Box Office: 'Far from the Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Leads Specialty Openers
As summer studio releases take center stage and compete with specialized fare by stealing away seats in shared theaters, the art-house world is hopeful that the recent specialized surge will continue. Both Fox Searchlight bodice-ripper "Far from the Madding Crowd" and Magnolia doc "Iris" are likely to boast long legs, while Alchemy's Kristen Wiig vehicle "Welcome to Me," which boasted the best PSA by playing in only two theaters, heads to VOD this Friday along with its theatrical expansion. Opening "Far from the Madding Crowd" (Fox Searchlight) - Criticwire: B+; Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Istanbul 2014 $172,000 in 10 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $17,200 Thomas Vinterberg's high-end adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic English romance opened in five markets, skewing the PSA a bit lower than a typical two-city launch. (Fox Searchlight often is more aggressive in its initial release, so this isn't »
- Tom Brueggemann
Lol: ‘SNL’ Presents the ‘Black Widow’ Movie We’ve Been Waiting For
Scarlett Johansson hosted Saturday Night Live the same weekend Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters, and you know what that means: Another Marvel Cinematic Universe parody has hit the web. In this clever send-up, SNL takes the McU to task for its lack of female-led films. “Why no Black Widow movie? Does Marvel not know how […]
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- Angie Han
Box Office: ‘Age Of Ultron’ Scores The 2nd Highest All-Time Debut, But Can’t Surpass The 1st ‘Avengers’ Opening
There’s a hashtag on Twitter making the rounds which is a bit on the defensive side: #SuperHeroFatigueIsAMyth. Given that super hero movies are now completely mainstream — the dominant form of movie and arguably pop culture in this day and age — it strikes me as a little odd that some aren’t satisfied with CBMs being the most populist form of entertainment on the planet and cannot cede even slightly to the idea that audiences may be growing slightly tired of them. Last we counted (last summer), there was 23 super hero movies coming in the next four years and in six months that number has climbed to over 30. Did Disney/Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” have an amazing weekend at the box-office this weekend? Absolutely. The movie, having opened up a week early internationally, has already crossed the $ $620 million mark globally (an astounding $626.656 million total so far) and the »
- Rodrigo Perez
Today in Movie History: Spider-man Sets $114 Million Box Office Record
It may be tough to believe, but there was once a time—before the McU existed and before the “gritty reboot” was all the rage—when superhero movies did not rule the world. They were still just another genre of filmmaking, with its fair share of highs and lows. But that all changed in 2002 when Sony Pictures’ long-developing adaptation of the Spider-Man comic finally made its way to screens, and made movie history in the process. It’s fitting then that, with Avengers: Age of Ultron’s massive opening weekend in full swing, exactly 13 years ago today, on May 3, 2002, Spider-Man opened in theaters and broke a slew of box office records of its own. Anticipation for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movie was indeed high in 2002, but few could have predicted exactly how huge the film would be. Bryan Singer’s X-Men two years prior had certainly been a sizeable success of its own, »
- Adam Chitwood
‘Ultron’ Outpacing ‘Avengers’ & ‘IM3′ With $439M; ‘F7′ Fuels Up – Intl B.O. Update
Update, Writethru, 11:53 Am Pt: International weekend studio estimates are all now in with Disney reporting Avengers: Age Of Ultron has superpowered its way to $626.7M globally in 12 days of release. With a $168M offshore frame, Ultron now has an overseas haul of $439M. It’s also tracking ahead of comps The Avengers and Iron Man 3 — in both dollar and local currency terms. Meanwhile, China, one of the major markets where Ultron has yet to bow, showed momentum this frame. F… »
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Flies To 2nd Highest Bow Of All-Time With $187.7M- Final Sunday Update
Final Sunday Update after 8:28 Am post: If you think about it for a minute, The Avengers really did beat Ultron — at the box office, that is. Walt Disney Pictures is calling the opening weekend for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron at $187.7M this morning, making it the second-highest opening weekend of all-time at the domestic B.O., behind 2012’s Avengers $207.4M. Even more awesome: Disney Marvel films own the top three openings at the all-time domestic box office with Ave… »
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Merchandise to Hit Stores Sept. 4
In an event dubbed “Force Friday,” Disney stores and major retailers worldwide will open at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 4 to unveil the new products, which include books, toys, comics, collectibles, apps, ebooks, apparel and more. The merch will also be available online at DisneyStore.com.
Fittingly, the announcement comes just one day before unofficial “Star Wars” holiday May the Fourth. “The Force Awakens” will hit theaters on Dec. 18.
“Every lightsaber, every action figure, every Lego set tells a story for generations of ‘Star Wars’ fans, and this global event is a celebration of those stories. We’re excited to be part of the countdown to this enormous movie moment,” said Josh Silverman, executive vice president, global licensing at Disney Consumer Products, in a statement. »
- Alex Stedman
Daredevil Easter Eggs: McU References, Comics Nods, and Future Villains
Marvel’s Daredevil is a hit! The Netflix show has already been renewed for a second season to air in 2016, and I’m sure if you’re reading this right now, you’ve already binged through the series. If not, what are you waiting for? Since the first season has been available for a few weeks now, it seems like the perfect time to take a closer look at the many Easter eggs and references to the Marvel universe at large that were peppered throughout the series. Some were obvious, and some were a little more hidden, but they all served to enrich this Netflix extension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Episode 1 - “Into The Ring” [caption id="attachment_450223" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Netflix[/caption] - Interesting to see Leland Owlsley, played here by Bob Gunton, make an appearance as a member of the NYC’s organized crime. In the comics, Owlsley ruled his part »
- Evan Valentine
Weekend Box Office: Age Of Ultron Assembles Second Highest Debut of All Time
For the second time in three years, The Avengers have caught box office watchers a bit off guard. On this same weekend back in 2012, the surprise came when Marvel’s The Avengers crushed its debut weekend: earning an unprecedented $207.4 million and setting a new all-time domestic opening record. And this morning? That record is still standing, so – surprise! We told you yesterday that studio projections had Avengers: Age of Ultron heading for a new domestic weekend opening record of approximately $210 million. That didn’t happen. Instead, Age of Ultron earned a reported $187.66 million. That estimate includes the film’s $84.4 million Friday take and another $57.22 million yesterday. Whether the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was responsible for Ultron dropping 32% between Friday and Saturday, the result was the same: The Avengers’ original box office record remains intact. Here is the current list of the top five domestic openings of all time. Note that Marvel/Disney »
- Nicole Pedersen
Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise to hit stores in September
Best start saving your money now - official merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit stores later this year.
Walt Disney Co announced today (May 3) that major retailers and Disney Stores will begin stocking products relating to the anticipated film on September 4, reports NBC News.
September 4 will bring a special event which will see Disney stores and other shops opening at 12.01am to sell dedicated Star Wars items, such as toys, books and clothing.
According to Disney, the product range will also include collectables, comics, e-books, apps and accessories, with the items also available online.
Not only will the merchandise be themed, but the packaging will also feature Kylo Ren, a villain from the upcoming film.
Shoppers buying the products are encouraged to share their experience on social media using the hashtags #ForceFriday and #MidnightMadness.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens will be released on December »
Penny Dreadful: 8 Reasons You Should Be Watching Showtime’s Gleeful Gothic Horror
Showtime's gleefully deranged gothic horror series Penny Dreadful returns tonight, and you should be watching it. Of all the horror series on TV these days -- The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Bates Motel -- Penny Dreadful shines because of its obvious reverence for the genre. Where so many shows play in the trappings of horror without ever evoking fear, Penny Dreadful has moments that are genuinely scary. Creator John Logan (Hugo, Skyfall) lavishes in the macabre and grotesque opulence of the Victorian Era, transporting viewers into a cinematic Grand Guignol. If that didn't sell you, here are seven reasons Penny Dreadful is must-watch TV. Each Episode Is Better Than the Last [caption id="attachment_416754" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Showtime[/caption] I'll say upfront that it was a struggle for me to get into Penny Dreadful. The first season is a slow build - a major character isn't even introduced until the final moments of episode 2 but, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Watch SNL's Hysterical Fake Trailer For A Black Widow Rom-Com
Marvel knows girls! Last night, Scarlett Johansson reprised her role as the token female Avenger, Black Widow on NBC's Saturday Night Live, taking a stab at what a Black Widow movie would look like. SNL debuted a fake trailer for the Black Widow rom-com, and it.s absolutely hysterical. Take a look. In the video from the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, everyone.s favorite female Avenger, Black Widow, finally gets her own movie. In the hilarious fake trailer for the romantic comedy, the Marvel superhero.who is played by Scarlett Johansson.struggles to find her way on the job and maneuver the muddy waters of dating in New York. It.s hysterical because she.s like a female James Bond. Her biggest obstacle, of course, being her choice in men, namely Ultron. However, in the end Black Widow does get her much-deserved happy ending with none other than »
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Tops Box Office With $187.6 Million Opening Weekend
It might not have topped the record-breaking $207+ million opening weekend of The Avengers back in 2012, but the $187.6 million earned this weekend from Avengers: Age of Ultron is enough to claim the second largest opening weekend of all-time, still well ahead of Iron Man 3 in third place with $174.1 million giving Marvel movies the top three spots in the all-time opening weekend record books. Of course, several factors played into the film not becoming the second movie to eclipse that $200 million mark, things such as reviews that weren't quite so enthusiastic, the abundance of sporting events on Saturday (where the film dropped 50% from its excellent opening day), and yet, it still earned an "A" CinemaScore, so don't go thinking this one is going anywhere or for a second think this is a disappointing opening. There will surely be questions as to whether it will be able to top the $623 million earned domestically by its predecessor, »
- Brad Brevet
Box Office: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Scores Second-Biggest Opening With $187.7 Million
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” scored the second-biggest domestic opening in history this weekend, kicking off summer blockbuster season with a mammoth $187.7 million debut.
Globally, the film is a juggernaut, pulling in an estimated $627 million in 12 days of release. At that pace, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” should pass $1 billion, particularly after it opens in China on May 12.
One record remained tantalizingly out of grasp for Captain America, Iron Man and company, however. Going into the weekend many analysts predicted that “Avengers: Age of Ultron” would top the $207.4 million haul posted in 2012 by the first film in the super-team series. That box office high-water mark will stand… at least until “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” lands in theaters this Christmas.
Part of the issue may have been weaker reviews than the first “Avengers” film, as well as competition from the NBA playoffs, the Kentucky Derby and the hotly anticipated boxing match »
- Brent Lang
Film Review: ‘La Famille Belier’
How many times can movies rehash the story of a child determined to pursue his or her passion butting heads with parents who refuse to understand? The beauty of the otherwise formulaic “La Famille Belier” is the way this affable crowdpleaser manages to twist its overplayed setup: Teenage Paula (played by Louane Emera, a semifinalist in France’s “The Voice” competish) discovers that she has a God-given talent for singing, but can’t communicate that desire to her deaf family. The scene in which she succeeds in sharing her gift with them, finally bridging the fact that they can’t hear, ranks as perhaps the most touching moment in French cinema last year. A holiday hit in Gaul, this feel-good family dramedy seems ripe for remake, though it would be tricky to release in its current form since the premise would play best to those with little patience for subtitles. »
- Peter Debruge
Marvel Gets Women... The 'Black Widow: Age of Me' Trailer
On last night's "Saturday Night Live", hosted by Avengers: Age of Ultron star Scarlett Johansson, they answered the question what a Black Widow standalone film would look like and they oh-so-perfectly lampooned the fact there a) isn't a Black Widow movie in the works and b) took the stereotypical rom-com to task. Good stuff. yt id="j_5KgpN38hM" width="515" »
- Brad Brevet
Stanley Film Festival 2015: The Final Girls Kills as Closing Night Film
While there's still technically one more day of the Stanley Film Festival (more on the fest here) to go, Saturday night saw the annual horror celebration holding its closing festivities. And The Final Girls ended up being the perfect, insanely fun, choice to bring things to a close. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson from a script by M.A. Fortune and Joshua John Miller, the film is a meta romp through slasher tropes that entertains mightily You might have already read Perri's glowing review, but I also have a few quick thoughts on The Final Girls (which stars Alia Shawkat, Nina Dobrev, Alexander Ludwig, Thomas Middleditch and Malin Akerman). First of all, the film has a lot of heart, which isn't exactly what you'd expect from this type of thing but it works very well. The movie is clearly a love letter to genre films from the 80's (the heavy signifier »
- Evan Dickson
What I Watched, What You Watched #294
I didn't realize it until just now, but Avengers: Age of Ultron is all I watched this week, but man, it was a busy week and I felt like I never had a moment of downtime. I did watch the last third of Non-Stop last night on HBO and then a little bit of 2 Guns, but other than that it was a bit of a lost week movie-wise. I was able to finally finish reading "Casino Royale" and I've started reading "Live or Let Die", which has been a lot of fun. If you've never picked up one of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels I definitely urge you to, at least, check out "Casino Royale". I was rather impressed with how well the recent feature film adaptation stuck to the narrative, though they added about two more stories on top of what Fleming wrote and changed a little bit of it up, »
- Brad Brevet
John Logan on 'Penny Dreadful' Season 2, Keeping Secrets from Actors and Why James Bond Shouldn't Come to TV
John Logan has done it all. The three-time Oscar nominee has written intimate dramas ("The Aviator," "Coriolanus"), musicals ("Sweeney Todd"), historical epics ("Gladiator," "The Last Samurai"), animated films ("Rango") and giant blockbusters ("Skyfall" and its upcoming sequel, "Spectre"). He even started off writing TV movies before transitioning to his first TV series just last year, with Showtime's horror hit "Penny Dreadful." It's this story he likes most of all: Literary characters abound in his monster mash with equal doses of drama and scares. Logan planned out the first three seasons before committing to the series, but he's thinking ahead even further, now that he's in it. Below, Logan talks about learning to become a better showrunner, whether he thinks there's a stigma associated with horror at award shows and why James Bond belongs on film — not TV. Read More: 7 Things »
- Ben Travers
How 'The Last Man on Earth' Challenges the Form and Function of the Sitcom
When "The Last Man on Earth" premiered in March, critics immediately sensed something special. More specifically, they were quick to make note of its promise for the slowly-decaying network sitcom. James Poniewozik of Time said that "It does not seem like the sort of thing that would be a primetime network sitcom. And that's precisely why it should be one." As perhaps the consummate declaration, Andy Greenwald's review for Grantland was headlined, "Proof of Life: 'Last Man on Earth' and a Glimmer of Hope for the Network Sitcom." Read More: Brave New TV: How 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' & 'The Last Man on Earth' Are Setting a Standard From the clear originality in premise, to the sparkling visual template created by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, "The Last Man on Earth" presented itself as blessedly different. But while critics lobbed in its favor early on, the »
- David Canfield
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