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Specialty Box Office: ‘Gloria’ Gets Her Number; ‘Gimme Shelter’ Opens Limited; ‘Dallas’ & ’12 Years’ Ride Oscar Wave

gloriaGloria was dissed by Oscar, but she scored on the box office rebound. Chile’s entry for Foreign Language Oscar consideration opened in three theaters to a solid debut, grossing $58,775 for a $19,445 average.

Still, Oscar nominee The Great Beauty opened with a $23,442 average though that was in one theater (its 11 week cume is over $11.45M). Gloria trumped over Belgian nominee Broken Circle Breakdown, which opened with $7,100 also in a single location. Denmark’s The Hunt bowed in 4 runs, averaging $10,761 Stateside and the others have yet to show their pizzazz.

Specialty Box OfficeCannes Un Certain Regard Director’s prize winner Stranger By The Lake opened at Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center in New York with a good debut. Set on a beach (and the nearby woods) lakeside in rural France, the sexually upfront feature grossed $26,741 for a $13,370 average. It will next head to San Francisco, Seattle and Miami. And Visitors opened in one run. The Cinedigm release grossed $10,742.

gimmeshelterRoadside also opened Gimme Shelter in a fairly large 385 theaters, continuing its strategy of skirting the traditional platform release when it has a title with named talent. High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens stars as a pregnant teen who runs away from her abusive addict mother (Rosario Dawson) to find her Wall Streeter dad (Brendan Fraser). The film grossed almost $721K for a $1,872 average. “The film went up a promising 23% from Friday to Saturday and we are finding terrific word of mouth for the film,” noted Roadside chief Howard Cohen Sunday. “We expect the audiences we are targeting to discover the film over the next few weeks.” Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Vanessa Hudgens’ ‘Gimme Shelter’

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 1:32pm PST

This has nothing to do with the Stones or Altamont; it’s about Vanessa Hudgens continuing to distance herself from those Disney roots. Her past three roles? A bikini-clad party girl-turned-armed robber in Spring Breakers, a serial killer’s would-be victim in The Frozen Ground and ill-fated accomplice of the title character in Machete Kills. And in Gimme Shelter, the erstwhile High School Musical sweetheart plays a pregnant teenager who flees her abusing mother (Rosario Dawson), is spurned by her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser) and ends up in a shelter for homeless teens. There she meets a man (James Earl Jones) who steers her on a path to a better future. Written and directed by Ronald Krauss, the drama inspired by a true story opens January 24 via Roadside Attractions. Here’s the first trailer, with a perky intro by Hudgens:

Related: Roadside Acquires Vanessa Hudgens Starrer ‘Gimme Shelter’

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Roadside Attractions Acquires Vanessa Hudgens-Starrer ‘Gimme Shelter’

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT

(LOS ANGELES, CA) September 26, 2013 – In advance of its Heartland Film Festival’s World Premiere as the Opening Night film on October 17th, Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to the inspirational drama GIMME SHELTER from filmmaker Ronald Krauss (AMEXICA). The film stars Vanessa Hudgens, as a pregnant teen runaway, as well as Brendan Fraser, Rosario Dawson, James Earl Jones and Ann Dowd (COMPLIANCE). Roadside has targeted January 24, 2014 for national release.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Frozen Ground’

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:21pm PDT

“Have you ever seen anybody do anything like this before?” In The Frozen Ground, an Alaska State Trooper (Nicolas Cage) asks that question about a series of particularly brutal cold-case serial killings in which the lead suspect is an upstanding local citizen (John Cusack). The only real lead is Cindy (Vanessa Hudgens), a stripper who’s the one would-be victim to escape from the killer. Writer-director Scott Walker’s film, based on real events, co-stars Dean Norris, Olga Valentina, Michael McGrady, Radha Mitchell and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who also is among its producers. Lionsgate opens the thriller August 23:

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Harmony Korine’s ‘Spring Breakers’ Gets Spring Release From A24 And Annapurna

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 9:18am PST
Mike Fleming

NEW YORK (November 15, 2012) – The highly anticipated SPRING BREAKERS will receive a Spring 2013 nationwide theatrical release courtesy of A24 and Annapurna Pictures. The film stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine as four college coeds willing to do anything to have their dream Spring Break. Film also features rap star Gucci Mane, introduces the ATL Twins, and has an incredible scene-stealing turn by Academy-Award nominee, James Franco. The film is written and directed by acclaimed provocateur Harmony Korine (KIDS, GUMMO) and prominently features an original score by Cliff Martinez and Skrillex.

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Scott’s Pictures Unveils ‘Gimme Shelter’ As Upstart Film Company’s Second Project

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 9:36am PDT
Mike Fleming

Scott Steindorff’s newly founded Scott’s Pictures has notched its second film project after setting the Lynne Ramsay-directed Natalie Portman-starrer Jane Got A Gun, which has Michael Fassbender circling the male lead. Vanessa Hudgen stars in the company’s second film, Gimme Shelter, alongside Rosario Dawson, James Earl Jones, Ann Dowd, Stephanie Szostak and Brendan Fraser. The film, which just wrapped, is based on a true story about sixteen-year-old Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Hudgens), a teenager who runs away from her abusive mother in search of a biological father she has never met. When he proves a disappointment, she embarks on a desperate journey of survival and self discovery and bonds with the girls at a special teen shelter. The film is inspired by a David and Goliath true story of Kathy DiFiore’s longstanding Several Sources Shelters. She accompanied by Mother Teresa in an effort to change the shelter laws in New Jersey. The film was written and directed by Ronald Krauss, best known for videos and commercials and who financed and produced through his Day Twenty- Eight Films banner with Krauss, Jeff Rice and Joshua Amir. Stone Village’s Scott Steindorff is exec producer and Dylan Russell is co-producer. The film will be shown to domestic distributors later in the month.

“We are very passionate about Ronald and his vision for this heartfelt and inspirational story that will resonate with a broad audience. It will be a welcome addition to our roster of quality … Read More »

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Serial Killer Pic ‘Frozen Ground’: Photos

By | Wednesday July 18, 2012 @ 10:52am PDT

Frozen Ground Movie Photos
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a first look at stills from Frozen Ground, the based-on-a-true-story thriller starring John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens. The movie written and directed by Scott Walker revolves around Alaska’s most notorious serial predator Robert Hansen (Cusack), who in the span of 12 years abducted more than 24 women, flew them into the Alaskan wilderness, and hunted and murdered them. Hudgens plays the one teenage victim who escaped, and Cage plays the Alaskan State Trooper who finds her on the street — together they work to bring Hansen to justice. Randall Emmett and George Furla are producing with Amber Entertainment’s Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky. Envision Entertainment’s Stephan Martirosyan and Remington Chase, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson are executive producers. Emmett/Furla fully financed the pic.

Related: Agencies Hot For ‘Frozen Ground’ Helmer; WME Signs Scott Walker

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Agencies Hot For ‘Frozen Ground’ Helmer; WME Signs Scott Walker

By | Monday October 3, 2011 @ 1:48pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Scott Walker, who took time from prepping his next film, The Frozen Ground, to meet with the major agencies last week. Walker is making his directorial debut on his scripted drama about the hunt for Alaska’s most notorious serial predator, Robert Hansen. John Cusack is playing Hansen, regarded in the community as a respected family man but who, in the span of 12 years, abducted more than 24 women, flew them into the Alaskan wilderness and hunted and murdered them. Vanessa Hudgens plays the lone victim who escapes and Nicholas Cage plays the Alaskan State Trooper who finds her on the street. Together they work to bring Hansen to justice. The film begins production in Alaska on October 17, financed by Emmett/Furla Films.

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‘Broken City’ Scribe Brian Tucker Sells Spec ‘Expiration’ To Emmett/Furla Films

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a mid-six-figure against seven-figure deal, Emmett/Furla Films has acquired Expiration, an action script by Brian Tucker. He scripted Broken City, a drama that EFF is financing for a November 7 start date with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe starring for director Allen Hughes. Expiration will be produced by Randall Emmett, George Furla and Tucker.

An ex-CIA operative-turned-hitman is poisoned on his final job. With 20 hours to live, he is determined to find out who poisoned him, and settle the score before he dies. It’s a big-scale $50 million-plus action film. EFF will finance it, and they will go out to directors and cast quickly to start production early next year. Aside from Tucker’s Broken City, Emmett/Furla starts production October 17 on Frozen Ground, which stars John Cusack as Alaska’s most notorious serial predator, Robert Hansen. In the span of 12 years, Hansen abducted more than 24 women and flew them into the Alaskan wilderness to hunt and murder them. Nicolas Cage plays the Alaskan State trooper on his tail, and Vanessa Hudgens plays the lone victim who escaped. At the recent Toronto Film Festival, Emmett/Furla Films unveiled a $250 million film find with Stepan Martirosyan and Remington Chase’s Envision Entertainment. Tucker’s repped by WME and Management 360.

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Toronto: Vanessa Hudgens Set For ‘Frozen Ground’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In a departure from her High School Musical past, Vanessa Hudgens has been set to star alongside Nicolas Cage and John Cusack in Frozen Ground, the Emmett/Furla Films thriller that is being sold here in Toronto, with Voltage Pictures handling international sales. The film, which will begin shooting October 17 in Anchorage, Alaska, marks the feature directing debut of Scott Walker, who wrote the script.

Pic is based on true events surrounding Alaska’s most notorious serial predator, Robert Hansen. Cusack is playing Hansen, regarded in the community as a respected family man. In the span of 12 years, he abducted more than 24 women, flew them into the Alaskan wilderness, and hunted and murdered them. Hudgens will play the one teenage victim who escaped. When she returned to tell her story, nobody believed her. Cage will play the Alaskan State Trooper who finds her on the street. Together they work to bring Hansen to justice.

Frozen Ground is being produced by Randall Emmett and George Furla, along with Amber Entertainment’s Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky. Envision Entertainment’s Stephan Martirosyan and Remington Chase, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and executive producers. Emmett/Furla Films this weekend set a $250 million film find with Envision Entertainment. Hudgens is repped by CAA.

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Contrafilm Partners Beau Flynn And Tripp Vinson Splitting After Decade Together

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson have formally announced their split and issued this statement: “We have nothing but love and respect for each other, and our decision to pursue our own separate paths after 10 amazing years together is not an easy one,” Flynn and Vinson said. “But we have reached the stage where it is time to embrace new challenges and make films on our own. This isn’t goodbye since we will be working together on many projects that will be reaching the marketplace soon. And while we can look back at a lot of success we’ve had together, we are also excited to be looking ahead to the next chapter.”

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE: Contrafilm partners Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are splitting after a decade together. The move comes as their first-look deal at New Line is expiring. Contrafilm will be frozen as a holding company for the projects they developed together that they will continue to move forward. They tell me the split is amicable, but after two years of whirlwind projects, they took stock and decided it was a good time go solo. Each will form his own new company over the summer and both will concentrate on making mainstream commercial fare.

The move comes after Contrafilm wrapped four films: the MGM remake of Red Dawn with Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Josh Hutcherson; the Anna Faris and Chris Evans comedy What’s Your Number? at New … Read More »

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CAA Signs Vanessa Hudgens From WME

By | Monday April 25, 2011 @ 6:19pm PDT
Mike Fleming

CAA has signed Vanessa Hudgens, who graduated from the High School Musical films to star in the features Bandslam, the Zack Snyder-directed Sucker Punch and the CBS Films fairy tale Beastly. She just finished shooting Journey 2: The Mysterious Island for New Line. She separately played Mimi in the Hollywood Bowl production of Rent and has released two albums. She had been with WME and continues to be managed by Untitled.

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James Franco Closing Disney Deal For ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’

Mike Fleming

While James Franco and Anne Hathaway have been busy pulling it together to host Sunday’s Oscarcast, Franco’s CAA reps and Disney have closed his deal to play the title role in Oz: The Great and Powerful. That puts the film on track to begin production in July, with Franco reuniting with his Spider-Man director Sam Raimi in the prequel to the L. Frank Baum novel that was scripted by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Joe Roth is producing.

There had been much discussion around town lately about Disney’s gyrations in trying to pare the budget of the film down to a mere $200 million, but they must have figured it out if they locked in Franco. For Franco, the multi-tasking marvel’s dance card for 2011 now looks like this: he’ll first star in the Noah Baumbach-directed While We’re Young, and then will shoot Oz. That brings him to the late fall/winter, when he’ll star in Sweet Bird of Youth, the David Cromer-directed revival of the Tennessee Williams play that will be produced by Scott Rudin. Kidman will play Alexandra Del Lago, the aging voracious movie star, while Franco will play her gigolo paramour Chance Wayne. While Franco has starred in eclectic indies and is even a recurring soap opera star, he has event film experience from the Spider-Man films with Raimi, and stars this fall in Fox’s Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. Still, this is a … Read More »

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Comic-Con #11: ‘Sucker Punch’

Luke Y Thompson is covering the Con for Deadline:

I expected SUCKER PUNCH to blow my mind, and think perhaps I was expecting too much. It still looks cool, but not necessarily what I expected. Not long ago, I suggested on Twitter that, with new technology, it was time to cinematically revisit TANK GIRL. Drew McWeeny tweeted back that I should wait till I got a good look at SUCKER PUNCH. I see what he means… But I still want a new TANK GIRL. Regardless, I’ll be checking this one out at some point. Zack Snyder comes out, says he’s been working on this idea for 8 years. Read More »

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