IDENTITY THIEF Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 1 year, 88 days ago

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Seth Gordon’s Identity Thief was definitely no Horrible Bosses.  Sure, it was funny and quirky, but to watch this film with the expectations that it will be something equally, if not funnier than Horrible Bosses, will lead to a giant letdown.  Identity Thief stars, Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, do a superb job at playing these characters to their best of their comical abilities, but there is such thing as something being “too ridiculous” and Identity Thief manages to go there.  Funny?  Yes.  Hilarious?  Not so much.  I was, however, pleasantly surprised by the way the film was able to turn McCarthy’s character from an obnoxious criminal to a relatable and heartwarming troubled woman.  Hit the jump for my review of Identity Thief on Blu-ray.

New to Blu-ray: WARM BODIES, BREAKING BAD Season 5, A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 137 days ago

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

Weekend Box Office: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Claims Third Highest March Debut of All Time

by     Posted 1 year, 223 days ago

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The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it less sweet. Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful opened big this weekend, earning an estimated $80.2 million from 3,912 locations. Not only does that more than double 2013’s highest debut, it also stands as the third-best March opening of all time, behind Alice in Wonderland and The Hunger Games.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Oz the Great and Powerful $80,200,000 $80.2
2.  Jack the Giant Slayer $10,020,000 $43.8
3.  Identity Thief $6,300,000 $116.5
4.  Dead Man Down $5,350,000 $5.35
5.  Snitch $5,100,000 $31.8
6.  21 & Over $5,056,000 $16.8
7.  Safe Haven $3,800,000 $62.8
8.  Silver Linings Playbook $3,745,000 $120.7
9.  Escape from Planet Earth $3,270,000 $47.8
10.  The Last Exorcism Part II $3,120,000 $12

Friday Box Office: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Conjures $24.1 Million Opening

by     Posted 1 year, 224 days ago

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Ding-dong the slump is dead! After weeks of disappointing returns, the domestic box office is receiving a much-needed boost from Oz the Great and Powerful. The Disney feature opened in 3,912 locations on Friday with an estimated $24.1 million – including $2 million from Thursday and midnight previews. Oz is now projected to earn almost $80 million through Sunday, dwarfing the $34.5 million of Identity Thief, 2013’s previous best-opener.  Though any relief from the mediocrity of recent frames is welcome, the Technicolor success of Oz the Great and Powerful should not come as a surprise. Inspired by one of cinema’s most beloved properties and heavily marketed to the family audiences that this year has so badly neglected, Oz the Great and Powerful was all but guaranteed an impressive debut. FilmDistrict’s Dead Man Down also opened on Friday but, as another in 2013’s long-line of unremarkable R-rated releases, the thriller’s prospects for success were never very strong. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Oz the Great and Powerful $24,113,000 $24.1
2.  Jack the Giant Slayer $2,520,000 $36.3
3.  Dead Man Down $1,830,000 $1.8
4.  Identity Thief $1,800,000 $112
5.  21 & Over $1,640,000 $13.4

Weekend Box Office: JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Tops Slow Weekend with $28 Million

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2013’s box office downturn stretched to its sixth frame this weekend, as Warner Brothers’ Jack the Giant Slayer failed to justify its giant pricetag. From 3,525 locations, the fairytale adaptation took in an estimated $28 million – more than its Friday estimate promised, but less than half of what The Lorax delivered at this time last year. The weekend’s other offerings fared little better though, in the case of The Last Exorcism Part II, a small opening was mitigated by an even smaller budget.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Jack the Giant Slayer $28,010,000 $28
2.  Identity Thief $9,700,000 $107.4
3.  21 & Over $9,000,000 $9
4.  The Last Exorcism Part II $8,030,000 $8
5.  Snitch $7,700,000 $24.4
6.  Escape from Planet Earth $6,726,000 $43.2
7.  Safe Haven $6,300,000 $57
8.  Silver Linings Playbook $5,941,000 $115.5
9.  A Good Day to Die Hard $4,500,000 $59.6
10.  Dark Skies $3,556,000 $13.4

Weekend Box Office: IDENTITY THIEF Sneaks Past SNITCH on Weak Oscar Weekend

by     Posted 1 year, 237 days ago

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2013 has not been a banner year at the box office by any stretch of the imagination, but this weekend will set a new low. For the first time in months, no film took in $15 million. That includes the first-place Identity Thief, which was back on top in its third frame. With an estimated $14.1 million, Identity Thief barely edged out the $13 million debut of Snitch but, when we’re talking numbers this small, gloating over rank seems a little pointless.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Identity Thief $14,100,000 $93.7
2.  Snitch $13,000,000 $13
3.  Escape from Planet Earth $11,013,000 $35.1
4.  Safe Haven $10.600,000 $48
5.  A Good Day to Die Hard $10,000,000 $51.8
6.  Dark Skies $8,850,000 $8.8
7.  Silver Linings Playbook $6.051,000 $107.4
8.  Warm Bodies $4,750,000 $58.1
9.  Side Effects $3,511,000 $25.2
10.  Beautiful Creatures $3,410,000 $16.3

Friday Box Office: SNITCH Squeaks by IDENTITY THIEF on Friday; Comedy Expected To Prevail This Weekend

by     Posted 1 year, 238 days ago

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A disappointing month will come to a disappointing end this weekend as the box office offers up yet another underwhelming frame. How underwhelming? While last year gave us a surprisingly-strong debut in Act of Valor ($24.4 million), not one title is expected to reach $15 million by Oscar Sunday. Among new releases, Snitch is in the best shape. The action flick starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson won a narrow victory on Friday: taking in an estimated $4.14 million from 2,511 locations. Snitch should see a $12 million debut, though that won’t be enough to beat Identity Thief. The comedy holdover took in $4.1 million on Friday, but is expected to earn $13 million over its third weekend in theatres. Debuting in fourth place, Dark Skies earned an estimated $3 million from 2,313 locations. The extraterrestrial-thriller is projected to make $8.4 million through Oscar Sunday, putting it behind holdovers like Safe Haven, Escape from Planet Earth and A Good Day to Die Hard. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1.   Snitch $4,140,000 $4.1
2.   Identity Thief $4,100,000 $83.7
3.   Safe Haven $3,520,000 $40.9
4.   Dark Skies $3,087,000 $3
5.   A Good Day to Die Hard $2,800,000 $44.6

Universal Considering IDENTITY THIEF and MAMA Sequels; Hopes to Release FIFTY SHADES OF GREY in Summer 2014

by     Posted 1 year, 241 days ago

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Universal Pictures had a pretty impressive 2012 despite the high-profile bomb Battleship.  The R-rated comedy Ted has now raked in over $500 million worldwide, and with a sequel already in development, Universal is looking to tee up a couple of other franchises in the near future.  Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson recently sat down for an interview in which he revealed that the studio is actively developing a sequel to this year’s comedy hit Identity Thief, they’re working on a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel without director Rupert Sanders, they hope to make more Bourne movies, and they’re looking to get the anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation in theaters by Summer 2014.  He also talked a bit about their approach to the Van Helsing reboot.

Moreover, a separate report has surfaced claiming that Universal is also eyeing a potential franchise for last month’s horror film Mama, though the pic’s director isn’t exactly keen on expanding the premise into a sequel.  Hit the jump to read on.

Weekend Box Office: A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Kills with $25 Million, IDENTITY THIEF Steals 2nd with $23 Million, SAFE HAVEN Secures 3rd with $21 Million

by     Posted 1 year, 244 days ago

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A Good Day to Die Hard turned in a good weekend at the box office with $25 million, netting $33 million since its Valentine’s Day opening.  It looked like the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven was going to secure the second spot with $21 million, but Identity Thief stole the silver with $23 million.  The comedy, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, now has $70 million in just 10 days.  Check out the full rundown of the weekend’s Top 10 below:

Title Weekend Total
1 A Good Day to Die Hard $25,000,000 $33.2
2 Identity Thief $23,437,000 $70.7
3 Safe Haven $21,430,000 $30.3
4 Escape from Planet Earth $16,066,000 $16.1
5 Warm Bodies $9,000,000 $50.2
6 Beautiful Creatures $7,460,000 $10.0
7 Side Effects $6,307,000 $19.0
8 Silver Linings Playbook $6,088,000 $98.5
9 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters $3,470,000 $49.7
10 Zero Dark Thirty $3,100,00 $88.0

Friday Box Office: DIE HARD and SAFE HAVEN Battle It Out for Number One with $7.2 Million and $7.1 Million; BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Sinks

by     Posted 1 year, 245 days ago

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The holiday weekend is off and running at the box office, and it’s a battle of brawn over sap as A Good Day to Die Hard and Safe Haven are neck-and-neck for the top spot.  The fifth entry in the Die Hard franchise netted near-universal negative reviews, and now the pic is performing slightly under expectations at the box office as the actioner took in an estimated $7.2 million on Friday to add to its $8.2 million take on Valentine’s Day Thursday.  Nipping at Die Hard’s heels is the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, which scored an estimated $7.1 million on Friday to combine with its $8.8 million gross on Thursday.  Warner Bros.’ YA adaptation Beautiful Creatures, however, fell flat with a paltry $2.3 million on Friday that puts it in the number 6 slot overall and on track for a very low $11.5 million weekend.  All of this despite the fact that Beautiful Creatures garnered considerably more positive reviews than both Die Hard and Safe Haven.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1. A Good Day to Die Hard $7,250,000 $15.4
2. Safe Haven $7,150,000 $15.9
3. Identity Thief $6,500,000 $53.7
4. Escape from Planet Earth $3,702,000 $3.7
5. Warm Bodies $2,600,000 $43.8

Weekend Box Office: IDENTITY THIEF Grabs Biggest Opening of 2013 with $36.5 Million

by     Posted 1 year, 251 days ago

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Though much of the Northeast is still drowning under an ocean of snow, Blizzard Nemo didn’t sink the national box office. In first place, Identity Thief took in an estimated $36.5 million, for the highest three-day total so far this year. The R-rated comedy is looking like a solid hit – coming in 40% higher than first projected and 73% higher than Side Effects, the weekend’s only other wide release.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Identity Thief $36,590,000 $36.5
2.  Warm Bodies $11,500,000 $36.6
3.  Side Effects $10,015,000 $10
4.  Silver Linings Playbook $6,908,000 $90
5.  Hansel & Gretel $5,750,000 $43.8
6.  Mama $4,300,000 $64
7.  Zero Dark Thirty $4,000,000 $83.5
8.  Argo $2,500,000 $123.7
9.  Django Unchained $2,288,000 $154.5
10.  Bullet to the Head
$1,980,000 $8.1

Friday Box Office: East Coast Blizzard Can’t Stop IDENTITY THIEF from Stealing Box Office

by     Posted 1 year, 252 days ago

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With movie theatres closed from New Jersey to Maine, box office watchers expect overall grosses to be down again this weekend. But while Blizzard Nemo battered the East Coast, the rest of the country appeared ready to pick up the slack. Identity Thief, the new comedy from director Seth Gordon, brought in an estimated $11.2 million from its 3,141 locations on Friday. The film, which was expected to take in around $25 million through Sunday, should now come closer to $35 million. Not only is that more than most expected from Identity Thief, it’s also more than Gordon’s last hit, Horrible Bosses, made on its own opening weekend in 2011. The news was not as good for Side Effects, the weekend’s second wide release. Steven Soderbergh’s drama grossed an estimated $2.8 million from 2,605 locations on Friday – far less than the $7.9 million the director earned with 2011′s Contagion.  Check back tomorrow for complete details.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Identity Thief $11,200,000 $11.2
2.  Warm Bodies $3,300,000 $28.4
3.  Side Effects $2,800,000 $2.8
4.  Silver Linings Playbook $1,603,000 $84.6
5.  Hansel & Gretel $1,393,000 $39.4

Director Seth Gordon Talks IDENTITY THIEF, Remaking WARGAMES, Chances of a KING OF KONG Movie, and HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

by     Posted 1 year, 253 days ago

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Identity Thief is the hilarious new comedy, from director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and screenwriter Craig Mazin (The Hangover 2), that follows what happens to a regular guy when he is forced to extreme measures to clear his name after a woman who loves to live it up steals his identity and ruins his life.  When Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Jason Bateman) is accused of a series of crimes, the innocent man realizes that a woman named Diana (Melissa McCarthy) is using his ID to do and buy whatever strikes her fancy, and decides to track the woman down and confront her, in order to get his life and name back.

At the film’s press day, Seth Gordon spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he came to direct this, what aspects of the story really spoke to him, developing Melissa McCarthy’s look for her character, assembling such a talented cast of actors, in even the smallest role, how important the test screening process is for comedy, the friends and family he likes to get feedback from, and how much fun the big action moments were to do.  He also talked about his remake of WarGames, which has a script and is now waiting to go forward, whether The King of Kong narrative feature might ever happen, making sure they find a plot for Horrible Bosses 2 that lives up to the first, and the TV pilot he’s going to be directing about a dysfunctional North Eastern family in the ‘80s.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

IDENTITY THIEF Review

by     Posted 1 year, 254 days ago

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The most remarkable thing about Identity Thief is how a movie this dumb could keep insulting its audience’s intelligence.  Aside from being a comedy with no laughs, screenwriter Craig Mazin rests almost his entire plot on coincidences, and one-dimensional characters.  The comic talents of stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy are absolutely wasted on a limp road movie that gets lazier and more tiresome with every passing moment.  The best joke the film can conjure is a punch to the throat, which would almost be preferable to sitting through this chore of a picture.

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy Talk IDENTITY THIEF, Sympathizing with a Horrible Character, and How Far They Go for Comedy

by     Posted 1 year, 254 days ago

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Identity Thief is the new comedy from director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and screenwriter Craig Mazin (The Hangover 2), that follows what happens to a regular guy when he is forced to extreme measures to clear his name after a woman who loves to live it up steals his identity and ruins his life. When Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Jason Bateman) is accused of a series of crimes, the innocent man realizes that a woman named Diana (Melissa McCarthy) is using his ID to do and buy whatever strikes her fancy, and decides to track the woman down and confront her, in order to get his life and name back.

At the film’s press day, Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy participated in a press conference where they talked about what made Seth Gordon the right guy to direct this, playing a horrible character that you still want audiences to sympathize with, some of the craziness that happened with the stunts, just how far they’ll go for comedy, getting stir crazy in a cramped little car for much of the film, and their worst horrible boss experiences.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

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