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Ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Men, Woman & Children, the latest film from Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), and you can watch it right here…
Men, Women & Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel soared while Adam Sandler floundered. Simon takes a closer look at the winners and losers of 2014's summer blockbuster season...
As another summer blockbuster season comes to an end, here's our annual reflection on what worked, what didn't, and who was left with egg on their face.
It's been a surprisingly strong summer season, in truth. Sure, there've been a few misses here and there, but we've found much to enjoy in many of the season's big releases, both in terms of widescreen spectacle and thought-provoking ideas.
So as the summer of 2014 winds to a close, here's what we took out of it...
Taking its usual place in the 'winners' section of articles like these is Marvel Studios, which opened and closed summer blockbuster movie season this year with considerable style.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier garnered strong reviews, and comfortably outperformed its predecessor at the box office. »
With lots of DC comics' superhero characters making it to the small screen of late, it’s easy to forget that iZombie, a new TV series under development at CW, is based on a comic too.
The new series is inspired by the 2010-2012 DC comic of the same name, which saw the state of Oregon over-run with vampires, apocalyptic-sized fights and – you guessed it – zombies.
There’s been a bit of a casting change-up since the pilot got a full season order, with Aly Michalka stepping in to replace Alexandra Krosney as Peyton, best friend to protagonist, and brain eater, Liv (Rose McIver).
The show will have a crime procedural tone, »
Patrick Schwarzenegger Models For Tom Ford
"I officially don't pop Molly, I roc #Tomford @TomFordIntl @GiGiHadid #TomFordeyewear," Schwarzenegger tweeted on Tuesday. His mother, Maria Shriver, also took to the social media site to proudly announce his new modeling job. "Handsome on the outside. Beautiful on the inside. #TomFord @PSchwarzenegger," Shriver wrote.
I officially don't pop Molly, I roc #Tomford @TomFordIntl @GiGiHadid #TomFordeyewear pic.twitter.com/3CDzmqjkMe
— Patrick Shriver (@PSchwarzenegger) July 15, 2014
Handsome on the outside. Beautiful on the inside. #TomFord @PSchwarzenegger pic.twitter.com/eZm8OExWlW
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) July 15, 2014
In the picture, Schwarzenegger, 20, is styled in a black turtleneck underneath a black suit jacket with his dark brown hair slicked back. Hadid, sporting the brand's sunglasses, is clad in a leopard print jacket »
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swung into theaters and snagged an estimated $73 million domestic debut this weekend from audiences looking for a blockbuster with brains.
The 20th Century Fox release unspooled across 3,967 U.S. theaters and was fueled by a glowing reviews, with many critics calling it the summer’s best popcorn film.
“It’s one of those rare times when critics and audiences agree and the confluence created a perfect storm for a phenomenal opening,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox. “A lot of the movies over the last couple of weeks have been received on the tepid side, shall we say, so the market was ripe for a high quality, visually-stunning film.”
Overseas, the film brought in $31.1 million from 26 markets, most of them smaller territories with the exception of Australia and South Korea.
Its U.S. debut exceeds the $60 million bow »
- Brent Lang
“The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has swung back into theaters and waged a full-blown war.
The sequel grossed $27.7 million Stateside on Friday as it eyes a $70 million opening weekend. If estimates hold, the pic will outperform its predecessor, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which launched to $54.8 million in 2011. The movie went on to surprise with $176.8 million Stateside and over $481.8 million worldwide.
Like “Rise,” “Dawn” has the added advantage of being critically acclaimed, earning 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Fox tentpole, which cost $170 million, was directed by Matt Reeves and produced by Chernin Entertainment. Set a decade after “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Dawn” finds Andy Serkis’ Caesar less cuddly and more intelligent than his younger counterpart as he leads an ape uprising that threatens to dethrone man as the superior species.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Moviegoers appear to be going bananas for Fox’s “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”: Friday estimates indicate the opening weekend at the U.S. box office could reach $70 million.
Studio trackers calculated that opening-day business would range from $24 million to $27.8 million, including $4.1 million from late Thursday night showings. Projections for the three days range from $62 million to $70 million — slightly better than forecasts earlier in the week.
The uptick for the tentpole, which carries a $170 million pricetag, may stem from a warm embrace by critics, with Rotten Tomatoes reporting a 91% freshness rating.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” produced by Chernin Entertainment and starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman, should easily top the $54.8 million opening frame of its predecessor, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” in 2011.
“Rise” became a surprise success with $176 million domestically and over $300 million overseas — which has helped fuel moviegoers’ enthusiasm for “Dawn, »
- Dave McNary
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is looking to reignite a summer box office that flamed out spectacularly over the July 4th holiday.
The sequel to the well-received 2011 reboot will benefit from a lack of competition at the multiplexes en route to an opening in the $60 million range when it debuts across 3,966 locations this weekend. Twentieth Century Fox, which is producing the $170 million picture along with Chernin Entertainment, is being more conservative and pegging a debut in the mid to high $50 million zone.
Its predecessor, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” bowed to $54.8 million when it debuted in 2011, a figure the new film seems likely to pass. Fandango reports that “Dawn” is outpacing the earlier apes picture at a similar point in its sales cycle and is responsible for 70% of weekend pre-sales.
The apes sequel is being bolstered by superb reviews and residual good will for its predecessor. »
- Brent Lang
Sure, theater owners and Hollywood executives have to be breathing a sigh of relief this weekend over the utter predictability of the "Transformers" franchise. Despite widely expected negative reviews and the usual fanboy grumbling, Michael Bay's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" opened unopposed this weekend, earning an estimated $100.0 million, in line with what pundits had predicted. It's the biggest opening of any movie so far this year. And yet, there is a distant rumbling of discontent, as if from another galaxy...
The problem is that, sales-wise, "Transformers" is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise lackluster summer. Before this weekend, the summer's total domestic box office was $1.79 billion, down 13 percent from the $2.07 billion earned at this point in summer 2013. Overall, the 2014 tally stood at $4.96 billion, off about 30 million from this time last year.
Last year, of course, there was "Iron Man 3," along with many other huge hits. »
- Gary Susman
Need further proof that Chris Rock is one of the greatest stand up comedians of all time? Look no further than his killer Bet Awards opening monologue, in which the "Grown Ups 2" star hilariously expound on such topics as the Solange-Jay Z elevator incident, Donald Sterling's racism, Dr. Dre's $3 billion Beats sale, Oprah's Oscar disappointment and the real reason behind "Scandal's" breakout success. Oh, and this one: "Rick Ross gonna be the first rapper to die of breast cancer." I die. Follow Riot on Twitter »
- Chris Eggertsen
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Taylor Lautner went off our radar after the "Twilight" saga ended, but clearly we shouldn't have taken our eyes off of him! The hunky actor was seen goofing around in the ocean today, showing off his chiseled bod while splashing round on the set of his upcoming indie film "Run the Tide." Photos: Tim McGraw Is Shockingly Ripped Too!Sporting some facial (and chest) hair, the 22-year-old has matured and leaned down a bit since playing the shapeshifting Jacob in the hugely-popular vampire franchise.In case you forgot, here's what he looked like just a couple years back.The actor will play the son of a drug addict who kidnaps his younger brother to protect him from their mother in the film. He was also most recently seen in "Grown Ups 2" and recently completed work on "Tracers."Besides acting, it looks like he's been keeping up on his fitness »
- tooFab Staff
Well this is definitely one that we weren’t expecting. With all the effort that Disney have gone to in order to fully milk their animated classics for live action material, this is something that I didn’t see coming. The Disney Channel have produced a brand new television movie that will essentially combine elements of Maleficent and Alice And Wonderland with High School Musical.
The upcoming film due for a 2015 air date will show audiences yet another new take on classic fairy tale characters in a modern context. Descendants (not the one starring Shailene Woodley unfortunately) stars the evil offspring of infamous Disney characters such as Maleficent, Jafar, Cruella Deville and the Evil Queen. This is definitely a unique and original take on these classic Disney characters for better or worse, and if nothing else it will definitely be an interesting watch. You can check out the first photo from the film below! »
- Ben Read
In the run up to last summer's release of Pacific Rim, the film looked like it was going to be another lovable, big budget bomb that everyone was destined to wish for a sequel to. After all, the competition was pretty stiff, and the tracking numbers that the studio had at their disposal had the film pegged for a less than stellar opening against Grown Ups 2. Sure enough, the film opened in third place with a gross of $37.3 million, and it looked like Warner Bros. spent would be splitting even on the $190 million film. Then, something happened: international audiences flocked to the movie in its opening weekend, and it performed with solid top ten finishes for four weeks in the domestic market. Like Gypsy Danger itself, Pacific Rim rose to fight and won the day. So who's ready to go again? I'll tell you who is: Guillermo del Toro! »
Since heading back into the hands of Paramount, there has been a lot of movement on the next instalment of the Friday the 13th series. There were rumours of the franchise heading down the found footage route and there was even talk that the hockey mask wearing slasher would not be making an appearance. The latest news on the project was that V/H/S director David Brucker would be taking the lead and that a new TV show based around Jason was in development.
Well, fans of the franchise will be sad to hear that the 13th movie in the iconic slasher franchise has been pushed back a whole eight months while Paramount’s other horror film for 2015, Scouts vs. Zombies, has been brought forward into its place.
What does this mean for Camp Crystal Lake? Well given that Paramount have yet to announce a director, writer or star, »
- Luke Owen
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures have announced a release date for the R-Rated comedy Sausage Party from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. The movie will be released one week before Sony’s own Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 3rd 2016.
Sausage Party tells the story of a sausage trying to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale.
Only from the minds of Rogen and Goldberg eh?
Sausage Party also features an impressive voice cast that includes Rogen, Jonah Hill (22 Jump Street), Kristen Wiig (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Salma Hayek (Grown Ups 2), Edward Norton (The Grand Budapest »
- Luke Owen
How was your Memorial Day weekend? Adam Sandler‘s probably wasn’t too good. The funny man’s (sort of? I guess he’s still funny sometimes?) latest box office outing, Blended, which tantalizingly re-teamed him with his very own Meg Ryan surrogate, Drew Barrymore, and at least hinted at the possibility of personal and professional growth through a more adult and family-friendy plotline (“they are bllllending”) than we are used to seeing from the actor, didn’t do so well at the box office. Turns out, going up against films like X-Men: Days of Future Past and Godzilla (and even Neighbors, which did make less than Blended but still pulled in a tidy fourth-place finish after three weeks in theaters) isn’t a great idea. It’s an even worse idea when your film just isn’t very good (or, at least, when your film has been savaged by critics far and wide). The Frank Coraci feature »
- Kate Erbland
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