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Despite getting the press release late last night, it took me a while to bring myself to write up the post. A Monster Calls was easily my most anticipated film of the Fall (especially after that ridiculously gorgeous trailer last month), and something I was eager to check out in October. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a little bit longer to check it out.
Focus Features has pushed the film back a little bit, giving it a limited release (10 cities) on December 23rd before a wider release on January 6, 2017. So no, it's not a huge delay, and likely done to polish up some of the effects/give them a better awards season slot, but it's still kind of a bummer. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The third movie of 2016 to feature a giant holding a child in its hand, “A Monster Calls” has been screening in New York and L.A. in advance of fall festival play—it debuts September 10 as a Toronto Film Festival Gala. And it’s screening well; media is buzzing that Spanish Guillermo del Toro protégé J.A. Bayona’s follow-up to “The Impossible” is a strong potential awards candidate.
And I agree. Based on the 2011 British fantasy novel by Patrick Ness, the four-hankie movie stars “The Theory of Everything” Oscar nominee Felicity Jones as a single mother fighting cancer while trying to keep her bright 12-year-old son Conor (Lewis MacDougall) from falling apart. He’s being bullied at school, and doesn’t get along with her mother (Sigourney Weaver), who is a tough-as-nails control freak. He adores his father (Toby Kebbell), but he has moved to Los Angeles with his new family. »
- Anne Thompson
Plus: Nyff unveils inaugural Explorations strand; Academy announces 17 student winners; and more…
Focus Features has pushed J A Bayona’s imminent Toronto world premiere into December.
A Monster Calls will launch on a ten-city run on December 23 before expanding wide on January 6, 2017.
The film premieres in Toronto as a gala presentation on September 9 and recounts the story of the son of a dying woman who befriends a tree-shaped beast.
Top brass at The Film Society Of Lincoln Center have announced Explorations, a new section of the New York Film Festival from global film-makers “across the spectrum of experience and artistic sensibility.” The inaugural roster comprises: Albert Serra’s The Death Of Louis Xiv; Douglas Gordon’s I Had Nowhere to Go; João Pedro Rodrigues’ The Ornithologist; Natalia Almada’s Everything »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Isn’t it funny how women are often regarded as being mysterious, unpredictable creatures? Their perceived tendency to engage with their emotions more freely than men – in general terms – is regularly cited as evidence of their strange ‘otherness.’ But, as with all things, this is only because science has been so busy studying male biology, that female biology is less understood. This is the status quo that gave rise to the publication of the book The Female Brain, by neuro-psychiatrist Louann Brizendine M.D, and subsequently, its cinematic adaptation by Whitney Cummings.
Cummings makes her directorial debut here, having adapted the book with Neal Brennan (Chapelle’s Show) – and she appears in the film alongside the already cast Sofia Vergara, Cecily Strong, Blake Griffin, Beanie Feldstein, Chris D’Elia, Xosha Roquemore and Dean Cole. Filming is already underway, but James Marsden, Lucy Punch and Toby Kebbell have now been added »
- Sarah Myles
It can be very difficult to judge a film on its own merits, especially when it is a story that has been retold several times, and when one of those times was one of the most heavily awarded films in the history of cinema, it has a lot of baggage to live up to. While Ben-Hur has been updated for modern audiences, who wouldn’t dare watch a film older than the 21st century in a serviceable adaptation, it is still a flawed film. Ben-Hur is a film that is merely decent, when it could’ve been great.
Descended from a rich Jewish family, Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) has everything he could ever want, including friendship in his adopted Roman brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), and a happy family home until one evening Messala, when feeling an outcast from the family, goes off to become a soldier in the Roman army. »
- Seth Paul
The cast of The Female Brain has gotten bigger and better. Signing up for actress, comedian, and writer Whitney Cumming‘s (2 Broke Girls) feature directorial debut are actors James Marsden (Westworld), Lucy Punch (Into the Woods), and Toby Kebbell, who stars in this weekend’s Ben-Hur remake. The of three of them are joining Sofia Vergara, Cecily Strong, and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Power Forward, Blake Griffin, in […]
- Jack Giroux
This will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but the remake of Ben-Hur did not have a good opening weekend at the box office.
With a production budget of $100 million, Ben-Hur managed to earn the least of the new releases over the weekend, and was also toppled by Suicide Squad in its third week and Sausage Party in its second. The movie earned just $11 million from 3,000 screens, with another $10 million coming from 23 international markets.
Ben-Hur is still to be released in a few key markets, including UK and Korea, but it will need to do exceptionally well to recuperate its budget and marketing costs.
“Ben-Hur is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. »
- Luke Owen
As it gears up for its home entertainment release next month, Universal has released a deleted scene from Duncan Jones’ video game adaptation Warcraft, which sees the Orcs discussing their leader Gul’dan’s magic; check it out here…
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
- Gary Collinson
Most expected Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad to dominate at the box office throughout the month of August before it hit theaters three weeks ago. However, after suffering a huge second weekend drop of 67.4% last weekend, many believed that its reign would come to an end this weekend, with three new releases hitting theaters, the epic remake Ben-Hur, the animated adventure Kubo and the Two Strings and the true story adaptation War Dogs. As it turns out, all three of those newcomers underperformed leading to Suicide Squad winning for the third week in a row with $20.7 million.
Suicide Squad's $133.6 million made it the fourth-highest opening of the year. The debut falls below Marvel's Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million), Warner Bros./DC's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million) and Disney Pixar's Finding Dory ($135 million). Disney Pixar's Finding Dory is still the highest-grossing domestic release this year so far, with $473.8 million, »
It’s the box office flop Hollywood insiders saw coming weeks ahead of its release. Paramount and MGM’s big-budget biblical epic “Ben-Hur” crash-landed in theaters this weekend opening to a paltry $11.4 million. Made for $100 million, the movie will need some church-style saving in order to move out of the red. Also Read: 'Ben-Hur' Doa With $11.4 Million, 'Suicide Squad' Wins Weekend With $20.7 Million Timur Bekmambetov‘s remake of the 1959 hit swaps Charlton Heston for Jack Huston as the prince Judah Ben-Hur, who seeks revenge on his adopted brother, a Roman army officer played by Toby Kebbell, »
- Meriah Doty
“Ben-Hur” derailed spectacularly at the multiplexes this weekend, as the latest attempt to revive the chariot racing epic opened to an anemic $11.4 million. That’s a disastrous result for the $100 million production, putting “Ben-Hur” in the ranks of the summer’s biggest flops.
Metr0-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount co-produced the remake of Lew Wallace’s novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”; the book was the basis for the 1959 blockbuster that followed Charlton Heston into the arena. Here Jack Huston took the reins as a Jewish prince who must exact his revenge after his adopted brother (Toby Kebbell) betrays him.
“This is the bomb of the summer,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “They went big and they went home.”
Although MGM put up roughly 80% of the budget for the film, its failure will be felt at Paramount. The studio has had a bad streak at the box office of late, »
- Brent Lang
After pulling in about $4 million on Friday, “Ben-Hur” is looking at a dismal opening weekend at the box office in the range of $11 million at 3,084 locations.
The film, from Paramount and MGM, is eyeing a fourth or fifth place finish this weekend despite a big budget of about $100 million.
Warner Bros. is staying on top as “Suicide Squad” will most likely keep the throne with a third weekend in the $20 million range at 3,924 locations. The same studio’s “War Dogs” is looking at about $15 million at 3,258 locations after pulling in $5.5 million on Friday.
Sony and Annapurna’s second weekend of “Sausage Party” is eyeing a second weekend in the $15 million range at 3,103 locations after a $5 million Friday.
The tight box office race is only squeezed tighter by Focus’ launch of the animated adventure “Kubo and the Two Strongs” from Laika, which looks to open to about $12 million at 3,260 locations. Its »
- Seth Kelley
Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 19. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
- Steve Greene
Paramount-mgm’s costly remake of “Ben-Hur” is headed for a dismal fourth place domestic launch at about $12 million at 3,084 locations, early estimates showed Friday.
Warner Bros. third weekend of “Suicide Squad” will probably win a tight race for the top spot with as much as $20 million, followed by Warner Bros. launch of dark comedy “War Dogs” at $18 million and Sony’s second weekend of “Sausage Party” at $16 million.
“Suicide Squad” is declining by about 59% and will wind up the weekend with about $260 million at the domestic box office. Warner Bros. announced earlier in the week that the supervillain tentpole had crossed the $500 million mark in worldwide box office.
- Dave McNary
The last of the summer's movie epics is a digitalized eyesore hobbled in every department by staggering incompetence. I'm talking about Ben-Hur, a remake of William Wyler's 1959 milestone (there was also a 1925 silent version) that won Charlton Heston an Oscar in the title role and put the climactic chariot race in the action-movie canon. No time capsule inclusion or little gold men for this pisspoor reboot, however. Executive producers Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey have been pushing projects — The Bible on TV, Son of God in theaters »
The trio of new entries are expected to trail Warner’s third weekend of “Suicide Squad” at the domestic box office with the supervillain tentpole leading the pack at around $22 million.
It’s a decent start for “War Dogs,” starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill as a pair of unlikely arms dealers in a project. The film, which carries a $45 million budget, is expected to take in around $12 million to $14 million at 3,258 locations amid mixed reviews that earned it a 60% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Dave McNary
Plot: Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a Jewish prince, is betrayed by his adopted Roman brother, Messala (Toby Kebbell), who accuses him of treason against Rome. Sent to the galleys as a slave, after a dramatic escape he hatches a plan for vengeance involving a wealthy sheik (Morgan Freeman) and a grand chariot race. Review: One can’t fault director TImur Bekmambetov for being ambitious. On paper, a remake... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
There’s a moment at the very end of Ben-Hur that almost wrecks everything that came before; as two characters ride horses, spurring them on, galloping into a warm desert sun, a neo-soul singer named Andra Day is suddenly crooning in the background. It’s jarringly anachronistic, side-splittingly funny, and absolutely awful, the kind of last-second studio-executive decision that will ensure the last minutes of Timur Bekmambetov’s already risky remake of the 1959, Oscar-dominating classic will be accompanied by peals of incredulous laughter at each and every screening.
Choices like that soundtrack addition would seem to belie any claims that this Ben-Hur was greenlit for any reason other than to run a cinematic classic through the grubby Hollywood-blockbuster grinder, turning out something that could capitalize on the brand name, show off some pricey special effects, and easily sell audience members on an inferior update of a film universally regarded as one of the best. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The summer movie season is coming to a close, but not before we see a few more blockbusters.
Ben-Hur is one such blockbuster, telling the story of a wrongfully accused prince who seeks revenge against his brother. This is a remake of the original 1959 film starring Charlton Heston, and stars Jack Huston and Toby Kebbell in the lead roles. Morgan Freeman and Ayelet Zurer also star.
A fair number of clips and featurettes have been released for the film throughout the past weeks, and we’ve corralled them all into one playlist for your viewing pleasure. We’ve got clips, behind-the-scenes action, interviews with the cast and crew and more here, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!
- Amanda Wood
Ben-Hur is an epic historical action drama film directed by Tim Bekmambetov. Not be confused as a remake, the film has been termed as a re-imagining based on the same source material, and follows what happens when a nobleman, Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), is falsely accused of treason by his childhood friend and adoptive brother Messala (Toby Kebbell). He survives years of slavery under the Romans and attempts to get revenge by challenging Messala to a grand chariot race while being forever changed after a series of encounters with Jesus. The film produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey also stars Morgan Freeman.
Lrm: Your role has kind of expanded from the ’59 version. Would you say that gave you a little more freedom as to how to interpret it, versus how the other actors had something to compare to?
Morgan Freeman: You could say that, but I won’t say that. »
- Fernando Esquivel
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