‘The Greatest Showman’ Live Movie Trailer Electrifies During ‘A Christmas Story Live’
In a television first, The Greatest Showman aired a live movie trailer during Fox’s telecast of A Christmas Story Live.
The live two and a half minute trailer for Michael Gracey’s movie musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum featured the film’s stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Keala Settle performing the high-energy number “Come Alive” alongside an army of 150 dancers on the stages at the Warner Bros Studios in Burbank.
Academy Award-winning songwriters Benj… Read
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Skyrockets To $230M Overseas, $450M Global Bow – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Illuminating lightsabers in 54 material overseas markets, Disney/Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi showed its force with a $230M opening at the international box office. Combined with domestic, that puts the global launch at $450M. The worldwide figure ranks The Last Jedi as the No. 5 debut ever (No. 3 excluding the China starts of other films — SWTLJ does not go to the Middle Kingdom until January 5). Among its overseas plays, the Rian… Read
Johnny Depp’s Ex-Lawyers Suing ‘Pirates’ Star Back After He Hit Them For $30M
Still wrestling in the courts with his former business managers over millions, home foreclosures and claims of excess, Johnny Depp now finds himself at the legal receiving end of one of Hollywood's biggest lawyers in a $30 million sword fight that is sure to take some of the cheer out of his Christmas.
Less than two months after the thrashing Pirates of the Caribbean star dragged his old attorney Jacob Bloom and his Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman… Read
‘I, Tonya’ Ices Robust Weekend; ‘Disaster Artist’, ‘Shape of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand – Specialty Box Office
Clearly it was always going to be a Star Wars weekend, but some Specialties braved going against the herd. Neon/30West's I, Tonya won gold in its second frame, grossing over $176K with an added run. James Franco's The Disaster Artist went over a thousand locations grossing $2.6M, while Fox Searchlight more than tripled outings for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water in its third weekend, taking in over $1.73M. Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri… Read
Harvey Weinstein Again Denies Blackballing Actresses: Says He Wanted Ashley Judd For ‘Good Will Hunting’
Accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein is insisting again that he “had nothing to do” with casting Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, and that he did not blacklist Ashley Judd or Mira Sorvino.
In a new statement released by a spokesperson on Weinstein’s behalf, the former Miramax honcho says he not only didn’t blacklist Sorvino but “was in fact working with her during the timeframe in question on Mimic, the Guillermo Del Toro film. Also during that time, she was… Read
‘The Room’ Filmmaker Tommy Wiseau Pitched Himself For Next ‘Star Wars’ Movie
With The Disaster Artist getting rave reviews, the star ranking for The Room director and star Tommy Wiseau is on the rise — so much that he has pitched himself to be in the next Star Wars movie.
The mind behind “one of the worst movie ever made” on which James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is based, took to Twitter and point blank asked to be put in the next installment of the billion-dollar sci-fi franchise. Citing a popular quote from The Room, Wiseau retweeted a photo… Read
‘Darkest Hour’ Is Gary Oldman’s “Man On A Mission” Movie
There are transformations and then there is Gary Oldman's Churchill in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour. The actor endured five hours in the makeup chair daily to transform into the rotund politician who rescued Britain from WWII. With the semi-retired makeup legend Kazuhiro Tsuji behind the making of the mask, Oldman worked intimately to disappear into the role. On set, nobody met Gary Oldman for months. And, he says, it gave him a new appreciation for the British politician… Read
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Fight To Mount ‘Stronger’ And Play A Real-Life Superhero
When Jeff Bauman set out to cheer on his fiancée at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the morning of April 15, 2013, he couldn't have imagined the way his life would change when he was caught up in the terrorist attacks that day. When the bombs exploded he lost both his legs in the blast and was captured in a striking photograph being evacuated from the scene. That photograph, and Bauman's relentless road to recovery, came to typify the "Boston Strong" attitude in… Read
Director Terry Zwigoff Joins Peter Jackson, Mira Sorvino & Ashley Judd In Claiming Weinstein Blacklist; Hollywood Reacts
Director Terry Zwigoff says he too encountered resistance from Harvey Weinstein over casting actress Mira Sorvino. “I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in BAD SANTA,” Zwigoff tweeted last night, “but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I’d hear a CLICK.”
“What type of person just hangs up on you like that,” Zwigoff continued. “I guess we all know what type of person now. I’m really sorry Mira.”
Zwigoff’s tweet follows a similar claim by Lord o… Read
Paul Haggis Denies Rape Claims By Publicist; Calls It “Public Hanging”
After being accused of "a shocking and egregious case of rape and sexual assault" by publicist Haleigh Breest today, Oscar winner Paul Haggis is fighting back in court against what he says were demands for $9 million payment to make "these outrageous and wholly baseless demands" go away.
"There was no such 'violence, then or ever," says the Crash producer-director's lawyers at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP of Breest's claims of a 2013 assault at Haggis' NYC apartment… Read
Warren Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Faces $18M Lawsuit Over Poorly Performing Pic
Regency Entertainment, the primary financier of Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, is suing the fillmmaker for breach of contract, claiming he and others have not repaid the P&A losses the company says he was obligated to do per their contract after the movie failed to connect at the box office last year.
The suit (read it here), filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks at least $18 million in damages from a company, Tatira 2, set up by Beatty to make the film, as… Read
Notes On The Season: Jeff Bezos Throws A ‘Big Sick’ Party, Praises ‘The Post’; Oscar And Tony Winners Pasek And Paul Are Truly The ‘Greatest Showmen’
A column about conversations and events on the awards circuit.
On Monday after the Golden Globe nominations were announced, the six-time-nominated The Post was way up and The Big Sick, which was shut out, was way down. On Wednesday after the SAG nominations were known, the shut-out Post was way down and The Big Sick was way up with noms for Holly Hunter and the all-important Outstanding Cast category. Such is just a small example of the topsy-turvy nature of this… Read