After John Carter’s disappointing opening frame, this weekend brings moviegoers only one new wide release, 21 Jump Street, which looks like a potential smash that could birth a franchise. Although a number of limited releases — Will Ferrell comedy Casa De Mi Padre (382 theaters), Nicholas Cage thriller Seeking Justice (230 theaters), and Jason Segel/Ed Helms comedy Jeff, Who Lives at Home (250 theaters), — are hitting multiplexes, they aren’t likely to make much impact on the box office. Friends With Kids‘s expansion from 369 to 640 theaters might give it a small boost, but on the whole, the chart will likely look very similar to last weekend. Here’s how things may shake out: READ FULL STORY »
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“You look like the audience at the Muppet Show!” marveled Phil Lord, who directed the newly reinvented 21 Jump Street along with Chris Miller, as he took in the packed house at Austin’s Paramount Theater. This was the first time stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, who came dressed in their characters’ bicycle-cop uniforms,were going to see the movie with an audience. It was a perfect crowd for them: Game and ready to laugh. READ FULL STORY »
Part musical festival, part film festival, part tech-head confab, SXSW is a unique event in the pop-culture firmament, bringing massive stars and indie up-and-comers in music, movies, and tech together in the Texas hill country of Austin. Running from March 9-17, the film festival has especially expanded its profile in the last few years: The 2011 SXSW fest featured premieres of Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, the doc Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Source Code, the sci-fi comedy Paul, and the eventually Oscar-winning feature documentary Undefeated.
My colleague Karen Valby and I will be on the scene for this year’s fest, which definitely looks to have its share of major highlights. Here’s what’s catching the biggest buzz heading into this year’s SXSW: READ FULL STORY »
The frenetic new trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation makes two very incisive points. The first is that even in a violent, topsy-turvy world that is nearly void of hope, female warrior-types look good in red. The second is that Bruce Willis is the original G.I. Joe.
Though Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson kindly explains the basics of G.I. Joe employment, the trailer leaves out any semblance of a plot. Still, fans of elaborate weaponry, death-defying stunts in beautiful locations, and Adrianne Palicki in a hot dress should check this one out. As a team. Together. READ FULL STORY »
The Vow already won the box office race this weekend, earning $41.2 million in its first three days, but on Valentine’s Day, the film proved utterly indomitable, grossing a tremendous $11.6 million, a 248 percent increase from the day before.
The romantic drama’s gigantic Tuesday broke the record for a mid-week Valentine’s Day gross, displacing former record-holder, Hitch, which took in $7.5 million on Valentine’s Day in 2005.
All told, Screen Gems’ $30 million Rachel McAdams/Channing Tatum love story has earned $56.1 million in five days and has a solid shot at finishing above $100 million.
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Holy moly, America. For the first time since Christmas weekend in 2008, four movies debuted to more than $20 million each this weekend: The Vow, Safe House, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 3D.
The first three of those four films far exceeded industry expectations, helping to make this the biggest non-holiday February weekend ever. The box office was also up around 30 percent compared to the same weekend last year.
The Vow, starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, led the way with a hearty $41.7 million — the strongest opening so far this year. That also marks the best debut ever for the Sony-owned label Screen Gems (beating Dear John‘s $30.5 million), which produced the film with Spyglass Entertainment. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, audiences were clearly in the mood for love, especially considering that The Vow was the first major romantic drama to hit theaters since November’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1. According to Sony, 72 percent of The Vow‘s audience was female. The PG-13 movie, which cost $30 million to produce, received an okay “B” rating from CinemaScore graders. READ FULL STORY »
Whatever pill this year’s box office is taking, I want it. Exceeding the most optimistic projections, this weekend is on the way to having four movies open to more than $20 million each, and it should become the biggest non-holiday February weekend ever.
Leading the charge was The Vow, which took in $15.4 million on Friday. That puts the $30 million movie on track for a $41 million weekend — the best opening ever for the Sony-owned production company Screen Gems (beating Dear John‘s $30.5 million debut).
The Vow, which stars Rachel McAdams as a car-accident victim who forgets that Channing Tatum is her husband (impossible!), drew a crowd that was 74 percent female, and CinemaScore audiences handed it an overall “B” rating. The PG-13 film could be slightly front-loaded, though, as this is the first major romantic drama to hit theaters since The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1. READ FULL STORY »
It’s going to be quite a busy weekend at the box office, with four new movies hitting theaters and no Super Bowl distracting the American public.
Three of the films promise action: the Denzel Washington thriller Safe House, the family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and the 3-D re-release of Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace. But those three movies will likely have to bow down to the Rachel McAdams-Channing Tatum romance The Vow, which is tracking incredibly well with women and is being released just four days before Valentine’s Day. C’est l’amour.
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In The Vow, Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams play a newlywed couple whose happily ever after is interrupted by a car accident. She wakes up with severe memory loss that causes her to forget who he is, forcing him to win her heart all over the again. Sounds like a Valentine’s date tearjerker if there ever was one.
At the film’s Hollywood premiere last night, the cast discussed the films that reliably made them misty, no matter how many times they’ve seen them. There were a few surprises mixed in with the popular tearjerkers. For example, former stripper and G.I. Joe star Channing Tatum has a soft spot for a Johnny Depp/Kate Winslet melodrama. “I cry at Finding Neverland a lot,” he said. “I don’t know [why]. When they take her and then there’s the really magical part in the movie for some reason, I am just like, ‘Eh, waaa.’”
Others were more conventional with their selections. “I always cry at Titanic,” said Jessica McNamee. “No brainer. I’m a sucker for Romeo + Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio. And also The Notebook. For me, it’s the Alzheimer’s part. It’s awfully sad.”
And then there’s Dillon Casey, who tears up at that most famous cinematic father-son moment. No, it’s not Field of Dreams. “When Vader says, ‘Luke, I’m your father,’ in The Empire Strikes Back, how could you not cry? It’s such an epic scene. Also it is such a part of my childhood and it brings back so many memories when I see it.”
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(Reporting by Carrie Bell)
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Crime thrillers, gay-straight families, international journeys, genre-bending horror flicks, and foul-mouthed banter between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are some of the highlights of the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, which announced its full line-up today for the eight-day event, running from March 9 – 17 in Austin, Texas. 21 Jump Street will have its world premiere at the festival as the Centerpiece film, and the music doc Big Easy Express — which chronicles a train ride with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show — will close the festival on March 17.
“This year we have this sense that there’s a lot of bold, risk-taking films,” festival producer Janet Pierson tells EW. “There’s a lot of in-your-face, edgy stuff.” Pierson says this year she and her staff waded through 5,243 submissions looking for films that focus on “taking chances, finding things that are culturally relevant, looking for stuff that’s not easy or too safe or too” — she pauses for a moment — “pleasant.” She laughs. “Although we have some pleasant, easy, audience-pleasing films in the line up. But we look for the unpredictable. When you actually see the films, it’s not like everything has been reinvented. A lot of these films are films you’ve seen: People in the woods, a relationship film, people in a house, starlets finding their way, having a baby. But we’re still looking for films that tell their stories in a fresh way.”
The festival previously announced that The Cabin in the Woods – from producer Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard — will launch the festival. Also making their world premieres: The first three episodes of the HBO series Girls, from Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) and exec producer Judd Apatow (the first time SXSW has showcase a television show); The Babymakers, a comedy about a man (Paul Schneider) who, unable to get his wife pregnant, attempts to rob a sperm bank holding his previously donated sperm; In Our Nature, starring Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) and John Slattery (Mad Men) as a son and father who serendipitously end up at a vacation house with their girlfriends (Jena Malone and Gabrielle Union); and Small Apartments, from director Jonas Åkerlund (of Lady Gaga and Madonna music video fame), which sports the most eclectic cast in many a moon (Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan, Johnny Knoxville, Juno Temple).
Also screening at the fest: Will Ferrell’s Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi Padre and Richard Linklater’s true-crime dark comedy Bernie, starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine.
Click through to the next page for highlights from the line-up, and head over to the official SXSW Film Festival website for the full list of movies.