Brad Pitt's ‘Fury’ Blitzes Box Office for $23.5 Million Win
Brad Pitt‘s bloody war saga “Fury” rolled to a $23.5 million victory at the box office this weekend, ending the two-week run of the dark murder mystery “Gone Girl.” The Ben Affleck-starring thriller took in $17.8 million and edged another Fox release, “The Book of Life,” for second. The Guillermo del Toro-produced animated tale opened to $17 million. The weekend's other wide opener, the romance “The Best of Me,” fizzled with a $10.2 million debut — the worst-ever for a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. “Brad Pitt is a movie star,” Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer told TheWrap, “There's no doubt about that. »
- Todd Cunningham
‘Fury’ Director David Ayer Reveals Why Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf Got Punched During Rehearsals
David Ayer‘s “Fury” is a big war movie set in a tiny little space. The tale of a World War II tank crew led by Brad Pitt also includes Shia Labeouf, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman and Jon Bernthal. The brutal combat film deals with themes familiar from Ayer's last movie, “End of Watch,” or his script for “Training Day”: tensions between men in tough, violent jobs. In preparation for “End of Watch,” Ayer stuck Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in a car together for months of Lapd ridealongs. With a bigger cast and less time for “Fury,” the director settled for a shorter. »
- Steve Pond
Film Review: ‘Sacrifice’
When high-school bros go deep into the woods armed with hunting rifles and expanding torsos, there will be blood, along with plentiful inclement weather. There are gobs of both in “Sacrifice,” but also a quieter moral reckoning that offers the more compelling reason to see this conventional, intermittently absorbing indie from writer-director Michael Cohn (“When the Bough Breaks”). For all its thriller accessorizing, the film grows on you — a little — as a biblical family melodrama that digs into the domestic origins of a compound crime while piling on the wages of sin. Solidly fortified with seasoned actors Dermot Mulroney and Melora Walters, and Austin Abrams as a struggling adolescent, the movie was made under the aegis of the film collaborative JuntoBox, and its combination of horror frissons and contemplative character study should give it modest crossover appeal in young and older markets.
Part hunk, part otherworldly good boy, Texan football »
- Ella Taylor
Parents, Frequent Moviegoers Are Desensitized to Violence, Sex In Film; Likely So Is MPAA Ratings Board: Study
After surveying 1,000 parents exposed to multiple clips of on-screen sex and violence in movies, a study found that parents become increasingly desensitized to acts of sex and violence with repeated viewing which appears to lead to an increasing acceptance to both. The result is that these parents are less likely to shield their kids from movies that contain sex and violence. In addition, the authors note that people who rate movies for the MPAA (themselves parents) could also be subject to the same desensitization “and thus more likely to be lenient when it comes to evaluating the appropriateness of such content for children.” Those behind the study said this effect could help to explain the “ratings creep” that has allowed more violence into films aimed at our youth.
The MPAA has long acknowledged that its standards have shifted over time but has traditionally attributed this to the changing standards of parents. »
- Anita Busch
Parents Desensitized to Sex and Violence in Movies, Study Finds
When it comes to sex and violence, the more parents see, the less they care.
That’s the takeaway form a new study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center on the attitudes that parents of children aged 6 to 18 have towards film content that may be objectionable or disturbing.
Researchers showed bloody or erotic scenes from PG-13 and R-rated movies such as “8 Mile,” “Collateral,” “Die Hard” and “Casino Royale” to 1,000 parents and found that they grew desensitized as the body count mounted and sexual activity heated up. The research was conducted online last January.
The findings will be published in Pediatrics and the report serves as a companion to a 2013 study by Annenberg that found that gun violence in PG-13 movies has tripled since 1985 and movies with that rating contain more gun violence than R-rated movies.
“The rise of violence and gun violence in PG-13 movies means that lots of kids »
- Brent Lang
Snapchat Scares Up Advertising Business with ‘Ouija’
A 20-second trailer for the upcoming horror film based on Hasbro Studio’s boardgame appeared in the “Recent Updates” section of users’ accounts on the app, with a sponsored icon. The ad disappears after it’s viewed or within 24 hours. It’s unclear how much Universal paid for the plug.
As with any update, users choose whether to view the video or photos, but many of those who did, took to Twitter to talk about the video — some approving what they saw, while others were irritated by the promo that suddenly appeared on their accounts.
Snapchat, however, has said sponsored ads were coming to its 100 million users.
“We need to make money,” Snapchat put it simply in a company blog post. “Advertising allows us to support our »
- Marc Graser
London Film Fest: ‘Fury’ Closes; ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Leviathan’ Are Big Winners
The film’s stars -- Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs and Ayers – walked the red carpet in Leicester Square but skipped out on the after-party at a nearby club in Bloomsbury. Before the film began, BFI CEO Amanda Nevill and Lff artistic director Clare Stewart appeared on stage to introduce the “Fury” gang and declare the latest edition of the festival a resounding success, citing the fact that attendance figures reached their highest mark ever: 163,300, an increase of 7.5% from 2013. Stewart, in particular, has reason to feel proud of this year’s festival. She set about revamping the Lff when she joined in 2012 from the Sydney Film Festival, shortening the length from an unwieldy 16 to 12 days; widening the reach to new venues across London; introducing competition strands; and dividing the program into themed categories, including Love, Dare, Thrill, Laugh and Cult. Now that her »
- Matt Mueller
PaleyFest NY 2014: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne and Show Creator Bryan Fuller Talk Hannibal
The twistedly haunting, creepy and unexpected NBC series Hannibal is one of the best shows currently on television. With shocking revelations, psychological cat-and-mouse games, and intricately detailed murders, it certainly stays with you, long after it airs. And after the wild Season 2 finale that left everyone in a state of peril, the anticipation for Season 3 and answers for where it will all go next is growing, as fannibals wait for the show’s return. As part of PaleyFest NY, which is considered the ultimate TV fan festival, co-stars Hugh Dancy (“Will Graham”), Mads Mikkelsen (“Dr. Hannibal Lecter”) and Laurence Fishburne (“Jack Crawford”), along with show creator Bryan Fuller, talked about their first encounter with the Hannibal Lecter mythos, how the undercurrent of love between Hannibal and Will shapes their understanding of their characters, that Season 3 will show how much everyone has been changed by the events of the finale, what Hannibal will be wearing now, »
- Christina Radish
Boardwalk Empire Recap: “Friendless Child”
In many ways, Boardwalk Empire's penultimate episode, "Friendless Child," was a capsule of the most essential elements of Nucky's full story over the course of the series. The waning hours of Nucky's gangland battle with Lucky and Meyer mirror the show's twilight as well. The gangsters are tired. Many of them are dead. There's a new world order, and all Nucky wants now is to make amends as best he can. The flashbacks in "Friendless Child" also tied together his relationship with Gillian, and how she may be his only hope for some kind of redemption. Hit the jump for why "all I have -- all I've ever had -- is Atlantic City." There have been murmurs for several weeks now that Mickey's young hire, Joel Harper (who Nucky seemed to take a shine to) is actually Tommy Darmody. There are arguments to be made about timeline and more, and »
- Allison Keene
Paskaljevic to direct Dev Bhoomi
Produced by Milan Markovic, the film will be entirely shot in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand in March-April 2015.
The story follows a 65-year-old man, Rahul, who decides to return from England to his village in Garhwal, Uttarakhand when he discovers he is going blind, to take one last look at the world he left 40 years ago.
Paskaljevic is currently serving on the India Gold jury of the on-going Mumbai Film Festival. His credits include Cabaret Balkan (1998), Honeymoons (2009) and When Day Breaks (2012).
“Dev Bhoomi is a story of simple dramatic structure, tense inside, without a lot of external effects, an intimate poem, such as the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
The Affair Recap: “2″
After a lot of critical fanfare for its pilot (and despite some awful trailers on Showtime), The Affair needed to prove that it had staying power. Until this week, (and somewhat unusually), only that first episode had been available in advance for review, so the glowing remarks were all based on that powerhouse. "2" wasn't quite as mesmerizing as "1," (a.k.a. "Pilot,") but it did fill out some more details of the world Noah and Alison are living in, and how each of them uniquely experiences it. Hit the jump for "I was never fun. You got more fun, which is the problem." One of the things that became a lot more clear in "2" than did in "1" is that Alison is a completely compelling character on her own, while Noah is really not that interesting. Noah's story is augmented by those around him; his memories contain far more dynamic supporting characters than Alison's do, »
- Allison Keene
The Walking Dead Recap: “Strangers”
Now that the group of survivors has been reunited after the chaos at Terminus, what are they to do? The Walking Dead has spent plenty of time in past seasons bottled up in one location or another (the farm and the prison, notably) but it looked like they were getting ready to hit the dusty trails for good this season. Not so fast. In the fifth season's second episode, we get a momentary glimpse of life on the road for this unwieldy group before a new arrival (and an old foe) turn a possible sanctuary into a probable death trap. Hit the jump for The Walking Dead recap. As the smoke from Terminus settles, the team takes stock. Rick talks to Tara about saving Glenn, while Tyreese says he understand why Carol did what she did back at the prison, ie sacrificing the sick for the good of the group, »
- Dave Trumbore
Kevin Smith Wrote This Diary Entry Right Before Filming Clerks
As part of the indie wave in the early '90s that brought us filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and more, Kevin Smith will long have his own little corner in cinematic history - and it's all because of Clerks. The black-and-white dark comedy about two men in a convenience store earned critical acclaim festival back in 1994, and to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary, it's director has posted a little note about its origins on Twitter: From my Clerks pre-pro journal, an entry dated 3/4/93 - less than 2 weeks before we started shooting at Quick Stop. pic.twitter.com/2761hKu9tK. KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 19, 2014 Smith's handwriting is a bit rough, so if you can't make out what this diary entry says, you can read it in clear text below: "We start shooting the end of this month, Almost all of the details are in place, and I'm about ready to »
This Rotten Week: Predicting John Wick, Ouija And 23 Blast Reviews
I keep waiting for the week when I can get truly excited about what.s coming out. We are getting closer to that feeling, be we aren.t quite there yet. This week we.ve got John Wick, messing with ouija boards and a blind kid playing football. It.s all over the place. Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer. Rotten Watch Prediction 89% There have been a lot of revenge movies coming along over the years. People are always fucking with the wrong guy - some mild-mannered would-be plebe who just happens to have an inordinate amount of killing skills. This is a fact that dudes learn »
Homeland Recap: “Iron in the Fire”
In "Iron in the Fire," Homeland expanded on the conspiracy surrounding Sandy Bachman's death, and brought it all back to Homeland's central theme of trust. As Carrie builds her team in Islamabad, she also wrestles with the CIA operatives already in place there; though as she quickly discovers, she needs their help, too. (Although it isn't, of course, that simple). Homeland also snuffed out some of its own fire by revealing the identity of the confidential informant, but did so in a way that shows that arc is far from over. Hit the jump, because "what I need is your help, not your goddamn foot on the break." Much of "Iron in the Fire" played out like a good whodunnit, complete with misdirection and several surprises. In "Shalwar Kameez," the bombshell was Quinn's astute discovery that the attack on Sandy was all orchestrated, though by whom and for what ultimate cause was unclear. »
- Allison Keene
Jason Momoa Shows Why He Got Cast in "Game of Thrones" Audition Tape
Though this video has been on the Internet since April of 2012, its viewership has exploded recently as it has been uncovered from the depths of YouTube. Jason Momoa has a knack for being an imposing physical presence with an intense demeanor, rightfully leading him to be cast as Khal Drogo in the first season of "Game of Thrones". The video below is a brief snippet from one of Momoa's auditions for the show. In the audition, Momoa performs a Haka, a war cry originating from the Mcori people of New Zealand. It involves a lot of yelling and hitting your forearms. Unsurprisingly, it is extremely intimidating. If I was behind an audition table and a guy walked in doing this, I would probably give him the part even if he was not right for it. I would just be too scared to say no. Thankfully, Momoa was right for the part. »
- Mike Shutt
The Worst Guardians Of The Galaxy Chinese Translation Fails
Last week we learned that Chinese audiences aren't too happy with the poorly translated subtitles for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - to the point where it has been said to actually detract from the film. Due to a less than adequate job preparing the movie for its release in China, many have complained that a lot of the jokes and puns don't land because movie-goers don't properly understand the dialogue and situations. Now that some examples have been revealed, it's pretty easy to see where the complaints are coming from. The Mary Sue has uncovered a Chinese blog that reveals some of the really terrible subtitle translations that are featured in Guardians of the Galaxy. There are multiple examples given, but I'm going to focus on the four that are the biggest head-scratchers: Those of you who have seen Guardians of the Galaxy know that people like to put »
Weekend Box Office: Fury Fires Way To Number One, The Best Of Me Is The Worst
$340 million dollars. That's how far behind domestic box office ticket sales are from last year. In fact, sales are so slow they could end up being the lowest in seven years. That will be down to how well the holiday movies fare come December, but until then the usual October doldrums aren't doing much to help. Brad Pitt's WWII tank action drama launched at number one, but at a lower than expected $23 million. Animated Day of the Dead themed The Book of Life narrowly missed a second place debut, hitting $17 million for third place behind the resilient Gone Girl which banked almost $18 million. That movie dropped just 30% going into its third week, crossing the $100 million mark. There wasn't much love or romance for Nicholas Sparks fans this weekend. The Best of Me turned out to be the worst, at least as far as opening weekends go. With a fifth place, »
Film Review: ‘Son of a Gun’
At least three entertaining films are jostling for position in Australian writer-director Julius Avery’s messily propulsive debut feature “Son of a Gun” — and if none ultimately emerges dominant, the red-blooded tussle between them is never dull to watch. Beginning as tough-minded prison drama, careering into daffily escapist caper territory and concluding somewhere in between, this London Film Festival competition entry casts Ewan McGregor brashly against type as a grizzled master thief mentoring a teenage inmate (Brenton Thwaites) through a high-stakes heist that goes inevitably off-plan. Slicker than it is smart — notwithstanding some strained chess metaphors — Avery’s film packs only moderate crossover potential, but serves as a neat calling card for bigger-ticket genre assignments. Released earlier this week Down Under, “Gun” has already secured U.S. distribution with A24.
“Things are not as you imagine,” a character intones at more than juncture in “Son of a Gun,” as the action grows ever farther-fetched. »
- Guy Lodge
Int’l Box Office Update: ‘Guardians’ Now 3rd Biggest Marvel Movie Ever; ‘Dracula Untold’, ‘Gone Girl’, ‘Annabelle’ Hold Well; Local Action In France, Mexico; More
2Nd Update, 5:19 Pm Pt: Guardians Of The Galaxy marked a return to the top of the international box office this weekend, thanks in large part to China — where its local title translates to Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team, helmer James Gunn tweeted earlier this month. The Disney/Marvel space hit now has $69M there and was given a slightly wider berth than other Hollywood movies that are going out this month: Gotg opened on Oct 10 and will have had 11 days in the market before Hercules muscles in on Oct 21, followed in rapid succession by The Maze Runner on Oct 28 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Oct 31. The French-produced Lucy also has an Oct 24 release to further complicate matters.
Elsewhere, despite the strong holds this week of Dracula Untold, Gone Girl and Annabelle, as well as the resurgent Ninja Turtles and The Maze Runner which made strong European debuts, the international »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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