New to Blu-ray: LABOR DAY, THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, SOPHIE’S CHOICE, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases includes the latest from filmmaker Jason Reitman, an independently produced retelling of the Hercules tale, one of Meryl Streep’s three Oscar-winning roles, and more.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: Remains on Top For Third Week with $12.2 Million

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For the third weekend in a row, Ride Along is the top draw at the domestic box office.  The comedy earned an estimated $12.2 million on Super Bowl weekend, which comes in as the lowest first place total in more than a year.  That Awkward Moment opened in third behind the incredibly long-lived Frozen.  Thanks to Disney’s new sing-a-long version, the musical jumped back up to second place and is now achingly close to topping Despicable Me 2’s final North American gross.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Ride Along $12,214,000 $92.9
2.  Frozen $9,310,000 $360
3.  That Awkward Moment $9,010,000 $9
4.  The Nut Job $7,613,000 $50.2
5.  Lone Survivor $7,161,000 $104.8
6.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $5,400,000 $38.9
7.  Labor Day $5,300,000 $5.3
8.  American Hustle $4,300,000 $132.1
9.  The Wolf of Wall Street $3,550,000 $104
10.  I, Frankenstein $3,520,000 $14.4

Friday Box Office: RIDE ALONG Keeps Rolling in First; THAT AWKWARD MOMENT a Close Second

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This year’s Super Bowl box office will be even more muted than usual, which is good news for a handful of holdovers.  Ride Along took first place on Friday with $4 million and is now poised for a third straight box office victory.  The Universal comedy should bring in about $12 million this weekend, an indication of how soft this year’s Super Bowl weekend looks.

The highest-grossing new release, That Awkward Moment, was a very close second yesterday, and is expected to earn approximately $10 million through Sunday.  That’s positively robust compared to Labor Day, the frame’s second new title.  The Jason Reitman  release earned just $1.93 million on its first day in 2,589 locations and should end the weekend in the $5 million range.  Finally, after an incredible ten weeks in the top five, Frozen is still going strong.  Thanks to a new sing-a-long version of the film, which hit 2,000-plus venues on Friday, Disney’s massive holiday hit should add another $9 million to its domestic total by Sunday.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Ride Along $4,000,000 $84.6
2.  That Awkward Moment $3,940,000 $3.9
3.  Lone Survivor
$2,300,000 $99.9
4.  Frozen
$2,240,000 $352.9
5.  Labor Day
$1,930,000 $1.93

27 New Images from Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

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Paramount Pictures has released a batch of new high-resolution images from writer/director Jason Reitman’s adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel Labor Day.  The film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) to take in a drifter (Josh Brolin), who turns out to be an escaped convict on the run.  Despite the fact that the film is being released without much fanfare, it’s actually quite good.  It’s a significant departure for Reitman and marks his most mature work to date, and Winslet and Brolin both give excellent lead performances.

Hit the jump to check out the new images and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, and James Van Der BeekLabor Day opens nationwide on January 31st.

New TV Spot for Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

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Paramount Pictures has released a new TV spot for writer/director Jason Reitman’s new film Labor Day, a movie that feels like it’s being unveiled unceremoniously despite the fact that it’s very, very good.  The film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother (Kate Winslet) to take in a drifter (Josh Brolin), who turns out to be an escaped convict on the run.  The narration in this one-minute spot is absolutely terrible, but it does highlight the excellent romantic chemistry between Winslet and Brolin.  The pic marks Reitman’s most mature work to date and is an impressive departure devoid of any cynicism or sarcasm; it’s also surprisingly thrilling.  I’m honestly befuddled as to why Paramount seems to be burying the film, as it’s well worth seeing.

Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from TIFF.  The pic also stars Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, and James Van Der BeekLabor Day is now playing in limited release and opens in wide release on January 31st.

Oscar Beat: The Best Actress Race – Can Anyone Beat Blanchett?

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In Collider’s ongoing awards feature Oscar Beat, we recently took a look at the state of the Best Actor Oscar race, which is looking to be one of the most competitive in recent memory.  Likewise, this year’s Best Actress race is chock-full of fantastic performances and serious contenders, but we’ve had a frontrunner for the category since July and Cate Blanchett’s name remains atop the pile as we head into the thick of the race.  Will Blanchett remain the favorite over the next three months or is there another contender more worthy of the trophy?  Can any of the brilliant performances from this year’s smaller indies crack the top five?  Read on after the jump as we examine the current state of the Best Actress category.

New Posters for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, LABOR DAY, THE DOUBLE, BLOOD TIES, and DELIVERY MAN

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A number of new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • August: Osage County – The new poster for director John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play presents the mother-daughter duo of Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in appropriate fashion.  The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Margo Martindale and opens on December 25th.  Read Matt’s review from TIFF here.
  • Labor Day – The UK poster for writer/director Jason Reitman’s upcoming drama highlights Josh Brolin’s escaped convict character embracing Kate Winslet, who plays a single mother.  The film also stars Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg and James Van Der Beek and opens in limited release on December 25th.  Read Matt’s review from TIFF here.
  • The Double – A couple of UK quads for writer/director Richard Ayoade’s dark comedy plays on the film’s premise of a man who comes across his doppelganger.  Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, and Wallace Shawn star.  Read Matt’s review from TIFF here.
  • Blood Ties – A collection of French character posters for director Guillaume Canet’s crime thriller starring Billy Crudup, Clive Owen, Mila Kunis, and Zoe Saldana.  Read Matt’s review from TIFF here.
  • Delivery Man – A new poster for the Vince Vaughn-fronted comedy, also starring Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders.  The film opens November 22nd.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

First Posters for LABOR DAY and CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN; Plus New BAD GRANDPA Poster

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A few new posters tonight:

  • Labor Day - Josh Brolin plays an escaped convict who forms a makeshift family with a single mother (Kate Winslet) and her son (Gattlin Griffith) in the latest from Jason Reitman (Up in the Air).
  • Charlie Countryman – Formerly known as The Necessary Death of Charlie CountrymanShia LaBeouf plays the title character who “enters into the hallucinatory, Romanian underworld filled with violence and, strangely enough, love.”  Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen also star.
  • Bad GrandpaJohnny Knoxville brings back his 85-year-old Irving Zisman character from the Jackass movies and adds an 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll).

See the posters after the break.

Oscar Beat: Fall Festival Postmortem; 12 YEARS A SLAVE Emerges as Strong Early Frontrunner

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The Fall Film Festival season has come and gone, and with that we now have a pretty clear idea of the early state of the Oscar race.  While initial awards projections were made mostly on conjecture and blind faith, a number of the major contenders have now had a chance to screen at the prestigious Telluride, Toronto, and Venice film festivals allowing critics and industry folk to assess the quality of heavy hitters such as Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Labor Day, and August: Osage County.  Last year, an early Oscar frontrunner came out of nowhere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the form of Silver Linings Playbook, but this year an incredibly strong frontrunner has emerged with near-unanimous praise.

Hit the jump for a rundown of the Oscar race as it stands now, including our first Oscar Beat power rankings for the major categories.

Oscar Beat TIFF 2013: Jason Reitman Back in the Awards Race with Excellent LABOR DAY

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Filmmaker Jason Reitman is no stranger to Oscar attention.  His second directorial feature, 2007’s Juno, landed nods for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay, with Reitman finding himself a surprise nominee for Best Director.  His next feature, Up in the Air, once again landed a number of nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, but after a rigorous campaign the film went home empty handed.  Following a more minor turn with 2011’s Young Adult, Reitman enters the fray this year with a wholly different kind of film: Labor Day.

I caught Labor Day earlier this afternoon at the Toronto International Film Festival and can attest that it is an excellent picture all around that just might be Reitman’s best to date.  Hit the jump for my rundown of the film’s Oscar prospects in a special TIFF edition of Oscar Beat.

TIFF 2013: Clips from Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY, Teller’s TIM’S VERMEER and Arie Posin’s THE FACE OF LOVE

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Let’s take a look at some clips from the following films:

  • Labor DayJason Reitman’s drama starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire, James Van Der Beek and Clark Gregg, opening January 31, 2014.
  • Tim’s VermeerTeller (of Penn & Teller) directs this documentary centering on inventor Tim Jenison’s quest to understand the painting techniques of Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.
  • The Face of Love - Arie Posin’s romantic drama starring Ed Harris, Annette Bening and Robin Williams.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.

Oscar Beat: A Way Too Early Glimpse at the Best Picture Field – Part 2

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As the fall film festival season kicks this year’s Oscar Race into high gear this weekend, we thought it fitting to take one last early look at the Best Picture contenders before the nuttiness ensues.  Yesterday we ran down 11 films that have a decent shot at becoming part of the upcoming Best Picture race, and today in the second part of this particular Oscar Beat column, we complete the list with 10 more potential contenders.  Hit the jump to read on.

Oscar Beat: Does This Year’s Telluride Film Festival Lineup Include Our Best Picture Winner?

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The lineup for this year’s Telluride Film Festival was announced this morning just before the Colorado fest gets underway this weekend, and with it comes some serious expectations.  As I outlined in the inaugural edition of Oscar Beat, the fall film festivals mark the official start of awards season, as the studios use the festivals to announce their heavy hitters and Oscar hopefuls.  Four of the last five Best Picture winners played at Telluride (Argo, The King’s Speech, The Artist, and Slumdog Millionaire) and this year’s lineup certainly has the potential to launch our eventual winner with fare from the Coen Brothers, Jason Reitman, and Alfonso Cuaron all on tap.

Hit the jump for more, as we take a closer look at the Telluride lineup with an eye towards sussing out our 2013 Best Picture winner.

Oscar Beat: The Fall Festival Contenders

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It’s that time of year again, folks.  The explosion-filled summer blockbusters will soon be fading from multiplexes, and in will flow a number of smaller, more dramatic films poised to dominate the Oscar conversation as the awards machine gets up and running.  Some will meet high expectations, some will be disappointing, and some will come out of nowhere to take everyone by surprise.  We here at Collider ran a few awards-centric articles last fall that examined the Oscar race as it drew closer, but this year we’re happy to expand our awards coverage to a regular column titled “Oscar Beat.”

We’ll be covering anything and everything Oscar up through the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2nd, and if years past are any indication, there will be plenty to discuss.  In our inaugural installment of Oscar Beat, we’ll be taking a look at the upcoming Fall Film Festival circuit, which is where the heavy hitters of awards season traditionally premiere.  Hit the jump for more.

First Image from Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin

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It may only be August, but studios are already starting to make moves with regards to their awards fare.  Today, the first official image from Thank You for Smoking and Up in the Air writer/director Jason Reitman’s upcoming drama Labor Day has been released.  Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, the film takes place over the course of a Labor Day weekend and tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who convinces his reclusive mother to take in a drifter, who turns out to be an escaped convict on the run.  Kate Winslet plays the mother and Josh Brolin plays the convict, and Labor Day sees Reitman navigating decidedly different territory as he weaves the character drama with shades of a thriller.  The film also involves flashback and flashforwards, with Tobey Maguire playing the grown-up version of the young boy.  Given its pedigree, the pic is sure to be a contender in this year’s awards race.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Gattlin Griffith, J.K. Simmons, Clark Gregg, and James Van Der BeekLabor Day opens in limited release on December 25th before expanding wide on January 31st.

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