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TNT: NBA Western Conference Finals Game 6 Coverage A Ratings Slam Dunk

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Whether you were a relieved Golden State Warriors fan or an increasingly worried supporter of the Oklahoma City Thunder who may or may not be nursing a serious depression hangover after game six of the NBA Western Conference finals, you definitely weren’t alone. According to TNT, its exclusive coverage of last night’s game was the network’s most-watched NBA Western Conference game six of all time. The Warriors/Thunder match up averaged 10.8 million total viewers and a… Read

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‘Alice’ Sees $65M In Offshore Looking Glass; ‘Warcraft’ Scores $31.6M; ‘X-Men’ Cumes $186M – Intl Box Office

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UPDATE, WRITETHRU, 11:14 AM PT: There were several moving parts to the international box office this weekend, with new entries and holdovers all jockeying for position — and new milestones in the mix. The widest newbie, Disney's live action sequel, Alice Through The Looking Glass, slid down the rabbithole into 43 material offshore markets for a $65M debut. The result mirrors the opening of last year's comp, Cinderella, in the same suite of markets and at today's exchange… Read

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Holdovers ‘Weiner,’ ‘Love & Friendship’ & ‘The Lobster’ Strong: Specialty Box Office

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Box office numbers for the Specialties were slow in coming Sunday, with only some holdovers reporting their Friday to Sunday grosses over the holiday weekend. Last weekend's top opener, Weiner from Sundance Selects, continued to show zest in its second frame as it expanded into just over two dozen locations, while Sony Classics' Maggie's Plan starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore held its own as it moved into 19 runs. Oscilloscope's Spanish-language title Ma m… Read

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Moviegoers Turn Out For The ‘Apocalypse’ Over Memorial Day & Chop Off ‘Alice’s Head – Sunday AM Update

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6TH WRITE-THRU, Sunday AM: 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 on Saturday from their Friday returns, respectively -23% and -6%, which is putting a damper on… Read

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Sam Mendes: “I Think It’s Time For Somebody Else” To Direct Bond

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'Spectre' film photocall, London, Britain - 22 Oct 2015

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, as he indicated to Deadline late last year, that he’s done with the 007 franchise. "It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,”… Read

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Dwayne Johnson Teases Furious Future With First In-Character Pic From ‘Fast 8’

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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

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Jeff Bridges Infiltrates ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

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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

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‘Equals’ Director Drake Doremus On Film’s Love Story, Locations & Audience Response

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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

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‘Warcraft’ Builds $16.3M Overseas War Chest Through Friday – Intl B.O. Update

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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

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‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Release Moved To 2018 As Dylan O’Brien Recovers

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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

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Sequel To Cult Sci-Fi Pic ‘The Man From Earth’ A Go With Vanessa Williams, Sterling Knight Among Cast

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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

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Rosa Salazar To Topline Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Battle Angel Alita’

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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