‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2’ Zooms With $101.2M Bow – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Rocketing off in 37 markets this weekend, Disney/Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 scored a $101.2M opening at the international box office. The launch is 57% ahead of the first Guardians, 50% bigger than Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 19% above Thor: The Dark World when comparing the same suite of territories and all at today's exchange rates. There's more fuel on deck this weekend as many markets have a holiday tomorrow for May Day… Read
WGA & AMPTP: Rare Sunday Talks “Moving Closer” To Deal
Negotiations for a new WGA film and TV contract will resume this afternoon in advance of tomorrow night’s strike deadline. The rare Sunday bargaining session is a sign that the two sides are “moving closer to a deal,” a knowledgable source told Deadline.
On Saturday, the source said, management’s AMPTP made “big movement” on one of the WGA’s main demands – a new pay formula for writers and writer-producers employed on short-order TV series.
Bringing pay for New Media… Read
‘Colossal’ Crosses $2M As ’Natasha’, ’Obit’ and ‘Buster’s Mal Heart’ Bow Solid – Specialty Box Office
Menemsha Films’ Russian-English language drama Natasha, Kino Lorber's New York Times doc Obit and Well Go USA's existential Buster's Mal Heart starring Rami Malek topped a somewhat quiet Specialty box office weekend. The exception was Bollywood title Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which is reporting over $10.1M in box office from over four hundred locations – see Deadline's studio box office report for more on that title. Action sci-fi title Sleight opened with 565 runs… Read
‘Fate Of The Furious’ Drives Past $1B At Worldwide Box Office; Tops ‘Furious 7’ For New China Record
With Saturday’s grosses factored in, Universal’s The Fate Of The Furious has crossed $1B at the worldwide box office, landing at $1.06B through today. The split is currently $867.6M international and $192.7M domestic. In China, F8 has passed Furious 7 (in local currency) to become the highest-grossing import ever. It’s now at 2.43B RMB and $361M.
This is the 5th movie in Universal’s 105-year history to reach the $1B mark. Directed by F Gary Gray, the 8th installment in… Read
No Omerta As Coppola, Pacino And Cast Recall ‘Godfather’ Shoot – Tribeca
Al Pacino had to jump through hoops – including at least six screen tests – before securing the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather. Marlon Brando was so into playing Vito Corleone that during an early reading for director Francis Ford Coppola, he answered a phone call in character. A pivotal baptism scene, set against an orgy of assassinations as Michael consolidated his power, didn’t work until a second edit and the addition of an organ track to weave it together… Read
Barbra Streisand Talks Filmmaking, Music & ‘A Star Is Born’ Clashes – Tribeca
In a wide-ranging conversation Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival, Barbra Streisand touched on topics such as filmmaking, music, her less-than-happy childhood and the initially fruitless pursuit of acting which lead her to take up singing. The session was moderated by her friend, director Robert Rodriguez.
Streisand, winner of two Academy Awards, 10 Grammys, five Emmys, a Tony and even the Presidential Medal of Freedom, said her work on The Way We Were, the 1973 film… Read
Palm Springs International Film Festival Sets January 2018 Dates
The Palm Springs International Film Festival has set the dates for its 29th edition: January 2-15, 2018. The event will kick off with its annual Film Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Following a day devoted to book adaptations on January 3, screenings of all festival films will start January 4 and wrap up January 15.
Considered a Hollywood-adjacent draw for awards contenders, including its traditional strong suit of foreign-language films, the festival… Read
‘The Divine Order’ & ‘Hondros’ Take Tribeca Fest Audience Awards
The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of its two Audience Awards: The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung), directed and written by Petra Volpe, was chosen to receive the Narrative award and Hondros, directed by Greg Campbell, written by Greg Campbell, Jenny Golden, won the Documentary award.
Each award comes with a cash prize of $10,000. The winners were announced at the celebration of the 45th anniversary of The Godfather at Radio City Music Hall, which… Read
Climate March: Leo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda, Jared Leto Among Hollywood Voices
Another weekend, another march, more celebrity tweets. Today’s People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. – and sister marches in cities around the world – drew support from Leonardo DiCaprio, Lee Pace, Jane Fonda, Kerry Washington, Barry Sloane and Jared Leto.
“It’s time to change climate change,” tweeted Leto (read the messages below), while Six‘s Sloane demanded we protect “the pale blue dot.”
Though the march has been planned for months, enthusiasm – and anger – was… Read
‘Reservoir Dogs’ Reunion: Quentin Tarantino Recalls When He “Knew Making Movies Was Going To Work Out” — Tribeca
Quentin Tarantino took the 25th anniversary Reservoir Dogs roadshow to the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, bringing along cast members Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth. The film played at Sundance in January, returning to the place where it had its world premiere in 1992.
Journalist Lynn Hirschberg began the post-screening chat at the Beacon Theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side asking Tarantino to recall the first screening at the festival.
WGA & AMPTP Talks To Resume On Sunday As Contract Deadline Looms
UPDATED: Contract talks between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television producers have wrapped for the day, and sources tell Deadline that the sides will return to the table Sunday. We hear that AMPTP negotiators will huddle together tomorrow, Saturday, for a meeting featuring reps for the companies before they head to a full-on negotiation session with the WGA on Sunday.
“This thing is going to go to the wire,” says a source close to the talks.
Tom Hanks Rocks Bruce Springsteen, After Saluting Jonathan Demme – Tribeca
The Tribeca Film Festival conversation between Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen was planned long in advance but took on an unanticipated poignancy in the timing Friday afternoon, as an overflow crowd jammed the Beacon Theatre on New York’s Upper West Side. Welcoming the crowd, festival producer Paula Weinstein dedicated the event to Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday at home in the city.
“I realized what we really want as a festival is to dedicate today’s talk to the… Read