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Update, 2:10 Pm Pt: With the World Cup winding down tonight, next week will see Transformers: Age Of Extinction and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes expand significantly to key markets where attention has been largely focused on football in the past month. In the meantime, the Top 10 studio titles this frame were down 1% on last weekend and 10% versus the same frame in 2013. Playing atop the international box office last year was Despicable Me 2 with an added $55.5M in its 4th frame. Pacific Rim debuted internationally with $53M and Monsters University was in its 4th […] »
Following the Thursday, Friday and Saturday schedules, San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Sunday, July 27, the last day of the Con. You clickHere to check out the entire lineup, which includes several comic book events and panels, but we have pulled out all the relevant movie, DVD and TV panels for your convenience.
Nickelodeon: New Animated Comedies-Bringing You Buds, Baps & Bad Seeds!
Be the first to see an exclusive peek at Nickelodeon's new Lol-inducing animated comedies! You'll also get an insider's look at the creative processes behind these funny, warped, endearing, and booty-shaking shows. The panel features Breadwinners creators Steve Borst and Gary "Doodles" Di Raffaele, Pig Goat Banana Cricket creators Johnny Ryan and Dave Cooper, and executive producer David Sacks. Chowder creator C.H. Greenblatt will be showing off his brand new Nickelodeon series with the working title Bad Seeds. Moderated by Rich Magallanes (Svp »
We haven’t heard that much on the Haunted Mansion front from Guillermo del Toro recently, with our last update on the matter being over a year or so ago. Del Toro likes to keep a lot of irons in the fire though (I don’t blame him) and he recently indicated that the Disney ride adaptation he plans to produce and co-write (and possibly even direct) isn’t quite dead. He’s still plugging along at it. If you haven’t caught up with the other del Toro projects in the works, you can check out Steve’s interview with him earlier this week that covered stuff like the Pacific Rim Animated Series, At the Mountains of Madness, Crimson Peak and The Strain along with his new Black and White movie. Hit the jump for del Toro’s Haunted Mansion update. Del Toro told the online attendees of a Reddit Ama session: “2 weeks ago, »
- Evan Dickson
You may not know it, but a futuristic thriller that opened overseas last year to glowing reviews and hefty box office business snuck into Us theatres less than a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I said snuck. Oh, and two of the actresses in it are recent Oscar winners. And the main star was a major part of the third highest grossing film of all time. Speaking of grosses, the director helmed South Korea’s biggest grossing movie…of all time. So, where are the billboards, when did the TV spots air? Most importantly, why didn’t they show the film to the press, so we can generate a little word-of-mouth buzz before opening day? Perhaps it’s because this is not a sequel or a reboot, and it’s not about a popular superhero (it is based on a graphic novel, though a fairly obscure French work). This is »
- Jim Batts
With strong reviews and goodwill from its well-liked predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes easily ruled the domestic box office this weekend.Overall, though, it was another slow weekend at U.S. movie theaters: the Top 12 earned $139.7 million, which is down 26 percent from the same weekend last year.Debuting at 3,967 theaters, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes earned an estimated $73 million this weekend. That's a 33 percent improvement over the last movie's $54.8 million opening, and is also noticeably higher than last Summer's World War Z ($66.4 million). Of course, it's way off from the $90-million level that some other Summer movies have reached, though the Apes brand is obviously not as popular as Transformers, Spider-Man or X-Men.The movie's strong debut can be attributed to a few factors. First, 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes was well-received by moviegoers, and has connected with many more during its post-theatrical run. »
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Comic-Con International has released the schedule for Sunday July 27th. This is the last day of Comic-Con, and they will be closing it out with some big TV panels like Supernatural, Sons of Anarchy and The Strain. There's also a panel for the Batkid documentary that was made. I rarely stay for the whole convention on Sunday, but I think I actually might try to stick around this year and enjoy myself. You can go through the full schedule here, but you'll find some of the highlights listed below.
Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A - Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th ), Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Misha Collins (Ringer), and Mark A. Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), along with executive producer Jeremy Carver (U.S. version of Being Human), return to Hall H to answer questions from the audience about what's in store »
- Joey Paur
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swung into theaters and snagged an estimated $73 million domestic debut this weekend from audiences looking for a blockbuster with brains.
The 20th Century Fox release unspooled across 3,967 U.S. theaters and was fueled by a glowing reviews, with many critics calling it the summer’s best popcorn film.
“It’s one of those rare times when critics and audiences agree and the confluence created a perfect storm for a phenomenal opening,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox. “A lot of the movies over the last couple of weeks have been received on the tepid side, shall we say, so the market was ripe for a high quality, visually-stunning film.”
Overseas, the film brought in $31.1 million from 26 markets, most of them smaller territories with the exception of Australia and South Korea.
Its U.S. debut exceeds the $60 million bow »
- Brent Lang
Director Guillermo del Toro was at one time attached to helm The Hobbit prequels, however, creative differences and scheduling eventually led to del Toro pursuing other projects. The Pacific Rim director is an unabashedly huge fan of Tolkien's master fantasy work so it's interesting to hear his take on Game of Thrones vs Lord of the Rings, which he addressed in his recent Reddit Ama "I think that I have rarely been as transported in a movie theater as I was when I saw the Fellowship of the Ring unfold on the screen. I consider Peter Jackson one of the most gifted directors ever to tackle the fantasy genre. I believe that Game of Thrones, however, operates at a different level within arguably, the same genre. Game of Thrones has a social and sexual complexity that makes it a very different cutting-edge post-Vietnam Era fantasy story that deals with not »
Toronto, On. With "Lost" (and "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr," if you like) front and center on his resume, Carlton Cuse knows a thing or two relating to fanboys, but that's actually how he originally came to Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's "The Strain" series. "Almost two years ago, I was approached by Wme and asked whether I actually knew this property, 'The Strain' trilogy," Cuse recalls, sitting with a small roundtable of reporters on the Toronto set of "The Strain," which premieres on FX on July 13. "In fact, I had read the first book just as a fanboy, just because I was intrigued by it and loved Guillermo's stuff. I actually had a little bit of a relationship with Chuck Hogan. We had talked at one point about doing something else together. I really loved the book. So Wme said, 'Hey, would you consider meeting with Guillermo? »
- Daniel Fienberg
We know Guillermo del Toro today as a wildly imaginative filmmaker, whose films blend a sense of the fantastic with a deep streak of the macabre, all while inspiring wonder with their unique, spectacular visuals. Now a fan-favorite, some of his recent films, like the kaiju movie Pacific Rim and the grotesque fairy tale Pan’s Labyrinth, contain some of the most arresting cinematic imagery in recent memory.
A decade ago, the Mexican filmmaker’s earlier horror films – like Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone – placed him on Hollywood’s radar, leading to the Mira Sorvino horror movie Mimic, Marvel comic book sequel Blade II and 2004′s Hellboy. Del Toro accomplished what seemed like a minor miracle: adapting writer-artist Mike Mignola’s oddball, mythologically rich comic book into ...
- Anthony Vieira
It's probably best to let go of the notion of a Hellboy 3. Guillermo del Toro dropped this nugget of information during a Reddit Ama yesterday to promote The Strain which airs tomorrow night on FX. Hellboy 3 has been the subject of a lot of rumors and rumblings over the years. Last summer, when Pacific Rim was hitting theaters, Ron Perlman was lobbying hard for a third installment that would tie up the film series. Things have quieted down since then, however.
The post Hellboy 3 Unlikely At This Point, Says Del Toro… appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The famed director admitted during a Reddit Ama on Friday that the sci-fi superhero pic won’t live to see another installment as it has no studio backing.
“Creatively, I would love to make it. Creatively,” he stressed. “But it is proven almost impossible to finance. Not from My side, but from the studio side. If I was a multimillionaire, I would finance it myself, but I spend all my money on rubber monsters.”
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army” earned $76 million — about $10 million less than its production budget — Stateside in 2008, while “Hellboy” was about $6 million shy of matching its $66 million budget. However, “Hellboy II” went on to double its earnings worldwide.
Del Toro even has a plot in mind for the closer to the franchise, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
During a recent presentation to TV critics, El Rey announced premiere dates for new installments of “The Director’s Chair” as well as when production kicks off on Season Two of “From Dusk Till Dawn.”
From the Press Release:
El Rey Network plans to debut two new and exciting installments of “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” a series of hour-long specials featuring the industry's most notable directors engaging in a revealing and unexpected exchange about the world of filmmaking.
Premiering Wednesday, July 30th, at 9 Pm Et/Pt, El Rey Network Founder and Chairman Robert Rodriguez sits down with longtime friend and Oscar nominated director Guillermo del Toro to discuss his journey from artist to director/producer. From groundbreaking Pan’s Labyrinth to Hellboy to Pacific Rim to his upcoming series "The Strain," Del Toro reveals the madness behind his monsters.
In August, Rodriguez explores the world of »
- Debi Moore
“The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” has swung back into theaters and waged a full-blown war.
The sequel grossed $27.7 million Stateside on Friday as it eyes a $70 million opening weekend. If estimates hold, the pic will outperform its predecessor, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which launched to $54.8 million in 2011. The movie went on to surprise with $176.8 million Stateside and over $481.8 million worldwide.
Like “Rise,” “Dawn” has the added advantage of being critically acclaimed, earning 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Fox tentpole, which cost $170 million, was directed by Matt Reeves and produced by Chernin Entertainment. Set a decade after “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Dawn” finds Andy Serkis’ Caesar less cuddly and more intelligent than his younger counterpart as he leads an ape uprising that threatens to dethrone man as the superior species.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Ron Pearlman has been talking about wanting to return for a third "Hellboy" film for years. Unfortunately, director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) always has countless of projects in the works and is too busy to complete the trilogy. And now, del Toro confirmed what all "Hellboy" fans have been fearing, which is that "Hellboy 3" will never happen. The helmer went on to reveal what the third film would have been about. He explained: "We don't have that movie on the horizon, but the idea for it was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, and having him and Liz face that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe that he has to face in the 3rd film. He »
New series The Strain premieres this Sunday on FX, and is the first collaboration between film writer/director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth) and TV writer/showrunner Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel). They each brought their considerable talents to the table, and the results are stunning. To promote the series, FX distributed a press kit that included screeners of the first four episodes […] »
- Erin Willard
Last month, Legendary Pictures announced that it had given Guillermo del Toro the go ahead for a sequel to Pacific Rim, as well as developing an animated series based upon the kaiju epic. Having spoken last week about both projects, del Toro has now shared some further information on the animated series during an interview with Collider, discussing where he’s at in the development stage, how it will fit into Pacific Rim continuity, and what we might expect to see story-wise from the show:
“We are right now in the middle of talking and negotiating with a few Japanese companies for the animation. We are talking to a couple of showrunners that have a strong animation background, [we’re] casting the writers room. What’s great is it’s a great set-up and a link between the first movie and the second movie. It really enhances the mythology of the characters »
- Gary Collinson
The Hellboy series is one of those franchises that's never really attracted mainstream attention. The film did just well enough to get a sequel, and that sequel did just well enough to make people hope for more. Much like Pacific Rim, audiences want a sequel and Guillermo del Toro would be happy to oblige. There's just one 2000 lb kaiju in the room preventing any forward movement: the studios won't pony up the dough to make a Hellboy 3. During his Reddit Ama this afternoon, del Toro was asked the inevitable Hellboy 3 question. Namely "why in the hell do we not have a Hellboy 3 to look forward to?" His answer was as obvious as the question itself, as he said: Creatively, I would love to make it. Creatively. But it is proven almost impossible to finance. Not from My side, but from the studio side. If I was a multimillionaire, »
Moviegoers appear to be going bananas for Fox’s “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”: Friday estimates indicate the opening weekend at the U.S. box office could reach $70 million.
Studio trackers calculated that opening-day business would range from $24 million to $27.8 million, including $4.1 million from late Thursday night showings. Projections for the three days range from $62 million to $70 million — slightly better than forecasts earlier in the week.
The uptick for the tentpole, which carries a $170 million pricetag, may stem from a warm embrace by critics, with Rotten Tomatoes reporting a 91% freshness rating.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” produced by Chernin Entertainment and starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman, should easily top the $54.8 million opening frame of its predecessor, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” in 2011.
“Rise” became a surprise success with $176 million domestically and over $300 million overseas — which has helped fuel moviegoers’ enthusiasm for “Dawn, »
- Dave McNary
Hellboy 3 is one of those projects that Guillermo del Toro fans just can’t let go of. I don’t blame them. To me, it’s an interesting property that is in many ways perfect for the filmmaker and I think he was just really finding his way into what the big screen version of it wanted to be (which is to say I think Hellboy 2 was at least twice as good as the original film). But it doesn’t look like it’s in the cards. It's an unfortunate status he’s hinted at for a while, that he feels there just wasn't enough interest to justify the $150 million price tag the film would require. Steve did an epic interview with del Toro earlier in the week that covered stuff like the Pacific Rim Animated Series, At the Mountains of Madness, Crimson Peak and The Strain along with »
- Evan Dickson
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