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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
Netflix will be adding a host of new TV and movie options that will be rolling out on the streaming service throughout September.
Netflix's September Additions
Netflix is kicking off September by adding seasons of Californication, Chasing UFOs, Doomsday Preppers, Hinterland, Unsealed: Alien Files and Zero Hour. Soon to follow will be seasons of The League, The Blacklist, Arrow, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation, The Walking Dead and more.
As for movies, Robin Williams’ films Good Morning Vietnam and Flubber have been added in addition to Cool Runnings, Lords of Dogtown, Crocodile Dundee and others. Among those coming soon are A Simple Man, Silver Linings Playbook and Bad Grandpa.
See Below for Complete Lists of Netflix’s New TV & Movies Offerings:
“Californication,” Seasons 1-7, Sept. 1
“Chasing UFOs,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Doomsday Preppers,” Seasons 1-3, Sept. 1
“Hinterland,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Unsealed: Alien Files,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Zero Hour, »
It's almost September, which means a whole new slew of titles on Netflix! August proved pretty lucrative on the quality title front, but it looks as though September it's going to blow the rundown out of the water.
TV takes spotlight this month, with the latest full seasons of "The Walking Dead," "New Girl," "The League," "The Blacklist," "Arrow," "Bones," and "Parks and Recreation" primed and ready for streaming before their fall premieres. And fans still mourning the loss of "How I Met Your Mother" (in more ways than one) can rewatch the ninth and final season to their heart's content. Ah, memories. Showtime's recently departed "Californication" can be seen in its entirety (Seasons 1 -7) as well, starting September 1. That's a lot of TV.
- Tim Hayne
Martin Scorsese’s 2010 hit Shutter Island will be adapted into a TV series for HBO entitled Ashecliffe, named for the mental institution in Scorsese’s film and Dennis Lehane’s novel. Deadline reports that Scorsese and Lehane are attached to produce a pilot for the show beginning next year and that Scorsese will remain on as the show’s executive producer. Collider also adds that the film’s star Leonardo DiCaprio will also be attached as an executive producer through his company Appian Way.
According to Deadline, the show will be something of a prequel, focusing on the development and the secrets surrounding the Ashecliffe facility and the methods for treatment used there.
This news comes just as Scorsese-produced Boardwalk Empire enters its final season this September. It also accompanies a previously reported ’70s rock ‘n’ roll show Scorsese is working on with Terence Winter. Perhaps more interesting is that »
- Brian Welk
Because television shows are being treated with the same artistic reverence as movies now (just look at the Sundance Film Festival screening Jane Campion's "Top Of The Lake," or the upcoming Venice Film Festival unspooling "Olive Kitteridge"), big studio TV shows are desperately trying to keep up. With "Fargo" in particular showing that movie properties can become TV shows and find an audience with critics and the public, the race is on. And Paramount is going hard. With "Narc," "School Of Rock," "The Truman Show" and "Ghost" already in various stages of small screen development, next up is Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island," which is headed to HBO. The show will be titled "Ashecliffe," and the story begins before the events of the movie, with Dennis Lehane (who wrote the novel the movie was based on) penning the pilot script, and Scorsese to direct. It continues the director's ongoing. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: As the TV biz prepares to celebrate another ground breaking year tonight, underwritten in no small effort by feature talent, the remarkable thing to consider is how much more of this is coming. Here’s one that has great potential: HBO and Paramount Television are making deals to turn the 2010 hit film Shutter Island into a TV series. Tentatively titled Ashecliffe, the plan is for the pilot to be directed by Martin Scorsese from a script by Dennis Lehane, who wrote the bestselling thriller novel that Scorsese and screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis turned into the hit film that Leonardo DiCaprio starred in.
Ashecliffe is the name of the isolated mental hospital where the movie took place, and the series begins before the events of the film. The focus is the past of hospital, and the secrets and misdeeds perpetrated by its founders who erected the hospital in the early 20th »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Change can be swift over the course of 12 years. Opinions are formed, relationships sour, and unused gift cards expire. 12 years is also quite a risky timetable to film a movie, but that didn't stop director Richard Linklater (director of "School of Rock," and "Bernie"). "Boyhood" is one of the most frustrating films I've had to explain my opinion on in a while. For one, it's a milestone in cinematic history, the early stages of a life captured in real time with one cast over the course of one film. On the other hand, it's hyperbolic in its minimalism and boring in spots and its overall narrative reach often exceeds its grasp. Even still, it's one »
- Dylan Green
Keanu Reeves‘ next excellent adventure may be on the small screen.
Related Nickelodeon Orders School of Rock Series to Premiere in 2015
Reeves will headline and executive-produce Rain, a potential hour-long action series about a half-Japanese assassin whose job makes it difficult for him to form relationships, our sister site Deadline is reporting. Based on a book series by Barry Eisler, and produced by Slingshot Global Media, Rain is not yet attached to a network.
Despite appearing on several shows during his career, Rain would mark Reeves’ first starring role on television.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well… »
Who wouldn’t want to go to Italy in the summer for good food and entertaining conversation with a clever traveling companion? Quite a few people did just that, at least vicariously, via IFC Films‘ The Trip To Italy. The light-hearted sequel to The Trip easily had the weekend’s highest bow among specialty films, grossing $71,577 and averaging a tasty $23,859 in three theaters.
“The Trip to Italy opened with one of the highest per-screen (average)s of the summer, playing to sold-out shows this weekend in New York and Los Angeles,” IFC said in a statement. “The Michael Winterbottom-directed sequel has received wonderful reviews and strong word of mouth.” As with The Trip, which also starred Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a food and talk travelogue across U.K. countryside, the road ahead looks wide open for the Italian Trip. The original opened in June 2011 with a $12,984 PTA in 6 theaters, »
- Brian Brooks
HBO has delivered some terrific comedies over the years, from the quirky musical series Flight of the Conchords to biting political satire Veep, and with the cast that the premium cable network is pulling together for its upcoming comedy The Brink, there’s reason to believe HBO has another major hit on its hands.
Now, our anticipation has been raised with news that Watchmen actress Carla Gugino has joined the cast in a multi-episode arc. Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Jack Black (School of Rock) and Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is The New Black) all topline The Brink, which is described as “an epic dark comedy.”
As per Deadline: The Brink focuses on “a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins); Alex Coppins (Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Domestically, the film kicked up a sterling $65 million from 3,845 locations.
So cowabunga and cue the follow-up. Part two will land in theaters on June 3, 2016, with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes returning again as a producer and screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”) coming back as screenwriters.
The sequel announcement comes after the film managed to hold off “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Analysts expected the Marvel film to take a bigger chunk out of “Ninja Turtles'” profits given that both films were expected to appeal to younger males. The comicbook film still managed to bring in $41.5 million in its sophomore weekend, a 56% drop from its debut that pushed its Stateside haul to $175.9 million. That »
- Brent Lang
A character actor with more than 80 film and TV projects to his name, Austin, Tex.-based Marco Perella is receiving his widest exposure ever—for a movie he finished shooting eight years ago. As the drunk disciplinarian stepfather of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) in Richard Linklater’s decades-spanning Boyhood, Perella plays the pathetic bully with a finesse that’s left some viewers thinking the movie was all too real.
EW spoke to Perella about his role in the film and the choice of words when he’s being praised for being bad.
The interview below references specific scenes and plot details of Boyhood. »
- Joe McGovern
Warner Bros. and Boyhood director Richard Linklater have parted ways on the studio’s planned remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet, despite the helmer having been attached to the project since 2011. Apparently, Warner Bros. eventually realized that Linklater’s schedule would not allow production on the film to commence in a timely fashion, and it wants to get The Incredible Mr. Limpet into theaters sooner rather than later.
Other directors have been approached by the studio, but no names have been dropped in association with the remake just yet. Like the 1964 family film, this take on the novel by Theodore Pratt will also focus on a man who is transformed into a fish. However, the story will no longer take place during World War II. This time around, The Incredible Mr. Limpet will find the title character as a beach bum and conservationist who is devoted to saving the fish population around his town. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Now this is the kind of news I like hearing because I'd much rather see Richard Linklater working on That's What I'm Talking About, which he's described as a "spiritual sequel" to his 1993 classic Dazed and Confused, than some remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet of which he told me recently he didn't see happening. Oddly enough, almost as soon as I posted that interview news surfaced that Jon Hamm would join Zach Galfianakis in Limpet along with Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele with Linklater still attached. Even then, however, he sounded dismissive of the entire thing saying, "That thing has been in development for over three years. Interesting how the week I have a film coming out someone decides it's a good idea to promote this. Not sure what they hope to gain." Now THR is saying we can put »
- Brad Brevet
School of Rock is heading to the small screen courtesy of Nickelodeon. The movie’s director Richard Linklater and producer Scott Rudkin will serve as executive producers on the project alongside Jim and Steve Armogida (Crash & Bernstein)
Released in 2003, School of Rock saw a down-on-his-luck musician pose as a school teacher to make some money. But when he discovers the kids are really talented classical musicians, he trains them to be miniature rock stars to help him win a battle of the bands contest.
The TV series will not feature Jack Black, but will be centred around his character Dewey Finn and a similar plot. “With Dewey’s outrageous personality and rock star sensibilities taking centre stage, School of Rock will be an irresistibly fun show for the whole family,” said Paramount TV President Amy Powell.
- Luke Owen
You’re not hardcore, unless you live hardcore. But is the legend of the TV remake way hardcore? Only time will tell.
Ahem. Anyway, there’s a new version of School Of Rock on the way, destined for the small screen and ordered by Nickelodeon (owned by Paramount, who made the original film).
On executive production duties are cinematic School Of Rock producer Scott Rudin and Richard Linklater, who directed the original (and currently has the astounding Boyhood in cinemas). This will hopefully ensure that the new version, which won’t star Jack Black, will at least have some quality control from the team behind the much-loved film.
Despite Black’s absence, his character Dewey is still the protagonist. We've no idea yet who will be stepping into his shoes, though.
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Coming Soon a boring onset shot of Daredevil's altar ego Matt Murdock in his lawyer drag from the new Netflix series
- NATHANIEL R
If there are three things that Richard Linklater‘s School of Rock taught us about the fine art of hard rocking and getting good grades in elementary school, it’s that rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme and you better get to school on time. Those timeless lessons, drilled into audiences’ heads by the grand master of rock n’ roll Dewey Finn, played by Jack Black, would be immortal by themselves, but now Linklater and Scott Rudin are bringing School of Rock to Nickelodeon as a TV show so the children of the world never have to go without that sweet, sweet hard rocking. The live-action series has an immediate order for 13 episodes with production begining this fall, and it will follow the same premise of the movie: Finn, a rocker who has seen better days (he will totally have his rent by the end of the week, dudes »
- Samantha Wilson
Nickelodeon is taking a risk by picking up a series based off of 11 year film. Yes, School of Rock has been ordered by Nickelodeon for a 13 episodes season. This comes as a shock as Nickelodeon made the film’s Miranda Cosgrove a star, making us wonder why the delayed the interest on making a TV version of the story. Much like the film it will star rocker who is out of work finding himself working at a prep school. He then uses his music as a way to teach kids lessons and have fun. No word on when it will premier other than sometime early next year or who will star on the series.
This is certainly news that perhaps could be showing that Nickelodeon is having issues. With Sam & Cat being over, it looks like they may not be having the greatest luck with series. We expect to hear »
- Sarah Peel
We last saw Jack Black in Sex Tape playing the owner of “YouPorn,” but the comedian once portrayed a much more innocent character in 2003 for Richard Linklater’s School of Rock. The film found Black as a struggling musician who gets work as a substitute teacher and leads his students to victory in a Battle of the Bands. School of Rock charmed the pants off audiences with lots of heart, laughs and kids that didn’t annoy the living daylights out of everyone. Now, Coming Soon reports that Nickelodeon and Paramount Television will be producing a live-action, musical-comedy series based on the film. Nick has ordered 13 episodes of the series, scheduled to go before cameras this fall. We can expect to see a bevy of talented kids jamming in the...
- Alison Nastasi
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