Monday, August 03, 2015

The new 'Ghostbusters' movie already annoys me


'Deadpool' announces upcoming trailer

Box Office


From ew, After five movies, Mission: Impossible is still box office gold. Rogue Nation debuted to a solid $56 million this weekend, exceeding expectations and outstripping everything else in theaters.

Initial studio estimates had Rogue Nation debuting around $40 million for the weekend, but it was clear that Rogue Nation was destined for bigger things when it opened to $20.4 million on Friday — the best single-day opening in M:I history.

It’s difficult to compare Mission: Impossible debuts, mainly because each one opened in such varied circumstances. (The first two opened the Wednesday before Memorial Day, for example, and 2011’s Ghost Protocol rolled out in 425 preview theaters before going wide Christmas weekend.) But comparing traditional three-day weekend numbers, Rogue Nation’s $56 million makes it the second-biggestMission: Impossible opening of all time, falling just shy of Mission: Impossible II’s $57.8 million. (Of course, adjusted for inflation, Rogue Nation ends up in fourth place.)

Rogue Nation marks Tom Cruise’s third biggest domestic opening of all time, behind War of the Worlds ($64.9 million) and Mission: Impossible II. This is also the biggest opening for Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, as Valkyrieopened to $21 million in 2008 and Jack Reacheropened to $15 million in 2012. (McQuarrie also wrote the script for Edge of Tomorrow, which debuted to $28.7 million in 2014.)

Meanwhile, Vacation opened with an estimated $14.9 million for the weekend and a five-day total of $21.2 million. That’s well under initial predictions, which expected the National Lampoon sequel to reach $30 million over five days, but it was still enough to snag second place.

After topping the box office two weeks in a row, Ant-Man slid to third place, falling 49 percent to $12.6 million. Minions also spent its fourth weekend in the top five, dropping 47 percent to an estimated $12.2 million. (Minions also crossed $850 million at the global box office this weekend.) And after its lackluster debut last weekend, Pixels fell to $10.4 million — a drop of about 57 percent.

Here are this weekend’s top five at the box office:

1. Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation — $56 million
2. Vacation — $14.9 million
3. Ant-Man — $12.6 million
4. Minions — $12.2 million
5. Pixels — $10.4 million

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Happy Birthday, Octo!!

Happy, Happy birthday to this awesome guy.  An amazing brother, husband, father, uncle and friend.  Love you so much!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Thanks, Internet!: The Most Emotionless Slingshot Rider Set To Simon And Garfunkel's 'The Sound Of Silence'


From geekology, This is a video of an emotionless Slingshot rider set to Simon And Garfunkel's classic 'The Sound Of Silence.' It is the very reason I log onto the internet every morning. Also, why is this guy so emotionless? You think he used to be a human cannonball in a circus? I bet he used to be a human cannonball in a circus. "Next time I want you to cut the cords before we reach the top," I imagine him telling the ride operator as he got off.

WTF? 'Monster Hunt' trailer

Box Office


From darkhorizone, Critics have long despised his films, but the appeal of the Adam Sandler comedy label amongst wider audiences seems to be on the wane too. Despite a fun high-concept, the critically derided Sandler-led "Pixels" opened this weekend to $24 million and second place.

It fell behind Disney's "Ant-Man" which scored first place and $24.8 million in its second outing, bringing it to a $106.1 million stateside haul. Both films opened in the wake of a cinema shooting in Louisiana which saw three deaths and nine injuries, and has prompted discussion of consumers steering clear of cinemas.

Two other new films opened. Fox's "Paper Towns," the next film from social media celeb and "The Fault in Our Stars" author John Green, opened to $12.5 million which was only about half what was projected. The $12 million budget means it'll be profitable, but it certainly hasn't gone past the core base like 'Fault' seemed to.

The other was the Jake Gyllenhaal-led boxing drama "Southpaw" which scored $16.5 million and proved better than expectations, helped by Gyllenhaal getting out there and doing publicity on a lot of sporting outlets.

"Minions" and "Trainwreck" picked up $22.1 million and $17.3 million respectively, while "Jurassic World" scored $6.9 million and flew past "Marvel's The Avengers" to score the third highest title on the domestic all-time box-office list with $623.8 million. Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes" continues going strong in limited release with $2.8 million in its second week.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Don’t Cry for Me, I’m Already Dead (is the name of this thing I want you to read)


Take a moment to read this short Simpsons-related comic by Rebecca Sugar, creator of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe.

(Picture only marginally related.)

Well That Was Something: Trippy Animation Of Edvard Munch's The Scream Set To Pink Floyd


From slashfilm, This is a video imagining Edvard Munch's iconic painting "The Scream" as a short animation, complete with Pink Floyd's 'The Great Gig In The Sky' serving as the soundtrack. It was just the right amount of weird and beautiful. Like kissing a frog. Jk jk, there is nothing weird about kissing a frog, it is only beautiful. Also, if anybody is looking for a prince, there definitely aren't any at the two Petcos closest to my house.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Average US Movie Ticket Price Climbs to All-Time High


From slashfilm, Sorry everyone, but it’s that time again. The last time we had a shocked, raised-eyebrow update on the average price of movie tickets was in 2013, when the average US price climbed to a record $8.38. (Which might not really seem that bad, depending on where you live; that’s just over half the price of an evening ticket at the multiplex closest to my house, to say nothing of seeing a 3D IMAX presentation.)

Now the average US movie ticket price has climbed again. The good news: it’s still under nine bucks. The bad: we’ll probably have to write this story again, and sooner rather than later.

THR reports the average US movie ticket price is now $8.61, which is 3.36% more than the average for this quarter last year, and quite a lot more than the $8.12 average for the first quarter of 2015, which didn’t have as many 3D and event movie releases.

Prices like that, bolstered by 3D surcharges and higher IMAX prices, help set records. That’s one reason Jurassic World justclimbed to the #3 spot on the all-time box office earners list.

Doing a rough calculation from domestic grosses ($614m) versus average ticket price ($8.61) leads to a guesstimate of about 71.4m tickets sold in the US for Jurassic World. By contrast, the same math for Jurassic Park ($357m domestic gross against $4.14 average 1993 ticket price) leads to a guesstimate of 86.2m tickets sold for Spielberg’s first film.

That’s nearly a 15m difference in ticket sales, a vast discrepancy that suggests the dismal downward attendance spiral of which the entire industry is aware. If Jurassic World sold as many tickets as Jurassic Park, it would be closer to the $750m mark right now, in domestic dollars alone.

And, of course, Jurassic World likely had a significant trade in 3D and IMAX ticket sales, in which case its own individual average ticket price could be significantly higher than $8.61, meaning it put even fewer butts in seats than that basic calculation suggests.

So we trumpet box office numbers instead of ticket sales, and records are set, and everything is hunky-dory, right?

One question is: how long will this average hold? The fourth quarter of 2015 will be very busy, with new releases including the final Hunger Games movie, Pixar’s second film of the year The Good Dinosaur, and that little film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Expect to hear some new box office record reporting in December and January thanks to Star Wars; we’ll see if we have to revisit the subject of the average ticket price then, too.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Went Even More Old-School with the Effects Than We Realized


From iwatchstuff, We've already had a couple looks at the ways The Force Awakens will be a throwback to the practical effects work of old. We've also already seen that the aged Millennium Falcon still has its little holographic chess (dejarik) table. Now, Adam Savage brings word that said little chess table thing will have the most practical, old-school effects of all: stop motion!

Speaking to io9, the Mythbusters host revealed that the new Star Wars film will imitate the dejarik of A New Hope with not just the same animation techniques but the same animator, legendary go-motion innovator Phil Tippet.

"I got to go watch him shoot it," Savage said. "It was so cool--the old school technology. Theoldest school technology: his animation. And it's beautiful."

So rest assured that those tabletop creatures will still lumber about with the slightly awkward, unnatural movements of current-day Harrison Ford.

Mr. Potato Head Is Back: Don Rickles Returns For Toy Story 4


From slashfilm, Tim Allen and Tom Hanks have already confirmed they are returning for Toy Story 4, but what about the rest of the toy box gang? Well we now know comedian Don Rickles will officially reprise his role as Mr. Potato Head in the fourth installment of the Pixar animated film series

89-year-old comedian Don Rickles confirmed the news to Closer Weekly:


“They just signed me to do the fourth Toy Story. We start [work on it] in September, and I’m very delighted with that. … “When John [Lasseter] approached me for the first one, I said, ‘I don’t do comedy with cartoons, dummies and toys. Leave me alone.’ And [John] said, ‘No, you’re gonna love this!’ Then he told me the money and how nice it was going to be and, I said, ‘Yeah, I can give it a try.’ All of a sudden it’s going on 17 years.”

Rickles’ returning for Toy Story 4 shouldn’t come as a big surprise. A fourth Toy Story film has been rumored to be in the works for the last five years now. Last year Toy Story 4 was officially announced as it was revealed that John Lasseter would return to direct a screenplay written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack based on a story dreamed up by the Pixar dream team of Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich. Lasseter has insisted thatthe sequel is not about money, but they came up with a great story idea worth exploring.

We still have no idea what the story will be about (but that didn’t stop us all from taking some guesses), but it is expected to reunite Woody, Buzz and the whole gang in an all new adventure. Pixar animation studio president Jim Morris has said that the new film will not be a continuation of the story of Toy Story 3, offering only some vague hints about the film’s plot:


It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story. It will be a romantic comedy. It will not put much focus on the interaction between the characters and children. I think it will be a very good movie.

Toy Story 4, which will hit theaters on June 16, 2017, will be co-directed by Josh Cooley, the head of story on Inside Out.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My last Newbury Comics pint glass


Once I had eight of these.  I think at least six made it to California, and I believe five made it to LA.  But only one made it to this house.  This one, right here.  Doesn't that water look refreshing?

I've been in the mood to post more.

Fan Edit Combines Key Man of Steel Scene With BvS Trailer Bits to Show Why Batfleck Is Yelling



From toplessrobot, Well, YOU try writing a headline that contains all the relevant information AND fits in a Tweet! Basically, what we have here is all the "Bruce Wayne in Metropolis" stuff from the latest Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, inserted into Man of Steel at the appropriate time so you can see both why Bruce Wayne is upset, and why he's unfairly blaming Superman for the actions of Zod.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monsters: Dark Continent



2014  *1/2

This is the new review!  The more I thought about this movie while at work today, the more it pissed me off.  So I'm lowering its rating a half star and I'm going to bitch about it more!  You are there!

First of all, when I quickly wrote the first review in the morning before leaving for work, I used this pic as my illustration:


I really should not have done that, as it implies that this movie is about monsters in some way.  Oh, there is a scene in which a helicopter flies over a herd of monsters, and one of them does lunge its tentacled mouth-head at it, but that happens on the soldiers' first day and that is pretty much the end of the giant monster herds for you the viewer.  You see that other picture up there?  That's your movie.  Stressed-out desert soldiers.

The thing that's been slowly burning in me all day is this:  while obnoxiously avoiding the plot implied by its title and advertising, this scratchy armpit of a movie can't get enough of playing "real" and "topical."  So much so that I was actually myself a little stymied to call its bullshit, because I want to respect real soldiers who are dealing with intense realities in real deserts right this very minute.  And I do, of course, respect all those people.  And while I'm respecting people, the actors and crew all do a decent job with what they've been tasked with.

Unfortunately, that job is to spool out as many shopworn war movie tropes the writers could think to cram in there.  Even the basic plot is a cheap move:  the cells or spores or whatever from the monsters in northern Mexico are now in the Middle East.  Because of course!  What's an area more politically charged and topical than Mexico?  Bam, monsters!  Which country?  Don't know!  It's the Middle East, who cares?

What's terrible is that the first Monsters had such a subtly wrought subtext about American influence in foreign countries, and the sequel just dumps commentary on top of that like a barrel of stinky fish.

I could expound further, but it's not worth my time.  This movie is a catalog of crap.  It doesn't deserve to follow its predecessor, and it doesn't deserve to be called horror or sci-fi.  I've seen horror movies that are actually porn, and I've seen monster movies that don't have enough monster.  Roll that into one movie and it would still blow this movie away.  Waiting for these monsters to come was an excruciating exercise for which I was rewarded nothing, getting instead some overbaked "statement" I never asked for.  It left me feeling betrayed.

At least the other fake-out flick is porn!  Sheesh!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Box Office


From ew, Marvel’s latest superhero film debuted to an estimated $58 million this weekend, falling just short of initial estimates but still outstripping Minions to snag first place. On one hand, Ant-Man failed to meet expectations of $60 to $65 million, and it earned the weakest debut ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie (unless you count The Incredible Hulk, which opened to $55.4 million in 2008). But Paul Rudd’s superhero debut still earned first place, which means that the MCU is now 12 for 12 for #1 openings (and that’s including The Incredible Hulk). Ant-Man was never expected to reach Avengers-level numbers at the box office, and although it didn’t manage to crack $60 million, it wasn’t too far off from other MCU debuts likeCaptain America: The First Avenger ($65.1 million) and Thor ($65.7 million).

But even though Ant-Man came in first place, the biggest winner of the weekend might actually be Trainwreck. Even though it placed third with an estimated $30.2 million, that’s well above early predictions, which had Amy Schumer’s debut landing somewhere in the mid to high teens. Even though Schumer has basically ruled TV these past few months (and she’s proved that she’s hot enough to be on television), this was the first real test of whether she could carry a feature film. Based on these box office numbers (and generally solid reviews), we should expect to see more from Schumer on the big screen soon.

Meanwhile, Minions took a pretty steep hit of 57 percent in its second weekend, falling to an estimated $50.2 million. The Despicable Me spinoff topped the charts last weekend, earning the second biggest animated debut ever, and this weekend brought its domestic total to a whopping $216.7 million after only 10 days. At the same time, Inside Out regained its lead over Jurassic World, snagging fourth place by only about $300,000. But Jurassic World did get some good news this weekend: Its domestic total is now $611.1 million, making it only the fourth film in history to cross $600 million at the domestic box office.

Here are this weekend’s top five at the box office:

1. Ant-Man — $58 million
2. Minions — $50.2 million
3. Trainwreck — $30.2 million
4. Inside Out — $11.7 million
5. Jurassic World — $11.4 million