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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Sings $37M+; ‘Equalizer 2’ Targets $33M+: Saturday Update

5th Update, Early Saturday AM: With chart It’s still a great weekend at the box office here, with both Universal’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Sony’s Equalizer 2 both over-performing besting their tracking, especially the latter. The Ol Parker-directed original ABBA musical is looking at an estimated No. 1 win, with $37.3M while the Denzel Washington sequel scored $13.4M yesterday (including Thursday’s $3.1M), with an amazing $33.7M three-day. One of the reasons why… Read

TV

Julia Roberts And Sam Esmail’s ‘Homecoming’ Gets Premiere Date & Teaser Trailer – Comic-Con

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Amazon Studios used its big Comic-Con presentation today to unveil the premiere date for Homecoming, its psychological thriller starring Julia Roberts in her TV series-starring debut and directed by Mr. Robot‘s Sam Esmail. The half-hour series will bow Friday, November 2, on Prime Video. The streaming service also showed fans a first-look teaser from the series, which is based on the popular Gimlet Media podcast. (Check out the video above and the teaser art below.) It… Read

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Jennifer Connelly On Tarmac For ‘Top Gun 2: Maverick’

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EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Connelly is being set to join Tom Cruise in Top Gun 2: Maverick, the Joseph Kosinski-directed sequel for Paramount Pictures and Skydance. She will join Cruise, who reprises his Maverick character from the 1986 hit, alongside Val Kilmer who returns to play Maverick’s nemesis Iceman. Miles Teller also will star as the son of Maverick’s wingman, played in the original Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film by Anthony Edwards. The sequel takes place as Maverick… Read

Film

‘Glass’ Teaser: Samuel L. Jackson Takes Focus In Latest Clip – Comic-Con

Universal Pictures’ Comic-Con Glass panel is set for this afternoon, and with an official full-length trailer yet to drop, fans eager for clues to this third in the Unbreakable and Split superhero-thriller trilogy can scrutinize the latest of three character-specific teasers. This one was tweeted by Samuel L. Jackson with the message: First Name, "Mister." Last Name, GLASS. Coming At You Soon!!! Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Glass sees the return of Unbreakable’s… Read

Film

‘Assassination Nation’: Sundance Darling Captures Hall H Crowd With Provocative Footage – Comic-Con

The Sam Levinson-directed Assassination Nation drew the biggest acquisition and became the buzziest title at January’s Sundance Film Festival. Today, the shocking and provocative film shoved aside the superheroes and usual fanboy fare from Hall H as the filmmakers took the stage to try to broaden its potential appeal to include the young-demo San Diego Comic-Con crowd. The Bron-backed pic was acquired by Neon, and Joe & Anthony Russo’s AGBO in a $10 million-plus world… Read

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Akiva Goldsman Returns To CAA

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EXCLUSIVE: Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has returned to CAA. Goldsman ended a longtime relationship with that agency in 2014, and had moved to WME. There was no acrimony in the move back, but he needed a break back then but remained close friends with CAA chief Richard Lovett. The scribe, who won the Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, simply decided to return. He has set up numerous projects around down as writer, director and producer through his Weed Road… Read

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Makeready Sets ‘Queen & Slim’; Daniel Kaluuya Stars, Melina Matsoukas Directs Lena Waithe Script

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BREAKING: Makeready has won an auction to finance Queen & Slim, with Oscar-nominated Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya starring and Melina Matsoukas making her feature directing debut. Emmy-winning scribe Lena Waithe wrote the script based on an original idea and treatment by A Million Little Pieces author James Frey. The film will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures, with eOne handling theatrical distribution in some offshore territories including UK and Canada. The… Read

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Adds Yahya Abdul-Mateen II And Anna Diop To Cast

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EXCLUSIVE: Jordan Peele's Us continues to beef up its cast, with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anna Diop the latest to join the thriller starring The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elisabeth Moss, Black Panther stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, and Tim Heidecker. Peele is writing and directing the pic, the follow-up to his Oscar-nominated Get Out. The new pic is described as a social thriller and is based on Peele's original idea. It’ll open in theaters March 15, 2019 via Universal. U… Read

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‘The Predator’ Reinvention Honors Original, Promises More Blood & Humor – Comic-Con

20th Century Fox kicked off Comic-Con’s Hall H festivities today with director/co-writer Shane Black and the cast of The Predator including Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski, Thomas Jane and Augusto Aguilera. The panel started with a reel and cast discussion about which iconic characters from movie history would be able to take on the dreadlocked jungle alien monster hunter. The discussion went on as the… Read

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Imagine Sets Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Helming Debut: ‘Rent’ Creator Jonathan Larson’s ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’; ‘Evan Hansen’s Steven Levenson Scripting

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EXCLUSIVE: In what shapes up as a stage-to-film transfer with iconic Broadway talent, Imagine Entertainment has set Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to make his feature directorial debut on Tick, Tick…Boom! That is based on the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the late playwright behind the smash musical Rent. The Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen book writer Steven Levenson is aboard to write the screen adaptation. Miranda will produce alongside Imagine… Read

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‘Iron Man’ At 10: How One Film Set A Dominant Path For Marvel, Kevin Feige, Robert Downey Jr. & Jon Favreau

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Geoff Boucher, who earned the admiration of the geek set with the Hero Complex column he launched several years ago in the Los Angeles Times, kicks off Deadline’s San Diego Comic-Con with a look back at Iron Man, the film that distilled a superhero formula that would launch Marvel Studios to a $4.2 billion Disney deal and an unprecedented string of blockbusters in the decade that followed. Disney-owned Marvel Studios' geek influence is so profound that it is skipping San… Read

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CAA Signs James Frey As Sam & Aaron Taylor-Johnson Ready ‘A Million Little Pieces’ Film For Fall Festivals

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EXCLUSIVE: CAA just signed best-selling author James Frey. This comes as Brad Weston’s Makeready and The Picture Company prepare to launch A Million Little Pieces, the screen version of the semi-autobiographical and controversial addiction novel that was adapted into a feature by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sam Taylor-Johnson, the latter of whom directed her husband in the lead role. The film, which also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Giovanni Ribisi and Odessa Young (Assassinatio… Read