Listen to Cliff Marks’ Interview on SiriusXM Wharton Business Radio

NCM President and Interim CEO Cliff Marks joined Barbara Kahn and Americus Reed, hosts of Marketing Matters, to discuss cinema advertising and the moviegoing experience. The interview originally aired on SiriusXM Channel 132, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School.

Listen to the full interview below.

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NCM Entertainment Roundup – December 12, 2018

More than one wears the mask in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. In theaters this Friday.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

The 2019 Golden Globes nominations were revealed last week. VICE, a biopic about Vice President Dick Cheney, has the most nominations at six. The Favourite, Green Book and A Star Is Born all tie for second place with five nominations. Click here to read the full list. (Golden Globes)

Today, the SAG Awards nominees were announced celebrating the best acting performances in film and television. A Star is Born has nominations in four of the six film categories including Best Cast, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga) and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliot). See the full list of nominees here. (SAG-AFTRA)

Marvel Studios released the first trailer for the highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War sequel. The trailer revealed the official title (Avengers: Endgame) and confirmed that the release date has been pushed up one week to April 26, 2019. According to Disney’s Twitter page, the trailer set the record for most views in 24 hours (289 million). (Disney)

Disney Pixar announced a new film, Onward, in theaters March 6, 2020. According to a brief synopsis, “Onward introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover is there is still a little magic left out there.” Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer are currently cast in the animated film. (Disney Pixar)

Scott Derrickson is returning to direct a Doctor Strange sequel. The first film released in 2016 grossed $677.7 million worldwide. Benedict Cumberbatch will also return to play the titular character while Marvel searches for a writer to pen the script. (Hollywood Reporter)

/Film exclusively released the first synopsis for Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out titled Us. While intentionally vague, the synopsis reveals that Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke will play a couple that take their kids to their beach house to relax with friends, including Elizabeth Moss. “But as the night falls,” the synopsis continues, “their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited. (/Film)

Disney grossed $7 billion at worldwide box offices in 2018 marking the studio’s second-best year. The historic year was led by blockbusters including Avengers: Infinity War which leads all films this year with $2 billion worldwide, Black Panther in second at $1.35 billion and Incredibles 2 in fourth with $1.24 billion. (/Film)

The Oscars may be without a host for the first time since 1989. After Kevin Hart stepped down, The Academy has been scrambling to find a replacement. “A group monologue” is being considered as well as a rotating selection of celebrities to appear throughout the program. (Variety)

Click below to watch the latest trailers.

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and crosses paths with his counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.
  • Once Upon a Deadpool: Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable.
  • The Mule: A 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.
  • Mortal Engines: In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy.
  • If Beale Street Could Talk: A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.
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NCM Entertainment Roundup – December 5, 2018

Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) fights to overthrow her cousin Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) in Mary Queen of Scots. In theaters Friday.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Marvel Studios is fast-tracking a new superhero film starring Shang-Chi, a martial arts master at war with his father known as The Devil’s Doctor. While Marvel searches for a director, Dave Callaham is already on board to write the script. Marvel is looking to create a film that “blends Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.” (Deadline)

Emma Stone has been in talks to play Cruella de Vil in a 101 Dalmatians live-action remake, but according to Hollywood Reporter, the film will instead be an origin story for the infamous villain set in an early 80’s punk scene. I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie is also in the conversation to direct. (Hollywood Reporter)

Anne Hathaway has been offered the starring role in a Sesame Street live-action film. Portlandia director Jonathan Krisel will direct the project which will be a musical. While Hathaway is accustomed to musicals – she won an Oscar for her role in the film adaptation of Les Miserables – she’s fielding another offer for Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches. (Variety)

Wes Anderson’s next film following Isle of Dogs has begun production in Angoulême, France. Titled The French Dispatch, the live-action film will be “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris.” The film boasts an impressive cast including Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Wright and Timothée Chalamet. Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman and Léa Seydoux are also rumored to have roles. (Den of Geek)

Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to several songs from Prince’s catalog for the purposes of developing an original film inspired by the late artist’s music. Those with knowledge of the film clarified that it is not a biopic “but an original story with Prince’s classic songs driving the plotline.” (Yahoo!)

Rhys Ifans could be joining the upcoming Kingsman prequel. The former Harry Potter, Spider-Man and Alice in Wonderland actor is being considered for the role of “a dangerous and manipulative Russian mystic.” Captain America: Civil War’s Daniel Brühl and Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance are also in talks to join the cast, though their involvement in the film remains under wraps. (Collider)

In a Tonight Show interview, Margot Robbie made it clear that Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is not a “serious film.” After sharing a photo of the script on Instagram with the full title, many Birds of Prey fans had mixed reactions. Some accused Warner Bros. of extending the original comic book title in a cash-grab move to include Harley Quinn’s name. In response, Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini argued that the title reflects Quinn’s “skewed worldview” and gives the film her own touch. Production for Birds of Prey is scheduled to begin in early 2019. (ScreenRant, Instagram)

San Diego, listen up. Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is getting his own podcast. The first of two 12-episode seasons will air in the first quarter of 2019. In a press release, Burgundy was quoted admitting he’s unfamiliar with podcasts. “I don’t know what a podcast is,” said Ferrell reprising his character for the release, “but I currently have a lot of time on my hands and a lot to talk about.” (Collider)

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  • Mary Queen of Scots: Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
  • Ben is Back: A drug addicted teenage boy shows up unexpectedly at his family’s home on Christmas Eve.
  • Vox Lux: An unusual set of circumstances brings unexpected success to a pop star.
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NCM Entertainment Roundup – November 28, 2018

Death is only the beginning in The Possession of Hannah Grace. In theaters this Friday.


Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Disney is off to a great start with The Lion King live-action remake. The teaser trailer received 224.6 million global views in its first 24 hours, making it the second most-viewed trailer from any studio during that time span. The Avengers: Infinity War trailer currently holds the 24-hour record with 238 million views. (Hollywood Reporter)

Amy Sedaris will voice a new character in The Lion King. Sedaris will join the kingdom as an elephant shrew, a small mammal known for their long noses that resemble elephant trunks. She joins a cast that includes Donald Glover (Simba), Beyoncé (Nala), James Earl Jones reprising his role of Mufasa and more. The Lion King hits theaters July 19, 2019. (Variety)

Keanu Reeves is also lending his voice to a new Disney character, but for 2019’s Toy Story 4. In an interview on The Tonight Show, voice of Buzz Lightyear Tim Allen confirmed Reeves’ involvement in the film, saying “Keanu Reeves has got a great part…even he said, ‘This sounds too much like Buzz Lightyear.’ And his character does have an edge to that.” Reeves’ character has not made an appearance in the first two teaser trailers for Toy Story 4, but rumors suggest that the new character appeared as an Easter Egg in Incredibles 2 in the form of an astronaut action figure lying on the floor of Jack-Jack’s playpen. (Film)

Early reviews for Aquaman give the film high praise for its “ambitious” approach to a well-known superhero franchise. Some consider the Jason Momoa film to be on-par with last year’s Wonder Woman which grossed $821 million worldwide. Early projections have Aquaman opening at $100 million or more domestically. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was the last film to open to nine-figure earnings back in June. (The Wrap)

Rita Moreno is returning to the world of West Side Story. In the new adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg, Moreno will play an original character named Valentina, “a reconceived and expanded version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works.” Moreno won an Oscar and Golden Globe Award in 1962 for her role of Anita Palacio. Filming for West Side Story begins in the summer of 2019. (Deadline)

Little Woods director Nia DaCosta will direct Jordan Peele’s “spiritual sequel” to Candyman. Peele cites the original Candyman as “a major inspiration for me as a filmmaker.” “The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre,” said Peele. “To have a bold new talent like Nia [DaCosta] at the helm of this project is truly exciting.” The film is slated for release on June 12, 2020. (Variety)

Weeks before its wide release, Sony Pictures Animation is already in talks to franchise Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Avatar: The Last Airbender and Voltron’s Joaquim Dos Santos has been tapped to direct the sequel with Wonder Woman 1984 writer David Callaham handling the script. At the same time, Lauren Montgomery, who also worked on Voltron with Dos Santos, is negotiating to direct an untitled female-centric Spider-Man film. No plot details are available for either film. (Hollywood Reporter)

Yesterday, Black Panther returned to the big screen for one night only at nonprofit art house theaters nationwide in honor of Giving Tuesday. The screenings were followed by a live-streamed Q&A with director Ryan Coogler. The art house screenings come at the start of Oscar season and Marvel’s campaign for Black Panther’s Best Picture bid. (/Film)

Empire released an exclusive new photo of David Harbour as Hellboy in the reboot of Guillermo Del Toro’s films. Director Neil Marshall promises the latest Hellboy will be “more violent and more bloody,” consistent with the original comic series. “We weren’t making [Hellboy] with handcuffs on,” said Marshall. Hellboy will be released on April 12, 2019. (Empire)

Click below to watch the latest trailers.

Going to the movies this weekend? Get there early to see Noovie! Find Noovie at a theater near you, and follow WhatsNoovie on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more updates.

Now, when you get to the theater early, you can play augmented reality games on the big screen! Download Noovie ARcade on the App Store or Google Play!

  • The Possession of Hannah Grace: When a cop who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses.
  • Anna and the Apocalypse: A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.
  • Head Full of Honey: A man suffering from Alzheimer’s embarks on a final road trip with his granddaughter.
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NCM Entertainment Roundup – November 14, 2018

The magic is back! Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters this weekend.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Marvel Comics writer, editor and publisher Stan Lee passed away on Monday at the age of 95. Lee began the Marvel business in 1939 which has since grown into a media empire ranging from films to television, video games, toys and, of course, comics. This year’s top grossing films, Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, featured some of Lee’s superhero creations. Lee is survived by family including his daughter and younger brother Larry Lieber, a writer and artist for Marvel. (Hollywood Reporter)

The domestic box office set the record for shortest time to gross $10 billion in a calendar year: ten months and 11 days. 2018 is pacing 5.6% ahead of 2016 which closed at $11.4 billion. This year’s box office success can be attributed to big blockbusters (Infinity War, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp), as well as some surprising breakout films (A Quiet Place, The Meg, Crazy Rich Asians). There are still major releases to come this year, including the Fantastic Beasts sequel, Aquaman, Ralph Breaks the Internet and more. (Deadline)

Disney and Marvel Studios took home six of the ten People’s Choice Awards in the movies category, including Movie of 2018 which went to Avengers: Infinity War. Click here to see the full list of winners. (CBS News)

Star Wars’ John Boyega and Black Panther’s Letitia Wright are attached to a sci-fi romance project based on Katie Khan’s novel Hold Back the Stars. The book focuses on a man and woman trapped in space with only 90 minutes of oxygen left. It is being called “Romeo & Juliet meets Gravity.” Mike Cahill will direct a script by Christy Hall. (Variety)

Harrison Ford addressed Chris Pratt’s chances of joining him in Indiana Jones 5. During an interview with Variety, Ford simply stated “I think it’s him or me.” Pratt commented on the possibility of taking the mantle from Ford in 2015 saying “It’s all nothing until it’s something…It’d be cool. No one’s called me…it would have to be perfect to do it.” (Variety, /Film)

After news that Shazam! reshoots were extended to December, fans expressed concerns that major changes were being made to the film’s plot and connection to the DCEU. Director David F. Sandberg addressed the rumors on Twitter, simply stating the reshoots are “All normal stuff. No changing the tone, removing DC references or whatever else theories are out there.” Shazam! is still slated for an April 5, 2019 release. (Heroic Hollywood, Twitter)

Paramount Players has acquired Unboxing, a film about a young YouTube influencer who unboxes her father’s secret safe as a stunt for her channel, resulting in the release of “the treacherous Puck and his band of evil tricksters.” The script comes from Ice Age: The Meltdown writer Jim Hecht. It will be produced by indie studio (Deadline)

Mark Dindal, director of The Emperor’s New Groove and Chicken Little will direct an animated Garfield movie. The film was announced in 2016, but has not moved much since that news broke. “Comic strip characters have always had a special appeal to me,” said Dindal. “To have this opportunity to make a film with a classic character like Garfiled is a privilege and a thrill.” (/Film)

In a Steam community forum, Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon announced some important developments, including a delay for Blumhouse’s live-action adaptation of Cawthon’s cult video game. “I had a script written,” wrote Cawthon, “Jason [Blum] liked it…but I tossed it. I had a different idea for it, one that I liked better. I take responsibility for this delay, it’s my fault.” (Polygon)

Click below to watch the latest trailers.

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  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: The second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander.
  • Instant Family: A couple find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children.
  • Widows: Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common accept a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
  • Green Book: A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
  • At Eternity’s Gate: A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
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NCM Entertainment Roundup – November 7, 2018

Benedict Cumberbatch is out to steal Christmas in Illumination’s The Grinch.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

BBC News uncovered documentation that may reveal the titles for James Cameron’s four Avatar sequels. In order of their release dates, the titles found are Avatar: The Way of Water (December 2020), Avatar: The Seed Bearer (December 2021), Avatar: The Tulkin Rider (December 2024) and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa (December 2025). Though these titles are not confirmed by Warner Bros., The Way of Water is plausible given the “tremendous amount of water work” Cameron hinted at in Avatar 2 and 3. (BBC News)

Six weeks before it hits theaters, Aquaman is finally complete. Director James Wan made the announcement on Instagram, celebrating the efforts of his team. “I can’t THANK enough the amazing post team…for working tirelessly around the clock,” wrote Wan. “Everyone poured their heart and soul into it, and I can’t wait to share this 21st December.” (CinemaBlend)

A week removed from its wide release, a Suspiria prequel idea was shared with The Playlist. In the interview, director Luca Guadagnino talked about his vision for a backstory to the horror remake that explores the origin of the dance company’s leader. Guadagnino has not formally begun working on a prequel. (The Playlist)

New Line won a bidding war for a horror story that originated on Twitter. Former BuzzFeed writer Adam Ellis composed a thread in which he described being haunted by the ghost of a dead child trying to kill him. Shopped as Dear David based on the way Ellis addressed the ghost, New Line beat Paramount Players for the viral project that earned Ellis over one million followers. (Collider)

Fantastic Beasts producer David Heyman confirmed the Willy Wonka movie in the works will be a prequel. “We are still trying to figure out how to tell that story,” said Heyman. “When we find him at the chocolate factory doing the golden ticket, where is he before that?” Heyman wants Paddington director Paul King to helm this project, but King is getting ready to direct a Pinocchio remake for Disney. (Collider)

Illumination founder Chris Meledandri told Variety that an animated Super Mario Bros. is in “priority development” with plans to hit theaters by 2022. Unlike the 1993 live-action film, the animated project has been created in close collaboration with Super Mario Bros. creator Shigeru Miyamoto. “It’s an ambitious task,” said Meledandri. “The challenge is taking things that are so thin in their original form and finding depth that doesn’t compromise what generations of fans love about Mario.” (Variety)

A recent Instagram post by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hinted at the possibility of a future collaboration with Jumanji costar Kevin Hart. “Great having [Kevin Hart] stop by my set of HOBBS & SHAW…to have a big meet up about new opportunities,” wrote Johnson in the post’s description. Even though Johnson was not specific about the opportunities being discussed, it’s likely that the duo is in talks to work on future films after costarring in two (Jumanji and Central Intelligence), and a third (Jumanji 2) is in the works. (CinemaBlend)

Star Wars director J.J. Abrams is in search of a mega deal. Abrams is speaking with several Hollywood studios on franchise opportunities with “put pictures” – a guaranteed number of slots in a studio’s film slate – and expansions into television, digital and other mediums. Abrams “hopes for a pact worth half-a-billion dollars or more” that CAA president Richard Lovett is leading. (Variety)

Click below to watch the latest trailers.

Going to the movies this weekend? Get there early to see Noovie! Find Noovie at a theater near you, and follow WhatsNoovie on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more updates.

Now, when you get to the theater early, you can play augmented reality games on the big screen! Download Noovie ARcade on the App Store or Google Play!

  • The Grinch: A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web: Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.
  • Overlord: The story of two American soldiers behind enemy lines on D Day.
  • The Front Runner: American Senator Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he’s caught in a scandalous love affair.
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