Alexander Payne‘s black and white drama Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern in the role that nabbed him the Cannes Best Actor Award in May, bowed with solid numbers. The film platformed in 4 theaters, grossing $140K and averaging a healthy $35K. Pic stars Dern as a senior bent on collecting a million bucks in sweepstakes money and Will Forte as the son who reluctantly road trips across state lines to satisfy the old man. The numbers show momentum. Compare to Payne’s previous openings: His last film, The Descendants, opened in 29 theaters in November 2011 with a $41K average, though that film was in color, starred George Clooney, and was set in the sunnier climes of Hawaii. His last road trip movie, Sideways (with Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church), was set in California’s Santa Barbara County and bowed in 4 runs in October 2004 averaging a spectacular $51,769 for a $207K opening weekend gross. Paramount Vantage will expand awards contender Nebraska to 10 markets on November 22.
“We had a strategy of screening early and often,” said Megan Colligan, Paramount’s head of domestic marketing and distribution this week. “Word of mouth is going to be the key here. There’s a strong through line of relatability. Some people will think a movie with octogenarians will think it’s for old people, but their children will relate to connecting with their parents and that has strong emotional pull people will connect to. The comedy community and comics in general love the humor of this movie.” READ MORE »
Here’s a redband look at Fredric Bond’s genre-bending feature debut Charlie Countryman, starring Shia LaBeouf as an American who falls for a gangster’s girl in Bucharest. Mads Mikkelsen, Evan Rachel Wood, Til Schweiger, Rupert Grint, James Buckley, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Melissa Leo co-star in the November … Read More »
Shia LaBeouf stars as Charlie Countryman, an American who falls for a musician (Evan Rachel Wood) and follows her into a Romanian underworld of violent gangsters where he’s pummeled over and over in his quest to save her. Swedish commercials helmer Fredrik Bond made … Read More »
Here’s the second “appetizer” tease from Lars von Trier‘s upcoming Nymphomaniac, one woman’s sordid sexual history told in eight chapters. A British-accented Shia LaBeouf stars opposite Stacy Martin in Chapter 2: Jerôme. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Stellan Skarsgård, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Five months after it premiered at Sundance, The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman has sold for U.S. rights and a theatrical release. Millennium Entertainment has paid low seven-figures to release one of the highest profile films … Read More »
Shia LaBeouf was starring in what would have been his Broadway debut alongside Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge until yesterday, when the actor dropped out of Lyle Kessler’s play because of creative differences. Then came the fun part, when … Read More »
Shia LaBeouf is parting ways with the producers of Orphans “due to creative differences” and will not be continuing with the production, according to a statement from the show’s public relations office. The statement adds that a replacement for … Read More »
UPDATE, 6:22 AM:: Magnolia Pictures and TrustNordisk have confirmed Deadline’s scoop that they’ve made one of the big deals at Berlin for U.S. rights to provocateur helmer Lars von Trier‘s full monty film Nymphomaniac. We heard it was around a $2 million deal. The press release runs beneath Deadline’s original break on the story.
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, MONDAY PM: After a little late night deal making hanky panky in Berlin, Magnolia Pictures is the frontrunner in talks to consummate a deal for domestic rights to Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac for around $2 million, Deadline hears. The film’s about a nymphomaniac who recounts her sordid life to a stranger after he saves her from a beating. It stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell and Christian Slater. Read More »
How many StarWagons can fit on the Great White Way? Lyle Kessler’s play Orphans has added Shia LaBeouf to its cast in what will be the actor’s first Broadway role. Alec Baldwin had already been cast in the … Read More »
BREAKING: Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US rights to the Robert Redford-directed The Company You Keep. The film stars Redford, Shia LeBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Terence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, … Read More »
The closer it gets, the better it looks. Here’s the R-rated trailer for Lawless — the John Hillcoat-directed Prohibition-Era saga written by Nick Cave and based on Matt Bondurant’s The Wettest County In The World. Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke are bootlegging brothers. Guy Pearce plays … Read More »
It took just four days into the 65th Cannes Film Festival but The Weinstein Company officially took over Saturday scoring both of the key night’s premiere slots at the Grand Theatre Lumiere in the Official Selection and both from Australian directors. … Read More »
Lionsgate International will commence international sales related to the new Dirty Dancing at the Cannes Film Market. Kenny Ortega directs from a script by Brad Falchuk and Maria Maggenti based on the original movie’s screenplay by Eleanor Bergstein. Debra Martin Chase, Ortega and Alli Shearmur are producing.
The Critics’ Week sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival added a short film by Shia LaBeouf to its lineup. Howard Cantour.com is the story of a film critic struggling to review his film hero’s final movie. LaBeouf directed with Jim Gaffigan, Thomas Lennon, Portia Doubleday, Dito Montiel, Caroline Morahan, Heidi Niedermeyer, Elvy Yost and Tremajah Brown starring.
The Hunger Games is getting the spoof treatment courtesty of directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Date Movie, Meet The Spartans, Vampires Suck). The Starving Games is scheduled to start shooting in October with Peter Safran producing. Wild Bunch has German distribution rights and Falcon has taken the Middle East. K5 is selling international in Cannes. Read More »
Melissa Leo has been joined the cast of The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman. She will play the mother of Shia LaBeouf, who plays the lead. Leo, who was awarded the Oscar … Read More »
The Guard star Brendan Gleeson has joined Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Brit Marling and Anna Kendrick in the Redford-directed The Company You Keep. Gleeson will next be seen opposite Glenn Close in … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Nick Nolte continues his recent career resurgence. He’s been set to join the cast of the Ruben Fleischer-directed Warner Bros drama Gangster Squad. Nolte will play Bill Parker, the new chief of police in Los Angeles, and the first … Read More »