Golden Horse Awards Ceremony Sparks Political Firestorm in China and Taiwan

A politically charged acceptance speech at the Golden Horse Awards has become a flashpoint for the escalating tensions between China and Taiwan, prompting even recently chastised megastar Fan Bingbing to chime in with her support for the Communist-rule…

A politically charged acceptance speech at the Golden Horse Awards has become a flashpoint for the escalating tensions between China and Taiwan, prompting even recently chastised megastar Fan Bingbing to chime in with her support for the Communist-ruled mainland. The controversy immediately raised questions over the future of Asia’s most prestigious awards show – the […]

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Tells Us How ‘Gemini Man’ With Will Smith Is ‘Pushing the Boundaries’

Ang Lee’s upcoming science fiction action thriller “Gemini Man” had been languishing in Hollywood development for more than two decades. But thanks to modern moviemaking technology, the film, which wrapped production in July, is finally seeing the light of day. And star Mary Elizabeth Winstead told us it could change how audiences watch movies altogether.

Winstead caught up with TheWrap over the phone while promoting her new film “All About Nina,” and talked about working with “the most wonderful person,” Will Smith, and what audiences can expect from “Gemini Man.”

“We started in February, so it was a long project, but it was really amazing,” Winstead said of filming. “It’s this big action movie, but with a heart. You know with Ang Lee directing you’re going to have some thoughtfulness behind it. Really it was a wonderful thing to be a part of.”

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Winstead stars opposite Smith as an operative tasked with surveilling Smith’s character. The film follows an aging assassin (Smith) facing off against his own clone 25 years his junior, at the peak of his abilities.

The film is being release Oct. 4, 2019 by Paramount Pictures.

Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing the film, with Don Murphy and Chad Oman serving as executive producers. The project’s storied development history includes a script for the film that first surfaced in 1997, when the project was set up at Disney as a pitch by Darren Lemke, with Murphy producing and Tony Scott directing.

However, the de-aging technology that Disney used at the time from its now defunct visual effects division The Secret Lab, wasn’t enough to get the film off the ground. Today, such CG work as been used to impressive effect in films like “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and Marvel films such as “Captain America: Civil War” and “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”

Also Read: ‘Gemini Man’: Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star Opposite Will Smith

“One of the reasons the movie is finally being made is that the technology is at a place where it’s possible to make it and to make it well,” Winstead said. “The technology is really kind of experimental in a lot of ways. I think Ang is really pushing the boundaries of filmmaking and the visuals and the experience of watching a movie.

“It’s hard for me to describe because I’m not the most tech savvy, but I think you’re going to be experiencing a completely new way of watching a movie and I’m really really excited to see the final film,” she added.

The shoot was long, taking six months. Luckily, Smith was on set, and Winstead said she never saw him aggravated, annoyed or grumpy.

“He truly is just the most wonderful, wonderful person,” Winstead said. “He was just this shinning light. He’s just so lovely and warm and so respectful — just like thankful to be there, you know. You don’t really find that in people in his position… it was a really amazing thing to witness.”

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Winstead was also recently cast as The Huntress in Warner Bros. all-female superhero team-up “Birds of Prey.” Winstead will star in that film alongside Margot Robbie and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and it’s being directed by Cathy Yan (“Dead Pigs”) from a script penned by Christina Hodson, who is also writing “Batgirl” for the studio.

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Clive Owen in Talks to Join Will Smith in Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’

Ang Lee’s upcoming science fiction action thriller “Gemini Man” had been languishing in Hollywood development for more than two decades. But thanks to modern moviemaking technology, the film, which wrapped production in July, is finally seeing the light of day. And star Mary Elizabeth Winstead told us it could change how audiences watch movies altogether.

Winstead caught up with TheWrap over the phone while promoting her new film “All About Nina,” and talked about working with “the most wonderful person,” Will Smith, and what audiences can expect from “Gemini Man.”

“We started in February, so it was a long project, but it was really amazing,” Winstead said of filming. “It’s this big action movie, but with a heart. You know with Ang Lee directing you’re going to have some thoughtfulness behind it. Really it was a wonderful thing to be a part of.”

Winstead stars opposite Smith as an operative tasked with surveilling Smith’s character. The film follows an aging assassin (Smith) facing off against his own clone 25 years his junior, at the peak of his abilities.

The film is being release Oct. 4, 2019 by Paramount Pictures.

Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing the film, with Don Murphy and Chad Oman serving as executive producers. The project’s storied development history includes a script for the film that first surfaced in 1997, when the project was set up at Disney as a pitch by Darren Lemke, with Murphy producing and Tony Scott directing.

However, the de-aging technology that Disney used at the time from its now defunct visual effects division The Secret Lab, wasn’t enough to get the film off the ground. Today, such CG work as been used to impressive effect in films like “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and Marvel films such as “Captain America: Civil War” and “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”

“One of the reasons the movie is finally being made is that the technology is at a place where it’s possible to make it and to make it well,” Winstead said. “The technology is really kind of experimental in a lot of ways. I think Ang is really pushing the boundaries of filmmaking and the visuals and the experience of watching a movie.

“It’s hard for me to describe because I’m not the most tech savvy, but I think you’re going to be experiencing a completely new way of watching a movie and I’m really really excited to see the final film,” she added.

The shoot was long, taking six months. Luckily, Smith was on set, and Winstead said she never saw him aggravated, annoyed or grumpy.

“He truly is just the most wonderful, wonderful person,” Winstead said. “He was just this shinning light. He’s just so lovely and warm and so respectful — just like thankful to be there, you know. You don’t really find that in people in his position… it was a really amazing thing to witness.”

Winstead was also recently cast as The Huntress in Warner Bros. all-female superhero team-up “Birds of Prey.” Winstead will star in that film alongside Margot Robbie and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and it’s being directed by Cathy Yan (“Dead Pigs”) from a script penned by Christina Hodson, who is also writing “Batgirl” for the studio.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Michelle Yeoh Signs Overall Deal With SK Global Labels

“Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh has entered into an overall deal with SK Global Entertainment and her label Mythical Films , the companies announced Wednesday

SK’s international shop Ivanhoe Pictures was one of the producers on last weekend’s box office winner “Crazy Rich,” a landmark in Hollywood representation and a revival of the romantic comedy genre.

Ivanhoe and its domestic counterpart in the SK Global portfolio, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, will work on “producing, directing and select acting opportunities” with Yeoh.

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“We are thrilled to be in business with such a versatile storyteller. One would be hard pressed to find a more universally loved and supremely talented global star,” SK Global president John Penotti said in a statement.

Yeoh said she’s excited to continue working with both companies  “to develop stories that bridge cultures. The success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ has shown us that there are many more wonderful stories to tell from around the globe and I am delighted to partner with this very creative and wonderful team.”

Yeoh has is the star of features like Ang Lee’s award-winning “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” winner of 4 Academy Awards, as well as the James Bond title “Tomorrow Never Dies.” She also appeared in Marvel’s recent “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Upcoming SK content includes the psychological thriller “Greta” from Neil Jordan with starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz. Additionally, the Hindi-language television series “Ghoul” will debut on Netflix on August 24 and was developed via Ivanhoe Pictures.

Yeoh is represented by David Unger at Artist International Group.

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“Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh has entered into an overall deal with SK Global Entertainment and her label Mythical Films , the companies announced Wednesday

SK’s international shop Ivanhoe Pictures was one of the producers on last weekend’s box office winner “Crazy Rich,” a landmark in Hollywood representation and a revival of the romantic comedy genre.

Ivanhoe and its domestic counterpart in the SK Global portfolio, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, will work on “producing, directing and select acting opportunities” with Yeoh.

“We are thrilled to be in business with such a versatile storyteller. One would be hard pressed to find a more universally loved and supremely talented global star,” SK Global president John Penotti said in a statement.

Yeoh said she’s excited to continue working with both companies  “to develop stories that bridge cultures. The success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ has shown us that there are many more wonderful stories to tell from around the globe and I am delighted to partner with this very creative and wonderful team.”

Yeoh has is the star of features like Ang Lee’s award-winning “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” winner of 4 Academy Awards, as well as the James Bond title “Tomorrow Never Dies.” She also appeared in Marvel’s recent “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Upcoming SK content includes the psychological thriller “Greta” from Neil Jordan with starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz. Additionally, the Hindi-language television series “Ghoul” will debut on Netflix on August 24 and was developed via Ivanhoe Pictures.

Yeoh is represented by David Unger at Artist International Group.

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ Almost Starred Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, Gus Van Sant Says

Although Ang Lee directed the 2005 film “Brokeback Mountain,” Gus Van Sant was among the directors initially approached for it — and Van Sant now recalls actors like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio turning down the roles.

“Nobody wanted to do it,” Van Sant told IndieWire. “I was working on it, and I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast. That wasn’t working out. I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillippe. They all said no.”

Of course, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal ended up starring in the film that followed the secretive relationship of two cowboys. It ended up becoming one of the most financially and critically successful LGBTQ films of all time, winning three Oscars and being nominated for four more. It grossed $178 million worldwide.

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Producers James Schamus and Diana Ossana (who also wrote the screenplay for the film) have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment, but Ossana told IndieWire that “yes, all those young gentlemen (at the time) turned down the project, for various reasons.”

Representatives for distributor Focus Features, and for Damon, Pitt, DiCaprio and Phillippe, have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

In retrospect, Van Sant says he probably should have “cast more unknowns, not worried about who were the lead actors.”

“I was not ready. I’m not sure why,” he added. “There was just sort of a hiccup on my part. There was something off with myself, I guess, whatever was going on.”

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Van Sant says he was also offered “Call Me by Your Name,” which was directed by Luca Guadagnino and starred Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet.

“I think in that case in particular … I don’t think it would have panned out the way it did if I had directed it. I think it was great,” he said. “I like the film. I think the sentimentality and the ending of the film was something that probably wasn’t in the book in the same way. It maybe was in the book, but I think that he got something really great that I think is very… I’m not sure I would have ended up in the same place, so it probably wouldn’t have done as well.”

Van Sant’s latest film, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” is playing in theaters now. Pitt and DiCaprio, of course, starred in 2015’s “The Audition” together and will next co-star in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Van Sant directed Damon in “Good Will Hunting.”

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Although Ang Lee directed the 2005 film “Brokeback Mountain,” Gus Van Sant was among the directors initially approached for it — and Van Sant now recalls actors like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio turning down the roles.

“Nobody wanted to do it,” Van Sant told IndieWire. “I was working on it, and I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast. That wasn’t working out. I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillippe. They all said no.”

Of course, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal ended up starring in the film that followed the secretive relationship of two cowboys. It ended up becoming one of the most financially and critically successful LGBTQ films of all time, winning three Oscars and being nominated for four more. It grossed $178 million worldwide.

Producers James Schamus and Diana Ossana (who also wrote the screenplay for the film) have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment, but Ossana told IndieWire that “yes, all those young gentlemen (at the time) turned down the project, for various reasons.”

Representatives for distributor Focus Features, and for Damon, Pitt, DiCaprio and Phillippe, have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

In retrospect, Van Sant says he probably should have “cast more unknowns, not worried about who were the lead actors.”

“I was not ready. I’m not sure why,” he added. “There was just sort of a hiccup on my part. There was something off with myself, I guess, whatever was going on.”

Van Sant says he was also offered “Call Me by Your Name,” which was directed by Luca Guadagnino and starred Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet.

“I think in that case in particular … I don’t think it would have panned out the way it did if I had directed it. I think it was great,” he said. “I like the film. I think the sentimentality and the ending of the film was something that probably wasn’t in the book in the same way. It maybe was in the book, but I think that he got something really great that I think is very… I’m not sure I would have ended up in the same place, so it probably wouldn’t have done as well.”

Van Sant’s latest film, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” is playing in theaters now. Pitt and DiCaprio, of course, starred in 2015’s “The Audition” together and will next co-star in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Van Sant directed Damon in “Good Will Hunting.”

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ and Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ Are Changing the Face of Digital De-Aging

The controversial CG technique will be tested next year, when younger versions of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino face off and Will Smith gets stalked by his younger clone.

Digital de-aging is Hollywood’s latest tech toy. (Think Sean Young’s Rachael replicant in the VFX Oscar-winning “Blade Runner 2049” or Kurt Russell in the Oscar-nominated “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.”) The controversial CG process faces a major test next year with Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man.”

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino face off as real life mob hitman Frank Sheeran and labor union boss Jimmy Hoffa in Scorsese’s gangster biopic, as Industrial Light & Magic digitally removes decades from their appearances for a series of flashbacks. And elite 50-year-old assassin Will Smith gets stalked by his 23-year-old clone (created by Weta Digital) in Lee’s cutting edge sci-fi thriller.

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Obviously, there’s more at stake here than the successful de-aging of Sean Young and Kurt Russell, or Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Robert Downey Jr. in “Captain America: Civil War,” and Michael Douglas in “Ant Man.” Any misstep into the Uncanny Valley could prove fatal. Then again, there’s no way Scorsese and Lee would take such risks if they weren’t confident that ILM and Weta could pull them off.

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“The time is definitely ripe to make de-aging or an older actor playing a younger one quite possible and almost undetectable to the audience,” said Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Rob Legato (“The Jungle Book, “Hugo”). “As with most things, while the technique and technology have come of age, the taste factor and choosing the right method of acquiring the underlying performance (and the performance itself) separates its believability and effectiveness.”

In “The Irishman,” Sheeran, who was allegedly involved in the death of Hoffa, looks back at his life during key moments throughout the decades. The budget has reportedly soared past $140 million, as ILM begins VFX work, with Netflix releasing the movie next year.

“Blade Runner 2049”

However, it should mark a definite improvement on ILM’s controversial de-aging of the late Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) in “Rogue One.” The circumstances here are very different, though, in which De Niro and Pacino are more actively involved in their face-mapping and ILM can better match their iconic performances from, say, “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II.” ILM can also push its evolved Oscar-winning facial performance-capture solving system more effectively in optimal lighting conditions before de-aging more believably with state-of-the-art animation tools, mixing and matching with younger body doubles.

Why not just cast younger actors? To better maintain the strong emotional connections that we have to these legendary actors. “Some of the pitfalls include trying too hard to slavishly match the look of the actor themselves to their younger version from previous films or appearances,” added Legato.

“Rogue One”

“Too many factors are at hand at any given time, including lighting, weight, health, and camera lenses etc. that determine how we look. Trying to match all new material to one look causes some unnatural alterations to the new mask, which also alters the performance. It’s hard to tell what is wrong, but we detect something is. The exciting part is a great actor can play a multitude of characters of any age or body type with the same success of Gary Oldman’s [Oscar-winning] portrayal [of Winston Churchill] in ‘The Darkest Hour.'”

Trying to Deliver the Most Convincing Digital Human

“Gemini Man,” which started out as a Disney project in the early 2000s, is analogous to the VFX Oscar winner, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” It required technology to catch up to its experiments in digital humans and fluctuations in aging. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Lee plans to shoot at 120fps/4k/stereo (minus the 3D of “Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk”).

“The clone (created through motion capture) is a major character in the film, and is present for 400-plus scenes in over half the movie, delivering full ‘in your face’ emotional performances,” said Oscar-winning production VFX supervisor Bill Westenhofer (“Life of Pi”). “Our full methodology involves a combination of scenes where Will plays his younger self wearing appropriate costumes for his body and a motion capture head rig. These scenes are done ‘on set’ and cover all of the action where young and old versions are not on screen together.

Will SmithClosing Ceremony, 70th Cannes Film Festival, France - 28 May 2017

Will Smith

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“For scenes where both are playing against each other, we have a body double for the young character. Both he and Will are filmed together on set. The geometry of the set is recreated later in a motion capture volume where Will performs the young character over again. Given the tight coupling with head and body action, we will often need to fully replace the body double with a digital version, though there will be times when we can salvage some of him and just replace the head.”

Because of the magnified, large-format scrutiny of its digital humans, “Gemini Man” requires a more complex de-aging technique than what Lola achieves with its revered 2D skin smothing and shape warping on the Marvel movies. “That’s why we are pushing the envelope as hard as we possibly can to potentially be the first to deliver a fully convincing digital human,” Westenhofer added.

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Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 Seeking $200 Million of Fresh Capital

Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 is seeking some $200 million of fresh capital. The cash is expected to be plowed in to projects as the company finally accelerates its production slate. The fundraising effort is headed by boutique investment bank Raine Group, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the news. Studio 8 is majority-owned by China’s […]

Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 is seeking some $200 million of fresh capital. The cash is expected to be plowed in to projects as the company finally accelerates its production slate. The fundraising effort is headed by boutique investment bank Raine Group, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the news. Studio 8 is majority-owned by China’s […]

Film News Roundup: Production Starts on Will Smith’s Thriller ‘Gemini Man’

In today’s film news roundup, Ang Lee starts shooting Will Smith in “Gemini Man,” “I Think We’re Alone Now” gets U.S. distribution and Liz Biber leaves Global Road. PRODUCTION STARTS Ang Lee has begun shooting on the long-delayed thriller “Gemini” Man, starring Will Smith as an elite assassin targeted and pursued by a mysterious young […]

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Clive Owen in Talks to Join Will Smith in Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’

Clive Owen is in talks to join Will Smith in Ang Lee’s upcoming clone assassin movie “Gemini Man” for Paramount and Skydance, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Owen’s role remains under wraps.

In “Gemini Man,” Smith stars as an aging assassin fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.

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Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing the film, with Don Murphy and Chad Oman serving as executive producers. The project has a storied development history and was first set up at Disney in 1997 as a pitch by Darren Lemke, with Murphy producing and Tony Scott directing.

Owen’s recent credits include “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” and the actor is coming off his two-season stint on the Cinemax drama “The Knick.”  Owen can be seen next as Claudius in Daisy Ridley’s romantic tragedy “Ophelia.”

Owen is repped by CAA.

“Gemini Man” is set to open on Oct. 4, 2019.

Variety first reported the news of Owen’s casting.

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Clive Owen is in talks to join Will Smith in Ang Lee’s upcoming clone assassin movie “Gemini Man” for Paramount and Skydance, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Owen’s role remains under wraps.

In “Gemini Man,” Smith stars as an aging assassin fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.

Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing the film, with Don Murphy and Chad Oman serving as executive producers. The project has a storied development history and was first set up at Disney in 1997 as a pitch by Darren Lemke, with Murphy producing and Tony Scott directing.

Owen’s recent credits include “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” and the actor is coming off his two-season stint on the Cinemax drama “The Knick.”  Owen can be seen next as Claudius in Daisy Ridley’s romantic tragedy “Ophelia.”

Owen is repped by CAA.

“Gemini Man” is set to open on Oct. 4, 2019.

Variety first reported the news of Owen’s casting.

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‘The Bold’ and ‘Great Buddha+’ Triumph At Golden Horse Awards

Ang Lee, Taiwan’s best known filmmaker, was on hand to give out prizes and add a sense of occasion to the annual Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. The awards are considered the most prestigious prizes of the year for Chinese-language films. In the end, Lee did not give a prize to his son Mason Lee, […]

Ang Lee, Taiwan’s best known filmmaker, was on hand to give out prizes and add a sense of occasion to the annual Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. The awards are considered the most prestigious prizes of the year for Chinese-language films. In the end, Lee did not give a prize to his son Mason Lee, […]

Cinematographer John Toll to Receive Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award

John Toll – the cinematographer best known for his collaboration with such directors as The Wachowskis, Ang Lee, Mel Gibson, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Cameron Crowe, Edward Zwick and Vince Gilligan – will be honored with the Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award during the upcoming 25th anniversary edition of the International Film Festival of the… Read more »

John Toll – the cinematographer best known for his collaboration with such directors as The Wachowskis, Ang Lee, Mel Gibson, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Cameron Crowe, Edward Zwick and Vince Gilligan – will be honored with the Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award during the upcoming 25th anniversary edition of the International Film Festival of the... Read more »

AFI Alums Pitch in for Classmate’s Movie

After three years, indie writer-director Danish Renzu and producer Tara Tucker are completing “The Illegal,” a timely film about immigrants in the U.S. The saga is a testament to the filmmakers’ perseverance — and to the power of networking while in film school. Renzu got a degree in electrical engineering from UCLA. And when he… Read more »

After three years, indie writer-director Danish Renzu and producer Tara Tucker are completing “The Illegal,” a timely film about immigrants in the U.S. The saga is a testament to the filmmakers’ perseverance — and to the power of networking while in film school. Renzu got a degree in electrical engineering from UCLA. And when he... Read more »

Will Smith In Talks To Join Ang Lee For ‘Gemini Man’

Will Smith is in talks to star in Gemini Man, a long-in-development project that has Ang Lee is in negotiations to direct. Word is that this is early days, but Lee is running into trouble getting his boxing film Thrilla in Manila off the ground, so attention is being paid elsewhere.
The Gemini Man project, from Skydance, is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and executive produced by Don Murphy. The plot centers on an assassin who faces off against himself, a clone who…

Will Smith is in talks to star in Gemini Man, a long-in-development project that has Ang Lee is in negotiations to direct. Word is that this is early days, but Lee is running into trouble getting his boxing film Thrilla in Manila off the ground, so attention is being paid elsewhere. The Gemini Man project, from Skydance, is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and executive produced by Don Murphy. The plot centers on an assassin who faces off against himself, a clone who…

‘Gemini Man’: Ang Lee Might Direct ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunner David Benioff’s Sci-Fi Script

Tony Scott and Curtis Hanson were previously attached to the project.

Here’s a pairing that probably never occurred to you: Ang Lee and David Benioff. Variety reports that the two-time Best Director winner is in talks to direct the sci-fi-action film “Gemini Man,” which has been in one stage of development or another for a full 20 years. The most recent iteration would have seen “L.A. Confidential” director Curtis Hanson working with a script from Benioff, the co-creator and -showrunner of “Game of Thrones.”

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Lee, who won the Academy Award for Best Director for both “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi,” most recently directed “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” “Gemini Man” follows an aging NSA agent whose retirement plans aren’t received well — he ends up being targeted by an assassin who just so happens to be a younger clone of himself.

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Benioff previously wrote “The 25th Hour,” later adapting his novel for Spike Lee’s celebrated film version starring Edward Norton. Negotiations for “Gemini Man” — which, back in 1997, was to be directed by the late Tony Scott — are said to be in the early stages.

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Ang Lee Eyes Sci-Fi Actioner ‘Gemini Man’ at Skydance

Ang Lee is in discussions to direct the science-fiction actioner “Gemini Man” for Skydance — a project that’s been in the works for two decades. Skydance picked up the rights to the project last year. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing and Don Murphy is executive producing. Lee’s rep stressed that the discussions are at an early… Read more »

Ang Lee is in discussions to direct the science-fiction actioner “Gemini Man” for Skydance — a project that’s been in the works for two decades. Skydance picked up the rights to the project last year. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing and Don Murphy is executive producing. Lee’s rep stressed that the discussions are at an early... Read more »

Heath Ledger Remembered in Trailer for Spike TV Documentary on Late Actor (Video)

Spike TV and Network Entertainment have released the trailer for “I Am Heath Ledger,” the new documentary exploring the life of the late actor who passed away in 2008.

Actor Ben Mendelsohn, director Ang Lee, model Christina Cauchi and Ledger’s sister Kate Ledger all pop up in the preview, praising the “Brokeback Mountain” actor.

“Heath was the most alive human,” musician Ben Harper says.

Also Read: Heath Ledger to Be Next Subject of Spike’s ‘I Am’ Documentary Series

“He wanted fame, and then when he got it, he didn’t want it,” filmmaker Matt Amato adds.

Using interviews with members of the actor’s inner circle, Derik Murray’s “I Am Heath Ledger” chronicles the late Australian actor’s life and movie career. In addition to “Brokeback Mountain,” he’s best known for playing the Joker in “The Dark Knight,” for which he won a posthumous best supporting actor Oscar.

Also Read: Heath Ledger’s Death Was ‘Totally His Fault,’ Actor’s Father Says

Ledger died in 2008 from taking a mixture of prescription drugs — he was 28.  The “10 Things I Hate About You” alum left behind a daughter, Matilda, whose mom is “Manchester by the Sea” actress Michelle Williams.

Previous subjects of “I Am” have included Chris Farley and Bruce Lee. Ledger’s episode airs on May 17 following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23. The film will also have a limited theatrical release on May 3.

Watch the trailer above.

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Spike TV and Network Entertainment have released the trailer for “I Am Heath Ledger,” the new documentary exploring the life of the late actor who passed away in 2008.

Actor Ben Mendelsohn, director Ang Lee, model Christina Cauchi and Ledger’s sister Kate Ledger all pop up in the preview, praising the “Brokeback Mountain” actor.

“Heath was the most alive human,” musician Ben Harper says.

“He wanted fame, and then when he got it, he didn’t want it,” filmmaker Matt Amato adds.

Using interviews with members of the actor’s inner circle, Derik Murray’s “I Am Heath Ledger” chronicles the late Australian actor’s life and movie career. In addition to “Brokeback Mountain,” he’s best known for playing the Joker in “The Dark Knight,” for which he won a posthumous best supporting actor Oscar.

Previous subjects of “I Am” have included Chris Farley and Bruce Lee. Ledger’s episode airs on May 17 following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23. The film will also have a limited theatrical release on May 3.

Watch the trailer above.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Naomi Watts, Gary Oldman and Ryan Murphy Named as Judges for 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship (Exclusive)

'Suicide Squad' Star Jared Leto Praises Heath Ledger's Joker: 'One of the Best Performances on Film, Period'

Heath Ledger Goes Viral 7 Years After Death for Kissing Screaming Fan on Red Carpet (Video)

‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Takes Leap Into Cinematography Technology

When Ang Lee first approached Oscar-winning cinematographer John Toll (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall,” “Cloud Atlas,” “Sense8”) with his ideas for “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Toll was somewhat skeptical. Lee felt the time was ripe for a quantum leap in filmmaking technology that would combine 4K resolution, 3D capture, and high frame rates. The… Read more »

When Ang Lee first approached Oscar-winning cinematographer John Toll (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall,” “Cloud Atlas,” “Sense8”) with his ideas for “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Toll was somewhat skeptical. Lee felt the time was ripe for a quantum leap in filmmaking technology that would combine 4K resolution, 3D capture, and high frame rates. The... Read more »

The Upshot of ‘Billy Lynn’: Movies and Virtual Reality Don’t Mix, But Shouldn’t They?

“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is the most accomplished and provocative movie in a long time that ever went down as a debacle. From the moment it premiered at the New York Film Festival in October, it has been viewed by media culture as a colossal misfire, a highbrow “Ben-Hur,” a movie no one seeking a… Read more »

“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is the most accomplished and provocative movie in a long time that ever went down as a debacle. From the moment it premiered at the New York Film Festival in October, it has been viewed by media culture as a colossal misfire, a highbrow “Ben-Hur,” a movie no one seeking a... Read more »

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Stuffs Suitcase With $75 Million on Box Office Debut

“Harry Potter” prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” met expectations on its debut weekend, easily topping the box office with $75 million.

Previous predictions for the movie were wide-ranging, as some trackers put “Potter” spinoff movie ahead of $80 million. Others pegged its three-day opening at more than $90 million. Warner Bros. expected it would safely land above $70 million.

The wizarding film starring Eddie Redmayne was produced for a reported $180 million, which will be further offset by its international opening, expected to bring in more than $100 million across 80 markets.

Also Read: Why ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Should Be a Monster Box Office Hit in China

“Fantastic Beasts” opens in China next weekend, where “Harry Potter” movies have always performed strongly.

It’s playing on 4,144 screens domestically and has a 76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. “Fantastic Beasts” also has a top-notch A CinemaScore, graded by those who screened it on opening night.

The film cast a big shadow over the weekend’s other new wide releases.

Following up its hit comedy “Bad Moms,” STX’s coming-of-age dramedy “The Edge of Seventeen” earned $4.8 million, down from previous estimates of $10 million.

Also Read: STX Finds Fast Footing: ‘Bad Moms’ Spinoffs, ‘Edge of Seventeen’ Raves and Martin Scorsese

That’s still a solid number for the warmly-reviewed film, which was made for $9 million and stars Hailee Steinfeld as a curmudgeonly high schooler with a sharp wit. Marking the directorial debut of Kelly Fremon Craig, the film has critics comparing it to John Hughes classics “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles.” It net a 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- CinemaScore.

“The Edge of Seventeen” also stars Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick, and is playing on 1,945 screens.

Open Road’s boxing drama “Bleed for This” came in much lower than initial estimates of $6 million. Playing on 1,549 screens, its ticket sales are expected to end the weekend with an estimated $3 million. It stars Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart, and has a 63 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- CinemaScore.

Also Read: ‘Edge of Seventeen’ Toronto Review: Woody Harrelson Steals Angsty High School Comedy

Tri-Star drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” distributed by Sony, expanded into 1,176 theaters this weekend following a mostly sold-out limited Los Angeles and New York opening. Ang Lee’s high-tech film, shot at 120 frames per second, hasn’t gotten great reviews and currently sits at 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s now expected to gross less than $2 million.

However, it’s not all bad news for the film, as it made $11.8 million in China last weekend.

Returning to “Fantastic Beasts,” given its new story and timeline within J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, the title has been something of a box office question mark — especially in predicting how it will stack up against the “Harry Potter” movies.

On the low end: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” opened to $77.1 million in 2007 and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” bowed to $77.8 million in 2009.

Also Read: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Keeps Magical World Alive in London

By comparison, the biggest debut of the original series came in 2011 with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” which grossed $169.2 million on its opening and went on to earn $1.34 billion worldwide to become the eighth highest grossing film of all time, just behind 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“Fantastic Beasts,” directed by David Yates, is expanding from a three-movie franchise to five, author and screenwriter Rowling announced last month.

Set in the same universe as “Harry Potter,” the inaugural “Fantastic Beasts” movie takes place in 1920s New York and stars Redmayne as a British “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander who travels across the pond to hunt for magical creatures.

Also Read: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Points Wand at $75 Million Debut, Lower Than All ‘Harry Potter’ Movies

Newt arrives in New York, as Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) investigates a collapsed building destroyed by a magical creature. The film opens with several newspaper headlines about Grindelwald attacking wizards.

Farrell and Redmayne are joined onscreen by Katherine Waterston, Jon Voight, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol.

Also Read: 7 Things We Know About JK Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ (Photos)

Yates directed the last four “Harry Potter” films.

The already green-lit second film in the “Fantastic Beasts” series will be set in another major world city with different magical creatures.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is based on the Rowling book of the same name, which was a mock textbook about magical creatures. In the “Harry Potter” series, the book is required reading for Hogwarts students.

Related stories from TheWrap:

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‘Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them’ Is a ‘Truly Magical Experience’ and 8 Other Enchanted Reviews

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Does ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

“Harry Potter” prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” met expectations on its debut weekend, easily topping the box office with $75 million.

Previous predictions for the movie were wide-ranging, as some trackers put “Potter” spinoff movie ahead of $80 million. Others pegged its three-day opening at more than $90 million. Warner Bros. expected it would safely land above $70 million.

The wizarding film starring Eddie Redmayne was produced for a reported $180 million, which will be further offset by its international opening, expected to bring in more than $100 million across 80 markets.

“Fantastic Beasts” opens in China next weekend, where “Harry Potter” movies have always performed strongly.

It’s playing on 4,144 screens domestically and has a 76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. “Fantastic Beasts” also has a top-notch A CinemaScore, graded by those who screened it on opening night.

The film cast a big shadow over the weekend’s other new wide releases.

Following up its hit comedy “Bad Moms,” STX’s coming-of-age dramedy “The Edge of Seventeen” earned $4.8 million, down from previous estimates of $10 million.

That’s still a solid number for the warmly-reviewed film, which was made for $9 million and stars Hailee Steinfeld as a curmudgeonly high schooler with a sharp wit. Marking the directorial debut of Kelly Fremon Craig, the film has critics comparing it to John Hughes classics “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles.” It net a 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- CinemaScore.

“The Edge of Seventeen” also stars Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick, and is playing on 1,945 screens.

Open Road’s boxing drama “Bleed for This” came in much lower than initial estimates of $6 million. Playing on 1,549 screens, its ticket sales are expected to end the weekend with an estimated $3 million. It stars Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart, and has a 63 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- CinemaScore.

Tri-Star drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” distributed by Sony, expanded into 1,176 theaters this weekend following a mostly sold-out limited Los Angeles and New York opening. Ang Lee’s high-tech film, shot at 120 frames per second, hasn’t gotten great reviews and currently sits at 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s now expected to gross less than $2 million.

However, it’s not all bad news for the film, as it made $11.8 million in China last weekend.

Returning to “Fantastic Beasts,” given its new story and timeline within J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, the title has been something of a box office question mark — especially in predicting how it will stack up against the “Harry Potter” movies.

On the low end: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” opened to $77.1 million in 2007 and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” bowed to $77.8 million in 2009.

By comparison, the biggest debut of the original series came in 2011 with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” which grossed $169.2 million on its opening and went on to earn $1.34 billion worldwide to become the eighth highest grossing film of all time, just behind 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“Fantastic Beasts,” directed by David Yates, is expanding from a three-movie franchise to five, author and screenwriter Rowling announced last month.

Set in the same universe as “Harry Potter,” the inaugural “Fantastic Beasts” movie takes place in 1920s New York and stars Redmayne as a British “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander who travels across the pond to hunt for magical creatures.

Newt arrives in New York, as Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) investigates a collapsed building destroyed by a magical creature. The film opens with several newspaper headlines about Grindelwald attacking wizards.

Farrell and Redmayne are joined onscreen by Katherine Waterston, Jon Voight, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol.

Yates directed the last four “Harry Potter” films.

The already green-lit second film in the “Fantastic Beasts” series will be set in another major world city with different magical creatures.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is based on the Rowling book of the same name, which was a mock textbook about magical creatures. In the “Harry Potter” series, the book is required reading for Hogwarts students.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'Fantastic Beasts' to Bag Big $76 Million at the Box Office

'Fantastic Beasts' Enchants Thursday Box Office With $8.75 Million

Eddie Redmayne Smuggles Some 'Fantastic Beasts' Past TSA Agent James Corden (Video)

'Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them' Is a 'Truly Magical Experience' and 8 Other Enchanted Reviews

'Fantastic Beasts' Review: JK Rowling Reveals She's a Creature of Habit

Does 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' Have a Post-Credits Scene?

‘Fantastic Beasts’ to Bag Big $76 Million at the Box Office

“Harry Potter” spinoff movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” earned $29.7 million on Friday, and is now on track to end its debut weekend with more than $76 million.

Previous predictions for the movie were wide ranging, as some trackers were saying the “Potter” prequel would debut north of $80 million. Others pegged its three-day opening at higher than $90 million. Meanwhile Warner Bros. was expecting it would safety land above $70 million.

The numbers are in favor of the film, which was produced for a reported $180 million — especially considering its international opening, expected to bring in more than $100 million across 80 markets.

Also Read: Why ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Should Be a Monster Box Office Hit in China

“Fantastic Beasts” opens in China next weekend, where “Harry Potter” movies have always performed strongly,.

It’s playing on 4,144 screens domestically, with a 76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It also has a spectacular A CinemaScore, graded by those who saw it on opening night.

The film is casting a big shadow over the weekend’s other new wide releases.

Following up its hit comedy “Bad Moms,” STX’s coming-of-age dramedy “The Edge of Seventeen” earned $1.7 million on Friday and is now expected to come in under $6 million, down from previous estimates of $10 million.

Also Read: STX Finds Fast Footing: ‘Bad Moms’ Spinoffs, ‘Edge of Seventeen’ Raves and Martin Scorsese

That’s still a solid number for the warmly-reviewed film, which was made for $9 million and stars Hailee Steinfeld as a curmudgeonly high schooler with a sharp wit. Marking the directorial debut of Kelly Fremon Craig, the film has critics comparing it to John Hughes classics “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles,” netting it a 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- CinemaScore.

“The Edge of Seventeen” also stars Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick, and is playing on 1,945 screens.

Open Road’s boxing drama “Bleed for This” is coming in much lower than initial estimates of $6 million. Playing on 1,549 screens, it’ll now be lucky if it makes $3 million. It stars Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart, and has a 63 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- CinemaScore.

Also Read: ‘Edge of Seventeen’ Toronto Review: Woody Harrelson Steals Angsty High School Comedy

Tri-Star drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” distributed by Sony, expanded into 1,176 theaters this weekend following a mostly sold-out limited Los Angeles and New York opening. Ang Lee’s high-tech film, shot at 120 frames per second, hasn’t gotten great reviews, currently sitting at 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s now expected to gross less than $2 million.

However, it’s not all bad news for the film as it made $11.8 million in China last weekend.

Returning to “Fantastic Beasts,” given its new story and timeline within J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, the title has been something of a box office question mark — especially in predicting how it will stack up against the “Harry Potter” movies. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” opened to $77.1 million in 2007 and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” bowed to $77.8 million in 2009.

Also Read: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Keeps Magical World Alive in London

By comparison, the biggest debut of the original series came in 2011 with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” which grossed $169.2 million on its opening and went on to earn $1.34 billion worldwide to become the eighth highest grossing film of all time, just behind 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“Fantastic Beasts,” directed by David Yates, will expand from a three-movie franchise to five, author and screenwriter Rowling announced last month.

Set in the same universe as “Harry Potter,” the inaugural “Fantastic Beasts” movie takes place in 1920s New York and stars Eddie Redmayne as a British “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander who travels across the pond to hunt for magical creatures.

Also Read: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Points Wand at $75 Million Debut, Lower Than All ‘Harry Potter’ Movies

Some characters from the “Harry Potter” films will be featured in the new movie, including Aldus Dumbledore, Grendel and Gellert Grindelwald.

Newt arrives in New York as Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) investigates a collapsed building destroyed by a magical creature. The film opens with several newspaper headlines about Grindelwald attacking wizards.

Farrell and Redmayne are joined onscreen by Katherine Waterston, Jon Voight, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol.

Also Read: 7 Things We Know About JK Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ (Photos)

Yates directed the last four “Harry Potter” films.

The already green-lit second film in the “Fantastic Beasts” series will be set in another major world city with different magical creatures.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is based on the Rowling book of the same name, which was a mock textbook about magical creatures. In the “Harry Potter” series, the book is required reading for Hogwarts students.

Related stories from TheWrap:

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Enchants Thursday Box Office With $8.75 Million

Eddie Redmayne Smuggles Some ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Past TSA Agent James Corden (Video)

‘Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them’ Is a ‘Truly Magical Experience’ and 8 Other Enchanted Reviews

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Review: JK Rowling Reveals She’s a Creature of Habit

“Harry Potter” spinoff movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” earned $29.7 million on Friday, and is now on track to end its debut weekend with more than $76 million.

Previous predictions for the movie were wide ranging, as some trackers were saying the “Potter” prequel would debut north of $80 million. Others pegged its three-day opening at higher than $90 million. Meanwhile Warner Bros. was expecting it would safety land above $70 million.

The numbers are in favor of the film, which was produced for a reported $180 million — especially considering its international opening, expected to bring in more than $100 million across 80 markets.

“Fantastic Beasts” opens in China next weekend, where “Harry Potter” movies have always performed strongly,.

It’s playing on 4,144 screens domestically, with a 76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It also has a spectacular A CinemaScore, graded by those who saw it on opening night.

The film is casting a big shadow over the weekend’s other new wide releases.

Following up its hit comedy “Bad Moms,” STX’s coming-of-age dramedy “The Edge of Seventeen” earned $1.7 million on Friday and is now expected to come in under $6 million, down from previous estimates of $10 million.

That’s still a solid number for the warmly-reviewed film, which was made for $9 million and stars Hailee Steinfeld as a curmudgeonly high schooler with a sharp wit. Marking the directorial debut of Kelly Fremon Craig, the film has critics comparing it to John Hughes classics “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles,” netting it a 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- CinemaScore.

“The Edge of Seventeen” also stars Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick, and is playing on 1,945 screens.

Open Road’s boxing drama “Bleed for This” is coming in much lower than initial estimates of $6 million. Playing on 1,549 screens, it’ll now be lucky if it makes $3 million. It stars Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart, and has a 63 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- CinemaScore.

Tri-Star drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” distributed by Sony, expanded into 1,176 theaters this weekend following a mostly sold-out limited Los Angeles and New York opening. Ang Lee’s high-tech film, shot at 120 frames per second, hasn’t gotten great reviews, currently sitting at 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s now expected to gross less than $2 million.

However, it’s not all bad news for the film as it made $11.8 million in China last weekend.

Returning to “Fantastic Beasts,” given its new story and timeline within J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, the title has been something of a box office question mark — especially in predicting how it will stack up against the “Harry Potter” movies. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” opened to $77.1 million in 2007 and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” bowed to $77.8 million in 2009.

By comparison, the biggest debut of the original series came in 2011 with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” which grossed $169.2 million on its opening and went on to earn $1.34 billion worldwide to become the eighth highest grossing film of all time, just behind 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“Fantastic Beasts,” directed by David Yates, will expand from a three-movie franchise to five, author and screenwriter Rowling announced last month.

Set in the same universe as “Harry Potter,” the inaugural “Fantastic Beasts” movie takes place in 1920s New York and stars Eddie Redmayne as a British “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander who travels across the pond to hunt for magical creatures.

Some characters from the “Harry Potter” films will be featured in the new movie, including Aldus Dumbledore, Grendel and Gellert Grindelwald.

Newt arrives in New York as Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) investigates a collapsed building destroyed by a magical creature. The film opens with several newspaper headlines about Grindelwald attacking wizards.

Farrell and Redmayne are joined onscreen by Katherine Waterston, Jon Voight, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol.

Yates directed the last four “Harry Potter” films.

The already green-lit second film in the “Fantastic Beasts” series will be set in another major world city with different magical creatures.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is based on the Rowling book of the same name, which was a mock textbook about magical creatures. In the “Harry Potter” series, the book is required reading for Hogwarts students.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'Fantastic Beasts' Enchants Thursday Box Office With $8.75 Million

Eddie Redmayne Smuggles Some 'Fantastic Beasts' Past TSA Agent James Corden (Video)

'Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them' Is a 'Truly Magical Experience' and 8 Other Enchanted Reviews

'Fantastic Beasts' Review: JK Rowling Reveals She's a Creature of Habit

‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ DP on Challenges of Shooting in High-Definition 3D

At the New York Film Festival premiere of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” director Ang Lee told audiences to think of his film as an experiment. Shot in a revolutionary new format —stereoscopic 3D, using hi-def 4K digital cameras, at 120 frames per second — the picture was made on a tight 48-day schedule that… Read more »

At the New York Film Festival premiere of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” director Ang Lee told audiences to think of his film as an experiment. Shot in a revolutionary new format —stereoscopic 3D, using hi-def 4K digital cameras, at 120 frames per second — the picture was made on a tight 48-day schedule that... Read more »

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Set for Big Box Office Debut, But How Big?

Box office predictions for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” are all over the place as the hotly anticipated “Harry Potter” spinoff movie finally hits theaters this weekend.

All predictions are high, but some trackers are saying the film will debut north of $80 million. Others are pegging its three-day opening at higher than $90 million. Meanwhile Warner Bros. is expecting it’ll safety land higher than $70 million.

Whatever the movie opens to, the numbers are clearly in favor for the film which was produced for a reported $180 million — especially factoring in its international opening, expected to gross more than $100 million in 80 markets.

Also Read: Why ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Should Be a Monster Box Office Hit in China

It opens in China the following weekend, where “Harry Potter” movies have always performed strongly.

It’s set to open on more than 4,000 screens domestically and has a glowing 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Fantastic Beasts” will cast a big shadow over the weekend’s other new wide releases. Still, they’re shaping nicely for the most part.

Also Read: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Review: JK Rowling Reveals She’s a Creature of Habit

Following up its hit comedy “Bad Moms,” STX coming-of-age dramedy “The Edge of Seventeen” should open to roughly $10 million. That’s a solid number for the warmly-reviewed film, made for $9 million, starring Hailee Steinfeld as a curmudgeonly high schooler with a sharp wit. Representing the directorial debut of Kelly Fremon Craig, the film has critics comparing it to John Hughes classics “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles.” It currently has a 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The Edge of Seventeen” also stars Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick and is set to play on more than 1,900 screens.

Also Read: ‘Edge of Seventeen’ Toronto Review: Woody Harrelson Steals Angsty High School Comedy

Open Road’s boxing drama “Bleed for This” is set to gross roughly $6 million from more than 2,000 screens. It stars Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart and currently has a solid 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Tri-Star drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” being distributed by Sony, expands into 1,100 theaters this weekend following a mostly sold out limited Los Angeles and New York opening. Ang Lee’s high-tech film, shot in 120 frames per second, hasn’t gotten great reviews — currently 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s expected to gross roughly $5 million.

Also Read: Johnny Depp Cast in JK Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel

However, it’s not all bad news for the film as it made $11.8 million in China last weekend.
Back to “Fantastic Beasts”: Seeing as it’s a different story and timeline within J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, the title has been something of a box office question mark — especially in determining how it will stack up against the “Harry Potter” movies.
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” opened to $77.1 million in 2007 and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” bowed to $77.8 million in 2009.

By comparison, the biggest debut of the past series came in 2011 with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” which grossed $169.2 million on its opening and went on to earn $1.34 billion worldwide to become the eighth highest grossing film of all time, just behind 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Also Read: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Points Wand at $75 Million Debut, Lower Than All ‘Harry Potter’ Movies

“Fantastic Beasts” was directed by David Yates, will expand from a three-movie franchise to five, author and screenwriter Rowling announced last month.

Set in the same universe as “Harry Potter,” the inaugural “Fantastic Beasts” movie takes place in 1920s New York and stars Eddie Redmayne as a British “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander who travels across the pond to hunt for magical creatures.

Some characters from the “Harry Potter” films will be featured in the new movie, including Aldus Dumbledore, Grendel and Gellert Grindelwald.

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Newt arrives in New York as Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) investigates a collapsed building destroyed by a magical creature. The film opens with several newspaper headlines about Grindelwald attacking wizards.

Farrell and Redmayne are joined onscreen by Katherine Waterston, Jon Voight, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol.

Yates directed the last four “Harry Potter” films.

The already green-lit second film in the “Fantastic Beasts” series will be set in another major world city with different magical creatures.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is based on a book of the same name by Rowling, which was a mock textbook about magical creatures. In the “Harry Potter” series, the book is required reading for Hogwarts students.

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Box office predictions for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” are all over the place as the hotly anticipated “Harry Potter” spinoff movie finally hits theaters this weekend.

All predictions are high, but some trackers are saying the film will debut north of $80 million. Others are pegging its three-day opening at higher than $90 million. Meanwhile Warner Bros. is expecting it’ll safety land higher than $70 million.

Whatever the movie opens to, the numbers are clearly in favor for the film which was produced for a reported $180 million — especially factoring in its international opening, expected to gross more than $100 million in 80 markets.

It opens in China the following weekend, where “Harry Potter” movies have always performed strongly.

It’s set to open on more than 4,000 screens domestically and has a glowing 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Fantastic Beasts” will cast a big shadow over the weekend’s other new wide releases. Still, they’re shaping nicely for the most part.

Following up its hit comedy “Bad Moms,” STX coming-of-age dramedy “The Edge of Seventeen” should open to roughly $10 million. That’s a solid number for the warmly-reviewed film, made for $9 million, starring Hailee Steinfeld as a curmudgeonly high schooler with a sharp wit. Representing the directorial debut of Kelly Fremon Craig, the film has critics comparing it to John Hughes classics “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles.” It currently has a 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The Edge of Seventeen” also stars Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick and is set to play on more than 1,900 screens.

Open Road’s boxing drama “Bleed for This” is set to gross roughly $6 million from more than 2,000 screens. It stars Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart and currently has a solid 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Tri-Star drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” being distributed by Sony, expands into 1,100 theaters this weekend following a mostly sold out limited Los Angeles and New York opening. Ang Lee’s high-tech film, shot in 120 frames per second, hasn’t gotten great reviews — currently 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s expected to gross roughly $5 million.

However, it’s not all bad news for the film as it made $11.8 million in China last weekend.
Back to “Fantastic Beasts”: Seeing as it’s a different story and timeline within J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, the title has been something of a box office question mark — especially in determining how it will stack up against the “Harry Potter” movies.
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” opened to $77.1 million in 2007 and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” bowed to $77.8 million in 2009.

By comparison, the biggest debut of the past series came in 2011 with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” which grossed $169.2 million on its opening and went on to earn $1.34 billion worldwide to become the eighth highest grossing film of all time, just behind 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“Fantastic Beasts” was directed by David Yates, will expand from a three-movie franchise to five, author and screenwriter Rowling announced last month.

Set in the same universe as “Harry Potter,” the inaugural “Fantastic Beasts” movie takes place in 1920s New York and stars Eddie Redmayne as a British “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander who travels across the pond to hunt for magical creatures.

Some characters from the “Harry Potter” films will be featured in the new movie, including Aldus Dumbledore, Grendel and Gellert Grindelwald.

Newt arrives in New York as Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) investigates a collapsed building destroyed by a magical creature. The film opens with several newspaper headlines about Grindelwald attacking wizards.

Farrell and Redmayne are joined onscreen by Katherine Waterston, Jon Voight, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol.

Yates directed the last four “Harry Potter” films.

The already green-lit second film in the “Fantastic Beasts” series will be set in another major world city with different magical creatures.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is based on a book of the same name by Rowling, which was a mock textbook about magical creatures. In the “Harry Potter” series, the book is required reading for Hogwarts students.

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