Friday, May 27, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
From slashfilm, Even though the cast has been officially announced, we don’t know a hell of a lot about Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok. We know that the new cast is amazing (Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, c’mon). Cate Blanchett playing the film’s mysterious and powerful new villain Hela gives us some clues. And we also know that Mark Ruffalo will be reprising his role as Bruce Banner and The Hulk for this third installment of the Thor franchise. But we didn’t expect Thor: Ragnarok to be an action-comedy about the god of thunder and a gama-rey exposed scientist traveling across space, fighting evil baddies. According to Mark Ruffalo, thats exactly what the film is.
Mark Ruffalo told Entertainment Tonight at the Now You See Me 2 junket in New York the film is not what you might expect from Thor 3:
“It’s an intergalactic buddy road movie with Banner and Thor. I think it will be smashing. You’ll see a lot more Hulk and I think it’ll–” he began, before co-star Woody Harrelson cut in to ask if Hulk will be even “Hulk-ier” this time around. “The Hulk gets Hulk-ier. The Hulk Hulks out. Hulk-ier and bigger.”
Marvel head Kevin Feige has often said that they are not in the business of making superhero movies but movies of all genres: Guardians of the Galaxy was a space opera, Captain America: Winter Solider was a political conspiracy thriller, Thor 2 was a fantasy epic, Ant-Man was a heist film, and Spider-man: Homecoming is supposed to be a John Hughes-style high school movie. I love the idea that its an intergalactic buddy road movie with Banner and Thor.
Ruffalo also Cate Blanchett joining the cast as Hela, saying that she plays a “mysterious and powerful new villain” who comic book fans will know as The Death Queen.
“She plays the worst of the worst. So evil,” Ruffalo teased. “She is going to kill us. It’s such a great part she gets to play.”
Meanwhile, Karl Urban talked to IGN about joining Thor: Ragnarok as Skurge The Executioner, an Asgardian who in the comics fell in love with the Enchantress and was frequently used in schemes by her and the trickster god Loki, and is known to sport a magic double-bladed battle axe.
“I read a fantastic script that was action-packed and full of great characters. When I heard who was involved — and the cast list dropped yesterday — and [saw] the opportunity to work with [director] Taika Waititi, who I think is one of the most brilliant directors coming through, I made the decision it was something that I wanted to be a part of. And the character is fantastic. He’s got a great arc to him. Obviously I can’t say too much about it, but I’m really thrilled to be a part of the Marvel universe and to be working on Thor: Ragnarok.”
Urban also confirmed that he’s been reading up on Thor comics in preparation for the role, something we’ve seen on his twitter account (see the photo above). I’m excited to see Karl Urban in a marvel movie.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
From ew, Burt Kwouk, the British actor known for his roles in the Pink Pantherseries and multiple James Bond films, has died at the age of 85.
Kwouk’s agent confirmed the news to the BBC in a statement, saying, “Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away. The family will be having a private funeral but there will be a memorial at a later date.”
Born in the United Kingdom but raised in Shanghai, Kwouk rose to fame in 1964 with the release of the Peter Sellers movie A Shot in the Dark, starring Sellers as Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Kwouk played Clouseau’s loyal manservant Cato, who was ordered to frequently and unexpectedly attack his employer to keep him on his toes.
Kwouk went on to reprise his role as Cato in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), and, finally, Son of the Pink Panther (1993), in which Roberto Benigni played Clouseau’s son.
In addition to multiple TV roles over the years, including The Avengers, Doctor Who, and The Sentimental Agent, Kwouk was also known for appearing in three James Bond movies: Goldfinger (1964),You Only Live Twice (1967), and Casino Royale (1967). Between 2002 and 2010, he appeared on the long-running BBC series Last of the Summer Wine as the electrician Entwistle.
In 2011, Kwouk was awarded an Order of the British Empire for his contributions to drama.
From slashfilm, Legends never die. After years of Dimension Films trying to figure out what to do with the Halloween franchise, the company lost the rights to the iconic horror series that started with John Carpenter‘s classic film. Out of nowhere a surprise announcement came from Blumhouse Productions revealing that they are teaming with Miramax to co-finance a new Halloween sequel. Before you get all bent out of shape about the franchise not knowing when to die, director John Carpenter will be on board the film as executive producer.
Find out more about the Halloween sequel after the jump.
Joining John Carpenter for the tenth film in the Halloween franchise will be Malek Akkad from Trancas International and, of course, Jason Blum, the producer of The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister and The Visit.
John Carpenter’s work on Halloween has influenced horror for decades, and the filmmaker is ready to help usher in a new era for Michael Myers, “38 years after the original Halloween. I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.” It’s strange that Carpenter counts Rob Zombie’s two Halloween movies as sequels even though that was basically a franchise reboot. In reality, this will be the eighth sequel.
All these years later, Halloween is still one of the most terrifying slasher films of all time, and maybe we’ll finally get a contemporary sequel worth talking about. Halloween H20 did its best to revive the franchise (parts of it hold up, but it’s nowhere near as good as the original) and even seemed to finish it. But it was such a big hit, that one more sequel just had to be made.
Personally, I think the only good Halloween sequel is Halloween II, especially since that’s when we find out that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is actually Michael Myers’ sister. But Jason Blum thinks they can finally create a new sequel worthy of the Halloween name that fans will love:
“‘Halloween’ is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies. The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have a special place in the hearts of all genre fans and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together. We cannot wait to find and collaborate with the right filmmaker to give ‘Halloween’ fans the movie they deserve.”
The question is who that filmmaker could be. My vote goes to It Follows helmer David Robert Mitchell. His movie had plenty of influence from the original Halloween but existed in a contemporary world. He seems like the perfect person to bringHalloween back from the dead.
Blumhouse and Miramax are aiming for a 2017 release but no date has been staked out yet.
Monday, May 23, 2016
From ew, The proof is in the pudding: movies based on smartphone apps cantop the box office, as Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie dethronesCaptain America: Civil War with an estimated $39 million.
In what was arguably the most competitive weekend at the 2016 box office thus far, Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie vaulted to the No. 1 spot rather handily, breezing past newcomers Neighbors 2: Sorority Risingand The Nice Guys as it exceeded Civil War’s third weekend haul by nearly $6 million. Still, Civil War became Disney’s third 2016 film to top the $300 million mark, as its domestic gross now stands at $347 million with worldwide numbers totaling roughly $1.053 billion. Year-to-date, the domestic box office is up 5.8 percent from 2015.
At 3,932 locations, The Angry Birds Movie was the weekend’s widest new release, besting Neighbors 2’s count by nearly 550 screens. The Universal comedy sequel grossed significantly less than expectations, which had the film on track for an opening in excess of $30 million. Its predecessor earned $49 million across its first weekend frame on the way to a $150 North American total.
Though Neighbors 2’s opening numbers underwhelmed, summer comedies typically have longer legs, and even the worst-reviewed of the genre (Vacation, Tammy) have overcome modest mid-year openings on their way to solid domestic totals in the recent past. With a so-so B CinemaScore grade and better-than-average reviews, Neighbors 2 faces very little competition in the near future, as the next major comedy to open is Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping on June 3, giving Seth Rogen and company a shot at a healthy second weekend with minimal runoff. With its target audience (college students) out of class for summer break, Neighbors 2 should have little to worry about in the coming weeks.
The Nice Guys, Warner Bros.’ critically-acclaimed buddy comedy, debuted to a solid estimated $11.27 million, slightly exceeding expectations, which initially pegged the film for a $10 million debut. The Ryan Gosling/Russell Crowe film premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival earlier this week, earning raves for the on-screen chemistry between its stars, and its opening weekend audience skewed under-35. Though critics lauded the film, audiences weren’t on the same page, as The Nice Guys earned a lukewarm B- gradefrom CinemaScore. Either way, Warner Bros., taking on little risk after acquiring domestic distribution rights to the film, is looking at a healthy run for the picture thanks to the inherent likability of its leads.
May 20-22 weekend box office estimates:
The Angry Birds Movie - $39 million
Captain America: Civil War - $33.1 million
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising - $21.79 million
The Nice Guys - $11.27 million
The Jungle Book - $11 million
Outside the top 10, still in limited release, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster continues to impress in the specialty market, soaring to $408,000 on excellent word-of-mouth as it expands to 24 locations for a cumulative total of $1.038 million. A24 is planning to release the Colin Farrell-starring film wide on May 27.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
From darkhorizons, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Pictures have announced an October 20th 2017 release date for "Insidious: Chapter 4".
Adam Robitel ("The Taking of Deborah Logan") will direct from a script by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell, while Lin Shaye is expected to return as parapsychologist Elise.
Jason Blum, Oren Peli and James Wan will produce the film which is expected have a $10 million budget.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
From slashfilm, Kevin Smith is looking to bring the eighth dimension to the small screen.
EW can confirm that the Yoga Hosers and Clerks director is developing a TV series based on The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, the offbeat 1984 sci-fi film that starred Peter Weller as a genius scientist, experimental race car driver, and rock star who saves the world from reptilian aliens.
During the latest episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, Smith said the project came about as a result of his recent gig directing an episode of The Flash, which has “has opened up weird doors” for him. One of those doors, he said, led to a potential Buckaroo Banzaiseries with MGM, which owns the rights to the property. (A spokesperson for the studio declined to comment.)
Smith is a longtime fan of Buckaroo Banzai, describing it as “one of my favorite movies in the world and largely responsible for the weird s‑‑‑ that I make, because that movie was supposed to be one thing but it did it in another way. It just did it very off-center.”
Written by Earl Mac Rauch and directed by W.D. Richter, the original film is indeed a genre-bending romp, lacing its sci-fi antics with campy comedy delivered in a deadpan tone. The cast also included John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, and Christopher Lloyd.
As for how he’d approach the adaptation, Smith said, “Basically, you just do the entire movie for season 1, and then season 2 you finally do the sequel we’ve all dreamed about, Buckaroo Banzai Versus the World Crime League.” The latter story was teased in the end credits of the original film but never realized.
Monday, May 16, 2016
From ew, Though Money Monster debuted to a solid $15 million gross over its first three days of release, the race for the weekend box office throne wasn’t even close as Captain America: Civil War led for the second week in a row with an estimated $72.56 million.
Dipping 59 percent from its $179 million debut, Civil War fell slightly harder than its predecessor, The Winter Soldier (59 percent to 56 percent, respectively), but after 10 days of release, the third installment is already the top earner ($295 million domestic and counting) among the Captain America film series. Comparably, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which also featured an ensemble cast of Marvel superheroes, similarly slipped 59 percent from its $191 million premiere in 2015, though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justiceplunged over 69 percent after its $166 million opening in March.
Accounting for Civil War’s most recent weekend gross, the film now stands at $940 million globally, which brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe past the $10 billion mark after releasing 13 films over the last nine years.
Despite losing 174 screens, Disney’s The Jungle Book ensured the studio held the top two spots at the box office for the second weekend in a row, adding an estimated $17.76 million to its domestic total, pushing the adventure picture past the $300 million mark after five weeks in release. As of May 15, The Jungle Book has grossed an estimated $840 million worldwide.
Following a lukewarm critical reception (but a sustained standing ovation at its Cannes premiere on Thursday) Sony’s Money Monsterpremiered in third place, marking star Julia Roberts’ highest opening weekend in over four years with an estimated $15 million from 3,104 screens, finishing just shy of the $18.1 million debut of her Mirror Mirrorin 2012. It’s also the highest gross across a weekend frame for director Jodie Foster, whose biggest box-office success as a filmmaker remains Little Man Tate, which grossed $25 million ($34 million, adjusted for inflation) in 1991.
After rising from $8 million to $11 million across its first and second windows, Garry Marshall’s Mother’s Day dove way down to an estimated $3.26 million this weekend for a No. 5 finish, bringing the film’s cumulative total to roughly half of the $56 million opening the director’s first holiday-themed romantic comedy, Valentine’s Day, grossed in 2010. Rounding out the top 5 is Blumhouse’s The Darkness, released under the new BH Tilt label as part of the production company’s ongoing experimental model involving an inexpensive, digital-heavy marketing campaign aimed squarely at attracting die-hard genre fans to select titles. The strategy seems to have paid off, as the film opened at the top end of modest expectations to the tune of $5.19 million (with a 53 percent female, 55 percent under-25 audience base) despite a low C grade on CinemaScore.
May 13-15 weekend box office estimates:
1. Captain America: Civil War - $72.56 million
2. The Jungle Book - $17.76 million
3. Money Monster - $15 million
4. The Darkness - $5.19 million
5. Mother’s Day - $3.26 million
Outside the top 10, in limited release A24’s The Lobster, which debuted at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival before traveling the fall festival circuit with stops at TIFF and the NYFF, scored $188,195 from four screens, with a $47,049 per-screen average. This makes the film the highest specialty opening of 2016 thus far, ahead of both Midnight Special ($38,002 from five screens in March) and Green Room($29,328 from three screens in April). The Lobster will expand to more theaters throughout the month, opening in wide release on May 27.