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The studios often save the dog days of August for their weakest performers and sure enough, this weekend proved the rule. (In the past, “The Butler” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Straight Outta Compton” did strong business in August.) Yes, “Suicide Squad” grossed over $20 million, as it became the first non-animated film to have a three-peat at number one since “Dead Pool.” But three weak new releases— “Ben-Hur” (Paramount), “War Dogs” (Warner Bros.) and “Kubo and the Two Strings” (Focus) —opened to less than $15-million.
Making it even more challenging for this trio of weak domestic performers to make their money back: None are scheduled to open in China, which is increasingly the second and sometimes biggest single territory for theatrical grosses. That’s a big deal in a studio world increasingly shifting its focus on a sure thing.
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- Tom Brueggemann
"Batman v. Superman": potential blockbuster or "Cleopatra Redux".
By Lee Pfeiffer
The heavily-hyped Warner Brothers super hero epic "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" is one of the most heavily promoted films in years. It's also one of the most expensive. Variety estimates that the film's $250 million production budget plus ancillary marketing costs will make it necessary for the movie to gross $800 worldwide just to break even. You read that right: $800 million. One industry analyst says that anything less than a gross of $1 billion will be considered a disappointment. Warner Brothers contends that those figures don't take into consideration ancillary revenues from video and merchandising. Fair enough, but if a film bombs, generally speaking, the merchandise and video sales do, too. If you doubt it, how many people did you see walking around with "Waterworld" or "Howard the Duck" T shirts? Veteran screenwriter William Goldman once said of the film industry "Nobody knows anything. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The best picture doesn’t always win Best Picture. Sometimes the best film of the year gets robbed. Cinelinx looks at the movies which should have won Best Picture but didn’t.
Whenever the Best Picture winner is announced at the Oscars, sometimes we say, “Yeah, that deserved to win,” but then again, sometimes we say, “Huh? Are they kidding me?!” There are a lot of backstage politics and extenuating factors in Hollywood that can determine which film wins the big trophy. The worthiest film doesn’t always take the statue home. Going back over the 88-year history of the Academy Awards, we look at which films didn’t really deserve to win and the ones which rightfully should have won.
The Best Pictures and the Better Pictures:
1927-8: The Winner-Wings
What should have won: Sunrise (Sunrise was given a special award for Artistic Quality of Production, but it »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
The Big Short, which won the PGA Awards’ best picture prize over the weekend, may earn Plan B Entertainment founder, and the film’s star, Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner their second best picture Oscars in just three years. The trio collaborated on 2014’s best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, and Plan B also produced last year’s best picture nominee, Selma, earning Kleiner and Gardner Oscar noms, as well.
Founded in 2001 by Pitt alongside then-wife Jennifer Aniston and Brad Grey, Plan B has become one of the most successful production companies in Hollywood today, and nominations have been stacking up for its members. After Aniston and Pitt’s divorce in 2006, and Grey’s departure to Paramount, Pitt became the sole owner of the company and enlisted Gardner to be his president. Both Gardner and Pitt also earned best picture nominations »
- Patrick Shanley
4 items from 2016
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