‘Incredibles 2’ ‘Spider-Verse’ among Annie noms

It’s that time of year in Hollywood, where the awards nominations are being released. It’s like “December Delirium.” The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations December 3rd for its 46th Annual Annie Awards™ recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. This year’s Best Animated Feature nominations include: Early Man (Aardman Animations), Incredibles … Continue reading “‘Incredibles 2’ ‘Spider-Verse’ among Annie noms”

‘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”

David&Goliath expands Kia creative team

LA-Based Agency Taps two ECDs and a GCD to lead Kia Motors business David&Goliath has announced the appointment of three senior creative hires to round out the Kia Motors team: Marc Schwarzberg, ECD, Head of Art/Design; Mark Koelfgen, ECD/Copywriter; and Frauke Tiemann, Group Creative Director. “With the launch of the new Stinger and having won … Continue reading “David&Goliath expands Kia creative team”

Rogen & Keaton to star in ‘King of the Jungle’

This is what happens when you get Batman and the Green Hornet together. Seth Rogen (This is the End, The Disaster Artist) and Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Spotlight) will star in King of the Jungle, a comedy to be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I … Continue reading “Rogen & Keaton to star in ‘King of the Jungle’”

Laughlin names Lisa Bennett as new Chief Creative Officer

Former Chicagoan Lisa Bennett is getting a homecoming of sorts. Laughlin Constable announced Monday that it had hired Lisa Bennett as its Chief Creative Officer. Bennett arrives at LC from newly independent TM Advertising in Dallas where she has spent the past three years as Chief Creative Officer. Prior to joining TM, she was North … Continue reading “Laughlin names Lisa Bennett as new Chief Creative Officer”

Today I’m Brave holds 100Roofs gala for Puerto Rico

Rosie Perez and Ramon Rodriguez kickstarted project to rebuild roofs for Puerto Ricans whose homes were destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria Los Angeles-based nonprofit Today I’m Brave held its 100Roofs Fundraising Gala on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Conga Room at LA Live. The Gala, hosted by actors/activists Ramon Rodriguez and Rosie Perez, … Continue reading “Today I’m Brave holds 100Roofs gala for Puerto Rico”

‘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”

Jean Grey goes Dark in first official ‘X-men’ trailer

Disney-Fox merger what? Kevin Feige who? Despite the upcoming merger, which is supposed to be finalized by next Summer, Twentieth Century Fox continues its Marvel’s X-men films as business as usual. After announcing the the long-delayed Gabmit will be a romantic comedy and giving the third Deadpool film an X-mas release, the studio has released … Continue reading “Jean Grey goes Dark in first official ‘X-men’ trailer”

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”

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ make it a trifecta at weekend box office

The rich keep getting well, richer. The well-received Crazy Rich Asians, adapted from the 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan, topped the domestic box office for a third week in a row. Continuing to signal audience’s thirst for more diverse fare, Crazy Rich Asians sold about $22.2 million in tickets from Friday to Sunday. This weekend’s … Continue reading “‘Crazy Rich Asians’ make it a trifecta at weekend box office”

‘Meg’ chews up competition in weekend box office battle

The lesson here is that sharks win, no matter who the competition is. Warner Bros was angling hard for The Meg to be a hit, especially after Teen Titans Go! To the Movies fell below box office expectations. The marketing paid off as the giant prehistoric shark film chomped up an outstanding $44.5mm at the … Continue reading “‘Meg’ chews up competition in weekend box office battle”

‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ accepts mission to crush box office

DUN DUN DUN-DUN DUN DUN DUN-DUN Yep, that is Tom Cruise, Chris McQuarrie and Paramount execs humming Lalo Schifrin’s Mission Impossible theme to the bank as the critically-acclaimed sixth film in the franchise, Mission Impossible: Fallout achieved its mission of taking the worldwide box office. The film debuted with over $155.8 million globally ($61.2M domestic; … Continue reading “‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ accepts mission to crush box office”

Audiences decide to vacation with ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’

Well, that was a short reign for Ant-Man and The Wasp. The third (fourth if you count Deadpool 2) only stayed atop the box office one week before being bitten in the neck by Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Exceeding expectations, the animated film grossed $44.1 million domestically. It has a Cinemascore of A- … Continue reading “Audiences decide to vacation with ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’”

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ give Marvel 20 #1 consecutive debuts

Although the numbers are a little below predictions, there was nothing small about Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp’s weekend gross as the sequel did rake in $76.5 million at the domestic box office. This is still 33% higher than the original back in 2015. Globally, Peyton Reed’s film currently sits at $161 million. This all … Continue reading “‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ give Marvel 20 #1 consecutive debuts”

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ chomps up box office

Chomp. Chomp. Chomp. Chomp. That’s the sound of Universal Pictures’ and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom eating up initial box office predictions and digesting $150 million last weekend. The franchise, showing no sign of extinction, completely dominated even though critical reception was mixed, earning a 50% splat on Rotten Tomatoes. However, audiences enthusiastically went … Continue reading “‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ chomps up box office”