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Is 'Delgo' the Biggest Flop of All Time?

17 December 2008 7:45 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

There's a story making the rounds -- originating, as best I can tell, with this post over at Yahoo! Movies -- making the case that this past weekend's minor computer-animated effort Delgo is, to paraphrase, the biggest wide-release bomb of all time.

Is that right? As usual, it depends on how you look at it. If you limit your scope to films released in over 2000 theaters -- Delgo occupied 2,160 -- then the raw numbers back up this claim: Delgo's $237 weekend per-screen average and $511,920 gross easily top the chart of all-time worst openings in that category. On the other hand, just this September a quasi-documentary called Proud American opened on 750 screens and managed an even more impressive $128 per-screen average. And Delgo even has competition this December: just the week before, the Alan Rickman action comedy Nobel Son opened on 893 screens to a comparable $374 per-screen average.

Both Delgo and Nobel Son were distributed by Freestyle Releasing, »

- Eugene Novikov

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Memorable Quotes 2008

11 December 2008 12:59 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Check out what such actors as Aaron Eckhart, Tim Roth, and Josh Brolin have to say on their recent role choices and what they think about the paths their careers have taken."I've been hearing that for 10 years: 'Are you ready for your life to change?' And that's why I've come to the conclusion that I'm a workman. I go to do my job. My life hasn't changed. I think kids might know me a little bit more, and I love talking to them in the street. I like talking to people, and I like answering my fan mail." — Aaron Eckhart, Towelhead, The Dark Knight "We didn't know, with X-Men, that it would be a hit. The temperature around town was, "You better get another job before this comes out." I actually had an offer I was not really into, and someone — not my agent — said, 'Take it. Just take it. »

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Nobel Son

10 December 2008 10:00 AM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Release Date: Dec. 5

Director: Randall Miller

Writers: Randall Miller & Jody Savin

Cinematographer: Michael J. Ozier

Starring: Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku, Danny DeVito

Studio Information: Freestyle Releasing, 110 mins.

Quentin Tarantino and The Coen Brothers worked the past two decades to raise genre pictures to high art. More recently, the far more obscure Randall Miller and Jody Savin have been trying, and generally failing, to create movies with this sensibility while lacking their predecessors’ skill. One difference: instead of making pulp pictures look great, they’ve mostly grafted the more gimmicky B-filmmaking tropes onto other movie types.  Like Bottle Shock and Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School, Nobel Son is filled with ridiculous plotlines, quirky stock characters and unrealistic dialogue. But while these previous films were weighted down by this, Nobel Son attempts nothing more than being a good yarn, a true-blue work of pulp.

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On DVD Today: December 9, 2008

8 December 2008 11:28 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

DVD Links: Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed The Dark Knight Is there any question what everyone is going to buy this week? I would say the only question will be how many units are going to be sold and at what time will Warner Bros. release a press statement saying The Dark Knight is the best selling Blu-ray and DVD of 2008? Speaking of the Blu-ray, if you haven't done so already you can read my review here, or I can just tell you the picture is phenomenal and the features are not. You are buying this one for the movie though, so enjoy. Lost - The Complete Fourth Season Ugh, I just added my Blu-ray review for the fourth season of "Lost" and it is beginning to look more and more like this will either be a TV series to love in its entirety or to absolutely loathe »

- Brad Brevet

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Interview: Alan Rickman on "Nobel Son"

4 December 2008 7:35 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Aaron Hillis

Why hasn't an esteemed actor like Alan Rickman ever been nominated for an Academy Award? (He's got an indirect theory on that -- more on that later.) Whether your earliest memory of his screen work was his yippie-ki-yay mother of falls from a skyscraper in 1988's "Die Hard," as the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," or even as Professor Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" adaptations, Rickman always brings the same British grace, charm and theatrically trained precision as if he were still in "Sense and Sensibility."

His latest is "Nobel Son," the second film this year he's co-starred in with Bill Pullman and Eliza Dushku for director Randall Miller and co-writer/co-producer Jody Savin; the first being "Bottle Shock." Rickman plays Eli Michaelson, a womanizing professor whose egomania reaches planetary proportions after he scores the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which sets »

- Aaron Hillis

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Eliza Dushku & Bryan Greenberg Interview Nobel Son -- And Eliza talks about Dollhouse and Buffy…as well as Nobel Son

4 December 2008 | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Indie Diy filmmaker couple Randall Miller and Jody Savin are back again after last summer’s Bottle Shock with some Oscar race counter-programming in the form of Nobel Son, a dark Guy Ritchie-esque comedy thriller about Barkley Michaelson (Bryan Greenberg) a mild-mannered Ph.D. student who is kidnapped in exchange for his father’s (Alan Rickman) Nobel Prize money. We got to chat with Nobel Son’s two young stars, Greenberg and Eliza Dushku, who plays his rather eccentric love interest, City Hall. Greenberg embodies the unintimidatingly cute everyman he plays in the film, like a Tke brother with artistic leanings. And my fellow Bostonian Dushku has, as Bill Pullman says, some pretty crazy energy. You can see them together in Nobel Son, which opens in select theaters Friday, December 5. Question: So how did you find out about this movie? »

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Nobel Son Movie Review -- Brian says Nobel Son aims to be something more than it actually is

4 December 2008 | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Matching the mess made of his August opener "Bottle Shock," writer/director Randall Miller returns to cinemas with the equally-as-troubled "Nobel Son." Well, return is a strong word, since "Son" was shot three years ago and is barely seeing a legitimate theatrical launch. Frankly, I can't blame the distributor: this bogus cutting-edge thriller is obnoxious and repellent in any direction it stands, mistaking distasteful tonal changes for cinematic razzle dazzle. Eli Michaelson (Alan Rickman) is an arrogant, despicable college professor who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize. Off to accept his accolades with tolerant wife Sarah (Mary Steenburgen), the celebration is cut short when word arrives that their son Barkley (Bryan Greenberg) has been kidnapped by the enigmatic Thaddeus James (Shawn Hatosy). Coming to the aid of Eli and Sarah is »

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Alan Rickman Interview

3 December 2008 8:00 PM, PST | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

MoviesOnline had the pleasure of sitting down with Alan Rickman at the Culver Studios in Los Angeles (where he’s currently filming Alice in Wonderland with Tim Burton) to talk about his new film, Nobel Son. Directed by Randall Miller (Bottle Shock) and written and produced by Miller and Jody Savin. Nobel Son is a taut thriller spiked with droll humor that also stars Bryan Greenberg, Eliza Dushku, Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, and Danny DeVito. In this venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge, Barkley Michaelson (Greenberg) is strugg »

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Eliza Dushku, Bryan Greenberg Interview

3 December 2008 8:00 PM, PST | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

MoviesOnline sat down with Eliza Dushku and Bryan Greenberg to talk about their new movie, “Nobel Son.” Directed by Randall Miller (“Bottle Shock”) and written and produced by Miller and Jody Savin, “Nobel Son” is a taut thriller spiked with droll humor that also stars Alan Rickman, Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, and Danny DeVito. In this venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge, Barkley Michaelson (Greenberg) is struggling to finish his Ph.D. thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson (Rickman), win »

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Nobel Son, Bill Pullman Interview

3 December 2008 8:00 PM, PST | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

MoviesOnline had the pleasure of sitting down with Bill Pullman at the Culver Studios in Los Angeles to talk about his new film, Nobel Son. Directed by Randall Miller (Bottle Shock) and written and produced by Miller and Jody Savin. Nobel Son is a taut thriller spiked with droll humor that also stars Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Eliza Dushku, Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen, and Danny DeVito. In this venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge, Barkley Michaelson (Greenberg) is struggling to finish his Ph.D. thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaels »

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Nobel Son Trailer

2 December 2008 8:00 PM, PST | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Below you can checkout the brand new trailer for Nobel Son. Directed by Randall Miller (Bottle Shock) and written and produced by Miller and Jody Savin, Nobel Son is a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge. Barkley Michaelson (Bryan Greenberg) is struggling to finish his Ph.D. thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson (Alan Rickman), wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.  But Eli’s past indiscretions begin to collide with the present. When Barkley is kidnapped on the eve of his father accepting the prize, Eli refuses to pay the ransom »

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Opening This Week: This year's '60s music biopic, Ron Howard's Oscar bid and one last superhero movie

2 December 2008 11:23 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

Providing the requisite stopgap between showy Thanksgiving distractions and award season stragglers, female directors and assorted indie debutantes are making a strong showing this week.

"The Black Balloon"

'What's Eating Elissa Down?' is the question to ask as the award-winning director of Aussie shorts makes the jump to features with this semi-autobiographical tale of a frustrated adolescent on the verge of manhood weighed down by his responsibilities to his autistic younger brother. Daytime soap star Rhys Wakefield takes the role of the Gilbert Grape-esque Thomas, a burdened army brat charged with his brother's care while his parents drag the two up and down the country until he meets Jackie, a free spirit who teaches him how to shed his bitterness. The always impressive Toni Collette anchors this teenage ensemble as the boy's mother, Maggie. Luke Ford and Gemma Ward co-star.

Opens in New York and Los Angeles. »

- Neil Pedley

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"Nobel Son" - Eight clips for the film starring Alan Rickman!

21 November 2008 5:35 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

There are now eight clips in the same player for "Nobel Son" from Freestyle Releasing! This dramedy directed by Randall Miller of "Marylin Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School" and stars Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku, Danny DeVito, Ted Danson and Ernie Hudson. Miller also wrote the screenplay alongside Jody Savin. The duo wrote "Bottle Shock" together which also stars Alan Rickman along with Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodriguez and Dennis Farina. This is quite a catch for the indie distributor and should bring in a decent per-theatre average from its limited release on December 5th. The film made its debut at last year's Tribeca Film Festival. »

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"Nobel Son" - Eight clips for the film starring Alan Rickman!

21 November 2008 5:35 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

There are now eight clips in the same player for "Nobel Son" from Freestyle Releasing! This dramedy directed by Randall Miller of "Marylin Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School" and stars Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku, Danny DeVito, Ted Danson and Ernie Hudson. Miller also wrote the screenplay alongside Jody Savin. The duo wrote "Bottle Shock" together which also stars Alan Rickman along with Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodriguez and Dennis Farina. This is quite a catch for the indie distributor and should bring in a decent per-theatre average from its limited release on December 5th. The film made its debut at last year's Tribeca Film Festival. »

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"Nobel Son" - Eight clips for the film starring Alan Rickman!

21 November 2008 5:35 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

There are now eight clips in the same player for "Nobel Son" from Freestyle Releasing! This dramedy is directed by Randall Miller of "Marylin Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School" and stars Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku, Danny DeVito, Ted Danson and Ernie Hudson. Miller also wrote the screenplay alongside Jody Savin. The duo wrote "Bottle Shock" together which also stars Alan Rickman along with Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodriguez and Dennis Farina. This is quite a catch for the indie distributor and should bring in a decent per-theatre average from its limited release on December 5th. The film made its debut at last year's Tribeca Film Festival. Check out the official site at http://www.nobelson.com/. What's "Nobel Son" about? Nobel Son is a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge. Barkley Michaelson (Bryan Greenberg) is struggling to finish his Ph. »

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"Nobel Son" - Eight clips for the film starring Alan Rickman!

21 November 2008 5:35 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

There are now eight clips in the same player for "Nobel Son" from Freestyle Releasing! This dramedy directed by Randall Miller of "Marylin Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School" and stars Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku, Danny DeVito, Ted Danson and Ernie Hudson. Miller also wrote the screenplay alongside Jody Savin. The duo wrote "Bottle Shock" together which also stars Alan Rickman along with Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodriguez and Dennis Farina. This is quite a catch for the indie distributor and should bring in a decent per-theatre average from its limited release on December 5th. The film made its debut at last year's Tribeca Film Festival. »

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AFM unveils event schedule

21 October 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The American Film Market unveiled a series of seminars and conferences set for Nov. 7-11 in Santa Monica.

Highlights include "Current Trends in Film Financing," featuring The Film Dept's Mark Gill, Screen Capital International's David Molner and the Weinstein Co.'s Lee Solomon. Another hot topic panel will be "The Indie Glut: Distribution at the Crossroads," with Lionsgate's Jason Constantine, Roadside Attractions' Howard Cohen, Landmark's Ted Mundorff, CAA's Dan Steinman and "Bottle Shock" helmer Randall Miller.

Other events at the Le Merigot and Fairmont Miramar hotels include "Pitch Me!," "Web Entrepreneurs: Imagination Meets Commerce," "Through Rose (and Aqua) Colored Glasses: The Future of 3D" and "Getting Your Film Seen." »

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Filmmaker Forum participants named

18 September 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Directors Arthur Dong, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Chris Eska, Clark Gregg, Davis Guggenheim and Freida Lee Mock are among the participants in Film Independent's fourth annual Filmmaker Forum, which will be held Sept. 26-28 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.

Producer Ted Hope will deliver this year's keynote address at the three-day event, which focusses on the latest developments in independent filmmaking.

The forum will kick off on Sept. 26 with a screening of Rian Anderson's "The Brothers Bloom," followed by a Q&A with producer Ram Bergman and other members of the creative team and a reception in the DGA atrium.

On Sept. 27 and 28, panel discussions will be held on such topics as "Finding the Financial Sweet Spot"; "What's Up Doc?"; "The Micro Budget Film as a Calling Card; New Tools for Audience Building; The Cost of Cutting Corners: Production Dos and Don'ts"; "Keeping Your Documentary on »

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Alliance inks three distribution deals

2 September 2008 9:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Vancouver -- Alliance Films has closed a trio of multiyear distribution agreements, inking deals with financiers Relativity Media, Grosvenor Park and Freestyle Releasing.

The three partnerships expand on a slate of titles already supplied by Focus Features, the Weinstein Co., Overture Films and Remstar.

Relativity's first two titles for Alliance are the thriller "A Perfect Getaway," starring Milla Jovovich, and the drama "Brothers," with Natalie Portman. The deal calls for at least six films per year in Canada and the U.K. Relativity has raised $5.5 billion in film financing to date.

Grosvenor Park has 400 titles and $5 billion in financing under its belt. Upcoming titles for Canadian distribution include "Disaster Movie" by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer; Ed Zwick wartime drama "Defiance," starring Daniel Craig; and Kathryn Bigelow's "Hurt Locker."

Freestyle Releasing ("Bottle Shock") is slated to release the Halloween film "The Haunting of Molly Hartley" and the animated feature "Delgo. »

- By Adele Weder

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'Tropic Thunder' tops boxoffice again

24 August 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Moviegoers were again drawn to the surprisingly resonant allure of "Tropic Thunder" this weekend.

DreamWorks/Paramount's R-rated comedy repeated atop the domestic boxoffice amid weaker-than-expected competition, marking a modest 38% decline from its first session for an estimated $16.1 million on the frame and a 10-day cume of $65.7 million.

Sony's PG-13 comedy "The House Bunny" hopped into second place with a sprightly $15.1 million in opening grosses. But Universal's action thriller "Death Race" -- which had been expected to speed to the top spot -- found its boxoffice throttle stuck at just $12.3 million in a third-place bow.

Elsewhere, the grosses were similarly tepid over summer's penultimate boxoffice frame, though Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight" reached a phenomenal cume of $489.2 million in a fourth-place showing of $10.3 million over its sixth session.

Warners' "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" landed in fifth place over its second frame, sliding 61% to $5.7 million on the session and a $25 million cume. »

- By Carl DiOrio

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