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Paul Potts movie ‘One Chance’ wins 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival Audience Award (photo: James Corden as ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ hit Paul Potts looking at Brad Pitt photo in ‘One Chance’) Among the winners at the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival (Sdff), which ran November 6-17, was David Frankel’s One Chance, the story of Paul Potts, a timid shop assistant and amateur opera singer who eventually topped "Britain’s Got Talent." James Corden plays Potts, while Julie Walters and Colm Meaney are his parents. Director Frankel’s best-known movies are The Devil Wears Prada (2006), which earned Meryl Streep a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for playing Anne Hathaway’s style-conscious boss and nemesis, and the sentimental blockbuster Marley & Me (2008), toplining Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. A 2012 reunion with Meryl Streep in Hope Springs, also featuring Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, did only moderate business. This year’s Starz Denver »
- Anna Robinson
Summit Entertainment's Divergent has a new character poster up featuring Jai Courtney as Eric in the Neil Burger film starring Shailene Woodley. Pic opens on March 21st, 2014 with Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman, upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie) and Vanessa Taylor (Game of Thrones, Hope Springs, Everwood) adapting the screenplay based on the book by Veronica Roth. This poster joins the recent ones showing Maggie Q as Tori and Mekhi Phifer as Max. Also in the cast are Theo James, Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz, Ben Lamb, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Christian Madsen. Divergent is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. »
Ender's Game led the domestic box office this weekend, while Last Vegas narrowly beat animated disappointment Free Birds. Overall, the Top 12 earned $118.3 million, which is off five percent from last year.The big story this weekend, though, is the strong overseas debut for Thor: The Dark World. A week ahead of its U.S. release, the Avengers follow-up earned $109.4 million from 36 markets. Territory specific details, along with a long-term projection, can be found in the Around-the-World Roundup at the bottom of this report. At 3,407 theaters, Ender's Game took first place with a decent $27 million. While that pales in comparison to the likes of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Twilight, it is a bit of an improvement over past young-adult adaptations like The Golden Compass ($25.8 million) and Eragon ($23.2 million). It is worth noting, though, that adjusting for ticket price inflation those two titles had slightly higher initial attendance.Ender's Game »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
It’s taken over two decades for Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi novel Ender’s Game to make it to the big screen, but all the built-up anticipation didn’t lead to out-of-this-world box office numbers. The film adaptation debuted with $28 million from 3,407 theaters on its first weekend — a start in the same range as Will Smith’s misfire After Earth, which opened with $27.5 million earlier this year. Summit and OddLot Entertainment spent $110 million on the space adventure starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, but Ender’s Game will need great legs domestically and strong returns overseas to justify »
- Grady Smith
Summit and OddLot Entertainment’s $110 million adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi classic Ender’s Game blasted off in first place with $9.9 million on Friday. The film, which stars Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, will likely gross about $26 million over its first three days, which is more than Ya fare like The Mortal Instruments or The Host, but nowhere close to Twilight or The Hunger Games.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa held up very nicely in second place with $6.1 million, marking a 52 percent drop from last Friday. (That’s pretty great for a spinoff sequel targeting teen moviegoers, who tend »
- Grady Smith
Summit and OddLot Entertainment’s $110 million adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi classic Ender’s Game blasted off in first place with $9.9 million on Friday. The film, which stars Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, will likely gross about $26 million over its first three days, which is more than Ya-fare like The Mortal Instruments or The Host, but nowhere close to Twilight or The Hunger Games.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa held up very nicely in second place with $6.1 million, marking a 52 percent drop from last Friday. (That’s pretty great for a spinoff sequel targeting teen moviegoers, who tend to »
- Grady Smith
Just one week after Gravity bequeathed its box office throne to Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, another space tale will likely soar into the top spot at the U.S. marketplace. The long-awaited adaptation of sci-fi classic Ender's Game hits theaters this weekend, and though it should be able to score a solid win, its tracking leaves a lot to be desired. Two other films are also opening: the elder statesmen comedy Last Vegas and the animated Thanksgiving tale Free Birds. Neither are expected to bring too much cha-ching.
Here’s how the box office might shake out:
1. Ender’s Game – $26 million
Summit and OddLot Entertainment co-financed this $110 million adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved sci-fi novel about a young boy who is recruited to a military school in space »
- Grady Smith
Your report of Paula Milne's aspiration to remake Borgen for UK viewers (Political drama gets ready for a comeback, 26 October) neatly encapsulates the problem facing Scotland's independent programme producers. The obvious context would be the Scottish parliament – a small country with PR and the possibility of a maverick politician becoming "first" or indeed prime minister. But no UK broadcaster would dream of commissioning a political drama set north of the border for fear of alienating the audience and/or being seen to take a stance on the independence question. Reduced to relocating, however implausibly, shows like Waterloo Road to Glasgow in order to meet quota requirements, the BBC and other broadcasters have failed to commission serious drama from or set in Scotland. Shows like Case Histories or Hope Springs are about as close to "intelligent drama" as metrocentric commissioning editors and schedulers are prepared to go, maintaining Scotland's function »
A legal battle over the Taiwanese rights to “Looper,” “Hope Springs,” “Magic Mike” and more than 900 films has ended in a settlement between Asian film distributor CatchPlay and film buyer Studio Solutions Group and its principal Johnny Lin. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but a judge has ruled that CatchPlay is the actual licensee of the distribution rights for the films in question. The lawsuits between the companies dragged on for more than a year, prompting waves of allegations and counter-charges. The dispute kicked off after Studio Solutions tried to revoke all of CatchPlay’s distribution rights to. »
- Brent Lang
Update: I’ve gathered more intelligence on the flashy late night spec script deal made by Universal for Aaron Berg‘s Section 6 script about the formation of the British intelligence agency MI6. It’s not only an exceptional deal for a new writer; I’m hard pressed to come up with the last clean seven-figure deal for a script with no attachments. Four studios bid on the project: Sony, Warner Bros, DreamWorks and Universal. The deal was either seven-figures or very close to it, as some of the bids exceeded that amount, and there was talk that Fast & Furious 6‘s Justin Lin and Hugh Jackman were interested in the subject matter. Universal has attached producers Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of U-based Marc Platt Productions to produce with Lawrence Grey, the Last Vegas and Hope Springs producer who honed the project with Berg, and Caliber Media‘s Adam Marshall, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Over at The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Feinberg has opened up the floor to wondering which films will be campaigning in the "Comedy/Musical" category at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. Obviously the majority of the films that make the cut aren't actually comedies, let alone musicals, but it's not like the esteemed Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) still utilizes the category so they can include the likes of fan favorites such as We're the Millers, This is the End or The Heat. Hell, Feinberg doesn't even mention critical favorites The Way, Way Back or The Kings of Summer, which a case could be made for... not a strong case, but a case. Instead he takes a direct look at obvious dramas that could be wedged into the category with a crowbar. Of the films he lists that I've seen and challenge anyone convince me they are a comedy are August: Osage County, »
- Brad Brevet
Boney Kapoor confirmed that his wife had received the script and was considering the role, according to Bollywood Hungama.
The producer said that "in principle the project sounds right as a follow-up to English Vinglish for Sri".
Earlier this year, Sridevi was awarded the Padma Shri - one of India's highest honours - for her contribution to the arts.
Before Britain's Got Talent brought his operatic warblings into the nation's living rooms, Paul Potts was just a man with a dream. A dream of singing loudly, emotionally, and, ideally, professionally. Biopic One Chance is the story of just that, with James Corden playing the tremendous tenor as seen in the trailer below.Joining the Gavin & Stacey, One Man, Two Guvnors and Lesbian Vampire Killers star are Julie Walters as Paul's mum, Colm Meaney as Paul's dad and Alexandra Roach as Paul's girlfriend, with Mackensie Crook playing Paul's best mate and fellow Carphone Warehouse employee. In the director's chair is David Frankel, who previously brought us Marley & Me, Hope Springs and The Devil Wears Prada. Encouragingly, it seems that Corden really can belt out a tune, which should please Into The Woods fans. No need to worry: looks like he will be up to scratch for his role as The »
During the MTV Vma Awards last night, Summit Entertainment released the trailer for Divergent, director Neil Burger's (The Illusionist, Limitless) adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling young adult novel of the same name, which you can check it out below....
"Divergent is a thrilling action-adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late."
Adapted by screenwriters Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Vanessa Taylor (Hope Springs), Divergent sees Shailene Woodley (The Descendents) leading a cast that also includes Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now), Theo James (Bedlam), Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), Ansel Elgort (Carrie), Maggie Q (Nikita), Jai Courtney »
- Flickering Myth
• George Clooney and Judy Greer have been working together for over 14 years: First in 1999′s Three Kings, then in 2011′s The Descendents, and now, they may be re-teaming for Disney’s Tomorrowland. Directed by Brad Bird with a script from Damon Lindelof and EW’s own Jeff Jensen, the secretive project also stars Hugh Laurie and Britt Robinson. Greer has made a career of playing quirky character roles and best friend parts in romantic comedies since she broke out in 1999 with the dark comedy Jawbreaker and the aforementioned Three Kings. As for what’s next, Greer has a role in »
- Lindsey Bahr
Here's today's casting announcements: Ufc/Strikeforce fighter Ronda Rousey is in talks to join James Wan's Fast & Furious 7. Judy Greer (Arrested Development) is being eyed to star in Brad Bird's Tomorrowland for Disney. Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl) has joined the cast of the Michael Almereyda’s Shakespeare adaptation, Cymbeline, starring Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris. Mimi Rogers (Hope Springs) joins Sean Astin and Chris Mulkey in Gil Cates Jr.'s thriller, The Surface. Hit the jump for more on each film. Variety reports that Round One of Fast & Furious 7 casting announcements goes to Ufc star Rousey. The Ufc/Strikeforce champion and Olympic medalist has entered into early negotiations to join the picture, following in the footsteps of another renowned female fighter, Gina Carano (Haywire, Fast & Furious Six). Rousey also landed a spot in The Expendables 3 and will shoot both action films back to back before jumping into »
- Dave Trumbore
Here's today's latest casting news: Meryl Streep (Hope Springs) has joined Phil Noyce's adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver, also starring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites. [Update: Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and Cameron Monaghan (Shameless) are also in talks to join.] Marisa Tomei (Parental Guidance) will join John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in Ira Sachs' drama, Love Is Strange. Hit the jump for more on both films. Deadline reports that Streep will join The Giver as "the chief elder, the authoritarian charged with keeping order in a society that seems utopian." Bridges stars in the title role as both a mentor and a deliverer of memories to the chosen recipient, Jonas, played by Thwaites. The memories in question come from a time before the "sameness" movement forged a conformist population and numbed individuals to extreme emotions, and may just be the key to inciting a revolution. Shooting is set to begin in South Africa in eight weeks time and the cast is quickly filling out. »
- Dave Trumbore
Robert De Niro began repairing years of poor career choices with Silver Linings Playbook last year, and it looks like he might try and continue this trend with The Good House (for sanity’s sake, let’s just sweep The Big Wedding under a rug and never speak of it again). Also starring Meryl Streep, The Good House is an adaptation of Ann Leary’s similarly-titled novel, and it will be written for the screen by Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Hours,” which became another film starring Streep a few years back. There’s no word yet on who’ll direct. The combination of Cunningham with Streep and De Niro (who previously worked together on The Deer Hunter) sounds like a match made in heaven. The book’s subject matter, however, paints an entirely different picture. The novel tells the story of Hildy Good (Streep), a realtor and recovering alcoholic whose perfect routine is thrown »
- Adam Bellotto
It's things like this the Internet was created for. Wonder what the trailer for the Evil Dead remake would look like if it were made in the 80s and on VHS? Thanks to YouTuber P. Parker, you don't have to wonder anymore! Its amazing what a little love can do!
The movie is now playing on Movies On Demand on Cable. It premiered July 16th, the same day as the DVD release, and will be airing on all cable systems around the country until mid-October.
From the Press Release
From producers Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy, original Evil Dead trilogy),Bruce Campbell (original Evil Dead trilogy) and Rob Tapert (original Evil Dead trilogy) comes the highly anticipated box office hit Evil Dead, available Now on Blu-ray™ and DVD with UltraViolet™ from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Creators of the original The Evil Dead reunite to present this terrifying new vision of the »
- Uncle Creepy
We sat down with director Fede Alvarez at the Movies on Demand Lounge at the Hard Rock during the San Diego Comic-Con to get you cats the scoop on the film's inevitable sequel and more. Read on for details and info.
First on our agenda we wanted to know the scoop on if and when there will be an extended cut of the film released as an alternate extended version was referenced in the Blu-ray commentary several times. "People are always asking me about the director's cut of the film," Alvarez tells us. "Honestly though, the version out right now Is the director's cut. I feel it is the best cut of the movie and it's also my favorite. We really didn't cut much as the MPAA had us make only minimal trims, like when Jane cut her tongue in half, we could only show that for two seconds instead of three. »
- Uncle Creepy
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