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The NFL probably isn't going to like this. But it's a topic that must be discussed, and what better forum than a crowded movie theater on Christmas morning. Sure there will be plenty of fun movies opening on December 25. But with the NFL season really heating up, a lot of fans are going to want to go behind the scenes of one of the more controversial issues. Concussion stars Will Smith and is based on a true story as it delves into NFL brain trauma. Sony Pictures has released the first trailer and poster for this important topic.
Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of Cte (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) and fought for the truth to be known. Concussion is based on the David vs. Goliath journey of Dr. Omalu, who treats the football-related brain trauma of a pro player while fighting to bring awareness to the public. »
This weekend, "Straight Outta Compton" enjoyed a three-peat atop the box office chart, easily defeating three new wide releases. Which means that the end of summer is, sadly, finally here. So it's time to assess what will probably be Hollywood's most lucrative summer ever. Here are the winners and losers of the season.
Winner: The Overall Domestic Box Office
As of Sunday, the total summer take stands at $4.72 billion. That's up 14 percent from last year at this time, and slightly ahead of the $4.63 billion earned by August 30 of 2013, the previous record-holding summer.
Loser: Movie Stars
Arguably, only one of the summer's top 10 movies (Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation") depended a lot on star power to sell tickets. The rest (including "Jurassic World," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Minions," "Pitch Perfect 2," "Ant-Man," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "Straight Outta Compton") were sold based on their ensemble casts or their premises. »
- Gary Susman
'The Audition' poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest work of a major Hollywood name. The Venice Film Festival is surely no exception, especially as it's the year's final internationally renowned European movie fest, held shortly before the fall – i.e., awards – movie season begins. Well, one work by a top Hollywood name will no longer be available at Venice: The Audition, a short film directed by and featuring veteran Martin Scorsese, has been pulled out. "We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time," festival organizers said in a statement earlier today, Sat., Aug. 29, '15. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Anna Robinson
“Complications,” which premiered this past June, stars Jason O’Mara as a suburban ER doctor who winds up killing a street gang member after he rushes to help the victim of a drive-by shooting. His life changes dramatically in the aftermath. Other cast members include Jessica Szohr, Beth Riesgraf and Lauren Stamile.
“Problematic in its depiction of dark-skinned bad guys,” Variety TV critic Brian Lowry wrote in his review,” The 10-episode season … conjures its share of tension, but feels increasingly strained, until it’s finally clear the patient can’t be saved.”
“Complications” fared decently in its first season on USA, where it was paired with returning drama “Graceland.” It averaged a 0.52 rating in adults 18-49, a 0.66 rating in adults 25-54 and 1.9 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Justin Bieber is relying on his massive social media presence and famous friends to help promote his new single “What Do You Mean?” And with almost 67 million Twitter followers, who can blame him? The pop superstar has been uploading photos and videos of celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Mark Wahlberg, Britney Spears and Ben Stiller counting down the days until he unveils the song at Sunday’s Video Music Awards on MTV. Bieber will also be performing alongside other top music icons such as Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Demi Lovato and Kanye West as MTV hands out the coveted Moonman awards. »
- Joe Otterson
The film is centered around a young medical technician as he begins to experience disturbing and unexplainable events while treating a mysterious female patient who suffers from night terrors.
Red Granite produced “Friends with Kids,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Dumb and Dumber To,” “Horns” and the upcoming comedy “Daddy’s Home,” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Its development slate includes Western “The Brigands of Rattleborge” and George Washington biopic “The General.”
- Dave McNary
When Jesse Eisenberg was announced as Lex Luthor in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it made instant sense. Not because he was bald, not because he looks like or Gene Hackman or anything, but just because he’s one of those actors whose screen presence is so perfectly formed. You know exactly what they’re going for with their Luthor, just by Eisenberg’s name. It’s Mark Zuckerberg vs Superman, the supergod vs the awkward genius.
But that’s not the only big action movie he’s got coming up. First he’s going to be in American Ultra, a unique stoner/sci-fi mash-up where he stars alongside Kristen Stewart (it's released in the UK on September 4th). Eisenberg first really burst into our consciousness in 2009 and 2010, where »
From action figures to trading cards to board games, some film favorites are rooted in the spirit of play. Much like the toys at the center of the upcoming “Max Steel,” about the team-up between teenager Max McGrath and his alien friend, Steel, these stories have come to the big screen in a big way. Starring Ben Winchell, Andy Garcia, Josh Brener, and Maria Bello, “Max Steel” is set to be released Aug. 28, just months before the anticipated production based on the TV show and Hasbro toys “Jem and the Holograms,” out October 2015. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up five films originally born from the imaginations of toy designers! “Transformers”The first of the live-action films based on the ’80s-era Hasbro robot toys debuted in 2007. It was the year that pushed Shia Labeouf out of the Mickey Mouse wheelhouse and into the series that would solidify Michael Bay’s status »
How good as 2015 been for moviegoers? This past year audiences have witnessed an opening act that included blockbusters such as “Cinderella,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Furious 7.” Hollywood followed that string up with summer goods such as “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Trainwreck,” “Inside Out” and “Jurassic World” (currently no. 3 all-time at the U.S. box office). And while we’re currently experiencing the annual cycle of late August dumps you won't even watch on an airplane, the movie gods may have saved the best for last. The upcoming fall movie season has a little bit of something for everyone. Comedy fans can look forward to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reuniting on screen in “Sisters,” Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are also back together in “Daddy’s Home” and Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie look to party in “The Night Before »
- Gregory Ellwood
- Dave McNary
Taylor Swift is great at bringing people together. The singer has been entertaining the crowds of Los Angeles for her 1989 tour this past week, and among the numerous famous faces—like Kobe Bryant, Ryan Tedder, Helen Hunt, Joe Jonas,Helen Hunt, Real Housewives of Orange County star Lizzie Rovzek, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Mark Wahlberg, just to name a few—were two pretty ladies who once shared the small screen together. The Hills stars Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port were both in the audience rocking out to Swift's blowout concert on Saturday, causing one reality show reunion we can't help but admire. While neither of the MTV alums posed for a photo together »
It’s official: Ballers is Entourage for guys with NFL Sunday Ticket packages. After nine weeks of giving this show the benefit of the doubt, Ballers’ full transformation into an Entourage clone took place during its season finale, “Flamingos” — and I’m kinda pissed off about it. I thought Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, and the Entourage brain trust behind this show might’ve learned from their past mistakes in order to give audiences a view of the professional sports world that wasn’t another bro-tastic, orgiastic spectacle. But considering how the show ended on an appallingly high note, practically erasing all the conflict that existed throughout the season with one mighty wipe, Ballers unfortunately showed its true, extravagant colors.Let’s start with Spencer and Joe. For a minute there, the show made us believe that their partnership would end quite messily. Even though Old Man Anderson has gone on »
- Craig D. Lindsey
Some films are bad. In fact some films are so bad, even the actors promoting them can't deny just how bad they are, as these cinematic turncoats prove...
1. George Clooney: "I think we might have killed the franchise."
Film: Batman & Robin (1997)
Box office: $238.2 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 11%
"My phone rang, and the head of Warner Bros said, 'Come into my office, you are going to play Batman in a Batman film' and I said, 'Yeah!' I called my friends and they screamed and I screamed and we couldn't believe it!
"I just thought the last one had been successful so I thought I was just going to be in a big successful franchise movie. I think we might have killed the franchise."
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "It's the worst film I have ever made."
Film: Red Sonja (1985)
Box office: $6.9 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 15%
"It's the worst film I have ever made. »
Another year, another Forbes list detailing the highest earnings in Hollywood for us to dissect. Much to the surprise of no one, it’s the franchise stalwarts toplining the actors and actresses list, with Robert Downey Jr. and The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence occupying the top spots in each respective category.
First up, the industry’s highest-earning actresses. Unsurprisingly, Lawrence takes the crown as the biggest star in the field, with her continuing success in Lionsgate’s Ya franchise supplemented with roles in the likes of the X-Men series and David O. Russell’s Joy. In claiming the coveted number one spot, the actress pipped Marvel stalwart Scarlett Johansson and Melissa McCarthy, while China’s Bingbing Fan and Jennifer Aniston rounded out the first five places.
As Forbes’ Natalie Robehmed notes, Lawrence’s position atop the highest earners comes down to The Hunger Games, stating that “no other actress could play Katniss Everdeen, »
- Michael Briers
Forbes have released their annual list of the highest paid actresses of 2015, and Jennifer Lawrence has topped it, with $52 million earned in the last 12 months. Lawrence has had a great year, starring in the penultimate ‘Hunger Games‘ movie, as well as turns in X-Men: Days Of Future Past (though that may have fallen into last year’s pay-packet), and the poorly received Serena. She has a promising 2015-2016 too with a reported $20 million going into the bank for sci-fi drama Passengers with Chris Pratt, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, and the awards-buzzed Joy.
Scarlett Johannson was number two on the list with $35 million earned, with Melissa McCarthy having a storming year with $23 million banked. Chinese actress Bingbing Fan, who appeared in ‘Days Of Future Past’ as well, came in at number four with $21 million earned. »
- Paul Heath
Forbes has posted their annual list of the highest paid actors and actresses around the world with Robert Downey Jr. and Jennifer Lawrence topping their respective lists - not a surprise considering their track records.
The surprises are the non-Americans - Bingbing Fan, Jackie Chan, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar - who've made it quite high on the list thanks to a combination of not just films but endorsements and other forms of income which helped push their salaries past the likes of names like Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp. The lists are as follows:
Highest Paid Actresses:
Jennifer Lawrence: $52 million
Scarlett Johansson: $35.5 million
Melissa McCarthy: $23 million
Bingbing Fan: $21 million
Jennifer Aniston: $16.5 million
Julia Roberts: $16 million
Angelina Jolie: $15 million
Reese Witherspoon: $15 million
Anne Hathaway: $12 million
Kristen Stewart: $12 million
Cameron Diaz: $11 million
Gwyneth Paltrow: $9 million
- Garth Franklin
Veteran filmmaker James Foley has emerged as the frontrunner to direct "Fifty Shades Darker," the upcoming sequel to the blockbuster adaptation of E.L. James erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" that stormed the box-office back in February.
E.L. James' husband, screenwriter Niall Leonard, adapted his the book, and both Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca return to produce the follow-up which is moving forward after the first film scored $569 million worldwide from a $40 million production budget, despite some scathing reviews.
The Wrap reports that several other directors who were up for the coveted gig but are now being notified that they're no longer in the running. Another female filmmaker was initially sought to replace Sam Taylor-Johnson who helmed the first one, but they instead opted for the best candidate they had which was Foley.
- Garth Franklin
This story first appeared in the Aug. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. It's not every day that a sequel to an Oscar-winning film goes up for auction. But bidders soon will have an opportunity to own a piece of The Fighter 2, which presumably would allow Mark Wahlberg to reprise his role as boxer Micky Ward. In the wake of Relativity Media's Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing July 30, the spotlight has revolved around debt troubles plaguing Ryan Kavanaugh's company. But potential buyers — speculation ranges from MGM to
- Eriq Gardner
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
The California Film Commission has selected eight studio films and three independent projects to receive $55 million in tax credits under its expanded program.
New Line’s “Conjuring 2” — a sequel to its surprise 2013 horror hit — is among the studio projects selected along with Warner Bros.’ CHIPs comedy starring Dax Shepherd, Paramount’s “Action Park” and “The God Particle,” Fox’s “Avon Man” and “Why Him,” and Disney’s “Overnight” and “Whale.”
The tax credit of up to 25% is aimed at keeping the industry in California despite more lucrative government incentives elsewhere. The commission noted that “Conjuring 2” is partially set in the U.K. and “Why Him” is set in Michigan.
“We’re fighting back and winning thanks to our newly expanded tax credit program, »
- Dave McNary
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