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Idiot Woman Sues Distributor Of 'Drive' Because It Wasn't 'Fast Five'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 9, 2011 2:37 AM
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We've all had that feeling where we walk out of a movie and realize that we've been sold something quite different from the finished product. It's particularly prevalent with more "difficult"' projects; distributors will play up the sexier, genre-led elements in order to bring in the crowds. It's a fact of advertising, and one that most people are accepting of -- we've certainly never been left particularly angry by a trailer that feints one way, and a movie that goes another. In a world where so few surprises are left, it can actually be kind of exciting. But not for Sarah Deming.

'Red Dawn' Remake Finds A New Home At FilmDistrict, Poised For 2012 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 9:14 AM
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The road to the "Red Dawn" remake has been long and bumpy, with some dubious do-overs and even some mild insults being thrown around. The film was shot and wrapped way back in 2009, but the financial woes of MGM kept the film on the shelf for a long time as the studio tried to become viable enough to give the picture a release. But as their priorities were squarely on the "The Hobbit" and "James Bond 23" it soon became apparent that "Red Dawn" was going to need to find a new home. While MGM sought a buyer it became clear that the anti-China storyline was going to make it a tough sell because studios/distributors are increasingly relying on Chinese dollars to pad out foreign box office, so some digital retooling was done to give North Korea a bigger role as the antagonists. Well, the gambit has paid off as "Red Dawn" is finally closer to finding its way to a multiplex near you.

Weekend Box Office: 'Lion King' Beats Back 'Moneyball,' Boy Brawler 'Abduction' To Keep #1 Slot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 25, 2011 4:35 AM
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"Hakuna Matata!" proclaims Disney, discovering what amounts to an entirely new revenue stream. “The Lion King 3D” has taken the crown decisively for the second straight weekend with $22 million, amidst some otherwise heavy fall competition that was a lot buzzier and, without a doubt, more expensive. The original plan was to play the film for two weeks, but after ten days, it’s been far and away the biggest movie attraction, and the film will be extending its stay at the multiplexes which could add nearly $40 million to the coffers.

Weekend Box Office: Families Complete The Circle Of Life, Pack Theaters For Movie They Own On DVD

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 18, 2011 3:49 AM
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Right now, some jerk at Disney is finding a way to use the term “circle of life” to define how they can release “The Lion King” anytime, and it will always make money. A 3D re-issue of the film became the number one weekend attraction by a very wide margin with $29 million, a huge middle finger to those who claim audiences are looking for something “fresh” or “new.”

Weekend Box Office: 'The Help' Defeats Tepid Newcomers And Hurricane Season For Another Week At #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 28, 2011 4:37 AM
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Usually, studios will look for any possible reason to blame the weather for a film’s poor box office showing. Heat waves only mean audiences will seek the air conditioning of a theater, at least when something exciting is playing. And people will withstand non-apocalyptic snowstorms simply to get away from the cold while enjoying the blockbuster of their choice. But there aren’t a whole lot of options when almost half of a movie’s proposed locations are under siege by a vicious hurricane. Many large chains didn’t even bother to stay open during Irene’s reign, meaning that these quiet end-of-August releases could find no traction heading into the typically-comatose Labor Day weekend.

Newcomer Jonny Weston To Surf The Waves For Curtis Hanson's 'Mavericks'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 13, 2011 11:39 AM
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"Live like Jay," said the many followers and fans of Jay Moriarty, the young surfer who rode the fierce Mavericks. The North Californian patch of water was known for devouring surfer blood (the material, not the band), but surviving the trip was Moriarty, the central figure in Curtis Hanson's new film "Mavericks." 22-year-old Jonny Weston, currently working on the James Franco-led porn drama "Cherry," has been cast in the central role and will play Moriarty at 16, when he began training with Rick "Frosty" Hesson (the already attached Gerard Butler) to navigate the harsh waves.

FilmDistrict Stay In The Nicolas Winding Refn/Ryan Gosling Business, Acquire 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 30, 2011 1:43 AM
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You may not immediately recognize the name Graham King, but he's quietly established himself as one of the most successful producers out there, executive-producing the likes of "Traffic" and "Ali" as the head of financiers Initial Entertainment Group, before making his full-blown producing debut on "The Aviator." He re-teamed with Scorsese to win an Oscar for "The Departed," and has also produced films like "Blood Diamond," "The Town" and "Rango," the latter two through his new company, GK Films.

Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut Now Titled 'In The Land Of Blood and Honey'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 15, 2011 5:16 AM
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FilmDistrict To Release Bosnian-Set War/Romance Picture On December 23rdAcademy Award-winning Actress, U.N.-approved humanitarian, prodigious international baby adopter, geographical coordinate tattoo enthusiast, partner to one of the sexiest men on the planet and now director. Is there anything Angelina Jolie can't do?

FilmDistrict Team With TriStar To Pick Up Rian Johnson's Time Travel Actioner 'Looper'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2011 1:00 AM
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Jumping in as a new distributor into a circuit where the big dogs -- the Paramounts, the 20th Century Foxs, the Warner Bros.s, the Universals -- have been up and running for the best part of a century, can't be easy. The most recent start-ups, Summit and CBS Films, have had mixed success, the former might have a mega-franchise in the "Twilight" series, but are still finding their feet outside it, while the latter are yet to have a box office hit in their first year of operation. But FilmDistrict, the shiniest, newest company in town, have managed to come out of the blocks in a fairly impressive way.

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