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The Hollywood Reporter had the news Sunday, noting that it puts Age of Extinction well on its way to breaking the $1 billion mark globally for the year and not far off from the $1.12 billion earned by Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
At first this news may not sound surprising. Bay made a movie set in China, loaded it with Chinese product placement, cast local Chinese actor Bingbing Li and utilized Chinese resources as part of the shoot, and the effort paid off handsomely.
But the bigger side of the story is that Age of Extinction is one of the first films that was released simultaneously with the American release, effectively minimizing some of China’s more rampant bootlegging of Hollywood movies. »
- Brian Welk
One bit of news from Sdcc that almost slipped under our radar is that Showtime original series Penny Dreadful: Season One will be released on Blu-ray/DVD on October 7th. It you're looking to add a bit of Victorian intrigue to your Halloween season, read on for the details!
From the Press Release:
The Blu-ray collection also boasts extensive special features that delve into the gripping thriller.
From three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo, Gladiator) and Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall), Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychosexual drama that weaves together classic horror origin stories into a gripping series that is "moody, mystical and wonderfully twisted" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Penny Dreadful, starring Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton »
- Debi Moore
Last night, filmmaker Kevin Smith took to the stage at Hall H of the San Diego Comic-Con to bring the curtain down on Friday’s festivities with The Musk of Tusk: An Evening with Kevin Smith, during which he debuted the very first trailer for his upcoming horror Tusk.
Spinning out of a podcast discussion, Tusk stars Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers) as a podcaster who falls foul of a deranged scientist played by Michael Parks (Red State). Think The Human Centipede, but with a walrus. And a horrific moustache.
Also featuring in the cast are Genesis Rodriquez (The Last Stand), Haley Joel Osmont (The Sixth Sense), Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time), Ralph Garman (Family Guy) and Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger).
Anyway, take a look at the first trailer for Tusk here…
Tusk opens in the States on September 19th. No word on a UK release as yet.
- Gary Collinson
Following the Penny Dreadful panel at Comic-Con where John Logan and the cast answered questions on the making of Season 1 and teased what’s ahead, Showtime announced that the first season will be making its way to Blu-ray and DVD in October:
“San Diego, Calif. (July 24, 2014) – The acclaimed Showtime® original series Penny Dreadful – Season One will arrive on Blu-ray Disc and DVD October 7, it was announced today during the Penny Dreadful panel at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014.
From Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution, the Blu-ray and DVD collections will include every episode of the series’ first season, celebrated by critics as “scary, seductive, surprising, and smart” (NPR) and “solidly entertaining, well cast and oozing with atmosphere” (Variety). Both Blu-ray and DVD collections also boast extensive special features that delve into the gripping thriller.
- Jonathan James
Dead men tell no tales, but it looks like the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has at least one more story in it. The fifth installment of the film series, Dead Men Tell No Tales, was officially given a release date of July 7, 2017. Originally, the sequel was set to premiere in summer 2015, but after the $190 million flop that was summer 2013’s The Lone Ranger—starring Pirates’ Johnny Depp and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and co., the same team behind the franchise—the release was delayed [...] »
At this point you’re not a major festival if you don’t have a portion of your schedule dedicated to genre fare screening at midnight. Tiff has Midnight Madness and SXSW has the Midnighters, the latter of which screened the very creepy and intimate “Honeymoon.” The horror film’s first trailer has arrived online to get under your skin. Starring Harry Treadaway ( “The Lone Ranger," “Penny Dreadful”) and Rose Leslie (aka Ygritte from “Game of Thrones”), the film focuses on the two actors as a newly married couple on their honeymoon in an upstate New York cabin. Naturally, strange things begin happening and Treadaway begins to suspect something is wrong with his wife. We saw the film at SXSW and found it to be a solid entry into the body snatching subgenre. Watch the “Honeymoon” trailer below along with the poster (via Complex) and catch the film when it »
- Cain Rodriguez
The last we saw of Captain Jack Sparrow, he was on a beach with ol’ scallywag Gibbs, reflecting on his decision to deny himself the Fountain of Youth. “Who’s to say I won’t live forever , eh?,” he says. Indeed. Despite some delays—and a Lone Ranger-sized hiccup—the long-awaited next chapter in the Pirates franchise, following 2011’s On Stranger Tides, has a new official release date: July 7, 2017.
Common sen$e dictated that there needed to be another film, even though the fourth film was hardly the best-regarded of Capt. Jack’s adventures. Still, it grossed more than $1 billion around the world. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Disney has given “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” a July 7, 2017 release date. The first four films in the franchise, which starred Johnny Depp and were produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, have scored a booty of $3.7 billion worldwide. The fifth film was originally to have been released on July 10, 2015, but Disney announced a delay in September. Studio insiders told TheWrap at the time they were hoping for a 2016 release. Also read: Disney Delays Release of ‘Pirates of Caribbean 5' Bruckheimer and Depp misfired on last summer's “The Lone Ranger,” resulting in a $190 million write-down for Disney. “Kon-Tiki” directors Joachim »
- Tim Molloy
Grab your eyeliner and whimsical headscarves, because the dread pirate Jack Sparrow will be hitting the high seas in 2017. It seems like just yesterday that Johnny Depp debuted his Keith Richards swagger for "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."
Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, who co-directed the oceanic adventure "Kon-Tiki" in 2012), will take a crack at directing "Pirates 5," which is tentatively named "Dead Men Tell No Tales." Jeff Nathanson, who also penned "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Rush Hour 3," and "The Terminal," is working on the script. "Pirates 5" was initially slated for 2015, but "The Lone Ranger" certainly took a bite out of Disney's bottom line. The bad press and even worse reviews of "The Lone Ranger" definitely left a bad taste in movie-goers' mouths, so perhaps it was wise to push off "Pirates" another year.
It's hard to believe »
- Jenni Miller
There is an unfathomable amount of money resting on movies. Studios throw money at films like currency is going out of fashion and hope what their assembled crew produces will be enticing enough for us to help them make the money back. And wouldn’t you know it, sometimes they end up losing out.
Sometimes they can sink so much into a film that the only possible outcome is that it will, well, sink. Kevin Costner vehicle Waterworld is the epitome of this over spending. Its $264 million box office may have covered the then-outrageous $172 million budget, but barely scratched the surface of the film’s marketing, which included everything from the usual posters and trailers to three theme park rides. The film actually isn’t terrible, but on that budget it would have had to have beaten the biggest film of the year (Die Hard: With A Vengeance, »
- Alex Leadbeater
The hits have been smaller, but so have the flops.
The summer box office is down 20%, but most of the films that have hit theaters over the last three months have a good chance of recouping their production budgets while still in theaters.
“We really haven’t had an out and out misfire yet,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations.
There’s been nary an “After Earth,” a “White House Down” or “The Lone Ranger” to harsh Hollywood’s mellow this summer. To say nothing of “R.I.P.D,” the D.O.A. science-fiction comedy that debuted nearly a year ago to the day, recouping only $78 million of its $130 million production costs plus whatever else it took to market this “Ghostbusters” retread.
- Brent Lang
We saw a poster earlier this month, and now Kevin Smith has taken to Instagram to tease us with a new image from his latest film Tusk ahead of the full trailer reveal at the San Diego Comic-Con. Here’s a look at Justin Long (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) and Michael Parks (Red State)…
Tusk is set for release in the States on September 19th, with a cast that also includes Genesis Rodriquez (The Last Stand), Haley Joel Osmont (The Sixth Sense), Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time), Ralph Garman (Family Guy) and Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger).
- Gary Collinson
“Gunslingers” isn't discouraged by how much Westerns have fallen out of the public's imagination. The Western was one of the most beloved genres of the 1950s and '60s, but recent Westerns haven't fared as well: “The Lone Ranger” bombed last summer, and this summer's “A Million Ways to Die in the West” had disappointing numbers. Also read: Military Channel Changes Name to American Heroes Channel But the creators of the American Heroes Channel docu-series believe its recreations of Wild West gunslingers’ stories can still appeal to a wide audience — especially a male one. They spoke at the Television Critics Association's summer. »
- Tim Molloy
Now that the Big Two are deep into their mandatory summer crossovers – as opposed to their mandatory winter crossovers, their mandatory spring crossovers, and their mandatory fall crossovers – I can’t tell the players without a scorecard.
At the core of both series is the same plot: all or most of the sundry parallel universes are going to collide into one, if, indeed, that many. This does not envelop either series in an aura of originality, particularly when Marv Wolfman and George Pérez did this 29 years ago. You may not think they did it better way back in the early days of the Gilded Age of Comics (and you’d be wrong about that), but at the very least you could understand that story. Original Sin and Future’s End… not so much.
At least Marvel’s Original Sin is built around a clever plot point: somebody offed The Watcher »
- Mike Gold
Kevin Smith has been on this site quite a lot recently with talk of Clerks III (see here and here), Star Wars Episode VII (see here and here) and being rumoured and subsequently denying his involvement in the fake script for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
So, it was quite smart of the director to use this time to promote his upcoming movie, Tusk.
On his blog Silent Bob Speaks, Smith debuted the poster while squashing reports he had written the leaked script. He writes…
While you’re here, however? That script for Tusk that I wrote? We turned into an actual movie that’s coming out this fall from A24. Oddly enough, it’s the best film I’ve ever made (or at the very least, the most interesting). Thank you all for saying #WalrusYes on Twitter last year. Can’t wait to show you the movie. In the meantime, »
- Luke Owen
The 3rd July 2013 saw the release of Disney's The Lone Ranger, its larger-than-life western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Its theatrical debut marked the end of a lengthy and difficult production, stories from which had been hungrily served up by the media - the previous summer was dominated by news stories of its spiralling budget, which was thought to have crossed $250m. Nevertheless, the 2013 blockbuster season should, in theory, have marked a fresh start for Disney, as it spent a reported $150m on marketing The Lone Ranger. But the House of Mouse hadn't counted on the popularity of another film launched on that exact same day in July: Universal's animated sequel, Despicable Me 2.
The Lone Ranger, a film with an »
The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel Transformers: Age of Extinctionand the Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy led the weakest summer holiday weekend in at least a decade.
The North American box office was down a whopping 44 percent over the July Fourth weekend last year, whenDespicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger opened.
This weekend sputtered not because of an oversized bomb like The Lone Ranger, but because of numerous factors, including that Hollywood simply didn't aim for big fireworks this year. The holdover Transformers led all films with an estimated $36.4 million, while Tammy had a below expectations Friday-to-Sunday haul of $21.2 million.
"This ranks as one of the lowest Fourth of Julys ever," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "We always think of Fourth of July being a big weekend. This year, we just have to »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
1. Somebody really likes "Transformers." For a smash hit film series, Michael Bay's giant-robot franchise gets awfully little love, at least in public. It's like porn; everyone claims to find it loathsome, but in secret, someone is watching it and making it a huge success. Last week, of course, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cruised easily to No. 1 because no other wide release film was willing to challenge it. This weekend, it faced three new wide release challengers and still came out far ahead of all of them. It lost 64 percent of last week's business and still grossed an estimated $36.4 million, more than $15 million ahead of its nearest rival, and enough for a ten-day total of $174.7 million. If everyone hates these movies so much, who are the 22 million people who've already paid good money to see the fourth installment? Show of hands, please, and don't be shy.
2. Eric Bana is not a movie star. »
- Gary Susman
A weak selection of film offerings helped the North American box office nosedive over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Last weekend's champ, Transformers: Age of Extinction, stayed at number one while holding off second place finisher Tammy and the dismal openings of Earth to Echo and Deliver Us From Evil. The top ten was down a steep 48% from last year at this time when Despicable Me 2 debuted with $83.5 million and The Lone Ranger opened with $29.2 million.
After opening last weekend with $100 million, Transformers: Age of Extinction dropped 64% in its second round on 4,233 screens to earn $36.4 million in its sophomore session. After ten days of domestic release, its total stands at $174.7 million. In comparison to the second weekend drops for previous Transformers films, the 64% decline for Age is the worst so far. Revenge of the Fallen fell 62%, Dark of the Moon fell 51%, and the 2007 original declined 47%.
Steep declines in »
Transformers: Age of Extinction easily held on to first place at the box office over a very slow Fourth of July weekend.Melissa McCarthy's Tammy did fine business in second place, while Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo flopped.The Top 12 earned a combined $120.6 million this weekend. That's down a massive 46 percent from last year, when Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger opened. In fact, it's the worst Independence Day weekend since 1999 ($116.5 million). That's a horrible way to kick off the ever-important month of July, and all-but-guarantees that this is going to be one of the lowest-grossing Summer seasons in the past decade.Transformers: Age of Extinction plummeted 63 percent to an estimated $37.1 million. Without any serious competition, Transformers became the first movie since Captain America: The Winter Soldier to repeat in first place. So far, Age of Extinction has earned $175.4 million, and is trailing the last »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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