5 items from 2013
How long should a franchise lie fallow before it can be rebooted successfully? With its premier comic-book property, Warner Bros allowed an eight-year gap between Batman and Robin and Batman Begins, although it's worth remembering that grosses for the Christopher Nolan trilogy only reached spectacular levels with The Dark Knight, three years later; the sequel made £49.1m, as opposed to just £16.6m for Batman Begins. Sony did pretty well with The Amazing Spider-Man only five years after Spider-Man 3, whereas Universal didn't create much excitement with Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk, five years after Ang Lee's less-than-fully achieved Hulk.
Seven years after Superman Returns underwhelmed audiences with a total of £16.4m in the UK and Ireland, the pricey Man of Steel always looked likely to improve on that total. With Nolan on board as producer, »
- Charles Gant
Get primed for a new blockbuster season with our Summer movie preview. If you're more of a music person, then check out our guide to this Summer's festivals. In honor of his birthday, here's some serious Channing Tatum eye candy. But wait - we've also got hot new Ryan Gosling pictures from Only God Forgives. The Tribeca Film Festival took over NYC; watch our reviews of Zac Efron's At Any Price, Kate Hudson in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and A Case of You with Justin Long. Elsewhere at the festival, we interviewed Penn Badgley about Greetings From Tim Buckley and chatted with Julianne Moore about The English Teacher. See Chris Hemsworth back in action in the trailer for Thor: The Dark World, while Emma Watson goes criminal in the new Bling Ring trailer. There's also the first trailer for Prince Avalanche, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. As the new season inches closer, »
- Becky Kirsch
Sixteen years ago today, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion hit theaters. It’s hard to believe it was so long ago… But now we get to revisit Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino and the rest of the cast, which also included Janeane Garofalo, but more surprisingly, Kristen Bauer (!) and Justin Theroux (!!).
Lisa Kudrow (Michele Weinberger)
The former Friends actress has starred in a slew of shows and films. Kudrow currently stars in Web Therapy as Fiona Wallice, a therapist who works with patients over the internet.
Mira Sorvino (Romy White)
Sorvino has popped up here and there, including a 2000 film version of The Great Gatsby and Mimic. The latter resulted in a compound excreted by the sunburst diving beetle being named after her (“mirasorvone”).
- Stacy Lambe
As expected, "Oz" repeated in the top slot of the box office chart after its massive bow last weekend. With an estimated $42.2 million second weekend gross, Disney's prequel has reached $145 million in just 10 days and slipped a reasonable-for-an-event-movie 47% from last weekend. Sam Raimi's film is not the powerhouse Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" was, but continues to perform respectably and is easily the highest grossing film of 2013 to date.
Meanwhile, the heavily buzzed about "Spring Breakers" starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson alongside Franco as a gangster named "Alien" opened with an eye-popping $270,000 in just three theaters for an excellent $90,000 per screen average. The film's broader appeal will be tested next weekend when it expands to several hundred theaters. »
2012 was a nearly perfect year in cinema. Every month saw a new, interesting movie that captivated audiences, and brought plenty of money streaming into the box office. It was a year where top ten lists meant little to nothing, because there were at least twenty other films on any given list not accounted for. Will 2013 prove to be such a heavyweight? Or will it suffer in the shadow of its predecessor? Right now, there are 109 planned major releases that could be included on any best of 2013 list. We're whittling those down to the 13 most anticipated movies in the coming year, according to both our community here at Movieweb as well as past box office records. If anything can be said about 2013, its that some great movies are coming our way over the course of the next twelve months. The following list is in order by release date.
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5 items from 2013
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