Frankenweenie to Premiere at Fantastic Fest, Ted and Magic Mike Open Strong: Biz Break
Also in Friday morning's news round up, it looks like the next round of Hunger Games cast is shaping up. Psychological thriller Gut gets a digital distribution home and perhaps not exactly film-direct news, but the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the FCC over that Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" back in 2004…
Frankenweenie Will Open Fantastic Fest
The world premiere of Tim Burton's latest will launch the annual genre-heavy Fantastic Fest September 20th in Austin, TX. The Disney film revolves around a boy who "unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life-with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new "leash on life" can be monstrous."
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Ted and Magic Mike Launch with $2M-plus Midnights
Ted debuted at $2.625M from midnight screenings at 1,090 theaters, while stripper show Magic Mike grossed $2.050M from one show at midnight in 1,100 theaters, Deadline reports.
Hunger Games Sequel Eyes Zoe Aggeliki for Key Role
Newcomer Zoe Aggeliki appears to have won out for the central role of Johanna Mason, an ax-welding winner of a past Hunger Games who will appear in Lionsgate's sequel The Hunger Games Catching Fire, Deadline reports.
Cinetic Gets Gut for North America
Digital distribution rights for psychological thriller Gut have been nabbed by Cinetic Rights Management. The feature revolves around a deteriorating friendship of two best friends when one gets ahold of an anonymous video that quickly threatens to dismantle everything around them, binding the two friends together with its ugly secret, Variety reports.
Supreme Court Won't Hear 'Wardrobe Malfunction' Appeal
The U.S. high court will not consider reinstating the government's $550K fine on CBS for Janet Jackson's infamous breast flash during the 2004 Super Bowl. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had appealed, AP reports.