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First announced earlier this year, Olivia Wilde is both producing and starring in the psychological thriller Meadowland. She's now joined in the cast by Luke Wilson, along with Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne.The scant synopsis of the film we have so far sees Wilde playing a character called Sarah. She's a mother who, following the disappearance of her son, finds her healing process "taking an unforseen turn" as she "goes down an unexpected and dangerous path towards acceptance". Wilson will play her husband, a New York cop. Lyonne and Moss's roles haven't been revealed yet, although Moss's character is apparently called Christa.The film stems from an original screenplay by Chris Rossi, a newcomer with a handful of short films under his belt (and a voice credit as "Tiberium Trooper" in Command & Conquer 3). Reed Morano is the director, making his debut in the chair after working as a cinematographer »
While critics may be saying relatively the same thing about these films, things are shaping up very differently at the box office for the two big releases this weekend. Lucy, getting slightly worse reviews than its competition Hercules, nevertheless took the first-place spot with $43.9 million – more than enough to be make money against its $40 million budget. Hercules took second with $29.8 million, but the Dwayne Johnson vehicle has a much bigger debt to pay off, still needing to cover over $70 million of its $100 million production costs (and could be doing better overseas).
The rest of the box office is a mixed bag; third place went to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with $16.8 million, which became a domestic success this weekend by crossing its $170 million costs. The Purge: Anarchy dropped off from its debut week, but it still made a splash, earning $10.5 million and ensuring the low-budget terror franchise will »
- Seth Paul
Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" action film we up against Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" action film at the box office this weekend, with "Lucy" coming out a clear winner with $44 million in domestic earnings. "Lucy" is directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element). The film had the biggest opening of any film in his career and earned nearly four times as much as his "Colombiana" action film, starring Zoe Saldana. "Lucy" cost $40 million to make, which means that it's already profitable. And with an international release still on its way, the new movie will be a major hit for everyone involved. It has a 58% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Hercules" had to settle for second place with a $29 million opening. That's a disappointing result for a movie that cost $100 million. But with another $29 million coming from international box office, "Hercules" has a good chance of ending up with a total »
Title: And So It Goes Director: Rob Reiner Starring: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Scott Shepherd and Rob Reiner People can be so stuck in their ways, and be unwilling to change their opinions and views on the people and situations around them, that they often times unfortunately refuse to change their personalities and decisions, even if a new outlook would surely improve their lives. That lack of interest in exploring how new ideas and outlooks can truly improve life is one of the main driving forces in director Rob Reiner’s new romantic comedy, ‘And So It Goes.’ While a forced and unexpected shift in the family dynamic of [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
“Lucy” opened to a higher-than-anticipated $17 million and is headed toward a strong $45 million debut weekend. Meanwhile, “Hercules” grossed $11 million on Friday on track for a $30 million launch.
Johansson plays the titular femme fatale in Luc Besson’s actioner from Universal. She’s a drug mule who turns superhuman when she mistakenly ingests a drug that gives her access to increasingly more and more brain power at the expense of her humanity.
The actress is a formidable threat to Johnson, the quintessential action star, as she’s proven capable of seamlessly alternating between indies and action pics, from an alien in “Under the Skin” to Black Widow in the “Avengers” and “Captain America” movies. Johansson has the highest grossing film of the year in the U.S. so far with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Michael Douglas is back being a cad in this weekend’s romantic comedy And So It Goes. No, friends, this isn’t a very obscure reference to Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five.” Instead, “and so it goes” suggests that life goes on, no matter what gets thrown at you.
In the film, Oren’s (Douglas) big stumbling block later in life comes in the shape of his granddaughter (Sterling Jerins), for whom he’s now suddenly responsible. This wouldn’t be such a bad thing, but Oren is an insensitive, impolite, insolent realtor set in his ways.
- Sasha James
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson faces off against two foes as Hercules: Scarlett Johansson goes one-on-one with The Great One as ass-kicking sci-fi star “Lucy” and Kellen Lutz, who played the same role in “Legend of Hercules” earlier this year. The “Twilight” favorite fought his way to an $8.8 million opening. It seems certain that WWE’s most electrifying man in all of entertainment will win the “Hercules” battle, but who will win this weekend’s war?
The Atlas-sian shoulders of Johnson have carried the weight of the marketing campaign. »
- Tobias Bauckhage
Chicago – “And So it Goes” can be summed up in its incredibly weak title, as just lazy hackery. In attempting to tell a story of redemption for a old white rich man, the film falls back on clichés, predictability, improbability, overdone physical comedy and stereotypes. The first-time pairing of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, and the direction of old pro Rob Reiner, couldn’t overcome the stench of the hackneyed screenplay.
Rob Reiner’s ability to recognize good scripts seems to have faded. The man knows how to make American classics (“When Harry Met Sally…,” “A Few Good Men,” “The Princess Bride,” etc.), but can’t seem to find or identify the type of work lately that can keep his reputation sound. The Mark Andrus screenplay is just not interesting, and couldn’t have been interesting on paper. None of the characters have any depth, they are just given »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Rob Reiner has gotten a bad rap. His latest film, And So It Goes, will not change that. From Reiner's very first feature, This Is Spinal Tap in 1984, the filmmaker has trafficked freely in genial, heartfelt, genuine sentimentality, as well as a frank nostalgia for days gone by. That matched the tenor of the times, especially for film fans who felt swamped by the growing blockbuster mentality being cultivated in Hollywood. His films were never as raw or incendiary as the independent films that were increasingly demanding attention, but The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, and A Few Good Men represent an impressive string of well-crafted, populist, mainstream movies In 1994, North was a major misfire,...
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During the press circuit for The Bucket List, Jack Nicholson revealed to reporters one item that was still lingering on his own – “one more great romance.” Years later that response prompted director Rob Reiner to take another stab at a romantic comedy. Half a century after he directed Meg Ryan’s overenthusiastic climax in a New York Deli, he’s roped in over-60s box office guarantees Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas as a pair of lonely singletons in rich, suburban Massachusetts. The ‘sexagenarian shenanigans’ genre clearly has more miles on its wheezing cinematic ticker.
From the screenwriter of As Good As It Gets, And So It Goes breezes on by like an inferior retread of the same story. But without the charm or ingenuity. A bitter realtor, Oren Little (Douglas) is a drunk driving douchebag. Everybody in his apartment complex despises him because he hates dogs that defecate on his lawn, »
- Gem Seddon
I’m sure some critics will be dismissive of And So It Goes, writing it off as just another “geezer pleaser” (to use the term coined by Variety for entertainment that appeals to an older crowd). But this sweet film deserves a break, especially as it offers juicy leading roles to Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. Neither one of them sloughs off this romantic yarn: these are conscientious actors and it’s a pleasure to watch them work together. The screenplay, by Mark Andrus (As Good As It Gets), isn’t daring or highly original, but it offers its stars a vehicle that calls on both their comedic and dramatic chops. Director Rob Reiner knows this territory well and handles the material...
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- Leonard Maltin
Friday Am Update: Lucy and Hercules both did solid business on Thursday night. Lucy earned an estimated $2.75 million, while Hercules scored an estimated $2.1 million. Among Summer releases, Lucy is above The Purge: Anarchy ($2.6 million), while Hercules topped Edge of Tomorrow ($1.8 million). For the weekend, both movies are going to earn at least $20 million.Forecast: On the final weekend of July, two very different action movies will try to reverse the domestic box office's downward trend. Hercules has a much bigger budget and arguably more star power in Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but the sword-and-sandals epic doesn't appear to be connecting with moviegoers. In contrast, Lucy's eye-catching visuals and intriguing "what if" story has put it on pace for an opening north of $30 million, which should be enough to take first place this weekend.At the start of Summer, Lucy's box office potential didn't look so hot. The movie was scheduled for August 8th, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Here’s a film that tries to prove that the multiplex from May through September isn’t off-limits to the Aarp crowd. Hey, they like to get out of the heat for an escape to a cool theatre too! Usually a flick with a (ahem) more mature cast and subject is released in the late Fall or Winter. So, who’s giving you a chance to take the folks (or your auntie or “Nan-Nan”) to the cinema in July (hopefully far down the hall, away from those noisy action epics) ? Why, it’s none other than Mr. Rob Reiner (no meathead jokes or I’ll age myself), a big time feature director for thirty years now (three decades since Spinal Tap)!. And he’s reteamed with the Oscar-winning star of one of his most popular efforts, Michael Douglas from The American President. Whose co-star is another Oscar winner, Annie Hall herself, »
- Jim Batts
Hercules might be a legendary warrior, but Lucy’s brain capacity will likely prove too formidable a foe for the Greek demigod at the box office. The Scarlett Johansson-led action film looks poised to ravage Dwayne Johnson’s sword-and-sandals epic as both debut on 3,000+ screens this weekend.
Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes, starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas also opens in 1,800 theaters, which could possibly break the top five with $8 million, closing out a quiet and struggling July at the box office before Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy arrives next weekend.
Here’s how things might play out. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Written by Mark Andrus
Directed by Rob Reiner
While most movies end with ‘happily ever after’, real life is rarely that generous. Rob Reiner’s latest romantic-comedy, And So It Goes, ponders the challenges of love and loss for the senior set. Though it has the noblest of intentions, there’s just not enough romance or comedy to warrant a recommendation. Even the considerable charms of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton aren’t enough to distract you from the glacial pacing and familiar storylines.
Douglas plays Oren Little, an embittered widower whose only kind words are reserved for potential clients of his real estate agency. All Oren wants is to sell his family home and retire to a sleepy little village in Vermont. Living next door to him is the ever-cheery widow, Leah (Diane Keaton), who spends her evenings cultivating a second career as a middling lounge singer. »
- J.R. Kinnard
Distributed by Universal, “Lucy” will unroll across 3,172 theaters this weekend and should shoot up an estimated $36 million. That would be a nice return on a $40 million budget and a sign that audiences don’t always need their on-screen mayhem to arrive pre-branded, pre-merchandised and plucked from venerable comic books or toylines. It’s the rare original film that looks ready to upend the steady stream of same-olds.
Sadly, “Lucy’s” main competition, “Hercules,” is looking less than godly. Paramount and MGM’s $100 million re-imagining of the old Hydra killer is on track to debut to roughly $25 million across 3,600 locations, which would be a scrawny showing given the high cost of the production.
- Brent Lang
Dwayne Johnson's buff Hercules may be no match for Scarlett Johansson's Lucy, making for one of the most interesting action showdowns at the summer box office since action movies don't traditionally feature a female star. Hercules marks Brett Ratner's first directorial outing since the ill-fated Tower Heist in 2011. Photos Exclusive Portraits of 'Hercules' Star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson The weekend's other new nationwide offering is Rob Reiner's independent dramedy And So It Goes, starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. Clarius Entertainment opens the movie in roughly 1,800 locations, compared to more than 3,000 for Hercules and
- Pamela McClintock
In the July 25th release, And So It Goes, Michael Douglas leads as Oren Little. He lives in one unit of a waterfront fourplex he owns and he can’t stand a single tenant in any of the others. He’s got zero compassion, no patience and doesn’t care about anyone, but himself. Trouble is, when Oren’s got no choice but to be his granddaughter’s temporary guardian, he can’t do it alone. He needs help and lucky for him, Leah’s (Diane Keaton) willing to look past his bad attitude and do what she can to help Sarah (Sterling Jerins). Admittedly, my favorite part of this roundtable interview was telling director Rob Reiner my dog is named after Goride in Stand By Me and getting to hear about how he developed that character, but there’s also loads of interesting details on And So It Goes, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Chicago – Rob Reiner has lived two distinct show business lives. He played a major role in one of the most famous television shows in history, “All in the Family,” and broke out afterward as a classic American film director, with hits such as “This is Spinal Tap” and “The Princess Bride.” His latest film is “And So it Goes.”
The film stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, as an older couple discovering a connection that on the surface seems highly unlikely. This is Rob Reiner’s 15th feature film as director, after such classics as “The Sure Thing,” “Stand By Me,” “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Misery,” “A Few Good Men,” “The American President” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Michael Douglas last worked with Reiner when he portrayed the title character in “The American President.” Reiner himself performs a small supporting role in “And So it Goes.”
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Though none of the characters in “And So It Goes” wear fabulous clothes, vacation in scenic locales, or live in perfectly kept mansions with kitchens so catalog-ready they'd make Martha Stewart weep in envy, Rob Reiner‘s Nancy Meyers knock-off does peddle one irresistible fantasy: the idea that the right person could come along and magically rid you of all your faults, resentments, and unhappiness, painlessly transplanting another personality where yours used to be. Michael Douglas thus takes a page out of Jack Nicholson‘s “As Good As It Gets” playbook and gives us a few guilty chuckles as he plays the. »
- Inkoo Kang
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