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James Bond 25 Gets 2019 Release Date
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James Bond will be back in action in 2019, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Eon Productions said Monday.
The 25th film about the legendary super spy will hit theaters on Nov. 8, 2019. There’s no word yet on whether or not Daniel Craig will be asking for his martinis shaken, not stirred. The companies said that additional details regarding the film’s distribution, including international release dates, its cast and director, will be announced at a later date. However, some insiders believe that there is a good chance Craig will return for at least one more outing as 007.
Bond won’t have the premiere date all to his bespoke-suited lonesome. Disney will be releasing an untitled fairy tale movie on the same date.
MGM and Eon also are looking for a studio to handle the marketing and the distribution of the film. Warner Bros., Fox, »
- Brent Lang
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Leads Social Media Buzz Thanks to Comic-Con
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Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” dominated social media buzz with an impressive 264,000 new conversations last week, according to media-measurement firm ComScore and its PreAct service.
“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” helmer Taika Waititi directed the third standalone Thor movie, which seems to be quirkier and more offbeat than the first two, and is already drawing comparisons to “Guardians of the Galaxy.” “Ragnarok” stars Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleton, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, and Anthony Hopkins.
Warner Bros. upcoming tentpole “Justice League” also performed impressively last week with 215,000 new conversations in the wake of the studio debuting a trailer and new posters with a cast panel at Comic-Con on July 22.
The 4-minute preview of the fifth film in the DC Comics Extended Universe focused »
- Dave McNary
Universal Hits $4 Billion in 2017 Worldwide Box Office, Led by ‘Fate of the Furious’
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Universal noted Monday that it’s the first studio to hit this milestone in 2017. It’s taken in $1.265 billion domestically and $2.791 billion internationally so far this year.
“The Fate of the Furious” set the mark in April for the biggest global opening of all time ($542 million) and the biggest international opening ever ($443.2 million). The film has gone on to gross more than $1.239 billion worldwide and is only the sixth film in history to cross $1 billion at the international box office. At $392 million, “Fate of the Furious” is the highest grossing foreign film of all time in China.
Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” has grossed more than $732.5 million globally. The »
- Dave McNary
‘Justice League,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Among Most Tweeted Topics at Comic-Con
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As a mecca for fans of franchises ranging from Marvel to “Star Trek,” it’s no surprise that San Diego Comic-Con’s output of teasers, panels, and meet and greets would foster an explosion of tweets. Topping this year’s outpouring of excitement with the most tweets were properties that revealed new trailers or are supported by obsessive fandoms.
Marvel’s pantheon of offerings was pushed out by DC’s “Justice League” as the most-tweeted about movie, followed by “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Kingsman.” Warner Bros. released an Sdcc-exclusive “Justice League” trailer, which may have prompted the tweets.
New ‘Black Panther’ Footage Gets Standing Ovation at Comic-Con
As for television, MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” with its massive following, beat out The CW’s “Supernatural,” “Arrow,” ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead” as the most-tweeted show. The series’s main star, Dylan O’Brien, »
- Erin Nyren
CCH Pounder to Return for ‘Avatar’ Sequels
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Pounder currently portrays Dr. Loretta Wade on the CBS series “NCIS: New Orleans.” She’s also appeared in the TV shows “Sons of Anarchy,” “ER,” “The Shield,” and “Warehouse 13.” Aside from “Avatar,” her films include “Orphan,” “Postcards From the Edge,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Face/Off,” and “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”
The four “Avatar” sequels will hit theaters starting on Dec. 18, 2020, for “Avatar 2.” “Avatar 3” will open on Dec. 17, 2021, followed by a three-year break for “Avatar 4,” set for Dec. 20, 2024. “Avatar 5” will then debut on Dec. 19, 2025.
Cameron announced at CinemaCon in 2016 that he would make four “Avatar” sequels, promising that the films would start hitting theaters in 2018. The creator of the original “Avatar” — the 2009 fantasy epic that remains the all-time worldwide box office champion with $2.8 billion — said at the time that his vision for the story had »
- Dave McNary
‘Justice League’ Extensive Reshoots Causing Headaches for Star Schedules (Exclusive)
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The studio, which had no comment on the scheduling trouble, is spending approximately $25 million on extensive reshoots that have dragged on for roughly two months in London and Los Angeles, according to multiple insiders. Like “The Avengers,” “Justice League” centers on a group of superheroes who band together to save the world. The ensemble nature of the comic book movie, and the fact that its cast includes several of the most in-demand actors working in Hollywood today, is creating scheduling headaches that have prolonged the shooting.
It’s standard for big Hollywood movies to schedule a few weeks of pick-up work, but the cost and time allotted to the work on “Justice League” is raising some eyebrows. Reshoots, or additional photography, to »
- Justin Kroll and Brent Lang
Film Review: Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’
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Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” is a high-spirited, low-down blast. It’s a let’s-rob-the-racetrack heist comedy set in that all-American place that even rednecks would have no problem calling redneck country: the land of Nascar and child beauty pageants, spangly long fingernails and roadside biker-bar brawls, and — these days being what they are — chronic unemployment and spiritual stagnation. (Hey, nothing’s perfect.) The script, by Rebecca Blunt (it’s her first, and it’s a beauty), exploits the Southern gift for turning something as basic as a series of freeway directions into a tall tale. And Soderbergh, directing his first feature in four years (his last one was the superb HBO Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra”), plays, with an invisible wink, off the natural-born comedy of mile-wide drawls that veer from the charmingly folksy into a kind of good-ol’-boy theater (lying about your alibi, it turns out, is even more effective when you do it »
- Owen Gleiberman
‘Detroit’: Annapurna’s Pulse-Pounding Debut Release Aims for Oscar Gold
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With films like Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” producer and Hollywood patron Megan Ellison has navigated the Oscar circuit with aplomb. She would no doubt like to come out swinging with a sure-fire contender in her first distribution event under the Annapurna banner. Does she have one in Bigelow’s latest film, “Detroit?”
Let’s begin by making one thing abundantly clear: Regarding this and any future assessment of a film’s prospects with the motion picture Academy, it’s worth keeping in mind that around 20 percent of the group has joined in just the last four years, thanks to an ongoing inflation of annual new membership invites. It’s quite alright to say “I don’t know what an Oscar movie is anymore,” though few who trade in this work will have the guts to do so. Sureness »
- Kristopher Tapley
‘Captain Marvel’ Among Big-Budget Films to Receive California Production Tax Credit
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The trio of movies was unveiled on Monday as part of the latest round of tax credits, which allocates nearly $68 million to eight independent and studio projects. A total of 92 projects applied for tax credits for the third fiscal year of California’s expanded Program 2.0.
‘Captain Marvel’ Will Be Set in the ‘90s With Skrulls as Villains
- Dave McNary
Sarah Paulson to Star in M. Night Shyamalan’s Thriller ‘Glass’
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“Glass” is a sequel to Shyamalan’s films “Split” and “Unbreakablethriller,” in which Willis starred as David Dunn, a security guard who discovers he has superhuman powers that allow him to see the crimes people have committed by touching them.
Shyamalan announced the news on Twitter, writing: “Incredibly fortunate to round out our iconic cast of actors on #Glass. @MsSarahPaulson will be joining us.”
Incredibly fortunate to round out our iconic cast of actors on #Glass… @MsSarahPaulson will be joining us. #powerhouse
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) July 24, 2017
- Dave McNary
Chelsea Handler to Host HFPA Grants Banquet
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Presenters for the evening, which awards more than $2.6 million in funds to a range of non-profits, will include Ava DuVernay, Bob Odenkirk, Kumail Nanjiani, Mark Hamill, Patrick Stewart, Elizabeth Moss, Chrissy Metz, Robert Pattinson and Stan Lee.
Tony Award nominee Keala Settle will perform at the dinner.
For 25 years, the HFPA has been making charitable contributions to entertainment-related organizations with the proceeds from television rights to the Golden Globes. The organization has provided more than 1,500 scholarships and helped restore more than 90 historic films.
Grants have gone to universities including UCLA and Nyu, organizations such as AFI and Sundance, film preservationists such as the Film Foundation, and projects including the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles, the Echo Park Film Center and the Last Remaining Seats.
“We are delighted to welcome Chelsea Handler as »
- Variety Staff
‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Set as SXSW Keynote Speaker
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Jenkins’ feature film debut, “Medicine for Melancholy,” had its world premiere at SXSW in 2008. He won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay with Tarell Alvin McCraney for “Moonlight,” which also won best picture at this year’s Oscars and Golden Globes (drama). His upcoming projects include adaptations of “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “The Underground Railroad.”
“We are overjoyed to invite Barry Jenkins back to SXSW as a Film Keynote, having presented the world premiere of his first feature, ‘Medicine for Melancholy,’ in 2008,” said Janet Pierson, director of film. “‘Moonlight’ is a magnificent piece of work, transcendent, and made on his own terms. We couldn’t be happier for his success and to have this remarkable artist with such a generous soul return to SXSW.”
The event is set for March 9 to March 18 in Austin.
- Dave McNary
EuropaCorp’s Stock Value Drops in Wake of ‘Valerian’s’ Poor Opening Weekend
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The disastrous opening weekend in the U.S. of Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” has left EuropaCorp with a hangover, as the Paris-based company saw its stock value drop by 8.31% by the close of trading on Monday.
EuropaCorp’s stock price fell to 3.53 euros ($4.11) in the wake of “Valerian’s” performance at the U.S. box office over the weekend.
Believed to be the most expensive independent movie of all time with a budget of $180 million, “Valerian” grossed just $17 million from 3,553 theaters and landed in fifth place, behind “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Girls Trip” and Christopher Nolan’s World War II movie “Dunkirk,” which surpassed expectations and received glowing reviews.
Tim Westcott, senior analyst at London-based Ihs, pointed »
- Elsa Keslassy
‘Despicable Me 3’ Tops Japanese Box Office
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Tokyo – “Despicable Me 3” opened atop the Japanese box office over the weekend, earning $5.4 million on 478,000 admissions.
The performance was nearly 10% better than the previous installment of the franchise, which made a total of $47 million in Japan in 2015. Distributed by Toho-Towa, “Despicable Me 3” bowed on 376 screens last Friday, scored a three-day total of $6.8 million on 605,748 admissions, and is expected to finish with a record for the series.
Holding on to the No. 2 spot in its second weekend was period comedy-fantasy “Gintama.” Distributed by Warner Japan, the film recorded $3 million on 239,000 admissions, raising its cumulative total to $15.3 million.
Disney’s latest “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” installment remained in third place with $3.2 million on 232,000 admissions, boosting its cumulative total to $43.3 million.
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- Mark Schilling
T.J. Miller, James Corden Tout ‘The Emoji Movie’s’ ‘Feminist Agenda’
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Though there’s no company more exclusive than the “frequently used” section of emojis on a smartphone, the stars gathered on the blue carpet for the world premiere of “The Emoji Movie” on Sunday afternoon gave them a run for their money.
T.J. Miller, who voices Gene, a “meh” emoji, was decked out in a yellow suit covered in emojis to channel his character. He was joined by co-stars James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Anna Faris, Christina Aguilera, Sir Patrick Stewart, and Jake T. Austin at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles.
All emojis in the digital city of Textopolis only have one facial expression, except for Gene, who has multiple emotions. Miller boasted the animated film’s progressive message. His character sets out with his friends on an adventure through smartphone apps to help him fit in with his singularly emotional peers.
- Rebecca Rubin
Rossy de Palma Joins Oscar Martinez on Rodrigo Bellott’s ‘I Miss You’ (Exclusive)
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Madrid — Spanish star and Almodovar icon Rossy de Palma is making her U.S. film debut in “Tu Me Manques” (I Miss You), directed by Rodrigo Bellott (“Perfidy”), which shoots this summer in New York and Bolivia.
Breaking out with “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” in an association with Almodovar which runs through multiple movies and Goya nominations for “Kika” (1993) and “The Flower of My Secret” (1995) to her role as a straight-talking maid in last year’s “Julieta,” De Palma’s asymmetric features has won her fame and elevation to fashion muse for designers Jean-Paul Gautier and Thierry Mugler, a status part secured by her role in Robert Altman’s 1994 “Pret-a-Porter.” De Palma served on the main competition jury of the 2015 Cannes Festival. In France, De Palma will be seen later this year in Amanda Sthers’ “Madame.”
In her first U.S.-shot movie, “I Miss You,” De »
- John Hopewell
Venice Critics’ Week Lineup Announced; Opener Is Britain’s ‘Pin Cushion’
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Rome – The Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week on Monday unveiled its lineup of eight international first works, all of them world premieres, with British director Deborah Haywood’s “Pin Cushion” as the out-of-competition opener.
“Pin Cushion” (pictured), which is produced by Gavin Humphries with Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance, and supported by Creative England and the British Film Institute, was described by the section’s artistic director Giona Nazzaro as a “cruel, very colorful film that signals the talent of a very promising director.”
Shot on location in the town of Swadlincote in Derbyshire, England, the film is about “new girl Iona, 13, [who] becomes saliva-swapping best friends (‘besties’) with scene girl Keely, until Iona becomes more popular and Keely spirals out of control,” according to BFI promotional material.
- Nick Vivarelli
Manolo Caro’s ‘Tales of an Immoral Couple’ Gets U.S. Debut (Exclusive)
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Known for his comedies that have consistently perched among the top 10 highest-grossing pics in Mexico over the past three years, Caro’s fifth feature film revolves around a couple who meet again 25 years after their first romantic entanglement.
A comedy of errors ensues as they both try to maintain their facades, and the true reasons why they split up the first time are eventually revealed. Shot on location in Mexico’s picturesque San Miguel de Allende, “Tales of an Immoral Couple” was distributed by Cinepolis in Mexico where it bowed in November and became one of the top-grossing Mexican films of 2016.
This marks the first U.S. theatrical distribution of a film by the Guadalajara-born Mexican film and theater helmer-scribe who saw »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Golden Screen Rejects MM2 Asia’s Bid to Acquire Stake in Singapore’s Largest Cinema Chain
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Singapore-based MM2 Asia’s plan to acquire a 50% stake in the country’s largest cinema chain has collapsed after the owner of the rest of the shares did not approve the plan.
It was announced Monday that the Singaporean media mini-conglomerate failed to get approval from Golden Screen, which owns half the stakes in Dartina Development. Dartina Development runs the Golden Village cinema business in Singapore.
MM2 Asia is the first film company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. On June 13, the company made the acquisition plan public, announcing that it was in talks with Village Cinemas Australia to buy Village’s 50% share of Dartina for $133 million (S$184 million).
The deal was made on condition that approval from Golden Screen, which owns the rest of the stakes in the Golden Village theater chain, be granted by July 21. But such approval was not obtained by the deadline.
MM2 Asia said it was exploring other options.
- Vivienne Chow
Sarajevo Film Festival to Pay Tribute to Oliver Stone
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Oliver Stone will be honored at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival. Stone will be in town for the 23rd edition of the festival, where he will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo.
The Sarajevo Film Festival runs from Aug. 11 to 18. The organizers have already said that comedy actor John Cleese will also receive the Honorary Heart accolade this year.
Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco (“After Lucia”) heads the jury for the festival’s competition program.
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- Stewart Clarke