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Warner Bros Changing Directions With DC Films

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After the disappointing box numbers from Justice League, Warner brothers have made some sweep changes to their creative teams. Warner Bros attempted to fast track their DC cinematic universe to match Marvel and the approach has backfired.

Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara says he wants DC Films to find their own identity, rather than copying Marvel.

“Warner Bros needs to continue doing what it’s always done: producing the biggest, most diverse slate in the business. That’s what’s made us successful. We can’t do what Disney’s done. It’s worked really, really well for them, but it’s not who we are. We need to continue to create a balanced slate of all types of movies and all genres,” Tsujihara said.

Warner Bros also admitted to the misguided decision not include Superman in the marketing campaign.

“The bizarre decision not to have Superman included in the marketing stopped ‘Justice League’ from potentially hitting $100 million opening weekend,” said one insider to the Wrap.

Justice League will earn $96 million in its opening weekend. By comparison, Man of Steel opened to $116.6 million, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned $166 million in its first weekend, Suicide Squad earned $133.7 million in its opening weekend, and Wonder Woman has a record-breaking $103.2 million opening weekend.

VIA: The Wrap

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New Tomb Raider Shows Off Lara Croft’s Backstory

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Warner Bros. has released the second trailer for the Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander. The film will feature a younger version of Lara Croft focusing on her first adventure as the Tomb Raider.

Warner Bros. has also released the officially plot:

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen.  Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class.  Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone.

Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.  But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous.  Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown.  If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb.

Tomb Raider comes to theaters March 2018.

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Bad Boys TV Spinoff Is In Development

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NBC  developing an untitled spinoff Bad Boys series starring Gabrielle Union.

The story will follow Syd Burnett, Union’s character from Bad Boys 2, who was last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel.  As an LAPD detective, she can now pursue all the pleasures Los Angeles has to offer and leave her past behind.  But things will get complicated when her new partner, Nancy McKenna, learns that Syd’s unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret.

It will be written and executive produced by Brandon Sonnier and Brandon Margolis, who previously worked together on NBC’s “The Blacklist.” Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the “Bad Boys” films, will executive produce along with Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Jeff Gaspin, Jeff Morrone, Doug Belgrad. Sony Pictures Television Studios will produce in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Primary Wave Entertainment, and 2.0 Entertainment.

Bad Boys For Life was suppose to be the third installment of the franchise but the move continues to be delayed.

VIA: Variety 

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Kendrick Lamar Eyeing $40 Million Dollar Publishing Deal

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Kendrick Lamar is on top of the world right now. Not only did he perform at the CFB championship game, he also is slated to open up for the Grammys. 2018 is already starting out as the best year ever for Kendrick, but he can add to that with a new publishing deal.

According to Billboard, Lamar and TDE are listening to offers now that Lamar is done with his Warner Bros deal.

Top Dawg Entertainment, which manages the rapper-songwriter, is considering offers between $20 million and $40 million. The value would depend on the terms of the deal. One bidder has offered $28 million, a source tells Billboard, while another source cited a $23 million offer that included $11 million upon signing. Such offers would likely be for Lamar’s entire catalog, but the terms Lamar’s camp is seeking weren’t clear.

Last year, Kendrick had total album sales of 1.13 million units, as well as 2.63 million track sales, according to Nielsen Music. His album consumption units (album sales plus track equivalent albums plus streaming equivalent albums) tallied 4.135 million units.

VIA: Billboard

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