A Saturday surge carried Disney’s family movie “Frozen” to No. 1 at the U.S. box office this weekend, ending the two-week reign of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Disney Animation’s 3D kids film was trailing Katniss and her cohorts after Friday, but families turned out in force Saturday and drove it to a $31.6 million three-day total.
Ethan and Joel Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” gave the writer-director team their best box-office debut ever this weekend, rolling up $402,000 from just four theaters. That’s a spectacular $100,500 per-screen average for the CBS Films’ Oscar hopeful that stars Oscar Isaacs as young singer at the crossroads amid the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.
An unofficial tribute to actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas drew thousands of people Sunday afternoon to the street where the two died in a car crash Nov. 30.
Nearly 8,000 fans responded to a Facebook invite for memorial gathering in honor of Walker and Rodas, so roads surrounding the event in Santa Clarita, Calif. were packed with cars, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff.
First there was the best….and now the comes the worst. While Mary Pols stoked internet fury last year by naming “Cloud Atlas" the top stinker of 2012, hardly anyone will argue with her choice this year: "Grown Ups 2." In fact, the rest of her list is pretty debate proof. From Ridley Scott's verbose and empty “The Counselor,” to Sam Raimi's CGI-drenched “Oz The Great And Powerful" to worst three-quel ever "The Hangover Part III,” these were undeniably all pretty awful movies.
A new Universal picture is teaming up NBA superstar LeBron James and stand-up stand-out Kevin Hart (This Is the End) in the sports comedy, Ballers. The odd-sized duo will play a pair of brothers, with the 5’3” Hart literally living in the shadow of his 6’8” sibling-turned-pro athlete. The script, co-written by Hart and his writing partners Joey Wells, Chris Spencer and Harry Ratchford, gives the smaller brother a chance to shine when he and his buddies attend a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami.
Jack O’Connell is set to star with Angelina Jolie directing the pic.
Awards-season hopefuls J.C. Chandor and Oscar Isaac are set to team up on Chandor’s next project, A Most Violent Year. Writer-director Chandor, who is in the Oscar hunt with his film All Is Lost, confirmed at last night’s Gotham Awards that the Inside Llewyn Davis star will replace Javier Bardem in the period drama that already has two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain onboard as the female lead.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 15 documentary features in contention for Oscar, from a huge category of 147 films that had originally qualified. The list includes “20 Feet From Stardom,” the year’s highest grossing docu; “The Armstrong Lie,” “The Act of Killing” and “Blackfish” (pictured from left); as well as “Stories We Tell” by Sarah Polley, which won the N.Y Critics Circle Award today.
Hobbit fans in New Zealand got the first full look at the Dragon Smaug, with a life-size image unveiled Monday on the side of an Air New Zealand Boeing 737 plane before flying from Auckland, N.Z., to Los Angeles on Tuesday for the premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Photos: The Hard Road to ‘The Hobbit’ It’s the first time that Smaug has been seen in its entirety.