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Two if by Sea: Howard’s Whaling Expedition Sinks to the Fathoms
Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby-Dick is one of the seminal epics of American literature, adapted several times for film and television over the decades, though John Huston’s 1956 film version still stands as the most accomplished cinematic rendering. Director Ron Howard adapts Nathaniel Philbrick’s 2000 novel In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, a retelling of the aquatic ordeal upon which Melville based his famous text. Suffering from some obnoxious moments of stilted bids at heroic nobility from its central characters and weighted down with considerable cliché, the screenplay, adapted by Charles Leavitt, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver, is a framed narrative that doesn’t seem to have sparked the passion of its adapters. Saddled with a PG-13 rating, which hampers the narrative’s more sensational elements, (such as the depiction »
- Nicholas Bell
Sandra Bullock is still well known as one of America’s sweetheart’s of acting. After a string of not-so-great movies interspersed with some solid money makers, she bounced back big time with The Blind Side in 2009, won an Oscar, and has continued to rack up critical and financial successes since. Now, though, her career has hit a bit of a stumbling block -- temporarily. As reported by Yahoo Movies, Our Brand is Crisis just opened in 2,202 theaters, and only made $3.4 million at the box office. making it the lowest wide opening of the actress's career. Granted, the weekend was filled with Oscar bait flops like Burnt and Truth, but those movies didn’t enjoy nearly as much of a promotional push as Our Brand is Crisis. Sandra Bullock’s previous box office bomb opening was Two If by Sea, a little film that »
“Our Brand is Crisis,” a political satire about a spin-doctor navigating a Latin American presidential election, is the worst wide release opening of Bullock’s career, sliding in below “Two If By Sea,” which opened to $4.7 million in 1996. It debuted to a dreadful $3.4 million across 2,202 locations. Warner Bros. distributed the $28 million production and co-financed the film with Participant Media.
Not that Cooper fared much better playing a down-and-out chef trying to score a comeback in “Burnt.” The Weinstein Company distributed the critically scorched dramedy, which made a meagre $5 million bowing across 2,900 theaters. It cost roughly $20 million »
- Brent Lang
For the third weekend in a row the conversation concerns new films failing to meet expectations, though this Halloween weekend in particular is even more dire. With newcomers Burnt and Our Brand is Crisis falling well below even the most pessimistic of predictions, this was the worst weekend of 2015 yet with the top twelve tallying an estimated $62 million. That's $3.8 million below the first weekend in September when War Room topped the box office in its second weekend in release with only $9.4 million. However, in more positive news, Sony reports Spectre is breaking records left and right as it hits theaters overseas. Let's get to it... Beginning with the domestic box office, Fox has a bonafide hit on their hands as The Martian finished #1 for the second weekend in a row and the fourth weekend out of the five it has been in theaters. Dropping only 27.5%, adding another $11.4 million to its total, »
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Despite the hefty star power of Bradley Cooper and Sandra Bullock, new releases “Burnt” and “Our Brand Is Crisis” can’t stand up to reliable holdovers “The Martian” and “Goosebumps” over a slow Halloween weekend at the multiplex.
Fox’s “The Martian” won the Friday sales race with $3.5 million in 3,218 locations; the Matt Damon starrer is expected to finish its fifth weekend with $10.5 million, bringing its cumulative haul above $180 million. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Chiwetel Ejiofor also star in the Ridley Scott-helmed sci-fi endeavor.
Behind “The Martian” is Sony’s Jack Black starrer “Goosebumps,” which took in $3 million from 3,618 locations, heading for a weekend total around $9 million. Now in its third frame, the PG-rated scare-fest is an adaptation of R.L. Stine’s beloved series of scary children’s stories.
- Marianne Zumberge
Should the estimate hold, “Our Brand Is Crisis” would be the worst opening for a wide-release Bullock title. That distinction had previously been held by romantic comedy “Two If by Sea,” which opened with $4.7 million in 1996.
The political dramedy — which had been forecasted in recent days to finish around $6 million — won’t even crack the top five titles during the Halloween weekend, which will be one of the slowest of the year. The fifth weekend of Fox’s “The Martian” looks like the probable winner at about $10 million, followed by the third weekend of Sony’s “Goosebumps” with $9 million and Disney’s third weekend of “Bridge of Spies” at $7 million.
- Dave McNary
Andrew Lesnie was remembered as one of Australia.s finest cinematographers and a warm and generous bloke at a celebration of his life and career on Sunday.
Dozens of collaborators and friends including Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, Cate Blanchett, George Miller, Chris Noonan, Bill Bennett, Craig Monahan, Jack Thompson and Andrew Mason gathered to pay tribute to Lesnie, who died in April after a heart attack, aged 59.
Ray Martin hosted the event, Remembering Andrew, staged by the Australian Cinematographers Society at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction.
Among the clips of his work shown were The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (for which he won an Oscar) and other Jackson-directed films, The Water Diviner, Babe, Healing and Two If By Sea. »
- Don Groves
The Australian Cinematographers Society will dedicate its annual awards to be handed out in Hobart on Saturday to one of its most esteemed members, Andrew Lesnie, who died on Monday.
Acs president Ron Johanson spoke for many when he told If today, .Andrew was one of our greatest cinematographers. It.s a huge loss. He leaves such a void..
Lesnie, who was 59, had been suffering from heart problems.. He won an Oscar for Best Cinematography in 2002 for Peter Jackson.s Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring and a BAFTA award in 2004 for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
On his Facebook page Jackson wrote, "Andrew created unforgettable, beautiful images on screen, and he did this time and again, because he only ever served what he »
- Don Groves
Beloved cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died suddenly from a suspected heart attack at age 59.
Just as much as Peter Jackson, Lesnie was the man responsible for the look of "the Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films, having worked as director of photography on all six movies in the two trilogies.
Leslie served as Dp on over forty films and series including "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," 2005's "King Kong," "I Am Legend," "The Lovely Bones," both "Babe" films, "The Last Airbender," "The Delinquents," "Spider & Rode," "Two if by Sea," "Doing Time for Patsy Cline," "Bran Nue Dae".
Source: ABC Online »
- Garth Franklin
9 items from 2015
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