‘John Wick: Chapter Three’ Targets Early Summer 2019 Date
The third installment in Lionsgate/Summit’s Keanu Reeves shoot-em-up franchise, John Wick: Chapter 3 is locked and loaded to open on May 17, 2019. John Wick: Chapter Two, which opened in early February, was a huge surprise at the winter box office, debuting to $30M and finaling at $92M stateside, $171.5M worldwide.
The first John Wick, though it only made $88.8M at the global B.O., was a huge hit on home entertainment, hence the reason why Lionsgate proceeded with a… Read
Ben Stiller Is Dad In ‘Brad’s Status’; Glenn Close & John Malkovich Hit ‘The Wilde Wedding’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
The Fall roll-outs begin ramping up this weekend as Toronto winds down, kicking the theatrical runs of the year's awards hopefuls into gear. Mike White's Brad's Status, from Amazon Studios/Annapurna Pictures, starring Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams and Luke Wilson is opening in New York and Los Angeles Friday on the heels of its Toronto bow. Vertical Entertainment is rolling out Damian Harris' The Wilde Wedding starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Patrick Stewart and Minnie… Read
‘Dunkirk’ Passes $500M Globally For Christopher Nolan, Warner Bros.
Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s sweeping WWII epic that’s still playing in 52 markets around the world and tucked away another $15.4M from both domestic and international audiences this week, crossed the $500M milestone at the worldwide box office today. In terms of ranking this weekend in worldwide grosses, Dunkirk was third behind Warner Bros’ other worldwide phenom, Stephen King’s horror pic It, and Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opened big in China. In fact, Spidey… Read
Controversial ‘Ferguson’ Drama Hopes For New York Opening After L.A.
UPDATE September 18: Adds Los Angeles director Nick DeGruccio and clarifies the attribution of a quote regarding “no spin,” below.
UPDATE Wednesday afternoon, with more information throughout.
EXCLUSIVE: Ferguson, a play comprising Grand Jury testimony in the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Brown, will have its New York premiere in a limited run beginning October 19 at the 30th Street Theater, a small off-off-Broadway venue. If, that is, the… Read
Famed Experimentalists The Wooster Group Will Open ‘The B-Side: Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons’
EXCLUSIVE: The Wooster Group, one of New York’s most long-lived experimental theater companies and stage home of Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man), Kate Valk (The Manchurian Candidate) and the late Spalding Gray (Swimming To Cambodia), will unveil its latest multi-media excursion into American culture next month with The B-Side: "Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons" at its storied Soho theater, the Performing Garage.
The show will begin performances October 25 and run through… Read
Sir Peter Hall Dies: Broadway Will Dim Lights For ‘Amadeus’ Director And RSC Founder
UPDATE Wednesday: Broadway and London’s West End theaters and related venues will dim their lights Friday evening in honor of Sir Peter Hall, who died Monday. Broadway will darken for one minute, beginning at 7:45 PM local time. In London, the lights will go down for a minute beginning 7 PM, also local time.
"Peter Hall was an unrelenting advocate for the arts who worked tirelessly to bring new life to classic works and introduced new work that became classics,”… Read
‘It’ Scares Up $11.4M, Biggest Tuesday Ever For September; Stephen King Film To Clear $200M This Weekend
And the records just keep on coming. New Line/Warner Bros.’ It hooked $11.4M yesterday, making it the biggest Tuesday ever seen for the month of September. October hasn’t even seen a Tuesday of this size.
The previous biggest Tuesday in September was owned by Warner Bros.’ Sully last year with $4.8M, and the previous high for a horror film on Tuesday belonged to The Conjuring with $5.6M.
To give you an idea of the Stephen King pic’s box office magnitude, if you look at… Read
Ex-ITV Boss Adam Crozier Named Vue International Non-Executive Chair
Former ITV Chief Executive Adam Crozier exited the broadcaster at the end of June and has now taken the role of Non-Executive Group Chairman at Vue International. A leading exhibitor with 212 sites in 10 countries, Vue is believed to be considering a potential sale or IPO as the sector increasingly consolidates.
Founded by Tim Richards in 1999, Vue is active in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Taiwan. In announcing… Read
Playwright A.R. Gurney Gets A Heartfelt Broadway Send-Off
Family, friends and fans filled Broadway’s Music Box Theatre on Tuesday afternoon to remember the prolific playwright A.R. Gurney, the Love Letters and Dining Room author who died June 13 at 86. Among those speaking and in some cases singing under the writer’s characteristically quizzical gaze were Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, husband and wife actors who had starred in Gurney’s Sylvia, though in productions 20 years apart.
“In 1995, I was not insulted to be… Read
‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Moves To Dec. 2019, Disney’s Christopher Robin Project Opens Next August
On the heels of J.J. Abrams taking over the directing reins of Star Wars: Episode IX, the final Skywalker family trilogy title will now open on Dec. 20, 2019 instead of May 24, 2019. This will certainly put in motion a domino effect as several studios will likely scurry to slot their pics over Memorial Day weekend 2019, and also move out of the way of Star Wars’ path as it barrels into December, 24 months from now.
The only other title that Episode IX leaves behind on… Read
Universal Intl Distribution Vet Jack Ledwith Retiring After 21 Years With Studio
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Universal executive Jack Ledwith is set to retire at the end of the year. Currently Senior Vice President and Managing Director of International Distribution, Ledwith has been at Universal for 21 years and worked in film distribution for 42. Prior to joining Uni in 1996, he held positions at Avco Embassy Pictures, Embassy Pictures, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group and Carolco Pictures. Universal Pictures International President of Distribution, Duncan… Read
‘It’ Posts Record Monday For September With $8.8M
New Line/Warner Bros. It continues to break records drawing $8.8M yesterday which is the highest Monday that the month of September has ever seen. Previous Monday high in September was The Sixth Sense‘s Labor Day Monday of $6.37M back in 1999.
In addition, in a matter of hours, It will be the highest grossing Stephen King movie of all-time at the domestic box office, surpassing the $136.8M take of 1999’s The Green Mile. To date there’s been 33 King titles adapted to the… Read