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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part gets five new TV spots

With a little over three weeks to go until The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part arrives in cinemas, Warner Bros. has released five new TV spots for the animated adventure which you can check out here…

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“The Lego® Movie 2” reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. The battle to defeat them and restore harmony to the Lego universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage,
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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ to Break January’s Slow Box Office Streak

  • Variety
M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ to Break January’s Slow Box Office Streak
No plot twist here: M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller “Glass” will dominate the domestic box office.

As this weekend’s lone wide release, “Glass” looks to be the de facto choice for moviegoers during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Now the only question is: how big of an opening can “Glass” pull off?

Mediocre reviews don’t seem to be holding back anticipation for the sequel to both “Unbreakable” and “Split” as “Glass” is expected to make between $60 million and $75 million during its first four days of release. Universal, the studio releasing the film in North America, is more modestly suggesting a $50 million to $55 million debut from over 3,700 theaters. Even so, that would still be a lot of coinage for a movie that only cost $20 million to produce. Shyamalan took the unusual step of self-financing “Glass,” which means more riches for M. Night if “Glass” becomes a hit. Since
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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ To Smash $105M+ Worldwide Over Mlk Weekend

  • Deadline
After a post-holiday sleeper period at the box office largely dominated by Warner BrosAquaman, the 2019 box office is set to wake up this weekend with its first, truly fire-breathing event film, Glass, from two-time Oscar nominee M. Night Shyamalan. It is looking at a $105 million-$120 million global start, inclusive of the four-day Mlk holiday in the U.S.

While an immediate follow-up to the director’s Universal/Blumhouse surprise $278M-plus grossing hit Split from two years ago, Glass has more of a legacy appeal to Shyamalan fans as it’s also a sequel to his 2000 cult superhero movie Unbreakable. Because of that film’s connection, Disney, which originally handled Unbreakable theatrically 18 years ago, has overseas on Glass via Buena Vista International.

James McAvoy reprises his Split role as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man who suffers from an extreme case of Dissociative Identity Disorder, with 23 personalities. He becomes imprisoned at
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Jason Momoa Travels Home to Surprise His Grandma! 'She's Still Got Her Spirit'

Jason Momoa Travels Home to Surprise His Grandma! 'She's Still Got Her Spirit'
One more reason to be in love with Jason Momoa: he adores his grandma!

The Aquaman star, 39, traveled back to Iowa in early January to surprise his family with a visit home. In a Jan. 6 Instagram post, he posted two sweet shots with his grandmother.

“Needed to come home to Iowa and give my grams some aloha Love u forever grandma
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'Infinity War', 'Christopher Robin', 'Ready Player One' earn Ves effects nominations

'Infinity War', 'Christopher Robin', 'Ready Player One' earn Ves effects nominations
17th Annual Ves Awards to take place on February 5.

Avengers: Infinity War, Christopher Robin, Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Welcome To Marwen have earned nominations in the Visual Effects Society’s (Ves) outstanding effects in a photoreal feature category;

Infinity War earned the most feature nods on Tuesday morning (15) with six, while Incredibles 2 is the lead animated film contender on five, and Lost In Space leads the broadcast field on six.

The 17th Annual Ves Awards will take place on February 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. As previously announced, the Ves Visionary
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Tops Nominations for Visual Effects Society Awards

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Tops Nominations for Visual Effects Society Awards
Avengers: Infinity War” leads all films in nominations for the Visual Effects Society’s 17th Annual Ves Awards, which were announced on Tuesday.

The Marvel movie received six nominations, one more than “Ready Player One” and “Incredibles 2.”

In Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the Ves category that corresponds most closely to the Oscars’ Best Visual Effects category, the nominees were “Avengers,” “Ready Player One,” “Christopher Robin,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Welcome to Marwen.”

Also Read: How Will 'Captain Marvel' Play Into that 'Avengers: Infinity War' Ending and 'Endgame'?

Incredibles 2” led all animated films, with “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” each receiving four nominations to trail “Incredibles” by one.

Other films with multiple nominations include “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” with three and “First Man” and “Aquaman” with two each.

Two of
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Aquaman VFX reels break down the DC movie’s visual effects

Two visual effects reels have been released for James Wan’s Aquaman which gives viewers a behind the scenes look at how the DC superhero blockbuster was brought to life on the big screen; take a look here…

See Also: Aquaman tops $1 billion at the global box office, surpasses The Dark Knight

See Also: Aquaman director addresses Justice League’s Atlantis ‘plot hole’

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman”, starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime — one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be … a king.”

Aquaman is directed by James Wan
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Korea Box Office: Local Titles ‘Mal-Mo-e’ and ‘Dude’ Beat ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

Opening on Wednesday (Jan. 9), Korean drama “Mal-mo-e: The Secret Mission” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The Lotte Cultureworks release earned $8.96 million from 1.19 million admissions between Wednesday and Sunday, including some $6.16 million collected over the weekend. Set in the 1940s when Korea was under Japanese occupation, the drama sees the story of a group of literary scholars who fought to revive the Korean language, which they were not allowed to use at that time.

Local comedy “The Dude in Me” also opened on Wednesday and landed in second. The body swap comedy, involving a high school student and a gangster, earned $5.91 million over five days. Together the top two films accounted for 58% of the weekend box office.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” slipped to third from the previous weekend’s top spot. The Walt Disney animation earned $2.3 million. That lifts its cumulative total to $9.55 million after two weekends.
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Fandango to Host ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Preview Screening Three Weeks in Advance

Advance public screenings of major blockbusters are becoming an increasingly popular option for studios and partner companies, and now Universal and Fandango are pushing the envelope further with the announcement Monday that “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will screen in 1,000 theaters on February 2, three weeks before release.

Other major releases have done one-day advance screenings prior to their nationwide release, but very few have held them so early. Warner Bros., for example, held early screenings of “Aquaman” one week before its December 21 release, and did the same for “Crazy Rich Asians” in August.

Also Read: 'Aquaman' Becomes First $1 Billion DC Film Since 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Fandango is hoping to make “HTTYD3” the first of several major films that will be available three weeks in advance for members of its VIP Rewards program. The program, which is free to join, is also offering
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Why Nicole Kidman Gambled Big to Star in Karyn Kusama’s Dark L.A. Noir ‘Destroyer’

Why Nicole Kidman Gambled Big to Star in Karyn Kusama’s Dark L.A. Noir ‘Destroyer’
Nicole Kidman puts her money where her mouth is. Always in demand, this fearless actress goes where many fear to tread. She has made it clear that when she picks her projects, half must be directed by women. Beyond that, she urges her directors to hire as many women as possible on the crew. Thus, she committed to starring in Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,” even with a meager budget of less than $9 million.

“Scripts aren’t getting better,” Kidman said. “They’re scant. I still have to find them. You don’t change the statistics by just saying it. ‘Karyn — let’s go. You get to go again!’ She’s had hits and failures. It’s easier to get behind the 25-year-olds. The female Dp, she’s gotten some work. You’ve got to allow women sometimes to come out of the gate. They have to build up experience and
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Why Nicole Kidman Gambled Big to Star in Karyn Kusama’s Dark L.A. Noir ‘Destroyer’

Why Nicole Kidman Gambled Big to Star in Karyn Kusama’s Dark L.A. Noir ‘Destroyer’
Nicole Kidman puts her money where her mouth is. Always in demand, this fearless actress goes where many fear to tread. She has made it clear that when she picks her projects, half must be directed by women. Beyond that, she urges her directors to hire as many women as possible on the crew. Thus, she committed to starring in Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,” even with a meager budget of less than $9 million.

“Scripts aren’t getting better,” Kidman said. “They’re scant. I still have to find them. You don’t change the statistics by just saying it. ‘Karyn — let’s go. You get to go again!’ She’s had hits and failures. It’s easier to get behind the 25-year-olds. The female Dp, she’s gotten some work. You’ve got to allow women sometimes to come out of gate. They have to build up experience and learn
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"Aquaman"- Undersea War

Take a look at more footage, including an extended title sequence from director James Wan's undersea adventure "Aquaman", the newest member of the billion dollar box office club, starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II:

The sixth installment in the 'DC Extended Universe', screenplay of "Aquaman" is by Will Beall...

...from a story by Wan and Geoff Johns, showcasing the title character for the third time...

...following "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016) and "Justice League" (2017).

"...'Arthur Curry', heir to the underwater kingdom of 'Atlantis', must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world..."

"Justice League was only a weekend in Arthur Curry’s life," said Jason Momoa, aka 'Arthur Curry'.

"This is a totally different beast. In 'Aquaman', you see when his parents met and what happened to them.

"Then the little
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‘Aquaman’ Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide But Loses Fourth Weekend to ‘The Upside’

Aquaman has only been in theaters around the world for over a month, but the blockbuster comic book movie has already crossed the $1 billion mark. It’s the first DC Extended Universe movie to reach that box office milestone, and it’s only the 37th film in history to cross that threshold. Who would have thought […]

The post ‘Aquaman’ Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide But Loses Fourth Weekend to ‘The Upside’ appeared first on /Film.
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‘Deadpool 2’ Secures China Release Date

  • Variety
The Merc with a Mouth is officially coming to China. Or at least, a Merc with a somewhat washed-out mouth.

Fox is releasing a PG-13 reimagining of “Deadpool 2” in the Middle Kingdom on Jan. 25, Variety has confirmed. The Mandarin Chinese title translates to “Deadpool 2: I Love My Home,” and promotional posters tout Ryan Reynolds’ masked hero coyly covering his mouth with the words “I just won’t tell you.”

A partially bowdlerized cut, titled “Once Upon a Deadpool,” was first released in December. It brought in around $6 million in the States and just under $1 million overseas during its two-week run. During its initial theatrical showing over the summer, the R-rated superhero comedy pocketed $734 million worldwide. Fox added ticket sales from “Once Upon a Deadpool” to the bounty of “Deadpool 2” so its domestic tally now stands at $324 million, along with $412 million from international markets.

It’s unclear if
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Warner Bros. Pictures’ Aquaman Swims Pass $1 Billion Mark At Worldwide Box Office

James Wan’s unstoppable and fun DC Super Hero adventure Aquaman has the #1 position in the world four weeks in a row internationally and the top spot for three weeks in North America – and has now passed the $1 billion mark around the globe. Warner Bros. Pictures’ film crossed that mark in just over one month since it reigned supreme in its first market, China. The announcement was made by Ron Sanders, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

What makes it so great – the epic score from Rupert Gregson-Williams. Check it out Here.

“We’re thrilled audiences around the world have embraced ‘Aquaman’ in such a big, big way,” said Sanders. “Jason, the filmmakers and the team at DC have delivered a film that people love, and we are so appreciative of their support.”

Wan stated, “Firstly, Massive Love and Thank You to the
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Aquaman Review – DC Goes Full Throttle, Races Past Plot

When it comes to the merging worlds of “popcorn film” and “comic book action” you have to be forgiving when the plot starts clawing its way out from under the spectacle of flash and often wacky kineticism. There’s also something to be said for allowing some leeway when it comes to fleshing out a world if you’re allowing superheroes their full due. For DC comparison, Wonder Woman manages to walk a difficult line, embracing the suspension of disbelief requirements while holding onto reality and logic. Aquaman, however, is a film that seems made by people who believe this means nothing has to make sense, and no two scenes necessarily need to be part of the same story. The tragedy is that Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and Willem Dafoe are a lot of fun to watch. Well, during the rare moments when it’s possible to stomach what you’re watching them do.
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James Wan offers his thanks after Aquaman passes $1 billion at the box office

Warner Bros.Aquaman swam past the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office this past weekend, becoming the first DC Extended Universe release to reach the milestone, and the second-highest grossing DC movie of all time behind The Dark Knight Rises (a movie it should surpass in the coming weeks).

Marking the occasion, director James Wan took to social media to offer his thanks to everyone involved with the superhero blockbuster, as well as the fans who have made it such a smash-hit success.

See Also: Aquaman director addresses Justice League’s Atlantis ‘plot hole’

A few things to say…

Firstly, this movie wouldn’t be what it is without the astonishing achievement of everyone involved, from the head of departments to every single crew member, who demanded upmost excellence in helping design and create this cinematic experience.

— James Wan (@creepypuppet) January 13, 2019

Secondly, I’ll forever be indebted to Jason
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China Box Office: ‘Bumblebee’ Leads, but Trails Previous ‘Transformers’ Films

  • Variety
Paramount’s “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee” far outstripped local competitors at China’s weekend box office to bring in $25.8 million, according to figures from consulting firm Artisan Gateway. Yet despite strong praise from audiences about the film’s more character-focused storytelling and the cuteness of its eponymous Autobot, the new origin story has still underperformed compared to the previous franchise titles directed by Michael Bay.

Imax screenings accounted for $2.5 million of “Bumblebee’s” three-day haul, bumping the film’s total Imax revenue in China up to $10 million. As of Sunday night, the Hailee Steinfeld-starring tale has grossed a cumulative $107 million in China after 10 days in theaters.

The figures make it appear unlikely that the Travis Knight-directed picture will outstrip the latest “Transformers” installments. “The Last Knight” brought in $229 million in China in 2017, while “Transformers: The Age of Extinction” grossed an even larger sum at a time when the country had fewer screens and multiplexes,
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Bo Report: Warner Bros’ ‘Aquaman’ blasts past $1 billion, despite the naysayers

Aquaman’ (Photo: Warner Bros)

Warner Bros’ Aquaman now ranks as the studio’s third highest grosser of all time after crossing the $US1 billion threshold worldwide last week the weekend.

The James Wan-directed blockbuster has amassed $1.02 billion – $257.8 million in the Us and $732.4 million internationally – trailing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s $1.3 billion and The Dark Knight Rises‘ $1.08 billion.

So what does that say about the torrent of negativity, with more than one third of the critics polled by Rotten Tomatoes giving the DC Entertainment superhero adventure rotten ratings?

Either that those critics based their reviews purely on their assessment of the film’s entertainment value/artistic merits, willfully ignoring its obvious commercial appeal – or they are lousy judges of audiences’ tastes.

On Twitter, Wan thanked everyone who has “supported this underdog. For making this non-mainstream character (and yes — with leading Poc individuals in front and behind the camera!
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‘The Upside’ Opened at #1, But $20 Million Is Low for a Kevin Hart Movie

‘The Upside’ Opened at #1, But $20 Million Is Low for a Kevin Hart Movie
The opening weekend of “The Upside,” the Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston remake of the worldwide French hit “Intouchables,” ended the three-week reign of “Aquaman.” It made just over of $20 million — besting estimates — and comes after a few weeks of controversy for Hart that suggested the long-delayed film might take a hit.

The odd-couple pairing of a wealthy and paraplegic New Yorker and the ex-con hired to care for him is a curious inverse of “Green Book.”

Initially a Weinstein film, it premiered to mixed critical response at Toronto 2017, with plans for an early 2018 opening upended by the company’s demise. Its pickup by Stx, a totally capable distributor with access to top theaters, still suggested to some a limit to its, shall we say, upside. The company has had several successes, but only one opening over $20 million. And Hart’s promo tours for the film got more attention for
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