World War Z 2 Still Without Director Despite Talks With David Fincher

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) After losing its director early last year, World War Z 2 is still hanging in limbo despite originally having a June 2017 release date. Last August, it was reported that Brad Pitt, who is producing the sequel under his Plan B Entertainment banner, had approached … [Read more...]

World War Z 2 Director Leaves Sequel

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Brad Pitt must be wondered whether his World War Z franchise is cursed - as the second movie has just lost its director Juan Antonio Bayona. The follow-up to the 2013 zombie blockbuster was due to start filming this year, ahead of a June 2017 release. However … [Read more...]

World War Z 2 Will Be Unleashed In June 2017

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Paramount Pictures has confirmed that World War Z 2 will hit screens in June 2017. The studio has assembled a strong team for the sequel, led by producer and star Brad Pitt, director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) and writer Steven Knight (Eastern … [Read more...]

George A. Romero’s Empire of the Dead Headed to Television

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) There's a new zombie-comic-turned-television show in the works with Empire of the Dead, based on the 15-issue miniseries published by Marvel Comics due to end in August of this year. What's more is that the comic book series was written by the father of modern … [Read more...]

Is China The Future Of Blockbuster Cinema?

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) While summer 2014 is one of the worst box offices in recent memory, it seems that Hollywood is starting to look East in its quest for bigger commercial returns. That's right, while North American box office earnings are down 20% from last year, China's box office was … [Read more...]

Writer Steven Knight Developing World War Z Sequel Script

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Despite a troubled production, zombie blockbuster World War Z grossed an impressive $540 million at the box office, making a sequel a dead certainty. However, because director Marc Forster fell out with producer and star Brad Pitt during filming of the first … [Read more...]

George A. Romero Turned Down ‘Soap Opera’ The Walking Dead

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) George A. Romero pioneered and popularized the zombie sub-genre of horror, with his original Dead trilogy. Now thanks to him, undead flesh eaters are all over the place; on film, television and in video games. One of the projects to capitalize on Romero's legacy, to … [Read more...]

Marc Forster Dumped From World War Z Sequel

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) One of the most surprising box-office successes of the year was Brad Pitt's zombie epic World War Z. The production, which was helmed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), was fraught with tension, leading to reports that the director and star Pitt were communicating … [Read more...]

Paramount film studio to lay off 110 workers

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Paramount Pictures will eliminate 110 positions in areas including finance and marketing as part of a realignment at the film studio owned by Viacom Inc, according to a memo to employees obtained by Reuters. The layoffs will affect about 5 percent of the studio's 2,200 … [Read more...]

BetterFlicks Shines Spotlight on Formula Films

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It's no secret that Hollywood's latest films are genre driven. While we love films like Man of Steel and The Avengers, for every one of those, we have star driven projects like Iron Man 3 (with Robert Downey, Jr.) and World War Z (Brad Pitt), which may have made … [Read more...]

Box office – Brad Pitt, Horror, Ryan Reynolds and China: The summer’s biggest winners and losers

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By Lucas Shaw (TheWrap) The press loves sex, death and failure - so it's no surprise entertainment writers spent the summer selling stories of outsized box office flops. Lost millions? Angry movie stars? We're all in. Yet industry experts say the Schadenfreude is overblown: Research by Screen … [Read more...]

M. Night Shyamalan ruins Will Smith, Henry Cavill soars: 8 burning box office questions answered

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By Lucas Shaw - NEW YORK (TheWrap) Before Iron Man trounced Superman and Universal won the summer, TheWrap asked eight questions about the year's loudest and least imaginative time of year. While one of them has no answer - no independent film will top $25 million at the box office - Hollywood … [Read more...]

Summer’s 5 Biggest Box Office Overachievers

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By Todd Cunningham - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) "Iron Man 3," "Despicable Me 2" and "Man of Steel" have grabbed the headlines as the top-grossing movies of summer, and flops like "The Lone Ranger," "After Earth" and "R.I.P.D." generated their share, too. Here are five films - some big, some small - … [Read more...]

Are Big-Budget Bombs A Harbinger of Filmmakers’ Box Office Prophecy?

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Lucas and Spielberg's words haunting as summer blockbusters stutter at the box office. By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) After Earth. $130 million. White House Down. $150 million. The Lone Ranger. $215 million. Pacific Rim. $190 million.  R.I.P.D. $130 million.  Turbo. $135 Million. Are we … [Read more...]

3D Ticket Prices on the Rise with Blockbuster Summer Films

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Directors says format is overused By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With the arrival of the summer blockbuster movie season, box office ticket prices once again rose, and the 3D and IMAX options had the largest increase with ticket prices rising to record levels.  With the second quarter of 2013, … [Read more...]

Exclusive: ‘Despicable Me 2’ denied release in China

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By Brent Lang - LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) "Despicable Me 2" has been denied a theatrical release in China, TheWrap has learned. It is not clear why the country rejected the film and whether it had to do with censorship issues, but the Universal film - a juggernaut at the global box office - will not … [Read more...]