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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.


Film Review: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’

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

- JD Knapp

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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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‘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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John Boyega Hints Again at Possible Cameos by Princes William and Harry in ‘Jedi’

18 August 2017 8:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Boyega has hinted again that heirs to the British throne Prince William and Prince Harry and actor Tom Hardy have cameos in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program Friday morning to promote Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” Boyega was asked about the rumors he fueled when last on the show – that the two royals had secret cameos in “The Last Jedi” as stormtroopers – and whether the princes had lines.

“I think they took that scene out,” Boyega said jokingly, then added: “I’ve had enough with those Prince William secrets, man. They came on set; they were there, man. Tom Hardy was there, too – I said it. I’m sick of hiding this.”

The actor, who plays former stormtrooper Finn in the sequel trilogy, said questions had dogged him ever since the rumors first began circulating in April 2016, when William and Harry visited the “Jedi” set (pictured). “Every time I get »

- Robert Mitchell

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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 »

- Justin Kroll

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David Mackenzie’s ‘Outlaw King’ Adds Billy Howle

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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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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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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. »

- Jack Giroux

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Emmys 2017: Watch 24 fascinating interviews with movie and limited series nominees from ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Feud,’ ‘Fargo’ and more [Exclusive Videos]

46 minutes ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Some of the biggest name stars at the upcoming 2017 Emmy Awards are in the movie and limited series categories, including several past Oscar winners and nominees. Over the spring and summer months, Gold Derby has chatted with over 300 of this year’s contenders on the Emmy Awards ballot. A total of 22 of these […] »

- Chris Beachum

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So, What Role Did Justin Theroux Audition For on Friends?

1 hour ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The One With the Casting Bombshell. »

- Devon Ivie

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Bill Maher Suggests Replacing Confederate Statues With Colin Kaepernick Statues (Video)

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

After a chaotic week in the U.S., there was a lot to talk about on “Real Time With Bill Maher” this past Friday night, and the renewed scrutiny towards Confederate Civil War statues was one of those topics. That got Bill Maher to wondering: what if the statues that are being taken down in towns from Baltimore to Durham were replaced with memorials to things that Donald Trump and other “southern heritage” defenders didn’t like? “What happened to Southern hospitality?” Maher asked his panel. “Just the idea that, ‘Well, if this offends some people, I won’t do it. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Peep Show Creators Learned the Hard Way That Adapting British Shows in America Is, Well, Pretty Hard

2 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

“When you have to change the cast, that’s a really big issue.” »

- Devon Ivie

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When will ‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 25 cast be announced? ‘DWTS’ confirms reveal date for pro dancers

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We’re quickly approaching the premiere of the landmark 25th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and we still don’t know which celebrities will compete for the Mirror Ball Trophy, though we’ve been speculating, and speculating some more, and speculating some more. However, ABC will finally reveal its roster of pro dancers on “Good Morning […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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Trump Finally Thanks Ousted White House Strategist Steve Bannon

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

President Trump on Saturday broke his silence on the abrupt departure of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, belatedly thanking his former campaign chairman. “I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service,” the president tweeted on Saturday morning, one full day after Bannon announced he would leave the White House and return to his role overseeing the far-right Breitbart News operation. Trump also could not resist another dig at the Democrat whom he upset in last fall’s election, noting of Bannon: “He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton – it was great!” I want to thank. »

- Thom Geier

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Former Doctor Who Companions Are Loving the Casting of Jodie Whittaker’s Female Doctor

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“I just want to hear her speak.” »

- Devon Ivie

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‘Game of Thrones’ prophecy: Is Cersei doomed by her pregnancy?

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There are only two episodes left in this abbreviated seventh season of “Game of Thrones,” and with the story progressing at breakneck speed after years of more leisurely pacing, even the most crucial characters could die at any moment. But things might not be looking too good for Queen Cersei. In episode five, “Eastwatch,” she […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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Al Franken on 'Real Time': Gop Have 'A Lot of Doubts' About Trump

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Minnesota senator Al Franken appeared on Real Time to discuss Donald Trump's "unbelievably horrible" week and whether Republicans finally speaking out against the president will change Trump.

Following Trump's disastrous press conferences in response to Charlottesville, Gop lawmakers like Tennessee senator Bob Corker publicly criticized Trump. "I've known for weeks that Trump is a terrible president," Franken joked.

"There are a number of Republican senators who have been saying from the beginning that they have a lot of doubts about him but won't go public with that because he »

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‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Shoots for $20 Million Opening at Box Office

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has taken advantage of weak competition at the August box office to take the No. 1 spot this weekend. The Samuel L. Jackson/Ryan Reynolds action comedy is estimated to make $20.5 million this weekend from 3,377 screens, performing on the upper end of the $17-20 million range set for the film by independent trackers. The solid performance of “Hitman’s Bodyguard” ran against the new conventional wisdom in Hollywood that poor scores on Rotten Tomatoes can kill a film, as the star power of Jackson and Reynolds seems to have outweighed the film’s disappointing 39 percent score. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Donald and Melania Trump Are Skipping This Year’s Kennedy Center Honors

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In order for the nominees “to celebrate without any political distraction.” »

- Devon Ivie

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Twin Peaks Actor Accused of Trying to Murder His Girlfriend After She Refused to Bring Him Kool-Aid

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He allegedly assaulted her with a bat. »

- Sarah Spellings

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