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It's our Friday episode and that means reviews, which include looking at Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis and Out of the Furnace. We also take a lengthy look at the 2014 Oscars with some predictions on the heels of the first round of precursor awards, talk about the Wonder Woman casting in Batman vs. Superman and the continuation of the X-Men franchise with X-Men: Apocalypse. A quick reminder of our upcoming Holiday Schedule where we will be taking a break from December 16-26, returning on December 27. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Thor: The Dark World had a bit of an Ender’s Game moment at the box office, slipping massively from its debut after a successful opening day. However, when your opening weekend is $85.7 million, to earn an estimated $38.5 million the second is hardly cause for alarm, as Marvel continues its unstoppable press of successful films here and worldwide. It managed to beat out the debut of the positively received The Best Man Holiday, a sequel to the 1999 film The Best Man. The romantic comedy cost $17 million to make, but made an estimated $30.6 million this weekend, somewhat restoring director Malcolm D. Lee’s reputation after the abysmally received and only minimally successful Scary Movie 5 from earlier this year.
Last Vegas and Free Birds took the next two spots, with neither film getting warm critical reception. However, Last Vegas fought an uphill battle and won, with an estimated $8.9 million this weekend giving it $47 million in total, »
- Seth Paul
It was a weekend worth celebrating for the heavily marketed The Best Man Holiday. The follow up to the lesser known 1999 release The Best Man banked $30 million against its modest $17 million budget for a financially solid opening. Holiday marks the highest opening for director Malcolm D. Lee and, given this opening success, may mark a franchise opportunity. Any franchise would be better than his last: as the helmer of Scary Movie 5 Lee found himself sucked into one of the most useless film series to haunt the screen. Despite The Best Man Holiday's success, Thor: The Dark World held on to first place, adding $38 million to its $146 million domestic total. It passed The Wolverine to become the third highest grossing comic-flick of the year, but looks to fall well short of Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 and their $291 million and $409 million respective totals. Gravity climbed to the »
From the beginning of his career, Mike Tyson has been irresistible to Hollywood's various screens: when you're the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world with a high-pitched lisp, you're an instant surreal punchline. Iron Mike has played along in a slew of rap videos, movies ranging from Rocky Balboa to Scary Movie 5, and TV shows ranging from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit to The Simpsons (which rendered an unauthorized version of him as Drederick Tatum). Here's seven of our favorite Tyson cameos over the years.
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The film that started out being called Kristy and then changed to Satanic and then to Random has been renamed back to Kristy, at least for Afm. Btw... My head with pain. In any event, here are some new pics!
From director Oliver "Olly" Blackburn (Donkey Punch) and producers David Kirschner (the Child's Play series), Corey Sienega (Frailty, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky), and Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell (Blue Valentine, Place Beyond the Pines), comes a new thriller starring Haley Bennett (Music and Lyrics), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga, The Apparition), Erica Ash (Scary Movie 5), Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), and Chris Coy (TV's "True Blood"). Anthony Jaswinski (Vanishing on 7th Street) penned the script.
With the rest of the campus at home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Justine (Bennett) and a few of her friends spend the weekend in their college dormitory: studying, relaxing, and blissfully »
- Uncle Creepy
Ashley posted a bare-faced picture on her Instagram on Oct. 29. Although she’s battling an illness, we think she still looks pretty good! Do you think it’s brave Ashley posted a no makeup pic? Tell us below!
Ashley Tisdale is really going au natural this year! On Sept. 27, she posted a picture of her short hair on Instagram and told fans she was going “extensions free for fall.” On Oct. 29, she posted a pic wearing absolutely no makeup! We love her confidence!
Ashley Tisdale Without Makeup — Still So Beautiful
Ashley posted the picture with the caption:
“This was me today #sickee #sleptalldayawakeallnight #finallyfeelingbetter.”
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It seems like Ashley is on the mend but she was still sporting a pouty face! Getting sick is the worst!
We really love to see Ashley posting this bare-faced picture. It shows her confidence and it really proves how down-to-earth she is! »
- Dory Larrabee
Is Hollywood running out of ideas?
The short answer is no, as there are plenty of movies released each and every year to both critical and commercial success. However, during the summer months the moviegoing audience are swamped by the annual parade of sequels, remakes, reboots, reimaginings and adaptations. With release dates set up to five years in advance (yes, The Amazing Spider-Man 4, I’m talking about you) it seems that brand recognition and the elusive ‘four-quadrant appeal’ are more important than such hindrances as story, plot and character.
I understand that like every other industry in the world, the movie business is ruled by the almighty dollar. But it seems as though audiences are beginning to tire of the never-ending cycle of effects-heavy blockbusters that saturate the marketplace at this time of year. In the summer of 2013 alone we have seen The Lone Ranger, White House Down, Scary Movie 5, »
- Scott Campbell
Editor’s Note: I met Sean Williams at Comic-Con’s Hall H between panels on the first day of the Con this past July, chatting as people do. It turns out that Sean is a filmmaker, and he’s working on a sci-fi project – travel to another planet! strong women! – that sounds really great.
Last week Sean let me know that he was ready to start “officially” talking about the project, and wanted to know what I’d like to know. I told him I wanted to know, basically, everything. How the project got started, who’s involved, where he is in the process, etc. What follows is the narrative he wrote up on the spot on his phone and sent to me via Facebook Messenger in response. One long narrative that was completely engaging. He even copied and inserted biographies as he went along. It’s no wonder the man has won writing awards. »
- Erin Willard
Well, the box office gave us a lot to talk about this morning. To begin, Gravity became the first film in 2013 to repeat at #1 for three weeks in a row over the course of a three-day weekend. Yes, Lee Daniels' The Butler did it as well if you count four-day weekends, but we don't, because that wouldn't make sense. Nevertheless, with an estimated $31 million, Gravity also enjoys the second largest third weekend total of the year, first belonging to Iron Man 3, which eventually went on to gross $409 million. Obviously it won't be going that high, but being at $170.5 million after only three weeks I think $300 million is definitely a possibility. In third (Captain Phillips edged it out) was the Carrie remake, but it landed well below expectations, bringing in only $17 million. Tracking was around $25 million on this title and even our reader predictions were up around $23 million. I »
- Brad Brevet
Captain Phillips faces off against Machete Kills this weekend, though neither will come close to grounding surprise blockbuster Gravity. After opening to an October record, Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity has played extremely well throughout the week and has already grossed $73.8 million (though just six days!). While the movie's good word-of-mouth isn't quite on par with its fantastic reviews, the word does focus around the fact that the movie must be seen on the big screen. That's a powerful endorsement, and suggests Gravity will have a light second weekend drop.Around the same time last year, fellow Warner Bros. release Argo only dipped 16 percent in its second outing. A more reasonable comparison may be The Social Network, which opened on the same weekend in 2010 and fell 31 percent on word-of-mouth that was a tad less effusive than its reviews. If Gravity experiences the same decline, it will finish the weekend with over $38 million, »
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Having recently watched The Lone Ranger and apart from the obvious question of “where did the money go (I mean, there wasn’t that much to show for $275 Million) I also ask myself, “why the hate?”
Just like Disney’s previous “failure” that was John Carter, I really enjoyed this film and personally feel that this adaptation, like its big budget predecessor, hearkens back to a time when certain productions were made for the entire family to enjoy. Classic titles like Et, The Goonies, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars were all made under a mindset of bringing the family unit together for one unforgettable experience. I mean, the whole purpose of this medium is to entertain. And when it comes to Gore Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger,” it succeeds in full.
This movie is a lot of theatrical fun and made me reminisce of the time back »
- Brad Lee
Earlier today Warner Bros. announced a trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug along with a new banner for the film, then they released another banner (see below) with Lee Pace as Thranduil on it, then we learn WB has teamed with Brett Ratner, Steven Mnuchin and James Packer of RatPac-Dune Entertainment in a new co-financing deal that makes me cringe thinking what the hell that could mean. Then there's the above picture of Aaron Eckhart in I, Frankenstein, a film set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein's creation Adam (Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. A dystopic presentc Vigilant gargoylesc Discovering the secret to his immortalityc Can't we all just agree the secret is made up nonsense and just stop making this trashc I can't, »
- Brad Brevet
Hugh Jackman has his second first-place finish in two months, as his new thriller, Prisoners, took the top spot at the box office this week. It managed an estimated $21.4 million for the weekend; while far from the blockbuster start of July’s The Wolverine, nothing else this week came close. Insidious: Chapter 2 landed in second, but its excellent opening weekend took a massive tumble as it earned only an estimated $14.5 million. The Family took a strong dip as well, earning only an estimated $7 million. Of the top three, only Insidious: Chapter 2 has managed a profit, and despite its drop in weekend take it does not have much to worry about, having already made $60.9 million on a $5 million budget.
- Seth Paul
Hugh Jackman has his second first-place finish in two months, as his new thriller, Prisoners, took the top spot at the box office this week. It managed an estimated $21.4 million for the weekend; while far from the blockbuster start of July’s The Wolverine, nothing else this week came close. Insidious Chapter 2 landed in second, but its excellent opening weekend took a massive tumble as it earned only an estimated $14.5 million. The Family took a strong dip as well, earning only an estimated $7 million. Of the top three, only Insidious Chapter 2 has managed a profit, and despite its drop in weekend take it does not have much to worry about, having already made $60.9 million on a $5 million budget.
- Seth Paul
Ashley Tisdale can rest easier. A 21-year-old man pleaded no contest to stalking the Scary MoVie star and was sentenced to a year in jail and a year of outpatient counseling, the L.A. District Attorney's Office confirmed to E! News. Nicholas Fiore, who will get credit for 208 days—half spent behind bars and half in credits—already served, was also slapped with five years of formal probation and was ordered to stay away from Tisdale for 10 years. The newly engaged actress secured a three-year order of protection against Fiore in June after, according to court records, he showed up at her house pretending to be a delivery man, tweeted violent song lyrics to her and tried repeatedly »
So, apparently spoof films are still being made. There was a huge surge of them in the early to mid 2000s and this was sadly a case of quantity over quality. The Scary Movie franchise lampooned horror films of the late 90s and on and after five installments, they haven’t exactly gotten better, in fact they’ve gotten worse. Scary Movie 5 is the latest and hopefully, the last piece of dreck.
The film starts off spoofing Paranormal Activity and maintains this direction all throughout. Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan play an overtly sexually couple who encounter spiritual disturbances. Similar spookiness plagues a young couple (Ashley Tisdale and Simon Rex) who have recently adopted Sheen’s abandoned children. Their new home is outfitted with security cameras and demonic forces soon wreak havoc on the family.
- Randall Unger
Labor Day weekend is here for 2013 and if you don't have any plans, there are plenty of great shows to check out over the weekend. You can catch up on "Continuum" Season 2 on Syfy, or watch the first three episodes of "The White Queen" on Starz. Sunday, Sept. 1 there's a killer Alfred Hitchcock movie marathon running all day on TCM.
Also, it's college football kick-off weekend, so settle in Saturday for the guys' returning to the gridiron.
Set your DVRs and check your local listings for times and channel numbers. All times Eastern below.
Friday, Aug. 30
The CW: New "America's Next Top Model" episode, 9 p.m.
Discovery: "Alaskan Steel Men" premiere, 10 p.m.
Espn: Cfb, Texas Tech at Southern Methodist, 8 p.m.
Espn 2: 2013 U.S. Open Tennis, men's second and women's third round, 1 p.m. to 7 p. »
Chicago – This week’s What to Watch on DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix, Amazon, On Demand, and more features one of the best programs on television, a great indie drama that had its Windy City premiere at the Chicago Critics Film Festival, something for the family, and two of the worst movies of 2013. Pick your favorites.
Photo credit: Monterey Media
Chad Hartigan’s perfect little drama, one of the best films at the first annual Ccff, may not have enough speed or tension for those addicted to Hollywood blockbusters but it is an entrancing drama about what people do for one another just through kindness and support. By presenting believable, lived-in characters, Hartigan creates a genuinehuman story. And the film is now available not just on DVD but Netflix streaming. Watch it. Then buy it.
From my theatrical review: “There’s not a false »
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Tisdale plays the lead character 'Jody' in "Scary Movie 5".
"There were so many cameos" Tisdale said about "Scary Movie 5".
"...and that's what I love about these movies.
"They'd write a scene, then look for cameos, and they'd just pop in and do it.
"It was, like, 'Whoa, Mike Tyson's here'..."
"...and that wasn’t even planned!"
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek more Ashley Tisdale in Maxim here...
- Michael Stevens
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Epic (animated family adventure; voices of Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried; rated PG) Scary Movie 5 (horror-spoof comedy; Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Tisdale; unrated) Amour (drama; Jean-Louis Trigtignant, Emmanuelle Riva; PG-13) Jayne Mansfield's Car (drama; Billy Bob Thornton, Kevin Bacon; pretheatrical release; rated R) No One Lives (horror; Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens; rated R) No Place on Earth (documentary; Chris Nicola, Saul Stermer; rated PG-13) A...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
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