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Home, the newest feature from animation studio Dreamworks, won the top spot in its opening weekend, beating out competitors with a $54 million opening. The total marks Dreamworks’ first box office top finish since Mr. Peabody and Sherman achieved the feat a year ago, and the studio’s first opening weekend victory since 2013’s The Croods. The PG-rated Home was joined at the top by fellow new opener and R-rated Get Hard, as the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy took in $34.6 million in its opening weekend, good for a second place finish.
Among the rest of the films, the other big entry was the indie horror film It Follows. Distributors’ plans to forego a VOD opening this weekend in favour of taking the film to a wide theatrical release instead paid off, as the movie made $4 million in its expansion, finishing in fifth place on the chart with a $4 million total. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
[This is a re-post of my The Riot Club review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film is available on VOD and in select theaters starting today, March 27th.] It’s nice to think that we live in a pretty fair world. Sure humanity is sprawling and varied, but our differences are mostly overcome by a sense of harmony or karma. It’s nice to think that, but it’s not necessarily true. Life isn’t fair. We aren’t all born with equal opportunity. You can’t be “whatever you want to be” when you grow up. The fact of the matter is, our destiny comes with restrictions based on the circumstances into which we are born. Location, time period, genetics—these are all factors that determine the ill-defined (but definitely real) limit to our reach, and like it or not, few are more significant than wealth and status. Director Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) new film, The Riot Club, tackles class and social structure head-on from the eye of the young elite, following the members of a »
- Adam Chitwood
London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary at a party in London today, has revealed its latest slate, which includes new projects from the directors of “The Theory of Everything” and “The Lunchbox,” as well as films by Armando Iannucci and Ricky Gervais.
James Marsh, the director of “The Theory of Everything,” is helming a film recounting the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, and his attempt to win the first single-handed round-the-world yacht race in 1968. Pic is produced by Blueprint Pictures; it is written by Scott Z. Burns and stars Colin Firth.
Ritesh Batra, who helmed “The Lunchbox,” will direct an adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning novel “The Sense of an Ending.” The adaptation is the debut screenplay of playwright Nick Payne, whose play “Constellations” has recently been on Broadway starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The film tells the story of Tony Webster, whose comfortable world »
- Leo Barraclough
The slate of projects was revealed during an event in London to celebrate the 25th birthday of BBC Films, whose first first theatrical production, Truly Madly Deeply, directed by Anthony Minghella, was released in 1990.
The adaptation is the debut screenplay of award-winning playwright Nick Payne and tells the story of Tony Webster, whose comfortable world is rocked to its foundations by the emergence of an explosive letter from his careless youth.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Remember “An Education”? The 2009 movie that dashed for Oscar glory, made Carey Mulligan into a star, gracefully walked the tightrope of suspense and coming-of-age, and showcased the directing talents of Danish provocateur-esse Lone Scherfig? If you liked it as much as some of us with The Playlist did, you were most likely anticipating Scherfig’s latest project, “The Riot Club." Well, check your expectations at the door when you walk into this one, because all of the star-making directorial grace Scherfig possesses is substituted for a bludgeoning attempt at provoking the British elite into taking a long hard look at themselves through a cracked mirror. She retains her confrontational sensibilities, with none of the subtlety, and hammers a single message to mind-numbing effect. Max Irons plays Miles Richards, fresh out of prestigious Westminster and ready to assimilate himself into the culture of Oxford University. Simultaneously, Alistair Ryle (Sam Claflin) is another. »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
“Nothing without joy, everything to excess.” For the 10 members of the all-male cloak and dagger society called The Riot Club, that is a motto to live by. All of them are among the hardest-working students at Oxford University and demand they play just as relentlessly as they work. Several of them are descendants of nobility or the UK’s most powerful political leaders. Fraternizing with any person beneath an upper-class status would be out of the question for several of them. As for ordinary men and women who disagree with their archaic, conservative values: watch out.
If spending time with the most elite of English swills sounds like a fun time at the movies, then The Riot Club should be a must-see. Anyone looking to mock the spoiled rotten virtues of the upper percentile of the 1%, though, will not find too much to heckle here. The film cannot boast the »
- Jordan Adler
The adaptation of Laura Wade’s 2010 play “Posh” centers on an elite Oxford club for high society types and a raucous night out that ends in tragedy and a cover-up. It is scheduled to cross the pond and open in the United States on March 27.
That may be a challenge for the film, as its targets and investigation into the limits of social mobility could get lost in translation. Race, not caste, remains America’s dominant obsession, but Scherfig and her cast of up-and-coming leading men maintain that the film’s message will be able to traverse the Atlantic.
“The issue of how power and money divide people and how that leads to corruption exists everywhere,” said Max Irons, one of the film’s stars. »
- Brent Lang
Taking place April 4-19, the festival will feature over 200 films, including recent world premieres from Sundance and Berlin.
Istanbul Film Festival has unveiled the lineup to its upcoming edition, taking place from April 4-19.
This year will feature over 200 films from 62 countries, as well as free talks and workshops by film-makers and masterclasses. New sections at this year’s festival include a special focus on cinema of the Balkans and a focus on German animation.
The festival’s international competition includes the likes of Cédric Kahn’s Wild Life, Quentin Dupieux’s Reality, Francesco Munzi’s Black Souls and Thomas Vinterberg’s Far from the Madding Crowd, while the national competition will screen Ali Atay’s Lemonade, Selim Evci’s Secret and Mehmet Eryılmaz’s The Visitor, among others.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Oscar-nominated Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, has a new trailer for its anticipated March 27 Us release. Scherfig is a Dogme 95-er and Oscar-nominated for her film An Education (2009). Although most of Scherfig’s eight films are romantic comedies, The Riot Club is darker material. In the film, young Oxford University students join a “Riot Club” and exercise their darkest thoughts about “poor people”; probably murder ensues. The cast is a chorus of rising Britons led by Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer, Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay, as well as Sam Claflin, Max Irons, and Douglas Booth. The film is an adaptation by Laura Wade of her own West End play, Posh.
Behind the camera Scherfig has been a creative and detailed director since her breakthrough film Italian for Beginners (2000), which won the Silver Berlin Bear in 2001. Watch the new trailer for The Riot Club below:
- Max Wood
yt id="Es-jm4iDRRQ" width="500" I could have seen The Riot Club at the Toronto Film Festival last year, but I feel like it's a film I've seen too many times before. Am I wrong or are you seeing something different herec Filthy. Rich. Spoiled. Rotten. A band of overprivileged rich boys run wild in this savagely funny satire of money, sex and power. In the elite realm of Oxford University, no society is more exclusive than The Riot Club, the ultra-selective fraternity for Britain's most privileged sons. When he's recruited to join, down-to-earth first-year student Miles (Max Irons) is at first amused--but he's about to get a taste of upper-crust entitlement at its ugliest when a hedonistic night of drinking and drugs spins out of control. Based on the play "Posh" by Laura Wade. Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day) Starring: Holliday Grainger, Douglas Booth, Natalie Dormer, »
- Brad Brevet
The Riot Club Trailer. Lone Scherfig‘s The Riot Club (2014) movie trailer stars Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Harry Lloyd. The Riot Club‘s plot synopsis: “Set amongst the privileged elite of Oxford University, The Riot Club follows Miles (Max Irons) and Alistair (Sam Claflin), two [...]
Continue reading: The Riot Club (2014) Movie Trailers: Oxford University Party Gone Wrong »
- Rollo Tomasi
If you're not familiar with writer/directer Lone Scherfig (An Education), it looks like this next film might be a solid entry point. The Riot Club focuses on a couple of Oxford students who are invited to join an infamous secret society called . . . The Riot Club! Elitism and hell-raising are top priorities until something goes wrong. JoBlo's own Chris Bumbray reviewed the film at Tiff (you can check it out here) and said that "The Riot Club wound up being one of the »
- Sean Wist
Filthy. Rich. Spoilt. Rotten. IFC Films has recently unveiled the official Us trailer for Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club, which will be getting released in March after initially premiering at Tiff 2014 last year. This debaucherous drama delves into the lives of the elite members of Oxford University's "Riot Club", based on the real-life Bullingdon Club, though I'm sure they want nothing to do with this. The young and beautiful cast of Riot Club includes Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown Findlay, Natalie Dormer, Holliday Grainger, Olly Alexander, Tom Hollander and Sam Reid. As much as I am fond of director Lone Scherfig, I'm not any more interested in this than I was after the first trailer. Give it a shot. Here's the full trailer for Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club, officially from IFC Films (via The Film Stage): Set amongst the privileged elite of Oxford University, »
- Alex Billington
IFC Films has dropped a new trailer today for Lone Scherfig’s latest, The Riot Club. Based on Laura Wade’s West End play, Posh, the film follows the story of a young man at Oxford University as he attempts to gain acceptance into an exclusive, elitist fraternity. Think Neighbors through a stereotypical English lens.
The movie stars Max Irons as Miles Richards, whose every desire hinges upon joining the privileged group. The main bulk of the trailer serves to build up the prestige of the club, so as to possibly provide reason for why anyone would wish to be a member. Around the midway point it seems to veer into spoiler territory, but nevertheless, that first minute ought to entice potential viewers. While it’s yet to open in the U.S., the film did make its North American debut at last year’s Tiff, where it landed a crop of encouraging reviews. »
- Gem Seddon
Following up the Carey Mulligan-led An Education and the Anne Hathaway-led One Day, director Lone Scherfig is returning this year with The Riot Club. Adapted from Laura Wade‘s hit West End play, the project follows a group of Oxford University students who try to join the titular club, a dark and dangerous, but alluring upper-class group. We’ve now a […] »
- Leonard Pearce
I have to admit, I'm a little surprised to see the R rating for Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, not due to del Toro, but because I didn't think a major studio would allow for an R-rated fantasy feature, as PG-13 seemed to be the highest bar they'd allow. Kudos to them for allowing del Toro to do his thing. I'm not even more interested in this pic starring Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston. We also have an R-rating for Scott Cooper's Whitey Bulger feature Black Mass starring Johnny Depp and another for Eli Roth's Knock Knock starring Keanu Reeves. Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club hasn't enjoyed top marks on the festival circuit, but IFC will bring it to us later this year as an R-rated feature and just in the nick of time Paramount gets The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water a PG-rating. »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: He helped crack the almost uncrackable Enigma Code in the Morten Tyldum directed Oscar nominee and now he’s taking a big crack at Hollywood with some heavyweight help. Having signed with agency, Matthew Beard will now be joining fellow The Imitation Game actor Benedict Cumberbatch at UTA. Having also recently also signed up with Perri Kipperman at Kipperman Management, the BAFTA and recent SAG Awards nominee will continue to repped by Troika in the UK.
It’s been a busy year for Beard with the acclaim being heaped upon the drama based on Alan Turning and the great minds of Bletchley Park in the forefront of the Oscar race. Beard plays real life mathematician and codebreaker Peter Hilton in the Weinstein Company distributed film. The actor also saw Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club debut at the Toronto Film Festival last year. His various other credits over the »
- Dominic Patten
London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 8.
Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross. Last year’s recipient was Peter Greenaway.
Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, said: “I cannot think of a more deserving institution for this award than BBC Films, unbelievably in its 25th year and with more than 250 predominantly British films in its catalog. With a wide range of films from populist British box office hits like ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie’ and an enviable collection of ground-breaking films, I hope that this award will be not simply a recognition of past and present achievements, »
- Leo Barraclough
McKay will start at Soda in April and manage the core distribution team, working across acquisitions, partnerships and business development.
The London-based exec, an 12 year-StudioCanal [previously Optimum in the UK] veteran who is currently head of theatrical sales, was recently responsible for booking recent box office hits Paddington and The Imitation Game.
Last year, the company merged with Canadian film and TV outfit Thunderbird Films to grow their business in the UK and build a distribution division in North America.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Ava DuVernay's snub in the Best Director category for "Selma" at this morning's Oscar nominations is disappointing, but not unprecedented. Prior to DuVernay, eight different women were denied Best Director nominations for movies that garnered Best Picture nominations. They are: 1. Randa Haines, "Children of a Lesser God" (1986) 2. Barbra Streisand, "Prince of Tides" (1991) 3. Valerie Faris (co-director with Jonathan Dayton), "Little Miss Sunshine" (2007) 4. Loveleen Tandan (Danny Boyle's co-director in India; he won the award), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) 5. Lone Scherfig, "An Education" (2009) 6. Lisa Cholodenko, "The Kids are All Right" (2010) 7. Debra Granik, "Winter's Bone" (2010) 8. Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty" (2013) Meanwhile, only four women have actually earned nominations for Best Director in the history of the ceremony: Lina Wertmüller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993), Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2003), and Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker" (2009). Bigelow is the only woman to win the award. »
- Louis Virtel
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