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After a few busy weeks at the box office, look for things to quiet down a bit this weekend.Horror movie Ouija*based off the "game"*should open in first place with around $20 million. Meanwhile, John Wick will likely open behind holdovers Fury (2014) and Gone Girl.At 2,858 theaters, Ouija is poised to do solid business with teen moviegoers this weekend. The movie revolves around a group of teens who try to connect with their deceased friend via a Ouija board, and inadvertently summon an evil spirit instead. The low-budget horror movie is from Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and Jason Blum's Blumhouse; that's the same pairing that recently put together the two Purge movies.The marketing material has been suitably creepy, though it's nothing that hasn't been seen before. Ouija is still going to avoid the fate of 2014 horror duds like Deliver Us From Evil and The Quiet Ones, »
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It was originally envisioned as a blockbuster in the vein of “Pirates of the Carribean,” but by the time “Ouija” hits theaters Friday, it will look very different. When Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes came on board to produce the film for Universal Pictures based on the “Ouija” board game we all played as a child, it was going to involve a $100 million plus budget. It also had a plot revolving around armies of undead rising around the world, featuring at least four major international locations. “It was a big, big movie,” producer Brad Fuller told TheWrap. “Really big.” See photos: 10 of Hollywood's. »
- Linda Ge
After spending the past seven years launching film franchises based on its toys and games like Transformers and G.I. Joe, and setting up other movies like “Monopoly,” “Candy Land” and “Risk,” Hasbro Studios is poised to take the next logical step: financing its own features.
The toymaker has launched Allspark Pictures — a clever nod to “Transformers” — through which it will fully fund and co-finance a slate of films. The projects that will inaugurate the banner are an animated “My Little Pony” movie, the first planned to play theatrically in 2017, and a live-action adaptation of animated series “Jem and the Holograms,” which will sing into theaters on Oct. 23, 2015. Universal will split “Jem’s” budget with Hasbro.
“We have a long history in film, and it’s become a very important part of our content strategy,” says Stephen Davis, president of Burbank-based Hasbro Studios. “We want to use great stories to activate our brands, »
- Marc Graser
Ouija, another micro-budget pic from Blumhouse Prods., is likely to take the weekend, despite Universal keeping this one away from the critics (Danger, Will Robinson!). It opens tonight at 8 Pm in over 2,000 theaters before its Friday run of 2,857. Universal is thinking it could do high-teens, but the horror crowd comes out in force the first weekend and this one is appealing to teen girls and the Hispanic and African American sectors which tend to come out in groups to see films. Good news for this one, so if that happens, figure it could do anywhere from $20M-$24M. The audiences for horror films always seem to come out in force and then the drop-off comes the second weekend. But this second weekend will be Halloween.
Based on the Hasbro toy of the same name, Ouija had been in development for some time and back in 2008, it was originally envisioned as »
- Anita Busch
The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron was reportedly leaked on the internet, in poor quality, resulting in Marvel Studios releasing the official version early. It was originally scheduled to debut with Marvel's Agents of Shield, which would have been obvious brand synergy, as well as casting a spotlight on the awesomeness of that show. (Bad Rising Tide! Pop culture reference, sorry.)
But the official trailer is here now, and it's stunning in its melancholy beauty. This is somewhat atypical for a superhero blockbuster, though increasingly common in recent years (c.f. Iron Man 3, The Dark Knight trilogy). With the trailer for The Avengers, director Joss Whedon seemed to be taking after the epitome of blockbuster bombast, Michael Bay (Transformers); whereas with the trailer for the follow-up, Avengers: Age of Ultron, he seems to be taking after the master of visual and emotional film-making poetry, Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers »
It’s the rare Hasbro/Michael Bay production that may actually dissuade audiences from buying the product it’s selling, but aside from that rather charming distinction, “Ouija” is fairly routine stuff. A tale of two teenage sisters, their very expendable friends and the creepy board game that just won’t leave them alone, this silly but straight-faced supernatural thriller manages to elicit an occasional shudder in between cheap jolts and false scares, emerging as a feat of competent direction (by debuting helmer Stiles White) over derivative scripting (by White and writing partner Juliet Snowden). Friendly box office spirits are already smiling upon Universal’s Oct. 24 release, and should continue to hover at least through Halloween weekend.
“Calm down, it’s only a game,” whispers young Debbie (Claire Beale) as she introduces her terrified friend, Laine (Afra Tully), to the mysteries of Ouija, using a heart-shaped planchette and an ornate »
- Justin Chang
Greg. P Russell and Scott Millan are masters of an art that can be difficult to appreciate. Great sound mixers take essential tracks — dialogue, score, and effects, all crafted and fighting for ear space — and meld them together to match, or enhance, the visuals on screen. In a film like “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the balancing act is like a Philippe Petit tightrope walk, one rogue robo-braam tipping the controlled chaos soundscape into cacophony. In a new installment of Variety’s Artisans series, senior VP Tim Grey talks to Russell and Millan about the fourth “Transformers” and Michael Bay’s increasingly difficult audio challenge. “As Michael would testify, sound is 50 percent of his films,” says Russell in the video. A 16-time Oscar-nominated sound mixer, Russell has fit each of Bay’s “Transformers” films between work like “Skyfall” and “Alice in Wonderland.” “Age of Extinction” marked Millan’s first brush with Optimus Prime. »
- Matt Patches
Jean-Luc Godard, and more specifically his 1965 film Pierrot le Fou, literally changed my life, and set me on a path toward intense and everlasting cinephilia. Since the first time I saw that film, it has remained my favorite movie of all time and Godard my favorite director. So when I finally had the chance to see Film socialisme, his 2010 feature, I had high hopes that the old master was going to yet again bring something new to the table. Those hopes were assuredly met. I considered the film the best of 2010 and still believe it is an astonishing movie, rife with so much of what defines Godard in this is fourth(?), fifth(?), in any case, current, phase of his career.
The first words of Film socialisme, at least according to the “Navajo English” subtitles, are “money – public – water.” Literally, thisrefers to the key elements of the film’s first third, »
- Jeremy Carr
Predicting the future is a delicate business, as any box office prognosticator can attest, but the stars are aligning for “Ouija” to be this weekend’s top grossing film.
Based on the old seance staple, “Ouija” should scare up $20 million when it bows in 2,856 theaters. Universal, which is distributing the film, is being more conservative and putting the number closer to $18 million.
Either way, it will easily top the weekend’s other major wide-release, “John Wick.” The action film about a hit man exacting revenge for a puppy-cide will do little to revive Keanu Reeves’ flagging box office power following the fiasco that was “47 Ronin.” Critics have embraced the film, but audiences don’t seem as energized, and will likely hand it a debut of $8 million at 2,589 locations. Lionsgate did not release a budget for the film, but it’s an acquisition, which limits its financial exposure.
“Ouija” arrives with »
- Brent Lang
Warning: This trailer is red-band and as such is Nsfw. With the fall comes a slew of movies that are gearing for Oscar gold. Then as we move into the winter, a slate of big, flashy blockbusters pile up, demanding our attention. So how do you cut through all this clamor when you're a mid-level thriller about a professor with a gambling addiction? You unleash a trailer like The Gambler's, full of camp appeal and f-bombs, lazily chucked by the always awesome John Goodman. A remake of the 1974 James Caan vehicle, The Gambler stars Mark Wahlberg, who has shaved off about 60 pounds since he played the conniving bodybuilder in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain. Without the weight, the dude looks haggard, fitting as he's playing a literature professor who gets on the wrong side of some serious gangsters when his gambling debts stack up. Bringing some assurance of madness »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October 2014…
Despite “mixed” reviews from its U.S. release, Jonathan Leibesman and Michael Bay’s live-action reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles enjoyed the biggest UK debut since The Inbetweeners 2, pulling in a solid £4,785,448 including £1.56 million in previews to knock Gone Girl from the top of the chart in its opening weekend.
In addition to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, three other newcomers managed to crack the top ten: in fifth place with £636,842 was the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me, followed by the Robert Downey Jr.-headlined The Judge in ninth with £420,720 and photographer Elaine Constantine’s directorial debut Northern Soul, which earned an impressive £278,829 from just 83 screens to creep into the chart in tenth.
Number one this time last year: Turbo
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, £4,785,448 weekend (New)
2. Gone Girl, £2,361,051 weekend; £14,153,879 total (3 weeks)
3. Annabelle, »
- Gary Collinson
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has topped the UK box office with takings over £4 million.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - £4,785,448
2. (1) Gone Girl - £2,361,051
3. (3) Annabelle - £1,465,919
4. (2) The Maze Runner - £1,458,300
5. (-) The Best of Me - £636,842
6. (7) The Boxtrolls - £464,345
7. (5) Dracula Untold - £438,345
8. (6) The Equalizer - £429,406
9. (-) The Judge - £420,720
10. (-) Northern Soul - £278,829
Watch a trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles »
For the third week of October, genre fans have several new and classic titles coming out this week on DVD and Blu-ray to look forward to, including The Vincent Price Collection II, Snowpiercer, Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort, See No Evil 2 and the badass follow-up to last year’s box office home invasion hit, The Purge: Anarchy.
Several notable indie titles are being released this Tuesday as well, including Play Hooky (the first title to come out under Pollygrind’s new distro label), To All a Good Night (directed by the late-great David Hess), Life After Beth and The Scribbler, the film adaptation of Daniel Schaffer’s wildly popular graphic novel.
The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013’s sleeper hit that opened to No. »
- Heather Wixson
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
Wilmington, Nc. I sit down with Matt Barr on the "Sleepy Hollow" set in Wilmington, Nc in late August without really knowing much about the actor's character, Noah Hawley. I know he's got Han Solo rogue swagger and a holstered firearm, but little else. The reports when Barr was cast described his character as a bounty hunter and then he was later described as an arms dealer, two descriptions with a potentially wide gulf between them. Nearly two months later, I've "acted" in a scene with Barr -- possibly appearing in Episode 8, until they decide to cut me out for reasons that I certainly won't begrudge -- and watched two episodes featuring Hawley and I'm still not sure I know all that much more. Hawley first popped up in the season's third episode and he returned in the fourth, both times on the trail of the same artifact Crane and Abbie were looking for, »
- Daniel Fienberg
A 20-second trailer for the upcoming horror film based on Hasbro Studio’s boardgame appeared in the “Recent Updates” section of users’ accounts on the app, with a sponsored icon. The ad disappears after it’s viewed or within 24 hours. It’s unclear how much Universal paid for the plug.
As with any update, users choose whether to view the video or photos, but many of those who did took to Twitter to talk about the video — some approving what they saw, while others were irritated by the promo that suddenly appeared on their accounts.
Snapchat, however, has said sponsored ads were coming to its 100 million users.
“We need to make money,” Snapchat put it simply in a company blog post. “Advertising allows us to support our service »
- Marc Graser
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new horror film “Ouija” from Jason Blum (producer of the “Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious” and “The Purge” films) and the producer of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”!
“Ouija,” which opens on Oct. 24, 2014 and is rated “PG-13,” stars Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Ana Coto, Douglas Smith, Shelley Hennig, Sierra Heuermann and Bianca Santos from writer and director Stiles White and writer Juliet Snowden.
To win your free “Ouija” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!
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The Flickering Myth Podcast looks for some Turtle Power…
Recorded in studio, Flickering Myth Deputy Editor Luke Owen and staff writer Scott Davis review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the latest iteration of the classic 80s comic book from director Jonathan Liebsman and producer Michael Bay.
Read our reviews here and here.
Manhattan is plagued by crime, violence and fear, thanks to the evil ways of Shredder and his criminal Foot Clan. But help is on its way from an unlikely source as four super-human super turtles rise up from the filthy subterranean sewers and join forces with news reporter April O’Neil to defeat evil.
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- Luke Owen
I like my Ninja Turtles like I like my women… untouched by Michael Bay. These Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle art prints by 17thandOak follow after the turtles we know and love, and strips them down to their respective headband colors and weapons. The artist does an incredible job with negative space. And these aren’t just stencil style silhouettes, there’s still some really subtle layering and lighting in there if you look at the larger detail images below. The prints are available in various sizes, from 4.1 x 5.8 inches - 23.4 x 33.1 inches. Check out 17thandOak’s Etsy page for pricing. If you like these, be sure to check out the Star Wars typography series we posted last year from the same artist.
Via: Geek Alerts »
- Eli Reyes
What's wrong with Transformers: Age of Extinction? So much, apparently, that it took Cinema Sins two videos to pick it all apart. Here's Part 1 of what amounts to about a half hour's worth of assault on the Michael Bay film... Transformers: Age Of Extinction is a movie that you either love or you hate. While message boards and movie sites would say the latter is the more likely scenario, the box office returns speak to the former talking point at a higher volume. That's right folks, it's officially harder to tell whether the world loves or hates the Transformers movies than it is to tell which party has the real majority in American politics. Amid all of the confusion of which side rules the day is Jeremy from Cinema Sins: a man who didn't let a stupid thing like Bronchitis get in the way of crafting now one, but Two, »
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