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Paramount, ‘Bait’, Picturehouse win big at Screen Awards 2019

Paramount wins distributor of the year; Judi Dench collects outstanding contribution to British film award.Paramount, the BFI and Picturehouse Entertainment were among the winners at the 2019 Screen Awards, which recognises excellence in UK distribution, exhibition, marketing, publicity and brand partnerships.Scroll down for full list of winnersThe awards were handed out at the Ballroom Southbank […]

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Peter Facinelli, Jordan Calloway, P.J. Byrne, Talitha Bateman & More Join STX Horror Pic ‘Countdown’

Exclusive: STXfilms has set the cast for their horror thriller Countdown about an app which tells people when they’re going to be killed.Joining previously announced Elizabeth Lail is Talitha Bateman, Peter Facinelli (Twilight franchise), P.J Byrne, Anne Winters, Tom Segura (Instant Family), Jordan Calloway and Tichina Arnold (Everyone Hates Chris). Production is already underway in […]

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‘Robin Hood’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Lionsgate claims the top spot in spending with “Robin Hood.”Ads placed for the action-adventure remake had an estimated media value of $7.88 million through Sunday for 1,037 national ad airings on 35 networks. (Spend figures are […]

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Tops, but ‘Widows’ Tells a Sad Story

When a film opens to over $60 million like “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” you could call it the top story and go from there. However, there’s just as much interest in the opening-weekend subplots provided by “Widows,” “Instant Family,” and “Green Book.” These results are not encouraging; in the cases of “Widows” and […]

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut

While still a solid weekend, the performances fell below Mojo’s pre-weekend expectations almost across the board. Warner Bros.’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest entry in the Fantastic Beasts franchise still topped the weekend as expected, but even it fell a bit below the studio’s expectations, though not by as much as both […]

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Heading to $75 Million Opening

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is ready to cast a powerful spell on the box office.Warner Bros.’ tentpole is heading for a domestic opening weekend in the $75 million range, early estimates showed Friday.The North American figure could wind up matching the $74.4 million opening for 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”The […]

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‘Fantastic Beasts 2′,’ Instant Family’ & ‘Widows’ Hit the Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend Frame

Last year saw the November box office top $1 billion in calendar grosses for just the third time ever and it was the first time since 2013. This year, November grosses are currently trailing 2017 by just -2.4% and this weekend sees the release of what is sure to be another big debut in the […]

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Film Review: ‘Instant Family’

Commercial Hollywood comedies about the glory and absurdity of modern family life tend to come in two flavors: earnest and wack job. If Will Ferrell had starred in “Instant Family,” a comedy about an attractive, childless, edging-into-middle-age couple who take in a brood of foster kids who prove to be more trouble than they look, […]

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