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We have all secretly (or perhaps not) scanned the headlines on those tabloid magazines that are at the supermarket checkout. Is that stuff all true? Or is it all lies? Well read on to see a bit about Hollywood sensationalism and if that new rumour you read about is fact or fiction!

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Jan 22

John Travolta's 'Gotti' biopic nominated for worst movie of 2018 at the Razzie Awards

John Travolta's "Gotti" film earned a disappointing $1.6 million at the box office in its opening weekend (image courtesy AP / Lionsgate)

by The Associated Press

John Travolta's John Gotti biopic "Gotti" has topped the 39th annual Razzie Awards with a co-leading six nominations, while President Donald Trump also earned a nod for worst actor.

In nominations announced Monday, "Gotti," the Will Ferrell comedy "Holmes & Watson," conservative provocateur Dinesh D'Souza's "Death of a Nation" and the R-rated puppet comedy "Happytime Murders" all earned six nominations.

Nominated for worst picture are "Gotti," ''The Happytime Murders," ''Holmes & Watson," ''Robin Hood" and "Winchester."

Along with Johnny Depp in "Sherlock Gnomes" and Travolta in "Gotti," the Razzies nominated Trump in "Death of a Nation" and Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9" for worst actor. It also nominated Trump and "his self-perpetuating pettiness" for worst screen combo. Melania Trump was nominated for worst supporting actress.

Continue Reading at: Fox News

Jan 20

Box Office: 'Glass' Opens to $47M Over MLK Weekend

James McAvoy (foreground) and Samuel L. Jackson in a scene from "Glass" (image courtesy Universal Pictures)

by Pamela McClintock

M. Night Shyamalan's Glass is easily winning the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend with an estimated $47.1 million, including $40.6 million for the three days.

The superhero thriller is enjoying one of the top showings ever for the MLK frame, as well as for the month of January, despite coming in somewhat behind expectations after middling audience scores and poor reviews. Financially, the movie is already in good standing after costing a reported $23 million to produce.

The film's grosses could shift Monday when updated numbers are released. As it stands now, Glass ranks No. 3 among MLK openings behind Clint Eastwood's 2015 film American Sniper ($107.2 million) and buddy-cop comedy Ride Along ($48.6 million), not adjusted for inflation.

Overseas, Glass opened to $48.5 million from 55 markets for a three-day global launch of $89.1 million and $95.6 million for the four days.
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and James McAvoy, Glass is the final title in Shyamalan's trilogy that began 19 years ago with Disney's Unbreakable, starring Willis and Jackson, and was followed by Universal's Split, a surprise 2017 box office hit starring McAvoy, whose final scene linked Split to the 2000 film.

The Upside, starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, enjoyed an outstanding hold in its second outing. The STXfilms/Lantern Entertainment dramedy placed No. 2 with a projected $19.5 million for the four days. That includes a three-day gross of $15.7 million, a dip of just 23 percent. Through Monday, The Upside's domestic total will be nearly $50 million.

Aquaman follows at No. 3 with an estimated gross of $12.1 million, including $10.3 million for the weekend proper. On Sunday, the Warner Bros.' superhero tentpole swam past the $300 million domestically. Overseas, it took in another $14.3 million for a global haul of $1.06 billion.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Jan 18

John Wick 3: Parabellum Trailer Arrives and It's Intense

by Ryan Scott

The first trailer for John Wick 3: Parabellum is finally here. Lionsgate has been hyping up the release of this first trailer for the past couple of days and, as promised, Keanu Reeves' legendary assassin is back in action in the first significant footage from the third chapter in the saga. Only this time, he's on the run and literally fighting for his life. Instead of being the one trying to fetch some gold for a contract, the price is on his head and that means one thing; lots of people are going to die.

This will serve as the culmination to one of the most unlikely trilogies of the modern era. And, frankly, if they can manage to actually stick the landing, it may wind up being one of the best trilogies of the modern era overall. This Keanu Reeves franchise kicked off unassumingly in 2014 with the first John Wick, which wasn't given a huge push by the studio and flew under the radar a bit. But the cream rises to the top and the movie was simply too good to ignore. Critics loved it and those who actually did see it adored it as well, which led to very positive word of mouth.

John Wick grossed just $88 million at the box office, but the sequel did just shy of double that, with John Wick: Chapter 2 bringing in $171 million worldwide. Much of that had to do with the fact that the sequel delivered the goods, but word of mouth had spread by that point. Can they manage to keep the hot streak going and stick the landing with John Wick 3? This is our first real look at whether or not that's actually going to be the case. Chad Stahelski, who has been with the franchise from the beginning, is back at the helm. He co-directed the first movie with David Leitch and flew solo on the sequel. The script comes from Derek Kolstad, who also penned the first two chapters.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Movieweb.com

Jan 16

Jason Reitman to Direct Secret 'Ghostbusters' Movie

Director Jason Reitman at the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (image courtesy AP)

by Justin Kroll

Sony Pictures is getting the wheels in motion for the next installment in the "Ghostbusters" franchise, and it knows who it's going to call to direct: Jason Reitman.

Sources tell Variety that Reitman, whose father, Ivan, directed the first two "Ghostbusters" movies, will direct the latest pic in the famous franchise.

Reitman has also co-written a screenplay with Gil Kenan and plans to shoot the film this summer, with Sony planning to release the latest sequel in summer 2020. Insiders say this film will be a continuation of the 1984 sequel and will not be connected to the 2016 film. Sources couldn't say if that means that the original cast members will be back, as exact story details are still being kept under wraps but sources say Reitman has begun testing teenagers for four mystery roles.

Continue Reading at: Variety

Jan 15

'Mission: Impossible' Sets Sequels for Summer 2021, 2022

by Daniel Kreps

Tom Cruise will return to the Mission: Impossible franchise for a seventh and eighth time as the actor revealed Monday that a pair of sequels will arrive in the summers of 2021 and 2022.

Variety reports that Christopher McQuarrie, who helmed the franchise's last two films 2015's Rogue Nation and 2018's Fallout is closing on a deal to write and direct the next two installments. "Missions: Accepted," McQuarrie tweeted Monday night.

While Cruise films the in-production Top Gun sequel Top Gun: Maverick, McQuarrie will work on the Mission: Impossible sequels, with plans to shoot the two films back-to-back in order to accomplish its summer 2021 and 2022 goals; the sequels will also avoid a 2020 box office showdown with Top Gun: Maverick as that blockbuster arrives June 26th next year.

Mission: Impossible Fallout, released in July 2018, grossed $220 million domestically with a total of over $790 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of both the M:I series and of Cruise's career. In addition to its success at the box office, Fallout was also critically acclaimed; Peter Travers awarded the film a four-out-of-five star review.

"There's a rumor that Fallout may be the last big-screen Mission: Impossible we get," Travers wrote at the time. "If so, then at least Cruise who started this series of super-sized, adrenaline-fueled blockbusters 22 years ago is going out in a blaze of glory."

Continue Reading at: Rolling Stone

Jan 14

Sandra Oh wins at Critics' Choice Awards for Killing Eve, while Roma is top film

Sandra Oh accepts the award for best actress in a drama series for Killing Eve at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards (image courtesy Invision / AP)

by The Associated Press

Canadian Sandra Oh was among the talent picking up prizes at the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday, winning for best actress in a drama series for the spy series Killing Eve.

The role earned her a Golden Globe earlier this month. While on stage at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., 47-year-old Oh paid tribute to her co-star in the BBC America TV show, 25-year-old Liverpool-born Jodie Comer, calling her "my other half, the person who's pushed me to the limit."

Roma was the top winner, capturing awards for best picture, foreign language film and a pair of individual honours for director Alfonso Cuaron.

The ceremony also split the top actress award between Glenn Close for The Wife and Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born. The split win comes a week after Close won the Golden Globe Award for best actress in a film drama, an award that many expected Lady Gaga would win.

Continue Reading at: CBC

Jan 13

Weekend Box Office: 'The Upside' Beats 'Aquaman' With $19.6M; 'Replicas' Bombs

Bryan Cranston (left) and Kevin Hart in a still from the new theatrical release 'The Upside' (image courtesy STX Films)

by Pamela McClintock

Kevin Hart may not be hosting the Oscars this year, but he's proven his power at the box office once again with the better-than-expected launch of The Upside, co-starring Bryan Cranston.

The long-delayed dramedy - one of the last films made by Harvey Weinstein before the mogul's demise - beat Aquaman over the weekend with $19.6 million in a surprise victory. Heading into the frame, release tracking showed it opening to no more than $9 million to $12 million domestically.

The Upside is also a win for STXfilms, which partnered with new Weinstein Co. owner Lantern Entertainment to distribute and market the movie. It's the first time a title from STX has opened at No. 1, as well as marking the second-biggest debut for STX behind 2016's Bad Moms ($23.8 million).
The mighty Aquaman followed at No. 2 in its fourth weekend with another $17.3 million for a domestic total of $288 million. The Warner Bros. tentpole celebrated a major milestone on Saturday as it topped the $1 billion mark in worldwide ticket sales, becoming the first DC superhero pic to join the billion-dollar club since The Dark Knight Rises in 2012 and only the fifth Warners release ever to do so, not adjusted for inflation.

Through Sunday, Aquaman's worldwide total stands at $1.02 billion.

Sony's A Dog's Way Home bowed in third place with $11.3 million, in line with expectations.

The family-friendly film chronicles the adventures of a dog - voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard - who travels 400 miles to find her owner. Ashley Judd and Edward James Olmos co-star. The film, which received an A- CinemaScore, isn't a sequel to A Dog's Purpose; that honor belongs to A Dog's Journey, which is set for a May 17 release. All three films are based on books by W. Bruce Cameron.

The weekend's third new offering, the sci-fi thriller Replicas, bombed with $2.5 million to mark the worst wide start of Keanu Reeves' career. The Entertainment Studios release was slapped with a C CinemaScore after getting skewered by critics. It couldn't crack the top 10 and instead landed at No. 13.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Jan 11

Academy Awards Confirms It Will Go Hostless

(image courtesy Getty)

by Mallory Chin

Following multiple reports surrounding Kevin Hart and his anti-LGBTQ tweets, the Academy Awards have confirmed it will go hostless for the first time in 30 years.

Hart stepped down in early December, and since then the Oscars have been scrabbling to find his replacement. According to Variety, producers behind the awards will gather a group of A-listers who will present the coveted trophy as well as appear in various segments throughout the night. Another source has added the show will rely heavily on music, which is fitting considering the success of A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody. The last time the Academy Awards went hostless was back in 1989 for the 61st Oscars.

The Oscar nominations are set to be revealed on January 22, with the 91st annual Academy Awards telecast scheduled for Sunday, February 24 live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Continue Reading at: Hypebeast.com

Jan 10

Venom sequel officially in the works


A sequel to Tom Hardy's Venom movie is officially in development.

Released last October, the flick featured the British actor as Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who becomes the host of an alien symbiote, Venom, that imbues him with super-human abilities.

Despite critics denigrating the script, Hardy won praise for his performance, and Venom was an unexpected box office success, garnering over $855 million worldwide and becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of 2018.

Now, according to editors at Variety, producers at Sony Pictures have signed up Hardy to reprise his role and Kelly Marcel to work on the screenplay for the follow-up.

Marcel co-wrote the script for the first film alongside Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, basing the story off the Marvel Comics created by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie. It was also reported that Marcel will act as executive producer on the sequel.

Continue Reading at: Canoe.com

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