7 items from 2011
Evan Rachel Wood Actress Evan Rachel Wood attends the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] Actor James Earl Jones was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Altered States), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Evan Rachel Wood's film credits include Thirteen, The Missing, Running with Scissors, Across the Universe, The Wrestler, Whatever Works, The Conspirator, and George Clooney's potential Oscar contender The Ides of March. On television, Wood played Kate Winslet's daughter in a remake of Mildred Pierce. »
- D. Zhea
There have been a lot of rumours about who's staying, who's leaving and who's joining the cast of The Expendables 2. Now according to Empire, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis have locked in deals and will have 'substantial roles' in the much discussed sequel. This is no doubt good news for fans of Arnie and Bruce, as they had little screen time in the first film and it sounds like they will be given a lot more opportunities to blow things up this time round. Directed by Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) with a screenplay by David Agosto (Big Canyon) and Ken Kaufman (Space Cowboy, The Missing), The Expendables is due to start shooting in October. Related Link Empire »
Cowboys & Aliens, 2011.
Directed by Jon Favreau.
A posse of cowboys attempt to defend Earth from extraterrestrial invaders.
Cowboys and Aliens. Now there’s a high concept movie title if I ever heard one. There are cowboys. There are aliens. And that’s pretty much it. But here is one summer blockbuster that doesn’t try to be overly complicated with a simple concept, yet doesn’t surrender its integrity by dumbing down to usual CGI mindless fare.
Cowboys and Aliens is a film you either go along with and buy into the situation, or you don’t. I don’t believe anyone out there will fall into the middle ground of liking the ‘cowboy’ but disliking the ‘alien’, or vice versa. The two elements on their own are not enough to save this film, »
While The Expendables was a financial success, any other success or merit it achieves comes with a couch, a room full of friends and copious amounts of beer.
That said, for those of you who enjoyed the film, you may be disappointed to find that Sylvester Stallone shan’t be returning to write or direct the film’s inevitable sequel, now creatively titled The Expendables 2. Stallone is still obviously returning as the team’s go-to guy, Barney Ross, with the only other confirmed member being Randy Couture as Toll Road (really? that was his name? *sigh*). Other possible members may include Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Bruce Willis, who may be returning in a “super-villain” capacity. As far as writers and directors go, David Agosto and Ken Kaufman (Space Cowboys, The Missing) will be penning, with no word yet on who will helm, although I’m certain Stallone will come up with shortlist after shortlist. »
- Conor O'Donnell
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sylvester Stallone has been talking up an “Expendables” sequel ever since his initial adventure opened – and opened big – last August. Most assumed Sly would return to the director’s chair when the next installment finally lensed, but that might not be the case.
David Agosto and Ken Kaufman have been hired to write a second “Expendables,” according to 24 Frames. Kaufman wrote Ron Howard’s “The Missing” and “Space Cowboys” for director Clint Eastwood, though Stallone co-wrote the first “Expendables” script with David Callaham.
But the big surprise in the 24 Frames piece was that Stallone “isn’t, at the moment, planning on helming the new movie” and, instead, has “been meeting with directors to tackle the sequel.”
There are a number of “Expendables” rumors floating around, some of which have been started by Stallone, himself. The biggest one involves Bruce Willis’s character from the »
- Sean O'Connell
No Strings Attached overhauled last week’s number one film The Green Hornet in a close battle to the top of the weekend’s box office charts. The Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher led romcom took a comfortable lead on its opening night, was narrowly out-grossed by The Green Hornet on Saturday, but then turned the tables with a close Sunday win. Overall the Ivan Reitman film triumphed with a $20.3 million victory over The Green Hornet’s $18.1 million haul.
As No Strings was made for around $35 million when all is said and done, they’ll be happy enough with this at Paramount but perhaps they will rue the missed opportunity of mostly being unopposed by any other new releases. Still the r-rated sex comedy didn’t do The Dilemma numbers.
The film’s $20 million opening was fairly typical for an Ashton Kutcher film and practically identical to the initial weekend takings »
- Laurent Kelly
The Green Hornet burst on to the scene this week with one of the best January openings ever. In a distant second, The Dilemma disappointed compared to the track record of stars Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. Overall it was another down week at the box office, as business was off 25 percent compared to last year when Avatar topped The Book of Eli with $66.3 million.The Green Hornet debuted to $45.3 million, which was the third highest-grossing January opening week ever behind Cloverfield and Star Wars (Special Edition) (though it fell much further down the chart when accounting for ticket price inflation). Also, while the opening was about middle-of-the-road for highly-promoted superhero fare, The Green Hornet is set to pass Kick-Ass sometime today to become the second highest-grossing superhero comedy ever behind The Incredibles. In a slightly sour note, the seven-day start was less than past Seth Rogen-scripted projects Superbad and Pineapple Express, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
7 items from 2011
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