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Shark Attack: A Deep Dive Into Cinema’s Sinister Obsession

Sarah Myles has a close encounter with the shark movie genre…

Movie trends ebb and flow, with thematically similar stories washing through our cinemas at regular intervals. War films, biopics, westerns, slasher movies, ghost stories – each has its season, and they return again and again in cyclical fashion. One trend that seems to be a constant, however, is the shark movie. Indeed, hardly a year goes by without some filmmaker or other telling a tale featuring these mythic marine villains.

It makes sense, because sharks make for excellent villains. Their almost prehistoric nature taps into our most primal fears, and these are then enhanced by the fact that these creatures lurk silently in the depths that represent a territory other than our own. Any encounter with a shark means that we, as humans, are literally and figuratively out of our depth. The water is their space, and we are the invaders.
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Film Review: ‘Crawl’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Crawl’
Dropped into the never-ending deluge of films that feature supernatural evil, grandiose comic-book villainy, or mad slashers who might as well be supernatural, “Crawl” devotes itself to a force of terror so stubbornly of this earth that it may strike Saturday-night audiences as faintly exotic. The movie, a scaled-down and waterlogged thriller, is built around a deadly attack of alligators — big, long wriggly ones that emerge during a category-five hurricane in southwest Florida. The director, Alexandre Aja, brings the critters to life through a combination of digital imagery, scale models, and (maybe) real-life alligators, all which add up to an impressively believable image of natural-born chomping fear. These gators look like real gators just as much as the current Godzilla looks not like a rubbery special effect but like an actual…uh, Godzilla.

Over the decades, there have been a handful of cheap scare flicks about alligators, notably “Alligator,” a
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Shanghai: Bona Film Group Buys Stake in Actress Li Bingbing's Talent Agency

Shanghai: Bona Film Group Buys Stake in Actress Li Bingbing's Talent Agency
Chinese studio Bona Film Group has taken a stake in Hesong Media, the talent agency founded by A-list actress Li Bingbing, co-star of last year's giant shark blockbuster The Meg with Jason Statham.

Hesong declined to share the size of the investment, but said Bona would become the agency's second-largest shareholder. The deal was unveiled at the Shanghai International Film Festival, where Bona held a lavish party celebrating its 20th anniversary in business.

Li launched Hesong in 2009 to manage her own acting career in China and nurture a stable of Chinese screen talent, such as TV star ...
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Shanghai: Chinese Film Industry Needs to Focus on Quality After Wobbly 2018

  • Variety
The economics of China’s film industry is no longer an unbroken story of double digit growth. Nor was 2018 quite as bad many companies have portrayed.

A major report on the business, published in Shanghai this week by the China Film Association, in partnership with the Motion Picture Association, showed the number of cinemas grew last year, but also that per screen attendance dropped. Theatrical box office grew by 9% to $9 billion, but China’s share of the global total only edged up from 21% in 2017 to 22% in 2018.

Liu Jia, film distributor and expert on the industry numbers, called 2018 “an up and down year” at a presentation on Thursday at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Her analysis of the Cfa data showed China as now “firmly the number two film market in the world,” increasingly dominated by female audience tastes, and increasingly driven by word of mouth marketing. Online ticketing is now dominant,
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Insane Biopic of Crazy Eddie Coming from Jon Turtletaub

Tony Sokol Jun 17, 2019

You've seen it in person, you've read the book, and bought the T-Shirt, now see the movie about Crazy Eddie's, it is Insane.

Everyone in the tri-state area shopped at the Crazy Eddie's store on Canal Street in the mid-seventies. His prices really were insane, just like his brilliant commercials, which ran incessantly in the neighborhood, promised. There was a feel to the place that you were buying prime consumer electronics which fell off a truck. This may have been because the chain, which was started in Brooklyn in 1971 in by Eddie and Sam M. Antar, was a front for something else. Jon Turteltaub will direct the biopic Insane about "Crazy" Eddie Antar, who did time on one of the greatest securities frauds in history, according to Deadline. The film is being financed by eOne. The screenplay was written by Peter Steinfeld.

Insane will focus on Sam E.
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Chinese Script Development Requires A Different Touch, Top Producers Say

  • Variety
Leading film producers highlighted the challenges of developing good scripts in China and abroad at a panel during the Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday.

Wanda Media Gm Jiang Wei (aka Wayne Jiang) recommended that producers remain aware of the real differences between the scriptwriting process for Chinese productions versus international and co-productions.

The fundamental distinction is that in China, “the screenwriting system is a service centered on the director, who is the creative center,” rather than the producer, he assessed. In his experience, he’d seen that this could be frustrating for Chinese writers, who, eager to finally put their own spin on things, would often fail to execute what he’d asked of them, and turn in scripts that veered too far away from the company or the director’s original vision, making it necessary to switch from writer to writer until someone stuck.

But when working on Hollywood films like “The Meg,
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Jon Turteltaub Has Been Hired to Direct Insane – The Story of 'Crazy' Eddie Antar, the Electronics King

Director Jon Turteltaub, who we all know from Cool Runnings, While You Were Sleeping, National Treasure, and The Meg, has been hired to take on the task of directing the movie Insane, about the real life story of “Crazy” Eddie Antar, the Electronics King. Deadline reports the following rundown of the story of Crazy Eddie:

Antar opened his first store in Brooklyn, grew quickly to 43 stores, and then briefly became a Wall Street sensation when he took the company public. Those were fueled by groundbreaking ads delivered with used car salesman subtlety, and frenzied enough to obscure trouble in the back room. The trouble was, Antar had been skimming money and falsifying inventory to inflate stock value. United States Attorney Michael Chertoff, who prosecuted the case, would call Eddie Antar the “Darth Vader of capitalism.”

Losing control of his company in a hostile takeover, Antar went on the lam after
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Jon Turteltaub To Direct ‘Insane,’ Rise & Fall Of Electronics King ‘Crazy’ Eddie Antar For eOne

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Entertainment One has set Jon Turteltaub to direct Insane, a film based on “Crazy” Eddie Antar, the late consumer electronics king who wound up serving six years in prison for perpetrating one of the greatest securities frauds in history. eOne will finance the project. 21 scribe Peter Steinfeld wrote the script. The project was set by eOne late last year, with an exclusive rights deal has been made with Crazy Eddie’s cousin and co-conspirator Sam E. Antar. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Peter Steinfeld, DeShawn Schneider, Mandy Stein will produce with Sam E. Antar serving as an Associate Producer.

Turteltaub’s credits include most recently the sleeper hit The Meg, Last Vegas, National Treasure, Phenomenon, While You Were Sleeping and Cool Runnings.

Those of a certain age who grew up in the New York metropolitan area had the discount appliance/stereo/TV chain Crazy Eddie burned into their retinas in
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'Aladdin' helps Disney cross $5bn at the global box office, on track for $10bn by year's end (update)

Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters rules weekend global, international box office.

June 3 Update: Disney’s magic carpet ride continued to soar in 2019 as the studio reported it crossed $5bn at the global box office, laying the foundations for an unprecedented $10bn target by the end of the year.

The studio has reached $5.147bn, of which $3.509bn comes from the international arena, and $1.638bn from North America.

Meanwhile Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters roared in China and Japan as it arrived with a $179m global bow, ruling global and international weekend box office.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
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'Aladdin' helps Disney cross $5bn at the global box office, on track for $10bn by year's end

Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters rules weekend global, international box office.

Disney’s magic carpet ride continued to soar in 2019 as the studio reported it crossed $5bn at the global box office, laying the foundations for an unprecedented $10bn target by the end of the year.

The studio has reached $5.147bn, of which $3.509bn comes from the international arena, and $1.638bn from North America.

Meanwhile Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters roared in China and Japan as it arrived with a $179m global bow, ruling global and international weekend box office.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International

With less than half the year gone,
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Disney crosses $5bn global, on track for $10bn by year’s end

Disney crosses $5bn global, on track for $10bn by year’s end
Disney’s magic carpet ride continued to soar in 2019 as the studio reported it crossed $5bn at the global box office, laying the foundations for an unprecedented $10bn target by the end of the year.

The studio has reached $5.147bn, of which $3.509bn comes from the international arena, and $1.638bn from North America.

Meanwhile Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters roared in China and Japan as it arrived with a $179m global bow, ruling global and international weekend box office.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International

With less than half the year gone,
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Disney crosses $5bn global, stays on track for $10bn by year’s end

Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters rules weekend global, international box office.

Disney’s magic carpet ride continued to soar in 2019 as the studio reported it crossed $5bn at the global box office, laying the foundations for an unprecedented $10bn target by the end of the year.

The studio has reached $5.147bn, of which $3.509bn comes from the international arena, and $1.638bn from North America.

Meanwhile Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters roared in China and Japan as it arrived with a $179m global bow, ruling global and international box office.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International

With less than half the year gone,
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'Godzilla' Sequel is Box Office King; 'Rocketman' and 'Ma' Top Expectations

'Godzilla' Sequel is Box Office King; 'Rocketman' and 'Ma' Top Expectations
WB's Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the king of the weekend box office, though doing so at the lower end of studio expectations. Meanwhile, both Paramount's Rocketman and Universal and Blumhouse's Ma topped studio expectations, the latter of which doing so on a small, $5 million budget. Overall, the weekend saw the top twelve deliver nearly $170 million, helping push the summer box office over $1.137 billion (+9% compared to 2018) and the yearly box office is now just -8.5% behind last year as that gap continues to close. With an estimated $49 million, WB's Godzilla: King of the Monsters fell short of the studio's $50-55 million expectations as it showed day-to-day declines after delivering a $19.6 million opening day (including $6.3 million from Thursday night previews). The film's opening is well short of the $93.2 million opening for the 2014 reboot as well as the $61 million opening for Kong: Skull Island back in March 2017. Comparatively, Skull
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’47 Meters Down: Uncaged’ Trailer: Not Even Underwater Ancient Mayan Caves Are Safe From Sharks

Sharks seem to be all the rage these days for location-based horror, with films like the Blake Lively thriller “The Shallows” and campy Jason Statham effort “The Meg” swimming up and trying to nibble on interested parties. Don’t forget 2017’s out-of-nowhere, low-budget success “47 Meters Down,” a film once destined for a straight-to-video fate that was picked up last-minute by Entertainment Studios and dropped right in the middle of the summer season.

Continue reading ’47 Meters Down: Uncaged’ Trailer: Not Even Underwater Ancient Mayan Caves Are Safe From Sharks at The Playlist.
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Titanoboa Movie Coming Resident Evil Team

Kirsten Howard May 23, 2019

The Meg's success has got some people wondering if there's gas in the oversized snake tank.

Resident Evil franchise masterminds Constantin Film and Jb Pictures have got a Titanoboa movie in development. The movie is looking to The Meg for inspiration as it plans to feature the giant extinct snake coming back from the dead somehow to wreak havoc, likely on some wholly unprepared humans.

The Titanoboa movie is being fast-tracked, according to Deadline, and will begin filming next year. There are no cast details to share with you yet, but Tony Giglio is penning the script right now. Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer, the team working to make Monster Hunter a success, are behind the film.

The biggest snake in noted history, the Titanoboa has been long dead for about 58 million years, but back in its heydey it weighed about 2,500 lbs and grew up to 42 ft long,
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Cannes: Ruby Rose's 'The Doorman' Adds Global Cast

Cannes: Ruby Rose's 'The Doorman' Adds Global Cast
The action-thriller feature The Doorman, starring Ruby Rose (The Meg, Batwoman) and French actor Jean Reno (Leon: The Professional), has filled out its lead cast with an eclectic collection of stars from around the world, including U.K. actor Rupert Evans, Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie, U.S. actor Julian Feder, Japanese actor Hideaki Ito and Danish actor David Sakurai.

Currently in production, the pic is being helmed by award-winning Japanese director Ryûhei Kitamura, known for The Midnight Meat Train.

The Doorman tells the story of an officer in the Marines who encountered traumatic events while serving her country and returns home looking for ...
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The Rock Wraps One Final Touch on Hobbs & Shaw

The Rock Wraps One Final Touch on Hobbs & Shaw
Dwayne Johnson says Hobbs & Shaw has officially wrapped. The Fast and Furious spin-off went into the post-production process back in February when principal photography wrapped while Johnson went over to go work on Jumanji 3, which just wrapped too. One really has to question whether or not Johnson ever sleeps or we might need to get into some investigative work to see if he has genetically engineered a clone of himself to keep pumping out so many movies in such a short amount of time.

Love him or not, Dwayne Johnson has a remarkable work ethic. Hobbs & Shaw ruffled some feathers when it was officially announced, mostly from Johnson's Fast and Furious family who saw the spin-off as a betrayal. However, things seem like they have finally cooled down as Fast and Furious 9 is currently shooting with an aim for release next summer. Johnson doesn't seem to dwell on the negative
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Lionsgate swoops on Ruby Rose, Jean Reno thriller 'The Doorman' (exclusive)

Double Dutch International handles international sales in Cannes.

Lionsgate has swooped on Us rights to thriller The Doorman starring Ruby Rose from The Meg and Jean Reno, which is shooting now and remains available for select territories in Cannes.

Double Dutch International CEO Jason Morning handles sales and has reported a raft of deals since he brought the project to market at the Efm in Berlin.

Japanese director Ryûhei Kitamura (Midnight Meat Train) directs the story of a former Marine officer (Rose) who gets a job as the doorman at a labyrinthine New York apartment.

Her efforts to live out
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Jaws Poster Is Stunningly Recreated with Real-Life Great White Shark

  • MovieWeb
It's taken 44 years to get here, but someone has finally recreated the iconic poster from Jaws using a real-life great white shark. And the results are absolutely stunning. The image was captured by Euan Rannachan off the west coast of Mexico.

Rannachan is renown for capturing breathtaking images of these giant beasts out in the wild. This 17ft predator is actually named Squirrel, a female caught rocketing to the water's surface, though there is no unsuspecting female prey looming overhead. The cage diver was but a mere few feet away when this image was snapped. About the photo, Euan went onto say this.

"The shark in my image is a female and her name is Squirrel. We'd been with her for a while. We have these people on the boat called shark wranglers and they throw these two-foot chunks of tuna to get the shark close to the surface', said the young photographer.
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Summer Box Office: Five Weekends to Watch

  • Variety
Summer Box Office: Five Weekends to Watch
Popcorn season is upon us, and it’ll be up to comic-book heroes, a wise-cracking genie, and a lion who would be king to ensure movie theaters are still the hottest place to spend the summer.

Last summer, blockbusters like “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Ocean’s 8,” and “The Meg” drove moviegoers to their local multiplex in record numbers. This year could be equally impressive. At the very least, Disney will be a force to be reckoned with as the studio unveils highly anticipated titles, including “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Lion King,” and “Toy Story 4.”

As the dog days approach, Variety took a look five weekends that should have the summer box office sizzling.

April 26: “Avengers: Endgame”

Summer is getting off to an earlier start with “Avengers: Endgame” debuting at the end of April, and Marvel’s epic superhero mashup couldn’t arrive at a better time.
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