13 items from 2014
… I’d probably opt to not.
It’s that rare question kids pose to one another in an effort to ensure they can field their own Justice League at a moment’s notice. Why else do many of us turn to comic book heroes as children if but to live vicariously through their adventures – and in turn relish in the delight of super-human abilities?
Prior to the race to space, pulp heroes were more often than not akin to modern-day Batmen minus all the swearing, gravel-voiced threats and plucky pre-pubescent sidekicks: human beings granted the time, energy, and personal wealth enough to be at peak physical and mental strength. Around the time we split the atom. science fiction boomed, and, Superman and the mighty demi-gods of the day were joined by sets of super-powered show-offs in sparkly suits. I’d like to think shortly after said boom, the schoolyard became »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Amir here, reporting to box office duty. For those of us not living under a rock for the past four years, the success of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 this weekend comes as no surprise. Let’s skip right over it then, although it’s probably worth noting that its haul was significantly less than its predecessors. In order to restore some sanity in the midst of this sequel-dominated explotionapalooza, we’ll take a break from regular box office reporting to look at the year’s top ten non-franchise, non-cgi-driven, non-animated box office champs of the year thus far:
#1 Drama of 2014: Gone Girl
That Top Ten
01 Gone Girl $156.8 and rising Jason's review, podcast
02 Neighbors $150.1 Review & podcast
03 Ride Along $134.9
04 The Fault In Our Stars $124.8 Review
05 The Equalizer $99
06 Non-stop $92.1 Amir's Review
07 Heaven Is For Real $91.4
08 Tammy $84.5 Review
09 The Other Woman $83.9
10 Fury about to climb over Let's Be Cops for this »
- Amir S.
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November 2014…
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar fought off competition from The Imitation Game and Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?! to retain top spot at the UK box office in its second weekend, pulling in £3.78 million to take its total gross to £12.13 million.
The Benedict Cumberbatch-headlined Imitation Game took second place with £2,742,725, while festive family comedy Nativity 3 claimed third with £1,800,419. Meanwhile crime thriller The Drop also managed to crack the top ten, debuting in fifth with £637,867.
Number one this time last year: Gravity
1. Interstellar, £3,777,804 weekend; £12,131,990 total (2 weeks)
2. The Imitation Game, £2,742,725 weekend (New)
3. Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?!, £1,800,419 weekend (New)
4. Mr Turner, £741,748 from 383 sites. Total: £4,357,230 total (3 weeks)
5. The Drop, £637,867 weekend (New)
6. Gone Girl, £454,488 from 354 sites. Total: £21,545,587 total (7 weeks)
7. The Book of Life, £442,863 from 492 sites. Total: £5,376,374 total (4 weeks)
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, £437,437 from 452 sites. »
- Gary Collinson
Anthony Stokes with a response to Idris Elba and his recent Marvel comments…
Recently, Idris dropped a huge spoiler for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and later started bad mouthing his experience working on Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World. He claimed that he felt silly during an VFX shot where he was in a harness with a helmet and hair piece, having just come from filming Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Part of me understands where he’s coming from but another part is extremely frustrated.
I don’t like making personal attacks on people, especially such a nice guy, so I’m going to try to be as fair as possible to Idris Elba here. I understand that being an actor can be a lot harder then people give it credit for. Most actors are very charming and grateful people, so when they complain we tend to be a »
- Gary Collinson
While we have some new titles to look at this week, I want to point out to you that Barnes & Noble is having its 50% off Criterion sale right now and I've already posted a massive article offering a look at several titles I would personally recommend, including The Complete Jacques Tati and Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman as well as a selection of favorites and new 2014 titles to consider... Here's a snippet of that: A Selection of My Absolute Favorites Persona Breathless 8 1/2 Seven Samurai Yojimbo and Sanjuro The Battle of Algiers The Seventh Seal Sweet Smell of Success The Wages of Fear The Night of the Hunter New Recommendations for 2014 2014 offered plenty of new titles to consider from top directors and classics in desperate need of a proper upgrade. Here are a few of my favorites. New David Lynch and David Cronenberg Eraserhead Scanners read my review here New Federico Fellini »
- Brad Brevet
Final Update, 1:32 Pm: Fury ended the weekend at $23.7M for Sony and Qed, so it underperformed all the tracking (gee what a surprise), social media metrics, and expectations just a little. But it will likely still make money all in after its domestic, international and home entertainment run. I understand that there were significant profit participations on this one. Fox and Reel FX’s The Book Of Life closed the weekend on the high end of our estimate with $17M and will have some playtime again over the next two weekends as no new offerings are in the family zone until Big Hero 6 bows from Disney on November 7. The other newbie, Relativity’s The Best Of Me, was soft with $10M. Gone Girl is now sitting pretty at $106.7M after three weeks in release for Fox and New Regency.
The more exciting news was really in the specialty »
- Anita Busch
David Ayers' "Fury" hit theaters hard this weekend and the World War II era drama easily took down two-time champ "Gone Girl" with $23.5 million. Starring Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman, among others, "Fury" is reported to have cost $68 million. This writer has heard it actually cost over $100 million, but we'll go with the studio's number at this point. The one thing everyone can agree on, however, is that "Fury" was fully financed by Qed International and it will need significant international returns to break even. Considering Pitt's overseas star power that may not be a concern. "Fury" also marks Sony Pictures third no. 1 opener in a row after Screen Gems' surprise hit "No Good Deed" and Columbia Pictures' "The Equalizer." David Fincher's "Gone Girl" dropped to no. 2, but New Regency and 20th Century Fox are still smiling. "Girl" surpassed the $100 million mark in just »
- Gregory Ellwood
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
We're already deep enough into 2014 that we're getting MPAA ratings for movies that don't come out until next year and in today's batch that means ratings for Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. Otherwise we have an R rating for Kevin Smith's new horror film Tusk, which I expect to be announced for Tiff's Midnight Madness and Phillip Noyce's The Giver and its expected PG-13 rating. The complete bulletin in listed below. 10,000 Km Rated R For some strong sexual content including dialogue, language and brief graphic nudity. A Belle For Christmas Rated PG For mild thematic material and rude humor. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead Rated R For strong bloody horror violence and gore throughout, and language including some sexual references. Focus Rated R For language, some sexual content and brief violence. Release Date: »
- Brad Brevet
The studio has hired Jessica Postigo to adapt the script. Her credits include “Mortal Instruments: the City of Bones.”
The young-adult horror story centers on Dr. Pellinore Warthrop and his assistant Will Henry. Will is an orphan under the care of Dr. Warthrop, who studies dangerous creatures and monsters. The story is set in 1888, launching with a nightmarish specimen carted to the monstrumologist’s home — an anthropuphagi, a vicious man-eating creature without a head.
“The Monstrumologist” launched in 2009 followed by “The Curse of the »
- Dave McNary
Ildris Elba is a very very bad man in the new trailer for the thriller No Good Deed. If you want to have the entire movie spoiled, then go right ahead and watch the trailer. Talk about giving everything away in only 2 minutes and 30 seconds, damn! They really go all out and I’d […]
Read Ildris Elba is a Violent Man in the Trailer for No Good Deed on Filmonic.
After playing hard-boiled cop John Luther on the absolutely brilliant BBC series Luther, Idris Elba is stepping on the other side of the law for his next movie role, in this fall’s thriller No Good Deed (not to be confused with the plainly awful 2003 Samuel L. Jackson/Milla Jovovich crime thriller of the same name). Elba stars as a dangerous killer who, after staging a jailbreak, invades the home of a young mother (Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson) and threatens both her and her children. The mother, a District Attorney, is forced to pick up arms to defend herself against the intimidating intruder.
We’ve got the first trailer for the film today, and though it looks quite predictable, Elba’s presence may be enough to get me into the theater. He rarely goes for psycho roles, opting instead to play charismatic heroes (in films like Pacific Rim and »
- Isaac Feldberg
The film, which centers on the bond between an American woman and a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War, will premiere on Oct. 3, 2014. It will face off against “Left Behind,” the adaptation of the best-selling end times books with Nicolas Cage, and “Gone Girl,” David Fincher’s take on Gillian Flynn’s mystery novel with Ben Affleck.
It will open in limited release. “The Good Lie” was originally slated to debut on September 10, 2014, a date it had to itself. The Tom Hardy crime thriller “The Drop,” the thriller “No Good Deed” and the Tina Fey and Jason Bateman comedy “This is Where I Leave You” all open two days later.
- Brent Lang
13 items from 2014
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