‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Rises To $93M In China – International Box Office
2ND UPDATE, SATURDAY AM: Contrary to domestic, Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight is on track to top the opening of Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the international box office. Although the studio is not providing an update today, as Friday estimates came in late yesterday (see below), the unofficial Saturday in China puts the Michael Bay pic at about $93M there so far.
That sets it up for an FSS Middle Kingdom bow of around $130M (including previews)… Read
Bradley Cooper Films ‘A Star Is Born’ Scene At Glastonbury; Johnny Depp Makes Encore Appearance
You might have heard an A-list Hollywood actor who moonlights as a guitarist got in some hot water onstage at England’s Glastonbury Festival on Thursday. Well, another hit the boards tonight, though there was no apology necessary for Bradley Cooper’s onstage appearance.
The Oscar nominee was there to film a scene for A Star Is Born, the Warner Bros remake he’s doing with Lady Gaga that’s out in September 2018. Cooper strapped on an electric guitar and “performed” — no… Read
China 3D Fantasy Pic ‘Once Upon A Time’ To Hit U.S. Via Well Go USA
Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Once Upon A Time, the 3D fantasy romance from China’s Alibaba Pictures that IM Global acquired to handle worldwide sales at Cannes this year. The film will get an August 11 U.S. theatrical bow this summer in the original 3D format, in Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles. A digital and home video release will follow.
Co-directed by Anthony Molinara and House Of Flying Daggers' cinematographer Zhao… Read
White House Condemns Johnny Depp’s Presidential Assassination Remark: “Sad”
TV news outlets updated their coverage of Johnny Depp’s remarks about presidential assassination, with the White House statement on his rhetoric:
“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp's colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a democrat elected official.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean… Read
‘Trumped: The Musical’? Ron Howard Hopes Somebody Does It – Cannes Lions
Ron Howard spent time on stage at Cannes Lions today for a discussion with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and WPP CEO Martin Sorrell. While he touched on his new Han Solo movie gig, Howard also talked about how Imagine is evolving; the impact of technology on the business; and a trio of Broadway musicals.
While a stage transfer of his 1982 Michael Keaton-starring comedy Night Shift is in the works, there are also discussions about his 1989 pic Parenthood hitting… Read
Ron Howard Talks Han Solo Movie & ‘Star Wars’ Universe – Cannes Lions
UPDATED With Ron Howard Tweets One day after he was confirmed to be directing Disney/Lucasfilm’s untitled Han Solo movie, Ron Howard appeared on the main Palais stage here at Cannes Lions. In a discussion alongside New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, there were many subjects touched upon, but the audience was clearly clamoring for comment from Howard on his new gig.
Smiling, he called his first foray into the Star Wars universe, “A little opportunity that came my… Read
Martin Compston Joins ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Opposite Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie
EXCLUSIVE: Scottish actor Martin Compston is set to star in Working Title and Focus Features' Mary Queen Of Scots. Compston will play the Earl of Bothwell, the third husband to the eponymous royal played by Saoirse Ronan. Margot Robbie plays the role of Mary’s cousin Queen Elizabeth I while Jack Lowden is set as Lord Darnley.
Stage director Josie Rourke is directing the title, which is written by House Of Cards creator Beau Willimon and based on the 2004 biography by John… Read
Jeffrey Katzenberg On WndrCo’s New TV Model: “I’ve Found A Brand New Everest” – Cannes Lions
In Cannes to talk up his latest venture, WndrCo, Jeffrey Katzenberg says he's found "a brand new Everest." The company is getting into what he's so far terming "New TV" destined for mobile devices in the form of shows with full story arcs, but limited to 6-10 minutes per episode. The target demo is the coveted 18-34 range and the plan involves incentives along the way for every stakeholder, including creatives. It will be built with a significant advertising component… Read
‘Downton Abbey’ Movie To Start Production In 2018
The wheels are moving on the Downton Abbey movie as NBCUniversal International Studios confirmed on Wednesday that production for a big screen adaptation of the hit series is set to begin next year.
NBCU Int’l Studios President Michael Edelstein told the Associated Press that the company hopes to assemble 20 cast members from the Carnival Films/Masterpiece series, which ran on ITV in the UK and PBS in the U.S., for a production start date in 2018.
"We are working on… Read
Lionsgate Titles 8th ‘Saw’ Film; Shows Off ‘Soldado’, ‘Entebbe’ & More – CineEurope
UPDATE with more detail from CineEurope presentation: Lionsgate’s eighth film in the company's Saw franchise ($873M worldwide box office) will be titled Jigsaw. The studio’s co-president Erik Feig announced the news at CineEurope in Barcelona before unveiling a trailer for the newest installment of the horror series.
Fans of the Saw films will know Jigsaw is the nickname of John Kramer, the serial killer at the center of the franchise who lays out death traps for victims… Read
Paramount Spices Up Barcelona Event With ‘Downsizing’ Footage – CineEurope
Launching into the Paramount presentation at CineEurope here today, President of International Marketing and Distribution, Mark Viane called this past year a “transformative” one for the studio. “We are all extremely excited about this fresh start for the studio as we look to the future with a bold and varied slate,” he said. Presenting newly-installed Paramount Chairman, Jim Gianopulos, Viane noted the former Fox chief’s “dedicated commitment to the international markets… Read
Fathom Events To Spread Love Of ‘Mully’ In Special Screening
EXCLUSIVE: Fathom Events is teaming with The Hunting Ground executive producer Paul Blavin’s For Good and actor-filmmaker Scott Haze to bring Haze’s documentary Mully to theaters nationwide for a three-night run in October. The pic tells the inspiring story of Charles Mully, a philanthropist whose Mully Children's Family organization has taken in more than 12,000 homeless, abused or orphaned children in Kenya.
Haze, whose acting credits include the upcoming Granite Mountai… Read