18 items from 2014
February has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and once again the month exhibited one of the most peculiar phenomena in the world – no, not a leap year, but cramming the the largest number of terrible movies into the shortest month possible. Peter Travers is, of course, on the case, breaking out his prized scum bucket to dispose of the worst of the worst, and for everyone's sake he's limited himself to just ten awful February films.
First into the scum bucket is Vampire Academy, which Travers »
An addendum to Sergio's box office post... The psychological thriller, Repentance (previously titled Vipaka), which stars Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker and Mike Epps, opened in a limited theatrical release over the weekend, and managed to earn a respectable $530,000, playing on 152 screens, for an average of $3,487 per screen. The per-screen average is typically more indicative of box office strength, especially for opening weekend, when per-screen averages are expected to be strongest. Expanding to even more theaters, as should be expected during the second week of release, will probably dilute earnings »
- Tambay A. Obenson
As an action star, Liam Neeson can do no wrong.
The actor’s latest pic, Universal’s “Non-Stop,” estimated $30 million in its opening frame, enough to beat Fox’s overperformer “Son of God,” with $26.5 million, and Warner Bros.’ former box office champ “The Lego Movie,” which grossed $21 million through Sunday.
Making global headlines in the run-up to Sunday’s Oscarcast, Disney’s two-time nominated toon “Frozen” crossed the $1 billion mark, making it only the second 2013 release to do so — coincidentally, the Mouse had the other: “Iron Man 3.”
Another Oscar-nominated film to hit a milestone this weekend, Fox Searchlight’s best picture hopeful “12 Years a Slave” crossed the $50 million domestic mark after more than four months in theaters.
In limited release, Lionsgate-CodeBlack Films’ urban-targeted Forest Whitaker pic “Repentance” failed to attract much of its core demo, grossing just $530,000 from 152 locations, averaging $3,487 per screen.
The Metropolitan Opera celebrated its 75th live transmission this weekend, »
- Andrew Stewart
Repentance is not your typical revenge film. Anthony Mackie and Mike Epps play Tommy and Ben, brothers whose lives take very different directions after a car accident nearly kills both of them. Tommy becomes a self-help guru and best-selling author, while Ben is in and out of jail and deeply in debt to some unsavory characters. To help his brother and make some fast cash, Tommy agrees to take on a private client, Angel (played by Forest Whitaker), who is having a hard time getting over the sudden death of his mother.
The film, directed by Philippe Caland, is a loose “remake” of Caland’s own film, The Guru & the Gypsy. Whitaker, who starred in Caland’s The Ripple Effect, describes it as a “re-envisioning” of that early film. “It deals with karma and people’s subconscious.” But he also believes that there is a touch of the supernatural in Repentance. »
- Alyse Wax
Editor's Note: We saw the film when it made its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2013, when it was titled "Vipaka," which is the print that the below review is based on. The film has since been picked up by Codeblack Films (via Lionsgate), retitled "Repentance," and will be released in theaters, in a limited opening, starting tomorrow, Friday, February 28. Directed by French/Lebanese filmmaker Philippe Caland (Boxing Helena), the psychological thriller Vipaka, which is set in New Orleans, take its title from a Buddhist term meaning Karma, a major theme in the film, which comes with a few thrills and a twist, but unfortunately fell short of our »
- Shadow And Act
After three weeks of Lego dominance, first place will go to a new movie this weekend. Liam Neeson action flick Non-Stop has received the broader marketing push, though Son of God has been generating the type of presales that suggest it could be a breakout hit with underserved Christian moviegoers.At 3,090 locations, Non-Stop reteams Neeson with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. Since Taken became a surprise hit in 2009, it feels like Neeson has been everywhere; however, the only movies since then that have been sold primarily on Neeson's appeal are Unknown and The Grey. Those opened to $21.9 million and $19.7 million, respectively, and distributor Universal is expecting a similar result for Non-Stop this weekend.There are reasons to think that Non-Stop could open a bit higher than those movies. Marketing has smartly highlighted the movie's intriguing, appealing set-up: can Neeson's beleaguered air marshall solve a whodunit before more airline passengers die? It »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A pair of saviors battle for box office glory during Oscar weekend, with Universal’s Liam Neeson action-hero pic “Non-Stop” expected to gross in the mid-$20 millions, ahead of Fox’s Biblical drama “Son of God,” tracking in the mid-to-high teens.
“Non-Stop” should knock “The Lego Movie” from its three-week winning streak. The Warner Bros.-Village Roadshow hit toon is expected to land around $20 million (down around 35%) through Sunday; domestic cume is nearing $190 million.
Expectations for both wide new entries are difficult to nail down, however.
“Non-Stop,” for instance, battles comparisons to past Neeson action pics: “Taken” bowed to $24 million over Super Bowl weekend in 2008, while its sequel earned more than twice that during opening weekend in 2012.
“Son of God,” on the other hand, has seen sizable online ticket sales, according to both Fandango and Movietickets.com, though pre-sold tickets for the film weren’t necessarily for this weekend. So far, »
- Andrew Stewart
This weekend is a box office wild card.
Liam Neeson is an earnings force unto himself, and his latest turn as an air marshal on a hijacked transatlantic flight in Non-Stop should evict The Lego Movie from its three-weekend stronghold on the No. 1 spot. But the big, looming unknown is Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s Son of God. Its weekend prospects have analysts stumped, with estimates ranging anywhere from $12 million to $30 million. And even the high end of that could be wildly off.
With that said, here’s how things might play out. And, to change things up a bit, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Check out 4 clips from Codeblack Films' "Repentance" which hits theaters on February 28th, 2014. Starring in the Phillippe Caland film are Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan and Nicole Ari Parker. Caland also produces "Repentance" with Whitaker. Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He’s parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez »
This weekend, Liam Neeson attempts to save his fellow passengers from a hijacked plane in "Non-Stop," the life story of Jesus comes to the big screen in "Son of God," and many more new releases make their way to select theaters.
"Non-Stop" stars Liam Neeson as an air marshal caught in a game of cat-and-mouse with a hijacker during a transatlantic flight. After receiving threatening text messages, the marshal springs into action to find the person responsible for holding the passengers hostage 10,000 feet in the air. Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"), and Michelle Dockery ("Downtown Abbey") star in supporting roles.
From the makers of hit "The Bible" mini-series comes the inspirational "Son of God." The biblical film brings the biographical story of Jesus, from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion, and ultimate resurrection, to the big screen.
Also in theaters this weekend: Nominated for Best Animated Feature, »
- Jonny Black
Mike Epps is a comedian at heart and one of the funniest comic actors to emerge into the Hollywood scene, but in his latest film, Repentance, he undertakes a serious role as Ben, the loyal brother of Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie), a spiritual therapist whose successful book attracts the attention of a profoundly disturbed man (Forest Whitaker). Opening in select theaters on February 28th, the horror-thriller directed by Philippe Caland also stars Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker, and Ariana Neal. I recently landed an exclusive interview with Epps who talked about how the project came together, what drew him to the role, why the spiritual undertone of the film appealed to him, the easy directing process with Caland, how he stepped up his acting game opposite Mackie, what it was like shooting on location in New Orleans, and how he escapes boredom by pursuing a multi-faceted career. He also discussed his upcoming live comedy show, »
- Sheila Roberts
Forest Whitaker plays a profoundly troubled man struggling to hold onto his sanity and do the right thing in director Philippe Caland’s intriguing horror-thriller, Repentance. Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist and spiritual advisor. His successful book release draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Whitaker) who convinces Carter to take him on as a personal client. Opening February 28th, the film also stars Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker and Ariana Neal. We recently landed an exclusive interview with Whitaker who revealed how the project grew out of a small film Caland had previously made, what it was like acting opposite Mackie in some very intense scenes, why he loves shooting on location in New Orleans, what he looks for in a project, how he stays true to his acting roots, why it »
- Sheila Roberts
In this exclusive clip from Repentance, Forest Whitaker shows Anthony Mackie why he should never reject the kind offer of a drink. Repentance, directed by Philippe Caland, opens in theaters February 28th.
Official synopsis: Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He's parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Forest Whitaker), a profoundly troubled man fixated on the "untimely" death of his mother. When Carter takes on Sanchez as a personal client in an effort to raise funds for his indebted brother Ben (Mike Epps), things quickly take a turn for the worse. Angel needs much more than a simple life coach.
- Alyse Wax
20th Century Fox's action sequel Taken 3 is starting to take shape, with Forest Whitaker signing on to co-star and Taken 2 filmmaker Olivier Megaton confirmed to be back in the director's chair. No story details have been released as of yet, and it isn't known what character Forest Whitaker will play.
The project was first announced back in October 2012, just after Taken 2 took in $50 million during its opening weekend, en route to earning $375 million worldwide from just a $45 million production budget.. Liam Neeson signed on in June to return as former CIA agent Bryan Mills, a deal that is reportedly worth $20 million. Maggie Grace is also coming back as Bryan's daughter Kim, who was kidnapped in the original 2009 thriller Taken, which earned a surprising $225 million worldwide from just a $25 million budget. She helped rescue her father and mother (Famke Janssen) in 2012's Taken 2, when they were taken hostage in Albania. »
Set for a limited theatrical release on February 28, the thriller Repentance boasts a strong cast of big name stars, led by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker. All of their familiar faces are shown off on the new poster art for the flick, which we've snagged for ya today. Check it out!
Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Thomas Carter (Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He's parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Whitaker), a profoundly troubled man fixated on the "untimely" death of his mother.
When Carter takes on Sanchez as a personal client in an effort to raise funds for his indebted brother, »
- John Squires
Philippe Caland directed from the screenplay he wrote with Shintaro Shimosawa (“The Grudge”). Caland produced with Whitaker and his producing partner, Nina Yang Bongiovi under their production shingle Significant Productions.
The film, which also stars Anthony Mackie and Mike Epps, is part of the multiyear distribution deal announced last year between CodeBlack and Lionsgate under which the studio was aiming to expand its already strong urban biz.
“Repentance” centers on a life coach (Mackie) who’s mysteriously abducted by a deranged client, played by Whitaker.
“Repentance” has been set for a market screening at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. Film Bridge International is handling international sales.
- Dave McNary
For those of you who've expressed that you're suffering from "black rom-com fatigue," here's another look at the upcoming psychological thriller, Repentance (previously titled Vipaka). It's been quite an active last 12 months for Jeff Clanagan and his CodeBlack Films, since the launch of 2012's partnership with Lionsgate (also a company that's been on a hit streak lately). On the heels of successful releases like Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, George Tillman Jr.'s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, and Shola Lynch's Free Angela And All Political Prisoners, Codeblack picked up Us distribution rights to Forest Whitaker‘s thriller »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It's always an exciting thing when big name stars are attached to genre films, and the upcoming flick Repentance is full of them. Produced by and starring Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, the thriller also stars Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps and Sanaa Lathan as four characters whose lives intersect and are forever changed as a result.
Directed by Philippe Caland, the psychological thriller centers around Mackie's Tommy Carter, a therapist and spiritual advisor who's still dealing with the trauma of an alcohol-induced car crash that nearly took his life. In an effort to raise funds to help his brother (Mike Epps), Tommy takes on a troubled man named Angel Sanchez (Whitaker) as a personal client, and soon finds that Sanchez's problems are a danger to his well-being, to say the least.
Repentance will be getting a limited theatrical rollout on February 28th. In the meantime, you can meet the four »
- John Squires
18 items from 2014
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