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There are times, o’ fiends, when yours cruelly sits back in his coffin and thinks “Damn, this gig is really n’ truly tha sh**’!”, and let me tell ya, this is ‘tha sh**tiest’ time I’ve had here yet! Wait… that doesn’t sound right… let me try again. Writin’ for ol’ Famous Monsters is a nightmare come true for the ol’ Ouija Board Kid, and what follows this ramblin’ non-sensory just proves that putrid point, as I get to chew tha fat with one of my favorite artists in the comics biz today: Tom Scioli! So why not join us as we wax all nostalgic-like and geek tha F out in the process!
Famous Monsters. So, you’re currently goin’ ape on the new Transformers Vs G.I. Joe series over at Idw, but how did you get started on the ol’ scintillatin’ sequentials biz?
Tom Scioli. Some of »
George Lucas rides off into the sunset on a song, and with a whole lot of love as Strange Magic marks the final film he developed for Lucasfilm before selling his company to Disney. Inspired by Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', Strange Magic is a motion capture, CGI musical about the unlikely romance of a faerie princess (Evan Rachel Wood) and the grizzled Bog King (Alan Cumming).
A departure from his previous work, this new fantasy adventure is a frame to frame musical, with popular songs driving the love themed plot. Lucas admits he has been writing Strange Magic for over fifteen years. As Star Wars was mainly meant for boys, Strange Magic is his opus for girls. And it Teaches a much different lesson than traditional, patriarchal fables.
When you think Lucasfilm, you probably think of two things: Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Both creations of filmmaker George Lucas, those two franchises put Lucasfilm on the map and made the company what is today: an entity that cost Disney $4 billion. But Lucasfilm isn’t only Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Proof of that […]
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- Germain Lussier
The 82-year-old entertainer recalled having "a big, ugly bun" in her best-known movie, Singin' in the Rain.
"Luckily, George gave her two buns."
But later she also called The Unsinkable Molly Brown her favourite. She received her only Oscar nomination for the 1964 film.
"I got to sing a song called 'I Ain't Down Yet,'" she said. "Well, I ain't."
The acerbic Fisher lovingly and bitingly celebrated her mother before turning over the mic. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" remained at the top of the domestic box office this weekend, grossing another $64 million to bring its worldwide total to almost $250 million. Domestically, "American Sniper" earned $200 million, which is more than other other war movies, except for one. The film recently surpassed Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor" ($198.5 million) and will soon overtake Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" ($216.5 million). Taking second place at the box office was Jennifer Lopez's "The Boy Next Door" thriller. The $4 million film opened to $15 million, but has a lousy 13% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Landing in seventh place was George Lucas' animated "Strange Magic" movie, which grossed just $5.5 million, one of the worst openings ever for a film released in over 3,000 locations. The new movie has a terrible 11% fresh rating. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp has another flop on his hands after "The Lone Ranger" and "Transcendence." Landing in ninth place is Depp's "Mortdecai" comedy, »
Quick…name a favorable film where the landscape is run by (or at least partially include) the demographic of little people as part of the instrumental storyline? C’mon…it should not be that difficult, okay? If you want to mention say Darby O’Gill and the Little People then that would fine. How about Bad Santa or Poltergeist for that matter?
In That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People we will take a look at some of the mini megastars that inhabited these movies and contributed their fair share of entertainment value to the on-screen proceedings. The debate as to whether some of these selected films featuring these pint-sized performers are considered positive, exploitative or dismissive are not up for discussion (although one of these considerations could apply in the minds of a few folks). Instead, we want to celebrate the inclusion of »
- Frank Ochieng
American Sniper held strong to the number one spot, dropping less than 30% and adding $64 million and just crossing the $200 million mark. While directing is nothing new for Clint Eastwood, this is his most successful effort to date by box office standards. Sniper has already surpassed his previous highest grosser, Gran Torino's $148 million. Of the three newcomers this weekend, only one had any success. The Boy Next Door took a hammering at the hands of critics, but thanks to an almost non-existent $4 million budget it turned a nice profit with its second place $15 million debut. George Lucas' latest offering, Strange Magic, tanked, banking just $5 million for a seventh place opening. Johnny Depp's Mortdecai made an even poorer showing, earning $4 million against its $60 million production budget. Those two movie join Blackhat on a fast-growing list of major box office bombs in 2015. For the full weekend top ten, check out »
Coming off a very surprising opening, American Sniper reinforced its status as a box office heavyweight by scoring one of the biggest second weekends ever.With over $200 million in the bank already, Sniper is now on track to be the highest-grossing movie from 2014 (it opened in New York and Los Angeles on Christmas Day). Among the new releases, Jennifer Lopez's The Boy Next Door got off to a decent start, while Mortdecai and Strange Magic were dead on arrival.Expanding to 3,705 locations*the widest release ever for an R-rated movie*American Sniper added $64.6 million this weekend. That ranks eighth all-time among second weekends, ahead of movies like The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games and The Passion of the Christ.That $64.6 million tally is off just 28 percent from the movie's opening frame, which is the best second weekend hold ever for a movie that opened above $80 million.With fantastic »
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Michael Moore and Seth Rogen's controversial comments, and the fake baby scandal in American Sniper didn't hurt the film any as it took the number one spot again this weekend at the box office with another record-breaking $64 million. The Clint Eastwood film has become his highest grossing film to date, and the film has surpassed the $200 million mark in North America. Jennifer Lopez's The Boy Next Door came in a distant second with $15 million, but it did far better than any other new movie this weekend. Johnny Depp's Mortdecai and the George Lucas-produced Strange Magic didn't even make the top five.
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Following its record-breaking first weekend in wide release, the Clint Eastwood-directed film has continued to fill conventional and IMAX theatres nationwide. American Sniper took in an estimated $64.4 million this past weekend, representing the smallest percentage drop ever for a film that opened at more than $85 million, including both three- and four-day weekends, and bringing the domestic gross to $200.1 million and climbing.
The R rated American Sniper is now, domestically, the highest-grossing film in Eastwood’s long career, and it is on track to become his top-grossing film worldwide. The film has earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Cooper), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Jason Hall).
- Movie Geeks
It was another great weekend for Warner’s American Sniper as the Clint Eastwood-directed blockbuster stayed firmly in place at the top of the North American box office. The military drama easily held off the okay opening of Universal’s cheapie thriller The Boy Next Door and the dreadful debuts of the Johnny Depp bomb Mortdecai and the George Lucas-produced Strange Magic. Overall, the top ten was down 23% from last weekend’s holiday totals but up a huge 47% over last year at this time thanks to Sniper’s phenomenal run.
If no one was expecting American Sniper to open to $107 million last weekend, they certainly weren’t expecting it to hold up as well as it did this weekend. The Best Picture nominee fell only 28% from its record opening to earn $64.4 million on 3,705 screens, which brought its domestic total to a massive $200 million, an indication that the film »
Final Update, Sunday Am: Warner Bros. is reporting that American Sniper will raise its domestic cume to $200.1M through Sunday after a massive $64.4M weekened at 3,705 theaters, the third-highest weekend ever in January, behind Sniper’s opening last weekend, and Avatar’s third Fss of $68.5M.
That figure, should it hold into tomorrow, marks a mere 28-percent slip – the best second-week hold for a wide release ever for a film that debuted with more than $85M. Previous to this, the best big debuts to hold an audience were 2004’s Shrek 2 (down 33 percent in its second frame) and 2002’s Spider-Man (down 38 percent). American Sniper is marching toward $300M, a mark only six Warner Bros. films have passed.
“Many exhibitors are hearing from their theater managers that the infrequent moviegoers who go only two to three times a year, are coming out to see this movie,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
The Iraq War saga “American Sniper” soared like a superhero movie at the box office, with a $64.3 million second weekend in wide release that would make any caped crusader proud.
The Clint Eastwood-directed telling of the tough return home by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, played in the movie by Bradley Cooper, continued its electrifying run with the best second weekend ever by an R-rated movie. In the process, “American Sniper” hit the $200 million mark in domestic grosses just 10 days after earning nominations for Best Picture, »
- Todd Cunningham
While last night's Producers Guild Awards may have shown the Oscar race is more about films such as Boyhood and Birdman, American Sniper isn't going to stop reminding us it is still hanging around as it only dropped 27.9% from last weekend's record-breaking $89.2 million wide release opening, hauling in a massive $64.3 million this weekend. That's the fourth biggest weekend ever for a non-sequel behind The Avengers, Avatar and 2002's Spider-Man. Not to mention it now looks like it might actually be able to break the record set by The Passion of the Christ ($370.7m) and become the highest R-rated release ever. As I said on Twitter, American Sniper (or the Unexpected Results when the Rest of the Country Goes to the Movies). Coming in second is the Jennifer Lopez-led thriller The Boy Next Door with an impressive $15 million. I say impressive because I only found out this morning this thing »
- Brad Brevet
Depp’s latest exercise in cinematic oddities, “Mortdecai,” left audiences cold, earning a paltry $4.1 million across 2,648 locations and coming in ninth on box office charts. It’s an embarrassing performance for a star of his caliber and comes on the heels of box office disasters such as “The Lone Ranger” and “Transcendence.”
“Something needs to click soon,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It’s a couple of misses in a row and that always stings.”
“Mortdecai” cost $60 million to make and was backed by OddLot Entertainment and released by Lionsgate. It had been expected to gross in the neighborhood of $10 million.
Much of the Sunday afternoon box office quarterbacking will center on Depp’s deflating career, but “American Sniper’s” endurance was the true stunner. »
- Brent Lang
“American Sniper” intensified its stunning and record-breaking box-office barrage with another $18.3 million on Friday. The tale of a top U.S. marksman coming home a changed man again blew past analysts’ projections and is heading for a three-day haul of more than $60 million, which would be easily the best second weekend in January ever.
- Todd Cunningham
Ever heard of second-tier DC superhero Fatman? Because he might be starring in the new Zack Snyder film.
Oooh, it’s just Ben Affleck with a ‘six pack’ (or ‘beer gut’) as Batman in the latest photos from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Speaking of that epic team-up film, we also have the thoughts of its fight choreographer (he reckons it’s the best movie ever) And George Lucas, the Star Wars daddio, finally gives his thoughts on Jj Abrams’ The Force Awakens.
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- Oli Davis
The first Lucasfilm movie announced by Disney after the acquisition was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But the first Lucasfilm feature released by Disney is this weekend’s Strange Magic. First conceived by George Lucas over a decade ago, the animated musical delves into a fantasy world populated by lovelorn elves, feisty fairies, and embittered goblins. During […]
- Angie Han
This week, the George Lucas-produced animated film "Strange Magic" hits theaters nationwide and, really, it cannot be overstated just how weird it is. This is an animated movie set in a kind of fairy tale kingdom of fairies and goblins and other mystical beings. It's also a jukebox musical, featuring pop songs from the last forty years (everything from the titular Elo track to Kelly Clarkson to everything in between). And it's been rendered, by the talented people at Industrial Light & Magic (and their Singapore off-shoot) with a kind of hyper-real texture that is both incredibly realistic and undeniably trippy.
And it could have been even weirder. In a recent press conference that I attended, Lucas said that he originally wanted to push things even further. "At first I wanted it to be an opera, all music, with no talking. When we got to that phase, everybody beat on »
- Drew Taylor
I tried, really I did. Like many parents, I have a deep unfaltering love for both the Star Wars saga and the Indiana Jones series. In my role as parent it is my prerogative, nay, my duty, to turn my daughter, who is eight, on to the best that life can offer, and that includes the work of the one and only George Lucas. But you know what happened? My darling daughter fell asleep during Star Wars, played with Legos instead of paying attention to the narrative of Empire Strikes Back and...
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