Jul 06 (TheWrap.com) - Even in its second week, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” was way too much for Melissa McCarthy‘s comedy “Tammy” and two other wide openers at a feeble July 4 weekend box office.
Michael Bay's rampaging toy-bots became the first summer movie to hold onto the No. 1 spot at the box office, bringing in an estimated $53 million over the five days. “Tammy” took in a lackluster $32.9 million over the five days.
The overall holiday weekend was a major dud, down roughly 45 percent from last year when “Despicable Me 2” led the way with $143 million over the five days. With Independence Day falling on a Friday, fireworks stole potential moviegoers’ attention. And the lack of a tentpole movie opening hurt, too. The winning three-day total of $36.4 million for “Age of Extinction” was the lowest on a July 4 weekend since 1998, when Bay's “Armageddon” copped the top spot with $36 million.
Jul 02 (TheWrap.com) - Tina Fey is attached to star in an Untitled Witch Project for Disney — though it's not the Hocus Pocus sequel that many nostalgic fans had hoped for, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.
Fey will produce through her Little Stranger banner along with Allison Shearmur, though the project remains in early development at Disney, whose Tendo Nagenda will oversee for the studio.
While many film fans clamor for more “original” movies that aren't based on existing IP and pre-branded material, in this case, a Hocus Pocus sequel would actually make sense for Disney, especially with Fey involved both behind and in front of the camera. The title is simply too good, and there's a lot of goodwill for the original movie — the sort that would boost interest in a sequel/spinoff/reboot with a revamped cast.
Jul 02 (TheWrap.com) - Great news, fans of “The Notebook” who are still depressed that they just can't seem to replicate that burning love between stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams: They hated each other at first.
Celebrities, they're just like us!
In an interview with VH1 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film, director Nick Cassavetes explains that the two stars got very heated early in production, and not in the way that had been intended.
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Jul 01 (TheWrap.com) - Johnny Depp‘s Whitey Bulger biopic may not have a title yet, but it has a release date. Warner Bros. Pictures Domestic Distribution will release the film to theaters on Friday, September 18, 2015.
The film, which is currently known as Black Mass, is the story of the notorious Boston gangster, played by Depp. It is his fourth film with director Scott Cooper, who also helmed Donnie Brasco, The Ninth Gate, and Public Enemies.
Depp is flanked in the film by Benedict Cumberbatch as his brother Massachusetts Senator Billy Bulger, Joel Edgerton as Whitey's associate FBI Agent John Connolly, Jesse Plemons as his right-hand Kevin Weeks, Sienna Miller as girlfriend Catherine Greig, and Scott Cooper as FBI Agent Scott Garriola, one of the men who took Bulger down.
Jun 30 (TheWrap.com) - Tom Hardy is set to join Leonardo DiCaprio in New Regency's The Revenant.
Alejandro González Iñárritu is directing the film, which will be shot by Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity). Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith wrote the script, which is based on Michael Punke's novel The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.
Will Poulter is in negotiations to co-star in the movie, which RatPac is co-financing with New Regency.
Jun 30 (TheWrap.com) - Author, filmmaker, and convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza returns to movies with “America,” based on his best-seller of the same title, a follow-up to the screechy, slapdash “2016: Obama's America.” “America” is D'Souza and co-director John Sullivan's love letter to America — or rather, to their version of America, where superior conservative ideas and narratives about America's divinely-provided greatness are constantly under attack from what he calls a liberal “narrative of shame” about this country.
This involves pitting straw-person arguments courtesy of the designated interviewees from the “Blame America First” crowd (a Sioux activist who'd like to see the Black Hills of Dakota restored to that tribe, for but one example) against other arguments from the “Blame America Last” side.
It also features historical re-enactments — Washington among the troops, Lincoln on the stump, a young Hillary Rodham meeting Saul Alinsky in what appears to be a smoke-filled high-school cafeteria — whose production values are somewhere between the Hallmark Channel and a “Saturday Night Live” sketch.
Saturday and Sunday will provide an indicator of how review-proof, or not, the fourth entry in the $2.7 billion franchise will be. Critics have reviled Paramount's “Age of Extinction,” and it has an abysmal 18 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the PG-13 sci-fi action extravaganza received an “A-” CinemaScore from first-night audiences at its 4,233 theaters.
The “Transformers 4” audience skewed male (64 percent) and surprisingly older, with 58 percent over the age of 25.
Jun 25 (TheWrap.com) - Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s upcoming comedy The Interview is, apparently, being considered an “act of war” by North Korea.
The Associated Press reports an unidentified spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry warned of ”stern” and “merciless” retaliation on Wednesday, unless the U.S. government blocks the release of the R-rated romp about a TV host landing an interview with Kim Jong-un and then being asked by the CIA to assassinate him.
The spokesman said the film's Oct. 2 release date would be considered an “act of war that we will never tolerate.”