April 19, 2014

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“Oblivion” opens at No. 1 worldwide with an estimated weekend gross of $61.1 million

“Oblivion” opens at No. 1 worldwide with an estimated weekend gross of $61.1 million from 52 international markets. The film was No.1 in 48 of the 52 markets and opens in the US and Canada this coming Friday. Also, 20th Century Fox International crossed the $1 billion mark on April 12. They are the first distributor to do so in 2013 and this is the 10th year in a row they have surpassed this milestone.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 14, 2013 are below.
1. 42 – Warner Bros. – $27.2M
2. Scary Movie 5 – The Weinstein Company – $15.2M
3. Croods, The – 20th Century Fox – $13.2M
4. GI Joe: Retaliation – Paramount – $10.8M
5. Evil Dead – Sony – $9.5M
6. Jurassic Park – Universal – $8.8M
7. Olympus Has Fallen – FilmDistrict – $7.3M
8. Oz The Great and Powerful – Disney – $4.9M
9. Tyler Perry’s Temptation – Lionsgate – $4.5M
10. Place Beyond the Pines, The – Focus Features – $4.1M
11. Host, The – Open Road – $2.4M
12. Call, The – Sony – $1.9M
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‘The Way, Way Back’ acquired by Fox Searchlight

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired rights to North America as well as most major territories to the heartfelt comedy THE WAY, WAY BACK. Directed and written by Academy Award® winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, THE WAY, WAY BACK stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, AnnaSophia Robb, Amanda Peet and Liam James.
The film was produced by Kevin J. Walsh of The Walsh Company and Tom Rice of Sycamore Pictures, and executive produced by Sycamore’s Ben Nearn and George Parra, OddLot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker, Faxon, and Rash. OddLot Entertainment and Sycamore Pictures co-financed the project.
The film is scheduled to be released in Summer, 2013.
“Nat and Jim have crafted a uproarious coming of age story and it is great to be reunited with them,” said Gilula and Utley. “The amazingly pitch perfect cast never misses a beat and was well deserving of the standing ovation the film received yesterday.”
“This is a very personal film and it’s been a long journey. We are so overwhelmed by the response it received at Sundance and are beyond delighted that it’s found a home with our family at Fox Searchlight,” said Faxon and Rash
“We are all elated that a vibrant company like Fox Searchlight shares our enthusiasm for the film and faith in Jim and Nat as writers, directors and storytellers,” said Rice and Walsh.
THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin).
Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.
The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien and Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache. Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and WME Global negotiated the deal with Craig Emanuel on behalf of the financiers.
Sierra / Affinity is handling international sales for the project for territories outside those acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
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“Beasts of the Southern Wild” to be re-released

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company will re-release director Benh Zeitlin’s Academy-Award nominated film BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD in select cities for a special return engagement on Friday, January 18.
Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director, the film?s return to theatres marks the one-year anniversary of its triumphant debut in Park City, UT at last year?s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Excellence in Cinematography Award.
“We are thrilled to bring this special film back to theaters a year after it debuted to standing ovations in Park City. With the Academy Award nominations, we hope Benh’s sublime vision can continue to win over audiences as it has around the globe for the last year,” said Utley and Gilula.
The film will open in markets including Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, Miami and Washington, DC in addition to New York City and Los Angeles, where it returns to Manhattan’s Sunshine and Lincoln Plaza theaters and Los Angeles’ Landmark 12 in Westwood.
In addition to its four Academy Award nominations, the film continues to collect accolades across the globe, garnering over 120 awards from film festivals and critics groups, as well as mentions on over 125 Ten-Best lists. Wallis? nomination for Best Actress makes her the youngest nominee for the category in the Academy’s 85 years.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is set in a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee where a six-year-old girl Hushpuppy (Best Actress Nominee Quvenzhane Wallis) exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.
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Fox Searchlight Pictures Buys “The Surrogate”

HollywoodNews.com: Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to the inspirational true story THE SURROGATE. Directed and written by Ben Lewin, THE SURROGATE stars John Hawkes as Mark O’Brien, Helen Hunt as Cheryl Cohen Greene and William H. Macy as Father Brendan. The film was produced by Judi Levine of Suchmuch Films and Stephen Nemeth of Rhino Films and is scheduled to be released in 2012.
?Ben Lewin has created a touching, uplifting look at one man?s desire to experience life to the fullest. The brave and indelible performances by John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy left us floored,? said Gilula and Utley.
?We’re very happy to have found a home at Fox Searchlight for this film,? said director Ben Lewin. ?We have worked hard to evoke the spirit of Mark O’Brien and his writing, and feel that the Searchlight team can help bring his unique and touching story to as wide of an audience as possible.?
?We look forward to working with Searchlight to broaden the conversation of topics that were once considered taboo and that represent what’s going on in society in a much more open way,? said Levine.
?Their work on films as diverse as ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ show their resources and passion can translate emotionally compelling material to a mainstream audience,? added producer Nemeth.
Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California?based journalist and poet Mark O?Brien, THE SURROGATE tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined – at age 38 – to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.
The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight?s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O?Brien and Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache with CAA and attorney Craig Emanuel on behalf of the filmmakers.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.
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“Star Wars” Blu-rays break global sales records

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As was expected, the Force was extremely strong with the new “Star Wars” Blu-rays that FOX and LucasFilm recently released.
The studios revealed that “Star Wars” is the bestselling catalog Blu-ray Disc of all time, with worldwide sales totaling one million units, including 515,000 units sold in North America in its first week alone. According to a release, this represents $84 million in worldwide consumer spending, including $38 million in North America — unprecedented for a nine-disc Blu-ray collection at a premium price.
“Once again our fan’s enthusiasm to celebrate Stars Wars continues to amaze us,” said Kayleen Walters, Senior Director, Marketing, Lucasfilm. “Our goal was to deliver a premium product that they could enjoy with their family and friends and we are thrilled that they are enjoying it as much as we hoped they would.”
“Star Wars is a franchise with universal stories that resonates as much today as it did 30 years ago,” said Mary Daily, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Vincent Marcais, Senior Vice President of International Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “With the Blu-ray, audiences can go deeper into the mythology than ever before and reconnect with everything they love about the Saga in the best possible quality.”
More from the release:
The thirteen-month campaign to launch the SAGA Blu-ray and engage consumers around the globe began in August 2010. From Darth Vader at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a first look at San Diego Comic Con, a first-of-its-kind partnership with eBay, to creating the world’s largest lightsaber in the UK, the power of the Force continued to resonate around the world as fans came out in droves to have fun with that galaxy far, far away.
The comprehensive collection includes the six movies with unparalleled high-definition picture and sound quality, and features numerous deleted, extended and alternate scenes, new documentaries and a cross-section of the countless Star Wars spoofs that have appeared in pop culture over the past three decades. Marking the first time ever that the full Saga is available in one complete collection, STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY also features a coveted peek into the making of the Saga with vintage documentaries, audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, prop and costume turnarounds, retrospectives and more.
Episodes I-III and IV-VI are also available as distinct Blu-ray Trilogy collections. Additionally, the Ask Vader app [...]

“Shame” Acquired by Fox Searchlight – AWARDS ALLEY

hollywoodnews.com:Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired U. S. rights to the intimate and provocative drama SHAME. The film is directed by Steve McQueen, written by McQueen and Abi Morgan and stars Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. SHAME is a See-Saw Films production for Film4 and U.K. Film Council and produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. Tessa Ross, Robert Walak, Peter Hampden and Tim Haslam are executive producers with Bergen Swanson as co-producer. HanWay Films is handling international sales. The film is scheduled to be released in 2011.
“Steve McQueen’s courageous exploration of modern life’s extremes is breathtaking. He has crafted an extraordinary film that probes some of the deepest and darkest issues ever portrayed on screen with amazingly gifted performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan,” said Gilula and Utley.
“Fox Searchlight contacted us immediately after the screening in Telluride to tell us how much they loved the film. Their approach to marketing and distributing the film this year was incredibly detailed and impressive. We are excited to be working with them on a film that is sparking debate and a strong emotional reaction from audiences,” said Canning and Sherman.
“This is a brave statement and an important move by Fox Searchlight. I am very happy they came on board to release Shame in the U.S. It’s great to be working with a team that is so passionate about cinema,” said McQueen.
Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon’s insular life spirals out of control.
The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien, Vice President of Acquisitions Ray Strache with Thorsten Schumacher and Claire Taylor of HanWay Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.
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Weekend Box Office: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

HollywoodNews.com: While not quite as mighty as the first series reboot ten years earlier, Rise of the Planet of the Apes had a muscular debut big enough to easily win the weekend. Scoring $54 million, the Rupert Wyatt science-fiction drama very-nearly played like an old-fashioned, adult-targeted blockbuster. It opened on Friday with $19.7 million and dropped just 1% on Saturday and ended with the weekend with a solid 2.74x weekend multiplier. The film scored an A- from Cinemascore and played 56% male.
It’s another solid win for Fox, as the film allegedly cost just $90 million. It’s also pretty darn good, even if I’m not a fan of the last twenty minutes (if I may avoid spoilers, I think the film does itself a slight disservice by attaching itself to the Planet of the Apes franchise). Even if he’ll get little credit, it’s a solid win for James Franco, as it’s easily his biggest debut outside of the Spider-Man franchise, nearly doubling the $23 million debut of The Pineapple Express on this weekend of 2008. And after the relative under-performance of Cowboys and Aliens (-56% this weekend, for a $15.7 million weekend and a $67 million running total for a miserable and utterly worthless mediocrity), this is an encouraging sign that you don’t need to be 3D to be successful in the big-budget genre marketplace. Ironically, Fox (home of Avatar) is the first studio this year to have two 2D films opening over $50 million (after X-Men: First Class). For what it’s worth, Rise of the Planet of the Apes scored the fourth-biggest 2D opening of the year, behind The Hangover part II ($87 million), Fast Five ($86 million), and X-Men: First Class ($55 million).
If you recall, this is the second time in ten years that 20th Century Fox has tried to revive the first ongoing science-fiction franchise in modern film history. Back in late-July 2001, they unleashed Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, which was more of a straight remake of the 1968 original (it also invented the modern reboot). It opened with an astonishing $68.5 million, the second biggest three-debut ever at that time (and prime evidence that opening weekends were on an upswing).
However, it was a raging mediocrity and audiences didn’t care for it, nor for the ‘Up-yours!’ ending (which I rather liked, natch) [...]

Planet of the Apes ‘reimagining’ invents the modern reboot

HollywoodNews.com: This is one of a handful of essays that will be dealing with the various trends that were kicked off during the 2001 calendar year, and how they still resonate today.
At the time, the term ‘re-imagining’ was ridiculed and mocked in the entertainment press. 20th Century Fox, Tim Burton, and those involved with the 2001 redo of Planet of the Apes refused to call it a remake, instead calling it a re-imagining of the classic 1968 sci-fi adventure that itself was a groundbreaking venture in several important ways (it was the first ongoing continuity-laden franchise from a major studio, the first sci-fi franchise, the first to do an ‘origin’ story, the first prequel, etc). While the film was massively successful, the critical aftertaste (read – mixed/negative reviews quickly turned into general dissatisfaction) caused Fox to do, what is now a rare thing. They quit while they were ahead. They took their $362 million in worldwide grosses (off a $100 million budget) and closed shop on the Planet of the Apes franchise.
Despite a near-record opening weekend ($69 million) and a $180 million domestic gross, Burton was openly annoyed at the final result (it was among the first films to earn Fox a reputation as a micro manager among the big studios) and vowed not to return for a sequel. Audiences too didn’t care for the somewhat flat narrative, the blank-slate Mark Wahlberg performance, or the seemingly arbitrary shock ending. Anyway, the film was a smash hit, but it was a classic quick-kill blockbuster that closed the book on the franchise until this very week, when 20th Century Fox is releasing Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Positioned as part-prequel, part quasi-remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, the film is indeed a reboot of the beloved franchise. Because reboots are all the rage now…
Slight digression, I dislike the film but love the ending, both because it’s somewhat similar to how the original book ended, and because it merely existed to piss people off and leave audiences scratching their heads as they drove him (it does kinda-sorta make sense, but it requires lots of presumptions). Anyway, while most people trace the reboot-madness back to Chris Nolan’s Batman Begins in 2005, Burton and 20th Century Fox were the first to try what we would now call a ‘reboot’. [...]

Fifth “Die Hard” fast-tracked at Fox

By Adam Frazier
Hollywoodnews.com: Twentieth Century Fox is fast-tracking “Die Hard 5,” even though its director, Noam Murro (“Smart People”), left the project after he got the job helming “300: Battle Of Artemisia” for Warner Bros.
The studio has come up with a short list of directors who will potentially direct the Bruce Willis action flick scripted by screenwriter Skip Woods, Deadline reports. Woods is the man responsible for such cinematic travesties as “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Hitman.”
Woods’ most recent contribution to film was Joe Carnahan’s “The A-Team,” which did feature some competent, entertaining action sequences — – and after Len Wiseman’s 2007 “Live Free or Die Hard,” that’s apparently all it takes to make a successful “Die Hard” movie.
The directors on the short list are: Justin Lin (“Fast Five”), Joe Cornish (“Attack the Block”), Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) and “Max Payne” director John Moore.
Lin seems like an obvious choice, but the director is already confirmed for an inevitable sixth “Fast and the Furious” film and the recently-announced “Terminator 5.” My money is on Irish director John Moore, whose previous films have all been made at Fox. Cornish and Refn are the hot guys in Hollywood right now, while Moore has been inactive since 2008 and would certainly be a more affordable option for Fox.
While details remain sketchy on the plot of “Die Hard 5,” Bruce Willis will be reprising his signature role as cop John McClane, who will be traveling to Russia (presumably to kill terrorists and blow up things). Yippee-ki-yay, and all that jazz.
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Groundswell Productions and Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that principal photography for LOLA VERSUS began today in New York City

hollywoodnews.com: Groundswell Productions and Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that principal photography for LOLA VERSUS began today in New York City starring Greta Gerwig (GREENBERG), Zoe Lister-Jones (BREAKING UPWARDS), Joel Kinnaman (AMC?s “The Killing”), Hamish Linklater (THE FUTURE), three time Academy Award® nominee Debra Winger (RACHEL GETTING MARRIED) and Bill Pullman (IGBY GOES DOWN). Acclaimed New York-based filmmaker Daryl Wein (BREAKING UPWARDS) is directing from an original screenplay he co-wrote with Lister-Jones. The film has been acquired and will be released in North America, UK, France and other major international territories by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Groundswell Productions is financing with Michael London and Jocelyn Hayes Simpson producing and Janice Williams executive producing. LOLA VERSUS will be shot entirely on location in New York City.
With LOLA VERSUS, Wein and Lister-Jones, a unique couple both professionally and personally, have crafted a comedic take on modern relationships told from the female perspective. Gerwig plays Lola, a 29-year-old woman dumped by her longtime boyfriend Luke (Kinnaman) just three weeks before their wedding. With the help of her close friends Henry (Linklater) and Alice (Lister-Jones), Lola embarks on a series of desperate encounters in an attempt to find her place in the world as a single woman approaching 30.
Gerwig garnered critical recognition co-starring with Ben Stiller in Noah Baumbach’s GREENBERG. She followed this with the lead role in ARTHUR opposite Russell Brand. As an actress, Lister-Jones co-starred alongside Wein in their indie comedy BREAKING UPWARDS and was recently seen in SALT and STATE OF PLAY.
Kinnaman is best known for his breakout role in the AMC hit television series “The Killing.” A native of Sweden, he recently completed production on SAFE HOUSE with Denzel Washington and will next be seen in David Fincher’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Linklater (Henry) won the Obie award in May this year, for his hilarious performance in the theatre production of The School of Lies and is the star of the up and coming feature, THE FUTURE.
Winger, who plays Gerwig’s mother, returned to the screen in 2010 in RACHEL GETTING MARRIED opposite Anne Hathaway. She also co-starred in the final season of HBO’s “In Treatment” alongside Gabriel Byrne. Pullman, cast as Lola’s father, is best known for his roles in INDEPENDENCE DAY and WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING. He recently starred in Curtis Hanson?s ?Too Big To Fail?, HBO?s telefilm chronicling the stock market [...]

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