George Clooney to Be Feted at Charity Bash, Michael Mann Heads to Venice Jury: Biz Break

Also in Monday morning's brief roundup, the American Black Film Festival will celebrate Think Like a Man, Moonrise Kingdom and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel reign in the specialty box office, while The Avengers passes a new milestone. And the team behind 21 Jump Street take on resuscitating a floundering project.

American Black Film Festival to Fete Think Like a Man
Think Like a Man opened to $33.6 million on just over 2,000 screens and became Screen Gems’ highest opener ever targeting African-American audiences. On Friday, June 22, the 16th Annual American Black Festival in Miami Beach, FL, ABFF will celebrate the success of the hit film in an event that will include the film's producer Will Packer, his business partner Rob Hardy, the film’s director, Tim Story as well as select cast members. 

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Specialty Box Office: Moonrise Kingdom and Marigold Hotel Shine as Newcomers Fizzle
Among specialty releases, holdovers held the spotlight the first weekend of June. Memorial Day weekend’s record-breaking opener Moonrise Kingdom retained its crown atop the box office in the specialty arena, averaging just over $53K per theater in 16 locations, Deadline reports.

Carousel of Hope to Throw George Clooney Bash
The group which fights childhood diabetes will host an October gala featuring George Clooney. The biennial fundraiser is the "glitziest, most elaborate event on Hollywood's charity calendar." The 26th Carousel of Hope ball, set for Oct. 20 at the Beverly Hilton, Variety reports.

The Avengers No. 3 Film of All Time
Disney said its latest superhero blockbuster is now the third largest grossing film domestically, surpassing The Dark Knight's $533M. The Avengers passed $538.1M domestically and over $793M internationally making its total over $1.3 billion, Deadline reports.

Michael Mann to Lead Venice Jury
The director/producer will serve as the leader of the main jury at the 69th Venice Film Festival taking place August 29 - September 8. Also a TV producer (Miami Vice he directed Manhunter, Heat and Collateral, among others, Variety reports.

21 Jump Street Directors in Negotiations for Carter Beats the Devil
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are trying to get Carter Beats the Devil off the ground. Based on the historical mystery novel revolving around magician Charles Carter and written by Glen David Gold, the project has been on Hollywood's hit list since it was published back in 2001, but it has nevertheless floundered despite heavy-hitters efforts, THR reports.


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