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Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held off Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 3 atop the Chinese box office charts as StudioCanal's Non-Stop notched up a strong opening weekend in the world's second biggest film market. The latest installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise grossed $8.44 million, according to calculations by the research body Entgroup, bringing its cume to $110.71 million after 24 days. The movie is still screening widely after nearly a month in theaters, racking up 95,832 screenings and 1.42 million admissions. Just behind Apes was Lionsgate and Millennium's
- Clifford Coonan
Updated, Monday, 12:47 Pm: We have all 29 films’ final totals updated so far, including this weekend’s big box office king, The Maze Runner. Updated so far (besides Maze Runner) are Universal’s The Boxtrolls and Lucy, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, and the Fox titles Let’s Be Cops, How To Train Your Dragon 2 from DreamWorks’ Animation, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Paramount’s newly revamped franchises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, Fox’s Ya success story The Fault In Our Stars, Universal’s horror flicks As Above/So Below and The Purge: Anarchy, Fox’s El Nino, Finding Fanny, Doktorspiele and Guten Tag, Ramon. We also just got Warner Bros. titles’ Dolphin Tale 2, Into The Storm, If I Stay, Relatos Salvajes and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends and other Uni titles The Riot Club, indie fav Boyhood and dance franchise Step Up All In. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Apologies for a shortened episode, but Laremy was in D.C. and his connection wasn't exactly stellar so by the end we had to rush through just to make sure we could even finish. That said, we did have four reviews on today's episode including A Walk Among the Tombstones, Tusk, The Guest and Coffee Town. We also answered several of your questions, talked news items, a little box office coverage and then some games to end it all. We hope you enjoy and we'll be back to our regular schedule next week. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526- »
- Brad Brevet
I've been diving back into Tim Burton's filmography as of late in preparation for this winter's "Big Eyes." The film will tell the story of artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), who build an empire with her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) on the little white lie that he was the one responsible for her popular images of children with, well, big eyes. They would simply sell better if considered a dude's work, you see. What I've been struck by — not that it isn't an obvious trajectory for Burton's career that many have observed — is how alive his art was prior to an early-to-mid aughts decline that has left us with products like "Alice in Wonderland" and "Planet of the Apes" and "Dark Shadows." Films like "Ed Wood" and "Edward Scissorhands" and "Beetle Juice" pop with vision and vigor, whereas so much of his work as of late seems to wear »
- Kristopher Tapley
The era of laser illuminated projection came a little closer over the weekend following screenings of Life of Pi and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes using new Christie Digital technology which promise to lift levels of 3D movies to a par with that enjoyed in 2D.
The presentations, on Saturday and Monday at cinema and TV trade show Ibc in Amsterdam, marked the first time a full length feature has been screened with Christie 6P Laser Projection.
20th Century Fox, which flew four executives into Amsterdam for the occasion, regraded both films to suit the higher brightness levels and has pledged to master all of its future 3D releases at 14 foot-lamberts / fL, the same light levels as 2D and a substantial improvement on the 4 or 6 fL possible with existing 3D digital projectors.
“Exhibitors who are enjoying the 3D ticket premium need to step up and install equipment that’s going to allow them to present »
Apes and aging action heroes wrestled for supremacy at the top of the Chinese box office charts last week, with Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes just beating out Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 3 for the number one spot. The latest installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise grossed $20.08 million, according to calculations by the research body Entgroup, bringing its cume to $102.26 million after 17 days. The movie had 142,097 screenings and 3.36 million admissions. The weekly figure put it marginally ahead of Lionsgate and Millennium's Expendables 3, which took $20.
- Clifford Coonan
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
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In even more depressing news that I'm getting old, "The Simpsons" turns 25 this year - and to mark the occasion, Matt Groening and friends have been entertaining their asses off at L.A.'s iconic Hollywood Bowl all weekend. Didn't get to go? Sucks for you! Below are 8 YouTube clips that will make you wish you'd been there to "Do the Bartman" with awkward abandon. The opening sketch Oh boy, this must have been really exciting live. Boy. Conan O'Brien sings "The Monorail Song" But not before taking digs at the Bowl's season ticket holders. "Weird" Al Yankovic performs "The Ballad of Homer and Marge" Oh my god, he's famous again. Yeardley Smith and Nancy Cartwright perform "Minimum Wage Nanny" Still the definitive Mary Poppins parody. Nancy Cartwright sings "Do the Bartman" You knew it was coming! 1990 was awesome. The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles performs "Spider Pig" Only in America. »
- Chris Eggertsen
If you caught any of Fxx’s epic 12-day Simpsons marathon, then you must have seen at least one great musical moment. Now Springfield is getting the big Hollywood salute it deserves with three performances of The Simpsons Take the Bowl.
Hosted by Hank Azaria (and the countless characters he voices on the show), the event—featuring the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra—highlights some of the sitcom’s best song parodies and musical scoring. Also on tap: Special guests, both in person and in animated form. Here are 6 of the most memorable moments from Friday night’s opening concert:
The Simpsons are fans too! »
- Jake Perlman
On September 19th, 20th Century Fox will unveil the highly anticipated The Maze Runner and according to early numbers, director Wes Ball’s movie is on track for a $30 million opening when it bows next weekend.
Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner, when Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.
One of the most popular soundtracks Sony Music has released this year, the original movie score is from American film composer and conductor John Paesano.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Paesano initially studied classical music with composition professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire de Paris. »
- Michelle McCue
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day today is Burn Notice: The Complete Series on DVD for only $49.99, 67% off the $150 msrp. With all of these gold box deals, the price will be gone tonight, so act fast! Geek Deal: Up to 73% Off ‘The Twilight Zone’Geek Deal: Planet of the Apes: 5-Film Blu-ray […]
The post Geek Deal: Burn Notice: The Complete Series for Only $49.99 appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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“Sometimes a movie is just a movie,” remarks one character early on in Chris Rock’s “Top Five”; but in the case of Rock’s own third turn in the director’s chair, it’s also . After a couple of ambitious but middling first attempts (“Head of State,” “I Think I Love My Wife”), Rock has finally found a big-screen vehicle for himself that comes close to capturing the electric wit, shrewd social observations and deeply autobiographical vein of his standup comedy. At once personal in its sensibilities, yet made with an eye towards reaching a broad, mainstream audience, “Top Five” sparked a well-deserved bidding war following its Toronto premiere, and should soon become a welcome addition to some lucky distrib’s slate.
- Scott Foundas
It’s easy to complain about how mainstream cinema is dominated by sequels, but at least they tend to be good (or are trying to be). In days gone by sequels were desperate cash-ins made on the cheap that never purported to have any worth. The conventional trajectory for a series was always downhill (see the Christopher Reeve Superman), which is the reason films like The Godfather: Part II and The Empire Strikes Back were such a big deal; sequels had never been this impressive before.
One area where the old idea that sequels mark a decrease in quality still holds is in animated movies. While this year has seen a eighth Planet Of The Apes, seventh X-Men and tenth Marvel that are not only awesome movies, but box office hits, to find an animated sequel that actually betters the first is hard to come by.
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- Alex Leadbeater
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Fans were definitely saddened by the news of Joan Rivers’ death following a week in a medically induced coma and stay in Intensive Care. The comedian and actress had a long career of cracking jokes, making people laugh, and sometimes making people cringe. While many younger fans mainly remember Rivers for her work on the red carpet at the Academy Awards or as a style critic and host of E!’s Fashion Police, the comedian also spent a lot of time doing standup and even appeared in several cult classic comedies.
Thankfully some of her best work can be found on Netflix Instant. Those who want to celebrate Rivers’ life have several options to choose from this weekend:
Joan Rivers: Don’t Start with Me (2012)
Filmed during her 2012 tour, Rivers proved that at 78 she still had the same fierce comedic bite that made her a huge hit. »
- Stacy Lambe
There's something to be said about a simple one-sheet that manages to send a bit of a shiver down the old spine. This first piece of artwork for The Taking of Deborah Logan manages to do that and then some!
Adam Robitel directs the film, which he wrote with Gavin Heffernan. Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang, and Ryan Cutrona star. Millennium Entertainment is releasing the flick on VOD and DVD this fall; stay tuned for an exact date.
Mia Medina (Michelle Ang; My Wedding and Other Secrets, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son) has finally found the perfect subject for her PhD thesis film on Alzheimer’s Disease. For the next several months, cameras will record the everyday life of mother Deborah Logan (Jill Larson; ABC’s “All My Children,” Shutter Island) and her daughter, Sarah (Anne Ramsay; Planet of the Apes, A League of Their Own, NBC’s “Mad About You, »
- Steve Barton
The Solution Entertainment Group is handling international rights and will present the project to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film follows a haunted Afghanistan war veteran who attempts to come to terms with his past while searching for his family in a post-apocalyptic America.
“When I read the script for the first time I knew it was something very special,” said Krantz, who produced “Doonby.”
- Dave McNary
British audiences couldn't get enough of Matt Reeves' latest installment of the Planet of the Apes franchise, with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes taking the summer crown at the U.K. box office and earning 50% more than Rupert Wyatt's reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Guardian, citing figures from Rentrak, reported Tuesday that Dawn had a stellar $52.67 million (£31.99 million) cume in the U.K. for the summer season (May 2 to Aug. 31) and is still showing in theaters. Dawn also smashed the $34.19 million (£20.77 million)
- Abid Rahman
While studios tout records, market share and No. 1 status based on box office grosses, we thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of this year’s summer films (tentpoles and not) to see how their budgets stacked up against their worldwide grosses to date. These budget numbers do not include domestic/international marketing and distribution costs, nor do they take into account the splits with exhibitors, but they do give an idea of outlay and income. Bear in mind, that while some of the biggest offshore grosses come from China, the studios are only getting a 25% cut from that territory. Also, some of these pictures will end up doing well in home entertainment and may make a profit over time — as in, a few years.
Here are some of the films we were able to compile from smallest to highest budgets with worldwide grosses (and percentage »
- Anita Busch and Nancy Tartaglione
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
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