news//'HOME' IS SWEET WITH $54 MILLION

BOX OFFICE



It was supposed to be a close fight between Dreamworks' animated adventure Home and the comedic stylings of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in Get Hard. The photo finish didn't happen as Home dominated the box office with a $54 million opening, a higher number than that of last year's How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Featuring the voices of Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Parsons, and Steve Martin, Home earned mixed reviews from critics, but benefitted from the lack of animated offerings on screens. With no other major animated films releasing between now and June's Inside Out, Home could stretch far. It's $54 million haul was a surprise, mostly due to the pairing of the film with Get Hard. Ferrell and Hart are box office beasts in their own rights, which should have equaled gold. The comedy, however, came in a little lower than expected with only $34.6 million.

Horror film It Follows had the most surprising weekend of all film releases as the little film made it into the Top 5. Originally intended as a VOD release, the success of the flick at several film festivals led Radius and The Weinstein Company to change their release plans. The film earned just over $4 million. Strong word of mouth could take it even higher in the next week or two.

Here's the list of the Top Ten films for the week ending March 29, 2015:

1. Home, $54 million (NEW)

2. Get Hard, $34.6 million (NEW)

3. Insurgent, $22 million (Total: $86.3m)

4. Cinderella, $17.5 million (Total: $150m)

5. It Follows, $4 million (Total: $4.7m)

6. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $3 million (Total: $119.4m)

7. Run All Night, $2.2 million (Total: $23.8m)

8. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $2.18 million (Total: $28.1m)

9. Do You Believe?, $2.1 million (Total: $7m)

10. The Gunman, $2 million (Total: $8.8m)

SOURCE: BOXOFFICE.COM

winners//2015 KIDS CHOICE AWARDS

AWARDS COVERAGE



It was a great night for celebrities and slime as the 2015 Kids Choice Awards invaded the Forum. The KCA's are never your usual suits and formal attire seen at other Hollywood events. Instead, it's about casual fun, stars from all realms of entertainment (some of whom ride the line between stardom and "who is that?"), and, of course, the green stuff. No, not money. Nickelodeon slime is the benchmark to a successful evening and most celebrities would agree that being slimed is the ultimate payoff for years of trying to make it.

The awards themselves can be kind of silly. But, like most things aimed at kids, there are always a few silver linings. Here's a run down of each award:

FAVORITE MOVIE
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1

FAVORITE MOVE ACTOR
Ben Stiller, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB

FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS
Emma Stone, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

FAVORITE MALE ACTION STAR
Liam Hemsworth, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1

FAVORITE FEMALE ACTION STAR
Jennifer Lawrence, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1 and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

FAVORITE ANIMATED MOVIE
BIG HERO 6

FAVORITE VILLAIN
Angelina Jolie, MALEFICENT

FAVORITE FAMILY TV SHOW
MODERN FAMILY

FAVORITE KIDS TV SHOW
AUSTIN AND ALLY

FAVORITE TV ACTOR
Ross Lynch, AUSTIN AND ALLY

FAVORITE TV ACTRESS
Laura Marano, AUSTIN AND ALLY

FAVORITE CARTOON
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS

FAVORITE REALITY SHOW
DANCE MOMS

FAVORITE TALENT COMPETITION SHOW
THE VOICE

FAVORITE BOOK
DIARY OF A WIMPY KIDS SERIES

MOST ADDICTING GAME
MINECRAFT

FAVORITE MUSIC GROUP
One Direction

FAVORITE MALE SINGER
Nick Jonas

FAVORITE FEMALE SINGER
Selena Gomez

FAVORITE NEW ARTIST
Fifth Harmony

FAVORITE SONG OF THE YEAR
"Bang Bang"
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj

review//IT FOLLOWS

Grade: A+

IT FOLLOWS
Directed by David Robert Mitchell
Starring Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Jake Weary

Rarely does a horror film end up as a stylized piece of perfection like David Robert Mitchell's It Follows. Bringing to mind the films of David Lynch and horror masters like John Carpenter, It Follows is a slow-burning masterpiece riddled with great performances, genuine scares, and beautiful images.

Jay is a fun-loving college freshman with life at her fingertips. After a movie date with her boyfriend turns eery, the two find themselves in the back of his car. After their backseat rendezvous, things go from pleasant to horrific as, what seems to be a curse, begins haunting every move Jay makes. This chain reaction following by supernatural beings is linked to sexual partners. There's no end to the curse, as Jay soon finds out, but fighting it is the only way to keep living.

Maika Monroe, a relative newcomer, is easily the stand-out performer as Jay. The journey from confident teenager to broken human being is brilliantly weighed down by her ever-increasing performance. She's that friend that everyone likes, all the girls wish they could be, and all the boys want to be with. But, she isn't a bitch. She's the ultimate girl-next-door.

It Follows is ripe with interesting filmmaking choices. Some may feel director Mitchell is a bit pretentious in his technique, but it works on an impressive level as each twist and turn seems to slowly evolve on the screen, literally, with cleverly paced transitions and rotating camera work that brings the subtle undertones close and closer. Built with music cues to die for, the edge-of-your-seat factor is at an all-time high.

The style may be the most interesting aspect. Mitchell has created a world that looks and feels straight out of 80s-era Detroit, from the cars they drive, houses they live in, and decor all around. Even the technology is mixed with throwback devices, or lack thereof. Not a single one of the teenagers carry a cell phone and phone calls, in general, take place on land-line phones you'll remember from your childhood. The throwbaack feel, mixed with the glowing art direction and cinematography, make every image on screen equally delightful and terrifying.

The plot leads to many a conversation about what it all means. That's the fun in It Follows. Does it have a deeper meaning? Without giving anything away, I think the film is a commentary on teenage love versus real love. There's definitely an interesting moniker felt as true feelings take the place of emotional feelings that can only be had by a teenager. That invincible courage you feel before adulthood takes over is a nostalgic driving force to each move Jay and her friends take. Much like coming-of-age films, It Follows is the type of horror film that defines a time in everyone's life.

This will be a film remembered for years to come.

Rating: R
Runtime: 100 minutes