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Becoming Anita EkbergThe Film Society of Lincoln Center’s "Art of the Real" series, which recently unspooled its second season, has become New York’s annual showcase for the “hybrid” film, experimental works that, despite a more than tenuous relationship with the documentary tradition, oscillate between fiction and nonfiction. Now that documentary has become unmistakably fashionable (a banal subplot in Noah Baumbach’s dreary comedy, While We’re Young, is even spawned by cartoonish version of a debate over “documentary ethics”) the schism between films such as The Hunting Ground and Merchants of Doubt, which resemble feature-length 60 Minutes stories, and the sort of documentaries programmed at film festivals like Doclisboa and Cph: Dox has grown even wider. Art of the Real, laden with an amalgam of festival favorites and classic precursors of cinematic hybridity (this year’s Agnés Varda retrospective is a case in point) is certainly a cheerleader for »
- Richard Porton
We’re calling this one early. Unless some serious competition comes up later in the year, the best dance sequence of cinema in 2015 will go down as a scene performed by Oscar Isaac in “Ex Machina.” If you’ve seen the movie, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, it’s a perfect example how this cerebral and stylish science fiction thriller from Alex Garland (writer of “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine,") contains some brilliantly absurdly funny moments out of nowhere. A24 mashed up the scene with the second best dance scene of the year, which is from another one of its films, Noah Baumbach's “While We’re Young.” “Ex Machina” stars two upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” leads, Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, along with Alicia Vikander (who we’re told came really close to bagging a role in “Star Wars: Rogue One »
- Edward Davis
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
What amazed me most about Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels (1941), watching it for the first time on this newly released Criterion Blu-ray, is just how utterly unpredictable it is. Sure, we know where it may end once we are introduced to John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), a big Hollywood director, who's decided to hit the road as a hobo to attain a greater understanding of human suffering before embarking on a serious adaptation of the fictional novel "O Brother, Where Art Thouc" (Yes, it is this fictional book Joel and Ethan Coen were name-checking with the title of their 2000 comedy.) But as much as we know what the end will offer, it's the path to that ending we don't see coming, even when it arrives. Set during the Great Depression, Sullivan, known for his comedies, isn't seeing anything funny in the world. When his producers suggest making a "nice musical »
- Brad Brevet
James Wan’s Furious 7 continued defending its position this weekend as the year’s first blockbuster as it earned $29.1 million, winning the box office for the third weekend in a row. The feature also widened its lead as the highest grossing film of 2015 to date, earning more than 2014’s fourth place finisher Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the process.
However, the film was joined by two newcomers in the top 10, as the comedy sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and the horror feature Unfriended finished in second and third place respectively. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the sequel to the 2009 Kevin James vehicle, took in $24 million, while Unfriended finished with $16 million to round out the top three. The two were joined in the top ten by fellow newcomer Monkey Kingdom, as the Disney documentary took in $4.7 million to finish in seventh place.
Last week’s second, third, and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Furious 7 fended off solid newcomers Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended to top the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row.More importantly, the movie had another stunning weekend overseas. Specifically, it continued to do massive business in China, where its earned nearly $250 million through its first eight days.Furious 7 has now grossed $1.15 billion worldwide, which ranks seventh all-time. Even if it falls off quickly from here, it still has a real chance of making it past $1.4 billion by the end of its run.Domestically, Furious 7 fell 51 percent to $29.2 million. In comparison, the last two Fast movies dropped 44 percent and 37 percent at the same point. To date, Furious 7 has earned $294.5 million; it could still reach $350 million, but would need to hold up well against Avengers: Age of Ultron in two weeks.Playing at 3,633 locations, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened to $23.8 million this weekend. »
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“Furious 7″ ran laps around the competition, picking up $29.1 million in its third weekend of release, according to studio estimates.
The fast cars sequel withe the gravity-defying stunts is barreling toward the $300 million mark Stateside, having already hurtled past the $1 billion mark globally. Domestically, “Furious 7″ has earned $294.4 million.
“This is how you build a record year,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “These are summer-style numbers in April.”
Despite “Furious 7’s” continued dominance, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ did better than expected, pulling in a solid $24 million across 3,633 locations. It had been projected to fall short of the $20 million barrier.
It’s good news for Sony Pictures, which had a painful chapter from its recent history dredged up this week when Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks published an archive of emails and documents that were stolen by hacker group Guardians of Peace. However, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 »
- Brent Lang
Is 2015 the year of unlikely and awesome dance scenes? There's a great dance-off in Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young," Oscar Isaac unexpectedly cuts a rug in "Ex Machina," and now John Turturro gets down in "Mia Madre," which heads to the Cannes Film Festival next month. And you can check it out in the first clip below. Read More: First Trailer For Nanni Moretti's 'Mia Madre' Starring Margherita Buy & John Turturro The latest from Nanni Moretti follows a movie director in crisis trying to keep it together in the middle of a shoot with a famous American actor. And somewhere along the way, a birthday party gets going with Turturro shaking things up for everyone to enjoy. No word yet on when "Mia Madre" will land stateside, but watch the scene below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The film has been acclaimed as a devastating portrait of the generation gap – but when our two Brooklyn dwellers, one Gen X and one Millennial, went to see it, they found it trite. Warning: spoilers
While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach’s comedy of errors, centers on the troubled bromance of Josh, a fortysomething documentarian played by Ben Stiller, and his cool new buddy Jamie, twentysomething Adam Driver.
The reviews have been – generally – glowing and have praised Baumbach’s insight into what’s happening to Generation X amid the rise of the Millennials.
Related: Noah Baumbach: 'In my 20s, I felt like time was running out'
Related: Adam Driver: ‘Lots of things have been said about my face’
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- Raya Jalabi and Dominic Rushe in New York
While We’re Young finds Oscar-nominated writer-director Noah Baumbach delivering some of his funniest lines through some of his most relatable characters. With a star-studded cast at its center, his latest film stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver; and promises to be one of the filmmaker’s biggest hits to date. Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding) may not be a household name among casual moviegoers, but his films have continued to garner critical praise over the years. With the upcoming release of While We’re Young, Rock-It Promotions is allowing us to give away ten double passes to residents of Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa,
to see the movie ahead of the theatrical release.
To be entered into a draw to win passes to an advance screening, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to indicate which city you live in. »
- Kyle Reese
Noah Baumbach’s latest comedy, While We’re Young, is one of his funniest and most accessible efforts yet in a vibrant 20-year filmmaking career. The entertaining social satire explores what happens when a fortysomething couple (Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) facing a midlife crisis befriends a young hipster couple half their age (Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried) whose passion for life reinvigorates their humdrum existence. Trouble begins when Stiller’s character, a once promising documentary filmmaker whose career has stalled, realizes he’s been eclipsed by his talented and ambitious protégé (Driver). Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Adam Horovitz also star. In this exclusive interview, Baumbach talked about what drew him to the project, the intergenerational aspect of the story and its rich thematic elements, the ability to reinvent oneself at any age, how Henrik Ibsen’s play The Master Builder inspired him, what the cast brought to the film, his »
- Sheila Roberts
Ryan Serhant is not only one of the top real estate brokers in New York City and the star of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing: New York,” he’s also a former actor who has returned to the craft in Noah Baumbach‘s new film “While We’re Young.” So what prompted the return to acting? “I got out of acting not really consciously. It was because I was out of money,” Serhant said during a new episode of TheWrap‘s “Drinking With the Stars.” “I had to get a ‘survival job’ and I didn’t want to bartend … so I got into real estate. »
- Linda Ge
We're still a ways away from getting a solid sense of what Zoolander 2 will actually be about, as the sequel isn't slated to hit theaters until February 2016, but a few photos and hints of what is in store have been trickling out over the last few months. There was that rather perfect runway gag that Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson played up at Paris's fashion week, and the announcement that the script for the sequel is penned by Stiller's Tropic Thunder collaborator and all-around hilarious heartthrob Justin Theroux. On top of this, we now have a solid glimpse at what Zoolander's progeny might look like, as Stiller posted a photo of newcomer Cyrus Arnold, who will play Zoolander Jr. in the sequel, and himself in Zoolander garb to Instagram earlier today. [caption id="attachment_423007" align="alignright" width="354"] Image via Paramount[/caption] Cyrus is known mostly for bit parts in television, including About a Boy and Richie Rich, »
- Chris Cabin
It is only April, and already Furious 7 is on track to become the movie to beat in terms of sheer gross income. It dropped in revenue by nearly 60%, but an estimated $60.6 million is still more than most films make in their first weekend, let alone their second. It is by far the top earner of the top ten ($252.5 million domestic, $800.5 million worldwide), winning out handily against Home (estimated $19 million) once again. Home still struggles worldwide to make good on its $135 million costs, but both are doing a sight better than the debut of The Longest Ride. Yet another adaptation of a bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel, its estimated $13.5 million weekend is roughly on par with most Sparks releases, but probably will not reach the lofty heights of The Notebook, the highest grosser of his to date.
Get Hard fell to fourth and may not be a winner with critics, but »
- Seth Paul
James Wan’s Furious 7, the newest entry in the franchise, rose to the top of the box office for a second straight weekend, earning $60.6 million along the way. The film’s total gross to date makes it the most commercially successful feature of the year, leapfrogging it ahead of Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella and Sam Taylor-Johnson’s 50 Shades of Grey. The film’s total gross of $252.5 million to date also already makes it the most commercially successful outing for a number of stars in its ensemble, including Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, and Kurt Russell.
Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young also made a major impact at the box office, landing in the tenth spot on the charts with $1.4 million despite being in limited release. The Ben Stiller-starring feature was not the only new entry in the box office top ten, however, as the Dan Fogelman feature Danny Collins, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
With $59.6 million, Furious 7 easily held on to first place at the domestic box office. It also got off to an incredible start in China, where it set the opening day record with $68.8 million.At the domestic box office, Furious 7's 60 percent drop was a slight improvement over Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, both of which fell over 62 percent in their second frames. On Sunday, it passed Fast & Furious 6 to become the highest-grossing entry in the franchise with $251.5 million. Without any serious competition for the next two weeks, the movie is guaranteed to earn at least $350 million total.Worldwide, Furious 7 is already the highest-grossing Fast movie with $801 million. It's now on track to become one of the biggest movies ever with at least $1.2 billion.DreamWorks Animation's Home (2015) held on to the second spot with $18.5 million, which is down 31 percent from last weekend. To date, its earned $129.1 million, »
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A24 sure is having a good few weeks. Less than a month after Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" had 2015's best limited debut so far, the distributor's last film "Ex-Machina" eclipsed it. Directed by Alex Garland, the British sci-fi thriller managed to gross a stunning $250,000 from just 4 theaters, averaging $62,500. That tops the $56,922 "While We're Young" averaged to become the best per-theater-average for a 2015 release. "'Ex Machina' catapulted into the weekend by selling out Thursday sneaks and maintained that trend throughout Friday and Saturday," A24's Heath Shapiro said. "Audiences were blown away by visionary storyteller Alex Garland's critically acclaimed science-fiction film, making it the highest limited release opening of the year." A24 said they would be expanding the film "aggressively" in the coming weeks, where surely they hope the film holds on as nicely as "While We're Young" has. That »
- Peter Knegt
It wasn’t even a contest.
“Furious 7″ roared to the top of the box office chart for the second weekend in a row, picking up $60.6 million and driving its Stateside total to a massive $252.5 million. That’s a slender 59% drop from the Universal Pictures release’s record-breaking $147.2 million debut and puts “Furious 7″ on track to be the highest-grossing film in the history of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
“People feel like they’re living through the summer movie season right now even though it’s not summer,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “It’s the essence of a popcorn movie.”
It’s also the essence of perfect timing. By debuting in April, “Furious 7″ avoided being cannibalized by other major summer tentpole films. The next heavyweight to enter the multiplexes is “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which doesn’t hit screens until May 1.
“Studios are not »
- Brent Lang
A great performance by Ben Stiller makes this an easygoing Sunday afternoon movie, if not one of Baumbach’s best pieces of self-examination.Noah Baumbach’s latest dramedy takes on a decidedly Woody Allen feeling that gives Ben Stiller a chance to show his stuff. Supporting leads Naomi Watts and Adam Driver fall victim to the curse of New York City as they fade into the shadows behind the bright lights of Gotham. Stiller and Watts play Josh and Cornelia Srebnick, a married couple in their mid-30’s who are grappling with a childless marriage and the reality of a creative life in a […] »
- Ron Wilkinson
Seth McFarlane's Ted certainly had no shortage of jokes, which is true of nearly everything that McFarlane has been involved with thus far, with the notable exception of Hellboy II: The Golden Army. That isn't to say all the jokes (or, hell, even most of them) worked. McFarlane is of the clown-car brand of comedy, stuffing and cramming as much pop culture knowledge, immature guffaws, and crass politics into each minute of screen time available to him. It's why most of the best material in Ted was gleaned in clips and the trailers before the film was even released. The same may be true of Ted 2, which recently took over MTV in anticipation of the MTV Movie Awards and debuted an exclusive clip from the upcoming comedy. [caption id="attachment_393749" align="alignright" width="353"] Image via Universal[/caption] The clip features Mark Wahlberg's John Bennett and McFarlane's Ted meeting with their lawyer, played by Amanda Seyfried, »
- Chris Cabin
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