Int’l Box Office Update: ‘Guardians’ Now 3rd Biggest Marvel Movie Ever; ‘Dracula Untold’, ‘Gone Girl’, ‘Annabelle’ Hold Well; Local Action In France, Mexico; More
2ND UPDATE, 5:19 PM PT: Guardians Of The Galaxy marked a return to the top of the international box office this weekend, thanks in large part to China — where its local title translates to Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team, helmer James Gunn tweeted earlier this month. The Disney/Marvel space hit now has $69M there and was given a slightly wider berth than other Hollywood movies that are going out this month: GOTG opened on Oct 10 and will have had 11 days in the… Read
‘Birdman’ Flies High Over Specialty Box Office With +$100K Per-Theater Average
Never mind the other specialty films this weekend. It's really all about Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) and its high-flying debut, averaging more than $100,000 per theater in its opening weekend.
The Venice/Telluride feature directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton had one of the best bows of the year, exceeded only by another of distributor Fox Searchlight's specialty projects, last spring's The Grand Budapest Hotel (that one… Read
Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League: Make A Place For Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, And Film Stock In Digital Future
Tim League is the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse, and the co-founder of Fantastic Fest, now the largest genre gathering in the U.S. While he is part of the new breed of theatrical exhibitors, he weighs in with a surprisingly retro opinion on the major theater owner's dilemma of whether to fully commit to digital, even though great filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino are committed to taking the film print off the endangered species list.
I read a recent… Read
Oscar Watch: How Elaine Stritch And Other Showbiz Documentaries Hope To Grab The Eyes – And Hearts – Of Voters
If there was any doubt awards season was in full swing, this week's growing list of screening events featuring lunches, dinners and receptions all aimed at luring Academy and Golden Globe voters should erase any question.
As I pointed out last week, the Academy's “official” foreign-language screenings began on Monday night with Poland's Ida and Hungary's demanding but very fine White God. But that is just the beginning for both those films.
On Friday afternoon at Century… Read
David Letterman’s Cue-Card Guy Fired After Argument, Assault
Tony Mendez, long an on-air fixture handling the cue cards for David Letterman on The Late Show, took the wrong cue this week, assaulting staff writer Bill Scheft, a 15-time Emmy nominee, and getting himself fired, the New York Post reported.
Mendez, 69, who had been with Letterman for 21 years, got into a verbal altercation with Scheft and Letterman over changes in cue cards, went home overnight and stewed about perceived slights from Scheft over a long period. When… Read
Bart & Fleming: WB’s Spandex OD; Ebola The Series; Neil Patrick Harris Near EGOT
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
FLEMING: Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu told me he sees superhero movies as right-wing poison and cultural genocide for their simplistic values that stamp out human truths. Warner Bros' Kevin Tsujihara told Wall Street his slumping film studio will turn around via a full… Read
Hot Reads: DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider On ‘Lawrence in Arabia’ And More
Hot Reads presents what Hollywood power players are currently reading and what is special about the book. This week we spotlight a voracious reader, DreamWorks Studios co-chairman/CEO Stacey Snider.
“Even though I'm always reading something, I tend to read in 'bursts' or 'clusters.' This spring and summer I was preoccupied by the Middle East. I wasn't prompted by recent events in the news actually, but instead it all began by reading this first book.”
My Promised Land… Read
‘Bang Bang’ Shoots To Top Of 2014 Chart As #1 Bollywood Film In North America: Box Office
Hrithik Roshan-starrer Bang Bang has advanced to the top spot among Bollywood films in North America for the year. With a gross now of $2.56M, it bested the previous 2014 record holder, Salman Khan's Kick, which earned $2.47M during its summer run. The Knight And Day remake that co-stars Katrina Kaif went out day-and-date on October 2, scoring the biggest opening weekend of the year for an Indian title. From Fox International Productions and Fox Star Studios, Bang Bang… Read
Box Office Weekend: ‘Fury’ Wins War With $23M+; ‘Book Of Life,’ $16.6M to $17M; ‘Gone Girl’ $100M; ‘Best Of Me’ $10M+
3rd UPDATE, Sunday, 8:17 AM: Fury won both the battle and the war this box office weekend while newcomers The Book of Life is sitting above ground at No. 3 with about $16.6M to $17M and The Best of Me got bested by four other films to take the fifth spot with only $10M and change. More interesting this weekend is the specialty box office where several really quality pictures found their audiences such as Birdman which flew in with a whopping $103K per screen average for… Read
‘Klinghoffer’ Powder Keg Makes Strange Bedfellows of Rudy Giuliani, Floyd Abrams
When was the last time an opera inspired noisy demonstrations on the ground and extreme bloviating in the media? Yet that's what the Metropolitan Opera's production of John Adams and Alice Goodman's powerful 1991 The Death Of Klinghoffer has prompted.
On Monday night, you can expect to hear about rabid protesters hollering across police barricades in front of the Met on the vast plaza at Lincoln Center. Their issue? This serious work of musical art has the audacity to… Read
‘American Idol’ Contestant Joanne Borgella Dead At 32
Singer/songwriter Joanne Borgella, who competed on the seventh season of American Idol and made it to the Top 12 of that season's female finalists, died Saturday after a yearlong battle with endometrial cancer. She was 32. Her run on American Idol wasn't the first brush with reality TV fame for the Long Island, NY native. Borgella competed on and won the first season of Oxygen's Mo'Nique's Fat Chance. She went on to sign with Wilhelmina Models and embarked on a modeling… Read
Gena Rowlands To Receive Career Honors From LA Film Critics
Oscar-nominated actress Gena Rowlands will receive the LA Film Critics Association's Career Achievement kudos this winter, the org announced today. In an acclaimed career that's spanned six decades, Rowlands nabbed Academy Award nominations for her iconic roles in two of her ten films for filmmaker/husband John Cassavetes, Gloria and A Woman Under the Influence. She won the Golden Globe for the latter and snagged three Emmy wins on the small screen.
Rowlands' films… Read