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June 21

Steven Spielberg's Amblin to make multiple films a year for Netflix

by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press

Steven Spielberg, a filmmaker synonymous with big-screen enchantment, has set a new deal with Netflix in which his production company, Amblin Partners, will make multiple feature films per year for the streaming giant.

The partnership - one long courted by Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos - is a major get for the company amid increasing competition. It also brings perhaps Hollywood's most beloved film director more officially into the streaming fold.

The deal was announced Monday, but doesn't specifically include any movies to be directed by Spielberg. This December, he will release West Side Story theatrically with Disney's 20th Century Studios. Amblin has a separate deal with Universal Pictures for theatrical releases.

"At Amblin, storytelling will forever be at the centre of everything we do, and from the minute Ted and I started discussing a partnership, it was abundantly clear that we had an amazing opportunity to tell new stories together and reach audiences in new ways," Spielberg said in a statement.

"This new avenue for our films, alongside the stories we continue to tell with our longtime family at Universal and our other partners, will be incredibly fulfilling for me personally since we get to embark on it together with Ted, and I can't wait to get started with him, Scott, and the entire Netflix team."

Continue Reading at: CBC

June 20

Box Office: 'Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' Strikes Target With $17M Bow

A scene from "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard"; from left: Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek, and Samuel L. Jackson (image courtesy Lionsgate)

by Pamela McClintock

Lionsgate and Millennium Media's action-comedy sequel The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard targeted a No. 1 finish at the weekend box office with $11.7 million from 3,331 theaters for a five-day start of $17 million.

The domestic box office should heat up even more next weekend when the summer’s first major tentpole, Universal's Fast & Furious installment F9, races into theaters after already earning nearly $300 million overseas, or $292.1 million.

The Hitman's Bodyguard 2 launched on Wednesday and, including paid sneaks last weekend, headed into the weekend with $5.4 million in the bank.

Directed by Patrick Hughes, the follow-up to the 2017 breakout hit sees Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek all reprise their roles. Most reviewers snubbed the sequel, but audiences gave it a B CinemaScore.

A Quiet Place Part II wasn't far behind in its fourth weekend. The unstoppable Paramount horror-thriller fell just 22 percent to $9.4 million from 3,401 locations for a domestic total of $125.3 million. The movie was the first title in the pandemic age to earn north of $100 million - followed now by Godzilla vs. Kong - in addition to pulling off a surprise upset last weekend in its third outing when beating the debut of Warner Bros.' In the Heights ($12 million versus $11.5 million, respectively).

In the Heights - director Jon M. Chu's adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's award-winning Broadway musical of the same name - had hoped to make up ground this weekend with a strong hold, but that didn't prove to be the case.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

June 19

Joe Bell Trailer: Mark Wahlberg Stars in Biopic Drama

by Maggie Dela Paz

Roadside Attractions has released the official Joe Bell trailer for Reinaldo Marcus Green's upcoming biographical drama, centering around a true father-and-son story about acceptance and redemption. The film is scheduled to make its debut in theaters on Friday, July 23. Its current release date will see the Mark Wahlberg-led drama going up against three major competitors in the form of Paramount Pictures' action G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes, Universal Pictures' M. Night Shyamalan-directed thriller Old, and Sony Animation's final animated installment Hotel Transylvania: Transformania.

The video features Wahlberg's Joe Bell walk across America to share awareness about the dangers of bullying, which caused the death of his son, who was tormented at school for being gay. It also highlights how Joe imagines his son accompanying him throughout the journey.

Joe Bell tells the intimate and emotional true story of an Oregonian father who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin, embarking on a self-reflective walk across America to speak his heart to heartland citizens about the real and terrifying costs of bullying. The film stars Mark Wahlberg (The Departed), Connie Britton (American Horror Story), Reid Miller, Maxwell Jenkins (Lost in Space), and Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, Truman).

The film had its world premiere last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it earned generally mixed reviews from critics who collectively praise Miller's breakout performance.

Check out the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon

June 18

Nicolas Cage Hunts For His Kidnapped Truffle Pig In First Look At The Crime Thriller 'Pig'

by Rachel West

Nicolas Cage is on a mission to find his beloved pig in the first trailer for the crime thriller "Pig".

Already earning comparisons to "John Wick" but with a pig, Cage plays Rob, a chef and reclusive truffle hunter in the Oregon wilderness, whose prize foraging pig has gone missing. Pig-napped, Cage must return to his old stomping grounds in Portland and confront the past if he has any chance of being reunited with his porcine pal.

"I remember every meal I ever cooked. I remember every person I ever served. You live your life for them, and they don't even see you. You don't even see yourself," Cage says in the trailer. "We don't get a lot of things to really care about... who has my pig?"

Directed by Michael Sarnoski, the Oscar-winning actor produced the film, which also stars Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin and Gretchen Corbett.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: ET Canada

June 17

Ewan McGregor, Sam Heughan & Mark Strong To Top 'Everest' For Director Doug Liman – Cannes Market

From left; Ewan McGregor, Sam Heughan and Mark Strong to star in upcoming "Everest" (images courtesy Mega / AP)

by Patrick Hipes, Andreas Wiseman

Ewan McGregor, Outlander's Sam Heughan and Mark Strong have been set to star in Everest, an adventure thriller to be directed by Doug Liman from a script from Oscar-nominated Up in the Air scribe Sheldon Turner. The just-announced pic is set to start shooting January 22 in the UK and Italy. HanWay Films will rep international sales and distribution beginning at the upcoming Cannes Virtual Market. UTA Independent Film Group will handle the U.S. sale.

Inspired by Jeffrey Archer's novel Paths of Glory, the story is set in 1921 and centers on the real-life George Mallory (McGregor), who is picked by Arthur Hinks (Strong) of the Royal Geographic Society to scale the previously unconquerable Mount Everest. Following World War I, the fading British empire is desperate for a victory, but for Mallory and his rival, the eccentric Aussie George Finch (Heughan), the challenge has nothing to do with patriotism, instead it is a singular test of self.

Mallory's real-life journey ended in mystery; he died during this third expedition to summit Everest, and it's unknown whether he ever made it to the top.

Jennifer Klein and Liman, the latter a climbing aficionado, are producing the pic. The cinematographer will be Martin Ruhe (Midnight Sky, The American), Oliver Scholl (Venom, Spiderman: Homecoming) will be production designer, and T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart, True Detective) will handle the music.

Continue Reading at: Deadline

June 16

Jennifer Lopez To Star In Netflix's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Atlas' With Brad Peyton Directing

by Justin Kroll

After signing her recent first-look deal with Netflix, Jennifer Lopez is already busy building up that development slate as sources tell Deadline she is set to star and produce in the Netflix sci-fi thriller Atlas with Rampage helmer Brad Peyton directing. Aron Eli Coleite is writing the most recent draft of the script based off Leo Sardarian original script.

Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell will produce for Safehouse Pictures along with Peyton and Jeff Fierson for ASAP Entertainment as well as Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina joining Lopez to produce through Nuyorican Productions. Courtney Baxter will exec produce with Matt Schwartz co-producing.

The film follows Atlas, a woman fighting for humanity in a future where an AI soldier has determined the only way to end war is to end humanity. To outthink this rogue AI, Atlas must work with the one thing she fears most - another AI.

CPO Editorial: Hmmm where have we seen this plot before... Oh yeah, over 35 years ago in a little movie staring Arnold Schwarzenegger called "The Terminator". Let's hope this movie is just as good.

Continue Reading at: Deadline

June 15

Ned Beatty, Superman & Network character actor, dies at 83

Actor Ned Beatty has died at the age of 83 (image Joblo.com)

by Gaius Bolling

Hollywood has lost another great one. Beloved character actor Ned Beatty, who made a very memorable debut in 1972's Deliverance, died on Sunday at the age of 83.

Beatty's manager Deborah Miller confirmed the news of his passing in a statement that read "Ned passed away from natural causes Sunday morning, surrounded by his family and loved ones. His family has decided to keep details private at this time. Ned was an iconic, legendary talent, as well as a dear friend, and he will be missed by us all."

Ned Beatty was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1937 and he got his start as an actor in regional theater in the South in the 1960s. The actor made his film debut in John Boorman's 1972 film Deliverance as an Atlanta businessman on a canoe trip with three buddies who get ravaged by two Georgia mountain men. The debut, which had him opposite Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight, put Beatty on the map in Hollywood.

Two years later, Beatty earned an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in 1976's Network, where he had a brief but memorable role as a TV network executive who gives an impassioned five-minute speech to Peter Finch's increasingly unhinged on-air news host, Howard Beale and tries to argue that corporate control of humanity would be a good thing.

In 1978, Beatty played the bumbling sidekick to DC Comics villain Lex Luthor in the Superman movie opposite Gene Hackman and Christopher Reeve. As Otis, Beatty gave a subtly funny and memorable performance that gave the film most of its comic relief. It was just another example of Beatty's importance as a supporting player and it proved that a character actor could steal the scene in the best way.

Beatty went on to appear in scores of films and TV shows in his 50-plus years as an actor with other credits that include Toy Story 3, All the President's Men, Shooter, and Where the Red Fern Grows. His healthy career also included TV credits, most notably a two-season run in the mid-'90s on Homicide: Life on the Street and playing the father of John Goodman's Dan Conner on six episodes of the sitcom Roseanne.

Continue Reading at: Joblo.com

June 14

'In the Heights' disappoints with US$11 million opening weekend

A promotional picture for "In the Heights" (image courtesy Warner)

by Rebecca Rubin, Variety

"In the Heights," the acclaimed adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway show, didn't hit all the right notes in its box office debut.

The Warner Bros. movie generated a wane US$11.4 million from 3,456 U.S. theaters in its first four days of release, below expectations heading into the weekend that suggested the film would reach US$20 million. "In the Heights" also opened on HBO Max, the streaming service owned by the studio's parent company WarnerMedia, though the company didn't report its digital viewership.

The disappointing commercial reception is puzzling because critics embraced the film, showering it with some of the best reviews of the pandemic era. Moreover, Warner Bros. put substantial marketing heft behind the picture, and director Jon M. Chu and Miranda devoted a great deal of energy into promoting the movie, which compensated for the fact that its cast was comprised of mostly unknown stars and emerging actors.

The film's hybrid release on HBO Max likely affected in-theater turnout, but it isn't the sole reason that inaugural ticket sales for "In the Heights" came in under projections. Recent Warner Bros. releases like "Godzilla vs. Kong," "Mortal Kombat and "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It" still pulled in solid receipts despite being offered simultaneously on streaming.

But, as audiences are slowly making their way back to theaters, box office charts are indicating that people have been more inclined to show up for properties with more brand recognition. Though the Tony Award-winning "In the Heights" isn't an original property like "La La Land" or "The Greatest Showman," it's not as well known as Miranda's other musical sensation "Hamilton," or even "Rent," "Les Miserables" or "Cats."

Continue Reading at: CTV

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