‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: Strong Brazil opening points to bigger international hit than ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, toplining Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, debuted in Brazil last Friday, November 15, 2013. A national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic"), November 15 has proven to be a highly profitable "opening date" in Brazil; in 2012, Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 broke both single-day and opening-weekend records at the Brazilian box office. Now comes Catching Fire, which far surpassed the box office take of its predecessor. Surely it’s no coincidence that both the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises currently belong to the Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Pictures combo. Or that both franchises have been/are being distributed in Brazil by Paris Filmes, possibly that country’s biggest homegrown film distribution entity. »
- Andre Soares
Earlier this week, we reported that Summit Entertainment acquired distribution rights for Hercules: The Legend Begins, setting a February 7, 2014 release date. Today, the studio announced that it has pushed the release date to January 10, 2014. While director Renny Harlin's action-adventure is the only new movie opening in wide release, that weekend will also see the expanded release of Her, Lone Survivor and One Chance.
Kellan Lutz stars as Hercules, the mythical Greek hero, demigod and son of Zeus. Betrayed by his King and sold into slavery, Hercules must use his formidable strength to fight for his freedom and return to his true love, Hebe, the Princess of Crete (played by Gaia Weiss).
The supporting cast includes Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2), Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Liam Garrigan (Strike Back), Johnathon Schaech (Ray Donovan, The Client List), Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones) and Rade Serbedzija (Red Widow). Screenplay is by Daniel Giat. »
A devastating indictment of pop culture as propaganda — about its power and the limits of its powers — and an upending of the typical teen-girl romance movie. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have read the source material (and I love it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Luke Skywalker never suffered from Ptsd.
Well, we can presume he did. We can easily imagine that he woke up from nightmares drenched in sweat. We just never saw it onscreen. Depicting that sort of thing used to be the domain of angsty fan fiction. Nowadays, Tony Stark, in 3D IMAX, can’t sleep after New York. And we get our reintroduction to Katniss Everdeen, cowinner of the 74th Hunger Games, via a tremendously horrific flashback she experiences in what was once her safe place, her secret hunting grounds in »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Although it was announced for a February 7, 2014 release just three days ago , Summit Entertainment has decided Hercules: The Legend Begins will now be released in 3D and 2D on January 10, 2014. Directed by Renny Harlin, the film stars Kellan Lutz as Hercules, the mythical Greek hero, demigod and son of Zeus. Betrayed by his King and sold into slavery, Hercules must use his formidable strength to fight for his freedom and return to his true love, Hebe, the Princess of Crete (played by Gaia Weiss). The supporting cast includes Scott Adkins ( The Expendables 2 ), Liam McIntyre ("Spartacus"), Liam Garrigan ("Strike Back"), Johnathon Schaech ("Ray Donovan," "The Client List"), Roxanne McKee ("Game Of Thrones") and Rade »
Who doesn't love Jean-Claude Van Damme? The guy defined the 1990s action movie for me with everything from Universal Soldier, Hard Target, Timecop, and many more. In recent years he has faded from the top of Hollywood despite his great turn as a version of himself in Jcvd and a villainous part in The Expendables 2 and a voice role in Kung Fu Panda 2. While he may not be getting a big studio project any time soon, those of us who grew up watching his movies still have a soft spot for the »
- Alex Maidy
Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
After receiving its UK premiere last night, the hotly-anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set to open in just ten days time, and thanks to Hayley Donaghy, we've got an exclusive video interview with director Francis Lawrence, which you can check out below...
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever."
- Gary Collinson
Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Millennium Films' action-adventure Hercules: The Legend Begins starring Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga, the upcoming The Expendables 3) and directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Cliffhanger). Summit will release the film in 3D and 2D nationwide on February 7, 2014. The deal was announced today by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, and Avi Lerner, Chairman of Millennium Films.
Lutz stars as Hercules, the mythical Greek hero, demigod and son of Zeus. Betrayed by his King and sold into slavery, Hercules must use his formidable strength to fight for his freedom and return to his true love, Hebe, the Princess of Crete (played by Gaia Weiss).
The supporting cast includes Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2), Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Liam Garrigan (Strike Back), Johnathon Schaech (Ray Donovan, The Client List), Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones »
With the launch the PlayStation 4 finally upon us, today’s PlayStation Plus update guarantees that subscribers will have at least two next-gen Instant Game Collection titles (the shoot-em-up Resogun and the puzzle-platformer Contrast) ready to go on November 15th.
Set in the “1920′s vaudevillian flim noir dreamscape,” Contrast has players take on the role of Dawn, the imaginary friend of a little girl named Didi. Dawn has the power to move back and forth between the 3D world and the “2D shadowscape” by becoming a shadow. Using the shifting ability, players will be able to “solve complex puzzles, in order to help Didi investigate the secrets that lie behind her troubled family.”
On the other end of the video game genre spectrum, Resogun is described as a “intense fast-paced shoot em’ up,” that has players “blast hordes of enemies and rescue the last survivors from distant galactic colonies.” In other words, »
- Justin Alderman
Lionsgate has posted a small profit of $500,000 in earnings for its second quarter ended Sept. 30, topping Wall Street’s consensus forecast of a loss of 8 cents a share.
Without a “Hunger Games” title, revenues slid 29% to $498.7 million, which was about 4% below forecasts.
Shares edged up during the session with the issue rising 16 cents to $32.30 in late trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The issue has more than doubled in value this year.
Lionsgate’s year-ago quarter had seen earnings hit $75.5 million, or 56 cents a share, on revenues of $707 million thanks to the home entertainment release of “The Hunger Games” and timing of TV program deliveries.
Lionsgate released the earnings report before the market opened Friday — a dozen days before the opening of its franchise title, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” starring Jennifer Lawrence. The second “Hunger Games” is expected to dominate the box office for several weeks.
Lionsgate CEO »
- Dave McNary
The financial results from the period that ended in September may already look like ancient history to investors who are salivating over potentially blow-out sales later this month for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. And the latest numbers have plenty of quirks as Lionsgate paid a $36.2M charge for early extinguishment of debt, and compare to last year when the company had strong home video sales for The Hunger Games. The result: Net income for the latest period came in at $505,000, way down from last year’s $75.5M, on revenues of $498.7M, -29.5%. Analysts expected a lot more from the top line, about $528.9M in the consensus forecast. But earnings at zero topped predictions for an eight cent loss. Motion Picture revenue fell 29% to $434.4M as the slate led by Red 2 and You’re Next couldn’t match last year’s with The Expendables 2, The Possession, and Step Up Revolution. »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor
The Expendables and The Expendables 2 stars Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture reunite for Ambushed, which Anchor Bay Home Entertainment is releasing on Blu-ray and DVD November 12. The story centers on a federal agent (Dolph Lundgren) closing in on a drug kingpin (Vinnie Jones) who must save an undercover cop who has gotten in too deep, while trying to fight off a corrupt police officer (Randy Couture) and a horde of assassins. We have a giveaway lined up where our fans can take home this action-thriller on Blu-ray. Take a look at how you can win below.
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Ambushed charts the dark, seductive underbelly of Los Angeles, »
A little over a year ago, news broke that Millennium Films, the company behind The Expendables and The Expendables 2 , was working on a spin-off titled ExpendaBelles . It was also revealed that Avi Lerner, Mark Gill, Julie Kroll and Heidi Jo Markel would produce, with Trevor Short executive producing. Now Lerner has revealed a bit more about the project to Standart (via Deadline ). The producer told the site that Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich are in talks to star in the movie, which will film in Bulgaria. They quote Lerner as saying, "The action movie will be spectacular . and in nothing inferior to the three male movies of the "The Expendables." There will be battles, special and visual effects and stunts - the spectacle will be »
With The Expendables and The Expendables 2 pulling in more nearly $574 million worldwide, their maker Millennium Films has been eager to keep this franchise thriving with Expendables 3 as well as a female-fronted spin-off currently known as The ExpendaBelles. Let's ignore the eye roll worthy title for a moment, and move on to the latest news about this proposed picture, namely that Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich are said to be in talks. Deadline has been following the development of the project overseas, more specifically in Bulgaria, where Millennium has produced several features, including Expendables 1-3. While overseeing production on Expendables 3 there, Millennium chief Avi Lerner has been loose-lipped about the stars he hopes to land. According to Deadline's translation of a Standart article, Lerner leaked revealed he is in negotiations with these three actresses. However, he also said casting can't be cemented until a director is attached. Then, »
In an interview with Flicks and Bits, Stallone insisted that his and Schwarzenegger's new movie Escape Plan is very different from their earlier work.
"We were on a parallel career course during what I would call the gold age of hardcore action films, but this is something new," he insisted.
The actor continued: "[Escape Plan] is not just guns, flames and bombs. Our characters really have to use their brains to get out.
"There's a tremendous amount of action in it, but it is very much a thinking man's adventure, and it plays into the mature part of our careers."
He is also discussed Escape Plan's inevitable »
Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the greatest action heroes of all time, he has starred in iconic action films such as The Terminator, Predator, Conan The Barbarian and The Running Man. Whilst his films will undoubtedly go down in history for their unique stories accompanied by the actors iconic screen persona, they are also famous for the incredible one liners that Schwarzenegger is also well known for.
Arnie has recently made a return to acting following his political career as the governor of California, with The Expendables, The Expendables 2, The Last Stand and the brand new Escape Plan with Sylvester Stallone that has just been released. The actor may also have role James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar 2 if recent rumours are to be believed. Here is what the Austrian oak had to say on the Ama page about reciting his famous lines during filming for his new zombie »
- Ben Read
Escape Plan, 2013.
Directed by Mikael Håfström.
When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.
Back in my younger days on the school playground there were often divides. Were you a Coke or a Pepsi kind of person? Blur or Oasis? Sega or Nintendo? Another divide among young adolescents weaned on videos they weren’t yet old enough to watch: Were you a Sly or Arnie person? Now granted it was entirely possible to like both, but when push came to shove you had to pick a side. My side was Sly Stallone. My brother was an Arnold fan. In actuality I secretly had most of my »
- Gary Collinson
Nothing here is as clever as it is desperately trying to be, but Stallone and Schwarzenegger are game to give us a good time. I’m “biast” (pro): have a sneaking fangirl affection for Stallone and Schwarzenegger
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Arnie! Sly! They’re old! They’re still in damn good shape for old guys, and still able to pull off Hollywood action nonsense in a fairly plausible manner, as Hollywood nonsense goes. So it’s not their chronological ages — 66 and 67, respectively — that makes them seem unfashionably dated here. It’s the complete lack of appreciation for how much the world has changed since the 1980s, when they were in their Hollywood-nonsense prime, which Escape Plan appears to be hoping to evoke.
It wouldn’t take much for the setting here — a secret, remote, privately funded for-profit »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Growing up in the 80s and 90s was certainly a unique experience, and like any era, those decades offered up their fair share of heroes and heroines for the movie-going public and impressionable children, like myself, to idolize. The action movie was in its Golden Age and flourishing beautifully, and leading that parade were two men who were larger than life itself. One an Austrian Oak, the other an Italian Stallion, both of whom had successful films under their belts depicting characters who surmounted a threat to come out on top and save the day. They were in direct competition with each other, and have grown over the years to become the best of friends. Every little boy wanted to be them (including me) and every father and his son have bonded through watching them laying waste to mountains and mountains of bad guys. Of course, I am talking about »
- Matt Schembari
Cop-oriented action movies are a dime a dozen, but Anchor Bay Entertainment.s upcoming release, Ambushed, features something a little extra with its good cop and bad cop dynamics. The company has been gracious enough to extend us an exclusive Blu-ray clip following Randy Couture and Dolph Lundgren, both cops in the film, who are meeting at the scene of the crime for the first time. There.s always bad blood when one set of cops takes over a case from another, but if you catch the film you.ll find there.s more going on than meets the eye. There.s a dirty cop in the midst and it will be up to Agent Maxwell (Lundgren) to take him down. Ambushed marks a reunion for Couture and Lundgren, who both appeared in the films The Expendables and The Expendables 2. The flick was directed by Johnny.s Gone.s »
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