‘Stooges’ Star Will Sasso Lands Lead In ‘My Asshole Neighbor’

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 1:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: It’s good that Will Sasso has landed the title role in a movie, but I’m led to wonder why so many film companies press forward with naughty titles knowing full well they will never make it to the screen because newspapers and TV can’t run the advertising. Sasso, most recently seen as Curly in the Farrelly Brothers-directed The Three Stooges, has signed to star opposite David Koechner in director Andrew Currie’s suburban comedy feature My Asshole Neighbor. Sasso will portray Jerry, a loud, rude redneck who moves next door to a professional mediator Paul (Koechner), turning his world upside down. Once his private little patch of peaceful suburbia is invaded, the usually peace-loving Paul finds himself waging war on Jerry — which ultimately begs the questions, who’s really the asshole, and which sphincter will prevail? Produced by Mary Anne Waterhouse, the film will shoot mid-August in Vancouver. Read More »

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‘Hunger Games’ Passes $500M Global Cume, Scores #1 Domestic B.O. For 4th Weekend; ‘Three Stooges’ #2, ‘Cabin In Woods’ #3; ‘Battleship’ Builds $58M Foreign War Chest

April 13-15 Weekend Actuals

1. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 4 [3,916 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $6.4M, Saturday $9.3M, Sunday $5.4M, Weekend $21.1M (-36%), Cume $336.7M

2. The Three Stooges (Fox) NEW [3,477 Theaters] PG
Friday $5.6M, Saturday $7M, Sunday $4.4M, Weekend $17.0M

3. The Cabin in The Woods (Lionsgate) NEW [2,811 Theaters] R
Friday $5.6M, Saturday $5.7M, Sunday $3.5M Weekend $14.7M

4. Titanic 3D (Paramount/Fox) Week 2 [2,697 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $3.3M, Saturday $5.2M, Sunday $3.4M, Weekend $11.9M (-31%), Cume $44.7M

5. American Reunion (Universal) Week 2 [3,203 Theaters] R
Friday $3.4M, Saturday $4.4M, Sunday $2.6M, Weekend $10.5M (-51%), Cume $39.7M

6. Wrath of The Titans 3D (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3,102 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $3.0M,Sunday $1.9M, Weekend $6.9M (-53%), Cume $71.3M

7. Mirror Mirror (Relativity) Week 3 [3,206 Theaters] PG
Friday $2.1M, Saturday $3.0M, Sunday $1.8M, Weekend $6.8M (-38%), Cume $49.3M

8. 21 Jump Street (Sony) Week 5 [2,735 Theaters] R
Friday $2.0M, Saturday $2.9M, Sunday $1.6M, Weekend $6.6M (-34%), Cume $120.3M

9. Lockout (FilmDistrict) NEW [2,308 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.2M, Saturday $2.5M, Sunday $1.5M, Weekend $6.2M

10. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 3D (Universal) Week 7 [2,112 Theaters] PG
Friday $866K, Saturday $1.3M, Sunday $865K, Weekend $3.1M, Cume $204.5M

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM, 5TH UPDATE: Overall the North American weekend looks to be down around -11% from last year which may make Hollywood nervous going into the all-important summer movie season starting in May after a super-heated 2012 first quarter. The difference in this weekend’s close finishes were a matter of MPAA ratings and theater counts with 22% of K-12 out of school Friday. Lionsgate’s PG13-rated The Hunger Games scored the most locations in the U.S. and Canada this weekend and beat its domestic competition for the 4th straight weekend. As of Sunday morning, its global cume is now a gargantuan $500+ million! Fox received its hoped-for Friday (#1 after matinees) and Saturday (+24%) family fare bumps for the Farrelly Brothers’ PG-rated The Three Stooges, which played in more runs than Lionsgate’s R-rated The Cabin In The Woods. Interesting to note that both Stooges and Cabin were greenlit by then MGM production chief Mary Parent — and then taken over by other studios when MGM couldn’t handle its debt load. CinemaScores were as follows: Fox’s The Three Stooges ‘B-’ (‘A’ from audiences  under 18, ‘C’ from 25 and older), Lionsgate’s The Cabin In The Woods ‘C’ (‘D+’ from females), FilmDistrict’s Lockout ‘B-’. Interesting how the Stooges reviews were better than expected, especially from top-end critics who found genius in that silliness. But not as good as Joss Whedon’s horror pic which received truly stellar reviews, including 93% positive on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Three Stooges will be Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s 3rd highest opener.

Universal’s Battleship continues to screen strongly overseas with estimates bringing the 72-hour total to $58 million now that all 26 international territories are open. Director Peter Berg’s military vs alien actioner debuted to #1 in 24 of those new territories. For months the studio has fought bad buzz about how risky this expensive pic has been. Especially when the studio is claiming it came in at $209M — and everyone else is saying $250+M. And there’s still the possibility that, in the United States at least, it could become a disappointing ”John Carter in gunmetal grey”. But the film is performing well enough to allay fears that the rah-rah-USA patriotic theme in 2D might not do well internationally in a crowded foreign marketplace (against The Hunger Games, Titanic 3D, American Pie Reunion, and The Wrath Of The Titans). Universal pursued an unorthodox, even daring, strategy to open Battleship internationally more than a month before it debuts May 18th in North America. But it may pay off. My sources project the film could steam past $300M foreign box office based on current trends. The film rolls out to another 24 territories including big guns Russia and China next weekend.

My sources estimate these early Top Ten grosses for Friday, Saturday, and the weekend in North America:

1. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 4 [3,916 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $6.5M, Saturday $9.5M, Weekend $21.7M, Cume $335.7M

2. The Three Stooges (Fox) NEW [3,477 Theaters] PG
Friday $5.6M, Saturday $6.9M, Weekend $17.1M

3. The Cabin In The Woods (Lionsgate) NEW [2,811 Theaters] R
Friday $5.5M, Saturday $5.9M, Weekend $15.1M

4. Titanic 3D (Paramount/Fox) Week 2 [2,697 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $3.3M, Saturday $5.1M, Weekend $11.4M (-34%), Cume $44.1M

5. American Reunion (Universal) Week 2 [3,203 Theaters] R
Friday $3.4M, Saturday $4.4M, Weekend $10.6M (-51%), Cume $39.8M

6. Mirror Mirror (Relativity) Week 3 [3,206 Theaters] PG
Friday $2.0M, Saturday $3.1M, Weekend $7.2M, Cume $49.6M

7. Wrath Of The Titans 3D (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3,102 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $3.1M, Weekend $7.0M, Cume $71.3M

8. 21 Jump Street (Sony) Week 5 [2,735 Theaters] R
Friday $2.0M, Saturday $3.0M, Weekend $6.8M, Cume $120.0M

9. Lockout (FilmDistrict) NEW [2,308 Theaters] PG-13
Friday $2.2M, Saturday $2.6M, Weekend $6.4M

10. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 3D (Universal) Week 7 [2,112 Theaters] PG
Friday $880K, Saturday $1.3M, Weekend $3.0M, Cume $204.7M
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Hot Stoogery: The 3 Stooges Take On WWE

By | Tuesday April 10, 2012 @ 9:12am PDT
Mike Fleming

The Three Stooges stars Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe), Sean Hayes (Larry) and Will Sasso (Curly) are pulling out the stops to promote Friday’s opening of the Farrelly Brothers-directed comedy for 20th Century Fox. That brought them to the last night’s broadcast … Read More »

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Mike Fleming Interviews Pete And Bobby Farrelly On Risky Film ‘The Three Stooges’

By | Tuesday April 3, 2012 @ 3:19pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Ever since I wrote a Three Stooges biography that Pete and Bobby Farrelly liked, they’ve kept me up to speed through their long effort to make a feature that not only channeled the spirit of the troupe’s indelible repertoire of … Read More »

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CBS Rejects ‘Three Stooges’ Drug Spoof Ad On NCAA Hoops Championship Broadcast

By | Monday April 2, 2012 @ 11:44am PDT
Mike Fleming

2ND UPDATE: CBS maintains that Fox wasn’t blindsided by the network’s decision to reject The Three Stooges commercial that parodies prescription drugs, and the a spokesman said the network aired “alternative creative’ for the movie, and that those spots ran during earlier rounds of the tournament. The network … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Three Stooges’

By | Wednesday March 21, 2012 @ 11:20am PDT

Here’s the final trailer for Fox’s Farrelly brothers comedy homage The Three Stooges, which opens April 13. First thought: The Foley guys on this shoot deserve a vacation.

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Chris Diamantopoulos Joins Cast Of ‘The Black Marks’

By | Thursday January 12, 2012 @ 6:40pm PST

Chris Diamantopoulos (The Kennedys) is joining the cast of The Black Marks by writer/director Jonathan Sobol. The comedy stars Kurt Russell as Crunch, Matt Dillon as Nicky and Jay Baruchel as Francie. It’s about a retired motorcycle daredevil with a … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Three Stooges’

Here’s the first look at Fox’s The Three Stooges, the Farrelly brothers’ long-in-the-works take on the comedy trio. Its winding road started with the original plan to cast Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Jim Carrey in the lead roles; eventually, the brothers went with Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and … Read More »

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Casting Directors Under Scrutiny After Investigation Finds Convicted Molestor Hired Child Actors

Jason James Murphy served a five-year prison term for kidnapping and abusing an 8-year-old boy near Seattle, but has been working for a decade as Jason James hiring kids as a casting assistant for productions including Super 8, Bad Read More »

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Peter And Bobby Farrelly Plan More ‘Dumb And Dumber’ For Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels

By | Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 3:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Now that they have wrapped their dream project The Three Stooges after a decade of trying, Peter and Bobby Farrelly are moving forward with another project they’ve long wanted to do: a second installment of the New Line 1994 … Read More »

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‘The Three Stooges’ Teaser Poster Unveils

By | Saturday October 15, 2011 @ 7:07am PDT

Here’s the first teaser poster for The Three Stooges coming out April 4th from Twentieth Century Fox. And, yes, the logo is intentionally cropped: Read More »

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Fox Dates ‘The Three Stooges’: April 4, 2012

20th Century Fox has dated The Three Stooges, Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s take on the iconic comedy trio, for April 4, 2012. Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos star as the threesome; Jane Lynch, Jennifer Hudson, Sofia Vergara, Craig … Read More »

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Jennifer Hudson Joins ‘The Three Stooges’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: There are now three nuns in The Three Stooges. Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson has signed on to play Sister Rosemary. She joins Jane Lynch, who’s playing Mother Superior, and Larry David, who’s playing Mother Mengele. I’m betting that Sister Rosemary … Read More »

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Craig Bierko Joins ‘The Three Stooges’

By | Thursday May 12, 2011 @ 4:46pm PDT

Craig Bierko has been cast in The Three Stooges, the Peter and Bobby Farrelly-directed comedy for 20th Century Fox. Beirko, who had some funny moments in those Scary Movie films,will play Mac, one of the heavies trying to exploit the … Read More »

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Stephen Collins Joins ‘Three Stooges’

By | Thursday May 5, 2011 @ 6:59pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Stephen Collins usually plays the nice guy types, but he’s the heavy in The Three Stooges, the Peter and Bobby Farrelly-directed comedy for 20th Century Fox. He plays Mr. Harter, who, teamed with Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara as the charming … Read More »

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Hey Moe! Fox Makes Discovery For ‘Three Stooges’ Movie

By | Monday April 25, 2011 @ 4:16pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Chris Diamantopoulos has emerged as the frontrunner to play Moe in The Three Stooges, the 20th Century Fox film to be directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. The choice is … Read More »

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‘Three Stooges’ Cast Update: Hank Azaria & James Marsden To Join Will Sasso?

By | Friday March 25, 2011 @ 8:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Peter and Bobby Farrelly with Fox will complete the casting on The Three Stooges by the end of next week. At this point, Hank Azaria has emerged as a frontrunner for the role of Moe, the group’s stern … Read More »

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Fox Sets March 14 Start For ‘The Three Stooges’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The approval of the MGM pre-packaged bankruptcy has opened the door for the long-gestating comedy The Three Stooges to get made at 20th Century Fox. The studio has taken the project over from MGM and has scheduled a March … Read More »

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Larry Charles To Direct Jim Carrey Comedy

Mike Fleming

larrycharlesEXCLUSIVE: Larry Charles, who steered Sacha Baron Cohen through audacious comic turns in Bruno and Borat, is now ready to do the same for Jim Carrey. Charles has signed on to direct Pierre Pierre, a comedy that has Carrey playing the … Read More »

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