One of the great box office surprises this year is the success of the faith based drama I Can Only Imagine. The picture made $17.1 million in its first weekend, coming in at #3 and beating out higher profile films A Wrinkle in Time and Love, Simon.
The picture is based on MercyMe member Bart Millard’s (J. Michael Finley) relationship with his abusive father (Dennis Quaid). These trying times served as the basis for the hit song “I Can Only Imagine.”
Co-star Madeline Carroll (The Magic of Belle Isle, Flipped) plays Bart’s youthful love (and eventual wife) Shannon, and for Carroll the project was an inspired experience.
“It’s so beautiful to watch,” said Carroll. “I feel like the whole film has this peace about it that is so wonderful. I had the best time. I couldn’t have asked for a better set to be on, especially from having taken a break for so long to come back and do a film was really so special and beautiful for me.”
Click on the media bar to hear Carroll reflect on how she landed her role in I Can Only Imagine.”
I Can Only Imagine co-stars Nicole DuPort and Trace Adkins.
It’s amazing to think that with such a storied cinematic career it was his adapted screenplay for Call Me Be Your Name which netted James Ivory his first ever Oscar. A 2k digital restoration, courtesy of the Cohen Film Collection, has been made to one of the filmmaker’s earliest films Shakespeare Wallah, and that Merchant Ivory Productions project hits Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on April 3.
The narrative centers on Tony Buckingham (Geoffrey Kendal) and his wife Carla (Laura Liddell), actor/managers of a troupe who stage Shakespeare plays in 1960s India. The changing times of India, specifically the culture’s growing love for Bollywood films, leads to a precipitous dip in their demand for their formerly tried and true material. Felicity Kendal co-stars as their daughter Lizzie, with frequent Merchant Ivory collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala penning the script.
Supplemental features include the film’s original and release trailer, as well as interviews with Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and actors Felicity Kendal and Shashi Kapoor.
In Midnight Sun, Bella Thorne stars as Katie Price, a 17-year-old who has been sheltered at home due to a rare genetic condition. Carrying a life threatening sensitivity to light, Katie’s life is understandably sheltered, counting her father Jack (Rob Riggle) as her only source for company.
When her longtime crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger) enters the picture, Katie’s world immediately takes a turn, and now the challenge centers on the challenge of making their relationship work.
“I wanted to do the role because I wanted to shine light on it and play a character that is so closed off that’s never been outside really,” said Thorne. “She’s mostly been inside even when it’s nighttime she kind of stays inside.”
Click on the media bar to hear Thorne talk about her friendship with co-star Patrick Schwarzenegger:
Midnight Sun, co-starring Blame directorQuinn Shephard, opens nationwide March 23.
Alicia Vikander doing her take on Lara Croft was unable to dethrone Black Panther as the Marvel flick made over $27 million and retained the #1 spot. Tomb Raider managed a respectable $23.5 million opening, and worldwide the flick has already amassed $126 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. Black Panther – $27 million
2. Tomb Raider – $23.5 million
3. I Can Only Imagine – Faith based drama, starring Dennis Quaid and Madeline Carroll, does solid business with a $17 million debut.
4. A Wrinkle In Time – Critically mixed flick takes in $16.5 million.
5. Love, Simon – Teen drama collects $11.5 million
6. Game Night – Jason Bateman/Rachel McAdams comedy earns $5.5 million and to date it’s grossed over $54 million domestically.
7. Peter Rabbit – $5.2 million
8. Strangers: Prey at Night – $4.8 million
9. Red Sparrow– Jennifer Lawrence thriller earns $4.4 million and it’s been a critical and commercial disappointment.
10. Death Wish – It’s more like DOA, as this movie failed to set the box office world on fire. Bruce Willis flick makes $3.4 million.
Zoey Deutchgives a standout performance in Flower as Erica, a 17-year-old girl who extorts money from middle-aged perverts in need of a little fellatio. Directed by Max Winkler (Ceremony), the feature is an inspired (and often out there) black comedy set in the San Fernando Valley, an area that both Deutch and Winkler spent their childhood.
They also share a common bond as their families are in show business. Henry Winkler is Max’s supportive dad and director Howard Deutch (Article 99) and Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Switched at Birth) are Zoey’s parents. Growing up in the shadow of your parents’ success can be a daunting task, but Winkler has carved out a successful film and TV career while Deutch has also delivered wonderful work in her previous efforts Everybody Wants Some!! and Before I Fall. Deutch even starred and co-produced The Year of Spectacular Men which co-starred Madelyn Deutch (Madelyn also scored and penned the film). That feature was also produced by their father and marked the feature directing debut of Lea Thompson!
Click on the media bar to hear Zoey talk about the advice and support she receives from her family in regard to her career (Winkler is also heard in the clip):
Flower, co-starring Kathryn Hahnand Adam Scott, is now playing in select theaters.