15 items from 2013
It was a big weekend for romantic comedies at the multiplex, with three of them entering the top 15 on the box office chart. The experts predicted that the one that would come out on top was "Don Jon," given the star power of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson, as well as a wide release in 2,422 theaters. It was expected to make $10 to $12 million, while "Baggage Claim," with no A-list stars and a 2,027-screen release, was supposed to be way behind, with $7 or $8 million. But that's not how it turned out.
In fact, when Sunday's estimates were released, "Baggage Claim" had a slight edge over "Don Jon," with $9.3 million to $9 million for "Don Jon." (The third rom-com, "Enough Said," played on just 227 screens, but it did very well, earning an estimated $2.1 million and finishing at No. 11.) That $300,000 difference is slim, and it's possible that when Monday's final numbers are released, "Don Jon »
- Gary Susman
Family audiences ate up Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 this weekend, though the movie still fell short of the September opening record. Meanwhile, Prisoners held off newcomers Rush, Baggage Claim and Don Jon, none of which were particularly impressive.The Top 12 earned $95.7 million this weekend, which is off 10 percent from the same frame last year. This is a fine finish to a decent September*it won't be a record-setter, though it will still be slightly up from last year.Playing at 4,002 theaters*a new record for September*Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opened to just over $34 million. That's an improvement over the first Cloudy movie, which debuted to $30.3 million in September 2009. However, it's noticeably lower than Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania, which set a September opening record with $42.5 million on the same weekend last year. Overall, Cloudy's opening is the fourth-highest ever in September behind Hotel Transylvania, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The final weekend of September will be its busiest yet, with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 poised to make a run for a new opening weekend record. Also, romantic comedies Don Jon and Baggage Claim are debuting, while Rush is expanding nationwide after a decent week-long run in New York and Los Angeles.Opening at 4,001 theaters*the widest release ever in September*Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 arrives four years after the first Cloudy movie, which opened to a solid $30.3 million. Loosely based on a popular children's book of the same name, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was generally well-liked by audiences, and ultimately closed with $124.9 million. While that's a modest gross for a major animated movie, it's in the upper-tier for Sony Pictures Animation, which has yet to reach the heights of other animation houses Pixar, DreamWorks and Illumination.For a sequel in any genre to be successful, »
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The romantic comedy Baggage Claim follows Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a successful flight attendant and a devoted daughter, sister and friend, who just can’t manage to get her love life together. With the help of her two best friends, Gail (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody), they devise a plan to have Montana conveniently meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends to see if any of them have since become the perfect guy. Directed by David E. Talbert, the film also stars Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Christina Milian, La La Anthony and Affion Crockett. At the film’s press day, actress Paula Patton spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about her desire to do a romantic comedy, how long ago she first read this script, wanting to do physical comedy, working with such a great ensemble cast, who was the most difficult »
- Christina Radish
Queen Latifah is continuing her reign over the beauty world. The actress has just inked a deal to be Pantene's newest brand ambassador. Meaning, in addition to being the face of her Queen Collection for CoverGirl the Grammy winner will now also be the mane model for the hair care line. She won't be the only famous face appearing in ads—Zoey Deschanel and Eva Mendes are also still signed with the beauty company—but she will be the only celeb supporting the Truly Relaxed and Truly Natural Collections. "As black women, we express ourselves through our hair so we should have fun with it," the Just Wright star says. And although the actress displays silky waves in »
The month of September typically serves as a transition period between the big-budget blockbusters of the Summer and the high-minded prestige fare of the Fall. As a result, September releases tend to be fairly modest, and September is consistently the lowest-grossing month of the year at the domestic box office. Even with appealing sequels Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Insidious Chapter 2, this upcoming month will be no different. Without much help from Summer holdovers, it's unlikely that September 2013 tops September 2011's $603.5 million monthly record.September 6The only major nationwide release on the first weekend of September is Riddick, which marks the third time that Vin Diesel has portrayed the titular character. A year before Diesel starred in The Fast and the Furious, he appeared as Riddick in Pitch Black, which earned $39.2 million on its way to becoming something of a cult classic. In 2004, he was back in The Chronicles of Riddick, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Update: Dwight Howard is no turkey. Or is he? The Los Angeles Laker will voice a character named Cold Turkey in the animated comedy Free Birds. Howard has played himself in Just Wright and The Three Stooges. He also made an appearance on "The Suite Life on Deck" and 2013's Nick Kid's Choice Awards. The NBA star made his "acting" debut (playing someone other than himself) in Disney Xd's "Pair of Kings."
The family film opens Nov. 1...just in time to feel really guilty on Thanksgiving.
March 27, 2103: The title Turkeys was a turkey. The Owen Wilson-Woody Harrelson voiced animated movie about a bunch of time-traveling turkeys trying to change the tradition of their kind being served for Thanksgiving is retitled Free Birds. Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), George Takei ("Supah Ninjas"), Dan Fogler (Kung Fu Panda movies), Colm Meaney (Mystery, Alaska), Keith David (Flame King on "Adventure Time »
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The last few years have offered a small diversity of films featuring African-Americans: Arbitrage, Armored, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Call, Constellation, Dead Man Down, Django Unchained, Fighting, Flight, I Will Follow, Just Wright, Kings of the Evening, Lakeside Terrace, Luv, Middle of Nowhere, Night Catches Us, Olympus Has Fallen, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Precious, Red Hook Summer, Red Tails, and, among others, Think Like A Man and Won’t Back Down. Some of the films have inspired enthusiasm and intelligent talk; some laughter; and some outrage—and some boredom. Did Arbitrage exploit skepticism of black male character before submitting an image of »
- Daniel Garrett
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: DVD $22.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The story is the same: Six Southern women who congregate at Truvy’s Beauty Spot support each other as they face life’s difficulties, including the unwise pregnancy of diabetic Shelby (Condola Rashad, TV’s Smash).
In this version, the 1989 version’s Julia Roberts is swapped with Rashad, Sally Field is swapped with Latifah, Dolly Parton (Joyful Noise) with Jill Scott (Why Did I Get Married Too?), Shirley MacLaine (Bernie) with Alfre Woodard (TV’s True Blood), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill) with Adepero Oduye (Pariah) and Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) with Phylicia Rashad (TV’s Do No Harm).
Hell hath no fury like women scorned who band together to get revenge on men who used them, forming the titular Coalition. From first-time feature director Monica Mingo, working with a modest budget of $1m, comes a tired plotline infused with one part The First Wives Club and one part Just Wright. Set in the high-income socialite bracket, with sweeping commentary on the misogynistic tendencies of professional athletes, The Coalition is just plain flat.
Prime Alexander (Eddie Goines) is a basketball hotshot still riding with his so-called 1800 Crew. Boozing and carousing, they use and discard women like mixers with bottle service. When Alexander humiliates flame-of-the-week Autumn (Ingrid Clay), she rallies the girls to seek revenge on the men who live without regarding karma and consequences.
- Kyle North
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This week's Huddle is inspired by Flavorwire's list of Film's Most Awkward Couples, including Rosie O'Donnell and Dan Aykroyd in Exit to Eden. While we can agree with that weirdness as well as most of the others on their list, there are plenty of awkward pairings we can come up with, too — including some lesbian twosomes.
Dana Picolli: Papi and Kit from The L Word. What in the hell were they thinking with this one? I remember screaming "Nooooooo!" at my screen during their awkward hook up. Kit was so kick ass, and the whole thing felt so forced. She deserved better than that. Shortly after that, Papi walked off into the West Hollywood sunset, never to be seen or heard from again.
Heather Hogan: Tobias and Lindsay Funke! They're the most ridiculous/hilarious awkward couple in history! »
Hip hop's first lady is coming home. Queen Latifah and business partner Shakim Compere are bringing their production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment, to homes across the country via a multi-year deal with Netflix, a rep for the actress announced in a release on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Flavor Unit, which has produced such films as 2003's Bringing Down the House and 2010's Just Wright, will release its titles exclusively to the online streaming platform starting this spring. "Shakim and I are thrilled to do business with Netflix," the 42-year-old [...] »
The entertainer announced Tuesday that the multiyear deal gives the streaming service first look at titles from her production company. It starts this spring.
Latifah launched Flavor Unit in New Jersey with Shakim Compere. It's now based in Miami. The company has produced films such as "Bringing Down the House" and "Just Wright," both starring Latifah. It also produced the HBO film "Life Support," which earned a Golden Globe Award for Latifah.
Latifah said in a statement that Netflix is a "strong brand and the perfect place to showcase our projects."
As an actor, Common the rapper has showed up in Terminator: Salvation, Just Wright, and every episode of AMC's Hell on Wheels. Now he stars in the indie drama Luv as a former inmate whose young nephew (played luminously by then-10-year-old Michael Rainey Jr.) joins him for a day in the life of a one-time criminal trying to become a legitimate businessman. First-time director Sheldon Candis accurately described the movie as "Pursuit of Happyness punched in the face with Training Day." Here, Common discusses becoming his young co-star's favorite rapper, feeling feelings, and what fans can expect from his forthcoming tenth album.What's Michael Rainey Jr. like? Does he want to be an actor, or was that just a kid acting like a kid?Oh, man, he's totally an actor. This is actually his second film; his first film he did was an Italian film. He spoke Italian in »
- Zach Dionne
Rapper-turned-actor Common has had his share of blockbuster roles lately. From parts in "Just Wright" (opposite Queen Latifah) to "Terminator Salvation" (with Christian Bale) to "Date Night" (with Steve Carrell), Common has proven he can act with the big boys (and girls).
With his new film, the homespun drama "Luv," the Chi-town native charts new territory. There are no multi-million-dollar set pieces (though there is hand-to-hand fighting and requisite gun-slinging) and there are no half-naked sci-fi starlets. There is a lot of heart, though.
Common plays Uncle Vincent, a just-out-of-jail "businessman" set on getting rich … the honest way, which turns out to be a lot harder than he anticipates. With his nephew Woody by his side for the day, Vincent does his best to set a good example, which is easier said than done. We talked with Common about "Luv," basketball and rats (natch).
How'd you get involved in "Luv »
- Elizabeth Durand
15 items from 2013
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