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Nearly 20 years after moviegoers were first introduced to Harry and Lloyd, the pair of morons once again ruled the box office this weekend.Long-awaited sequel Dumb and Dumber To opened to $36.1 million, which was enough to take first place away from strong holdover Big Hero 6.The Top 12 earned $129.6 million this weekend, which is up nine percent from the same weekend last year. Dumb and Dumber To's $36.1 million is the biggest live-action debut for Jim Carrey since 2003's Bruce Almighty, and is also the best opening ever for the Farrelly Brothers. Among recent comparable titles, it's a bit lower than the five-day openings for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ($39.5 million) and We're the Millers ($37.9 million), and is a step above recent road trip comedies Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa ($32.1 million) and Identity Thief ($32.1 million).The original Dumb and Dumber was a massive box office hit back in 1994, and developed legions »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar had another fantastic weekend at the international box office. Playing in 63 markets, the movie added $107.9 million for an early total of $225.8 million.In China, Interstellar earned $41.7 million over its first five days. That's the second-biggest debut ever for Warner Bros. behind Pacific Rim (which received a boost from 3D pricing). The movie is now virtually guaranteed to earn over $100 million in this market.Interstellar's holdover markets dropped just 21 percent on average, which is a great hold for this kind of release. In South Korea, it was up 11 percent to $15.8 million, which brings its total to a stunning $35.9 million. Within a week, it will be the highest-grossing live-action import since Iron Man 3.The movie also held on to first place in the U.K. ($6 million), Russia ($5.5 million), France ($3.9 million), Germany ($3.8 million), Australia ($3.25 million), Italy ($3.1 million) and Spain ($2 million).So far, Interstellar is tracking 14 percent ahead »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In what could be considered a minor upset, Disney Animation's Big Hero 6 took the top spot at the box office this weekend ahead of Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar.Playing at 3,761 theaters, Big Hero 6 opened to $56.2 million this weekend. That's up 15 percent from fellow Disney Animation movie Wreck-It Ralph, which opened to $49 million around the same time in 2012. Big Hero 6 also had the second-highest animated opening of the year ahead of How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($49.5 million). This is undeniably a strong start for Big Hero 6: it's rare that an original animated movie opens to $50-million-plus. By promoting the unique, humorous robot Baymax, Disney managed to get huge turnout from family moviegoers (they represented 72 percent of attendance this weekend). Still, there was an assumption that Frozen's phenomenal success had elevated the Disney Animation brand to a new level, and that didn't exactly prove true this weekend. »
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Interstellar may have fallen a bit short at the domestic box office, but it did at least managed to dominate overseas this weekend.Playing at 62 markets, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic opened to an estimated $82.9 million this weekend. According to distributor Warner Bros., that's on par with Gravity's debuts across the same bucket of territories.Interstellar's biggest market was South Korea, where it took first place with an impressive $14.4 million. The rest of its major territories were the U.K. ($8.6 million), Russia ($8.9 million), France ($5.3 million), Germany ($4.6 million), Italy ($3.7 million), Australia ($3.7 million), Mexico ($3.1 million), Spain ($2.7 million) and Brazil ($1.9 million).The movie expands to China on Wednesday, and then reaches Japan on November 22nd. Gravity ultimately earned over $442 million overseas last year; it will be interesting to see if Interstellar can wind up in the same ballpark.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles earned $17.3 million this weekend, which brings its total to $273.2 million. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lotus Entertainment announced today that Luis Prieto's heart-stopping thriller Kidnap has started principal photography. The film, based off Knate Gwaltney's screenplay, will shoot in New Orleans and wrap on November 25. Sage Correa, Lew Temple (Lawless, Unstoppable) and Chris McGinn join the cast alongside Academy Award winner Halle Berry, a mother who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son. Lotus is handling international sales, with Relativity Studios distributing in the U.S.
Di Bonaventura Pictures' Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam, Gold Star Films' Joseph Tufaro and Gregory Chou of Rumble Entertainment are producing. Executive producers are Halle Berry and her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas through their 606 Films production banner, Lotus Entertainment's Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian, alongside Gold Star Films' Colin Bates and Todd Trosclair, and Well Go USA's Knate Gwaltney and Doris Pfardrescher.
The creative team behind Kidnap includes »
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
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