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Helen Mirren Joins The Fast And The Furious 8´

Helen Mirren FF8Acclaimed, Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren is getting her wish and will appear in the next installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise.

In an interview with Elle, Mirren confirmed she's going to be in Fast 8 while talking about her role in the new film Eye in the Sky. "I like to be serious," said Mirren. "Of course, having said that I'm about to do Fast and Furious 8."

"But that's for the fun of it," Mirren continued. "So maybe that's what I want as well, some fun and some relevant, serious, important movies."

Mirren is mainly known for her dramatic roles, having been nominated four times for an Academy Award, including her win for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006's The Queen. According to IGN's review, this year's Eye in the Sky "offers a thoughtful, nuanced middle ground," on the topic of drone warfare. However, Mirren previously delved into more straight-forward action with her role in the hit film Red and its sequel.

"I've always rather loved driving," said Mirren of taking the Fast and the Furious role. "I said, 'I'll be in it, but only if I'm allowed to drive if I do drive in it.' But we'll see."

Mirren had revealed her surprising hope to be in a Fast and Furious movie last year in an interview with Yahoo, saying, "My great ambition is to be in a Fast and Furious movie. I so want to be a mad driver in a Fast and Furious movie. My claim to fame is I always do my own driving — I was on Top Gear, and I did [my lap] in a very good time. I keep putting it out there, and they never ask me. I’ll be in Fast and Furious 8. I have to say Vin Diesel is brilliant. I love Vin Diesel. He’s a great guy, smart — I love him. It’s partly because of him I’d like to be in one, but also the driving."

A few months later, Diesel, speaking to MTV, indicated Mirren's hope could become a reality, saying, "I think everyone should do the franchise. They’ve gotta get in line behind Helen Mirren. She is on the list. Be careful what you wish for, Helen.”

No details have been revealed on Mirren's character, though ever since she expressed interest, many have suggested she could play the mother of Fast and Furious villains Owen and Deckard Shaw, played by Luke Evans and Jason Statham. Statham is back for the new film.

Fast and the Furious 8 is due to hit theaters on April 14, 2017. It was revealed earlier this year that Mirren's fellow Oscar-winner, Charlize Theron, will have a villainous role in the film.

Source: IGN

‘The Conjuring 2’ Dominating Box Office with $39 Million

The Conjuring 2New Line’s “The Conjuring 2” is scaring up a solid $39 million at 3,343 sites in its opening weekend at the U.S. box office, handily beating launches by “Warcraft” and “Now You See Me 2,” estimates showed Saturday.

Universal’s fantasy-actioner  “Warcraft” is heading for a respectable $27 million at 3,400 locations while Lionsgate’s caper thriller “Now You See Me 2” should take in about $24 million at 3,232 venues.

“The Conjuring 2” dominated moviegoing Friday with $16.4 million, followed by $10.7 million for “Warcraft” and $8.4 million for “Now You See Me 2.” Both sequels generated an A- Cinemascore among attendees, while “Warcraft” generated a B+. Reviews for “Warcraft” were more dismal, with just 27% positive on Rotten Tomatoes, while “Now You See Me 2” fared only slightly better with 37%.

Should the estimate hold for “The Conjuring 2,” the sequel will finish the frame down only 5% from the opening of 2013’s original horror-thriller — showing that moviegoers will offer strong support to franchises in their second incarnation. Concerns about the viability of sequels have risen in recent weeks following disappointing performances by “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

“The Conjuring 2” brings back Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, who return as the husband-wife team of paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren, three years after the original hauled in a stunning $318 million worldwide. The duo deals with the 1977 case of demonic possession of an 11-year-old British girl, played by Madison Wolfe.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with ComScore, said that the sequel is benefitting from the powerful performance of the original. ‘The brilliant first ‘Conjuring’ has become a staple on home video and has built a following that should manifest a terrific debut for this follow up,” he noted.

The U.S. performance of “Warcraft,” Legendary and Universal’s pricey video game adaptation, is coming in line with expectations that emerged in recent weeks. Performance in China has been stellar, by comparison, with $144 million in its first four days — or more than half of the worldwide gross of $277 million.

The opening weekend for “Now You See Me 2” will finish with a decline of about 18% from the 2013 original, which went on to gross more than $350 million worldwide. The sequel carries a $90 million budget, brings back Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Mark Ruffalo, and adds Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan.

“The Conjuring 2” has also opened impressively in 44 international markets with $19.5 million at roughly 9,800 screens with number one opening days in 25 markets, including all of Latin America, Australia and several Asian markets.

The sequel scored the biggest opening day ever for a horror film in 24 markets, including Australia, Mexico, Brazil and all of Latin America.

Mexico led the way with $1.6 million on nearly 3,100 screens with a dominating 78% of the top five films in its Thursday opening, then added $2 million more on Friday.

Source: VTY


Finding Dory could be the best premiere of Pixar

Finding Dory"It Finding Dory" is on track to give Pixar greater openness in its history when it hits theaters on June 17. The sequel to "Finding Nemo" 2003 is eyeing a debut of between $ 115 million and $ 120 million, a massive number which should help reinvigorate a locker slow summer.

"We're pretty optimistic about it," said Shawn Robbins, box office analyst with high level. "It's well ahead of the pace in terms of where other Pixar releases have been. Given the state 'Finding Nemo' as a modern classic, which will be huge."

It is a return to form of animation company after last fall "The Good Dinosaur" became the first release of Pixar to lose money. Before rare misstep, the study had developed a reputation for quality and commercial success that has rarely been equaled. His hits include "Wall-E", "Inside Out" and "Toy Story" films that were praised for their creative and daring films that marked the beginning of a renaissance of animation.

 "Finding Dory" looks set to continue what is shaping up to be a very good for Disney, Pixar's parent company year. The study has amassed more than $ 4 billion in ticket sales worldwide in record time, and sent three of four grossing films of the year with "Captain America: Civil War." "Zootopia" and "The Jungle Book"

It is also good news for theater owners. yields summer box office have been reduced by approximately 15%, as blockbusters such as "Captain America: Civil War" and "X-Men: Apocalypse" are struggling to match those 2015 heavyweights like "Avengers: Age of Ultron "," Pitch Perfect 3 "and" Mad Max Fury Road :. "Many analysts expect that 2016 could suffer by comparison. Last summer set a new record, helping to push the annual domestic box office more than $ 4 billion for the first time.

When a movie is generating the kind of excitement that "Finding Dory" it is with consumers, monitoring may not be reliable. It is possible that the film could get below the threshold of $ 115 million. However, if it comes to that point, he will bow "Toy Story 3" $ 110.3 million at best debut of the company. "Finding Nemo" opened to $ 70.2 million, from $ 380.8 million to do in the US and $ 936.7 million worldwide.

Unlike other summer blockbusters, Pixar film not a disproportionate amount of their ticket sales swallow in its opening weekend release. animated films tend to enjoy repeat business. Looking at the calendar, "Finding Dory" has a relatively open field when it comes to family photos. "Alice Through the Looking Glass" bombed and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" disappointed, leaving few options for consumers with children. The next film aimed at children, adaptation of Roald Dahl's "The BFG" by Steven Spielberg not debut until two weeks after "Finding Dory" releases.

"Finding Dory" brings back to Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks, the two principal voice cast members from the original film. "Finding Nemo", co-director and co-writer Andrew Stanton handles the script for the sequel and co-directs with Angus MacLane. The film follows Dory, a fish with the loss of short term memory while trying to reunite with their parents.


Source: VTY

Brie Larson the Frontrunner to Play Captain Marvel

Captainmarvel BrielarsonAfter winning the best actress Oscar for “Room,” Brie Larson has her sights on another marvelous role.

Sources tell Variety Larson is in early talks to play Captain Marvel, one of Marvel’s most popular female superheroes, in an upcoming standalone film. It’s unknown where negotiations stand, but sources have told Variety that Larson is their first choice, and that she’s leaning toward playing the part.

Marvel had no comment on the story.

No director is currently on board. Marvel, however, had always planned to have an actress lined up early, with the idea of possibly introducing her in one of its upcoming films before its “Captain Marvel” movie bows.

“Inside Out” scribe Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman are currently writing the script, which follows Carol Danvers, an air force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of an alien during an accident. The resulting alteration imbues her with the super powers of strength, energy project and flight.

Kevin Feige is producing the pic.

Larson has been choosing both big-budget spectacles, like the upcoming “Kong: Skull Island,” and prestige films, such as “Room” and “The Glass Castle,” which she is currently filming.

She can be seen next in Ben Wheatley’s “Free Fire” opposite Armie Hammer. She is repped by WME and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.



Source: Variety

Dwayne Johnson Confirmed for “Doc Savage”

Dwayne Johnson The RockDwayne Johnson is attached to star in the Sony Pictures adaptation of “Doc Savage.”

Shane Black is directing the pic from a script he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry.

Black made it clear while promoting his film “The Nice Guys” that he wanted Johnson for “Doc Savage” and Johnson made it official on his Instagram account Monday morning.

Johnson also announced he will also produce the pic through his Seven Bucks Productions banner with along with Hiram Garcia.

They will join Neal H. Moritz, who was previously attached to produce with Ori Marmur (“Battle: Los Angeles”) and Michael Uslan.

One of the inspirations for the Superman character, “Doc Savage” is the story of a man with superheroic levels of intelligence and strength (who happens to be a brilliant scientist, inventor, and explorer), which began as a series of pulp novels and a radio series.

Johnson already has a busy summer ahead of him with his action comedy “Central Intelligence” bowing on June 17 and his TV show “Ballers” bowing in July.

Next summer he has “Baywatch” and “Fast and Furious 8” set to come out and also has “Jumanji” bowing at Christmas 2017.

Johnson is repped by WME and Gang Tyre. Black is repped by WME and Greenlit.

Source: VTY

Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Powers to $8.2 Million on Thursday Night

X Men ApocalypseFox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” has earned a stellar $8.2 million on Thursday.

The preview figure — from 3,565 U.S. locations — is a near match to “X-Men: Days of Future Past’s” Thursday night debut of $8.1 million in 2014.

“X-Men: Apocaylpse” took five times the Thursday night total of Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which opened with $1.5 million. The audience was 51% female with the 26 to 34 demo leading the way with 31%, followed by the 17 to 25 group with 22% and the 35 to 49 segment with 19%.

Kering partnered with Variety and WWD for its acclaimed 'Women in Motion' program at the 69th International Cannes Film Festival to celebrate women's talent in cinema.

The ninth entry in the “X-Men” superhero franchise is expected to win the Memorial Day weekend with early forecasts showing an $80 million-plus launch at 4,148 locations at the U.S. box office. Recent estimates indicate that “Alice Through the Looking Glass” will open with as much as $60 million over the four days.

“X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth “X-Men” movie directed by Bryan Singer, has an impressive legacy to follow during the Memorial Day holiday. His “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opened to $110.6 million two years ago, or nearly half the $231.4 million total box office for the weekend.

Prospects for the domestic launch of “X-Men: Apocalypse” have been bolstered by an impressive international opening week, with $130 million as of Wednesday.

“Alice Through the Looking Glass” should be a solid performer at 3,763 sites for Disney, even without a first-place finish. The studio has dominated 2016 moviegoing with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “The Jungle Book” and “Zootopia” so far.

The original “Alice in Wonderland” opened in March of 2010 to $116.1 million and went on to gross $334 million domestically and more than $1 billion worldwide. The sequel, which carries a $170 million price tag, is directed by “Flight of the Conchords” creator James Bobin and stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter.

Online ticketing site Fandango reported Thursday that advance ticket sales for “X-Men: Apocalypse” were in the same vicinity as “X-Men: Days of Future Past” while advance sales for “Alice Through the Looking Glass” were similar to Disney’s “Maleficent,” which grossed $69.4 million in its opening weekend.

Sony’s second weekend of “The Angry Birds Movie” and Disney-Marvel’s fourth frame of “Captain America: Civil War” will be battling for third with $20 million-plus each.

“Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens day-and-date across 72% of the international marketplace, including Italy, Germany, Spain, UK, Russia, Australia, China, Brazil and Mexico.


Source: Variety


Lionsgate Looks To ‘Power Rangers’ As Long-Lasting Franchise

Power RangersWith the end of its Hunger Games franchise and the lacking performance of the last installment of the Divergent Series: Allegiant (which they admit that they probably rushed to meet the distribution date), the company is turning its attention to Power Rangers, telling analysts that they hope to do “five, six or seven of them.” Power Rangers, the feature version based on the popular and long-running kids series of the same name, bows March 24, 2017. They said that they will be releasing photos shortly of the costumes.

The company noted that the Top Ten movies have historically taken in anywhere from 26% to 36% of the overall box office pie, that leaves close to $7B to $8B and, co-chair of the Motion Picture Group Rob Friedman said, “We plan to take a pretty healthy piece of that. We believe very much of our strategy of offering more product for wider audiences and clearly at a more efficient price. If you look at the first Twilight and the first Hunger Games … we were planning for doubles and ended up with grand slams.” With a budget $100M less than previous years, they said they have more product now with less cost and talked up upcoming movie fare LaLa Land, Now You See Me 2 and also Nerve (which it moved into the summer to July 27, they said, based on the fact that it tested so well with audiences; the trailer has already garnered 20 million views).

Clearly, on the film side, they need another franchise to hit. Still, Lionsgate’s shares were up about 11% this morning, mostly due to yesterday’s news that its March quarter beat expectations. That was largely due to its successful television operations, with production up over 100% and profits up 860%.

They noted that they were focused on rights retention in any deals that they do and also on library growth. Lionsgate executives said that its library — which is 90% film and 10% TV titles — continues to generate revenue (roughly $520M with cash flow approaching $200M). The company added 600 titles to the library in the past year with deals with New Regency, Hearst, Skydance and with a major stake in Pilgrim which put the company squarely in the unscripted TV business.

The deal gave Lionsgate and Pilgrim a combined roster of nearly 80 TV series across 40 networks. They said that they are “already collaborating with Pilgrim on several new shows.”

Lionsgate also mentioned that it had a $200M to $300M adjusted EBITDA for 2017. They said that with the “unpredictability of the film business … with 15 new TV and 16 films still scheduled we thought it appropriate to provide a wider range of guidance.”


Source: Deadline

Netflix Orders First Original Series from Argentina: Daniel Burman’s “Edha”   


Netflix ArgentinaNetflix has ordered its first original series from Argentina, the 13-part dramatic thriller “Edha,” created and directed by film-TV helmer Daniel Burman, a leading light of the New Argentine Cinema (“Lost Embrace,” “Empty Nest”) and now Latin American premium TV creation.

Filmed entirely in Argentina, “Edha” will start production in Buenos Aires, begin shooting early next year, and debut exclusively on Netflix around the globe in 2017.  Written by Daniel Burman, Mario Segade and the writers’ room at Oficina Burman, “Edha” is billed by Netflix and Burman as a story of dark secrets and overpowering attractions. It centers on Edha, a young, goimg-places fashion designer and single mother.

At a crossroads that could change her life forever, she is struggling to make a decision that will take her to a whole new level in the fashion world when she meets a handsome immigrant-turned-model. Their savage passion is mingled with his profound desire for revenge.

“The fashion and music scene in Buenos Aires is unique, sexy and exciting and Daniel Burman and his team are among Argentina’s most gifted creators,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix V.P., international original series. “We can’t wait to present Edha and her dramatic story to Netflix members around the rest of the world.”

“Netflix series have revolutionized the conception of drama,” Burman told Variety. “We must assume that our characters are as ambiguous, complex and inconsistent as we are ourselves. They face moral dilemmas, many times without even knowing it.”

As on “Club de Cuervos,” co-created by Gaz Alazraki, and “Narcos,” co-directed by Jose Padilha and shot in Colombia, “Edha”shows Netflix associating with top-tier creative talent in Latin America to launch its first original series in the region.

The complexity of modern relationships – whether romantic or filial, caught in a dramedic worldview and framed for broader audiences than many of his contemporaries – has been one of the creative keynotes of Burman, who was one of the New Argentine Cinema’s first figures to consolidate an international reputation, snagging two Berlinale Silver Bears for 2004’s “Lost Embrace.”

Harley Quinn Spinoff Movie in the Works With Margot Robbie  


 Suicide SquadWarner Bros. and DC Entertainment are developing a new standalone movie featuring an all-star cast of female DC heroes and villains with Margot Robbie attached to reprise her role of Harley Quinn.

Robbie will also produce the pic, which will not only feature Quinn, but popular characters such as Batgirl and Birds of Prey also making appearances. Who exactly will be considered the lead opposite Robbie is still unknown. Exact plot details are also unknown currently.

Robbie will first appear as Quinn in “Suicide Squad” opposite Will Smith and Jared Leto. Though the film doesn’t bow until August, Robbie has already garnered attention for her performance as the fan-favorite character, which studio had always seemed interested in spinning off to other movies.

Robbie has not only “Suicide Squad” debuting this summer, but also “Legend of Tarzan” coming out in July, where she will star as Jane opposite Alexander Skarsgard.

Robbie is repped by CAA, Management 360, Aran Michael Management and Jackoway Tyerman. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

Source: VTY

Lady Gaga won't be a part of Dionne Warwick biopic

Lady GagaLady Gaga's publicist has shot down reports suggesting the pop star has been cast as late British singer Cilla Black in a new biopic.

Dionne Warwick sparked the rumours at a Cannes Film Festival press conference on Friday (13May16), while announcing details of her new movie Dionne.

The Walk on By singer revealed the movie will chronicle her battles with her "nemesis" Black, before revealing the cast.

Gaga's name even appeared appeared alongside former Destiny's Child star LaToya Luckett, who will portray Warwick, on a promotional poster unveiled before the media at Cannes.

But the Poker Face star's camp insists Gaga will not be playing Cilla in the film.

"Lady Gaga is not attached and will not appear in the project," her publicist told Variety. "Reports of Gaga starring in the project are false."

Warwick's representatives have yet to comment on the drama.

The movie will be based on Warwick's 2010 autobiography My Life, As I See It.

Speaking at the press conference on Friday, Dionne admitted there was a period where she hated beloved singer Cilla, who died in Spain last year (15), explaining, "She stole my music, and I was not a very happy camper about that... Over the years, we grew up and understood each other. It all got cleared away."

Danny Glover is set to play Dionne's father Lee Warwick in the biopic, while Olympia Dukakis has been cast as German-American singer Marlene Dietrich, who Warwick has always described as her mentor.

Warwick added, "This is my 57th year in this business, and I have been asked, 'When are you gonna let us know about this? Tell us about that?' It's finally at the point where instead of what you think you know about Dionne Warwick, now you will know."

Source: MN

“Sleepy Hollow” Renewed for Fourth Season at Fox

Sleepy HollowFox has renewed drama Sleepy Hollow for a fourth season.The procedural wrapped its third run with one of the season's biggest reveals: the death of female lead Nicole Beharie's Abbie Mills. There is no word if season four will be its last.

While the drama has fallen considerably from its breakout freshman season (and creatively if you listen to critics), the series boasts a loyal audience and wrapped its most recent run with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.8 million total viewers with 57 percent and 75 percent, respectively, of its audience coming via DVR.

While renewal talks have been underway since before the early April finale, it's unclear how many of those viewers will stick with the drama as there has been considerable backlash to Beharie's departure.

Beharie had been a key part of Sleepy Hollow's success. Many attributed the show's first-season hit status to the chemistry between Beharie and lead Tom Mison. Sources told THR at the time that Beharie had been unhappy and was actively trying to exit the series for quite some time. The character, sources said, originally was supposed to be killed off during the midseason finale, but insiders are said to have gotten cold feet.

The fourth-season renewal for the 20th Century Fox Television drama about the legend of Ichabod Crane comes as the series has already begun turning a profit. What's more, Fox has a massive gap on its 2016-17 schedule as it is tasked with filling the void created by American Idol's cancellation. Mison, for his part, was said to be renegotiating his contract after having scored a reduced workload in season three, which was moved from Thursdays to the Friday graveyard. Exec producers include Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman, showrunner Clifton Campbell, Albert Kim, Russell Fine, Heather Kadin and Raven Metzner.

Sleepy Hollow joins a Fox drama roster for 2016-17 that also includes the final season of Bones, Empire, Gotham, Lucifer, Rosewood, Scream Queens and newly ordered hourlongs Prison Break, Shots Fired, Star, 24: Legacy, Pitch, APB, The Exorcist andLethal Weapon. 

Keep up with all the renewals, cancellations and new series pickups with THR's handy scorecard and follow the pilot crop status here. For full upfronts 2016 coverage, go to

Source: HR

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton play their first song together in The Voice


 Gwen Stefani and Blake SheltonBlake Shelton and Gwen Stefani gave the fans their first performance The Voice intoning Go Ahead and Break My Heart, the first song the couple together. The affection and complicity between them is seen throughout the performance.

She chose a dress with transparencies showing his excellent physical condition and style mermaid with bright inlays, while the country musician 39-year-old opted for a white shirt, vest, tie and black pants.

Shelton song launched looked at the audience and showed his talent when uploading it to the stage could not hide a big smile and looking into his eyes and almost unblinking shared romantic moments during his performance. At the end of the song fathoms and share the applause.

"I love this song! It is important for us and the fact that it was written together is very important for both, "said the former lead singer of No Doubt to a US publication.

This relationship became public with their relationship in late 2015, although the artists have not denied or asserted anything. In November last at the beginning of one program year, Gwen danced a little and then ran to Blake to give him a hug. Country singer cut her off and gave her a small return. The scene that was not televised, but if captured by the assistant and flooded the social networks.

Source: VTY


Cannes Opening Night Starts With Rape Joke Aimed at Woody Allen

TCannes Opening Night Startshe 69th Cannes Film Festival got off to an awkward start when Woody Allen, whose new film “Cafe Society” kicked off the fest, was the subject of a rape joke during Wednesday night’s opening ceremony.

“It’s very nice that you’ve been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you are not being convicted for rape in the U.S.,” said master of ceremonies Laurent Lafitte.

The joke, which drew gasps from the Palais audience, was taken as a knock on Allen and possibly on director Roman Polanski as well.

French comedian Lafitte co-stars in Paul Verhoeven’s rape drama, “Ellen,” which premieres next week at Cannes.

“Thank you for coming tonight, sir,” he continued in French. “But it’s good, because you give badly-paid bit parts to French actors, which kind of puts them in their place.”

The 80 year-old filmmaker had received a standing ovation just minutes before.

Later, popular French actor Matthieu Chedid, aka M, performed a special tribute to Prince, singing “Purple Rain” against a purple backdrop to the delight of the crowd.

Allen, joined by cast members Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Blake Lively on the red carpet, was making his 12th Cannes appearance with the movie. It was his third time opening the international fest. “Cafe Society,” a fairy tale set in 1930s Hollywood, made for an appropriate launch to a festival that focuses on classic movie glamour.

Before the opening ceremony, the red carpet was damp with rain before sunshine and stars like Justin Timberlake warmed up the atmosphere. Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain was also on hand for the festivities, as were Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham and Naomi Watts. Timberlake was in France to promote his new animated film “Trolls” opposite Anna Kendrick, who wore a stunning yellow gown.

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