April 25, 2014

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“The Vow” and “Safe House” fend off “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: It was yet another ‘photo-finish’ at the box office over this President’s Day weekend, but as always, it’s the hard numbers rather than the arbitrary rankings that matter. But since we need to decide which movies to discuss first, in order we shall go! For the moment, it appears that Safe House will top the charts in its second weekend after barely missing the top slot last weekend. It grossed $23.9 million over the Fri-Sun weekend and $28 million over the holiday. Safe House will have grossed $82 million by Monday, a rather huge total for Mr. Washington. In just eleven days, Safe House is Washington’s 7th-biggest grosser, out-grossing such films as Training Day ($76 million), Man On Fire ($77 million), and Unstoppable ($81 million). Barring a complete collapse, Safe House should become Denzel Washington’s fifth $100 million grosser over the next weekend, with an outside shot of eclipsing the $130 million gross of American Gangster, which is currently his top grosser. While we can debate how much credit co-star Ryan Reynolds gets for this one (he certainly didn’t hurt…), Safe House is already his fourth-biggest grosser and will likely out-gross Green Lantern’s $116 million total in a few weeks. I’m frankly shocked at the strong legs for this one, as it’s certainly one of Washington’s worst genre entries in a long career with a number of solid adult-skewing action pictures (it looks like it was shot through a puke filter and edited in a blender, plus the script is so generic it could have been written in a Mad Libs book). Still, star-power is a rare thing these days, and Denzel Washington clearly has it.
So does Channing Tatum and, in the right project, Rachel McAdams, so it will be interesting to see how The Vow’s popularity affect next month’s 21 Jump Street. The Vow is estimated to gross around $23.6 million for the Fri-Sun period and $27.4 million for the Fri-Sun period. No matter who ends up on top, both films exhibited strong holds. With $89 million by Monday, The Vow is already Screen Gems’s highest grossing film ever, topping the $80 million total of Dear John. The 43% drop for The Vow is slightly smaller than the 47% drop for Dear John, but the new film was bolstered by a [...]

“Woman In Black” Shatters Box Office Expectations

HollywoodNews.com: Hammer’s chilling ghost story The Woman in Black shattered box office expectations during its three day opening weekend (Fri-Sun) in the US, grossing just over $21m to come in a very close second place.
Hammer, an Exclusive Media company’s, adaptation of Susan Hill’s classic novel, starring Daniel Radcliffe, opened on almost 3000 screens through CBS Films with a per screen average of approximately $7,400, and also took the number one position in the Canadian box office.
This weekend’s three day gross makes The Woman in Black the highest opening ever for a Hammer film in the US and one of the very few British films that has broken the $20m opening weekend threshold.
The exceptionally strong US box office weekend was up over 35% on 2011 figures and is particularly striking because it was Super Bowl Sunday, a traditionally weaker box office weekend.
The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is the iconic production company’s first ever feature ghost story. It is directed by James Watkins and adapted by Jane Goldman from the book by Susan Hill.
The film is a Hammer, Alliance Films, The UK Film Council presentation, in association with Cross Creek Pictures. A Talisman production in association with Exclusive Media. Producers are Richard Jackson, Simon Oakes and Brian Oliver. Executive Producers are Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Tobin Armbrust, Marc Schipper, Neil Dunn, Xavier Marchand, Roy Lee and Tyler Thompson.
Commenting on the success of The Woman in Black, Simon Oakes, President & CEO of Hammer and Vice Chairman of Exclusive Media said: “We are delighted that The Woman in Black has performed so well. The fact that a gothic horror has attracted such a large audience on opening weekend shows the demand for elevated and intelligent genre films which Hammer aims to produce.”
Nigel Sinclair, CEO of Exclusive Media added: “This follows on a strong performance for Ides of March and reflects our commitment to great artists and great movies; I congratulate our partners CBS Alliance and of course Cross Creek pictures.”
Tobin Armbrust, President of Worldwide Production & Acquisitions of Exclusive Media, which is Hammer’s parent company, added: “We are thrilled to share in the success of THE WOMAN IN BLACK with our close family, Daniel Radcliffe, Jane Goldman, James Watkins and the entire cast and crew who all worked incredibly hard on this great project. Hammer is one of our key production brands and to see it embraced in the US is [...]

“Chronicle,” “The Woman In Black” both debut to around $20 million

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: As I wrote yesterday (HERE), I don’t care which of the two big releases end up at number one for this weekend. Chronicle and The Woman In Black are both low-budget over/under $15 million releases that are somewhat abnormal in terms of what’s considered a mainstream release, both were exceedingly well-marketed (as opposed to ‘saturation marketing’), and both are unqualified hits after their first three days. But since I have to choose which film to discuss first, I will pick Chronicle (review), which A) I’ve seen and B) is the unofficial #1 film this weekend with $22 million (as opposed to The Woman In Black, which made ‘just’ $21 million). Chronicle announces the arrival of director Josh Trank (and writer Max Landis, son of John). The quite compelling and thoughtful character study, which is plays with the genre trappings of as super-hero origin story through the ‘found footage’ format, cost just $12 million and drew a large chunk of young audiences of both genders (it played 45% female). I have no idea what the legs will be like on this downbeat morality play (it received a B from Cinemascore), but I’d argue its artistic and box office success pretty much kills Warner Bros’s planned live-action Akira remake and hurts Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man (which is advertising itself as a more low-key and emotionally-gritty superhero origin story… whoops). Come what may, a very good and creative little movie just opened very well, and that’s a win for everyone.
The Woman In Black also is a winner on several fronts. Its $21 million debut is nearly twice the previous opening weekend record for CBS Films, which acquired the $17 million production for $3 million. The allegedly rock-solid Hammer Horror ghost story (I held off because my wife might want to see it) played mostly to younger females, which may be a sign that Daniel Radcliffe is in fact a box office draw/heartthrob. He has had a history of packing his London stage turns (Equus and How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying) and he killed on Saturday Night Live a couple weeks ago, so it may be the case where the Harry Potter series has turned him into something closer to Harrison Ford than Mark Hamill. Still, the PG-13 horror sub-genre is strong enough, especially with younger women, to put [...]

New Interview, Photos of Daniel Radcliffe from “The Woman in Black”

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Daniel Radcliffe talks about the end of Harry Potter, filming for “The Woman in Black,” and his career plans post-”Harry Potter” in a new interview with the Daily Mail.
Looking much more adult than Potter fans are used to seeing him, new photos have appeared of Radcliffe as the 24-year old solicitor Arthur Kipps in the film adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel of the same name. The Woman in Black marks Radcliffe’s first starring role since production of the final Harry Potter films ended this past June. As he noted to the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye: “It’s my first grown-up role. This is the first time I’ve played older than myself – I’m supposed to be 24 in this.”
With sideburns, a bit of facial hair, and sans the famous frames he sported for 10 years as the young boy wizard, it is clear to see that Harry is nowhere to be found, as Radcliffe seems almost unrecognizable in these photos, courtesy of the Daily Mail:

Of the contrast between Harry Potter and The Woman in Black, Radcliffe says, ‘The Woman In Black is very different from Harry Potter. But it’s different enough without me having to go all extreme and play a drug- dealing rent boy, or something where people go: “Oh, OK, he’s trying to shock us now.” I was simply after a good role.’
Radcliffe also states that when making decisions on what types of roles to choose, he remembers some valuable advice that his father, literary agent (and former actor) Alan Radcliffe once gave him:

‘When you take risks, you end up working with interesting people, and at this point in my career I’m still so far away from the finished article. If I just went along and coasted, then I wouldn’t be learning anything.
It goes back to something my dad said to me once: “Do what people don’t expect you to do, and do it better than they expect you to, and you will always have longevity in your career.” And that’s what I’m after.
I don’t want to be a flash in the pan and disappear. That’s not going to happen.

The Woman in Black is scheduled for release sometime in the Fall of 2011.
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First Photo of Daniel Radcliffe in “The Woman In Black”

HollywoodNews.com: The first photo of Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps in the film The Woman In Black has surfaced online, and it is very apparent that Harry Potter has left the building.
The photo shows Radcliffe looking fairly more mature than his Potter counterpart, with his hair pushed away from his face, sideburns and a bit of facial hair. Dressed in vintage clothing, he does look like a man on a mission.

The Woman in Black tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor who encounters a mysterious woman in black in the town where he lives. It is based on the novel by Susan Hill, and is scheduled for release in the UK sometime in 2011. No word yet on an American release date.
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Another “Harry Potter” Star Attached to “The Woman In Black”

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Actor Ciarán Hinds has been confirmed for a part in the upcoming movie The Woman In Black” starring Harry Potter‘s Daniel Radcliffe.
Hinds is said to have been cast as a character named Daily, an elderly local resident who becomes friends with Radcliffe’s character, Arthur, who is searching for information regarding the mysterious “woman in black”.
Hinds will also star alongside Radcliffe in both of the final films in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which will appear in theaters in November 2010 and July 2011. In the films, Hinds plays Aberforth Dumbledore, the estranged younger brother of the recently deceased Albus Dumbledore.
Hammer films confirmed via Twitter that filming for The Woman in Black will begin on September 26; no release date has been set.
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Daniel Radcliffe on ‘epic’ Deathly Hallows, future remakes, and more

HollywoodNews.com: At London’s Movie-Con this weekend, ‘Harry Potter’ star Daniel Radcliffe talked candidly with Empire magazine about everything from the early films to the inevitable remakes.
With Deathly Hallows finished–and with it the entire series–Radcliffe admits filming the two-part final installment was a long and grueling process. “It was hard. Before, the producers and directors were very good at taking all the pressure on their shoulders, but this time going into it we were slightly more nervous than we were before, because we didn’t want to screw it up as the last one. It was a long shoot, near enough 18 months, but a film set is the best place in the world as far as I’m concerned.”
According to Radcliffe, the two parts each have a distinct, separate tone. “The first part is a very weird road movie kind of thing. The first part is slower paced, but only compared to the second part. There’s more of an exploration of the relationships between the characters, that’s tested for the first times. And you’re not in Hogwarts, which gives it a very different feel from the other movies. It’s a road movie, in a weird way, and it’s how the characters function outside those familiar surroundings. The second part starts as a heist movie and then turns into a war. It’s epic. This is the first time I’m genuinely excited to see the film.”
When asked what role he has his eye on in the case of an eventual remake, Radcliffe laughs, “I don’t! But if I have to, Sirius if they do it in 30 years, and Dumbledore if they do it in 50. Alan Rickman is so indelibly printed on that role [as Snape] for me and I can’t imagine anyone else doing it…but Sirius is the part that everyone wants; Ian Hart had just read the third book on set of the second movie, and he was kicking himself that he didn’t get Sirius. But of course I was glad that went to Gary Oldman, because as you all know he’s my true love.”
For the immediate future, however, Radcliffe is content. “Now we’re on to new things and I’m looking forward to the future. I’m very excited about [upcoming project] The Woman In Black. I think James [Watkins] is great; he’s going to be the next Chris Nolan I think.”
Still, he glows with praise for his Potter director, saying of [...]

Daniel Radcliffe says new projects keep him from missing Potter

HollywoodNews.com: Daniel Radcliffe has been busy since he wrapped filming on the seventh and final “Harry Potter” film several months ago, with several upcoming projects–he’ll star in the Broadway show “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” as well as three new movies: “The Woman In Black,” “All Quiet On The Western Front,” and “The Journey Is The Destination.”
Says the actor, 21, of his demanding schedule: “Working is how I will best get through a very weird time. I know it’s the most constructive thing I can do because otherwise I’d be moping around and being a bit like, ‘Oh, I miss everyone’. So I’m quite pleased to go on to the next thing and the next challenge.”
“The Woman in Black”, a horror adaptation whose script kept Radcliffe “jumping and gasping” when he first read it, should allow audiences to see the boy who famously played The Boy Who Lived in a different way–literally. “People really have only ever seen my face with glasses on it…that’s going to change in this movie.”
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Daniel Radcliffe Confirms “Woman In Black” Casting

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter films, has confirmed in a press release that he will indeed star in the latest adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel “The Woman In Black”. The novel, which has been successfully adapted on both the small screen and the stage, will receive the 3D treatment in this latest version, which tells the story of a young solicitor who encounters a mysterious woman in black. The full press release is below:
London, England (19.07.10) – Daniel Radcliffe will take the lead in The Woman in Black, Hammer Films and Alliance Films hotly anticipated adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel, it was announced today by Simon Oakes, and Nigel Sinclair of Exclusive and Hammer.
To be directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) and written by Jane Goldman (Kick Ass, The Debt) The Woman in Black follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote corner of the UK and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in an old and isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover its tragic secrets, and his unease grows when he discovers that the local village is held hostage by the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance. Production is expected to begin in the Fall of 2010.
Exclusive and Alliance Films will co-finance the film. Alliance Films will also distribute the film in the United Kingdom (Momentum), Spain (Aurum) and Canada (Alliance Films). Exclusive Films International, headed by Chairman Guy East and President of International Sales and Distribution Alex Walton, is handling worldwide sales.
Daniel Radcliffe is of course, best known for his portrayal of the bespectacled wizard Harry Potter, in the hugely successful series of feature films based on J. K. Rowling’s publishing phenomenon. He has starred in all eight films and collaborated with respected directors Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell and David Yates. He also starred in Brian Kirk’s My Boy Jack (written by and also co-starring David Haig), playing the role of Rudyard Kipling’s tragic 17 year old son who went off to fight in the First World War. Most recently Radcliffe has proved him self an accomplished stage actor, receiving tremendous reviews and acclaim for his portrayal of Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer’s Equus in the West End and on Broadway. Radcliffe will return to Broadway next Spring to star in the musical [...]

Daniel Radcliffe to Star in Film Version of “The Woman in Black”

HollywoodNews.com: It has been rumored that Daniel Radcliffe has been cast to take the role of Arthur Kipp in the film update of ‘The Woman in Black,’ which originally was a stage play that was adapted into a television drama in 1989 with Adrian Rawlins as the lead character. (Coincidentally, Rawlins portrays the deceased father of Radcliffe’s character in the Harry Potter film series.)
While earlier reports on the web have indicated that the casting was confirmed via the Twitter account of Romley Davies, the publicity team for Dan Radcliffe), it seems that at this time that all mentions of the casting have been removed from Twitter. Confirmations and updates will be posted as soon as they are made available.
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