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Apr 11

Box Office: 'Godzilla vs. Kong' No. 1 With $13.4M, Hits $358M Globally

"Godzilla vs. Kong": Nothing like destruction and mayhem to be the Box Office winner (image courtesy Warner Bros.)

by Pamela McClintock

Godzilla vs. Kong easily stayed No. 1 in its second weekend despite tumbling 58 percent to $13.4 million from 3,084 theaters for a domestic total of $69.5 million and worldwide haul of nearly $360 million.

The tentpole is doing monster business and has already passed up fellow Warner Bros. release Tenet to become the top-grossing pic of the pandemic era in North America.

Globally, its total through Sunday stood at $357.8 million, with an international total of $288.3 million. Sometime early this week, it will pass up Tenet ($365 million) sometime this week to rank as Hollywood's top-grossing, pandemic-era tentpole.

Godzilla vs. Kong's foreign showing is led by China, where it has earned $165.4 million to date. Australia is next up with $16 million, followed by Mexico ($15.8 million), Taiwan ($11.7 million) and Russia ($11.1 million). Many parts of Europe are still battling the COVID-19 crisis and under a lockdown.

In the U.S., the fourth installment in Legendary's MonsterVerse series had the advantage of being the first movie to open after cinemas in New York and Los Angeles were finally allowed to reopen, albeit at reduced capacity.

Last weekend, it's rousing $48.1 million opening at the North American box office and $123 million internationally was a huge boost for the battered film and exhibition business and underscored the pent-up demand among moviegoers to return to the theater.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Apr 10

'Indiana Jones 5': Phoebe Waller-Bridge Lands Female Lead In Next Installment Opposite Harrison Ford

Phoebe Waller-Bridge gets lead role in next "Indiana Jones" movie (image courtesy Disney)

by Justin Kroll

Following the confirmation at the Disney Investors Presentation in December that the next film was a go, Lucasfilm and director James Mangold look to have their sights set on Harrison Ford's first new co-star in the next installment of the Indiana Jones franchise.

Sources tell Deadline that Fleabag Emmy winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge is set to co-star opposite Ford in the fifth installment, with Ford returning as everyone's favorite fedora-wearing, whip-slinging archaeologist.

Mangold is taking over directing reins from Steven Spielberg, who still is serving as a producer and is very much involved in various elements of the film. Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel will join Spielberg as producers. John Williams, who has worked on every score in the 40-year-old franchise including its iconic theme, also will return as composer.

The hope is to start production this summer, with Mangold meeting with other talent for other roles in preparation for production. Plot details are still vague on what new adventure awaits Jones, as are details behind who Waller-Bridge will play. The film is set to bow on July 29, 2022.

Continue Reading at: Deadline

Apr 9

Netflix scores streaming rights to new top Sony films

by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press

Netflix further beefed up its film catalogue on Thursday in a multi-year deal that will make it the new streaming home to Sony Pictures' top releases in the U.S.

Beginning next year, Sony's new films will exclusively stream domestically on Netflix after their theatrical runs. That includes movies in popular franchises like "Spider-Man," "Venom" and "Jumanji," and 2022 releases including "Morbius," "Where the Crawdads Sing," "Uncharted" and "Bullet Train."

The agreement also gives Netflix a first-look option on any films the Culver City, California-based studio elects to send directly to streaming.

In a world of quickly proliferating streaming services, the deal -- once the kind that would have typically gone to premium cable networks -- is an anomaly. Sony is the only traditional Hollywood studios without a streaming service of its own. The Walt Disney Co. has Disney+, Warner Bros. has HBO Max, Universal Pictures has Peacock and Paramount Pictures has Paramount+.

Wednesday's deal replaces a long-running agreement between Sony and Starz. Financial terms weren't disclosed. During the pandemic, Sony previously sold to Netflix Kevin Hart's "Fatherhood," "The Mitchells Vs. The Machines" and "Wish Dragon." It also sent "Greyhound" to Apple TV+ and "American Pickle" to HBO Max.

Continue Reading at: CTV

Apr 8

Emma Stone is Bringing Trouble in New Cruella Trailer & Poster!

Emma Stone as Cruella (image courtesy Disney)

by Grant Hermanns

With just over a month left to go until the long-awaited arrival of the Emma Stone-led origin story for the iconic 101 Dalmatians villain, Disney has unveiled a new trailer and poster for Cruella promising that the devil will get her due. The trailer, which gives audiences a better look at the motivation behind the titular fashion designer's [can be seen below].

Oscar winner Stone (La La Land) stars as the titular Cruella in a story that explores the rebellious early days of one of cinema's most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution. The film chronicles her journey from being a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs, to befriending a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief and together building a life for themselves on the London streets.

One day, Estella's flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson (Howards End), but their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon

Apr 7

First Ghostbusters: Afterlife Clip Features the Return of Stay Puft

by Max Evry

Sony Pictures has revealed the first clip from the forthcoming sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife, featuring Paul Rudd’s teacher character Mr. Grooberson having an encounter with Mr. Stay Puft... many Mr. Stay Pufts, actually! Check out the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife clip in the player below!

The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is a fictional product mascot that first appeared in the original 1984 Ghostbusters, and also had a cameo in 2016's Ghostbusters: Answer the Call as a spectral parade balloon.

Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters: Afterlife will focus on single mom Callie (Carrie Coon) and her two kids, Trevor and Phoebe (Finn Wolfhard & Mckenna Grace). The family moves into a beaten-down farmhouse in Oklahoma only to discover that there’s something strange in the neighborhood. Unexplained earthquakes shake the town soon after and there’s an old mine nearby that bears the name of Ivo Shandor, who built the Manhattan building that channeled the forces of evil in the original film. Paul Rudd costars as a local teacher who befriends Callie and her kids and helps them discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife co-stars legacy actors Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts, all returning to reprise their original roles. Ivan Reitman, who helmed the first two, will produce.

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon

Apr 5

Black Widow is Done Running From Her Past in New Trailer!

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow (image courtesy Marvel / Disney)

by Grant Hermanns

With just over three months left until the long-awaited arrival of Marvel Cinematic Universe's first film of Phase 4, Disney has unveiled a new trailer for the Scarlett Johansson-led Black Widow showing the titular hero is done running from her past. The trailer, which offers new explosive action footage and offers a little insight into hers and her family’s history and the decisions that would take them all down their dramatic paths, can be viewed below!

Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. With the character having met her demise in Avengers: Endgame, the plot for the film is set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon

Apr 4

Box Office: 'Godzilla vs. Kong' Defeats Pandemic With $48.5M U.S. Start

A scene from "Godzilla vs. Kong", this weekend's big Box Office champion (image courtesy Warner Bros. / Legendary Pictures)

The U.S. box office is back in action.

Legendary and Warner Bros. tentpole Godzilla vs. Kong posted a monstrous debut of $48.5 million in its first five days, including an estimated $32.2 million from 3,064 theaters for the three-day Easter weekend.

The big-budget pic exceeded all expectations and is by far the biggest showing since the COVID-19 crisis commenced. Its performance is a huge jolt of confidence for nervous Hollywood studios and theater owners, who worry as to when moviegoing will resume in earnest and whether it is safe to release high-profile films in the weeks to come as the summer box office season approaches.

Before, the top three-day opening of the pandemic in North America belonged to Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman 1984 ($16.7 million), which opened over Christmas during a second surge of COVID-19 cases that prompted a wave of theater re-closures, while Los Angeles and New York City theaters still hadn't reopened at all.

And Godzilla vs. Kong will soon pass up the entire lifetime domestic runs of top pandemic pics The Croods: A New Age and Tenet ($57.9 million). It has already eclipsed WW1984 ($45.9 million). Some analysts believe the monster mashup now has shot at becoming the first tentpole to cross $100 million in North America since the coronavirus struck.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Apr 3

James Gunn's The Suicide Squad Has Broken A Huge Trailer Record

by Sarah El-Mahmoud

The Suicide Squad is back, baby, and this time, we're going to see all the bloody details! Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn has his hands on the DC property following David Ayer's 2016 movie, and it's generating a lot of buzz already. The red-band trailer for the summer release dropped one week ago and has already broken a major record.

James Gunn announced that the first trailer for the movie coming in August has received the most views in a single week of any red-band trailer yet. He disclosed the big number and thanked fans for all the early support for The Suicide Squad.

According to the writer/director's tweet, The Suicide Squad trailer scored 150 million views since its debut last Friday, and now holds the all-time record worldwide. This record was previously held by Warner Bros' other upcoming bloody affair, Mortal Kombat, which had a viral trailer come out approximately a month and a half before this.

This is an impressive number for The Suicide Squad and signals some huge buzz for the DCEU movie as it approaches its late summer release. And it beat out Mortal Kombat, which is a major game property that fans have waited a whole lot longer to get a first glimpse of. The first trailer for The Suicide Squad came on the heels of Zack Snyder's Justice League too, so the DCEU has been on our minds a lot more than usual.

Continue Reading at: CinemaBlend

Apr 2

Warner Bros. Shelves Ava DuVernay's New Gods And James Wan's The Trench

by James White

Though the news arrived on 1 April we were, for once, actually hoping that word of Warner Bros. deciding to shelve Ava DuVernay and James Wan's planned DC movies was all a big joke. Sadly, it's true: DuVernay's New Gods and Wan's planned Aquaman spin-off The Trench are off the development schedule indefinitely.

"As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward," Warner Bros. and DC said in a statement. "We thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for their time and collaboration during this process and look forward to our continued partnership with them on other DC stories. The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future."

DuVernay has been working on New Gods in the background of other projects for three years now – writing the script with Eisner-winning DC veteran King.

Wan, working alongside producer Safran, had been figuring out the horror-centric spin-off from Aquaman since 2019, with writers Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald on script patrol. While Wan wasn't looking to actually direct, he was a producer and had been aiming to have this on screen before the Aquaman sequel, which is still in active development. As the statement mentions, both New Gods and The Trench could one day pop back up, but for now they're in limbo.

Continue Reading at: Empire

Apr 1

Netflix scoops up Knives Out sequels for a reported $450M US

A promotional picture from 2019's breakout hit "Knives Out" (image courtesy TIFF)

by The Associated Press

Detective Benoit Blanc's next cases will be for Netflix. The streaming company said Wednesday it has reached a deal for two sequels to Rian Johnson's acclaimed 2019 whodunit, Knives Out.

Netflix declined to say how much it was paying for the films, which Johnson will direct with Daniel Craig returning as inspector Benoit Blanc. But Deadline, which first reported the deal, said the price would approach $450 million US - making it one of Netflix's largest (and most sweater-clad) acquisitions.

It also lands Netflix something it has dearly sought: the kind of major film franchises that traditional studios have long depended on. Production on the second Knives Out, written by Johnson and produced by him and Ram Bergman, is to begin this summer.

Netflix outbid several other streaming services to land Knives Out, something that was even possible because the 2019 film was produced by Media Rights Cable and distributed by Lionsgate on a single-picture deal. Made for $40 million, Knives Out grossed $311.4 million in worldwide ticket sales and landed Johnson an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay.

Continue Reading at: CBC

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