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In what may be a startling revelation, Sylvester Stallone appears to be finally coming to terms with the fact that he is old. He has found surprising senior-citizen success with The Expendables franchise, and in the upcoming Grudge Match, he and Jake La Motta himself, Robert DeNiro, face off as a couple of over-the-hill boxers united in the ring one last time; trailers consist of Kevin Hart constantly reminding his two elders that they are, well, old. Stallone also realized that his most recent screenplay was better served not as a vehicle for him to trot out his tired Rambo character one last time (likely on a blood-spattered walker at this point), but as a showcase for a younger actor who could serve as heir apparent to his rough-and-tumble-and-grumble style of action hero. You know, someone who can kick ass without breaking a hip.
- Lee Jutton
Warner-based producer Bill Gerber is hopeful that “Grudge Match” will offer a parallel box office success story to the 2008 hit “Grand Torino,” which starred Clint Eastwood and went on to gross $270 million worldwide. Warner Bros. opened “Gran Torino” in limited release in mid-December and expanded it in January as the drama caught on to become Eastwood’s highest grossing film by far.
- Dave McNary
RatPac-Dune Entertainment and Bank of America Merrill Lynch have closed on a $300 million credit facility that will be used to fund upcoming titles from Warner Bros. Pictures.
The multi-year agreement, first announced in September, will be used by Warner Bros. and RatPac-Dune to co-finance as many as 75 upcoming titles. The studio’s hit “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock, was the first title to receive the coin.
The RatPac-Dune financing comes five months after the studio and longtime partner Legendary Entertainment agreed to terminate their longtime co-financing partnership at the end of the year.
The co-financing arrangement also covers boxing comedy “Grudge Match,” which opens on Christmas and stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. It includes films from all genres and all budgets including New Line — but will exclude projects from other WB’s co-financing deals with Village Roadshow and Gulfstream, the studio’s distribution pact with Alcon and titles derived from the Harry Potter, »
- Dave McNary
We are only a few days away from one of the original “big four” WWE events of the year, an event that debuted in 1988 and has been a staple of annual WWE pay per view ever since, the Survivor Series.
Originally beginning as an event that hosted nothing but a card of eight-man elimination tag-team matches, with heels taking on faces throughout the night, Survivor Series has become a night where titles are on the line and there are a couple of traditional elimination contests kept in the mix to keep the fans of the original concept happy. I am a fan of the original Survivor Series contest and would love to see a full card of elimination matches with feuding superstars getting their hands on their adversaries in tag action and not one-on-one, for one night a year.
This year’s event has announced two traditional elimination matches so far, »
- Chris Cummings
“It’s a bit like Appalachia: You can go from two kids in a fistfight to the emergency room real fast,” advises one concerned citizen in “Homefront,” a tale of backwoods retribution that resembles Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” transplanted to “Deliverance” country, where feuding parents prefer outright war to wars of words. But what sounds like a veritable B-movie wet dream — with that master of the subzero scowl, Jason Statham, starring in a screenplay written by Sylvester Stallone — turns out to be considerably less than the sum of its parts: a listless programmer in the “Walking Tall” mode, minus the ebullient spark of Statham’s “Crank” and “Transporter” franchises and Stallone’s own “Expendables” pics. Offered as Thanksgiving counter-programming by distrib Open Road, the pic may carve up modest biz with the shoot-your-own-turkey crowd, but should be available as a stocking stuffer by Christmas.
The ever-prolific Stallone (who has “Escape Plan »
- Scott Foundas
We’ve previously showcased Oscar-winners Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone‘s retro-style character posters for 50 First Dates and Get Smart director Peter Segal’s boxing comedy Grudge Match, as well as one with the duo together.
De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to »
- Craig Hunter
New high-resolution images from a trio of upcoming releases have landed online. Briefly: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – A new image from director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel features Jamie Foxx’s villain pre-transformation, along with hi-res versions of a couple of previously released photos. The film opens in 3D on May 2, 2014. Out of the Furnace – A large batch of new hi-res images from director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) upcoming drama, starring Christian Bale as an ex-con who goes searching for his missing brother (Casey Affleck). The film opens on December 6th. Grudge Match – A few new images from the Robert De Niro/Sylvester Stallone comedy, which revolves around a rematch between two old, bitter boxing rivals. The film opens on Christmas Day. Hit the jump to take a look at the images. Click on any image for high-resolution. Here’s the official synopsis for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, »
- Adam Chitwood
If Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Robert De Niro & Sylvester Stallone facing off in Grudge Match or Keanu Reeves' 47 Ronin doesn't tickle your fancy on Christmas Day, you'll have another option. In an attempt to get bored teens on winter break into theaters, Open Road Films will release Justin Bieber's Believe, a second concert documentary from G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu (who directed the pop stars first documentary Never Say Never). If you're not a Justin Bieber fan, this first trailer likely isn't for you, but Chu's work behind the camera looks good. Here's the first trailer for Jon M Chu's Justin Bieber's Believe, originally from Yahoo: Directed by Jon M. Chu (Never Say Never, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Justin Bieber's Believe captures 19-year-old Justin Bieber unfiltered and brutally honest. In brand new interviews with Bieber, »
- Ethan Anderton
These days keeping up with the number of posters studios release for each film is impossible. Not only is their a character poster for pretty much everyone that utters a single line in a movie, there are different sets of posters for each market. Take for example the first seven posters in this five-page post featuring 26 new posters for only eight new movies. Here we have six The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug character posters from Warner Bros. France along with a new banner image above. Add those to the seven character posters the Warner Bros. domestic marketing team released previously, along with the final poster and we're still just scratching the surface. Along with the seven posters you see here I also have two new posters for All is Lost starring Robert Redford, a new poster for the Vince Vaughn dramedy Delivery Man and one more poster to go »
- Brad Brevet
Check out these 3 new images from Peter Segal's Grudge Match, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kim Basinger, Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart, Jon Bernthal, Nicole Andrews, Han Soto, Paul Ben-Victor and Griff Furst. The Warner Bros. Pictures comedy hits theaters on November 25th, 2013 and is scripted by Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman and Doug Ellin. Bill Gerber, Mark Steven Johnson, Ravi D. Mehta and Peter Segal produce. In Grudge Match, De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their »
A new trailer for Ride Along has been released.
Last weekend, it was reported that Hart donated 500 computers to students in his hometown Philadelphia.
"I am blessed to be in a position that allows me to give back to the city that made me who I am," the Grudge Match actor said in a statement.
Ride Along opens in Us cinema on January 17, 2014. No UK date has been announced yet. »
Stand-up comedy fans have been aware of Kevin Hart’s signature stage presence and self-deprecating humor for years now, but after landing supporting roles in several major comedies, including The Five-Year Engagement and Think Like a Man, moviegoers have begun to become acquainted with one of comedy’s brightest stars. And next year, they should plan on seeing even more of Hart, who is set to appear in Grudge Match, About Last Night, and is starring in the upcoming buddy cop flick, Ride Along.
In Ride Along, Hart plays a high school security guard named Ben who, in order to be granted permission to marry his love, Angela (Tika Sumpter), must first earn the respect of her disapproving older brother, James (Ice Cube), a seasoned Atlanta Police Department detective. However, even after Ben finally gets accepted to the academy, ...
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- Daniel Johnson
Worldview Entertainment will finance the comedy from writer/director Nancy Meyers, reports Deadline.
Witherspoon will take on the role of a successful fashion website founder, to which Tina Fey was originally attached.
As part of a new programme, the entrepreneur hires a senior citizen (De Niro) as an intern.
Witherspoon will star in the upcoming Devil's Knot.
The Intern will enter production in early 2014.
Following the Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro posters from last month, Warner Bros. has released three more character one-sheets for Grudge Match. These posters showcase Kevin Hart as "The Promoter," Alan Arkin as "The Trainer" and Jon Bernthal as "The Protege." This boxing comedy from director Peter Segal hits theaters on Christmas Day.
The project is called "The Intern," and was originally set up as a vehicle for Tina Fey. It's based on an original screenplay by Meyers, who will also direct, that follows a fashion website editor (Witherspoon) and her relationship with a recently-hired senior citizen intern (De Niro).
The Hollywood Reporter writes that negotiations for Witherspoon and De Niro are "at a delicate stage," with Witherspoon in serious talks and De Niro "circling" the project. Considering his recent turn in "Last Vegas" and his upcoming role in "Grudge Match," it would seem De Niro's willingness to make a joke of his advanced age would fit right in with the crux of "The Intern"'s plot.
Of course, the film still needs studio backing, and Witherspoon »
- Katie Roberts
New posters have been released for an trio of anticipated and upcoming movies.
First up, following today’s new trailer, we have a slick new design for Jose Padilha’s Robocop remake.
In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.
- Craig Hunter
Check out 2 new posters from Peter Segal's Grudge Match. The first has Jon Bernthal alone as B.J. (The Protege) , the other showsSylvester Stallone as Henry "Razor" Sharp and Robert De Niro as Billy "The Kid" McDonnen respectively. Warner Bros. Pictures distributes the boxing comedy scripted by Doug Ellin, Rodney Rothman and Tim Helleher, which opens November 23rd, and looks like a great time at the movies. In Grudge Match, De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced »
Director Peter Segal's upcoming comedy film Grudge Match stars two of Hollywood's most iconic actors returning to the boxing ring for one final round. De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all. But they may not have to wait that long: on their »
- Pietro Filipponi
Originally set to star Tina Fey when it was announced last year , writer-director Nancy Meyers' upcoming comedy The Intern has now cast both Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon. The plot sees Witherspoon starring as the founder of a successful company who, as part of a new program, takes in a senior citizen (De Niro) to be her intern. Having just starred in The Family and Last Vegas , De Niro can next be seen going toe-to-toe with Sylvester Stallone in Grudge Match and as part of the ensemble of David O. Russell's American Hustle . Witherspoon, meanwhile, can be seen coming up in Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot . To be produced by Scott Rudin, The Intern is planned to go into production early next year. (Photo Credit: Dan Jackman / Brian To / WENN.com) »
While we're still seven weeks away from Christmas, what's traditionally known as the "holiday" box office season officially kicked off on the first weekend of November. This also mean it's time for Box Office Mojo's annual holiday movie forecast, which predicts the domestic box office for some of the biggest titles of the season.Anticipated sequels Thor: The Dark World, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should dominate the season*combined, these three will likely earn over $800 million. After that, Disney Animation's Frozen and long-awaited comedy sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues should also do strong business. Other serious contenders include late year awards contenders American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks and The Wolf of Wall Street, among others.Listed below are the movies we think will be the Top 12, with analysis and a specific domestic forecast. On the next page, the rest of the nationwide »
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