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People often feel the need to retell stories, usually putting their own spin into it to make the story better suited to either their own tastes or to answer the great question, “what if?” We see it in countless books and every reboot of every franchise that gets greenlighted into a new project. Some of them are worthy additions, some of them aren’t. This summer has seen two remakes hit the big screen, “Mr. Holmes” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
“Mr. Holmes” stars Ian McKellen as an eighty-three year old Sherlock. His mind is failing him. He misplaces things, he drifts during conversation, and he has trouble remembering large chunks of his cases. As he struggles to remember his last case, which he knows was not resolved as neatly as Mr. Watson would have the public believe, he is also forced to confront his own frailty.
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'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at Deadline.com, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »
- Zac Gille
Notching its second weekend in first place, N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” pulled in $8 million in Friday showings, putting it on track for a $28 million weekend, according to studio estimates. Newcomers “Sinister 2,” “American Ultra” and “Hitman: Agent 47” won’t be able to keep up with the hip-hopper.
Directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Universal/Legendary’s “Compton” is dominant at 3,025 locations for its second frame. The biopic made $25 million between Monday and Thursday; it’s poised to cross the $100 million mark on Saturday, nine days after its release.
In third place for the weekend will be horror sequel “Sinister 2,” which is tracking for $11 million for the weekend after posting just »
- Marianne Zumberge
The speculation about the 70-year-old filmmaker being handed the keys to Henry Cavill's next solo Superman film began with Jon Schnepp, the director of documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?.
Some DC fans will remember that Miller was in 2007 attached to direct Justice League: Mortal, the shelved movie that would have starred DJ Cotrona as Superman, Armie Hammer as Batman and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman.
Justice League: Mortal was initially scrapped due to the 2007 Writers' Strike, »
A little less than a decade ago, George Miller was within a hair’s breadth of directing a DC Comics movie — “Justice League Mortal,” a big budget take on Superman, Batman, et al. In 2007, Miller got as far as building sets in Australia, and cast all the major roles, with D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Common as Green Lantern, and Jay Baruchel as the villain, Maxwell Lord. The movie was cancelled shortly before production got underway due to various factors, but it appears that fresh from “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Miller might be getting another chance to make his superhero movie. John Schnepp, the director of “The Death Of Superman Lives” (a documentary about Tim Burton’s earlier unmade DC Comics movie) was a guest on the DC Movie News Show (via Latino Review), and states that »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Back in May, we reported that filmmaker Ryan Unicomb is putting together a documentary that examines director George Miller's unmade 2008 superhero movie Justice League Mortal. The director has already secured private funding for the documentary, which is described as, "an unbiased account of the project's development, preproduction and cancellation, as well as the impact on the Australian film industry." We haven't heard anything about the project since then, and it seems there is one major obstacle standing in the filmmakers' way: Warner Bros. Pictures.
The director has contacted Warner Bros. Pictures, seeking permission to use their characters and images in the documentary, which is entitled Miller's Justice League Mortal. In an interview with If.com.au, Ryan Unicomb reveals that the whole project essentially hinges on Warner Bros.' approval. Here's what the filmmaker had to say, revealing that director George Miller and his producing partner Doug Mitchell are aware of his film. »
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The big release of the past week (at least internationally) was Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Normally I’d do the usual highly opinionated review, but seeing as we had one of those last week, I thought instead I’d focus in a bit more depth on the film’s defining problem.
Overall I wasn’t a massive fan of the movie. Ritchie’s action was incomprehensibly constructed and often relegated to the background, the repeated “but you missed this bit” twists quickly went from cute to aggravating and any moments of flair (the truck scene was pretty cool) were undercut by a pervading obviousness. But these are all just symptoms of a more all-encompassing problem.
As you’ll be at least acutely aware, The Man From U.N.C.L.E was originally a TV series made in the sixties. Now there’s an »
- Alex Leadbeater
Back in May we heard about Ryan Unicomb and producers Aaron Cater and Steven Caldwell's plans to get a documentary focusing on George Miler's defunct Justice League movie off the ground. Like the recent The Death of Superman Lives doc, it would take a behind-the-scenes look at the production and ultimately what led to it being shut down. The project already has producers, writers, and private investors on board, and recently Unicomb was able to secure the services of Indiegogo to help with a crowd funding campaign - but they still need the go ahead from Warner Bros. Though preliminary research has already begun (the doc's Twitter account has even shared some concept art), unless they get the studio's permission to use the various costume designs, Bts stills and shots of the cast - which included the likes of Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, »
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer, the Warner Bros. release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a domestic box office disaster, performing about 25 percent below – already quite modest – expectations. (See also: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie: Bigger Box Office Flop Than Expected.”) This past weekend, the $80 million-budget The Man from U.N.C.L.E. collected a meager $13.42 million from 3,638 North American theaters, averaging $3,689 per site. After five days out, the big-screen reboot of the popular 1960s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum has taken in a mere $16.77 million. For comparison's sake: »
- Zac Gille
For those who have movie trivia at their fingertips, they'll likely remember that at one point, Tom Cruise was attached to star in Guy Ritchie's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," but it didn't pan out. And while the movie wound up being made with two actors who are yet to reach that kind of A-list status, the filmmaker reveals that when he was first gearing up the project, he had another big name he wanted to play Napoleon Solo in the movie. Read More: Review: Guy Ritchie's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, And Alicia Vikander “My original idea for Napoleon Solo was…Brad Pitt was who I wanted actually," Ritchie told Happy Sad Confused. "I wanted him to play the older role, and I wanted the Russian to play the younger role, so there was going to be an age disparity there as well. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
One of the more anticipated unofficial projects in the works is budding Australian filmmaker Ryan Unicomb's upcoming "Miller's Justice League Mortal," a documentary about the rise and collapse of "Mad Max" helmer George Miller's "Justice League Mortal" project several years ago.
The film is still a long way from full production as various hurdles have to be cleared, and the chief one is about to hit. If Magazine reports that the filmmakers have formally pitched Warner Bros. Pictures in an effort to use characters and images from the project.
Unicomb says: "It's a nervous wait. George Miller and [his producing partner] Doug Mitchell know about the project, so now it all hangs on Warner Bros' involvement." It appears Miller and Mitchell's contributions will only come with a sign off from Warners.
- Garth Franklin
Earlier this spring, comic book enthusiasts and fans of movie making got some pretty good news: director Ryan Unicomb revealed he was putting together the documentary "Miller's Justice League Mortal," which would explore George Miller's scrapped "Justice League Mortal." But there are still a lot of hurdles to clear, and there's one big one that seems could make or break the whole endeavor. If reports, that the filmmakers have formally pitched Warner Bros., hoping to gain permission to use the characters and images from Miller's movie. “It’s a nervous wait,” the director said. “George Miller and [his producing partner] Doug Mitchell know about the project, so now it all hangs on Warner Bros’ involvement.” Indeed, it seems Miller and Mitchell will only contribute to the documentary with the sign off from WB, and Unicomb hopes that the studio's blessing will also allow him to approach Armie Hammer (Batman), D.J. Cotrona (Superman) and Megan. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Speaking to Yahoo Movies, Hammer said that he thinks he was too young to do the character of Bruce Wayne justice.
"It'd be like [Bruce Wayne's] parents had just been shot last weekend, and so you became Batman," he said. »
Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
There are a few things of note going on in the top 10 this past weekend, first and foremost that Straight Outta Compton just made a ton of money. Like, nearly-twice-its-budget-just-domestically ton of money. It’s set the new domestic box office record for an R-Rated opening in August. That’s great for many reasons: a bright future for its young stars, F. Gary Gray is relevant again, and hopefully this will encourage more high-profile films about the rap and hip-hop community.
But looking down the list, something is amiss with the low receipts for The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which means that’s two straight franchise starters that have bombed for star Armie Hammer. A very disconcerting question arises: Is Armie Hammer suffering from the Taylor Kitsch syndrome? »
- Dylan Griffin
The producers of the planned documentary on George Miller.s aborted superhero adventure Justice League Mortal this week contacted Warner Bros. executives in Burbank to seek permission to use the characters and images.
Producers Kennedy Miller Mitchell advised the filmmakers to reach out to the studio, which owns the rights to the DC Comics characters.
.It.s a nervous wait,. director Ryan Unicomb tells If. .George Miller and Doug Mitchell know about the project, so now it all hangs on Warner Bros. involvement.. Unicomb has already filmed preliminary interviews with comic book artists on the enduring cultural influences of the characters including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern, that would have featured in Miller.s movie.
In 2008 Warner Bros. pulled the plug on Justice League Mortal, which the director wanted to shoot in Australia, after the Film Finance Corporation ruled it wasn.t eligible for the then-new 40 per cent producer offset. »
- Don Groves
Hip-hop fans big up box office debut for biopic about pioneering rap group, and Tom Cruises maintains speed in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, while Guy Ritchie fails to revive The Man from Uncle at cinemas
Musical biopic Straight Outta Compton, about pioneering rap group Nwa, moved centre stage at the Us box office this weekend with a an opening take of $56.1m (£36.9m). Meanwhile, Guy Ritchie’s period spy saga The Man from Uncle, starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in this big-screen outing for the 60s television show, bombed on its debut with $13.5m.
Straight Outta Compton, directed by F Gary Gray and featuring Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr as his father, Corey Hawkins as Dr Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-e, Aldis Hodge as Mc Ren and Neil Brown Jr as DJ Yella, tells the story of the rap outfit who took the Us music scene »
- Ben Child
Opening on 3,700 screens, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. made just $13.5 million, opening third behind Universal’s Straight Outta Compton and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in its third week of release. The reported budget of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was $80 million, so this can’t be seen as good news for Warner Bros.
See Also: Read our reviews of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. here and here
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. The two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile »
- Luke Owen
Warner Bros. hopes of building a franchise based on a once-popular 1960s TV series now seem mission: impossible.
Director Guy Ritchie.s The Man From U.N.C.L.E is an instant flop, opening with just $1.6 million in Australia and $US13.4 million in the Us last weekend.
Against the trend of a soft weekend at Oz cinemas, Icon.s Last Cable to Darwin showed great resilience, dipping by just 11 per cent and taking $1 million in its second weekend.
The weekend B.O. fell by 26 per cent to $10.1 million, according to Rentrak.s estimate. In the Us The Man from U. »
- Don Groves
During N.W.A.'s brief existence, the group and its members made a career out of being underestimated. A quarter century later, the underdog rappers have been underestimated again, even by the studio releasing their victory-lap biopic.
Going into the weekend, Universal's predictions for "Straight Outta Compton" were modest, projecting a debut of about $25 to $30 million. Granted, studios routinely lowball such estimates so that everyone can be pleasantly surprised if the movie surpasses them, or at least not disappointed if it doesn't. But even the more optimistic industry insiders who predicted an opening weekend of $40 million turned out to be way off, since "Compton" actually opened with an estimated $56.1 million.
That's an impressive number for a release with no movie stars, in the depths of August, with a hard R-rating, a running time of two-and-a-half hours, and a theater count below 2,800 venues. ("The Man From Uncle" opened on nearly 900 more screens, »
- Gary Susman
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