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Annabelle edged out Gone Girl this weekend internationally, pulling in $28.1M compared to $26.89M that the Ben Affleck thriller scooped up. Annabelle is now tracking 6% ahead of The Conjuring at the same point in its run. The Conjuring went onto to gross $180.6M overseas for a worldwide total of $318M when it bowed last year. For market by market breakouts, see below. Also added are finals for The Judge, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hercules and Relatos Salvajes.
Final Update, Monday, 12:18 Pt: Final numbers are in for many films, but we’re still awaiting Warner Bros. to weigh in before we know who won the weekend wrestling match between its horror film Annabelle and Fox’s Gone Girl (which has held the No. 1 one for two weekends in a row stateside). Fox has reported a little under $27M »
- Nancy Tartaglione
As expected, The Equalizer came out on top this weekend, earning an estimated $35 million from 3,236 locations. That’s surprisingly strong for a September debut – especially considering the movie is based on a TV series few people remember. The credit goes to Denzel Washington, who has one of the best opening weekend records of any A-list actor. Not all of Washington’s films in the past decade have gone on to be hits (Unstoppable, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3), but the man can definitely open a movie. The Equalizer is Washington’s best box office debut since 2012’s Safe House and it also gives director Antoine Fuqua the highest opening of his career. Title Weekend Total 1. The Equalizer $35,000,000 $35 2. The Maze Runner $17,500,000 $58 3. The Boxtrolls $17,250,000 $17.2 4. This Is Where I Leave You $7,010,000 $22.5 5 Dolphin Tale 2 $4,835,000 $33.6 6. No Good Deed $4,600,000 $46.6 7. A Walk Among the Tombstones $4,234,000 $20.8 8. Guardians of the Galaxy $3,789,000 $319.1 9. Let’s Be Cops $1,515,000 $79.6 10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles »
- Nicole Pedersen
Denzel Washington loves doing action movies. I’m not exactly sure why. He’s a high-caliber actor capable of a wide-range of diverse characters, but he seems to prefer starring in films like 2 Guns, Safe House, Unstoppable, The Book of Eli, and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. And there’s nothing wrong with his prerogative, although some of these movies have been better than others. With his latest actioner, The Equalizer, Washington has found his best action vehicle yet as it blends hard-boiled, tense fisticuffs before the climax goes absolutely bonkers in the best way possible. Robert McCall (Washington) enjoys a quiet, rigid life. He wakes up early, times his morning routine, works at a Home Depot-like store, is friendly with his co-workers, eats a simple dinner, but despite his well-regimented routine, he can’t sleep. He spends his evenings at a late-night diner reading classic books and »
- Matt Goldberg
The fact The Equalizer is an adaptation of a 1980s television series is meaningless to me. My only familiarity with the show is watching Rob Reiner in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, piss and moan after a phone call causes him to miss a portion of an episode. That said, it seems a working knowledge of the show would be of little use, that is unless there was more to the series than themes ridiculously ripped from classic literature and a trail of dead bodies left in the wake of a one man wrecking crew as he doles out his own brand of justice in a film that's not exactly good, not exactly bad, a little too long and violently fun. How's that for a mixed bag of descriptorsc What's best about The Equalizer is the fact Denzel Washington still makes movies like this. Denzel is a »
- Brad Brevet
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at pretty much one of the definitions of an A-list actor. He’s Denzel Washington, a two time Academy Award winning thespian and giant in the industry. Washington does more than just act of course, he’s an iconic movie star, there’s no doubt about that. If anyone is right for this sort of a spotlight, it’s him. Washington got his start in TV movies, but on the big screen he made his first mark with Cry Freedom, which also got him nominated for Best Supporting Actor, his first nomination of what would become a half dozen (and counting). That established him as an up and comer, leading to his television role on the show St. Elsewhere, which ran for half a decade. That would open up some major film roles, including Glory, where he received »
- Joey Magidson
Denzel’s bread and butter for the last twenty years has been playing badasses. The moral persuasion of that badass has mattered not to audiences, who go out in droves to check out the cheeky chappie’s latest adventure. Be it his crooked cop in Training Day or everyman train driver in Unstoppable, Washington’s pull is seemingly…. err, unstoppable? His next collaboration, with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua is the remake of 80′s TV series The Equalizer, set to land in cinemas soon. And it looks like people are gonna be lining up for this one as well.
The Equalizer finds Denzel’s ex-cia operative,Robert McCall yanked out of retirement. Not for any old reason – to help save the lovely Chloe Grace Moretz from the clutches of the Russian Mob. The latest clips show Denzel out on the prowl for info, and generally being his grizzled self. Check ‘em out below! »
- Gem Seddon
Denzel Washington has received the supercut treatment, and it features a lot of laughing.
Next Movie has created the minute-and-a-half montage, which shows Washington showcasing his infectious laugh in many of his film roles.
Whether you deem it a bit creepy or just hysterical, watching the video on a loop is sure to bring a smile, and possibly even a Washington-esque laugh, to your face.
Trains in cinema have always made for an excitable source within the realm of the comedy, drama, mystery or suspense pertaining to the plot of a particular film. The setting for the featured trains as the driving force of entertainment serves as the heart and soul of the action for the most part.
In some cases using trains as a last minute symbolic theme for a film can generate great impact that thrives and questions the motives and urgency of the characters and storyline (i.e. the climax scene in The Defiant Ones where the salt-and-pepper escaped convicts Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier try and make a desperate dash for permanent freedom on a speeding train en route to permanent freedom). Perhaps a train could also add an extra element of action-packed excitement in a film’s conclusive ending such as the uncontrollable commuter train in Speed?
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- Frank Ochieng
Last year Notebook failed to cover what ended up being one of our favorite films of 2013, Michael Bay's Pain & Gain. Upon the release of his latest movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, we henceforth resume our perhaps morbid fascination with the American director. Previous Notebook writings on Bay include Ryland Walker Knight on the second Transformers movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Daniel Kasman and Fernando F. Croce each on the franchise's third film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), three critics' three takes on Bad Boys II (2003), and Uncas Blythe's monstrous overview of the cinema of Michael Bay.
The following conversation between Adam Cook and Daniel Kasman took place over email.
We know what we're getting into with a Michael Bay film, and in particular the fourth installment of this blockbuster series. We're familiar with the pitfalls, the vapidity, the ideological murkiness, »
- Adam Cook
Sources are quiet on the name of Dawson’s character on the comic-book-based Netflix series. But we’re told Dawson will play a “dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.” So excitingly vague then!
Dawson is known from films such as Percy Jackson and the Olympians, »
- James Hibberd
I was in London two weeks ago and caught four plays -- Well, three plays and one musical -- in three days, so when the Olivier Awards roll around, I'll be well-prepared. However, with Josh Lasser handling most of the New York junkets for Team HitFix, I haven't made it to NYC since Fall 2012, which would also be the last time I made it to Broadway. As a result, I've seen none of this year's Tony nominees. So follow along for full coverage of what I'm able to understand from the 2014 Tony Awards. I know Hugh Jackman is hosting. I know Neil Patrick Harris is both a performer and a guaranteed winner. Click through for the full live-blog and comment below, should the spirit move you! 7:55 p.m. Et. In case you haven't been following any Tony fanatics on Twitter, pre-show winners have included "Rocky" (Scenic Design of a »
- Daniel Fienberg
The UK’s biggest and best celebration of pop. culture, McM London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 23-25 May for a long weekend packed with special guests, sci-fi, movies, videogames, comic books, eSports, online video, anime and cosplay. Here’s a taste of what will be on show.
Special guests meeting fans, presenting panels and signing autographs at the show include: Orphan Black star Dylan Bruce (Arrow, 24: Conspiracy, Unstoppable). Falling Skies’ Drew Roy (Secretariat, Hannah Montana), Connor Jessup (Blackbird), Seychelle Gabriel (The Spirit) and Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica). Game Of Thrones’ James Cosmo (Braveheart, Highlander), Julian Glover (Star Wars, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade) and Josef Altin (Eastern Promises). Nikita, Kick-Ass and How I Met Your Mother star Lyndsy Fonseca. Once Upon A Time’s Meghan Ory (Intelligence) and Beverley Elliott (Unforgiven). Henry Winkler, famous for playing iconic character The Fonz on Happy Days. »
- Phil Wheat
Turn off that Abba CD, dig out your cheapest bottle of booze and prepare yourselves for some bearded drag queens, saucy Polish ladies and the most barking mad stage designs that Europe has to offer.
Eurovision, the nuttiest night of television every year, is back and this year promises to be an absolute corker.
Eurovision is no fun on your own, so we'll be here all evening live-blogging the best, the worst and the weirdest acts that those crazy Europeans have to offer.
23:30So, it's Austria 2015. Bring. It. On. We're off to tuck into a Curly Wurly cake. We hope you enjoyed the evening. See you next year.
23:29"We Are Unstoppable!" A lovely end to another crazy show from Eurovision as Conchita dedicates her award to everyone who wants peact. It all gets a bit political, but in a nice way. It's truly heartwarming stuff.
23:28But it's not about Molly tonight. »
The USA Network is on the search for its next hit, with the announcement today of it’s 2014-15 development slate.
An alien drama from Lost creator Carlton Cuse, a comedy from Amy Poehler, and a single-cam comedy about a ski resort from Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Films are among the development projects touted by the network, who released descriptions for more than a dozen in-the-works possible series.
The network — home to Suits and White Collar — also announced the cast-contingent pilot pick-up of hour-long original drama Stanistan. Set in a fictional Middle Eastern country, the show follows the staff »
- Sandra Gonzalez
USA Network is keeping its foot on the gas when it comes to scripted series development.
The cabler has given a cast-contingent pilot order to drama “Stanistan,” a dramedy about a group of State Department workers, CIA operatives and journalists working in a fictional Middle Eastern country. Project was developed at Fox earlier this year.
USA has also unveiled a slew of drama, comedy and limited-series development prospects from such producers as Jodie Foster (pictured), Carlton Cuse, Peter Tolan, Amy Poehler and Gregory Nava. The development slate reinforces USA’s focus on broadening the scope of its original series, particularly dramas, beyond the blue-sky and action fare that has clicked for the NBCU cabler in the past.
“This slate represents the next generation of originals at USA, with a focus on dramas that are more serialized, provocative and culturally resonant,” said USA prexy Chris McCumber. “We’re very much committed »
- Cynthia Littleton
Six travelers go in search of a platform in “Last Passenger,” a sturdy runaway-train thriller that flaunts its influences but chugs up a decent amount of suspense before pulling into its final destination. Released in Blighty last fall and already out on DVD in certain territories, this low-profile release from Cohen Media Group won’t approach even the middling domestic cume of “Unstoppable,” but word of mouth could make it a popular cable outing — the coach equivalent of the Tony Scott picture.
An alternate title might have been “The Driver Vanishes.” The film begins with an ordinary nighttime commuter rail trip from London: Doctor Lewis Shaler (Dougray Scott, showing a rugged leading-man quality that isn’t often exploited), a single father, is taking home child Max (newcomer Joshua Kaynama) before heading to the hospital. In a bit of on-the-nose irony, a traffic accident requires his urgent attention.
Lewis strikes up »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Praise be to the holy trinity of Marvel: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt. Are we supposed to believe that it's purely coincidence that the three hottest superheroes in the McU just happen to be named Chris? Please. Marvel needs to get their hands on more Chrises and transform them into some cut up, beefcake super studs. Start your search here, Marvel casting department: Chris Pine What You Know Him From: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, that movie with Denzel Washington where they're on an unstoppable train (it may have been called Unstoppable), not Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Who He Could Play: The new Hawkeye, once Jeremy Renner ages out of the role (which will be sooner »
2014 has been an unexpectedly strong year for the work of late author Ira Levin. In addition to NBC’s planned miniseries adaptation of his iconic chiller Rosemary’s Baby, which will star Zoe Saldana and hew much more closely to Levin’s novel than the Roman Polanski film, TWC-Dimension is steadily moving forward with an adaptation of his creepy play Veronica’s Room, which now has The Wolverine writer Mark Bomback on board to pen the script.
In Veronica’s Room, college students Susan and Larry are drawn to a creepy New England mansion, where Susan is told that she bears a striking resemblance to the sole inhabitant’s long-dead sister. When the pair are asked by the caretakers to stay with the inhabitant, an old woman suffering from dementia, until she passes away, they reluctantly agree. However, the seemingly merciful errand takes a dark turn as Susan and Larry »
- Isaac Feldberg
Blu-ray Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $49.99
Studio: Warner Home Video
So apparently, in 2007 when Warner brought out Alexander, Revisited: The Final Cut, they lied. The 2014 Alexander: The Ultimate Cut is another version of the much-edited movie, which director Oliver Stone (Wall Street Money Never Sleeps) apparently can’t let go.
Celebrating the movie’s 10th anniversary, The Ultimate Cut is 206 minutes, 31 minutes longer than the already long 175-minute original film and eight minutes shorter than that Final Cut. Hmmm
“I’ve tried throughout this process to achieve what I believe is the appropriate balance between the inner and outer journeys undertaken by this extraordinary man,” said Stone. “Free from earlier constraints [i.e. defined codes for violence and sexuality], I’ve continued to pursue this great story, and I think I have at last achieved a film that tells a story as it has never been told.”
Good to know.
The originally R-rated movie tells the legend of Alexander, »
TWC-Dimention announced in December that it had come on board to finance and distribute “Vernonica’s Room,” based on Ira Levin’s play. The film will be produced by the Allegiance Theater’s Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine.
Story centers on a young couple who is persuaded to visit an old New England mansion by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that the female bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, the family member’s long-dead sister, leading to a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice and murder.
- Dave McNary
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