Tuesday, November 3, 2015


SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure, continues the longest running and most successful film franchise in cinema history. The film opened in 647 cinemas and on 2,500 screens, making it the widest release of all time in the UK and Ireland.

Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced recently that SPECTRE has shattered box office records in nearly every market in which it has been released, led by a historic performance in the UK. 

The UK wasn’t alone in shattering box office records as nearly every releasing market saw SPECTRE make history as the biggest box office opening of all-time. 
In the Netherlands, SPECTRE took in 3.3 million Euro ($3.7 million USD), surpassing the record set by Skyfall and bringing its cume to $3.9 million including previews. 
In the Nordic region, markets distributed by MGM, SPECTRE took in a total of $12.7 million USD, setting new opening records in Finland and Norway, both surpassing Skyfall – Finland took in 2.35 million Euro ($2.63 million USD), and Norway 24.4 million krone ($2.88 million USD).  The film also set a new record in Denmark for the biggest three-day opening of all time, as SPECTRE took in 28.1 million krone ($4.21 million USD), also surpassing Skyfall.  In Sweden, SPECTRE took in 24.95 million krone ($2.97 million USD), a spectacular result that is 30% over the opening of Skyfall.
In total of the six released territories, the film has taken in $80.4 million, including $67.7 million from SPRI territories and $12.7 million from territories in which MGM is distributing.
In the UK, the film has opened to an estimated £41.7 million ($63.8 million USD) in its first seven days of release, securing new records for the biggest opening of all time in UK box office history.
SPECTRE took the opening record from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban which was also released on a Monday to £23.882 million.  SPECTRE also achieved a new record for the highest seven-day gross in UK box office history, overtaking the last James Bond film, SKYFALL.
 SPECTRE has also set a new IMAX record, recording the highest per-location average in IMAX history as the first film ever to top a $100,000 per-location average, with $105,000 in 47 IMAX locations.
In response to the #1 UK opening, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said, “We’re so grateful to all our James Bond fans and the British public for making SPECTRE’s debut in the UK box office history!”
“What an incredible thrill it is for us at MGM to see how James Bond continues to deliver such excitement to his fans. This record-breaking support from UK audiences for what is our 24th outing is nothing short of amazing. We can't wait for the rest of the world to see SPECTRE,” said Gary Barber, MGM Chairman and CEO.
Peter Taylor, Managing Director Sony Pictures UK, also commented We are delighted that audiences in the UK and Ireland continue to embrace these stories about one of our biggest and best cultural icons.  This opening proves once again, that the film world of James Bond speaks to cinema-goers like no other.”
Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Phoenix peeps: Meet Arlo and Spot from THE GOOD DINOSAUR at Tempe Marketplace

Meet Arlo and Spot from THE GOOD DINOSAUR
Tempe Marketplace on November 3 – 4, 2015
WHO:             Arlo and Spot from Disney/Pixar’s new film, THE GOOD DINOSAUR, will be on display at Tempe Marketplace.
WHAT:           Head over to Tempe Marketplace to meet Disney/Pixar’s newest animated characters Arlo and Spot as they embark on a National tour! Standing at 20 feet tall, Arlo will be accompanied by his human friend Spot in honor of the release of THE GOOD DINOSAUR. Stop by THE GOOD DINOSAUR exhibit for photo opportunities, an activity station, and your chance to receive promotional items from the film.  
WHEN:           Tuesday, November 3 from 11: 00 a.m – 9:00 p.m.
                         Wednesday, November 4 from 11: 00 a.m – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE:        Tempe Marketplace  (near district stage)
           2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281
SYNOPSIS  “The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
THE GOOD THE GOOD DINOSAUR opens on November 25th, 2015.


Monday, October 19, 2015

R&B Artist Leon Bridges Provides New Song “SO LONG” for Will Smith movie CONCUSSION


CULVER CITY, Calif., October 19, 2015 – R&B artist and singer songwriter Leon Bridges, who burst onto the nationwide music scene earlier this year with his hit song “Coming Home,” will provide a new song, “So Long,” for the highly anticipated motion picture Concussion starring Will Smith, it was announced today by Lia Vollack, president of Worldwide Music for Sony Pictures. Concussion will be released in theaters December 25, 2015.

“So Long” will be available on all digital sales platforms including Spotify, iTunes and Amazon on November 20.  The song’s music is by Leon Bridges and Joshua Block, Austin Jenkins, and Chris Vivion of Niles City Sound, with lyrics by Leon Bridges.  The track was produced by Niles City Sound.

Bridges has posted a fifteen second preview of the song to his Instagram page, @leonbridgesofficial.

Commenting on the announcement, Peter Landesman, the film’s writer/director, said, “I’m so glad to have Leon’s music in the movie.  His songs are a shot straight from the heart, full of feeling and emotion, power and heartbreak.  And it's a perfect match for the movie, because I could describe Dr. Bennet Omalu the same way – in the movie, he’s a spiritual person, standing up on his own against a world of powerful forces, using only his smarts, his courage, and the knowledge that he’s right.  Leon’s soulful sound and expressive words are a tremendous addition to the film.”

Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known.  Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.  

Bridges’ debut album, “Coming Home,” launched this summer to rave reviews and public acclaim, reaching the top ten in the US, UK and Australia.  A rare talent who performs smoldering ballads and elemental rock ‘n’ roll with equal aplomb, the minor-key, blue hues of Bridges’ songs embrace a refreshing subtlety that feels straight out of classic soul and R&B.  A little more than a year ago, a chance meeting in Fort Worth led to an independent recording session, and soon, signing with Columbia Records. 

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley to Reunite for "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie"

Fox Searchlight Pictures and BBC Films announced today that principal photography has begun on ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE.  The first cinematic adventure for the long running and much-loved comedy is shooting on location in the U.K and the south of France for 7 weeks.

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE reunites Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as the iconic Edina and Patsy along with the rest of the original cast that includes Julia Sawalha as Saffy, Jane Horrocks as Bubble and June Whitfield as Mother. The award-winning team behind the camera includes Mandie Fletcher (“Blackadder,” “Absolutely Fabulous”) directing from a script by Jennifer Saunders. The film will be released in 2016.

“I am thrilled and excited to finally start filming.  We are all taking our medication and hoping for the best,” said Jennifer Saunders.

We’re so happy to join Jennifer, Joanna and the Absolutely Fabulous team on their latest and greatest adventures!” says Claudia Lewis, Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production.

“Ab Fab on the big screen is a treat we've been hotly anticipating at BBC Films and we're very proud to join Jennifer and her terrific team for this delicious reunion,” says Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films.

Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots.  Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more! 

In true Ab Fab style, the cast will be joined by a host of A-list stars from the acting, music and fashion worlds. 

DanTram Nguyen, Vice President of Production and Katie Goodson-Thomas, Director of Production will oversee the project for Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis announced that principal photography has started in Savannah and on Tybee Island, GA on the drama GIFTED, starring Chris Evans (CAPTAIN AMERICA, SNOWPIERCER), Tony Award winner Lindsay Duncan (BIRDMAN, LE WEEKEND), Mckenna Grace (INDEPENDENCE DAY:  RESURGENCE), Jenny Slate (OBVIOUS CHILD, “Parks and Recreation”) and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (THE HELP, INSURGENT).  Marc Webb ((500) DAYS OF SUMMER, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) directs from an original screenplay by Tom Flynn.  Karen Lunder and Andy Cohen are producing.

The story involves Frank Adler (Chris Evans) as a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida.  Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.  Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend.  Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.