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‘Cinderella’ Returns To Top Of Offshore Box Office; ‘Home’ Rounds $48M – Update

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UPDATE, SUNDAY PM PT: Across the Top 10 studio titles, international box office was down about 8% versus last week which had been led by Insurgent. Tris & co changed places with Cinderella this frame as the live-action Disney film opened in the UK and France among others and held well in Italy, taking a total $38.7M and handily crossing $300M global with $336.2M. DreamWorks Animation's Home, meanwhile, gave the studio its biggest domestic debut since Fox began handling… Read

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New ‘Jurassic World’ Teaser: Bystanders Carried Off By Pterosaurs

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Taking advantage of tonight’s The Walking Dead season 5 finale, Universal has released a new TV spot teaser for this summer’s Chris Pratt-fronted Jurassic World. The film picks up 22 years after the original Jurassic Park, with a fully functional dinosaur theme park built on the island of Isla Nubar. When attendance begins to decline, the corporate overlords behind the park commission the creation of a genetically modified Velociraptor hybrid; predictably, the new beast… Read

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‘Walking Dead’ Finale Reveals First Look At ‘Fear’ Spinoff Series

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Just days after the name of the companion series to AMC’s blockbuster zombie apocalypse was made public, we got a brief look at it tonight. During The Walking Dead Season 5 finale, a short promo for the upcoming Fear The Walking Dead was shown. And as the video above shows,  L.A. doesn’t really know what’s about to hit it. Of note: So far, neither The Walking Dead comic or the hit TV series have delved into just how civilization came to a grinding halt thanks to the… Read

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Bart & Fleming: A Mea Culpa; Frank Sinatra Re-Cast; Tent Pole Assembly Line

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.  FLEMING: I need to start off on a serious note. Deadline ran an article last week that generated controversy and hurt feelings. An unfortunate headline–Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings – About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?—created a context from which no article could recover… Read

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Miroslav Ondříček Dies: Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer Of ‘Amadeus’ Was 80

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Miroslav Ondříček, a leading member of the Czech New Wave and Oscar-nominated cinematographer behind the camera on Amadeus, Silkwood, and A League of Their Own, has died at age 80. Born in Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia, in 1934, Ondříček was a graduate of the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He began his career in film shooting documentaries and newsreel footage, before joining the Barrandov Studios training school in the late 1950s. It was at… Read

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‘While We’re Young’ Springs To Lively Debut For Noah Baumbach

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Noah Baumbach ruled the specialty box-office weekend with While We’re Young – his latest film starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts – which had a robust debut in four theaters. The filmmaker joked Monday that the film  was his “most accessible” and “the happiest I get.” The numbers back that up, with While We’re Young topping the debut of It Follows as 2015’s best specialty debut. Among other newcomers, Sony Classics opened its Oscar-nominated The Salt Of The Earth to… Read

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Academy Museum Buys Rare ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Model For $344,000

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Proving the Academy is serious about getting top-drawer content for its new Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures, AMPAS has added a biggie by successfully bidding $344,000 yesterday for a rare visual-effects model of the Aries 1B Trans-Lunar Space Shuttle used in shooting 2001: A Space Odyssey.   Most of the props, sets, costumes and models for this landmark 1968 film were purposely destroyed by director Stanley Kubrick to keep them from being used in other movies. This… Read

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Gene Saks Is Dead At 93; Directed Neil Simon’s ‘Barefoot In The Park,’ ‘Odd Couple’ Films

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UPDATE, Sunday noon with more information throughout. Gene Saks, an actor-turned-director whose long kinship with Neil Simon led to the film versions of two of the most successful comedies of their time, Barefoot in The Park (1967) and The Odd Couple, and whose screen performances include playing Chuckles The Clown host Leo in the Jason Robards film of Herb Gardner’s A Thousand Clowns, died Saturday of pneumonia at his home in East Hampton, Long Island. He’s survived by… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ With Host Dwayne Johnson Slips To Season Low

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This is somewhat of a surprise. With one of its most popular hosts, Dwayne Johnson, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, dipped in the ratings to hit a season low in households. The show, hosted by Johnson with musical guest George Ezra, averaged a 3.7 household rating in Nielsen's metered markets and a 1.9 in adults 18-49 in the markets with Local People Meters. That was down from SNL‘s most recent original (4.0 household rating, 2.0 in 18-49) on March 7 hosted by Chris Hemsworth… Read

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Star Power Propels DWA’s ‘Home’ To $54M; ‘Get Hard’ To $34.6M – Final Sunday AM Box Office Update

Weekend Box Office: 'Home' Beating 'Get Hard'

Final Update, Sunday 10 AM: Star power actually worked at the box office this weekend. For weeks, we’ve seen stars who couldn’t open films with their names: Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson and Vince Vaughn. The films failed for an array of reasons from mismatched genres to fatigued formulas. But this weekend, it was clear – star power can still drive a film’s success. While we can’t see the stars onscreen in DreamWorks Animation’s Home (distributed by 20th Century Fox), the… Read

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BBC Chief Gets Death Threat After Firing Jeremy Clarkson From ‘Top Gear’

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The Metropolitan Police is investigating alleged death threats made against BBC Director General Tony Hall in the wake of his decision not to renew Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson's contract. Hall announced Wednesday that Clarkson would not return to the popular motoring show, following  an inquiry into an altercation between Clarkson and a producer on March 4. Britain's The Mail On Sunday reported Hall and his wife have been under 24-hour guard since the alleged threat was… Read

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‘Ferguson’ Play Based On Grand-Jury Transcripts Turns Audience Into Judge

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EXCLUSIVE: A new play based on grand-jury witness testimony from the controversial Michael Brown police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., will be presented for four nights next month in Los Angeles. Presented by Theater Verite Collective at the Odyssey Theatre, Ferguson will be a staged reading – after which, in a crucial twist, the audience will then judge whether Ferguson officer Darren Wilson should have been indicted. The group plans to take the play on the road and… Read