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Update, Monday, 3:35 Pm: Overseas actuals have been logged for Lucy, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hercules, Into The Storm, Tmnt, The Fault In Their Stars, If I Stay, 22 Jump Street, Sex Tape, Deliver Us From Evil, Boyhood, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Let’s Be Cops, Step Up: All In, As Above, So Below, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Relatos Salvajes. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore rom com Blended flew past $80M abroad, a bonus considering the film flatlined stateside, next to the duo’s previous outings, with $46.3M. Total global stands at $126.3M. More to come. — Anthony D’Alessandro contributing with Monday actuals.
Previous, Sunday, 4:15 Pm Pt: This weekend domestically is projected to be the lowest grossing of 2014, off 23% from a year ago. And yet, the international frame is »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Published in 2007, Nicholas Sparks' The Choice follows a man and a woman who first meet as neighbors in a coastal town in North Carolina, whose relationship blossoms into a romance neither of them imagined would happen.
The project marks the 11th Nicholas Sparks novel to be adapted for a feature film, joining other hit adaptations such as Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Dear John, The Lucky One and last year's Safe Haven. The author currently has two adaptations in post-production, The Best of Me and The Longest Ride.
Ross Katz made his directorial »
Lionsgate acquired the North American and U.K. distribution rights in June. The project is set to begin shooting in October in Wilmington, N.C.
“The Choice,” published in 2007, tells the story of a man and a woman who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town in North Carolina and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. Bryan Sipe has written the screenplay.
Katz made his feature film directorial debut in 2009 with HBO’s “Taking Chance. »
- Dave McNary
It takes a special kind of sequel to be able to withstand a nine-year gap between releases, and unfortunately for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, Sin City: A Dame to Kill for doesn’t appear to be up to the task. Instead, the Ya adaptation If I Stay looks poised to take first place this weekend.
Here’s how things might play out.
1. If I Stay — $20 million
Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Mia, a 17-year-old cellist who is coma-bound after a car crash that kills her family, in this emotional adaptation of Gayle Forman’s 2009 bestseller. MGM and New-Line co-financed the $11 million project, »
- Lindsey Bahr
One of the most common complaints directed toward movie trailers today is that the preview gives away way too much. If you’re interested in catching the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romance The Best of Me when it comes out on October 17th, you may want to save the spoilers and skip this two-and-a-half minute ad entirely.
The drama, which stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, centers around Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier, two high-school sweethearts who reunite many years later, after Dawson is released from prison. Evoking elements of The Notebook and The Lucky One, both adaptations of Sparks’ bestsellers, The Best of Me shows the problems between the love interests when they were young (and played by the Point Break remake’s Luke Bracey and Trust‘s Liana Liberato) and then what happens when they meet up again years later.
The Best of Me‘s full trailer »
- Jordan Adler
Zac Efron, who has admitted to substance abuse issues in the past, opened up further during his time filming Running Wild with Bear Grylls.
Zac Efron Talks Needing A 'Social Lubricant'
Efron, 26, shot to superstardom and heartthrob status after playing a loveable basketball player on Disney’s High School Musical. Following the success of the made-for-tv movies, Efron landed roles in feature films, including 17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud and The Lucky One. The busy work schedule, however, wasn’t what got to Efron – it was what came with the fame that the work brought.
"The challenging part was never the work. That was never it," Efron explained. "It was sort of the in-between work—the social aspects outside of it. I mean, everywhere you go to a certain extent, there is press in some form. Whether you're going to an event where you're supposed to be out… there will be press there, »
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Neighbors will debut on Digital HD August 12 before arriving on Blu-ray and DVD September 23. The studio has released a Blu-ray trailer for the hit summer comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, which reveals that the Blu-ray and DVD will include an alternate opening that wasn't seen in theaters. Take a look at the trailer, then check out the official press release for more details regarding the Blu-ray and DVD release.
Good fences aren't nearly enough to keep things neighborly when a non-stop rager breaks out in the suburbs next door to sleep-deprived new parents in the comedy blockbuster, Neighbors, available on Digtial HD August 12, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The outrageously funny comedy will arrive on Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand September 23, 2014. Both the Digital HD and Blu-ray include a never-before-seen uproarious Alternate Opening that Yahoo! »
Think back to all your teenage crushes. Most of them probably won you over in Nicholas Sparks movies. From bad-boy-turned-epic-love Shane West in A Walk to Remember to Ryan Gosling and his Notebook kisses in the rain, these characters know how to steal your heart. The question is whether you're into war veterans like Zac Efron in The Lucky One or Channing Tatum in Dear John or more about beachside loves like Liam Hemsworth in The Last Song or Josh Duhamel in Safe Haven. Or are you perhaps partial to silver fox Richard Gere in Nights in Rodanthe? And there are two others who have yet to debut on the big screen that you could love too: James Marsden's scruffy character in the upcoming Best of Me and Scott Eastwood's mysterious one in The Longest Ride. It's a tough call, but vote for your favorite Nicholas Sparks stud below. »
- Alyse Whitney
Lionsgate has acquired the North American and U.K. distribution rights to the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel “The Choice.”
The project, which has not yet signed a director or cast, is the second that Sparks has set up at his 2-year-old production company. The author has seen eight of his novels turned into films starting with “Message in a Bottle” in 1999, followed by “A Walk to Remember,” “The Notebook,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Dear John,” “The Last Song,” “The Lucky One” and “Safe Haven.”
“The Choice,” published in 2007, tells the story of a man and a woman who meet first as neighbors in a small coastal town in North Carolina and end up pursuing a relationship that neither could have foreseen. »
- Dave McNary
Check your calendars. Gasp. Blink. Check them again. Yes, it’s true. It’s been over a year since we’ve had a brand new Nicholas Sparks film open in a theater (and a heart, awww). For awhile there, it looked as if author Sparks was going to get a tidy little late winter/early spring thing going – Safe Haven opened on Valentine’s Day of last year, The Lucky One opened in April 0f 2012, and 2010 saw a double dose, with The Last Song hitting theaters in March and Dear John opening in February. There was so much Sparks — for a time. Now, however, we’ve been left with the bitter memories of Safe Haven (how safe is it when ghosts are just wandering around, huh, Sparks?) and the distant dream that one day, perhaps soon, we’d get another Sparks film. Rest your little heads, because that next Sparks film is here, and »
- Kate Erbland
Friday Update: The Fault in our Stars earned a fantastic $8.2 million on Thursday night. That's way ahead of March's Divergent ($4.9 million), and is roughly on par with recent comic book adaptations The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($8.7 million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past ($8.1 million).Before assuming that Fault is on its way to over $80 million this weekend, it's worth noting that the movie received a boost from "The Night Before Our Stars," a premium-priced event with tickets running as high as $25. The event included a screening of the movie and a cast and crew simulcast Q&A, and it seemed like a popular option among fans. However, Fox is reporting that the regularly priced 9 p.m. showings actually accounted for the majority of the gross.Based on this Thursday night figure, The Fault in our Stars will almost certainly earn over $50 million this weekend.Meanwhile, Edge of Tomorrow earned $1.8 million. Among 2014 releases, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Who's ready to go back to prison?! Said no one ever… unless they're talking about Orange is the New Black season two. The binge-inducing Netflix series returns with all new episodes of our favorite behind-bars gals this Friday. And that means front-runner Taylor Schilling is likely to be getting into a few more yard fights to say the least. But before we see what her alter ego Piper Chapman is up to, let's look back on the actress' red carpet record so far. The 29-year-old rarely gets out of her orange ensemble in the hit show, on the other side of the prison bars she's a regular on the best dressed list. The actress scored her first big red carpet win while promoting The Lucky One alongside »
As we honor the sacrifices of our brave, real-life veterans on Memorial Day, it's not uncommon to want to watch a movie about the men and women who've served our country. So, with all due respect to our nation's heroes, let's take a look at all the stars who have played characters in uniform…and looked seriously hot while doing so! Remember when both Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck suited up to play pilots in Pearl Harbor? Or when Zac Efron portrayed the easy on the eyes Marine Logan Thibault in The Lucky One. And let's not forget about the ladies! Rihanna made her big screen debut as an officer in Battleship, and Angelina Jolie was sizzling as Captain Franky Cook in Sky Captain and »
There’s just no stopping Walt Disney Studios’ “Frozen.” The animated feature once again took the No. 1 spot on both national home video sales charts for the week ending May 11 – for the seventh time in eight weeks.
Two new releases also vaulted into the top five on both charts: Warner’s “Son of Batman,” a DC Universe “original movie” released directly to video, bowed at No. 2 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Nielsen data shows the film sold about half as many discs as “Frozen” during the week, 64% of them on Blu-ray Disc.
“Veronica Mars,” also from Warner, debuted at No. 3 on First Alert and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart (behind Warner’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which finished the week at No. 5 on the »
- Thomas K. Arnold
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting details on The Chair, Camp of the Damned, and Love Sick, trailers for Chimeres and Phantasmagoria, production and distribution news on Australian film, The Pack, and much more:
Exclusive Casting News for The Chair: We’ve been told that Travis Love (Shumpert from The Walking Dead) has been added to the cast of the upcoming horror/thriller, The Chair. Love will play the Commanding Officer in a flashback scene that features Jimmy (Jacob Banser) and Sullivan (Brian Thompson).
Synopsis: “Based off of the Alterna Comics graphic novel of the same name, The Chair follows the story of Richard Sullivan, an innocent man struggling to escape execution on death row. Witnessing the torture and murder of his fellow inmates at the hands of the prison’s sadistic and psychotic Warden, »
- Tamika Jones
Horror/thriller The Pack is the first film from Breakout Movies, a new genre movie production partnership between VFX and post house Kojo and Prodigy Movies.
Scripted by Evan Randall Green and touted as Straw Dogs meets The Grey, the film is due to start shooting in South Australia next month, backed by the South Australian Film Corp.
The plot centres on a farming family on a remote sheep station who are attacked by a pack of wild dogs. Casting is underway for the lead roles of the farming couple and their teenage daughter. International sales agent Lightning Entertainment will pitch the project at the Cannes Film Market.
.Breakout Movies is developing quality action, horror and thriller titles as part of a broader slate »
- Don Groves
More news coming out of Cannes to end the day upon (just when we thought we were out, they keep pulling us back in) as Lightning Entertainment just announced that they're partnering on financing and production for the new horror/thriller The Pack.
From the Press Release
Lightning Entertainment announced today that it has come aboard as a financing and production partner on The Pack – an Australian horror/thriller being directed by Nick Robertson (“The Runner”) and produced by Michael Robertson (“The Reef,” “Black Water,” “Road Train”) and Kent Smith (“2:37,” “The Tree”) under their new genre label, Breakout Movies. General Manager and Executive VP Ken Dubow states “Lightning’s production investment in The Pack underscores the company’s commitment to the growth of our business and our ability to get involved with the right film projects at their inception.”
The Pack will be the debut theatrical release of Kojo, »
- Steve Barton
Zac Efron loves showing off his ripped body to his adoring fans, but as he explained to The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, May 7, sometimes even heartthrobs get shy. The handsome actor revealed a particularly embarrassing occasion that still makes him cringe. "I was filming this movie called The Lucky One and I stayed in this pretty cool apartment," Efron, 26, recounted to Fallon. "One day I was laying on the couch in my underwear and the door opened and someone walked in. I heard [...] »
Zac Efron isn’t the best or even the most surprising thing about Neighbors, but he is perhaps the most exciting. The actor’s lack of range has scuppered such recent efforts as The Lucky One and That Awkward Moment, films which asked him to show tenderness or torment. Neighbors asks no such thing: All it asks of Efron is that he be cool, calculating, dumb, and ruthless. And for once, he seems liberated. That immobile, beautiful face, long his greatest weakness as an actor (if not as a heartthrob), finally transforms into his greatest weapon.But believe it or not, Efron’s Teddy Sanders is not the true heavy of this hilarious and somewhat confused film, in which his newly arrived, rambunctious frat house upends the comfort of young parents next door Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne). The film opens with Mac and Kelly having sex, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Tweens. Fallen angels. Supernatural occurrences. A love triangle. Lots and lots of brooding. Yep it's a familiar formula and you'll find it in spades once the big screen adaptation of Lauren Kate's Fallen gets here. Speaking of which, we have your first look... furrowed brows and all.
From the Press Release
Based on the worldwide bestselling book series, Fallen is seen through the eyes of Lucinda “Luce” Price, a strong-willed seventeen-year-old living a seemingly ordinary life until she is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Sent off to the imposing Sword & Cross reform school, Luce finds herself being courted by two young men to whom she feels oddly connected. Isolated and haunted by strange visions, Luce begins to unravel the secrets of her past and discovers the two men are fallen angels, competing for her love for centuries. Luce must choose where her feelings lie, pitting Heaven »
- Steve Barton
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