18 items from 2015
Not every movie can be a winner. And not every actor can be Meryl Streep.
Even Oscar nominees make bad movies and sometimes, in an unfortunate twist of fate and bad timing, that bomb, that dud, that total and complete flop, comes out at the same time as some of the best work of their life. Here are 11 times that happened in the past 10 years:
1. Eddie Redmayne (2015)
Losing Role: Jupiter Ascending. This totally effing bonkers Wachowski sci-fi flick came out just before Oscar voting started. And once you see Redmayne as Bowie-esque space prince Balem Abrasax, it cannot be unseen.
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2. Jennifer Lawrence (2013)
Winning Role: Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence took home Best Actress for her turn as a trouble townie named Tiffany in this dark spin on a rom-com »
Released today across various different markets, including the UK, Us and many European countries, Fifty Shades of Grey has finally been unleashed after months of anticipation. And despite its opening being only a few hours old, the film has already broken box-office records.
The film, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, took an estimated $3.7 million on Wednesday, which included $2.7 million in France, a record opening day for Universal Pictures, beating the previous record-holder Fast & Furious 6, not including inflation.
Fifty Shades of Grey is set to break many more records over the weekend, with its Us release set to be the biggest of all. Opening today in 3,645 North American cinemas, the most modest estimates for the film’s debut stand around $50 million, while others are suggesting that the tracking and early-ticket sales of the film will see it closer to the $80 million-$90 million, which will »
- Scott J. Davis
Friday Am Update: Fifty Shades of Grey opened to an estimated $8.6 million from Thursday night shows at 2,830 locations. That's the biggest Thursday night ever for Universal ahead of Fast & Furious 6 ($6.5 million), and ranks second all-time for R-rated movies behind The Hangover Part II ($10.4 million).It's also in the same class as 2014 blockbusters like Transformers: Age of Extinction ($8.75 million), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($8.7 million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past ($8.1 million). If it plays like those movies, it will wind up with around $100 million over its first four days. Of course, it could play like a Twilight movie and wind up around $50 million. It also remains to be seen what kind of impact a Saturday Valentine's Day has on the movie's weekend.Meanwhile, Kingsman: The Secret Service opened to $1.4 million at 2,569 locations. That's roughly on par with Taken 3's $1.5 million Thursday night haul last month. It now feels like »
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However, there's always a danger that the album can outshine the movie it originates from. Digital Spy highlights 9 instances where this is the case.
1. Tron: Legacy (2010)
Disney's belated sequel to its cult '80s hit Tron unfortunately forgot to bother with anything approaching a coherent story or believable characters - but what a display of visuals and sound. Daft Punk took care of the latter, crafting a score that fizzed with electronic pulses ripped straight from The Grid.
2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Despite being so critically derided, the Twilight movies were consistently able to churn out impressive soundtracks. The best of them was 2009's New Moon, which collected new songs from Thom Yorke, Death Cab for Cutie, Lykke Li, The Killers, »
Even though it doesn't open until Friday, the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" film has joined the list of Fandango's top five advance ticket-sellers in the company’s fifteen-year history.
At the same point in their sales cycles (two days before release), the film is coming fourth behind only "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" and "The Hunger Games".
The film is also on track to be the top seller among all films released during Valentine’s Day, the top February pre-seller and the biggest R-rated ticket-seller in the company’s history.
There is already reportedly hundreds of sold-out showtimes across the country.
Source: Fandango »
- Garth Franklin
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is about to bring sadomasochism into the mainstream when it cracks the whip on what is shaping up to be the biggest Valentine’s Day weekend release in history.
The adaptation of E.L. James’ kinky story about a college student and the brooding billionaire who introduces her to to pleasures of the cuff and the gag will heat up 3,645 North American theaters. It will dominate the competition to the tune of at least $50 million. At least that’s what Universal and Focus Features, the companies behind the erotic romance, are saying. Other analysts and rivals peg the debut in the $70 million-$80 million range.
If that figure holds, it will easily trump “Valentine’s Day,” the ensemble romantic comedy that made $63 million when it debuted in 2010, as the top-grossing Valentine’s weekend release and set a new benchmark for Presidents Day weekend debuts.
It’s hard to »
- Brent Lang
Fifty Shades of Grey doesn't open until Thursday night, but it is pacing to become one of Fandango's top five advance ticket-sellers in the company's 15-year history, joining the elite domain of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Twilight franchise movies, which currently dominate the list. Take a look at Fandango's top five pre-sellers, at the same point in their sales cycles, two days before release date.
Here's what Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger had to say about the news in a statement.
"The worldwide phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey is resulting in more buzz for an adult-skewing film than I've seen in many years. It's enticing fans who are looking for an exciting girls' night out, as well as »
It was revealed not too long that writer Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) had left Gareth Edwards’ untitled Star Wars spinoff upon completion of the movie’s first draft. Various sites reported at the time that Simon Kinberg might be brought in as a replacement, but it is in fact Chris Weitz who has landed the job!
Even if the name isn’t familiar, his work should be.
The Academy Award nominated screenwriter’s writing credits include About A Boy and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. He also penned Kenneth Branagh’s (Thor) upcoming live-action remake of classic Disney fairytale Cinderella.
Weitz is also an author (he’s currently working on a new series of Ya novels) and director, and helmed the Oscar nominated A Better Life and The Golden Compass. That’s a varied and impressive CV to say the least!
It’s still not clear what this movie will focus on, »
- Josh Wilding
A few weeks ago, we received word that Gary Whitta joined Michael Arndt on the "I used to be writing a Star Wars movie" unemployment line. He, like Arndt, was granted a gracious departure that both sides claimed was mutual and amicable. He turned in his first draft, and that was the end of that. The Gareth Edwards-directed Star Wars spinoff has been searching for a replacement ever since, with the particulars being unclear (Is it for a page one rewrite? Is it to punch-up Whitta's script?). According to The Hollywood Reporter, they found their man.
Chris Weitz is something of a multi-talent. He's written several films. He's also directed several. His resumé as a writer includes an eclectic mix of films like Antz, About A Boy, Nutty Professor II, The Golden Compass, and Disney's upcoming live-action Cinderella (which shows that the Mouse House didn't have to go too »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Following The Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta’s departure from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Star Wars spinoff, a new screenwriter has been recruited to explore the galaxy far, far away – About a Boy co-director/co-writer Chris Weitz (who received an Oscar nomination for his work on that screenplay).
Whitta left the untitled project after working on and completing a first draft over the course of a year, but it’s unclear how much of his vision for the spinoff will actually make it to theaters. The prolific Simon Kinberg was rumored to have replaced him as scribe, but it now appears that Weitz has been tapped to pick up the pen and take a swing at the Star Wars spinoff.
- Isaac Feldberg
Gareth Edwards' stand-alone Star Wars film has found its next writer. Now that Gary Whitta has had a go at it and moved on, it is now time for writer and director Chris Weitz to take a stab at a new draft. I will tell you what should be bothering me about this report from THR: It is all the Young Adult (Ya) references in it. Weitz has worked on a lot of Ya related projects. He directed The Golden Compass and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and, according to the report, is smack in the middle of writing a Pa/Ya (Post Apocalyptic Young Adult) trilogy of books starting with The Young World. He also wrote Disney's upcoming Cinderalla. It should be bothering me about it...
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Whitta exited the project after completing a draft script earlier this month.
The first spinoff movie is due for release on December 16, 2016, a year after the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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Earlier this month, it was revealed that writer Gary Whitta had completed his work on the film, and that a new scribe was being brought aboard to work with his draft. At first, that was said to be Simon Kinberg (who is working on locking down the script for X-Men: Apocalypse), although he's reportedly more in an advisory role on the movie.
Now we learn that Chris Weitz has been hired to get the screenplay to a state where the film is ready to go. Weitz, who was Oscar nominated for his script for About A Boy, is also known for directing that movie, »
After rumors swirled that Simon Kinberg was going to step up for the next round of writing for the first standalone Star Wars spin-off that will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards, another writer has the job instead. Gary Whitta finished his job on the first draft of the script for the film rumored to be about the heist to obtain the plans to the first Death Star, and now THR reports About a Boy and Disney's new Cinderella screenwriter Chris Weitz will next step up to take a crack at the script. That seems like an odd hire for Star Wars, but Weitz did get an Oscar nomination for About a Boy, so it's not exactly bad news. As for genre fare, he directed the fantasy The Golden Compass (for which he also wrote the script), and he also was at the helm of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. »
- Ethan Anderton
One thing I know after seeing Godzilla is Gareth Edwards doesn’t need a good script to deliver a great blockbuster. I don’t think I could even tell you the plot from memory right now, and yet I stand by my opinion that the monster movie reboot was one of the most spectacular and thrilling pieces of cinema released last year. Before that, with Monsters, he wowed me with a tired story recycled from It Happened One Night by throwing in some giant aliens and crafty direction. He could go ahead and make his Star Wars spin-off with no screenplay at all, and I’m sure I’d be happy. But I can’t speak for the rest of the franchise’s fans out there — especially if any overlap with the large group of people who hate what he did with Godzilla – and I certainly can’t speak for Disney and LucasFilm. They »
- Christopher Campbell
Less than a month after the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off parted ways with screenwriter Gary Whitta, the project has found a new writer with Chris Weitz signing on to take over writing duties. Gary Whitta completed a first draft on the project, although no story details have been confirmed, and it isn't known if Chris Weitz will start over completely from scratch, or if he will use elements of Gary Whitta's first draft. We reported last week that the spinoff may feature both Boba Fett and Han Solo, which will be reportedly shot in Mexico.
While nothing official has been released about the plot, a rumor surfaced last month that claimed the story centers on space pirates trying to steal the plans to the original Death Star. Of course, even if those details were true, the script could change drastically with this new writer on board. »
It’s only been a couple of weeks, but Gareth Edwards has already found someone new to write the Star Wars stand-alone film he’s directing ready for 2016. About A Boy’s Chris Weitz will work on a new draft of the project.Weitz has been brought in to replace Gary Whitta, who left earlier this month after completing the first draft of the film, which is still being kept under wraps, although we do know Edwards has been busy auditioning actresses for a leading role. Speculation has turned towards the search for a potential younger version of Princess Leia, though there are still only rumours circulating for now.A director, a writer and a producer, Weitz is probably still best known for his attempt to launch a fantasy franchise with The Golden Compass, co-directing About A Boy with his brother Paul, his stint directing Twilight: New Moon and working »
Gurinder Chadha’s hit film Bend It Like Beckham is being readied for the West End stage and following a host of auditions and workshops, the cast for the highly anticipated stage version Bend It Like Beckham the Musical has been formally announced.
Natalie Dew will play football crazy Jess with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team, and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach Joe. The three young leads will be supported by some familiar faces, including comedian Ronni Ancona who plays Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony.
Preeya Kalidas who appeared in the original film as one of the cousins, will take on the role of Pinky, Jess’ sister and Tony Jayawardena andNatasha Jayetileke take on the all important roles of her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.
Jess needs extra time. She is facing »
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18 items from 2015
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