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Marvel is proud to announce that "Iron Man 3" has now crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, and in just 23 days of release. This is the second Marvel film the sixth Disney movie to reach the milestone. Other Disney films to have accomplished this are "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Alice in Wonderland," "Toy Story 3," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "The Avengers." "Iron Man 3" has become the fourth highest-grossing superhero movie of all time (behind "The Avengers," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Dark Knight") and sixteenth highest-grossing film of all time. It just needs another $84 million to become the biggest superhero movie. Click here to read our "Iron Man 3" review. »
Well, that was fast.
After 23 days of release, “Iron Man 3″ officially crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office Thursday while also hitting $300 million domestically.
“Iron Man 3″ becomes the first billion-dollar performer of 2013 and the second Marvel/Disney collaboration to reach the billion dollar benchmark after “The Avengers” cumed $1.6 bil worldwide last year.
In 2012, “The Avengers” reached $1 billion in just 19 days of release, tying “Avatar” for the all-time record.
The superhero threequel is the ninth Disney to film to reach $1 billion at the global B.O., following “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Toy Story 3″ and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” in addition to “The Avengers.” »
- Stuart Oldham
Marvel Studios Head Storyboard Artist/Animatics Supervisor Federico D'Alessandro released a five-minute pre-viz animatic that shows an early version of the pivotal scene in Iron Man 3 where Tony Stark's mansion is attacked by The Mandarin. Take a look at this video to see how this action sequence was mapped out, months before shooting even began, then read what Federico D'Alessandro had to say about creating this animatic.
Iron Man 3 - Pre-Viz Animatic of the Mansion Attack
"I met with Shane Black very early during pre-production to discuss this scene. Even in the early stages, the sequence seemed gargantuan. So much needed to happen in a relatively short amount of time, and I knew that this would be my most challenging animatic yet. The beauty of the way Shane works is that he's not only a brilliant storyteller but he's very open to other ideas, and during my time »
Update, Friday Am: Disney confirmed today that last night Iron Man 3 crossed $1B at the worldwide box office and $300M at the domestic box office. The global milestone came on the 23rd day of release around the world, making it the second Marvel Studios film (after The Avengers, which crossed the mark in 19 days) and sixth Disney pic (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Alice In Wonderland, Toy Story 3, and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Avengers) to cross that threshold. The domestic mark comes on the 14th day of release and is the ninth studio pic to reach that peak. To date, the pic has grossed $1.008B globally — $698.9M international and $301.9M domestic. It is the 16th highest-grossing film of all-time globally and 11th all-time internationally. Previous Exclusive, Wednesday Pm: More records breaking for Summer 2013 as may continues to sizzle at the global box office. »
- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief
Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 crossed the $1 billion threshold at the global box office on May 16, in 23 days of global release. This is the second Marvel Studios film and the sixth Walt Disney Studios release to reach this milestone (Disney.s other billion-dollar films are Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest , Alice in Wonderland , Toy Story 3 , and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Marvel's The Avengers .) In addition, Iron Man 3 crossed the $300 million threshold at the domestic box office on May 16, its 14th day of release. It is the 9th Disney release to reach this milestone. So far, the film has earned $301.9 million at the domestic box office and $698.9 million overseas for a worldwide total of $1,000.8 million. Iron Man 3 is the »
Director Rob Marshall is in the midst of assembling one of the best ensemble casts we've seen in a long time for the upcoming adaptation of the fairy tale musical Into The Woods. In late April we learned that the director would be using the project to reteam with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides star Johnny Depp as well as Meryl Streep, but in the past few weeks we've also learned that Tony Award -winning British actor James Corden and both Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhall are attached to the project. But the casting process is likely far from over, and today the pic is wrangling to get yet another talented name to sign on the dotted line. Emily Blunt, who most recently appeared alongside Colin Firth in the dramedy Arthur Newman, is now in final talks to join the cast of Into The Woods, according to Variety. »
Even if we weren't big Sondheim fans, we're starting to suspect that we'd be getting excited about "Into The Woods" regardless. "Chicago" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" director Rob Marshall's been prepping his film version of Stephen Sondheim's fairy tale deconstruction for over a year now, but has started lining up a cast in recent weeks, and it's looking fairly spectacular. Meryl Streep was the first on board as the Witch, joined by Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Tony-winning "One Man Two Guvnors" star James Corden in the lead role as The Baker, and most recently, Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine as the two Princes. And now they've got even more company, as Variety reports that Emily Blunt is in talks to stay the female lead in the project, as the Baker's Wife (there's more complexity in the characters than in the name, it should »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Legendary Entertainment plans to buy its own marketing agency, announcing an agreement on Thursday to buy FIVE33, which would focus exclusively on Thomas Tull’s growing slate of internally developed and mostly financed films like “Pacific Rim” and “Godzilla.”
Over the past several years, FIVE33 has specialized in helping studios eventize their films around the world through experiential marketing campaigns. In 2011, it built a massive pirate ship at Hollywood & Highland and ships in a bottle for malls on the east coast to hype Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
In fact, Disney was one of the agency’s larger clients, which also have included Paramount and Universal, for which it worked on “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Oblivion.”
But the Legendary deal will now have FIVE33 build awareness around its new owner’s tentpoles, hyping them around the world and across multiple platforms.
FIVE33 certainly has a lot to work with. »
- Marc Graser
No other than Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal! The actors are in early talks to join Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp in Rob Marshall's adaptation of the musical "Into the Woods" according to HuffPost. The two will be playing a pair of self-involved princes in the film. I'm guessing one will be playing Rapunzel's prince and the other, Cinderella's prince. There will be singing involved! Not quite sure about Gyllenhaal but we've seen Pine belt it out in the 2010 drama "Small Town Saturday Night" where the actor played a country singer. He even sang in the film's theme song "Someday Came Today."
But before "Into the Woods," Pine will be seen as Captain Kirk in the new flick "Star Trek Into Darkness."
For a little history of "Into the Woods" and what it's about, here's an excerpt from Wikipedia:
Into the Woods is a musical with music »
How would you like to see Captain Kirk belt out some Broadway tunes on the big screen? While many audiences will see Chris Pine as the infamous Starfleet officer in Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend, THR has word that he's currently in talks to join Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep in Disney's adaptation of the musical Into the Woods. In addition, Jake Gyllenhaal is also in discussions for a role in the film from Chicago and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall. Pine and Gyllenhaal would play two sibling princes for Cinderella and Rapunzel, and they are quite pompous and self-absorbed. Into the Woods follows a childless baker (Depp) and his wife attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch (Streep) who cast the spell keeping them from having children. Along the way, they meet characters like Rapunzel, »
- Ethan Anderton
Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal could soon be headed "Into The Woods." Rob Marshall has long been developing an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's classic musical for a while now, and it seems like he's coming ever closer to finalizing his cast.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Gyllenhaal and Pine are in talks to play two key roles in the upcoming feature film. The site's sources say the two men would portray Rapunzel's Prince and Cinderella's Prince, two brothers who are concerned as much with themselves as they are with their significant others. They also get to sing the hilarious song "Agony," so that's something to look forward to if Pine and Gyllenhaal do take the roles.
- Terri Schwartz
We've all heard of fairy tale endings, but the upcoming musical "Into the Woods" is having a real fairy tale beginning, as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are the latest superstars set to join the party.
It's almost enough to make you randomly burst into fanciful song, isn't it?
Which is exactly what Pine and Gyllenhaal will be doing if they do end up landing the coveted roles of fairy tale brothers and princes who end up wooing Cinderella and Rapunzel in this adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's popular Broadway musical "Into the Woods." Both Pine and Gyllenhaal reportedly had to belt out some showtunes for director Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), which, seriously, we can only imagine how adorkable that was, especially since the signature song for the princes, "Agony," is a duet about how awesome they are. Agreed! Just please let's all imagine Captain »
- Scott Harris
After working on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides together, director Rob Marshall and box office juggernaut Johnny Depp were eager to reteam. And while plans for The Thin Man seem to have cooled, they will reunite on Marshall's adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The movie musical that puts a twisted spin on famous fairy tales has already signed Meryl Streep to play its evil witch, and Depp to play its big bad wolf. And it looks like they could soon be joined by two of Hollywood's hottest leading men. Deadline reports Star Trek Into Darkness' Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are in negotiations to come into this already impressive ensemble. However, it's unclear if either can sing or even what roles they may be up for. But let's consider. Back when Streep was in talks to star, Marshall held a run through of »
Writer/director John Pogue's supernatural thriller The Quiet Ones has been snagged by Lionsgate for theatrical release on April 25, 2014. The film stars Jared Harris and Sam Claflin and was produced by Tobin Armbrust, Simon Oakes, James Gay-Rees, Steven Chester Prince, and Ben Holden. Claflin, as all you Hunger Games fans will recall, will be seen in Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire playing Finnick Odair. His other credits include Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Snow White and the Huntsman.
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Hammer’s latest productions is The Quiet Ones and Lionsgate has just acquired it for release in North America. According to Deadline, a theatrical release is planned for April 25, 2014. Lionsgate previously acquired UK rights to the movie, which revolves around an experiment to create a poltergeist:
“Starring Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, ‘Mad Men’) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), The Quiet Ones will be directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2: Terminal). Joining the cast are Erin Richards (‘Breaking In’, ‘Being Human’), Olivia Cooke (‘The Secret of Crickley Hall’, ‘The Fuse’) and West End theater actor Rory Fleck-Byrne. With the story and original screenplay by Tom DeVille, revisions by Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman and most recently John Pogue, the film is produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through The Gift Shop) and Ben Holden in association with Tpsc Films. »
- Jonathan James
Cannes - Lionsgate has closed a deal to acquire North American distribution rights from Exclusive Media to supernatural thriller The Quiet Ones. Directed by John Pogue, the film from British studio Hammer stars Mad Men’s Jared Harris and English actor Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire). The deal was revealed at Cannes, although it has been in the works for several weeks. The Quiet Ones is set to be released on April 25, 2014. The announcement was made by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. Lionsgate previously had
- Georg Szalai
Writer/director Mike Cahill's new drama sci-fi offering 'I Origins' has moved into post-production and has a whole host of talent in the mix to tell his latest high concept tale. This is Cahill's directorial follow-up to his highly praised project 'Another Earth' from back in 2011. 'Another Earth' starred William Mapother ('Lost') and co-writer Brit Marling ('Sound of My Voice') who are both back working with Cahill on 'I Origins'. Michael Pitt ('Funny Games'), Steven Yeun ('The Walking Dead'), Archie Panjabi, Cara Seymour and the gorgeous French model turned actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey -below ('Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides') also star. Check out the plot details below. »
Netflix has added Disney movies to its streaming service in the UK and Ireland.
Ratatouille, Robin Hood and The Aristocats are among the titles now available.
The movie subscription service now has a range of modern favourites such as Wall-e and The Chronicles of Narnia alongside classics like Dumbo.
An exclusive deal with Sky means there will be a delay to future releases, as the Sky Movies Disney Channel get films six months after their cinema showings.
"We are delighted to be able to offer our members an incredible variety of fantastic family films, from recent hits like Marvel's Avengers Assemble to beloved classics like Mary Poppins," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. »
The Cannes 2012 box office results were up, particularly among the Palme d'Or contenders, led by Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," released by Focus Features to $46 million in North America. Those released so far have garnered a theatrical gross of about $119 million, compared to $102 million for the previous year, which included Oscar Best Picture winner "The Artist." (To keep this in perspective, those totals fall far short of what "Iron Man 3" grossed in its first weekend in the U.S./Canada.) With several titles still to be released and others still in play, the ultimate total could approach $130 million, a solid increase. (These totals exclude both "Madagascar 3" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," whose inclusion in the festival had more to do with European marketing launches than the specialized world; both grossed more in the U.S. than all the other films screened in their years combined). Led »
- Tom Brueggemann
Before he was collaborating with the Fine Brothers, Smosh, and Shane Dawson, and starring in MyMusicShow, a series funded by YouTube’s $100 million dollar channel initiative, John Patrick “Jack” Douglass (a.k.a. Jacksfilms) struck gold with The Wtf Blanket, a parody of a late night television commercial about the Snuggie: a fleece, body-length blanket with sleeves. Though not his virgin video effort, the 1:45 clip scored over 20 million views and set the tone for his future films: So what can we learn from a film student who used YouTube to kickstart his filmmaking career? Do-It-Yourself or die trying. Back in 2009, American University senior Jack Douglass lived off-campus in a small attic with several friends and was so broke he was living off of Ramen Noodle packages. We don’t mean the noodles, we mean the actual packages. So he found a Snuggies commercial online and redubbed it with his own audio commentary. »
- Frank & Lynn Chindamo
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