'Kingsman' and 'LEGO Ninjago' Ready to Add to September's Record Pace
September 2017 is currently pacing 15.6% ahead of 2016 with a calendar gross of $467.3 million, putting the month on a record pace, $48 million ahead of where 2015 was at the same time period before delivering $626.4 million, the largest September calendar gross ever. Almost half of September's total at this point is thanks to Warner Bros. and New Line's It, which is looking to do strong numbers again this weekend, but will fall from its #1 perch after two straight weeks on top. Debuting in wide release this weekend is Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle and it should have enough juice to take the weekend top spot while Warner Animation Group's The LEGO Ninjago Movie is looking to finish in the runner-up position. Entertainment Studios' is going social with the R-rated horror Friend Request debuting in just over 2,500 theaters and likely to finish in the top five (albeit with minimal returns) while Roadside Attractions is »
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Tom Hanks’ ‘Money Pit’ Mansion Gets Renovated, on Sale for $5.9 Million
The house that Tom Hanks struggled to keep together in “The Money Pit” is now on sale for $5.9 million, hopefully without a raccoon in the dumbwaiter. According to its listing on Sotheby’s, the house, which was built in 1898 and is located in Lattingtown, New York, has a six-car garage, eight fireplaces, eight bedrooms (including a four-room master suite), and is described as “A Stately Estate Lovingly And Meticulously Restored To Modern Turnkey Eminence.” Also Read: Tom Hanks Is Set to Star in and Produce 'a Man Called Ove' Adaptation But when the middle-class couple played by Tom Hanks and Shelly. »
- Jeremy Fuster
‘Riverdale’: Warner Bros. Refutes Unsafe-Workplace Charges Following Star’s Car Crash
“The safety of the cast and crew on all of our productions is of paramount importance to the Studio,” a studio spokesperson said in a pair of statements issued Thursday. “Productions adhere to the Screen Actors Guild–mandated turnaround time of 12 hours from wrap time to next day call time for cast members. In accordance with industry standard policy, if any cast or crew member feels tired or unsafe at any time after working, the Studio will provide a taxi, a driver or a hotel room upon request. This is communicated to all cast and crew, both in writing and verbally, at the beginning of production and is reiterated continuously throughout the duration of production.”
- Daniel Holloway
Tom Hanks to Star in, Produce 'A Man Called Ove' Movie
Hanks is attached to star in the project and will produce with his Playtone banner partner Gary Goetzman. Rita Wilson, Hanks' wife and frequent producing partner, is also producing along with Fredrik Wikstrom Nicastro, it was announced Thursday. Nicastro hails from SF Studios, one of the companies behind the upcoming tennis drama Borg vs. McEnroe. He also executive produced the Swedish-language adaptation.
The 2012 book by Fredrik Backman told the tale of a cantankerous widower who seems to revel in his bitterness and loneliness even as his »
- Borys Kit
The Purge 4 Is Finally Casting, Here's Who Has Signed On
The Purge franchise has been crazy busy behind the scenes, what with developing a television series in addition to continuing the big screen sequels - but today brings us some rather big Purge 4 news. It seems that the project has started making big calls when it comes to casting, and now reports say that Y'lan Noel and Lex Scott Davis are the first to actors to sign on to the horror feature - which is moving through development with the title The Purge: The Island. »
The Joker Movie May Be Moving Forward Very Quickly
It hasn't been that long since the official announcement of a standalone Joker movie was made, but the project appears to be on the fast track to production. Like, the really fast track. »
Kate Winslet to Play Famed WWII Correspondent Lee Miller
Kate Winslet is joining a growing cohort of British actresses set to play noted war correspondents.
The Oscar winner is set to star as Lee Miller in an as-yet-untitled biopic about the famed American photographer, model, artist and correspondent who was a leading figure in documenting WWII for Vogue magazine, bringing images of the Nazi concentration camps and the atrocities that were committed to the attention of the world.
- Alex Ritman
‘BoJack Horseman’ Renewed for Season 5 at Netflix
“BoJack Horseman” has been renewed for Season 5, Netflix announced Thursday.
The announcement came in the form of a video posted to the show’s social media channels, which show a “clingy netflix exec” texting BoJack to share the news of the renewal. Watch the video below.
The animated series stars Will Arnett as BoJack, the failed legendary ‘90s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom “Horsin’ Around,” who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships.
Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback. The series also features the voices of Paul F. Tompkins and Alison Brie.
Season 4 launched globally on Netflix on Sept. 8 and received widespread critical acclaim. The season currently has a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The season saw BoJack coming to grips with his identity after »
- Joe Otterson
Billy Eichner’s ‘Billy on the Street’ to Leave TruTV
The show features Eichner asking impromptu quiz show-type questions to people on the streets of New York, often accompanied by a celebrity guest. Past celebrity guests have included: Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, and Anna Kendrick.
“We can confirm that new episodes of ‘Billy on the Street’ will not be returning to truTV,” a truTV spokesperson said in a statement to Variety. “The show is deceptively time-consuming to make and scheduling was increasingly difficult. We had a great run together capped off by the show’s Emmy nomination, and we wish Billy nothing but the best.”
Produced by Funny or Die, the show aired on Fuse from 2011-2014 for its first three seasons, moving to truTV in 2015 for Seasons 4 and 5. Season 5 concluded back in January. The »
- Joe Otterson
One-Woman Band Rima Das on Making ‘Village Rockstars’
San Sebastian — Championed by Toronto’s Cameron Bailey, playing to rotund applause at the festival’s Discovery section, then clinching a rave review from Variety, which called it “a charming Indian answer to ‘Sing Street,’” with a heartfelt theme of female empowerment and self-actualization,” “Village Rockstars’” own production story stands in real life parallel to the story in the film.
In fiction, Dhunu, a feisty 10-year-old girl living in Chhaygaon, near Guwahati in north-east India’s Assam, attends a mini-boy band concert and determines to own her own guitar. And nothing will stop her. In reality, director Rima Das decided to follow-up her debut, “The Man With Binoculars,” with the tale of kids from her own village forming a rockbound. Nothing stopped her either. Variety e-chatted to Das about a two-women production, made on a shoestring, which now plays San Sebastian’s New Directors competition. It hits the festival as one of the section’s forerunners.
- John Hopewell
Jimmy Kimmel Devotes a Third Night in a Row to Pointing Out How Trump Would Sign Anything to Get Rid of Obamacare
“He doesn’t know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. He barely knows the difference between Melania and Ivanka.” »
- Tim McGovern
Inaugural Pingyao Festival Makes Last Minute Dates Switch
The Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, a new event pioneered by Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke and renown festival programmer Marco Mueller, has shifted the dates of its inaugural edition.
The festival will now be held from 28 Oct to 4 November in the historic Chinese town of Pingyao, where a 1,500 seat open air venue is being constructed. The Pyiff was previously announced as taking place 19-26 Oct. No explanation was offered for the dates switch.
Jia said that Pyiff would bring more possibilities to the creativity and plans to be a stimulus for the Chinese film industry. He unveiled a new logo for the festival and announced that Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing would be the festival ambassador.
“Pyiff aims to be an innovative and beneficial balancing act, that will introduce international filmmakers and film genres to young Chinese audiences and new Chinese films and filmmakers to the world,” said Mueller.
- Patrick Frater
San Sebastián: Manuel Martín Cuenca Talks about ‘The Motive,’ Creation, Actors
San Sebastian — After the measured family psychodrama (2011’s “Half of Oscar”) and a plush horror-romance (2013’s “Cannibal”), Manuel Martin Cuenca, a maybe still underrated Spanish autor, returned to Toronto this September with his third feature to world premiere at the Canadian festival: “El autor” (The Motive), which won the Special Presentations Fipresci Critics Prize from a Jonathan Rosenbaum-headed jury.
Sold by Filmax International, and produced by Spain’s Lazona Films (“Spanish Affair”), Icónica Producciones (“The Dead Man and Being Happy”) and Cuenca’s own label, La Loma Blanca – “Instructions Not Included”’s Alebrije Cine y Video co-producing out of Mexico – “The Motive” now has its European premiere playing in main competition at San Sebastián.
Set in a sunny Seville, and written with longtime co-scribe Alejandro Hernández, “The Motive” marks another departure in register, a sometimes laugh-out-loud dramedy about a would-be writer Alvaro who, bereft of imagination and talent but, lectured »
- John Hopewell
Edc Founder Pasquale Rotella on 2018 Festival’s Big Changes, From New Date to Camping
Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella has announced major changes to Electric Daisy Carnival, his thumping 400,000 person electronic music festival that glows for three nights in the Nevada desert. Fans freaked out to each piece of news in all the ways that passionate devotees react to a perceived tinkering of the holy. However, some saw a family values angle, a view that Rotella also appreciates. Also Read: Edc Las Vegas 2018 Is Moving to May, Adding Camping and Bring-Your-Own-dj Sound Camps Everyone keeps on complaining about all the changes they’re doing to Edc, I’m just stoked I finally get to see my. »
- Mikey Glazer
Jerry Lewis ‘Intentionally Excluded’ All Six Kids From His First Marriage From His Will
“…they shall receive no benefits hereunder.” »
- Tim McGovern
‘Project Runway’ episode 6 recap: The models become the clients in ‘Models Off Duty’
Greeting the designers at the start of Thursday night’s episode of “Project Runway” were their models, who for the first time this season also served as their clients for the challenge. Having worked with different designers each week, the challenge offered the models the opportunity to take the driver’s seat for once, advising the designers […] »
Jimmy Kimmel Compares Cassidy-Graham Health Care Proposal to Bill Cosby (Video)
The battle of words between Jimmy Kimmel and Sen. Bill Cassidy over health care continued on Thursday, with the ABC late-night host looking back on “an unusual week.” “If you’ve been watching the show over the past few days, I have found myself in the middle of a battle over American health care,” Kimmel began his monologue. “The reason I had on my show in the first place was because he started telling people that any plan he supports would have to pass what he called ‘The Jimmy Kimmel Test,'” Kimmel said, before reiterating his reasons for protesting the Cassidy-Graham bill. »
- Debbie Emery
Seth Meyers Claims That if This Republican ‘Hail Mary’ Health-Care Bill Passes, a Hail Mary Will Be the Only Affordable Health-Care Left
“Hail Mary, full of grace, does this mole look weird to you?” »
- Tim McGovern
New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Photos Show Rey and Luke Skywalker Having a Stare-Down
These are the photos you’re looking for. »
- Tim McGovern
‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Asks What It Means to Be a Citizen (Video)
Dee Rees’s film “Mudbound,” which is giving Netflix a strong push into this year’s Oscar race, follows two men who face racism and strained relationships with their families upon returning home to Mississippi after World War II. Rees was drawn to the source material because of the dual perspective between black and white families and how this singular event bonds them. “Thematically I was interested in exploring themes about how you can never come home, themes about what it means to be a citizen, and the underlying, simmering violence that’s always threatening to come in,” Rees told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman. »
- Brian Welk
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