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“Hobbit” fans have returned in force to U.S. theaters with the finale, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” taking in a formidable $24.5 million at 3,875 locations on its opening day.
The Wednesday figure includes an impressive $11.2 million from Tuesday night pre-shows.
The final movie in Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga — financed by New Line and MGM — has been projected to pull in between $70 million and $75 million over its first five days in U.S. theaters. “Five Armies” had already opened in 37 foreign markets and earned an impressive $122.2 million last weekend.
The previous Hobbit films debuted on Fridays. “An Unexpected Journey” grossed $84.6 million in 2012 on its first weekend and “The Desolation of Smaug” took in $73.6 million in its initial weekend last year. The two “Hobbit” films have combined for nearly $2 billion at the global box office.
The $24.5 million U.S. bow for “Five Armies” represents the 12th largest on record for a Wednesday. »
- Dave McNary
Extended editions of the first three Twilight films will be released on Blu-ray and DVD next month.
A triple feature release of Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse will be released on January 13, and will feature deleted scenes that didn't make the original cut.
The two-part Breaking Dawn finale is not included in the release, with a separate release expected at some point in the future.
Twilight star Kristen Stewart recently confirmed that she plans to take a break from acting after working solidly for two years.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate will bring back Twilight in the form of five short films that will be shown exclusively on Facebook.
Watch a trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse below: »
You hear that? That's the sound of millions of Twilight fans collectively freaking out. Lionsgate just announced that they will be releasing an epic extended editions triple feature on Blu-ray and DVD January 13th, 2015, giving fans the opportunity to relieve their favorite moments and discover some new ones in the all-new extended editions. Hit the jump to find out what to expect from the new triple feature edition. The collection will include the definitive editions of Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse. All three films have been re-edited to include deleted scenes, bringing the fans all-new extended versions of the film. It's kind of a bummer that the Breaking Dawn films aren't included in this edition, because they're obviously planning to have fans buy more later. Not to mention the Breaking Dawn supercut director Bill Condon told Steve about at Tiff. But honestly if a Breaking Dawn Part 2 extended edition arrives I'll be all over it. »
- Haleigh Foutch
Considering just how far Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have come from their “Twilight” years, and how much their credibility has been restored outside that franchise, I’m sure they’d love the series to remain in the rearview mirror, at least to some extent. But a dollar is a dollar is a dollar, and Lionsgate/Summit don’t want to ever forget their cash cow. The studio will release “The Twilight Saga: Extended Editions Triple Feature” on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on January 13th. This "definitive collection” of the series has been re-edited to include deleted scenes in all-new extended versions of all three films. Woo! Each film will now run slightly longer: “Twilight” (126 minutes), “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” (138 minutes), and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (129 minutes). But marketing ploy alert, fans will already know this is about five or six minutes longer only with »
- Edward Davis
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1Release Date: November 21Studio: LionsgateGenre: Action/AdventureDirector: Francis LawrenceWriters: Danny Strong, Peter CraigCast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jenna MaloneStudio Description: Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. Analysis: Let's get this out of the way up front: barring an Avatar-like performance from Interstellar, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will be the highest-grossing movie of the year at the domestic box office.The first two installments in the franchise earned $408 million and $424.7 million, respectively, and both were well-received by critics and audiences alike. The second entry, »
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Coinciding with the home-entertainment release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the folks at Screen Junkies have turned their attention to the latest chapter of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise for the Honest Trailers treatment…
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits DVD and Blu-ray in the States on October 14th and in the UK on November 10th. Featuring in the cast are are X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside franchise newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop, Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, Adan Canto (The Following) as Sunspot, Evan Jonigkeit (The Following) as Toad, »
- Gary Collinson
We’ve already seen a video breakdown of how Bryan Singer brought Quicksilver (Evan Peters) to the big screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and now we have some prop art of the fan-favorite speedster to check out, courtesy of concept artist Henry Fong (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Pacific Rim)…
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits DVD and Blu-ray in the States on October 14th and in the UK on November 10th. Featuring in the cast are are X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside franchise newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop, Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, »
- James Garcia
It’s fair to say that fans weren’t exactly impressed by the first look at Evan Peters’ Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but the character managed to overcome early criticism to steal the show with his super speed sequence during Magneto’s escape from the Pentagon. Ahead of the film’s home entertainment release, a new featurette has arrived online, breaking down the VFX of the sequence…
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits DVD and Blu-ray in the States on October 14th and in the UK on November 10th. Featuring in the cast are are X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside franchise newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, »
- Gary Collinson
As the home-entertainment release of X-Men: Days of Future Past approaches, Fox has given us a look at one of the deleted scenes from this year’s mutant sequel, which sees Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique warning Xavier (James McAvoy) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) that Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is planning to star a war.
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-men: Days Of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
Check out the deleted scene here…
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- Gary Collinson
We knew it was coming, but now we have an idea of when we can expect the extended cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past to arrive, with writer-producer Simon Kinberg announcing that the ‘Rogue Cut’ will be released in the first half of 2015, with summer looking most likely. The extended edition will include more than 10 minutes of additional footage, including Rogue’s (Anna Paquin) sequences, as well as those featuring other characters.
“It’s a big chunk, a substantial part of the movie,” said Kinberg during the official announcement. “We want to give (fans) the fullest picture of the film — behind the camera, and in front of it with the Rogue Cut and provide more of the process we went through” to make the film.”
- Gary Collinson
• Twilight: Eclipse star Xavier Samuel has been cast as Adam/The Monster in a new contemporary version of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein. Danny Huston (Magic City) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Vegas) will star as modern-day Victor and Elizabeth Frankenstein, a husband and wife team of eccentric scientists living in Los Angeles who create the creature. Bernard Rose (Candyman) has adapted Shelley’s work for the picture he is directing. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
Mary Shelley’s estate is probably laughing all the way to the bank. The celebrated author’s gothic horror, Frankenstein, is a noted literary classic. And we all know what happens to popular novels. Yes, they wind up on the school curriculum. But more pertinently – they’re adapted for the big screen. Kenneth Branagh’s version flopped like a beached whale, even if some of its sequences were worthy of a punchier script. This year’s action horror reimagining, I, Frankenstein, didn’t fare much better either.
So, let’s see if the man whose 1992 chiller Candyman made everyone terrified of coat hooks, Bernard Rose, can finally get it right. Aye aye, kiddies, there’s gonna be another big-screen adaptation – and it’s just landed a leading man-ster.
- Gem Seddon
Australian actor Xavier Samuel ("Twilight: Eclipse," "Newcastle") is set to play a modern day Frankenstein monster in a contemporary Los Angeles-set reboot of Mary Shelley's iconic story "Frankenstein" for Bad Badger.
Danny Huston and Carrie-Anne Moss will play Victor and Elizabeth Frankenstein, a husband and wife team of eccentric scientists who create the monster Adam, a creature faced with nothing but anger, aggression and violence from the world around him.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
As we await the home-entertainment release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, we’ve been given a taste of the special features with the arrival of a five-minute blooper reel for the mutant superhero sequel, and we have it for you right here. Take a look…
X-Men: Days of Future Past is released on Blu-ray and DVD in the States next month and in November here in the UK. Featuring in the cast are X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside franchise newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop, Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, »
- Gary Collinson
Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale »
- Andre Soares
The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.
Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.
Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.
Over the weekend, Variety reported:
- Movie Geeks
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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Update: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just won't die, and hopefully the new cast will give it the breath of life it needs to make the parody film work. Lily Collins is now out, but Lily James (the new Cinderella) is in. Other new cast members include Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) as Mr. Darcy's friend Bingley and Emma Greenwell ("Shameless") as Bingley's sister, and Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) as the handsome Lt. Wickham. It hasn't been clarified if Riley is playing Mr. Darcy or if that role has yet to be cast.
May 2, 2013: Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) will star in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and, in doing so, brings the project back from grave. Burr Steers (17 Again) will direct, which - if you're counting - makes the project's the fifth director. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's reimagining of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Sony Television and PlayStation Network’s upcoming adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s comic book series Powers has bolstered its cast with the addition of Eddie Izzard (Hannibal), Oleysa Rulin (High School Musical) and Noah Taylor (Edge of Tomorrow).
According to Deadline, Izzard will play Wolfe – “the bogeyman of the Powers universe — a top-level Power who has spent the last two decades incarcerated in the Shaft, his terrible abilities kept in check through a brutal regimen of surgical procedures. Before that, he was a mentor of then-up-and-coming Powers, Christian Walker.”
Taylor is set to appear as Johnny Royalle, “a criminal mastermind rulinPower with the ability to pop in and out of locations at will. He owns a cutting edge underground venue, the Here and Gone Club, that may be part of a dark and deadly conspiracy,” while Rulin will play Calista, “a teenage Power wannabe with street smarts, »
- Gary Collinson
After his phenomenal turn as fan favorite Richard Harrow on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, everyone expected Jack Huston to become the next big thing in Hollywood. His name has been linked to roles in Frankenstein, James Bond, and even the role of Star-Lord that went to Chris Pratt in Guardians Of The Galaxy. Instead, he has appeared in smaller roles in films like Twilight: Eclipse, American Hustle, and Kill Your Darlings. His next role will hopefully change that. Huston has been cast as the »
- Alex Maidy
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