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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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 … 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 IslandRead More »

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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 … 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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