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‘Justice League’ Currently Stumbling With $97M+ Opening: Are ‘Wonder’ & ‘Thor’ Cutting Into Business?

Justice League

2ND UPDATE, Friday midday: It’s still early and right now Justice League‘s Friday, including its $13 million last night, is between $36.6M-$38.5M for today. At the top end, that’s $300K higher than Wonder Woman’s Friday, and she was boosted by an $11M Thursday night. This puts Justice League around $97M-plus per industry estimates, far lower than the $110M-$120M on tracking. Why? Because Justice League‘s morning sales weren’t as robust as many expected. To avoid such… Read

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‘Justice League’ Unites $27.3M After Two Days At International Box Office

Justice League

FRIDAY UPDATE: Warner Bros/DC’s Justice League opened in another 38 markets on Thursday to take the total to 47. In so doing, it added $18M, bringing the running international box office cume to $27.3M. Not included in that total is today’s Day One China flash estimate which is $15.1M on approximately 21,000 screens and taking a 65% share of the Top 5 films. The Middle Kingdom start is WB’s 2nd biggest opening day ever behind Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and is… Read


‘Justice League’ Review: DC Superhero Mashup Proves That More Isn’t Necessarily Better

Justice League

With the success of Marvel’s The Avengers movies, it was inevitable that Warner Bros’ DC brand of comic book superheroes would go tit for tat and find a way to save the universe together. Justice League calls to duty Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman and Superman to battle Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), a new evil villain — not the rock band — in a DC all-star package. But despite the talents of screenwriters Chris Terrio (Oscar winner for Argo) and Joss… Read


Val Kilmer Tells Great Stories From A Terrific Career: Q&A

Val Kilmer The Super

EXCLUSIVE: When Val Kilmer was presented with the Grand Honorary Award for outstanding contribution to cinema at the Sitges genre festival in Spain last month, he wanted to do one interview about his career. The catch was, it had to be done in an email back and forth, because he is recovering from cancer treatments to his throat and did not have his voice at the time. That festival also premiered The Super, a Stephan Rick-directed genre film Kilmer stars in with Chicago… Read

Constantin Film Lands Rights To Comic Series ‘Danger Girl’

Constantin Film acquired rights to the comic book series Danger Girl, and will team with Jeremy Bolt's Bolt Pictures and Adrian Askarieh's Prime Universe Films to produce a film and develop a TV show from the property. Constantin's Robert Kulzer will produce along with Bolt and Askarieh. Constantin's Martin Moszkowicz will be exec producer along with the comic’s creators, J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell. They will go out to writers and directors immediately. Launched… Read


James Franco, Simon Kinberg, ‘Wonder Woman’ Scribe Allan Heinberg Team On Fox’s Marvel Mutant ‘Multiple Man’

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is developing a film vehicle for James Franco to play the Marvel Comics character Multiple Man, with Wonder Woman scribe Allan Heinberg writing the script, and Simon Kinberg and his Genre Films producing along with Franco and Ramona Films, the shingle that Franco runs with brother Dave Franco and Vincent Jolivette. The character is part of the X-Men universe, which Fox controls and continues to exploit with Kinberg at the center of all the movies. Multiple M… Read


Gal Gadot Clears Up Rumors About ‘Wonder Woman 2’ & Brett Ratner

Gal Gadot Today Show

Rumors swirled over the weekend that Gal Gadot would not sign on the dotted line for Wonder Woman 2 if Brett Ratner was involved. Deadline cleared up this noise Monday: Gadot was already committed to Wonder Woman 2, and Ratner’s RatPac Dune isn’t committed to co-finance the sequel. During an appearance today on Today to promote this weekend’s release of Justice League,  Savannah Guthrie asked whether she was making such demands, after Ratner had been accused by several wo… Read


‘Deadpool 2’ Teaser Trailer: Happy Trees, Painting Lessons & Sneak Peeks

Deadpool, happy trees and some flashes of the upcoming, untitled Deadpool sequel make “Wet on Wet” – the  name of the new teaser trailer – maybe the oddest bit of promotion in recent memory. A parody of those old Bob Ross painting lessons on PBS, the teaser is framed with Deadpool – we can assume it’s Ryan Reynolds under the mask and Ross wig – speaking in the mellifluous tones of the late, laid-back artist, “whacking off” his wet paintbrush against the easel – standard… Read

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‘Justice League’ To Prevail Around The World With $325M+ Start – Box Office Preview

Theatrical moviegoing will be at its zenith for a third weekend in a row as Warner Bros’ 10-years-in-the-making DC superhero teamup Justice League finally opens. It’s expected to score $325 million-$355 million worldwide in its opening frame at the box office, propped by 4,040 stateside locations and a day-and-date global launch that includes China. Among all-time global openings, Justice League‘s projection lands it above the debuts of Warner Bros/DC’s Suicide… Read


‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Review: Super-Powered Teen Angst Pays Off For Hulu

Marvel's Runaways

In a week that sees Marvel's The Punisher and Warner Bros' Justice League debuting on the small and big screens, respectively, the November 21 launch of Marvel's Runaways is a refreshingly different and successful take on the super-powered genre. As you would expect with Jeph Loeb and the Marvel TV team bringing aboard The O.C. and Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage as showrunners, the 10-episode first season is a long-overdue full-on exercise in… Read

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‘Thor’ Rocks $652M WW; ‘Orient Express’ Rolls $59M Offshore; ‘Coco’, ‘Paddington 2’ Spread Joy – International Box Office

UPDATE, WRITETHRU, with actuals: Still mighty after three overseas frames, Disney/Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok chiseled out another $77.3M at the international box office this weekend — up from the Sunday estimate. That takes the offshore cume to $440M, and lifts the worldwide tally to $652.1M. That global figure pushes the god of thunder to No. 10 on the worldwide box office chart for 2017. The Mouse has now roared to fill four of the Top 10 slots this year. Internationally… Read


DC Comics Fires ‘Superman’ Editor Eddie Berganza Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have fired editor Eddie Berganza amid allegations of sexual misconduct. BuzzFeed on Friday published a lengthy examination of the comic book editor who has shepherded such high-profile properties as Superman and Wonder Woman — comic book characters that would leap to the entertainment mainstream through movies and television shows. The New York office had a reputation within the industry as being a difficult place for women to work under… Read