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BOX OFFICE: 20th Century Fox First To Cross $1 Billion Domestically

BOX OFFICE: 20th Century Fox First To Cross $1 Billion DomesticallyFox just announced that it was the first studio to cross the billion dollar mark at the box office this year with a total tally of $1.015B, thanks to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes pushing it past that threshold this weekend with what is expected to be a $73M to $74M three-day. Image (8) x-men-days-of-future-past-trailer-final__140525164006.jpg for post 738691The tally, according to the studio, does not including Fox Searchlight. It does include, however, one of the biggest hits of the summer (and the year) — X-Men: Days of Future Past which has grossed a total of $229M+ since opening May 23 with a $90M three-day weekend.

Also kicking it for the studio was The Fault in Our Stars which has grossed a whopping $119M+ and was the sleeper hit of the summer so far, and DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2, which is at $152M+ after five weeks in release and is really a good family film. They also credit The Other Womafault-in-our-starsn, the female-driven comedy that starred Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton which is currently at $82.7M. They have also had some of the best quality films out there this year. Um, the last picture of Fox’s summer isn’t one of those: It is Let’s Be Cops, a modestly-budgeted buddy comedy starring Damon Wayans and Jake Johnson about two sociopaths who impersonate cops. It’s not expected to do much business … Read More »

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‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Enters Weekend Looking To Cross $100M in China And Push Past $550M Worldwide

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 5:02pm PDT

X-Men-Days-of-Future-PastFox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past is nearing $550M worldwide after earning $39.4M since this past Sunday, and the big news is that it will pass $100M this weekend in China. When it does,  X-Men will enter into the company of Avatar and Titanic as only the third film from Fox to cross into that exclusive club in China.

It will be competing against the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner Edge Of Tomorrow which bows in the country this weekend. Edge of Tomorrow also has the advantage of 335 IMAX release dates overseas.

Related: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Crosses $500M Overseas

X-Men: Days Of Future Past has an international gross of $380M now and a domestic gross through today of around $169M. China is by far its biggest market with the UK coming in next for a total cume heading into the weekend of $36M. South Korea is next with $26.3M. Spain opens Friday. Read More »

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FINAL BOX OFFICE: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Casts $69.4M Spell; ‘A Million Ways To Die In the West’ Flatlines At $16.7M; ‘X-Men’ Falls 64% In Second Week

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Box Office Winners And Losers

Deadline Film Editor Anita Busch offers her post-mortem for the weekend, which saw Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' score big (especially overseas), while Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' went south fast.

OPENING: Maleficent (DIS) conjures up $69.4M ; A Million Ways To Die In The West (UNI) done for at $16.7M.

box_office_weekend_3202008-12-22-12299667655th UPDATE, MONDAY, 1:40 PM: Disney’s announced $70M for numbers on Maleficent even though no one else could conceive of it making that number, but the studio sure got its $70M headline around the world, didn’t it? We didn’t bite and kept it in the $68M+ to $69M+ range. Perception is reality, but the reality is it made $69.4M and now (surprise) the international numbers for Frozen just happened to come in higher in Japan. A bit of a balancing act to squeeze out their $2 billion worldwide box office boast. Would one day have mattered? Meanwhile, Seth MacFarlane’s R-rated roustabout MALEFICENTMALEFICENTA Million Ways To Die In The West will end up with less than $17M. MaleficentWhen the dust cleared this morning, the raunchy comedy kicked in only $16.7M for Universal which saddled up for this disaster in anticipation of MacFarlane’s Ted sequel. Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past fell, as reported, 64% in its second weekend and Warner Bros’ Blended and Uni’s Neighbors (in its fourth weekend) were neck in neck all weekend and ended up only $64,000 apart. Blended took the No. 5 spot.

Next Weekend Openers: The Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner Edge Of Tomorrow from Warner Bros. The screenwriter on the pic, which also stars Emily Blunt, is Christopher McQuarrie, who has worked with Cruise before on Jack Reacher and Valkyrie. The film already bowed overseas to a soft $20M in 28 markets. From 20th Century Fox (I can’t help but think this should have been a Fox Searchlight release) will be the highly anticipated adaptation of the YA John Green novel The Fault In Our Stars with Divergent‘s Shailene Woodley and Ansel Egort starring. It will open day and date in about 20 markets. Chef, which has been getting tremendous word-of-mouth, expands next weekend to around 1,200 theaters. Here’s the final weekend chart: Read More »

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Hot Clip: ‘X-Men:Days of Future Past’ Composer & Editor John Ottman Talks

By | Saturday May 31, 2014 @ 12:14pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: John Ottman is arguably one of the hardest working guys in post-production, continually performing double-duty as both the editor and film composer throughout Bryan Singer‘s canon.  In this clip he talks about his process on X-Men: Days of Future Past: balancing the two post-prod crafts, working a touch of ’70s analog synths into the score as well as drawing inspiration from Dr. Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart in the film).  Ottman first met Singer when he was a PA on a student film. This led to Ottman co-directing, editing and handling the sound design for Singer’s 1998 short Lion’s Den starring Ethan Hawke. However, it was on Public Access, Singer’s first feature, that the director asked Ottman to score. Their partnership has spawned eight films directed by Singer including Public Access, The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil, X2, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, Jack the Giant Killer and the current X-Men sequel.

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FINAL BOX OFFICE: ‘X-Men’ $110.5M Opening Is One Of The Best Memorial Day Debuts Ever; ‘Blended’ $17.7M; ‘Godzilla’ Takes 67% Second Weekend Hit; ‘Neighbors’ Crosses Threshold To $116.8M

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 3:17pm PDT
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Morning Report: Tuesday, May 27

'X-Men: Days Of Future Past Wipes Up At Weekend Box Office, CBS' Les Moonves, Disney's Bob Iger Among Highest-Paid CEOS In 2013, '24: Live Another Day' Debut Gets DVR Bump In Live+7. Dominic Patten reports.

OPENING: X-Men: Days Of Future Past (FOX) Fox’s estimates were $91.4M 3-day, $111M and it ended at $90.8M and $110.5 for the 4-day to become the No. 5 all-time Memorial Day opener; Blended (WB), we estimated $14M+ for the 3-day, $17M to $18M 4-day. WBros. had it at $18.1M and it ended at $14.2M and $17.7M.  NOTEWORTHY: Neighbors (UNI) crossed $100M; Chef (OPRD) expansion to land it in the Top Ten.

X-Men-Days-of-Future-PastFINAL UPDATE, TUES., 2:17 PM: Final numbers are in and Memorial Day weekend is off 26.8% from last year. X-Men: Days Of Future Past tallied $110.5M for the four-day Memorial Day holiday, and $90.8M for the three-day. Blended came in at $17.7M, lower than the $18.1M Warner Bros. predicted yesterday, so we’re glad we stuck to our estimates across the board for all films.  The question is what the second weekend drop for X-Men will be when Angelina Jolie arrives in Disney’s Maleficent. Without further ado, here is the final Top 10 Box office chart and will be updated to Top 20 when we receive the Rentrak numbers.

OPENING NEXT WEEKEND: Maleficent (DIS), the PG-rated film from Disney starring Angelina Jolie that is already scaring kids just on its trailer alone; A Million Ways To Die (UNI), Seth MacFarlane’s western. Mel Brooks he ain’t, but either you love him or hate him, right? Should be a fun box office weekend. Finally! Top 20 are in just in time for the 5 PM happy hour (yes, this ranks as the worst box office weekend of my life):

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UPDATED INT’L BOX OFFICE: Fan-Tastic ‘X-Men’ Bows To Biggest Fox Opener Ever And No. 1 In Every Market; ‘Godzilla’ Second Weekend Pushes WB To $1B 2014; ‘Blended’ Rolls Out Slowly; ‘Neighbors’ Still Partying, More

OPENING: X-Men: Days of Future Past (FOX), bows spectacularly in 118 markets at $172M and No. 1 in every market; is now at $193.7M thru Monday; Blended (WB) opening in 6 markets, including the UK/Ireland and Germany; Godzilla grabs another $35M in its second weekend. Grace Of Monaco opens in Russia and Her rolls out in Korea; The Grand Budapest Hotel crosses $100M with a worldwide total of about $157M; Frozen skates into the record books again.

xmen_days_of_future_past4th UPDATE, TUESDAY, 2:33 PM: Final and updated weekend numbers are in. Neighbors and Godzilla both did better than expected. The freshest number for Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is $193.7M through yesterday, which brings its worldwide total up to $304M. It’s on 24,378 screens and in 118 territories. Included in this write-thru are updates on X-Men, Godzilla, Grace of Monaco, Spanish Affairs — which is back in its No. 1 slot in Spain (13 weeks!) — Her and Million Dollar Arm. Just added The Other Woman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Rio 2 to bring all numbers up to date. More updates to come throughout the evening, like Divergent Transcendence which just arrived late from Lionsgate. My colleague, Nancy Tartaglione, will be back next weekend and will do territory-by-territory breakdowns instead of picture by picture.

Related: BOX OFFICE: ‘X-Men’ $111 Opening is Top Five Best Ever Memorial Day Debuts; ‘Blended’ Softer Than Expected; ‘Godzilla’ Takes 67% Hit; ‘Neighbors’ Nears $117M

Opening Next Weekend: The Angelina Jolie-starring Disney title Maleficent day-and-date with the U.S. in 50 markets; Seth MacFarlane’s Western spoof A Million Ways To Die In The West in 22 territories, including the UK/Ireland, Germany and Australia. His previous pic, 2012′s Ted, did well in those three territories (and Japan), so it’s no wonder Uni is releasing in the same markets to kick off its international release.

3rd UPDATE, MONDAY, 12:19 PM: Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla did better than expected overall, and its weekend international cume in 64 markets is now $35M. 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is now up to $302M worldwide with a four-day U.S. Memorial Day holiday estimated gross of $111M. The seventh film in the franchise had a three-day take of $91.4M which includes Thursday late night grosses (started at 7 p.m.) of $8.1M.

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DeadlineNow: Wall Street Reassesses Summer Box Office (Video)

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 12:36pm PDT

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Wall Street More Upbeat Amid Promising Summer Box Office Sales

Deadline Financial Editor David Lieberman discusses why investors are more optimistic about the summer movie season.

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘X-Men’ Box Office, Media Pays, ‘24: Live Another Day’ Debut’s DVR Boost (Video)

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 11:07am PDT

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Morning Report: Tuesday, May 27

'X-Men: Days Of Future Past Wipes Up At Weekend Box Office, CBS' Les Moonves, Disney's Bob Iger Among Highest-Paid CEOS In 2013, '24: Live Another Day' Debut Gets DVR Bump In Live+7. Dominic Patten reports.

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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

Catch up on must-reads from Deadline’s week in film:

Cannes2014_badge__140417160328-150x150 (1)Cannes: From Chekhov In Turkey To Rampaging Dogs Award Winners Prove This Fest Had It All
By Pete Hammond
It’s all over but the re-runs. The 67th Cannes Film Festival unofficially ended Saturday night with the crowning of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s endless, but admired, Chekovian epic Winter Sleep being crowned with the coveted Palme d’Or.

Cannes: ‘Lion’ To Roar In $12 Million TWC Deal After Quiet Auction
By Mike Fleming Jr.
EXCLUSIVE: In a whopping deal that was done in stealth mode, The Weinstein Company is nearing a $12 million deal for Lion, a Luke Davies-scripted adaptation of the Saroo Bierley book A Long Way Home.

Quentin Tarantino Press Conference - The 67th Annual Cannes Film FestivalCannes: Quentin Tarantino On Digital As The Death Of Cinema; A ‘Django’ Miniseries; ‘Hateful Eight’ Prospects & More
By Nancy Tartaglione
“It’s rare to see a filmmaker who doesn’t have a movie here in Cannes do a press conference,” said Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux as he introduced Quentin Tarantino to journalists this afternoon. But Cannes loves Tarantino and the feeling is clearly mutual. His Pulp Fiction Palme d’Or is “my single, absolutely, positively greatest achievement,” the director said. Read More »

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DeadlineNow: China Poised To Hit Record Box Office In 2014 (Video)

By | Friday May 23, 2014 @ 4:53pm PDT

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China Box Office On Track For 24.7% Growth To $4.49 Billion

Hollywood investment in China is surging, along with record box office takes in the Middle Kingdom. Dominic Patten reports.

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DeadlineNow: ‘X-Men’ To Dominate Weekend Box Office (Video)

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Eyes $100M

Deadline Film Editor Anita Busch looks ahead at the Memorial Day holiday weekend box office, which includes the opening for 'Blended,' and holdovers 'Neighbors', & 'Godzilla.

Related: Box Office: ‘X-Men’ Nabs Stellar $8.1M In Late-Night Thursday Opening For Expected $100M+ Weekend

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘X-Men’ Box Office, Tarantino At Cannes, ABC’s ‘Whispers’ Flees To BC (Video)

By | Friday May 23, 2014 @ 11:51am PDT

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Morning Report: Friday, May 23

'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' off to big start at box office; Quentin Tarantino takes over Cannes; ABC's new alien drama 'The Whispers' leaves LA for Vancouver BC. Dominic Patten reports.

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Box Office: ‘X-Men’ Nabs Stellar $8.1M In Late-Night Thursday Opening For Expected $100M+ Weekend

By | Friday May 23, 2014 @ 8:06am PDT
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Eyes $100M

Deadline Film Editor Anita Busch looks ahead at the Memorial Day holiday weekend box office, which includes holdovers 'Blended,' 'Neighbors', & 'Godzilla.

X-Men Days Of Future Past Box OfficeX-Men: Days Of Future Past, the seventh film in the franchise, grossed $8.1M in 2,900 theaters last night, a fantastic start and catapulting it forward into the holiday weekend for an expected gross of well over $100M+ for the 4-days as Sunday should bring in stronger numbers going into this Memorial Day holiday. I was thinking $114M but some other trackers think it could reach $120M when the dust clears on Monday morning, driven by a holiday weekend, strong reviews, a killer cast and an ending tease for X-Men Apocalypse. Ticket seller Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 moviegoers (a small sampling, but interesting nonetheless) and found that 82% are looking forward to seeing X-Men Apocalypse so the fans get their first hint of it on this film. Fandango also found that 76%of those going to this film are motivated by Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence (no surprise there) starring in this one, and 65% are planning to see it with a group of friends. All good. The studio has a lot to celebrate on their on-the-lot X-Men day today.

This is the third big franchise to open in four weeks time following that of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla. The per screen for last night’s Thursday opening were $2,793. The 2oth Century Fox film also simultaneously started its overseas theatrical bow in 100 countries, including China, which is having an incredible 2014. The screenings for X-Men domestically began at 10 PM, and X-Men — while not in IMAX theaters — still is on 352 large-format screens. Although not having the franchise play on IMAX usually shaves a bit off the top, last weekend those PLF formats accounted for $8.4M of Godzilla‘s total gross, led by Cineplex Canada with 53 screens grossing roughly 23.7% of the format gross. Cinemark also had 96 runs which took in 26% of that business. Total for PLF’s Godzilla take was $96%.

X-Men‘s strong Thursday start puts it amid the top recent earners that began business that day (see chart below).

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Meanwhile, X-Men also has built huge momentum across the social media universe over the past 30 days. Star Hugh Jackman (who portrays the ever-popular Wolverine) is the social superhero with 15M Facebook fans and 4M Twitter followers who are apparently engaging heavily with movie still posts and talk show mentions. Both Ian McKellen’s 1M Twitter and Patrick Stewart’s 1.2M FB fans are also engaged, while Jennifer Lawrence and Halle Berry’s domestic and international superfans channels are also spreading the word. Yes, it is a star-packed franchise which cannot be overlooked. Others in the film include James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, and Chinese (and a favorite in that country) actress Fan Bingbing. Read More »

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China Box Office Predicted To Hit $4.5B In 2014 Based On Latest Figures

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China Box Office On Track For 24.7% Growth To $4.49 Billion

Hollywood investment in China is surging, along with record box office takes in the Middle Kingdom. Dominic Patten reports.

China-flag__130422145455In the first five months of 2014, Chinese box office hit 10.2B yuan, or about $1.63B, with local movies dominating the market at 56% through May 21. Watchdog SAPPRFT released the figures today via state news agency Xinhua. Those numbers have led analysts to predict total 2014 box office could top out at a staggering 28B yuan, or around $4.49B. That would rep a 24.7% change from 2013 which ended with $3.6B. I say staggering because the numbers really do look wild, but a 24.7% increase would be slightly lower than the 27.5% jump from 2012 to 2013.

It’s difficult to make an apples-to-apples comparison with 2013 based on the figures released today given that last year the authority provided half-year numbers in July. However, it’s worth noting that it took six months in 2013 for box office to cross the 10B yuan mark. This year, it was less than five. In the first six months of 2013, Chinese films also ruled the box office at about 61%, grossing $1.1B in the semester which had total takings of $1.79B. This was a reversal from the whole of 2012 when, much to the chagrin of SAPPRFT (then SARFT), market share had fallen to under 50% for the first time in four years.

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BOX OFFICE PREVIEW: ‘X-Men’ Expected $100M Memorial Day Weekend; ‘Blended’ Pairs Sandler, Barrymore … Again

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 12:28pm PDT

imagesX-Men: Days Of Future Past is going to be the Memorial Day box office mutant king with a huge $100M expected opening for 20th Century Fox over the four-day weekend. It’s debuting tonight to fanboys on about 2,700 theaters starting at 10 PM. In comparison, Godzilla bowed last weekend on a similar number of theaters but starting at 7 PM and stomped through with $9.3M.

The other difference between the two is that X-Men is not going to bow on IMAX; it will be on 352 large format screens which will come from Cinemark, Regal, AMC, Carmike and Cineplex Canada. Although not having the franchise play on IMAX usually shaves a bit off the top, the Cinemark PLF on 96 runs did 26% of the PLF gross last weekend, while 53 runs in Cineplex Canada did roughly 23.7% of the $93.1M Godzilla business for Warner Bros./Legendary Pics. Meanwhile, X-Men: Days Of Future Past is, not surprisingly, accounting for 90% of Fandango’s Memorial Day weekend ticket sales and they say, besting its own previous incarnation of the franchise, that of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, which went onto gross $102.7M over the three-day and $122.8M over the four-day weekend. This marks the return of Bryan Singer to the franchise who last directed X-Men 2 in 2003.
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‘Godzilla’ Passes $100M; Now Over $200M Worldwide; Faces ‘X-Men’ This Coming Holiday Weekend

By | Tuesday May 20, 2014 @ 8:47am PDT

Godzilla 2014 logoGodzilla has crossed $100M, only four and a half days after bowing in the nation’s theaters, bringing its worldwide cume to over $200M. The Warner Bros./Legendary picture did $7.5M on Monday, which pushed the monster forward to $100.8M. The beast opened last Thursday, starting at 7 PM to gross $9.3M. After that, it was off to the races as it was only a matter of how far past $80M it would rise. Estimates from other distributors had its grosses higher than Warner Bros. did after the 3-day weekend, but the studio reported that the cume (including Thursday’s gross) was at $93.1M. It took in $103M over the weekend internationally but was shut out in Austria by Neighbors and South Korea by local flick Obsession but was No. 1 in almost every other market.

imagesThe big question is what’s going to happen in this picture’s second weekend when Fox unleashes its big summer offering, X-Men: Days Of Future Past into theaters worldwide. It’s a holiday weekend in the states. Bets are on that X-Men will likely be a big late night opener … the screenings start at 10 p.m., compared to Godzilla‘s 7 p.m. launch so that means less screenings for X-Men. Still, the weekend could end up with a $100M haul. The franchise from Fox will also be releasing in over 100 countries over the … Read More »

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‘X-Men’ Producer Confirms Channing Tatum As Gambit

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 10:49am PDT

channing tatumThis one had been talked about for a while, with Channing Tatum saying he wanted to play a superhero and that Gambit would be perfect (they’re both Southerners). At the MTV Movie Awards earlier this spring he confirmed he’d had a meeting with X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner over just that. Now it looks like this is getting serious, after Shuler Donner talked up Tatum as Gambit to Total Film at the red carpet before the London premiere of X-Men: Days Of Future Past. No word yet on whether this is a stand-alone pic.

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Supreme Court Decision To Hear Jack Kirby Rights Case Against Marvel & Disney Expected This Month

DJP LEGAL BADGEJust eight days before X-Men: Days Of Future Past opens everywhere on May 23, the mutant team’s co-creator Jack Kirby will be getting some marquee attention from the Justices of the Supreme Court. Attention that kirby avengers cover marvelcould lead to Marvel and Disney arguing in front of the High Court against the Kirby heirs over the rights to the numerous characters from the X-Men to The Avengers and the Fantastic Four and many more that the comic legend co-created.

Related: Marvel & Disney Rights Case For Supreme Court To Decide Says Kirby Estate

On May 15, the nine Justices will debate in private Conference whether or not to get involved in the Kirby heir’s 5-year attempt to gain back the rights from the media giant. If the High Court agrees to the March 21 filed petition from Lisa Kirby, Neal Kirby, Susan Kirby and Barbara Kirby, an oral argument date will be scheduled later this month for the SOCTUS’ next term.

supreme courtMarvel and Disney are probably shocked that after their successive victories in lower courts this case is even been discussed in Conference. They certainly didn’t seem to take the initial petition very seriously. On April 24, the media giant’s attorney R. Bruce Rich filed a waiver (read it here) with the Supreme Court. The lawyer from NYC firm Weil … Read More »

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Bryan Singer X-es Himself Out Of ‘X-Men’ Publicity As He Defends Self Against Sexual Abuse Allegations

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BREAKING: After pulling out of a scheduled appearance to promote X-Men: Days Of Future Past at last singerbryweekend’s WonderCon, director Bryan Singer has announced he’s not going to participate in the launch publicity for the Fox tentpole because of the allegations of sex abuse that are the subject of a civil lawsuit and allegedly occurred in 1999. This case is sordid, and has been a challenge for some news outlets because Singer was among several names named, with no evidence so far. He originated the X-Men franchise for Fox, directing the first two stellar films, and this was expected to be a triumphant return. But though unsubstantiated at this point, the allegations are serious, the scandal is growing, and it is not surprising to see him bow out. Here is a statement that Singer issued through his publicist:

‘The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false,” Singer said. “I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past. This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film. However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shake down it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support.” Read More »

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