‘Captain Marvel’ clobbers the competition to stay atop box office | Showbiz | Malay Mail

The film, which stars Brie Larson as a former fighter pilot who gains superpowers and finds herself embroiled in a galactic conflict, has already passed the lifetime takes of superhero adventures including Ant-Man and the Wasp and Iron Man 2, according to Variety.

Far back in second spot for this three-day weekend was a new animated production from Paramount, Wonder Park, at US$16 million.

Source: ‘Captain Marvel’ clobbers the competition to stay atop box office | Showbiz | Malay Mail

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Captain Marvel box office soars to Marvel’s seventh biggest opening | EW.com

Another winner for Disney’s Marvel Studios.

The 21st installment of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe — and its first film with a solo female headliner — earned an estimated $61.4 million after its domestic opening Friday night, including the $20.7 million from early Thursday previews.

That gives the MCU its seventh largest domestic opening day behind the threeAvengers films, Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, and Iron Man 3.

Disney is currently projecting a three-day box office gross in the range of $145-$155 million, which would potentially give Captain Marvel a larger opening weekend than Guardians of the Galaxy, Vo. 1 and Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok.

All this in spite of efforts from a certain ilk of Rotten Tomatoes users to tank the Audience Rating score on the platform. Critic reviews have been largely positive.

Source: Captain Marvel box office soars to Marvel’s seventh biggest opening | EW.com

Airwolf star Jan-Michael Vincent dies aged 74 after suffering cardiac arrest | Daily Mail Online

TMZ , who obtained the death certificate, reports that no autopsy was performed and the star was later cremated.

  • Actor passed away on February 10 as a patient at a North Carolina hospital
  • He had been suffering with ailing health in recent years and almost died in 2012 after an infection forced him to have his right leg amputated
  • At the height of his fame he admitted to issues with drugs and alcohol which reportedly contributed to the cancellation of Airwolf in 1986 

Source: Airwolf star Jan-Michael Vincent dies aged 74 after suffering cardiac arrest | Daily Mail Online

Academy clarifies controversial Oscars plans

The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24.

– All 24 Award categories are presented on stage in the Dolby Theatre, and included in the broadcast.

– Four categories — Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Live Action Short — were volunteered by their branches to have their nominees and winners announced by presenters, and included later in the broadcast. Time spent walking to the stage and off, will be edited out.

– The four winning speeches will be included in the broadcast.

– In future years, four to six different categories may be selected for rotation, in collaboration with the show producers. This year’s categories will be exempted in 2020.

Source: Academy clarifies controversial Oscars plans

From ‘Tom Jones’ to ‘Skyfall’: star Albert Finney dies at 82 – ABC News

Finney’s family said Friday that he “passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.” He died Thursday from a chest infection at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

Finney was a rare star who managed to avoid the Hollywood limelight for more than five decades after bursting to international fame in 1963 in the title role of “Tom Jones.”

The film gained him the first of five Oscar nominations. Others followed for “Murder on the Orient Express,” ”The Dresser,” ”Under the Volcano” and “Erin Brockovich.”

In later years he brought authority to action movies, including the James Bond thriller “Skyfall” and two of the Bourne films.

Source: From ‘Tom Jones’ to ‘Skyfall’: star Albert Finney dies at 82 – ABC News

List of Golden Globes 2019 winners | Fox News

Best Actor, TV Series, Musical or Comedy:
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

Best Motion Picture, Animated
“Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse”

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Richard Madden, “Bodyguard”

Best TV Series, Drama
“The Americans”

Best Supporting Actor, Television
Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal”

Best Actress, Television
Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”

Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement in Film
Jeff Bridges

Source: List of Golden Globes 2019 winners | Fox News

‘Aquaman’ Tops $940 Million Worldwide; Sony’s ‘Escape Room’ Unlocks $18M Debut – Box Office Mojo

It’s a third straight weekend atop the weekend box office for Warner Bros.’s Aquaman as the film pushed over $940 million worldwide, becoming the highest grossing worldwide release in the DC Extended Universe. However, Sony’s release of Escape Room made sure this weekend wasn’t all about holdovers. The PG-13 horror/thriller made some some noise of its own, delivering a surprise runner-up finish, helping prove once again that the beginning of the year is fertile ground for horror film debuts.

With an estimated $30.7 million, WB and DC Comics’s Aquaman is the #1 film at the domestic weekend box office for the third straight weekend. The film’s domestic cume now totals nearly $260 million and has now pulled even with Wonder Woman‘s performance after 16 days in release while still pacing behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a film Wonder Woman quickly left behind after 23 days in release. Aquamanwill most likely follow suit and, once again, finish #1 at the box office next weekend, becoming the first film in the DCEU to secure the top spot four weekends in a row.

Source: ‘Aquaman’ Tops $940 Million Worldwide; Sony’s ‘Escape Room’ Unlocks $18M Debut – Box Office Mojo

‘Aquaman’ Box Office: DC Standalone to Score $70 Million – Variety

The DC universe’s latest installment, “Aquaman,” is headed for a splashy debut, with an estimated $70 million from 4,125 North American locations.

The forecast sits at the higher end of most predictions for the film’s pre-Christmas debut. “Aquaman” has amassed $350.7 million internationally, including $18.9 million on Friday. Jason Momoa stars as the titular hero, with Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard and Patrick Wilson co-starring.

Warner Bros. gave the film a pricey $200 million budget, which it has already recouped overseas. It’s the first standalone DCU film since 2017’s “Wonder Woman,” which debuted with $103 million last year, eventually totaling $412 million domestically.

Source: ‘Aquaman’ Box Office: DC Standalone to Score $70 Million – Variety

Penny Marshall, co-star of ‘Laverne & Shirley’ and director of ‘Big,’ dead at 75 – CNN

Actress Penny Marshall, who found fame in TV’s “Laverne & Shirley” before going on to direct such beloved films as “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” has died. She was 75.

Source: Penny Marshall, co-star of ‘Laverne & Shirley’ and director of ‘Big,’ dead at 75 – CNN

Golden Globes: Nominations For Lady Gaga, ‘Black Panther’ And ‘Crazy Rich Asians : NPR

By Linda Holmes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the Golden Globes on Thursday morning. There were strong showings for FX, HBO and Amazon, and for films not even out yet.

Unlike the Oscars, the Globes divide films for most purposes into “drama” and “musical or comedy.” So rather than a single best picture category, you have a best drama category that includes Black PantherBlacKkKlansmanBohemian RhapsodyIf Beale Street Could Talk and A Star Is Born. The best musical or comedy category includes Crazy Rich AsiansThe FavouriteGreen BookMary Poppins Returns, and Vice. Some notable films not appearing on either list: First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke; Damien Chazelle’s First Man, starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong; A Quiet Place, a critically acclaimed horror film nominated only for its score; and Widows, a heist film directed by 12 Years A Slave‘s Steve McQueen and starring Viola Davis.

Source: Golden Globes: Nominations For Lady Gaga, ‘Black Panther’ And ‘Crazy Rich Asians : NPR

AT&T Plans 3-Tiered WarnerMedia Streaming Service to Take On Netflix – WSJ

 

AT&T Inc., trying to reassure investors it can capitalize on its big acquisition of Time Warner, said it plans to offer three versions of a new streaming video service next year that will feature original movies and television series from Warner Bros., Turner and HBO.

Source: AT&T Plans 3-Tiered WarnerMedia Streaming Service to Take On Netflix – WSJ

YouTube starts showing free Hollywood movies with ad breaks | Digital – Ad Age

Last month, YouTube quietly began showing ad-supported movies for the first time, giving viewers access to Hollywood titles including “The Terminator” and “Legally Blonde” for free.

The platform started promoting the free feature-length films in the movie section of the site in October, where it has sold movies and shows for years. Consumers could buy the latest blockbusters and prime-time TV programs through YouTube as they might on Apple iTunes and Amazon Prime, but there was never a free option to watch the movies in exchange for commercial interruptions.

Source: YouTube starts showing free Hollywood movies with ad breaks | Digital – Ad Age