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‘Star Wars Battlefront’ Game Trailer Looks Like A Live-Action Movie

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It’s been quite the weekend for Star Wars trailers of various sorts, no doubt in part because of the big four-day fan event in Anaheim this weekend focused on the franchise. First there was Thursday’s (really pretty thrilling) teaser for The Force Awakenswhich did plenty to awaken the force of fan frenzy for the film debuting in December. Then there was today’s teaser for first spinoff, Rogue One, which screened in a panel at the Anaheim show but hasn’t officially been… Read

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Doctor Doom Revealed As Fox Unleashes New ‘Fantastic Four’ Trailer After Leak

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Not one to be left out of a trend, following the leak earlier this morning of a new trailer for 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, the studio has made the official video available online. Now revealed, the look of iconic Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom. The answer: kind of awesome. The trailer gives us slightly more details about the origin of Marvel’s first family, though nothing that hasn’t already been revealed. They’re a team of government-funded scientists… Read

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‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Spinoff A Prequel, With Teaser Trailer Shown

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Shocking no one, except perhaps those who aren’t force-sensitive, details for Star WarsRogue One – the first of several planned stand-alone films set in a galaxy far, far away but not connected to the new official trilogy – were revealed today at Star Wars Celebration, the big four-day fan frenzy in Anaheim. As it turns out, the film will be a prequel set just before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope (for those losing track, that’s the franchise’s original film). The… Read

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Bart & Fleming: Josh Gad Musical Shows Studio Hunger For Pic Packages; Will Hollywood Libs Stump For Hillary Clinton?

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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: Last week's big seven-figure pitch deal — Universal bought a vehicle for Josh Gad that Jeremy Garelick will write/direct with songs from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz – will pay eight figures to that quartet if the movie gets made. It’s just the latest of a bunch of recent… Read

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‘Ex Machina’ Again Leads Specialty Box Office As ‘Félix And Meira’ Opens Solidly

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Québécois romantic drama Félix And Meira had this weekend’s biggest debut among specialty films on a per-screen average , but it was A24’s sci-fi thriller Ex Machina that continued to dazzle in its second weekend, easily topping all titles. Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight’s True Story, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, opened in 831 theaters and grossed almost $2M. Thriller Beyond The Reach, starring Michael Douglas, opened poorly in 28 theaters, grossing $28,802 for a… Read

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‘Furious 7′ Adds $167.9M; Tallies $250M+ In China, $1.15B Global – Intl B.O. Update

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UPDATED, 3rd WRITETHRU, 11:11 AM PT: We got offshore estimates in at 9:22 AM and more in throughout the morning so here is the very latest: Offshore returns this weekend saw Furious 7 keep up its breakneck pace at the international box office. Universal’s magnificent 7 cruised past $1B on Friday, marking a milestone as the studio’s first ever billion-dollar-baby. This weekend, it added $167.9M at 18,423 dates in 67 territories for an overseas cume of $858.3M in only 19 day… Read

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Kenneth Branagh Theater Company Launches in London With Richard Madden, Lily James, Judi Dench

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Sir Kenneth Branagh, who just directed the hit live-action film version of Cinderella, is launching his own theater company in London with some of his film’s stars and others in the UK firmament, including Dame Judi Dench, his publicist confirmed. The Kenneth Branagh Theater Company will put on a season of shows at the Garrick Theater in London’s West End beginning this fall. His troupe will include Rob Brydon and Cinderella stars Lily James and Richard Madden. The latter… Read

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‘Furious 7′ Leads Pack, ‘Mall Cop 2′ Bags $23M+, ‘Unfriended’ In Third With $16M

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UPDATED Sunday, 7:13 AM: Universal is smiling today as, by all expectations this morning, its franchise film Furious 7 should end the weekend with right around $29M for a cume a of $294.4M. This is the first picture to make $1B picture in its first run in the studio’s 103-year history and passed that milestone on Friday in only 17 days, the fastest ever.  However, it must be noted that Jurassic Park also hit the $1B mark worldwide, albeit only after being re-released. F7… Read

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‘Tale Of Tales’ Trailer: Salma Hayek Dines On A Dragon Heart – Cannes

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French distributor Le Pacte has dropped a teaser for Cannes Film Festival competition entry Tale Of Tales. The movie is one of a trio in the section that hails from an Italian director. Reality and Gomorra helmer Matteo Garrone here turns his lens on a collection of 17th century fairy tales by Giambattista Basile. In English, though there’s virtually no dialogue in the trailer above, the film is a fantasy that stars Salma Hayek (digging with gusto into the bloody heart of… Read

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Lee Daniels & Taraji P Henson Light Up Paris With ‘Empire’ Dish – Series Mania

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While Mip-TV in Cannes this past week turned out to be a very subdued affair, there's another television event gaining traction up in Paris. Run by cultural org the Forum des Images, the Series Mania festival opens a window for professionals and the public onto current and upcoming comedies and dramas from around the world, giving them the big screen treatment. This weekend, the event kicked off with the world premiere of Fox’s Wayward Pines from Chris Hodge and M Night… Read

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MTV’s ‘Eye Candy’ Cancelled After One Season

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The first season of MTV’s technothriller series Eye Candy will be the only one. The network has cancelled the freshman series, as confirmed today on Twitter by star Victoria Justice. “I wanted you guys to hear it from me first, that the cast and I received news that Eye Candy will not be returning for season 2.  Even though a lot of you are going to feel sad/angry, please know that playing Lindy Sampson, is something that I loved and I will hold dear to my heart,” Justice… Read

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Ben Powers Dies: ‘Good Times’ Actor Was 64

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Ben Powers, best known for his role as Keith Anderson on the Good Times sitcom that aired on CBS in the middle to late 1970s, has died. Powers was 64 and died April 6 in New Bedford, MA. His character was the football player husband of Thelma Evans, who was played by BerNadette Stanis on the hit series from producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin. Powers also played the character Moochie on another CBS series The New Mike Hammer that starred Stacey Keach. He also appeared in… Read