive)

Red Notice” will be produced by Beau Flynn through his FlynnPictureCo. with Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia through their Seven Bucks Production banner, along with Rawson Marshall Thurber, who is writing and directing. Thurber is said to receive an eight-figure salary while the project itself will cost upwards of $125 million.

Universal is aiming for a production start date on “Red Notice” in the spring of 2019, which means it will hopefully be released in 2020.

Also Read: Dwayne Johnson's 'Jumanji' Becomes Sony's Highest-Grossing Film Ever

Universal had no comment. Representatives for Johnson did not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Predicting 2018's Biggest Summer Movies at the Box Office

For the past several years, decades even, the annual summer movie season kicks off on the first weekend in May, which is when many colleges and universities end their school years. The summer season typically lasts until the last weekend in August, with the Labor Day holiday weekend typically signifying the start of the fall movie season. This year, summer started a weekend earlier with the April 27 release of Marvel's highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, so we decided to break down the entire summer movie season and try to predict the top 10 movies at the box office this season.

For the past four years, the summer movie season has kicked off with a Marvel Studios adventure. Avengers: Infinity War follows Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from last year, Captain America: Civil War in 2016 and Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. Many were quite surprised when Marvel opted to move Avengers: Infinity War
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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Does Some Tongue-Wagging in DJ Khaled Oral-Sex Debate

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Does Some Tongue-Wagging in DJ Khaled Oral-Sex Debate
Cat got your tongue, Dwayne Johnson?

Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson um, dived into the discussion about DJ Khaled’s thoughts on oral sex this weekend, weighing in on the topic via a tweet that the “Jumanji” star admitted was “probably a little Tmi.”

DJ Khaled got tongues wagging on Friday, thanks to a resurfaced 2015 interview with New York radio station Power 105’s show “The Breakfast Club,” in which he bragged that he didn’t perform oral sex on his wife, but expects it from her.

Also Read: Even a Dictionary Clowned DJ Khaled Over His Comments About His Sex Life

After the topic was raised, Khaled said, “A woman should praise the man — the king… And a man should praise the queen.”

He continued, “My way of praising is called, ha ha, ‘How was dinner? You like the house you living in? You like all them clothes you getting?'”

He also repeatedly declared, “I don’t do that” about performing oral sex.

Also Read: 11 Memes That Show DJ Khaled's 5 Month Old Son Asahd Works Harder Than You (Photos)

Johnson was among the many who weighed in on the topic, linking to a story about the interview published by The Root and offering his own two cents.

“Ahem.. *clears throat* as a man, I take great pride in mastering All performances,” Johnson wrote. “This is probably a little Tmi.. I will now quietly excuse myself from this fun thread.”

Sounds like Johnson has this whole topic licked.

DJ Khaled says he doesn’t perform oral sex, but expects it from his wife because he’s the king: “Different rules for men” https://t.co/tj1udanmpA pic.twitter.com/HWI0fdTqd6

– The Root (@TheRoot) May 4, 2018

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Jack Black Wants Jumanji 3 to Head Into Space

Jack Black says Jumanji 3 should take the franchise where it’s never gone before, namely into outer space. Sony has officially confirmed that Jumanji 3 will happen, and like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, its release date will put it in direct competition with Star Wars. Of course, going up against the biggest franchise in the world didn’t hurt the last Jumanji when it came out last year. In fact, the Jumanji reboot actually knocked The Last Jedi out of the top spot at the box office.
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‘Maze Runner’ Sequel Tops DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

‘Maze Runner’ Sequel Tops DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts
Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended April 28.

The third and final film based on the post-apocalyptic “Maze Runner” young adult novels earned $58 million at the domestic box office. A trilogy collection landed at No. 12 overall and No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

The musical hit “The Greatest Showman,” also from Fox, dropped to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot.

The heist thriller “Den of Thieves,” from Universal Pictures, debuted at No. 3 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart after a $45 million haul at the domestic box office.

Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s “Hostiles,” debuted at No. 4 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart. The film, which stars Christian Bale as a U.S. Cavalry officer assigned
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How Marvel Studios Rose as Movie Stars Fell

How Marvel Studios Rose as Movie Stars Fell
On this day, ten years ago, audiences watched an eye-patched Samuel L. Jackson say the words that unleashed a Hollywood behemoth: “I want to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative.”

Since then, Marvel Studios has produced six of the top ten biggest opening weekends of all time, including the movie that just topped the list: “Avengers: Infinity War.” It got here not by betting on movies stars, but on its secret weapon: characters who starred in pulp stories once sold on drugstore racks for just over a dime.

The story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of intellectual property over movie stars. It banked on nostalgia and cool factor, rather than 1980s-style goldmine payouts for a handful of movie stars.

Not long ago, a bankable movie star was seen as key to a blockbuster. The Marvel Cinematic Universe eschewed that notion from the start, with main characters played by two actors from the little-seen “Zodiac,” a supporting actor from a panned “Fantastic Four” adaptation, and an Australian who was best known as a soap opera star… and that guy who was in the first five minutes of 2009’s “Star Trek.”

“The days of the Arnold Schwarzenegger action hero are in the past,” comScore’s Paul Dergarabedian told TheWrap. “The movies now are the stars, and the stars are a smaller piece of that puzzle than they used to be.”

Also Read: Summer Box Office Preview: Will Marvel Mania Be Enough to Boost Hollywood's Fortunes?

Marvel didn’t invent the idea of star-free hits: “Star Wars” was packed with relative unknowns until the franchise made Harrison Ford one of the most reliable A-listers in history. And the “Harry Potter” films built stars up from childhood.

But Marvel mastered the art of relying on its IP, and relying on unexpected casting for an added thrill. After years of struggling with addiction, Robert Downey Jr. needed a career boost when he was cast as Iron Man. But the Tony Stark of the comic books, like Downey, struggled with addiction and always made his own rules. The casting was surprising, but completely inspired.

Also Read: 6 Years After 'Hunger Games,' Is Jennifer Lawrence Still a Box Office Draw?

The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has triggered a mad dash for profitable intellectual property — including a wealth of films based on comic books. Disney lapped up Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, making billions in the process. It will also own the “X-Men” and “Avatar” franchises if a planned merger with 20th Century Fox goes through.

Even one of the last major movie stars, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, modestly gives much of the credit for his success to IP. In an interview with TheWrap, he explained how his company with Dany and Hiram Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions, mines IP like the “Jumanji” and “Rampage” games to create fresh hits.

“With every project, we are looking to push the envelope just a little bit more,” Johnson said. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be bigger, but it has to be different, and if you can make it better, we always want to do that.”

Studios have tried to do that with their own IP to limited success. Legendary has gotten off to a good start with its MonsterVerse, which will culminate with a big showdown between King Kong and Godzilla. But Warner Bros.DC Universe has suffered a mostly rocky road over the last few years — “Wonder Woman” notwithstanding — and is trying to retool. Universal’s attempt at a “Dark Universe” of horror failed to launch last year with “The Mummy.” The film marked a major disappointment for Tom Cruise, the personification of the ’80s and ’90s movie star.

Also Read: 'Avengers: Infinity War:' Kevin Feige Tells Us All About That Shocking Opening Death (Exclusive)

The McU puts the characters and the brand first, paying homage to decades-old storylines while subtly improving them. Though successful characters go through scores of writers and artists, their essences remain intact. That will also be the case with the courageous Carol Danvers, who has been through hell in the Marvel comics and will be played by Brie Larson in next year’s “Captain Marvel.”

“There is a lot of spectacle in our movies, and certainly ‘Captain Marvel’ is gonna have a lot of spectacle… but at the heart of the whole movie is Carol Danvers,” Feige told TheWrap last year. “And that’s all that matters.”

And (spoiler alert) she’s the last person Jackson’s Nick Fury texted at the end of “Infinity War.” She might just save the whole Marvel universe from Thanos… though the franchise is the last thing that needs saving.

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‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain, Morgan Turner | Written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner | Directed by Jake Kasdan

Directed by Jake Kasdan, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is only a sequel to its 1995 predecessor in the sense that it features a game called Jumanji that sucks people into it, so if you’ve been waiting 22 long years to see a load of poorly-rendered CGI animals running riot through a city then you should brace yourself for disappointment. Instead, this updated version (the board game is now a video game) is more like a fantasy action / comedy vehicle for co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, with Jack Black and Karen Gillan tagging along for the ride.

The film begins with four high schoolers discovering a dusty old games console while in Saturday detention.
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Film News Roundup: ‘Jumanji’ Actor Mason Guccione Joins Tom Hardy’s Al Capone Biopic (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: ‘Jumanji’ Actor Mason Guccione Joins Tom Hardy’s Al Capone Biopic (Exclusive)
In today’s film news, Mason Guccione scores a role opposite Tom Hardy, the Israel Film Festival announces honors and Leven Rambin’s Ptsd drama gets bought.

Casting

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” actor Mason Guccione has been cast opposite Tom Hardy in a key role in the Al Capone feature biopic “Fonzo,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Josh Trank is directing from his own script about the ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, was jailed for tax evasion and died at the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment as dementia rotted his mind. Producers are keeping the details of Guccione’s character under wraps.
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