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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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 →]
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 →]
“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 →]
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 →]
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 →]
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
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.
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 →]
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 →]
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 →]