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Jan 14

Box-Office Pileup: Three Major Films Crash and Burn in Same Weekend

Adam Driver (left) and Andrew Garfield in a scene from Martin Scorsese's "Silence" (image courtesy Paramount Pictures)
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by Pamela McClintock

The 2017 Martin Luther King holiday will go down in history as the weekend when three high-profile studio movies bombed, including Martin Scorsese's Silence and Ben Affleck's Live by Night.

Live by Night, playing in 2,822 theaters, may not even crack $6 million for the four-day holiday frame after earning an estimated $5.4 million for the three days. That's bleak news for Affleck and Warner Bros., which spent a net $65 million to make the period gangster movie (tax incentives and rebates brought the budget down from $90 million). Live by Night, which first opened in select theaters over the year-end holidays, was no doubt damaged by poor reviews and a B CinemaScore. It also is struggling overseas, where it opened to $3.3 million from its first 28 markets, including a dismal U.K. opening of $873,000.

The forecast is even worse for Silence, which likewise expanded nationwide over the weekend into a total of 747 theaters. The epic historical drama is tipped to earn $1.9 million over the three days and $2.3 million over four after costing $50 million to make. Silence, which was financed independently and distributed by Paramount, will be one of Scorsese's lowest-grossing features in the U.S. but hopes for redemption overseas.

Paramount isn't having a good holiday, no matter how you look at it. Ill-fated family film Monster Trucks is DOA with a projected four-day gross of $14.1 million from 3,111 locations, including $10.5 million for the three days. While that's slightly more than expected, the movie, which earned an A CinemaScore, cost a hefty $125 million to make. In late 2016, Viacom took a $115 million write-down for Monster Trucks in advance of its launch, a highly unusual move. Overseas, the CGI/live-action hybrid has grossed $14.7 million to date for a global cume of $28.8 million.

On a brighter note, Hidden Figures - the biographical drama about three black female NASA mathematicians who helped put the first man into space - continues to hold at No. 1. From Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment, the movie won the box-office race last weekend with $22.8 million and is looking to pull in $25.3 million-plus over the four-day holiday frame. The pic, now available in 3,286 cinemas, earned $20.5 million for the three days and will finish the weekend with a domestic cume of $59.6 million.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Jan 14

No plans to digitize Carrie Fisher in future 'Star Wars' films

Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (image courtesy Disney / Lucasfilm)
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by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press

The makers of "Star Wars" have put a quick end to rumours that while Carrie Fisher has died, her Princess Leia may live on.

Making a rare foray into the sprawling world of "Star Wars" speculation, Lucasfilm said Friday night that there are no plans to digitally recreate Fisher to appear in future episodes of the movie saga.

"There is a rumour circulating that we would like to address," a company statement said. "We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or General Leia Organa."

Fisher, who reprised her role as Leia in 2015's "Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens," had finished shooting "Star Wars: Episode VIII," due out next December, when she died Dec. 27 of cardiac arrest at age 60. Her mother Debbie Reynolds died the next day.

But Fisher had also been slated to appear in "Episode IX," scheduled for release in 2019. That film is still being scripted, and the writers are deciding how to handle her death.

Adding to the speculation was the brief appearance of a digitized 1977-era Fisher in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," which was released last month.
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But Lucasfilm insists "Episode VIII" will be Fisher's last.

Continue Reading at: CTV

Jan 13

Deadpool gets a goofy 'For Your Consideration' Oscars promo

by Nick Romano

Deadpool's Oscars plug is just as Deadpool-y as everything else to come from Ryan Reynolds' R-rated superhero slugfest.

Throughout the marketing campaign, Reynolds channeled his fourth-wall-breaking character for rom-com-inspired movie posters, his own erectile dysfunction ad, and a viral interview with Mario Lopez that ended badly. Why would the "For Your Consideration" pitch be any different?

The new video, released on Reynolds' Twitter page, praises the awards-worthy achievements of Deadpool, like the "600 lbs. of chimichangas," "seven magical unicorns," "three good walls and a fourth that's broken," and the leaked test footage that became the turning point for the film.

See the video here:

Continue Reading at: Entertainment Weekly

Jan 12

Hollywood North: Deadpool 2 starts shooting May 1 in Vancouver

An image from the movie location for the first 'Deadpool', taken April 7th, 2015 (image courtesy Arlen Redekop / PNG)
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by Scott Brown

Actor Ryan Reynolds will once again be donning the red onesie and wreaking havoc on the streets of his hometown.

Deadpool 2, which carries a working title Love Machine, will begin shooting May 1 in Vancouver.

The first Deadpool, a passion project for Reynolds since he first played a variation of the character in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was the surprise smash of 2016. The Vancouver-filmed movie based on the foul-mouthed Marvel anti-hero made more than $780 million on a $58-million budget to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever.

The movie has also racked up a slew of awards nominations and is generating considerable and surprising Oscar buzz.

Along with the two Golden Globe nominations it received for best picture and for Reynolds’ performance, Deadpool has also earned a Producers Guild of America (PGA) nomination for best picture and a Writers Guild nomination for best adapted screenplay.

Continue Reading at: Vancouver Sun

Jan 11

Natalie Portman Admits She Should've Been More ''Pissed'' When Co-Star Ashton Kutcher Earned Three Times More Than Her

Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher in a scene from 'No Strings Attached' (image courtesy Dale Robinette / Paramount Pictures)
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by McKenna Aiello

The gender wage gap in Hollywood? Natalie Portman has something to say about it.

The Jackie star appears on the cover of Marie Claire U.K's February issue, inside revealing yet another startling incident in which a female actress earned far less than her male co-star. For her performance in 2011 rom-com No Strings Attached, Portman tells the mag that she earned three times less than Ashton Kutcher.

But according to the 35-year-old Oscar winner, Natalie wishes her reaction was less indifferent: "I wasn't as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it's hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy."

She added, "I knew and I went along with it because there's this thing with 'quotes' in Hollywood."

These "quotes" Natalie recalled in the sit-down refers to the highest amount and actor has been made in a previous project, thus setting a bar for future films down the line. In her own words, "His was three times higher than mine so they said he should get three times more."

Now six years later, Portman isn't shy to stand up for herself. For example, when she signed on to play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in an upcoming biopic, Natalie insisted the director role would go to a woman.

"I don't think women and men are more or less capable, we just have a clear issue with women not having opportunities," she shared. "We need to be part of the solution, not perpetuating the problem."

Continue Reading at: E! Online

Jan 11

Zoe Saldana's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' character in 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Actress Zoe Saldana arrives at the premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Live By Night' in Hollywood on Jan. 9th, 2017 (image courtesy Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
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by WENN.com

Zoe Saldana has confirmed reports she's reprising her Guardians Of The Galaxy character for an upcoming Avengers movie.

The actress has let it slip she will play Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War in a new MTV interview.

"I don't know when they’re going to let me see it (script)," she said. "I'm not looking forward to the five hours of green make-up, but every time I arrive on set, I'm so happy and lucky to be there.

"I'm curious to see how they are going to portray us, but the good thing that keeps me relaxed is that these directors (Anthony and Joe Russo) are good. They have a really good pedigree. Their last movie (Captain America: Civil War) was... I liked it. I liked their choices. And everyone that worked with them really had a great experience.

"And (Guardians director) James Gunn is a producer on it, so I know he won’t ever let the integrity of what he's created for the Guardians ever become compromised. So I'm at ease. Plus, I love Marvel producers; they're all great; they all want us to win."

Continue Reading at: Toronto Sun

Jan 10

New 'Cars 3' Trailer: Here's that Dark and Gritty Pixar Movie You Wanted

by Matt Goldberg

Disney has released a new Cars 3 trailer, which builds upon the recent teaser where Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) crashed on the track. This new trailer goes a bit further with the plot where commentators ask if McQueen should retire and make way for the future, represented by sleek new car Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), who uses fancy technology to perfect his racing game. It's clear that McQueen is going to have to learn a few new trick if he's going to best his new rival.

What's surprising about this trailer is how dark it is. I kept expecting Mater, Lightning's goofy tow-truck pal, to show up, and he's nowhere to be found. I'm not exactly sure what audience Cars 3 is aiming for. Are they assuming that the six-year-olds who loved Cars in 2006 are now brooding teenagers who want to see Lightning suffer? Last week we reported that the movie is about "Millenials", but let's be honest: what these movies have always been about is moving merchandise off really simplistic stories. The first Cars is basically Doc Hollywood, the second is a convoluted spy thriller, and together they grossed about a billion dollars worldwide and moved a ton of merchandise. So who is this movie for?

Check out the Cars 3 trailer below. Cars 3 opens June 16th.

Continue Reading at: Collider.com

Jan 9

After La La Land swept the Golden Globes, will it stage a repeat performance at the Oscars?

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from 'La La Land' (image courtesy Dale Robinette / Lionsgate)
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by Sadaf Ahsan

On Sunday night, La La Land was handed a record-breaking number of Golden Globe Awards, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Original Song and Best Picture (Comedy/Musical). Also featuring prominently in host Jimmy Fallon's opening sketch, the musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone has quickly ascended to the top of just about everyone's Oscar bets.

While its most likely competitors heading into the evening were Barry Jenkins's Moonlight, which managed to nab Best Picture (Drama), and Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, for which Casey Affleck nabbed Best Actor, La La Land won every single award it was nominated for at the Golden Globes, a feat we haven't seen since 1978's Midnight Express.

Where Moonlight's Mahershala Ali was easily touted as a lock for Best Supporting Actor, wild card Aaron Taylor-Johnson (who was a surprise nominee as it was, even over Nocturnal Animals co-star Michael Shannon) beat him to the punch.

And both Jenkins and Manchester by the Sea's Kenneth Lonergan seemed easy rivals for Best Screenplay, before La La Land's Damien Chazelle swooped in for the win.

But while La La Land sweeping the musical/comedy categories seemed to be a given, the fact that it outranked just about every other drama in all other categories is what's worth noting. As a "throwback" to the musicals of yore, La La Land also happens to be a story not only about love, but about "the industry," which Academy voters have earned a reputation for favouring.

Continue Reading at: National Post

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