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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has topped the UK cinema charts in its first weekend on release.
Amazing Spider-Man 2's debut falls short of its predecessor, which earned £11 million when it opened in 2012.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - £9,011,114
2. (3) Rio 2 - £1,132,641
3. (2) Noah - £920,803
4. (1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier »
Transcendence flopped over the weekend and so we must discuss as we bring on Vince from FilmDrunk.com and Kevin from The Playlist to see if we can figure out why it failed as well as get into spoiler territory when it comes to the film's overall critical reception. On top of that we answer your questions and voice mail, play some games and discuss whatever else comes to mind. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
Paramount and New Regency's costly $125 million biblical epic "Noah" has now sailed past the $300 million mark at the worldwide box office. Even more surprising? More than two-thirds of that total is from overseas where faith-based films often fare poorly.
The biggest Bible-based film before this, "The Passion of the Christ," earned $370 million of its $610 million domestically. Smaller faith-based films like "Son of God" and "Soul Surfer" earned only $3 million each outside North America.
"Noah" is already the fourth highest grossing film of the year and Aronofsky's top-grossing film to date. It has also done particularly well in Russia, Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, the U.K. and Australia.
Source: Box-Office Mojo »
- Garth Franklin
The high tide for Paramount-Regency Entertainment’s biblical epic “Noah” keeps rising, as the Darren Aronofsky-helmed film crossed the $300 million worldwide mark on Tuesday, with more than $200 million internationally and nearly nine figures in the States.
The global success for the film began overseas, where it bowed ahead of effects-driven tentpoles like “Gravity” and “Inception.” In some of the late-entry markets, however, the speed for “Noah” has slowed somewhat.
That said, the are several major markets yet to come for the $125 million-budgeted pic; and considering the controversy surrounding the pic and doubt about its box office success from the beginning, its tally so far means a considerable sigh of relief for Par and Regency.
To date, “Noah,” which stars Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, has done best overseas in Russia and Brazil, where it’s grossed $32.8 million and $23.4 million, respectively. The film should cross the $100 million mark domestically through this weekend. »
- Andrew Stewart
Paramount and New Regency's biblical epic Noah has sailed past the $300 million mark at the worldwide box office after appealing to mainstream and faith-based audiences alike. Noah is the fourth-highest-grossing movie of 2014 after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which has earned $586.7 million to date, The Lego Movie ($441.7 million) and 300: Rise of an Empire ($329.2 million). Rio 2 rounds out the top five with earnings of $274.1 million to date. Photos: 'Noah's' Berlin Premiere: Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth Flood the Red Carpet The movie, starring Russell Crowe
- Pamela McClintock
Ready for another year of the podcast? The gang is back: Nathaniel R, (The Film Experience), Joe Reid (The Wire), Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) and Nick Davis (Nick's Flick Picks) reunite to discuss this unusually robust auteur spring at the movies.
This week's topics: Darren Aronofsky's peculiar muddy vision for Noah starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly & Emma Watson; Jonathan Glazer (Birth) and Scarlett Johansson's Under the Skin; and Wes Anderson's biggest hit The Grand Budapest Hotel. Did we want to check in and stay?
Under Noah's Skin at the Budapest Hotel
00:00 Noah (story diversion, auteur vision, character work)
18:45 Under the Skin (visual storytelling, interpretation, Scarlett)
36:30 The Grand Budapest Hotel (inside & outside friction, accepting Wes, art direction)
44:30 Ralph Fiennes and the movies Oscar buzz
49:00 Other movie recommendations: Le Week-end and Blue Ruin. »
- NATHANIEL R
Written and directed by Sean Gullette
An SUV drives across the Moroccan border, packed with drugs hidden from plain view. Two girls, Malika (Chimae Ben Acha) and Amal (Soufia Issami), smuggle the drugs across terrorist lines with little to lose. Malika, the newest recruit, is nervous but shows no sign of worry with her deadpan looks. Amal, although experienced in the trafficking game, has a poor poker face. With every passing mile, Amal looks at Malika with a profound sense of caution. Malika, on the other hand, approaches each mile with a sharp sense of focus. She just wants to finish the job and get back to her normal life. Whether she can get back to her life, and avoid the backlash of her boss Samir (Mourade Zeguendi), is another question. But it’s a question she’s willing to fight for. After a few tension-filled moments, Amal »
- Christopher Clemente
The celebratory day of vinyl is upon us once more: Record Store Day 2014 is packed with some groovy releases from soundtrack kings Death Waltz Records, One Way Static, Mondo, and more! We’ve assembled a list of all the records you should be seeking out tomorrow, so check those out below!
One Way Static Records
12″ Picture Disc – Limited To 1,500
One Way Static’s first foray into records was a comprehensive release (now out-of-print) of Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left. Composed by Krug himself, David Hess, One Way Static are giving those who may have missed out another chance with a limited picture disc edition, that comes loaded with liner notes. Speaking as someone who spins Hess’ musical contribution on a weekly basis, I can safely say this is an essential purchase.
12″ Glow in the »
- Justin Edwards
It's a standard Friday episode of the RopeofSilicon podcast with this week's review being Transcendence while we also discuss the situation with Bryan Singer, answer some of your questions, play some games and we have a brand new intro and outro, the outro being Clint Mansell's "In the Wall Side 2" courtesy of Death Waltz Recording Company. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of »
- Brad Brevet
Suffers badly by comparison with the cogent, witty Avengers flicks. This feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s. I’m “biast” (pro): like the cast
I’m “biast” (con): wasn’t a huge fan of the first one; the trailer looked generic
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Two years on from the first pointless reboot of the Spider-Man story — a mere five years after the previous version had wrapped up — the pointless sequel has arrived. Except now we’ve had two more years of cogent, witty Avengers flicks, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 suffers badly by comparison. This looks like a throwback to a time when comic book movies were kiddie stuff and nothing else. This feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s, and not the smart, relevant science-fiction action drama the genre has matured into on the big screen. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
"Heaven is for Real" is a real success at the box-office. The faith-based drama starring Greg Kinnear wowed with a $3.7 million take on 2,400 screens over its opening day Wednesday, good enough for a No. 1 finish over the blockbuster sequels "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Rio 2." The film's long-term prospects are looking promising as well, with audience exit polling resulting in an "A" CinemaScore for the film, which was made for a reported pricetag of only $12 million. Based on the bestselling non-fiction book by Todd Burpo, "Heaven is for Real" centers on a young boy (Connor Corum) who comes back from a near-death experience claiming he experienced Heaven. The film's box-office triumph follows on the success of other recent faith-based films including "God's Not Dead" ($42 million to date), "Son of God" ($62 million) and Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" ($249 million) starring Russell Crowe. Other wide releases this weekend include “Transcendence" starring Johnny Depp, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Hoping to avoid the Oscar flood, Paramount has invited Academy voters to see “Noah” in theaters, using their membership cards for admission.
Oscar campaigns often start at least a year before the ceremonies, but most of the strategizing is done behind closed doors, preparing for later in the year. It’s unusual for a studio to start its campaigning so early.
Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences received an email this week alerting them to the fact that their card will admit them and a guest to “Noah.” Screeners and DVDs will no doubt be available later in 2014. However, Par obviously wanted to avoid a lost ark amid the dozens of discs that arrive in the fourth quarter. More important, “Noah,” with its big-scale designs, visual effects and cinematography, will benefit from being seen on the big screen.
In his review, Variety‘s chief film critic Scott Foundas »
- Tim Gray
With Darren Aronofsky’s interpretation of the classic Noah story playing in some cinemas across the world now, all the old controversy surrounding religious films has been reignited. Conservative Christians have to decide whether or not the new Biblical film is godly enough, staying faithful to the text that they worship as the word of God. Oftentimes, if they believe a movie is “Christian”, it scares off secular audiences, who are occasionally uncomfortable watching films that are overtly religious.
How Christian is too Christian, and how do movies find that fine line between honoring the material and telling a good story? Should it even matter if they make changes to improve the flow of the film? After all, any Harry Potter fan will tell you that the books are always better than the film.
And then there’s this element of preachiness that often worms its way into Christian films. »
- Audrey Fox
If you can.t beat them, join them. Ultra-conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck announced that he his starting a film division at Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of his radio program. The Hollywood Reporter has the details, explaining that Beck plans to develop three original stories as theatrical releases. "One [is] set in ancient history, one in modern history and a third he considers .faith-based,." the trade reports. Beck says that he has been busy refurbishing The Studios at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. The 72,000-square-foot facility played host to such films as Oliver Stone.s JFK. The Dallas Morning News reported that Beck bought the studio back in 2013. "We're getting it ready for some big plans," the 50-year-old radio host said. Of course, Beck made headlines recently by criticizing Darren Aronofsky.s Old Testament drama Noah for being "awful." He said: It is not a godless climate »
Transcendence marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, who is best known for being the longtime cinematographer of Christopher Nolan. The film stars Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster, an artificial intelligence observer who is looking to create a machine which possesses sentience and collective intelligence. But when he is targeted by an extremist group that opposes technological evolution, Will is forced to download his mind into a computer in order to save his life. The procedure works, but those closest to him are mixed on the outcome: Is it still Will Caster in there, or is it someone else? Whoever it is, he is gaining more and more power and putting the world in increasing peril.
It was a star studded event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California last weekend when the cast, writer and director of Transcendence arrived for a press conference. Among those there were director Wally Pfister, »
- Ben Kenber
Today on The View, Jenny McCarthy announced her engagement to former New Kids On The Block member Donnie Wahlberg. And to think, they met on Jenny’s old VH1 show! So, does that mean we’re invited to the wedding? [MTV News] Alan Thicke was one of the best television dads ever, and now he’s taking on reality TV — well, sort of. The actor stops by Big Morning Buzz Live to talk about some of the comedy that’s been infused into his new show. Are we about to see the end of Lindsay Lohan’s docuseries on Oprah Winfrey‘s network? Since Lindsay is nearing the end of its eight-episode run this year, it’s hard to say whether they’ll be a second season. Judging by »
- Rahsheeda Ali
Glenn Beck is putting his faith in Hollywood – literally. The conservative radio host has been refurbishing the Studios at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as the setting for at least one "faith-based" movie, as part of his new venture into film producing. He also has two other movies in the works – one set in ancient history and another THR describes as being set in modern history – and he has optioned several other films, as well.
Muse Criticize Glenn Beck, Rightwing 'Conspiracy Theory Subculture'
If you went to see Darren Aronofsky's epic new film "Noah," you might have noticed everyone in the film is white. Or not! Maybe you were distracted by all the rock monsters and stuff? But in case you were wondering, "Noah" co-writer and exec producer Ari Handel had a pretty good reason why there was no racial diversity in the film. The scary part is that it seems to have been on purpose.
Handel told "The High Calling," "From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn't matter. They're supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton [sic] ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise. You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, »
- Jenni Miller
How did Emma Watson spend her 24th birthday? By getting to work on a new film, of course! The actress got into character on the set of her new project, Regression, in Toronto on Tuesday, which just so happened to be her birthday. The film, which also stars Ethan Hawke, follows a father who has been accused of a crime that he has no memory of committing. Emma got back to the set life after a whirlwind press tour for her latest movie, Noah, which is currently in theaters and has earned over $247 million worldwide so far. Keep reading to see more photos of Emma's day on set, and don't forget to check out the reasons we think Emma is real-life magic! View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Trevor Hogg chats with Michael Wilkinson about weaving a new adaptation of an epic Biblical story…
“There was an opening in my schedule,” recalls Michael Wilkinson who had completed the costume designs for Man of Steel (2013) when an opportunity arose to work on Noah (2014) helmed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan). “My agents introduced me to Darren who was looking for someone to help design this epic movie. I had a series of Skype interviews, was awarded the job and headed over to New York to work with him.” The native of Australia remarks, “I always like to have images in front of me when I’m meeting a director. Other costume designers do things differently. For me, it’s all about beginning to see if there’s a dialogue that flows between the two parties. Even if I show images that are wildly different from what the director was thinking »
- Trevor Hogg
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