‘Ouija,’ ‘John Wick,’ Lead Top Five Friday, Bill Murray Graces ‘St. Vincent’ In Box Office Weekend
1st UPDATE, Friday 11:51 PM: Ouija's CinemaScore is probably the most frightening thing about this movie. No wonder they wouldn't screen it. This micro-budgeted film based on the popular Hasbro toy from Blumhouse and Universal Pictures is estimated to have scared in about $8M Friday (including the $911K from late nights) and is on track for a 3-day gross of around $19M+. It got a C CinemaScore. Expect it to fall off the board with its percentage drop next weekend.
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Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘Nightcrawler’
Open Road has released a new red band trailer for the Dan Gilroy-directed thriller Nightcrawler. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a driven, soulless wannabe who gets a fast car, a cheap camera and a police scanner and chases traffic accidents, murders and other violent incidents in hopes of getting film he can sell to a cellar-dwelling Los Angeles TV news producer. The pace is manic as the anti-hero proves there are no moral bounds to his ambition. The pic opens October… Read
UPDATE: Warner Bros Moves Up ‘Entourage’ Release By A Week
UPDATED, 6:30 PM: For those who just can't wait to see what the old gang is up to, now you won't have to wait quite as long. Warner Bros said today that has moved up the release date for the Entourage movie by a week to June 5. The adventures of Vincent, E, Drama, Turtle and Ari now will go up against the DreamWorks Animation pic B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations instead of Universal's tentpole Jurassic World.
PREVIOUSLY, February 25: Paul Thomas Anderson's next… Read
ICM Partners’ Interns Lawsuit Mediation Set For December
UPDATE, 5:08 PM: Two days after NBCUniversal settled a potential class action lawsuit by former Saturday Night Live interns for $6.4 million, ICM Partners has moved one step closer to possibly resolving its own labor issue. As expected, the agency and representatives for ex-interns Kimberly Behzadi and Jason Rindenau have agreed to mediation, now scheduled for December 15.
ICM Partners attorney Steven Herd said in a letter from both sides sent to U.S. District Court Judge… Read
‘Zeroville’ Adds Seth Rogen, Megan Fox & More; Brad Carter Lands ‘The Revenant;’ Noah Segan Enlists In ‘War Pigs’
James Franco has recruited a cabal of pals for his “proto-punk Forrest Gump goes to 1970's Hollywood” lit adaptation Zeroville, now filming in LA. Joining Franco and the recently announced Jacki Weaver are Franco's The Interview co-star Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King, and Horatio Sanz. Franco is directing and stars as a naive loner who's drawn to the film business, becomes mistaken for a Manson family member and gets hired as… Read
Does Alibaba Plan To Take Control Of Lionsgate?
Lionsgate shares rose 5.3% to $33.00 today after The New York Post reported that the Chinese e-retail giant is eager to buy Mark Rachesky's 37.4% stake in the independent studio. Although Lionsgate isn't commenting, there's enough in the wind to make the scenario plausible. Alibaba is flush with cash after its record-setting $25B IPO last month — and founder Jack Ma will be in Hollywood next week to talk with different studios. He already knows Lionsgate: Alibaba… Read
‘Ouija’ Review: Pete Hammond On Hasbro’s Stiff Board Game Pic
Just in time for Halloween comes the latest attempt by Hasbro to turn one of its iconic board games into a hit movie after previous failures including mega-bomb Battleship and Clue. But now, after dialing down plans and budgets for a more elaborate version with Michael Bay attached, Hasbro — again with the help of Universal Pictures as well as Jason Blum's Blumhouse — is unleashing a cheapo scream version of Ouija, based on its game that purports to raise spirits from… Read
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer Smashes Viewing Record; More Footage Coming
Despite scrambling to post its Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer a week early after a leaked version went viral Wednesday, Marvel broke viewing records with the first peek at its 2015 summer blockbuster. The company said today the Avengers 2 trailer notched 34.3 million views globally in its first 24 hours. Over 26.7 million of those came after the initial leak when Marvel responded by posting a high-resolution HD version to its official YouTube channel. The previous Marvel… Read
Dark Sky Dips Into Postapocalyptic Thriller ‘The Well’
EXCLUSIVE: MPI Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to Tom Hammock's The Well, a postapocalyptic thriller starring Haley Lu Richardson (MTV's Awkward, Ravenswood). The Federighi Films pic is set in a once-lush Oregon valley turned dry by a decade-long drought, where a teenage girl fights to protect the last working well from a greedy water baron. Twilight co-stars Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) and Michael Welch (Z Nation), Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) and… Read
Warner Bros To Remake ‘Who Am I’; Pic Is German Box Office Sensation
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has closed a deal to remake Who Am I, the latest film by German-based helmer Baran “Bo” Odar, who made his directorial debut on The Silence. Who Am I, which premiered in Toronto, is a visual thriller that stars Tom Schilling as a young man who gets pulled into the world of an Anonymous-like hacking group. Pic starts with him telling his story to Europol investigator after he and his cohorts perpetrated a crime spree that pissed off the Russian mob… Read
Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor Joining DC Comics Pic ‘Suicide Squad’?
EXCLUSIVE: On the DC Comics-heavy slate that Warner Bros laid out for Wall Street last week, the film Suicide Squad was the only one lacking a clear identification to the superhero-themed franchises that will dominate the slate through 2020. That might change. I hear that Warner Bros is in discussions with Jesse Eisenberg to take the Lex Luthor character he will unveil in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and transfer the villain character to Suicide Squad. As Deadline… Read
‘Act Of Killing’ Helmer Joshua Oppenheimer Signs With UTA
EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed Joshua Oppenheimer, who burst on the scene as a major documentary directing voice for The Act Of Killing. The provocative and shocking docu featured interviews with members of death squads responsible for the mass killings of close to a million people during a military coup in Indonesia during the 1960s. Nominated for an Oscar and winner of the BAFTA and over 70 international awards, Oppenheimer got these architects of genocide to reenact their… Read