1-20 of 129 items from 2016 « Prev | Next »
Earlier this week, we predicted that it would be a close race between the two new box office newcomer this weekend, Sony's The Magnificent Seven and Warner Bros.' Storks, but that didn't exactly happen. The Magnificent Seven easily took the box office crown this weekend with an estimated $35 million, with Storks debuting in second place with $21.8 million. Both new releases were critical hits as well, before performing well at the box office.
Box Office Mojo reports that The Magnificent Seven, the Western remake starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, pulled in an impressive $9,526 per-screen average from 3,674 theaters, along with a solid 63% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The remake was produced with a $90 million budget, but no international box office data has been released quite yet. Still this is a solid opening, which also represents a career best opening weekend for director Antoine Fuqua. This film also marks the third »
Hollywood’s star system has shriveled in the past decade, with few new talents emerging to reanimate the ranks and stand alongside Leo and Julia and Johnny and George and Brad. Some of those stars have dimmed as the years tick by, but Washington’s still shines brightly.
“He’s one of the last great action heroes,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “He’s so believable in those roles and he has a ferocity that works cinematically.”
Indeed, Washington hasn’t had a film open to less than $20 million since 2007’s “The Great Debaters,” a remarkable display of consistency. He’ll be back on screens at the end of the year in “Fences,” an adaptation of August Wilson’s play, that he »
- Brent Lang
MGM and Columbia Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven” is leading the weekend box office charge after lassoing $12.7 million on Friday at 3,674 locations. The film, from director Antoine Fuqua, is zeroing in on a $35 million opening.
The Western, which carries a $90 million price tag, features an ensemble cast including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Byung-Hun Lee. The film is co-financed by LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, and debuted on the Toronto Film Festival’s opening night. It carries an A- CinemaScore.
The last time Fuqua and Washington teamed up for “The Equalizer,” it opened with $34.1 million. Compared to other recent Westerns, “The Magnificent Seven” earned more than Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” which opened over Christmas weekend to $16.2 million. “Django Unchained” had a healthy $30.1 million opening in 2012.
- Seth Kelley
“The Magnificent Seven” is targeting an opening weekend in the $32 – 34 million range at 3,096 locations, according to early Friday projections.
The film, from MGM and Columbia Pictures, is aiming for a $12 million Friday after rounding up $1.75 million in Thursday previews. Its biggest competition, Warner Bros. Animation’s “Storks,” looks to push out $5 million on Friday and $18 – 20 million this weekend.
A remake of a remake, “The Magnificent Seven” is an action film set in the Wild West, featuring an ensemble cast of bankable stars including Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. Antoine Fuqua directs the movie, presented in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures. The film debuted on opening night of the Toronto Film Festival.
“Storks” opens in a year that has rewarded animated films including “Finding Dory,” “Zootopia” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” Andy Samberg voices the lead character Junior, who is the top delivery stork in his company. »
- Seth Kelley
Chicago – I’ve waited all week to write that headline, and I will be joining the 100,000 other similar headlines out there. Hey-ooh! “Storks” is a lot of fun, without the dire need for any “message” or heavy handedness that is too familiar in the current animation environment. It’s just funny.
Much of the credit has to go to writer/co-director Nicholas Stoller (“Get Him to the Greek”), doing his first animated film. He has a light touch with comedy, pressing the accelerator when he needs to, but also getting laughs from wacky dialogue and strange asides. Staying close to the roots of the story (storks no longer deliver babies, but packages), and employing a great voice cast, combined for “Storks” to join “Sausage Factory” as the funniest full-length cartoon of the year.
The old days of storks delivering babies has gone the way of the rotary phone. The new delivery model is packages, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
You know the drill: An upcoming animated movie releases a trailer, filled with pop songs (maybe its a current hit; maybe it's a Smash Mouth song), wacky animals and recognizable celebrity voices. It drops a few kid-friendly snarky lines here and there – the dog/cat/emu that just skid face-first into a door? It, like, meant to do that! Then it's all over but the first-weekend grosses. Occasionally, a sociological Mickey gets slipped into these filmic equivalents of fizzy drinks; seriously, who'd have thought that Zootopia would double as one »
Starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, and directed by Antoine Fuqua, “The Magnificent Seven” is presented in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures. It carries a production cost of $90 million.
Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo also make up the cast of the movie, which is a remake of a remake. Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” inspired the 1960 John Sturges western of the same name, which then, in turn, spawned the current iteration.
“The Magnificent Seven” screened during the opening night of the Toronto Film Festival. In his review for Variety, critic Owen Gleiberman wrote that the film, “hits all the right buttons but misses the fun of the original.” The film currently has a 63% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. »
- Seth Kelley
Storks takes the old myth of storks delivering babies as a starting point for an animated action/adventure comedy, where the storks have gone corporate and gotten out of the baby delivery business. Now, storks deliver merchandise for Cornerstore.com, a giant Amazon-like internet retailer, because now there are so many options if you want a baby. Or at least they thought they were out of the baby business, until a little boy uses an old form to place an order for a baby brother- an order that would never have been filled except for a glitch in the system that activates the long-shuttered Baby Factory.
A baby is in no way part of the company’s new business model, so an ambitious, efficient stork named Junior (Andy Samberg), who is in line to become the next CEO, has to deal with the problem – and quickly, before his boss Hunter »
- Cate Marquis
In half a dozen Warner Bros. cartoons in the 1940s and 1950s, plots are set in motion by the mistakes of a drunken stork, which is supposed to deliver babies but sometimes winds up delivering, say, Bugs Bunny to a family of gorillas. The 2016 Warner Bros. cartoon Storks focuses more intently on these winged creatures’ sleek professionalism. The storks, who operate from a mountaintop base far above the earth, have long since halted the production and delivery of human children (“There are so many other ways of getting babies,” one parent nonchalantly explains) and now operate an Amazon-like fulfillment center and delivery business. Their corporatization could be read as a sly joke or an un-ironic sign of the times.
- Jesse Hassenger
“Storks,” the brainchild of the new Warner Animation Group screenwriting “think tank,” stretches the Looney Tunes ethos for CG in terms of both comedy and animation style.
First-time animation director Nicholas Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), who wrote the script, teamed up with another directorial newbie, former Pixar animator Doug Sweetland (the “Presto” short), and they paid tribute to the Coen brothers’ “Raising Arizona,” a live-action Looney Tune of sorts.
Storks now deliver packages instead of babies for retail giant, Cornerstore.com, run by the greedy Hunter (Kelsey Grammer). That is, until Junior (Andy Stamberg) and human sidekick Tulip (Katie Crown) inadvertently unleash the long-dormant Baby Machine. They’re forced to deliver an adorable girl to her family, while warding off a Wolf Pack that’s also fallen in love with the baby.
But without its own in-house animation team, Warner Bros. turned to Sony Pictures Imageworks (now headquartered in Vancouver »
- Bill Desowitz
Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. The fall movie season is in full swing, and as Sully continues to dominate the box office, it looks like we might have our first blockbuster of the fall season in The Magnificent Seven. Warner Bros. looks to cash in on the lack of family options in theaters with their latest animated offering, Storks. Both look interesting for different reasons, let’s break them down.
What we are excited about:
If you’re not excited for this cast, we’re not sure what cast list will ever get you excited. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Vincent D’Onofrio, and more headline this remake of the classic western. The trailers all seem to indicate that the chemistry is going to be loose and fun, which seems to be »
- Scott Davis
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Yikes. What a terrible weekend we just had, not only for the new movies released but also for the Weekend Warrior’s predictions. Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks’ Sully won its second weekend in a row with just under $22 million, but as far as the new movies, neither Lionsgate’s Blair Witch nor Universal’s Bridget Jones’s Baby did very well, putting the last nail in the coffin (hopefully) for sequels/remakes trying to play upon nostalgia that just isn’t there. (Good luck to the Rings movie opening next month!) Blair Witch ended up with $9.6 million to take second place and both Bridget Jones’s Baby and Oliver Stone’s Snowden ended up with around $8 million, so »
- Edward Douglas
Warner Bros. has officially ventured back into the world of animated features with “Storks,” their first big animated film since the hugely successful “Lego Movie” in 2014. The film, directed by Nicholas Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) and veteran animator Doug Sweetland (“Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” etc.), boasts an ensemble cast including Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammar and Jennifer Aniston. Reviews are starting to fly in, and so far, consensus is mixed.
IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn gave the film a grade of a C, writing in his review that it’s “neither wacky enough to work as pure punchline, nor smart enough to bend its looniness into something more substantial, ‘Storks’ views the world with the same confused outlook of its wide-eyed infants.”
Owen Gleiberman of Variety saw the film as a letdown, »
- Casey Coit
“The Magnificent Seven” and “Storks” are here to save the day. Last weekend, audiences rejected a flurry of sequels to tired franchises such as “Blair Witch” and “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” but help has arrived in the form of Denzel Washington and a band of lovable, baby-delivering birds.
“The Magnificent Seven” should debut to roughly $35 million, easily topping the domestic box office, while “Storks” is on pace to launch to $32 million, according to pre-release tracking. Both films should best last weekend’s winner, “Sully,” with the drama, about the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane landing, slipping to third place with roughly $13 million.
“The Magnificent Seven” reunites Washington with Antoine Fuqua, the director of “The Equalizer” and “Training Day,” two of the actor’s bigger hits. This one adds “Jurassic World” star Chris Pratt to the mix, and should have enough firepower to keep the pair’s hot streak alive. The »
- Brent Lang
After taking down three under-performing newcomers for its second straight win, Warner Bros.' Sully tries to make it three straight box office wins in a row this weekend. The true story drama will only face two newcomers, Sony Pictures' The Magnificent Seven remake and Warner Bros.' animated comedy Storks, both of which should easily unseat Sully. While we think it will be close, The Magnificent Seven should come out on top with $24.7 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that The Magnificent Seven, director Antoine Fuqua's Western remake starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, will debut in roughly 3,600 theaters, while Storks will open in 3,800 theaters. The Magnificent Seven currently holds a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, although not enough reviews are in for Storks quite yet. We're predicting that Storks will debut in second place with $23.6 million, but it's certainly possible that these two newcomers flip-flop in the top two spots this weekend. »
Storks is a cinematic representation of the most patience-chewing children’s toy; something that blares music, flashes obnoxious lights, rings bells, toots whistles – a real demon plaything. So much should work, yet almost every scene lays flatter than a stinky squished baby diaper. Jokes land clumsily, pacing is completely askew and what’s up with the half-assed birds-and-the-bees story that mixes delivery storks and actual human reproduction (I think)? If your child hasn’t asked where babies come from yet, you better be ready for the most awkward car ride home ever after this parental nightmare of a child’s film.
Andy Samberg stars as Junior, a soon-to-be promoted deliver stork working for Cornerstore.com. Storks were once known for delivering babies based on mailed letters from hopeful parents, but then big-boss Hunter (Kelsey Grammer) realizes the profit margins are found in parcel delivery, so the baby division is shut down. »
- Matt Donato
“Storks,” the new digital cartoon about a crew of sharp-beaked, flamingo-legged birds who deliver babies (or used to; they now deliver consumer packages — but we’ll get to that in a minute), is a strenuously unfunny animated comedy. These days, that’s a relatively rare bird to encounter, since animated filmmaking right now tends to hit certain baseline slick levels of amiable generic cleverness. In “Storks,” the jokes fall flat, but the pace is relentless, and those two things seem somehow intertwined, as if the filmmakers had convinced themselves that comedy that whips by fast enough won’t go thud. Even if you watch “Storks” and think, four-year-olds will really dig it (and perhaps they will), frenetic and witless is not a great combination. At least, not for anyone over four. The movie will probably enjoy a respectable opening weekend, but after that the situation looks dicier. In the animated marketplace, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Awards season trivia is a seemingly never-ending well of facts and figures that, practically speaking, rarely amount to more than an extra point or two at your local bar’s trivia night. Still, with TV’s biggest night of the year on the horizon, here is a list of 15 Emmy-related fun facts to impress your watch party, or at least hold you over until Sunday.
1. Netflix and Chill
Since becoming eligible to appear on the Emmy ballot in 2013, Netflix has gathered a total of 117 nominations overall. This year, Netflix reigns as the third-most nominated network — behind HBO (94) and FX (56) — with 54 nominations for 2016.
2. Glorious Cloris
Cloris Leachman reigns supreme with the most Emmy wins by a single actor, male or female, with a whopping eight victories. The TV legend has trophies from her appearances on “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Touched by an Angel,” among others.
3. Never Nominees
Popularity among audiences doesn’t necessarily guarantee Emmy success — stars »
- Arya Roshanian
Kelsey Grammer is about to be a father again! A source tells E! News the actor's wife, Kayte Walsh, is pregnant with a baby boy. Speculation that Walsh was expecting the couple's third child sparked when she was spotted rocking quite a large baby bump while flying out of Lax Tuesday morning. Though it's unclear just when the mama-to-be is due, the insider tells us she's at least six months along. For Grammer, 61, this marks baby No. 3 with his leading lady, 35, and child No. 7 in total. Kelsey and Kayte, who tied the knot in 2011, are parents to their 4-year-old daughter Faith Evangeline Elisa and 2-year-old son Kelsey Gabriel »
For the studios, 2016 has mostly been about the year of the animal, highlighted by Disney’s billion-dollar “Zootopia” and Pixar’s “Finding Dory” (the new all-time animation box office leader).
However, the year culminates with another potentially strong Disney Oscar contender, “Moana” (November 23), along with two musicals: Illumination’s “Sing” (December 21), which played to cheering crowds this week at the Toronto Film Festival, and DreamWorks’ “Trolls” (Nov. 4). Warner Bros., meanwhile, offers the buddy comedy, “Storks” (September 23), which has attracted good world of mouth for its humor.
Disney explores new territory with the Polynesian-themed “Moana,” the first foray into CG for directors John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid”), who push the legacy in a new direction with contemporary appeal.
The free-spirited, teenage Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) possesses strong navigational skills and is determined to sail out on a dangerous mission to save her island and eradicate its isolation. »
- Bill Desowitz
1-20 of 129 items from 2016 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners