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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Movies

Tom Holland has told fans on Instagram that the title of his next "Spider-Man" movie will be called "Spider-Man: Far From Home." The Hollywood Reporter reports the project will be the first solo movie for the friendly neighborhood web-slinger to take him out of NYC -- to locations including London. The film, co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal as the baddie Mysterio, will open July 5, 2019, two months after the planned "Avengers 4." (Page Six)

Box Office: How Families Saved 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' From Endangered Species List. The sequel opened to a better-than-expected $150 million in North America, even while pacing 28 percent behind the launch of 'Jurassic World' three years ago. Fads come and go. But when it comes to dinosaurs, kids remain enraptured by raptors. Thanks in large part to families, Universal's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opened to a better-than-expected $150 million at the North American box office. Coming one week after Disney and Pixar's animated pic Incredibles 2 launched to a record-shattering $182.7 million domestically, its debut is another reminder of the buying power of the families. Heading into its opening, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was tracking to open to $130 million, which would have been a disappointing start for a movie that cost at least $170 million to produce before a hefty marketing spend. And it also would have meant that Universal faced the tough task of explaining why the sequel couldn't come close to matching the $208.8 million debut of Jurassic World in summer 2015. But as kids flocked to see Fallen Kingdom with adults in tow, the grosses kept climbing higher throughout the weekend. While superhero and other action tentpoles always draw their share of parents and children, Jurassic World played more like a family film than a fanboy event film. According to Universal, 56 percent of ticket buyers were under the age of 25 -- the exact same percentage as for Incredibles 2. Conversely, that compares to 50 percent for the first Jurassic World, or 42 percent for the more recent all-audience tentpole Avengers: Infinity War, and the just 18 percent of under-25s for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Jurassic World 2 also bested Disney's March family live-action film A Wrinkle in Time, whose opening weekend audience included only 42 percent under the age of 25. The ability of Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World 2 to galvanize families resulted in one of only three times in history when a movie has opened to $100 million or more on two consecutive weekends, and it's only the first time when one of the weekends wasn't a holiday. "Movies that appeal to families are critical," says Patrick Corcoran of the National Associaton of Theater Owners. "And it's simple math -- offer something that appeals to four or five people, you gross bigger and faster than if you appeal to people in ones or twos. Family titles build for the future. Give people good experiences when they're young and you establish a lifelong habit." Adds Imax Entertainment CEO Greg Foster: "Going forward, I think Hollywood will find an ever-greater appetite for developing dynamic action franchises that speak to fanboys/fangirls and families alike. If you think about it, this phenomenon can be found in titles like Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy." There was a pent-up demand for family movies when Incredibles 2 opened. In its first 10 days, the sequel has grossed $350.4 million domestically, already making it the third-biggest movie of the year to date and putting it ahead of the $261.4 million grossed by The Incredibles (2004) during its entire domestic run, not adjusted for inflation. Globally, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has grossed north of $711 million to date, while Incredibles 2 -- which is rolling out more slowly offshore -- has earned $485 million worldwide. (Hollywood Reporter)

KKK Drama 'Burden' Takes Top Prize at Nantucket Film Fest. Jesse Peretz's 'Juliet, Naked' won the runner-up prize, while Dava Whisenant's 'Bathtubs Over Broadway' won the best doc feature. Andrew Heckler's Burden won the audience award for best narrative feature at the 23rd annual Nantucket Film Festival. The awards, unveiled as the five-day festival wrapped, saw Jesse Peretz's Juliet, Naked, written by Evgenia Peretz, Jim Taylor & Tamara Jenkins, take home the runner-up prize. Dava Whisenant's Bathtubs Over Broadway won the best documentary feature award, while Rudy Valdez's The Sentence was named the runner-up. Irene Taylor Brodsky's Homeless: The Soundtrackwas awarded best short film, and Randall Christopher's The Driver Is Red is the runner-up. In addition, NFF revealed its Best of Fest selections, special repeat screenings determined by popular demand: Morgan Neville's Won't You Be My Neighbor and Juliet, Naked. NFF also announced the winners of the Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition, which recognizes the best-unproduced screenplays and TV pilots written by emerging writers. Henry Hayes and Zolan Kanno-Youngs' Cambridge received the top prize as the winner of the feature screenplay competition. The Episodic Screenplay nods went to Kellen Hertz's for Legacy and to Huong Nguyen for All We Do Is Nguyen. The Short Screenplay Competition was won by Margaret Kane-Rowe for Cinderella War. Henry Hayes and Zolan Kanno-Youngs' Cambridge centers on the life of Boston Marathon bomber ?Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as seen by friends who knew him before the event and who struggle to reconcile their friend with the killer he became. Hayes received a $5,000 cash prize, VIP access to this year's festival, a bound copy of his script, and an exclusive spot in the Screenwriters Colony writers retreat on Nantucket for the entire month of October. Legacy explores the unearthing of a conspiracy behind a notorious, decades-old murder at an elite Connecticut university. Hertz received a $1,000 cash prize as well as a consultation with a Showtime executive. All We Do Is Nguyen is inspired by her family's Vietnamese-Midwestern background, centering on an overachieving grown-up daughter as she adjusts to living back in her parents' home. Nguyen received a $1,000 cash prize, VIP access to this year's festival, a consultation with a Showtime executive and one of only four slots in the Screenwriters Colony: Episodic Comedy, a two-week immersive writing and mentorship program on Nantucket earlier this month. Cinderella War chronicles the story of a quiet family in Ireland who receive a hostile visit from the Irish Republican Army. Kane-Rowe received a $500 cash prize and VIP access to this year's festival. The Feature & Shorts Screenplay Competition jury was comprised of producer Miranda Bailey (The Squid and the Whale), Deadline Hollywood's Dade Hayes and SXSW director of film Janet Pierson. The Episodic Screenplay Competition jury was comprised of writer/producer Paul Eckstein (Godfather of Harlem, Narcos), showrunner/writer/producer Sera Gamble (You, The Magicians) and Screenwriters Colony executive director Lydia Cavallo Zasa. NFF also announced the winner of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Excellence in Filmmaking Award, a $5,000 grant to an emerging female filmmaker in honor of the late writer, director and actress and her contributions to film. This year's recipient is Nancy Schwartzman, director of Roll Red Roll, an investigation into a notorious case of sexual assault by members of small-town high school football team. "As our 23rd edition comes to an end, we offer our heartfelt congratulations to the winners and are thrilled the audience resonated with their incredible, thought-provoking and vibrant films," said NFF executive director Mystelle Brabbee and NFF film program director Basil Tsiokos. "We thank all of our filmmakers, audience members, staff, sponsors and volunteers for making the festival possible and such a success this year." This year's festival attracted a number of high-profile industry figures including Ben Stiller and Mike Birbiglia, who co-hosted the Screenwriters Tribute Awards; director and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Noah Baumbach, who accepted the Screenwriting Tribute Award, presented to him by his frequent collaborator Adam Driver; and Burden's writer-director Heckler and star Garrett Hedlund, who appeared together for a post-screening Q&A. Neville received the Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling Award, while Heckler was tapped with the New Voices in Screenwriting Award. Other festival attendees included Greta Gerwig, Thomas Middleditch and documentarian Barbara Kopple. (Hollywood Reporter)

Thai Hit 'Bad Genius' Set for Bollywood Remake. The real-life inspired caper set box-office records in Thailand and earned $41 million in China, sparking a wave of interest in Thai filmmaking amongst Chinese distributors. Thai caper Bad Genius ('Chalat Kem Kong') is all set for a Bollywood remake. Based on recent real-life scandals in Asia in the international college-admission SATs, Bad Geniuswas Thailand's biggest hit last year, collecting over $3 million locally. But it played gangbusters in China, where the movie grossed $41 million and has sparked Chinese distributors' interest in Thai filmmakers. In its review, THR described the film as "a cleverly executed thriller that passes the test." Bad Genius was directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya and produced by leading Thai studio GDH. At Cannes this year, GDH sold its latest title, Brother of the Year, to China and Taiwan for theatrical release. Hindi-language remake is being co-produced by Reliance Entertainment and its affiliate banner Plan C Studios along with Azure Entertainment. While a director for the remake is not yet confirmed, well-known writer-producer-director Neeraj Pandey will creatively supervise the remake. Plan C is a joint venture between Pandey's banner Friday Filmworks and Reliance. Pandey has helmed thrillers such as his 2008 debut A Wednesday to recent hits like 2015's Baby, starring top actor Akshay Kumar. Plan C Studios' recent releases include last year's social drama Toilet: A Love Story, which was co-produced with Viacom18 Motion Pictures. (Hollywood Reporter)

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