‘Shazam!’ flies ‘Pet Sematary’ lives Weekend B.O.

Shazam! That was the magical word Warner Bros. used at the Box Office this weekend as the original Captain Marvel (yeah I remember the 70’s Saturday AM series) flew to an outstanding $53 million and a worldwide gross of $158.6 million. With a reported production budget of $80 – $100 million, the film has virtually … Continue reading “‘Shazam!’ flies ‘Pet Sematary’ lives Weekend B.O.”

CW renews ‘Supernatural’ for 15th and final season

The party is finally over for The Winchesters. Supernatural, the longest-running genre show on TV, has been confirmed for a Season 15 which will also be its last. Lead actor Jensen Ackles, who plays Dean Winchester, made the announcement vis his Twitter account on March 22: Well, it’s official. One more round for the Winchester … Continue reading “CW renews ‘Supernatural’ for 15th and final season”

Hot Wheels racing from toy stores to movie screens

El Segundo-based Mattel, the leading global children’s entertainment company that specializes in design and production of quality toys and consumer products and Burbank-based Warner Bros. Pictures Group today announced a partnership to bring “Hot Wheels,” the iconic and timeless toy racing car, to theaters in the first ever live-action feature film for the beloved multi-generational … Continue reading “Hot Wheels racing from toy stores to movie screens”

New AMC/Michael B. Jordan-produced series ’61st Street’

Potential new series 61st Street to be exec-produced by Jordan’s Outlier Society Here’s potential good news for the Chicago production community. According to The Wrap, AMC Networks has opened a writers room (sorry Chicago writers, the rooms are in LA) for Michael B. Jordan’s 61st Street, a “murder mystery” that dives into the murky depths … Continue reading “New AMC/Michael B. Jordan-produced series ’61st Street’”

Margot Robbie to play Barbie on big screen

Following in Hasbro’s tradition of producing feature films based on their toys (Transformers and GI Joe) El Segundo-based Mattel and Warner Bros. Pictures Group have announced a partnership to bring the world-renowned Barbie franchise to theaters in its first ever live-action feature film Academy Award-nominated actress Margot Robbie will not only play the iconic doll, … Continue reading “Margot Robbie to play Barbie on big screen”

Directors Guild announces nominees for feature film

Coming on the heels of the Writers Guild nominations, the Directors Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme yesterday announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2018. “To be chosen by one’s peers in a year full of such extraordinary films is the true mark of outstanding … Continue reading “Directors Guild announces nominees for feature film”

Writers Guild announces its 2018 nominees

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced their nominations for Best original and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as video game writing and documentary writing. this morning. Most of the screenplays have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting and videogame writing during 2018. The … Continue reading “Writers Guild announces its 2018 nominees”

AFI adds Aretha Franklin doc ‘Amazing Grace’

AFI Fest 2018presented by Audi has added a Special Screening of Amazing Grace, the long-awaited documentary featuring Aretha Franklin’s renowned performances at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, to the festival. Marking the film’s West Coast premiere, the Special Screening will take place Thursday, November 15, 8:00 p.m. at the TCL Chinese 6 … Continue reading “AFI adds Aretha Franklin doc ‘Amazing Grace’”

‘Grinch’ steals B.O. from new entries

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. And apparently a rich one, too. This weekend’s Box Office saw the lovable furry green Dr. Seuss creation win the crowded box office with an astounding $66m. The Universal and Illumination release beat out newcomers Overlord and The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Yet, holdovers such as Bohemian Rhapsody … Continue reading “‘Grinch’ steals B.O. from new entries”

Fans pay $4K to buy billboard supporting James Gunn

Soooo you’re driving down the 5 Freeway, on your way to Disney, and amid other billboards for the amusement mecca and fast food what will you now see – you guessed a new digital billboard created by a group of fans to show their support for director James Gunn who was fired from “Guardians of … Continue reading “Fans pay $4K to buy billboard supporting James Gunn”

‘Halloween’ carves up weekend box office again and again

Those screams you hear coming from Hollywood are not screams of pain. It is 100% joy. Repeating atop the weekend box office is Universal’s reboot of Blumhouse and Miramax’s Halloween. The hit dipped a respectable 58% in its second weekend, delivering an estimated $32 million in its second weekend causing its domestic kills, sorry money, … Continue reading “‘Halloween’ carves up weekend box office again and again”

Gossip: Is the “Man of Steel” flying to the small screen?

Stand down, Henry Cavill? Up, up and away, Tyler Hoechlin? Could be if Fandomwire.com is to be believed. According to the site, since Warner Bros has put the Superman’s big screen adventures on the back burner (not to mention cutting ties with Henry Cavill), there is now a possibility that he could be heading back … Continue reading “Gossip: Is the “Man of Steel” flying to the small screen?”

‘Venom’ dominates second weekend box office

Despite a 31% Rotten Tomato rating, audiences are ignoring critics and flocking to see anti-superhero Venom. The Tom Hardy launch of Sony’s Spider-verse, dropped a respectable 55% in the film’s second frame. The second weekend is always a test for a film’s staying power. After raking in $80.2m in its first weekend, many expected the … Continue reading “‘Venom’ dominates second weekend box office”

‘Night School’ scores a soft #1 spot at weekend box office

Turns out even if you have the country’s top performer in Tiffany Haddish, who you can see in everything from Group-on spots to every other movie out, and America’s top comedian in Kevin Hart, you still can end up soft at the box office. Even at number one. Despite the power couple starring in Universal’s … Continue reading “‘Night School’ scores a soft #1 spot at weekend box office”

Families spend time with a ‘House with a Clock…”

Despite being one of the worst box office weekends this year, Universal’s new family feature from Eli Roth, The House with a Clock in its Walls, over-performed, bringing in an estimated $26.85 million. Goes to show horror director Roth can make a film with no one getting maimed or losing their penis (looking at you … Continue reading “Families spend time with a ‘House with a Clock…””

‘The Predator’ slays weekend box office with $24m

Bye, Nun. Hello, Predator. The 20th Century Fox action film is now at the top of the food chain in its first weekend in theaters. The Shane Black-helmed installment in the 30-year-old franchise earned $24 million from more than 4,000 North American theaters. Not astounding for the franchise, but enough to become box office king. … Continue reading “‘The Predator’ slays weekend box office with $24m”

Holy Moly! ‘The Nun’ has record opening at box office

Warner Bros. execs must feel like they died and went to Heaven. Or in the case of the latest installment in the Conjuring series, would it be the other place after the hefty weekend opening of The Nun? The studio dominated for the fifth weekend in a row as the horror flick earned $53.5 million, … Continue reading “Holy Moly! ‘The Nun’ has record opening at box office”