‘Dunkirk’ Currently Pushing ‘Emoji Movie’ Out Of Top Spot With $28M+ – Late Night Update
UPDATE, Saturday 12:10 AM: Right now Warner Bros.’ Dunkirk is holding the fort at No. 1 in its second weekend with an industry estimate of $28.2M, -44% and sending the Christopher Nolan movie to $103M by Sunday. When compared to the total running cume of Nolan’s previous movie Interstellar though its second Sunday, Dunkirk will be running 6% ahead of that astronaut movie — and it had a two-day extra start at the time. Interstellar finaled its U.S./Canada run at… Read
Patti Deutsch Dies: ‘Laugh-In’ And ‘Match Game’ Regular & Veteran Voice Actor Was 73
Patti Deutsch, a comic who was a regular on the last season of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, appeared often on the 1970s Match Game and went on to a successful voice-over career, has died. She was 73. Her family said she died Wednesday at her Los Angeles home after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Pittsburgh on December 16, 1943, Deutsch worked alongside Fred Willard in the improv troupe Ace Trucking Company in the 1960s and early ’70s. The group, which made multiple… Read
‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power’ Review: Al Gore Back & More Vital Than Ever
Climate change deniers be damned. Former Vice President Al Gore is back taking his message of the increasing dangers of global warming — and possible solutions to the problems — directly to moviegoers in a rich and human sequel to his 2006 double-Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. That movie led to a Nobel Peace Prize for his determined efforts to warn of Earth’s eventual demise if something is not done to stem the tide(s).
This time around, original… Read
AT&T Formally Positions John Stankey To Run Time Warner’s Assets
AT&T Entertainment Group CEO John Stankey will indeed be in charge of the Time Warner properties after the telco completes its $85 billion acquisition.
The company just announced that beginning this Tuesday Stankey will be CEO of AT&T’s media properties — and is leading the Time Warner Merger Integration Planning Team, working with Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes.
John Donovan, who was Chief Strategy Officer, is now CEO of AT&T Communications, which includes its wired and… Read
‘Last Flag Flying’ Moves To Lionsgate And Up A Week On Release Schedule
Lionsgate will now release Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying on Nov. 3, moving up from the previously scheduled date of Nov. 17. Amazon Studios financed the film and was due to release it initially. The drama will open in limited release only days after it premieres at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 28. Amazon goes to NYFF with Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel.
The film is a road movie (ala Hal Ashby’s 1973 drama The Last Detail) in which three aging Vietnam-era Navy… Read
Lionsgate’s Jon Feltheimer Made $35.3M In Latest Fiscal Year, Up 223%
Wall Street will determine whether Lionsgate’s acquisition of Starz paid off for the company. But it already paid off for CEO Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns.
The CEO made $35.3 million in compensation for the fiscal year that ended in March, up 223% vs 2016, according to a proxy filed at the SEC today. And the Vice Chairman made $26.9 million, up 134%.
The stock price rose 22.4% in the fiscal year, and now hovers around its 52-week high.
Al Gore Tests Box Office Climate With ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’; New Pics With Cotillard, Butler & Cera – Specialty Preview
Former Vice President Al Gore was on hand at the 2007 Oscars, where his An Inconvenient Truth won Best Documentary Feature. Bringing climate change to center stage, it was one of the biggest nonfiction films at the box office ever. Now, the former veep is back with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which Paramount Pictures is opening in four New York and L.A. locations ahead of an early-August national rollout. The film joins a rather crowded set of specialty… Read
‘The Murders Of Molly Southbourne’ Picked Up By Cathy Schulman’s Welle Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: The Murders Of Molly Southbourne, a novella written by Tade Thompson which is designed as the first in an ongoing series from MacMillan Publishing imprint Tor.com, has just been optioned by Cathy Schulman's Welle Entertainment (a co-venture with Primary Wave Entertainment). The company is clearly gearing up as this marks the second book to be brought into the company this week, with Welle winning a bidding war over the hot property Alpha Girls just about four da… Read
New ‘Flint’ Water Crisis Documentary Unveiled At Traverse City Film Festival
Anthony Baxter (You’ve Been Trumped) has teamed with Imaginary Forces and Montrose Pictures on Flint, a feature documentary about the ongoing water crisis in Flint, MI. The filmmaker unveiled the project during a special screening this morning of 20 minute of footage at the Traverse City Film Festival, which sits less than 200 miles from Flint.
Scottish director Baxter has gathered hundreds of hours of footage after being alerted by local residents to the water crisis… Read
George Clooney Promises Legal Action Over Paparazzi Photos Of Infants
George Clooney is firing back after photos of his twin babies with his wife, Amal, appeared on the cover of France’s Voici magazine without his consent. Clooney released a statement to Deadline via his publicist that those responsible for the photos “will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
"Over the last week photographers from Voici magazine scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home, Clooney said in the… Read
Marty Sklar Dies: Longtime Imagineer, Theme Park Designer & Walt Disney’s “Right-Hand Man” Was 83
Marty Sklar, the man who supervised the design and construction of Tokyo Disneyland, the Disney-MGM Studios, Disneyland Paris and other theme park attractions, has died at his home, Disney said tonight. He was 83 and had made an appearance at Disney’s D23 two weeks ago.
Having started as an intern for Walt Disney, Sklar finished his 54-year career at Disney as the International Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering. That role meant traveling to art and design colleges… Read
Peter Bart: Police Sadism In ‘Detroit’ May Stir Audiences, But Will It Also Provoke Them?
Here's what Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal say they wanted to accomplish in shooting Detroit: That filmgoers "not so much watch the story as absorb it like a physical sensation." The question: Should a race riot be inflicted on an audience as a "physical sensation?" In making an agitprop movie, should filmmakers design scenes that might themselves be potentially inflammatory?
I am not skittish about film violence nor am I a virgin with riots. As a newspaper reporter, I… Read