A look at the big winners and losers emerging from the Oscar-launching film festival.
Warner Bros. has optioned the film rights to Funko, the toy company that specializes in the collectible Funko Pop! figurines and bobblehead dolls, and Warner Animation is planning to develop and produce an animated feature film based on the toys, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.Funko has a long history of licensing pop culture characters, creating thousands of toy action figures across dozens of toy lines. They’re arguably most famous for their Pop! figures, which all share the distinctive blocky heads and round, dark eyes and have become a craze in recent years for collectors.The company also has a rich relationship with Warner Bros., having licensed brands and franchises such as Harry Potter, Batman and many more.Also Read: New 'Flintstones' Series in Development From Warner Bros Animation, Elizabeth BanksTeddy Newton, an Oscar-nominee for the Pixar short “Day and Night,” and Mark Dindal, a Disney animation veteran, are both working on the story for the film. Allison Abbate, executive vice president of Warner Animation Group, will manage the partnership on behalf of the studio.Warner Animation has had great success with the pop cultural brand mash-ups found in the “Lego Movie” films and their spinoffs. Up next the studio has “Scoob,” “Space Jam 2” and “Tom & Jerry” all on their release slate.News of the Funko film was first reported by Deadline.Read original story Funko Toys to Become Animated Movie at Warner Bros. At TheWrap
Secret "Jurassic" sequel released on YouTube features dueling dinosaurs and a family in peril.
Taika Waititi’s "Jojo Rabbit" has won the coveted People's Choice Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The honor positions the film for a potential Oscar run and bolsters its awards chances. That's good news for Fox Searchlight, which must have been disappointed by the lackluster critical reception for the movie, a dark comedy […]
"Hustlers" rolled in the Benjamins this weekend, collecting $33.2 million when it debuted in 3,250 North American theaters. Boosted by rave reviews and stellar word of mouth, "Hustlers" beat expectations and now ranks as the best start for an STX film, along with the biggest live-action opening weekend for stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. […]
As Jamie Lee Curtis picked up her first trophy ever at the 45th Annual Saturn Awards Friday night, she had a good luck charm on her arm: former manager Chuck Binder, whom she said was the reason she became an actor. “I was in college and had no thought of being an actor,” Curtis told […]
STX is making it rain at the box office with “Hustlers,” the Lorene Scafaria crime film that will set a new opening weekend record for the studio. After making $13.1 million from 3,250 screens on Friday, the movie is now estimated to earn an opening weekend of $32 million.That beats the expectations set for “Hustlers” prior to the weekend, as trackers had it earning a $25-28 million opening. Even if current estimates had fallen in that range, it still would have topped the STX opening record set by 2016’s “Bad Moms” with $23.8 million.Also Read: Why STX Entertainment Needs a Score With 'Hustlers'It’s also the best live-action box office opening ever for its star, Jennifer Lopez, topping the $23 million opening earned by the 2005 comedy “Monster-in-Law.” J-Lo had a big hand in building the word of mouth that brought “Hustlers” this financial success. Critics who saw the film at its Toronto premiere singled her out for praise, calling her performance as a mother figure and scam artist the best of her career. Reviews have been strong with an 88% score on Rotten Tomatoes, while audience scores are solid with 3.5/5 on Postrak.“Hustlers” is No. 2 on the charts this weekend, as “It: Chapter Two” takes No. 1 again with an estimated $40.4 million second weekend. That’s a 56% drop from the film’s $91 million opening and would give the horror sequel a 10-day total of $153.5 million. While that’s 30% behind the $213 million 1o-day total of the first “It,” it’s still a big success for Warner Bros. and New Line given the film’s $70 million budget.Not so great for Warner Bros. is “The Goldfinch,” the adaptation of Donna Tartt’s acclaimed novel. Like “Hustlers,” the film premiered at Toronto hoping to gain some awards buzz, but critics have panned the film with a 24% Rotten Tomatoes score. Now, after making just $870,000 on Friday, “The Goldfinch” is on track to becoming one of the biggest bombs of 2019 with an opening weekend of just $2.5 million against a reported $45 million budget.Read original story ‘Hustlers’ to Set New STX Box Office Record While ‘The Goldfinch’ Crashes At TheWrap
Don't be alarmed if you see Pennywise the clown on the highway – it's just Andrew Johnson's jeep inspired by the movie "It."
The trifecta of high-profile film festivals in Venice, Telluride and Toronto have kicked the 2020 Oscar race into full gear. Here are the movies and performances that could be on the fast track to the Academy Awards.
Director James Gunn officially reveals his huge ensemble cast for 2021's "The Suicide Squad," warning fans not to "get too attached."
MoviePass, the long-struggling theater subscription service, finally appears to be down for the count. On Friday, MoviePass notified remaining subscribers that it would be shutting down the service effective Sept. 14, 2019, because "its efforts to recapitalize MoviePass have not been successful to date," parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics announced. "The company is continuing […]
Disney is warming the hearts of "Frozen" fans with details about a new land, based on the 2013 movie, planned for Disneyland Paris.
Nick Jonas plays one of the soldiers who took to the skies to fight for their country in Roland Emmerich’s “Midway,” and leaps into a cockpit of a plane and fires on enemy fighters in the film’s new trailer.This is just one moment of a colorful, explosive and intense new trailer for Emmerich’s war epic, which chronicles the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and the build-up to the Battle of Midway. American soldiers faced imposing odds against a Japanese naval fleet waiting off the coast, and Emmerich’s film examines the heroics that helped shift the tide of World War II and led to America’s involvement in the war.“We’re talking about a couple of planes against an all Japanese fleet. This isn’t a fair fight,” a soldier played by Ed Skrein says in the trailer. “If you know that people came through when people are counting on you, you’ll be able to face anything.”Also Read: Nick and Kevin Jonas Reveal Cops Were Called on Joe's Bachelor Party 3 Times in One Night (Video)“Midway” boasts a massive cast as large as its history. Jonas and Skrein star alongside Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Luke Kleintank, Darren Criss, Keean Johnson, Dennis Quaid and Woody Harrelson.Lionsgate is releasing Emmerich’s next film this Veteran’s Day weekend on Nov. 8.Watch the new trailer for “Midway” above.Read original story Nick Jonas Takes Down an Enemy Plane in Intense New ‘Midway’ Trailer (Video) At TheWrap
EXCLUSIVE: Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) is set to star opposite Olivia Holt in Freeform's new holiday movie Turkey Drop, from Muse Entertainment. Production began this week on the holiday feature, which is set to premiere Saturday, November 23 at 9 PM ET during Freeform's Kickoff to Christmas programming block. It follows Lucy Jacobs (Holt), […]
"Harriet" director Kasi Lemmons and stars Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn and Jennifer Nettles talk about their new Harriet Tubman biopic — and why it took so long.
The PAC Dance Team at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Ariz., performed an epic dance with an "Avengers" theme at their homecoming pep rally.