Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
This weekend’s specialty newcomers performed blasé at best and that’s despite the debut of a new film by a director who is all but a patron saint to the cineaste crowd. Topping the report Sunday morning is LD Entertainment’s Disconnect. Starring Jason Bateman and Hope Davis, the Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival opener averaged $8,240 from 15 runs, pulling ahead of Terrence Malick and Ben Affleck’s debut, To The Wonder, which averaged $7,647 in 17 theaters. Sundance Selects opened Ken Loach’s Cannes 2012 title The Angels’ Share in 3 theaters, averaging $7K, while Oscilloscope’s It’s A Disaster also opened in a trio of locations, averaging $5,667. But the real good news came from Focus Features’ The Place Beyond The Pines. The Derek Cianfrance-directed feature showed off its box office prowess, averaging a solid $8K in over 500 theaters.
Word on the street was that To The Wonder was Malick’s “most accessible” film, but the film failed to measure up to his comparatively less user friendly previous film Tree Of Life. That film, which opened in 2011 in 4 theaters, averaged a cool $93,230 though it went on to cume $13.3 million. Hopefully the film will show some legs going forward. “I think it’s better outside a festival context and works better on its own,” said Magnolia’s Matt Cowal. “It’s sparking an incredible dialog. You can’t expect it to be liked by everyone. Some hate it, some adore it. And that’s expected in a work of art – it’s fascinating.” iTunes had some good news for To The Wonder this weekend. It topped its Independent charts all weekend. Magnolia will open the film in nearly every major market over the next two weeks.
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Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough and Alexander Skarsgård star in LD Entertainment‘s ensemble drama about the dangers of life in the digital age. Director Henry Alex Rubin, who earned an Oscar nomination for his 2005 documentary Murderball, helms his first narrative feature from a script by Andrew Stern. Mickey Liddell, Jennifer Monroe, and William Horberg produced the pic which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. Disconnect opens in limited release April 12.
Director Henry-Alex Rubin’s Disconnect will open the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Written by Andrew Stern, the movie starring Jason Bateman and Hope Davis explores the way digital technologies that are intended to bring people closer together can increase the emotional distance between them. Rubin and members of the cast which also includes Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård and Max Thieriot are expected to attend the opening night event January 24th at the Arlington Theatre. The festival also will honor Leonardo DiCaprio, currently in theaters as the villainous slave owner Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, with its American Riviera Award on February 1st. Previous recipients of the award that recognizes artists who have had a strong influence on American cinema include frequent DiCaprio collaborator Martin Scorsese and actors Sandra Bullock and Mickey Rourke. The festival runs through February 3rd.
With the American Film Market kicking off next week in Santa Monica, sellers already are positioning the projects they will put in front of the more than 8,000 attendees from more than 70 countries. Here are a few projects already ramping up:
Stockwell To Direct Code Name Geronimo
John Stockwell (Dark Tide, Turistas, Into The Blue) has come aboard to direct the upcoming Code Name Geronimo, the latest among a slew of films centered on the Navy SEALs’ mission to find and kill Osama bin Laden. Voltage Pictures is selling rights at AFM on this film, which was written by Kendall Lampkin and is set to begin principle photography in January. ICM negotiated the deal and represents Stockwell. Geronimo is based on the actual incursion into bin Laden’s compound from the perspective of a small unit of SEALs. Of course, the most high-profile of the bin Laden film bunch is the Sony Pictures one from The Hurt Locker team of director Kathryn Bigelow and scribe Mark Boal, which focuses on the SEAL unit’s hunt for the al-Qaeda leader and is looking like it might not be released until after the 2012 presidential election. There’s also Relativity’s Act Of Valor, which features a half-dozen leads played by actual SEALs and was backed by the military. It is due out Presidents Day weekend 2012. That one was scripted by Kurt Johnstad (300) and directed by the ICM-repped Bandito Brothers’ Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Hope Davis has landed a role in the Disconnect, the Henry Alex Rubin drama that also stars Alexander Skarsgard, Max Theriot, Andrea Riseborough, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton and Jason Bateman. The story, written by Andrew Stern, revolves around disparate lives that intertwine as the digital technologies intended to bring people closer together push families further apart. Davis, who will be onscreen this weekend in Disney’s Real Steel, will play a woman coping with her son’s attempted suicide while simultaneously trying to find her own identity. She is repped by UTA and Kipperman Management.
Max Theriot has joined the cast of Disconnect, the indie drama that’s being directed by Murderball‘s Henry Alex Rubin. He joins Alexander Skarsgard, Andrea Riseborough, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton and Jason Bateman in the Andrew Stern-scripted drama about disparate lives that intertwine as the digital technologies intended to bring people closer together push families further apart. Theriot next stars with Jennifer Lawrence in the Mark Tonderai-directed House At the End of the Street and recently wrapped the Max McGuire-directed Foreverland and the Nick Cassavetes-directed Yellow. He’s repped by Gersh.
EXCLUSIVE: Paula Patton has joined the cast of Disconnect, the indie drama that’s being directed by Murderball‘s Henry Alex Rubin. She joins Alexander Skarsgard, Andrea Riseborough, Frank Grillo and Jason Bateman in the Andrew Stern-scripted drama about disparate lives that intertwine as the digital technologies intended to bring people closer together push families further apart. Patton’s coming off Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol and Jumping The Broom. She’s repped by WME and Flavor Unit. The film’s being produced by Liddell Entertainment and Wonderful Films, with Mickey Liddell, Jennifer Hilton, Bill Horberg and Marc Forster producing.