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Hong Kong — China’s Bona Film Group exceeded its own guidance with a third quarter net profit of $9.3 million. Net revenues were $100 million, compared with $35 million in the same period last year.
The numbers were driven by the runaway success of road movie “The Continent,” directed by first film by celebrity blogger and race driver Han Han. Bona also released “The White Haired Witch,” and two imported titles Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii” and Jaume Collet-Serra’s “Non Stop.”
Company founder and CEO Yu Dong described the result as a “tremendous success.”
In a conference call with financial analysts, Yu said that the company’s two main goals are to expand in the local Chinese business and in Hollywood, where Bona is planning to invest in and produce mainstream movies, making the company increasingly diversified and increasingly international. He said that the company’s focus on production and content ownership »
- Patrick Frater
The whole year, I have been looking for The Oscar season frontrunner for Best Actress. I was hoping Shailene Woodley from "The Fault in Our Stars" would squeak in, but now, the lovely, talented, and ultra-sweet Julianne Moore is the one to beat!
Her double whammy performances for "Map to the Stars" and "Still Alice" solidify that notion. And just this morning, the Palm Springs International Film Festival just called her The best actress of the year! Moore will be receiving the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at the festival's Awards Gala.
I can't wait! I will be on the red carpet to chat it up with the fantastic Miss Moore! She will be joining the equally talented Eddie Redmayne from "The Theory of Everything" at the gala where the actor is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.
Here's the full press release from the Psiff:
Palm Springs, »
Though Liam Neeson has propelled many an action thriller to big box office numbers, his gritty noir A Walk Among the Tombstones was not what you’d call a big hit – and that’s a shame, considering that the hard-boiled detective story is a much better movie than Unknown, Taken 2 and Non-Stop added together. Luckily, for those of you who missed it in theaters, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has just announced that it will be bringing A Walk Among the Tombstones to Blu-Ray on January 13th next year.
The Blu-Ray will include a 1080p resolution transfer and a DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 track. Additionally, a DVD, Uv digital copy and iTunes-compatible digital copy will be included on the release. Special features include:
- Isaac Feldberg
Falling in line with Prince-Bythewood’s other well-written, female-led melodramas -- her 2008 film, The Secret Life of Bees, and 2000’s Love & Basketball -- Beyond the Lights introduces us to Noni Jean (Mbatha-Raw), a young pop singer struggling on the brink of stardom.
Crippled by the pressures of the industry, Noni attempts to end her life, but is saved by a police officer (Parker) at the last moment. Though the two quickly fall in love, everyone from their friends and family, including Minnie Driverand Danny Glover, to the tabloids has reservations about their relationship.
Will they put their romance ahead of their career ambitions? Probably (if only for a moment)! But we’ll have to wait until the film hits theatres on Friday to know if it works out for these two lovebirds. »
- Sasha James
Julianne Moore might be the hottest actress in the Oscar race this year, and most voters haven’t even seen her film yet. This four-time Oscar nominee and Emmy winner for Game Change is considered overdue for a win. Still Alice, in which she plays a victim of early-onset Alzheimer’s, offers her a great opportunity to finally take home that statuette, and today the Palm Springs International Film Festival announced that she will receive the Actress prize at this year’s gala on January 3. Eddie Redmayne was previously announced for the fest’s Actor prize, and both are considered front-runners in the Oscar race, so Psiff is just jumping on the bandwagon.
Every precursor award a contender can get just makes them seem more inevitable for the final win. Moore certainly is deserving, and it is looking like her year. In May, she won the Best Actress prize at »
- Pete Hammond
One of the best Sf series ever deepens its critique of the power of propaganda in ways complicated, intriguingly contradictory, and a little bit horrifying. I’m “biast” (pro): big Sf geek; love the book series; love Jennifer Lawrence (and much of the rest of the cast); crave female-centered stories
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have read the source material (and I love it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Don’t tell Hollywood I said this, but chopping the final novel of the Hunger Games trilogy into two films might be the best thing that could have happened to this franchise. I mean, it didn’t work for Harry Potter — the first Deathly Hallows film was terrible — and Peter Jackson is already two-thirds of the way (with the final third almost upon us) toward demonstrating that turning the brief Hobbit book into three »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Bono flies high on stage, but on Wednesday the U2 frontman got quite the scare while flying to Germany.
The rear door of the Learjet 60 private plane fell off while Bono and his four friends were in the air, German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation told ABC News. "The Learjet lost a door where the luggage was put in," official, Germout Freitag, said. "There can be many reasons for this incident. Either something broke on the door or the door wasn't closed properly. Those are the usual problems that occur."
Photos: Real-Life Celebrity Heroes
But like a U2 show, the flight must go on! The plane, which departed from Dublin, Ireland, landed safely with no injuries.
While a door flying off a plane while in flight seems super-scary (have you seen Air Force One?!), it's not as bad as it may seem in the movies. "What happened here is very unusual, but they were »
The film will mark the directorial debut of Nate Parker, who also wrote the script and will star.
Prompted by religious visions, Turner and a band of about 70 rebel slaves killed between 55 to 65 people in Virginia — the most ever killed in a slave uprising. The rebellion was stopped after two days, but Turner survived in hiding for more than two months.
Hammer starred in 2010′s” The Social Network” and 2011′s “J. Edgar.” He will be seen next year in the role of Illya Kuryakin in Warner Bros.’ “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and just wrapped production on “Mine, »
- Dave McNary
Most big-budget action movies these days are just cartoons directed by bad animators. Somewhere between The Matrix and The Bourne Identity, the whole genre lost its brawl. You've seen one superhero defend his city from an airship armada, you've seen every superhero defend his city from an airship armada. Then there's John Wick. Simple story, not-so-simple thrills. The story: Someone kills an assassin's dog, and the assassin (Keanu Reeves) wants vengeance. The thrills: The movie constructs action scenes with patience and delicacy, filming in steady shots that track the careful choreography of Reeves' punch-shoot rampages. John Wick was directed by a stuntman, »
- Darren Franich
This story first appeared in a special American Film Market issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. On the surface, the indie industry, the bedrock that supports the American Film Market, has had a solid year. The hits, big and small, have been many: from Lionsgate's young-adult smash Divergent and EuropaCorp's brain-bending actioner Lucy to the money-spinning Liam Neeson machine, which delivered StudioCanal's Non-Stop; from the low-budget, high-return horror flick Oculus from Sierra/Affinity to the low-budget, high-return faith-based drama God's Not Dead from Pure Flix Entertainment. All this before Nov. 21 and
- Scott Roxborough, Alex Ben Block
I just got done watching the following short film #AmeriCAN, written and directed by Nate Parker (Non-Stop, Arbitrage), and it's a powerful one. Presented as a public service announcement "in response to events that have divided the country over racial lines," the description of the short continues with: With the influx of violence against black males in America over the past few years, the piece strives to offer a unique perspective in examining the value of lives of the country's citizens. The intention of the message, "all lives matter," is to pull people together from both sides of the disparity and inspire the kind of empathy and mutual understanding necessary to promote meaningful discourse and domestic reconciliation. The goal is to bring all people together, without exception to race, religion, gender or age, and send the message that all blood flows red. I'm not necessarily sure I would say it's »
- Brad Brevet
Lotus Entertainment announced today that Luis Prieto's heart-stopping thriller Kidnap has started principal photography. The film, based off Knate Gwaltney's screenplay, will shoot in New Orleans and wrap on November 25. Sage Correa, Lew Temple (Lawless, Unstoppable) and Chris McGinn join the cast alongside Academy Award winner Halle Berry, a mother who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son. Lotus is handling international sales, with Relativity Studios distributing in the U.S.
Di Bonaventura Pictures' Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam, Gold Star Films' Joseph Tufaro and Gregory Chou of Rumble Entertainment are producing. Executive producers are Halle Berry and her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas through their 606 Films production banner, Lotus Entertainment's Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian, alongside Gold Star Films' Colin Bates and Todd Trosclair, and Well Go USA's Knate Gwaltney and Doris Pfardrescher.
The creative team behind Kidnap includes »
Before I Go to Sleep casts Kidman as a 40-year-old woman who wakes up every day with a blank memory. Firth is her husband who tells her they.ve been married for 14 years and Mark Strong is her neuro-psychologist who encourages her to keep a daily video diary so she can help rebuild her life.
The thriller directed by Rowan Joffe, adapted from S. J. Watson.s best-selling novel, may not have sent audiences to sleep but relatively few bothered to turn up as the film fetched $418,000 on a very wide 194 screens.
Nationwide takings dropped by 16% to $9.7 million as none of the other newcomers much enthused cinemagoers, according to Rentrak.s weekend estimates. Distributors say the market is soft and especially shallow below the top three titles. »
- Don Groves
It was a good run, Liam Neeson. The 62-year-old who was Oskar Schindler and Alfred Kinsey spent the last seven years kicking the crap out of much younger bad guys in bone-crushing B-movies, best epitomized by the Taken films. But as of this past weekend, there's a new sheriff in town. Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, one of the biggest movie stars of the past 25 years, and almost always, the coolest guy in the room, delivered his 12th No. 1 film, The Equalizer. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), The Equalizer is a Neeson-ized adaptation of the 1980s CBS detective drama series that starred Edward Woodward. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Exclusive: Studiocanal has hired Alex Holmes to adapt The Killer for Pierre Morel to direct. This comes after Studiocanal acquired rights to Tom Wood’s critically acclaimed Victor The Assassin book franchise, with Morel attached along with The Picture Company to produce with Sentient Entertainment. Studiocanal and Morel collaborated on The Gunman, the action thriller starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone that Open Road Films will release in February. They are hoping to hatch a franchise with Wood’s six-book series. The Killer is the first book in that series. It centers on Victor, a mysterious, quick-witted and charismatic gun for hire whose conscience begins to catch up with him and as a result puts him at odds with his employers.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Liam Neeson's fighting for his family ... again! 20th Century Fox dropped the new trailer for "Tak3n" on Tuesday and it looks like Liam's got himself into yet another serious situation.This time, it doesn't look like anyone is actually "taken," but it appears Liam's wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) meets her unfortunate end in the beginning of the movie. Now Bryan Mills must use his "special set of skills" to protect the only family he has left -- his daughter Kim -- and his name when he becomes a prime suspect in his wife's murder. Forest Whitaker also stars in the third installment of the action-packed flick, as cop Franck Dotzler. We do love seeing the "Non-Stop" star in action -- are you excited to see "Tak3n"? Tell toofab in the comment section below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Liam Neeson is a man on a different kind of mission in the first trailer for “Taken 3,” released Tuesday. The action-heavy franchise has revolved its plots around freeing hostages from the grips of international criminals, but the latest installment focuses on Bryan's (Neeson) attempt to clear his name of a crime he did not commit — the murder of his baby momma Lenore (Famke Janssen). See video: ‘Non-Stop’ Action Star Liam Neeson Threatens ‘the Sh-t’ Out of Fan on ‘Kimmel’ The Lapd descends on him almost as soon as he stumbles across her dead body, but his super-spy skills take over and. »
- Travis Reilly
Final Update, 3:30 Pm: Final grosses have been updated for the following films: The Equalizer, The Maze Runner, The Boxtrolls, Annabelle, Lucy, Hercules, Into the Storm, Let’s Be Cops, The Drop, If I Stay, The Dwarf, Boyhood, Get On Up, Sex Tape, horror films The Purge: Anarchy and As Above/So Below, 22 Jump Street, El Nino, Relatos Salvajes, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, and the big U.S. tentpoles Guardians of the Galaxy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Also added are the thriller about hacking
2Nd Update, 6:37 Pm Pt: Despite the arrival of The Equalizer on 4,994 international screens, for a total take of $19M (including Village Roadshow markets), and the continued effort of The Maze Runner, this was a reasonably quiet overseas weekend whose initial estimates for the Top 10 studio releases are down about 15% on last frame. Those numbers don »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Us Box Office report for 29th September 2014…
Opening in just over 3,200 theatres, The Equalizer took an impressive $35 million on its opening weekend, which is added to its $17.8 million worldwide takings to give it a $52.8 million total. However the movie brings with it a hefty $55 million budget, so it might be some time yet before we can call this one a roaring success.
What has been a success however is Ya novel adaptation The Maze Runner that, while dropping 42%, still managed to add another $17.5 million to its now $148.7 million worldwide total. New entry The Boxtrolls just fell shy of that number taking an estimated $17.3 million across slightly less screens. The stop motion animation has topped the UK box office »
- Luke Owen
We’d like to believe that Taken 3 (or Tak3n as it’s being marketed) will be the final outing for Bryan Mills. It’s got to be. Surely he’s due for a serious medical episode after all of his tiresome globetrotting? The star of the franchise, Liam Neeson, has repeatedly stated that it is most definitely, absolutely, The last one. But, wait. Didn’t he say that about the second one?
If the European marketing campaign is anything to go by, the studio are aiming for one last push to draw in audiences. This could mean this truly is the last time Neeson will charge around the planet with a gun, being a badass and rescuing helpless women. Well, the last time under the name Bryan Mills at least (see: Non-Stop).
The very first poster, for the French market, ensures us all that its the end of the road for the franchise. »
- Gem Seddon
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