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‘Hobbit’ Leads Pack of New Home Video Releases

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Once again, three new releases debuted in the top three spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ending March 29. This time, the leader of the pack is Warner’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third installment in the adventure fantasy trilogy, which debuted at No. 1 on… Read more »

Watch: First Trailer for Joel Edgerton’s ‘The Gift’

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The newly launched STX Entertainment has released the first trailer for its first release — “The Gift,” starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton — four months ahead of its July 31 release. Bateman and Hall portray a young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance encounter with a creepy… Read more »

‘American Sniper,’ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Drive First Quarter Box Office Up 3%

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Hits like “Cinderella” and “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” lifted the first quarter box office up 3% over the initial three months of 2014. Domestic ticket sales for the period ending in March closed at $2.47 billion compared to $2.4 billion a year ago, according to BoxOffice.com and Rentrak. Going into the quarter, many analysts expected… Read more »

Kristen Stewart in Talks for Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

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Kristen Stewart is in talks to join the TriStar pic “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” directed by Ang Lee. The cast includes Joe Alwyn as the title character and Garrett Hedlund. Based on the Ben Fountain novel, “Billy Lynn” will be co-financed by Jeff Robinov’s Fosun-backed Studio 8, together with Chinese distribution company Bona Film… Read more »

Harrison Ford ‘Recovering Remarkably’ After Plane Crash, Says Producer

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Harrison Ford is on the road to recovery, according to famed producer Frank Marshall, who spoke to Variety at the New York premiere of his latest project “Sinatra: All or Nothing at All” on Tuesday. Marshall reported that his “Indiana Jones” colleague and close friend has left the UCLA Medical Center and is now recuperating from the March… Read more »

Melissa McCarthy Exits CAA for UTA

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Following the mass defection of agents and clients from CAA’s comedy division, Melissa McCarthy is also voting with her feet. Sources tell Variety that McCarthy has decided to exit CAA and sign with UTA. The news follows the departures of 10 top agents, including comedy chiefs Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak, who have taken a… Read more »

Family and Friends Remember the Famous Crooner at HBO’s ‘Sinatra: All or Nothing at All’ Premiere

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To mark the late Frank Sinatra’s centennial birthday this year, HBO presents a detailed look at the music legend’s prolific life in “Sinatra: All or Nothing at All,” a two-part, four-hour documentary featuring never-before-seen footage, home movies and candid details of Sinatra’s private life provided by the man himself. Friends, family and admirers of Ol’ Blue… Read more »