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Happy Death Day’ leads box office With $26.5 Million

“Happy Death Day” has cause for celebration. The latest from Blumhouse and Universal is leading the box office this weekend with $26.5 million from 3,149 locations. That puts it far ahead of “Blade Runner 2049,” which is skidding to $15.1 million during its second...
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The Weinstein Company pushes historical drama “The Current War” to a 2018 release

The Weinstein Company has pulled Benedict Cumberbatch historical drama “The Current War” from its planned Black Friday Nov. 24 release date, shelving the film for an undecided 2018 release since the Harvey Weinstein scandal has soured the market for Weinstein Co....
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Taylor Swift filming music video at several locations in London

Taylor Swift was spied filming a music video at several locations in London over the weekend, according to multiple media reports including The Daily Mail. She was filmed on a double-decker bus, in the back of a black cab, on a bike atop the Millennium Bridge and in a...
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Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ full Trailer

The first full action-packed trailer for Marvel’s “Black Panther” is here. In it, Chadwick Boseman’s character, T’Challa, returns to his home where he rules, the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Footage throughout the trailer shows him embodying his superhero...
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Studios’ TV Ad Spending topped by ‘The Foreigner’

Ads placed for the thriller had an estimated media value of $4.86 million through Sunday for 1,010 national ad airings across 25 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Oct. 2-8. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new...
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Happy Death Day’ leads box office With $26.5 Million

“Happy Death Day” has cause for celebration. The latest from Blumhouse and Universal is leading...
Read More

The Weinstein Company pushes historical drama “The Current War” to a 2018 release

The Weinstein Company has pulled Benedict Cumberbatch historical drama “The Current War” from its...
Read More

Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ full Trailer

The first full action-packed trailer for Marvel’s “Black Panther” is here. In it, Chadwick...
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Studios’ TV Ad Spending topped by ‘The Foreigner’

Ads placed for the thriller had an estimated media value of $4.86 million through Sunday for 1,010...
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Full Trailer :‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled the highly anticipated theatrical trailer for “Star Wars: The Last...
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Happy Death Day’ leads box office With $26.5 Million

“Happy Death Day” has cause for celebration. The latest from Blumhouse and Universal is leading the box office this weekend with $26.5 million from 3,149 locations. That puts it far ahead of “Blade Runner 2049,” which is skidding to $15.1 million during its second...

Taylor Swift filming music video at several locations in London

Taylor Swift was spied filming a music video at several locations in London over the weekend, according to multiple media reports including The Daily Mail. She was filmed on a double-decker bus, in the back of a black cab, on a bike atop the Millennium Bridge and in a...

Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ full Trailer

The first full action-packed trailer for Marvel’s “Black Panther” is here. In it, Chadwick Boseman’s character, T’Challa, returns to his home where he rules, the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Footage throughout the trailer shows him embodying his superhero...

Studios’ TV Ad Spending topped by ‘The Foreigner’

Ads placed for the thriller had an estimated media value of $4.86 million through Sunday for 1,010 national ad airings across 25 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Oct. 2-8. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new...

Full Trailer :‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled the highly anticipated theatrical trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” The new footage shows Luke Skywalker training Rey to channel the Force, picking up where “The Force Awakens” left off. “I’ve seen...

Sci-fi “Men in Black” spinoff, gets release date.

Sony Pictures is fast-tracking its “Men in Black” spinoff, setting the sci-fi pic to bow on May 17, 2019. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not reprise their roles in the film, which is meant to launch a new franchise with fresh talent involved. Sony had originally...

Blade Runner 2049 Review

The world as we know it has nearly caught up to the one Ridley Scott imagined when he directed the 2019-set “Blade Runner,” and yet, for all the influence the dystopian cult favorite has had on other sci-fi movies, Scott’s vision of Los Angeles still looks as...

Hugh Hefner, Playboy Founder, Dies at 91

Hugh Hefner created Playboy at his kitchen table in Chicago. The magazine was blamed for (or credited with) setting off a cultural revolution in America, but within a few years Hefner was branded a male chauvinist. He was a proponent of free speech and a champion of...

Warner Bros.’ “Pop-Up” Store set to Open up in New York

The temporary space will feature Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera and other familiar animated properties. Next month, New York is going to get more looney with the opening of Get Animated Invasion, a pop-up store running during New York Comic-Con spotlighting Warner Bros'...

First Trailer for Final Film in ‘Maze Runner ‘Trilogy

The movie hits theaters Jan. 26, 2018. Twentieth Century Fox on Sunday night released the trailer for Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the third and final film in the YA action-adventure franchise.Dylan O'Brien returns as Thomas, who this time leads his group of escaped...

Less of Channing Tatum in ‘Kingsman 2’

Scheduling issues led to one of the signature American characters moving into a noticeably smaller role onscreen. For director Matthew Vaughn's sequel of his 2015 hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, ramping up the star power seemed like its very own spy mission.Joining...

‘Kingsman 2’: Impactful Trilogy Ending

For Matthew Vaughn's second act to Kingsman: The Secret Service, he ramped up the star power with newcomers Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal and Elton John. The new additions may have even helped push Kingsman: The Golden...

It Sequel set to release in September 2019

Since its launch earlier this month, the film adaptation of Stephen King's book has shattered numerous records. Pennywise the Dancing Clown is getting ready to terrorize audiences all over again.New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. on Monday announced that a sequel to the...

Alicia Vikander Is The New ‘Tomb Raider’

Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft in the new trailer for “Tomb Raider.” “Your father’s gone. You can pick up where he left off,” Croft is told in the first official trailer. “I see so much of him in you.” Following a shipwreck, Croft ends up in enemy territory. “You...

‘John Wick 3’ Set To Release May 2019!

Lionsgate has set a release for the Keanu Reeves action movie “John Wick: Chapter 3.” The film is expected to hit theaters on May 17, 2019 — the first title to land on the date. The franchise has been a success for the studio with a combined $260 million in worldwide...

Brad Pitt’s Sci-Fi Movie ‘Ad Astra’ 2019 Release

Fox has dated Brad Pitt’s science-fiction movie “Ad Astra” for Jan. 11, 2019. It’s the first movie to land on that date. James Gray directed “Ad Astra” from a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross. Regency Enterprises and Fox produced in association with Bona Film...

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Eyes $40 Million Opening!

“Blade Runner 2049” is tracking to earn at least $40 million during its opening weekend when it hits theaters on Oct. 6, according to early estimates. The science fiction epic is the sequel to 1982’s “Blade Runner,” which has achieved cult classic status since its...

Nicolas Cage In ‘Primal’

Nicolas Cage will star in the independent action movie “Primal” as a big-game hunter. Production is scheduled to start on Oct. 23 in Puerto Rico. The project was unveiled Tuesday at the Toronto Film Festival, where the Exchange is launching international sales....

James Wan To Produce ‘Sweet Tooth’

New Line is expanding its horror empire, securing rights to Dutch filmmaker Nico van den Brink’s short film “Sweet Tooth” and setting up the project as a feature film with the ubiquitous James Wan producing. Van den Brink will direct and have a story by credit in what...

What Made ‘Back To The Future’ So Popular?

Back to the Future almost didn't exist. When Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale were shopping the script for the now-legendary 1985 science fiction comedy to studios, few wanted to go near it. According to Variety, many executives suggested the lighthearted romp would be...

E.T: An Adventure Out Of This World

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) is the immensely popular magical fantasy movie myth. Its estimated budget of $10 million was easily recouped when it became one of the box-office champion films of all time. Steven Spielberg's very personal, heartwarming sci-fi...

‘IT’ Came ‘IT’ Saw ‘IT’ Conquered

The New Line and Warner Bros. adaptation of Stephen King’s novel is officially shattering box office records during its opening weekend. The R-rated horror film made a whopping $123.1 million from 4,103 locations, as of Monday morning. On Sunday, the studio gave a...

‘IT’ Sequel?

Following the massive opening weekend for “It,” bringing in $123 million domestically, audiences are already asking what’s next for the planned sequel. Luckily, director Andy Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti are up to the task. Here are some questions that...

Christian Bale Unrecognizable

Christian Bale has gone through some shocking body transformations during his career, including losing 65 pounds and eating only an apple and a can of tuna a day for “The Machinist,” and then bulking up to play the Batman in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy. Bale sat down...

‘IT’ Film Review

There have been so many Stephen King adaptations over the last four decades - many of them bad - that it’s easy to take them for granted. But there is something undeniably appealing about the sensibilities of this prolific author, a visual quality that translates...

‘IT,’ Top Horror Pre-Seller in History!

“It,” the hotly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s doorstop of a novel, is shaping up to be a box office monster. The horror film is expected to make $60 million when it debuts on Friday. “It” has shattered records to become the top horror film pre-seller in...

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Tops Social Media Buzz

Three months before its release, Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” easily topped social media buzz last week with 78,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service. The activity was spurred by the studio...

Toronto’s Changing Face: TIFF

When it comes to the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, can less be more? Artistic director Cameron Baileythinks so, unveiling a leaner TIFF with 41 fewer features than last year (for a still-hefty 255 titles) and two less venues. Yet some top industry attendees say they...

Toronto Film Festival: 12 Hot Titles

The Toronto Film Festival isn’t just an essential stop for Oscar hopefuls. There’s also an active film market that results in plenty of all-night bidding wars. This year, studios and distributors will make the trek across the border, on the hunt for films that can be...

Gary Oldman to Star In ‘Mary’

Gary Oldman is starring in the independent supernatural thriller “Mary” with Tucker Tooley Entertainment and Entertainment One producing and co-financing. Shooting will begin later this month in Alabama with Michael Goi directing from Anthony Jaswinski’s screenplay....

10 Best Performances: Christian Bale

In conjunction with the world premiere of Scott Cooper’s western “Hostiles,” actor Christian Bale will receive a tribute to his screen legacy at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend. It’s a rare treat for the Oscar winner, who tends to avoid this kind of thing....

Reuniting Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz

“Loving Pablo” — starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, whose last on-screen romantic relationship was in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” for which Cruz won an Oscar — also marks the reunion of Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa and Bardem, whose performance in...

‘It’ Eyes Huge Early Opening

“It” will float to the top of the box office heap when it hits theaters next month. Initial tracking suggests that the Stephen King adaptation is on pace to open to more than $50 million when it premieres in the U.S. on Sept. 8, 2017. That’s a massive number, one...

Tribute to Tobe Hooper.

The director Tobe Hooper, who died Saturday at 74, will always be remembered for one spectacularly terrifying low-budget horror film, and that’s because it happens to be one of the most uncanny movies ever made. When “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” appeared on the...

‘Justice League Dark’ Gets Script

Gerard Johnstone has been tapped to polish the script to Warner Bros.’ “Justice League Dark” movie, sources tell Variety. Johnstone was one of the handful of directors in the running to helm the film and while the studio has decided to hold off on naming a director,...

Remembering Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis, who died last week at 91, was hardly the first comedian to make people laugh by acting transcendently idiotic. The Marx Brothers took hilarious head-spinning dives into the outer limits of surreal silliness. So did Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello...

Angelina Jolie Leading Talk At Toronto Film Festival

Javier Bardem, Gael García Bernal, Angelina Jolie and Helen Mirren will headline a series of public conversations about their careers as part of this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Many of these actors and filmmakers aren’t just trekking to Canada to take a jaunt down...

‘American Assassin’ Leads Social Media Buzz

Dylan O’Brien’s “American Assassin” easily topped social media buzz last week with 59,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm ComScore and its PreAct service. The activity was spurred by the studio holding a social promotion for fans to unlock the...

Christian Bale In ‘Hostiles’

Le Grisbi Productions and Waypoint Entertainment have released the first image from Scott Cooper’s upcoming western “Hostiles,” which is set for an international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. The film, set in 1892, stars Christian...

Salary Of TV’s Top Talents: A Look At Who Makes What In TV

The explosion of demand for high-end TV series and the emergence of deep-pocketed new buyers such as Netflix and Amazon has been an enormous windfall for marquee talent. Just ask Robert De Niro, or David Letterman, or Katy Perry. Stars with brand names are more in...

Netflix Losing Disney and Pixar Movies

Will Netflix suffer a significant subscriber exodus once Disney movies roll off the service in 2019? According to one Wall Street firm’s analysis: probably not. Disney announced last week that it would not renew the movie-output deal with Netflix for first-run Disney...

How Has Netflix Affected Hollywood

For a soft-spoken man, Ted Sarandos makes a lot of thunderous news. Just consider the headlines he’s generated over the last week alone with a succession of game-changing deals. The chief content officer for Netflix stole Shonda Rhimes from ABC, lured retiree David...

8 Actors, Directors, And Comedians On Their Love For Netflix!

Jason Bateman Having had the chance to work with Netflix on two TV shows, “Arrested Development” and “Ozark,” it seems clear that their decisions are based entirely on the merits. Yes, they’ve got the data, but you get the strong sense they would much rather have...

‘Bonnie and Clyde’ 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago today, American movies were born again. That was the day “Bonnie and Clyde,” the lethally disruptive and exciting gangster saga that brought on the implosion of Hollywood — and the reinvention of Hollywood — was released in theaters. The gun-on-the-run...

‘Deadpool 2’ Stunt Driver Passes Away On Set

A stunt person was killed on the set of “Deadpool 2” Monday morning after a trick involving a motorcycle went wrong. The stuntwoman was identified by several outlets as Joi “SJ” Harris, the first female African-American road racer. The sequel to “Deadpool” is filming...

‘Deadpool 2’ Cable

Ryan Reynolds continues to tease “Deadpool 2” photos on social media. On Monday, the actor tweeted out the first official look of Josh Brolin as Cable in the upcoming film. While Brolin teased his makeover in June, this is the first glimpse of his complete...

Watch Jennifer Lawrence In ‘Mother!’

Jennifer Lawrence’s new film “Mother!,” directed by Darren Aronofsky, finally has a full-length trailer. In the trailer, which seems to depart from the tropes of a traditional horror film, Lawrence appears obsessed with a brick wall, which is at one point dripping...

‘The Nut Job 2,’ ‘The Dark Tower’ Top TV Ad Spending

Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $6.46 million through Sunday for 2,329 national ad airings across 39 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from July 31 through Aug. 6. Estimates may be updated after the chart is...

Stephen King On What Scares Him

Stephen King will turn 70 in September, yet shows no signs of slowing down. Currently, he has “The Dark Tower” in theaters and “The Mist” on TV. September will see the film adaptation of “It” and a book co-written with his son, Owen King, called “Sleeping Beauties.”...

‘Thor: Ragnorak’ Tops Social Media For Second Week

Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” dominated social media buzz for the second week in a row with 72,000 new conversations last week, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service. The activity stemmed from star Tessa Thompson revealing plot details...

‘Deadpool 2’ Domino

Ryan Reynolds tweeted a first look photo on Monday of “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as Domino in “Deadpool 2.” “Some people just know how to work a red carpet,” Reynolds captioned the photo of Domino sprawled over Deadpool in front of a fire. The photo recreates one...

‘The Dark Tower’ Journey To The Big Screen

With millions of loyal readers and a fantastical setting, Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” book series has tantalized Hollywood. The movie business is always on the prowl for the next “Lord of the Rings” or “Harry Potter.” King’s novels, about a mysterious gunslinger...

The Changing View Of Police In Films And TV

Even for a journalist like Wesley Lowery, who’s chronicled the real-life killings and raw trauma that police shootings across America have left in their wake, the unyielding depiction in Kathryn Bigelow’s new film “Detroit” of the terror inflicted by three white...

‘Super Size Me 2’ Among The Films At TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival will premiere James Franco’s comedy-drama “The Disaster Artist” as part of its Midnight Madness section of genre titles. “The Disaster Artist” screened in March as a work in progress at South by Southwest, where it received a...

New James Bond Set For 2019

James Bond will be back in action in 2019, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Eon Productions said Monday. The 25th film about the legendary super-spy will hit theaters on Nov. 8, 2019. There’s no word yet on whether or not Daniel Craig will be asking for his martinis shaken,...

Toronto Film Festival Lineup

Films by Joe Wright, Angelina Jolie, Darren Aronofsky, George Clooney, and Alexander Payne will hit the Toronto International Film Festival, hoping to build buzz as they head into a crowded awards season. Jolie will be on hand with “First They Killed My Father,” a...

‘The Emoji Movie’ Goes Past TV Ad Spending

Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $5.8 million through Sunday for 1,497 national ad airings across 37 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from July 17-23. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new...

Wonder Woman 2 Has 2019 Release Date

Warner Bros. has set Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 2” for release on Dec. 13, 2019. The studio made the announcement early Tuesday evening. “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins, has been an outsize hit for the studio with $389 million in domestic grosses after 53...

COMIC-CON 2017: WHO WON AND WHO LOST

By Peter Borovilos  Chief Brand innovation strategist  After four dizzying days of film and TV panels and activations, San Diego Comic-Con 2017 is officially in the books. As cosplayers put their Rey and Jon Snow costumes back into storage, fanboys everywhere begin to...

Charlize Theron On Going Bisexual!

To make “Atomic Blonde,” Charlize Theron tried to break the rules for a female-led action movie. Her British super agent Lorraine bruises badly — which is a taboo when it comes to women in high-octane blockbusters — and she doesn’t fall for her horn-dog male colleague...

Charlize Theron Got Ripped, Bruised (and Naked!)

Playing an ass-kicking international spy can’t be easy, but Charlize Theron really suffered for her craft in “Atomic Blonde.” She twisted her knee, bruised her ribs and had to undergo extensive dental surgery, because she clenched down so hard on her jaw she cracked...

‘Conjuring 3’ in the Works

The “Conjuring” universe continues to expand. New Line is moving forward on its third iteration of the “Conjuring” franchise with “The Conjuring 3.” David Leslie Johnson is on board to script. James Wan will serve as producer through his Atomic Monster production...

Review: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

Like the apes it depicts, the technology behind the 'Planet of the Apes' prequels has evolved to act more human than the human characters. In the original “Planet of the Apes” movies, Caesar and his simian co-stars were buried beneath layers of prosthetic makeup,...

‘xXx’ Sequel Gets Backing From H Collective

The H Collective is launching as a production-financing entity that’s backing half a dozen projects including the sequel to “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” and Aaron Paul’s thriller “The Parts You Lose.” The Los Angeles-based H Collective has signed production deals with...

World War II Horror Movie ‘Overlord’ Set To Release Fall 2018

Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot have set a release date for World War II horror movie “Overlord,” starring  “Fences” actor Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell. The movie is scheduled for Oct. 26, 2018, The film is directed by Julius Avery (“Son of a Gun”), and...

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Takes Over Social Media

Sony and Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” dominated social media buzz with nearly 93,000 new conversations last week, according to media-measurement firm ComScore and its PreAct service. Sony released an international poster on June 12, announced an arcade game at...

‘The Graduate’ Made Mike Nichols Film A Classic!

June is graduation month, which means a long parade of commencement ceremonies and family parties celebrating the new graduate. And at many of those parties, someone will make a joke about Mrs. Robinson or the word “plastics,” because the 50-year-old film “The...

Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’

Woody Allen’s next film will hit theaters this December, Variety has learned. “Wonder Wheel,” a drama set in Coney Island during the 1950s, will debut in limited release on Dec. 1, 2017. That pits it against “The Disaster Artist,” a comedy with James Franco about the...

Ice Cube Talks Hollywood Star On The Walk Of Fame

When he was a teenager back in the mid-1980s, O’Shea Jackson split his time between playing football for William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, and writing his earliest rhymes as a South L.A. rapper named Ice Cube. He didn’t yet have a car, and his bus...

O’Shea Jackson Jr. to Star as Baseball Player

O’Shea Jackson Jr. has been set to star in an untitled movie about the life of the late Major League Baseball pitcher Dock Ellis. “Hacksaw Ridge” producer David Permut, Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube are producing from a script by Joey Poach. Jackson is the son of Ice...

‘Black Panther’ Climbs to Top of Social Media!

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” dominated social media buzz last week in the wake of its first trailer with 466,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service. The trailer for the film debuted during Game 4 of the NBA Finals...

‘Cannonball Run’ Reboot

Warner Bros. is negotiating with “Central Intelligence” director Rawson Thurber to helm a reboot of the “Cannonball Run” franchise. “Reno 911” stars Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant are also in talks to write the script. Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer are producing...

Former Marvel Entertainment President, Dies at 92

James E. Galton, the former president and CEO of Marvel Entertainment Group, has died. He was 92. He died Monday at his home in Naples, Fla., while surrounded by his family, Variety has confirmed. Galton spent 16 years at Marvel between 1975  and 1991. He is credited...

Cars 3: A Film In Review

Lightning McQueen, now facing the perils of being past his prime, returns in a touching sequel that gets the series back on track. “Cars,” back in 2006, was the first Pixar movie that was far more beloved by audiences than critics. That meant something, since Pixar...

Channing Tatum In Logan Lucky’ Trailer (Watch)

Steven Soderbergh returns to the big screen with a gaggle of wacky characters in the first trailer for “Logan Lucky.” That includes Channing Tatum who is reuniting with the director after working with him on “Haywire,” “Side Effects,” and “Magic Mike.” The movie...

Cannes Awards: ‘The Square’ Wins Palme d’Or

CANNES — The 70th anniversary Cannes Film Festival has wrapped, culminating with an unconventional awards ceremony in which Pedro Almodóvar and his jury bestowed a couple unexpected bonus prizes, including a tie for screenplay and a special award to Nicole Kidman, who...