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Box Office: Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy' Overpowers 'Hercules' With $44M Debut
Scarlett Johansson's Lucy opened to a winning $44 million at the North American box office, an impressive start for an action film featuring a female heroine. The movie, directed by Luc Besson, easily showed more muscle than Dwayne Johnson's epic Hercules, which debuted at No. 2 to roughly $29 million for director Brett Ratner. The pair of new offerings weren't able to cure the ailing box office. North American revenue was once again down, this time by nearly 12 percent from the same weekend a year ago (the summer continues to be down by more than 20 percent). Paramount and MGM,
- Pamela McClintock
‘Godzilla’ Winning Weekend Box Office in Japan
Japanese entertainment press typically reports weekend B.O. rankings on Monday and nationwide data only on Tuesday. But industry insiders posting on the popular 2-channel message board suggest that “Godzilla” should win its opening frame in its last major world territory to release.
Released in four different versions (2D sub-titled and dubbed, 3D subbed and dubbed) on 773 screens on Friday by local exhibition/distribution powerhouse Toho, the picture topped rankings at both online ticket sales sites and Tokyo area multiplexes.
According to one unofficial source, “Godzilla” sold a total of 70,009 tickets on Saturday, compared with 35,309 for second place “Maleficent” and 28,605 for third-place “The Eight Rangers 2,” the sequel to a hit 2012 superhero picture.
But posters on both Twitter and 2-channel also reported many empty seats at “Godzilla” screenings, with »
- Mark Schilling
Dark Valley wins at Puchon
In Korea, the 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped with Andreas Prochaska’s Austria-Germany Alps cowboy co-production The Dark Valley picking up the Best of Puchon award.Scroll down for full list of awards
Festival director Kim Young Bin said: “210 films from 48 countries have met with audiences during 11 days of the festival. As of July 24, 137 sessions out of 256 screenings were sold out successfully.
“You could say this is a significant result that we have reaped in an environment where all of society has been in a torpor.”
Puchon Choice: »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
Why I'd like to be Keanu Reeves in Speed
He began the 90s with Bill and Ted's silliness and ended them with The Matrix's existential angst, but in between came Keanu Reeves's greatest role as Jack Traven, a taciturn, tough-guy cop who oozed charisma. Getting the job done never looked so cool
- Alex Hess
Dendy and Nine Raise The Stakes in Australia’s Online Video Sector
Hong Kong – Independent cinema chain Dendy is to launch a VoD service next week in Australia. The move follows shortly after TV giant Nine Entertainment took a A$1 million stake in existing VoD platform QuickFlix.
Dendy Direct will kick off on Aug. 6 with up to 1,000 films provided by ABC Commercial, Beyond Home Entertainment, Entertainment One Australia, Icon, Madman Entertainment, Pinnacle Films, Roadshow, Transmission, and Umbrella Entertainment.
It is expected to be a pure VoD service with no subscription required. Individual titles can be rented for A$5.99 for a standard definition movie and A$6.99 for one in HD. It will be available on PC, tablets and mobiles immediately, expanding to Samsung smart TVs and Google Chromecast later this year.
Dendy has some 2% of Australia’s theatrical box office and will market the new service to 65,000 Club Dendy members and its 100,000 newsletter subscribers.
It joins an already crowded space which includes QuickFlix, »
- Patrick Frater
Watch: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Trailer
Lionsgate has officially released the first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 after premiering it for fans at this year's Comic Con. amz asin="B003XF1XOQ" size="small"Back again is Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss after having survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrestc Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Directed by Francis Lawrence, starring alongside Jennifer Lawrence are Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Jeffrey Wright Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Lily Rabe, Robert Knepper, Gwendoline Christie and many more. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 hits theaters on November 21, watch the trailer below. »
- Brad Brevet
Watch the First ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Trailer
Lionsgate has unveiled the first official trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” which Comic-Con attendees got an early look at this weekend in San Diego.
In the new “teaser trailer,” we see the first stirrings of District 13′s rebellion against The Capitol and President Snow, with Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen set to lead the charge against Panem’s repressive leaders.
The trailer features the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee as he attempts to convince District 13 leader Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) that Katniss is strong enough to unite the districts in an uprising. The trailer also features “Game of Thrones” star Natalie Dormer as Cressida, a director who flees the Capitol along with her camera crew and becomes a pivotal player in Coin’s campaign.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ arrives in theaters on Nov. 21.
- Laura Prudom
Hot Trailer: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′
Lionsgate has released the minute-long teaser trailer for its Hunger Games and Catching Fire sequel Mockingjay – Part 1, which it tantalized Comic-Con fans with this weekend in San Diego. In the third installment of the dystopian action franchise, Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) plot the next move for their rebellion and its iconic new poster girl, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). Catch all of Deadline’s Comic-Con 2014 coverage here. Lionsgate built an impressive off-site fan experience at Comic-Con this year. Rather than unveil its latest look at Mockingjay in Hall H, the studio partnered with […] »
Everything You Need To Know About San Diego Comic Con 2014
The /Film crew (Russ Fischer, Germain Lussier, Angie Han and myself – Peter Sciretta ) were in attendance at San Diego Comic Con 2014 over the last five days. While in San Diego, we delivered full coverage of the most interesting movie and television events and news from the convention. Here is a complete listing of everything we covered (which will […]
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- Peter Sciretta
Paul Rudd Talks Ant-man Script at Comic-Con; Reveals He’s Been Working with Adam McKay ‘Every Day for Six Weeks’
Over the past few months, Marvel's production of Ant-Man has been in the news constantly, and not in a good way. Fans were over the moon Edgar Wright was going to helm a Marvel movie that he co-wrote with Joe Cornish. When Wright left the project over "creative differences," most fans were angry with Marvel, and it's the first time the company had to publicly deal with serious venom from the online community. While Marvel has done their best by hiring Peyton Reed (a fellow geek who is dealing with the situation the best he can) and bringing in Adam McKay to help tweak the script, even if the movie is a home-run, fans are always going to wonder what might have been. However, while I'll always be upset we won't see a Wright-helmed Ant-Man, I'm definitely curious what McKay is bringing to the script. While many wondered if he »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer - Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss returns
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has premiered its first full trailer.
The promo was originally unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con through Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S, and has now made its way online.
The Hunger Games: How will Mockingjay work split into two films?
President Snow interrupted in new Mockingjay teaser
Jennifer Lawrence will return to lead the cast of the two-part adaptation of Suzanne Collins's novel, with Part 1 opening on November 21 this year and Part 2 scheduled for release on November 20, 2015.
Mark Ruffalo Talks Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the Ambition of the Sequel, Columbo, His Thoughts on Planet Hulk, and More at Comic-Con
Shortly after Mark Ruffalo and his Avengers: Age of Ultron co-stars left Hall H at Comic-Con (read our recap of the panel here), they participated in video interviews on a very crowded press line. When Ruffalo finally got to the group I was paired with, he talked about what impressed him about Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron script, the ambition of the sequel, meeting the expectations, his thoughts on a Planet Hulk movie, and the status of Columbo. If you're not familiar with the online campaign to have Ruffalo play Columbo, read about it here before watching the interview. Hit the jump for what Ruffalo had to say and look for a lot more video interviews with the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast soon. Mark Ruffalo: When does he start filming Columbo? 1:00 - What impressed him about the Avengers: Age of Ultron script when he first read it? »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Watch: Katniss Is Here To Fight In First Teaser Trailer For ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’
We’ve seen some intriguing teaser trailers for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1” so far. One of them features a brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) in a piece of “unified” propaganda from President Snow (Donald Sutherland) that gets hacked by members of the rebellion, namely Beetee (Jeffrey Wright). This is the type of insurgency that Snow will be looking to quell with swift vengeance and does really set the stage for 'MockingJay - Part 1.' The rebellion is making plans. So the new 'Hunger Games' trailer has arrived and it’s intriguing, but more focused on world-building than outright thrilling. It appears that Lionsgate wants to slowly build the campaign rather than run out of the gate all guns blazing. In fact, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is barely seen in the trailer, only in glimpses, really. Instead, the trailer begins and focuses on Haymitch (Woody Harrelson »
- Edward Davis
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Teaser Trailer Has Arrived: Watch It Here
After making its debut during Comic-Con in San Diego last week, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 trailer has finally arrived online! As you can see in the video, it looks like Katniss has been called to fight again. Will she be able to rise up once again as the Mockingjay? She says she will, but her tone has us wondering if Katniss Everdeen has much fight left in her. The trailer has Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) talking to President Coin (Julianne Moore) about enlisting Katniss to lead the rebellion. Knowing she would inspire the rebels to fight against the Capitol, Plutarch is determined to get Katniss back in action, though Coin seems to realize that the Games have done some serious damage to her. And it's true. Even before we see Katniss's face, it's evident by the way she's walking that she may not be at her absolute best. »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Teaser Trailer Hints at the Battle to Come
Lionsgate has released the first teaser trailer for the first half of the conclusion to the Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, directed by Francis Lawrence. Since the teaser trailer is only a minute, Lionsgate has wisely chosen to let the visuals and minimal dialogue set the stage at the battle to come. I especially enjoyed seeing Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) discussing Katniss’ purpose in the rebellion. Plutarch insists, “Listen to me. No one else can do this, but her.” Coin disagrees. “She won’t be able to handle it. The games destroyed her.” Shortly after their scene we get a glimpse of Natalie Dormer as Cressida with her half shaved head as well as Liam Hemsworth looking serious as Gale. Hit the jump to check it out. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ Trailer
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was always going to be one of this year’s most eagerly anticipated releases. But thanks to Lionsgate’s brilliant marketing campaign, buzz has reached a fever pitch. Today, the first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer was finally revealed after weeks of teases. So, does it live […]
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- Angie Han
True Blood Recap: “Karma”
In "Karma," True Blood has kept its final season ship afloat -- after it took on so much water to start things off -- by keeping a balance between the supernatural and the homespun. Scores are settled by the Yakuza and the Hep V vamps, while back in Bon Temps, a family has to explain to their kids why they aren't allowed to have sex with each other, even if they aren't related by blood. So, you know, the best of both worlds. Hit the jump, after you go and buy some anti-glamour contacts from Walgreens, of course. The twist of twists this season: Sarah Newlin is the cure! I failed to recognize her potential in this season besides being an irritant newly named Numi, but indeed, that cunning girl has found a way to, once again, survive. (She is True Blood's Gaius Baltar, which I am loathe to say but, »
- Allison Keene
The Leftovers Recap: “Gladys”
In “Gladys,” The Leftovers shifted its focus to the Guilty Remnant (or “the Gr,” as Kevin refers to them). And yet, there’s not much more known about them now than there was before. They’re into wearing white, aggressively smoking, and buying up real estate, but there hasn’t been a reason given for their methodology or beliefs. Still, aside from a lot of wheel spinning, “Gladys" also showed, because of where its brutal opening scene ultimately led, there’s a lot going on in that wide world beyond Mapleton that might play into the overall mystery. Hit the jump for why “we want them to remember something they want to forget.” “Gladys” began with the brutal stoning of a member of the Gr, by perpetrators unknown. When Kevin attempts to enforce a curfew after the killing, the town balks -- why should they be inconvenienced because someone is targeting the Gr? »
- Allison Keene
The Strain Recap: “Gone Smooth”
Despite its title, The Strain's "Gone Smooth" was sadly not a reference to Ephraim losing his hair (thereby releasing the beautiful baldness that is Corey Stoll's dome). However, quite a few others began losing theirs, and thus begins the transformation (and, soon, infiltration) from human to zombie vampire worm-infested killing beast. While The Strain's dialogue and character development haven't been particularly good (and in some cases, it's specifically bad), what the show excels in are monsters. And if you keep the focus on that, then there's no strain in viewing it. Hit the jump for "soon!" In my reviews for other series recently, I've talked about the turn towards novelistic storytelling, and how a show like The Leftovers has gotten it all wrong. TV isn't made for a novel's exact formula. A good TV show is one that gives you something to work with each week, episodically, »
- Allison Keene
Masters Of Sex Recap: “Fight”
Prior to "Fight," the most promising moment of this season of Masters of Sex -- the moment when many of us sat up, adjusted our glasses and thought, "here we go!" -- was when Ginny and Bill had the heart-breaking conversation in the hotel where they tried (and failed) to define the intricacies of their relationship. In "Fight," the topic was brought up again, and explored with the depth it deserves, and with a strangeness and emotional honesty that made Masters of Sex feel, for the first time truly, like Mad Men. Hit the jump for why "a hole is easier than a pole." At the beginning of "Fight," Ginny challenged her daughter's notion of princesses and fairy-tales by asking what would happen if the prince were to be disfigured before he was able to rescue the princess. She replied that a kiss from the princess would, naturally, restore him »
- Allison Keene
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