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Espn Films today revealed the films that will make up its fall 2014 30 for 30 slate. The series will return for a six-week run Tuesday nights on Espn beginning October 7, with one additional film in December. This October marks the fifth anniversary of 30 for 30's launch in 2009. The upcoming slate will kick off with "Playing for the Mob," which delves into how mobster Henry Hill once helped orchestrate the fixing of Boston College basketball games. The film is narrated by actor Ray Liotta, who played Hill in the iconic movie "Goodfellas." Other film topics include: the 1989 San Francisco earthquake shortly before Game 3 of the World Series; the rise, fall and »
- Press Release
For Ashley Judd, it's been a tough couple of weekends at the box office. The actress starred with Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan Freeman in the family film “Dolphin Tale 2,” which was projected by analysts to win its opening weekend, but came in with a soft $16.5 million Sunday for Warner Bros. That comes one week after “The Identical,” a Christian-themed indie musical drama in which she starred with Blake Rayne and Ray Liotta, bombed with less than $1.5 million despite being in more than 1,900 theaters. Things didn't get any better this weekend, as “The Identical” brought in just »
- Todd Cunningham
When Universal decided to abandon director Joe Carnahan's latest action-comedy Stretch, pulling its release date in exchange for a VOD premiere, many feared the worst. But the film has received quite a bit of praise as it nears its Amazon and iTunes release on October 7, followed by its VOD debut on October 14.
The film follows Patrick Wilson as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur tasked with driving around an eccentric millionaire played by Chris Pine in what can only be described as a departure from his usual roles. Joe Carnahan has shared some behind-the-scenes fun with a blooper reel that highlights Chris Pine's outrageous performance. The actor even goes somewhat nude in this footage.
Just how off the rails is this movie? We'll have to wait until October to find out. For now, take a look at this sneak peek of deleted footage.
Director Joe Carnahan’s action-comedy Stretch was one of my most anticipated films of this spring, so I was quite disappointed when Universal decided to abandon the film’s theatrical release plan at the last minute. Thankfully, the movie is finally set to be released VOD next month, and Carnahan has been doing a fantastic job of handling the film’s marketing duties by himself. The story revolves around a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) who attempts to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious, eccentric billionaire (Chris Pine). We’ve already seen some images and clips that show off the batshit insanity that we can expect from the movie itself, and today Carnahan released a Stretch gag reel that proves Chris Pine is an untapped well of comedic gold. The guy is funny, and his character looks to be positively off-the-rails. Give me this movie now, please. Hit the »
- Adam Chitwood
Joe Carnahan's action, comedy, thriller Stretch was supposed to have hit theaters earlier this year, all the way back in March, before Universal dropped it from its release calendar. Now the film has something of a release date as Universal Studios Home Entertainment will be releasing it on Video On Demand some time in October, though a specific release date is not yet known. It would appear it's actually going to happen this time, however, as Carnahan has been leading the charge marketing the film, largely on Twitter with new pictures and now four clips (somewhat not safe for work) from the movie. The movie centers on a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) looking to relieve himself of some debt when he starts working for a billionaire who makes his life hell. Along with Wilson the film co-stars Ed Helms, Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, David Hasselhoff, James Badge Dale, Ray Liotta »
- Brad Brevet
Since 2011’s “The Grey,” director Joe Carnahan has had trouble mounting a followup. First there was his failed pitch for “Daredevil,” then the creative differences with MGM on the “Death Wish” remake, but it looked as if things had turned the corner for the “Narc” filmmaker when he completed work on the low-budget thriller “Stretch.” That is, until Universal dropped the title from its schedule earlier this year. But the Patrick Wilson-starring film is set to premiere on VOD next month, and a few clips have surfaced to give us a glimpse at the delayed film. The high concept thriller follows Wilson as a chauffeur whose night on the job gets crazier thanks to the demands of his billionaire client (played by Chris Pine). Wilson's wild evening brings him into the orbit of a cast that includes Jessica Alba, Ed Helms, Norman Reedus, Brooklyn Decker, Ray Liotta and David Hasselhoff. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Coming from Smokin' Aces, The Grey, and Narc director Joe Carnahan, Stretch looks absolutely insane!! Filled with some big name cameos and general off the wall weirdness, the movie stars Patrick Wilson as a limo driver whose life is turned into living by an eccentric billionaire, and also stras Chris Pine, Ray Liotta, and Jessica Alba. No concrete release date has been given for the movie as of yet, but it's social media campaign is already in full swing, and if the rest of the movie is as weird and wonderful as the below clips (yes, that is a blood soaked Norman Reedus playing himself), you will definitely want to get in on Stretch at the ground floor. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
For those of you who haven't heard of Stretch, it is Joe Carnahan's (Smoking Aces, Narc) latest film baby with an all-star cast including Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms and Ray Liotta. The story centers around a chauffeur (Wilson) who picks up a difficult and devious billionaire (Pine). As the night goes on, their interaction leads to dangerous encounters. While it was originally slated for March, Universal dropped it like a hot potato and it's been »
- Sean Wist
Today we have the first photos from the upcoming "Stretch" comedy thriller, starring Chris Pine, Patrick Wilson, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ray Liotta, Randy Couture, James Badge Dale, Ed Helms and David Hasselhoff. Check everything out below. Plot: The story focuses on a down-on-his-luck limo driver named Stretch (Wilson) who discovered he only has one shift left to pay off a big debt to a bookie. When the chauffeur picks up a reclusive billionaire (Pine) with some deviant appetites, Stretch vows to fulfill his every request, no matter how weird, to score the big tip that could settle his score. As the night grows stranger and Stretch is pushed into some dangerous encounters, he worries that the freak in his back seat might just be his final fare. The new movie is directed by Joe Carnahan (The Grey), who shot the film for under $5 million. It will likely not get a theatrical release. »
The box-office washout of “The Identical” made it four straight misfires for faith-based movies after an unprecedented run of success for religious films earlier this year. The low-budget independent film “The Identical” took in just $1.5 million from 1,956 theaters — a feeble $815 per-screen average — and failed to crack the top ten on the slowest box office weekend of the year. Blake Rayne, Seth Green, Ashley Judd and Ray Liotta star in the musical drama, which was produced for $12 million by Nashville-based City of Peace Films. That comes on the heels of underwhelming box-office performances by “When the »
- Todd Cunningham
"The Identical" was the only new wide release movie opening this weekend, so, in the absence of competition, why didn't it do better?
The faith-based film, which follows such recent Christian-marketed hits as "Son of God," "God's Not Dead," and "Heaven Is for Real," opened on 1,956 screens and featured such brand-name actors as Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, and Seth Green. It featured a provocative premise, loosely inspired by the real-life fact that Elvis Presley had a stillborn twin brother: What if that boy had lived? And its marketplace competition consisted entirely of movies that have been out for a week or more already.
Yet "The Identical" didn't even open in the top 10. Debuting in 11th place, it earned an estimated $1.9 million (well below the $5 million that some pundits had predicted), for a weak per-screen average of just $977. Which means about eight people on average attended each screening. ("Guardians of the Galaxy, »
- Gary Susman
Guardians of the Galaxy continues to rule the box office universe.
The cosmic Marvel adventure arrived in first place at the box office for a fourth weekend with $10.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The domestic haul for Guardians, which features Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana as intergalactic do-gooders, now stands at $294.6 million after six weeks of release.
Guardians furthered cemented itself as the top grossing film of the year in North America, eclipsing the $259.8 million earned by fellow Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The sci-fi romp earned an additional $11.5 million internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $586.2 million.
Despite the continued success of Guardians, the weekend box office marked the slowest of the year with the total for all films released projected at $65 million, down 23 percent from a year ago, according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.
Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sliced off »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
The weekend after Labor Day is historically the slowest weekend of the year for movies, but this year was worse than usual, with revenue falling more than 20% over last year and continuing the downward trend at the domestic box office. Ticket sales ended up at around $63 million, the lowest of any weekend this year. The only new wide release was the faith-based Elvis musical "The Identical," which has an insanely low 4% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes, and stars Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd. It cost $32 million to make and market, but failed to break into the top 10. The movie landed in 11th place with only $1.91 million. It was released in 1,956 theaters. But if it was released in 2,000 theaters, then it would have had the third-worst opening of all time for a film playing in 2,000 or more locations. Since there weren't many new releases, most films remained in the same spot as last weekend, »
Guardians of the Galaxy claimed the No. 1 spot once more this weekend with an estimated $10.16 million as it makes its way towards the coveted $300 million mark, while the faith-based musical drama The Identical (Cinema Score: B)—the only new wide release—failed to catch on in any significant way, opening in 11th place with a shoddy $1.91 million. The rest of the top five were all holdovers, earning in or around $5 million.
If things seem somewhat unexciting at the box office this weekend, your eyes and untouched movie dollars aren’t deceiving you: It was basically planned to be that way. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Marvel continues to rule the box office, as "Guardians of the Galaxy" stayed in the top spot on Friday, while the new faith-based drama "The Identical" is destined to become one of the biggest flops of the year. Now it its sixth weekend, "Guardians" picked up another $2.7 million on Friday and will likely earn around $10 million over the slow post-Labor Day weekend. Currently at $287.1 million, it will likely cross the $300 million mark sometime next week. The superhero space saga -- starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel -- is already the highest-grossing film of 2014. In second place was the Chloe Grace Moretz romance "If I Stay," which earned another $1.6 million. So far, the low-budget Ya adaptation has earned a strong $35.5 million. The Jake Johnson-Damon Wayans Jr. comedy "Let's Be Cops" arrested another $1.5 million for third place, bringing its domestic total to an impressive $62.7 million. »
- Dave Lewis
Firmly ensconced in the Great Depression, a young destitute couple is faced with a tough choice -- how to survive with two newborn sons when they can barely feed themselves -- in the drama The Identical. William Hemsley (Brian Geraghty) finds the answer at a evangelical tent service as the preacher Reece Wade (Ray Liotta) reveals that his wife Louise (Ashley Judd) is barren. The Hemsleys give one of their sons to the Wades with the promise that neither boy is to know of the other until after their biological parents pass away.
Blake Rayne debuts as the twin brothers who live very different lives. Drexel Hemsley achieves fame and fortune as a rock and roll star. Ryan Wade grows up under the ever watchful eye of his preacher father and patient mother. He tries to please his father by becoming part of the ministry, but he knows that it's »
- Debbie Cerda
The first photos are out from Joe Carnahan's "Stretch," a low-budget action thriller that Universal dropped due to distribution and marketing budget concerns. As a result, Carnahan is set to do the marketing himself which begins with a social media campaign starting with these two new images.
Patrick Wilson plays a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire (Chris Pine) who drags him to hell and back. Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Dekker, James Badge Dale, Shaun Toub, Ray Liotta, and David Hasselhoff also star.
@patrickwilson73 Blocker #areyouafirestarter pic.twitter.com/Kq7erZi9hv
— Stretch (@stretchthemovie) September 5, 2014
Are You A Firestarter? Follow @stretchthemovie. @patrickwilson73 #areyouafirestarter pic.twitter.com/KMjtJDKFB5
— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) September 5, 2014 »
- Garth Franklin
Maybe it's not the best idea to feature the word "cock" in our header image, but Steve and the guys are currently enjoying Toronto International Film Festival 2014 and have left me in charge, so anything goes! Besides, I'm happy to do anything we can in order to help director Joe Carnahan get the word out about his new thriller, Stretch. The low-budget action film took a hit when Universal dropped it due to distribution and marketing budget concerns, so Carnahan sacked up and decided to do the advertising himself. A selection of new images is just the first entry in his new social media campaign, with plenty more to come. Starring Patrick Wilson as “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back,” the cast also includes Chris Pine, Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Dekker, James Badge Dale, »
- Dave Trumbore
Did I actually see The Identical, or did I dream it? Despite its competent, polished surfaces, this is a deceptively strange movie: a faith-inflected mock-rock biopic about an Elvis-like phenomenon and his long-lost twin that turns into something of a religious allegory. It's stocked with clichés, but they're arranged in such weird ways that the end result is both predictable and certifiable. If only any of it actually went somewhere.The story begins in the middle of the Depression, with a young, poor couple giving birth to twin boys. Unable to provide for the kids, Dad has the nutty but selfless idea of letting one child go away with a traveling preacher (Ray Liotta), who (awkwardly) reveals during one of his fire-'n'-brimstone sermons that he and his wife (Ashley Judd) can't conceive. And so, Dexter Hemsley (renamed Ray Wade) and his brother Drexel grow up unaware of each other, with »
- Bilge Ebiri
This week at the multiplex, we've got just one wide release: "The Identical," starring Blake Rayne, Ashley Judd, and Ray Liotta in the fictional story of an Elvis-esque rocker and his twin brother. Find out what the critics have to say on Rotten Tomatoes. "The Identical" It's a heartbreaking -- and undeniably intriguing -- bit of trivia that every Elvis Presley fan knows: the King had an identical twin brother who was stillborn. What would have happened had Jesse Presley survived? »
- Tim Ryan
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