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Christmas is a time for tradition – presents, decorations, carols, and mince pies. But what better tradition to celebrate than the Christmas movie? Join The Hollywood News for the Movie Advent Calendar – a film each day ’til Christmas. For the full Advent Calendar so far, click here.
Director Bob Clark first caught audiences’ attention with the festive-themed slasher Black Christmas in 1973, but it’s another of his films that has made Thn’s list of festive favourites. A Christmas Story, made in 1983, is a cult classic, loved by many a film fan across the world.
It tells the semi-biographical tale of Ralphie and his Christmas wish to get his hands on his ideal gift for the big day. Every role in the film is perfectly cast and as the focus is always on Ralphie Parker himself, Clark has the actual author Jean Shepard – on whose childhood the events are based – narrating the film, »
- Craig Hunter
Faulty Blueprint: Rugina’s Debut Pleasures the Crowd, Numbs the Mind
A certifiable hit at the Romanian box office, Iulia Rugina’s directorial debut, Love Building has the formulaic, crowd pleasing prowess of similar Western counterparts where hokey endeavors are piled one on top of another until, instead of revealing its own realistic mess, we reach a staunchly uplifting and/or hopelessly trite finale. To her credit, Rugina doesn’t completely dissolve her narrative in saccharine fantasyland by ending on an open-ended sequence that doesn’t quite put the ribbon on the wrapped box, but neither is it operating as anything other than simplistic fluff. While it doesn’t neatly solve the many problems of its many characters, the film also fails to question its own complicity in these types of problems, namely that maybe our conditioned, heteronormative notions of love and successfully realistic relationships is the root of discord. »
- Nicholas Bell
Jean-Claude Van Damme, corporate savior? In the trailer for Welcome to the Jungle, the legendary action star takes on the task of whipping some office drones into shape. Chief among them is Adam Brody, who, along with officemates Megan Boone (The Blacklist's Agent Keen), Rob Huebel, and Kristen Schaal, heads to an island for their corporate retreat. Instead of doing trust falls and team-building exercises, things go terribly awry, and the co-workers go pretty Lord of the Flies on each other (but with less death). Think Couples Retreat meets Office Space. As cheesy as the setup is, this trailer is actually pretty amusing. Van Damme is clearly in on the joke about his muscle-bearing character Storm - and just try to hold in a giggle when the '80s star gets jumped by a tiger. And have we ever told you how much we love Seth Cohen? Welcome to the Jungle comes out Feb. »
- Shannon Vestal
The girl on fire is still burning bright! Lionsgate’s hotly anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trounced the competition over its first weekend at the box office, pulling in an estimated $161.1 million. That gross handily beats the $152.5 million opening of The Hunger Games, which opened in March 2012, and it stands as the best November debut of all time ahead of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which bowed with $142.9 million in 2009.
Only three films have ever opened higher than Catching Fire: The Avengers ($207.4 million), Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million). Many prognosticators »
- Grady Smith
Chicago – Has Vince Vaughn peaked?
Since hit films like “Swingers” and “Wedding Crashers,” critical flops like “Couples Retreat” and “The Dilemma” have shown he’s fighting an uphill battle to find redemption. While “Delivery Man” isn’t his re-breakout role, it does show you a lesser-seen side: his drama instead of his comedy.
The problem is “Delivery Man” is supposed to be funny. Inspired by the 2011 Canadian hit comedy “Starbuck” – in which Patrick Huard plays David Wozniak in the French version of this film – “Delivery Man” fails as a comedy where “Starbuck” succeeds. While you’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting another “Swingers”-like comedy from Vince Vaughn, you’ll be surprised to see his softer, paternal and caregiver side instead of his trademark party manboy.
Read Adam Fendelman’s full review of “Delivery Man”.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
DreamWorks Pictures’ “Delivery Man” stars Vince Vaughn as affable underachiever David Wozniak, whose anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years earlier resulted in 533 children.David must now embark on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but also the father that he could become.
Okay, a great movie here for Vince. It’s the first time I think that you’re playing in or starring in a remake of a Canadian movie, and telling the exact same story. So, I wondering what your take was on the character, and did you watch Starbuck or intentionally avoid Starbuck?
- Melissa Howland
Universal are having a bit of a shake up both at an executive level and at a purely creative level. Although just last week it broke that Hailee Steinfeld had been cast alongside Vince Vaughn in Term Life, it looks like the film has been cancelled. Vaughn was set to play a professional thief who finds himself targeted by the mob, dirty cops and contract killers. This film sounded vaguely promising but with Couples Retreat director Peter Billingsley at the helm, it may be a good thing for the film to be cancelled.
Hailee Steinfeld's career won't be affected by this setback, with Ender's Game, Romeo and Juliet and Can a Song Save Your Life? all incoming. Vaughn on the other hand, although certainly going through a large blip in his career, has Nick Frost and Dave Franco co-vehicle Business Trip on the horizon along with Delivery Man, which opens next month in America. »
- Gary Collinson
Just last month, the Vince Vaughn vehicle Term Life was casting co-stars, but Deadline reports the project has since gone belly up, which is a bit funny considering its premise. The crime noir based on A.J. Lieberman's graphic novel of the same name followed the late Nick Barrow, a thief whose days are numbered after a heist gone wrong makes him the target of mafia hitmen. Knowing there's no escape from this death sentence, Barrow buys a life insurance policy that he hopes will help take care of his daughter once he's gone. However, it won't kick into effect for 21 days, meaning this dead man walking has to elude his would-be killers for three weeks. Despite its dark premise, it looked like Term Life was angling for comedy, as Universal Pictures had Couples Retreat director Peter Billingsley attached to helm. However, following some shakeups in the studio's management, it »
He must survive for 21 days before a million-dollar life insurance policy comes into effect for the benefit of his estranged daughter.
According to Deadline, sources have denied that the cancellation was due to the recent executive shake-up at the studio.
If Vince Vaughn thought he was on to a sure thing – and a chance to show some dramatic action chops – with comic book adaptation Term Life, his plans have been roundly thwarted by Universal, which has abruptly cancelled the film.Vaughn had been in the process of setting the film up with Couples Retreat director Peter Billingsley set to call the shots and Hailee Steinfeld on to co-star.The script was adapted from A.J. Lieberman’s Image Comics title, which follows Nick Barrow, who plans heists and comes up with tricks for career criminals. Unfortunately for him, he’s managed to annoy just about everyone, especially when one of the most recent crimes he helped plan goes bad. With mob bosses, corrupt cops and hit men on his trail, Nick decides he wants to finally do something good and takes out a big life insurance policy out on himself, payable to his estranged daughter. »
Universal Pictures has decided not to move forward with the actioner Term Life. The film was set to star Vince Vaughn as a professional thief who finds himself the target of mob bosses, contract killers, and dirty cops, with Couples Retreat helmer Peter Billingsley onboard to direct. Just last month Hailee Steinfeld signed on to play Vaughn’s daughter, whom he takes on the run while he waits for his life insurance policy to kick in so that she can become the beneficiary, but Deadline now reports that Universal has opted not to greenlight the pic. The move comes as the studio has undergone some changes at the executive level, so perhaps the project didn’t gel with the new regime. Vaughn was set to produce Term Life through his Wild West Picture Productions banner, but it’s unclear if he will try to set the project up elsewhere. The »
- Adam Chitwood
Captain Phillips did strong business in its maiden voyage this weekend, though it didn't come anywhere close to topping Gravity.After setting an October opening weekend record, Gravity eased just 23 percent to $43.2 million. That's the best non-holiday hold ever for a movie that opened over $50 million. Also of note: Gravity added $9.05 million in IMAX, which is the highest second weekend ever for the format ahead of The Dark Knight Rises ($8.99 million). Through 10 days, Gravity has earned a fantastic $122.3 million.Gravity's unprecedented hold can be attributed to strong word-of-mouth that's focused on the experience of seeing the movie on the big screen in 3D. This is a very powerful sentiment that's getting people out to the theater who may otherwise have waited to watch at home. Additionally, it's ensuring that people are buying the premium-priced tickets*Gravity's 3D share was 82 percent this weekend, which is up from 80 percent in its opening. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
‘Gravity’ falls? Not at the domestic box office, as Sandra Bullock and George Clooney space thriller to enjoy one of biggest October openings ever (photo: Alfonso Cuarón directing Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in ‘Gravity’) Alfonso Cuarón’s Warner Bros.-released Gravity will undoubtedly have one of the biggest October openings ever at the North American box office. As mentioned in my previous Gravity box office post, Cuarón’s mix of adventure, horror, suspense thriller, and psychological drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was expected to earn around $40 million by Sunday evening. The Warner Bros.-distributed $100 million-budgeted film will, however, easily surpass that figure. (Note: some sources peg Gravity‘s budget at between $80 million and $120 million, not including marketing and distribution expenses.) (See also: “‘Gravity’ Box Office Record?“) The story of two U.S. astronauts adrift in the solar system after chunks of Earth-orbiting debris crash into their space shuttle, »
- Zac Gille
We had double the fun with the Brown family on Sept. 22! In the first half of the special two-part season four finale of ‘Sister Wives,’ Kody and his wives throw some therapy at their marital problems when they go on a ‘couples’ retreat — if you can even call it that! Later, the Browns sit down to answer all your burning questions about their relationships, and some of their answers may surprise you!
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from watching TLC’s Sister Wives over the years, it’s that it is possible to have a strong, successful plural marriage. Still, every relationship comes with its own set of problems and the Browns’ unique union is no exception. In the two-hour season finale, Kody Brown and his wives Meri, 42, Janelle, 44, Christine, 41, and Robyn meditate, hike and sculpt to help solve their deepest struggles. But does getting their zen on do the trick? »
Vince Vaughn and producer/director/pal Peter Billingsley are looking to try something different for their next collaboration to follow up the less-than-satisfying Couples Retreat. They’ve plumped for an adaptation of Image Comics title Term Life, and now Hailee Steinfeld is aboard to play Vaughn’s daughter.A.J. Lieberman wrote the adaptation of his and Nick Thornborrow’s graphic novel, which finds a criminal type known for planning heists somehow managing to annoy just about everyone he knows. When his latest plan is botched, his former employers - along with mob bosses, corrupt cops and hit men - all decide to take him out.Since he wants to finally do something good with his life, our man takes out a big life insurance policy out, payable to his estranged daughter. The trouble is that the policy doesn’t become due for 21 days and it looks like he may not make it that long. »
Steinfeld is certainly one of the most popular young actresses working in Hollywood at the moment with upcoming appearances in Romeo And Juliet and Ender’S Game. Steinfeld also has an astonishing amount of award wins and nominations under her belt for a sixteen year old, including an academy award nomination and BAFTA award nomination for her role in 2010′s True Grit.
Term Life will reunite Vince Vaughn and Couples Retreat director Peter Billingsley for the action thriller. The film is based on the obscure 2011 graphic novel from A.J. Lieberman and Nick Thornborrow, here is the synopsis:
‘If Nick Barrow can stay alive for 21 days he’ll die happy. Everyone Nick knows wants him dead; Mob bosses, contract killers, and dirty cops. Performing the last act of a desperate man, »
- Ben Read
Vince Vaughn stars a criminal who plans and sells heists to the highest bidder. The man is wanted by mafia bosses, hitmen and corrupt cops all over town, so he takes out a life insurance policy for his estranged teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). He takes his daughter on the run, hoping to stay alive for 21 days until the policy kicks in.
Peter Billingsley (Couples Retreat) is directing from a script by A.J. Lieberman, which is adapted from the graphic novel he co-created with Nick Thornborrow. Vince Vaughn, Victoria Vaughn and Micah Mason are producing for Wild West Picture Show Productions. No production schedule was given.
Vince Vaughn is on a mini-streak of picking up co-stars. Just yesterday we learned that veteran character actor Tom Wilkinson has signed on to play Vaughn's boss in the upcoming comedy The Business Trip, and today, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we have learned that Hailee Steinfeld is attached to star as the actor's daughter in the new graphic novel adaptation Term Life. Set to be helmed by Couples Retreat director Peter Billingsley (who you may know better as Ralphie from A Christmas Story), the new film will tell the story of a man named Nick Barrow, who has found himself in quite a bit of trouble. The mob, dirty cops and contract killers have all put a target on his back and Nick knows that he doesn't have much time left. With his sad life about to come to an end, he decides to try and do one last »
Though most audiences know Peter Billingsley as the child actor who stars in A Christmas Story, he's also a good friend of and frequent collaborator with the likes of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, having directed them both in Couples Retreat and produced their films like Iron Man and The Break-Up. Now The Wrap reports Billingsley is ready to make his sophomore directing effort in a completely different genre with Term Life, based on a graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman and Nick Thornborrow. And Vince Vaughn is slated to lead the film with True Grit and Ender's Game actress Hailee Steinfeld joining him. Read on! The story follows a man named Nick Barrow (Vaughn) who makes his money planning heists and selling them to the highest bigger. But soon he finds himself being chased down by mobsters, assassins and corrupt cops. Thinking of his estranged daughter (Steinfeld), he takes out »
- Ethan Anderton
According to The Wrap, the 16-year-old Oscar-nominated actress will play Vaughn's daughter in the action-thriller movie.
The film centres around a small-time crook called Nick Barrow (Vaughn) who is on the run from the mob and crooked cops. To help estranged daughter Cate (Steinfeld), he must survive for 21 days before a million-dollar life insurance policy comes into effect.
Meanwhile Steinfeld, who recently starred in Can a Song Save Your Life?, will also soon be seen as the lead role in Carlo Carlei's adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. She has claimed that she helped cast the movie. »
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