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‘Cinderella’ Takes International Box Office Crown; ‘Home’ Rounds $48M After 2 Frames

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HIGHLIGHTS: Cinderella (DIS) waltzes to $336.2M global; Insurgent (LFG) approaches $100M offshore; Kingsman: The Secret Service (FOX) opens to $20M+ in China; Home (DWA/FOX) houses another $24M; Get Hard (WB) muscles in with $4.6M debut… International weekend estimates are in from all of the studios with Cinderella the belle of the ball again after ceding the crown to Insurgent‘s Tris last frame. With $38.7M this session, Cinderella benefited from solid bows in the UK… 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

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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

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‘Shooting Clerks’ Trailer For Biopic of Kevin Smith Arrives

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This amusing black-and-white trailer dropped over the weekend for Shooting Clerkswhich tells the tale of an underemployed college drop-out working in a convenience store in New Jersey, selling beef jerky and Slurpee equivalents to his more successful former classmates. Add facial hair, a trench coat, a hockey jersey, a video camera and a few other ingredients, however, and you have … director Kevin Smith. The film tells the story of how Smith and a rag-tag group of… Read

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‘The Rock’s Revenge Of ‘Bambi’ Targets Disney Remakes: ‘SNL’

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Dwayne Johnson eased on through the Saturday Night Live live sketches; the funniest had him in a WWF promo (grade: B) and later paired him with Cecily Strong’s twit Brit as his date (A+), crashing an intimate dinner with Kenan Thompson and Vanessa Bayer and undoubtedly setting the SNL record for single-sketch use of the word “boner” (sometimes broken up, as in “bone her”): http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/dinner-date/2855724 Nevertheless, the SNL video team… Read

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‘The Rock’ Obama On ‘SNL’ Shows Dwayne Johnson As POTUS With The Most

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Last night’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-hosted Saturday Night Live wasn’t what you’d call intellectually brilliant. It was merely flat-out funny, as the Furious franchise frontman made it all look easy during his fourth tour in the SNL spotlight. Johnson is so comfortable in his own skin that he easily morphed from cue-card stoned star to the gamest member of the ensemble, which gave the evening an engaging collegial vibe – even when sketches went limp. He was there right… Read

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UK ‘Terminator: Genisys’ Trailer Elevates JK Simmons’ Profile

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Paramount’s UK trailer for the latest Terminator iteration gives some well-deserved screen time to recent Best Supporting Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, who plays a sympathetic detective. It’s no wonder that they have featured Simmons prominently as his little film Whiplash is doing well overseas, especially in South Korea – a surprise, given the market’s penchant for tentpole actioners. Whiplash took the No. 1 spot in the all-important territory last weekend. In addition to… Read