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Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen. Robin Hood, Robin Hood, will have a film or three, again.
Yes, the legendary hero who robbed from the rich, gave to the poor, and once had a soundtrack by Bryan Adams looks to be raising his bow to the big screen once more. The only concern is which studio will be getting there first. News has broken today from The Tracking Board that Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, and producer, Joby Harold have a cunning plan to produce Robin Hood: Origins, which will (if the title doesn’t give it way) look at how the outlaw came to be.
Origins isn’t the only entry on the list, though. As well as the DiCaprio/Harold’s take, Disney have Pirates of the Caribbean-ey, Nottingham & Hood in their to-do pile, and Sony also have the simple but not very effective, »
- Nicholas Staniforth
The film has an emphasis on fistula, a debilitating condition that turns once-healthy women into outcasts. The documentary is being made in collaboration with Ann Gloag’s Freedom From Fistula Foundation, and explores Gloag’s experiences working with women in Kenya, Malawi and Sierra Leone.
“This powerful film attests to the igniting power of one woman, Ann Gloag, to set in motion hundreds of helping hands, doctors, nurses, caregivers, family and friends, to resuscitate the health and status of victims of fistula, and to give them back their lives,” Streep said.
The filmmakers noted that an estimated »
- Dave McNary
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, “Run All Night” jumps to the top of the TV ad spending heap with $11 million of the $13.7mm total spend coming between the 16th and 22nd. The Warner Brothers thriller starring Liam Neeson spread its ad dollars across 42 networks, with MTV and VH1 as the top benefactors ahead of the March 13 premiere.
Will Smith’s “Focus” spent another week in the top five, slipping from first to second, despite an increase in spending week over week from $6.4 million to $9.6mm. The Kevin Costner vehicle “McFarland, USA” stays at third over last week with the same $5.9 million spend as the week prior, bringing Walt Disney’s total TV ad investment to $20.3mm. Its 954 airings were spread across 34 networks, with Lifetime and ABC Family seeing the most action. Meanwhile, “Unfinished Business” spent a second week at fourth, »
From early Bond to 21st century sci-fi, here's Ryan's pick of 11 unforgettable villain pairings from action cinema history...
You're generally lucky if a movie has one genuinely great villain in it, let alone two. This is probably because creating a villain takes great acting and writing - it's one thing to create a preening character who stomps around a story doing unpleasant things, but creating a villain who's three-dimensional, witty, scary and above all memorable requires considerable skill.
Every so often, a movie comes along which gives us not one, but two classic villains, with the personality of one complementing the other. A familiar dynamic was once laid out by Steven Spielberg: one is smart and eloquent , while the other is the tougher, more violent of the pair. It's a template that we've seen time and again in cinema, but it's only occasionally that both characters leap from the screen. »
Over the past week, we’ve been celebrating the losers — those talented filmmakers whom Oscar has foolishly overlooked. In this final entry, we ask the Zoltar Machine for a do-over. If you asked me specifically which Oscar-winning director should have their gold snatched away and given to Penny Marshall, I don’t know that I’d have an answer. The year she would have been eligible for Big, Barry Levinson won for Rain Man. The year she would have been eligible for Awakenings, Kevin Costner won for Dances With Wolves. The year she would have been eligible for A League of Their Own, Clint Eastwood won for Unforgiven. There’s no easy way to rewrite history and slide her name in where someone else’s was previously, although a case can easily be made that Big and Rain Man (the Best Picture of 1988) share near-identical emotional DNA. The following year, the »
- Scott Beggs
Film composer Alan Silvestri — best known for his work with director Robert Zemeckis on such films as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Forrest Gump” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy — will be the central honoree at the 15th Annual World Soundtrack Awards, which will close the 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent on Oct. 24 in Belgium.
As is custom, the work of Silvestri — following in the footsteps of previous Wsa honorees Angelo Badalamenti, John Barry and Cliff Martinez — will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé.
Silvestri first teamed with Zemeckis on their breakthrough feature, “Romancing the Stone” (1984) and subsequently collaborated on 10 additional releases, including “Death Becomes Her” (1992), “Cast Away” (2000) and “The Polar Express” (2004).
The prolific and rangy composer’s credits also include the rom-coms “Father of the Bride” (1991), “What Women Want” (2000) and “Maid in Manhattan” (2002); action blockbusters “Predator” (1987) and “The Avengers” (2012); neo-westerns “Young Guns 2” (1990) and »
- Steve Chagollan
Sometimes, the Oscars have a tendency of giving out awards to actors who are seen to have paid their dues, perhaps not for the best performance of that year or even for the particular actor's own best performance, but to recognise past work. Michael Keaton is not the most likely of these, but this could be why some speculated that he was an early favourite for this year's Best Actor award, for his performance in Birdman.
The later frontrunner Eddie Redmayne rightfully and very graciously wound up taking it home for his work as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, though Birdman went on to take home the main prize for Best Picture and a number of other major awards.
It would hardly have been a major upset if »
We’ve made it just over halfway through the month of February, granted the distinction of being Black History Month, and racial tensions in the film world, particularly in Hollywood, are at an all-time high. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences effectively whitewashed The Oscars this year, shutting out people of color (PoC) from the acting categories and both PoC and women from the director’s stable, even though both respectively put in some of the best work of 2014. What’s more, the custody battle courtroom drama “Black or White,” starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, and Anthony Mackie, has been taken to task by many a critic (myself included) for its good-intentioned but »
- Dylan Green
Fifty Shades of Grey didn't relinquish control of the box office.
Universal's erotic drama starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan earned $23.2 million at No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The adaptation of E.L. James' best-selling novel earned an additional $68.1 million overseas.
"There was a pent-up demand and excitement for Fifty Shades of Grey last weekend, so this was its destiny after it broke the box-office record for the biggest opening in February and didn't have the added bonus of a holiday weekend," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office firm Rentrak.
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Chicago – Sports stories are made for the underdog, and it is the conduit for many immigrants and minorities to break through to the American Dream. “McFarland, USA” takes that idea and runs with it, as a high school cross country team of Mexican immigrants head towards the finish line.
Kevin Costner portrays the “coach,” with the same good vibes and unflappable air he has given all of his sports movie roles. This is based-on-a-true-story, so there actually is a cross country team in McFarland (north of Bakersfield, California), who kept winning because of the coach and the tradition established there. This is the origin story of that team in 1987, as the Mexican immigrant sons of “pickers” (field workers) become the core of the runners. The themes of poverty and wanting to belong to America run like a thread through the story, which per usual for sports stories involved second »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
"Fifty Shades of Grey" dominated at the box office during its opening weekend, but in its second week, it declined a massive 73%. Despite a huge drop, "Fifty Shades of Grey" was still able to take the top spot at the domestic box office with $23 million to bring its worldwide total to $411 million, which is more than ten times its budget. Out of the new wide releases, Kevin Costner's "McFarland, USA" performed the best, but only managed to get fourth place with $11.3 million. The $25 million film will end up profitable and has a 78% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. One of the surprises of the weekend was "The Duff," which cost only $8 million to make and outperformed expectation with $11 million, thanks to female movie-goers, who comprised 75% of ticket buyers. It landed in fifth place and has a 62% fresh rating. The big disappointment was "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," which was expected to open to about $15 million. »
One can't imagine how nervous Neil Patrick Harris must have been backstage in the moments before the official start of this year's Academy Award ceremony, but all those jitters obviously left the stage once the show began. How do we know? Because his opening number, titled "Moving Pictures," is absolutely fantastic. Check it out below! As seen above, Neil Patrick Harris certainly hasn't lost his singing chops. The host's opening number, brought to us by Time, paid tribute to the long history of movies through a lyric-driven tune paired up with a montage of clips from classic films - like the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, the feel-good Kevin Costner-led Field of Dreams, and everybody's favorite Patrick Swayze pic Ghost (okay, maybe our second favorite). They even gave a shout out to some of our bigger effects driven movies like Star Wars and The Avengers, which was pretty cool. »
Proving that its mystique is little more than flash-in-the-pan titillation, Fifty Shades of Grey plummeted over 70% from last weekend and only held number one because the fresh blood came in pre-clotted or pre-thinned and ready to flop. The biggest tanker this weekend was the sort-of anticipated sequel to 2010's Hot Tub Time Machine. Sort of, because, despite some heavy marketing the movie floundered in with just $5 million and seventh place, well behind the third place $15 million debut of its predecessor. That's toughest luck for franchise addition Adam Scott who's strugged to convert his television success into Hollywood acclaim. Audiences and critics seem to agree that the sequel doesn't hold up against the original, and with this box office failure confirmation it's probably a good idea that the tub be drained once and for all. Kevin Costner's second feel good movie to roll out in the last four weeks, McFarland USA, »
“Fifty Shades Of Grey" might be an bonafide worldwide phenomenon (a $239 million opening weekend worldwide is no joke), but in North America it appears that most audiences' curiosity has been sated. In week two, ‘Fifty Shades’ plummeted a massive 74%, marking the biggest second-weekend drop since the summer of 2011, when “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” opened huge ($169 million) and then plummeted in week two ($47.4 million). $23 million in week two may not sound like a bad haul, but the damage has been done. ‘Fifty Shades’ held better overseas with a 56% drop, and its worldwide total is already $410 million. Three new movies were in wide release this weekend, and two of those films fared pretty well for what they were. Lionsgate's teen comedy, "The Duff," received good reviews and cracked $11 million in week one, and the Disney/Kevin Costner vehicle, "McFarland, USA," did similar numbers. The same can’t be said »
- Rodrigo Perez
Fifty Shades of Grey had a steep drop-off in its second week, dipping 72.7 percent to bring in $23.2 million, but it was still enough to stay on top of the weekend box office. The vanilla kink film led a tame box office, with the top three falling in line with the week prior: Kingsman: The Secret Service brought in $17.5 million, and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water took in $15.5 million. New releases didn't fare so well. Kevin Costner's second white savior film, McFarland, USA, brought in $11.3 million in its debut whereas future high school classic The Duff brought in $11 million. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 tanked with $5.8 million. Too bad time machines aren't real. »
- E. Alex Jung
1. "Fifty Shades of Gray" has as one of its editors the legendary Anne V. Coates, 89 years old and Oscar editing winner for "Lawrence of Arabia," and counts among its producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti ("The Social Network" and "Captain Phillips"). 2. "Kingsman: The Secret Service" stars Colin Firth, in his first big general audience hit since his 2011 Best Actor victory for "The King's Speech." 3. "McFarland, U.S.A." stars Oscar-winner Kevin Costner ("Dances with Wolves"), with Indie Spirit winner Niki Caro ("The Whale Rider") directing. 4. "The Duff" is the first feature from director Ari Sandel, whose "West Bank Story" won live-action short eight years ago. 5. "Jupiter Ascending" has among its producers Grant Hill (nominee for Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" and "The »
- Tom Brueggemann
Coming off a massive holiday weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey plummeted 74 percent in its second outing. Still, the movie easily held on the top spot this weekend with $22.3 million.Among the new releases, McFarland, USA and The Duff did solid business, while Hot Tub Time Machine 2 flopped.Fifty Shades of Grey's 74 percent drop is steeper than the second weekend declines for The Fault in our Stars, Valentine's Day, and all five Twilight movies. It's the second-biggest decline ever for a movie playing at over 3,000 locations; the worst belongs to the Friday the 13th remake, which fell 80 percent on this same weekend in 2009.Adapted from an immensely popular book and opening on Valentine's Day weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey was always going to be fairly front-loaded. Still, the movie's horrible reviews (25 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and weak word-of-mouth ("C+" CinemaScore) surely contributed in some way.Fifty Shades has now earned $129.2 million, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fifty Shades of Grey has claimed the Us box office for a second week after taking $23,246,000.
The erotic adaptation - starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele - became the highest-grossing Presidents' Day opener and second-highest February opening of all time after taking $81.6 million last week.
Kevin Costner's McFarland, USA is new at four with $11.3 million, just beating teen comedy The Duff which rounds out the top five.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” didn’t show much endurance in its second weekend of release, with ticket sales for the erotic drama plunging a staggering 73% from its record-breaking $85.1 million debut.
The adaptation of E.L. James’ kinky bestseller about a billionaire and the college student he introduces to the world of Bdsm nabbed first place at the box office, but its $23.2 million in receipts represented a steep fall from its opening. Its hot-and-fast performance is like those of recent female-driven hits such as “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Sex and the City” and “Magic Mike,” all of which started strong before nosediving in their sophomore weekends.
“This was a movie that was a cultural event, and in order to be a part of it, the core constituency wanted to get out there and see it right away so they could talk about it,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. »
- Brent Lang
As Bobbi Kristina Brown remains hospitalized after being found unconscious in her bathtub on Jan. 31, troubling stories are emerging about the friends she surrounded herself with before. After her mother Whitney Houston died in 2012, Brown had trouble coping with the legend's death, turning to boyfriend Nick Gordon and close friends to help her deal with her monumental loss, sources tell People. But some are now wondering about the people she spent time with - and the influence they had on the emotionally fragile 21-year-old. Brown "is plagued by demons," a source close to the family told People last month. "She »
- K.C. Baker, @kcbaker77777
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