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How Warner Bros Beat The Period-Film Curse At The B.O. & Positioned ‘Dunkirk’ As A Summer Tentpole

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Period has become increasingly challenging at the box office, not to mention in recent times marquees have been inundated with World War II fare, particularly films starring Brad Pitt. But when director Christopher Nolan embraces the historical subject, it’s a different story, and Warner Bros is celebrating a win for its older-male-skewing Dunkirk this weekend with $50.5 million — a figure that not only beat tracking, but the total $40M stateside ticket sales of Pitt’s… »


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Where Are Next ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Ready Player One’? Future Franchise Candidates

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Exclusive: The hype machine of San Diego Comic-Con winds down today after a dizzying array of panels from studios and networks, wowing crowds with stars, teaser footage and even Vr-based events for the likes of Blade Runner 2049 and Westworld. The efforts showed that imagination is in full swing, trying to keep pace with the unlimited visual possibilities reachable though visual effects. But all of these franchises will wear thin at some point. What’s next? Deadline… »


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‘Landline’ Dials In With Top Number; ‘The Beguiled’ Crosses $10M – Specialty Box Office

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Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures opened mid-’90s-set comedy Landline with Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, Jay Duplass and John Turturro in four theaters Friday, easily capturing the best per-theater average among the specialties opening this frame and the second-best overall at just over $13,000. The 2017 Sundance title was a stand-out in an otherwise fairly slow weekend for limited-release films trying to carve a niche as counter-programming to summer blockbusters… »


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‘Dunkirk’ Takes Box Office By Storm With $55.4M No. 1 Spot For $105M+ Global Opening; ‘Valerian’ $23.5M Start – Int’l Box Office

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Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic Dunkirk dominated both international and domestic marketplaces this weekend, with an overseas take of $55.4M for distributor Warner Bros. The film, which chronicles the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkerque as they battled the Nazis, opened in 46 international markets this weekend and was on Imax in 42 of those markets with a handful of 70mm engagements on its overall 10,775… »


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‘Dunkirk’ Takes Warner Bros Past $1B; ‘Girls Trip’ Record Opening For Malcolm D. Lee; Reasons Why ‘Valerian’ Crashed

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Writethru, Sunday Am, following Saturday posts: Dunkirk beat expectations this weekend with a $50.5 million opening weekend at 3,720 venues at the domestic box office, an impressive start for a British war subject largely unknown to Americans in a marketplace of franchise holdovers and a $200M-plus budgeted sci-fi epic known as Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. That Luc Besson title died a horrible death this weekend with a $17M start.   Dunkirk marches Warner B… »


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Venice Film Festival: Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall, John Landis & More Get Jury Duty

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The Venice Film Festival has set its juries for the 74th event which runs August 30-September 9 on the Lido. Annette Bening was previously announced as President of the main Venezia 74 competition jury — and as the first female to hold the post since 2006. The panel awards the major prizes including the Golden and Silver Lions and the acting Volpi Cups, among others. Supporting Bening are Baby Driver helmer Edgar Wright; British actress Rebecca Hall; Hungarian filmmaker… »


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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is Marvel’s Grand Finale At Hall H Presentation – Comic-Con

22 July 2017 7:58 PM, PDT

Compared to previous years, Marvel’s Hall H presentation at Comic-Con was brief, this year anchored by two panels — Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther. At the end of the presentation, Marvel boss Kevin Feige gave a wave to the crowd and said that was it. This caused a joyful ire, and Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman and Mark Ruffalo said there was still three Avengers present, then goaded Feige to show more. They bantered back and forth, then were joined onstage by Avengers… »


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Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Leaves A Big Footprint In Hall H – Comic-Con

22 July 2017 7:07 PM, PDT

Following Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel brought in the cast of Black Panther along with director Ryan Coogler and showed more footage beyond the trailer that was dropped in June. Chadwick Boseman, who plays Black Panther, set up the film for the crowd: “He returns from the events of Captain America: Civil War and he’s dealing with the death of his father and becoming a ruler (in Wakanda), He’s still mourning his father’s death. It’s a transition period that gets interrupted, and… »


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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Trailer Stomps Into Hall H With Battling Superheroes – Comic-Con

22 July 2017 6:36 PM, PDT

A portion of Marvel’s big Hall H Comic-Con panel this evening went to Thor: Ragnarok. The cast of the threequel showed off the official trailer. The footage began showing Thor strapped into a chair arriving via tunnel a la a Disney ride to Sakaar, the fighting world of Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster. This is the part in the first trailer where Grandmaster asks “What have you brought me today?” Thor is dumped in a hallway where he meets a rock being with an Australian accent… »


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‘Captain Marvel’: Samuel L. Jackson Confirmed As Nick Fury & He’ll Look Different in 1990s-Set Pic – Comic-Con

22 July 2017 6:06 PM, PDT

Updated, 6:06 Pm: Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed at Comic-Con what we already knew: Samuel L. Jackson is coming back as Nick Fury — but he’ll have two eyes. What does that mean? Captain Marvel takes place before the other McU films, even before Iron Man, in the 1990s. Also revealed today: The villains in the film will be the Skrulls, a green-skinned extraterrestrial humanoid race that has created a vast interstellar empire, the oldest one known still in existence… »


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Michelle Pfeiffer Is Janet Van Dyne In ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ – Comic-Con

22 July 2017 6:01 PM, PDT

At this evening’s Marvel Comic-Con panel in Hall H, it was revealed by Paul Rudd and Michael Pena during an opening sizzle reel of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that Michelle Pfeiffer will be playing Janet Van Dyne in Ant-Man And The Wasp. Marvel execs also confirmed Walton Goggins (as Ghost) and Hannah John-Kamen were in the cast as well as Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo. Pena and Rudd aren’t here as they’re shooting the production in… »


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Daniel Stern Pays Tribute To ‘Home Alone’ Co-Star John Heard

22 July 2017 4:26 PM, PDT

After news broke this morning of famed film and TV actor John Heard’s death Friday, his former Home Alone co-star Daniel Stern took to Twitter to pay tribute to Heard, calling him “the coolest cat in New York City for about 10 straight years.” Stern, who in the note says he met Heard in the nascent stage of his career, wrote that it was Heard’s performance in Between the Lines that not only inspired him to do film but also taught him “How to be an actor in movies.” “John… »


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Charlize Theron Champions Female Directors & More Pics Like ‘Wonder Woman’ – Comic-Con

22 July 2017 3:08 PM, PDT

“We’re just as good as the guys.” That was Charlize Theron’s exclamation at Entertainment Weekly’s annual Women Who Kick Ass panel at Comic-Con today. The Oscar winner not only championed more female directors and better pay for actresses, but said the success of Wonder Woman should come as tell-tale sign: these female-led films work. When asked if she’d take on the role of 007, Theron responded by championing her upcoming spy action title Atomic Blonde as a new… »


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Warner Bros Confirms DC Universe Pic Titles: ‘Wonder Woman II’, ‘Flashpoint’ & More – Comic-Con

22 July 2017 2:27 PM, PDT

During Warner Bros’ Comic-Con session, a sizzle reel revealed the logos of the studio’s upcoming slate and their potential titles including Shazam, Suicide Squad 2, The Batman (with Ben Affleck's Batman shown), Justice League Dark, Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps, The Flash — followed by a Flashpoint logo, and last, Wonder Woman II. Flashpoint was a 2011 series written by DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and illustrated by Andy Kubert. In the… »


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Sony Options Female-Empowerment Comic ‘Princeless’ For Movie – Comic-Con

22 July 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Sony Pictures has optioned movie rights to the Action Lab Comics series Princeless. Created by Jeremy Whitley and Emily Martin, the series follows a young black princess who, instead of waiting for a prince to save her, takes matters into her own hands. She breaks out of her tower, befriends the dragon guarding her, and sets off on a quest to rescue her six older sisters who are also locked in towers and guarded by assassins. Stefani Robinson, a writer on Atlant… »


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Pamela Adlon Joins Cast Of ‘Transformers’ Spinoff ‘Bumblebee’

22 July 2017 1:05 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Pamela Adlon, fresh off a Best Comedy Series Actress Emmy nomination for her FX series Better Things, is in negotiations to join the cast of Bumblebee, Paramount’s first spinoff of its Transformers franchise. Kubo and the Two Strings helmer Travis Knight is directing the pic, which is being toplined by Hailee Steinfeld. Adlon will play Steinfeld’s mother in the movie scripted by Christina Hodson. The story is mostly under wraps, but it originated from Michael… »


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‘Justice League’ Trailer: Wonder Woman Saves School Children, But Is Superman Still Alive? – Comic-Con

22 July 2017 12:56 PM, PDT

Talk about intense. The Justice League team dropped a new trailer during Warner Bros’ Comic-Con session; an event that ended with Jason Momoa (Aquaman) becoming so excited, he tossed a chair onstage in the mammoth Hall H and picked up Ezra Miller (The Flash) by the midsection. “This is how we roll,” Gal Gadot told moderator Chris HardwickJustice League opens November 17. In the trailer (watch it above), a group of assassins enter a building full of school children. Wonde… »


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Ben Affleck Refutes ‘Batman’ Exit Rumor: “So Thrilled To Do It” – Comic-Con

22 July 2017 12:41 PM, PDT

Ben Affleck today shot down a rumor that he will leave his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman when Matt Reeves directs the new solo iteration of the signature DC superhero. Said Affleck: “Batman is the coolest f*cking part in any universe. I am so thrilled to do it. It is f*cking amazing. After two films, Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll and Toby Emmerich have said, ‘We want you to be our Batman.’ I would be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves. It’s a great time in the DC universe… »


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‘Aquaman’ & Jason Momoa Rock In Comic-Con Presentation

22 July 2017 12:39 PM, PDT

Aquaman star Jason Mamoa entered Comic-Con’s Hall H today in Robert Downey Jr.-style to rock music, thunderous fan applause and wielding a trident. He threw to footage of James Wan, who is still in Australia shooting. A teaser showed two fisherman in a boat in the middle of the ocean. One of their lines hooks on to what appears to be a big fish. It pulls them along until the pole flies out of their hands. We see below in the water a huge Atlantis fleet of stingray… »


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‘Blade Runner 2049’: New Footage Shown; Harrison Ford Says His Goal Is To Reboot Franchises – Comic-Con

22 July 2017 12:20 PM, PDT

Warner Bros. truly amazed us here in Hall H with its 180-degree screens, a piece of exhibition used two years ago during Wbtv’s Saturday night. In Blade Runner 2049‘s session during the WB panel, the studio tricked out a timeline around the room that bridged the last movie’s post events to the new sequel. The presentation then segued to a virtual hologram Jared Leto, who spoke about the future. The most recent trailer was shown (check it out below), but then the crowd… »


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