‘Doctor Strange' remains atop box office as 'Top Gun' looms
Film Review - Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness This image released by Marvel Studios shows, from left, Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange in a scene from "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." (Marvel Studios via AP) (Uncredited)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Doctor Strange and his multiverse got to linger a little longer atop the weekend box office as Tom Cruise and “Top Gun” wait in the wings. “Downtown Abbey: A New Era” made a strong opening showing for Focus Features with $16 million from 3,820 theaters, but there was no real blockbuster competition for “Doctor Strange." Released by the Walt Disney Co. and directed by Sam Raimi, " Doctor Strange 2 " benefitted from being the first Marvel movie to follow "Spider-Man: No Way Home," in which Benedict Cumberbatch's sorcerer played a pivotal role. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” $31.6 million.wftv.com
‘Doctor Strange 2’ keeps hold on top spot in 2nd weekend
Film Review - Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness This image released by Marvel Studios shows, from left, Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange in a scene from "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." Released by the Walt Disney Co., " Doctor Strange 2 " benefitted from being the first Marvel movie to follow "Spider-Man: No Way Home," in which Benedict Cumberbatch's sorcerer played a pivotal role. Directed by Sam Raimi, “Doctor Strange 2” also builds upon the popular Disney+ series “Wandavision” and contains a number of cameos that fans didn’t want to be spoiled. The elements all came together to give “Doctor Strange” the 11th-biggest domestic debut of all time. The movie has already exceeded the global earnings of the first “Doctor Strange” movie, as well as 11 other Marvel Cinematic Universe titles — and it's not even playing in China.wftv.com
Heroic debut: ‘Doctor Strange 2’ debuts with $185M opening weekend
Big opening: Benedict Wong, left, Elizabeth Olsen, and Benedict Cumberbatch attended Marvel's "Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness" New York screening on Thursday. ( Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)Doctor Strange had North American moviegoers spellbound in its opening weekend. #DoctorStrange scored the 11th biggest domestic opening weekend in history, easily delivering the top opening weekend of 2022. Prior to this weekend, “The Batman” stood as the year’s biggest opening weekend with $134 million. https://t.co/6Hj542lEcY — Variety (@Variety) May 8, 2022The “Doctor Strange” sequel outgrossed the original 2016 adventure on its first day, grossing $90 million in North America, Variety reported.wftv.com
‘Doctor Strange 2’ conjures up biggest opening of 2022
Summer Movie Preview This image released by Marvel Studios shows Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange in a scene from "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." (Marvel Studios via AP) (Uncredited)The summer movie season is off to a blockbuster start thanks to " Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness." In total, “Doctor Strange 2” has already made $450 million. "Doctor Strange 2" picks up several months after the events of "No Way Home," and brings in Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff, who became even more popular thanks to the recent Disney+ series "WandaVision." Part of that is due to the fact that many multiplexes chose to pack their theaters with wall-to-wall "Doctor Strange" screenings.wftv.com
‘Doctor Strange’ actress Zara Phythian accused of sex acts with tween
Martial artist and actress Zara Phythian, who acted alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2016 Marvel Studios film “Dr. Strange,” reportedly stands accused of grooming and participating in sex acts with a girl who was 13 years old at the time. The BBC reports that a British court heard Phythian, 36, and her now 59-year-old husband Victor Marke, allegedly had a sexual relationship with the ...news.yahoo.com
Oscars swag: See what’s inside the nearly $140K gift bags for VIPs
>> Read more trending newsFor the 20th consecutive year, Distinctive Assets is distributing its famously expensive “Everybody Wins” gift bags to select nominees, valued this year at slightly more than $137,000, CNBC reported. According to the Los Angeles-based marketing company, the grown-up goodie bags include items ranging from designer popcorn to a voucher for $12,000 worth of liposuction. “It’s a very small group of people compared to the 150 gift bags we create for the Grammys,” Distinctive Assets founder Lash Fary told CNBC. Distinctive Assets is not affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science, Fox Business reported. High-profile recipients of this year’s swag bags include “West Side Story” director Steven Spielberg, “Power of the Dog” star Benedict Cumberbatch and “Spencer” star Kristen Stewart, the network reported.wftv.com
'The Power of the Dog' wins best picture at UK's BAFTAs
Britain Bafta Film Awards 2022 Arrivals Lady Gaga poses for photographers upon arrival at the 75th British Academy Film Awards, BAFTA's, in London Sunday, March 13, 2022. Jane Campion was named best director for “The Power of the Dog,” only the third woman to win the prize in the awards’ 75-year history. British film academy chairman Krishnendu Majumdar opened the show, hosted by Australian actor-comedian Rebel Wilson, with a message of support for Ukraine. "The Power of the Dog,” set in 1920s Montana and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a ranch owner, was nominated in eight categories and won two big ones: best film and best director. Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical “Belfast,” the story of a childhood overshadowed by Northern Ireland’s violent “Troubles,” was named best British film.wftv.com
'Dune' takes prizes as BAFTA film awards salute Ukraine
Britain Bafta Film Awards 2022 Arrivals Lady Gaga poses for photographers upon arrival at the 75th British Academy Film Awards, BAFTA's, in London Sunday, March 13, 2022. Krishnendu Majumdar, chairman of the British Film Academy, known as BAFTA, opened the show with a message of support for Ukraine. Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya, has 11 nominations including best film, cinematography and original score. Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” set in 1920s Montana and starring Cumberbatch as a ranch owner, has eight including best director and best film. The British awards are usually held a week or two before the Academy Awards and have become an important awards-season staging post.wftv.com
'Dune,' 'Power of the Dog' lead race for BAFTA film awards
Britain BAFTA Nominees' Party Ariana DeBose poses for photographers upon arrival to the BAFTA Nominees' Party in central London Saturday, Mar. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP) (Joel C Ryan)LONDON — (AP) — Sci-fi epic “Dune” and dark western “The Power of the Dog” lead the race as the British Academy Film Awards return Sunday with a live, black-tie ceremony after a pandemic-curtailed event in 2021. Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya, has 11 nominations including best film, cinematography and original score. Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” set in 1920s Montana and starring Cumberbatch as a ranch owner, has eight including best director and best film. Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical “Belfast,” the story of a childhood overshadowed by Northern Ireland’s violent “Troubles,” has six nominations including best film.wftv.com
After a year away, Oscar nominees celebrate together
94th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon - Arrivals Will Smith, left, and Denzel Washington arrive at the 94th Academy Awards nominees luncheon on Monday, March 7, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) (Jordan Strauss)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — The Oscar race may be heating up, but you wouldn’t know it to peek in on the nominees luncheon Monday in Los Angeles. Attendees packed into a ballroom at the Fairmont Century City for the annual luncheon, where nominees get to mingle and celebrate. Will Smith and Denzel Washington, both best actor nominees this year, smiled and grabbed each other's hands. Bill Corso, an Oscar winning hair and makeup artist, is one who was on the committee that made the decision.wftv.com
Benedict Cumberbatch was 'floored' when he emerged from his 'Power of the Dog' coffin to find the crew throwing a 'weird celebration' for him
Cumberbatch told the Los Angeles Times that he was so immersed in his "Power of the Dog" character that he didn't meet the crew until filming ended.news.yahoo.com
Oscar nominations: ‘Power of the Dog’ leads with 12 nominations
We now know who will be vying for the Oscar this year. >> Read more trending newsLeading the pack is the Benedict Cumberbatch film “The Power of the Dog” with a dozen nominations. “The Power of the Dog” is up against films: “Belfast,” “Coda,” “Don’t Look Up,” “Drive My Car,” “Dune,” “King Richard,” “Licorice Pizza,” “Nightmare Alley” and “West Side Story” for the Best Picture category. The nominations for Actress in a Leading Role go to... #Oscars pic.twitter.com/utVajzOlsU — The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 8, 2022In the Leading Actor category, Cumberbatch is nominated alongside Javier Bardem, Will Smith, Andrew Garfield and Denzel Washington. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/MnYubtOJVa — The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 8, 2022The Oscar ceremony will be held on March 27 at the Dolby Theater, the AP reported.wftv.com
'Power of the Dog' tops Oscar noms with 12; 'Dune' nabs 10
Awards Season 2022 This image released by Netflix shows Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Jesse Plemons in a scene from "The Power of the Dog." In nominations announced Tuesday, Campion’s film landed a leading 12 nominations, including nods for best picture, best director and all of its top actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Campion, a nominee for 1993′s “The Piano,” became the first woman to ever be nominated twice for best director. Films including “Dune" (despite the objections of its director), Pixar's “Luca" and “King Richard” were among those that went straight to homes. As COVID-19 cases surged in the last two months due to the omicron variant, much of Oscar season also turned virtual.wftv.com
'Dune,' 'The Power Of The Dog' lead BAFTA nominations
LONDON — (AP) — Sci-fi epic blockbuster “Dune" and Jane Campion's dark Western “The Power Of The Dog” lead the nominations for this year's British Academy Film Awards, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lady Gaga among those up for leading actor awards. “Dune,” starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya, received eleven nominations Thursday including best film, cinematography and original score. “The Power of the Dog,” set in 1920s Montana and starring Cumberbatch as a ranch owner, follows close behind with eight nominations, including best director and best film. Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical “Belfast,” which tells of a childhood in Northern Ireland during the bloody conflict known as The Troubles, was also nominated for best film and five other categories. The other two contenders for best film are “Don't Look Up," the disaster comedy starring DiCaprio, and coming-of-age drama “Licorice Pizza."wftv.com
‘Spider-Man’ stays at No. 1 in 4th weekend
Film Review - Spider-Man: No Way Home This image released by Sony Pictures shows Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Tom Holland in Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man: No Way Home." (Sony Pictures via AP) (Uncredited)The glamorous spies of “The 355” were no competition for the movie theater’s reigning webslinger. Spider-Man’s box office dominance continued in its fourth weekend in theaters, adding another $33 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. With $668.8 million in North American ticket sales to date, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is now the sixth highest grossing release of all time domestically. “Studios want to protect their crown jewels and give them the greatest shot at success in movie theaters.wftv.com
‘Spider-Man’ surpasses $1B globally in second weekend
Film Review - Spider-Man: No Way Home This image released by Sony Pictures shows Tom Holland, left, and Benedict Cumberbatch in Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man: No Way Home." According to studio estimates Sunday "Spider-Man" added $81.5 million over the three-day weekend, down 69% from its first weekend. With $587.1 million from 61 overseas markets, “Spider-Man" has grossed $1.05 billion globally, making it the highest earner of the pandemic. Universal’s “Sing 2” came in second place with an estimated $23.8 million, while Warner Bros.' “The Matrix Resurrections” grossed $12 million to take third place. Since its release Wednesday, it’s made $41 million ($1.6 million of that came from Thanksgiving weekend showings) from North America and $65 million worldwide.wftv.com
New this week: 'Power of the Dog,' 'Annie' live and Kenny G
This week’s new entertainment releases include a new album from saxophone legend Kenny G, a documentary about the 12 young soccer players and their coach trapped in a flooded Thailand cave, and Jane Campion makes a triumphant return to filmmaking in “The Power of the Dog.”.
New this week: 'Finch,' ABBA and 'The Harder They Fall'
(Acorn TV/Netflix/Apple via AP) (Uncredited)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— The Western gets a stylish and kinetic update in Jeymes Samuel's "The Harder They Fall." In her review, the AP's Jocelyn Noveck called "The Harder They Fall" a stylish and bold Western "telling a story sorely underrepresented in cinema." — More than two decades after Tom Hanks acted primarily opposite a volleyball in "Cast Away," he has slightly more company in "Finch." — AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— Swedish supergroup ABBA will be hoping to connect with a new generation when they release their new album "Voyage" on Friday, a whopping 39 years after their last offering of new music.wftv.com
Benedict Cumberbatch says that Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland's improv skills inspired him to go off-script and call Iron Man a 'douchebag' in 'Infinity War'
Cumberbatch told The Hollywood Reporter that there was a "ripple effect" on set when he uttered the insult but was glad that it was kept in the movie.news.yahoo.com
London Film Festival welcomes audiences back to the movies
Italy Venice Film Festival 2021 The Power Of The Dog Red Carpet Jane Campion, from left, Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst pose for photographers on the red carpet of the film 'The Power Of The Dog' at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Sep, 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) (Domenico Stinellis)LONDON — (AP) — Movies from 77 countries will screen at the 2021 London Film Festival, as Britain’s leading cinema showcase welcomes mass audiences back to movie theaters after a pandemic-disrupted year. The festival program, announced Tuesday, includes 158 features, down from 225 during its last pre-pandemic edition in 2019. “I don’t think there’s a film fan alive who doesn’t want to see this film after that still was released,” Tuttle said. “We were wary of going too heavily into the pandemic,” Tuttle said.wftv.com
After over a decade, Jane Campion returns to film
Italy Venice Film Festival 2021 The Power Of The Dog Photo Call Jane Campion, from left, Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'The Power Of The Dog' during the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Sep, 2, 2021. The film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, premieres Thursday at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. I read this book and I just thought this is an amazing piece of literature,” Campion said. Campion was joined Thursday in Venice by Dunst and Cumberbatch. “People can see how unequal it is.”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
After over a decade, Jane Campion returns to film
After over a decade away from film, New Zealand's Jane Campion returns to the form with “The Power of the Dog,” a sweeping but intimate family drama set in the isolated hills of 1925 Montana and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons.
New this week: 'Clickbait,' Sturgill Simpson and Addison Rae
This week’s new entertainment releases include a Sturgill Simpson's concept album called “The Ballad of Dood & Juanita” and TikTok star Addison Rae making her acting debut in a gender-flipped remake of the 1999 Freddie Prinze Jr and Rachael Leigh Cook teen comedy “She’s All That.”.
‘Spencer,’ ‘The Last Duel' set for Venice Film Festival
The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a starry lineup of world premieres for September including Pablo Larrain’s “Spencer,” starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana and Ridley Scott’s medieval drama “The Last Duel,” featuring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver.
Marvel's Wanda has a future, but 'WandaVision' fate unclear
This image provided by Marvel Studios shows Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in a scene from "WandaVision." (Marvel Studios via AP)LOS ANGELES – When “WandaVision” wraps its initial run next month on the Disney+ streaming service, Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda will make her next appearance in the big-screen “Doctor Strange” sequel. It’s storytelling that determines how and when characters from the Marvel Comics universe hopscotch between TV and movies, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said Wednesday. Feige wouldn’t say whether “WandaVision,” Marvel Studios' first original series for Disney+, has a future after its March 5 season finale. Asked if Marvel Studios might be able to regain them, Feige said he believes it could happen, but added that “rumors online about things reverting” to Marvel aren't always true.
Despite bleak 2020, celebrities make effort to brighten year
(AP Photo)LOS ANGELES – Yes, 2020 may seem like a complete fail with all the constant bad news and tragic moments. It’s been filled with gloom and doom(scrolling), but some celebrities and those inspired by them have tried to brighten a bleak year. He reassigned his 10 seamstresses in New York to produce thousands daily for health care workers on the frontlines. The singer and husband Emilio Estefan's restaurant Estefan Kitchen served up homemade meals for health care workers in Miami. The challenge coordinated offers by celebrities and athletes to raise funds to feed those in need during the pandemic.
'The Current War' casts dim light on birth of electricity
(CNN) - "The Current War" is a fascinating story, badly told. The film's release is being billed as its "Director's Cut," but cutting -- and editing -- is a big part of the problem. That means the producers have a couple of Avengers to help lead them into battle, alas, to little avail. Instead, the story detours too heavily into the use of electricity as a means of execution, a strand with lingering relevance that nevertheless plays here like a distraction. "The Current War: Director's Cut" premieres Oct. 25 in the US.
Benedict Cumberbatch hits the red carpet for "The Imitation Game"
Benedict Cumberbatch hits the red carpet for "The Imitation Game" Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley walked the red carpet in New York City for their new film "The Imitation Game." Also, "Hunger Games" stars attended the Hollywood premiere of "Mockingjay Part 1." Suzanne Marques reports on the day's top entertainment news.cbsnews.com