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Box Office: ‘Ride Along’ No. 1, ‘Frozen’ Sing-A-Long No 2. As It Skates Around ‘That Awkward Moment’

OPENING: That Awkward Moment (FOCUS) took third as Frozen skated around it Super Bowl Sunday; Labor Day (PAR) soft in seventh place. NOTEWORTHY: Ride Along (UNI) is No. 1 for third weekend in a row while the studio’s Lone Survivor, crossed $100M. The Nut Job now has a total cume of $49.9M and American Hustle becomes director David O. Russell‘s biggest grosser to date with a total cume: $133.4M.

BoxOffice_logo4TH UPDATE, 1:15 PM: Frozenin its 11th weekend out of the box, ended up taking the No. 2 spot over the Zac Efron comedy That Awkward Moment, which had the most heat from the 12- to 16 year-olds interested in seeing it, however, it was an R-rated film. Brilliant marketing move by Disney to coax family audiences back in with a sing-a-long version of Frozen. This picture won’t stop playing, despite the fact that another animated family film, The Nut Job, also went into the market three weeks ago (it’s No. 4). All films were down just a smidgen from yesterday’s estimates. Here’s the top 20:

1). Ride Along (UNI), 2867 theaters (+108) / 3-day Cume: $12M (-43% from previous weekend) / Per screen average: $4,199 / Total Cume: $92.6M / Wk 3

2). Frozen (DIS), 2,754 theaters (-3) / 3-day Cume: $8.9M (-2%) / Per screen: $3,244 / Total Cume: $359.6M /Wk 11

3). That Awkward Moment (FOCUS), 2,809 theaters / 3-day Cume: $8.7M / Per screen: $3,112/ Total Cume: $8.7M / Wk 1

4). The Nut Job (OPRD), 3,472 theaters (0) / 3-day Cume: $7.2M (-40%) / Per screen: $2,096 / Total Cume: $49.9M Wk 3

5). Lone Survivor (UNI), 3,285 theaters (+123%) / 3-day Cume: $7M (-45%) / Per screen: $2,160 / Total Cume: $104.7M / Wk 6

6). Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PAR), 2,907 theaters (-480) / 3-day Cume: $5.3M (-42%) / Per screen: $1,827 / Total Cume: $38.8M / Wk 3

7). Labor Day (PAR), 2,589 theaters / 3-day Cume: $5.1M / Per screen: $2,003 / Total Cume: $5.1M / Wk 1

8). American Hustle (SONY), 2,216 theaters (-88) / 3-day Cume: $4.1M (-41%) / Per screen: $1,877 / Total Cume: $133.8M / Wk 8

9).  I, Frankenstein (LGF), 2,753 theaters (0) / 3-day Cume: $3.7M (-56%) / Per screen: $1,364 / Total Cume: $14.7M / Wk 2

10). The Wolf Of Wall Street (PAR), 1,607 theaters (-197) / 3-day Cume: $3.4M (-38%) / Per screen: $2,116 / Total Cume: $103.9M / Wk 6

11). August: Osage County (TWC), 2,319 theaters (-92) / 3-day Cume: $2.9M (-41%) / Per screen: $1,273 / Total Cume: $31.5M / Wk 6

12). Gravity (WB), 1,132 theaters (-128) ) / 3-day Cume: $2M (+2%) / Per screen: $1,823 / Total Cume: $264M / Wk 18

13). 12 Years A Slave (FSL), 1,172 theaters (-59) / 3-day Cume: $1.4M (-29%) / Per screen: $1,231 / Total Cume: 45.8M / Wk 16

14), Dallas Buyers Club (FOCUS), 1,052 theaters (-58) / 3-day Cume: $1.3M (-33%) / Per screen: $1,296 / Total Cume: $22.5M / Wk 14

15). The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (WB) , 933 theaters (-352) / 3-day Cume: $1.2M (-42%) / Per screen: $1,324 / Total Cume: $254.2M / 8

16). Her (WB), 803 theaters (-522) / 3-day Cume: $1.1M (-48%) / Per screen: $1,481 / Total Cume: $21.2M / Wk 7

17). Nebraska (PARVANTAGE), 875 theaters (-93) / 3-day Cume: $1.1M (-26%) / Per screen: $1,306 / Total Cume: $13.6M / Wk 12

18). Saving Mr. Banks (DIS), 1,075 theaters (-585) / 3-day Cume: $1M (-49%) / Per screen: $995 / Total Cume: $81M / Wk 8

19). Devil’s Due (FOX), 1,290 theaters (-1,254) / 3-day Cume: $1M (-63%) / Per screen: $802 / Total Cume: $14.7M / Wk 3

20). Philomena (TWC),  567 theaters (+62) / 3-day Cume: $965K (-10%) / Per Screen: $1,702 / Total Cume: $27.3M / Wk 11 Read More »

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OSCARS: From ‘Philomena’ To ‘Saving Mr. Banks’, Composers Show Creativity And Agility With This Year’s Scores

David Mermelstein is an AwardsLine contributor.

This year’s bevy of awards contender films is not only uncharacteristically large but also varied, particAwardsLine.LogoBWularly in how they were scored. The lack of similarity is apparent in everything from genre to instrumentation and even transcends musical matters, touching on the very core of the process. Specifically, when the composer is handpicked to buttress feelings and emotions primarily expressed in visual terms, what is his or working relationship with the director? Several prominent composers spoke about that intimate union, which in some cases was a new collaboration and in others a welcome reteaming.

Philomena (1)Alexandre Desplat first worked with Stephen Frears on The Queen in 2006 and gratefully accepted the director’s offer to work on this year’s Philomena, a bittersweet road movie starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. “The story is intimate and deeply moving, and Stephen thought I could emphasize that,” Desplat says. “The story is such that it’s difficult not to be in tears: This little woman who seems to be lost but is actually ahead of everyone. It was so appealing to me. I came out with the main theme rather quickly.”

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OSCARS Q&A: Kate Winslet On ‘Labor Day’

Pete Hammond

Since Kate Winslet was first nominated for her supporting role in Sense And Sensibility in 1995, she has been up for Oscars five more times, finally winning a statuette for 2008’s The Reader. But take a look at her four other Oscar-nominated turns — 1997’s Titanic, 2001’s Iris, 2004’s Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and 2006’s Little Children — and you will find no discernible thread linking these performances. Each is truly unique and thoroughly Winslet, much like her current Golden Globe-nominated role AwardsLine.LogoBWin Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, in which she plays Adele, an agoraphobic single mom caught up in an unexpected and dangerous relationship with con on the run Frank (Josh Brolin). In some ways, the film is an old-fashioned romance like that “other” love story she did that was set aboard a sinking ship, and it once again proves Winslet is an actress who likes working without a net.

kate-winslet-in-labor-day-movie-10AwardsLine: How is Labor Day different from your last few roles?
Kate Winslet: I’m often drawn to characters that are more obviously one thing. They’re passionate, and there is always an element of strength because I think every person possesses that in some way, even if they’ve experienced hardship in their lives. I could see the challenge for me with (Adele) was that I didn’t want her to be just one thing. I didn’t want her to be just the shaky-handed person who didn’t like going outside. She is a woman who has a gigantic heart, and, certainly in her past, it beat much fuller and faster. I felt very strongly that through Frank and falling in love with him some of those sides of her would come back to life a little bit. Read More »

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Paramount Sets December 27 Bow For ‘Labor Day’

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 2:46pm PST

Jason Reitman‘s tale of a reclusive single mom (Kate Winslet) whose young son struggles to be the man of the house will open December 27 for a weeklong Oscar-qualifying run. Labor Day, which debuted at Telluride en route to Toronto, is adapted from Joyce Maynard’s novel and co-stars Josh Brolin as the escaped convict who talks the mother and son into taking him in. Paramount will go wide with the drama on January 31.

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Hot Trailer: Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 9:52am PDT

Kate Winslet plays a reclusive single mom whose 13-year-old son struggles to be the man of the house. Their lives change when they meet a guy (Josh Brolin) who persuades them to take him in. Little do they know he’s an escaped convict. Writer-director Jason Reitman‘s film, which debuted at Telluride en route to Toronto, is adapted from Joyce Maynard’s novel. Paramount releases Labor Day wide January 31 after a limited run in December. Here’s the first trailer:

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Hot Clip: Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’

By | Saturday September 7, 2013 @ 6:29pm PDT

The romantic drama starring Kate Winslet as a single mom and Josh Brolin as the convict who invades her and her 14-year-old son’s lives debuted at Telluride before heading to Toronto. Jason Reitman directed and adapted the pic from Joyce Maynard’s novel. Paramount releases Labor Day wide on January 31 after a limited run in December. Watch the first clip:

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Telluride: Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’ Debut

By | Friday August 30, 2013 @ 4:08am PDT
Pete Hammond

The Telluride Film Festival‘s first big official movie was the Thursday afternoon patron’s screening of Jason Reitman‘s Labor Day. Reitman has previously debuted his films Juno and Up In The Air at Telluride and gives this latest a contemporary spin with a completely faithful adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s novel. (She is here, too). It’s about an escaped con (Josh Brolin) who invades the life of a single mom (Kate Winslet) and her 14-year-old son (Gattlin Griffith). Not only is it a complete departure for Reitman but he delivers with style and fine performances from his leads. Paramount plans to open it limited in late December and then go wide in January. But it was a no-brainer to bring a movie called Labor Day to this Labor Day gathering of cinephiles. As Reitman said to laughter, “I know this is going to be a very tricky transition for you. You are going to have to somehow step out of this beautiful town on Labor Day weekend and walk into this beautiful town on Labor Day weekend.” He thanked Paramount and Indian Paintbrush for supporting him as a filmmaker. “This is probably the truest adaptation I will ever write. I wanted to make the movie that reflected my experience of reading the book Labor Day for the first time. It’s a movie about inexplicable decisions and the unusual — … Read More »

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Telluride: Oscar Contenders Flock To Rockies As Festival Season Arrives

By | Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 4:38pm PDT
Pete Hammond

As per custom, organizers of the Telluride Film Festival held their schedule back and announced the lineup for its 40th edition this morning — just as a planeload of stars, filmmakers, journalists, executives, publicists and many Academy members were on the runway headed for the Colorado resort town. This Labor Day rocky mountain tradition is now a key part — along with Venice, Toronto and New York — of launching players into the Oscar race. Of course the Telluride festival, one of the best of all fests, sports all kinds of films and events (enough to satisfy a cinephile for an entire year). But in recent times it has joined those other key fall festivals as an early gauge of goodies for the nascent awards season.

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Because they hold back their announcement, don’t require bragging rights, and don’t call anything a “premiere” (leaving that distinction to Venice, Toronto or NY), Telluride often gets some of the cream of the crop. Among recent past Best Picture nominees and winners that had North American launches here were Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, The Artist, Juno, Capote, Up In The Air, and last year’s eventual winner, Warner Bros’ Argo, which came in as an unannounced “sneak preview”.

This year there will be three of those “sneaks”, with the festival mum and saying it won’t begin announcing the titles … Read More »

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Jason Reitman Pic ‘Labor Day’ Gets Christmas Release

By | Friday May 17, 2013 @ 4:47pm PDT

Another Jason Reitman movie is getting prime awards-season placement. Paramount said the Juno and Up In The Air director’s latest, Labor Day, will open in limited release December 25 this year before expanding January 10 and going wide January 31. Tobey Maguire, Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, J.K. Simmons, James Van Der Beek, Brooke Smith, Gattlin Griffith, and Brighid Fleming star. The studio is also co-financing the pic, which Reitman also wrote as an adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel. The story centers on a 13-year-old boy (Griffith) from New Hampshire who learns valuable life lessons over a five-day Labor Day weekend after an escaped convict (Brolin) seeks shelter with the boy’s single mom (Winslet). Mr. Mudd’s Lianne Halfon and Russ Smith are producing along with Helen Estabrook and Reitman. Indian Paintbrush is exec producing. The date obviously is chock-full of big pics including Paramount’s own Jack Ryan, Universal’s 47 Ronin, and Fox’s The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty as well as expansions for The Weinstein Company’s Grace Of Monaco and Fox Searchlight’s Twelve Years A Slave.

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Tobey Maguire Joins Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tobey Maguire has joined the cast of the Jason Reitman-directed Labor Day, which begins shooting this month in Massachusetts. Mr. Mudd’s Lianne Halfon and Russ Smith are producing along with Helen Estabrook and Reitman. Indian Paintbrush is exec producing. Maguire is the final major piece alongside Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, J.K. Simmons, Brooke Smith, Gattlin Griffith, and Brighid Fleming. Paramount is co-financing and distributing worldwide.

Reitman wrote the script, an adaptation of the Joyce Maynard book. The story centers on a thirteen year old boy, Henry, from New Hampshire who learns valuable life lessons over a five-day Labor Day weekend. Maguire will play the adult version of the boy, and Maguire also narrates the film.

After stepping out of Spider-man, Maguire has been busy. He’ll next be seen starring in the Jacob Aaron Estes-directed black comedy The Details, which The Weinstein Company releases September 7, followed by the Baz Luhrmann-directed The Great Gatsby, which Warner Bros opens on Christmas Day. Maguire plays Nick Carraway opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton in the adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary masterpiece.

Maguire will not appear in the upcoming Ang Lee-directed Life of Pi. To be consistent with his other casting choices for the film, the director decided to go with an entirely international cast. He’s repped by CAA and Management 360.

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Paramount Takes On Jason Reitman’s Next Film ‘Labor Day’

By | Friday September 9, 2011 @ 9:09am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has come aboard to distribute Labor Day, the adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel that was scripted and will be directed by Jason Reitman, who is making this his next film. The studio joins Indian Paintbrush and Reitman’s Right of Way to produce the romantic drama, which stars Kate Winslet as a single mother who takes in a stranger with a dangerous past, played by Josh Brolin, and she falls in love with him over the course of Labor Day Weekend. Production is expected to start in June 2012. Paramount and Indian Paintbrush already have partnered on Like Crazy and Jeff Who Lives at Home, the latter of which is playing here at Toronto. UPDATE: Paramount just made it official with a release: Read More »

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Wrinkles: ‘Cars 2′ Returns, ‘Warrior’ Sneaks

By | Friday September 2, 2011 @ 4:38am PDT

This Labor Day box office, The Weinstein Co opens Dimension Films’ Apollo 18 in 3,328 theaters while Relativity Media chums Shark Night 3D in 2,806 locations. But also Disney/Pixar is expanding the run of Cars 2 this Friday for special end-of-summer return engagements at a total of 2,043 theaters. (The toon, which opened June 24th, had only 233 runs this past week.) Meanwhile, Lionsgate announced national sneak previews of its movie Warrior, starring up-and-comers Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton before its September 9th release.

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Kate Winslet To Star In ‘Labor Day’ For Jason Reitman

By | Thursday June 16, 2011 @ 8:29am PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Josh Brolin’s reps tell me he will be in the movie, too, playing the guy who engages in the weekend affair with Kate Winslet’s character.

EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Kate Winslet will be set shortly to star in Labor Day, the adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel that was scripted and will be directed by Jason Reitman.

The Oscar-winning Winslet, who’s just coming off HBO’s Mildred Pierce, will play a single mother of a young son who takes in a stranger with a dangerous past. She falls in love with him over the course of Labor Day Weekend. The project is set with Indian Paintbrush and Reitman’s Right Of Way, and they will now  set it with a distributor. CAA-repped Winslet just wrapped the Steven Soderbergh-directed Contagion and Carnage, the Roman Polanski-directed adaptation of the hit play God of Carnage.

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