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The End Of The Tour, A24’s Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel starrer, got off to a solid beginning with a launch in 4 theaters, one of a handful of new specialty movies this weekend. A couple of high profile Sundance docs also performed well in their openings. Magnolia’s Gore Vidal/William F. Buckley doc Best Of Enemies did fine in three theaters, and Showtime Documentary Listen To Me Marlon had a respectable debut in two cinemas. A Lego Brickumentary opened slow but built… »
The Paramount/Skydance tentpole generated $20.3 million at the Friday box office, setting an opening day mark for the sturdy franchise — and signaling that Cruise still carries plenty of star power. Saturday’s total hit $19.7 million.
The launch of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” outperformed forecasts by a significant margin. It had been on track for an opening weekend of $40 million, according to recent studio estimates.
The fifth installment in the series, written and directed by Chris McQuarrie, finds Cruise facing off against a squad of special agents known as the Syndicate. Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson also star.
The first four “Mission: Impossible” films have grossed over $2 billion. »
- Dave McNary
Powered by the Energizer bunny energy of the seemingly inexhaustible Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation pulled in $56M for the weekend, taking #1 at the box office. It's a good start for the $150M, fifth installment in the now-rejuvenated M:i series that seems to be have been carried, uphill, on Cruise's back. The success of the film also adds a counter-example to the "Where Are the Box-Office Stars??" articles queued up at entertainment outlets everywhere.Just last week Adam Sandler's Pixels, with a tepid $24M opening, prompted numerous "Is He Over?" articles, questioning the box-office virility of the once critic-proof star. On the Fourth of July weekend Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator Genisys drug itself to $27M, coming in third behind an animated Pixar movie in its third week and a dinosaur movie in its fourth week. Genisys continues to struggle with a domestic take of $87M. Cruise, however, »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
The Paramount/Skydance release is on track to pull in about $52 million for the weekend in its 3,956 locations, according to studio estimates. The fifth installment in the series, written and directed by Chris Mcquarrie, finds Cruise facing off against a squad of special agents known as the Syndicate. Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson also star.
“This is the rare sequel that leaves its franchise feeling not exhausted but surprisingly resurgent at 19 years and counting,” Variety‘s review says of the pic. Cruise has already announced plans for a sixth film.
“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” the previous pic in the series, pulled in $209 million in the U.S. and $485 million internationally. The first four “Mission: Impossible” films have totaled more than $2 billion in worldwide grosses. »
- Marianne Zumberge
On this week's Screen Talk, Indiewire's Eric Kohn and I cover the waterfront of fall film festivals and a rash of new titles to consider for the welcome adult film season to come. We debate Christopher McQuarrie's "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" --is it the best?--and parse the intricacies of the hybrid day-and-date release of Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation" as well as the controversy behind the fictional David Foster Wallace movie "The End of the Tour." Will it effect its Oscar chances? And why the hell is Jason Segel being considered for supporting actor? Next week: Locarno! Check out some discounted indie films here. And the podcast is available on iTunes. »
- Anne Thompson
A trio of documentaries that likely will factor in awards season bow this weekend, while a new feature starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel could give some lift into the specialty box office. Showtime Documentary Film is giving its Sundance docu Listen To Me Marlon, which tells Oscar-winning screen legend Marlon Brando’s story through his own words, a traditional theatrical window ahead of its fall debut on the network. Magnolia Pictures and Participant will open… »
After two straight weeks atop the box office, Marvel's Ant-Man will surely be dethroned this weekend, with the arrival of two new releases, Paramount's Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation and New Line Cinema's Vacation. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation will easily take the top spot, somewhere in the low $50 million range, in its first week in theaters. The fifth installment of the lucrative Mission: Impossible franchise is heading into theaters with a strong wave of critical buzz, with a 93% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Even though Vacation debuted on Wednesday, and the reviews haven't been favorable (25% "Rotten" rating), it should still easily take the second place spot.
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation opens in 3,956 theaters today, with action icon Tom Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt for the fifth time. He is joined by stars of 2011's Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, along with a »
Read More: James Ponsoldt on Why 'The End of the Tour' Is Not a David Foster Wallace Biopic David Foster Wallace is not the sort of role that an actor takes lightly. When Jason Segel (known primarily as the self-effacing funnyman who starred in Apatow joints "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "I Love You, Man" as well as happily married Marshall on ubersitcom "How I Met Your Mother") signed on to portray the celebrated writer in James Ponsoldt’s "The End Of The Tour," he exercised due diligence. The result was a performance of unanticipated nuance and power, uncannily replicating the Wallace preserved in interview clips and writing samples while also unearthing hidden depths of personality that only a premise this intimate could afford. Jesse Eisenberg joins Segel as small-time novelist David Lipsky, sent by Rolling Stone to cover the tail end of Wallace’s book tour in support of "Infinite Jest. »
- Charles Bramesco
The tour in The End of the Tour is David Foster Wallace’s 1996 multicity promotion for his epic novel Infinite Jest, a fractured portrait of a manic culture and the biting loneliness at its heart. The movie, directed by James Ponsoldt from a script by the playwright Donald Margulies, depicts what happens when Wallace (Jason Segel) becomes a cog in the machine he’s attempting to deconstruct. He’s seen through the eyes of the writer David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg), who tags along to the last city, Minneapolis, for a Rolling Stone profile. Lipsky has just published his own novel to resounding crickets, and he oscillates between jealousy of Wallace’s sudden celebrity and a desire to live vicariously through it — to know what it’s like to be a literary sensation. Wallace, meanwhile, is visibly uncomfortable with his stardom, partly because he doesn’t want to be seen as »
- David Edelstein
With The End of the Tour set to debut in selected cinemas this Friday in the States, a new clip has arrived online, which you can view below…
The End Of The Tour tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based »
- Scott J. Davis
"The End of the Tour" opens as David Lipsky hears about the death of David Foster Wallace, unearths the audiotapes he used to record an earlier interview with Wallace and puts fresh batteries into his Sony Tape Recorder (the same model I still own). The journalism rings true, as do the debates between two wily writers. Jesse Eisenberg plays the alert and slightly envious novelist Lipsky opposite lanky Jason Segel as Wallace, who was uncomfortable with all the kudos he was getting for his postmodern novel "Infinite Jest." Lipsky told me at Sundance that he was relieved at the time that he didn't have to write the feature, as other things came up and pushed it aside. Segel says the movie is like the trajectory of a relationship as they first meet, start to know each other, get comfortable, then intimate, then angry, and break up. They never met again. »
- Anne Thompson
I was not a David Foster Wallace disciple before walking into James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour. In fact, I hadn't read a word he'd written and was only aware of his status as an acclaimed writer and his tragic suicide in 2008. Perhaps this is the best way to approach this film, without any measure of preconception or idea as to the icon at its core, or questioning whether Jason Segel is worthy of portraying him, considering he's largely known for his comically goofy roles in the likes of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets. Even further, I didn't know until after seeing the film that Foster Wallace's estate, family and publisher all disavowed the film sight unseen. While I can't speak to the veracity of the story being told (though it's only obvious liberties were taken, this is a movie after all), or whether it's an accurate portrayal of Dfw, »
- Brad Brevet
In their new movie The End of the Tour, Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg play two writers— acclaimed author David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky — who in 1996 conducted a marathon five-day interview while Wallace finished promoting his beloved novel, Infinite Jest.
Befitting their roles, Segel and Eisenberg sat down for Rolling Stone for an exclusive, wide-ranging conversation that covered everything from embarrassing summer camp stories (Segal recalls singing all of Les Misérables' "Castle on a Cloud" in a falsetto) to tombstone sizes and what constitutes leading a fulfilling life. »
Jason Segel stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday and talked about everything from his feelings on Norway to how he fits into jeans. The actor, whose statements were all part of a hilarious game of Word Sneak, worked Jimmy like a pro so that the conversation could go in his favor. At one point, the host couldn't help but burst into laugher at Jason's charming and funny tactics. Watch the clip above, then check out the trailer for Jason's latest movie, The End of the Tour, which shows a whole new side to the famous funnyman. »
Can you call it a bromance if there is no comedic intent? If not, then what's the best way to label a burgeoning platonic relationship between two men connecting over previously unexplored similarities and interests? Maybe it's just friendship, relationship, or connection. But none of those really define the dynamic at play quite as eloquently as just calling it a bromance. Call it what you like, the dynamic explored in James Ponsoldt's David Foster Wallace drama The End of the Tour is a brilliantly touching and informative trip inside the male intellect. With remarkable performances by Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, Ponsoldt delivers a film that is both a touching portrait of an enormous literary figure and an introspective journey into the creative process. Based...
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If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Let's kick things off with a game of Word Sneak with Jason Segel! Always a fun "Tonight Show" game -- this time including words like "squat thrust," "frankfurter," and "The Goo Goo Dolls." Honestly, some celebs are better at playing this than others, and Jason Segel is hilarious.
Every wondered what hit '80s anthem "Jessie's Girl" is really about? Because you're about to find out in this "never before seen" footage of »
- Mehera Bonner
Jason Segel dropped in on Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show,” and the pair soon got embroiled in a goofy game of Word Sneak. Each player got cards with random words, such as frankfurter or Norway, and then had to work them into a casual conversation, which is a lot easier said than done. The “Sex Tape” actor first had to tackle the word “mongoose,” which he managed to merge into a chat about the hot New York summer, but blundered by blurting out “mongoose” instead. Also Read: Jimmy Fallon Details His Severe Finger Injury: 'It Looked Like a Cheap Horror Movie' Meanwhile, »
- Debbie Emery
Currently, Paul Feig is shooting the new Ghostbusters movie, that's landing in cinemas next July. As you more than likely know, his film features Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
However, a few months back came word of another new Ghostbusters film, this one being penned by Drew Pearce. Furthermore, Joe and Anthony Russo - currently helming Captain America: Civil War - and Channing Tatum were all said to be involved. Rumours suggested that Chris Pratt would join the cast too.
Pearce, who co-wrote the incoming Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, has given an update on the project, revealing that he finished his work on the film "in the last couple of weeks".
He told MTV that "obviously it’s top secret, but there’s a gigantic bold idea that I came up with, »
"It’s the big question of a movie of this size —will people care if they don’t care about David Foster Wallace?" Jason Segel recently told RogerEbert.com. "It’s not a cradle to grave biopic. It’s just these four days. What it really rests on is creating this character tension between two guys. Between [screenwriter] Donald Margulies curating the actual interview into a narrative and [director] James Ponsoldt creating tension out of active listening. It’s really hard to do." Read More: Sundance Review: James Ponsoldt's 'The End Of The Tour' Starring Jason Segal And Jesse Eisenberg However, Segel, along with co-star Jesse Eisenberg, pulls it off with "The End Of The Tour," a drama that brings a slice in the life of famed writer Wallace to the big screen. Ron Livingston, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer and Mickey Sumner co-star in the movie about the four »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It may not be the most outwardly dynamic of professions (I write this in a more or less supine position on the sofa from which I can't remember having stirred all day), but writing is not only one of the more mythologised pastimes —it's also a vital part of the filmmaking process. As a result, there are perhaps an inordinate number of films that place writers at the center of their narratives, as though screenwriters, casting around for a subject and being advised to "write what you know," can most readily identify with other writers. And a significant number of such films take real-life writers as their focus and their inspiration, as this week's release "The End of the Tour" (our very positive review is here) demonstrates. Focussing on a series of conversations between a Rolling Stone journalist (Jesse Eisenberg) and David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), James Ponsoldt's film is about many things, »
- Jessica Kiang
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