Two films opening in the USA this weekend to make note of…
First, Samuel Goldwyn Films premieres the British drama “A Hundred Streets” (“100 Streets”), an ensemble feature that stars Idris Elba (who is also a producer).
Jim O’Hanlon directed the film from a script penned by Leon F. Butler.
Making its World Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival last June (2016) before it was picked up, “A Hundred Streets” takes a fresh look at the vibrant and compelling life of a group of individuals in contemporary London. One hundred streets intersect the film’s setting, hence its title. It’s in these streets that the characters face defining moments, major choices and fundamental change in their separate lives, as they negotiate their paths through life, paths that often interweave through our hundred streets.
Elba is joined by Gemma Arterton, Charlie Creed-Miles, Franz Drameh, Kierston Wareing, Tom Cullen and Ken Stott.
The filmmakers previously described the film as a gritty, contemporary, poignant multilayered drama, with the underlying message being one of hope, and that by working as a community, things can only get better. “Crash” and “Amores Perros” are listed as inspirations.
Pippa Cross, Leon F Butler, Idris Elba and Ros Hubbard are producers.
Samuel Goldwyn is opening the film in a limited theatrical release, as well as on VOD and Digital, so you’ve got options.
Check out the trailer for “100 Streets” which is embedded below, and then click on the link beneath the video player to go to the next page for the second film opening this weekend.
Open Road moved up the release date of their 2017 pick-up “Sleepless” starring Jamie Foxx, from its original February 24th 2017 release date, to January 13, the start of this Martin Luther King holiday weekend.
This means a few things. First, that Open Road is very confident in the film, and thinks that they’ve got a box office winner on their hands that’s been testing well with advance audience previews. Second, January has become, unexpectedly, one of the biggest release months of the year – something that seems to have only recently happened.
It wasn’t too long ago that, for many years, January, like late August/early Sept, was the dumping ground for lousy movies that studios had no confidence in, and wanted to quickly bury. But that has changed, and quite a number of films have opened to very impressive numbers in January. “Ride Along” opened to $41.5 million in January 2014, “Ride Along 2” opened this past January with $35 million, “Kung Fu Panda 3”, which opened two weeks later, made $41.2 million in its opening weekend, and 2008’s “Cloverfield” premiered in January that year with $40 million.
In Open Road’s “Sleepless,” Foxx plays undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs, who is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnap Downs’ teenage son. In one sleepless night, he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation, and bring the kidnappers to justice.
“Sleepless” is an English-language remake of “Sleepness Night,” the 2011 French thriller starring Tomer Sisley and directed by Frederic Jaradin.
“Sleepless” also stars Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, Gabrielle Union, and Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris.
The film was directed by Swiss director Baran Bo Odar from a script written by Andrea Berloff.
Check out the action-packed red-band trailer for the film below: