March 8, 2006
"Lookout" for Gugino, Goode, and Fisher
Carla Gugino, Matthew Goode, and Isla Fisher have signed on to co-star with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Scott Frank's "The Lookout," which looks to be a crime thriller of some sort. (But with Mr. Frank at the helm, the project's starting off on the right foot.)
February 3, 2006
Potter Part 5 Gets Production Underway
Principal photography will commence February 6 at England?s Leavesden Studios on "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling?s beloved Harry Potter novel series.
December 16, 2005
It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Virgin
The surprise sleeper hit "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" just barely cracked the century mark at the domestic box office, which is pretty impressive for a movie star-less sex comedy, but the flick is selling like those proverbial hotcakes now that the DVD has been released. Between DVD and VHS, the Virgin sold over 2 million copies. In one day.
December 13, 2005
Awards Season Gets Rolling with Crix Picks
If you're a fan of the late-year awards season, be sure to add Movie City News to your hit list, because they deliver some consistently excellent coverage. Mid-December is when most of the critics' groups start doling out their accolades, and so far we've gotten input from reviewers' groups in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington.
December 8, 2005
Jeff Daniels Does "Lookout" Duty for Disney
Well-admired character actor Jeff Daniels will star in a thriller entitled "The Lookout" for Disney and Spyglass, a project that will mark the directorial debut of an excellent screenwriter named Scott Frank.
July 28, 2005
Screenwriter Scott Frank on "The Lookout" for Directorial Debut
Scott Frank, screenwriter on such films as "Out of Sight," "Minority Report," and "The Interpreter," will make his directorial debut on the dramatic thriller "The Lookout." (Which, not surprisingly, he already wrote.) Variety reports that the Disney-based project will be a relatively low-budget affair, and that it will also star a rather unlikely leading man.
July 22, 2005
Guy Pearce to Defy "Death" in Houdini Biopic
Guy Pearce and Rachel Weisz will co-star in the Harry Houdini biopic "Death Defying Acts," according to Variety. Gillian Armstrong ("Charlotte Gray") will directing from a screenplay by Tony Grisoni ("Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas") and Brian Ward ("The Interpreter").
May 9, 2005
"Kingdom" Leads a Less Than Heavenly Weekend at the Box Office
"Officially" starting the Summer Movie Season with somewhat of a fizzle are a pair of wide release newcomers and a handful of hangers-on. Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" took the #1 spot by a healthy margin, although total box office numbers continue to lag as compared to last year. "Heaven" grossed an estimated $20 million on 3,200 screens, which was more than enough to give it the top spot, despite hauling in less cash than anticipated. In second place ...
May 2, 2005
"The Guide" Reigns Supreme During Its Debut Weekend
The long-awaited movie version of Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" ended up in first place during its inaugural weekend, raking in a healthy (but not staggering) $21.7 million from just over 3,300 theaters. Hanging on in second place was last weekend's "The Interpreter" which pulled in a fairly impressive $14.2m in its second weekend. Debuting in third place was ...
April 25, 2005
Penn & Kidman "Interpret" an Impressive Box Office Weekend
Not surprisingly, Sydney Pollack's "The Interpreter," starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, took the #1 box office spot in its opening weekend. But while analysts predicted the flick would easily land in the top spot, the movie opened even stronger than expected. "The Interpreter" hauled in $22.8 million in over 2,700 theaters.
April 21, 2005
Critical Consensus: ?Kung Fu Hustle? Best Reviewed Wide Release of the Year
It looks like a busy weekend at the movies this week, with four movies either opening wide or expanding into wide release. There?s something for everyone. For more mature audiences, there?s the Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn political thriller ?The Interpreter.? For teens looking for love, there?s the Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet romantic comedy ?A Lot Like Love.? For laughs, there are two choices ? the Stephen Chow kung fu comedy hit ?Kung Fu Hustle? and the Anthony Anderson kidnapping comedy ?King?s Ransom.?
April 18, 2005
"Amityville" Scares Up a Solid Opening Weekend
Sure, sure, it was the only wide release to open this past weekend, so obviously "The Amityville Horror" was bound to hit the #1 spot. But what's pleasantly surprising (to the producers, anyway) is the news that the haunted house remake scared up $23.3 million in over 3,300 theaters. Although "Amityville" did come up short of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and its $28 million opening frame, the filmmakers can take solace in the fact that "Horror" cost less than $20m to produce ... and is therefore (almost) cutting a profit already.
February 11, 2005
"Eucalyptus" Halts Production Indefinitely
The filming of "Eucalyptus," starring Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, has been indefinitely postponed, Variety reports. Fox Searchlight announced the delay days before shooting was to begin, citing "the screenplay is not where we need it to be."