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'Island' floats to No. 1 at int'l b.o.

22 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- The Smiths conquered Spain, Charlie retained his crown in Britain and The Island finally had its day in the sun as weekend estimates placed the film No. 1 at the international boxoffice. The Island grossed an estimated $12.4 million from more than 4,800 screens for a cume-to-date of $84.8 million in 44 markets. A solid opening in France of $3.4 million from 640 prints earned the Michael Bay actioner the No. 1 spot -- 11% ahead of Batman Begins and on par with Constantine -- with admissions expected to be almost double the No. 2 debut of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. »

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'Island' floats to No. 1 at int'l b.o.

21 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- The Smiths conquered Spain, Charlie retained his crown in Britain and The Island finally had its day in the sun as weekend estimates placed the film No. 1 at the international boxoffice. The Island grossed an estimated $12.4 million from more than 4,800 screens for a cume-to-date of $84.8 million in 44 markets. A solid opening in France of $3.4 million from 640 prints earned the Michael Bay actioner the No. 1 spot -- 11% ahead of Batman Begins and on par with Constantine -- with admissions expected to be almost double the No. 2 debut of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. »

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'Island' floats to No. 1 at int'l b.o.

21 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- The Smiths conquered Spain, Charlie retained his crown in Britain and The Island finally had its day in the sun as weekend estimates placed the film No. 1 at the international boxoffice. The Island grossed an estimated $12.4 million from more than 4,800 screens for a cume-to-date of $84.8 million in 44 markets. A solid opening in France of $3.4 million from 640 prints earned the Michael Bay actioner the No. 1 spot -- 11% ahead of Batman Begins and on par with Constantine -- with admissions expected to be almost double the No. 2 debut of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. »

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'Star Wars' lifts U.K. May ticket sales

5 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- U.K. cinema admissions felt a slight tremor in the force this May, hitting 13.1 million, up 0.3% from the same period last year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Cinema Advertising Assn. The CAA credited the rise to the much-anticipated release of Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, which garnered a whopping £26.8 million ($47 million). Last May, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Van Helsing, Troy and The Day After Tomorrow were all in release. Second place at this year's May boxoffice went to The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which thumbed its way to £10.2 million ($17.9 million). Kingdom of Heaven rode its way to the third spot and £7.2 million ($12.6 million), CAA said. »

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

6 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Opens Friday

Arthur Dent fans need not panic.

After succeeding splendidly first as a BBC Radio series, then as a five-book "trilogy" and a subsequent TV series, Douglas Adams' beloved The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has taken that tricky leap to the cinema with largely pleasing results.

While the long-awaited movie version has some trouble sustaining the blissfully ironic, witty irreverence that was the Adams sensibility, the fact that it hits the nail on the head to the extent it does should come as great relief to the legions of fans who had reason to be dubious following the author's death in 2001.

That Monty Python-esque target demographic, the one also responsible for making Spamalot a big, fat Broadway hit, should reward the Touchstone Pictures release with stellar though less than astronomical boxoffice, followed by some very smart DVD business.

Using Adams' own second draft as a blueprint, screenwriter Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run) and innovative music video director Garth Jennings remain true to the highly distinct brand of sci-fi satire that would go on to influence the likes of Men in Black and Ghostbusters.

For those unfamiliar with the Babel Fish, Vogons and Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters that occupy the Hitchhiker galaxy, the movie actually begins back on Earth, where everyman Arthur Dent (perfectly cast everyman Martin Freeman, late of The Office) is fighting a losing war with a bulldozer that's about to raze his home.

Coincidentally planet Earth also happens to be minutes away from total annihilation in order to make way for a hyperspace freeway, and Dent, still wearing his pajamas, is rescued in the nick of time by his best friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def) who's really an alien who has just been posing as an out-of-work actor.

The two briefly stow away on a spacecraft belonging to the highly bureaucratic, bad-poetry-reading Vogons, before ending up on the Heart of Gold spaceship, which was stolen by the energetic but rather dim President of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell channeling George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and assorted rock stars).

Much to Dent's surprise, Beeblebrox is accompanied by comely astrophysicist Trillian (Zooey Deschanel), who went by the name of Trish McMillan back when he met her at a costume party.

And that's just for starters.

Also along for the metaphysical mash-up is Marvin, a chronically depressed robot (ideally voiced by Alan Rickman), rather crazed intergalactic missionary Humma Kavula (John Malkovich) and Magrathean planetary construction engineer Slartibartfast (Bill Nighy), who has overseen the building of a back-up planet Earth.

Jennings, creatively blending bits of CGI with old school FX and Jim Henson's Creature Shop, gets the tone down cold, but like a number of other novice feature directors who cut their teeth on videos, the inspired sequences don't always effectively link together to form a cohesive, involving whole.

Still, there is much to appreciate here, from the terrific casting (heard but not seen are Helen Mirren as the voice of the Deep Thought computer and Stephen Fry providing the amiably glib narration) to production designer Joel Collins' fanciful sets and especially the rousing musical number, "So Long & Thanks For All the Fish," performed by some very wise dolphins who manage to get out while the going's good.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Buena Vista

Touchstone Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment present a Barber/Birnbaum prodn./A Hammer and Tongs prodn./An Everyman Pictures prodn.

Credits:

Director: Garth Jennings

Screenwriters: Douglas Adams and Karey Kirkpatrick

Based on the book by Douglas Adams

Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Nick Goldsmith, Jay Roach, Jonathan Glickman

Executive producers: Douglas Adams, Robbie Stamp, Derek Evans

Director of photography: Igor Jadue-Lillo

Production designer: Joel Collins

Editor: Niven Howie

Costume designer: Sammy Sheldon

Music: Joby Talbot

Cast:

Zaphod Beeblebrox: Sam Rockwell

Ford Prefect: Mos Def

Trish McMillan/Trillian: Zooey Deschanel

Arthur Dent: Martin Freeman

Slartibartfast: Bill Nighy

Marvin: Warwick Davis

Questular: Anna Chancellor

Voice of Marvin: Alan Rickman

Voice of Deep Thought: Helen Mirren

Narrator: Stephen Fry

Humma Kavula: John Malkovich

MPAA Rating: PG

Running time: 108 minutes

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'Confetti' to rain down at Searchlight

25 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures did not leave Cannes empty-handed: The distributor has acquired worldwide rights to the unfinished BBC Films/Wasted Talent production Confetti after screening 20 minutes of footage at the Cannes market, which concluded last week. Fox Searchlight president Peter Rice said the footage "was funny and bright and accessible, with a great comedy cast." Confetti is a mockumentary from writer-director Debbie Isitt. It features an ensemble of British comedy stars, including Martin Freeman (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Jessica Stevenson (Shaun of the Dead), Stephen Mangan (Green Wing), Felicity Montagu (I'm Alan Partridge), Mike Leigh veteran Alison Steadman (Topsy-Turvy) and film rookie Jimmy Carr. »

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

23 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Opens Friday

Arthur Dent fans need not panic.

After succeeding splendidly first as a BBC Radio series, then as a five-book "trilogy" and a subsequent TV series, Douglas Adams' beloved The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has taken that tricky leap to the cinema with largely pleasing results.

While the long-awaited movie version has some trouble sustaining the blissfully ironic, witty irreverence that was the Adams sensibility, the fact that it hits the nail on the head to the extent it does should come as great relief to the legions of fans who had reason to be dubious following the author's death in 2001.

That Monty Python-esque target demographic, the one also responsible for making Spamalot a big, fat Broadway hit, should reward the Touchstone Pictures release with stellar though less than astronomical boxoffice, followed by some very smart DVD business.

Using Adams' own second draft as a blueprint, screenwriter Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run) and innovative music video director Garth Jennings remain true to the highly distinct brand of sci-fi satire that would go on to influence the likes of Men in Black and Ghostbusters.

For those unfamiliar with the Babel Fish, Vogons and Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters that occupy the Hitchhiker galaxy, the movie actually begins back on Earth, where everyman Arthur Dent (perfectly cast everyman Martin Freeman, late of The Office) is fighting a losing war with a bulldozer that's about to raze his home.

Coincidentally planet Earth also happens to be minutes away from total annihilation in order to make way for a hyperspace freeway, and Dent, still wearing his pajamas, is rescued in the nick of time by his best friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def) who's really an alien who has just been posing as an out-of-work actor.

The two briefly stow away on a spacecraft belonging to the highly bureaucratic, bad-poetry-reading Vogons, before ending up on the Heart of Gold spaceship, which was stolen by the energetic but rather dim President of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell channeling George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and assorted rock stars).

Much to Dent's surprise, Beeblebrox is accompanied by comely astrophysicist Trillian (Zooey Deschanel), who went by the name of Trish McMillan back when he met her at a costume party.

And that's just for starters.

Also along for the metaphysical mash-up is Marvin, a chronically depressed robot (ideally voiced by Alan Rickman), rather crazed intergalactic missionary Humma Kavula (John Malkovich) and Magrathean planetary construction engineer Slartibartfast (Bill Nighy), who has overseen the building of a back-up planet Earth.

Jennings, creatively blending bits of CGI with old school FX and Jim Henson's Creature Shop, gets the tone down cold, but like a number of other novice feature directors who cut their teeth on videos, the inspired sequences don't always effectively link together to form a cohesive, involving whole.

Still, there is much to appreciate here, from the terrific casting (heard but not seen are Helen Mirren as the voice of the Deep Thought computer and Stephen Fry providing the amiably glib narration) to production designer Joel Collins' fanciful sets and especially the rousing musical number, "So Long & Thanks For All the Fish," performed by some very wise dolphins who manage to get out while the going's good.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Buena Vista

Touchstone Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment present a Barber/Birnbaum prodn./A Hammer and Tongs prodn./An Everyman Pictures prodn.

Credits:

Director: Garth Jennings

Screenwriters: Douglas Adams and Karey Kirkpatrick

Based on the book by Douglas Adams

Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Nick Goldsmith, Jay Roach, Jonathan Glickman

Executive producers: Douglas Adams, Robbie Stamp, Derek Evans

Director of photography: Igor Jadue-Lillo

Production designer: Joel Collins

Editor: Niven Howie

Costume designer: Sammy Sheldon

Music: Joby Talbot

Cast:

Zaphod Beeblebrox: Sam Rockwell

Ford Prefect: Mos Def

Trish McMillan/Trillian: Zooey Deschanel

Arthur Dent: Martin Freeman

Slartibartfast: Bill Nighy

Marvin: Warwick Davis

Questular: Anna Chancellor

Voice of Marvin: Alan Rickman

Voice of Deep Thought: Helen Mirren

Narrator: Stephen Fry

Humma Kavula: John Malkovich

MPAA Rating: PG

Running time: 108 minutes

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B.O. keys to 'Kingdom'

8 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

While 20th Century Fox's Kingdom of Heaven easily topped the charts on its debut this weekend, the historical epic from director Ridley Scott led a somewhat lethargic charge at the domestic boxoffice as the period piece conquered an estimated $20 million. Warners' House of Wax scared up an estimated $12.2 million to place second on its debut. The R-rated horror film, inspired by the Vincent Price classic from 1953, was produced by Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment and stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton. The third wide release this weekend, another R-rated picture, was Lions Gates' Crash, which tied for third place with Buena Vista's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as both films reported an estimated $9.1 million. »

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B.O. keys to 'Kingdom'

8 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

While 20th Century Fox's Kingdom of Heaven easily topped the charts on its debut this weekend, the historical epic from director Ridley Scott led a somewhat lethargic charge at the domestic boxoffice as the period piece conquered an estimated $20 million. Warners' House of Wax scared up an estimated $12.2 million to place second on its debut. The R-rated horror film, inspired by the Vincent Price classic from 1953, was produced by Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment and stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton. The third wide release this weekend, another R-rated picture, was Lions Gates' Crash, which tied for third place with Buena Vista's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as both films reported an estimated $9.1 million. »

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'Hitchhikers' thumb ride better than 'XXX' express

3 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The vicissitudes of the film business were dramatically highlighted this past weekend when Sony-Revolution Studios' massive worldwide day-and-date release of the highly touted XXX: State of the Union pulled in only $15.5 million as part of its overseas bow. With about 5,000 screens working in 65 territories, the action thriller starring Ice Cube was the weekend's leading offshore boxoffice draw, but it was hardly a match for Disney-Spyglass' less-heralded The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which took in an impressive $8.5 million from 735 screens in only three countries (United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand). XXX's disappointing kickoff came at a lingering slow boxoffice period at home and abroad, delaying expectations for the spark to set off the industry's version of the summer blockbuster season. Prospects have now turned to Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, which 20th Century Fox is scheduled to unleash this coming weekend in nearly 100 overseas territories in a giant day-and-date opening with North America. »

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'Hitchhiker's' cosmic bow has 'XXX' settling for 3rd

3 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It was the race that wasn't. With just two new wide releases hitting theaters this past weekend, Buena Vista's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy took first place as it beamed up a stellar $21.1 million to best the third-place finish and lackluster $12.7 million racked up by Sony's XXX: State of the Union. Heading into the weekend, early tracking indicated the two films were in a neck-and-neck race for the top spot, but in the end it was the cosmic Hitchhiker that easily won the day. Last weekend's boxoffice champ, Universal's The Interpreter, held tight in the second spot with a moderate drop of 39% on its sophomore session. The Sydney Pollack-helmed political thriller grossed $13.8 million, which takes the 10-day cume to $43.2 million. Industry observers had been quietly optimistic that the release of Hitchhiker and XXX would spark the interest of moviegoers this past weekend and would help snap the business out of its nine-week drought -- but that wasn't the case. The total boxoffice for the 122 films tracked by The Hollywood Reporter was $90.3 million -- down some 12% from the comparable frame last year and consequently marking the 10th consecutive down session. »

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'Hitchhikers' thumb ride better than 'XXX' express

3 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The vicissitudes of the film business were dramatically highlighted this past weekend when Sony-Revolution Studios' massive worldwide day-and-date release of the highly touted XXX: State of the Union pulled in only $15.5 million as part of its overseas bow. With about 5,000 screens working in 65 territories, the action thriller starring Ice Cube was the weekend's leading offshore boxoffice draw, but it was hardly a match for Disney-Spyglass' less-heralded The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which took in an impressive $8.5 million from 735 screens in only three countries (United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand). XXX's disappointing kickoff came at a lingering slow boxoffice period at home and abroad, delaying expectations for the spark to set off the industry's version of the summer blockbuster season. Prospects have now turned to Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, which 20th Century Fox is scheduled to unleash this coming weekend in nearly 100 overseas territories in a giant day-and-date opening with North America. »

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Freeman Quits Comedy for Good

3 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British funnyman Martin Freeman has devastated fans by announcing his plans to quit comedy for good. The star shot to fame in hit British TV comedy The Office, and has garnered international acclaim as Arthur Dent in amusing new sci-fi movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. But despite his success in the genre, Freeman insists he's desperate for a serious role to help him lose his funnyman reputation. He explains, "One can only hope for a part as a paedophile child killer to break out of it. So it's now just a question of moving away from comedy and going for something a bit straighter. "Although I love comedy, my background isn't in comedy. I don't want to do novelty comedies for too long. But it's just going to look like I'm trying to validate myself if I play something like a child killer. "That would be like, "Look, I can do this as well mum." So the part would have to be carefully chosen." »

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Rivals leave 'XXX' in soft state

2 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- Hot weather hampered the weekend boxoffice for XXX: State of the Union but not as much as competition from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Interpreter and The Pacifier, which gave the action sequel a soft opening and kept it at No. 2 in most European venues. From just three territories, Hitchhiker took an estimated $8.3 million on 800 screens, over half XXX's total of about $15 million from a huge 70 territories and 5,000 screens. Coming in third was Interpreter with $7.1 million at 2,325 dates in 33 territories, lifting the cume for Sydney Pollack's thriller to $39 million. Following its popularity Stateside, distributor Buena Vista International proved it had no reason to panic as Hitchhiker opened No. 1 in all three of its first foreign territories. »

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'Hitchhiker' a boxoffice nova

2 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

What was thought by many in the industry to be a tight horse race between the two films debuting in wide release at the boxoffice this weekend turned into a rout instead. A sci-fi adventure-comedy about interplanetary hitchhiking, Buena Vista's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, sizzled in the top spot with an estimated $21.7 million, while a high-octane action-thriller, Sony's XXX: State of the Union, fizzled in third place with an estimated $13.7 million. The opening for Hitchhiker, from Spyglass Entertainment and Touchstone Pictures, proved to be a company best in April for the Disney distribution arm and also was the highest-grossing debut for a PG-rated film for the month. Buena Vista's Holes previously held both those titles with $16.3 million. Martin Freeman stars in the Garth Jennings-directed Hitchhiker, which was based on the popular novel by Douglas Adams. The XXX sequel's dour debut -- relative to its industry-estimated $87 million cost -- was a far cry from the stellar $44.5 million opening of the original Revolution Studios picture, which starred Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson. Ice Cube and Jackson star in the PG-13 sequel, which was helmed by Lee Tamahori. »

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Rivals leave 'XXX' in soft state

2 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- Hot weather hampered the weekend boxoffice for XXX: State of the Union but not as much as competition from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Interpreter and The Pacifier, which gave the action sequel a soft opening and kept it at No. 2 in most European venues. From just three territories, Hitchhiker took an estimated $8.3 million on 800 screens, over half XXX's total of about $15 million from a huge 70 territories and 5,000 screens. Coming in third was Interpreter with $7.1 million at 2,325 dates in 33 territories, lifting the cume for Sydney Pollack's thriller to $39 million. Following its popularity Stateside, distributor Buena Vista International proved it had no reason to panic as Hitchhiker opened No. 1 in all three of its first foreign territories. »

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'Hitchhiker' a boxoffice nova

2 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

What was thought by many in the industry to be a tight horse race between the two films debuting in wide release at the boxoffice this weekend turned into a rout instead. A sci-fi adventure-comedy about interplanetary hitchhiking, Buena Vista's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, sizzled in the top spot with an estimated $21.7 million, while a high-octane action-thriller, Sony's XXX: State of the Union, fizzled in third place with an estimated $13.7 million. The opening for Hitchhiker, from Spyglass Entertainment and Touchstone Pictures, proved to be a company best in April for the Disney distribution arm and also was the highest-grossing debut for a PG-rated film for the month. Buena Vista's Holes previously held both those titles with $16.3 million. Martin Freeman stars in the Garth Jennings-directed Hitchhiker, which was based on the popular novel by Douglas Adams. The XXX sequel's dour debut -- relative to its industry-estimated $87 million cost -- was a far cry from the stellar $44.5 million opening of the original Revolution Studios picture, which starred Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson. Ice Cube and Jackson star in the PG-13 sequel, which was helmed by Lee Tamahori. »

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Where the boys are this weekend

28 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It's sure to be a foot race for a fan base this weekend at the movies. Both new wide releases -- Buena Vista Pictures' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Sony Pictures' XXX: State of the Union -- are looking to draw young males, and the winner will be decided by whichever group of fans shows up in greater numbers and how wide that core fan base expands. Suspense is sure to build because industry insiders are hoping these two broad-based pictures will provide the necessary shot in the arm that the recently beleaguered boxoffice needs. The Walt Disney Co.'s Touchstone Pictures might have the upper hand with the first film adaptation of Douglas Adams' uber-popular book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Originally done in 1978 as a BBC radio show about a group of interplanetary travelers and later turned into the widely successful novel and a TV series, the cult satire has a loyal and devoted following. Whether that fan base translates into moviegoers remains to be seen, but sources say tracking puts the film in the mid-$20 million range. The film version is based on a screenplay originally written by Adams. After the author died unexpectedly in 2001, the script was rewritten by Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run, James and the Giant Peach.) Directing the film is Garth Jennings, who along with Nick Goldsmith make up the British commercial and video production and directing team of Hammer & Tongs. Hitchhiker marks Jennings' feature film debut. Spyglass Entertainment is co-producing the PG-rated film. The sci-fi adventure stars Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent, with Mos Def filling the role of Ford Prefect. Also featured are Bill Nighy, Zooey Deschanel, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell and John Malkovich. Hitchhiker is sure to play huge on college campuses, but its weekend gross is likely to be more dependent on positive reviews than the other wide opener in the market. The film bows in 3,133 theaters. Sony will open Revolution Studios' XXX: State of the Union on 3,480 screens. A continuation of 2002's high-octane spy actioner XXX, which earned $141 million after opening to $44.5 million, the sequel features neither the original film's star nor its original director. Vin Diesel declined to reprise his role as Xander Cage, an extreme sports athlete-turned-secret agent. And Rob Cohen, who bowed out of directing the sequel, took an executive producing role. Neal Moritz and his Original Film production company produced the movie for Revolution. »

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Deschanel rockets to Par's 'Launch'

15 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Zooey Deschanel has been cast in Failure to Launch for Paramount Pictures and Scott Rudin Prods. Deschanel joins Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey in the comedy about a thirtysomething guy whose parents are desperate to get him to move out. When he finally meets the girl of his dreams, he grows suspicious that his conniving parents might have had a hand in the matter. Tom Dey is set to direct the picture from a script by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember. Deschanel's credits include Elf and The Good Girl. She next will be seen in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Deschanel is repped by Endeavor and managed by Seven Summits and attorney Steve Warren. »

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Fans hop on 'Hitchhiker' trailer

1 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Walt Disney Studios' marketing department faced a challenge in the upcoming film adaptation of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. With a huge fan base not only for the books but also the British radio show, the television show and the record album, Buena Vista marketing has spent an inordinate amount of time tailoring its online material to Hitchhiker's vast collection of fans. If the response to advance materials is any indication, the film, set to bow April 29, is in for quite a ride at the boxoffice. The most interesting indicator is Disney's exclusive online trailer for the film -- a trailer that pokes at the very business of making trailers -- which has generated an overwhelming response from fans online. »

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