Cathy King Joins 42 As Literary Manager & Partner
EXCLUSIVE: Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Josh Varney and Kate Buckley’s management and production company, 42, has brought Cathy King into the fray as Literary Manager and Partner. Formerly at London’s Independent Talent Group, the respected King will continue to work with a high-profile client list at 42 that includes such names as Julian Fellowes, Abi Morgan, Chris Chibnall, Amanda Coe, Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong, Philippa Lowthorpe, Toby Whithouse, Hettie Macdonald and… 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 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
‘The Boss Baby’ Director Tom McGrath Discusses His Love Letter To His Brother
Looking for his next project following Megamind and three Madagascar films, director Tom McGrath was happy to go "from soup to nuts" with Dreamworks' The Boss Baby, a adaptation of a children's book by Marla Frazee, in which he would be tasked with visualizing a child's imagination of the corporate world.
A "cute story about parenting"—in which seven-year-old Tim competes with a new baby, dressed in suit and tie, for his parent's affection—The Boss Baby would be an "Incept… Read
‘Coco’ Scribes Matthew Aldrich & Adrian Molina Discuss “Transformative” On-Screen Representation
Setting out to pen Pixar’s Day of the Dead-themed Coco, from an original story by Lee Unkrich, screenwriters Matthew Aldrich and Adrian Molina found an exciting amount of cultural material to draw from in visualizing the Mexican holiday, while recognizing that they would be held accountable for representing Mexico’s culture and traditions faithfully.
The stakes at hand were all the more apparent when the writers actually traveled down to Mexico with the Coco team as part… 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
Paul McCartney’s ‘High In The Clouds’ Signs Up Jon Croker To Write
EXCLUSIVE: Paul McCartney's long-gestating animated film High In The Clouds has moved a step closer to the big screen after finding its writer. Jon Croker, who wrote The Woman In Black: Angel of Death and worked on the production draft of Paddington, has signed up to pen the movie.
The project has been in development since 2009 with French studio Gaumont, which has offices in Beverly Hills, optioning it earlier this year.
The film is based on McCartney's eponymous book… Read
BAFTA Nominations Show Love For ‘Shape Of Water’, ‘Blade Runner’ & British Films; Shut Out ‘The Post’
There’s much to chew on in this morning’s BAFTA Film Awards nominations. The 6,500-strong British Academy of Film and Television Arts tossed a lot of love towards titles with UK-centric stories and/or pedigrees while embracing Guillermo del Toro’s lyrical fantasy The Shape Of Water. The Fox Searchlight film, for which del Toro won the Directing Golden Globe on Sunday, scored a leading 12 nominations.
The group entirely snubbed Steven Spielberg’s The Post, a serious and… Read
‘Paddington 2’ Review: Hugh Grant Steals The Show As World’s Most Polite Bear Returns In A Family Charmer
When Paddington was released in 2014, it became one of the most successful children’s films ever, a hit around the world that inevitably would call for a sequel or perhaps several. Paddington 2 fills the bill and even tops the first one for sheer delight.
In this one from director Paul King, the lovable and very polite marmalade sandwich-eating bear is a full-fledged member of the community after moving in with the Brown family who had rescued him from Paddington Station… Read
‘Last Jedi’ Jumps To #13 On WW Chart; Unlucky In China Bow; ‘Jumanji’ Rocks Past $500M Global – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now crossed the $1.2B global mark, overtaking both Captain America: Civil War and Minions to become the No. 13 movie of all time worldwide. The Rian Johnson-helmed epic now stands at $1,205.2M.
At the international box office, it added $64.7M to take the offshore cume to $632.7M. Of that, only $28.7M came from China where Star Wars has had a rough time cracking the market. Although Jedi is currently running 33% ahead of Rogue… Read
‘Jumanji’s Got Game As It Closes In On $500M Worldwide Box Office
EXCLUSIVE: Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is rocking on to cross $500M worldwide tomorrow. Currently tracking to be No. 1 in 50 offshore markets this frame, it’s eyeing $260M+ at the international box office through Sunday and $241M domestic.
Directed by Jake Kasdan, the movie is swinging high and has acted as strong counterprogramming during the holiday corridor, and beyond. The Dwayne Johnson-starrer has doubled, and in some cases, tripled early international… Read