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London -- If we're being perfectly honest, I feel guilty interviewing any director on any set. Directors may not be doing manual labor like breaking rocks or carrying pianos all day, but especially on giant mega-budget studio movies, they are pretty much on call 24 hours a day for three years, and I feel bad about taking any of the limited energy they have to spend during their day. I remember going to the editing room near the end of production on "Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End," and Gore Verbinski looked at me like he had just gotten back from three tours in 'Nam. Disney wasn't even letting him drive anymore. He was that tired. Maybe that's why James Gunn's intense level of energy on the set of "Guardians Of The Galaxy" felt sort of shocking. I've met Gunn several times over the years, and that's him. He's »
- Drew McWeeny
The 3rd July 2013 saw the release of Disney's The Lone Ranger, its larger-than-life western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Its theatrical debut marked the end of a lengthy and difficult production, stories from which had been hungrily served up by the media - the previous summer was dominated by news stories of its spiralling budget, which was thought to have crossed $250m. Nevertheless, the 2013 blockbuster season should, in theory, have marked a fresh start for Disney, as it spent a reported $150m on marketing The Lone Ranger. But the House of Mouse hadn't counted on the popularity of another film launched on that exact same day in July: Universal's animated sequel, Despicable Me 2.
The Lone Ranger, a film with an »
The domestic box office totaled $1.04 billion in June, which is a pretty standard result for the second month of Summer. Unfortunately, it was off a massive 16 percent from last year's $1.25 billion record, which puts the yearly box office in a precarious position heading in to the third quarter.Last June's lineup was unusually strong: Man of Steel, Monsters University and World War Z earned a combined $543 million during the month. In comparison, the Top Three titles in June 2014 earned a more modest $420 million.Maleficent led the way with $153.4 million. This is the first time a May release topped the June box office since Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in 2007. The Angelina Jolie fantasy opened to a strong $69.4 million at the end of May, and has held incredibly well since then. It's on track for around $230 million total, which is nearly on par with last year's Oz The Great and Powerful »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A list of the thirty most expensive films ever made, adjusted for inflation in comparison to the consumer price index, has been compiled by Business Insider. What made the list isn't a shock, though the ordering is sometimes unexpected.
Both the first two "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequels and Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" sequels made the top fifteen which encompasses all films that cost more than $250 million to produce (not to market or release) in today's dollars. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" didn't make the list thanks largely due to the studio splitting it into two films and thus cutting its individual film costs considerably.
Others on this list like "Tangled" and "Superman Returns" further down essentially had to swallow large development costs of previous incarnations of the projects that never got off the ground. Here's the top fifteen:
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" - $341.8 million
- Garth Franklin
Hollywood accounting is a riddle some of us can never solve. A movie's released budget is usually inaccurate (if it's released at all), and it doesn't take into account the massive marketing costs necessary to get a film out to the public. As a result, you can't really trust a number being thrown around as an "official budget" unless it's coming from someone who has a little bit of financial knowledge and trickery going on behind the scenes - which is why when the Business Insider announces that Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End is the most expensive film of all time, there might be something to that. Business Insider has compiled information from around the net, combined the information with inflation measurements and a closer look at studio finances, and has discovered that the second Pirates Of The Caribbean sequel was the costliest film ever made. At $341.8 million »
Update: Thanks to a reader I've added Speed 2 to the list, if you find more that should be added let me know and we'll see if we can make this a little more accurate. In today's Hollywood, movies don't seem to exist first and foremost as pieces of entertainment or as even great stories to be told. Yes, you could argue that as far back as the studio system has existed it's been a "business first" attitude, but a focus on budgets, box office and salaries seems to be at an all-time high. If you disagree, fair enough, but as a willing participant in such coverage I'm also somewhat ashamed to admit I think the heavy focus negatively effects the kind of movies we get. So, what am I going to doc I'm going to give it even more coverage. Business Insider has posted a list of the 30 most expense »
- Brad Brevet
After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…
The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?
Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »
Los Angeles (AP) - A team of mutants overpowered one massive mutant monster at the box office during the Memorial Day holiday.
Fox-Marvel's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" debuted with $91 million beating last weekend's No. 1 hit, the Warner Bros. sci-fi adventure "Godzilla," which earned $31.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
"Days of Future Past" is estimated to earn nearly $110 million over the four-day extended holiday weekend, which would make it the fifth-highest Memorial Day opener just after last year's $117 million-grossing "Fast & Furious 6." ''Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" holds as the highest Memorial holiday debut ever with $140 million in 2007.
It appears the attention "Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer has received lately due a sexual assault lawsuit didn't deter fans from flocking to the theater. The director dropped out of doing any press for the film following the allegations because he didn't »
- The Associated Press
X-Men: Days of Future Past has debuted at the top of the Us box office with takings of $90.7 million.
The Bryan Singer sequel is now on track to join the five top Memorial Day weekend debuts. Currently topping this chart is Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which made $139.8m during its four day opening weekend in 2007.
X-Men: Days of Future Past, which stars Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, knocked Godzilla off the top spot and pushed it down to number two after the Hollywood remake starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson made just $31.4m over its second weekend, falling 66.3%.
Deadline reports: Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past pulled in $36M on Friday at the North American box office. Add in $8.1M from Thursday night and the film is now on pace for "$97M+ 3-day gross." As long as the film doesn't drop more than 10% on Saturday and Sunday X-Men: Dofp will eclipse the 2014 3-day record Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier set with $95M. For comparison: Legendary/WB's Godzilla had the second best 2014 3-day opening with $93M and Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently third with $91M. Factoring in Monday, which is Memorial Day, X-Men: Days of Future Past is on pace for "a $117M to $120M 4-day gross." If that holds up, the film would "end up in the top five highest-grossing films ever during the Memorial Day weekend." Current Memorial Day Weekend Top 5: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007, $139.8 million), »
ITV's Tonight: The Rise of Discount Supermarkets was Friday's highest rated show outside of soaps.
Exploring the success of budget supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl, Tonight was seen by an average audience of 4.73m (24.3%) viewers at 8pm on ITV.
BBC One's evening kicked off with an average audience of 3.22 million (18.1%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.6m (12.8%) for Rhs Chelsea Flower Show »
The 2014 BAFTA TV Awards were down around 900,000 viewers from last year, overnight data reveals.
The awards ceremony attracted 5.1 million (23.5%) at 8pm, while Countryfile topped the evening overall with 5.7m (31.3%) at 7pm.
On ITV, Catchphrase entertained 3.0m (18.1%) at 6.45pm (149k/0.5% on +1). Off Their Rockers amused 2.9m (15.5%) at 7.30pm (120k/0.5%).
The Vera finale was seen by 5.2m (23.5%) at 8pm (308k/1.6%), followed by Perspectives with 1.6m (9.9%) at 10pm (142k/1.8%).
Channel 4's Four Rooms attracted 703k (3.9%) at 7pm (212k/1.0%), while For the Love of Cars was seen by 950k (4.4%) at 8pm (195k/0.9%). Fargo's latest episode appealed to 1.0m (4.7%) at 9pm (201k/1.4%).
On Channel 5, X2 thrilled 1.1m (5.1%) at 7.30pm (201k/1.0%). 21 Jump Street attracted 965k (8.5%) at 10pm (107k/1.9%).
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicked off the summer movie-going season last weekend, earning a healthy $92 million, but another upcoming superhero sequel is on track to make even more. Early tracking numbers for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which opens in North America and several international territories on May 23, have director Bryan Singer's action-adventure earning a whopping $125 million over the Memorial Day weekend frame.
In 2006, X-Men: The Last Stand took in $123 million to capture the four-day Memorial Day weekend record, although it has since been bested by 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($126.9 million) and the current record holder, 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End ($139.8 million).
Insiders predict that X-Men: Days of Future Past will earn an estimated $250 million during its full domestic theatrical run, which would make it the most successful movie in the franchise. X-Men: The Last Stand earned $234 million at the domestic box office, »
Variety reports that the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently tracking for a $125 million opening weekend, which would give it the biggest debut for a film in the franchise. The highest grossing entry in the series, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, also opened on Memorial Day weekend to the tune of $122.8 million and in fact held the Memorial Day record before the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull were released. »
Believe it or not, Johnny Depp has been lighting up the silver screen for three decades.
Since breaking out on the hit show "21 Jump Street," Depp has become well known for his eccentric roles, most notably as the suave pirate Captain Jack Sparrow. While the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise made him a bankable star, Depp owes much of his career to renowned director Tim Burton for collaborations such as "Edward Scissorhands" (1990) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) -- just to name two.
But there's still much to know about the international star. From his early ambitions as a musician to his surprising fear, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Johnny Depp.
2. He and his family moved frequently during his childhood, living in more than 20 different places before settling in Miramar, »
- Jonny Black
15 items from 2014
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