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8 items from 2006


Shyamalan leaves UTA for CAA

15 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, who had been with UTA for more than 10 years, has left the agency for CAA. UTA signed Shyamalan before he made The Sixth Sense, the movie that thrust him onto the A-list, earning him Oscar nominations for best director and original screenplay.

The movie became a boxoffice phenomenon, grossing $293.5 million. Shyamalan became one of the highest-paid writer-directors in Hollywood -- he earned $5 million for writing his Sixth Sense follow-up Unbreakable -- and directed a string of high-profile movies. »

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'Vice' grips boxoffice

30 July 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal Pictures was celebrating Sunday while Warner Bros. Pictures went into mourning. Universal's actioner Miami Vice easily seized the spotlight at the North American boxoffice for the weekend, but Warners' animated film The Ant Bully went splat and the second weekend of M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water drowned. For the first time in four weeks, Buena Vista Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, was not the No. 1 film. While Dead Man's Chest grabbed another $20.5 million (bringing its estimated domestic haul to $358.4 million), Michael Mann's Vice took in an estimated $25.2 million, enough to topple the king of the 2006 boxoffice and establish a strong start of its own. The same could not be said for Ant Bully, from Tom Hanks' Playtone Prods. The film, directed by John A. Davis (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius), earned an estimated $8.1 million for a fifth-place finish. Not even the voice talent of such stars as Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage and Julia Roberts could stand up to Sony Pictures' sophomore session of its animated Monster House, which took the fourth-place slot by grossing an additional $11.5 million for an estimated cume of $43.9 million. »

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'Vice' grips boxoffice

30 July 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal Pictures was celebrating Sunday while Warner Bros. Pictures went into mourning. Universal's actioner Miami Vice easily seized the spotlight at the North American boxoffice for the weekend, but Warners' animated film The Ant Bully went splat and the second weekend of M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water drowned. For the first time in four weeks, Buena Vista Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, was not the No. 1 film. While Dead Man's Chest grabbed another $20.5 million (bringing its estimated domestic haul to $358.4 million), Michael Mann's Vice took in an estimated $25.2 million, enough to topple the king of the 2006 boxoffice and establish a strong start of its own. The same could not be said for Ant Bully, from Tom Hanks' Playtone Prods. The film, directed by John A. Davis (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius), earned an estimated $8.1 million for a fifth-place finish. Not even the voice talent of such stars as Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage and Julia Roberts could stand up to Sony Pictures' sophomore session of its animated Monster House, which took the fourth-place slot by grossing an additional $11.5 million for an estimated cume of $43.9 million. »

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'Pirates' booty still growing as new releases fall short

24 July 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Four new releases hit the big screen this past weekend yet none had the power to knock Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest off its perch. The Buena Vista Pictures release captured the lion's share of the boxoffice for the third week in a row with $35.2 million in receipts. Only Sony Pictures' Monster House got close to the swashbuckling adventure with $22.2 million while M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water disappointed its new distributor Warner Bros. Pictures with $18 million. 20th Century Fox's My Super Ex-Girlfriend from veteran director Ivan Reitman also was a miss, with only $8.6 million for the three-day frame, while MGM's Clerks II from the Weinstein Co. earned a respectable $10 million in 2,150 theaters. The sheer volume of debuts for the weekend, plus the holding power of Dead Man's Chest, lifted the boxoffice close to 8% from the same period last year, when DreamWorks Pictures debuted The Island and Paramount Pictures released Bad News Bears. »

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'Pirates' ship doesn't tip

24 July 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It was a weekend of highs and lows at the North American boxoffice. Buena Vista Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest continued to break records, and Sony Pictures' Monster House surpassed expectations with its estimated $23 million opening. However, the same can't be said for Warner Bros. Pictures' release of M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water, which grossed an estimated $18.2 million, or 20th Century Fox's My Super Ex-Girlfriend, which came in at an estimated $8.7 million. Meanwhile, Kevin Smith's loyal fans turned out in abundance, as his irreverent sequel Clerks II grossed $9.6 million. Overall, the top 12 movies earned an estimated $143.2 million, an extremely healthy 10.8% increase compared with the same weekend last year. The variety of films offered seemed to draw audiences in droves. »

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'Pirates' to leave 'Water' all wet

20 July 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Four wide releases are hitting the marketplace this weekend, but neither the cachet of director M. Night Shyamalan and his fifth wide release, Lady in the Water, nor the innovation of Monster House's 3-D animation will be any match for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The Buena Vista release is likely to remain atop the heap, even as the Johnny Depp starrer enters its third weekend in release. Also out to gain some boxoffice cash is 20th Century Fox's My Super Ex-Girlfriend and the Weinstein Co.'s Clerks II, which will be distributed by MGM. »

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Top 20 Must See films of the Summer!

24 April 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Ahhhhh lazy days ahead. Picnics, BBQ’s and fun days at the beach (see pic above). Summer is also the time when Hollywood campaigns for folks to make there way to air-conditioned multiplexes. I champion such activity but I also say don’t forget the other films – the arty sort. Using our regular voting system – I asked the cream of crop folks at ioncinema to name me their most anticipated picks to beat the heat….you’ll find a bit of everything in the choices of Marcello Paolillo, Justin Ambrosino, Samuel Hilton, Jameson Kowalczyk and me. Scroll down to see what we feel are 20 reasons to go to the theatres this summer, and stay tuned tomorrow as we unveil the remaining top choices. 20.Lady in the Water Release date: July 21st Wide ReleaseDistributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Ioncinema Preview : View here The Gist: Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti »

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ShoWesters get nostalgic at gala wrap

17 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LAS VEGAS -- As ShoWest 2006 closed with a gala affair at the Paris hotel, director M. Night Shyamalan proved once again why he is a favorite with exhibitors. The director of The Sixth Sense and Signs told an anecdote about meeting a fan who sported a Signs-inspired crop circle tattoo on his back. "If anybody tells you guys that the experience of movies is the same as other mediums, the Internet or anything like that, don't believe it," he said upon receiving the Director of the Year Award. "There is no one on this planet who has a tattoo on their body from renting a DVD." The helmer, whose upcoming Lady in the Water was teased, has long championed the importance of preserving the current theatrical window. »

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