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Fox, Ridley Scott Pick Up Brad Ingelsby Spec ‘A Better Place’

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 7:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

balecEXCLUSIVE: Fox has just closed a mid- against high-six-figure deal for A Better Place, a spec script by Brad Ingelsby that will be produced by Scott Free’s Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer, with Michael Pruss exec producing. This amounts to a reteam for Ingelsby and Scott.

Ingelsby was a 27-year-old AFI grad living at home with his parents in Pennsylvania and working for his father’s insurance business when his very first script, Low Dweller, sold for $650,000 against $1.1 million to Relativity in 2008, with Scott attached to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio to star. Scott and DiCaprio both dropped out but remained producers, and the project eventually became Out Of The Furnace, the gritty drama that Scott Cooper directed with Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana and Willem Dafoe. It was a throwback movie that proved too rough for mainstream audiences, a lot like the Cormac McCarthy-scripted The Counselor, which Fox made and Scott did direct. Pruss helped Ingelsby get his Low Dweller spec seen around town, and this is his third project with the writer, after Hold On To Me, which James Marsh is directing this fall, and The Signal, which is being developed by Paramount. Ingelsby is coming off scripting Run All Night, which Jaume Collet-Serra directs for Warner Bros with Liam Neeson starring, and Merry Men at DreamWorks.

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BOX OFFICE FINAL: ‘Frozen’ Catches Heat And Fire To Lead The Weekend; Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Soars

5TH UPDATE, MONDAY PM: Here are today’s final Top 10 studio-reported actuals for the December 6-8 box office frame, courtesy of Rentrak. See the full Top 20 at the bottom of the file:

BoxOffice_logo__131122164403-275x2061. Frozen, Disney, $31,616,230, 3,742 locations, (third week) -53% from previous weekend, $8,449 average, $134,253,666 cume.

2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate, $26,185,886 4,163 locations, (third week) -65%, $6,290 average, $335,850,842.

3. Out Of The Furnace, Relativity Media, $5,220,288, 2,101 locations (first week), $2,485 average, $5,247,364.

4. Thor: The Dark World, Disney, $4,811,545, 3,074 locations (fifth week) -57%, $1,565 average, $193,711,187.

5. Delivery Man, Disney, $3,742,544, 2,905 locations (third week) -45% , $1,288 average, $24,767,326.

6. Homefront, Open Road, $3,428,440, 2,570 locations (second week) -50%, $1,334 average, $15,328,830, 2 weeks.

7. The Book Thief, 20th Century Fox, $2,625,623, 1,316 locations (fifth week) -46%, $1,995 average, $12,000,678.

8. The Best Man Holiday, Universal, $2,609,890, 1,577 locations (fourth week) -68%, $1,655 average, $67,175,505.

9. Philomena, The Weinstein Company, $2,195,341, 835 locations (third week) -40%, $2,629 average, $8,167,976.

10. Dallas Buyers Club, Focus Features, $1,505,669, 734 locations (sixth week) -40%, $2,051 average, $12,453,993.

BOX OFFICE THUMBNAIL: Out of the Furnace (wide after opening Wednesday in four theaters) looks weak. Inside Llewyn Davis (opened limited in four) is very strong. Thor: The Dark World surpasses $600 million this past week. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen both headed to $30 million weekends.

4TH UPDATE, SUNDAY 11 AM: Walt Disney’s Frozen and Lionsgate’s power franchise Hunger Games: Catching Fire warmed the box office this weekend as most of the nation was under a deep freeze. Traditionally, also, the weekend after Thanksgiving is slow and percentage drop-offs were not unexpected.

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Disney's FrozenFrozen, driven by family-friendly Saturdays, was able to leapfrog over Catching Fire – early estimates had them in a dead heat going into the weekend. Frozen won the weekend with an estimated $31.6 million-plus take (a $134.2 million cume) in a box office weekend that had business suffer from moviegoers not wanting to venture out into biting temps. It’s per screen was around $8,400 in 3,742 locations and it saw a 126% jump from Friday to Saturday. This is the film’s second week out.

The Hunger Games: Catching FireCatching Fire is estimated around $27.6 million for the 3-day for a total cume of about $336.7 million domestically (per screen of $6,486 in 4,163 theaters). The film, in its third weekend, was down anywhere from 63% to 67% from a week earlier, but its Friday to Saturday jump this was roughly 53%. Last weekend, Lionsgate over-estimated on its domestic gross, but this week they seem to be more in line with general consensus.

Internationally, the female-driven franchise is in 83 markets and has taken in around $44.3 million this weekend, which brings its international total – oddly enough – to the same $336.7 million tally for a total worldwide cume of $673.4 million, according to its distributor.

Lionsgate also noted that the film is playing in the number one spot in India (where it opened this weekend) as well as Australia, Mexico, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, and Belgium. So, the other 76 territories it is playing in, it is not number one, but with numbers like this … who cares.  The film will open in Japan on December 27, rounding out its bows around the world.

Inside Llewyn Davis CBS Films is crowing over the huge per screen numbers for the Coen brothers movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, which with ticket sales tallying at an estimated $402,000 is about $100,500 per screen. CBS smartly added theaters on Saturday after sellouts on Friday. For news about this film, WeinsteinCo’s Philomena (no. 9 in the box office top ten with roughly $2.82 million) and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom ($19,000-plus per screen), Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years a Slave, Focus Features’ Dallas Buyers Club (which rounded out the box office top ten with $1.5 million), see Brian Brooks’ Specialty Box Office Story.

Related: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Opens To Spectacular $100K-Plus PSA Read More »

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‘Out Of The Furnace’ Headed To LA & NYC Two Days Before Wide Release

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 5:27pm PST

Folks in America’s media capitals will get an early look at Scott Cooper‘s awards-season drama. Relativity said today that Out Of The Furnace will open December 4 in limited release in Los Angeles and New York, two days before it goes out wide. The film, which had its world premiere November 9 at the AFI Fest and won an award at Rome last week, stars Christian Bale as a Rust Belt ex-con out for justice when his brother is drawn into a ruthless crime gang. It’s Cooper’s follow-up to his first feature, 2009′s Crazy Heart. He and Brad Ingelsby wrote the pic, which also stars Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard.

Fleming Q&As ‘Out Of The Furnace’ Helmer Scott Cooper
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Fleming Q&As ‘Out Of The Furnace’ Helmer Scott Cooper

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 2:43pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Between nightly guild screenings and the AFI Fest, you could go to theaters all over Hollywood, throw a rock, and probably hit a great director or actor. One I’m intrigued by is Scott Cooper, whose debut Crazy Heart drew an Oscar for Jeff Bridges and a nomination for Maggie Gyllenhaal. His follow-up Out Of The Furnace threatens to do the same for a stellar ensemble cast of Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard. What’s fascinating is Cooper spent years knocking around as an actor, hoping for but never getting the kinds of roles he writes for other actors. He discusses that with Deadline along with the high price of truthful writing, the role of luck, fate and ’70s films in his process, and how painful violence in serious films imprints on a gun-crazy society.

Related: Hot Trailer: ‘Out Of The Furnace’

Deadline: It would have been hard to think of you in any other context than a struggling actor when you made your directorial debut on Crazy Heart. You put your on-camera background to good use, helping Bridges and Gyllenhaal to career performances. Scripts start coming your way and you latch onto The Low Dweller, the big-money Brad Ingelsby spec that stalled when Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio dropped out. Why did you choose it as the template for Out Of The Furnace?
Scott Cooper: I had very unremarkable career as an actor and wrote a very personal story in Crazy Heart. Robert Duvall, a mentor and close friend who let me get married on his farm, produced my first film and to have a guy like, who speaks the language of actors, get behind you was key. That film met with some modest success, and then I’m starting at a pile of scripts after never being offered anything in my life as an actor. I have kids to feed, but I want to stay true to myself. I said no to a lot of scripts that went on to become very good films that shall remain nameless. Ridley and Michael Costigan really loved Crazy Heart and so did the folks at Leo’s Appian Way. They offered me The Low Dweller, which received acclaim around town when Leonardo and Ridley were going to do it. I was in a place where I only wanted to tell personal stories. The script was very well written, but I didn’t want to film some of the themes that coursed through it and said no. They came back and said, why don’t you take carte blanche with it? I do have a brother, and there was this seed in that script that ultimately became the movie. A man gets out of prison and avenges the loss of his brother. From there, I personalized my life and turned it into something I felt would resonate. Read More »

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Rome Film Festival: ‘Her’s Scarlett Johansson Named Best Actress For V.O. Performance; ‘Dallas Buyers Club’, Matthew McConaughey Also Nab Awards

The eighth Rome Film Festival closed last night and unveiled its winners naming Scarlett Johansson Best Actress for Spike Jonze’s Her, in which Johansson voices a Siri-like Operating System but doesn’t appear onscreen. That’s a nice early accolade for Warner Bros., which releases the romance in limited release December 18 before expanding in January. And it’s the first step in what Deadline’s Pete Hammond predicted could be a groundbreaking awards season coup for Johansson’s voice-over performance in the pic. Also nabbing top honors out of Rome were Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who won Best Director for Sebunsu kodo (Seventh Code), and Dallas Buyers Club, which landed Matthew McConaughey the Best Actor prize and also won the Audience Award. Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace was named best first or second feature. Scroll down for full winners:

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Hot Trailer: ‘Out Of The Furnace’

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 12:14pm PDT

Christian Bale stars as a Rust Belt ex-con out for justice when his brother is drawn into a ruthless crime gang in Out Of The Furnace, from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper. Relativity has set the awards season drama for wide release on December 6 and recently landed a high-profile AFI Fest slot as its world premiere. Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard co-star. Check out the new trailer:

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AFI Fest Adds World Premiere Of ‘Out Of The Furnace’, Slots ‘Nebraska’ And ‘Walter Mitty’

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 10:16am PDT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Los Angeles, CA, September 30, 2013 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today additional red carpet Centerpiece Galas at AFI FEST presented by Audi, including the World Premiere of Scott Cooper’s OUT OF THE FURNACE; Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA, accompanied by a Tribute to Bruce Dern; and THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, directed by and starring Ben Stiller and produced by AFI Conservatory alumnus Stuart Cornfeld, recipient of the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony held last June. All galas will be presented in the historic TCL Theatre.

As previously announced, the North American Premiere of SAVING MR. BANKS (DIR John Lee Hancock) is the Opening Night Gala and INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (DIR Ethan Coen, Joel Coen) is the Closing Night Gala. The Guest Artistic Director is Agnès Varda. The previously announced FOXCATCHER Premiere is no longer part of the AFI FEST program, due to the shift of the film’s release date to 2014.

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Hot Trailer: Christian Bale’s ‘Out Of The Furnace’

By | Thursday July 11, 2013 @ 1:38pm PDT

Relativity Media recently moved Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper‘s drama into the heart of Oscar season with a Thanksgiving week limited release. Check out the first trailer for Out Of The Furnace, starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard:

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Relativity Moves Scott Cooper’s ‘Out Of The Furnace’ Into Heat Of Oscar Season With November 27 Limited Release

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sensing it has a movie that can create heat during Oscar season, Relativity is moving the Scott Cooper-directed revenge thriller Out Of The Furnace from October 4 to a limited release on November 27, expanding that run beginning December 6th. The film stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard and Willem Dafoe. Crazy Heart helmer Cooper wrote the script with Brad Ingelsby. Bale plays a simple man in a blue collar job at the local steel mill, who cares for his terminally ill father at night. His brother (Affleck) returns from Iraq and falls in with a ruthless crime ring. When he disappears, that simple man takes matters into his own hands, and sets out to seek justice for his sibling. Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran produced with Scott Free’s Ridley Scott, with Michael Costigan also producing with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. This has been a hot project since Ingelsby first sold the spec in a big money deal that came with DiCaprio attached to star and Scott to direct. The elements have shifted, but the Cormac McCarthy-style stark and simple revenge tale element has remained intact.

Relativity production president Robbie Brenner said that Cooper “has made a powerful, moving and brilliant film that we think will generate a tremendous amount of conversation and attention during this awards season. We are confident that this new date will give Scott’s … Read More »

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Willem Dafoe Joins ‘Out Of The Furnace’

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 5:13pm PDT

Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of Relativity Media and Red Granite’s thriller currently entitled Out Of The Furnace. Dafoe joins previously announced cast members Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson and Forest Whitaker. The movie written and directed by Scott Cooper started shooting April 13 in Braddock, Penn. In the gritty tale based on an initial version by Brad Inglesby titled The Low Dwellers, Bale and Affleck play brothers who live in the Rust Belt: one lands in prison, the other joins a ruthless criminal enterprise.

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Relativity Sets Cast For ‘Out Of The Furnace’

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 3:08pm PDT

Relativity Media has firmed up casting for Out Of The Furnace with Sam Shepard joining Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana as the production directed by Scott Cooper gets under way later this month. Cooper also wrote the script based on an initial version by Brad Inglesby titled The Low Dwellers. Bale and Affleck play brothers who live in the Rust Belt: one lands in prison and the other is lured into a violent criminal enterprise. Saldana is Bale’s love interest while Shepard will play Bale’s and Affleck’s uncle. Relativity will distribute in the U.S. LA-based production-financing-sales company Red Granite will handle international sales next month in Cannes. Producers are Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran, Scott Free’s Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Michael Costigan plus Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh.

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Casey Affleck Frontrunner to Join Revenge Thriller ‘Out Of The Furnace’

By | Monday March 5, 2012 @ 5:06pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Casey Affleck is poised to join the cast of Out of the Furnace, the Scott Cooper-directed revenge thriller that Relativity Media will put into production later this year with Christian Bale starring. The script, which originated as a Brad Ingelsby spec that sold with Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott attached in 2008, is finally coming together. Bale plays a guy who’s released from prison and wants only to get his life back and marry his gal. All that changes when his brother is murdered, and the mission becomes revenge. Affleck, I hear, will play the unfortunate brother. Scott Free and Appian Way are producing, Brooklyn Weaver is exec producer. Affleck is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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