‘Transformers’ Around $65M In Five-Day Domestic Opening, Lowest In Series – Friday Night Update
3rd UPDATE, Friday 12:15 AM: Paramount is seeing slightly better numbers tonight 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 may end up with a $65M 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 weekend in… 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 due he’s doing with Lady Gaga that’s out in September 2018. Cooper strapped on an electric guitar and “performed”… 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
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Dawns With $85M Through Friday, $48M In China – International Box Office
UPDATE, writethru after 10:07 AM post: Rolling out in 41 overseas markets this weekend, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight has clocked an estimated $85M through Friday, according to the studio. That includes $47.9M (RMB 330.76M) from China which, in that market, is 69% above Transformers: Age Of Extinction's June 27, 2014 bow in local currency. Par puts the opening day for Last Knight at No. 3 for an import ever in the Middle Kingdom (including Thursday’s midnight… 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
‘Downward Dog’ Canceled By ABC After 1 Season, Will Be Shopped To Other Nets
ABC has canceled new comedy series Downward Dog six episodes into its eight-episode first season. Co-creators Samm Hodges and Michael Killen just shared the news via Twitter. In the note to fans (read it below), they stress that the reasons for the cancellation were strictly financial and that they are “committed to finding a new home.”
ABC was faced with making a renewal decision on Downward Dog, from Legendary TV and ABC TV Studios, as the options on the cast were to exp… Read
‘The Beguiled’ Review: Sofia Coppola’s Female-Driven Civil War Story Ratchets Up The Sexual Tension
Probably one of Clint Eastwood’s lesser-known films, the 1971 Civil War drama The Beguiled would at first blush seem an odd choice for a remake by Sofia Coppola, especially since she had never seen the original. But as I say in my video review above, somehow by taking the focus off Eastwood’s wounded Union soldier character and placing it squarely on the rising tensions — sexual and otherwise — caused by his presence in a school for young women in Virginia, it is one… Read