Foreign-film lovers should keep their eyes peeled for "IDA," opening in a few NYC and L.A. theaters this weekend. The Polish film, set in 1962 and directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, tells a complicated story about the relationship of a young woman, about to become a nun, and her aunt, a Communist hard-liner prosecutor who has previously sentenced priests and others to death, and is also a Jew. A fascinating look at a harrowing time in Eastern Europe. #film #Poland #IDA #pawelpawlikowski
"Planes" had an unlikely flight to theaters after starting as a planned direct-to-DVD project from a specialty Disney animation unit. It ended up coming in third (behind "Elysium") this weekend, with $22 million, despite what Deadline founder Nikki Finke called a "too-crowded marketplace:" http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/were-the-millers-opens-to-1-7m-late-shows/ With all the options this weekend, did you see any movies?
And so it starts, with screenings even earlier (now underway on the East Coast) than the early start date for "Star Trek Into Darkness" the studio officially announced a bit ago, as evidenced by the ticket stub a fan posted online earlier today. Who's looking forward to seeing this film this weekend? Deadline's Nikki Finke will, of course, have her usual in-depth coverage of the box office for the film and the weekend, and it's expected to be pretty darned huge.
This week's podcast comes from Telluride, where Pete is covering the festival: http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/deadline-awards-watch-podcast-pete-hammond-episode-39/ Pete says the quirky Colorado fest will feature a ton of highly regarded films along with tributes for Robert Redford, the Coen Brothers and Werner Herzog, among much else. We also talk about Emmys as voting comes to a close; indie films trying to remind Oscar voters; and what not to watch this weekend.
With a de facto very long holiday weekend looming, film distributors got their releasing going early and often, Deadline founder Nikki Finke reports with her usual gusto for box office. And the initial results? There's still one Hobbit to rule 'em all, but "Zero Dark Thirty" was limited only in locations, not interest: http://www.deadline.com/2012/12/zero-dark-thirty-opening-breaks-records-hobbit-still-rules-box-office-barbras-guilt-trip-goes-nowhere/
Harrison Ford has been approached about appearing his iconic role in "Bladerunner" for the planned sequel, Deadline reports here: http://www.deadline.com/2014/05/harrison-ford-blade-runner-sequel-offer/ What do you think of this? The original ended ambiguously. This removes any ambiguity from what is one of the landmark science-fiction films of the past few decades. #film #HarrisonFord #BladeRunner
Deadline’s Mike Fleming has a huge one: Quentin Tarantino said he will shelve his latest film project after the script was leaked by an actor who was up for a part in the film. This is crazy. Was he right to kill the project over this? http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/quentin-tarantino-hateful-eight-leak-novel/ Tarantino has other plans for the script, which now may not become a movie for years. The buzz will be a) who leaked the script, and b) what will Tarantino do next?