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Holdovers "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Rio 2" ruled the box office on Friday, while the new Johnny Depp sci-fi film "Transcendence" experienced a system crash -- trailing behind fellow newcomer "Heaven is For Real." Marvel's "Captain America" continued its reign as box office champ, commanding another $9.5 million. Its domestic total stands at a heroic $184 million. It should earn in excess of $25 million for the weekend, placing it past the $200 million goal, and leaving the 2011 original in the dust. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson star. The animated sequel "Rio 2" flew to $9.2 million for No. 2, rising its domestic haul to a hearty $62 million. It will likely earn around $23 million through Sunday. Proving that the recent success of "God's Not Dead" was no fluke, the release of the faith-based "Heaven Is For Real" -- coinciding with Easter weekend -- was blessed with a suprisingly huge $7.8 million in Friday. »
- Dave Lewis
This Good Friday wasn't so great for Wally Pfister's directorial debut, the sci-fi drama Transcendence, as the film debuted in a sub-$5 million opening. The film barely managed to stay ahead of this weekend's other overlooked (and for good reason) debut, A Haunted House 2, and that's only if current estimates hold. The Johnny Depp-starrer received no help from critics as it currently holds a 19% rating on Rt, and failed to impress our own Matt Goldberg. What did impress audiences this week, or at least a certain subsection of them, was the religious-themed Wednesday debut, Heaven Is for Real, which claims Friday's third spot (and reclaims its budget) leading into Easter weekend. None of the new entries, however, proved to be a contest for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2, which repeat their box office rivalry from last week. It's still pretty close, as estimates only »
- Dave Trumbore
Apparently, it’s hard to keep a good soldier (and movie!) down: Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought in an estimated $9.57 million for Disney/Marvel on Friday night, keeping it in the top spot for its third week in release. The movie — directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and starring Chris Evans as the ever-likeable Steve Rogers — has been well-received by critics and audiences (it has an A Cinemascore) and is on pace to cross the magic $200 million mark this weekend.
- Sara Vilkomerson
Easter weekend at the North American box office looks set to be very good to Marvel as Captain America: The Winter Soldier is widely believed to be the favourite to take the #1 spot yet again. Last weekend, analysts predicted that Rio 2 would triumph and pretty much no one thought the Marvel Studios sequel could win against the very decent looking Transcendence after three weeks of release! Well, with the Wally Pfister movie panned by critics and a lowly C+ CinemaScore from viewers, that will now take fourth place behind Heaven is for Real. It seems as if that movie will earn as little as $13 million for the weekend after debuting yesterday with a measly $4.8 million. It was Captain America: The Winter Soldier which took #1 on Friday with $9.7 million, and it should easily beat Rio 2's projected weekend haul of $23 million with $25 million. The »
Transcendence, the science-fiction artificial intelligence film stars Johnny Depp as a man who uses his own technology to save his consciousness and complete his lifework alongside his wife, played by Rebecca Hall.
In his directorial debut, cinematographer Wally Pfister, a longtime Christopher Nolan collaborator, tackles the frightening possibilities of technology. Transcendence, which has drawn ample comparisons to Spike Jonze’s Her, shows a mad scientist of sorts, who labors to create a sentient and omniscient super-machine that could change the world while existing as such a machine himself.
Critics Review ‘Transcendence’
Transcendence, despite having Depp and Hall onboard, as well as Morgan Freeman and Kate Mara, has failed to win over critics. It’s been criticized for having a lack of focus and a poorer execution of its theme than has been seen in Nolan’s Inception, the Oscar-nominated Her and the Matrix series. The few positive reviews felt that Transcendence transcended its sci-fi genre. »
“Rio 2” looks to benefit from the holiday timeframe as the number of children on spring break doubled this weekend from 10% to 20%. The 3D comedy could win this weekend by a beak, as it stands to earn an estimated $27 million-plus — roughly $2 million more than “Captain America.”
“Winter Soldier” has grossed almost $510 million worldwide ($175 million domestically), while “Rio 2” has tallied $177.2 million ($53 million domestically) through Thursday.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “Transcendence” is headed for a soft $16 million-plus launch. The sci-fi thriller, which reportedly cost $100 million to produce, may suffer from lackluster word of mouth and poor reviews (pic currently has 19% Rotten Tomatoes meter). “Transcendence” could, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Based on the trailers and cast, Transcendence looked set to be a hit. However, a wave of negative reviews for Wally Pfister's (the Dp of The Dark Knight Trilogy) directorial debut have resulted in a disappointing $850,000 debut at midnight showings. Now, the movie looks set to be yet Another flop for former box office draw Johnny Depp as The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the $100 million movie may not even be able to reach $20 million during this Easter weekend. There is a chance however that it could perform better overseas. Either way, that leaves the #1 spot in North America up for grabs with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2 each set to battle it out as they did previously. The latter is again tipped for the top spot with $24 million, but analysts predicted last week that the Marvel sequel would come in at second place »
Clifton Collins Jr. is the latest actor to take part in our Q&A series and he should be no stranger to genre fans with recent roles in Pacific Rim, Hellbenders 3D, and Transcendence. In this feature, Clifton Collins Jr. talks to us about working with Johnny Depp, researching the technical singularity, his role in Stung, and his upcoming book, 101 Ways to Cook Ramen (Prison Style):
Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today. We’re big fans of your work over here and always look forward to talking with you about your latest project. What was it that initially drew you to Transcendence and the character of Martin?
Really appreciate that, nothing better than good folks who appreciate ones work! I think that’s what keeps me working as hard as I do, so thank you for that!
Johnny Depp for starters. I’ve been »
- Jonathan James
For the last few years, Wally Pfister has been the cinematographer of choice for Christopher Nolan, providing the stunning imagery for the likes of Memento, The Dark Knight, and Inception. Now, with Transcendence, Pfister is trying his hand at directing, crafting a sci-fi thriller full of big ideas, that unfortunately falls down marrying these ideas to an effective narrative. Musing on the current state of technology, and what path it can take in the future, is nothing new. While the likes of Her kept it small, Transcendence goes as big as it can with the tale of Will Caster (Johnny Depp), whose life work is to create a viable artificial intelligence. Fatally injured in an attack by a militant anti-technology group, R.I.F.T., Caster's mind is uploaded to a computer by his distraught wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), becoming in death what he strove to create in life. Ever evolving, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Wally Pfister, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of .Inception,. tries directing a full-feature film for the first time. He brings along Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman to help him with his journey. The longtime Christopher Nolan director of photography chose .Transcendence. as his directorial debut where Depp stars as a scientist who is working toward his goal of creating a sentient artificial intelligence. Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, and Paul Bettany complete the cast. .Transcendence. opens in theaters on April 18.
Official "Transcendence" Synopsis:
Sci-Fi Thriller. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. »
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Yesterday Dr. Will Caster was only human. Today he is... everywhere. Now playing in theaters is Transcendence, the feature directing debut of cinematography Wally Pfister, a sci-fi thriller about artificial intelligence in this modern day and age. Johnny Depp stars along with Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman and Clifton Collins Jr. So how is it? Does it live up to expectations? What do you make of the final half and the way it ends? If you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts about Wally Pfister's Transcendence. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! »
- Alex Billington
Longtime Christopher Nolan Dp Wally Pfister took a gamble to make his directorial debut, Transcendence, a big movie with a big budget and big ideas, and he came out the other side with nothing but a big mess. The only thing this charade of a thinking man’s sci-fi movie does right is show us how good Christopher Nolan is and how bad it can be when someone tries to make a carbon copy of his films. If you’re not into Nolan in the first place, then the best way to think about Transcendence is that it’s a sort of outrageous mix between Her and The Matrix but nowhere near as good as either of them or even as good as that combination sounds.
This film’s premise is actually quite interesting, which is no doubt how so many of the cast was wooed over to it on »
- Sean Hutchinson
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
“Transcendence” has appealed to older demographics through partnerships with established tech firms like Ibm and through takeovers on technology websites like The Verge and news sites like the Huffington Post, attempting to sell fans on the intelligent, sci-fi plot. To reach younger males, “Transcendence” has been featured heavily on video games site IGN in an attempt to »
- Tobias Bauckhage
Now playing in theaters is Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence. The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence. Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany play two of Will’s fellow researchers, and as we’ve seen from the trailer, they have conflicting viewpoints on turning their co-worker into a computer. The film also stars Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr. For more on Transcendence, click here to watch some clips and here's all our previous coverage. Last week at the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Freeman. He talked about how he got involved in the project, working with Pfister, if he thinks great directors share some common traits, if directors get intimidated working with him, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
I have not seen Transcendence, but the critical buzz is not good at all. Cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, headlined by Johnny Depp playing a scientist specializing in AI, follows that scientist as he gets his brain uploaded into a computer and begins to leave his humanity behind. While it’s a thoroughly sci-fi concept, there are some who believe that such scenarios will in fact be possible one day — and that that day may be sooner than you think. The chief proselytizer of such ideas is Ray Kurzweil, one of the most famous futurists in the world. He’s made a fortune off of multiple patents, and he doesn’t like the idea that he’ll die someday. Which is fair enough, as most people harbor the same feeling. But unlike most people, he’s serious about beating death. He consumes over 200 pills a day to regulate his body, claiming »
Wally Pfister not only adores film but also vinyl. That's because they both embody "the breath of life," analog beauty that's at the heart of "Transcendence." Indeed, the Oscar-winning cinematographer ("Inception") and Christopher Nolan's former right hand man couldn't have found a more personal statement for his directorial debut than a cautionary tale about uploading human consciousness into a super computer (the same conceit, incidentally, used in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"). It's the dark side of "Her," and what could be a more terrifying threat to humanity? And that Pfister has teased the least flamboyant and most restrained performance out of Johnny Depp is further proof of his powers of persuasion. Then again, they are perfectly in sync when it comes to the film's organic embrace and back to nature rallying cry. So obviously there's no denying where Pfister stands in the analog vs. digital debate. "The technology discussion is very relevant, »
- Bill Desowitz
It's hard to deny that for his first directorial effort, Christopher Nolan's go-to cinematographer Wally Pfister went big. "Transcendence" stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman, among many others, and attempts to tackle classic sci-fi tropes. What critics are calling into question, however, is how successful Pfister is at all of this. The reviews for the Oscar winners first film are far from transcendent. See what the critics are saying about "Transcendence" ...
By MTV News Staff »
The neo-luddite attitude is bad enough, but the movie commits a far worse sin: it’s dull. If only it worked as a schlocky pile of pulp nonsense, that’d be something… I’m “biast” (pro): the cast is appealing
I’m “biast” (con): really? evil computer? *sigh*
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Human beings, at least in some places on planet Earth, are afforded the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. But somehow, pop culture has unilaterally decided that AI — artificial intelligence — is to be condemned before it even exists. And so we have Transcendence, which feels no need to mess about with any metaphoric applications of Evil Computers– like, say, how The Matrix used AI with a grudge against humanity to craft a seductive metaphor about conformity — but goes straight for the cautionary horror tale: Do not create AI, humanity. It’s »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Peter Travers has sky-high expectations on At The Movies this week: The film is Transcendence, which stars Johnny Depp, marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister (the brilliant cinematographer behind Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy) and boasts a script that's long been on the Hollywood blacklist. It's the perfect recipe for a thrilling, provocative sci-fi flick about the dangers computers and technology — but as Travers reluctantly admits, Transcendence is anything but transcendent.
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This week, Wally Pfister's Transcendence is out in cinemas, and rather than focusing on its famous lead, I thought this to be a splendid opportunity to highlight Cillian Murphy, who plays Agent Buchanan in the film. Cillian Murphy is an actor with unusual looks, slender and slightly feminine even, and this is often used to portray him as either sensitive or creepy. But, actually, he is such a good actor that he doesn't have to rely on his appearance. Good guy, bad guy, everyman, extrovert ... Cillian Murphy makes acting look easy. So once again here is a gallery quiz, consisting of eight close-ups of one of my favorite thespians. Click through the images and guess which eight movies they're from. No competition, no prizes,...
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