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Over the past few weeks we've been inundated with news from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but 20th Century Fox stole a few headlines from Marvel Studios this week by releasing the first trailer for Bryan Singer's hotly-anticipated mutant epic X-Men: Days of Future Past, next year's time-travelling X-sequel sequel which brings together Fox's original X-Men and X-Men: First Class timelines. Although lacking in any real visual effects (owing to the fact they're yet to be completed), the teaser gave us a look at the majority of »
- Gary Collinson
In today's unexpected adaptation news, Rob Letterman (Monsters vs Aliens) will be directing Captain Underpants for DreamWorks Animation. Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets) penned the adaptation of Dav Pilkey's series of children's books that center on the adventures of the title hero, created by fourth grade students, George Beard and Harold Hutchins. Originally published in 1997, Pilkey's series now spans ten books and three spin-offs, plus a Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Award in 2007. Hit the jump for more. Heat Vision reports that Letterman will tackle Captain Underpants for DreamWorks Animation. Letterman and Stoller previously filled respective director and writer roles on Gulliver's Travels. Letterman's other directorial efforts for Dwa include Shark Tale and Monsters vs Aliens, while Stoller's list of screenwriting achievements sports the live-action comedies, Fun with Dick and Jane, Yes Man, Get Him to the Greek, and The Five-Year Engagement. Stoller's more family-friendly fare includes 2011's The Muppets, and the upcoming film, »
- Dave Trumbore
Review Simon Brew 18 Oct 2013 - 06:46
DreamWorks brings a racing snail to the screen in Turbo. And the results are good...
Something's gone a bit awry at DreamWorks Animation. In years gone past, it could release films of variable quality - Shark Tale, Puss In Boots - and still sit back and watch the moolah roll in. Then, last year's Rise Of The Guardians took some effort to clear $100m at the Us box office, in spite of being really rather terrific, and it looked as if there was something of a blip.
Now, with Turbo being significantly hurt by the success of Despicable Me 2 at the Us box office over the summer and only pulling in $82m in receipts (against a budget of $135m). What was once a blip now may be a bubble bursting.
Yet it's a pity that this has shone a negative light on Turbo, »
‘Gravity’ box office record? Has the Sandra Bullock and George Clooney solar system thriller truly had the biggest October opening ever? (Photo: Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’) Distributed by Warner Bros., which reportedly saved it from turnaround purgatory at Universal, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity has had what’s officially the biggest ever opening weekend in October at the North American box office. As explained in my Gravity weekend box office post last night, Cuarón’s $100 million-budgeted solar system thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was expected to earn around $40 million by Sunday evening. Instead, if studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo are on target, Gravity opened this weekend, October 4-6, 2013, with a spectacular $55.6 million (including $1.4 million from late Thursday shows) at 3,575 venues — 3,150 of which showing the film in 3D and representing 80% of its gross. (Note: Not including marketing and distribution expenses, some sources estimate Gravity‘s budget to range between $80 million and $120 million. »
- Zac Gille
We already have a full box office report for you, but right now we want to focus on what's undoubtedly the biggest story of the weekend, and the entire fall so far: holy crap you guys, Gravity made a ton of money. How much money? Let's break it down by the records it shattered, according to Deadline. It's the biggest October opening of all time. Plenty of movies that go on to become hits open in October, from last year's Argo to The Ring, but they've never come out of the gate this huge. The closest competitor for Gravity's $55 million is Paranormal Activity 3, which opened to $42 million 2011. It's the biggest October opening for an original film, by far. The record for an original film opening in October previously belonged to Shark Tale, which made $47 million opening weekend in 2004. But given that we're comparing a PG-13 sci-fi film to an »
‘Gravity’ falls? Not at the domestic box office, as Sandra Bullock and George Clooney space thriller to enjoy one of biggest October openings ever (photo: Alfonso Cuarón directing Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in ‘Gravity’) Alfonso Cuarón’s Warner Bros.-released Gravity will undoubtedly have one of the biggest October openings ever at the North American box office. As mentioned in my previous Gravity box office post, Cuarón’s mix of adventure, horror, suspense thriller, and psychological drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was expected to earn around $40 million by Sunday evening. The Warner Bros.-distributed $100 million-budgeted film will, however, easily surpass that figure. (Note: some sources peg Gravity‘s budget at between $80 million and $120 million, not including marketing and distribution expenses.) (See also: “‘Gravity’ Box Office Record?“) The story of two U.S. astronauts adrift in the solar system after chunks of Earth-orbiting debris crash into their space shuttle, »
- Zac Gille
‘Gravity’ box office: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney solar system thriller soars on Friday (photo: Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’) In large part thanks to brisk 3D ticket sales, Alfonso Cuarón’s Warner Bros.-released Gravity is bound to far surpass initial opening-weekend estimates at the North American box office. Starring Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and George Clooney (Syriana, Argo), by Sunday evening the $100 million-budgeted two-character psychological thriller about two U.S. astronauts adrift in space was expected to collect around $40 million from 3,575 locations according to early tracking — with 91% of its tickets sales going to the film’s whopping 3,150 3D venues. (For comparison’s sake, back in 2009 3D theaters represented 90% of James Cameron’s Avatar advance ticket sales.) (See also: “‘Gravity’: Biggest October Box Office Debut Ever for an ‘Original Film.’“) On late Thursday, October 3, 2013, and Friday midnight, Gravity took in a solid — but hardly outstanding — $1.4 million. »
- Zac Gille
The School of Rock star is in line for the adaptation of Rl Stine's popular children's horror series, reports The Wrap.
Rob Letterman will direct the movie.
It is unknown which of Stine's stories will be adapted for the movie.
R.L. Stine’s family-friendly horror book series Goosebumps has been drifting through development limbo since Sony snapped them up in 2008. Despite the source material’s ongoing popularity, the film version never quite seems to have materialised. That appears to be changing, however, with news that Jack Black is in talks to star.According to The Wrap, Black is eyeing the role of a Stine-style author who is terrified when his horror creations literally leap off the page and spook him. If he does make a deal, it’ll reunite him with Shark Tale and (whisper it) Gulliver’s Travels director Rob Letterman, which suggests a lot of CG beasties could be coming our way.Though the books are beaten only by the Harry Potter series in sales, Goosebumps has taken a long time to coalesce. Writers such as 1408’s Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander and Disturbia’s Carl Ellsworth have taken a crack, »
Black would play a Stine-like author whose scary characters literally leap off the page, forcing him to hide from his own creations.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
One of the things I remember most about my childhood of the 90s was reading all of the Goosebumps books I could get my hands on. This was at a time when they were the hottest thing in town, even going so far as to spawn a decent TV show that lasted four seasons. Sure, they were incredibly silly books, but boy were they entertaining for a kid to read.
For a long time, there’s been talk of bringing R.L. Stine’s infamous series to the big screen. Earlier this year, we even got word that director Rob Letterman has signed up to direct the feature. Now, according to First Showing, the film may have found its star in none other than Jack Black. Black, who’s been on a bit of a hiatus for the past two years, is currently in talks to play an author whose characters come to life. »
- Jeff Beck
Jack Black is in negotiations to star in the gestating Goosebumps adaptation. If a deal is finalized, the actor will reunite with his Gulliver's Travels and Shark Tale director Rob Letterman, who signed on to direct in March.
Darren Lemke wrote the most recent draft of the script, which was previously worked on by Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia) and Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Monopoly). Neal H. Moritz is producing alongside Deborah Forte from Scholastic Entertainment, which publishes the books. No production schedule was given.
Director Rob Letterman (Gulliver's Travels, Monsters vs. Aliens) has been attached to bring R.L. Stine's Goosebumps book series to the big screen since this past spring, and now he might have found his star in one of his past films. The Wrap has word that Jack Black is currently in talks to join the Sony Pictures project. This will mark the second time Letterman has worked with Black since they also made the animted Shark Tale together. Now we have some story details too as Black would play an author like Stine himself whose characters literally leap off the pages he's writing, forcing him to hide from the terrors. Read on! That doesn't really sound like any of the books in the original 62 titles published years ago, though it sounds like it has loose ties to my favorite book Attack of the Mutant where a comic book villain is »
- Ethan Anderton
The Wrap reports that Jack Black is in talks to star in a Goosebumps movie. Rob Letterman, with whom Black worked on Gulliver’s Travels and Shark Tale, was already attached to direct. There's no word yet on exactly what role he'll be playing or which book the movie will be based on (if any), but Black would make a good scary dummy. »
- Jesse David Fox
That long-gestating Goosebumps feature film, based on the R.L. Stine property, may have gotten a star in Jack Black. The Wrap says the actor is circling the project which will be directed by Rob Letterman.
As I'm sure you can tell by now, Goosebumps is a scary family film.
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That long-gestating Goosebumps feature film, based on the R.L. Stine property, may have found a leading man in Jack Black. The Wrap says the actor is circling the project, which is set to be directed by Rob Letterman. Letterman, whose credits also include Monsters vs. Aliens , previously directed Black in both Shark Tale and Gulliver's Travels . Screenwriters Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander ( 1408 ) previously worked on adapting the material before Carl Ellsworth ( Disturbia ) was brought on board in 2010, followed by Darren Lemke ( Jack the Giant Killer ) last year. The "Goosebumps" series have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, second only to the "Harry Potter" series in total sales. Neal Moritz is producing the film through »
In the new movie The Family, Robert De Niro is back to what he's best known for: playing a gangster. This time, he's a mafia boss who enters the Witness Protection Program with his wife and kids after he snitches on others in the mob. And to give it an extended element of fish-out-of-water humor, the clan is relocated to a small town in France. His many wiseguy roles include another culture-clashing character in the comedy Analyze This and its sequel, Analyze That. The Italian-American actor has also played gangsters in The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, Casino, Once Upon a Time in America and the animated Shark Tale, in which he voices a mob boss shark. In The Untouchables, he portrays one of the most famous gangsters of all time, Al Capone. He's also been many other career...
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Robert De Niro is arguably one of the greatest actors of his time with a string of successful movies and awards under his belt. As well as directing, his range of roles include action, thriller, comedy and even voice work in the animated film Shark Tale.
In light of De Niro turning 70 tomorrow, Digital Spy takes a look back over the past five decades to five incredible roles that established him as one of the greatest ever Hollywood film stars.
Taxi Driver (1976)
Despite having already racked up a selection of significant roles in the early '70s, Taxi Driver was of particular importance to De Niro's career. His iconic turn as Us Marine-turned-taxi driver Travis Bickle pushed him into the limelight and forever tied him to that famous 'You talkin' to me?" monologue, which was predominantly improvised. His part as Travis Bickle earned De Niro his very first 'Best Leading »
Jackson Ball thinks the tide may be turning in the animation war between Pixar and DreamWorks...
Since the release of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs way back in 1937, animation has been big business, none more so than in contemporary Hollywood. In just the last month the Us and UK box-offices have been topped by not one, but two animated films: Monsters University and Despicable Me 2. So clearly, animation is an important component of the modern film industry and two studios in particular have dominated the genre in recent years.
In terms of filmmaking rivalries, there have been few bigger in recent years than that between Pixar and DreamWorks Animation. Both parties have had huge success, with Pixar claiming the most critical acclaim (12 Academy Awards) and DreamWorks having their fair share of commercial triumph (Shrek 2 made over $900,000,000 worldwide, a then record for animation record).
Both studios »
- Flickering Myth
Turbo movie box office: A costly disappointment-in-the-making? DreamWorks Animation / 20th Century Fox’s Turbo debuted on Wednesday at 3,551 North American locations, grossing a barely passable $5.55 million according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. True, Turbo isn’t a sequel like Despicable Me 2 or Monsters University, but the 3D animated feature cost a reported $135 million. Could Turbo be thus considered a domestic box-office flop-in-the-making? Well, that’s much too early to tell, as animated films at times develop sturdy legs — and not only in the U.S. and Canada, but elsewhere as well. (Image: Turbo snail racer.) (Friday, July 19, update: Following a solid Thursday midnight debut, it looks like the domestic weekend box office will belong to the low-budget horror movie The Conjuring. The paragraph below has been slightly amended to reflect that.) Box-office pundits had been expecting Turbo to top the domestic box-office chart this weekend, with approximately $28-30 million, »
- Zac Gille
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