EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Chbosky, who directed Emma Watson in the sleeper hit The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, has re-teamed with the actress at 20th Century Fox on While We’re Young. Based on the Adena Halpern novel 29, While We’re Young will be scripted by (500) Days Of Summer scribes Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter. Karen McCullah and Kiwi Smith penned the original script and Weber and Neustadter handled the most recent rewrite. John Davis is producing through his Davis Entertainment banner. The log line: A 75-year-old woman, still feeling frisky and that she has far more in common with her 29-year-old granddaughter than with her stuffy 55-year-old daughter, is granted a birthday wish. She gets to be 29 again, for a day. She uses the time to go on an adventure with her now same-aged granddaughter. The film tells the story of three generations of women.
It’s a departure for Chbosky, who adapted his own coming-of-age novel The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and got a WGA nomination for the script. He also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of the Jonathan Larson stage musical Rent. Perks was a very important movie for Watson, as it allowed her to play a sophisticated young woman, warts and all, as she tried to create distance from Hogwarts and her childhood spent in the Harry Potter movies. Read More »
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There were a few weeks there when the specialties shined compared to their studio brethren — overall box office slumped, but newcomers like The Master and Arbitrage impressed. Well, the final weekend of September saw limited-release titles lack the star-power of those earlier releases, and this frame as a result can best be described as ho-hum for the indies. The documentary The Other Dream Team scored the best overall numbers with a solid $11K-plus screen average. Fellow docu The Waiting Room averaged just $2,444, while Hong Kong feature Vulgaria managed a shy $2,250.
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Last week’s big specialty opener, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, provided the zest in the specialty realm. Summit took the film to 102 theaters from its initial four-location run, and it did superbly with an $11,150 average and a weekend gross just shy of $1.4 million. The title placed 13th in the overall box office and will likely head into the top 10 next week.
Distribution newcomer The Film Arcade can give a shout-out to its first-ever release The Other Dream Team. The new company went “old school” in its release of the Lithuanian docu it picked up out of Sundance this year, taking it only to theaters and, for now at least, holding off on VOD and other on-demand platforms that have become de rigueur. “We want to do proper theatrical [release], and are not doing day-and-date,” TFA’s Miranda Bailey said. “We want to take ‘harder indie releases’ and take them out into theaters. We absolutely believe that this film had to go theatrical.” The company plans to take Dream Team to additional markets slowly.
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The overall box office still has a case of the doldrums but a couple of new specialty movies this weekend had robust openings. Summit scored with its rollout of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, averaging a stellar $61K. That’s the fourth best per-theater average of the year. Perks brought out young females in droves, with women making up 70% of audiences and 60% were under 25. Summit also boasted that Perks was also the company’s highest per-screen debut for any Summit title. Samuel Goldwyn Films’ doc Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel also showed gusto in its debut, averaging a stylish $21,413. IFC Films bravely took on How To Survive A Plague, a doc exploring the AIDS crisis from the standpoint of activist group ACT-UP. It averaged a softish $7K. Sundance Selects will open Survive in VOD on September 28th.
Among holdovers, last week’s record-breaking debut The Master held solid in its second weekend after a sizable expansion. The Weinstein Company added 783 theaters, grossing $5 million and a solid $6,345 average. Roadside Attractions took Arbitrage into 244 locations from 197 last weekend. The film averaged a solid $5,221. Noted a Roadside Attractions spokesperson: “The film held up very well and in particular went up 78% Friday to Saturday. ” IFC Films added 16 theaters for Liberal Arts in its second weekend. It grossed $40K in 20 theaters for a very soft $2K average. Read More »
Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.
The specialty arena this weekend offers Summit Entertainment’s platform debut of popular Sundance narrative entry The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Summit hopes word-of-mouth will lure art house crowds as well as heavily courted MTVers. Documentaries flesh out the rest of the new titles. Samuel Goldwyn Films opens Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel after picking up the title out of last year’s Telluride Film Festival. Variance Films’ Head Games came together under a tight schedule due to the narrow window of availability for its veteran filmmaker, who is now tackling a project with Martin Scorsese. How To Survive A Plague bravely ventures into the market with a powerfully emotional doc that illuminates one of the lesser-remembered stories about the AIDS crisis.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Director-writer: Stephen Chbosky
Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh
Distributor: Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate
Summit financed The Perks Of Being A Wallflower after acquiring the book, written by Stephen Chbosky who also adapted it to a screenplay and then took on directorial duties. “I’ve never worked on a film with the same person directing and writing from a book he wrote,” said Summit’s president of marketing, Nancy Kirkpatrick. “The cast was Stephen’s choice. There were characters he wanted from day one and he was lucky enough to get them.” Summit warmed to the project because the book has been a favorite for a couple of generations of readers. The film was shot last year and premiered at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. Fans of the book are an obvious target for Summit, which has partnered with MTV to promote the movie. The film’s trailer launched on MTV and became a huge download. Kirkpatrick believes the art house crowd is an obvious draw because “it’s a sparkling jewel of a film that has gotten great reviews.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Kate Walsh is about to get scary – Scary Movie 5 that is. The Private Practice star has signed up to do a cameo in the latest installment of the mock horror franchise. She joins the just named Heather Locklear and Molly Shannon in the movie. Malcolm Lee is directing Scary Movie 5 from a script by David Zucker, who wrote and directed 2003’s Scary Movie 3 and 2006’s Scary Movie 4. Besides her Dr. Addison Montgomery role on the ABC series, Walsh appears in The Perks of Being A Wallflower as the mother of Logan Lerman’s Charlie character. Paul Rudd and Dylan McDermott co-star along with Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. The coming-of-age movie debuts this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival and opens on September 27. Walsh is repped by CAA and Evolution Entertainment.
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Lionsgate has shifted the release of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower forward a week to September 21 from the 14th. Opening in limited release, the movie written and directed by Stephen Chbosky stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev and Paul Rudd. Watch the trailer here.
Lionsgate and Summit, companies built on the novel adaptations of The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga, are staying on their bookish paths. So much so that the combined entity has a hold on the latest New York Times bestseller lists that the company’s betting will turn into box office success down the line. Divergent, written by Veronica Roth, tops the Children’s Paperback books list this week. Lionsgate-Summit’s feature adaptation of the dystopian teen tale, with screenplay by Evan Daugherty, is in pre-production now with plans to start filming later this year. If that proves a hit at theaters, the company also holds rights to the twentysomething author’s sequel Insurgent, which currently sits No. 1 on the Children’s Chapter Books list. Read More »
Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller introduced this new trailer at tonight’s MTV Movie Awards. Written and directed by Stephen Chbosky and based on his novel,The Perks Of Being A Wallflower opens September 14.
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20th Century Fox moved up the release date of its Ang Lee-directed drama Life Of Pi from Christmas week to November 21. That’s the date Warner Bros had staked out for its Alfonso Cuaron-directed sci-fi drama Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock, which recently was pushed to sometime in 2013. Now Lee’s 3D adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling novel will land there, and the studio hopes it will play into the holiday season. Pi centers on a 17-year-old zookeeper’s son and his arch rival, a bengal tiger, who are stranded together on the open seas after their ship is pummeled by a storm.
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Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev has dropped Innovative Artists as her agency. The signature CW series was renewed for next season early on, and Dobrev also has been cast in The Perks of Being A Wallflower, the film based on Stephen Chbosky’s novel.