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Imtiaz Ali’s film is a surprising meta-narrative of archetypal star-crossed lovers, but its cool tricksiness leaves little room for surrendering to the story
The nights draw in, and the stars come out. Before Christmas, we’ll see Priyanka Chopra waging war in the historical epic Bajirao Mastani and the Shahrukh Khan-Kajol Devgan dream team reunited for Dilwale, yet it may turn out that Tamasha will need its stars, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor, most – just as points of recognition. With its self-reflexive title (“Spectacle”) and avant garde theatrical wraparound, Imtiaz Ali’s film is about as tricksy – and tricky – as Bollywood gets, its debt to modernism flaunted from the start in an opening splurge of stories within stories within stories. Only when our leads show up do we know whose tale this really is. Or do we?
Even after Padukone and Kapoor appear, as backpackers falling in »
- Mike McCahill
Emma Roberts is currently freaking all of us out on Scream Queens, but before she was cast as the downright evil queen bee Chanel Oberlin, Emma was just a little girl from a big Hollywood family, growing up in front of the cameras. Emma is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and the niece of Oscar winner Julia Roberts; she made her big-screen debut playing Johnny Depp's daughter in 2001's Blow and became the star of the Nickelodeon show Unfabulous three years later. Things came full circle for Emma when she starred with her aunt Julia in the 2010 movie Valentine's Day and went on to be featured in two seasons of American Horror Story (she's also slated to pop up in Hotel). As one of creator Ryan Murphy's TV darlings - and with her hilarious current role on Scream Queens - we wouldn't be surprised if the 24-year-old »
- Brittney Stephens
Tom McCarthy, the fantastic director who gave us the thought-provoking "Spotlight," is going to be honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. He will join Johnny Depp (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actor for "Black Mass"), Brie Larson (Breakthrough Performance Award for the amazing "Room"), Saoirse Ronan (I love her in "Brooklyn" and she is set to receive the International Star Award), and Cate Blanchett (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actress for the twofer "Carol" and "Truth"). I will be live at the red carpet and will give you the very latest! For now, here's the complete press release regarding Tom McCarthy:
Palm Springs, CA (November 24, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Spotlight director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. »
London — Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 6. He will receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.
Jared Harris, Harris’ son, commented: “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo: a journey that describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime.”
- Leo Barraclough
British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.
The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.
A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.
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David K. Israel is adapting from Elizabeth Kendall’s book “Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer.” Producers are Gulfstream Pictures partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.
The book, published in 2013, focused on the friendship between Balanchine and his childhood friend Liidia (Lidochka) Ivanova from the years just before the 1917 Russian Revolution to Balanchine’s escape from Russia in 1924. Balanchine had been abandoned by his mother at the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet Academy in 1913 at the age of nine.
Ivanova died days before she and Balanchine had planned to leave Russia together. Zippora Karz, a ballerina chosen by Balanchine for the New York City Ballet, will be an executive producer.
- Dave McNary
Cinematographer Edward Lachman may not be a household name, though he undoubtedly should be. One of the most highly regarded directors of photography in the business, Lachman has collaborated with some of the best filmmakers of his generation: Steven Soderbergh, Todd Haynes, Todd Solondz, Paul Schrader, Sofia Coppola, Robert Altman, Werner Herzog, George Sluizer, Wim Wenders, Mira Nair, Ulrich Seidl, and Andrew Niccol — to name a handful.
His career began in 1975 by photographing the infamous Sylvester Stallone–Henry Winkler Brooklyn gang cult-fave, The Lords of Flatbush. In the last 40 years, he’s carved out a truly varied résumé. For example: in 2002, Lachman co-directed Ken Park with filmmaker Larry Clark, before moving onto direct the exercise video Carmen Electra’s Aerobic Striptease in 2003.
Lachman’s most recent feature, Carol — his third partnership with Haynes, and perhaps his finest work — just entered a limited release, so there’s no better time to »
- Tony Hinds
Back in July 2012, Lionsgate confirmed that Suzanne Collins' final Hunger Games novel will be split into a two-part movie. The decision, which came just months after The Hunger Games franchise launched, angered many fans of the books, and it seems that strategy may have backfired. Box Office Mojo reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 took the top spot at the box office with $101 million, the lowest opening weekend of all four movies.
The $101 million opening weekend is far lower than many box office projections, many of which predicted the franchise finale would earn around $120 million. The Hunger Games opened in 2012 with $152.5 million, followed by 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opened with a franchise-high $158 million, and last year's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 with $121.8 million. The franchise has taken in $2.2 billion worldwide since opening just three years ago, and while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay »
A decade ago it would have been difficult to imagine Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman sharing top billing for a movie; however, in 2015, it’s hardly a surprise that the pair of iconic 90s stars – alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor – are stuck in a tepid remake of 2009’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winner El Secreto de sus Ojos (which translates to the English title Secret In Their Eyes).
For those unfamiliar with the original, it takes place in a world of departmental obstacles and corruptive cover-ups and follows a man named Ray (Ejiofor), who enlists the help of Claire (Kidman) to seek justice for their colleague Jess (Roberts) after her daughter’s dead body is melodramatically discovered in a dumpster.
Set amongst a team of counter-terrorism investigators, the plot alternately unfolds in 2002 – in the aftermath of the murder and paranoid wake of the 9/11 attacks – and in the present day, 2015 – as Ray asks Claire, »
- Zachary Shevich
Going into the weekend it was expected that "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" would score the lowest opening of the series to date. Just how low though has surprised.
The final film in the series is headed towards a $101 million opening weekend at the U.S. box-office - an amazing number for almost any other franchise, but the lowest for the series to date by almost $20 million.
The final film has had the fifth-highest opening of the year and a $24,198 per screen average - again those are stunning figures for any other film, but that's beneath even the lowest projections domestically. 'Mockingjay Part 2' also grossed $146 million overseas in 87 markets with most of it from the UK, China, Germany and Mexico.
"Spectre" continues to go fairly steady, dropping to second place with $14.6 million and a $670 million global haul as of this weekend. Domestically it's falling behind "Skyfall" with the movie nabbing $153.7 million so far, »
- Garth Franklin
As a crime flick, Billy Ray’s The Secret in Their Eyes, a remake of Juan Jose Campanella’s Oscar-winning 2009 film of the same title, has little suspense, either of the whodunit or cat-and-mouse variety. Nor does it offset said lack of suspense the way some genre other genre films have done, by digging into the minutiae of police work. It’s a cop movie that’s largely uninterested in cops, crimes, or criminals. And yet, despite all that, the film is at times an effective, evocative mood piece. The funereal pall of sorrow that hangs over everything these characters do has a strange, surprising pull.Much like the original, the film unfolds in two timelines. In 2002, while investigating a potentially radical Los Angeles mosque, FBI investigator Ray Kasten (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Deputy District Attorney Claire Sloan (Nicole Kidman), and Da investigator Jess Cobb (Julia Roberts) are called to a nearby murder scene. »
- Bilge Ebiri
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 opened $20 million below Part 1, but with an estimated opening weekend of $101 million it becomes the fifth 2015 release to open above the century mark. It's tough to call a film that opens north of $100 million a flop (because it's not), but "disappointing" seems appropriate given the lofty heights previous installments reached. Theories as to what happened are easy enough to conjure up and most likely they all played some kind of role in why this fourth installment in what, effectively, is a three film franchise couldn't even match the opening of its predecessor. In its favor, Mockingjay 2 opened an hour earlier on Thursday night than Part 1, it had Jennifer Lawrence as its star and it was the finale in a franchise that has now grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide. Heading into the weekend there was something of a palpable question mark concerning how well it would do, »
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Los Angeles (AP) — "Mockingjay — Part 2," the final "Hunger Games" film, has soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters. For most films this would be a coup, but "The Hunger Games" had its own records to beat, and this sets a new low for the four-film franchise.
The series kicked off with a $152.5 million weekend in 2012 — one of the highest openings of all time.
- The Associated Press
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” dominated the weekend box office with the final film in the science-fiction franchise debuting to $101 million.
That ranks as the year’s fifth biggest opening, but it wasn’t as big a sendoff for Katniss Everdeen and her fellow revolutionaries as some had predicted. The massive bow falls short of tracking that projected the picture would top $120 million in its initial weekend in theaters. It also represents a low for the series, falling far short of the $158.1 million high-water mark established by 2013’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” It’s a sign, perhaps, that interest in the dystopian world of Panem has crested.
Investors in Lionsgate, the studio behind the series, reacted negatively to news that “Mockingjay – Part 2” would miss projections, sending the company’s stock down more than 3% on Friday.
The series made up ground overseas, picking up $147 million after debuting in nearly every significant foreign territory, »
- Brent Lang
Los Angeles (AP) - "Mockingjay - Part 2," the final "Hunger Games" film, has soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters. For most films this would be a coup, but "The Hunger Games" had its own records to beat, and this sets a new low for the four-film franchise.
The series kicked off with a $152.5 million weekend in 2012 - one of the highest openings of all time.
- The Associated Press
The final chapter in The Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay — Part 2, is on track to hit a $102 million bullseye in its opening weekend, based on Friday receipts.
The fourth installment in the Jennifer Lawrence-led series hit a total of $46 million Friday at 4,175 locations, handily topping all other titles at the box office. The Lionsgate release started strong in Thursday night previews, generating $16 million. Earlier estimates had pegged the actioner’s three-day total around $110 million. This marks the lowest opening day in the “Hunger Games” franchise.
The three earlier “Hunger Games” pics performed mightily at the box office, combining for $2.3 billion in worldwide grosses. “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened to $121.9 million domestically following the first film’s $152.5 million launch and “Catching Fire’s” $158.1 million kickoff.
Should it hit its expected mark, “Mockingjay — Part 2” will be the year’s fifth-biggest U.S. opening, behind “Jurassic World” ($208.8 million), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($191.3 million), “Furious 7 »
- Marianne Zumberge
Actor Alfred Molina has a varied filmography spanning across all genres in both mainstream and independent films. The British-born actor is currently starring in Secret In Their Eyes opposite Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The son of Spanish and Italian immigrant parents, Molina tells CineMovie he was thrilled Secret In Their Eyes reflected the cultural diversity of the setting.
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Chiwetel Ejifor has played his fair share of villains on screen -- notably in "Serenity" and "Children of Men." His new thriller, "Secret In Their Eyes," puts him in a new light where he gets to, finally, play a good guy.
In "Eyes," Ejifor plays Ray, a rising FBI investigator and hero -- albeit a morally-conflicted one -- struggling to find justice when the man suspected of murdering Julia Roberts' daughter is released from custody. The world Ray occupies is full of grey, and it's up to men like him to sort it all out -- no matter the cost. Moviefone recently sat down with the Oscar-nominated actor to discuss the challenges of playing such a character, and his next project -- Marvel's "Doctor Strange." »
- Phil Pirrello
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is heading for an impressive opening weekend of $110 million — down 9% from the “Mockingjay — Part 1,” according to early Friday estimates.
Should the forecast hold, the fourth and final film in Lionsgate’s lucrative Hunger Games franchise will finish with one of the top 25 opening weekends of all time. But it will also be the lowest opening weekend of the four films.
The three previous “Hunger Games” films have set a high bar with $2.3 billion in worldwide grosses. “Mockingjay — Part 1” opened to $121.9 million in the U.S. below the first film’s $152.5 million launch and the second picture’s $158.1 million kickoff.
“Mockingjay 2” will bring in about $48 million on Friday, including $16 million in Thursday night previews. “Catching Fire” brought in $25.2 million from Thursday night screenings compared to $17 million for “Mockingjay — Part 1.” The first “Hunger Games” reeled in $19.7 million from midnight shows in March 2012.
The early U.S. »
- Dave McNary
Foregoing the emotion at the core of Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning drama The Secret in Their Eyes, Billy Ray’s cold procedural remake (titled Secret in Their Eyes, evidently taking advice from Justin Timberlake’s Sean Parker) walks the walk, transplanting the story to a post-9/11 Los Angeles from 1970’s Argentina. The motivations are somewhat different this time around. Instead of writing a novel, Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) returns to his old stomping grounds to pay a visit to the one that got away: both his work crush Claire (Nicole Kidman) and a murder suspect whom he thinks he’s located.
The murder in question occurs adjacent to a mosque under surveillance by the joint counter terrorism task force. This partnership between the local FBI field office, in 2002, is led by a prosecutor with political ambition named Morales (Alfred Molina). The women raped and murdered is Carolyn Cobb (Zoe Graham »
- John Fink
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