New to Blu-ray: DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, ABOUT TIME, ESCAPE PLAN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a serious Oscar contender, an emotional father-son story, an 80s throwback, and more.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Wins with $35 Million

by     Posted 1 year, 31 days ago

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Sony is reporting an opening weekend estimate of $35 million for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. That represents a nice bump from the $30.3 million debut of the original in 2009 (when 3D animation was still a hot trend) but is far from the record-breaking run that many expected. The weekend’s other new titles stuck closer to their very modest projections: Rush was edged out by Prisoners for second place, and neither Baggage Claim nor Don Jon managed to distinguish itself on September’s final frame.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $35,000,000 $35
2.  Prisoners $11,270,000 $38.9
3.  Rush $10,314,000 $10.5
4.  Baggage Claim $9,300,000 $9.3
5.  Don Jon $9,000,000 $9
6  Insidious Chapter 2 $6,747,000 $69.5
7.  The Family $3,700,000 $32.6
8.  Instructions Not Included $3,380,000 $38.5
9.  We’re the Millers $2,865,000 $142.4
10.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $2,417,000 $110.2

Friday Box Office: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Grabs $9.3 Million on First Day

by     Posted 1 year, 32 days ago

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After an animation dry spell that left Disney’s Planes the only feature flying for nearly two months, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 lifted-off on Friday. The sequel to 2009’s 3D hit earned an estimated $9.3 million from 4,002 locations, which means that a new September record is probably not on the menu for the Sony release. At this time last year, Hotel Transylvania banked $10.9 million on its way to that record-setting $42.5 million first weekend. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 seems destined for about $37 million by Sunday – short of a record but well ahead of the $30.3 million debut of the first Cloudy.

After a good start in just five locations last weekend, Ron Howard’s Rush expanded its run on Friday. From 2,297 locations, the racing drama earned an estimated $3.7 million for second place. The frame’s remaining new releases ran about even on Friday: R-rated comedy Don Jon (directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt) took in $3.27 million from 2,422 locations while romantic comedy Baggage Claim booked $3.29 from 2,027 runs. Check back tomorrow for full details.

   Title Friday Total
1.    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $9,300,000 $9.3
2.    Rush $3,700,000 $3.96
3.    Prisoners $3,380,000 $31
4.    Baggage Claim $3,290,000 $3.29
5.    Don Jon $3,275,000 $3.27

Jill Scott Talks BAGGAGE CLAIM, Working with Paula Patton and Adam Brody, Her Desire to Be on TRUE BLOOD, and More

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The romantic comedy Baggage Claim follows Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a successful flight attendant and a devoted daughter, sister and friend, who just can’t manage to get her love life together. With the help of her two best friends, Gail (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody), they devise a plan to have Montana conveniently meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends to see if any of them have since become the perfect guy. Directed by David E. Talbert, the film also stars Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Christina Milian, La La Anthony and Affion Crockett.

At the film’s press day, singer/actress Jill Scott spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she got involved with this film, how much fun she had working with Paula Patton and Adam Brody, that she tends to use her spirit and intellect to get things, unlike the assets her character uses, which man she would have liked to have seen Gail end up with, and how she would love to make a guest appearance on True Blood.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Djimon Hounsou Talks BAGGAGE CLAIM, Marriage, Creating a Backstory for His Character, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 35 days ago

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The romantic comedy Baggage Claim follows Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a successful flight attendant and a devoted daughter, sister and friend, who just can’t manage to get her love life together.  With the help of her two best friends, Gail (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody), they devise a plan to have Montana conveniently meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends to see if any of them have since become the perfect guy.  Directed by David E. Talbert, the film also stars Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Christina Milian, La La Anthony and Affion Crockett.

At the film’s press day, actor Djimon Hounsou (who plays the wealthy and exotic Quinton Jamison) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why this project appealed to him, the opportunity he had to create his own backstory for the character, that he believes people should get to know and enjoy each other before considering marriage, and how much he enjoyed working with co-star Paula Patton.  He also talked about how important it was for him to show some diversity in a superhero movie like Guardians of the Galaxy, how fun and entertaining Marvel movies are to watch, and how he hopes to get some of his own projects into production soon.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Paula Patton Talks BAGGAGE CLAIM, Her Desire to Do a Romantic Comedy, Working with a Great Ensemble Cast, and Trying Not to Laugh during Scenes

by     Posted 1 year, 36 days ago

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The romantic comedy Baggage Claim follows Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a successful flight attendant and a devoted daughter, sister and friend, who just can’t manage to get her love life together.  With the help of her two best friends, Gail (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody), they devise a plan to have Montana conveniently meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends to see if any of them have since become the perfect guy.  Directed by David E. Talbert, the film also stars Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Christina Milian, La La Anthony and Affion Crockett.

At the film’s press day, actress Paula Patton spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about her desire to do a romantic comedy, how long ago she first read this script, wanting to do physical comedy, working with such a great ensemble cast, who was the most difficult to get through scenes with (without laughing), and how much doing a movie about a story like this made her appreciate the love she has in her own life.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

First Trailer and Poster for BAGGAGE CLAIM Starring Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, and Adam Brody

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer and poster for director David E. Talbert’s (First Sunday) romantic comedy Baggage Claim.  The film stars Paula Patton as an unmarried flight attendant who becomes determined to find a man before her younger sister’s wedding.  In order to aid her on her quest, her friends at the airport arrange several of her ex-boyfriends to cross her path.  Though the “I need a man to make me feel whole” premise is rather played out and at least a little offensive, Baggage Claim actually looks like it has a few genuine laughs in store for audiences.  Also, Adam Brody plays the “gay best friend” character, so there’s that.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Tia Mowry, LaLa Anthony, and Djimon HounsouBaggage Claim opens on September 27th.

NEED FOR SPEED Opening Delayed a Month, BAGGAGE CLAIM Lands a Month Earlier and FRUITVALE Gets a Surprise Summer Release

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Check out the latest release dates for the following movies:

  • Need for Speed – From director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) comes this EA video game adaptation starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) and Michael Keaton (Batman).  Need for Speed now opens March 14, 2014.
  • Baggage Claim – Adapted from his own novel for the screen, First Sunday director David E. Talbert’s film stars Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Taye Diggs (Chicago), Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator) and Adam Brody (Mr. & Mrs. Smith).  Baggage Claim now opens September 27, 2013.
  • Fruitvale – Writer/director Ryan Coogler’s feature debut starring Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle), Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), Kevin Durand (Real Steel) and Octavia Spencer (The Help).  Fruitvale now gets a summer release date of July 26, 2013.

Hit the jump for more on each production.

Nate Parker is NON-STOP, Adam Brody Checks BAGGAGE CLAIM, CASH CAB’s Ben Bailey Boards STARBUCK, Cam Gigandet & Nick Thune Join JOHNSON

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Lots of male-pattern casting to get to today.  Let’s take a gander:

  • Nate Parker (Arbitrage) has boarded director Jaume Collet-Serra’s airplane thriller Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson.
  • Adam Brody (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) joins Baggage Claim from writer/director/producer David E. Talbert, a rom-com adaptation of his own novel.
  • Ben Bailey will step out of the Cash Cab and into Ken Scott’s Starbuck remake, opposite Vince Vaughn.
  • Cam Gigandet (Twilight) and Nick Thune (Knocked Up) join Johnson, a raunchie indie comedy directed by Huck Botko (The Virginity Hit) from a Jeff Tetreault script.

Hit the jump for details on each film.

Angela Bassett Joins OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, Derek Luke Boards BAGGAGE CLAIM, Robert Baker and Brian Howe Tied to DEVIL’S KNOT

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Some brief casting notes for you here with more details after the jump:

  • Angela Bassett (Malcolm X) is set to join Gerard Butler (300) and Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) in Antoine Fuqua’s Presidential thriller, Olympus Has Fallen.
  • Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) will star opposite Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) in Baggage Claim, from writer/director/producer David Talbert.
  • Robert Baker (Out of Time) and Brian Howe (The Pursuit of Happyness) are the most recent additions to the cast of Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, based on the true life saga of the West Memphis Three.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

Sean Bean to Star in Suspense Trilogy, DEVIL’S PEAK; Paula Patton Set for BAGGAGE CLAIM; Jamie Hector Joins BLOOD TIES

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Some casting info, including news that should make fans of Sean Bean very happy.  Here it is in brief:

  • Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) will star in the three-film adaptation of Devil’s Peak, a suspense novel trilogy by South African author, Deon Meyer.
  • Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) is set to star in Baggage Claim, a comedy adapted and directed by David Talbert from his bestselling 2003 novel.
  • Jamie Hector (The Wire) joins the phenomenal cast of Blood Ties, which includes Mila Kunis (Black Swan) , Zoe Saldana (Colombiana) and Marion Cotillard (Inception).

Hit the jump for more on each film.

Taraji P. Henson Eyeing Role as Flight Attendant Looking for Love at BAGGAGE CLAIM

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taraji_henson.jpgTaraji P. Henson, who will play Jaden Smith’s mother this summer in the rather unfortunate remake of The Karate Kid, is about to sign on to look for love in the skies as a flight attendant in writer/director David E Talbert’s Baggage Claim, according to Black Voices.

Based on Talbert’s book of the same name, the flick would star Henson as Montana Moore, a 35-year-old flight attendant who decides to go on a 30-day, 30,000-mile quest in search of a husband in time for her sister’s Christmas eve engagement party. Sound a lot like something that might be cooked up by Tyler Perry? Well indeed, like Mr. Perry, Talbert, who made his directorial debut with First Sunday, is a black playwright who will wear all the big hats (writer/director/producer) for this flick.

Admittedly, the movie itself sounds more than a little meh, but after her turn as Shug in Craig Brewer’s Hustle & Flow (my single favorite movie of 2005) and as easily the funniest person in Joe Carnahan’s Smoking Aces, Henson is quickly turning into an actress I’ll watch in just about anything.

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