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Emma Roberts To Star With Sam Worthington In Action-Thriller ‘For The Dogs’

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 8:50am PST
Mike Fleming

emmarobertsEXCLUSIVE: Emma Roberts has replaced Hailee Steinfeld as the female lead opposite Sam Worthington in the Jonathan Mostow-directed action thriller For The Dogs. The film is an adaptation of the Kevin Wignall novel. Paul Leyden originally adapted, and the most recent draft is by Oren Moverman.  FilmEngine Entertainment’s Anthony Rhulen and Navid McIlhargey will produce with Worthington, John Schwarz, and Michael Schwarz via their Full Clip Productions banner, and Leyden. Jimmy Costas, Sharon Hanson and Paul Rock are exec producing. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales for the film and Paradigm will be handling domestic sales in what will be a buzz title in Berlin.

A solitary assassin (Worthington) agrees to help a young woman (Roberts) exact revenge on those who mercilessly murdered her parents and younger brother. His guidance unleashes events that ultimately stoke her thirst for vengeance while he desperately seeks peace and absolution. Roberts, repped by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment, is coming off the New Line sleeper hit comedy We’re The Millers, which is in the early stages of being sequelized. And for Roberts, tonight marks the season finale of the Ryan Murphy series American Horror Story: Coven.

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‘Elysium’ #1 But Can’t Break $30M, ‘The Millers’ #2, ‘Planes’ #3, ‘Percy Jackson: Monsters’ #4; ‘Smurfs 2′ Now $156M Global

Related: World War Z Cracks $500 Million Worldwide For Brad Pitt’s Biggest

MONDAY 7 AM, 7TH UPDATE: This weekend’s total moviegoing was $158M which is +11% from last year. Overall a too-crowded marketplace. Meanwhile, I’m seeing a big schism separating audiences and critics as Summer 2013 continues. CinemaScores are coming in higher and higher for pics that Rotten Tomatoes is rating lower and lower. Who’s out of touch: movie reviewers or filmgoers? Well, Rotten Tomatoes scored 3 of the 4 newcomers only 24%-34% for positive reviews even though they received high CinemaScores. Hmm, interesting development.

Sony Pictures’ futuristic Elysium (playing in 3,284 theaters) received only a ‘B’ CinemaScore from audiences but 67% positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster and written/directed by Neill Blomkamp, it was sitting in the #1 spot as of Sunday but didn’t break $30M domestic. Sure, Elysium was sci-fi, R-rated, and cool – yet it still underperformed because of summer movie fatigue. Film did deliver a best-ever August opening on IMAX screens. Opening weekend demos show audience was 61% male and 39% female and 52% was under 30. Studio is banking on foreign coin. Earning $10.9M from 17 markets, Russia, Tawan, and Ukraine launched #1 with Russia grossing $6.8M which was 46% bigger than the opening of District 9. Problem is that domestically pic hasn’t been as well-received as Blomkamp’s previous District 9 sleeper hit which opened to $37.4M in mid-August 2009 on its way to earning $210.8M worldwide. Elysium cost Sony $115M for worldwide rights since it was packaged, financed and produced by Media Rights Capital and produced by Bill Block, Neill Blomkamp, and Simon Kinberg.

R-rated comedy We’re The Millers (3,260 theaters) ended the three-day weekend with $26.5, good enough for #2, and $38M for its first five days in theaters. New Line used to wear the Hollywood box office crown when it came to laugh-out-loud comedy. Not so much anymore. (Remember that bomb The Incredible Burt Wonderstone earlier this year?) So parent company Warner Bros is pleased to see We’re The Millers look like a hit for only a $37M production cost. “That put Millers way in front of the costly Elysium including the entire IMAX footprint,” a Warner Bros exec snarked. Including $1.7M for Tuesday’s 8 PM late shows in 2,700 locations, pic came in around $6.8M Wednesday for an easy #1 opening. Its ‘A-’ CinemaScore built word of mouth helped by omnipresent marketing and endless flacking by the boring Jennifer Aniston. (Who was all-too-willing to show off her stripper moves to get attention. So, Stephen Huvane, can your funnywoman make as reliable movie coin these days as Melissa McCarthy?) Toby Emmerich has successfully reteamed Aniston and her Horrible Bosses co-star Jason Sudeikis to satisfy moviegoers’ craving for summer comedies since The Heat, Grown Ups 2, and This Is The End only whetted their appetites.

Disney’s 3D Planes (3,702 theaters) received an ‘A-’ CinemaScore but only 24% positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes – and placed 3rd. PG toon is a Cars spinoff and resembles a Pixar product but isn’t. Instead, it’s from direct to DVD unit DisneyToon Studios and this pic was supposed to debut on home entertainment but didn’t. Planes opened to underwhelming $22M weekend theatrical grosses after the hand-holder turnout stayed low. It also was too crowded a family fare market where Despicable Me 2, Turbo, and Smurfs 2 are still playing. Internationally, the little blue guys/gals earned $34.6M in its second weekend of release, bringing the overseas cume to $110M and $156.6M worldwide.

With a ‘B+’ CinemaScore, PG-rated Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters based on the best-selling book came in 4th through Sunday after opening Wednesday. With a CGI-heavy cost of $90M, this Harry Potter wannabe made only $23.4M for its first five days after pic’s TV ads ran incessantly during Discovery’s Shark Week. (Sea monsters, get it?) Exit polling showed that moviegoers were 59% female and 41% male with 61% under age 25 and 39% age 25 and over. Fox stressed that exits and CinemaScore were nearly identical to the first Percy with strength and playability in the middle of the country as well as Canada. The first Percy movie made $88.8M domestic and $138M international, so let’s see if this sequel can match both numbers. Percy 2 opened for $9.8M internationally after opening in 6 territories – Chile, Ecuador, Malaysia, Philippines and big markets Mexico and the UK – this weekend for 1,799 screens. More than 70 territories roll out through August with 15 more in September, and Japan and Venezuela in November.

Here’s the Top Ten based on domestic weekend estimates: Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘We’re The Millers’ Red Band

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 10:50am PDT

Warner Bros releases New Line’s comedy We’re The Millers on August 7 with Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Ed Helms and Emma Roberts starring. The red-band trailer that just hit highlights the raunchier aspects of the story of a pot dealer and a stripper who team to fake being an All-American family to smuggle drugs across the Mexico-U.S. border. The pic was a hit when Warners previewed it during CinemaCon, where it got some of the most audible reactions from the crowd during the studio’s presentation that also included Man Of Steel and The Great Gatsby.

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Hot Trailer: Jennifer Aniston And Jason Sudeikis’ ‘We’re The Millers’

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 5:25pm PDT

Jennifer Aniston as a stripper. Ed Helms as a drug lord and Jason Sudeikis as a small-time dealer and his reluctant mule. Nick Offerman as a swingin’ camper. Emma Roberts as a gutter punk. Warner Bros just released the first trailer — a red band — for New Line’s summer comedy We’re The Millers, and there’s plenty going on in it. Not the least of which is a lingerie-clad, platinum-wigged, lap-dancin’ Aniston. She, Sudeikis, Roberts and Will Poulter pose as a family on a cross-country road trip as they venture south of the border to pick up a “smidge of pot” for Helms — smidge being a relative term. The flick opens wide August 9. Check out the trailer:

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Warner Bros Fills Out 2013 Slate, Dates ‘Burt Wonderstone’, ‘Millers’, ‘Prisoners’

Warner Bros has shifted the date of its Vera Farmiga horror thriller The Conjuring and added three movies to its 2013 release schedule. The new pics: The Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will open March 15, the Jason Sudeikis-Ed Helms-Jennifer Aniston drug-smuggler comedy We’re The Millers opens August 9, and the Hugh Jackman-Jake Gyllenhaal kidnapping thriller Prisoners is due out September 20. Meanwhile, the studio moved Conjuring, a based-on-a-true story about a pair of paranormal investigators directed by Saw‘s James Wan, from January 25 to July 19.

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Emma Roberts Joins ‘We’re The Millers’

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 6:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Emma Roberts is in talks to join the Rawson Thurber-directed New Line comedy We’re The Millers opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. Roberts will play Julia, a 20 year-old runaway with a dark side who pretends to be the daughter of Sudeikis’ and Aniston’s fake family while on a cross country vacation. Roberts recently completed the starring role in the indie film Adult World opposite John Cusack and the love interest to Liam Hemsworth in Empire State for Lionsgate. She is repped by manager David Sweeney and CAA.

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‘Narnia’s’ Will Poulter Joins ‘We’re The Millers’

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 5:03pm PDT

Will Poulter has joined the cast of We’re The Millers. The actor joins Jennifer Aniston and SNL’s Jason Sudeikis in the film. Poulter, who starts shooting on the movie on July 18, plays “Kenny” a teen that Sudeikis’ character pretends is his son to use to help him smuggle drugs. Rawson Thurber directs the New Line comedy. Ed Helms also stars. Tucker Tooley, Vincent Newman, Happy Walters, and David Heyman are producing. The 19-year old Poulter starred in 2010’s The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader for Fox. The actor also recently appeared in the Dexter Fletcher-directed indie drama Wild Bill. Poulter is repped by WME and by Hamilton Hodell in the UK

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Ed Helms Sets Two Film Roles Before Returning To ‘The Office’

Mike Fleming

Ed Helms MoviesEXCLUSIVE: Before he returns for another season on The Office, Ed Helms will star opposite Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in They Came Together, the David Wain-directed comedy that Wain and Michael Showalter wrote for Lionsgate. Helms is playing Eggbert, which is Poehler’s character’s love interest and accountant in this twisted take on the romantic comedy which Showalter’s producing. Poehler plays a small-business owner being crushed by a larger concern. The film shoots in July.

Helms will also do a cameo in We’re The Millers, the New Line comedy directed by Rawson Thurber and which stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. Tucker Tooley, Vincent Newman, Happy Walters, and David Heyman are producing. Helms plays Brad, who is Sudekis’ boss and who may be hiding something nefarious and shady.

Helms then returns to The Office on July 30. He’ll shoot The Hangover 3 on September 16. He’s repped by CAA and Principato-Young.

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Jennifer Aniston Circling ‘We’re The Millers’

By | Monday April 9, 2012 @ 3:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Am now being told by sources close to Jason Sudeikis that he’s more than circling the male lead as I reported below.

EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Aniston is circling We’re The Millers, the New Line comedy about a pot dealer who pulls together a fake wife and two kids to pose as an RV road-tripping family so that he can smuggle 1000 pounds of pot cross country. Dodgeball‘s Rawson Thurber is directing. Aniston is in talks to play the fake wife, who’s actually a hooker. Her Horrible Bosses costar Jason Sudeikis is eying the role of the family patriarch (he’s the pot smuggler). The kids are juvenile delinquents. The raunchy comedy, described as a “warped Vacation,” has a script by Wedding Crashers scribes Bob Fisher & Steve Faber, and the film’s produced by David Heyman, Happy Walters, Vince Newman and Tucker Tooley, with Benderspink exec producing. Aniston is coming off Wanderlust, and she’s repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

She is separately attached to star in an an untitled comic heist thriller written and to be directed by Justin Theroux. Aniston, Theroux and Jerry Weintraub are producers. Aniston and Theroux became a couple after they worked together on Wanderlust.

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