EuropaCorp Moves To Reduce French Staff By 28% After Recent Losses
After posting an $83M net loss in its six-month financial results last month, and a $136M loss for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has begun a consultation procedure that could see the layoff of 22 employees.
The company said it had initiated the process with its employee representative bodies on January 11 to set up a new organization in France. If the plan is adopted, it would leave 57 employees. The move “corresponds to the needs of the… Read
‘Jumanji’ Keeps Offshore Crown, Nears $400M; ‘Last Jedi’ Waltzes Past ‘Beauty’ Worldwide – International Box Office
UPDATE: Major holdovers and expansions, combined with sprinklings of key awards contender releases kept offshore turnstiles clicking to varied offerings this weekend. Leading the action, Sony's Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle rocked up with another $81M including a $40M start in China, and as it approaches $400M at the international box office. The Jake Kasdan-helmed adventure was No. 1 in 31 offshore markets with strong holds across the board and has swung to $383M… Read
‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Rumbles Past $300M Overseas; Swings Into China
EXCLUSIVE: Rocking along, Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle cracked the $300M mark at the international box office on Thursday. That was after it passed $500M worldwide earlier this week. The split on the Jake Kasdan-helmed adventure is $256.1M through Thursday domestically and $307.4M overseas. The global total is $563.5M which does not include the $12M opening day in China on Friday.
In the Middle Kingdom, where star Dwayne Johnson and others landed last week for a… Read
‘The Commuter’ Review: If It’s January It’s Time For Liam Neeson To Swing Into Action, And He’s Still Got It
You know the Oscar movies have all opened when it is time for Liam Neeson to save us all from some dire consequences. This time it all takes place on a train, but rest assured this 65-year-old action star doesn’t look like he is signing up for Social Security anytime soon. He’s still very capable of kicking ass just when it needs to be kicked.
In The Commuter, Neeson plays Michael McCauley, an ex-cop (of course) who has spent the past decade as an insurance salesman. He… Read
‘Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins Joins Chadwick Boseman On Uni Thriller ‘Expatriate’
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has attached to direct Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman in Expatriate, an international thriller set around a 1970s plane hijacking. Boseman wrote the script with his writing partner Logan Coles.
Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce through their Universal-based Marc Platt Productions banner alongside Rain Man and Breaking Bad’s Mark Johnson and his Gran Via Productions. Mark Ceryak will also produce, and… Read
‘The Last Jedi’ Passing ‘Fate Of The Furious’ Today For #11 Slot On All-Time Global Box Office Chart
FRIDAY UPDATE: Star Wars: The Last Jedi is rounding the bend to overtake The Fate Of The Furious as the No. 11 highest-grossing film on the all-time worldwide chart. The Disney/Lucasfilm continuation of the sci-fi saga has a global cume through Thursday of $1,235.3M. Furious 8 is at $1,236.0M.
On Thursday, The Last Jedi added $5.6M from worldwide turnstiles, of which $3.9M was made at the international box office. The current domestic cume is $580.3M with $655M… Read
‘Beirut’ Trailer: Jon Hamm & Rosamund Pike Star In Middle East Thriller
The first trailer to the Jon Hamm thriller Beirut is out, the initial stage of the campaign for the Bleecker Street film set for an April 13 theatrical release.
In the film, a U.S. diplomat (Hamm) flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by a CIA operative (Rosamund Pike) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind. The film also stars Dean Norris, Larry Pine and Shea Whigham.
Beirut is… Read
Universal Pre-Empts ‘My Own Worst Enemy’ Package For Kevin Hart, Tim Story Re-Team; Studio Also Pacts Hartbeat Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Universal has pre-empted the action comedy spec package My Own Worst Enemy, and is eyeing a summer start date for a film that will star Kevin Hart and be directed by Tim Story. This is a big commitment by the studio to the film, Hart and Story, and also Universal has cemented its relationship to make Hart a cornerstone supplier, as the studio has established a first-look deal with Hart and his Hartbeat Productions.
This comes on the heels of Hart scoring big in… Read
‘Detective Chinatown 2’ Director Chen Sicheng On Filming Sequel In New York
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Chen Sicheng this past fall completed Detective Chinatown 2, the sequel to his 2016 hit that grossed $126M worldwide and landed in the Top 10 of all films at the Middle Kingdom box office that year. What makes this sequel particular is two-fold: it’s one of the most anticipated movies set for the lucrative Chinese New Year period, and it's the first film created and managed by Chinese companies to be shot in the U.S. in collaboration with the… Read
John Thompson Dies: Millennium Films Head Of Production Was 71
John Thompson, who brought The Expendables to movies as the head of production at Millennium Films, has died. He was 71 and passed away Tuesday after a battle with leukemia, according to a Millennium spokeswoman.
Thompson started at Millennium in 1996, producing three Expendables films, as well as the Jason Staham vehicle The Mechanic and many other motion pictures. He had a long association with Millennium principals Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Danny Dimbort, Danny Lerner… Read
‘Hostiles’ Editor Tom Cross On Cutting Scott Cooper’s Psychological Western
Shortly before winning his first Oscar and an ACE Eddie award for La La Land, absorbed in the limelight of one of the year’s most highly acclaimed films, editor Tom Cross was in a very different headspace as he cut Scott Cooper’s dark, often brutal Western Hostiles, attempting to bring a depth and a psychological dimension to Cooper’s take on a classic American genre.
Working with Cross on his first feature, Crazy Heart—where he served as an assistant editor—Cooper… Read
‘Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown In Legendary Film Deal To Produce & Star In Enola Holmes Mysteries
EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Entertainment has made a deal with Emmy-nominated breakout Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown to star in and produce a feature film series based on Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes Mysteries novel series. Brown will produce through her PCMA Productions banner.
Brown developed a relationship with Legendary as she just completed a starring role in the Michael Dougherty-directed Godzilla sequel for Legendary and Warner Bros.
The book series began with… Read