8 items from 2015
It’s 1957 and Frank Sinatra is at the top of his game.
He’s won a Best Supporting Oscar for his turn as feisty soldier Maggio in 1953’s From Here to Eternity, his albums are selling better than ever and he’s being offered big parts in big movies, including Pal Joey, the Hollywood adaptation of the hit Broadway show.
The role of Joey fits Sinatra perfectly. He plays a debonair singer who romances a wily, rich widow (Rita Hayworth, above right) in the hopes she’ll help him open his own nightclub. However, Joey’s also got his eye on a wide-eyed chorus girl (Kim Novak, above left).
And while the story is straightforward, the movie really comes to life the moment the orchestra stirs and the stars perform some of the loveliest songs ever penned by Rodgers and Hart, including “My Funny Valentine,” “I Could Write a Book, »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
This deluxe package contains all 8 soundtracks from the original series, over 8 hours of music including almost 3 hours of bonus tracks. New artwork has been commissioned for the set (by artist Shawn Conn, http://atomicdeadguy.com/), and configuring the sleeves together forms a larger piece of art. Before you have any nightmares, please don’t worry … the original Matthew Joseph Peak creations are included in the packaging.
The set comes complete with the trademark knitted Freddy sweater encasing the outer box.
The world was introduced to Wes Craven’s Freddy Krueger (portrayed by Robert Englund) in 1984 with A Nightmare On Elm Street. Krueger was a former child killer seeking revenge against the parents who burned him by haunting the dreams of their teenage children and killing them in their dreams. »
- Michelle McCue
Jurassic World took the #1 weekend box-office spot for the third week in a row with $54.2M off a -49% week-over-week drop, just allowing it to fend off Disney's Inside Out, which made $52.1M on a -42.4% decline. With $32.9M in 3,442 theaters Ted 2, however, didn't really make a run at the spot, making less than even the most pessimistic pundits had placed it. Universal's own estimates had the film at $45M - $50M making Ted 2 the second Seth MacFarlane film to under-perform for them. A Million Ways to Die in the West opened in 3,158 venues on May 30 of last year to a still-surprisingly low $16.8M weekend. Ted 2 has a B+ CinemaScore.Included in the Universal report is another Jurassic World record. The film also crossed the $500M mark domestically, the fastest any film has done that, crossing the milestone in 17 days (6/12/2015 - 6/28/2015). The previous record holder, Marvel's The Avengers, »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
In what is somewhat of a surprise Universal reports that Ted 2 had a $13.2M Friday which puts it on pace for a $34.1M weekend. That's quite a bit lower than tracking, pundits and conventional wisdom pegged the Seth MacFarlane sequel to take, with most citing $50M as the guesstimate. That is even slightly under the $54M the original Ted rang up on its June 29 - July 1 weekend three years ago, and Ted 2 is in 203 more theaters than Ted (3,442 vs. 3,239), so the low-30s tally is unexpected.Consequently the number one spot is open for either Universal's Jurassic World, in its third week, or Disney's Inside Out, in its second, for the top spot. Inside Out had the better Friday, but just barely, making $14.9M compared to Jurassic World's $14.7M. But, as it proved last weekend, Saturday and Sunday belong to the dinosaurs. Still playing in 4,198 North American theaters, »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It's hard to tell from the premise alone of a Will Ferrell project whether his character will be brilliantly funny, painfully moronic, or some unholy, sidesplitting combination of the two. Take Ferrell's latest, "Get Hard" (opening March 27). He plays a millionaire arrested for fraud who enlists the only black person he knows (Kevin Hart) to train him to cope with the harsh realities of prison life. The result could be razor-sharp satire of the insular cluelessness of rich white people, or it could be offensive and cringe-worthy; probably, it'll be some of each.
After all, Ferrell's characters tend to be unpredictable because they're volatile. As the performer has proved over the past 20 years, from his tenure on "Saturday Night Live" (1995-2002) to his decade-plus reign as an unhinged comic leading man in movies, Ferrell likes to play the unfettered id, man-children with no impulse control (Ferrell likes to strip down and show his flabby, »
- Gary Susman
Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in The Boy Next Door, a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Scripted by Barbara Curry, The Boy Next Door is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas of Nuyorican Productions, Benny Medina of The Medina Company and John Jacobs of Smart Entertainment.
–The Making of The Boy Next Door
You can read our thoughts on The Boy Next Door here and pre-order via Amazon here.
- Scott J. Davis
Nicole Kidman is still giggling over how she embarrassed Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show earlier this week as they discussed their long-ago failed date. "I can't believe that it's two people that so misread the same situation," she told Access Hollywood about the day she went to meet Fallon at his home to discuss a role in 2005's Bewitched. On Tuesday, Fallon, 40, brought up their awkward meeting, but Kidman, 47, turned the tables on him, explaining that she hadn't really stopped by to talk about a work project, as he believed, but had been interested in dating him (both were »
- Andrea Billups
Jimmy Fallon turned down a date from Nicole Kidman?The "Paddington" actress stopped by "The Tonight Show" Tuesday, where she revealed she was once up for dating the "SNL" comedian, but he blew his chance!"I don't know if you remember this, but we've met before," Fallon reminded her. "Oh, I remember," she replied. The late night host admitted the pair had met before under slightly odd circumstances, when a mutual friend brought Nicole to his apartment.Fallon was under the impression it was a potential work meeting, but Kidman thought the meeting was a set up! "I'm walking down the street in New York City, and my friend Rick calls me and says, 'Dude what are you doing? I have Nicole Kidman with me and she wants to meet you to be in 'Bewitched' or something. I can be in your apartment in 10 minutes,'" Jimmy recalls. »
- tooFab Staff
8 items from 2015
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