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“Big Stone Gap” was shot entirely on location in the coal-mining Virginia town of the same name, which is also Trigiani and Wilson’s hometown.
“We made not just a great movie, but a beautiful movie,” Goldberg said. “It looks lush.”
- Dave McNary
Movies that make money don’t always do so because they’re good. Here’s our list of underwhelming movies that happened to overwhelm the box office.
While the box office is a good, general representation of the popularity of a film, it is not necessarily an indicator of quality. Yes, it is true that most of the highest grossing movies have also received favorable reviews from critics and audiences alike, that’s often what makes them a hit, but there are some exceptions. This is a list of those exceptions. This is a list of those movies that did spectacularly well at the box office, but ended up being an inferior product.
So why would so many people want to see a terrible film? Why would they waste their hard-earned money and fleeting free time? The answer is actually pretty simple. Many of these films share a lot of common traits. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
'The Fixer' movie with Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and Ian Holm (background) 'The Fixer' movie review: 1968 anti-Semitism drama wrecked by cast, direction, and writing In 1969, director John Frankenheimer declared that he felt "better about The Fixer than anything I've ever done in my life." Considering Frankenheimer's previous output – Seven Days in May, the much admired The Manchurian Candidate – it is hard to believe that the director was being anything but a good P.R. man for his latest release. Adapted from Bernard Malamud's National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (itself based on the real story of Jewish brick-factory worker Menahem Mendel Beilis), The Fixer is an overlong, overblown, and overwrought contrivance that, albeit well meaning, carelessly misuses most of the talent involved while sadistically abusing the patience – and at times the intelligence – of its viewers. John Frankenheimer overindulges in 1960s kitsch John Frankenheimer »
- Andre Soares
As first reported on ScreenDaily, the film is based on Deborah E Lipstadt’s book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier about a courtroom clash with the notorious historian David Irving. David Hare has adapted the screenplay.
Thompson will fold her Sunray slate into the new venture, which includes Asif Kapadia’s Midnight selection Amy Winehouse documentary Amy and Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and [link »
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The film industry veterans have unveiled their London and La-based company and strategic alliances with London’s Potboiler Films and Berlin-based X Filme.
As first reported on Screendaily, the film is based on Deborah E Lipstadt’s book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier about a courtroom clash with the notorious historian David Irving. David Hare has adapted the screenplay.
Thompson will fold her Sunray slate into the new venture, which includes Asif Kapadia’s Midnight selection Amy Winehouse documentary Amy and Vincent Perez’s Alone In Berlin starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl and Brendan Gleeson.
Cornerstone will reveal »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »
John Debney’s “La Pasión Oratorio,” inspired by the composer’s Oscar-nominated score for The Passion of the Christ, was recently performed at the Mosque Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain – appropriately during Holy Week. The concert attended by 6,000 people was the first orchestral concert at the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba in more than 40 years. Conducted by Kevin Kaska, the performance featured the Córdoba Orchestra and Choir Ziryab along with performers from the film's… »
The massive success History had with The Bible miniseries in 2013 was a road to Damascus moment in many ways for broadcasters and Hollywood studios. While Mel Gibson had hit big box office with The Passion Of The Christ in 2004, faith-based productions weren’t heavily explored by the industry until Mark Burnett and Roma Downey came along with their series, which was partially inspired by the married couple watching The Ten Commandments together. Despite skeptics and… »
It’s Easter and while many of you will be tucking into your chocolate eggs there really is somebody you ought to thank for your edible wonders. The reason behind the season. The man who can. The reason behind your hot cross buns! Jesus.
Before DC and Marvel entered the world of the superhero the Bible got there first. Over 2000 years ago in fact. To the Christian Jesus Christ entered the world to battle against evil, to save our souls from eternal damnation, and perform the ultimate sacrifice. His life for ours! And as is the norm in comic books these days Jesus may have died but He also came back to life, His resurrection power. Astounding! Not His only super power of course. He also came with the power to heal, cast out demons, and even turn water into wine. Genius!
- Gary Collinson
It's not often that a movie from India gets praise from the likes of James Cameron and Alfonso Cuarón, but "Broken Horses" has seen both directors put their promotional weight behind the unique picture. Today we have an exclusive preview of the score by Oscar-nominee John Debney ("The Passion Of The Christ"). Written, produced, and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette, Maria Velverde, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Thomas Jane, the film promises an intriguing blend of genre elements. Here's the official synopsis: Set in the shadows of the Us-Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is an epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty and the futility of violence. Debney's orchestral work seems to follow the peaks and valleys of the story, while also capturing the distinct flavor of the modern setting and the musical influences found »
- Edward Davis
Warner Bros.. new religious epic Apostle Paul has found its leading man in the shape of Hugh Jackman, with the Australian set to take on the titular biblical role (a.k.a. Saul of Tarsus). Jackman will work as a producer on the project too, a position he will share with both Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. According to Deadline, Jennifer Todd and Chris Clarke will join this trifecta of bona-fide acting titans as producers on Apostle Paul. Clarke and Todd have been instrumental in bringing the film to the big-screen, which they hope will match the box office of other recent religious features such as Noah, Exodus: Gods And Kings, God.s Not Dead, Son Of God and The Passion of the Christ. Meanwhile Matt Cook has been given the duty of writing the script. Apostle Paul will see Jackman star in the role of the Jewish man of »
Prior to hitting Rome, early production went down in southern Italy's historic Matera with director Timur Bekmambetov, the visually sophisticated director of "Night Watch" and the entertaining "Wanted." "Ben-Hur" will be reconstructing Jerusalem on Cinecittà Stages and Cinecittà World’s Theme Park back lot for a four-month shoot. Other lavish international productions shot at Cinecittà include Scorsese's "Gangs of New York," Fellini's "Casanova," Fox's prodigious "Cleopatra" with Liz Taylor, "The Passion of the Christ," Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic" and, of course, BBC and HBO's "Rome." Cinecittà Studios, offering generous overseas tax breaks, also hosted much of the original "Ben-Hur"'s grueling shoot with Charlton Heston and director William Wyler. Read More: Will MGM's Return to "Ben-Hur" Stand Up to the Oscar »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing” series brings its most inherently commercial title — “Killing Jesus” — to National Geographic Channel, and at least with this topic, nobody needs to worry about O’Reilly claiming to have been there. Produced by Ridley Scott’s company, an outfit that’s no stranger to epics, the production lends a straightforward quality to the story, and takes its name seriously, squarely focusing on the circumstances and scheming that surround Christ’s death. Along the way there are discreet miracles, but this represents a more historical approach to material that’s currently arriving in abundance, a byproduct of History’s success with “The Bible.”
Compared with other recent depictions of Jesus, this one — directed by Christopher Menaul from an adaptation by Walon Green — is perhaps most notably characterized by restraint. So while covering a good deal of ground, the filmmakers don’t linger over the ordeal of the Crucifixion in the way, »
- Brian Lowry
Fifty Shades of Grey has claimed the Us box office for a second week after taking $23,246,000.
The erotic adaptation - starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele - became the highest-grossing Presidents' Day opener and second-highest February opening of all time after taking $81.6 million last week.
Kevin Costner's McFarland, USA is new at four with $11.3 million, just beating teen comedy The Duff which rounds out the top five.
100 teenagers mobbed a mall in Florida after being refused tickets to see Fifty Shades of Grey.
West Oak Mall in the Orlando suburb of Ocoee has now ruled that all teenagers must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the mall after 9pm, according to The AP.
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Fifty Shades of Grey is rated R in the Us, meaning that those under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
A further group of teens objected to the movie theatre's decision by rushing the mall's food court. Nobody was injured and there was no damage reported by mall officials.
Fifty Shades of Grey made history at the Us box office by taking $81,670,000 in its first weekend in cinemas, which establishes it as the highest-grossing Presidents' Day opener and second-highest February opening ever. »
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson is reportedly walking away from Fifty Shades: Darker and Fifty Shades: Freed...
With a quarter of a billion dollars banked already, Fifty Shades Of Grey has proven to be - like it or lump it - a huge box office success. The film's sizeable opening is the biggest ever for a film directed by a woman, and in the Us, it's the second biggest February opening of all time, behind The Passion Of The Christ.
However, rumours of unrest behind the scenes have hardly been downplayed in recent weeks, with director Sam Taylor-Johnson and author E L James hardly sounding like they're best chums. So much so, in fact, that it's now being reported that Taylor-Johnson wants out of the two sequels, that Universal is understandably keen to press ahead with as soon as possible.
As part of the deal to bring the books to the screen, »
"Standing on the podium and hearing it for the first time, I guess it's like seeing your child for the first time," Oscar-nominated composer John Debney ("The Passion of the Christ") says in the trailer for "Score." Fittingly enough, the feature-length portrait of the power of film music, in the works from a Los Angeles-based team of journalists, producers, and photographers, is a passion project in itself. Director and executive producer Matt Schrader and executive producer Trevor Thompson have thus far used their personal savings to fund the movie, after first discussing working on a documentary together while classmates at the University of Southern California. "There's clearly a sacrifice there," says Schrader, who left a career in journalism in Sacramento to work on "Score." "Trevor and I have both had to do some freelance stuff here and there to keep the money flowing." (Full disclosure: I was acquainted with Schrader. »
- Matt Brennan
"Fifty Shades of Grey" was already on track for a huge box office haul, but the S&M-tinged book adaptation exceeded prognosticators' wildest expectations, breaking several records along the way.
After the four-day holiday weekend, "Fifty Shades" is estimated to have pulled in $94.4 million domestically, a whopping total that far outpaces the previous four-day holiday weekend champ, "Valentine's Day," which nabbed $63.1 million back in 2010. And its $85 million three-day haul (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) beat out Mel Gibson's 2004 epic "The Passion of the Christ" ($83.3 million) as the biggest February opening ever.
Those receipts also gave "Fifty Shades" the third-highest-grossing opening weekend ever for an R-rated movie. And overseas, the numbers were equally impressive: The flick nabbed $158 million in 58 countries over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, making it the highest R-rated debut ever in foreign markets. "Fifty Shades" also grossed an estimated $14 million overseas on Monday, bumping up its international total to $172 million. »
- Katie Roberts
Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" could not compete with "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but performed very well in second place, grossing $36 million domestically and another $44 million internationally for a worldwide debut of $80 million. The film cost $81 million to make and has a 71% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. All eyes were on "Fifty Shades of Grey," which cost just $40 million to make and ended up with a whopping $240 million global debut ($82 million domestically). The film only has a 26% fresh rating, but shattered numerous records, including... * Biggest Presidents Day weekend debut (Previous record holder was "Valentine's Day" with $56.3 Million) * Biggest debut by a female director ("The Matrix Reloaded" had a bigger debut, but Lana Wachowski was still a man) * Highest number of theaters for an R-rated opening with 3,646 locations (Previous record holder was "The Hangover Part II" with 3,615) * Biggest single-day February gross with $36.7 million on Saturday (Previous »
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