Tuesday, November 29, 2011

iPhone 4 Explodes on Australian Flight

After ignoring the midnight eviction deadline issued by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for Occupy protestors to vacate their City Hall campground Monday, Occupy protesters are seeking a federal court injunction to block their removal.our editor recommendsMiley Cyrus Supports Occupy Movement With 'Liberty Walk' Clip (Video)Police Arrest 4 Occupy L.A. Protesters After Midnight Evacuation Deadline IgnoredOccupy Los Angeles Protesters Given 48 Hours to Leave City Hall Camp (Video)Fox News Anchor Calls Pepper Spray 'A Food Product' After Occupy Altercation (Video)Jon Stewart Explores Occupy Wall Street Class Warfare on 'The Daily Show' (Video)Related Topics•Occupy Wall Street PHOTOS: The Scene at Occupy Los Angeles The complaint, which was filed Monday and posted on the Los Angeles Times website, states that protesters are asking the court to address "an unconstitutional deprivation of access to a traditional public forum, the south lawn of City Hall, for First Amendment activity." The document says that enforcement of the city's "anti-camping" measure is left up to the "whim of the police" as sole determinants. PHOTOS: 'Occupy Wall Street Hollywood': Entertainers On Scene of Protests "Even on Skid Row, just blocks from City Hall and around the corner from the Central LAPD station, each year families camp on the sidewalk for days to get free school supplies distributed by the Fred Jordan Mission," say the protesters. "Each of these 'camping' events is highly publicized in the media, takes place in highly-trafficked areas and could not possibly be an unnoticed and unintentional exception to enforcement of the municipal code." STORY: Occupy Wall Street to Release Benefit Album The documents also cite the recent Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 premiere as an example of non-inforced camping, saying "This month, more than 1,000 people camped out to glimpse the stars at the premiere of the most recent Twilight film, forcing the closure of Chick Hearn Drive." Four people were arrested in L.A. early Monday morning for failure to disperse after the mayor's 12:01 a.m. deadline passed. Occupy protesters have been camped on the site for nearly two months. PHOTO GALLERY: View Gallery The Scene at Occupy Wall Street Related Topics Antonio Villaraigosa

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

FIRST BOX OFFICE: Breaking Beginning #1 Again, The Muppets #2, Happy Foot #3, Arthur Christmas #4, Hugo #5

WEDNESDAY 4 PM: My sources are giving me these early estimations for today’s movie openings as well as the 5-day Christmas. Already it’s searching just like a couple of from the new family fare won’t speed in the theatrical gate, departing a apparent path for Summit Entertainment’sholdover Twilight Saga Breaking Beginning Part 1 to win the weekend derby. Hollywood might have conniptions once the U . s . States box office slump keeps ongoing. Meanwhile, The Weinstein Co is platforming its Oscar-buzzed My Week With Marilyn today in 123 theaters as well as the Artist in 4 locations tomorrow. Refined amounts and full analysis later: 1. Twilight Saga’s Breaking Beginning Part 1 (Summit) Week 2 [4,066 Theaters] Wednesday $13M, Thought 5-Day Holiday $60M 2. The Muppets (Disney) NEW [3,440 Theaters] Wednesday $7.2M, Thought 5-Day Holiday $45M 3. Happy Foot Two (Warner Bros) Week 2 [3,606 Theaters] Wednesday $3M, Thought 5-Day Holiday $18M 4. Arthur Christmas (The brand new the new sony Pictures) NEW [3,376 Theaters] Wednesday $3M, Estimated5-Day Holiday $17.5M 5. Hugo (Vital) NEW [1,277 Theaters] Wednesday $1.6M, Thought 5-Day Holiday $10.5M

'Muppets' Film author Nick Stoller Weighs in at in at In On Oscar Odds

Sure, we're really excited that Billy Very is becoming hosting the Oscars and blah blah blah but, let's be realistic, how awesome would it not are actually when "Muppets for Oscars" campaign had really panned out? Inside the day or two between when Eddie Murphy left as host and incredibly needed over, there's a brief glimmer of hope the Academy of motion Picture Arts and Sciences would choose to have "The Muppets" host rather. The film is shaping around be one of the finest-rated movies of year, and contains enough public press this area office might soon reflect that, so (inside our humble opinion) it may have been a perfect match-up. "The Muppets" film author Nick Stoller agreed in the recent interview with MTV News. "That was a really exciting 72 hrs,Inch he mentioned. "It might have been so excellent!In . To him, there's only one major flaw inside the plan: arm strength. Puppeteers like Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson and Dork Goelz have handled Kermit, Fozzie and Miss Piggy, and Gonzo correspondingly for dating back we could remember, it is therefore nothing beats you will see a rotating cast of puppeteers working the show. Stoller mentioned he just didn't think they'd be capable of handle yanking the strings for just about any three-to-four hour honours ceremony. "I literally think it comes down lower lower to [arm strength]," Stoller mentioned. "To offer the arm strength to own people Muppets up for 3, four several hours, I am unsure really be it possible unless of course obviously you're a little major steroid drugs, which for those who have seen a couple of from the puppeteers, they aren't.Inch That being mentioned, Stoller still hopes the Muppets play in the ceremony for some reason. And, inside our opinion, by doing this may be winning an Oscar themselves. Stoller mentioned he's in "the comedy ghetto" so he's not really started thinking about honours season, however when the film would win one Oscar, he thinks it must be for Bret McKenzie's music. "Bret McKenzie's needs to be nominated for 'Man or Muppet.' He should win for 'Man or Muppet.' All the tunes are great, but that song particularly is just amazing," Stoller mentioned. Would you like to start to see the Muppets participate in the Oscar ceremony? Reveal inside the comments section below or on Twitter!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Honey Pupu (Xiaoshi dakan)

A Good Day Films (in Taiwan) release of a Red Society Films presentation. (International sales: Good Films Workshop, Taipei.) Produced by Yeh Jufeng, Terrisa Chen, Wei Yingchuan. Directed by Chen Hung-I. Screenplay, Chen, Monica & Shabelle, Lin Fujing.With: Tseng Peiyu, Chiu Shengyi, Lin Chenshi, Lin Posheng, Hsieh Hsinying, Bridget R. Dennison, Denver T. Dennison, Lee Tachi. (Mandarin, English dialogue)A deliriously wild mix of Web-based youth culture, fantasia and memory, Chen Hung-I's dreamy "Honey Pupu" is the work of a strong voice uninterested in conventional narrative rules. The basic premise of a radio DJ dealing with her missing b.f. spins off a curious galaxy of characters and side stories, resulting in one of the few recent films that grasps the Internet as a way of viewing the world. Deserving of even wider fest play than it's received so far, the pic has cult potential among seekers of exotic contempo creations. Vicky (Tseng Peiyu) is at a loss to figure out how her b.f., Dog (Lee Tachi), has seemingly vanished, with few, if any, clues as to his whereabouts. Her memories of recently sharing New Year's with him stirs her to consider that what's coming is "the year without him." One of Dog's favorite websites, Missing.com, may offer some help. Run by a trio of emotionally volatile young people going by the nicknames of Cola (Chiu Shengyi), Money (Lin Chenshi) and Assassin (Lin Posheng), the site is festooned with messages like "Believe in the parallel world," positing alternate dimensions where many people who have disappeared may actually be living. Whereas a more standard treatment of these elements would likely have resulted in a variation of now-familiar themes in the romantic science-fiction subgenre, Chen's approach suggests a Wong Kar Wai film made by a younger, more new-media-influenced talent. Alternately fluid and jarring, consistently keeping viewers uncertain as to what they're viewing and even where they are, the film plays on the paradox of young people obsessed with virtual and invisible worlds, but always yanked back into this less-satisfying one. For all their supposed visions, Cola, Assassin and Money are progressively bogged down by a love triangle that grows uglier as Cola helps Vicky. As befits his name, Assassin is prone to borderline-violent reactions and doesn't take too kindly to Cola's moves on Money, the least perturbed of the three and the one most willing to live in the moment. Chen's constant shifts in character focus are just enough to make "Honey Pupu" a rather woozy experience, but not so much that it loses its central axis. As a result, the film's final resolutions are satisfyingly of a piece with Vicky's attempts to understand herself better, even through a maze of barely comprehensible poetry, Web doodlings and wanderings through a slightly futuristic-looking Taipei. Key to the film's achievement is Fisher Yu's fantastic widescreen cinematography, which could be a calling card for bigger projects. The rainbow-like imagery, tonal shifts and frequent changes in location and mood perfectly fit the film's overall conception, as does Kang Chunwei's production design. Keeping it all in place are editors Chen, Liu Yuaxing and co-writer Lin Fujing. Wu-wu Chang's resonant score includes a surprising number of music cues, from Beethoven to Berlioz.Camera (color/B&W, widescreen, HD), Fisher Yu; editors, Chen, Liu Yuaxing, Lin; music, Wu-wu Chang; production designer, Kang Chunwei; costume designers, Luke Huang, Liu Chiayu; sound (Dolby Digital), Yang Chienan; sound designer, Tu Duuchih; re-recording mixer, Tu; visual effects supervisor, Lien Chunchien; visual effects, Dotodot Design Studio; assistant director, Hah Chiachon; casting, Wu Chenchen, Hsieh Peifen. Reviewed on DVD, Los Angeles, Nov. 1, 2011. (In Vancouver, Hong Kong, PiFan film festivals.) Running time: 103 MIN. Contact the Variety newsroom at news@variety.com

Saturday, November 19, 2011

American Music Awards: Lance Bass, Sarah Hyland Sound Off on Red Carpet Pre-Show (Video)

As the music industry gears up for the American Music Awards on Sunday, a select group of entertainers are preparing to take their spot on the "other side" of the red carpet.our editor recommends2011 American Music Awards: Daughtry to Perform, Avril Lavigne to Present Nicki Minaj, David Guetta to Open American Music AwardsChris Brown, Marc Anthony, LMFAO Added to American Music Awards Lineup Adam Lambert Returns to 2011 AMAs as Presenter; Producer Says He 'Was Never Banned' PHOTOS: AMA Hot Performances Lance Bass, Sarah Hyland, Audrina Patridge, Michael Buckley, Estelle, Josh Sussman and Mario have been tapped to host the Coca-Cola Red Carpet Live pre-show, streaming live at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT. The group will be on the scene at L.A.'s Nokia Theater, relaying fan questions to their favorite artists, talking pre-show jitters and who's wearing what as the artists arrive. The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Bass and Hyland earlier this year at the nominations announcement, where they talked preparations for the live broadcast. "I got to do it last year, which is a lot of fun, so I guess I didn't screw it up too much so they asked me back," Bass laughed. "I just try to wing things. I don't try to prepare too much because if you prepare, it doesn't look natural." VIDEO: Adele Leads With 4 Nominations for the 2011 American Music Awards The Modern Family actress has expressed a vocal dislike of red carpets in the past, but is looking forward to asking the questions this time around -- instead of answering them. "It's me talking about myself nonstop and posing for pictures, it's hard to take myself seriously like that," Hyland said. "I think it will be more fun on the other side than it actually is on the side that I'm usually on. You get to stand in one place the whole time, you don't have to walk around back and forth." As for who should take home some hardware -- Bass is pulling for fan favorite Adele, while Hyland has thrown her support behind Young Money's Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. The American Music Awards air live on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, Nov. 21, with the pre-show lead in streaming via YouTube. Related Topics American Music Awards

Thursday, November 17, 2011

John Malone Ends Liberty Starz Tracking Stock And Ups Share Repurchases

This will give Liberty Media Chairman John Malone and other executives a lot to talk about later this morning at the company’s annual dog-and-pony show for investors.The decision toconvert Liberty Starz and Liberty Capital from tracking stocks into a single asset-based stockshould diminish the growingsense that Malonewas fattening up Starz for a big deal — possibly a sale.The channel has been investing heavily in original programming, and Liberty Starz just unveiled a $1.5B credit facility.Janney Capital Markets analyst Tony Wible says that the Street “likely will be mixed in how it interprets the news” of the change in Liberty Starz’ status. Meanwhile, Liberty’s $1.25B stock repurchase “should help ease (investors’) concern.” And hope springs eternal:Miller Tabak analyst David Joyce says that “in time we would expect M&A activity with these assets to pick up again.” Here’s the company’s release: ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Liberty Media Corporation (Nasdaq: LCAPA, LCAPB, LSTZA, LSTZB) (Liberty) today announced that its board of directors has unanimously voted to eliminate Libertys tracking stock structure by converting each share of its Liberty Starz common stock into 0.88129 of a share of the corresponding series of Liberty Capital common stock, effective at 5:00 p.m., NY City time, on November 28, 2011 (the Conversion Date). Cash will be paid in lieu of fractional shares. We are pleased to announce the combination of Liberty Starz and Liberty Capital into an asset-backed security, said Greg Maffei, Liberty President and CEO. The board of directors determined this was the right move to increase the value for both Liberty Capital and Liberty Starz shareholders by eliminating the tracker discount, increasing liquidity in the stock and creating a stronger acquisition currency. In addition, we recently took advantage of the attractive debt markets to raise capital at Starz, and we have more opportunities to deploy it at a combined Liberty Media. The conversion of shares of Liberty Starz common stock will be effected pursuant to Article IV, Section A.2(b)(ii) of Libertys restated charter and will result in the conversion of all of the outstanding shares of Liberty Starz common stock on the Conversion Date unless, pursuant to the restated charter, the board determines to terminate the Conversion prior to the Conversion Date. The conversion does not require any action by Libertys shareholders and will have no impact on the businesses, assets and liabilities of Liberty. Following the conversion, Liberty will have two series of common stock, which will trade under the Nasdaq symbols LMCA and LMCB. Libertys board also determined to increase the repurchase authorization for Liberty Capital common stock to $1.25 billion following the conversion. Holders of certificated shares of Liberty Starz common stock will receive a letter of transmittal from Computershare Trust Company, N.A., with instructions on how to surrender their certificates formerly representing shares of Liberty Starz common stock for certificates representing shares of the corresponding series of Liberty Capital common stock. Certificated holders must surrender their stock certificates, together with a completed and duly executed letter of transmittal (and any other documentation required thereby), to Computershare, Corporate Actions, P.O. Box 43014, Providence, RI 02940-3014, in order to receive certificates representing their Liberty Capital common stock shares. With respect to holders of Liberty Starz common stock held in book-entry form, their accounts will be debited for all of their shares of Liberty Starz common stock and immediately credited with the applicable number and series of shares of Liberty Capital common stock on the Conversion Date.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sutro's: The Structure at Lands Finish

A November Fire Tracks and Garfield Lane production. Created by Strephon Taylor, Tom Wyrsch. Directed, compiled by Tom Wyrsch.With: James R. Cruz, John Martini, Barbara Manley, Steve Brown, Jim Dickson, Ernie Fosselius, Richard Tuck, Serta Zelinsky, Mike Singer, Marilyn Blaisdell, Serta Fontes.Remembering the once-imposing Bay Area attraction that offered myriad entertainment options in the fin p secle until its demise within the sixties, "Sutro's: The Structure at Lands Finish" plays as an extra-lengthy version from the custom-made historic videos that play every half-hour in local museums. As the docu is not likely to draw in much interest outdoors the San Francisco Bay Area, it figures to get ready easily in the city's Balboa Theater, where Tom Wyrsch's previous featurette, "Playland," about another defunct S.F. attraction, performed several weeks to nostalgic natives. Now just some ruins on the high cliff close to the entrance towards the Golden Gate Bridge, Sutro's (better appreciated as Sutro Baths) used to be the splendid last word in fun emporiums. After making within the High cliff House, which in fact had started to attract a tough crowd, Prussian-born engineer and entrepreneur Adolph Sutro set his ambitious sights on adjacent land looking over the sea. There he commenced building the earth's biggest assortment of bathing facilities, which held nearly two million gallons water (pumped in in the ocean, one freshwater tank aside) and were based on 517 private dressing rooms. The 1896 grand opening was postponed until Southern Off-shore gave directly into then-mayor Sutro's demand it provide direct streetcar service. Twenty-five cents got explore only entree towards the seven pools, but a towel and swimsuit too. Olympic-style competitions were regularly held, experts sitting in balconies that may hold 1000's. Swimming was hardly the only real diversion on tap, however. Among further activity that setup shop within the huge complex were a wax-tableau Last Supper, a speaking-bird show, an ice rink, kitschy museums along with a "Musee Mechanique," whose making it through player-piano-type devices supply the docu's score. Spectacular and common as it had been, the operating costs were a money pit for Sutro, who died in 1897. Its operation was absorbed by his daughter Emma, who began to shutter then sell off areas of the superstructure. Because it progressively fell from fashion despite refurbishments (particularly one carried out to contend with the 1939-40 World's Fair on Treasure Island), some time and neglect required their toll. Remarkably, there appears to become relatively little vintage film footage extant. We all do get clips from Don Siegel noir "The Selection," one amongst couple of commercial features that used the colorful structure like a setting, and 1971 cult fave "Harold and Maude," which used its subsequent ruins. However, you will find an abundance of archival photos, many saved in the rubbish with a former gift-shop worker. This mixture of speaking-mind recollections and visual evidence, split into sections, is unimaginative and bare-bones, with stilted utilization of an periodic narrator. But exactly what the docu lacks in polish, it'll without doubt constitute in nostalgia value because of its audience.Camera (color, HD), Strephon Taylor editor, Taylor seem, Taylor. Examined on DVD, Bay Area, November. 5, 2011. Running time: 84 MIN. Narrator: Ray Taliaferro. Contact the range newsroom at news@variety.com

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Immortals #1 With So-So $32M Domestic But $36M Foreign, Jack And Jill $26M

SUNDAYAM,3RDUPDATE: Latest Top10 grosses showbetter North American box office than previously thought thanks to the Veterans Day holiday weekendwhen school is out in 60% of the country. The good news isa break from slumping attendance with a $137M total moviegoing weekend, up+18% from last year.But the bad news is that these movies are still way underperforming what they should have done on a holiday weekend. That’s because these major studio pics were definitely not crowd-pleasers. Just check out their Rotten Tomatoes scores. But the real question is why Hollywood released two young male-skewing movies the weekend right after two major video games were released. Anecdotal evidence is that the guys were otherwise engaged. Full analysis coming: 1. Immortals 3D (Relativity) NEW [3,112 Theaters] Friday $14M, Saturday $10M, Weekend $32M Richard Branson didn’t waste any time blogging to his peeps today: “Congratulations to Jason and the whole team at Virgin Produced for Immortals, their follow up film to Limitless, going straight to number one at the box office this weekend. Jammy bastards!!” He’s as good at spinning underwhelming box office as Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh. Truth is Immortals started out slow: it did an unexciting $1.4M in Thursday midnight gross from approximately 900 locations then expanded runs and grossesfor Friday but lost -30%Saturday.Pic eked out a $30+M weekend bow, which is a rarity these days. But you also must realize that Immortals is a 300-clone yet didn’t make even45% of the $70.8M opening amount that the original 2D movie did. Even with the higher 3D ticket prices. Immortals should have made $50+M, folks, given the genre and promotion. “300 was absolutely a big success, but we are in a different economy, marketplace, and time of year,” a Relativity exec told me Friday night. “Young males have been hard to get over the past year. Its a significant accomplishment that we got them. We are well positioned to be the 3rd highest R-rated film this year and the highest R-rated action film this year. This is a win for us.” Needless to say, Relativity is known for its bluster. But it also claims reduced risk from foreign pre-sales on the supposedly $75M-budgeted film.Then explain to me why, for 2 years, Relativity was telling everybody and their mother that the budget ofImmortals was $120M. (Don’t believe me? Go back and do a Google search). It sold the filminternationally to foreign buyers with a budget of $120M.Now, all of asudden, the budget is $75 million because of what Relativity says are tax rebates for shooting and doing post productionin Montreal? Puh-leeze. Audiences gave Immortals a ‘B’ CinemaScore but Rotten Tomatoesrecorded just37% positive reviews. That’s lousy considering the pic is fromthe producers of 300 (Mark Canton, Gianni Nunnari and Ryan Kavanaugh). Yet Relativity tries to claim this new epic adventure is “completely original — its not derived from a comic book; is not based on a novel; and is not a sequel.”Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) directed andCharles Parlapanides & Vlas Parlapanides are the credited screenwriters.Marketing was aggressive and therefore expensive. Itkicked off at Wondercon in April, followed by Comic-Con in July, and what even the studios says was a “barrage” ofpublicity media appearances, in-theater marketing, outdoor advertising, and radio/TV spots.Partnerships/alliances includedBest Buy.Relativity owns worldwide rights to Immortals; Lionsgate handled foreign sales. Alliance Films is releasing in Canada. About 70% of locationsplayed the film in 3D. Pic opened in over 35 international territories including China, UK, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Russia. Current estimated weekend box office is approximately $36M with a number of territories (including Indonesia and India) still to report.Relativity says this wasthe first title releasing through Sky Land, its joint venture with IDG and Saif Partners in China.The list of foreign output partners and additional territories is as long as my arm, including Austria/Constantin,Bulgaria/MGN,China/Sky Land,Finland/Nordisk,Germany/Constantin,Greece/Village,India/Soundspace,Israel/Forum,Italy/RAI,Japan/Universal,Netherlands/A-Film,Russia/CIS/MGN,Romania/MGN,South Africa/Nu Metro,South Korea/Next,Sweden/Nordisk,Turkey/Aqua,UK/Universal,United Arab Emirates/Gulf,Malaysia/PT Parkit,Taiwan/SSG. 2. Jack And Jill (Sony Pictures) NEW [3,438 Theaters] Friday $9.8M,Saturday $9.6M,Weekend $26M Sony Pictures’ Jack And Jill starring Adam Sandler was hard-pressed to equal his usual $30+M opening comedies. (Maybe moviegoers aren’t as moronic as Hollywood thinks they are.) Rotten Tomatoes gave this turkey only a 3% positive score.Picreceived a ‘B’ CinemaScore but also an ‘A-” from audiences under age 18. After releasing a trailer that was as viciously derided as I’ve ever seen on Deadline, Sony is relieved this Christmas-themed PG movieat least opened. So Adamis off the hook. “It’s a family film so it will play to a better multiple through the season than his normal movies,” one rival studio exec tells me. But you’ve gotta wonder if Sandler is developing a Jim Carrey problem and the public will stop supporting him if he’s in too many stinkers like this. Sony is somewhat alarmed that Adam keeps working with the same cronies in almost every film,but the studio also can’t tell its long-time golden goose Happy Madison to stop laying eggs. Sony sources claim the film was made for $80M and, unlike many comedians,Adam’s filmsdo healthy business overseas because he’s worked at becoming a foreign draw. “So we will be in good shape when all is said and done,” the studio assures me. Unless moviegoers keep rememberingwhat a suckfest this was and can’t get that bad taste out of their mouths when theythink of paying for another film. Folks, it’sreleases like this that are killing thebiz. That said, Sony did its usual stellar job building awareness for this turkey directed by Dennis Dugan andproduced bySandler, Jack Giarraputo, and Todd Garner. The screenplay os credited to Steve Koren & Adam Sandler with story by Ben Zook. The marketing campaign targeted Sandler’s core fans, and the concept was easy to grasp. (Uh, that was the problem…) Adam did his usualplethora of appearances and promotions to supportthe pic.In addition to the stuff you’d expect (Leno, Kimmel, Conan, Letterman, Today Show, Regis and Kelly, ad nauseum), he also taped an intro for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, and did a recent episode of Dr. Phil featuring the real life twins from the movie. There were integrationswith The X Factor and Survivor: South Pacific,interstitials on Nickelodeon, tie-ins on Comedy Central as well as promotions on TBS, ABC Family, and Univision, among others. Online Sony heldan awkward sibling photo contest (awkwardfamilyphotos.com) and networked on social media with Sandler’sextensive fanbase, including his25 million friends on Facebook. 3. Puss In Boots 3D (DreamWorks Animation/Par) Week 3 [3,903 Theaters] Friday $8M,Saturday $9.8M,Weekend $25M,Cume $108.8M Anotherstrong +23% hold for the catbecause Puss In Boots clearly has nine lives. Until The Muppets open next weekend, that is. 4. Tower Heist (Universal) Week 2 [3,370 Theaters] Friday $4.8M,Saturday $5.5M,Weekend $13.1M (-45%), Cume $43.8M That superficially seems like a good hold. Until you realize Tower Heist wayunderperformed last weekend so it’s hardly impressive.Brett Ratner’s lousy week just keeps getting lousier. 5. J. Edgar (Warner Bros) NEW – opened Wednesday [1,901 Theaters] Friday $3.5M, Saturday $4.4M,Weekend $11.4M, Cume $11.5M Hollywood was disappointed there wasn’ta stronger per screen average for Clint Eastwood’s and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar-buzzed biopic. But top critics on Rotten Tomatoes surprisingly gave J. Edgar only 55% positive reviews, and audiences only a ‘B’ CinemaScore. MORE 6. Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (NL/Warner Bros) Week 2 [2,875 Theaters] Friday $2.2M, Saturday $2.4M,Weekend $5.9M (-64%),Cume $23.2M 7. In Time (Fox) Week 3 [3,127 Theaters] Friday $1.5M, Saturday $1.7M,Weekend $4.1M, Cume $30.6M 8. Paranormal Activity 3 (Paramount) Week 4 [2,776 Theaters] Friday $1.3M, Saturday $1.6M,Weekend $3.6M,Cume $100.8M 9. Footloose (Paramount) Week 5[2,215 Theaters] Friday $1M, Saturday$1.2M,Weekend $2.7M, Cume $48.8M 10. Real Steel (DreamWorks/Disney) Week 6[1,758 Theaters] Friday $650K, Saturday $850K,Weekend $2M, Cume $81.7M 4 PM: Since it’s Veteran’s Day, it’s a different kind of Friday with school out in 60% of the country. So I’m hesitant calling anything off matinees and will wait until tonight firms up. But if current trends continue,Sony Pictures’ Jack And Jill starring Adam Sandler looks hard-pressed to equal his usual $30+M opening comedies. (Maybemoviegoers aren’t as moronic as Hollywood thinks they are.)While the 300-clone Immortals, the3D pic from Relativity,may not makemore than40% ofthe $70.8M opening weekend amount that the original 2D movie did. Immortals right now is looking tobe the #1 movie at the North American box office but “could be anybody’s ballgame tonight,” a rival studio exec cautions me. Immortals did $1.4M in midnight gross from approximately 900 locations which is so-so. On the other hand, Warner Bros’ J. Edgar is looking at a strong per screen average for Clint Eastwood’s and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar-buzzed biopic.Top 5 like this but check in later: 1. Immortals 3D (Relativity) $28M estimated weekend from 3,112 Theaters for debut 2. Jack And Jill (Sony Pictures) $25M estimated weekend from 3,438Theaters for debut 3. Puss In Boots 3D(DreamWorks Animation/Paramount) $22M estimated weekendfrom 3,903 Theaters for Week 3 4.J. Edgar (Warner Bros) $18M estimated weekend from1,901 Theaters after opening Wednesday in limited run 5. Tower Heist (Universal) $15M estimated weekendfrom 3,370 Theaters for Week 2

Friday, November 11, 2011

The brand new the new sony, MRC pact on 'House of Cards'

The brand new the new sony Pictures TV has inked a deal with Media Rights Captial to distribute David Fincher's approaching series "House of Cards."The show, helmed and professional produced by Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, will probably be handled through the new the new sony inside the U.S., Canada, Latin America and also the country after Netflix's window round the series expires."Ides of March" film author Love Willimon developed the series and may work as show-runner. As with every prestige project, you will discover plenty of producers: Fincher, Josh Donen, Eric Roth, Spacey, Dana Brunetti, and John Melfi will professional produce. Show is founded on a BBC series of the title produced by Andrew Davies and MIchael Dobbs, who also produce. Ron Cleveland and Sarah Treem write and convey.The pilot is put together by Willimon and helmed by Fincher. Contact Mike Thielman at mike.thielman@variety.com

Thursday, November 10, 2011

'All My Children' online reboot in holding pattern

Although Susan Lucci won't be area of the My Children reboot, Cameron Mathison will. Prospect Park's planned 2012 online revival of "My Children" following its September exit from ABC is anticipated to become postponed by a minimum of a couple of several weeks.Sources acquainted with Prospect Park, which in fact had introduced This summer 7 it will bring both "Children" and "One Existence to resideInch to existence early the coming year as Internet series, believe they're leaning toward staggering the reboot of these two soaps, with "One Existence" coming back in front of its counterpart. ABC broadcast its final episode of "My Children" on Sept. 23, changed by food talkshow "The Chew." "One Existence" is scheduled for any The month of january farewell in the Alphabet internet, to become been successful by health-and-lifestyle show "The Revolution."The soaps are scheduled to air on recently produced The Internet Network (TOLN), which Prospect Park has stated will launch in The month of january with entertainment and lifestyle implies that would compliment the soaps.While several cast people happen to be secured for "One Existence," exactly the same has not been true for "Children" -- underscored by series legend Susan Lucci turning lower a deal to remain using the series. In September, Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley did sign up for that publish-ABC online version of "Children."In the day Prospect Park introduced its intends to keep your two soaps alive within an ad-supported online format, questions were elevated over the way the projects could be funded, with speculation rapidly developing that the cable home would always be located on their behalf. Former Disney Galleries mind Wealthy Frank co-founded Prospect Park, which co-produces such shows as "Royal Pains" for USA and "Wilfred" for Forex, with industry vet Shaun Kwatinetz. Contact Jon Weisman at jon.weisman@variety.com

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Exclusive:Alexander Payne Looking For Wilson

And Nebraska will receive a new titleOscar-expected comedy-drama The Descendants marks a really welcome return fromAlexander Payne. It's his first directorial gig since Sideways, almost eight in the past, a small return fromone in our favourite filmmakers. Therefore the apparent, if tongue-in-oral cavity question to request when Empire swept up with him was would he please make more films? "Focusing on it!" Payne joked. "If only now to swing now from film to film just like a monkey to monkey from branch to branch."The very first monkey swing takes him to his old Midwestern stomping ground and Nebraska. Based on Payne, it's likely to obtain a new title (the film, not the condition) and casting news can not be too remote either, with filming because of begin in April.Payne intends to shoot in black-and-whitened and it is searching to locate a veteran of legendary standing to experience the maturing alcoholic father in the center from the story. The presently-upon the market Gene Hackman and Robert Forster, so great within the Descendants, are two names to possess been pointed out.Payne intends to crack straight on next - heading to California for his first comic-book adaptation,Wilson.As Empire reported a whiles back, Paynes's production company, Ad Hominen, has worked to create Serta 'Ghost World' Clowes' comic bookto the giant screen. Payne confirmed it's still beeping across his radar: "[Daniel] hasadapted their own graphic novel for me personally and we are likely to place it in Concord, California." Wilson is really a middle-aged misanthrope who's left staggering following the dying of his father and attempts to reunite together with his ex-wife and also the teen daughter he's never known. But who to experience him? Publish your casting ideas below.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

From 'Abduction' to Art House: Inside Taylor Lautner's Movie Transformation (Analysis)

A year ago, Rachelle Lefervre was anointed Hollywood's next large factor, yanking in offers for $7.5 million per movie and affixing themselves to a lot of large-budget potential blockbusters. However, if he deflated along with his stab at as an action star in September's Abduction ($71.7 million in worldwide box office), some industry affiliates began wondering when the 19-year-old who sets lots of teen-aged hearts aflutter inside the Twilight series will discover mass audience outdoors of his core franchise.our editor recommendsTaylor Lautner to Star in Gus Van Sant Indie Film (Exclusive)'Abduction's' Rachelle Lefervre is 'Like a young Tom Cruise' States Studio Professional (Video)'Twilight's' Rachelle Lefervre Occupies Funny or Die Sketch'Abduction's' Rachelle Lefervre on Undertaking the Movie's 'Crazy Stunts' (Video)'Abduction's' Jason Isaacs Talks Live training with Rachelle Lefervre: 'I Had My Work Eliminate for Me' (Video)'Twilight's' Rachelle Lefervre States Fans Are Passionate about Jacob, Not Him PHOTOS: 'Twilight: Breaking Beginning': New Images Now Lautner is making his next move -- as well as the Hollywood Reporter broke what is the news that he'll be walking into art house territory. Forgoing the lots of money, Lautner hopes to begin production inside the first quarter of next season around the film being helmed by indie auteur Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). While particulars continue being emerging, the drama is going to be with various NYer magazine article that Lautner optioned. Lautner is mentioned being likely to work simply with top company company directors and authors any further, while he aims to define themselves becoming an actor. PHOTOS: 'Abduction' Red-colored-colored Carpet Premiere The job if the involves Lautner is apparent. "He's an action guy getting a very female audience. It's somewhat strange," states a higher studio executive. "I have got a hard time identifying what he or she must do and just what the world wants him to accomplish.In . This executive describes Lautner as "a great-sweet kid" who's also "very ambitious," adding, "he desires to be Tom Cruise." Despite his status to become good-natured and hard-working, formerly couple of years Lautner dropped interior and exterior lots of projects -- along with his cost ratcheting up whilst -- he really triggered producer Joe Roth to paddle him inside the press in March 2010. "I've never learned about anything similar to this throughout my whole existence," mentioned Roth after Lautner bailed around the project that Roth thought the actor had made the decision to complete. PHOTOS: Hollywood's A-List Transformed Sources say one problem that appears in discussions is always that Lautner's father, Serta, someone along with his boy inside their Quick Six production company, may serve as an expert producer on the majority of the projects the duo evolves together. A couple of countless days ago, states an origin associated with talks while using pair, Team Lautner was asking $9 million for Taylor and also the other $750,000 for Serta. The project which in fact had Roth feeling "jerked around" was Max Steel, with various Mattel action figure. Roth mentioned Lautner "sitting throughout my office and mentioned he was destined" to accomplish the film. Nevertheless it made an appearance he was destined rather to accomplish Stretch Remedy, with various Hasbro property, at Universal. Since project has lost momentum within the studio, although it's not destroyed. Formerly, Lautner also had dropped from Northern Lights, a project from producer David Ellison about extreme flying, to accomplish Abduction for Lionsgate and director John Singleton. But that movie attracted in just $27.2 million inside the U.S. It handled another $44.5 million overseas, suggesting Lautner's title does carry value overseas, but that was hardly enough to own art galleries salivating for the next Lautner action pic. He was installed on Incarceron, a sci-fi project at Fox. According to an insider, that project is headed into turnaround, but Lautner remains attached. Talk of collaboration around the film with Transformers director Michael Bay seems to own faded. Hollywood is obviously hungry for just about any new, bankable youthful star, which describes the burst of curiosity in Lautner. But just like his fellow Twilight stars Rachelle Lefervre and Billy Burke, there remain queries about whether his career will extend past the billions-grossing blockbuster series, the penultimate installment which, Breaking Beginning: Part I, opens November. 18. Thinking about the truth that Lautner's primary appeal would be to youthful women, one veteran producer questions a choice of Abduction, which looked to him like "some old adventure movie which will have starred Harrison Ford." A far greater move for Lautner, according to him, might be "something innocent but sexy for youthful women. Not just a comedy with romance but something such as The Notebook." Now, by associating themselves with Van Sant and also the indie accolades, Lautner seems being heading in the different direction -- and may be whether or not this's the very best move. "Each time a Twilight arrives, he's one minute,In . this producer adds. "He must be careful relevant for this moment." "He's an action guy getting a very female audience. It's a little strange. I have got a hard time identifying just what the world wants him to accomplish.In . -- A higher studio executive Related Subjects Rachelle Lefervre Gus Van Sant Twilight The Twilight Saga: Breaking Beginning - Part 2