Dvds: Is The Hit Film “now You See Me” The Savior Of Hollywood?


Posted: 09/15/2013 2:44 pm Here we go — some top new movies, including a film that points to Hollywood’s future, the greatest documentary of all time, some cool animated films, a few gems from the vaults and a TV roundup. NOW YOU SEE ME ($39.99 BluRay combo; Summit) THE GREAT GATSBY ($35.99 BluRay combo; Warner Bros.) STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS ($39.99 BluRay combo; Paramount) STORIES WE TELL ($19.99 DVD; Lionsgate) — Hollywood is “reeling” from a summer filled with high profile flops like The Lone Ranger, After Earth with Will Smith and R.I.P.D. (Actually, the summer included record grosses and a strong uptick in ticket sales but that never stopped people from panicking.) What to do? The truth is that Hollywood is far less scared about spending $175 million on a potential franchise than it is about spending $75 million on a movie like Now You See Me. It’s made for adults (though kids can enjoy it), it has that midrange budget that makes the movie a serious financial risk without any upside in theme park rides or toys and it’s not based on anything people already know. But then magic happened and Now You See Me became a worldwide smash grossing more than $310 million and spawned a sequel. Jesse Eisenberg leads a stellar cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman in a twisty tale about illusionists pulling off a bank heist. It’s filled with enough twists to rival The Sting and audiences responded. Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is very similar but with some major pluses. It’s geared towards adults (though kids can enjoy the film and the hip-hop, jazzy soundtrack), it has a great cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio and it’s based on one of the most famous and best-selling novels of all time. It made almost exactly the same amount of money as Now You See Me but that movie’s a hit and this is a big flop. Why? Because it cost roughly $190 million to make.

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Hollywood away from home: Where the stars stay in Vancouver

Take a look inside these exclusive properties some of them renting for as much as $50,000 per month A By Katya Holloway, Vancouver Sun August 2, 2013 A A A This resort-style luxury home rents in West Vancouvers Gleaneagles area rents for $50,000 per month. Its the type of secluded property that celebrities request while visiting Hollywood North. This 9,013-squ-ft home is on a private, gated property with views of the ocean, mountains and Howe Sound, with a hot tub, media room, billiards room and two wine rooms. When Hollywood actors arrive in Vancouver, they vanish into a aB.C. trianglea of secret lairs. Some, such as Matt Damon, find refuge in palatial homes tucked behind iron gates and old-growth cedars on the North Shore. Others, like John Cusack, live large in downtown suites with panoramic views, a pool table, chandeliers and a private hot tub. A few rent out entire floors of hotels, including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who nabbed the penthouse of the Shangri-La Hotel while filming Mission: Impossible a Ghost Protocol, and Jennifer Aniston, who reportedly booked up the top floor of the Metropolitan Hotel while here in 2008. —– CLICK HERE to view images inside the homes, or if you’re using a mobile app, tap the story image and swipe. —– Generally, celebrities want to be right downtown or on the North Shore, said Chad Kalyn, rental manager at Unique Accommodations, a local company that specializes in finding houses and suites for the stars. The bigger the star, the more substantial the budget, which tops out in Metro Vancouver at $50,000 per month to rent a furnished home, said Kalyn. Budgets in the film industry typically start at $2,500 per month for back-end production people, while the actors snap up properties at the top of the scale.