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7 items from 2004


'Hero' leads charge at weekend boxoffice

30 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In a surprisingly strong late-summer showing, Miramax's Hero conquered audiences in North America and easily captured first place this weekend with $18 million at the boxoffice, according to Monday's final figures. The debut for the Jet Li starrer, from writer-director Zhang Yimou, was the second-biggest opening of all time for a foreign-language film after Newmarket's The Passion of the Christ. Slithering into the second spot was Screen Gems' Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid. The relatively low-budget sequel from director Dwight Little wrapped up $12.8 million in its debut, in the area expected and slightly less than the $16.6 million of the original film. The frame's only other wide releases were Paramount's Suspect Zero and Sony's Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 from Triumph -- both films opened unspectacularly to less than $4 million each. Suspect, a crime thriller starring Ben Kingsley, Aaron Eckhart and Carrie-Anne Moss and directed by E. Elias Merhige, which cost less than $10 million, was in the 10th spot with $3.4 million. While Superbabies, a family-aimed comedy helmed by Bob Clark, that also carried a low budget, placed 11th with $3.3 million. »

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'Hero' leads charge at weekend boxoffice

30 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In a surprisingly strong late-summer showing, Miramax's Hero conquered audiences in North America and easily captured first place this weekend with $18 million at the boxoffice, according to Monday's final figures. The debut for the Jet Li starrer, from writer-director Zhang Yimou, was the second-biggest opening of all time for a foreign-language film after Newmarket's The Passion of the Christ. Slithering into the second spot was Screen Gems' Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid. The relatively low-budget sequel from director Dwight Little wrapped up $12.8 million in its debut, in the area expected and slightly less than the $16.6 million of the original film. The frame's only other wide releases were Paramount's Suspect Zero and Sony's Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 from Triumph -- both films opened unspectacularly to less than $4 million each. Suspect, a crime thriller starring Ben Kingsley, Aaron Eckhart and Carrie-Anne Moss and directed by E. Elias Merhige, which cost less than $10 million, was in the 10th spot with $3.4 million. While Superbabies, a family-aimed comedy helmed by Bob Clark, that also carried a low budget, placed 11th with $3.3 million. »

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Cruise Seeks a New 'Mission' Director

20 July 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Superstar actor Tom Cruise needs a new director for Mission Impossible 3 following film-maker Joe Carnahan's dramatic decision to quit. The Jerry Maguire star - who is reprising his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt for the third time - is now hunting for a replacement. Carnahan cited "creative differences" as his reason for leaving the project. Studio Paramount have already delayed the film's release date until June 2005 but filming is scheduled to begin next month in Berlin, Germany. Mission Impossible 3 boasts an impressive cast including Scarlett Johansson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kenneth Branagh and Ving Rhames. »

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Sexy Scarlett's New Mission

29 April 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sexy Lost In Translation star Scarlett Johansson is teaming up with Tom Cruise for Mission: Impossible 3. The blonde beauty will join Carrie-Anne Moss, Ving Rhames and Kenneth Branagh in the blockbuster, which starts shooting this summer. The movie is scheduled to hit cinemas next summer. »

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'Impossible' assignment for Branagh

27 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kenneth Branagh is joining Tom Cruise and Carrie-Anne Moss in Mission: Impossible 3 for C/W Prods. and Paramount Pictures. Branagh, who recently appeared in a London production of David Mamet's play Edmund and the feature film Five Children and It, has signed on for the spy action-adventure. Although there is an expectation that he will be unmasked as one of the villains, few details were available on the character Branagh will play. Further casting is under way on the sequel, which is due to go into production in late summer. »

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'Impossible' assignment for Branagh

27 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kenneth Branagh is joining Tom Cruise and Carrie-Anne Moss in Mission: Impossible 3 for C/W Prods. and Paramount Pictures. Branagh, who recently appeared in a London production of David Mamet's play Edmund and the feature film Five Children and It, has signed on for the spy action-adventure. Although there is an expectation that he will be unmasked as one of the villains, few details were available on the character Branagh will play. Further casting is under way on the sequel, which is due to go into production in late summer. »

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Moss accepts third 'Mission'

20 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Carrie-Anne Moss -- no stranger to high-profile action sequels after her turns in the three Matrix movies -- has signed on to Mission: Impossible 3 for Cruise Wagner Prods. and Paramount Pictures. Moss will take a leading role in the sequel, which will see Tom Cruise reprise his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt. Emmanuelle Beart and Thandie Newton played the female leads in 1996's Mission: Impossible and 2000's sequel M:I-2, respectively. Aiming for an August start date, C/W Prods. has recently been scouting locations in Ghana and Berlin. Moss is in production on an untitled Arie Posin feature about a disaffected teenager starring Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot). That project is shooting in Valencia, Calif. Moss is repped by WMA, manager Elizabeth Hodgson and attorney Robert Lang. »

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