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'Ant-Man': Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. 'Ant-Man' box office below expectations: Lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe domestic debut Starring Paul Rudd as a bug-like (sizewise) action hero, Ant-Man was expected to open with $60-$65 million from 3,856 U.S. and Canada locations this past weekend, July 17-19, '15. That didn't happen. A mere three days ago, Variety enthused that Ant-Man was "marching to a solid $65 million weekend at the U.S. box office." But instead of a $65 million domestic debut like those of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man bowed with a considerably more modest $57.22 million (down from the studio's $58.04 million Sunday estimate), including Thursday evening screenings. This latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry averaged a highly disappointing – especially for an McU entry with loads of steeper-priced 3D and IMAX / Pfl screenings – $14,841 per location. But really, why "highly disappointing"? Trailing 'The Incredible Hulk' Even taking into account the fact »
- Zac Gille
Internationally-renowned editor Vincent Tabaillon has joined the crew of Telugu hit Baahubali: The Beginning to oversee the film’s international cut.
Tabaillon’s credits include The Incredible Hulk, Clash Of The Titans and Now You See Me. He will edit the international version of Baahubali, which will be screened at international film festivals and shown to sales agents and distributors ahead of a non-Indian diaspora global release.
Born in France, Tabaillon started his career editing French films, notably for Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. He regularly collaborated with French director Louis Leterrier on films such as Transporter 2 and The Incredible Hulk, followed by Now You See Me.
Directed by S. S. Rajamouli, Telugu-language epic Baahubali had a record-breaking opening last weekend, grossing $20m in India and another $5m in Indian diaspora venues. The film was »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
2nd Forecast Update: Ant-Man pulled in $22.6M on Friday, with its Thursday take of $6.4M representing 28% of its gross. That figure is better than the Friday take of 2008's The Incredible Hulk, which brought in $21.5M. There's an asterix on that number, however, as the big green guy had a per-screen average of $6,125 on 3,505 screens. The latest Marvel entry from director Peyton Reed was on 3,856 screens for $5,872 per screen. Trainwreck is coming into the station faster than expected. Its three-day estimate stands at $28.9M, from a $10.7M Friday start on 3,178 screens and a $3,336 per screen average. This Friday tally too has a qualification. Director Judd Apatow's latest has a Friday total better than his biggest hit, Knocked Up, which made $9.8M, but Knocked was on 307 fewer screens (2,871) and had a better per-screen average of $3,415. Forecast Update: Ant-Man opened to $6.4M from Thursday shows, a respectable start but one that »
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We haven't seen General Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in quite a long time, but that streak will end next year when he appears in Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America: Civil War. But if you're expecting to see the same old General Ross in the new movie, you may want to think again, as William Hurt has confirmed that his character has changed quite a lot since we last saw him in Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk. It was during a recent interview with IGN that the actor made this revelation, currently out promoting his new AMC sci-fi series Humans. Discussing how his role in Captain America: Civil War, Hurt drew comparisons between the character he played in The Incredible Hulk and the character he's playing now. In the 2008 film, he says that he was playing a guy with an ego as big "as »
While it looked back in March like Now You See Me’s Louis Leterrier would be diving into shark survival thriller In The Deep, it would seem he’s decided to stay on dry land for now. Instead, Deadline reports that Non-Stop/ Run All Night man Jaume Collet-Serra is interested in dipping his toes in the briny stuff instead. Anthony Jaswinski’s script sparked a lot of interest from the studios last autumn, and Sony was quick to snap it up. The fictional tale finds a surfer attacked by a shark at a lonely sea spot who ends up bleeding and marooned on a buoy in the ocean. Her main problem, besides the blood loss? The hungry creature is still gliding through the water around her, cutting her off from help. Producers Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem of freshly-formed Weimaraner Republic Pictures are behind the project they’re calling “127 Hours meets Jaws”.Collet-Serra, »
Anthony Jaswinski penned the Black List script which follows a young female surfer who is attacked by a shark and ends up stranded on a buoy twenty yards offshore of an isolated beach.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
A few months ago, Mark Ruffalo hinted at a potential rights issue that's stopping Marvel pressing ahead with a standalone Hulk movie. He said that a Hulk movie was "still Universal's property", arguing "that's a big impediment" to moving ahead with a new, standalone Hulk movie. Now we have a little bit more detail.
Before the Marvel cinematic universe came about, Universal hired Ang Lee to make a sorely-underappreciated Hulk film, that starred Eric Bana. The movie did decent business in 2003, but hardly won too many people over. As such, Marvel pressed the reboot button for 2008's The Incredible Hulk, that saw Louis Leterrier direct Edward Norton in the role. Universal distributed that film. although it was a Marvel Studios production.
Since then, the role of the Hulk »
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Eli Roth is in talks to direct the giant shark movie “Meg” for Warner Bros., an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Warner Bros. executives smelled blood in the water when Sony’s shark movie “In the Deep” lost director Louis Leterrier, and moved quickly to resurrect “Meg,” which is a project that has been in development for more than a decade around Hollywood. At one point, noted film blogger Nick Nunziata was involved as a producer, though that incarnation of the project never quite came together. Dean Georgaris adapted the novel by Steve Alten, which follows two men who. »
- Jeff Sneider
Anthony Jaswinski penned the Black List script which follows a female surfer who is attacked by a shark and ends up stranded on a buoy twenty yards offshore.
As the shark continues to circle her, she attempts to find a way back before dying from her injuries.
Leterrier’s exit is said to be related to a budget reduction on the film along with "other key creative elements" that were changed during development.
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
“Now You See Me” director Louis Leterrier has exited Sony’s shark attack movie “In the Deep,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Leterrier signed on to direct “In the Deep” back when Michael De Luca was co-president of production at Columbia Pictures. His exit stems from the recent regime change at Sony and the fact that the budget for “In the Deep” was recently reduced, while other key creative elements changed during development. According to insiders, it was no longer the film Leterrier has signed up for. A representative for Sony did not immediately respond to a request. »
- Jeff Sneider
Lionsgate has high hopes for its 2016 sequel, Now You See Me 2, which it hopes will build on the $350m gross for 2013's surprise hit. The sequel has added Daniel Radcliffe to its cast (which also includes returnees Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco), although Isla Fisher's pregnancy means she's missing from episode two.
But there's a sporting chance her Now You See Me days are not over. Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer has revealed that the firm is already in the early planning stages for Now You See Me 3, and Fisher may well thus return in that way.
"Empire" recurring cast mates Gabourey Sidibe and Ta’Rhonda Jones, who play assistants Becky and Porsha, to Lucious and Cookie Lyon respectively, have been promoted to series regulars on the Fox TV ratings smash. Both promotions will take effect during the series' upcoming second season, which will likely return mid-season, next year, as it did this year. What might this mean for both characters/actresses? Obviously more screen time to start; although your guess is as good as mine in terms of what it could mean in terms of their individual narratives, and overall contributions to the main family story. Sidibe is currently filming Louis Leterrier's comedy "Grimsby," starring Rebel Wilson; Jones most recently appeared in an episode of NBC's "Chicago P.D."
- Tambay A. Obenson
"Empire" recurring cast mates Gabourey Sidibe and Ta’Rhonda Jones, who play assistants Becky and Porsha, to Lucious and Cookie Lyon respectively, have been promoted to series regulars on the Fox TV ratings smash. Both promotions will take effect during the series' upcoming second season, which will likely return mid-season, next year, as it did this year. What might this mean for both characters/actresses? Obviously more screen time to start; although your guess is as good as mine in terms of what it could mean in terms of their individual narratives, and overall contributions to the main family story. Sidibe is currently filming Louis Leterrier's comedy »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It's hard to believe it now, but a decade ago the Marvel Cinematic Universe was merely a twinkle in Kevin Feige's eye. Today, McU offerings are blockbuster staples, with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more providing film fans with thundering entertainment and a connected universe culminating in the Avengers movies.
With Age of Ultron on the horizon, we've gone back through the 10 Marvel films to-date to rank them all from worst to best. Read on to find out our verdict, then join the discussion in the comments below.
10. Iron Man 2 (2010)
If Iron Man was a savvy exercise in kick-starting a shared cinematic universe, then its sequel brought everything crashing back down with a sharp, painful thud. Overstuffed with new characters, multiple plot strands and far-too-much in the way of Avengers set-up, Iron Man 2 is a step down from its predecessor in practically every way. »
For the last thirty years, no one seemed to give a shit about a movie adaptation of The Incredible Hulk. Universal made two attempts to bring the character to the big screen, once in 2003 with director Ang Lee and star Eric Bana and later in 2008 with director Louis Leterrier and star Edward Norton. Both films […]
- Peter Sciretta
Fast & Furious 7, 2015.
Directed by James Wan.
Starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Brotherton and Djimon Hounsou.
Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother.
There’s one line in Furious 7 which epitomises this film and this series as a whole; it’s not the endlessly shoehorned-in mentions of ‘family’ and being ‘bros’ but a line from five time Academy Award nominee Ludacris who utters the words “I can’t watch this anymore”.
My sentiments exactly.
This series, with the exception of Fast Five – which is now clearly an anomaly or sheer fluke – is the antithesis of what I look for from blockbuster action films, but my threshold is quite fair. A film like this needs to have at least one »
- Gary Collinson
The comedian, who previously exited the project after reportedly falling out with the remaining members of Queen, will now help to write, produce and direct the movie, as well as taking the lead role.
Music Week reports that the band's manager of 40 years, Jim Beach, announced Baron Cohen's re-appointment at the Artist and Manager Awards 2015 last night (March 26).
The band also expressed concerns that the comedian's involvement would turn the project, based on the late singer's life, into "a joke".
The Transporter and The Incredible Hulk (2008) director is circling this shark’s tale about, well, you guessed it really. Anthony Jaswinski’s script follows a surfer stuck on a reef after a shark attack, struggling to find her way back to the shore and avoid her fishy friend. However, unlike more two-dimensional killer shark features (Sharknado anyone?), In The Deep promises to explore the mind of its protagonist.
Of course, comparisons to Jaws will abound, but we’ll have to wait and see whether this new project will live up to Quint’s Indianapolis monologue.
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, since sharks have apparently migrated to form weather patterns in the Sharknado franchise, along comes an action-thriller that looks set to put the toothsome terrors right back where they can scare us the most – between us and the shoreline. Such is the very tight premise of In The Deep, which Sony is apparently now courting director Louis Leterrier for.
The script for In The Deep comes with buzz already attached, as it landed squarely on both the 2014 Black List (the best unproduced scripts), and the 2014 Blood List (the best unproduced horror scripts), before being snapped up by Sony. It comes from screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski (Vanishing On 7th Street), and centres on the plight of a twenty-something woman who seeks to ease the pain of mourning her mother by surfing on an isolated beach. This idea of retreating »
- Sarah Myles
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