• Kevin Bacon (currently starring on Fox’s The Following) is set to lead the micro-budget Blumhouse thriller 6 Miranda Dr. The story follows a seemingly normal family who take a trip to the Grand Canyon and manage to bring a horrifying supernatural force back home as a souvenir. Radha Mitchell (Red Widow) is also in talks to star in the Greg Mclean-directed pic, which is set for a March shoot. [THR] READ FULL STORY
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There are Oscar-caliber films, and then there’s the Jackass series. Johnny Knoxville’s irreverent, prank-filled romps just fill a different niche — one that, under normal circumstances, probably wouldn’t even register with those looking to honor prestige filmmaking. It is probably safe to say that no one ever expected a Jackass property to get an Oscar nomination.
But Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa was different, and the Academy took notice. Here was a film that lived and died by its ability to trick people in real life into thinking that a 40-something Knoxville was actually a crude 86-year-old man. The conceit worked, and Stephen Prouty scored his first Oscar nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, pitting him against teams from Dallas Buyers Club and The Lone Ranger. ”I received an email from Johnny that day. It had a lot of expletives in it, but good ones. And I believe a ‘wahoo!’ was how it started,” he told EW.
Considering old-age makeup is often unbelievable on screen, convincing real people that they were actually dealing with a man in his 80s was clearly one of the biggest accomplishments, but for Prouty, the litmus test was continuity. Prouty explained: “There’s a driving montage, and it’s a fixed camera inside the car. It’s him and the boy talking and joking back and forth and it’s a lot of quick cuts, and you see the wardrobe change, you see the background change. These were actually shot over the course of the whole film from the same angle. To me, that was rewarding, because it’s like, ‘Okay, he looks the same,’ so obviously we kept our continuity.”
Take a look at a very cool time-lapse video of Prouty’s process after the jump, along with a heartfelt intro from Knoxville.
What do you get when you cross chemical waste with beavers? The answer is the horror-comedy Zombeavers – and Hollywood’s latest viral phenomenon. The trailer for this film about (you guessed it!) zombified beavers has racked up almost 2 million views since it debuted a couple of weeks back. “It’s cool to get the validation,” says first-time director Jordan Rubin, who co-penned the film with regular writing partners Al and Jon Kaplan. “Once something starts getting up in the hits it’s interesting to see how people go, ‘Oh, we might have something here.”
Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis were perhaps best known for fighting ghosts, but the pair worked together both on and off screen. In addition to acting together in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, Ramis and Aykroyd also had a hand in writing both films. And with the recent news of Ramis’ death, Aykroyd said goodbye to a friend:
“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking,” Aykroyd said in an email.
Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman also released a statement to EW about his friend’s passing:
“The world has lost a wonderful, truly original, comedy voice with the passing of Harold Ramis,” Reitman said. “He possessed the most agile mind I’ve ever witnessed. He always had the clearest sense of what was funny and how to create something in a new clever way. He was very generous about making everyone around him look better and smarter. Harold had an extraordinary impact on my career and I loved him like a brother. My heart goes out to his children, and his lovely wife, Erica. He will be profoundly missed.”
Box office report: 'Lego' three-peats at No. 1 with $31.5 million, '3 Days to Kill' takes second, 'Pompeii' fizzles
Ancient volcanoes and box-office vets proved no match for The Lego Movie, even after three weekends in theaters. Warner Bros.’ 3-D extravaganza earned an estimated $31.45 million and beat its new competition by more than double. Lego’s domestic total is now $183.2 million — surpassing The Lorax’s 17-day total by about $25 million. Despite adding 115 screens, Lego dropped about 37% from last weekend.
The Kevin Costner-led action pic 3 Days to Kill came in a distant second with an estimated $12.3 million from 2,872 theaters. That gives the PG-13, McG-directed Relativity thriller a respectable $4,238 per screen average. Exit polls show an eerily perfect audience gender division (50/50), but as far as age goes, 80% were over the age of 25, which suggests that Costner was the main draw for theater-goers. The $28 million film, which also stars Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, and Connie Nielsen, follows an international spy trying to complete one last, dangerous mission while also caring for his teenage daughter (Steinfeld). Relativity says: ”We are pleased with 3 Days to Kill’s solid opening, which was right in line with our expectations for this lower budget action-thriller.”
While The Lego Movie continues to play in the No. 1 spot — and sets a release date for its sequel (May 26, 2017, for the long-range planners among us) — the weekend’s new releases eked out expectedly mild Friday debuts.
The tiny building blocks enjoyed a $7.3 million Friday, bringing their domestic total to $159 million and worldwide earnings to $215 million. This weekend should net out in the mid-$30 million range.
Kevin Costner’s 3 Days to Kill — the McG-directed spy thriller about a CIA agent one job away from retirement — snagged the second-place spot, opening to an estimated $4.01 million. Relativity’s modestly budgeted action pic (in the $28 million range) opened in 2,872 theaters and will likely bring in around $12 million when the weekend closes. Reviews haven’t been great, but perhaps audiences are interested in seeing a Costner comeback. Even though EW’s Owen Gleiberman gave the film a C-, he writes: “Costner, grizzled and downbeat, escapes with his gruff charisma intact.”
Steven Price was only supposed to work on Gravity for three weeks.
The team brought him in for a quick fix. There was a screening approaching quickly and the film still didn’t have a score, so they asked Price — best known for his work as a music editor at that point — to come in. “I thought I was going to go in just to kind of help them throw things together,” he told EW. ”And then I met Alfonso.” READ FULL STORY
It has been ten years since EuroTrip, riding the raunchy teen comedy revival of the late ’90s and early naughts, burst into theaters and exposed an entire generation of teens to a beach full of dangling male genitalia. And even a decade later, those involved with the cult classic are still proud of it — every sex organ included.
At least, that was the vibe taken away from the audience Wednesday night in Hollywood, where cast members Scott Mechlowicz (“Scotty”), Jacob Pitts (“Cooper”), Michelle Trachtenberg (“Jenny”), Travis Wester (“Jamie”) joined producers Jeff Schaffer, Alec Berg, and David Mandel and several others for a Q&A session. (The robot man even showed up — sans robot outfit.)
Here are some of the things that we — like Scotty — didn’t know:
+ Matt Damon’s cameo — as the band leader/guy who steals Scotty’s girlfriend, played by Kristin Kreuk – came together because the producers knew him from their days at Harvard…and he was in Prague. In fact, many parts, including Jeffrey Tambor’s, were filled because the actors were already shooting in Prague, where EuroTrip was filmed. “No one wanted to fly over and we didn’t have the money to have anyone fly over,” recalled Schaffer. “So we basically looked around and said, ‘Who’s filming in Prague?’” Luckily, Damon was in town shooting The Brothers Grimm. Not so lucky, however, was that the only night he was available was the shortest night of the summer, so “we literally had from 10:45 at night…and the sun would come up at 3:45,” remembered Schaffer. “So we shot it in, like, 4.5 hours.” READ FULL STORY
When EW spoke with writer-actor Joe Swanberg last year about his appearance in horror filmmaker Ti West‘s new movie The Sacrament he described this tale of a Jonestown-style cult as one “not to be taken lightly.” Certainly the new red band trailer for the movie is about as un-frivolous as you can get. This latest film from the director of The Innkeepers and The House of the Devil costars AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, and Gene Jones and was produced by Eli Roth. The Sacrament debuts on VOD May 1 and will begin a theatrical run on June 6.
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