‘Jack Reacher’ Cuffs $31.5M But ‘Mechanic’ Throws Wrench Into China – Intl Box Office
UPDATE, TUESDAY AM with actuals: Studio actuals show the usual ups and downs across the weekend’s international box office, although Mechanic: Resurrection came in notably higher than local Chinese estimates had it on Sunday. The Jason Statham-starrer holds the distinction of winning the Middle Kingdom frame with $28.2M versus the debut of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back at $5.6M.
Statham, whose history with the Fast & Furious and Expendables franchises serve him well in… Read
Aardman, Studiocanal Reunite Flock For ‘Shaun The Sheep Movie 2’ – AFM
Aardman and Studiocanal are reteaming for another woolly adventure with Shaun The Sheep Movie 2. The sequel to 2015’s animated comedy will be directed by Richard Starzak who collaborated on the first film, and will be produced by that movie’s Paul Kewley. Pre-production is due to begin in January.
The Shaun character was first introduced via short film A Close Shave which debuted in 1995. Shaun then got his own stop-motion animated TV series that first aired on the BBC's… Read
‘American Pastoral’ Review: Ewan McGregor’s Directorial Debut Deserves A Better Reception
I am not sure why critics, or at least many of them, have seemed to go after Ewan McGregor’s very fine directorial debut American Pastoral since its debut last month at the Toronto Film Festival. It is baffling to me that a complex and challenging work like this sterling adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-winning novel would not make more of an impact. I guess I am in the critical minority here, but I find the film, in which McGregor also stars, to be a riveting and… Read
Warner Bros Sues Innovative Artists For Oscar Screener Piracy Of ‘Creed’ + More
EXCLUSIVE: Just as studios are getting ready to send out screeners for this year’s Oscar hopefuls, Warner Bros Entertainment today hit talent agency Innovative Artists with a wallop of damages over the “blatantly illegal” online distribution of films like 2015’s Creed.
“Beginning in late 2015, Innovative Artists set up and operated an illegal digital distribution platform that copied movies and then distributed copies and streamed public performances of those movies to… Read
EuropaCorp Boards English-Language Remake of Japanese Thriller ‘Shield of Straw’
EuropaCorp is partnering with the global entertainment studio All Nippon Entertainment Works, Nippon Television, and Depth of Field to develop, finance and produce an English version of the Japanese spy thriller Shield of Straw. The Takashi Miike-diretced original was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Olympus Has Fallen scribes Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt are attached to pen the script. No word on who will direct.
The Japanese… Read
‘The Conjuring’s Hayes Brothers Writing Duo Sign With CAA
EXCLUSIVE: Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, best known for writing New Line Cinema's global box office horror hits The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, have moved to CAA from WME. Both films are in the Top 10 highest-grossing horror films of all time, with the first installment $318M worldwide in 2013 and the second $320.17M globally this summer for Warner Bros. The writing duo also worked (uncredited) on a rewrite of the studio’s San Andreas which grossed a whopping $473.9M… Read
‘Madea Halloween’ Gets $28.5M Treat, ‘Jack Reacher,’ $22.8M, ‘Ouija’ Grabs $14M, ‘Joneses’ Tanks – Mon. Final
UPDATED, Monday, 2:05 PM: With the two top pictures together pushing past the $50M mark, box office was up about 17% from last year and next weekend we expect both this weekends No. 1 opener Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween ($28.5M) and Ouiji: Origin of Evil to get a nice second weekend boost because of the Halloween holiday. Madea Halloween looks to be crossing over demos which is a boo!tiful thing for distributor Lionsgate.
The Tom Hanks-starring Inferno which goes… Read
Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh Rev ‘Mortal Engines’; Directing Debut For ‘Hobbit’ VFX Protege Christian Rivers
After years of developing the Philip Reeve book series Mortal Engines, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh have set the project at MRC and Universal, with their Hobbit VFX protege Christian Rivers making his feature directorial debut. Production will begin next spring in New Zealand. MRC and Universal will co-finance what they hope will spark another potential franchise for Jackson and Walsh, who adapted the script with Philippa Boyens, their writing partner on both The Lord of t… Read
Why Does Time Warner Want To Sell To AT&T, And What Will It Mean For Media?
Time Warner always seems to be at the center of the media industry’s most important deals.
The union of Time Inc and Warner Communications in 1990 kicked off a decade of merger mania by challenging the long-held belief that journalism would suffer at an entertainment company. When AOL and Time Warner combined a decade later it became a symbol of corporate hubris, and one of the worst deals ever with a loss of $54 billion of its asset value.
Now Time Warner seems to be… Read
Margot Robbie Near Deal To Join ‘Peter Rabbit’
Margot Robbie is in final negotiations to join Peter Rabbit, Sony/Columbia’s live-action/CGI hybrid feature film based on Beatrix Potter’s classic characters. The pic has been casting up, with Deadline breaking last week that Domhnall Gleeson has been set to play menacing farmer Mr. McGregor.
Will Gluck is directing, with Gleeson and Rose Byrne playing the live-action roles. Robbie joins James Corden as Peter, Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki in the voice cast… Read
Paramount Picks Up Spec ‘Northeast Kingdom’ For Platinum Dunes; Alex R. Johnson Attached To Direct
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has picked up Alex R. Johnson’s spec script Northeast Kingdom for Platinum Dunes to produce. Johnson, who wrote and directed the Austin-set neo-noir thriller Two Step, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, is attached to direct Northeast Kingdom. The story line is being kept under wraps on this one, but we hear that it’s a female two-hander revenge thriller. Always nice to see strong females kick some …
As for Two Step, it was picked up… Read
Mel Gibson Scores Hollywood Film Awards Director Honor
Mel Gibson, in the heat of the movie awards season with his upcoming World War II tale Hacksaw Ridge, will receive the Hollywood Director Award at the 20th annual Hollywood Film Awards, set for November 6 at the Beverly Hilton. Lionsgate’s Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson’s first directorial effort in 10 years, hits theaters two days before the ceremony.
Gibson won the Best Director Oscar in 1996 for Braveheart and seen critical acclaim for Hacksaw Ridge, the tale of Army medic… Read