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Marvel/Sony picks a Spider-Man actor in Tom Holland and a director in Jon Watts

After what seems like one of the longest casting processes in a while, Marvel and Sony have settled on the next actor to play Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego Spider-Man. The search literally took months, involved names both expected and unexpected, but finally concluded yesterday. Putting on the costume will be young Tom Holland, while stepping behind the camera will be Jon Watts. Not familiar with either of those names that Marvel Cinematic Universe godfather Kevin Feige saw fit to hire? Fear not, as I’ll give you the rundown on who they are below, along with who they beat out for their plum new gigs in each case.
First up, I should remind you where the character has gone before. We’re getting our third incarnation of Spidey, with Tobey Maguire as Peter in the first three films that Sony put out (Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3), all of which were directed by Sam Raimi. Money and a sapping of creative energy led to a scrapping of Spider-Man 4 for what was expected to be a younger reboot, this time led by Andrew Garfield in the tights and Marc Webb at the helm. That only lasted for two movies (The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2) before they went back to the drawing board again. Instead of pursuing The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Sony reached an agreement with Marvel to let the character join their cinematic universe in a partnership between both corporate giants. That got us to where we are now.
Alright, so let’s talk about Holland a bit. He’s an up and coming actor, mainly known for an excellent supporting turn a few years ago in The Impossible. He even got some awards buzz for that role, so he’s clearly got acting chops. Who did he beat out to play the web head? The main contender seemed to be Asa Butterfield, though along with Butterfield and Holland, the actual finalists were Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer, and Charlie Rowe. At one point Nat Wolff seemed to be in the running as well. Rumors had it down to just Holland and Rowe in the last few days, so Holland obviously managed to put himself over the top. Now, he’ll be high school student Peter Parker, but more importantly, he’ll also be teenaged superhero and future Avenger Spider-Man.
As for Watts, he’s an initially surprising pick by Marvel and Sony, […]

The World To GET SMURFY – Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson and Mandy Patinkin to lend their voices to fully computer-animated feature Film.
To mark this year’s June 14th Global Smurfs Day, Sony Pictures Animation announced the all star cast of Get Smurfy, its brand new, fully computer-animated feature film reminiscent of creator Peyo Culliford’s original recognizable style.
Get Smurfy finds Smurfette and her brothers trekking through the uncharted Enchanted Forest to try and discover a fabled Smurfs village before their nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel, does. Along the way, some of the mysteries of the little blue creatures’ origins are brought to light: do Smurfs come in any other colors? are their mushroom houses organic? And… why are there 99 boys and only one girl???
Platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato has signed to voice the girl-power-ful Smurfette, with Emmy-nominated comic actor Rainn Wilson (The Office, Monsters vs. Aliens) stepping into the evil shoes of the Smurf nemesis, Gargamel. Papa Smurf will be played by Emmy winner Mandy Patinkin (The Princess Bride, Homeland).
Set for a worldwide release on March 31, 2017, the new feature-length animated adventure will be directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet), produced by Jordan Kerner (Charlotte’s Web, The Smurfs) and co-produced by Mary Ellen Bauder (Hotel Transylvania).
Get Smurfy will stand as a brand new entry in the Columbia Pictures movie franchise that has grossed more than $900 million globally.
Says director Kelly Asbury, “The continued popularity of the Smurfs is unmistakeable, and this new outing will return them to the fully-animated world that launched them.”
Producer Jordan Kerner continues, “We felt it was important to take a very different approach with this origin story. It returns to the roots of Peyo’s creation in this CG animated adventure. I hope it will delight not only fans but audiences worldwide. We couldn’t be more excited with the talented new cast we’re starting to assemble for our Smurfy reboot! ”
Adds Sony Pictures Animation’s Kristine Belson, “We have gathered a group of filmmakers and artists who have grown up with these loveable characters, and Get Smurfy will be imbued with the same spirit of adventure that first made all of us lifelong fans of these little blue guys…and girl.”
Based on the characters and works of PEYO.
SMURF, and all Smurfs characters: ©Peyo. All Rights Reserved. “Smurf” and “The Smurfs” are registered trademarks of STUDIO PEYO

Ben Affleck responds…

Ben Affleck responds to the controversy of the PBS show “Finding Your Roots” on his Facebook page
“After an exhaustive search of my ancestry for “Finding Your Roots,” it was discovered that one of my distant relatives was an owner of slaves,” Affleck writes.
“I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.
Skip decided what went into the show. I lobbied him the same way I lobby directors about what takes of mine I think they should use. This is the collaborative creative process. Skip agreed with me on the slave owner but made other choices I disagreed with. In the end, it’s his show and I knew that going in. I’m proud to be his friend and proud to have participated.

It’s important to remember that this isn’t a news program. Finding Your Roots is a show where you voluntarily provide a great deal of information about your family, making you quite vulnerable. The assumption is that they will never be dishonest but they will respect your willingness to participate and not look to include things you think would embarrass your family.
I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story. We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery. It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don’t like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country’s history is being talked about.”
Ben Affleck

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes wins Box Office with $73 Million

Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Optimus Prime and the Autobots continue their international box office success with “Transformers: Age of Extinction” adding another $102 million in 50 territories & in the process propels the international total past the $500 million mark and the worldwide box office to a now staggering $736 million. Meanwhile “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ is still breathing fire in a whopping 62 family-friendly markets as it crosses $345 million in global revenue. In just 26 international territories this weekend’s debut of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is off to a rousing $31.1 million start.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 13, 2014, are below.
1. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – 20th Century Fox – $73.0M
2. Transformers: Age Of Extinction – Paramount – $16.5M
3. Tammy – Warner Bros. – $12.9M
4. 22 Jump Street – Sony – $6.7M
5. How To Train Your Dragon 2 – 20th Century Fox – $5.9M
6. Earth To Echo – Relativity Media – $5.5M
7. Deliver Us From Evil – Sony – $4.7M
8. Maleficent – Disney – $4.2M
9. Begin Again – The Weinstein Company – $2.9M
10. Jersey Boys – Warner Bros. – $2.5M
11. Think Like A Man Too – Sony – $2.5M
12. America – Lionsgate – $2.5M
To read more about Box Office numbers go to www.rentrak.com

Tom Cruise’s new film, “Edge of Tomorrow,” doing good overseas

As the trusted standard for all studio box office reporting, Rentrak provides intelligence into overnight theatre-level reporting across the global theatrical market. Coupled with the official reported data, studios are able to analyze admissions and gross results in over 50 territories using Rentrak’s suite of products.
Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Warner Bros. “Edge of Tomorrow” puts the international marketplace on “Cruise” control topping the chart with $82 million in 63 markets while Disney’s “Maleficent” reaches $335 million worldwide. Fox’s “The Fault in Our Stars” in just 17 territories draws $17.1 million in its first weekend. Notably, Sony’s “22 Jump Street” gets a jump on the North American release with $8.8 million.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, June 8, 2014, are below.
1. Fault In Our Stars, The – 20th Century Fox – $48.2M
2. Maleficent – Disney – $33.5M
3. Edge Of Tomorrow – Warner Bros. – $29.1M
4. X-Men: Days Of Future Past – 20th Century Fox – $14.7M
5. Million Ways To Die In The West, A – Universal – $7.2M
6. Godzilla – Warner Bros. – $6.0M
7. Neighbors – Universal – $5.2M
8. Blended – Warner Bros. – $4.0M
9. Chef – Open Road – $2.6M
10. Amazing Spider-Man 2, The – Sony – $1.9M
11. Million Dollar Arm – Disney – $1.8M
12. Belle – Fox Searchlight – $0.8M
Full details regarding the global domestic and international box office go to
www.rentrak.com

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ With $262 Mil Global Box Office

The 7th installment in the X-Men franchise grossed an estimated $262 Mil Global. However, it’s lower than ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ debut eight years ago.
The X-Men film series consists of superhero films based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name.
Below estimated Domestic Box Office for weekend of May 23-25:
1 X-Men: Days Of Future Past, 20th Century Fox $90,700,000
2 Godzilla, Warner Bros. $31,425,000
3 Blended, Warner Bros. $14,245,000
4 Neighbors, Universal $13,945,820
5 Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony $7,800,000
6 Million Dollar Arm, Disney $7,093,000
7 Other Woman, 20th Century Fox
8 Rio 2, 20th Century Fox $2,500,000
9 Chef, Open Road $2,260,000
10 Heaven Is For Real, Sony $1,950,000
11 Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Disney $1,722,000
12 Belle, Fox Searchlight $1,700,000
to read more go to www.rentrak.com

“Amazing Spider-Man 2″ wins again

Rentrak Corporation, the leader in precisely measuring movies and TV everywhere, today announced the worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of May 4, 2014 as compiled by the company’s Box Office Essentials™ and International Box Office Essentials™ theatrical measurement services.
As the trusted standard for all studio box office reporting, Rentrak provides intelligence into overnight theatre-level reporting across the global theatrical market. Coupled with the official reported data, studios are able to analyze admissions and gross results in over 50 territories using Rentrak’s suite of products.
Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ swung into theaters worldwide this weekend with an impressive $208 million while breaking records in numerous international territories where it added another $116 million this weekend for a $369 million global total to date.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, May 4, 2014, are below.
1. Amazing Spider-Man 2, The – Sony – $92.0M
2. Other Woman, The – 20th Century Fox – $14.2M
3. Heaven Is For Real – Sony – $8.7M
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Disney – $7.8M
5. Rio 2 – 20th Century Fox – $7.6M
6. Brick Mansions – Relativity Media – $3.5M
7. Divergent – Lionsgate – $2.2M
8. Quiet Ones, The – Lionsgate – $2.0M
9. God’s Not Dead – Freestyle Releasing – $1.8M
10. Grand Budapest Hotel, The – Fox Searchlight – $1.7M
11. Bears – Disney – $1.6M
12. Draft Day – Lionsgate – $1.4M

The Other Woman Wins – Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, Leslie Mann, Nicki Minaj

Rentrak Corporation, the leader in precisely measuring movies and TV everywhere, today announced the worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 27, 2014 as compiled by the company’s Box Office Essentials™ and International Box Office Essentials™ theatrical measurement services.
As the trusted standard for all studio box office reporting, Rentrak provides intelligence into overnight theatre-level reporting across the global theatrical market. Coupled with the official reported data, studios are able to analyze admissions and gross results in over 50 territories using Rentrak’s suite of products.
Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Super Heroes rule the world as Sony’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ earns $67.2 million in its second weekend of release, bringing the overseas total to $132.0 million. Meanwhile Disney/Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ with $645 million to date has surpassed the global total of ‘Iron Man 2′ & internationally the film has grossed $420M, including over $100 million from China.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 27, 2014, are below.
1. Other Woman, The – 20th Century Fox – $24.7M
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Disney – $16.0M
3. Heaven Is For Real – Sony – $13.8M
4. Rio 2 – 20th Century Fox – $13.7M
5. Brick Mansions – Relativity Media – $9.6M
6. Transcendence – Warner Bros. – $4.1M
7. Quiet Ones, The – Lionsgate – $4.0M
8. Bears – Disney – $3.6M
9. Divergent – Lionsgate – $3.6M
10. Haunted House 2, A – Open Road – $3.3M
11. Draft Day – Lionsgate – $2.8M
12. Grand Budapest Hotel, The – Fox Searchlight – $2.5M

Another great Hollywood Vanity Fair bash… Stars, Stars, Stars

Vanity Fair upped its Oscar game last night. They build a huge multi level tented building in the parking behind Sunset Plaza. Traffic snaked back and forth on Sunset Boulevard in both directions. There was a big security plan, with metal detectors at the check in. And then you arrived to find an avalanche of stars. Stars and stars. Two by two, or three by three, they came.
Inside the main room, just to the right, if you could find them through the fog of formally attired people, Jane Fonda and Anjelica Huston set up a beach head. Many stars, old and young, were crowded into this area including Jane’s beau, Richard Perry, and Sarah Paulson, plus Quincy Jones, who was busy looking for Petra Nemcova, and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks. Rosaria Dawson and Gabrielle Union weren’t far away. Sitting on a couch in a section nearby, the fabulous oldies group– Mickey Rooney and Martin Landau. And they were hosting this year’s nominee June Squibb.
Praise god– Don Rickles and his wife were entertaining Don’s many fans. “Do you have any Oscar jokes? I asked Rickles. “If you’re paying me!” he said. I did get a photo.
Just at the entrance to this room I tripped over Bill Hader, who was reconnecting with Will Forte and Paul Rudd, with a big group of comics around them. Hader made a beeline to see Larry David. In time that group was joined by hit pop star Ed Sheeran, who’d just come over from playing at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation fundraiser. Only 23, Sheeran– who’d been hanging with Taylor Swift–is about to break out in a big way. His new single comes this week, with a new album in June.
From there I headed to the upper level party, where Bill Murray and a big group had come to occupy a huge round room with Art Deco-ish banquettes– a hold over from past VF parties. They store their sets! This is where a lot of guests were dining on In and Out Burgers. Here were lots of people carrying Oscars, from “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” crew to winner Lupita Nyong’o. Super model Karolina Kurklova and her husband Archie Drury were getting burgers. Amazing since it looks she only eats celery stalks!
And yes, chowing down, was our old pal Kerry Washington, a month away from giving birth, radiant and round.
The thing about Vanity Fair’s parties is […]

“GI Joe: Retaliation” is once again the No. 1 film worldwide

“GI Joe: Retaliation is once again the No. 1 film worldwide with an estimated weekend of $61.3 million.
The worldwide cume now stands at $231.9 million. Also, The Croods passed the $200 million mark and Jack the Giant Slayer passed the $100 mark internationally this weekend.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 7, 2013 are below.
1. Evil Dead – Sony – $26.0M
2. GI Joe: Retaliation – Paramount – $21.1M
3. Croods, The – 20th Century Fox – $21.1M
4. Jurassic Park – Universal – $18.2M
5. Olympus Has Fallen – FilmDistrict – $10.0M
6. Tyler Perry’s Temptation – Lionsgate – $10.0M
7. Oz The Great and Powerful – Disney – $8.2M
8. Host, The – Open Road – $5.2M
9. Call, The – Sony – $3.5M
10. Admission – Focus Features – $2.1M
11. Spring Breakers – A24 Films – $1.2M
12. Identity Thief – Universal – $0.8M
Courtesy of Rentrak Corporation, the global leader in box office measurement.
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