Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ Faith-Based ‘War Room’ in Close Race
“Compton” pulled in $3.8 million in Friday grosses, on track for $12 million for the weekend. This means the music drama should hit a total haul of $133 million by the end of the weekend.
Directed by F. Gary Gray and starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., the Universal-Legendary release is playing across 3142 screens. It was made on a budget of $29 million.
Nearly on par with “Compton” is faith-based “War Room,” surprising many with its stealthy box office infiltration. The Christian drama pulled in $3.9 million on Friday across 1,135 screens, on pace for a $10 million weekend haul. Released through Sony’s TriStar label, “War Room” follows a couple who solve their marriage troubles with prayer. The pic stars T.C. Stallings, Elizabeth Becka and Noel Baker.
- Marianne Zumberge
Venice Film Festival: Martin Scorsese’s 'The Audition' Premiere Canceled
One of the more anticipated screenings of the Venice Film Fest has been canceled this year. Martin Scorsese’s short film The Audition will not debut at the festival, as previously planned. The festival said in a statement: “We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time.” Scorsese stars in the film, which has him pitting his frequent collaborators Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro against each other for a leading role in an upcoming film. Brad Pitt also makes an appearance. Oscar-nominated writer Terence Winter penned the script. Venice
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Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s ‘The House’ Casts Ryan Simpkins
Ferrell and Poehler will portray parents who lose the money intended to pay for their daughter’s college tuition and open an underground casino out of desperation. “Neighbors” writer Andrew J. Cohen is directing from a script he co-wrote with Brendan O’Brien.
The project marks Cohen’s feature directorial debut; he previously directed short films and “Funny or Die” sketches.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
- Dave McNary
Michael B. Jordan Will Follow Fantastic Four With Another Comic Book Movie
You might think that after Fantastic Four, which was a debacle on every level, those involved might want to steer away from comic book movies, at least for a while. That may be the case for some, but not for Michael B. Jordan, who played Johnny Storm in the ill-fated film, as he has set his sights on the comic book-based vampire comedy Blood Brothers, which sounds like it's going to be awesome. According to The Tracking Board, Jordan is in talks to take one of the two leads in Blood Brothers for MGM. He's up for the role of Tree in the film that is described as an "edgy two-hander." While the story does indeed originate on the pages of a comic book, that's where the similarities with Fantastic Four begin and end. This is not your typical superhero comic book we're talking about here. »
'I was concerned about Dolph': 9 harrowing behind-the-scenes stories from 'Masters of the Universe'
On August 7, 1987, "Masters of the Universe" stank up movie theaters across the country and killed any hopes of kicking off a live-action franchise for He-Man and his merry band of heroes (the property is currently in the process of being rebooted with the help of "Thor" screenwriter Christopher Yost). As I wrote earlier this week, "MotU" actually wasn't all bad, with standouts like Frank Langella's Skeletor and Bill Conti's excellent score keeping the film just this side of unwatchable. Glory be! A happy byproduct of my online research arose in the form of a YouTube recommendation for a video entitled "The Making of Masters of the Universe the Motion Picture," which is not, as it turns out, an extra ripped from the film's DVD release but rather a segment from a 2012 documentary entitled "Toy Masters," which boasts the following synopsis on IMDb: "Filmmakers Roger Lay, Jr. and Corey Landis »
- Chris Eggertsen
Mill Valley Film Festival To Debut Two Films
The films will both debut on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the CineArts Sequoia in Mill Valley, Calif. and will be followed by a live on-stage conversation.
“A Light Beneath Their Feet” is a coming of age drama about a college-bound girl dealing with the stresses of her waning high school days and struggling with the decision of attending her dream college or one close to home so that she can care for her bipolar mother. Taryn Manning and Madison Davenport star, with Valerie Weiss helming.
“Angelica” is a Victorian-set supernatural story based on the novel by Arthur Phillips about a young mother who, after the difficult birth of her child, begins to see nightmarish visions threatening her and her child. »
- Jacob Bryant
Martin Scorsese Short ‘The Audition’ Won’t Be Ready For Venice Film Festival
Martin Scorsese’s short film The Audition will not be screening at the Venice Film Festival next month after all. The festival said today that because of “unexpected technical problems” the roughly 17-minute short will not be ready in time for the September 2-12 fest. The film features Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in a promotion for a pair of casinos in Asia. Separately, the festival confirmed the screening of Heaven Can Wait by Ernst Lubitsch for… »
Armie Hammer Joining Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams in ‘Nocturnal Animals’
After becoming a 1960s Russian spy in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. earlier this year, Armie Hammer joining Nocturnal Animals, a dramatic tale of a story within a story that is the next film from A Single Man director Tom Ford. Focus Features is behind the production based on Austin Wright’s novel Tony and Susan, and […]
- Ethan Anderton
8 great films cursed by bad endings: Did Kingsman really need that anal sex joke?
As the ending to one of the best films ever says, "Nobody's perfect", and the same goes for cinema, as these 12 great movies with bad endings prove.
Spoiler avoiders, beware, however: there will be in-depth discussion of several twisty movies below, so if you're of a nervous moviegoing disposition, click away now.
What went right: There's a lot to love in Jedi: one of the best lightsaber battles in the series, the Jabba's palace break-out sequence, top notch SFX – the speeder bikes alone – and finally, victory for the good guys. And yes, Princess Leia's bikini, if you're into that sort of thing.
What went wrong: George Lucas. In fiddling with the ending again and again, it's hard to work out what is the "definitive" version is, but however it officially ends – goodbye old Darth Vader, hello young Darth Vader – the final minutes »
Lionsgate teams up on video game adaptation 'Borderlands'
The studio is partnering with the game’s publisher and creators Gearbox Software and Take-Two Interactive Software’s 2K as well as producers Avi and Ari Arad.
Borderlands is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game that takes place at the frontier of a sci-fi universe.
President of Interactive Ventures and Games Peter Levin, Summit Entertainment president of production Geoff Shaevitz and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group president of business and legal affairs Patricia Laucella led the deal team for Lionsgate.
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Hugo Weaving: Just because Australian films aren't seen doesn't mean they don't exist
Hugo Weaving’s top 10 on-screen moments – in picturesRewatching classic Aussie films – follow our weekly blog
Hugo Weaving likes playing faceless villains, he once told an American journalist, because it means people are less likely to recognise him in real life. It’s a good tactic but one that certainly isn’t working for him in sleepy Busselton, Western Australia, where he’s in town to be honoured with the title of “screen legend” at the city’s annual CinefestOz festival – home to Australia’s richest film prize.
Over the course of five days, Weaving is repeatedly invited up to the mic – at opening ceremonies, screenings and lunches – and regularly stopped on the street by industry peers slapping him on the back or by local cinema-goers keen to take a selfie with him. »
- Nancy Groves
All fuse and no bang? Sophia Loren interview: archive, 29 August 1974
There are those who maintain that Sophia Loren is all fuse and no bang: she never seems to be ill, or fed up, or bored. Her answer is that she has never suffered from the feeling that she is missing something, for the simple reason that she knows she is not. It takes a lifetime’s wisdom, or a healthy bank balance, to reach that sort of conclusion.
Four years ago the Rome municipal tax collector’s office declared La Loren as the woman with the biggest income in Rome - a taxable figure of £231,100. Incidentally (because it helps feed the mouth of wisdom), the second highest income earner in the city was her husband, director Carlo Ponti, with a figure of £188,000. You can see how, with a cool £400,000 between you, it is »
- Ian Woodward
The Chicken Soup For The Soul Movie Picked One Of The Worst Possible Release Dates
Usually, when plotting the release of your film, you want to use give your product, which you.ve spent a significant amount of time, effort, and capital to produce, every advantage you can get. Increasingly, there.s more and more competition for fewer and fewer audience members. Chicken Soup for the Soul, however, just made what appears to be a very counterintuitive move, scheduling its release up against what is sure to be one of the biggest movies of 2016. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chicken Soup for the Soul has set its release date as December 16, 2016. If that specific Friday some 16 months from now sounds familiar, that.s probably because it also happens to be the release date of the first of the standalone Star Wars Story films, the Gareth Edwards-directed Rogue One. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens looming on the horizon this December, hype for the »
Woody Allen Already Replaced Bruce Willis With ...
So, Bruce Willis left the latest Woody Allen movie, and though initial reports say it was due to a scheduling conflict, the latest reports are that the Die Hard star got canned. But don't worry if you're super psyched for the neurotic auteur's next film and worried it might be delayed, because they already replaced Willis, and they landed a an A-lister to boot. According to a report from Deadline, the as-yet-untitled film has cast The Office and The 40-Year-Old Virgin star Steve Carell to take over for Bruce Willis. There's definitely a different style moving from one of these actors to the other. This will be Carell's second time teaming up with Allen, as he was also part of the director's 2004 romantic comedy-drama Melinda and Melinda. Though there is little in the way of details on this latest Woody Allen joint.he.s »
Richard Pryor Pic Set; Oprah Winfrey To Play His Brothel-Owner Grandma, Eddie Murphy “Uncle” Buck, Mike Epps And Kate Hudson As Pryor And Wife Jennifer
Exclusive: The Weinstein Company is ready to greenlight its Richard Pryor biopic, and my, have Harvey Weinstein and Lee Daniels put together a terrific cast. The new additions: Oprah Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, who ran a brothel and raised the iconic comic there; Eddie Murphy will play Pryor’s father, Leroy “Buck Carter” Pryor. Kate Hudson is set to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. And Mike Epps is now locked to play Pryor, a role coveted by a lot of… »
Best Stories of the Week: Assassin’s Creed, The Martian, Iron Giant, Rogue One, and More
Summer is coming to a close, and the newsflow is slowing down, but we’ve still got a slew of stories you don’t want to miss in this edition of Best Stories of the Week. Below you’ll find stories on Alamo Drafthouse’s month-long Steven Spielberg tribute in September, a movie being written by and starring Amy […]
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