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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
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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
The Apes still rule.
Universal’s micro-budget chiller “The Purge: Anarchy” brought out the horror-buffs, propelling the sequel to last summer’s break-out hit to a $28.4 million debut from 2,804 locations, but that wasn’t enough to unseat 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” The well-reviewed sequel racked up $36 million in its second week of release, becoming only the second film this summer to hold on to the box office crown for consecutive weekends.
Columbia Pictures’ “Sex Tape” went limp this weekend. The Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel cloud-based farce bowed in fourth place to a lackluster $15 million from 3,062 locations, apparently hurt by poor reviews and a glut of R-rated comedies this summer.
“People really like the movie, but I think the title confused some folks and the film is in fact a sweet, funny romantic comedy,” said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution. »
- Brent Lang
People preferred watching endorsed societal collapse than talking cartoon planes or awkward yuppie sex this weekend it would seem.
"The Purge: Anarchy" topped the Friday box office this week with $13 million ahead of a projected $27-30 million total for the weekend. That's a little behind last year's predecessor which came in at $16.8 million for its opening day ahead of a $34 million weekend. Still, with 'Anarchy' costing just $9 million to produce - it's already in the black.
While "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" came in second on Friday with $10.4 million, it is expected to move ahead of 'Purge' today and garner $34 million for its second weekend - one of the better tentpole declines of the summer at just 53%.
- Garth Franklin
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Wish I Was Here.] Ashley Greene is only in a few scenes of Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here, but the Twilight alum plays a significant role in Josh Gad's character's storyline. Gad's Noah, the brother of Braff's lead character Aidan, begins the film shut off from his family and other people, holed up in the trailer he lives in. But as he pursues his Comic Con-attending neighbor Janine, played by Greene, he begins to express himself more, though he's unable to reconnect with his estranged father, played by Mandy Patinkin, who's dying of
- Hilary Lewis
The top stories of the week from Toh! Features: 9 Films to See in Theaters or Stream at Home This Weekend, From "I Origins" to "The Immigrant" Career Watch: Stealth Rising Star Jason Clarke Breaks Out in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Akira Kurosawa Talk Film, Writing and "Rhapsody in August" in 1991 Why The Beatles Matter to the Future of Repertory Film Festivals: David Ansen's Departure from Los Angeles Film Festival Signals New Direction for Fest Films That Popped at Karlovy Vary, from Live Bjork and Primal Behavior to Tracking a Revolution Interviews: Debra Granik on the Demand for the Salacious, "for fast, cheap and out of control" "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" Author Peter Biskind Looks Back at the New Hollywood Screen Talk: Festival Updates, Fall Hopefuls, New Openers from Woody Allen to Zach Braff, Fox vs. Time Warner News: Nathan Rabin Is Sorry He. »
The annual Purge is being felt at the box office. Universal's horror sequel "The Purge: Anarchy" was No. 1 with moviegoers on Friday night, scaring up a solid $13 million, but holdover "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" may end up winning the weekend. "Anarchy" is expected to earn around $30 million for the weekend. So far, it's trailing its 2013 predecessor, with opened to $16.8 on its way to a $34.1 million opening weekend. However, "Anarchy" only cost around $9 million to produce and will have no problem turning a profit -- and no doubt spawning another sequel. Meanwhile, "Dawn" -- the sequel to 2011's hit "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" -- placed second on Friday, earning a strong $10.4 million. With Friday night out of the way, it will likely end up pulling ahead of "Purge" to win the weekend. So far, "Dawn" has earned an impressive $113.3 million domestically. There's some bad news »
- Dave Lewis
20th Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is still king of the jungle, according to early box office estimates.
With a projected $35 million weekend, Fox’s holdover leads newcomers “The Purge: Anarchy,” “Sex Tape” and “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” all of which could play above $20 million in a busy summer frame for Hollywood.
“The Purge” sequel looks to total 12% less than the original’s opening weekend last year with $34 million, but with a low cost of $9 million, the horror title’s profitability should be scary good.
Disney’s “Planes,” meanwhile, is expected to land in fourth place with $21 million. The first “Planes »
- Stuart Oldham
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