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Leave it to a ragtag band of space crusaders to save the Labor Day weekend box office.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” has edged out newcomers “The November Man” and “As Above, So Below” to once again top the domestic box office, earning $3.8 million on Friday in its fifth frame. The intergalactic pic has beat out fellow Marvel superhero film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” to become the highest grossing film of the year to date Stateside.
The Marvel-Disney blockbuster is headed for a $20.5 million weekend, which would mark a 9% spike and raise its impressive cume to $278.8 million.
This is the third win for “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which recently crossed the $500 million mark worldwide and »
- Maane Khatchatourian
The film based on the bestselling murder mystery novels by Lawrence Block, stars Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-cop from New York City, who works outside of the law, by working as an unlicensed private investigator. When Scudder is hired by a drug dealer played by Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, he is given the task of finding out who kidnapped and murdered the dealer’s wife. During the investigation, Scudder learns that the murderers have done this kind of thing before, and they won’t be stopping anytime soon.
In the trailer, Neeson looks like he is bringing back the good old Taken persona, by breaking the barriers between what is right, and what is wrong. Its safe to say, the murderers won »
- Louise Tooth
Labor Day represents the last gasp of summer, the final opportunity to wear white, and the end of Hollywood’s busiest time of year.
It tends, however, to close things out with something of a whimper, as opposed to a bang, and this year will be no exception. For studios, it’s the box office equivalent of Arbor Day. Blink and you miss it.
Two new wide releases enter the market this holiday weekend, the Pierce Brosnan action thriller “The November Man” and the found footage horror film “As Above, So Below,” both of which are shaping up to be modest performers.
“Labor Day is traditionally one of the slowest holiday weekends of the year, if not the slowest,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “Expectations are not that high and the focus has shifted away a little bit from the movies.”
“The November Man” will get a jump on the festivities, »
- Brent Lang
Variety just checked in with some distribution news for the dramatic thriller Faults, starring Leland Orser (The Guest, Taken) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination 3, The Thing). Screen Media Films plans to distribute the film on March 6th with a nationwide theatrical release accompanied by a day-and-date VOD platform release.
Joining Orser and Winstead is an accomplished cast including Beth Grant, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick, and John Gries. Riley Stearns wrote and directed the project, which was produced by Snoot’s Keith Calder and Jessica Wu.
Claire (Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious new cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents hire Ansel Roth (Orser), one of the world’s foremost authorities on cults and mind control, to kidnap and deprogram her.
Check out some early art below, and look for more on this one soon!
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- Steve Barton
Universal has released a couple of new TV spots for Scott Frank's upcoming crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones. The film stars Liam Neeson as an alcoholic ex-cop who investigates the kidnapping of a heroin drug lord’s wife, teaming up with a heroin trafficker (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) and his brother to hunt down the men responsible for the crime. Judging by the TV spots, it looks like Taken meets Saw, a concept that's amusing enough for me. Bring on the Neesons. Hit the jump to check out A Walk Among the Tombstones TV spots. The film also stars David Harbour and Boyd Holbrook. A Walk Among the Tombstones opens in theaters on September 19th. Via Universal Pictures. Here’s the official synopsis for A Walk Among the Tombstones: Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, A Walk among the Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, »
- Matt Goldberg
4th Update, 2:33 Pm Pt: Universal, Sony and Lionsgate have weighed in, so we have nine more titles reporting (see below for final numbers on all films).
3Rd Update, 12:45 Pm Pt: Actuals are coming in for the international weekend with Disney, Paramount, Fox and Warner Bros reporting. There were no major discrepancies, although Guardians Of The Galaxy jumped from an estimated $20.7M to $21.3M for the weekend. In the reverse, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For was less sexy than predicted in Russia with $3.35M versus an initial estimate of $4.7M. Fox is releasing there on behalf of A Company Russia. Figures have been updated for the films above as well as How To Train Your Dragon 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into The Storm, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hercules, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, The Fault In Our Stars, Relatos Salvajes, Let’s Be Cops, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
If action cinema has taught us anything over the past few years, it’s this – don’t, under any circumstances, screw with Liam Neeson. Alas, the generic baddies at the heart of this fall’s dark crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones do exactly that and, in predictable fashion, pay for it dearly.
With Taken, its sequel, Unknown and Non-Stop under his belt, Neeson has a pretty winning formula for action fare – growl some threats, bark some commands and kick some serious ass. Whether this upcoming pic, less high-octane than high-atmosphere, will deviate from those three steps remains to be seen, but even it doesn’t, there are worse tickets to plunk down cash for than one that allows you to watch Neeson go through those same badass motions one more time.
At the least the new crop of images from A Walk Among the Tombstones reminds us that »
- Isaac Feldberg
This is one of the films that, upon reading the cast-listing and the synopsis that I could find online regarding it, peaked my interest and was one I was excited about sitting down to watch for Frightfest review. Directed by Riley Stearns who, from what I can tell, has only previously directed a number of short films, with this, Faults, being his first feature presentation. The cast, specifically Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Lance Reddick (Fringe) and Beth Grant (Donnie Darko) had me intrigued from the start.
We meet Ansel (Leland Orser) who is an expert on cults who had hit a brick wall and is struggling to stay above ground in his floundering career, doing seminars for nobody important in »
- Chris Cummings
The Flickering Myth Podcast stops in to stay…
While over to promote the premiere of The Guest at Film4 FrightFest, Flickering Myth Deputy Editor Luke Owen sat down with the movie’s writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard to discuss the movie. We then have a roundtable discussion with one of its stars Maika Monroe.
In an upcoming podcast, we’ll also be sitting down with Dan Stevens to talk about the movie.
Read our review of The Guest here.
A soldier (Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
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- Luke Owen
Studios are always keen to squeeze sequels out of success stories, and filmmaker Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp company have been as guilty of that as anyone. Films he produced like "Taken," "The Transporter" and "Taxi" have all been turned into franchises, while his own "La Femme Nikita" has spawned film and TV remakes.
Yet his most recent success story, the Scarlett Johansson-led "Lucy," won't be getting a follow-up according to him. In a recent interview with Want China Times (via The Playlist), Besson says he's open to the possibility but there are zero plans for one at the moment and he can't see how to do one:
"I don't see how we can do [a sequel]. It's not made for that. If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now I don't even think about it."
It does beg the question, what idea would be 'good enough' for him to move forward. »
- Garth Franklin
In the course of his career, Luc Besson has produced the following: two "Taken" films (with a third on the way); three "Transporter" movies, along with a TV show based on the movie, plus a feature length reboot "The Transporter Legacy" coming next year; "Nikita"; the Hollywood remake "Point Of No Return" in addition to a TV series; four "Taxi" movies; three "Arthur" movies....you see where we're going. So when he says that there's no possibility of a followup to this summer's surprise hit "Lucy," you can see why we're taking his claim with a grain of salt. The writer/director/producer says that the Scarlett Johansson-starring "Lucy" saga begins and ends with the movie that dropped this summer. ”I don't see how we can do [a sequel]. It's not made for that,” Besson told the Taiwanese press. “If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Adam Wingard's latest thriller 'The Guest' will be making its UK premiere in the next couple of hours at this weekends Film4 Frightfest in London. Now overseas distributor Picturehouse have unveiled a new Us one-sheet from the flick featuring star Dan Stevens. The poster admittedly doesn't appear overly sinister by any means, in fact it has less thriller and more of a catalogue model quality to it. Nevertheless the movie will be hitting theatres everywhere next month. 'The Guest' also stars Maika Monroe ('The Bling Ring'), Sheila Kelley ('Matchstick Men'), Leland Orser ('Taken'), Lance Reddick ('The Wire', 'Fringe') and Brendan Meyer and is written by Simon Barrett ('You're Next'). Check out the new one-sheet below. »
Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, the films stars Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-nypd cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law.
When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and brutally murdered his wife, the Pi learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime. Scudder races to track them through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again.
The thriller »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The Gersh Agency has booked production designer Jade Healy (pictured left) (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) on David Lowery’s “Pete’s Dragon” at Disney, shooting in New Zealand; and producer Sean Ryerson (“Covert Affairs”) on NBC series “Hannibal.” Agency also booked producer Brad Van Arragon (“If I Stay”) on season 3 of CTV/ABC series “Motive” and editor Sidney Wolinsky (“The Strain”) on Starz series “Power.”
Cec has booked editors Chris A. Peterson (CNN’s “The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy”) on Syfy series “12 Monkeys” and Dane McMaster (“We Are Men”) on AMC pilot “We Hate Paul Revere.” Agency also booked editors Marnee Meyer (“The Americans”) and Craig Cobb (“Bored to Death”) on ABC comedy series “Manhattan Love Story.”
- Peter Caranicas
It's still over two years away from release but Spanish helmer Juan Antonio Bayona's ('The Orphanage') feature adaptation of kids fantasy novel 'A Monster Calls' has picked up another new cast member. With Liam Neeson ('Taken') already set to play the 'monster' and the lovely Brit star Felicity Jones ('The Amazing Spider-Man 2') on board the project the latest addition is no stranger to the world of monsters and fanstasy. 'Avatar' and 'Aliens' star Sigourney Weaver has signed up for a role as the grandmother of a young boy who escapes into a world of fantasy. Weaver just finished working on Neill Blomkamp's new sci-fi thriller 'Chappie'. 'A Monster Calls' is based on the novel by British author Patrick Ness. »
The film is based on a true story and centers on an ex-college football star who gets a second chance. The crime drama is set in Los Angeles and unfolds during the subprime mortgage boom.
Archstone is targeting major markets for the release including Los Angeles and New York.
Theo Avgerinos (“Fifty Pills”) directs from a script by Beau Martin Williams (“Hitters Anonymous”). Williams stars along with Matt Funke (“Monarch Cove”), Trai Byers (“Caesar and Otto’s Summer Camp Massacre”) Sam McMurray (“Raising Arizona”) and Jon Gries (“Taken”).
- Brent Lang
When Bette Davis coined the phrase “Old age is no place for sissies,” she may as well have been describing the plot of “The Expendables 3.” Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the ensemble film features a cast of mature action vets who aren’t about to trade in their bullets for bifocals just yet. As the third entry in the popular franchise explodes into theaters on August 15, here’s a look at 12 films starring some of the toughest seniors in cinema.
Continuing his late-career reinvention as a post-middle aged action hero, Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who receives a series of threatening texts during a transatlantic flight. Trapping the 62-year old star in a confined location proved a wise decision as the modestly-budgeted thriller opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and earned over $200 million worldwide.
Arriving on September 26, this feature adaptation of the »
- Matthew Chernov
This weekend will see the release of The Expendables 3, the latest in a series featuring all your favorite action stars from the 80s and 90s in the same movie. This series is a one trick pony – all your favorite action stars from the past reuniting to relive their collective glory days – but it is a trick I’d happily watch for seven more films. I remember when the first film came out I told my dad I went to see it and loved it, and when he asked what it was I just named the cast. He remarked that that movie would sound cool if it was made in the 90s. I replied oblivious to the dig with “Yeah, it’s awesome, right?” – The fact that these were all action heroes past their prime was the point.
One of the reasons why I enjoy writing and thinking about the »
- Dylan Griffin
This time next week horror fans from around the world will be swarming on London as this years Film4 Frightfest kicks off in Leicester Square. And just one of the many awesome titles on offer is the UK premiere of 'You're Next' director Adam Wingard's latest thriller 'The Guest'. Starring Dan Stevens ('Downton Abbey') the movie described as a 'slick, fast, fun, killer thriller' will be one of the first featured entries at Frightfest 2014 set to screen on Thursday 21 August at 6:20pm. Wingard once more teams up with 'You're Next' scribe Simon Barrett and the flick will hit UK cinemas wide on 5 September. 'The Guest' also stars Maika Monroe ('The Bling Ring'), Sheila Kelley ('Matchstick Men'), Leland Orser ('Taken'), Lance Reddick ('The Wire', 'Fringe') and Brendan Meyer. Check out the trailer below »
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