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Star Trek Into Darkness box office: Solid or disappointing domestic debut? (Photo: Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness) J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, has to date grossed $13.4 million in North America, including from 336 late-night Wednesday IMAX shows and all-day showtimes at 3,668 locations on Thursday. As explained by Ray Subers at Box Office Mojo, first-day figures may have been below par because Paramount Pictures changed Star Trek Into Darkness‘ release date last week — the Star Trek sequel was to have opened on Friday. (Addendum: Barring an unexpected Saturday and Sunday surge, “disappointing” is the word for Star Trek Into Darkness’ domestic box-office debut.) For comparison’s sake: With $11.53m on Thursday proper, Star Trek Into Darkness had the 11th biggest Thursday opening ever (not adjusted for inflation). Its Thursday debut, »
- Zac Gille
The Force is strong with this one: On May 14, 1944 in Modesto, Calif., George Lucas was born to parents Dorothy and George Lucas, Sr. Sixty-nine years later, Lucas is one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of Hollywood, the man who made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs who created "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones."
After making his directorial debut with 1971's "Thx 1138," Lucas co-wrote and directed the coming-of-age classic "American Graffiti." (The film was based on Lucas' early life in Modesto.) Featuring a bevy of future stars like Harrison Ford, Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss, "American Graffiti" was a hit; the 1973 film earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Lucas and Best Original Screenplay for Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. After "American Graffiti" came a little film called "Star Wars" (later known as "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope").
"Star Wars »
- Christopher Rosen
Before George Lucas and Steven Spielberg gave us Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Temple of Doom was arguably the least liked film featuring swashbuckling archeologist Indiana Jones. There are numerous reasons why people dislike Temple of Doom (which, admittedly, has become more respected with the passage of time), but the most common refrain is that it was “too dark.” Spielberg and Lucas have revealed that the darkness in the film was very personal, and tied to failed romantic relationships both had experienced at the time. However, the story of Mola Ram and his Kali-worshipping Thuggee was not what either man had originally envisioned for Indy’s second adventure. Instead, the duo originally planned for the prequel to Raiders of the Lost...
- Mike Bracken
Update: Prince Charming is already sitting on a throne, at least a "Game of Thrones." Richard Madden, who stars on the HBO series, will play the persistent prince determined to find the mysterious girl he falls for at the ball.
April 30, 2013 - Emma Watson is not playing Cinderella in Disney's live action rags to riches movie. Instead, Lily James will be playing the role of the downtrodden Ella. She's currently on the BBC show "Downton Abbey" and also played Korrina in Wrath of the Titans.
March 1, 2013 - Emma Watson is in early talks to play the ultimate rags-to-riches character Cinderella in Disney's live-action version. Disney is seeing if the shoe fits with the Harry Potter actress after things didn't work out with lesser known actresses Imogen Poots (Me and Orson Welles), Alicia Vikander (Anna Kanenina) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers). Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Update: Emma Watson is not playing Cinderella in Disney's live action rags to riches movie. Instead, Lily James will be playing the role of the downtrodden Ella. She's currently on the BBC show "Downton Abbey" and also played Korrina in Wrath of the Titans.
March 1, 2013 - Emma Watson is in early talks to play the ultimate rags-to-riches character Cinderella in Disney's live-action version. Disney is seeing if the shoe fits with the Harry Potter actress after things didn't work out with lesser known actresses Imogen Poots (Me and Orson Welles), Alicia Vikander (Anna Kanenina) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers). Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) will play the evil stepmother.
Disney is not allowing its live-action Cindrella to turn into a pumpkin, although all the players have changed since it started working on the project. Kenneth Branagh (Thor) replaced Mark Romanek as director. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
It is not uncommon for there to be a disparity between regular cinema-goers and film critics, though given the assumption that film critics are more “harsh” and discerning than regular punters, it tends to be critics hating a movie that the general movie-going public enjoyed. Why else would Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen rake in so much money despite a risible Rotten Tomatoes score?
Occasionally, however, it will go the other way, and critics, with their broader mission – which will be to determine whether a film functions for the target audience at large – will praise a film that the series’ hardcore fans will nitpick into oblivion for betraying the source material.
By their nature, film critics are not fanboys about many franchises – at least not in a conventional way – so they may give a free pass to something that the hardcore fans see as a real problem. Here are 10 movies critics loved that fanboys hated… »
- Shaun Munro
You're going to want to check out this trailer that mashes together Prometheus with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The two films fit together way too well. I couldn't help but laugh at the crazy comparisons.
The world's greatest archaeologist meets mankind's engineers in this mash-up combining audio from the Prometheus trailer with visuals from Crystal Skull.
YouTuber Justin Fields did a great job splicing these two movies together, and you're sure to be entertained by it! Enjoy!
- Joey Paur
End of Watch director and Training Day screenwriter David Ayer already has Brad Pitt lined up for his next film, the WWII drama Fury. Now Shia Labeouf is negotiating for a co-starring role. "The story follows the commander of a Sherman tank and its five-man crew on a mission behind enemy lines in April 1945 as Nazi Germany collapses," Variety reports. "Labeouf would play a member of the crew." We have to assume Shia was approached because of that deft vehicular work in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. »
- Zach Dionne
According to Variety, the Transformers actor would be starring as part of the five-member crew aboard a Sherman tank behind enemy lines in April 1945, during the collapse of Nazi Germany.
Inglourious Basterds star Pitt would also be taking on the role of a crew member on the Us tank.
The film currently has a release date of November 14, 2014.
Last year, Labeouf said that he "deeply regretted" criticising Steven Spielberg, with whom he worked on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
The 26-year-old actor had said that both he and Spielberg "dropped the ball" on the movie, and that it didn't match the standard set by the rest of the franchise.
Watch a trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull »
Brad Pitt is heading back to World War II on behalf of David Ayer's Fury, and now he's got a young whippersnapper to go along with him. Though you'd think he'd never agree to play a sidekick again after Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Shia Labeouf has signed on to join Pitt in Fury, playing a member of the five-man crew who pilot a Sherman tank behind enemy lines during the last days of World War II. According to Variety Labeouf is the first person to sign on to the ensemble, which suggests three more slightly less huge names could sign on still. If Fury were a typical war film, Labeouf would be the green youngster who is optimistic about battle but is shocked by what he sees; either he dies and gives purpose to the grizzled hero (Pitt in this case) to finish out »
Will the just-released 42 have the most successful opening weekend for a baseball movie? Writer-director Brian Helgeland's 42, which features Chadwick Boseman as baseball player Jackie Robinson and veteran Harrison Ford, whose credits range from The Conversation and Star Wars in the 1970s to the more recent Cowboys & Aliens, debuted with an estimated $9.1 million at 3,003 locations this past Friday, April 12, as per studio figures found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Almost) undeboutedly, 42 will end up grossing between $25 million and $26 million by Sunday evening. If that does indeed happen, the film will boast the best debut weekend ever for a movie about baseball -- well, sort of. Pictured above: Ford, looking remarkably different under heavy makeup, plays Brooklyn Dodgers' team executive Branch Rickey in Helgeland's movie. Well, if you dwell on a planet where inflation is as real as the plots of Hollywood films -- including those based on real-life events, »
- Zac Gille
Baseball Biopic Surpassing Expectations: Will Easily Top Domestic B.O. Chart This Weekend Written and directed by Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential screenwriter), and starring Chadwick Boseman as pioneering black baseball player Jackie Robinson and veteran Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodgers' team executive Branch Rickey, the biopic 42 was the no. 1 movie at Friday's domestic box office; it'll surely be the weekend's top film, too. As per early, rough estimates found on the web site Deadline.com, the period drama will be the only movie grossing more than $20 million at the domestic box office. (See below more information about Scary Movie 5 and last weekend's holdovers.) (Pictured above are an unrecognizable Ford as the Brooklyn Dodgers' team executive Branch Rickey and Boseman wearing Robinson's baseball uniform.) The 42 movie brought in an estiamted $8.5 million at 3,003 U.S. and Canada venues on Friday (April 12) and by Sunday evening may possibly »
- Zac Gille
“I want my movies to be more realistic!”, said no one ever. Sure, some people claim they want their Batman reboot to be more realistic, their new blond Bond to be more serious, their new Star Trek to be grittier… but for crying out loud, these are the same people who are going to watch movies about Batman, James Bond, and Star Trek. If we truly wanted realistic movies, we’d watch nothing but Lincoln all the time.
Nonetheless, sometimes things just get too ridiculous. In this article, we’ll be reviewing some of the ridiculous ways people have survived sure death in film. Beginning with the first scenario….
Option 1: Hide inside a refrigerator
When trapped in an abandoned town and wary of a bomb about to go off, simply climb inside the oldest refrigerator you see. »
- J.D. Westfall
Sneak Peek Australian actress Cate Blanchett posing for photographer Steven Chee in the May 2013 issue of "Harper’s Bazaar Australia".
Blanchett came to international attention for her role as 'Elizabeth I of England' in the 1998 feature 'Elizabeth.
She earned an Oscar nomination for that film as 'Best Actress'.
Blanchett's other films include "Babel" (2006), "Notes on a Scandal" (2006), "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008), and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008).
She also appears in Jackson's new "Hobbit" trilogy.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Cate Blanchett...
- Michael Stevens
Genevieve Buechner has joined the cast of The Dark Place, playing the key role of Wendy Luckenbill, the local tavern’s prettiest waitress who hides not-so-pretty secrets, ones that may hold either the best hope to Keegan’s salvation, or the key to his downfall. Buechner, a Vancouver based actress, was also seen in Judas Kiss, but is mostly known up north for her various roles on TV, including American series that have filmed there including, Caprica, Fringe and The Killing.
Now we know that the Fiftieth Anniversary episode (movie?) of Doctor Who will have at least one previous actor who played the Doctor. The BBC confirmed on Saturday –after subscribers received their copy of Doctor Who Magazine that listed the guest-stars of that story, five days earlier than the Beeb had planned- that David Tennant will reprise the role, the first time since he passed the torch to Matt Smith »
Sequels are awesome, plain and simple. Returning to familiar characters and worlds we love is like covering yourself with a warm blanket, although when a sequel is bad it can be like a blanket covered in potato bugs and lice. Studios love sequels because seven times out of ten they open huge, no matter how good they are.
With that in mind, here's 50 of your favorite titles all preparing to get new installments. Some of them are deep into pre-production while others have barely gotten out of the pitch stages, but you'll be salivating at the thought of some of these sweet babies finally making their way to the screen.
Status: The law of diminishing returns seems to have caught up to Paramount's annual license to print money, and even though the last "Paranormal" grossed half its predecessor, producer Jason Blum is gonna »
- Max Evry
Nowadays, sequels are rightfully considered to be the scourge of the Hollywood scene – unnecessary, awkwardly-realised and usually existing solely for the purpose of exploiting the good nature (not to mention the wallets) of a pre-existing fanbase, sequels rarely live up to the original flicks they were inspired by. In most cases, then, movie-goers would agree that a sequel to a great movie is a bad idea – there are just too many things that can go wrong.
Generally speaking, it’s the extremely popular movies that will find themselves best primed for a sequel. When it comes to mediocre flicks, though, there’s nothing any movie-goer wants less than another chapter of half-assed narrative schlock. In some cases, though, a mediocre movie actually warrants a sequel for much more than money making purposes.
Be it to expand on a story in ways that the original movie failed, or as a way »
- T.J. Barnard
We reported back in March of last year that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had signed a deal with MGM to star in Brett Ratner’s Hercules, based on the 2008 graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian War by Steve Moore.
Today we can report that Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark City), Ian McShane (American Horror Story: Asylum), Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story: Asylum), John Hurt (Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Swedish actress, Rebecca Ferguson and Norwegian actor, Aksel Hennie have joined the cast as well, according to The Wrap.
Here’s the plot summary from the graphic novel by Steve Moore.
Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, »
- Jess Orso
Joss Whedon probably wasn’t intending to make a provocative statement when he dropped an opinion on Disney’s plans for its Star Wars sequel. With evidence mounting that original trilogy actors Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill will appear in Episode VII, The Avengers writer-director said, “You know, I wouldn’t go back, I’d go forward. I would want to create characters that would resonate the way that they did.”
Other Star Wars fans have posted similar thoughts over the past week. A Forbes writer argued, “There’s a big risk here that the awkwardness of these »
- James Hibberd
Ray Winstone is one of those brilliant actors who has a chameleonic ability to totally lose himself in his characters (whether it’s the retired thief in Jonathan Glazer’s brilliant “Sexy Beast” or the Bostonian gangster in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed”), while remaining 100% Winstonian. In his new film, “The Sweeney,” an adaptation of a hugely influential '70s British cop series, Winstone plays Jack Regan, a morally nebulous leader of a crack crime force. We got to talk to the actor about adapting such an iconic series, what it was like working with British rapper Plan B, and how he goes about choosing his roles. We also bugged him about motion capture animation, the fate of Nick Cave’s “The Death of Bunny Munro,” what “Noah” was like, and if he had any dirt on filming the infamous “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (yes »
- Drew Taylor
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