16 items from 2016
Matt Damon is running toward the rooftop railing of an L.A. building, and people are afraid he's gonna die. James Corden is not one of them. Damon is reprising Jason Bourne, walking fast and looking over the right shoulder of his scuffed brown leather jacket. He then runs into a plump Brit who's dressed exactly the same. Damon smiles. It's Corden, the host of CBS' The Late Late Show, and the proud son of Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire, in England's unfashionable Home Counties. It's an hour before the taping of Corden's show, »
On its second weekend, “Suicide Squad” was set to repeat at number one. The question was how far Warner Bros.’ latest D.C. franchise bid would drop. The weekend surprise was Sony’s raunchy “Sausage Party” beating out Disney family remake “Pete’s Dragon” among new films.
Overall business is up with a healthy field of offerings in this jammed-up summer. That’s impressive considering competition from the Olympics. Business is surviving this year against them.
The Top Ten
$43,770,000 (67-%) in 4,255 theaters (no change); PTA (per theater average): $10,287; Cumulative: $222,875,000
2. Sausage Party (Sony) New – Cinemascore: B; Metacritic: 67; Est. budget: $19 million
$33,600,000 in 3,103 theaters; PTA: $10,828; Cumulative: $33,600,000
3. Pete’s Dragon (Buena Vista) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 72; Est. budget: $65 million
$21,501,000 in 3,702 theaters; PTA: $5,808; Cumulative: $21,501,000
4. Jason Bourne (Universal) Week 3 – Last weekend #2
$13,620,000 (-39%) in 3,528 theaters (-511); PTA: $3,861; Cumulative: $126,782,000
$11,450,000 (-18%) in 3,188 theaters (-27); PTA: »
- Tom Brueggemann
Critics be damned, but Warner Bros.’ latest D.C. Comics offering, “Suicide Squad,” will again prevail at the box office this weekend, against three new wide releases: “Sausage Party” (Sony), “Pete’s Dragon” (Buena Vista) and “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount). However, it’s unclear whether “Sausage” or “Dragon” will come in second place.
Also up for debate is how much, if any, improvement we’ll see from the same weekend in 2015, when “Straight Outta Compton” dominated a Top Ten that totaled $130 million. Assuming “Suicide” doesn’t replicate the 69% second weekend collapse of “Batman v Superman” (that would place it around $40 million), and the new openings do expected business, $140 million or more is likely.
While holding the top spot for two weekends is always a nice bragging right, the real fate of “Suicide” lies in determining the profit it can eke out against a production and marketing budget of more than $300 million. »
- Tom Brueggemann
The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »
- Jim Batts
With “Suicide Squad,” Warner Bros. and D.C. Comics for the second time delivered an opening competitive with a Disney/Marvel superhero movie. Its strong August-record-breaking $135 million debut also kept the recent late summer rebound alive. The question is: Will it hold or suffer the fate of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and fade quickly? Whatever its future, “Suicide Squad” marks a welcome start late in a bumpy summer.
Part of that seasonal trend is steep early-week drops for some live-action franchises—neither “Jason Bourne” nor “Star Trek Beyond” show much strength after strong openings. And Stx boasts a sleeper comedy hit driven by women– “Bad Moms” is thriving and looks to have a shot at reaching as much as $100 million.
Read More: Box Office Preview: ‘Suicide Squad’ Posed to Set August Record
Top Ten Chart
$135,105,000 in 4,255 theaters »
- Tom Brueggemann
Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” will easily take top spot this weekend, ousting the great three-week reign of another animated smash, Pixar/Disney’s “Finding Dory.” But that likely won’t be enough to outpace the same weekend last summer.
Last year, the post-July 4th weekend featured the release of another Universal animated film, “Minions.” The third “Despicable Me” entry capitalized on the series’ popularity to a $115 million opening, comprising more than half of the Top Ten total of $202 million. That was the fourth best weekend of last summer, and the last over $200 million.
“Pets” is the latest release from Universal’s Illumination. With an emphasis on comedy and high-end voice talent (Kevin Hart and Louis C.K. among them), the animation unit has thrived with productions less expensive than those of rivals Pixar, Disney, and Dreamworks.
Related‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Review Roundup: Critics (Mostly) Go »
- Tom Brueggemann
Atx and The Black List partnered with Bad Robot, Carlton Cuse Productions, FX, Sony and USA Network on a new writing program, designed to find TV writers for staffing consideration across participating networks, studios and production companies.
The contest, which was announced this January, drew over 1,000 applicants. 16 winning scribes have been selected.
To be considered, writers had to submit their original pilots to The Black List’s website. The strongest pieces — both half-hour and hourlong content — were shared with studios, networks and production companies that were tasked with choosing writers with whom they’d like to work.
This year marks the inaugural contest for the Austin-based television festival, which kicks off today.
“Atx Television Festival strives to support TV writers — both established and up-and-comers — not just through the festival itself, and our year-round programming, but through key partnerships such as this with The Black List, so we thought this was »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Kieran, here. We've been celebrating Girls Gone Wild this month at The Film Experience. If you haven't already done so, make sure to check out Team Experience's wonderful relay-style Thelma & Louise 25th anniversary retrospective.
As the month comes to a close, it felt fitting to take a look back at some of the Best Oscar-winning "bad girl" star turns. Here are 11 of the juiciest...
Should have been nominated. Very possibly should have won. Haters be damned.
10. Addie Loggins in Paper Moon (Tatum O'Neal - Best Supporting Actress 1973)
A charismatic yet unsentimental child performance that perfectly nails the tone of its film. The only complaint is that she wasn't promoted to lead Actress where (judging by that roster) she very well could have contended.
9. Barbara Grahame in I Want to Live! (Susan Hayward - Best Actress 1958)
Delightfully over-the-top and melodramatic. »
- Kieran Scarlett
This was an odd weekend: Even with three studio releases opening wide, grosses against last year are down. 2016 has been a monster so far, but it’s uncertain whether the pace can be maintained. The Top Ten 1. The Angry Birds Movie (Sony) New - Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 43; Est. budget: $73 million $39,000,000 in 3,932 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $9.919; Cumulative: $39,000,000 2. Captain America: Civil War (Buena Vista) Week 3; Last weekend #1 $33,114,000 (-54%) in 4,226 theaters (no change); PTA: $7,836; Cumulative: $347,390,000 3. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Universal) New - Cinemascore: B; Criticwire: B; Metacritic:58; Est. budget: $35 million $21,790,000 in 3,384 theaters; PTA: $6,439; Cumulative: $21,790,000 4. The Nice Guys (Warner Bros.) New - Cinemascore: B-; Criticwire:b; Metacritic: 70; Est. budget: $50 million $11,270,000 in 2,865 theaters; PTA: $3.934; Cumulative: $11,270,000 5. The Jungle Book (Buena Vista) Week 6; Last weekend »
- Tom Brueggemann
Only two new wide releases hit this weekend but there was only one Money Monster and it wasn't Money Monster but that superhero-filled Civil War. Naturally the good Captain didn't make room for them in his second weekend, planting himself like a tree. "No, you move." Speaking of plants with no give - The Jungle Book isn't budging either. The next two weekends will be a tougher test for both The Avenger's and Mowgli's staying power since five new multiplex friendly movies enter the fray soon: Angry Birds, The Nice Guys, and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising are next (I'm hearing surprisingly good things about all three. Wtf?); and for Memorial Day Weekend the Alice in Wonderland and X-Men sequels challenge all of them for summer box office dominance though they're sure to win the gaudy sweepstakes.
Which of those five upcoming pictures are you planning to see and what did you catch this weekend? »
- NATHANIEL R
From Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment, Ratchet & Clank is a CG-animated movie based on the iconic PlayStation video game.
Two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way, they will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.
- Movie Geeks
The Little Black Dress—From Mourning to Night is a free exhibit currently at The Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The exhibit runs through September 5th.
The Little Black Dress – a simple, short cocktail dress—is a sartorial staple for most contemporary women. Prior to the early 20th century, simple, unadorned black garments were limited to mourning, and strict social rules regarding mourning dress were rigidly observed.Featuring over 60 dresses from the Missouri History Museum’s world-renowned textile collection, this fun yet thought-provoking exhibit explores the subject of mourning, as well as the transition of black from a symbol of grief to a symbol of high fashion. You’ll also see fascinating artifacts—from hair jewelry to tear catchers—that were once a regular part of the mourning process. Plus, you’ll have the chance to share your own memories of your favorite »
- Tom Stockman
Chicago – The legacy of country music singer Hank Williams is embraced in every lonesome twang you hear in any song. The actor Tom Hiddleston (“Thor”) transcends his Loki roots to embody the 1950s songster in a way that is otherworldly, working from the script and direction of Marc Abraham.
Hank Williams was a bright wattage bulb that burned like a thousand suns, and was extinguished instantly at the tender age of 29. The influence of his short time within the country music scene, from about 1946 through to his death in 1953, was through the music chart statistic that Williams had an astounding 35 singles reach the country and western Top Ten (five after his death). His signature style and easy-going hit making continues to be heard in the heart of C&W (and all pop) music, and he can easily qualify as one of the Olympus-like gods of that particular brand of musical faith. »
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Arriving on Blu-ray this week is Todd Haynes‘ immaculate drama Carol, which we named one of the best films of 2015. We’ve teamed with The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay to give away three (3) Blu-rays of the film, which also includes a Digital HD code. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, March 20th.
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We did it y'all. We made it through another film year. And with this we close the book on 2015 and join the now of 2016 already in progress. Here's the complete Oscar coverage in case you missed anything...
• Arrivals Live Blog The Red Carpet (Nathaniel)
• Oscar Night Live Blog the 88th Academy Awards (Nathaniel)
• Shockeroos. The Big Surprises at the 88th (Chris)
• Chris Rock's Hosting. The White Elephant in the Room (Kieran)
• The Mad Six. Five Big Non-Best Picture Winning Films Including Fury Road (Glenn)
• Biggest Losers. And Classics That Shared Their Fate (David)
• Great Photos From the Big Night: Todd & Muses, Brie & Man, Etcetera (Nathaniel)
• Those Sound Montages. Well done, Producers (Daniel)
• Musical Performances Review: The Weeknd, Gaga, Smith (Denny)
• Neglected Song Nominees. We Make Times for Them (Chris)
• How Jenny Beavan Won the Oscars. Rock on Costume »
- NATHANIEL R
“Why did Rock Hudson star in this movie?” I kept asking myself while watching Seconds for the third or fourth time this past week. By many accounts, the shoot wasn’t a particularly pleasant one, with at least two scenes – the infamous “stomp those grapes!” near-orgy and the drunken party – pushing the star wildly out of his comfort zone. He was slightly past his prime, but still commanding starring roles in mainstream hits. His success with Doris Day meant he was mostly doing comedies, but he still got some dramatic work in here and there (though 1963’s A Gathering of Eagles, the last drama he did before Seconds, was not well-received critically or commercially). And if he did want to push himself dramatically, why a science fiction film about mortality? Hudson not only accepted the part, but actively lobbied for it, winning over director John Frankenheimer, who preferred the more »
- Scott Nye
16 items from 2016
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