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Apr 26

'A Quiet Place' Sequel Moving Ahead at Paramount

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in a scene from 'A Quiet Place' (image courtesy Paramount Pictures)
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by Pamela McClintock, Mia Galuppo

Paramount is moving ahead with a sequel to A Quiet Place, the hit horror film that has earned more than $213 million at the worldwide box office to date, including $134.8 million in North America.

Studio chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos on Wednesday announced the news at CinemaCon as the studio presented its slate of films to theater owners gathered in Las Vegas for their annual convention.

A Quiet Place was a much-needed success for Paramount, which has endured a tough run at the box office for more than a year. It is the first film that went into production after Gianopulos - who formerly ran Fox - arrived at the studio.

John Krasinski directed the high-concept thriller from a script by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, who have said when asked about a sequel that they have plenty of material left over.

"If you told me five years ago that an almost silent film starring the very funny guy Jim from The Office would have been a hit at Paramount, I would have said, 'Well, I should go work at Paramount,'" Gianopulos told the crowd.

In addition to helming, Krasinski stars in the film opposite Emily Blunt, his real-life wife. They play a married couple with two small children who must remain absolutely silent if they are to avoid being attacked by creatures attracted by noise.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Apr 25

Melissa McCarthy's 'very graphic' puppet movie 'Happytime Murders' kills at CinemaCon

by Bryan Alexander

The clearest, laugh-out-loud reaction for a comedy at CinemaCon thus far has been for The Happytime Murders, an unapologetically raunchy puppet movie starring Melissa McCarthy (coming to theaters Aug. 17).

STX Films chairman Adam Fogelson had a twinkle in his eye when he introduced a "very graphic" first look at the R-rated film directed by Brian Henson, the son of Muppets creator Jim Henson.

Fogelson said he loved idea that most Muppets (not Elmo) were very different creatures when not entertaining families.

"You know in your hearts, when Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy go home at night and there are no cameras around and no children, it's filthy," said Fogelson, calling Happytime Murders "lovable, relate-able, but it's filthy."

The audience at the national convention of theater owners was laughing even before the restricted trailer started to the sounds of Kermit the Frog's innocent Rainbow Song.

Then the f-bombs hit from McCarthy arguing with her puppet detective partner Phil Phillips.

It's hard to describe the plot details of the murder mystery for a family publication. But it deals with the detective duo trying to find whomever is killing the stars of a 1980s show called The Happytime Gang.

Continue Reading at: USA Today

Apr 24

Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio surprise CinemaCon to tease 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Quentin Tarantino, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio surprised movie theater owners at CinemaCon on Monday (image courtesy Ethan Miller / Getty Images for CinemaCon)
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by Amy Kaufman

Just a couple of months ago, it seemed as if Quentin Tarantino's Hollywood future could be in question. But at a major movie industry event here Monday night, the head of Sony Pictures feted the director as Hollywood royalty, declaring the filmmaker's new screenplay the best thing he'd read in 30 years.

Sony was the first studio to present this week at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of movie theater owners where exhibitors are treated to sneak previews of each company's upcoming slate. After a star-studded display that included appearances by Matthew McConaughey ("White Man Rick"), Will Ferrell ("Holmes & Watson") and Benicio del Toro ("Sicario: Day of the Soldado"), Tom Rothman - chairman of the studio's motion picture group - told the crowd gathered in the Caesar's Palace Colosseum that he had one more surprise in store.

Then he called Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio to the stage, inciting audible gasps from the audience. Not only is DiCaprio one of the bigger stars to turn up at the Sin City convention in recent years, but the movie he's making with Tarantino - "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" - hasn't even started filming yet.

But there was also, of course, the fact that Tarantino has weathered his share of controversy in the last few months.

Click the Continue Reading at link to read about the talk with Tarantino and DiCaprio.

Continue Reading at: Los Angeles Times

Apr 23

Box Office: Amy Schumer's 'I Feel Pretty' Settles for Third Place With $16 Million Bow

Amy Schumer in a still from new release 'I Feel Pretty' (image courtesy STX Films)
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by Gregg Kilday

STX Entertainment's I Feel Pretty, Amy Schumer's latest comedic star turn, charmed enough moviegoers to collect an estimated $16.2 million from 3,440 locations at the North America box office over the weekend.

But that wasn't enough to knock John Krasinski's horror movie A Quiet Place out of the top spot, which the Paramount release reclaimed during its third weekend of release, taking in an additional $22 million to bring its domestic total to $132 million, or to bump Warner Bros.' Dwayne Johnson starrer Rampage from the No. 2 slot as the sci-fi/monster pic took in $21 million in its second weekend of release, bringing its domestic tally to $66.6 million.

As for the other new releases, the Fox Searchlight comedy Super Troopers 2 debuted in fourth position with $14.7 million from 2.038 theaters, and the Lionsgate thriller Traffik opened in ninth place, claiming $3.9 million from 1,046 screens.

On the global scene, Rampage dominated. Domestically, the film, attracting a multicultural audience, especially in the West and South, dropped just 41 percent in its second weekend. Internationally, it took in another $57 million from 61 territories; its offshore take stands at $216.4 million and it has amassed $283.3 million worldwide. Rampage has performed like gangbusters in China, where it has collected $106.6 million.

Warner Bros.' Ready Player One, which ranked sixth for the weekend domestically as it pulled in $7.5 million to bring its domestic purse to $126.2 million, crossed the $500 million mark globally on Saturday, becoming only the second Hollywood film of the year to do so behind Black Panther. It is also the first film Steven Spielberg has directed to earn north of $500 million since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($786.6 million) in 2008. For the full weekend, Ready Player One picked up $23 million from 68 territories, bringing its worldwide gross to $521.6 million.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Apr 21

Verne Troyer, known for role in Austin Powers, dead at 49

Verne Troyer, known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, died Saturday at the age of 49 (image courtesy Adam Bettcher / Getty Images)
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by Zulekha Nathoo

Verne Troyer, the actor known for his role as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, has died at the age of 49.

According to a family statement on his official Facebook page, the actor was struggling with "his own battles...But unfortunately this time was too much."

Troyer, who was two foot eight, was most recognized as Dr. Evil's small clone in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), starring Mike Myers.

His other credits included Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and TV shows such as Scrubs, Two and a Half Men and Boston Public.

"Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he'd be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined," the post said.

His family did not give a specific cause of death but made reference to depression and suicide being "very serious issues."

"You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside."

Continue Reading at: CBC

Apr 20

Netflix and Byron Allen Could Be Getting Into the Movie Theater Business

by Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

Landmark Theatres, a high-end chain known for its art-house offerings, has been quietly on the market for some time. But this week, two would-be buyers emerged as potential suitors: Netflix and Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios.

The names of both companies floated in the press illustrates the seismic changes happening in the movie industry. At a time when ticket sales are on the decline, owning a theater doesn't have the same profitability margins it once had. But there are other perks that could appeal to unconventional owners.

Netflix, which has been flirting with getting into the theatrical exhibition space as a way to qualify its films for awards consideration and to serve as a kind of test-kitchen for corporate experimentation, looked at the chain. However, it's not interested in the company, according to sources. (Netflix declined to comment.)

Netflix received four Oscar nominations this year for Dee Rees' Southern epic "Mudbound," but it has yet to crack the best-picture race with one of its movies. Although the streaming giant has had day-and-date releases for a handful of titles, such as "Okja" and Angelina Jolie's "First They Killed My Father," none of the major chains will carry a move if its simultaneously available on home platforms. If Netflix owned a theater, the company would be able to sidestep this barrier.

Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios has also said it is kicking the tires on Landmark, as a way to give the newer distributor a higher profile in Hollywood. Some studios, worried about domestic attendance declines, believe that they need to more closely align themselves to the theatrical experience. Neon, for instance, was co-founded by Alamo Drafthouse head Tim League and the studio has used the theater-chain to engage in innovative promotions for its films, handing out merchandise and outfitting staffers with pins tied to its upcoming movies. And there have also been mutterings that Amazon Studios could be interested in buying a theater somewhere.

Continue Reading at: Variety

Apr 18

$10-billion man Steven Spielberg to produce and possibly direct 'Blackhawk,' his first DC Comics movie

It looks like director Steven Spielberg is going to enter the DC Universe (image courtesy Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
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by Tracy Brown

Steven Spielberg is joining the DC Universe.

A day after he became the first director to cross the $10-billion threshold in global box office receipts thanks to "Ready Player One," Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment are reteaming with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce the adaptation of DC's "Blackhawk," the studio announced on Tuesday. The intention is for Spielberg to direct the film, making it his first movie based on characters from DC comic books.

First published by Quarterly Comics in 1941, "Blackhawk" followed an elite team of World War II-era pilots led by a mysterious man called Blackhawk. The team known as the Blackhawks fought Nazis and later more fantastical foes. Comic book icon Will Eisner is credited as one of Blackhawk's co-creators along with Chuck Cuidera and Bob Powell. The title was acquired by DC Comics in 1957.

"We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg's latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure," said Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich in the announcement. "We can't wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing 'Blackhawk' to movie audiences worldwide."

"It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring 'Ready Player One' to the screen," Spielberg said. "They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on 'Blackhawk.'"

Continue Reading at: Los Angeles Times

Apr 17

Fourth 'xXx' Movie in the Works as Vin Diesel, H Collective Nab Rights to Franchise

Vin Diesel (left) and Deepika Padukone in a scene from "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" (image courtesy Paramount Pictures)
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by Dave McNary

The H Collective and Vin Diesel's One Race Films have acquired rights from Revolution Studios to the "xXx" film franchise and plan to begin shooting the fourth film in December.

Revolution Studios retains its rights to the first three films. D.J. Caruso, who directed "xXx: Return of Xander Cage," will return to direct "xXx 4" with Diesel reprising his role as Xander Cage. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will produce with Diesel, Samantha Vincent for One Race Films and the H Collective.

The companies made the announcement Tuesday. Diesel had said in early 2017 at the "Return of Xander Cage" premiere in London that Paramount execs had expressed interest in the fourth movie, but those plans were never solidified.

The "xXx" franchise, which includes 2002's "xXx," 2005's "xXx: State of the Union," and 2017's "xXx: Return of Xander Cage," has collectively grossed nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box-office. Diesel's Xander Cage character is an extreme sports enthusiast and reluctant spy for the National Security Agency.

Continue Reading at: Variety

Apr 17

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Actor Not Doing a Harrison Ford Impression

by Joseph Schmidt

The star of the upcoming Star Wars spinoff movie has some MAJOR shoes to fill, some would say too big. Some fans have already written off Solo: A Star Wars Story because Harrison Ford isn't involved.

And while new actor Alden Ehrenreich will be taking up the mantle of the galaxy's infamous smuggler, there was never any attempt from him to imitate the man who made Solo a legend. Director Ron Howard spoke with Empire Magazine when he gave some insight to Ehrenreich's approach.

"It was always clear from the beginning, before I was involved, that it was not going to be an impression of Harrison. No one wanted that," Howard said. "Part of Han Solo's character is sort of a vibe and a feel and a body language."

While Ehrenreich isn't recreating what Ford already did on the screen, the actor does understand that he's coming into a character with a lot of expectations, even though it takes place in a different time than what we've already seen.

"I think this movie is a great adventure story, and it's a great adventure story that's kind of a biopic in the way of a fictional character," Ehrenreich said to Kinowetter. "So you're watching this story unfold and enjoying the high excitement of that. And then at the same time, there's more of a focus on character and how he changes, I think, than you typically get in that kind of movie."

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Comicbook

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