Donald Tang On The Implosion Of Global Road: “I Take Responsibility”

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R.I.P. Global Road, the studio behind some of this year’s biggest flops

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

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Dave Bautista, Drew Pearce Dipped Into Own Pockets Out of ‘Love’ for ‘Hotel Artemis’

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“Hotel Artemis” writer and director Drew Pearce can’t stop raving about his A-list cast, especially the ones that pitched in some money in to elevate the low-budget production into what it turned out to be.

“We had no money, and no one was getting paid,” Pearce told TheWrap. “This is literally a movie where Dave Bautista wanted to have a neck tattoo for his character and I didn’t have enough money to do that, but there was so much love in this movie that Dave surprised me and had the tattoo designed and had a guy come to set every day and put it on for him.”

Additionally, Pearce explained, Pearce “bought the bank robber masks on my credit card. It’s that movie!”

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Pearce said the film’s budget was $15 million, which he explains is a lot less than you make a movie for about a guy who goes to Idaho to see his family and ends up learning about himself.

“Here, we are building an entire universe with an A-list cast,” he added. “It was a giant challenge and we shot it in 33 days in downtown L.A. last summer.”

The cast includes Jodie Foster in the lead role, as well as Bautista, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day and Brian Tyree Henry.

“We were like a gang, a rolling crew, but what’s interesting is that there was never a day when the whole cast was there and there will never be a time when the entire cast will be in one place at the same time,” he explained. “That will never happen… but it gives the movie a certain magic because it’s only in the film that the characters will ever be together.”

A major component of the film is the relationship between Foster’s Nurse and Bautista’s Everest, who will do anything to protect the 68-year-old woman who runs the hospital reserved just for criminals — to atone for what she believes are her own sins.

“I do think they have incredible chemistry,” said Pearce. “They couldn’t come from more different worlds. Dave held his own incredibly and I think that there’s soulfulness in Dave and that’s what makes the relationship between the two characters so sweet and maybe the most emotional relationship in the movie.”

This is Pearce’s directorial debut — his writing credits include “Iron Man 3” and “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” And he says never in “his wildest dreams” did he think Foster would be in his movie.

“I feel like I should answer that question like ‘oh absolutely,’” Pearce said when asked whether he always had Foster in mind for the lead role. “This is my directorial debut — I would have to be insane if I thought Jodie Foster would play the Nurse!”

The film has been dubbed as a mix of “John Wick” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” but Pearce said he “literally never thought” about “John Wick” for a second while making the movie. He thought more about “Casablanca,” he said.

“I think people are coming to the film from lots of different angles, which is really nice,” he said. “Because for me, that means I haven’t made something that’s too linear. I wanted to make something that’s more esoteric, that reminded me of the films I loved when I was younger, that didn’t feel too cookie-cutter or overly stream-lined.”

“Hotel Artemis” is in theaters now.

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‘Ocean’s 8’ Steals $4 Million at Thursday Box Office

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“Ocean’s 8” earned $4 million at the Thursday box office, on its way to a mid-$30s opening weekend.

In comparison, the all-female remake of “Ghostbusters” earned $3.4 million in previews before grossing $46 million its opening weekend.

“Ocean’s 8” follows Danny Ocean’s estranged sister, Debbie (Sandra Bullock) as she organizes an elaborate heist to steal a priceless $150 million necklace from the Met Gala. The film’s ensemble cast includes Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, James Corden and Dakota Fanning. Gary Ross directed from a script he co-wrote with Olivia Milch, with Soderbergh producing with Susan Ekins. The film currently has a 71 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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The production budget for “Ocean’s 8” was a reported $70 million. By comparison, “Ocean’s Eleven” was made on an $85 million budget and opened domestically to $38.1 million. While that figure is not an apples-to-apples comparison because “Eleven” was released in 2001, consider that the George Clooney-fronted heist classic went on to have incredible legs with a $183 million domestic total and $450 million made worldwide.

“Ocean’s 12” grossed $39.2 million in 2004, while “13” earned $35.1 million in 2007.

Also coming out in wide release but with smaller screen counts are A24’s terrifying horror film “Hereditary,” which grossed $1.3 million in previews from 2,964 theaters, and Global Road’s stylish action thriller “Hotel Artemis.” Both films are projected to open to $6-8 million this weekend.

Written and directed by Ari Aster, “Hereditary” was made for less than $10 million. The horror tale stars Toni Collette as Annie Graham, a woman whose family discovers a horrifying secret about their heritage after the family matriarch passes away. The film, also starring Alex Wolff, has received critical acclaim since its premiere at Sundance, earning a 94 percent RT score.

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“Hotel Artemis” grossed $271,000 from 1800 locations on Thursday. The film stars Jodie Foster as The Nurse, a mysterious woman who runs a members-only hospital for criminals in a dystopian, near-future Los Angeles. Written and directed by Drew Pearce, the thriller also stars Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista. It currently has a 57 percent RT score.

In limited release, Focus Features will put out “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Directed by Morgan Neville, who won an Oscar for his documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” the film looks at the life and career of Fred Rogers, the famed creator of the children’s PBS series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Releasing in Los Angeles and New York this weekend, the film has been wildly praised since its Sundance premiere, earning a 99 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Can ‘Ocean’s 8’ Steal a Huge Box Office Haul Like ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ Did?

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A year after Warner Bros. rode female power all the way to the bank with the box office success of “Wonder Woman,” it is sending in Danny Ocean’s sister to steal away a big pay day at movie theaters with Village Roadshow’s “Ocean’s 8.”

This spinoff of Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s” trilogy is expected to nab the No. 1 spot this weekend from the plummeting “Solo,” taking an opening weekend total of $35-40 million from 4,000 screens. WB is projecting slightly lower with $33-38 million and is reporting the budget at $70 million.

By comparison, “Ocean’s Eleven” was made on an $85 million budget and opened domestically to $38.1 million. While that figure is not an apples-to-apples comparison because “Eleven” was released in 2001, consider that the George Clooney-fronted heist classic went on to have incredible legs with a $183 million domestic total and $450 million made worldwide.

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“Ocean’s 8” will try to show similar endurance at the box office, quietly drawing in female moviegoers, while “Incredibles 2” attracts family audiences and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” offers traditional summer spectacle in the coming weeks. Exhibitor Relations analyst Jeff Bock thinks the film can get there.

“If you look at the calendar, there isn’t a film specifically aimed for women until ‘Mamma Mia 2’ comes out in late July, and there’s a lot of potential for it to pick up word of mouth,” Bock said. “The June slate is a lot more diverse than what we saw last month, so ‘Ocean’s 8’ shouldn’t have to compete with the films it’s going to be sharing theaters with.”

“Ocean’s 8” follows Danny Ocean’s estranged sister, Debbie (Sandra Bullock) as she organizes an elaborate heist to steal a priceless $150 million necklace from the Met Gala. The film’s ensemble cast includes Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, James Corden and Dakota Fanning. Gary Ross directed from a script he co-wrote with Olivia Milch, with Soderbergh producing with Susan Ekins. The film currently has a 78 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Also coming out in wide release but with smaller screen counts are A24’s terrifying horror film “Hereditary” and Global Road’s stylish action thriller “Hotel Artemis.” Both films are projected to open to $6-8 million this weekend, with “Hereditary” getting released on 2,800 screens while “Hotel Artemis” will roll out on 2,340.

“Hereditary,” which was made for less than $10 million, is expected to top the $6 million opening of A24’s last summer horror release, “It Comes at Night,” though it will try to also top the $8.8 million made by “The Witch” in February 2016. Written and directed by Ari Aster, the horror tale stars Toni Collette as Annie Graham, a woman whose family discovers a horrifying secret about their heritage after the family matriarch passes away. The film has received critical acclaim since its premiere at Sundance, earning a 93 percent RT score.

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“Hotel Artemis” stars Jodie Foster as The Nurse, a mysterious woman who runs a members-only hospital for criminals in a dystopian, near-future Los Angeles. Written and directed by Drew Pearce, the thriller also stars Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista. It currently has a 68 percent RT score.

Finally, in limited release, Focus Features will put out “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Directed by Morgan Neville, who won an Oscar for his documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” the film looks at the life and career of Fred Rogers, the famed creator of the children’s PBS series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Releasing in Los Angeles and New York this weekend, the film has been wildly praised since its Sundance premiere, earning a 98 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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‘Hotel Artemis’ Film Review: Jodie Foster Heals Criminals, but This Dystopian Thriller Still Ails

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One of the great qualities of Jodie Foster over the course of her acting career is that she goes with anything: Disney, Scorsese, issue movies, serial killers, period romance, even Mel Gibson onscreen and off. Her terrier vibe, those open eyes, that often sly delivery — they’re all immensely versatile.

“Hotel Artemis,” for example, is pop-dystopian quasi-Tarantino Los Angeles noir action thriller hooey about a boutique penthouse hospital for criminals who need stealth medical care. And yet Foster — aged up but energized as the grey-haired, tightly-wound nurse who runs the place like your favorite loved-but-ornery grade school teacher — fits right in with her molecule-shifting intelligence.

Puttering around in infirmary whites and a rust-colored sweater, using surgery gadgets while a confluence of untrustworthy, violent guests make her character’s hermetic existence progressively worse, Foster sells “Hotel Artemis” better than its own writer-director, Drew Pearce, a genre overstuffer who’s seen too many movies, and also maybe too few.

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Though it boasts an agreeably preposterous scenario and a weird mixed bag of physicalities and acting styles — from Foster and Sterling K. Brown to Jenny Slate and Dave Bautista — the movie is itself an eye-rolling performance of cyber-pulp tropes and pop-movie excesses that undercuts its spotty pleasures at nearly every turn.

Our introduction to the titular way station for wounded baddies comes through Brown’s character Sherman, a meticulous bank robber whose brother Lev (Brian Tyree Henry, “Atlanta”) is shot during a getaway that runs up against a metastasizing, violent civil unrest (over the public’s water being shut off by the company that privatized it) that threatens to light up all of Los Angeles.

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The brothers’ destination is the members-only Hotel Artemis, a dimly-lit Art Deco-designed hideaway on the 12th floor of a downtown LA building, where weaponry isn’t allowed, organs can be 3D-printed, and guests go by the room names (Waikiki, Niagara, Nice). Currently occupying two of the Artemis’s five rooms are an obnoxious arms dealer (Charlie Day) and a sexy French assassin (Sofia Boutella).

Foster’s Nurse has been overseeing this shady operation for two decades, lately with the help of Everest (Dave Bautista), a tattooed, hulking orderly-handyman-enforcer who takes pride in calling himself a “health care professional.” But the worsening sitch in the streets outside soon adds two problematic visitors to the Artemis: a wounded, pleading cop (Slate), who has an inconveniently emotional link to the Nurse’s traumatic pre-Artemis life (shown in flashback snippets featuring a blonde-haired boy); and the Nurse’s kingpin boss (Jeff Goldblum), with his hotheaded son (Zachary Quinto) and their gang of thugs in tow.

It’s a busy night, one involving stolen diamonds, angry stand-offs, bloody killings, secret missions (and secret pasts), and retribution. That also makes for a relentlessly busy movie, one that might have strengthened its hardcases-on-a-collision-course atmosphere had a narrower viewpoint been applied through which to noir-ishly unveil its cross-purposed characters. (After all, it doesn’t need to be “Grand Hotel Artemis.”)

The obvious choice would be Foster’s character, considering she’s the most compelling three-dimensional figure by far, followed by Bautista’s. (They’re the kind of offbeat-scientist/freaky-assistant pairing the old Universal horror machine would have known how to exploit.)

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Elsewhere, Brown has an effectively rogue-ish vibe as his own semi-heroic storyline emerges, but most of the casting ticks boxes: Day continues to yell his way through films, Boutella leaps and slashes with expected flair, and Goldblum Goldblums. Even Pearce’s cinematographer — Park Chan-wook regular Chung-hoon Chung — is more an homage choice (sickly underlit interiors, even a hallway battle à la “Oldboy”) than a bid for originality. Cliff Martinez’s pulsating, insistent score, meanwhile, is often there when it doesn’t need to be, like an insecure bid for extra helpings of menace.

And yet it’s all strangely watchable, in the way you sometimes feel for injured players fighting their way through a loss. You can look at “Hotel Artemis” and think, “Oh, like the swanky hangout for assassins in ‘John Wick,’” and you wouldn’t be wrong in that dismissal, but Pearce’s version is still disreputably nifty, and his love for the Nurse, and Foster’s heavyweight cred, provides a sometimes satisfying core of movie-mad regard.

Though Pearce’s affection for hard-boiled dialogue doesn’t always match his execution, Foster lands the best ones, and delivers them with the right nostalgic mix of humor and weary cynicism, as when she tells the gunshot-treated Boutella, “This is America, honey; 85% of what I fix is bullet holes.”

Mostly, though, Pearce’s screenplay serves up too many aphoristic baubles (“You work with what you got, not what you hoped for”) that get repeated back later for that strained, I-heard-what-you-said-and-now-I-get-to-say-it-to-you effect. Seriously, it happens, like, 29,000 times, and it’s never effective. But it takes just one moment of Foster, after being told to do something, tossing off a deeply real and explosively funny “Nah, I’m old,” and a moviegoer feels, well, nursed.



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