If you don't believe awards season runs 365 days a year look no further than the news today that Alcon Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to "The 33." Based on the Copiapó mining accident in 2010, the new drama centers on 33 minters who were trapped for 69 days in a collapsed copper-gold mine in Northern Chile. Their plight captured the attention of the world and, surprise, Hollywood came calling. Independently financed by Phoenix Pictures and Half Circle, "33" is being distributed in Chile by 20th Century Fox, but not in the U.S. The news Alcon came on board and Warner Bros. will distribute makes this a somewhat unusual story.
After massive early year success for "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Cinderella" and "Furious 7," Hollywood believes it has a record breaking summer on its hands. Moviegoers are excited about returning franchise flicks such as "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," "Ted 2," "Pitch Perfect 2," "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Magic Mike XXL." Original flicks such as "Inside Out," "Spy" and "Trainwreck" have also created a tremendous amount of buzz. What everyone really wants to know though is…
LAS VEGAS - It's not an understatement to suggest that since they last presented their wares to the world's theater owners Sony Pictures has had a pretty dramatic 12 months .
LAS VEGAS - CinemaCon wrapped up its fifth year with their version of the Hollywood Film Awards, a fake awards show where the winners were predetermined and picked by studio lobbying and, um, who was available. This year's winners included Best Actress Oscar champ Julianne Moore, Francis Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, the cast of the "Fantastic Four," Rose Byrne and Paul Feig (who had his "Spy" actor Bobby Cannavale walk on stage and throw a pie in his face). The, cough, winners who really stole the show, however, were Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart and Paul Rudd.
LAS VEGAS - It's been a fantastic 2015 so far for Universal Pictures. "Fifty Shades of Grey" has earned $568 million worldwide and "Furious 7" has taken in $300 million domestic and $1.15 billion globally. Universal was the last studio to present their slate to the world's theater owners and, as you can guess, they were pretty bullish on what's to come.
LAS VEGAS - 20th Century Fox found themselves mostly on the Oscar sidelines last year thanks to "Gone Girl" director David Fincher's unwillingness to partake in such matters, but 2015 looks like it's going to be a completely different story. On Thursday the studio highlighted much of its upcoming slate including footage from expected hits such as "Spy," "The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" and "Victor Frankenstein." What really popped, however, are four titles that could make big waves during the upcoming awards season.
LAS VEGAS - Clint Eastwood took center stage at CinemaCon on Wednesday during a lunch and Q&A reflecting on his career. The 84-year-old legend was on hand to receive an award from Fandango for "American Sniper," his biggest hit to date.
LAS VEGAS - Without massive tentpoles on the horizon this year, Paramount Pictures pulled off the impossible and actually created some buzz Tuesday morning on the first full day of CinemaCon. It all began with the Arnold Schwarzenegger kicking things off with a sneak of "Terminator: Genisys."
LAS VEGAS - Warner Bros. is still the grand old lady of Hollywood and the studio brought out a slew of stars for its annual CinemaCon presentation. They also, unlike some of their sister studios, pretty much went through their entire slate for 2015 and dipped a toe into 2016. What really got us percolating, however, were the first signs of a Johnny Depp comeback.
Xavier Dolan just can't stay away from the Cannes Film Festival. Last year's Special Jury prize winner for "Mommy" thought he should have won the Palm d'Or and now he'll be part of the jury deciding that prestigious honor. Oh, my.