Memorial Day B.O. Runs Cold: ‘Tomorrowland’ Is No Flying Car With $40.7M Bow – Second Sunday Update
4th UPDATE, Second Sunday post 9:43 AM: Seriously people, it’s an awful Memorial Day weekend. Rentrak is reporting the FSS total ticket sales at an estimated $151M which ranks 14th on the Memorial Day total weekend charts. That’s behind 2010’s $152M, and that’s when things were really bad: Warner Bros. went out with Sex and the City 2 ($31M) then and Disney had Jerry Bruckheimer’s pricey bomb Prince of Persia ($30.1M). Yes, this is a weekend when there’s foot traffic… Read
Cannes Film Festival Winners 2015 – Live
Refresh for latest… The laureates of the 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival are about to be unveiled inside the Lumière Theater on a balmy evening. If the weather was amongst the most consistent we’ve seen in several years on the Riviera, the main Competition was something of a mixed bag in terms of critical reaction over the last two weeks. However, a growing consensus has seemed to form around Taiwanese veteran Hou Hsiao-hsien’s period action drama The Assassin as… Read
‘Tomorrowland’ Bows With $26.7M Overseas, ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Gains $15.2M
Walt Disney's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland came in first among among new releases overseas with an estimated $26.7M from 65 territories representing roughly 56% of the international marketplace. Combined with its North American 3-day tally of $32.159M that brings the Brad Bird-directed movie to a global debut total to $58.859M.
Among top markets debuting the movie, Tomorrowland took in $3.6M in Russia, $2.8M in Mexico, $2.1M in the U.K. and $1.9M in France.
With more… Read
Aishwarya Rai On Return To Film With ‘Jazbaa’ Helmer Sanjay Gupta – Video
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is returning to the big screen after a five-year hiatus with Jazbaa, a Sanjay Gupta-directed action drama about an attorney forced to defend an unsavory criminal after her daughter is kidnapped. Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World, The Lunchbox) co-stars as a suspended cop. Rai Bachchan and Gupta were in Cannes this past week to screen a promo reel for international distributors. I sat down with each of them to discuss Jazbaa and the current state of Bollywo… Read
How Director Rick Famuyiwa Grew ‘Dope’ – Cannes Q&A
Rick Famuyiwa is one of the most profitable voices in African American cinema at the box office with such titles as The Wood ($6M cost, $25M domestic) and Brown Sugar ($8M cost, $27.4M domestic). However, when he went to shop his comedy Dope about a high school senior's zany mission to escape the confines of his Inglewood, CA urban neighborhood for the Ivy league walls of Harvard – think Martin Scorsese's After Hours meets Clueless but in a different L.A. environ — the… Read
Michael Fassbender In ‘Macbeth': A Pair Of Clips From Cannes
Tonight’s screening of Macbeth winds up the presentation of movies in competition for Cannes‘ top prize, the Palme d’Or, which will be announced Sunday. Directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, the film has been rapturously received by many critics, although that’s not necessarily a barometer for traditionally finicky (or quirky, take your pick) juries at the festival.
Screenwriters Jacob Koskoff… Read
Un Certain Regard Winners: ‘Rams’, ‘The High Sun’, ‘Treasure’ & More – Cannes
Isabella Rossellini’s Un Certain Regard jury has given its top prize to Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams (Hrutar). Set in a remote Icelandic valley, the comedy centers on two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years, but who must come together in order to save their prized sheep. This is the second year in a row that an animal-themed film has won UCR’s top nod — the canine cautionary tale White God was last year’s victor. New Europe Film Sales is handling Rams.
The Jury Prize went… Read
‘Son Of Saul’ Wins FIPRESCI; Ecumenical Jury Honors ‘Mia Madre’ – Cannes
As the prizes continue to roll out here in Cannes, Hungarian helmer Laszlo Nemes’ harrowing Holocaust drama Son Of Saul has been awarded the FIPRESCI prize in the main Competition. The honor, handed out by the International Federation of Film Critics, comes a day ahead of the official prize ceremony. Son Of Saul is the only title by a first-time filmmaker in the Competition while Nemes was a Deadline Director to Watch this year. The film has sold well for Paris-based Films… Read
Hot Cannes ‘Circle’ Package Imperiled As Alicia Vikander In Talks To Star In ‘Assassin’s Creed’, New ‘Bourne’ Film
EXCLUSIVE– One of the hottest Cannes pic packages — the Tom Hanks-Alicia Vikander-starrer The Circle — is in the process of being reconfigured as the star of that young actress soars after her performance as the beguiling robot in Ex Machina. The Swedish actress is in talks to star in two major new tentpoles: Assassin’s Creed, the Justin Kurzel-directed New Regency live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft video game; and the new Jason Bourne picture opposite Matt Damon with… Read
Barbet Schroeder On Robert Durst, ‘Amnesia’ & Why He Hasn’t Made A Hollywood Pic In 13 Years – Cannes Q&A
Barbet Schroeder returned to the Cannes Film Festival for Amnesia which played on Tuesday in the Special Screenings section. And while the title sounds like it belongs to the suspense genre Schroeder is known for, Amnesia is quite a departure from the morally ambiguous characters the director has painted throughout his career (notably Claus von Bulow in 1990’s Reversal of Fortune, which earned Jeremy Irons an Oscar for his portrayal of the leather-loving socialite)… Read
‘Southpaw’ Screening Pumped Up By Fest Chief Thierry Frémaux – Cannes
Cannes Film Festival chief (and judo black belt) Thierry Frémaux, hosted a private screening of Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw here last night with star Jake Gyllenhaal turning up for the event. The Weinstein Co boxing picture had been in talks for the Official Selection, but was then agreed to be held back after its star was picked to serve on the jury. Harvey Weinstein showed footage at TWC’s annual preview event early in the festival. TWC releases domestically on July… Read
Guillermo Del Toro On Enthralling & Energizing Jury Experience – Cannes Q&A
With one title left to screen, the Cannes Film Festival is beginning to wind down and the jury is poised to enter its final deliberations before announcing this year’s prize winners on Sunday evening. Earlier this week, we had the chance to chat with jury member Guillermo del Toro about his experience as part of what is arguably the world’s most prestigious film panel — this year led by co-presidents Joel and Ethan Coen. There are no spoilers here since we clearly… Read