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Weekend Box Office: 'Think Like A Man' Back On Top, But No One Wants A 'Five-Year Engagement'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 29, 2012 11:47 AM
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Let this be a wakeup call. For the second straight weekend, “Think Like A Man,” cast with actors actresses usually stuck playing “ethnic sidekicks” to more marketable white stars, didn’t just lead the box office, it dominated. With the film in slightly over 2000 theaters, less than any other movie finishing in the top eight, “Man” played to solid box office, with a second-weekend per-screen average of nearly $9k almost tripling similar statistics from the week’s other releases. There were four major studio releases this weekend, and none came close to this.

'47 Ronin' Bumped To February 8, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 2:09 PM
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So, was it because of the reshoots that are apparently taking place on "47 Ronin" or to give the film more time to get the 3D looking right? Well, it depends on who you believe but either way, if you wanted to see the Keanu Reeves-led samurai epic, you're going to have to wait just a little bit longer.

Universal Lands Sci-Fi Thriller 'Agent 13' With Charlize Theron & Rupert Wyatt Attached

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 23, 2012 10:39 AM
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A few days ago, we reported “Agent 13,” a sci-fi adaptation with Charlize Theron and director Rupert Wyatt attached, was being prepared for an intense bidding war amongst studios, and it seems the project has indeed found a home.

Robert De Niro Talks 'Deer Hunter' & 'Midnight Run 2' And Judd Apatow Looks Back On His Work At The Tribeca Film Festival

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 20, 2012 12:19 PM
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Yesterday at the Tribeca Film Festival, a special event was held celebrating the centennial anniversary of Universal Pictures. This “100 Years Panel,” hosted by Deadline staffer Mike Fleming, featured an introduction by Ron Meyer, Universal’s long-standing CEO, and panelists Judd Apatow and Robert De Niro (both frequent Universal employees and creative partners). And while this might have seemed like a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Universal’s first 100 years (and the movies De Niro and Apatow have memorably contributed), it turned out to be a slog – an excruciatingly unentertaining hour that oscillated between terse answers by De Niro and wild outbursts from Apatow.

Vince Vaughn To Lead Universal's Big Screen Reboot Of 'The Rockford Files'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 2:40 PM
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While Sony is celebrating the success of "21 Jump Street" and the rest of Hollywood dusts off various TV reboots they've had sitting in drawers, for Vince Vaughn, he's been there and done that already. In 2004 he teamed with Owen Wilson and director Todd Phillips for "Starsky & Hutch" carrying the film to over $170 million worldwide, which is not a bad chunk of change at all. And it looks like Universal are hoping the actor can work the same magic on a property they have been developing.

Discuss: Does America Want To See Their Kinks At The Multiplex With 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2012 1:12 PM
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There is no doubt that films aimed squarely at women is an underserved market. Every year there is a title or two that does solid business (think "Julie & Julia," "Eat Pray Love," "The Help") that makes Hollywood act surprised that if you give that demographic quality product, they'll turn out to see it. And so, it's not really much of shock that one of the hottest books of the year for women started a studio bidding war.

Universal Scares 'Ouija' Back To Life For 2013 Release, But As A Cheapie $5 Million Movie Instead Of $100 Million Blockbuster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 3:12 PM
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With studios no longer willing to take expensive bets, the name of the game these days has been Return On Investment. Universal spent most of the last year dumping a number of expensive projects, and severing their relationship with Hasbro which spawned the $200 million soggy blockbuster "Battleship." So far in 2012, the studio is batting .500 with two hits -- "Contraband" and "Safe House" -- and two flops in "Big Miracle" and "Wanderlust" (seriously, what is wrong with everyone, this movie is fun). But it seems one project they axed has found it's way back into development.

Universal Buys New Spy Franchise From Josh Zetumer, Scribe Behind Unused 'Bourne 4' Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2012 5:00 PM
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Let's rewind back to the fall of 2009 shall we? It was ugly time inside the offices of Universal, as executives were in a battle with Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon a fourth entry in the Jason Bourne series. Not to rehash the whole drama, but essentially, George Nolfi had penned a draft that wasn't quite working and without consulting Paul Greengrass, Universal brought in Josh Zetumer to write a "parallel" script for consideration. Coming into the gig, Zetumer was a hot name, if not quite known outside Hollywood just yet. His name was a staple of the Black List and he already had "The Infiltrator" in development with Leonard DiCaprio's company Appian Way, and wrote a draft for Peter Berg's ultimately aborted "Dune." And while "Bourne 4" never came to pass, the script was still knocking around it seems some light bulbs have gone off over at Unviersal.

Universal Revives ‘Dracula Year Zero’ Without Sam Worthington & Alex Proyas; Gary Shore To Direct

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 11, 2012 9:15 AM
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With movie projects dying out left and right, it only makes sense that some aborted ideas would be resurrected. Hence, "Dracula Year Zero," a dopily titled period piece about Prince Vlad, the noble-but-doomed hero who later became known as Vlad the Impaler, and later Blacula Dracula. Originally, Sam Worthington was set to star for director Alex Proyas. However, the "Dark City" helmer abandoned the film to take on the now-dead "Paradise Lost," ostensibly taking Worthington with him, and setting the stage for newbie director Gary Shore to adopt the project from a new script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.

Adam Sandler To Co-Write & Produce 'Candyland' For Sony

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 4:00 PM
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As if the idea of a "Candyland" movie wasn't bad enough, along comes Adam Sandler. Continuing their purge of Hasbro-related franchises -- which saw "Stretch Armstrong" go to Relativity yesterday -- Universal has let their deal on "Candyland" expire as well, as Sony Pictures and Sandler's Happy Madison production shingle will now take it on. Good lord.

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