Neil LaBute Axed From MCC Theater Ahead Of New Play Debut
UPDATED with information about American Gigolo project at Showtime: The off-Broadway MCC Theater has severed ties with its longtime playwright-in-residence Neil LaBute, which comes ahead of the August world premiere of his new play Reasons To Be Pretty Happy. No reason was given by the theater for the decision that was made public today, but the play has been canceled.
Reasons To Be Pretty Happy revisits the characters first introduced in LaBute’s 2009 Tony-nominated play… Read
‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Pops At Valentine’s Day B.O. Before ‘Black Panther’ Attacks – Update
2nd Update, Thursday AM: As we forecasted, Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed filed $10.8M at the Valentine’s Day box office, which is very impressive in comparison to its installment last year, Fifty Shades Darker: Yesterday’s ticket sales were only $200K off from Darker‘s Valentine’s Day take of $11M. Like Freed, Darker was in a scenario a year ago with Valentine’s Day falling in the middle of the week. The current running total for Freed is $56.07M which is 14% behind Darke… Read
Saudi Arabia: Kuwait National Cinema Co & Front Row’s Cinescape To Launch Multiplexes
The Kuwait National Cinema Company and leading Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment's exhibition arm, Cinescape Cinemas, are in final negotiations to launch a first phase of multiplexes in Saudi Arabia by the 4th quarter of this year. The plans come as the kingdom has lifted a decades-long ban on public movie houses, and as players vie for rights to expand into the potentially lucrative market. KNCC and Cinescape are eyeing 27 screens across strategic… Read
Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ Now Ready For A Spring Debut
STXfilms is moving up its Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty from June 29 to April 27, which places the release date the weekend before summer kicks off. STX has made the decision given the great response the film received from a recent test screening, where the audience responded to the pic’s message of self-confidence, as well as the 40 million views logged by the trailer since it dropped February 8.
In I Feel Pretty, a woman who struggles with feelings of low self-esteem… Read
The Orchard & MoviePass Ventures To Unleash Sundance Acquisition ‘American Animals’ This Summer
The Orchard will be releasing its Sundance pick-up American Animals on June 1. This is the Bart Layton-directed feature that they acquired in partnership last month with MoviePass Ventures, which is the monthly movie subscription’s indie film finance arm.
MoviePass hope here is that by taking some skin in a film, that they can gain a greater share in the upside of a pic’s box office, and in return guarantee its subscribers to show up on opening weekend. No word as to… Read
Katharine McPhee To Make Broadway Debut In ‘Waitress’
Katharine McPhee has been set to make her Broadway debut in April when she takes over the lead role of Jenna in Waitress, the Tony-nominated musical based on the movie from Adrienne Shelley that is playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
McPhee, who rose to fame on American Idol and now stars on the CBS series Scorpion, will take over the role April 10 and be in the show through June 17. The role will not impact her schedule on Scorpion, which has not yet heard about a… Read
‘The Nun’ Moves To Warner Bros’ New Favorite Spot On Calendar: Post-Labor Day Weekend
After scoring a record early fall opening record of $123.4M with last year’s It in the post-Labor Day weekend, Warner Bros. is moving New Line’s Conjuring spinoff The Nun from July 13 to Sept. 7.
Despite The Nun having one foot in July 13, New Line had quietly reserved the post-Labor Day frame for an untitled New Line horror film. This is the second time today we saw a distributor (read Fox with Alita: Battle Angel) RSVPing one date, but really having a back-up reserved on… Read
Can ‘Black Panther’ Be A Box Office Game-Changer Overseas?
The anticipation about Disney/Marvel's Black Panther has gone beyond being another superhero blockbuster here in the U.S.
The New York Times has gone as far as to call the film a defining moment for Black America, with Black Panther expected to break domestic opening records this weekend for the month of February with a four-day range of $155 million-$172 million, a benchmark for any movie that has starred a predominantly Black cast. Those projections are also poised to… Read
Harry Connick Jr To Star In ‘The Sting’ Musical Eyeing Broadway
Harry Connick Jr has been set to star in The Sting, a new musical in the works that will have its world premiere next month at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, with the producers eyeing a Broadway transfer. The musical, based on the 1973 Oscar-winning Universal film, is set for a limited run March 29-April 29.
Connick will play Henry Gondorff, portrayed by Paul Newman in the feature film, which was set in 1930s Chicago and centers on a pair of con men — small-town… Read
‘Alita’ Heads For The Holidays; ‘Death On The Nile’ Breaking Out In 2019 & More: Fox Release Date Changes
We now know what Lightstorm release was destined to open next Christmas: 20th Century Fox announced that they’re pushing Robert Rodriguez’s female manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel to Dec. 21, which was originally being held for a title from James Cameron’s production company. Originally, Lightstorm’s Alita was set to open this summer on July 20.
Alita will be among such pre-Christmas Day releases as Warner Bros./DC’s Aquaman, Paramount’s Bumblebee, and Sony’s comedy H… Read
Aamir Khan’s ‘Secret Superstar’ Tops $100M In China; Salman Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ Is Next Test For Bollywood
Secret Superstar, an inspirational drama that features Aamir Khan, has crossed $100M in China after three weeks in release. Last year, the Khan-fronted Dangal grossed over $193M in the Middle Kingdom to make it the most successful Hindi movie ever in the market.
The Advait Chandan-helmed Superstar, now at about $112M, carries on the tradition of Aamir Khan's success in the PROC which began with 2009's 3 Idiots. His other films then found great favor including PK and Danga… Read
‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Collars $97M Overseas Bow; ‘Jumanji’ Swings To Sony’s #3 WW Release Ever – International Box Office
TUESDAY UPDATE, with actuals: Coming in slightly lower than the Saturday projection of $100M through Sunday, Universal's Fifty Shades Freed roped $96.5M in its international box office bow this weekend. The performance, while a breath below the Sunday estimate, is ahead of pre-weekend calls which had the threequel straddling $80M-$90M. Coupled with domestic, the debut global frame was $135.3M.
All tied up, the three-movie franchise crossed $1B worldwide on Friday. As… Read