Chuck Hogan On The Case For Vince Vaughn And ‘The Rockford Files’

By | Friday April 4, 2014 @ 11:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

jimrockfordvinceyEXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures is bringing in Chuck Hogan to rewrite The Rockford Files for Vince Vaughn to star.  Hogan takes on the job as FX has set The Strain, his collaboration with Guillermo del Toro, for summer, and he adapts Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi for Paramount, the book that author Mitchell Zuckoff wrote with surviving members of the Annex Security Team who fought the battle that led to the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Read More »

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Jon Favreau Joins Universal Crime Thriller ‘Term Life’

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 2:44pm PDT

Jon FavreauEXCLUSIVE: Hot off the debut of his most recent film at SXSW, the multihyphenate has booked his next acting gig. Jon Favreau will co-star in Universal‘s crime thriller Term Life, which stars Vince Vaughn as a … Read More »

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Box Office Top 10: ‘Catching Fire’s Global Opening Gross Will Hit $307.7 Million

Mike Fleming

Hunger Games Catching Fire Box Office7TH UPDATE: The 1 PM football games are starting, so I will be brief. International numbers for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are pouring in now, and they are as good as the domestic numbers. The film has grossed $146.6 million in 63 territories, which puts its global opening weekend gross at $307.7 in 65 territories. That’s 45% better than the $211.8 million worldwide that The Hunger Games grossed in its opening weekend. That puts the film halfway to matching the $286.3 million international gross of that original film. It opened in the top spot in nearly all markets, more than doubling The Hunger Games in most markets according to Rentrak. Germany and Denmark tripled their opening weekend numbers while UK, Netherlands and Sweden were 2.5 times better. Russia was 1.5 times better than the original’s opening. Meanwhile WB’s Gravity opened to $35.5 million in China. Like I said, a good weekend for everyone except Carl Icahn.

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6TH UPDATE, 9:29 am PST: Well, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hit the Saturday numbers Deadline reported in timely fashion for insomniacs, and the film is now expected to hit $161.1 million. Besides trouncing the competition, and beating Twilight Saga: Full Moon for biggest November opening, how does it rate for other records? According to Rentrak, here’s the deal: Catching Fire generated the 2nd best debut of 2013 behind Iron Man 3‘s $174.1 million; it marks the fourth best opening weekend of all time, trailing The Avengers‘ $207 million, Iron Man 3 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2‘s $169.2M. Catching Fire did better than The Dark Knight Rises $160.9 million. In IMAX, Catching Fire’s domestic weekend gross is an estimated $12.6M on 347 screens, also a record for November 3-day launch as it passed Skyfall‘s $12.5 million. It certainly positions the film to surpass the $408 million grossed domestically by the first film, given there’s a long holiday weekend coming up. Lionsgate gets two more bites at the apple, as it is telling the three-book tale in four movies in a blatant cash grab. I have yet to see where this dilution of a crackling three novel story benefits anyone other than the studio when it is stretched out into another film (I think it hurt The Twilight Saga, because the third installment, Bella’s pregnancy, was excruciating.) Author Suzanne Collins is in the mix on these films, so maybe they’ll add stuff. But if these authors wanted to tell trilogies in four installments, they would have written four books, right?

Analyzing far in Catching Fire‘s rear view mirror, the other major release, Delivery Man, didn’t deliver much at all as counter-programming. Maybe the film (studio insiders said it cost $22 million) would have fared better had it opened one week ago against The Best Man Holiday, because clearly Catching Fire consumed most of the oxygen this weekend. Maybe it would have been better to simply avoid such a competitive time period. Thor: The Dark World saw a 61% drop since last weekend, and The Best Man Holiday was off 58%, showing Catching Fire fatigue. How are the Oscar films faring? 12 Years A Slave is running out of steam, Dallas Buyers Club is working in core areas and breakout potential seems dubious. Nebraska bowed just okay and Book Thief a little less than that while Philomena got off to a more encouraging start. The next big family film, Disney’s Frozen, did great in one house and opens wide November 27. The other animation juggernaut, Despicable Me 2, got a bit of new life in 295 theaters, squeaking out $342,000. Speaking of the record books, the $76 million film is at $916.5 million worldwide gross. Universal’s all-time record holder is Jurassic Park, which grossed $118 million worldwide in a 3D re-release which put it just over the $1 billion mark. In order to crack that record, Despicable Me 2 will need to open in China, which should be in the cards but hasn’t yet been solidified. Here is an updated look at how the Top 10 films will finish the weekend:

1) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

PG-13/ Lionsgate/ New/ Runs: 4,163/ Friday: $70.1 million; Saturday: $52.8 million. Sunday: $36.9 million. Weekend Total: $160.6 million. Per-screen average: $36,586. Total domestic gross: $160.6 million. Read More »

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Vince Vaughn Changes Pace And Delivers For DreamWorks At ‘Delivery Man’ Premiere

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 2:14pm PST
Pete Hammond

Hoping to gain some traction not only at the box office but also this awards season, DreamWorks and Disney unveiled their holiday comedy Delivery Man on Sunday night at … Read More »

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AFM: QED Revives Vince Vaughn-Hailee Steinfeld Pic ‘Term Life’

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 6:40pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Weeks after Deadline revealed that Universal put the brakes on the Peter Billingsley-directed Term Life with Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld, QED International and Worldview Entertainment have signed on to finance and produce the crime thriller. Universal, which developed … Read More »

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Sienna Miller Packs For ‘Business Trip’ With Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 4:26am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Sienna Miller is headed to Berlin this week to start work on Business Trip. She’s joining Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and June Diane Raphael who are starring in the Ken Scott-directed comedy from … Read More »

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June Diane Raphael To Co-Star In ‘Business Trip’ Opposite Vince Vaughn

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 3:39pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: June Diane Raphael has been set co-star as Vince Vaughn’s wife in Business Trip, the Ken Scott-directed comedy from New Regency. Steve Conrad wrote the script, which centers on a struggling Midwestern businessman (Vaughn) who takes … Read More »

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Universal Cancels Vince Vaughn Drama ‘Term Life’

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has abruptly canceled Term Life, the crime drama that had Vince Vaughn starring and producing with partner Victoria Vaughn through their Wild West Picture Show Productions banner. This comes after the studio recently set … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Delivery Man’

By | Tuesday July 2, 2013 @ 10:50am PDT

Here’s the first full trailer for Disney/DreamWorksDelivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn as a slacker who discovers he’s fathered 533 children through sperm donations and must decide whether or not to reveal his identity. The November 22 release is directed by Ken … Read More »

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Delivery Man’

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 10:01am PDT

Vince Vaughn is a slacker who learns he’s fathered over 500 children as a result of a sperm bank snafu. Ken Scott writes and directs the remake of his own 2011 French Canadian film Starbuck, with Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders co-starring. Disney/DreamWorks release the comedy November 22 … Read More »

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Vince Vaughn To Star Alongside Will Ferrell in Paramount’s ‘Daddy’s Home’

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 6:20pm PDT

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 9, 2013) – Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that Vince Vaughn has been cast in the comedy “DADDY’S HOME,” directed by Etan Cohen and starring Will Ferrell. The film is set to

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Ken Scott In Talks To Re-Team With Vince Vaughn In ‘Business Trip’

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 12:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After directing Vince Vaughn as a sperm-prolific donor who fathers hundreds of kids in the upcoming DreamWorks comedy Delivery Man, Ken Scott is in early talks to once again team with Vaughn. He’s in talks to helm … Read More »

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Vince Vaughn, Scott Stuber Set Family Comedy At Universal

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 11:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled family comedy pitch from scribes Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka that will be developed as a star vehicle for Vince Vaughn. The film will be produced by Scott Stuber and … Read More »

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Vince Vaughn To Host ‘SNL’ On April 13

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 12:16pm PDT

Vince Vaughn, who co-stars with Owen Wilson in Fox’s The Internship, which is due out June 7, will return as Saturday Night Live host April 13 with musical guest Miguel. NBC … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Internship’

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 4:22pm PST

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play a couple of 40-ish sales guys who find themselves suddenly obsolete and out of jobs. Desperate to remain relevant and employable, they try to land internships at Google. With (naturally) Google+ as a promotional partner 20th Century Fox rolls out the movie … Read More »

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Glenn Beck & Vince Vaughn Join For Online Reality Series ‘Pursuit Of The Truth’

By | Wednesday December 5, 2012 @ 2:05pm PST

Glenn Beck and Vince Vaughn are going into the reality TV business together. The former Fox News host and the actor-producer will be executive producers of Pursuit Of The Truth, a competition series for Beck’s online network TheBlaze. Beck announced the deal on his radio show today. “That should make everybody’s head spin. What the hell is Vince Vaughn doing with a crazy man? I know, that’s what my friends say. Glenn, what are you doing with the crazy man Vince Vaughn,” said the host. TheBlaze, Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show Prods and Go Go Lucky Entertainment will produce the show, which will see 20 contestants fight for the prize of financing and global distribution for their documentary feature. “Our goal is to create a powerful annual platform to help filmmakers tell important and engaging stories,” said Wild West’s Peter Billingsley. The series is currently taking applications online until January 31. Go Go will lead the production of the nine-episode Truth, and producers say the series will debut on TheBlaze in spring 2013. Read More »

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ABC’s Tony Danza/Vince Vaughn Comedy Finds Writers

By | Wednesday October 31, 2012 @ 12:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Tony DanzaABC has tapped veteran comedy writer-producers David Richardson (Two And A Half Men) and Ian Gurvitz (Frasier) to write the script for The Guys, a multi-camera comedy starring and executive produced by Tony Danza and executive produced … Read More »

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Vince Vaughn’s ‘Starbuck’ Adds ‘Secret Circle’s Britt Robertson

By | Tuesday September 11, 2012 @ 1:12pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The former Secret Circle star is getting Vince Vaughn as a Dad. Britt Robertson will play Kristen in the American remake of the 2011 French-Canadian film Starbuck. Kristen is a troubled teen who is … Read More »

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TBS’ ‘Sullivan & Son’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Tuesday September 4, 2012 @ 2:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TBS is going 2-for-2 with its new comedy series with a renewal of freshman Sullivan & Son executive produced by Vince Vaughn. As part of its return to half-hour sitcoms, TBS launched two new shows behind its blockbuster off-network performer The Big Bang Theory this year, Men At Work and Sullivan & Son. Both have now been picked up for a second season. Read More »

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