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Sure, there was no way in Panem that "Catching Fire" would fail to debut at No. 1 and win the weekend by a huge margin. But that didn't mean that a smartly counter-programmed film couldn't do well, too. Before "Catching Fire" set a November record this weekend with an estimated $161.1 million, the record-holder was 2009's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," with $142.8 million, and yet "The Blind Side" managed to debut with $34.1 million the same weekend. Similarly, on the July 2008 weekend that "The Dark Knight" premiered with $158.4 million, musical "Mamma Mia!" earned $27.7 million.
No one was expecting numbers like that for "Delivery Man," even though it was expected to appeal to an older audience seeking comedy over action and political allegory. Some optimistic pundits guessed that it might open as high as $15 million. »
- Gary Susman
As expected, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire attracted nearly unprecedented crowds to movie theaters this weekend. The highly-anticipated sequel opened to $158.1 million, which is the best opening ever in the month of November. It's also the sixth-biggest opening on record, and ranks third all-time among 2D-only movies.Catching Fire's $158.1 million opening is a bit above the original Hunger Games, which surprised many when it opened over $152 million last March. It's also ahead of the three Twilight sequels that opened at the same time in November*all three wound up between $138.1 million and $142.8 million. Catching Fire's debut ranks behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, all of which had the added benefit of 3D ticket pricing. On Sunday, Lionsgate's estimate for the movie was $161.1 million, which would have set a new 2D-only record. When actuals were tallied, though, Catching Fire fell a »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The girl on fire is still burning bright! Lionsgate’s hotly anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trounced the competition over its first weekend at the box office, pulling in an estimated $161.1 million. That gross handily beats the $152.5 million opening of The Hunger Games, which opened in March 2012, and it stands as the best November debut of all time ahead of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which bowed with $142.9 million in 2009.
Only three films have ever opened higher than Catching Fire: The Avengers ($207.4 million), Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million). Many prognosticators »
- Grady Smith
Vince Vaughn’s last few situation comedies (The Internship, The Watch) weren’t big box office draws, but his next feature Delivery Man - more of a drama driven storyline with comedic undertones – aims to change this. Written and directed by Ken Scott, Delivery Man is based on the French-Canadian film Starbuck which was released in 2011.
Delivery Man feels like a return to Vaughn’s 2006 hit, The Break-Up, which successfully blended comedy with heartfelt emotional scenes thanks to strong performances and believable relationships. Delivery Man does the same with Vaughn doing what he does best, playing the quintessential everyman.
Vaughn plays David Wozniak, a man who finds himself in the unusual life-changing situation of being the genetic father of 533 children thanks to a clerical error at a fertility clinic. Caught between a rock and hard place in life, Wozniak finds himself in a legal battle to keep his identity secret »
- Tiffany Rose
“When I was 8 years old, I snuck in here with my sister to see ‘The Exorcist,’” Stiller told the audience on Nov. 13. ”I also premiered ‘The Watch’ and ‘The Cable Guy’ here so I’m due for a good reaction,” he joked.
Stiller allowed that “Walter Mitty,” based on the 1939 James Thurber short story, isn’t exactly the kind of story that studios are seeking these days — unlike the 1947 “Walter Mitty,” starring Danny Kaye.
At the post-screening bash at the Roosevelt, »
- Dave McNary
Whatever happened to Vince Vaughn? He hasn’t been physically absent from the movies by any means, but the fast-talking hustler of “Swingers” has become, over the years, a lazy and uninspired leading man, emptily vamping his way through forgettable vehicles like “The Watch” and “The Internship” and “The Dilemma” and “Four Christmases” and “Fred Claus,” to name just a few. Granted, Vaughn probably couldn’t single-handedly rescue his latest, “Delivery Man,” but he’s certainly not helping. A remake of the Canadian comedy “Starbuck” (released in the U.S. earlier this year), “Delivery Man” offers comedy and sentimentality in equal doses and, »
- Alonso Duralde
In Nebraska, a road comedy from acclaimed director Alexander Payne (“The Descendants,” “Sideways”), a father and son travel through the Midwest on the trail of a dubious fortune. The stubborn, taciturn Woody (Bruce Dern) is well past his prime, but he believes he’s got one last shot at mattering: a notice that he’s the lucky winner of a $1 million sweepstakes prize. To claim his fortune, Woody insists he must quickly get to the sweepstakes company’s office in Lincoln, Neb. – a 750-mile journey that he seems unlikely to finish. Worried for his father’s state of mind, it falls to Woody’s reluctant, baffled son (played by Forte) to accompany him on the trip.
Forte has established »
- Michelle McCue
<< Continued from "Holiday 2013 Forecast"Other ReleasesFree Birds (Nov. 1): The first animated movie from Relativity Media may hold well, though its opening weekend ($15.8 million) was too low to put it in serious consideration for a spot in the Top 12. Ultimately, it should close with around $60 million.Last Vegas (Nov. 1): With its strong appeal among older audiences, Last Vegas will likely have a long run. Still, coming off a $16.3 million opening, that puts it on pace for a final tally of $60 million or so at best.About Time (Nov. 1 limited, Nov. 8 nationwide): This time travel romance is from the director of Love Actually, which is the major selling point of Universal's marketing. Unfortunately, it now looks like this is the type of modest British comedy that will find a much bigger audience on home video and TV than it will in theaters.The Best Man Holiday (Nov. 15): The »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Sometimes, it’s nice just to keep things simple. Giant robots and complex ensemble comedies are great popcorn fun but, every once in a while, a gentle, whimsical romcom can feel like a breath of fresh air. And that’s exactly what we get with the trailer for Andy Garcia and Vera Farminga’s latest outing, At Middleton.
The premise for the film is rather straightforward: parents take their teenagers on the college campus tour of Middleton, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. In conflict with their respective offspring, two of them find themselves ejected from the tour with, consequently, an afternoon to spend together. Romantic comedy ensues.
Directed by Adam Rodgers in his feature length debut, and featuring a script he co-wrote with writing partner Glenn German, At Middleton certainly appears to be anchored by warm, playful performances from the two leads. The always-watchable Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven) plays ‘buttoned up’ heart surgeon George, »
- Sarah Myles
When I reviewed 'The Awesomes', Seth Meyers' animated superhero web series, I noted how superhero comedy is an easy target because it can easily for the skeleton for workable, funny comedy scenarios. A fairly recent debut has now hit home my point. It's called Neighborhood Watchmen, and it's a case study in the ways the superhero genre can be seamlessly worked into a familiar comedy scenario. In this case, the comedy scenario of choice is The Office. With its use of documentary-style handheld camerawork, its affably human cast of supporting characters, and a bumbling goof in the manager's chair, Neighborhood Watchmen is clearly reminiscent of the now-classic cringe comedy, but with dorky superheroes in the place of paper salesmen. It must've been a lot of fun for writers Dash Kwiatkowski, Stephen Ku, and David Studebaker to come up with the irreconcilable flaws for each of their superheroes. »
- Sam Gutelle
The remake of Poltergeist is expected to begin filming before the end of the year and we’ve been reporting on a number of casting updates. Today, we know who’s playing the family’s young daughter in the movie. According to Deadline, Kennedi Clements (pictured below) is playing the role of Madison, who is apparently the equivalent of Carol Ann in the new movie.
She’ll be joined by Rosemarie DeWitt (The Watch, United States of Tara) and Sam Rockwell (now confirmed), who star as parents that move their family to a house inhabited by evil spirits. Kyle Catlett (The Following) will be playing one of their children, while Jared Harris (Lincoln, The Quiet Ones) will play the star of a TV show, titled Haunted House Cleaners.
After years of trying to get this project off the ground, the remake of Poltergeist was officially given the green light back »
- Jonathan James
Toronto Film Festival 2013 Review: Jesse Eisenberg delivers an edgy, two-character performance in arty remake of Dostoevsky’s The Double There’s an unanswered question that hangs in the air at the start of filmmaker and actor Richard Ayoade’s edgy, arty but slightly disappointing tweak on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Double starring Jessie Eisenberg as the office wimp who meets his self-confident other. What’s a cool dude, famous for his acting work in The Mighty Boosh and The It Crowd and director of the slick, coming-of-age comedy Submarine to do when Hollywood studios stick him in forgettable fare like The Watch? Well, you drink a tall glass of Lars von Trier circa Dogville and make a risky movie version of a classic Dostoevsky novella. Intentionally twitchy throughout and unintentionally dull at times, Ayoade’s risk-taking does not pay off completely. Still, it’s edgy, interesting and worth a viewing, »
Richard Ayoade's (The It Crowd, The Watch) debut film Submarine was widely regarded as a critical hit, and featured on many's Best of 2010 lists. Three years on, a trailer has been released for his follow-up feature The Double, which is an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel of the same name.
Anything Armie Hammer can do, Jessie Eisenberg can do better.The book centres on a government clerk who goes mad, obsessed with the idea that a co-worker has stolen his identity (cheers Wikipedia). The film updates the plot to the modern day, and, if the IMDb's listing of it as a 'comedy' is anything to go by, focuses on its dark humour.
A fittingly paranoid trailer has now been released, which you can watch below...
- Oliver Davis
Richard Ayoade’s jump into Hollywood films was severely overlooked thanks to the unfairly cool reception to the very funy The Watch. But never mind, because he’s back behind the camera for his follow-up to his enchanting debut Submarine. The Double is based on a Dostoevsky Poem and sees Jess Eisenberg discover an exact double of himself, who is everything he isn’t. The trailer keeps things simple, confusing, and powerful, with gritty cinematography, a sense of darkness, and a single tune playing over otherwise silent images. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Source: The Guardian
- Luke Ryan Baldock
How much do you love trailers with ominous imagery, strange blues music sung a cappella by an old man, and more than one Jesse Eisenberg? A lot, you say? Then you're going to love this trailer for The Double, directed by The Watch's Richard Ayoade. Eisenberg stars in the adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's short story as a man who goes insane when his doppelganger appears. Mia Wasikowska and Wallace Shawn (aka Mr. Hall from Clueless) costar, though the trailer only gives us little peeks at their parts in the film. The Double debuts this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I'll be curious to hear initial responses, since this trailer doesn't give much of anything away. Director Ayoade is also known for his very well-received 2010 film Submarine, so don't let the vague trailer for The Double turn you off; this could turn out to be a must see. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Based on the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella The Double, the latest from director Richard Ayoade (who did 2010's Submarine and co-starred in last summer's The Watch) stars Jesse Eisenberg and presumably follows the book's paranoid protagonist, who goes mad obsessing over the idea that his co-worker has stolen his identity. A total pushover, he repeatedly meets the man who is his exact double and yet, personality-wise, his opposite in every other way. Basically, Jesse Eisenberg is going to update what we refer to as Single White Female–ing. And it's going to be totally creepy. »
- Lindsey Weber
You think you don't know who Richard Ayoade is, but you do. The problem is, you only know him as that funny British guy from The Watch, or the creator of The It Crowd. But there's another side to Ayoade. A side that directs brilliant coming-of-age films like Submarine and modern adaptations of fucking Dostoyevky.
Get to know him.
A comedy centered on a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppleganger.
A comedy about insanity? Soooo Russian!
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On Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival, the newest film from writer/director Richard Ayoade (as opposed to the newest film from actor Richard Ayoade who was in the abysmal Ben Stiller comedy "The Watch") premieres. Based on the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella "The Double," it stars Jesse Eisenberg, who is presumably driven insane by the appearance of an eerie doppelganger. Wouldn't you know it, now there's a debut trailer too (courtesy of The Guardian). The brief but moody trailer features Eisenberg walking around in an ill-fitting suit through all sorts of extreme lighting situations while glimpses of the movie and his costars (including Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn and Noah Taylor) flash around him. The clip, instead of featuring dialogue, is backed by some kind of bluesy old song (we're not going to pretend to know what it is and it would probably break Shazam trying to figure it out). Watch it below. »
- Drew Taylor
British comedian Richard Ayoade is perhaps best known for his role in the It Crowd TV show or even as a member of the neighborhood watch in The Watch, but he's gotten behind the camera for the odd-looking comedy The Double, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, James Fox, Noah Taylor, and Cathy Moriarty. The film, a contemporary America-set adaptation of the classic novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is premiering at Tiff this week and today we have our first look at the »
- Paul Shirey
Richard Ayoade's second directorial feature, The Double, is winging its way to the big screen and The Guardian has a first-look trailer giving an idea of what to expect. Click here to watch it.The one-time It Crowd man and publishing svengali Dean Lerner in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace wowed us all with his terrific debut Submarine, and after a brief sojourn to join Stiller, Vaughn and co in The Watch, he's back behind the camera with a film inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 novella The Double.While many of its finer details are under wraps, we do know that it tells the story of an insignificant man (Jesse Eisenberg) driven almost to a breakdown by the appearance of his doppelganger. We also know that Ayoade intends it to reflect on loneliness and our inherent need to love and be loved.Judging by the trailer, it's a less whimsical work than Submarine, »
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