High-profile follow-up to last year’s “Hunger Games” blockbuster will appear out of competition Nov. 14, eight days before its U.S. preem and three days after its world premiere in London.
The “Catching Fire” Rome gala, for which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are attending the red carpet, fits in nicely with artistic director Marco Mueller’s stated vision for the Eternal City event as a pre-Thanksgiving launching pad for high-profile Hollywood titles. The Rome Film Fest will be held Nov. 8-17 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
The London and Rome “Catching Fire” launches prior to the U.S. release and day-and-date across most of the planet underscore the importance of international box office.
Wall Street analysts have predicted that “Catching Fire” will top $900 million in worldwide grosses after it opens Nov. 22 — far above $691 million box office for the first “HungerGames.”
Pic, directed by Francis Lawrence, will bow theatrically in Italy on Nov. 27 via Universal.
The highly anticipated sequel begins as Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. It is based on thre second novel in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, that sold over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.
The global import-export strategies of the U.S. majors are in flux as the world’s major content companies gather this week in Cannes for the annual Mipcom market and conference. Disney, WarnerMedia and the other handful of media conglomerates that control the vast majority of the U.S. market are in the midst of a radical transition [...]
Jane Fonda was arrested on Friday in Washington, D.C. during a climate change protest, Variety has confirmed. “Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 16 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol,” Capitol Police communications director Eva Malecki said in a statement to Variety. She added that all were charged with crowding, [...]
A wind-whipped wildfire has spread across parts of the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles and forced evacuations, threatened thousands of homes and closed parts of five major freeways. The Saddleridge fire has prompted mandatory evacuations affecting about 100,000 people between Porter Ranch, Granada Hills and Sylmar. Mandatory evacuations have been called for about [...]
Howard University and Amazon Studios have teamed to launch Howard Entertainment, a two-semester program based in Los Angeles that offers Howard students the ability to take courses, network with Amazon industry partners and gain work experience in the entertainment industry. The inaugural program will begin January. The curriculum and immersive experiences will start with academic [...]
The Prince Estate strongly criticized the Trump campaign for playing “Purple Rain” at a Minneapolis rally in which the president made multiple aggressive and juvenile comments about Democratic leaders, Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce and Jay-Z. In a statement posted on social media, the Estate wrote, “President Trump played Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ tonight at a campaign event [...]
A New York judge on Thursday dismissed a claim that Charlie Rose retaliated against three female employees who complained of sexual harassment. Judge Doris Ling-Cohan found that while Rose had allegedly disparaged the women — calling one a “f—ing idiot” and another a “f—ing kindergartner” — his comments did not amount to retaliation under the [...]
James Murdoch has purchased a minority stake in Vice Media, the once-upstart brand that is trying to reconfigure itself as many prominent digital-media brand grapple with a wave of consolidation, according to a new report. The Financial Times reported that Murdoch’s investment vehicle, Lupa Systems, has secured a small ownership stake in Vice. A spokeswoman [...]