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It's President's Day weekend, and last year it was the R-rated Fifty Shades of Grey dominating all things box office with a record-smashing $85.1 million opening that bumped up to $93 million for the four-day. This weekend brings a different kind of R-rated heat to the box office in the form of the superhero feature Deadpool, which won't likely top Fifty Shades' record, but that doesn't mean it isn't looking to perform in a big way. Additional new releases include the romantic comedy How to be Single and the fifteen-years later sequel, Zoolander 2, both of which will battle for a distant second. Arriving in a big way this weekend, Fox's Deadpool will hit 3,558 theaters with its sights set on settling among the top ranks of R-rated comic book adaptation opening weekends. The list is currently topped by 2007's 300 with $70.8 million, followed by 2009's Watchmen with $55.2 million. The film is looking at »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Acclaimed follow-up to Inside Llewyn Davis takes just $11.4m on opening – the Coen brothers’ lowest ever debut for a film on wide release
Its cast includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton. Critics have called it a brilliant paean to Hollywood’s golden age. But the Coen brothers’ new period comedy, Hail, Caesar!, has bombed at the Us box office, with the lowest opening haul of any major release in the Oscar-winning duo’s career.
Up against the continuing might of animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3, as well as fellow debutants including romantic drama The Choice and horror-comedy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the 50s-set tale of a major film star gone missing scored just $11.4m (£7.9m) to open in second place. The Coen brothers’ previous lowest bow for a film in wide release – usually estimated at around 2,000 cinemas – was »
- Ben Child
This weekend, a new movie from the Coen Brothers, another Nicholas Sparks adaptation, and a high concept zombie movie all arrived but none of them could knock out an animated panda from the top spot at the box office. "Kung Fu Panda 3" stayed at the top of the box office for the second straight week, with 20th Century Fox's sequel adding $21 million to the balance sheet, keeping it ahead of the competition which didn't have much of a fighting chance. The film coming in with arguably the biggest push behind it was the Coens' "Hail, Caesar!" and yet, despite a huge ensemble of A-list talent, the picture only earned $11.4 million. The directors have only had six films in their career open in wide release, but this ranks near the bottom with 2003's "Intolerable Cruelty" besting it. With a $22 million price-tag, the film will likely wind up perhaps turning a small profit, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hollywood fumbled the ball during a quiet Super Bowl weekend at the multiplexes as new releases such as “Hail, Caesar!” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” failed to make much noise.
For the second weekend in a row, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” easily topped box office charts. The animated sequel added $21 million to its $69 million domestic haul. The film is playing particularly well in China, where it is being distributed by Oriental DreamWorks, a $330-million East-West joint venture. It crossed the $100 million mark in the People’s Republic this weekend after opening day-and-date in the U.S. and China on Jan. 29.
Universal’s “Hail, Caesar!,” a sendup of the Hollywood studio system from the Coen brothers, fared best among the new entrants, though that’s grading on a generous curve. It picked up a mediocre $11.4 million for a second place finish. A C-minus CinemaScore could spell trouble for the film’s long-term prospects, »
- Brent Lang
As we began talking about editorial content we could publish to celebrate the release of Hail, Caesar!, the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, we realized that none of us had the same top five lists, and that it seems unusual for that to be the case. The Coens have had such a rich and varied career that it is impossible to pin them down to one style or one theme or one type of storytelling. Some people love their comedies. Some people love it when they get dark. Some people love the underdogs, the least-liked of their films. But what's clear is that every film they've made has its fans, and even their worst films are beloved by someone. There are few artists like the Coen Brothers, and we were delighted to get lists from each of our special guest contributors this time. The diversity of the replies »
- HitFix Staff
George Clooney, Nicholas Sparks and some zombie hordes will take the field against the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, as a few brave movies try to hold off Super Bowl mania in what is shaping up to be a quiet weekend at the multiplexes.
The hope for “Hail Caesar!,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “The Choice” is that the three new releases can make enough money on Friday and Saturday to tide them over through Sunday when millions of Americans will be glued to the big game. Football’s starriest weekend is traditionally a fallow period for movie-going — 2008’s “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour” holds the record for a Super Bowl gross with $31.1 million, with last year’s “American Sniper” slightly behind that result with $30.6 million.
None of the trio of newcomers will come close to matching those figures. Barring an upset, »
- Brent Lang
George Clooney met the Coen brothers in the early days of his movie career, when they approached him with the idea for 2000’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Since then, Clooney has risen to one of the biggest stars in the world, while still finding time for regular collaborations with Joel and Ethan: 2003’s “Intolerable Cruelty,” 2008’s “Burn After Reading” and the upcoming “Hail, Caesar,” where he plays a 1950s big-screen star kidnapped by a secret cult. As part of this week’s cover story, Clooney talked to Variety about what it’s like to work with the Coens and their next project together.
You and the Coen brothers have worked together a lot.
Well, let’s face it. If you’ve been involved in any part of filmmaking in the last 35 years, they hold a very special place for people in the industry. It’s their ability to mix drama, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
With Hail, Caesar! arriving in theaters this week the Internet (at least the section that talks about movies) will be alight with bits and bobs concerning the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. We’ll avoid stoking any flames with something such as a “definitive” ranking — such is the nature of their oeuvre that numerous people will tell you Intolerable Cruelty is one of their best and Fargo deserves a spot near the bottom, or literally any number of possible combinations — and instead share a number of materials relating to the new film (of which we’re great admirers), the older titles, and the Coen brothers in general.
First up, the brothers have told Variety that they aren’t planning any sequel to The Big Lebowski, but could see a Barton Fink follow-up. “We’re going to do a Barton Fink sequel at some point,” Ethan says, noting they haven’t written it yet. »
- Nick Newman
The Coen brothers are just as quirky as the characters from their movies. Just ask Josh Brolin, who has collaborated three times with the writer-directors, including on the upcoming “Hail, Caesar!” He recalls meeting the brothers on his “No Country for Old Men” audition, and not knowing what to do with the awkward silences. “Joel was intimidating,” Brolin says. “He didn’t say anything.” Months later, he was having dinner with Ethan, and noticed his friend continually glancing at his lap. “I looked down,” Brolin says. “He had been reading a book under the table. I was like, ‘Come on!’ ”
Photographed in New York City by François Dischinger for Variety
In this age of Twitter and Instagram, the directors of such beloved classics as “The Big Lebowski,” “Blood Simple” and “Raising Arizona” are still fairly private — and awkward with press interviews. Although they grew up together making films on their Super 8 cameras in Minnesota, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
There was plenty of warmth on the red carpet during a chilly Monday evening for Universal’s world premiere of “Hail, Caesar!” at the Regency Village Theatre.
George Clooney found it refreshing that the Coen Brothers’ movie was set in the 1950s — when movies were still the dominant form of entertainment.
“I liked having really big actual sets instead of CGI (computer-generated imagery),” the 54-year-old noted. “And I liked having my hair dyed black, because it made feel young and lively.”
“I don’t think any actor turns down a Coen Brothers movie,” Clooney mused. “They like to smack me around in their movies… When they send me a script, I’m usually playing an idiot.”
As if in testament to this, a few minutes, Joel Coen »
- Dave McNary
All across Magic Mike and its Xxl sequel, Channing Tatum irrefutably proved that his dancing skills could just about steal any scene that didn’t involve Matthew McConaughey – at least in the former – though the actor will soon be swapping stripper for crooner in Joel and Ethan Coen’s soon-to-be-released drama, Hail, Caesar!
With mere days standing between now and the film’s arrival, Universal has premiered the latest clip from the movie, showcasing that, yes, Tatum can sing just as much as he can dance.
Boasting a decidedly old-school aesthetic, Hail, Caesar! harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, when one studio fixer (Josh Brolin’s Eddie Mannix) spends 24 gruelling hours scrambling around Tinsel Town in search of a wayward A-lister. Said star just so happens to be George Clooney’s character Baird Whitlock – expanding on his American Idiot trilogy under the Coen Brothers, following Burn After Reading, »
- Michael Briers
Partnering with the Coen brothers for the fourth time, George Clooney is one of the many high-profile actors starring in the movie within the movie that is Universal’s soon-to-be-released dramedy, Hail, Caesar!
Taking place during the twilight years of Hollywood’s fabled Golden Age, Hail, Caesar! follows a talented studio fixer known as Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a man who spends his days racing around the four corners of Tinsel Town putting out fires and generally tending to the needs of Hollywood’s A-listers that ensures their escapades don’t make the front pages. But when Clooney’s bumbling actor – who portrays a Roman general in the titular film – is kidnapped, Brolin is left scrambling for a means of rescuing the wayward star that doesn’t involve forking out $100,000 for ransom.
With a meta set-up and a starry ensemble in tow, Hail, Caesar! is fast becoming a must-see for »
- Michael Briers
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