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For the second consecutive year, Warner Bros. Pictures International has exceeded the coveted $3 billion mark at the international box office. This benchmark comes on the heels of the release of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, which surpassed $400 million at the international box office this weekend and is still going strong.
Nine Warner Bros. Pictures films have exceeded $100 million internationally, topped by Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (with Paramount Pictures), which has taken in an astounding $467 million outside of the U.S. to date, and Godzilla (with Legendary Pictures), which has earned $327 million overseas.
Four titles – Doug Liman’s Edge Of Tomorrow (with Village Roadshow Pictures), Phil Lord & Christopher Miller’s The Lego Movie (also with Village Roadshow Pictures), and Noam Murro and Zack Snyder’s 300: Rise Of An Empire (with Legendary), along with the 2014 spillover grosses from The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug »
- Michelle McCue
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
Attempting to recover from a traumatic life event, a young woman sets out on a 1,100 mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Based on her memoirs, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, the film tells the story of Cheryl Strayed (Witherspoon) as she sets out on a quest to reclaim her former, more respectable self. “I’m going to walk myself back to the woman my mother thought I was,” she states at some point along the way. The tragic loss of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern), who escapes an abusive marriage only to succumb to lung cancer at age 45, acts as a catalyst »
- William Fanelli
Chicago – At times “Wild” resembles the hallucinatory fever dream of a dehydrated and delirious hiker (played by Reese Witherspoon), alone in the world. I only wish her fever dreams were more interesting for the rest of us.
Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed, it struck me a bit as the Sierra Club version of “Eat, Pray, Love.” It’s a selfish woman’s journey of self-empowerment disguised as a travelogue. After her mother’s death, she turns to sex and heroin to numb her pain. This leads her to bottom out in her personal life and the breakup of her marriage. So she sets off on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada to find herself.
Nicholas Hornby’s adaptation really gives the audience the feeling of a lonely traveler on a quest. Hornby and director Jean-Marc Vallée tell the story as half-remembered images and flashbacks as »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Following the success of last year’s Dallas Buyers Club, director Jean-Marc Vallée returns with another high profile title and a big Hollywood star that should easily be this week’s Specialty Box Office go-getter, Wild. Starring Reese Witherspoon, who also produces with Bruna Papandrea under their Pacific Standard label, the Fox Searchlight title will open in a comparatively wider release by this weekend (it opened in NY and La Wednesday) than some of its more recent high-profile brethren including last week’s The Imitation Game or last month’s Foxcatcher. Liv Ullmann returns to the director’s chair after a long absence with her take on Strindberg’s Miss Julie with Jessica Chastain, Collin Farrell and Samantha Morton via Wrekin Hill Entertainment. IFC Films and Magnolia Pictures will each open features Comet and Life Partners respectively which have at their center two people in an intense relationship. And two »
- Brian Brooks
Reese Witherspoon was so good in the upcoming "Wild" that she's being honored for the movie at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. She will be joining previously announced recipients Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl"), and J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"). The gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Here's the rest of the press release:
.Reese Witherspoon delivers one of her finest performances in Wild,. said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .Witherspoon brilliantly brings to life the true story of Cheryl Strayed, adding yet another iconic performance to her impressive 20-year span of characters including June Carter, Tracy Flick and Elle Woods. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Reese Witherspoon with the Chairman.s Award..
Written for the screen by Nick Hornby
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Self-discovery in the movies, particularly within the realm of feminine vulnerability, can often provide potent revelations as a means of exploring soul-searching independence. Reese Witherspoon taps into the raw nerve when headlining her psychological come-to-terms nature-based character study Wild, a stark and elegant piece of filmmaking that is as powerfully conceived as it is personally realized. Vibrantly rich and introspective, Wild is unflinching in its examination of a lost woman looking to be found through the healing of an isolated adventurous power walk through the scenic west coast wilderness.
Witherspoon, justifiably in consideration for yet another Academy Award statuette, delivers an ambitious and thought-provoking performance drenched in contemplation, confusion, and conscientious bleakness. The film’s execution displays what is one of her best challenging roles to date, and her secondary credit as producer makes the appeal of the project clear. »
- Frank Ochieng
ABC’s midseason schedule will swap Crime for Murder, and Secrets for Resurrection.
The network announced on Wednesday the premiere dates for a pair of limited-run dramas: Secrets and Lies, starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis, will bow Sunday, March 1 at 9/8c (with a special two-hour premiere), while the Felicity Huffman vehicle American Crime, written by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), kicks off Thursday, March 5 at 10/9c. The shows will have 10- and 11-episode seasons, respectively.
The latter show will take over the plum post-Scandal slot after How to Get Away With Murder airs its two-hour Season 1 finale on Thursday, »
ABC has set premiere dates for John Ridley’s “American Crime” and Ryan Phillippe starrer “Secrets and Lies” — a pair of limited-run, crime-themed dramas that will receive strong drama lead-ins and be a big part of the net’s post-Oscars push.
The 10-episode “Secrets and Lies” will take over the current “Resurrection” timeslot of Sunday at 9 p.m. starting March 1, the week after the Academy Awards air on the network. It will benefit from a potent “Once Upon a Time” lead-in, as the fairytale drama returns from its winter hiatus on that night with a string of original episodes.
“Secrets,” in which a man goes from Good Samaritan to murder suspect when he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son, will bow with a two-hour installment, and future episodes will air from 9 to 10 p.m., leading into “Revenge.”
“American Crime” will bow Thursday, March 5 in the timeslot currently »
- Rick Kissell
Based on the memoir of the same name by Cheryl Strayed, the story follows a woman who decides to take a three month trek through the Pacific Crest Trail, attempting to leave her troubled past and drug addiction behind. During the long walk, she finds time to reflect on her mistakes and consider where she is going in the future as she looks for inner peace.
This first scene finds a dirty Reese Witherspoon having to bypass part of the trail due to some unexpected weather. She is confronted by a writer for the Hobo times who is clearly locked into his own agenda. No matter how she explains it, Cheryl is unable to convince the man that she is not a homeless vagrant.
Fox Searchlight has released a new Wild clip from director Jean-Marc Vallée’s (Dallas Buyers Club) upcoming drama, and it’s a fantastic representation of the film as a whole. Based on the Cheryl Strayed memoir of the same name (adapted by Nick Hornby), Reese Witherspoon stars as a woman who attempts a three-month long hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, during which she reflects on past mistakes and hardships, and struggles to find some inner peace. While the premise may sound trite and predictable, the film is anything but. It’s funny, surprising, and emotionally affecting, and Witherspoon gives quite possibly the best performance of her career. This new clip comes from a scene in which Witherspoon’s character gets mistaken for a hobo and responds in sharp fashion. Again, I highly recommend seeing the film when it comes to a theater near you; it’s one of my favorites of the year. »
- Adam Chitwood
Directed by Jean-Marc Valée.
A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.
After his Oscar nominated efforts for the superb Dallas Buyers Club, director Jean-Marc Vallée could have chosen pretty much anything as his next project. Courted by many more than Reese Witherspoon, it wouldn’t have been wholly surprising to have seen his name linked with bigger Hollywood projects, whether that had been a $150 million blockbuster, or indeed joining the universes Marvel and DC in the hope that he would help create the next in the ever-growing list of comic-books adaptations. But it was Wild that truly tickled the Canadian maestro, and you can see why.
Another beautifully directed film, Vallée is slowly becoming one of the best new talents in directing right now, »
- Scott J. Davis
Cheryl Strayed’s heartrending 2012 account of her 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail presented no shortage of obstacles en route to the bigscreen, not least in the way it used the great outdoors as the backdrop for a resolutely interior journey. But director Jean-Marc Vallee, screenwriter Nick Hornby and star-producer Reese Witherspoon have met the challenge head-on with imperfect but rewarding results in “Wild,” that represents a fine addition to the recent bumper crop of bigscreen survival stories. Resting squarely on Witherspoon’s sturdy shoulders (along with the back-crushing backpack she carts around throughout), the Fox Searchlight release should be admiringly received by critics and arthouse audiences come Dec. 5.
Still, the film could face some competition from John Curran’s equally accomplished “Tracks” (set to open Sept. 19 Stateside), this year’s other adaptation of a bestselling woman-in-the-wilderness memoir, and it remains to be seen whether it can improve on »
- Justin Chang
Rectify Season 2, Episodes 7 & 8 “Mazel Tov”/”Weird As You”
Directed by Jim McKay (“Mazel Tov”) and Sanaa Hanri (“Weird As You”)
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Et on Sundance
Part of Rectify‘s appeal in its short first season was its intense focus, be it on a specific character, idea, or even just a singular image. It obviously wasn’t the show’s only strength, but it’s extreme attention to character over plot (a list of characters that included Paulie, Georgia) allowed it to dig deep – a level-headed exploration of faith, the legal system, and the nature of existence rarely found in any form of media.
Season two of Rectify has been quite different: with the scope of the show pulled back in every way, there isn’t as much to draw from and explore. Right down to the »
- Randy Dankievitch
Related 12 Years a Slave Screenwriter Pens American Crime Drama for ABC
Written by 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner John Ridley and set in California’s Central Valley, the series centers on a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the players involved.
Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Timothy Hutton (Leverage), Benito Martinez (Sons of Anarchy), W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) and Penelope Ann Miller (Mistresses) lead the American Crime ensemble. Per The Hollywood Reporter, King will appear in »
Cheryl Strayed's New York Times bestseller Wild comes to life, with Reese Witherspoon starring as the author who goes on a long trek across the Pacific Crest Trail to rediscover herself. Join in this soul searching journey with the first trailer, which follows Cheryl's ups and downs as she struggles with addiction, the loss of her mother and her inability to carry on a real relationship with another human being. It's a powerful expose full of breathtaking landscapes and deep emotional drama, in theaters this December.
Based on Cheryl Strayed's New York Times #1 best-seller, Wild follows Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) who, with the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, »
With its December release date, big return for Reese Witherspoon to dramatic acting and a director, Jean-Marc Vallée, who helped two thesps to Oscars at this year’s ceremony with Dallas Buyers Club, Wild would seem to have 'awards bait' written all over it. Adapted by Nick Hornby from Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, it stars Witherspoon as Strayed, who reacted to bad circumstances in her life – some of them her own fault – by taking on a serious challenge. Traumatised by the death of her mother and the breakdown of her marriage, and looking to find a way to fight waves of unhappiness, she decided to make the 1100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State. Though she had almost no experience in such a big hiking attempt, she found the mission a life-changer.Wild offers Witherspoon the chance to tackle and vanity-shedding role, »
Fox Searchlight has premiered the first poster for Wild directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) and starring Reese Witherspoon based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir of the same name. Here's the synopsis: With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. The film co-stars Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern and W. Earl Brown and won't be hitting theaters until December 5, which makes it a strong candidate for the fall film festival circuit and I have to assume we'll have a trailer for it soon enough. »
- Brad Brevet
Created by Ray McKinnon
Season two begins June 19th at 9pm Et on Sundance (season 1 available on Netflix)
There are plenty of television shows in 2014 with the ability to amaze an audience, surprising them with bold stories, impressing them with elaborate visuals, or engaging them by drawing parallels to our own world and lives. Many of these shows rank among the best on television, regularly analyzed by critics for their ability to blend cinematic elements, symbolic metaphors, and poignant dissections of life, that blend of intelligent and entertaining that’s hard to find at the box office in this day and age of loud tent poles and cliche, overwrought ‘indie’ films.
However, these great shows (of which there are too many to name in this small space), there have been but a few that can transcend entertainment »
- Randy Dankievitch
Principal photography is underway on the as-yet-untitled drama based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, about the infamous gangster Whitey Bulger.
The film stars Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Finding Neverland,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) as Whitey Bulger and Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) as FBI Agent John Connolly.
- Michelle McCue
Principal photography is underway on the as-yet-untitled drama based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, about the infamous gangster Whitey Bulger. The film stars Oscar® nominee Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Finding Neverland,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) as Whitey Bulger and Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) as FBI Agent John Connolly. Filming began in Boston under the direction of Scott Cooper (“Out of the Furnace,” “Crazy Heart”).
The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“Twelve Years a Slave”) as Whitey’s brother, Billy Bulger, who is a Massachusetts State Senator; Jesse Plemons (AMC’s “Breaking Bad”) as Whitey’s longtime partner in crime, Kevin Weeks; Sienna Miller (HBO’s »
- Kellvin Chavez
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