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‘Beauty And The Beast’ Nears $700M Ww; ‘Kong’ Has Mighty $72M China Bow, Tops $250M Offshore – International Box Office

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Update, Writethru: The international box office waltz was led again this frame by Disney's Beauty And The Beast with a $119.2M sophomore session — down less than 35% from opening last weekend. The global cume is $690.3M through Sunday, making the Bill Condon-directed live-action tuner the No. 1 movie of 2017 to date worldwide. It's also tops internationally ($373.3M) and domestically ($317M). Batb now becomes the 4th consecutive Walt Disney Studios release to pass $600M… »


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Family-Branded Films On Fire: ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Headed To $90M+; ‘Power Rangers’ Mighty With $40M+

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4th Writethru Sunday Am following Saturday 11:45Pm post: If there’s a tale as old as time at the box office this weekend, it’s the non-stop trend that premium brands are much bigger stars than the talent on the poster. Disney says Beauty and the Beast‘s second weekend is $88.3M, but the industry believes it’s higher at $90.4M. The Burbank studio likes to play it safe with their Sunday Am reporting. Last week, Monday, of course, showed that Beauty and the Beast was much… »


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Jazz Doc ‘I Called Him Morgan’ Hits Solid Note; ‘Wilson’ Walks Slow – Specialty B.O.

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The first weekend of spring was mostly a chill at the Specialty box office, with only some new and holdovers films getting decent numbers Friday to Sunday. Even some stalwarts were showing signs of fatigue. Newcomer I Called Him Morgan from Submarine Deluxe and FilmRise had the best per theater average from its single New York location, grossing $14K. Fip bowed India's Phillauri in 74 North American theaters Friday, grossing an estimated $265K, while Searchlight's Wilson… »


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‘Sing’ Gives Voice To $600M At Worldwide Box Office

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Illumination and Universal Pictures’ animated let’s-put-on-a-show show Sing has reached the $600M mark at global turnstiles. The current split on the Garth Jennings-directed charmer is $269.7M domestic with $330.3M at the international box office. That makes for a nice round milestone through Sunday. Sing had passed $500M last month. The movie, featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson, world premiered at last… »


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Dan Aykroyd, Griffin Dunne Remember Carrie & Debbie, “Beloved Showboats”

25 March 2017 4:26 PM, PDT

Dan Aykroyd, one of the speakers honoring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds during the public memorial for the famed mother-daughter pair, was describing his friend Carrie but could just as easily been speaking of Debbie with these two words: beloved showboat. The former Saturday Night Live funnyman recalled a long-ago moment when he saved Fisher’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver. She was choking on a brussels sprout, he said before lamenting, only half jokingly… »


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Watch Public Memorial For Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher Livestreamed Here – Update

25 March 2017 1:44 PM, PDT

Update The livestreamed memorial service has closed. Update with livestream, below Fans of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher can say goodbye today, with a public memorial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park set to be livestreamed and featuring the music of James Blunt and Star Wars composer John Williams. Organized by Todd Fisher (Reynolds’ son, Fisher’s brother), the memorial will take place in the cemetery’s 1,200-seat Hall of Liberty theater, with overflow crowds offered… »


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Richard A. Roth Dies: ‘Summer Of ’42’ Producer Was 76

25 March 2017 1:36 PM, PDT

Richard A. Roth, producer of the romantic coming-of-age melodrama Summer of ’42, died March 17 at his home in New York City. He was 76. His death was announced by his family. He was a producer of 1975’s Gene Wilder-directed The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother. According to his family, Roth had graduated from Stanford University Law School and was working for a small literary agency when he read the Summer of ’42 screenplay from a slush pile. He borrowed… »


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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Posters: Tom Holland Slings Through New York

25 March 2017 1:01 PM, PDT

Spider-Man: Homecoming showed some more Big Apple love today, tweeting a new poster image depicting the Marvel superhero on his New York City turf. The poster, depicting Spidey scaling a Brooklyn-Queens Expressway sign, comes a day after two others were tweeted. In yesterday’s posters, he’s spider-walking up the Avengers’ building with the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center in the background, and lounging in a park, with the Avengers’ and Chrysler buildings… »


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‘Queen of the Desert’ Trailer: Nicole Kidman Defies An Empire

25 March 2017 11:19 AM, PDT

Nicole Kidman embodies trailblazer Gertrude Bell  — a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, political officer and spy for the British Empire at the dawn of the 20th century – in Werner Herzog's upcoming drama Queen of the Desert.  Based on the true story of the extraordinary woman who found freedom in the faraway world of the Middle East, the film follows Bell (Kidman) as she chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in turn-of-the-century England, leaving it… »


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‘Justice League’ Official Trailer Is Here, Minus A Red Cape

25 March 2017 8:24 AM, PDT

After two days of teasing, the official Justice League trailer is here. “We have to be ready,” says a voice that sounds very much like Batman: “You, me and the others. There’s an attack coming, from far away.” “Not coming, Bruce,” says Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. “It’s already here.” Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne kicks off the action here, riding horseback along a snowy plain, on a mission to gather the rest of the superhero gang. So we then witness a gathering of the tribe… »


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‘Beauty And The Beast’ Crosses $500M At Worldwide Box Office

25 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

Saturday Update: As expected, Disney's Beauty And The Beast waltzed past the $500M global mark on Friday with a total of $541M after eight days in worldwide release. Overseas, Batb is crossing $300M this session after taking $289M through yesterday. The full offshore weekend is on track to land just over $100M. France and Australia were notable additions to play this frame and only Japan remains to join the party on April 21. We'll have the full international box office… »


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WGA “Broke Off Negotiations,” Producers Claim As Strike Vote Looms

24 March 2017 7:46 PM, PDT

One day before negotiations originally were scheduled to end between the WGA and AMPTP, the labor tension in Hollywood is at a 10-year high. As the scribes now confirm Deadline’s exclusive of earlier today that a strike-authorization vote has been called, the producers shot back this evening with claims of bad faith from the other side of the table. “The WGA broke off negotiations at an early stage in the process in order to secure a strike vote rather than directing its… »

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WGA Negotiators Call For Strike-Authorization Vote – Read The Letter

24 March 2017 7:02 PM, PDT

Lead negotiators for the WGA just sent a letter to the membership that reads, “Your Negotiating Committee has voted unanimously to recommend that the Wgaw Board of Directors and Wgae Council conduct a strike authorization vote by the membership.” Read the full letter below. This would not be a vote to strike but to authorize the guild's board of directors to call a strike if further talks fail to produce a deal. Management’s Alliance of Motion Picture & Television… »

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WGA Strike Vote Could Be “Very Soon” As Talks Continue

24 March 2017 5:42 PM, PDT

Exclusive: With one day left in scheduled negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers over a new film and TV contract, a strike vote by the scribes is now looking like a real possibility. “That’s the way the wind is blowing,” a source with intimate knowledge of the ongoing talks told Deadline this afternoon. “We could have a strike vote very soon,” another insider told Deadline. While this could be posturing to light a fire… »

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No. 11 ‘Doctor Strange’ Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament

24 March 2017 4:47 PM, PDT

When it comes to evaluating the financial performance of top movies, it isn't about what a film grosses at the box office. The true tale is told when production budgets, P&A, talent participations and other costs collide with box office grosses and ancillary revenues from VOD to DVD and TV. To get close to that mysterious end of the equation, Deadline is repeating our Most Valuable Blockbuster tournament, using data culled by seasoned and trusted sources. Doctor Strange Di… »


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Robert Rodriguez To Direct ‘Escape From New York’

24 March 2017 3:52 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Robert Rodriguez is getting the gig to direct Escape From New York, the remake of John Carpenter’s iconic 1981 film that’s set up at 20th Century Fox. The studio won a bidding battle for rights to the reboot in early 2015, with Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman's The Picture Company set to produce. Neil Cross (Luther) is penning the script. The original was released by Avco Embassy, and the rights were owned by Studiocanal. Carpenter will be an executive producer… »


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AMC Networks Eyes Streaming Service For Subscribers: Report

24 March 2017 3:27 PM, PDT

AMC Networks is reportedly in the planning stages of launching a commercial-free streaming service that would be accessible to subscribers of its channels, according to a Reuters story today. If true that would differentiate it from stand-alone services like the ones offered by HBO or CBS, which don’t require a cable subscription. According to Reuters’ sources, the new service is “considering” a monthly price point of $4.99-$6.99 for content including AMC’s flagship The Wa… »

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Fox Film Production Exec Veep Mark Roybal Leaving Studio

24 March 2017 3:14 PM, PDT

Exclusive: 20th Century Fox feature executive vice president Mark Roybal is leaving the studio, Deadline has learned. I’ve heard Roybal's name for a couple of jobs in town recently, including the Focus Features president of production post that Jim Burke is vacating to return to producing. Roybal will exit when his contract expires within the next few weeks. I’ve confirmed the exit from Fox, and insiders there say he is leaving on good terms. Roybal has spent the past… »


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Treasury Department Defends Steven Mnuchin’s ‘Lego Batman’ Quip

24 March 2017 2:10 PM, PDT

A line at the end of a Q&A session by Hollywood financier-turned-u.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin has raised eyebrows at some ethics groups after he told attendees to go see The Lego Batman Movie. He happens to be an executive producer on Warner Bros’ animated hit via his role as a principal in RatPac-Dune Entertainment, a financier on the film. At today’s event hosted by media company Axios, Mnuchin was asked about his Hollywood past. "Well, I'm not allowed to… »


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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Has Chest-Beating Bow In China

24 March 2017 1:34 PM, PDT

Kong: Skull Island, which is being distributed by Legendary Entertainment in China, debuted today to a big $22.5M (which includes Thursday night and midnight screenings) to claim the second-biggest English-language bow. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter had a massive $33M take in its first day in the Middle Kingdom last month, also with previews. Kong: Skull Island,  which also ended up with the fifth-biggest Friday opening ever for a U.S. title, has grossed $167.3M so… »


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