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          Disney's 'Dumbo' Flies to #1 While 'Captain Marvel' Nears $1 Billion Worldwide

          Disney's 'Dumbo' Flies to #1 While 'Captain Marvel' Nears $1 Billion Worldwide
          Disney's Dumbo was unable to reach studio or industry expectations, but still managed a #1 finish, making for the third different #1 film at the domestic weekend box office in as many weeks. Meanwhile holdovers such as Us and Captain Marvel continued their strong performances and Pure Flix's release of the anti-abortion drama Unplanned managed to out-perform expectations and find itself a spot in the top five. With an estimated $45 million, Disney's Dumbo topped the weekend box office though fell short of the studio's $50+ million expectations and well short of what some thought would be a $60+ million debut. While the performance is well ahead of select, recent Disney releases such as Christopher Robin ($24.6m opening), Alice Through the Looking Glass ($26.9m opening) and Pete's Dragon ($21.5m opening), it's well short of films such as Cinderella ($67.9 million opening), which online ticket retailer Fandango.com reported Dumbo was outpacing in advance ticket sales.
          See full article at Box Office Mojo »

          Mark Hamill Is the New Voice of Chucky in ‘Child’s Play’ Remake

          Mark Hamill Is the New Voice of Chucky in ‘Child’s Play’ Remake
          The force is indeed strong with this one. Orion Pictures announced today that Mark Hamill has been cast as the voice of Chucky in the forthcoming “Child’s Play” reboot. The legendary actor stars alongside Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, and Brian Tyree Henry in a contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic that follows Karen (Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.

          “We feel incredibly lucky to have an icon creating a new take on an iconic character,” said executive producer David Katzenberg. “Mark is a gifted actor and celebrated vocal performer, and he’s approached this challenge with incredible energy and commitment.”

          Norwegian filmmaker Lars Klevberg (“Polaroid”) will helm the adaptation, from a script by Tyler Burton Smith (“Quantum Break”).

          The original “Child’s Play” grossed over $44 million worldwide on a $9 million budget and created one of the
          See full article at Indiewire »

          Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Tops $150 Million at the Worldwide Box Office

          Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Tops $150 Million at the Worldwide Box Office
          Jordan Peele‘s slasher hit Us (read our review) continues to tether together audiences across the world. After opening to a massive $70M here in the States ($86.9M globally), in its second weekend of release, the Lupita Nyong’o starrer added another estimated $33.6M domestic and is now sitting at $174M worldwide. As we noted last week, Us should easily break $250M in […]
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          ‘The Matrix’ 20 Years Later: The Artificial Intelligence Lives in Us (Column)

          • Variety
          ‘The Matrix’ 20 Years Later: The Artificial Intelligence Lives in Us (Column)
          The term “artificial intelligence” was coined in 1956, but one way or another it has been the subject of just about every great science-fiction movie, from “Metropolis” to “Frankenstein,” from the paranoid fables of the ’50s (about brainy robots and aliens with giant noggins who were like “advanced” versions of ourselves) to “2001: A Space Odyssey,” in which Hal, the computer who talks like a wounded therapy patient, displays the anger and ego of a jilted human being. And by the late ’70s and early ’80s, the Machines Who Could Think were really taking over. “Alien” featured a technologically evolved monster with the metallic jaws, the helmet head, and the relentlessness of a demonic thresher, the most sympathetic character in “Blade Runner” was a replicant, and “The Terminator” gave us a dystopia ruled by the machines, featuring a weaponized badass who was the ultimate programmed destroyer.

          But in “The Matrix,” the
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          Jai Courtney returning as Captain Boomerang in James Gunn’s 'The Suicide Squad'

          Jai Courtney returning as Captain Boomerang in James Gunn’s 'The Suicide Squad'
          Although producer Peter Safran has recently described the movie as “a total reboot”, it seems that isn’t quite the case as Jai Courtney has revealed to Business Insider that he’s set to reprise the role of Captain Boomerang for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.

          “We’re getting ready to shoot in a few months’ time,” states Courtney. “There’s not much else I can reveal about it but yet, you’ll be seeing Boomerang back for sure. I’m happy, it’s going to be fun. It will be different, for sure, but it’s going to be great.”

          Gunn’s follow-up to 2016’s Suicide Squad is said to feature “mostly” new actors and characters, and we already know that Idris Elba is set to take over the role of Deadshot from Will Smith. However, it’s been rumoured that Margot Robbie will be returning as Harley Quinn,
          See full article at Flickeringmyth »

          Fox’s ‘Dark Phoenix’ Brightens Expectations With WonderCon Win

          • Deadline
          Fox’s ‘Dark Phoenix’ Brightens Expectations With WonderCon Win
          Just before the WonderCon panel, featuring the filmmakers and cast members of Dark Phoenix, the latest X-Men film from Fox, a message over the public address system informed the crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center’s Arena that no time would be allotted for audience questions. There was an amused murmur from the crowd that seemed to say: That figures.

          Dark Phoenix won’t open in theaters until June 7 but the film’s reputation has taken a beating for months with some of the harshest advance word of any major superhero sequel since, well, the franchise’s previous installment, X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. It was not clear, however, how much of that negative word was informed by genuine firsthand knowledge and how much of it was an early-bird pile-on by negative nellies.

          With the Disney acquisition of Fox, Dark Phoenix can be viewed as a lame-duck entry in a short-timer superhero
          See full article at Deadline »

          Octavia Spencer & Melissa McCarthy As Superheroes? Netflix Closing ‘Thunder Force,’ With Ben Falcone At Helm

          • Deadline
          Octavia Spencer & Melissa McCarthy As Superheroes? Netflix Closing ‘Thunder Force,’ With Ben Falcone At Helm
          Exclusive: As we watch superhero movies dominate Deadline’s Most Profitable Pic tournament, it was just a matter of time before Netflix got in that game. Sure enough, sources say they are wrapping up deals with Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy to star this fall in Thunder Force, a film that Ben Falcone has written and will direct. They are keeping the specifics under wraps, but I’m told the story will center on the two stars getting superpowers.

          The film will be produced by Marc Platt, Falcone and McCarthy. Spencer is coming off exec producing Best Picture winner Green Book, and she most recently was Oscar nominated for The Shape of Water and Hidden Figures after winning for The Help. McCarthy is coming off an Oscar nomination for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

          Spencer is repped by Wme and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; McCarthy and Falcone are repped by CAA and Mgmt.
          See full article at Deadline »

          Mckenna Grace Books Lead Role in Sony’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel

          • The Wrap
          Mckenna Grace Books Lead Role in Sony’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel
          Mckenna Grace, last seen playing a young Carol Danvers in Marvel Studio’s “Captain Marvel,” has booked the lead role in Sony’s “Ghostbusters” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

          Sony has slated Jason Reitman’s sequel to be released on July 20, 2020.

          The story centers on a single mom and her children. Mckenna Grace will play the daughter, while Carrie Coon is in talks to play the mom, and Finn Wolfhard is in talks to play her son.

          Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman, who directed and produced the original 1984 film, will write, direct and produce. The currently untitled film will go into production this summer.

          Also Read: Mckenna Grace Books Lead Role in Sony's 'Ghostbusters' Sequel

          Described as “the next chapter” in the story started in 1984, it will involve the passing of a torch to a new generation of paranormal investigators. It will be
          See full article at The Wrap »

          Box Office: ‘Dumbo’ to Outsoar ‘Us’ With $48 Million Opening

          • Variety
          Box Office: ‘Dumbo’ to Outsoar ‘Us’ With $48 Million Opening
          Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” is flying toward a $48 million opening weekend in North America, while the second session of Jordan Peele’s “Us” should take in about $32 million, early estimates showed on Friday.

          Dumbo’s” launch is slightly lower than recent Disney forecasts for the live-action re-imagining of the 1941 animated movie. “Dumbo” earned $2.6 million on Thursday night and is expanding to 4,259 North American venues.

          The movie stars Danny DeVito as the owner of a struggling circus who enlists Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock. The children’s love for the sad-eyed pachyderm helps him fly. Michael Keaton stars as a shady entrepreneur, with Alan Arkin as a Wall Street tycoon and Eva Green as an aerial artist.

          Dumbo” is produced by Justin Springer, Ehren Kruger, Katterli Frauenfelder, and Derek Frey.
          See full article at Variety »

          ‘Killing Eve’ Final Season 2 Trailer: The Obsession Returns

          Given the show airs on BBC America, though albeit, is now available on AMC and Hulu and elsewhere, not everyone is as versed in “Killing Eve” as they should be. Many are as obsessed with it as the characters are on it with each other, but it’s taken time for others to catch on. However, take it from someone who is a late adopter to the show who arrived to the show after its critical acclaim, it more than matches the hype and plaudits.

          Continue reading ‘Killing Eve’ Final Season 2 Trailer: The Obsession Returns at The Playlist.
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          ‘Dumbo’ Leads the Weekend Box Office, But Flies Below Expectations

          ‘Dumbo’ Leads the Weekend Box Office, But Flies Below Expectations
          Dumbo” is the third of the three highly anticipated March releases that gave hope for a 2019 box-office rebound. It debuted at $45 million, falling below expectations (unlike the earlier “Captain Marvel” and Jordan Peele’s “Us”).

          That doesn’t make it a dud, but it does reaffirm how hard it will be for the theaters to recover from the early-year disappointments. This month was expected to put a significant dent in the shortfall, and it did — at the end of March, the year-to-date revenue decline is 17%, compared to 27% at the end of February.

          However, this week’s performance doesn’t get much of the credit. The total gross for all films will be very close to the same weekend last year. And as we approach what is considered “summer”, it will become harder to make up the difference.

          Dumbo” is one of the multiple tentpole franchises that makes Disney, even before
          See full article at Indiewire »

          Thx Ultimate Cinema, a New Premium Large Format Brand, is Debuting This Year

          While IMAX is still king of the premium large format brands because of the sheer size of its screens, it has to face a barrage of new contenders for the crown. The latest is Thx Cinema Ultimate, a new premium large format (Plf) brand debuting later this year intended to “help elevate the industry standard […]

          The post Thx Ultimate Cinema, a New Premium Large Format Brand, is Debuting This Year appeared first on /Film.
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          WGA Outplays Talent Agencies as Precursor to Next Year’s Tough Studio Talks (Column)

          The 95%-vote majority in the WGA’s referendum on imposing a tough new code of conduct for talent agents sends a clear signal to the industry. The WGA is gearing up for tough negotiations in the coming year with the major studios on the master film and TV contract that expires May 1, 2020.

          During the past 12 months, the guild has deftly revved up its organizing infrastructure around the agency franchise agreement talks. An obscure contract that hadn’t been touched in 46 years became the focus of a wildly successful WGA membership outreach campaign. That’s in part because the guild’s drive to reform the Artists Manager Basic Agreement of 1976 came from the grassroots — a steady stream of complaints from members about what appear to be systemic abuses of the TV packaging process, a creative template for compensation invented by William Morris Agency in the days of radio.

          Whatever the impetus,
          See full article at Variety - Film News »

          ‘American Gods’ Season 2: Kahyun Kim on Becoming the New Media

          In Season 2 of the Starz series American Gods, the battle between the Old Gods, or the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world, and the New Gods, who reflect society’s modern devotions, is really heating up, and Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is on his own path to figuring out exactly what he believes. One of those New Gods is New Media (Kahyun Kim), who has evolved from the Media (Gillian Anderson) of Season 1 into this goddess of global content and master of manipulation who will stop at …
          See full article at Collider.com »

          ‘Agents of Shield’ Season Six Will Honor Stan Lee, But What’s Up with Clark Gregg’s New Character? [WonderCon]

          Marvel’s Agents of Shield,some say is very underappreciated which , had a panel at WonderCon to tease the show’s upcoming sixth season. /Film had a chance to speak with creators Jed Whedon and Maurisa Tancharoen, producer Jeff Bell and cast members Clark Gregg and Henry Simmons about the new season. It will be a full […]

          The post ‘Agents of Shield’ Season Six Will Honor Stan Lee, But What’s Up with Clark Gregg’s New Character? [WonderCon] appeared first on /Film.
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          WGA Members Vote to Tighten Talent Agency Rules

          Members of the Writers Guild of America have voted overwhelmingly to support tightened restrictions on their agents — setting up a potentially chaotic scenario a week from now.

          The vote was 7,882 in favor of creating a new “Code of Conduct” for agents representing WGA with 392 voting against — that’s more than 95% supporting. The new rules require elimination of agencies receiving packaging fees and having ownership interest in affiliate production companies — demands that the agencies have said are not feasible.

          Online voting among the 15,000 members ended Sunday. Unless the WGA and agents can hammer out a negotiated compromise this week, the “Code of Conduct” will be imposed on April 7, following expiration of the current franchise agreement. It will require WGA members to fire agents who have not signed on to the code.

          That will create a confusing scenario for the industry as few agents have signed on to the code. Some WGA
          See full article at Variety - Film News »

          50th NAACP Image Awards: ‘Black Panther,’ ‘black-ish’ Dominate

          The winners of the 50th NAACP Image Awards were announced last night during the live broadcast on TV One from The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson, who also doubled as a nominee.

          The big winner of the night was “Black Panther” which took home eight trophies, including Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, and Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

          In the television categories, “black-ish” topped all winners with five awards, including Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series.

          Meanwhile, Beyoncé was honored as the NAACP Entertainer of the Year, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters was presented the NAACP Chairman’s Award.

          Additional winners included radio host and personality Tom Joyner who was presented with the Vanguard Award, which recognizes an individual whose groundbreaking work increases our understanding and awareness of racial and social issues.
          See full article at Indiewire »

          Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer Near Deal on Netflix Superhero Film

          Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer Near Deal on Netflix Superhero Film
          Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer are about to kick some serious box office ass — not that we’ll ever know. Deadline reports that the dream duo are nearing a deal with Netflix on superhero comedy “Thunder Force,” from “Tammy” scribe and McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone. Falcone is set to write and direct. Details are still thin, but the story will center on the two women getting superpowers and is set for a fall launch.

          Both McCarthy and Spencer are coming off Oscar successes. McCarthy nabbed her first Best Actress nomination for her work in Marielle Heller’s black comedy “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” and Spencer took home the statue as a producer on “Green Book” when the period comedy won Best Picture. With such wins fresh in the minds of executives, it’s a no-brainer to pair up these two beloved talents.

          An actor himself, Falcone has written
          See full article at Indiewire »

          Junkie Xl Launches Score Academy for Aspiring Composers

          Junkie Xl Launches Score Academy for Aspiring Composers
          Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie Xl, is preparing to teach a whole new generation of film composers. The composer behind the scores of films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Deadpool, is launching the Score Academy, an annual year-long program that offers emerging composing talents the chance at hands-on instruction with him. Created […]

          The post Junkie Xl Launches Score Academy for Aspiring Composers appeared first on /Film.
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          Ruth Wilson on ‘Mrs. Wilson’ and The Surreal Experience of Playing Her Own Grandmother

          The two-part, true-life mini-series Mrs. Wilson (airing on Masterpiece on PBS) tells the story of Alison McKelvie (Ruth Wilson) who fell in love with Major Alexander Wilson (Iain Glen) after meeting him while working a secretarial job with the Secret Intelligence Service. During the years of their marriage, Alison believed that her husband was a popular author of spy novels who was also doing real intelligence work for the war effort, only to find out that he actually had other wives and other families, making her wonder whether she ever really knew him, at all. During this …
          See full article at Collider.com »
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