Archive for April, 2012

This weekend’s box office numbers are in and it looks like some shitty movies are atop the charts once again.  Listen, I don’t blame you for going to see a crap movie in the weeks leading up to the start of the summer blockbuster movie season but at least diversify yourself in your crap ass movie watching.  There’s no reason, ever, for Think Like A Man to be atop the box office charts two weeks in a row.  None.  Shame on you if you’ve seen that movie more than once.  The reigning champ made $18M this weekend in the last true weekend that we’ll have without some movie that cost $250M to make gracing the charts.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits came in second this weekend raking in a disappointing $11.4M after costing nearly $60M to make.  It’s from the guys who brought us the Wallace and Gromit franchise and it’s stop-motion animation, which isn’t everyone’s thing, so…yea.  The third movie this weekend was Zac Efron’s The Lucky One reeling in $11.3M.  The fourth and fifth movies this weekend were The Hunger Games and The Five Year Engagement, making $11.2M and $11.1M respectively.

As a side note – The Hunger Games is quickly approaching $400M domestically which would be a fantastic feat for a film released in March.

Side note 2 – New films this weekend didn’t fare very well; both Jason Statham’s action title Safe and the Edgar Allen Poe thriller The Raven both debuted outside the top five, both failing to crack $8M.

Here is the full charts…

*Numbers in millions* (TOTALS)

1) Think Like A Man – $18 ($60.8)

2) The Pirates! Bands of Misfits – $11.4M (NEW)

3) The Lucky One – $11.3 ($39.9)

4) The Hunger Games – $11.2 ($372.4)

5) The Five Year Engagement – $11.1 (NEW)

6) Safe – $7.7 (NEW)

7) The Raven – $7.2 (NEW)

8) Chimpanzee – $5.4 ($19.1)

9) The Three Stooges – $5.4 ($37.1)

10) The Cabin in the Woods – $4.5 ($34.6)

Via Box Office Mojo

It’s one of those mornings, you know, the kind that just spring up at you out of nowhere like all “hey there, guess what day it is?  NOT FRIDAY!” So in honor of not wanting to wake up to non-Fridays, I bring you WILL SMITH THURSDAY!

Yep, get your English muffin and orange marmalade ready because we’re about to take a trip down AWESOME lane on the corner of HE’S COOLER THAN YOU street and catty-corner to BAMF avenue.  Ok, all that was a bit much…but clearly I’m excited for some Will Smith videos!

 

Wild Wild West

*Dru Hill dancing around like he’s got ants his pants is the best part of the entire music video.

Men in Black

Nod Ya Head

Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It

Miami

Switch

And just as a bonus you get some Pitbull who has a song featured in the upcoming Men in Black 3.

Shia LaBeouf has gotten a bad rap for being an incredible douchebag and starring in three Transformers films, but that still doesn’t mean he can’t act.  As soon as I heard that LaBeouf was going to be starring in a film along side Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, I instantly put “The Wettest County in the World” on the “must see” list.  Then the film went dark and I hadn’t heard much about it.  All the sudden, BAM, we get the film’s first trailer after it was announced that the movie would be showing at the Cannes Film Festival in May.  Except it got a name change to Lawless, which isn’t as cool as The Wettest County in the World, I guess you can’t win them all.

Seriously though, the film stars LaBeouf and Hardy as two brothers bootlegging alcohol during the prohibition era with Oldman as a deep south crime boss.  Oh yea, did I mention that Guy Pearce stars as the strong nosed lawman destined to bring the brothers down?  Yep, this movie is officially in the lead for “Best Picture” at next year’s Academy Awards.  Not to mention that The Winstein Company is producing.  WIN ALL THE OSCARS!

I can count the nominations already; Gary Oldman – Best Actor, Tom Hardy – Best Supporting Actor, Shia LaBeouf – Best Supporting Actor, Jessica Chastain – Best Supporting Actress, Lawless – Best Picture.  Can you tell that I’m excited?

Both LaBeouf and Hardy have been severely overlooked for their acting talents mainly due to the roles they’ve chosen over the years, but both can act and act well.

Just check out the trailer…

3D technology has been around for virtually forever but for whatever reason the past three years have seen three dimensions make a roaring comeback to the front lines.  Now, imagine three dimensional sound technology.  That’s precisely what LG, the electronics manufacturer, is advertising with a new campaign of 3D movie posters.

LG’s marketing slogan for this 3D sound technology is “Every Side of the Sound”, which is fine and dandy but the movie posters, while an awesome idea, don’t quite make all the sense in the world as they only show what the posters would look like from the rear.  Oh well, cool is cool is cool…I guess.

Take a look.

After nearly an entire month on top of the box office rankings it’s my sad duty to report that two completely shitty movies beat The Hunger Games to the top two spots this weekend at the box office.  The “comedy” Think Like A Man took the top spot away from the futuristic thriller reeling in $33 million (seriously you guys?) and Zac Efron’s stupid romance The Lucky One came in runner up style with nearly $23 million.

The Hunger Games still managed a respectable $14 million in the number three spot bringing its domestic total to over $350 million.  The fourth and fifth spot were occupied by Chimpanzee and The Three Stooges which took home $10 million and $9 million respectively.

Here is the full top 10:

* Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Think Like A Man – $33 (NEW)

2) The Lucky One – $22.8 (NEW)

3) The Hunger Games – $14.5 ($356.9)

4) Chimpanzee – $10.2 (NEW)

5) The Three Stooges – $9.2 ($29.3)

6) The Cabin in the Woods – $7.7 ($26.9)

7) American Reunion – $5.2 ($48.3)

8) Titanic 3D – $5 ($52.8)

9) 21 Jump Street – $4.6 ($127)

10) Mirror Mirror – $4.1 ($55.2)

 

Via Box Office Mojo

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for Lionsgate searching for a new director for The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire after Gary Ross’ departure from the franchise after a contract issue could not be resolved.  Names were tossed about, speculation was made, and now it seems as if Lionsgate has made their choice.

The production studio has reportedly offered the job to direct next year’s most anticipated movie to Water For Elephants and I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence.  Lawrence reportedly got the offer over Bennett Miller, someone who I thought Lionsgate would have picked nine times out of ten, due to Miller having a “passion project” in the works with the upcoming film Foxcatcher.  Lawrence makes sense on many different levels though as he’s helmed two big budget action titles (Constantine/I Am Legend) and he knows his way around an ensemble cast.

The Los Angeles Times makes note that Lionsgate gave consideration to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy director Tomas Alfredson, Unstoppable director Tony Scott, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close director Stephen Daldry.

Catching Fire will be Lawrence’s biggest film to date, even bigger than I Am Legend – which starred the biggest name in the world in Will Smith – but it’s good to know he’s got experience in the realm of big budget action titles.  I Am Legend cost around $150 million to make, Catching Fire is likely to exceed that.

Lawrence wouldn’t have been my first choice but the studio needed to act quickly and didn’t really have time to wait around, so given the circumstances I think Lawrence is an ok hire.

I’ll keep you posted though.

With Gary Ross’ departure from The Hunger Games franchise after he was unable to reach an agreement to direct the film’s sequels with Lionsgate, the production company has turned their attention to Moneyball director Bennett Miller and Water For Elephants director Francis Lawrence.

Signs point to Lionsgate going with Miller as he’s received a large amount of attention from the production company, he’s interested in the job, and he’s helmed a big budget movie before in I Am Legend.  Miller’s direction in Moneyball earned the film six Academy Award nominations and was legitimately one of the best movies of 2011.  While I Am Legend could be chalked up as a disappointment as far as summer blockbusters go, the film made money and Miller did wonders basically working with one actor the entire movie.  It’s not a stretch to think that Miller could make Catching Fire, which is very similar to The Hunger Games, a movie of its own and set up the final film Mockingjay nicely.

Lawrence doesn’t seem to be garnering the same type of attention and doesn’t have quite the resume.  His most recent film Water For Elephants wasn’t terrible but didn’t seem to live up to the hype either.  However, Lawrence showed tremendous direction with directing the films big stars in Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, and Christoph Waltz.  He’s presumably still in the running, but given him and Miller as the choices, I’d go with Miller every day of the week.

Deadline is reporting that Lionsgate also reached out to The Orphanage director Juan Antonio Bayona, but nothing concrete has been planned for him.  Bayona would be an interesting choice as The Orphanage is a vastly underrated drama/horror title.  He’s got a unique vision that would serve him well with Catching Fire but I don’t think he has a chance.

Personally I’d love to see Lionsgate reach out to Guillermo del Toro.  del Toro has such a unique directing style and he’s directed big budget action films (Hell Boy 2) and critically acclaimed films that focus on the struggles within and character direction (Pans Labyrinth).  He’d be a slam dunk hire at director, in my opinion.

Either way, Bennett Miller would be a solid hire to continue the trilogy.