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Box Office: Tom Hanks’ ‘Inferno’ Faces Frightful Competition From ‘Madea’ After $5.6 Million Friday

Box Office: Tom Hanks’ ‘Inferno’ Faces Frightful Competition From ‘Madea’ After $5.6 Million Friday
Inferno” is burning out during its opening weekend, after making $5.6 million at 3,576 locations on Friday.

Sony’s third adaptation of Dan Brown’s book series, following “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons,” should uncover a $15.9 million opening weekend after a slow Thursday when it made $800,000.

Halloween weekend looks to be a treat for Tyler Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” from Lionsgate. After collecting $4.6 million at 2,299 locations on Friday, its second weekend should earn just barely below the first frame of “Inferno.”

Paramount’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is aiming at third place this weekend after making $2.9 million at 3,780 locations on Friday. The film is seeing a steep 60% drop-off from its opening weekend.

From Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, “Inferno” stars Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, a professor of symbology, who teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to stop a madman from wiping out half the world’s population.
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Agents of Shield, Ep. 2.04, “A Hen in the Wolfhouse”: Enter the Mockingbird

Agents of Shield, Season 2, Episode 5: “A Hen in the Wolfhouse”

Written by Brent Fletcher

Directed by Holly Dale

Airs Tuesdays at 9pm Et on ABC

“A Hen in the Wolfhouse” dials back the amount of action from “Face My Enemy”, but makes up for it with more Kyle MacLachlan, Simmons’ undercover work at Hydra, and the reveal of Mockingbird. The writers also squeeze in Skye discovering Coulson’s two big secrets, Fitz and Simmons reuniting, and another Skye-Ward interrogation scene. With so much going on, “A Hen in the Wolfhouse” should feel rushed and over-stuffed, but everything dovetails so neatly that none of the action or plot points feel forced.

At the center of the episode’s action is Simmons’ undercover work at Hydra. She is getting more information about the Obelisk and how Hydra plans to weaponize it, but when Hydra catches word that there is a mole in their midst,
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Tom Hanks, Ron Howard's ‘Inferno’ Moves Off ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Release Date

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Tom Hanks, Ron Howard's ‘Inferno’ Moves Off ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Release Date
Looking to avoid “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Sony has pushed back the release of its Dan Brown adaptation “Inferno,” which will find Tom Hanks reprising his role as Robert Langdon. After directing “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons,” Ron Howard is returning for “Inferno,” which Sony will now release on Oct. 14, 2016. “Inferno” had been scheduled to go head-to-head with “Star Wars: Episode VII” on Dec. 18, 2015. Now, only the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy “The Nest” will have that distinct pleasure, though it could prove to be a savvy counter programming decision. Heading into production next spring in Italy,
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Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are both back for Dan Brown's 'Inferno' for 2015

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Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are both back for Dan Brown's 'Inferno' for 2015
I am not remotely surprised that they're skipping "The Last Symbol" completely. Actually, maybe I am a little surprised. After all, Tom Hanks and Ron Howard both made mountains of cash for the first two Robert Langdon films, "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons," despite the fact that very few people seemed to genuinely like either of the films. Dan Brown's books are pop culture juggernauts, and that combination of talent combined with the omnipresence of the books made the movies as close to a can't miss proposition as you can get in modern Hollywood. "The Last Symbol," though, tarnished...
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Tom Hanks and Ron Howard confirmed for Dan Brown’s Inferno

Tom Hanks and Ron Howard confirmed for Dan Brown’s Inferno
Having enjoyed box office success with The Da Vinci Code and Angels And Demons Sony has announced plans for its latest Dan Brown adaptation, but it’s probably not the title you were expecting the studio to tackle next… Rather than following the series as published by moving on to The Lost Symbol, Sony is moving forward with a movie version of Inferno, the most recent of Brown’s well-loved page-turners. Tom Hanks has signed on to return as intrepid protagonist Robert Langdon, while Ron Howard will also be in the director’s chair once...

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The working titles of Hollywood blockbuster movies

What do you do if you want to keep your film’s production a secret, or if you haven’t thought of a title yet? Choose a working title…

Thanks to the perpetually churning rumour mill that is the Internet, it’s extremely difficult to keep a secret for long – particularly if you happen to be one of the most respected mainstream directors currently working, and your latest film is a $150 million sci-fi thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Back in 2009, the secretive Christopher Nolan began filming something called Oliver’s Arrow, and actors on the movie's production were wandering around with ‘sides’ in their hand (the miniature scripts which contain the scenes they’ll be working on that day) bearing that title. It didn’t take long, however, for people to work out that Oliver’s Arrow was, in fact, Inception, Nolan’s much-anticipated movie set in “architecture of the mind.
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Academy pares down visual effects shortlist

Academy pares down visual effects shortlist
The race for the visual effects Oscar just got a little tighter.

The Academy's visual effects branch announced on Wednesday that the shortlist of 15 movies, released in mid-December, has been whittled down to seven films that remain in the running.


"Avatar" heads the alphabetic list, followed by "District 9," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Star Trek," "Terminator Salvation," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "2012."

The movies that have fallen out of contention since December are "Angels & Demons," "Coraline," "Disney's A Christmas Carol," "G-Force," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "Sherlock Holmes," "Watchmen" and "Where the Wild Things Are."

All members of the visual effects branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven films on the new shortlist. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Feb. 2.
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'Star Trek,' 'Transformers 2' and 'Avatar' battling for Visual Effects Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 semi-finalists for the Achievement in Visual Effects for the 82nd Academy Awards today. The contenders are as follows: “Angels & Demons” “Avatar” “Coraline” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” “District 9” “G-Force” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” “Sherlock Holmes” “Star Trek” “Terminator Salvation” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” “2012” “Watchmen” “Where the Wild Things Are” According to the Academy, the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the semifinalists, will narrow the list to seven early next monty. At that point,...
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Tom Hanks Is Game To Play Robert Langdon In 'The Lost Symbol'

Tom Hanks Is Game To Play Robert Langdon In 'The Lost Symbol'
That didn't take too long. Dan Brown's new thriller, "The Lost Symbol," hit bookshelves in mid-September and Tom Hanks—busy Oscar-winner that he is—has already finished reading it. Of course, Hanks had a little extra motivation going in, seeing as he's twice played Brown's hero Robert Langdon on the big screen (in little pictures called "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons").

"I just finished it last week," Hanks told MTV News on the "Where the Wild Things Are" red carpet. "Page-turner. Dan Brown knows how to weave a tale. I was exhausted by the end of it."

With the book behind him— and its tale of Langdon chasing Freemasons in Washington. D.C.—does Hanks see himself once again portraying the Harvard-educated symbologist? "I'd love to if they're going to do it," he said. "I'm not going to walk away from that.... If they make it again,
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German boxoffice beats the recession

Berlin -- The German boxoffice beat both the recession and the summer heat, recording a 13.4% jump to €422 million ($602 million) in the first six months of the year, the best first half result since 2002.

Hollywood tentpoles "Angels & Demons," "Ice Age 3" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" put bums on seats but home-grown titles held their own.

Led by Oscar-winner "The Reader," local comedy "Mannersache" and kids hit "Lilly the Witch," German-produced features accounted for 25.4% of first half admissions, the second highest level on record.
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Boxoffice on track for record summer

Boxoffice on track for record summer
So far, so good.

Hollywood has been licking its chops over the prospect of a record summer boxoffice, and the industry remains on track for just that midway into the season's third month. The reason is simple, if unsexy: Although several films have underperformed, nothing has gone catastrophically wrong.

"There haven't been any train wrecks, even though most summers seem to have one," one grateful studio exec says.

That's partly because the industry has made a fine art of balancing the U.S. and global appeal of its films.

In a notable misfire, Warner Bros.' pricey sci-fi actioner "Terminator Salvation" topped out at $123 million domestically, but foreign rights-holder Sony did significantly better with $228 million in foreign coin. Similarly, Sony's "Angels & Demons" fetched a nifty $342 million overseas to bail out the Tom Hanks starrer, which underwhelmed domestically with $131 million.

Still, toss in such star-studded underachievers as Sony's Denzel Washington-
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Vatican Praises Latest Harry Potter Film

The Roman Catholic Church has praised the latest instalment of the Harry Potter franchise - for highlighting the "sacrifice" needed for good to triumph over evil.

The Vatican's own newspaper L'Osservatore Romano lauded Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, insisting it is the best adaptation of J.K. Rowling's hugely successful books so far.

And it even insisted the teenage love scenes - with the main characters all kissing in the film - achieved the "correct balance" in creating a credible story for the audience.

The Vatican added that the movie was positive as it showed that to overcome evil, it "sometimes requires costs and sacrifice".

However, the paper doesn't always offer up such kingly reviews of blockbusters - the publication slammed Tom Hanks' Angels and Demons in May, insisting the Vatican could "not approve" the religious-themed movie.

Day-and-date can be a dilemma

Day-and-date can be a dilemma
Amsterdam -- Two of this summer's biggest hits illustrate the lucrative possibilities of day-and-date film releasing -- as well as its limits.

Sony greenlighted its Tom Hanks starrer "Angels & Demons" -- based on author Dan Brown's less well-known follow-up to "The Da Vinci Code" -- specifically because of its international expectations. Staging a simultaneous worldwide bow in May, the results haven't disappointed: "Angels" has soared to more than $320 million internationally, combining with a more earthbound $125 million in domestic boxoffice.

"The world has become so small, and a film like 'Angels & Demons' is able to tap into a worldwide audience," said Sony worldwide distribution president Rory Bruer, who's here this week for the annual Cinema Expo confab. "But you have to look at what's best for the picture."

Indeed, though execs at all studios now routinely scrutinize foreign boxoffice projections when developing projects and planning campaigns, one need look no
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Weekend Report: Lush 'Hangover,' 'Up' Linger Over Typical 'Taking'

The good times continued to roll for The Hangover and Up, though not so much for the new movies and the box office as a whole. Hangover kept its buzz going with $32.8 million, while Up maintained its slow descent with $30.8 million. While those pictures were bustling, overall business was down 24 percent from the same weekend last year and had the lowest attendance for the timeframe in over a decade. Imbibing an exceptional $104.8 million in ten days, The Hangover saw the smallest dip among nationwide releases, down 27 percent. The ribald comedy held better than Knocked Up at the same point, but not quite as well as Wedding Crashers. Regardless of the percentage drops, though, it's grossed significantly more than those pictures at the ten-day mark, even when adjusted for ticket price inflation, and has flown way above genre norms. Up eased 30 percent and its tally climbed to $187.4 million in 17 days, the
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Twilight Lands 12 Teen Choice Nominations

Twilight Lands 12 Teen Choice Nominations
Vampire love story Twilight is leading the charge for the 2009 Teen Choice Awards' nominations with an impressive 12 nods.

The blood-sucking film has been named in the Choice Movie: Romance and Choice Movie: Drama categories, where it will face stiff competition from Tom Hanks' Angels & Demons, Brad Pitt's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Beyonce Knowles' Obsessed and Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire.

And its stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart - who are at work on the franchise's second installment New Moon - have earned recognition for their own efforts, in categories for Choice Movie Actor and Actress in a Drama.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year is in close competition with 10 nods in categories including Choice Movie: Music/Dance, while its stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are up for Choice Movie Actor and Actress in a Music/Dance film.

The teen musical ties with singer/actress Miley Cyrus and hit teen TV drama Gossip Girl, whose star Blake Lively will face off against Cyrus in the Choice Female Hottie category, battling it out with Megan Fox, Beyonce Knowles and Vanessa Hudgens for the title. Teen fans will have a bevy of Hollywood hunks to choose from in the male category, including Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford, Zac Efron, Taylor Kitsch, Robert Pattinson and The Jonas Brothers.

The musical trio has landed nine nominees, including Choice Movie: Music/Dance, Choice TV Actor: Comedy, Choice TV: Breakout Show and Choice Music: Love Song, among others.

The Jonas Brothers will host the ceremony, which will air live on U.S. TV on 10 August. Teenage fans have been asked to vote for their favourites online.

Hanks Gets Fit After Williams' Heart Operation

Hanks Gets Fit After Williams' Heart Operation
Hollywood star Tom Hanks has been scared into shape by pal Robin Williams' recent heart scare, and he's hired a new chef to help him stay trim.

Williams was forced to undergo heart surgery to replace a valve in March after falling ill on a comedy tour.

Sources claim the scare shook Hanks into getting a check-up himself, and his doctor warned him that yo-yoing dieting for film roles was damaging his health.

An insider tells the National Enquirer, "Tom's new chef travelled with him on the Angels & Demons press junket. Robin's heart surgery really drove home the point to Tom that if he wants to enjoy middle age, he'd better start taking care of himself.

"At home and on the road, his full-time meal maestro cooks steamed or broiled chicken, fish and lots of vegetables. Tom's favourite cookie-dough ice cream is now a no no."

'Angels & Demons' stays on top overseas

'Angels & Demons' stays on top overseas
20th Century Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" could not dislodge Sony's "Angels & Demons" as the No. 1 film on the international circuit over the Memorial Day weekend.

The family comedy starring Ben Stiller opened No. 2, grossing $50.1 million from 8,100 screens in 93 territories while "Angels" maintained its first-place ranking for the second straight weekend with $60.4 million from 10,610 locations in 99 markets.

The sequel to "Night at the Museum," also starring Stiller and released overseas on a staggered-market basis beginning Dec. 21, 2006, "Smithsonian" will have a hard time challenging much less exceeding the overseas boxoffice mark set by the original. "Night at the Museum" grossed a worldwide total of $572.3 million of which 56.5% (or $323.6 million) of the boxoffice revenue was generated offshore.

The biggest market for "Smithsonian" was the U.K., where it finished No. 1 with a muscular $6.8 million from 512 sites. It also finished No. 1 in France ($5 million from 698 sites), Russia ($4.4 million from
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'Angels' has heavenly overseas bow

'Angels' has heavenly overseas bow
Sony's "Angels & Demons" owned the international circuit during the weekend, claiming the No. 1 spot in all of its 96 debut markets with a heavenly $104.3 million from 10,468 screens for a powerful $9,964 per-screen average.

An adaptation of Dan Brown's novel written before Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" -- the film version of which Sony skillfully exploited offshore in 2006 -- "Angels" registered the 10th biggest international launch ever, and easily the biggest foreign opening of 2009.

"Angels' " opening weekend was also the biggest worldwide since the May 21, 2008, launch of Paramount's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," which drew $147 million playing 8,399 screens in 55 territories. "Angels' " worldwide opening gross was $152.3 million.

Created by the same team responsible for "Da Vinci" -- co-producer Imagine Entertainment and director Ron Howard, with Tom Hanks reprising as Harvard symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon -- the summer's latest tentpole failed to match "Da Vinci's" $155 million opening weekend tally (from 12,213 screens in some 80 markets).

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'Angels & Demons' hauls $48 million

'Angels & Demons' hauls $48 million
Sony's Tom Hanks starrer "Angels & Demons" hovers in boxoffice limbo domestically -- neither heavenly hit nor hellish flop, after opening No. 1 with an estimated $48 million during the weekend -- but its worldwide bow was much more celestial.

Directed by Ron Howard and co-produced by Imagine Entertainment, "Angels" enjoyed a profoundly outsized international debut of $104.3 million from 96 territories. That made for an impressive $152.3 million worldwide tally, though with domestic grosses on the lower end of industry expectations, execs will hope "Angels" shows sturdy legs.

Paramount's well-reviewed sci-fi actioner "Star Trek" charted a stellar second session to grab second place in the domestic rankings, as the franchise prequel dropped just 46% from its first frame to $43 million and a $147.6 million cume. Fox's comic book-based action pic "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" finished third in its third weekend in release with $14.8 million and a $151.1 million cume.

Summit Entertainment's urban action comedy "Next Day Air" fell
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'Angels' flying lower than expected

'Angels' flying lower than expected
Bedeviled by mixed reviews and weak interest among younger moviegoers, Sony’s Tom Hanks starrer “Angels & Demons” hit domestic theaters a bit sluggishly on Friday, gathering $16.6 million from 3,527 venues.

Despite its ho-hum initial tally, Saturday is the true test for an older-skewing release like “Angels,” and its bow still could turn heavenly. But based on the first-day numbers, a more likely scenario would see “Angels” land on the lower end of pre-release projections. Sony execs claimed prior to the weekend that an opening just south of $50 million would be acceptable for the Ron Howard-helmed sequel to 2006’s “The Da Vinci Code.” Many industryites predicted “Angels” would fly north of $50 million through Sunday.

Elsewhere among Friday’s daily rankings, Paramount’s scifi prequel “Star Trek” dropped 62% from its first Friday tally to register $11.7 million in second place over an eighth day in release. If $4 million in May 7 previews are excluded from the comparison,
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