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And so, after an absence of seven years, Superman returned to the big screen yesterday with the release of Zack Snyder's hotly-anticipated reboot Man of Steel, and despite a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the Henry Cavill-headlined superhero epic is soaring at the box office. Man of Steel pulled in a mighty $21 million in the States on Thursday night (more than the midnight openings for The Avengers and The Dark Knight) and an estimated $45 million by close of play on Friday, »
- Flickering Myth
As Superman hogs all of the headlines thanks to the imminent arrival of Man of Steel, 20th Century Fox has moved to remind us that there's another superhero movie set to hit screens this summer by releasing an international trailer for The Wolverine, which is packed with brand new - and fairly spoilerish - footage from Hugh Jackman's latest solo X-Men outing. Check it out after the official synopsis:
"Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality. »
- Flickering Myth
With Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan landing the lead role in the upcoming romantic drama, Shuddhi, it comes as a surprise that the film is still in need of a female lead as there is never a shortage of takers for a role opposite the gorgeous and multi-talented film star.
The projects director, Karan Malhotra who is working closely with Hrithik Roshan again following the critically acclaimed Agneepath has told an Indian film trade that “We are still looking for the leading lady”.
The director went on to clear up the rumours by saying “So far only Hrithik Roshan has been confirmed and the leading lady is not yet finalised. Probable by mid June, we will have finalised the leading lady for the film.”
Karan Malhotra has previously stated that he has a ‘wish list’ of actors that he wants in the film and it is clear why he would have »
- Press Releases
As the old saying goes, when the legend becomes fact, print the legend. Such is life for some of Hollywood's most notorious box office bombs, even if the films weren't technically "bombs."
Take "Waterworld," for instance: Kevin Costner's costly and critically battered 1995 has often been cited as a major failure, but it actually made $264 million worldwide on a reported budget of $175 million.
"I've probably said [that 'Waterworld' made money] ad nauseum, but people don't give a sh-t," Costner told HuffPost Entertainment. "So, it doesn't really matter. It just is what it is."
Costner isn't alone, of course, in taking heat for a "bomb" that wasn't a bomb. Below, find 10 other commonly cited box office busts that probably made a lot more money than you realized.
[Budget figures and grosses via Box Office Mojo]
1. "The Tourist"
Reported budget: $100 million
Global gross: $278 million
2. "Knight and Day"
Reported budget: $117 million
Global gross: $261 million
3. "Dark Shadows"
Reported budget: $150 million
Global gross: »
- Christopher Rosen
Look at my face- do you think I'm joking? Anyone with an internet connection will be aware of 'Tard', the snowshoe feline with a face like the cat that got the cream- if the cream was curdled and filled with chilli powder. Now, 'grumpy cat' looks like he may be starring in a Hollywood movie as Todd Garner, the producer behind xXx, Knight and Day, and Jack and Jill is developing a comedy featuring the mega mog:. »
Image Credit: Collider.com The Wolverine will be directed by James Mangold (Knight and Day), from a script written by Christopher McQuarrie.. The cast includes: Hugh Jackamn (Logan/Wolverine), Svetlana Khodchenkova (Viper), Hiroyuki Sanada (Shingen), Hal Yamanouchi (Yashida), Tao Okamoto (Mariko), Rila Fukushima (Yukio), Brian Tee (Norubo Mori), and Will Yun Lee (Kenuichio Harada/Silver Samurai). The film will claw into theaters July 26, 2013. »
News Simon Brew 7 May 2013 - 06:58
In a surprise to pretty much nobody, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have put the wheels firmly in motion for a new Mission: Impossible film. The last movie in the franchise, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, raked in just shy of $700m at the global box office, making it the most successful to date at the box office. As such, a deal has now been done that will see Tom Cruise reprising the role of Ethan Hunt, and also producing once again.
At one stage, you may recall, it wasn't going to be like this. Off the back of the commercial disappointment of Knight And Day, the fourth Mission: Impossible film was apparently retooled so that it was less of a leading man vehicle for Tom Cruise. »
It appears that The Wolverine director James Mangold has settled on his next project, and it’s looking like it will mark a reunion of sorts for the helmer and his Oscar-winning Walk the Line star Reese Witherspoon. THR reports that Witherspoon will star in an adaptation of Ashley Rhodes-Courter’s memoir Three Little Words, which Mangold will produce and direct. Rhodes-Courter entered the child welfare system in Florida at the age of four, and years later an unpaid volunteer discovered the girl and set out to convince her biological mother to surrender her parental rights so that the teen could begin a new life. Witherspoon will play the volunteer and Amanda Seyfried is in talks to play the young girl’s biological mother. The project, written by Lewis Colick (The Fighter) and Michael Petroni, marks a bit of a palate clenser for the versatile Mangold after The Wolverine, but »
- Adam Chitwood
Crackle announced eight new original programs today during its NewFronts upfront presentation in New York as well as the return of the Jerry Seinfeld series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, one of three series on the free digital network to get a second season. The Sony-owned Crackle’s first foray into feature-length movies will kick off with the martial arts pic Extraction starring Danny Glover coming in September and a sequel to Joe Dirt starring David Spade. Here are the full descriptions of the original programming: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee – Season 2 Comedy Series, 24 Episodes Summer 2013 Back for a second season, the uproarious comedy series created, written and produced by Jerry Seinfeld, will include guests David Letterman, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Don Rickles, and more. Extraction September 2013 Contained Action/Thriller Feature; 90 Minutes The first major feature made for digital, Extraction follows a Us Black Ops team member who finds himself »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Earlier this week Warner Bros. decided to offer up a treat by making the WonderCon exclusive trailer for Pacific Rim available to all online, and now 20th Century Fox has followed suit by giving us a new look The Wolverine courtesy of the official CinemaCon trailer. Packed into its one minute running time is plenty of new footage, including a brief glimpse at Hugh Jackman's Logan going up against the (absolutely giant) Silver Samurai, played by Will Yun Lee (Total Recall)...
"Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but »
- Flickering Myth
It's certainly an exciting time for comic book movie fans at the moment, what with the recent Man of Steel trailer, today's Thor: The Dark World trailer and the impending release of Iron Man 3 (which we'll be reviewing in just a few short hours), and now 20th Century Fox has got in on the act with a new international trailer for The Wolverine, which sees Hugh Jackman heading to Japan for his sixth appearance as the X-Men's adamantium-clawed mutant Logan. Sadly, there's only a few snippets of footage in this latest preview, but seeing as it took an eternity for the official trailer to land, it could be a while before we get to see any more...
The Wolverine (or Wolverine: Samurai, as it's now titled in Japan) is directed by James Mangold (Knight and Day) and is based upon the 1982 comic book miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. »
- Flickering Myth
Tom Cruise hasn’t had the best of luck movie-wise in recent years. With lacklustre performances from Jack Reacher, Rock Of Ages and Knight And Day, it’s good to see Joseph Kosinki’s Oblivion climbing to the top.
Over the weekend, the $120 million science fiction thriller opened in the Us garnering $38.2 million over the two days, which is a surprise considering the mediocre reviews which appeared before its release. However, this huge figure is a great improvement from Cruise’s past films – only four other Cruise capers have opened higher, three of those being Mission: Impossible flicks, the fourth being War Of The Worlds.
As for the rest of the world, Oblivion had already made $61.1 million over 52 territories, with another $33.6 million taken over the weekend. The film hasn’t yet opened in China or Japan, and we all know they Love a good bit of sci-fi!
Keep an eye »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
If this weekend’s box office is any indication, the couch jumping stigma that has plagued Tom Cruise’s career for the better part of the last decade may finally be thing of the past.
Cruise’s latest, the $120 million sci-fi adventure Oblivion, opened to a solid $38.2 million this weekend. That’s a terrific start for the chiseled star, who has struggled recently at the box office with under-performers like Jack Reacher, Rock of Ages, Valkyrie, and Knight and Day. In fact, only four Cruise vehicles have ever opened higher — and three of them are Mission Impossible movies. (The other »
- Grady Smith
Kosinski's Mind-boggling Sci-Fier to Boast Cruise's Biggest Domestic Box-Office Debut Weekend Since 2006?: Tom Cruise is no longer the superstar he used to be -- well, in case you believe the United States and Canada represent the whole world. (More information on Cruise's international b.o. allure further down.) Since J.J. Abrams' thriller Mission: Impossible III back in '06, only one Cruise movie in wide release has opened with more than $25 million at the North American box office: Brad Bird's fourquel Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which brought in $29.55 million on its second weekend (and first in wide release) on Christmas weekend 2011. This weekend (April 19-21), Cruise returns to American and Canadian screens with Joseph Kosinski's "original" sci-fier Oblivion; initial (Friday) results have surpassed studio predictions and, for that matter, the predictions of most pundits. (Pictured above: Cruise in the box-office hit sci-fier Oblivion.) As per estimates »
- Zac Gille
Tom Cruise could really use a box office hit right about now and "Oblivion" might be the film to do the trick. Already a success overseas, the sci-fi mindbender opens in the U.S. just two weeks ahead of the official summer movie season's launch with "Iron Man 3."
It's not just Cruise who could use a hit after a string of recent disappointments, but also the entire movie industry. So far the year has produced only three real hits ("Oz," "The Croods" and "Identity Thief") and a few modest overachievers ("Olympus Has Fallen," "Mama," "Safe Haven"), to say nothing of the even more troubling dearth of movies that are actually, you know, good.
The quick take on "Oblivion" is "great visuals, not-so-great story," but it's worth saying a little more about this ambitious piece of sci-fi filmmaking from director Joseph Kosinski ("Tron: Legacy").
Cruise stars as Jack Harper, a »
This week has seen a flood of superhero news, with Marvel Studios pushing full-steam ahead on the Iron Man 3 marketing blitz, Warner Bros. dropping the latest Man of Steel trailer, Universal releasing the first clip from Kick-Ass 2, spy photos giving us our first look at Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and cameras starting to roll on both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past (it's going to be a bumper Week in Spandex tomorrow, that's for sure). But, if that's not enough to satisfy your superhero appetite for the week, we now have three new images from The Wolverine featuring Hugh Jackman's adamantium-clawed mutant going up against a team of ninjas courtesy of ReviewSTL:
"Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. »
- Flickering Myth
It has been confirmed that Siddharth Anand’s upcoming film Bang Bang, an adaptation of the Hollywood film Knight and Day will release worldwide on 1 May 2014. The film, which will star Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif in the leading roles, will officially commence shooting next month. It was initially scheduled to release on Valentine’s Day 2014, but has now been changed to a May release.
Siddharth Anand is a famous name within the industry after having directed hit films like Salaam Namaste (2005) Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and Anjaana Anjaani (2010). The screenplay for Bang Bang has been written by Sujoy Ghosh (director of Kahaani), Suresh Nair (director of Singh is Kinng) and Abbas Tyrewala (director of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na).
Bang Bang will be produced by Fox Star Studios, who are beginning to make a mark in Bollywood after being part of big projects like Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (2013). Hrithik »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
Oblivion is headed directly toward one of three outcomes. The first scenario is that Oblivion is the rare sci-fi that attracts a broad audience in April, soaring past $50 million on its way to the fourth-best April opening weekend ever. The second scenario is the film ends up being a complete tank job, a repudiation of Tom Cruise's box-office might, proof positive that The Matrix will forevermore remain a complete outlier for April sci-fi openings. The third path is the one I'm headed down, and it's not definitive either way, mostly because the key indicators are very messy this weekend. If this moderate view comes to pass it will allow websites, ironically enough, to spin the results however they like, leading to Monday morning headlines that read "Tom Cruise Is Back!" or "Tom Cruise Sinks!!" depending on their disposition. The Internet: Where nuance has gone to die since 1994. But why »
- Laremy Legel
‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ actors Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif paired up for Siddharth Anand's ‘Bang Bang'. The film is a Hindi remake of Hollywood blockbuster comedy ‘Knight and Day’ which featured Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the lead. The shooting will commence from 1st May in Europe. Sujoy Ghosh of ‘Kahaani’ fame and Suresh Nair of Singh Is King and Namaste London wrote the screenplay of the movie. The dialogues have been penned by Abbas Tyrewala. 'Bang Bang' is being produced by Fox Star Studios and the film will be shot at exotic locations of Europe, Far East and India. Speaking about the locations, the sour »
"Millions of galaxies of hundreds of millions of stars, in a speck on one in a blink. That’s us, lost in space." — Vincent, Collateral
Though he's most widely known for his action movies — the Mission: Impossible movies, in particular — superstar actor Tom Cruise has also starred in a handful of sci-fi movies in his career, including War of the Worlds (2005), his highest grossing domestic release to date. After an eight-year hiatus from sci-fi, Cruise will return to the genre on April 19th in Oblivion, a post-apocalyptic epic from director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) in which Cruise plays one of the last drone (read: clone) workers on an Earth that is all but abandoned following a devastating war with an alien race known as the Scavs.
In anticipation of Oblivion's imminent release, we thought this would be a great time to look back on Cruise's rather extensive filmography to determine, »
- BrentJS Sprecher
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