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We’re back! Full of turkey, ready to sit down in front of the TV and zone out with a full Netflix queue. What’s the latest and greatest to hit the streaming service du jour? There are some major Hollywood hits like “Skyfall,” “Dances with Wolves,” and “Apocalypse Now” new to the Netflix universe but we here at Hc try to focus on what you might not have seen.
Here are ten flicks to add to your queue that could have fallen under your movie radar if we weren’t here to pick them up. You’re welcome. There’s a foreign film, two documentaries, a sci-fi flick, and even a musical. Pick your favorites. Or just watch all ten.
On the heels of a rough assignment, assassin Jack declares that his next job will be his last. Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
While we'll mourn that HBO's Nikki Finke-inspired "Tilda"—set to star Diane Keaton, Ellen Page and Wes Bentley, with the pilot episode directed by Bill Condon—never got to series, perhaps this is the next best thing. And with this past November filled with insider baseball-esque blog posts about Finke's exit from Deadline, what Jay Penske's next move will be and more, it's definitely time to laugh. So hats off to Funny Or Die, who have dropped a trailer for "Deadline: The Movie." If you've ever rolled your eyes over the scratching matches between the trades over executives you never heard of leaving agencies you could care less about, this is for you. If the words "soft pass" make you cringe, this will hit home. It's a fun goof on the daily trade game, with more than a couple big laughs. So check out the trailer featuring Christina Applegate and Jean Smart below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
A bright French poster has surfaced for The Weinstein Company’s adaptation of Young Adult novel series Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, which they hope will be the new craze for the teens missing their dose of Twilight tepidness. Given the talent involved, I doubt we’ll have anything as dire of as those films with the director of the terrifically biting Mean Girls, Mark Waters, adapting a script by his brother Daniel Waters, the acclaimed screenwriter of the cult classic Heathers. Having said that, how the hell did the likes of Bill Condon and David Slade get involved in that vamps verses wolves mess? We live in hope!
Vampire Academy tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, »
- Craig Hunter
Benedict Cumberbatch's WikiLeaks movie "The Fifth Estate" didn't get the best reviews, but it definitely didn't deserve to be the biggest flop of 2013. According to Forbes, that's exactly what it turned out to be. Despite having a relatively thrifty budget of $28 million, "The Fifth Estate" only managed to bring in $6 million globally. That's a return of just 21 cents on the dollar, the worst performance out of all 2013 wide releases. "We were all so excited because it was just in the news recently, but the opposite might be true, that it simply wore out its welcome and that there is something about Assange," said director Bill Condon. "I do think there's something about him that does not suggest an evening's entertainment." Other films that Forbes considers flops are "Bullet to the Head," "Paranoia," "Parker," and "Broken City." »
Benedict Cumberbatch may be hot in Hollywood right now (in more ways than one), but even he couldn't help his latest project. On paper, The Fifth Estate seemed promising—Cumberbatch, one of the biggest actors in the game right now was taking on the role of Julian Assange for a film about Wikileaks and the rise of a new kind of freedom of information. It was directed by Bill Condon, who won an Oscar for writing the film Gods and Monsters (which he also directed) and earned millions directing the last two Twilight films. However, it still became the top movie flop of the year, according to Forbes. The article explains that The Fifth Estate only brought in $6 million at the global box office on a »
Not every film can be a blockbuster. Or even a success, as DreamWorks and the team behind The Fifth Estate have learned this year. According to financial mag Forbes, the Julian Assange/WikiLeaks film earned just $6 million – globally, that is – and despite a relatively thrifty $28 million budget, saw a return of just 21 per cent. Ouch…Despite the presence of Benedict Cumberbatch and a topical subject, it would appear moviegoers just weren’t desperate to watch a film about Assange and his controversial website. It didn’t help that the reviews were decidedly mixed, skewing towards the negative end of the spectrum. Director Bill Condon realised he was in trouble on the first weekend. “We were all so excited because it was just in the news recently, but the opposite might be true, that it simply wore out its welcome and that there is something about Assange. I do think there »
WikiLeaks drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch records worst takings-to-budget ratio in past year, says Forbes
• The Fifth Estate: soft on Assange, short on excitement
Bill Condon's film about the early years of the whistleblowing site was tipped for awards season success prior to hitting cinemas. With the up-and-coming Cumberbatch in the lead, an Oscar-winning director and highly topical theme it had seemed like a shoo-in. But the film bombed with critics and later flopped at the box office. It has so far returned a mere $6m (£3.6m) of its relatively meagre $28m (£17.1m) budget, according to Forbes, a percentage of just 21%.
Cumberbatch need not take the news too harshly: the top 10 of flops assembled by the magazine ahead »
- Ben Child
‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: Record breaker with qualifiers — though a huge success all the same (photo: Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) For the weekend of November 22-24, 2013, Lionsgate overestimated the domestic box office take of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by nearly 2%. Doesn’t sound like much? What about $3 million? That figure can make a hell of a difference when we’re talking box office records. In fact, it can be the difference between a movie breaking and not breaking a box office record. All day Sunday heralded as the biggest 2D opening ever in the United States and Canada, the Francis Lawrence-directed Catching Fire actually opened below two movies: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and The Dark Knight (2008). And when inflation is taken into account, as it always should, the The Hunger Games sequel falls behind a couple of other titles as well. »
- Zac Gille
Meet another master of accents. Spanish/German star Daniel Brühl not only co-starred with Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Fifth Estate," the opening night film at September's Toronto International FIlm Festival, but with Chris Hemsworth in another international story based on real people, "Rush," directed by Ron Howard. When "Rush" debuted in Toronto, also grabbing a round of applause was the man Brühl was playing, legendary Formula 1 racer Niki Lauda, his face still scarred by a near-fatal 1976 racing crash. In “The Fifth Estate” Brühl plays Berliner Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who falls under the sway of Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Bill Condon's timely and ambitious portrait of the many ways that the Internet has changed the way information--even classified documents-- has boosted Brühl's profile stateside, where he is best known for his role as a Nazi hero in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and a supporting role in "The Bourne »
- Anne Thompson
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: ‘Midnight’ shows nearly 30% ahead of ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, raked in a remarkable $25.25 million from evening shows on Thursday, November 21, 2013, in North America (playing at 4,163 locations on Friday), according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That’s 28 percent higher than the $19.74 million at 2,565 locations earned by its predecessor, Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games; it’s also one of the biggest domestic "midnight" debuts ever. (See more on that below. Scroll down to check out a video of Jennifer Lawrence yelling back at yelling photographers at the Catching Fire New York premiere. And see also: “‘Catching Fire’ Weekend Box Office: Poised to Surpass ‘New Moon,’ ‘The Hunger Games’?”) Now, in the paragraph above »
- Zac Gille
Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg ‘Maps to the Stars’ gets German distribution, Toronto screening Starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska, Maps to the Stars has found a German distributor. Screen Daily reports that Christian Meinke’s Mfa+ has acquired the rights to the David Cronenberg-directed Hollywood satire at the American Film Market, recently held in Santa Monica. Mfa+ also picked up Vincent Grashaw’s feature debut Coldwater and Tobias Lindholm’s Danish thriller A Hijacking / Kapringen, which has a similar premise to that of the Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks hit Captain Phillips. (Photo: Robert Pattinson on the set of Maps to the Stars.) In Map to the Stars, John Cusack (replacing Viggo Mortensen) plays a Los Angeles analyst and self-help guru whose wife (Olivia Williams) is immersed in the career of their teen star son (Evan Bird), fresh off of rehab. Their daughter (Mia Wasikowska »
- Andre Soares
Ja from Mnpp here - I know it's 2003 Month here at The Film Experience but Vulture has been doing a 15 year anniversary retrospective of all things 1998 this week, which has me reminiscing about that year too. I was in college working at the local art-house cinema - that'd be the lovely Little Theatre in Rochester New York, which everyone should visit if you ever happen to find yourselves in that neck of the woods. I loved working there - I was studying film at school and living film at work. I saw everything released during that period of time, and got to mingle with the Rochester rich and famous - I handed Phillip Seymour Hoffman a napkin once! This was when Happiness was out so, you know, it really meant something.
Anyway I was looking through the list of movies released in the Fall of 1998 and was wowed by a »
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: Strong Brazil opening points to bigger international hit than ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, toplining Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, debuted in Brazil last Friday, November 15, 2013. A national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic"), November 15 has proven to be a highly profitable "opening date" in Brazil; in 2012, Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 broke both single-day and opening-weekend records at the Brazilian box office. Now comes Catching Fire, which far surpassed the box office take of its predecessor. Surely it’s no coincidence that both the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises currently belong to the Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Pictures combo. Or that both franchises have been/are being distributed in Brazil by Paris Filmes, possibly that country’s biggest homegrown film distribution entity. »
- Andre Soares
Australian cinemagoers have really sparked to an exuberantly crude comedy starring Johnny Knoxville as a crotchety 86-year-old man who reluctantly embarks on a road trip with his eight-year-old grandson.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa grabbed $3.4 million last weekend, including Wednesday night previews. That.s a bit below Jackass 3D, which opened with $3.58 million in 2010 when the 3D boom was at its height and well before the format started to lose its lustre.
Thor: The Dark World kept drawing fans, pulling in $2.74 million in its third frame (down 38%), bringing its earnings to a lucrative $18.1 million.
- Don Groves
Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin starring for Joe Dante in ‘Burying the Ex’ Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin are slated to star in Burying the Ex, to be directed by veteran Joe Dante (Gremlins). As per various online reports, the indie horror comedy is to start shooting on Monday, November 18, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Ashley Greene) In Burying the Ex, Anton Yelchin and Ashley Greene play lovers — he’s really nice; she’s really overbearing — whose relationship go fast downhill once they move in together. How to find a way out? Luckily, the girlfriend suffers a freak accident and dies; unluckily, she rises from the grave. Besides Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin, Burying the Ex also features Alexandra Daddario and Oliver Cooper. Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures is involved in the film’s production. Among Chartier’s other recent producing credits (in various capacities) are Robert Redford’s little-seen The Company You Keep, »
- Anna Robinson
The musical Side Show gained a significant cult following when it premiered on Broadway in 1997, and it seems the rest of pop culture is only just now catching up, with an AMC reality show about the Venice Boardwalk freak show, the popular Tim Burton film and musical adaptation of Big Fish, and various other carny-themed stories making their mark. So it’s a fitting time for a revival of the musical about conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who started as a circus act to rise to fame on stage in the 1930s. In a new production officially opening this »
- Laura Hertzfeld
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
Which loser films will win at least one prize this year: the Razzie Award for worst of 2013? Could one of last year's champs - Adam Sandler - return to defend his crown with "Grown Ups 2"? The Johnny Depp bomb "The Lone Ranger" certainly will be high on some voters' lists. The original Planet Hollywood trio of aging heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis each have a load of movies to consider. The final "Twilight" film was the overwhelming least favorite film at the 2012 Razzie Awards. Out of its 11 overall nominations, "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" picked up seven prizes: Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Kristen Stewart), Worst Supporting Actor (Taylor Lautner), Worst Ensemble, Worst Director (Bill Condon), Worst Remake/Rip-Off/Sequel, and Worst Onscreen Couple (Lautner and Mackenzie Foy). Not to be outdone, Razzie regular Sandler was chosen as Worst Actor for &quo »
Kristen Stewart spotted back in Twilight action with Renesmee Cullen actress,new clip. Recently, this new clip (below) for the new Twilight Forever Blu Ray/DVD set ,showed up on the net, and this one, gives us a new look at Bella Swan hottie, Kristen Stewart's dynamic with Renesmee Cullen starlet, Mackenzie Foy. Apparently, Kristen felt really close to Mackenzie while on set,because she reminded Kristen of her when she was at that age. Throughout the clip, it shows Kristen and Mackenzie just talking it up and giggling together. It was pretty adorable. They also show a couple of short interview clips with Kristen, the director Bill Condon, and some other people that worked on the film. Kristen also revealed that she would happily work for Mackenzie one day when she becomes a movie director. Check it out,below. The Blu Ray/DVD set is in stores, now. »
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