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9 items from 2011


Leonardo DiCaprio/Clint Eastwood/J. Edgar Opens Modestly; Better Box-Office Chances Overseas?

13 November 2011 1:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar Adam Sandler in Drag/Jack And Jill Below Sandler Box-Office Average; Tower Heist Down 45% At no. 5 on the domestic box-office chart this weekend, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar raked in $11.47 million — at the very lower end of expectations — as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The J. Edgar Hoover biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Hoover, Armie Hammer as his associate and intimate companion Clyde Tolson, and Naomi Watts as FBI secretary Helen Gandy averaged an acceptable — though not very promising — $6,005 at 1,910 locations. As mentioned in a couple of previous posts, comparisons to Gus Van Sant's Oscar-nominated Milk, which were possible on Wednesday, are impossible to make at this stage. Written by J. Edgar's Dustin Lance Black, the 2008 drama starring Sean Penn as gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk never played at more than 900 North American sites — and that expansion took place around Oscar time, »

- Zac Gille

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Clint Eastwood/Leonardo DiCaprio J. Edgar Unlikely to Reach Martin Scorsese/DiCaprio The Aviator Success

12 November 2011 5:53 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, J. Edgar Henry Cavill/Tarsem Singh Immortals May Reach $38m: Box Office At no. 5 on the domestic box-office chart on Friday, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar raked in $4.25 million as per Box Office Mojo. If the J. Edgar Hoover biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, and Naomi Watts reaches $12 million for the weekend, that means an acceptable — though not very promising — $6,312 average at 1,901 locations. Comparisons to Gus Van Sant's Milk, which were possible on Wednesday, become trickier at this stage. Written by J. Edgar's Dustin Lance Black, the 2008 drama starring Sean Penn as the gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk never played at more than 900 North American locations — and that expansion took place around Oscar time, more than two months after the film's late November debut. Made for a reported $20m, Milk went on to gross only $31.84m at the domestic box office; J. Edgar »

- Zac Gille

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Leonardo DiCaprio/Clint Eastwood J. Edgar: Middling Box-Office Debut

12 November 2011 2:19 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson, Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, Judi Dench as Anne Marie Hoover, J. Edgar Jack And Jill/Adam Sandler in Drag: Second-Lowest-Grossing Sandler Comedy in Past Five Years? According to unproven — and quite possibly unfounded — rumors, FBI emperor J. Edgar Hoover enjoyed wearing some nice-fitting dresses every now and then. Ironically, this weekend the all-powerful Hoover will surely be beaten at the Us/Canada box office by another cross-dresser: Adam Sandler in Jack and Jill. How the mighty have fallen. At no. 5 on the domestic box-office chart, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar will likely rake in $10-$12 million for the weekend after grossing $3.5-$4 million on Friday. Even if the Hoover biopic reaches $12 million, that means an acceptable — though hardly very promising — $6,312 average at 1,901 locations. (Deadline has $13 million for the weekend, but that could be a typo, unless Warner Bros. is expecting the adult-oriented J. Edgar »

- Zac Gille

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Clint Eastwood/Leonardo DiCaprio J. Edgar Has Okay Opening; Behind Milk: Box Office

10 November 2011 1:07 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic J. Edgar grossed $52,645 according to Box Office Mojo. The Warner Bros. release starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the FBI honcho and Armie Hammer as his intimate "friend" Clyde Tolson is currently screening at seven locations. The film's average was a not-too-impressive $7,571 per theater. For comparison's sake: on November 26, 2008, Gus Van Sant's Milk, another biopic about a gay figure written by J. Edgar screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, collected $268k at 34 locations, averaging $7,897 (about $9,150 today) per site. Remember that all things being equal, the lower the number of theaters, the higher the per-theater average should be. In other words, Milk had a considerably stronger first-day opening than J. Edgar. But then again, Milk opened the day before the Thanksgiving holiday; that could have made a difference. Milk, which stars Sean Penn as slain gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, went on »

- Zac Gille

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Tonight on The Good Wife: Episode 3.06 "Affairs of State"

30 October 2011 8:31 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Last week was Lisa Edelstein's final scheduled appearances on The Good Wife; though I would double down on the chance of her returning in the future. This week sees another character introduced who happens to have a romantic link to Eli (Alan Cumming), his ex-wife is in town requiring his service as she is considering a political campaign. Alicia (Julianna Margulies) will be working her first case as a mentor to Caitlin (Anna Camp).

There are two major issues for Alicia with the hiring of Caitlin; firstly she believed that she was getting given a job with certain responsibilities, instead it was one big manipulation to appear like nepotism wasn't a factor in this hiring process. She was berated by her superior in front of a lawyer from another firm (who also happens to be the ex-girlfriend of her current lover) and embarrassed in front of the candidate she »

- emma fraser

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'Man and Boy': A Broadway play about greed and guilt

17 October 2011 10:06 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The Occupy Wall Street protest moved uptown to Times Square, and the chants of "shame, shame, shame" followed by police sirens could be heard inside the theater as the play, about an international billionaire who swindled people, unfolded.

The coincidence ends there because in "Man and Boy," the felonious financier, Gregor Antonescu (Frank Langella), is hunted and is either going to be arrested on international warrants, shot or he'll kill himself.

So life doesn't quite imitate art. Then again Terrence Rattigan's play, revived at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre, is set during the Great Depression. Rather than get handouts from governments and encouragement to bilk people so he can live like royalty, the great Antonescu is in deep trouble.

The play feels creaky at times, and a couple of the actors are too obviously acting and not just telling a story. It's not a great play, and »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy: J. Edgar Photo

16 August 2011 1:45 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar As J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI's notoriously corrupt, rabidly power-hungry topdog, Leonardo DiCaprio looks very much like Leonardo DiCaprio in the above still from Clint Eastwood's Hoover biopic J. Edgar. As Hoover's secretary Helen Gandy, Naomi Watts looks like Nicole Kidman without makeup. Watts certainly looks nothing at all like the real Gandy. The Big Question: Will J. Edgar delve into Hoover's alleged homosexuality and his relationship with protégé Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer)? Considering that the J. Edgar screenplay was written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black of Milk fame, I can't see how it wouldn't. That might also explain Hammer's casting: the Social Network actor looks as much like Tolson as, say, Tom Cruise looks like Joseph Stalin, but Hammer and DiCaprio do make a nice-looking couple. In addition to DiCaprio, »

- Andre Soares

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Earthwork Movie Review

29 April 2011 8:43 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Earthwork Writer-director: Chris Ordal Starring: John Hawkes, James McDaniel, Zach Grenier, Laura Kirk, Bruce MacVittie, Chris Bachand, Sam Greenlee, Brendon Glad Wiry and kind of owlish at the same time, looking a bit like the physical model for the animated character of Scrat from the “Ice Age” films, John Hawkes is a bonafide character actor — someone whose face a lot of filmgoers might recognize, but not quite be able to place. That’s in the process of changing. Hawkes has had success and glowing media notices before (Miranda July’s “Me and You and Everyone We Know” was the darling of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival), but achieved a whole »

- bsimon

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[Review] Earthwork

29 April 2011 3:43 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In his narrative debut, writer/director Chris Ordal undertakes an ambitious biopic that explores the life and works of “crop artist” Stan Herd. While it sometimes stumbles, Earthwork is overall an intimate and uplifting portrait of a man whose art is both literally and figuratively groundbreaking.

Oscar-nominee John Hawkes stars as Stan, a simple man from Kansas whose life ambition is to turn patches of land into living canvases. Earthwork follows Stan’s journey to transform a trash-strewn lot on Manhattan’s Upper West Side into a vibrant work of art before bulldozers make way for a new Trump hotel. When pitching his proposed piece to Trump’s people, Stan hurriedly declares he only needs them to pay for the land – that he’ll cover the cost of all supplies himself. To pay for his materials, he precariously juggles his family’s finances – promising his supportive but long-suffering wife (Laura Kirk »

- Kristy Puchko

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