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Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
Universal Studios is having a great year. In fact they’re having a year where they are having the biggest box office returns this year by a long shot – $2.1 billion domestically and counting, a full $700 million past the 2nd placers in Buena Vista – and it’s probably the most interesting thing that a large Hollywood studio has done in a long time.
You’re probably wondering at this point, why should I be interested in the fact that a large Hollywood studio made a bunch of money? The fact that they made a bunch of money isn’t the interesting thing, its how they made it that is.
The biggest genre of film in Hollywood right now is the comic book film. Every studio »
- Dylan Griffin
True Story, 2015.
Directed by Rupert Goold.
New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) has lost his job. Fired for playing fast and loose with the facts, he spots a chance at redemption and financial reward in Christian Longo (James Franco). Having stolen Finkel’s identity Longo is now facing trial for murder. Intrigued enough to meet, these two unlikely men find more than a few things to talk about.
Made under the auspices of Brad Pitt’s Plan B production arm, True Story is a slow burn thriller which will draw inevitable comparisons. Whether that be with the alpha male stand-off of Frost/Nixon, Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs, or it’s under rated cousin Manhunter. There are arguments which could also be made for The King’s Speech, Tim Robbins directed Dead Man Walking or »
- Gary Collinson
Related: Why James Franco is not your typical McDonald's worker
They should never have nominated Jonah Hill and James Franco for Oscars. All it does is encourage them. I think the bubble may finally have burst for me with the children of Judd Apatow. Or it may be that some necessary membrane of suspended disbelief was permanently violated when that whole generation of comics played themselves in This Is The End – whose best line by a mile is “Dear God, it’s me. Jonah Hill… from Moneyball” – and now I just can’t go back.
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- John Patterson
Universal Pictures has released the first full trailer for Steve Jobs, the film starring Michael Fassbender, directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Trainspotting) and written by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball, A Few Good Men). You may recall that Sony released a one minute Steve Jobs teaser trailer during […]
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- Peter Sciretta
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
The Netflix original film, War Machine, a provocative satirical comedy from David Michôd with Brad Pitt set to star in the leading role, will be exclusively available to members of the leading Internet TV service globally and in select theaters next year.
Produced by Netflix and Pitt alongside his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and producer Ian Bryce (World War Z, Saving Private Ryan), War Machine brings together Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, World War Z, Moneyball) with Michôd, the acclaimed Australian writer and director (Animal Kingdom, The Rover). Principal photography is scheduled to start in August.
Inspired by the best-selling book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late Michael Hastings, War Machine concerns a four star, “rock star” general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. »
- Melissa Thompson
Chris Pratt wasn't always the confident guy we know today! The "Guardians Of The Galaxy" star has transformed into a total hunk right before our eyes -- but it took years of yo-yo dieting for him to realize what makes him happiest. The 35-year-old initially packed on the pounds for his role as Andy Dwyer in "Parks and Recreation" and in the July issue of Men's Health U.K., he reveals how quickly it almost got out of hand. "I said to the creators that I wanted to get fatter for the role. They loved it," he explained. "I announced it to the whole cast, and then it became a bit of a game: how fat can I get and how fast can I get that fat. I would eat three or four cheeseburgers at every table read." The funny man weighed 300 pounds at his heaviest, but felt that his »
- tooFab Staff
We all want to be BFFs with Chris Pratt. That.s just the way it is. His appearances on Parks & Recreation, Moneyball, and heck, even Zero Dark Thirty, were layered with a genuine warmth, which didn.t disappear when he lost all of his weight and turned into a hunk for Guardians Of The Galaxy. Now firmly established as one of the most engaging leading men in Hollywood, this Jurassic World behind-the-scenes clip proves that even monumental success can.t stop him being a giant goofball. The above footage simply shows that working with Chris Pratt would be a pretty terrific way to spend a few months. The cast and crew certainly appear to be having a good time. We also get a good look at the variety of jumps, slides, rolls, and pirouettes that Pratt had to conduct while filming. Ok, there wasn.t that much of that last »
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Who knew Bennett Miller had such a wicked sense of humor? Those who saw the excellent but dour as hell “Foxcatcher” certainly had no idea. The director of the feel-good wrestling picture of 2014, as well as “Capote” and the underrated “Moneyball,” apparently decided to put his recent Cannes win for Best Director to good use as he recently rolled out (pun very much intended) a string of toilet paper commercials for Quilted Northern. Why toilet paper? Why not? A-list directors helming commercials for big time corporations is not a new thing: Wes Anderson directed American Express commercials; David Fincher did Nike, Spike Jonze promoted Levi’s, and there's countless other examples. Read More: Wes Anderson's 5 Best Commercials Working almost like a parody of contemporary American art house cinema, complete with a neutral and inert third person narration usually found in Wes Anderson’s work, the ads tell the tragic »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
It’s no secret that a lot of big filmmakers sometimes take breaks from the grueling production schedules of feature films to helm commercials for television. Of course folks like David Fincher, Spike Jonze, and Michael Bay got their start directing commercials, and they’ve been happy to return to the medium despite finding success in the world of movies. Hell, Fincher finished Gone Girl early so he took some time last year to helm a series of fantastic Gap commercials like it was nothing. But today some commercials have surfaced from a filmmaker whom you might not immediately connect with the world of TV ads: Bennett Miller. The guy has only directed three narrative movies—Capote, Moneyball, and Foxcatcher—but they’ve all been phenomenal, so there’s no question about his talent. However, who knew Miller was also funny? The filmmaker recently helmed a series of commercials for »
- Adam Chitwood
Christopher Nolan.s Dark Knight trilogy is a family of films full of incredible, memorable moments. Filmmakers are often very cagey when it comes to saying one scene or another is their favorite (like parents saying they love all their children equally), but Nolan recently revealed that he does in fact have a preferred scene from the saga, and it is indeed a doozy. Talking with Foxcatcher and Moneyball director Bennett Miller at the Tribeca Film Festival recently, as witnessed by Long Live Cinema, Nolan was asked what scene from his trio of Batman films is his favorite, and he wasted little time disclosing that it is that incredible scene where Bane (Tom Hardy) and his cronies hijack a plane in midair early in The Dark Knight Rises. That is definitely an intense scene in an intense movie, and one that was crazy complex to film as Nolan tried to »
Adam Mckay, best known for his outrageous comedy sensibilities, may be gearing up to deliver a heavyweight drama for Paramount. The Big Short is based on a book by Michael Lewis and tells the story of a group of genius investors who figured out the property bubble was about to self implode and figured out a way to short the market prior to its collapse in 2008. If all of that sounds like it might not translate to screen, bear in mind Lewis' previous books Moneyball and The Blind Side managed to do quite well for themselves after being adapted for the big screen. Joining Adam McKay on the project is the kind of A-List cast the immediately screams Oscar glory come awards season. Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Marisa Tomei will be joining Melissa Leo for the film. Production is reportedly already underway in New Orleans. »
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We've already had a couple of 'another actor joins big ensemble movie' stories this morning, and this one will be no different. Apart from the names and the film, obviously. This time it's Adam McKay's financial drama The Big Short, and the actress in question is Marisa Tomei. She joins the already-aboard Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Melissa Leo, Anchorman director McKay has been developing this one for a while now, working up something very different from his usual comedy brand. It's based on Moneyball author Michael Lewis’ book, subtitled 'Inside The Doomsday Machine', and follows several key people who had roles in creative the toxic credit bubble that sent the financial markets into panic mode over the last decade. Also announced as having just signed up are Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock, although »
Production is underway in New Orleans on the Plan B, Paramount and New Regency non-fiction adaptation about investors who ‘shorted’ the market at the time of the housing bubble prior to the 2008 financial collapse.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Deadline reported on Tuesday that Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, and Brad Pitt are set to join Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei in McKay’s adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The book tells the story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
This is McKay’s first dive into large-scale drama after making a name for himself with comedy hits such as Anchorman, The Other Guys, and Step Brothers. He most recently worked with Marvel and Paul Rudd on the script for Ant-Man, which just released its second trailer, and is rumored to be on the shortlist »
- Zach Dennis
On Monday evening, Christopher Nolan, acclaimed director of "Memento," Inception" and "Interstellar" visited the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival for one of their Tribeca Talks panels. His moderator was Bennett Miller, acclaimed director of "Moneyball" and "Foxcatcher." Throughout the panel, Miller kept the focus mostly on Nolan's filmmaking history, his influences, his processes and his family, but did manage to include a story referencing Amy Pascal and his own experiences with studios. Check out the highlights from the panel below which dive into Nolan's process: Nolan's first memory of film."My first memory of going to a film is probably seeing 'Snow White' in re-release," Nolan said. "I very much remember seeing the evil witch, the evil queen who transforms herself into the witch, with the apple and »
- Casey Cipriani
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