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We’ve got a potential heavy hitter on the way. “Need for Speed” is due out in 3,115 theaters this weekend and, odds are, it’s gunning for an “Olympus Has Fallen”-sized opening and thanks to the lack of new competition, it’s got a shot at matching its $30 million weekend one haul. The only other new wide release is “Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club” and considering Tyler Perry is in the midst of a rough run with only one of three of his 2013 movies opening above the $20 million mark, it’s unlikely “The Single Moms Club” will trump “Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.” However, it could wind up matching [ Read More ]
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- Perri Nemiroff
300: Rise of An Empire ruled the box office on Friday with an impressive $17.7 million. Mr. Peabody & Sherman was a distant second, while The Grand Budapest Hotel got off to one of the best starts ever for a limited release.As expected, Rise of an Empire's $17.7 million was significantly lower than the original movie's $28.1 million first day haul. Still, it's a noticeable improvement over similar March releases like 10,000 B.C. ($12.5 million) and Olympus Has Fallen ($10 million). If Rise of an Empire plays out like the first movie, it will earn over $44 million for the three-day weekend.Mr. Peabody & Sherman took second place with an estimated $8 million. In comparison, past DreamWorks Animation movies How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods opened to $12.1 million and $11.6 million, respectively. One bright spot, at least, is that Peabody seems to be connecting with audiences: the movie received a strong "A" CinemaScore. For the three-day frame, »
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With The Equalizer in the can, set for a late 2014 release, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen) has been busy looking for his next project. Now, it seems that he has officially settled on a film that has been on his radar for a while – the long-gestating Southpaw, which will star Jake Gyllenhaal.
As the story of a rising welterweight boxing champion who enjoys continued professional success while his personal life disintegrates, Southpaw was originally conceived by Kurt Sutter (creator of Sons Of Anarchy) as a vehicle for Eminem (Marshall Mathers). As Deadline reported in late 2010, DreamWorks co-chairman/CEO Stacey Snider acquired the project after championing 8 Mile as head of Universal Pictures. Sutter explained that it was inspired by the struggles Eminem had endured:
“He shared so much of his personal struggle in this raw and very honest album – one that I connected with on a lot of levels. »
- Sarah Myles
“This Is Not A Drill” message is actually a drill. A trailer for the Gerard Butler action move Olympus Has Fallen has been banned in the Us and its makers fined after a number of people complained that it was "confusing". The trailer for the movie, which depicts North Korean terrorists overthrowing the White House and taking the president hostage, featured government sirens and the words "This Is Not A Drill" and "This Is Not A Test" flash up on screen. »
Here’s a rather hilarious bit of TV drama I hadn’t hurt about until now. Viacom, NBCUniversal and Espn have just been hit with nearly $2M in combined fines by the FCC for airing a trailer for “Olympus Has Fallen,” the Gerard Butler film where he tries to protect the president from an attack on DC. [&hellip
“Emergency Alert” Olympus Movie Trailer Brings Nearly $2M in Fines for Cable Channels »
A year after its release, FilmDistrict's White House hostage thriller "Olympus Has Fallen" has gotten into trouble with various media companies being slugged with proposed steep fines by the FCC.
The fines are over a TV spot using an alert sound very similar to the U.S. Government's distinctive Emergency Alert System warning. The TV spot shows glimpses of the White House under attack along with text lines saying "This Is Not a Drill/Test".
The FCC says in a statement it has "long prohibited the transmission of actual or simulated Eas Attention Signals or tones in circumstances other than a real alert or an authorized test of the Eas system."
Viacom is expected to be hit hardest with a $1.1 million fine for airing the ad 108 times. Also scoring fines are NBCUniversal for $530,000 and Espn for $280,000.
The cable companies aren't participants of the Eas program, but the rules governing the »
- Garth Franklin
1. "Olympus Has Fallen:" The FCC has issued a $1.9 million fine against Viacom, NBC Universal, and Espn for their promotions of the 2013 action movie, "Olympus Has Fallen," which featured the two-tone emergency signal. According to a filing, the FCC received complaints beginning in March 2013, when Viacom-owned Comedy Central aired a trailer containing the emergency signal that apparently alarmed some viewers. 2. "Blue is the Warmest Color:" Thanks to the nice folks at /bent blog, we now know that one of our favorite foreign films of last year, "Blue is the Warmest Color" is now available to stream on Netflix. So go stream it now. 3. Top Indies in iTunes: The day after winning big at the Academy Awards, Oscar winners "Dallas Buyers Club," "12 Years a Slave," "The Great Beauty" and "20 Feet from Stardom" dominate the list of top 10 indies in the iTunes store. Check out the full list here. 4. "Veronica Mars:" To promote »
- Paula Bernstein
In addition to critics, the panned White House action movie — “Olympus Has Fallen” — has a new enemy: The Federal Communications Commission. On Monday, the FCC proposed leveling $1.9 million in fines at Viacom, Espn and NBCUniversal for repeatedly airing a TV spot for the 2013 film, one that simulates the sounds from the nationwide Emergency Alert System. In a statement announcing the fines, the FCC said: “Frivolous, casual, or other uses of Eas tones for reasons other than their defined purpose can desensitize viewers to the tones and thereby undermine the effectiveness of the system in the event of »
- Ira Teinowitz
This is not a test. The Federal Communications Commission has proposed $1.9 million in fines for Viacom, NBCUniversal and Espn for airing a spot for Olympus Has Fallen in March 2013. The trouble with the film's advertisement, according to the FCC, is that it contained sounds reminiscent of the "Emergency Alert System," a national public warning system. The FCC says that "frivolous, casual, or other uses of Eas Tones for reasons other than their defined purpose can desensitize viewers to the tones and thereby undermine the effectiveness of the system in the event of an actual emergency."
- Eriq Gardner
The companies got into trouble after they ran ads for FilmDistrict‘s 2013 thriller Olympus Has Fallen that include the distinctive Emergency Alert System warning sounds, the FCC says today as it proposed what it calls the largest ever penalties for its misuse (watch the ad below). Viacom will be hit hardest with a $1.12M fine for airing the ad 108 times over five days on Spike, VH1, MTV, Comedy Central, MTV2, Centric, and Bet. NBCUniversal will have to cough up $530,000 for running the ad 38 times over six days on Syfy, USA, and five regional sports networks. And Espn follows with $280,000 for running the ad 13 times over four days on Espn, ESPN2, and Espnews. “The FCC has long prohibited the transmission of actual or simulated Eas Attention Signals or tones in circumstances other than a real alert or an authorized test of the Eas system,” the FCC says. The cable companies said »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor
The FCC has proposed levying $1.93 million in fines against Viacom, NBCUniversal and Espn for airing a commercial for the 2013 movie “Olympus Has Fallen” that used the distinctive warning tone of the federal Emergency Alert System.
In announcing the proposed fine, the FCC noted that it has “long prohibited the transmission of actual or simulated Eas Attention Signals or tones in circumstances other than a real alert or an authorized test of the Eas system.” The goal is to protect the effectiveness of the alert in the event of a natural disaster or other dangerous situation.
By the FCC’s math, seven Viacom nets carried the spot 108 times in a five-day period early last year (the movie was released in March 2013), which adds up to a proposed fine of $1.12 million. Three Espn outlets ran it 13 times over four days ($280,000), while NBCU outlets carried it 38 times over six days ($530,000).
The FCC’s »
- Cynthia Littleton
Non-Stop and Son of God ruled the box office over Oscar weekend. The Liam Neeson action movie took first place with $28.9 million, while Son of God was an impressive runner-up.Meanwhile, Disney Animation's Frozen became the 18th movie ever to earn over $1 billion worldwide. More importantly, it's only the fifth movie ever to hit that milestone that's not a sequel or prequel. With an opening in Japan on the way, Frozen will likely end its run in the Top 10 all-time.Playing at 3,090 locations, Non-Stop led the way with $28.9 million. That's a significant step up from recent Neeson movies Unknown ($21.9 million) and The Grey ($19.7 million). It's also on par with similar movies like Olympus Has Fallen ($30.4 million) and Inside Man ($29 million). Following Lone Survivor and Ride Along, this is the third movie from Universal Pictures to open in the top spot this year. Even more impressive is the fact that all »
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Benefiting from advance ticket sales, Fox’s “Son of God” has launched strongly with $1.2 million in Thursday night shows at North American theaters.
Universal’s Liam Neeson actioner “Non-Stop” also started respectably with $720,000 at 1,928 late night shows in North American theaters. By comparison, “The Grey” took in $150,000 at late-nights and “Olympus Has Fallen” grossed $500,000.
“The Lego Movie” will also be a player after winning three straight weekends and should finish around $20 million for the weekend. Warner Bros. toon took in $1.26 million Thursday, its 21st day of release, for a domestic cume of $188.2 million.
“Son of God” has seen significant online ticket sales, according to both Fandango and Movietickets.com, with $4.5 million worth of advanced tickets.
- Dave McNary
A terminally quirky indie dramedy, “Bottled Up” risks trivializing prescription drug abuse in service of a trite middle-age romance. Fine actors including topliner Melissa Leo can’t disguise the fundamentally weak material of writer-director Enid Zentelis, delivering her sophomore feature nearly a decade after her poverty drama “Evergreen” debuted in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Following a premiere at Tribeca last year, “Bottled Up” is set for a quiet Feb. 28 launch on VOD and limited theatrical release via upstart Paragon Pictures, a partnership between Freestyle Digital Media and Osiris Entertainment.
If the film merits any attention at all, it’s exclusively for the involvement of Leo, who remains committed to balancing supporting roles in high-profile films like last year’s “Prisoners” and “Olympus Has Fallen” with leading turns in smaller projects — though her commendable dedication makes it all the more unfortunate when one of those little star vehicles breaks down. »
- Geoff Berkshire
Scripted by Mclean, Shane Krause and Shayne Armstrong, the plot will follow a family that unwittingly brings a fear-feeding supernatural force when they return from a Grand Canyon vacation, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Shooting is due to start in March.
Krause listed that project among those which he and Armstrong are developing in an. interview with If last month.
Krause and Armstrong.s debut feature was Jon Hewitt.s 2008 horror movie Acolytes and they were among the writing team on Kimble Rendall.s Bait 3D. Their credits also include the children.s series K9 for Network Ten and the »
- Don Groves
Heading into production in Los Angeles in March 2014, the film is the latest project to come from Jason Blum’s pioneering Blumhouse Productions, which has successfully sculpted the business model for high-quality microbudget films tailored for wide release. Since the company was launched in 2000, Blumhouse Productions has delivered a raft of features generating unprecedented profit, including the Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchises.
Australian filmmaker Greg Mclean (Wolf Creek, Rogue) will direct 6 Miranda Drive, in addition to co-writing with Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause. The story follows a family as they return home from a vacation at the Grand Canyon, unknowingly bringing with them a malevolent supernatural force that feeds on their fears and secrets. Matt Kaplan and Robyn Marshall of Chapter One are set to co-produce.
- Sarah Myles
Although production has only recently wrapped on Antoine Fuqua’s (Olympus Has Fallen) remake of the 1980s television series The Equalizer, Sony has green-lit a sequel following a series of promising test screenings. Intriguingly, Denzel Washington is yet to appear in a sequel, although one can presume that he has been contracted to appear in numerous Equalizer projects.
The Equalizer stars Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, a former intelligence operative who decides he wants to live a more peaceful life in Boston. But when a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz) needs his help, he’ll have to use all his old skills to face down Russian mobsters.
With Washington continuing to prove his box office worth and Chloe Grace Moretz taking on a very different role, The Equalizer could be a very promising thriller. It opens in North America on September 26th, and in the UK on October 10th.
- Gary Collinson
We first reported on this project back in March 2011, when it was listed as a part of the studio's micro-budget slate. The plot centers on a family who unwittingly bring back a supernatural entity that feeds on fear from their vacation at the Grand Canyon.
Greg Mclean (Wolf Creek, Rogue) is directing from his own script, with Jason Blum producing through his Blumhouse Productions company, along with Chapter One Films' Matthew Kaplan and Robyn Marshall. Production is scheduled to begin next month in Los Angeles.
Kevin Bacon can currently be seen on the Fox drama series The Following. Radha Mitchell, who will reunite with her Greg Mclean director Greg Mclean on this project, most recently starred in Olympus Has Fallen and The Frozen Ground.
6 Miranda Drive is in development and stars Kevin Bacon, »
Bracey will star alongside Gerard Butler (300, Olympus Has Fallen), who will take on the Patrick Swayze role of Bodhi in the upcoming film which is set to be directed by cinematographer Ericson Core (Daredevil, The Fast and the Furious).
- Gary Collinson
Hollywood is loving it some “veteran, respected actor turns to gritty action films” lately. Between Liam Neeson’s, well, entire resumé these last few years and last weekend’s 3 Days To Kill with Kevin Costner, it’s clear that studios are seeing a real upside to these relatively small-budgeted action flicks that are anchored by one well-known star. We already knew that Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington, 59, was set to appear in The Equalizer, but now TheWrap is reporting that the studio is quickly assembling a sequel to the R-rated actioner.
The film would find Washington’s character, a retired intelligence officer, pulled back into the violent life he had left behind when his path crosses with that of a young prostitute in danger with the Russian mob. The girl will be played by Kick-Ass and Carrie star, Chloë Grace Moretz.
Sony is apparently feeling extremely confident in The Equalizer, which opens in 7 months, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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