Broadway Grosses Dip But ‘Phantom’ Flies To $1.1M And ‘Come From Away’ Lands At $1.3M
The Broadway box office did the August droop, slipping just over $1 million from the previous week. The opening of Michael Moore’s almost-solo show The Terms of My Surrender, at the Shubert Organization’s Belasco Theatre, stopped traffic and divided critics (thumbs down from the Times; thumbs up from the Daily News), filling 87 per cent of theater’s 1,008 seat across eight performances (including 4 previews). In a gesture of solidarity, Bill Murray visited Groundhog Day… Read
Peter Bart: Studios Won’t Be Wishing Soderbergh Much Luck As He Plans To Break Rules With New Film
The major studios quietly hope that Logan Lucky will instantly run out of luck when it opens next week. The reason: The movie is dedicated to the proposition that studios are expensive anachronisms.
The strategist behind Logan Lucky is filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, who, having battled the majors on many issues over the years, decided to make a film that disdains their production funding as well as their machinery for distribution and marketing. Indeed, the marketing… Read
Toronto Film Festival: Who’s In And Who’s Out?
The Toronto Film Festival gets things rolling tomorrow with the announcement of movies for its 2017 fest, and we are hearing that films with such stars as Jake Gyllenhaal, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Andrew Garfield, Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie, Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson and many more are likely to be included.
Even as so-called “Oscar bait” movies such as Dunkirk or Detroit are flooding… Read
‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Loots $56.5M In Box Office Spoils – Sunday AM Update
5th Writethru Sunday AM following Saturday Posts: 20th Century Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes is coming in around where the industry saw it yesterday with $56.5M, the second best for the franchise after its previous chapter Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($72.6M) and above the first installment Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($54.8M).
The movie in its debut played akin to a non-superhero threequel, off 21% from Dawn, and is considered OK by industry standards. If… Read
Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore Are ‘Blind’ Lovers; Roadside Readies ‘Lady Macbeth’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Long in the making, Blind starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore makes its way to theaters Friday. The Vertical Entertainment release is the directorial debut of veteran producer Michael Mailer, and joins a fairly packed lineup of new Specialty releases this weekend, marking the midpoint of July. Roadside Attractions is hoping to emulate some of the success of its 2010 film Winter's Bone for Lady Macbeth starring dynamic newcomer Florence Pugh.
Other features making their… Read
Emmys: Hulu Breaks Through, Netflix Continues Rise, HBO Still Leads As New Dramas Shine & Broadcast Rebounds
No Game Of Thrones, no problem. With its awards juggernaut and perennial most-nominated series out of contention this year, HBO still led the network pack with 110 Emmy nominations when they were announced this morning, up from 94 last year. The network’s sci-fi Western Westworld carried GoT‘s mantle of most nominated series this year with 22 noms. It was tied with NBC’s resurgent veteran Saturday Night Live, which scored its most nominations in a single year for its… Read
Emmys Analysis: Strong Campaigns And New Voting System Help Popular & Buzzed Shows Prevail In Not-So-Surprising List Of Nominees
Perhaps the most surprising thing about today’s Emmy nominations was how few surprises there actually were. In what arguably was the biggest campaign season ever for an Emmy race, the heftiest campaigns, most buzzed shows and more popular titles came through as expected including an Emmy-record five — count ’em — five new shows out seven nominees for Outstanding Drama Series. The fact that it took only one season for The Crown, Stranger Things, The Handmaid’s Tale… Read
Can ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ March On Summer’s U.S. Box Office Drought? Global Outlook Near $120M
UPDATED with foreign analysis: Even with Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s $117 million opening resuscitating the domestic marketplace last week with a 22% weekend-to-weekend jump in overall ticket sales to $207.1M, this summer stateside still lags 9% behind last year. 20th Century Fox’s War For The Planet Of The Apes is hoping to prevent a further landslide with an opening in the high-$50Ms to low-$60Ms at 4,021 venues. However, with a 93% Certified Fresh Rotten… Read
Bart & Fleming: Are ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Cast Exits About Race? Slimmed Down Spider-Man Soars
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
BART: In a former career, I covered two race riots and one war, but I cannot recall a time when newsmen faced greater obstacles. In this moment of divisiveness, every story seems to be a potential landmine; even reports about salaries on a TV show that I haven't watched in years. News… Read
Fox’s Sky Acquisition: How Do Today’s Findings Affect Proposed Deal?
21st Century Fox's $14.6 billion bid to acquire the 61% of Sky that it does not own now depends on the remedies, or so-called "undertakings in lieu,” it can offer, analysts say. They could include an agreement by Fox to divest all or part of Sky News, which might satisfy British regulator Ofcom and the Secretary of State’s concerns about media plurality.
Earlier today, UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said she was "minded" to refer the bid to the Competition and Markets… Read
Will Amazon’s Deal With Whole Foods Boost Its Media & Retail Ecosystem?
Amazon isn’t just a master at selling stuff. It’s also a shrewd buyer — as its $13.7 billion agreement this morning to acquire Whole Foods demonstrates.
Usually, in a big deal like this one, investors respond to the news by driving down the acquirer’s shares. But Amazon ended the day up 3%.
Buyers are optimistic that CEO Jeff Bezos will boost Amazon’s revenues and reach by establishing a foothold in the nearly $1 trillion a year U.S. grocery business. That could be reason… Read
‘Julius Caesar’, The NEA, Delta Airlines And ‘The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree’
UPDATE Monday afternoon: The National Endowment for the Arts, which is facing a Trump administration effort to eliminate the agency, issued a statement distancing itself from the Public Theater’s Julius Caesar production “to correct a misunderstanding” about funding. Read more here.
EARLIER: On Sunday afternoon, a few hours before the Tony Awards, Delta Airlines declared that the Public Theater had gone beyond the boundaries of civil discourse with its production of… Read