12 items from 2016
As part of Entertainment Weekly's coverage of WB's third Dceu film, Suicide Squad, Will Smith discusses why he signed up to play Deadshot. At 47, Smith has already played a superhero (Hancock), so it wasn't to scratch that itch (yes, I know Deadshot isn't really a hero). The Grammy Award winning, Oscar-nominated Philly actor stated, "I had never played a character that legitimately didn’t give a f*&k. It’s very freeing not having to carry the moral spine of the movie." However, Smith admitted that he had to turn to director David Ayer for help on developing his approach to playing the character. "I couldn’t find a model to understand what would make someone comfortable killing another person for money. David walked me through that. He found a book for me (The Anatomy of Motive by John Douglas), and I worked through getting into the mind of serial killers. »
“Independence Day: Resurgence” didn’t set off any early fireworks at the U.S. box office over the weekend. The sequel to the 1996 hit (the highest-grossing movie of its year) only opened with $41.6 million. To put things into perspective, the original “Independence Day” kicked off to $50.2 million, back when tickets were less than half of what they are priced at now. But executives at Fox might not be sweating too much, since “Resurgence” (which cost $165 million) did much better internationally with a tally of $102.1 million abroad. In China, it scored an impressive $37.3 million debut.
Still, it’s troubling for Hollywood that the sequel named after a patriotic summer holiday wouldn’t generate more interest among U.S. ticket buyers. Here are three reasons why “Resurgence” suffered at home.
1. The Sequel Needed Will Smith
The original “Independence Day” kicked off Smith’s career as a major box office draw, a status »
- Ramin Setoodeh
When Independence Day arrived in theaters in the summer of 1996, the monument-destroying blockbuster was a genuine box office phenomenon, grossing over $300 million domestically and $800 million worldwide by the end of its run. Unfortunately for the coffers of distributor 20th Century Fox, a sequel to the film never materialized -- at least until now, with the extremely-belated followup Independence Day: Resurgence slated to hit theaters next Thursday (sans the original film's breakout star Will Smith). The question now is, can the sequel to one of the '90s biggest hits make an impact in the overcrowded marketplace of 2016 the way Jurassic World managed last summer? Or will its performance be closer to that of Tron: Legacy, which failed to match the heights some had predicted when it hit theaters in 2010? After surveying three box office experts for their thoughts on Resurgence’s box office potential, the answer appears perhaps grimmer than »
- Chris Eggertsen
"We a big company, millions of moving parts... We all work very hard to ensure those moving parts are functioning..." Lionsgate has debuted a second trailer for Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon, the disaster movie profiling the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The main focus is on Mark Wahlberg as one of the workers on the rig, along with his girlfriend played by Kate Hudson. The ensemble cast also includes Dylan O'Brien, Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich, Kurt Russell, Ethan Suplee, and others. This certainly looks like a very patriotic, heroic Peter Berg movie, for better or worse. Here's the second official trailer for Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon, direct from Lionsgate's YouTube: On April 20, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (The Rundown, Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, Hancock, Battleship and Lone Survivor previously. »
- Alex Billington
Broad Green Pictures has closed the rights to Entering Hades, a project based on John Leake’s true crime novel, Bloody Disgusting learned. Storyscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper (Amistad, John Tucker Must Die) and Richard Saperstein (Se7en, Hancock, 1408) have teamed up with Conor McCaughan (Assassin’s Creed, Slow West) and Daniel Emmerson (Assassin’s Creed) of Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender’s Dmc Film to produce […] »
Now that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has hit theaters, the next DC Comics movie to debut will be Suicide Squad, arriving this summer. Much like Batman v Superman, which made history by bringing Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) together on the big screen for the first time, Suicide Squad will mark the first silver screen appearance for a number of villains, including Will Smith's Deadshot. As it turns out, the fact that this character hadn't been seen on the big screen before is one of the main reasons he signed for Suicide Squad.
Will Smith is no stranger to comic book fare, starring in the Men in Black franchise which was based on an obscure comic, and he also played an incredibly unconventional superhero in the 2008 movie Hancock. During an interview with ComingSoon.net, the actor revealed that he helped design Deadshot for Suicide Squad. »
Will Smith has previous superhero movie experience from starring in 2008’s Hancock, but this August, he’s jumping into the world of DC Comics as Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot, in Suicide Squad. Last year, Smith mentioned that one of the reasons he decided to play Deadshot was to explore the character’s “dubious morals.” Now the actor has revealed that another key factor in him taking the role was so he could be the first one to play the assassin in a theatrical movie. During an interview with ComingSoon.net, Smith stated that he welcomed the opportunity to put his own spin on the first cinematic portrayal of Deadshot for Suicide Squad. He said: It’s a character that hasn’t really been explored in cinema. I get to design it and be a part of creating the first round of »
Marvel’s roster of costumed heroes may be the talk of the town for now, but come August, David Ayer will unleash Task Force X in all of their capricious glory when Suicide Squad is dragged kicking and screaming into theaters.
Among that collection of anti-heroes is Will Smith, who will be bringing Deadshot to life on the big screen for the very first time. Indeed, the actor is no stranger to tackling unsung heroes, having introduced Hancock to the moviegoing masses – an original hero, no less. When it comes to the DC Extended Universe, though, Smith considers Suicide Squad a “really great opportunity” to delve into a complex persona that is yet to be explored in cinema.
“It’s a character that hasn’t really been explored in cinema. I get to design it and be a part of creating the first round of Deadshot in the history of cinema… »
- Michael Briers
The doc will be one of the first from Berg's new non-scripted production company, Film 45 (the logical offshoot of his film/TV company, Film 44). Berg described the as-yet-untitled movie as an "unfiltered look into Rihanna's life and how she's ascended to become a global icon."
Berg added that he was interested in exploring "a young artist at the top of her professional field »
Summertime is slowly creeping its lovely, hot, bright shining head into our lives. And for many of us that means one thing: Movies. The summer movie, like the Halloween movie and the awards season movie, is a special beast. Many of them are filled with anticipation, a lot of of them are sequels or related to previous films, and most of them cost the price of a small island.
What makes 2016 such an interesting year is that we have superheroes fighting each other in Captain America: Civil War. The return of a character by an actor who had previously written off this defining role in Jason Bourne. An 80s franchise that has gotten a serious reboot in Ghostbusters. I could go on and on but like many of the summer film lists from years past, we are seeing something old, something new and sometimes something we don't really know what »
On April 20th, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Hancock, Battleship), this harrowing story honours the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.
The film is based upon an article by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul published in The New York Times.
Berg and Wahlberg previously collaborated on the superb 2013 American war film Lone Survivor based on the 2007 book. The movie opened to strong financial success and a generally positive critical response.
- Melissa Thompson
Mike Epps just called it quits on his decade long marriage to wife, Mechelle. Mike filed the divorce docs Tuesday in L.A. superior court ... they've been married since July of 2005 but separated last summer. Mike is asking for joint custody of their two daughters, Maddie and Mariah, ages 8 and 10. He's reportedly worth $6 million having had roles in some huge flicks like "Next Friday," "Hancock" and "The Hangover" ... no word if there was a prenup. »
- TMZ Staff
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