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Released in Mexico in October, the tragi-comedy quickly racked up ticket sales to become 2014’s highest grossing local pic, attracting 4.2 million admissions and earning some $13 million (189.2 million pesos) to become the fourth top grossing pic in Mexican film history.
Box office was likely stoked by the controversy around Estrada’s latest opus, a thinly veiled critique of the Mexican media, specifically media giant Televisa, and its alleged collusion with the dominant political party in Mexico, the Pri. Televisa’s distrib Videocine backed out of its agreement to release the satire after seeing a cut. Estrada had to distribute pic himself along with indie distrib Alphaville.
Estrada is no stranger to controversy. His previous pics “Herod’s Law” (“La Ley de Herodes”) and “Hell” (“El Inferno”) skewered the »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Ben Mendelsohn is expected to play the main villain in the first of several planned Anthology movies, »
Production on Suicide Squad may be underway, but that hasn’t stopped director David Ayer from adding to his cast, with Variety reporting that Alex Meraz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon, New Worlds) has signed on for an as-yet-unrevealed role in Warner Bros.’ DC supervillain ensemble.
Suicide Squad is set for release on August 5th 2016, and features a cast that includes Will Smith (Focus) as Deadshot, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as The Joker, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys) as Captain Boomerang, , Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) as Rick Flagg, Viola Davis (How to get Away with Murder) as Amanda Waller, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World) as Killer Croc, Ray Olubowale (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as King Shark, and Common (Selma), Jay Hernandez (Hostel), Adam Beach (Flags of our Fathers), Jim Parrack (Fury), Ike Barinholtz »
- Gary Collinson
David Ayer's Suicide Squad is going to be starting production soon, but you didn't really think that was going to stop it from continuing to add to its gigantic cast, did you? This ensemble just isn't ready to stop growing yet, and new reports are now coming in saying that actor Alex Meraz has signed on as the latest addition to the comic book movie. Variety was the first to drop the news online, though what's unfortunate is that they don't seem to have any details regarding what Meraz's role in the movie will be. If you're a fan of sparkly vampire teen fiction, it's likely that you recognize Meraz, as starred in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn - Part 1 as Paul, one of the franchise's many werewolves. He recently also appeared in the British miniseries New Worlds, which also featured Fifty Shades of Grey »
Some critics derided Avengers: Age of Ultron as bloated, bombastic and nonsensical, but Australian moviegoers clearly dismissed or didn.t read the reviews
The Marvel blockbuster directed by Joss Whedon captured $15.7 million last weekend and $17.1 million including Wednesday night previews.
To be fair, the original opened on a Wednesday, Anzac Day, making $6 million on that day, and finished up with a towering $53.2 million.
The Disney release accounted for a whopping 71% of the entire market as nationwide receipts shot up by 34% to $22.1 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates. The four-day tally was up 18.5% on last year.
Universal.s Fast & Furious 7 »
- Don Groves
Furious 7 rode into theaters this weekend, smashing box office records to the tune of $143.6 million domestically, the highest opening weekend in April history. The action-packed sequel also took in over $240.4 million internationally, the biggest international opening in Universal Studios history, with a worldwide tally of $384 million in just the first weekend alone. The domestic opening weekend gross stands as the ninth highest all time, just above The Twilight Saga: New Moon's tally of $142.8 million.
Furious 7 bested its predecessor, 2013's Fast & Furious 6's opening weekend gross of $97.3 million internationally and $162 million internationally. Director James Wan's sequel, which marks the final film from late star Paul Walker, took in $61.1 million on Saturday in just over 10,000 international theaters, Universal's highest-grossing Saturday of all time. The sequel was the #1 movie in 64 international territories, 26 of which were the highest-grossing opening weekends in those countries' history, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, »
It's not often that a franchise surges on its seventh installation, but this weekend the Fast and Furious series exceeded all expectations, set franchise records, and set a high bar for the summer blockbuster competition. Furious 7's success is no doubt in large part to the series' star Paul Walker's tragic death with fans turning out to pay homage to his final performance. But the movie stands tall on its own merit as well, garnering a franchise high rating of 82% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. The movie banked $143 million this weekend, throttling to the number one spot. That total is not only the highest in the franchise, it ranks in the top ten openings of all time (ninth place just ahead of The Twilight Saga: New Moon's $142 million 2009 opening) and is higher than some of the domestic totals of previous Fast & Furious flicks (2 Fast 2 Furious topped out at »
We all expected big things. We expected Furious 7 to break the April opening weekend record of $95 million set by Captain America: The Winter Soldier just last year. We expected it to be the first Fast & Furious film to top $100 million in its opening weekend, but not many expected it to be one of the largest openings of all time. With $143.6 million, Furious 7 now holds the record for the ninth largest opening of all-time, besting The Twilight Saga: New Moon's $142.8 million set back in 2009 (not adjusting for inflation). It will be interesting to see where this one ends up in the end. Fast & Furious 6 dropped 63.9% in its second weekend after a $97.3 million opening and I think it's safe to assume Furious 7 is also extremely front-loaded, but just how muchc Fast Five showed a similar drop its second weekend, dipping 62.4% back in 2011. One thing is for certain, »
- Brad Brevet
It looks like "Furious 7's" opening weekend was slightly front loaded, but when you've made $143.6 million in just three days, who's complaining? The latest installment in the "Fast and Furious" franchise dipped 31.2% from Friday to Saturday which quashed any dreams of a $150 million+ frame. Trust us when we tell you no one at Universal Pictures or in the "Furious" family is complaining. "Furious 7" blew away "Captain America: Winter Soldier's" $95 million to take the title of largest April opening ever. It also surpassed "The Twilight Saga: New Moon's" $142.8 million for the no. 9 slot on the all-time openings list. Overseas, "Furious 7" earned a monster $240 million for a massive global cume of $384 million. Withstanding the "Furious" onslaught as well as could be expect was this weekend's no. 2 film, "Home." The DreamWorks Animation flick dropped 47.4% for another $27.4 million and $95.6 million in just 10 days. "Home" has earned $179.4 million across the world. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
Most franchises don't make it to movie 7 without losing some of the audience and its precious box office take, but the exact opposite is true when it comes to the Fast and Furious franchise, which continues to gain fans and grow with each new release. Yesterday saw the opening debut of Furious 7, which exceeded expectations, setting a new benchmark for the action-packed saga. The film pulled in an estimated $67.3 million on Friday (which includes Thursday previews).
Furious 7 serves as an emotional farewell for franchise mainstay Paul Walker, who passed away unexpectedly in the midst of shooting this sequel. The film pulled in $15.8 million when it screened in select theaters across the country on Thursday night, beating the previous April record holder for Thursday screenings, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That Marvel release took in an estimated $10.2 million when it opened at this time last year. Furious 7 expanded into over 4,000 theaters on Friday, »
The James Wan–piloted Furious 7 destroyed its box-office competition on Thursday and Friday, pulling in a gargantuan $67.3 million gross, including $15.8 million in Thursday night showings. (That's 54 percent ahead of its predecessor's three-day gross and 26 percent of its predecessor's four-day gross.) It's also the ninth-biggest Friday opening ever, trailing only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($91 million), The Avengers ($80 million), The Dark Knight Rises ($75.7 million), Twilight: New Moon ($72.6 million), Twilight: Breaking Dawn I ($71.6 million), Breaking Dawn II ($71.1 million), Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($70.9 million), and Iron Man 3 ($68.8 million). Interestingly, Furious 7 is the only one of the aforementioned films not based on a book (or comic, as it were). Even more interestingly, Furious 7 is also the only of the aforementioned films whose opening-day gross is not the result of a massive midnight/Thursday opening.As Forbes's Scott Mendelson »
- Greg Cwik
“Furious 7” is speeding past records at the box office this Easter weekend.
The sequel from Universal raced to $67.3 million on Friday in 4,004 U.S. locations as it gears up for a record-breaking opening weekend of $149.5 million.
The sizable figure trumps estimates that had pegged the debut at $115 million, which was bumped up throughout the day on Friday.
The film, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker, is on course to become the ninth highest-grossing U.S. opener of all time, stealing the slot from “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which launched to $142.8 million in November of 2009. It trails “Spider-Man 3,” which debuted to $151.1 million in May 2007.
“Furious 7” will easily overtake Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as April’s highest grossing opener of all time. “Winter Soldier” launched to $95 million on the same weekend last year. “Furious 7” will also become the biggest opening »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Serratos first played 'Suzie Crabgrass' in the Nickelodeon series "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" (2004-2007).
In 2011, Serratos appeared in 'The Black Keys' video for their song "Howlin' for You".
Serratos was cast as 'Rosita Espinosa' in the fourth season of AMC's series "The Walking Dead", debuting at the end of the 10th episode of the season, titled "Inmates".
She was promoted as a series regular going into Season 5 of the series.
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- Michael Stevens
How much do we know about “Star Wars: Rogue One”? Well, not that much, and none of the rumors have been confirmed. We know it’s a “Star Wars” spin-off film, we know “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards is helming, Felicity Jones (“Theory Of Everything”) stars and Chris Weitz ("Twilight: New Moon") and Gary Whitta have the main writing credits. Everything else — rumors of a bounty hunter movie centered around stealing plans to build the Death Star — are pretty much just conjecture at this point. But Deadline brings an interesting casting bit to light tonight. Ben Mendelsohn might be joining the cast. That’s all they got, but it’s intriguing because Ben Mendelsohn makes everything better. That should be a Hollywood axiom and while it’s not quite yet, in the circles of some of our greatest working filmmakers and actors it is. Mendelsohn’s been tapped by Christopher Nolan »
- Edward Davis
While John Williams is confirmed to score the soundtrack for this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it seems the idea of also taking on a number of standalone films set outside the main saga was too much to ask. Instead, director Gareth Edwards has turned to a familiar collaborator for his upcoming Star Wars standalone movie. Alexandre Desplat is now confirmed to score Rogue One.
Alexandre Desplat revealed the news himself with Radio Classique's Culture Club. He just won the Oscar for scoring The Grand Budapest Hotel for Wes Anderson. This past summer, he also composed the music for Gareth Edwards's Godzilla. That film saw him incorporating Akira Ifukeube's iconic 1954 Godzilla theme, so it makes sense that he would come aboard to provide a soundtrack that will also demand some of the original John Williams music be used. Though, no further details about his plans have been unveiled at this time. »
Desplat previously worked with the film's director Gareth Edwards on last year's "Godzilla". 'Rogue One' is the first "Star Wars" standalone spin-off film that Disney is putting into production ahead of a December 16th 2016 release. It will begin shooting this Summer.
Desplat is no stranger to major franchises or awards films, having done the scores for the likes of "Argo," "Unbroken," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," ""The Twilight Saga: New Moon," "The King's Speech," "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Imitation Game," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Queen," "A Prophet," and "Syriana".
Source: Film Music Reporter »
- Garth Franklin
American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will be reunited later this year in another project: Woody Allen's next as yet untitled feature. Bruce Willis is the third cast member whose name has been publicly announced. The source for this information is an "exclusive" report via Deadline.com's Mike Fleming Jr. So far, as Fleming explains in his brief piece, Woody Allen and "his people" haven't confirmed the casting. In other words, things could change in the not-too-distant future. See also: Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt Movie Project, also featuring Laura Dern and Michelle Williams. Unsurprisingly, no plot details about the upcoming Woody Allen project have been forthcoming. In fact, one wonders if Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bruce Willis – in case they have indeed joined the fold – know what the movie is going to be about. Allen's latest collaborators – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson – will be producing the film. »
- Zac Gille
The San Diego Comic Con has become quite the interesting beast. I first attended the convention back in 2006, a time when you could actually cover the convention as a member of the press. You didn't have to wait in long lines just to sit in a giant convention hall and actually leave said convention hall to participate in interviews and then return to check out more teaser footage. The last time I attended Comic Con was back in 2009, when I had to get up around 4 Am to wait in line with a bunch of teen girls lining up to see the The Twilight Saga: New Moon panel just so I can see the Avatar footage. I felt defeated. It was a low point in my career here at RopeofSilicon and I haven't been back since. However, this isn't to say Comic Con doesn't have its place in this industry, but »
- Brad Brevet
Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows »
- Zac Gille
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