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T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935) ranks among the 20th Century’s oddest heroes. This short, smart, and mischievous British soldier helped organize the Arab Revolt against Turkey, a secondary front of the First World War. He became Emir Feisal’s trusted ally, painfully conscious that the Allies wouldn’t honor promises of independence. After the Paris Peace Conference, Lawrence retreated into the Royal Air Force and Tank Corps as a private soldier, T.E. Shaw… read the full article.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a little girl in possession of a good imagination must be in want of a heroine. At least, this was the truth of my childhood. Like many people of my generation, my »
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a little girl in possession of a good imagination must be in want of a heroine. At least, this was the truth of my childhood. Like many people of my generation, my early pop culture intake was a healthy mix of Disney (this included an extensive library of worn-out VHS in the classic white plastic clamshell packaging), Saturday morning cartoons (from DuckTales to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Japanese imports repackaged for North American kids (Power Rangers, Speed Racer). But my one true love was science fiction. And anyone familiar with my work on this website could probably guess that this love begins and ends with Star Wars. Or really, it begins with Princess Leia.
I don’t remember my first viewing of the original trilogy; it exists in my memory as a constant presence. And like any healthy child weaned on TV and movies, »
- Mallory Andrews
8 Actors Who Can Be The Next Spider-Man
We’re not even a year removed from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and already Sony and Marvel are exploring new options on who could be the next webslinger. And we already have some insight that the next Spider-Man is going back to high school, and Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) and Logan Lerman (Fury) are on Sony’s short list… read the full article.
Five Film Composers that Hollywood Needs Back
Hollywood has no shortage of talented composers crafting mostly serviceable tunes for the next young adult literary adaptation or prestige awards tearjerker. But for every auteur like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, you have musical yes men pounding out ominous notes in anticipation of the next horror movie jump scare or making ratatat noise to underscore a superhero chase scene. The film world screams for diverse sounds, but is often left »
Actor Emile Hirsch checked into a rehab facility in the wake of an incident in which he allegedly choked a female executive at last month’s Sundance Film Festival.
“Emile consumed an enormous amount of alcohol on the evening in question and he has no memory of what happened,” Hirsch’s lawyer, Robert Offer, said in statement released Friday.
“Emile takes these allegations very seriously, and is devastated that any of this has occurred,” Offer added. “A few days after the incident, Emile sought help and checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation facility, where he remains today, to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.”
Hirsch was charged Thursday with felony assault in connection with the incident at the Tao nightclub on Jan. 25. Police responded to a 4 a.m. call and a Paramount executive, Daniele Bernfeld, described a physical altercation and accused a drunken Hirsch of putting her “in a chokehold. »
- Dave McNary
Ever since the Matrix series made them a household name, the Wachowskis – that is, Andy and Lana Wachowski – have turned Hollywood into their own idiosyncratic playground, routinely gaining access to gigantic budgets in order to fund projects that still maintain a deeply personal touch. That idiosyncrasy is certainly detectable in their long-delayed sci-fi/action opus Jupiter Ascending, and it’s perceptible even in their hyperactive, cultish adaptation of the classic childrens’ cartoon Speed Racer. Ricky and Simon are joined by Sos writer and blogger extradordinaire Molly Autumn Faust to talk auteurism, bees, incest, monkeys, intergalactic corporate dynasties, and the utility (or lack thereof) of film critics, among (many) other topics.
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- Sordid Cinema Podcast
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 6th February to Sunday 8th February 2015…
Despite four new entries cracking the top ten this week, Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service held firm in first and second place this past weekend, with Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep Movie putting up the most competition, the animated feature debuting in third with £2,095,061.
The Wachowskis’ critically-mauled sci-fi Jupiter Ascending took fourth place with an opening weekend of £1,349,938, which was up on the filmmaking siblings’ previous efforts Speed Racer (£362,000) and Cloud Atlas (£544,725), while Selma pulled in £792,365 in sixth and The Interview managed just £283,811 in tenth.
Number one this time last year: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
1. Big Hero 6, £2,540,116 from 513 sites. Total: £7,476,518 total (2 weeks)
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service, £2,190,090 weekend; £8,245,752 total (2 weeks)
3. Shaun the Sheep Movie, £2,095,061 weekend (New)
4. Jupiter Ascending, £1,349,938 weekend (New)
5. American Sniper, £980,434 weekend; £11,084,808 total (4 weeks)
6. Selma, »
- Gary Collinson
Go big or go home. That seems to be the motto of directing duo the Wachowskis, who pulled out all the stops for Jupiter Ascending, their very own space opera, cramming this thing so full of backstory and character history, that it might have been better suited for a dozen novels instead of one two-hour fairy tale. Will it go down as a underrated gem a la Speed Racer? A misunderstood near masterpiece a la Cloud Atlas? Or is it something closer to Star Wars -- particularly the prequel trilogy -- for better or worse? Previously on Stripped: Dumb and Dumber To, Big Hero 6, Interstellar, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the...
- John Gholson
With a hugely underwhelming opening weekend in the Us of just $19 million, Jupiter Ascending is another in a long line of films from the Wachowski siblings where the box-office has failed to match the grand, epic-scale ideas of their films. Their previous two films, Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer, both flopped on release, with final grosses of $130 million and $95 million respectively from budgets of considerably more.
Speaking just before Jupiter Ascending’s opening to The Wall Street Journal, the sibling duo had already spoken about how their access to hundreds of millions of studio dollars may be about to come to an end.
“Everyone says, ‘Why can’t you be simpler?’”, states Lana. “We’re drawn toward difficult subjects, like the disparity of rich and poor….. We’ve been lucky. People at studios have been interested in our crazy, strange brand of complexity. And we’ve been allowed to keep making them. »
- Scott J. Davis
6th Update, Monday Actuals, 3:20 Pm: Paramount’s SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out Of Water came in with $635K less than its weekend estimate reported yesterday of $56M. Still, it’s a great gross for this time of year, especially when there aren’t a lot of kids out of school. Per Rentrak, only 1% of all K-12 and college students were off this Friday. That figure moves to 17% this Friday, and then 15% for the February 20-22 frame.
As reported this morning, Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s Jupiter Ascending dropped ducats and is now filing $18.37M while Universal/Legendary’s Seventh Son is a $100K better with a $7.2M actual. They’re in for a hammering this coming weekend as two R-rated mass-appeal pics hit the sked: Universal’s long-awaited E.L. James bestselling adaptation Fifty Shades Of Grey at an estimated 3,600 theaters and 20th Century Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service on »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Paramount Pictures' SpongeBob Movie earned $56 million in North America, a huge debut for the animated Nickelodeon big-screen transfer, according to estimates Sunday. That finally pushed American Sniper off the top spot after a three-week reign. The Navy Seal drama took in $24.2 million in its fourth week of wide release.
The Wachowskis' lavish science-fiction adventure Jupiter Ascending opened with just $19 million, a meager amount for a $175 million production. Warner Bros. delayed the release of the movie, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, from last summer.
Universal's Seventh Son, a supernatural thriller set in medieval times, debuted with a scant $7.1 million. The film, produced by Legendary Pictures and starring Jeff Bridges, cost nearly $100 million to make.
That gave the box office a couple »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Be careful what you wish for.
Originality is a virtue in most creative pursuits, but in Hollywood, it will always be less appealing to studio bosses than more of the same. Audiences and critics often decry the sequels and franchises that flood multiplexes, but when filmmakers like the Wachowskis answer their calls for something original and innovative with a film like “Jupiter Ascending,” they’re often rewarded with a cold shoulder. With a production budget of $179 million, not to mention tens of millions spent to promote the science-fiction adventure, and an opening of only $19 million, “Jupiter Ascending” will likely be one of the year’s biggest flops.
“Audiences are kind of reticent to take a chance on something they don’t know or understand,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “They marketed the heck out of this movie, and it was still tough to bring people through the door. »
- Brent Lang
<< Continued from "Weekend Report: 'Jupiter Ascending' Crushed by Super 'SpongeBob'"Playing at 3,181 locations, Jupiter Ascending opened in third place with a very disappointing $18.4 million this weekend. That's a fraction below the Wachowskis' Speed Racer ($18.6 million); with seven years of ticket price inflation and the addition of 3D premiums, it's likely that attendance for Jupiter was substantially lower.Jupiter Ascending's opening was also around $10 million less than recent big-budget sci-fi movies like Elysium ($29.8 million), Edge of Tomorrow ($28.8 million), After Earth ($27.5 million) and Ender's Game ($27 million), all of which were considered misses on opening weekend.The marketing for Jupiter Ascending never quite found a way to sell the convoluted story, and also struggled to hide the movie's sillier elements. It also doesn't help that the Wachowski brand is essentially worthless now: the massive amount of goodwill generated by The Matrix has faded thanks to two lukewarm sequels followed by »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jupiter Ascending is not only the latest offering from The Wachowski's, it's also their first 3D offering to the public. How in the world it took them this long to release a film in the third dimension is beyond me, especially with Speed Racer just begging for the perfect conversion and IMAX re-release to happen any day now. Suffice it to say your mileage may vary on this film, as it's been all across the board with the reviews. Our theatrical review will weigh in on whether or not this new release is worth your time, while this column will focus solely on the film's use of 3D. Considering seven separate categories, To 3D Or Not To 3D evaluates the full scope of the 3D viewing experience. Think of it as a consumer's guide for your movie-going, complete with a viewer.s poll where you can weigh in on how »
“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” soaked up a massive $56 million at the weekend box office, leaving little remaining for two other new releases, “Jupiter Ascending” and “Seventh Son,” both of which flopped.
“Jupiter Ascending,” an ambitious science-fiction fantasy from Andy and Lana Wachowski, eked out $19 million from 3,181 screens, making it the “Matrix” siblings’ third consecutive whiff after “Cloud Atlas” and “Speed Racer.” The film stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis and cost a staggering $179 million to produce. It was originally scheduled to open in July, but was pushed back to accommodate complex special effects. Village Roadshow co-financed the film with Warner Bros.
“The Wachowkis have an incredible history of making fan favorite films,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “This didn’t hit the wide audience their films have in the past, but they’ll do better in the future.”
Males were “Jupiter’s” core audience, »
- Brent Lang
Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, is quickly falling in box office estimates to a skimpy $18 million opening. With a budget of $175 million, the Wachowskis’ sci-fi tentpole could lose tens of millions barring a dramatic turnaround overseas.
The forecast for Universal and Legendary’s long-delayed “Seventh Son,” starring Jeff Bridges, isn’t much brighter. The medieval fantasy tentpole has a projected loss of $85 million, as Variety exclusively reported this week, despite earning $82 million at the international box office. It’s on track for only $6.6 million in its U.S. debut.
Neither of the B.O. casualties are a shock — both pics were long-delayed due to poor tracking, and Paramount’s “The Spongebob Movie, »
- Variety Staff
Creating something original isn't easy. The Wachowskis have spent time adapting "Speed Racer" and the novel "Cloud Atlas" into movies, but they are still defined by an original creation, "The Matrix" trilogy. Their latest endeavor, "Jupiter Ascending," is an attempt to fashion another new cinematic world. So far, the critics have not been kind. "Jupiter Ascending" currently has a 40 score on Metacritic and just a 22% on Rotten Tomatoes. That's certainly not good, but it might insinuate there aren't things to appreciate about "Jupiter" which there are (really). And, no, it's not going to "Norbit" Eddie Redmayne's Oscar chances either. Keeping that in mind, check out our best and worst of "Jupiter Ascending" in the story gallery below. Agree or disagree? Share your thought in the comments section. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water crushed expectations on Friday, while Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son bombed.The adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon TV show opened to an estimated $15.1 million yesterday. In comparison, the first SpongeBob movie earned $9.6 million on its first Friday nearly a decade ago. More interesting is the fact that this opening is nearly on par with The Lego Movie's $17.1 million haul on the same date last year. If Sponge Out of Water holds up like Lego through the weekend, it will wind up north of $60 million.Playing at 3,181 locations, Jupiter Ascending opened in second place on Friday with an estimated $6.4 million. That's significantly lower than recent sci-fi movies like Elysium ($11.1 million) and Edge of Tomorrow ($10.6 million). It's also barely above legendary Wachowski bomb Speed Racer, which opened to $6.2 million back in May 2008. For the weekend, Jupiter Ascending will likely wind up between $17 and $19 million. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
They've tackled action packed sci-fi with The Matrix, brought Saturday morning cartons to the big screen with the energetic Speed Racer, and teamed with Tom Tywker to explore sprawling existential questions with Cloud Atlas. Now, The Wachowskis let their combined imagination run wild in the realm of space opera with Jupiter Ascending, a gorgeous visual treat, brought down by the siblings much documented trouble with storytelling. In a galaxy where alien royal families, running the universe like a massive corporation, own entire planets, Russian immigrant Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) finds she shares the same genetic signature with recently deceased matriarch of the House of Abrasax, giving her ownership of the crucially important Earth, after an encounter with the part human, part wolf warrior Caine (Channing Tatum), sent to reveal her royal destiny to her. Discovering there is much more to the universe than anyone ever thought, Jupiter is thrust into »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
“The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is heading for a solid $35 million opening weekend at 3,641 U.S. locations, handily beating Warner Bros.’ high-priced “Jupiter Ascending,” which will wind up with a disappointing $20 million from 3,181 theaters, according to early estimates.
Warner Bros.’ “American Sniper,” in its fourth weekend, will likely finish ahead of “Jupiter Ascending” in the No. 2 slot at about $22 million, lifting its stunning total to about $280 million. And Universal-Legendary’s launch of “Seventh Son” showed little life with a projected $8 million opening.
“Jupiter Ascending,” co-financed by Village Roadshow and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski, carries a $175 million pricetag but has not been able to attract much positive buzz amid less-than-enthusiastic reviews. Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum star in a complex saga of space travel and genetic engineering.
“Jupiter Ascending” was pulled from its original July release date to give the Wachowskis time to finish the extensive special effects. »
- Dave McNary
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "It can be difficult for people from underdeveloped worlds to hear that their planet is not the only inhabited planet." The new Wachowskis movie is here. In theaters everywhere is Jupiter Ascending, the spectacular new sci-fi space opera creation from Lana & Andy Wachowski (of The Matrix trilogy, Bound, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas) starring Channing Tatum as wolf-hybrid Caine and Mila Kunis as Jupiter. Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth & Gugu Mbatha-Raw are in here, too. Is it any good? Or is it a mess? Are the Wachowskis doing well or in trouble? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, »
- Alex Billington
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