Pixar Does It Again! ‘Brave’ Opens Big #1 With $66.7M Domestic and $80.2M Global; ‘Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Gets Lost

June 22-24 Weekend Actuals

1. Brave (Pixar/Disney) 3D NEW [4,164 Theaters] PG
Friday $24.6M, Saturday $23.7M, Sunday $18.0 Weekend $66.3M

2. Madagascar 3 3D (DreamWorks Anim/Paramount) Week 3 [3,920 Theaters] PG
Friday $6.2M, Saturday $7.8M, Sunday $5.8M, Weekend $19.7M (-42%), Cume $157.1M

3. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D (Fox) NEW [3,108 Theater] R
Friday $6.3M, Saturday $5.7M, Sunday $4.4M Weekend $16.3M

4. Prometheus 3D

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Hot New Trailer: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

By | Monday May 28, 2012 @ 11:38am PDT

20th Century Fox released a new trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter that includes scenes not shown in previous versions. The studio also announced that Benjamin Walker, who portrays the slayer of bloodsuckers, and other members of the cast and crew will treat the thousands of sailors … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Red Band

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 10:52am PDT

We loved the initial Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter trailer, which first showed off director Timur Bekmambetov’s take on Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel. Graham-Smith wrote the screenplay with Simon Kinberg, and the 20th Century Fox film is being released June 22. This restricted trailer ups the gore, and thoughts of what … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter’

By | Monday February 13, 2012 @ 8:31am PST

Wow, very cool trailer, one of the best I’ve seen in months (especially with Johnny Cash flourish). Produced by Tim Burton and Jim Lemley, directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the Twentieth Century Fox horror-history mashup will usher in a summer of vampires, zombies, and aliens. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens June 22nd and … Read More »

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Vampire Hunting Abe Lincoln Lampoons Presidential Wannabes In Holiday Card

By | Saturday December 24, 2011 @ 10:57am PST
Mike Fleming

Benjamin Walker, who plays the title character in next year’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is also the ringleader of a comedy troupe that puts on a show the first Tuesday each month at Joe’s Pub in New York. The show’s called Benjamin Walker Presents Find The Funny, and Walker and … Read More »

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Films Casting Roundup

Mike Fleming

Michael Ealy has been set to play the male lead alongside Kate Beckinsale in the fourth installment of the Underworld franchise for Screen Gems and Lakeshore. He will play a police detective who hunts the vampiress and ultimately teams up with her. Ealy, repped by Gersh and Epidemic Management, most recently played a soldier who returned from Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder in  the Tyler Perry-directed For Colored Girls, and he worked for Screen Gems in Takers. Underworld 3D just got under way in Vancouver, directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein from a script by J. Michael Straczynski and John Hlavin, a co-production between Lakeshore and Screen Gems. …

Robin McLeavy has been set to play the role of Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox. The role is brief but sets the tone for the action. It’s her death at the hands of a bloodsucker that hardens young Abe Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) into going to war against the growing scourge of vampires in the 1800s. The Australian actress, who just signed with UTA, is also repped by Wishlab and Shanahans in Australia. She played Stella opposite Cate Blanchett’s Blanche in the Liv Ullmann-directed revival of A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway. … Read More »

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Anthony Mackie And Dominic Cooper Staking Out ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Fox is negotiating with The Devil’s Double star Dominic Cooper to play Abe Lincoln’s mentor Henry, the mysterious ageless guy who teaches Abe to kill bloodsuckers. The studio had been in talks with Joaquin Phoenix for … Read More »

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Honest Abe? Joaquin Phoenix Mulls Acting Return in Fox’s ‘Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Joaquin Phoenix is the front-runner to play the mentor who teaches the 16th President how to kill bloodsuckers in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox. Phoenix has met on the project and I’m told that it’s his … Read More »

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Ben Walker Set For Lead Of ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

Mike Fleming

Ben Walker has been set by Timur Bekmambetov to play the lead role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the 20th Century Fox adaptation of the Seth Graham-Smith novel that’s being produced by Bekmambetov, Tim Burton and Jim Lemley. Deal was … Read More »

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Josh Lucas Lands Lindbergh in ‘J. Edgar’

Mike Fleming

Josh Lucas, already a candidate to play the 16th President in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, has landed the role of aviator Charles Lindbergh in the Clint Eastwood-directed J. Edgar for Warner Bros. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the FBI head … Read More »

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Actors Testing For Abe in ‘Vampire Hunter’

EXCLUSIVE: There are few hotter projects in Hollywood right now than Twentieth Century Fox’s macabre 3D Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter based on the Seth Grahame-Smith novel (he also wrote the script) that will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Timur, Tim Burton, and Jim Lemley. The studio has set a June 22, 2012 release for the film and has been focused on casting since November. Now we can tell you the list of actors who’ll be screentesting for the role of young Abe Lincoln this week and next: Benjamin Walker, James D’Arcy, Adrien Brody, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Josh Lucas. It’s a very interesting mix of semi-knowns and unknowns, stage and screen vets.

Twentieth won the project after a hard fought auction that included Sony and Paramount and Universal and Summit. Bekmambetov and Burton liked it so much they used their own money to option the book earlier this year, and Fox had existing relationships with both filmmakers – Timur dating back to when the studio talent-spotted him in Russia and released his first movie Night Watch worldwide. The movie is a 3D re-imagining of Lincoln’s life that depicts the 16th president as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires Read More »

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Fox Sets ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ For 2012

Mike Fleming

20th Century Fox didn’t waste time after buying the screen package Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the Seth Grahame-Smith novel that will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Timur, Tim Burton and Jim Lemley. The studio has set a June 22, 2012 release for the film, which has a … Read More »

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Fox Wins Macabre ‘Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Film Project After Trying Bloody Hard

EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: After a hard fought auction that included Sony and Paramount and Universal and Summit, Twentieth Century Fox has emerged the victor for the hottest project in Hollywood right now: the live-action adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith macabre … Read More »

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Can Abe Lincoln And Snow White Stir Sluggish Spec Market?

Mike Fleming

After watching most of their summer sequels and branded pictures underwhelm audiences while original stabs like Inception and Despicable Me drew plaudits and profits, studios this week have a chance to get bold. I’m told that agencies have about 8  … Read More »

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Timur Bekmambetov Taps Michele Wolkoff To Run Production Shingle

Mike Fleming

Michele Wolkoff is leaving her post as director of development for Universal Pictures International to become president of development for Timur Bekmambetov’s Bekmambetov Projects Ltd. She starts next month.

Wolkoff’s emphasis will be to build the output of Bekmambetov’s English language productions. He’s also a prolific producer of Russian lingo films. … Read More »

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