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The Icelandic film industry will feted at the upcoming 37th edition of Goteborg Intl. Film Festival, Scandinavia’s biggest film fest, as part of the annual Nordic Focus tribute.
Baltasar Kormakur, Iceland’s best-known helmer/producer who’s now also working in Hollywood, will receive the inaugural Nordic Honorary Dragon Award.
Repped by Wme and attorney Peter Nelson, Kormakur’s credits include “The Deep,” the previous Icelandic candidate for the foreign-language Oscar, and “Two Guns” with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. He’s also reportedly set to direct Christian Bale in Universal’s disaster movie “Everest.” While leading a prolific career in the U.S., Kormakur is also, via his outfit Rvk Studios, a leading force within the Icelandic film biz, producing ambitious local movies and TV series, such as real-life survival tale “The Deep” and the skein project “Vatnajokull.”
“Whether Iceland’s economic turmoil has spurred the creativity of »
- Elsa Keslassy
Actor and producer Mark Wahlberg has a new title to add to his resume - high school graduate. The 42-year-old received his diploma in June and tells People that his four children were a big motivation for hitting the books. "I didn't want the kids saying, 'You didn't do it, so why do I need it?' They are all wanting to do things in their future that require an education." The Ted star, who had a troubled childhood and dropped out in the ninth grade being charged with attempted murder, says getting his diploma is "a huge accomplishment." "It's »
- Raha Lewis
The Hollywood Reporter put together a list of top-earning actors. While many in Hollywood get lucrative advertising and back-end deals, this article focuses on how much actors can make upfront. At one point, some actors were close to earning as much as $40 million per film, but that quickly ended when studios realized that it's too much of a gamble. Because of that, top actors like Jim Carrey were forced to drop their salaries to about $1 million in favor of lucrative back-end deals, which means that actors would do well if the film doesn't well. But now it seems that salaries are up again, with some reaching as high as $20 million per movie. On that list are Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith and Daniel Craig, who signed a $20 million deal for the next James Bond film. Mark Wahlberg is earning $17 million for "Transformers 4," but had to take $10 Million for "Two Guns, »
As film financiers, the producers have built a reputation for making mid-range-budgeted action films such as “2 Guns,” “Righteous Kill” and the reboots of “Conan the Barbarian” and “Rambo,” aimed at males that frequent the megaplex.
But when they landed a three-picture deal with Hasbro last year, Randall Emmett and George Furla turned heads. With adaptations of games Monopoly and Hungry Hungry Hippos and the Action Man toy, the producers now find themselves in the tentpole biz, a four-quadrant arena where they haven’t played before.
- Marc Graser
You say tomato, I say Mark Wahlberg. The 2 Guns star is probably used to being approached by excited fans, but recently he was approached by fans who were excited to meet...Matt Damon. "We saw Matt Damon," Angelique Dormevil texted a friend and attached photos of her and her mom posing with Wahlberg. The friend responded with a picture of what Damon actually looks like. "He didn't correct us at all lmao," Angelique texted back. The texts were uploaded to the Internet and eventually made their way to Wahlberg himself, who posted the screenshot on his Facebook page with a smiley-face emoji and wrote, "Close enough." "Haha I can't believe this »
Though it is getting only middling reviews, 2 Guns made the top spot at the box office, making a good bid on its $61 million budget with an estimated $27.4 million. It was not as good a debut as The Wolverine, which had to settle for second and a heavy drop-off, earning an estimated $21.7 million. While already a money maker worldwide, it remains to be seen (though likely) if it will be a domestic winner. The Smurfs 2 also looks likely to see a worldwide profit, but between poor reviews and an estimated $18.2 million weekend debut, it probably will not make back its $105 million stateside.
The Conjuring made an estimated $13.7 million, breaking the $100 million barrier and a success with critics and audiences alike. Despicable Me 2 made an estimated $10.4 million, though as it remains the second highest earning film of the year, any profit from here on out simply becomes bragging rights…rights it certainly has over Turbo, »
- Seth Paul
Universal returned to the #1 spot with Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg actioner "2 Guns," the latest in the studio's diverse string of successful openings, after an expensive detour with the dreadful opening of "R.I.P.D." "2 Guns" led a top 10 that totaled about $120 million in gross, a jump of $8 million over last year. Meantime, the domestic take for "The Smurfs 2" disappointed, although Sony reports better international returns. In the end, July totaled (inflation unadjusted) the second highest-grossing month ever. While that may sound encouraging, the total of around $1.2 billion came with new production budgets totaling $1,050,000,000. The record month of July 2008's gross, $1,250,000,000, came with new releases costing $733 million, a much lower figure. Add to July's top ten releases worldwide the additional marketing expense of $100 million or more, and the question of whether this has been a truly successful summer won't be answered until lagging foreign »
- Tom Brueggemann
While American audiences opted for more mature fare this weekend, international moviegoers fell head-over-heels for the little blue men of “The Smurfs 2,” pushing it to the top of the worldwide box office this frame.
Sony’s live action-toon hybrid earned $80.3 million in total, $27.8 million from Stateside auds and $52.5 million from 43 overseas markets.
Domestically, “Smurfs 2″ opened Wednesday to earn as much in five days in release as Universal’s “2 Guns” earned in three. The R-rated actioner bowed to $27.4 million, a nice start for a film budgeted close to $60 million.
See Also: Film Review: ‘The Smurfs 2′
Fox’s “The Wolverine” took second Friday-to-Sunday with $21.7 million, an almost 60% week-over-week drop, followed by “Smurfs 2,” which earned $18.2 million during the weekend. »
- Michael Sullivan
Here’s a tip: Never bring a Smurf sequel to a gun fight.
The Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg action pic 2 Guns proved to be a stronger contender this weekend than originally expected and walked away with an estimated $10 million on its first Friday in 3,025 theaters. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur (The Deep), the $61 million movie finds a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer on the run together after a failed attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. At least at first, neither knows that the other is also undercover. Kormákur’s Contraband, which also starred Wahlberg, opened in January of 2012 at $24.3 million. »
- Lindsey Bahr
The Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg action comedy "2 Guns" took control of the weekend box office race Friday with a $10 million debut that puts its on pace for around $28 million for the three days. Last week's No. 1 movie, "The Wolverine," was running second after a $6.4 million Friday that has it on the way to a second weekend of around $20 million. That would be a steep 69 percent drop for Fox's Hugh Jackman superhero sequel, which has run up roughly $80 million domestically so far. The weekend's other wide »
- Todd Cunningham
As we say in our review of 2 Guns, don’t let the film’s August release date fool you into thinking it’s not one of summer’s funnest rides. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star as an undercover DEA agent and naval intelligence officer, respectively, who’ve infiltrated a narcotics syndicate with the goal of bringing down drug kingpin Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos). The catch: Neither of them knows the other guy isn’t a real criminal until they receive orders to steal $3 million of Papi’s cash from a Savings & Loan but find $40 million more in the vault than they should. »
- Mandi Bierly
2 August 2013 7:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur's 2 Guns earned $1.3 million as it began rolling out Thursday night in North America, hoping to gross north of $20 million for the weekend. The action comedy -- pairing Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington for the first time -- is the latest summer film to tie its fortunes primarily to males. It's also expected to appeal to African-American moviegoers. Universal, which is distributing the movie in the U.S., is predicting a North American debut in the low-$20 million range (Entertainment One is handling distribution in Canada); more bullish box-office observers believe it
- Pamela McClintock
1 August 2013 12:40 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur's 2 Guns -- pairing Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington for the first time -- begins rolling out in theaters Thursday night, becoming the latest summer film to tie its fortunes primarily to males. Photos: 20 Best and Worst Music to Movie Crossovers Universal, which is distributing the film in the U.S., is predicting a North American debut in the low-$20 million range (Entertainment One is handling distribution in Canada); more bullish box-office observers believe it could hit $30 million. At those numbers, 2 Guns would debut in line with other genre pics the two actors
- Pamela McClintock
The Smurfs 2 should win the weekend, unless you figure the mean-spirited reviews will sink it with parents. The movie is of course horrid, no one should see it, but something like four million people will. I'm slotting it at $30.9 million, but there is plenty of wiggle room either way, so this shouldn't be a "posted first, gimme my points" sort of situation. I could see tracking being correct, $25 million, but it's not hard to envision a scenario where $35 million is in play, if only because the first one pulled down that amount. 2 Guns is another title you can throw out the record books on (wait, do we need those for anythingc). Is this Domino or Pain & Gainc Does Denzel Washington still pack the theatersc Oddly, six out of Mr. Washington's last eight titles have been rated R, so there's plenty of precedent. The issue is the numbers are all over the place there, »
- Laremy Legel
• Oscar-nominated actress Eileen Brennan dies at 80. [Film.com]
• Harry Potter forever. Here's 17 fun facts about the movies. [BuzzFeed]
• Check out the armors from 'Iron Man 3' that didn't make it into the movie. [ScreenCrush]
• Ever wonder what the well from 'The Ring' would taste like? Sure you have. This is a milkshake flavored after just that. [Foodbeast]
• Rumors of Johnny Depp's retirement are swirling. Here's other actors who have also "retired." [MTV Movies Blog]
• Two guns are almost always better than one. In the movies, of course. Check out this two gun movie mashup. [Moviefone]
• These are the 7 greatest action movie enforcers ever. [ScreenJunkies]
• 'The Wolverine' vs. 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine.' Need we say more? [Movies.com]
• These are all of the pictures so far from 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.' [BuzzSugar] »
- NextMovie Staff
The Good Wife scene stealer Zach Grenier, who plays cutthroat divorce attorney and equity partner David Lee, has been promoted to a regular for the CBS legal drama’s upcoming fifth season. He is with Stone Manners Salners. Frank Darabont’s upcoming 1940s TNT noir drama series Lost Angels has completed its roster of gangsters. Patrick Fischler, best known for his recurring roles on Mad Men and Lost, is set to play uber mob boss Meyer Lansky. He will next be seen in Two Guns opposite Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Stephen Monroe Taylor, repped by House of Reps and Main Title, will recur as Phil Holtz, who is one of Bugsy Seigal’s (Ed Burns) known associates. He is recurring on Anger Management. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Since breaking out in the Lionsgate pic “Precious,” Patton has risen to lead status and has a very busy 2013 ahead.
She can currently be seen in Ld Entertainment’s “Disconnect.” She continues to be repped by CAA and attorney’s Jason Sloane and Shelby Weiser. »
- Justin Kroll
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Hello fellow queer cinephiles! As we enter the long, hot days of summer, everyone wants to cool off in a theater and watch other people try to save the world. The summer tends to be a pretty testosterone-soaked season for movies, so I’m here to help you sort the films you want to be in the front row for from those you just use as an excuse to cuddle in the back.
Editor's note: * denotes a film that includes openly lesbian/bi actresses or lesbian/bi characters.
Venus and Serena
You’re there to see: Venus and Serena Williams, obviously.
In a nutshell: Who doesn’t want to know more about the two sisters who changed tennis forever? This one’s a must-see for any lesbian with a pair of athletic shoes.
- Elaine Atwell
Exclusive: Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol’s Paula Patton has signed with CAA. She had been repped at Wme. Patton, whose credits include Deja Vu and Precious, makes the rep switch after completing Disconnect opposite Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgård (the film opens April 19); Two Guns opposite Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington (opening August 16); and the Fox Searchlight romantic comedy Baggage Claim, which opens in October. Her husband, singer Robin Thicke, is also repped at CAA. She continues to be lawyered by Jason Sloane and Shelby Weiser. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Rose Byrne, Bryan Cranston, James Marsden, Alfred Molina, Dev Patel, Amy Poehler and Noah Wyle will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today. They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Alec Baldwin, Jessica Chastain, Bradley Cooper, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis, Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Taye Diggs, Peter Facinelli, Sally Field, John Goodman, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Damian Lewis, Julianna Margulies, Julianne Moore, Busy Philipps, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon, Carl Reiner, Liev Schreiber, Justin Timberlake, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts, Sigourney Weaver and Alfre Woodard. In 2012, Rose Byrne earned her first SAG Award nomination as a member of the ?Bridesmaids? cast. She will next be seen in the comedies ?I Give It a Year? »
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20 items from 2013
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