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Zac Efron's new film did manage to crack into a top ten list when it opened this weekend - unfortunately, it isn't the kind of list any actor would want to have on his resume.
We Are Your Friends opened with $1.8 million this weekend, a figure that landed the film at number four on the list of the worst wide-release debuts in box office history, reports Entertainment Weekly.
The list compiles the films that generated the worst box office openings for films that opened in 2000 theatres or more on their debut weekend.
The story of Efron's aspiring DJ trails behind 2008's Delgo and 2012's Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure, which take first and second place respectively, and also managed to score a bigger box office than last year's 10th anniversary re-release of Saw.
We Are Your Friends follows DJ Cole Carter (Efron) as he gets the chance of »
Efron puts in a smart performance as a would-be DJ facing new frontiers
This Eden-lite affair may not be the Saturday Night Fever for the 21st century for which director/co-writer Max Joseph was aiming, but it certainly marks a return to intriguing form for Zac Efron after the patience-testing trials of That Awkward Moment and Bad Neighbours. Efron plays Cole, a wannabe DJ holed up in the sun-drenched wasteland of the Valley, gazing across the hills in search of a better tomorrow. By day he holds down a miserable job cold-calling lonely mortgage defaulters; by night he twiddles knobs in the supremely uncinematic manner of the modern mixmaster – a man with a laptop and a pair of headphones. But when a chance encounter with Wes Bentley’s spiky superstar opens his eyes to wider horizons, Cole finds himself torn between old loyalties and new frontiers. The story is paper-thin, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Final Girl, 2015
Directed by Tyler Shields
A man teaches a young woman how to become a complete weapon. Later she is approached by a group of sadistic teens who kill blonde women for unknown reasons. The hunting season begins.
Abigail Breslin plays Veronica, a young girl who was taken in by mentor William (Wes Bently) after her parents were murdered. Over the next twelve years, William teaches Veronica to be a lethal assassin that will attack, hunt and kill predatory men. Her first target? A Riot Club-esque group of White Privileged Males who take innocent girls out into the woods to hunt for fun. »
- Luke Owen
Fair Weather Daydreams: Joseph’s Debut Mixes Surprising Energy into Vapid SoCo Slush
From its familiar yet nicely edited introductory credits, to its sweaty palmed electro enhanced climax, Max Joseph’s Bpm booming coming-of-age drama We Are Your Friends sometimes surprises by tapping into an energetic vein of youth on a precipice. But an intense focus on extra sensory visual flourishes meant to channel all the right vibes tends to distract from more important necessary developments, mainly the creation of empathetic characters. Instead, this tepid gaggle of immature San Fernando Valley bros comprises an achingly obnoxious focal point the film never recovers from, no matter how sincere lead Zac Efron desperately appeals to us as the mostly reasonable protagonist.
Cole (Efron) feels trapped in the sticky wasteland known as the San Fernando Valley. Estranged from his parents, he lives on the couch of best friend Mason (Johnny Weston). In a flash of sporadic voiceover, »
- Nicholas Bell
'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »
- Zac Gille
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The world is ours. Now playing in theaters everywhere is Max Joseph's We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron as a budding DJ in Los Angeles trying to make a name for himself. The fun cast in this dance music movie includes Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski as Sophie, plus Jonny Weston, Shiloh Fernandez, Alex Shaffer and Jon Bernthal. Efron learns that he needs to trust himself to make the most of his creativity. So how is it? Does this actually have something to say? Is it worth seeing? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on We Are Your Friends. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. »
- Alex Billington
Director: Tyler Shields
Running Time: 90 mins
Tyler Shields has made a splash over the years as a Hollywood photographer, so it makes perfect sense his directorial debut would be a horror movie. Having said that, the crowd at FrightFest may well be divided over Final Girl, which sits as a curate’s egg amongst today’s crop of cinematic nightmares.
The convoluted story opens with a sinister scene where a young girl is interrogated by a shadowy, suited type (Wes Bentley) in sparse, concrete surroundings. Flash forward to over a decade later and Bentley has trained the girl – Veronica (Abigail Breslin) – as a party-dress-wearing death machine, programmed as bait for a group of psychotic teenage »
- Steve Palace
Hitting theaters Friday, “We Are Your Friends” is a bro-tastic ode to electronic music and friendship in the San Fernando Valley — but it’s hard to miss Emily Ratajkowski, Zac Efron‘s leading lady in the film. Ratajkowski, the breakout star of Robin Thicke‘s 2013 music video for “Blurred Lines” and star of this summer’s “Entourage,” plays an assistant to Wes Bentley‘s headlining DJ James — and the object of desire for Efron’s aspiring DJ, Cole. Ratajkowski never gets near the turntables, so TheWrap inquired about her favorite music ahead of the movie’s release — and we were pleasantly surprised by her taste. »
- Matt Donnelly
Zac Efron‘s “We Are Your Friends” barely made a sound when debuting at the box office on Thursday with just $175,000, while Sony’s religious drama “War Room” grossed $600,000 from 1,017 theaters. “We Are Your Friends,” directed by Max Joseph (“Catfish”), is expected to earn $7 million to $9 million this weekend from 2,333 theaters. Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley co-star with Efron, who takes the lead as a young DJ trying to make it in Los Angeles’ Edm scene. “War Room” is the latest Christian-themed feature from Georgia-based filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick. Produced with a $3 million budget, it is expected »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Sony’s Christian drama launched with $600,000 at 1,017 locations at Thursday preview screenings, while Warner Bros.’ DJ movie generated a mild $175,000.
“We Are Your Friends” expands to 2,333 locations on Friday. It’s expected to take in about $9 million this weekend, while “War Room” has been forecast for a launch in the $5 million range. “War Room,” which is going out through Sony’s TriStar label, has been the leader in advance sales in recent days.
However, Universal’s “Straight Outta Compton” is set to top the box office for the third consecutive weekend with roughly $15 million.
The Weinstein Co.’s political thriller “No Escape,” which opened Wednesday with $1.2 million at 3,007 theaters and adds 343 locations Friday, should also gross about $9 million for the Friday-Sunday period.
“We Are Your Friends” is firmly pegged at younger women, »
- Dave McNary
Notorious snapper Tyler Shields has made his directorial debut with horror film Final Girl. It’s safe to say when Shields puts his name to something it isn’t going to be run of the mill, and that’s certainly the case here.
A tense, atmospheric and above all strange tale of revenge, it stars Abigail Breslin as a young assassin charged with wiping out a group of teen psychopaths and Wes Bentley as her grizzled mentor. I got on the Fifties-style phone for a look past the movie’s Americana exterior and into the bloody, beating heart beneath…
The film is arguably quite unusual. What drew you to this story?
Oh Steve, I wouldn’t say it’s arguably unusual, I’d say it’s very unusual! »
- Steve Palace
We Are Your Friends presents a world populated by sex-and-cash-and-booze-crazed twenty-somethings who live to hear electronic music and dance the night away. Zach Effron stars as Cole, an aspiring “laptop DJ” in the San Fernando Valley. Cole has a soulless day job working for a sleazy predatory loan outfit headed by John Bernthal. Along with his three pals – aspiring actor/drug dealer Ollie (Shiloh Fernandez), loudmouth Mason (Jonny Weston), and thoughtful Squirrel (Alex Shaffer) – Cole spends his evenings promoting parties, spinning music, and ingesting drugs. A friendship develops between Cole and bigshot DJ James Reed (Wes Bentley), a fallen former ‘superstar’ of laptop DJ-ing, who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated when Cole falls for James’ bored younger girlfriend/assistant Sophie (Emily Rataikowski). Along the way, there are more drugs, tragedies, and romances that sizzle and fizzle.
On the surface, We Are Your Friends has an authentic feel. »
- Tom Stockman
Zac Efron‘s pretty face and sweet beats may be the only thing that keeps his new DJ drama, “We Are Your Friends,” from flatlining, according to critics. The coming-of-age story follows an aspiring DJ (Efron) from the San Fernando Valley as he tries to break into the Los Angeles music scene. Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”) and Wes Bentley (“Interstellar”) co-star in the film drawing mixed reviews ahead of its opening weekend. With just a 43 percent approval rating from critics counted so far on Rotten Tomatoes, negative reactions cite a boring storyline, the jarring special effects and Ratajkowski’s lackluster performance. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Hot on the heels of unleashing their American Horror Story: Hotel photos yesterday, EW is back with a new batch (see below) focused on Lady Gaga as The Countess, "a glamorous but deadly creature who sustains on a healthy diet of sex and blood." One photo in particular that stands out shows The Countess sitting next to three blood-slurping children, who The Countess has "kidnapped / adopted."
With popularity for FX's American Horror Story continuing to rise, showrunner Ryan Murphy told EW that airing two seasons—one in the fall and one in the spring—in the timespan of one year in the near future (beginning in 2016) could possibly happen. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on American Horror Story: Hotel, »
- Derek Anderson
In an excerpt from this week’s Guardian film show Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard watch Zac Efron take to the wheels of steel as a young DJ hoping to move the hearts and minds of a generation of clubbers with his own brand of bland, relentless Edm. Co-starring Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley, We Are Your Friends is released in the UK on Friday 28 August
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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Dan Susman, Henry Barnes and Andrea Salvatici
Set slap dab in the middle of the Edm (electronic dance music) scene, We Are Your Friends is your typical coming of age tale with Zac Efron as Cole Carter, a struggling young DJ who just wants to strike it big and become a major record producer. With superstar DJ James (Wes Bentley) as his mentor, Cole sees his dreams almost coming through, but when he falls for James’ girlfriend Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski), some difficult decisions must be made about his future. If you look at that synopsis and feel you’ve seen this story before, you are right, and that’s the major problem with We Are Your Friends as director Max Joseph (co-host of Catfish: The TV Show) can’t save this from just being painfully generic. There is some promise from the opening frame, with Joseph making some nifty stylistic choices in an attempt to make this something different. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Coinciding with its release today a new clip and featurette have arrived online for writer-director Max Joseph’s coming of age drama We Are Your Friends which stars Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Jon Bernthal, Shiloh Fernandez and Wes Bentley. Check them out below…
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for We Are Your Friends
We Are Your Friends is about what it takes to find your voice. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Zac Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Wes Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski). With Cole’s »
- Gary Collinson
Which superhero did Suicide Squad‘s Margot Robbie almost play? Why did Pierce Brosnan turn down Tim Burton‘s Batman? Which caped hero does Wes Bentley wish he could play? What’s the Supergirl pilot about? Why does Megalyn Echikunwoke think the world needs Vixen? How pissed off does Nick Fury look in his Hot Toys figure? Read about all […]
- Angie Han
At first glance “We Are Your Friends” may look like a shameless attempt for Hollywood to jump on the popularity of Edm (that stands for electronic dance music for everyone out there who remembers when it was called house or techno). Movie history is littered with terrible (and a few not-so terrible) films trying to make a buck off the trendy offerings of disco, punk, hip-hop, grunge and even good ol’ fashioned rock n’roll. While you can’t discount that potential marketing element in the film’s financing, director and director Max Joseph and his co-screenwriter Meaghan Oppenheimer have significantly larger aspirations. In fact, they have some teaching to do. Before we dive into that intriguing prospect, however, let’s meet the “Friends” in question. The film centers on four longtime friends who are marshaling their resources in an attempt to break free of the shackles of growing up »
- Gregory Ellwood
FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel” will open for business on Oct. 7, and as check-in time approaches, new details are starting to emerge about the many twisted characters who inhabit Ryan Murphy’s latest macabre playground.
Entertainment Weekly’s “Hotel” cover story sheds a little more light on Lady Gaga’s mysterious Countess, previously described by Murphy as a bisexual “wealthy social doyenne” who is “consumed with art and fashion and people, and she has a nefarious plan that is revealed in the first episode.”
According to EW, Gaga’s Countess — who owns the titular Hotel Cortez — sustains herself with a nutritious diet of sex and blood, but Murphy hesitates to call her (or her lovers, Matt Bomer’s Donovan and Finn Wittrock’s Tristan) vampires… “I prefer the term ‘ancient blood virus,'” he says. “It’s not vampires. It’s really a form of hemophilia in a way. »
- Variety Staff
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