‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Rises To $93M In China – International Box Office
2ND UPDATE, SATURDAY AM: Contrary to domestic, Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight is on track to top the opening of Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the international box office. Although the studio is not providing an update today, as Friday estimates came in late yesterday (see below), the unofficial Saturday in China puts the Michael Bay pic at about $93M there so far.
That sets it up for an FSS Middle Kingdom bow of around $130M (including previews)… Read
Actor & Stage Managers Approve Pact With Non-Profit Theater Troupes
Actors' Equity Association members have ratified a five-year contract with the League of Resident Theaters, which represents 72 non-profit theaters across the U.S., including major companies including New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company and Lincoln Center Theater, and California’s Center Theatre Group and the Old Globe.
The contract, negotiated earlier this year and voted on during a 10-day period that ended June 23, covers actors and stage… Read
‘The Originals’ Season Finale Ratings Even With 2016, ‘WWYD?’ Returns Steady
The notion of "family forever" had a bite taken out of it on the Season 4 finale of The Originals (0.3/1) last night. Add to that some blood chugging, a tomb full of evil, a skull circle, a plan to defeat enemy The Hollow, and notions of redemption and The Vampire Diaries spinoff left little on the table on a mainly encore filled Friday.
Dead-even with its June 16 results, "The Feast of All Sinners" episode of the renewed Originals was also exactly the same among adults… Read
‘Transformers’ Still Rusty At $63M+; ‘Wonder Woman’ Soars Past $300M – Saturday AM Update
Saturday AM writethru after Friday 3rd UPDATE: Paramount is seeing slightly better numbers on a film that opened this past Tuesday in previews and has been stuck in second gear. The latest pic in its franchise —Transformers: The Last Knight — is on track to take in about $40M+ for the three-day and is looking at a $63.9M five-day, which would be the lowest opening in the series of five films. The last time out, Transformers: Age of Extinction grabbed $100M in its opening… Read
‘Real Time’: Bill Maher Pledges Contribution To Activist Labeled “Anti-Muslim Extremist”
UPDATED With Video Bill Maher and the Southern Poverty Law Center seem to be on opposite sides with regard to Maajid Nawaz, a British activist described by HBO’s Real Time host as the founder of the “world’s first counter-extremism think tank.”
The SPLC has included Nawaz on a list of anti-Muslim extremists.
On Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the host offered to contribute to a crowd-funded defamation suit that Nawaz said he plans to file against the SPLC.
Saying he… Read
Mad Max In Barstow? Man Channeling The Action Character Arrested For Illegal Weapons
In a case of life imitates art, a man dressed like — and claiming to be — the action antihero Mad Max was arrested in the California desert last night. Big deal, you say? That guy done up like the Joker was busted twice in Florida last month, right? Well, this dude took things to the next level.
Jack Lee Ernest, 39, was riding a quad on Old Highway 59 in Barstow at about 11 PM Thursday when a San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputy tried to pull him over. But Ernest tried to ride… Read
Bradley Cooper Films ‘A Star Is Born’ Scene At Glastonbury; Johnny Depp Makes Encore Appearance
You might have heard an A-list Hollywood actor who moonlights as a guitarist got in some hot water onstage at England’s Glastonbury Festival on Thursday. Well, another hit the boards tonight, though there was no apology necessary for Bradley Cooper’s onstage appearance.
The Oscar nominee was there to film a scene for A Star Is Born, the Warner Bros remake he’s doing with Lady Gaga that’s out in September 2018. Cooper strapped on an electric guitar and “performed” — no… Read
DGA To Elect New President Saturday At Convention
The DGA elects a new president tomorrow at its biennial convention in Los Angeles, and there's a good chance the winner will come from the ranks of its three West Coast-residing vice presidents, as have the past four DGA presidents.
If that pattern holds, the next DGA president will be either Betty Thomas, currently the guild's 1st VP; Thomas Schlamme, now the 3rd VP; or Jon Favreau, the 5th VP. The guild actually has four other vice presidents – the national VP and the… Read
‘The Exorcist’: Jason Ensler Joins Fox Drama Series As Executive Producer
Jason Ensler is joining Fox’s horror drama The Exorcist as an executive producer/director for its upcoming second season. In addition to his duties on the show, stemming from him directing two episodes of The Exorcist‘s first season, he also has signed a deal with the studio behind it, 20th Century Fox TV.
The Exorcist, based on William Peter Blatty's bestseller and the classic 1973 movie, scored an Season 2 renewal after a modestly rated but steady freshman run, which… Read
Stephen Colbert Announces Possible White House Run In 2020, On Russian TV
Stephen Colbert is in Russia and, on Friday night, was set to appear on Evening Urgant, a popular late-night show hosted by Ivan Urgant that airs on state-run TV and looks suspiciously like certain late-night shows in the U.S.
In video on the program’s website (you have to wade through a long-ish program trailer first) that appears to be video of Colbert’s appearance – or the best case of Russian Fake News ever – Colbert is seen exchanging pleasantries and face slaps… Read
Steven Williams Joins ‘The Chi’; Alejandro Edda In ‘Cocaine Godmother’
Steven Williams (The Leftovers, Supernatural) is set for a key recurring role in Showtime's hourlong drama The Chi, from Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Common, Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios. Created/executive produced by Waithe, executive produced/showrun by Reid and executive produced by Common and Kaplan, The Chi is a coming-of-age story that follows a half-dozen interrelated characters on the South Side of Chicago. Williams will play Quentin, a… Read
Aaron Rodgers, 2-Time NFL MVP, Huddles Up With CAA Sports Off The Field
CAA will create commercial opportunities for Rodgers — a Super Bowl champ and two-time NFL MVP, — in such areas as film, television, endorsements, speaking, business development, digital media, publishing and philanthropy, among others.
"I have always been interested in exploring ways to parlay the things I am most passionate about into new business endeavors," said Rodgers. "I am excited to partner with CAA, as I am confident that together we can create entrepreneurial… Read