Sheriff David Mamet Lays Down The Law: “No Talking *After* The Show”
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and inveterate polemicist and provocateur David Mamet is suddenly the talk of the rialto on both sides of the Atlantic. Why? His revised licensing contract through the Dramatists Play Service now includes a clause prohibiting producers from offering talk-backs within two hours of a performance. Violators risk the loss of the license and a fine of $25,000 for each offending session. Long a fixture of… Read
‘Endless Poetry’ & ‘Lady Macbeth’ Top Ho-Hum Weekend – Specialty Box Office
Endless Poetry from ABKCO Films and Roadside Attractions' Lady Macbeth topped the roster of this weekend’s Specialty box office openers, a list that generally showed less zest than recent weekend bows like A Ghost Story and The Little Hours. Endless Poetry grossed $28K in its initial two runs, while Lady Macbeth had nearly $69K in five theaters. Monument Releasing bowed Footnotes in a single location, taking in $5,900, while Big World Pictures' False Confessions grossed… Read
‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Loots $56.5M In Box Office Spoils – Sunday AM Update
5th Writethru Sunday AM following Saturday Posts: 20th Century Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes is coming in around where the industry saw it yesterday with $56.5M, the second best for the franchise after its previous chapter Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($72.6M) and above the first installment Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($54.8M).
The movie in its debut played akin to a non-superhero threequel, off 21% from Dawn, and is considered OK by industry standards. If… Read
Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore Are ‘Blind’ Lovers; Roadside Readies ‘Lady Macbeth’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Long in the making, Blind starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore makes its way to theaters Friday. The Vertical Entertainment release is the directorial debut of veteran producer Michael Mailer, and joins a fairly packed lineup of new Specialty releases this weekend, marking the midpoint of July. Roadside Attractions is hoping to emulate some of the success of its 2010 film Winter's Bone for Lady Macbeth starring dynamic newcomer Florence Pugh.
Other features making their… Read
Reviews: Oscar Isaac’s Pensive Prince Steadies Hamstrung ‘Hamlet’; Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ At Encores!
Thoughtful, self-possessed and charismatically morose, Oscar Isaac inhabits Shakespeare’s melancholy prince as naturally as the sweater he wraps himself in. This youthful Hamlet is most compelling during soliloquies as familiar to us as speech itself, delivered in the hushed cadence of prayers seeking grace, and perhaps deliverance out of the nightmare that has brought him home to Elsinore from college to see his mother marry the uncle who’s murdered his revenge-demanding… Read
New York Magazine Names Sara Holdren New Theater Critic
Sarah Holdren, an off-Broadway director with an eclectic resume, has been hired as theater critic for New York magazine and its online entertainment site Vulture, editor-in-chief Adam Moss announced Thursday. Holdren fills the vacancy left when critic Jesse Green defected to The New York Times in May as co-chief theater critic with Ben Brantley.
Holdren begins July 31 and will write reviews and essays, according to the magazine. "We were looking for a fresh, exciting… Read
Amy Schumer Comedy ‘I Feel Pretty’ Will Hit Theaters Next Summer
The Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty will make its theatrical debut on June 29 next year, STXfilms announced today.
STXfilms acquired the Voltage-financed title out of the Cannes Film Festival for an estimated $15M, one of the fest’s biggest deals. Pic marks the directorial debut of scribes Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. Since the deal was announced, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski and Rafe Spall have joined the cast.
Schumer plays an ordinary woman who struggles… Read
Can ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ March On Summer’s U.S. Box Office Drought? Global Outlook Near $120M
UPDATED with foreign analysis: Even with Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s $117 million opening resuscitating the domestic marketplace last week with a 22% weekend-to-weekend jump in overall ticket sales to $207.1M, this summer stateside still lags 9% behind last year. 20th Century Fox’s War For The Planet Of The Apes is hoping to prevent a further landslide with an opening in the high-$50Ms to low-$60Ms at 4,021 venues. However, with a 93% Certified Fresh Rotten… Read
Broadway Notes: Uma Thurman Sets Debut With Beau Willimon’s ‘Parisian Woman’; Euan Morton Is ‘Hamilton’ Bound
As Deadline reported back in April, Oscar nominee Uma Thurman will make her Broadway debut this fall in The Parisian Woman, by House of Cards mastermind Beau Willimon (also in his Broadway debut). Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (Amélie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is directing the show at a theater yet to be named. The veteran producing team is led by Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch and Steve Traxler.
Opening night for the limited engagement is set… Read
Ryan Reynolds Honors ‘Wonder Woman’ On Instagram For Surpassing ‘Deadpool’ Box Office
Ryan Reynolds, who is known for his savvy and humorous social media posts, took to Instagram to honor a superhero — and it wasn’t Deadpool. When the actor found out that Wonder Woman box office tally reached $368 million, surpassing Deadpool‘s domestic box office of $360 million, he posted a picture of the Merc with a Mouth making a heart shape with his hands over a Wonder Woman gold chain with the mildly crass, yet sweet caption “The Merc May Be Filthier, but Her B.O… Read
Review: ‘Shameless’ Writer Dominique Morisseau’s Searing ‘Pipeline’
Dominique Morisseau has been cutting a wide and spectacular path through the writers’ ranks, as executive story editor on Showtime’s Shameless and as the author of The Detroit Project, a trilogy of plays including Skeleton Crew, recently presented in a knockout production by the Atlantic Theatre Company. With Lincoln Center Theater’s smashing world premiere of Pipeline, which opened Monday at the Mitzi E. Newhouse, Morisseau confirms her place in the sphere of writers not… Read
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Climbs To $129M+ Through Monday
Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming nabbed $12.3M yesterday, and while the Monday records in July are a challenge to climb given how they’ve been propped by the Independence Day holiday, that’s a notable number. Given how it’s largely a discount ticket day at cinemas throughout the country, today should be even bigger for Homecoming. Through four days at the domestic B.O., the Jon Watts movie counts $129.3M.
Last Monday on July 3 Universal/Illumination’s Despicable Me… Read