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The deal caps a year that’s seen EuropaCorp generate a solid hit with Scarlett Johansson’s “Lucy” through Universal with $415 million worldwide, along with launching a joint distribution venture for the U.S. with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media.
“The facility will be used mainly to finance EuropaCorp’s slate of English language movies, as well as to fund marketing and distribution costs related to these new productions that will be distributed in the U.S through the joint venture Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution.”
The new lines of credit include a $400 million senior line of credit, a $150 million accordion and a $50 million second lien credit facility.
J.P.Morgan acted as the »
- Dave McNary
3rd Update, 2:45 Pm (Pt): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the Ya hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson’s Lucy, Universal’s Dracula Untold, Fox’s sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M on 2,800 plays, and also its buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops. In addition, Warner Bros.’ just reported for its horror film Annabelle and the courtroom drama starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall The Judge, and lest we forget Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which debuted strong in the UK this weekend) and Hercules which are still playing in 17 markets. Final tallies for stateside newcomers Fox »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Before I Go to Sleep casts Kidman as a 40-year-old woman who wakes up every day with a blank memory. Firth is her husband who tells her they.ve been married for 14 years and Mark Strong is her neuro-psychologist who encourages her to keep a daily video diary so she can help rebuild her life.
The thriller directed by Rowan Joffe, adapted from S. J. Watson.s best-selling novel, may not have sent audiences to sleep but relatively few bothered to turn up as the film fetched $418,000 on a very wide 194 screens.
Nationwide takings dropped by 16% to $9.7 million as none of the other newcomers much enthused cinemagoers, according to Rentrak.s weekend estimates. Distributors say the market is soft and especially shallow below the top three titles. »
- Don Groves
You can’t win ‘em all. Sometimes the challenge with a film festival, as opposed to say a music festival, is that not everything you see will be good. Sometimes you may decide it just wasn’t for you, and sometimes you wonder why they even decided to choose that film in the first place.
The Young Kieslowski was this year’s dud. It broke the rule I held that there are no romantic leads named “Brian”, and if there are fictional Brians they end up writing term papers while everyone else gets paired off with Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheady. And yet it doesn’t help that Brian Kieslowski is remarkably repellent.
Hardly an edgy sex comedy on par with any college-aged romp you can imagine from the last 10 years, and trying desperately to be a mix of Ferris Bueller, Juno and maybe a dash of 500 Days of Summer, »
- Brian Welk
Clive Barker fans are still drooling down their chins at Scream Factory’s recently released Director’s Cut of Nightbreed (and with good reason, it’s amazing), and today’s announcement from the Sf folks regarding their upcoming Collector’s Edition Bluray of Lord Of Illusions is one more reason to let the Barker flag fly high. It’s so awesome to be a horror fan these days, as so many of our favorite cult films are getting the special treatment, it’s kind of awesome to be honest.
Hitting shelves and websites on December 16th, the release has quite a few awesome special features and some incredible new artwork to go along with it. Check out the full details below!
“In the world where magic is real, death is the ultimate illusion. From best-selling author and celebrated director Clive Barker comes a supernatural thriller that rips apart the boundaries between sanity and madness, »
- Jerry Smith
There’s been a lot of talk about the Nightbreed Blu-ray release, but fans of Clive Barker also have a Lord of Illusions Blu-ray to look forward to in December. Scream Factory officially announced the upcoming Collector’s Edition and we also have a look at the cover art:
“In the world where magic is real, death is the ultimate illusion. From best-selling author and celebrated director Clive Barker comes a supernatural thriller that rips apart the boundaries between sanity and madness, and between the art of illusion and the terrifying forces of magic. Written and directed by Clive Barker (Nightbreed) and based on his popular short story, The Last Illusion (from Books of Blood Vol. 6), the 1995 cult film classic Lord Of Illusions stars Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap), Kevin J. O’Connor (The Mummy), Famke Janssen (X-Men, Taken, Hemlock Grove) and Daniel Von Bargen (Crimson Tide, The Faculty).
On December »
- Jonathan James
Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar), a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film (see the TV version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) Weekly Top 5 Wednesday Oct 1, 2014 – Tuesday Oct 7, 2014 Rank Last Week Film Rating(000) 1 – Taken 3 7,282 2 – Interstellar 5,229 3 5 Annabelle 4,556 4 1 Dracula Untold 4,202 5 – Exodus: Gods and Kings 3,174 -
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- Jason Klein
3Rd Update, Monday, 3:25Pm Pt: The majors — Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros. — have updated their weekend estimates which are now reflected throughout the story. Some dips from what was originally reported yesterday among Sony and Paramount’s titles, but nothing too earth-shattering. While Gone Girl barely notched No. 1 with roughly $400K more than Annabelle stateside, $37.5M to $37.1M respectively; their spread at the overseas B.O. is wider in their weekend takes with the David Fincher film grabbing $24.5M and The Conjuring spinoff taking $20.7M for the weekend. However, Annabelle has a leg up on Gone Girl since it opened in Russia last weekend, hence the horror film’s total cume is $23.6M, $887K short of Gone Girl’s foreign take. Next weekend, the spooky doll film and the missing chick pic will pull each other’s hair in France and Spain where they bow against each other. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
It seems like every week, one of the cast members of "Game of Thrones" books a role on the big screen. That's likely because there are so many characters in the HBO series that the cast is rather sizable, but it's also a testament to just how that show has made many of those actors in demand. The latest star of the fantasy series heading to the big screen is Richard Madden, the deceased former King of the North Rob Stark, as Variety reports he will join Idris Elba in the developing action thriller Bastille Day. The film has been in the works for a couple years and previously had Taken helmer Pierre Morel attached to direct back in 2012, but now it's James Watkins (The Woman in Black, Eden Lake) at the helm instead. Read on! With a script from rising writer Andrew Baldwin, the story follows a rogue U. »
- Ethan Anderton
To celebrate the release of one of the most outrageous comedies of the year A Million Ways to Die in the West on Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 6th, we’re giving five lucky winners the chance to get their hands on a copy of the DVD!
Don your cowboy hat, grab the nearest sheep and join Seth MacFarlane (Ted, Family Guy), Liam Neeson (Non Stop, Taken), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman, Hancock) in this Wild West comedy like no other. From co-writer, director and producer Seth MacFarlane, the guy who brought you Ted, don’t miss out on the most unique comedy of the year when A Million Ways to Die in the West is released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 6th October 2014, available to pre-order now.
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- Gary Collinson
You won't believe how much some stars make, even when they're monkeys.
We all knew celebs make big bucks for appearing in films, on TV, in commercials, in video games, and for just showing up at night clubs. But according to this recent comprehensive examination of Hollywood salaries by THR, some stars make way more than we ever realized, while others make significantly less.
Here are 12 of the most surprising things we learned from the report…
The Iron Man series is one of the most successful film franchises ever, so it shouldn't come as a shock that he would get good money. But $75 million is a lot, no matter who you are. How did he make that much? Part of his deal included getting 7% of the film's total gross.
Leo Made Way More Than Jonah On 'Wolf Of Wall Street'
While they both got Oscar nominations »
It’s been a while since the action thriller Bastille Day pinged our news radar. The last we heard (nearly a year ago), Idris Elba was attached to star. He’ll have some company, in the shape of Richard Madden.The thriller follows a rogue CIA operative assigned to interrogate a young American con artist and then make him disappear to as to avoid red faces in the government when the man is accused as the prime suspect in an attack on the Paris Metro.But to the operative’s surprise – and after a few more terrorist incidents – it turns out that the man is innocent and may be the only way to track the actual person responsible for the bombings. But can he keep him alive long enough to find the real threat?While Taken’s Pierre Morel was attached earlier in the film’s development, The Woman In Black »
It was a good run, Liam Neeson. The 62-year-old who was Oskar Schindler and Alfred Kinsey spent the last seven years kicking the crap out of much younger bad guys in bone-crushing B-movies, best epitomized by the Taken films. But as of this past weekend, there's a new sheriff in town. Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, one of the biggest movie stars of the past 25 years, and almost always, the coolest guy in the room, delivered his 12th No. 1 film, The Equalizer. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), The Equalizer is a Neeson-ized adaptation of the 1980s CBS detective drama series that starred Edward Woodward. »
- Jeff Labrecque
In Taken 3 or Tak3n, Liam Neeson is forced to once again use his special set of skills only this time it’s to prove his innocence and find the man who wronged him. In this first trailer for T3ken we learn that Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is a trained sniper and explosive expert among the […]
The violence, plot and gift choices of Taken 3 come under Ryan's FBI-grade trailer analysis...
We've learned quite a few things about retired CIA veteran Bryan Mills during the course of the previous two Taken movies: his skill with guns. His love for his wife and daughter. His ability to turn just about anything into a torture device. Our biggest take-away from the Taken franchise, though, is that Mills is a man of extraordinary emotional resilience.
In the first Taken, his daughter was kidnapped, so Mills did what any father would do: killed everyone in Paris until the daughter turned up again. In Taken 2, both he and his wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) are the ones who are kidnapped, leaving daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) to run around Istanbul throwing hand grenades off the roofs of buildings.
Eventually, Mills - thanks to the cunning use of a tiny, tiny mobile phone hidden »
The first official trailer for Taken 3 (or TAK3N as they're calling it) has hit the internet and while the previous movie may have tempered your interest in the franchise, this one looks like it could be pretty darn good. Come inside to check it out!
Honestly, after Taken 2, I can say that I had no real interest in a third outing. While I loved the first film, it seemed the idea had run its course and Taken 2 was largely lackluster. It had some interesting moments, but the energy and fun from the first film was absent. TAK3N may have brought it back:
What I love most about this trailer, is how they've increased the stakes a great deal. The first two films' tension relied on the threat of what could happen to his loved ones if he failed. Within this trailer we already see that his ex-wife (who »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
About The Film
TAK3N: Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.
Director: Olivier Megaton
For more information, please visit TAK3N at: Website, »
- Mike Tyrkus
Directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and starring Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Dogray Scott, Sam Spruell, and Leland Orser, Taken 3 is scheduled for theatrical release on January 9th, 2015. Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter. »
- Pietro Filipponi
Today we have the official trailer for the upcoming third installment in the "Taken" franchise, bringing back Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen. Forest Whitaker co-stars. Check out the trailer below. In the new movie, Bryan Mills (Neeson) becomes the hunted prey after he's framed for the murder of someone close to him. "I have to go on the run from the not-so-lawful types and the lawful authorities," explained Neeson. "Bryan Mills served his country faithfully, but now even they are after him." "Taken 3" is directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and is set to hit theaters on January 9th, 2015. Trailer: »
The first in a six-book series dubbed the 'Victor The Assassin' franchise, the critically acclaimed work follows a mysterious and charismatic killer whose conscience begins to catch up with him and puts him at odds with his employers.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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