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Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Starring Matt Damon Moved Up To 2015, Tim Burton's 'Peregrine' Bumped And More
When it was announced that Ridley Scott would be directing Matt Damon in "The Martian," there was that usual caveat that comes with anything associated with the director, that plans could change or the project could wind up on the backburner. But then things got more real with producer Simon Kinberg revealed that production would begin this fall. But wait, what about "Prometheus 2"? Isn't that supposed to be the next project from the filmmaker, and won't it fill that vacant release date Fox has slotted for it? The simple answer is: no. Fox has announced today that the previous mystery date of March 4, 2016 has now been moved ahead to November 25, 2015 and it will be the home of "The Martian." The Drew Goddard penned adaptation of the book by Andy Weir follows an astronaut who is stranded on a Martian colony and struggles to survive. Back on Earth, Nasa tries to mount a rescue mission. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Your Box Office Predictions as 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Takes Off with $11.2 Million On Thursday
Guardians of the Galaxy is off to a massive start, hauling in $11.2 million on Thursday evening for the largest Thursday night opening so far this year, topping the $10.2 million brought in by fellow Marvel feature, Captain America: The Winter Soldier back in April. Looking at the predictions the readers definitely have the edge on Laremy as this one is going to make more than $75 million this weekend, one of the best openings of Summer 2014 not to mention what will be the largest August opening ever, currently The Bourne Ultimatum at $69.3 million. Meanwhile, the James Brown biopic, Get on Up didn't have a large Thursday presence, bringing in $371,000 from 1,769 theaters. It will open in 2,466 total theaters this weekend, and should be fine hitting the $13 million tracking, but the readers as well as Laremy are both over $16 million and that doesn't look likely. I've included Laremy's predictions and the average reader predictions »
- Brad Brevet
July Box Office Falls Short of $1 Billion
The final results are in for the month of July, and they aren't pretty.Domestic box office revenues totaled $966 million, which is down a massive 30 percent from last July. This also marks the first time since 2002 that the month of July fell short of $1 billion.The 30 percent year-to-year decline is the steepest drop in Box Office Mojo's database, which dates back to the early 1980s. The only rival is January 2011, which was off 29 percent (thanks in no small part to Avatar's impact on January 2010).What explains this historic decline? Simply put, it can be chalked up to an abnormally weak lineup of movies that weren't appealing enough to get people in to theaters. Nothing performed on par with Despicable Me 2, The Dark Knight Rises or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and nothing was expected to, either. Moviegoers aren't just going to show up out of habit*there »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Casting Net: Will Ferrell in talks to play producer Russ Meyer
• Will Ferrell may play porn producer Russ Meyers in the indie film Russ and Roger Go Beyond. Written by Christopher Cluess (The Simpsons), the movie will explore the relationship between Meyers and film critic Roger Ebert as they collaborated on the 1970 satire film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. [Variety]
• Joseph Fiennes and Harry Potter’s Tom Felton will co-star in the first-century epic thriller Clavius. Kevin Reynolds (Waterworld) will direct the film told through the eyes of Fiennes’ character, an agnostic Roman Centurion forced to locate the missing body of Jesus of Nazareth. Production begins this month in Spain, aiming for an Easter weekend 2015 opening. »
- Jake Perlman
It’s Officially A ‘Jungle’ Out There: Warner Bros Titles And Dates Its Kipling Adaptation
With Disney’s live-action/VFX take on The Jungle Book set for October 2015, Warner Bros has staked out a date a year later for its take on the Rudyard Kipling classic about an orphaned boy raised by animals in the wilderness. Now officially titled Jungle Book: Origins, the pic has been slated for October 21, 2016. Andy Serkis is set to direct the live-action film, to which Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu had been in talks to helm last year. The script is by Callie Kloves, daughter of Harry Potter series scribe Steve Kloves, who is producing. It’ll go up against Universal’s Untitled […] »
Elle Fanning to Play ‘Frankenstein’ Creator for ‘Wadjda’ Director
While her peers are signing on for sci-fi tales, Elle Fanning is preparing to play the person who invented sci-fi tales. The Maleficent actress is set to portray Frankenstein author Mary Shelley in A Storm in the Stars, a romantic drama from Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda). Meanwhile, Fanning is also jumping aboard the Ya weepie bandwagon […]
- Angie Han
Theater Surprises ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Fans with Wrong ‘Guardians’ Movie
Regal Entertainment Group remained silent on its mishap, which caught moviegoers at two different theaters by surprise when they saw “Rise of the Guardians,” the 2012 animated feature from DreamWorks Animation, rather than “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the new superhero film featuring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, on the bigscreen. Regal did not respond to several requests for comment, however produced a mea culpa on Twitter, apologizing to one fan who called the company out on social media.
@dbrowell We hope things went better today. We’re very sorry. No excuses for what happened last night. http://t.co/yKHWd6GIKf
— Regal Cinemas (@RegalMovies) August 1, 2014
Reports have surfaced that at least two theaters, one in Richmond, Va and another in Turnersville, New Jersey, both had the same issue. »
- Alexandra Cheney
Kristen Stewart Talks up Real Feelings in ‘Equals’ Emotion-Free Utopia
“I can’t stand him,” Stewart joked, when asked about her feelings for her co-star. No mention was made of a sushi meal, widely reported by online gossip sites, that a fellow diner had snapped them sharing the night before.
“It’s always a weird position to be put in any film where the director chooses two people and is saying ‘Hey, potentially in this world I’m creating you two could fall in love,'” Hoult explained.
“Sometimes [this kind of situation] feels forced and tricky and awkward, but the kind of environment Drake created was straight forward and easy. »
- Mark Schilling
Film Review: ‘War Story’
The hotel isn’t haunted but the guest is in “War Story,” an unusually sober, serious-minded American indie about a war photographer (Catherine Keener) who retreats from view following the death of a colleague in the war zone. Anchored by Keener’s understated, psychologically acute performance, director Mark Jackson’s spare, quietly powerful sophomore feature demonstrates an impressive control of mood and tone and the ability to tell a story largely without words. Critical kudos should be plentiful for this IFC day-and-date release (which premiered at Sundance), though the grim subject matter will prove a challenge in the crowded arthouse marketplace.
As he did in his striking 2011 debut pic, “Without” (which unfolded entirely in and around an isolated house on a remote Pacific Northwest island), Jackson here favors claustrophobic spaces and a traumatized protagonist who only gradually reveals herself to us. After a brief scene showing her fleeing from a »
- Scott Foundas
Global Showbiz Briefs: Australians In Film Launch Gateway Script Program; ’71′ Helmer Demange Is BAFTA Brit To Watch; More
La-based non-profit org Australians in Film has appointed Simonne Overend as president. One of the first things on her agenda will be to launch the Gateway La script development program. The program will support the development of commercially successful, Australian-created TV and movie screenplays for U.S. and international audiences. Overend will co-chair the program with Peter Lawson, Evp Production and Acquisitions at Open Road Films. The Gateway La prize will see between one and three winners per year selected from an Aussie List of up to 10 film and television scripts, circulated to a group of judges selected from the […] »
Box Office Friday: Summer Savior As ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ $92M to $96M; ‘Get On Up’ Gets Down With $15M To $16M
Updated: Friday, 9:55 Pm: Disney/Marvel have to be over the moon tonight over the opening night of Guardians of the Galaxy which is expected gross around $36M to $38.5M today — that includes the record $11.2M in Thursday late nights — for a possible 3-day cume of anywhere between $92M to $96M. We’re doing it based on a 20% decline on Saturday and Sunday. We will see how the family audiences help it tomorrow as it’s playing like gangbusters across demos. Is it front fan-loaded? We’ll see soon enough. It received a very solid A CinemaScore across the board with […] »
Departing Los Angeles Film Festival Programmer Doug Jones Heads East
Following Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen out the door was Film Independent and Laff programming veteran Doug Jones, who swiftly landed a new gig. He's moving to Williamstown, Ma as the new executive director of the Images Cinema, a venerable downtown single-screen theater. In September he replaces Sandra Thomas, who has resigned after 12 years. Jones is looking forward to taking over the renovated art house cinema, which plays first-run indies and foreign films as well as classic repertory cinema, bringing in talent for Q & As. He wants to try some new ideas and programming initiatives. Jones has two decades of experience at film festivals and arts nonprofits. He's currently associate programmer for the Philadelphia Film Festival, and prior to his dozen years at Laff and Film Independent, he was Film and Video Programmer at the San Francisco International Film Festival and San Francisco Film Society, and earned his exhibition. »
- Anne Thompson
Universal: ‘Fifty Shades’ Trailer Scores Historic 100M Views In First Week
Exclusive: In the week since Universal and Focus Features premiered the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, the 2 1/2-minute promo has become the biggest online trailer launch in history, the studio said. Related: Hot Hot Trailer: ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ The steamy adaptation of E L James‘ 2011 erotic bestseller tracks the love affair between a naive young woman and a dashing entrepreneur who was damaged as a youth and rejects intimacy. Sam Taylor-Johnson directs and Dakota Johnson stars as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. After strategically building up the July 24 trailer debut with teases […] »
R.I.P. Hollywood Biz Affairs Exec Donald Mirisch
The business affairs exec who held posts at Fox, Universal and MGM died July 26 of brain cancer at his home. Donald Mirisch was 67. As Evp of MGM Animation, Mirisch helped re-establish Hanna-Barbera Productions, which had been dark since the departure of founders Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera decades earlier. He served as executive producer on features including All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, The Pebble And The Penguin, James Bond, Jr. and Babes In Toyland. Earlier the Milwaukee native was Svp of MGM’s Entertainment Business Group, overseeing corporate business affairs. He also did a stint at Embassy Home […] »
‘Transporter Legacy’ Set for U.S. Release on March 6
Variety first reported in February that “Game of Thrones” actor Ed Skrein (pictured above) would succeed Jason Statham in the reboot of the “Transporter” franchise. Also starring are Loan Chabanal, Radivoje Bukvic, Gabriella Wright, Anatole Taubman and Tatiana Pajkovic.
The new “Transporter” trilogy is helmed by “Brick Mansion” director Camille Delamarre from a script by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper. Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is producing with Mark Gao’s Fundamental Films.
The first and second “Transporter” pics, helmed by Louis Leterrier, grossed $43.9 million and $85.1 million worldwide, respectively. The third, directed by Olivier Megaton and handled by Lionsgate, grossed $108.9 million.
The combined budgets totalled less than $95 million.
In the new film, Skrein will play a top driver and mercenary who teams with the leader of a »
- Dave McNary
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Orbits $100 Million at Box Office
The opening day of Marvel-Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” has demolished forecasts — so much so that it may reach the iconic $100 million mark in its first weekend.
Late Friday afternoon estimates placed the new superhero tentpole’s debut at approximately $95 million, the best ever for the month of August, with Friday estimates ranging from $33 million to $40 million.
“Guardians” had originally been pegged to open in the $70 million range.
Disney downplayed its estimates Friday afternoon with a range of $85 million to $95 million but if the intergalactic pic can hit the nine-figure mark, it would be only the second time in 2014 following Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” doing so at the end of June. The $100 million mark has been crossed a total of 27 times.
Four other titles have opened above $90 million in 2014 — Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America: The Winter soldier” with $95 million, Warner-Legendary’s “Godzilla” with $93 million, Sony’s “Amazing Spider-Man 2 »
- Dave McNary
Disney’s The Jungle Book Adds Bill Murray; Warner Bros Version Gets a Release Date and New Title
The October 9, 2015 release of Disney’s The Jungle Book isn’t all that far away, so the studio’s been casting up like crazy lately. In the past month alone, the production has added Ben Kinglsey, Neel Sethi, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito to the line-up, and now they’ve got yet another new addition to share – Bill Murray as Baloo. Sethi’s Mowgli will be the only actor seen on screen in the film, but he’ll be joined by a slew of CG characters including Walken as King Louie, Esposito as Akela, Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Idris Elba as Shere Khan and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa in addition to Murray. We’ve also got some movement on Warner Bros. Pictures’ rendition of The Jungle Book, which is now titled Jungle Book: Origins. The Andy Serkis-directed rendition is scheduled to make its way »
- Perri Nemiroff
The Transporter Legacy Hits Theaters Next Year
Jason Statham might no longer be behind the wheel as the Transporter, but Frank Martin still lives. Statham did his time as the heroic courier in three hit movies, but as he moved away, EuropaCorp has been planning on continuing to use the franchise. And now their plans have kicked in at full force. EuropaCorp has announced that March 16th, 2015 brings The Transporter Legacy to the big screen. The movie is the first in a trilogy and will bring us the early days of Martin leading up to the events of the original movie. It's being directed by Camille Delamarre, who made his debut this spring as the man behind Brick Mansions. Your new Frank Martin appears to be Ed Skrein, who Game Of Thrones fans might recognize as Daario Naharis. Presumably he'll be rocking Frank Martin's trademark bald dome, but here he is on the show in case »
Film Review: ‘Behaving Badly’
Managing to elicit genuine belly laughs while playing a blind teenage cancer patient in this summer’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” 19-year-old Nat Wolff has displayed a precocious knack for wringing humor out of the most unfortunate circumstances. And yet, as Tim Garrick’s barrel-bottom teen sex farce “Behaving Badly” illustrates, even he has his limits. Wolff is hardly alone, however, as a surprisingly deep cast of slumming stars (Selena Gomez, Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue, Gary Busey, Jason Lee, and even an uncredited Justin Bieber) all fail to lift this ruthlessly unfunny misfire, which should be quickly relegated to an IMDb trivia question after a brief theatrical bow.
Things start out badly for 17-year-old Rick Stevens (Wolff), who opens the film by discovering he has crabs, only to head downstairs and discover his alcoholic mother (Parker) slumped on the couch, with pill bottles, vodka and various suicide notes strewn all around. »
- Andrew Barker
Jeff Bridges Saluted by Aarp for His End-Hunger Work
At a Spago luncheon on Friday, the conversation touched upon moviegoing demographics, the new film “The Giver” and the importance of branding — but the key talking point was solutions to hunger.
Aarp threw the event to honor Jeff Bridges, the cover subject of the org’s August/September issue. The story is tied to the Weinstein Co.’s Aug. 15 release of “The Giver,” which Aarp Media Svp-editorial director Myrna Blyth described as being based on a Ya novel but focused on “the wisdom of age.” She also talked about the new alliance between Aarp Foundation’s end-hunger program and No Kid Hungry, which Bridges has been championing for 20 years. The former is focused on needy seniors, while the latter focuses on children; the two have come up with programs to help both.
The actor spoke briefly, thanking Aarp and praising the “Giver” team who were there, including producers Neil Koenigsberg »
- Tim Gray
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