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Paramount's Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation took the box office by storm this weekend, taking in an estimated $56 million for an easy win over New Line's comedy remake Vacation. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation took in an impressive $14,156 per-screen average from 3,956 theaters this weekend, propelling it to victory over Vacation, which took in just $14.8 million in its first weekend in theaters. The opening weekend tally is the second highest for the action-packed franchise, behind Mission: Impossible 2's $57.8 million opening weekend back in 2000.
The opening weekend take is also the third-highest opening weekend for star Tom Cruise, behind War of the Worlds ($64.9 million) and Mission: Impossible 2. Over 85% of the audience were over the age of 25, setting up an interesting showdown next weekend with 20th Century Fox's superhero movie, Fantastic Four, which is tracking very well with males under the age of 25. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation was released in 369 IMAX theaters this weekend, »
With trailers now in theaters and the 2016 release date slowly inching closer, speculation is growing about Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Most people assume—probably correctly—that Batman will leave the Man of Steel lying in defeat. Batman’ popularity is such that bat-fans would riot if the Dark Knight should lose. However, the fact is…Batman Should lose, and here are five good reasons why.
Batman is the most popular super hero in the world. That’s hard to dispute. Starting with the success of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel, continuing through the staggeringly popular Nolan/Bale films, Batman is the king of comic characters. The fervor people have for this character is such that fans consider him unbeatable given the proper prep-time. That will probably affect the script of the Batman v Superman film, and Superman will end up flat on his back.
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30 years ago today, two geeks from Shermer, Illinois created Lisa, the perfect woman, with a little computer know-how. That's right, "Weird Science" came out exactly three decades ago and was the third film John Hughes stepped behind the camera for as director, following "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles." The flick was also the fourth time Hughes had worked with star Anthony Michael Hall, who appeared in both of the aforementioned films, as well as the Hughes-penned "Vacation." Fun fact: Hall reportedly chose this flick over doing a "Vacation" sequel -- thus starting a franchise tradition of switching the actors playing the Griswold children each film. Joining Hall were Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Kelly LeBrock, a former model who turned her sights towards acting. "Weird Science" went on to become a cult classic and spawned a USA series of the same name, with Vanessa Angel taking over the role of Lisa. »
- tooFab Staff
What if you could create the perfect woman just from the tap of a keyboard and a click of a mouse? That's the tantalising premise at the heart of John Hughes's delightfully dorky teen classic, which celebrates its 30th birthday today (August 2).
To mark this momentous day, we look back at the cast of the beloved '80s film to find out what they've done since. Whatever happened to that fella Robert Downey Jr...?
'80s sex symbol Kelly LeBrock hit big with her first two roles in Gene Wilder's The Woman in Red and Weird Science, but only appeared in a handful of films after - among them Betrayal of the Dove, Tracks of a Killer and Zerophilia.
She moved out to a farm in Santa Barbara where she looks after animals and sleeps under the stars with her horse, but she keeps cropping up »
As season 2 approaches, Rob examines Gotham’s juggling act and asks if we need any more villains…
Contains spoilers for Gotham season 1.
As Wreck It Ralph taught us all, being a ‘bad guy’ doesn’t make you a bad… guy. However, too many bad guys can make for bad TV. When there are more evildoers on our screens than the plot can service, how are we meant to focus on the hero? Where are we meant to look for future clues if there’s a new adversary every week?
Shows like Arrow, The Flash and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. have all suffered from over-stuffed-ness at one stage or another, but no contemporary comic book show struggles more with this than Gotham. In season 1 alone we had appearances from countless corners of Batman’s rogues’ gallery, with a new one cropping up on pretty much a bi-monthly basis.
Arguably, this caused more »
Lionsgate is looking to lock down its lead for the upcoming Robin Hood: Origins film.
Peaky Blinders director Otto Bathurst is set to take on the Robin Hood legend from a script by Joby Harold, the man who is also behind Guy Ritchie's Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur, starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law.
The film has been likened to The Dark Knight as a "gritty origins tale" that sees Robin arrive back from the Crusades and recruit his band of Merry Men after finding corruption across Sherwood Forest and Nottingham.
Robin Hood: Origins will be produced by Harold, »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Superman Lives, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Vixen, Supergirl, Batman: The Killing Joke, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four 2, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine 3, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Thunderbolts, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Guardians of the Galaxy, Gods and Secrets and more…
We got another peek at Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this week with the release of some new stills featuring the likes of Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Lois Lane (Amy Adams), Perry White (Laurence Fishburne), Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) [see here, here and here], while some new rumours emerged regarding the possibility identities »
- Gary Collinson
Will Robin Hood become the next box office superhero? The legendary outlaw of Sherwood Forest is at the heart of multiple competing blockbuster projects at the moment, and today brings word that Lionsgate is eyeing an assortment of red-hot young actors, including many British thesps, to possibly pick up a bow and arrow for its Robin Hood: Origins.
According to Deadline, the starry shortlist for the lead role is headed up by Taron Egerton, who broke big earlier this year in Kingsman: The Secret Service. If a Kingsman sequel gets the green-light, he could be out of the running, but as of now, Lionsgate is high on the newly christened Hollywood star.
The studio is also looking at Brits Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class, Mad Max: Fury Road) and Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Irish-American actor Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and American-born Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) for the part of Hood. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Empire’s cover story on next year’s superhero blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was chock-full of new photos and information about what’s surely the most anticipated film of 2016 (all necessary apologies to Finding Dory fanatics), and thanks to Batman-News, we’ve now been able to sort through every sentence of that magazine’s story to pull out some very interesting tidbits.
It was already known that Wonder Woman was beginning to shoot this fall and that Justice League was set to begin filming next spring, but the story indicates that pre-production on the latter film is already well underway.
Additionally, the piece confirms Zack Snyder’s status as the linchpin in Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe. Along with his producer and wife Deborah Snyder and producer Charles Roven, Snyder is overseeing the entire cinematic universe and even has a whiteboard in his office with the whole Dceu sketched out. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ten years ago, Batman was a Warner Bros. property that had run its course, and needed a reboot delivered with fresh, creative insight. That job landed in the lap of Christopher Nolan, and on June 15, 2005 his vision of The Dark Knight arrived with "Batman Begins," and it was a game changer. Gone were the toy-sale-oriented incarnations of the past, and instead there was an adult, thematically rich approach that went far beyond its darker surface. Speaking with Forbes, Nolan reflects on how he and screenwriter David Goyer decided to tackle the iconic character. "I think the idea that Bruce Wayne perceived of Batman as a symbol that could rally the good people of Gotham was something that very much came to David Goyer and myself as we explored the logic behind his actions. We were setting out to try and tell a more realistic version of the story, and of the origin story, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rumours that Jena Malone is going to appear in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice have been flying around the internet ever since she visited the set last year. Ostensibly she was there to check-in with her Sucker Punch director Zack Snyder, but we weren’t buying that for a second.
The popular thinking was that she was playing Carrie Kelly, the female Robin who featured in The Dark Knight Returns, on which the film is (incredibly loosely) based. That’s looked increasingly less likely with the development that Bruce Wayne is a recluse mourning the death of a Robin (probably Jason Todd), played by Eli Snyder (Zack’s son) in flashback. Instead, rumours have been flying around that’ll she’s actually Barbra Gordon, daughter of the (in this universe) deceased Commissioner Gordon and the most memorable version of Batgirl.
Latino Review are now saying this »
- Alex Leadbeater
We still have eight months until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters, but that.s not going to stop the rumor mill from spinning. The latest scuttlebutt to make the rounds involves the possible identity of Jena Malone.s character in the movie. Be warned, there are potential spoilers beyond this point. If you.re averse to such things, leave now. You.ve been warned. According to Latino Review.s industry sources, the Hunger Games and Donnie Darko star will appear in Dawn of Justice as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, and the civilian alter ego of both Batgirl and Oracle in the comics. This latest bit of news runs contrary to earlier reports that Malone is playing a version of Robin based on the Carrie Kelley character from Frank Miller.s The Dark Knight Returns. Most fans dismissed this after the latest Dawn of »
It’s been a pretty good week for DC fans, what with some new images from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [see here and here] and comments from the likes of Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck. And now we have a couple of rumours to chew on, concerning the identity of the characters played by Jena Malone and Callan Mulvey…
According to Latino-Review, Jena Malone – who has been heavily rumoured to play Carrie Kelley, the female Robin from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – is actually portraying Barbara Godon, who may or may not be in her Batgirl or Oracle guises. Meanwhile, Heroic Hollywood is claiming that Callan Mulvey will appear as the DC villain Anatoli Knyazev, a.k.a. KGBeast, who has long been rumoured to make an appearance.
As always, take these with a pinch of salt, particularly given the sources…
- Gary Collinson
When it was revealed that Jena Malone had been cast in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (a role she dyed her hair red for), fans immediately began speculating that she would be playing Carrie Kelly. After all, this movie is taking inspiration from Frank Miller's classic The Dark Knight Returns, so that theory made at least some sense. Then, The Hollywood Reporter weighed in by indicating that they had heard that was indeed the role The Hunger Games star had been chosen for. Maybe not! According to Latino-Review, Malone has actually been cast as Barbara Gordon, a character better know to us all as either Batgirl or Oracle! They're not sure what exactly her role in Batman v Superman will be, but Snyder could really go either way with the character here. Malone always seemed a bit old for Carrie, and Barbara - another redhead - seems like »
Earlier this week, scanned photos from Empire Magazine's latest issue gave us a fresh look at Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and many more characters from the highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Today, Empire has released the high-res images online, giving us a better look at these heroes. As you can see, Batman is using heavy artillery and Gal Gadot's Diana Prince is having a night out in her civilian attire. But it's the Superman photo that is most intriguing.
The Superman photo clearly features this superhero locked in his epic battle with Batman, a fight which has ben teased in a teaser and full-length trailer. It also features a nod to Superman lore, with the actor showcasing his iconic hair curl. The lates Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice footage shown during Warner Bros.' Hall H panel at Comic-Con showcased a few scenes that »
While Marvel Studios have a habit of signing their actors up for multi-picture deals, it seems that Michael Douglas didn’t get the typical Marvel contract for Ant-Man, with the actor revealing that he hasn’t signed on for any future appearances as Dr. Henry ‘Hank’ Pym, although he’s open to a return.
“I’m not signed up to anything more,” Douglas tells Yahoo Movies. “I’ve learned a whole lot and would look forward to more if it comes my way but if not I’ve enjoyed the experience. Now that I understand a bit more about Hank Pym too. I think in this one I had to carry a lot of plot and exposition. In the next one I hope things get a little more bizarre… the Quantum Realm!”
See Also: Marvel releases official image of the prototype Wasp suit from Ant-Man
So, at this point we »
- Gary Collinson
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation will finally hit screens this weekend, but the early chatter from reviews and preview screenings is that it is yet another worthy addition to a franchise that just seems to get better and better with age. But how did Christopher McQuarrie manage to top the efforts of Brad Bird and J.J. Abrams. most recent installments to the series? Well, he took inspiration from The Dark Knight. More specifically, the antics of the superhero sequel.s villain: The Joker. Christopher McQuarrie, who has both written and directed Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, made this revelation during a recent roundtable interview that ComicBook.com was privy to. McQuarrie admitted that he found evil to be a "really tough concept" to get his mind around as he always believed the idea of a villain that is evil just to be evil rather "absurd." However, there is one key »
Arlene Holmes, the mother of convicted Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, testified on Wednesday that she and her husband were unaware that their son was having suicidal and homicidal thoughts, or that he was afflicted with a “serious mental illness,” before his July 20, 2012 rampage in which 12 people were killed and 70 others were injured.
“He has a serious mental illness,” she told the court. “He didn’t ask for that. Schizophrenia chose him. He didn’t choose it, and I still love my son.”
The jury in the trial has rejected the defense’s argument that he was not guilty by reason of insanity. Earlier this month, they found Holmes guilty of 165 counts of first degree murder and attempted murder.
In the sentencing phase, the jurors are weighing whether to impose the death penalty. The defense has been presenting testimony from family members and friends in an effort to spare him capital punishment. »
- Ted Johnson
It's been a fairly busy day for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice news, with plot details coming from the director and cast that reveal one very big connection between the superhero epic and the super villain adventure Suicide Squad. It seems Batman put all those bad guys away in prison. Earlier this morning, we also got 8 new photos from the Man of Steel follow-up. Empire has released yet another photo, this one featuring Bruce Wayne standing alone in his Batcave, staring at his Batsuit, ready to suit up for the title bout against Kal-El before he faces off against Lex Luthor.
This is a fairly familiar look at Ben Affleck's millionaire and his crime fighting costume. But it's still neat to see it from this angle. While the look and feel doesn't deviate too far from what we saw in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, it is a bit damper. »
In a key leadership transition, Warner Bros. worldwide marketing and international distribution chief Sue Kroll is expanding her duties, as domestic distribution head Dan Fellman prepares to step down after nearly four decades at the Burbank studio.
Kroll will become president of worldwide distribution, adding North America to her portfolio. As part of the management shift, international distribution chief Veronika Kwan Vandenberg will take over Fellman’s day-to-day responsibilities, continuing to report to Kroll. Her title will be president of worldwide distribution.
Fellman, who will stay on until the end of the year and then consult for the studio and other clients, is widely respected both within the creative and exhibition communities, and is considered an effective broker in the disagreements that periodically flare-up between studios and theater owners over movie terms. He has been with the studio since 1978, overseeing the successful releases of such hits as “The Dark Knight” trilogy, »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
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