Specialty B.O.: ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’ Strongest Newcomer; ‘Stoker’ Fair In 2nd Weekend

By | Sunday March 10, 2013 @ 11:22am PDT

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Indie Films

Tribeca Film’s Somebody Up There Likes Me bowed exclusively at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre with the best score among the specialties this weekend with a strong $38,495. The 2012 SXSW Film Festival entry had multiple sold-out showings in the 700-seat theater, with producer and Chicago native Nick Offerman hosting Q&As. The weekend potentially bodes well for distributor Tribeca, although momentum will be better gauged once it hits other cities. It will next head to Cinefamily in L.A. next weekend, according to Tribeca Film. Somebody Up There Likes Me will open San Francisco on March 22 and New York on March 29 with Austin to follow. Paladin/108 Media opened Michel Gondry’s The We And I with an average of $6,140 in a pair of NYC locations. The We And I heads to Los Angeles, San Francisco and 5 other top markets on March 22.  Read More »

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Specialty Preview: ‘Emperor,’ ‘The Silence,’ ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey’, ‘ABCs Of Death’, ‘Beyond The Hills’

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Roadside Attractions will open its Matthew Fox-Tommy Lee Jones starrer Emperor in more than 200 theaters this weekend, making it the largest rollout among new specialty releases. The distributor will follow the previously successful pattern it followed for previous releases Arbitrage and Friends With Kids, although the strategy is not without risk. Cinedigm will attempt to cash in on its doc Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, which chronicles the rise to fame of a YouTube star into the rock mainstream. Also joining the limited release fray this weekend are two films shot overseas, including Romania’s Beyond The Hills and Germany’s thriller The Silence. And Magnolia genre label Magnet Releasing will open The ABCs Of Death, which it financed. The film shot in over a dozen locations around the world.

Director: Peter Webber
Writers: Vera Blasi, David Klass, Shiro Okamoto
Cast: Matthew Fox, Colin Moy, Tommy Lee Jones, Kaori Momoi, Takataro Kataoka
Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Roadside Attractions first saw Emperor last summer ahead of its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. It centers on U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Jones) who must decide what to do with Japan’s wartime monarch, Hirohito. “People don’t know he was considered a potential war criminal,” noted Roadside chief Howard Cohen. “The Nuremberg Trials are a very well-known post-war event [in Europe], but the end of the war in Japan is less known.” Similarly to Roadside’s recent midsize rollouts, Emperor will open in 259 theaters this weekend. Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 16

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 3:49pm PST
Pete Hammond

In episode 16 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, our Awards Columnist talks host David Bloom about Emperor and Oz The Great And Powerful, two big movies debuting this month with some year-end awards potential. They also look at the lingering Oscars controversy over which entertainment notables were left out of this year’s ceremony’s “In Memoriam” segment, and talk about the MTV Movie Awards, which have shifted schedule to adapt to a summer blockbuster season that starts well into spring. With the nomination of Oscar winners such as Daniel Day-Lewis, Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence and the lack of nominations for the last of the Twilight films, Pete says the MTV Movie Awards also appear to be moving upscale in their choices.

Deadline Awards Watch, Episode 16 (MP3 format)
Deadline Awards Watch, Episode 16 (MP4A format)
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Hot Trailer: ‘Emperor’

By | Thursday January 17, 2013 @ 4:28pm PST

Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox star in Emperor, directed by Peter Webber. Jones plays General Douglas MacArthur in the film that’s set amidst the tensions and uncertainties of the days immediately following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. It’s based on a … Read More »

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Roadside, Lionsgate Split ‘Emperor’ Rights

By | Friday September 14, 2012 @ 9:28pm PDT

Toronto, September 14, 2012 – Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Peter Webber’s Emperor, which had its world premiere this evening at the Toronto International Film Festival. Roadside will release theatrically, and all

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Tommy Lee Jones Plays Gen. Douglas MacArthur In ‘Emperor’

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 12:09pm PST
Mike Fleming

Tommy Lee Jones will join Matthew Fox in Emperor, a drama directed by Peter Webber. Jones will portray General Douglas MacArthur in the film based on a screenplay by David … Read More »

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Peter Webber To Direct ‘Emperor’

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 2:25pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Peter Webber is attached to direct Emperor. The indie drama was scripted by David Klass and Vera Blasi, and will begin production in January in New Zealand and Japan. The film will be produced by Yoko Narahashi, Gary Foster, Russ … Read More »

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