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Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” opened to $7.6 million this weekend, well short of its tracking and good for only #3 on the worst summer weekend in two years. This, despite a cast full of draws like Daniel Craig and Channing Tatum, strong reviews, a distribution team of A players, and (overhyped) coverage of its would-be groundbreaking marketing and release plan.
As it turned out, those elements contributed to a complex set of factors that resulted in this meh of a weekend.
Here’s some key ones:
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Got in the Way
Studios largely abandoned August, a month that in recent years saw “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Suicide Squad” thrive. Enter Lionsgate, which knows how to find opportunistic dates for its genre films. In this case, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” overlapped some of what “Logan Lucky” had to offer, and offered greater appeal.
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- Tom Brueggemann
Charles Manson has threatened Quentin Tarantino with a “gory death,” according to a report that seems to be nothing more than fake news. Gossip Cop has looked into the claim, and it appears the entire story, including a supposed handwritten “open letter” from Manson, is a complete fabrication. The claim comes from the site YourNewsWire, […] »
- Michael Lewittes
Neil Diamond will always be a classic gem in the rock business.
With over 130 million albums sold, multiple Grammy wins and a spot in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the 76-year old singer is currently celebrating more than half a century in the music industry with his 50th Anniversary tour. To join in his festivities, here are the stories behind some of Diamond’s biggest hits.
1. “Red Red Wine” (1967)
Though the song was first recorded by Diamond, UB40 recorded this song as a cover of the Tony Tribe 1969 reggae version.
UB40 didn’t realize until after it topped »
- Brianne Tracy
In a career that began with “sex lies and videotape” in 1989, “Logan Lucky” is Steven Soderbergh’s 26th theatrical release. It will extend his record as the top-grossing American director to come out of the independent scene in its formative years — a period we’ll define as 1975 (Joan Micklin Silver’s “Hester Street”) through 1992 (Quentin Tarantino’s debut, “Reservoir Dogs”).
To be clear, Soderbergh’s an outlier; his billion-dollar box office dwarfs every other indie filmmaker. However, looking at the performance of his contemporaries who got their start in that indie film movement, you may be surprised at who’s on the list. (Note: “Outside wide release” means less than 1,000 screens. Also, the list doesn’t include directors like Sam Raimi and Abel Ferrara, who have independent roots but were not discovered via the film festival/arthouse pathway, or Alan Rudolph, another significant ’80s figure; he started in horror films in the early ’70s. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Head to the movies this weekend to see Logan Lucky, and you'll see more than Steven Soderbergh ending his moviemaking retirement phase and returning to the big screen. (You've been greatly missed, sir.) You'll see more than just Channing Tatum and Adam Driver playing down-on-their-luck Southern brothers who hatch a plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. You'll even see more than Daniel Craig sporting a bottle-blond crop-cut hairdo and Seth MacFarlane sporting something on his head that looks like a cross between a mullet, a Jheri curl and roadkill. »
As the nation reacts to the violence in Charlottesville, many are stunned by the hateful views that lurk beneath the country’s surface. One group that is unsurprised? Black people. African Americans have never forgotten America’s racist foundations, and never had the chance to turn a blind eye; they experience racism every day. Which why is a film like “Whose Streets?” — a documentary about the Ferguson protests, made by black filmmakers for black audiences — must be seen, celebrated, and heeded.
The film documents the genesis of the Black Lives Matter movement during 2013 demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., following the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. Piecing together shaky footage with more intimate interviews with movement leaders, director Sabaah Folayan and producer Damon Davis weave a tale of unrelenting power that feels like today’s news. The film’s authenticity is largely derived from the filmmakers, »
- Jude Dry
Whether driven by PR tactics or a need for some creative downtime, an increasing number of film-makers are playing retirement hokey-cokey
Related: Quentin Tarantino confirms he will retire after two more films
If anyone’s earned the right to do whatever he likes in retirement, it’s Hayao Miyazaki. This includes un-retiring, as the venerable 76-year-old animation master has now done four years after his swansong film. After rumours earlier in the year, Studio Ghibli recently confirmed it had reopened to begin making a 12th Miyazaki feature. He is thought to be expanding Boro the Caterpillar, a 12-minute short he had been making for the Ghibli Museum, which he was unsatisfied with.
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- Phil Hoad
Want to see a lot of movies in the theater for almost no money? You are not alone. MoviePass, for one, was caught off-guard by the groundswell of enthusiasm for the prospect on Tuesday when potential customers caused its website and app to crash, shortly after a new payment structure and owner was announced.
The deal, put simply, goes like this: For a $9.95 monthly fee, you have the option to see up to one movie in theaters per day, every day. We’ll cover the nitty-gritty below, but that’s the gist of the service.
The company, run by Netflix co-founder and former Redbox president Mitch Lowe, wants to be a major disrupter in the industry — think, well, Netflix. But since it was launched in 2011, the service hasn’t gained much traction and remains under-used. MoviePass is hoping this new deal changes that.
Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using MoviePass as told by »
- Seth Kelley
Have you ever performed in a language that is not your own? Whether you grew up in a bilingual household or mastered a foreign tongue in school, speaking more than one language can be a major asset as an actor. Need proof? Here are 21 stars who have delivered their best work in two (or more!) languages. Salma HayekHayek made her debut on the Mexican soap opera “Teresa” before breaking into Hollywood in the early 1990s. She has starred in over 40 films and on numerous television shows in both English and Spanish, and frequently draws on her Mexican heritage even in English-speaking roles. Christoph WaltzMost famous for his excellent collaborations with Quentin Tarantino in “Inglourious Basterds” and “Django Unchained,” the Austrian-born Waltz trained in New York but spent most of his later career working on stage and screen in Germany. Kristin Scott ThomasOscar-nominated for her role in 1996’s “The English Patient, »
The underbelly of Los Angeles and following characters who are constantly struggling to survive by barely scraping by can feel pretty stale for fans of crime films. The 90’s explored every nook and cranny of this courtesy of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and the films that tried to benefit off its success. On paper, you’d think that in 2017, a film like Lowlife where it follows characters who have some connection would be celebrating its 20th anniversary. Yet, Lowlife is a new film and it is one of my favorite independent films of the year.
I will admit that having a luchador as a character in your film will always grab my curiosity, you still need to have a good film to hold my interest. A luchador named El Monstruo (played brilliantly by Ricardo Adam Zarate), who is not as big as his father or his brothers and therefore »
- Andy Triefenbach
Directed by John Frankenheimer.
A group of mercenaries are hired by Irish terrorists to retrieve a case to stop it falling into Russian hands.
In case you didn’t know, ronin are Samurai warriors whose masters have been killed, leaving the warriors free to roam the land as swords-for-hire to anybody willing to pay them. The movie Ronin informs you of this in the title cards so you could be forgiven for thinking this is going to be a bloodthirsty martial arts epic in the vein of Shogun Assassin until you are thrown into a Paris bistro as a ragtag group of shifty characters are assembling. We don’t know them, they don’t know each other and only one person knows why they are there – that person being »
By David Kozlowski | 11 August 2017
Welcome to Issue #8 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering strong opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your feedback or ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!
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Hey Lrm Weekenders, we've got a bunch of cool stuff for you this week. In our editorial we'll examine the big Disney streaming service announcement and what it means for Netflix. We'll also dive into the career of master crime writer Elmore Leonard, assess Chuck Norris' fighting skills, and have some fun with 80s Action movies. Looking forward to your comments and feedback!
Netflix Is Poised To Dominate And It's All Disney's Fault
Disney's big announcement, to pull their films from Netflix and launch their own streaming service by 2019, might look like »
- David Kozlowski
“Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?”
25 years later, this is the line from “Reservoir Dogs” that most stays in the mind — no small feat, given how quotable Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece of mafioso banter is. Maybe it’s because it signals the violence to come from Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), whose stuck-in-the-middle-with-you torture sequence has lost none of its disturbing luster — or perhaps it’s because, nearly three decades later, it almost reads as a statement of intent from Tarantino himself.
Read More:Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Family Murders Movie: Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Rumored Project
The film first made landfall at Sundance in 1992, making it a fitting opener for the most recent edition of Next Fest. Now in its fifth year, the weekend-long affair brings a curated selection of Park City offerings (all of them from the Next section, »
- Michael Nordine
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Midway through an acceptance speech Thursday night at the Sundance Institute's Next Fest, Quentin Tarantino paused to give a shout-out to the city outside.
"I am a L.A. boy," the filmmaker told the capacity crowd inside The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where he was accepting a Vanguard Leadership Award presented by Acura before a 25th anniversary screening of his feature debut, Reservoir Dogs. "I'm from here — I was born in Tennessee but I moved here when I was 2 years old, so give me a fucking break. I grew up in Los Angeles County. I went »
- Chris Gardner
The Sundance Institute’s Next Fest kicked off on Thursday evening at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles with the presentation of the vanguard leadership award to lauded filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, along with a 35 mm 25th anniversary screening of his film “Reservoir Dogs.”
Michelle Satter, the founding director of the Sundance feature film program, presented Tarantino with the award, commending him for his continued support of the organization that helped give him his start through the Sundance Institute Directors Lab. In 2015, Tarantino returned as a creative adviser to the lab, and has also contributed to the Sally Menke Memorial Fellowship, which was established after his longtime film editor died in 2010.
Clad in his trademark brown leather jacket, Tarantino accepted the award to a packed house and received a standing ovation as he took the stage. True to his gregarious self, »
- Erin Nyren
Scroll down your Facebook homepage and you’re bound to come across quite a few food tutorials. Videos from Tastemade, Food Network, and Buzzfeed’s Tasty have become something of an art form on social media, but food artist and director David Ma is here to turn food tutorials into cinema.
Ma has launched his Food Films series this month, a collection of short videos that pair food tutorials with iconic directing styles. What if Alfonso Cuarón made pancakes? What if Wes Anderson made s’mores? He provides the answers with these rather ingenious one-minute videos. Other directors featured include Quentin Tarantino and Michael Bay, because every waffle recipe could use a little more mayhem.
In Ma’s own words, the Food Films series “was created to bring some charm, irreverence, and silliness »
- Zack Sharf
Disney's decision to pull their movies from Netflix is just the latest move in a continuing trend of legacy media companies shifting their content to home-grown streaming services, in response to dwindling cable and satellite subscribers. Given that Netflix's core business is delivering movies to consumers, this would seem like devastating news, right? Turns out, Netflix hardly blinked!
Perhaps anticipating Disney's actions, Netflix has made a series of their own announcements regarding original content. In the past couple weeks Netflix signed a deal with TV icon David Letterman, purchased comics/film auteur Mark Millar's Millarworld company, and released new trailers for several of their key productions, like Bright, The Defenders, and Stranger Things 2. Netflix, like HBO, Starz, and Showtime, has long-realized that the future of their business is tied to unique and original concepts, rather than relying upon increasingly expensive, short-term licensing deals for existing movies and TV shows. »
- David Kozlowski
Speculation is always fun. Especially with top tier projects, it’s enjoyable to let your imagination take over. Even more so with the James Bond franchise, who doesn’t love designing your ideal 007 film? Picking the actor (or actress) to take up the mantle, selecting a director, etc. It all is like fantasy sports, and I dig it as well. Producers currently are doing this for real though, as Bond 25 (though it will be called something else by the time it comes out, obviously) is slowly coming into the world. The pieces are beginning to come together, and that’s what we’ll be going over today. Order up a martini (shaken, not stirred) and let us get on with it… With the official announcement coming recently that Daniel Craig is back, attention can be turned towards the empty director’s chair. Sam Mendes is no longer handling those duties, »
- Joey Magidson
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- William Earl
‘The Thing’ and ‘The Hateful Eight’ collide.
The article ‘The Thing Rides West:’ A Hypothetical Horror-Sci-Fi-Western from Quentin Tarantino appeared first on Film School Rejects. »
- H. Perry Horton
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