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While promoting his latest release, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, star Orlando Bloom took a few moments to share an update on Disney's upcoming fifth Pirates of the Caribbean adventure. While he doesn't confirm that he'll actually be in the film, he does say that talks for him to return are currenly ongoing, which means a return is more likely than not. Bloom also goes on to add that the fifth film may in fact be a soft reboot of sorts shifting the focus from the characters of the original trilogy to a whole new set of characters, including his son, who we caught a glimpse of during the post-credits scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Read Bloom's full comments below: "I’m not entirely sure that [I'll be back] just yet, but there are talks," he said. "Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, »
Thwaites was essentially taking on the young hunky male role in the film which Orlando Bloom's Will Turner character served as in the first three movies. Speaking with IGN this week, Bloom suggested the new film is not just a sequel but a minor reboot/refresh.
He also seemed to indicate he may be involved in some way, and that the film could tie back to the coda of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" where it was shown he and Keira Knightley's Elizabeth had a son - could that kid have grown up and is now Thwaites' character? Here's what Bloom says:
"I'm not entirely sure that [I'll be back] just yet, but there are talks. »
- Garth Franklin
Variety reports that the new Bond film could cost over $300 million.
In fact, a memo they've received indicates the film's budget "sits in the mid $300 million" range - a big jump from the $210 million (pre-tax breaks) that "Skyfall" cost to make, and the biggest single budget for a film in history ("Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" holds the record at an even $300 million). Understandably it seems the producers are looking at ways to trim costs.
Amongst the cost cutting measures are shooting a nighttime scene in London instead of Rome, adjusting the finale's location and setting in Mexico to better highlight the more modern aspects of the country, and cutting back on the number of carriages used in a train sequence. »
- Garth Franklin
With "Interstellar" now offering up a top secret big name cameo, a new photo gallery looks back at other unbilled yet exceptional performances in film history. In addition to the Oscar winner featured in the new Christopher Nolan movie, the gallery includes: Kevin Spacey ("Seven"), Will Ferrell ("Wedding Crashers"), Keith Richards ("Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"), Jack Nicholson ("Broadcast News"), Bill Murray ("Zombieland"), Tom Cruise ("Tropic Thunder"), Ned Beatty ("Network"), Harrison Ford ("Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"), Gene Hackman ("Young Frankenstein"), Gary Oldman ("Hannibal"), Robin Williams ("Dead Again"), and Marlene Dietrich ("Touch of Evil"). Entertainment Weekly -Break- Grammy Awards producers will be announcing Album of the Year nominees on the live special "A Very Grammy Christmas." Unlike recent y...' »
Thanks to films like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Bulletproof Monk, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, it wouldn't be too big a stretch to call Chow Yun-Fat one of the biggest international stars to ever come out of China. But now his homeland's government is attempting to cripple his career over his political views, putting him on a black list domestically. Shanghaiist reports Chow Yun-Fat has been banned from working on film productions in mainland China by the socialist government there. His crime is being pro-democrat, publically supporting the student protests that have been popping up over the past five weeks. He first spoke out in early October, as reported by THR he told Apple Daily, "I.ve met the residents, the students . they are very brave and it.s touching to see that they.re fighting for what they want. The students are reasonable. If the government »
Financial documents published in New Zealand and revealed to British newspaper The Guardian have revealed that Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy has reached a total cost of over $745 million U.S. dollars.
This would make it the most expensive film production of all time as all three movies were shot back-to-back in a giant single production. The financial report covers only up through March of this year, which means the final total could go even higher.
Of course, no-one is losing any money over this. For starters, the trilogy scored around $120 million in tax breaks from the New Zealand government, due to more than three times that amount being spent in the country on filming and visual effects.
More importantly though, the two films released so far have grossed a whopping $1.98 billion, and it's expected the trilogy will close out its theatrical run with around $3 billion in worldwide revenue »
- Garth Franklin
According to financial documents published in New Zealand, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy has reached a total cost of over $745 million, becoming the most expensive film production of all time. All three movies were shot back-to-back in a giant single production, generating the record amount of expenditure. The most expensive single film remains "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," which cost around $300 million. "The Hobbit" trilogy recouped about $120 million in tax breaks from the New Zealand government. The financial report only shows expenses through March of this year, which means that there could be further costs. The third installment, called "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" will hit theaters on December 17th, but the first two films grossed a total of $1.98 billion. If the trend continues, the entire trilogy will likely earn about $3 billion, making it very profitable for Warner Bros. »
I can only speak for myself when it comes to The Hobbit franchise, but I think it has been quite abysmal. Coming off the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which I did not enjoy, this just looked like more of the same, and that turned out to be true. Or is it that it tried to be those previous films, creating overly long and incomplete films to bore mec With the December 17th release of the final (yes!) film in the franchise, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, approaching, the AP is reporting the production budget for the trilogy of films has ballooned to $745 million, the largest cost for a filmed trilogy ever. I guess they thought setting that much money on fire was bad for the environment. The record for highest production cost for a single film is still held by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, »
- Mike Shutt
While Orlando Bloom, who starred as Will Turner, helped turn Pirates of the Caribbean into one of cinema's biggest franchises, starting with Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl in 2003 and continuing on in 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, the actor was suspiciously absent from Disney's 2011 adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. That may not be the case with Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (tentatively titled Dead Men Tell No Tales), as the actor reveals he's had discussions about returning, and is open to the idea.
"There have certainly been some discussions about it and I'm open to it."
The wording of his comments leave it unclear »
Why is it that the idea of a child seeing an adult rated movie is bad, but games are not seen as a problem?
The games industry often suffers attacks from the media, taking the blame for various horrible incidents that happen out in the world. As soon as a youth perpetrates some kind of heinous act, it seems that there's no shortage of blame to be slapped onto videogames. GTA, Call of Duty, Street Fighter, Mass Effect and many others have been blamed for everything from murders and drunk driving, to bullying and even rickets (yes, really). Even the harmless sandboxer, Minecraft, has been a scapegoat for school-related violence.
Games are an easy target for this kind of social blame, and they're just the latest in a long line of hobbies, interests and media to take the flak. Movies, music, comics, books, they've all had their fair share of whipping boy duty, »
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), »
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