Box Office: NO GOOD DEED Opens in First with $24.5 Million; GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Hits $300 Million

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It’s September, and that means modest movies doing modest box office business.  With that said, two of the weekend’s new films – No Good Deed and The Drop – look rather impressive, at least in terms  of the modest expectations most of us have for September releases.  In less equivocally impressive terms, Guardians of the Galaxy became the first release of 2014 to pass $300 million in domestic earnings.  The last film to hit that benchmark was Frozen back in January but, because the Disney hit was released in 2013, GotG stands alone as 2014’s one and only triple blockbuster.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  No Good Deed $24,500,000 $24.5
2.  Dolphin Tale 2 $16,550,000 $16.5
3.  Guardians of the Galaxy $8,041,000 $305.9
4.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4,800,000 $181
5.  Let’s Be Cops $4,300,000 $72.9
6.  The Drop $4,200,000 $4.2
7.  If I Stay $4,050,000 $44.9
8.  The November Man $2,750,000 $22.4
9.  The Giver $2,626,000 $41.3
10.  The Hundred-Foot Journey $2,461,000 $49.4

Full story after the jump.

NO GOOD DEED Review

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No Good Deed is not a good film by any stretch of the imagination.  Yet, I would recommend it highly to almost every single one of my friends.  I’m not typically responsive to the “so bad it’s good” mindset, and that’s not where this review is really coming from.  I don’t beckon you towards this film so you can laugh at it; I want you to laugh with it. Because I think director Sam Miller (working from a script by Aimee Lagos) knows exactly what this film is at this point.  No Good Deed entered post-production over two years ago and, though I have zero inside knowledge or proof that this was the case, it feels like the filmmakers realized they had a disaster on their hands and made the smart move of leaning into the mess rather than shying away from it.  

Idris Elba Talks NO GOOD DEED, Getting to Play a Bad Guy, the Potential Return of LUTHER, and More

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Screen Gems will release director Sam Miller‘s (Luther) new thriller No Good Deed tomorrow.  The film stars Idris Elba as an escaped convict with a dangerous past who makes his way into the home of a devoted wife (Taraji P. Henson) and her young children.    As you can tell from the trailer, Elba isn’t in his usual good guy mode here.  I recently had a chance to sit down with the actor and we talked about how satisfying it was for him to play someone so evil.  We also talked about the physicality of his scenes with Henson and the possibility of more Luther episodes (along with a movie).

Hit the jump to watch my No Good Deed interview with Idris Elba.  The film also stars Leslie BibbKate del Castillo, and Henry Simmons.  No Good Deed opens in theaters on September 12th.

Malin Akerman Joins THE TICKET; Ty Simpkins Heads to MEADOWLAND; Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton to Lead ONE SQUARE MILE

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It’s casting time! Here’s what we’ve got coming at a glance:

  • The Ticket has Malin Akerman locked to star opposite Dan Stevens.
  • Meadowland just added Jurassic World’s Ty Simpkins to the cast.
  • One Square Mile is set to begin production with Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton in the lead roles.

Hit the jump for more.

Guy Ritchie’s KING ARTHUR Might Be Trained by Idris Elba

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About three months ago it appeared that Guy Ritchie had firmed up King Arthur as his next project with the possibility of the tale stretching into six feature films (which sounds absolutely insane and near impossible to me, but whatever).  There’s still no word on this six movie business (which at this point I’m taking as a sign that this will be a standalone film that will leave the option for sequels open).  But now we have our first bit of casting news.

Idris Elba is in talks to join the film, which was written by Joby Harold and will be produced by Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnel.  Warner Bros. will be releasing the film in 2D and 3D on July 22, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on Idris Elba possibly joining King Arthur.

First BEASTS OF NO NATION Image Reveals Idris Elba as a Child Soldier Army Commander in Cary Fukunaga’s Drama

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Focus Features has unveiled the first Beasts of No Nation image from True Detective director Cary Fukunaga’s upcoming child soldier drama.  Fukunaga also wrote the pic, which is based on author Uzodinma Iweala’s novel of the same name and revolves around a young boy who is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters when a civil war erupts in his West African country.  Idris Elba, who is also a producer on the film, plays the army’s terrifying commander, and judging by this first-look image he appears to be rather imposing.  Though many may just know Fukunaga as the director of all eight True Detective episodes, his past two features, Jane Eyre and Sin Nombre, have been excellent, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing his passion project Beasts of No Nation realized on the big screen.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first Beasts of No Nation image.  The film is currently in production in Ghana.

NO GOOD DEED Trailer: Idris Elba Goes Bad as a Home Invader

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Screen Gems has released the first No Good Deed trailer for director Sam Miller’s (Luther) upcoming thriller.  The film stars Idris Elba as an escaped convict with a dangerous past who makes his way into the home of a devoted wife (Taraji P. Henson) and her young children.  The pic looks to be a pretty disturbing home invasion thriller, maybe because Elba is just so damn likable in most of his other roles.  Here, though, Elba appears to be playing a character with very sinister intentions.  Stringer Bell this is not.

Hit the jump to watch the No Good Deed trailer.  The film also stars Leslie Bibb, Kate del Castillo, and Henry SimmonsNo Good Deed opens in theaters on September 12th.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Actor Omar Sy Joins JURASSIC WORLD [Update: Jake Johnson Confirmed to Co-Star]

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French actor Omar Sy had a breakthrough role with the French film The Intouchables and landed the part of Bishop in the upcoming blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Now he’s joined another tentpole feature by signing on to co-star in the fourth Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World.  Unsurprisingly, since we don’t know much about the plot, we don’t know much about his role, but it’s good to see another talented actor join the cast.  The movie also stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins.

Hit the jump for tweets from Sy and director Colin Trevorrow about the actor joining the film.  Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015. [Update: THR reports that Idris Elba and Jake Johnson have also joined the cast.] [2nd update: THR has quietly removed Elba from their listing of the cast members, and @slashfilm is tweeting that the rumor is "NOT true. I have this 100% confirmed".]

Idris Elba to Voice Shere Khan in Jon Favreau’s THE JUNGLE BOOK

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The race of the two Jungle Book films continues.  Disney’s iteration has a leg up on Warner Bros.’ adaptation since it has both a director and a release date, and now it has a star.  Deadline reports that Idris Elba will provide the voice of the villainous tiger Shere Khan in director Jon Favreau’s adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling book.  Favreau’s film will be a mixture of live-action and CGI, and so it appears that Shere Khan will be brought to life via the latter.  Elba is currently gearing up to go shoot True Detective director Cary Fukunaga’s next film, the child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation, but he feels like an excellent fit for the character of Khan.

Disney’s film is slated for release on October 9, 2015, so production will likely get underway this summer.  Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is on the hunt for a director for its live-action The Jungle Book film after Alejandro González Iñárritu dropped outRon Howard was recently mentioned in connection with the project, but further confirmation has yet to materialize.

Idris Elba and Sam Worthington Board ALIVE ALONE; John Travolta to Voice GUMMY BEAR

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We’ve got a couple of casting announcements to attend to this afternoon.  First up, Idris Elba and Sam Worthington have boarded the dramatic thriller Alive Alone as Matthias Schoenaerts has dropped out of the picture.  Elba will play an ex-detainee of Guantanamo Bay working as a taxi driver whose world collides with a prostitute (Noomi Rapace) on the run from a feared crime boss (Worthington).  The story takes place in New York City and Khurram Longi is making his directorial debut on the feature, which he also wrote.  Per Deadline, production is looking to get underway next month.

Additionally, Deadline reports that John Travolta will lead the voice cast of the insane-sounding independent animated feature Gummy Bear.  The 2D/3D animated pic “sees Gummy and his friends—a vegetarian vampire bat, a cat, and a chameleon—fighting to save an alien planet from destruction.”  A director is not yet attached and Stealth Media Group is aiming to start production on the $30 million pic this September.  That premise is certainly something.

PACIFIC RIM Blu-ray Review

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Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s ode to everything a twelve-year-old boy might love, is a massively entertaining film if you’ve ever wanted to see giant robots wrestle with Godzilla-style monsters.  Every effects shot is done with such loving detail that it’s the sort of film that’s absolutely perfect for home viewing.  If you like it, you’ll want to watch it (or the choice parts) over and over again, because there’s so little else out there like it.  My review of Pacific Rim on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Idris Elba to Lead BASTILLE DAY; Catherine Keener Joins Chloe Grace Moretz in NOVEMBER CRIMINALS

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He can be seen fleetingly in Marvel’s latest film Thor: The Dark World, but Idris Elba will now get the chance to lead a feature of his own.  Variety reports that Elba is set to star in the international thriller Bastille Day for Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content.  Penned by Andrew Baldwin, the story revolves around “a U.S. operative who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American boy ‘disappear’ in order to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government after the boy is linked as the prime suspect to an attack on the Paris metro.”  Unsurprisingly, the operative soon realizes that the boy is innocent after a string of other attacks ensue, and the two must work together to find out who is orchestrating the destruction.

Taken helmer Pierre Morel was previously attached to direct but he has subsequently fallen off the project.  Producers are currently looking for a director to take the helm.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi’s next film.

Idris Elba Cast in JURASSIC WORLD?; Jason Statham May Join Paul Feig’s SUSAN COOPER; Nelsan Ellis Cast in James Brown Pic, GET ON UP

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Here’s a bit more casting for you this evening:

  • Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) is rumored to be starring in director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World.  The fourth picture in the Jurassic Park franchise stars Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), and Nick Robinson (Melissa & Joey).
  • Jason Statham (Homefront) is about to enter negotiations to star in Paul Feig’s upcoming spy comedy, Susan Cooper, starring Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) in the title role.
  • Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) has landed the role of Bobby Byrd in Tate Taylor’s James Brown pic, Get on Up.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

New Trailer for MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Accompanied by New U2 Song

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A new trailer for director Justin Chadwick’s biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has been released, which itself is accompanied by a new song from U2.  The film stars Idris Elba and chronicles the life of Nelson Mandela from his childhood in a rural village to his election as president of South Africa.  This new trailer showcases Elba’s magnetic performance as the South African leader, and it also does a nice job of depicting the turmoil with which Mandela was surrounded.  This pic has thus far received mixed-to-positive reviews, with many noting that it simply tries to cover too much ground, but I’m still interested to see how Elba embodies Mandela throughout so many different periods of his life.  As for the U2 song “Ordinary Love,” it’s very current-era U2.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.  The film also stars Naomie HarrisMandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens in limited release on November 29th.

Idris Elba’s Heimdall Stands Tall in New Poster for THOR: THE DARK WORLD [Updated with Malekith Poster]

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We’ve already seen a number of character posters from Thor: The Dark World, but today it’s Idris Elba’s turn to shine.  The Luther actor returns for the Alan Taylor-directed sequel as Heimdall, and I’m personally hoping that the character will have a larger role in the follow-up.  The story finds Chris Hemsworth’s titular Thor facing off against Christopher Eccleston’s villainous Malekith, and as gleaned in the latest TV spot that pesky Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will no doubt be meddling in the confrontation.

Check out the Heimdall poster after the jump.  The film also stars Stellan Skarsgård, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.  Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8th. [Update: A poster for Malekith has also been released, and it's included after the jump.]

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