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Michael Noble Feb 13, 2017
This review contains spoilers.
When Fortitude arrived on our screens in 2015, it did so floating on a sea of publicity. Millions were spent announcing the arrival of Sky’s newest pitch at offering original drama to sit alongside its impressive roster of Us imports. Polar bears appeared at tube stations and posters of its snowbound stars, among them such luminaries as Michael Gambon, Sofie Gråbøl, Christopher Ecclestone and Stanley Tucci, appeared in hoardings both online and in the real world. The campaign caught attention but remained abstract, leaving little clue as to what the show was actually about.
The marketers can be forgiven for this approach, as the show itself seemed uncertain. »
While January doesn't often produce huge box office hits, fans have come out in full force for Oscar-nominated films like Hidden Figures and La La Land, which both continue to fare well with solid box office numbers throughout the month. Last weekend, M. Night Shyamalan's Split over-performed with an impressive box office win with $40 million, and it was certainly expected to repeat, even with three new releases hitting theaters. Joining the box office fray this weekend is Sony's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Universal's A Dog's Purpose and The Weinstein Company's Gold. The race was expected to be much closer, but Split took advantage of a minimal second weekend drop to easily win with $26.2 million
The estimates from Box Office Mojo reveal that Split actually expanded into 161 more theaters for a total of 3,199, which may have helped minimize the traditional second weekend drop. The M. Night Shyamalan thriller only dropped 34.3% in its second weekend, »
Just when you thought Fortitude couldn’t get any stranger, episode 4 of series two takes things to new levels. An eyeless man stalking the town, a new Shaman in town and gravedigging all adding up to bring all the mysteries together, with a dose of Russian conspiracy just to add to the drama.
After the events of last episode, we are treated to an explanation as to what has been going on with the wild animals, at least the reindeer which was discovered being experimented on. Seemingly used to create a drug (in the form of the so-called reindeer juice) this discovery also reveals the man, who will probably be the prime suspect, though we still don’t know who he is just yet. What also is discovered is more details »
- Paul Metcalf
“Split” is once again twisting its way to the top of the box office after beating out newcomers “A Dog’s Purpose” and “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” on Friday. The film, from Universal via its partnership with Blumhouse Productions, earned nearly $8 million on Friday on its way to a $25 to $26 million second weekend at 3,199 locations.
“A Dog’s Purpose,” also distributed by Universal, but made by Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media, fetched $5.3 million from 3,058 theaters to put it solidly in second for the weekend.
“A Dog’s Purpose” met blowback when TMZ leaked a video showing a German Shepherd struggling during production. The video sparked outrage online and PETA called for a boycott, while the filmmakers have insisted that the clip did not accurately represent what happened on set. Still, Universal canceled the film’s intended premiere and press junket, and the situation dropped estimates for the film’s »
- Seth Kelley
"What is the meaning of life? Are we here for a reason?"
The film centers on one Dog, living out multiple lives as a number of dogs, while searching for his meaning. It's more than a bit hokey and absolutely dripping in sap, but in ways that will surely make dog lovers awww, despite themselves. Dogs don't always understand, but they always try their best and they're good boys. You are reading this review to gauge whether you should see the movie or not, though, I suspect. Well, you must ask yourself a few questions first:
1. Can you see past the controversy? PETA has called »
James McAvoy’s horror-thriller “Split” is showing plenty of staying power, heading for its second consecutive victory at the North American box office with about $19 million at 3,199 sites, early estimates showed Friday.
The opening of controversial family drama “A Dog’s Purpose” appeared to be performing at the lower end of expectations in second — with about $18 million at 3,058 sites — following a boycott launched by PETA over a leaked video showing a German Shepherd struggling during production. The filmmakers have insisted that PETA and TMZ have mischaracterized what took place.
PETA’s PR attack appears to have had a moderate toll, given that forecasts before the boycott was launched were as high as $25 million. “Split” should dominate moviegoing on Friday with $7 million while “A Dog’s Purpose” puts its paws on about $5 million.
PETA Responds: No, American Humane, ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ is Not to be a Prop (Guest Column)
Universal is handling both titles, »
- Dave McNary
We’re now three episodes in to Fortitude‘s second series and there is one thing we can be sure of: any semblance of normality has now been lost… With characters that were seemingly at death’s door now waking up, and people being decapitated, it seems that answers to what is going on may be being revealed.
The problem with this is though, there may be clues but no definite answer. A hint does seem to be in the tests Dr Sarinda Khatri (Paraminder Nagra) is doing on a comatose patient that don’t seem to be ethical. Especially when her prognosis of the patient being beyond waking up doesn’t seem to be the truth. Hildur Odegard (Sofie Gråbøl) now seemingly ousted from her job as governor also takes »
- Paul Metcalf
A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.
Curiosity killed the cat, and controversy might kill A Dog’s Purpose — with a little help from Milla Jovovich, that is.
The action star’s latest genre venture, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, squares off this weekend against the family-oriented, Lasse Hallström-directed picture, which has endured the brunt of negative publicity following the publication of a video depicting the film’s production, during which a dog trainer seemingly forced a German shepherd to film a water-based scene against the animal’s will.
Though intense social media backlash should be »
That was more than double the take for Universal’s controversial family drama “A Dog's Purpose,” which launched with a moderate $455,000 in 2,255 domestic sites.
“Resident Evil: Final Chapter” is projected to finish the weekend with about $13 million to $14 million at 3,104 sites. The film — which has a $40 million price tag — marks the sixth and final installment in the franchise adaptation of Capcom’s video game series.
Milla Jovovich — who has been in all six movies — portrays the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”), Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, South Korean actor Lee Joon-Gi and Fraser James also star with Paul W.S. Anderson returning to direct.
“A Dog’s Purpose” faces serious »
- Dave McNary
I'm an unshakable dog lover, heart and soul – you wouldn't have to do much to get me wagging my metaphorical tail just by making a movie about pups being pups. So A Dog's Purpose had me at first bark. Then along came PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) with disturbing news: A video clip, originally aired on TMZ, showed a German Shepherd resisting being forced into a water tank to film a rescue scene. The "alternative facts" claimed the animal wasn't coerced at all, just momentarily disoriented when »
Excuse the pun, but Hollywood has gone to the dogs. And it’s not the first time. Man’s (and the movies’) best friend has been the hero and heroine of many a flick since the old nickleodeon days. The first canine superstar was probably Rin-Tin-tin way back in the silent era. He was a German Shepherd who rescued human co-stars and even a soon to be major studio (the Warner Brothers might not have survived without his box office bucks). Then came Lassie in her many media incarnations, along with other dogs that provided comic relief from Nick and Nora’s terrier Asta to that Saint Bernard behemoth, Beethoven. With the advent of social media there’s been an avalanche of pet adoration, with funny home videos of dogs taking a big bite out of the bandwidth. This helped fuel last summer’s animated smash The Secret Life Of Pets (primarily dogs, »
- Jim Batts
What we have here is a case of the tail wagging the dog — wagging the tail so wiggly-waggly-wildly that the dog cannot possibly be enjoying it.
So we begin to discuss A Dog’s Purpose, directed by Lasse Hallström. This dumb, sweet, indulgently weepy movie has all but disappeared in the hubbub over the controversial viral video of a stunt dog — a German shepherd — being forced by his handler into a pool of churning water.
The footage has been a public-relations disaster for the movie, with animal-welfare groups calling for a boycott and people affiliated with the movie countering that »
The controversial video which apparently shows a German Shepherd being forced into turbulent water on the set of A Dog’s Purpose might not be all it seems.
American Humane, the group responsible for monitoring the animals used in the film, released a statement to Variety on Wednesday denying that any animals were put in harm’s way during production.
In the statement, American Humane CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert claims the group “immediately launched an independent, third-party investigation” into the video after it was first posted on TMZ. “The preliminary findings and eyewitness reports indicate that the footage was misleading and edited, »
PETA is promising more than two dozen protests in cities nationwide for Friday’s opening of “A Dog’s Purpose” as a follow-up to its call for a boycott of the canine drama.
The boycott was announced on Jan. 18 in conjunction with the release of a leaked video from the set showing a German Shepherd balking at performing a stunt in churning water. The movie’s director Lasse Hallstrom, co-screenwriter W. Bruce Cameron, producer Gavin Polone, and animal trainers from Birds & Animals Unlimited have said TMZ, which first released the video, and PETA mischaracterized what actually took place — insisting that the dog was reluctant to go into the water only because he had not rehearsed at that specific location.
Robin Ganzert of American Humane, which monitored the animals on the set, blasted PETA on the same grounds and attacked the group for its opposition to the use of any live animals in movies and TV. »
- Dave McNary
Turns out, a leaked set video in which a dog seems to be forced into roaring water isn’t the only thing that is tainting people’s perception of “A Dog’s Purpose.” Critics aren’t being easy on the film starring Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad. One day ahead of its opening, the film has a score of 27 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics calling it “forgettable,” “inauthentic” and “manipulative dreck.” TheWrap’s film critic Alonso Duralde described the film as “a Nicholas Sparks movie crossed with a Blue Buffalo dog food commercial,” while Slant Magazine’s »
- Wrap Staff
In the first episode of Fortitude‘s second series we were given the groundwork for what we can expect in this latest chapter of the story of the “safest place on Earth.” Hardly safe though, we seem to have a story of cannibals and demons, and with a missing head still somewhere in the town, what other secrets will episode two reveal?
One of the most interesting things we find in this episode is that Dr. Sarinda Khatri (Parminder Nagra) is still experimenting with one of the wasps which caused so many problems in the first season. Now that the sheriff is back though, the investigations as to who the headless man is are making some progress. With Michael Lennox (Dennis Quaid) trying to salvage his boat and his livelihood, it »
- Paul Metcalf
“A Dog’s Purpose” star Dennis Quaid continues to vehemently defend his film amid allegations of animal abuse. The 62-year-old actor stopped by the “Today Show” on Wednesday to promote the film and made it very clear that no dogs were hurt on the movie’s set, “Absolutely no dogs were harmed in this,” he declared. Related: ‘A Dog’s […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
European pay-tv operator Sky on Thursday reported a 9% fall in operating profit to £679 million ($859 million) for the six months ending Dec. 31, which it blamed on the £314 million ($397 million) rise in the cost of English soccer rights.
Revenue grew 12% to £6.41 billion ($8.1 billion), with the U.K./Ireland up 5% to £4.27 billion ($5.39 billion), Germany/Austria up 31% to £907 million ($1.15 billion), and Italy up 30% to £1.24 billion ($1.56 billion).
“We have delivered a strong first-half performance across the group, continue to make significant progress against our strategy and remain on track for the full year,” Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s CEO, said in a statement. The company’s financial year begins July 1.
“Across the half we have continued to drive customer and product growth in all our markets, adding over 500,000 new customers – faster growth than last year – and selling 2 million products,” he added. “That means, in the past three years and since the Skys have come together, we’ve now added 2.5 million customers and total »
- Leo Barraclough
For anyone who spends a lot of time on the internet, A Dog’s Purpose was ruined long before any reviews of the film came out. Last week, TMZ released an edited snippet of video that appears to show a frightened German shepherd being forced into a pool of churning water, then panicking as his head goes underwater while impassive crew members watch. The film’s producer, writer, and co-star Dennis Quaid have all since come forward to say that the video was taken out of context, but the public relations damage has already been done. Animal lovers, the target (indeed, only) demographic for the film, suddenly face a moral dilemma in deciding whether to see it. Well, let us make that decision easier for you: Anyone savvy enough to have heard about the ins and outs of the controversy surrounding this movie probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it anyway »
- Katie Rife
The film “A Dog’s Purpose,” based on W. Bruce Cameron’s bestselling novel of the same name, follows the spiritual journey of a devoted dog who explores the meaning of life through his special bonds with the people he loves and protects. Unfortunately, the beautiful story opens at the box office this weekend mired in controversy stemming from the release of an edited video manipulated in an effort to mischaracterize the behind-the-scenes treatment of the film’s four-legged stars.
This misleading footage, first shared by TMZ last week, depicts a German shepherd who appears to show signs of resistance to entering a pool of water.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) swiftly called for a boycott of the film, and has »
- Robin Ganzert
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