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Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Shooting to $20 Million Debut, ‘Logan’ Not So ‘Lucky’

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” won’t have to fight hard to claim the new No. 1 spot in the box office. The late summer entry starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson is expected to easily win this rather slow weekend.

Lionsgate’s buddy action comedy is shooting towards a $20 million debut after taking in $8 million from 3,377 theaters on Friday, including Thursday night previews. While that number is on the higher end of early estimates, it’s still one of the smallest opening weekends for a first place film in 2017.

In its second frame, “Annabelle: Creation” from Warner Bros. falls to a still-respectable second place. The fourth film in the “Conjuring Universe” is on track for a $15 million showing after bringing in $5 million from 3,542 locations on Friday.

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The weekend’s other new entry, “Logan Lucky,” isn’t faring as well as the title would have you believe. Bleecker »


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Jaime King Joins Indie 'Ice Cream in the Cupboard'

18 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jaime King, who starred in four seasons of Hart of Dixie, has joined the cast of Ice Cream in the Cupboard, an indie drama that adapts the book by Pat Moffat.

Drew Pollins is directing the indie drama that hails from Serenity Media Group and that is shooting in Los Angeles.

The book tells of a couple’s fractured life when the wife is diagnosed with early Onset Alzheimer’s. Claudia Ferri (The Killing) and Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks) are playing the couple. King is playing a neurologist that tries to help the duo.

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David Mackenzie’s ‘Outlaw King’ Adds Billy Howle

21 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Actor Billy Howle has joined Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Florence Pugh in David Mackenzie’s (Hell Or High Water) upcoming Netflix film Outlaw King. The Looming Tower scribe Bash Doran drafted the screenplay, which tells the story of Robert The Bruce (Pine), the king who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in Scotland. Howle will play Prince of Wales who goes head to head with Robert The Bruce to secure the Scottish… »


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Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success

20 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box  office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »


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‘Girls Trip’ Crosses $100 Million at Domestic Box Office

18 August 2017 10:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” has crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office after four weeks, to become the studio’s sixth film to reach that milestone this year.

Girls Trip” has also taken in $9.9 million internationally as it starts its foreign rollout. Australia and Romania will release the film on Aug. 31, with additional markets launching the film through the end of the year.

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Girls Trip” debuted behind “Dunkirk” with a surprisingly strong $31.2 million at the North American box office over its opening weekend on July 21 to July 23, making it the highest-grossing opening for a live-action comedy of the year. It dropped only 36% in its second weekend.

Girls Trip” broke the summer’s streak of underperforming R-rated comedies such as “Rough Night” and “The House.” Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith star as four friends attending the Essence Music »


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Sonny Landham Dead: 'Predator' and '48 Hours' Actor Was 76.

20 hours ago | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Sonny Landham -- who played Billy the self-knifing military badass in "Predator" -- has passed away in a Kentucky hospital at the age of 76 from congestive heart failure.  Landham was part of Arnold Schwarzenegger's band of special forces soldiers in the 1987 flick -- and starred in the famous scene where he tried to go one-on-one with the alien armed only with a knife.  He lost ... but he went down in a frickin' blaze of glory. »


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‘Super Troopers 2’ Lands Spring 2018 Release Date

18 August 2017 11:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight has set an April 20, 2018, release date for “Super Troopers 2” — 17 years after the original.

Jay Chandrasekhar is directing the comedy sequel, as he did on the original. Filmmaking team Broken Lizard raised $4.4 million in a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in 2015 that saw more than 50,000 contributors. It was one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a movie along with the $5.7 million raised by fans for the “Veronica Mars” movie starring Kristen Bell.

Donation incentives for “Super Tropers 2” on the first day included a producer title for $10,000, a speaking actor role for $10,000, a trip to the ballpark with the main actors for $15,000, and the patrol car to be used in the filming for $35,000. “Super Troopers 2” met the initial goal of $2 million (set by Fox Searchlight) in 26 hours.

Super Troopers 2” reunites all five Troopers from the original film — Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. The »


- Dave McNary

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Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher to Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel

18 August 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After originally planning a full reboot of the ’70s classic, New Line is reverting back to a familiar formula for the next installment of “Shaft,” while also leaving the door open for a new face to take over the franchise.

Sources tell Variety that Samuel L. Jackson is in negotiations to reprise his role of the titular character with “Survivor’s Remorse” star Jessie T. Usher in talks to play Jackson’s son in the film.

Tim Story is directing a script from “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris.

The original 1971 version — based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel — starred Richard Roundtree as a smooth private detective who’s hired by a drug lord to find his kidnapped daughter. The character became a pop culture icon and the theme song, written by Isaac Hayes, went on to win an Oscar.

Paramount Pictures rebooted the film in 2002 with Samuel L. Jackson taking over the role, and »


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Adam Driver Teases "Unexpected" Kylo Ren Development in 'Last Jedi'

18 August 2017 8:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It's a trap! Or maybe not. 

Adam Driver will intrigue Star Wars fans with a Sunday interview on the Today show in which he discusses his Sith character, Kylo Ren. 

The 33-year-old actor doesn't give anyway any specifics, obviously, but he does make a comment that is interesting when asked by Willie Geist if fans "will be happy with that happens to Kylo." 

Driver responds, "God, I hope. I think it will be hopefully unexpected." 

Now, this could mean anything. Perhaps Luke or Rey cut him down or maybe he pulls a Darth Vader and redeems himself. Or maybe none of the »


- Ryan Parker

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Eric Zumbrunnen, Film Editor and Frequent Spike Jonze Collaborator, Dies at 52

17 August 2017 4:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Eric Zumbrunnen, an inventive film editor who worked with director Spike Jonze on several films, music videos and commercials, has died. He was 52.

Zumbrunnen died Aug. 1 of stomach cancer at his home in Pacific Palisades, Jason Kasperski of Prodigy Public Relations told The Hollywood Reporter.

Creative kindred spirits, Zumbrunnen and Jonze collaborated for more than two decades, teaming for the features Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), Where the Wild Things Are (2009) and Her (2013), an Oscar nominee for best picture.

Zumbrunnen won the best edited feature film award (comedy or musical) from the American Cinema Editors for Being »


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The ‘Logan Lucky’ Easter Egg Movie Fans Should Watch Out For

22 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In addition to making an astonishing variety of high-quality films, director Steven Soderbergh also works in the booze industry. Since 2010, he’s been importing and distributing Singani 63. It’s a distilled Bolivian spirit he went nuts for while shooting Che in South America. The drink has previously appeared in David Fincher’s work, and now it’s in the new Steven Soderbergh […]

The post The ‘Logan Lucky’ Easter Egg Movie Fans Should Watch Out For appeared first on /Film. »


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Clint Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 To Paris’ May Join The Oscar Race In December

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Director Clint Eastwood has helmed fourteen movies since hitting the age of 70. Has any director come close to that feat at this late stage in their career? Yes, Woody Allen‘s nearly been there thirteen films post-70, but Eastwood is still making hyper relevant films at the near twilight of his career and sometime breaking the box office in the process with something like “American Sniper.” Case in point his last two films: ‘Sniper‘ and “Sully,” both of which had the classicism of old-school Hollywood filmmaking, and yet, felt vitally alive and current.

Continue reading Clint Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 To Paris’ May Join The Oscar Race In December at The Playlist. »

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Final Season of ‘Portlandia’ Will Say ‘Oh, Hello’ to John Mulaney and Nick Kroll

46 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It’s a damn shame, but the comedy sketch series Portlandia is coming to an end after being renewed for an eighth and final season on IFC. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have assembled a cavalcade of hilarious characters over the years, and they’ve brought some of their best comedian friends into the show with them […]

The post Final Season of ‘Portlandia’ Will Say ‘Oh, Hello’ to John Mulaney and Nick Kroll appeared first on /Film. »


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‘It’ Game Allows You to Experience the Terror of Pennywise the Clown in All His 8-Bit Glory

46 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As you may have noticed, “It” is among the most anticipated films of the year. If you can’t contain your excitement for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel, tide yourself over with a new 8-bit computer game that’s free to play online — unless you’re scared.

Read More:‘It’: Tilda Swinton Was Considered to Play Pennywise the Clown, but the Evil Force That Is Her Schedule Wouldn’t Allow It

The game comes with simple directions: You move the S.S. Georgie left and right using the arrow keys, pop floating red balloons to earn points, and do your utmost to avoid Pennywise the Clown and other obstacles. Those simple tasks are made considerably more difficult by the presence of Pennywise, whose laugh alone is enough to distract you from floating too.

Read More:The ‘It’ Trailer Is Already Making It Harder to Be »


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Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt Spinoff Reportedly In The Works

1 hour ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After months or rumor and speculation, the trades confirmed it this week: an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film is in the works at Lucasfilm with Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliott“) at the helm. Yet, buried in the fine print at Variety was another nugget of “Star Wars” in-development news. You’ve heard about potential Yoda and Boba Fett movies in the past, but the most surprising project ever-so-briefly mentioned was that of a spin-off focusing on the galaxies powerful Tatooine gangster Jabba the Hutt.

Continue reading Star Wars: Jabba The Hutt Spinoff Reportedly In The Works at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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‘Twin Peaks’ James Marshall Addresses the Biggest Mystery of All: Was James Really Always Cool?

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Twin Peaks” hasn’t exactly abounded in moments of tenderness these last few months, but the end of part two remains a highlight: “James is cool,” Shelly says of her old classmate James Hurley. “James was always cool.” Whether or not that’s actually true might not rank among the revival’s most hotly debated questions, but it’s one that actor James Marshall was kind enough to address in a recent Vulture interview: “I don’t think of myself that way or the character that way,” he admits.

Read More:‘Twin Peaks’ Meets Late Night TV: Seth Meyers Hosts His Show in the Red Room — Watch

“Shelly isn’t saying James has become ‘Fonzie cool,’ what she’s saying, I think, is that he’s cool because he’s always had a straight line,” Marshall clarifies. “Everyone has gone a little kooky, but James has always been a good »


- Michael Nordine

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This Week in Animation: ‘Justice League: The New Frontier’ Blu-ray; ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ Debuts

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In This Week in Animation News, I’ll take a look at the previous week in the world of animation in order to get you caught up on everything you might have missed. It’s your one-stop shop for news regarding cartoons, anime, and animated web series. We’re talking movies, TV shows, digital shorts, and everything in between! A relatively quiet week in entertainment news, even on the animation front. However, this is a good opportunity to spotlight some worthwhile projects that might otherwise go unnoticed. For example, the Emmy-nominated 2008 feature Justice League: The New Frontier … »

- Dave Trumbore

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It Has An 8-Bit Game, Play It Now

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The upcoming It adaptation has released a brand new 8-bit video game ahead of the film's release, and it's scary addictive. »

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Roman Polanski’s Rape Trial Will Proceed, Rules Judge: ‘His Conduct Continues to Harm Her’

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Roman Polanski’s relationship with the U.S. court system remains contentious. Judge Scott Gordon opted not to dismiss the director’s decades-old rape case for the second time in four months on Friday, saying that, until Polanski returns to America, there will be no deal. That’s almost certain to be a deal-breaker, as the Oscar-winning filmmaker fled the country in 1978 due to the trial and has yet to come back.

Read More:Third Woman Claims Roman Polanski ‘Sexually Victimized’ Her As a Minor

“The defendant in this matter stands as a fugitive and refuses to comply with court orders,” wrote Gordon, according to Variety. “As eloquently described by Ms. [Samantha] Geimer, his conduct continues to harm her and compounds the trauma of the sexual assault committed against her that gave rise to this case.” Polanski has been living in France, which does not have an extradition agreement with the United States. »


- Michael Nordine

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This Week In Trailers: Resurface, The Florida Project, 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story, Polina, The Work

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]

The post This Week In Trailers: Resurface, The Florida Project, 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story, Polina, The Work appeared first on /Film. »


- Christopher Stipp

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