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‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Haunts Thursday Box Office With $760,000
Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” scared up $760,000 at Thursday previews. The Lionsgate release is projected to top this weekend box office with $20 million to $22 million from 2,500 locations, with Lionsgate projecting a start on the lower end of that range. That would be a step down from the $28 million opening for last year’s “Boo!,” which opened to $855,000 at the Thursday previews and went on to gross $73 million. But with a reported budget of $20 million, this will still be a strong opening for Perry’s ninth Madea film, which he wrote and directed. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
‘The Snowman’ With Michael Fassbender Gets Panned and Director Says He Knows Why
Michael Fassbender’s “The Snowman,” opening this weekend, got killed by critics, and director Tomas Alfredson says he has an idea about what went wrong with the thriller. “Our shoot time in Norway was way too short,” the Swedish director told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, which was then translated by The Independent. “We didn’t get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing. It’s like when you’re making a big jigsaw puzzle and a few pieces are missing so you don’t see the whole picture.” He added »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Hollywood’s Most and Least Profitable Stars Revealed
New data claims to name the most popular actor in Hollywood — and it might not be who you expect.
According to data compiled by PartyCasino, which analyzed box office numbers from 1980 to 2017 to determine Hollywood’s most and least profitable actors, Emilio Estevez takes the crown.
Estevez, whose Brat Pack heyday was in the ’80s and ’90s, topped the list with the best return of any top-billed male actor who has starred in at least 10 films. For every $1 spent on the leading man’s films, Estevez generated $6.70 at the box office. Jean-Claude Van Damme ranked second with $4.20 for each dollar, while other great investments were Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3), and Dudley Moore ($3).
Brad Pitt was the least profitable actor and returned only 10 cents for every $1 spent, followed by Johnny Depp (20 cents), Robert De Niro (24 cents), Hugh Jackman (25 cents), and Anthony Hopkins (26 cents).
PartyCasino had less extensive results for actresses, because, as a representative »
- Matt Fernandez
Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Set to Scare Up a #1 Finish
This same weekend last year saw Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween debut with a chart-topping $28.5 million, besting Tom Cruise and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back on its way to two straight weekends at #1 and nearly $75 million domestically. Boo! ranks as the second highest grossing in Perry's directorial career and this weekend Boo 2! hopes to find similar success, though it isn't the weekend's only new opener. Boo 2! is just one of five new wide releases saturating the marketplace this weekend. Others vying for a spot in the weekend top ten include WB's big budget disaster flick Geostorm, Sony's Only The Brave, Universal's The Snowman and Pure Flix's Same Kind of Different as Me. It's a very crowded marketplace, but other than Boo 2!, it doesn't look like »
- Brad Brevet
‘Arrow’: “Next of Kin” Trailer and Images Reveal the New Green Arrow
In last night's "Tribute," the big moment was not Oliver openly acknowledging that Bruce Wayne exists in this CW world somehow, but rather, Oliver handing over the mantle of Green Arrow to someone else: Diggle. Diggle has put on the hood before to help throw off investigations into Oliver being the hero, and of course, Oliver has never been under more scrutiny than now. But what Oliver offers Dig at the end of "Tribute" is not a stunt, but the whole shebang: to become the Green Arrow. For the last few seasons of Arrow, Oliver has tried to work … »
- Allison Keene
‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Delivers Real & Honest Truths About Activism
“Bpm (Beats per Minute)” is a defiantly messy film, portraying both the personal and political lives of the Paris Act Up chapter in the early 1990s as they struggled to bring AIDS out of the shadows, by confronting the public and state with its devastation while providing help and community to victims. There’s a deeply earned feeling of authenticity to the film, drawn from the personal experiences with Act Up of director Robin Campillo and co-writer Philippe Mangeot.
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- Joe Blessing
‘Gotham’: Say Hello to Professor Pyg in a New Promo … and a Musical to Come?
If you haven't been keeping up with Fox's Gotham, we don't really blame you; it's not great. But it is completely insane in a weirdly entertaining way and our own Vinnie Mancuso's episode recaps are a big bat-shaped cherry on top of that madness each and every week. One highlight of the Batman prequel series, this season especially, has been the willingness to include fringe villains alongside the usual rogues gallery. So even when they're not done quite right or differ drastically from their comic book counterparts, it's the closest thing that … »
- Dave Trumbore
Ex-Deputy L.A. Film Czar Appointed To New Afci Position Of President
The Association of Film Commissioners International has picked Rajiv Dalal for the newly created role of President, it was announced today at the group's 41st Annual Cineposium here in L.A. The new direction at the top of the Afci also saw ex-British Film Commission exec Jess Conoplia appointed to the also the newly created position of Evp/COO. Both the former deputy at L.A.'s Office of Motion Picture and Television Production and Conoplia will be based in the City of… »
Darren Aronofsky Explains Why Rex Reed’s ‘mother!’ Review Was A “Victory”
One of the most divisive movies of the year, everyone has an opinion on “mother!” but Rex Reed‘s review for The Observer might take the cake. The critic has never been a fan of Darren Aronofsky, but “mother!” holds a special place of loathing in his heart, as we writes, “I hesitate to label it the ‘Worst movie of the year’ when ‘Worst movie of the century’ fits it even better.” Ouch.
- Kevin Jagernauth
List of Harvey Weinstein's accusers grows as ripple of effects spread globally
Lupita Nyong’o claims Weinstein harassed her when she was a film student, as police in three cities continue investigations and #metoo gains momentum
A list of the accusations made against Harvey Weinstein
The Los Angeles police d epartment has opened an investigation into sexual assault allegations made against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as famous victims continued to come forward, including 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o, who published a powerful personal essay detailing her alleged harassment in the New York Times.
An Italian actress and model, whose name has not been released, told the Lapd on Thursday that she was raped by Weinstein in a hotel near Beverly Hills in 2013, police confirmed on Thursday.
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- Jamiles Lartey in New York
Canal Plus, Telecom Italia Launch Joint Venture
Canal Plus and Telecom Italia have joined forces to launch a joint venture focusing on acquisitions and production of films and TV series.
The joint venture aims at bolstering the pay TV offer of Telecom Italia across linear and non-linear (Svod, VOD and catch-up) and allow the company to thrive amid a highly competitive landscape.
Under the partnership, the two companies will produce together Italian and international content as well as board co-productions. Telecom Italia and Canal Plus will also co-acquire sports rights, among others.
Telecom Italia will detain 60% of the joint venture, Canal Plus will have 40%.
Jacques du Puy, Canal Plus International president, said Italy was a major market.
“We delighted to be developing premium content with Telecom Italia and leverage our expertise »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ron Perlman Says His Presidential Run Is No Longer A Joke: ‘We’re In Danger of Ending Our Days’ — Turn It On Podcast
Ron Perlman fans know he doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind on social media. And lately, he has focused that ire on the assault on democracy coming out of Washington.
“We’re in a very dangerous, very degraded moment in time where the values that everybody who came before us fought and died for are all being tromped upon,” Perlman said. “For no good end except power and greed.”
Perlman has been joking online about his own run for president: Perl2020. But what he’s really trying to do is hammer home the gravity of the situation: “If we don’t get our shit together quickly, we’re in danger of ending our days,” he told IndieWire. “I feel it’s that serious.”
Perlman is back on TV via the streaming service Crackle, and its drama “StartUp,” which recently returned for Season 2. The actor/producer dropped by IndieWire »
- Michael Schneider
‘Hellboy’ Cast Adds Sophie Okonedo, Brian Gleeson; Scott Haze in Talks for ‘Venom’
While superhero movie casting news can be flooded with Marvel and DC, let’s not forget the heroes fighting crime on the fringe. Lionsgate’s Hellboy and Sony’s Venom continue fleshing out their impressive cast lists, with the former casting three key roles, and the latter keeping their newest cast member in a haze of mystery. Both movies are expected […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Animation Is Film Festival Readies Its L.A. Debut
Back in the 1990s, Eric Beckman started the New York Intl. Children’s Film Festival, which gradually grew a reputation for screening the types of independent and international animation that too often went missing next to the macrobudget cartoon hegemony of Disney and DreamWorks.
The fest eventually blossomed into an Oscar-qualifying institution. Yet Beckman was often peppered with questions from festgoers: Where can I see this film again? Where can I find it online? Sensing a vacuum, he and partner David Jesteadt hatched their own distribution company, Gkids, which looked to find homes and craft carefully tailored release strategies for idiosyncratic animated features.
Founded in 2008, Gkids has become a serious name in animation remarkably quickly. It’s gone on to secure nine Oscar nominations for the likes of “Chico and Rita,” “My Life as a Zucchini” and “The Secret of Kells,” and it became the U.S. distributor for Japan’s venerable Studio Ghibli.
Now, Beckman »
- Andrew Barker
Film Review: ‘Geostorm’
When it comes to the issue of global warming, the world divides into two camps: those who believe in science, and those who adopt an actively skeptical position toward other human beings’ ability to interpret and in any way impact what nature has in store. An inanely spectacular disaster movie — though perhaps “spectacularly inane” would be more apt — from the producer of “Godzilla” and “Independence Day,” Dean Devlin’s “Geostorm” attempts to have it both ways, treating a gang of scientists who’ve “solved” the problem of global warming as its heroes while exploiting how little its target audience knows about the subject to supply an extreme-weather clip reel with contributions of variable quality from a dozen different visual effects houses.
If you’ve ever wanted to see a tidal wave sweep over the horizon of a waterless desert or eggs frying on a superheated city street, “Geostorm” is the movie for you! And if you »
- Peter Debruge
Viacom Has Running Room With Ratings Uptick, Charter Carriage Deal–Ubs Analyst
After recent years of a kind of corporate trauma without much precedent in the media business—complete with family feuds, CEO double-crosses and cratering results for its iconic TV and film properties–Viacom has gradually begun to hike the comeback trail. A new report from Ubs analyst Doug Mitchelson argues the bull case for the company, especially in light of this week’s tentative carriage deal with Charter, the No. 2 U.S. cable operator. “Most favored nations clauses… »
Duffers Warn You Might “Damage The Experience” Watching ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Trailer Too Much
It’s one week until we all go back into the Upside Down, and while you can listen to the soundtrack right now, I presume most of us are waiting for the total “Stranger Things” season 2 experience. In the year since the show debuted, it has become a phenomenon, and a merchandising bonanza. This means the marketing has had to step it up a notch, but the magic of season one was that everyone knew very little going in.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
Watch Now for 48 Hours: Short Films from Eastern Oregon Film Festival
For the third year Filmmaker is happy to exclusively host online selections from the currently underway Eastern Oregon Film Festival. These films will stream exclusively here on the site until Sunday morning at 9:00 Am. This year, we’re hosting a work of philosophical science fiction by Blake Salzman, a new drama from festival veteran Frank Mosley, and an inspiring London-set work from Tal Amiran. You can watch all the films embedded below, and check out the rest of the lineup at Eastern Oregon Film Festival. Midwife (dir. Blake Salzman, 2017) Synopsis: In a bleak future where women are dying rapidly, […] »
- Scott Macaulay
The Deadline Podcast: “What Is A Movie?”, With Guest Robert Evans
In launching a committee of governors to redefine "What is a movie?", the Motion Picture Academy recognizes the dimming line between film, TV and streaming. The growing resources of Netflix and its appetite for awards recognition underscores the need for new standards and definitions. Should extended play at theaters be a requirement for Oscar recognition? Robert Evans also joins our podcast, commenting on the surprises of his long career, the forces that triggered… »
’12 Strong’ Set Visit: A Post-9/11 War Drama That is More Relevant Than Ever
Warner Bros. Pictures has a new war drama called 12: Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers coming to theaters in January of 2018. Formerly known as Horse Soldiers, the film follows a team of U.S. Special Forces soldiers sent into Afghanistan almost immediately after the attacks of 9/11 on a mission to […]
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- Ethan Anderton
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