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We're at a weird place in Hollywood history, one where an original idea, executed by some of the industry's most successful writers and directors, and starring an A-list leading man, is considered an almost foolish risk -- especially in a summer season marked by blockbuster sequels that are considered safe by comparison. So it is with "Tomorrowland," Disney's big question mark of a Memorial Day weekend movie.
It was actually easier to predict how the reboot of a 33-year-old horror franchise ("Poltergeist") would open this weekend, or the sequel to a franchise whose last installment came out 30 years ago ("Mad Max: Fury Road") would open last weekend, than to guess how "Tomorrowland" would do. Indeed, predictions for "Fury Road" and "Poltergeist" (which opened this weekend with an estimated $23.0 million) were almost exactly on target. "Tomorrowland," however, opened on the low end of expectations, with an estimated $32.2 million through Sunday and »
- Gary Susman
A few nights ago, Warner Bros. hosted a very canny event that our own Louis Virtel attended at the Playboy Mansion, a screening of "Entourage" that may have felt like virtual reality for those who attended. While I doubt being surrounded by scantily clad bunnies influenced Louis one way or another on the film, it's likely you'll see a number of reviews that are perhaps more enthusiastic than they would otherwise be, and it'd be hard to blame anyone who fell for it. One of the reasons the setting seemed so right for that particular film is because much of the charge of "Entourage" is watching the core ensemble swagger their way through Hollywood, doing whatever they want and rarely if ever facing any consequences as a result. It's always presented with a wink and a smile, just a case of boys being boys. We live in a world right »
- Drew McWeeny
Tom Hardy has dropped some hints with the guys over at Collider that he has a secret DC project under development with Warner Bros. From the scale he's talking about it sounds like a big-budget marquee project, but apart from that we know little else. "I actually got something cooking with Warner Bros which is also a comic book it's a DC thing which is kind of...it's really good actually, it contains elements of all kinds of stuff. From Ocean's Eleven to Batman, you can get all the wrappers out and it would be a big, really cool, technicolor, Pulp Fiction...it's a psychological fuckfest, it's absolutely awesome." Hardy went on to say that it has a Transmetropolitan vibe but is more grounded in reality, and compared it to Michael Mann's Heat. Hardy then went on to discuss the potential for layering the story across multiple platforms, saying »
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Tom Hardy has hinted that he could team up with Warner Bros and DC again for another film.
The actor - who played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises - teased a mystery project with a string of comparisons that we can't even begin to get our heads around.
"It's really good actually, it contains elements of all kinds of stuff," he told Collider.
"It's as if you would take Transmetropolitan and make it happen, but it's not that out there - it's something which is much more 'real world'. It could be like Heat, it could be f**king awesome. Let me tell you what it is, try and guess."
Any idea? Us neither.
Hardy recently said that »
Though he dropped out of the "Suicide Squad" film, Tom Hardy may be a part of the DC Cinematic Universe after all. Doing press for "Mad Max: Fury Road," Hardy spoke with Collider and teased an upcoming DC project:
"I actually got something cooking with Warner Bros. which is also a comic book, it's a DC thing which is kind of… It's really good actually, it contains elements of all kinds of stuff. From Ocean's Eleven, to Batman, you can get all the wrappers out and it would be a big, really cool, Technicolor, Pulp Fiction.
It's a psychological f--kfest, it's absolutely awesome. It's as if you would take Transmetropolitan and make it happen, but it's not that out there it's something which is much more real world. It could be like Heat, it could be fucking awesome. Let me tell you what it is, try and guess."
Asked about »
- Garth Franklin
Collider has done a good job spreading out their interview session with Tom Hardy as he's out promoting next week's new release Mad Max: Fury Road. Last we checked in he gave details on why he had to drop out of David Ayer's Suicide Squad along with saying he'd like to star as The Punisher, but now he's talking about a DC Comics property he's "cooking with Warner Bros." but he's only teasing us, not giving us the entire picture: It's really good actually, it contains elements of all kinds of stuff. From Ocean's Eleven, to Batman, you can get all the wrappers out and it would be a big, really cool, Technicolor, Pulp Fiction... It's a psychological f**kfest, it's absolutely awesome. It's as if you would take "Transmetropolitan" and make it happen, but it's not that out there it's something which is much more real world. It could be like Heat, »
- Brad Brevet
Tom Hardy is no stranger to the DC Comics universe, having played Bane in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, and he was almost set to play Rick Flagg in Suicide Squad before he dropped out. As it turns out, the actor is developing a mysterious new project with both Warner Bros. and , which incorporates a number of different comic and non-comic elements, although he wouldn't specifically say what the project is. Here's what he had to say about this secret movie/tv show:
"I actually got something cooking with Warner Bros. which is also a comic book, it's a DC thing which is kind of... It's really good actually, it contains elements of all kinds of stuff. From Ocean's Eleven, to Batman, you can get all the wrappers out and it would be a big, really cool, Technicolor, Pulp Fiction... It's a psychological [frick]fest, it's absolutely awesome. It's as if »
Today we have a new poster for the upcoming "The Walk" film, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and directed by Robert Zemeckis (Flight, Forrest Gump, Cast Away). Check it out below. The new movie tells the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7th, 1974. The dangerous walk, called the "artistic crime of the century," was explored in the award-winning "Man on Wire" documentary. Much of the movie will be about how Petit managed with a small group of relatives and his girlfriend to carefully plan the walk, sneaking up to the top of the Towers at night. They hid until late evening when they strung a 450-pound cable from one building to the other. Petit then stepped off the South Tower for a 45-minute walk to the North Tower. The majority of the film plays like "Ocean's Eleven, »
"Brace your boobies." There's plenty of slick heists, from Ocean's Eleven to Inside Man, but the story at the heart of Masterminds doesn't seem to be one of them. In the action comedy from Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), a robbery is planned by a ragtag team of dimwits including Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson, and somehow they get away with it. But that's just where the chaos seems to begin. It's hard to tell what's going on in this chaotic teaser trailer for the comedy, but Jason Sudeikis already seems like he will be the high point of this flick, with the low point being that terrible wig Galifianakis is wearing. Here's the teaser trailer for Jared Hess' Masterminds from YouTube: Masterminds is directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Gentlemen Broncos, Nacho Libre) and written by Danny McBride & Jody Hill ("Eastbound & Down") and Chris Bowman & Hubbel Palmer »
- Ethan Anderton
Still more news and quotes are coming out from this weekend's PaleyFest panels regarding the two currently airing ("Arrow," "The Flash") and one untitled and in development series on The CW which are based on DC Comics titles.
First up, the in development superhero team-up series has scored a new cast member - Dominic Purcell as Heatwave. Purcell has been guest starring as the villain on "The Flash" alongside his old "Prison Break" co-star Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold.
Both Miller and Purcell are set to be full cast members of this new show which is building an eclectic mix of goodies and baddies out of guest and recurring stars from the other two shows. Producer Greg Berlanti compared the show to ensemble pics like "Ocean's Eleven" and "The Magnificent Seven," saying it's a true ensemble as opposed to the singular heroes of the other two shows.
They're also including »
- Garth Franklin
When the Arrow / Flash Spinoff was first announced back in February, it was revealed that the currently untitled show, which will debut in midseason, will feature Brandon Routh (Atom) and Caity Lotz (possibly her killed-off Black Canary character) from Arrow and Victor Garber (Firestorm) and Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold) from The Flash, with Dominic Purcell (Heat Wave) also joining the cast today. The initial announcement revealed that the show will also feature three DC Comics characters who have never been used in a TV series before, but it seems that there are actually four. Series co-creator Greg Berlanti told Variety that these three unspecified heroes will be joined by a mysterious villain, who has also never been portrayed on the small screen. Here's what he had to say below.
"(We're) making sure that the villain that we have on that show is distinct too... another big character who hasn't been used yet. »
While it didn't quite return Will Smith to his former box office glory, Focus (2015) still easily took the top spot on a quiet weekend at the box office.Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held on to second and third place, respectively, while The Lazarus Effect got off to a so-so start in fifth.Focus opened to $18.7 million this weekend, which is a bit lower than Crazy, Stupid, Love.'s debut (that's the last movie from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa). It ranks in the bottom half of Smith's movies; it is at least ahead of Seven Pounds ($14.9 million), though that movie's December opening held is back a bit. Seven Pounds wrapped up its run with $70 million, which is a number Focus is going to have a tough time matching.The lower-than-expected haul could be placed on Smith's shoulders: Mib 3 and After Earth »
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Will Smith and Margot Robbie team up this weekend in con artist movie Focus, which should pretty easily take first place ahead of holdovers like Fifty Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service.Meanwhile, Blumhouse horror movie The Lazarus Effect also opens nationwide; unless it seriously over-performs, it will have to settle for runner-up status.Opening at 3,323 locations, Focus marks the first time that Will Smith has headlined an R-rated movie since 2003's Bad Boys II. That was in the middle of Smith's nearly unprecedented box office run from the mid-1990s to late 2000s, during which 11 of 13 live-action movies earned over $110 million at the domestic box office. That culminated in a stunning streak in which four movies in a row took in over $160 million*none of which were sequels.In the past six years, though, Smith's output has declined dramatically. Initially, he moved behind the camera to help produce the Karate Kid remake, »
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There are two ways of seeing "Focus": as a slick, derivative con man movie starring a typically debonair Will Smith that channels the labyrinthine schemes and accompanying jubilance found in everything from "Ocean's Eleven" to "Out of Sight" — or as the worst movie yet from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writer-director pair behind "I Love You Philip Morris" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love." It's the latter perspective that makes "Focus" such a letdown for anyone intrigued by the pair's other work. Despite its stylish execution, the movie sags into formula and shows little of the vulgar, edgy sensibilities that made this filmmaking pair worth following in the first place. Ficarra and Requa first gained attention as the screenwriters behind "Bad Santa," which, like "Focus," revolves around the plight of a criminal defined by his routine. In their directorial debut "I Love You Philip Morris," Jim »
- Eric Kohn
Tyga's house in a gated community got rolled by a crook who plotted an escape straight out of a Hollywood script ... and actually got away -- only problem is Tyga doesn't live in the house anymore. It all went down in the same Calabasas 'hood where Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, and Katie Holmes live. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the burglar asked someone on the block which house was Tyga's ... and then slipped into the backyard. »
- TMZ Staff
It might as well be Ant-Man Week, with the first trailer debut, star Paul Rudd featured on the Entertainment Weekly cover and new photos. Now we have even more on this Marvel Phase Two adventure with brand new plot details from the pages of this week's EW. When the official synopsis was released back in August, it was revealed that master thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) teams up with his mentor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to "pull off a heist that will save the world." Today it was revealed that both Lang and Pym are planning to steal the Yellowjacket suit from the villainous Darren Cross (Corey Stoll).
EW was on the Ant-Man set when Pym and Lang are planning this heist in a basement, with dialogue such as "Cross has the place loaded with transmission blockers" and even a reference to Tony Stark's father, Howard Stark. In the comics, »
16 items from 2015
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