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This weekend, "Straight Outta Compton" enjoyed a three-peat atop the box office chart, easily defeating three new wide releases. Which means that the end of summer is, sadly, finally here. So it's time to assess what will probably be Hollywood's most lucrative summer ever. Here are the winners and losers of the season.
Winner: The Overall Domestic Box Office
As of Sunday, the total summer take stands at $4.72 billion. That's up 14 percent from last year at this time, and slightly ahead of the $4.63 billion earned by August 30 of 2013, the previous record-holding summer.
Loser: Movie Stars
Arguably, only one of the summer's top 10 movies (Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation") depended a lot on star power to sell tickets. The rest (including "Jurassic World," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Minions," "Pitch Perfect 2," "Ant-Man," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "Straight Outta Compton") were sold based on their ensemble casts or their premises. »
- Gary Susman
There are only three rules when you come to Grandma’s house:
1) Eat as much as you want.
2) Have a great time.
3) Don’t ever leave your room after 9:30 p.m.
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit.
Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of Becca (Olivia Dejonge of The Sisterhood of Night) and her brother, Tyler (Ed Oxenbould of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), who are sent to their Nana (Tony Award winner Deanna Dunagan of TV’s Unforgettable) and Pop Pop’s (Peter McRobbie of Lincoln) remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip.
Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of ever getting back home to »
- Movie Geeks
Supergravity Pictures has some brand-new executive team members. The feature film studio, co-founded in 2014 by Marc Hustvedt and Max Benator, has hired Cody Zwieg as the studio’s Senior Vice President of Development and Production, as well as Mike Flavin as Supergravity’s Director of Development.
Zwieg arrives at Supergravity with a wealth of production experience from Hollywood. The executive worked on The Lazarus Effect with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions and on Apollo 18 for Dimension Films. Additionally, Zwieg served in various producer roles for Wes Craven films like The Hills Have Eyes and The Last House on the Left. Zwieg also held the title of VP of Production and Development at Craven’s Midnight Entertainment company.
“I'm thrilled to join a team that embraces new avenues for traditional storytelling,” said Zwieg in a release. “We are going to support strong voices and innovative perspectives at Supergravity.”
As for Flavin, »
- Bree Brouwer
It's not much of a leap to say that M. Night Shyamalan is at his best when he's telling small, contained stories. Give him a family, a farmhouse and some lights in the sky and he can do some amazing things. Give him a huge budget and an anime to adapt, and, well, it doesn't turn out quite so well. That's why we're so excited for Shyamalan's next movie, The Visit, that sees him partnering with low-budget horror maestro Jason Blum (Unfriended, The Purge). Not only does...
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Shyamalan, who has a new movie due in cinemas next month called The Visit, will start shooting the unnamed film in November, with Phoenix leading. That’s all we know about, except for the fact that Jason Blum will produce. Blum and Shyamalan teamed on The Visit, a very low-budget film that was made from just $5 million. The early bizz for that movie suggest that it is a return to form for the director of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, with the ‘secret movie‘ being picked up for international distribution by Universal. It’s quite a contrast to his last movie, the huge-budget, loss-making After Earth. »
- Paul Heath
We’re hearing very good things about writer/director M Night Shyamalan’s new film, The Visit. It’s a $5m production that Shyamalan funded himself, and it arrives in cinemas in early September. What's more, Shyamalan is following it up by seemingly signing Joaquin Phoenix up for his next project.
Phoenix has thus far appeared in Shyamalan's Signs and The Visit. And it seems that the pair are set to reunite for a third time. Phoenix is in negotiations to star in Shyamalan’s next film, which will start shooting in Philadelphia this November.
Jason Blum, who worked on The Visit, will be one of the producers on the thus-far mysterious new movie. As you might expect, pretty much everything about the new film is being kept under wraps for the time being. »
It's not much of a leap to say that M. Night Shyamalan is at his best when he's telling small, contained stories. Give him a family, a farmhouse, and some lights in the sky and he can do some amazing things. Give him a huge budget and an anime to adapt, and, well, it doesn't turn out quite so well. That's why we're so excited for Shyamalan's next movie, The Visit, that sees him partnering with low-budget horror maestro Jason Blum. Not only does the trailer look plenty freaky, but early buzz on the movie is fairly strong as well. And apparently Blum and Shyamalan are both happy with the result, too, because they're already planning their next movie together. But wait! It gets better! Not only are Shyamalan and Blum making another low budget genre...
- Peter Hall
The duo are in talks to join forces with horror mega-producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and The Purge) on a mysterious new project, reports TheWrap.
Plot details for the movie are being kept tightly under wraps at this early stage, but it is expected to enter production in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this November.
Television has been the focus for writer-director Shyamalan this year, with Fox launching his science fiction anthology series Wayward Pines. »
Deadline states that the new film will work on a smaller-scale budget than some of the bigger movies in Shyamalan’s filmography, closer to that of The Visit which cost around $5 million.
- Scott J. Davis
It’s been a full 11 years since Joaquin Phoenix and M. Night Shyamalan last collaborated for The Village, a somewhat divisive thriller that failed to match the box office heights of Signs, which drew in over $400 million worldwide in 2002. Nevertheless, fast forward to the here and now and Deadline reports that the pair are close to reuniting for a brand new project.
According to the outlet, Phoenix has entered negotiations to topline the as-yet-untitled film. Granted, his would-be collaboration with Shyamalan isn’t the only potential reunion on the cards, as the director’s latest is to be produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Pictures banner. Over the past few months, Shyamalan has worked in tandem with the horror maestro for his upcoming genre piece The Visit, itself described as a twisted, modernized take on the famed tale of Hansel and Gretel.
Little-to-no information has been released about the filmmaker »
- Michael Briers
Joaquin Phoenix and M. Night Shyamalan are looking to do another picture together, so apparently someone can stand being around the often-criticized filmmaker for more than one project. Phoenix is in negotiations to join Shyamalan for their third picture (Signs and The Village), with Jason Blum, who just worked with Shyamalan on The Visit, set to be released on September 11, lining up to produce the... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Twist master M. Night Shyamalan returns to the horror genre with next month’s The Visit, produced by Jason Blum’s hugely successful Blumhouse Productions. Now we’re getting word that filmmaker and producer are set to reunite on another project, so read… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
Joaquin Phoenix to reunite with M. Night Shyamalan According to Deadline, three-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Walk the Line) is set to reunite with filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, The Visit) on a new, untitled film project from producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious). Phoenix previously worked with the director…
- Max Evry
With Wayward Pines drawing decent reviews on TV and some buzz about his latest film, The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan is hoping for a career upswing after the likes of The Last Airbender and After Earth. He’s got a new, untitled movie set up with Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, and he has Joaquin Phoenix negotiating for a lead role.The pair, of course, are old collaborators, with Phoenix having appeared in both Signs and The Village. This new one is being kept a closely guarded secret, but it will, as is often the case with the director, shoot in Philadelphia (he likes to stay close to home with most of his movies). And, like The Visit – budgeted at Blumhouse’s standard $5 million, which Shyamalan put up himself – it’ll be another less expensive effort. Especially compared to the last time Phoenix worked with him. Shyamalan will start the »
Shyamalan would direct with Jason Blum on board to produce through his Blumhouse Pictures banner.
As with any Shyamalan project, plot details are under lock and key, but the project will likely include elements of the supernatural. Given Blum’s involvement, the project’s budget will probably be relatively small, which would be more on par with Shyamalan’s “The Visit,” another Blum-produced pic that bows next month.
Marc Bienstock also produces, while Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider are on board as exec producers. Production is expected to start this November in Philadelphia. The film is currently not set up at a studio.
- Justin Kroll
After a string of flops that did some damage to his sterling reputation, M. Night Shyamalan seems poised for a comeback with his thriller The Visit this fall. It must be pretty good, because it's convinced one of his more famous collaborators to reunite with the innovative, yet much maligned, filmmaker. Though, at this time, there is not much more to go on than the talent behind the project.
After appearing in M. Night Shyamalan's third blockbuster smash Signs in 2002, Joaquin Phoenix was quick to rejoin the director for 2004's The Village. But that thriller was the first sign that interest was starting to wane in M. Night Shyamalan, and some of the magic was drifting away. The pair haven't made a movie since, with more than ten years passing. Now, the duo are ready to reunite for an untitled project. Though it isn't know if this will be a thriller, »
Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to reunite with M. Night Shyamalan on a new feature film, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. The two had previously worked together on 2002’s “Signs” and 2004’s “The Village.” Shyamalan is also reuniting with producer Jason Blum, with whom he worked on Universal’s upcoming horror film “The Visit.” See Video: 'The Visit' Trailer Teases Worst Trip to Grandma's House Ever (Video) Blum will produce the new project, which is set to begin filming this November in Philadelphia. The plot is being kept under wraps. Marc Bienstock is also producing, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Exclusive: Joaquin Phoenix is in negotiations to reunite with M. Night Shyamalan for a new feature project that will start shooting in November in the director’s hometown of Philadelphia. The project will also bring Shyamalan back together with Jason Blum, who will produce. The two worked together most recently on upcoming Universal release The Visit. Marc Bienstock also produces, while Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider are on board as exec producers. As with most… »
The new film will be done for a fairly small budget, and plot details are being kept under tight wraps.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Nothing can stop "Straight Outta Compton."
The N.W.A. biopic smashed expectations last weekend with its $60.2 million debut, and it showed little sign of slowing down this weekend, when it remained on top with an estimated $26.8 million and a ten-day total of $111.5 million. The movie wasn't hurt by any of the obstacles it faced this week, including the premieres of three new wide releases and several days of bad press over "Compton"'s airbrushing of N.W.A. co-founder Dr. Dre's history of abusive behavior toward women.
Despite all that, the combined total earned by this week's three newcomers added up to less than what "Compton" earned in its second weekend. "Sinister 2" opened in third place (behind four-week-old "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation") with an estimated $10.6 million. "Hitman: Agent 47" came in fourth with an estimated $8.2 million. And "American Ultra" opened at No. 6 with an estimated $5.5 million.
Each of these movies »
- Gary Susman
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