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The JoBlo Summer 2019 Movie Preview!

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It's finally here! After a lean couple of months that only had a handful of blockbuster sweet spots (such as the underrated Alita: Battle Angel) the summer movie season is upon us! This looks to be one for the record books - with Disney releasing four movies that look set to gross about a billion bucks a piece - more so in the case of Avengers: Endgame. Here's a list of everything we're keen to see. You'll find lots of stuff here, from tentpole blockbusters,…

‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Film Review: Haunting Memory Play Culminates in Bravura 3D Sequence

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‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Film Review: Haunting Memory Play Culminates in Bravura 3D Sequence
Not to be confused with Eugene O’Neill’s play or any of its subsequent screen adaptations, Chinese box office phenomenon “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” is a mesmerizing hallucination of a film, a journey through one man’s memories for a truth that may not exist. Tang Wei and Huang Jue play a doomed romantic pair in Bi Gan’s languid thriller, which owes a tremendous debt to the likes of Tarkovsky, Malick and Wong Kar-wai even as it forges its own indelible, impressionistic path.

Huang (“The Hidden Sword”) plays Luo Hongwu, a man returning to his hometown of Kaili after the death of his father. Besieged by memories of his past — including a relationship with gangster’s moll Wan Qiwen, who disappeared many years ago on the eve of them running away together — Luo revisits old acquaintances and reflects on the impact of the people he has lost.
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They Are the Champions: Why ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is an Unlikely $900 Million Smash

They Are the Champions: Why ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is an Unlikely $900 Million Smash
Bohemian Rhapsody” (20th Century Fox – its final blockbuster) has passed $900 million in total gross worldwide. That makes it the sixth-biggest 2018 release overall — placing it ahead of recent hits like “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Batman v. Superman,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The film’s final push came from its current modest play in China.

It also is #4 among 2018 releases in foreign sales. At $685 million, it stands behind only “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom,” and “Aquaman” in popularity. That remarkable placement makes it the most surprising success of last year. Let’s look at some of the unusual aspects of its reception.

Foreign Made It a Massive Hit

“Bohemian Rhapsody” certainly was a domestic success, with a $216 million gross that makes it the 10th biggest film of 2018. It’s also the lowest North American number among the very top international hits. As of now, “Rhapsody” scored 76% of its take overseas.
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First Trailer for ‘Playmobil: The Movie’ Takes the Iconic Toy Brand to the Big Screen

Part live-action, but mostly animation, Playmobil: The Movie aims to do what The Lego Movie did for its parent company back in 2014: Kickstart a family film franchise and reignite interest from new and old fans alike. The first official trailer for the upcoming movie is here, and it promises a fun-filled adventure stocked with only the slightest bit of peril and a barrelful of laughs for the little ones. I'll admit to being a bit disconcerted by the intense, lidless eyes of the main characters, but if I could get over it for Alita: Battle Angel, …
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Screen production drops in New Zealand

Avengers: Infinity War

New Zealand’s screen production revenue fell by 20 per cent to $NZ1 billion in 2017-2018, due primarily to a drop in feature films, according to a new report.

However post-production revenue increased by 21 per cent to $NZ760 million thanks to films such as Avengers: Infinity War, Mortal Engines and Alita: Battle Angel.

StatsNZ said total screen industry revenue was $NZ3.3 billion, down $NZ268 million or 8 per cent on the previous year’s peak of $NZ3.5 billion, also caused by falls in broadcasting and distribution, particularly in Auckland.

Revenue from productions including Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Daffodils and Mulan dropped by $NZ245 million, despite a 9 per cent increase in government funding to $NZ227 million. New Zealand Screen Production Grant funding almost doubled to $NZ96 million.

While revenue for production companies fell, contracting businesses saw an increase in production and post-production revenue, up 17 per cent to $NZ1 billion.

“We had
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Alita Wasn't the Bomb Everyone Expected, a Sequel Is Very Possible

Alita Wasn't the Bomb Everyone Expected, a Sequel Is Very Possible
Despite the odds being stacked against it happening, an Alita: Battle Angel sequel is now a real possibility. How real? That depends on what Disney sees in it, but it's at least something that is going to be considered and fans of the first movie have some hope to hold onto.

James Cameron shepherded this adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's beloved manga through the production process as a passion project of his, with Robert Rodriguez taking the reins as director. Despite the fact that many saw this as a surefire flop, it has defied expectations and, at the very least, won't lose the studio any money. As such, the inevitable discussions about a sequel can now occur.

As of this writing, Alita: Battle Angel has grossed $402.6 million at the worldwide box office. That's $85 million domestic and $317 million internationally, including a stellar $132 million from China. Even with the reported $170 million production budget,
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'Dumbo' flies to $120m worldwide, 'Captain Marvel' hits $993m (update)

The Walt Disney Company’s releases in 2019 cross $1bn internationally.

April 1, 2019: Disney’s Dumbo took flight on $119.5m worldwide and $73.5m internationally to rank as the number one film of the weekend, while Captain Marvel reached $992.6m to round out a week in which The Walt Disney Studios crossed $1bn at the international box office for the year-to-date.

DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World crossed $500m worldwide through Universal Pictures International, and Alita: Battle Angel broke the $400m global barrier for Fox International, while Green Book has crossed $300m worldwide through various distributors. Universal
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'Dumbo' flies to $116m worldwide, 'Captain Marvel' hits $991m (update)

The Walt Disney Company’s releases in 2019 cross $1bn internationally.

April 1, 2019: Disney’s Dumbo took flight on $116m worldwide and $71m internationally to rank as the number one film of the weekend, while Captain Marvel reached $991m to round out a week in which The Walt Disney Studios crossed $1bn at the international box office for the year-to-date.

DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World crossed $500m worldwide through Universal Pictures International, and Alita: Battle Angel broke the $400m global barrier for Fox International, while Green Book has crossed $300m worldwide through various distributors. Universal
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'Dumbo' flies to $116m worldwide, 'Captain Marvel' hits $991m

The Walt Disney Company’s releases in 2019 cross $1bn internationally.

Disney’s Dumbo took flight on $116m worldwide and $71m internationally to rank as the number one film of the weekend, while Captain Marvel reached $991m to round out a week in which The Walt Disney Studios crossed $1bn at the international box office for the year-to-date.

DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World crossed $500m worldwide through Universal Pictures International, and Alita: Battle Angel broke the $400m global barrier for Fox International. Universal’s Us surges to early $46.3m at international box office and will cross $175m worldwide on Monday.
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'Captain Marvel' soars past $600m international, 'Us' storms into South Korea

'Captain Marvel' soars past $600m international, 'Us' storms into South Korea
Us scores record foreign horror opening day in South Korea.

Captain Marvel has crossed the $600m barrier at the international box office and stands at $938.1m worldwide as it climbs towards the $1bn mark.

The Marvel Studios tentpole starring Brie Larson has amassed $607.3m internationally, of which $148.3m comes from China, $40.8m from South Korea, and $40m from the UK via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (Wdsmpi).

Wdsmpi opens Tim Burton’s take on Dumbo and the beloved flying elephant goes virtually everywhere day-and-date with North American this weekend. Wednesday brought debuts in France, South Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, Belgium,
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China box office: Taiwanese tearjerker 'More Than Blue' on top for a second week

China box office: Taiwanese tearjerker 'More Than Blue' on top for a second week
‘Song Of Youth’ is the top new release.

Taiwanese romantic drama More Than Blue easily retained the China box office crown, grossing $68m to account for more than half of the total takings in the seven-day period March 18-24.

However the total March box office is down 17% on the same periodlast year which was boosted by blockbusters including Black Panther, Pacific Rim: Uprising and the tail-end of Operation Red Sea’s run.

Produced by Singapore-headquartered mm2, the Taiwan-set Mandarin-language romantic drama More Than Blue has now grossed $115.3m to date, making it the biggest Taiwanese film in China of all time,
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Jordan Peele's 'Us' opens second at UK box office with strong £2.8m bow

Jordan Peele's 'Us' opens second at UK box office with strong £2.8m bow
Captain Marvel remains top with £3.5m weekend.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.32

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Mar 22-25) Total gross to date Week 1 Captain Marvel (Disney) £3.4m £29.5m 3 2 Us (Universal) £2.8m £2.8m 1 3 Fisherman’s Friends (Entertainment) £972,836 £3.4m 2 4 What Men Want (Paramount) £513,000 £1.9m 2 5 Fighting With My Family (Lionsgate) £387,779 £5.5m 4 Disney

Captain Marvel stayed top of the tree this weekend. The film dropped 49% in its third outing, adding £3.4m for £29.5m cume.

The film is now set to pass the lifetime gross of Thor: Ragnarok (£29.6m) and has its sights set on Spider-Man 3 (£33.6m) and Iron Man 3 (£37m).

Elsewhere for Disney,
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10 Fantasy Novels That Would Be Amazing Fantasy Series

Game of Thrones is coming to an end. The now universally beloved fantasy series has been a staple of fantasy television since it first came out, but now the adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is almost complete. It leaves behind a vacuum which no show seems ready to fill.

Related: 10 Anime That Should Be Made into Live-Action Films (After Alita: Battle Angel)

There are plenty of fantasy novels, however, that can be adapted. Several have. Lev Grossman's The Magicians, Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters, and Neil Gaiman's American Gods have been adapted already, with shows like Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens coming soon, as well as The Witcher and a new Middle-Earth series. But what else there? What other fantasy novels could make a fantastic television series?
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Box Office Report For March 22-24

Welcome back to the weekly box office report! Each and every Sunday, expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, Jordan Peele put forth his sophomore effort Us, which opened to rave reviews and a record setting haul. Without much else entering the marketplace, it was smooth sailing. How did the holdovers do in competition with Peele? Let us take a look right now at just that… The top spot this weekend, opening way above expectations, was Peele’s second feature Us. Not only did it open big, it made $70.2 million, which made it the second largest opening ever for a live-action original motion picture. Not bad, right? This was way bigger of an opening than Get Out was last time around, so expect massive numbers overall for this one. Coming in at number
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Us Scares Up 3rd Biggest Horror Debut of All Time with $70M

Us Scares Up 3rd Biggest Horror Debut of All Time with $70M
Jordan Peele's Us dominated this weekend's box office with a record breaking $70.3 million domestic opening. The debut was enough to earn the Get Out follow up the third highest grossing debut for a horror movie in history. Only Steven Muschietti's big screen adaptation of Stephen King's It ($123.4 million) and last year's Halloween sequel ($76.2 million) are ahead of Us. Peele's latest project has been a hit with fans and critics and many recommend seeing the movie twice to fully digest everything that is going on in it.

As for the number two spot this weekend, that goes to Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel, which was able to bring in an additional $35 million. In the three weeks that the Carol Danvers standalone movie has been in theaters, it has earned over $910 million globally and is inching towards the $1 billion club, which it will inevitably do. It's just a matter of time now.
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Junkie Xl to score Terminator: Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate may be bringing James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton back together, but The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day composer Brad Fiedel won’t be coming out of retirement for the reunion, as THR is reporting that the upcoming reboot will be scored by Junkie Xl.

The composer, a.k.a. Tom Holkenborg, previously worked with Dark Fate director Tim Miller on Deadpool, while his other credits include Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Alita: Battle Angel.

“It’s great to be working on another project with Tim,” said Holkenborg. “The original Terminators were such iconic movies, and having James back as a producer with Tim directing is an amazing dream team. It’s going to be a fantastic movie to be part of.”

See Also: Arnold Schwarzenegger talks Terminator: Dark Fate and James Cameron’s involvement

Terminator: Dark Fate is
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Junkie Xl Will Score Terminator 6: Dark Fate Soundtrack

Junkie Xl Will Score Terminator 6: Dark Fate Soundtrack
It has been revealed that Junkie Xl is reuniting with director Tim Miller to score Terminator: Dark Fate. The upcoming sequel marks the first time that James Cameron has been involved with the franchise since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Cameron is on board as producer, while Miller directs and it will ignore all of the installments post T2, which has been seen as a good thing by many fans of the Terminator franchise. Miller previously collaborated with Junkie Xl for the Deadpool score in 2016.

Junkie Xl, aka Tom Holkenborg, is excited to be working on Terminator 6. The composer has been a part of a ton of cool projects over the years, but getting to work on the Terminator franchise with the return of James Cameron is a pretty big deal. Holkenbog does not take this opportunity for granted. Holkenborg released a statement, which you can read below.

"It's great
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Andrew Cripps to depart Fox International as division awaits fate under Disney-Fox changes (update)

No word yet on fate of Fox International division.

Update: Fox International theatrical distribution president Andrew Cripps is to depart amid a first wave of redundancies following Disney’s $71.3bn acquisition of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox, in a move that spells rough times ahead for Fox International staff and apparatus.

Cripps will not depart immediately however further clarity was unavailable at time of writing. The executive is one of the most highly regarded and accomplished professionals in the international arena. Until 2017 he served as president of IMAX International, and was president of Paramount Pictures International from 2007-
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Fox International Distribution Head Andrew Cripps Also Out Post-Merger; More Names

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Updated with more names: Fox’s International Theatrical Distribution president Andrew Cripps was also among the Fox senior brass pink-slipped Wednesday as Disney absorbs the rival studio.

Cripps, like Fox Domestic Distribution boss Chris Aronson who was also laid off today, is also a platinum executive in his field with a three-decade-plus track record having previously served as president of Imax International, president of Paramount Pictures International from 2007-2011, and president and COO of United International Pictures. His international exposure includes 19 years in Japan as part of his Uip tenure.

Cripps moved to Fox International from London in 2017 and oversaw all strategic and managerial international theatrical distribution activities for the studio. He was also involved with developing business opportunities in the offshore marketplace, including established territories as well as newer areas.

Cripps succeeded Paul Hanneman, who was Fox’s co-president of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing and Distribution.

During Cripps’ short run at Fox,
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Heads roll at Fox after Disney takeover closes

Andrew Cripps.

Andrew Cripps, Chris Aronson, Heather Phillips, Mike Dunn and Greg Meidel are among the first wave of senior layoffs at 20th Century Fox following the Walt Disney Co’s $US71.3 billion purchase of Fox’s crown jewels.

A former executive at Paramount, IMAX and United International Pictures, the highly regarded Cripps was hired as Fox’s international theatrical distribution president in 2017.

During his reign the home runs in international markets included Bohemian Rhapsody ($663.7 million), The Greatest Showman ($260.6 million), Deadpool 2 ($460.4 million), Murder on the Orient Express ($250 million) and The Kingsman: The Golden Circle ($310.7 million).

While the $170 million James Cameron production Alita: Battle Angel has struggled in the Us, taking $81 million, the Cripps-led international team was far more effective, generating $312.2 million.

Aronson was the president of domestic distribution, Phillips was executive VP and head of domestic publicity, Dunn was president of product strategy and consumer business development and Meidel was president of Twentieth Television.
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