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Brie Larson has fought all manner of villain, from her kidnapper in Room, to depression in Short Term 12, to the biggest beast of them all in Kong: Skull Island, and soon, supervillains in Captain Marvel. Now, the Oscar-winning actress will be battling the political system in Amazon Studios’ Victoria Woodhull, a film about the first […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
As has been the case over the last three weekends, this weekend is looking to outperform last year and, once again, by a significant margin. The big story, of course, is Disney's Beauty and the Beast as it continues to blow the doors off, becoming one of the fastest films to top $200 million at the domestic box office and, by the end of this weekend, will have topped $300 million in just ten days of release. In addition to Beauty and the Beast's second weekend, three new wide releases make their debut including Lionsgate's Power Rangers, Sony's R-rated sci-fi Life and WB's R-rated comedy CHiPs, all of which will have varying degrees of success as the top twelve should top a combined $180 million, making it the second largest weekend of the year. As of Wednesday, Disney's Beauty and the Beast has brought in $217.6 million domestically and another $244.3 million internationally. This »
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Victoria Woodhull: Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island, above) will star as the titular character in Victoria Woodhull. It's the true story of the first woman to run for U.S. President back in 1872; she was described as "a women’s liberator, non-conformist, conniver, narcissist, politician, and rebel." Amazon Studios just acquired the project, which will be written by Ben Kopit; Larson will also serve as a producer. [Deadline] Ian McKellen: After portraying Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as The Hobbit trilogy (The Battle of the Five Armies, above), Ian McKellen will play the role once again, only this time on stage in London. Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You is a one-man show in which McKellen will act out moments from his...
- Peter Martin
How big will Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” be?
Continuing to forge ahead after its record-breaking opening gross last weekend, the live-action remake should outgross three new releases by about 150 percent. It’s unfair to judge any of the new titles against juggernaut “Beauty,” which has already amassed $206 million (unprecedented for pre-May) in its first five days domestic, $428 million worldwide. This weekend “Beauty and the Beast” looks to fall somewhere in the $80-100 million range and should hit a staggering $300 million in its first ten days.
This makes it hard for any newcomers to make much impact.
Read More: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Is a Technological Marvel, But for Its Actors, the Challenge Was Daunting
After three straight »
- Tom Brueggemann
Hollywood, Calif. – Hailed as “a crazy, stunt-filled action spectacular” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes) and “a shot of pure adrenaline” (Joey Nolfi, Entertainment Weekly), xXx: Return Of Xander Cage x-plodes on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 16, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. X-cited fans can be the first to get it two weeks early on Digital HD May 2.
When a group of lethal mercenaries steal a hi-tech weapon that poses a global threat, the world needs superspy Xander Cage (Vin Diesel). Recruited back into action, Xander leads a team of death-defying adrenaline junkies on a mission to kick some ass, save the day, and look dope while doing it. Packed with some of the most mind-blowing stunts ever caught on film, xXx: Return Of Xander Cage features a powerhouse international cast including Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, »
- ComicMix Staff
Brie Larson has her eyes set on the White House. The “Room” actress has signed on to play trailblazing women’s rights activist Victoria Woodhull, who made history as the first woman to run for president of the United States. She represented the Equal Rights Party. Variety reports that Larson will also produce the Amazon Studios film.
Penned by Ben Kopit, “Victoria Woodhull” will depict its titular character’s 1872 bid for office, which as the source points out, was more than 40 years before women had the right to vote. Since it’s 2017 and the nation still has yet to elect a woman leader to take charge of the White House — shudder — we unfortunately know the outcome of Woodhull’s campaign.
Born in rural Ohio, Woodhull was one of 10 children. She didn’t come from a privileged background. Her mother was illiterate and her father a con man who has been accused of sexually abusing Woodhull. She was married off to a 28-year-old when she was 14. The couple later divorced.
Woodhull advocated for women’s suffrage and equal rights. She and her sister, Tennessee Claflin, founded a newspaper. First published in 1870, Woodhull & Claflin’s Weekly was among the first newspapers launched by women. That same year the sisters opened a brokerage firm on Wall Street, Claflin & Company.
Larson won an Oscar in 2016 for her depiction of young woman held in captivity in “Room.” The advocate for sexual assault survivors recently opened up about gender inequality in Hollywood. “I love that we’re seeing stronger women on the screen — but I don’t think that’s the end of this conversation,” she said. “I think that we’re more than just being strong or just being mothering. I think there’s a whole lot that goes on in between for us to explore.” Sounds like Woodhull is just the kind of role Larson is looking to play.
The “Trainwreck” actress also emphasized why it’s important to hire women to direct films. “We need more unique voices because what directing is, is saying: ‘This is how I view the world,’ and I think the way we can connect and learn more is seeing the world through other people’s eyes,” she observed.
While “Victoria Woodhull” doesn’t have a director attached yet — or at least one that’s announced — we’re really, really hoping that a woman gets a gig. Given the film’s subject matter, and the fact that women are so underrepresented behind the camera, this seems like common sense, but we’ll have to wait to see who is hired.
Larson can currently be seen in “Kong: Skull Island,” in theaters now. Next up for her is “Free Fire,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. The action comedy opens April 21. Larson’s upcoming projects include starring in an adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ “The Glass Castle” and kicking ass in “Captain Marvel.” She’s also set to make her directorial debut with “Unicorn Store,” an indie comedy.
Brie Larson to Play First Female Us Presidential Candidate in “Victoria Woodhull” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
If Hollywood’s revitalized interest in space — embodied by Gravity, The Martian, and Interstellar — has proven anything, it’s that the galaxy is terrifying enough without the presence of extraterrestrial life. As the horrors of eternal darkness, flying debris, spacesuit malfunctions, and grappling with the psychological effects of loneliness weigh on our protagonists, Life attempts to up the ante by adding to the equation a creature hell-bent on destroying every human in its path. Although wholly derivative of the sci-fi touchstones that came before it, Daniel Espinosa’s streamlined, down-and-dirty approach makes for a refreshingly self-contained survival thriller.
Beginning with an extended, zero-gravity-replicating single take that hovers through the International Space Station, we’re introduced to the crew (made up of Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, and Olga Dihovichnaya), who have found the first proof of life beyond Earth. A space probe heading back from »
- Jordan Raup
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
So we’re going to try something different this week, because the Weekend Warrior has been getting a little long in the tooth, and we’re worried that our busy readers may prefer shorter and more concise pieces. We’ll give this a try over the next few weeks and maybe I’ll write a little more when there’s a bigger movie opening.
This past weekend, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast reigned supreme with nearly $175 million--over $20 million more than my prediction (ouch!)--and even with a substantial drop this weekend, it’s unlikely that any of the three new movies will be able to »
- Edward Douglas
"Is this the moving picture ship?"—Opening line of King Kong (1933)You can get close to madness trying to fit the entire cultural legacy of the original King Kong into a single box. Even setting aside the two Hollywood remakes, you're still left with hastily made or quickly buried sequels, follow-ups like Mighty Joe Young (1949), a Universal Studios ride, a direct-to-video cartoon, a children’s TV series, and a set of 1960s Japanese-American co-productions—Kingu Kongu!—which saw the big ape square off against Godzilla and "Mechani-Kong" in showdowns with worse special effects than the film that preceded them by thirty years. Apologies for anything I've left out, because by this point King Kong is a cottage industry unto itself, an old-fashioned self-perpetuating Hollywood myth that's morphed in meaning and presentation but never entirely gone away. The sight of King Kong atop the Empire State Building, with its a mixture »
Victoria Woodhull: Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island, above) will star as the titular character in Victoria Woodhull. It's the true story of the first woman to run for U.S. president back in 1872; she was described as "a women’s liberator, nonconformist, conniver, narcissist, politician and rebel." Amazon Studios just acquired the project, which will be written by Ben Kopit; Larson will also serve as a producer. [Deadline] Ian McKellen: After portraying...
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Ghost in the Shell is getting ready to hit theaters in a little more than a week, but for those of you who are feeling a little impatient, you can check out the first five minutes of the movie online right now. Paramount decided to give fans a little taste of what's to come by releasing the clip online today, and it is very heavy on the action. Despite the controversy surrounding her casting, it also seems like Scarlett Johansson is kicking some serious butt as Major and looking good doing it.
Paramount initially debuted the clip during a Facebook Live streaming event but they later released a slightly extended version of the clip to their YouTube channel. In the video, we see Major hanging out on a rooftop listening in on an important meeting that has to do with "cyber enhancement." Things quickly get out of hand and the bullets start flying. »
Oscar winner Brie Larson has lined up another exciting gig. Deadline reports the actress will produce and star in ‘Woodhull,” a biopic about the suffragette Victoria Woodhull and her journey in becoming the country’s first woman to run and be nominated for President. Woodhull earned a nomination in 1872, four decades before women had the right to vote, and her story is even more relevant following Hillary Clinton’s Presidential run last year.
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Brie Larson is to take on the title role in the upcoming biopic, Victoria Woodhull.
Brie Larson will star as the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States in Victoria Woodhull, an upcoming film for Amazon.
The screenplay will be written by Ben Kopit, who penned Warner Bros’ upcoming film Libertine, which will be directed by Brett Ratner. Larson will produce the film alongside Whalerock Industries’ Lloyd Braun and Andrew Mittman will produce alongside the actress. Woodward will executive produce.
Larson, who won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her work in Room (2015), can currently be seen Kong: Skull Island, which co-stars Tom Hiddleston, and The Glass Castle, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. She is also featured in Free Fire, directed by Ben Wheatley, which will hit cinemas in the end of the month. She's got the role of Captain Marvel »
Deadline brings word that Kong: Skull Island‘s Brie Larson has signed on to star in and produce a new biopic based on the incredible life of Victoria Woodhull, the iconic political activist and author who would go on to become the first female presidential candidate in the history of the United States.
Amazon Studios swooped in to acquire the picture as part of a package deal, and we understand Ben Kopit, who is currently toiling away on a screenplay for Brett Ratner drama Libertine, is on script duties. No director is attached just yet, but with Brie Larson’s name on the masthead, early signs are certainly promising for Amazon.
Woodhull, meanwhile, wrote her name in the history books as a women’s rights activist and suffragist. In 1872, she became the first woman to be nominated for the U.S. Presidency – almost fifty years before U.S. women gained »
- Michael Briers
Woodhull ran for president in 1872, more then 40 years before women had the right to vote, and although she lost the presidency, she paved the way for women’s suffrage and women’s rights for years to come.
Following her Oscar win for best actress in “Room,” Larson shot Ben Wheatley’s gangster pic “Free Fire,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. She can currently be seen in theaters in “Kong: Skull Island, »
- Justin Kroll
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Amazon has bought the package that sees Ben Kopit writing the script for the story about Woodhull, who was the first woman to be nominated for the U.S. presidency in 1872. She was a women's rights activist and suffragist who could not even vote for herself on Election Day (women were not able to vote until 1920). Woodhull also was a published author, creating the radical publication Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly in 1870 with her sister. She and her sister »
- Rebecca Ford
From Godzilla to Assassin’s Creed, Hollywood is churning out fantasies of authoritarian rule, but it doesn’t have to be this way
When Guardian reviewer Peter Bradshaw wrote that only a theory of “de-evolution” could account for the truly woeful Kong: Skull Island, he was right in more ways than one. The film is indeed a total mess, but its politics are peculiarly regressive, too. To say that it manages somehow to turn the giant monkey Kong into a Donald Trump-like figure sounds absurd, but it’s not far from the truth.
The movie is a remake of sorts of the 1933 film, King Kong. The action takes place in 1973, at the close of the Vietnam War, and depicts a military and scientific expedition that crashes on Kong’s island and must journey to the coast to be rescued. Drama ensues when the leader of the military force (played »
- James Robert Douglas
Disney's Beauty and the Beast somehow managed to exceed the expectations of most box office analysts, with a record-breaking opening weekend of $174.7 million, beating the Sunday estimates by over $4 million. This long-awaited live-action adaptation broke Batman v Superman's record for largest March opening ever, and it also broke records for the largest debut for a PG movie, and had the biggest IMAX debut ever for a PG film as well. While it only opened against one other movie last weekend, the R-rated thriller The Belko Experiment, which debuted in roughly 1/4th of the theaters Beauty and the Beast was in, this live-action fairy tale will have much more competition heading into its second weekend, facing Lionsgate's Power Rangers, Sony's Life, Warner Bros.' CHiPs and River Rain's sports drama Slamma Jamma, although Beauty and the Beast should still easily reign supreme.
For almost twenty years, Judy Greer has been one of the busiest actresses in every medium, whether it’s appearing in popular comedies like 13 Going on 30, Oscar fare like Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, or even unrecognizable as the ape Cornelia in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and its upcoming sequel. Maybe Greer’s largest pop came when she was cast to play Will Arnett’s cross-eyed secretary Kitty Sanchez in Mitch Hurwitz’s popular show Arrested Development, and for the past few years, she’s also provided the voices for a couple characters on the popular animated show Archer.
Either way, it’s unlikely you haven’t seen Greer in hundreds of movies or TV shows over the years, as she keeps very, very busy, and yet somehow, despite that busy schedule, Greer has found time to put together a book and make her directorial debut with a comedy starring Common. »
- Edward Douglas
Expect traditional release windows and drama at Paramount to be on the agenda.
CinemaCon, the annual convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato), is focused on the relationship between exhibitors and distributors. And like all long-time relationships, it is one that has learned to take the rough with the smooth. The talking points at this month’s event, held March 27-30 in Las Vegas, are likely to test this dynamic more than ever before.
Will there be a breakthrough on release windows?
While there have been experiments with the average 90-day theatrical window before a film moves on to home entertainment platforms, we are unlikely to see a dramatic paradigm shift at CinemaCon. AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron recently stirred the pot when he said he was intrigued by the notion of home viewing within several weeks of theatrical release if exhibitors could get a share of digital revenues. He noted, however »
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