Gloria was dissed by Oscar, but she scored on the box office rebound. Chile’s entry for Foreign Language Oscar consideration opened in three theaters to a solid debut, grossing $58,775 for a $19,445 average.
Still, Oscar nominee The Great Beauty opened with a $23,442 average though that was in one theater (its 11 week cume is over $11.45M). Gloria trumped over Belgian nominee Broken Circle Breakdown, which opened with $7,100 also in a single location. Denmark’s The Hunt bowed in 4 runs, averaging $10,761 Stateside and the others have yet to show their pizzazz.
Cannes Un Certain Regard Director’s prize winner Stranger By The Lake opened at Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center in New York with a good debut. Set on a beach (and the nearby woods) lakeside in rural France, the sexually upfront feature grossed $26,741 for a $13,370 average. It will next head to San Francisco, Seattle and Miami. And Visitors opened in one run. The Cinedigm release grossed $10,742.
Roadside also opened Gimme Shelter in a fairly large 385 theaters, continuing its strategy of skirting the traditional platform release when it has a title with named talent. High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens stars as a pregnant teen who runs away from her abusive addict mother (Rosario Dawson) to find her Wall Streeter dad (Brendan Fraser). The film grossed almost $721K for a $1,872 average. “The film went up a promising 23% from Friday to Saturday and we are finding terrific word of mouth for the film,” noted Roadside chief Howard Cohen Sunday. “We expect the audiences we are targeting to discover the film over the next few weeks.” Read More »
Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
It’s probably fair to say that this weekend’s Specialty newcomers fall on opposite ends of the moral spectrum, at least for traditionalists. Roadside’s Gimme Shelter has received a friendly blessing from the Catholic Church ahead of its significant bow this weekend, something that is very unlikely to be enjoyed by Strand’s Stranger By The Lake, which will open in limited release. The Sundance Film Festival, however, gave it its thumbs up by programming it in its event, which is winding down in Park City. Roadside is also debuting Chile’s entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar consideration, Gloria, with a traditional art house release, while Cinedigm will open doc feature Visitors, beginning its limited run Friday.
Director-writer: Ron Krauss
Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, Stephanie Szostak, James Earl Jones, Dascha Polanco, Anne Dowd
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
It’s somewhat rare when mainstream movies find an ally with the Catholic Church, but Gimme Shelter apparently has friends, even in the highest reaches of the Vatican. The drama centers on a pregnant teen who flees her abusive mother in search of her father, but is rejected by him once she finds him. She’s forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers “a hopeful alternative.” “We are spending media dollars in both the mainstream and [art house] space on this film,” said Roadside co-president Howard Cohen. “We have gotten support in the Catholic community. Even the Vatican has mentioned the movie [positively] and U.S. bishops have also talked about the movie.” Read More »
This has nothing to do with the Stones or Altamont; it’s about Vanessa Hudgens continuing to distance herself from those Disney roots. Her past three roles? A bikini-clad party girl-turned-armed robber in Spring Breakers, a serial killer’s would-be victim in The Frozen Ground and ill-fated accomplice of the title character in Machete Kills. And in Gimme Shelter, the erstwhile High School Musical sweetheart plays a pregnant teenager who flees her abusing mother (Rosario Dawson), is spurned by her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser) and ends up in a shelter for homeless teens. There she meets a man (James Earl Jones) who steers her on a path to a better future. Written and directed by Ronald Krauss, the drama inspired by a true story opens January 24 via Roadside Attractions. Here’s the first trailer, with a perky intro by Hudgens:
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Scott Steindorff’s newly founded Scott’s Pictures has notched its second film project after setting the Lynne Ramsay-directed Natalie Portman-starrer Jane Got A Gun, which has Michael Fassbender circling the male lead. Vanessa Hudgen stars in the company’s second film, Gimme Shelter, alongside Rosario Dawson, James Earl Jones, Ann Dowd, Stephanie Szostak and Brendan Fraser. The film, which just wrapped, is based on a true story about sixteen-year-old Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Hudgens), a teenager who runs away from her abusive mother in search of a biological father she has never met. When he proves a disappointment, she embarks on a desperate journey of survival and self discovery and bonds with the girls at a special teen shelter. The film is inspired by a David and Goliath true story of Kathy DiFiore’s longstanding Several Sources Shelters. She accompanied by Mother Teresa in an effort to change the shelter laws in New Jersey. The film was written and directed by Ronald Krauss, best known for videos and commercials and who financed and produced through his Day Twenty- Eight Films banner with Krauss, Jeff Rice and Joshua Amir. Stone Village’s Scott Steindorff is exec producer and Dylan Russell is co-producer. The film will be shown to domestic distributors later in the month.
“We are very passionate about Ronald and his vision for this heartfelt and inspirational story that will resonate with a broad audience. It will be a welcome addition to our roster of quality … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: You remember Brendan Fraser, right? Whose movie career has been in the witness protection program since CBS Films’ Extraordinary Measures and hasn’t had a major hit since 2008′s Journey To The Center Of The Earth 3D and The Mummy 3. But whose roles remain as eclectic as anyone’s in Hollywood? Well, he hasn’t changed his ways even though he’s been absent from the box office recently. Fraser will star in what’s being billed to me as a “sweeping epic historical drama” that starts production in Toronto in August. Four Kings is set against the French and Indian War that essentially divided North America. Executive produced by Todd Moyer and James Holt, the film is produced by Jeff Sackman (American Psycho) from a project developed by Telefilm Canada. Fraser, himself a Canadian-American, stars as Colonel Lord Francis Nicholson, a vastly wealthy Brit who self-finances the war in the hope of creating a utopian society in what is now Canada. Writer/director Damian Lee of Alchemist Entertainment is attached.
Fraser will also voice the role of Scorch in The Weinstein Company’s much-delayed 3D animated film, Escape From Planet Earth, about a group of aliens plotting to escape that top-secret Nevada compound popular with conspiracists known as Area 51. It was first announced back in 2006, no kidding! The film is Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: TNT already successfully rescued one John Wells-produced drama project passed over by a broadcast network: former NBC cop drama Southland, just renewed by TNT for a fourth season.
Now the cable network is looking to try and do the same for the Wells-produced medical drama Gimme Shelter, originally developed for CBS last development season. The project, about a medical team that travels the U.S. helping those less fortunate get through life-or-death medical crises, was written by Hannah Shakespeare and produced by John Wells Prods. and Warner Bros TV. It was picked up to pilot, which was directed by frequent Wells collaborator Chris Chulack, but despite boasting a strong cast — Sissy Spacek, Amy Smart, Skeet Ulrich, Janeane Garofalo, Jay Hernandez, Michael Beach and Rachelle Lefevre — CBS ultimately passed on the pilot.
Now TNT is in talks about redeveloping Gimme Shelter, with all original auspices, including Wells and Shakespeare, expected to be involved. However, the original cast members were released last June, and most of them have booked other TV projects, so it is unclear whether any of them would be part of the TNT version if it goes to pilot/series.