Archive for June, 2013

Pixar’s dominance knows no bounds, or so it would seem, as their latest offering – in its second week – Monsters University, is still number one at the box office.  Pulling in nearly $50M this weekend, the animated prequel scared the competition such as The Heat and White House Down.  The animated feature has now made $170M domestically and looks primed to cross the $200M mark by at least next weekend if not by the end of July.  However, we could see a dip in how much the film makes by the middle of this upcoming week when Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger releases.

Second at the box office this weekend was the Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock buddy cop film, The Heat.  The comedy debuted with $40M, which is a surprisingly strong debut for a female driven cop comedy.  Considering the film only cost $43M to make, it’s a safe bet that Melissa McCarthy is guaranteed to become one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood.  All she does is make her films moola.

Third at the cinemaplex was the Brad Pitt zombie-eque flick, World War Z which has struggled in its two weeks since release.  The film pulled in nearly $30M this weekend but has only grossed $124M, while costing $190M to make.

Rounding out the top five at the box office was the Roland Emmerich directed, Channing Tatum/Jamie Foxx disaster film White House Down (which is poised to become one of the biggest flops this summer) and the Superman film, Man of Steel.  The film’s made $27M and $21M respectively.

*As a side note, it appears the Columbia Pictures went ahead and pulled the Will Smith/Jaden Smith picture, After Earth from theaters officially making it one of the biggest flops of recent memory.  The movie hasn’t even been out for a month and a half.*

Here is the full top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Monsters University – $46.1 ($171)

2) The Heat – $40 (NEW)

3) World War Z – $29.8 ($123.7)

4) White House Down – $25.7 (NEW)

5) Man of Steel – $20.8 ($248.6)

6) This is the End – $8.7 ($74.6)

7) Now You See Me – $5.5 ($104.6)

8) Fast & Furious 6 -$2.4 ($233.3)

9) Star Trek Into Darkness – $2 ($220.5)

10) The Internship – $1.4 ($41.7)

 

Via Box Office Mojo

 

 

 

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After watching the first trailer for James Ponsoldt’s (Smashed) upcoming coming-of-age film The Spectacular Now, I’m nearly convinced – without seeing it – that it is The Notebook for a new generation.  Meaning, what Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams brought to teens and young adults in the early 00’s, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley look to have brought that spark to 2013.

The film stars Teller playing Sutter Keely, your prototypical uber-popular high school senior who has everything going in his life at the present time.  Until one day he meets not your ordinary “girl next door” in Aimee Finicky – Shailene Woodley – and his world is completely turned upside down with unknown ambitions and desires.  Teller will never be confused with Gosling in the looks department, and maybe not even the acting department, but Teller’s genuineness throughout the trailer (and keep in mind that the only people to have seen this movie were those in attendance at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year) gives me high hopes.  Woodley had her coming out party in last year’s The Descendants opposite George Clooney, so we already know that she can act her ass off.

Rotten Tomatoes already has the film at a 86%, and it doesn’t release nationwide until August 2.   Can you tell that this trailer impressed me?

Nicolas Cage is, well – um, Nicolas Cage.  I think everyone in Hollywood has pretty much accepted the fact that Cage makes films straight for money these days.  Hell, whenever you can put out three or more films in a year…you’re doing it strictly for the dough.  Then there’s John Cusack, who’s career started out strong, then it went into the shitter, then he disappeared for a little while, and now he’s back making second rate films that are better off going straight to ON DEMAND.

Now you have both of these actors in the same damn movie – The Frozen Ground.  Warning, your head may explode at seeing both of these guys (who look incredibly alike these days) on the screen at the same time.   Throw in former Disney star Vanessa Hudgens – who’s in her “hey look at me, I’m an adult now – I can make movies where I flash my tits” phase – and you’ve got yourself one helluva B rate cinematic masterpiece.   Who cares what the plot is about – Cage is a cop hunting down Cusack’s serial killer who kidnaps Hudgens, who happens to be a stripper – well actually, the plot makes this movie even more appealing.  All we’re missing is Samuel L. Jackson and Mark Wahlberg – a couple of other guys who have just been making movies to make them lately.

I will give the trailer credit though, it makes the movie look way more appealing than it should and probably is.  Kudos to the guy who edited that one.

The film will be releasing in theaters in August, also ON DEMAND as well.

If you’re a video game fan, chances are you’ve played one of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted titles for the PlayStation 3.   If you’re a comedic movie buff, chances are you’ve seen a movie with Seth Rogen in it or a film written by Evan Goldberg.  What do the two have to do with each other?  Funny you might ask, friend.

In a recent interview with IGN, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg – who’s summer hit This Is The End is doing very well for itself – revealed that Naughty Dog (probably Sony) has approached the duo on numerous occasions to write a script for an Uncharted film.  It’s an odd match for sure, as neither Rogen or Goldberg have written anything other than comedies.  Stoner comedies to be exact.

If you remember back a couple of years ago, Sony hired David O. Russell to write and direct an Uncharted film with Mark Wahlberg and Robert DeNiro to star.   Well, that fell apart and it looked like an Uncharted film – much like just about every video game franchise – was not going to get made after much promise.

However, I feel that maybe the Rogen/Goldberg  team-up would be good for both an Uncharted film and video game adaptations in general.  As long as Seth Rogen isn’t starring in an Uncharted movie I’m down with just about anything.

More news as it comes in.

via CinemaBlend

Emile Hirsch’s career has been an anomaly so far, his star was obviously pointing up after the hit comedy The Girl Next Door.  Roles in Into the Wild, Speed Racer, and Milk showed that he is a fine actor but he’s been very choosey of the roles he takes this far into his career.  Roles in Killer Joe and Savages showed that he still loves acting but he hasn’t really been a leading man in a film since Speed Racer.

In comes Prince Avalanche, an indie comedy about two free spirits living in the wild who paint roads for a living.  Starring opposite Paul Rudd, we get to see a funnier side to Emile Hirsch and perhaps that will encourage him to start taking more roles that allow his comedic timing to come out.

The film is out on August 9.

 

 

 

 

Ridley Scott’s The Counselor has a cast that’s to die for; Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt, and Cameron Diaz – just to name a few.  However, the film’s first trailer is rather odd but telling.

The film’s screenplay is an original screenplay that was written by the world famous author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men).  If that doesn’t screen “OSCAR BAIT”, I don’t know what does.

The plot revolves around a lawyer who gets caught up in the drug trafficking trade.  Here’s the official plot synopsis for the film;

It is the story of a lawyer, the Counselor, a man who is so seduced by the desire to get rich, to impress his fiancee Laura, that he becomes involved in a drug-smuggling venture that quickly takes him way out of his depth. His contacts in this are the mysterious and probably corrupt Reiner and the seductive Malkina, so exotic her pets of choice are two cheetahs. As the action crosses the Mexican border, things become darker, more violent and more sexually disturbing than the Counselor has ever imagined.

Angelina Jolie was originally in talks to play the role of Malkina but dropped out and was replaced by Cameron Diaz.   The Counselor is out on October 25, the start of Oscar season.

I’ve always loved Jim Carrey, thought he was ahead of his time as a character actor.  My favorite movie of his is How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  He’s a man of many talents.  However, the statements he’s made this week regarding his upcoming film Kick Ass 2 are just dumb.

Carrey, who stars as Colonel Stars & Stripes in the upcoming superhero sequel, recently posted some interesting musings recently on his Twitter account.  First off, he denounces the upcoming film’s violence saying he can’t support such violence after the sad and deadly shooting that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Carrey stated;

I did KickAss a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.  My apologies to e

He then followed up that tweet with another;

I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film.  I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.

It’s all a little strange considering the film releases in August and he had ample opportunity to back out of the role when approached.  No doubt Carrey has seen the first Kick Ass title, so why – knowing the level of violence in that film – did he sign on to do the sequel?  Carrey paints himself into a corner after he’s asked by a Twitter follower TheTaint10 who asks why didn’t Columbine or Virginia Tech change his mind, why just Sandy Hook?  Carrey responds;

It did, over time.  That’s why my character [Col. Stars & Stripes] doesn’t use bullets.  Evolution.

So, did he have direct influence on how the character was written for the movie?  Is he back-tracking?  If his character in the film doesn’t use bullets, does that then justify the level of violence?  Would he have even taken the role has his character used guns?  I’m not sure I understand where Carrey is coming from here.

Viewing the trailer – below – will give you all you need to know about the character.  He hates evil, he wants to have fun, and he’s violent.  Oh yea, he also has a German Shepard that bites your balls.  More violence.

Carrey is a fantastic actor; you only need to see The Majestic, The Truman Show, and Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind to see that.  However, I can’t support an actor who gets paid for a role in a movie, completes said role, then 2 months before the movie is due to release in theaters nation wide renounces said movie.

 

Via Cinemablend