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Wes Anderson enjoys first UK No 1 as takings look set to eclipse his Fantastic Mr Fox
When it debuted in third place with £1.53m from 284 cinemas, Grand Budapest Hotel always looked on course to become Wes Anderson's biggest live-action film at UK cinemas, displacing The Royal Tenenbaums (£3.33m lifetime). A week later, with an expansion to 372 venues, the film found itself in second place in the UK box office chart. And now, in its third week of release, the Middle European caper grabs the top spot, dethroning video-game adaptation Need for Speed. With third-weekend takings of £1.27m from 458 sites, Grand Budapest Hotel has earned £6.31m in just 17 days. The film has a real shot at overtaking Anderson's animated family flick Fantastic Mr Fox (£9.19m) to become his biggest-ever UK hit.
It's not unprecedented for a film to rise slowly to the top of the box office chart, »
- Charles Gant
Starred Up (18)
We've seen enough prison movies to know the drill, but this is closer to A Prophet than The Great Escape – a bracing mix of brutal thriller, institutional critique and complex character drama. Conviction is key, both in the day-to-day details and the natural performances, particularly O'Connell – a young offender violent enough to be housed with the grown-ups, including his own father. It feels like things could kick off with every scene.
Labor Day (12A)
The Juno director tries nuanced domestic drama – and it doesn't really suit him. Erotic tremors are a given when Brolin's escaped convict shacks up with Winslet's lonely single mum, but you'll need to park your disbelief. »
- Steve Rose
Kevin Hart bags some laughs, but this is a by-the-numbers date movie
The 80s relationship comedy About Last Night (based on David Mamet's play Sexual Perversity in Chicago) about two male and two female friends who form a dating quartet has been remade – with the two couples split more clearly than ever along rom-com lines. The seriously romantic couple are Michael Ealy and Joy Byrant as Danny and Debbie. Kevin Hart and Regina Hall are the funny couple, Bernie and Joan, doing the goofier stuff and having the wilder sex. It's basically a vehicle for Hart, who does get some laughs, especially when he is adoringly supportive of Joan's cooking – but when she is away from the table, urges his guests to spit the food out into resealable bags that he is secretly providing. The rest of the time it is by-the-numbers comedy, a date movie that could have been written by entertainment software, »
- Peter Bradshaw
When two star-crossed lovers in this Steve Pink production settle down to indulge in Edward Zwick’s About Last Night…, in that instance you realise that though sharing the same name as the 1986 endeavour, this is by no means a straight up remake, instead more of a contemporary reimagining of sorts, paying homage to the classic romantic comedy. However that doesn’t let this one off the hook so easily, as a film that remains exasperatingly devoid of unique and original ideas.
The aforementioned couple are Danny (Michael Ealy) and Debbie (Joy Bryant), who meet as part of a double date, with their respective best friends Bernie (Kevin Hart) and Joan (Regina Hall). While the latter seem more intent on arguing and ridiculing the other, the former fall hopelessly in love, and in spite of their friends’ advice, Debbie moves in to Danny’s apartment. However while their intense, passionate »
- Stefan Pape
Opening in theatres this Friday, March 21st is the new romantic comedy from Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) entitled About Last Night, and to get you in the mood, Sony Pictures have released an exclusive clip with interviews with the cast. The film is a remake of the ‘80s movie of the same title and based on David Mamet’s play Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
The film stars Kevin Hart (Ride Along), Michael Ealy (Underworld: Awakening), Regina Hall (The Best Man Holiday) and Joy Bryant (Hit and Run) and closely follows new love for these two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually tested in the real world. The clip interweaves interviews with the four leads, with scenes from the film and showcases the evident chemistry between the actors both on and off-screen.
- Will Roberts
He's appeared in two top TV comedies and had the Apatow seal of approval but Hart has still to top his mega-successful stand-up movie
Judging by About Last Night, we are still waiting for pint-sized stand-up sensation Kevin Hart to make his movie breakthrough. He's been at it for a while now, having appeared as long ago as 2002, aged only 23 and still fresh from a traumatic childhood in Philadelphia. In parallel with his successful stand-up career, Hart has been courting Hollywood for a decade, appearing in Scary Movie 3 and Judd Apatow's college sitcom Undeclared, and building up lots of goodwill, not to mention some influential friends. He was Jason Segal's roommate for a while, which gave him juice with the Axis of Apatow, and netted him cameos in The 40 Year Old Virgin and This Is The End, plus tasty TV appearances on Party Down, the best »
- John Patterson
The Rocket (12A)
Children are often the best ambassadors for world cinema and so it proves here, in a Laos-set tale that's sympathetic but never condescending. The story centres on a displaced boy burdened by a perceived "curse". But it's told with documentary-like conviction and distinctly local details, from James Brown-worshipping war vets to the unexploded ordnance littering the landscape.
Under The Skin (15)
Glazer's delectably mystifying sci-fi makes Glasgow look like another planet – as seen through the eyes of Johansson's alien seductress, on the prowl for unsuspecting males. It sounds like a highbrow Species, but the imagery and sustained strangeness put it in a realm of its own.
The Zero Theorem (15)
(Terry Gilliam, »
- Steve Rose
Some quickie TV casting news... First, Keke Palmer is joining the season two cast of the acclaimed Showtime drama series Masters Of Sex. Palmer will recur playing a character named Coral, who's the nanny hired by the Masters to care for their new baby. Production on season two will begin mid-March in Los Angeles. Second, Regina Hall has also booked a recurring role in FX's new series Married, which will debut this summer. The new series stars Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as Russ and Lina Bowman, a couple with kids, debt and other marriage valleys that have drained the romance out of their relationship, as they work together to try to revive and maintain »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Some quickie TV casting news... First, Keke Palmer is joining the season two cast of the acclaimed Showtime drama series Masters Of Sex. Palmer will recur playing a character named Coral, who's the nanny hired by the Masters to care for their new baby. Production on season two will begin mid-March in Los Angeles. Second, Regina Hall has also booked a recurring role in FX's new series Married, which will debut this summer. The new series stars Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as Russ and Lina Bowman, a couple with kids, debt and other marriage valleys that have drained the romance out of their relationship, as they work together to try to revive and maintain the magic they once shared. Hall will play a character named Roxanne, who's the newly-engaged ex-wife of Aj (played by Brett Gelman), who is having a very difficult time with their divorce. Last but not necessarily least, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Fox’s Empire has rounded out its cast with the signing of Kaitlin Doubleday (Catch Me If You Can) as a series regular. The hip-hop industry drama pilot from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer centers on Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. Doubleday will play Rhonda, the wife of Lucious’ oldest son Andre (Trai Byers), a sexy, manipulative woman who shares Andre’s Ivy League background and intends to help him scrap his way to the head of Empire. Doubleday, repped by Paradigm and Mpg Management, appeared in features Home Of Phobia and Waiting and ABC’s Cavemen. Related: 2014 Fox Pilots Regina Hall is set as a recurring in Andrew Gurland’s new FX series Married, which will debut this summer. Created, directed and executive produced by Gurland, Married stars Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as Russ and Lina Bowman, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Jessica Herndon, AP Film Writer
Los Angeles (AP) - Action-packed new releases couldn't stack up to 3D hit "The Lego Movie," which took the No. 1 slot in its third weekend at the box office.
Heading into full-fledged franchise territory with a sequel set to release in May 2017, "The Lego Movie" is the highest grossing film of 2014.
"It's been really tough for any of the newcomers to displace 'Lego,' " said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "They had such a great release date that put them in this perfect position to dominate the marketplace for several weeks. For 'Lego' to earn $31 million in its third weekend, »
- The Associated Press
Winners In Bold As They Are Announced... The 45th NAACP Image Awards 2-hour special airs live, tonight, Saturday, February 22 on TV One at 9pm Et (Pt tape-delayed). It's preceded by a 1-hour pre-show, which airs live from the red carpet at 8pm Et (Pt tape-delayed). Of note, Bet on the TV side, and The Weinstein Company in film categories, lead the nominees, followed by ABC and HBO (TV), and in the motion picture category, Fox Searchlight Pictures. Presenters confirmed to participate at the 45th NAACP Image Awards include Lupita Nyong'o, Tyler Perry, Michael Ealy, Tony Goldwyn, Arsenio Hall, Regina Hall, Octavia »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It seems like it was just last month that "Ride Along" was speeding into our hearts and the top slot at the box office, and now we're already talking about a sequel! Oh, wait. It was last month! That was quick.
Stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are nearly done deals, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are hammering out a script, and production is slated for the end of June or beginning of July. Whew! "Ride Along 2" will reportedly have more action and "will be more multi-cultural to expand the demos," according to Deadline.
Well, studios know a sure thing when they see it, and if anyone is a sure thing these days, it's Kevin Hart. For an interesting look at Hart's career trajectory, check out Grantland's feature on the stand-up comedian. In addition to this quick turnaround for "Ride Along 2," he's also got "About Last Night" in theaters now, »
- Jenni Miller
Regina Hall, the star of the About Last Night remake (in theaters today) has fond memories of the 1986 original. "Rob Lowe was so beautiful in that movie," she tells Us Weekly. For her part, the 43-year-old actress totes a bag of tools to help her get glam. (A favorite: Chanel eyeliner.) Other essentials in her Coach carryall? Makes Scents"I love Kai's roll-on perfume oil. It's such a fresh fragrance. Men get a whiff and they think, Oh, that's just how women smell!" Chew on It "I usually [...] »
March 7, 2014
300: Rise of an Empire
Director: Noam Munro
Running time: 102 mins
Director: Wes Anderson
Running time: 99 mins
Director: Robert Luketic
Running time: 106 mins
Director: John Butler
Running time: 94 mins
March 14, 2014
Director: Scott Waugh
Running time: 130 mins
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Running time: 108 mins
Director: Rob Thomas
Running time: 110 mins
Director: Terry Gilliam
Running time: 107 mins
March 21, 2014
Director: Steve Pink
Starring: Kevin Hart, »
About Last Night, 2014.
Directed by Steve Pink.
Follow two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.
I've always had a rocky relationship with American comedies, especially rom-coms. More times than not they're the absolute bottom of the barrel, and even if they're above average they work best as something to catch on Netflix or Redbox. Silver Linings Playbook is the only one I've seen in recent memory that I felt warranted a visit to the local cinema, so when I saw the trailer to About Last Night I rolled my eyes. Kevin Hart is a funny guy but he tends to pick some iffy projects, and Ride Along was fresh in my memory which was not a good movie for me. »
- Gary Collinson
‘RoboCop’ 2014 movie: Full-fledged flop at domestic box office (photo: Joel Kinnaman in ‘RoboCop’ 2014) Directed by José Padilha, and starring Joel Kinnaman and Abbie Cornish, Sony Pictures’ $100 million-budgeted RoboCop 2014 remake opened with disappointing numbers on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Things improved a bit over the weekend, but there’s no denying that RoboCop 2014 will become a major domestic box office bomb. (See also: José Padilha hates ‘RoboCop’ 2014 filmmaking process.) According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 "classic" (as mentioned elsewhere on this site, just about anything made before 2003 is considered a classic these days) landed in third place this extended Presidents Day Weekend, February 14-17, trailing both Warner Bros.’ overwhelmingly well-received The Lego Movie and Sony Pictures / ScreenGems’ low-budget romantic comedy About Last Night. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), and featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, »
- Zac Gille
Directed by: Steve Pink
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Release Date: February 14, 2014
Plot: Bernie (Hart) and Debbie (Hall) start to hate each other when a highly-sexual relationship gets serious. Meanwhile, their respective roommates Danny (Ealy) and Debbie (Bryant) begin to fall in love.
Who’S It For? Those who like their amount of real-life romance equaled to their sexual comedy, even if the sum is a bit underwhelming. And similarly, those who can look past a terribly made film.
Featuring three main performers from 2012′s Think Like a Man, About Last Night has a few credible moments within its story. With disturbing misfortune, they are amongst an experience of bad filmmaking. For sake of not losing my readership off the bat, I’ll save that tangent for later, and will at least start with what works here. »
- Nick Allen
Amir here, with the long weekend’s box office report. It was Valentine’s so romantic flicks opened, one of which didn’t do too well financially. But enough about RoboCop! How about that About Last Night? It’s been a few weeks since the last time we were collectively surprised that a “black” film did well at the box office, so let’s go at it again: can you believe that a film with a non-white cast can sell tickets too? Unbelievable, no? It turns out Hollywood doesn’t need to cast white people in every role, not even in all romantic comedies. (Perhaps not coincidentally, the last rom-com to do this well, Think Like a Man, starred three of the actors in this quartet: Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Michael Ealy.)
oh, wait. that's not right somehow
The Lego Movie $63.5m (cum. $143.8m)
About Last Night $28.5 new
Robocop $25.6m (cum. »
- Amir S.
José Padilha's remake of the 80s action classic meets mixed results, while a budget romcom reaps solid spoils
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RoboCop in modest launch
The sentiment among many insiders is you can't beat the original, but MGM and Columbia Pictures gave it a go nonetheless with a rebooted RoboCop. Twenty-seven years after Paul Verhoeven's dazzling Hollywood debut left a dent in the zeitgeist, the gifted Brazilian director José Padilha has had a go, with mixed results. The new movie has earned fans and detractors and while it still has a pop at corporate greed, there is also a fresh focus on the perils of drone warfare. The number three launch on $21.5m (£12.8m) was not the best start in an admittedly crowded weekend and RoboCop 2.0 will need to fire its turbo boosters if the North American box office is to play a part in recouping the reported $100m budget. »
- Jeremy Kay
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