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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Hits $22 Million Internationally
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has blasted to $22.3 million at 29 international markets, a week ahead of its U.S. launch.
Australia is leading the way with $6.2 million, followed by France with $2.7 million and Italy with $2 million.
Germany generated a $1.5 million opening day on Thursday, the second-highest debut day of 2017 behind only “The Fate of the Furious.” Brazil opened with $1.2 million — nearly double the launch of 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which also bowed on a Thursday.
Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Blasts Off Overseas
Taiwan opened with $600,000 and a 62% market share. Netherlands launched with $500,000, the highest opening day of 2017 to date and the second-highest Marvel debut day ever, behind only “Captain America: Civil War.”
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- Dave McNary
‘Fate of the Furious’ Pirated 2.1 Million Times in First Week After Theatrical Debut
Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” is burning rubber on piracy networks, after the car-racing actioner crashed through box-office records since its theatrical premiere two weeks ago.
The pirated copies currently in circulation on file-sharing networks are all illegal camcords shot in cinemas, apparently originating from India, according to piracy-analytics firm Tecxipio.
“Fate of the Furious,” which bowed April 14 in the U.S., was illegally shared 2.1 million times worldwide in the following seven days, Tecxipio data shows. That makes it the most-pirated film for that week — however, the movie was well off the pace of its immediate predecessor, “Furious 7,” which was pirated by 4.74 million users over a comparable seven-day span in April 2015. Another data point: Universal’s “Jurassic World” had 3.1 million illegal shares in the first seven days after hitting pirate nets.
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- Todd Spangler
India Box Office: Will 'Baahubali 2' Set Records?
India is bracing for what could be a historic weekend at the box office when Baahubali: The Conclusion opens wide this Friday.
Living up to its name, the first installment of Baahubali (which means "the one with strong arms"), is estimated to have reached a muscular $100 million worldwide when it was released in 2015. While India does not report box-office numbers, Baahubali: The Beginning brought in about $77 million in the country, according to estimates, and is considered among the top three grossers of all time.
In North America, the first film had "a monster opening," New »
- Nyay Bhushan
Dionne Warwick Movie in Works With Mister Smith Selling at Cannes
A documentary feature film about singer Dionne Warwick, “Don’t Make Me Over,” is in the works, which will provide a “glimpse into the life of one of the most famous, yet notoriously private, superstars of the last 60 years,” according to a statement. David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will launch sales on the film and present select footage to international buyers at next month’s Cannes Market.
The film, co-directed and co-produced by Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner, and written by Wooley, “brings to life the real Dionne Warwick, an African-American woman who broke racial and gender barriers, a dedicated humanitarian fighting injustice worldwide, and a singer whose music became the soundtrack for generations.”
Directors of photography are Oscar nominee Tom Bergmann (“Life, Animated”) and Academy Award winner Ronan Killeen (“O.J. Made in America”). The film is being edited by Emmy Award winner Aljernon Tunsil (“Through the Fire: »
- Leo Barraclough
‘How to Be a Latin Lover’ Edges Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’ at Thursday Box Office
“Latin Lover” grossed $450,000 at 925 U.S. locations, while “Circle” took in $430,000.
Both new movies are expected to trail “The Fate of the Furious” this weekend, which should land in the $15 million to $20 million range during Friday-Sunday. The eighth film in Universal’s “The Fast and the Furious” franchise has topped $171 million domestically in its first 13 days.
“The Circle,” from STX and EuropaCorp, opens at 3,163 venues, and is projected to reel in between $10 million and $15 million. The movie, which premiered on Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival, has a relatively thrifty $18 million budget.
- Dave McNary
James Gunn Says a Fourth ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Would Follow a Different Group
Before “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has even hit theaters, a third movie in the franchise was announced with the same lead characters. But if a fourth installment winds up getting made, director James Gunn said it would be completely different than the prior three movies. “I think the first three movies tell a single story and that story is pretty simple,” Gunn told the Toronto Sun. “I think that there could be a ‘Guardians Vol. 4,’ but it would not be the same. It would not be the same group… Basically the story of this group ends with »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Cory Michael Smith, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung to Star in AIDS Drama '1985'
The indie is based on Tan’s short of the same name, which won the special jury prize at last year's SXSW. He expanded the script for the feature and is directing.
1985 focuses on terminally-ill Adrian (Smith), who flies home from New York to visit his estranged family in Texas. His attempt at revealing his »
- Borys Kit
Marvel Wants Sylvester Stallone for Movies Beyond 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2'
Sylvester Stallone is going to stick around in the Marvel Cinematic Universe past Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, according to director James Gunn — although it's not quite clear just where he's going to show up next.
"My plan is to see more of [Stallone's character]," Gunn told the Toronto Sun. "I’m not sure about him appearing in Vol. 3, we’ll have to see about that, but it’s our plan to see more of Stallone. [Marvel Studios chief] Kevin [Feige] and I are working on what is going to become of the Marvel Cosmic Universe and where it’s »
- Graeme McMillan
MPAA, Weinstein Company Come to Agreement on ‘3 Generations’ PG-13 Rating
The Weinstein Company and the Motion Picture Association of America have agreed to give the transgender coming of age drama “3 Generations” a PG-13 rating for “mature thematic content, some sexual references and language.” The MPAA previously slapped an R-rating onto the film starring Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon and Naomi Watts, due to language including sexual references, but the Weinstein Company challenged the rating. Directed by Gaby Dellal, “3 Generations” stars Fanning as a transgender teenage boy named Ray. Watts plays his mother, and Sarandon plays his grandmother, who is a lesbian. TWC’s co-chairman Harvey Weinstein previously said, “Gaby, Naomi, Susan »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
‘Captain America’ Actor Lex Shrapnel Joins Michael Pena in ‘Extinction’
The story follows a man (Pena) trying to save his family from an alien invasion. “Luke Cage” star Michael Colter also recently joined the cast. It is unknown which character Shrapnel will be playing.
The pic bows on Jan. 26, 2018.
Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman of Mandeville, who backed the highly-anticipated live action “Beauty and the Beast,” will produce. Mandeville’s Alexander Young will executive produce, alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe. Anna Halberg will serve as co-producer.
- Justin Kroll
Amy Madigan, Ken Marino and Sky Ferreira Join Scott Free’s ‘Burning Woman’ (Exclusive)
The film tells the story of a woman whose life is changed when her teenage daughter mysteriously disappears and she is left to raise her young grandson.
Wme reps domestic rights and Bloom reps foreign with a plan to sell markets in Cannes. The film will start shooting this week in Massachusetts.
- Justin Kroll
‘Masters of the Universe’ Gets Release Date, Starts Search for Director
Sony has begun the search to replace McG in the director’s chair and has set “Masters of the Universe” to be released on December 18, 2019. It’s a release slot. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Great Outdoors’ Reboot for Universal
The original film, which was written by John Hughes and directed by Howie Deutch, starred Candy and Dan Aykroyd. It revolved around Candy and his family, whose relaxing camping trip in Wisconsin is ruined by his annoying brother-in-law, played by Akroyd, and his family.
The studio is now looking for a director and a co-star for Hart.
Hart was most recently seen opposite Dwayne Johnson in New Line’s “Central Intelligence” and also voiced Snowball the rabbit in Illumination’s animated hit “The Secret Life of Pets.” He can next be seen as the title character in DreamWorks Animation »
- Justin Kroll
Cheech Marin Joins Robert De Niro in ‘War With Grandpa’ (Exclusive)
The Robert De Niro comedy “War With Grandpa” has added Cheech Marin to the cast, TheWrap has learned exclusively. Tim Hill is set to direct the adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s 1984 novel, which follows a young boy who loves his grandpa Ed (De Niro). But when his grandfather’s wife dies, he has to move in with his grandson and takes his room — much to the youngster’s dismay, who plots a series of pranks to drive him out. “War With Grandpa” is a TWC-Dimension release. Also Read: Cheech Marin Challenges Anderson Cooper to a 'Jeopardy' Rematch: 'I Owned His A-' (Exclusive Video) Marin. »
- Linda Ge
Watch The First Nsfw Trailer For Philippe Garrel’s Cannes-Bound ‘Lover For A Day’
Good news, everyone: Philippe Garrel has made his film again! The French New Wave veteran isn’t as well known among the public as a Godard or a Truffaut (he’s a fair bit younger — he was just 16 when he made his first short film, “Les enfants désaccordés,” in 1964), but among a certain kind of cinephile he’s a hallowed name, either for his experimental early work (which included his collaborations with then-lover Nico in the 1970s), or for his more recent meditations on love, family and politics, often in collaboration with his son, actor Louis Garrel.
Continue reading Watch The First Nsfw Trailer For Philippe Garrel’s Cannes-Bound ‘Lover For A Day’ at The Playlist. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Yeah, Baby! ‘Austin Powers’ Shagged Its Way to Theaters 20 Years Ago
When “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” opened May 2, 1997, Variety described it as an “odd mix of sophisticated and lowbrow humor” but was enthused about the Mike Myers-Jay Roach collaboration. The film had cost less than $20 million so it was profitable with a modest $67 million worldwide. There was no deal in place for a sequel, but New Line execs noticed the comedy was a huge hit in home video and on cable. When the studio greenlit a sequel, many rival execs were surprised: They were still defining success solely by domestic box office.
Boosted by massive marketing tie-ins, 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” saw a spectacular domestic opening weekend of $55 million and completed its global run with $312 million. “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2002) scored $296 million worldwide. After many years, rumors persist that a fourth edition is imminent. As Powers himself would say, “Yeah, baby!”
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- Tim Gray
‘Justice League’ Star Ray Fisher Signs With CAA
Fisher is best known for his role as Victor Stone/Cyborg in the DC cinematic universe. He made his feature film debut in Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” last year and will reprise that role in the upcoming “Justice League,” which hits theaters on Nov. 17. The ensemble cast includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, and Jesse Eisenberg.
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Fishers will also star as the superhero in a standalone “Cyborg” movie from Warner Bros. and DC. The project was announced by the studio in 2014, but has not yet moved into pre-production or been dated.
Fisher, a native of New Jersey, gained notice after receiving strong reviews for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the Off-Broadway production of “Fetch Clay, Make Man »
- Dave McNary
Gwyneth Paltrow launches Goop as glossy Condé Nast magazine
Actor turned wellness guru who introduced world to vaginal steaming is to bring Goop brand to volatile magazine market
Gwyneth Paltrow, having conquered the worlds of acting, macrobiotic cookery and high-end fashion, is to launch a quarterly magazine published by Condé Nast. The magazine, named Goop after Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, will be available on newsstands from September.
The magazine will focus on wellness – a trillion-dollar industry of which Paltrow has long been at the vanguard.
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- Hannah Marriott
‘Walking Dead’ Lawsuit: Judge Sets Summary Judgment Hearing Date And Disclosure Terms
After months of documents being kept under seal, the public will be able to see a little additional information about AMC Network's agreements with CAA and client Frank Darabont involving mega hit The Walking Dead — which they are contesting at the New York State Supreme Court. Over three years after The Shawshank Redemption director and his agency sued AMC over multi-million dollar profit participation disputes, Justice Eileen Bransten today provided line-by-line… »
New Teaser For The Return Of ‘Twin Peaks’ Reintroduces You To The Show’s World [Watch]
We’re now only three weeks away from the return of “Twin Peaks” to our screens, with the first of 18 episodes directed by David Lynch arriving on Showtime after the first few premiere at Cannes in the early days of the festival. But it’s remarkable, given how keenly anticipated the show is, how much the show remains under wraps.
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Expect that to change, even just a little, as it gets closer, and to kick off, Showtime just dropped a new teaser.
Continue reading New Teaser For The Return Of ‘Twin Peaks’ Reintroduces You To The Show’s World [Watch] at The Playlist. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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