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For someone who isn’t used to failure and admittedly is a sore loser, Thomas Tull is so far having a nightmare year at the box office.
His company, Legendary Entertainment, was forced to take a $90 million writedown on Michael Mann’s $70 million cyber thriller “Blackhat,” which has earned just $14.5 million worldwide since its release last month. And after anticipating that Legendary’s upcoming release “Seventh Son” was headed for potential disaster, Tull took an early $85 million writedown — in 2013 — on the long-troubled movie, which debuts nationwide on Friday.
“Seventh Son,” a fantasy action film that cost $95 million to produce and tens of millions more to market, is tracking to open between $7 million and $10 million this weekend. Overseas, the movie, which stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore, has already earned $82 million, including $25 million in China, and another $15 million in Russia.
It’s no secret that Legendary has struggled with “Seventh Son” for years. »
- Marc Graser
Certainly one of the most negative aspects of the film industry is its inherent superficiality, and there are few things worse in casting than when looks are considered more valuable than acting talent. Sadly, this is something that actors deal with on a regular basis, and that includes some of the biggest stars in the world. For example, back in the 1970s Meryl Streep missed out on the lead female role in John Guillermin.s King Kong remake because one of the producers deemed her too ugly for the part. This is a rather shocking story in light of all the critical acclaim that Streep has gone on to earn in her career since the 1970s, but it.s true, and was recently revealed by the actress while visiting The Graham Norton Show as a guest. The subject of horror show auditions came up in conversation, and the Academy Award »
On The Graham Norton Show on Jan. 9, the Into the Woods star recalled a time when she auditioned for the 1976 film King Kong with producer Dino De Laurentiis. His son had seen a then-unknown Meryl in a play and brought her in to audition for the role of Dwan.
Photos: Actors Who Almost Got the Part
Since Streep, 65, knew Italian, she understood Dino's words as he asked his son, “Why do you bring me this ugly thing?”
She then responded in Italian, saying, "I’m sorry I’m not beautiful enough to be in King Kong.”
Streep can laugh about it now, but as Norton says, "young actors should take solace" knowing that there was a time where even a legendary actress had a bad audition.
Watch: Meryl Reveals »
One is not born Meryl Streep; one becomes her. In the past, Streep has talked about how she used to hate her nose and worry about her weight when she was young — all things she learned not to care about as she got older. She went on The Graham Norton Show to talk about some of her failed auditions. One of those was for the 1976 remake of King Kong with producer Dino De Laurentiis. But when De Laurentiis saw her he commented that she was ugly ("Che brutta"). Of course, Streep spoke Italian — is there anything she can't do? — and responded with aplomb. »
- E. Alex Jung
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