Weekend Box Office: LUCY Shines with $44 Million; HERCULES Takes Second with $29 Million

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2014’s summer box office got a rare ray of sunshine this weekend thanks to Lucy.  The sci-fi/action pic easily claimed first place with an estimated $44 million from 3,173 locations – the highest debut for star Scarlett Johansson outside of her Marvel Universe appearances.   Hercules had to settle for a second place, though the action/adventure’s estimated $29 million from 3,595 locations also beat expectations.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Lucy $44,025,000 $44
2.  Hercules $29,000,000 $29
3.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $16,400,000 $172
4.  The Purge: Anarchy $9,896,000 $51.2
5.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $9,303,000 $35.1
6.  Sex Tape $5,975,000 $26.8
7.  Transformers: Age of Extinction $4,600,000 $236.3
8.  And So It Goes $4,552,000 $4.5
9.  Tammy $3,400,000 $78.1
10.  A Most Wanted Man $2,717,000 $2.7

 

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A MOST WANTED MAN Review

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[This is a re-post of my A Most Wanted Man review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  The film opens in limited release this weekend.]

The spy thriller genre—like all genres—has its fair share of tropes and clichés.  The best entries are ones that take the foundation of the genre and expand upon it or put a new spin on the material.  Director Anton Corbijn’s latest film, A Most Wanted Man, is a solid and sharply smart entry into the spy genre that manages to explore dark characters and difficult topics while foregoing the typical action-heavy formula, sidestepping audience expectations in the process.  This is not a film that takes shortcuts just to make its audience happy, and though the final results may not delve as deep into some of its themes as one would expect, A Most Wanted Man still manages to be an involving, tense, and slow-burn thriller.  Read my full review after the jump.

New Posters for A MOST WANTED MAN, THE ROVER, V/H/S: VIRAL, LIFE ITSELF, CALVARY, EARTH TO ECHO, and More

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New posters for a number of upcoming films have landed online.  Briefly

  • A Most Wanted Man – The slow-burn spy thriller from director Anton Corbijn stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright and opens July 25th.  Read my review here.
  • The Rover – The dystopian thriller from director David Michod stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and opens June 13th.
  • V/H/S: Viral – The horror anthology sequel opens this fall.
  • Calvary – The dark comedy stars Brendan Gleeson as a priest targeted for assassination and opens August 1st.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Life Itself – The documentary about film critic Roger Ebert opens July 4th.  Read my review here.
  • Earth to Echo – The Spielberg ripoff family-oriented sci-fi adventure opens July 2nd.
  • Love Is Strange – The drama from director Ira Sachs stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a troubled gay couple and opens August 22nd.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Dinosaur 13 – The documentary about the struggle over ownership of a valuable dinosaur fossil opens August 15th.  Read my review here.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

New Trailer for Anton Corbijn’s A MOST WANTED MAN Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman

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The first official trailer for director Anton Corbijn’s (The American) dramatic spy thriller A Most Wanted Man has been released.  Based on the John le Carre (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) novel of the same name, the film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles as a German intelligence operative working to track down terrorists abroad.  I caught the film at Sundance a few months ago and, essentially, it’s exactly what you think an Anton Corbijn adaptation of a John le Carre novel would be.  It’s certainly a slow burn, but it’s sharp and engrossing, offering a unique, global perspective on the post-9/11 world.  Hoffman is, unsurprisingly, brilliant in the lead role as the focused yet jaded operative trying to navigate the no-win world of terrorist hunting, and just watching this trailer makes me enormously sad that he’s no longer around to grace us with his irreplaceable talent.

Hit the jump to watch the A Most Wanted Man trailer, and click here to read my full review.  The film also stars Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Grigoriy DobryginA Most Wanted Man opens in theaters on July 25th.

SUNDANCE 2014 Clips: A MOST WANTED MAN Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams; THE ONE I LOVE Starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss

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Check out some new clips from the following Sundance films:

  • A Most Wanted Man - Director Anton Corbihn’s adaptation of the John le Carré novel starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright.
  • The One I LoveCharlie McDowell’s dramedy starring Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ted Danson.

Hit the jump to watch both clips.

Sundance 2014: A MOST WANTED MAN Review

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The spy thriller genre—like all genres—has its fair share of tropes and clichés.  The best entries are ones that take the foundation of the genre and expand upon it or put a new spin on the material.  Director Anton Corbijn’s latest film, A Most Wanted Man, is a solid and sharply smart entry into the spy genre that manages to explore dark characters and difficult topics while foregoing the typical action-heavy formula, sidestepping audience expectations in the process.  This is not a film that takes shortcuts just to make its audience happy, and though the final results may not delve as deep into some of its themes as one would expect, it still manages to be an involving, tense, and slow-burn thriller.  Read my full review after the jump.

First Trailer for A MOST WANTED MAN Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Daniel Brühl, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe

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Although it doesn’t have a U.S. release date just yet, director Anton Corbijn’s thriller A Most Wanted Man will be premiering at Sundance in just a couple of weeks.  In order to drum up some interest, a new international trailer for the film is making its rounds online today.  The film, adapted from the John le Carré novel, centers on a bizarre love triangle among a half-starved Russian man secreted into Hamburg, an idealistic German civil rights lawyer, and a sixty-year-old man who is inheriting a failing British bank.  All of that hodgepodge aside, this trailer plays up the thriller aspect of the novel as it centers on the German intelligence operation tasked with infiltrating suspected terrorist cells, an objective that leads the operatives to cross paths with the aforementioned trio.

A Most Wanted Man stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Daniel Brühl, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Sundance 2014 First Images from LOVE IS STRANGE, A MOST WANTED MAN, NICK OFFERMAN: AMERICAN HAM, and THE ONE I LOVE

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Continuing our coverage in anticipation of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we’ve got some more first look images and synopses for films that will be screening as part of the Premieres category.  Briefly:

  • Love Is Strange – Directed by Ira Sachs; starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, and Cheyenne Jacksons.
  • A Most Wanted Man – Directed by Anton Corbijn; starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright.
  • Nick Offerman: American Ham – Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts; starring Nick Offerman.
  • The One I Love – Directed by Charlie McDowell; starring Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ted Danson.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

Sundance 2014 Premieres Lineup Announced; Includes THE RAID 2, LAGGIES, A MOST WANTED MAN, and Roger Ebert Doc LIFE ITSELF

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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival has already announced its lineup for competition films and the At Midnight and NEXT categories, and today they’ve unveiled the multitude of world premieres that will take place in Park City next month.  These films include the action sequel The Raid 2, director Lynne Shelton’s new film Laggies, director Anton Corbijn’s John le Carre adaptation A Most Wanted Man, the David Wain comedy They Came Together, writer/director Jake Paltrow’s sci-fi pic Young Ones, the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, and many more.  Hit the jump to check out the full lineup.

Shooting Begins on Anton Corbijn’s A MOST WANTED MAN; Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl, and More Join Cast

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Principal photography has begun on Anton Corbijn‘s adaptation of John le Carre‘s A Most Wanted Man.  The plot revolves around a near-dead half-Chechen, half Russian man on the run in Hamburg’s Islamic community, and looking to recover his father’s ill-gotten fortune, which attracts the attention of German and U.S. security agencies.  We previously reported that Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, and Robin Wright were on board, and the press release has announced that Willem Dafoe is attached as well.  The press release also lists the German actors co-starring in the production.  Among them is rising star Daniel Brühl, who is starring opposite Chris Hemsworth in Ron Howard‘s upcoming Formula One racing drama, Rush.

Hit the jump for the press release.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Adds Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Dermot Mulroney Heads to AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and Robin Wright is MOST WANTED

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Here’s today’s casting news in brief with details to follow:

Hit the jump for more details on each project.

Rachel McAdams to Star in ABOUT TIME and A MOST WANTED MAN

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Earlier this week, we showed you the first image of Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace in Brian DePalma‘s Passion.  I’m always happy when we have McAdams news to report, and we now have some casting news regarding the talented actress.  According to THR, McAdams is signed on to star in About Time for director Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and A Most Wanted Man for Anton Corbijn (The American).  Per THR, About Time is a “fantastical feel-good movie about a man (rising star Domhnall Gleeson) and his ability to travel back in time. He eventually meets the girl of his dreams (McAdams, who clearly likes playing characters who fall for time-travelers).  The film also stars Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Lydia Wilson, and Vanessa Kirby.  Filming is set to begin in London in June.

Hit the jump for more on A Most Wanted Man.  McAdams will hopefully be seen later this year in Terrence Malick‘s untitled feature co-starring Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, and Rachel Weisz.

Philip Seymour Hoffman to Star in Anton Corbijn’s A MOST WANTED MAN

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In June, we reported that Anton Corbijn (The American) was set to adapt John le Carré‘s novel, A Most Wanted Man.  Today, Variety reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman is set to play the lead, “a near-dead half-Chechen, half Russian man on the run [who] in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune.  A young female lawyer and private British banker become entwined in his fate and all the while, they are being watched by a covert German spy unit.”

I was impressed at how Corbijn turned the thriller-premise of The American into a quiet, meditative drama, and I’m curious to see if he’ll take the same approach with A Most Wanted Man.  Shooting is expected to begin this September in Hamburg.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of le Carré’s novel.

Anton Corbijn to Direct Adaptation of John Le Carré’s A MOST WANTED MAN

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By Wikipedia’s count, seven John le Carré novels have been adapted into films.  An eighth, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, is on the way.  According to THR, director Anton Corbijn (The American) will bring us the ninth.  Corbijn has signed on to direct A Most Wanted Man from a screenplay by Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness).  The story centers on a Muslim illegal immigrant caught up in the international war on terror.  The novel is loosely based on Murat Kurnaz, who was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay for several years before release without charge in 2006.

The Amusement Park Films production is expected to begin shooting this winter in Hamburg.  Read the official book synopsis after the jump.

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