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Disney's 'Beauty' Delivers Beastly Second Weekend, While 'Power Rangers' Opens with $40.5M

23 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Disney's Beauty and the Beast delivered a monster second weekend, pulling in enough to make it the fourth largest second weekend of all-time and pushing the film over $315 million in a matter of just ten days. Added to that, Lionsgate's release of Saban's Power Rangers debuted in second place and proved there was still an audience for the franchise that began in the early '90s. Meanwhile, Sony's Life didn't show much of it and WB's CHiPs finished mostly as expected, settling in the lower half of the weekend top ten. All that said it was a great weekend at the domestic box office with the top twelve delivering $192.3 million a 63% improvement over the same weekend last year. With an estimated $88.3 million, Disney's Beauty and the Beast finished atop the box office for a second weekend in a row. It's the fourth largest second weekend of all-time and pushes the »

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tramples ‘Power Rangers’ With $88 Million 2nd Weekend

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” continued to charge towards the $1 billion mark in its second box office weekend, easily holding on to the No. 1 spot with an estimated $88 million to reach a global cume of $690 million after just ten days in theaters. This makes “Beauty” the fourth straight Disney film to cross the $600 million global mark, following “Doctor Strange,” “Moana,” and “Rogue One.” It also now ranks in the top 5 for ten-day box office totals and second weekend totals. Also Read: 'Beauty and the Beast' Remake Already Passed the Original's Box Office Total “Beauty” staved off »

- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Queen of the Desert’ Trailer: Werner Herzog’s Biopic Starring Nicole Kidman is Finally Set for American Release

26 March 2017 5:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Queen of the Desert,” Werner Herzog’s epic biographical film on the life of British journalist and adventurer Gertrude Bell, is finally set to hit American theaters and VOD on April 14, and a new trailer has dropped to promote the release. The starry feature, with a lead performance by Nicole Kidman and supporting turns from Robert Pattinson, James Franco, and Damian Lewis, first premiered at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival to decidedly negative reviews.

Read More: Berlin: Werner Herzog on Why He Made ‘Queen of the Desert’ and Working With Nicole Kidman

Herzog spoke with IndieWire in 2015 about finding the right cast to tell Bell’s story.

“I think I’m good at casting and that’s a very decisive part of what I do,” he said. “And Nicole Kidman is the ideal. She gives a performance that is unprecedented. I have not seen anything like this at least in »

- William Earl

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'Life' Screenwriters Share Sequel Details and Offer 'Deadpool 2' Update

26 March 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Life].

Though they are in the thick of perfecting a script for Deadpool 2, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are taking time to enjoy the latest fruits of their labor.

Life, which features their Deadpool leading man Ryan Reynolds alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson, is in theaters now and tells the story of a group of astronauts who encounter the first proof of life outside of Earth.

True to the tradition of films like Alien, this first close encounter is disastrous, »

- Aaron Couch

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‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich:’ This ‘New Take’ on the Horror Series Will Star Thomas Lennon and Udo Kier

26 March 2017 6:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The twelfth (!) installment of the “Puppet Master” series, “Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich,” is set to start filming in Dallas next week, and an interesting cast has been revealed. The franchise, which has never previously featured notable acting talent, is bringing an interesting roster to the production: Thomas Lennon, Udo Kier, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Alex Beh, Barbara Crampton, Tina Parker, Skeeta Jenkins, and Michael Pare are all set to tango with the devious dolls, Variety reports.

Read More: ‘Puppet Master’ Reboot: Straight-to-Video Horror Franchise to Return from the Dead With ‘The Littlest Reich’

This chapter will also be a “new take” on the horror series, which could definitely benefit from a fresh coat of paint. Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund are set to direct the script, which was penned by “Bone Tomahawk” screenwriter S. Craig Zahler. “Reich” is set to amp up both the gore and comedy, »

- William Earl

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Scarlett Johansson Experiences A New World In Final Trailer For ‘Ghost In The Shell’

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With a whitewashing controversy it hasn’t been able to shake, and not much buzz heading into its release this weekend, it’ll be interesting to see how “Ghost In The Shell” starring Scarlett Johansson plays with audiences. As we learned from “Power Rangers” this past weekend, anything can happen, and while the blockbuster manga adaptation could underperform, there’s another scenario where the moviegoers who turned out for “Lucy” show up in big numbers.

Continue reading Scarlett Johansson Experiences A New World In Final Trailer For ‘Ghost In The Shell’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Fathom Events Launching Bollywood Film Series (Exclusive)

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Fathom Events is bringing the “Best of Bollywood” to U.S. movie theaters beginning in July.

Fathom announced Monday — the opening day of CinemaCon — that it plans to screen at least two Bollywood films this year and as many as six next year as part of what it’s touting as the first-ever Bollywood classic film series presented in North American cinemas. The event will kick off with the 2002 romantic drama “Devdas,” and include titles from prominent Indian film studios Eros International and Yash Raj Films.

Fathom, which specializes in presenting live events for theatrical chains, is co-owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings, and Regal Entertainment Group. “Batman: The Killing Joke,” “TCM Big Screen Classics,” and “Met Live” are among its more prominent titles. It’s also booked more than 700 locations for the April 25 screenings of “Enough” from Christian comedian Chonda Pierce.

The Bollywood series will be shown at several »

- Dave McNary

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‘Buffy,’ ‘Community,’ ’30 Rock’ and More: TV’s 12 Best Musical Episodes and How Well They Worked in Song and Dance

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Musical TV shows like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” or “Glee” have a built-in understanding with audiences that bursting into a song or dance is part of the storytelling. When it comes to non-musical series, however, staging a musical number or episode can be a more challenging when it comes to finding an organic way to work it into the plot.

Recently, The CW’s superhero show “The Flash” and Syfy’s fantasy drama “The Magicians” dipped their toes into the world of musicals. “The Flash” tapped a character called Music Meister (Darren Criss) to knock out Kara and Barry (Melissa Benoit, Grant Gustin) and send them into an alternate reality, where they had to sing and dance their way to finding solutions. Music Meister, a super villain who could control people through music, has already been introduced in the DC Universe via animated series “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” (and voiced »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Justice League’ Trailer Breakdown: Come Together for a Frame-by-Frame Analysis

30 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Over the weekend, the first official Justice League trailer debuted online, bringing us the first footage from the movie since a sizzle reel was released at Comic-Con last summer. Even fans who haven’t been impressed by Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were interested in seeing what Zack Snyder […]

The post ‘Justice League’ Trailer Breakdown: Come Together for a Frame-by-Frame Analysis appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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CinemaCon: 3 Major Issues Facing the Movie Business

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Hollywood is taking the party to Sin City, hoping that theater owners will feel like there’s a lot to celebrate.

CinemaCon, the annual exhibition industry trade show, kicks off on Monday at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Over four days, in between trips to the slot machines and blackjack tables, movie theater owners and executives will get a sneak peek at the blockbuster hopefuls that will be hitting theaters over the next 12 months. Every major studio will be on hand, a group that includes Warner Bros., Universal, and Fox, as well as Focus and Amazon, ambassadors from the indie world. Disney, which commanded more than a quarter of the domestic market share last year and just scored a massive hit with “Beauty and the Beast,” will also make an appearance. The studio, however, tends to save most of its footage for D23, its fan expo, and usually offers »

- Brent Lang

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Gary Barlow confirms Star Wars: The Last Jedi cameo appearance

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The singer joins a list of people, including Tom Hardy and princes William and Harry, expected to play cameo roles in Episode VIII of the sci-fi saga

Gary Barlow is set to visit a galaxy far, far away, with the singer announcing that he will appear in forthcoming Star Wars sequel The Last Jedi.

In an interview on ITV’s Lorraine, the Take That member confirmed his involvement in the film – also referred to as Episode VIII – but said he would not be playing a stormtrooper, as had previously been suggested.

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Japan Box Office: ‘Sing’ Still Solid in Second Session

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Illumination Entertainment’s animated feature, “Sing” soloed for the second straight weekend atop the Japanese box office. For the March 25-26 frame the film earned $4.1 million on 351,000 admissions.

In the ten days since its release by Toho-Towa, it has driven its cumulative total to $16.3. The score is better than the ten-day figure for Illumination hit “Minions,” which finished with $47 million in Japan.

Warner’s “Kong: Skull Island” made $3.6 million, good enough for second place by gross. Though with 257,000 admissions, Japanese charts show it in fourth place. Holdover, “Moana” took $3.4 million, while “Doraemon the Movie 2017” took $2.75 million. After 23 days in theaters “Moana”’s cumulative total was $23.5 million.

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- Mark Schilling

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Movie Trailer Release Dates: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer Arriving Tomorrow; Watch a Quick Teaser

38 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Learn when we will see the new trailers for the following films in our continuously updated movie trailer release dates calendar: check out a teaser poster, Aquaman character poster and a footage teaser trailer for Justice League which will premiere this weekend, a teaser trailer for Jumanji will premiere next week, watch a preview of the new […]

The post Movie Trailer Release Dates: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer Arriving Tomorrow; Watch a Quick Teaser appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Abner Benaim Prepares 13-part TV Series ‘El Presidente’

44 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Abner Benaim, one of Panama’s leading helmers, whose 2014 doc “Invasion,” about the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, was the country’s 2016 Academy Award entry, is currently preparing a 13-part TV series “El Presidente,” as well as new fiction feature “Plaza Catedral”, while completing his 90-minute music docu “Ruben Blades Is Not My Name,” which he plans to release at the end of 2017.

All three projects are aimed at the international market: “I don’t believe in making films just for Panama,” says Benaim. “It’s not feasible economically. It’s too small a market. You need to aim at least for Latin America.”

Benaim is particularly interested by the contrast between rich and poor in Latin America, and explores this question from multiple perspectives, including crime drama in “El Presidente,” a thriller-drama in “Plaza,” and music in the “Ruben Blades” documentary.

“El Presidente” is co-penned by Benaim and Papus Von Saenger, »

- Martin Dale

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The Avengers React to the ‘Justice League’ Trailer in Mash-Up Video

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The new Justice League trailer declares itself to be the coming of the age of heroes, but there’s another group of superheroes who aren’t too happy to see the DC comics legends team-up on the big screen. At least, that’s what this fan video imagines, in a mash-up of the Justice League trailer and Avengers: […]

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- Hoai-Tran Bui

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New Images & Plot Details For Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Okja’ Starring Tilda Swinton & Jake Gyllenhaal

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This summer, Bong Joon-Ho‘s “Okja” comes to Netflix worldwide, but the consensus is that the filmmaker will bring his latest movie to Cannes first. We’ll find out soon enough, but the streaming service is giving us another peek the promising new film.

Featuring a terrific ensemble including Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins and newcomer An Seo Hyun, so far, we’ve known that plot is about a corporation that threatens the relationship between a young girl and a mysterious creature.

Continue reading New Images & Plot Details For Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Okja’ Starring Tilda Swinton & Jake Gyllenhaal at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Huayi Brothers CEO Eyes Expansion Of Stx Entertainment Relationship

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The CEO of China's largest privately held film firm, Huayi Brothers Media Corp, says he’s eager to "renew and deepen” his company’s cooperation with Robert Simonds' Stx Entertainment. Huayi's James Wang told Bloomberg over the weekend that — with their landmark three-year co-production and distribution deal due to expire in early 2018 — he wants to expand the relationship “beyond slate financing." The companies have held in-depth discussions about further investment and… »

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Votd: This Year’s Best Picture Snafu Could Have Been Avoided With Better Typography

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After this year’s 89th Academy Awards aired last month, all anyone could talk about was the unprecedented mistake that happened when the wrong Best Picture winner was announced live on the air. After presenter Warren Beatty was confused by the award envelope he was given to read, La La Land was mistakenly announced as the […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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Paulina Garcia-starring drama 'The Desert Bride' wins in Toulouse

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Works in progress event crowns 2017 projects.

The Desert Bride, which stars Berlin best actress winner Paulina Garcia (Gloria) as a maid in Buenos Aires who is forced to take a job in a distant town, scooped the top two prizes at this year’s Films in Progress event in Toulouse, France.

The film, which marks the directing debut of Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, won both the main Films in Progress Toulouse award, which comes with post-production services and help with promotion, and the Cine+ award, which guarantees purchase of the film from the French network for €15,000.

Atán and Pivato co-wrote the screenplay. Vanessa Ragone (The Secret In Their Eyes) is producing, Eva Lauria and Alejo Crisóstomo are executive producers.

A further prize went to Martín Rodríguez Redondo’s Marilyn, about a seventeen-year-old farm worker who discovers his sexuality in a hostile environment. The film will benefit from promotion by the Europa Distribution network and the Confédération »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Danny Cohen backs Bad Wolf

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Tranter and Gardner strike deal with Access Entertainment.

Access Entertainment, the media investment firm run by former BBC boss Danny Cohen, has taken a 24.9% stake in Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s indie Bad Wolf.

Bad Wolf was launched in 2015 and is currently co-producing the BBC1 adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials in Wales, with New Line Cinema.

Bad Wolf also has Welsh government backing and is based in South Wales and Los Angeles.

The investment is intended to provide “further support to fast-track its already burgeoning scripted productions and grow its business globally”.

In addition to His Dark Materials, Bad Wolf’s slate includes an adaptation of Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches for Sky, and a project based on Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell. A broadcaster is yet to be announced for the latter.

Chief executive Tranter said: “This investment is a fantastic endorsement of our vision for Bad Wolf and the Welsh »

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