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Oscars: Academy Announces 344 Films Eligible for 2019 Best Picture

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 344 feature films are eligible for the 2019 Academy Awards.To be eligible for the consideration, the films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by Dec. 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Academy rules also […]

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Universal’s ‘Abominable’ Ready to Freeze Out the Weekend Competition

The first animated film of the fall season, and the first in over a month, arrives this weekend in the form of Universal, DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s Abominable and it’s looking to top the weekend box office. Behind it is last weekend’s strong opener Downton Abbey, while Roadside Attractions looks to crack the top […]

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‘Good Boys’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Good Boys.”Ads placed for the comedy had an estimated media value of $4.42 million through Sunday for 814 […]

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‘Good Boys’ Tops Box Office, Bringing Hope For Original Comedies

Universal is shaking off the damage from pulling “The Hunt” from release, but it can take comfort in the surprise showing of R-rated comedy “Good Boys.” Not only is it the first original film to reach number one since “Us” in March (another Universal title), but it also shows the depth of the studio’s lower-budget […]

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Leslie Jones-Kristen Bell Coupon Cartel Saga ‘Queenpins’ Lands With Rocket Science — Cannes

Exclusive: On the eve of the Cannes market, Rocket Science has come on board to finance and handle international sales on dark comedy package Queenpins, starring Leslie Jones (Ghostbusters) and Kristen Bell (The Good Place).CAA Media Finance arranged the financing and is handling U.S. rights. Linda McDonough (Drive) is producing.Written and to be directed by […]

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‘Angry Birds 2’ Cast Announced; Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad & Danny McBride Returning

Back in 2016, Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation teamed up for the Sony Pictures release of The Angry Birds Movie, a bit of a gamble on a massively popular mobile game property that was, at the time, untried as a feature film franchise-starter. After more than $350 million at the worldwide box office, it’s clear […]

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