‘Jack Reacher’ Gets Going With $31M Offshore Bow – International Box Office

Refresh for latest Paramount and Skydance’s Tom Cruise sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, was this weekend’s major wide opener overseas where it punched up a $31M start in 42 markets — 20 of which were No. 1s. Combined with the domestic opening, the global bow is $54M. That’s 28% bigger than the original 2012 film whose worldwide launch was $42M in like-for-like markets, per Par. In IMAX, the overseas action is $2.6M on 526 screens. Of that, $1M came from 327 in China…

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Film Tank, Indigo Film Close Mexican-Italian Co-production on Gaz Alazraki’s ‘Almost Paradise’ at Rome’s Mia

Mexico’s Film Tank has signed with Italy’s Indigo Film to co-produce “Casi el paraiso“ (Almost Paradise),  the return to filmmaking of Gaz Alazraki, co-creator of Netflix series “Club de Cuervos,” which will be distributed in all the American continent by 20th Century Fox. Indigo Films’ credits include Paolo Sorrentino’s “This Must Be the Place” and… Read more »

‘Moonlight’ & ‘Michael Moore In TrumpLand’ Top Year’s Theater Averages – Specialty Box Office

What a weekend. Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight full-on smashed the Specialty box office with the year’s best opening per theater average, grossing $414,740 in four theaters. Michael Moore in TrumpLand came out of nowhere and opened Wednesday in two theaters, grabbing the year’s best PTA for a non-fiction title. Magnolia’s Korean thriller The Handmaiden would easily have grabbed the headline in any other weekend, with its $91,600 bow in five theaters. And for more weekend brag…

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AT&T Time Warner Merger Could Kill the Skinny Bundle

Skinny bundle, we hardly knew ya: AT&T’s plan to acquire Time Warner will likely spoil efforts to sell consumers smaller and cheaper TV subscriptions. Some consumers have long advocated for the ability to buy TV channels a la carte, or at least get more flexibility to not pay for some of the networks they don’t watch…. Read more »

Lou Reed, The 6ths, Django Django Soundtrack Google Pixel Commercials

Lou Reed, The 6ths, Django Django Soundtrack Google Pixel CommercialsGoogle just launched their new Pixel smartphone, and, of course, the launch of any product comes with lots of ads. Ads often come with music, and in the case of Google Pixel, they come with some pretty good music! One is soundtracked by Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side,” another by Django Django’s “Default,” … More »

‘The Walking Dead’s’ Steven Yeun Says Season Premiere is ‘Bittersweet’

The identity of Negan’s victim on “The Walking Dead” is one of the most closely guarded secrets in television, and after seven years on the show, Steven Yeun — aka Glenn — has trained himself to not spill the beans. Variety caught up with the Korean-American actor at the Coalition for Asian Pacific Islanders in Entertainment… Read more »

‘Saturday Night Live’ Hits Season High Ratings With Tom Hanks, Lady Gaga & More Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton

With the November elections near and with popular host Tom Hanks and musical guest Lady Gaga, Saturday Night Live had its best ratings delivery this season. Last night’s show, which kicked off with a parody of the third and final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, drew a 6.1 Live+same day rating in the metered market households and a 3.0 in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters. The numbers eclipsed the previous season high marks logged by the…

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Early ‘Doctor Strange’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

The reviews are officially in, answering the question: Can Marvel score another critical smash with “Doctor Strange”? The early answer looks like yes. While some journalists shared their opinions on Twitter after a few U.S. screenings, full reviews for Marvel’s latest dropped at midnight on Sunday, and they were largely positive. The film holds a… Read more »

Watch Metallica Cover The Clash And Buffalo Springfield In Acoustic Bridge School Benefit Set

Metallica & Neil YoungMetallica played at Neil Young’s all-acoustic Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, California last night. Young himself performed with Roger Waters and My Morning Jacket, and he also joined Metallica for a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr. Soul.” Watch that plus Metallica’s acoustic rendition of the Clash’s “Clampdown” below. More »