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Bill Murray's ‘St. Vincent’ Expanding Wider Than Expected at Friday's Box Office

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Bill Murray-Melissa McCarthy comedy “St. Vincent” will be in more than 2,000 theaters as of Friday, the Weinstein Company's distribution chief Erik Lomis told TheWrap Tuesday. It's been in limited release for the past two weekends, initially in four locations and then 68 in its second, so this weekend's rollout is an unusually aggressive expansion. Also read: ‘St. Vincent’ Review: Bill Murray Wallows in Feel-Good Clichés “It's been playing really strongly, particularly in the suburbs, so we decided to go for it,” Lomis said. “There's not a lot like it out there in the marketplace, and the demand (from theater owners) was. »

- Todd Cunningham

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‘San Andreas’ to Open a Week Early

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Andreas” will rumble a week early after the disaster film shifted from an early June to late May release date.

The film centers on a rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) who is searching for his daughter in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. It will be released in 3D and two dimensions.

The New Line production was originally slated to debut on June 5, when it would have squared off against DreamWorks Animation’s “B.O.O: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.”

In its new slot, “San Andreas” will compete against Cameron Crowe’s untitled comedy, the animated film “Monster Trucks” and “Insidious: Chapter 3.” It will also contend with the second weekend of “Tomorrowland,” a big-budget adventure starring George Clooney, and the Melissa McCarthy action comedy “Spy.”


- Brent Lang

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Melissa McCarthy Discusses Ghostbusters Reboot

14 hours ago | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

When it was announced that Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) will be directing the upcoming "Ghostbusters" reboot and that it will focus on a female team, it was immediately assumed that Melissa McCarthy would be one of the Ghostbusters. McCarthy is not only one of the most successful comediennes in Hollywood today, but she has done a total of three films with Feig. So if anyone is going to be cast in the "Ghostbusters" reboot, it will likely be McCarthy. The actress recently appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," where she revealed that she has yet to be cast. The other guest on the show, Lena Dunham, explained how important the "Ghostbusters" reboot is to Hollywood actresses. "I have to say, since I've heard that rumor, I think every lady in town who fancies herself a jokester wants in." McCarthy currently co-stars with Bill Murray in "St. Vincent." Not long ago, »

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Lena Dunham Talks about her Biggest Fear

21 hours ago | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

After Hollywood director Paul Feig announced his plans to bring Ghostbusters 3 to the big screen with an all-female cast, Hollywood's funniest actresses have been speaking out about the film.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, Girls star Lena Dunhamwas asked if she will be starring in the project.

"I have to say, since I've heard that rumor I think every lady in town who fancies herself a jokester wants in," she explained to Ellen DeGeneres. But before she could deny the rumor completely, the focus quickly turned to Melissa McCarthy who was also appearing on the talk show.

"I heard you're in Melissa," Dunham proclaimed. "I'm not in. I'm not in!" McCarthy replied. Gosh darn it, then who is?!


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Ellen DeGeneres and Lena Dunham Want to Be 'Ghostbusters'

20 October 2014 4:46 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Melissa McCarthy and Girls creator/star Lena Dunham both appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier today, where host Ellen DeGeneres suggested that they all be cast in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters that Paul Feig is directing. After Ellen made the initial suggestion, Lena Dunham had this to say.

"I have to say, since I've heard that rumor I think every lady in town who fancies herself a jokester wants in."

After rumors of an all-female Ghostbusters started popping up last month, original Ghostbusters star Bill Murray suggested that his St. Vincent co-star Melissa McCarthy be cast, along with Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini and Emma Stone. It was announced earlier this month that Paul Feig is officially directing an all-female version of Ghostbusters, which lead to The X-Files star Gillian Anderson expressing her interest in the project last week.

Of course, no one has been officially cast yet, but »

- MovieWeb

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Lena Dunham Reacts to Ghostbusters 3 Rumors, Reveals Her Biggest Fear (And It's Not Being Naked)

20 October 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Let the Ghostbusters 3 casting rumors continue! After Hollywood director Paul Feig announced his plans to bring Ghostbusters 3 to the big screen with an all-female cast, Hollywood's funniest actresses have been speaking out about the film. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, Girls star Lena Dunham was asked if she will be starring in the project. "I have to say, since I've heard that rumor I think every lady in town who fancies herself a jokester wants in," she explained to Ellen DeGeneres. But before she could deny the rumor completely, the focus quickly turned to Melissa McCarthy who was also appearing on the talk show. "I heard you're in »

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Melissa McCarthy Might Not Be A Guarantee For Ghostbusters

20 October 2014 4:40 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It's not hard to see how simple logic would lead a person to believe that Melissa McCarthy will star in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. The actress is not only one of the most popular comediennes working in features today - making her an easy fit for the all-female cast - and she has a good amount of experience collaborating with director Paul Feig, having starred in his last two films (Bridesmaids and The Heat). But while it makes all the sense in the world that McCarthy would be joining the cast, nothing has been made official at this point. McCarthy was recently a guest on The Ellen Show, and addressed the subject of the Ghostbusters reboot while sitting down with host Ellen DeGeneres and fellow guest Lena Dunham. During the conversation, DeGeneres made the insinuation that McCarthy was already signed on for the franchise project, but the Tammy star instantly »

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Melissa McCarthy Not Yet Part Of ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot; Lena Dunham and Ellen DeGeneres Want In

20 October 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The second rumors began circulating of an all-female Ghostbusters, the first person people though of was Melissa McCarthy. The Bridesmaids star is the most popular female comedic actress out there right now and her inclusion seemed like a forgone conclusion. That got even more likely when her frequent collaborator, Paul Feig, signed on to direct. […]

The post Melissa McCarthy Not Yet Part Of ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot; Lena Dunham and Ellen DeGeneres Want In appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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Final: ‘Fury’ Wins Box Office War With $23.7M; ‘Book Of Life’ At $17M; ‘Gone Girl’ $100M+; ‘Best Of Me’ $10M – B.O. Final

20 October 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Final Update, 1:32 Pm: Fury ended the weekend at $23.7M for Sony and Qed, so it underperformed all the tracking (gee what a surprise), social media metrics, and expectations just a little. But it will likely still make money all in after its domestic, international and home entertainment run. I understand that there were significant profit participations on this one. Fox and Reel FX’s The Book Of Life closed the weekend on the high end of our estimate with $17M and will have some playtime again over the next two weekends as no new offerings are in the family zone until Big Hero 6 bows from Disney on November 7. The other newbie, Relativity’s The Best Of Me, was soft with $10M. Gone Girl is now sitting pretty at $106.7M after three weeks in release for Fox and New Regency.

The more exciting news was really in the specialty »

- Anita Busch

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Edgier Films Do Well in Best Original Screenplay Category at the Oscars

20 October 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Justin Simien’s feature debut Dear White People is a satirical comedy that deals with intra- and inter-race relations at a fictional Ivy League university after a group of white students throw a “black-themed” party. The film — which has been critically acclaimed and holds a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes — opened this weekend in limited release, receiving an average of $31,273 from 11 theaters. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the festival. Simien, who wrote and directed the film, used to work on studio publicity and is now getting his own Oscar campaign from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, the distributors for Dear White People. The film covers social issues that people often choose not to acknowledge and does so in a smart, humorous way. Though these types of films may cover topics the Academy is often wary of, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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’22 Jump Street’ Being Re-Released Oct. 24th Only Days Before Home Entertainment Launch

20 October 2014 10:16 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill buddy comedy hit 22 Jump Street is being re-released by Sony on October 24, in a distribution and marketing move that is kind of odd, given that the film is now at $191M domestically and $137.4M internationally. Usually this is done to reach some kind of box office benchmark, but given that it’s already at $328.4M worldwide and is unlikely to make another $9M domestically, it has us scratching our heads. The DVD comes out on October 28th so why would you re-release it into theaters four days before?

According to one Sony exec, “It’s essentially a promotional run, a chance for audiences to see the No. 1 comedy of the year on the big screen before its home entertainment launch. Not trying to hit any milestone per se. Always good for audiences to enjoy together before home entertainment kicks in.” Okaaay. I still don’t get it. »

- Anita Busch

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Are Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa McCarthy and Lena Dunham the New Ghostbusters?

20 October 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ellen DeGeneres is throwing her name in the ring for 'Ghostbusters 3.'

Ellen DeGeneres is taking it upon herself to cast the new Ghostbusters 3 -- and this trio isn't too far off from some of our casting picks.

Bridesmaids actress Melissa McCarthy and Girls star Lena Dunham joined Ellen on her Monday show and the daytime host took the opportunity to pitch the movie to the funny women. "The three of us, I think we should maybe do Ghostbusters together or something like that," Ellen told the women.

Photos: Ghostbusters 3 Dream Casting

Turning to Melissa, Ellen said, "I think you’re in already." Despite some prying on both Ellen and Lena's part to get the actress to confess she's already been cast in the sequel, Melissa denied the claims several times, saying, "I’m not in. I’m not it!"

Lena, however, is all for being a Ghostbuster. "I have to »

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Lena Dunham and Melissa McCarthy Talk ‘Ghostbusters’ on ‘Ellen’ (Video)

20 October 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lena Dunham expressed interest in landing a role in “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig‘s female-driven “Ghostbusters” reboot while appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” alongside Melissa McCarthy on Monday. “I have to say, since I've heard that rumor I think every lady in town who fancies herself a jokester wants in,” Dunham told DeGeneres, who joked the three of them should “do ‘Ghostbusters’ together.” Also read: Paul Feig's All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Will Be ‘Really Scary’ McCarthy, a “Bridesmaids” star who also led the cast of Feig's 2013 hit “The Heat,” shot down rumors that she is already involved in “Ghostbusters. »

- Greg Gilman

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Kidman and Firth a mismatch

19 October 2014 8:01 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman were terrific as a long-married couple who overcame adversity in The Railway Man but Australian audiences aren.t buying their latest on-screen pairing.

Before I Go to Sleep casts Kidman as a 40-year-old woman who wakes up every day with a blank memory. Firth is her husband who tells her they.ve been married for 14 years and Mark Strong is her neuro-psychologist who encourages her to keep a daily video diary so she can help rebuild her life.

The thriller directed by Rowan Joffe, adapted from S. J. Watson.s best-selling novel, may not have sent audiences to sleep but relatively few bothered to turn up as the film fetched $418,000 on a very wide 194 screens.

Nationwide takings dropped by 16% to $9.7 million as none of the other newcomers much enthused cinemagoers, according to Rentrak.s weekend estimates. Distributors say the market is soft and especially shallow below the top three titles. »

- Don Groves

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Box Office: Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ Edges Out ‘Book of Life,’ ‘Gone Girl’

19 October 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brad Pitt and a squadron of up-and-coming actors held off “Gone Girl” at the multiplexes this weekend as “Fury” topped box office charts with a $23.5 million debut.

Despite surrendering first place after two weeks wearing the crown, “Gone Girl” showed some impressive stamina. David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling mystery dropped just 32% to $17.8 million. Its total now stands at $107.1 million and is striking distance of surpassing “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” ($127.5 million) as Fincher’s highest-grossing domestic release. Water cooler effect achieved.

“It’s one of those movies that it’s so provocative that if you haven’t seen it yet, you have to in order to be part of the conversation,” said Chris Aronson, distribution chief at 20th Century Fox, the studio behind “Gone Girl.” “It’s as simple as that.”

In a sign that adults are returning to theaters after sitting out the summer popcorn season, »

- Brent Lang

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Exclusive Video Interview With The Cast And Director Of St. Vincent

18 October 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While the main appeal of St. Vincent is unapologetically Bill Murray playing a lazy, drinking, and smoking curmudgeon, it’s an ensemble cast and a first time director that shape this feel-good drama.

Theodore Melfi directs a script he wrote about a man named Vincent, an old grouch set in his ways who finds a renewed sense of self thanks to the appearance of a neighbor. A single working mother, played by Melissa McCarthy, moves in next door with her 12-year-old son Oliver (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher) and soon solicits the baby-sitting services of Vincent (she’s pretty desperate).

So, Vincent takes Oliver around and show’s him a world that a 12-year-old probably doesn’t need to know about, which includes a bookie (Terrance Howard) and a prostitute (Naomi Watts). Eventually, Vincent’s influence clashes with Oliver’s mother’s wishes and also attracts the attention of Oliver’s schoolteacher »

- Anthony Marcusa

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Review: St. Vincent

17 October 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

 Here's Michael's weekend review of St. Vincent, currently expanding to more theaters...

There is a moment in Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent where it looks like the film might deviate from the relentlessly predictable path it’s been traveling up to that point. Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) is the runty new kid at school, so of course he immediately picks up a squad of dedicated bullies, and of course they manage to locate him in a parking lot while he waits for the return of his crabby, neglectful babysitter, Vincent (Bill Murray). Movie law dictates that this is the cue for Vincent to swoop in to put a hurting on the bullies, thus revealing a new likeable side to this misanthrope, and sure enough Bill Murray’s seedy guardian shows up on cue. Only instead of intervening, he leans against his broken down old jalopy and lights up a cigarette, with »

- Michael C.

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Film Review: Phony ‘St. Vincent’ is Bill Murray’s Worst Choice Since ‘Garfield’

17 October 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “Garfield, maybe” was the sole utterance of regret that iconic actor/prolific movie-golfer Bill Murray expressed in 2009’s “Zombieland” before he died. Should the adoration for this cameo resurrect him for that film’s announced sequel, Murray will hopefully denounce “St. Vincent,” his most needless and perverse career choice since vocally birthing “Garfield” (and yes, that includes getting a handjob as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 2012’s also terrible “Hyde Park on Hudson”).

Rating: 1.5/5.0

Unpromising writer/director Ted Melfi’s “St. Vincent” is a film that is so ordinary with its story construction that its only substantial charm is indeed Murray’s casting. And yet, this selling point does not need a film like this to please a crowd, as he thrills people even by starring in numerous Bs urban legends. Though this shiny film won’t go away any time soon, “St. Vincent” is best taken as another joke project from Murray, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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St. Vincent – The Review

16 October 2014 9:25 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Bill Murray has always played the nice guy. Whether on-screen in one of his many iconic roles or off-screen singing karaoke with fans or giving spontaneous bachelor party speeches (yes… that has happened), Bill Murray seems to wander intermittently in and out of our lives like that stoic but occasionally goofy uncle that you’ve always admired. His career has been partially eclipsed by his public reputation as of late, but St. Vincent is here to tarnish it with a bad-boy image. Well… maybe just a little.

Bill Murray plays a crotchety boozer named Vincent. His thrown-together appearance and house in shambles is just the start of the deeper problems that lie within. Around every corner is another person who he’s indebted to (one of which is a fellow gambler from the racetrack played by Terrence Howard). Vincent sees an opportunity to get himself out of the hole when »

- Michael Haffner

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‘St. Vincent’ is irredeemable

16 October 2014 4:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

St. Vincent

Written & Directed by Theodore Melfi

USA, 2014


You know you have star power when an entire theater sits through the end credits just to watch you water a potted plant.  Such is our national obsession with Bill Murray.  Whether it’s a raised eyebrow or an awkward pause, you’re just waiting for him to do something funny.  Sadly, St. Vincent keeps you waiting for most of its running time.  This watered-down Bad Santa is too busy being a benign crowd pleaser to deliver much of a kick.

Vincent (Murray) is the ball of hate that lives next door.  He curses at passersby in the street, and his only friends are a cat and a pregnant exotic dancer with an outrageous Russian accent.  Even his house looks like an ancient, yellowing cigarette butt.  But he’s also got his soft spots.  Like continuing to visit his wife in the nursing home, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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