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MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- OSCAR OUTLOOK -- 7/30/17

Oscar outlook: It's taken seven long months, but Hollywood finally has a film that's generating a best picture Oscar buzz. That likely contender is Warner Bros., Canal+ and RatPac-Dune Entertainment's PG-13 rated World War II action drama "Dunkirk," which has boxoffice success and critical acclaim going for it. Those are the twin factors it typically takes to get on Academy members' radar screens for consideration. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "DUNKIRK" DEBUT -- 7/23/17

"Dunkirk" debut: "Dunkirk" won last weekend's battle at the multiplexes, but Hollywood is still losing the summer boxoffice war. The PG-13 rated World War II action drama from Warner Bros., Canal+ and RatPac-Dune Entertainment opened Number One to $50.5 million at 3,720 theatres. "Dunkirk" was the number one film internationally, per comScore, "opening to an outstanding $55.4 million on 10,775 screens in 46 overseas markets for a global combined total of $105.9 million." IMAX, which... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "APES" ARRIVAL -- 7/16/17

"Apes" arrival: Aging franchises have had a rough time at the summer boxoffice, but moviegoers hit the multiplexes last weekend to see "War for the Planet of the Apes," the latest in a series that goes back to 1968. The 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment PG-13 rated sci-fi action adventure was the weekend's 400-pound gorilla with its $56.5 million opening at 4,022 theatres. About $5 million of that total came from Thursday night previews at 3,251 theatres. The franchise's last episode, More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SPIDEY SPOTLIGHT -- 7/9/17

Spidey spotlight: After weeks of chilly summer boxoffice weather, Hollywood finally got some superhero help to heat up ticket sales. Last weekend's $117 million launch of Sony's Columbia Pictures, Disney's Marvel Studios and Pascal Pictures' PG-13 rated 3D sci-fi action adventure "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at 4,348 theatres was the good news theatre... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FOURTH FOCUS -- 7/2/17

Fourth focus: When July Fourth falls on a Tuesday, as it does this year, Hollywood has a five day period in which to generate boxoffice fireworks.Two variables play a part in how good the outcome is. The weather, particularly on the East Coast and in the Midwest, is always a key factor on the Fourth. If it rains... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "TRANSFORMERS" TALK -- 6/26/17

"Transformers" talk: Hollywood needs a summer boxoffice transformation, but it didn't get it from last weekend's opening of Paramount and Hasbro's "Transformers: The Last Knight." The PG-13 rated IMAX-3D sci-fi action adventure finished first with $45.3 million at 4,069 theatres. Its five day domestic cume of $69.1 million includes about $5.5 million from Tuesday night previews at 546 theatres. This was in line... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "CARS" CASH -- 6/19/17

"Cars" cash: As movie genres go, 3D animated family films are still one of Hollywood's best bets. Disney and Pixar Animation Studios' G rated adventure comedy "Cars 3" may not be doing "Wonder Woman" type boxoffice business, but its $53.5 million opening at 4,256 theatres last weekend is still much better than some other high profile arrivals have done lately. It also was more than the $40 million to $50 million launch that Hollywood handicappers were talking about earlier this month. "C3's" arrival over Father's Day weekend was great timing for dads and kids to do some fun moviegoing together and likely played a part... More >>


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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES “THE SILENT MAN” STARRING LIAM NEESON AND DIANE LANE WATERGATE WHISTLEBLOWER DRAMA TAKES ON RENEWED RELEVANCE AMIDST CURRENT WHITE HOUSE INVESTIGATION

NEW YORK (May 25, 2017)?– Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the North American rights to The Silent Man, the film based on the life of Mark Felt, the secret high-ranking FBI informant during the Watergate scandal who is famously known as “Deep Throat.” The Silent Man is set for a September release, as the recent political turmoil has sparked a renewed public interest in Felt’s story. Written and directed by Peter Landesman... More >>

SHANGHAI TO HOST WORLD PREMIERE OF DISNEY/JERRY BRUCKHEIMER FILMS’ “PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES”

BURBANK, CALIF. (April 25, 2017)—Disney announced today that Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will have its World Premiere in Shanghai, China, at Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11, marking the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in Mainland China. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer plan to attend the gala event. The red-carpet event will take place in Disneytown at Shanghai Disney Resort. After the red carpet, the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” screening will be held in Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Disneytown. Shanghai Disney Resort is also home to Shanghai Disneyland, featuring Treasure Cove, the first pirate-themed land at a Disney park, inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. More >>

CLIVE DAVIS DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FROM IM GLOBAL AND SCOTT FREE PRODUCTIONS COMING TO APPLE MUSIC

The Clive Davis documentary CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES from IM Global and Scott Free Productions, is coming exclusively to Apple Music customers around the world. Based on Davis’ 2013 bestselling autobiography, CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES is a riveting profile of the legendary music man, who is a five-time Grammy winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The film chronicles the historic influence of “The Man with the Golden Ears,” who rose from humble beginnings, and in a compelling journey, became one of the music... More >>

‘THE BIG SICK’ TO KICK OFF 43RD SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SEATTLE, WA -- April 7, 2017 -- The Opening Night Gala of the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on Thursday, May 18 will feature the Seattle premiere of Amazon Studios’ The Big Sick. This festival favorite comes from a powerhouse team of beloved comedians including Kumail Nanjiani (best known for his acerbic and witty character in Silicon Valley), industry mogul Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids and Knocked Up), and is directed by alt-comedy legend Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name Is Doris and The Baxter). SIFF’s Opening Night Red Carpet and screening will take place at the 2,900 seat Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center with a celebratory party to follow at Fisher Pavilion. The 2017 Festival runs May 18 through June 11 at venues in Seattle and surrounding cities. More >>

ANNAPURNA PICTURES PARTNERS WITH METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER ON SELECT INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION OF FILM SLATE

Los Angeles, CA (March 27, 2017) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is partnering with Annapurna to distribute all of Annapurna Pictures’ films in select international territories, it was announced today. The multi-year partnership is set to begin this year with Annapurna’s first distribution title, Kathryn Bigelow’s UNTITLED DETROIT PROJECT, scheduled for release in the U.S. on August 4, 2017... More >>


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DISNEY·PIXAR’S “CARS 3” ROLLS OUT KEY CAST & CHARACTERS

BURBANK, Calif. (March 9, 2017) -- Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” reveals key voice cast and characters, featuring award-winning stars. According to director Brian Fee, the roster includes both new and returning characters. “We’re introducing some fun and really appealing characters in ‘Cars 3,’” said Fee, “so we really wanted to find the right voices to help us breathe life into them. We hit a homerun with this group; I couldn’t be happier”... More >>

16th ANNUAL TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES EPIC BACK-TO-BACK SCREENINGS OF THE GODFATHER AND THE GODFATHER PART II TO CLOSE FESTIVAL, ALONG WITH EXCITING GALAS AND SPECIAL SCREENINGS

New York, NY [March 8, 2017] – Unprecedented screenings and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including the reunion of talent and creators from iconic films and musical acts, will be showcased at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T. The 16th edition of the annual cultural festival today announced the program’s Closing Night, Galas, Special... More >>

GOLDEN GATE AWARD FEATURE FILM COMPETITIONS ANNOUNCED FOR 60TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Film Society today announced the films in competition for the Golden Gate Awards (GGAs), which will distribute nearly $40,000 in total prizes this year in various narrative and documentary categories. Among the most significant awards for emerging global film artists in the United States, the Golden Gate Awards, first presented at the... More >>

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FEATURE FILM LINE UP FOR THE COMPETITION, SPOTLIGHT, VIEWPOINTS AND MIDNIGHT SECTIONS OF THE 16TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL APRIL 19-30

New York, NY [March 2, 2017] – An exciting slate of films that showcases the breadth of contemporary filmmaking across a range of styles will premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T. The Festival today announced the feature films across the following programs: Competition... More >>