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”

‘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”

Mara & Pegg in negotiations to star in ‘Inheritance’

Highland Film Group launched foreign sales at the American Film Market this week Highland Film Group announced at the AFM that Kate Mara (Megan Leavy, The Martian, House of Cards) and Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible, Star Trek, The Cornetto Trilogy) are in negotiations to star in the high-stakes thriller Inheritance, with British helmer Vaughn Stein … Continue reading “Mara & Pegg in negotiations to star in ‘Inheritance’”

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”

From handmaids to Jesus, the Emmys announce noms

Al Pacino’s haunting portrayal of Joe Paterno was snubbed. SNL’s Keenan Thompson and Aidy Bryant were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Although David Lynch’s 18-episode Twin Peaks was nominated for 9 Emmy’s, the series was largely ignored in major categories. Netflix dethroned HBO as most nominated network. Jesus. He was … Continue reading “From handmaids to Jesus, the Emmys announce noms”

‘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”

‘Incredibles 2’ shatters box office estimates with incredible $180m opening

Incredible. That’s the only way to describe what Disney-Pixar’s 14-year-old-in-the-making superhero sequel did to the domestic and worldwide box office this weekend. Early estimates had predicted an opening weekend between $160 and $170 million (up from the original conservative estimate of $140M), which still would’ve been enough to overtake 2016’s Finding Dory ($135M) for highest … Continue reading “‘Incredibles 2’ shatters box office estimates with incredible $180m opening”

Jogger brings on Diana Cheng as Head of Production

Jogger announced the addition of Diana Cheng as Head of Production for the company’s Western offices. Cheng joins the studio with over a decade of visual effects expertise producing VFX for such noted projects as Nike “Equality” Directed by Melina Matsoukas, and the AICP Show honoree Nike “Vapor Trail” directed by Mark Zibert both for … Continue reading “Jogger brings on Diana Cheng as Head of Production”

‘Ocean’s 8’ sets new benchmark for franchise with record domestic opening

The Sandra Bullock-led Ocean’s 8 pulled off the biggest job of all – setting a new bar as the Gary Ross female-led film had the biggest opening of any of the Ocean’s films. The film topped the box office this weekend with $41.6 million over its Fri-Sun debut. That’s both the biggest weekend gross ever … Continue reading “‘Ocean’s 8’ sets new benchmark for franchise with record domestic opening”

New low for ‘Solo’ as new ‘Star Wars’ film crashes

The numbers for Solo: A Star Wars Story were well… not force-worthy. The film is now projected to make $29.3 million this weekend, a 64 percent drop from its $84.7 million launch. The REEL360 team can hear Chewie crying. This amount would push the 10-day total for “Solo” up to $148.9 million, according to comScore, … Continue reading “New low for ‘Solo’ as new ‘Star Wars’ film crashes”

Makers of Ambien tell Roseanne, ‘Oh no you didn’t!’

Fallout from the Roseanne Barr kerfuffle continue. After a thoughtless, racist tweet on Memorial Day about former President Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr’s rebooted hit TV series Roseanne was canceled by ABC/Diseny, talent agency ICM dropped her, Paramount pulled all reruns of the original series … Continue reading “Makers of Ambien tell Roseanne, ‘Oh no you didn’t!’”

Roseanne’s racist tweet leads to cancellation

Looks like Roseanne and the Connors are leaving the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. Again. It’s been quite the whirlwind 3 months for actress/comedienne Roseanne Barr. The revival of her sitcom Roseanne debuted to huge ratings on ABC, waking networks up to the idea that there is a conservative audience thirsty for entertainment. But after … Continue reading “Roseanne’s racist tweet leads to cancellation”

Weekend BO: So lo can you go? New ‘Star Wars’ film tanks

Is Star Wars fatigue starting to set in? Or, like the REEL360 Team, were audiences not that interested in seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story? According to comScore, the three-day opening estimates are currently sitting at $84.7 million, well below the $108.4 million Revenge of the Sith made in its first weekend. It’s also 46% … Continue reading “Weekend BO: So lo can you go? New ‘Star Wars’ film tanks”