‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Trailer: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart & Karen Gillan Go Full Avatar
Welcome back to the jungle. In this new trailer for the latest gamers’ safari – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, naturally – Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan get pulled into the old battle with a bit of post-board game twist: The gamers appear as their avatars, who look an awful lot like Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, et al.
Here’s the official Sony Pictures Entertainment logline: “In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables… Read
‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Scribe Simon Beaufoy Signs With WME
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed the illustrious writer-producer Simon Beaufoy, who until several months ago had been repped in the U.S. by the late agent Susan Landau. Beaufoy in the past two decades has won Oscars, Golden Globes, WGA and other awards for such films as The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and 127 Hours. His latest scripted effort, the Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris-directed Emma Stone-Steve Carell starrer Battle of the Sexes… Read
‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Swings To Fox Record In China; Tops $430M WW; ‘It’ Hits $371M – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Two months after beginning global rollout, Fox's War For The Planet Of The Apes planted its foot in China. The debut of $62.3M on 30,000 screens scored the studio its biggest opening weekend ever in the Middle Kingdom. The result also pushed the Matt Reeves-directed threequel from Chernin Entertainment across the $400M global mark where the total to date sits at $432M. The international box office cume is now $287.9M.
With a full weekend of $62.9M in 21… Read
‘The Ark And The Aardvark’ Animated Feature’s Voice Cast Comes Together
Aubrey Plaza (Ingrid Goes West, Legion), Jenny Slate (Zootopia), Craig Robinson (Ghosted), Rob Riggle, and Stephen Merchant have joined the previously announced Miles Teller to lead the voice cast in the animated feature The Ark and the Aardvark. The film is currently in production being directed by Kung Fu Panda‘s John Stevenson.
Teller will portray Gilbert the Aardvark; Plaza as the ever-smart Brain the Spider, Slate as Mitzi the narcoleptic Ostrich, Robinson as the… Read
Fox Eyes ‘Maze Runner’s Wes Ball For ‘Mouse Guard’
EXCLUSIVE: Maze Runner trilogy helmer Wes Ball is being pursued by 2oth Century Fox to direct Mouse Guard, an ambitious live-action/VFX mix about a brotherhood of mice during medieval times sworn to protect the fellow rodents in their midst.
Matt Reeves is producing the film, which has a script by Book Of Eli and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story scribe Gary Whitta. The project is based on the Eisner-winning graphic novel series by David Petersen, and Reeves is producing… Read
‘Despicable Me 3’ Grooves Past $1 Billion At Worldwide Box Office
Illumination/Universal's Despicable Me 3 has made the Gru-vy leap past the $1B worldwide box office mark. With Thursday's grosses, the Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin-helmed pic has taken $741.4M at the international box office and $259.05M domestically. This is the second Universal title to cross the threshold this year after The Fate of the Furious, and the third of 2017, which is led by Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
What's more, DM3 is the only movie released during this… Read
Toronto Hot Acquisition Titles 2017: Will Buyers Bite?
Will the dreadful summer put a chill on acquisitions at the Toronto Film Festival getting underway today? I'd be surprised. This despite several buyers telling me they will be cautious, and that they only see a handful of highly desirable titles and that this Toronto will primarily be for distributors to launch titles in Oscar season. A look at the inventory not only of the festival slate but a slew of scripts, packages and promo reels should lead to enough commerce to… Read
Amazon Prime Unveils Kids Fall Slate: ‘Sigmund & The Sea Monsters’ Lives
UPDATE, with video Amazon unveiled Prime Video’s exclusive fall slate for kids originals today, including the returns of Wishenpoof and The Stinky & Dirty Show, and the premieres of new series Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
All series will premiere on the announced dates in the US and UK, and made available worldwide at a later date.
“We’re honored to reintroduce If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Sigmund’s iconic character to a new… Read
‘Sheena: Queen Of The Jungle’ Reboot Feature In Works At Millennium Films
EXCLUSIVE: Millennium Films is looking for the next Gal Gadot. With the success of female superhero feature Wonder Woman having smashed box office records, another female heroine is running headlong with sword in hand to the big screen. Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, the fictional American comic book jungle girl, is now poised to return after 33 years, courtesy of Millennium Films. And what better timing? Wonder Woman proved that a female hero can pull in four-quads; it has… Read
Louis Zamperini’s ‘Unbroken’ Story Continues In Sequel ‘Path To Redemption’
EXCLUSIVE: A sequel of Unbroken is on the way from the film’s original producer Matt Baer and God’s Not Dead franchise director Harold Cronk which looks at the life of hero Louis Zamperini post WWII. The faith-based film — to be distributed by Pure Flix — is based on the second half of the book from author Laura Hillenbrand. The film is entitled Unbroken: Path to Redemption.
The film will pick up where the first left off and follows Zamperini’s life after the war and his… Read
‘Dunkirk’ Bows To $30M In China; ‘Baby Driver’ Tops $100M Offshore; ‘Despicable 3’ At $995M WW – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk sailed into China this weekend with a No. 1 start and over 50% of the Top 5 films at an estimated $30M (RMB 196M) on 15,000 screens. The full international box office weekend on the Warner Bros title is $36.5M in 60 markets, making it the No. 1 movie at offshore turnstiles this session. The overseas cume is $280M with $458.8M worldwide.
Meanwhile, Illumination/Universal's Despicable Me 3 is getting thisclose to the $1B… Read
Fall Premiere Dates For New & Returning Series: 2017 Edition
The 2017-18 TV season is just around the corner, so here's our annual rundown of fall premiere dates for new series and returning shows. The list covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming series bowing between September 1 and December 31 and some high-profile one-off programs. Please send any additions or adjustments to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll update the post regularly as more dates are revealed.
Narcos (Netflix, Season 3)