Johnny Depp Flops Again, ‘Captain America’ Sequel Rises Past its Predecessor
Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” eked out a small lead over Fox’s “Rio 2” at the Friday box office. The superhero pic looks to win the weekend in this year’s second three-peat (after “The Lego Movie”).
The “Captain America” sequel earned $9.6 million, just over the animated movie’s $9.2 million, which should keep growing as kids hit theaters over the Easter weekend.
Warner Bros.’ new entry “Transcendence” was no match for the epic battle of the sequels, the second tightest race of the year following last weekend’s close showdown. The Johnny Depp-starrer came in at a disappointing fourth place with $4.8 million, making it the actor’s fourth flop in a row. Another newcomer, Sony’s “Heaven Is for Real” exceeded expectations by rising to $7.9 million.
With a cume of $184.5 million, “The Winter Soldier” overlapped its predecessor, “The First Avenger,” which hauled in $176.7 million domestically in its lifetime. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Quentin Tarantino’s Still Working on ‘The Hateful Eight’
After the script of Quentin Tarantino’ s “The Hateful Eight” was leaked in January, the director said he had “no desire to make it.” Well, it’s safe to say he’s reconsidered. At Film Independent’s staged reading of “The Hateful Eight” on Saturday at Downtown L.A.’s Ace Hotel, Tarantino said he was working on a second draft and a third would also come.
“This is the first draft,” he clarified. Tarantino noted that the final chapter, chapter five titled “Black Night, White Hell,” has been rewritten and “this is the only time you’ll see” this version.
In a black cowboy hat and western shirt, the director introduced in order of appearance “the Tarantino All-Stars,” all alums of his previous films: Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, James Parks as the driver O.B., Kurt Russell as bounty hunter John Ruth also known as “The Hangman, »
- Janine Lew
Hop recap: A rabbit knocks stuff over
Chances are you haven't fully forgiven Channel 4 for not showing Elf last Christmas. And rightly so personally speaking I still can't watch Channel 4 or look at the number four or think about whatever Kevin McCloud might be doing right now without experiencing a great surge of resentment. But that's Ok. Channel 4 ruined Christmas, but it might have saved Easter.
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- Stuart Heritage
Locke review 'bold and evocative'
Tom Hardy proves he can act in a minor key in this compelling portrait of a man in transit and in crisis
Till now, Tom Hardy's best-known performances have tended to project the image of the movie star most likely to headbutt someone on the red carpet. I'm not thinking just of his unintelligibly deranged Batman villain Bane, but also of his extraordinary lead in Bronson, playing the notorious British prison hard case like a roaringly theatrical circus strongman. His soft-spoken protagonist in Locke is entirely different, yet there's still a touch of the excess that you associate with Hardy for Ivan Locke is a man who lives, as his name suggests, with an excessive degree of control.
Steven Knight's film starts with Locke, a Welsh construction professional, leaving a Birmingham building site in his BMW which is where he stays for the rest of the film, driving and making phone calls. »
- Jonathan Romney
Women bridge gender gap as French film embraces a new nouvelle vague
As a festival of Gallic cinema opens in the UK, women both on screen and behind the camera are now in France's cultural vanguard
Half a century has passed since a group of mostly young and almost exclusively male directors electrified the culture-starved, postwar public with what would become known as nouvelle vague films.
Using handheld cameras and with a shortage of both money and celluloid, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Éric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette among others created a golden age of French cinema.
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- Kim Willsher
X-men: Days Of Future Past WonderCon Panel Recap Featuring Simon Kinberg and New Footage
At WonderCon 2014, 20th Century Fox presented select footage from their upcoming sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. Of course there was the big white elephant in the room – which everyone chose to ignore/avoid (the panel was curiously the only one without any audience questions). The focus was strictly on the film itself. Writer/Producer Simon Kinberg was on hand to discuss adapting the beloved comic, getting time travel ‘right’ and making-up for X-Men: The Last Stand. For the full recap of the footage shown and bullet point highlights of the Q&A, hit the jump. Much of the ‘new’ X-Men footage screened can be found in the ‘opening battle scene’ currently making the rounds on the Internet. You can see that here, if you so choose. The footage screened for WonderCon attendees covered a bit more of this beginning sequence -- as the various B-level X-Men (Ice Man, Blink, »
- Tommy Cook
Olivia Munn Talks Deliver Us From Evil, Mortdecai with Johnny Depp, and the Final Season of The Newsroom at WonderCon
From filmmaker Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Deliver Us From Evil tells the story of the real-life series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes that police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) began investigating in New York. As frightening events occur around the city, Sarchie teams up with an unconventional priest (Édgar Ramírez) who is schooled in the rituals of exorcism. While at WonderCon to promote the film’s July 2nd theatrical release, actress Olivia Munn (who plays Sarchie’s wife and the mother of his child) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she got involved with this project, why she only likes horror movies if they’re based on a true story, creating a great family core at the center of the film, why having Magic Mike and the first season of The Newsroom come out at the same time changed the way people saw her, »
- Christina Radish
WonderCon: Into The Storm Panel Recap Featuring Director Steven Quale, Richard Armitage, Arlen Escarpeta, Jeremy Sumpter and Max Deacon
“What would it actually be like if you were in the eye of a tornado.” At WonderCon 2014, Warner Brothers presented select footage from their upcoming found footage release Into the Storm. You’ve probably seen a teaser for the film already – and if not, see it here. The under-the-radar film concerns a group of extreme storm chasers who document the ‘storm-of-the-century’ when it hits a small town. Basically it’s ‘Twister On Steroids’. Filmmaker Steven Quale (Final Destination 5) and stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit trilogy), Arlen Escarpeta (Friday the 13th), Jeremy Sumpter (Peter Pan) & Max Deacon (I, Anna) were on hand to discuss the intense shoot, the found footage genre and ol’ Twister (aside: isn’t it odd how that Jan De Bont flick has become somewhat of a cult classic in recent years). For a full recap of the footage shown and bullet point highlights of the Q&A, »
- Tommy Cook
Bob Morley and Eliza Taylor Talk The 100, Character Relationships, Upcoming Episodes, and Discovering the World of Shipping at WonderCon
This morning, before the cast of The 100 hit the stage at WonderCon, I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable interview with stars Bob Morley and Eliza Taylor. They discussed the shifting dynamic between Bellamy and Clarke, family relationships, the dark and gritty nature of the show, and teaming up to emerge as leaders of their group. For fans of the two as a pairing, they had a thing or two to say about “shipping” and what they think about the fans’ reaction to their characters. Hit the jump to watch. Bob Morley Time Index: 00:24 – Talks about the fallout of Bellamy finding out he didn’t actually kill Chancellor Jaha and having sympathy for his character. 1:36 – Addresses whether or not Bellamy will step up and be a better leader. Teases that it will create a new dynamic between him and Clarke. 2:42 – Explains how his character »
- Elena Butler
125 Cosplay Pictures from WonderCon Featuring Ant-Man, Silver Surfer, X-Men, Avatar, and More
Every year at WonderCon, half the fun is seeing all the people that Cosplay. While the convention is has tons of famous panelists, Cosplay allows Con-goers to dress up like any superhero, anime character, or even Snow White and get huge props from their fellow attendees. While the percentage of people doing Cosplay this year felt a little lower, you can still check out 125 pictures after the jump. Included are cosplayers doing Ghostbusters, Captain America, Joker, Batman, Black Widow, Toy Story, Frozen, Jessica Rabbit, Link, Green Hornet, Kato, Doctor Who, Street Fighter, X-Men, Jason from Friday the 13th, Halo, Mario, Spider-Man, Black Cat, The Lego Movie, Avatar, Dredd, Warm Bodies, You're Next, Doctor Octopus, Ant-Man, and much more. Hit the jump for the pictures. Note: we are spreading out the Cosplay WonderCon pictures over 4 pages due to server constraints. When we place all the images on one page it slows the entire site down. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Fox Previews New 'X-Men' And 'Apes' Footage, First Look At 'Secret Service'
Fox Theatrical hosted a panel at WonderCon today (April 19) to preview their upcoming slate. While "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" were the big draws for the crowd, everyone got a treat by also getting the first look at "Secret Service." MTV News was on hand to get you the latest information about these upcoming blockbusters. First Look at Colin Firth in "Secret Service" "Secret Service" wasn't ...
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WonderCon: The Secret Service Footage Preview; Get Ready for Colin Firth: Action Superstar
The biggest surprise at WonderCon today was 20th Century Fox’s presentation of exclusive new footage from their upcoming adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic The Secret Service being directed by Matthew Vaughn. For those unfamiliar: the comic book is basically ‘Harry Potter’ meets ‘James Bond’. Colin Firth stars as a superspy who takes his hooligan nephew under his wing and teaches him how to be James-Bond-like. An early scene from the film was screened in addition to a brief teaser afterwards. For highlights of The Secret Service movie footage, hit the jump. The scene opens with Firth scolding his good-for-nothing nephew (Taron Egerton). Egerton’s just dented some other fellow’s car – and Firth is none too pleased about it. Sipping a glass of beer in a pub, the posh Firth lectures his nephew on manners. It’s hard to make out exactly what was being said – the WonderCon »
- Tommy Cook
WonderCon In Photos Day 2: Deathstroke, Lady Boba Fett, And Mystique Hit Anaheim
Another day, another cosplay gallery. Yesterday I arrived in Anaheim, CA for WonderCon and took 170 photos of the various costumed fans wandering in and around the convention center, and while I spent the morning today watching studio presentations, my afternoon was all about cosplay duty. In the gallery below you.ll find over 100 new images of various WonderCon goers decked out in tribute wear. So what will you get to see clicking through the images? Up top you.ll see a whole bunch of fans in various costume wear belting out "A Whole New World" from Aladdin, but there.s a whole lot more below. From a meeting between Elsa and Olaf of Frozen to gender bender versions of Boba Fett, Shredder and Captain America, there.s a lot of awesome stuff, so start clicking! »
Morgan Freeman: 'Christopher Nolan, David Fincher are very different'
Morgan Freeman has opened up about the prominent filmmakers who he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.
When asked by Collider if there are any common traits with all the directors that he has worked with, Freeman answered: "No. I'll be more explicit here. Great directors are great directors by product, not by process. You work with some great directors that drive you nuts, because they'll shoot 17 or 25 takes.
"There are other great directors who move through a production like s**t through a goose, they just don't stop, they keep moving and they come up with good product. They're under budget and on time, or a little quicker than on time.
WonderCon: Lucy Panel Recap Featuring Luc Besson Q&A and New Footage
At WonderCon 2014, Universal Pictures previewed select footage from Luc Besson’s Lucy. The Scarlett Johansson led action-flick sports a number of impressive action sequences, two of which premiered to the attentive audience of WonderCon. After the screening, Besson was on hand to discuss coming up with the premise of Lucy, the gender dynamics of his films and a funny story from his cult classic The Fifth Element. For a full recap of the footage shown and bullet point highlights from the Q&A, hit the jump. If you’re not familiar with the premise of the film, I highly advise you watch the trailer here. The two clips shown both heavily focused on the stellar action of the picture. In the first scene, Johansson escapes from the shackles of her imprisonment, blows away four men with guns, stops, notices she’s been shot in the shoulder, proceeds to dig the »
- Tommy Cook
Brannon Braga Talks Salem, Balancing Fantasy and History, Rooting the Show in Horror, and More
This Sunday, April 20th, Wgn America premieres Salem, the network's first venture into original programing, staring Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Ashley Madekwe, Seth Gabel, Xander Berkeley, Iddo Goldberg, Tazmin Merchant and Elise Eberle. Salem travels back to 17th Century Colonial Massachusetts for an alternate look at one of the darkest chapters in American history, approaching the infamous era from the point of view that witches were not only real, but manipulating the gruesome events of the trials to their will. The pilot kicks the show off on a strong note; a fun and creepy mixture of horror, fantasy and history that sets itself apart with singular imagery, an engaging mythology and a uniquely sensual approach to dark magic. I recently had the opportunity to visit the set in Shreveport, Louisiana where the town of Salem has been meticulously reconstructed from the ground up. While I was there I sat down »
- Haleigh Foutch
WonderCon: Godzilla Panel Recap Featuring Gareth Edwards Q&A and New Footage
At WonderCon 2014, Warner Brothers presented select footage from their upcoming remake/reboot of Godzilla. Filmmaker Gareth Edwards was on hand to discuss recreating the titular monster, the fantastic marketing for the film and the themes of the picture. For a full recap of the footage shown (Including A Full Scene With Godzilla About To Fight Another Kaiju) and bullet point highlights of the Q&A, hit the jump. The panel ended with the new footage but why bury the lede – here’s a rundown of just what happens in the scene screened. We open on Aaron Taylor-Johnson on a monorail train. All of the sudden the electricity goes out and the monorail comes to a dead stop. Cut to Ken Watanabe on a helicopter carrier watching as something huge approaches underneath the waves. The creature travels right beneath the ship he’s on and crests once past, capsizing nearby ships. »
- Tommy Cook
WonderCon: Edge Of Tomorrow Panel Recap with Bill Paxton Q&A and New Footage
It’s mid-April – which means it’s time for a slew of articles covering Anaheim’s WonderCon: aka the mini, nicer, friendlier Comic-Con. I’ll be recapping all the ‘bigger’ panels of the day from Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Sony Pictures hopefully in a moderately timely manner. First up for the day, Warner Brothers previewed their upcoming slate of features starting with Edge Of Tomorrow, the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt "Groundhog Day meets [insert-your-alien-invasion-film-of-choice-here] mash-up." Co-star Bill Paxton was on hand to preview some exclusive footage from the upcoming sci-fi flick and offer insight into its making. For a recap of the footage (hint: there were a lot of explosions), hit the jump. The panel opened with a new trailer for the film. It opens with Tom Cruise in a plane, getting ready to be dropped down into the middle of a war – when the plane is hit and explodes. »
- Tommy Cook
Daniel Stamm Talks 13 Sins, Finding Himself at the Helm, Challenges of Directing a Remake, Adapting the Original, and Using Improv during Rehearsals
Available now on VOD and in theaters this week is 13 Sins, a sinister thriller about a good natured, down on his luck everyman who must decide how far he's willing to go to provide for his family. Elliot (Mark Webber) is expecting a child with his fiancé (Rutina Wesley), caring for his mentally ill brother (Devon Graye), and about to take in his deadbeat father (Tom Bower), so when he's unexpectedly fired his entire life is thrown into a tailspin. That's when he receives a mysterious phone call explaining that he has been chosen to participate in a secret game show – thirteen tasks, if he can complete them all he walks away a millionaire, but as each task proves more perverse than the last, he discovers he may not be as in control of the gameplay as he thought. 13 Sins also stars Ron Perlman and Pruitt Taylor Vince. I recently »
- Haleigh Foutch
Fruitvale Station's Michael B Jordan attached to Men Who Kill
Michael B Jordan has been attached to Men Who Kill.
Jordan is being pitched to star in the movie, which has been acquired by 20th Century Fox, reports Variety.
Jordan, who previously starred in the critically-acclaimed movie Fruitvale Station, is set to play superhero Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch in Fox's reboot of The Fantastic Four.
Last month, Jordan addressed the criticism of his Fantastic Four casting.
He said: "It was expected. You kind of know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way. It's a continuity thing more than anything.
"People don't like change too much. But annoyed? Eh, just kind of accept it. It is what it is. You can't make everybody happy. You just »
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