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'Rock The Kasbah' is Forbes' Least Profitable Film of the Year
If you didn't get your fill of turkey this Thanksgiving weekend, check out 2015's biggest box office turkeys with Forbes' list of the 10 worst performing movies of the year. With big headlining names like Bill Murray, Chris Hemsworth, Sean Penn and Johnny Depp, it's clear that star power wasn't enough to guarantee box office success in 2015. Unsurprisingly, the reviews for each film on the list were largely negative, and many, including the #1 film on the list, were universally blasted by critics. Here's the full list of box office flops. Check out Forbes to see the numbers. Least Profitable Films Of 2015 1. Rock The Kasbah 2. The Gunman 3. Blackhat 4. Unfinished Business 5. Jem & The Holograms 6. Self/Less 7. American Ultra 8. We Are Your Friends 9. Aloha 10. Mortdecai Read More: 10 Rare Gems MoMA Just Saved From Obscurity »
- Wil Barlow
Slamdance Festival Competition Lineup Unveiled (Exclusive)
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled 20 titles for its narrative and documentary feature film competition programs for its 22nd edition during Jan. 22-28, Variety has learned.
The festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.” The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah, will include 12 world premieres, two North American premieres and one U.S. premiere.
The narrative competition has 12 titles and eight have been selected in the documentary category.
Notable titles include Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli’s drama “Last Summer” (pictured above), starring Rinko Kikuchi, Yorick van Wageningen and Lucy Griffiths; Derek Kimball’s drama “Neptune,” set on an island off the coast of Maine and centered on an orphan girl raised by the church; Paul Taylor’s dialogue-free “Driftwood,” starring Joslyn Jensen, Paul C. Kelly and Michael Fentin; and Andrea Marini »
- Dave McNary
Why Disney Yelled At Tom Hanks Over Toy Story 4
Entertainment is a weird business, but it's a business like any other. Having a valuable stock price is as important, if not more so, than making a great movie. Most of the time these two objectives work together. Well-performing movies lead to a more valuable company. However, this all means that new movie announcements are planned out well in advance in order to achieve the best return, and when leaks happen it throws the whole plan out of whack. When that leak comes from one of the stars of the movie, that's when lawyers get very upset. Such was the situation several years ago when Tom Hanks was asked by a reporter if Toy Story 4 was going to happen. It sounds like he was taken a bit by surprise and in the moment did what many of us would do, he told the truth. In this case »
Rumor: Will Captain America and Iron Man Swing By the New ‘Spider-Man’?
It’s no secret that Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man will first swing by next year’s Captain America: Civil War, getting caught up in the battle between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans). But the question we haven’t really considered yet is who might swing by Tom Holland’s Spider-Man movie. Now an interesting bit of speculation suggests that […]
- Angie Han
Ventana Sur: Puenzos, Demente Back Guillermo Helo’s Film Debut
Chilean companies Altirosapiens and Demente Producciones are teaming with Argentina’s Historias Cinematograficas, the shingle run by the Puenzo family, to co-produce social comedy “Spider Thieves,” the feature directorial debut of Chile’s Guillermo Helo.
Preceded by good buzz, “Spider Thieves” screens Dec. 1 at Ventana Sur’s 7th Primer Corte pix-in-post competition, which takes place Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in Buenos Aires.
The humor-laced “Thieves” follows three dirt-poor adolescent girls who dream of having the material wealth they see in TV commercials. To fulfill their dreams, they decide to climb buildings and plunder expensive apartments. They become media celebs, heroines for some.
The film is based on real events that happened in 2005, in Santiago, which inspired playwright Luis Barrales to write the play “Spider Girls,” from which the script is adapted.
“The issue of criminals who become media ‘stars’ has been addressed many times in cinema. What makes this story different it is that they are girls. »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Latin America: Up Next! Jayro Bustamante, the Prodigal Son
Jayro Bustamante finds inspiration at home but applies the filmmaking skills he learned in Paris and Rome. His feature debut “Ixcanul” (“Volcano”) is only the second Guatemalan pic to vie for a Foreign Language Oscar, and has been reaping awards across key festivals including the 2015 Berlinale Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize. Film school studies in Paris and Rome have informed Bustamante’s work, which includes his Cannes-winning short “Cuando Sea Grande.” “I knew its ending first and worked my way backwards,” says Bustamente of penning “Ixcanul.”
Now shuttling between Paris and Guatemala, Bustamante credits his multilingual skills to his early Montessori education in Guatemala where he lived in the highlands populated by the Kaqchikel (Mayan) tribe until age 14. Between the ages 17 to 19, he was an in-house commercials director at Ogilvy and Mather where he saved to fund his European film education. “I learned a lot from the creative people around me, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Abu Dhabi To Host ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Middle East Premiere
After hosting a portion of its shoot Abu Dhabi will also host the Middle East premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on December 16, prior to its launch via Disney in the region on December 17.
The exclusive red carpet gala to be held at Abu Dhabi’s sumptuous Emirates Palace will be attended by a host of as yet unspecified A-list Middle East stars but sans “Star Wars” talent in tow. Instead it is highly likely there will be props from the pic’s Abu Dhabi shoot in the Liwa desert, sources said.
In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Abu Dhabi plays Jakku, “a frontier desert planet in a remote section of the Outer Rim Territories,” according to StarWars.com.
“Having Star Wars: The Force Awakens screen in Abu Dhabi prior to its general release is a real validation for how successful the filming was whilst the production was here, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Latin America Up Next! Oz-Educated Laura Mora on Breaking the Mold
One of the few femme action thriller helmers in Colombia, Mora, 34, is poised to shoot her feature debut “Matar a Jesus” in March. A Medellin native, she co-directed the epic Caracol TV series “Escobar, El Patron del Mal” with Carlos Moreno, who tapped her after seeing her award-winning shorts “West,” “Salome” and “Brotherhood.” “We shot 60 episodes in 10 months,” says Mora of the ambitious “Escobar” series, noting that Moreno teased her that the grueling experience was her “baptism in blood.”
The Rmit Melbourne graduate drew from her personal experience for her feature debut about a girl who witnesses her father’s assassination. “I’ve been writing it for the past 10 years but I felt I needed to prepare for it physically, emotionally and technically for it.“ Her short “Salome” turns on a young girl grieving over her deceased father.
“I guess I belong to a whole new generation of Colombian filmmakers, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Ventana Sur: ‘The Clan’ Sells Out Worldwide (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires – Adding another achievement to its blockbuster Argentine box office bow, Venice Fest best director win, upbeat critical reception and selection by Argentina as its Oscar entry, Pablo Trapero’s true-life crime thriller “The Clan” has now sold out worldwide.
Doing so in just three months after its Venice international premiere, “The Clan” – a bracing indictment of Argentine state collusion in the Puccio’s family’s true-life abduction and murder of multiple victims under and after Argentina’s military dictatorship – has recorded an exceptional performance for a Latin American – and indeed foreign-language – movie.
Closed by Vicente Canales’ Film Factory, the Barcelona-based sales company that also licensed Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales,” in unannounced deals, Rai Cinema’s 01 Distribution, the country’s top distribution op, has claimed rights to Italy, NonStop Ent. those for Scandinavia; Filmcoopi bought Switzerland, Broadmedia Studios picked up Japan; Russia has gone to Cinema Prestige, which also bought “Wild Tales. »
- John Hopewell
No more gold bikinis: Jj Abrams says new Star Wars film is female-friendly
Director says he hopes mothers will take their daughters to see The Force Awakens in the same way as fathers have traditionally seen previous instalments with their sons
Speaking on Us show Good Morning America, Abrams echoed previous suggestions by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, the new episode’s main producer, that the latest Star Wars movie would place more emphasis on female characters.
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- Ben Child
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – is there any chance at all it could disappoint?
Anticipation for Jj Abrams’s continuation of the space super-saga has reached fever pitch. Surely it will meet fans’ expectations, but what if it’s a load of Sith? Two writers raise their lightsabers and face off
July 16, 1999. It’s finally here. A frisson of hushed anticipation hangs in the cinema. The sparkly “Lucasfilm” logo. That music. The epic, declarative opening text crawl. Holy shit, it’s Star Wars! Yes! It actually is! Hang on... taxation of trade routes? What? “Debates”? Huh. Jedi are pretty boring actually, aren’t they? Do-gooding galactic prefect dullards. Is this Jar Jar Binks jebend going to be in the whole film? Did Darth Vader just say “Woohoo!”? The Force is actually a load of tiny blobs called “midi-chloreans”? No. No, this is all wrong. This won’t do at all.
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- Luke Holland & Joel Golby
Bvi, Fox Take Burman’s ‘Rey del Once’ for Latin America
Buenos Aires — In increasingly customary moves on top-flight Argentine titles, two studios – Disney and Fox – have moved to acquire Latin American rights on “El Rey del Once – The Tenth Man,” from Daniel Burman (“Lost Embrace,” “Family Law”).
Buena Vista Intl. has secured theatrical rights for Latin America, Fox Plus, one of the region’s most powerful cable/satellite operations, premium pay TV/Svod.
One of the most anticipated of titles from Argentina, where it is expected to see box office traction, “El Rey” is tipped for a major festival berth. Sold by Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl., and ready for delivery first quarter 2016, it also reps the latest movie from Burman whose 2004 “Lost Embrace” swept Berlin’s Grand Jury Prize and a best actor Silver Bear for Daniel Hendler.
A very loose follow-up to “Lost Embrace,” “King” shares the setting of Buenos Aires’ Jewish district, is again a father-son dramedy, »
- John Hopewell
FilmSharks, Daniel Burman team on 'El Rey Del Once'
FilmSharks heads into Ventana Sur with a couple of key deals under its belt on the Argentinian director’s upcoming dramatic comedy El Rey del Once (The Tenth Man).
Guido Rud has closed deals with Buena Vista International for South American theatrical rights and Fox+ for premium Pay TV and Svod.
Burman, one of Argentina’s most renowned directors who won the 2004 Silver Bear in Berlin for Lost Embrace, is in post on the film.
El Rey del Once is styled as a dramatic comedy about a man who returns from New York to the Buenos Aires suburb of his youth to take over his family’s charitable foundation.
“This is a brand new Burman that will travel to festivals and play well for distributors because it is in the best tradition of his crossover films like Lost Embrace,” said »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
William Ireton to Receive Golden Gross Award From Japanese Industry
Tokyo — Former Warner Entertainment Japan CEO William Ireton will receive the “Golden Gross” Special Recognition Award from the Japan Association of Theatre Owners.
The ceremony for the award, which recognizes Ireton’s contributions to the Japanese film industry over a three-decade executive career, will be held Tuesday at Tokyo’s Grand Takanawa Prince Hotel and is organized by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (Eiren).
Ireton, usually known as ‘Bill,’ joined Warner in 1988 as MD and was appointed CEO in 2006. In charge of all the company’s businesses in Japan, from theatrical distribution and production to television and home entertainment, Ireton oversaw some of Warner’s biggest releases in the Japanese market, including the “Harry Potter” series and the “Matrix” trilogy. On Ireton’s watch “The Last Samurai” and “Letters from Iwo Jima” earned more in Japan than they did in the U.S., while topping the local box office. »
- Mark Schilling
‘Embrace of the Serpent’ Wins Iffi Goa Festival
British filmmaker Peter Greenaway was adjudged best director for his English and Spanish language “Eisenstein in Guanajuato,” which is a Netherlands, Mexico, Finland, Belgium and France co-production.
Vincent Lindon won best actor (male) award for Stephane Brize’s French film “The Measure of a Man.” Actresses Gunes Sensoy, Doga Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan and Ilayda Akdogan shared the best actor (female) award for their ensemble performance in Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Turkish film “Mustang”.
Indian filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly received the newly introduced Unesco-Fellini medal for his Bengali-language “Cinemawalla.”
- Naman Ramachandran
How we made: My Beautiful Laundrette
When Hanif Kureishi’s script arrived through my letterbox, I wanted to shoot it right away. I’d made Walter, the film that was screened on the first night of Channel 4, and was all in favour of the fact that it was originally to be made for TV. Who in their right mind was going to go to the cinema to see a film about a gay Pakistani running a launderette?
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- Interviews by Jack Watkins
/Filmcast Ep. 343 – Creed and The Good Dinosaur
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the brilliance of Netflix’s Jessica Jones. Also, Jeff proves he’s a man of his word by watching season 1 of The Leftovers. Be sure to read up on the unsettling reality of Cars. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! […]
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- David Chen
'Spotlight' Takes Top Honors At Gotham Awards
Prognosticators will spend the night trying to figure out how this affects (or doesn't) the Oscar nominations come January, but it's safe to say that "Spotlight" is still very much in the race. Tom McCarthy's true story journalism tale walked away at the Gotham Awards with the night's big prizes, taking Best Feature and Best Screenplay, along with an honorary award for the ensemble performance for the cast. How this translates into Academy nods remains to be seen, but with the race still very much wide open, this is a strong boost for the film as it heads into a very competitive December. But perhaps the biggest surprise of all is Bel Powley beating both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in the Best Actress category for her turn in "Diary Of A Teenage Girl." Check out the full list of winners below. Best Feature "Carol" "The Diary of a Teenage Girl »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Toho Makes Record Breaking Order For IMAX Screens in Japan
Toho Cinemas has struck the largest order to date for IMAX screens in Japan.
Toho’s first IMAX theater opened in April this year as part of its Shinjuku multiplex. The theater has since been among the best performing venues in Japan, with “Jurassic World” earning a record breaking $1 million opening weekend.
Japan is the world’s third largest theatrical box office market behind North America and China. Gross box office grew by more than 6% in local currency terms to JPY207 billion. However with the Japanese currency weakening against the Us dollar, that was down in dollar terms at $1.79 billion.
- Patrick Frater
'Spotlight' in Gothams triumph
Tom McCarthy’s ensemble drama further bolstered its awards season credentials by claiming best feature and screenplay honours at the Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York on Monday.
The double-whammy was in addition to the previously announced special Gotham Jury Award presented jointly to Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Brian D’Arcy James for their ensemble work.
Last week Spotlight earned five Spirit Award nominations and has established itself as a strong best picture Academy Award contender.
Tangerine’s Mya Taylor earned breakthrough actor honours and Jonas Carpignano took the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award for Mediterranea. The Look Of Silence prevailed in the documentary category.
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- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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