‘Jungle Book’ Tide Rises & Drowns ‘Keanu’, ‘Mother’s Day’ & ‘Ratchet & Clank’ – Late Night Update
3RD UPDATE, 11:38PM: Disney’s The Jungle Book is on its way to make $38.8M in its third weekend, -37% off from a week ago with a running cume by Sunday of $248.5M. That's a great gross considering most schools are back in session according to ComScore with 7% off on Friday and everyone back in class on Monday. In its third Friday, JB is counting $10.2M, -38%.
This weekend marks the eighth time this year that Disney will hit the No. 1 spot with JB. May 14-16 counts as… Read
Politics, Legends, Lassie And Lollobrigida Share The Spotlight As TCM Classic Film Festival Gets Rolling In Hollywood
It is TCM Classic Film Festival time again in Hollywood as the film-centric cable channel throws its 7th Annual fest devoted to all things good about old movies. Actually I hate to use the term “old movies”, because if you’ve never seen it, it’s brand new in a way, and “classic” never goes out of style. Last night at the TCL Chinese Theatre the fest got political with its main opening attraction, a 40th anniversary screening of All The President’s Men. And although… Read
Frankie Shaw Joins Boston Marathon Bombing Drama ‘Stronger’
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate’s Boston Marathon bombing drama Stronger continues to build up its cast, with Flaked actress Frankie Shaw signing on in the role of “Gail”. Based on the nonfiction bestseller of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman, the working class Boston man became the subject of a now-iconic photo after losing his legs in the attack. The story is a deeply personal account of his journey of recovery, examining his… Read
Seth Grahame-Smith Bolts From WB’s ‘The Flash’; Search On For New Director
Warner Bros will need to find a new director for The Flash, as Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith has left the super hero tentpole film over creative differences, Deadline has confirmed. Grahame-Smith first became attached to direct the film in October, speeding past candidates that included WB’s original choice, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who are still on as producers.
We’re told Grahame-Smith will remain… Read
‘Maze Runner’ Sequel Production Shut Down Indefinitely For Dylan O’Brien Recovery – Update
UPDATED, 3:50 PM: Dylan O’Brien’s injuries have turned out to be far more serious than initially reported, and production on Maze Runner: The Death Cure has been suspended indefinitely while he recovers. “The resumption of principal photography on Maze Runner: The Death Cure has been further delayed to allow Dylan O'Brien more time to fully recover from his injuries,” 20th Century Fox said in a statement. “We wish Dylan a speedy recovery and look forward to restarting… Read
Sierra/Affinity Boards Andrew Niccol’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Anon’ – Cannes
Sierra/Affinity will launch international sales for writer-director Andrew Niccol's sci-fi thriller Anon at the Cannes Film Market next month. The film stars Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried and is slated for a 2017 release.
Owen plays Sal Frieland, a detective in a world with no privacy, ignorance or anonymity where everyone’s lives are transparent, traceable and recorded by the authorities. Crime almost ceases to exist, but in trying to solve a series of unsolved murders… Read
The Orchard Promotes Paul Davidson To Exec VP
Distribution company The Orchard has just promoted Paul Davidson to Exec VP Film and TV, reporting to CEO Brad Navin. Davidson has been at the company for two years overseeing acquisition, distribution, marketing and strategy.
During his tenure, Davidson has overseen the acquisition and release of hundreds of films, including Academy Award-nominated Best Documentary feature Cartel Land, Sundance fave The Overnight, Dior & I and What We Do in the Shadows. At Sundance… Read
Home Entertainment Spending Fell 9% In Q1 Not Including Streaming Services
Depending on how you look at it, home entertainment spending was either stable — or seriously declined — in Q1 based on data out today from the Digital Entertainment Group.
The industry organization says that consumers spent $4.55 billion in the period, down just 1.8% from early 2015. In addition to being “in line with the same period 2015,” DEG lauds the number for “outpacing the box office value on video release by nearly 10 percentage points.”
But that folds in… Read
Will Ferrell “Not Pursuing” ‘Reagan’ Black List Film After All
The actor who played George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live and on Broadway will not be playing Ronald Reagan on the big screen – in fact, he never was formally signed on to do so. “The Reagan script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered," said a spokesman for the Emmy nominee. "While it is by no means an 'Alzheimer's comedy,’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”
The news comes a day after… Read
Marc Platt To Bring Sega’s ‘Shinobi’ To Big Screen
Is this the next big franchise? Producer Marc Platt has partnered with video game maker Sega to develop and produce a feature film based on its video game franchise Shinobi. He and his production company will work with Sega and Hakuhodo DY Group’s production arm and joint venture Stories International, Inc. on the property.
Shinobi is a series of video games that has been around since 1987 so it is well-known among gamers. Shinobi means “ninja” in Japanese. It is a… Read
Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Robert Richardson Inks With WME
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed three-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson, whose most recent credit is Quentin Tarantino’s Cinemascope Western The Hateful Eight, which earned him his ninth Oscar nomination. He just wrapped production on Ben Affleck’s Live by Night for Appian Way and Warner Bros.
Richardson won Oscars for Oliver Stone’s JFK and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator and Hugo. His credits also include Stone’s Platoon and Born on the Fourth of… Read
Entertainment One Lands ‘Exposure’ Spec On Rosalind Franklin, Unsung Scientist Who Helped Discover DNA Structure
EXCLUSIVE: Rosalind Franklin, a scientist whose role in the discovery of DNA’s structure in 1953 has been long forgotten, has a chance to be immortalized in a feature film. eOne has acquired Exposure, a spec script by Hayley Schore & Roshan Sethi. eOne Features president Xavier Marchand prevailed in an auction that had studios in the competitive mix. ICM Partners and Stagecoach’s Steve Smith brokered the deal for the scribes and producers are already chasing… Read