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Seeing as Marvel has pretty much dominated the headlines these past few weeks (well, months actually), we'll start things off this week with the year's next superhero offering Man of Steel. With less than a month to go until its eagerly-anticipated release a full-on marketing blitz is imminent, and this past week saw Warner Bros. debuting three new posters, two TV spots, two »
- Flickering Myth
The USS Enterprise picked up steam throughout the weekend, despite a somewhat unimpressive start. Early estimates show that J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness (CinemaScore: A) could bring in $70.6 million on the three-day weekend, and $84.1 million for the four and a half days that it has been open. Though nothing to scoff at, it’s still underperforming according to initial projections which hoped for a $100 million extended weekend and $80 million on the three-day.
The first Star Trek of the Abrams era opened in early May of 2009 and made an impressive $75.2 million on its first weekend out of the gates, without the benefit of 3-D surcharges. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Iron Man 3 now stands in position 16 on the all-time worldwide box office grossers list with $1.0008 billion. Next up to pass for the iron-clad Avenger is Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight which settled into the 15 position previously with $1.004 billion.
Here in North America, Iron Man 3 crossed the $300 million mark with $301.9 million and counting. It is expected to wrap up its North America box office run somewhere in the neighborhood of $350 to $400 million.
Overseas is where Iron Man 3 has really shined with $698.9 million to date. China is the standout country with over $100 million in ticket sales, fitting considering Marvel and Disney shot exclusive scenes for Chinese audiences and marketed heavily to it.
In comparison to the previous Iron Man films, »
The story is set in a sun-drenched Australian town where a young woman is the link between murder, blackmail and revenge. [Source: Screen Daily]
The story follows a former ladies man (Kris Kristofferson) who goes on a road trip with a beautiful young woman and her dying son in search of a healing lake. [Source: Screen Daily]
Shandling shot his scenes as part of the production's three day shoot in Washington D. »
- Garth Franklin
Chicago – The anticipation of experiencing the rebooted crew of the starship Enterprise now may overwhelm any creative team’s ability to deliver to that anticipation. “Star Trek Into Darkness” piles on the space war excess, while lessening the savory humanity and memorable characters.
After successfully relaunching and rebooting the characters and universe of Star Trek in 2009, the team of screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and director J.J. Abrams have serious “Iron Man 2” syndrome in the follow-up – the tendency to emphasize the larger-than-life gadgets and effects over the smaller-than-life interactions of the humans operating the machines. What makes it a bit frustrating is that they nailed the first one so well, that evolving to the second adventure was an anticipatory slam dunk. There are many fine moments involving the Enterprise crew, but those tasty bits are covered with the fake butter of a franchise summer movie. It »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
If you were disappointed that Garry Shandling's Senator Stern didn't show up in Iron Man 3, Marvel's got your back. The comedian will be reprising his role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as revealed in a couple of new photos from the set. He was spotted hugging S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández), whom we know is up to no good in this sequel, judging from the way Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) treated him in previous behind-the-scenes photos. We also have our first look at Captain America and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) together, out of costume and in workout gear as part of a new Government training program. Is Stern behind it?
The Billionaire Box Office Club has a new member. Just a couple weeks out from its domestic release, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 has now grossed over $1 billion worldwide. That makes the Shane Black-helmed pic the 16th film ever to cross that benchmark, as it surpasses the grosses of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($974.9 million), Jurassic Park ($969.4 million), and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($963.4 million). It also makes it the second highest grossing Marvel film of all time, easily besting Iron Man 2’s worldwide gross of $623.9 million. Obviously, though, Iron Man 3 has a long way to go to catch up to The Avengers, which takes the number three all-time slot with $1.5 billion. Hit the jump for more. Though the positive reviews/reception certainly helped, one can point to the success of The Avengers as a major contributing factor to Iron Man 3’s box office achievement. »
- Adam Chitwood
Captain America: The Winter Solider is currently shooting in Washington D.C. and we've got a couple of set videos, a news report, and a series of photos for you to check out. One of the videos include a group of Asians doing some cool looking slow-motion walking. As for the set photos, a couple of them give us a look at Max Hernandez as Agent Sitwell, and also reveals that Gary Shandling is back reprising his role as Senator Stern from Iron Man 2.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick-up where Marvel’s The Avengers left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.
The movie is set to be released on April 4th, 2014.
Source: Cbm (http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites »
- Joey Paur
South African-American entrepreneur Elon Musk is the cofounder of Tesla Motors and PayPal, has a degree in physics, is a green advocate, and the factory of his space-transport company SpaceX was used as a filming location for Iron Man 2. He also happens to have a cameo in the film, but more importantly, director Jon Favreau has indicated that the billionaire was part of the inspiration behind creating his version of genius-playboy-superhero Tony Stark. A new infographic that we spotted on Mashable details the similarities between the two men — including their net worth, career timeline, and future pursuits. Robert Downey Jr. mugs for the camera in Iron Man's powered armored suit, but the real-life Tony Stark is a pretty fascinating guy. Get to know him in the below...
- Alison Nastasi
The latest set pics from Marvel Phase 2 entry Captain America: The Winter Soldier, have revealed a cameo from one of Iron Man 2′s characters who hasn’t been seen since. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will follow the exploits of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as he tries to fit in with the 21st century. He’ll also be leading up some S.H.I.E.L.D missions as well as teaming up with The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and taking on his old friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan), who is now The Winter Soldier. Some may consider this cameo spotting as a spoiler, so pleased be warned before you scroll down.
The pictures come courtesy of Comic Book Movie, where you can find even more pics.
The cameo is that of Gary Shandling, who played Senator Stern in 2010′s Iron Man 2. He was most notable for coming to political »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Just yesterday news surfaced that Scarlett Johansson would reunite with her Iron Man 2 star Robert Downey Jr. and director Jon Favreau for the latter's indie project Chef (though the title may change due to another project with the same title). Now the actress is heading into a new part of her career behind the camera. Variety reports Johansson has signed on to direct an adaptation of Summer Crossing, the first novel by Truman Capote, which was actually considered "lost" for over 50 years before it was published in 2005. The film is on sale at Cannes from Aldamisa, the same company that's handling Favreau's project. Capote's novel (which was only salvaged after a janitor fished a trashed manuscript out of the trash) is described briefly with this synopsis: "Set in New York during the summer of 1945, this is the story of a young carefree socialite, Grady, who must make serious decisions »
- Ethan Anderton
Chef vs. Chef: Scarlett Johansson is reuniting with Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau for Chef, which Favreau wrote; he'll also direct and star as a restaurant chef who starts over with a food truck. ScarJo will play a restaurant manager and love interest; Robert Downey Jr. has a cameo. Storm clouds loom, however, because the backers of a rival project about a chef, with Bradley Cooper starring as a chef who wants to open a Paris resaurant, just sent a cease and desist letter to the other production, claiming that they have rights to the title Chef and The Chef. Oh, boy. [Variety / The Hollywood Reporter] The Wolverine: Hugh Jackman is ripped in a new photo from The Wolverine, tweeted by director James Mangold during production. The muscled mutant is squaring off against human...
- Peter Martin
Robert Downey, Jr. recently boarded the project, which is set to be presented at Cannes this week.
And now Variety report that Scarlett Johansson has come on board the project alongside him, joining an already-brilliant cast led by Favreau, Downey, Jr., Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, and Bobby Cannavale.
The film revolves around a man (Favreau) who loses his job as a chef, and then starts up a food truck to reclaim his artistic promise and his estranged family.
Johansson will be playing Molly, the restaurant manager and sometimes love interest of Favreau’s chef, Carl Casper.
Favreau, Johansson, and Downey, Jr. have of course worked together in the past already, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is playing the lead role in Blackbird, a present-day take on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Blanchett’s character, Janet, discovers that her grandfather – a Hollywood visual effects artist who also worked for the U.S. government – had been keeping secrets about the president’s death. Traveling to Los Angeles after his death, she embarks on a twisting, turning journey to discover the truth. David Mamet wrote the script for the thriller. [Variety Exclusive]
- Amanda Taylor
Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisors Christopher Townsend, Erik Nash, Bryan Grill, Alessandro Cioffi, Guy Williams, Matt Dessero, Venti Hristova and Vincent Cirelli; animation supervisor Simone Kraus, previsualization supervisor Todd Constantine and postvisualization supervisor Gerardo Ramirez about their work on Iron Man 3. Beware there are spoilers....
“Marvel is a fun and passionate group to work with,” states Christopher Townsend who went from being the visual effects supervisor responsible for Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) to Iron Man 3 (2013). “Their type of films allow for visual effects to be played in a varied playground. It’s great.” The native of Britain jokes, “I keep on coming back for more punishment!” A change behind the camera took place in the third instalment of the franchise which launched the Marvel Universe into the realm of cinematic blockbusters. “Marvel is always keen of eyeing and working with not fans or run of »
Park Pictures Features announced today Academy Award®-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, is set to star in God’S Pocket, the upcoming film directorial debut from Emmy®-nominee John Slattery. Slattery adapted the screenplay with Alex Metcalf from the novel by National Book Award Winning author Pete Dexter. Academy Award®-nominee Richard Jenkins, Emmy Award®-nominee Christina Hendricks and award winning actor John Turturro will co-star. Jay Cohen of Gersh will handle all film sales.
Park Pictures Features will produce the film in partnership with Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Productions and Slattery’s Shoestring Pictures, which makes its producing debut with this film. Acclaimed director/cinematographer Lance Acord has signed on to shoot the film, which will be produced by Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Slattery, Lance Acord and Galt Niederhoffer, for Park Pictures and Emily Ziff and Hoffman for Cooper’s Town. The film will be executive produced »
- Michelle McCue
Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier continued filming today in Washington, D.C., where S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Sitwell actor Max Hernandez was spotted shooting an apparent pivotal scene alongside [Spoiler Alert] comedy legend Garry Shandling, who's clearly reprising his Iron Man 2 role as Senator Stern. Also, there are unconfirmed reports that today's shoot involved a funeral as there were “bagpipes playing with the U.S.A. flags at half mass” and Chris Evans was seen sporting a “grey suit and aviators.” Anyhow, check out the set photos below, via Tumblr's Gundamdick! Note: Photos Below Were Taken Yesterday “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” picks up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful »
Favreau also wrote the script for the movie which "follows a man who loses his chef job and starts up a food truck to reclaim his artistic promise and estranged family at the same time."
According to the report, Johansson will play a character named Molly, a "restaurant manager and sometimes love interest of Favreau’s character, chef Carl Casper." Who wouldn't want to cast Johansson as their love interest? Favreau had this to say in a brief statement,
Scarlett is a tremendous talent and I’m honored to be collaborating with her again. I’m so fortunate to be working with such a fine ensemble.
The movie is set to start production on July 8th, and it also stars Sofia Vergara, »
- Joey Paur
Park Pictures Features will produce in partnership with Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Prods. and Slattery’s Shoestring Pictures. Producers are Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Slattery, Lance Acord and Galt Niederhoffer for Park Pictures and Emily Ziff and Hoffman for Cooper’s Town.
Story is set in a blue-collar neighborhood of God’s Pocket, where the lead character tries to cover up his stepson’s death in a construction accident. When a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse.
- Dave McNary
The story follows Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) who loses his job as a chef in Los Angeles, and decides to start up a food truck to get his culinary juices flowing again, and reconnect with his family. Scarlett Johansson is playing Molly, the restaurant manager and Carl's on-and-off love interest. Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, and Robert Downey Jr. co-star in the indie.
"Scarlett is a tremendous talent and I'm honored to be collaborating with her again. I'm so fortunate to be working with such a fine ensemble."
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