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Box Office: James Franco’s ‘Why Him?’ Opens With $975,000; ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Sing’ Lead

23 December 2016 7:51 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco’s romantic comedy “Why Him?” has opened with a solid $975,000 at 2,380 North American locations in Thursday night preview showings.

The number for the Fox release is comparable to the ensemble comedy “Office Christmas Party,” which generated $950,000 in Thursday night previews for Paramount on its way to an opening weekend of $16.9 million on Dec. 9-11.

“Why Him?” will expand to 2,916 sites on Friday amid forecasts of earning $15 million over the holiday period ending Monday. Franco stars as a Silicon Valley tycoon who tries to ingratiate himself with his new girlfriend’s father, played by Bryan Cranston. Zoey Deutch stars as the girlfriend and Megan Mullally as her mother.


Film Review: ‘Why Him?’

John Hamburg directed “Why Him?” from a script he wrote with Ian Helfer. Reviews have been mixed with a 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Paramount is also expanding Denzel Washington’s drama “Fences” from four theaters to about 2,200 sites on Sunday. »

- Dave McNary

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Christmas Box-Office Crush: 'Sing,' 'Passengers,' 'Assassin's Creed' to Battle 'Rogue One'

20 December 2016 6:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Get ready for the Christmas crush.

A trio of movies is opening nationwide Wednesday in advance of the long holiday weekend — space romance Passengers, animated tentpole Sing and video game adaptation Assassin's Creed — followed by R-rated comedy Why Him? on Friday. And a slew of award contenders will also launch at the specialty box office Wednesday, including Patriot's Day and Julieta.

Illumination Entertainment and Universal's Sing — think talking animals meet American Idol — has the best shot of trumping holdover Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and claiming the No. 1 spot, but it will be »

- Pamela McClintock

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Film Review: ‘Why Him?’

12 December 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

By now, James Franco has been cast as more flakes, stoners, and smiley scoundrels than you can count, and there’s a reason: He’s peerless at playing them. In “Why Him?,” a state-of-the-art case of a dumb, obvious concept comedy made in a smart, clever way, Bryan Cranston is the fuddy-duddy dad who learns that his beloved daughter, who is nearing the end of her four years at Stanford, is dating a dude who’s a vintage Franco prankster of outrage. Except that in this case, he’s not just another ne’er-do-well with a blissed-out idiot grin. He’s a Silicon Valley whiz kid — a wealthy and famous video-game inventor. So even though his personality is a goof, the joke carries a satirical kick. Franco gets more than a few chuckles out of playing a narcissist bro of the moment.

When Ned Fleming (Cranston) and his wife, Barb »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Los Angeles Location Production Jumps 5.8% in Second Quarter

12 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On-location filming of movies and TV in greater Los Angeles increased 5.8% in the second quarter to 9,937 shoot days, according to a report from permitting agency FilmL.A.

Gains were due in part to the impact of California’s increased state tax credit, which was boosted last year to $330 million annually from $100 million. Productions shot during the quarter that received the credit included the James Franco-Bryan Cranston comedy “Why Him,” “Battle of the Sexes,” “Latin Lover” and “Please Stand By.”

Local on-location feature production increased 9.7% to 1,309 shooting days in the second quarter. Productions covered by the state incentive program — which provides a tax incentive of up to 25% of production costs — accounted for 108 days of filming.

“We’re delighted to report a second straight quarter of Feature growth for Los Angeles, as we’d hoped for and predicted,” said FilmL.A. president Paul Audley. “We expect these production increases to »

- Dave McNary

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James Franco Tries to Charm Bryan Cranston in ‘Why Him?’ Trailer

30 June 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bryan Cranston is thoroughly unimpressed with James Franco’s charm offensive in the first trailer for Fox’s comedy “Why Him?

“He’s as strange as they come,” says Cranston, portraying a down-to-earth Midwestern father confronted by the fact that his daughter — played by Zoey Deutch as a Stanford student — has fallen in love with an uninhibited Internet billionaire played by Franco.

Franco tells Cranston that he’s going to marry the daughter, asserting, “By Christmas morning, you’re going to be calling me dad.”

Cranston is having none of it, despite Franco’s efforts to ingratiate himself — such as getting a tattoo on his back of the photo from Cranston’s family holiday card. “I’m going to take this octopus down,” he vows.

Megan Mullally plays Cranston’s wife and Keegan-Michael Key portray’s the manager of Franco’s estate.

John Hamburg is directing from a script he co-wrote with Ian Helfer. »

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