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Seventh Son review: Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges lead a fantasy flop

27 March 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Sergei Bodrov; Screenwriter: Chris Weitz; Starring: Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Kit Harington, Alicia Vikander; Running time: 102 mins; Certificate: 12A

It's been a rocky year for Oscar winners embracing roles in fantasy blockbusters. Eddie Redmayne delivered a pungent ham and cheese performance in The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, while Julianne Moore turns it up to 11 for her role as an evil witch in this week's Seventh Son.

Moore was years away from even setting foot on the set of Still Alice when she made Seventh Son (it's been trapped in post-production hell for a while), but it does make you wonder if there's some truth to the myth that Oscar winners seem destined for an immediate career stumble. Moore at least seems to be having fun with her role as Seventh Son's Mother Malkin. To say she's chewing the scenery would be a slight misnomer seeing as so »

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Seventh Son and Jupiter Ascending: Two Current Oscar Nominees Fizzle

12 February 2015 10:16 AM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Who doesn't adore Julianne Moore?

Especially in Still Alice, the film for which bookmakers are betting she'll take home the Best Actress Oscar, Moore's portrayal of a linguistics professor battling early onset Alzheimer's is letter perfect. Myself having a sibling now encased in a memory care facility in Florida after being ravaged by the same affliction, every step of Alice's deterioration is recognizable: the random loss of memories, the awareness she's losing her identity, the outbursts of anger, the inability to control bodily functions, and the short-lived moments when the person you have always loved reemerges out of a fog of despair.

Sadly, Moore's performance and that of her peers in Seventh Son capture a forgetfulness, too, although not one symptomatic of an infirmity, but one characteristic of creative bankruptcy. By the time this adaptation of Joseph Delaney's bestselling young-adult classic, The Spook's Apprentice, ends and you've emptied your bladder in your mall's stall, »

- Brandon Judell

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SpongeBob unseats Sniper at weekend box office

9 February 2015 1:49 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water finally unseated Clint Eastwood's runaway hit American Sniper at the weekend box office, while a pair of high-priced fantasies flopped.

Paramount Pictures' SpongeBob Movie earned $56 million in North America, a huge debut for the animated Nickelodeon big-screen transfer, according to estimates Sunday. That finally pushed American Sniper off the top spot after a three-week reign. The Navy Seal drama took in $24.2 million in its fourth week of wide release.

The Wachowskis' lavish science-fiction adventure Jupiter Ascending opened with just $19 million, a meager amount for a $175 million production. Warner Bros. delayed the release of the movie, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, from last summer.

Universal's Seventh Son, a supernatural thriller set in medieval times, debuted with a scant $7.1 million. The film, produced by Legendary Pictures and starring Jeff Bridges, cost nearly $100 million to make.

That gave the box office a couple »

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Film Review: Following a Two-Year Delay, ‘Seventh Son’ Should Have Been Shelved

8 February 2015 1:47 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – I can’t decide which is worse: the “fake deep talk” from Jeff Bridges in “Seventh Son” or the “angry whisper talk” from Eddie Redmayne in “Jupiter Ascending,” which also opened on Friday. Both speech impediments are ugly fish out of water, both films are getting punished by critics and both are underperforming at domestic box offices.

Ironically, both movies have also also been quite delayed and now we see why. “Jupiter Ascending” opened two days ago after initially being slated to open in July 2014. That film’s push back was justified to finish its extensive special effects, which “The Matrix” creators did without remembering to fix its laughable acting and weak story.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Also knowing it was in trouble, “Seventh Son” was originally supposed to open way back in Feb. 2013, but the film was pushed back once and then a second time to Feb. 2015. It even changed distribution »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Two Hollywood Flops in One Weekend at the Box Office

7 February 2015 1:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s not often that Hollywood releases two major theatrical bombs on the same weekend. But that’s what happened when “Jupiter Ascending” and “Seventh Son” both crashed in U.S. theaters on Friday.

Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, is quickly falling in box office estimates to a skimpy $18 million opening. With a budget of $175 million, the Wachowskis’ sci-fi tentpole could lose tens of millions barring a dramatic turnaround overseas.

The forecast for Universal and Legendary’s long-delayed “Seventh Son,” starring Jeff Bridges, isn’t much brighter. The medieval fantasy tentpole has a projected loss of $85 million, as Variety exclusively reported this week, despite earning $82 million at the international box office. It’s on track for only $6.6 million in its U.S. debut.

Neither of the B.O. casualties are a shock — both pics were long-delayed due to poor tracking, and Paramount’s “The Spongebob Movie, »

- Variety Staff

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Interview: Talking 'Seventh Son' With The Cast

6 February 2015 8:36 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Following a lengthy wait, Seventh Son has finally made its way to theaters. The epic fantasy centers on a professional spook (Jeff Bridges), who takes a dashing young apprentice (Ben Barnes) under his wing as the two prepare to face the end of the world. Together they square off against Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) and her army of deadly minions.

Directed by Sergei BodrovSeventh Son is based on the novel The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney.

At a recent New York press conference for the film - Bridges, Moore and Barnes discussed their personal connections to their roles and how themes of fate and destiny have played out off-screen. 

This film talks a lot about destiny and fate. How much has fate played a role in your lives?

Jeff Bridges: Destiny and fate? You guys wanna go first on that one?

Ben Barnes: Nobody wants to go first on that! »

- Justine Browning

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Seventh Son – The Review

5 February 2015 10:12 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Just as the film bludgeoned me almost immediately over the head with its insipid nature, I’m going to just jump right into the plot of Seventh Son, or at least what I can make of it. It’s hard to decipher exactly what Jeff Bridges is saying under his accent that sounds like a cross between Gandalf and Bane from The Dark Knight Rises but I’ll do my best. A young Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) locks up a powerful witch that goes by the name Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) in a cave atop a mountain as the film begins. She remains restrained until a “Blood Moon” rises – something that happens once every century – which then causes her to transform into a dragon and escape her slumber. In those years that have passed, Gregory has continued to become a powerful “spook” (think wizard/witch-slayer). Malkin’s return though results »

- Michael Haffner

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'Seventh Son' (2015) Movie Review

5 February 2015 9:24 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Seventh Son is the Chicken McNugget of movies. You know there are better options out there when it comes to your chicken-eating selections, but something about the greasy simplicity and drive thru nature of the McNugget calls to you. Before you take a bite you know what you're going to get and to hide the actual taste of the nugget you drench it in a dipping sauce. As your teeth crack the crisp (if it just came out of the frier) outer shell and squish through the processed meat inside, your mouth is covered with a viscous layer of... something, preventing the taste from leaving your mouth long after you've swallowed. In an effort to fix this you take another bite, this time dipped in even more sauce, but the result is the same. The McNugget is a mirage. It isn't chicken and no amount of sauce is going to »

- Brad Brevet

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Seventh Son first look review – who you gonna call? Witchbusters!

5 February 2015 7:07 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Despite featuring Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, nude witches and slobbering giants, this swords’n’sorcery CGI epic is loud and mostly charmless

You’d think Julianne Moore leading a coven of witches who can transform into dragons, bears and Djimon Hounsou would be more entertaining. Moore seems to be having a good time with Seventh Son, but on the sly, as if director Sergei Bodrov is behind the camera like a schoolmaster warning her to stop flailing her arms around and “take this seriously”. It’s not a smart way to play this material.

Seventh Son is a exercise in sword and sorcery cliché based on the first of 14 Ya books in Joseph Delaney’s Wardstone Chronicles series. I doubt we’ll see follow-ups put to film, as Seventh Son has been sitting on a shelf for over a year; its first marketing materials debuted at San Diego Comic-Con in 2012.

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- Jordan Hoffman

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Review: Seventh Son Should Satisfy The Biggest Fantasy Fans

5 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Based on Joseph Delaney's The Wardstone Chronicles -- more specifically on the saga's first volume, The Spook's Apprentice -- Seventh Son tells the story of Thomas (Ben Barnes), a young farmer chosen to be the new apprentice of Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges), a Spook whose job is to fight evil forces. Issues get more personal when Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) escapes from her prison and seeks revenge by destroying everything with her army of evil witches and sorcerers. As one may deduct from that plot, Sergei Bodrov's film does not have a lot to contribute to fantasy: Seventh Son appears like a mixture of Van Helsing and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to which basic generic elements were added. The universe depicted in Delaney's adaptation thus...

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Seventh Son Review

4 February 2015 9:01 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Just when you thought that Jeff Bridges’ on-screen accents couldn’t get any more ridiculous than his rootin-tootin’ cowboy persona in R.I.P.D, Seventh Son comes along with another cartoonish turn from the actor, this time as a medieval Ghostbuster with a mouth full of marbles. Unfortunately, the comparisons to R.I.P.D don’t stop there as far as Bridges’ latest film is concerned, as Seventh Son is another slight blockbuster blunder whose clunkiness reveals why Sergey Bodrov’s fantasy adventure sat shelved for roughly three years. Blame it on unfocused post-3D, unavoidable comparisons to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and lax character development – a dangerous trifecta that puts a damper on the unintentional comedy found in the few lines of dialogue Bridges mumbles that are just clear enough to understand.

Seventh Son tells the tale of Tom Ward (Ben Barnes), an apprentice to a famed »

- Matt Donato

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Interview: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes Talk Seventh Son

4 February 2015 6:16 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

As people continuously try to contend with their persistent internal struggles and conflicts with their enemies, escaping into a place of enchantments where legends and magic collide can be a life-defining experience. ‘Seventh Son,’ which is based on author Joseph Delaney’s fantasy novel, ‘The Spook’s Apprentice,’ and was directed by Russian helmer, Sergey Bodrov, is an intriguing stunt-filled action fantasy film that highlights people’s pure humanity, particularly through the enthralling and captivating performances by its distinct lead cast. ‘Seventh Son’ follows Master John Gregory (Jeff Bridges), the last remaining Falcon Knight, who are a part of an ancient order of noble warriors who has protected humanity from creatures of the  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Seventh Son Movie Review

4 February 2015 1:53 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Seventh Son Director: Sergey Bodrov Starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Djimon Hounsou and Kit Harington In world where people continuously attempt to overcome their continuous internal struggles and conflicts with their rivals, escaping into a place of enchantments where legends and magic collide can be a spellbinding experience. ‘Seventh Son,’ which is based on Joseph Delaney’s fantasy novel, ‘The Spook’s Apprentice,’ and was directed by Russian helmer, Sergey Bodrov, is an intriguing stunt-filled action fantasy film that’s meant to showcase and emphasize people’s pure humanity. While the movie did succeed in that goal in some regards, particularly through the help of its creative sets and intriguing stunts,  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Box Office: ‘Spongebob’ to Mop the Floor With ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ ‘Seventh Son’ For $35 Million

4 February 2015 12:32 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros.’ “American Sniper” will see its three-week reign at the U.S. box office end this weekend as Paramount’s “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is pegged for a $35 million opening at over 3,600 locations.

American Sniper” appears likely to battle for the No. 2 slot with another Warner Bros. entry, the Wachowskis’ sci-fier “Jupiter Ascending” — carrying an eyebrow-raising $175 million pricetag — launching in about 3,150 sites. Both titles should finish in the $21 million to $23 million range.

The weekend’s other opener, Universal-Legendary’s fantasy-actioner “Seventh Son,” is showing little traction with a projection of about $7 million-$10 million.

Spongebob,” which carries a $74 million budget, opened internationally last weekend with $8 million in five markets and will expand to Brazil and Spain this weekend. The comedy, which combines animation with live action, is based on the Nickelodeon TV television series and directed by the show’s writer and executive producer Paul Tibbitt.

The »

- Dave McNary

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Watch Julianne Moore Get Witchy in an Exclusive Scene From 'Seventh Son' (Video)

3 February 2015 4:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Chances are you saw the "Seventh Son" spot that aired as part of Sunday night's big Super Bowl game (the one that played while Katy Perry was offstage, partying with her land-shark homeboys). The swashbuckling fantasy, starring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes and based on the novel "The Spook's Apprentice" by Joseph Delaney, features a lot of off-the-wall monster action in its various promotional materials but not nearly enough Julianne Moore as a villainous witch goddess named Mother Malkin. Well, here we are, answering your prayers with an exclusive scene from the movie (out this Friday).

In this brief clip, Djimon Hounsou, playing Radu (a character not in the original novel), brings Mother Malkin a small troop of assassins, to rid the world of The Spook (Bridges) and his apprentice, Tom Ward (Barnes). One of these assassins, who have a cool, made-of-granite look to them, has the misfortune of attempting eye contact with Julianne Moore, »

- Drew Taylor

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Jurassic World, Seventh Son, Ted 2, Fifty Shades Of Grey Super Bowl Spots

1 February 2015 9:43 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Universal Pictures unveiled a slew of new trailers during the showdown between The New England Patriots and The Seattle Seahawks. Containing new footage, fans were treated to big previews of Jurassic World, Seventh Son, Minions, Ted 2, Pitch Perfect 2 and Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

The movie stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, Bd Wong, and Judy Greer.

The Park is open on June 12.

In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, »

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Watch: War Is Coming In 'Seventh Son' Super Bowl Spot With Jeff Bridges And Julianne Moore, Plus Concept Art

1 February 2015 3:20 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It has been a long and not so pretty path in the two years since "Seventh Son" was originally supposed to be released in February 2013. It got pushed back to two different dates before finally settling on next Friday, and the movie even changed studio hands along the way. In short, it's not the best sign that this is a quality product. And yet, Universal is paying primo Super Bowl advertising bucks to try and get people to care about this one. Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Ben Barnes and more star in this adaptation of Joseph Delaney's novel about a prophecy, an apprentice and mystical powers or something. Frankly, we're not too invested to figure it out at this point, but here's a handy synopsis: In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Seventh Son' Super Bowl TV Spot

1 February 2015 3:16 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Super Bowl TV Spot is now online for Legendary and Universal Pictures’ action-adventure "Seventh Son" the big-screen adaptation of Joseph Delaney's popular young adult book "The Spook's Apprentice," the first of an ongoing series.

The film stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue with Djimon Hounsou and Julianne Moore.

In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.

In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face »

- Kellvin Chavez

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'Seventh Son' Super Bowl Trailer and New Concept Art

1 February 2015 2:28 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With just five days left until Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures' Seventh Son hits theaters, the studios have released a new trailer that debuted during NBC's coverage of Super Bowl Xlix. In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.

Olivia Williams, Kit Harington, Antje Traue, Alicia Vikander and Djimon Hounsou rounds out the supporting cast for this upcoming action-adventure, which was originally scheduled for release last year before it was delayed to February 6. Sergey Bodrov directed Seventh Son from a »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 75 Pairs of IMAX Passes to ‘Seventh Son’ With Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore

1 February 2015 11:21 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 75 pairs of advance-screening IMAX movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated epic action/adventure “Seventh Son” starring Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges!

Feb. 2, 2015 update: Due to popular demand, we have

increased this giveaway from 25 pairs to 75 pairs!

Seventh Son,” which opens on Feb. 6, 2015 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Djimon Hounsou, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams and Jason Scott Lee from director Sergey Bodrov and writers Charles Leavitt and Steven Knight based on the book series “The Last Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney.

To win your free “Seventh Son” IMAX passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing »

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