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As the only new nationwide release this weekend, The Best Man Holiday exceeded all expectations with a very impressive $30 million haul. Still, superhero sequel Thor: The Dark World managed to hang on to first place.In its second weekend, Thor added $38.5 million for a 10-day total of $147 million. That's down 55 percent from opening, which is steeper than the first Thor's decline (47 percent), but a slight improvement over Iron Man 3 (58 percent). More importantly, that drop isn't far off from Skyfall (53 percent), which opened on the same weekend last year. If Thor can generally keep pace with the Bond movie, a total north of $250 million is within reach.At 2,024 locations, The Best Man Holiday opened in second place with an outstanding $30.6 million. In comparison, the original The Best Man debuted to $9 million when it hit theaters over 14 years ago; adjusted for ticket price inflation, that's only $14 million, meaning Best Man Holiday »
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Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
Thor: The Dark World dominated the box office this weekend, though the god of thunder was unable to make it in to the elite club of superheroes who have opened a movie over $100 million.Playing at 3,841 locations, the second follow-up to The Avengers opened to $85.7 million. That's up 30 percent on the first Thor's $65.7 million, and is also the best start yet for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie that doesn't feature Iron Man. It is, of course, less than half of Iron Man 3's $174.1 million, though it's important to remember that Chris Hemsworth's Thor isn't even remotely as popular as Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark. The Dark World's 30 percent improvement over the first Thor can largely be attributed to The Avengers, which helped raise the profile of Thor and his evil brother Loki (who was featured prominently in this movie's marketing). In comparison, Iron Man 3's »
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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a teaser trailer for The House of Forbidden Secrets, UK distribution details for Banshee Chapter, information on a line of handcrafted zombie dolls, a trailer for In Fear, first details on Dead Bounty, and much more:
The House of Forbidden Secrets Teaser: “The House of Forbidden Secrets had it’s national premiere in Las Vegas, Nv at the PollyGrind Film Festival on October 11th, 2013, where it won 6 awards, and has also been chosen for the South African Horror Festival this Spring, the Italian Fantafest in 2014, the British Raindance Film Fest for 2014 as well as the X-Fest with many more festivals to follow. It was shot last Winter and Spring in Kansas City. The film stars many local actors and actresses to Kansas City, but also includes genre icons such as Lew Temple (Walking Dead, »
- Tamika Jones
According to The Wrap, the 42-year-old screenwriter has been hired to improve Kelly Marcel's draft, Metro.co.uk reported.
- Abhijeet Sen
Two weeks after Universal Pictures hired screenwriter Patrick Marber (Closer) to polish the Fifty Shades of Grey script, the studio has brought on Mark Bomback to put the finishing touches on this anticipated adaptation.
Kelly Marcel wrote the original draft, based on the popular E.L. James novel, which follows the torrid affair between young billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). Jennifer Ehle also stars as Anastasia's mother, with Luke Grimes signing on last week to play Christian's brother Elliot.
Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing, with Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca producing. We reported last month that production will start this November in Vancouver, although shooting was recently pushed into either mid-November or early December. Universal is still planning on releasing the drama on August 1, 2014, despite the brief production delay.
Fifty Shades of Grey has added a new member to its screenwriting team.
Mark Bomback has been hired to help improve the script for the upcoming movie adaptation, according to The Wrap.
Bomback has worked on several Universal projects, including recent instalments of the Fast & Furious franchise and the upcoming Dracula reboot.
The film is scheduled to be released on August 1, 2014.
Gallery - Christian Grey actor Jamie Dornan in pictures: »
The premise of a train hurtling down the track at over a hundred miles an hour, unable to be stopped, and holding innocent civilians scared for their life on board, is one that was only recently brought to life on the big screen, by the late Tony Scott with Unstoppable. However don’t let that put you off Omid Nooshin’s directorial debut Last Passenger, because despite sharing a similar concept, this intense thriller takes a somewhat more pragmatic approach, avoiding typical cinematic conventionalities, in turn for a film that gets inside our characters’ heads, and begs the question; what would you do?
When Lewis (Dougray Scott) and his young son Max (Joshua Kaynama) are heading back home on the train after a trip to London, they meet the affable stranger Sarah (Kara Tointon), also heading back to the suburbs. Though a natural chemistry is formed and the pair hit it off instantaneously, »
- Stefan Pape
To mark the release of Fire with Fire on DVD Now, we’ve been given 3 copies of the show to give away.
Director David Barrett (Arrow, The Mentalist, Blue Bloods) is no stranger to bringing action to life on screen having co-ordinated stunts for scorching productions including The Matrix Reloaded, The Town and Speed 2: Cruise Control.
Barrett leads an all star cast of Hollywood sizzlers including number one action-man Bruce Willis (Die Hard Franchise, The Expendables, The Fifth Element) as police officer ‘Mike Cella’, fiery femme Rosario Dawson (Trance, Unstoppable, Sin City) as witness protection agent ‘Talia Durham’ and Hollywood hunk Josh Duhamel (Safe Haven, Transformers Franchise, Life as We Know it) as firefighter ‘Jeremy Colton’.
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Director: Baltasar Kormakur.
Running Time: 109 minutes.
Synopsis: Two criminals discover they are members of different Us government agencies. They soon find themselves embroiled in a complex scheme which sees members of the CIA, Us Military, and a Mexican drug cartel chasing after $41 million.
Want success? Then simply take Denzel Washington and add a white guy. Safe House had Ryan Reynolds, Unstoppable had Chris Pine and Training Day had Ethan Hawke. Now it’s the turn of Mark Wahlberg, only this time Washington isn’t the dominant mentor, but on completely equal footing with his partner. Serving as a great bromantic comedy when focusing on its leads, Washington and Wahlberg are a natural duo that simply sizzle with chemistry. Able to weave dialogue at incredible pace with sly smiles that beg for adoration, the relationship between »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg talk quickly and shoot things in this knockabout action comedy set along the Us-Mexican border. They play a pair of dudes involved in drug running and bank robbing who unbeknownst to each other are both actually undercover agents of the DEA and Navy Intelligence. During the course of the film, they work this important detail out and uncover a mire of corruption and dodgy dealing. In order to restore a semblance of order and justice to the world, the duo must team up and kick arse, which they do. Denzel Washington wears a silly hat.
- Jack Kirby
The final month of Summer got off to a modest start this weekend. 2 Guns took first place but fell short of $30 million, while The Smurfs 2 opened way below its predecessor. The Top 12 earned $123.3 million, which is up eight percent from last year but makes this the quietest weekend yet this Summer.Playing at 3,025 locations, 2 Guns opened to $27.1 million. That's a bit above Contraband ($24.3 million), which shares a director (Baltasar Kormakur) and star (Mark Wahlberg) with 2 Guns. Unfortunately, Contraband didn't have Denzel Washington, who is one of the most consistently bankable stars in the business. By adding him to the mix, it seemed like 2 Guns should have done a bit better.The movie's $27.1 million debut was significantly lower than Washington's Safe House ($40.2 million)*which also paired him with a younger star*and a bit lower than The Book of Eli ($32.8 million). Still, it ranks fifth all-time for Washington, and is »
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’2 Guns’ weekend box office: Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington pairing disappointing? A limp "low $20 million" range, is what 2 Guns U.S. distributor Universal claims it’s expecting at the North American box office from the first-ever pairing of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg — as momentous a cinematic occasion, if the American media is to believed, as the first pairing of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? back in 1962. Of course, Universal’s lowball figure is an excuse for the studio to claim, "Omigod! 2 Guns has performed way beyond what any and all of us were expecting!" — as long as the Washington / Wahlberg combo brings in $25 million or more. (Photo: Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in 2 Guns.) Well, Universal apparently made a good p.r. movie, as the R-rated, Baltasar Kormákur-directed 2 Guns collected a barely acceptable $10 million from 3,306 North American theaters on Friday according to »
- Zac Gille
Bruce's character is Adam Donner, according to TVLine. A new co-worker of Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), Donner is a handsome, "all-American" lawyer. He will most likely make Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) rather jealous.
The character is scheduled to appear in episodes 1 and 3 of the upcoming season.
On "Orphan Black," Bruce plays Paul, a former military officer forced to "monitor" one of the clones, Beth Childs (Tatiana Maslany). When Sarah Manning (also Maslany) steals Beth's identity, she and "Hot Paul" eventually come to have feelings for one another.
"Arrow" Season 2 will premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 9 on The CW. »
Much as Jesus was crucified at the hands of non-believers, Kirk Cameron has found himself in the 21st-century version of martyrdom: having his content blocked on Facebook and YouTube, after those sites ostensibly blocked the trailer for his latest movie, Unstoppable. Not to be confused with the Denzel Washington/Chris Pine film—here Cameron is the plucky, younger sidekick to his often-crotchety partner God; and instead of a runaway train, it’s wildly out-of-control faithlessness they’re trying to stop—Kirk Cameron’s Unstoppable is due to screen for one night only, on September 24. Unfortunately, like the word of »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.
The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.
Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.
"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be. »
- Laura Larson
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.
That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.
AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.
- Anthony Breznican
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”
The 2013 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
The total of new invitees is exactly 100 more than were tapped in 2012. Total membership in the Academy numbers more than 6,000.
“We’re very proud,” Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety. “The difference this year is we relaxed the quota system. In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn’t. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got to bring in the people who should be in the branch.”
Koch said that in particular, visual effects and documentary were among the branches with the biggest gains, reflecting their intense recent growth.
Among the other »
- Jon Weisman
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