‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Rises To $199M Overseas, $267M+ Global Bow – International Box Office
UPDATE, MONDAY, with Transformers actuals, refresh for latest…: Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight has come in with a $3M bump in the actuals compared to Sunday's estimates. That puts the fivequel at $199.2M in 41 markets at the international box office. The result is closer to the high end of the pre-weekend range. The opening is also 2% ahead of Transformers: Age Of Extinction's 2014 launch on a like-for-like basis and at restated rates. The global haul is now… Read
‘The Conjuring 3’ Is Summoned By New Line; David Leslie Johnson Hired To Script
EXCLUSIVE: Horror fans will be happy. Another Conjuring is on its way, and David Leslie Johnson (Dungeons and Dragons, The Conjuring 2) has been tapped by New Line Cinema to write a third installment of the horror franchise. This comes after the first two grossed $638.3M worldwide collectively.
The Conjuring 3 is expected to bring writer-producer-director James Wan back into the fold but likely not in the same capacity. Wan directed the first Conjuring (which still holds… Read
John Patrick Amedori, Ray Wise & Madeline Zima Join ‘The Chain’ From David Martin-Porras
EXCLUSIVE: Dear White People actor John Patrick Amedori, Ray Wise, Madeline Zima and Sense 8‘s Jamie Clayton are set to co-star in the upcoming Spain-U.S. co-production The Chain from director David Martin-Porras.
Written by Martin-Porras and Andrés Rosende, the pic follows Mike (Amedori) who, upon moving back to his hometown to look after his sick father (Wise), discovers he has the same neurological disease. He then decides to end his life and enters a chain of assisted… Read
Deanna Dunagan Joins ‘The Pages’; Roland Buck III Cast In ‘The Week Of’
Deanna Dunagan, who was most recently was on the big screen in M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit, has come aboard the Joe Chappelle-directed political drama The Pages, joining Jamie Lee Curtis, Tia Sumpter and Ben Tavassoli. It follows Elizabeth "Libby" Lamm (Sumpter), a former top U.S. security adviser who is threatened by associates from her dark past. Chappelle wrote the screenplay and is producing with Colleen Griffen. Dunagan, repped by Stewart Talent, recurred on Fox's… Read
Longtime CAA Agent Jon Levin Exits Agency, Joins Beverly Hills-Based ROAR
EXCLUSIVE: Longtime CAA agent Jon Levin, whose clients have included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Andy Serkis, Neil Gaiman and Mimi Leder, to name a few, has left the agency and will become a manager at Beverly Hills-based company ROAR. The management company is roughly 17 years old and has about 25 employees, with clients such as the Hemsworth trio of Chris, Liam and Luke. The partners in the management company are Bernie Cahill, Greg Suess, Will Ward and Matt Maher.
As Tuesday Board Meeting Nears, The Film Academy’s Soap Opera Continues
When the Daytime Emmys next come around, they should save one for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; after all, AMPAS has become one of the best soap operas in town. Infighting. Executive churn. Diversity wars. Legal action. Even an Oscar for the wrong movie. Hollywood’s film academy has seen it all.
On Tuesday, the Academy's 54-member board of governors will meet for another round of drama, before replacing almost a third of its members from a slate of… Read
Ben Affleck & Gavin O’Connor Back For ‘The Accountant’ Sequel; Will Jon Bernthal Return?
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is mobilizing a sequel to the 2016 hit The Accountant. Screenwriter Bill Dubuque, director Gavin O’Connor and Ben Affleck are in talks to return, along with the producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Mark Williams. All those deals are being worked out right now. I’m told they will then work out the beats of the story, which likely will include Jon Bernthal, whose character asserted himself at the conclusion of the first film.
The original starred… Read
Pure Flix Picks Up ‘A Question Of Faith’
Pure Flix has acquired distribution rights to Silver Lining Entertainment’s A Question Of Faith, which is set to bow in theaters September 29.
Directed by Kevan Otto, the faith-based drama revolves around three families from different cultures who live in the same community; they are complete strangers living vastly separate lives until a texting-and-driving accident thrusts them onto converging paths where they discover God's love, forgiveness, grace and mercy.
Why ‘Transformers’ Is Screaming For Reboot After $68M Start; ‘Wonder Woman’ Steps On ‘Cars 3’ In 2nd-Place Fight – Monday AM
UPDATED, Monday 9:15 AM: Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight is coming in at $68 million over five days, $1M less than where the studio and industry were seeing it yesterday. But the more exciting news was being generated by the second-place blinking contest between Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman and Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3.
Both studios reported a three-decimal weekend of $25.175M, but others clearly saw the DC superhero ahead. That’s how it shook out this morning, with W… Read
‘The Foreigner’ Trailer: Not Your Older Brother’s Jackie Chan
STXfilms has released the first trailer for The Foreigner, the action thriller being directed by Casino Royale‘s Martin Campbell and starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. The drop comes ahead of the pic’s October 13 theatrical release.
It certainly feels like a departure for Chan, who has made a fine career of playing good guys with smiles on their faces even when jumping out windows and hanging off ledges. He’s the protagonist here but in a different way: as a humble… Read
Netflix Wins Dan Gilroy Film; Jake Gyllenhaal & Rene Russo To Star
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has won a heated auction of a package for the next film by writer-director Dan Gilroy. The untitled genre pic is set in the art world and will reteam Gilroy with his Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo. Deadline revealed the project last week as a hot package, and Scott Stuber’s feature film division at Netflix outbid multiple buyers to get it. The film will get a small qualifying theatrical release when it is released on the streaming… Read
Elvis Presley Manager Col. Tom Parker Set For Screen Bio
Elvis Presley’s 1974 minor hit “My Boy” might serve as the alternative title for The Colonel, a film bio of the King’s Svengali-like manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The film is in the works from music and media producer Spencer Proffer (Chasing Trane, Gods & Monsters), producer-director Steve Binder (Elvis '68; Diana Ross In Central Park) and filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster; Paul Simon's Under African Skies tour). Production is slated for early 2018… Read