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Damon will star as an astronaut stranded on Mars, who must figure out how to survive long enough to return home to Earth.
Bean will take on the role of a Nasa flight director.
The Martian will begin filming in November.
Watch a trailer for Jupiter Ascending below: »
The 20th Century Fox TV-produced project has received a put pilot commitment with the original film's director David Frankel on board to direct the potential pilot. Jenny Bicks ("Sex and the City") will write the script.
The original film followed John and Jenny Grogan, a couple who take in a puppy as they consider parenthood. This follow-up has them and their kids moving back to Florida where John can take up his newspaper column once again.
A stray puppy ends up on their doorstep and they are forced to adopt it, naming the pooch Marley as the unimaginative cheapskates opt to re-use the original Marley's old leash and tags on her.
The "destructive and delightful" pooch will shed light on the emotional pains of the family, their neighbors »
- Garth Franklin
Well ladies and gentlemen "Gone Girl" is officially a pop culture phenomenon. The David Fincher thriller held on to the top spot this weekend dropping only 29% for another $26.8 million and $78.2 million in just 10 days. That drop is one of the best first to second week "holds" (as the industry likes to call it) for a no. 1 movie this year. For comparison's sake, "The Lego Movie" dropped 27.8% in its second weekend. The 20th Century Fox and New Regency production will face some competition from "Fury" this upcoming weekend, but $100 million domestic is a given. Whether it can crack $150 million will be an intriguing storyline to watch over the rest of the Fall movie season. Debuting somewhat surprisingly at no. 2 was Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures' "Dracula Untold." The latest reimagining of the Dracula legend earned $23.4 million over the three-day frame. That's a good start for a potential franchise starter with little »
- Gregory Ellwood
“Community” alum Donald Glover and “Headhunters” star Aksel Hennie have joined the cast of Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi movie “The Martian,” TheWrap has learned. The 20th Century Fox project stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough to return home to Earth. “The Martian” boasts an impressive ensemble including Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Mackenzie Davis and Jeff Daniels. Also read: ‘Magic Mike Xxl’ Adds Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover Chastain will play the leader of the rescue mission, while Pena, Mara and Henne will play astronauts. »
- Jeff Sneider
Some publications just love doing the old ‘Who’s Up, Who’s Down’ thing on a weekly basis all season long. Yawn. Let me tell you “Who’s Up.” It’s every filmmaker who can get any kind of movie made these days that is not cookie-cutter stuff ordered straight out of a studio development meeting. And “Who’s Down“? That’s all the filmmakers whose ambitious projects have been shot to pieces by clueless executives and are still looking for a way to get them made and financed.
I am not going to get into the weekly game of creating this kind of Oscar meter measure except this once. Indulge me because this weekend held a number of interesting turns of events for some of Oscar’s current favorite directors. And it says a lot about the ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ of this business and the fickle way Oscar winds blow. »
- Pete Hammond
It's been well documented how disappointing the box office has been for Hollywood and theater owners this year, but after the results this weekend both institutions finally have something to smile about. David Fincher's "Gone Girl" was polling at a $25 million or less debut just days before its Friday debut. Rave reviews, word of mouth and, perhaps, a more potent fan base than anticipated eviscerated that prediction. The 20th Century Fox and New Regency production earned an estimated $38 million making it the biggest opening weekend of Fincher's career. The opening now ranks third all-time for Ben Affleck and second for Tyler Perry (excluding that "Star Trek" cameo). Even with a head-scratching B Cinemascore "Gone Girl" should easily surpass $100 million domestic and has an excellent shot of earning a best picture nomination. Right behind "Girl" was "The Conjuring" prequel, "Annabelle." The horror flick was expected to earn around $30 million, »
- Gregory Ellwood
The North American numbers are rolling in and at the top box office is David Fincher's latest film, Gone Girl. The R-rated film pulled in $13M on Friday. The 20th Century Fox film starring Ben Affleck ("Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice") is now estimated to make $35-$38 million this weekend, which is substantially higher than original mid-$20M forecasts. Last year, The Conjuring scared up $318M at the worldwide box office. With a nice payday like that it didn't take Warner Bos. long to give a greenlight to a spinoff featuring the Annabelle doll, which had a major subplot in the 2013 horror-film. This weekend, Annabelle will finish in a close second to Gone Girl with a $32M weekend. Surprisingly, Annabelle had a better Friday than Gone Girl, with $15+ million. Both films received the same 'B' CinemaScore from audiences, despite Gone Girl getting an 86% "Fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes »
Boy-centric Ya film adaptation The Maze Runner continued to rule at the international box office, winning the weekend race with $27.5 million from 62 markets and pushing the movie's early foreign total to $91 million for a worldwide haul of $149 million. The 20th Century Fox title easily beat Denzel Washington's The Equalizer as that film began its worldwide assault, earning $17.8 million from more than 65 foreign markets. Equalizer, from Sony and Village Roadshow Pictures, excelled in its North American launch, topping the domestic chart with $35 million (Washington's films have always done more business in
- Pamela McClintock
Gone Girl, which opens the New York Film Festival with its world premiere on Friday night before hitting theaters on Oct. 3, stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry in a dramatic mystery of a wife's disappearance. The 20th Century Fox film, directed by David Fincher, was adapted for the big screen by Gillian Flynn, the novelist who penned the twisty, nasty and sensational best-seller. Read what top critics are saying about Gone Girl: The Hollywood Reporter's chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes that the adaptation is "sharply made, perfectly cast and unfailingly absorbing melodrama. But,
- Ashley Lee
The young-adult adaptation The Maze Runner raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate.
The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson's hardboiled private eye thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones and the $11.9 million opening for the ensemble-cast dramedy This Is Where I Leave You, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The strong opening for The Maze Runner, adapted from James Dashner's science-fiction Ya novel, is a big success for a movie that cost $34 million to make and was released in the normally quiet month of September. Fox aimed to make the film - about a group of teenage boys mysteriously locked inside a giant maze - the first post-summer event movie, putting it on IMAX and large-format screens.
"Our little $34 million-budgeted film is pretty darn strong," said Chris Aronson, head of distribution for Fox. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened in second place at the Japanese box office this weekend in its final major market launch. The 20th Century Fox film has done well in various international markets. With $1.9 million (￥21 million), it dragged way behind the $3.8 million (￥41.8 million) that Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, the final part of a samurai sword-fighting trilogy directed by Keishi Otomo, took in its second weekend on top. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened on 712 screens, a wide release for Japan, and pulled in just shy
- Gavin J. Blair
“The Maze Runner” led the foreign box office pack this weekend, leaving all challengers in its dust.
The 20th Century Fox film took in $37.6 million from 7,384 screens, while opening in first place in 50 countries. The film got a head start last week in fewer than a half dozen markets, which brings its overall foreign total to $49 million.
Among the notable openings were South Korea with a $5.5 million haul, Russia with a $5.5 bounty, Australia with a $3.3 million take, Brazil with $2 million in receipts and Mexico with $2 million in tickets sold. The film still has 27 international markets left on its calendar, including such major box office players as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan.
Outdone by “The Maze Runner,” last weekend’s foreign box office champ, “Lucy,” had to settle for a distant second with $13 million. That brings it global total to $378 million. The action thriller has 3 territories left before concluding its run — Italy, »
- Brent Lang
The Maze Runner is on track to debut with $30 million or more—but is it worth seeing? The 20th Century Fox movie, in theaters tomorrow, was adapted from the first novel in James Dashner's best-selling trilogy. Directed by Wes Ball, it stars Dylan O'Brien as Thomas, a boy who wakes up trapped in a maze. The other boys there have created a society with three basic principles: be helpful, don't hurt anyone and don't go behind the walls. Thomas has no memory of the outside world other than dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. If he hopes to survive, his only option is to escape. The movie also stars Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patricia Clarkson, Blake Cooper, Alexander »
Exclusive: Following an Emmy-nominated run on Netflix’s House Of Cards, Kate Mara has been offered a role in Ridley Scott’s The Martian. The 20th Century Fox sci-fier is picking up steam: Deadline reported this month that Jessica Chastain and Kristin Wiig are circling lead roles opposite Matt Damon in the saga of an astronaut marooned on Mars. The script is adapted by Cabin In The Woods‘ Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, which sold to publisher Crown in 2013 after enjoying meteoric sales as an e-book. Fox has set The Martian for release November 25, 2015. Mara already is set to play Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman in the studio’s superhero reboot Fantastic Four, which Chronicle‘s Josh Trank is helming. She’s repped by UTA.
- Jen Yamato
The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.
Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.
Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.
Over the weekend, Variety reported:
- Movie Geeks
“The Maze Runner” doesn’t open domestically for a week, but international audiences are already embracing the science fiction thriller.
The 20th Century Fox release racked up a strong $8.3 million across five markets last weekend, with debuts that compared favorably to another young adult hit, “Divergent.” “The Maze Runner” is expected to make $30 million when it touches down stateside on Sept. 19.
The film adapts James Dashner’s best-selling novel about a group of teenage boys who must battle vicious creatures and memory loss to survive an elaborate and dangerous maze. Dashner’s book didn’t approach sales of “The Hunger Games” or “Twilight,” but the studio hopes the action-heavy plot will help it appeal to a broader demographic by attracting males as well as females.
Overseas, the film debuted in first place across the board, scoring $2.6 million in Mexico, $2.2 million from Taiwan, $1.9 million from Malaysia, $1.4 million out of Singapore and $248,000 in Central America. »
- Brent Lang
“Eden,” helmed by French up-and-comer Mia Hansen-Love and sold by Kinology, charts the rise and fall of one of the DJs who pioneered the French electro music trend known as the French touch in the 90s. The international cast comprises Felix de Givry, Golshifteh Farahani, Greta Gerwig and Brady Corbet. “Eden” will world premiere at Toronto.
Based on Gillian Flynn’s crime bestseller, “Gone Girl” is a psychological thriller turning on a man (Ben Affleck) whose wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. The Twentieth Century Fox movie will have its world premiere at the opening of New York film fest.
- Elsa Keslassy
Much of history is open to revisionism, particularly when it comes to the matter of genocide. These acts are so terrible and frequently come with such a stratospheric body count that countries where atrocities were committed would rather look the other way and downplay that a genocide ever occurred. Or if it is recognised, it is not on as wide a scale as historians have postulated.
The 20th Century witnessed atrocities that were very extreme in nature and happened all over the globe. There has never been such a systematic, cold attempt by dictators like Stalin and Hitler to exterminate people in campaigns such as The Terror and The Final Solution. Despite this, only a tiny amount of genocides have been officially recognised by the Un – including Rwanda, Bosnia and the Holocaust. The perpetrators of other overlooked genocides seem to get away with it.
And even the so-called ‘Good »
- Clare Simpson
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has been America's highest grossing movie in 2014 since June. It won't be for much longer. Making a surprise return to no. 1 after ceding the top slot to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" over the past two weeks, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is poised to knock off studio stablemate "The Winter Soldier" by next weekend. "Galaxy" has been the rare bright spot in a solid, but generally disappointing summer for Hollywood. The James Gunn directed action comedy pulled in another $17.6 million for $251.8 million to date. The franchise starter should end up with somewhere between $280-290 million domestic, but its hard to see it crossing the $300 million mark. That means either "Interstellar" or "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1," both of which are being released in November, will be tasked with providing that monster hit theater owners are looking for. How dramatic is the lack of a $300 million grosser for the movie industry? »
- Gregory Ellwood
The drama "If I Stay" took the top spot at the box office, but it may not stay there for long, as Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is enjoying a strong resurgence. Meanwhile, Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is D.O.A. "Stay," which stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley and Mireille Enos, picked up $6.8 million on Friday, easily topping "Guardians" which picked up another $4.8 million in its fourth weekend. However, it looks likely that "Guardians" will pull ahead of "Stay" by Sunday. "Stay" is expected to earn a slightly disappointing $16.8 million, while "Guardians" could rack up slightly more. The Marvel film -- starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Coooper -- is poised to become the biggest domestic hit of the summer. Having already earned $239 million, it will have no trouble crossing the $250 million mark by Sunday. "Transformers: Age of Extinction »
- Dave Lewis
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