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On paper, "Oldboy" could have been a hit -- a remake of a celebrated South Korean thriller by one of America's most talented filmmakers, Spike Lee, and starring an actor who specializes in brooding, tightly wound men of action, Josh Brolin.
Not that anyone was expecting it to top the box office chart, not on a holiday weekend bound to be dominated by "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Still, the film failed to live up to even the most modest predictions (in the $2 to $3 million range). In fact, its debut barely made a dent in the chart; it opened in 17th place with $850,000, or just $1,458 per venue.
How did "Oldboy" flop so spectacularly? There's a lot of blame to go around. Here's who'll receive the brunt of it:
Spike Lee. Lee has certainly had an uneven career, in part because he rushes toward controversy instead of shying away from it, »
- Gary Susman
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb....
As it continues to be screened nationwide, Charles Gant highlights the importance of Judi Dench’s casting in Philomena – and the impact on its box-office - in the recent January 2014 edition of Sight & Sound:
"Steve Coogan may be a producer, co-writer and star of Philomena, but for backers Pathé there was never any question about the key selling-point. 'Judi Dench is the asset that launches the film,' says the company’s UK distributing boss Lee Bye."
Read the full article by subscribing to or buying this month's Sight & Sound here.
Gant clarifies how integral Judi Dench is to the “grey cinema audience”, and how her role in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (pulling £20m at the box-office) and Ladies in Lavender have established her as bankable as Jude Law and James McAvoy.
Philomena has had exceptional word-of-mouth and a film-savvy audience »
- Gary Collinson
Neil Gaiman's classic comic book series Sandman may be heading to the big screen with screenwriter David S. Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Sources indicate that the Man of Steel writer recently pitched his take on Sandman to Warner Bros., with DC Entertainment's Geoff Johns reportedly receptive to his version.
While there are questions about whether Joseph Gordon-Levitt is involved as an actor or possibly a producer or director, it is believed that he is being eyed to play Morpheus, who represents Dreams in a family known as The Endless, comprised of siblings who represent other aspects of life such as Death, Delirium, Desire, Destruction, Despair and Destiny. The first story line in the comic book follows Morpheus being kidnapped by a magician.
The comic book debuted in 1989, running for 75 issues before being sold as a 10-volume trade paperback and five-volume hardcover graphic novel editions. To this day, Sandman »
Thanksgiving arrived early this year in the form of the animated movie “Free Birds.”
The movie follows a couple of turkeys going back in time to stop the very first Thanksgiving from serving…..turkey as a dish.
“Free Birds” will be in theaters tomorrow.
Read a partial transcript below of the press conference. Or listen to the audio which features a lot of fun stories and laughter.
Where did the story come from? Where did it generate? It’s a lot of fun from these radically different turkeys together.
Jimmy Hayward: It originated from these two writers named [John] Strauss and [David] Stern. They had the original concept and it »
- Gig Patta
Month-old mashed potatoes wouldn’t leave behind as questionable an aftertaste as “Free Birds,” a well-animated but frankly misguided comedy about two turkeys who travel back in time to stop their species from becoming the official national dish of Thanksgiving. In drawing a parallel between these wild birds and 17th-century Native Americans, this seemingly innocuous toon fantasy becomes another noxious-but-sanitized exercise in family-friendly cultural insensitivity. Kids won’t care, naturally, but even viewers who don’t mind (or don’t pick up on) the unfortunate subtext won’t be thrilled by the picture’s bland storytelling and overly gabby gobblers. Even with an Ok opening on the table, holiday-perennial status looks unlikely for this fledgling feature effort from Dallas-based Reel FX.
- Justin Chang
News Simon Brew 21 Oct 2013 - 07:06
He's been Jonah Hex, and survived with his career in tact. He's been a young Tommy Lee Jones in the most successful Men In Black movie to date. Heck, at one stage earlier this year, he seemed to be on the verge of being the new Batman (before Ben Affleck landed). But fear not: there may yet be another blockbuster sequel that's requiring Josh Brolin's services. And this one's got dinosaurs in it.
That sequel? Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World, whose cast thus far either includes or seems about to include Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins and Bryce Dallas Howard. He's been linked with a role in the film, although it's not done and dusted yet. We'd like it if it was, though.
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th »
You have to give some credit to Josh Brolin. Even if his first venture into leading man blockbuster territory was nothing short a fucking disaster with "Jonah Hex," he's been brave enough to give it another whirl. And in 2012 he had much more success playing opposite Will Smith in "Men In Black 3." However, the pendulum of fate dealt the actor another blow when the star-studded "Gangster Squad" fizzled. But perhaps this means "Jurassic World" could be the right choice. That's right, The Wrap is reporting that Brolin is "being eyed" for a lead role, but of course, that essentially means: "We like this dude, but our lawyers haven't gotten involved." Of course, details on the dino-sequel have been under lock and key beneath the Earth, but if it all works out, he would join Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and Bryce Dallas Howard in the flick. And again, no word yet »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Horton Hears A Who director Jimmy Hayward’s return to animation could almost be a wishful-thinking biopic. His feathery lead characters, voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, attempt to travel back in time to take turkey off the Thanksgiving menu. Of course, that “turkey” I’m referring to is Hayward’s live-action disaster Jonah Hex and how I’m sure he’d like to wipe that film from his resume. I know I’d like to wipe it from my memory (despite such ace talent as Brolin, Malkovich and Fassbender).
Free Birds has Wilson and Harrelson as Turkey’s from opposite sides of the tracks who must put aside their differences after finding a way to venture way back into the past and change the course of history. The two A-listers are joined by the hilarious Amy Poehler, who guides us through this first featurette. We’ve also added »
- Craig Hunter
A new featurette exploring director Jimmy Hayward's ( Horton Hears a Who! , Jonah Hex ) new animated adventure, Free Birds , is now online! Check it out in the player below. Featuring the voice talents of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo and Dwight Howard, the buddy comedy follows two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. Free Birds hits theaters November 1. »
A first clip from director Jimmy Hayward's ( Horton Hears a Who! , Jonah Hex ) new animated adventure, Free Birds , is now online! Check it out in the player below, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies . Featuring the voice talents of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo and Dwight Howard, the buddy comedy follows two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. Free Birds hits theaters November 1. »
Despite the acclaimed Dr Seuss animated comedy, Horton Hears A Who, director Jimmy Hayward should know all about turkeys given that his first live-action effort was the truly awful Jonah Hex. Hayward is back in the genre that made his name. Free Birds features the voices of Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history. Their aim: get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good!
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- Craig Hunter
Though many have forgotten the cinematic disaster that was Jonah Hex, the inclusion of Michael Fassbender in the cast before going on to more acclaimed roles in Shame and 12 Years a Slave will become a nice bit of trivia. The X-Men: First Class star actually attempted to head back to the Western genre earlier this year in Lynne Ramsay's western Jane Got a Gun, but he left the project just before the film really got into trouble, switching out cast members and losing its director at the last minute. Now Daily Mail and Inside Film (via The Playlist) have word that Fassbender will star in a new western called Slow West. No plot details are available, but Fassbender will be joined by chameleon character actor Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, Killing Them Softly) and Let Me In and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Kodi-Smit McPhee. »
- Ethan Anderton
Our pal Timothy Truman, perhaps best known for his work on such comics features as GrimJack, Conan, Hawkworld, Jonah Hex, Hawken, and Scout, has teamed up with writer Ian Rankin to present a 44 page comics story inspired by the work of rock-and-blues musician Rory Gallagher. From the press release:
“On October 29, 2013, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Kickback City, a unique immersive album inspired by the crime noir passion and music of Rory Gallagher (Msrp $29.98). Featuring a specially compiled album of Rory Gallagher’s best crime novel-influenced music; the stunning package also includes an exclusive new novella by Ian Rankin, fully illustrated by graphic artist Timothy Truman. This unique immersive album also includes a special narration of the story by actor Aidan Quinn.
- Mike Gold
News Simon Brew 9 Sep 2013 - 06:42
It might not feel it now, but there was a time before Ben Affleck was the man who landed the job as the brand new Batman, in 2015's Batman/Superman movie. And in that time, one of the rumoured alternative candidates was Josh Brolin.
Just like Ben Affleck, Josh Brolin is a man with a comic book adaptation under his belt that didn't win too many people over. However, whilst Daredevil has its fans, Jonah Hex is a different beast, a notorious flop that was chopped to bits in the editing room. And, just like Ben Affleck, Josh Brolin was on director Zack Snyder's list for Batman.
Talking to The Huffington Post, Brolin was asked whether he'd had conversations »
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber.
Running Time: 110 minutes.
Synopsis: When small-time drug dealer David (Sudeikis) is robbed, he is forced to take on a dangerous drug smuggling operation to clear his debt. To make it past the border, he decides to pose as a clean cut family with stripper-neighbour Rose, local runaway Casey (Roberts) and shy teen Kenny (Poulter) as his fake wife, daughter and son.
You know when you see Michael Fassbender in Jonah Hex, or Jessica Ennis in those Santander adverts, and you think, ‘Oh, I like you. But these are awful. These do you no favours.’ We’Re The Millers is just like that. The four actors at the centre of this substandard gross-out road movie are all really good, but the film isn’t. It could have been, but it isn’t. »
- John Sharp
Despite there being a serious lack of, well, a script, this hasn’t stopped speculation over who will play Batman in the next Superman installment. But, today The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit has listed six names that have been mentioned behind the scenes to possibly play the caped crusader.
One Kit’s favourites is Josh Brolin, who is starring in the much-anticipated Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which will be released next year. He was also unforgettably, and somewhat embarrassingly, in Warner Brothers’ unsuccessful western Jonah Hex, which also starred Michael Fassbender, another actor whose name has also been floating.
Now, rumour has it that Batman will be played by an older actor, which doesn’t fit well with Kit’s next choice- Ryan Gosling. The 32-year-old has definitely grabbed viewers’ attention over the past few years, starring in Drive and Gangster Squad. However, Gosling’s name »
- Ellen Daniels
With Christian Bale out of the Batman picture for good, director Zack Snyder's got some serious wheel-turning to do over who he'll choose to put on the black cape next for his "Man of Steel" follow-up, set to crossover the Big Blue Boy Scout with Gotham City's very finest in 2015.
And it looks like there might already be a few frontrunners for the coveted gig of the Caped Crusader — though nothing's even remotely official yet as it's script drafts, not talent offers, which are currently crowding the guy's table.
The Hollywood Reporter states that for the "Batman Vs. Superman" (or "Superman Vs. Batman") project, the director is aiming for a late 30s to early 40s-aged "established and rugged" actor, to help keep the movie in the vein of Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" comic mini-series.
Apparently, it's 46-year-old Josh Brolin who's got the best shot at the gig, »
- Amanda Bell
Here is what we actually know about the sequel to Man of Steel: It’s coming out in 2015, and it will somehow feature Batman. Everything else at this point is conjecture or mysteriously-sourced gossip. Still, it’s worth paying extra attention to a casting report posted over the weekend by the Hollywood Reporter. The report features a list of names that run the gamut from obvious (wait, Hollywood wants to cast Ryan Gosling in a movie?) to intriguing (Richard Armitage, so good as the chief Dwarf in The Hobbit) to tantalizingly unlikely (listen, I love me some Max Martini — Herc Hansen 4 Life! »
- Darren Franich
• Batman v Superman: who would be the best superhero?
Josh Brolin, Hobbit star Richard Armitage and – yes – Ryan Gosling are among Warner Bros's top choices to play Batman in forthcoming superhero sequel Man of Steel 2, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Speculation over who will play the new Bruce Wayne has been rife ever since the studio revealed that the second film in its new Zack Snyder-directed Superman saga would feature the caped crusader and the last son of Krypton battling it out on the big screen. Various polls and surveys have hinted that Gosling and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are front runners, but the Us trade bible now says it has the genuine inside line on casting.
Top of Warner's list is 45-year-old Josh Brolin, with the studio said to be considering an »
- Ben Child
Joe Manganiello | Joe got his big break as Flash Thompson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man. Since then, the actor has gone on to star as the werewolf Alcide Herveaux on HBO's True Blood. Reportedly, Manganiello was the frontrunner to play Superman in Zack Snyder's reboot but scheduling conflicts with True Blood preventing him from taking the role, which led to Snyder meeting with Cavill and the rest is history. Perhaps, it was fate Manganiello didn't suit up in red and blue as black will prove to be his winning color? Age | 36 Josh Brolin | Brolin is a bit of a favorite for Warner Bros., starring in a number of their film properties but he does have a few notable misses for them on his filmography (Jonah Hex, Gangster Squad). Sources say he's the favorite for the gig, which would be an indication that Snyder and David »
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