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While studios tout records, market share and No. 1 status based on box office grosses, we thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of this year’s summer films (tentpoles and not) to see how their budgets stacked up against their worldwide grosses to date. These budget numbers do not include domestic/international marketing and distribution costs, nor do they take into account the splits with exhibitors, but they do give an idea of outlay and income. Bear in mind, that while some of the biggest offshore grosses come from China, the studios are only getting a 25% cut from that territory. Also, some of these pictures will end up doing well in home entertainment and may make a profit over time — as in, a few years.
Here are some of the films we were able to compile from smallest to highest budgets with worldwide grosses (and percentage »
- Anita Busch and Nancy Tartaglione
Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") and Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones") are in negotiations to star in the Thea Sharrock-directed "Me Before You" at MGM, New Line and Warner Bros. Pictures. Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber ("500 Days Of Summer") penned the most recent draft, and an August 2015 release is planned.
An adaptation of the Jojo Moyes best-selling novel, Clarke plays a small-town girl caught between dead-end jobs. Claflin plays an always successful man who finds himself wheelchair-bound and suicidal after an accident. He hires her as his caretaker for six months, and she becomes determined to prove to him life is worth living. [Source: Deadline]
The story follows a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who is working »
- Garth Franklin
• Vince Vaughn has sworn in to star in the comedy The Politician. Vaughn will play the title role, a D.C. elected official on the run from the FBI, U.S. Marshals, and a gang of drug dealers after getting caught in a prostitution scandal. What If director Michael Dowse will helm the project from writers Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman while Seth Rogen will produce with his Point Grey production company. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
Alden Ehrenreich is in negotiations to join the growing cast of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Hail Caesar. No details were given regarding the character he will play, but the actor joins a cast that already includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill.
The story follows Eddie Mannix, a "fixer" who works for the major Hollywood movie studios in the 1950s, trying to keep actors and actresses in line to avoid any scandal. Back in May, we reported that Mannix is based on Fred Otash, a spy for Confidential Magazine who dug up dirt on celebrities in the 1950s.
Alden Ehrenreich most recently starred in Beautiful Creatures, »
Beautiful Creatures may not have rocketed him into the Ya franchise hall of fame, but Alden Ehrenreich has been finding plenty of work regardless. Woody Allen hired him for Blue Jasmine and he’s currently in talks to join the star-studded ensemble lining up for Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest, Hail Caesar!.The film, which already boasts Coen veterans George Clooney and Josh Brolin alongside Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill and Ralph Fiennes, revolves around a 1950's private eye/fixer who tracks down and covers up scandals for studios to keep the stars in line.Fiennes will be a director under contract to one of the studios, while Tatum is a Gene Kelly-type star. Swinton, meanwhile, will be on the other side of the studio gates, hunting for juicy stories as a gossip columnist, presumably along the Louella Parsons or Hedda Hopper lines. So far, »
Following today's news that Warner Bros. has given a June 17, 2016 release date to The Nice Guys, DreamWorks Animation has moved How to Train Your Dragon 3 from that date to June 9, 2017, while confirming voice cast members Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and Cate Blanchett. The animated comedy sequel currently has its new release date all to itself, for the moment. Take a look at DreamWorks Animation's official announcement below, which includes the news that this year's How to Train Your Dragon 2 has crossed the $600 million milestone at the global box office.
DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 continues to breathe fire into the global box office as it officially crossed the $600,000,000 mark on Labor Day. A record-breaking opening in China coupled with phenomenal success in territories around the world have catapulted Dragon 2 to become the highest grossing animated film of the year and one of the top »
The story follows a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who is working to keep a studio’s stars in line.
“Hail Ceasar!” looks to follow in the steps of so many other films from the siblings where actors and actresses are doing whatever they can to be involved in the project some way.
He is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.
- Justin Kroll
Composer Marco Beltrami collaborated with director Phillip Noyce to set the tone for the big screen adaptation of The Giver, the beautifully ominous, suspenseful score for director Bong Joon Ho sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer, and Tommy Lee Jones’ Cannes-hit The Homesman.
Beltrami’s new films include the Tom Hardy/James Gandolfini film The Drop and director Roger Donaldson’s latest movie, The November Man, starring Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, and Will Patton. Based on Bill Granger’s novel There Are No Spies, the seventh of a thirteen part book series, The November Man centers on an ex-cia operative pitted against his former pupil in a race to find a valuable witness who is hiding from the past, and holds the key to an international conspiracy. Read Jim Batts’ review Here.
- Michelle McCue
The summer box office sputtered to a close, down 15% from last year’s record breaker. Domestically, it was the worst showing for Hollywood in nearly a decade.
To be sure, there were massive hits such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” but this year’s crop of blockbusters was puny compared to last summer’s lineup, a batting order of heavy-hitters that included “Iron Man 3,” “Man of Steel” and “Despicable Me 2.”
Despite the gloomy results, there are valuable lessons and takeaways to be gleaned from a popcorn season that never really popped.
1.) Stars Still Matter
Yes, in an age of superhero films it appears to have become increasingly irrelevant who wears the cape or mask, but matching the right actor with the right material is still a recipe for success. “Maleficent” got to $750 million globally on the strength of Angelina Jolie’s name. The »
- Brent Lang
What a summer at the movies! The galaxy got guarded. The future days went past, like some sort of extinct age. The planet of the apes stopped rising and started dawning. Our stars had a fault. And also: Lucy!
Hollywood had a rough season at the box office in summer 2014, with overall box-office receipts falling precipitously from last year’s flurry of mega-grossers. Going into this weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy, the highest-grossing film at the summer box-office, has earned about $256 million–which would have made it the fifth highest-grossing movie of summer 2013.
Word on the street says that 2014 was »
- Darren Franich
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014's highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.
The thrilling second chapter of the epic How to Train Your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation's critically acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray and DVD November 11.
How to Train Your Dragon 2, the next chapter to the Academy Award nominated film released in 2010, is "sensational...an instant animated classic, »
One of the best animated films in the Summer is coming home to blu-ray this November, 20th Century Fox has just revealed. If you loved How to Train Your Dragon 2 (which it seems just about everyone did), and have been anxiously awaiting your chance to see it again, now you know when to makr your calendars. Come inside to find out when you can own this movie and what special features will be included!
Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014’s highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.
The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Despite playing the American version of the world’s worst boss on The Office for seven seasons, Steve Carell has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most affable and generous professionals in entertainment. It’s that perception that makes his portrayal of blue-blooded Olympic benefactor—and deranged murderer—John du Pont in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher so effectively unsettling, and it certainly contributed to the film’s ecstatic critical reception at May’s Cannes Film Festival. More than two months before Foxcatcher’s Nov. 14 release date, Carell is already on the short list of contenders for a Best Actor Academy Award. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Former indie auteur David Gordon Green‘s jump to the big time started off with such promise. Let’s take a little time travel trip! 2008′s Pineapple Express caught Seth Rogen and James Franco just as the weirdo lovefest that is their comedic team-up was really taking off (with Freaks & Geeks behind them and The Interview way out in the future, it was kind of the perfect opportunity to see what these two could do — which is be weird and lovable and funny with the best of them). The follow-up wasn’t quite as glorious, as 2011 marked a low point in Green’s humorous output (this is a sentiment expressed with admiration and respect, as my Dgg fandom has been well-documented in this space), with both Your Highness and The Sitter performing poorly in the domestic market and, uh, also just not being very good. Things have been looking up, however »
- Kate Erbland
Here's the most recent crop of hot, young stars who are getting soaked in ice water for a good cause.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is still going strong, and still raising money for a Als awareness. With so many stars taking up the challenge daily, it's hard to keep track of the most awesome, touching, heartfelt and totally bizarre challenges that pop up all the time.
In an effort to keep you as up-to-date on the stars are pouring freezing ice-cold water over themselves in an effort to raise money for Als, here is today's Ice Bucket Challenge video roundup!
Shooting their Ice Bucket Challenge in what appears to be an abandoned missile silo, 22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum and the Witches Of East End's Jenna Dewan Tatum get soaked by a giant trashcan full of freezing water.
The cast of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is already extremely impressive, but if the rumours about another name being added are true, it’s about to get even better and arguably a lot more intriguing!
American Hustle and The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is said to be in talks to join the cast of the movie. There’s no word on what role she would play, and as there’s apparently only one female member of the “Hateful Eight” (Daisy Domergue, a.k.a. The Prisoner”), that could be who she’s set to star as.
However, it’s mentioned that Amber Tamblyn read for that role during a recent live reading of the screenplay, so unless Tarantino is planning on recasting, that could take Jennifer Lawrence out of the running. Another key female role – Six Horse Judy – was read by Zoe Bell, but that’s said »
- Josh Wilding
Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan, are the latest couple to take on the Als Ice Bucket Challenge together. The adorable duo giggled through the video and cuddled up to each other while they braved the cold water. Channing and Jenna also had a wide-ranging list of nominations including Jonah Hill, Meryl Streep, and Daniel Day-Lewis. Will any of their nominees step up to the challenge? We can't wait to find out. Watch Channing and Jenna get soaked, and prepare to fall in love with their surprisingly romantic moment. »
Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital. »
- Katie Hasty and Donna Dickens
We’re over half way through the year now and the end of the summer is upon us, but rather than feeling down while those nights draw in, and the days become shorter, we thought we’d recap our favourite five funny movies of the year to cheer you up. So, get your chin up and take a look at our top five of 2014 so far.
5. The Muppets Most Wanted
It may not have done as well as its predecessor, but James Bobin’s hilarious Muppet movie sequel Muppets Most Wanted gave us a chuckle or ten when it was released in cinemas back in March. Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, as well as digital download, the Ricky Gervais, Miss Piggy and Kermit starrer is definitely one to see if you’re a fan of our furry friends.
- David Agnew
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