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• Russell Crowe (Man of Steel) is in talks to direct and star in The Water Diviner, a 1919-set film about an Australian man searching for his sons in Turkey following the Battle of Gallipoli — the Allied attempt, and failure, to capture the Ottoman capital. The Oscar winner’s next projects include Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. [Deadline]
• The Salma Hayek-produced animated feature, The Prophet, has lined up a pretty outstanding voice cast that includes Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Quvenzhané Wallis, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina. Roger Allers (The Lion King) wrote the script based on Khalil Girbran’s 1923 book, »
- Lindsey Bahr
The Purge, 2013.
Written and Directed by James DeMonaco.
A family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.
What if one night a year, for 12 hours you could commit any crime you wanted, including murder?
The Purge takes place in 2022 where America now has a 1% crime rate, the economy is booming and it's all thanks to the annual purge that takes place every year. We follow a family, James (Ethan Hawke), Mary (Lena Headey), Charlie (Max Burkholder) and Zoey Sandin (Adelaide Kane), as they prepare themselves for the night of the purge. In the middle of the night Charlie sees a man (Edwin Hodge) outside who has been beaten and is screaming for help. Without thinking Charlie opens »
- Flickering Myth
The Purge movie box office (photo: Ethan Hawke in The Purge) Writer-director James DeMonaco’s micro-budgeted, R-rated The Purge movie easily topped the domestic box office this past weekend despite (or perhaps because of) its inane premise: in a peaceful world, a family is held hostage during a 12-hour period when every single form of crime is made legal. Made for a reported $3 million, according to Box Office Mojo The Purge grossed $34.05 million — possibly as a result of poor word of mouth, down a hefty $2 million from Sunday estimates released by distributor Universal. The Purge received a C score from opening-weekend audiences, according to CinemaScore. Now, bear in mind that The Purge may have cost only $3 million to make, but Universal Pictures surely spent quite a bit more than that — probably something in the low eight-figure range — to market the film. Paranormal Activity 2, for one, also cost $3 million, but »
- Zac Gille
How does a movie that opens to $34 million cost just $3 million to make? Microbudget horror maestro Jason Blum says his formula is simple: Everyone works for nothing (or, in the case of The Purge, for scale). The Universal thriller marks Blum's second microbudget teaming with his best friend, star Ethan Hawke, after the 2012 hit Sinister first paired the buddies who started a theater company in their 20s. Like Purge director James DeMonaco, the crew and even vendors, Hawke, 42, took almost no money up
- Tatiana Siegel
Jason Blum produced horror films, like Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Dark Skies and The Purge, aren't typically known for having A-list casts. Most of his movies in the genre attempt to keep the budget low, which results in either the hiring of a lot of no-names or one or two well known actors at most. Reawakening, the new horror flick that Blum is making with Lionsgate, is changing that pattern. Last month we learned that both Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass will be a part of the cast, and today The Wrap is reporting that two more young actors growing into household names have signed on. Donald Glover, who is in the midst of blowing up as an actor, a stand-up comedian and rap artist, and Evan Peters, who recently made big waves being cast as Quicksilver in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, have both signed on to »
A couple of young TV vets are joining the cast of the promising Lionsgate horror thriller Reawakening. Written by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four reboot) and Luke Dawson (Shutter), the film stars Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde and follows a team of research students who discover the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead. Naturally, their actions result in a series of sinister consequences. The Wrap now reports that Community’s Donald Glover and American Horror Story’s Evan Peters have joined the ensemble as part of the research team in question. David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) is directing, with low-budger horror uber producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Insidious) producing through his Blumhouse banner. Peters recently landed the role of the mutant Quicksilver in director Bryan Singer’s sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Glover will be seen later this year in the anticipated sex comedy The »
- Adam Chitwood
One was a surprise hit in the Us this weekend, the other is yet to be released, and the final film in our sequel news roundup is to a film nearly 20 years old. It’s a real case of The Hit, The Blockbuster, and The Left It Too Late.
First up is The Purge, a film that made back its budget on its first night of release in the Us. With a weekend take of $34. 1 million, it made 10 times its $3 million budget and with numbers like those you just knew a sequel was on its way. Set in a world where crime becomes legal for 12 hours once a year the possibilities are endless. It could follow any character in the country, focus on any particular crime, and that includes littering, graffiti, and urinating on the president. The film’s producer, Jason Blum, and Universal have both confirmed the sequel is now in development. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Purge rode an intriguing hook---for a twelve-hour period every year, all crime is legal---to gross $36.4 million at the box office this weekend on a lean $3 million budget. Given the high return on investment and repeatable premise, you know what comes next: Universal and producer Jason Blum have announced development on The Purge 2. The Purge is essentially a home invasion thriller that centers on a family played by Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, and Adelaide Kane. I imagine the studio and Blum will explore the greater Purge universe to find a new story, so there is no guarantee the cast will return. At this stage, it is also not clear if writer/director James De Monaco will return. See Blum's Twitter announcement after the jump. The Purge 2 is in development @universalhorror #ThePurge — Blumhouse (@blumhouse) June 11, 2013 According to The Wrap, Blum has already applied for California's Film and Television Tax »
- Brendan Bettinger
Ethan Hawke is better known for his eclectic artistic tastes than his mainstream box-office successes. But the indie stalwart and Broadway veteran recently added a new dimension to his resume with his starring role in The Purge, a violent high-concept thriller that connected with moviegoers to become the weekend’s No. 1 movie. (What would Troy Dyer from Reality Bites think?)
In the latest twisted tale from producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity), Hawke plays a successful home-security-system salesman whose gated community wares are especially in-demand in the near future, when the government sanctions an annual cathartic “holiday” where citizens can murder and pillage with impunity. »
- Jeff Labrecque
It's Tim, taking over Monday box office duties for Nathaniel while he's away, so if I've made some little formatting mistake, apologies in advance.
It says all there is to say about the cool state of the box office right now (nobody wants to put something out just in time to have Man of Steel cut its legs off next week) that the big story is a horror movie with toxic word of mouth hugely outperforming expectations. Truthfully, though, $34 million for the Ethan Hawke home invasion thriller The Purge is pretty impressive: it more than doubled the open weekend of Hawke's last horror picture, Sinister, while blasting past pretty much every comparable film in recent memory. That's what a drought in the marketplace will do for you: horror fans will turn out to see new wide releases if it's been a long time, even if the new release in question looks completely awful. »
- Tim Brayton
As we reported yesterday, Universal Pictures' The Purge is a hit with audiences at the box office, taking in an impressive $36.3 million in its opening weekend. A big part of this success is star Ethan Hawke and producer Jason Blum, who teamed up last year for the horror film Sinister. Ethan Hawke plays James Sandin in The Purge, a father and husband whose world is upended when criminals invade his gated community during the one night out of the year that every crime is fully legal. Todd Gilchrist sat down with the star and producer recently, and you can see what they both had to say in our exclusive video interview.
The Purge was released June 7th, 2013 and stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, Tony Oller, Arija Bareikis. The film is directed by James DeMonaco. »
Before the summer started, anyone handicapping this past weekend's "The Internship"-vs.-"The Purge" showdown would likely have picked the former. After all, "Internship" is a broad comedy about the world's most talked-about company, from the stars of "Wedding Crashers," opening on 3,366 screens, rated an audience-friendly PG-13. "Purge," however, is a micro-budgeted sci-fi/horror film with a restrictive R-rating, a star who's never been a box office draw, a release pattern of just 2,536 screens, and a premise that's hard to describe in one sentence. The battle should have been a lop-sided one.
Well, it was lop-sided, all right, but the other way around. "Purge," which had been expected to open somewhere between $18 and $25 million, outperformed even the most wildly optimistic projections to debut with an estimated $36.4 million, dethroning two-time box office champ "Fast & Furious 6." "Internship" also did better than expected -- recent tracking guessed it would earn as little »
- Gary Susman
Ethan Hawke has had the most unique of careers: a bona fide film star who has avoided Hollywood. On the eve of Before Midnight, Emma John meets the actor, director, novelist – and music lover – in New York
Ethan Hawke is out and about in New York, the city he's lived in for 30 years, a place where famous faces slide past every day. He's wearing a baseball cap, a muddy brown hoodie and a schlubby pair of cords. It's an outfit you might think he chose especially to look nondescript, but in reality it's because he likes corduroy trousers, though his stylist hates them and wishes to God he wouldn't wear them in public.
Someone spots him and timidly approaches. As they lean forward Hawke can see the tears in their eyes. The fan trembles: "Mr… Dorff?" Hawke doesn't want to ruin their moment, so he gives a smile, shakes their hand. »
- Emma John
Thanks to a clever, well-executed marketing effort, micro-budget horror movie The Purge easily took first place this weekend ahead of higher-profile Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy The Internship. Meanwhile, Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Into Darkness became the latest Summer 2013 movies to pass $200 million at the domestic box office.Produced for just $3 million, The Purge debuted to a fantastic $36.4 million. That's a record for original R-rated horror ahead of last year's The Devil Inside ($33.7 million), which is particularly impressive considering the movie didn't have a supernatural angle. The Purge's opening was also twice as much as producer Jason Blum and star Ethan Hawke's Sinister, which started off with $18 million last October.Going in to the weekend, it looked like the best comparable title was The Strangers ($21 million), which opened around the same time in 2008 and also centered around a home invasion. The fact that The Purge wound up »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Ethan Hawke. Welcome back, sir.
After several years of roles in mostly genre or small independent films, Hawke scored his biggest opening weekend ever, with Universal’s “The Purge” grossing a boffo estimated $36.4 million. That well surpasses the actor’s previous best Stateside opening, 2001′s “Training Day,” with $22.6 million.
Meanwhile, Hawke is also luring the artfilm crowd for “Before Midnight,” the third installment in Richard Linklater’s romantic series co-starring Julie Delpy, which has cumed more than $1.5 million in three weeks. “Before Midnight” expanded via Sony Pictures Classics to 52 theaters this weekend.
“The Purge,” which cost just $3 million to produce from Blumhouse Productions, stars Hawke as a father desperately trying to protect his family during a 12-hour period in which all crime is legal. Lena Headey co-stars as his wife.
The film received a summer berth that was meant to capitalize on a drought of horror films recently. In turn, »
- Andrew Stewart
Both Texas-born and vets of the Austin indie filmmaking scene of the mid-90s, the two actors have since floated through independent, art house, and mainstream projects to varying degrees of success. Hawke, for the most part, stayed indie while Wilson went big. They are the story of Generation-x: Former malcontents grasping for authenticity and fame in an industry that is designed to make those dual aspirations somewhat impossible.
When observed as a series of choices beginning in 1994, the careers of Hawke and »
- Lindsey Bahr
Ever since the ink dried on Anthony Burgess' novel version of a A Clockwork Orange, Hollywood filmmakers have mined over and over a two pronged theme about the near future. First, the veneer that separates the mundane world from absolute anarchy is thinner than tissue paper. Second, in the future, everyone will be a mad-dog killer for fifteen minutes.
It's these concepts that are explored in James DeMonaco's (screenwriter for Assault on Precinct 13 and Crash) new sf thriller, The Purge. Starring Ethan Hawke (Sinister, Brooklyn's Finest) and Lena Headey (Possession, The Brothers Grimm), the film's premise gives us a surprisingly strong springboard for this well worn topic: By 2023, the wise New Founding Fathers of America will institute a once-a-year 12 hour period where all street crimes are legal and all police and fire services are suspended.
- Jason Stewart
Producers don't often become big figures in the public consciousness of moviegoers unless they are doing truly great things. Jason Blum is doing those great things. He is the man behind the Paranormal Activity franchise, Insidious, Sinister, Dark Skies -- pretty much any great (and original) horror film that's come out in the last few years, he's probably behind it.
The Purge is Blum's most recent movie. It's got an admittedly ridiculous premise, one that could justifiably be mocked and therefore dismissed. In a utopian and not too distant future, crime, unemployment and poverty are virtually wiped out in America due to an incredibly ambitious new law that allows for any and all crime to be legal for a period of 12 hours. This is called the annual purge, and it is a ritual that the entire country takes very seriously.
As with any government initiative, there are detractors and advocates. »
- J.C. De Leon
"The Purge" opens this weekend and is already poised to become one of the most unexpected hits of the year. Made on a budget of just $3 million, the movie earned that much at the box office in midnight shows Thursday (June 6) night. But critics have justifiably torn it to pieces.
Set in the year 2022, "The Purge" takes place in an idyllic future USA where crime and unemployment barely exist. The government tells citizens this is because of the annual "purge" -- a 12-hour period that happens once every year where any crime is legal, including murder. There are only two rules: weapons can't go above a certain level (presumably no nuclear bombs, etc.) and government officials are off limits. Otherwise, all Us citizens can do whatever they want to get all their anger, frustrations and hostility out... and then bottle it all up until the next purge.
The concept as »
Directed by James DeMonaco
As with most movies, you tend to remember them by the premise, then with the actors and sometimes by the director involved. Rarely does an audience think of the producer as an important connection to the film, but when it comes to the high concept/low budget horror films it is a different story. Over the last several years one producer has been responsible for bringing such films as; Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister and Dark Skies to the big screen and his name is Jason Blum. Blum’s latest horror film is The Purge. Once upon a time Blum worked for Miramax until he opened his own production company appropriately entitled Blumhouse Pictures. He had worked with director James DeMonaco (Little New York aka Staten Island) years earlier »
- Kerry Fleming
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