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The Good Lie features heart-rendering and powerful performances led by; Oscar® winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line, Wild) as strong and independent employment counsellor, Carrie; Corey Stoll (House Of Cards, Non-Stop) as Carrie’s boss and ex-husband, Jack; Arnold Oceng (My Brother The Devil, Adulthood) as ‘The Chief’ orphan, Mamere; Ger Duany (I Heart Huckabees, Isn’t It Delicious) as his orphan brother, Jeremiah; Emmanuel Jal (Africa United, War Child) as his other orphan brother, Paul; Sarah Baker (Tammy, The Campaign) as Carrie’s acquaintance and volunteer, Pamela; and introducing Kuoth Wiel as Abital, the orphan sister of “The Lost Boys”.
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys”. Orphaned during the Sudanese Civil War, a group of young refugees are given »
- Laura Holmes
F. Gary Gray.s Straight Outta Compton may not be as big as Jurassic World, but it still marks another major success for Universal this year. The film has helped the studio become the fastest of the Hollywood studios to surpass $2 billion at the yearly North American box office, and it remains in the number one spot at the box office after three straight weeks. Now, it.s broken a major record in becoming the highest-grossing musical biopic in history. Based on data from Box Office Mojo, the record was previous held by Walk the Line, which starred Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter. That Oscar-winning film has a lifetime box office gross of $119.5 million, while Straight Outta Compton, about the formation and disbanding of the iconic hip-hop group N.W.A, has surpassed that number with a total of $134.1 million . and in just three »
Straight Outta Compton still a crazy moneymaker! For the third weekend, the biopic of hip-hop group N.W.A. ruled the box office as Straight Outta Compton was on top again with an estimated $13.2 million! With a domestic total of $134.1 million, the story of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre's earlier days has passed Walk The Line's $119.5 million total to become the... Read More »
- Dave Davis
The low-budget faith-based drama “War Room” rose up and nearly delivered a box office lightning bolt, but the N.W.A saga “Straight Outta Compton” hung on to win its third consecutive weekend with $13.2 million. Universal’s F. Gary Gray-directed rap tale this weekend became the highest-grossing musical biopic ever with $134 million, passing the lifetime domestic total of “Walk the Line” ($119.5 million). But the stunning $11 million debut by the critically skewered “War Room” defied analysts and the reviewers to steal the show this weekend. The other two wide-openers were the Owen Wilson-Pierce Brosnan thriller “No Escape,” which opened in fourth. »
- Todd Cunningham
The box office underwent a religious conversion this weekend as Christian crowds flocked to “War Room,” lifting the low-budget salute to prayer above the Zac Efron drama “We Are You're Friends” and the Owen Wilson thriller “No Escape.”
Filmed for a mere $3 million and distributed by Sony’s Affirm division, “War Room” more than tripled its production budget in a single weekend, picking up $11 million from 1,135 locations. That also easily topped projections that had it debuting in the $4 million to $5 million range, although in retrospect those estimates were overly conservative given that advance ticket sales were unusually strong.
“These are the kind of outlier events that happen and wake everyone up to the fact that faith-based audiences are passionate and looking for content,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.
- Brent Lang
Joaquin Phoenix to reunite with M. Night Shyamalan According to Deadline, three-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Walk the Line) is set to reunite with filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, The Visit) on a new, untitled film project from producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious). Phoenix previously worked with the director…
- Max Evry
Musicians are ripe fruit for biopics, matched only by political figures and sports stars, and hardly a month seems to pass without the emergence of yet another trailer promising the “incredible journey” that music’s biggest stars went on to get to where they are today.
The problem is, with such a wealth of biopics out there in cinemas and on television, it’s inevitable that some are going to make for woeful viewing. For every Oscar-worthy retelling of the fascinating life story of one of music’s great icons, there’s a hundred damp squib narratives that fail to grasp what made their central figures such legends in the first place.
These 10 biopics have been chosen »
- Michael Waugh
To mark the release of The Good Lie on 31st August, we’ve been given 3 copies ot give away on Blu-ray. The Good Lie features heart-rendering and powerful performances led by: Oscar® winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line, Wild) as strong and independent employment counsellor, Carrie; Corey Stoll (House Of Cards, Non-Stop) as Carrie’s boss
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The extraordinary life and unforgettable music of Johnny Cash will be explored in a brand-new documentary film. According to USA Today, Cmt will premiere Johnny Cash: American Rebel on September 12th, coinciding with the 12th anniversary of the death of the Man in Black.
Cash's nearly 50-year career will be explored through original interviews with family members John Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash and Carlene Carter, in addition to reflections from his contemporaries, including Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Others featured in the film include Eric Church, »
International superstar Shakira is lending her Grammy-winning voice to Gazelle, the biggest pop star in Disney's Zootopia, D23 Expo fans learned via a taped message from Shakira today. Ginnifer Goodwin (ABC's Once Upon a Time, Something Borrowed, Walk the Line), the voice of the film's rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps, saluted fans alongside directors Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), and producer Clark Spencer (Wreck-It Ralph). Hilarious new scenes from the film were unveiled, plus a tease of the all-new original song, "Try Everything," written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Shakira. Here's what director Byron Howard had to say about the casting in a statement.
"For the role of Gazelle, Zootopia's most beloved superstar, there was only one person on our wish list: Shakira. Luckily for us, she said yes. Her immense talent and charm bring Gazelle and her song, 'Try Everything, »
Straight Outta Compton made a smash arrival in theaters, landing a solid number one debut. Opening to the beat of $56 million, the music biopic had the highest ever start in that category, eclipsing previous entries like Ray ($20 million in 2004), Notorious ($20 million in 2009) and Walk the Line ($22 million in 2005). Then again, Straight Outta Compton tells the tale of an entire group of famous performers, not just one, so why not expect an even bigger turn out? The latest spy thriller The Man from U.N.C.L.E. didn't enjoy quite as warm a welcome, despite also having some love from critics. With only $13 million this weekend, it made a limp landing in third place behind Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Following up on a devastating opening, Fantastic Four dropped a painful 70% from last weekend's debut, adding just $8 million to its now $41 million total. Foreign sales were barely enough to push »
When your hip hop biopic outclasses Tom Cruise and the fifth installment of a mega-franchise, and nearly beats a Marvel movie at the box office, you know audiences are underserved and there’s an untapped market. There’s been talk all summer that Universal’s N.W.A. biopic, “Straight Outta Compton,” was going to score big with audiences, and the crowd-pleasing rags-to-riches story of a group of L.A. rappers who popularized gangster rap and changed the game of hip hop forever, did just that. Scoring a massive $56.1 $60.2 million opening — surpassing the opening of “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and surpassing “Ant-Man” — “Straight Outta Compton” did gangbusters numbers; the film is now among the top ten highest-grossing R-Rated openings. In terms of music biopics, it smashed all records too. One of the biggest openings for a music biopic ever was “Walk The Line” in 2005, which grossed $22 million; ‘Compton’ posted numbers more than »
- Rodrigo Perez
(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
Filmmakers from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios introduced D23 Expo 2015 fans to an array of new stories and characters—from a lost dinosaur to a master wayfinder, a scheming fox to a forgetful fish.
The audience of 7,500 was treated to sneak peeks, musical performances and appearances from stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dwayne Johnson, Randy Newman and Ty Burrell, among others.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. “We really have an unbelievable range of movies in production at our studios right now,” said Lasseter. “The stories are dynamic, fresh and so much fun; the characters new and old are so appealing. I’m excited to share some of our long-held »
- Michelle McCue
International superstar Shakira is lending her Grammy-winning voice to Gazelle, the biggest pop star in Zootopia, D23 Expo fans learned via a taped message from Shakira today. Ginnifer Goodwin (ABC's Once Upon a Time, Something Borrowed, Walk the Line), the voice of the film's rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps, saluted fans alongside directors Byron Howard (Tangled) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), and producer Clark Spencer (Wreck-It Ralph). Hilarious new scenes from the film were unveiled, plus a tease of the all-new original song, "Try Everything," written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Shakira.
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together-a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. »
Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed a look at Shakira’s character, Gazelle, in their upcoming animated feature “Zootopia” at the D23 Expo panel for Pixar today. The “biggest pop star” in “Zootopia” Gazelle looks to have been inspired in both look and mannerisms by the international sensation that voices the character. Take a look below! “Zootopia” also stars Ginnifer Goodwin (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” “Something Borrowed,” “Walk the Line”) as the voice of the film’s rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps. The film was directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”), and producer Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It Ralph”). “Zootopia” opens nationwide March 4, 2016. »
- Roth Cornet
Things aren’t going so well for future music legend Dewey Cox in the initial stretches of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. One early scene in this send-up of rock-and-roll biopics in general — and the then-recent Ray and Walk the Line in particular — finds Cox (John C. Reilly) attempting to cut his first song in a cramped recording studio modeled after Memphis’s famed Sun Studios, home to the first recordings by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and many others. Working with a backing band he’s just met, Cox has already flamed out in his attempt to record a twangy cover of “That’s Amore.” His producer (John Michael Higgins) is ready to cut him loose unless, he tells Cox, “somehow you are able to sing a song now, bringing these boys together that you haven’t even met, and make something so personal, so new, »
- Keith Phipps
Universal's historic year just keeps on rolling with Straight Outta Compton, which grossed $4,957,000 at late night shows, on its way to a predicted $40M weekend. The well-reviewed bio-pic of the group N.W.A., the ground-breaking rap artists that was fronted by Ice Cube and included now-billionaire and impresario Dr. Dre and the late Easy-e, was in 2,264 theaters. It adds another 493 for a final weekend screen count of 2,757. If it has a little more gas in the box office tank, and it probably does (it sits with an 87% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), Compton will be Ice Cube's best opening ever, beating Ride Along ($41.5M last year). Sure he's essentially a producer, but it's part of his amazing, inspiring story, It's also a family affair as Ice Cube's son, O'Shea Jackson, plays his father in the film. Compton would also be the best opening for a musical bio-pic, leaping over the current leaders, »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
Universal’s N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton currently represents more than 70% of Fandango’s weekend ticket sales. In addition, the online movie ticket agency reports that Compton is a record among pre-sales for musical biopics — read titles like Ray, Walk The Line, Notorious and Jersey Boys. Thursday previews for Compton begin tonight at 8 Pm. The film goes wide Friday at 2,751 theaters. Universal is expecting the F. Gary Gray film to do in the mid-$20M range for… »
While plot details are yet to be revealed, the script has been written by Bill Marsilii (Deja Vu) and will see Witherspoon also serving as producer the film through her Pacific Standard Films company. Witherspoon is certainly looking busy in the next few years, with the actress also agreeing to star and produce in Tink, a new live-action Disney film based on the Peter Pan character of Tinker Bell.
- Scott J. Davis
Rex Ingram in 'The Thief of Bagdad' 1940 with tiny Sabu. Actor Rex Ingram movies on TCM: Early black film performer in 'Cabin in the Sky,' 'Anna Lucasta' It's somewhat unusual for two well-known film celebrities, whether past or present, to share the same name.* One such rarity is – or rather, are – the two movie people known as Rex Ingram;† one an Irish-born white director, the other an Illinois-born black actor. Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” continues today, Aug. 11, '15, with a day dedicated to the latter. Right now, TCM is showing Cabin in the Sky (1943), an all-black musical adaptation of the Faust tale that is notable as the first full-fledged feature film directed by another Illinois-born movie person, Vincente Minnelli. Also worth mentioning, the movie marked Lena Horne's first important appearance in a mainstream motion picture.§ A financial disappointment on the »
- Andre Soares
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