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3rd Update, 2:45 Pm (Pt): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the Ya hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson’s Lucy, Universal’s Dracula Untold, Fox’s sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M on 2,800 plays, and also its buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops. In addition, Warner Bros.’ just reported for its horror film Annabelle and the courtroom drama starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall The Judge, and lest we forget Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which debuted strong in the UK this weekend) and Hercules which are still playing in 17 markets. Final tallies for stateside newcomers Fox »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Relativity is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. distribution rights to writer-director Mike Binder's racially-charged drama “Black or White,” which stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, TheWrap has learned. Relativity plans to release the film through its new multicultural division before the end of the year so that it may qualify for awards such as the Oscars and Golden Globes. “Black or White” premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it screened as “Black and White.” Open Road had been in negotiations to acquire the film but those talks failed to lead to a deal. »
- Jeff Sneider and Linda Ge
Author John Grisham‘s recent remarks about men being unfairly imprisoned after watching child pornography has left Rosie O'Donnell in utter disgust. So much so that she suggested police should investigate him. See photos: 20 of Denzel Washington and Liam Neeson's Biggest Box Office Hits (Photos) “Did John Grisham feel like these people needed a champion and he was it?” she said on Friday's “The View,” telling her co-hosts that she was “horrified” by what the author said. Grisham said in an interview with The Telegraph this week: “We have prisons now filled with guys my age — 60-year-old white men — in prison, »
- Ryan O'Connell
David Ayer is probably best known as the former U.S. Navy sailor who broke onto the scene with his screenplay for Training Day, the film that won Denzel Washington a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal as a nefarious L.A. police officer. Since then, Ayer has cultivated a reputation as a writer-director of intense urban thrillers; his directorial credits include Harsh Times, Street Kings and End Of Watch, all films that depict the streets as chaotic war zones where the cops and gangsters »
- Eric Walkuski
Nobody makes movies as unrepentantly manly as David Ayer. The director started his career writing "Training Day," a script that would ultimately win Denzel Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor, and went on to write and direct similarly gritty crime movies "Harsh Times" and "End of Watch." Earlier this year, he co-wrote and directed "Sabotage," a modern day drug world variation on an Agatha Christie story that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. All of Ayers movies up until now have been about men —sweaty, foul-mouthed, violence-loving men, with female characters serving as another way in which those men communicate with one another. But his most macho movie yet is this week's "Fury," a mud-and-blood-covered World War II yarn about a squad of soldiers in a tank (commanded by Brad Pitt) during the waning days of the European theater (read our review). We sat down with Ayer earlier this week and talked. »
- Drew Taylor
Director David Ayer made his directorial debut with his original screenplay Harsh Times. The gritty drama, starring Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez, which was released in the fall of 2006. Ayer garnered widespread acclaim and accolades for his hyper-realistic portrayal of life behind the blue line in End of Watch (2012). He moved to Los Angeles as a teenager and the experiences of his upbringing shaped much of his artistic vision and his inside knowledge and affection for the culture surrounding law enforcement can be seen throughout his work.
Ayer joined the United States Navy, where he served as sonar man aboard a nuclear attack submarine during the Cold War. After an honorable discharge, Ayer began writing. He wrote and was a co-producer on his “calling card” spec script Training Day, which became a hit film and garnered Denzel Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Ayer also co-wrote the submarine thriller U-571, »
- Kellvin Chavez
With the recent releases of A Walk Among The Tombstones and The Equalizer, the crime film is as present as ever in our cinemas. Tombstones is a brutal, gritty mystery, seemingly tailor made for Liam Neeson’s brand of tough, haunted heroism. Those who enjoy a taut, page-turning thriller novel will love it (which is appropriate, considering it is based on a series of books by Lawrence Block). The Equalizer satisfies as a more heightened, bombastic crime story, featuring Denzel Washington excelling as an ingeniously badass defender of the downtrodden who takes on the Russian Mob pretty much single-handedly. These films seemingly exist at opposite ends of the spectrum, but they show just how much room for manoeuvre there is in the crime genre, with potential for many varied types of story to be told.
Many observers and fans of the genre would say that the 1970’s were »
- Michael Gordon
When The Theory of Everything debuted at the Toronto Film Festival, audiences couldn't stop talking about Eddie Redmayne, who generated instant Oscar buzz for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking, the British cosmologist who's spent most of his adult life in a wheelchair and speaking through a computer. The praise is well-deserved. Hawking might be the story, but the film is based on the book of his first wife, Jane, played by Felicity Jones. They married in 1965, shortly after Hawking was diagnosed with autoimmune disease and doctors estimated he only had two years to live. With her unflagging devotion, Hawking went »
- Jeff Labrecque
Annabelle edged out Gone Girl this weekend internationally, pulling in $28.1M compared to $26.89M that the Ben Affleck thriller scooped up. Annabelle is now tracking 6% ahead of The Conjuring at the same point in its run. The Conjuring went onto to gross $180.6M overseas for a worldwide total of $318M when it bowed last year. For market by market breakouts, see below. Also added are finals for The Judge, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hercules and Relatos Salvajes.
Final Update, Monday, 12:18 Pt: Final numbers are in for many films, but we’re still awaiting Warner Bros. to weigh in before we know who won the weekend wrestling match between its horror film Annabelle and Fox’s Gone Girl (which has held the No. 1 one for two weekends in a row stateside). Fox has reported a little under $27M »
- Nancy Tartaglione
As we have mentioned numerous times here on this site, the foreign film market is key. All filmmakers, including, and especially black filmmakers, must keep in mind that whatever film they make, they should consider that there is an audience for their film outside the USA, around the globe. Antoine Fuqua’s "The Equalizer" with Denzel Washington, once again challenges the lie that there is no appeal for black film stars in foreign countries. The film opened in late Sept, in 37 territories across Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East (now 39 territories) and, as of yesterday, has grossed some $57 million to date. That’s in addition to the nearly $80 »
Nobody's pulling for Denzel Washington's new action flick more than his young co-star Chloë Grace Moretz -- because she's on the verge of a six-figure haul that will make her one of the highest paid teens in Hollywood. 17-year-old Chloë -- who also starred in the "Kick-Ass" movies -- already took home a $400,000 payday for "The Equalizer" ... but according to the her contract she stands to make a ton more if the movie achieves »
- TMZ Staff
Billy Elliot, André Rieu and Monty Python are leading the charge for the growth of event cinema.
Overpowering the sound of ballet shoes hitting the stage might have been the sound of jaws hitting the floor. On the morning of September 30, the UK industry awoke to the news Universal’s Billy Elliot The Musical - Live was top of the UK box office.
The fact a live broadcast of a musical that opened nine years ago led the box office on $3.1m (£1.9m) is something that might have shocked industry players even five years ago; a decade ago the idea would have been laughed at.
Now, event cinema’s first weekend leading the UK box office is confirmation of what a major force alternative content has become (both creatively and financially) within the film industry.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Despite heavy promotion and promises of epic adventure, Dracula Untold (estimated $23.5 million) took a back seat to more subtle fare as Gone Girl (estimated $26.8 million) took the first-place spot once more. Not to say Dracula Untold will be a failure…accounting for worldwide box office, it has achieved $86.1 million and already bested its $70 million budget…but it has proven unpopular with critics and has a long fight to make itself profitable domestically. On the other hand, third-place finisher Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has little to fear, with an estimated $19.1 million already a good start to its $28 million costs, as well as mildly positive critical praise giving it a leg up.
Annabelle went last week without providing budget numbers, but if it had cost as much as The Conjuring it would be doing pretty well. However, in a stunning reveal, the horror film cost less »
- Seth Paul
“Gone Girl,” “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and “Dracula Untold” emerged relatively unscathed from a pile-up at the box office this weekend, while Robert Downey Jr.’s “The Judge” got banged up from the collisions at the multiplexes.
David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s marital mystery was tops for the second week in a row, unearthing $26.8 million and bringing its total to $78.3 million. At this rate, it could surpass “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” ($127.5 million domestic) as Fincher’s biggest commercial success.
Meanwhile, “Dracula Untold” exceeded pre-release tracking, sinking its fangs into $23.5 million across 2,887 locations. The story of how Vlad the Impaler developed a taste for blood arrives courtesy of Universal Pictures and cost $70 million to produce.
“It’s a very, very solid result,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s distribution chief. “It’s not a horror film. It’s an untold story »
- Brent Lang
This year's BFI London Film Festival is bookended by a pair of World War II movies of vastly contrasting styles. Opener The Imitation Game delved into the complex mind of codebreaker Alan Turing, while the closing night feature is Brad Pitt's Fury, a full-blooded look at the crew of a Sherman tank as they roll through Nazi Germany.
There's nothing particularly deft or subtle about writer/director David Ayer's latest, this is a film that goes for the jugular - literally! The striking opening shot sees a lone German soldier navigate a ravaged battlefield on horseback. Out of nowhere, Pitt's Don 'Wardaddy' Collier leaps from a tank and stabs the enemy soldier to death. It's a moment of savagery from this story's 'hero', and one »
Bill Murray opened up about a wide range of topics – including his early years at Saturday Night Live and his relationships with women – during a recent interview with Howard Stern on the DJ's SiriusXM program The Howard Stern Show. But in the most intriguing conversational detour, the comic actor commented on why he passed on a number of acclaimed film roles – including lawyer Joe Miller (a part secured by Denzel Washington) in Jonathan Demme's Oscar-decorated 1993 drama, Philadelphia, and Tom Hanks' iconic title role in Robert Zemeckis' 1994 epic, »
Rio De Janeiro — Stephen Daldry’s Rio-set, young-adult thriller “Trash” — a groundbreaking movie in concept, financing and distribution — world premiered Tuesday night at the swish Cinepolis Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro to large applause.
There was also gleeful local appreciation of Daldry’s swings, from a Richard Curtis screenplay, at Brazil’s corruption-sodden elite, the police, its religious powers, even a Brazilian soccer association.
Such appreciation matters. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Kris Thykier at Peapie Productions produced “Trash,” in association with Fernando Meirelles’ Sao Paulo-based O2 Filmes in Brazil. Distributed by Universal Pictures Intl., it adapts a novel by Brit Andy Mulligan. Martin Sheen – as the tippling world-weary Father Julliard – and Rooney Mara – Olivia, a learning-the-ropes Ngo worker – co-star.
- John Hopewell
It's still unclear which direction American Crime Story—an upcoming anthology series from Ryan Murphy that'll begin by focusing on the O.J. Simpson trial—will take. The subject matter (and Murphy's love of camp) could easily spark a wig-stravanga in the vein of a Lifetime made-for-tv movie. Then again, this project will be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson—and Murphy's adapted works (think Eat Pray Love) tend to be a little more subtle than his original work. Maybe, then, this project will find Murphy privileging his serious Normal Heart »
- Teresa Jue
Denzel Washington may be The Equalizer, but now Bryan Cranston is becoming The Infiltrator. The film is the first of seven project that the production banner Good Films has in the works and Variety reports Cranston is attached to star in the film that will be directed by The Lincoln Lawyer and Runner Runner helmer Brad Furman. The film is based on Robert Mazur’s autobiography of the same name, recounting the author's time as a customs and excise agent who goes undercover as Bob Musella and infiltrates Bcci, the bankers behind the Pablo Escobar's infamous Medellín drug cartel. It's a wild and true story. Read on! Here's the official synopsis of the book: Federal Agent Robert Mazur spent five years undercover as a money launderer to the international underworld, gaining access to the zenith of a criminal hierarchy safeguarded by a circle of dirty bankers and businessmen who quietly shape power across the globe. »
- Ethan Anderton
The project is based on the book of the same name by Jeff Hobbs, which charts the true story of Robert Peace's journey from the hardened streets of Newark to the Ivy League school Yale. While the young African-American man excelled at molecular biochemistry and biophysics, his violent upbringing continued to follow him before his life ended tragically. The author was Robert Peace's college roommate and friend.
The book, which was published on September 23 by Scribner, created a significant amount of buzz, attracting the attention of several producers before Im Global acquired the rights. The adaptation will be the first in Im Global's recently-announced deal with Antoine Fuqua's production company, Fuqua Films.
Antoine Fuqua is also producing alongside »
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