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Joe Carnahan’s best received movies tend to be his most somber; see 2012′s The Grey as well as 2002′s Narc, his sophomore effort and his most highly praised to date. Funny enough, both films represent a minority in his output, which is largely defined by shamelessly unhinged action operas in a similar vein to the works of genre auteurs like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Guy Ritchie. Put another way, somber tone poems might be Carnahan’s strong suit, but wacky shoot-’em-ups are his bread and butter.
His latest film, Stretch, is very clearly the latter kind of film; it’s littered with a troupe of weirdo characters, ...
- Andy Crump
Ahead of its VOD release next month, Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer from Stretch, the latest film from director Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces, The Grey), which stars Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) as a “down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.”
Also featuring in the cast are Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Brooklyn Dekker (Battleship), and Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For).
Stretch is out in the States from October 7th.
- Gary Collinson
Today we have the official trailer for the upcoming "Stretch" comedy thriller, starring Chris Pine, Patrick Wilson, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ray Liotta, Randy Couture, James Badge Dale, Ed Helms and David Hasselhoff. Check it out below. Plot: The story focuses on a down-on-his-luck limo driver named Stretch (Wilson) who discovered he only has one shift left to pay off a big debt to a bookie. When the chauffeur picks up a reclusive billionaire (Pine) with some deviant appetites, Stretch vows to fulfill his every request, no matter how weird, to score the big tip that could settle his score. As the night grows stranger and Stretch is pushed into some dangerous encounters, he worries that the freak in his back seat might just be his final fare. The new movie is directed by Joe Carnahan (The Grey), who shot the film for under $5 million. It will likely not get a theatrical release. »
Just two weeks after a gag reel surfaced, the first trailer has finally arrived for Stretch, the latest offering from director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey). Patrick Wilson stars as a downtrodden man taking on a job as a limo driver to earn some extra money, where he picks up an eccentric millionaire (Chris Pine), who puts him through hell and back.
In addition, we also have the first clip that shows Patrick Wilson interacting with David Hasselhoff, playing himself, who isn't too pleased about the chauffeur being an hour late. Check out the latest footage, then read on for more information.
Back in January, Universal Pictures pulled the plug on Stretch, just before it was set for release on March 21. The studio claimed they didn't want to spend between $20 million and $40 million to promote the movie, which only cost $5 million to make. Our report from last week revealed »
Joe Carnahan’s Stretch has been dealt blow after blow during its post-production. The gritty low-budget offering from the director of The Grey and The A-Team staggered about in limbo after Universal pulled it from its allotted March release. And took away its $40 million marketing budget. Following an extensive recut by Carnahan, the studio now looks set to deliver the fun caper this October and today, they have planted the first trailer online.
Following “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back,” Carnahan’s tale distinctly places it in the realms of his earlier works. Except this time it doesn’t venture to the dark, sombre recesses of humanity (Narc), but instead presents like a darker, funnier, edgier version of Driving Miss Daisy. You might expect bonkers behaviour, and you’ll be pleased to hear there’s »
- Gem Seddon
The story of Stretch, a colorful thriller from director Joe Carnahan (The Grey) has turned into quite a saga. Carnahan shot the $5m film last year, with Patrick Wilson as a limo driver who is in serious financial trouble, and appearances from James Badge Dale, Chris Pine, Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, and Norman Reedus. Universal […]
- Russ Fischer
Since director Joe Carnahan decided to take the marketing into this own hands, we’ve already seen a number of clips, images, and even a gag reel from his new film Stretch. However, the first official Stretch trailer has now been released online, giving us a better handle on the plot for this colorful, insane-looking action comedy. The story revolves around a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) who attempts to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious, eccentric billionaire (James Badge Dale). As we can see from this trailer, he comes across a number of unusual characters during his service, and things appear to get weirder and weirder as the night wears on. I loved the introspective nature of Carnahan’s The Grey, but it’s nice to see that he’s still able to have fun with things like this and The Blacklist, and Stretch certainly appears to be a very wild ride indeed. »
- Adam Chitwood
There are two species of Joe Carnahan movie: Pensive monochrome thrillers like Narc and The Grey, and rollicking color-blasted thrillers like Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team. Based on the trailer, Carnahan’s newest film Stretch is very much the latter. Patrick Wilson plays a chauffeur in need of a serious cash injection, who agrees to take kooky billionaire Chris Pine around for a night of general insanity. The film also features Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, and Norman Reedus. It’s on iTunes and Amazon on Oct. 7 and VOD on Oct. 14, but you can watch the trailer right now exclusively on EW. »
- Darren Franich
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
When Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) loses his fickle fiancée (Amanda Seyfried, Lovelace) to a mustachioed dandy (Neil Patrick Harris, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas), he rebounds hard with Anna (Charlize Theron, Young Adult), a gorgeous gunslinger new to his Old West town. What he doesn’t know is that Anna’s ex, Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson, The Grey), is the most dangerous desperado on the horizon and he’s on his way to reclaim his gal—whatever it takes!
A never-before-seen »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September 2014…
Despite competition from Liam Neeson’s latest action thriller, stop motion animation The Boxtrolls retained top spot at the UK box office this past weekend, leaving A Walk Among the Tombstones to settle for second place.
Two other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with stage adaptation The Riot Club earning £496,647 to take fifth place, followed by the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, which was helped along by a live-event broadcast of Cave’s performance at London’s Barbican and an open air preview last month to pull in £356,467 in eighth.
Number one this time last year: Rush
1. The Boxtrolls, £1,333,137 weekend; £3,621,803 total »
- Gary Collinson
Final Update, Monday, 2:12 Pm: The fall season is off to a good start, thanks to Fox’s The Maze Runner which opened nicely to $32.5M for the three-day weekend. The next installment of the film, The Maze Runner 2: Scorch Trials, is already set to bow September 18, 2015. While Fox has created another franchise for the industry, Liam Neeson and Universal weren’t so lucky with A Walk Among The Tombstones. The picture didn’t appeal to the female audience — that same demo which helped Non-Stop open to $28.8M earlier this year for the actor. Tombstones ends this weekend with $12.7M. This Is Where I Leave You opened to mediocre numbers after having a less than expected Sunday. It will take in only $11.5M for Warner Bros.
- Anita Busch
The Maze Runner sprinted to the front of the pack with one of the biggest September debuts ever; add in strong international sales, and a new young-adult franchise was born this weekend.Meanwhile, A Walk Among the Tombstones and This is Where I Leave You fell short of modest expectations.Playing at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner opened to $32.5 million this weekend. That's nowhere close to Divergent, though it is bigger than Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief ($31.2 million) and Ender's Game ($27 million).What separates The Maze Runner from those comparisons is its relatively modest budget*it cost just $34 million, or less than half of those movies*and its strong international prospects. Full international details can be found below in the Around-the-World Roundup.As is always the case with young-adult adaptations, The Maze Runner's success can be attributed in part to the strong fanbase that's developed around author James Dashner's book series. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
On Friday morning, first-time feature director Wes Ball was sweating bullets. His debut film was opening and he was nervous despite the early positive numbers that were already flooding into the box office reporters. “I just don’t want anything to go wrong,” said the young filmmaker in an interview for Entertainment Weekly Radio.
Well, clearly nothing has gone awry with the director’s first entre into feature filmmaking.
For the male-populated young adult adaptation of James Dashner’s best-selling novel The Maze Runner racked up an estimated $32.5 million for a first-place finish, giving Twentieth Century Fox all the necessary »
- Nicole Sperling
The Maze Runner, a big screen version of James Dashner’s 2007 novel, will not be the latest Ya adaptation to go down in box office flames. Bucking the trend that saw page-to-screen conversions like Vampire Academy and The Giver open to disappointing numbers, The Maze Runner looks like it may actually exceed expectations. The Fox release was originally projected to open to $27 million but, after earning a strong $11.2 million on Friday, the sci-fi thriller is now looking at an opening weekend of $35 million or above. That’s not quite the level that Divergent hit back in March ($54.6 million) but it is well above the $27 million that Ender’s Game claimed last November. Details and Friday’s top five after the jump. While The Maze Runner got off to a sprint, fellow newcomer A Walk Among the Tombstones set a more leisurely pace. The latest R-rated drama to star born-again tough guy Liam Neeson, »
- Nicole Pedersen
The Maze Runner jumped out to the front of the pack on Friday with $11.25 million. Otherwise, business was relatively quiet: A Walk Among the Tombstones and This is Where I Leave You fell a bit short, while No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 fell hard going in to their second weekends.Playing at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner debuted to more than twice as much as recent young-adult misses like The Giver ($4.75 million) and The Host ($5.3 million). Still, it only opened to around half as much as March's Divergent ($22.8 million), which puts it squarely in the middle of the young-adult range.A closer comparison is last November's Ender's Game, which opened to $9.8 million on its way to a $27 million weekend. If The Maze Runner follows Ender's pattern, it will finish the weekend with just over $30 million (a very good result).Opening at 2,712 theaters, A Walk Among the Tombstones took second place with $4.7 million. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fox’s The Maze Runner grabbed $1.1M in late-night showings at 2,200 locations starting at 10 Pm. The best comparison is probably the sci-fi actioner Ender’s Game, which launched with $1.4 million in November 2013 and went on to have an opening weekend gross of $27M (on the other hand, it cost three times more than Maze Runner). So, perhaps Fox is more on the money with a lower estimate for this weekend.
Another comparison title is this year’s other Ya sci-fi actioner — Divergent (Summit/Lgf). It grabbed $4.9M in late nights that started at 8 Pm and went on to gross $54.6M in its first weekend out. Of course, that one was driven by the young female demo. The Maze Runner is tapping in with the young male audience better, so we will have to see how that translates tonight — which will probably be front-loaded with Ya fans. Fan reviews for the film are pretty good. »
- Anita Busch
After a few quiet weeks, business should pick up substantially this weekend. Three major new releases hit theaters, and young-adult adaptation The Maze Runner will likely finish at the front of the pack.Opening at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner is the latest attempt to cash in on the young-adult craze that's led to successful franchises like Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent.For every hit, though, there's at least two misses: in the past two years, the young-adult graveyard includes Beautiful Creatures, The Host, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Vampire Academy.Ahead of the weekend, it's pretty clear that The Maze Runner is going to avoid falling in to the latter category. While the existing fanbase is more-or-less on par with other would-be franchises*and much lower than The Hunger Games or Divergent*20th Century Fox has done a good job campaigning to non-readers.Marketing has nicely established the movie's mysterious premise, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Three new pictures bow this weekend with Fox’s sci-fi action thriller The Maze Runner leading the way. It opens tonight at 10 Pm, having already made a strong bow overseas to heavily outpace Divergent and gross $8.5M so far. After this weekend’s bow in the states, the picture will likely have grossed its production budget back — said to be around $35M+ but they got a tax incentive from shooting in Louisiana which brought the net cost down. That’s not including marketing and distribution costs, but this should be yet another profitable film for Fox (which has been on a roll). CGI was also handled out of the U.S. (in Vancouver) through a company called Method. Here’s the thing, Divergent was heavily skewed female so the question is will the boys come out for Fox the same way girls (who tend to go to movies in packs) came out for March 2014 release? »
- Anita Busch
Before sitting down to watch the new Liam Neeson movie, audiences have been prepped to see the weary-faced action star kicking ass with class, thanks to entertaining flicks like “Taken,” “Non-Stop,” and “The Grey.” But, for every “Taken” there’s a “Taken 2,” and if one year the grizzly Irishman can come out with something as forceful as “The Grey,” the following year “Battleship” can sink people’s opinions once more. It’s just not simple to put a finger on the prospects of a new Neeson film, particularly one directed by screenwriter-turned-director Scott Frank. The only previous feature Frank has directed was the overlooked and underrated “The Lookout,” and he's also got “Get Shorty” and “Out Of Sight” under his writing belt, as well as the less memorable “Flight Of The Phoenix.” With this combined pedigree from the actor and writer-director, the two dominant forces behind “A Walk Among The Tombstones, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
News that Universal had collared Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to reteam for another chapter in the Bourne series is not a surprise. Even while Jeremy Renner took on the series mantle in his brief time under the New Action Hero spotlight he still lived in the shadow of the duo. Now the popular spy series is set to be reborn.
Rumours spun wildly through the production of the underrated Green Zone (mis-sold as a quasi-Bourne IV thanks to a startling lack of faith from the marketing department) that another Bourne film was imminent, that Renner was a stop-gap, that there were more stories to be told. As has been pointed out this morning in the social media fallout it seemed (cinema) Jason Bourne’s story ended with the name David Webb, but Legacy proved there are many more chapters to this story. So, why were Universal so set on the reunion? »
- Jon Lyus
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