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Box Office: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Blazes & Breaks Records As 5th Largest All-Time Opening Weekend

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • November 24, 2013 2:08 PM
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Exceeding already great expectations as the highly-anticipated sequel to "The Hunger Games" (which opened with $152.5 million), "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" made a jaw-dropping, predecessor-surpassing $161.1 million (already making back its reported $130 million budget domestically) and averaged $38,704 per theater.

10 Directors Who Remade Their Own Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 21, 2013 4:25 PM
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10 Directors Who Remade Their Own Movies
This week, the Vince Vaughn vehicle “Delivery Man” hits theaters (our review here). While on the surface it may seem of a type with recent paternity comedies like “The Change-Up” and “The Switch,” it does feature one rogue element (aside from not starring Jason Bateman): it’s a remake of a French-language Canadian comedy called “Starbuck” that's also directed by the original’s director, Ken Scott. It’s easy to see how the festival success of "Starbuck," strong national box office and gentle high concept (a commitment-shy frequent sperm donor discovers he’s fathered over 500 children, a large segment of whom now want to meet him), might have put it on the remake list immediately. Indeed there are currently two other versions in the works—a Bollywood one and a French picture—but the choice to offer the directorial chair to Scott for the U.S. version is a little more unusual.

Review: ‘Delivery Man’ Starring Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders & Chris Pratt

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 20, 2013 4:30 PM
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Delivery Man
Few actors carry the ability of Vince Vaughn in conveying an unique type of smooth-talking weariness, but 51 films into his career that expression has seeped over into the work itself. The jittery wiseguys of “Swingers” and “Return to Paradise” have aged into truly desperate futures; the films that they now inhabit carry only a high-concept logline, a new, forgettable occupation for Vaughn to try, and hopefully a few laughs to render the whole thing serviceable. To the credit of “Delivery Man,” which sees NYC schlub David Wozniak (Vaughn) discovering that his old sperm bank haunt has erred and resulted in 533 of his biological children being produced, Vaughn’s occupation is a little more memorable this time.

Vince Vaughn's Thriller 'Term Life' Revived Plus Watch A Clip From 'Delivery Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 3:04 PM
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Delivery Man, Vince Vaughn
Vince Vaughn has already made us laugh time and time again, but rarely has he made us cry? Well, according to executive producers Scott Mednick and Andrew Rouleau, that may just happen with the actor's upcoming "Delivery Man." Yes, it's a movie about a man who accidentally fathers over five hundred children thanks to a sperm bank mixup, but apparently it's got some other more serious notes and tones in the mix. “The Vince that we met versus the ‘Swingers’ Vince is a different guy,” Rouleau told Variety. “He’s an adult, very mature. Not fast-talking Vince. He has children. This performance, I think, is more emotional, deeper, than he’s ever done.”

10 Films To See In November

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • November 1, 2013 12:46 PM
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Films to see in November
As you prepare to gather around the Thanksgiving table with your friends, there’s one thing to be thankful for: Oscar season is upon us! Movies are getting better and the awards are going to start trickling in. So load up on the tryptophan-laced turkey, get those holiday Fandango passes out, and let’s go to the movies!

Watch: Can The New Trailer For 'Delivery Man' Save Vince Vaughn's 2013?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 1:22 PM
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The Delivery Man
While we'll allow the mental leap of a single man's sperm donation(s) resulting in fathering 533 children, for the sake of a comedy premise, does it result in something good? Canadians gave a thumbs up the French language "Starbuck," and that's film's co-writer and director Ken Scott was brought in to helm the remake, "Delivery Man." Yes, it's another Vince Vaughn everyman movie, but can he rebound from the tepid "The Internship"?

Jon Brion To Score Vince Vaughn Comedy 'Delivery Man'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 17, 2013 10:20 AM
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Among the many talents of composer Jon Brion, besides mounting unique live shows and producing the records of music's top performers, is his ability to switch between scoring small-scale and mainstream films with ease. His work with Charlie Kaufman and Paul Thomas Anderson perhaps allows him a bit more room to breathe, but he's just as capable of handling broad comedies like “The Break-Up” and “The Other Guys,” and his newest project finds him gaining more experience in the latter.

Watch: Vince Vaughn Has Fathered 500 Children In Teaser Trailer For 'Delivery Man'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2013 10:50 AM
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Vince Vaughn could probably use a comeback at this point. After "Wedding Crashers" revived his career back in 2005, he was briefly one of the more reliable comedy leading men, but it's four years since one of his films, "Couples Retreat," made any serious coin, with "The Dilemma" and "The Watch" both proving serious box office disappointments. He's reteaming with "Wedding Crashers" co-star Owen Wilson in a few weeks for "The Internship," but could his real comeback vehicle come in the shape of "Delivery Man?"

Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Fifth Estate' Moves To Oct. & Vince Vaughn's 'The Delivery Man' Heads To Nov.

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2013 9:40 AM
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Now that Cannes is underway, we're starting the nine-month tick towards awards season -- with the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis" already looking like a Best Picture potential, if the Cannes reviews are anything to go by. And DreamWorks is celebrating the gearing up of the Oscar-hunting machinery by shuffling around a couple of their release dates.

Columbia Pictures Snaps Up Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' For Awards Season Release In 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 2:17 PM
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While we pointed out yesterday that Megan Ellison's ventures with auteurs and non-blockbuster films have yet to produce a breakout hit, we're certainly glad that she isn't throwing in the towel. The producer and her Annapurna Pictures are behind "Capote" and "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller's upcoming "Foxcatcher," and it's being poised for awards season attention.

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