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'Justice League' Stumbles in Domestic Debut as 'Wonder' Delivers Wondrous Results

19/11/2017

Warner Bros. and DC Comics' Justice League struggled compared to expectations as it failed to top $100 million over the course of its three-day weekend. Meanwhile, it was Lionsgate's Wonder that captured audience attention, debuting with an

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Weekend #1 Up for Grabs after Record September at the Box Office Comes to an End

01-10-2017

As a record September comes to an end, it's a race for number one with three films separated by a mere $310k. Based on estimates, it's a return to #1 for WB and New Line's It, but hot on its heels is Universal's American Made along with Fox

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'War for the Planet of the Apes': Nods to the 1968 Original You May Have Missed

15-07-2017

This story contains spoilers for War for the Planet of the Apes] War for the Planet of the Apes is here to wrap up the trilogy started in 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but in many ways the latest entry in the decades-old franchi

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‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Alum Leah Block Rips ‘Trashy’ Show Amid Production Shutdown

13-06-2017

“Bachelor in Paradise” is trash — at least, so says a former contestant on the ABC reality series. “Bachelor” alum Leah Block, who appeared on “Bachelor in Paradise” last year, ripped into the series on Monday, following news

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Hailee Steinfeld Eyes Transformers Spinoff Bumblebee

01-06-2017

Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to star in Paramount’s “Bumblebee,” the first spin-off in the newly created “Transformers” universe for the studio. Laika CEO Travis Knight will be making his directorial debut on the pic. While

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Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Blasts Past ‘Guardians 2’ With $40.2 Million

20-05-2017

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has been the No. 1 movie in America for the past two weekends straight, but Ridley Scott seems poised to take the wheel away from captain James Gunn. That’s because Fox’s “Alien: Covenant” is on

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'Fate of the Furious' Debuts with Record International and Worldwide Opening Weekend

16-04-2017

It was close, but just by a hair Universal's The Fate of the Furious topped $100 million at the domestic box office, leading the Easter weekend charge and becoming the second 2017 release to top the century mark over its three-day opening.

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Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Blocks Trio of Newcomers to Win Friday

19-02-2017

In its second frame, “The Lego Batman Movie” knocked down fresh films “The Great Wall,” “Fist Fight” and “A Cure For Wellness” to win the Friday box office. Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment’s animated adventu

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‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Westworld,’ and ‘Beyonce’ Among Art Directors Guild Winners

12-02-2017

“Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” and “Passengers” won the top feature film awards at Saturday’s Art Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. “Hidden Figures” won the prize for best period film, while “La La Land” and

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Matthew McConaughey to Star in Harmony Korine’s ‘The Beach Bum’

07-02-2017

Matthew McConaughey, who won an Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club,” will star in comedy “The Beach Bum,” which Harmony Korine (“Spring Breakers”) will write and direct. Rocket Science will handle international sales commencing at th

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‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Title Announced

23-01-2017

The title for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” has finally been revealed. Disney annouced on Monday that the next chapter in the space opera saga will be named “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” “The Last Jedi,” written and directed by

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‘Doll Squad’ and ‘Batman’ Actress Francine York Dies at 80

06-01-2017

Actress Francine York, who had more than 150 television and film credits, died Friday in Van Nuys, Calif., She was 80 and had cancer, according to her close friend Pepper Jay. York once declared the 1973 cult film “The Doll Squad” he

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Jimmy Kimmel To Host The Oscars

05-12-2016

It was one of the worst-kept yet longest-gestating secrets that Jimmy Kimmel would host the 2017 Oscars. Now it’s official, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has selected the ABC late-night host to top the show. Kimmel host

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'Doctor Strange' Repeats, Contributing to Disney's Record 2016, as 'Arrival' Debuts with $24M

13-11-2016

Disney continued its record-breaking year this weekend as 2016 became the studio's best year at the domestic box office ever. Contributing to that success, of course, is the studio's latest Marvel Studios release, Doctor Strange, which led

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Box Office: Tom Hanks’ ‘Inferno’ Faces Frightful Competition From ‘Madea’ After $5.6 Million Friday

29-10-2016

Inferno” is burning out during its opening weekend, after making $5.6 million at 3,576 locations on Friday. Sony’s third adaptation of Dan Brown’s book series, following “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons,” should unc

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Clint Eastwood to Direct Movie About Kidnapped Aid Worker Jessica Buchanan

10-10-2016

Clint Eastwood has set his sights on directing a movie about the kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Warner Bros. has optioned the rights to Buchanan and her husband’s

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Will Ferrell Quits Sebastián Silva’s ‘Captain Dad’ Days Prior to Shooting

18-09-2016

Sebastián Silva’s followup to his 2015 drama “Nasty Baby,” “Captain Dad,” chronicles a family vacation gone awry when plans don’t go as scheduled. Now it’s looking like that same premise is happening in real life for the Chil

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Box Office: ‘Don’t Breathe’ Smothers Newcomers With $4.2 Million Friday

03-09-2016

In what is proving to be a sleepy Labor Day weekend at the box office, “Don’t Breathe” continues to dominate with $4.2 million at 3,051 locations on Friday. The film, which carries a price tag below $10 million, is heading for a $15 m

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‘Don’t Breathe’ Can Exhale, on Track to Double Expectations With $22 Million Opening

27-08-2016

After three straight weekends at No. 1, Warner Bros. comic book hit “Suicide Squad” is finally going down — and landing harder than initially expected. Screen Gems and Stage 6 Films horror thriller “Don’t Breathe” has gained a h

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Box Office: ‘Suicide Squad’ Scores Nearly $30 Million Internationally in Two Days

05-08-2016

Warner Bros.’ tentpole “Suicide Squad” has grossed $29.6 million in 40 international markets in its first two days — portending an opening weekend of at least $100 million. The supervillain mashup opened in first place in 33 terr

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'Star Trek Beyond' Debuts at #1, 'Lights Out' Opens Strong and 'Ice Age 5' Bombs

24-07-2016

Topped by Star Trek Beyond, five films grossed over $20 million this weekend for the first time since May 24, 2015 and for only the sixth time ever*. In the five previous instances $45.6 million was the largest gross for the #1 film when Mo

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Box Office: ‘Ghostbusters’ Trails ‘Secret Life of Pets’ with $46.5 Million Weekend

06-07-2016

The rebooted “Ghostbusters” is launching with a respectable $46.5 million opening weekend at 3,963 locations, trailing “The Secret Life of Pets” for the top spot at the U.S. box office, Saturday estimates showed. Illumination-Uni

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‘Warcraft’ Heading for $30 Million-Plus Overseas Launch

28-05-2016

Legendary-Universal’s “Warcraft” is opening impressively internationally, heading for more than $30 million in 20 markets in its first weekend — two weeks ahead of launches in China and the United States. The box office total as

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Amazon Buys ‘The Dressmaker’ With Kate Winslet

18-09-2016

Amazon Studios has bought domestic rights to “The Dressmaker” with Kate Winslet, Variety has learned. The adaptation of the Rosalie Ham novel screened at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and was a box office smash in Australia. Th

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'Jungle Book' Repeats, 'Huntsman' Falls On His Axe and 'Zootopia' Tops $900M Worldwide

24-04-2016

The Jungle Book remained in first place in its second weekend by a large margin over the weekend runner up as it tripled the opening weekend for Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War. Meanwhile, Pantelion's Compadres finished among the wee

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‘Jungle Book’ Goes Wild With $87M to $88M; ‘Barbershop’ Snips $19.4M; ‘Criminal’ Handcuffed — Box Office Saturday Am

16-04-2016

1st Writethru Sat. 8:23 AM, Previous Friday, 11:24 PM: Disney’s The Jungle Book will become one of the highest April debuts ever with an estimated three-day gross of around $87M to $88M, according to estimates, surpassing Fast Five from 2

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‘Spider-Man’ Reboot Title May Have Been Revealed Accidentally by Sony

05-04-2016

Marvel and Sony have worked hard to keep their Spider-Man reboot plans under wraps, refusing to even reveal the webslinger’s new costume until the very last moments of the latest Captain America: Civil War trailer. Still, keeping secrets

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Abe Vigoda, ‘Godfather’ and ‘Barney Miller’ Star, Dies at 94

27-01-2016

Abe Vigoda has died at the age of 94, according to his daughter. Vigoda’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told the Associated Press that the veteran actor died Tuesday morning in his sleep at her home in New Jersey. The cause of death was o

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'Ride Along 2' #1, 'Revenant' Holds Strong and 'Star Wars' Crosses $1 Billion Internationally

17-01-2016

Ride Along 2 was unable to top its predecessor but an estimated $34 million is enough to top the weekend box office, followed closely by Fox's The Revenant, which dropped only 26% in its second weekend in wide release. Both films finished a

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‘Star Wars’ Soars Past ‘Harry Potter’ With $1.4 Billion at Global Box Office

2-01-2016

Showing no signs of a slowdown, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has eclipsed the final Harry Potter movie for the seventh spot in worldwide box office with $1.39 billion. The seventh Star Wars movie took in $59.5 million on Friday —

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Critics’ Choice Award Nominations Led by ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Fargo’

14-12-2015

The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards announced nominations for the combined 2016 ceremony on Monday and Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” paced the film race with 13 nominations, while FX’s “Fargo” led TV series noms with e

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SAG Awards 2016: The Complete List of Nominees

09-12-2015

Nominees for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were unveiled Wednesday morning on TNT and TBS, the two main Turner Broadcasting cable channels that will air the ceremony on Jan. 30. Anna Faris (“Mom”) and Anthony Mackie (“The

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Box Office: 'Hunger Games' Cinches Holiday Victory Over 'Creed,' 'Good Dinosaur'

28-11-2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” continues to vanquish its Thanksgiving holiday box office competitors, tracking for a five-day total of $74 million. The Jennifer Lawrence starrer generated $21.5 million at the Friday box offic

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Box Office: ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’ Aims for $102 Million Weekend

21-11-2015

The final chapter in The Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay — Part 2, is on track to hit a $102 million bullseye in its opening weekend, based on Friday receipts. The fourth installment in the Jennifer Lawrence-led series hit a total of $46

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‘Spectre’ Shows Staying Power, Heading for $35 Million Weekend

15-11-2015

Moviegoers are opting to stick with James Bond and Charlie Brown at North American multiplexes, with “Spectre” heading for $35 million in its second weekend. The 24th Bondpic took in $10.2 million on Friday from 3,929 locations for S

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‘Spectre’ Bonds With $296M+ Worldwide; Cracks $100M In UK

09-11-2015

3rd Update, 5:50 Pm PT: This is the second consecutive international frame to be led by James Bond and Spectre — and it won’t be the last with China, France, Australia and Korea on deck this week. With No. 1 debuts in 71 more markets th

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The movies Steven Spielberg wishes he made

23-10-2015

As we head into the weekend, let's go over some great -- and possibly out of the box -- options for great films to watch if you want to laugh, cry, get hungry, or go under the influence of the directors and movies that inspired modern cinem

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Furious 8 And XXX 3 Are In A Race To Production, According To Vin Diesel

11-10-2015

Vin Diesel has no shortage of high-octane action films coming up over the next few years, including new franchise installments Furious 8 and xXx 3. Between those two films, it has turned into something of a race towards production. Furious

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Russell Crowe Will Star in Survival Drama In Sand and Blood

30-09-2015

Variety reports that Russell Crowe is set to star in the historical drama In Sand and Blood. The movie, backed by Im Global, takes place in 19th century Africa and echoes historian Dean King's Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Surviv

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Box Office: ‘The Perfect Guy’ Edges Out ‘The Visit’ in Friday Receipts

13-09-2015

New thrillers “The Perfect Guy” and “The Visit” were neck and neck at the Friday box office, with “The Perfect Guy’s” $10 million haul just edging out “The Visit’s” $9.2 million take. Sony/Screen Gems’ “The Perfec

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Hugh Jackman: I Would "Seriously Consider" Playing James Bond

06-09-2015

Hugh Jackman may be ready to retract the claws and grab a martini. The actor, known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men films, told Australian television series The Program that producers of the James Bond film series asked him years ago abo

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Robin Wright & Ben Foster Split and Call Off Their Engagement Again

03-09-2015

Robin Wright and Ben Foster have broken up and called off their engagement for the second time. The Princess Bride and House of Cards star had confirmed in January 2014 she and the X-Men actor were set to marry. E! News learned in November

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TCA Awards winners: 'Empire,' 'The Americans,' 'Better Call Saul,' Amy Schumer (twice)

08-09-2015

After being snubbed in many top Emmy races, "Empire" picked up a plum of a consolation prize on Saturday at the Television Critics' Association Awards. Gold Derby users had predicted that this freshman sensation would prevail in the competi

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'Justice League' Stumbles in Domestic Debut as 'Wonder' Delivers Wondrous Results

Warner Bros. and DC Comics' Justice League struggled compared to expectations as it failed to top $100 million over the course of its three-day weekend. Meanwhile, it was Lionsgate's Wonder that captured audience attention, debuting with an excellent $27 million, topping Thor: Ragnarok for a second place finish, positioning itself well for the holiday weeks ahead. Additionally, A24's Lady Bird continued its impressive run in limited release as it makes way for a nationwide debut over Thanksgiving weekend. With an estimated $96 million, Justice League managed to top the weekend, but fell short of the low end of expectations. Despite bringing in $13 million from Thursday previews, which was $2 million more than Wonder Woman hauled in from preview screenings ahead of a $103.2 million debut, Justice League just couldn't crack the century mark, delivering the lowest opening for any of the films in DC's Extended Universe thus far.

Weekend #1 Up for Grabs after Record September at the Box Office Comes to an End

As a record September comes to an end, it's a race for number one with three films separated by a mere $310k. Based on estimates, it's a return to #1 for WB and New Line's It, but hot on its heels is Universal's American Made along with Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Otherwise, Sony's Flatliners debuted on life support, Novus's Til Death Do Us Part found its way into the top ten and Pure Flix's A Question of Faith finished on the outside looking in. With just over $300k separating number one and number three on this weekend's box office chart, first place currently belongs to WB and New Line's It, which is back on top after last weekend saw the killer clown finish in the runner up position. With an estimated $17.3 million, the record-breaking horror has now topped $291 million domestically and will spend Sunday enjoying its third weekend out of

'War for the Planet of the Apes': Nods to the 1968 Original You May Have Missed

This story contains spoilers for War for the Planet of the Apes] War for the Planet of the Apes is here to wrap up the trilogy started in 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but in many ways the latest entry in the decades-old franchise is really a setup for the 1968 original. Loaded with Easter eggs and references to other installments in the series, War carries on the story of Caesar (Andy Serkis), the hyper-intelligent chimpanzee who went from James Franco's pet project in Rise to a leader in 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the »

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Alum Leah Block Rips ‘Trashy’ Show Amid Production Shutdown

“Bachelor in Paradise” is trash — at least, so says a former contestant on the ABC reality series. “Bachelor” alum Leah Block, who appeared on “Bachelor in Paradise” last year, ripped into the series on Monday, following news that production had been shut down due to allegations of misconduct. “Just shows everyone how trashy that show is & how trashy the producers are to think it’s ok to film sexual activity on an ABC Show,” Block tweeted Monday, punctuating the sentiment with the hashtag “#garbage.” Also Read: 'Bachelor in Paradise' Raises Questions About Alcohol and Consent Block wasn’t done there.

Hailee Steinfeld Eyes Transformers Spinoff Bumblebee

Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to star in Paramount’s “Bumblebee,” the first spin-off in the newly created “Transformers” universe for the studio. Laika CEO Travis Knight will be making his directorial debut on the pic. While plot details are still unknown, the story will focus on the popular character who has appeared in all of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” films. Details behind Steinfeld’s character are also being kept under wraps. Bay, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis, and Steven Spielberg are producing. Christina Hodson penned the script after joining the “Transformers” writers’ room last year, where the studio began fleshing out ideas for other movies contained in the “Transformers” universe, but not necessarily set along the franchise timeline.

Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Blasts Past ‘Guardians 2’ With $40.2 Million

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has been the No. 1 movie in America for the past two weekends straight, but Ridley Scott seems poised to take the wheel away from captain James Gunn. That’s because Fox’s “Alien: Covenant” is on track to win its opening weekend with an estimated $40.2 million. After taking in $4.2 million in Thursday night previews alone, the sixth film in the “Alien” franchise added another $15.35 million to its domestic cume in Friday night showings from 3,761 theaters. Still, the high-flying Marvel-Disney sequel is expected to finish in second at $35.2 million. “Guardians” pulled in another $8.8 million from 4,347 theaters for a grand total of $275.5 million in just three weeks on Friday.

'Fate of the Furious' Debuts with Record International and Worldwide Opening Weekend

It was close, but just by a hair Universal's The Fate of the Furious topped $100 million at the domestic box office, leading the Easter weekend charge and becoming the second 2017 release to top the century mark over its three-day opening. More importantly, on top of its North American debut, the film premiered in over 60 international markets where it brought in a record $432.3 million, resulting in a record $532.5 million worldwide debut. With an estimated $100.2 million, The Fate of the Furious secured the #1 spot at the domestic box office, delivering on industry expectations. The film scored an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences which were 58% male vs. 42% female. Of that audience, 50% were under the age of 25 and further demographics show the opening weekend audience was made up of 41% Caucasian moviegoers, 26% Hispanic, 19% African American and 11% Asian.

Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Blocks Trio of Newcomers to Win Friday

In its second frame, “The Lego Batman Movie” knocked down fresh films “The Great Wall,” “Fist Fight” and “A Cure For Wellness” to win the Friday box office. Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment’s animated adventure picked up an additional $7.5 million from 4,088 theaters on its way to a four-day estimate in the $38 million range. Universal’s “Fifty Shades Darker,” which came out on top last Friday, looks to land solidly in second for the weekend after earning $6.8 million this Friday from 3,714 locations. Universal’s “Great Wall” starring Matt Damon earned $5.9 million on Friday from 3,325 theaters, landing it in third. The Legendary production’s holiday weekend estimate stands between $19 and $20 million.

‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Westworld,’ and ‘Beyonce’ Among Art Directors Guild Winners

“Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” and “Passengers” won the top feature film awards at Saturday’s Art Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. “Hidden Figures” won the prize for best period film, while “La La Land” and “Passengers” took home the contemporary and fantasy film trophies. Among the top TV winners, “Westworld” won for Period or Fantasy series, “Mr. Robot” nabbed the contemporary award and “The Night of” won for TV movie or limited series. Other winners included “SNL,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” and “Beyonce: Lemonade,” which was honored in the awards or event special category. »

Matthew McConaughey to Star in Harmony Korine’s ‘The Beach Bum’

Matthew McConaughey, who won an Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club,” will star in comedy “The Beach Bum,” which Harmony Korine (“Spring Breakers”) will write and direct. Rocket Science will handle international sales commencing at the European Film Market in Berlin. LeGrisbi Productions’ John Lesher, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, and Iconoclast’s Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar and Nicolas Lhermitte will produce, with principal photography scheduled to begin in July. Creative Artists Agency arranged financing for the film and will represent its North American distribution rights. “’The Beach Bum’ follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious and loveable rogue who lives life large,” according to a statement. Korine said: “’The Beach Bum’ will be a wild, audacious ride! And I can’t think of anyone better than Matthew McConaughey to play our hero Moondog, a rebellious charmer in this fast-paced, uplifting and irreverent comedy.”

‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Title Announced

The title for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” has finally been revealed. Disney annouced on Monday that the next chapter in the space opera saga will be named “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” “The Last Jedi,” written and directed by Rian Johnson, immediately follows the events of 2015’s smash hit “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The film stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. The cast also includes the late Carrie Fisher, who died on Dec. 27. The actress, who played Princess Leia Organa, had wrapped shooting in July. Lucasfilm said earlier this month that it won’t digitally recreate Fisher in upcoming movies.

‘Doll Squad’ and ‘Batman’ Actress Francine York Dies at 80

Actress Francine York, who had more than 150 television and film credits, died Friday in Van Nuys, Calif., She was 80 and had cancer, according to her close friend Pepper Jay. York once declared the 1973 cult film “The Doll Squad” her most popular film, but she played everything from an alien to a exotic belly dancer. On “Batman,” she played Lydia Limpet, the henchwoman of the Bookworm (Roddy McDowall). Her credits include guest roles on “Bewitched,” “General Hospital,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and “My Favorite Martian.” She also appeared in “Tickle Me” with Elvis Presley. Her more recent roles include “Family Man” with Nicolas Cage, “Hot in Cleveland” and “Star Trek: Progeny.”

Jimmy Kimmel To Host The Oscars

It was one of the worst-kept yet longest-gestating secrets that Jimmy Kimmel would host the 2017 Oscars. Now it’s official, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has selected the ABC late-night host to top the show. Kimmel hosted the Emmy Awards this year to strong critical reviews. The Oscars are set for February 26 on ABC.

'Doctor Strange' Repeats, Contributing to Disney's Record 2016, as 'Arrival' Debuts with $24M

Disney continued its record-breaking year this weekend as 2016 became the studio's best year at the domestic box office ever. Contributing to that success, of course, is the studio's latest Marvel Studios release, Doctor Strange, which led the weekend box office for the second week in a row, contributing to a weekend in which the top twelve was up 56% compared to the same weekend last year. The weekend's success was a combination of strong holdovers such as Strange and fellow sophomore features Trolls and Hacksaw Ridge, along with newcomers including Arrival and Almost Christmas, all of which helped the top twelve combine for over $150 million. Dropping only 49% in its second weekend, Disney and Marvel's Doctor Strange delivered an impressive $43 million in its second weekend as the film's domestic gross climbs to over $153 million in just ten days of release.

Box Office: Tom Hanks’ ‘Inferno’ Faces Frightful Competition From ‘Madea’ After $5.6 Million Friday

Inferno” is burning out during its opening weekend, after making $5.6 million at 3,576 locations on Friday. Sony’s third adaptation of Dan Brown’s book series, following “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons,” should uncover a $15.9 million opening weekend after a slow Thursday when it made $800,000. Halloween weekend looks to be a treat for Tyler Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” from Lionsgate. After collecting $4.6 million at 2,299 locations on Friday, its second weekend should earn just barely below the first frame of “Inferno.” Paramount’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is aiming at third place this weekend after making $2.9 million at 3,780 locations on Friday. The film is seeing a steep 60% drop-off from its opening weekend. From Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, “Inferno” stars Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, a professor of symbology, who teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to stop a madman from wiping out half the world’s population.

Clint Eastwood to Direct Movie About Kidnapped Aid Worker Jessica Buchanan

Clint Eastwood has set his sights on directing a movie about the kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Warner Bros. has optioned the rights to Buchanan and her husband’s memoir “Impossible Odds.” Brian Helgeland is writing the script. In October 2011, Buchanan was working in Somalia when she and a colleague were kidnapped by militants and held ransom for 93 days. A Seal team killed all of the militants and rescued the pair. Also Read: 'Sully' Soars to $1.35 Million at Thursday Box Office Eastwood has been extremely successful with taking true-life stories and bringing them.

Will Ferrell Quits Sebastián Silva’s ‘Captain Dad’ Days Prior to Shooting

Sebastián Silva’s followup to his 2015 drama “Nasty Baby,” “Captain Dad,” chronicles a family vacation gone awry when plans don’t go as scheduled. Now it’s looking like that same premise is happening in real life for the Chilean director. According to The Hollywood Reporter, just days before production was set to begin, the film’s lead, Will Ferrell, has dropped out of the comedy. Also starring Michael Cera and Catherine Keener, “Captain Dad” was scheduled to begin filming on September 26 in and around Cartagena, Colombia and Ferrell’s exit as the titular character has now left Silva and producers trying to figure out what’s next. Per the site, several of the cast and crew are already in Colombia awaiting to hear what the next steps will be. Producers for the film are Anne Carey, Bingo Gubelmann, Benji Kohn and Austin Stark.

Box Office: ‘Don’t Breathe’ Smothers Newcomers With $4.2 Million Friday

In what is proving to be a sleepy Labor Day weekend at the box office, “Don’t Breathe” continues to dominate with $4.2 million at 3,051 locations on Friday. The film, which carries a price tag below $10 million, is heading for a $15 million second frame, bringing its total to about $54 million. Newcomers “The Light Between Oceans” and “Morgan” aren’t putting up much of a fight. The former, starring real-life couple Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, will rake in about $5 million at 1,500 locations after earning $1.4 million on Friday; the later, an ensemble thriller earned $600,000 on Friday and is eyeing close to $2 million at 2,020 locations. This first weekend in September follows a record August led by “Suicide Squad,” which will cross the $300 million domestic mark this weekend. The film picked up an additional $2.3 million on Friday and looks to take second this weekend with about $10 million at 3,292 locations.

‘Don’t Breathe’ Can Exhale, on Track to Double Expectations With $22 Million Opening

After three straight weekends at No. 1, Warner Bros. comic book hit “Suicide Squad” is finally going down — and landing harder than initially expected. Screen Gems and Stage 6 Films horror thriller “Don’t Breathe” has gained a huge amount of momentum and is poised to double initial expectations to end the weekend close to $22 million. It looks likely to steal the spot from “Suicide Squad” and beat it by roughly $10 million. The scary movie, about a group of friends who decide to rob a wealthy blind man, made $10 million on Friday from 3,051 screens. Also Read: Surprise!

Box Office: ‘Suicide Squad’ Scores Nearly $30 Million Internationally in Two Days

Warner Bros.’ tentpole “Suicide Squad” has grossed $29.6 million in 40 international markets in its first two days — portending an opening weekend of at least $100 million. The supervillain mashup opened in first place in 33 territories on Thursday for a total of $20.8 million for the day — including a record $3.9 million in Russia with a 93% market share among the top five titles. It launched in Brazil with $3 million at 1,405 screens, surpassing “Deadpool” by 14% and setting a record for best opening day in August. The pic generated $2.4 million on 516 screens in Australia for a 74% market share, surpassing “Deadpool” by 18%. “Suicide Squad” scored the biggest opening day of all time for a superhero movie in Holland and the highest-grossing opening day of the year with $517,000 on 158 screens. Ukraine also saw the top opening day of all time.

'Star Trek Beyond' Debuts at #1, 'Lights Out' Opens Strong and 'Ice Age 5' Bombs

Topped by Star Trek Beyond, five films grossed over $20 million this weekend for the first time since May 24, 2015 and for only the sixth time ever*. In the five previous instances $45.6 million was the largest gross for the #1 film when Monsters University topped the weekend back on June 30, 2013, which separates this weekend from the rest thanks to the estimated $59.6 million Beyond delivered in its debut performance. Also opening this weekend, and topping the $20 million threshold, was the impressive performance from New Line and Warner's Lights Out along with the rather disappointing opening for Ice Age: Collision Course. Overall, the top twelve grossed over $183 million, up 29.4% when compared to the same weekend last year. The estimated $59.6 million opening for Star Trek Beyond is enough to take #1 for the weekend, but that's a 15% drop compared to the $70.1 million opening for Star Trek Into Darkness

Box Office: ‘Ghostbusters’ Trails ‘Secret Life of Pets’ with $46.5 Million Weekend

The rebooted “Ghostbusters” is launching with a respectable $46.5 million opening weekend at 3,963 locations, trailing “The Secret Life of Pets” for the top spot at the U.S. box office, Saturday estimates showed. Illumination-Universal’s hit “The Secret Life of Pets” should win the weekend with $50 million at 4,381 sites, declining only 52% from its opening. The animated comedy’s 10-day total will hit $202 million by the end of Sunday. Sony-Village Roadshow’s “Ghostbusters,” starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, is on its way to posting the best debut weekend for a live-action comedy since “Pitch Perfect 2” opened with $69 million last year. Sony’s recent estimates had been in the $38 million to $40 million range while rivals had forecasted correctly that it would take in between $45 million and $50 million. “Ghostbusters” topped “Pets” on its opening day on Friday with $17.2 million, while “Pets” took in $15 million on its eighth day.

‘Warcraft’ Heading for $30 Million-Plus Overseas Launch

Legendary-Universal’s “Warcraft” is opening impressively internationally, heading for more than $30 million in 20 markets in its first weekend — two weeks ahead of launches in China and the United States. The box office total as of Friday has hit $16.3 million. Russia is leading the way with $4.9 million in two days with a 65% market share as it posted the second largest opening day of the year behind “Deadpool.” “Warcraft” generated the biggest opening day of the year in Germany on Thursday with $2.2 million. Its two-day total has hit $3.5 million with a 45% market share. In France, “Warcraft” has grossed $2.2 million in three days. In Sweden, it opened Friday with $539,000, making it Universal’s third-biggest opening day ever behind “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Furious 7.” “Warcraft” also opened in first in Austria, Denmark (third-biggest opening of the year), Egypt, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Latvia, Lebanon, Middle East, Norway, Pakistan, Slovenia, Switzerland, Thailand and United Arab Emirates.

Amazon Buys ‘The Dressmaker’ With Kate Winslet

Amazon Studios has bought domestic rights to “The Dressmaker” with Kate Winslet, Variety has learned. The adaptation of the Rosalie Ham novel screened at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and was a box office smash in Australia. The streaming service will release the film theatrically in the U.S. this fall. “The Dressmaker” centers on a woman who returns to her hometown in rural Australia to care for her ailing mother and to exact her revenge on the community that exiled her at a young age. In addition to Winslet, the film stars Liam Hemsworth and Judy Davis. Jocelyn Moorhouse (“Proof”) directs. Universal had certain foreign rights. The film debuted last year in Australia where it was the second-highest grossing Australian film after “Mad Max: Fury Road.” It also scored 13 Aacta Awards nominations, the equivalent of Australia’s Academy Awards, and won several, including a best actress statue for Winslet

'Jungle Book' Repeats, 'Huntsman' Falls On His Axe and 'Zootopia' Tops $900M Worldwide

The Jungle Book remained in first place in its second weekend by a large margin over the weekend runner up as it tripled the opening weekend for Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War. Meanwhile, Pantelion's Compadres finished among the weekend top ten while Roadside's release of A Hologram for the King finds itself in a battle for tenth position. With an estimated $60.8 million, Disney's The Jungle Book dropped only 41.1%, the fourth smallest second weekend drop for a film that opened over $100 million as its domestic cume now climbs to over $191 million. Internationally the film took in an additional $96 million this weekend as its global take is now over $528 million, fifth largest for the year so far. In second place, Universal's prequel The Huntsman: Winter's War struggled out of the gate. With an estimated $20 million it brought in only 36% of the opening weekend total of its 2012 predecessor Snow White and the Huntsman.

‘Jungle Book’ Goes Wild With $87M to $88M; ‘Barbershop’ Snips $19.4M; ‘Criminal’ Handcuffed — Box Office Saturday Am

1st Writethru Sat. 8:23 AM, Previous Friday, 11:24 PM: Disney’s The Jungle Book will become one of the highest April debuts ever with an estimated three-day gross of around $87M to $88M, according to estimates, surpassing Fast Five from 2011 which held the No. 3 spot with $86.19M. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier is No. 2 with $95M in 2104 and Furious 7 is No. 1 at $147.1M last year).

‘Spider-Man’ Reboot Title May Have Been Revealed Accidentally by Sony

Marvel and Sony have worked hard to keep their Spider-Man reboot plans under wraps, refusing to even reveal the webslinger’s new costume until the very last moments of the latest Captain America: Civil War trailer. Still, keeping secrets from a hungry fandom is no easy feat in this day and age, and some internet sleuthing may have,the post ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot Title May Have Been Revealed Accidentally by Sony appeared first on /Film.

Abe Vigoda, ‘Godfather’ and ‘Barney Miller’ Star, Dies at 94

Abe Vigoda has died at the age of 94, according to his daughter. Vigoda’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told the Associated Press that the veteran actor died Tuesday morning in his sleep at her home in New Jersey. The cause of death was old age, with Fuchs saying, “This man was never sick.” Vigoda was born in 1921 in New York City. He scored some early roles in the late 1940s with a few television appearances, but his big break did not come until 1972 when he landed the role of Tessio in “The Godfather.” Vigoda would reprise that role several times

'Ride Along 2' #1, 'Revenant' Holds Strong and 'Star Wars' Crosses $1 Billion Internationally

Ride Along 2 was unable to top its predecessor but an estimated $34 million is enough to top the weekend box office, followed closely by Fox's The Revenant, which dropped only 26% in its second weekend in wide release. Both films finished ahead of domestic box office king Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which fell to third in its fifth weekend in release while becoming only the fifth film to ever cross a major international milestone. Meanwhile Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi performed just slightly under expectations while Lionsgate's animated pick-up Norm of the North exceeded our most pessimistic of expectations. A selection of this past Thursday's Oscar nominees also added a few theaters, delivering results worth taking a look at. Starting at the top, 2014's Ride Along debuted with a whopping $41.5 million over the three-day weekend and $48.6 million for what was a four-day, Martin Luther King weekend record

‘Star Wars’ Soars Past ‘Harry Potter’ With $1.4 Billion at Global Box Office

Showing no signs of a slowdown, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has eclipsed the final Harry Potter movie for the seventh spot in worldwide box office with $1.39 billion. The seventh Star Wars movie took in $59.5 million on Friday — its 17th day of release — with $34.5 million in the U.S. and another $25 million internationally. Disney’s space saga will pass another of its tentpoles by the end of Saturday when “The Force Awakens” tops Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at $1.405 billion. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” grossed $1.34 billion in 2011. Domestic grosses have hit $686.4 million in 15 days with another $60 million projected for the rest of this weekend. That leaves “The Force Awakens” on track to top the all-time mark set six years ago by “Avatar” at $760 million early next week. International grosses have gone past $700 million.

Critics’ Choice Award Nominations Led by ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Fargo’

The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards announced nominations for the combined 2016 ceremony on Monday and Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” paced the film race with 13 nominations, while FX’s “Fargo” led TV series noms with eight. Weinstein Co.’s “Carol,” and two big Fox pics, “The Martian” and “The Revenant,” scored nine noms apiece in voting by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. Open Road’s “Spotlight” tallied eight; Paramount’s “The Big Short,” seven; TWC’s “The Hateful Eight,” six; Disney-DreamWorks’ “Bridge of Spies,” Fox Searchlight’s “Brooklyn,” Focus Features’ “The Danish Girl,” Universal’s “Jurassic World,” and Lionsgate’s “Sicario” each earned five; and A24’s “Room” nabbed four. The Broadcast Film Critics Association is returning to the Critics’ Choice name after splitting the awards into two ceremonies in 2010, and adding movie and TV to the shows’ titles. Especially in an unpredictable year, pre-Oscar awards are watched closely.

SAG Awards 2016: The Complete List of Nominees

Nominees for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were unveiled Wednesday morning on TNT and TBS, the two main Turner Broadcasting cable channels that will air the ceremony on Jan. 30. Anna Faris (“Mom”) and Anthony Mackie (“The Night Before”) led the announcements, which were also carried online and by truTV. On the film side, top male actor will come down to Bryan Cranston, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne. Female actor nominees are Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Helen Mirren, Saoirse Ronan and Sarah Silverman. For TV drama, the individual leading role award will go to Peter Dinklage

Box Office: 'Hunger Games' Cinches Holiday Victory Over 'Creed,' 'Good Dinosaur'

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” continues to vanquish its Thanksgiving holiday box office competitors, tracking for a five-day total of $74 million. The Jennifer Lawrence starrer generated $21.5 million at the Friday box office in 4,175 locations. “Mockingjay — Part 2” also dominated Thanksgiving day ticket sales, bringing in $10.4 million on the holiday. The Lionsgate release is the fourth and final chapter in the “Hunger Games” films; the fourth installment bowed to $102.7 million last weekend, the lowest opening in the franchise. “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened ahead of Thanksgiving in 2014 to $121.9 million. Behind Katniss Everdeen is Disney/Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” which took in $15.6 million on Friday from 3,749 locations. The animated feature is on track to finish the five-day holiday weekend with a U.S. gross around $55 million. Pixar’s 16th pic follows dinosaur Arlo, who befriends a caveboy in an alternate history of Earth.

Box Office: ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’ Aims for $102 Million Weekend

The final chapter in The Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay — Part 2, is on track to hit a $102 million bullseye in its opening weekend, based on Friday receipts. The fourth installment in the Jennifer Lawrence-led series hit a total of $46 million Friday at 4,175 locations, handily topping all other titles at the box office. The Lionsgate release started strong in Thursday night previews, generating $16 million. Earlier estimates had pegged the actioner’s three-day total around $110 million. This marks the lowest opening day in the “Hunger Games” franchise. The three earlier “Hunger Games” pics performed mightily at the box office, combining for $2.3 billion in worldwide grosses. “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened to $121.9 million domestically following the first film’s $152.5 million launch and “Catching Fire’s” $158.1 million kickoff.

‘Spectre’ Shows Staying Power, Heading for $35 Million Weekend

Moviegoers are opting to stick with James Bond and Charlie Brown at North American multiplexes, with “Spectre” heading for $35 million in its second weekend. The 24th Bondpic took in $10.2 million on Friday from 3,929 locations for Sony with a decline of about 50% from its opening weekend. Fox’s “The Peanuts Movie” remained a solid draw with $5.6 million on Friday — portending a $24 million sophomore frame, or a 45% decline. Holiday comedy “Love the Coopers” led the newcomers, heading for a third-place finish following a respectable $2.8 million Friday. That would give the CBS Films production, distributed in conjunction with Lionsgate, as much as $9 million opening at 2,603 sites — in line with or above recent forecasts. Warner Bros.’ mining drama “The 33” showed only modest traction on Friday with $1.8 million at 2,452 sites, which projects to a modest $5 million for its opening frame with an A- Cinemascore from patrons.

‘Spectre’ Bonds With $296M+ Worldwide; Cracks $100M In UK

3rd Update, 5:50 Pm PT: This is the second consecutive international frame to be led by James Bond and Spectre — and it won’t be the last with China, France, Australia and Korea on deck this week. With No. 1 debuts in 71 more markets this session, Eon/MGM/Sony Pictures' spy actioner picked up a further $117.8M to bring the overseas cume to $223.1M. Including the U.S. bow of $73M this frame, that brings the worldwide total to $296.1M. While the U.S. opening did

The movies Steven Spielberg wishes he made

As we head into the weekend, let's go over some great -- and possibly out of the box -- options for great films to watch if you want to laugh, cry, get hungry, or go under the influence of the directors and movies that inspired modern cinema icon Steven Spielberg and made him the creator that he is. Take a look in the video player above of below and talk to us here or on Twitter! You can also chat with us on Twitter! Roth: @RothCornet Alicia: @AliciaMalone Miri: @MiriTheJedi

Furious 8 And XXX 3 Are In A Race To Production, According To Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel has no shortage of high-octane action films coming up over the next few years, including new franchise installments Furious 8 and xXx 3. Between those two films, it has turned into something of a race towards production. Furious 8 recently tapped Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray to take the helm, and not to be left behind, Diesel just announced who will direct xXx 3. Io9 caught up with Diesel, who is on the publicity trail stumping for his upcoming fantasy adventure The Last Witch Hunter, and he handed out the identity of the director who will take over the saga of Xander Cage. He said: I.m excited as hell about XXX. D.J. Caruso is directing it, which is exciting. The big question now is which will race to production first now that F. Gary Gray is on [Furious 8]? Will XXX race to production first or will Fast race

Russell Crowe Will Star in Survival Drama In Sand and Blood

Variety reports that Russell Crowe is set to star in the historical drama In Sand and Blood. The movie, backed by Im Global, takes place in 19th century Africa and echoes historian Dean King's Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival. King's work seemingly retells the true story of Captain James Riley, who penned a memoir in the early 1800s after he and his crew — who'd been shipwrecked off the coast of the western Sahara — were captured and enslaved, and then ultimately resold to (read: saved by) Europeans. Ronan Bennett reportedly is writing the script and Luc Roeg is producing; other personnel and logistical details are unavailable at the moment.But ever the worker, Crowe's already getting into the role: Hopefully, he'll produce a new one of these.

Box Office: ‘The Perfect Guy’ Edges Out ‘The Visit’ in Friday Receipts

New thrillers “The Perfect Guy” and “The Visit” were neck and neck at the Friday box office, with “The Perfect Guy’s” $10 million haul just edging out “The Visit’s” $9.2 million take. Sony/Screen Gems’ “The Perfect Guy,” which stars Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut and Michael Ealy, had a solid bow in 2,221 locations Friday, tracking for a three-day total of $25 million. Pic follows Lathan’s character as she becomes entrapped in an intense love triangle that turns dangerous. At this time last year, Screen Gems found success in releasing similar romantic thriller “No Good Deed” with Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, which bowed to $24.3 million. “The Perfect Guy,” which boasts a modest $12 million pricetag, is the third in a string of recent films aimed at African-American audiences to strike it big at the box office (following “Straight Outta Compton” and “War Room.”

Hugh Jackman: I Would "Seriously Consider" Playing James Bond

Hugh Jackman may be ready to retract the claws and grab a martini. The actor, known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men films, told Australian television series The Program that producers of the James Bond film series asked him years ago about playing the suave spy, but he wasn't interested back then. "At the time, I was just about to do X-Men 2,

Robin Wright & Ben Foster Split and Call Off Their Engagement Again

Robin Wright and Ben Foster have broken up and called off their engagement for the second time. The Princess Bride and House of Cards star had confirmed in January 2014 she and the X-Men actor were set to marry. E! News learned in November of that year that the two had split. In January of this year, Wright and Foster reunited at the 2015 Golden Globes. On Saturday, E! News learned the two split and called off their engagement a few months ago. Wright, 49, and Foster, 34, have not commented. People had earlier reported that their engagement was off again. The two met on the set of the movie Rampart, which was released in 2011, and began dating months later.

TCA Awards winners: 'Empire,' 'The Americans,' 'Better Call Saul,' Amy Schumer (twice)

After being snubbed in many top Emmy races, "Empire" picked up a plum of a consolation prize on Saturday at the Television Critics' Association Awards. Gold Derby users had predicted that this freshman sensation would prevail in the competitive Program of the Year category. "The Americans" also struck Emmy revenge by winning Outstanding Achievement in Drama at the TCA Awards after being overlooked in that race by TV academy voters. That snub is all the more shocking considering "The Americans" also won Best Drama Series in May at the Critics' Choice TV Awards, which are rival kudos to TCA. See the list of Critics' Choice winners here. -Break- Join the lively chat about the TCA Award winners going on right now in our forums Of the 10 TCA categories, Gold Derby's racetrack odds got only four races correct: Program of the Year, Best Drama Series, Best News and Information Program and Best Youth Program.