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‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Haunts Thursday Box Office With $760,000
Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” scared up $760,000 at Thursday previews. The Lionsgate release is projected to top this weekend box office with $20 million to $22 million from 2,500 locations, with Lionsgate projecting a start on the lower end of that range. That would be a step down from the $28 million opening for last year’s “Boo!,” which opened to $855,000 at the Thursday previews and went on to gross $73 million. But with a reported budget of $20 million, this will still be a strong opening for Perry’s ninth Madea film, which he wrote and directed. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Naomi Watts to Star in Psychological Thriller 'The Wolf Hour'
Set during the 1977 New York blackout rights, the film will see the Oscar-nominated actress play June Leigh, a cultural icon and activist during the '60s who has since fallen from grace and is a shell of her former self, now facing her demons at the height of one of the darkest points in the city's history. Watts will also executive produce.
- Alex Ritman
Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Set to Scare Up a #1 Finish
This same weekend last year saw Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween debut with a chart-topping $28.5 million, besting Tom Cruise and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back on its way to two straight weekends at #1 and nearly $75 million domestically. Boo! ranks as the second highest grossing in Perry's directorial career and this weekend Boo 2! hopes to find similar success, though it isn't the weekend's only new opener. Boo 2! is just one of five new wide releases saturating the marketplace this weekend. Others vying for a spot in the weekend top ten include WB's big budget disaster flick Geostorm, Sony's Only The Brave, Universal's The Snowman and Pure Flix's Same Kind of Different as Me. It's a very crowded marketplace, but other than Boo 2!, it doesn't look like »
- Brad Brevet
Hollywood’s Most and Least Profitable Stars Revealed
New data claims to name the most popular actor in Hollywood — and it might not be who you expect.
According to data compiled by PartyCasino, which analyzed box office numbers from 1980 to 2017 to determine Hollywood’s most and least profitable actors, Emilio Estevez takes the crown.
Estevez, whose Brat Pack heyday was in the ’80s and ’90s, topped the list with the best return of any top-billed male actor who has starred in at least 10 films. For every $1 spent on the leading man’s films, Estevez generated $6.70 at the box office. Jean-Claude Van Damme ranked second with $4.20 for each dollar, while other great investments were Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3), and Dudley Moore ($3).
Brad Pitt was the least profitable actor and returned only 10 cents for every $1 spent, followed by Johnny Depp (20 cents), Robert De Niro (24 cents), Hugh Jackman (25 cents), and Anthony Hopkins (26 cents).
PartyCasino had less extensive results for actresses, because, as a representative »
- Matt Fernandez
JJ Abrams Plans to Take ‘Star Wars’ Franchise ‘Elsewhere’
In a recent interview with the BBC, alongside composer Michael Giacchino, Abrams said, “Well, it’s certainly something that I’m aware of now working on ‘Episode IX’ — coming back into this world after having done ‘Episode VII.’ I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were.”
Abrams added, “At the same time, »
- Umberto Gonzalez
'Aida's Secrets': Film Review
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Viewers will likely feel the urge to contact a genealogist after seeing Alon and Shaul Schwarz's fascinating and moving documentary about amazing revelations concerning their own family. Aida's Secrets unravels its complex scenario in compelling, page-turner mystery fashion, proving yet again that truth can be much stranger than fiction.
The story begins with the filmmakers' uncle, 67-year-old Izak, discovering that he has a long-lost brother. Izak was born in the displaced persons camp at Bergen-Belsen shortly after the end of World War II and was sent by his mother Aida to live with a foster family in Israel when he »
- Frank Scheck
Sean Penn Rep Rips ‘Delusional’ Kate del Castillo’s El Chapo Doc as ‘Cheap, National Enquirer-Esque’
Kate del Castillo’s documentary “The Day I Met El Chapo” is currently available on Netflix, and that fact has Sean Penn’s camp seething. Reps for the American movie star and occasional journalist are angry with the streaming service, producers and the telenovela star herself for how the one-hour movie, which they believe paints Penn in a negative light. Among the Penn-side’s issues is an implication they believe the doc makes that suggests the “Mystic River” actor tipped off the Department of Justice to the drug lord’s whereabouts. Here’s what spokesperson Mark Fabiani sent to TheWrap »
- Tony Maglio
All 9 Tyler Perry Madea Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)
Tyler Perry‘s most famous character, Madea, has appeared in nearly half the director’s films: a gun-toting, “Hallelu-yer”-shouting force of nature, and an outrageous drag tribute to his mother and aunt. But some films in the Madea Cinematic Universe are gleefully manic, while others arrive in what appears to be a half-finished state of sad melodrama and mediocrity. Not counting her cameo appearance in the otherwise Madea-free “Meet the Browns,” or the animated kids offering “Madea’s Tough Love,” here’s where to find maximum Madea mayhem: 7. “Madea’s Witness Protection” To look at box office receipts, this »
- Dave White
‘Stranger Things’ Star Finn Wolfhard Exits Apa as Agent Faces Sexual Assault Investigation (Exclusive)
“Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard has parted ways with Agency for the Performing Arts after the agency launched an investigation of sexual assault claims against the his longtime rep, two individuals familiar with the matter told TheWrap. Wolfhard is no longer signed with Apa’s Tyler Grasham, who was accused this week of plying former actor Blaise Godbe Lipman with alcohol and sexually assaulting him a decade ago when Lipman was still a teenager. It’s unclear at present where Wolfhard will land for representation. A rep for Wolfhard and Apa did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment. »
- Matt Donnelly
'Same Kind of Different as Me': Film Review
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In 2014, Paramount Pictures announced a film adaptation of the bestselling non-fiction book Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together. It told the real-life story of Ron Hall and Denver Moore, respectively a wealthy white Southern art dealer and a Louisiana-born African-American homeless man who became friends after meeting in a shelter at which Ron was volunteering with his wife Deborah. The film was supposed to be released in early 2016, then was pushed to early 2017 until Paramount dropped it and the Christian company Pure »
- Keith Uhlich
How 'Jane' Captures the Legendary Primatologist – In Her Own Words
Long before he became acquainted with the subject of his documentary Jane, Brett Morgen assumed that the primatologist Jane Goodall was a "goody two-shoe[s]." The filmmaker was used to tackling figures with pronounced dark sides like Hollywood producer Robert Evans and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, not the type of scientific icons children study in grade school. "You were like Mother Teresa," he says, addressing Goodall, sitting on the couch beside him. She shoots back: "You didn't know me then."
Goodall, 83, may have a wry deadpan wit and seems to delight in skewering Morgen, »
Canal Plus, Telecom Italia Launch Joint Venture
Canal Plus and Telecom Italia have joined forces to launch a joint venture focusing on acquisitions and production of films and TV series.
The joint venture aims at bolstering the pay TV offer of Telecom Italia across linear and non-linear (Svod, VOD and catch-up) and allow the company to thrive amid a highly competitive landscape.
Under the partnership, the two companies will produce together Italian and international content as well as board co-productions. Telecom Italia and Canal Plus will also co-acquire sports rights, among others.
Telecom Italia will detain 60% of the joint venture, Canal Plus will have 40%.
Jacques du Puy, Canal Plus International president, said Italy was a major market.
“We delighted to be developing premium content with Telecom Italia and leverage our expertise »
- Elsa Keslassy
Women Animators Pen Open Letter on Sexual Harassment: ‘The Abuse Has Got to Stop’
More than 200 women, including gender non-conforming people, in animation have signed an open letter sent to all the major animation studios, demanding industry leaders take measures to end sexual harassment in the workplace. The letter was sent on Thursday to executives at Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Bento Box, OddBot, Paramount, Shadowmachine, Sony Pictures Animation, Stoopid Buddy, Titmouse and Warner Bros. Aiming to “address and highlight the pervasive problem of sexism and sexual harassment” in the animation industry, the letter outlines the behaviors of men who contribute to a hostile work environment for others, from “crass sexual remarks” to. »
- Reid Nakamura
Animation Is Film Festival Readies Its L.A. Debut
Back in the 1990s, Eric Beckman started the New York Intl. Children’s Film Festival, which gradually grew a reputation for screening the types of independent and international animation that too often went missing next to the macrobudget cartoon hegemony of Disney and DreamWorks.
The fest eventually blossomed into an Oscar-qualifying institution. Yet Beckman was often peppered with questions from festgoers: Where can I see this film again? Where can I find it online? Sensing a vacuum, he and partner David Jesteadt hatched their own distribution company, Gkids, which looked to find homes and craft carefully tailored release strategies for idiosyncratic animated features.
Founded in 2008, Gkids has become a serious name in animation remarkably quickly. It’s gone on to secure nine Oscar nominations for the likes of “Chico and Rita,” “My Life as a Zucchini” and “The Secret of Kells,” and it became the U.S. distributor for Japan’s venerable Studio Ghibli.
Now, Beckman »
- Andrew Barker
Film Review: ‘Geostorm’
When it comes to the issue of global warming, the world divides into two camps: those who believe in science, and those who adopt an actively skeptical position toward other human beings’ ability to interpret and in any way impact what nature has in store. An inanely spectacular disaster movie — though perhaps “spectacularly inane” would be more apt — from the producer of “Godzilla” and “Independence Day,” Dean Devlin’s “Geostorm” attempts to have it both ways, treating a gang of scientists who’ve “solved” the problem of global warming as its heroes while exploiting how little its target audience knows about the subject to supply an extreme-weather clip reel with contributions of variable quality from a dozen different visual effects houses.
If you’ve ever wanted to see a tidal wave sweep over the horizon of a waterless desert or eggs frying on a superheated city street, “Geostorm” is the movie for you! And if you »
- Peter Debruge
Film Commissioners Name Rajiv Dalai President
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The Association of Film Commissioners International has named Rajiv Dalai to the newly-created position of president and Jess Conoplia to Evp/COO, also a newly created position. Conoplia will report to Dalai, with both based in Los Angeles as Afci centralizes its operations.
The appointments are part of an organization-wide restructuring that will concentrate on economic growth and working more closely with policy makers and content creators.
The announcement was made at the start of Afci’s 41st annual Cineposium, which brings together 100 film commissioners from around the world. The event runs from today through Sunday in Los Angeles.
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- Gregg Kilday
'Bpm (Beats Per Minute)' Review: Searing Look at Love in the Time of AIDS
A wrenching love story, set in Paris in the early 1990s, told against the background of HIV/AIDS activists battling against government and pharmaceutical indifference as they fight for their lives. The group is Act Up-Paris and the movie is Bpm (Beats Per Minute), an impassioned and incendiary cry from the heart. Director and co-writer Ron Campillo, himself an Act Up alum, uses a documentary approach to set the scene of youthful armies openly challenging a system that yawns as their casualties mount. Campillo moves his camera (Jeanne Lapoirie did the dazzling, »
‘Boo 2!’ Review: Tyler Perry Leaves a Flaming Bag of Poo on Your Doorstep
It’s hard out here for a sporadic Tyler Perry apologist. Yes, his funniest films are his dramas, where he gives the leading ladies of “Temptation” or “For Colored Girls” HIV for skipping church or whatever, but his Madea still hasn’t gotten her due as a genuinely outrageous comic creation. When Perry-as-Madea is firing on all cylinders — as in “Madea’s Big Happy Family” or “Boo! A Madea Halloween” — the character’s comedic energy is enough to raise the boats of Perry’s sluggish direction. The success of last year’s “Boo!” has given Perry 12 months to crank out a sequel, »
- Alonso Duralde
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Blasts John Kelly Slam on Black Congresswoman: ‘He Dehumanized Her’ (Video)
While many praised White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly for his stern and emotional defense of President Donald Trump’s phone call to the widow of a fallen soldier, one passionate dissenting voice was MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. On his program Thursday evening, O’Donnell launched into an 18 minute diatribe against Kelly that got personal, with the host suggesting Kelly’s Boston Irish upbringing tinged his thoughts about Wilson with racism. Also Read: Lawrence O'Donnell Apologizes for On-Camera Meltdown (Video) “I grew up a few years after John Kelly in an identical neighborhood in the other side of »
- Jon Levine
John McCain to Release New Memoir ‘The Restless Wave’ in April
John McCain is set to release his upcoming memoir, “The Restless Wave,” in April, Simon & Schuster announced Friday. According to the Associated Press, the publisher quietly signed up “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations” in February without a formal announcement. “This memoir will be about what matters most to him, and I hope it will be regarded as the work of an American hero,” said Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster’s flagship imprint. Also Read: Senator John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Tumor The book is expected to begin in 2008, when he lost to. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
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