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Weekend Report: 5th 'Mission' Phenomenal

1 August 2015 10:22 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Powered by the Energizer bunny energy of the seemingly inexhaustible Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation pulled in $56M for the weekend, taking #1 at the box office. It's a good start for the $150M, fifth installment in the now-rejuvenated M:i series that seems to be have been carried, uphill, on Cruise's back. The success of the film also adds a counter-example to the "Where Are the Box-Office Stars??" articles queued up at entertainment outlets everywhere.Just last week Adam Sandler's Pixels, with a tepid $24M opening, prompted numerous "Is He Over?" articles, questioning the box-office virility of the once critic-proof star. On the Fourth of July weekend Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator Genisys drug itself to $27M, coming in third behind an animated Pixar movie in its third week and a dinosaur movie in its fourth week. Genisys continues to struggle with a domestic take of $87M. Cruise, however, »


- Keith Simanton <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Daniel Radcliffe to star in FBI thriller Imperium

14 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Daniel Radcliffe will be going undercover in a new FBI thriller Imperium

Radcliffe will star as a young FBI agent trying to stop the terrorist plot of white supremacists, Deadline reports

The Atomic Features and Tycor International Film Company movie is based on the experiences of Michael German, who has co-written the script with director Daniel Ragussis.

German spent years inside Us neo-Nazi and militia groups as an undercover FBI agent.

Imperium is the feature debut of Dagussis, and is being produced by Ty Walker, Dennis Lee and Simon Taufique.

Filming for Imperium is scheduled to begin later this year »


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Arthouse Audit: Controversy Reigns as 'End of the Tour' Tops Limited Newbies and Weinstein Dumps Jeunet's Latest

12 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This year's Sundance Film Festival entries have faced a bumpy ride in release.  Two high-end acquisitions ("Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" and "Dope") scored well-supported wide releases but failed to show crossover/general audience appeal. Among the more conventional limited initial platform plays this weekend, three Sundance 2015 movies started strong in New York and Los Angeles. A24's controversial "The End of the Tour" was the best of the group, but documentaries "Best of Enemies" (Magnolia) and "Listen to Me Marlon" (Showtime) both drew significant interest. Last week's best opening, "Phoenix" (IFC), held up well with two new theaters this week and shows promise. Roadside Attractions' "Mr. Holmes" continues it breakout success, but Woody Allen's latest, "Irrational Man" (Sony Pictures Classics), is lagging behind his recent successes. Opening "The End of the Tour" (A24) - »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson will lead cross-planetary romance film

15 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson are taking on the lead roles in an untitled science-fiction romance.

Based on a short story by Richard Lewis, Stewart Schill and Allan Loeb, the project will also star Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino, reports Deadline.

Set at a time when planetary colonisation has begun, the film will follow the first child born on Mars (Butterfield) as he begins an online romance with a girl in the Us (Robertson).

He plans to escape the secret colony he lives in to travel to Earth and meet her, but Earth's gravity turns out to threaten his life.

The lovers have no choice but to locate the billionaire who funded Martian colonisation to gather information about the boy's dead mother and the circumstances surrounding his birth.

Peter Chelsom (Hector and the Search for Happiness) will direct a script written by Loeb, while Loeb will also executive produce alongside Steven Pearl and Doug Urbanski. »


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How Jake Gyllenhaal Feels About Losing Out On Batman And Spider-Man Roles

15 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The casting process for films is often more art than science. Many actors are considered for a role that ultimately can go to only one. Jake Gyllenhaal has, at various times, been considered for the roles of both Batman and Spider-Man and, while he ended up not getting either big role, he is very much at peace with that. Speaking with the UK's Daily Mail Gyllenhaal says not getting those franchise roles was neither a blessing nor a curse: I believe whatever happens, happens for good. I was definitely open to both the roles (of Spider-Man and Batman). However at a certain point you realize there is always someone more interesting, talented and ready to do the role. In any case, you are not going to get every role you go for. So you can say I neither rue nor am I thankful for having not worked on »


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Read James Gunn's heartfelt letter to Guardians of the Galaxy fans: "We really are, truly, honestly Groot"

19 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Believe it or not, it's been a whole year since we were introduced to Guardians of the Galaxy - and director James Gunn is feeling rather emotional about it.

On the one-year anniversary of the film's Us release yesterday (August 1), Gunn wrote a heartfelt open letter to fans of the film thanking them for making "every failure" he's had "well worth it".

Posting on his Facebook page, Gunn said: "One year ago today, Guardians of the Galaxy opened up in the Us and many places around the world.

"The movie massively over-performed that weekend, even by our own expectations, but what meant more to me is how much so many of you, no matter where you were from, took the story and the characters into your hearts.

"What meant more to me is that 'We are Groot' became a rallying cry for unity among friends and families. What meant more »


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"True Detective" Recap & Review: Season 2, Episode 7 "Black Maps and Motel Rooms"

2 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The logline for this week's episode of "True Detective" filled me with hope: Ray (Colin Farrell), Ani (Rachel McAdams) and Paul (Taylor Kitsch) take precautionary measures to elude detection and untangle a dark mystery. Frank (Vince Vaughn) deals with the fallout of his betrayal. Would my optimism be rewardedc The short answer is "yes". The long answer is "it's complicated". "Black Maps and Motel Rooms" snaps a lot of the frustratingly disparate elements of the season together. Many of the side detours and shoehorned characterizations coalesce in an episode that provides answers, even if some are purposely vague. For the first time all season. at least one of the characters has to deal with the mental fallout of their actions. Jumping forward 66 days prevented this type of exploration after the mid-season shootout, but Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) has no choice but to face up to the life she took at the »

- Michael Hindle

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Big Names Line Up For Busan Project Market

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leading Asian auteurs including Hana Makhmalbaf, Yu Likwai and India’s Kanu Behl will this year take up places at the Asian Project Market, part of the Busan film festival.

The market this year gives a platform for 30 film projects from 15 territories to find finance, co-production partners or sales and distribution support.

Makhmalbaf’s project “London Stories” is presented as originating from the U.K. where Hana’s brother Maysam is credited as producing. The Makhmalbaf family and their Makhmalbaf Film House company have been largely based in London since the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in their native Iran in 2005. Mohsen Makhmalbaf last year presented his “The President” at Busan and gave the keynote speech at the academic Biff Forum.

Behl, director of last year’s Indian breakout “Titli” presents and Indian-French co-production “Agra.” Yu Likwai, also known as Nelson Yu, and one of Asia’s top cinematographers, will present “A Mean To An End. »


- Patrick Frater

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Robin Hood Origin Story Wants Kingsman Or X-Men Stars For Lead Role

2 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Origin stories are big in the superhero realm. On the pages of comics, characters that have been around for decades have had the tale of where they come from told and retold and reimagined numerous times. But this fascination doesn’t stop there, as we’re getting an origin story for Robin Hood (to be fair, 1991’s Kevin Costner-starring Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was also an origin story), and there are three young actors in the hunt for the lead role. Deadline reports that a trio of up and coming young British actors are at the top of Lionsgate’s wish list for the upcoming Robin Hood: Origins. On their shortlist are Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton, Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston, and Jack Reynor, from Transformers: Age of Extinction. The report also notes that The Maze Runner star Dylan O’ »

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Watch Simon Pegg Rank All Six Star Wars Movies In Less Than A Minute

4 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Amongst fans, there is a great amount of debate about the various merits of the six movies that currently make up the bulk of the Star Wars universe. We all have our favorites, sometimes they overlap, sometimes they don’t, and we could probably argue about how they rank in an endless loop. Simon Pegg was recently asked to rank all six Star Wars movies, from lowest to highest, and you can check out his answers below. While stumping for his latest film, Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, which just so happens to be one of the best action movies of the year so far (for my money it’s second only to Mad Max: Fury Road), MTV asked Pegg to list his choices - ranking The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of »

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‘Rogue Nation’ Puts Cruise In Control At $65M Offshore; Sets Career & ‘M:i’ Franchise Bests – Intl Box Office Update

4 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

2Nd Update, 6:30 Pm Pt: Tom Cruise was in control at the worldwide box office this weekend as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation took off with $121M global. The international portion of that, $65M, topped the last film in the franchise, Ghost Protocol, by 49% on a like-for-like currency basis in the same market suite. The franchise to date has made about $2.1B with Migp the biggest overseas at $485M. That was also Cruise's best-ever showing offshore where his enduring and… »


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Stuart Little Is Getting A Remake

5 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you just can.t get enough of talking animated mice, you.re in luck today. It.s been more than a decade since we saw the adorable, precocious, possibly even heroic Stuart Little on the big screen (the third movie, 2006.s Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild, went directly to video), but there.s more on the way as the popular family movie is getting a remake courtesy of Sony Pictures and Red Wagon Entertainment. The Tracking Board was the first to report that the iconic little mouse is getting another go at cinematic success. Like its theatrical predecessors, this version of Stuart Little will be a hybrid of computer animation and live-action footage (again, Stuart Little 3 is the black sheep of the family and was entirely animated) and follows the adventures of the titular mouse and the Littles, the human family that adopts him. More than a »

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Paramount exec backs a sixth Mission: Impossible movie: 'Ethan Hunt deserves another film'

5 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tom Cruise may have already let the news slip, but now Paramount has spoken publicly about the possibility of another Mission: Impossible movie.

Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore has supported Cruise's announcement that work has begun on a sixth instalment in the franchise.

6 jaw-dropping Tom Cruise stunts from the Mission: Impossible movies

"We're very happy to be developing this movie with Tom," Moore told Variety. "There's no question that Ethan Hunt deserves another film."

The news of another film in the franchise follows an opening weekend that saw Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation easily take down competition from the likes of Vacation and Ant-Man in the Us box office by taking $56 million.

If filming does begin next year as Cruise told The Daily Show it would, the sixth Mission: Impossible movie could be the fastest sequel to come out of the series yet, after the first five films had at least four years between them. »


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