5 items from 2012
In 1983, Ally Sheedy catapulted to stardom as Jennifer, the beautiful girl next door, in WarGames, about a computer hacker (played by Matthew Broderick) whose innocent prying turns into a game gone very wrong, with potentially global consequences. Instant stardom and a successful film career followed. 29 years later, the award-winning actress revisited her role, as part of a Tribeca Film Festival panel on the film and the ethical questions it continues to raise. Hit the jump for our interview with Sheedy and her thoughts on seeing the film for the first time since its release, its relevance, Seth Gordon's upcoming remake (including casting options) and more. Ally Sheedy was a mostly unknown 20-year old when she was cast in WarGames. Coming off steady work in television and a pivotal, but relatively small role opposite Sean Penn in 1983's Bad Boys, Sheedy was cast opposite Matthew Broderick, in just his second »
- Ron Messer
Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic The Hunger Games will easily top the North American box office once again this weekend — its third time as no. 1 — according to Deadline.com's "sources." As per Deadline's early, rough estimates, The Hunger Games is expected to collect $12-$14 million on Friday, and could reach $40 million over the Easter weekend. If so, Gary Ross' movie would be down close to 30% compared to last weekend — or less than half its drop-off rate last (non-holiday) weekend. It seems that Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg's American Reunion will be the no. 2 movie on Friday, with somewhere between $8-$10 million at 3,192 locations, and an estimated $25 million by Sunday evening. That includes $660,000 earned at Thursday midnight screenings in North America. If those estimates are correct, Universal will claim that American Reunion far surpassed the $18.7 million earned by the original American Pie at 2,508 sites in 1999. There is, however, a pesky little thing known as inflation, »
- Zac Gille
Gary Ross, The Hunger Games Gary Ross won't be directing The Hunger Games' sequel Catching Fire, according to various online reports. The Pleasantville and Seabiscuit director wanted more money than Lionsgate was offering him, though some sources claim that Ross wasn't too keen on revisiting Katniss Everdeen and pals. Now, would a more generous offer have sparked his interest in spending extra time with Katniss? And was the "low" offer a means for Lionsgate to get rid of Ross? Either way, some have already begun suggesting various — quite disparate — names to replace Ross. Among those are Alfonso Cuarón, who directed Harry Potter and the Prince of Azkaban in 2004, and Debra Granik, who directed The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in the Oscar-nominated Winter's Bone. Considering that the Hunger Games movies focus on Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss, surely Granik won't be the only woman mentioned as a welcome Ross replacement. »
- Zac Gille
Four movies have reached $250 million (not adjusted for inflation) at the domestic box office in ten days or less. The Hunger Games isn't one of them. Although The Hunger Games easily topped the North American box office this weekend, Gary Ross' futuristic adventure tale grossed $58.55 million — or about $2.5 million less than studio estimates published yesterday. (This is the second weekend in a row that studio estimates for The Hunger Games are considerably inflated.) As a result of its "underperformance," The Hunger Games failed to reach the $250 million milestone. That should happen some time today, however, on the film's eleventh day out. For the record, the four movies that have reached the $250 million milestone (once again, ignoring inflation) are The Dark Knight, Deathly Hallows 2, Revenge of the Fallen, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. At the international box office, The Hunger Games is lagging way behind its North American popularity. »
- Zac Gille
Kiefer Sutherland and his father Donald are preparing to team up once again to star in an upcoming Western movie.
Now, 16 years on, the stars are plotting a new project, which will begin filming later this year, according to Donald.
He tells Canada.com, "I am loathe to tell you anything about it. I can tell you it has a temporary title of Redemption, and it's a western, and it's about a father, and a son who comes back, then goes away again." »
5 items from 2012
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