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‘Ocean’s 8’ Posts a Strong Opening as Women Lead the Summer Box Office

‘Ocean’s 8’ Posts a Strong Opening as Women Lead the Summer Box Office
Women are dominating the summer movie season so far. This prime early June weekend boasts three wide openings — a caper, a horror flick, a crime thriller — with strong female leads. This comes exactly a year after we saw “Wonder Woman” launch the biggest success of summer 2017.

“Ocean’s 8” (Warner Bros.) is the dominant title, with a better than expected weekend of $41,500,000. That’s more than acceptable for a $70-million franchise entry with built-in international appeal. So far the initial domestic results show that whatever risk there was in revamping the ensemble male star vehicle series to feature top actresses paid off.

While the grosses outpace the four series entries going back to 2001, this entry sold the fewest tickets among any of the films. The adjusted opening grosses of the first three were $61 million, $57 million and $48 million for the most recent installment in 2007.

“Ocean’s 8” actually had a lower debut than
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Box Office: ‘Ocean’s 8’ Gets Away With $41.5 Million Opening

Box Office: ‘Ocean’s 8’ Gets Away With $41.5 Million Opening
The ladies of “Ocean’s 8” pulled off a solid debut at the box office.

The genre-bending heist film opened to $41.5 million from 4,145 — a series best for the “Ocean’s” franchise.

Women and older moviegoers boosted box office numbers. Females accounted for 69% of audiences, while 69% were over the age of 25. The film currently has a B+ CinemaScore and 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures’s latest collaboration marks a decade since Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s” trilogy with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon has graced the big screen. “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” and “Ocean’s Thirteen,” which released between 2001 and 2007, each bowed between $36 million and $39 million. In total, the trilogy collected over $1.2 billion worldwide.
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Jodie Foster Has Just One Regret After Five Decades in the Business: It Was Hard to ‘Say Yes’ to More Directing Projects

Jodie Foster Has Just One Regret After Five Decades in the Business: It Was Hard to ‘Say Yes’ to More Directing Projects
Jodie Foster isn’t retiring any time soon, but the Oscar-winning actress and four-time film director is already thinking hard about her legacy. “If I have an apology to make for my whole career [as] I’m being given my last rites, [it’s that] I’m really sorry that it was very hard for me to say yes,” she told IndieWire during a recent interview. “I didn’t make as many movies as I was hoping I would. … I do regret that I didn’t direct more in all those years, that I only managed to direct four movies in the course of 30 years or something. That’s just ridiculous, but I got busy. I had kids. I had a company. I was acting.”

It doesn’t take much to get Foster, who started acting when she was just a toddler, to open up about her professional philosophy. More than anything, it’s
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‘Narcos’ Showrunner Reveals Key Cast Members Joining Season 4 (Exclusive)

‘Narcos’ Showrunner Reveals Key Cast Members Joining Season 4 (Exclusive)
Speaking to Variety at the LA Screenings, “Narcos” showrunner-executive producer Eric Newman revealed the names of key cast members of the upcoming fourth season of Netflix’s global hit series. The much-anticipated season, shot on location in Mexico, is likely to be released in the fall like past seasons.

The previously announced leads, Diego Luna and Michael Pena, head a cast that includes Tenoch Huerta (“Spectre”), Joaquin Cosio (“Quantum of Solace”), Jose Maria Yazpik (who starred in Season 3), Mexican-American thesp Teresa Ruiz (“The Last Ship”), and American actress Alyssa Diaz (“Red Dawn”).

Narcos” Season 4 has also enlisted award-winning Mexican helmers including Amat Escalante,
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Chris Evans to Star in Neill Blomkamp's Disaster Movie Greenland

Chris Evans to Star in Neill Blomkamp's Disaster Movie Greenland
Chris Evans is trading in his shield to star in Neill Blomkamp's next movie Greenland. The movie is about one family's fight for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster. It looks like this is going to be Evans' first major movie following his likely final turns as Captain America in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. For Blomkamp, it's his first feature since 2014's Chappie, which was something of a disappointment.

The news of this project comes out of Cannes, which is currently taking place in France. Thunder Road Picture's Basil Iwanyk (John Wick) is producing the movie. Anton is co-financing with Riverstone Pictures. Anton's CEO Sebastien Raybaud and Harold van Lier are executive producing with Riverstone's Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar. Raybaud had this to say about Greenland in a statement.

"When we read Greenland, we knew it was exactly the sort of film we
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Neill Blomkamp’s Disaster Thriller Greenland To Star Chris Evans

Chris Evans will lead director Neill Blomkamp’s next film, Greenland, about one family’s fight for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster.

Greenland is produced by Thunder Road Picture’s Basil Iwanyk. Anton is co-financing with Riverstone Pictures. Anton’s Sébastien Raybaud and Harold van Lier are executive producing with Riverstone’s Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar. CAA Media Finance arranged the film’s financing and will represent the project’s domestic rights alongside Endeavor Content. Anton is fast emerging as a major industry player having already introduced the $40m Fireheart to buyers at Cannes.

Thunder Road developed the picture with Riverstone and UK financier Ingenious Media.

STXinternational, a division of Stx Entertainment, is handling international distribution for the highly anticipated film as well as directly distributing the film in the UK and Ireland. The company will present the project to buyers at the Marche du Film.
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Chris Evans to star in Neill Blomkamp’s Greenland

In news coming out of Cannes, it has been reported that Avengers: Infinity War star Chris Evans has signed on to lead the disaster thriller Greenland, the new film from District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp.

Deadline reports that plot details for Greenland are being kept tightly under wraps, but the film will revolve around a family’s fight for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster. Thunder Road Pictures, Anton and Riverstone Pictures are producing the project, which is set to begin filming in Q4 2018, with STXinternational handling distribution.

“When we read Greenland, we knew it was exactly the sort of film we wanted to make as we build the Anton brand — smart, character driven genre with action and heart,” said Sebastien Raybaud of Anton. “We are very excited to work alongside our friends at Stx with such exceptional talent as Neill Blomkamp, Chris Evans and Basil Iwanyk.
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Jodie Foster On Taking Charge As A Director And Her Return To Acting – Behind The Lens

On the latest edition of my Deadline series Behind the Lens, Jodie Foster dropped by to talk about her latest foray behind the camera with the well-received “Arkangel” episode of Netflix’s anthology series Black Mirror. But she also discusses her return to acting in movies after a five-year absence. This versatile artist, whose acting career along spans a half century in front of the camera, is candid in explaining the break from emoting (her last film was 2013’s Elysium) …
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Jodie Foster On Taking Charge As A Director And Her Return To Acting – Behind The Lens

On the latest edition of my Deadline series Behind the Lens, Jodie Foster dropped by to talk about her latest foray behind the camera with the well-received “Arkangel” episode of Netflix’s anthology series Black Mirror. But she also discusses her return to acting in movies after a five-year absence. This versatile artist, whose acting career along spans a half century in front of the camera, is candid in explaining the break from emoting (her last film was 2013’s Elysium) …
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Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios Cancels ‘Firebase’ Movie Crowdfunding Effort After Not Raising Enough Money

Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios Cancels ‘Firebase’ Movie Crowdfunding Effort After Not Raising Enough Money
Neill Blomkamp’s dream of raising money from fans to turn his startup studio’s Vietnam War-set short film “Firebase” into a full-length film has ended, for now.

Oats Studios, which Blomkamp launched last year as an outlet for experimental shorts, said on Friday that it was canceling its “Firebase” crowdfunding effort because it hadn’t raised enough cash to make something “awesome.” Oats didn’t say how much it had raised but said it would issue refunds to everyone who contributed.

“Unfortunately we didn’t raise enough to do something truley [sic] awesome,” the studio said in a tweet Friday. “We would rather over deliver than create an average film. We thank the thousands of people who did back us- hang in there.”

To all backers of Firebase.. Oats will be refunding everyone who contributed completely. Unfortunately we didn't raise enough to do something truley awesome. We would rather over
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Hotel Artemis trailer: Jeff Goldblum and Jodie Foster star in John Wick-esque dark comedy

There was clearly a great deal of confidence in the screenplay for Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce's directorial debut, which is being distributed by Warner Bros, and stars an eclectic and talented cast that includes Jodie Foster (taking her first acting role since Elysium), Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Sofia Boutella, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day and Atlanta breakout Brian Tyree Henry.
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Jodie Foster Runs a Hospital for Criminals in ‘Hotel Artemis’ First Trailer

Jodie Foster Runs a Hospital for Criminals in ‘Hotel Artemis’ First Trailer
Jodie Foster is a wisecracking nurse with gallows humor in the violence-laden first trailer for the near-future action-thriller “Hotel Artemis,” released on Monday.

Foster runs a 22-year-old, secret, members-only hospital for criminals in a 2028-set Los Angeles that’s torn by riots. The cast also includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista.

“You might want to burn some scented candles because it smells like somebody died,” Day tells her at one point. “Somebody did,” she responds evenly.

At one point, Foster’s seen dashing down a hallway and muttering, “It’s a rough night at the Artemis.”

But amid the chaos, Hotel Artemis appears to be a bit of a sanctuary. “This place was built on two things — trust and rules,” Foster asserts.

“Hotel Artemis” marks Foster’s first acting project since 2013’s “Elysium.” The plot has been kept under wraps,
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Hotel Artemis Trailer: Check Into Jodie Foster's Hospital for Criminals

Hotel Artemis Trailer: Check Into Jodie Foster's Hospital for Criminals
No guns. No cops. No killing the other patients. Surprising everyone during last night's The Walking Dead Season 8 finale, a first-ever teaser trailer was unexpectedly dropped for Hotel Artemis. And it looked like an intriguing bit of fun. The chaos and mayhem shown didn't quite add up or make sense. Though it came with the promise of the full trailer today. It's arrived, and this looks like a blast.

It's time to check in to Hotel Artemis with the brand new trailer. Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Hotel Artemis is an original, high-octane action-thriller starring Jodie Foster as The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only hospital for criminals. Jodie Foster is joined by an all-star cast that includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista. The movie hits theaters June 8, 2018!

Jodie Foster stars as "Nurse", with Sterling K.
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‘Hotel Artemis’ Trailer: Jodie Foster Opens A Hospital for Criminals in Star-Studded Thriller

‘Hotel Artemis’ Trailer: Jodie Foster Opens A Hospital for Criminals in Star-Studded Thriller
Drew Pearce is best known for creating the British sitcom “No Heroics” and writing the story for “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” but that will soon change thanks to “Hotel Artemis.” The thriller is Pearce’s directorial debut, and he’s managed to assemble a star-studded cast that includes Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Charlie Day, Jeff Goldblum, and Sofia Boutella.

Hotel Artemis” is set in near-future Los Angeles at a members-only hospital for criminals. Foster plays the hospital’s main nurse and overseer. The cast also includes Jenny Slate, David Bautista, and “Atlanta” favorite Brian Tyree Henry.

While the star-studded cast is something to get excited about, “Hotel Artemis” also features a score by Cliff Martinez and cinematography by Park Chan-wook collaborator Chung Chung-hoon. The film is notable for being Foster’s first acting project since 2013’s “Elysium.”

Hotel Artemis” opens in theaters June 8. Watch the trailer below.
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Hotel Artemis Trailer: Jodie Foster Runs a Hospital For Criminals

Jodie Foster runs a hospital for criminals in the first trailer for Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce’s sci-fi thriller, Hotel Artemis. The two time Oscar-winner has spent most of her time behind the camera for the past five years, following her last feature film starring role in Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 sci-fi movie Elysium. In addition to directing the George Clooney headlined social satire/thriller Money Monster, Foster has called the shots on episodes of Netflix series House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Black Mirror over that period of time. Foster also raised some eyebrows late last year, when she accused superhero tentpoles of “ruining” the filmgoing habits of Americans.
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Neill Blomkamp Says He’s Made Peace With His Cancelled Alien Film

Back in 2009, director Neill Blomkamp stunned the moviegoing public with an emotionally-distressing, thoroughly intelligent piece of sci-fi entitled District 9. Co-written by Blomkamp and his spouse, Terri Tatchell, the xenophobic thriller went on to earn four Oscar nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Post-District 9, however, Blomkamp has struggled to find a similar level of critical and financial success in his follow-up films, Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015), but their divisive receptions didn’t deter the director from pursuing his dream project. In early 2015, Blomkamp took to Instagram and posted several images depicting concept art for an unannounced Alien movie, causing quite the viral stir.

Through subsequent interviews, Blomkamp revealed that the project was a planned sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens, which would ultimately disregard the quadrilogy’s final two entries, Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection. Eventually dubbed Alien: Awakening, the
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Ex. Neill Blomkamp on the future of Oats Studios & funding a Firebase sequel

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Last year, director Neill Blomkamp kicked off a strange, cool and exciting new project called Oats Studios, which is essentially a crowd-funded studio that creates a healthy mix of odd and awesome content, from short films to digital shorts and more. The most notable of those projects was Oats: Volume One, which included the shorts films Rakka, Zygote and Firebase (amongst... Read More...
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Neill Blomkamp to Stream Mini Film Festival on Twitch, Pitching ‘Firebase’ Crowdfunding

Neill Blomkamp to Stream Mini Film Festival on Twitch, Pitching ‘Firebase’ Crowdfunding
Sci-fi filmmaker Neill Blomkamp is turning to Twitch to present a kind of virtual film festival of five short movies — and entreat fans to open their wallets to fund production of a feature-length version of one of them, “Firebase.”

It’s the first time a Hollywood director has used Twitch to showcase films and tap into the video-broadcasting platform’s gaming-centric audience. Blomkamp’s Oats Studios will live-stream the five short films Wednesday, April 11, starting at 11 a.m. Pacific on twitch.tv/oatsstudios.

The Oats Studios films are: “Rakka,” a 22-minute movie about an Earth enslaved by reptilian aliens starring Sigourney Weaver; “Zygote,” an Arctic-set horror short starring Dakota Fanning, which also runs about 22 minutes; “God,” a 4-minute short about a deity manipulating a tribe of prehistoric humans; 5-minute CGI film “Kapture: Fluke,” about a military-weapons manufacturing plant that uses unethical means to test its products; and “Firebase,” a 27-minute
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Sharlto Copley To Play Unabomber Ted Kaczynski in Upcoming Film ‘Ted K’

Sharlto Copley, who is known best for some of his crazier roles in various movies, is going to be playing the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, in an upcoming film called Ted K. Copley has taken on roles in movies such as District 9, The A-Team, and even Elysium in which he’s played a role that is anything but normal, but he’s also proven himself to be a great actor at this point and perhaps one of the only people that could pull off such a part based on skill alone. His insanity act is great enough that he brought to life

Sharlto Copley To Play Unabomber Ted Kaczynski in Upcoming Film ‘Ted K’
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Infographic: How would Modern Technology ruin our favourite movies?

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There has been much discussion on how the advancement of technology is bringing new ideas to the big screen. Technology such as the memory wiping device in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the seductive AI computer interface of the movie Her, and the Exoskeletons used by Matt Damon in Neill Blomkampf’s Elysium have been discussed at length. All the way back to Marty McFly’s Hoverboards and Kung-Fu uploads directly to the brain, courtesy of The Matrix, every since moving images were projected technology has been at the forefront of our greatest cinematic endeavours.

The advent of mobile phones was an advancement which had to be factored in to almost every contemporary horror film made in the last ten years. (The lack of a solid mobile phone signal comes to the rescue is an obvious answer). Alternatively shows such as Electric Dreams and, more prominently, Black Mirror show
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