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by Joe Klest

“Ted 2″ Blazing at the Box Office

Jun 27, 2015 at 1:13 AM in Box Office Report, Entertainment Industry News, Movies by Joe Klest · Leave a Comment »

Screen Shot Ted 2

According to Universal Studios’ estimates, Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted 2″ will pull in a robust $45-$50 million at its 3,441 locations this weekend.  The box office in general is looking strong at week’s end as the “Ted” follow-up joins “Jurassic World”, “Max” and “Inside Out” at theaters.

The original “Ted” outperformed its estimates when it opened in 2012 with $54.4 million, on its way to a domestic grand-total of $218 million.  Thursday evening “Ted 2″ grossed $2.6 million from showings at 2,647 locations.

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by Scott Prestin

Star Wars’ Anakin SKywalker (Jake Lloyd) Arrested After High-Speed Chase

Jun 22, 2015 at 8:44 PM in Celebrities, Entertainment Industry News, Movies by Scott Prestin · Leave a Comment »

Jake Lloyd Skywalker

Jake Lloyd, the actor who as a child portrayed the young Anakin Skywalker in ‘Star Wars:  Episode I – The Phantom Menace”, was arrested last week after forcing police into a Hollywoodesque police chase.

26 year old Lloyd, who was booked under the name “Jake Broadbent”, was taken into custody after evading South Carolina police with speeds over 100 mph, before finally crashing through a fence and into a stand of trees off Interstate 95.  Colleton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Strickland  [read more →]

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by Heather Bentley

“Jurassic World” Poised to Devour the Billion Mark

at 3:26 AM in Box Office Report, Celebrities, Entertainment Industry News, Movies by Heather Bentley · Leave a Comment »

Jurassic World

Chris Pratt’s latest big-screen appearance is poised to earn $1 billion at the global box office more quickly than any film prior.

“Jurassic World” should see the 10-figure mark in its rear-view mirror, tomorrow, June 22.  The film has shattered expectations, as pundits had assumed that the picture would be overshadowed this summer by “Avengers:  Age of Ultron” and Illumination’s “Minions”.  The latest Jurassic chapter, an obvious domestic success, is also churning profits overseas, especially in China where it has grossed  [read more →]

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by The itsFILM.com Staff

Ted 2 Hits Theaters June 26

Jun 8, 2015 at 2:45 AM in Entertainment Industry News, Movies by The itsFILM.com Staff · Leave a Comment »

Ted 2 Showtimes

“Ted 2″, Universal Picture’s much anticipated sequel to the hit comedy “Ted”, opens in theaters June 26th.  Seth MacFarlane is once again supported by veteran “Ted” writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, as they attempt to measure up to the 2012 original, AKA the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time.

In part deux, happy newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to adopt a baby, but in order to qualify to be a legal parent, Ted must prove to the world that  [read more →]

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by Scott Prestin

Mark Wahlberg to Produce Boston Marathon Bombing Project

Apr 2, 2015 at 6:12 AM in Celebrities, Entertainment Industry News, Movies by Scott Prestin · Comments Off on Mark Wahlberg to Produce Boston Marathon Bombing Project

Mark Wahlberg

According to CBS Films, Mark Wahlberg will produce a feature length narrative currently titled “Patriots’ Day”, chronicling the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent 5-day manhunt.

The studio announced Tuesday that Matt Charman (“Bridge of Spies”) will pen the screenplay.  The story will be based upon Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’ firsthand account of the Boylston Street tragedy.

The Boston Marathon attack killed three and injured more than 250. Surviving bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is on trial facing the death penalty at the time  [read more →]

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by Scott Prestin

Box Office: ‘American Sniper’ Hits Record $5.3M Thursday Night

Jan 16, 2015 at 7:23 PM in Box Office Report, Celebrities, Entertainment Industry News, Movies by Scott Prestin · Comments Off on Box Office: ‘American Sniper’ Hits Record $5.3M Thursday Night

American Sniper

Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper grabbed a record-breaking $5.3 million Thursday night, setting the record for the biggest Thursday evening gross for an R-rated drama.

The film’s expanding nationwide following is in part due to its recent Academy Award nominations.  American Sniper’s current momentum has built off the coattails of 6 potential Oscars, including best actor (Bradley Cooper) and best picture.

The $60 million war movie is based on the real-life story of Navy Seal chris Kyle.  If the box office numbers continue in fashion for Warner  [read more →]

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by Scott Prestin

DSLR Shooters, Get To Know The ZACUTO Z-Finders

Jun 13, 2014 at 3:44 AM in Entertainment Industry News by Scott Prestin · Comments Off on DSLR Shooters, Get To Know The ZACUTO Z-Finders

Zacuto Z-Finder

The good folks at Zacuto manufacture a wide range of filmmaking accessories.  If you work with a DSLR, do yourself a favor and get to know their Z-Finder. (Z-Finder Pro pictured above)

When shooting video on a DSLR camera, you’re normally forced to use the LCD screen to frame and focus.  Add some camera movement and/or glare and those jobs get way harder than they need to be.

The Zacuto Z-Finders help make your DSLR the right tool for  [read more →]

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by Jules R. Cherie

Film Review: “Oculus”

Jun 7, 2014 at 5:18 AM in Movie Reviews, Movies by Jules R. Cherie · Comments Off on Film Review: “Oculus”

Oculus

Oculus 
is 
a 
supernatural 
thriller 
with 
style 
and 
ambition, 
but 
which
 ultimately
 covers 
no
 new 
ground.
  Whatever 
is 
here,
 we 
feel 
as 
though 
we 
have 
seen 
it 
before.

The
 villain 
of 
this 
story 
is 
not 
a 
person 
but 
an 
antique 
mirror 
with
 a
 strange
 history.
 It
 seems
 that 
past 
owners 
of 
the 
mirror 
have 
met 
with 
grisly 
fates.  
Notwithstanding
 this, 
the
 mirror 
winds 
up 
at 
an 
auction 
where 
it 
is 
sold 
at 
a 
significant 
price.  
The
 auctioneer 
points 
out 
that 
there  [read more →]

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by Scott Prestin

“Ghostbusters III” Script to be revamped after Harold Ramis’ Death

Feb 26, 2014 at 3:53 AM in Celebrities, Movies, Television by Scott Prestin · Comments Off on “Ghostbusters III” Script to be revamped after Harold Ramis’ Death

Harold Ramis

Actor/director/writer Harold Ramis passed away on February 24th at age 69.  Hollywood friends and family mourned.  The shockwaves from his death have also found their way into the production offices of “Ghostbusters III”

The Sony sequel remains on track, but the project will need to be altered as Ramis was scheduled to make a cameo appearance along with fellow-original Ghostbusters Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.

The sequel’s director, Ivan Reitman, is schedule to meet with studio honchos to discuss how to work  [read more →]

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by Scott Prestin

Sundance 2014: Lanyards, Lines, and Libations

Jan 26, 2014 at 5:56 AM in Entertainment Industry News, Film Festivals by Scott Prestin · Comments Off on Sundance 2014: Lanyards, Lines, and Libations

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Sundance 2014… a sunny and crowded Park City Utah.  Film-fans and production-pros proudly donning event lanyards like they were Mardi Gras beads.  A charming snow-covered ski-town where corporate-sponsorship and independent-artistry collide every January.

See Klip Collective’s 3D mapping projection on the facade of the famed Egyptian Theatre (above).  The fest was founded in 1978 to attract more bellbottom-clad filmmakers to Utah. In the last 30+ years it has evolved into the premier American film festival, attracting 45,000+ attendees this season.

My cohorts  [read more →]