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Few summer 2016 releases have grabbed more advance attention that Sony’s female “Ghostbusters” reboot. During this feast-or-famine summer, its modest initial performance is far from great, but mainly positive.
The weekend brought few new releases, another reason grosses fell short of the same weekend last summer.
The Top Ten
$50,560,000 (-51%) in 4,381 theaters (+11); PTA (per theater average): $11,541; Cumulative: $203,148,000
2. Ghostbusters (Sony) New – Cinemascore: B-; Metacritic: 60; Est. budget: $144 million
$46,000,000 in 3,963 theaters; PTA: $11,607; Cumulative: $46,000,000
$11,120,000 (-47%) in 3,551 theaters (-40); PTA: $3,132; Cumulative: $103,050,000
$11,040,000 (- »
- Tom Brueggemann
One of the great things to come out of Breaking Bad, besides its standing as one of the best shows in TV history, is the emergence of Bryan Cranston as a screen-filling dramatic actor of the first rank. Cranston was hilarious as the hassled dad on Fox's Malcolm in the Middle for six seasons ending in 2006, but when he broke bad the world saw him with new eyes. Three Emmys later, plus an Oscar nomination as Best Actor for Trumbo and a Tony (and maybe another Emmy) for playing Lbj »
Brad Furman is a competitor. The director of films like the unexpected smash hit “The Lincoln Lawyer” (and, later, the Ben Affleck- and Justin Timberlake-starring disappointment “Runner Runner”) can’t quite pinpoint the source of that motivation — but it’s what’s driven his career since he made his first film, “The Take,” for less than a million dollars way back in 2007.
“I personally feel when somebody tells me I can’t do something, or I’m afraid of something, that’s typically when I dive in,” Furman recently told IndieWire.
The challenges that have pushed Furman haven’t exactly been unique – he’s one of any number of rising directors, mostly male, propelled to big studio features on the strength of one or two smash indie hits – but they have inspired him to do something pretty bold: Return to his indie roots to get films done the »
- Kate Erbland
If there is one thing that Hollywood has been able to seemingly churn out consistently at a reasonable quality ever since cocaine became a fashionable drug, it is crime dramas about cocaine. The Infiltrator happens to be the latest such movie, and it is another very good one, and that is in large part thanks to the brilliant work of Bryan Cranston in the lead role. When something is based on a true story, it always seems to elevate the material in these circumstances, and that very much happens to be the case here as well.
BroadGreen Pictures' The Infiltrator is based on a famous drug sting operation which was headed up by U.S. Customs official Robert Mazur (Cranston), who after a very long time attempting to slow Pablo Escobar's drug operation, gets the idea to follow the money instead of the drugs. This leads Mazur to dive deep »
As far as Martin Scorsese copycats go, “The Infiltrator” fares better than most. Although the latest from Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) is too indebted to the veteran filmmaker to ever find its own identity, it’s the kind of buttoned-down, tight-gripped, procedural drama-thriller with enough commendable performances, attention to character, hard-hitting violence and suitably unflashy […]
- Will Ashton
The Infiltrator is yet another average biopic carried by a watchable batch of performances and baffling pre-credits scrolling text that sums up how history was made by the acts of a few men. Specifically, how a massive 80s money laundering scheme was busted by one diehard U.S. Customs agent (Robert Mazur, whose tell-all was adapted by writer Ellen Sue Brown). Bryan Cranston stars and produces (a famous face to attract audiences), Brad Furman boasts directorial rights (a proven talent of Runner Runner/The Lincoln Lawyer fame), and period aesthetics strike free-flowing notes of nostalgia – in other words, expectations are set correctly and met with ease.
The story of Robert Mazur is one of espionage, drugs and Pablo freakin’ Escobar. Colombia was smuggling cocaine into America by the boatload, container load – however dealers could sneak it – and Ronald Regan was waging a war against the addicting infestation. This is where Mazur comes in, »
- Matt Donato
Martinez last scored The Neon Demon, Nicholas Winding Refn’s new film which opens in UK cinemas this weekend. His previous work includes the scores for sex, lies and videotape, Drive, Only God Forgives, Contagion, Solaris and Traffic, and also Arbitrage, The Lincoln Lawyer and Spring Breakers.
The Wolverine 3, or whatever the filmmakers decide to call it, will be his first comic-book/ superhero movie.
Here’s a sample of Martinez’s work from the outstanding Drive– it’s quite something.
- Paul Heath
A Lakeshore Entertainment film, Underworld: Blood Wars stars Beckinsale back in her role as the highly skilled vampire Selene, with Theo James once again playing David and Charles Dance returning as the vampire elder Thomas. Bradley James (Damien, iZombie) also plays a key role in the fifth Underworld film, which is directed by Anna Foerster from a screenplay by Cory Goodman (The Last Witch Hunter, Priest):
"Theo James (The Divergent Series) returns as Selene’s ally David, reprising the role he played in Underworld: Awakening. British actors Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”, “Rome”) and Lara Pulver (“Sherlock”) take on the respective roles »
- Derek Anderson
We should all be happy that Bryan Cranston has become a highly sought-after movie actor. Yet the very thing that brought him to that position — the pop-culture quake that was “Breaking Bad” — has now given him the ultimate tough act to follow. How do you top, or even rival, what he accomplished playing a gentle-souled family-man chemistry teacher who turns himself into a violent drug badass? “The Infiltrator,” a sensationally intelligent and exciting true-life thriller directed by Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”), offers the answer: Have him play a gentle-souled family-man law enforcer who goes undercover as a money launderer to Pablo Escobar.
Robert Mazur, the man Cranston plays in “The Infiltrator,” actually did that. In 1986, he realized that the war on drugs was going after the wrong target — the drugs themselves, massive shipments of cocaine that even if seized could be replaced within days. Mazur figured out that the »
- Owen Gleiberman
This year’s Cayman International Film Festival will honor Gary Lucchesi with a lifetime achievement award on its closing night, July 4, Variety has learned exclusively.
Lucchesi is currently president of Lakeshore Entertainment and co-president of the Producers Guild of America.
Lucchesi began his career as an agent at William Morris, representing Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner, Michelle Pfeiffer and John Malkovich. He then served as vice president and senior vice president of production at TriStar. Eventually he became president of production at Paramount Pictures before forming his own company, Gary Lucchesi Productions. There, he produced the Oscar-nominated film “Primal Fear.”
During his tenure, Lakeshore has produced more than 60 films, including “Million Dollar Baby,” the “Underworld” franchise, “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Runaway Bride,” “Arlington Road” and “The Age of Adaline, »
- Dave McNary
Newton Knight, the Mississippi-farmer-turned-Confederate-deserter-turned-guerrilla-leader played by Matthew McConaughey in “Free State of Jones,” is a historical figure of some controversy. He’s regarded by many as a heroic freedom fighter; some think of him as a reckless criminal. (The divide in opinion, no surprise, tends to fall along North/South lines.) But in “Free State of Jones,” a Civil War drama written and directed with more doggedness than excitement by Gary Ross, there is never much doubt about the kind of man that Newton Knight is. He’s Kevin Costner in “Dances with Wolves” crossed with a saintly Marxist professor crossed with a white version of Malcolm X. For all the ravaged surface appeal of McConaughey’s performance, the character is a little too good to be true, but then, that’s just the sort of movie “Free State of Jones” is. It’s a tale of racial liberation and heroic bloodshed that is designed, »
- Owen Gleiberman
New casting details have been released for the upcoming feature thriller California Dreaming.
About California Dreaming
Directed by Brandon Slagle (House of Manson) and written by Robert Thompson. Newcomer Bronwyn Carrie-Wilson stars alongside scream queen Devanny Pinn (The Black Dahlia Haunting) with Jacqui Holland (Limelight), Eric Etebari (2 Fast 2 Furious/ The Lincoln Lawyer) Jose Rosete (Inferno By Dante), Victor Boneva (The Bridge/ Constantine), Sarah French, Michelle Romano, Kevin Caliber (Supergirl) and Telenovela starlet Adriana Fonseca (Corazon Valiente) are among those cast thus far with fight choreography by Black Belt Magazine contributor Jason McNeil.
Lucy Liu (Kill Bill), Method Man (Keanu), Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent), Snoop Dogg (Meet the Blacks), Margarita Levieva (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Jeffrey Wahlberg are starring alongside James Franco and Milla Jovovich in the post-apocalyptic thriller Future World. James Franco is directing alongside Bruce Cheung, with Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Pictures producing alonside Franco's Dark Rabbit Productions. The news comes just one day after we reported Milla Jovovich has signed on to star.
The movie is set in the barren landscape of a post-apocalyptic world, where a young Prince from the Oasis (one of the last known safe-havens) and a robot named Ash go on a daring journey of self-discovery - one that winds through the violent and desolate world of the Wastelands. Bruce Cheung and Jay Davis wrote the screenplay, from an original story by Franco. It isn't known if a release date has been set at »
The project is based on the authorized graphic novel biography published last year, “Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven.” Roussimoff’s daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff will consult on the film and assigned the exclusive rights for the biography to the producers.
In addition to his wrestling career, Roussimoff played a key role in Rob Reiner’s 1987 fantasy comedy “The Princess Bride” as Fezzik, part of a trio of bandits with characters played by Wallace Shawn and Mandy Patinkin. He began wrestling professionally at the age of 17 and was billed as being »
- Dave McNary
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is returning to the drug scene in The Infiltrator — only this time, instead of playing a meth manufacturer, he will be on the other side of the law as an undercover federal agent. At the helm of the movie is director Brad Furman, who arguably ushered in the McConaissance (the return to form for actor Matthew McConaughey) with his 2011 film The Lincoln Lawyer, which also starred Cranston in a small role.
“We really responded to each other,” Furman told EW regarding Cranston. “He co-owns a great theater in Palm Springs and we showed The Lincoln Lawyer there and I did a Q&A afterwards. He’s the executive producer of a television show I’m working on. And so when this came to fruition, and I knew I wanted to work with my friends, he was the only guy.”
Given the talent, this film, which »
- Joseph Medina
The first trailer has debuted for the upcoming crime thriller The Infiltrator. Directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), the film stars Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) alongside Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), Benjamin Bratt (Special Correspondents), John Leguizamo (John Wick) and Amy Ryan (Birdman).
Based on the true story of a fearless operative, the film relates the account of one of history’s largest and most elaborate stings. Set amidst the lavish excess of the 1980’s, The Infiltrator tells the story of undercover Us Customs agent Robert Mazur (Cranston) Aka Robert Musella, who became a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. He traded on mob connections to become the confidant to scores of the international underworld, and the bankers who enabled them. Laying his life on the line, he infiltrated the globe’s largest cartels and discovered just how deep into society their influence extended. The operation reeled in »
- Scott J. Davis
It’s not often we get an adult-geared drama in the middle of the summer tentpole season, but Broad Green will deliver just that this July. The Infiltrator stars Bryan Cranston, coming off of his Oscar nomination for Trumbo, as a Federal agent who infiltrated Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking scene back in the mid-1980’s.
Director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) adapts the true story from Robert Mazur’s own biography, scripted by Ellen Brown Furman. The first trailer has now landed which shows off a kinetic drama, and certainly something with more energy than last fall’s dull Black Mass. Also starring Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez, and Amy Ryan, check out the trailer and poster below.
Based on a true story, Federal agent Robert “Bob” Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, »
- Leonard Pearce
Bryan Cranston is on a roll. He's coming hot off an Oscar nomination for "Trumbo;" he hits HBO next month in "All The Way," where he'll be reprising his Tony Award-winning role as Lyndon B. Johnson; and then he'll step into the heat of the summer with "The Infiltrator," for which its first trailer has dropped. Read More: Review: 'Trumbo' Starring Bryan Cranston Is An Incredibly Fun Leap Back To Old-Fashioned Hollywood Directed by Brad Furman ("The Lincoln Lawyer," "Runner Runner"), the true-story drug-cartel drama finds Cranston playing a federal agent who goes undercover into Pablo Escobar's cartel. Wait, isn't this the plot of Neflix's "Narcos"? Here's the synopsis: Based on a true story, Federal agent Robert “Bob” Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Teamed with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For quite some time, this upcoming October has been an anticipated month for Underworld fans looking forward to seeing Kate Beckinsale return as Selene in the fifth film of the franchise. Now those fans know what to mark down on their calendars, as the new movie has officially been titled Underworld Blood Wars.
While specific plot details have not yet surfaced, it has been revealed that Beckinsale will reprise her role as Selene, Theo James (Divergent) will return to play the vampire David from Underworld: Awakening, Bradley James (Damien) will play a villainous role, and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) will once again portray Thomas, the Vampire elder.
- Derek Anderson
Exclusive: Ascot Elite ties up deals with Bloom and Lakeshore.
Distributor Ascot Elite has acquired all Swiss rights to three buzzz titles out of the Efm.
From Bloom the distributor secured anticipated mystery-comedy Suburbicon and J.D.Salinger biopic Rebel In The Rye, while from Lakeshore the outfit picked up Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral.
George Clooney will direct Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Josh Brolin in Suburbicon, the story of a quiet 1950’s family town where the best and worst of humanity is reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people.
When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture-perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal. The Coen brothers have scripted the feature.
Also from Bloom, the company pre-bought all rights to J.D.Salinger biopic Rebel In The Rye.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
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