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May 28

Box-Office Milestone: 'Beauty and the Beast' Twirls Past $500M in the U.S.

Emma Watson in a still from 'Beauty and the Beast' (image courtesy Disney)
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by Pamela McClintock

In a rare feat, Disney's Beauty and the Beast has crossed the $500 million mark at the North American box office.

Beauty and the Beast becomes only the eighth movie to achieve the milestone, not accounting for inflation. Directed by Bill Condon, the live-action update of the classic 1991 animated film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and Luke Evans as the arrogant Gaston.

All told, the movie has grossed $501 million domestically and $732 million internationally since its March 17 debut for a worldwide tally of $1.233 billion through today. Beauty and the Beast is doing bang-up business in its final international market - Japan - where it has earned $87 million to date.

Globally, Beauty ranks as the tenth top-grossing film of all time, again, not adjusting for inflation.

Domestically, Beauty and the Beast joins an elite group of films managing to cross the $500 million threshold: Disney/Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.7 million), Fox's Avatar ($760.5 million), Fox/Paramount's Titanic ($658.7 million), Universal's Jurassic World ($652.3 million), Disney/Marvel's The Avengers ($623.4 million), Warner Bros.' The Dark Knight ($534.9 million) and Disney/Lucasfilm's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($532.2 million).

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 27

'Pirates of the Caribbean': The Diminishing Returns of Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" (image courtesy Disney)
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by Josh Spiegel

There was once a time when Johnny Depp joining a big-scale franchise would be exciting news, instead of something that inspired dread and snarky online comments among movie goers.

Depp, whose fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film is in theaters now, was front and center in this week's first cast photo of Universal's newly titled Dark Universe - a shared universe launching next month with Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe's The Mummy, and also set to feature Javier Bardem as Frankenstein's Monster and Depp as the Invisible Man.

The photo led to few positive reactions from anyone aside from Depp super-fanatics, ranging from dismissiveness to outright anger. (Depp's casting in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them inspired a similar response last year.) No doubt, some of the negative reaction is due to Depp's contentious divorce last year, during which Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard alleged that he had committed domestic violence. But even when you look past personal allegations, Depp's career has been stuck in a fallow period for a few years, and movie fans had begun to turn on him even before those allegations.

Arguably, Depp's last well-received film, either critically or financially, was Rango, back in 2011 (though the new Pirates is tipped to be a commercial, if not critical, hit). Since then, Depp's appeared in a slew of films that were either ignored, derided, or worse. For every Black Mass, which gained some critical praise but a mild box-office reaction, there's been a Mortdecai or Transcendence or Alice Through the Looking Glass. Captain Jack Sparrow is what turned Johnny Depp into an A-list movie star, unquestionably, as opposed to a well-respected, quirky indie performer. But the popularity of Captain Jack Sparrow has also made it so every time Johnny Depp stars in a blockbuster, it feels like he's playing the same character no matter the setting.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 26

'The Hitmanís Bodyguard': First Look At New Trailer For Ryan Reynolds-Samuel L. Jackson Action Movie

By Brent Furdyk

A new trailer has arrived for "The Hitman's Bodyguard", an action-packed film that teams up Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, arguably one of the most anticipated big-screen pairings in recent memory.

In the flick, Reynolds plays the world's foremost protection agent, whose latest job is to protect the life of one of the world's most notorious assassins (Jackson) - who also happens to be his mortal enemy.

While the two had previously gone to great lengths to attempt to kill each other, now the only way this mismatched pair can save their own skins is to protect each other, which is easier said than done when a brutal Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) enters the picture.

"The Hitmanís Bodyguard" is scheduled to hit theatres on Aug. 18.

Check out the trailer beforehand here:

Continue Reading at: ET Canada

May 24

Sir Roger Moore: Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan pay tribute

Some of the other Bond's pay tribute to the late Roger Moore. Pictured here from left: Daniel Craig, Roger Moore [in a recent photo] and Pierce Brosnan (images courtesy Getty / PA)
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Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan have paid tribute to Sir Roger Moore after his death at the age of 89.

The actors, who have both also played James Bond, posted tributes on their social media accounts.

Brosnan described Sir Roger as "a magnificent Bond" and "a big part of my life" in a post on Facebook.

Craig uploaded a photo of himself with Sir Roger to the official 007 Instagram account and wrote: "Nobody Does It Better - love Daniel."

Sir Roger died following "a short but brave battle with cancer", his three children said when they announced his death on Tuesday.

The actor played James Bond in seven films in the franchise, including Live and Let Die and A View to a Kill.

Other stars to pay tribute to Sir Roger included Russell Crowe, Mia Farrow and Sir Michael Caine, who said: "I am truly sad and think I will be in tears if I talk about him. Roger was the perfect gentlemen, adored by all his friends."

Continue Reading at: BBC

May 24

Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer: Iron Man Upgrades Peter Parker's Suit (to Mixed Results)

by Zach Johnson

This will take some getting used to.

Sony Pictures released the third trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming early Wednesday morning, giving audiences a better idea of just how involved Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) will be in Peter Parker's journey to becoming a superhero in his own right.

Sure, Peter helped his mentor in the battle against The Avengers in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, where his abilities and ingenuity rivaled fellow newbie Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). But he's still young - like, might-fail-his-high-school-Spanish-test young - so he's going to need all the guidance he can get. But after all he's seen, Tony is wary of letting him get too involved in the fight against good and evil. "Can't you just be a friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man?" Tony asks.

But Peter knows he's capable of more - if only he's given the chance to prove himself. With an upgraded Spidey suit (courtesy of Mr. Stark), Peter sets off to save the city, one stolen bike at a time. And though there are still plenty of kinks to work out - how, exactly, do his web shooters work? - he's bound and determined to figure it out. Complicating matters is the untimely arrival of Vulture (Michael Keaton), who has been terrorizing the residents of New York City. "The world's changing, boys," he says in the way only a villain can. "It's time we change, too."

Tom Holland stars as the titular superhero, who Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Iron Man. The rest of the cast includes Tyne Daly, John Favreau, Donald Glover, Marisa Tomei and Zendaya. Spider-Man: Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts, swings into movie theaters July 7.

See the new trailer here:

Continue Reading at: E! Online

May 23

Universal Sets 'Bride of Frankenstein' for 2019

The stars of Universal's "Dark Universe", from left, Russel Crowe, Javier Bardem, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, and Sofia Boutella (image courtesy LA Times / Universal)
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by Aaron Couch

Universal on Monday announced a date for Bride of Frankenstein and debuted the first photo of the stars it has assembled for its shared universe, the newly titled Dark Universe.

Bride of Frankenstein, from director Bill Condon and screenwriter David Koepp, will open Feb. 14, 2019. In a statement, Universal chairman Donna Langley described the project as the "story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale." Universal said casting for the lead character, first played by Elsa Lanchester in the 1935 classic, will be announced soon.

The studio is pushing ahead with its cinematic monsters universe as it readies to release The Mummy in theaters June 9. The reboot stars Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella and was directed by Alex Kurtzman.

Assembled in the first-look photo of the Dark Universe stars are Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man), Javier Bardem (Frankensteinís Monster), Cruise (Nick Morton), Crowe (Dr. Jekyll) and Boutella (The Mummy). Crowe's Dr. Jekyll is set to provide the glue linking the films together, with his mysterious organization Prodigium charged with tracking the world's monsters.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 21

Box Office: 'Alien: Covenant' Narrowly Beats 'Guardians 2' With Sluggish $36M

Cast of "Alien: Covenant" before the you-know-what hits the fan, well for their characters anyways (image courtesy 20th Century Fox)
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by Pamela McClintock

In a surprise turn, Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant came in behind expectations at the North American box office over the weekend with a $36 million debut from 3,760 theaters.

While that was enough to place No. 1 and beat Disney/Marvel holdover Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the race was much closer than it should have been. Guardians Vol. 2 earned $35.1 million from 4,347 cinemas in its third weekend, putting the superhero sequel's domestic total at $301.8 million and global cume of $732.6 million.

Scott's second installment in the Alien prequel franchise cost $97 million to make and opened 29 percent behind the first prequel, Prometheus, which debuted to $51.5 million domestically in August 2012.

Alien: Covenant is faring somewhat better overseas, where it has grossed $81.8 million to date for a worldwide tally of $117.8 million. It earned $30.3 million internationally in its sophomore outing (it debuted offshore a week early), but, as in the U.S., didn't do much more than Guardians Vol. 2's $28 million.

Heading into the weekend, Alien: Covenant was tipped to gross $40 million to $45 million in North America. Friday returns also suggested the same, but the forecast changed on Saturday and the film, like so many other Hollywood titles in recent times, seemed to be struck by a case of franchise fatigue. The movie received solid reviews, although audiences gave it a more mediocre B CinemaScore.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 20

He'll be back: Arnold Schwarzenegger confirms another 'Terminator' film

Arnold Schwarzenegger in a scene from 'Terminator 3' (image courtesy Toronto Sun / Warner Bros.)

When Arnold Schwarzenegger says he'll be back, he means it.

According to Screen Daily, the former California governor and action star will headline a new Terminator film that will be produced by James Cameron.

"It is back," Schwarzenegger said. "It is moving forward. He (Cameron) has some good ideas of how to continue with the franchise...I will be in the movie."

Schwarzenegger worked with Cameron on the first two Terminator films. The upcoming flick will be the sixth in the franchise.

The Governator last starred in 2015's Terminator Genisys. Uproxx.com reported the film garnered $440 million worldwide, but only netted $90 million in North America.

Continue Reading at: Toronto Sun

May 20

Tom Hardy to Star in 'Venom,' Ruben Fleischer to Direct

Tom Hardy, pictured here attending TIFF in 2015, is set to take on the role of Venom (image courtesy Getty)
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by Borys Kit

Sony has ensnared a star and director for its Spider-Man offshoot, Venom.

Tom Hardy, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work in The Revenant, is in final negotiations to star in Venom, while Ruben Fleischer, best known for directing Zombieland, is [in] final negotiations to helm the movie project centering on one of Spider-Man's signature villains.

The project is one of Sony's top priorities and the studio is not wasting time as the movie is set to open Oct. 5, 2018.

Venom is to usher in a host of movies from Sony's Marvel and Spider-Man-based universe of characters. Sony is rebooting its Marvel-based slate with this summerís Spider-Man: Homecoming and Venom is a key title in its slate. The studio is also developing a Silver Sable/Black Cat project among other characters from the Spider-Man stable.

Venom has been one of Marvelís top villains and a Spider-Man fixture since he was introduced in 1988, created by writer David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck. The character is an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive. In return, the alien vests its victim with incredible powers. He made his first big-screen appearance in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 and was portrayed by Topher Grace.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 16

Moore making Trump film titled 'Fahrenheit 11/9'

This combination photo shows President Donald Trump, left, at the White House on March 13, 2017 and filmmaker Michael Moore at the 20th Annual Webby Awards in New York on May 16, 2016. (images courtesy AP (left) and Invision / AP)
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by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press

Michael Moore has been secretly making a Donald Trump documentary that he has dubbed "Fahrenheit 11/9," titling it after the day Trump became president-elect.

Producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein announced Tuesday they have secured worldwide rights to the film. Moore has been working on the film for months and he promises it will be explosive. Moore says Trump's ability to escape controversy "ends with this movie."

The film's title also refers to Moore's 2004 President George W. Bush documentary, "Fahrenheit 9-11." Before becoming a box-office smash, that film won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Weinsteins will also shop Moore's latest in Cannes. They are vowing it will "present a story line unlike any that is currently being told."

Continue Reading at: CP24.com

May 16

Pirates 5 Is Being Held Ransom By Actual Pirates

by Yohana Desta

Here's a little bit of art imitating life: hackers have obtained Disney's upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and are demanding the studio pay a ransom in order to get it back, Deadline reports. The very 2017 touch is that the hackers would like that ransom to be paid in Bitcoin. So, what will the studio do now that one of its most lucrative franchises is in danger of being dropped well before its May 26 release date? If the past is any indication - nothing, really.

Disney boss Bob Iger revealed news of the hacking to employees during an ABC town hall meeting on Monday, though he kept mum on exactly which film was stolen. He also shared, per The Hollywood Reporter, that the hackers said they would release five minutes of the movie if they did not receive their ransom, followed by 20-minute footage drops. Disney will not pay the hackers, he confirmed, preferring instead to work with F.B.I. investigators to determine who is behind the theft. Representatives for Disney have not yet responded to a request for comment.

Hacking of a major film or TV property is nothing new in the digital age. Just last month, hackers who use the alias The Dark Overlord pilfered the entirety of Season 5 of Orange Is The New Black, demanding an unspecified ransom from Netflix. When the streaming platfor didn't pay up, the hackers released the first episode, then allegedly released the entire season on torrenting site the Pirate Bay. OITNB's next season is set to hit Netflix on June 6. The great Sony hack of 2014 still haunts studios and talent agencies in Hollywood as well.

Continue Reading at: Vanity Fair

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