• Magic Mike star Channing Tatum is in early talks to produce and star in Bad Romance for writer and director Jonathan Levine (50/50). No details about the plot were revealed. Tatum can be seen next in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, recently bumped to a 2014 release, and 22 Jump Street. He also voices the part of Superman in The Lego Movie. [THR]
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• Tom Cruise is teaming up again with his Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski for the upcoming drama, Go Like Hell. The drama will tell the story of the competition between Ford Motor Company and Italian sports car designer Enzo Ferrari and the events that occurred at the 1966 Le Mans race as a result. The film is based off the book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A.J. Baime [THR]
It’s always fascinating to hear seasoned actors talk about how they navigate their careers. Ethan Hawke has had three movies in theaters this year: The critically-acclaimed Before Midnight, the surprise horror hit The Purge, and the fast-car flick Getaway, which opens today and costars Selena Gomez. As Hawke explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle on EW’s Sirius XM channel this week, at some point, he realized he wasn’t a “shapeshifting” character actor — guys like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Vincent D’Onofrio, for example, who embody different people so you don’t recognize them from one role to the next. So he decided he’d push himself by acting in different genres. “So, okay, let’s do Sinister. That director [Scott Derrickson] is crazy smart. He knows what he’s doing. He loves horror movies. I don’t know much about horror movies, but I know a talented person and I know he has something to say. He can use that medium and that genre to do something affecting in the same way that Richard Linklater can make a drama and they’re both unique voices in cinema. And that’s what I kinda chase.”
Why do Getaway? “When I was a kid, I did [1991's] White Fang,” Hawke says. “The people who liked White Fang were, like, 12 at the time — well, they all grow up. They all grow up, and they grow up with you. And I have a feeling that you do a movie like Getaway, and kinda the hope is that you make a fun movie for young people, and I’ll be kinda like the Lee Marvin — I’m the old guy now…. ‘Who’s the old guy with Selena Gomez?’ It’s like, ‘Oh, he’s all right.’ But there’s a whole group of people [who] don’t care about Before Midnight or they don’t know what Reality Bites meant in 1994, you know. If I want to keep working and having something relevant to say, you gotta get your hands dirty. And it’s really hard. You talk about balancing a career — it’s the most difficult thing that they can’t teach you in acting school.”
Listen to the full interview below. READ FULL STORY
The new Getaway trailer is one-third Taken, one-third The Fast and the Furious, and one-third Selena Gomez in a baseball cap. It’s also 100 percent Ethan Hawke getting angry.
Starring Hawke, Gomez, Jon Voight, and Rebecca Budig, Getaway tells the story of a husband who’s forced to perform a series of tasks, including theft and kidnapping, in order to save his kidnapped wife, played by Budig. The husband, Brent, played by Hawke, claims he was targeted because he’s a skilled driver — think Ryan Gosling in Drive. And with The Kid, played by Gomez, as his sidekick, Brent works to save his wife from the evil Jon Voight, whose character is simply The Voice. Car crashes, explosions, and gunfire follow as Brent races against the clock to save his wife’s life.
But Brent can only be forced to do so much before he inevitably decides that he’s through with being bossed around. He tells The Voice, “First, I’m coming for my wife. Then I’m coming for you.” Looks like Brent decides to take revenge, Liam-Neeson style.
Check out the trailer for Getaway below: READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Alec Baldwin in talks for Cameron Crowe pic; Plus, Ethan Hawke does Shakespeare again, more
• After his turn as another suave one percent-er in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Alec Baldwin is reportedly in talks to join Cameron Crowe’s next movie. Details about the plot are being kept under wraps, but Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, and Emma Stone are all on board for Crowe’s post-We Bought a Zoo effort. [Deadline]
Many assumed that the weekend before the debut of Man of Steel would be a calm one at the box office, but that was not the case. Universal’s thriller The Purge surged into the top spot this weekend and shattered all expectations with a massive $36.4 million debut.
The film, produced by Paranormal Activity mastermind Jason Blum, cost only $3 million to make, and because its marketing campaign was predominantly digital (read: inexpensive), the micro-budgeted film will become a hugely profitable release for the currently on-fire Universal.
The Purge had an intriguing premise: for one night every year, all crime (including murder) is legal. Universal’s marketing team effectively communicated that twisted plot in trailers and ads, and the premise helped pack theaters, though it didn’t deliver on audiences’ high expectations. Crowds issued the film a discouraging “C” CinemaScore grade, and the film sank 38 percent from Friday to Saturday — a sign of poor word-of-mouth.
The Purge gave star Ethan Hawke his best opening weekend ever — trouncing Training Day‘s $22.6 million debut in 2001. Hawke also thrived on the indie circuit this weekend, as his film Before Midnight scored $585,000 from just 52 locations for an early $1.5 million total. Before Midnight‘s robust $11,243 per theater average trailed only one other film in the Top 20: The Purge, which had a sizzling $14,353 average at its 2,536 locations.
Universal reports that audiences for The Purge were quite diverse, with Hispanic moviegoers making up 33 percent of ticket buyers. Interestingly, the film also played predominantly to women, who accounted for 56 percent of the audience. READ FULL STORY
The buzz around Universal’s Ethan Hawke thriller The Purge seemed like it was swelling heading into the weekend, but no one could have guessed that the film would over-perform the way it did yesterday.
The Purge earned an incredible $16.7 million on its first Friday (technically, that number includes Thursday night), and it’s headed to an opening-weekend gross of about $37 million, giving producer Jason Blum, the man behind the Paranormal Activity series, another runaway hit. The best part about all this for Universal? The Purge‘s budget was only $3 million.
It was a mixed bag of news for Fox’s Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy The Internship, which came in second. On the one hand, the film exceeded lowered expectations with $6.6 million on Friday, putting the $58 million movie on pace for an $18-19 million opening weekend. On the other hand, that’s a rather tepid result for the duo that helped Wedding Crashers climb to $209 million total back in 2005. Certainly not a disaster, though! READ FULL STORY
In Getaway — starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez — a mysterious voice tells Hawke’s ex-race car driver that his wife will stay alive, as long as he follows the man’s instructions — which seem to mostly be “drive around and shoot.” Gomez plays a hacker who gets taken along for the ride after Hawke steals her Mustang. Judging from the footage in the trailer, Hawke got to perform the majority of this movie while sitting in a car.
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