‘Apocalypse’ & ‘Alice’ Take A Dive On Saturday As Memorial Day B.O. Bloodbath Continues – Late Night Update
5TH UPDATE, Saturday 11:40 PM: Tropical Storm Bonnie, the first of the year to threaten the U.S., will hit South Carolina by Sunday night. As such, distrib chiefs can’t use the weather as an excuse yet for what has been a lackluster Memorial Day weekend at the B.O.
The new titles — 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse and Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass — were both down today from their Friday returns, respectively -24% and -11%. Meanwhile, most of the holdovers… Read
Sam Mendes: “I Think It’s Time For Somebody Else” To Direct Bond
It is still not clear whether or not Daniel Craig is officially finished with James Bond, but if the actor who revitalized the character leaves it behind, he’ll have company. Sam Mendes, who helmed two back to back Bond flicks – 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre – that collectively earned nearly two billion dollars, has confirmed that he’s finished with the 007 franchise.
"It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,” the American Beauty Oscar-winner said… Read
Dwayne Johnson Teases Furious Future With First In-Character Pic From ‘Fast 8’
Is the Fast & Furious series getting a spinoff? Maybe, maybe not but the possibility has been bandied about ever since Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s breakout character DSS Agent Luke Hobbs was introduced in 2011’s Fast 5. Now Johnson has obliquely weighed in on the possibility himself in a post to his Instagram feed showing off the Fast 8 version of Agent Hobbs. “If I was going to return for another FAST & FURIOUS I wanted to come in and disrupt the franchise in a cool way… Read
Jeff Bridges Infiltrates ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’
The Dude will next be fighting for Queen and Country in some capacity, as Jeff Bridges has joined the cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Matthew Vaughn’s follow up to his 2014 (2015 stateside) over the top spy actioner Kingsman: The Secret Service. The Iron Man and The Big Lebowski actor confirmed the news this morning the same way almost every other new cast member has: on Twitter, with a Kingsman graphic bearing cryptic text suggesting something about his character… Read
‘Equals’ Director Drake Doremus On Film’s Love Story, Locations & Audience Response
In director Drake Doremus’ fifth feature Equals, written by Moon screenwriter Nathan Parker, humanity lives in an “emotionless utopia” in which passionate feelings are weeded out at the genetic level in order to foster a stable, war-free society. Into this comes Silas (Nicholas Hoult) and Nia (Kristen Stewart), two people who fall in love after they regain their feelings thanks to a mysterious disease, resulting in conflict between them and society. The film, which… Read
‘Warcraft’ Builds $16.3M Overseas War Chest Through Friday – Intl B.O. Update
UPDATE, SATURDAY AM: From Legendary and Universal Pictures, the Duncan Jones-helmed Warcraft is seeing some Orc-sized debuts in its overseas start. After taking $9.3M through Thursday (see below), it’s upped the cume to $16.3M through Friday. The vidgame-to-bigscreen transfer has invaded a total 20 markets and is No. 1 in 19. Defying some pre-weekend expectations, the adaptation is looking at an opening frame upwards of $30M. It’s still got 45 markets to go over the next… Read
‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Release Moved To 2018 As Dylan O’Brien Recovers
A month after shutting down production on the film, Fox has officially rescheduled the theatrical release of Maze Runner: The Death Cure to January 12, 2018.
Originally set for release February 17, 2017, production on the film was temporarily stopped March 28 after star Dylan O’Brien was injured during the filming of a stunt. Conflicting reports as to the full extend of O’Brien’s injuries soon emerged, but on April 29 Fox halted the production indefinitely to give him… Read
Sequel To Cult Sci-Fi Pic ‘The Man From Earth’ A Go With Vanessa Williams, Sterling Knight Among Cast
A decade after the original film’s release, a sequel to the critically acclaimed cult sci-fi film The Man From Earth is in the works, with Vanessa Williams, Sterling Knight, Brittany Curran, Carlos Knight, and Akemi Look joining the cast. To be titled The Man From Earth: Holocene, the film sees the return of David Lee Smith in the lead role, and William Katt. The Man From Earth director Richard Schenkman is returning as well, with shooting set to begin in June and release… Read
Rosa Salazar To Topline Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Battle Angel Alita’
Maze Runner actress Rosa Salazar has signed on to star in Battle Angel Alita, an adaptation of the popular Manga by Yukito Kishiro being produced by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez made the announcement earlier today.
Excited that @rosa_salazar will be taking the lead in @JimCameron and my adaptation of #ALITABATTLEANGEL pic.twitter.com/t03S3luRx5
— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) May 27, 2016
Set in the 26th century, the story follows an… Read
‘Chelsea’ Executive Producer Bill Wolff Departs Netflix Talk Show
Bill Wolff is departing Chelsea, Chelsea Handler's new Netflix talk show, on which he served as executive producer/showrunner. The move comes three weeks and nine episodes into the program’s run. Chelsea — marking Netflix’s first foray into the talk show arena — is set for 90 half-hour episodes this year, three a week, streamed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Episode 9 with guest Ashton Kutcher was released this afternoon. There will be no disruption in Chelsea‘s… Read
Indie Producers Say They’re Getting Shortchanged By California’s Tax Incentives Program
California's expanded film incentives program has been great at helping to stem the flow of runaway production but not so great for independent film and TV producers. Indeed, many indie producers are not happy with the new program at all.
"Indie producers are frustrated," said Dama Claire, an incentives specialist at EP Financial Solutions. "While the state has a very good program, the bulk of the money is allocated to the major studios and to television shows returning… Read
‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Review: Marvel’s New Mutant Saga Mixes Old With New, And Fans Should Eat It Up
For the seventh in the X-Men movie series, and fourth he has directed, guru of all things mutant Bryan Singer has thrown everything into the pot and hopes there’s something for everyone. X-Men: Apocalypse definitely is a mixed bag, and the director, with help from screenwriter Simon Kinberg, might have bitten off too much. But I have to say what is on screen is highly entertaining for fans of the X-Men brand, one of Marvel’s most reliable.
I had heard bad buzz before… Read