"The Counselor" will make its case for the top spot at the box office as it enters the race. The gritty drama comes in without too much other new competition.
Sure, "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" could surprise and do well, but it seems like the premise for this staged act is wearing thin. But the new releases provide for two different movie experiences. Now, what this all means is that "Grandpa" most likely will win and "The Counselor" will do poorly, thus a "Jackass" win.
The cast alone for "The Counselor" intrigues. It features Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt. It is a tale of a lawyer involved in a shady business deal. One would think that the combination of Director Ridley Scott and writer Cormac McCarthy would spark more buzz. It hasn't yet.
Johnny Knoxville is back with another hidden camera adventure. Jackson Nicoll is along for the ride as the young boy. Perhaps what is more astounding is that people still fall for these, since they are all over the place now. From You Tube to anybody with a camera phone, "practical jokes" and staged events take up so much video that everyone should think none of it is real or funny anymore. Or at least question it first. Just hearing the term "viral video" these days is enough to want to hit the off button fast.
For example, one sees something odd happening at a funeral home, chances are it is not real and perhaps a joke is being played. It can't be real should be the one thing on the mind at all times. That doesn't mean it's not funny, but question things at all times.
"Blue is the Warmest Color" did indeed get an NC-17 rating and it gets a slow roll out.
1. "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" - 3,336 theaters
2. "The Counselor" - 3,044 theaters
3. "Blue Is the Warmest Color" - 4 theaters
Now the hype over "Gravity" may be turning in to people expecting more when they see it. However, the film is still very strong but the buzz is dimming. Over-selling a film can hurt, too. Sometimes the way they are described leaves some audience members wanting to dislike it. When a film comes out of a festival with front runner status, the daggers will come out.
Meanwhile, award season news stops in New York with the independent Gotham nominations. Included in their best feature are "12 Years a Slave," "Ain’t Them Bodies Saints," "Before Midnight," "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Upstream Color." Looking ahead shows many films in limited runs as they get ready for an award season run.
Frank DeJohn & David Alton Hedges, Santa Ynez, CA, “Legion”
Patty Jones, Vancouver, BC, Canada, “Joe Banks”
Alan Roth, Suffern, NY, “Jersey City Story”
Stephanie Shannon, Los Angeles, CA, “Queen of Hearts”
Barbara Stepansky, Burbank, CA, “Sugar in My Veins”
The winners were selected from a record 7,251 scripts submitted. Each winner will receive a $35,000 prize. The award presentation is Thursday, Nov. 7.
One last item about casting news for "50 Shades of Grey," which is becoming anti-climatic now. Jamie Dornan will replace Charlie Hunnam as the lead. The 31-year-old Irish actor starred in "Once Upon a Time" on ABC.