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Warner Bros. is in the process of negotiating the acquisition of Dangerous Odds – an adaptation of the book Dangerous Odds: My Secret Life Inside An Illegal Billion Dollar Sports Betting Operation, by Marisa Lankester – which is set to be scripted by Andrea Berloff (World Trade Centre). The story is notable for being a female-led tale, with plenty of opportunity for drama, intrigue and diverse casting.
Dangerous Odds is Lankester’s memoir, focusing on the time she spent helping develop the world’s largest sports betting operation, before going on to establish the world’s first off-shore gambling organization in the Dominican Republic. The business ties to organized crime meant Lankester was repeatedly arrested, becoming embroiled in a corrupt and violent world where she was brutalized and imprisoned before finding happiness in a lifestyle change and relocation.
Margot Robbie is attached to star as Lankester, which immediately makes this one of »
- Sarah Myles
International actuals took their time arriving after the long holiday weekend in the U.S. Most studios have now reported, and in some cases have included grosses through Monday. There were no massive fluctuations, but some of the Oscar nominees including The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood and Birdman enjoyed nice bumps in holdover markets. Figures have also been added below for Jason Statham’s Wild Card, which opened to a strong hand in France, two weeks ahead of its domestic debut.
Figures for the above films have been updated below along with: Taken 3, Seventh Son, Big Hero 6, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, American Sniper, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Ouija, Blackhat, Dumb And Dumber To, Horrible Bosses, Honig Im Kopf, Gone Girl, Let’s Be Cops, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Fifty Shades of Grey doesn't open until February 13, but fans are already scooping up their tickets on Fandango to the hotly-anticipated adaptation of the popular best-seller. The film is currently the fastest-selling R-rated title in Fandango's 15-year history, already outpacing several major hits.
Fandango's top-5 R-rated advance ticketers, in first week of sales (as of Friday, January 16, 2015):
Fifty Shades of Grey is also having the biggest first week of ticket sales on Fandango for a non-sequel film, since the first Hunger Games movie in 2012, which still holds the record. Theater owners are posting new show times each day on Fandango to meet the hot fan demand in all the fifty states. Here's what Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger had to say in a statement about Fifty Shades of Grey.
The sexy romance “Fifty Shades of Grey” doesn’t open until Valentine’s Day weekend, but it already has movie fans hot and bothered. The much-anticipated adaptation of E.L. James’ steamy bestseller is the fastest-selling R-rated movie in the 15-year history of Fandango, the online ticket broker reported Friday.
In its first week of availability, Universal Pictures’ erotic love story starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan has outstripped sales for R-rated blockbusters “Sex and the City 2,” both of “The Hangover” sequels and “Gone Girl.”
- Todd Cunningham
2Nd Update, Tuesday 3:21 Am Pt: Actuals have been reported from most of the studios, with very few discrepancies amongst the major titles. The Top 5 remain the same as projected on Sunday, save for a tie-break between Exodus: Gods And Kings and China’s Miss Granny with the latter landing at No. 4 and the former at No. 5 on the international chart. There are also more markets reporting on The Imitation Game which added $6.6M for a $41.8M cume.
Figures have been updated throughout the below for those films as well as: Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Taken 3, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Penguins Of Madagascar, Big Hero 6, Seventh Son, Into The Woods, Ouija, Honig Im Kopf, Unbroken, The Theory Of Everything, American Sniper, Dumb And Dumber To, Let’s Be Cops, The Water Diviner, Boyhood, Horrible Bosses 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Birdman and Gone Girl. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Golden Globes are fast approaching, so once again, it’s time to reveal my predictions for what nominees I feel have the best chance of being victorious in the 14 film categories. As usual, we have a lot of categories that appear to be locks, but we also have a couple of categories where two or three nominees have a great chance of winning, so without further delay, let’s get right to it.
Best Original Song
“Mercy Is” (Noah)
“Yellow Flicker Beat” (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I)
Unfortunately, this is a category where we simply don’t have much to go on, so my guess will really be just that. However, in an effort to make it somewhat educated, my reasoning is this: as Selma isn’t a leader in any of its other three categories, I have a feeling »
- Jeff Beck
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. will present the 72nd annual Golden Globes on Sunday, including awards in 14 film categories. Here are Variety’s predictions of what will win.
Motion Picture, Drama
There are a lot of terrific contenders in this race, but the awards-season enthusiasm for “Boyhood” may continue. A possible upset could come from “Selma,” which had a low profile until it debuted at the AFI Fest in November. And there are ardent fans for “Foxcatcher,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything,” so there are no sure bets.
Motion Picture, Comedy
“Birdman” led Golden Globe nominations with seven, which indicates widespread appreciation for the film. Though “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Into the Woods” would be easy winners in any other year, they seem likely to be runners-up. The HFPA gets a pat on the back for nominating the little-seen but admirable “Pride.” Also in the mix: “St. Vincent. »
- Tim Gray
While the calendar year may have changed, the box office looks remarkably similar, as the first champion of the 2015 weekend was the same one who won the last weekend of 2014. The third installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, came away the victor in a week that saw most of the top ten filled with old releases. The weekend total of $21.9 million was a noticeable drop in the film’s revenue, and was a noticeably smaller gap this time around, with Into The Woods taking the second spot with $19 million. The Rob Marshall helmed adaptation of the Sondheim musical rose up the charts, switching places with the Angelina Jolie directed biopic Unbroken, which took third place with $18.3 million.
The horror sequel The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death was the only film to break the top ten for the first time, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 26th to Sunday 28th December 2014…
Peter Jackson’s final voyage to Middle-earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, closed out the UK box office chart of 2014 by retaining the crown for the third consecutive week, pulling in £4.25 million to push its UK haul to £28 million and counting.
See Also: The Highest Grossing Movies of 2014
In terms of the new releases, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings was the best of the bunch, debuting in second place with £2,607,453, followed by musical remake Annie in fourth with £2,310,453 and the Angelina Jolie-directed Unbroken in seventh with £656,991.
Number one this time last year: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – £4,249,226 weekend (3 weeks)
2. Exodus: Gods & Kings – £2,607,453 weekend (New)
3. Paddington – £2,558,263 weekend (5 weeks)
4. Annie – £2,310,453 weekend (New)
- Gary Collinson
9 items from 2015
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