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Having crossed the $500 million mark earlier in the week, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has now overtaken Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become the highest-grossing release of 2014 in North America. Guardians is projected to finish the Labor Day weekend with around $277 million in total, and is expected to fend off competition from The November Man and As Above, So Below to retain top spot over the four-day weekend.
It is also pretty much assured that the space opera will become the first movie to hit $300 million domestically, providing a shot in the arm to the North American box office, which has suffered its worst summer since 2006, with ticket sales down 15% from last year.
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn (Super) directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, »
- Gary Collinson
In this week’s Fmtv Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys reveals the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron details – specifically the involvement of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye; an update on the next Bond movie’s (the 24th, if you’re counting) villain; what has officially become the highest grossing movie in the Us this Summer?; and which superhero duo took part in the Als Ice Bucket Challenge this week (donate at www.alsa.org/donate, by the way)? Clue: it wasn’t Bananaman.
So find out those Avengers: Age of Ultron details and more in the Movie Newsgasm…
Fmtv will be back next week with another installment of Movie Myths and Movie Newsgasm. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. See below for more information on the films discussed…
- Oliver Davis
Following a great weekend at the Us box office, which not only pushed it back to the number one spot but also made it the biggest movie of the summer, Disney announced today that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has now crossed $500 million worldwide.
The James Gunn directed space opera has now earned $255.2 million domestically and $245.3 million internationally with the movie yet to be released in several key markets including Germany, Italy, Japan and China, the latter of which has proven to be a huge money maker in 2014.
It’s soundtrack Awesome Mix Vol. 1 has also made it two weeks at the top of the Billboard charts.
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn (Super) directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, »
- Luke Owen
Generally when a movie enjoys astronomical success, movie studios will start prepping a sequel the second they realise they’re onto a winner, either when a confident producer sees some raw footage from the set, or most often once those first weekend box office tallies start coming in. Hollywood is in large part driven by sequels, and though we frequently complain about this indicating a lack of creativity in the industry, if they’re going to do it regardless, movie studios at least need to strike while the iron is hot.
These 10 movies, however, did the exact opposite, making us wait years, even numerous decades before we got our hands on a long-anticipated, much-discussed follow-up, by which point too much time had passed and the results (for one of many reasons) weren’t quite what we were hoping for. Perhaps audiences had just grown tired of waiting, or the original »
- Jack Pooley
Amazon Studios has announced it has ordered three animated and two live-action pilots of kids shows for the third installment of its kids pilot season, which will debut in early 2015 on Amazon Instant Video.
The shows will debut alongside a new version of the previously announced “Sara Solves It” pilot. Keeping with the Amazon business model, these first episodes go live for customers to watch and provide feedback to help execs decide which pilots become full series.
“We’re very excited to be working with such talented creative minds in kids entertainment to bring these five new pilots to life,” said Tara Sorensen, head of kids programming at Amazon Studios. “At Amazon, we’re focused on great characters and storytelling to create engaging programming for children. We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive reaction to our first three children’s series that debuted this summer — “Tumble Leaf,” “Creative Galaxy” and »
- Shelli Weinstein
As Guardians of the Galaxy approaches the half billion dollar mark at the worldwide box office, the film has now overtaken Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction to become the highest-grossing domestic release of the summer. The Marvel Studios release grossed $246 million by close of play yesterday, compared to Transformers: Age of Extinction’s $243.3 million haul, and will return to the top of the U.S. box office chart this weekend after two weeks trailing in second behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn (Super) directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, »
- Gary Collinson
As Guardians of the Galaxy returns to the top of the U.S. box office, Marvel Studios has dropped an ‘Awesome Mixtape Vol. 1′ featurette, which sees the cast discussing the soundtrack of the superhero space opera; check it out below…
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic »
- Gary Collinson
Josh Brolin‘s performance in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For isn’t wildly dissimilar to his work in Men in Black III. They’re very different films and performances, of course, but both prequels feature Brolin inheriting a role from another actor. Brolin eerily embodied Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K, while in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For he’s channeling Clive Owen’s work as Dwight McCarthy from the first movie. This is Dwight before he had to change his face, which, in case you haven’t read Frank Miller‘s comics, is why Owen isn’t back playing the character. Whether Josh Brolin studied Clive Owen’s performance never came up in our wide-ranging conversation with the actor, who’s clearly pleased with both the film and his performance. With the exception of Labor Day – a film I’ll readily go to bat for — it’s the first time since True Grit »
- Jack Giroux
A preschool whodunit. A hilarious friendship between dirty trucks. An epic quest to defeat darkness. An ousted crowd who navigates middle school cafeteria dynamics. And a trio who discover the power of magic.
These are the five kids’ stories Amazon Studios has ordered to pilot, officially announced today. Early next year, all five will showcase their first episodes for viewer feedback on Amazon Instant Video.
During the last kids’ pilot season, one of the highest-rated pilots was Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, which was created by pre-school teacher David Anaxagoras, a first-time writer who was discovered through Amazon Studios’ open-door submission process. In November, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street will launch as a full series on Amazon Prime.
In a few months, viewers will have the chance to discover the next hit kids show. “We’re very excited to be working with such talented creative minds »
Earlier today, we reported that Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo is gearing up to start production in Australia in 2015, but now we have a conflicting report from Inside Film that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the project Disney is seeking tax credits for.
Back in June, producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that production will likely start in early 2015, and Disney announced last month that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released on July 7, 2017.
Here's what a spokesperson for the Ministry of Arts had to say in a statement to Inside Film, although they wouldn't confirm any specific productions.
"The Government is currently in discussions with Disney on possible productions it may wish to film in Australia. These discussions are commercial in confidence."
Of course, it's possible that Disney is negotiating with the Australian government for both Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales »
Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy has hit another milestone at the box office, passing the $400 million mark this weekend with a worldwide cume of $418.7 million. The film has earned $222.3 million in North America and $196.4 million internationally, and is still to open in several markets including China and Japan. In terms of the McU, it has now outgrossed The Incredible Hulk ($263.4 million) and Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.6 million) and is closing in fast on Thor’s haul of $449.3 million.
Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn and features a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, »
- Gary Collinson
If you’ve not seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, you’ll probably want to skip this post…
Yesterday Marvel Studios released the dancing Groot scene from Guardians of the Galaxy (which we have for you here), and now a batch of high-resolution images have popped up online via Stitch Kingdom, which includes a couple of shots of Nathan Fillion’s monstrous inmate, as well as Howard the Duck…
Guardians of the Galaxy is out now, with a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly »
- Gary Collinson
Actress Alice Eve has recently become engaged to her high school sweetheart, financier Alex Cowper-Smith.
Alice Eve Engaged
Eve’s reps confirmed her engagement to Cowper-Smith to People on Thursday.
Eve and Cowper-Smith first dated when they were both in high school at London’s Westminster School but eventually split. Aspiring actress Eve went on to college at Oxford, where she struck up a romance with poet Adam O’Riodan, whom she split from in 2012.
Eve has also been linked to her 1:30 Train co-star Chris Evans. The actors were spotted out on a dinner date in New York City in December 2013, but neither party confirmed that they were dating.
It’s unknown when exactly Eve and her former flame reunited.
Warning: this post contains spoilers from Guardians of the Galaxy, so if you’re yet to see it… then shame on you! Get yourself to the cinema, come back and rewatch the below scene, whick takes place just before the end credits of Marvel’s space opera and features a baby Groot dancing to the Jackson 5′s ‘I Want You Back’…
Guardians of the Galaxy is out now, with a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, »
- Gary Collinson
Clearly the listeners of the world are hooked on a lot of feelings as the soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy has topped the billboard chars in the Us.
Awesome Mix Vol. 1 climbed two places in its second week and has now sold around 109,000 copies as of August 10th. It’s the second Disney album to top the charts since Frozen held the number one spot for 13 weeks, having sold close to 3.2 million copies.
Guardians of the Galaxy beat out competition from Now That’s What I Call Music, Godsmack, Spoon and The Vamps.
Guardians of the Galaxy is out now, with a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, »
- Luke Owen
Making a movie that revolves around time travel instantly creates paradoxes and often plot holes, but managed intelligently, the onscreen logic can make for fun and dangerous storytelling. This is a list is of the highest grossing movies and franchises that use time travel as a main story element (an example of a movie with time travel not as a main story element is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which would have been #4 had it qualified).
I've cheated a bit by grouping franchises together, allowing me to write about more movies. Out of the 18 movies on the list I’ve seen 17, which might mean I really like movies with time travel. All numbers are worldwide box office grosses adjusted for inflation. Box office revenue numbers are from Box Office Mojo and The Numbers. Bits of trivia are from IMDb and Wikipedia. Inflation data comes via the Us Department of Labor. »
- Free Reyes
With Guardians of the Galaxy currently tearing up the global box office, director James Gunn is already hard at work developing the sequel to the space opera, which has been confirmed as hitting cinemas as part of Marvel’s Phase Three on July 28th 2017. Speaking to Empire, Gunn has offered up a few thoughts on where Guardians of the Galaxy 2 may go, beginning with Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) parentage:
“There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill’s father is between a select two or three of us. That’s been part of the plan since the beginning, that’s something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu’s place in everything made sense and it does, so it’s all very specific stuff… It’s definitely not the character who it is in the comics, »
- Gary Collinson
Based on the beloved novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli - namely Don't Point That Thing At Me, After You With A Pistol, Something Nasty In The Woodshed and The Great Moustache Mystery - Johnny Depp's Mortdecai is a right royal romp of the highest order, with Depp playing an anarchic aristocratic art dealer named Charlie Mortdecai, and Paul Bettany his valet, Jock. Think Jeeves and Wooster, but with more sex, swearing and guns, and you've just about got the new trailer for Mortdecai. brightcove.createExperiences();As you may have spotted from that very brief teaser, the quality of the books (and the characters, and Johnny Depp's moustache) has attracted some pretty starry stars in the shape of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Goldblum, Olivia Munn and Ewan McGregor. The director is David Koepp, whose most recent writing credits include Men In Black 3, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Premium Rush (which »
Better watch out Avengers, it looks like Thanos isn’t the only guy in the Universe with an Infinity Gem!
It was James Gunn’s 44th birthday last week and the Guardians of the Galaxy director posted an image on his Instagram of the present that Marvel got him- the Infinity Gem that Thanos wanted in the movie, complete with Peter Quill’s line of, “that was a pretty good plan”.
See the present below:
Marvel have been dropping the Infinity Gems into their movies since Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which also played a large role in 2012′s The Avengers. Since then we had The Aether appear in Thor: The Dark World and The Orb in Guardians of the Galaxy. At San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that Josh Brolin would appear as Thanos in Avengers: Age of Ultron and it was teased he would be the main villain »
- Luke Owen
Those who expected that audiences wouldn’t respond well to James Gunn’s wacky space opera Guardians of the Galaxy were very, very wrong, as the film not only broke August box office records on opening weekend, but continues to have legs in week two. It may have come second to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this weekend, taking a 56% drop in ticket sales, but it still managed to bring in $81.6 million worldwide, blasting right past $300 million.
In just ten days, Guardians has nearly surpassed the lifetime grosses of its Marvel brethren Thor ($175 million) and Captain America: The First Avenger ($176 million) domestically. It will likely pass their worldwide grosses before too long, as The First Avenger grossed $370 million in its run, while Thor finished with $449 million. The movie hasn’t even come out yet in some moneymaking foreign markets; it hits China on October 10th and Japan on September 13th.
- James Garcia
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