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London — The Munich Film Festival is to pay tribute to Alexander Payne with a complete retrospective of his movies.
Payne’s last visit to the event was in 1997 when he won the High Hopes Award for “Citizen Ruth,” the predecessor of the festival’s CineVision Award. The film starred Laura Dern as a white trash antihero who becomes a cause celebre when she gets pregnant with her fifth child.
Among the movies to play in Munich this year are “Election,” which was the international breakout role for Reese Witherspoon, “About Schmidt,” starring Jack Nicholson, “Sideways,” which stars Paul Giamatti, “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney, and “Nebraska,” with Bruce Dern toplining.
The Munich retrospective will show all Payne’s shorts, features and TV films. On June 26, there will be a gala held in his honor, and the director will also speak about his life and movies at Filmmakers Live in the Gasteig Black Box. »
- Leo Barraclough
People found better things to do over the Memorial Day holiday weekend other than go to the movies. For the first time in two decades, no film grossed more than $40 million in ticket sales over the long holiday weekend.
Disney’s costly Tomorrowland narrowly edged out Pitch Perfect 2 for the number one spot while Fox’s remake of Poltergeist opened in fourth place behind Mad Max: Fury Road. Experiencing its worst top ten in fourteen years, the North American box office found itself down nineteen percent from last year at this time when X-Men: Days of Future Past led the pack with a $90 million opening and a steep 43% from two years ago when Furious 6 scored $97 million.
Directed by Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Iron Giant) and starring Britt Robertson, George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, Tomorrowland has been a film shrouded in secrecy since the project was announced a few years back. »
Finally, Home rounds out the top ten with $1.6m.
The Us weekend box office Top 10 for May 22-24 (studio estimates, all figures »
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” continues to attract crowds in China, where the Marvel sequel has earned a massive $210 million since opening in the People’s Republic two weeks ago.
The superhero adventure now ranks as the fourth highest-grossing film release in Chinese history. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” topped foreign charts this weekend largely on the strength of its performance in the world’s second largest market for film, earning $45.8 million. That brings its global haul to just shy of $1.3 billion.
Second place finisher “Mad Max: Fury Road” picked up $38.2 million in its second weekend from 70 markets, pushing the international haul past the $100 million mark. George Miller’s return to a futuristic world of dust, blood and scarcity has now earned $212 million globally. With an $150 million price tag and tens of millions in promotional and distribution expenses, “Mad Max: Fury Road” still has a lot of ground to cover before it’s profitable. »
- Brent Lang
Brad Bird’s Disney adventure Tomorrowland has opened at the number one spot at the Us box-office with a rather lacklustre $32.2 debut. The film, which sees Hollywood megastar George Clooney leading the cast, was expected to take a slightly better $40 million over the three days, but fell short going up against summer blockbusters like George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, the musical/ comedy heavyweight Pitch Perfect 2, and the lurking Marvel megabeast Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Tomorrowland, titled Tomorrowland: A World Beyond in the UK, cost a whopping $190 million to make, and it will need a lot of traction to get it anywhere near profit, and sources say that overseas performance is also coming in very weak at a reported $26.7 million over the past three days.
- Paul Heath
A few nights ago, Warner Bros. hosted a very canny event that our own Louis Virtel attended at the Playboy Mansion, a screening of "Entourage" that may have felt like virtual reality for those who attended. While I doubt being surrounded by scantily clad bunnies influenced Louis one way or another on the film, it's likely you'll see a number of reviews that are perhaps more enthusiastic than they would otherwise be, and it'd be hard to blame anyone who fell for it. One of the reasons the setting seemed so right for that particular film is because much of the charge of "Entourage" is watching the core ensemble swagger their way through Hollywood, doing whatever they want and rarely if ever facing any consequences as a result. It's always presented with a wink and a smile, just a case of boys being boys. We live in a world right »
- Drew McWeeny
Tomorrowland has beaten out Pitch Perfect 2 for the number 1 at the box office Memorial Day weekend with a three-day total of $32.2 million. The George Clooney sci-fi adventure film is on track to take in $40.8 million over the weekend. That's enough to edge out the Anna Kendrick musical comedy, which has a three-day total of $30.3 million and an expected holiday draw of $37.9 million. »
- James Crugnale
As if Bill Murray wasn’t already a festive tradition for many of Team Empire thanks to Scrooged, he’s now ready to crash that Yuletide staple, the Christmas special. Netflix is backing A Very Murray Christmas. Check out the very short teaser below. Co-written by the actor alongside his Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola and Scrooged scribe Mitch Glazer, with Coppola set to call the shots, the special will be an homage to variety shows, with Murray playing himself and worrying that none of his guests will show up due to a terrible snow storm in New York. “Christmas is really about Christmas songs so I thought I’d sort of do something like that,” Murray previously said of the project. “That was sort of Sofia’s idea. And I started thinking about Christmas songs and I thought you can do some different things with it and sort »
George Clooney flashed a big grin when he and his wife, Amal Clooney, arrived at Tokyo International Airport on Saturday. The couple held hands as they were greeted by fans, with Amal showing off her style in a colorful sundress and wedges. George stopped to pose for pictures with a few fans, waving back at them as he and Amal made their way through the airport. It's been a busy few weeks for the actor, who's been making the press rounds to promote his latest film, Tomorrowland. At the movie's Disneyland premiere, George and Amal showed sweet Pda on the red carpet, adding to their long list of sweet moments. In an interview, George told us that fame has been a "tough adjustment" for Amal, and he also hinted at what might be ahead in his next chapter. Keep reading for more pictures of the couple's airport arrival, then vote »
There weren’t as many fireworks at the Memorial Day weekend box office this year as newcomer “Tomorrowland” disappointed with a $32.2 million debut.
The science-fiction adventure stars George Clooney and was directed by Brad Bird of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” renown. The Disney release is expected to pull in a lackluster $40.7 million for the four-day period.
That’s still good enough for a first place finish, with Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 2″ coming in a close second with an estimated $30.3 million three-day haul and a projected $37.9 million for the four days. The acappella comedy’s domestic total stands at $125.4 million.
“Tomorrowland” had been expected to generate $40 million over the three-day period and $50 million over the four-day stretch. With a $180 million price tag, Disney faces an uphill climb to profitability. Not helping matters, overseas figures were an underwhelming $26.7 million.
Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis predicted that the film would pick up steam as schools let out, »
- Brent Lang
Batman and Robin. Like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it's a movie only idiots or children enjoyed*. Too mean? Anyway, in the video below, George Clooney talks in detail about his experience filming that movie and why he regrets being the one to nearly destroy the Batman franchise. It's hard not to feel a little sorry for Clooney when he talks about how he thought at the time it would be a smart career move (he's still done well though, so it's not that big of a deal). It sounds like filming Batman and Robin was a unique few months anyway, so check out the video below for his comments. *in My opinion, anyway. You know what else sucks? Pacific Rim! »
The “homage to the classic variety shows” sees Murray playing himself, with the comedy legend worrying about whether a New York City snowstorm will ruin his TV show, but “through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit.”
Murray will be joined by a star-studded cast in the special, which includes the likes of George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Michael Cera, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, David Johansen, Frederic Moulin, Julie White, and Dimitri Dimitrov.
A Very Murray Christmas will arrive on Netflix this December.
- Gary Collinson
Directed by Brad Bird.
Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.
The world’s ending, it’s all our fault and Disney want you to know about it, but first let’s have a fun time at the cinema, buy the merchandise and check out the theme park before the cities crumble. It’s this hypocrisy which pulls director Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland in one direction only to push it into another; resulting in a film which, whilst being fun at times, never feels anywhere as genuine as it needs to be.
I appreciate and welcome a massive budget family movie which isn’t based »
- Gary Collinson
Opening in 3,972 locations Tomorrowland took in a lower than expected $40.7M just beating out Pitch Perfect 2 and its projected $37.9M in what proved to be a drowsy four-day Memorial weekend frame. The Brad Bird/George Clooney collaboration ended up the 22nd biggest Memorial opener of all time, sitting somewhat ignominiously behind 2013's Epic ($42.8M) and ahead of 2010's Prince of Persia: Sands of Time ($37.8M). Without a strong tentpole to anchor it the holiday frame looks to be down 19% Yoy. Internationally Tomorrowland opened in 65 territories (56% of the total available) and made $26.7M for a $58.8M worldwide cume. It opened at the #1 spot in Russia and Mexico, and has yet to open in major markets such as Spain, Australia, China, Japan, Korea and Brazil. Still, it's not the greeting that Disney received for its other attraction-based film, Pirates of the Caribbean, whose third film in the series, At World's End, »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Walt Disney Pictures released their new adventure/fantasy flick, "Tomorrowland," into theaters this weekend. I just watched it, and thought it was very entertaining, delivering lots of great action and drama along with a very intriguing storyline. The movie stars: George Clooney, Judy Greer, Tim McGraw, Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Hahn, Thomas Robinson, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Keegan-Michael Key. In the new flick, we're given the backstory of characters, Frank Walker (George Clooney) and Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) Frank's story is a little short, just summarizing how he met a young girl robot named Athena way back in 1964 when he was trying to get his jet pack invention entered into a contest. While it failed, Athena believed in him and brought him to a futuristic city named Tomorrowland. After that, we got Casey's backstory, which was quite a bit longer, just basically showing how Athena planted a unique pendent in »
- Andre Braddox
Is this the Lost in Translation sequel we have desired? Probably not, but it will still be great.
Netflix released the first trailer for A Very Murray Christmas on Thursday, which reunites Bill Murray with his Translation director Sofia Coppola. The cast will be led by Murray playing a version of himself with guest stars, including: George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Frederic Moulin, Rashida Jones, Miley Cyrus and more.
The teaser doesn’t show much outside of Murray, with reindeer ears, looking out a window that is very reminiscent to many scenes in Lost in Translation, but regardless, I’m sure a lot of people will tune in to see something starring both Bill Murray and the array of guest stars that he and Coppola have amassed.
The special will be coming »
- Zach Dennis
Director Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof‘s “Tomorrowland” launched with $9.7 million at the box office Friday, but couldn’t pull away from last week’s No. 1 movie “Pitch Perfect 2,” setting the stage for a tight race over the Memorial Day weekend. Both Disney’s sci-fi adventure starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie and Universal’s musical comedy sequel are heading for around $40 million over the four days. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and the rest of the Barden Bellas took in $9.6 million, and will cross the $100 million mark domestically on Saturday. “Tomorrowland” is rated PG and “Pitch Perfect 2 »
- Todd Cunningham
“Tomorrowland” doesn’t have as promising a future as Disney might have anticipated.
The George Clooney-starrer is being outperformed at the U.S. box office this Memorial Day holiday by the second weekend of “Pitch Perfect 2.” While “Tomorrowland” was expected to open to $45 million — already slightly below recent forecasts — it now looks likely to reel in less than $40 million, giving the “Pitch Perfect” sequel a narrow edge with $41 million-plus.
The two films were neck and neck on Friday in as tight a race as it gets, with “Tomorrowland” earning $9.73 million, while “Pitch Perfect 2” brought in $9.66 million. The weekend’s other newcomer, “Poltergeist,” was a close third, but will likely finish the weekend in fourth with about $29 million.
The tentpole “Tomorrowland,” which carries a hefty $180 million pricetag, had been shrouded in mystery leading up to its release and is likely suffering from being an unfamiliar property with no established brand, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Now playing in theaters is Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. The film stars George Clooney as Frank, a disillusioned boy-genius who teams up with the optimistic and scientifically-inclined Casey (Britt Robertson) to discover the secrets of the enigmatic place known as “Tomorrowland”. The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Thomas Robinson, and was written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Damon Lindelof. He talked about what they learned from test screenings, deleted scenes, how they had an alternate ending, Easter eggs, his most memorable day on set, the fanboy experience of working with people he idolizes like Brad Bird, and why he hasn’t seen any footage besides the trailers for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Finally, if »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
You know there’s so much good stuff on Netflix that, frankly and sadly, I haven’t got enough free time to see everything I want but this one, definitely this one, I’ll be taking a moment to watch once it hits the streaming service later this year. Granted, we’ve got a while for A Very Murray Christmas because it’s not out until December, and we haven’t even hit summer 2015 yet!
What is all this rambling about, you ask? Well, back in October we reported that Murray would be teaming up again with Sofia Coppolla and today’s teaser trailer is the result of their reunited collaboration.
A Very Murray Christmas is all about him putting on a show in New York but due to a massive snowstorm, he’s worried that no-one is going to arrive. But through the will of good fortune and the luck of the draw, »
- Dan Bullock
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