January 20, 2017

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The Dark Knight Rises topped the weekend box office again with $36 million.

HollywoodNews.com:In the face of two relatively non-mighty openers, The Dark Knight Rises (review/spoiler-review) topped the weekend box office again with $36 million. As has been the case throughout the film’s much-debated run (which is really only 17 days old), it’s doing pretty spectacular by any logical standard but must be defended from those who think it automatically should have topped The Dark Knight and/or challenged The Avengers.
The film has $354 million after three weekends, versus The Dark Knight ($393 million) and The Avengers ($457 million). It’s the third-biggest 17-day total of all-time, closely surpassing Avatar ($352 million) as the third-fastest film to reach $350 million. It will crack $400 million in two or three weekends (surely the fourth-fastest movie to do so if it can in less than Shrek 2’s 43 days) and anything after that is merely bragging rights. It may or may not crack $1 billion worldwide, with around $700 million so far and holding up relatively well. Despite my concerns following its Harry Potter/Twilight-esque opening weekend, it’s already having a leggier run than any recent Harry Potter or Twilight Saga sequel, as well as Spider-Man 3 (2.2x its weekend) or Iron Man 2 (2.4x times its weekend). It’ll out gross Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith ($380 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($381 million) around next weekend.
It will probably outgross Transformers 2 ($402 million), Spider-Man ($403 million), and The Hunger Games ($405 million) by the end of the month, with Toy Story 3 ($415 million), The Lion King ($422 million), and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($423 million) waiting on tap if it can keep those non-IMAX screens during the end-of-August deluge. So relax Bat-fans, it’s doing just fine.
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“Prometheus” – Finish the first film if you want us to see the sequel!

HollywoodNews.com: Corey Atad wrote a great ‘wish I had gotten around to writing it first’ piece on Friday. It’s about well, it’s called “Prometheus; or Stop Trying to Set Up Sequels!”. I’ve whined about this in brief or in the context of something else from time to time, but the whole ‘everything’s a trilogy’ mindset has been quite harmful to any number of pictures over the last decade. When you go back and look at the films that spawned successful franchises, they generally began with mostly close-ended installments.
Star Wars stands on its own, as does The Matrix, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Batman Begins (heck, over the last four years I’ve come to admire how The Dark Knight begins and finishes its Harvey Dent business within its own 152 minute running time). Even the first Back to the Future ended its specific narrative before offering a comedic cliffhanger that didn’t necessarily need to be revolved (the producers always say they sure as hell wouldn’t have had a flying car at the epilogue if they knew they were going to have to do expensive FX for a flying car all throughout a sequel). Even Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone had a relatively self-contained story that didn’t necessarily require a sequel to complete its narrative.
But these days there is a certain thinking that one must intentionally leave your story unresolved in order to justify a sequel, as opposed to merely making one successful film and hoping the audience wants more. Personified by John Carter, Dark Shadows, and Prometheus this year, and films like Night Watch, Robin Hood, and The Golden Compass in years past (yes the latter is actually less cliffhanger-ish than the book), there is indeed a min-trend of intentionally leaving your primary story open-ended in the egocentric presumption that parts 2 and 3 are merely a good opening weekend away. Arguably the first explicit ‘to be continued’ wasn’t even Lord of the Rings, but rather Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers back in November 1997. I remember being genuinely shocked that the film ended without the primary conflict being resolved, even as the film still felt like a complete story for the main characters. But my favorite sequel tease remains the finale of Bryan Singer’s X-Men. Even when I first saw the film back in July 2000, it struck me as […]

Keira Knightley is engaged

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actress Keira Knightley has been confirmed by her publicist as being engaged to marry.
It is being reported that Knightley is now set to marry musician James Righton, states OMG!. Further details about any wedding planning are unknown at this time.
The two reportedly started dating early last year.
Righton is a keyboardist with the Klaxons.
When do you think they will wed?
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First-Ever Heineken VOCES Grants at Tribeca Film Festival

HollywoodNews.com: The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced the award winners for the TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund and first-ever Heineken VOCES grant at a celebration over the weekend for Latin American filmmakers during the Tribeca Film Festival. The funds, totaling $60,000, support innovative Latin American film and video artists to help them explore stories reflecting diverse cultures and gain exposure in the film industry.
The TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund awards $10,000 grants to animation, documentary, or hybrid feature-length films in advanced development, production or post-production from filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Grantees also receive exclusive guidance from TFI to ensure that each film reaches completion and enters the U.S. marketplace from the best possible vantage point. The Fund is sponsored by Moviecity and CANACINE.
“We are proud to support this year’s Latin America Fund and Heineken VOCES winners, and look forward to helping these six filmmakers further develop their films,” said Ryan Harrington, Director of Documentary Programming for TFI. “The VOCES grant extends our Latin Fund’s reach by allowing us to work with filmmakers in the United States as well as talent based in Latin America. With the help of our partners, we can continue to provide a platform where these compelling stories can be experienced by a larger audience.”
The winning films were selected by a jury of industry professionals including Fernando Rovzar, Executive Producer of La Casa de Mi Padre and Producer of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark; Cynthia Lopez, Vice-President of American Documentary / POV; and actor/filmmaker Ricardo Darin (The Secret in Their Eyes, The Aura, Nine Queens).
The following four films are winners of this year’s TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund:
City of the Caesars (Chile), Directed & Produced by Francisco Hervé, Edited by Andrea Chignoli — Two conspiracy theories. Two ordinary men. Wisdom, immortality and natural resources are at stake in a mythical place somewhere in Patagonia.
Cuando los Muertos Estan Mas Secos/When the Dead Are Drier (Bolivia), Directed & Produced by Claudio Araya Silva and Produced by Yara Morales Rivera — In the eighties, more than 50 women committed suicide in a small peasant community. Hermenegildo and Pedro return to their community, attempting to retrace the paths of memory regarding the deaths of their wives. The trip aims to unravel the mystery surrounding the life and death of these women.
Elena (Brazil), Directed & Produced by Ana Petra Costa […]

Elton John Does a Lot of Good – Donated $8.3 million last year

HollywoodNews.com: The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) today announced over $3.2 million in new grants that will further its mission to assist the most marginalized populations vulnerable to HIV infection. These new awards brought EJAF’s final total grant-making commitments for calendar 2011 to a record $8,316,871, with disbursements totaling $7,006,871 last year.
These grants represent EJAF’s continuing commitment to fund demographics and geographic regions that are seriously impacted by HIV/AIDS and under-served by traditional funders. Grant expenditures totaling $3,221,622 were awarded for 19 new and 29 renewal grants, including:
* health services for Black women, one of the highest HIV-impacted populations in this country;
* innovative programs focused on the health and rights of gay and bisexual men throughout the U.S.;
* programs designed to help people with HIV who are leaving prison to access and stay on treatment and maintain their health as they reintegrate into society;
* small community grants supporting services for gay men throughout Latin America;
* clinical and mental health services for vulnerable populations in the Caribbean; and
* additional funding totaling $1.6 million over two years to support over 50 community organizations providing needle exchange and harm reduction services for injection drug users.
“Through the efforts of hundreds of privately-funded syringe access programs, HIV incidence due to injection drug use in the U.S. has declined from 25% of all infections in 2000 to 9% today,” said Executive Director Scott Campbell. “Scaled-up syringe access programming could bring injection-related HIV infections down to zero. Given Congress’ unfortunate reinstatement of the ban on the use of federal funding for syringe exchange programs, EJAF’s increased investments as one of the top three funders in this field are particularly crucial.”
“For twenty years, EJAF has remained consistent in our mission, even as we’ve increased the scope and reach of our grant-making,” added Chairman David Furnish. “Our most recent grants continue this historic focus, dedicating critical funding to the most urgent and under-resourced aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
About EJAF
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established as a nonprofit organization in the United States in 1992 and as a registered charity in the United Kingdom in 1993 by Sir Elton John. Together, both entities have raised more than $225 million for worthy programs in 55 countries around the globe since inception. Today, the Foundation is […]

LEGO Batman 2 game hints at possible Justice League movie?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We don’t do a lot of video game news here on the site, but this bit of information has us pretty excited about a playable game (and the impact it might have on future movies).
The LEGO franchise has transitioned beautifully into the video game format, delivering winning installments of Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean and Batman over the years. Now MTV reports that “LEGO Batman 2” is on its way, and it will expand the universe to include other DC Comics heroes.
“While the original game allowed you to play as either Batman or Robin, ‘Lego Batman 2’ will also feature Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern. It’s like a mini Justice League – except for some reason this Justice League is eerily mute and made of plastic,” the site reports.
What does this mean for movies? Well, we believe that a “Justice League” feature is possible at some point down the road … particularly if Joss Whedon’s “Avengers” experiment works this summer. You know DC is looking at Marvel’s summer tentpole to see if the multi-hero template works. And introducing a blend of that group – even in a video game – only helps make them a household name that could become a profitable movie some day soon.
“Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes” has a planned launch window of Summer 2012, releasing across every major platform including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo DS, and PC.
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“Harry Potter,” “Glee” lead 2012 People’s Choice Awards

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: A beautiful keepsake book for the final “Harry Potter” movie arrived in the mail yesterday with the message “Consider.” Coincidentally, the last installment in the eight-movie franchise scored big with the 2012 People’s Choice Awards, which revealed its nominations on Tuesday.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” are going to compete for favorite movie alongside “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “The Help” and “Bridesmaids.” Three out of those five are excellent. The other two are simply popular.
The final “Harry Potter” film, meanwhile, is the most-nominated movie this year, collecting an impressive nine nods.
Here’s a complete list of this year’s nominees. The ceremony will be held on Jan. 11.
* Bridesmaids
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
* The Help
* Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
* Transformers: Dark of the Moon
* Daniel Radcliffe
* Hugh Jackman
* Johnny Depp
* Robert Pattinson
* Ryan Reynolds
* Anne Hathaway
* Emma Stone
* Jennifer Aniston
* Julia Roberts
* Reese Witherspoon
* George Clooney
* Harrison Ford
* Morgan Freeman
* Robert DeNiro
* Tom Hanks
* Fast Five
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
* Thor
* Transformers: Dark of the Moon
* X-Men: First Class
* Hugh Jackman
* Ryan Reynolds
* Shia LaBeouf
* Taylor Lautner
* Vin Diesel
* The Adjustment Bureau
* The Help
* Limitless
* Moneyball
* Water for Elephants
* Bad Teacher
* Bridesmaids
* Crazy Stupid Love
* Friends With Benefits
* The Hangover Part II
* Adam Sandler
* Ashton Kutcher
* Bradley Cooper
* Ryan Reynolds
* Steve Carell
* Cameron Diaz
* Emma Stone
* Jennifer Aniston
* Mila Kunis
* Natalie Portman
* Chloe Moretz
* Daniel Radcliffe
* Emma Watson
* Rupert Grint
* Tom Felton
* Bridesmaids
* The Hangover Part II
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
* Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
* X-Men: First Class
* Anne Hathaway as Jewel
* Jack Black as Po
Kung Fu Panda 2
* […]

“Pirates of the Caribbean” 4 surpasses $1B, becomes 7th highest grossing film ever

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: In the six weeks since its May 20th release, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has grossed more than $1 billion, confirmed Disney. That makes it the seventh highest grossing film in movie history, according to Box Office Mojo reports.
In fact, there are so many record-setting sequels among the top 20, it’s no wonder that movie studios forego potentially risky new projects in favor of producing films for franchises that they know can perform. In total, three “Pirates of the Caribbean”, four ‘Harry Potter”, and two “Lord of the Rings” appear in the top 20. Indeed the only film appearing in the top 20 without a sequel is “Titanic,” which grossed $1.8 billion worldwide and stands in the number two spot, behind “Avatar”.
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Disney turning The Matterhorn ride into feature film

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It worked well for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, yet not so well for the Haunted Mansion. Now Disney’s trying their luck with another theme park-inspired feature film that could give life to another lucrative franchise, if it’s handled properly.
Disney has hired Jason Dean Hall to pen a “thrilling, fast-paced movie” based on the theme park’s Matterhorn ride, as reported by THR. The Matterhorn can be found in the Fantasyland section of California’s Disneyland park, and incorporates a toboggan-themed ride down a mock Swiss mountain. Thanks to upgrades in 1978, the ride now boasts automatronic Abominable Snowmen. Awesome!
STORY: Michael Chabon Closes Deal to Write ‘Magic Kingdom’ for Disney (Exclusive)
The idea behind the film, which will be called “The Hill,” will “five young adventure seekers who, for mysterious reasons, are called to the top of the mountain and encounter a Yetis on the journey down,” THR reports.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg for Disney, which is producing a “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” reboot for David Fincher to direct as well as Jon Favreau’s “Magic Kingdom,” which is being penned by the great Michael Chabon.
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This Week In Movies By Pete Hammond “Hangover 2”

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: Well, don’t ever underestimate the appetite of the moviegoers for lowdown , gross –out comedy, especially of the brand they have seen before. In this case the Wolfpack of The Hangover have done it again, virtually the same exact way they did it the first time. In The Hangover Part II, only the location has changed (from Vegas to Bangkok) but all the rest including the unexplained group drunken bender during a pre-wedding party for Ed Helms, the search for the buddy who inexplicably goes missing, the funny animal who just appears in their room (this time a drug-dealing monkey instead of a tiger), crazy Asian Ken Jeong naked again (really he should reconsider baring all) and even though you have to wait all the way to the end, Mike Tyson is back singing too! Predictable , yes. Funny, in parts. Popular, uh yeah. Breaking all sorts of records for Memorial Day, an R-rated comedy, a single day’s gross and pushing the limits of the ratings board, this Hangover is a smash. In fact it and the number two film, another retread, Kung Fu Panda 2 has made this four day Memorial Day weekend (and five day boxoffice period since both opened on Thursday instead of the usual Friday) a record-setter itself up more than 50% over last year and several million above 2007 which had the advantage of three major second sequels, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Shrek 3 and Spider Man 3. This time we have a couple of 2’s in Hangover and Kung Fu Panda and a 4 in Pirates proving everything old is new again or Hollywood doesn’t have any original ideas or audiences just want to rehash the same old stuff or—the correct answer — all of the above.
With an estimated three day of $85 million, a four day Memorial Day holiday take of $105 million and an overall five day of $137 million this is quite a bounty for a movie much of its target audience probably had to sneak in to see. The film was rated by Cinemascore with an astounding A+ satisfaction level for moviegoers 18 and under (and A- overall among all attendees). But how they did get in? It’s rated ‘R’ so no one under 17 without an adult, and I doubt many 16 […]

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