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Despite a fantastic Christmas at the box office, 81 million people didn’t buy movie tickets this year. Not only were this year’s domestic admissions of 1.259 billion off 6% from 2013’s 1.34B, but the number of tickets sold hit their lowest level since 1995 when 1.211B people went to the cinema. Calculations are based on this year’s 3Q ticket price average of $8.12 from the National Association of Theater Owners, just a penny off from 2013’s $8.13. The upside is that thanks to Christmas, 2014 crossed $10 billion with a current estimated running cume for January 1-December 28 of $10.22B per Rentrak Theatrical. Some of the major studios are still on holiday with final figures set to be released on January 5. Here at Deadline we’re weighing 2014 according to the fiscal year of January 1-December 31, and we’ll be providing updates about the year along the way (studios tend to include the first weekend of January »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Clips of It’s A Wonderful Life appear in all sorts of TV shows and films, some predictable Christmas fare and some you might not expect…
Thanks to NBC’s long-standing tradition of airing Frank Capra’s 1946 festive fantasy drama every 24th of December, It’s A Wonderful Life has become a Stateside Christmas institution. The film’s story of a small town family man facing financial ruin being coaxed back from suicide by an angel who shows him how important he is to the world is now as festive as overspending and overeating.
Its ubiquity means that It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the first ports of call when shows and movies want to inject a festive feel into their fictional worlds, hence it having been subject to more on-screen references, quotes, parodies and homages than you can shake a jingle bell at. The Muppets, The Simpsons, »
Open Road Films has released a poster and trailer for The Loft, the upcoming psychological thriller from director Erik Van Looy (The Memory of a Killer), which sees Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns) leading a cast that also includes Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Matthias Schoenaerts (The Drop), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Rachael Taylor (Crisis) and Rhona Mitra (Stolen).
Karl Urban and James Marsden star in the tense psychological thriller The Loft, the story of five married guys who conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city–a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. Paranoia seizes them as everyone begins to suspect one another. »
- Gary Collinson
Coincing with the announcement that Knight of Cups will receive its world premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival in February, FilmNation Entertainment has now released the first trailer for the film, which has been directed by acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick. Check it out right here…
Knight of Cups stars Christian Bale (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Natalie Portman (Thor: The Dark World), Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In), Wes Bentley (Interstellar), Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Freida Pinto (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Ryan O’Neal (Bones), Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), Shea Whigham (Silver Linings Playbook) and Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3).
- Gary Collinson
Transformers: Age of Extinction is available now to Buy & Keep on Sky Store.
Digital Spy has partnered with Sky Store to bring you a guide to one of Hollywood's biggest franchises. Here are the key ingredients to expect when you sit down to watch a robot blockbuster.
1. Explosive action scenes
When it comes to sheer spectacle and memorable set pieces, no film series manages to deliver bang for your buck quite like Transformers. There's even a name for this explosive style: "Bayhem" (after director Michael Bay).
After putting the planet in jeopardy in Armageddon, Bay's Transformers films have shown us some jaw-dropping interplanetary warfare between Autobots and Decepticons. Age of Extinction ups the ante even further with the introduction of Dinobot Grimlock, who at one point is ridden into battle across Hong Kong by a sword-wielding Optimus Prime.
2. Fast cars
There's nothing cooler than a car that shifts shape into a giant robot, »
Every year Amazon puts the extended Blu-ray edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on sale during Black Friday Deals Week and this year is no different in that respect, though it is a little different in that they are bundling it with even more J.R.R. Tolkien goodies for fans of Middle Earth. Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which includes the extended Blu-ray editions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, you can buy bundles that also include all four books, including "The Hobbit" as well as either the PS4 or Xbox One edition of the Shadow of Mordor video game. I've included the links below along with a selection of other deals on more Blu-rays, Blu-ray players, televisions, soundbars and more! The »
- Brad Brevet
Amazon has started offering several Blu-ray titles at deep discounts as part of their Black Friday Deals Week and I've gone through and selected some choice titles such as David Fincher's Fight Club, Seven and Zodiac are available for cheap, several Sylvester Stallone titles including all his Rambo films and first two The Expendables features, both of James Cameron's Terminator movies are on sale, Rain Man for only $3.99, personal favorites such as A Time to Kill, Primal Fear and many others. I've listed several below and you can find even more right here if this isn't enough. Note: Sign up for Amazon Prime and get free two-day shipping. Blu-rays for $3.99-$7.99 300 ($7.99) (500) Days of Summer ($6.99) A Good Day to Die Hard ($3.99) A Time to Kill ($6.99) Bad Teacher ($7.00) Beetlejuice ($6.99) Bernie ($4.99) Cosmopolis ($5.78) Dances with Wolves ($3.99) Dazed and Confused ($6.96) Fight Club ($3.99) Hard to Kill ($4.88) Hugo ($6.99) Inside Man ($3.99) No Country for Old Men »
- Brad Brevet
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means that Black Friday and the holiday shopping season is creeping closer and closer as well. For those who may shudder at the thought of standing in those long lines at your local retailer, we have an exciting giveaway that will take care of the Transformers fan on your list.
The latest installment in Michael Bay's lucrative franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is currently available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD, and we're giving away a Blu-ray set with all four movies (Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Transformers: Age of Extinction), with the Age of Extinction Blu-ray signed by star Mark Wahlberg himself.
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…
“I think since Batman that I’ve been disinvited from Comic-Con for 20 years. I see the comment sections on all you guys. I just met Adam West there [referring to behind the Nycc main stage] and I apologized to him. Sorry about the nipples on the suit. Freeze, freeze, I apologize for that.” – George Clooney
“I never did a sequel to any of my movies, and sequels are only made for one reason: to make more money and sell more toys. I did my job. But I never got my ass in the seat right.” – Joel Schumacher
- Simon Columb
I don't know about you all, but I hadn't really noticed until I wrote the headline above that Jeremy Renner has himself firmly entrenched in not one, not two, but three major franchises. I'd have thought one would be enough for most actors, but apparently, the more the better. Speaking of more (or in the case below, "bigger") being better, Renner had this to say about Avengers: Age of Ultron while making press rounds for his newest film Kill the Messenger (which is by all accounts decidedly not big): I think everything that worked in the first Avengers is exponentially going to be better in this one. I think the comedic relief, I think the action, is going to be bigger. But wait, there's more (and following the logic above, that makes it better). When it comes to Mission: Impossible 5, which Renner is shooting right now alongside Tom Cruise, »
- Jordan Benesh
It's time for yet another Saturday Night Live season premiere — that time when SNL gets to mock all the movies, scandals and other pop culture happenings it's missed out on over the summer. But before that inevitable Guardians of the Galaxy parody becomes the talk of Twitter, let's look back at what SNL was tackling in its season premieres in years past. Optimus Prime is a creepy jerk (2009) Season 35 opened up in the wake up Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and with Megan Fox hosting, there just had to be a little Optimus Prime action. As it happens out, Fox's roommate "Optimus"
- Aaron Couch
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Here's a sentence I didn't expect to write: A film starring Megan Fox opened at No. 1 this weekend with an estimated $65.0 million and dethroned a Marvel movie after just one week atop the chart.
I wasn't alone; no one expected the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot to enjoy such a huge debut. Pundits did expect "Guardians of the Galaxy" to fall to about $40 million in its second weekend (in fact, it earned an estimated $41.5 million), but they still thought it would beat "Turtles" in a close contest. Some pundits predicted a "Turtles" tally as low as $34 million, or about half what it actually earned.
After all, it was a competitive weekend, with four new wide releases. "Guardians" had just opened well above expectations, so even with a 56 percent drop in week two, it was still expected to win. And no one thought much of "Turtles" -- not critics, who panned it; not early audiences, »
- Gary Susman
It has to be said, there is just too much Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci in Hollywood right now. In the last ten years these two were in some way (if not wholly) responsible for the screenplays for The Island, The Legend of Zorro, Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Cowboys & Aliens, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The bright spots along the way, in my opinion, were Mission: Impossible III and Star Trek, both films I would just as soon give credit to director J.J. Abrams before these two. Now Kurtzman is handling the Spider-Man spin-off Venom as well as a Mummy remake at Universal, Orci has been given the keys to Star Trek 3 and while the two have gone their separate ways in terms of their solo careers they're getting the band back together with Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment to produce and »
- Brad Brevet
This summer, the actress re-teams with Michael Bay -- following their reconciliation -- for another film adaptation of a classic cartoon, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Since breaking out, Fox has been seen in "Jennifer's Body" and "This Is 40," gotten married to her longtime boyfriend, Brian Austin Green, and popped out a couple kids. Now, she's back in action as April O'Neil and looking better than ever.
2. After her parents divorced when she was young, Fox was raised by her mother and stepfather in St. Petersburg, Florida.
3. Fox attended Catholic school and, as part of an agreement with her mother, »
- Jonny Black
Despite the fact that Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction is (critically) the worst received film in the series, it is currently 2014′s highest grossing production and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down any time soon.
So far each successive instalment in incredibly lucrative Transformers franchise has out-grossed its predecessor at the worldwide box office. This is a trend that seems set to continue with the fourth helping of Bayhem, as the film currently sits at $886.3 Million worldwide, which is more than both of the first two movies in the series! To put that in perspective, 2007′s Transformers grossed $709 Million, 2009′s Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen grossed $836 Million and 2011′s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon grossed $1.1 Billion. If the box office results for Optimus’ latest Decepticon-demolishing adventure continue to soar into the stratosphere, then it seems almost certain that Transformers: Age Of Extinction will become »
- Ben Read
Love it or hate it, the Transformers franchise won't be going anywhere anytime soon. After just four weeks of release, Transformers: Age of Extinction has become the first film of 2014 to hit the $800 million mark globally and is just days away from hitting $900 million. Its current worldwide cume is $886.3 million. That's more than Transformers ($709 million) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($836 million). Will it top Tranformers: Dark of the Moon? ($1.12 billion) That's harder to predict, but it will most definitely hit $1 billion in the coming weeks, so it wouldn't be too surprising if it did! The fourth instalment in the Michael Bay helmed franchise did well despite the World Cup distracting moviegoers, and it now holds a number of new records, including being vital box office territory China's highest grossing movie of all-time. How many times have you guys seen the movie? »
It may have lost top spot at the box office to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has pushed its worldwide haul to a whopping $886 million this weekend, further extending its lead as the highest-grossing movie of the year as well as surpassing the $709. million of the original Transformers and the $836.3 million of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. A billion looks all but assured for Age of Extinction, while the franchise high of $1.123 billion set by Transformers: Dark of the Moon is certainly an achievable target.
Transformers: Age of Extinction sees Michael Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller (She’s Out of »
- Gary Collinson
Well, you can't be a movie studio now unless you've got your own movie universe to play with, it seems. Disney has Star Wars and Marvel, Warner Bros has the DC Universe, Fox has X-Men, Sony has Spider-Man. and now Universal has got in on the game too. It's putting together a cinematic universe for its catalogue of classic monsters, and it's tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to head it up.
Work is already underway on the first of the new raft of films, a reboot of The Mummy that's set to land in cinemas on April 22nd 2016. Beyond that, Universal is looking to bring the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein and The Creature From The Black Lagoon back to the big screen. »
With no major new releases hitting stores last week, the top four disc sellers for the week ending July 13 remain unchanged.
Warner’s “The Lego Movie” again finished the week at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined.
The historical actioner “300: Rise of an Empire,” also from Warner, came in at No. 2, followed at No. 3 by Walt Disney Studios’ “Frozen” and at No. 4 by Universal Studios’ “Lone Survivor.”
Twentieth Century Fox’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” shot up to No. 5 from No. 16 the previous week in anticipation of the July 11 theatrical opening of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the sequel to the 2011 film, which began the studio’s reboot of the original “Planet of the Apes” franchise. “Dawn” scored a weekend gross of $73 million, significantly more than the $54.8 million gross generated by “Rise” the weekend of Aug. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
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