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Shyamalan's 'Split' and Diesel's 'xXx 3' Look to Deliver $20+ Million Openings
While last weekend's new releases failed to energize the box office, two of this week's new titles will top the weekend chart. M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller, Split, and the return of Vin Diesel in the title role of xXx: Return of Xander Cage are both looking to score $20+ million openings while Hidden Figures and La La Land look to continue to capture audience attention amid their already-strong domestic runs. Additionally, this weekend features the release of The Founder into just over one thousand theaters and High Top releasing brings The Resurrection of Gavin Stone into 887 theaters as it hopes to attract the attention of the faith-based audience. At the top of the weekend box office expect to find M. Night Shyamalan's Split. Shyamalan's career has featured plenty of ups and downs, but following the performance of The Visit in 2015 and the solid early reviews for Split, we »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Miguel Ferrer Dies: ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ & ‘Crossing Jordan’ Star Was 61
Miguel Ferrer, who had played Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles since 2012, co-starred with Jill Hennessy on NBC’s Crossing Jordan and had a memorable role in the original RoboCop, died today of cancer. He was 61. The son of Oscar-winning actor Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney, and cousin of George Clooney, he was set to reprise his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfeld on David Lynch’s revival Twin Peaks, which premieres May 21 on Showtime. “Today, NCIS: Los Angeles lost a… »
Dwayne Johnson's DC Villain Black Adam Getting His Own Movie
New Line and DC Entertainment are doubling down on comic book hero Shazam!
New Line, which has been for over a decade developing a movie on the long-time DC character, will develop concurrently a movie centering on Black Adam, with Dwayne Johnson attached to star as Shazam’s arch-nemesis.
The move stems from last week’s high level meeting with Johnson and DC Films co-head and comics author Geoff Johns, after which Johnson took to social media to promise “hope, optimism & fun.”
But on a deeper level, the meeting led to a reconfiguring of the Shazam! movie. Johnson has been »
- Borys Kit
Neil Gaiman to Adapt Novel ‘Good Omens’ as Amazon Series
Amazon Studios will adapt Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel “Good Omens” into a six-episode limited series, the studio announced on Thursday. The 2006 novel takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. Set to debut in 2018 on Prime Video, “Good Omens” will consist of six one-hour episodes entirely written by Gaiman, who will also serve as showrunner. (Veteran fantasy writer Pratchett died in March 2015.) See video: Watch 'American Gods' First Trailer From Comic-Con This marks the latest Gaiman novel to get turned into a TV series. Starz will premiere its adaptation of the. »
- Joe Otterson
Sundance Film Festival 2017: The Ultimate Party Guide
The annual trek to Park City, Utah has already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 19 until Jan. 29. Peter Dinklage, Larry Wilmore, and Gael Garcia Bernal are among those named to the juries in this year’s competition. The awards will be handed out on Jan. 28 in a ceremony hosted by “The Daily Show” alum Jessica Williams.
In between all of the prizes and premieres, stars and film aficionados endure the cold temperatures with help from the city’s pop-up party scene, featuring swag, drinks and exclusive dinners.
Thursday, Jan. 19
Après Ski Festival Kick-off Rooftop Party – 4 to 8 p.m.
An Artist at the Table – 8 p.m.
The annual benefit kicks off the first day of the festival with director Jeff Orlowski set as keynote speaker. The private cocktail reception and dinner follows the premiere of “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the Eccles Theatre.
Friday, Jan. 20
Village at the Lift
AtTT takes over this year’s village that runs from Jan. 20-22, showcasing DirecTV in the Cabin, Audience in the Café and Jeff Vespa’s WireImage Studio. This year’s winter escape from the cold features beverages and light fare from notable Japanese restaurant Nobu, along with high-speed internet. »
- Mannie Holmes
Announcing the 2017 People's Choice Awards Winners!
As award season rolls on, the 2017 People's Choice Awards have also wrapped and rewarded TV, movies, and stars that you, aka the people, chose. Of the nominees, we saw Tom Hanks, Dwayne Johnson, Blake Lively, and record-breaker Ellen DeGeneres take home awards and have a good time. There are a ton of awards, so check out the full list below. Movies Favorite Movie Finding Dory Favorite Movie Actor Ryan Reynolds Favorite Movie Actress Jennifer Lawrence Favorite Action Movie Deadpool Favorite Action Movie Actor Robert Downey Jr. Favorite Action Movie Actress Margot Robbie Favorite Animated Movie Voice Ellen DeGeneres Favorite Comedic Movie Bad Moms Favorite Comedic Movie Actor Kevin Hart Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Melissa McCarthy Favorite Dramatic Movie Me Before You Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor Tom Hanks Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress Blake Lively Favorite Family Movie Finding Dory Favorite Thriller Movie The Girl on the Train Favorite Movie Icon Johnny Depp »
- Maggie Pehanick
Stephen Gaghan to Write and Direct Video Game Adaptation ‘The Division’
Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind “Traffic” and “Syriana,” will write and direct video game adaptation “The Division,” Ubisoft Motion Pictures announced Thursday. The film will star Jake Gyllenhaal, who is also producing, and Jessica Chastain. Based on Ubisoft’s hit game “Tom Clancy‘s The Division,” the film is set in the aftermath of a small pox pandemic in dystopian New York. In the game, which set the Ubisoft record for highest first-day sales in company history, players attempt to rebuild, investigate and fight crime in the city. Plot details of the big-screen adaptation have been kept under wraps. »
- Greg Gilman
'Wayne's World' Returning to Cinemas for 25th Anniversary
Wayne's World, the 1992 Saturday Night Live spinoff film starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, will return to select cinemas on February 7th and 8th for 25th anniversary screenings. The wacky comedy will feature a pre-recorded, post-film roundtable discussion with director Penelope Spheeris, Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers and select cast members, including Tia Carrere (Cassandra) and Robert Patrick (who offered a brief cameo as his Terminator 2 villain T-1000).
The Wayne's World 25 website offers a searchable theater guide for the screenings. Also marking the anniversary, Paramount Home Media Distribution will »
Inauguration of Donald Trump Coverage Guide: Where to Watch and Stream
As the world awaits the historic inauguration of Donald Trump, TheWrap brings you everything you need to know about where and how to watch the swearing in of America’s 45th president. All cable and broadcast news networks are going all-in with coverage, which also marks the first inauguration since livestreaming video emerged as a significant way for Americans to consume media. Viewers will be able to watch Trump get sworn in on a variety of platforms and screens with numerous options on the type of analysis they prefer. Check out where to watch the peaceful transition of power: Also »
- Brian Flood
‘Pop Aye’: Film Review | Sundance 2017
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The hometown-bound peregrinations through Thailand of a city man and his elephant make for a tender and sharply etched journey in Pop Aye. Loneliness, alienation, the ache of nostalgia and the everyday absurdity of life infuse every encounter in the unconventional road trip. Like the journey it depicts, the first feature by New York-based, Singapore-raised writer-director Kirsten Tan is unhurried and unforgettable. It’s a natural for further festival exposure and art-house bookings.
- Sheri Linden
Sundance Film Review: ‘Pop Aye’
It takes gumption, or downright foolhardiness, to shoot a debut feature in a foreign land, let alone one that depends on a giant animal in the title role. Yet, Singaporean writer-director Kirsten Tan has pulled off “Pop Aye” with candor and laid-back aplomb. A road movie set in Thailand, where a burnt-out architect tries to take his elephant back to their rural hometown, this bucolic escape from big-city life is anchored by a solid script filled with characters who, despite reaching the end of the road, find ways to make peace with the world.
Warm yet unsentimental, graced with the lightest touch of surrealism, this opening-night offering from Sundance’s world cinema dramatic competition is a joy for patient viewers, special enough to find a small but appreciated life beyond festivals — a fate heightened by the involvement of executive producer Anthony Chen (director of Cannes Camera d’Or winner “Ilo Ilo »
- Maggie Lee
Universal, Amblin Cancel ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Premiere Following PETA Boycott
Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment have canceled the upcoming premiere of “A Dog’s Purpose” in the wake of disturbing video released by TMZ that showed a trainer apparently pushing a struggling dog named Hercules into a pool. The announcement came Thursday night, just one day after PETA called for a boycott of the family film that is set to hit theaters on Jan. 27. “Because Amblin’s review into the edited video released yesterday is still ongoing, distributor Universal Pictures has decided it is in the best interest of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket, »
- Debbie Emery
Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Premieres to Standing Ovation at Sundance
Though Al Gore announced in “An Inconvenient Sequel” that he is a recovered politician, the audience at the Sundance Film Festival reacted to the follow-up to 2006’s “Inconvenient Truth” liked they wish he would get back in the game.
Many stood at the end of the film, in which Gore compared the cause of climate change to other great moral causes — like women’s suffrage and civil rights.
Robert Redford introduced the kickoff film saying that Gore was a “good friend.” “There was a moment in politics when the Supreme Court was not very kind to Al. That drove him away from politics and it drove him toward film and that is to our benefit. Now he could work both sides of the street, »
- James Rainey
‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Premiere Cancelled Amid Disturbing Video Controversy
Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment have decided to cancel this Saturday’s premiere of “A Dog’s Purpose” after a disturbing video emerged on Wednesday, showing a dog being forced into a raging torrent of water on the film’s set.
Universal released a statement saying Amblin’s review into the edited video “is still ongoing” and they have decided it is “in the best interest of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket.”
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals subsequently called for a boycott of the movie in order to “send the message that dogs and other animals should be treated humanely, not as movie props.” It would appear that Universal and Amblin are feeling the pressure as a result, with the latter launching an “in-depth review” to get to the bottom of the incident.
The two companies emphasized their hope »
- Will Thorne
Universal Cancels Premiere of 'A Dog's Purpose'
Amid the controversy surrounding a troubling video which revealed a stressed German Shepherd was forced to perform in artificial rapids on the set of the upcoming A Dog’s Purpose, Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertianment have canceled the movie's premiere, which was to have taken place in Los Angeles this weekend.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for a boycott of the film and is pushing for further action, calling on the director of the Amblin production, Lasse Hallstrom, and producer Gavin Polone to pledge never to use animals in films again and to rescue the dogs from »
- Gregg Kilday
Directors Guild Probes Threat to Members Working on Trump Inauguration
The Directors Guild of America is investigating a threat in an anonymous email targeting guild members who opt to work on TV coverage of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The email, first reported by TMZ, called Trump “the monster we all fear” and said, “It is not an overstatement that he is about to destroy this country if we don’t do something about it.”
The email said, “There is no need of naming names when the Inaugural credits will tell us enough about the people who truly care about this country and those who don’t share the same ideals.”
In response, the DGA issued a statement Thursday afternoon: “This is a DGA-covered project, staffed with DGA-represented employees. We have been in communication with our members, and let them know we support their right to work on this project, and intend to protect them fully. We have, and will continue to, »
- Dave McNary
Robin Thicke Set to Pay Tribute to Late Father, Alan, at NHL 100 Gala
Robin Thicke is going to deliver what is destined to be an emotional tribute to his late father, Alan Thicke, at the NHL 100 Gala on Jan. 27, The Wrap has learned. The “Blurred Lines” singer will honor the “Growing Pains” star who died suddenly on Dec. 13 while watching his youngest son, Carter, play hockey in Burbank, California. To honor his hockey-loving Canadian-born dad, Robin will present a special “In Memoriam” that pays tribute to the late members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, during which John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting will perform. “Mad Men” star — and St. Louis Blues fanatic — Jon. »
- Debbie Emery
Every M Night Shyamalan Movie Twist Ranked, From ‘Sixth Sense’ to ‘Split’ (Photos)
This weekend marks the release of “Split,” filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller about a man with multiple murderous personalities, and there’s only one question to ask: How good is the twist? Ever since “The Sixth Sense,” Shyamalan has been known for spooky, dramatic movies with giant, mind-blowing twists in their plots. Of course, they’re not all good — some of Shyamalan’s twists have left audiences laughing instead of gasping. Here’s the definitive list of which of his twists do their stories justice and which ones merely unravel them. 9. The Happening (2008) Shyamalan starts off strong, building a »
- Phil Hornshaw
Women’s March May Outshine Trump Inauguration
Donald Trump could be outshined by hundreds of thousands of people who will join the “Women’s March” through the nation’s capital and sister marches worldwide on the day after the inauguration. About 215,000 people have already RSVP’ed for the Washington, D.C. march, according to the event’s Facebook page. Organizers predict the number of demonstrators could surpass the number of inauguration attendees. Hollywood stars including Samantha Bee, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Julianne Moore and Chelsea Handler are planning to march alongside everyday American women, all of them celebrating their shared humanity. Also Read: Hear Fiona Apple's Anti-Trump »
- Itay Hod
Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Adds Hundreds of Theaters Ahead of Oscar Nominations
“Silence” will expand from 474 sites to 1,580 on Friday. It’s an optimistic move for a film that has failed to catch on with either awards voters or audiences so far.
The movie, set in 1640 Japan, has under-performed in a month of limited release with $3.8 million. During the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, “Silence” had a per-screen average of $5,010 — seventh-highest among the top 20 films.
Scorsese has been trying to make “Silence,” based on the Shusaku Endo novel about Jesuit missionaries, for 28 years. The film stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their missing mentor — played by Liam Neeson — and spread Catholicism even though the religion has been banned. It was budgeted between $40 million »
- Dave McNary
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