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Coming off a remarkably slow month at the box office, Guardians of the Galaxy should get things back on the right track this weekend. The 10th movie in the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" will likely set a new August record, and could even come close to matching last year's Thor: The Dark World.Meanwhile, James Brown biopic Get On Up opens at 2,468 locations. For this weekend, at least, it will likely wind up in third place behind fellow Universal release Lucy.Opening at 4,080 theaters*a record for an August release*Guardians of the Galaxy is the first "original" Marvel movie since Captain America: The First Avenger, which debuted around the same time in 2011. It's also the fourth Marvel title to hit theaters after The Avengers propelled the brand to the next level; all three previous releases have debuted to at least $85 million.Conventional wisdom suggests that the Guardians won't be able to match those sequels. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Guardians of the Galaxy should take the weekend by a healthy $40 million or so, a route of galactic proportions. The bad news is there's not much in the way of precedent here, unless you want to count all of Marvel, but this sci-fi comedy actioner doesn't seem to be of this world (sorry, I'll stop). Is it similar to The Avengers, which is to say an ensemble feel goodc No, of course not, that's too huge a marketing budget and franchise. Well then, how about Serenity, a film it does actually closely resemblec Nope, that's no good either, awareness of Guardians of the Galaxy is through the roof by comparison. Now throw in the glowing reviews and this looks like a sneaky over-performer against tracking. Still, I'm wary. We've only seen eight movies all year open higher than my prediction, and there's no sequel bump in play (five were sequels »
- Laremy Legel
James Brown biopic "Get On Up" with recent Hitfix interviewee Chadwick Boseman heads to theaters Friday. Tom Hiddleston and Ansel Elgort will play Hank Williams and Van Cliburn, respectively, soon. The N.W.A. flick has its cast. Andre 3000 already stepped up as Jimi Hendrix in "All Is By My Side," out just recently. Biopics have been a draw for awards voters too, like for "Ray" and "Walk the Line," for their actors and the music. So why wait? Might as well start planning ahead while our favorite artists are with us. In the gallery below, I spitball some actors and the contemporary musicians they could play. Undoubtedly, Tilda Swinton could play quite a few, but which first? Who looks like Taylor Swift? Who could be a doppelganger for Alicia Keys or Drake? How does Miley Cyrus fit in? And why are Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Ruffalo on this list? »
Chadwick Boseman does not look likes James Brown. He did not look like Jackie Robinson either before playing #42 in last year’s hit about the barrier-shattering athlete, but Boseman’s magnetism and charm made up for the actor’s leanness and lack of cosmetic similarity. Now, the young actor has mastered another legendary man of the 20th century, the groovy funkster whose howl on “I Got You (I Feel Good)” is still one of the most exhilarating moments in popular music.
As James Brown in Get On Up, Boseman wears a heavy jaw of make-up on his face, which could have been more distracting had the actor not nailed the slurred speech, the electric rasp, and the dazzling dancing feet of the pop music icon. It’s an performance that is as impressive as Jamie Foxx’s show-stopping turn as Ray Charles ten years ago. (Like Foxx, though, Boseman does »
- Jordan Adler
Doctor Strange, based on the popular Marvel Comics character, will be included in the Marvel Studios 'Phase Three' production slate along with Ant-man and the third Avengers installment. Recently, Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil) signed on to direct the film and now news has emerged that Marvel may have found its lead. The Wrap reports that Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master) is in early negotiations to join the film:"While insiders caution there is no deal in place yet, multiple sources say Phoenix is in consideration and has had discussions about the movie." Phoenix can next be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice opening in theaters later this year. According to Marvel Comics mythology, former neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange is one of »
- Pietro Filipponi
Well, maybe Benedict Cumberbatch really is just in Comic-Con for "The Penguins of Madagascar" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." Though the "Star Trek Into Darkness" star had been strongly rumored for the role of Doctor Strange in Marvel's upcoming film (which will be directed by Scott Derrickson), The Wrap is reporting that Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to take the part. If it pans out (and assuming it's not just smoke and mirrors, which it could be), this would be a real coup for Marvel. Phoenix has more cachet than just about every other actor tapped for major roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, save for maybe Robert Downey Jr. Naturally it's all speculation now, but where there's smoke, there's surely fire and this news coming on the eve of Marvel's big Hall H presentation at Comic-Con signals that the breaking news »
- Kristopher Tapley
Everyone is eagerly awaiting the Marvel panel this Saturday at Comic-Con, but it sounds like some news might be leaking a little early. The Wrap reports that Walk the Line and The Master star Joaquin Phoenix has been mentioned over and over again for the role and that the actor is currently in consideration and may already be in discussion for the film. He was once wanted for a role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, specifically the role of Lex Luthor, so it seems like he's keen to take on a comic book role of some sort, and a character like Doctor Strange seems like a perfect fit for the gifted and sometimes odd actor. Lending some credence to this report is this tweet pointed out by The Wrap: One of the comic book stores in Ct had Joaquin Phoenix stop by. He was looking for Dr. Strange comics. »
- Ethan Anderton
Take this news with a massive grain of salt, but according to TheWrap, Marvel Studios is currently looking at three-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Walk the Line) for Doctor Strange.
There is supposedly no deal in place yet, but multiple sources say that Phoenix is in consideration for the role and has even had discussions with the studio. Jeff Sneider, who reported the story, has cautioned fans on Twitter that even he remained skeptical about the story, but that “all roads lead back to Joaquin.” He does say that he has “absolute certainty” that the role will not go to Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch, who have remained on the studio’s wishlist for over a month now.
We’ll likely hear an official announcement about the Doctor Strange casting soon, as well as word on its official release date (which we think is in 2016).
- James Garcia
Joaquin Phoenix is an accomplished actor, nominated three times for an Academy Award thanks to impeccable performances in Gladiator, Walk The Line and The Master. Last year, it was speculated he could be up for his fourth courtesy of his tender turn in Spike Jonze's Her. But instead of getting recognition for his Her role, he's getting recognition for his head troll. To understand what I'm talking about, you must watch the video above in full. Movies.com tipped us to this odd bit of internet gold that shows a moment from Her that is the film is quite sweet. But if you zero in on Joaquin Phoenix's forehead, you notice it is having a range of emotions all its own. And it sort of looks like a troll. Well, I'd argue a gnome, but semantics. In case you--like us--can't look away, let's take an extended look at »
If he agrees to the contract Bale will feature as lead character Travis McGee, a ‘salvage consultant’ who returns property to its rightful owner – at a price. However, while his job may sound rather dull, McGee gets himself into all sorts of trouble, described at times as a ‘mercenary’.
This definitely sounds promising, especially with Bale and DiCaprio working together. The Deep Blue Goodbye was the first of MacDonald’s 21 stories in the series (yes, 21!) so maybe this will morph into an epic franchise…or have we had enough of those already?
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
abstew here. This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the my favorite movies growing up, Troop Beverly Hills. (I mistakenly thought the woman with curly red hair on the VHS cover was my beloved Bette Midler, but when I realized it wasn't, I loved the movie too much to care and made my parents rent it at least once a month.) But all those times I watched those Wilderness Girls singing about the virtues of Cookie Time, I never thought that the actress playing Shelley Long's daughter, Hannah Nefler, would grow up to be my absolute favorite singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis. She writes the songs that make me remember that I have feelings. If you opened my chest it would be in the shape of Jenny Lewis.
After a brief stint as a child star (even appearing on »
Will "Travis McGee" finally get made? The project has been bouncing around Hollywood for years, at one time was positioned as a vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio (who is still producing), while directors like Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone circled at various times. Now James Mangold ("The Wolverine," "Walk The Line") is attached to direct and an old friend may star. Christian Bale is in early talks for the movie which is franchise material, based on the books by John D. MacDonald and centers on a beach bum “salvage consultant,” who specializes in recovering client's otherwise forever lost property in return for half the property's value as a fee — his first case (based on the novel "The Deep Blue Good-By") finds him reluctantly in search of a treasure hidden by a soldier after World War II. Will Bale be the one to get this moving? We'll see. [THR] Speaking of long developing projects, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The literary works of American author John D. MacDonald could be said to have a very specific tone. With published titles including The Executioners – from which the film Cape Fear was adapted – his stories conjure suspenseful, sinister atmospheres in hardboiled narratives. There are, then, few people better suited to adapt his work for film than Dennis Lehane – himself the noted author of original novels Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island. The story he has adapted is A Deep Blue Good-by featuring the character of Travis McGee, and it is a project with franchise potential – particularly since it seems to have caught the eye of Christian Bale.
Travis McGee is a hard-nosed salvage consultant, who makes his living recovering stolen property – keeping half the value as his fee, with a view to funding an early retirement. In A Deep Blue Good-by, McGee finds himself on the trail of the powerful and evil Junior Allen, »
- Sarah Myles
It looks like Christian Bale has set his sights on a potential action/crime franchise, as Variety reports that the Academy Award winner is in talks to play Travis McGee in an adaptation of the 1964 John D. MacDonald novel, The Deep Blue Good-By.
MacDonald wrote 21 novels starring the McGee character over a twenty year period, from 1964 to 1984. Two film adaptations have been made; first came 1970′s Darker Than Amber starring Rod Taylor, then the 1983 made-for-tv-movie Travis McGee (based on the novel The Empty Copper Sea) starring Sam Elliot.
Unlike other detectives in crime fiction, Travis McGee is neither a police officer or licensed private detective. Instead, he considers himself a “salvage consultant,” who recovers others’ lost property for a fee (managing to get himself into trouble along the way, with plenty of bad guy fighting and woman wooing).
The Deep Blue Good-By is set to be directed by Walk the Line »
- James Garcia
Your eyes do not deceive you: That is Johnny Knoxville as the Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash. Shockingly, this is not a straight-to-dvd sequel of "Walk the Line" called "A Jackass Named Sue" -- it's part of the newest episode of Comedy Central's "Drunk History." Listen as a druuuunk Eric Edelstein relays the humble beginnings of Kris Kristofferson (played by Jon Daly), who appealed to Cash in order to gain fame. You'll learn and hiccup a lot. Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows »
- Louis Virtel
Similar in tone and story to Australian back-packer film Tracks, Wild is based on the best-selling novel by Cheryl Strayed. The film sees Witherspoon star as a discontented woman who after the death of her mother and the end of her marriage, decides to hike over a thousand miles through the Pacific Crest Trail, without any training or experience.
A definite Oscar hopeful, the film is released on December 5th in the USA, with a UK release on January 23rd, 2015.
- Scott Davis
Jean-Marc Vallée directed two actors to not only their first Oscar nominations last year, but their first wins, as "Dallas Buyers Club" stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto ended up walking away with gold that felt preordained early in the season. This year he could do the same for Reese Witherspoon, who won the Best Actress Oscar for "Walk the Line" back in 2005 and has a significant opportunity in "Wild" to remind us what she's capable of. The poster arrived yesterday and today, the trailer. The film tells the true story of Cheryl Strayed, who in 1995 set out to exorcise herself of various demons — drug use, her mother's death, her unfortunate sexual escapades — by hiking the 2,600-mile Pacific Coast Trail, which stretches from the U.S.-Mexico border east of San Diego all the way to the Canadian border near Mt. Baker in Washington. A few months back Vallée told »
- Kristopher Tapley
There’s a time-honored tradition of the Academy honoring A-list actors who put themselves through the mill with harrowing, stripped-down performances. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home trophies last year for playing individuals afflicted with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club, James Franco cut off his arm and got a nod for 127 Hours, and Naomi Watts took on a tsunami and came out with a nomination for The Impossible, to give some recent examples. I could go on, but I won’t. Suffice to say, Reese Witherspoon is undoubtedly gunning for some attention this year with Wild, in which she plays a woman who embarks on a 1,100-mile journey of self-discovery across America.
It’s perhaps a little cynical to dismiss this venture, based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, as purely an awards hopeful, but the trailer certainly paints it in that light. However, whether Fox Searchlight and Witherspoon »
- Isaac Feldberg
Reese Witherspoon has not had much of a career since her Best Actress win for Walk The Line. In fact, you could say she pretty much disappeared, turning in a handful of forgettable performances in comedies and thrillers. Like Matthew McConaughey, Witherspoon has been trying something of a comeback over the last year having appeared in Mud (opposite McConaughey) and with Colin Firth in Devil's Knot. Neither seemed to boost her back into the limelight, so how about an adaptation of a major »
- Alex Maidy
It's been nearly a decade since Reese Witherspoon picked up a Best Actress Oscar for "Walk the Line," but her recent renaissance (kicked off by her supporting turn in "Mud") could culminate in more Oscar attention. "Wild," from "Dallas Buyers Club" director Jean-Marc Vallée, is no doubt hoping to be a strong contender in the category. Based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," the film depicts Strayed's (Witherspoon) staggering, life-changing 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, during which she recalls her troubled early life. "Wild's" new poster highlights the Strayed's isolation amid some vivid natural beauty. Check it out here: "Wild" also stars Gaby Hoffmann, Michiel Huisman, Charles Baker, Kevin Rankin and Laura Dern. Novelist Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity," "About a Boy") wrote the script. Vallée, of course, directed both "Dallas" stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto to Oscar glory last year. »
- Dave Lewis
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