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<< Continued from "Weekend Report"Playing at 361 theaters, spy thriller A Most Wanted Man cracked the Top 10 with $2.7 million. That's the second-biggest opening ever for distributor Roadside Attractions, and is noticeably higher than last year's Mud ($2.2 million). With strong reviews and built-in curiosity surrounding the final lead role from Philip Seymour Hoffman, this should be a solid performer in the weeks ahead.Richard Linklater's Boyhood expanded to 107 theaters and earned $1.73 million this weekend ($16,121 average). The movie has now earned $4.1 million, which ranks fifth all-time for distributor IFC Films. According to IFC, there will be an aggressive expansion over the next few weeks that will include a national television advertising campaign. It's unclear exactly how high this can go, but a total north of $15 million seems like a likely outcome.Gabriel Iglesias stand-up flick The Fluffy Movie opened to $1.3 million from 432 theaters. In comparison, Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain »
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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>
I was originally planning on waiting to take another look at the Golden Globe awards and my predictions for that precursor until the summer was over, but with the festival announcements in full swing, it seems like a nice time to approach these again. Next week brings new Oscar predictions on my part (also informed by the New York and Toronto Film Festival announcements), so this is a good way to bide our time until then. There’s certainly a bit of a separation between the two, so it’s a far cry from the same sort of predictions, as you’ve probably already gathered by now. The Globes and the Oscars are very different animals, to say the least. You can argue about the actual impact that the former has on the latter, but at the very bare minimum, it influences perception, so it must be reckoned with to some degree. »
- Joey Magidson
Zach Braff, watch your back. On Tuesday night's “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart discussed Rupert Murdoch's bid to buy Time Warner and incorporate it into 21st Century Fox. The story went over the multiple ramifications of the deal, and included the obligatory joke about Time Warner telling Murdoch's people, ‘to wait at home for their answer between noon and six Pm.” A better line was calling him the “date rapist of media barons… with all due respect” as he discussed Murdoch's penchant to not take “no” for an answer when he goes after a media property. Also Read: How Much More Will. »
- Joel Keller
Way Out West, the music and film event in Gothenberg, Sweden that runs Aug 7-9, will host the world premiere of Alexandra Dahlstrom’s All We Have Is Now [pictured], about the band Vulkano. Dahlstrom is a Swedish actress who makes her feature directorial debut.
Other world premieres at Way Out West will be Liza Morberg’s coming of age story Alone Together, about a group of friends on their way to the music festival; Klas Sivertson’s 7 Stripes; and Mia Thermænius’ The Group And The Gentlemen!.
The festival will also offer a gala screening of Ruben Ostlund’s Cannes hit Force Majeure (aka Turist) [a Nordic premiere], plus the Nordic premiere of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Other titles include Goran Hugo Olsson’s Concerning Violence.
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In the movie, which Braff directed and co-wrote with his brother, he plays a struggling actor who ends up home-schooling his kids. He finds that for all the lessons he imparts, he gets some right back from his children.
In the clip, wife Kate Hudson tries (not very hard) to protest his colorful language, his kids decide to jump into the cursing pool with him. Watch to see how foul-mouthed the family can get!
"Wish I Was Here" is playing in select theaters nationwide.
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- Kelly Woo
Did Kate Hudson binge watch Paula Abdul music videos before getting dressed for the day? Or maybe she made a killer Pandora station from a combo of Real McCoy and vintage Mariah Carey tunes? Somehow this modern celeb decided she wanted to take a trip down fashion memory lane with a spandex suit fit for a Richard Simmons sweat session. We'd be more critical if it didn't look so totally killer on the mom of two's body! Look at that flawless fit! Who cares if it belongs on an episode of So You Think You Can Dance. Kate Hudson thinks she can rock a skintight, one-piece body suit, and she's right. We just hope Zach Braff's co-star is headed straight from her Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon »
In Wish I Was Here Aiden Bloom (Zach Braff) is a family man and struggling actor - still waiting for his big break in Hollywood. A father of two, Aiden is supported by his hard-working wife, Sarah (Kate Hudson), who holds down an unrewarding data entry job so that her husband can attend casting auditions and chase his dreams. Aiden’s own father, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), also lends a hand, paying for the Bloom children, Grace (Joey King) and Tucker (Pierce Gagnon), to attend a Jewish private school.
However, when mounting medical costs and deteriorating health cause Saul to default on the tuition payments, Aiden is forced to face reality: he’s 35 years old, pursuing a dream that is unlikely to pan out, while neglecting his family, house, and self-worth. Unsure of what to ...
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- Ben Kendrick
Going away to summer camp is a time-honored tradition, offering kids and teens the chance to make new friends, see new places, and experience life away from home. But it’s not all bonfires and mosquito nets for the sleepaway camps on our list. Check out some of the best-known summer camps for young performers—and the major celebrity alumni! Stagedoor Manor (New York)What do Natalie Portman, Lea Michele, Jon Cryer, and Robert Downey Jr. have in common? Among other things, they all spent childhood summers treading the boards at Stagedoor Manor. Located in Loch Sheldrake N.Y., Stagedoor is one of the most famous performing arts camps in the world. It was the subject of the 2006 documentary “Stagedoor,” Mickey Rapkin’s book “Theatre Geek: The Real Life Drama of a Summer at Stagedoor Manor,” and the inspiration for the 2003 independent film “Camp.” Other notable alums include Mandy Moore, »
In Wish I Was Here, the first film Garden State’s Zach Braff has directed in 10 years, Braff plays struggling actor Aidan Bloom, whose dreams are now standing in the way of his responsibility as a husband, father, and son. His wealthy, conservative-Jewish father (Mandy Patinkin) has always bankrolled his kids’ private school, but when the older man’s cancer returns, he tells his son that he can’t foot the bill anymore. Aidan’s wife (Kate Hudson) is already doing everything she can to keep her family upright, so it falls on Aidan to homeschool his children.
“I came »
- Jeff Labrecque
By now, the story of Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff's partially-crowdfunded sophomore film, is well-known, which is why we're happy Braff is digging into some of the details of the campaign. Details that include the odd requests made by donors. Braff was on Late Night Monday, and he revealed one of the more unique requests made by a donor regarding one of the "perks" for making a donation: Specifically, a personalized voicemail recorded by Braff. "I had this one who was a dentist, and he wanted me to read, like, a greeting for the people in his waiting room, »
- Alex Heigl
Though it was television’s Scrubs that made him a household name, Zach Braff has seen considerable success on the big screen as well. His directorial debut, Garden State, is loved by many and is, to some people, an absolute classic. So, it was with great anticipation that his second stab at taking the director’s seat, Wish I Was Here, landed in theatres.
Though the film isn’t receiving as much praise as Braff’s first time behind the camera did, Wish I Was Here is still a heartfelt and thoughtful effort from the actor/director, and one which I am glad to have seen. For those unfamiliar with the plot, it follows “a thirtysomething man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.”
- Ben Kenber
It's safe to say that Zach Braff has no desire to be the subject of one of Taylor Swift's tunes. The 39-year-old star spoke with Howard Stern for his eponymous talk show on Monday, where he denied the rumors that he once dated Taylor Swift in addition to sharing why he prefers to couple up with women outside of the industry. Braff, whose famous exes include Bonnie Somerville and Mandy Moore, quickly fired back after Stern suggested that Zach and Taylor are "very, very, very close friends." "I've met Taylor a few times and she's a sweet girl...but that was all Internet bulls--t," the Scrubs star said. "They [the tabloids] said I was dating her, I met her twice, she's a »
All challengers fell under the mighty force of Andy Serkis in motion capture pajamas.
It was a battle of sequels this weekend, with returning champion Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes throwing down against The Purge: Anarchy. However, despite a commendably strong showing from The Purge, it still couldn't take down the mighty force of Andy Serkis's ape army.
While horror fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Purge: Anarchy – the film that capitalizes on the brilliant premise that all crime is legal for one night of the year, which was established in the first film and then immediately squandered on a mediocre home invasion plot – watching psychos murder each other in the streets of La didn't carry as much water as watching psycho primates murder humans all across the country.
Watch: How 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Made the Ape Come To Life
And as for the weekend's »
On strong word-of-mouth, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held the top spot for the second weekend in a row. Among the new releases, The Purge: Anarchy put up solid business in second place, while Planes: Fire & Rescue missed the mark and Sex Tape flopped.The Top 12 earned an estimated $134.5 million this weekend. That's off 26 percent from the same frame last year; overall, July box office is down over 30 percent year-to-year.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes eased 50 percent to $36 million. In comparison, the other major Summer sequels*The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers: Age of Extinction*all fell at least 61 percent at the same point. That drop is also roughly on par with Rise of the Planet of the Apes (49 percent).That strong hold can be attributed to positive reviews and word-of-mouth, and unimpressive competition from this weekend's newcomers. Overall, the Apes sequel has earned $139 million, »
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Zach Braff's Kickstarter-funded “Wish I Was Here’ opened in 68 theaters and did decent this weekend, but Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood” stole the show at the specialty box office with a very strong second week. Expanding from five to 34 theaters, “Boyhood” brought in nearly $1.2 million for an impressive $35,230 per-screen average, according to distributor IFC Films. “This film is the real deal,” said Mark Boxer, sr. vice-president of sales and distribution at IFC. ”It's at 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and the word of mouth is through the roof as reflected by eye-popping exit polls this weekend and minimal drop at last. »
- Todd Cunningham
The big story at a specialty box office dominated by uneven Sundance 2014 openings and expansions is that Richard Linklater's word-of-mouth and critical success "Boyhood" (IFC) shows significant crossover potential. Meantime, an unusually wide opening for Zach Braff's Kickstarter project "Wish I Was Here" (Focus Features) opened strongly, while Mike Cahill's existential "I Origins" came up flat in its more limited debut. Opening: "Wish I Was Here" (Focus) - Criticwire: C+; Metacritic: 43; Festivals include: 2014/Sundance $495,000 in 68 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $7,249 The new Focus team under Peter Schlessel plunked down a reported $2.5 million plus a significant wide P & A commitment for actor-director Zach Braff's follow-up to his successful 2004 "Garden State" ($26.7 million). Pre-Sundance, "Wish I Was Here" had already gained attention for raising much of its production cost via Kickstarter. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Boyhood continued to muscle into the Specialty Box Office in its second frame amid an expansion, even while the weekend’s newcomers showed mixed numbers. Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here and Mike Cahill‘s I Origins, second films from both writer/directors, bowed with averages in the low $7K range. IFC Films‘ Boyhood opened last week with the year’s second highest PTA among limited-release titles and only compounded its star status in expansion. The Richard Linklater-directed feature added 29 locations, grossing nearly $1.2 million in 34 theaters, a stellar $35,230 per-screen average and a $1,848,050 two-week cume. Boyhood’s mid- to long-term momentum appears assured […] »
Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s… After a Friday night showdown that heavily tipped the scales in favor of the survival-horror thriller The Purge: Anarchy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes came back strong this weekend to take the No. 1 spot at the box office.
The Apes sequel, starring motion-capture master Andy Serkis as the hyper-evolved higher primate named Caesar, collected $36 million for the weekend, according to Sunday estimates. Meanwhile, The Purge: Anarchy, a follow-up to last year’s nightmare-inducer about a 12-hour period when no crime is illegal, garnered only $28.3 million.
The Purge wasn’t entirely beloved by its terror-craving audience, »
- Anthony Breznican
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes lands in the #1 spot for the second weekend in a row, bringing in $36 million, raising its domestic cume to $138 million in ten days, but one newcomer did hold its own in the face of the apes... The Purge: Anarchy proves people don't care if they didn't like the first film in a franchise, you promise more of the same and they'll show up in hordes. The sequel to last year's The Purge brought in an estimated $28.3 million, which is less than the $34 million the previous film opened with a year ago, but when you more than triple your production budget in three days I think you've done something right. Of course, the production budget is one thing, the marketing budget on this thing had to be huge. Next up, another animated family film fails to inspire parents to take their kids to the »
- Brad Brevet
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