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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
A few nights ago, Warner Bros. hosted a very canny event that our own Louis Virtel attended at the Playboy Mansion, a screening of "Entourage" that may have felt like virtual reality for those who attended. While I doubt being surrounded by scantily clad bunnies influenced Louis one way or another on the film, it's likely you'll see a number of reviews that are perhaps more enthusiastic than they would otherwise be, and it'd be hard to blame anyone who fell for it. One of the reasons the setting seemed so right for that particular film is because much of the charge of "Entourage" is watching the core ensemble swagger their way through Hollywood, doing whatever they want and rarely if ever facing any consequences as a result. It's always presented with a wink and a smile, just a case of boys being boys. We live in a world right »
- Drew McWeeny
Damon Lindelof has time traveled so much during the past decade that it's a wonder he doesn't cruise around town in a souped-up DeLorean. Writer of the J.J. Abrams creations "Lost" and the "Star Trek" reboot, Lindelof's latest venture teams him with director Brad Bird (who can't write Pixar's "The Incredibles 2" fast enough) in their long awaited sci-fi adventure "Tomorrowland."
"Tomorrowland" functions as one of those movies that doesn't quite fit into any one genre. There is of course sci-fi, but mixed in are adventure, action, drama, comedy, fantasy -- it's as if Lindelof and Bird threw a little bit of everything into a bowl, mixed it together, poured out the contents, baked it for two years and are now ready to serve it to audiences this weekend.
During our conversation with Lindelof, we talk about how this movie came to fruition, where the pins came from, dealing with »
- Derrick Deane
Amal Clooney is taking care of her new husband George Clooney. Ellen Barkin, who starred alongside the actor in 'Ocean's Thirteen', has revealed the human rights lawyer - who George wed in Venice, Italy in September last year - looks after her husband well and has admitted she ''always felt'' he would settle down again, following his previous divorce from Talia Balsam. She said: ''She takes great care of him and all his friends... ''I always felt he would (settle down again). I felt he was just waiting till he felt like he wanted to.'' The 60-year-old star also opened up about the couple's exclusive nuptials and confirmed it was an alcohol-fuelled affair. She shared: ''I can only speak for myself, and that would be a big yes.'' When asked about the food, she added: ''I didn't eat. I was too busy drinking... ''You know what, »
Ellen Barkin snagged a coveted invite to George and Amal Clooney's nuptials, and the Clooney pal just spilled some insider info from the wedding - or, at least, whatever she could remember. The Ocean's Thirteen actress, 60, spoke candidly about her boozy, glamorous evening at the couple's ceremony at the Aman Canal Grande hotel in Italy during What Watch Happens Live on Wednesday. When hosts Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper asked Clooney's former costar to spill the beans on whether the evening was full of drunken escapades, Barkin responded, "I can only speak for myself, and that would be a big yes. »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
Every year, studios line up to throw tons of money to air ads during the Super Bowl. The football spectacle produces gigantic ratings, which means a ton of exposure for anything that airs during it. As of a couple of weeks ago, only Jurassic World had been announced as getting a spot on the telecast, but with the big game mere days away we now have a better idea of what films will be vying for your attention.
The most intriguing one at this point is Disney's Tomorrowland, since we've seen next to nothing from that production yet. It stars Academy Award winner George Clooney, in his first blockbuster tentpole since 2007's Ocean's Thirteen. It's also being directed by fan-favorite Brad Bird, who's films have all been well-received. We're talking about a resumé that includes The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol. So this will be »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
6 items from 2015
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