Director Steven Spielberg, who received his share of acclaim with The Post, hits the target once again as Ready Player Onemade over $41 million during the Easter weekend. Fellow newcomer Tyler Perry’s Acrimony came in at #2 with $17.1 million, followed by Black Panther with $11.26 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. Ready Player One – Steven Spielberg’s latest epic takes in $41.2 million. 2. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony – $17.1 million 3. Black Panther– $11.26 million 4. I Can Only Imagine – Faith based drama collects $10.75 million. To date it’s made over $55 million domestically. 5. Pacific Rim Uprising – Action epic co-starring John Boyega and Cailee Spaenychecks in with $9.2 million. 6. Sherlock Gnomes – $7 million 7. Love, Simon – $4.8 million 8. Tomb Raider – Box office misfire starring Alicia Vikander collects $4.7 million. 9. A Wrinkle in Time – $4.6 million 10. Paul, Apostle of Christ – Religious epic, centering on the lives of Paul (James Faulkner) and Luke (Jim Caviezel) takes in $3.5 million. The project, budgeted at $5 million, has amassed $11.5 million stateside to date.
The Ballad of Lefty Brownis a beautifully shot and acted Western that isn’t anchored in the predictable point of view of a gunslinger or law abiding sheriff. Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) isn’t quick on on the draw and he’s far from an able bodied protagonist.
Instead, Lefty is driven by his heart and loyalty to his more responsible best friend Edward (Peter Fonda) who is gunned down in cold blood. Lefty’s mission of revenge leads him to a reunion with two former riding partners, one of whom is now Montana’s governor (Jim Caviezel). Tom Harrah (Tommy Flanagan) is Lefty’s other old friend, a just as loyal buddy who now is the governor’s right hand man.
The feature has its share of action sequences as the elderly and understandably scared Lefty gets into his share of scrapes, and one of the many beauties behind this film is its loving homage to Gabby Hayes, cinema’s most popular Western sidekick. Click on the media bar below to hear how Pullman is connected to Gabby Hayes (spoiler alert: both of them were born in New York!):
The Ballad of Lefty Brown, directed by Jared Moshe, opens December 15 and is currently available on DirecTV Cinema.
Throughout his illustrious career Bill Pullman has genre hopped with the best of them, and though he played Ed Masterson in Lawrence Kasdan’s vastly underrated Wyatt Earp, he’s not exactly known as a Western guy.
That may change with the impending release of The Ballad of Lefty Brown, as Pullman is getting great word of mouth as the titular protagonist. After his friend, newly elected Senator Edward Johnson (Peter Fonda), is killed, Lefty Brown (Pullman) travels the Montana plains to catch the outlaws. Helping him on his mission is a novice gunslinger (Diego Josef) and a worn down U.S. Marshall (Sons of Anarchy’s Tommy Flanagan) who is unfortunately more proficient with the bottle than a six shooter. Jim Caviezel, Kathy Baker, and Joe Anderson round out the cast.
The picture is the second feature of writer-director Jared Moshe (his 2012 cinematic debut was another Western titled Dead Man’s Burden). Check out the trailer below and leave us a comment!
The Ballad of Lefty Brown hits DirecTV November 9 and has a theatrical run starting December 15.
Up in the Air stars George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a professional hatchet man who travels the country firing people. When his own company begins cost cutting and limiting his travel schedule, Bingham convinces his bosses to have the woman in charge of downsizing accompany him on the road. The movie received multiple Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Actor for Clooney and Supporting Actress for both Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick.
Special Features: Deleted scenes and filmmakers’ commentary.
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire is a story surrounding a lonely, overweight teen whose been abused and impregnated by her father. Mo’Nique won the Supporting ActressOscar for her portrayal as Precious’ neglectful mother and Gabourey Sidibe was nominated in the Leading Actress category for her performance in the title role.
Special Features: Audio commentary with director Lee Daniels, From Push to Precious featurette, A Precious Ensemble featurette, Oprah and Tyler: Project of Passion featurette, a conversation with author Sapphire and director Lee Daniels, deleted scene: The Incest Survivor Meeting, audition: Gabourey Sidibe, reflections on Precious.
The Stoning of Soraya M. is not an easy film to watch. Set in 1966 Iraq, the film centered on Sahebjam (Jim Caviezel), a man whose car breaks down in a remote village. A conversation begins between Sahebjam and Zahra (Shohreh Aghdashloo), who tells him the story about her niece, Soraya (MozhanMarnò), whose arranged marriage to a tyrant has a disastrous ending.
Special Features: Audio commentary with director and co-writer Cyrus Nowrasteh and co-writer Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh, audio commentary with film/crew, exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette: The making of the Stoning of Soraya M., theatrical trailer.
Old Dogs stars Robin Williams and John Travolta as friends whose lives are turned upside-downside when their wind up in charges of a twins.
Special Features: Bloopers, deleted scenes, audio commentary by director Walt Becker, producer Andrew Panay and writers David Diamond and David Weissman.
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In Plain Sight: Season Two features a U.S. Marshall (Mary McCormack) who relocates witnesses who are in a federal witness protection program.
Special Features: Gag reel, deleted scenes, In My Humboldt Opinon commentary with executive producers David Maples and Paul Stupin, Who’s Bugging Mary? commentary with the series lead actors Mary McCormack and Frederick Weller, A Friend in Need commentary also with McCormack and Weller.
Greek: Chapter Four is the ABC Family series about a high school geek (Jacob Zachar) looking to change his image in college.
Special Features: Bloopers, Greek recap, At World’s End, How Do You Sleep? music video by Jesse McCartney, plus audio commentaries.
Matt Houston: The First Season starred Lee Horsely as successful detective Matt Houston whose cases usually involve murder.
Special Features: Episodic promos.
Scarecrow and Mrs. King: The Complete First Season is the series about an average housewife (Kate Jackson) who winds up helping – and falling for – a spy (Bruce Boxleitner).
Special Features: Twenty-one episodes on five discs.
AMC’s remake of the 60’s cult TV series, THE PRISONER, airs it’s next episode Sunday night. The premiere didn’t grab much of an audience but hopes are high that word-of-mouth will boost the numbers a bit. This time around, it’s JIM CAVIEZEL playing the kidnapped agent who wakes up in a mysterious place called ‘the village’. SIR IAN McKELLAN plays #2 (the village head honcho), a role that was originally played by several actors. We spoke with SIR IAN recently and he talked about why he signed on for the new incarnation. Listen in below: