Source: Variety

Barry Levinson will sit in the director's chair on Gotti, a mob biopic about the famous New York gangster that Nick Cassavetes was previously set to helm.

John Travolta, Joe Pesci and Lindsay Lohan have all signed on to star in the project. Production is slated to begin in the fall for a late 2012 release.

Levinson is no stranger to the mob world. In 1991 he directed Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley in Bugsy, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

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Saturday Update: Paramount is reporting that Thor is up to $40 million internationally. Here are the highlights:

- In the UK, despite Royal Wedding fever and glorious weather, the film shot to the top of the box office charts grossing $1.75 million for the day which was 5% up on Xmen Wolverine and 200% up on Prince of Persia. The three day total plus previews is now $5 million.
- In Germany the days gross was $1.45 million which was 60% up on Iron Man 1, 70% up on Xmen Wolverine and 50% up on Prince of Persia. The 2 day total is $3 million.
- Spain opened for business yesterday in great style with a gross of $1.2 million which was 45% up on Iron Man 1 and 55% up on Prince of Persia
- Italy grossed US$850k for the day which with previews added takes the cume there to US$2.1 million. The opening is equivalent to Iron Man 1 and 69% ahead of Prince of Persia
- Norway opened very strongly despite very sunny weather and grossed $175k for a cume with previews of $380k. The opening day is 55% up on Iron Man 1, 40% up on Prince of Persia and 13% up on Xmen Wolverine.
- The Philippines loves its heros and the opening day gross there of $375k was 11% up on Iron Man 1, 27% up on Xmen Wolverine and 34% up on Prince of Persia
- In Taiwan the opening day gross was a very strong $500k which was 15% up on Iron Man 1, 190% up on Xmen Wolverine and 210% up on Prince of Persia
- Brazil opened at the top of the charts with an excellent gross of US$1.1 million which was 59% up on Iron Man 1 and 9% up on Prince of Persia.
- Mexico also had a great opening day with US$1.85 million which was 5% up on Iron Man 1, 45% up on Xmen Wolverine and 85% up on Prince of Persia.

56 markets are now in release on the film with Finland (May 06), China (May 08) and Japan (July 02) still to come.

 

Friday Update: Paramount is reporting that Thor has already raked in $23 million internationally. The action flick opens in an additional 20+ markets today, giving it a total of 56. Here are some highlights according to Paramount:

- In France, opening on Wednesday, the film grossed $1.55 million for its opening day which was on par with Iron Man and X-Men Origins: Wolverine and is 50% up on Prince of Persia. The 2 day total in France is estimated at $2.85 million.
- In Germany, opening on Thursday, the film grossed $1.2 million which is 33% up on Iron Man, 115% up on Wolvering and 130% up on Prince of Persia. With Wednesday previews added in the total in Germany is now $1.5 million.
- In the UK the two day total plus previews from Monday is $3.9 million which is 50% up on Wolverine's 2 day total and 200% up on Prince of Persia
- In Russia the film opened very strongly to $1 million which with previews takes the total there to $1.4 million which is 20% up on Iron Man.
- In Argentina the one day gross is $110k which is 68% up on Iron Man, 100% up on Wolverine and 50% up on Prince of Persia.
- In Korea the film opened Thursday to $725k which is 66% up on Wolverine and 25% up on Prince of Persia
- In Malaysia the $260k opening day represented the biggest ever Marvel non-holiday opening day gross
- In Hong Kong $200k was recorded on the opening day which was 6% ahead of Iron Man 1, 32% ahead of Wolverine and 74% up on Prince of Persia
- After one week in Australia the total box office exceeds US$9.7 million which is 29% up on Iron Man

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fastfivereview.pngFast Five took in $3.7 million from midnight screenings, according to Deadline.com. That's twice what 2009's Fast & Furious did. The film's international cume is already $41.6 million.

Fandango is reporting that Fast Five is their biggest seller this year. The action flick accounts for a whopping 74% of daily sales on the popular ticketing site.

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