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13 items from 2002


Burr promoted to vp production, gets bigger role at Disney

5 December 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group has promoted Kristin Burr to vp production, expanding her responsibilities to overseeing the development and production of live-action films for the studio. Burr, who most recently was director of development, has worked on such projects as Sweet Home Alabama, Coyote Ugly and The Count of Monte Cristo. She is also working on the upcoming Bringing Down the House, which stars Steve Martin and Queen Latifah; Freaky Friday, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsey Lohan; and The Mage, with Spyglass Entertainment. Burr will continue to report to production president Nina Jacobson. "Kristin has been a passionate advocate for material, and her determination has been essential to bringing movies like Sweet Home Alabama and Freaky Friday to the screen," Jacobson said. "She's a great girl who has the trust of filmmakers as well as her fellow executives." »

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'Jackass' a beast of booty

28 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The wild and crazy antics of MTV's Jackass crew proved their appeal is not limited to the small screen. The Paramount Pictures feature film took in an estimated $22.7 million to top the boxoffice competition in its debut this weekend. Starring such underground daredevils as Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, and Jason Wee-Man Acuna , Jackass: The Movie used every bit of its R rating to take the television series' trademark stunts to even greater extremes. The resulting product clicked with audiences -- particularly young males -- as the film's opening marks the third largest October opening ever. Jackass, an MTV Films production, opened in 2,509 theaters and scored an estimated per-theater average of $9,047. With a microscopic budget in the $5 million range, the film can already be considered a hit for Paramount. DreamWorks' thriller The Ring added 653 theaters this week, and it was met with open arms as it took in an estimated $18.8 million -- a 25% increase from last weekend's No. 1 debut. The take was good enough for a second-place finish this weekend and suggests that word of mouth on the film continues to be strong. The Warner Bros. horror feature Ghost Ship debuted in third place this weekend with an estimated $11.7 million. After earlier in the week becoming the seventh film this year to break the $100 million mark, Buena Vista's Reese Witherspoon starrer Sweet Home Alabama celebrated with an estimated $6.4 million take over the weekend, good enough for a fourth place finish. IFC Films' My Big Fat Greek Wedding added an estimated $6.3 million to its coffers this weekend to bring its cumulative gross to an estimated $177.8 million. Remarkably, the film continues to draw large audiences, as evidenced by this weekend's fifth-place finish and just a 12% drop from its previous weekend's take. »

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DreamWorks has 'Ring'er at boxoffice

21 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Halloween may be more than a week away, but moviegoers proved in the mood for some spooky thrills this weekend as DreamWorks' PG-13-rated horror film The Ring captured the boxoffice crown with an estimated $15 million opening performance. Moviegoers more interested in laughs than screams turned out for this weekend's second place finisher, the Buena Vista comedy Sweet Home Alabama, which earned an estimated $9.6 million. The Reese Witherspoon starrer dipped just 33% in its fourth weekend, and has now earned an estimated $98.5 million since its release. Last week's top film, Red Dragon took in an estimated $8.8 million, good enough for a third place finish. The number represents a 50% drop from last weekend's performance and brings the film's estimated cumulative gross to $77.8 million. The weekend's fourth-place finisher was IFC Films' My Big Fat Greek Wedding which added an estimated $7.2 million to its gross, just a 15% drop while showing in 2,014 theaters. Wedding's cume stands at a remarkable $169.3 million and counting. Paramount Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment thriller Abandon opened in fifth place with an estimated $5.3 million, tied with the Fox Searchlight urban romantic comedy Brown Sugar. Sony/Screen Gems' Samuel L. Jackson actioner Formula 51 never got in gear as it opened to just $2.9 million in 1,857 theaters to finish out of the top 10. »

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Sweet home Uni: Tennant in talks for 'Booey' helm

18 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hot off his success with the Reese Witherspoon starrer Sweet Home Alabama, director Andy Tennant is in negotiations with Universal Pictures/Working Title to direct the comedy Being Booey. There is no start date yet for the project, which is described as a Billy Wilder-esque romantic comedy. The exact plot line is being kept under wraps. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver penned the screenplay. Working Title toppers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing, with the company's Liza Chasin executive producing. Tennant is repped by CAA and attorney Steve Warren. He recently signed on to direct The Atl, a hip cop dramedy set in Atlanta for Fox Broadcasting Co., Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV (HR 10/8). Alabama, released Sept. 20, has grossed more than $86 million to date. Upcoming releases from Working Title through Universal are The Guru, starring Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei and Jimi Mistry, and Johnny English, starring Rowan Atkinson and John Malkovich. The company's most recent release was the Hugh Grant starrer About a Boy. »

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Sweet home Uni: Tennant in talks for 'Booey' helm

18 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hot off his success with the Reese Witherspoon starrer Sweet Home Alabama, director Andy Tennant is in negotiations with Universal Pictures/Working Title to direct the comedy Being Booey. There is no start date yet for the project, which is described as a Billy Wilder-esque romantic comedy. The exact plot line is being kept under wraps. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver penned the screenplay. Working Title toppers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing, with the company's Liza Chasin executive producing. Tennant is repped by CAA and attorney Steve Warren. He recently signed on to direct The Atl, a hip cop dramedy set in Atlanta for Fox Broadcasting Co., Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV (HR 10/8). Alabama, released Sept. 20, has grossed more than $86 million to date. Upcoming releases from Working Title through Universal are The Guru, starring Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei and Jimi Mistry, and Johnny English, starring Rowan Atkinson and John Malkovich. The company's most recent release was the Hugh Grant starrer About a Boy. »

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Boxoffice preview: Scare pair creeps up on champs

18 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With Halloween approaching, a couple of new contenders will attempt to throw a scare into the boxoffice. And that could mean the time is finally ripe for a challenger to upset the one-two punch of Universal's Red Dragon and Buena Vista's Sweet Home Alabama that has dominated the listings for the past two weekends. The new arrivals can take heart in the fact that last weekend's six-film pileup failed to establish an entrenched player. But at the same time, this weekend's freshmen entries aren't automatic front-runners. DreamWorks has certainly paved the way with a spookily stylish campaign for its PG-13-rated horror film The Ring. The younger male demographic usually provides a base on which to open horror films, and DreamWorks also has worked to jump-start word-of-mouth by offering public sneaks last weekend. Paramount Pictures, joining forces with Spyglass Entertainment, is countering with Abandon, one of that studio's trademark woman-in-peril programmers. This time around, instead of relying on a stalwart like Ashley Judd, the studio is going for more of a junior-miss cast, headed by Dawson's Creek heroine Katie Holmes. The femme-skewing thriller will offer moviegoers an alternative to Ring, with Paramount claiming the edge in screen count. Abandon is heading out in 2,431 theaters, while Ring is digging into 1,981. Meanwhile, the more hard-core action crowd could gravitate to Formula 51, an R-rated exercise from Sony's Screen Gems unit that stars Samuel L. Jackson. »

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ABC, Fox, USA map TV window for 'Alabama'

17 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Walt Disney Co.'s romantic hit Sweet Home Alabama will call ABC, Fox and USA Network its TV home. In a deal similar to the three-party pact on Sony's Men in Black 2 ABC and Fox will share the broadcast window of the romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon. The two networks will get two runs of the movie each over two years before it goes to USA for three years. Disney-owned ABC will get first crack at the film in early 2004. The total license fee for Sweet Home Alabama will depend on the film's final boxoffice gross and is expected to wind up north of $20 million. In its first 18 days of release, Sweet Home Alabama has grossed $86.2 million. Fox and ABC recently teamed up to share the broadcast window of Men in Black 2 with Fox, while Turner Broadcasting, which is said to have also bid on Sweet Home Alabama, bought the cable window to the sci-fi comedy. »

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'Dragon' ignites $36.5 mil in red-hot weekend at b.o.

8 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The fall boxoffice season is sizzling and showing few signs of cooling off, as ticket sales at theaters across North America were brisk for the fourth consecutive weekend. Universal's Red Dragon led the charge this weekend with $36.5 million on its boxoffice plate -- the biggest opening ever in October, followed by strong sophomore frames from Buena Vista's Sweet Home Alabama, with $21.3 million, and DreamWorks' The Tuxedo, with $10 million. Artisan's Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie, a G-rated CGI-animated family film, debuted in fewer than 1,000 theaters and took root in the sixth slot with a solid $6.2 million. The three-day total for the 136 films tracked by The Hollywood Reporter was $110.4 million -- up a solid 7% from the four-day Columbus Day holiday weekend last year, which falls a week later in 2002. It marks the first time a three-day weekend in October surpassed $100 million, and it's the fourth consecutive up session compared with last year -- all the more impressive considering that the comparable calendar frame was a four-day holiday. »

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Tennant braves 'Atl' cop series for Fox, Imagine

8 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hot off the success of Sweet Home Alabama, director Andy Tennant is staying in the South with The Atl, a hip cop dramedy set in Atlanta for Fox Broadcasting Co., Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television. It was during the filming of the Reese Witherspoon starrer Alabama in Atlanta that Tennant got the idea for The Atl, named after the hip-hop slang for Atlanta. The city is also known as the new Motown for being the home to such hit urban acts as Outkast, Jermaine Dupri and TLC and several hip-hop and R&B music recording labels. The Atl revolves around two female cops against the backdrop of the hip-hop music scene in Atlanta and the city's energetic, youthful vibe. The project has received a premium script commitment from the network. »

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Audiences hunger for Hannibal as 'Red Dragon' tops boxoffice

7 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Big portions of boxoffice were on the menu for Universal's Red Dragon this weekend as the prequel to Orion's The Silence of the Lambs served up a sizzling estimate of $37.5 million. The boxoffice debut of Dragon surpassed the $28.6 million racked up by Universal's Meet the Parents and easily took the crown as the biggest October opening in history. Buena Vista's Sweet Home Alabama placed second with an estimated $21.6 million, down 39%, upping the estimated cume to date for the Reese Witherspoon starrer to a stellar $65.6 million in a mere 10 days. DreamWorks' The Tuxedo was off a moderate 33% from its debut, grossing an estimated $10.1 million to take the third slot, moving the total for the Jackie Chan-Jennifer Love Hewitt starrer to about $28.1 million. Artisan's CG-animated family film Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie arrived in 940 theaters -- a third to a half of the theaters occupied by the session's top films -- to place sixth with an estimated gross of $6.5 million. IFC's My Big Fat Greek Wedding became the highest-grossing independent film in history as the total boxoffice for the romantic comedy-drama moved up to $148 million -- surpassing the $140.5 million scared up by Artisan's The Blair Witch Project. This weekend, Greek Wedding was in the fourth spot with an estimated $8.5 million, off a scant 10% from a week earlier. »

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Mystery Surrounds Reese and Ryan's Injuries

2 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Reese Witherspoon and husband Ryan Phillippe have got Hollywood's top gossips talking after turning up to a charity event on Sunday sporting mystery injuries. The young couple attended a benefit for a rape treatment center in Santa Monica, California, but were saying nothing about their new injuries. Witherspoon was sporting a cast on her left leg, while Phillippe had a bandage covering a gash over his right eye. A spokesman for the actress insists she broke her foot weeks ago, but she attended the premiere of her new film Sweet Home Alabama last week without a cast. »

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'Sweet' tidings for Disney in strong weekend at b.o.

1 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Leading the weekend to a sensational finish at theaters in North America, Buena Vista's Sweet Home Alabama brought home blue skies filled with boxoffice receipts. The Reese Witherspoon starrer opened in the top spot with $35.6 million -- the highest-grossing September debut in history. The 139 films tracked by The Hollywood Reporter took in $102.1 million, up a considerable 34% from the comparable weekend last year. It marks the third consecutive frame in which this year's total boxoffice was up by a double-digit margin from 2001 -- a refreshing change from the previous eight-week slump at the boxoffice. To take home the laurels for the biggest September opening ever, the Andy Tennant-helmed Sweet Home bested New Line's Rush Hour, which debuted in 1998 with $33 million. It also was a personal best for Witherspoon, topping MGM's Legally Blonde, which debuted with $20.4 million during the summer of 2000. »

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Reese Gets School Tips From Candice

21 February 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Reese Witherspoon has struck gold on the set of her new movie Sweet Home Alabama - in the shape of actress Candice Bergen. Bergen overheard Witherspoon fretting about which school to send her baby daughter Ava to and offered to help. Reese says, "She's giving me all this great advice. Her daughter went to school in California, so she knows all the best places." »

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