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One of I, Frankenstein's biggest sins was that the creature effects, especially with regard to Frankenstein's monster, were pretty run of the mill. Back in the beginning effects artist Vincent J. Guastini had the reins of this bad boy, but unfortunately it was steered out of his hands.
Now Guastini has uploaded an effects/concept reel of what his vision for the film's creatures would have been like. Gotta say it... we like it so much better. What a shock. Check it out for yourselves, and weigh in below.
About I, Frankenstein
From the producers of Underworld, I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein's monster (Aaron Eckhart) as he becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans. Also starring Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), Yvonne Strahovski (TV's "Chuck," TV's "Dexter"), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, »
- Steve Barton
After two weekends away from the top spot, the space renegades of Guardians of the Galaxy clinched the #1 position at the weekend box office once again. With $17.6 million in its fourth frame – a small 30% drop from last week’s take, outstanding for a Marvel Studios film – the sci-fi adventure is days away from becoming 2014′s highest-grossing film. (Its $251.9 million gross so far is the biggest of the summer session, having passed Transformers: Age of Extinction‘s North American final on Saturday.) With such a good hold, it is likely the film will re-emerge to the top spot over Labor Day weekend and now stands a good chance of surpassing $300 million if strong word-of-mouth continues.
Dropping to second but continuing its robust run were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, bringing in $16.8 million, for a $145.6 million cume. Later this week, the Paramount film will surpass G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, another »
- Jordan Adler
Ahead of its UK home-entertainment release next month, Anchor Bay has dropped a new trailer for the action thriller Tokarev starring Nicolas Cage; check it out after the official synopsis, and read our review of the film here…
Nicolas Cage stars in this action-packed thriller as Paul Maguire, a reformed criminal living a simple life as a family man and husband. But Paul is about to discover you can never truly outlive your sins. His new life falls apart when his daughter is kidnapped in an apparent act of revenge for the crimes of his youth. Bringing together his old crew, Paul wages war on the Russian mafia and will stop at nothing to deal out his own personal brand of justice.
- Gary Collinson
With The Expendables 3 bombing, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy easily held on to the top two spots at the box office on Friday. Ninja Turtles fell 69 percent to an estimated $7.9 million. That drop is roughly on par with G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which was off 68 percent at the same point. Turtles will pass $100 million sometime today; for the weekend, it should wind up anywhere from $24 to $27 million.Guardians of the Galaxy eased 44 percent to $6.95 million. It passed $200 million yesterday, and in the process moved ahead of Summer 2014 releases Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. For the weekend, Guardians will likely earn around $24 million.The Expendables 3 opened in third place with an estimated $5.88 million. That's down 44 percent from The Expendables 2, which is a horrible drop for a closely-timed sequel. For the weekend, the third Expendables »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ninja Turtles fans old and young showed up at the movies this weekend, driving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to one of the biggest August openings ever.Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy scored the highest second weekend of the Summer so far.The Top 12 earned $174.2 million this weekend, which is up 22 percent from the same frame last year. This August remains on track to be the biggest ever, and could be the first to pass $1 billion.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ruled the box office with $65.6 million this weekend. That ranks fourth all-time in the month of August. It's noticeably higher than G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra ($54.7 million), though 3D premiums and ticket price inflation likely account for most of that gap. The movie also made more in one weekend than 2007 animated Turtles movie Tmnt earned in its entire run.This strong opening can be attributed primarily to the power of the Ninja Turtles brand. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dominated the box office on Friday with an impressive $25.6 million haul.Turtles opened noticeably higher than G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which took in $22.2 million on essentially the same day back in 2009. Among Summer 2014 releases, Turtles is slightly above 22 Jump Street ($25.1 million) and Maleficent ($24.3 million).Opening weekends have been very front-loaded this Summer, and reviews and word-of-mouth aren't particularly good for Turtles. Still, it does have a ton of appeal with younger audiences, which tends to help boost Saturday/Sunday returns. By Sunday, Turtles will likely have earned anywhere from $62 to $68 million.Guardians of the Galaxy plummeted 67 percent to $12.3 million. That drop is identical to Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which fell 67 and 68 percent, respectively. This suggests that the strong reviews and word-of-mouth didn't give Guardians much of a bump. For the three-day weekend, the movie should wind up around $41 million. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
With Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy doing far better opening weekend than anyone expected, it's looking like the four movies opening this weekend will be settling for second to fifth place at best, as it should pull a solid repeat even with the typically larger summer movie second weekend drop-off. The movie with the best chance for second place is the Michael Bay-produced reinvention of the popular .80s cartoon and comic characters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Paramount), starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett, which hopes to kick-off a new franchise ala Transformers and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The three other movies will be fighting to bring in some late summer moviegoers without the draw of what will be the top two movies.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a hit! Even though it's not officially in theaters until today, it opened for Thursday night preview screenings last night, pulling in an impressive $11.2 million to become the biggest Thursday opener of not only the summer, but the entire year!
To put that into perspective, Marvel's other big movie of the year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which has held onto its biggest Thursday opening of 2014 record all through the summer despite being a spring release, only earned $10.2 million that first night of release. And it was a sequel. It eventually went onto earn $95 million its first weekend in release.
Now coming in third, Godzilla earned $9.3 million, going onto take in $93.2 million during the duration of its first weekend. In fourth place is Transformers: Age of Extinction, with nabbed $8.8 million, but managed to take in the best weekend gross of $100 million. Residing in 5th place »
Nicolas Cage has done a great job choosing roles lately, with great turns in films like David Gordon Green’s Joe and the Paco Cabezas revenge film, Rage (formerly titled Tokarev). The latter, an exceptionally written and directed take on how one’s past can and most likely Will catch up with them is set to hit DVD/Bluray this August 12th, via Image Entertainment. Having seen the film earlier this year, on its VOD run (here), we can definitely vouch for this one, as it’s a pretty intense and emotional, tough as nails thriller. If Cage keeps putting out films like these, then the internet meme persona he’s unfortunately acquired in recent years can finally fade away, making people realize that he’s an exceptional actor (you’re lying if you say that you’re not a fan of Raising Arizona, and his Oscar-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas »
- Jerry Smith
Baroness - G.I. Joe Cosplayer: Jenny Poussin * Photographer: Sergio Rico Click Here - More Images G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra - Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster “Transformers,” join forces with Spyglass Entertainment for another extraordinary action-adventure “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. Joe team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” is directed by Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy,” “The Mummy Returns”). Director: Stephen Sommers * Cast: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Byung Hun Lee, Sienna Miller »
After G.I. Joe: Retaliation scored at the box office and earned less scorn than its predecessor G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, a third installment was almost inevitable. And now that Skydance and Paramount have set G.I. Joe 3 for release in 2016, the studios are working on putting together a team for the tentpole. Today brings news that Lethal Weapon 4 scribe Jonathan Lemkin has been tapped to pen the screenplay.
Though most of Lemkin’s work has been on the small screen, with writing credits on series like Hill Street Blues and 21 Jump Street, the scribe previously penned The Devil’s Advocate and Shooter. Lemkin is also adapting survival drama The Longest Night from a GQ article of the same name for Frank Marshall to direct.
He’s certainly not experienced with the type of furious, effects-heavy action that will be employed for G.I. Joe 3, but the fact »
- Isaac Feldberg
Though it’s safe to say that none of us look back on Stephen Sommers’ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra with fond memories, at least Jon M. Chu’s follow-up G.I. Joe: Retaliation was at least a bit more fun – thanks mostly to new star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Retaliation rushed past Rise of Cobra at the box office, earning $375 million as opposed to the first film’s $302 million, which made a third movie an absolute certainty. I’m not sure if any of us here were calling for G.I. Joe 3, but perhaps, seeing as The Rise of Cobra sucked and Retaliation was bearable, third time will be the charm for the franchise.
Sadly, Jon M. Chu will not be returning to direct G.I. Joe 3 – the helmer is currently filming Jem and the Holograms and is next tipped to direct Now You See Me 2. However, according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Though many were rightfully skeptical of a movie based on a toyline, the Transformers franchise has become one of the highest grossing series of the last few years, with no signs of slowing down for the fourth installment. The G.I. Joe series, on the other hand, has had a bit more trouble getting off the ground. 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra grossed a so-so $302 million, and the series went through a semi-reboot with the 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The Jon M. Chu-directed second film fared better at the box office with $375 million worldwide, but there’s still the sense that the series hasn’t taken off just yet, so expectations are high for G.I. Joe 3. Though we know that Chu is not returning to direct the next G.I. Joe film, movement on the pic has been fairly quiet the past few months. Steve recently spoke with »
- Adam Chitwood
In this new cinematic age of movie team-ups and giant ensembles like Marvel's The Avengers and DC Comics' Justice League, it makes sense that Hasbro might bring together its two biggest properties for one giant movie experience. Well, don't hold your breath waiting for a Transformers/G.I. Joe movie crossover anytime soon. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura doesn't believe the stars will ever align in order to make this happen.
When asked by MTV about the prospects of Hasbro's toy giants coming together on the big screen, the producer had this to say:
"We haven't spent a moment on it. I know they did it in the comic books, but I think the reality that we're looking at is...It's hard enough to figure out how to do it alone and [then] trying to figure out how to do it together...I don't think that it's as organic as people think. »
Though the “McConaissance” is all the rage at the moment, actor Channing Tatum has been undergoing a pretty impressive career transformation of his own over the past couple of years. After working in films like Step Up, Dear John, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra early in his career, Tatum started taking some big risks with excellent payoffs. Director Steven Soderbergh brought out a different side of the actor in Magic Mike, Haywire, and Side Effects, he proved to be fantastically adept at comedy with standout roles in 21 Jump Street and This Is the End, and he drew raves for his dramatic work in the dark drama Foxcatcher at that film’s Cannes premiere last month. With these eclectic performances under his belt, Tatum now has his eyes set on something many other actors are vying for: his own superhero movie. Tatum has been keen on playing the X-Men »
- Adam Chitwood
(Cbr) When longtime "X-Men" franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner last week confirmed that Channing Tatum has been cast as Gambit, it wasn’t the announcement that was so surprising — she and the actor have long made their interests clear — but rather the way it was made. When’s the last time plans for a film, and a potential franchise, were trotted out on a press line? However, what perhaps is surprising is that Tatum came close to playing the Cajun mutant eight years ago. In the June issue of "GQ," he reveals he was nearly cast as Gambit early in his acting career, in 2006′s "X-Men: The Last Stand," but then the role was written out of the film. When it came time for the character to make his big-screen debut in 2009′s "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," Tatum was busy with "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," so the part went to Taylor Kitsch. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Marlon Wayans and Mike Epps are attached to star in the Sony Pictures buddy action-comedy Any Means Necessary, which tells the story of 2 estranged brothers who pair up to go undercover, according to Deadline. The fact that one brother is a cop (Wayans), and the other is a criminal (Epps), should only add to the drama and comedy. Originally written by David Elliot and Paul Lovett (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Sony and producer Neal Moritz have tapped Rodney Barnes (who's previously re-writing scripts for Think Like A Man, Think Like A Man 2, and is the Executive Producer of Boondocks) to rewrite the script for Any Means Necessary, as the project becomes a »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Channing Tatum has two big films opening this summer. First up is the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street, which co-stars Jonah Hill. And later in July, he'll appear in the sci-fi space opera Jupiter Ascending with Mila Kunis. So it's only obvious that Tatum's face would be everywhere right about now (and it is). Tatum is the subject of GQ's June issue, and in it he talks about his obsession for Gambit, which he's set to play in the next X-Men film, and he also dropped a few details on the upcoming Magic Mike sequel.
Last week, it was confirmed that Tatum would be playing Gambit in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse and his own spinoff film. The news first broke when producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed that Tatum would be the one playing the role during a press junket for the latest X-Men movie. But it seems that Tatum was always destined to play Gambit. »
- Laura Frances
Channing Tatum is a brilliant example of a fantastic actor to rise from obscurity to Hollywood stardom within the last ten years. After initially receiving criticism for poorly chosen roles in lightweight, underwritten films such as G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra and Dear John, Tatum is now one of the most highly regarded actors in Hollywood.
The Magic Mike star will next be seen in this summers Jupiter Ascending and 22 Jump Street, which are both looking to be brilliant popcorn flicks for a hopefully entertaining summer. It seems that the partnership between Tatum and Sony on the latter of his upcoming summer films, has lead to another upcoming project in the pipeline. It is being reported that Tatum will star in a brand new crime thriller for Sony which he will also produce alongside Reid Carolin, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (86th Academy Awards). You can read a brief »
- Ben Read
On May 13, the movie based on the graphic novel, I, Frankenstein, will be arriving on Blu-ray and DVD, but for those of you who cannot wait it will also be available on early VOD on May 2! To celebrate it's arrival we have an exclusive clip from the special features for you cats.
From the Press Release
Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) portrays one of the most iconic horror legends of all time in the gripping adventure I, Frankenstein, available on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD UltraViolet), along with DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video On Demand, and Pay-Per-View, May 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This film will be available on Digital HD May 2.
From the producers of Underworld, I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein's monster (Eckhart) as he becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans. Also starring Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest »
- Steve Barton
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