Can the onetime queen of daytime television rule the box office?
That will be the question at the multiplex this weekend as "The Butler," which features
Also hitting theaters this weekend is
“The Butler” had a long road to the big screen. After the
Two years later, however, the studio dropped the project, leaving Laura Ziskin -- the producer behind Sony’s first three “Spider-Man” films -- to raise money for the picture. But Ziskin was battling cancer, and before she succumbed to the illness in 2011 she begged
The film has received strong reviews, particularly for
Financed for just $28 million, the first “Kick-Ass” became a surprise success when it grossed $101 million worldwide in 2010. Though the film produced respectable box office returns and a cult fan following, Lionsgate declined an opportunity to distribute the second film in the U.S. and Canada. So Universal Pictures -- which released the original movie overseas -- acquired worldwide rights to the sequel for about $29 million last year.
Based on a comic book, “Kick-Ass 2” stars
Producer Matthew Vaughn -- who wrote and directed the original -- independently raised money to make “Kick-Ass 2,” which like the first film had a budget of $28 million. While reviewers loved “Kick-Ass,” they haven’t taken as kindly to the sequel, which critics say includes far more violence. In June, one of the sequel’s stars,
“I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he tweeted. “My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”
“Jobs” is the first of two films about the late Apple entrepreneur to hit theaters, the second of which is currently being penned by "A Few Good Men" and "Newsroom" writer
“Paranoia” stars Hemsworth as a tech marketing prodigy who is recruited to spy on a rival company run by an executive
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