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Final Update, 1:32 Pm: Fury ended the weekend at $23.7M for Sony and Qed, so it underperformed all the tracking (gee what a surprise), social media metrics, and expectations just a little. But it will likely still make money all in after its domestic, international and home entertainment run. I understand that there were significant profit participations on this one. Fox and Reel FX’s The Book Of Life closed the weekend on the high end of our estimate with $17M and will have some playtime again over the next two weekends as no new offerings are in the family zone until Big Hero 6 bows from Disney on November 7. The other newbie, Relativity’s The Best Of Me, was soft with $10M. Gone Girl is now sitting pretty at $106.7M after three weeks in release for Fox and New Regency.
The more exciting news was really in the specialty »
- Anita Busch
Three spots in the 2015 Oscars Best Actor race are pretty much locked up. Those would be Michael Keaton (Birdman), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything). In my opinion, that's also the order of their likelihood of winning... right now. The two other slots aren't so easy to figure with so much left to be seen. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) seems a strong contender though I'm not as sure about his chances as much as some others are, largely because of the competition he faces. His chances remain high, though, which is why he occupies my #4 slot for now. In fifth I had Jack O'Connell (Unbroken), but there's a little movie on the rise right now you may have heard of and hopefully seen (or intend to see) called Whiplash and not only is the film securing itself a spot in the Best Picture ranks, but »
- Brad Brevet
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which kicks off in the United Arab Emirates capital on Friday, has revealed that Irrfan Khan will preside the narrative feature competition. The Mumbai-based star of 2013's crossover hit The Lunchbox will be joined by Algerian novelist and academic Waciny Laredi, U.S director-producer Stephen Shainberg (Secretary), Australian director Cate Shortland and Palestinian actor Ali Suliman, recently seen opposite Mark Wahlberg in Lone Survivor. Read more The 'Star Wars' Effect: Why Hollywood is Hot on Abu Dhabi Elsewhere across the competitions, the jury for the New Horizons section for first- and second-time
- Alex Ritman
Let's start with a broad assessment that may or may not be true, but can be taken as close enough for the purposes of this column: there are four Best Actor slots spoken for. What are they? Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher," Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game," Michael Keaton in "Birdman" and Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything." Only one of those films, mind you, has opened and screened for the Academy ("Birdman"). But if I were a betting man, I'd say that quartet is secure. So who slides in besides? First and foremost, we've been in this place at least since the Toronto Film Festival, when Cumberbatch further solidified himself after "The Imitation Game" debuted at Telluride and Redmayne jumped onto the scene as part of a new wave of contenders that included "Nightcrawler's" Jake Gyllenhaal and "St. Vincent's" Bill Murray. But as one of the »
- Kristopher Tapley
Come December, Ben Stiller’s Larry Daley — an unlikely hero among unlikely heroes — will face the ultimate challenge as he and his trusty band of nocturnal artifacts head to London in an attempt to salvage the magic of that all-important tablet for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
Billed as the final chapter in 20th Century Fox’s lucrative franchise, the upcoming threequel is said to offer our heroes “one final night to save the day,” as Larry does his utmost to keep the museum folk alive.
Reprising his role as Larry Daley is Ben Stiller, while Shawn Levy’s trilogy-capper will also feature a performance from the late, great Robin Williams. Elsewhere, we understand that Ben Kingsley, Steve Coogan and Rickey Gervais are all set to return, while Secret of the Tomb also heralds newcomers Dan Stevens and Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson.
Here’s hoping that »
- Michael Briers
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
“Inherent Vice,” based on the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name, also stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph, and Martin Short.
“Vice,” the first film adaptation of a Pynchon novel, premiered at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 4 and is scheduled to be released in the U.S. by Warner Bros. on Dec. 12. The AFI Fest will also present a conversation with Anderson, who adapted the screenplay and produced in addition to directing.
- Dave McNary
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Opening this weekend is yet another adaptation of one of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic novels, The Best of Me, starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. This makes the ninth Sparks novel to find its way to the big screen with another one (The Longest Ride) coming in April. Since 1999, when his first adaptation appeared in theaters, there have been countless Sparks-like stories to flood theaters. Films, such as The Vow and Remember Me, play on many of the author’s most popular tropes that its hard to know whether or not you’re watching an authentic “Nicholas Sparks Film” (Nsf).
Here at VH1 we broke it down question by question to help you through you’re next romantic-drama viewing experience.
1) Does the film star James Marsden? (No pressure. There’s only a 22 percent chance here.)
2) Does the film’s leading man work with his hands? You know, »
- Stacy Lambe
- Sasha Stone
This past week, I got another heavily-embargoed peek behind the curtain of what Marvel's up to in the near-future, and once again, I feel like they've got a real handle on what they're doing. They have a very specific plan, and the focus it takes to pull that off is sort of remarkable. Obviously, one of the priorities at the studio right now is "Doctor Strange." Scott Derrickson is onboard to direct, and they are working right now to find the right person to play the Sorcerer Supreme. Recent reports had Joaquin Phoenix circling the project, a rumor that started as far back as the week before Comic-Con. It has now been reported that those negotiations stalled, and that is probably a good thing. I think Phoenix is enormously talented, but he may be the same sort of artist as Edgar Wright, who probably fits better doing his own thing »
- Drew McWeeny
Wahlberg stars alongside John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange and also produced the film alongside Stephen Levinson, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and David Winkler. Paramount will release The Gambler on December 19 in the Us.
As previously announced, the world premiere of J C Chandor’s A Most Violent Year and a screening of Foxcatcher bookend the AFI Fest, while Sophia Loren is the subject of a tribute.
The festival is set to run in Hollywood from November 6-13. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
I guess I just assumed the next premiere added to this year's AFI Festival would be Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, but instead its Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler as Paramount has more than its fair share of late season releases they are attempting to juggle, which also includes Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Ava DuVernay's Selma, not to mention the renewed interest in Darren Aronofksy's Noah they attempted to drum up over the weekend. As for The Gambler, it will have its world premiere on Monday, November 10, well ahead of its limited December 19 release date before it goes wide January 2015. The film finds Mark Wahlberg playing Jim Bennett, an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, who bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a »
- Brad Brevet
Is it a simple morality tale or an Oscar contender? That's the question around Mark Wahlberg's "The Gambler," but it looks like Paramount Pictures is ending any speculation by announcing today that the Rupert Wyatt-directed film will have its World Premiere next month at AFI Fest. The remake of the 1970s film brings a strong ensemble together around Wahlberg, including Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Michael K. Williams, in the tale of a gambling addicted professor on a downward spiral. Wahlberg has done his homework, losing weight for the role, and looking decidedly unfunky, and this announcement should likely see Oscar watchers once again making changes to their predictions. AFI Fest runs from November 6 to 13. Full press release below. ----- For Immediate Release, Los Angeles, CA, October 13, 2014 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that Paramount Pictures' The Gambler will have its World Premiere on Monday, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We've been pretty much telling you for some time that Rupert Wyatt's remake of "The Gambler" would be one of the few premieres at this year's AFI Fest (along with J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year"). Well, now it's official. The film will make its debut at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, Nov. 10, just over a month ahead of Paramount's planned Dec. 19 release. Can Mark Wahlberg crack a super competitive Best Actor lineup? It's going to be tough. Even the original film couldn't make headway with Oscar voters, settling for a Best Actor in a Drama nod for James Caan. But I also hear John Goodman -- who is bald in the film, if you can picture that (we've never quite seen him like this) -- might be someone to look out for in a nebulous Best Supporting Actor race. Previously announced, Chandor's film will open the fest »
- Kristopher Tapley
Mark Wahlberg‘s “The Gambler” will have its world premiere at the AFI Fest on Nov. 10. The Paramount film, directed by Rupert Wyatt and written by Oscar-winner William Monahan, follows a high-stakes gambler who bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his life as collateral. He plays both sides by immersing himself in an underground world. Also read: John Goodman Joins Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson in ‘The Gambler’ (Exclusive) The film was produced by Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and David Winkler. It also stars John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange. »
- Gina Hall
The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt from a screenplay by William Monahan, and produced by Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and David Winkler. Wahlberg, who stars along with John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange, plays an English professor and a high-stakes gambler in this remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan and written by James Toback.
Paramount will release the film on Dec. 19.
- Dave McNary
"The Gambler," Brit director Rupert Wyatt's follow-up to smart blockbuster "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," will come out of the woodwork for an AFI Fest gala premiere at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars, on November 10. Written by William Monahan ("The Departed"), this remake of Karel Reisz' 1974 thriller follows Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg, stepping into James Caan's shoes), an English professor and high-stakes gambler who borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and hands over his own life as collateral. As he enters an illicit underground world (what else is new?), Bennett juggles his wealthy mother (Jessica Lange), a loan shark (John Goodman) and a relationship with a student (Brie Larson). The film is produced by Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and David Winkler. With a limited window to promote the film as he shoots "Ted 2," Wahlberg is happy to return to AFI Fest (November. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
It's always difficult to bring a spring release back around for the Oscar season, no matter the film's size or impact. But in a year like 2014 — which seems rather atypical as subversive comedy, American auteurs and blockbuster craftsmen all duke it out for room alongside the traditional, baitier offerings — anything can slip on through. That's what Paramount is surely hoping for with Darren Aronofsky's "Noah." The studio has its hands full at the moment, though. Dealing with an embarrassing release for Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children," working hard to benefit a new relationship with a powerful, talented director in Christopher Nolan (whose "Interstellar" releases right in the middle of the awards circuit), prepping the release of newly acquired "Top Five" from Chris Rock, setting strategy for Rupert Wyatt's "The Gambler" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma" — it's easy to see why working on campaigns for early-year releases might not be a high priority. »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Judge did not come close to winning its opening weekend. Nor did the critics swoon over the pairing of Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, playing a hot-shot, big-city attorney and his ornery father, a prominent small-town judge accused of murder. But even if the script is Grisham-light and the prodigal-son bit overly familiar, there's at least one reason to keep it on your must-see list: Duvall. "Now it's about time to recognize Robert Duvall as one of the most resourceful, most technically proficient, most remarkable actors in America today," wrote the New York Times. "When I say 'one of… »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Important News We got our first look at Disney's Tomorrowland. And our first look at Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson in The Gambler. And our first look at Will Smith and Margo Robbie in Focus. Ghostbusters 3 is now moving ahead as a reboot and hired a writer. Terminator 5 and 6 might be shot back-to-back. Jeff Goldblum says he's still on board for the still happening Independence Day 2. Rumor has it that Spider-Man will share a movie with the Avengers. Jeremy Renner said he wants a Hawkeye movie. Robert Downey Jr. says he's doing other "fun" secret things for Marvel. He also says there's going to be a third Sherlock Holmes. There's also going to be a third Purge. For about a day, there was going to be a Say Anything TV...
- Christopher Campbell
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