‘Fifty Shades’ Dominant With $277M WW; ‘La La’ Lands $200M+ Overseas; ‘XXX’ Tops In China – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU 2:03 PM PT: Holdovers were the main attraction at the international box office this weekend as Universal Pictures' Fifty Shades Darker maintained its grip on the No. 1 spot with $43.7M in 59 markets. That's a 52% drop from last week when the sequel cuffed 2017's biggest offshore debut — it's also a better hold than Fifty Shades Of Grey had in its first-to-second outing in 2015. The original film opened smack astride Valentine’s weekend that year and took… Read
[PHOTOS] 2017 Oscar Nominees Part 2: Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Justin Timberlake & More
Looking at AwardsLine’s second gallery featuring an eclectic mix of this year’s Academy Award nominees, you’ll see more first-timers than veterans, reflecting the Academy’s enthusiasm for welcoming fresh faces and new voices to their crop of elite, proven talent. Among the talents featured in our first gallery were Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Elle‘s Isabelle Huppert and La La Land helmer Damien Chazelle. On display in Awardsline’s second gallery are Lion star Dev… Read
‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Tops $3.2M, ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ Opens at $1M – Specialty Box Office
This holiday weekend’s Specialty box office is mostly quiet with debuts, while key Oscar nominees are keeping their zest. At over $3.2M, Magnolia Pictures' documentary nominee I Am Not Your Negro, in its third weekend of release, has pulled ahead in cumulative gross of all but a few 2016 non-fiction releases. Pantelion/Lionsgate's Spanish and English romantic-comedy Everybody Loves Somebody bowed with a 3-day take of $1M in 333 theaters, by far the most for a new… Read
Mark Duplass Urges Oscar Win For Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’
Mark Duplass has a message for Academy members as Oscar voting winds down: “Think what it would mean if Moonlight won Best Picture.”
Actor/director Duplass (Blue Jay, Togetherness) tweeted plea along with the poster for the Barry Jenkins-directed drama, urging Academy members to vote for Moonlight because "it's the best film this year."
Dear @TheAcademy Voters. Think about what it would mean if @moonlightmov won Best Picture. Then vote for it bc it's the best film… Read
Holdovers Reign Over Presidents’ Day Weekend, But Why Did The New Releases Tank?
5th Update, Final Sunday AM: The Saturday over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend spelled wonders for a number of films with those in the top 10 seeing close to a 50% surge over Friday.
However, the holdovers —The Lego Batman Movie, Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick: Chapter 2– are still getting richer, while the new titles get poorer, at least when you compare tickets sales against estimated combined production costs and P&As.
Similar to MLK Weekend, why is there so… Read
Sen. John McCain Reassures ‘Meet The Press’ Host “We Need You”; Beltway Programs Swoon
Senator John McCain’s belated Valentine’s Day chocolate for the press – “We need you,” he told Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press – was devoured by the Sunday Beltway programs today.
The Todd-McCain interview (watch it below), released in tweeted snippets over the last couple of days but aired in full this morning, included the warning that the suppression of a “free and many times adversarial press” is “how dictators get started.”
Starting with a joke – seemingly… Read
‘Gunpowder’: Kit Harington, Mark Gatiss, Liv Tyler & Peter Mullan Light Up BBC Drama
BBC One has ordered explosive three-part historical drama Gunpowder with Game Of Thrones‘ Kit Harington starring and exec producing. Harington was first mooted for the Guy Fawkes-inspired thriller back in October. He’s now confirmed with Liv Tyler, Top Of The Lake‘s Peter Mullan and Sherlock‘s Mark Gatiss rounding out cast. The series was developed by Ronan Bennett, Harington and Daniel West and written by Bennett (Top Boy, Hidden). Kudos is producing in association with… Read
CAS Awards: ‘La La Land’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Among Winners – Full List
The 53rd annual Cinema Audio Society Awards honoring outstanding achievement in sound mixing have wrapped, with La La Land taking home the top live action motion picture trophy, beating out other nominees Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Sully. Pixar’s Finding Dory was the big winner in the animated film category. And for the first time this year, CAS honored outstanding sound mixing for a motion picture documentary. The Music of Strangers: Y… Read
Donald Trump Mauls Media At Florida Rally
President Donald Trump came to Florida to expand on the theme of a recent tweet in which he called the press the enemy of the American people, in a speech kicking off his re-election campaign one month after being sworn in to office.
“I'm here because I want to be among my friends and among the people. This was a great movement, a movement like has never been seen before in our country, or probably anywhere else,” he began after First Lady Melania Trump read the Lord’s… Read
Shia LaBeouf, Luke Turner & Nastja Säde Rönkkö’s Anti-Trump Project Goes West
Shia LaBeouf, Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö, creators of the anti-Donald Trump "He Will Not Divide Us" street art exhibition, have moved their project west after it was shut down by New York's Museum of the Moving Image earlier this month.
In a joint statement posted on LaBeouf's website, the trio called out the museum for its "lack of commitment to the project.” As of today, the live-streaming protest is taking place outside the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, New… Read
[PHOTOS] 2017 Oscar Nominees Part 1: Casey Affleck, Denzel Washington, Pharrell Williams, Damien Chazelle & More
It’s been another busy Academy season, comprised of enough worthy performances and films to stage several soirées at the Dolby Theatre. AwardsLine has been covering the Oscars race throughout the season as it evolves. The categories represented in the gallery above range from Best Actor and Supporting Actor to Best Director, Best Documentary Feature and Best Picture. Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Denzel Washington (Fences), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)… Read
‘Song to Song’ Trailer: Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Get Caught Up In A Love Triangle
Ryan Gosling's next film, Song to Song, once again puts his singing skills front and center. Written and directed by Terrence Malick, Song to Song stars the La La Land actor opposite Rooney Mara in a modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene.
Ahead of its March release, Broad Green Pictures unveiled the first trailer, which you can check out above.
Set to Del Shannon's 1961 hit "Runaway," the film follows two entangled couples — struggling songwriters… Read