15 items from 2015
It wasn’t even a contest.
“Furious 7″ roared to the top of the box office chart for the second weekend in a row, picking up $60.6 million and driving its Stateside total to a massive $252.5 million. That’s a slender 59% drop from the Universal Pictures release’s record-breaking $147.2 million debut and puts “Furious 7″ on track to be the highest-grossing film in the history of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
“People feel like they’re living through the summer movie season right now even though it’s not summer,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “It’s the essence of a popcorn movie.”
It’s also the essence of perfect timing. By debuting in April, “Furious 7″ avoided being cannibalized by other major summer tentpole films. The next heavyweight to enter the multiplexes is “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which doesn’t hit screens until May 1.
“Studios are not »
- Brent Lang
Nicholas Sparks adaptations are their own ecosystem. Though characters never overlap, they might as well all exist in a shared universe — one with its own logic, its own attitudes, and its own idea of fan service. The relationships are interchangeable and easy-to-assemble: Sometimes it’s the boy who’s got the chip on his shoulder, sometimes it’s the girl; sometimes class gets in the way, sometimes war, sometimes differing worldviews. Love always wins out, naturally, but often it does so ironically; Sparks is not one to shy away from killing off a lover or two, which occasionally gives the stories some much-needed suspense.Seen in that light, The Longest Ride is actually one of the more competent Sparks films in some years — a far cry from the creaky noir of Safe Haven, the awkwardly backloaded melodrama of The Best of Me, or the phony brooding of The Lucky One. »
- Bilge Ebiri
Okay multiplex maniacs, before we make a most welcome return visit to the Marvel Movie Universe, it’s time for that annual (sometimes semi-annual) slog into another movie universe, Sparks-land. I’m talking about another flick based on another product off the novel assembly line from Nicholas Sparks. Box office gold occurred with The Notebook eleven (!) years ago and the studios have been returning with pick, shovel, and camera to that mine ever since. Just like cinema stars and franchises, he’s a brand name. It’s just a question of which familiar themes will be re-hashed and which photogenic actors will be put through some now familiar paces. But hey, we may get a surprise, although this one’s title seems more than a little daunting. Are you ready to embark on The Longest Ride?
- Jim Batts
There are two types of Nicholas Sparks adaptations. The first is much more common, being the boring, sappy romances where love is the most powerful force in the world and people cry and die (i.e. The Notebook). The second is the stupid, cuckoo bananas romance, terribly pulling in other genre elements to make a hodgepodge bit of nonsense (i.e. Safe Haven). The second is so much more fun to watch, and anytime I start a Sparks film I am hoping for that film. Unfortunately, The Longest Ride, the most recent Sparks adaptation, falls into the first category, and it made me fall in love... with my watch (nailed it!). In the ancient past of 2007, Britt Robertson, whose character's name escapes me (an IMDb search reveals it's Sophia Danko) and it was all I could to do remember she was "not Jennifer Lawrence", is studying art at Wake Forest. »
- Mike Shutt
Red-hot Us thriller Reckless is coming to Alibi in the UK next month.
But to find out exactly when it premieres, you'll have to watch our sizzling sizzle reel below:
A steamy legal drama, the show follows the relationship between a prosecutor (Gigandet) and his opposing counsel (Anna Wood) in a police scandal.
Mythology Entertainment has inked a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios.
Under the pact with 20th and Fox 21, the production company will develop and produce broadcast, cable and digital scripted series wit the studios.
“We are thrilled to have a home at Fox for Mythology’s television business, which we look forward to building under Julia Gunn’s leadership along with our new partners at 20th and Fox 21,” Fischer and Vanderbilt said .
Of the inhouse expansion, the duo said: “We are also excited to welcome the incomparable Tracey Nyberg »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Ever wanted a peak into the life of Fergie and Josh Duhamel? Well, you're in luck, because E!'s Kristin Dos Santos recently sat down with the Battle Creek star to play a game of battle of the sexes—starring Duhamel and his stunning wife. From "Who gets to pick what you're eating for dinner?" to "Who gets control of the remote control?," no question was off limits for the Safe Haven stud, who proved his wife doesn't always have the last word (although she does more often than not). One of the more surprising revelations from the chat is that Duhamel is the parent who is responsible for dressing the couple's one-year-old son, Axl. Why? »
Born on April the 3rd 1982, Cobie Smulders – real name Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders-Killam (with the “Killam” coming from her actor husband Taran Killam) is a Canadian-American actress and model who is undoubtedly best known for her role as Robin Scherbatsky in the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and who is now making a big impression in Hollywood.
Having travelled the world as a teenage model, Smulders started her acting career in 2002 in a single episode of the Upn sci-fi comedy television show Special Unit 2 and has gone on to appear in a number of big movies, such as The Avengers, Safe Haven, The Delivery Man and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as several television shows, including Smallville, Andromeda and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Her career trajectory is definitely on the rise and she is set to appear in what could »
- K.J. Stewart
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This might not be the best of Nicholas Sparks's oeuvre of weepy romantic dramas, but at least it's not the most insane! (That honor probably goes to "Safe Haven," for the record.) In any case, this story about true love lost and found stars Cyclops from "X-Men" and Michelle Monaghan. If you love Nicholas Sparks, you love him, and nothing anyone else says will change that. Which is sort of admirable, really. Extend your love Sparks with this exclusive featurette.
- Jenni Miller
It’s the year of the woman composer at Sundance, with 15 features and shorts sporting scores by women, along with a celebratory event for the newly formed Alliance for Women Film Composers.
That number is believed to be a record. Female composers wrote the music for just 2% of the top 250 grossing films in 2013, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. Numbers were slightly higher in documentaries (11% ) and independent films (10%) but overall constituted “the lowest of the low” among women working behind the scenes, says composer Laura Karpman.
Karpman, a four-time Emmy winner, has been working in the biz for 25 years and concedes that “it’s a boys’ club” much of the time.
In fact, she says, “there are hundreds of us” — women working as composers, orchestrators, programmers and composer assistants — but they are surprisingly invisible to much of the industry. “We have to change that, »
- Jon Burlingame
Fergie is looking like one hot mama these days! The "L.A. Love" singer stuns on the cover of Allure Magazine's (via Us Weekly) February issue as she shows off her super slim bod and a fresh faced look. The songstress opens up to the mag about her relationship with husband Josh Duhamel and how they keep their marriage so strong. For starters the pair, who share 16-month-old son Axl, came from very similar backgrounds."We wanted the same things in life," Fergie tells the mag. "We wanted the same path. We both come from Catholic families." The couple also agreed on attending regular therapy sessions. The 39-year-old says her man is "not afraid" to join in for the conversations, adding "He doesn’t feel like he’s not man enough."When it comes to work, the "Safe Haven" actor and the "Black Eyed Peas" member have also set boundaries »
- tooFab Staff
NBC had huge success with "The Sound of Music Live" two years ago, pulling 18.5 million viewers for the one-off event. Yet while many know "The Sound of Music" off by heart, inexplicably the network chose the far less popular or even known stage musical version of "Peter Pan" for a follow-up.
Understandably, the ratings fell with just 9.1 million viewers tuning in for that broadcast. At the TCA Winter Tour presentation this week, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt put the blame for the failure on the lack of star power and the lack of awareness of "Peter Pan" as a stage musical. They also suggested either "The Wiz" or "The Music Man" for their next attempt.
If there's one musical movie as ubiquitous and well-known as "The Sound of Music" though, it's "Grease" and Fox announced plans today for a live television production of "Grease: The Musical". The broadcast plans to »
- Garth Franklin
In the fall of 2003, James Cameron filmed the record-breaking “no limits” free dive of Pipin Ferreras, which was a special event commemorating the death of Ferreras’s wife, Audrey Mestre. A year earlier, she drowned attempting the same feat of reaching a depth of 170 meters (557.7 feet) while holding her breath. During the press conference for the 2003 dive, Cameron confirmed earlier reports from that summer that he would be making a movie about the couple, and it would wind up being based on Ferreras’s 2004 memoir, “The Dive: A Story of Love and Obsession.” More than a decade later, Cameron has been focusing his directorial interests on the Avatar movies, but he’s continued developing the project with other filmmakers coming on board to take the helm. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) became attached back in 2012, and now Francis Lawrence is the latest substitution, according to The Wrap. He also has an actress joining him for the role »
- Christopher Campbell
When the actress with the most box office success signs up to collaborate with the filmmaker that enjoys the same status, it becomes big news very quickly – and so, we have The Dive. The project has been on James Cameron’s back-burner for many years, but never really ccrystallized In 2012, the director officially vacated the helm – a move that opened the door to director Francis Lawrence, riding high after making the majority of the Hunger Games franchise. With Cameron now firmly ensconced in the producer’s chair, Francis Lawrence will shoot The Dive with his Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role.
The film tells the true story of ambition and tragedy, centred on the record-breaking French free-diver, Audrey Mestre, and Francisco “Pipin” Ferreras. Having grown up in a family of diving enthusiasts, Mestre accrued vast experience in underwater sports, and studied marine biology. After meeting the famed free diver, »
- Sarah Myles
The “Hunger Games” duo will tackle the tragic true tale of Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and Audrey Mestre
“The Dive” tells the tragic true story of freedivers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air.
- Jeff Sneider
15 items from 2015
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