Sony has unveiled the domestic trailer for the comedy The Lady in the Van [TLITV]. Maggie Smith [MSMTH] reprises her stage role of Miss Shepherd from playwright Alan Bennett's memoir about a real-life woman living in a van he permitted to "temporarily" parked in his driveway. She stayed on to live there for 15 years. Filmed on the London street and in the house where they lived, The Lady in the Van arrives stateside in limited release on December 11th.Read more »
A24 has released the full-length trailer for the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina [EXMCH]. Domhnall Gleeson [DGLEE] plays a programmer who has been invited by his company's CEO, played by Oscar Isaac [OISAA] to be part of a Turing Test to evaluate an android, played by Alicia Vikander [AVIKA], on whether her artificial intelligence can fool a human being. Ex Machina opens in theaters on April 10th
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Warner Bros. has uploaded a restricted trailer for the comedy Get Hard [GHARD], which might as well be called "Prison Rape Jokes: The Movie". Will Ferrell [WFERR] taps into every white man's fear of the hard knock life. Get Hard hits theaters on March 27th.
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Will Smith return to the top of the weekend box office as the R-rated drama Focus [FOCUZ] debuted with an estimated $19.1 million. While 53% of the audience was female, a whopping 88% was over the age of 25.
Kingsman: The Secret Service [TSSRV] remained in second for a third week with $11.8 million.
After two weeks at the top, Fifty Shades of Grey [50SHD] finished fourth at $10.9 million.
The Lazarus Effect [LAZAR] opened in fifth place with $10.6 million. The horror film attracted a...Read more »
After a nearly two-year layoff from the big screen, Will Smith [WSMIT] returns with the R-rated drama Focus [FOCUZ]. His bankability was severely damaged when his last film After Earth bombed commercially and critically. It’s also been 7 years since Smith’s last non-sci-fi role in Seven Pounds, which opened to $14.9 million. Smith hopes to entice his fans back with a con-artist role that plays to his strength as a smooth-talking, slick operator. Warner Bros. has paired him with Margot...Read more »
A24 has released a second trailer for the comedy While We're Young [WWERY] written and directed by Noah Baumbach [NBAUM]. Ben Stiller [BSTIL] stars as a filmmaker happily married to his wife, played by Naomi Watts [NWATT], but going through a mid-life crisis. Not wanting to join the ranks of their forty-something friends in parenthood, they try to recapture their youth by hanging out with a hipster couple in their mid-twenties. While We're Young opens in limited release on March 27th.
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Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have dropped the teaser for the musical biopic Love & Mercy [LVMRC]. Paul Dano [PDANO] and John Cusack [JOHNC] play the younger and older version of Brian Wilson, the founder of the Beach Boys, the quinessential California surf rock band. The singer struggled with substance abuse and mental illness throughout his career. Love & Mercy arrives in theaters on June 5th.
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Walt Disney has unveiled the teaser for the animated short "Frozen Fever", which will play in front of Cinderella [CINDE] opening on March 13th. The beloved characters from the 2013 blockbuster Frozen return in a new story celebrating Anna's birthday.
The 87th Academy Awards ceremony provided little drama this year as the winners mostly followed the script of the guilds. Host Neil Patrick Harris [NPHAR] provided some light-hearted comedy while Common and John Legend stole the show with their powerful rendition of "Glory", their Oscar-winning original song from Selma. HSX offered traders AwardOptions of nominees in the top 8 categories and the HSX collective wisdom correctly predicted the winners in 7 of them.
Despite tumbling down 73% from from its debut, the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey [50SHD] struck an estimated $23.2 million to remain in first place. The cumulative total stands at $130.1 million.
Kingsman: The Secret Service [TSSRV] stayed in the same spot with another $17.5 million, down 52% from its opening weekend. The spy actioner has banked $67.1 million.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water [SPBO2] also remained in third place with $15.5 million to bring its total to...Read more »