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Because we’re in the doldrums of the summer blockbuster season, our minds have been preoccupied with the state of studio filmmaking. Following the tepid domestic response to “Terminator: Genisys” and “Magic Mike Xxl” over the weekend, we wondered aloud on Monday if sequels might need the same level of scrutiny that failures of “original films” like “Tomorrowland” garner. There must be something going on in the internet psychosphere because a video is making the rounds that attempts to break down what exactly makes or breaks a sequel. Bluntly titled “What Makes A Sequel Good?,” the new video from Now You See It attempts to answer the titular question. In five minutes, examples of both good and bad sequels – specifically part 2s – are compared to each other to find distinct differences. The good examples include both Terminator 2: Judgment Day and “Toy Story 2,” with the bad featuring “Speed 2: Cruise Control »
- Cain Rodriguez
Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has become a huge Hollywood star in recent years. Unlike many top actors, who seem to burst onto the scene, Cooper slipped into our collective consciousness over time, moving from minor TV roles to cult movies until he was a bona fide blockbuster.
The early years
As an unknown actor, Cooper made his television debut in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in Sex and the City in 1999. His first significant role was opposite Jennifer Garner in Jj Abrams's Alias from 2001-06, not as Sydney Bristow's secret agent love interest but as her mild-mannered and slightly awkward reporter friend.
The new comedy "Get Hard" stars Kevin Hart as an unlikely coach who trains Will Ferrell for a stint in prison. In one scene, Hart insists that Ferrell go to a top La brunch spot and give oral sex to a random patron in the bathroom to learn -- I guess? -- the mechanics of prison rape. Yes, this movie equates consensual gay sexual activity with actual rape. Cut to Will Ferrell in a restaurant bathroom gagging at the sight of a penis for the amusement of a multiplex audience. Could it be the most homophobic scene in a comedy of the past ten years? It's certainly a candidate. To commemorate this weirdly ignorant movie, we've compiled a list: movies with homophobic scenes so blatant, they made us shudder. Sometimes a movie reeks of homophobia (See: that ol' heart-warmer "Cruising") and sometimes it's just a couple of moments in a »
- Louis Virtel
Divisive comic Andrew Dice Clay is determined to revive his career, and he may have finally secured a path to glory. The Las Vegas stand-up is set to star in a six-episode, half-hour series for Showtime that Variety claims will use Clay’s “rags-to-riches-to-rags trajectory” as “fodder” for the show.
A semi-autobiographical scripted series – there’s an oxymoron – Clay will shoot this summer in Vegas and follow the once-famous superstar as he tries to maintain a family life whilst rebuilding his failing career.
The show was created by writer Scot Armstrong (The Hangover Part II) and Fox 21 TV Studios, with Fox execs apparently funding a presentation for Showtime out of their own pockets. Both Clay and Armstrong will executive produce the series along with Daybreakers‘ duo Sean and Bryan Furst, Richard Shepard and Bruce Rubenstein.
In a press release, Showtime’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming Gary Levine »
- Gem Seddon
In a competitive situation, Showtime has landed Dice, a single-camera scripted comedy starring controversial actor-comedian Andrew Dice Clay, with a six-episode straight-to-series order. Created and written by Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover Part II), Dice, from Fox 21 TV Studios, chronicles “the semi-true stories of Andrew Dice Clay, one of the most polarizing men on the planet.” It follows the comedian as he works in Las Vegas to resurrect his career while… »
Showtime is getting back into business with Andrew Dice Clay. More than three years after teaming with the polarizing comedian on a stand-up special, the premium cable network has picked up straight to series Dice, a scripted comedy based on Clay's life, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The six-episode series hails from Fox 21 Television Studios. Created and written by The Hangover Part II's Scot Armstrong, Dice will follow the renowned comedian as he works in Las Vegas to resurrect his career while supporting his family — including his ex-fiancé, ex-wife and mother-in-law as
- Lesley Goldberg
Fifty Shades of Grey has claimed the Us box office for a second week after taking $23,246,000.
The erotic adaptation - starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele - became the highest-grossing Presidents' Day opener and second-highest February opening of all time after taking $81.6 million last week.
Kevin Costner's McFarland, USA is new at four with $11.3 million, just beating teen comedy The Duff which rounds out the top five.
Coming off one of the busiest weekends in years, the box office is going to quiet down significantly this coming weekend.Hot Tub Time Machine 2, McFarland, USA and The Duff are all opening in at least 2,500 theaters, though it would be surprising if any of these took in over $15 million this weekend. Therefore, the top three spots should once again belong to Fifty Shades of Grey, Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.Coming off a massive $85.2 million debut, Fifty Shades of Grey seems poised to take a dive this weekend. Word-of-mouth is mixed, die-hard book fans likely already made it out last weekend, and romantic movies tend to fall hard coming off Valentine's Day. About Last Night (2014), Endless Love and Valentine's Day all fell at least 70 percent on this same weekend, while the Twilight sequels and The Fault in our Stars had similar second weekend drops. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
100 teenagers mobbed a mall in Florida after being refused tickets to see Fifty Shades of Grey.
West Oak Mall in the Orlando suburb of Ocoee has now ruled that all teenagers must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the mall after 9pm, according to The AP.
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Fifty Shades of Grey is rated R in the Us, meaning that those under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
A further group of teens objected to the movie theatre's decision by rushing the mall's food court. Nobody was injured and there was no damage reported by mall officials.
Fifty Shades of Grey made history at the Us box office by taking $81,670,000 in its first weekend in cinemas, which establishes it as the highest-grossing Presidents' Day opener and second-highest February opening ever. »
Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" could not compete with "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but performed very well in second place, grossing $36 million domestically and another $44 million internationally for a worldwide debut of $80 million. The film cost $81 million to make and has a 71% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. All eyes were on "Fifty Shades of Grey," which cost just $40 million to make and ended up with a whopping $240 million global debut ($82 million domestically). The film only has a 26% fresh rating, but shattered numerous records, including... * Biggest Presidents Day weekend debut (Previous record holder was "Valentine's Day" with $56.3 Million) * Biggest debut by a female director ("The Matrix Reloaded" had a bigger debut, but Lana Wachowski was still a man) * Highest number of theaters for an R-rated opening with 3,646 locations (Previous record holder was "The Hangover Part II" with 3,615) * Biggest single-day February gross with $36.7 million on Saturday (Previous »
The highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey scored one of the biggest R-rated debuts ever this weekend, while Kingsman: The Secret Service was strong in second place.Fifty Shades was even more impressive at the international box office, where it opened to a stunning $158 million. For full overseas coverage, check out this weekend's Around-the-World Roundup.The domestic box office Top 12 earned $200.7 million, which makes this the biggest weekend ever in February. It's also the highest-grossing weekend since November 2013 (meaning bigger than any weekend in 2014).Playing at 3,646 theaters*the widest opening ever for an R-rated movie*Fifty Shades of Grey scored $85.2 million over the three-day weekend. That's the top opening ever in the month of February ahead of The Passion of the Christ; among R-rated movies, it ranks fourth behind The Matrix Reloaded, American Sniper and The Hangover Part II.For the four-day weekend, it earned $93 million, which »
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“Fifty Shades of Grey” torched record books this weekend, debuting to a white hot $81.7 million domestically and $239.7 million globally.
By introducing moviegoers to little-explored sections of the Kama Sutra, Universal Pictures’ erotic romance became the highest-grossing Presidents Day Weekend opener. It also established new benchmarks for R-rated fare.
Not shabby for a film that cost $40 million to produce before factoring in promotional and distribution costs. Sam Taylor-Johnson directed the film, with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in the lead roles. Sequels to the picture have yet to earn a greenlight, but given the results, that appears to be a formality.
Here’s a look at some of the records that got incinerated thanks to Christian Grey’s smoldering glare.
Biggest Presidents Day Weekend Opener
(Previous record holder was “Valentine’s Day” with $56.3 Million) Second Highest Grossing Debut for a Film by a Female Director
(Current record holder is “The Matrix Reloaded »
- Brent Lang
The studio executive that decided to release the big-screen adaptation of erotic best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey over the weekend of Valentine’s Day should see a healthy raise this week, as the R-rated romantic drama saw many of the book’s fans and curious moviegoers come out in droves. The film earned an estimated $81.7 million in its first three days, although close to half of that came from Valentine’s Day sales alone. In North America, Fifty Shades of Grey stands as the second-biggest February opening of all time (after The Passion of the Christ‘s $83.8 million), although it sold fewer tickets than 2001’s Hannibal when that thriller opened to $58 million 14 Februarys ago.
Domestically, the film now has the fifth-biggest opening for an R-rated film (after The Matrix Reloaded, American Sniper, The Hangover Part II and the aforementioned Passion). Another intriguing statistic: Fifty Shades had the largest opening for »
- Jordan Adler
"Fifty Shades of Grey" whipped the box office into shape this weekend, but how long will Mr. Grey's tutelage last? Sam Taylor-Johnson's adaptation of the best-selling E.L. James novel took in an estimated $81.6 million over the three-day weekend. It's expected to come very close to the $100 million mark for the four-day. This weekend's result, however, is the fifth largest R-rated opening of all-time behind "The Matrix Reloaded," "American Sniper," "The Hangover Part II" and "The Passion of the Christ." While "Grey" may be critic proof it's still not clear if its audience proof. The movie scored a very weak C+ Cinemascore which means word of mouth may not help it past its core fan base. That being said, "Grey" is still a major hit for Universal Pictures and its already earned a smashing $158 million overseas. Debuting in second place was Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" with $35.6 million »
- Gregory Ellwood
Fifty Shades of Grey has debuted at the top of the Us box office.
The erotic adaptation took $81,670,000 in its first weekend in theatres, which establishes it as the highest-grossing Presidents' Day opener and second-highest February opening of all time, behind the $83.9m taken by The Passion of the Christ.
Colin Firth's Kingsman: The Secret Service takes the second spot with initial takings of over $35 million, while last week's number one The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water falls to three with $30 million.
Seventh Son is at six with takings of $4.1 million, while Paddington falls to seven.
The Imitation Game stays at eight with $3.5 million, »
In a somewhat surprising development, Fifty Shades of Grey is proving to be even more of a phenomenon internationally than it is in the U.S.
The movie earned a stunning $158 million from 58 markets this weekend. That's the second-biggest weekend ever for Universal Pictures International (behind Fast & Furious 6), and included their biggest single day ever (Valentine's Day at $55.1 million).
The movie set opening weekend records in 11 markets, including Italy ($9.1 million), Argentina and Poland. It also set a record for Universal Pictures in the U.K. ($21.1 million), France ($12 million), Russia ($10.5 million) and Brazil ($8.9 million). Other key markets include Germany ($15.2 million), Australia ($8.6 million), Mexico ($8.1 million) and Spain ($7.9 million).
The movie has a few more markets left to open, including South Korea later this month. It will be interesting to see how it holds up in the coming weeks; even if it drops like a rock, though, it should still wind up well over $300 million. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Playing at 3,646 locations, the big-screen adaptation of the insanely popular novel Fifty Shades of Grey opened to an estimated $30.2 million yesterday. That ranks fourth all-time among R-rated movies behind The Matrix Reloaded ($37.5 million), The Hangover Part II ($31.6 million) and American Sniper ($30.3 million).
It doesn't look quite as impressive when compared to past female-skewing book adaptations, though. The first Twilight movie took in $36 million on its first day*remember, that was before the series was a full-on phenomenon*while The Fault in our Stars opened to $26.1 million last June.
If Fifty Shades of Grey plays like those movies, it will wind up with less than $70 million over the four-day weekend. Universal isn't expecting it to do much better*their current forecast has it earning around $76 million.
At the same time, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Get ready for a lot of S&M references in this weekend's box office reporting. The long awaited adaptation of E.L. James' bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey" debuted in theaters Thursday night and whipped up an impressive $8.6 million. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, "Fifty Shades" is expected to gross between $75-85 million over the four-day President's day weekend. Like "Sex and the City" and the "Twilight" films before it, the romantic drama has keyed into a heavily female fan base that is making the opening a "must-see" event. Critics, on the other hand, have generally been negative on the picture with nationwide reviews corresponding to a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 47 on Metacritic. Much to Universal Pictures' delight, fans simply don't care. The $8.6 million Thursday tally is the second biggest for an R-rated movie behind 2011's "The Hangover Part II's" $10.4 million. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Universal Pictures rolled out its highly-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey for Thursday night preview screenings last night, taking in an estimated $8.6 million from 2,830 theaters. The Thursday tally is the second highest ever for an R-rated film, behind the Warner Bros.' comedy sequel The Hangover Part II, which took in $10.4 million from Thursday screenings back in 2011. Even though it earned a silver medal in all-time R rated Thurday Night openers, it did rack in two records for the box office books. The $8.6 million total is the highest Thursday gross for a February release, and it is also the highest in Universal Pictures history, besting Fast & Furious 6's $6.5 million in 2013.
Fifty Shades of Grey opens in 3,646 theaters today, 75 of which are in IMAX, with the adaptation of E.L. James' novel expected to pull in between $50 and $60 million this weekend. If it overperforms, there's a chance that it could break »
The first numbers are in and Universal's film adaptation of the erotic bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey" has launched to a superb $8.6 million from Thursday night preview screenings.
That makes it Universal's highest grossing late night preview screenings ever, topping the $6.5 million for "Fast and Furious 6". It isn't the highest for an R-rated film though, with "The Hangover Part II" beating it with $10.4 million.
Officially the studio is expecting a $50 million opening over the four-day President's Day weekend, but other analysts think it will be in the higher $70-80 million range.
Fox's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" also opens this week and took in $1.4 million from Thursday night previews. Its Friday-Sunday total is expected to be in the $24-28 million range.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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