11 items from 2013
Leonardo DiCaprio The Great Gatsby movie box office: DiCaprio’s second biggest opening ever — but trailing Titanic in ticket sales The Great Gatsby movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel earned $50.08m at the North American box office this past weekend, including $3.25 million from late Thursday night showings, according to weekend box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Despite mostly poor reviews — The Great Gatsby has a 32% approval rating and 5.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics — the Baz Luhrmann-directed take on the love story between Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan far surpassed the expectations of both distributor Warner Bros. and box-office pundits. In fact, The Great Gatsby trailed only Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3, which collected $72.52 million at the domestic box office this past weekend. (Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby.) Partly thanks to 3D surcharges and a strong female contingent of ticket-buyers, »
- Zac Gille
Leonardo DiCaprio The Great Gatsby movie weekend box office: DiCaprio’s second biggest opening ever? (Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby, with Carey Mulligan) Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1920s novel. A risky move? Well, if so, it has clearly paid off. Although The Great Gatsby will not top the North American box office this weekend, it’ll land in a remarkably (and surprisingly) strong second slot. (Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby movie adaptation, with Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan.) Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3 will easily lead the domestic box-office charge with approximately $65-70m, after plummeting 71% on Friday, compared to the previous week. True, opening-day Friday also included the box-office take from Thursday late night showings, but, for comparison’s sake, The Avengers was down 64% during that same time frame. »
- Zac Gille
For those of us who used to plaster our bedroom walls with Leo posters, this weekend's The Great Gatsby is a sad reminder that we're now past our poster-hanging prime, but it's also a happy reminder that Leonardo DiCaprio's face is still quite special. (Say what you will about how it's getting wider with age — we're not listening.) So special, in fact, that we were compelled to rewatch a bunch of Leo movies and make a series of Tiger Beat collages displaying his six most common acting tics — five faces and one very sturdy finger.The Lion-Roar Scream 1. Romeo + Juliet 2. Body of Lies 3. Celebrity 4. Blood Diamond 5. The Great Gatsby 6. This Boy's Life 7. The Beach 8. Revolutionary Road The Heavy-Thoughts Brow 1. Titanic 2. Shutter Island 3. Inception 4. J. Edgar 5. Catch Me If You Can 6. The Basketball Diaries 7. »
- Patti Greco
Whether playing the king of the world, an overzealous pilot in the throes of agony or an inexorable slaveowner, it seems that DiCaprio is sure to throw in a few aggressive shouts. Enjoy the supercut above (be warned: it contains some Nsfw language) and let us know in the comment section which scream should rule them all. (Use the list below as a reference.)
"The Great Gatsby," "Django Unchained," "Titanic," "The Beach," "J. Edgar," "Revolutionary Road," "Blood Diamond," "The Aviator," "Catch Me If You Can," "Romeo + Juliet," "Inception," "Shutter Island," "The Man In The Iron Mask," "Celebrity," "Body Of Lies," "Gangs Of New York," "This Boy's Life," "The Basketball Diaries," "Total Eclipse," "Inception"
- The Huffington Post
Directed by Eran Riklis.
Set in 1982, an Israeli fighter pilot, Yoni, gets shot down over Lebanon and subsequently kidnapped by a group of refugee Palestinians. After making his escape, Yoni attempts to make his way back home, and along the way forms a tentative bond with one of the kidnappers: a young boy whose entire world has been turned upside down.
Over the last decade, Hollywood has released a slew of films dealing with the hostility and tension in the Middle East; everything from the lack of nuclear weapons in Iraq (Green Zone) to the murky issue of torture (Rendition). While some were good and others not so good, they all shared one thing in common: very disappointing box office. It seems audiences are simply not interested in the conflict which dominates our news channels. »
- Flickering Myth
Last night I was trying to come up with some ideas on something I could do in conjunction with the release of Olympus Has Fallen and one idea was to come up with a list of the best political action thrillers. The problem is that word "action" really limits the number of films... at least when it came to the titles my fiancee could come up with last night. The word "action", in this case, almost seems to remove all meaning from the word "political". Sure, Olympus Has Fallen is based on a terrorist takeover at the White House, but just how political will it really be? White House Down and G.I. Joe: Retaliation are working with similar themes as trailers have already shown us, are they too political films? Certainly there is a nugget of politics in there, it's something that gives the narrative added weight over simply being about guns, »
- Brad Brevet
Having interviewed Mark Strong no less than two months ago for the Oscar nominated Zero Dark Thirty, the talented actor is back in London promoting his latest flick, in the crime thriller Welcome to the Punch, where he plays the lead villain Jacob Sternwood – and we were fortunate to speak him once again.
Upon walking into the room – replacing the departing Eran Creevy, Strong says “now you know why I did the film”, as the enthusiasm shown by the gifted young filmmaker is there for all to see. Strong then proceeds to discuss his delight at working with Creevy, the pros and cons of working from home in London, his upcoming project Before I Go to Sleep with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, and why he always seems to be cast as the bad guy.
You can see all our coverage of Welcome to the Punch which is out this Friday 15th March here. »
- Stefan Pape
by Ryan Rigley
Mark Strong is a man of many talents; chief among those talents being his uncanny ability to portray larger than life movie villains. He's already played dozens of memorable antagonists (in such films as "Green Lantern," "Sherlock Holmes," "Kick-Ass" and "Body of Lies") but never before has the British-born actor taken on a role quite as challenging as Sultan Amar in Jean-Jacques Annaud's latest film, "Day of the Falcon."
"I think it was just a fantastic story," Strong tells MTV News of reading the "Day of the Falcon" script for the first time. "I remember reading it on a beautiful sunny day looking out over the sea at Cannes and it was an incredibly atmospheric place to sit down and read a script. The script itself was just this beautiful, epic story. I just got carried away with it really."
"The funny thing is, I’ve played a couple of Arabs, »
- MTV Movies Team
The label of "hardest working man (or woman) in show business" is one that's often bandied about haphazardly and yet British actor Mark Strong often seems to be the perfect candidate for that label by appearing in four to five movies a year, often in the least likely of places. For instance, how many people knew going into Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty that an hour into the movie, Strong would show up as a CIA executive? We've been big fans of Strong for many years, at least back to 2008 when he appeared in Ridley Scott's Body of Lies , Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla and Jason Isaac's drama Good , playing three very different roles. In fact, when we interviewed Ritchie for his movie that year, we had an extended interchange about how impressed we were with Strong's »
Exclusive: Sony Pictures Entertainment has made a two-year exclusive first-look deal with Michael Costigan and his Cota Films. It brings him back to the lot where he spent nine years as an executive working on such films as Charlie’s Angels, Gattaca, The People Versus Larry Flynt, Girl, Interrupted and Bottle Rocket. The deal was brokered by Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad and president of production Hannah Minghella. Costigan left Sony and was exec producer of Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, before he took the role of president for Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free, where he served from 2005 to 2012. There, he was exec producer of Prometheus, The Counselor, Robin Hood, Body Of Lies and American Gangster from the Scott brothers, and he produced the Mark and Jay Duplass pics Cyrus and Welcome to the Rileys. More recently, he produced Stoker, the Park Chan-wook-directed film that stars Mia Wasikowska, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The Australian Army’s 34th Battalion arrived in France in 1916 and fought against the Germans on the Western Front. The unit’s little-heralded story will be chronicled in the ensemble war drama The 34th Battalion.
A soccer hardman and Hollywood action star, Vinnie Jones and Avatar’s Stephen Lang will now join a cast that includes Luke Hemsworth (brother of Chris and Liam Hemsworth), Emilie de Ravin (Brick), Charles Mesure (Desperate Housewives), Les Hill and Andrew Lees of Rescue Special Ops, Claire van der Boom (Hawaii Five-0), Tony Bonner (Quigley Down Under, and Vince Colosimo (Body of Lies), respectively.
Jones will play the British-born Lieutenant-Colonel who led the battalion, while Lang is a U.S. officer who is part of the squad.
- Nick Martin
11 items from 2013
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