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14 Predictions for Box Office 2021, Including Fewer Theaters, Smaller Grosses, and More VOD

It would be foolish to expect the new year to bring return to box-office normalcy; much more likely that circumstances will continue evolving toward a new normal. Before we examine what that might include, let’s get the essential stats out of the way: Total 2020 domestic theatrical grosses ended up a bit over $2 billion. […]

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France, Europe’s Largest Cinema Market, Drops 70% in 2020

Cinema admissions in France, Europe’s biggest movie market, plunged 70% in 2020, compared with 2019, decimated by Covid-19, which saw French cinemas shutter for 176 days this year, France’s National Film Board (Cnc) announced on Wednesday.Total ticket sales came in at 65.1 million, according to the Cnc, 65.2 million according to Comscore, which valued that […]

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New, Completely Reimagined ‘Pink Panther’ Film Coming From The Director Of ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’

While 2020 has been a shitshow for most of the film industry thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been two surprise success stories— “Bad Boys for Life” and “Sonic the Hedgehog.” One of those films is a sequel two decades in the making that was far from a guaranteed hit and is still the […]

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‘Sonic’ Producer Neal Moritz Extends First Look Deal With Paramount

Paramount Pictures has extended its first-look film deal with “Sonic the Hedgehog” producer Neal Moritz and his Original Film production company, the studio announced on Wednesday.The deal is a two-year extension that will continue the studio’s relationship through the end of 2023. Moritz first formed the film deal with Paramount in 2019 after leaving a […]

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China’s Box Office Down From Last Week With ‘1917’ in the Lead

Sam Mendes’ World War I saga “1917” took the top spot at China’s box office this weekend with a $5.3 million debut, according to data from industry tracker Maoyan, as overall nationwide ticket sales dipped down from the week before.Meanwhile, the China premiere of the 20th Century Fox’s racing drama “Ford V. Ferrari” flopped and […]

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Damien Chazelle Releases Short Film Shot in iPhone in Vertical Display

Here’s something different: Damien Chazelle, the acclaimed director behind “Whiplash” and “La La Land,” has released a short film shot entirely in vertical display on an iPhone.Titled “The Stunt Double,” the short film stars Tom McComas as the eponymous stunt double — McComas is a professional stunt performer whose credits range from “The Dark Knight” […]

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China Box Office: Local Titles Beat ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Debut as Business Stays Sluggish

Local content is proving more of a draw than Hollywood films as China’s cinemas get back on their feet. Chinese drama “Enigma of Arrival” quashed “Dolittle” and “Jojo Rabbit” to take the top spot in theaters’ second weekend back in business, while a local animation bested the whimpering China debut of Paramount’s “

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‘Disco Elysium’ Getting TV Adaption, Netflix Teases ‘Cuphead’ Series

Friday was a good day for fans of television adaptions of acclaimed video games: A new series based on 2019’s hit “Disco Elysium” will eventually make its way to the small screen, while Netflix has unveiled a new teaser for its upcoming adaption of the “Cuphead” video game.Variety reported that “Disco Elysium,” which centered on […]

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