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Catch Justin in this Fall's "Runner Runner" and "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Sci-Fi epic set a new October record with $55.5 million, while Timberlake’s ‘Runner Runner’ brought in just $7.6 million.
The weight of “Gravity” was just too heavy for Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck over the weekend.
Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi epic crushed the box office record for October with a $55.5 million weekend, displacing 2011′s “Paranormal Activity 3″ and providing career-best openings for Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in the process.
Remaining at a beyond impressive 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes “Tomatometer” as the weekend concluded, “Gravity” enjoyed the combination of critical consensus and word of mouth about its impressive 3-D IMAX visuals.
3-D ticket sales accounted for 71 percent of that $55.5 million total, with IMAX showings contributing roughly 20 percent. In addition to the heavy-duty emotional work poured into the performances (Bullock recently talked about that scene with MTV News), there are many other noteworthy facts to consider surrounding its record breaking weekend. The movie isn’t a sequel, or remake or an adaptation. The female lead is 49 years old; the male lead is 52.
Bullock’s previous career-best opening was just a few months ago, when the action-comedy “Heat” started with $39.1 million. Clooney’s new #2 stretches all the way back to 1997′s ill-fated “Batman and Robin,” which kicked off with $42.8 million.
Ben Affleck will step inside the Batman suit in 2015′s followup to “Man of Steel,” but for now, he’ll have to look forward to next year’s release of “Gone Girl” (directed by David Fincher) and his own adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s “Live By Night” (which Affleck co-wrote and will both direct and star in) because there isn’t much to celebrate about “Runner Runner” now.
Despite the star power of Justin Timberlake and Affleck and an association with producer Leonardo DiCaprio, “Runner Runner” stumbled with one of the worst openings ever for a movie debuting on more than 3,000 screens (the #1 record for that belongs to “Hoot,” which featured future Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg in a small role). “Runner Runner” made just $7.6 million at the domestic box office. In stark contrast with “Gravity,” the gambling drama sat at just 8 percent on Rotten Tomatoes on Sunday.
With “Runner Runner” barely reaching #3, that left the #2 spot wide open for last week’s champ, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” The kid-friendly sequel made another $21.5 million for a two week total of $60.5 million. Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Prisoners” was #4 with $5.7 million got a three week total near $48 million. Chris Hemsworth’s 1970s-set racing drama “Rush” rounded out the Top 5 with $4.4 million for a somewhat lackluster total domestic gross of $18 million.
Justin asks Anthony some questions. Pretty funny.
here’s part two of the interview Justin did with Matt last week during his Vegas trip to promote Runner Runner.
please credit woj for the video! (i couldnt upoad it to woj’s server for some reason, so i uploaded it to our facebook)
when i woke up today my dad was like did you watch the today show this morning, jt married matt from the today show. as usual i thought my dad was crazy….. until i found this lol.
Justin Timberlake stars as college student Richie Furst in the new movie, Runner Runner, which premieres in Las Vegas tonight.
To pay his Princeton tuition Furst gets involved in the world of online poker. He wins big, but is ripped off by gaming mogul Ivan Block, played by Ben Affleck. When he learns that the scamming site is hosted out of a remote island, he jets off to confront Block.
His anger towards Block quickly disappears after Block introduces him to his glamorous inside world. But the FBI has been keeping an eye on Block and Furst’s move to Costa Rica seems like the perfect time to gain an informant. FBI Agent Zbysko, played by Anthony Mackie, is willing to do just about anything to take Block down.
On the way to Runner Runner’s premiere in Las Vegas, Justin Timberlake and Anthony Mackie stopped by the Planet Hollywood Hotel to have a Google Hangout with reporters and editors from several college newspapers.
What attracted Timberlake and Mackie to their roles was the change from the characters they usually play.
“It was kind of nice to be on the other side … I’ve never played the kind of guy that was in the eye of the storm things, everything is kind of happening to, versus the instigator,” Timberlake said.
“For me, I wanted to do the movie because it’s different that everything I’ve done before. I’ve never really been able to be an off the handle crazy cop guy and it was in Puerto Rico and I love rum, so I was like I can be in Puerto Rico and drink rum,” Mackie said.
Although Timberlake never went to college himself, he didn’t think playing a college student would be that difficult.
“I just drank a lot of beer, that’s all you really do in college, right? You just drink a lot of beer and run around flipping the bird,” Timberlake said.
Mackie then proceeded to give reporters a detailed description on how to properly “flip the bird.”
Timblerlake may not have been required to take writing 121, but he did spend a lot of time researching online poker and gaming to prepare for his role. He said he didn’t know much about that world before getting involved with the movie.
Runner Runner is produced by well-known actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Although DiCaprio wasn’t directly involved in much day-to-day production of the movie, just having his name connected to the film was enough for Timberlake.
“He wasn’t on set,” Timberlake said. “When you’re looking at a script and you see someone like that is a producer on it, you feel, and I think I can speak for Anthony as well, you feel like ‘Well that project’s going to be taken care of.’”
You can watch Timberlake and Mackie in their new roles starting October 4th.
Justin is scheduled to do a press conference to promote Runner Runner in Brazil. The event will take place at the Copacabana palace this Saturday September 14.
The following day Justin will take the stage for his highly anticipated performance in Rock in Rio.
Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck have Las Vegas on edge.
They are the stars of a new film about the murky world of unauthorized online poker that could cast an unwelcome spotlight on a fledgling legal market that Sin City’s biggest players are betting on.
Timberlake and Affleck are set to walk the red carpet with other celebrities at Caesars Palace next month for the premiere of Twenty-First Century Fox’s “Runner, Runner.”
In the movie, Affleck plays an online gambling tycoon in Costa Rica confronted by Timberlake, a graduate student who believes he’s been swindled by the gambling site.
It is a departure from the run of films like the “Hangover” series and “Ocean’s 11” that glamorized casinos and the Las Vegas Strip.
“People very well could get the wrong idea,” said John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance. “Not all offshore operators are unregulated bad guys. This is a dramatization, let’s be clear about that. It shows what could be happening in a worst-case scenario.”
Industry groups such as the American Gaming Association are preparing advertising and discussion screenings around the film’s release, to draw a distinction between its portrayal of the seedy trappings of global online poker and a federally regulated market they’re trying to plug.
A legal, well-supervised market protects against fraud and cheating and increases revenue, its proponents argue.
Vegas’s biggest players see online poker as a new market that can offset slowing growth from table-gambling on the Strip. It is a market expected to grow by more than $10 billion in coming years from about $4 billion that’s being bet through unauthorized sites as of 2011.
A few states have already begun legalizing Web poker, eyeing the tax revenue the games will bring.
Yet the Justice Department’s 2011 crackdown on foreign operators has left a sour taste in the mouths of many.
“The specifics of the film are not what we’re associating ourselves with,” said Joe Versaci, chief marketing officer for Station Casino Inc.’s Ultimate Gaming, which, in Nevada last April, became the first company to take online bets in the United States. It has applied for a Web gaming license in New Jersey, which is expected to launch online betting in November.
The problem for most Vegas operators is that they have teamed up with more-experienced poker-game operators overseas, which the film portrays in a sordid light. Caesars tied up with London-listed 888 Holdings, and MGM Resorts has aligned with Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, to name a couple.
Offshore poker Web sites such as PokerStars were the forces behind the last online poker boom, starting around 2003. That all changed on April 15, 2011, known in the industry as “Black Friday,” when the Justice Department charged the founders of these sites with bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling.
The sites were closed to U.S. players, but now tax-hungry states, including Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, are passing online gambling laws, reopening the market.
The American Gaming Association, the trade group for the world’s big casinos, has decided to spin the movie as part of its lobbying platform for expanded regulation of online gambling.
AGA President Geoff Freeman, in an e-mail sent to its board last week and obtained by Reuters, plans to argue that the film underscores the risks of a poorly regulated market.
Both the AGA and the Poker Players Alliance have long advocated a federal online gambling bill that would allow a larger, more uniform market, but efforts in Congress have stalled. Two bills have recently been introduced in Congress as states move to pass their own laws.
Twenty-First Century Fox had no comment on the AGA letter.
“Hollywood has a way of glamorizing everything up to and including vampires. This is a movie that highlights a part of the Internet that has real downside unless governments act,” said MGM spokesman Alan Feldman.
Caesars thought long and hard about the risk of being associated with the film. The company plans to soon go live with an online poker site in Nevada and is awaiting approval in New Jersey.
“There was a lot of discussion of whether we wanted to be part of ‘Runner, Runner,’ but we decided we could draw a nice distinction between the illegal, unregulated world and the regulated market we are advocating,” said Tariq Shaukat, chief marketing officer for Caesars.
It was also hard to turn away a chance to have Timberlake on a red carpet, he added.
With his “Runner, Runner” co-star Ben Affleck now set to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s “Superman vs. Batman,” Justin Timberlake is now fielding a number of Robin-related questions on his latest press tour. Radio station Fresh 102.7 asked the pop star/actor if he’d suit up as Batfleck’s sidekick, a notion that Timberlake immediately shot down.
“Not a chance in hell,” said Timberlake. “I ain’t playing Robin. I have no aspiration to ever be a superhero in a movie.” But don’t despair, Timberlake fans! While he doesn’t want to play a hero, he does namedrop a villain he’d sign up to play in a heartbeat: The Riddler.
“Now villain,” continued Timberlake. “I’ll tell you the villain I want to play more than anything because I grew up loving Batman, funny enough, is the Riddler. The Riddler is my favorite villain… The Riddler was like a sociopath. He was proper crazy. So if I’m gonna play crazy, I’m wanna play proper crazy… I’m ready. The Riddler. Gimme a call.”
If you’ve seen Timberlake host “Saturday Night Live” then you know he can handle the manic madcap energy that actors like Frank Gorshin and Jim Carrey gave to the Riddler during their tenures in the green tights. Timberlake wouldn’t be a bad choice, and it looks like he’d be up for starring alongside Affleck again as well.
“Ben Affleck as Batman, I like it,” said Timberlake. “I worked with Ben last summer and I’ve seen his process. I think he’s a brilliant filmmaker. I think he’s an extreme talent, so he could surprise a lot of people.” While I doubt this will really lead to anything serious, casting Justin Timberlake as Riddler couldn’t outdo the hullabaloo caused by Affleck’s casting. He might even be a welcome addition.