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In a squeaker of a Fourth of July finish actuals coming in show that Inside Out made $29.77M to Jurassic World's $29.24M, giving the Disney/Pixar film its first #1, three-day weekend berth in its third week of release. That slow rise to #1 is a good omen for the future of the Pixar film as it joins other long-legged films such as Disney's 2013 juggernaut Frozen, the Best Picture of 2012 Argo, and 2010's True Grit (the Coen Bros. best grossing film). What Universal does appear to be conceding, however, with a "you can have it" air, is that the Disney/Pixar film is likely the winner of the five-day Fourth of July frame. Though it's still a tight race Disney is claiming victory for the full holiday domestic frame with Inside Out making $45.3M (4,158 venues) to Jurassic World's $43.8M (3,737 venues). Universal is also reporting that Jurassic World will pass $550M in domestic grosses this weekend. »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Robert Evans: The Kid Is Alright
I interviewed legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans in 2002 for Venice Magazine, in conjunction with the release of the documentary "The Kid Stays in the Picture," adapted from his iconic autobiography and audiobook. Our chat took place at Woodland, Evans' storied estate in Beverly Hills, in his equally famous screening room, which mysteriously burned down a couple years later. Evans was still physically frail, having recently survived a series of strokes, but his mind, his wit and his charm were sharp as ever, with near total recall for people, places and stories. Many, many stories. Here are a few of them.
It’s a widely-held belief that the years 1967-76 represent the “golden age” of American cinema. Just look at a few of these titles: Rosemary’s Baby, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Ah, the Western. The gift we love to pretend has stopped giving. Periodically, a movie set in the 1800s featuring cowboys and quick-fire gun action comes along and everyone makes big statements about how it used to be a cinematic cornerstone and now, well, isn’t (for an answer to why that happened, see Toy Story).
The thing is, while the Western did decrease in prominence and certainly went away from the mainstream, it is still fighting strong. How would the annual (or, for 2015 it seems, bi-monthly) tradition of commenting on the genre’s long-past heyday still exist otherwise?
What is worth remarking on in regards to the Western is how pretty much every noteworthy recent entry in the genre (even, to a degree, the dire Cowboys And Aliens) has been about the “End of an Era”; True Grit juxtaposed growing up with the death of the »
- Alex Leadbeater
Musician-turned-director John Maclean strikes gold with this haunting mix of genres in the old west
Musicians have long been drawn to the cinematic myths of the old west. From the singing cowboys of early sound cinema (Ken Maynard, Gene Autry et al) through such big-screen Elvis vehicles as Flaming Star (1960) and Charro! (1969), to Glen Campbell in True Grit (1969) and Bob Dylan in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973), the western has proved the natural home of the troubadour.
More recently, Australian rocker Nick Cave has done some of his very best work writing and co-scoring The Proposition (2005) and even having a cameo as a storytelling saloon singer in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), on which he collaborated once again with long-term musical compadre Warren Ellis. Little surprise, then, that this first feature from former Beta Band musician John Maclean should be a western, albeit one »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Michael Fassbender is never not worth watching, and his unique blend of cynical smarts and weary humor is perfectly suited to this bitterly funny road trip. I’m “biast” (pro): adore Michael Fassbender
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Michael Fassbender. What else do you need to know? Michael Fassbender is never not worth watching, and that remains the case in Slow West. This is basically The Frisco Kid — you remember, that 1979 comedy with Gene Wilder as a rabbi and Harrison Ford as the scoundrel who helps him get across the Old West to San Francisco — as remade by the Coen Brothers. It’s far more Coen Brothers than the Coens’ own actual Western remake, True Grit, in fact, and Fassbender’s unique blend of cynical smarts and weary humor is perfectly suited to this dry, bitter road trip through »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Hondo (1953), which is set to play June 13 - July 4 at the Museum of Modern Art as part of their "3-D Summer" series, was John Wayne's first Western in three years. It was produced by his own Wayne/Fellows Productions (later named Batjac), founded just the year prior by Wayne and producer Robert Fellows. And James Edward Grant, who had already written several Wayne features and had a particular flair for writing classic John Wayne dialogue, penned the screenplay. All told, one gets the sense that everything about this exemplary return to the genre was a carefully conscious decision by the iconic American star. Hondo is a definitive Western. Moreover, it's a definitive John Wayne Western.When Wayne made Hondo, his masculine persona was already firmly established. After viewing the film at one point, Wayne supposedly declared, "I'll be damned if I'm not the stuff men are made of." Such a comment, »
- Jeremy Carr
Scott Rudin is having a good day. While rival Harvey Weinstein didn't even scare up a Tony nomination for his Broadway show "Finding Neverland," veteran theater producer Rudin's "Skylight" starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan took home the Tony for Best Drama Revival. And, Variety reported Monday, the top-flight New York-based movie producer (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Captain Phillips,” “The Social Network,” “True Grit” and “The Queen,” among many others) is bowing to the inevitable and moving into television. Scott Rudin Productions has closed a three-year first-look deal with Fox Networks Group. Rudin will develop and produce TV properties for Fox Broadcasting, FX Networks and National Geographic Channel. Twentieth Century Fox TV will produced Fox projects, while FX Productions will produce for FX Networks and National Geographic Channel. This is a feather in the cap of Fox's Peter Rice, who got to know Rudin well when he was...
- Anne Thompson
Scott Rudin is having a good day. While rival Harvey Weinstein didn't even scare up a Tony nomination for his Broadway show "Finding Neverland," veteran theater producer Rudin's "Skylight" starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan took home the Tony for Best Drama Revival. And, Variety reported Monday, the top-flight New York-based movie producer (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Captain Phillips,” “The Social Network,” “True Grit” and “The Queen,” among many others) is bowing to the inevitable and moving into television. Scott Rudin Productions has closed a three-year first-look deal with Fox Networks Group. Rudin will develop and produce TV properties for Fox Broadcasting, FX Networks and National Geographic Channel. Twentieth Century Fox TV will produced Fox projects, while FX Productions will produce for FX Networks and National Geographic Channel. This is a feather in the cap of Fox's Peter Rice, who got to know Rudin well when he was »
- Anne Thompson
The new pact with Scott Rudin Productions has Rudin developing and producing television projects for Fox Broadcasting, FX Networks and National Geographic Channel. All projects developed for Fox will be produced by Twentieth Century Fox TV, and those developed for FX Networks and National Geographic Channel will be produced by FX Productions.
“Scott is an extraordinary creative producer, and we are thrilled he is choosing to bring his unique passion for storytelling and storytellers to Fox’s unique portfolio of studios and channels,” said Peter Rice, chairman-ceo of Fox Networks Group.
Rudin commented, “Peter Rice has been a close collaborator and great friend for years; I’ve had the luck of partnering with Peter on many projects — and I’ve never gone wrong following his lead. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Exclusive: Arclight, Ambi, Lakeshore deals among pick-ups.
UK distributor Signature Entertainment secured a raft of completed titles at the Cannes Marche for theatrical release, including Nicolas Cage thriller Dog Eat Dog from Arclight and action-comedy Barely Lethal - with Hailee Steinfeld, Samuel L Jackson, Jessica Alba and Sophie Turner – from The Highland Film Group.
Paul Schrader directs Cage in crime-thriller Dog Eat Dog about three men recently released from prison who go on to commit the ‘perfect’ crime but find that their own circumstances, the system and the long arm of the law are never far from getting the better of them.
In Barely Lethal, True Grit actress Steinfeld stars as Megan Walsh, a teenage special ops agent who yearns for a normal adolescence. After faking her own death, she assumes the role of an exchange student and quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of a typical American high school can be even more difficult than international »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The Goonies celebrates its 30th birthday today, and even after all these years we still adore this '80s classic.
Rumours have been swirling for some time about a Goonies 2 (make it happen, Hollywood!) with all the original cast returning, so with this in mind we take a trip down memory lane to find out what the stars of the cult classic are doing now.
Sean Astin played the slightly dorky yet bright, braces-clad Mikey - who attempts to leads his fellow adventurers to One-Eyed Willy's hidden fortune upon his discovery of an old treasure map.
The 44-year-old actor has continued to enjoy movie success with his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Written by John D’Arco
Directed by Kyle Newman
The problems with the new action-comedy Barely Lethal start with its title. There’s something creepy afoot when a movie leads with a metaphorical elbow in the ribs, informing you that its protagonist is just old enough to kill you by using a pun which implies that she’s also just old enough to have sex with you. Every joke in the film has that same elbow-in-the-ribs quality, desperately trying to let you know how funny it is. Most of its claims to hilarity come up short.
Hailee Steinfeld (an Oscar nominee for the Coen Brothers’ True Grit) plays a nameless teenager raised from a young age to be a super-spy by the flinty Hardman (Samuel L. Jackson). But when a mission to apprehend a rogue arms dealer (Jessica Alba) goes wrong, she is able to fake her »
- Mark Young
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. "Barely Lethal," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] Read More: Watch: New Trailer, Poster and Images For 'Barely Lethal' With Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba and Samuel L. Jackson Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld ("True Grit") stars as Megan Walsh and gets a serious wake up call in this clip from "Barely Lethal", as she tries her very best to fit in at high school and brutally fails (it must've had something to do with the double forehead braid). Her ill-tempered first-day buddy (Dove Cameron) is just one of the many obstacles Megan faces as she tries to maintain normalcy in her not-so normal life by faking her death to attend high school instead of training to become an international assassin. Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Alba »
- Sarah Choi
It’s rare to find a film as plagued by identity issues as Barely Lethal. The title suggests a mash-up of Kick-Ass and Clueless, the sort of movie that might be made by someone brought up on a steady (if odd) diet of Tarantino and Hughes. In execution, though, Barely Lethal turns out to be about as edgy as a Disney Channel Original Movie, from the obligatory encounters with cliques to sweeping declarations of young love.
In of itself, that wouldn’t have to be a problem – director Kyle Newman clearly knows high school comedies well, and his film is perfectly serviceable fare as far as that genre goes. But Barely Lethal tries to be more, and that’s where it falls flat. From lifelessly shot car chases and shoddily staged fistfights to a half-hearted attempt to satirize the very kind of movie it ends up becoming, the film misses »
- Isaac Feldberg
With Harrison Ford back as Rick Deckard, Denis Villeneuve in the director's chair, and Ryan Gosling eyeing a key role, the Blade Runner sequel was already in good hands, but now fans have another big reason to get excited, as it was recently announced that cinematographer Roger Deakins joined the film's crew:
Press Release (via The Playlist) -- "Los Angeles, CA, May, 20, 2015 – Twelve-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins will join director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) on Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Deakins, who will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22 reteams with Villeneuve on what will be their third feature collaboration, havingpreviously worked together on Alcon’s Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Villeneuve’s upcoming film Sicario, a drug-trafficking drama starring Emily Blunt, »
- Derek Anderson
Teen action-comedy Barely Lethal is this summer's best film with a truly unfortunate title. Don't let the obnoxious marketing ("Click. Clique. Bang" — really?) fool you: Despite an out-of-left-field donkey-punch joke, Barely Lethal's combination of bawdy humor and earnest affection for its high-school-aged protagonists is surprisingly well-balanced. This film is so inoffensive that even its dick jokes could have been lifted from an especially blue episode of Bunheads. Barely Lethal emulates the recent 21 Jump Street films in its tongue-in-cheek meta-subversion of teen comedy tropes. The main difference is that this film is about a teenage assassin. Megan Walsh (True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld) flees from the Pr »
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
Denis Villeneuve to direct sci-fi sequel.
Deakins, who will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow (May 22) reteams with Villeneuve.
Deakins received his latest Oscar nomination this year for his work on Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. He was previously nominated for Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and True Grit; Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption; Martin Scorsese’s Kundun; Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Stephen Daldry’s The Reader, which he shared with Chris Menges; and, more recently, Prisoners and Sam Mendes’ Skyfall.
Film is scheduled »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
While we know next to nothing about the plot for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, we do know that at the very least, it's going to look gorgeous, as renowned cinematographer Roger Deakins has joined the team. Come inside to learn more.
Blade Runner 2 is moving full steam ahead. Just a couple months ago it was announced Denis Villenueve had been hired on to direct the sequel, with Harrison Ford set to return, and it looks like they're starting to build up the rest of the necessary behind the scenes crew to get production moving. Announced at Cannes, Roger Deakins, the cinematographer behind Prisoners, Skyfall, Fargo, and Many others has been hired on as the Dop for the new movie. Deakins has worked with Villenueve on his last two movies, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
The original Blade Runner is still a visually striking movie, and »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Deakins will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22. Deakins teamed with Villeneuve on Alcon’s “Prisoners” and “Sicario,” starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, which is in competition at Cannes.
Deakins received his latest Academy Award nomination this year for his work on Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken.” He was previously nominated for “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “No Country for Old Men,” “True Grit,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Kundun,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “The Reader,” “Prisoners” and “Skyfall.”
- Dave McNary
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