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Box Office: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ $70M As ‘Boyhood’ Flexes Muscles
6th Update, Saturday, 7:00 Am: All bets are that after a $27.8M Friday (which includes that $4.1M late night start on Thursday), Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will pull in around $70M+, which means the second installment may end up doing around 30% better than the first when the dust clears on Monday morning. Don’t even think the World Cup finals can keep it in the $60M range now. It’s swinging through international territories right now and we’ll post numbers when we get them. The first installment — Rise of the Planet of the Apes — ended […] »
Alejandro González Iñárritu Wants To Shoot 'The Revenant' In Sequence, Megan Ellison May Save Financially Troubled Pic
With a prime opening slot for "Birdman" at the Venice Film Festival next month, things look to be going pretty well for Alejandro González Iñárritu, and he even has "The Revenant" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy gearing up to shoot this fall. Or does he? THR reports that the film, which was slated to start shooting in September, is now in jeopardy after the troubled production company Worldview Entertainment backed out of financing the movie. 20th Century Fox isn't interested in putting up the money themselves citing the pay-or-play deals for the two leads (meaning they get paid even if the movie doesn't get made), but there's more complications. In a typically ambitious move by Iñárritu, he wants to shoot the movie—about a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and robbed, who then goes on a mission of vengeance—in sequence, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Guillermo del Toro Pretty Much Squashes Your 'Hellboy 3' Hopes
Guillermo del Toro took part in a Reddit Ama yesterday in large part to promote his new television series "The Strain", premiering this Sunday night at 10Pm on FX. However, questions about his film projects were bound to be a major topic and one such film is Hellboy 3, a film Ron Perlman recently said he's fighting for every day... Well, sorry Ron, but you can probably give up that fight. When the topic came up del Toro said: "Well, you know, we don't have Hellboy 3 on the horizon, but the idea for it was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, and having him and Liz face the sort of, that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe »
- Brad Brevet
Robert Zemeckis’ High-Wire Movie Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philipe Petit Retitled The Walk, Plus the First Image of Gordon-Levitt in Character
Up until today, we've been referring to Robert Zemeckis' untitled 3D picture as To Reach the Clouds, since it was adapted from high-wire artist Philippe Petit's memoir of the same name. Now, courtesy of social media and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Charlotte Le Bon, it looks like the film has been retitled The Walk. Gordon-Levitt plays Petit, whose “artistic crime of the century” saw him and his co-conspirators sneak to the top of the World Trade Center in 1974 in order to make his famous attempt at crossing between the two towers. Also starring Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale, The Walk is slated to open October 2, 2015. Hit the jump to check out a behind-the-scenes image of Gordon-Levitt and Le Bon on set of The Walk. The title change and new set image from The Walk come courtesy of Gordon-Levitt himself via his Facebook page: // Post by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. »
- Dave Trumbore
Roberto Orci Officially Leaves ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3’; Series Could Be In Limbo
“Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” I kinda hate that term because it always lends credence to every damn rumor out there (the recent Gus Van Sant/”Death Note” rumor of late is false and premature, for example). But maybe it applies here. A few weeks ago it was reported that “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” was going to lose its 2016 date and it may be delayed. Well, it turns out this rumor is entirely possible. The ever-candid Roberto Orci, screenwriter behind the new “Star Trek” franchise, some of the earlier “Transformers” films and of course the rebooted “Amazing Spider-Man” series has revealed in an interview that he has officially left the Sony-produced super hero franchise. “I’m not officially involved in it," Orci told IGN of the upcoming “Spider-Man 3” film. "I don't know what their plans are for that franchise,” he continued. “I don't ever want to say never, »
- Rodrigo Perez
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Opens to $28 Million Friday
It's looking like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will end its three-day weekend around $70 million or so after bringing in $27.7 million on Friday, which includes the $4.1 million from late Thursday night screenings. While not as high as the possible $80 million the film was looking as if it might be able to achieve thanks to those Thursday numbers, we're still talking about an impressive opening for a film that isn't targeting IMAX theaters the way blockbusters have of late. The film does, however, carry a hefty $170 million budget, nearly double that of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes which opened to $54.8 million three years ago. Domestic numbers for this film, however, aren't the chief focus, it will be overseas where our attention will be drawn as Rise managed $176.7 million domestically and another $305 million internationally. Look for Dawn to do much better, as much as $200 million domestically and »
- Brad Brevet
Box Office: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Swings Back Strong With $27.7 Million Friday
“The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has swung back into theaters and waged a full-blown war.
The sequel grossed $27.7 million Stateside on Friday as it eyes a $70 million opening weekend. If estimates hold, the pic will outperform its predecessor, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which launched to $54.8 million in 2011. The movie went on to surprise with $176.8 million Stateside and over $481.8 million worldwide.
Like “Rise,” “Dawn” has the added advantage of being critically acclaimed, earning 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Fox tentpole, which cost $170 million, was directed by Matt Reeves and produced by Chernin Entertainment. Set a decade after “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Dawn” finds Andy Serkis’ Caesar less cuddly and more intelligent than his younger counterpart as he leads an ape uprising that threatens to dethrone man as the superior species.
- Maane Khatchatourian
'Boyhood', What's in a Titlec
Boyhood has finally been released into theaters. Granted, it's only five theaters in New York and Los Angeles, but it's a start as the film that's been touted a "masterpiece" by Manohla Dargis at the New York Times finally has the chance to be judged by the audience and not the critics. As much as I don't like throwing around the word "masterpiece" with a just released film and regret having done it myself only once before that I know of, but if any recent film is going to where that badge of honor I don't have much of a problem with it being Boyhood. However, I again thought of my interview with writer/director Richard Linklater and when I asked him about the film's title, saying it almost should have been called Life or something along those lines. His reply: I know, What is Lifec No, it could be anything, »
- Brad Brevet
Watch: Scarlett Johansson Races Through Paris In New 'Lucy' Clip, Plus New Photos & A Featurette
We’ve heard “Lucy” the new action thriller by Luc Besson as a cross between “The Tree Of Life” and well… a Luc Besson-helmed action movie. We’re not sure what the hell the Malick part has to do with anything, but we suppose that makes it sound slightly more intriguing. The movie stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman in Taipei who gets in over her head as a drug mule. She’s then accidentally given super enhancing drugs that make her more evolved to the point that she’s using more than just 10% of her brain (an inaccuracy that pop culture still likes to hang onto). She then becomes lightning quick, super human and bad ass to the point that she kicks a lot of butt. The film seems like a return to Besson’s early days with “La Femme Nikita,” a femme-fatal action film that put the »
- Edward Davis
Karlovy Vary Fest Director Karel Och on Testing the Audience and Looking Ahead
It’s been four years since Karel Och took over as artistic director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, during which time the fest’s famously youthful audience has multiplied, while the programming has maintained its commitment to new voices and provocative aesthetics. It’s the kind of best-of-both-worlds success — popularity without easy populism — that could easily encourage complacency in the festival’s minders, but Och takes nothing for granted.
“Nothing really terrible has happened yet,” he says with a sly grin on the festival’s penultimate day, after a week of monitoring everything from projection requirements to the media reception for this year’s controversial Mel Gibson tribute. “I’m knocking on wood.”
For all these administrative concerns, however, the films themselves remain the first priority for Och, who joined the festival as a programmer in 2001. He’s at pains to balance Karlovy Vary’s dual identities as a »
- Guy Lodge
Seidl and other filmmakers cancel Jerusalem trips
As political tensions escalate, a number of film festival guests have cancelled their trips to Jerusalem.
Austrian director Ulrich Seidl and his collaborator Maria Hofstaetter, who were due to get a tribute and have a public talk, have cancelled their travel to the 2014 Jerusalem Film Festival. Seidl’s films Dog Days and Import/Export will screen as scheduled.
Beki Probst of Berlin’s European Film Market, who was also due for a festival tribute, has also cancelled.
Other directors who are no longer planning to attend the festival include Alice Rohrwacher (The Wonders),Johannes Holzhausen (The Great Museum), Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis (Swim Little Fish Swim), Marcelo Gomes (The Man of The Crowd), Lloyd Handwerker (Famous Nathan), and Georges Gachot (O Samba).
Industry attendees who cancelled their visits include Serge Toubiana, Felix Moller, Leslie Siegel, Bruce Goldstein, Roberto Olla, Marie-Pierre Valle, Andreas Eicher, Christina Bentlage and Andre de Margerie.
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- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
12 of Hollywood's brightest rising stars: Miles Teller to Lupita Nyong'o
There are a lot of reasons why Richard Linklater's Boyhood is one of the richest, most rewarding cinema experiences of the year. One of the biggest ones is Ellar Coltrane, who grows before our eyes from an unusually natural and un-mannered child actor into a compelling young leading man. His performance got us thinking both about the bright profesional future that doubtless now awaits him, and what other young actors will be there alongside him.
Our criteria were, if we're being brutally honest, a bit vague. Some of these actors are true newcomers, with only one or two credits to their name. Others have been around for a while, but for whatever reason just haven't broken out in the way they deserve yet. But they're all actors who aren't yet household names, and whose star is distinctly on the up.
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Variety Critics’ Choice Director Daniel Wolfe on ‘Catch Me Daddy’ and Future Plans
Of the ten up-and-coming European directors showcased in Variety’s Critics’ Choice selection at this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival, only one can claim to have already directed Jake Gyllenhaal in a slasher film of sorts. That’d be Britain’s Daniel Wolfe, already celebrated for his striking commercials and music videos — a blood-splashed, Gyllenhaal-starring promo for The Shoes’ “Time to Dance” among them — and now riding a wave of festival buzz for his debut feature “Catch Me Daddy.”
A luminously lensed, Yorkshire-set thriller on the subject of honor killing in the Muslim community, the film premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, with Karlovy Vary its first follow-up fest; new to the circuit, the Cambridge-based Wolfe is still taking it all in. “Getting into Cannes was an amazing surprise,” he says. “We really couldn’t have got off to a better start. And then to get picked for Variety »
- Guy Lodge
Update: Tracy Morgan Suing Wal-Mart Over Crash That Injured Him, Killed His Mentor
8th Update, 10:05 Pm: Tracy Morgan is suing Wal-Mart over the June 7 crash in which the limo bus he and others were riding was rear-ended by one of the retail giant’s tractor-trailers. The complaint filed in New Jersey District Court alleges that Wal-Mart knew or should have known that the truck’s driver, Kevin Roper, had been awake for more than 24 hours when he fell asleep behind the wheel and rammed into the limo. It also says the truck’s collision-avoidance systems did not engage and that “Wal-Mart knew or should have known that one of the truck’s most important safety […] »
Mike Nichols: It Took Me 50 Years To Figure Out That ‘The Graduate’ Is ‘Phedre’
Broadway‘s John Golden Theatre was Sro Friday evening with invited guests and fans who’d scored tickets through a lottery to hear directors Mike Nichols and Jack O’Brien talk movies — specifically Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and The Graduate (1967), Nichols’ freshman and sophomore efforts following an extraordinary run of Broadway hits that included Neil Simon’s Barefoot In The Park and The Odd Couple. The first film earned him an Oscar nomination for best director; with the second film, he took home the statuette. The conversation, which was being filmed for HBO, began a day earlier, in private, and covered his […] »
Stan Lee Confirms Avengers: Age Of Ultron Cameo, Offers Advice for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
These days, comics legend Stan Lee might be known more for his Marvel movie cameos than his creation of the self-same heroes seen in the flesh on the big screen. With the latest news that Lee just wrapped his cameo in Joss Whedon's upcoming sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, that status isn't likely to change. This past year has been relatively slow for Lee's acting career, especially since the previous 13 years saw him cameo in 17 different movies. And with Lee's 92nd birthday coming up at the end of this year, he shows little sign of slowing down. He even reached across the comic book aisle to offer up some advice to Zack Snyder's DC superhero film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Hit the jump for that and more. As Digital Spy reports (via Cbm), Lee appeared at the London Film and ComicCon event in support of the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. »
- Dave Trumbore
Universal Calls MGM’s James Bond Lawsuit ‘Extraordinary and Needless’
With a court hearing looming on July 28 on their effort dismiss the MGM-Danjaq case, Universal and screenwriter Aaron Berg, the author of the “Section 6″ script, challenge the claim that the mere acquisition and copying of the script as part of the development process constitutes infringement and a ripoff of the 007 franchise.
“Since the movie may never be made and, if it is, the screenplay will be very different from the existing one about which plaintiffs complain, there is no need to use a significant amount of judicial and legal resources at this point,” Universal said in a filing with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
MGM and Danjaq filed suit in April, claiming that the “Section 6″ script, set around »
- Ted Johnson
Hellboy III Would Happen, Except Hollywood Won't Give Guillermo Del Toro Any Money
The Hellboy series is one of those franchises that's never really attracted mainstream attention. The film did just well enough to get a sequel, and that sequel did just well enough to make people hope for more. Much like Pacific Rim, audiences want a sequel and Guillermo del Toro would be happy to oblige. There's just one 2000 lb kaiju in the room preventing any forward movement: the studios won't pony up the dough to make a Hellboy 3. During his Reddit Ama this afternoon, del Toro was asked the inevitable Hellboy 3 question. Namely "why in the hell do we not have a Hellboy 3 to look forward to?" His answer was as obvious as the question itself, as he said: Creatively, I would love to make it. Creatively. But it is proven almost impossible to finance. Not from My side, but from the studio side. If I was a multimillionaire, »
Better Call Saul Details Emerge on Cast, Cameos, and Timeline, Plus Two New Images
A few weeks ago we brought you the news that AMC's Breaking Bad spin-off prequel series Better Call Saul would be delayed until early 2015, but also earned an early second-season renewal. Now that co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are at the Television Critics Association's press tour, they took a little side time from Breaking Bad talk to share some new details on the upcoming prequel series. In addition to info on the show's cast, cameos, and timeline, we've also got two new images featuring star Bob Odenkirk. Hit the jump to check it all out. Right out of the gates, as THR reports, Gilligan and Gould commented on the delay of Better Call Saul: "We could have made the deadline, but I am slow as mud," said Gilligan, admitting that he wanted to take his time on the show. "I still feel I'm very slow for television." "We »
- Dave Trumbore
Weta Digital’s Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon Talk Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Technical Challenges, Deleted Scenes, and Future Projects
The visual effects company Weta Digital became a household name following their groundbreaking work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and they’ve worked on a number of other impressive films in the interim, ranging from District 9 to Avatar to Man of Steel. With Rise of the Planet of the Apes, however, the company built upon the technology used to bring Gollum to life in Lord of the Rings to create phenomenal motion-capture apes. That technology has advanced even further for the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with astounding results. What Weta has accomplished in conjunction with the actors that played the Apes is a huge step forward for how technology can shape a movie. I cannot wait to see where it goes from here. At the recent San Francisco press day I landed an exclusive video interview with senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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