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Tom Hanks’ ‘Captain Phillips’ weekend box office: One of Hanks’ biggest domestic openings in the past decade Starring two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks in the title role — though you wouldn’t know it by looking at the film’s poster — Paul Greengrass’ inspired-by-real-life-events Captain Phillips grossed an estimated $8.5 million from 3,020 venues on Friday, October 11, 2013, including $600,000 from Thursday night showings, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Captain Phillips chronicles the adventures of the titular captain of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. (Photo: Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.) Budgeted at $55 million — not including marketing and distribution expenses — Captain Phillips should collect anywhere between $23-25 million by Sunday evening. A major Saturday surge and a strong Sunday hold could lead to even higher results, but for now that’s mere speculation. Either way, Captain Phillips has absolutely no chance of topping this weekend’s domestic box office chart, »
- Zac Gille
‘Captain Phillips’: Tom Hanks’ Somali pirates movie likely to trail ‘Gravity’ by a wide margin Starring Tom Hanks in the title role, Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips grossed an estimated $600,000 from showings on Thursday night, October 10, 2013. The film follows the titular real-life captain of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009 — reportedly the first such hijacking in two centuries. (Photo: Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.) Seven years ago, Paul Greengrass came up with another film inspired by real-life events pitting heroic Americans vs. Muslim evildoers: the well-received domestic box office disappointment United 93, about the one September 11, 2001, flight in which the passengers rebelled against the Muslim terrorists. Distributor Sony Pictures is obviously expecting much better business for the less traumatic movie-fied events found in the $55 million-budgeted Captain Phillips, which, even factoring in inflation, has a price tag more than three times higher than that of United 93. In fact, »
- Zac Gille
It wasn't that long ago and we remember how it turned out. So there's no way that "Captain Phillips," the movie about the 2009 pirate attack on the M.V. Maersk Alabama, should be as surprising and entertaining a sea tale as it is.
What happened was more heroic than you'd expect. The resistance of the crew, the resilience and craftiness of the pirates and the guile, level-headedness and bravery of the title character are so Hollywood that you half expect Bruce Willis heroics and an exchange of pithy trash-talk catch-phrases.
But this thrilling retelling was directed by Paul ("United 93") Greengrass, an unfussy director with a talent for tension. And it was adapted from the real Capt. Richard Phillips' book by Billy ("Breach"/ "Shattered Glass") Ray.
They've cooked up an engrossing, sober-minded, fact-centered account, telling the story from parallel points of view of the two hard-case captains here. There's Phillips, »
Dito Montiel is a man of many talents. He’s written everything from books to screenplays, played in a band for many years, and of course, directs films. His newest movie, Empire State, features Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth, and tells the story of Chris Potamitis, a regular guy from Queens NY who may very well have gotten away with stealing $15 million.
Dito was kind enough to talk with us for a bit, and our conversation revealed a lot about Chris’s real-life counterpart, the ridiculousness of the robbery itself, and how you go about getting the likes of The Rock and Robin Williams in your films. Check it out below!
So I watched the film of course, Empire State, and possibly the most notable thing about it, at least at face value, is that it’s based on true events. So I was wondering in terms of characters, for example Chris and Eddie, »
- Griffin Vacheron
Four years after it made headlines, the harrowing ordeal of commercial shipping captain Richard Phillips gets the bigscreen treatment care of verite specialist Paul Greengrass in “Captain Phillips.” The result is a kinetic docudrama that always impresses without ever connecting emotionally in quite the same way as the helmer’s prior “Bloody Sunday” and “United 93,” with which “Phillips” forms a loose trilogy of average Joes and Janes caught in the throes of politically motivated violence. Setting sail with an opening-night berth at the New York Film Festival (where another seafaring epic, “Life of Pi,” launched last year), this impeccably well-made, gripping but grim survival tale should spark a flurry of awards buzz for star Tom Hanks and powerful Somali newcomer Barkhad Abdi, but may prove too grueling to make major waves with Academy voters or the multiplex crowd.
- Scott Foundas
You don’t need me to tell you that the original The Mummy is one of the long standing tenets of horror, the third classic Universal picture following Dracula and Frankenstein, and one that featured a singularly iconic performance by legendary Boris Karloff, aided with tremendous makeup by Jack Pierce and directed by Dracula auteur Karl Freund. But I just did anyways.
The Mummy is no stranger to sequels, remakes, or reboots. Just eight years after the original, Universal released The Mummy’S Hand, which didn’t pick up the original storyline nor featured any of the same characters. The film spawned three sequels, with Lon Chaney Jr. taking over as the Mummy for The Mummy’S Tomb, The Mummy’S Ghost, and The Mummy’S Curse.
- Andy Greene
There’s a very good chance that you’ve seen Empire State already. Perhaps not with these characters, but I’m willing to bet you’ve seen a number of heist films that are exactly like it and which tell the story with more flair and excitement. Forget that this is supposedly based on a true story (by now you should be well aware of what that really means). When that story has already been seen in countless films, that should immediately make the filmmakers ask themselves “Do we really need to tell it again, just with different characters?” Apparently they thought they had something great on their hands, but the studio saw exactly what was happening and, not deeming it worthy of a theatrical release, decided to dump it straight to Blu-Ray and DVD. At least somebody had an objective viewpoint of the project.
The main focus of Empire State »
- Jeff Beck
Tom Hanks is hitting the high seas once again, but this time around he's got more company than a deflated volleyball.
"Captain Phillips" is based on the true story of a sea captain whose cargo boat was taken over by Somali pirates. Hanks plays the eponymous captain, natch, who's left to try and reason with the increasingly desperate desperados of the high seas. The Navy SEALs are getting close, but will they get there before the pirates begin killing their hostages? Well, technically we know how it ends since it's based on a true story, but half the fun is getting there.
Captain Richard Phillips (above right) co-wrote a book about his experience, called "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea," which seems like a bit of an understatement. It was adapted by Billy Ray, who also wrote the screenplays for "The Hunger Games, »
- Jenni Miller
Every now and then a film with a promising cast just doesn't hit the mark and is relegate to straight-to-dvd hell. Such is the case with Empire State, which unfortunately looks like a dull thriller, and maybe a low point for the stellar year Dwayne Johnson is having in 2013. In the film from Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints), an armored truck security guard (Liam Hemsowrth) is suspected of assisting in a robbery of one of their vehicles. In reality, his troublemaking friends (led by Michael Angarano) are behind the heist, and an NYPD detective (Johnson) is on their trail. We wish this was more exciting. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Dito Montiel's Empire State, from Grindstone Entertainment: Empire State is directed by Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) and written by Adam Mazer (Breach, You Don't Know Jack). After failing to get into the police academy, »
- Ethan Anderton
The Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray will direct an original sci-fi romance film that he wrote called Departure, which is based on the true story of a never-explained avionic phenomenon. Ray is a solid screenwriter who has also written films such as Breach, Shattered Glass, and the upcoming Tom Hanks film Captain Phillips. This sounds like it will make for a very interesting film.
The story was inspired by a book called "Ghosts of the Air” written by Martin Caidin, which documents real accounts from pilots who have experienced flight anomalies. The movie will follow "a brilliant Miami-based Faa investigator who is obsessed with learning how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the exact same spot ten minutes later. As mysterious occurrences continue to occur with increasing frequency in the skies over Miami, the investigation becomes personal when the employee’s beloved wife is on one of the planes affected. »
- Joey Paur
Good Universe announced today that Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Breach, Shattered Glass, and the upcoming Captain Phillips) will direct Departure for the studio, from an original script he wrote. Jim Whitaker (The Odd Life of Timothy Green, American Gangster) will produce the sci-fi/romance. Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Spencer Wong will oversee the project on behalf of Good Universe. Elizabeth Ingold will oversee for Whitaker Entertainment. Good Universe has the project on the fast-track and will begin casting right away.
Based on the true story of a never-explained avionic phenomenon, Departure follows a brilliant Miami-based Faa investigator who is obsessed with learning how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the exact same spot ten minutes later. As mysterious occurrences continue to occur with increasing frequency in the skies over Miami, the investigation becomes personal when the employee's beloved wife is on one of the planes affected. »
In all forms of modern fiction, there is a fascination with airplanes being involved in mysterious circumstances, from Oceanic Flight 815 in Lost to Stephen King.s aurora-crossing plan in The Langoliers - and there.s a Bermuda.s Triangle full of other relevant examples. Somewhat surprisingly, writer/director Billy Ray will take on this subject matter for his third feature, directing Good Universe.s sci-fi romance Departure, based on an original screenplay he wrote. Ray.s previous films were 2007.s politically charged Breach and 2003.s Shattered Glass, a tense drama focused on the Stephen Glass article fabrication, which make a sci-fi romance kind of an unpredictable choice. According to the press release, Ray.s script was inspired by Martin Caidin.s 1994 book Ghosts of the Air: True Stories of Aerial Hauntings. A brilliant Faa investigator in Miami obsesses over a 727 that inexplicably disappears, only to reappear in the same spot »
Writer-director Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass) will direct the sci-fi romance, Departure, from an original script he wrote. The Hunger Games screenwriter based this new picture in part on the Martin Candin book, Ghosts of the Air, which recounts true-life pilots' experiences with aviation mysteries, such as planes disappearing in mid-air. Ray's treatment centers on an Faa investigator who is looking into the phenomena occurring with increasing frequency in the skies over Miami. The man's quest takes a personal turn when it's revealed that his wife is a passenger on an affected plane. Casting is expected to begin immediately. Hit the jump for the full press release. Here's the full press release: Billy Ray To Write And Direct ‘Departure’ For Good Universe Produced By Jim Whitaker Los Angeles (May 15, 2013) – Good Universe announced today that Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Breach, Shattered Glass, and the upcoming Captain Phillips) will direct Departure for the studio, »
- Dave Trumbore
With so many haunted houses, why shouldn't the air above us be equally as haunted? This avionic phenomenon is explored in the latest adaptation that's looking to send shivers down our spines. Read on for the first details of Departure.
From the Press Release
Good Universe announced today that Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Breach, Shattered Glass, and the upcoming Captain Phillips) will direct Departure for the studio from an original script he wrote. Jim Whitaker (The Odd Life of Timothy Green, American Gangster) will produce the sci-fi/romance. Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Spencer Wong will oversee the project on behalf of Good Universe. Elizabeth Ingold will oversee for Whitaker Entertainment. Good Universe has the project on the fast-track and will begin casting right away.
Based on the true story of a never-explained avionic phenomenon, Departure follows a brilliant Miami-based Faa investigator who is obsessed with »
- Uncle Creepy
Good Universe announced today that Billy Ray ( The Hunger Games , Breach , Shattered Glass , and the upcoming Captain Phillips ) will direct Departure for the studio, from an original script he wrote. Jim Whitaker ( The Odd Life of Timothy Green , American Gangster ) will produce the sci-fi/romance. Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Spencer Wong will oversee the project on behalf of Good Universe. Elizabeth Ingold will oversee for Whitaker Entertainment. Good Universe has the project on the fast-track and will begin casting right away. Based on the true story of a never-explained avionic phenomenon, Departure follows a brilliant Miami-based Faa investigator who is obsessed with learning how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the »
Lovebox festival just got a whole lot more provocative...
In the first of her announced UK festival appearances in 2013, the 'Jump Off' rapper will play the Sunday night of Lovebox.
On the same bill as Lil Kim is one of the female rap stars for whom she paved the way, Azealia Banks. It will be the first time she has played a show in London since 2001, on her Notorious K.I.M world tour.
Of course, you may not recognise Lil Kim from the days when she had her big break during the '90s. To get up to speed, join us on a surgical journey as we turn back the hands of time on a voyage across Lil Kim's ever-changing face...
Lovebox runs from 19-21 July Victoria Park, check out the full »
- The Huffington Post UK
After The Avengers hit big at the box office this time last year, it seemed like the future for the franchise was more secure than just about any other project in Hollywood. However, it has recently come to light that a few of the key components aren’t necessary satisfied with their lot, meaning that the nuts and bolts that hold this massive undertaking together could begin to come loose. Firstly, we had Robert Downey Jr. announcing that he had to negotiate his new Iron Man contract, while Marvel executives said that they would be happy to proceed without him if need be.
Then just this week, it was announced that Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson weren’t too thrilled with the minimal paydays (reportedly as low as $500,000 for a film that grossed over $1.5bn), and as such both will be holding out for bigger deals to keep them in place for The Avengers 2. »
- Shaun Munro
A few years ago reports started cropping up about Somali pirates attacking transport ships off the coast of Africa. It became a bit of a joke in the media because, well, no one takes pirates seriously in the 21st century. The hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, an unarmed cargo ship destined for Kenya, changed that. It was the first time an American ship had been seized by pirates in nearly 200 years. The media and the U.S. Navy certainly took Somali pirates seriously after that. Written by Billy Ray (Breach) and directed by Paul Greengrass (United 93), Captain Phillips is the story of that ship and what happened aboard it over the course of four very long days in 2009. Tom Hanks stars as the titular captain, an ordinary man thrust into an extraordinary situation-- the type that...
- Peter Hall
Sony has released the first trailer for Captain Phillips from director Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks as the title character. The film is based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips, the leader of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama who gave himself up as a hostage to Somali pirates to keep his crew from having to leave the ship with them. Billy Ray (Breach) wrote the screenplay adapted from the book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea" by Richard Phillips and Stephen Tatty and along with Hanks, the film co-stars Catherine Keener, John Magaro, Max Martini, David Warshofsky, Chris Mulkey, Corey Johnson and Yul Vazquez. This is the first film from Greengrass since Green Zone in 2010 and, of course, before that he gave us The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum along with United 93. Captain Phillips is set for an October 11 release »
- Brad Brevet
While the character cast a foreboding shadow in Marc Webb’s comic-book reboot, The Amazing Spider-man, we saw nothing of the character of Norman Osborne in last summers blockbuster. Although the currently shooting sequel does feature his son, Harry, to be played by Chronicle’s excellent Dane DeHaan, we doubted the inclusion of the Oscorp villain (aka The Green Goblin) with Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti on unhinged duties as Electro and Rhino respectively.
Now we can confirm The Amazing Spider-man 2 will indeed feature Norman Osborne in some capacity, as the ever-intense Chris Cooper has been cast in the role. Cooper’s made a string of impressive performances in the likes of American Beauty, Breach, The Bourne Identity and Lone Star, and was most recently seen in Disney’s The Muppets.
We suspect he’ll appear briefly, setting up his monstrous transformation in the third film. Good casting? We think so! »
- Craig Hunter
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