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June 20

Donald Sutherland Dies: Revered Actor In 'Klute', 'Ordinary People', 'MASH', 'Hunger Games' & Scores Of Others Was 88

Donald Sutherland, pictured here in 2019, has died at the age of 88 (image courtesy Getty)

by Erik Pedersen

Donald Sutherland, the beloved actor who starred in scores of films from The Dirty Dozen, MASH and Klute to Animal House and Ordinary People to Pride & Prejudice and The Hunger Games franchise and won an Emmy for Citizen X, died Thursday in Miami after a long illness. He was 88.

The 2017 Honorary Oscar recipient also is the father of Emmy-winning 24 and Designated Survivor actor Kiefer Sutherland and veteran CAA Media Finance exec Roeg Sutherland. CAA confirmed the news to Deadline.

In some of his most well-known roles, he perfected a laconic, wry and dead-serious delivery. Such was the case for characters including the cool-headed amateur murder investigator John Klute, opposite Jane Fonda's terrified and erratic call girl Bree Daniels in Klute; as Hawkeye Pierce in the film MASH, where he played opposite Elliott Gould's cut-up Trapper John; and in Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now as skeptical John Baxter, who does not believe the claims of wife Laura (Julie Christie) that their recently dead daughter is reaching out from the other side.

In one early change-of-pace characterization, Sutherland played a sadistic fascist in Bernardo Bertolucci's 1976 epic 1900, in which his character gleefully swings a child by the heels, bashing the boy's head against a wall.

Born on July 17, 1935, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Donald Sutherland amassed some 200 film and TV credits spanning more than 60 years, from guesting on episodes of 1960s series including Suspense, The Avengers, Court Martial and The Odd Man to last year's Paramount+ drama Bass Reeves. His big break in movies came with Robert Aldrich's star-packed 1967 World War II drama The Dirty Dozen, playing misfit felon Vernon Pinkley opposite Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, George Kennedy, Telly Savalas and others. A big hit in theaters, it remains a seminal American war movie.

His next big role was as Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce in Robert Altman's 1970 Korean War dramedy MASH. The alternatively harrowing and hilarious film earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, winning for Ring Lardner Jr.'s biting screenplay, and fueled the 1972-83 CBS series in which Alan Alda played Hawkeye.

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Continue Reading at: Deadline

June 20

Paramount Goes Epic At CineEurope With 'Gladiator II' Footage; Highlights 'A Quiet Place: Day One' & "Transformers One'

From left; publicity pics from Paramount films "Gladiator II", "A Quiet Place: Day One" and "Transformers One" (images courtesy Paramount / Deadline)

by Nancy Tartaglione

Paramount went all in on Gladiator II at CineEurope today, showing off an exclusive extended look at Ridley Scott's sequel to his 2000 Best Picture Oscar winner. Introducing the footage in a video clip, Scott promised that Gladiator II, coming nearly two-and-a-half decades after the original, is "well worth the wait"; the audience today agreed. That pre-roll clip also included stars Denzel Washington, Paul Mescal, Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen and Joseph Quinn. Paramount releases globally in November.

At the top of the show, President of International Theatrical Distribution Mark Viane once again had the CineEurope crowd in stitches with his annual entrance tied to a major Par title; this time appearing in gladiator garb in a cheeky pre-recorded video as Markimus Vianus and wearing a vest with the Paramount logo, celebrating the film and the theatrical experience as he urged members of Par's international distribution team (sporting swords, sandals and togas), "On my signal, distribute hell!"

Appearing on stage, Viane looked back on Par's strong start to the year with Mean Girls, Bob Marley: One Love and IF, and promised the "biggest Paramount presentation ever" at CineEurope.

He next showed two extended 3D scenes from highly-anticipated September release Transformers One. Star Chris Hemsworth sent a video to talk up the movie, enthusing, "Trust me when I say it's out of this world." A work-in-progress version of the Josh Cooley-directed animation recently screened to a standing ovation in Annecy. The origins story is set on Cybertron and tells how Optimus Prime and Megatron, originally known as Orion Pax and D-16, go from brothers-in-arms to sworn enemies. There was enthusiastic applause here today for the buzzy pic.

There was also a big focus on prequel A Quiet Place: Day One. Directed by Michael Sarnoski, and starring Lupita Nyong'o, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou and Alex Wolff, the origin story in the $638M+ global franchise follows what happens on the first day the aliens come to Earth, and the catastrophe that ensues. When one of the loudest cities in the world goes quiet, promised Nyong'o in a video clip, "audiences will be on the edge of their seats."

Continue Reading at: Deadline

June 19

Mike Flanagan's The Exorcist Film Just Got a Very Fitting March 2026 Release Date

Director Mike Flanagan is taking a crack at 'The Exorcist' world with a new take coming in 2026 (image courtesy Getty)

by Alex Stedman

We now know when we'll get to see horror maestro Mike Flanagan's new take on The Exorcist - and it's a pretty appropriate release date.

Universal Pictures announced today that his reimagined Exorcist film will hit theaters on March 13, 2026, which also just happens to be Friday the 13th. Not only is the release date fittingly creepy, but it also seems fairly clear of competition, at least at the moment. Currently, the only major films dated in its vicinity are a new animated Cat in the Hat movie (talk about counter-programming) on March 6, 2026, and Ryan Gosling-starring sci-fi film Project Hail Mary on March 20.

We first learned that Flanagan, known for Doctor Sleep, The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass, The Fall of the House of Usher, and more, will be taking a crack at the horror classic back in May. Following weeks of rumors, Blumhouse officially announced that not only would Flanagan be writing and directing the new Exorcist film, but that it would be a "radical new take" for the series.

Blumhouse's revival of the 1973 horror classic was set up to be a big project for the horror studio, but last year's The Exorcist: Believer, the first of a planned trilogy, was a critical and commercial disappointment. It garnered mixed reviews and only managed to bring in $65.5 million domestically and $136.2 million worldwide - a troubling result for a deal that came in at a reported $400 million.

For awhile, the series' future looked grim; in January, the sequel to Believer lost its release date as well as its director, David Gordon Green, also known for Blumhouse's rebooted Halloween trilogy. But then came the announcement of Flanagan's film, which isn't being billed as a sequel to Believer, but rather a "new take on the world of The Exorcist," Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum said at the time.

Continue Reading at: IGN

June 18

Francis Ford Coppola's 'Megalopolis' Lands at Lionsgate for U.S. Release After Divisive Cannes Premiere

Adam Driver (left) and Nathalie Emmanuel in a scene from "Megalopolis" [image courtesy Cannes Film Festival]

by Rebecca Rubin

Francis Ford Coppola's sci-fi epic "Megalopolis," which proved to be wildly divisive after its Cannes Film Festival premiere, has finally found a distributor. Lionsgate has signed a deal to distribute the film in theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

It will be released on Sept. 27. "Megalopolis" is playing in Imax, but it will likely share screens with Christopher Nolan's 10th anniversary "Interstellar" rerelease. It'll also have to relinquish those coveted premium large format screens a week later, as "Joker: Folie ŕ Deux," which was filmed with Imax cameras, lands on Oct. 4.

"Francis is a legend. For many of us, his gifts to cinema were one of the inspirations to devote our own careers to film," Adam Fogelson, chair of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. "It is a true privilege to work with him, and to bring this incredible, audacious, and utterly unique movie to theatrical audiences. At Lionsgate, we strive to be a home for bold and daring artists, and 'Megalopolis' proves there is no one more bold or daring than the maestro, Francis Ford Coppola."

Through a head-spinning number of separate deals, the two-hour-and-20 minute dystopian drama has previously found distribution in the U.K. (Entertainment Film Distributors Limited), France (Le Pacte), Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Constantin Film), Italy (Eagle Pictures), Spain (Tripictures), Australia (Madman Entertainment), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment) and more. Goodfellas is in advanced negotiations for Latin America and Brazil, and in negotiations with the rest of Asia.

Coppola has a lot riding on "Megalopolis," which the 85-year-old "Godfather" director ended up independently financing for $120 million. Adam Driver stars in the film as an architect who accidentally destroys a New York City-esque metropolis and works to rebuild it as a sustainable utopia. In the process, he's challenged by the corrupt mayor (Giancarlo Esposito), who wants to stick to the status quo, as the beaurocrat's daughter (Nathalie Emmanuel) comes between the two men. Aubrey Plaza, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Voight and Laurence Fishburne round out the cast.

Continue Reading at: Variety

June 16

Box Office: 'Inside Out 2' Delivers Historic $155M U.S. Opening and $295M Globally in Huge Pixar Comeback

by Pamela McClintock

Where to begin in describing the emotions that Hollywood and theater owners - not to mention Pixar and its parent company Disney - are likely feeling over the stunning start of Inside Out 2 at the box office. (Hint: Sadness isn't one of them.)

In a joyous comeback for Pixar, the tentpole opened to a massive $155 million domestically over Father's Day weekend - well ahead of an expected $90 million - to secure the second-biggest animated launch of all time for a three-day weekend, not adjusted for inflation. It also did historic business overseas, where it opened to a record $140 million for a global total of $295 million, the biggest opening of all time for an animated film in like-for-like markets when accounting for exchange rates.

Fellow Pixar sequel Incredibles 2 is the crown-holder for top animated domestic opening ($182.7 million). That was previously followed by Illumination and Universal's The Super Mario Bros. Movie ($146.4 million) - which Inside Out 2 has supplanted - Pixar's Finding Dory ($135.1 million) and Walt Disney Animation's Frozen II ($130.3 million).

Inside Out 2 is just what the doctor ordered for Pixar, which has endured several years of strife, including when the former Disney regime decided to send a trio of Pixar films straight to streaming.

Internationally, the film only opened in 60 percent of the marketplace this weekend. It broke records across Latin America, where it secured the second-biggest opening of all time behind Marvel and Disney's Avengers: Endgame and opened to $30.2 million in Mexico alone. Inside Out 2 also drew big numbers across Europe and Asia; South Korea ponied up $14.9 million and the U.K., $13.9 million.

Thanks to Inside Out 2 and Sony's Bad Boys: Ride or Die, which is now in its second frame, overall domestic box office revenue was up for the first time this year. Father's Day weekend came in a hefty 30 percent ahead of the same weekend in 2024 when DC's The Flash and Pixar's Elemental opened to disappointing numbers. (The Flash quickly fizzled, while Elemental was eventually able to find its stride.)

Bad Boys 4, reteaming Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, fell a scant 42 percent in its second weekend to $33 million as it cleared the $100 million mark domestically and $200 million worldwide.

20th Century and Disney's Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes came in No. 3 as it nears the $400 million mark globally. It earned another $5.2 million domestically for a North American total of $157.8 million and $374.5 million globally (its foreign total is $216.7 million).

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

June 15

Sweet Emotion: Pixar's 'Inside Out 2' Eyes Third Best Animated Pic Opening Of All-Time With $140M-$145M – Late Friday Night Box Office Update

A scene from "Inside Out 2", from left: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), and Anxiety (voiced by Maya Hawke) [image courtesy Disney]

by Anthony D'Alessandro

There's not stopping the influx of cash at theaters coast to coast for Disney/Pixar's Inside Out 2 which is ending Friday at $60M, the second best opening day for an animated movie after the studio's 2018 title Incredibles 2 at $71.2M. It's also leaps and bounds ahead of the first day of last summer’s animated hit, Sony's Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse which did $51.8M. All of this is leading to the third best opening ever for an animated movie after Incredibles 2 ($182.6M) and last year's Super Mario Bros Movie ($146.3M 3-day).

Not a surprise, Inside Out 2 gets a solid A CinemaScore, which is the same grade as the first 2015 movie. The overperformance, as we told you earlier today, comes from the massive walk-up business from Latino and Hispanic moviegoers who are repping 42% of the sequel's audience ahead of 31% Caucasian, 10% Black and 10% Asian crowds.

Ahead of the weekend, social media analytics corp RelishMix saw nothing but sunshine for the Kelsey Mann directed animated title, reporting, "Convo on Inside Out 2 runs positive as commenters are enticed by the conceit of this sequel and the promise of new emotions, saying, 'Kind of interesting for there to be antagonists in a Disney movie about emotions. Complex vs Core emotions,' and 'Anxiety is a fantastic villain. The baggage, being buds with envy and embarrassment.' Many fans of the original 2015 film are stoked about the return of one of their favorite Pixar films, saying, 'I'm so excited to see the best Pixar movie sequel!' and 'The emotions are back after 9 years. Let's go!!!'"

Social media reach for Inside Out 2 across TikTok, X, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube stands at 556.4M which is ahead of Kung Fu Panda 4 (353.5M) and Trolls Bands Together (287M), but below Minions: The Rise of Gru (668.4M). Stranger Things actress Maya Hawke, who voices the new character of Anxiety, is leading the charge among the voiceover cast on social with a reach of 10M-plus.

Continue Reading at: Deadline

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