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‘Deadpool 2’ Heads for Heroic $130 Million Opening Weekend

‘Deadpool 2’ Heads for Heroic $130 Million Opening Weekend
Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” is heading for a heroic opening weekend of $130 million in North America, early estimates showed Friday.

First Friday estimates ranged from $128 million to $137 million. “Deadpool 2” started its run by smashing the record for a Thursday night preview gross for an R-rated film with $18.6 million, topping the previous mark of $13.5 million set by “It” in September. Twentieth Century Fox’s superhero sequel will end “Avengers: Infinity War’s” three-week rule, with forecasts in the $130 million to $150 million range on 4,349 screens for its opening weekend — the widest launch ever for a Fox title.

The movie should gross at least $50 million on Friday, including the Thursday night previews.

Paramount’s comedy “Book Club” is outperforming forecasts for a $16 million launch this weekend, and Global Road’s “Show Dogs” should fetch about $6 million, in line with earlier estimates.
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Box Office: ‘Deadpool 2’ Smashes Record With $18.6 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Deadpool 2’ Smashes Record With $18.6 Million on Thursday Night
Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” has opened with a superheroic $18.6 million on Thursday night at 3,785 North American locations.

Deadpool 2” smashed the record for top preview gross for an R-rated film, topping the previous mark of $13.5 million, set by “It” in September.

Book Club,” meanwhile, took in $625,000 at 2,781 locations during Thursday previews.

20th Century Fox’s superhero sequel will end “Avengers: Infinity War’s” three-week rule, with forecasts in the $130 million to $150 million range on 4,349 screens for its opening weekend — the widest launch ever for a Fox title.

The original “Deadpool” stunned the industry two years ago with a $132.4 million debut weekend, which remains the record for an R-rated title. It went on to earn $363 million in North America and $783 worldwide, making it the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

Reynolds returns as the wisecracking mercenary in the 11th title in the X-Men franchise. David Leitch replaced Tim Miller as director,
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Boundaries’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Boundaries’
We’ve seen him dozens of times before, saying any damn thing that comes into his head (because living on the planet for 70 or 80 years has given him the right to do so). He’s on his own incorrigible wavelength, dropping putdowns as fresh as his body is old, spicing every cranky comment with a perfectly chosen F–bomb. But, of course, he’s also part of the family. He’s the grumpy old man, the naughty codger from hell — the hilarious over-the-hill a–hole who is always played by someone like, you know, Alan Arkin. Just about every time we see him, he’s a showbiz creation, a character baptized in shtick.

But in “Boundaries,” a touching yet wised-up father-daughter road movie that’s the best version of this sort of film you could imagine (it’s standard, but very tastefully done), Christopher Plummer plays him with a lived-in,
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The Preview Reel: Just Getting Started

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Coco dominated the Thanksgiving holiday and then again last weekend. There are no signs that it will slow down as there is only one major release scheduled for this week, the Morgan Freeman-led comedy Just Getting Started. Disney has been enjoying a good last couple of months as they released Thor: Ragnarok, Coco, and has Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming out next week. Until then, let’s see if Just Getting Started is worth your time.

Just Getting Started

What we are excited about: The cast is about the only thing we’re excited about with this movie. Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rene Russo together in a comedy sounds promising. Add in the director of Tin Cup (1996) and Bull Durham (1988), Ron Shelton, and you should at least get a solidly entertaining movie.
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Jennifer Ehle, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Emory Cohen Join Naomi Watts In ‘The Wolf Hour’

Jennifer Ehle, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Emory Cohen Join Naomi Watts In ‘The Wolf Hour’
Exclusive: Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Mudbound), Emory Cohen (War Machine) Brennan Brown (Focus), and Jeremy Bobb (Going in Style) round out the cast of the Alistair Banks Griffin-directed psychological thriller, The Wolf Hour, starring Naomi Watts as June Leigh (Watts), a cultural icon and activist during the 1960s, now fallen from grace and a shell of her former self. It's the notorious "Summer of Sam" and June only has to look out of her…
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Movie News: First Look at Laura Dern in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'; Morgan Freeman to Star as Colin Powell in Bio-Pic

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Laura Dern (above in Twin Peaks) shared a first look at the character she plays in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (below). Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo became friends with Leia Organa in her youth and later began working with the resistance against the First Order. The sequel will open in theaters on December 15. [Instagram via BirthMoviesDeath]   Excited to talk a little Star Wars with my buddy @theellenshow today!! A post shared by @lauradern on Oct 18, 2017 at 9:56am Pdt   Powell: Morgan Freeman (Going in Style, above) will portray Colin Powell in a new biographical portrait of the former military leader. Ed Whitworth wrote the screenplay, which takes place during the years that Powell served as U.S. Secretary of...

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Morgan Freeman Is Colin Powell in Bush Era Biopic

Morgan Freeman Is Colin Powell in Bush Era Biopic
Morgan Freeman has signed on to play former Secretary of State Colin Powell in a new biopic entitled Powell, which is being set up at Hyde Park Entertainment. Reginald Hudlin, who directed Marshall, the Thurgood Marshall biopic that hit theaters last weekend, is attached to direct, from a script by Ed Whitworth, which landed on the coveted Black List back in 2011. No production schedule has been given thus far, but with a major star like Morgan Freeman on board, it's possible that this could move forward very quickly.

The script follows Colin Powell when he was Secretary of State for President George W. Bush, following his service as a decorated U.S. Army General. He was the first ever African-American Secretary of State in U.S. history. He initially did not approve of the President's plan to invade Iraq, since he didn't believe that they possessed weapons of mass destruction.
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Morgan Freeman to Play Colin Powell in Biopic

Morgan Freeman to Play Colin Powell in Biopic
Morgan Freeman will star as Colin Powell in an independent biopic about the former U.S. Secretary of State.

The film will focus on Powell’s 2003 speech to the United Nations to seek support for the Bush administration’s plan to forcibly remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, based on intelligence — later discredited — that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons. Powell later described the event as a low point in his career.

Reginald Hudlin is attached to direct “Powell” with Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment and Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment as the production companies. Producers are Amritraj and Lori McCreary, Freeman’s partner at Revelations.

Hudlin will direct from a script by Ed Whitworth, which was on the 2011 Black List. The project will focus on Powell’s tenure as the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve in that position.

Executive producers
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‘Flatliners’ is All Too Accurate: Why Remakes Are Some of the Riskiest Movies to Make

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‘Flatliners’ is All Too Accurate: Why Remakes Are Some of the Riskiest Movies to Make
This weekend brings the remake of “Flatliners,” Joel Schumacher’s 1990 thriller that starred Julia Roberts. Reviews are universally terrible for this retread of good-looking med-school students who put life-after-death on repeat, but it was a nail-biter for studio Sony Pictures from the outset: They took the risk of making an honest-to-god remake.

A remake sounds like the safest bet there is; isn’t original, untested IP the thing that studios fear most? However, in this market a true remake is what passes for a gamble. They’ve become a box-office rarity.

While none of this year’s top-grossing films are originals, there are very few genuine remakes. Yes, the year’s biggest movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” is a direct remake of the 1991 classic — but it went from animated to live action. (It was not a remake of the multiple live-action films and TV shows that preceded it, which stretch
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Remains Atop Disc Sales Charts

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Remains Atop Disc Sales Charts
Walt Disney Studios continued to ride high on the national home video sales charts the week ended Sept. 2, nailing down the two top spots on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The Marvel mega-hit “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” remained No. 1 on both charts for the second consecutive week.

And Disney’s “Signature Collection” release of “The Lion King” debuted at No. 2 on both charts. The 1994 animated classic has a long track record of success on home video; upon its initial release more than two decades ago, it sold more than 26 million VHS videocassettes to become the biggest home video seller ever.

Paramount’s “Baywatch,” based on the 1990s TV show that made a star out of Pamela Anderson, debuted at No. 3 on both charts after earning $58 million in U.S. theaters.

The No.
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Tops Disc Charts

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Tops Disc Charts
Walt Disney Studios dominated the top tier of the national home video sales charts the week ended Aug. 26, with the summer theatrical mega-hit “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” riding its nearly $390 million domestic box office take to an easy No. 1 debut.

The film, the summer’s No. 2 (and the year’s No. 3) movie based on U.S. ticket sale revenue, sold nearly three times as many discs as the rest of the top 10 sellers combined, according to Npd VideoScan data.

It also sent the original “Guardians of the Galaxy” back into the top 10 on the overall disc sales chart (the film finished the week at No. 6).

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Alien: Covenant,” finished a distant second on both the overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. The film, with a domestic gross of $74.3 million, had bowed at No. 1 on
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Morgan Freeman To Be Honored With 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman – Academy Award winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist – has been named the 54th recipient of SAG-aftra's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Freeman will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Freeman’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear, several Obies, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Morgan Freeman to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award
Morgan Freeman has been named the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Freeman will be presented the accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 21 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The award is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.”

Freeman has won a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear and a Kennedy Center Honor. SAG-aftra made the announcement Tuesday.

“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part. He is innovative, fearless
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‘King Arthur’ Rules DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

‘King Arthur’ Rules DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts
Two new releases took the two top spots on the national home video sales charts for the week that ended Aug. 12, led by Warner’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” the latest retelling of the saga of the mythical British king.

“Arthur” debuted at No. 1 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The film made less than $40 million in U.S. theaters and was panned by critics, with the reviewer for the Chicago Tribune calling it a “grim and stupid thing.” Nearly 40 films have been made about about King Arthur, the earliest one in 1904.

Debuting at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart only was “Snatched,” which opened theatrically the same weekend (May 12-14) as “Arthur” and finished second, with $19.5 million, to $15.4 million for third-ranked “Arthur.” The comedy, from 20th Century Fox, stars
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Alan Arkin Joins Tim Burton’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ (Exclusive)

Alan Arkin Joins Tim Burton’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ (Exclusive)
Alan Arkin has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Dumbo” directed by Tim Burton.

The film’s cast already includes Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, and Danny DeVito. Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins will also appear in their first film roles.

Ehren Kruger penned the script. Justin Springer, who worked on “Tron: Legacy,” is producing with Kruger. Nigel Gostelow will serve as an executive producer.

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The original story followed an ostracized baby circus elephant who strives to achieve his full potential. In this version, the film follows Holt Farrier (Farrell), a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Circus owner Max Medici (DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt’s children (Parker and Hobbins) discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive
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‘Baby Boss’ Stays Atop Disc Charts, ‘Going in Style’ Bows at No. 2

‘Baby Boss’ Stays Atop Disc Charts, ‘Going in Style’ Bows at No. 2
The Boss Baby,” the computer-animated comedy from DreamWorks Animation that earned nearly $175 million in U.S. theaters, held onto the No. 1 spot on both national home video sales charts for the second consecutive week.

The Warner comedy “Going in Style” – a remake of the 1979 heist film, with a domestic gross of just $45 million despite a cast that includes Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine – debuted at No. 2 the week ended Aug. 5 on the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales.

On Npd’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell,” a sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson and based on the Japanese manga of the same name, remained at No. 2.

Npd statistics show that “Boss Baby,” distributed on home video by 20th Century Fox, sold more than twice as many discs its second week in stores as “Going in Style” did in its first week of availability.

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July 2017 Box Office Marks Third Straight Month in Decline

July 2017 Box Office Marks Third Straight Month in Decline
After July 2015 and 2016 saw increases from one year to the next, July 2017 took a step back, down 12.2% compared to 2016 with calendar grosses reaching $1.2 billion from 221 films compared to $1.37 billion last July. Leading the way was Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming, which topped all releases bringing in $280 million in July, earning Sony the #1 spot for the month with six films grossing nearly $390 million. Overall, this marks the third month in a row to show a decline compared to 2016 with the summer movie season struggling and showing no sign of improvement in the month of August with the season currently pacing 11% behind 2016. Overall, August is likely to become the sixth month out of the first eight in 2017 to show a decline from one year to the next with 2017 currently -2% behind 2016. Digging deeper into July, we'll start at the top with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which delivered $280 million since its July 7 release. The film is now approaching $300 million domestically,
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Win “Going in Style” on Blu-ray

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Going In Style is a hilarious comedy directed by Zach Braff, which stars Morgan

Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al. To celebrate the film arriving on Digital Download, and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 14, we are giving 3 of you the chance to win a copy of Going In Style on Blu-ray™!

Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “Hannah and Her Sisters”) and Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and- narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff’s comedy “Going in Style.”

Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by

embarking on a daring
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Giveaway: Win ‘Going in Style’ on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital (3 Winners)

Morgan FreemanMichael Caine and Alan Arkin take debt into their own hands in Going in Style, a comedy featuring a stellar cast that's impossible not to laugh along with.

Going in Style just made its debut on Blu-ray and DVD, and we have teamed up with Warner Home Video to hook three of you up with a copy of the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo pack.

For a chance to win Going in Style, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

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Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow
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'Alien: Covenant' Arrives at Home; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Going in Style (comedy; Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin; rated PG-13) The Circle (drama-thriller; Emma Watson, Tom Hanks; rated PG-13) The Lovers (romantic comedy; Debra Winger, Tracy Letts; rated R) One Week and a Day (drama-comedy; Shai Avivi, Evgenia Dodina; not rated) Phoenix Forgotten (horror/sci-fi; Florence Hartigan, Josh Bishop, Ashley Foster; rated PG-13) The Ottoman Lieutenant (war drama; Michiel Huisman, Hera Hilmar; rated R) Colossal (sci-fi comedy; Anne...

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