Archive for May, 2012

Well you only have three choices to choose from, according to E! Online, being Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch, and Garrett Hedlund.  Finnick Odairin’s character is a pretty big role and will be pivotal in both Catching Fire and Mocking Jay.  So with that said, which of the three mentioned above would you like to see play the bleeding heart romantic turned tough guy?

Let’s break them down, shall we?

Armie Hammer

Previous Roles: The Social Network, J. Edgar, Mirror Mirror, (and the upcoming) The Lone Ranger

Why He Makes Sense: Hammer, out of the three candidates, is the most established actor.  His turn as the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network was nothing short of fantastic.  He then played J. Edgar Hoover’s lover in J. Edgar opposite of Leonardo DiCaprio, in which he more than held his own.  He was the comedic hero/love interest in Mirror Mirror and will show off his leading man chops next to Johnny Depp in next year’s The Lone Ranger.  I think for a film franchise that has built itself on cinematography and great acting with character development, Hammer is a no-brainer for the role of Finnick.

Why He Doesn’t Make Sense: Name recognition, plain and simple.  While Hammer could act circles around both Kitsch and Hedlund, people just don’t know who he is.  Seriously though, raise your hand if you were aware that he was staring in a Disney film about the Lone Ranger next to Johnny Depp?  Not too many in the crowd I see.  He’s never been in a big blockbuster film and certainly none the size of what Catching Fire is expected to be.  Catching Fire is much in the same vain as The Hunger Games in which the games play a very large part.  Hammer isn’t exactly the action film buff.  In this regard certainly Kitsch would make more sense.

Chance He Gets The Role: 40%


Taylor Kitsch

Previous Roles: (It would be unfair to Kitsch not to mention his stardom on NBC’s Friday Night Lights) X-Men Origins: Wolverine, John Carter, Battleship

Why He Makes Sense: It’s been well documented on this blog that I have a man-crush on Kitsch, ever since watching FNL – the entire six seasons on Netflix – I had a new favorite dude to follow through Hollywood.  Kitsch’s role as Remy LeBeau/Gambit in Origins: Wolverine was small but fantastic, his turn as John Carter in a film of the same name was excellent even if no one saw it.  Battleship did a little bit better at the box office than Carter but still wasn’t the home run Kitsch has been looking for.  He brings charisma, suaveness, and a certain level of cool to every role he’s been in.  He’s done the big budget sci-fi flick, twice this year, and he’s played the bleeding heart romantic-action figure.  Plus he’s easy on the eyes.  Which is a must for Finnick.  He brings a name that people have heard before and people are familiar with.  Most of all, and unlike Hammer, he wouldn’t out-act his fellow Catching Fire compadres.

Why He Doesn’t Make Sense: Every big budget movie he’s been in has tanked, regardless of critic’s reviews.  Now there really isn’t any correlation between a the movies Kitsch has been and them tanking, but it’s not a good track record he’s started out on.  He’s not an established actor like most of the other actors taking roles in Catching Fire.  He doesn’t have the credits like Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.  He isn’t on the level of Woody Harrellson or Stanley Tucci and certainly not Donald Sutherland.  It’s just hard to see Kitsch getting the nod with all these factors working against him.

Chance He Gets The Role: 50%


Garrett Hedlund

Previous Roles: Troy, Eragon, Four Brothers, TRON: Legacy

Why He Makes Sense: He actually fits Finnick’s profile of upper class aristocrat turned killer, their physiques even match up.  He’s just about Finnick’s age in the books and he’s exactly his height.  Hedlund has been around for a while, staring in mediocre movie after mediocre movie, even if I loved Troy it just wasn’t that great.  He finally got his big budget starring role in TRON: Legacy (another Disney film…notice a trend here *ahem*Kitsch*ahem*) and while the movie did make money it wasn’t that great either.  Hedlund is dying to break out and maybe Catching Fire is just what he’s been looking for in an actor.  He definitely wouldn’t outshine his co-stars either.  He’s an action genre veteran with nearly all of his big films being action movies.  He knows his way around a big budget set.

Why He Doesn’t Make Sense: He just isn’t that recognizable for Lionsgate to pay him a ton of money in hopes that he’ll draw even more viewers to the theaters next year.  I mean, Robert Pattinson already turned down the role and I don’t even think it was offered to him.  Unlike Pattison, Hedlund needs the recognition to kick his Hollywood career to the next level.  Hedlund’s been committed to filming Lullaby for a while now it’s expected to start filming later this summer, early fall.  Filming for Catching Fire is expected to start towards the end of fall this year, clearly the two projects would clash.

Chance He Gets The Role: 40%


To sum it up, it’s really a toss up.  Kitsch makes the most sense but I could realistically see Lionsgate going with either of the three.

Via CinemaBlend


Memorial Day weekend is usually a fun time had by all as people are traveling, having cook outs, and going to the beach.  It’s the unofficial start of the summer season.  Something else people usually do over Memorial Day weekend is go to the movies.  That turned out to be true this weekend as the top three movies at the box office this weekend made over $100 million.

Will Smith’s Men in Black 3 turned out to be the movie that finally dethroned The Avengers after their month long reign at the top of the box office rankings.  The third installment of the popular alien franchise brought in $55M over the weekend, and while that number is expected to grow after Monday, the film’s major accomplishment is that it has over a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes and by all accounts is the definition of a good summer blockbuster.  It’s the first film for Will Smith in nearly four years and marks the first Men in Black film in 10 years.  It’s hard to argue against another film as MIB3 is expected to pull in over $100M in a months time.

The number two film this weekend at the box office was The Avengers, which still managed to bring in $36M this weekend.  The film has now made over half a billion dollars domestically.  That doesn’t even take into account the money the film has made over seas and all over the world.  A dramatic feat nonetheless.

The number three film this weekend was the superfailure that was Battleship.  The movie made only $10M this weekend bringing its two weekend total to only $44M.  The film cost over $200M to make and doesn’t look like its even going to come close to that here in the U.S.

The fourth and fifth films this weekend was The Dictator and The Chernobyl Diaries, bringing in $9M and $8M respectively.

Here is the full top 10 from this past weekend:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTALS)

1) Men in Black 3 – $55 (NEW)

2) The Avengers – $36.9 ($513.6)

3) Battleship – $10.8 ($44.3)

4) The Dictator – $9.6 ($41.4)

5) Chernobyl Diaries – $8 (NEW)

6) Dark Shadows – $7.5 ($62.9)

7) What to Expect When You’re Expecting – $7.1 ($62.9)

8) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $6.3 ($16.5)

9) The Hunger Games – $2.7 ($395.2)

10) Think Like A Man – $1.4 ($88.2)

Via Box Office Mojo

Paramount did the unthinkable yesterday and announced that their then-upcoming sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation had been delayed (pushed-back) from its original June 29, 2012 release date to an unfathomable March 2013 release.  That’s a delay of nine months…NINE MONTHS.

The production company stated that the delay was due to the movie being post-converted to 3D in its entirety.  Really, Paramount?  Really?  You just now are thinking the movie might make you more money in 3D?  Was this not a thought back when you were shooting the film last year?  Let’s be real here, the only REAL reason the movie was delayed was because with a June 29 release date Retaliation would have a very short window to make any real money.  The week before Retaliation’s original release date, June 22, has Disney/Pixar’s Brave and Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  The only real threat to Retaliation would have been Brave, but the two different movies are from two different genre’s.  Retaliation was going up against Channing Tatum’s stripper movie Magic Mike, which should not even be mentioned considering how stupid of a premise Magic Mike is.  On July 3, a week after Retaliation was set to release, see’s Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man out.  So realistically speaking, Retaliation would have had maybe seven days to make any real money before other films started knocking it down notches at a time.

Hence the move to March 2013.  You remember a certain film that had a March release date this year that has made over $500 million at the global box office by the name of The Hunger Games?  Yep, I guarantee you that Paramount has money signs in their eyes over a new March release date.  It’s probably not going to make more than $100M in its first weekend, but hey, it’s cute that Paramount thinks so.

What’s even more strange about this delay is that Paramount has already spent MILLIONS on marketing for the film, going all the way back to a very expensive time slot during the 2011-2012 Super Bowl.  The move leaves Paramount with zero movies in 2012 with a budget over $100M.  The only other film that originally had promise for Paramount was the zombie-thriller World War Z, which was set for a August 2012 release before being delayed to summer 2013.  It’s clear that Paramount is banking on 2013 to be huge for them with Star Trek 2, World War Z, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and now G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

However, it was already a safe bet that the movie was going to suck, all the delay means is now you get to watch the movie suck in 3D.

Have you been aching for some juicy James Bond action ever since that doldrum of a film called Quantum of Solace?  Yea, me too.  Never fret though, James Bond day has included the first trailer for the upcoming spy thriller Skyfall.

The trailer doesn’t contain too much dialogue but certainly gives the feeling that we are going to get much more bang for our buck this go around with Skyfall then we ever got with Quantum of Solace (seriously though, that movie sucked).

The film is out in November.

You know I had to use a pun in the title, it was too easy.  This weekend’s box office numbers are in and it appears that The Avengers has ruled the cinema again for the third weekend in a row.  It wasn’t even close.  The biggest movie ever made another $55 million this weekend more than doubling the amount of money made by this weekend’s biggest opening of Battleship.

The Transformers look-alike Battleship had a budget of $209M and only made $25M at the box office this weekend.  It has now officially been classified as a FLOP!  Considering that Men in Black III is coming out next weekend, it doesn’t look like Battleship will get any redemption next weekend either.

Sasha Baren Cohen’s film The Dictator opened to meager results as well pulling in only $17M.  It’s a respectable third at the box office compared to The Avengers and Battleship, but not even $20M at the start of the summer blockbuster season is disappointing for anything being compared to Borat.

Rounding out the top 5 at the box office was Johnny Depp’s Dark Shadows and What to Expect When You’re Expecting bringing in $12M and $10M respectively.

Here is the top 10 box office numbers:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTALS)

1) The Avengers – $55 ($457)

2) Battleship – $25.3 (NEW)

3) The Dictator – $17.4 (NEW)

4) Dark Shadows – $12.7 ($50.9)

5) What to Expect When You’re Expecting – $10.5 (NEW)

6) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $3.2 ($8.2)

7) The Hunger Games – $3 ($391.6)

8) Think Like A Man – $2.7 ($85.8)

9) The Lucky One – $1.7 ($56.9)

10) The Pirates! Band of Misfits – $1.4 ($25.3)

Via Box Office Mojo

Everyone loves a sequel…well, most of the time anyways.  But an Anchorman sequel is different.  It’s amazing that a film as successful and beloved as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy has not received a sequel until now, but wait no further friends, as next year you’ll be laughing your ass off to your favorite news anchor team.

Today I bring you the shaky cam version of the movie’s teaser trailer, which basically is just the main characters telling you that a sequel is coming and to get ready.

Either way, I’m freaking ecstatic!

It would seem that the second half of 2012 is set to be the year of the gangster seeing how we’ll be getting the prohibition era film Lawless and now we’ve got the first trailer for Ryan Gosling’s and Josh Brolin’s film Gangster Squad.  Both films look spot on and both films spot star studded casts, it just seems that Gangster Squad will be the lesser of the two movies.

The film stars Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin as LAPD cops in the late 1940’s – early 1950’s as a gangster, played by Sean Penn, begins to take over crime in the city.  Brolin’s character is tasked with putting together a secret team to go to war with the gangsters and bring law and order back to the city.  It looks gritty and has top notch actors in it, however the first trailer for it just comes across as too “let’s try to be L.A. Confidential” to me.

You be the judge.