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‘Jurassic World’ Tracking Like ‘Man Of Steel’ – But How Many $100M+ Openings After That In Summer 2015?

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Tracking for the next installment in the Universal Pictures franchise Jurassic World came out yesterday, and it looks like it’s heading for a $100 million-$130 million opening, in line with Warner Bros.’ Man Of Steel which opened to $116.6M in the summer of 2013. Man Of Steel ended its domestic run with $291M. From the tracking we are looking at right now, total awareness for the film is in the 90% range and unaided awareness is higher than Warner Bros.’ big disaster… Read

‘Tomorrowland’ & ‘Poltergeist’ Rise In Matinees – Box Office Friday

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The four-day Memorial Day weekend is underway at the box office with Tomorrowland off to a good start in matinees for Disney, having bowed in 3,972 theaters today. Meanwhile, Poltergeist, even though it’s a PG-13 movie, will see most of its horror audience come out in force tonight, but pretty good (as Midwesterners say) so far. The film was co-financed by MGM and Fox 2000 and is being distributed by Fox. Will be interesting to see what kind of CinemaScore these films… Read

Swoosie Kurtz On ‘Mike & Molly,’ Mom And Her First Tony Award Nomination

LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 17: "Goin' Fishin"-- -- Molly (Melissa McCarthy, left), Victoria (Katy Mixon, center), and Joyce (Swoosie Kurtz, right) give yoga a try to distract Molly from her troubles with Mike, on the second season premiere of MIKE & MOLLY, Monday, Sept. 26 (9:30-10:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

EXCLUSIVE: I met Swoosie Kurtz for the first time in the brief lull between her first Tony nomination and her first win. Almost immediately I asked her to marry me. Didn’t matter that I was married at the time. Didn’t matter that we were somewhat blazed and not alone (everyone was blazed and as I recall, everyone of every sexual predilection was asking for Swoosie Kurtz’s, um, hand in marriage). We were young, the environment was bohemian, to employ a euphemism, and all… Read

‘Tomorrowland’ Limited Release While ‘Poltergeist’ Grabs Strong $1.4M – Box Office Thursday

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UPDATE, Friday 7:52 AM: Disney just reported for Tomorrowland with $725K from its limited run in what they’ve been calling 701 “premium/palace locations” (which means IMAX and PLF screens) with a nice $1,077 per screen average. Had they played the film on a greater number of screens — in the 2,500 to 3,000 range — they would have ended up with a nice Thursday preview in the millions of dollars. But they didn’t. So the if-they-had scenarios ($2.7M to $3.2M is being tossed… Read

Jennifer Connelly & Cillian Murphy Go ‘Aloft’ – Specialty Box Office Preview

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As distributors digest the latest films at the Cannes Film Festival that will likely make their way to this side of the Atlantic one way or another, a new slate of specialty newcomers are making their way to theaters for the Memorial Day weekend. The summer crowds will no doubt flock to Tomorrowland and Poltergeist — at least relatively speaking — though counter options are out there. Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy and Mélanie Laurent star in Sony Pictures Classics’ Alo… Read

Amanda Seyfried, Thomas Sadoski Get Hot’N’Bothered In Neil LaBute’s ‘The Way We Get By’ – Review

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Stop the presses, Neil LaBute has a heart, possibly. In his new play, The Way We Get By, no women are humiliated, no gay men are beaten up, and the only abuse unleashed is directed at an absent housemate. Short, romantic and very sexy, this Second Stage two-hander is a departure for the author of such misanthropic plays as Fat Pig, Bash: Latter Day Plays and the films In The Company Of Men, Your Friends And Neighbors and lots of other nasty pieces of work. What The Way We… Read

Anti-Censorship Showcase Will Go On As Neil LaBute Pulls Play

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Director Neil LaBute  from 'Dirty Weekend' appears at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Getty Images Studio on April 20, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/VarietyTFF2015/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

UPDATE, WEDNESDAY, 9:15 AM:  “Playwrights For A Cause,” a one-act showcase launching the Planet Connections Theater Festivity, will now be presented on June 14 at the New York Theatre Workshop, but without Neil LaBute’s contribution. The playwright released a statement explaining he did not want his play to detract from “the fine work that Erik Ehn, Halley Feiffer and Israel Horovitz were also presenting that evening…and the cause of the evening itself.” The program is a… Read

David Letterman’s NYC Was More Ed Sullivan Than “Not”-Johnny-Carson

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EXCLUSIVE: While we’re all thanking David Letterman for tossing the genteel Tonight Show mold and recasting post-primetime comedy in his own rebellious image, here is a heresy worth considering: Letterman’s debt to Ed Sullivan goes way beyond just the name of the theater in which he’s hosted Late Night since August 30, 1993. It was Sullivan, after all, who could showcase prima diva Joan Sutherland and puppet Topo Gigio on the same night; Sullivan who, despite his own… Read

‘Tomorrowland’ Has Bright Future Over ‘Pitch Perfect 2′, ‘Poltergeist’ Should Scare Up Some Business – B.O. Preview

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Memorial Day weekend will really kick off at 7 PM on Thursday when previews for the sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland begin with IMAX letting go of Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron (after its fourth weekend) and taking hold of the Disney film that stars George Clooney and two young stars Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy. Also debuting this weekend will be the Poltergeist reboot from Fox, which hopes to tap into a horror hungry crowd who haven’t had a decent scare… Read

‘The Flick’ & ‘What I Did Last Summer’ Get Second Chances – Review

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Annie Baker’s The Flick won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama two years ago after an off-Broadway run at Playwrights Horizons, so it may seem too soon for a reappraisal. But few plays in my memory have so divided audiences and critics; the vaunted Pulitzer certainly was no guarantee of a commercial transfer. The play with its original cast and production have now opened in a limited run at the Barrow Street Theatre in Greenwich Village, and I’m strongly urging everyone I know… Read

‘Hamilton’ Wins Top OBIE Award, Marching Triumphantly To Broadway

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The 2015 Tony Awards haven’t even been decided yet but next year’s best-musical race already has a strong contender. Hamilton, Lin-Manual Miranda’s history lesson rapped in a musical, continues nabbing every award in sight. Monday evening it was the OBIE for Best New American Theater Work, along with special citations for director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and musical director Alex Lacamoire. The show, which had a sold-out run at the Public Theater… Read

‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Sings With $69.2M; ‘Mad Max’ Rolls With $45.4M – Final Box Office

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6th UPDATE, Monday, 1:50 PM: Pitch Perfect 2 ended the weekend with a gross higher than anyone expected with $69.2M, thanks to the female core audience which came out in force, not only on Friday but also Saturday night. Both pictures also had a better Sunday, due, in part to a holiday in Canada. PP2 trounced the male-dominated Mad Max: Fury Road, which took in $45M and hopes to keep some momentum going throughout the coming few weeks. The modestly-budgeted PP2, which… Read