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The recipe itself is a tale as old as time: if a movie is ridiculously successful, chances are strong we'll see those characters return for a sequel. With Beauty and the Beast posting one of the biggest opening weekends ever, firmly on its way to becoming the year's first billion-dollar moneymaker, does that automatically mean a sequel is all but guaranteed? Well... yes and no. During a wide-ranging conversation covering everything from The Lone Ranger to the studio's recent success adapting their animated classics to live action, Deadline asked Disney president Sean Bailey whether Beauty and the Beast would get a sequel. While Bailey said there were currently no plans for a sequel, he did suggest that they are pursuing potential spinoffs and prequel...
- Erik Davis
The recipe itself is a tale as old as time: if a movie is ridiculously successful, chances are strong we'll see those characters return for a sequel. With Beauty and the Beast posting one of the biggest opening weekends ever, firmly on its way to becoming the year's first billion-dollar moneymaker, does that automatically mean a sequel is all but guaranteed? Well... yes and no. During a wide-ranging conversation covering everything from The Lone Ranger to the studio's recent...
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Maika Monroe and Matt O’Leary star as a young couple on vacation in Iceland who wake up after a beam of light shoots across the sky, only to discover that every other person in the world has disappeared. They are left to fend for themselves and try to survive, all while trying to make sense of this mysterious event.
Rising star Monroe first broke through in the 2014 horror film “It Follows,” followed by subsequent turns in “The Guest” and “Independence Day: Resurgence,” while O’Leary is best known for his role in Rian Johnson’s debut “Brick,” as well as »
- Allison Picurro
Author: Jon Lyus
Yesterday the 2017 Into Film Awards brought together some of the brightest new young filmmakers in the UK to celebrate their achievements, and promote the ongoing commitment to teaching film in schools. Many of the young filmmakers walked the red carpet before the ceremony, rubbing shoulders with some of our finest actors, directors and producers, and we were able to speak to many of them.
Eddie Redmayne, Daniel Craig, Amma Asante and Charles Dance were among those attending the event, and our collection of interviews are below. The great work Into Film undertakes to promote film education is second to none. Supported by the BFI and the National Lottery there is much to celebrate here, and we wish them well on their continuing adventure.
Scott Davis and Dave Sztypuljak were on the red carpet yesterday to speak with the new stars of the British Film Industry. Here’s how they got on… »
- Jon Lyus
Blumhouse's Get Out, the Jordan Peele horror/comedy/social commentary, parlayed its glowing critical reception for a stunning $30.5 million Oscar weekend in 2,781 theaters and a very respectable $10,976 per-screen average. The other new films, Lionsgate/Summit's animated flick, Rock Dog, at $3.7 million, fell just outside of the top 10, while the critically-derided inanimate Collide, from Open Road, spun out at $1.53 million in 2,045 theaters for an abysmal $753 per theater.Get Out, a film where an African-American man notices his girlfriend's family estate may be hiding a sinister secret, had a surprise sneak premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, which set the stage for its critical success. The film maintains a rare 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a healthy 8.1 IMDb rating and an A- on CinemaScore. That means the horror film should see an easy falloff next weekend even as the Groundhog Day Ya film, Before I Fall, and the final Hugh Jackman Wolverine film, »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
MaryAnn’s quick take… Ominous signs and psychological detours get tossed out and tossed away on the path to ridiculous gothic nonsense that takes itself far too seriously. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Wait, a cure for what? For wellness? Who would want a cure for wellness?
That title — A Cure for Wellness — should have been my first sign that things would be deeply wrong with this movie. The second might have been that the previous collaboration between director Gore Verbinski and screenwriter Justin Haythe was their utterly wrongheaded attempt to reboot The Lone Ranger.
“Of course, Mr. DeHaan, you can check out any time you like. But you can never leave.”
- MaryAnn Johanson
Dane DeHaan leads the cast of Gore Verbinski’s big-budget horror-thriller which takes us to the Swiss Alps and a mysterious “wellness center”, where rich folk travel from all corners of the Earth to pay through the nose to reach a peak of health.
DeHaan plays Wall Street banker Lockhart, a wealthy twenty-something climbing the ranks at a New York financial outfit. There’s been an issue at the firm and Lockhart must travel to Switzerland to retrieve CEO Harry Groener and bring him back to the Big Apple so that he can aid an investigation. However, when Lockhart reaches the shadowy outfit, full of old folk looking for some quality rest and relaxation, he »
- Paul Heath
During the summer of 2015, while shooting A Cure for Wellness in Germany, Dane DeHaan went through what he describes as “my month of torture”. In the space of a few weeks, the then-29-year-old star of Chronicle and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was strapped down and subjected to drill-induced dental abuse; had a tube rammed down his throat; and was immersed in a huge, water-filled sensory-deprivation tank.
They call it ‘suffering for your art’, but DeHaan has taken it to a whole new level.
“The dentist scene was more or less shot in a day, but for me it was just a terrifying circumstance to be in,” he explains, a good year and a half later and now sitting very comfortably in a London hotel suite. “That was fast and psychologically demanding.” The tube-gagging sequence, meanwhile, »
Jason Isaacs as Dr. Volmer in A Cure for WellnessIt starts with a whispered melody. It will send frissons of familiarity, of a kind of upsetting longing for clarity. You know that song the odd English girl is singing, but you can't place it. Neither can Lockhart (Dane DeHaan, who they might have called Lockjaw, as he can barely seem to spit his words out), which is what draws him into the guts of a mystery. And it draws the film into a slithering spiral, compels us to observe an autopsy of modern horror. What half-remembered giallo fugue is Gore Verbinski spooning up for us like medicine, pinioned to our chairs like one of the zombie patients in the film’s sinister clinic? A puzzle picture, a conspiracy thriller, a kind of baroque classical nightmare, A Cure For Wellness is too sturdy, busy and sure of itself to be much of a horror film. »
A Cure for Wellness, 2017.
Directed by Gore Verbinski.
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa’s treatments are not what they seem.
If only all vanity projects were as masturbatory and hysterically overwrought as Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness. It’s a 150-minute homage to Dario Argento, a critique of modern capitalism, a grotesque flamboyant fairy tale and in the current climate of turgid, machine made, a copy of a copy of a copy horror cinema, it’s a refreshing excursion to somewhere new. It’s a frantic exercise in absolute excess.
It’s hard to imagine how the film was bankrolled following Verbinski’s attempt at »
- Amie Cranswick
Author: Scott Davis
After his success on bigger movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring, Gore Verbinski returns behind the camera to bring us A Cure For Wellness, a project that the director helped to create with writer Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road). You can read Stefan Pape’s review of the film here.
The film follows Lockhart (DeHaan), a Wall Street stockbroker who travels to the Swiss Alps to find his company’s CEO from a medical centre that is surrounded in mystery and soon he begins to suspect that not everything is what it seems. For Verbinski, who co-wrote the story, it was the traditional nature of the horror genre that excited him with the project rather than going for “jump scares”:
“I’m a fan of the genre but these days we tend to distill horror into a series of scares that have to »
- Scott Davis
“The Great Wall” (Universal) fared best among the three new original debuts this week. But at $18 million, it fell short of what was needed to boost this very expensive Chinese production aimed at international markets (while making American audiences see it as nothing out of the ordinary).
Even so, it did better than the disappointing Ice Cube comedy “Fist Fight” (Warner Bros.) or Gore Verbinski’s disastrous “A Cure for Wellness” (20th Century Fox), which barely made the Top 10. But any heft came from decent holdovers from last weekend’s unprecedented trio of $30 million+ openers.
That’s the good news. The bad is this is a Top Ten that compares miserably with 2016, and represents a further decline in year-to-date totals. Even if they aren’t in actual free fall, they’re showing serious weakness.
The Top Ten
(all estimates for the three-day weekend; with school holiday Monday, the order will »
- Tom Brueggemann
Director Gore Verbinski has crafted quite an interesting career. After striking genre gold with the remake of the Japanese horror film Ringu, orchestrating one of Disney’s most successful franchises with Pirates of the Caribbean, and continuing his collaboration with Johnny Depp on the animated film Rango and the reboot of The Lone Ranger, Verbinski was poised to do whatever he wanted to do with his next film, and it doesn’t take long to realize this quality in the director’s new film, A Cure for Wellness.
For nearly two and a half hours, Verbinski compiles a beautiful, confounding, and chaotic medley of his favorite and most influential film scenes recreated. One moment you are whisked away on a train ride through the Swiss Alps in a moment of stunning scenery, the next you are offered images of unnerving and repulsive situations. It’s undeniable that Verbinski and director »
- Monte Yazzie
Gore Verbinski is a talented director who landed in movie jail with his bloated The Lone Ranger for Disney. But he hasn’t fared much better by shifting from Westerns to the horror genre with the intriguingly titled A Cure For Wellness, which at 146 minutes takes itself way too seriously while also taking its time. As I say in my video review above, even cutting 40 or 50 minutes and tightening this thing to resemble a B-horror thriller might not have made this confused… »
Simon Brew Feb 17, 2017
Director Gore Verbinski tells the story of how the plug was pulled on the film, just weeks before filming was set to begin...
A big screen adaptation of the Bioshock videogame series came painfully close to happening. Director Gore Verbinski was attached, and was close to physical production started, when Universal Pictures ultimately pulled the plug.
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Since then, Verbinski has moved on to films such as Rango and The Lone Ranger. And now he’s put together A Cure For Wellness, that lands in cinemas later this month. In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, Verbinski was asked just what happened with the Bioshock movie, and why it fell apart. He was candid with his answer.
With Presidents’ Day, “The Great Wall” (Universal), “Fist Fight” (Universal), and “A Cure For Wellness” (20th Century Fox) each have the luxury of a four-day weekend. However, even with this advantage they could fall short of last weekend’s successful debuts.
Last week saw a trifecta of new releases gross over $30 million. And it’s likely that we’ll see the winner, “The Lego Batman Movie” (Warner Bros.), in the top spot once more. A forty percent drop would place it at $32 million over three days, more than enough to dominate a group of titles that are each likely to struggle to pass $20 million.
Among the new releases, two very different entries could be in a close race to reach the upper teens.
The edge goes to “Fist Fight,” a »
- Tom Brueggemann
“The Lego Batman Movie” will once again try to fend off “Fifty Shades Darker” as the animated spinoff works to retain its box office crown over the Presidents Day weekend holiday. The two films should make quick work of a group of newcomers — “Fist Fight,” “The Great Wall,” and “A Cure for Wellness” — that lack the firepower to pull off a coup.
Of these, “Fist Fight,” a comedy with Ice Cube and Charlie Day as feuding teachers, should be the most profitable. The New Line comedy is expected to debut to roughly $17 million over the four-day period, a solid result given its $22 million budget. The studio is being a bit more conservative, projecting an opening of approximately $15 million across 3,200 locations.
With ‘Lego Batman,’ IMAX Makes Big Commitment to Family Movies
- Brent Lang
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
The Lego Batman Movie won the weekend as expected, but not with nearly as much money as I had predicted, not besting the opening of The Lego Movie as expected, but instead ending up with a reasonable and not so bad $53 million. Fifty Shades Darker proved that the audience for movies based on the popular books was still great enough for it to win Friday with $21 million (to Lego Batman’s $15 million) and end up second for the weekend with a strong $46.6 million. That was still almost $40 million less than the opening of the previous movie Fifty Shades of Grey, but the sequel also didn’t have the benefits of Valentine’s Day and a four-day holiday. Coming in »
- Edward Douglas
A functionary is sent by his firm to do business at a remote mountain castle, and he soon finds himself in over his head. This plot set-up makes for a snappy opening to “Dracula,” but it’s decidedly less effective in “A Cure for Wellness,” an atmospheric but overlong horror film about the nefarious goings-on behind the scenes at a chic, exclusive spa. It will come as no surprise that Gore Verbinski, the director behind “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and “The Lone Ranger,” continues to lack all sense of proportion. But even when working with an original story. »
- Alonso Duralde
Common is currently participating in interviews for the now released John Wick: Chapter 2 [you can read my review here], and as us to be expected the actor is fielding a number of superhero related questions. Specifically, Yahoo Movies asked about his casting as Green Lantern in Mad Max creator George Miller’s unfortunately canned Justice League Mortal project.
“Yeah, I was cast and we started rehearsals for the film,” said the actor/rapper. “I went to Australia. I tried on the outfit and everything. It was heartbreaking, but it happened. The script was super-dope. It was intricate. And knowing George Miller was going to do it, you knew it was going to have that raw edge. But it had Superman, Aquaman, it had all of the characters really involved. Each one of them had moments and you got to know them. It was a strong piece.”
- Robert Kojder
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