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Sierra/Affinity will oversee international sales, which will launch this week at the American Film Market.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment first unveiled the project in July after White brought the project to Ske with Plan B attached. Ske, Plan B, and Dave Bernad are producing. Ske and Amazon are co-financing the film.
Stiller plays the titular Brad, who, despite a good career and happy family, is obsessed with the better fortunes of his old friends from school. While escorting his son (played by Abrams) on an East Coast tour of colleges, he is forced to confront his friends and his feelings of failure.
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- Dave McNary
This weekend three new studio wide releases —”Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (20th Century Fox), “Deepwater Horizon” (Lionsgate) and “Masterminds” (Relativity) — grossed a total of $56 million! Compare that to the $54 million that “The Martian” grossed by itself exactly one year ago.
With “Queen of Katwe” (Disney) drawing little interest, “The Magnificent Seven” diving 55% on its second weekend and other films not holding well, the weakness is widespread. Only “Sully” is thriving among fall openers.
This is distressing news for theaters. The 27 days of the season show a drop of 9% from last year. That’s $50 million. During the fall season a strong film or two (“The Girl on the Train” and “The Birth of a Nation” take their chances next week) can quickly change the direction, so it’s not fatal. »
- Tom Brueggemann
September signifies the end of the summer movie season, which typically brings an end to huge box office grosses. Sony's western remake The Magnificent Seven won easily last weekend, but it couldn't repeat for a second weekend in a row, thanks to 20th Century Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The fantasy adaptation earned a respectable $28.5 million in its opening weekend.
Box Office Mojo reports that Miss Peregrine earned a solid $8,092 per-screen average from 3,522 theaters. The film, based on Ransom Riggs' novel, was produced with a $110 million budget, so it still has some work to do in order to earn a profit. Debuting in second place is Deepwater Horizon, which earned $20.6 million from 3,259 theaters for a decent $6,321 per-screen average. Last weekend's winner, The Magnificent Seven, the Western remake starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, dropped to third place this weekend with $15.7 million, with the top 5 rounded out »
Packed with a star-studded cast, Jared Hess’ heist comedy “Masterminds” finally hits theaters at this weekend after months of push backs. Promising big laughs and high stakes, the film is based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery, where David Scott Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) and seven other conspirators stole $17 million from a Loomis, Fargo & Co. vault in North Carolina in one of company’s armored trucks, in what was one of the largest heist in U.S history.
The film stars Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Jason Sudeikis as members, accomplices and pursuers of the bumbling crime ring. “Masterminds” exaggerates the already absurdly true premise, and while most critics praised the cast’s performances, some aren’t coming along for the goofy criminal joyride.
IndieWire’s own Kate Erbland called the film “woefully unfunny,” writing: “In trying to make a true story that »
- Mark Burger
When you have comedy masterminds like Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, SNL alums Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and current SNL member Kate McKinnon starring in the dark comedy, Masterminds, you expect a rated-r movie, but director Jared Hess (Nacho Libre, Napoleon Dynamite) made the decision to tell the true story of a heist gone haywire as a PG-13 film.
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As a filmmaker, Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) has always taken special delight in turning his actors into mortifying cartoon dorks. As an actor, Zach Galifianakis has played almost nothing but mortifying cartoon dorks. With Masterminds, these cringe-comedy connoisseurs join forces for the first time, and the character they come up with together crosses the line from amusingly pathetic into seriously, detrimentally unappealing. Rocking a bangs-and-mop hairdo that makes him look like a trailer-park medieval prince, Galifianakis is David, an armored-truck driver in North Carolina whose every action marks him as a Darwin Awards contender. Over the course of Masterminds, David grazes his own ass cheeks with a bullet, eats a dead tarantula because someone tells him to, and violently shits himself in a swimming pool. He’s a disgusting dimwit bumpkin who makes Napoleon Dynamite look like Don Draper. Unfortunately for the movie, he’s also our rooting »
- A.A. Dowd
Stories of great heists start with a bang and end with a whimper. But in Masterminds, a comedy based on the true story theft of an armored vehicle by incompetent robbers to the tune of $17 million, it begins with the usual plot devices: a voice over narrator, slow-motion shots for comedic effect, and a girl. And it closes not with a whimper but with title cards, pictures of the real life baddies, and comedic outtakes for good measure. Hollywood has done another of its numbers on a middling tale, and not in a good way.
The girl in question is Kelly, played with unusual quietness by Kristen Wiig, and the hapless lover is David Scott Ghant, portrayed by Zach Galifianakis sporting pageboy bangs. Ghant works at an armored vehicle company with Kelly, and falls hard for her. After she introduces Ghant to swindler Steve Chambers, the expectably soft-spoken Owen Wilson, »
- J Don Birnam
Things get serious this weekend. Three studio released with a combined cost of some $300 million —”Deepwater Horizon” (Lionsgate), “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (20th Century Fox) and “Masterminds” (Relativity)— are opening on a single early fall release date.
For all three new releases, this timing could be perilous. The same weekend in 2015, “The Martian” opened at $54 million and the second weekend of “Hotel Transylvania 2” scored $33 million, boosting a Top Ten total to $140 million. Weekend results could bring both marginal returns for the three studios as well as a continuation of the downward trend.
At least each of this week’s debut films can rely on some pedigree to boost their chances. But their anticipated results will all fall »
- Tom Brueggemann
Masterminds is the summation of the strangest cinematic formula imaginable. You know director Jared Hess from such quirkiness as Napoleon Dynamite and Don Verdean, which he wrote alongside his wife Jerusha. You’ve witnessed how far off the beaten path his vision wanders, and you’ve probably sat there dumbfounded by the likes of Napoleon’s family and Nacho Libre. So what does Relativity Media do with such an individualistic filmmaker, who seems more comfortable writing his own material? Give him a ready-made script penned by three fairly fresh writers, cast A-list names and attempt to restrain Hess’ awkwardness for mainstream success. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, much like the actual bank heist Hess’ film is based on, everything.
- Matt Donato
Directed by Jared Hess.
A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.
Masterminds was originally set to release in August of last year, but those plans fell through due to a bankruptcy within the film’s distributor, although honestly the fact that the movie is now releasing in the month of September a little over a year later might actually benefit its box office performance, as the movie actually co-stars 3/4 of the Ghostbusters reboot (Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones). And trust me, this movie is going to need all the help it can get to be a success, especially on a weekend with four other movies coming out.
This will probably surprise you considering the absurd jokes found in the trailers, »
- Robert Kojder
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
While the new movies reigned at the box office this past weekend, both Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (Sony) and the animated Storks (Warner Bros.) didn’t fare nearly as well as our projections, both falling short by about $10 million. The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, fared decently with $34.7million, which is about the average for Washington’s films, but the fourth highest opening for a Western after last year’s The Revenant, the animated Rango, and Cowboys and Aliens. Storks’ $21.3 million opening wasn’t great compared to other animated September releases with Sony still holding the September opening record with Hotel Transylvania 2, but it should continue to do well with no other animated movies opening for another month. »
- Edward Douglas
In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.
Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, »
- Movie Geeks
September has proven to be quite the difficult month for box office predictions, with three newcomers under-performing two weeks ago, and last weekend's winner The Magnificent Seven over-performing to win with $34.7 million. This weekend, three newcomers arrive to close out the month, 20th Century Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Lionsgate's Deepwater Horizon and Relativity's Masterminds. Only one can take home the box office crown, and we're predicting that movie will be Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Box Office Mojo reports that Miss Peregrine will debut in roughly 3,400 theaters this weekend, with Deepwater Horizon opening in an estimated 3,000 theaters while Masterminds is set to open in roughly 2,800 theaters. While there is no Rotten Tomatoes score for Masterminds, both Miss Peregrine (62% Fresh) and Deepwater Horizon (89% Fresh) are faring quite well with the critics thus far. We're predicting that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will come out on top this weekend with $32.4 million. »
“Brad’s Status” is produced by White, Dede Gardner and David Bernard in association with Plan B and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. White is directing from his own script with Stiller portraying a father who contemplates what might have been on the roads not traveled in his own life while taking his son on a tour of colleges.
Abrams will play the role of Brad’s only son and the repository of his father’s hopes and dreams, whose academic and artistic talents make him a shoe-in at the best universities in the country, including Harvard.
Stiller came on board the project in January. Producers plans to shoot in Montreal and Massachusetts.
- Dave McNary
Talks are going to restart the franchise Shanghai Noon. I have to admit, didn’t see that one coming.
Back in 2000 the duo of Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson teamed up for the action comedy Shanghai Noon. Set in the old west the movie was popular enough to get a sequel in 2003 titled Shanghai Knights. The guys definitely had some great chemistry and even my dislike of one of the actors, here’s a hint it’s not Jackie, got plenty of laughs out of me and even though the sequel wasn’t as good I still enjoyed it. So now The Hollywood Reporter that there is a sequel in development and it will be helmed by director Jared Hess (Nacho Libre, Napoleon Dynamite).
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Plot details are being kept under wraps. The story is by Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, who wrote 2000’s “Shanghai Noon” and 2003’s “Shanghai Knights.” Theodore Riley and Aaron Buchsbaum penned the script.
Tom Dey’s original movie followed Chan’s character, who was forced to team up with an outlaw (Wilson) to save a Chinese princess. The film became a hit, grossing $99 million worldwide. David Dobkin’s “Shanghai Knights,” which had a similar plot but was set in London, underperformed at the box office, earning $88 million, leading to a third film being shelved.
Spyglass Entertainment is producing. Millar and Gough will executive produce.
- Justin Kroll
Stenberg will portray a teen with severe combined immunodeficiency, also known as “bubble baby disease,” which causes her to be allergic to practically everything. Due to her condition, she’s unable to leave her house in Los Angeles but she begins to fall in love with a boy — played by Robinson — who moves in next door.
The book was published in September by Random House’s Delacorte and debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Ya best-seller list. It was sold in 34 territories and 32 languages.
Meghie made her feature directorial debut with “Jean of the Joneses.” Goodloe »
- Dave McNary
Relativity Studios has released a new poster the upcoming heist comedy Masterminds, which sees Jared Hess directing a cast that includes Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Jason Sudeikis; check it out below…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Masterminds
In this action comedy inspired by true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.
- Amie Cranswick
Caught amidst Relativity Studios’ tumble into bankruptcy, there was a time when many feared the starry comedy would never see the light of date. Pushed back a full year, a new trailer has emerged today reminding us all that, yes, Masterminds is still a thing – and it’s arriving sooner than you might think.
Zach Galifianakis and Ghostbusters star Kristen Wiig take point as two lowly schemers, who draw up what they believe to be a foolproof plan to become $17 million richer. Spoilers: things go south pretty fast, and whether you take an inkling for Masterminds will likely depend on your tolerance of Hess’ other features, namely Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.
- Michael Briers
Relativity Studios has just released a brand new trailer and some new photos from their upcoming action-comedy, Masterminds, and believe it or not this is Inspired by true events.
In this action comedy inspired by true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who »
- Kellvin Chavez
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