Uni Brands New Monster Movies As ‘Dark Universe’; Bill Condon’s ‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ Up Next In Feb. 2019
Universal Pictures’ relaunch of its classic monster movie characters, starting with the Tom Cruise feature The Mummy on June 9, will be known as the Dark Universe franchise.
In addition the studio confirmed today what Deadline exclusively reported last month: Beauty and the Beast‘s Bill Condon is locked in to direct The Bride of Frankenstein which will be the next Dark Universe title following The Mummy, set for release on Feb. 14, 2019, a day that Uni had already… Read
‘Angry Birds 2’ Will Fly In 2019 With New Creative Team
Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment will launch The Angry Birds Movie 2 on September 20, 2019, a date that will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the original game about birds being flung at egg-stealing pigs.
This time around, the sequel will be directed by Disney and Sony Pictures Animation vet Thurop Van Orman (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time) and co-directed by John Rice (Rick and Morty, King of the Hill), who served as lead… Read
Are Comedies In Peril On The Big Screen & Headed To Streaming? Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler & ‘Meyerowitz’ Cast Sound Off – Cannes
In 2008, seven comedy releases ultimately crossed the $100 million threshold.
Ben Stiller had one of those titles that he starred in and directed, Tropic Thunder ($110.5 million), and Adam Sandler had two in the summer comedy You Don’t Mess With The Zohan ($100M) and the family comedy Bedtime Stories ($110M).
Last year, only three comedies crossed the century mark at the domestic B.O. — Ghostbusters, Central Intelligence and Bad Moms — with 2015 faring no better with… Read
Review: In Hamish Linklater’s ‘The Whirligig’, Zosia Mamet Plays Another Bad-News Girlfriend
Zosia Mamet, the lethally annoying Shoshanna late of Girls, has braved some challenging stage roles, none more so than Trish in the world premiere of Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig, which opened tonight in a New Group production at the Signature Theatre Center. Trish’s former best friend Julie (Grace Van Patten, Netflix’s Tramps) is dying a junkie’s death at home in the Berkshire Mountains, where her estranged parents can do little more than dance a jitterbug of… Read
‘Alien: Covenant’ Adds $30M In 2nd Frame; ‘Dangal’ Pins $100M+ In China; ‘Guardians 2’ At $733M WW – International Box Office
UPDATE, writethru: Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant ventured into another 52 offshore markets this frame. In 76 total, it bit off $30.3M and saw No. 1s in 30 new hubs while maintaining the top spot in six holdover plays. The international box office cume is now $81.9M. This is lower than hoped, but hope springs with China and Japan still to come and make up some ground. Korea (without 3D) is outpacing Prometheus. The worldwide total on the Fox release is $117M.
Although we… Read
Bryan Cranston’s ‘Wakefield’ And Steve James Doc ‘Abacus’ Top Quiet Weekend – Specialty Box Office
As Cannes closes its first weekend, the Specialty landscape stateside was mostly quiet save for two openers that had single location debuts. IFC Films' Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston opened to $14K, while PBS Distribution's Steve James documentary Abacus: Small Enough to Jail took in $13.6K. Their exclusive bows gave the features technically the highest per theater averages of the weekend. ArtAffects Entertainment's sports-drama Champion went out to 31 locations in its… Read
Why ‘Alien: Covenant’ Lost Its Bite At The B.O. With $36M+ Opening, -29% From ‘Prometheus’
4th Writethru, Sunday AM: All sequelitis aside, what made 20th Century Fox’s Alien: Covenant slow down at the box office?
Initially the Ridley Scott-directed movie looked like it was coming in at $40M, which would have repped the second best opening in the Alien franchise, but now at $36M it’s third behind Prometheus ($51M) and 2004’s Alien v. Predator ($38.3M).
As major studios look for new franchises to mine, and the Alien origin stories looked very promising, this is… Read
An Indifferent Broadway Says Au Revoir To Love-Struck ‘Amélie’
This afternoon’s performance will be the last chance Broadway audiences have to see Amélie, a sweetheart of a musical that left most critics, and most tickets, unmoved following its opening last month at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The show, with a score by Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen and book by Craig Lucas, closes after just 83 performances including previews. Its fate was sealed May 2, when the Tony Awards nominations were announced absent a single nod to the… Read
Bryan Cranston In ‘Wakefield’; Amber Tamblyn Opens Directorial Debut ‘Paint It Black’: Specialty Box Office Preview
While Cannes is grabbing all the shine on the Specialty front, new rollouts stateside are coming this weekend. IFC Films is opening Telluride and Toronto drama Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner in a day-and-date rollout, while Imagination Worldwide is launching Paint It Black in New York and L.A. Paint It Black is Amber Tamblyn's directorial debut. The two films headline a slower weekend of limited release openers following a large number of releases… Read
Glenda Jackson Will Return To Broadway In ‘Three Tall Women’
Glenda Jackson, absent from the Broadway stage since 1988, will lead a revival next spring of the late Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Three Tall Women. Producer Scott Rudin announced Thursday evening that the play, which had a celebrated run beginning at the Vineyard Theatre off-Broadway in 1994, will begin previews February 27, 2018 and open March 29, at a Shubert theater yet to be determined.
The production will be staged by Joe Mantello (Wicked) and co-star… Read
Tony Watch: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’s Michael Greif On ‘Sensational’ Ben Platt And The Inner Lives Of Children
Four-time Tony nominee Michael Greif is the rare Broadway director whose art and life are inextricably knotted. Start in 1996 with the seismic event that was Rent, Jonathan Larson’s cri de coeur for a generation set aflounder in an East Village that channeled the Paris of Puccini’s young bohemians. The musical’s reach extended from downtown to Broadway, Newsweek’s cover to the windows of Bloomingdale’s and into the ferment of global pop culture – none of which young… Read
‘Alien: Covenant’ Looks To Kick ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Out Of Orbit – Box Office Preview
20th Century Fox’s Alien: Covenant is expected to claw its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $35 million-$40 million opening frame, ending the two-weekend reign of Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 which will land in second in the low-$30M range.
Covenant will be in play at about 3,600 theaters with a presence at PLF auditoriums and some Imax hubs. The Ridley Scott-directed sequel to 2012’s Prometheus has already made more than $40M in 34 foreign… Read