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What Happened to Disney's 'Tomorrowland' at the Box Office?

25 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

We're at a weird place in Hollywood history, one where an original idea, executed by some of the industry's most successful writers and directors, and starring an A-list leading man, is considered an almost foolish risk -- especially in a summer season marked by blockbuster sequels that are considered safe by comparison. So it is with "Tomorrowland," Disney's big question mark of a Memorial Day weekend movie.

It was actually easier to predict how the reboot of a 33-year-old horror franchise ("Poltergeist") would open this weekend, or the sequel to a franchise whose last installment came out 30 years ago ("Mad Max: Fury Road") would open last weekend, than to guess how "Tomorrowland" would do. Indeed, predictions for "Fury Road" and "Poltergeist" (which opened this weekend with an estimated $23.0 million) were almost exactly on target. "Tomorrowland," however, opened on the low end of expectations, with an estimated $32.2 million through Sunday and »

- Gary Susman

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – as it happened

23 May 2015 3:57 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Would UK entry Electro Velvet fare better than our last duo Jemini, who got nul points in 2003? How did special guest Australia get on? Stuart Heritage was there for every last Eurovision second

11.57pm BST

And now we are done. Sincerest congratulations to Sweden, and commiserations to all the other contestants, uniformly doomed as they are to become embedded YouTube clips in endless ‘What the hell was all that about’ Eurovision precursor articles a decade from now.

Now, while we go through our own individual post-Eurovision decompression routines – I don’t know about you, but mine involves putting my head into a metal bin and shouting ‘Why?’ over and over again until I tumble into the comforting arms of unconsciousness – it’s time for me to thank you. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, I appreciate you hanging out with me this evening. If you want to follow me on Twitter, »

- Stuart Heritage

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Tomorrowland – The Review

22 May 2015 5:14 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Review by Dana Jung

Of all the “lands” at Disneyland/Disney World (the others are Frontierland, Adventureland, and Fantasyland in case you’ve forgotten), Tomorrowland holds the most promise to an impressionable youth. With visions of Buck Rogers rayguns and Jetsons flying machines, the park promises more than it delivers, with its slow “people-movers” and static displays of smart homes and fashions of the future. Except for Space Mountain—a truly incredible roller coaster ride—this park is at once the most visually stimulating, and the most unexciting. The new film Tomorrowland shares some of these qualities, but is the end result a wild coaster ride of a popcorn movie, or a rehash of stale ideas about a utopian future?

Britt Robertson (Under The Dome, The Longest Ride) plays Casey, a smart and capable teenager living in a single-parent household consisting of her caring father (Tim McGraw) and not-so-annoying little brother (Pierce Gagnon, »

- Movie Geeks

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Carlton Cuse Talks Origins of Colony, World War II Influence, and Tone

21 May 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If you haven't heard of Carlton Cuse, you almost certainly have watched a show or film that he's been crucially involved in. For most viewers, his name is synonymous with J.J. Abrams' Lost, where he served as both a regular writer and producer, and he's recently been one of the major creative forces behind both Bates Motel and A&E's recent English remake of The Returned. Most recently, he penned the script for San Andreas, Brad Peyton's upcoming disaster film which stars Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino, but these projects are hardly the only thing on Cuse's radar right now. Cuse is producing The Strain Season 2, which bows July 12th, but more importantly, he's prepping Colony, a brand new science fiction series for USA. Steve got a chance to sit down with Cuse recently to discuss a number of projects, including San Andreas and his television work, and »

- Chris Cabin

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'The Avengers,' 'Iron Man,' 'The Walking Dead' And 'Lost' Writers Hired For Paramount's 'Transformers' Universe Movies

21 May 2015 8:26 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As you already know, Paramount is embarking on expanding their "Transformers" franchise into a shared universe of movies, with  Akiva Goldsman ("Jonah Hex," "Batman & Robin," and "Batman Forever") tasked with overseeing and hiring the brain trust of scribes to bring this all to life. And the intentions are made very clear by the names have been signed up to further the adventures of Autobots and Decepticons. Deadline reports that Robert Kirkman ("The Walking Dead"), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway ("Iron Man," "Punisher: War Zone"), Zak Penn ("X2," "Elektra," "The Incredible Hulk," "The Avengers") and Jeff Pinkner ("Lost," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2") are being inked as the initial quartet of writers for Transformers-verse, with more to come. And their credits say it all, with Goldsman and Paramount clearly not messing around, with »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Transformers Sequels and Spin-Offs Get Impressive Writing Team

21 May 2015 4:58 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

It was recently announced that Paramount Pictures, as well as Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura selected Akiva Goldsman to head a "writers room" in charge of developing "Transformers" sequels and spin-offs. Deadline is now reporting on who is part of this "writers room" and they are some of the biggest names in sci-fi. The list includes Robert Kirkman ("Walking Dead" creator), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), and Jeff Pinkner (Amazing Spider-Man 2, "Lost"). More writers are expected to be added. The "Transformers" franchise is a top priority for Paramount. The last two installments broke the $1 billion mark at box office. »

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Tomorrowland Review

21 May 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Brad Bird

Cast: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Thomas Robinson, Hugh Laurie

Running time: 130 minutes

Certificate: PG

Synopsis: Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

What if the world’s best scientists, inventors, artists and craftsmen were gathered up and taken to another world, free to create sensational new ideas away from distractions, politics and greed. Those are the ideologies that seduce young child genius Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson), fresh from inventing an almost-working jet pack in 1946, as he discovers this hidden world, dubbed Tomorrowland, thanks to an invitation from Athena (Raffey Cassidy) who sees Frank’s inventing potential. Fast forward to the present day and an older, wiser, and much grumpier Frank (George Clooney) is living »

- Victoria Bull

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Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn and more hired to write Transformers sequels and spin-offs

20 May 2015 11:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in March, Paramount announced its plans to form a Transformers shared movie universe using both direct sequels and spin-offs. Producer Akiva Goldsman will head up a “brain trust” to wrangle the various creative threads of each installment, and now he’s found his team.

According to Deadline, The Walking Dead creator Robert KirkmanIron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt HollowayPacific Rim writer Zak Penn and Lost‘s Jeff Pinkner have been brought on board to pen the scripts for the upcoming films. The report cites them as “Goldman’s four-team roster,” which could indicate that they’ve been brought on to work on separate projects.

Now that the brain trust has been assembled, we can expect more news about what films they’ll work on in the near future. As of right now, all we know for sure is that Paramount hopes to have Transformers 5 in »

- James Garcia

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Transformers cinematic universe writing team revealed

20 May 2015 10:24 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is one of five new writers to sign up for the Transformers movie universe...

It was back in March that we learned Paramount was to look beyond making mere sequels to Transformers movies, in favour of going down a broader cinematic universe route. Thus, whilst a follow-up to Transformers: Age Of Extinction is still very much on the cards, the idea is also to explore spin-off features. You never know, we could end up with at least a Transformers film a year if this all goes to plan. That'll go down well.

Anyway, there's been progress. Paramount has assembled a team of writers to bring its Transformers plan to life. We already knew that Akiva Goldsman had signed up to create writer's room for the Transformers cinematic universe, and now we know the identity of five of the writers to sit in it.

Robert Kirkman, »

- simonbrew

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What the 'Transformers' writers room means about the new shape of Hollywood

20 May 2015 6:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

So that's what the Transformers writer's room is going to look like, eh? While I don't tally the worth of a writer based on how many news stories they break, I will admit that I was deeply irritated when the story was first written about the notion of Akiva Goldsman spearheading a team of writers to develop "Transformers" sequels. I'd been tipped about it a few weeks earlier, and I was trying to get a second source I trusted, either at the studio or on the agency side of things. I pushed, and while I was sure the story was right, I couldn't run it. Excruciating. Part of my hesitance was that I didn't want to be wrong on a story like that because it's a threat more than anything. Goldsman and Bay breaking story together? Holy cow. Now Deadline's got a list of names they say are the final hires, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Transformers Sequels and Spinoffs Land Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn, and More

20 May 2015 3:33 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As if movies weren't being treated like TV episodes enough, Paramount Picture recently set into motion a plan to put together a “writer’s room” for its Transformers series. The braintrust of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura set screenwriter/producer Akiva Goldsman to oversee a group of writers that would develop ideas and scripts for Transformers sequels and spinoffs, and now that writers room has been set. Per Deadline, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Punisher: War Zone scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, The Incredible Hulk screenwriter Zak Penn, and Lost alum Jeff Pinkner will fill out the roster of Goldsman’s Transformers team. Somewhat tellingly, both Kirkman and Pinkner have deep ties to the television world (Kirkman now has two Walking Dead shows at AMC), though Pinkner made the leap to feature films with last year’s Amazing Spider-Man 2. Penn also has strong ties to genre material, »

- Adam Chitwood

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'Tomorrowland' (2015) Movie Review

20 May 2015 8:59 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I'm quite certain you could lop off the first 20-30 minutes of Tomorrowland and never notice. Then again, the same could probably be said for the final 80-90 minutes. There is little to no point to this movie other than to throw a plastic-wrapped vision of imagination and invention alongside a ham-fisted environmental message down our throats with all the subtlety of James Cameron's Avatar, but Cameron had the good sense to at least develop a story around his preaching whereas Tomorrowland beats around the bush until finally allowing Hugh Laurie to belt out his sermon before delivering the film's ultimate finale with a big dull thud. Director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Ratatouille), who co-wrote the film's screenplay with Damon Lindelof ("Lost", Prometheus), spends nearly a quarter of the film's running time introducing us to the young inventor Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson). Frank has built a »

- Brad Brevet

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"Tomorrowland" Scribe Dismisses The Haters

20 May 2015 7:31 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland" has already screened for critics and has received decidedly mixed reviews so far. Criticisms have been targeted at the film's problematic structure with both beloved filmmaker Brad Bird and writer Damon Lindelof coming under fire.

Lindelof of course has become something of a whipping boy in the geek/fanboy community for his work on "Lost," "Prometheus" and "Star Trek Into Darkness" which themselves received mixed reviews and were criticised for their scripts. In a new interview with Vulture though, Lindelof effectively dismisses any criticism that has been or will be thrown at the film by geeks suggesting that they will enjoy it but won't be able to admit it in order to score brownie points with their peers:

"There's this great thing in all of us where we want to hope, we want to believe. But then what happens? We saw that hope with Obama's first election … and then, »

- Garth Franklin

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The Strain Season 2 Will Be Unleashed In July

20 May 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

FX announced yesterday that the second season of The Strain, its hit vampire thriller series, will premiere July 12 at 10 p.m.

The series, from showrunner Carlton Cuse (LostBates Motel) and co-creators Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak) and Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves – which was adapted into The Town), centers on the efforts of a ragtag band of heroes led by a Cdc scientist (Corey Stoll) to defeat a vampire epidemic spreading through New York City. In the second season, the team’s attempt to defeat the all-powerful Master has failed, and the epidemic continues to spread. With no backup and a limited amount of time to end the madness once and for all, it’s up to the citizens of NYC to fight or die.

Last summer, The Strain became the most-watched new scripted series on all basic and pay cable networks in the coveted adults 18-9 demographic. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Suicide Squad movie: Everything you need to know about the members, cast, release date and more

20 May 2015 5:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

With filming now well under way on Warner Bros and DC Comics' Suicide Squad movie, it seems like the perfect time to cast an eye over the lesser-known members of the world of Batman and Superman.

Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney lead the cast of the superhero film.

Suicide Squad is scheduled for release on August 5, 2016.

What we've seen so far

The movie has attracted a lot of attention as images of the Suicide Squad's members in costume began to roll out.

Leto showed off his new muscles, which everyone seemed to be fine with.

What fans have been less keen on is the photo of his tattooed and be-grilled Joker.

Despite suggestions that this was a concept that wouldn't show up in the film itself, shots from the set have dashed these hopes to pieces. »

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Tomorrowland Review

19 May 2015 4:23 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

I want to believe in Tomorrowland.

Like The Iron Giant and The Incredibles before it, Brad Bird’s latest is a thrilling, original adventure that really wants to make you feel something. It’s a non-sequel, non-superhero affair, powered by old-fashioned sentiments of optimism and hope, whole-heartedly committed to feeding the creative souls of idealistic youngsters in the audience. In a cinematic climate saturated with dystopian gloom and superhero fantasy, the film’s earnest message – that ordinary people can ensure the future of their dreams by fighting for it – is welcome.

What’s less welcome is all the claptrap surrounding Tomorrowland‘s vintage Disney core. As written by Bird, Lost‘s Damon Lindelof and Entertainment Weekly TV critic Jeff Jensen, it’s a movie that tries to run with some admirably big ideas but ends up tripping over its own feet, hobbled by tin-eared dialogue and a third-act shift from ebullient positivity to sanctimonious finger-wagging. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Exclusive – Damon Lindelof talks Star Trek 3 plot and Idris Elba for villain role

19 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To promote the release of his new movie Tomorrowland, writer Damon Lindelof (the man responsible for Lost, Star Trek Into Darkness and Prometheus) sat down with Flickering Myth’s Oli Davis, where they proceeded to talk about his new movie, but also the new Star Trek 3 film.

Lindelof produced the first two films in the relaunched franchise, writing the second instalment, but working on Tomorrowland and his HBO TV show The Leftovers meant he had to step away from the third. In the interview, Lindelof talks about what he knows of Star Trek 3’s story so far:

“It’s really about the beginning of the five year mission. It’s establishing the crew after they’ve been out there and together for a while. But I don’t know anything about the plot.”

Which is…pretty much what everyone expected, seeing how Star Trek Into Darkness ends with »

- Oli Davis

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Writer Damon Lindelof on his vision for the future in Tomorrowland

19 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

George Clooney is a former boy-genius in Disney’s Tomorrowland, opening in theatres this Friday.

The actor stars alongside Britt Robertson as they embark on an adventure into Tomorrowland, a world that exists somewhere within our collective memories, bridging time and space.  Co-starring Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Keegan-Michael Key, Judy Greer, and Kathryn Hahn, the movie blends fantasy and sci-fi into a classic tale of adventure.

Directed by Brad Bird (Ratatouille), the fantasy film comes to us from the mind of Damon Lindelof, the former “Lost” writer who co-penned the Tomorrowland screenplay with Bird.  Lindelof is no stranger to the world of sci-fi having previously crafted the screenplays for World War Z, Prometheus, and Star Trek: Into Darkness, however, this is his first dive into more family-friendly fare. 

Cineplex caught up with Lindelof to talk about his vision of the future and how he views Tomorrowland.  Watch the interview »

- Rachel West

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Exclusive – Damon Lindelof: Working on Star Wars would be “a dream come true”

19 May 2015 4:32 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To promote the release of his new movie Tomorrowland, writer Damon Lindelof (the man responsible for Lost, Star Trek Into Darkness and Prometheus) sat down with Flickering Myth’s Oli Davis, where they proceeded to talk about his new movie, but also the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek 3 movies. Because they’re both pretty geeky (and one of them is best buds with Star Wars director J.J. Abrams).

While getting excited about the impending return of Luke, Leia and Han, Lindelof spoke about whether he would ever take on a Star Wars movie down the line:

“Obviously Star Wars really made me want to be a filmmaker, so the possibility that I could work on one of those films in the future would be truly a dream come true.”

The Star Wars chat starts at 02:09 in the video interview below. See even lower »

- Oli Davis

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Tomorrowland Review

19 May 2015 12:32 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Amidst the cinematic sky of remakes, prequels, sequels, and franchises Tomorrowland comes zooming through the clouds, jetpack at the ready with an ambitious, original story to tell. Written by Damon Lindelof (Lost) and director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) the film blasts off at the start but mid-way begins to crave nitro to give it the boost it needs to get to the finish line. Early in the film when a young inventor Frank Walker (later played by George Clooney) brings his jetpack to the World’s Fair in 1964, he’s asked how it can enhance society. He replies that it’s just fun which is met with a raised eyebrow and a ‘what use is that’ response. But in trying to invent something useful here, Lindelof and Bird have forgotten the fun. They’ve built a story about caring for the world today before it disappears tomorrow and while a very worthy ideal, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Clare Daly)

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