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Paramount’s time-travel drama “Project Almanac” has opened with a moderate $375,000 at approximately 2,300 U.S. locations in Thursday night shows.
“Almanac” will expand to 2,893 locations and is projected to wrap up Super Bowl weekend in the $10 million to $12 million range.
The Iraq War drama, starring Bradley Cooper as Navy Seal Chris Kyle, is headed into the weekend with $217.1 million in total domestic grosses following its $3.7 million Thursday. “American Sniper” has a good chance of passing the $250 million mark by the end of the weekend.
Warner Bros. is adding 180 locations this weekend, bringing its total to 3,885 — the highest screen count ever for an R-rated title.
- Dave McNary
Black or White is the story of a grandfather, Elliott Anderson (Kevin Costner), who is suddenly left to care for his granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell), by himself. But, when her paternal grandmother, Rowena Jeffers (Octavia Spencer), seeks custody with the help of her lawyer brother (Anthony Mackie), poor Eloise is caught between two families. With the best intentions, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding.
The writer/director of Black or White, Mike Binder, a native of Detroit, Michigan, is an award-winning and well-regarded actor, writer, director, and producer. Binder’s directorial debut came in 1992 with Crossing the Bridge and has included such acclaimed films as Reign Over Me (2007) and The Upside of Anger (2005), which also starred Costner. Actor Anthony Mackie, is perhaps best known as Sam Wilson/Falcon from Captain America: The Winter Soldier »
- Mike Tyrkus
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 30th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide Black or White Director: Mike Binder Cast: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Ehle, Gillian Jacobs, Octavia Spencer, Anthony Mackie, Bill Burr, Sadarias Harrell, Joe Chrest, Janet Lynn Carey, Indigo, Mpho Koaho, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, David Jensen, André Holland, Joseph Fischer, Lola Phillips Synopsis: "An attorney struggling to raise his biracial granddaughter after the deaths of his wife and daughter becomes embroiled in a custody battle with the child’s paternal grandmother." [Toronto International Film Festival] Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (12 reviews) Project Almanac Director: Dean Israelite Cast:Sir Maejor, Amy Landecker, Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-d'Elia, Ginny Gardner, Patrick Johnson, Gary Grubbs, Allen Evangelista Synopsis: "A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a »
- Steve Greene
Elliot (Costner) has raised young Eloise (Jillian Estell) since the death of her mother. Now that his own wife has passed away, the girl’s remaining grandparent Rowena (Octavia Spencer) begins to question whether the child should be exposed to a larger portion of the family, including her biological father. Pitted against one another in a fight over what is best for Eloise, the families must confront their feelings about race, understanding, and forgiveness.
Co-starring Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Ehle, Gillian Jacobs, and Andre Holland, the movie - which premiered back in September at the Toronto International Film Festival- is coming to select theatres this Friday. You can get a look at the film with four new clips below, plus check out five things we learned from the Black or White press conference now!
- Rachel West
Update, Friday 7:25 Am: Paramount Pictures is reporting its Platinum Dunes sci-fi time travel film Project Almanac pulled in $375,000 in evening shows on Thursday and is eyeing $10M to $12M in its opening weekend. It opens wide everywhere today, playing in 2,893 locations.
Previous, Wednesday, 12:28 Pm: Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s American Sniper is expected to continue to dominate this weekend with approximately $35-$36M, off 44%, despite the fact that Super Bowl Sunday will steal away a number of male auds. Years ago, the studios use to consider the Big Game frame to be a deathtrap at the box office, however, distrib execs’ attitudes have changed in recent years as certain films geared toward females and teens have broken through to notables openings, i.e. the two highest openings over Super Bowl weekend are 2008’s Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds concerts ($31.1M) and 2010’s Dear John »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
The last few years several films concerning race relations in America have been released to much acclaim (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Academy Awards (12 Years A Slave), and big box office success (The Help). Just two weeks ago Oscar nominee Selma was given a wide coast-to-coast roll-out. But those true-life and fictional flicks were set in the past (Years over a century and a half ago). How about one set in the 21st century? Done, thanks to star/producer Kevin Costner and director/writer Mike Binder (they teamed ten years ago for the entertaining comedy/drama The Upside Of Anger). They’re going to try to shed a little light and start the healing with Black Or White.
The film begins as the affluent, tranquil life of high-priced La lawyer Elliot Anderson (Costner) is shattered when his beloved wife Carol (Jennifer Ehle) is killed in a car crash. Elliot must raise his grade school-aged, »
- Jim Batts
Sneak Peek the 'Super Bowl' trailer for director Robert Schwentke's upcoming feature "The Divergent Series: Insurgent", the second of four planned films set in the world of 'Divergent', starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet, opening March 20, 2015:
"...'Tris' (Woodley) searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago, as she and 'Four' (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by 'Jeanine' (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry 'Erudite' elite.
" Racing against time, they must find out what Tris' family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.
" Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another »
- Michael Stevens
Chicago – As race issues continue in the news, in the wake of Ferguson and “I Can’t Breathe,” the movies exhibit an extraordinary piece of timing with the new film “Black or White.” Oscar winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer participate in a story of family and healing.
The issue in the film involves “Black or White,” but mostly in the context of what the opposing families want for a biracial girl suddenly being raised by her white grandfather (Costner). Written and directed by Mike Binder (“The Upside of Anger”). the film explores themes of socio/economic separation as much as opposing racial views, and mostly it shows that both sides care ultimately for the little girl. Kevin Costner also steps outside his usual character mode, playing the grandfather as a mourning and boozy figure of tragedy, and a morally vague arbiter of the racial issues that have been thrust upon him. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Here’s your first look at the new TV spot for Insurgent.
The video will air this Sunday during the Super Bowl Pregame Show.
The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, with Naomi Watts, and Academy Award Winner Kate Winslet.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent finds the stakes raised for Tris [Woodley] and Four [James], who are now fugitives on the run hunted by Jeanine [Winslet], the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
- Michelle McCue
Kevin Costner re-teams with the writer and director of The Upside of Anger, Mike Binder, for his latest film, Black or White. In it, he plays Elliot Anderson who, as the movie starts, is widowed after his wife is killed in a car crash. This is only the latest tragedy to befall Elliot though, as he also lost his daughter to drugs years before, and all he has left in terms of family is his granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell).
In the process of dealing with his own grief, he is forced to contend with Eloise’s African-American grandmother Rowena (Octavia Spencer), who wants her back in the custody of her father Reggie (Andre Holland), a known drug addict that Elliot blames for the death of his daughter. Before he knows it, a custody battle heats up and Elliot becomes determined to keep Eloise living with him, as he feels he »
- Ben Kenber
With the annual Super Bowl due to take place on Sunday, studios will be clamouring for their share of the limelight in order to parade cinematic sizzle reels for a worldwide audience. But due to this bottleneck, some companies have jumped the gun by releasing new trailers and teasers for their properties ahead of schedule, much like Tomorrowland and Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genisys.
And the latest motion picture to join that pre-game category is Robert Schwentke’s upcoming sequel Insurgent, the second cinematic installment based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling novels. Though this clip doesn’t feature any footage from the movie itself, the teaser does a good job of reintroducing our protagonist as we inch ever closer to the film’s release.
- Michael Briers
Lionsgate has debuted a new “Insurgent” spot ahead of its TV premiere during Sunday’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage.
The 80-second spot begins with Shailene Woodley as Tris breaking free from tubes in slow motion, then smashing through glass to face off against Kate Winslet’s evil Jeanine amid a ruined future version of Chicago. But is it all an illusion?
- Dave McNary
"Do you hate black peoplec" "Not all of them..." This is the beginning of a courtroom exchange that takes place late in Mike Binder's Black or White and it absolutely, without a doubt, makes for the best couple of minutes in what is an otherwise unoriginal race drama involving a white grandfather fighting for custody of his half-black granddaughter. It's a scene that has something to say in a very honest, upfront way and it makes me wonder why Binder felt it was necessary to beat the audience over the head with stereotypes over the course of the rest of the film. Is it a lack of confidencec A fear of telling a racially charged story and not wanting to appear insensitivec What is itc Tackling racial issues is no easy feat, but sugar-coating things so it's easier to confront tough topics doesn't make it any better. Beyond racial themes, »
- Brad Brevet
For the latest AOL Build, Kevin Costner stops by to chat with Mr. Moviefone (aka Kevin Thompson) about his new movie, "Black or White." In the drama, Costner stars as a grieving widower fighting for custody of his granddaughter opposite Octavia Spencer. Check out the live interview as the actor discusses "Black or White," his career, and more.
- Jonny Black
In the sequel’s Super Bowl pregame spot, now available online (above), Woodley’s Tris Prior is seen, back in the clutches of the evil Jeanine (Winslet), but being the badass that she is, she doesn’t stay locked up for long, even with nefarious looking tubes attached to her and a glass wall between her and her nemesis.
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- Linda Ge
I'm the worst at predicting which Ya franchise will take off and which will die on the vine. I thought both "Divergent" and "The Maze Runner" would flop hard, but clearly there is an audience for these things. And it's not just hardcore fans of the books either, as the mainstream has been turned into fans as well. And so here we are with "Divergent" sequel "Insurgent" and a pre-game-day ad (Aka our marketing budget doesn't allow for spending money on an actual Super Bowl spot) has arrived. I didn't see the first movie, so I'm not sure what it means to watch Tris smash her way out of a glass box, through Kate Winslet and into a dystopian skyline. I guess it looks cool though? Or something? Featuring Shailene Woodley, Naomi Watts, Miles Teller, and Octavia Spencer, I kinda wish all these people were doing something else, but hey, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as »
- Kellvin Chavez
The action-packed promo, which will air before this Sunday's showdown between New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, sees Shailene Woodley's Tris Prior facing off against Kate Winslet's Jeanine Matthews.
Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer is attached to star in Seacole – a historical biopic about the legendary woman who defied discrimination to nurse soldiers in the Crimean War. With Charlie Stratton (In Secret) set to direct a script written by Dianne Houston (Take The Lead) and Marnie Dickens (Ripper Street), the project is being packaged for sale at the Berlin Film Festival.
“Mary Seacole was a dynamic, complex and charming woman, and knowing Octavia and her immense talent, there is no one better to embody this impressive and courageous historical figure.”
Having been born to a Jamaican woman and a Scottish officer from the British Army, Seacole grew up studying the healing techniques used by her mother in the boarding house she ran. Later in life, after the death »
- Sarah Myles
In the film “Black and white,” Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer star in a drama in which the two fight for custody of their interracial grandchild.The premise of Costner’s movie is simple: An affluent White grandfather and a Black grandmother go head to head for full custody of their interracial grandchild.Grieving widower Elliot (Kevin Costner) is left as sole caretaker of his granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell). He and his wife had raised Eloise since her birth, which took the life of their teenage daughter. The child’s father, Reggie (André Holland, who is excellent in Cinemax’s “The Knick” ), a crack […] »
- April Neale
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