Deadline is reporting that “A Most Wanted Man” opened strong in it’s opening weekend.
Bold debuts from two of the weekend’s openers in a crowded specialty box office included yet another Woody Allen film as well as a last starring turn from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions opened Anton Corbijn‘s cerebral thriller A Most Wanted Man over the weekend after a glittering mid-week premiere at the Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA) courtesy of the Cinema Society and its usual well-heeled crowd. The film, based on a John Le Carre‘ post-Cold War espionage thriller, grossed $2,717,425, averaging $7,527 in 361 theaters. The distributors noted it is the second-highest number in its history in absolute terms, following The Conspirator‘s $3.5M launch in 2011. Also notably, Most Wanted peeked into the top 10 this weekend.
“With a 91% ‘fresh rating’ on Rotten Tomatoes, the film had fantastic reviews, and was the story of the weekend at the specialty box office,” Roadside said. ”[The feature] opened 20% higher than the Roadside/Lionsgate 2013 release Mud, which [opened] on the same number of screens ( to $2.2M) and went on to a $21M total North American box office. A Most Wanted Man went up a very strong 59% from Friday to Saturday.”
10). A Most Wanted Man (RSA), 361 theaters / $716K Fri. / $1.1M Sat. (+59%) / $855K Sun. (-25%) / Per screen average: $7,505 / Total cume: $2.7M / Wk 1
The movie had a limited release in the US but IndieWire is reporting that the movie will expand to more theaters in it’s second weekend.
THR is reporting that Sony has pushed back the release of Rachel’s upcoming movie the still Untitled Cameron Crowe/Hawaii Project. The movie was set to be released on Christmas day in the US but the release is now pushed back to May 29, 2015.
Sony has pushed back Cameron Crowe’s untitled romantic comedy from December 25, 2014 to May 29, 2015.
The Hawaii-set film features an all-star cast including Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. It follows a military contractor (Cooper) who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – the U.S. Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Stone). Bill Murray also stars as an enigmatic billionaire with suspicious intentions.
The cast is rounded out by John Krasinski, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin.
Crowe wrote and directed the project, and produced it by Scott Rudin. Ilona Herzberg, Eli Bush and Ben Waisbren executive produced.
The new date puts the film up against horror sequel Insidious Chapter 3 and Paramount’s Monster Trucks.
The Wrap is reporting the following statement by Sony Pictures:
“Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release. The movie is Cameron at his best,” said Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures.
Deadline is reporting today that Victor Ortiz joined the cast of “Southpaw“.
The Weinstein Company and director Antoine Fuqua have added a little ring credibility to their boxing pic Southpaw. Former world welterweight champion boxer-turned-actor Victor Ortiz has been added to a cast that has Jake Gyllenhaal starring with Rachel McAdams and Forest Whitaker. Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter wrote the script. Ortiz signed on to portray Ramone, a flyweight kid from the streets with real sparring potential. The character parallels Ortiz’s own rags-to-riches story of rising from childhood as a foster kid, to brawling his way to the championship belt in 2011.
It was reported earlier this month by Deadline as well that Miguel Gomez joined the cast as Miguel ‘Magic’ Cantu who is the rival of Jake Gyllenhaal‘s character. 50 Cent confirmed himself that he also joined the cast. “Southpaw” began filming yesterday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex in Indiana.
The MPAA rated “A Most Wanted Man” earlier this week and gave the movie a R-rating. The movie premiered earlier this year during the Sundance Film Festival and will screen and will screen later this month during the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival. Thanks to my friend Nick for the heads up!
Title: Most Wanted Man, A (2014)
Rating: Rated R for language.
Distributor: Roadside Attractions LLC
The movie will be released on July 25 in the US followed by a September 5 release for the UK and Ireland.
The 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival unveiled their line-up for this year’s film festival last week and “A Most Wanted Man” is part of program as part of the Directors’ Showcase and is also nominated for the audience award. The festival runs from 18 to 29 June and the movie will have it’s first screening June 22 followed by a second screening on June 26.
A Most Wanted Man
Anton Corbijn / UK, USA, Germany / 2014 / 122 mins
A John le Carré bestseller brought to stunning life
Anton Corbijn’s sumptuously shot, impeccably structured adaptation of John le Carré’s 2008 bestselling novel is a thoroughly gripping tale set in the dangerous and dingy world of a post-9/11 German intelligence unit. Tensions are high as unit head Günther Bachmann (a truly accomplished performance by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) is drawn into a deadly web of intrigue and espionage on the streets of Hamburg. A captivating story full of twists and surprises, expertly brought to life by a thoroughly talented cast.
As you may have noticed the reported running time of the movie is one minute longer than the version shown at Sundance earlier this year which had a 121 minutes running time. For more information about the festival and to find our how to book tickets be sure to head over to the official website of the festival. “A Most Wanted Man” will be released on July 25 in the US followed by a September 5 release for the UK.
Lucky Red has announced earlier this week that they picked up the distribution rights of “The Little Prince” (‘Il Piccolo Principe’) in Italy. The movie is expected to be released October 7, 2015 in France, late 2015 in the US and The Wrap recently reported that eOne Films Canada picked the rights for the movie in Canada for a 2016 release. Lucky Red announced they will release the 3D animated movie on January 1, 2016 in Italy and also revealed the roles of the English voice cast. The translated (via google translator) press release can be found below/after the jump:
Lucky Red will bring the highly anticipated film, directed by Mark Osborne (creator of Kung Fu Panda) and adapted from the popular children’s book by Antoine de Saint- Exupéry, to Italian cinemas.
The Little Prince has sold 145 million copies worldwide (16 million in Italy alone) and has been translated into more than 270 languages and dialects 71 after it’s first publication. It’s the most translated book in the world after the Bible!
Universal and timeless values make it a masterpiece narrated in the Saint-Exupéry: the respect for individuals and diversity, protecting the environment, and peace. A passionate story that relentlessly generations of readers of all ages. Made of CGI and stop motion animation with a budget of $ 80 million, The Little Prince is by far the most anticipated animation project next year.
Open Casting Call is reporting that there will be an open casting for “Southpaw” this Saturday (May 24) in Indiana and the second one is next week (May 31) in Pittsburg. Filming will start next month until early August and the casting call seems to confirm that Rachel, Lupita Nyong’o, and Forest Whitaker officially joined Jake Gyllenhaal in the movie. Keep in mind that Rachel’s involvement has only been reported so far, still no word from TWC and/or Rachel’s reps (but they haven’t denied the rumors either).
The Weinstein Company and Hope Films in association with Richie Productions, Escape Artists, and Fuqua Films are now prepping to shoot the feature film Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and Forest Whitaker. The casting directors have scheduled two open casting calls. One will be on Saturday May 24, 2014 in Indiana, Pennsylvania which is about 1-hour east of Pittsburgh. The second will be on May 31, 2014 in Pittsburgh. Film crew members can can submit resumes to the production office. Filming will take place in both Pittsburgh and Indiana from mid-June through early-August.
Southpaw centers on cocky, aggressive, volatile middleweight champion Billy Hope. He expects to ride out his career with his massive winnings, his adoring fans, his beloved wife Maureen and their 10 year old daughter Leila. When Billy’s temper triggers a fight, and then a shootout that leaves Maureen dead, Billy finds his life spiraling out of control. He takes to drinking and doing drugs, ignores the heart-broken Leila, and ignores his finances. When he loses his house, his money and finally Leila, who winds up in a group foster home, he begins to find his way back to some kind of balance with the help of amateur trainer Titus “Tick” Willis, who has his own demons but who turns out to be the perfect trainer for Billy.
It was reported earlier this week that Rachel is ‘top choice’ to play the female lead alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in “Southpaw“. It has not been confirmed yet that Rachel officially signed on but we will round-up some news about the movie in this post. Many thanks to my friends Jord & Nick for the heads-up!
• The Weinstein Company will distribute the movie in the US and they presented their upcoming slate yesterday during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival market and “Southpaw” was part of the in-production slate. Deadline, Variety, and Vulture are reporting that footage of Jake Gyllenhaal was showed.
• Production Bulletin is reporting the following plot, keep in mind that it could contain (major?) spoilers:
Cocky, aggressive, volatile middleweight champion Billy Hope (Gyllenhaal) full expects to ride out his career with his massive winnings, his adoring fans, his beloved wife Maureen and their 10 year old daughter Leila. When Billy’s temper triggers a fight, and then a shootout that leaves Maureen dead, Billy finds his life spiraling out of control. He takes to drinking and doing drugs, ignores the heart-broken Leila, and ignores his finances. When he loses his house, his money and finally Leila, who winds up in a group foster home, he begins to find his way back to some kind of balance with the help of amateur trainer Titus “Tick” Willis, who has his own demons but who turns out to be the perfect trainer for Billy.
• Indiana Gazette is reporting that there will be a casting call for extras held in the Indiana Mall for the movie. They also report that filming will start mid- to late June in Indiana and in Pittsburgh in early July to early August. Backstage.com confirms the July start date for Pittsburgh.
Deadline is reporting that Rachel is the top choice to play the female lead in “Southpaw” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker with Antoine Fuqua set to direct.
Southpaw, the long-gestating Kurt Sutter-scripted drama about a fighter who tries to overcome adversity to recapture glory, is finally getting close to the start line. I’m hearing that The Weinstein Company and director Antoine Fuqua have made Rachel McAdams their choice to play the female lead alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, with Forest Whitaker talks to play the boxing trainer who tries to guide his fighter back after his world is shattered by personal tragedy. It sends him on a downward spiral and puts his young daughter in a bad spot. I’m hearing TWC is courting 12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong‘o to play the social worker watching out for the kid. Alan Riche and Peter Riche are producing with Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal. Fuqua has brought his Equalizer scribe Richard Wenk on for a rewrite.
Deadline previously reported that the movie is expected to start filming this summer.
ScreenDaily is reporting that Wild Bunch will head to the Cannes market with “The Little Prince“. The article also reveals more information about the plot and they are also reporting that Ricky Gervais joined the cast. Rachel is reportedly part of the English voice-cast.
Paris-based sales powerhouse heads to Cannes with American director Mark Osborne’s anticipated feature-length animation The Little Prince, as well as Strangerland, Gentlemen and Red Army.
The $80m The Little Prince is Osborne’s first feature-length work since co-directing DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda, which grossed more than $650m worldwide.
The director will attend the market to give an hour-long presentation of the film, which is due for delivery at the end of 2015.
Osborne adapted Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 classic alongside British screenwriter Irena Brignull. The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) is the second most translated book in the world.
“The film intertwines a contemporary tale of a little girl who discovers The Little Prince through a reclusive elderly neighbour,” said Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval.
The feature combines CG animation for the real world of the little girl and stop-motion animation for the world of the book as imagined by her.
The English-language voice cast includes Marion Cotillard (The Rose), James Franco (The Fox), Benicio del Toro (The Snake), Jeff Bridges (The Aviator) and Ricky Gervais (The Conceited Man). The voice of the little prince has yet to be revealed.
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