7 items from 2016
The third weekend in October is starting to become the new home for the most crowded frame of the year. Last year, four new movies opened in wide release (The Last Witch Hunter, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Rock the Kasbah and Jem and the Holograms, although none could beat The Martian, and two (Rock the Kasbah and Jem and the Holograms) didn't even crack the top 10. This year, four more new movies opened in wide release, Lionsgate's new Madea movie Boo! A Madea Halloween, Paramount's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Universal's Ouija: Origin of Evil and 20th Century Fox's Keeping Up With the Joneses. While all four new releases did crack the top 10, Boo! A Madea Halloween took the top spot with $27.6 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that, despite opening in the fewest theaters among new releases this weekend (2,260), it easily had the best per-screen average with $12,212. However, this »
This weekend is shaping up to be the busiest of the year so far at the box office, with four new movies hitting theaters in wide release. At one point, it was even supposed to be five new movies arriving wide, until Focus Features pushed its highly-anticipated A Monster Calls to an awards season friendly date of December 23. Last weekend's winner The Accountant will now square off against Paramount's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Universal's Ouija: Origin of Evil, 20th Century Fox's Keeping Up With the Joneses and Lionsgate's Boo! A Madea Halloween. We're predicting that the action-packed sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will come out on top with $20.2 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will debut in approximately 3,500 theaters, the highest roll-out of any other new release, with Ouija: Origins of Evil arriving in 3,100 theaters, Keeping Up With the Joneses debuting in 3,000 theaters and Boo! »
FilmNation will fully finance, produce and handle international sales for the film while Wme handles U.S. rights. Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, whose credits include “The Fault in Our Stars” and the Maze Runner franchise, will produce with FilmNation.
The story is a multi-generational love story, weaving together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back. Producers are currently casting but no actors have been attached.
- Dave McNary
Howard Stern Show regular Seth Rogen was on the show this morning to promote his forthcoming R-rated animated raunch-fest Sausage Party, and reliably dropped a few choice anecdotes in the process, with trademark guffaw in tow. Here are five big highlights from the conversation. 1. He was "hurt" by Knocked Up co-star Katherine Heigl's criticisms of the 2007 film but is nevertheless sympathetic to the actress, who discussed her awkward run-in with Rogen during an appearance on the show back in April. Heigl's critical comments about the Judd Apatow-directed hit -- which saw her slamming the film as "sexist," among other things -- made Rogen feel as if his "trust" was "betrayed" by his co-star, whom he says could have voiced her concerns "at any moment" during filming. "We have a very open process. You have the ability to say anything at any moment," said Rogen. "'I don't like this scene. »
- Chris Eggertsen
He helmed the 2009 remake of Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left and took viewers to a party they wouldn’t soon forget in 2013’s +1. Now director Dennis Iliadis is hard at work on his latest film, He’s Out There, which has started filming in Canada:
Press Release: Montreal, July 29, 2016 – Principal photography has begun on Screen Gems’ suspense thriller, He’s Out There. Yvonne Strahovski stars, along with Justin Bruening, Anna Pniowsky, Abigail Pniowsky, Julian Bailey and Ryan McDonald. Dennis Iliadis directs, from a script by Mike Scannell. Producers are Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino of Unbroken Pictures. Glenn Gainor is executive producer.
On vacation at a remote lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare.
- Derek Anderson
The Guilt Trip: The Dardennes’ Add a Touch of Genre to Collective Guilt
For better or worse, we already know what kind of quiet poignancy to expect from the two time Palme d’Or winning Belgian duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who deliver the closest they’ll ever come to a thriller with tenth feature, The Unknown Girl.
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- Nicholas Bell
Relativity Studios, newly emerged from bankruptcy, announced that it will release four films during the remainder of 2016, the first movies to come out of the company since in slipped into Chapter 11 protection last July.
The company founded by Ryan Kavanaugh said that “Before I Wake,” a horror film starring Kate Bosworth, will debut Sept. 9. The movie was directed by Mike Flanagan and also stars Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane and Annabeth Gish. It had previously been set for release on Oct. 16, according to a declaration filed with the bankruptcy court.
Next up, the company slated “Masterminds,” a crime comedy starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, for Sept 30. Jared Hess directed the movie, which was produced by Lorne Michaels (“Baby Mama,” “Mean Girls”) and John Goldwyn (“The Guilt Trip,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”) The company had previously set a Sept. 16 lunch.
The studio chose Nov. 18 for »
- James Rainey
7 items from 2016
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