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David E. Talbert Will Adapt 'The Necklace' For Fox Searchlight

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 7, 2013 10:09 AM
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Fox Searchlight wants to stay in the David E. Talbert business, signing up the author and filmmaker again, this time to adapt fellow author Cheryl Jarvis' 2008 novel, The Necklace, which tells the true story of 13 women who took a risk, collectively buying an expensive diamond necklace with the intent being to share it, and, in the process, changed not only themselves but their community.

Weekend Box Office Results For September 27-29: So How Did 'Baggage Claim' Do?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 29, 2013 3:06 PM
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I'm sure that's the one and only box office-related question on all of your minds today, so I'll just cut to the chase.David E. Talbert's romantic dramedy, which opened on just over 2000 screens nationwide this weekend, grossed $9.3 million. Not spectacular, but, considering that the film's production budget was a reported $8.5 million, it puts its opening weekend gross into some perspective. This, despite the fact that the critics weren't exactly kind to the film, scaring it with a 14% rating via movie review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.Audience reactions have been much more favorable, however, and ultimately, maybe that's all that matters. After all, they're who the film was made for, and they spoke with their dollars.Now whether word of mouth will be strong enough to carry the film into successive weekends, remains to be seen. Typically, assuming theater counts don't change dramatically, you can expect second weekend grosses to drop about 50% on average. So taking into account box office receipts during the work week, as well as through the end of next weekend, I'd expect Baggage Claim to have earned somewhere between $15 and $20 million. And by the time it leaves theaters (taking into consideration the shortened window between theatrical runs and home video releases), the movie's total gross will likely be in the $20-something-million range.Again, not spectacular, but, again, considering the film's budget, it'll likely be thought of as enough of a success for Fox Searchlight. Or maybe not...I'd be remiss if I didn't remind you that, this is a project that was originally announced 3 years ago with Taraji P. Henson set to star, but Fox Searchlight essentially shelved it when other "black films" the company backed and released didn't perform as well as they'd hoped. There was the 2010 L.A. Times report (soon after the project was announced) which suggested that Fox Searchlight was "pulling back from its foray into black-themed films." Why? Well, again, the few "black films" that had been distributed by the studio hadn't exactly set the box office on fire - namely, Just Wright and Our Family Wedding, each grossing only about $20 million in domestic box office, as well as Notorious ($37 million gross, on an estimated $18 million budget) and I Think I Love My Wife ($13 million domestic earnings on an $11 million budget).As I noted in a previous post, Fox Searchlight had likely been hoping to recreate some of that Tyler Perry magic that was (and still is) helping to keep Lionsgate happy and in the black.

Review: David E. Talbert’s Romantic Comedy 'Baggage Claim'

  • By Masha Dowell
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  • September 27, 2013 4:29 PM
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David E. Talbert’s Baggage Claim begins with a look at the life of lonely flight attendant Montana Moore.

Interview: David E. Talbert, Lyn Talbert, & Steven Wolfe talk 'Baggage Claim' (Opens Today)

  • By Masha Dowell
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  • September 27, 2013 3:51 PM
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I screened David E. Talbert’s, “Baggage Claim”, twice. The first time I viewed it quietly alone, to study the film as a whole. The second time, I went simply as a lover of romantic comedies. I am obsessed with romantic comedies, and this one left me excited, happy, and inspired to change my very own romantic situation.

Lauren London Drops By Paula Patton's Apt To Announce Engagement In New 'Baggage Claim' Clip

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 6, 2013 4:05 PM
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One of a few black rom-coms on the horizon, here's your a second look at the trailer for playwright/director David E. Talbert's rom-com, Baggage Claim.

Go Behind The Scenes with Writer/Director David E. Talbert & 'Baggage Claim' Cast (Video)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 5, 2013 6:45 PM
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One of a few black rom-coms on the horizon, here's a behind-the-scenes look at the trailer for playwright/director David E. Talbert's rom-com, Baggage Claim.

David E. Talbert's 'Baggage Claim' Gets A New Trailer (Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Derek Luke...)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 1, 2013 10:26 AM
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One of a few black rom-coms on the horizon, here's your a second look at the trailer for playwright/director David E. Talbert's rom-com, Baggage Claim.

Derek Luke & Christina Milian In First Image From David E. Talbert's 'Baggage Claim'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • April 17, 2013 10:41 AM
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I suppose we could call this a "first look" at the movie, even though it isn't much.

Fox Searchlight Will Release 'Baggage Claim' On October 25,2013

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 17, 2013 11:46 AM
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Fox Searchlight just announced, via Twitter, that playwright/director David E. Talbert's rom-com, Baggage Claim, will open in theaters on October 25, 2013.