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MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MEMORIAL MOVIES -- 5/22/17

When Marvel and Columbia's "Spider-Man 3" opened May 4, 2007 to a marvelous $151.1 million, it redefined for Hollywood the start of summer moviegoing. Since Marvel planted its flag in that first-weekend-in-May real estate, it's claimed it without any challenges. Memorial Day never regained its old super status. That's not to say that this four-day holiday weekend still isn't an important part of the summer boxoffice puzzle. It's just not the kind of major magnet for those first summer moviegoing eyeballs that it once was. Since Marvel monopolized early May with the likes of The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "ALIEN" ARRIVING -- 5/15/17

"Alien" arriving: Familiar films are the name of the game these days and that's not likely to change given their boxoffice strength. Disney and Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" easily held on to first place in its second weekend with $63 million, bringing its domestic cume to $246.2 million. Disney said Sunday that "GG2" did an estimated $115.2 million internationally last weekend, bringing its international cume to $384.4 million. Its global cume to date is... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "GALAXY" GOLD -- 5/8/17

"Galaxy" gold: For the eleventh straight year, Hollywood's summer movie season is off to a splendid start thanks to Marvel and Disney. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's" $145 million opening last weekend makes it Marvel's sixth biggest early May launch since 2007. The PG-13 rated 3D sci-fi action adventure follows "The Avengers" with $207.4 million in 2012, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" with $191.2 million in... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MAY MOVIES -- 5/1/17

May movies: After an anemic April at the boxoffice, Hollywood is looking forward to packed multiplexes in May. Working in May's favor is that most of its wide releases have nicely familiar roots. It's always helpful when moviegoers already know what to expect after seeing related IP in the past. May will kick off, as it has for the last 10 years, with a Marvel franchise and will end with a Disney franchise for Memorial Day weekend. If you missed last week's column with a complete history of Marvel's early May blockbusters, you can read it... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- MARVEL MAY -- 4/24/17

Marvel May: The merry month of May has been all the merrier at the boxoffice for the past decade thanks to Marvel Studios. Since 2007, Marvel's used the first weekend in May to launch comic book driven fantasy action adventure blockbusters that have dominated early summer. Marvel arguably created the early summer as a distinct sub-season that it now owns. Historically, Hollywood kicked off summer in late May with the long Memorial Day holiday weekend. Thanks to Marvel, the entire month of May was turned into a consistently hot month at the multiplexes. Wile Memorial Day... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- CANNES COUNTDOWN -- 4/17/17

Cannes countdown: There's no official start to the awards season, but for many Hollywood handicappers it begins with the countdown to the Cannes Film Festival. Cannes, which is celebrating its 70th festival year from May 17-28, has been a high profile global media opportunity for Oscar hopefuls for many years. But looking at... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- "FAST" FRANCHISE -- 4/10/17

"Fast" franchise: Hit family films like "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Boss Baby" have been driving spring ticket sales, but a turbo-charged action crime thriller's fast approaching that should really rev up the boxoffice. This weekend will see Universal and Original Film's PG-13 rated "The Fate of the Furious" parking at about 4,200 theatres. Hollywood handicappers are talking about a likely $100 million-plus domestic launch. More >>


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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 >>

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 >>


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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 >>

IMAX® AND DISNEY EXTEND BLOCKBUSTER SLATE DEAL THROUGH 2019

LOS ANGELES – Feb. 22, 2017 – Building on their existing long-standing relationship, IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) and The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), announced today that both companies have extended their multi-faceted agreement with a new multi-picture deal — beginning this year and extending through 2019 — that includes the... More >>