‘Black Panther’ Goes Wild: At $242M+ Superhero Owns 2nd Best 4-Day Opening & Defeats ‘Last Jedi’
Tuesday 7:20AM Update: Industry morning estimates indicate that Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther has cleared $242M, which means that the superhero now owns the second-best 4-day opening of all-time behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($288.07M) and slashes the FSSM run of Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($241.6M) last December. It’s still early and Disney has yet to call the record. The 4-day for Black Panther should be around $242.4M. Ticket sales for the Ryan Coogler-directed… Read
George & Amal Clooney Donate $500,000 To March For Our Lives: Will Others In Hollywood Follow?
George and Amal Clooney have just pledged $500,000 to help underwrite the efforts of survivors of the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, to protest for meaningful gun control.
These young people — who made a powerful plea on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday and in other places — seem potentially to be the lightning rod that has been lacking in the attempt to hold responsible federal lawmakers taking vast sums from the NRA and refusing to… Read
Vivendi Restructure Brings Together Film & TV Divisions Studiocanal & Canal Plus
French entertainment and media giant Vivendi is bringing its film and TV divisions closer together with a personnel restructure that hands new titles to Maxime Saada and Didier Lupfer.
Saada, who is Chief Executive of Canal Plus Group, which owns Studiocanal, becomes Chairman of Studiocanal, while Lupfer, who is Chief Executive of Paddington 2 co-producer Studiocanal, becomes Canal Plus Group SVP, Cinema. Lupfer continues to report to Saada.
Lupfer also becomes one of… Read
Galway Film Festival Hires William Fitzgerald As Programmer
Irish film festival the Galway Film Fleadh is set to be rejuvenated after it hired William Fitzgerald as its new programmer. Over the last few years, the festival has attracted talent such as Saoirse Ronan, John C. Reilly and Martin Sheen and was one of earliest supporters of Black 47 director Lance Daly.
Fitzgerald replaces Gar O'Brien, who is stepping down after seven years. He has previously held various roles at the festivals including as short film programmer and… Read
Joaquin Phoenix Discovers Another Side To Film Festivals At Berlin
He evidently doesn't like doing press conferences and discussing his performances, but Joaquin Phoenix admitted that he had his first enjoyable film festival experience in Berlin.
Phoenix was in town to promote Gus Van Sant's Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot and gave a typically enigmatic performance during a 30-minute press conference, where he gave a handful of self-mocking answers and appeared to switch off half-way through.
However, Phoenix, who plays Portland… Read
‘Black Panther’: Hollywood Cannot Stop Praising The Groundbreaking Marvel Blockbuster
Black Panther has been out for less than a week and in addition to breaking box office records, audiences cannot stop talking about it. More than that, directors, actors, CEOs and former First Ladies have been praising the Marvel Studios Afrofuturistic wonder.
Since opening on Thursday night, there has been a non-stop flood of tweets giving high marks to the Ryan Coogler-directed movie starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira. Beyond… Read
Oscars Street Closures: When & Where To Expect Detours, Delays
It’s that time of year again: Street closures are looming in the run-up to the Academy Awards. And, as always, Hollywood’s Big Night will be Hollywood’s Big Nightmare traffic-wise.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles are out with the final list of closures around Hollywood & Highland, whose Dolby Theatre will stage the Oscars on March 4.
With fan bleachers and press risers under construction and the red carpet being… Read
SAG-AFTRA Closes “Wigging” Probe, Says It “Remains Committed” To Ending Practice Of Men Doubling For Women
SAG-AFTRA has closed its investigation into the "wigging" of a stuntman on MGM's The Domestics and concluded that "wigging a male stunt performer to double for a female performer is not acceptable and that this should not happen again." The union, however, did not fine the film's production company for not doing more to find a qualified stuntwoman to do the job, though it says it "will remain committed to doing what it can to eliminate this practice."
The incident, which… Read
Activist Organization Hosts Voter Registration Events At ‘Black Panther’ Screenings
As Black Panther continues to break box office records, it also grows into a cultural phenomenon, shifting the idea of the portrayal of people of color in film. T’Challa’s multi-layered story has gone beyond the confines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has brought issues of social awareness, representation, and inclusion further to the forefront. That’s why the Movement for Black Lives is using the groundbreaking movie to engage the Black community through voter… Read
Blue Fox Hires Myriad Pictures’ Audrey Delaney As Marketing & Distribution SVP – Berlin
Blue Fox Entertainment has hired Audrey Delaney as SVP Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. The exec, who most recently was SVP Marketing & Acquisitions at Myriad Pictures, will work with her new company's U.S. and international divisions, overseeing the marketing and distribution of films for U.S. release and international sales.
The hire was announced during the European Film Market underway at the Berlin Film Festival, where Blue Fox has made deals including for the… Read
José Padilha Lifts The Lid On ‘7 Days In Entebbe’ – Berlin
7 Days in Entebbe director José Padilha says that his terror thriller starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl, which tells the story of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv, shines a light on similar political issues still prevalent in a Donald Trump presidency.
Speaking at the Berlin Film Festival, Padilha said that fear still dominates, as it did in the Middle East in the late 1970s.
7 Days in Entebbe tells the story of the hijackers, two of whom… Read
‘Black Panther’ Blasts Off With $169M Overseas; $371M WW Weekend – International Box Office
UPDATED, Monday writethru: The King of Wakanda is king at the international box office, with a stunning $168.7 million in 48 markets through Sunday. That puts Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther at a global debut of $370.5M, with the actuals on domestic coming in higher. Including Monday's domestic estimate, the worldwide cume rises above $400M.
The numbers are "insane" is the refrain we heard all weekend as the movie shattered expectations. Most ahead of the opening were… Read