6 items from 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey won't hold up spectacularly, but it won't crater either, as the audience does skew slightly older than your typical Twilight crowd. Then again, it doesn't have Valentine's Day. Hmmm, I still can't dip it more than 55 percent as the audience I've spoken to "enjoys" it as a girl's night out. Hey, guys get dozens of nonsense films like this a year, meant only for them, so I can hardly begrudge a terrible movie aimed at an underserved demo. $38.3 million is where I'm at, though there's sooooo much wiggle room on either side. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 looks dead on arrival, poor reviews and no John Cusack sort of murdered it before it started. It's not as though John Cusack is a draw, it's more that a sequel should have the same cast if you want to recapture whatever magic was there. $13.8 million is clearly a sad call, »
- Laremy Legel
Columbia/Sony Pictures International
When The Terminator was tested in a California shopping mall in 1984, it caused a riot. 25 years later, Terminator Salvation opened to mixed reviews and, critically for a $200 million blockbuster, it failed to take the top spot from the current box office champion, A Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
Not only was it the first Terminator not to open at #1, but with a paltry domestic haul of $125 million, Salvation was the lowest grossing sequel in the franchise. Worldwide, it made $371 million, less than double its production budget and considerably less than either Judgment Day ($519 million) or Rise Of The Machines ($433 million).
Fans demanded to know what had ‘gone wrong’. Where, they wondered, were all the signature elements: the time travel paradoxes, the single, indestructible villain and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 character? Why were the tone and the look so different? Why was it rated »
- Ian Watson
ABC Family also revealed the casts of the single-cam series, which are both shooting in Los Angeles.
Noah Reid (“Backpackers”) will lead workplace comedy “Kevin at Work” as the title character. Reid is joined by newcomer Paige Spara, Matt Murray (“Rookie Blue”), Jordan Hinson (“Eureka”) and Punam Patel (“Black-ish,” “Covert Affairs”). Amy Sedaris will guest star.
The half-hour series follows a young man (Reid) who professes his love to a co-worker before accepting another job, only to find that his offer has been rescinded. Barbie Adler (“How I Met Your Mother”) penned the pilot and will exec produce with Aaron Kaplan (“Chasing Life,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Secrets & Lies”) and McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “The O.C.”), who will direct the pilot.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Fitness model Greg Plitt killed in train accident: Plitt was the 'body' of Dr. Manhattan in 'Watchmen' movie Fitness model Greg Plitt, best known for adorning countless fitness magazine covers and for his participation on the reality TV show Work Out, was killed by a passenger train while being videotaped last Saturday afternoon, January 17, 2015, in Burbank, about 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities are now trying to figure out how Plitt and his two-person crew were able to access a restricted area – without a filming permit – and what exactly they were doing there. Online tabloids claim to have the answer, asserting that Greg Plitt's death was the result of a failed thrill-seeking stunt. The athletic Plitt, who had previously shot at least one workout video on a train track, was purportedly trying to outrun the passenger train, but tripped and fell on the tracks. Police have »
- Zac Gille
Sinister Six and The Amazing Spider-Man producer Matt Tolmach has hired David Manpearl to serve as Evp Production for his Matt Tolmach Productions banner. Tolmach, the former Sony Pictures co-president of production who departed that post in 2010 to segue into a first-look producing deal on the Culver lot, brings Manpearl in to identify new projects and oversee development and production on film and TV titles including Jumanji, written by Chris McKenna; The Bringing; The Rosie Project with Lego Movie’s Phil Lord and Christopher Miller; Dodge And Twist; and Royal Wedding with Roger Michell.
Tolmach and Manpearl go way back to when Tolmach was a Sony exec and Manpearl was his assistant. Manpearl went on to work on the Charlie’s Angels franchise and The O.C. at McG’s Wonderland, served as Svp at Mandeville working on hits including The Muppets and Warm Bodies and exec producing 21 & Over. He most »
- Jen Yamato
Paramount Pictures/Entertainment Weekly
Like the titular time-travelling killer, The Terminator franchise just won’t stay dead. Which is pretty damn impressive considering there hasn’t been a good installment since 1991.
Quite what it’ll take to finally kill the series is unclear. James Cameron tied it all up in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, yet thanks to Hollywood’s traditional perseverance with a recognised property they managed to wrangle out a threequel a decade later. And despite Rise Of The Machine under-performing with fans and critics it still prompted a fresh, but still closely-linked, reboot. Now, even after the disappointment of McG’s Terminator Salvation and a lengthy legal paper trail, there’s going to be another attempt to kick-start the franchise this year.
Although it’s beginning to look like Terminator Genisys might just be that movie that finally stops the T-800 on screen once and for all, with »
- Alex Leadbeater
6 items from 2015
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