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Warcraft crosses $400 million worldwide

27 June 2016 5:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following last week’s news that Duncan Jones’ big screen adaptation of Warcraft has become the biggest video game movie of all-time, it has unlocked another achievement.

Warcraft never really found its feet domestically, and has dropped out of the Top 10 after just three weeks (earning around $2 million over the weekend), and its domestic total of $43 million is much lower than the likes of other adaptations like Silent Hill, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Mortal Kombat and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

However a fantastic campaign outside of the Us has pushed Warcraft over the $400 million mark to $412 million. If you go by the industry rule-of-thumb (that a movie needs to do 2.5x its budget in order to turn a profit), Warcraft is now making money. Expect to hear news of a sequel soon.

See Also: Read our reviews of Warcraft here and here

Warcraft sees Duncan Jones (Moon) directing a cast that »

- Luke Owen

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How the 'Warcraft' Movie Failed

24 June 2016 1:53 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The makers of the Warcraft movie did everything right. They tapped a video game universe with an immense collection of lore and backstories as source material. Director Duncan Jones had indie cred, a commercial and critical hit in Source Code, and a verifiable history of love for the games he was drawing from. His actors were intriguing performers who had shown great potential in other roles. Dean Redman, who plays Varis, said Jones helped the actors see their characters' motivations and goals, and then gave them the freedom to express »

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Idris Elba shares teaser image for The Dark Tower

21 June 2016 10:47 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As production continues on the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s epic fantasy saga The Dark Tower, Idris Elba – who is playing the Gunslinger, Roland Deschain – has taken to Twitter to share a teaser image stating “remember the face of your father”, a phrase that will have huge significance for fans of the books:

See Also: First set photos of Idris Elba as the Gunslinger in The Dark Tower

Elba shared the image with the caption, “I am Roland, son of Steven, son of Henry, true descendant of Arthur. And I have not forgotten.”

The Dark Tower is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and stars Idris Elba (Luther) as Roland Deschain, Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar) as the Man in Black, Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster) as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Tirana, Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) as Richard Sayre, »

- Gary Collinson

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Denton Brierley Talent Agency Launches With Clients From ‘Star Wars,’ ‘American Gods’

20 June 2016 1:41 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Talent agents Gavin Denton-Jones and Suzy Brierley have launched a new U.K. talent agency titled Denton Brierley. Denton Brierley will represent clients including “American Gods” star Ricky Whittle, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Paul Blackthorne of “Arrow” and Olivia Chenery from “Penny Dreadful.” “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Adam Brown, Chris Vance of “Transporter” and “Vikings” star Ivan Kaye are also part of the clientele. Also Read: Wme-img Expands in China with Sequoia, Tencent, FountainVest Denton-Jones was a talent agent at Creative Artists Management for seven years. Before that, he worked at agency Hamilton Hodell and the Ambassador Theatre Group, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Warcraft is now the biggest video game movie of all-time

20 June 2016 4:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last week we reported how The Angry Birds Movie had become the second biggest video game movie of all-time and theorised it would overtake Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in the coming weeks. Well it looks like we were a little off base as the worldwide screenings of Warcraft have propelled it to the number one position.

In its second week of domestic release Warcraft dropped an incredible 71% to only take just $6 million, failing to compete against horror sequel The Conjuring 2 and animated juggernaut Finding Dory. However the film is still playing amazingly overseas – in China especially – and it made another $41 million worldwide over the weekend. This brings its total to $377 million, finally knocking Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time from the number one position its held for so long.

The Angry Birds Movie is now the third biggest video game movie of all-time, sitting $10 million »

- Luke Owen

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Move Over, Charlie Hunnam: Meet Hollywood's Sexiest New British Import Ben Robson

17 June 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Say hello to Hollywood's newest heartthrob, Ben Robson. The Newcastle upon Tyne, England native, 32, made a name for himself as one of the stars of History's Vikings, and his latest role has him going from the rugged life of a sea-rover to that of a sandy SoCal bad boy in Animal Kingdom. Robson, who plays a troublemaking lothario in a twisted crime family in the new TNT drama, is quickly earning his spot as one of Hollywood's sexiest new breakout stars. Here are five things to know about the actor. He didn't know he wanted to be an actor until after he finished school. »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Move Over, Charlie Hunnam: Meet Hollywood's Sexiest New British Import Ben Robson

17 June 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Say hello to Hollywood's newest heartthrob, Ben Robson. The Newcastle upon Tyne, England native, 32, made a name for himself as one of the stars of History's Vikings, and his latest role has him going from the rugged life of a sea-rover to that of a sandy SoCal bad boy in Animal Kingdom. Robson, who plays a troublemaking lothario in a twisted crime family in the new TNT drama, is quickly earning his spot as one of Hollywood's sexiest new breakout stars. Here are five things to know about the actor. He didn't know he wanted to be an actor until after he finished school. »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Director Duncan Jones discusses what makes Ben Foster's magic work in 'Warcraft'

13 June 2016 2:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Duncan Jones is having a very strange year. There can’t be any easy way to lose your father, but when your father is an icon known the world over and his death is a cultural moment that creates worldwide shock waves, I can only imagine the way it magnifies your pain. Add to that a global press tour in which you have to sell the movie that you’ve just spent three years making, during which you’re going to be asked thousands of wildly insensitive if well-meaning questions about your father, and I can’t imagine the strength it took Duncan to make it through without collapsing. I’ve known him casually for several years now, but I made sure that when I sat down with him to discuss Warcraft, his new film based on the massively-popular Blizzard game, I kept the conversation firmly on the film and nothing else. “Do your kids play World of Warcraft?” Duncan asked as I settled into my chair. Universal transformed one full soundstage into a sort of catch-all set from the film, full of props and costuming. It’s always impressive to see just how much of this stuff they have to create for a movie. I am unfamiliar with the property, though, so I was interested in the conversation, not the set dressing. “No. I think it's a little advanced for them still. My oldest is 10, and he's starting to ask about games like this, like strategy games. He still prefers pure action. The little one’s got the mind for it, though.” He laughed, and I finished setting up my recorder. “Okay. First of all, having just seen it last night, I'm still not sure what I saw. There's so much work that Ilm does that is really next level for them and for digital performance in general. Walk me through an average day on Warcraft for you.” He considered the question for a moment. “Well, you know, we made a decision early on that with the anatomy of our Orc characters, we felt like the best way to pull that off was to do it with motion capture. One of our concept artists is this amazing guy called Wei Wang who was actually a fan of Warcraft. He had done such amazing artwork and he submitted it to Blizzard, and they hired him to come onboard for them. He was the one who realized the sort of true dimensions of an Orc and how to realize them in a sort of live action environment. They're almost like a Humunculous. They have a head the same size as a human being, but then their shoulders get bigger, their arms get bigger than that, and they have massive hands. We were never really going to be able to pull that off with prosthetics or costumes or anything like that, so we went the motion capture route. Knowing that we were going to do that, we wanted to surround them with as much live-action real stuff as possible. So Gavin Bouquet, our production designer, basically made just a vast number of huge beautiful live action sets where we would shoot all of our content with our Orcs and our humans. So when you say it looks spectacular, a lot of it comes down to Ilm, and also a lot of credit goes to the very practical, physical stuff that was made by Gavin Bouquet and his team, Mayes Rubeo who did the costuming and the wardrobe, and Weta, who gave us our weapons and built our armor.” I’ve had a growing problem with video game movies, and it boils down to the difference in the way we digest the two things: movies are, for all the involvement you feel with them, passive experiences. You watch them. You may feel personally invested, but you cannot control the outcome of the film. With video games, you are constantly in control, and depending on the scope of the game, you may have the ability to have a completely unique experience than anyone else who ever plays that same game. Those two things do not seem easily reconciled to me, and I asked how important it was to make the Orcs feel like they fit into the same world as the humans as a way of pulling the audience in and making them invest as deeply as you would hope people invest in a game. “My thinking was that it's going to be easier to get the audience to care and get engaged with the human characters. I want them to care about these Orc characters up front and not see it as a gimmick but really understand and root for these guys as much as they do for the humans.” I mentioned the film’s opening shot, a close-up of Durotan (Toby Kebbell’s Orc character), and the insane amount of detail that went into making it look alive. Duncan said, “Hanging on that shot as long as we did was really a start of that job of getting the audience to empathize with a father, a husband, his baby that's on the way, and his people who are really in this critical situation where they need to find a new home.” I asked him if it was important to hire a lead actor who had some experience with this sort of motion-capture performance work. Toby Kebbell did such a great job playing Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that I’m not surprised to see him getting more of this kind of work. Andy Serkis seems positively evangelical about getting other people involved in this type of performance work, and Terry Notary has made a new career for himself training other people to do this work. “It was really important that if we were going to be hiring actors who had never done it before, we really had some sort of a trunk to help support the tree. Toby and Terry [Notary, who plays Peon, one of the Orcs] were really the guys who had the experience and were able to encourage the others. Toby in particular has this amazing acting ability beyond the motion capture. I don't know if you ever saw the Black Mirror episode that he did. He's a fantastic actor.” I agreed. “He seems to be good at figuring out places for the subtle stuff that punctuates performance, the things that read through what he does.” “That’s kind of a newer thing,” Duncan pointed out, “because the development of the facial capture in particular is a next step in the technology. Things have progressed thanks to what Jeff White [visual effects supervisor] at Ilm had developed for our movie. They’ve gotten so much better at getting the new assets and allowing Toby to just be as subtle as he wanted to and have the confidence that all of that would be picked up without animators having to physically manhandle his model to do it.” Yes, this conversation’s going to get nerdy, but how do you avoid that in talking about the technical breakthroughs made to bring a film about Orc armies to life? I’ve been in love with this stuff my whole life, and I still remember the first magazines I bought to read about how they made Star Wars in 1977. I am constantly thrilled to see how these amazing artists push the tech forward, and how the tech serves to help them make their art. It’s a great back and forth, and I love watching it and reporting on it. “You also had Hal Hickel on as your animation supervisor,” I said. “I love him because he’s also a director, and it seems like he approaches this work as a filmmaker.” “I absolutely love Hal,” Duncan said, lighting up at the mention of each of these collaborators. “I love Jeff and Hal and Jason [Smith, visual effects supervisor] and all of that team. We had a lot of fun working out how… you know going in that there were moments in the film where the physical movements that you want from an actor are never really gonna do justice to what an Orc is capable of. Or what an Orc on Orc mano a mano fight might be like, so Hal absolutely added a whole level of hyperreality to those movements. He’s amazing because he was also able to deliver on the subtleties as well, where maybe something wasn't quite what we needed it to be, but we knew what we wanted, and he managed to get us there.” One of the film’s boldest choices is how it starts on a close-up of Durotan, and then we spend 10 minutes with only CGI characters, finally introducing some of the live-action cast after that, and even then, never really offering the audience a movie star or something overly familiar to latch onto. It’s a pretty ballsy way to kick things off. "That’s a scary choice for a studio,” I said. “Was Blizzard considered the movie star here? Was that the star above the title that allowed you to cast the people that you wanted, regardless of their box-office power?” He nodded as he replied. “It certainly gave us confidence and maybe a little bit of a safety net that allowed us to go after the people we thought were the right actors for the parts. I was a fan of Travis Fimmel from Vikings. I was definitely a fan of Paula Patton, and I felt like if we were gonna do the character of Garona in live-action, there was a very, very short list of people who I felt comfortable could make it work. I'd seen Paula Patton in Mission Impossible, and I thought that quality in that role, that's the right person for this role.” I laughed, because I feel exactly the same way about Patton. “When she kicks her shoes off to go chase the other spy, you know right away that other spy is going to get her ass beat.” Duncan started laughing as well. “That’s what makes her great in something like this, that confident physicality. That’s a big choice because her character is the only Orc created as a live-action character.” “Beyond that,” he continued, “I would say in Mission: Impossible, she did a certain thing ... In this role, what she was being asked to do on an acting level was much wider. I think she really delivered, and I truly believe this is the best Paula Patton has ever been in a movie.” I love that a director is that big a cheerleader for one of his actors. “You gave her those teeth. Those things are an obstacle. Right away, they change her face and her jaw dramatically.”   “We did. Although we didn’t paint her green, which is one of the things you might be surprised by.” “Wait… really? Did you rotoscope her?” “We had to roto her for every shot in the movie, and we just color shifted her entirely. The reason we did that is because we had seen what Guardians of the Galaxy had done with their green lady character, and we felt like it looked like someone had just been painted green. Our feeling was, you know, skin doesn't look like that. Skin has different colors all over it. The way to do that is to keep the skin as it is and shift it.” “So, just piecing all of this together and making sure that you had everything that you needed as a filmmaker, was there ever a moment where it just felt like this crazy math problem that you're constantly writing?” He laughed again. “Yeah, 5D chess. Absolutely. Between the technical challenges and the scale of it and working with such a large cast who were all separated into separate camps between the Orcs and the humans, it was a constant game of 5D chess, all trying to make sure that no matter what technical challenges will be thrown at me or what improvisations I worked on with the actors, we always remained focused on ‘Okay, what is the story we're trying to tell? Who are the heroes? Who are the leads? How are we trying to drive the story forward ad bring these characters all together at the right moments?’” One of the film’s big choices is to tell a story that is definitely not over as the closing credits roll, an introduction to the characters and the stakes as things move into place. “In the last few minutes of the film, you snap everybody into a very different role than they've had before,” I pointed out. “So the next time out its gonna be radically different, they're gonna have radically different relationships, and you've definitely left us with a lot of questions at the end of this one. Was there ever a push to make it more closed?” “No,” said Duncan, “there was never a push to do that. I think the challenge was to make sure that even though we leave that opportunity to move on to a fuller trilogy of a story, that this felt like there was a story that had been told in this film. That's a challenge for any film. Normally, the biggest challenge is for the middle films. What we tried to do was set up how the Orcs find themselves in a place. They can't stay in their world anymore, so they've invaded this world. Durotan has led his people to a new world and is trying to find a home for his Orcs. At the end of this movie, they don't have their home yet, but we know that they're looking for it. And I think if we ever get the chance to make more of them, I would hope by the end of the trilogy, the Orcs would have their new home.” “So you seem to have cast Ben Foster with every intention of asking him to go full Ben Foster in the role…” “That's why you cast Ben Foster,” he said, laughing again. “If you cast the right actors for the right roles and they're into it and they're willing to go for it, you get magic.” Seeing my reaction to the pun, Duncan burst into long, loud laughter. “Wow, I didn't even attempt that.” It was impossible not to collapse into laughter as well, seeing how entertained he was. “Thank you for coming with me on that pun.” I mentioned how Foster reminds me of the work that Mark Hamill did in the Star Wars films. He always seemed to believe in the world and the details of the world with such ferocity that it made it real for me as a viewer. He felt comfortable, like he really lived in the world and didn’t just pick up these props for the first time in his life. “That’s the real trick in these films,” I said. “It’s beyond a trick,” Duncan replied. “Ben Foster was challenging me constantly when we were in pre-production to explain to him how magic worked. What is the vocabulary that he's speaking? What do these words mean? What are the movements that he should be doing in order to cast spells? He was grilling me, and we basically worked out how to cast the spells that he casts throughout the movie and how they relate to each other. When Ben Foster was casting magic and Ben Schnetzer was watching him in this kind of apprentice relationship, Ben Foster knew his stuff. He could actually teach Ben Schnetzer how to do things, and it wasn't just, ‘I’m gonna wave my arms and special effects will put something there.’” “This speaks to the faithfulness to the game that you’ve maintained,” I said, “and I’ll be honest… that’s not something I can speak to. I come to this fresh. I talked to one gamer afterwards who was really surprised by how much it felt like Warcraft. She felt like, ‘Yep, that's the world. It’s not the exact moment I play, but it’s the world, and it’s right.’ How did you strike the balance? Because I love that you don't have any sort of opening crawl. You don't bury us under exposition in the beginning. It’s only seeded as we go and you sort of feed it to us little bits at a time.” “If you're a little bit lost for the first 10 or 15 minutes, I’m okay with that. As long as by the end of the movie, you feel like you understood what's just happened.” “Do you have a favorite creature or creation for the film, something that when you saw it fully-executed felt like you nailed it?” “Durotan and his wife Draka. In particular, Draka, and it’s more than just the creature onscreen. We found this amazing performer and actress by the name of Anna Galvin who plays Draka. She's an Australian, she lives up in Vancouver, and she had really not done that much. She had done one or two bits in motion-capture for a computer game before, but she hadn't really done it for a full project. She was all-in to play this character Draka. A lot of us who saw her performance were like, ‘Wow, you went for it in a way where we all feel like we need to raise our game.’ She was phenomenal. And that led to a final character that was even wilder because of her.” I mentioned that there’s a moment near the end where Anduin’s big griffin goes to town on some Orcs that just made me belly-laugh. “Yeah,” he agreed, laughing as well, “there’s some good stuff in there.” I told him about my own experience as a motion-capture performer when we made a pilot for Comedy Central for a possible Ain’t It Cool News TV show. I was supposed to play Moriarty each week as an animated character to look just like the Cartuna drawings that were part of the site’s identity, and I’d interact in real time with Harry, who was shot on a live-action stage next-door to where my performance was being captured. It was a crazy complicated way of trying to share movie news and rumors, but fun to try to pull off. The guys who were in charge of the performance capture were the same team who had just finished the Agent Smith fight in The Matrix Reloaded, and they had a ton of stories about how they were pushing things forward, about what the cutting edge really was at that particular moment. Part of the thing that drove them crazy on our show was trying to map the seven-foot spindly thin body of Moriarty onto the six-foot pear-shaped fanboy physique of me. I asked Duncan how they approached trying to map a human physiology to that of a giant oddly-proportioned Orc and how far things have evolved in the 14 years between my pilot and this film. “The only thing that we added was at the actors' request if they wanted to wear tusks. It just gave them a slightly different way of talking when they're performing. Some of the actors wanted to do it, some of them chose not to, but that was really it. What we did have on set that was very useful was live playback of a very simplified version of the asset. That becomes really important for framing. Orcs range from seven and a half to nine feet tall and they are three to four feet wide. They're just incredibly wide and obviously that affects how you frame things. In order for us to be able to frame a shot, we needed to be able to get a sense of just how much space they’d occupy. I mean, Rob Kazinsky is a pretty big guy, but he ain't that big. We needed to know how much space he would be taking.” I told him that I’m fond of Kazinsky because, like Vin Diesel, he’s a total giddy nerd on the inside who just happens to look like a comic book superhero on the outside. I know Kazinsky’s a gamer, and I asked Duncan if there was a learning curve where Rob was able to slip into the skin of the Orc more and more as he worked with it and got to live out his fanboy fantasies. “Well, like you said, he was in there right from the start. He walked in knowing who Orgrim was, what the lore was, where that character was going to end up. I think he wanted to do justice to a character that he really knew well in the same way any Marvel fan, if they had the chance to be in a Marvel film, would. He was right there from the start, but I think the confidence of doing the motion-capture work came about thanks to working with Terry in what we called Orc camp with Toby, where they just spent time coming up with and learning a vocabulary of movement for the Orcs. How to move like an Orc, how not to turn your head like this but actually turn from the shoulders to make sense of these giant neck muscles that they have. There's all sorts of things that you don't naturally think of until you realize that the anatomy of your character is way different from your own and you're gonna have to move to make that work.” “Does making a film this big change the way you approach the next film you make? Is there anything you take with you from this into Mute?" “I’ve wanted to make Mute for such a long time, and I'm fortunate because it looks like now I'm gonna have the opportunity to do it with Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard and a number of other people who haven't been announced yet. It’s gonna be a palate cleanser. It’s on a much much lower budget, and it’s back to science fiction, but a very different kind of science fiction. It’s gonna be great to take that break from this kind of filmmaking to go back to that one, and hopefully if this goes down well, I'll get the chance to come back and do another one of these. I hope you enjoyed it.” How about it? Now that Warcraft is open around the world, I’m curious to see how you guys are reacting to it. Even after writing and posting my review, I certainly haven’t stopped thinking about it, and the boys have been asking, so I’ll most likely end up taking them to see it. Are you guys open to another one? Did you find yourself drawn into this world or distanced from it? And if you’re a super-fan of the games, do you think this is something that was intended for you instead of a broader audience? Warcraft is in theaters now. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Warcraft Movie Review – Duncan Jones Leads Video Game Films Into Their Own

13 June 2016 11:33 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Video game films have a lot of hurdles to overcome in the best situations, but when we’re “adapting” something that doesn’t exactly have a story to adapt (novels aside), pulling something together that can even manage to simply entertain is nearly impossible.

Luckily, the film took a chance on Duncan Jones, whose credits don’t exactly scream “fantasy, tentpole spectacle,” though they do give one a reasonable expectation to deliver “sci-fi storytelling.”

Odd as it may sound for a film that perhaps ultimately lives or dies on its fight scenes and action, Jones’ commitment to characters gives Warcraft its ability to keep things moving. Though this isn’t a film that has the potential to live up to the character-driven approach of Moon, or Source Code (Jones’ only other efforts), it clearly places more value on sticking with motivations and delivering honest characters than most things anywhere near the genre. »

- Marc Eastman

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'Warcraft' Stars Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell, Rob Krasinsky Reveal The On Set Prankster and Who Would've Resorted to Killing Puppies To Be In Movie

9 June 2016 11:50 AM, PDT | CineMovie | See recent CineMovie news »


It seems it wasn't all work and no play on the set of Warcraft, the Duncan Jones adaptation of the popular Blizzard video game. Travis Fimmel ("Vikings"), Toby Kebbell (Planet Of The Apes movies) and Rob Krasinsky ("True Blood") spoke about their experience working on the movie, and Krasinsky's obession over the video game. One of the stars of Warcraft  jokes he would've "killed many puppies" to get cast in the video game adaptation while another star reveals who was the prankster on set whose high jinks got Dominic Cooper all riled up. Listen to the interview below to find out which actors are the culprits.

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Warcraft earns the second biggest opening in China ever with $46 million; passes $100 million worldwide

8 June 2016 8:31 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the weekend’s box office, we reported that Duncan JonesWarcraft (or Warcraft: The Beginning) had worked its way up to $70 million worldwide. Although some are theorising a pretty poor run domestically, it has performed exceptionally well in China.

After a whopping $7.6 million from midnight screenings, Warcraft brought home $46 million from its China opening according to first estimates. This is the second biggest opening for an American movie behind last year’s Furious 7, and it has vastly outperformed Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. It could end up with $170-$200 million in China alone.

If the movie can keep up this pace oversees, the $160 million video game movie might see some sequels after all.

Warcraft opens this weekend in North America, and experts say it could earn upwards of $25 million with a projected total of $75 million. »

- Luke Owen

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Toby Kebbell Says There’s a ‘Much Darker' Cut of 'Fantastic Four' We’ll Never See

8 June 2016 5:22 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

TheDailyBeast.com recently interviewed actor Toby Kebbell for the fantasy-adventure film, "Warcraft", starring Travis Fimmel ("Vikings") and Paula Patton ("Precious"). During the interview, Kebbell talked about his previous films such as 20th Century Fox's  "Fantastic Four" starring Miles Teller ("Whiplash"), Michael B. Jordan ("Creed"), Kate Mara ("The Martian"), and Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot").

Kebbell talked about director Josh Trank's darker, grittier cut of the film saying:

"I tell you, the honest truth is [Trank] did cut a great film that you’ll never see. That is a shame. A much darker version, and you’ll never see it."

The actor revealed that he didn't take part in the aforementioned reshoots for the film saying at one point someone else portrayed Doctor Doom near the end of the film saying:

"I played Doom in three points: Walking down a corridor, killing the doctor and getting into the time machine, and lying on the bench. »

- J.B. Casas

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Warcraft movie earns $70 million at the box office ahead of its domestic release

6 June 2016 2:07 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having opened in several territories last week to $31 million, Duncan Jones Warcraft (or Warcraft: The Beginning) [read our review here] has doubled its box office in its second week of release.

The movie was released in several more international territories including Spain, Italy and a full release in the UK and brought its box office total to an estimated $70 million. With a budget of $160 million, this is still not a brilliant number.

Warcraft: The Beginning get its full domestic release next week which will be the tell-tale sign of the movie’s box office success. Reviews have not been kind and that will have some impact on the film’s performance. It’s going up against James Wan’s horror sequel The Conjuring 2 and Now You See Me 2, so it will be interesting to see if Warcraft can break out of the pack and prove Sequelitis.

Fellow video game adaptation The Angry Birds Movie »

- Luke Owen

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Duncan Jones reveals that 40 minutes were cut from his Warcraft movie

2 June 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

One of the big sticking points from a lot of the critical drubbing of Duncan Jones’ movie adaptation Warcraft [read our review here] is the film’s break-neck pace. Well it turns out – as Luke and Oli theorised on the Flickering Myth Podcast last week – that around 40 minutes were cut from the movie.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Jones reveals that his original cut of Warcraft (or Warcraft: The Beginning as its known elsewhere) was 2 hours 40 minutes, and this was trimmed down to 2 hours. One of the scenes to get cut? An Easter egg that would have tied Warcraft to his previous two movies Moon and Source Code.

“If you know Moon or Source Code, there’s this very sweet, very talented guy named Chesney Hawkes who wrote this really, really big hit in Britain called ‘I Am The One And Only,'” he jokes. “I used it as an alarm clock in Moon, »

- Luke Owen

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

1 June 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After seven nominations for playing Don Draper, the eighth time was the charm for Jon Hamm, who finally took home the prize last year for “Mad Men” in its final season. With Hamm now out of the race, the path is cleared for an actor who has never won for his current role. Some of the category’s frontrunners have won previously, some for lead actor, some in other categories, including Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”), who won for “Friday Night Lights”; Bobby Cannavale (“Vinyl”), a “Boardwalk Empire” winner; Aaron Paul (“The Path”), who won for “Breaking Bad”; and “Billions” pair Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, who took home prizes for “Homeland” and “John Adams,” respectively. Actors who have received previous noms for their current characters without a win include Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”). The likely newcomer »

- Variety Staff

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Warcraft movie opens to $31 million worldwide

31 May 2016 12:37 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having opened in twenty territories over the weekend, Duncan Jones’ long-developed video game movie Warcraft: The Beginning (or just Warcraft in North America) has earned around $31 million.

The film debuted in territories such as Russia (where it earned the most), Germany, Sweden and limited screenings here in the UK. The film opens fully this coming weekend along with Italy, Netherlands and Spain and opens in North American on June 10th.

With a reported budget of $160 million, Warcraft will need to earn around $400 million if it is to be seen as profitable for Universal. Video game movies have a previous track record of performing quite poorly domestically but fairly well overseas so the studio might be banking on that success by opening it there first.

Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil series topped out at $240 million worldwide, while Disney’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time still holds the top spot with $336 million. »

- Luke Owen

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Interview: Warcraft stars Travis Fimmel and Paula Patton

28 May 2016 3:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The eagerly-anticipated release of Warcraft is finally upon us, with the first film based on the hugely successful video-game series opening in the UK this coming week [read our review here].

Directed by Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon), Warcraft tells the beginning of the war of Azeroth, a peaceful realm that stands on the brink of war with orc warrior invaders. Flickering Myth’s Scott J. Davis sat down with the film’s leads, Travis Fimmel (Vikings) and Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), at a roundtable interview to discuss the making such a huge film with millions of loyal fans.

The film is one of the biggest and most expansive of the year but while the CGI and effects are massive, it required both stars to get involved with fight scenes and spent a long time preparing for the film. And while Fimmel has some experience of similar expectations after starring in TV show Vikings, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Interview: Paula Patton and Travis Fimmel talk ‘Warcraft’

27 May 2016 8:26 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Heading to cinemas this weekend in Duncan Jones’ highly anticipated adaptation of the hugely popular game World Of Warcraft. Warcraft: The Beginning is led by Travis Fimmel, fresh from his success on the TV epic Vikings, and Paula Patton, who has starred in the likes of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and Bille Woodruff’s The Perfect Match. The pair were over in London earlier on this week to talk about the film, and we caught up with them ahead of next week’s big release.

Paula Patton as Garona in Warcraft: The Beginning

We are going to star off by asking about the training side of things. Was there a lot of physical training involved for both of you?

Paula Patton: Yes, there was quite a bit. I mean, for me they wanted me to look like I could potentially be half-orc, so aesthetically that began with a bit of training. »

- Paul Heath

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Gotham Season 2 Coming to Blu-ray August 16

25 May 2016 3:10 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, CA (May 24, 2016) – Building on the momentum of its wildly successful first season, Gotham turned up the heat with a villain-centric second season that has elevated the series to No. 2 among Fox shows*. Fans have the chance to prepare for this fall’s suspenseful third season with the August 16, 2016 release of Gotham: The Complete Second Season on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe).

*Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 Men 12-17 Us AA%; excluding repeats, specials, sports, and <2 TCs; Season To-Date = 9/21/15-2/7/16

The Wbhe release of the Gotham: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray including Digital HD ($54.97 Srp) and DVD ($49.99 Srp) includes all 22 episodes of the series’ thrilling second, as well as fascinating featurettes, Gotham’s 2015 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes and a gag reel.  Gotham: The Complete Second Season is also available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers. »

- ComicMix Staff

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Take a tour of the War Room with new Warcraft featurette

25 May 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just two days to go before its UK release, a featurette has arrived online for director Duncan Jones’ upcoming video game adaptation Warcraft which sees actor Robert Kazinsky give a tour of the War Room; take a look below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Warcraft character promos for Durotan, Garona and Lothar

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

See Also: Warcraft gets two »

- Amie Cranswick

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