American Sniper, director Clint Eastwood’s war film that stars Bradley Cooper as the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is aiming to be a major player in this year’s Oscar race. Warner Bros. announced yesterday that the movie will open in limited theaters on Dec. 25 before opening wide on Jan. 16. READ FULL STORY
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Holding off a nice run from 22 Jump Street, the romantic comedy Think Like a Man Too took the top spot this weekend with a $30 million opening. That’s great news for Kevin Hart, the gleeful star and narrator of the Steve Harvey-inspired ensemble piece, though early estimates predicted the sequel performing closer to the tune of $35 million. The sequel didn’t match the original’s 2012 opening weekend kitty of $33.6 million, but the laffer also cost a modest $24 million to make. Sony predicts a strong weekday play going forward, buoyed by Man‘s strong word-of-mouth and A- CinemaScore rating.
There’s a couple of great jokes in Think Like a Man Too where the lone square fella of the core Vegas bachelor party suggests the boys eschew a night of gambling and strip clubs and catch a performance of Jersey Boys instead. “It won like eight Tonys!” he says when the men recoil. Whether or not it was a pointed reference to Think Like a Man Too‘s fellow new release or not is unknown, but the Clint Eastwood adaptation of Jersey Boys hit a bit of a flat note in fourth place with $13.5 million. Going forward Broadway fans and older audiences may seek it out as a break from the jarring noise of superheroes and metal machines clashing angrily into each other. (Though I’m not sure Kevin Hart and his Vegas buddies would make that bet.) But with a budget of $40 million, Jersey Boys, which earned an impressive A- CinemaScore vote, still has some major singing to do for its supper. READ FULL STORY
Clint Eastwood directing Jersey Boys might be the most odd-coupling of director and musical material since John Huston made Annie. Like Huston, Eastwood has a Broadway hit to rely upon; in fact, he’s even got the Tony-nominated writers and the show’s Tony-winning star, John Lloyd Young as falsetto master Frankie Valli. “With his slicked-back pompadour and wardrobe of sharkskin suits, Young looks more like the late Bruno Kirby than Valli,” says EW’s critic Chris Nashawaty. “But when he opens his mouth, you believe you’re listening to the real deal. He finds every ounce of sweat, aftershave, and salad dressing that made up Valli’s one-of-a-kind voice.”
The story of the Four Seasons, who came up in a rough Italian-American neighborhood in New Jersey and flirted with real danger on their way to fame and fortune, is still a Broadway sensation, and the quartet’s unique and nostalgic sound gives the film a bankable attraction. Eastwood, now 84, leans heavily on the stage show, adapting its Rashomon storytelling style, with frequent fourth-wall-breaking dialogue where the characters give the camera their versions of the truth.
Of the band, the only newcomer to the material is Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire), who plays hot-headed Tommy DeVito, and Christopher Walken plays a godfather, of sorts, who helps the boys when trouble arises.
Read more from EW’s review, as well as a round-up of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY
Did you know that Jersey Boys hits movie theaters June 20? No shame if you didn’t; there’s been a noticeable lack of buzz around Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of the 2005 musical, which was a certified smash on Broadway: Jersey Boys won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and is currently the 13th longest-running Broadway tuner in history. (It may soon be the 12th, if the show hangs around the August Wilson Theatre until fall 2015.)
When news broke that Eastwood would helm a movie based on the show, the stage community was understandably intrigued. The cast was solid: John Lloyd Young would reprise his Tony-winning performance as the show’s original Frankie Valli, joined by fellow Jersey Boys alumni Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda, as well as Boardwalk Empire‘s Vincent Piazza. Still, the film’s late-to-drop trailer was as concerning as it was compelling. The question remained: With so few details having emerged, how exactly would Eastwood translate a beloved stage musical into a feature film?
Luckily, Piazza fielded plenty of those concerns when he dropped by the EW office to talk Jersey Boys. Theater fans, take note — the Jersey Boys movie might be exactly what you were hoping for. READ FULL STORY
It’s not yet clear if any of the stars Warner Bros. trotted out during the last panel of the CinemaCon trade show had the star power to eclipse the giant lizard that seemed to steal the show during the studio’s presentation of Godzilla, but the studio couldn’t be faulted for trying.
On hand to present just a few films from the robust slate — which includes the musical tribute to Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, the mind-bending thriller Transcendence, and the family comedy Blended — were director Clint Eastwood, stars Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman, and Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, respectively.
But with Bryan Cranston doing panic and grief better than anyone, it looks like WB’s big hit of the summer with be Gareth Edwards’ take on the iconic Godzilla. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver circling Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'; Plus 'Jersey Boys' updates, more
• Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Sigourney Weaver (Alien), John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), and Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) are circling Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus, starring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses. Paul, now free of his Breaking Bad commitments, is currently in talks to play the part of Joshua, a Hebrew slave. Kingsley would be joining as a Hebrew scholar, while Turturro and Weaver are set to join as Ramses’s parents. Moneyball co-writer Steven Zaillian (who won an Oscar for Schindler’s List), wrote the latest version of the script. The shoot is scheduled to begin in September. [THR; Variety]
• Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man 3) and Ewan McGregor (The Impossible) are in negotiations to join Johnny Depp‘s Mortdecai. The story follows Charles Mortdecai, an art dealer racing to uncover a Nazi bank account full of gold. The project is expected to start production later this year. [Variety]
• 99 Homes, a story of a man who loses his home due to foreclosure, has snagged Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) for the lead role. Garfield’s character will find himself so desperate that he starts working for the man who took his home, going so far as to assist him in illegal activities. [THR]
• Abigail Breslin (The Call) will be returning to the world of the walking dead in Maggie, where she’ll play the titular role — an unfortunate young woman who is infected by a virus that is sweeping the globe. Arnold Schwarzenegger will play her father. [THR]
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Justin Timberlake, Clint Eastwood praise Amy Adams in 'Trouble With the Curve' Blu-ray featurette -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
It’s been a big media blast of a year for Justin Timberlake and Clint Eastwood, from Timberlake getting hitched to Jessica Biel, to Eastwood now-infamously chatting with an empty chair at the Republican National Convention.
But both guys share something in common: this year’s Trouble With the Curve, helmed by first-time feature director (and longtime Eastwood collaborator) Robert Lorenz and starring Eastwood as gruff baseball scout Gus, Amy Adams as his estranged daughter Mickey, and Timberlake as Mickey’s love interest Johnny, a pitcher-turned-scout with an eye towards announcing.
Check out this exclusive video clip, below, from the featurette Trouble With the Curve: For the Love of the Game included in the film’s upcoming Blu-ray combo pack, out Dec. 18, showcasing Timberlake, Eastwood and Lorenz praising a red-haired, feisty, but likable Adams.
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