Oprah Winfrey, Van Jones and Ava DuVernay Talk Politics At Netflix Exec’s Home
Ava DuVernay’s mass incarnation documentary 13th was supposed to be the subject, but Donald Trump became topic A as several hundred hollywood insiders met to hear DuVernay, Van Jones and Oprah Winfrey confer at the Hancock Park home of Ted Sarandos, the Netflix chief content officer, and his wife, Nicole Avant, a former United States ambassador to the Bahamas, on Sunday night.
“I think mostly bad things,” said Jones when Winfrey kicked things off by asking what he… Read
‘Rogue One’ Rises To $980M Global; ‘Passengers’ Takes Over Offshore No. 1 – International Box Office
UPDATE 2:20 PM PT: As it closes in on $1B worldwide, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was nevertheless edged out of the No. 1 spot at the international box office for the first time this weekend. The 5th frame on the Disney/Lucasfilm franchise spinoff saw the Rebel Alliance gather $21.9M to lift the offshore cume to $481.1M. With a $980M global total through Sunday, Jyn Erso and her crew are expected to bridge the gap to $1B later this week. But it was Sony's Passengers which… Read
Golden Globe Winners ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Elle’ Cash In – Specialty Box Office
The new year is certainly not making a spectacle of itself on the Specialty side. Some Oscar contenders are still making a show of it, but newcomers are mostly flat at best. A24's Moonlight had some shine over the weekend following its Golden Globes win for best drama, adding several hundred theaters over last weekend. The film grossed over $1.1 million. Lionsgate's Golden Globe fave La La Land remains the Specialty box office darling as it goes further into wide release… Read
‘Hidden Figures’ Calculates $25M+ Weekend, But Why Are So Many Movies Bombing Over MLK? – Sunday AM Update
5th Writethru Sunday AM: Updated chart, figures and analysis Never before in recent memory have so many movies bombed in a given weekend at the box office. With Monster Trucks, Sleepless, Silence and Live By Night dead, and Patriots Day underperforming, this MLK weekend completely blows away the disasters seen during the Oct. 23-25 weekend of 2015 when four titles tanked: The Last Witch Hunter, Jem and the Holograms, Rock the Kasbah and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimen… Read
‘La La Land’ Twirls Past $50M Overseas; Shines With $132M Global Box Office
Lionsgate's seven-time Golden Globe winner and awards-season darling, La La Land, continues to hit the high notes with bright and shiny bows in key overseas markets this weekend. The offshore FSS frame was worth $17.8M to lift the international box office to $54.8M, including a stellar debut in the UK which topped the opening of Lionsgate’s own The Hunger Games. Domestically, La La is estimated to hit $77.1M through Monday (which includes the MLK holiday). Worldwide, the… Read
Fox Searchlight Wins ‘Keeper Of The Diary’ Spec On Heroic Effort To Publish Anne Frank’s Work
EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has won the first big spec auction of the year, and will pay high six figures for Keeper of the Diary, a hotly contested spec by Mayday 109 scribes Sam Franco and Evan Kilgore. The spec tells the story of Otto Frank’s struggle to find a publisher for the diary written by his daughter Anne Frank before she perished in the Holocaust. He was aided by an ambitious young woman who, fresh out of the Doubleday typing pool, became a junior editor… Read
Mel Gibson Signs With CAA
EXCLUSIVE: In what amounts to another important step toward putting a once-great career back on track, Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson has signed with CAA. This comes a day after his longtime manager (and former CAA agent) Rick Nicita closed his management company to focus on producing. It is the first time Gibson will have been repped by an agency since 2010, when WME dropped him. All this comes in the wake of critical and financial success for Hacksaw Ridge, the first… Read
Palm Springs Film Festival Names ‘Toni Erdmann’ Best Foreign Film
Updated below with audience award winners.
Toni Erdmann was named Best Foreign Film at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The prize was one of the juried award winners revealed at a luncheon today, with narrative feature and documentary to be announced tomorrow.
Gael García Bernal took the Best Actor in a foreign language film for Neruda, and Isabelle Huppert took Best Actress, foreign film, for Elle.
Today’s awards were named by a special jury of… Read
Jennifer Holliday Cancels Inaugural Concert Performance, Apologizes To LGBT Fans For “Lapse Of Judgement
Updated, 12:50 pm Jennifer Holliday will appear on MSNBC’s AM Joy tomorrow to discuss the decision to cancel her inaugural performance. The program, hosted by Joy Reid, airs at 10 am ET.
Previous Jennifer Holliday is telling President-elect Donald Trump she’s not going – to the pre-inaugural concert. Pledging to stand by the LGBT community, the Tony-winning Dreamgirls star canceled plans to perform at the January 19 Trump celebration.
“I sincerely apologize for my lapse… Read
No Plans For Digital Version Of Princess Or General Leia, Lucasfilm Says
Lucasfilm has unequivocally ruled out any digital recreation of Carrie Fisher’s General Leia in the ninth Star Wars film. “We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or General Leia Organa,” the studio said in a statement posted to the official Star Wars site.
We don't normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our… Read
Academy’s Dawn Oscar Nominations Drill Goes Digital: No More Media In The Goldwyn Theater
The media and publicists won’t be shivering at dawn at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences headquarters when Oscar nominations are announced January 24. Instead, the Academy announced it will go straight to digital platforms and a satellite broadcast feed, bypassing reporters who traditionally gathered in its Goldwyn Theater for announcements in the early-morning hours, the group said Friday.
In a further change, past Oscar nominees, in pre-recorded videos… Read
Johnny Depp Sues Business Managers For $25M Over Fraud
Like many an actor before him, Johnny Depp believes he has been swindled in the Hollywood accounting shell game — by his own business managers and lawyers. In a lawsuit filed today, the Pirates Of The Caribbean star is going after The Management Group for more than $25 million in a jury-seeking suit alleging fraud and several other claims.
“As a result of years of gross mismanagement and sometimes outright fraud, Mr. Depp lost tens of millions of dollars and has been… Read