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Feb 5

Box Office: 'Knock at the Cabin' Topples 'Avatar 2' With $14.2M, M. Night Shyamalan's Lowest Opening

An image from M. Night Shyamalan's "Knock at the Cabin" (image courtesy Universal)

by Pamela McClintock

M. Night Shyamalan's newest movie, Knock at the Cabin, topped the domestic chart with $14.2 million from 3,643 theaters. While the psychological-tinged horror pic has bragging rights to finally being the film to topple Avatar: The Way of Water from the top spot, it is nevertheless the lowest North American opening of any film directed by Shyamalan.

Mediocre word of mouth could be a culprit. Knock at the Cabin received a C CinemaScore (that's below the C+ assigned to the prolific writer-director’s last film, Old). Nor are exit scores on PostTrak so great. Males dominated the audience, while more than 60 percent of ticket buyers were between the ages of 18 and 24.

Overseas, the pic took in $7 million for an early global total of $21.2 million.

Knock at the Cabin follows a young girl and her parents who are taken hostage at a remote cabin by a group of diabolical strangers who demand they make an unthinkable choice in order to avert the apocalypse. Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, newcomer Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn and Rupert Grint star.

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In 2021, amid the pandemic, Old debuted to $17 million domestically. Shyamalan's two previous films, 2018's Glass and 2016's Split, each opened to a rousing $40 million.

The weekend's other new Hollywood studio offering, 80 for Brady, opened in second place with a solid $12.5 million from 3,912 locations after succeeding in winning over older consumers, and particularly older females. Nearly 80 percent of ticket buyers were 35 and older, including a massive 50 percent over 55.

From Paramount Pictures and Fifth Season, the comedy stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Sally Field as a group of friends who are determined to meet New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The legendary football player produced and stars in the movie.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Feb 4

James Cameron Recreates 'Titanic' Jack and Rose Ending to Test If Jack Could Have Fit on the Door

An image from the iconic scene (courtesy 20th Century Fox)

by Lexy Perez

Amid the 25th anniversary of Titanic, director James Cameron is attempting to settle the longstanding debate once and for all: whether Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack could've fit on that door and survived.

In a teaser of his upcoming National Geographic special, Titanic: 25 Years Later with James Cameron, the director conducts a scientific study to assess whether there was enough room for both Jack and Kate Winslet's Rose on the floating door debris following the Titanic sinking.

"We'll find out once and for all whether Jack could've survived the sinking of Titanic," Cameron says in the preview.

In order to reexamine Jack's final moments, Cameron enlisted help from a team of scientists and two stunt people to test four different scenarios to examine whether two people could have shared the door.

"Jack and Rose are able to get on the raft, but now they're both submerged in dangerous levels of freezing water," Cameron explains as the stunt people prove it.

Meanwhile in another example, Cameron details, "Out of the water, violent shaking was helping him and projecting it out, he could've made it pretty long, like hours."

For a final test, they then incorporate the physical strain the characters would have endured amid the sinking of the ship - in the film, another passenger submerges Rose underwater before Jack saves her by punching them. Cameron also tests the scenario should Rose have offered her life jacket to help insulate Jack: "And he's stabilized. He got into a place where if we projected that out, he just might've made it until the lifeboat got there."

Ultimately, Cameron offers his final verdict: "Jack might've lived, but there's a lot of variables."

However, he notes that the character of Jack would still choose to do anything to save Rose: "I think his thought process was, I'm not going to do one thing that jeopardizes her. And that's 100 percent in character."

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Feb 3

Guy Ritchie's The Covenant: Jake Gyllenhaal seeks to rescue his interpreter in the new trailer

by EJ Tangonan

Earlier, it was reported that Guy Ritchie will be helming a World War II film in which he also co-wrote. Now, MGM has revealed the trailer to another upcoming war film starring Jake Gyllenhaal titled Guy Ritchie's The Covenant. The Covenant is more of a contemporary war movie that deals with a US Army outfit in Afghanistan and their conflict with the Taliban. Jake Gyllenhaal is joined by a cast that includes Dar Salim, Antony Starr, Alexander Ludwig, Bobby Schofield, with Emily Beecham and Jonny Lee Miller.

The official synopsis reads:

"Guy Ritchie's The Covenant follows US Army Sergeant John Kinley (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Afghan interpreter Ahmed (Dar Salim). After an ambush, Ahmed goes to Herculean lengths to save Kinley's life. When Kinley learns that Ahmed and his family were not given safe passage to America as promised, he must repay his debt by returning to the war zone to retrieve them before the Taliban hunts them down first."

Ritchie also co-writes this feature along with writers Ivan Atkinson & Marn Davies. The film is executive produced by Samantha Waite, Olga Filipuk, Robert Simonds, and Adam Fogelson. And it is produced by Ritchie along with Ivan Atkinson, John Friedberg, and Josh Berger. The film is brought to us by MGM films and STXfilms Entertainment.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Joblo

Feb 2

James Gunn Clarifies DCU Slate, Future of DC Animated Movies

by Spencer Legacy

DC Studios Co-CEO James Gunn has taken to Twitter to clarify a few details pertaining to the major DC Universe announcements that were made earlier this week.

To start, Gunn quickly confirmed that Creature Commandos and the Peacemaker spin-off Waller, the two television series that were spoken about in Gunn's announcement video, are indeed part of the DCU.

Next, Gunn concurred with a Twitter user who said that the DCU will be including multiple different tones and styles throughout its different projects, rather than forcing all films and shows to be tonally identical.

Finally, Gunn was asked about how WB will be approaching longer animated DC movies going forward. The Co-CEO and director confirmed that they will still be making long format animated DC movies, and that some will connect to the DCU while others will be separate stories in their own universes under the banner of DC Elseworlds.

The DC Universe's first phase, called Chapter One: Gods and Monsters, will feature a multitude of different movies and television shows. A few of the announced projects include a Batman and Robin-focused movie called The Brave and the Bold, a Supergirl movie titled Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, a Swamp Thing film, and multiple TV shows.

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon.net

Feb 1

Will Smith, Martin Lawrence reteaming for 'Bad Boys' sequel

Will Smith, left, and Martin Lawrence pose in Paris, Jan. 6, 2020 (image courtesy AP)

by The Associated Press

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are reteaming for a fourth "Bad Boys" movie, in one of Smith's most high-profile new projects since the slap.

Sony Pictures announced Tuesday that the untitled "Bad Boys" sequel is in early pre-production. In a video posted on Instagram, Smith filmed himself driving to Lawrence's house. Embracing at the door, Smith exclaims, "It's about that time!"

Development on the "Bad Boys" sequel, which follows 2020's "Bad Boys for Life," was reportedly put on hold after Smith hit Chris Rock at last March's Academy Awards. But last May, Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman disputed those reports.

"There weren't any brakes to pump because the car wasn't moving," said Rothman. "That was a very unfortunate thing that happened, and I don't think it's really my place to comment, except to say that I've known Will Smith for many years, and I know him to be a good person. That was an example of a very good person having a very bad moment, in front of the world. I believe his apology and regret is genuine, and I believe in forgiveness and redemption."

Shortly before the pandemic shuttered theatres, "Bad Boys for Life" was a box-office hit, grossing US$426 million worldwide. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is returning for the fourth film, as are "Bad Boys For Life" directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.

Continue Reading at: CTV

Jan 30

The Boogeyman Trailer & Poster Preview Stephen King Adaptation

Poster for the upcoming movie "The Boogeyman" (image courtesy 20th Century Studios)

by Spencer Legacy

The first The Boogeyman trailer for the movie adaptation of Stephen King's short story was released during [yesterday]'s NFC championship game. It is set to release on June 2, 2023, exclusively in theaters nationwide.

"High school student Sadie Harper and her younger sister Sawyer are reeling from the recent death of their mother and aren't getting much support from their father, Will, a therapist who is dealing with his own pain," reads the synopsis. "When a desperate patient unexpectedly shows up at their home seeking help, he leaves behind a terrifying supernatural entity that preys on families and feeds on the suffering of its victims."

Check out the first The Boogeyman trailer below:

The film adaptation is a production by 21 Laps. It is being produced by Shawn Levy, Dan Levin, and Dan Cohen. Beck and Woods, who have been attached to the project since 2018, are serving as executive producers.

The Boogeyman movie stars Sophie Thatcher (Yellowjackets), Chris Messina (Birds of Prey), Vivien Lyra Blair (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Marin Ireland (The Umbrella Academy), Madison Hu (Bizaardvark), LisaGay Hamilton (Vice), and David Dastmalchian (Dune).

First published in the 1973 issue of Cavalier magazine, The Boogeyman begins with a man recalling the recent events of his life to his psychiatrist Dr. Harper after the death of his children, who were killed by a creature lurking in the closet. The short story was later released in 1978 as part of King's Night Shift collection.

Continue Reading at: ComingSoon.net

Jan 29

'Avatar 2' Flies Past 'Star Wars: Force Awakens' at Global Box Office, 'To Leslie' Disappears

Sam Worthington in "Avatar: The Way of Water" (image courtesy 20th Century Studios)

by Pamela McClintock

The milestones keep coming for Avatar: The Way of Water.

James Cameron's blockbuster is now the fourth top-grossing film of all time at the global box office after passing up the $2.071 billion grossed globally by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, not adjusted for inflation. The Way of Water finished Friday with a worldwide cume of $2.074 billion, meaning that Cameron has directed three of the four top-grossing films of all time. Disney, which inherited the Avatar franchise when taking over 20th Century Fox, likewise dominates the upper reaches of the list.

The all-time roster is topped by Cameron's original Avatar ($2.92 billion), followed by Marvel's Avengers: Endgame ($2.79 billion) and Cameron's Titanic ($2.194 billion).

Box office analysts believe The Way of Water will ultimately overtake Titanic even though a remastered 3D version of Titanic is being rereleased next week in time for Valentine's Day (Paramount is handling the rerelease domestically, while Disney and 20th Century have international duties). Through Sunday, The Way of Water's worldwide tally is $2.117 billion.

Since launching in theaters around the world in mid-December, Avatar 2 has bested all expectations after what some deemed a mediocre opening.

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A crop of sturdy holdovers also stayed high up on the chart, including Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, A Man Called Otto and M3GAN. Indian film Pathaan also cracked the top five with $6.3 million to $6.9 million.

Brandon Cronenberg's hard-R horror film Infinity Pool opened to No. 8 with $2.7 million in 1,830 theaters. The Neon film made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last week, although the audience was treated to a cut rated NC-17. The version playing in theaters in North America was retooled in certain parts in order to receive an R rating.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Jan 28

Film academy reviewing Oscar campaigns after surprise nomination

Cast member Andrea Riseborough arrives at the premiere for 'Matilda the Musical' in London, Britain, November 21, 2022 (image courtesy Reuters)

by Lisa Richwine

Hollywood's film academy said on Friday it was reviewing this year's campaigns for Oscar nominations, a day after a media report raised questions about the surprise nod for British actress Andrea Riseborough.

On Tuesday, Riseborough was nominated for best actress for playing an alcoholic single mother in little-seen film "To Leslie," a shock to awards pundits who had not expected her to be in the mix.

Media newsletter Puck reported on Thursday that the unexpected nomination had sparked questions about whether an aggressive campaign for Riseborough had violated lobbying rules set by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The academy issued a statement on Friday that said the organization was "conducting a review of the campaign procedures around this year's nominees, to ensure that no guidelines were violated." The statement did not name Riseborough.

The review also aims "to inform us whether changes to the guidelines may be needed in a new era of social media and digital communication," the statement said.

The academy limits how studios can reach out to voters, how often and what they can say in any communications as part of their Oscars campaigns.

Puck reported that the wife of the film director, actress Mary McCormack, and friends had "emailed and called tons of members of the Academy's actors branch, begging them to see the little-watched alcoholic drama and post online about Riseborough's searing performance."

Dozens of A-list stars then "sang her praises and helped win her the coveted nomination," Puck said.

Representatives for McCormack and Riseborough did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"To Leslie" has collected $27,000 at movie box offices since its release in October, according to Box Office Mojo.

Continue Reading at: Reuters

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