12 items from 2008
As the season marches on, 'for your consideration' ads litter the trades and various awards analysis websites. However, there aren't nearly enough campaigns for the year's worst performances.
You have your obnoxious kids (Jaden Smith in The Day The Earth Stood Still, Logan Lerman in Meet Bill). You have your touched individuals who straddle the line between functional and, ahem, 'full retard' (Sophie Okonedo in The Secret Life of Bees, Omar Benson Miller in Miracle at St. Anna, David Morse in Hounddog). You've got your guys that give 'insane' a bad name (Jason Butler Harner in Changeling, Donny Osmond in College Road Trip), and you've got your girls that give English a bad name (Ahney Her in Gran Torino, Natalya Rudakova in Transporter 3).
Oh, and then there's just about the entire cast of The Happening. (If I had to pick just one person, though, I'd go with the gardener »
- William Goss
The Disney Raven-Symone/Martin Lawrence comedy College Road Trip made almost $45-million dollars at the box office during its release. While I know that this number shouldn't sicken me (the film stars a Disney Channel Favorite and was marketed directly to the pint-sized viewers who watch the Cable network religiously) for some reason it does all the same, the fact the Mouse House was able to bamboozle so many into believing this could be even remotely decent is depressingly incomprehensible. The simple fact is that I am not this picture's audience. Neither are parents. Nor are older siblings or pre-teen brothers and sisters. We will sit watching it as if stuck in purgatory, damned to 80-plus minutes of tired comedic shenanigans and decibel-screeching tomfoolery the likes of which are almost too horrific to even imagine. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a total idiot. The target audience of pre-teens and »
- Sara Michelle Fetters
DVD Links: Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest There isn't a whole lot to say about One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest that hasn't already been said. You can look back at just about every single Jack Nicholson performance and find reason to call one or the other his best. Cuckoo's Nest is without a doubt one of his best. Warner didn't send me a review copy of this film so I can't tell you how the transfer looks, how it sounds or what the special features are like, but knowing them it's going to be impressive. Very rarely am I ever not impressed by a Warner special edition release and I highly doubt they would mess this one up. I still remember the first time I watched this movie and there is one line that gets me still to this day, "Hit me, »
- Brad Brevet
Martin Lawrence has landed in the arms of CAA, signing with the agency for representation in all areas.
The comedian exited UTA earlier in June, ending what had been a 15-year relationship.
He is best known for his work in the massively successful "Big Momma's House" and "Bad Boys" movies as well as "Wild Hogs". More recently he starred in "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins" and "College Road Trip", movies that underperformed at the boxoffice.
He also headlined the hit concert films "Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat" and "You So Crazy" and is also the principal in Runteldat Entertainment, which produces the Starz comedy showcase "Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up," now entering its third season.
Lawrence continues to be repped by the Collective and attorney Lawrence Rose of Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown. »
The untitled Kohan/Mutchick comedy, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on two men -- one straight (Cooke), one gay (Tudyk) -- who are lifelong best friends and business partners. Cooke, who starred on CBS' comedy pilot My Best Friend's Girl, is repped by APA and Untitled.
Plan, from Universal Media Studios, is a multicamera comedy about a group of twentysomethings who try to figure out the next five years and beyond.
Sasso will play Glen Simon, who, recently divorced and jealous of his younger brother's vast experience with women, has decided to relive the 20s he never had.
- Weekend Top 10 # Title Gross % Chg. Theaters Weeks Avg Total Distributor 1 Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! $25.1M -44.2 3,961 2 6.336 $86.5M Fox 2 Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns $20.M --- 2,006 1 9.975 $20.M Lionsgate 3 Shutter $10.7M --- 2,753 1 3,886 $10.7M Fox 4 Drillbit Taylor $10.2M --- 3,056 1 3,337 $10.2M Paramount 5 10,000 B.C. $8.7M -48.4 3,454 3 2,507 $76.1M Warner Bros. 6 Never Back Down $4.9M -43.5 2,729 2 1,781 $16.8M Summit 7 College Road Trip $4.6M -40.7 2,575 3 1,798 $32.M Buena Vista 8 The Bank Job $4.1M -18.9 1,613 3 2,541 $19.4M Lionsgate 9 Vantage Point $3.8M -30.4 2,124 5 1,789 $65.3M Sony 10 La Misma Luna $2.6M --- 266 1 9,781 $3.3M Weinstein Company To say Tyler Perry’s record at the box office is impressive is a gross understatement. The man’s movies consistently defy expectations by grabbing the top spot despite lower theatre counts. Though the $20 million gross for his latest, Meet the Browns, is on par with past hits, there was one elephant of an obstacle stopping him from being crowned king of the jungle and his name is Horton. »
- Weekend Top 10 # Title Gross % Chg. Theaters Weeks Avg Total Distributor 1 Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! $45.M ---- 3,954 1 11,384 $45.M Fox 2 10,000 B.C. $16.8M -53.2 3,410 2 4,918 $61.6M Warner Bros. 3 Never Back Down $8.6M ---- 2,729 1 3,152 $8.6M Summit 4 College Road Trip $7.8M -42.6 2,706 2 2,886 $24.2M Buena Vista 5 Vantage Point $5.5M -25.7 2,761 4 1,978 $59.3M Sony 6 The Bank Job $5.1M -14.8 1,613 2 3,133 $13.3M Lionsgate 7 Doomsday $4.9M ---- 1,936 1 2,544 $4.9M Universal 8 Semi-Pro $3.M -47.4 2,270 3 1,340 $29.9M New Line 9 The Other Boleyn Girl $2.8M -28.8 1,212 3 2,378 $19.1M Sony 10 The Spiderwick Chronicles $2.3M -50.5 2,407 5 970 $65.4M Paramount Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! has trampled all competition to become tops at the box office this week. Granted, there really wasn’t much competition to speak of but if we can learn anything from Horton, it’s a that a movie’s a movie, no matter how small. Still, there is nothing small about this elephant’s haul. With Easter holidays right around the corner and »
Jim Carrey has scored the biggest movie debut of 2008 - as an animated elephant.
The funnyman's Horton Hears A Who! has topped the U.S. box office with a $45.1 million (GBP22.5 million) opening weekend haul.
The film marks Carrey's second outing as a Dr. Seuss character - he also took the lead in How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
The family film easily held off the competition at the U.S. box office; last weekend's chart-topper, 10,000 B.C., dropped to number two with a $16.4 million (GBP8.2 million) second weekend take.
The new top five in America is:
1. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
2. 10,000 B.C.
5. Vantage Point »
Pre-historic adventure movie 10,000 B.C. has roared its way to the top of the U.S. box office chart with weekend (07-09Mar08) takings of $35.73 million (GBP17.87 million).
Last week's number one, Semi-Pro, drops to four with $24.84 million (GBP12.42 million). »
- Weekend Top 10 # Title Gross % Chg. Theaters Weeks Avg Total Distributor 1 10,000 B.C. $35.7M --- 3,410 1 10,478 $35.7M Warner Bros. 2 College Road Trip $14.M --- 2,706 1 5,173 $14.M Buena Vista 3 Vantage Point $7.5M -41.5 3,163 3 2,371 $51.7M Sony 4 Semi-Pro $5.9M -60.9 3,121 2 1,890 $24.8M New Line 5 The Bank Job $5.7M --- 1,603 1 3,562 $5.7M Lionsgate 6 The Spiderwick Chronicles $4.8M -44.8 3,246 4 1,478 $61.7M Paramount 7 The Other Boleyn Girl $4.M -51.2 1,167 2 3,427 $14.6M Sony 8 Jumper $3.8M -50.5 2,563 4 1,463 $72.5M Fox 9 Step Up 2 the Streets $3.1M -46.9 2,251 4 1,354 $53.M Buena Vista 10 Fool's Gold $2.8M -36.6 2,322 5 1,205 $62.8M Warner Bros. Last summer, Warner Bros. intended to release Roland Emmerich’s latest effects-driven crowd pleaser, 10,000 B.C. Only it was a little too heavy on the effects and it became clear in the spring that the project would not be ready in time for its projected release date. Around that same time, another WB picture was opening to unprecedented results for spring. Anyone remember those headstrong, rippling Spartans? 300 changed Hollywood »
As family road trip movies go, Disney's College Road Trip is a longer and more arduous journey than even "RV" or "Are We There Yet?" On the other hand, those movies performed well at the boxoffice.
Families seem to be extremely tolerant of taxing movie car trips. Perhaps the trick is that everyone is simply glad it's happening to another family and not theirs.
This excursion teams Martin Lawrence with Disney Channel star Raven-Symone. You wouldn't want to accuse either performer of subtlety, but here the two seem to be in a contest to outdo each other with screams, facial contortions and wails of exasperation. Let's call it a draw.
What is puzzling is the incompatibility of the two leads with their roles. Raven is supposed to be a high school senior on a road trip to check out prospective universities. But she acts like a adolescent on a sugar high during a weekend sleepover. Lawrence plays a small-town police chief, one who borrows and totals a squad car, sneaks into a college women's dorm and acts like no cop you've ever seen, in or out of movies.
What Lawrence's James Porter is, in fact, is the worst-case scenario of a control-freak dad: He will not let his Precious Girl grow up and live an independent life. Despite this, Raven's Melanie Porter is sweet-natured and obedient though her dad does drive her nuts.
Dad wants her to go to Northwestern -- because it's a short drive from their Illinois home. When an opportunity to apply to Georgetown comes up, Melanie joins two friends (Disney Channel actors Brenda Song and Margo Harshman) on a road trip to D.C.
But Dad decides to escort Melanie himself. Then her younger brother (Eshaya Draper) and his pet pig stowaway in the trunk. It's hard for a girl to grow up in a Disney family film. The pet tricks by this extremely well-trained animal provide a running gag that culminates in his crashing a hotel wedding and essentially destroying everything under its tent.
Nothing happens with any logic here. The destruction of the police cruiser, the wedding turmoil, a skydiving episode and a golf course duel with clubs and carts all happen because the road trip needs a bit of excitement, not because anything leads rationally to these incidents.
Direction by Roger Kumble is as hamfisted as the screenplay by four writers is shorn of any sense of how families actually behave.
COLLEGE ROAD TRIP
Buena Vista Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures presents a Gunnfilm production
Director: Roger Kumble
Producer: Andrew Gunn
Director of photography: Theo van de Sande
Production designer: Ben Barraud
Music: Edward Shearmur
Costume designer: Francine Jamison-Tanchuck
Editor: Roger Bondelli
James Porter: Martin Lawrence
Doug: Donny Osmond
Nancy: Brenda Song
Trey: Eshaya Drapper
Michelle: Kym E. Whitley
Grandma Porter: Arnetia Walker
Katie: Margo Harshman
Wendy: Molly Ephraim
Running time -- 84 minutes
MPAA rating: G
CORRECTED 3:42 a.m. PT March 6
Disney-based Andrew Gunn, whose "College Road Trip" opens Friday, is producing via his Gunn Films banner.
The adaptation revolves around a pair of paranormal-powered siblings (Ludwig, Robb) who, with the help of a Las Vegas cab driver (Johnson), go on the run from a diabolical group of men who wish to exploit their abilities. Hinds will play the nefarious leader of the pack.
Mark Bomback wrote the current "Witch" draft.
The studio is eyeing a late March start in Los Angeles.
Ludwig, repped by ICM, starred in Walden's "The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising".
12 items from 2008
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