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Read More: The Best Films and Performances of Nyff 2015 Everyone continues to be enamored by "Carol." In our annual poll surveying members of the Criticwire Network covering the New York Film Festival, Todd Haynes' film took top honors in five different categories, including Best Narrative Feature and Best Director. Five months after the film was a hit with critics at Cannes, where it was part of a handful of highly-lauded titles, "Carol" was this year's runaway festival favorite. Undoubtedly, a major part of that appeal is the two women at the center of the film's story. As Carol and Therese, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara ended up in the top two slots for Best Lead Performance, while Mara and Kyle Chandler each finished in the top five in the Supporting Performance category. "Son of Saul," which has had its share of success on the 2015 festival circuit as well, placed highly in Narrative Feature, »
- Steve Greene
Brie Larson got an early break co-starring in the Disney Channel movie “Right on Track.” But even at the age of 13, she knew that saying yes to subsequent offers from the kids’ network would mean her acting ambitions would veer off track.
“I just couldn’t do it. I always had this attraction to holding up a mirror to the world, and this didn’t feel like real life,” recalls the actress. “I wondered what would be the point.”
Now, at age 26, after a busy but largely unheralded career, Larson is suddenly breaking out as one of Hollywood’s latest discoveries for what is her most difficult — and personal — role yet. Her emotionally wrenching portrayal as a young mother (Ma) held prisoner in a shed with her 5-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) in the upcoming film “Room” is already catapulting her to the forefront of the Oscar race. Debuting in Los »
- Jenelle Riley
Read More: 2016 Oscar Predictions Every year, a few actors from small films manage to make their way into the Oscar race. Think Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night," Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour" or Demián Bichir in "A Better Life" in recent years. None of them were sure things until the morning when Oscar nominations were announced. With our fingers crossed for a few surprises, here's a look at performances that deserve to become the next Wallis or Bichir or Riva or Cotillard. The ladies start us off this week; our picks for male underdogs will follow. Commenters should keep in mind that the list does not include work that looks like a reasonable bet to get nominated (like Brie Larson in "Room" or Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in "Carol"), and that it only includes films currently scheduled for at least a qualifying run during the. »
- Peter Knegt
Hollywood studio Warner Bros is facing up to $150m in losses after its big budget fairytale fantasy Pan tanked at the box office, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Joe Wright’s film, which stars Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter Pan, opened in third place at the North American box office with a paltry $15.3m in receipts. Results outside the world’s largest box office have also been poor, with another $25.2m from 52 territories.
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- Ben Child
Academy voters have corrected category fraud before—most famously in 2008 when Kate Winslet campaigned in the supporting for "The Reader," and ended up getting nominated in lead instead. That worked out for Winslet, who ended up winning. But if the Academy decides the two frontrunners in this year's supporting actress race — Rooney Mara ("Carol") and Alicia Vinkander ("The Danish Girl") — should head to the lead race instead, it might be tougher fate. Either could genuinely win best supporting actress, but they'd have tough go of it for best actress. For now, let's assume both end up where The Weinstein Company and Focus Features, respectively, are campaigning for them. They'll likely be joined — oddly enough — by Winslet. Outside of Michael Fassbender, she's the surest thing "Steve Jobs" has to a definite acting nominee. The other two slots are very much up for grabs. Joan Allen ("Room") and Julie Walters »
- Peter Knegt
The debacle that was “Pan” this weekend could ultimately set back distributor Warner Bros. and partner RatPac-Dune Entertainment more than $100 million. The prequel, directed by Joe Wright starring Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Garrett Hedlund and Rooney Mara, brought in just $15 million in its opening weekend domestically. That’s just a tenth of its production budget. That means it will likely top out under $50 million in North America, and it appears on course for another $160 million overseas. With the film’s $150 million production budget and marketing costs roughly half that, the red ink could hit $115 million, though rights sales »
- Todd Cunningham
Chicago – One of the most exciting times of the Fall Season for Chicago film buffs is the Chicago International Film Festival. In 2015, the 51st edition takes place beginning this Thursday, October 15th through October 29th. With over 130 films, which ten are the contributors of HollywoodChicago.com anticipating? Read on…
The 51st International Chicago Film Festival offers films in many categories, with a Main Competition for feature films, a New Directors Competition, and awards for Documentary, short films, Lbgtq films (Q Hugo Award) and local filmmakers. The festival also offers a variety of short film presentations, Black Perspectives, Out-look (associated with the Q Hugo), U.S. Indies, World Cinema and the ever-popular After Dark series of films. Click here for a full schedule of events and ticket information.
HollywoodChicago.com welcomes a new contributor this year, who will be providing coverage and previews through the fest. Brendan Hodges will be that contributor, »
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He’s the reel deal: Levi Miller beat out thousands of kids to score the titular (and his very first) role in Pan, a prequel of the classic fairy tale (in theaters now). In a dark twist, Peter is kidnapped and whisked off to Neverland, where he teams up with a cast of famous faces including Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund, Amanda Seyfried, and Cara Delevingne. The 13-year-old Aussie takes Us Weekly on a magical journey. Us: Tell Us about the crazy audition process! Levi Miller: I started out [...] »
It takes a movie such as Pan to make you realise that Oz the Great and Powerful wasn’t all that bad. Like that 2013 film, Pan is an origin-story prequel to a children’s classic that nobody asked for, but it doesn’t even lead to the point we all recognise. Through most of Pan, young Peter (Levi Miller) is brothers-in-adventure with the older James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), and remains so to the end of the movie. Hook never turns evil, nor does he lose his hand, and the film concludes with the greatest fright of all: maybe another Peter Pan movie is in the pipeline, to fill in the rest of the backstory before we get to the Jm Barrie original. »
- Jordan Hoffman
From director Joe Wright comes Pan, a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. The film stars Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund as James Hook; Oscar nominee Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily; newcomer Levi Miller as Peter; and Amanda Seyfried as Mary.
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- Movie Geeks
The big budget telling of Peter Pan’s origins was set to be a summer release, but re-shoots meant it was pushed back to October – and this decision has not paid off.
Released in over 3,000 screens, Pan only managed to pull in $15.3 million on its opening weekend. The Joe Wright directed feature cost upwards of $150 million, so it can join the likes of Jupiter Ascending, Tomorrowland and Fantastic Four in the big budget flops for 2015. The film did score a B+ on CinemaScore, so it could have longevity and build its money over time, but it will likely fail to reach the profit margin.
Pan features a cast that includes Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Apocalypse), Levi Miller (Supergirl), Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Adeel Akhtar »
- Luke Owen
"Pan" was supposed to be a treasure chest for Warner Bros. A year ago, the $150 million reboot of the familiar children's tale, with a cast led by Hugh Jackman, looked like the launch of a new summer franchise.
Now, however, it appears that no amount of pixie dust could have lifted the movie's box office prospects, and that no amount of clapping will keep the studio's sequel hopes alive.
"Pan" sailed into theaters on a wave of bad buzz, only some of which came from negative reviews. Pundits had revised their predictions downward, expecting the movie to open in the range of $17 to $20 million. But it didn't even meet that low bar, debuting instead with just an estimated $15.5 million, premiering in third place.
So why didn't "Pan" fly? Here are seven reasons.
1. The Rescheduling
- Gary Susman
Last weekend's box office winner The Martian only had one new release to face in its second weekend, going up against Warner Bros.' fantasy adventure Pan, with The Walk also expanding nationwide after debuting exclusively in IMAX theaters last weekend. The Martian earned an impressive $37 million to repeat in the top spot, after it only dropped 31.9% from its massive $55 million opening weekend, with an impressive $9,600 per-screen average. The Martian has now earned $108.7 million in just two weeks, from a $108 million budget.
The Martian was widely beloved by critics, earning a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, opening in 3,831 theaters for an impressive $14,357 per-screen average. Last weekend, The Martian fell just $700,000 short of Gravity's October box office record, but it is still an impressive showing nonetheless. Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2 continues to have impressive showings, dropping just 38.8%, taking in $20.3 million in its third week in theaters. The animated »
It’s not every day that a three-time Oscar nominee for directing decides on a foreign language film to be his next project, but that’s exactly what Stephen Daldry of Billy Elliot, The Hours, and The Reader fame has done. Following in the footsteps of fellow Brit Danny Boyle—whose journey to India for Slumdog Millionaire earned his sole nomination and subsequently an Oscar win—Daldry takes on the novel Trash written by Andy Mulligan about three impoverished boys working as garbage pickers who find something in their nameless city’s landfill that sparks a police manhunt with grave political stakes. Adapted by Richard Curtis and situated in Brazil with corruption regarding its looming Olympics, this effectively tense adventure also delivers the heart and heroism audiences love.
Will it spell the same success as Boyle’s phenomenon? I doubt it. Not only is Portuguese used so prevalently that this »
- Jared Mobarak
The Martian has remained the number one movie for the second week at the Us box office.
Hotel Transylvania 2 and The Intern also kept their spots from last weekend - the former at second place with $20.3m and the latter at fourth place with $8.6m.
Meanwhile, Pan had an unimpressive debut, landing at third place with $15.5m.
The Walk, on the other hand, managed to climb up from last weekend's eleventh spot to seventh place with $3.6m.
Two new releases proved to be no match for either Fox’s The Martian or Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 2 this weekend at the North American box office. Warner’s pricey fantasy epic Pan became the latest misfire for the studio while the acclaimed Robert Zemeckis drama The Walk tripped in its first week of national release.
Originally scheduled for release this past July, the Peter Pan origin story Pan crashed and burned with a third place finish of $15.5 million from 3,515 theaters. Critical notices for the $150 million fantasy starring Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara –as a white Tiger Lilly- were downright brutal. They gave the film a 23% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Family audiences, who usually ignore reviews when hitting matinees, actually took heed of the warnings. They also probably rolled their eyes at the wall-to-wall, overly busy television ads.
“Pan” walked the plank over the Columbus Day Weekend.
Warner Bros. spent $150 million to bring the Neverland adventure to screens and millions more in marketing, but the big-budget fantasy mustered a puny $15.5 million opening. That debut puts “Pan” alongside “The Fantastic Four” and “Tomorrowland” in the pantheon of the year’s most punishing flops.
“It’s a huge misfire,” said Jeff Bock, box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations, adding, “We won’t see another Peter Pan film for awhile.”
“Pan’s” backers weren’t the only ones having a rough weekend. Sony’s “The Walk” stumbled in its wide release, expanding from 448 Imax and premium large format theaters to more than 2,500 locations, and eking out $3.6 million in the process. The biopic about Philippe Petit’s daring high-wire walk between the Twin Towers cost $35 million to produce and has clear Oscar ambitions for director Robert Zemeckis and the technical team behind the film. »
- Brent Lang
Warner Bros. Pictures released their new fantasy/adventure movie, "Pan" into theaters this weekend, and all the major, top movie critics have turned in their reviews for it. Unfortunately, it didn't quite resonate well with them, getting only an overall 34 score out of a possible 100 across 33 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Garrett Hedlund, Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Vee, Levi Miller and Rooney Mara. We've posted comments from a couple of the critics,below. Bill Zwecker over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an ok 75 score, stating: "Full of non-stop action, an intriguing new take on J.M. Barrie’s classic “Peter Pan” tale and some old-fashioned, swashbuckling mischief led by Hugh Jackman, director Joe Wright’s Pan is one heck of a charming romp." Tom Russo from the Boston Globe, gave it a 63 grade. He stated: "Passable adventure that offers the occasional flash of real cleverness." Joe McGovern at Entertainment Weekly, »
- Andre Braddox
Pixie dust is no match for Nasa’s space travel technology when it comes to box office success, apparently: Hugh Jackman starrer “Pan” is turning in disappointing opening weekend numbers while Matt Damon’s “The Martian” continues to soar in its second weekend.
Warner Bros.’ “Pan,” which also stars Rooney Mara and Garrett Hedlund in director Joe Wright’s take on J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” tallied $5.2 million in Friday receipts, which indicates a three-day total around $17 million, according to studio estimates. The fantasy pic is playing in 3,515 locations and carries a budget of $150 million; earlier estimates had pegged an opening weekend total in the low $20 million range, signaling a tough financial return for the studio.
“The Martian,” on the other hand, is exceeding its second-weekend estimates, tracking for a three-day haul of up to $37 million. The Fox release, screening in 3,854 locations, pulled in $11 million on Friday, giving it »
- Marianne Zumberge
After the divisive Prometheus and the poorly received The Counsellor and Exodus: Gods and Kings, Sir Ridley Scott has found himself back on top with The Martian. The movie has so far received widespread critical acclaim and exceeded expectations with over $120 million at the worldwide box office to date.
That number looks set to rocket this weekend, however, and Pan is going to be a casualty of The Martian‘s surprise success. Early estimates place it as having a strong second weekend haul of between $32 million – $34 million following around $10 million today. With a incredible cast led by Matt Damon, the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars has really resonated with moviegoers, and is generating some early Oscar buzz.
- Josh Wilding
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