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Luke Owen charts some of the box office flops 2016…
Movie screenings were up, but the box office figures for 2016 are down on last year. Granted, we didn’t see a release like Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which grossed $1 billion domestically and $2 billion worldwide), but big titles like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Independence Day: Resurgence and many more just didn’t have the impact experts thought they would. Not that they were flops, of course.
So before we go on, let’s define what makes a flop a ‘flop’. The general rule of thumb is that a movie should make 2.5x its budget worldwide in order to turn a profit as this accounts for extra production costs, marketing costs, international fees, exchange rates and potential studio splits. With that in mind, there is no definitive way to determine if something is a flop. For example, »
- Luke Owen
Directed by Jeff Wadlow.
After a publisher changes a writer’s debut novel about a deadly assassin from fiction to nonfiction, the author finds himself thrust into the world of his lead character, and must take on the role of his character for his own survival.
Going into this movie, I must admit, my expectations were measured. On the one hand, I was expecting it to be in a similar vein to other vehicles for Kevin James – something akin to Pixels, perhaps. Yet on the other hand, when doing a little research about the movie I found out that the script had been on the 2009 Black List (if you’re unfamiliar with the term, it’s an industry catalogue of »
- Alex Moreland
Kevin James is getting a visit from his big-screen buddy.
Adam Sandler will guest-star on James’ new CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait, our sister site Variety is reporting. Sandler’s appearance will air next Monday, Nov. 7; he’ll play a cop, and the former patrol partner of James’ character Kevin, who’s a newly retired cop now working as a security guard.
In the episode, entitled “Who’s Better Than Us,” Kevin is jealous when he sees his old pal with a new rookie partner, played by former Ufc champ Chris Weidman. »
Et has learned that James' real-life Bff, Adam Sandler, is guest starring on Monday's all-new episode of the CBS freshman comedy. Sandler will play Jimmy, Kevin's former police partner who is still on the job.
In the Nov. 7 episode, titled "Who's Better Than Us?," Kevin is jealous of his former partner's fit new rookie, Nick (guest star former Ufc middleweight champion Chris Weidman), and he sets out to show his old friend what he's missing.
More: Here's Why 'Kevin Can Wait' Is the First Sitcom to Shoot on Long Island
Sandler also guest starred in James' other CBS comedy, King of Queens, back in 2007, playing Jeff 'The Beast' Sussman for one episode.
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Gad, who is coming off a string of light-hearted comedies thanks to Pixels and The Angry Birds Movie, has agreed to terms to play Hector MacQueen in Fox’s pulse-pounding thriller, a “nervous, skittish man who drinks too much.” He’s said to have a flair for languages, and works under Johnny Depp’s American businessman and tycoon Mr. Ratchett as an assistant/translator.
Kenneth Branagh, who will also head up the investigation as detective Hercule Poirot, has been attached to this new take on Agatha Christie’s classic for some time, and though things looked to have taken a turn for the worse after Angelina Jolie disembarked, the remake has bounced back remarkably well.
- Michael Briers
20th Century Fox Film has hired Angela Demo as VP Feature Casting. She’s a two-time Artios Award-winner for her work on IFC’s The Stanford Prison Experiment and Fox Searchlight’s Sundance acquisition Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. Demo has worked across every genre for major studio, indie and TV productions. The longtime indie casting director’s resume includes such titles as the upcoming reboot of Flatliners, The Duff, Blended, Arq, Pixels, The Spectacular Now, Celeste… »
Netflix released the trailer and poster for the Kevin James starring original film True Memoirs of an International Assassin, premiering on Friday, November 11 to members worldwide.
True Memoirs of an International Assassin, starring Kevin James (Pixels), Andy Garcia (Kill the Messenger), and Zulay Henao (Meet the Blacks) is a Netflix original film directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2)
The action comedy follows Sam Larson, a mild-mannered would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. When the book is a huge success, he is suddenly kidnapped, taken out of the country, and forced into an assassination plot.
Maurice Compte (Narcos), Andrew Howard (Taken 3), Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street), Kelen Coleman (The McCarthy’s), Leonard Earl Howze (Memphis Beat), Yul Vasquez (The Lottery) and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) also star in the film.
Check out the trailer and poster below. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Since Adam Sandler has been making Netflix a little less tolerable with the presence of movies such as The Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over, it only makes sense that his buddy Kevin James follows him over there too. The comedian who co-starred with Adam Sandler in Pixels, Grown Ups and I Now Pronounce You Chuck […]
The post ‘True Memoirs of an International Assassin’ Trailer: How Is Kevin James Mistaken For a Hitman? appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Every week, the CriticWire Survey asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)
In a recent piece for The Talkhouse, Shannon Plumb — wife of “The Light Between Oceans” director Derek Cianfrance, as well as a filmmaker in her own right — wrote a candid piece about her reaction to the reviews of Cianfrance’s latest movie, and how it informed her opinion about critics in general. Some of her more pointed comments included:
“Critics can be like horseflies sucking blood from thoroughbreds.
People are losing their ability to be romantic… And the critics, like lemmings, are jumping off the cliff with all the other unsentimental rodents.
Anthony Lane, like so many other critics, seem to be watching movies with his head, »
- David Ehrlich
Hasbro and Mattel, widely considered to be the two juggernauts of the American toy industry all throughout the ’80s and ’90s, will underpin the new limited series that’s just set up shop at Amazon Studios.
Hailing from Pixels star Josh Gad, Josh Schwartz and director Seth Gordon, it’s aptly called Toy Wars, and is to be based on the non-fiction novel penned by G. Wayne Miller, Toy Wars: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbie, and the Companies that Make Them.
As the title suggests, Amazon’s new property will chronicle the real-life tussle between the two industry giants, after Miller – a journalist and writer – was given unprecedented access into My Little Pony conglomerate Hasbro, before shedding light on the company’s mantra as it sought to fend off heated competition from Mattel. Deadline reveals that Alan Hassenfeld, a free spirit who would go on to become the chief executive officer at Hasbro, »
- Michael Briers
One episode was provided prior to broadcast.
Kevin James is a simple entertainer. His blue collar-friendly brand is designed to appeal to undemanding middle-aged schlubs, or at the very least, easy-to-please hard-working people who just want to kick their feet back, gulp down a couple beers and enjoy themselves for a few hours. The kind of people who don’t expect more than the familiar pleasures they’ve been given before. And there’s nothing particularly wrong with that either. James’ style might be boring and repetitive to some of us (well, maybe most of us), but he’s a smart businessman. He knows what his fans expect from him, and he tries to meet their modest demands. That logic drives Kevin Can Wait, James’ return to CBS and broadcast television.
It’s been nine years since James stepped away from King of Queens, pursing a career on the big »
- Will Ashton
Wil Jones Sep 7, 2016
Movies based on videogames tend to be awful. But documentaries about games? They're sometimes brilliant...
Hollywood has always has an awkward relationship with videogames. Studios are scared of them because they’re a threat, and something else for teenagers to spend money on instead of big summer movies. But on the other hand, there’s a lot of money in games, and Hollywood wants some of that — but they’ve never properly worked out how. Ever since 1993’s Super Mario Bros, there has been a steady stream of movies based on videogame properties, and their guaranteed awfulness has become a running joke. And while that’s slightly unfair on a few films (Raul Julia totally makes Street Fighter worthwhile), it’s not without reason.
And even when they’re not based on an actual title, attempts to make movies more broadly also tend to be terrible. The Last Starfighter, »
It looks like Kevin James has traded in his mall cop badge for a license to kill in the first official images for True Memoirs of an International Assassin. Check out the two never-before-seen stills from the upcoming action comedy below…
The film stars James as Sam Larson, a would-be author who is mistaken for an international assassin after his book about a hitman is accidentally published as a true story. As a result of this misunderstanding, the mild-mannered Larson gets trapped between the CIA and drug lords and wrapped up in an assassination plot.
Appearing alongside James in the film are such actors as Zulay Henao (Takers), Andy Garcia (Ghostbusters), Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), Emilie Ullerup (Sanctuary), Kelen Coleman (The Office), P.J. Byrne (The Legend of Korra), Maurice Compte (Narcos) and Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street).
James may be coming off of a few box office disappointments, between last »
- Justin Cook
After teaming up with Adam Sandler for a four-movie deal, streaming giant Netflix is now working with his longtime collaborator, Kevin James, with the upcoming movie True Memoirs of an International Assassin. With the action-comedy arriving on the streaming service November 11, the first two photos have been released, featuring both Kevin James and Zulay Henao. With the arrival of these photos, hopefully the first trailer will arrive soon.
This original action-comedy follows a mild-mannered would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. The book is a huge success and he is suddenly kidnapped and taken to Venezuela and forced into an assassination plot. Principal photography began on this Netflix movie in Atlanta on November 16, 2015 and wrapped in the Dominican Republic on February 12.
“Pretty Little Liars” is currently in the midst of its seventh season with the midseason finale airing tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8 p.m.). The second half of the season — which will mark the final 10 episodes of the show — premieres in April 2017. Freeform has planned a special two-hour series finale for the last episode.
Last year, Variety was first to report that the show would not return for an eighth season.
“Pretty Little Liars,” which premiered in 2010, is Freeform’s top show. It catapulted the then-ABC Family network into the social media stratosphere, becoming a pop culture phenomenon for teen audiences and beyond with over 14 million Facebook followers, 3.7 million Twitter followers and 5.8 million Instagram followers.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The life of Brandon Burlsworth stands as one of the most inspiring football stories in the history of the sport, a tale of unrelenting determination and powerful character. Directed by Drew Hunt, the new film “Greater” tells the story of Burlsworth, the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.
Known for his distinctive black horn-rimmed glasses, Burlsworth (played by newcomer Christopher Severio) had always dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was considered too short and too fat to play Division I football. Undeterred, Brandon took a risk by walking on to the team in 1994. Despite criticism from teammates and coaches alike, Brandon succeeded in the face of staggering odds. By the end of his college career in 1999, Burlsworth was not only a star player in The SEC, but was also a 1st Team All-American. »
- Vikram Murthi
It’s no surprise that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass’s return to the “Jason Bourne” franchise topped this weekend. It’s a near-replicate of last – a new franchise entry hits its mark, then two more lower-budget wide openers do less combined, but enough to boost the weekend totals above the previous year. “Jason Bourne,” more than “Star Trek Beyond,” exceeded pre-opening estimates.
Oddly, all three openers scored A or A- from audience pollster Cinemascore. (This is rare for any one week outside of awards season.) Their Metacritic ratings were more mixed, in the tiny range of 58-60. Their budgets also varied, with $120-million “Jason Bourne” (Universal) coming in at triple the combined cost of the other two (Stx’s “Bad Moms” and Lionsgate’s “Nerve” both cost around $20 million). As always, costs determines the ultimate box office winners and losers.
Why “Jason Bourne” soared $10 million above expectations.
1. Stars like Matt Damon still matter. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Colin Quinn, Nick Swardson, Lamorne Morris and Arsenio Hall have also joined the cast. Sandler will play as 1990s-era talent manager on the fringe of show business who falls in love with his new client, a singer played by Jennifer Hudson.
“Sandy Wexler” is the third title in Sandler’s four-picture deal with the streaming giant following “The Ridiculous Six” and “The Do-Over.” Steven Brill is directing from a script by Paul Sado, Dan Bulla and Sandler.
- Dave McNary
The second week numbers are in, and it’s what most people expected (at least it’s what I predicted on last week’s podcast). After a fairly decent (but not all that great) $46 million opening weekend, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot dropped 54% to earn $21 million in its second week. Which, in fairness to it, held up pretty well against great openings for Star Trek Beyond and Lights Out, and the animated behemoth The Secret Life of Pets (which continues to make baffling big money).
Who is to blame for the mediocre performance? Was it all the pre-release negativity from misogynistic Twitter and Reddit users? Did the over-bearing Ghostbusters defenders put off potential other movie goers? Is America not ready for an all-female horror comedy? Or are we just sick of cash-grab reboots in general?
All are valid questions, but only »
- Luke Owen
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My early skepticism surrounding 2016’s Ghostbusters revamp had nothing to do with female heroes or sad YouTube hatred. Simply put, cadaver-cold trailers and Doa clips did nothing but pander to branded appeal and adopt low-hanging punchlines. No wow-factor, revitalized excitement, or semblance of scripted ambition. Did we really need one more ’80s reboot in our lives?
As it turns out, the answer is yes – when it’s Paul Feig at the helm, we do.
Just like how weak trailers for Spy and The Heat led perceptions astray, Ghostbusters cohesively clicks together in ways that two-minute teasers could never properly represent. Feig’s updated take on New York City’s paranormal infestation takes estrogen-fueled digs at piggish masculinity, to hilarious effect, without ever becoming a girl’s-club exclusive. Why I lost faith in Feig I have no idea, especially with all »
- Matt Donato
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