MoviePass: Stay classy, MoviePass subscribers, only 2 more months of waiting till San Diego’s manliest news team returns to the big screen. A new trailer for the Anchorman 2: the Legend Continues has been released in anticipation of the Christmas Day opening.
Even though Stephen Lang‘s Col. Miles Quaritch character seemed to have run his course in 20th Century Fox’s Avatar, director James Cameron has revealed that Lang is not only returning for the sequel, he’s going to be part of the next three films. It sounds like he’s the closest thing to a mix between Star Wars‘ Darth Vader and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator character. “Steven was so memorable in the first film, we’re privileged to have him back,” Cameron said. “I’m not going to say exactly how we’re bringing him back, but it’s a science fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga. I really look forward to working with such a gifted actor, who’s also become a good friend.”
Cameron has been working out brainy plot details throughout his career — how many times has the time travel concept from the original Terminator film been swiped over the years — so I’ll bet he’s come up with something thrilling. As for Lang, he’s been turning in memorable performances since going back to the Michael Mann TV series Crime Story and in character roles in films like White Irish Drinkers. Good on Lang, who’s repped by Innovative.
Deadline revealed that Cameron was going to shoot three movies one after the other, and that he had set War Of The Worlds scribe Josh Friedman to write one, Rise Of Planet Of The Apes’ Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver to write another and Salinger writer-director Shane Salerno to script the third in what is the most ambitious production schedule since Peter Jackson shot The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies in succession.
Box Office: ‘Gravity’ No. 1 Again With $31 Million; ‘Fifth Estate’ Flops With $1.7 Million
Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity and Paul Greengrass' adult drama Captain Phillips served up a one-two punch at the North American box office as they stayed at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, to beat a host of newcomers.
Gravity fell only 28 percent in its third weekend to $31 million, pushing its domestic total to $170.6 million and worldwide total to $284.8 million. Starring Tom Hanks, Captain Phillipslikewise impressed. The Sony pic dropped 33 percent to $17.3 million for a 10-day domestic total of $53.3 million.
Overseas, Warner Bros.’ Gravity also placed No. 1 for the third consecutive weekend, taking in $33.5 million from 51 markets and crossing the $100 million market for a foreign cume of $114.2 million.
Captain Phillips opened to a promising $9.1 million in 11 international markets, including a No. 1 finish in the U.K. with $5.6 million and ahead of other adult dramas including Argoand The Social Network.
Heading into the weekend, many box office observers believed Sony and MGM’s Carrie had a shot at crossing $20 million in its North American opening, but the remake topped out at $17 million to come in No. 3. The pic was fueled by females (54 percent) and moviegoers under the age of 25 (56 percent).
Directed by Kimberly Pierce,Carrie stars Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role oppositeJulianne Moore. MGM and Sony’s Screen Gems spent under $30 million to produce the horrorpic, which received a B- CinemaScore and opens more than three decades after Brian De Palma's original Carrie opened in theaters.
Sony’s three films — Captain Phillips, Carrie and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 — claimed spots No. 2 through No. 4 on the box office chart, with Cloudy 2's total domestic gross now at $93.1 million.
"It’s not a bad place to be," said Sony president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer. "In regards toCarrie, it opened within our expectations, although maybe on the lower end. Overall, the picture was made very reasonably and it will be success for us.”
Coming in No. 5 was newcomer Escape Plan, the action pic hoping to capitalize on the teaming ofSylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But hopes were dashed as the movie only took in $9.8 million, marking another blow for Schwarzenegger’s campaign to resurrect his acting career.
Summit Entertainment and Emmett/Furla films partnered on Escape Plan, which cost north of $70 million before tax rebates. The pic, formerly titled The Tomb, received a B+ CinemaScore and was fueled by males (55 percent).
Escape Plan is doing marginally better overseas, where it has now earned $14.1 million from 34 territories. It opened No. 2 in Russia over the weekend with $3 million.
Bill Condon's adult thriller The Fifth Estate fared even worse in its North American launch, grossing an abysmal $1.7 million from 1,769 theaters to place No. 8. The movie — marking the worst debut of 2013 so far for a movie opening in more than 1,500 theaters — received a B CinemaScore, mirroring mixed reviews.
From DreamWorks and Participant Media, the $26 million film stars Benedict Cumberbatch asJulian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks. Insiders close to the project concede that Americans appear to have little interest in WikiLeaks or its founder. However, Fifth Estate is likewise struggling overseas, where it has only taken in $1.6 million so far.
In North America, Fifth Estate was even edged out by Nicole Holofcener's dramedy Enough Said, starring the late JamesGandolfini opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, which appeared back on the top 10 chart as it upped its theater count to 757 locations, grossing $1.8 million for a total $10.8 million.
Gravity's stellar box office run continues to impress box office observers. It remains a huge draw in 3D and in Imax, which has now delivered a total $38 million in total ticket sales. Over the weekend, Imax grosses clocked in at $7.4 million, the second best showing for a film in its third weekend afterAvatar.
MoviePass: The Hollywood Reporter takes an exclusive look at the Warner Bros warehouse where thousands of props, costumes, and documents spanning decades of Hollywood history are carefully curated by Leigh Adams.
The Hollywood Reporter: ”Welcome to Warner Bros.’ very own Batcave. The 128,000-square-foot facility, hidden in a faceless Sun Valley, Calif., corporate park, is home to the Warner Bros. Corporate Archive, which houses decades’ worth of costumes, props, scripts, correspondence, memos and animation art — almost anything to do with a Warners movie and, more recently, a Warners-made television show, is saved and stored here.
The man behind this chamber of secrets is Leith Adams. For the past 22 years as the Corporate Archive’s executive director and, for 14 years before, manager of the Warner Bros. Archive at USC, Adams and his team of eight have been collecting and preserving everything from letters between William Faulkner and Jack Warner to costumes from such movies asThe Matrix and, yes, The Adventures of Pluto Nash.
Adams visits active productions and looks for important objects that he deems worth saving, based on years of experience. About to gut a building on the lot? Call Leith. Tearing down a set? Call Leith.
But on Halloween, Adams, 66, will retire. “What he leaves behind is a culture that values our history; that values how we will be seen 100 years from now,” says Barry Meyer, Warners’ outgoing chairman. So on a crisp October day, as he prepared to hand the reins over to Barbara Hall, a 14-year veteran of the Academy, Adams invited THR inside his rarely seen vault.”
Gravity Holds #1 Box Office Spot For Second Weekend in a Row
The numbers are in and at just over $43 million Gravity is still going strong in its second week. Not to be overlooked, Captain Phillips brought in a stunning $26 million which is unusual for this particular type of adult drama. Captain Phillips’ opening numbers are a tribute to Tom Hanks’ bankability as a leading man.
Sony’s Captain Phillips earned $600,000 as it began rolling out in theaters Thursday night, boosting chances that the movie will hit $20 million in its debut. Directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, the Somali pirate drama hopes for a berth in this year’s awards race. The critically acclaimed film cost $55 million to produce.
Thursday numbers are in and it looks like Gravity will hold its first place position in this weekend’s box office gross. Sony is projecting that ‘Captain Phillips’ will match the $19.5 million dollar opening of ‘Argo’ which went on to win the 2013 Oscar for Best Picture.
New Trailer Released for David O. Russell’s American Hustle
American Hustle, starring Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, hits theaters December 25th. This highly anticipated film is David O. Russell’s first project since last year’s award winning Silver Linings Playbook.
While it may be a bit early to call the official start of “Oscar Season”, there is no denying the Oscar-caliber quality of the movies slated for release this month. With Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, opening to rave reviews in addition to setting a new October opening-weekend record at $55.6 million the rest of the month’s releases have their work cut out for them. With so much variety at the theater this weekend, it will be interesting to see which movie is able to break out of the pack and pull moviegoers from outside of its projected demographic. A new article from Bloomberg Businessweek details the importance of box office numbers in the race to the Oscars. You can read that article here: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-07/gravity-and-the-box-office-pull-on-the-oscars
Captain Phillips: 10/10/13 (p.m. screenings)
Tom Hanks fans will get their first dose of the charismatic Hollywood veteran since his turn in last year’s sci-fi fantasy Cloud Atlas. In Captain Phillips, Hanks has returned to Earth to star in this true story based on the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somalian pirates in 2009. The film is released amidst controversial accusations from the Alabama’s crew that the real Captain Phillips was not nearly as heroic as the film portrays him to be.
Machete Kills:10/10/13 (p.m. screenings)
Machete Kills, is the third film in a series inspired by fake trailers from the movie Grindhouse. The sequel is business as usual for Machete (Danny Trejo), who is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen) to stop the threat of a nuclear missile pointed at Washington D.C. However, Machete discovers that the real threat comes from a maniacal arms dealer named Luther Voz (Mel Gibson). The original Machete opened at a budget surplus of $11.4 million and went on to make $26 million domestically. At twice the budget, Machete Kills must perform at the same level as the original if it hopes to break even.
Romeo & Juliet: October 11, 2013
True to the Bard’s time honored tragedy, this new adaption takes place in Renaissance Verona. In it’s first major theatrical debut since Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 revamp, Carlo Carlei’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet is taking a more traditional approach to the material with period costumes, breathtaking Italian scenery, and a script that has been expertly streamlined by Downtown Abbey’s Julian Fellowes. Will the casting of Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick be enough to draw young moviegoers?
Limited Release: October 11, 2013 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete CBGB Zero Charisma All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Cassadaga Escape From Tomorrow Ghost Team One
What will you see this weekend with your MoviePass? Who do you think will take the top box office ranking?
MoviePass: Neil Marshall To Direct Faux Norwegian Doc Remake ‘Troll Hunter’
- firstshowing: Chris Columbus and his 1492 Pictures banner partnered with CJ Entertainment & Media to pick up the remake rights to the Norwegian faux documentary Troll Hunter back in 2011. Now the project is finally making some progress as Deadline reports director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Centurion) will be at the helm of the remake, and will also churn out a rewrite of the script as well. Marshall is slated to shoot the film as soon as he finishes directing a big episode for the third season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” following his work on the Blackwater episode for the second season, a pivotal battle in the fantasy series.
IMG Global is financing the film, and production is expected to begin early in 2014, so there’s still snow on the ground in the locations planned for shooting. For those unaware, the original film (which is available on Netflix Instant) was directed by André Øvredal and follows a group of students trailing a mysterious “hunter” who tries to elude them at every turn until the group learns that his prey is far more dangerous and mystical than mere bears. A cast still needs to be assembled, and producers are hoping to get a big star who hasn’t been associated with the horror genre before, but they’re not giving any names yet.
MoviePass: Watch Christian Bale’s ‘Batman Begins’ Audition In Val Kilmer’s Batsuit
- totalfilm: The forthcoming release of the The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray has seen an extraordinary extra feature surface online, with Christian Bale reading for the part of Batman opposite Amy Adams!
The audition footage shows Bale trying out his new Batman growl in the same batsuit worn by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever, while Adams fills in for Katie Holmes.
There’s also some interview footage with Christopher Nolan, in which the director explains the rationale for that famous growl, an idea that Bale apparently came up with himself.
MoviePass: Alex Kurtzman Says ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Will Answer All Your Questions
- totalfilm: One of the main gripes about The Amazing Spider-Man, was the way in which Marc Webb’s film went to great pains to ask questions about the mysterious disappearance of Peter’s parents, only to drop them again without supplying any answers.
However, it seems that said questions will be investigated in full in round two, with screenwriter Alex Kurtzman explaining how those issues will resonate in the sequel.
“It’s interesting,” says Kurtzman, “because the first movie asks all these questions and what I loved about it in so many ways is that it didn’t answer them. Part of what we were drawn to and intrigued by was wanting to know the answers to a lot of those questions.
“The villains emerge from a lot of unanswered questions at the end of that movie and none of them are random at all, they are all tied together by a theme, an idea, and I think they come from our curiosity about what was going on in the life of Peter Parker and his parents.”
The last thing we discovered about the pair was that Richard Parker’s research prompted he and his wife to flee the city abruptly, but the details of that remain blurry. If we were to guess, we’d suggest that Oscorp and Norman Osborn will be heavily involved.
MoviePass: Box Office Weekend: ‘Prisoners’ Taker The Top Spot With $21.4 Million
- moviefone: The Hugh Jackman kidnapping drama “Prisoners” opened with a box office-leading $21.4 million, a good start to Hollywood’s fall season.The Warner Bros. thriller, starring Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, is among the first fall films with Oscar aspirations to open in theaters. For a serious, adult-oriented drama that cost $30 million to make, it was a strong debut.
Last week’s top film, “Insidious: Chapter 2,” slid to second place for FilmDistrict. The horror film made $14.5 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. It has made $60.9 million in two weeks domestically.
The Chris Brown dance film “Battle of the Year" opened poorly for Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems, taking in only $5 million.
Weekend Box Office Numbers:
1. “Prisoners” $21 million
2. “Insidious: Chapter 2,” $14.5 million 3. “The Family” $7 million. 4. “Instructions Not Included” $5.7 million.
5. “Battle Of The Year” $5 million
6.”We’re the Millers” $4.6 million 7. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” $4.3 million 8. “Riddick” $3.6 million
MoviePass: Colin Farrell & Paula Patton Eyed for ‘Warcraft’
- empireonline: If you follow Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones on Twitter, you know that A) he likes a giggle and B) is preparing to kick off production work on his biggest job yet adapting Blizzard’s sprawling MMORPGWarcraft into a film. He’s deep into casting now and is apparently considering Paula Patton and Colin Farrell for two of the leads.
Patton’s deal is said to be further along she’s actually negotiating while Farrell is still umm-ing and ahh-ing about whether he wants to take part so it could go either way. Jones is hunting for other cast members and no doubt has a back up list for Farrell’s role if he doesn’t sign on.
Legendary Pictures is picking up the tab (which likely means Universal will distribute the eventual film under its new deal with the company) and Jones will start shooting in January.