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Shyamalan's 'Split' and Diesel's 'xXx 3' Look to Deliver $20+ Million Openings

Shyamalan's 'Split' and Diesel's 'xXx 3' Look to Deliver $20+ Million Openings
While last weekend's new releases failed to energize the box office, two of this week's new titles will top the weekend chart. M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller, Split, and the return of Vin Diesel in the title role of xXx: Return of Xander Cage are both looking to score $20+ million openings while Hidden Figures and La La Land look to continue to capture audience attention amid their already-strong domestic runs. Additionally, this weekend features the release of The Founder into just over one thousand theaters and High Top releasing brings The Resurrection of Gavin Stone into 887 theaters as it hopes to attract the attention of the faith-based audience. At the top of the weekend box office expect to find M. Night Shyamalan's Split. Shyamalan's career has featured plenty of ups and downs, but following the performance of The Visit in 2015 and the solid early reviews for Split, we
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The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Movie Posters: Vin Diesel on The Iron Throne

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The Last Witch Hunter Movie Posters. Breck Eisner‘s The Last Witch Hunter (2015) movie posters have been released. I like Vin Diesel. He seems like a good guy, and usually finds himself in roles he can handle. I remember first seeing Knockaround Guys, Saving Private Ryan, and The Fast and The Furious, thinking, this guy’s alright. I’m rooting for him. I’ve […]
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Julie Kirkham, Producer and Script Advisor, Dies at 61

Julie Kirkham, producer and script consultant who worked on films including “Black Rain” and “Anna and the King,” died June 10 in Santa Monica of multiple myeloma. She was 61.

Known as one of the best readers and script advisers in Hollywood, she helped launch screenwriters including Steve Zaillian, Ron Shelton, Craig Bolotin, Blake Herron and Jordan Roberts.

As production executive at Orion, she worked on development and production of films including “Cherry 2000,” “At Close Range,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Breathless,” “The Falcon and the Snowman,” “Under Fire,” “RoboCop” and “The Terminator.” She later served as a production exec at A Band Apart and Lawrence Bender Productions, and had producing credits on “Knockaround Guys” and “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.”

After attending Princeton, the New York native started out as a script reader and worked at Ray Stark Productions and for TriStar. Kirkham was partnered with her husband, producer Elliot Lewitt, in Kirkham-Lewitt Productions.
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Clint Mansell on 'Noah's' connections to 'The Fountain' and working with Aronofsky

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Clint Mansell on 'Noah's' connections to 'The Fountain' and working with Aronofsky
Clint Mansell is a long ways away from his days as frontman of alt. rock band Pop Will Eat Itself. Since his first stab at it on Darren Aronofsky's "Pi," he has forged a singular career as a film composer, working on productions as varied as "Knockaround Guys," "Sahara," Moon" and "Stoker." But it seems whenever he comes back to the table with Aronofsky, that's when something magical happens. Mansell has worked with Aronofsky on each of the director's features — "Pi," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Fountain," "The Wrestler," "Black Swan" and now "Noah" — and you can tell talking to Mansell that the creative rapport they've managed to sustain is rare. Mansell is pretty straight-forward about what he wants out of this gig, and Aronofsky has always come across the same way. So it certainly makes sense that they would keep coming back to the well. We talked for
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Indie Spotlight

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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s massive feature includes a review for Nobody Can Cool, first details on The Night Crew, Heir, and a Doctor Who documentary called Who’s Changing: An Adventure In Time With Fans, a new clip from Muck, trailers for Blood Shed, NightBeasts, and Virginia Obscura, and much more:

[Editor's Note: We want to give a big thanks to our Indie Spotlight manager, Tamika Jones, for her constant work on this weekly feature and putting together our largest Indie Spotlight to date this weekend!]

Indie Spotlight Review: Nobody Can Cool

by Heather Wixson

Nobody Can Cool is the rather impressive directorial debut from up-and-coming filmmaking duo Dpyx, Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman, who crafted a blisteringly taut and thoughtful indie crime thriller with a palpable sense of tension from start to finish. A gritty and engaging tale of deceit, violence and desperation, Nobody Can Cool is anchored by a breakout performance by Nick Principe (best known from his work in the Laid to Rest series, Madison County and
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James Franco Will Teach You How to Pick Up Women in The Game

James Franco is in talks to star in "The Game," based on the best-selling book about picking up women by Neil Strauss, who was a student of Mystery, the teacher on the VH1 reality series "The Pick-Up Artist." Franco will play Mystery in the adaptation, which is part memoir, part how-to guide and will detail the author's effort to learn the tricks to become a successful pick-up artist. The project was originally set up at Columbia with Chris Weitz attached to direct. Then Spyglass, Lionsgate and Fox Searchlight all attempted to bring the book to the big screen. Now, MGM is giving it a shot and have hired Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Solitary Man, Knockaround Guys) to write and direct. Mystery on "Conan":
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What makes a film an albatross for an actor?

When actors hit the big time, their pre-fame work suddenly gets more attention, and not always deservedly so

You may have heard about the film Holy Rollers, which stars Jesse Eisenberg as a lovable Hasidic Jew who gets involved in the international drug trade. Or maybe you haven't. Holy Rollers, made in 2010, was shot before Eisenberg's breakthrough role in The Social Network. It falls into that category of motion pictures starring relatively or completely unknown young stars that get a wider theatrical release after the star has become famous: albatross cinema, if you want a genre name.

Alabatross cinema is not a well populated genre, but it does exist. An American Crime, which stars Ellen Page as a young girl tortured to death by a deranged midwestern housewife, was made the same year Page made her breakthrough with Juno. Unlike Juno, which is charming and life-affirming and sweet, An American Crime is revolting,
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Brian Koppelman And David Levien Scripting ‘National Treasure 3,’ Planning to Direct ‘City of the Sun’

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Brian Koppelman And David Levien Scripting ‘National Treasure 3,’ Planning to Direct ‘City of the Sun’
We've known for some time that a third National Treasure film is in the offing. Jon Turtletaub, who made the first two films and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, just signed to direct Unreasonable Doubt, but it looks like NT3 is moving forward anyway. Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who wrote Rounders, Oceans 13 and The Girlfriend Experience and wrote and directed Knockaround Guys and Solitary Man, have started the script for the film. Additionally, they've adapted David Levien's novel City of the Sun as a project to direct. This time last year, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro were writing [1] the third National Treasure movie. But Brian Koppelman recently talked to Done Deal Pro [2] (via Bleeding Cool [3]), saying, We just finished the screenplay for our next film to direct, an adaptation of David’s book City Of The Sun, and are now working on National Treasure 3 for Bruckheimer. As for City of the Sun,
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[Review] Solitary Man

The past few months have oddly been filled with mid-life crisis films. At the center of them are narcissistic, yet somewhat likeable, leads. Both the fantastic Greenberg and the excellent Up in The Air met that said criteria. Solitary Man takes it to the next level. That’s not to say it’s a better film, but it definitely pushes the envelope a bit further in the terms of having a questionable protagonist.

Ben Kalmen (Michael Douglas) is a down-and-out car dealership owner who’s hit a roadblock. He’s lost touch with his family, he’s having business troubles and he’s nearly flat broke. Kalmen is a man only worried about living in the moment. Taking risks is of the greatest importance to him. After an early visit to a doctor, Ben learns he could be sick. When a major business deal falls through, he’s in the worst rut of his life.
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R.I.P. Dennis Hopper

Just a day after the death of former child star Gary Coleman, legendary veteran actor Dennis Hopper has died at the age of 74 following a battle with prostate cancer which he was first diagnosed with last year reports The BBC.

The actor first came to notice with a small role in "Rebel Without a Cause" and went on to memorable roles in such films as "Easy Rider," "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," "Cool Hand Luke," "Hang 'Em High," "True Grit," "Mad Dog Morgan," "Reborn," "The Osterman Weekend," "Hoosiers," "Super Mario Bros.," "True Romance," "Speed," "Waterworld," "Basquiat," "EDtv," "Knockaround Guys," "Land of the Dead" and TV shows like "24," "Gunsmoke," "E-Ring," and "Crash".

Hopper died Saturday morning surrounded by friends and family at his home in Venice, California.
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'Solitary Man' filmmakers talk about Michael Douglas' tour de force

'Solitary Man' filmmakers talk about Michael Douglas' tour de force
Shrek Forever After may have earned the top spot on the box office chart last weekend, but it was the indie Solitary Man that actually drew in the most dollars per screen. The film stars Michael Douglas as Ben Kalman, an aging auto industry titan whose enviable life has been destroyed by his own self-destructive behavior, and earned close to $24,000 per theater in its debut on four screens in New York and Los Angeles this past weekend. Douglas, as our reviewer Lisa Schwarzbaum attests, is at his finest since last decade’s Wonder Boys. It helps that he’s supported
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Interview: 'Solitary Man' Filmmakers David Levien & Brian Koppelman

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Interview: 'Solitary Man' Filmmakers David Levien & Brian Koppelman
As the authors of Rounders, Knockaround Guys, and Ocean's Thirteen, David Levien and Brian Koppelman are known for writing about characters who are great con artists, but Solitary Man marks the first time one of them is basically conning himself. In their new film, which Koppelman wrote and they directed together, Michael Douglas plays the king of all snake-oil salesman, a used car magnate who becomes a shameless, self-destructive lothario after a doctor's visit hints at the possibility he might be dying. Always seeing all of the angles but ignoring the eventual repercussions, Douglas' character feels like the culmination of the grifters and con men the duo created in their previous films, but with the added gravitas that comes from knowing happy endings are the stuff of movies, not real life.

Cinematical sat down with Koppelman and Levien for an intimate chat about Solitary Man following a screening at the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival.
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Brian Koppelman and David Levien Together Again For "Solitary Man"

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Brian Koppelman and David Levien Together Again For
After penning the scripts for "Ocean's 13" and "Rounders," Brian Koppelman and David Levien have turned their attention to the worst con of all - self-deception. In "Solitary Man," the duo's second directorial effort following 2001's "Knockaround Guys," Michael Douglas stars as Ben Kalmen, a used car baron who has seen his charms and fortune stall out like a Chevy Vega when a bad business deal and a divorce (from Susan Sarandon) leave him adrift in his 60s, with his opportunities for redemption limited to taking the teenage daughter of his girlfriend (Mary-Louise Parker) for a weekend college visit and repairing his relationship with his own daughter (Jenna Fischer) and her son. Likened to a "white-collar 'Wrestler'" by Levien, Douglas trades heavily on his well-established iconography to play the irrepressible ladies' man who finds that time is a crueler mistress than his several women on the side.

While Douglas is
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Exclusive 'Solitary Man' Poster Debut

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Exclusive 'Solitary Man' Poster Debut
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Cinematical has just received this exclusive poster for Solitary Man, starring Michael Douglas as a former car dealership mogul whose life begins to unravel as he struggles to deal with multiple business problems, as well as balance his many relationships with the opposite sex. Directed by the team of Brian Koppelman and David Levien (and written by Koppelman), Solitary Man earned some good buzz back when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of '09. Surely some of that is due to the exceptional cast surrounding Douglas, including Jesse Eisenberg, Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker, Jenna Fischer and Danny DeVito.

If the names Koppelman and Levien are familiar, it's because you recognize them as the guys who directed Knockaround Guys back in 2001. They also wrote Rounders, Ocean's 13 and, more recently, Steven Soderbergh's excellent fly-on-the-wall look at the risks and
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Solitary Man Trailer Starring Michael Douglas and Jesse Eisenberg

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It's probably been 10 years since Michael Douglas has starred in anything particularly memorable (Traffic and Wonder Boys were both released in 2000), and although Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps looks like it could be his next big hit, Douglas also continues to dabble in indie films that turn up on the festival circuit every year or two as well. Solitary Man premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and seemed to generate some decent reviews (Greg saw it and liked it... read his review here [1]). The movie has since been picked up by Anchor Bay for a theatrical release, and the first trailer arrived online last week. Although the trailer didn't blow me away, the cast does have me intrigued. In addition to Michael Douglas, we also have Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Jenna Fischer (The Office) and Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) plus Susan Sarandon and Danny DeVito. Douglas plays a divorced former
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Trailer for Solitary Man – Michael Douglas’ Other Movie

With all the hype and anticipation surrounding Michael Douglas’ return as Gordon Gecko in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street sequel, Money Never Sleeps, Douglas’ other movie, Solitary Man, has sort of fallen under it’s shadow. Written and co-directed by Brian Koppelman (with David Levien) the movie sounds familiar, at first glance. Douglas plays Ban, a former car dealership owner whose bad decisions as a businessman and a ladies’ man has destroyed his life and marriage.

Brian Koppelman’s only previously directed film was Knockaround Guys (2001) but as a writer he’s been better received with films like Rounders, Ocean’S Thirteen and The Girlfriend Experience. In Solitary Man, Douglas is joined by Susan Sarandon as his ex-wife, with a supporting cast that includes Danny Devito, Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Jenna Fischer (Slither) and Mary-Louise Parker, who appeared in the infamously long-titled but excellent The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford.
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Solitary Man Movie Trailer and Photos

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Solitary Man Movie Trailer and Photos
Update: The new trailer was taken offline within an hour of when we posted this story a few days back. The trailer is now back online, and embedded after the jump. Anchor Bay Films has released a movie trailer for Brian Koppelman/David Levien's Solitary Man (not to be confused with Tom Ford's A Single Man or The Coen Brothers' A Serious Man). The film stars Academy Award winner Michael Douglas as a former car dealership mogul dealing with a string of business problems and issues in his personal life through a number of relationships with women - many women. Co-starring Jesse Eisenberg, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Jenna Fischer, and Mary-Louise Parker. Koppelman/Levien wrote the screenplays for Rounders, Runaway Jury and directed Knockaround Guys. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival to mostly positive buzz. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump along with some new photos.
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First Photo from Date Night Starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey

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If I had to guess, I'd say there's a very good chance that Shawn Levy's upcoming comedy Date Night will be a big hit. Not only does it bring together the stars of two of the biggest sitcoms on TV right now (The Office and 30 Rock), but it also has a supporting cast that includes James Franco, Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Kristen Wiig, Mark Ruffalo, Ray Liotta and yes, even G4's Olivia Munn. Not to mention the fact that Shawn Levy has directed two of the highest grossing comedies of the past 3 years with Night At The Museum and its sequel. But will it actually be good? The script for Date Night, which was originally written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean's Thirteen, Knockaround Guys, Rounders), got an honourable mention from the 2008 Hollywood BBC Elite List as one of the best screenplays of the year. However, since
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Leonardo DiCaprio Set to Take on the World of Online Poker

Might this become the unofficial sequel to Rounders? Paramount has picked up an untitled pitch from Brian Koppelman and David Levien that takes place in the world of online poker. Leonardo DiCaprio will be developing this through his company Appian Way and is set to star in the lead role. Koppelman and Levien last write The Girlfriend Experience for Steven Soderbergh as well as Ocean's Thirteen, Walking Tall, Runaway Jury, Knockaround Guys, and Rounders. Let's hope this project will take them all the way back to their poker roots. No director is attached yet and no start date has been set, but it sounds interesting. Being a big fan of Rounders (and poker) myself, I'm inherently excited for this. I'm curious to see what kind of story they can come up with that's set in the world of online poker world. It's definitely not as exciting as real poker, but
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Weekly Poll Results: Best Vin Diesel Movie

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In honour of the soon-to-be $70 million-grossing Fast and Furious, last week we asked you to pick your favourite movie from the relatively painful filmography of Mr. Vin Diesel. The results from said poll placed Pitch Black at the top by a fairly large margin, followed by The Fast and the Furious and The Chronicles of Riddick. It's interesting that his older films generally seem to rank higher than the new ones (Babylon A.D. being dead last). What do you think, did Vin Diesel squander his early opportunities, and now that Fast and Furious has revitalized his career, do you see him doing the same thing all over again? 1. Pitch Black -- 41.1% 2. The Fast and the Furious -- 13.9% 3. The Chronicles of Riddick -- 13% 4. Boiler Room -- 8.7% 5. xXx -- 6.1% 6. Find Me Guilty -- 5.6% 7. A Man Apart -- 4.3% 7. The Pacifier -- 4.3% 9. Knockaround Guys -- 2.2% 10. Babylon A.D. -- 0.9%
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