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The movie also stars Ray Winstone (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 30 Days of Night), Shawn Roberts (I Love You, Beth Cooper), Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell), Frank Grillo (Pride and Glory), Denis O’Hare and Gbenga Akinnagbe among others.
In “Edge of Darkness” Mel Gibson plays Thomas Craven a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Department and a single father. When his only child, 24-year-old Emma, is murdered on the steps of his home, everyone assumes that he was the target. But he soon suspects otherwise, and embarks on a mission to find out about his daughter’s secret life and her killing. »
Sam Worthington in Avatar (Mark Fellman / 20th Century Fox) James Cameron’s Avatar has broken its own "Monday in December" record. According to the Box Office Mojo Monday chart, yesterday Avatar earned an estimated $19.4 million ($5,619 per screen) at the Us/Canada box office, landing in the chart’s #7 slot. Last Monday, Cameron’s sci-fi adventure had grossed $16.3m. Still ahead of Avatar are Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 ($27.6m), with Tobey Maguire; Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($26,7m), with Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett; the Johnny Depp vehicle Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($25m); Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, with Christian Bale and Heath Ledger ($24.4m); Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon’s animated feature [...] »
- Michelle Hutton
The ReelzChannel 100 began when we asked Leonard Maltin for his favorite Hidden Gems of the decade. His list led the web team into a general discussion about the best movies of the decade and — after no small amount of debate, arguing, and (we're not proud to say) some petty name-calling — we decided we'd better bring it to an end with a company-wide vote. Then it was just a matter of tallying up the votes and hoping for the best. Lucky for us, ReelzChannel is filled with a staff ranging from movie lovers to movie fanatics. What turned out isn't what you'll find on a critic's best of list — instead it's what movie fans really enjoyed.
In day seven of the ReelzChannel 100, we highlight the 10 Biggest Movie Disappointments of the Decade.
Link | Posted 12/29/2009 by reelz
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London -- A glance at the top 20 pictures in U.K. cinemas from 2000-09 confirms that for Hollywood and beyond, a successful franchise really is the golden goose laying the eggs.
Research released by the Film Distributors' Association Tuesday shows that 19 of the top 20 were established franchises or at least the initial goose laying one up.
The one exception is the No. 1 hit of the past nine years, "Mamma Mia!" with boxoffice receipts of £69.1 million ($110.7 million).
All six "Harry Potter" titles released to date feature in the list, alongside the two most recent James Bond outings ("Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace") starring Daniel Craig and the screen debut of Bridget Jones, "Bridget Jones's Diary."
All installments of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy are ranked in the top five, while the first "Chronicles of Narnia" adventure, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," also appears in the top 20.
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- By Stuart Kemp
With the screen adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows getting split into two films, the first of which hits theaters next November, we’re just now getting a glimpse at the first scenes from the film.
The book was claimed to be too epic in size by Warner Bros. to be released as one film, so it will be split between two films on November 19 of 2010 and July 15 of 2011. This is the final chapter in the book’s series, and according to IMDb, the premise alone is pretty heavy.
Voldemort’s power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore’s work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for them, so everything they do must go as planned.
Check out the first featurette and »
- Matt Raub
After years and years of making great film after great film, Steven Spielberg now seems to yet another director who just can't seem to make up his mind on what he wants to make. In a time when Steven Soderbergh and Woody Allen are releasing two, sometimes three films per year, Spielberg is taking his time. And for the most part, that has led to the on-again, off-again rhythm of developing films. He was developing a Lincoln biopic for Liam Neeson, and has since left that in limbo. He was also working on casting The Trial of the Chicago 7 while in post-production for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. That project has since been handed off to Ben Stiller. And now, according to Variety, Spielberg is leaving Harvey hanging in the wind. The pic was supposed to be an adaptation of Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a about a man who befriends »
- Neil Miller
In early August it was revealed that Steven Spielberg would next be directing "Harvey," a remake of the Jimmy Stewart-starring 1950 film about a man whose best friend is a 6-foot-tall invisible rabbit. Rumors pointed to Tom Hanks and, later, Robert Downey Jr. for the starring role of Elwood P. Dowd, but there's been little hard news on the project since the initial announcement.
Today brings some news, but it's shaped suspiciously like a big, fat coffin nail. Spielberg has withdrawn from the project, Variety reports. The trade reveals that the filmmaker had spent the past half year developing "Harvey," but that he's now dropped out for unspecified reasons. We can certainly theorize though.
As the article says, it's likely that Spielberg pulled up the stakes because he couldn't land the star he wanted for the Elwood role. Hanks reportedly turned down the part in an effort to get away »
- Adam Rosenberg
LucasArts has revealed that a patch enabling online co-operative play will be made available for Lego Indiana Jones 2 in a "few weeks". Released on November 20, the multi-platform sequel includes sequences from the latest movie in the franchise Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. Writing on the official LucasArts Twitter feed, the company confirmed that an online co-op patch is currently being developed for release on (more) »
- By Andrew Laughlin
When the original Twilight movie arrived in the UK last December, it opened with a decent £2.51m – not a bad number, considering Stephenie Meyer's books had yet to achieve blockbuster status. But it was far, far behind the Us debut figure for the picture: $69.6m (£42.1m).
What a difference a year makes. With the first Twilight film a huge phenomenon on DVD, and the Meyer books belatedly reaching a wide UK readership, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan have ascended to iconic characters here, and Britain has succumbed to R-Pattz mania. Now sequel New Moon has debuted in the UK with £11.68m, which is a whopping 4.6 times the opening weekend of the original film. In three days, »
- Charles Gant
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and its recent sequel are great adventure videogames that springboard off of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider, with much more fluidity and cinematic flair than we’re usually accustomed to in gameplay. That said — it’s a videogame, and like all videogames, it will shine most brilliantly as something interactive, while a film will only diminish its value.
As an adventure film, this has plenty of potential — about as much as it stands to derive many of its qualities from the Indiana Jones franchise. However, that vacuum left by Indy’s last crusade has never been successfully filled by any successors; could Uncharted transcend the usual flaws of videogame adaptations and become a truly great action-adventure franchise? »
- John Cooper
While it did break midnight and opening day records, The Twilight Saga: New Moon was unable to beat The Dark Knight's huge opening weekend record, despite being the highest opening weekend of 2009. The Summit Entertainment sequel took in an estimated $140.7 million domestically over the three day weekend, about $18 million shy of Batman's record $158 million, and even shy of Spider-Man 3's $151.1 million. New Moon will probably beat the life-time domestic theatrical gross of Twilight by the end of the week. New Moon's worldwide total is $258.8 million, the seventh highest worldwide opening of all time, behind Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The header image via deathtoll1912, the comic above thanks to »
- Peter Sciretta
I have to admit that back in 2005, I laughed at the idea of "Lego Star Wars." The whole concept seemed too kid-friendly and too corporate at the same time. But I was quickly swept up in the game's quirky sense of humor, refreshingly tight game play and surprising depth. I enthusiastically embraced all the "Lego" games that followed ("Lego Batman" still gets plenty of mileage, and the new "Lego Rock Band" is amazing if only for the presence of Lego David Bowie). But I was disappointed with "Lego Indiana Jones," which felt too loose and not as sharply whimsical as the other games in the series.
Now comes "Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues," which incorporates elements from the first three "Indiana Jones" movies and augments it with a healthy dose of 2008's middling "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
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- MTV Video Games
According to BigGameHunterCa, LucasArts and Tt Games have released Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, now available for Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation3, PSP (PlayStationPortable) system and Xbox 360 video game/entertainment systems from Microsoft and Windows. Developed by the same team at Traveller's Tales that created the award-winning Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures and the Lego Star Wars series, Lego Indiana Jones 2 presents a comedic take on the four 'Indiana Jones' features, including the most recent film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Players will get to experience 're-tellings' of the classic movies, with new objectives and levels, fighting evil with Indy's newly enhanced whip as well as craft individual Lego adventures with the 'Build Your Own Adventure' mode. Gamers can create unique levels using the same tools Tt Games used for the game, complete with a wide array of set pieces, interactive objects and characters, »
Forbes looked at 100 top actors based on their widely released films over the past five years. It factored in the production costs of those movies against how much boxoffice, DVD and other revenue they generated in order to come up with an operating income for each film, which it then compared with the salaries the stars earned.
In Ferrell's case, the actor's films earned just $3.29 for every dollar he was paid. That's a pretty poor contrast to the $160 that Shia Labeouf's movies returned to the studios for every buck he earned.
That figure, by the way, put Labeouf -- who starred in "Transformers" in 2007 and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in 2008 -- at the »
- By Paul Bond
Ticket sales in the Us and Canada brought in $65million, with the foreign tally of $160million from 105 countries, led by France.
Sony's Columbia Pictures said the film scored the highest worldwide opening for an original film not based on an established franchise, brand or best-seller.
In global terms, it ranks No 9 for film openings, behind (from No1 to 8) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and The Da Vinci Code.
It surpassed June's worldwide opening for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen »
- David Bentley
There are several things that director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) doesn’t seem too concerned about in the bloated, CGI-laden disaster movie 2012. These include, but are not limited to: plot, character development, plausibility, restraint, and subtlety. I kind of understand why he chooses to ignore these elements. If you get bogged down with all these pesky details, how are you supposed to focus on The Spectacle?
The Spectacle is the star of this film, and clearly every resource available was used to ensure that this movie looks good, everything else be damned. 2012 is a full 2 1/2 hour visual assault of CGI, destruction, chase scenes, and every natural disaster a geophysicist could possibly imagine. It’s chalk full of action movie clichés, right down to the brooding and estranged ex-husband who happens to be near his old family when disaster strikes, and must lead them to safety. Not »
- Shannon Hood
When was the last time you recall seeing an actual bicycle messenger? Unless you live in a densely populated, car-hating metropolis, chances are rather slim that you ever see someone on a bike with a package under their arm, ducking and diving all manner of obstacles before screeching to a halt in front of a skyscraper and racing inside to drop off said package just in the nick of time. Which is why it is simultaneously bizarre and fascinating to me that David Koepp would pick the high-stakes world of two-wheeled courier services as the frame for his next directorial project.
What's even more fascinating is the scale Premium Rush, which I am 99% positive is the name of a Capri Sun flavor I used to drink in the '90s, is set up to be. Sony is bankrolling the production, which Variety says they see as "a big-budget actioner, much »
- Peter Hall
David Koepp, who's probably better known as a screenwriter than a director, has set up his next directing project at Sony. Koepp will helm Premium Rush, a bike messenger action movie, being produced by Gavin Polone (who last worked on Zombieland). The story centers on a New York bike messenger who picks up an envelope at Columbia University to deliver. A dirty cop is desperate to get his hands on the envelope as well, and chases the bike messenger throughout the city. The screenplay was written by Koepp and his frequent collaborator John Kamps. I've got to admit, this sounds like it'll be awesome, I'm already excited to see it. Koepp last directed Ghost Town as well as Secret Window, Stir of Echoes, and The Trigger Effect before that. His most recent screenplays include Angels & Demons, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Zathura, and War of the »
- Alex Billington
Known for being one of Hollywood's highest-paid screenwriters, with creditsd on Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull and Spider-Man, Koepp also penned the script for the upcoming film with his frequent collaborator John Kamps.
The story centers on a twentysomething New York City bike messenger who picks up an envelope at Columbia U. A dirty cop is desperate to get his hands on the envelope and chases the bike messenger throughout the city.
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David Koepp is best known as one of Hollywood's highest paid screenwriters (and one of Spielberg's scribes). His screenwriting credits include everything from Toy Soldiers, Jurassic Park, and Carlito's Way, to Panic Room, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For the last decade he's been trying to make the transition into feature film directing. He made his debut with the promising Stir of Echoes, but has since followed up with some lackluster efforts, the 2004 Stephen King adaptation Secret Window and the 2008 Ricky Gervais supernatural romantic comedy Ghost Town. Honestly, I think Koepp is a much better screenwriter than he is a filmmaker, and that's not saying much considering the abundance of lackluster screenplays he's been involved with in the last 10-12 years. With that kind of intro, you must be really interested in his next directorial effort (yes, that was »
- Peter Sciretta
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