Weekend Box Office: TRANSFORMERS 4 Retains Title Over Holiday Weekend with $36.4 Million

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Over a very muted Independence Day weekend, Transformers: Age of Extinction had no trouble staying on top of the box office.  After ten days, the sequel has earned more than $575 million worldwide, putting it on track to become 2014’s biggest global earner before the end of the month.  Tammy, the comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, was the frame’s only other notable performer – because this year $21 million counts as notable.  As for the rest of the top ten, including new releases Earth to Echo and Deliver Us From Evil, 2014’s July Fourth weekend was one giant traffic jam of mediocrity.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Transformers 4 $36,400,000 $174.7
2.  Tammy $21,170,000 $32.9
3.  Deliver Us From Evil $9,500,000 $15
4.  22 Jump Street $9,400,000 $158.8
5.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 $8,750,000 $140
6.  Earth to Echo $8,250,000 $13.5
7.  Maleficent $6,133,000 $213.8
8.  Jersey Boys $5,160,000 $36.7
9.  Think Like A Man Too $4,900,000 $57.1
10.  Edge of Tomorrow $3,640,000 $90.8

 

Full story after the jump.

Friday Box Office: TRANSFORMERS 4 and TAMMY Lead Weak Fourth of July Frame

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Transformers: Age of Extinction remained on top of the box office for an eighth straight day on Friday, earning an estimated $10.6 million to easily dominate the week’s three new releases.  All of the new titles opened on July second and, as expected, Warner Bros.’ Tammy was strongest.  The comedy took second place with an estimated $6.6 million yesterday, putting its three-day total at $18.1 million.  Fellow newcomers Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo battled in the middle of the pack, with less than $250,000 separating their debuts from holdovers How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street, both of which are entering their fourth weekend in theatres.

Details and Friday’s top six films after the jump.

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone Talk TAMMY, Finding the Story Inspiration in a Dream, Writing the Script as a Love Letter to Illinois, and More

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Tammy, the feature directorial debut of Ben Falcone, follows Tammy Banks (Melissa McCarthy), a woman on the edge who has lost her job, her husband and her car, all in one day.  She wants out of her small town existence, but with no money or transportation, the only way to do that is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), who leads them into a string of misadventures that neither of them will soon forget.  The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette and Nat Faxon.

During a conference at the film’s press day, real-life husband and wife Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone talked about their dream of telling this story together, the idea coming from a dream, how growing up in Illinois has informed their comedy, getting this talented cast involved, giving mouth-to-mouth to a deer, what their own road trips are like, whether Pearl is anything like their own grandmothers, and the physical comedy.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

ST. VINCENT Trailer: Bill Murray Makes an Unlikely Friend

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The Weinstein Company has released the first St. Vincent trailer for writer/director Theodore Melfi’s upcoming dramedy.  Bill Murray stars as a curmudgeonly, misanthropic veteran who begrudgingly agrees to look after his divorced neighbor’s (Melissa McCarthy) young boy while she’s at work, making an unlikely new friend in the process.  The film looks like a solid vehicle for Murray to do his thing, and I’m definitely interested in seeing how McCarthy handles a more dramatic role.  The pic was a heavily sought-after item in development, and with a fall release date, it’s possible The Weinstein Company could be going after some awards love for Murray and/or McCarthy.

Hit the jump to watch the first St. Vincent trailer.  The film opens in theaters on October 14th and also stars Chris O’Dowd and Naomi Watts.

New Trailer for TAMMY Starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon

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Warner Bros. has released a new Tammy trailer for the upcoming road trip comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon.  Co-written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, who also directs, the film revolves around a down-and-out woman (McCarthy) who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon).  This new trailer offers a better look at the full film as well as the chemistry between McCarthy and Sarandon, and it also markets Tammy as the must-see movie of the big Fourth of July weekend.  It’s a smart play, and the comedy is certainly on-point in this trailer.  The driving force of the plot is still unclear, but the prospect of McCarthy and Sarandon encountering various familiar faces during their cross-country road trip is certainly enticing.

Hit the jump to watch the new Tammy trailer.  The film also stars Kathy Bates, Sarah Baker, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Gary Cole, Nat Faxon, Sandra Oh, and Mark DuplassTammy opens in theaters on July 2nd.

New TAMMY, JERSEY BOYS, and JUPITER ASCENDING Images, Featuring Channing Tatum’s Rocket Boots

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Warner Bros. has unveiled a few new images from some of its upcoming Summer 2014 films.  Briefly:

  • Jupiter Ascending – A new Jupiter Ascending image from writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi epic shows that Channing Tatum’s half-werewolf/half-albino character has himself a pair of rocket boots, which come in handy when saving Mila Kunis’ queen character.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.
  • Tammy – A pair of new Tammy images from the upcoming comedy highlight Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, with McCarthy playing a down-and-out woman who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon).  Directed by Ben Falcone, the film opens on July 2nd.
  • Jersey Boys – Two new Jersey Boys images from director Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the stage musical show the titular characters, played by newcomers John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, and Vincent Piazza.  The film opens on June 20th.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.

TOP 5: ROBOCOP, TRANSCENDENCE, Paramount to Release Darren Aronofsky’s Cut of NOAH, TAMMY, JODOROWSKY’S DUNE Trailer

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The best thing I can say about director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake is that, for better or worse, it tries to do its own thing. It makes an honest attempt at updating the scathing social critique of the original to fit within our immediate corporate and political landscape and I respect it for that. The most condemning thing I can say about the film is that I found it painfully boring. Aside from the original music playing over the opening title card and watching Samuel L. Jackson‘s spot-on depiction of the pure theater that cable television sells as honest political discourse, I rarely mustered so much as a grin throughout the film’s 108 minutes. To be fair, I don’t envy anyone who is tasked with making a PG-13 reimagining of Paul Verhoeven‘s subversive classic. It’s like Verhoeven was allowed to work with a sledgehammer and Padilha was asked to make due with a Q-tip. It was never a fair fight to begin with.

Opening thoughts aside, we’ll talk more about the RoboCop remake in this week’s Top 5 including an official review and interviews for the film. We’ll also cover the new trailer for Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut Transcendence, Paramount’s decision to release Darren Aronofsky‘s cut of Noah to theaters, the first trailer for Melissa McCarthy‘s Tammy, and a trailer for the excellent looking doc Jodorowsky’s Dune. As is so often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

First Trailer for TAMMY Starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Ben Falcone’s upcoming road trip comedy Tammy.  The film stars Melissa McCarthy as a woman who takes a road trip with her diabetic/alcoholic/foul-mouthed grandmother (Susan Sarandon) after she’s laid off from a fast food restaurant and discovers that her husband is having an affair.  This first teaser focuses squarely on McCarthy, who appears to be doing her best Shia LaBeouf impression right off the bat.  It’s a great example of a teaser, since only the barest bones of a plot are on display.  If you like the humor in this minute-plus, there’s a good chance you’ll want to check out the full movie.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd, and Kathy BatesTammy opens July 2nd.

Melissa McCarthy in Talks to Star in Paul Feig’s Spy Comedy SUSAN COOPER

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Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig are looking to go three for three.  The two first collaborated on the comedy hit Bridesmaids, and their second film The Heat opened to impressive box office and solid reviews earlier this summer.  Now The Wrap reports that McCarthy is in talks to lead Feig’s female-led spy comedy Susan Cooper.  The 20th Century Fox film centers on a female James Bond-type, but will not be a spoof and instead will handle situations realistically with a comedic bent.  Feig wrote the script and will direct and produce, and McCarthy is currently negotiating her deal, figuring out how to work around her CBS sitcom schedule on Mike & Molly.

McCarthy most recently wrapped Tammy, which she co-wrote and stars in opposite Shirley MacLaine, and is currently filming the comedy/drama St. Vincent de Van Nuys with Bill Murray.

IDENTITY THIEF Blu-ray Review

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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.

TOP 5: WHITE HOUSE DOWN, THE CONJURING Set Visit, THE HEAT, Jim Carrey Declines to Promote KICK-ASS 2, 2013 Saturn Awards Interviews

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Well said, Matt Goldberg. In the opening sentences of his review of The Heat (linked after the jump), our Managing Editor/resident film reviewer dropped some serious truth regarding female lead films, their often unfair characterization as “the female [insert hit movie here]“, and how ridiculous it is that it has taken this long to get our better halves at the forefront of a genre that has been around for years. I say this not because I feel like Matt needs my approval and/or defense, but because it’s thoughtful writing like this that makes me both a proud contributor and eternal fan of the site.

All high-fiving aside, this week’s Top 5 includes White House Down interviews with Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and more, Dave’s The Conjuring set visit recap, The Heat interviews with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and director Paul Feig, Jim Carrey‘s announcement that he won’t be promoting Kick-Ass 2, and interviews from the 2013 Saturn Awards red carpet with the likes of Joss Whedon and Shane Black. A brief recap and link to each makes its home after the jump.

THE HEAT Review

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According to the MPAA’s theatrical market statistics for 2012, slightly more women went to see movies than men.  However, most movies feature men in the lead roles or with an actress as a co-lead.  Hit films are usually male dominated and then if there’s movie in the same vein but featuring women, it’s “the female [insert hit movie here]“.  The Heat could be described as a female buddy-cop movie (you don’t need a specific movie title because there have been so many), which is not only pithy and unfair, but only serves to highlight how long it’s taken to get talented actresses to lead a genre that’s been around for decades.  With tremendous chemistry between stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as well as painfully funny dialogue, The Heat isn’t a hilarious buddy-cop flick with women.  It’s a hilarious buddy-cop flick, period.  It’s also the funniest film I’ve seen all year.

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy Talk THE HEAT, TAMMY, Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY, What They Collect, and More

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At the recent press day for director Paul Feig‘s The Heat, we landed an exclusive video interview with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.  The film stars Bullock as an FBI agent who teams up with a local Boston cop (McCarthy) in order to bring down a drug lord.  As you can see in the trailers and clips, the film features some excellent chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and it’s great to see two women as the leads in a buddy cop comedy.

During the interview, Bullock and McCarthy talked about how Hollywood rarely makes a movie with two female leads, what they collect, iced coffee, Dunkin Donuts, and more.  In addition, McCarthy talked about Tammy, which she wrote and is directing with her husband Ben Falcone, and Bullock talked about Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity.  Hit the jump to watch.  The Heat opens June 28th.

Watch 6 Clips From Director Paul Feig’s THE HEAT Starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy

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With director Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids) upcoming buddy cop comedy The Heat opening June 28th, 20th Century Fox has sent over six clips.  The film stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent who teams up with a local Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) in order to bring down a drug lord.  The previous trailers and clips have teased some excellent chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and these new clips are no different.

The film also stars Katilin OlsonDemian BichirTony HaleThomas F. Wilson, Taran Killam, and Michael Rapaport.  Hit the jump to watch the clips and look for our exclusive video interviews for the film this week.

Chloë Grace Moretz in Final Talks for IF I STAY, Melissa McCarthy Lends Her Voice to DreamWorks Animation’s B.O.O.: BUREAU OF OTHERWORLDLY OPERATIONS

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on both casting announcements. 

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