Specialty Box Office: Scarlett Johansson Reigns With Sci-Fier ‘Under The Skin’

By | Sunday April 6, 2014 @ 9:51am PDT

Specialty Box OfficeUPDATED: Boasting a bankable Hollywood star in a decidedly unconventional narrative, Jonathan Glazer’s stunning Under The Skin starring Scarlett Johansson (who also stars in this weekend’s fellow opener Captain America 2) proved a winning mix in the Specialty Box Office for distributor A24 in its opening weekend. The film, Glazer’s first in 10 years, grossed a robust $140K in four L.A. and NYC theaters. That comes in at a $35K screen average, easily the biggest since the The Grand Budapest Hotel‘s bombshell $202K PTA when it opened March 9. Scarlett Johansson Under the SkinUnder The Skin‘s initial numbers also bode well for A24, which opened in 2012 and had a streak of box office successes over last year, including Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, which had an $87,667 PTA when it opened last March ($14.1M cume), The Spectacular Now ($49,354 PTA in 4 theaters last August and a $6.85M cume), The Bling Ring ($42,879 PTA in 5 theaters last June and a $5.8M cume) and Ginger & Rosa ($14,279 PTA in 3 theaters in March 2012, $1M cume).

Said A24 this weekend: “[Under The Skin] opened to rave reviews and sold out shows in New York and Los Angeles this weekend. This unique cinematic event is second only to The Grand Budapest Hotel as the highest limited specialized film opening of the year. Scarlett Johannson, who stars in both Under The Skin and the Captain America sequel, was a box office star this weekend dominating the box office with Captain America and Under The Skin having the highest per screen average in the country.”

A24 noted that the title, which it acquired out of Toronto last year, is “an art movie that people are embracing.” A spokesperson told me Sunday that they “couldn’t sell more tickets” at its showing in New York’s Union Square. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 10:54am PDT

Luc Besson and Scarlett Johansson have teamed for Lucy, a sc-fi pic that centers on a woman caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior. Morgan Freeman co-stars, and Universal is releasing the pic from … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘The X Factor’ Musical ‘I Can’t Sing’ Pushes Back Previews; Quentin Tarantino To Present Honorary Cesar To Scarlett Johansson; More

‘X Factor’ Musical ‘I Can’t Sing’ Delays Previews By Two Days
I Can't SingPreviews of Simon Cowell‘s The X Factor musical, I Can’t Sing, have been postponed by two days at the London Palladium. Stage Entertainment and Syco Entertainment are producing the show and say they’ve decided to start previews on March 1 as opposed to February 27 due to “technical issues caused by the ambitious staging of the new musical comedy.” Rebecca Quigley, producer for Stage Entertainment, said, “As audiences will soon see, the production is hugely ambitious, and the volume of installation and scale of the set means that technical work has taken slightly longer than could have been anticipated to make the show audience-ready.” Nigel Harman (EastEnders, Downton Abbey) is playing a character based on Cowell in the musical that’s directed by Olivier Award-winner and Tony nominee Sean Foley. British comedian Harry Hill wrote the show.

Quentin Tarantino To Present Scarlett Johansson’s Honorary Cesar
Quentin Tarantino has been enlisted by France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma to present Scarlett Johansson with this year’s honorary César Award. The director will hand the award to Johansson this Friday at the 39th César Awards ceremony in Paris. Tarantino himself received the prize in 2011. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: China Says Not Raising Film Quota; César Awards To Honor Scarlett Johansson; Taylor Lautner To BBC3

Not So Fast: China Says It Isn’t Increasing Movie Quota
Contrary to reports earlier this week, China is not planning to increase its quota on films imported from Hollywood. Official state news agency Xinhua said Tuesday that the quota will remain unchanged at 34, citing an official with the country’s film governing body, China-And-Hollywood__130605112955-150x150__130925193515SAPPRFT. In February 2012, China and the U.S. signed a pact to increase the number of films approved for theatrical release in China from 20 to 34. The parties also agreed on an increased revenue share of 25%. In the first year the change was implemented, local Chinese films lost market share but since have rebounded strongly with about 58.7% of box office takings in 2013. In a statement on Monday, MPA Asia chief Mike Ellis said the org was unaware of any official plans on changing the quota system but noted that the belief that an open market “best serves filmmakers and audiences alike. … Removing the quota for international films is something we’ve been advocating for some time and would provide the widest possible movie experience for audiences while benefiting the Chinese screen community and our member studios.” Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Under The Skin’

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 9:16am PST

Scarlett Johansson stars as an alien cruising Scotland for hitchhikers in Jonathan Glazer’s  sci-fi thriller Under The Skin, which premiered last fall in Venice — where it divided critics — and was picked up by A24 at Toronto. Here’s the first full trailer for the … Read More »

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Scarlett Johansson Biggest Star In Banned Super Bowl Ad Firmament: Video

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 6:32am PST

Scarlett JohanssonIt’s that most wonderful time of year again — Banned Super Bowl Ad time! SodaStream is a relatively new, second-year entry — this time with an ad featuring Scarlett Johansson. Typically banned Super Bowl ads are pretty low-rent stuff … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’

By | Tuesday December 3, 2013 @ 5:52pm PST

After Warner Bros unveiled its first trailer for Spike Jonze‘s unconventional romantic drama in August, the studio made a strategic move to December and took it to the NYFF and Rome fests, collecting kudos for star Scarlett Johansson. But early … Read More »

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Scarlett Johansson’s Award Winning Performance In ‘Her’ Ruled Ineligible For Golden Globes

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 3:20pm PST
Pete Hammond

I have learned Scarlett Johansson, who plays Samantha, Joaquin Phoenix’s Operating System  in the Scarlett Johanssonupcoming Spike Jonze film Her has been ruled ineligible to compete for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for this year’s Golden 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:

Related: Could Warner Bros. Holiday Entry ‘Her’ Be Poised To Make Oscar History? Read More »

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Luc Besson Talks Paparazzi Interference On Taipei ‘Lucy’ Shoot, But Confirms He Never Planned To Leave: AP

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 3:54am PDT

French director Luc Besson today publicly commented on incidents in Taiwan that earlier this week led to reports he was cutting his shoot time there short on sci-fi film Lucy. According toRead More »

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Have Those Sacrebleu Paparazzi Sent Luc Besson Running From Taipei? Pas Possible!

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 3:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The pack mentality of web journalists rushing to pick up every report in every publication around the world legitimizes exaggerated stories and all you can do is try to put proper perspective on them later. Seems that was the case … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Captain America’ Sequel

It’s two years since The Avengers, and Steve Rogers is still adjusting to a contemporary existence in Marvel‘s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Here, Chris Evans is paired with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Sundance icon Robert Redford, in his first superhero effort. Marvel has just … Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 46

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 1:59pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Listen to (and share) episode 46 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about early awards frontrunner 12 Years A Slave, whose Michael Fassbender may snag an Oscar nomination despite his likely absence during the campaign months, and lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who already is hitting the awards circuit ahead of the film’s debut this weekend. We also look at a very different kind of performance, Scarlett Johansson’s sterling voice work in Spike Jonze’s quirky Her and whether it can make Academy history; the AFI Fest snares a world premiere with Lone Survivor; and the Pen Center USA literary awards, where one winner’s work faced a noisy protest by her film’s editors.

Finally, we’ll get Pete’s take on this week’s very full slate of new movie releases, including Bill Condon’s nervy meditation on journalism and whistleblowers in the Internet age, The Fifth Estate; Robert Redford’s remarkable solo journey in All Is Lost; the surprisingly enjoyable action film Escape Plan, featuring great chemistry between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone; and a remake of the horror classic Carrie, with Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz.

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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

Catch up with the best of Deadline’s Top Film stories from this week:

SHOCKER! Charlie Hunnam Exits Christian Grey Role In ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’
By Mike Fleming Jr. – Well, here’s a surprise. Universal is going to have to look harder to find its S&M minded zillionaire Christian Grey because Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has exited the role he only just got.

Angelina Jolie Sets Japanese Singer Miyavi As Brutal WWII POW Camp Guard ‘The Bird’ In ‘Unbroken’
By Mike Fleming Jr. - EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and director Angelina Jolie have found their villain for the Lou Zamperini tale Unbroken.

Universal Pays 7-Figure Deal For Aaron Berg ‘Section 6′ Spec
By Mike Fleming Jr. – EXCLUSIVE: It’s not only an exceptional deal for a new writer; I’m hard pressed to come up with the last clean seven-figure deal for a script with no attachments. Four studios bid on the project… Read More »

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NYFF: Could Warner Bros. Holiday Entry ‘Her’ Be Poised To Make Oscar History?

Pete Hammond

The New York Film Festival closed Saturday night with the World Premiere of Spike Jonze‘s fourth feature, the irresistibly charming romantic fantasy Her, about a man who falls head over heels for his “operating system”. The studio held a simultaneous screening on the West Coast … Read More »

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Esquire Network Orders Two Specials Based On Magazine Franchises

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 12:37pm PDT

Bet you can guess which two Esquire magazine franchises have been ordered as specials by NBCU’s Esquire Network. If you guessed the franchises are: women, and bars — you’re right! Women We Love is an hour-long “celebration of some of the most captivating, impressive and alluring women from entertainment, sports, pop culture and more.” And we’re guessing you’ve already figured out it’s going to coincide with the mag’s annual “Sexiest Woman Alive” issue in November in which Scarlett Johansson is, for a second time, named SWA — because Esquire is apparently running out of them. In the magazine, Johansson says, sexily, “You know, I gotta hustle…I’m a 28-year-old woman in the movie business, right? Pretty soon the roles you’re offered all become mothers. Then they just sort of stop.” In the cable TV special, “fascinating women who inspire us with their beauty, intelligence, style and passions” will “share their thoughts on everything that inspires and interests them, from their work to travel, fashion, humor and relationships.” Women We Love will premiere Tuesday, November 19 at 8 PM ET,  produced by Wilshire Studios with Jennifer Lane serving as executive producer. Read More »

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Toronto: A24 Near Deal For Scarlett Johansson-Starrer ‘Under The Skin’

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 6:14am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In its second deal of the festival, A24 is closing U.S. rights for a bit more than $1 million on Under The Skin, the Jonathan Glazer-directed atmospheric thriller that stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien who … Read More »

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Hot Festival Teaser: ‘Under The Skin’

Sexy Beast helmer Jonathan Glazer‘s latest film, Under The Skin, had its official screening in Venice tonight. The tale of an alien traveling around Scotland in human form stars Scarlett Johansson. The movie next heads to Toronto, and FilmNation has international sales. Here’s … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’

By | Sunday August 25, 2013 @ 6:31pm PDT

Relativity‘s latest spot for its film Don Jon unspooled during tonight’s MTV VMAs as the studio revs up its marketing ahead of a September 27th release. Scarlett Johansson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in the rom-com written and directed by Gordon-Levitt. Watch the … Read More »

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