• Robert Pattinson is attached to star in The Childhood of a Leader, the directorial debut of Brady Corbet (Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene). Juliette Binoche and Tim Roth also star in the WWI-era pic, which Corbet co-wrote with Mona Fastvold. Pattinson currently has two films in post-production that will likely hit theaters in 2014: David Cronenberg’s Hollywood drama Maps to the Stars, and The Rover with Guy Pearce and Scoot McNairy. [Variety]
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Box office report: 'Frozen' rises to No. 1 with $31.6 million, leaves no heat for 'Out of the Furnace'
The first weekend in December is a notoriously weak one at the box office, and, true to form, most movies faced harsh declines this weekend after the record-breaking Thanksgiving frame. But Disney’s animated musical Frozen managed to score a not-so-severe 53 percent fall to $31.6 million this weekend, which sent it past Catching Fire and straight into the No. 1 spot on the chart.
Frozen has earned $134.3 million after 12 days in wide release, 39 percent more than 2010′s Tangled, which had earned $96.6 million at the same point in its run. The film will match its $150 million budget by this time next week, and if it maintains its current pace (which seems likely given its “A+” CinemaScore), Frozen could be headed for a finish of about $280 million. The film’s box office success is sending its soundtrack into the upper echelons of the music charts. The soundtrack debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 last week, and it’s risen all the way to No. 4 on the iTunes chart as well. READ FULL STORY
Even on a relatively quiet day at the box office, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is still red-hot. After earning a record-breaking gross over the Thanksgiving frame, the sequel topped the chart yesterday, its third Friday, with $7.7 million. That sets the blockbuster up for a $27 million gross and about $337 million total through Sunday.
In second place, Disney’s animated musical Frozen grossed $6.8 million on its second Friday in wide release. While that number is slightly below expectations (I predicted a $34 million gross this weekend), family-friendly matinee showtimes on Saturday and Sunday should help Frozen hold up quite nicely over the rest of the frame. The film appears headed for a $28-29 million gross, which would let it surpass Catching Fire for the number one spot on the chart. Find out tomorrow where it lands. READ FULL STORY
After a record-breaking Thanksgiving frame, the box office heads into the proverbial turkey-coma that is the first week of December. Only one new release, Out of the Furnace, is hitting theaters, leaving Frozen and Catching Fire to duke it out for the top spot. Which will win? Here’s how the chart may look this weekend:
1. Frozen – $34 million
Family films thrive over the Thanksgiving holiday — so much so that they’re destined to plummet in the following frame. Still, Frozen‘s glowing reception and complete lack of competition will help it maintain success for quite a while. If it falls 50 percent this weekend, it’s looking at a $34 million gross and a $136 million total. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: 'Lone Survivor's' Ben Foster heads to 'Warcraft'; Plus, Kevin Hart cast as LeBron James' brother, more
• Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma) and Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) have signed on to star in Warcraft for Legendary Pictures, based on the bestselling video game World of Warcraft. Source Code and Moon helmer Duncan Jones is set to direct. Foster can be seen next with Mark Wahlberg in the Navy SEALs pic Lone Survivor (out Jan. 10, 2014) and Cooper’s next release finds him playing the bad guy to Aaron Paul’s street racer in Need for Speed (out March 14, 2014). [The Wrap]
Alejandro González Iñárritu is in early talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for Warner Bros. Deadline first reported the news.
The two-time Oscar nominee is best known for directing lyrical adult dramas, including 21 Grams, Biutiful, Amores Perros, and Babel, but seems to be expanding his repertoire lately. Iñárritu is currently in post-production on his first major comedy, Birdman, which stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, and Michael Keaton.
Warner Bros. declined to comment on the news.
Little is known about the project at this point, but telling the story of the young boy raised in the jungle for a major studio would be another departure for the Mexico City-native. Newcomer Callie Kloves has already written the script, and Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves is set to produce.
• Inside Llewyn Davis lead Oscar Isaac is set to join fellow Julliard classmate Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year. Isaac is replacing Javier Bardem (reportedly over a disagreement about the script) in the film, which tells the story of a man who immigrates to the U.S. and works his way up to become a successful businessman. Set in 1981 in New York, the movie will deal with citywide corruption. The Wrap also reports that Stanley Tucci is a potential for the film, which J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost) will direct. Isaac currently has three thrillers in post-production: Mojave with Garrett Hedlund, The Two Faces of January with Kirsten Dunst, and Ex Machina with Domhnall Gleeson. [THR]
Woody Allen has never been one for awards shows, or Los Angeles for that matter. When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their plans to honor the prolific filmmaker with the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony, the big question was whether or not Allen would turn out to accept it.
In a move that’s perfectly suited for his and co-star Diane Keaton’s Annie Hall alter egos, Keaton has agreed to accept the Award at the 71st Golden Globes on behalf of her onetime partner, and longtime friend, director, and co-star, EW confirmed Tuesday. Annie always liked Los Angeles more than Alvy after all.
• The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis is in negotiations to star opposite Owen Wilson in a heist comedy for Relativity Media. Napoleon Dynamite’s Jared Hess is set to direct the pic, previously titled Loomis Fargo, which follows an armored car driver (Galifianakis) who teams up with a group of aspiring criminals to steal $20 million. Jim Carrey was previously circling the lead, but reportedly dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Galifianakis and Wilson recently appeared together in Matthew Weiner’s You Are Here, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival but does not yet have a date set for a U.S. theatrical release. [The Wrap]
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