Archive for January, 2016
Kung Fu Panda 3 kicks through with 41 million, The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens holds strong; Downton Abbey takes best drama at the SAG Awards as final season progresses, The Secret Live of Pets trailer released
The weight is finally here! I’m Realistic Fish Head. Po, the famous dragon warrior is back in action as Kung Fu Panda 3 leads the box office with 41 million as he kicks the competition away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant. With high hopes that DreamWorks will rebound from last year’s losses Gene, can Po continue holding on as he starts to train his family to become warriors like him?
Kung Fu Panda 3 easily led the box office this weekend with an estimated $41.0 million. However, the 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation opened below expectations, which had been boosted a bit as a result of strong online pre-sales heading into the weekend. Kung Fu Panda 3 debuted 21 percent below the $52.11 million debut of last year’s Home and 14 percent below the $47.66 million opening weekend take of 2011’s Kung Fu Panda 2 (which was deflated a bit from opening on a Thursday). Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Kung Fu Panda 3 did register the third largest January debut of all time (behind only American Sniper and Ride Along).
Kung Fu Panda 3 opened with $10.5 million on Friday, was up a strong 74 percent on Saturday to gross $18.3 million and is estimated to decline 33 percent on Sunday to gross $12.2 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.90 to 1. With no new family films going into wide release during the month of February, Kung Fu Panda 3 will have a strong chance of holding up well going forward. The film’s strong A rating on CinemaScore is a good sign for Kung Fu Panda 3 going forward as well.
Fellow Fox release The Revenant placed in a distant second with an estimated $12.4 million. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down a slim 23 percent, as holdovers in general benefited this weekend from last weekend’s grosses being deflated by both Winter Storm Jonas and last Sunday’s NFL Conference Championship Games. The Revenant continues to exceed expectations with $138.17 million after 24 days of wide release (and an additional two weeks of platform release). The film is currently running an impressive 28 percent ahead of the $108.01 million 24-day take of 2010’s Shutter Island.
Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens claimed third place with an estimated $10.78 million. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise was down just 23 percent from last weekend’s deflated performance. This weekend’s hold was especially impressive given that The Force Awakens was playing in 809 fewer locations this weekend than it was last weekend. With a record-breaking 45-day gross of $895.43 million, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now just $4.57 million away from becoming the first film ever to reach the $900 million unadjusted domestic mark.
Fellow Disney release The Finest Hours followed closely behind in fourth place with an estimated $10.33 million debut. The 3D action drama starring Chris Pine debuted towards the higher end of its modest expectations, but performed softly with its price tag in mind. The Finest Hours opened 6.5 percent below the recent $11.05 million debut of In the Heart of the Sea. However, The Finest Hours is likely to hold up significantly better than In the Heart of the Sea did, thanks in part to not opening the weekend before The Force Awakens. The Finest Hours received a healthy A- rating on CinemaScore.
Ride Along 2 rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated $8.35 million. Universal’s PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart was down 33 percent, as the film held up much better this weekend than it did last weekend. Ride Along 2 has grossed $70.78 million in 17 days. That is below expectations and places the film 24 percent behind the $92.70 million 17-day take of 2014’s Ride Along (which fell 43.5 percent in its third weekend to gross $12.04 million).
Last weekend’s three new wide releases all held up nicely this weekend and all three films remained fairly bunched together. STX Entertainment’s The Boy was down just 27 percent to take sixth with an estimated $7.89 million; Lionsgate’s Dirty Grandpa declined 32 percent to follow in seventh with an estimated $7.58 million and Sony’s The 5th Wave also fell 32 percent to land in eighth place with an estimated $7.00 million. Respective ten day grosses stand at $22.82 million for Dirty Grandpa, at $21.53 million for The Boy and at $20.19 million for The 5th Wave.
Meanwhile, Open Road’s Fifty Shades of Black disappointed this weekend with an estimated ninth place start of just $6.19 million. The Marlon Wayans led R-rated comedy debuted below its already scaled back expectations and a very underwhelming 30 percent below the $8.84 million start of 2014’s A Haunted House 2. Given the performances of Wayans’ more recent films, Fifty Shades of Black is likely to fall off extremely quickly going forward. The film’s lackluster C rating on CinemaScore won’t do it any favors either.
To recap, Kung Fu Panda 3 unleashes its awesomeness 1st, The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens hold on 2nd and 3rd thanks to the dragon warrior, Finest Hours closes in 4th, and Ride Along 2, surpassed also by the 1st flick from the dragon warrior, drops 5th.
The Oscars are just a month away as diversity came to the SAG Awards last week after the academy voters complied with the new rules. On the TV side, Downton Abbey’s final season is underway and is desperate for more wins. While on the movie side Revenant star Lenardo Di Caprio was looking forward to increase his performance before the Oscars. Did both sides earn them a SAG Award Angie?
Spotlight revived its awards-season momentum tonight, taking the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 22nd annual SAG Awards. The Revenant‘s Leonardo DiCaprio scored his first win in nine nominations, and Room star Brie Larson won for her first.
Meanwhile, diversity was more than a trend at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles: Idris Elba won twice, Viola Davis and Uzo Aduba both picked up a their second consecutive Actor trophies — for How To Get Away With Murder and Orange Is The New Black, respectively — and Queen Latifah won for Bessie.
Introducing the Beasts of No Nation clip, Elba said: “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV.” Earlier, OITNB co-star Laura Prepon summed things up in accepting the show’s cast award: “Look at this stage. This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity — different race, color creed, sexual orientation.”
Netflix and repeat winners ruled on the TV side. The comedy cast Actor went to the streaming service’s Orange Is The New Black for a second consecutive year, and Downton Abbey won the drama prize for the third time in four years. Meanwhile, Netflix also was behind the repeat wins for Uduba and Kevin Spacey, the latter for House Of Cards, and Elba’s supporting turn in the feature Beasts Of No Nation. (He also won for BBC America’s Luther.) Rival streamer Amazon got a win with Jeffrey Tambor’s star turn in Transparent.
The Actors Branch is the largest in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, so DiCaprio and Larson could have a leg up on Oscar night. Ten of the 20 Best Ensemble winners at the SAG awards have gone on to Academy Award glory (the category was introduced in the awards’ second year). Birdman turned the double trick last year, and that film’s Michael Keaton was onstage at the end for a second straight year as part of the Spotlight cast.
Carol Burnett, the Queen of Sketch Comedy, got a pair of standing ovations while accepting her Life Achievement Award. “When I got my variety show, one of the major things I wanted to do, and I loved doing, was our takeoff of movies,” she said. “This time we had costumes designed by the brilliant Bob Mackie, a full orchestra … in essence we mounted a musical comedy revue every week — and oh God we had fun.”
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, no strangers to sketch comedy on TV, were reverent in presenting the award. “We both grew up watching The Carol Burnett Show,” said Fey. “Besides seeing how funny she was and how beautiful she was, she was also the boss and it was her show.” That, she said, made her realize “we could get paid to make comedy with our friends and also be their boss.” Added Poehler: “We watched Carol with our moms, and our moms taught us 90% of what we needed to be the women we are today. And the other 10% is Carol.”
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)
BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish
BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll
MICHAEL KEATON / Walter “Robby” Robinson
RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer
MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes
LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron
JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter
BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates
TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
LILY JAMES / Lady Rose
ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson
MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell
LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black
BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls
JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
“GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
Last December, Universal and Illumination released a teaser trailer for the new animated flick, The Secret Life of Pets. The folks behind the Despicable Me franchise released their 2nd trailer last week to clear things up for moviegoers to see. What’s this new flick about Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)- On the heels of the holiday-themed trailer released in December, Illumination Entertainment has unveiled the second full-length trailer and new poster art for its upcoming animated feature, The Secret Life of Pets.
For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.
While the first trailer showed viewers the cute little secrets of the admittedly adorable pets, the latest version provides a little more story, outlining an oddball-buddy plot. Louis C.K. voices Max, a terrier living in New York City. He loves life with his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper), and is dismayed when she brings home a new “brother” for Max, a big sloppy mutt named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). One thing leads to another, and before they know it Max and Duke find themselves caught up in an army of abandoned pets led by a bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart).
Here’s the official synopsis:
Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max’s life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners.
Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.
The Secret Life of Pets is in theaters July 8, 2016.
1,516 fans are on the board on the Penguins tally as All-Star week hits the sports world.
Speaking of all stars, your favorite NBA players invade Cartoon Network this week with new episodes of We Bare Bears, Clerence, and Teen Titans Go as part of the NBA All Star Jam. On Nick, catch 5 new episodes of Paradise Run. On Friday night, don’t miss Fairly OddParents, Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Harvey Beaks, and Sanjay and Craig. This is Realistic Fish Head saying, root for your favorite players all-star style!
Star Wars: Rogue One moved to December 2017; TV Academy splits Creative Emmys in two after appling rule changes; Disney Pixar’s Inside Out wins best animated feature at Producer’s Guild Awards
Welcome to the Star Wars episode 8 edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!
After a big whopping holiday haul last year, the next chapter in the Star Wars universe was instantly revealed in just 2 weeks. With all the current stars returning Johnny, what’s the name of this newest title?
Johnny Trout (via The Hollywood Reporter)-Star Wars: Episode VIII is being pushed back seven months, from Memorial Day weekend in 2017 to Dec. 15 of that year.
Instead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will open on May 26, 2017, Star Wars‘ old release date. The Pirates movie, one of Disney’s biggest franchises and returning Johnny Depp in the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, was set to have opened July 7.
Disney insiders say the decision to push back the release of Star Wars comes after the blockbuster success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the year-end holidays. They say they have now decided to give Episode VIII the same Christmas treatment.
The move gives the studio more time to work on the film. It also balances out Disney’s tentpole schedule in 2017. As it stood, the studio was set to release Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5), Star Wars, Pirates and Cars 3 (June 16) all in summer. The studio didn’t say whether the changes impact its plans to release an untitled fairy-tale movie on Dec. 22, but don’t be surprised if that date changes.
Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, has made more than $1.8 billion worldwide, including a record $852.3 million in North America.
Rian Johnson will take over the directing duties on Episode VIII, which sees the return of the central new characters introduced in Force Awakens, played by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. Mark Hamill is also confirmed to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker.
News that Episode VIII will now open Dec. 15 likely won’t be well received by Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros., who are set to open Ready Player One on that date. Opening a week later on Dec. 22 are Croods 2 and The Six-Million Dollar Man.
Within minutes of the Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean announcement, Sony said it was moving up the release of Spider-Man from July 28, 2017, to July 7, 2017, while pushing back Jumanji seven months from Dec. 25, 2016, to July 28, 2017.
The next Star Wars film, the spinoff Rogue One, opens Dec. 16. 2016.
With the mouse’s latest move, that’ll get Captain Jack Sparrow plenty of time to do some sword fighting practice before he sails again. It too gives DreamWorks, Paramount, Sony, and The Warner’s more room to fit the next batch of flicks before the year’s out, so wait until then.
After the academy unanimously approved Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ plan to double up Oscar participation for the next 4 years, the TV academy also made some changes to this year’s Creative Emmy’s. What will the new format use this year Danny?
Danny Angelfish (via The Hollywood Reporter)- In a move that should help fill a long-lamented hole in entertainment awards ceremonies, of which there will never be enough, the Television Academy has announced that there will be two different Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies in 2016.
Taking place over two back-to-back nights, the new format will continue to take place the weekend prior to the traditional Primetime Emmy telecast and present above- and below-the-line awards that highlight the work of art directors, costume designers, cinematographers, sound editors and others.
“One of our primary missions as an Academy is to recognize creative excellence, both in front of and behind the cameras,” Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum said Tuesday in a statement. “Our Academy has a legacy of adjusting and expanding our awards to reflect the changing nature of our members’ Emmy-worthy work. The industry is growing, and we now have more than enough wonderful creativity to enjoy a second Creative Arts show where we can celebrate the excellence and achievement of this year’s work.”
To be fair, the Creative Arts ceremony has grown to be one of the longest in Hollywood — stretching well past the three-hour mark. The big thrall, at least from the media point of view, has been the four guest acting awards handed out during the show — which does not air live. The same audience won’t be expected to attend both, with the shows splitting into two broad category groups and having their own Creative Arts Balls.
The dates for this year’s Primetime Emmys and each of the Creative Arts ceremonies have yet to be announced. Bob Bain will return to produce the latter.
The critics chose Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out as this year’s animated feature at last week’s Critics Choice Awards. The flick scored another win at this year’s PGA’s. Was the feelings’ flick one of them Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Saturday night the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture, television, and new media productions at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
The Jerry Seinfeld-created web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee won the Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Digital Series for the second year in a row.
The television program Game of Thrones (Season 5) and its producers David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, Carolyn Strauss, Bryan Cogman, Lisa McAtackney, Chris Newman, and Greg Spence won the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama.
Closing the evening, the film The Big Short and its producers Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. This category is one of the most eagerly-anticipated of season, as it is widely considered a strong prognosticator for the Best Picture Oscar.
In addition to its competitive awards, the PGA presented special honors to Jim Gianopulos with the Milestone Award; producer David Heyman with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures; Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) with the Visionary Vanguard Award, accepted by Lynwen Brennan and John Knoll; and producer Shonda Rhimes with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. The Stanley Kramer Award was presented to the feature documentary, The Hunting Ground, accepted by producer Amy Ziering, which included a special performance by Lady Gaga who sang “Til it Happens to You” her Oscar-nominated song written for the film by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga.
LIST OF 2016 PRODUCERS GUILD AWARD WINNERS
The 2016 Producers Guild nominated films and television programs are listed below in alphabetical order by category, along with producers. The producers’ names for each nominated production are listed in alphabetical order and are not necessarily the proper order of credits. The winners are indicated in bold and with an asterisk (*).
The theatrical motion picture winners are:
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
The Big Short
Producers: Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
Producer: Jonas Rivera
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:
Producer: James Gay-Rees
The television winners are:
The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:
The Long-Form Television category encompasses both movies of the week and mini-series.
Fargo (Season 2)
Producers: Noah Hawley, John Cameron, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Warren Littlefield, Kim Todd
The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:
Game of Thrones (Season 5)
Producers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, Carolyn Strauss, Bryan Cogman, Lisa McAtackney, Chris Newman, Greg Spence
The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:
Transparent (Season 1)
Producers: Jill Soloway, Andrea Sperling, Victor Hsu, Nisha Ganatra, Rick Rosenthal, Bridget Bedard
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (Season 1)
Producers: Marc Smerling, Andrew Jarecki, Jason Blum
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:
The Voice (Seasons 7 and 8)
Producers: Audrey Morrissey, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Marc Jansen, Lee Metzger, Chad Hines, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker, Carson Daly
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Season 2)
Producers: Tim Carvell, John Oliver, Liz Stanton
The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:
The digital winner is:
The Award for Outstanding Digital Series:
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
The 2016 Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs are Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Captain Phillips) and Jennifer Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Celeste and Jesse Forever). Sponsors of the event include Cadillac, Delta Air Lines, PRG, Production Resource Group, Panasonic, Univision and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne.
The Producers Guild of America presents the 2016 Producers Guild Awards honoring excellence in motion picture, television and new media productions, as well as some of the living legends who shape the profession.
In 1990, the Producers Guild held the first-ever Golden Laurel Awards, which were renamed the Producers Guild Awards in 2002. Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck took home the award for Best Produced Motion Picture for DRIVING MISS DAISY, establishing the Guild’s awards as a bellwether for the Oscars. Last year, the PGA awarded BIRDMAN with its Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, marking the eighth consecutive year the Producers Guild has presaged the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ choice.
1,516 fans are currently on the board at the Penguins tally after Team Skipper’s recent belly slide this week.
Uncle Grandpa week continues this week along with new episodes of Teen Titans Go, Adventure Time, Gumball, and Clarence. Looks Uncle G’s going to have more fun tomorrow night! See you soon for the next edition as we leap towards February!
The Relevant rallies from 2nd to take 16 million lead, Dirty Grandpa edges The Boy by 11.6 million just as Winter Storm Jonas moved in; Cheryl Boone Isaacs unveils diversity changes; Snowtime opens February 19th
The Fox thriller blows through tough snow! I’m Realistic Fish Head! Snow was blowing through the northeast this week, but that didn’t stop the box office from being buried. The Relevant rebounded from Ride Along 2’s exciting debut with 16 million. The thriller managed to avoid Winter Storm Jonas’ wrath with time to spare with Dirty Grandpa and The Boy following close behind. Can The Relevant continue fighting on since being in 2nd last week Gene?
After finishing in a close second place each of the past two weekends, Fox’s The Revenant moved into first place this weekend with an estimated $16.0 million. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down a sizable 50 percent from last weekend, as the box office in general was slowed by Winter Storm Jonas hitting the East Coast. Today’s NFL Conference Championship Games are also expected to negatively impact Sunday’s grosses as well. Even with this week’s slowing, The Revenant continues to impress with $119.19 million after 17 days of wide release (and an additional two weeks of platform release). The film is currently running 24.5 percent ahead of the $95.75 million 17-day gross of 2010’s Shutter Island (which fell 42 percent in its third weekend to take in $13.23 million). The Revenant is likely to stabilize next weekend thanks in part to healthy word of mouth and the continued buzz around the film’s 12 Academy Award nominations.
Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens was up one spot from last weekend to claim second place with an estimated $14.26 million. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise was down a respectable 46 percent from last weekend. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Force Awakens claimed the eighth largest sixth weekend gross on record. The Force Awakens continues to pad its total as the highest grossing film of all-time domestically with $879.29 million through 38 days of release. That leaves the film just $20.71 million away from becoming the first ever the reach the $900 million domestic mark. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently running 59 percent ahead of the $551.74 million 38-day take of 2009’s Avatar and 44 percent ahead of the $611.23 million 38-day gross of last year’s Jurassic World.
Universal’s Ride Along 2 was down two spots and a sharp 63 percent from last weekend to land in third with an estimated $12.96 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart held up much worse in its second weekend than 2014’s Ride Along, which declined 49 percent to take in $21.30 million. Clearly word of mouth isn’t as strong for Ride Along 2 as it was for Ride Along, though this weekend’s winter storm obviously had an effect on this weekend’s hold as well. Ride Along 2 has grossed $59.11 million in ten days. While that’s solid with the film’s price tag in mind, it’s below expectations and places the film 22 percent behind the $75.54 million ten-day start of Ride Along.
As had been expected, this weekend’s three new wide releases were fairly bunched together with one another. With estimates for the three films being separated by just $825,000, it’s possible that final rankings for the three could change when tomorrow’s weekend actuals are released.
Dirty Grandpa opened in fourth place with an estimated $11.53 million. The R-rated comedy from Lionsgate starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron performed towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. Dirty Grandpa opened 29 percent below the $16.33 million start of 2013’s Last Vegas and going forward are unlikely to hold up as well as that film did. Poor critical reviews and Sunday’s NFL Conference Championship Games (as well as more natural back-loading) appear to have had more of an effect on Dirty Grandpa this weekend than they did on The Boy and The 5th Wave.
Dirty Grandpa opened with $4.25 million on Friday (which included an estimated $660,000 from Thursday night shows), was up 8 percent on Saturday to take in $4.58 million and is estimated to decline 41 percent on Sunday to gross $2.70 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.71 to 1. Dirty Grandpa received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore, which suggests that the film is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics. At the same time, the film’s 51 percent audience score on Flixster is a concerning early sign going forward.
STX Entertainment’s The Boy debuted in fifth place with an estimated $11.26 million. The low-budget PG-13 rated horror film starring Lauren Cohan opened in line with expectations and was off to a solid start with its reported $10 million production budget in mind. The Boy opened 12 percent below the recent $12.74 million start of Focus’ The Forest and was at a bit of a disadvantage as a result of arriving in the marketplace just two weeks after The Forest.
The Boy held up well throughout the weekend, especially with its genre and the weekend weather in mind. The film opened with $3.90 million on Friday (which didn’t include any Thursday night shows), increased 18 percent on Saturday to take in $4.60 million and is estimated to fall 40 percent on Sunday to gross $2.76 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.89 to 1. The Boy received a B- rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable with the film’s genre in mind, but also has a lackluster current audience score of 53 percent on Flixster.
Sony’s The 5th Wave was off to an estimated sixth place start of $10.70 million. The young adult adaptation starring Chloë Grace Moretz opened in line with expectations. The 5th Wave debuted 32 percent below the $15.68 million start of 2014’s If I Stay. The 5th Wave started with $3.50 million on Friday (which included an estimated $475,000 from Thursday night shows), was up a healthy 29 percent on Saturday to take in $4.53 million and is estimated to fall 41 percent on Sunday to gross $2.67 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.06 to 1. The 5th Wave received a modest B- rating on CinemaScore and currently has a soft audience score of 51 percent on Flixster. It should be noted that the film is performing stronger overseas than it is domestically.
Meanwhile, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi followed closely behind in seventh place with an estimated $9.75 million. The Michael Bay directed action thriller from Paramount was down a solid 40 percent from last weekend, which represented one of the weekend’s better holds among wide releases. 13 Hours was helped out this weekend by healthy word of mouth and by expanding into 528 additional locations (which included an expansion into Canada). 13 Hours has grossed $33.48 million in ten days. That is a bit below expectations and places the film 26 percent behind the $45.11 million ten-day take of 2012’s Act of Valor (which fell 44.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.57 million).
To recap, The Relevant strikes triumphantly in 1st, Star Wars: The Force Awakens moves 2nd while Ride Along 2 zooms in 3rd, Dirty Grandpa performs well in 4th as did The Boy in 5th.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs acted quickly after receiving harsh comments from black actors this week. The academy needed a way to fix the diversity problem fast so it never happens again. What did they come up with Angie?
Angie Angelfish (via Deadline Hollywood)- Among the key changes approved, AMPAS will increase the governing board with three new members to be named by the President and approved by the board in order to “allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making,” according to the organization, “and help the organization identify and nurture future leaders.”
“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”
Early tonight, Warner Bros Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara issued a statement on the Academy’s moves: “The changes being made by AMPAS are a great step toward broadening the diversity and inclusivity of the Academy and, by extension, the industry. Entertainment is a global business, and the content we produce and its creators need to reflect the diversity and different perspectives of the worldwide audience we serve. At Warner Bros, we’re committed to this goal, but there is more we must and will do.”
Here is the rest of the Academy’s release:
Beginning later this year, each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade. In addition, members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms; or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award. We will apply these same standards retroactively to current members. In other words, if a current member has not been active in the last 10 years they can still qualify by meeting the other criteria. Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status. Emeritus members do not pay dues but enjoy all the privileges of membership, except voting. This will not affect voting for this year’s Oscars.
At the same time, the Academy will supplement the traditional process in which current members sponsor new members by launching an ambitious, global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity.
In order to immediately increase diversity on the Board of Governors, the Academy will establish three new governor seats that will be nominated by the President for three-year terms and confirmed by the Board.
The Academy will also take immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members who are not Governors to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made. This will allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making and help the organization identify and nurture future leaders.
Along with Boone Isaacs, the Board’s Membership and Administration Committee, chaired by Academy Governor Phil Robinson, led the efforts to enact these initiatives.
The announcement came shortly after news broke of the latest screen figure to join the raging debate on the issue of diversity and the lack of non-Caucasian nominees in the acting categories for two years running. In Paris, Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (for 45 Years) told a radio interviewer that the controversy “is racist to whites.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors has unanimously approved “substantive changes designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse,” following a vote Thursday night. The goal, according to AMPAS, is to double the number of women and minority members of the Academy by 2020.
A new kids flick from Shout Factory debuted at the Sundance this week as winter is in full swing. With many more flick coming in this week, when will the snow packed flick make its snowy slide Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World) – Directed by Jean-François Pouliot and co-director François Brisson, and produced by Marie-Claude Beauchamp, this beautifully made, highly entertaining animated feature boasts an exceptional all-star voice cast of Golden Globe-winner Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Ross Lynch (Disney Channel’s hit series Austin & Ally and pop band R5), Angela Galuppo, Lucinda Davis (Winx Club), Sonja Ball (The Legend of Sarila) and Don Shepherd (Blue Mountain State).
New animated feature Snowtime! is a romp through childhood full of heart and humor. To amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohorts defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luke’s horde. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict, where children learn valuable life lessons on friendship, the importance of unity, and the emotional consequences of vicious rivalry. The film’s underlying message – neither side wins in war — is as relevant today as ever.
Based on the acclaimed live-action film classic La Guerre des Tuques (The Dog Who Stopped the War), Snowtime! is a captivating cinematic adventure about hope and friendship. The film explores the sometimes mercurial relations between friends during childhood, and the role that enthusiastic competition and energizing solidarity play in the lives of children.
The movie soundtrack features songs by Celine Dion, Simple Plan, Walk Off the Earth, Marie-Mai and Groenland.
Snowtime! opens in U.S. cinemas on February 19, 2016 in the following cities:
Los Angeles, New York City, New Jersey, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus (OH), Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Madison, Maryland, Miami, Oklahoma City, Omaha (NB), West Palm Beach, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Seattle, South Bend, Tampa and Virginia.
1,516 fans are currently on the Penguins tally, as Team Skipper enjoys a belly slide through the snow after calculating the latest snowfall from Winter Storm Jonas.
Uncle Grandpa and crew are back once again with 5 brand new episodes! With extra help, he’ll make sure that you’ll keep going to succeed. And if you’re lucky, you might be able to join him on his best adventures. So make it a good week for Uncle Grandpa! This is Realistic Fish Head saying, have fun this week Uncle G!
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs promises to take drastic steps after black community accuses them of the Oscars’ lack of diversity; Vin Diesel readies Jet Li in XXX3; Mad Max: Fury Road wins big at Critics Choice Awards, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out takes best animated feature
Welcome to the #OscarsSoWhite edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!
The black community was outraged after finding out that all of the black actors from this year’s Oscars missed the cut leaving the white’s intact. Some stars such as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith are skipping the show because of that. That sparked disappointment across social media. When the Academy knew it, they’ve realized their biggest mistake. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, academy president, saw the reaction and was deeply shocked. What did she do to correct the mistake and why did the academy left the blacks in the dust Jim?
Jim Fish (via The Hollywood Reporter)- Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Monday issued a lengthy statement on the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations, which has become the subject of mounting criticism.
“I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees,” she said. “While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes.
“The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond,” Boone Isaacs said in what amounted to a rare and unusual move on the part of the Academy.
“As many of you know,” she continued, “we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the last four years. But the change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly.”
“This isn’t unprecedented for the Academy,” added Boone Isaacs. “In the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together.”
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter earlier Monday evening just before she was honored with the Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award at the King Legacy Awards, presented at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, Boone Isaacs said that “there’s been enough conversation” and that it is time for the entertainment industry to take action to improve diversity.
She said that she was “disappointed” that, for the second year in a row, the Oscar nominations, announced last week, failed to include any performers of color. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, who was also in attendance, added that she was “devastated” by the nominations.
The Academy again finds itself the focus of criticism over the lack of opportunities for minorities within the film industry. Earlier on Monday, Spike Lee, who received an honorary Oscar from the Academy at its Board of Governors Awards in November, announced in an Instagram post that he and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee “cannot support it” and would not attend the upcoming Oscars on Feb. 28.
“Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy,” Lee wrote. “But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let’s Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can’t Act?! WTF!!”
The Academy president said she had not heard from Lee about his decision, but that she remained a strong supporter of his in general.
Boone Isaacs, who is African-American, said she herself has experienced racism, but declined to go into detail.
At the same time, she said even if it is the industry that is to blame for not creating more diverse product, it would be wrong for the Academy to avoid responsibility in a year when there has been at least a handful of movies with actors of color that she found worthy of nomination.
‘There’ve been four or five wonderful movies,’ she said, citing Lee’s own Chi-Raq, Concussion, Creed, Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton.
Boone Isaacs noted that the Academy has formed a committee, made up of members of the industry, to explore how to improve diversity. She announced earlier at the Governors Awards that the Academy is developing a five-year plan called A2020 with an eye toward improving diversity within the Academy itself and the industry at large.
Looks like the academy’s sticking with their choices nevertheless, but the academy pres. has promised big changes come next year.
Vin Diesel’s back in action as the XXX franchise resumes after a yearlong wait. This time he finds himself face to face with an expert fighter. Who’s he up against Johnny?
Johnny Trout (via The Hollywood Reporter)- Martial-arts maestro Jet Li has closed a deal to join Vin Diesel in xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage, Revolution Studios’ reboot of the early 2000s action spy franchise.
Diesel is leading a cast that includes Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev, Bollywood star Deepika Padukone and Orange Is the New Black breakout Ruby Rose as well as Samuel L. Jackson.
Plot details are being kept redacted, but just as Diesel found renewed success when Fast & Furious was rejigged as an action ensemble, xXx, too, is being reconfigured to surround the action star with a team of toughs and wiseacres.
According to sources, Li will play the leader of his own team and will square off against Diesel. Whether he is the ultimate villain of the pic remains to be seen.
“xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage is one of the jewels in Revolution Studio’s library, and we’re giving the devoted fans more of what they want by expanding the franchise and introducing new and extreme action characters like Jet Li’s,” said Revolution CEO Vince Totino.
Added Revolution COO Scott Hemming: “We are extremely excited to have Jet Li join the cast of xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage as Raif, who is pitted against Vin Diesel’s Xander Cage, and watch these two in action as they raise the bar with some of the most incredible stunts on film.”
xXx 3 has a script by F. Scott Frazier, and D.J. Caruso will direct the pic, which is set to begin shooting in February in Toronto and the Dominican Republic.
Li’s involvement, along with several other action mainstays, surfaced several weeks ago, but it’s only now that the tricky negotiations closed, according to sources. Some actors rumored for the movie, such as Jennifer Lopez, did not pan out either due to scheduling or dealmaking.
Joe Roth is producing the movie with his new partner, Jeff Kirschenbaum, along with Diesel and his producing partner, Samantha Vincent, who is also his sister. Totino and Hemming of Revolution, which was rebooted two years when it was bought by hedge fund Fortress, are shepherding actor and distributor deals for the film.
And while no distribution deal is set, Paramount remains the likely home for the pic.
xXx 3 will be Li’s first movie since appearing in 2014’s The Expendables 3. He is repped by Current Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.
We’ll check back soon on this latest story.
Last week at the 21st Critic’s Choice Awards, box office charged action scorched through the critics as they made their final choices. Who got the most kudos Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller hosted the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday, marking the first time the annual awards show combined film and TV winners into one event. The awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association, broadcast live on A&E, Lifetime and LMN from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on January 17.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams was on hand to honor Industrial Light & Magic with the Critics’ Choice Genius Award, recognizing 40 years of work that has “changed the face of cinema.”
George Miller’s blockbuster that was the night’s big winner. After scoring an impressive 10 nominations from the Academy last week, Mad Max: Fury Road won nine awards from critics, including best director (for Miller), best action movie, best actor and actress in an action movie (Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy, respectively), and best visual effects.
Among animated features, Pixar’s Inside Out beat out the studio’s The Good Dinosaur, as well as Starburns Industries’ Anomalisa, Blue Sky’s The Peanuts Movie and Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep Movie. On the television side, Netflix series BoJack Horseman took home the prize for best animation series from fellow nominees Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons (FOX), South Park (Comedy Central), and Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD).
The full list of nominees and winners is shown below:
•The Big Short
•Bridge of Spies
•Mad Max: Fury Road
•Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
•Matt Damon – The Martian
•Johnny Depp – Black Mass
•WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
•Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
•Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
•Cate Blanchett – Carol
•WINNER: Brie Larson – Room
•Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
•Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
•Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
•Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
•Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
•Tom Hardy – The Revenant
•Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
•Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
•Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
•WINNER: Sylvester Stallone – Creed
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
•Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
•Rooney Mara – Carol
•Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
•Helen Mirren – Trumbo
•WINNER: Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
•Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
•Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
•RJ Cyler – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
•Shameik Moore – Dope
•Milo Parker – Mr. Holmes
•WINNER: Jacob Tremblay – Room
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
•The Big Short
•The Hateful Eight
•Straight Outta Compton
•Todd Haynes – Carol
•Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant
•Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
•WINNER: George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
•Ridley Scott – The Martian
•Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
•Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Bridge of Spies
•Alex Garland – Ex Machina
•Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
•Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – Inside Out
•WINNER: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
•WINNER: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short
•Nick Hornby – Brooklyn
•Drew Goddard – The Martian
•Emma Donoghue – Room
•Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs
•Carol – Ed Lachman
•The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson
•Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
•The Martian – Dariusz Wolski
•WINNER: The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki
•Sicario – Roger Deakins
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
•Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo
•Brooklyn – François Séguin, Jennifer Oman and Louise Tremblay
•Carol – Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
•The Danish Girl – Eve Stewart, Michael Standish
•WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson
•The Martian – Arthur Max, Celia Bobak
•The Big Short – Hank Corwin
•WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel
•The Martian – Pietro Scalia
•The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione
•Spotlight – Tom McArdle
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
•Brooklyn – Odile Dicks-Mireaux
•Carol – Sandy Powell
•Cinderella – Sandy Powell
•The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado
•WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan
BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
•The Danish Girl
•The Hateful Eight
•WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
•WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
•The Good Dinosaur
•WINNER: Inside Out
•The Peanuts Movie
•Shaun the Sheep Movie
BEST ACTION MOVIE
•WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road
•Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
•Daniel Craig – Spectre
•Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
•WINNER: Tom Hardy – Mad Max: Fury Road
•Chris Pratt – Jurassic World
•Paul Rudd – Ant-Man
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
•Emily Blunt – Sicario
•Rebecca Ferguson – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
•Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World
•Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
•WINNER: Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road
•WINNER: The Big Short
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
•WINNER: Christian Bale – The Big Short
•Steve Carell – The Big Short
•Robert De Niro – The Intern
•Bill Hader – Trainwreck
•Jason Statham – Spy
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
•Tina Fey – Sisters
•Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
•Melissa McCarthy – Spy
•WINNER: Amy Schumer – Trainwreck
•Lily Tomlin – Grandma
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
•WINNER: Ex Machina
•Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
•The Second Mother
•WINNER: Son of Saul
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
•Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
•He Named Me Malala
•The Look of Silence
•Where to Invade Next
•Fifty Shades of Grey – “Love Me Like You Do”
•WINNER: Furious 7 – “See You Again”
•The Hunting Ground – “Til It Happens To You”
•Love & Mercy – “One Kind of Love”
•Spectre – “Writing’s on the Wall”
•Youth – “Simple Song #3”
•Carol – Carter Burwell
•WINNER: The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
•The Revenant – Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto
•Sicario – Johann Johannsson
•Spotlight – Howard Shore
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
•Anthony Anderson – Black-ish – ABC
•Aziz Ansari – Master of None – Netflix
•Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth – Fox
•Randall Park – Fresh Off the Boat – ABC
•Fred Savage – The Grinder – Fox
•WINNER: Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent – Amazon
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
•Hugh Dancy – Hannibal – NBC
•WINNER: Rami Malek – Mr. Robot – USA
•Clive Owen – The Knick – Cinemax
•Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan – Showtime
•Justin Theroux – The Leftovers – HBO
•Aden Young – Rectify – Sundance
BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
•Wes Bentley – American Horror Story: Hotel – FX Networks
•Martin Clunes – Arthur & George – PBS
•WINNER: Idris Elba – Luther – BBC America
•Oscar Isaac – Show Me a Hero – HBO
•Vincent Kartheiser – Saints & Strangers – National Geographic Channel
•Patrick Wilson – Fargo – FX Networks
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
•WINNER: Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – The CW
•Aya Cash – You’re the Worst – FX Networks
•Wendi McLendon-Covey – The Goldbergs – ABC
•Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin – The CW
•Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish – ABC
•Constance Wu – Fresh Off the Boat – ABC
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
•Shiri Appleby – UnREAL – Lifetime
•WINNER: Carrie Coon – The Leftovers – HBO
•Viola Davis – How to Get Away With Murder – ABC
•Eva Green – Penny Dreadful – Showtime
•Taraji P. Henson – Empire – Fox
•Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones – Netflix
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
•Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Hotel – FX Networks
•WINNER: Kirsten Dunst – Fargo – FX Networks
•Sarah Hay – Flesh and Bone – Starz
•Alyvia Alyn Lind – Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors – NBC
•Rachel McAdams – True Detective – HBO
•Shanice Williams – The Wiz Live! – NBC
BEST COMEDY SERIES
•Black-ish – ABC
•Catastrophe – Amazon
•Jane the Virgin – The CW
•WINNER: Master of None – Netflix
•The Last Man on Earth – Fox
•Transparent – Amazon
•You’re the Worst – FX Networks
BEST DRAMA SERIES
•Empire – Fox
•WINNER: Mr. Robot – USA
•Penny Dreadful – Showtime
•Rectify – Sundance
•The Knick – Cinemax
•The Leftovers – HBO
•UnREAL – Lifetime
BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
•Ellen Burstyn – Mom – CBS
•Anjelica Huston – Transparent – Amazon
•Cherry Jones – Transparent – Amazon
•Jenifer Lewis – Black-ish – ABC
•WINNER: Timothy Olyphant – The Grinder – Fox
•John Slattery – Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp – Netflix
BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
•Richard Armitage – Hannibal – NBC
•Justin Kirk – Manhattan – WGN America
•Patti LuPone – Penny Dreadful – Showtime
•WINNER: Margo Martindale – The Good Wife – CBS
•Marisa Tomei – Empire – Fox
•B.D. Wong – Mr. Robot – USA
BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
•Childhood’s End – Syfy
•WINNER: Fargo – FX Networks
•Luther – BBC America
•Saints & Strangers – National Geographic Channel
•Show Me a Hero – HBO
•The Wiz Live! – NBC
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
•WINNER: Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Fox
•Jaime Camil – Jane the Virgin – The CW
•Jay Duplass – Transparent – Amazon
•Neil Flynn – The Middle – ABC
•Keegan-Michael Key – Playing House – USA
•Mel Rodriguez – Getting On – HBO
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
•Clayne Crawford – Rectify – Sundance
•Christopher Eccleston – The Leftovers – HBO
•Andre Holland – The Knick – Cinemax
•Jonathan Jackson – Nashville – ABC
•Rufus Sewell – The Man in the High Castle – Amazon
•WINNER: Christian Slater – Mr. Robot – USA
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
•David Alan Grier – The Wiz Live! – NBC
•Ne-Yo – The Wiz Live! – NBC
•Nick Offerman – Fargo – FX Networks
•WINNER: Jesse Plemons – Fargo – FX Networks
•Raoul Trujillo – Saints & Strangers – National Geographic Channel
•Bokeem Woodbine – Fargo – FX Networks
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
•WINNER: Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory – CBS
•Kether Donohue – You’re the Worst – FX Networks
•Allison Janney – Mom – CBS
•Judith Light – Transparent – Amazon
•Niecy Nash – Getting On – HBO
•Eden Sher – The Middle – ABC
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
•Ann Dowd – The Leftovers – HBO
•Regina King – The Leftovers – HBO Helen
•McCrory – Penny Dreadful – Showtime
•Hayden Panettiere – Nashville – ABC
•Maura Tierney – The Affair – Showtime
•WINNER: Constance Zimmer – UnREAL – Lifetime
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES
•Mary J. Blige – The Wiz Live! – NBC
•Laura Haddock – Luther – BBC America
•Cristin Milioti – Fargo – FX Networks
•Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Hotel – FX Networks
•Winona Ryder – Show Me a Hero – HBO
•WINNER: Jean Smart – Fargo – FX Networks
BEST ANIMATION SERIES
•Bob’s Burgers – Fox
•WINNER: BoJack Horseman – Netflix
•South Park – Comedy Central
•Star Wars Rebels – Disney XD
•The Simpsons – Fox
BEST REALITY SHOW – COMPETITION
•Chopped – Food Network
•Face Off – Syfy
•MasterChef Junior – Fox
•Survivor – CBS
•The Amazing Race – CBS
•WINNER: The Voice – NBC
BEST REALITY SHOW HOST
•Ted Allen – Chopped – Food Network
•Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race – CBS
•WINNER: James Lipton – Inside the Actors Studio – Bravo
•Jane Lynch – Hollywood Game Night – NBC
•Jeff Probst – Survivor – CBS
•Gordon Ramsay – Hell’s Kitchen – Fox Broadcasting
BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SHOW
•Antiques Roadshow – PBS
•Inside The Actors Studio – Bravo
•MythBusters – Discovery
•Project Greenlight – HBO
•WINNER: Shark Tank – ABC
•Undercover Boss – CBS
BEST TALK SHOW
•Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
•WINNER: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – HBO
•The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central
•The Graham Norton Show – BBC America
•The Late Late Show with James Corden – CBS
•The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – NBC
BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SHOW
•WINNER: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN
•Cops – Spike
•Deadliest Catch – Discovery
•Intervention – A&E
•Naked and Afraid – Discovery
•Pawn Stars – History
Inside Out has been on a roll this awards season, if it continues winning, it could be the most dominated animated flick this year since summer 2013.
1,516 fans are currently on the board on the Penguins tally as awards season continues.
Clearance week continues this week with 3 episodes left and don’t miss new episodes of Teen Titans Go, Adventure Time, and Gumball tomorrow night. See you soon on the next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report.
Ride Along 2 nets 34 million, The Revenant moves 2nd after Golden Globe wins; The Revenant tops Oscar nominations with 12; Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur scores 118 million since November debut, the studio faces possible loss
The brothers in law are back in town! I’m Realistic Fish Head. Universal’s Ride Along 2 shot an impressive 34 million denying Star Wars: The Force Awakens to lock in their 5th week. Continuing where the first one left off, the duo of Kevin Hart and Ice Cube must work together to stay united and protect the city. Meanwhile, The Revenant continues streaking after last weekend’s Golden Globes. Should the Fox thriller be the favorite to dominate awards season Gene, can it continue its winning streak as the season reaches the target line?
Universal’s Ride Along 2 debuted in first place over the three-day portion of the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with an estimated $34.04 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart debuted on the low end of expectations and 18 percent below the $41.52 million three-day start of 2014’s Ride Along. The film had been widely expected to debut a bit below Ride Along due in part to less pre-release excitement and the potential for sequel fatigue. With that said, Ride Along 2 still registered the fourth largest three-day Martin Luther King weekend debut of all-time and the eighth largest January opening ever. Universal’s current four-day estimate for Ride Along 2 is $39.51 million.
Ride Along 2 opened with $12.0 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.26 million from Thursday night shows), increased 13 percent on Saturday to claim $13.61 million and is estimated to decrease 38 percent on Sunday to gross $8.43 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.84 to 1. The audience breakdown for Ride Along 2 skewed slightly towards female moviegoers (52 percent) and towards moviegoers under the age of 25 (55 percent). Ride Along 2 received a B+ rating on CinemaScore. While that’s a solid score, it’s also significantly softer than the A rating Ride Along received on CinemaScore and suggests that the film will be more front-loaded than its predecessor was.
Thanks in part to healthy word of mouth and its 12 Academy Award nominations; Fox’s The Revenant continued to exceed expectations with a close estimated second place take of $29.5 million over the three-day frame. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down a slim 26 percent from last weekend’s already stronger than expected debut. The Revenant has grossed an impressive $87.67 million after ten days of wide release (and an additional two weeks of platform release). That places the film 16 percent ahead of the $75.54 million ten-day start of 2010’s Shutter Island (which fell 45 percent in its second weekend to gross $22.67 million). The Revenant represents another strong performer for DiCaprio and should continue to hold up well going forward. BoxOffice currently projects a four-day take of $35.0 million for The Revenant.
After leading the weekend box office for each of the past four frames, Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens fell to third place this weekend with an estimated three-day take of $25.12 million. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise was down a solid 41 percent from last weekend. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Force Awakens claimed the fourth largest fifth weekend gross of all-time (behind only 2009’s Avatar, 1997’s Titanic and 2013’s Frozen). The Force Awakens passed the $850 million mark this weekend and continues to pad its total as the highest grossing film of all-time domestically with $851.05 million through 31 days of release. The film is currently running 72.5 percent ahead of the $493.25 million 31-day take of Avatar and 44 percent ahead of the $590.69 million 31-day gross of last year’s Jurassic World. Disney’s four-day estimate for Star Wars: The Force Awakens stands at $31.0 million.
Paramount’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi debuted in fourth place with an estimated three-day start of $16.0 million. The Michael Bay action thriller debuted a bit below expectations. While it wasn’t expected to do so, 13 Hours was unable to deliver the type of break-out performance that other war themed thrillers such as American Sniper, Lone Survivor and Zero Dark Thirty have delivered in recent years during the month of January. Potential for 13 Hours appears to have been weakened by the politics that have surrounded the 2012 Benghazi attack. 13 Hours opened 35 percent below the $24.48 million three-day launch of 2012’s Act of Valor. Paramount’s current four-day estimate for 13 Hours is $19.0 million.
13 Hours started with $5.93 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.90 million from Thursday night shows), decreased 2 percent on Saturday to take in $5.79 million and is estimated to decline 26 percent on Sunday to gross $4.29 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.70 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (55 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (79 percent). 13 Hours received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which suggests that the film will hold up well going forward. 13 Hours will also be receiving an expansion into Canada next weekend (the film only opened in 7 locations in Canada this weekend).
Fellow Paramount release Daddy’s Home rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated three-day take of $9.30 million. The PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg was down a solid 38 percent. Daddy’s Home continues to impress with a stronger than expected 24-day gross of $129.26 million. That places the film 30.5 percent ahead of the $99.02 million 24-day take of 2010’s The Other Guys. Paramount’s current four-day estimate for Daddy’s Home stands at $11.35 million.
Meanwhile, Norm of the North was off to a soft sixth place start this weekend with an estimated three-day take of $6.68 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated film from Lionsgate opened on the lower end of its already low expectations. Martin Luther King weekend is typically a strong weekend for family films, but Norm of the North was unable to take advantage of the holiday frame. Norm of the North opened a very underwhelming 66 percent below the $19.42 million three-day start of 2014’s The Nut Job.
Norm of the North took in $1.58 million on Friday, increased 90 percent on Saturday to gross $3.00 million and is estimated to fall 30 percent on Sunday to take in $2.10 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 4.22 to 1. Norm of the North received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore, which isn’t a good sign going forward. Lionsgate is currently estimating a four-day take of $8.80 million for Norm of the North.
Thanks in part to the five Academy Award nominations it received; Paramount’s The Big Short was down just 16 percent to claim an estimated eighth place three-day take of $5.20 million. The Adam McKay directed comedy drama passed the $50 million mark this weekend and has grossed $50.52 million in 38 days. Paramount’s current four-day estimate for The Big Short is $6.25 million.
To recap as we head towards MLK weekend, Ride Along 2 rides in 1st, The Revenant moves up in 2nd after notching Golden Globe wins, Star Wars: The Force Awakens drops to 3rd as the flick gets dethroned, 13 Hours debuts in 4th as Michael Bay made his return 2 weeks ago, and Daddy’s Home drops in 5th.
In last week’s entertainment report, we recapped highlights from the Golden Globes including The Revenant who nailed the most important wins including best flick as we awaited for the academy to reveal the Oscar nom’s. We got them this week at the time we reported the Globes recap. Is the Fox thriller in the Oscar race Angie?
Angie Angelfish (via Deadline Hollywood)- Fox’s Leonardo DiCaprio frontier thriller The Revenant and Warner Bros’ wild ride Mad Max: Fury Road led nominations this morning for the 88th Oscars. The list revealed at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had a healthy mix of the expected and surprises as the 2016 awards season has officially hit its peak.
The Revenant earned a leading 12 noms, including Best Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who is back in both the Best Picture and director race for the second year in a row after winning both categories in 2015 for Birdman. This year’s director race is as interesting for who didn’t make the list as for who did: The Martian’s Ridley Scott and Bridge Of Spies’ Steven Spielberg are both major names absent, though both films are up for Best Picture.
Also on the Best Pic list: Mad Max, which roared to nine noms overall including director for George Miller and a host of craft categories. That movie seemed to get the most applause from the crowd at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater where the noms were unveiled.
The rest of the Best Picture noms: Paramount’s The Big Short, Disney/DreamWorks’ Bridge Of Spies, Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn, A24’s Room and Open Road’s Spotlight. The latter had been considered a front-runner most of the season and picked up six noms today, including supporting acting for Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, Director for Tom McCarthy and original screenplay with co-writer Josh Singer.
Brooklyn‘s Saoirse Ronan and Room‘s Brie Larson landed Best Actress noms along with Cate Blanchett for Carol, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy and Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
The Big Short (Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers)
Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers)
Brooklyn (Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers)
Mad Max: Fury Road (Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers)
The Martian (Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers)
The Revenant (Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers)
Room (Ed Guiney, Producer)
Spotlight (Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers)
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Micheal Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge Of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
The Big Short, Adam McKay
Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller
The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Room, Lenny Abrahamson
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
The Big Short, Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight, Tom McArdle
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
A War (Denmark)
Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman
Carol, Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
Sicario, Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams
Bridge Of Spies
The Danish Girl
The Big Short
Bridge Of Spies
Straight Outta Compton
Animated Feature Film
Boy And The World
Shaun The Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone
Winter On Fire: Ukraine
Documentary Short Subject
Body Team 12, David Darg and Bryn Mooser
Chau, Beyond the Lines, Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Adam Benzine
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Last Day of Freedom, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
Makeup and Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
The Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini
50 Shades Of Gray
The Hunting Ground
Animated Short Film
Bear Story, Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
Prologue, Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
Sanjay’s Super Team, Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
We Can’t Live without Cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit
World of Tomorrow, Don Hertzfeldt
Live Action Short Film
Everything Will Be OK
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Bridge Of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
1 week towards the new year, Disney was very concerned about The Good Dinosaur and more importantly, its perfect record for high box office numbers. We thought that the mouse survived Krampus’ wrath last year. But this year, it appeared that the boogieman had done his job! What did The Good Dinosaur make since November 2015 and what does it mean for the streaking studio Jim?
Jim Fish (via The Wrap) – The Good Dinosaur’ shows they’re human over there at Pixar Animation after all. The 3D family film is pacing to be the first loser at the box office for the company, which has had an all-but perfect record over nearly three decades.
“The Good Dinosaur” is the Pixar’s 16th release and could be the studio’s lowest-grossing ever. It has taken in $118 million since opening domestically on Nov. 25, and with $149 million from overseas its worldwide haul is $266 million. That’s not terrible, but it doesn’t offset the movie’s $200 million budget or measure up to Pixar’s unparalleled box office track record. The previous low-earner was the $362 million global haul of the original “Toy Story” in 1995, so it’s in some pretty good company.
Pixar movies have brought in more than $6.9 billion and averaged more than $600 million in global grosses since 1986. They’ve also picked up 12 Academy Awards along the way, including Best Animated Feature seven times for “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”, “WALL-E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3” and “Brave.”
“The Good Dinosaur” took a rocky road to its release. Production began in 2009 with Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn as co-directors and targeted a Thanksgiving 2013 release. That date was pushed ahead one year in 2012, and the following year, story problems prompted Pixar President Ed Catmull to make Sohn the director and bring in Denise Ream as producer.
In the summer of 2014, Disney pushed the movie to its current date, giving Pixar two releases in one year for the first time. The original voice cast was replaced about five months before its release, and Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A.J. Buckley, Steve Zahn and Frances McDormand were among those who came aboard. The critics were OK with it (76 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes) and the fans that did go gave it an “A” CinemaScore.
“It’s not like they didn’t see this coming,” said Exhibitor Relation media analyst Jeff Bock, referring to the director switch and a storyline shift. “It didn’t seem to have the creativity or gravitas of previous Pixar releases. But in the long run they may learn something from this experience, and they’re going to be fine.”
Pixar began as the computer division at Lucasfilm and was spun out in 1986 with funding from Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs. When Disney acquired Pixar in 2006 for $7.4 billion, Jobs became Disney’s biggest shareholder and a board member.
Checking the Penguins tally, 1,516 fans sign in as new episodes continue to arrive.
Clearance returns this week with 5 brand new episodes, plus more new episodes of Nexo Knights, Adventure Time, Gumball, and Teen Titans Go! The vampires are on the attack once again as they vow vengeance against Marcy the vampire hunter! Can she beat them yet again? Find out in the Adventure Time special, Stakes. This is Realistic Fish Head saying to the vampires, get ready for round 2!
The Revenant wins Best Picture and Drama at the Golden Globes; Inside Out wins best animated picture earning Pixar its 7th win in the category’s 10 year history; Oscar nominations to be announced January 14th
Welcome to the Golden Globes edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here what’s topping today!
There were tons of winners at last week’s Golden Globes after The Revenant debuted in the box office with 80 million smackers and was looking for a major impact from the voters. At the Globes, this flick scored pay dirt big time! How many Globes did the movie earn Perch?
Perch Perkins (via Variety)- The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards overflowed with shocks, surprises, new faces, and enough bad language to send the censors into an early grave.
If prognosticators and Oscar tea leaf readers were looking to the Globes to help crystallize a wild and wooly awards season, then their hopes for clarity may have been frustrated. “The Martian,” a science fiction thriller, was honored somewhat inexplicably in the comedy category, with even its director Ridley Scott expressing shock at the designation while picking up the best picture statue. Matt Damon was also recognized, earning a Best Actor in a Comedy statue for his work as an astronaut stranded on Mars.
But Scott, who was expected to be honored for his work helming the sci-fi epic, was passed over in the directing category. Instead, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who last year lost out on the Globe before going on to win an Oscar for “Birdman,” was called to the stage for his work overseeing “The Revenant.”
The historical drama about a fur trapper determined to exact vengeance generated headlines for a punishing shoot that led to crew defections and budget overruns. Calling the film the most difficult of his career, Iñárritu said, “pain is temporary but a film is forever.”
There are some performers and films that will leave the Globes with momentum heading into the Oscars. Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio helped cement their front-runner statuses picking up acting honors in a drama for their work in “Room” and “The Revenant.”
Jennifer Lawrence, a previous winner for “Silver Linings Playbook,” was recognized again for her work as the creator of the Miracle Mop in “Joy.” The film is Lawrence’s third collaboration with director David O. Russell — an intense bond that the actress alluded to by confessing, “I want us to be buried next to each other.”
Most award shows feature performers feigning surprise while accepting honors for the umpteenth time. In the case of the Globes, the astonishment seemed genuine. But that’s the nature of the Golden Globes, which are seen as looser, sassier, and more inebriated than the stately Oscars, and given to some head-scratching decisions.
It was also an evening of comebacks. Calling himself the “sum total of everyone I’ve ever met,” Sylvester Stallone earned a best supporting actor award for “Creed.” Noting that four decades had passed since “Rocky” put him on the map, Stallone thanked his “imaginary friend” Rocky Balboa” for being “the best friend that I ever had.”
If Stallone and Damon were heavily favored to make acceptance speeches, few saw most of the television winners coming. Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” prevailed over better-known shows such as HBO’s “Veep” and Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” to score a Best Comedy Series statue.
On the drama front, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Fox’s “Empire” may command larger audiences, but proved no match for the hacker thriller “Mr. Robot” from USA. Executive producer Sam Esmail praised the decision, noting “that took a lot of courage.”
And Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”) and Maura Tierney (“The Affair”) were among the victors messing up betting pools, while the CW, USA and Amazon rivaled perennial awards juggernauts such as HBO and FX.
Even Kate Winslet was stunned that she managed to beat out the likes of Alicia Vikander and Helen Mirren to score a Best Supporting Actress statue for her work as Apple founder Steve Jobs’ assistant in “Steve Jobs.”
“Is this really happening!,” Winslet exclaimed. “What an incredible year for women in film,” the actress added. “I feel prouder than ever this year to be included.”
While best screenplay winner Aaron Sorkin, the man who had penned “Steve Jobs,” confessed “I thought I had as much chance of winning the screenplay award as I had of winning best actress in a musical.”
Gael Garcia Bernal’s win for his work as a conductor on “Mozart in the Jungle” was so unexpected that it spoiled a gag by fellow nominee Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”). When the contenders were announced, Ansari was shown holding a book entitled “How to Lose to Jeffrey Tambor with Dignity.” The advice proved unnecessary as Tambor didn’t win a second time.
Virtual unknown Rachel Bloom, the winner of Best Actress in a TV Comedy, for her work as an obsessive former flame in “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” admitted that two years ago her work was being shown on YouTube.
“We almost didn’t have a show,” she gasped, admitting that six networks passed on the pilot in one day.
While Lady Gaga, best known for her chart-topping music, was singled out for her work on “American Horror Story.” In her speech, she noted that she felt like Cher in “Moonstruck,” but, in a sign of changing times, on social media it was not her gracious words that went viral. It was a clip of a startled Leonardo DiCaprio responding to the singer brushing his back.
There were more conventional winners, to be sure. “Inside Out,” the critically adored story of a young girl’s warring emotions, scored a best animated feature award, and “Son of Saul,” a Holocaust drama from Hungry, captured the best foreign film statue.
Among television honorees, best mini-series winner PBS’ “Wolf Hall” and “Show Me a Hero’s” Oscar Isaac’s best actor for a limited series or TV movie nod were among the few early victors who were heavily favored. Jon Hamm added a Golden Globe to his trophy case for his final season playing an alcoholic ad man on “Mad Men.”
Calling the seven season run an “incredible ride,” Hamm thanked creator Matthew Weiner for not taking his suggestion to wrap up the show with music by “Tubthumping” songsters Chumbawamba.
True to his reputation, Gervais came armed with a shiv and targeting Hollywood’s top stars. It took less than a minute for the host to poke fun at Sean Penn’s interview with Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman at this year’s telecast.
“I’m going to do this monologue and go into hiding,” said Gervais. “Not even Sean Penn will find me.”
Returning as emcee for the first time since 2012, Gervais greeted the celebrity filled ballroom at the Beverly Hilton with trademark irreverence, calling them, “You disgusting, pill popping, sexual deviant scum,” and telling the audience that the awards were only handed out by “confused old journalists” who wanted to take selfies with stars.
Mel Gibson, the butt of jokes by Gervais over his anti-Semetic laced tirade over his 2006 arrest for drunk driving, commented on the awkwardness of having his picadillos dredged up and lampooned in front of a national audience.
“I love seeing Ricky once every three years because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy,” said Gibson.
“The Office” creator stunned viewers with his three previous stints, poking fun at stars’ histories of drinking or drug abuse, rumored homosexuality, and even the loose ethical standards of the organization’s voting body. And this edition was no different with Gervais, beer by his side, sending up everything from Caitlyn Jenner’s gender transition to studios’ penchant for intensely lobbying voting members for awards love (a joke about purchasing Globes that drew deep laughs from Harvey Weinstein).
A rowdy atmosphere prevailed throughout the show. Jonah Hill appearing in costume as the bear from “The Revenant,” at one point, while Amy Schumer listed off a series of celebrity nicknames, in heavily bleeped bits that were censored to a nearly indecipherable extent. Meanwhile actors like Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling were greeted with fevered screeching in place of staid applause, and best actress in a TV drama defied the wrap up signal, shouting, “I’ve waited 20 years for this. You’re going to wait.”
Golden Globe Winners:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant” (WINNER)
Best TV Series – Drama
“Mr. Robot” (WINNER)
“Game of Thrones”
Best TV Series – Comedy
“Mozart in the Jungle” (WINNER)
“Orange Is the New Black”
Best Animated Feature Film
“Inside Out” (WINNER)
“The Good Dinosaur”
“The Peanuts Movie”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
Best TV Movie or Limited-Series
“Wolf Hall” (WINNER)
“American Horror Story: Hotel”
“Flesh and Bone”
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Son of Saul” (WINNER)
“The Brand New Testament”
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Aaron Sorkin (“Steve Jobs”) (WINNER)
Emma Donoghue (“Room”)
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer (“Spotlight”)
Charles Randolph, Adam McKay (“The Big Short”)
Quentin Tarantino (“The Hateful Eight”)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Matt Damon (“The Martian”) (WINNER)
Christian Bale (“The Big Short”)
Steve Carell (“The Big Short”)
Al Pacino (“Danny Collins”)
Mark Ruffalo (“Infinitely Polar Bear”)
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”) (WINNER)
Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy”)
Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”)
Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”)
Michael Shannon (“99 Homes”)
Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama
Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) (WINNER)
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”)
Eva Green (“Penny Dreadful”)
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)
Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) (WINNER)
Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”)
Wagner Moura (“Narcos”)
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”)
Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy
Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”) (WINNER)
Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”)
Rob Lowe (“The Grinder”)
Patrick Stewart (“Blunt Talk”)
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)
Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy
Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex Girlfriend”) (WINNER)
Jamie Lee Curtis (“Scream Queens”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)
Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace & Frankie”)
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”) (WINNER)
Jane Fonda (“Youth”)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”)
Helen Mirren (“Trumbo”)
Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”)
Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie
Lady Gaga (“American Horror Story: Hotel”) (WINNER)
Kirsten Dunst (“Fargo”)
Sarah Hay (“Flesh & Bone”)
Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)
Queen Latifah (“Bessie”)
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
Maura Tierney (“The Affair”) (WINNER)
Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”)
Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”)
Regina King (“American Crime”)
Judith Light (“Transparent”)
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie
Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”) (WINNER)
Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”)
Damian Lewis (“Wolf Hall”)
Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”)
Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”)
Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie
Oscar Isaac (“Show Me a Hero”) (WINNER)
Idris Elba (“Luther”)
David Oyelowo (“Nightingale”)
Mark Rylance (“Wolf Hall”)
Patrick Wilson (“Fargo”)
Best Original Score
Ennio Morricone (“The Hateful Eight”) (WINNER)
Carter Burwell (“Carol”)
Alexandre Desplat (“The Danish Girl”)
Daniel Pemberton (“Steve Jobs”)
Ryuichi Sakamoto Alva Noto (“The Revenant”)
Best Original Song
“Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre” (WINNER)
“Love Me Like You Do” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
“One Kind of Love” from “Love & Mercy”
“See You Again” from “Furious 7”
“Simple Song No. 3” from “Youth”
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
“The Big Short”
“The Martian” (WINNER)
Best Director – Motion Picture
Todd Haynes (“Carol”)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”) (WINNER)
Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”)
George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)
Ridley Scott (“The Martian”)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”) (WINNER)
Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)
Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”)
Will Smith (“Concussion”)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Cate Blanchett (“Carol”)
Brie Larson (“Room”) (WINNER)
Rooney Mara (“Carol”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”)
Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”) (WINNER)
Melissa McCarthy (“Spy”)
Amy Schumer (“Trainwreck”)
Maggie Smith (“The Lady in the Van”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grandma”)
There was also a big surprise for best animated feature at the Globes last week. Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out had the advantage going into the show as other features such as The Peanuts Movie, Shaun the Sheep, and The Good Dinosaur were up against the Feelings crew. Did they manage to give the Globe voters some extra feelings Danny?
Danny Angelfish (via Animation World)- The Hollywood Foreign Press Association held its 73rd annual Golden Globes Awards ceremony Sunday night, handing out statuettes to films and television shows in a variety of categories.
Twentieth Century Fox’s frontier-era revenge thriller The Revenant was the night’s big winner, taking home awards for best drama, best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, and best direction for Alejandro G. Iñárritu. (The Revenant is also shortlisted for an Oscar for visual effects.)
The Martian (also shortlisted for the VFX Oscar) won two awards, including the prize for best comedy or musical and best actor in a comedy or musical for Matt Damon, proving once again that studio gerrymandering does not a good awards show make. “Comedy? But anyway,” director Ridley Scott said in accepting the trophy. “You’ve got to stay hungry and keep bouncing the ball.”
Among animated features, Pixar’s Inside Out was the big winner, beating out Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s stop-motion Anomalisa, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, Blue Sky’s The Peanuts Movie and Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep Movie. The award was the seventh win for Pixar from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in the 10 years since the category was created.
“It felt like growing up is really hard, and that was an interesting subject to make a movie about,” Inside Out director Pete Docter said in his acceptance speech.
Now the Globes are out of the way, it’s time to check the Oscar race. Everything will be up for grabs as Awards season begins to get tighter. When will the Oscar nom’s be revealed Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Guillermo del Toro, John Krasinski and Ang Lee will announce the 88th Academy Awards nominations in all 24 Oscar categories at a special two-part live news conference on Thursday, January 14, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Oscars will air Sunday, February 28, live on ABC.
At 5:30 a.m. PT, del Toro and Lee will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
At 5:38 a.m. PT, Krasinski and Boone Isaacs will take the stage to unveil the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Film Editing, Foreign Language Film, Original Score, Best Picture, Production Design, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay.
The Nominations Announcement is a live news conference where more than 400 media representatives from around the world will be gathered. The event will be broadcast and streamed live here.
Nominations information for all categories will be distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the official Oscars website.
A director, writer and producer, del Toro may be best known for The Devil’s Backbone, the Hellboy films, Pan’s Labyrinth, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay, and Crimson Peak. He also is the creator of the television series The Strain.
Krasinski’s role in the Emmy winning series The Office catapulted him into the public eye in 2005. His feature credits include Paramount’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Promised Land, which he also co-wrote and produced. He directed and stars in The Hollars, premiering at Sundance this month.
Lee, a two-time Oscar winner, directed and produced the 2000 Best Foreign Language Film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and earned Directing Oscars for Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi. His latest film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, is currently in post-production.
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
We’ll have the Oscar nom’s for you in our next edition as we get them first thing in the morning.
Checking the Penguins tally, 1,517 fans sign in as the Nexo Knights arrive on the scene.
And speaking of our noble knights, they continue new episodes this week as they are a step closer to joining the lineup next week. But this week, new episodes of Adventure Time continues along with new Teen Titans Go, and Gumball on the Thursday night lineup. See you soon on the next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens extends lead towards 42 million, The Revenant breaks through in 2nd with 38 million; 2016 BAFTA nominees announced; LEGO Nexo Knights charge in to defend weekday debut this week
The Force is on top! I’m Realistic Fish Head. Star Wars: The Force Awakens became the 2nd highest grossing film to surpass Fox’s Avatar with a total of 762 million. As a result this week, the rebel alliance increased their lead with 42 billion. Fox’s newest film The Revenant surged through the box office with 38 million, 26 million less than Star Wars 7. Now that the goal has been achieved Gene, will the Force continue to hold on longer for their 5th week?
Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in an estimated $41.63 million to lead the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive frame. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise claimed the second largest fourth weekend gross of all-time; behind only the $50.31 million fourth weekend take of Avatar back in January of 2010. The Force Awakens was down a sharp 54 percent from last weekend, as the film having been seen by so many moviegoers, the end of the holidays and the added presence of The Revenant in the marketplace all took a toll this weekend.
In the bigger picture Star Wars: The Force Awakens passed the $800 million mark this weekend and continues to pad its total as the highest grossing film of all-time domestically with $812.01 million in 24 days of release. The Force Awakens is currently running 88.5 percent ahead of the $430.85 million 24-day take of Avatar and 46 percent ahead of the $556.54 million 24-day gross of last year’s Jurassic World. When adjusting for ticket price inflation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now in twelfth place on the all-time adjusted domestic list, as the film moved past the lifetime adjusted grosses of Return of the Jedi, The Exorcist and The Empire Strikes Back this weekend.
Fox’s The Revenant had a terrific expansion into wide release with an estimated second place take of $38.0 million. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio exceeded its rising expectations and claimed the fifth largest January opening weekend of all-time (without adjusting for ticket price inflation). It was especially important for The Revenant to get off to a strong start this weekend with the film’s expensive price tag in mind. The Revenant marks another strong performer for DiCaprio and opened just below the $41.06 million start of 2010’s Shutter Island. This weekend’s performance for The Revenant was just ahead of the $37.85 million debut of 2014’s Lone Survivor and was an impressive 55.5 percent stronger than the $24.44 million Zero Dark Thirty took in its first weekend of wide release back in January of 2013.
The Revenant opened with an estimated $14.35 million on Friday (which included an estimated $2.3 million from Thursday evening shows), increased 6 percent on Saturday to take in $15.20 million and is estimated to fall 44 percent on Sunday to gross $8.45 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.65 to 1. After an additional two weeks of platform release, The Revenant has grossed $39.56 million in 17 days. The film received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore and currently boasts a strong 87 percent audience score on Flixster. The Revenant will hope to hold up well going forward, thanks in part to its awards season buzz.
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu recently spoke with BoxOffice on the film’s themes and its ambitious production, which aims to harness the full potential of the big screen experience.
Paramount’s Daddy’s Home claimed third place with an estimated $15.0 million. The PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg was down a sizable 49 percent from last weekend, as the end of the holiday season and the stronger than expected performance of The Revenant affected holdovers in general this weekend. Even with the decline this weekend, Daddy’s Home continues to impress with a stronger than expected 17-day take of $116.31 million. That places the film 32 percent ahead of the $88.25 million 17-day take of 2010’s The Other Guys (which fell 42 percent in its third weekend to gross $10.16 million).
The Forest debuted in fourth place this weekend with an estimated $13.09 million. The PG-13 horror film from Focus and Gramercy starring Natalie Dormer exceeded pre-release expectations and was off to a solid start with its modest $10 million reported production budget it mind. January tends to be a good month to open horror films and that trend continued this weekend for The Forest. The film opened 13 percent below the $15.03 million start of last year’s The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, but going forward likely won’t be quite as front-loaded as that film was.
The Forest launched with $4.98 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.52 million from Thursday evening shows) and had an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.63 to 1. The Forest received a C rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable for a horror film. On the other hand, the film has received a soft 34 percent audience score on Flixster. Regardless of word of mouth, The Forest should be front-loaded given its genre and the upcoming direct competition from STX Entertainment’s The Boy beginning on January 22.
Sisters rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated $7.17 million. Universal’s R-rated comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler declined 44 percent, which represented one of the weekend’s stronger percentage holds among wide releases. Sisters continues to impress with a 24-day gross of $73.88 million. That already gives the film a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 5.31 to 1. Sisters is currently running 20 percent ahead of the $61.44 million 24-day gross of 2012’s This Is 40.
The Weinstein Company’s The Hateful Eight and Paramount’s The Big Short are in a close battle for sixth place with respective estimated takes of $6.35 million and $6.30 million. The break-out performance of The Revenant clearly took a toll on both films this weekend, as The Hateful Eight was down a very sharp 60 percent despite adding 464 locations and The Big Short was down 30 percent despite adding 941 locations. Respective total grosses stand at $42.85 million for The Big Short in 31 days and at $41.47 million for The Hateful Eight in 17 days.
To recap, Star Wars: The Force Awakens stays on top in 1st, The Revenant punches through in 2nd, Daddy’s Home stays on in 3rd, The Forest makes a scary appearance in 4th, and Sisters moves 5th after 3 weeks with Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip since last year.
With the Golden Globes on tonight, the nominees for the 2016 BAFTA’s are officially on the board. Last year, they delivered the official nom’s before they were made official as of this week. Looks like this weekend’s flicks are a shoo-in for the BAFTA. Who else made the cut on the nom’s list Danny?
Danny Angelfish (via Animation World) – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2016.
Bridge of Spies and Carol each receive nine nominations. The Revenant is nominated in eight categories. Mad Max: Fury Road has seven nominations. Brooklyn and The Martian are each nominated six times. The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex Machina receive five nominations. Star Wars: The Force Awakens receives four nominations.
Bridge of Spies is nominated in the following categories: Best Film, Director for Steven Spielberg, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Sound. Mark Rylance is nominated for Supporting Actor.
Carol is nominated for Best Film, Director for Todd Haynes, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair. Cate Blanchett is nominated for Leading Actress and Rooney Mara is nominated for Supporting Actress.
The Revenant receives nominations for Best Film, Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Make Up & Hair and Sound, whilst Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated for Leading Actor.
Mad Max: Fury Road is nominated in the following categories: Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Make Up & Hair, Sound and Special Visual Effects.
Brooklyn is nominated for Outstanding British Film, Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair, with two further nominations for Saoirse Ronan in Leading Actress and Julie Walters in Supporting Actress.
The Martian is nominated for Editing, Production Design, Sound, Special Visual Effects and Director for Ridley Scott, with Matt Damon nominated for Leading Actor.
The Big Short receives nominations for Best Film, Director for Adam McKay, Adapted Screenplay and Editing, with Christian Bale nominated for Supporting Actor.
The Danish Girl is nominated for Outstanding British Film, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair, with Leading Actor and Leading Actress nominations for Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander respectively.
Ex Machina is nominated for Outstanding British Film and Special Visual Effects, with nominations for Alex Garland in Original Screenplay and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Alicia Vikander receives a further nomination for Supporting Actress.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is nominated in Production Design, Sound, Original Music and Special Visual Effects. Ant-Man completes the nominations for Special Visual Effects.
Spotlight completes the Best Film nominees, with two further nominations in Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo and Original Screenplay. Also nominated in Supporting Actor is Benicio del Toro for Sicario, which receives two further nominations for Original Music and Cinematography. Idris Elba completes the nominations in Supporting Actor for Beasts of No Nation.
Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet are nominated in Leading Actor and Supporting Actress respectively for Steve Jobs, which is also nominated for Adapted Screenplay. The nominations for Leading Actor are completed by Bryan Cranston for Trumbo.
The Hateful Eight is nominated in Original Screenplay, Original Music, and Supporting Actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh. Also nominated in Leading Actress is Brie Larson for Room, which receives a further nomination for Adapted Screenplay. The nominees for Leading Actress are completed by Maggie Smith for The Lady in the Van.
The Animated Film nominees are Minions, Shaun the Sheep Movie and Inside Out, which also receives a nomination for Original Screenplay.
Amy receives nominations for Outstanding British Film and Documentary. Also receiving Documentary nominations are Cartel Land, He Named Me Malala, Listen to Me Marlon and Sherpa.
45 Years and The Lobster are also nominated in the Outstanding British Film category, whilst the nominations for Costume Design are completed by Cinderella.
Theeb is nominated for Film Not in the English Language and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Naji Abu Nowar (Writer/Director) and Rupert Lloyd (Producer). Also nominated for Film Not in the English Language are The Assassin, Force Majeure, Timbuktu and Wild Tales.
Second Coming (Debbie Tucker Green, Writer/Director), The Survivalist (Stephen Fingleton, Writer/Director) and A Syrian Love Story (Sean McAllister, Director/Producer; Elhum Shakerifar, Producer) complete the nominations for Outstanding Debut.
The British Short Animation nominees are Edmond, Manoman and Prologue. The five nominations for British Short Film are Elephant, Mining Poems or Odes, Operator, Over and Samuel-613.
The nominees for the EE Rising Star Award, announced earlier this week, are Bel Powley, Brie Larson, Dakota Johnson, John Boyega and Taron Egerton. This audience award is voted for by the British public and presented to an actress or actor who has demonstrated exceptional talent and promise.
The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 14 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD, preceded by a red carpet show on BBC Three. The ceremony is also broadcast in all major territories around the world.
The full list of nominees is shown below:
2015 NOMINATIONS (presented in 2016)
•THE BIG SHORT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt
•BRIDGE OF SPIES Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg
•CAROL Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley
•THE REVENANT Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon
•SPOTLIGHT Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
•45 YEARS Andrew Haigh, Tristan Goligher
•AMY Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
•BROOKLYN John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Nick Hornby
•THE DANISH GIRL Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Anne Harrison, Gail Mutrux, Lucinda Coxon
•EX MACHINA Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
•THE LOBSTER Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthimis Filippou
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
•ALEX GARLAND (Director) Ex Machina
•DEBBIE TUCKER GREEN (Writer/Director) Second Coming
•NAJI ABU NOWAR (Writer/Director) RUPERT LLOYD (Producer) Theeb
•SEAN MCALLISTER (Director/Producer), ELHUM SHAKERIFAR (Producer) A Syrian Love Story
•STEPHEN FINGLETON (Writer/Director) The Survivalist
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
•THE ASSASSIN Hou Hsiao-Hsien
•FORCE MAJEURE Ruben Östlund
•THEEB Naji Abu Nowar, Rupert Lloyd
•TIMBUKTU Abderrahmane Sissako
•WILD TALES Damián Szifron
•AMY Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
•CARTEL LAND Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin
•HE NAMED ME MALALA Davis Guggenheim, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald
•LISTEN TO ME MARLON Stevan Riley, John Battsek, George Chignell, R.J. Cutler
•SHERPA Jennifer Peedom, Bridget Ikin, John Smithson
•INSIDE OUT Pete Docter
•MINIONS Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
•SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
•THE BIG SHORT Adam McKay
•BRIDGE OF SPIES Steven Spielberg
•CAROL Todd Haynes
•THE MARTIAN Ridley Scott
•THE REVENANT Alejandro G. Iñárritu
•BRIDGE OF SPIES Matthew Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
•EX MACHINA Alex Garland
•THE HATEFUL EIGHT Quentin Tarantino
•INSIDE OUT Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve
•SPOTLIGHT Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
•THE BIG SHORT Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
•BROOKLYN Nick Hornby
•CAROL Phyllis Nagy
•ROOM Emma Donoghue
STEVE JOBS Aaron Sorkin
•BRYAN CRANSTON Trumbo
•EDDIE REDMAYNE The Danish Girl
•LEONARDO DICAPRIO The Revenant
•MATT DAMON The Martian
•MICHAEL FASSBENDER Steve Jobs
•ALICIA VIKANDER The Danish Girl
•BRIE LARSON Room
•CATE BLANCHETT Carol
•MAGGIE SMITH The Lady in the Van
•SAOIRSE RONAN Brooklyn
•BENICIO DEL TORO Sicario
•CHRISTIAN BALE The Big Short
•IDRIS ELBA Beasts of No Nation
•MARK RUFFALO Spotlight
•MARK RYLANCE Bridge of Spies
•ALICIA VIKANDER Ex Machina
•JENNIFER JASON LEIGH The Hateful Eight
•JULIE WALTERS Brooklyn
•KATE WINSLET Steve Jobs
•ROONEY MARA Carol
•BRIDGE OF SPIES Thomas Newman
•THE HATEFUL EIGHT Ennio Morricone
•THE REVENANT Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carsten Nicolai
•SICARIO Jóhann Jóhannsson
•STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS John Williams
•BRIDGE OF SPIES Janusz Kamiński
•CAROL Ed Lachman
•MAD MAX: FURY ROAD John Seale
•THE REVENANT Emmanuel Lubezki
•SICARIO Roger Deakins
•THE BIG SHORT Hank Corwin
•BRIDGE OF SPIES Michael Kahn
•MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Margaret Sixel
•THE MARTIAN Pietro Scalia
•THE REVENANT Stephen Mirrione
•BRIDGE OF SPIES Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo
•CAROL Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
•MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson
•THE MARTIAN Arthur Max, Celia Bobak
•STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales
•BROOKLYN Odile Dicks-Mireaux
•CAROL Sandy Powell
•CINDERELLA Sandy Powell
•THE DANISH GIRL Paco Delgado
•MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Jenny Beavan
MAKE UP & HAIR
•BROOKLYN Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn
•CAROL Jerry DeCarlo, Patricia Regan
•THE DANISH GIRL Jan Sewell
•MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin
•THE REVENANT Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini
•BRIDGE OF SPIES Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom
•MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White
•THE MARTIAN Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor
•THE REVENANT Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom
•STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
•ANT-MAN Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke
•EX MACHINA Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst
•MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams
•THE MARTIAN Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner
•STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
•EDMOND Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy
•MANOMAN Simon Cartwright, Kamilla Kristiane Hodol
•PROLOGUE Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton
BRITISH SHORT FILM
•ELEPHANT Nick Helm, Alex Moody, Esther Smith
•MINING POEMS OR ODES Callum Rice, Jack Cocker
•OPERATOR Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan
•OVER Jörn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister
•SAMUEL-613 Billy Lumby, Cheyenne Conway
THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
Lo and behold, The Nexo Knights are here! After a sneak peek last month during Cartoon Network’s LEGO Day which featured Ninjago seasons 3 and 4 and LEGO Justice League, the knights finally make their stand! When will they arrive this week before officially put on the schedule Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Cartoon Network presents a brand-new series from the prolific LEGO Group, LEGO NEXO Knights; kicking off Monday, January 11 at 5:30 P.M. (ET/PT) with new episodes every weeknight through Friday, January 22. The adventure /comedy series will be seen on Cartoon Network globally in the weeks to come.
In the futuristic kingdom of Knighton, we are introduced to the NEXO Knight army led by Clay, Macy, Lance, Aaron and Axl. Along with their mentor, Merlok 2.0, the Knights embark on a journey to defeat evil jester Jestro, and the Book of Monsters.
The funny action packed adventures take place in a relatable high tech world featuring Clay as the leader of the pack. When they aren’t fighting evil they are enjoying the real world outside of their knight armor. With epic battles, digital wizardry, magical explosions, and a race to get the Book of Deception, NEXO Knights also brings a generous dose of humor into the mix.
Cartoon Network has long partnered with LEGO to bring compelling entertainment to kids on every platform with series and specials like: highly successful Ninjago, Justice League: Batman Be-Leaguered, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles, Legends of Chima, Masters of Spinjitzu, and Mixels.
Within a month or so, the Nexo’s could be added to the LEGO System as the series progresses.
1,518 fans are currently on the Penguins tally as our flightless heroes welcome the knights with open arms.
The newest episodes of Adventure Time drop in this week as 5 episodes will ask you one question, Why are so many surprises showing up at any given moment? Join Finn and Jake for all the answers! This is Realistic Fish Head saying, know why, and you’ll get the answer!
Michael Bay returns for Transformers 5; 2 undersea characters unveiled for Finding Dory; DreamWorks extends team-up with Netflix under current deal
Welcome to the Michael Bay comeback edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!
Last week, Hasbro created their own movie universe consisting of ROM Space knight, the Transformers series, and GI Joe among others. But there was one thing missing in their piece of the puzzle: Transformers movie director Michael Bay who just finished his action packed Benghazi movie 13 Hours. Transformers: Age of Extinction was the first flick without the director. Is Bay coming back this time Johnny and for what reason?
Johnny Trout (via The Hollywood Reporter)- Michael Bay is returning to the director’s chair for another Transformers movie.
The filmmaker, hitting the press circuit for his latest Paramount movie, the Benghazi action-thriller 13 Hours, confirmed to Rolling Stone that he will helm the new installment in the multibillion-dollar franchise.
Paramount recently held sessions with writers to create a new direction for the franchise, with the new script being written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), along with Black Hawk Down scribe Ken Nolan.
Mark Walhberg, who starred in 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, is expected to return. Age of Extinction was a reboot of the previous three movies, but this new pic is expected to change gears as it attempts to create a greater cinematic universe for Transformers.
Bay insisted to Rolling Stone that this will be his last. “Transformers, I still have a great time,” he said. “It’s fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else.”
But Bay has said that before, only to return to the robots-in-disguise movies.
13 Hours opens Jan. 15.
The search for Dory’s parents continues as Pixar, under their radar, found 2 new undersea friends assisting in the search. With Marlin still under Dory’s watch Danny, who’ll be swimming along with her?
Danny Angelfish (via Animation World)- Pixar has unveiled two new characters from Finding Dory, the follow-up to 2003’s Oscar-winning Finding Nemo.
Announced in April 2013, Finding Dory features the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres as director and Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton takes audiences back to the extraordinary underwater world created in the original film.
Set six months after the first film ends, Finding Dory sees Dory on a mission to find her long-lost parents. Along the way, she visits the rehabilitation center at marine life facility where she meets Ty Burrell’s snub-nosed beluga whale, Bailey, and his pal Destiny, a sweet whale shark voiced by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actress Kaitlin Olson.
Together, the offbeat duo — seen in the above concept art for the first time via Entertainment Weekly — play an important role in reuniting Dory with her loved ones. (But only if they can manage to get along first!)
“We totally get on each other’s nerves,” Olson reveals to EW. “I like to think I’m a shark, but Bailey calls me a whale, and I make fun of his head, because it’s gigantic.”
Co-starring Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Dominic West, Ed O’Neill, Eugene Levy and Idris Elba, Finding Dory swims into theaters on June 17, 2016.
DreamWorks and Netflix continued their alliance this week as the 2 extended their deal to keep their current library in place. With new additions coming in this year Dan, what will viewers find there and what could be in store for them?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Netflix and DreamWorks Animation announced today the expansion of their current multi-year deal, making Netflix the global home, outside of China, to a number of new original series from the studio. The deal also covers streaming rights to the DreamWorks Animation feature film library.
In addition, the deal extends the rights of current original series for kids from the studio available on the service throughout operating Netflix markets as well as expanding to include second window rights for the series everywhere around the world, outside of China. Series include The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Dinotrux, and Dragons: Race to the Edge, among others.
Starting in 2016, Netflix will launch several new series from DWA, including a reimagining of Voltron, and the new series, Trollhunters, from master storyteller Guillermo del Toro, who will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown.
Over the term of the new agreement, a number of new original series will be developed and produced by DreamWorks Animation for Netflix, based not only on recent and upcoming feature films from the studio, but also on other classic IP.
“DreamWorks Animation is synonymous with great storytelling that families around the world enjoy,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Series for Netflix. “It’s with great pleasure that we expand on an already successful relationship with DreamWorks Animation to bring more premium kids and family television to Netflix members globally.”
“This agreement adds to the incredible foundation we’ve built together with Netflix over a number of years across both film and television,” said Ann Daly, President of DreamWorks Animation. “We are proud to work closely with Netflix to continue delivering high-quality programming to audiences around the world.”
1,518 fans are currently on the board on the Penguins tally as reality TV comes back after a long holiday vacation.
We’re smack-dab in January as Old Man Winter strikes again. We’re here to warm you up with more of the best box office you’ll might find this month! Have a look right here:
Infinitely Polar Bear
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story
The Green Inferno
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
Hotel Transylvania 2
Learning to Drive
Jem and the Holograms
Straight Outta Compton
Steven’s birthday week continues today with 3 new episodes left of Steven Universe. Don’t you worry Steven, you’re not alone because this Thursday night, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, Gumball, and Teen Titans Go! will be here to celebrate your best birthday ever! And don’t forget the 2016 Golden Globes next week as awards season continues. See you soon on the next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens earns 88 million after breaking box office records worldwide, Force Awakens helps Fifty Shades of Grey, Jurassic World, and Fast 7 help break box office record of 11 million; The Hateful Eight sweeps Capri Film Festival with 4 awards including best picture; Disney releases 2nd Zootopia trailer
The Rebel Alliance control all fronts! I’m Realistic Fish Head. After scooping up a holiday haul last year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens continued to take down every franchise. Last week, the rebels took out 5 of their previous Star Wars movies keeping the 1977 movie as a tactical advantage. Heading towards 2016, the troops secured 88 million in the box office this week after shooting for box office records around the world. As the current franchise continues Gene, can the Force hold off its competitors for another week?
Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens continued to lead the box office with ease this weekend with an estimated third weekend take of $88.3 million. That represented the largest third weekend gross of all-time, as The Force Awakens topped the previous $68.49 million record of Avatar by $19.81 million and 29 percent. Thanks in part to continued strong word of mouth and to the New Year’s holiday, The Force Awakens was down a solid 41 percent from last weekend.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has grossed a massive $740.27 million in 17 days of release. That already makes the film the second highest grossing film of all-time unadjusted domestically, as the film zoomed past the respective $658.67 million and $652.27 million lifetime grosses of Titanic and Jurassic World. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now just $20.24 million away from surpassing the $760.51 million lifetime gross of Avatar to become the highest grossing film of all-time domestically. When adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Force Awakens is currently in 18th place on the all-time adjusted list. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently running 48 percent ahead of the $500.37 million 17-day take of Jurassic World and 110 percent ahead of the $352.11 million 17-day take of Avatar.
IMAX grosses were responsible for an estimated $13.2 million of the overall weekend take for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. To date, The Force Awakens has grossed $98.2 million in IMAX domestically, which represents 13.3 percent on the film’s total domestic gross.
Paramount’s Daddy’s Home continued to exceed expectations this weekend with an estimated second place take of $29.0 million. The PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg was down just 25 percent from last weekend’s stronger than expected start. Daddy’s Home has been the clear alternative choice to The Force Awakens for moviegoers over the holidays and has grossed $93.68 million in just ten days. That places the film an impressive 34 percent ahead of the $69.95 million ten-day take of 2010’s The Other Guys (which fell 51 percent in its second weekend to gross $17.41 million).
The Weinstein Company’s The Hateful Eight took third place with an estimated $16.24 million. On the heels of last weekend’s strong roadshow start, the Quentin Tarantino directed western had a much more modest performance this weekend upon expanding into wide release. The Hateful Eight debuted below expectations and an underwhelming 46 percent below the $30.12 million 2012’s Django Unchained earned in its first weekend of release. It is possible that this weekend’s performance for The Hateful Eight was deflated a bit from the film’s fairly last minute release date change, but at the same time, the film will soon be facing very new direct competition from Fox’s The Revenant when that film expands into wide release this coming Friday. The Hateful Eight has grossed $29.58 million through ten days of release (five of which have been in wide release). The film received a modest B rating on CinemaScore, which suggests that the film isn’t going over as well with moviegoers to the same extent that Tarantino’s films normally do.
Universal’s Sisters and Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road chip occupied fourth and fifth place this weekend with respective estimated takes of $12.58 million and $11.80 million. Both films held up very nicely from last weekend, as Sisters was down 11 percent and The Road Chip was down 10 percent. Respective 17-day grosses stand at $67.38 million for The Road Chip and at $61.70 million for Sisters. That already places total gross to opening weekend ratios at 4.72 to 1 for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and at 4.43 to 1 for Sisters.
Fox’s Joy and Paramount’s The Big Short claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated grosses of $10.40 million and $9.00 million. Joy was down a solid 39 percent from last weekend, while The Big Short was down a slim 15 percent. Joy has grossed $38.72 million in ten days, while The Big Short has grossed $32.98 million in 24 days. However, given its far better hold this weekend and its upcoming expansion on Friday; The Big Short should have no problem moving past Joy before much longer.
Sony’s Concussion and Warner’s Point Break landed in eighth and ninth place with respective estimated takes of $8.00 million and $6.85 million. Both films held up nicely, as Concussion was down just 24 percent from last weekend, while Point Break was down 30 percent. Concussion and Point Break may have both benefited this weekend from their Christmas weekend debuts having been deflated by the direct competition from the massive second weekend performance of The Force Awakens. Respective ten day grosses stand at $25.37 million for Concussion and at $22.43 million for Point Break.
To recap, Star Wars: The Force continues its pursuit for highest gross in 1st, Daddy’s Home stays in 2nd, The Hateful Eight shoots for 3rd after a big sweep last night at the Capri film festival, while Sisters in 4th and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip in 5th stay steady.
The Force wasn’t done with scoring for highest gross yet, it still had a job to do with the declining box office. Since last summer, Disney and Universal help gave a boost of box office records which was on the verge of a big rebound and the rebels gave a lot of extra help. What’s been going on since last month Angie?
Angie Angelfish (via Deadline Hollywood)- At the onset of 2015, a number of film distribution chiefs were certain we’d hit the all-time $11 billion mark at the domestic box office. Their forecast was juiced by the number of event tentpoles on the calendar: Furious 7, Jurassic World, Spectre, Inside Out, the final Hunger Games, of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. These weren’t just your average big franchise films, rather titles that were bound to leave moviegoers with such a cathartic experience, that repeat business would be undeniable. For example, Furious 7 was actor Paul Walker’s grand finale while both JW and Force Awakens were landmark reboots that appealed to both younger and nostalgic older moviegoers.
However as fall fell apart with the collapse of adult movie titles such as Steve Jobs, Our Brand Is Crisis and The Walk, along with Spectre and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2 filing cumes lower than their predecessors, doubt set in as to whether we’d cross $11B — literally all the way up until Thursday morning. But because of Force Awakens‘ estimated $250M all-time opening record weekend, most industry box office analysts are certain we will realize the $11B domestic box office year. In fact, if we didn’t have Force Awakens in the holiday mix, we would definitely fall short of that number.
2013 is the previous high point for U.S./Canada movie ticket sales which reached $10.9B. Currently, 2015 stubs per Rentrak are even with that year at the same point in time at $10.4B, leaving $600M left to clear in 11 days. Given the busy holiday moviegoing season, it’s not uncommon to gross that insane amount of money in such a short time. The primary activity for families over the holidays will be Force Awakens and other titles. During the final 11 days of 2013 (Dec. 21-31), the total domestic B.O. chalked up $585M (that’s an average of $53.2M a day), with 79% of that figure generated from nine titles; comprised of two major holdovers (Frozen and The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug combined at $182M) plus four Christmas wide entries from the majors. This year, the projection is that another eight titles –made up of five Christmas day studio releases plus Force Awakens, Sisters and Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip — could take us past $621M. The latter three titles are bound to rep 68% of that number.
Jurassic World was the fastest to pass $500M in 17 days and $600M in 36 days, and analysts believe that Force Awakens will easily lick those records. A $500M domestic cume by year-end for Force Awakens is definitely conceivable. Consider the fact that a sizeable amount of advance ticket sales have already been purchased for Force Awakens on Christmas Day, not to mention word of mouth is on fire: 88% told Rentrak’s PostTrak that they would recommend the movie to a friend, and another 95% said they know five other people who are going to Episode VII. Also, when factoring this record holiday period, consider the amount of money people are willing spend on movie tickets: 73% told PostTrak that they spent between $13-$18+ for a Force Awakens ticket. The National Association of Theater Owners reported the average Q3 2015 ticket price at $8.25.
By the end of the year, the top 10 films, all in excess of $200M stateside, will account for a third of 2015’s total ticket sales. This past weekend, Rentrak reports an all-time high for weekend ticket sales of $305M, beating the previous record set over JW‘s June 12-14 frame of $273.8M weekend. This past weekend is up close to three fold from a week ago’s paltry results of $77.4M, and another +126% over the same pre-Christmas weekend a year ago.
It’s no surprise, what with Star Wars: The Force Awakens approaching $600 million in domestic earnings. But Rentrak now confirms that the domestic film revenues have crossed the $11 billion mark, with $11.1 billion projected as the final tally by Thursday, December 31. This makes 2015 the biggest overall year for the industry in North American box office history.
The 2015 box office to date since New Year’s Eve, the box office tallied 11.8 million smackers breaking the 2013 record of 10.3 million smackers, the same time it went downhill for 3 years due to many flops and write offs.
Warded off from Disney’s move for Star Wars 7, The Hateful Eight began to shoot out with guns blazing last week in the box office. The flick was put to the test last night at the Capri Hollywood film festival. How did it do Jim?
Jim Fish (via The Hollywood Reporter)- The 20th edition of the Capri-Hollywood International Film Festival wrapped Saturday night, with Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight proving to be the big winner of the festivities.
The director’s eighth pic took home four awards, including best movie, best actor for Samuel L. Jackson, best supporting actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh and best score for Ennio Morricone.
The film, set to be released Feb. 4 in Italy, is being distributed by the Leone Group’s Andrea and Raffaella Leone, who were also honored during the fest with Capri’s producers of the year award.
Among other big winners on the night, Netflix’s film about child soldiers, Beasts of No Nation, earned three honors: Cary Fukunaga for best director and best cinematography and Idris Elba for best supporting actor.
Brie Larson won the Capri, Hollywood award for best leading actress for Room; David O. Russell nabbed best original screenplay honors for Joy; Phyllis Nagy took home the prize for best adapted screenplay for Todd Haynes’ Carol, which also won best production design by Judy Becker; and the award for best editor went to Pietro Scalia for The Martian.
Sandy Powell won for best costumes for Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella; Powell also received a Capri legend award for lifetime achievement.
Inside Out was tapped as best animated film, while Labyrinth of Lies was named best foreign film. “See You Again,” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth for Furious 7, earned best song honors.
As previously announced, director Jim Sheridan was presented with a Capri legend award for career achievement, and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts was given the “Revelation of the Year” award for his performance in The Danish Girl.
Last month, Disney unveiled the 1st trailer for Zootopia as well as new movie posters. Just before the clock struck midnight, the mouse unveiled another zoo-tastic surprise. Was it better than the 1st one Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Disney has unleashed a new trailer for New Year’s Eve for its forthcoming Zootopia, the 55th animated feature to come from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Celebrate “Zoo Year’s Eve” with the brand-new trailer featuring the all-new original song “Try Everything,” written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Grammy-winning international superstar Shakira. The single will be available everywhere January 8.
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