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Cannes: ‘Skyfire,’ China’s First Big-Budget Disaster Movie, Shopped by Meridian Ent. (Exclusive)

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Chinese-based companies Meridian Entertainment and Base FX are shopping “Skyfire” at Cannes, China’s first big-budget disaster movie, about a volcanic eruption. The film is directed by British helmer Simon West and stars Britain’s Jason Isaacs, Wang Xueqi (“Iron Man 3”), Shawn Dou (“Wolf Totem”) and Hannah Quinlivan (“Skyscraper”).

“Just as ‘The Wandering Earth’ was the breakout film for the sci-fi genre, we hope ‘Skyfire’ can do the same for the disaster genre,” Meridian’s CEO Jennifer Dong told Variety. “The China market is finally sufficiently large that it can support the making of a big-budget special effects film like this one just for the local market, yet this kind of VFX-heavy film is also something that viewers worldwide can understand and appreciate. We hope we’ve shot a Chinese film for a global audience.”

The film tells the story of people at a tropical resort who get caught up in a volcanic explosion.
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Pokemon: Detective Pikachu scores biggest video game movie opening ever

It may have failed to unseat Avengers: Endgame from the top of the box office charts, but Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Pokemon: Detective Pikachu still enjoyed a very healthy opening this past weekend.

Domestically, Detective Pikachu earned $58 million, topping the $47.7 million opening for 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider to score the biggest opening weekend for a movie based upon a video game property.

Internationally, the Ryan Reynolds-headlined film has grossed a further $112.4 million for a worldwide total of $170.4 million, which puts it ahead of the five theatrically released animated Pokemon movies, the biggest of which was 1999’s Pokemon: The First Movie ($163.6 million).

See Also: Read our Pokemon: Detective Pikachu review here

The highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time is 2016’s Warcraft, which – despite bombing in North America – amassed a global haul of $433.7 million. Whether Detective Pikachu goes on to top that, we shall have to wait and see…
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Will Portray Bruce Wayne On ‘Titans’

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Will Portray Bruce Wayne On ‘Titans’
Exclusive: A new Bruce Wayne is on his way to live-action television: Iain Glen will portray Gotham City’s most famous citizen as a recurring role on Titans when the DC Universe series returns for Season 2 next fall.

The Scottish actor is best known as the grizzled mercenary knight Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones, and he returns in that role this Sunday night with the Season 8 premiere of the HBO series. His face is also familiar to fans of Downton Abbey and the Resident Evil franchise. His other feature film credits include The Iron Lady, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Kick Ass 2, and My Cousin Rachel.

The formally trained Glen has a long and prestigious stage career with noted performances in high-profile productions of Uncle Vanya, The Crucible, Hedda Gabler, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Blue Room, Martin Guerre, and Hamlet. The winner of the Bancroft Medal at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art,
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What’s Coming to Hulu in February 2019

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February is here, which means Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Hulu is offering traditional fare (think Kleenex and chocolates) like the Sandra Bullock-led rom-com “While You Were Sleeping,” as well as “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Moonstruck,” and “Barefoot.”

Why stop at romantic relationships though? Celebrate Galentine’s Day, the Feb. 13 “holiday” popularized by “Parks and Recreation,” which honors women and female friendship. Check out the thrilling “Thelma & Louise” or “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” and for campy reality TV fun, watch women fight and make up on “The Real Housewives of New York City.”

Hulu has also brought out a spate of James Bond films, so get yourself a martini and marathon “Dr. No,” “From Russia With Love,” and “Thunderball,” all the way up to “Tomorrow Never Dies.”

Additionally, recent critically acclaimed movies available on the platform this month include the dark comedy western “The Sisters Brothers,
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Alicia Vikander In "Louis Vuitton"

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Take a look at new images, plus footage of Swedish "Tomb Raider" actress Alicia Vikander on location in Corsica, France, supporting the 'Cruise 2019' campaign from Louis Vuitton wearing Nicolas Ghesquière, with Lv handbags, photographed by Craig McDean:

Vikander trained as a ballet dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and the School of American Ballet in New York.

She began her professional acting career appearing in Swedish television series, gaining recognition for her role as 'Josefin Björn-Tegebrandt' in the TV drama "Andra Avenyn" (2008–10).

Vikander made her feature film debut in "Pure" (2010), winning the 'Guldbagge Award' for 'Best Actress'.

In 2012 she portrayed 'Princess Ekaterina "Kitty" Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya' in director Joe Wright's film adaptation of "Anna Karenina", followed by the role of 'Queen Caroline Mathilde' in the Danish film "A Royal Affair", receiving a 'BAFTA Rising Star Award' nomination. She then starred in the 2013 Swedish drama "Hotell
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Can Studios Crack the Code for a Video Game Movie Breakout in the U.S.?

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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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‘Tomb Raider’ Isn’t a Hit, but Alicia Vikander and Her Director Come Out Ahead

‘Tomb Raider’ Isn’t a Hit, but Alicia Vikander and Her Director Come Out Ahead
For the last five weeks, new movies have seen their opening box office slashed by “Black Panther.” And one casualty — on the domestic side at least — was franchise reboot “Tomb Raider.” When the videogame franchise opened to $23 million in North America last weekend, “Tomb Raider” was written off as a box office disappointment. It may barely squeak into the black via robust returns in overseas markets. Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein admitted that “Tomb Raider” was targeted from the start to appeal to foreign audiences, especially in China. “We looked at the property as an international piece driving the business,” he said. “And that’s essentially what happened.”

Sure enough, the action movie opened at number one in China, the world’s second-biggest market. After its second weekend, the movie tallies $41.7 million domestic and a worldwide total of $211 million. Domestically, it was a ‘tweener — neither a male actioner for videogame hounds,
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‘Tomb Raider’ Isn’t a Hit, but Alicia Vikander and Her Director Come Out Ahead

‘Tomb Raider’ Isn’t a Hit, but Alicia Vikander and Her Director Come Out Ahead
For the last five weeks, new movies have seen their opening box office slashed by “Black Panther.” And one casualty — on the domestic side at least — was franchise reboot “Tomb Raider.” When the videogame franchise opened to $23 million in North America last weekend, “Tomb Raider” was written off as a box office disappointment. It may barely squeak into the black via robust returns in overseas markets. Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein admitted that “Tomb Raider” was targeted from the start to appeal to foreign audiences, especially in China. “We looked at the property as an international piece driving the business,” he said. “And that’s essentially what happened.”

Sure enough, the action movie opened at number one in China, the world’s second-biggest market. After its second weekend, the movie tallies $41.7 million domestic and a worldwide total of $211 million. Domestically, it was a ‘tweener — neither a male actioner for videogame hounds,
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‘Black Panther,’ ‘Tomb Raider,’ a Gay Romance, and a Christian Breakout Couldn’t Save the Box Office

‘Black Panther,’ ‘Tomb Raider,’ a Gay Romance, and a Christian Breakout Couldn’t Save the Box Office
As “Black Panther” continues its astonishing run, the breakout surprise of the weekend was $17-million opener “I Can Only Imagine,” a Christian crowdpleaser, as well as gay teen romance “Love, Simon.”

A month ago, the strong showing for “Panther” suggested a positive trend for the industry; this weekend, the total box office collapsed compared to 2017, when it was boosted by “Beauty and the Beast.” (Given spring break and holiday factors, exact correlations are tough.) Two years ago, 2016 saw six $30-million openers by this point. This year, we only have “Black Panther.”

Tomb Raider” Opens Bigger Overseas

That’s the context for measuring Warner Bros.’ $23-million domestic opening for $100-million franchise reboot “Tomb Raider,” starring athletic Swedish Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander, who nabbed better reviews than the movie. It’s hardly a disaster. After all, it has already booked $102 million overseas, with China the biggest at $41 million. The international take will likely propel it to profit.
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Weekend Box Office: Wakanda Forever

Even after six weeks of release, there is still no stopping Black Panther.

Despite the arrival of three new films this weekend, the Disney/Marvel blockbuster refuses to budge from the top spot. The Ryan Coogler film crossed the $600 million milestone this weekend thanks to an estimated $27 million in ticket sales from 3,834 theaters. Down 34%, the domestic total for Panther is currently at $605.4 million. Overseas, the film has banked $577 million.

Black Panther continues its climb up the all-time domestic grossing chart. This weekend’s new total puts it in seventh place right between The Dark Knight and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. By next weekend, Panther will claw its way past Marvel’s The Avengers to move into fifth place. By the end of its run, it could possibly surpass Jurassic World and Titanic to move into third (all pre-inflation, of course).

Landing in second place with mediocre results was Tomb Raider
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Tomb Raider Review Roundup: Did Alicia Vikander Win Over Critics With Reboot?

Tomb Raider Review Roundup: Did Alicia Vikander Win Over Critics With Reboot?
It's been almost 15 years since Hollywood was last graced with a Tomb Raider movie and now, history will repeat itself with a reboot. But can it pull a crowd? In June 2001, Angelina Jolie starred in the hit film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. The sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, was a domestic box office failure and was more successful abroad. On Friday, the rebooted Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander in the iconic role of Lara Croft, hit theaters nationwide. Last year, the actress told E! News that her movie would have a whole new take on the original movie. As is usual, critics were treated to a preview of the remake. The reviews were...
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Tomb Raider Thursday Night Box Office Is Bigger Than Expected

Warner Bros. rolled out its video game reboot Tomb Raider last night for Thursday sneak previews, and the Box Office results were not groundbreaking, but still a lot better than expected. Tomb Raider took in an estimated $2.1 million in sneak peek screenings that took place in over 3,100 theaters last night, before it opens in 3,854 theaters starting today. Most analysts are predicting an opening weekend in the mid $20 million range, although most also have Black Panther just beating it with a fifth-weekend gross in the high $20 million range.

Unfortunately for Tomb Raider, it isn't getting much help from critics, with its opening day score on Rotten Tomatoes nearly split right down the middle with 49% (71 positive reviews, 73 negative reviews). The movie's 3,854 theater count puts it in the same ballpark as four-time box office champ Black Panther (3,942) and last week's runner-up A Wrinkle In Time (3,980), although its middling critical reception may hinder its box office performance.
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'Lara Croft' takes aim at 'Black Panther' in box office battle (update)

Mary Magdalene debuts in UK, key markets.

March 16 Update: Can Marvel Studios’ Black Panther hold on to its international box office title in the face of what will be a spirited challenge from Tomb Raider this weekend?

The films go head-to-head worldwide in what could become a mighty clash. In one corner is Marvel Studios’ behemoth Black Panther, which has overtaken Transformers: Dark Of The Moon ($1.124bn), The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King ($1.120bn) and Skyfall ($1.109bn) this week en route to becoming the 16th highest global release in history on $1.126bn and counting.

China leads the
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'Lara Croft' takes aim at 'Black Panther' in box office battle

Mary Magdalene debuts in UK, key markets.

Can Marvel StudiosBlack Panther hold on to its international box office title in the face of what will be a spirited challenge from Tomb Raider this weekend?

The films go head-to-head worldwide in what could become a mighty clash. In one corner is Marvel Studios’ behemoth Black Panther, which has overtaken Skyfall ($1.109bn) en route to becoming the 18th biggest global release in history on $1.117bn and counting.

China leads the way on $80.7m and the tentpole will surge past $100m this weekend for a terrific running total that while not spectacular in and of itself,
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'Tomb Raider' Review: Video-Game Icon Gets 'Run, Lara, Run!' Reboot

'Tomb Raider' Review: Video-Game Icon Gets 'Run, Lara, Run!' Reboot
She's the perpetually on-the-move, preposterously curvy heroine of PlayStation RPG fame, the archaeologist with the blazing pistols and the bare midriff. She's fought dinosaurs and ninjas, dodged poison darts and scaled mountains and leapt over ravines and liberated treasures from more subterranean ruins than you can count. The lady is an icon that's launched a videogame empire and inspired endless cosplay. Now meet Lara Croft: Bike Courier!

This is the scrappy character we meet at the beginning of Tomb Raider, a prequel/reboot/franchise Hail-Mary pass that rewinds back to Ms.
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A Tomb of One’s Own: Uthuag Cracks a Croft Pot with Video Game Reboot

Norwegian helmer Roar Uthaug, who scored an international breakthrough with his 2015 disaster thriller The Wave lands on Us soil with the grim tasking of resurrecting video game vixen Lara Croft in the rebooted Tomb Raider, taking the reins from Angelina Jolie, who originated the role in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and the 2003 sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (directed by Simon West and Jan de Bont, respectively).

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Angelina Jolie Faced a Real-Life Battle to Win the Role of Tomb Raider's Lara Croft

Angelina Jolie Faced a Real-Life Battle to Win the Role of Tomb Raider's Lara Croft
Before Alicia Vikander strapped on boots to play video game icon Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie played the athletic role over two films: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life (2003). But Jolie didn’t become the weapon-wielding Croft without fighting a few behind-the-scenes battles of her own.

When Jolie landed the role of the action heroine in the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the 24-year-old star, then dating Billy Bob Thornton, had a wild-child reputation. In a previously published excerpt in The Hollywood Reporter from a biography of film executive Sherry Lansing
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5 Retro Video Games Screaming Out For A Movie Adaptation

Retro Video Game Movies – Hollywood Really Needs To Adapt These Classics Alicia Vikander in the new Tomb Raider film

The latest incarnation of the hit video game Tomb Raider wings its way to cinema screens this week on the 15th March. The latest version stars Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander in the role of Lara Croft, the epic adventurer who sets off to the far East to her late father’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.

This is the third time that the famous ‘Core Design’ video game has been adapted for the big-screen, following in the footsteps of the Angelina Jolie-led movies Lara Croft: Tomb Raider all the way back in 2001, and then its sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, which was released just two years later.

With the likes of Need For Speed,
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Original Tomb Raider Fought For ‘Dangerous’ Angelina Jolie

As Alicia Vikander prepares to draw back her bow for Tomb Raider, the director of 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider remembers how hard it was to cast Angelina Jolie in the original role.

As a piece of noughties nostalgia, neither Tomb Raider or sequel The Cradle of Life are remembered particularly fondly. With two thinly-veiled storylines and indistinguishable love interests played by Daniel Craig and Gerard Butler, it is pretty hard to tell the two movies apart.
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Trailer Watch: Alicia Vikander Embraces Her Destiny in “Tomb Raider”

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“At some point we have to face up to who we are and who we’re meant to be,” Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is told in a new trailer for “Tomb Raider.” The bike courier is being urged to accept the fact that her father is gone. The adventurer went missing seven years ago and is presumed dead. Lara decides that she’s meant to be the one who finds answers, and goes in search of his last-known destination, a mysterious island that’s incredibly difficult to access.

“There was more to my life than business deals and boardrooms,” her father (Dominic West) reveals in a video message he left for her. He explains that it’s up to her to stop a global genocide. Turns out Lara is meant to be someone who saves the world.

Angelina Jolie previously led a “Tomb Raider” franchise, and starred in
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