11 items from 2015
Shortly following the turn of the millennium came a transitional moment in Hollywood humour. Comedies featuring adolescents and comedies featuring adults had never been a rare sight, but following the Farrelly brothers’ There’s Something About Mary (1998), the maturation of the American Pie (1999) series, and particularly with the rise of the Frat Pack (a term coined in a Variety review of Old School (2003)), it became increasingly popular to combine the two, and to blur the line dividing maturity and immaturity that is supposed to magically appear during the progression into adulthood.
Suddenly, it was common to see films reversing the coming-of-age narrative of many teen comedies, continuing the natural progression of slacker films such as Clerks (1994), and intensifying the feckless nature of adults from examples such as The Big Lebowski (1998) and Office Space (1999). The Frat Pack were at the forefront of that change, and their movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) was its harbinger, »
- Liam Ball
Forecast Update: Making a breathtakingly bad $2,829 per screen, Fox's Fantastic Four made $11.3M on Friday (with Thursday screenings added). Unless the wheels fall completely off the vehicle that should put Fantastic on the road to a $27M weekend. The only consolation at this point is international (reports still to come in) and that the reboot did better than Pixels ($24M its opening weekend). That also opens the door, wide, for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to come in first place. The Gift is doing better than expected, making $4.12M in Friday totals (with only $585K of that from Thursday), placing it in the $10M range. That's better than The Box (which, for some reason, is the first movie we think of in association with this) which made $7.5M in 2009 ($8M adjusted to 2015 prices). Ricki and the Flash made $2.2M and looks to finish the weekend with $7.2M. That's half of the take of Hope Springs, »
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Silver-topped moviegoers can lead to gold for filmmakers looking to take a breather from mining big-budget franchise fare.
Older audiences have turned out in force this year, pushing films like “Woman in Gold” and “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” to healthy returns at the specialty box office, with Ian McKellen starrer “Mr. Holmes” also off to a strong start. This month brings comedies “Grandma” and “Ricki and the Flash” pitched at the Aarp set.
“These people want to go to movies, they like to go to movies, they’re in the habit of going to movies,” said Jack Foley, distribution chief at Bleecker Street, the distributor of niche hit “I’ll See You in My Dreams.”
Meanwhile indies like “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and “Dope,” that which catered to blockbuster-friendly younger audiences, have faltered. Of course, younger moviegoers continue to be the driving force behind the biggest summer blockbusters. »
- Brent Lang
Mr. Fantastic, the Thing, Invisible Woman and the Human Torch are back, although the heroic quartet looks a lot different than they did when they took on the Silver Surfer eight years ago.
The Stan Lee and Jack Kirby characters are following in the footsteps of Spider-Man and the Hulk and getting a big screen reboot, intended to make the superhero team younger, fresher and hipper. Fox’s “Fantastic Four” should debut to roughly $45 million, a little shy of the $56.1 million that 2005’s “Fantastic Four” brought in during its opening. Fox says it will be happy with anything with a four in front of it.
Though a commercial success, the mid-aughts version was critically lambasted. In the talent department, this re-imagining appears to have the edge, bringing in a hot cast of up-and-coming actors like Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan, and matching them with Josh Trank, »
- Brent Lang
"Ricki and the Flash" offers more than just a chance to check out Oscar’s favorite actress as a bar-band diva who’s a cross between Chrissie Hynde and Melissa Etheridge coming to terms with the family she long ago left behind. Moviegoers will also witness Meryl Streep as she continues to fulfill what appears to be her ultimate destiny as a musical star on the big screen, one that she has been building towards for much of her big-screen career. Unlike Al Pacino’s similar “Danny Collins” from earlier this year, Streep is fully vested in the musical aspects of her first summer outing since 2012’s “Hope Springs.” The comedy-drama, written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jonathan Demme, requires the star to belt a dozen cover songs, including Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “American Girl,” all recorded in front of a live audience. »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Las Vegas - It's not an understatement to suggest that since they last presented their wares to the world's theater owners Sony Pictures has had a pretty dramatic 12 months . December's North Korean hacking scandal made the release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's "The Interview" a global news story where the studio and exhibitors blamed each other for not screening the film in mainstream theaters. And, frankly, when Potus gets involved there better be a lot of water under that bridge to put all that behind you. Five months later Sony has a new Chairman (Tom Rothman) and, luckily, much better films to help heal some delicate wounds. The studio didn't have the star power to rival previous presenters Paramount and Warner Bros, but they did bring a lot of new footage and also made some news. First, let's get to the news. Sony revealed that a new "Jump »
- Gregory Ellwood
Claire Fraser has a whole lotta problems, and a witch is one.
This week’s Outlander finds Jamie’s inquisitive wife getting caught up in Geillis Duncan’s murderous drama, and it’s no real spoiler to say that Lady Broch Turach’s plight will get much darker before it gets better.
Because with Jamie away on a Colum-ordered mission and Claire getting hauled into a police carriage with her accused murderess of a pal, life at the end of the episode is nowhere near as bonny as it is at the start.
Those first few moments, by the way? »
Shannon Lee, daughter of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee, announced today that his legacy will be brought to the screen in a new Bruce Lee Biopic, the first to be made with his family's full involvement in the production. Lee's company Bruce Lee Entertainment has partnered with Lawrence Grey and Janet Yang to produce a definitive biopic of the iconic Hollywood and Chinese star. Here's what Shannon Lee had to say about the biopic in a statement.
"There have been projects out there involving my father, but they've lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry. They haven't captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to understand the depth and uniqueness of my father is to generate our own material and find amazing, like-minded partners to work with."
Bruce Lee's classic films shattered records with each successive release in the early '70s, »
Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, has come on board a new biopic about her father — and it’s the first film about the martial arts star to be made with his family’s full involvement in the production.
“There have been projects out there involving my father, but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry,” Shannon Lee said. “They haven’t captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to understand the depth and uniqueness of my father is to generate our own material and find amazing, like-minded partners to work with.”
- Dave McNary
Universal Pictures today announced that principal photography has commenced in San Francisco on Steve Jobs. Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, HBO’s The Newsroom), working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, Source Code), Guymon Casady (HBO’s Game of Thrones, Hope Springs) of Film 360, Scott Rudin and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson (Slumdog Millionaire, Selma). Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) will play Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet (The Reader, »
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Universal Pictures today announced that principal photography has commenced in San Francisco on Steve Jobs. Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, HBO's The Newsroom), working from Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, Source Code), Guymon Casady (HBO's Game of Thrones, Hope Springs) of Film 360, Scott Rudin and Academy Award winner Christian Colson (Slumdog Millionaire, Selma).
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