Devoted fans of Friday Night Lights have been in withdrawal since the heart-stirring drama went off the air in 2011. Rumors have swirled ever since about the possibility of a big screen reunion. But Kyle Chandler—who earned a best-actor Emmy for his role of Coach Eric Taylor—lays them to rest: “It ended so well, it ended beautifully,” he says. “And I was more than happy for it to end when it did, because you couldn’t have gone much further.”
How good is Friday Night Lights? I hate football — bunch of no-neck glandular freaks beating one another up over a bladder, if you ask me — but I love this movie. Adapted from H.G. Bissinger’s book about the 1988 season of the Permian High Panthers in Odessa, Tex., Peter Berg’s film casts a bleakly empathetic eye on small-town grid-iron mania, nailing the region’s economic/emotional flatness and the way 17-year-old boys are treated like gods for three fast months.
Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger Though they don’t sugarcoat the physical injuries and broken dreams so achingly detailed by Bissinger’s 1990 book on Texas high school football, screen-writers David Aaron Cohen and Peter Berg favor the amped-up games and fictionalized reconciliations (alcoholic dad gives son his own state champ ring) of the Permian Panthers’ ‘88 season over the harsher anecdotes of poverty and racism.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, star of TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has now proven herself as potent a draw on the big screen, as her horror thriller The Grudge premiered with a fantastic $40 million, according to studio estimates.
A stirring real-life drama about a West Texas town whose population sucks the breath of life from the success of its high school football team. Billy Bob Thornton is splendid as the coach.
At last, a movie that will earn praise for jumping the shark. That’d be Sarah Michelle Gellar’s The Grudge, which is all but certain to dethrone Shark Tale after the underwater toon’s three-week reign atop the box office chart. The film’s combination of trendy Japanese horror (à la The Ring), a starring role for Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself, and a pre-Halloween release date should prove unbeatable. Opening wide on more than 3,200 screens, The Grudge should scare up at least $22 million.
The naughty puppets of Team America might have saved the world, but they couldn’t topple Shark Tale, as the computer-animated hit made it three weeks in a row at the top of the box office chart.
Shark Tale slipped only 30 percent in its third weekend to $22.1 million, according to studio estimates. After 17 days, its total is a strong $118.8 million. It doesn’t hurt that the family-friendly film is playing in almost 4,000 theaters, far more than any other film, but its week-to-week drops have been enviably low.
Billy Bob Thornton has very good moments. He has them when he’s locked away in the basement recording studio of his Beverly Hills house, writing songs for a new album. He has them when he’s talking about the people he adores: his 10- and 11-year-old sons, Harry and Willie; his best friend, Dwight Yoakam, with whom he spends hours on the phone watching TV, each in his own home. And he certainly has them when he’s in front of the camera, where, for going on 20 years, he has delivered pitch-perfect performances playing tortured misfits
Sorry, Trey and Matt, but the Shark Tale wave hasn’t yet crested. Though South Park creators Parker and Stone’s puppet spoof Team America: World Police is the weekend’s big new action extravaganza, opening on more than 2,500 screens, we suspect its strident political satire (meting out gruesome ends to famous liberals like Tim Robbins and Janeane Garofalo), its irreverent take on the War on Terror, and its R rating will limit its audience.
The animated hit Shark Tale showed a lot of bite in its second weekend, grossing another $31.7 million for another week atop the box office charts, according to studio estimates. The DreamWorks film slipped only 33 percent from its opening weekend and has earned an impressive $87.7 million in its first 10 days.
- Strong first reactions to 'Rogue One' hit after premiere
- Bob Dylan thanks Nobel Prize committee for honoring his songs as literature
- Chris Pratt says his son thinks acting is 'stupid'
- 'Assassin's Creed': Final trailer has plenty of new footage
- Louis Tomlinson debuts new song on ‘X Factor’ days after mom’s death
- 'Insidious: Chapter 4' first look sees Lin Shaye facing her demons
- 'Sherlock' intense season 4 trailer: 'I love you'