*Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to “Armed Response,” a sci-fi thriller starring Wesley Snipes and directed by John Stockwell.
Anne Heche, WWE superstar Seth Rollins, Gene Simmons and Dave Annable also star in the film, which follows a team of highly trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its AI is suddenly shut down. The crew begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover what killed the previous team.
The project – from WWE Studios, Simmons and Erebus Pictures, with a script by Matt Savelloni – is now in post-production.
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Empowered women and outer space dominated the North American box office over the weekend as Theodore Melfi’s biographical drama Hidden Figures and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ended in a photo finish for the No. 1 spot.
Fox showed Hidden Figures grossing an estimated $21.8 million from 2,471 theaters, while Disney jumped that number and put Rogue One”s haul at $22 million from 4,157 locations for a massive domestic total of $477.3 million. The official outcome won’t be settled until Monday morning, although most rival studios show Hidden Figures narrowly edging out Rogue One.
Overseas, Rogue One easily topped the foreign chart with $56.6 million, including a China bow of $31 million, for a foreign total of $437.1 million and global tally of $914.4 million.
Nabbing a coveted A+ CinemaScore, Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as the real-life African-American mathematicians who helped NASA put the first men into space even while having to endure a segregated workplace. Their story, however, has been obscured for decades.
Hidden Figures, from Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment, first opened in select theaters on Christmas Day and has earned a total $24.7 million to date against a $25 million budget. It opted to expand nationwide on the eve of Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, where Spencer is nominated for best supporting actress.
Universal and Illumination’s animated tentpole Sing wasn’t far behind with $19.6 million from 3,955 theaters as it zoomed past the $200 million mark domestically. Overseas, the family hit grossed $26.4 million from 61 territories for a global total of $356.9 million, including $213.4 million in North America.
Screen Gems’ Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth installment in the vampire hunter series, followed at No. 4 with an underwhelming launch of $13.1 million from 3,070 theaters. Directed by Anna Foerster, the film stars Kate Beckinsale and Theo James, and earned a B+ CinemaScore.
Costing a net $35 million to make, Blood Wars is faring better overseas, where it has earned $45 million to date with numerous major markets still to open.
Rounding out the top five in North America was Lionsgate’s La La Land, which is up for seven Globe awards, the most of any film. Upping its theater count from 750 to 1,515 theaters, the musical earned $10 million for a strong domestic total of $51.7 million and early global cume of $86 million – including $19.5 million in South Korea.
Kurt Iswarienko (L) and actress Shannen Doherty at American Cancer Society’s Giants of Science Los Angeles Gala on November 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Kurt Iswarienko is suing Shannen Doherty‘s ex-managers after the company failed to pay the actress’ 2014 premium for her medical insurance which caused her to lose coverage for an entire year and not get the proper medical treatment for her breast cancer.
According to the documents obtained by PEOPLE, Iswarienko filed papers against the firm Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson on Friday, claiming that Doherty’s breast cancer has damaged their love life.
Iswarienko’s lawsuit states that his wife received a late breast cancer diagnosis due to the company’s failure to pay Doherty’s 2014 premium for her medical insurance, resulting in a policy lapse for an entire year. Once the former 90210 star regained insurance the following year, she endured “invasive treatment, including mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.”
The lawsuit alleges that due to his wife’s illness, Iswarienko, who married Doherty in 2011, suffered loss of “love, companionship, comfort, affection, solace, society, moral support, sexual relations and all other elements of consortium,” that resulted in “pain, suffering, mental and emotional distress and worry.”
Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson didn’t immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
The photographer’s new lawsuit comes on the heels of his wife’s settlement against the managers in August. Her lawsuit at the time claimed that she “discovered that she had invasive breast cancer metastatic to at least one lymph node,” and “was informed that her cancer had spread during 2014 (when she was uninsured).” The amount that the 45-year-old and the defendant settled for was not disclosed.
The actress, who is currently undergoing treatment, has been very open about her cancer battle and frequently shares uplifting thoughts and pictures on her social media. She has also credited her “strong husband” for sticking by her side throughout the grueling process.
“My marriage was always strong, but it’s made my marriage a thousand times stronger,” Doherty previously said in an episode of Entertainment Tonight. “I could not have gotten through this without my husband.”
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Lionsgate has released the first trailer for “The Shack,” a faith-based film adapted from William P. Young’s bestselling book of the same name.
Sam Worthington stars as a man who suffers an unimaginable loss and is summoned to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness, where he meets a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer), which is his wife’s name for God. Papa teaches him how to move on with his life and in the process, he also learns about himself.
Country star Tim McGraw co-stars in “The Shack” and also performs the film’s original song “Keep Your Eyes on Me” with wife Faith Hill.
Stuart Hazeldine directs the film, which arrives in theaters on March 3.
Here’s how the film’s website describes it:
Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.
*Remember when Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson called “Fast and Furious” co-star Vin Diesel a ‘candy ass’ in a shady Instagram post back In August? Well, the man recently voted People magazine’s most sexiest on the planet is gearing up for the next installment in the franchise, and says he has no regrets about blasting Diesel.
“I was very clear with what I said. I’ve been in the game a long time,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “Would Universal [PICTURES] have preferred that didn’t happen? Sure, we talked about it. The irony is after that, and as they do their tracking and all their analysis, the interest shot through the roof to a whole other level.
Johnson took to Instagram in August to write that his female co-stars were always a pleasure to work with, but his male co-stars…not so much.
While The Rock did not specifically call out Diesel, subsequent posts seemed to allude to the actor more and more. Diesel even posted his own Facebook video to address the drama.
After various reports came out about the two stars going at it on set, Johnson told fans that their tension would come across on the big screen.
“When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling — you’re right,” the 44-year-old actor and former wrestler wrote.
Fast 8 roars into theaters April 14, 2017.
*Chris Tucker, one of the highest paid actors at one time, is back on the big screen in a big way in“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”
He is in the pivotal role of Albert, a film producer, and could change the lives of the Bravos—a group of celebrated Iraqi soldiers. He has the rights to the Bravo story and negotiates with a studio to bring the heroics of the squad to the big screen.
In addition to working with director Ang Lee, Tucker said at the Essex House in New York, he has great respect for the Armed Forces. He related a story that showed the feelings were mutual.
“I was traveling around the country doing stand up comedy and bumped into a lot of soldiers coming home,” he said. “I told the stewardess to tell the soldier with one leg he could have my seat in first class. I was going to do a show and was really tired. I guess he realized how exhausted I was and sent a note back saying, ‘No, thank. I know you’re really tired, Mr. Tucker. You’re getting ready to go and do a show and I really like you. I admire your movie. I loved you in ‘The Fifth Element.’
“I was like, ‘Man, this guy is great,’” Tucker continued. “A hero risking his life and with such [humility]. So doing this movie wasn’t just about bringing courageous soldiers to the screen, but a personal encounter I had with a soldier. Having met all of them at the airport, I had a personal connection. My character in the film has a personal connection to Bravo. He really roots for the Bravo guys and he wants to sell the movie rights and get their story told in a bigger way.”
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” opened in New York and Los Angeles last week but opens wide November 18.
Syndicated Entertainment journalist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at email@example.com
*Cynthia Erivo, a Tony winner for her performance in Broadway’s “The Color Purple,” has joined Viola Davis in New Regency’s heist thriller “Widows,” directed by Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”).
“Gone Girl” screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn is on board to pen the script with McQueen, according to Variety.
Based on the 1983 British miniseries about a caper gone wrong, the story follows four armed robbers who are killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their widows to finish the job.
The movie marks McQueen’s first feature since winning the best picture Academy Award for “12 Years a Slave” in 2014. He’s since been working on the HBO limited series “Codes of Conduct.”
HBO recently put “Codes of Conduct” on hold allowing McQueen to focus his energy on “Widows.”
“Widows” will be produced by McQueen, and Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films, who teamed with McQueen on “Shame” and also produced the best picture Oscar-winner “The King’s Speech.” Film4 is co-financing with New Regency.