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HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Lionsgate’s big-screen adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series may not have reached the dizzying heights of the company’s other Ya juggernaut, The Hunger Games, but the property has still managed to carve out an audience of its own to warrant Lionsgate seeing the series through to its two-part conclusion, Allegiant.
With little less than a year until the arrival of Part I, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the studio is on the verge of snapping up its first new addition to the anticipated finale: The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels. It’s understood that the part reserved for the Dumb and Dumber star is a key role, one which will stretch across both installments.
- Michael Briers
Months before the second Maze Runner film is due to hit screens, 20th Century Fox has set the third (and likely final) entry, titled Maze Runner: The Death Cure, for February 17th, 2017.
Remarkably, the studio has opted not to split the final novel in James Dashner’s dystopian Ya trilogy into two movies and will instead bring the Dylan O’Brien-led thriller franchise to a conclusion after just three movies (Ya phenoms Twilight, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Divergent all stretched their finales out into two films). It is worth noting that Dashner penned a prequel novel, The Kill Order, and has a follow-up to that called The Fever Code due out next year, so Fox might not be done with the series’ universe after The Death Cure, but that trilogy ender will see a send-off for hero Thomas (O’Brien) and his gang of ‘Gladers.’
For those of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Part serial-killer thriller, part old-school anti-Soviet propaganda, “Child 44” plays like a curious relic of an earlier Cold War mindset, when Western audiences took comfort that they were living on the right side of the Iron Curtain, and relied on movies to remind them as much. Here, the central character is an obedient Mgb agent played by Tom Hardy, who, like the rest of the pic’s starry Euro ensemble, delivers his lines in a thick Russian accent — a distraction that feels as outdated as “Easy Money” director Daniel Espinosa’s choice to shoot on celluloid, plunging the story’s already grim Stalin-era living conditions even deeper into shadow. Nostalgia combined with a certain amount of pageantry should be enough to draw those who miss Red-scare spy stories to this expansive Ridley Scott production (which he originally intended to direct), though not enough to encourage either sequels or imitators.
In recent years, »
- Peter Debruge
For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
Paul Thomas Anderson's weird and wild noir adventure, Inherent Vice, is making it's way to blu-ray in April, and Warner Bros. has revealed all the details on when you can pick it up, and what to expect on the disc. Come inside for all the details!
Chill out and get groovy when “Inherent Vice” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on April 28 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. With an ensemble cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers, rockers, and more, “Inherent Vice” is the seventh feature from Oscar® nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.
“Inherent Vice” stars Oscar® nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”), Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”), Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Oscar® winners Reese Witherspoon »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
As is tradition here at Box Office Mojo, we made domestic box office predictions for holiday 2014 releases ahead of the start of the season. Now that those movies are essentially at the end of their runs, it's time to grade that forecast.As usual, there were a healthy set of very accurate predictions (Big Hero 6, Into the Woods, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb), along with a handful that were laughably inaccurate (Exodus: Gods & Kings, Horrible Bosses 2).For each title, we will list the domestic forecast, the actual gross (in most cases an estimate) and the percentage difference [(Actual-Forecast)/Forecast]. Each prediction will be assigned a grade on the following arbitrary scale: A (less than 10% difference), B (10-19.9%), C (20-29.9%), D (30-39.9%) and F (over 40%).The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1Forecast: $385 millionActual: $337 million (est.)Difference: -13%Grade: BThe previous Hunger Games movies each earned over $408 million at »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Based on the hugely popular novel by E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey has become a phenomenon unlike any other, raking up $550 million at the worldwide box office. So it should come as no surprise that it's two main leads are seeking a pay raise. Both Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan want more money moving into Fifty Shades Darker, which was announced just before the first installment hit theaters. It is expected to shoot in early 2016, for a proposed 2017 release date.
Sources close to the production report that both actors were paid $250,000 each, plus tiered box office bonuses. The novel series is a trilogy, and both actors did sign a three-picture deal. Though it is not uncommon for franchise stars to renegotiate their contract once the first film proves to be a hit. Both are looking for a 7-figure raise before moving onto Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. »
Fifty Shades of Grey doesn't open until Thursday night, but it is pacing to become one of Fandango's top five advance ticket-sellers in the company's 15-year history, joining the elite domain of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Twilight franchise movies, which currently dominate the list. Take a look at Fandango's top five pre-sellers, at the same point in their sales cycles, two days before release date.
Here's what Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger had to say about the news in a statement.
"The worldwide phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey is resulting in more buzz for an adult-skewing film than I've seen in many years. It's enticing fans who are looking for an exciting girls' night out, as well as »
Deadline reported grosses on Jupiter Ascending on Sunday at $32.5M and that estimate rose on Monday to $33.8M in Warner Bros’ actuals. There are still Australia, China and Japan releases to come, but with an $18.7M opening domestically and with Fifty Shades Of Grey teed up to begin its day-and-date rollout tomorrow, Jupiter will be pressed to ascend major overseas heights. Elsewhere internationally, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water soaked up $16.2M for a cume of $26.8M after two frames. According to Paramount, that’s 5.5 times bigger than the original Spongebob for the same bucket of markets. The next big players were The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 thanks to a strong China start; Disney’s Big Hero 6; and Fox’s Taken 3. Meanwhile, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings rode past the $200M mark as it continues to play in Japan and wraps up in Brazil. Key »
- Nancy Tartaglione
We now have actuals from most of the studios for the international weekend. Among the biggest fluctuations reported were Penguins Of Madagascar, which landed $2M higher than projected on Sunday; American Sniper clocking an extra $1M; and Jennifer Lopez’s The Boy Next Door knocking upwards by 11% to $777K in nine markets. Figures for the Super Bowl frame have been updated below on those, along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Taken 3, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, The Theory Of Everything, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Big Hero 6, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Birdman, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Seventh Son, Blackhat, Project Almanac, Wild, Ouija, Let’s Be Cops, Ex Machina, The Water Diviner The Gambler and Boyhood.
Jupiter Ascending descends upon the world next weekend and Mockingjay Part 1 wings into China.
2Nd Update, 7:45 Pm Pt: It was »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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
The final chapter of The Hobbits franchise predictably won the New Year B.O. crown at Australian cinemas but a British drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch surprised some pundits by taking second spot.
The Imitation Game, which follows Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the brilliant but troubled mathematician who cracked the Nazi Enigma code in WW2, grabbed nearly $4.2 million in its first four days and $4.46 million with previews.
One exhibitor attributed the big turnout to the appeal of British historical dramas, particularly those based on true stories and set in war-time, and to Cumberbatch.s following from TV.s Sherlock.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hauled in $6.3 million in its second weekend, propelling its takings to $24 million. The only question now is whether the »
- Don Groves
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
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