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Box Office Top Ten Takeaways: Why 'Home' and 'Get Hard' Scored with Spring Audiences

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That's $19 million better than last year (led by "Noah"), boosting the year-to-date overall domestic gross to 4 per cent ahead. This comes ahead of the opening of the expected first big early summer hit "Furious 7" (Universal) next week, which could easily see results considerably over $100 million and show that there is still a potential male audience out there. The rest of the lineup was uneven, with last weekend's two top performers both dropping by half or more. Big openers are great, but although "American Sniper" and "Kingsman" have both thrived with long runs, most of this year's best openers have lacked staying power. The Top Ten 1. Home (20th Century Fox) New - Cinemascore: A; Criticwire: B-; Metacritic: 55; Est. budget: $130 million $54,000,000 in 3,708 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $14,563; Cumulative: $54,000,000 2. Get Hard (Warner Bros.) New - Cinemascore: B; Criticwire: C-; Metacritic: 34; Est. budget: $40 »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Academy Museum Lands Moon Shuttle from '2001: A Space Odyssey' (Auction Video)

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As the long-planned $250 million Academy Museum of Motion Picture Arts at Lacma comes to fruition--the renovated May Company building designed by architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali is slated to open in 2017--there is an enormous amount of wheeling and dealing and expectation surrounding the eventual museum collection. This past week, one key player to meet at the TCM Film Festival was museum director Kerry Brougher. Of course the Academy prefers donations to its long-assembled permanent collection, but it does have money to spend, and many Hollywood memorabilia collectors are circling, hoping to land a sale. So far Disney CEO Robert Iger has wrangled significant donors such as Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Gale Anne Hurd, and others like Leonardo DiCaprio have made possible such key purchases as the ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz." But the Academy did not step up when Debbie Reynolds was auctioning her astonishing. »


- Anne Thompson

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What Really Happened to 'Serena,' Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

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Back in 2012, after Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence co-starred in David O. Russell's Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook" and before its follow-up "American Hustle," the duo shot period drama "Serena," which was once going to star Angelina Jolie with director Darren Aronofsky. Lawrence recommended Cooper and talked him into joining her on the project.  Oscar-winning Danish auteur Susanne Bier ("A Better World") took the helm for producers Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 Productions, and has been delayed trying to finish it. Based on Ron Rash's 2008 novel, the film is set in 1929 North Carolina and follows George and Serena Pemberton, ambitious newlyweds with their hearts set on a timber empire. They become obsessed with success, and their lives take a Shakespearean turn when Serena finds that she can't get pregnant and tries to harm her husband's illegitimate son. Why the delays? "Once it finished shooting we've »


- Anne Thompson

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Arthouse Audit: Baumbach's 'While We're Young' Clicks with Smart Set

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Noah Baumbach's most commercial entry to date "While We We're Young" (A24) opened even better than Radius/TWC's horror breakout "It Follows" (which expanded this weekend to 1,218 theaters and fifth place in the Top Ten) with an impressive $60,000 per screen average in four theaters. The other openings show a wide range of films with lesser grosses, with Sony Pictures Classics' Oscar-nominated bio-doc "The Salt of the Earth" the best of the rest of the core specialized fare. Films with estimated grosses were obtained from reliable outside sources and not from distributors. Opening "While We're Young" (A24) - Criticwire: B+ ; Metacritic: 77; Festivals include: Toronto, New York 2014 $242,152 in 4 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $60,538 Noah Baumbach's films are no strangers to the $30,000+ opening weekend PSAs. His previous four in the last decade have all attained that, led by "Margot at the Wedding" with $40,500 »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Friday Box Office: 'Home' & 'Get Hard' Open Strong; 'It Follows' Gets Decent Results

28 March 2015 10:47 AM, PDT

"Home" and "Get Hard" (Warner Bros.) took the top two spots yesterday with $15.6 and 12.9 million respectively. Both seemed to have exceeded expectations and led to a healthy $45 million Top Ten total, $6 million ahead of last year when sole opener "Noah" managed $15.2 for its initial day. Both new films had looked promising, though with some concern for different reasons. That makes these numbers more satisfying. "Home" comes from beleaguered DreamWorks Animation, beset by cutbacks and losses of late. Its Friday debut (including Thursday night early shows) came in only $200,000 less than the similar non-holiday/non-summer opening of Disney's "Big Hero 6" last November, and $3 million ahead of last April's "Rio 2" debut (the latter from Fox Animation). With the full weekend likely to approach $60 million and staggered school vacation weeks ahead, this look like a potential $200 million + domestic grosser. "Get »


- Tom Brueggemann

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6 Things We Learned About 'Spectre' From the New Teaser

27 March 2015 5:47 PM, PDT

It's fun trying to piece together the clues from the new "Spectre" teaser trailer, in which Daniel Craig's James Bond confronts more demons from the past in his fourth outing that will impact his future course. Thus, it's a continuation of "Skyfall" and not everything from his childhood has been buried. There's no such thing as a regular mission so far in the Craig era, and 007 continues grappling with trust and betrayal in what looks to be a very baroque-looking crucible. 1. Personal effects recovered from Skyfall reveal a secret past that Bond has he kept hidden because he "couldn't trust anyone," according to Moneypenny (Naomi Harris): In Bond's apartment (a first since "Live and Let Die") he looks at a photograph of a boy beside a man with his arm around him holding a ski pole. There's a third person but the top of the page has been burned off. »


- Bill Desowitz

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Best of the Week: Best of SXSW, Why Hollywood Is Discovering Colombia and More

27 March 2015 2:24 PM, PDT

5 Reasons Why Brian Wilson Biopic 'Love and Mercy' Deserves an Awards Push The 10 Best Films I Saw at SXSW Academy: Hire Judd Apatow to Produce 2016 Oscars Academy Governors: Let's Go Back to 5 Best Picture Nominees Arthouse Audit: 'It Follows' Expands as 'Danny Collins' Leads Openers and Unshelved David O. Russell Film Before 'Get Hard,' Ranking 9 Will Ferrell Comedies from Foul to Funny BBC Films Celebrates Its 25th Birthday Bollywood Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra Goes Western with 'Broken Horses' How a Film Salon Celebrated Women Directors on Wikipedia How They Did It: Finding Different Sides of Brooklyn for Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young' (Video) Late Night's Unfinished Revolution, From Corden to Fallon Noah Baumbach on Career Moves, from Personal 'While We're Young' to Comedy Breakout 'Mistress America' Quentin Tarantino Lists His 20 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns Radius/TWC Takes 'It Follows' Wide in Theaters Friday, Pushing Back »


- TOH!

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Noah Baumbach on Career Moves, from Personal 'While We're Young' to Comedy Breakout 'Mistress America'

27 March 2015 1:26 PM, PDT

New York director Noah Baumbach, the child of writers, writes consistently smart screenplays about that urban intellectual milieu, from his debut "Kicking and Screaming" to his Oscar-nominated "The Squid and the Whale," arguably his most fully realized film to date, which broke out Jesse Eisenberg, followed by less well-received "Margot at the Wedding," which was a dark, dead-on accurate portrait of a family of narcissists. Baumbach is willing to show characters who are lost and flailing. Ben Stiller has portrayed his alter-ego twice now, in L.A.-set "Greenberg," co-starring Greta Gerwig, which made me squirm with discomfort, and now "While We're Young," which debuted at Toronto 2014. Stiller plays Josh, a blocked and earnest documentary filmmaker stuck in a dead-end career and a tired childless marriage to Cornelia (Naomi Watts). The duo meet and become briefly infatuated by another couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) who »


- Anne Thompson

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Focus Features' 'Suffragette' Gets 2015 Awards Season Release Date

27 March 2015 1:05 PM, PDT

Focus Features, which was reprieved from a weak 2014 slate by Working Title's Oscar-winning "The Theory of Everything," has made a bid to compete in the fall 2015 awards fray by acquiring North American distribution rights from Pathé to British period drama "Suffragette," directed by Sarah Gavron ("Brick Lane"). The film will open in select cities on October 23, 2015 with expansions to follow. Focus is also releasing Working Title's true romance "The Danish Girl," directed by Tom Hooper and starring Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as artists Einar and Gerda Wegener. Written by Emmy-winner Abi Morgan ("The Hour," "Shame," "The Iron Lady"), "Suffragette" stars Oscar-race vets Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter as well as Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff and Brendan Gleeson. Mulligan also toplines Fox »


- Anne Thompson

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Sf Film Fest to Host Us Premiere of 'Mr. Holmes,' Starring Ian McKellen (Trailer)

27 March 2015 10:37 AM, PDT

Ian McKellen received glowing reviews out of the Berlinale for playing an aged, retiring Sherlock in writer/director Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes." Ahead of its UK premiere in June and Us opening from Roadside Attractions and the reawakening Miramax on July 17, 2015, the film will play the Sf International Film Festival on Saturday, April 25 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in Japantown as a Marquee Presentation. This version of the story begins in 1947 when an aging Holmes (McKellen) returns from Japan, where he was seeking a restorative plant and witnessed the devastation of nuclear war. Settled at a remote seaside farm, Holmes tends to his bees in the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son (Milo Parker) with whom he becomes close--and who helps him revisit an unsolved case. Read More: Ian McKellen Stars in Miramax's "Mr. Holmes" Bill Condon previously directed Ian McKellen as "Frankenstein" director James Whale in the. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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How They Did It: Finding Different Sides of Brooklyn for Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young' (Video)

27 March 2015 10:19 AM, PDT

"While We're Young" is a tale of two Brooklyns for Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomie Watts) and Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). For Oscar-winning production designer Adam Stockhausen ("The Grand Budapest Hotel"), who just finished "Bridge of Spies" with Steven Spielberg, it was a return to home in New York after five years of working elsewhere. But with a different character-driven design approach. Read More: First Look at Steven Spielberg's Cold War Thriller "Bridge of Spies" "The idea was to go find it, so I started way before we officially began looking for locations," Stockhausen said. "I was at the Bushwick Open Studios in Brooklyn, where artists in the neighborhood open their doors. And so many people are living and working in the same space that we get to peek inside their lives. And I actually walked into the apartment that we ended up using for Jamie and Darby's apartment. »


- Bill Desowitz

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Gillian Flynn and Steve McQueen Team for Heist Thriller

27 March 2015 9:45 AM, PDT

"Gone Girl" scribe Gillian Flynn has come aboard Steve McQueen's heist thriller for New Regency. This marks the British director's first feature film since his "12 Years a Slave," also financed by New Regency, won Best Picture in 2014. The yet-to-be-titled heist thriller thriller is based on the 1983 Brit miniseries "Widows," which was penned by Lynda La Plante, who wrote the original six-part series as well as Helen Mirren starrer "Prime Suspect." "Widows" is about a caper gone awry after four armed robbers are killed in a botched heist. Their widows team up to finish what they started. It will be interesting to see what McQueen does with what is perfect terrain for Flynn. According to THR, the film won't be titled "Widows" and it will be set in a modern-day American city that isn't London. This more commercial-sounding McQueen outing is expected to enter pre-production in the Fall, with Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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How Wenders and Father and Son Salgado Brought 'Salt of the Earth' to Life

27 March 2015 9:22 AM, PDT

You've seen Sebastião Salgado's photographs, even if you did not know who shot them. The Brazilian photographer has been wandering the globe, seeking out some of the most benighted places on earth and finding hideous beauty there. Even more than some war photographers, he has seen the worst of humanity. And after decades he did burn out on The Horror and had to go home to the plantation where he grew up to find renewal. Read More: "Watch: Provocative New Clips from Wim Wenders doc 'The Salt of the Earth'" German filmmaker Wim Wenders, who has been experiencing his own artistic renewal via documentaries that serve to showcase other people's art, such as 3D masterpiece "Pina," joined forces with Salgado's filmmaker son Juliano on "The Salt of the Earth," which debuted at Cannes and went on to play the fall festivals to much acclaim. Juliano shot much of the »


- Anne Thompson

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Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson Star in 'Alone in Berlin,' Now Filming

27 March 2015 9:10 AM, PDT

Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Bruhl star in "Alone in Berlin," an adaptation of Hans Fallada's novel about the true story of working class couple Otto and Anna Quangel who, after their son dies on the battlefield, stage a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime. Written by Achim von Borries, who cowrote the marvelous 2003 "Good Bye Lenin!" which also starred Bruhl, the film is directed by Swiss actor/filmmaker Vincent Perez. Former Focus Features head James Schamus is among the film's producers including X Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott and Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni, and FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits. Thompson also stars in the upcoming period piece "Effie Gray," and has "A Wak in the Woods," "Survivor" and "Adam Jones" coming up. Gleeson will be seen in Ron Howard's December adventure "In the Heart of the Sea" opposite Chris Hemsworth and Cillian. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Circling 'Force Majeure' Remake; Who Should Play the Male Lead?

26 March 2015 8:01 PM, PDT

THR reports that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in talks to star in Fox Searchlight's remake of "Force Majeure," the hilarious and critically adored comedy directed by Ruben Ostlund.  This film about a family vacationing in the French Alps, whose lives take a turn for the comically dysfunctional after an avalanche, won Cannes' Un Certain Regard jury prize in 2014, picked up a Golden Globe nomination and was shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Magnolia opened the film last Fall to rave reviews, and it's now streaming on Netflix. Read More: Ruben Ostlund on Directing "Force Majeure" THR's sources say the multi-Emmy-winning "Veep" star is also attached to produce the project. She will presumably play Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli, fabulous, in the original), a woman who slowly comes unhinged after her husband Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) chickens out on her and their kids during the false-alarm force of nature that threatens them. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Academy: Hire Judd Apatow to Produce 2016 Oscars

26 March 2015 4:02 PM, PDT

This year's meeting on Tuesday night was no exception. At the "Mad Men" final premiere Wednesday night, several board members confirmed that they did discuss the show but not the number of Best Picture nominees--that will be decided this summer when the rules committee has weighed in. While Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are claiming that it is their decision, the news that they are not returning was confirmed today.  It's no surprise. Their first Oscars, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, boasted great music and great ratings--even if the host was a disappointment. Their second Oscars also boasted great music and a superb host, Ellen DeGeneres, along with great ratings. So the musical duo were asked to produce for a third time, which was not the charm. They allowed rookie host Neil Patrick Harris too much leeway with new writers and the show fell flat in all departments. (Personally, I loved »


- Anne Thompson

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BBC Films Celebrates Its 25th Birthday

26 March 2015 2:19 PM, PDT

It’s an institution, in the best possible sense of the word. And nowadays it’s impossible to think of “the Beeb” without thinking of its filmmaking arm. This week BBC Films celebrated its 25th birthday, a quarter of a century of British independent filmmaking during which it has developed and produced over 250 films. The anniversary comes just a month after it won the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award at the BAFTAs. From its first film, Anthony Minghella’s "Truly Madly Deeply" in 1990, just a smattering of the back catalogue reflects the quality of its output, much by directors nurtured at the start of their filmmaking careers: "Jude" (Michael Winterbottom), "Twenty Four Seven" (Shane Meadows), "Billy Elliot" (Stephen Daldry), "Last Resort" and "My Summer of Love" (Pawel Pawlikowski), "Eastern Promises" (David Cronenberg), "The Duchess" (Saul Dibb), "An Education" (Lone »


- Demetrios Matheou

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How a Film Salon Celebrated Women Directors on Wikipedia

26 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT

To celebrate Women's History Month, I bring your attention to a monthly Women in Film Salon run by Seed&Spark producer and founder Emily Best. Rather than belly-ache about the sad state of women in Hollywood, cinematographer Elle Schneider and director Jen McGowan ("Kelly & Cal") pulled together 13 women for an edit-a-thon to create new Wikipedia pages. They whipped out their laptops and wrote  21 entries for women directors or women filmmaker organizations that did not have pages before. They were inspired by Wikipedia edit-a-thons for women artists as well as black women in history to create or strengthen Wikipedia entries about women who are notable but rarely written about. "Wikipedia is one of the most trafficked sites on the internet and a huge resource for people searching for women filmmakers, even though very few are listed," wrote Schneider in an »


- Anne Thompson

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TCM Film Fest: How 'Sound of Music' and '1776' Were Restored for Their Big Screen Returns

26 March 2015 11:15 AM, PDT

This weekend's annual TCM Classic Film Fest is all about "History, According to Hollywood," and you couldn't find two more diverse musical examples than "The Sound of Music" (kicking things off tonight at the Tcl Chinese Theater IMAX in honor of its 50th anniversary, with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in attendance) and "1776" (screening Saturday at the Chinese IMAX). Both tout digital restorations to show off their compelling stories of nonconformity and revolution. FotoKem did "The Sound of Music" digital restoration a while back and the uber 5-disc 50th Blu-ray edition is currently available from Fox Home Entertainment. They scanned a new 65mm intermediate on the Imagica and then a completely 4K workflow was used for the rest of the restoration. FotoKem colorist Mark Griffith particularly addressed flicker, density fluctuation and variable color fading. "While the fading wasn't as challenging, the density »


- Bill Desowitz

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Pedro Almodóvar Reveals Cast for His Next Film, 'Silencio'

26 March 2015 11:04 AM, PDT

Pedro Almodóvar has announced the cast for his women-led drama "Silencio." Earlier this year, the iconoclastic director of "Talk to Her" and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" stated that casting for the film would be "complicated because what I’ve written doesn’t quite work with my actores amigos." Thus, he has gone with actresses relatively unknown in the states. Goya winner Emma Suarez ("The Dog in the Manger") and Goya nominee Adriana Ugarte ("Doghead") will play the same character, Julieta, in a drama that plays in typically Almodóvarian terrain: guilt, loss, destiny and abandoning the people you love. Read More: Pedro Almodóvar Reveals Why He Turned Down "Brokeback Mountain" His brother Agustín Almodóvar will also be producing the $9.8 million "Silencio" via their El Deseo banner when it starts shooting this April in Madrid and »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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