Sex addiction. “Isn’t that just something that guys say when they get caught cheating?” Now that life-straining, family-ruining blight on American society has its own comedy feature in Thanks For Sharing. Stuart Blumberg’s directorial debut follows three addicts as they wade through a 12-step recovery program and try to …
Swatch watches don’t exactly conjure an image of old Hollywood glamour, but the Swiss company best known for its affordable timepieces has just acquired jeweler to the stars, Harry Winston. The Swatch Group, which has been expanding …
Rebecca Hall is in talks to join Iron Man 3. The Town star would take over the role in the Marvel franchise that Jessica Chastain was up for until this weekend. “I’m sorry to say that …
Ryan Murphy Plans ‘One Hit Wonders’ With Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce And Andy Samberg
UPDATE: Beyonce’s camp says that she isn’t attached to One Hit Wonders, so perhaps this was a bit of over-exuberance on the part of the filmmakers. Still a crazy good cast if you ask me.
EXCLUSIVE: In a seven-figure preemptive deal, Sony Pictures is collaborating with Ryan Murphy on One Hit Wonders, a musical comedy pitch that will be written as a star vehicle for Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce and Andy Samberg.
Murphy is attached to direct, and he will write the script with his Glee cohorts Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Murphy will produce with Paltrow (who has practically become a Glee cast member) and the latter makes her debut as a producer on this film. Murphy hopes to direct it after he completes The Normal Heart.
Paltrow, Witherspoon and Diaz will play three singers who each scored a top hit song in the 1990s before watching their careers go down the drain. They decide to form a super group. Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts will be involved in generating music for the film, I’m told. The project came out of a dinner Murphy had at the Soho House with Paltrow, Diaz and Witherspoon. They wanted to do something fun together and kicked around ideas until they settled on One Hit Wonders. Murphy, who made Eat Pray Love with Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, took the pitch to her. Pascal bought it 10 minutes in.
Participant Media Can Boast ‘Contagion’ #1 & ‘The Help’ #2; ‘Warrior’ #3 Disappoints; ‘Bucky Larson’ Bombs; Kevin Hart Still #10?
SATURDAY PM: This is shaping up as 2011′s lousiest box office weekend in North America with only $70M total grosses. Yes, even worse than Hurricane Irene’s. A lot of surprises in this weekend’s numbers and a fuller analysis is coming. But no surprise which new North American movie is No. 1:
1. With $8M Friday and +20% for $9.7M Saturday, it’s a $24M weekend for Warner Bros’ Contagion playing in 42% more theaters — 3,222 — than its nearest newcomer. This Participant Media-backed disease movie looked like yet another yikes-you’re-all-going-to-die formula pic. But I’m surprised it didn’t generate more appeal what with Oscar-winning Steven Soderbergh directing 6 Academy Award winners or nominees: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, and Laurence Fishburne. (Readers are urging me to include Oscar-honored John Hawke and Elliott Gould as well…) That added oomph to credited screenplay writer Scott Burns’ material. “Yes, it was important to be provocative and to scare people,” a Warner Bros exec tells me about the $60M-budget pic. “But both the print and trailer and TV campaign present a more well-rounded view of the mystery. We did sell the visceral experience — a smart and thrilling look at a killer virus, the science behind it, and the aftermath.” Warner Bros took the film to Venice to solid reviews and conducted an aggressive consumer campaign. Besides, adult movies are working at the box office.
2. Entering its 5th weekend in release, DreamWorks/Disney’s hit dramedy The Help which is also backed by Participant Media made $2.7M Friday and $4M Saturday going to $9.4M from 2,935 locations for the weekend. It’s estimated new cume of $137.8M by Monday.
3. This seemingly anticipated mixed martial arts drama Warrior starring Tom Hardy (Bane in the next Batman) and Joel Edgerton was only released for 1,869 runs. It opened with $1.8M Friday and $2.1M Saturday for what was just a dismal $4.8M weekend. Another very disappointing opening for Lionsgate which was very high on this actioner. Did last weekend’s sneaks let some wannasee steam escape? Will this hurt Hardy whom Hollywood execs consider a hot soon-to-be-star?
4. Focus Features’ adult holdover The Debt earned $1.4M Friday (-45% from a week ago) from 1,874 theaters and a projected $4.5M weekend for an estimated $21.6M cume by Monday.
5. Sony Pictures’ holdover Colombiana made $1.1M Friday and $1.9M Saturday from 2,354 runs for a $4M weekend and $29.8M cume.
But I have it on good authority that Sony execs were hiding out at the Toronto Film Festival (where better-than-expected Moneyball officially premiered Friday night) rather than get tagged by its Columbia Pictures’ R-rated Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star which had one of the most annoying TV ad campaigns I’ve ever been assaulted by. Mercifully, its box office take was miniscule: $540K Friday and $570K Saturday for only a $1.2M weekend. That wasn’t even enough to make it into the Top 10 much less Sony’s hoped-for $4M. Fortunately the budget is purportedly just $10M. Usually Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production banner gives Sony box office gold: stupid pics popular with audiences. But this was fool’s gold.
Before I give you the rest of the Top 10, you should know that Kevin Hart’s Laugh At My Pain was No. 10 Friday despite Hartbeat Productions and Codeblack Entertainment releasing it into only 99 theaters. It opened to $758K Friday and an estimated weekend of $2M. But it may ultimately be beaten by The Weinstein Co’s Spy Kids 4D. (I’ll know Sunday AM.) Hart’s fans turned out for this profanity-filled film version of his recent stand-up tour. It offers less than an hour of Hart onstage but also includes such bonus footage as Hart touring his old neighborhood in Philadelphia and faking a bank heist. Directed by Leslie Small, this 1-hour, 28-minute pic and its entry into the Top 10 now establishes Hart as a bonafide star beyond just his YouTube videos which have drawn tens of millions of views. Look for the major studios to take notice.
There was some news at the Glee PaleyFest panel tonight. Here are a few highlights, courtesy of our sister site TVLine, which has full coverage:
Glee co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy said that he’s making plans for Gwyneth Paltrow, who is …
Gwyneth Paltrow returns to Fox’s Glee next week reprising her role as substitute teacher Holly Holiday. Here is a clip of her rocking to Gary Glitter/Joan Jett’s Do You Wanna Touch Me?
In Other Film News: Oscarcast Songs Back, Peter Jackson Back Helming ‘The Hobbit,’ Sly Stallone Back Hoping For ‘Head Shot’
– Oscarcast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer have endeared themselves to the music crowd by restoring the performances of Best Original song, something that last year’s producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic dumped to speed up the show. Gwyneth Paltrow will performing Coming Home from the film Country …
NBC this morning announced that Gwyneth Paltrow will host Saturday Night Live on January 15 with musical guest Cee Lo Green. After Paltrow’s rendition of Green’s breakout hit, F**k You on Fox’s Glee, the two are bound to collaborate on SNL. As a warm-up, here is another comedic duet Paltrow …
Gwyneth Paltrow held her own alongside Huey Lewis when they sang the Smokey Robinson tune Cruisin’ in Duets, the 2000 karaoke film directed by her father, Bruce Paltrow. But she really stepped it up last night at the Country Music Association Awards. Backed by Vince Gill, she sang Country Strong, …
Here is an exclusive look at the highest-profile guest star on Glee so far this season, Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow, who will play substitute teacher Holly Holliday on several episodes beginning Nov. 16. Here she is performing Singing in the Rain with Glee co-stars Amber Riley and Heather Morris. (Paltrow is also set to perform a PG version of Cee-Lo’s F**k You aka Forget You.) A video of her singing on the show won’t be available until sometime next week, so below the photo is the video for Paltrow’s country singing debut, Country Strong, from her upcoming movie of the same name.