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'Fury' starring Brad Pitt wins the box office weekend race
Brad Pitt, right, and director David Ayer pose for photographers during the photocall of "Fury" in Paris (image courtesy AP)
Brad Pitt and a squadron of up-and-coming actors held off "Gone Girl" at the multiplexes this weekend as "Fury" topped box office charts with a $23.5 million debut reports Variety.
Despite surrendering first place after two weeks wearing the crown, "Gone Girl" had impressive stamina. David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling mystery dropped just 32 percent to $17.8 million. Its total now stands at $107.1 million.
In third place, 20th Century Fox and Reel FX's Day of the Dead themed animated fantasy, "The Book of Life" took in $17 million across 3,071 theaters. The weekend's other wide release, Relativity's "The Best of Me," racked up $10.2 million from 2,936 theaters, good enough for fifth place, but below such previous Nicholas Sparks' pictures as "The Notebook" ($13.5 million debut) and "Dear John" ($30.5 million).
The animated picture cost $50 million to produce, while romantic drama carries a $26 million price tag. Relativity says that foreign and ancillary pre-sales and tax credits limit its exposure on the film to $5 million.
"Fury" relied on Pitt's star power and strong critical notices to attract crowds to a story that deals with dark subject matter. The bloody action film is set in the waning days of World War II and follows a gruff Sherman tank commander (Pitt), an idealistic newbie (Logan Lerman) and his crew (Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Shia LaBeouf) on an impossible mission. Sony Pictures released the $68 million production which was backed by QED and LStar Capital, It was written and directed by David Ayer ("End of Watch").
'The Terminator' 30th anniversary: How a throwaway film became a sci-fi classic
Arnold Schwarzenegger in a scene from 1984's 'Terminator' (image courtesy Orion Pictures)
By Bruce Kirkland
In 2008, the U.S. Library of Congress designated The Terminator as worthy of preservation in the National Film Registry. Only those films held to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" are deemed worthy. Both for itself and for its potent legacy, James Cameron's sci-fi thriller scores on all three criteria.
God, if I had only known that in advance in 1984. Stressed and overworked at The Toronto Sun, collaborating then with the founding entertainment editor, George Anthony, the two of us decided in our infinite "wisdom" to dismiss The Terminator and not even bother to see and review it when it opened on Oct. 26 that year. Big mistake!
Few people then had ever heard of Cameron, the Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based writer-director who created The Terminator franchise and made his official feature film directorial debut on the first one. Prior to The Terminator, Cameron had apprenticed in filmmaking by making miniature models and doing special effects, art direction and production design on B-movies. He finally got to direct on Piranha II: The Spawning in 1981, but only after the original director bailed out in a "creative differences" conflict. Not an auspicious beginning.
Most people, of course, had heard of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays the humanoid cyborg who time travels on a murder mission from 2029 to 1984 in the first movie. But few people really cared much for the Austrian bodybuilder. His Hollywood claim to fame was invested in his brawn, his awkward accent and two Conan the Barbarian movies. In short, The Terminator looked like a throwaway genre flick best left to video viewing at home.
Then it suddenly became a sensation in Canada and the U.S., leading the domestic box office race for two weeks running. Audiences knew something that most film critics did not and the cheapo (but great-looking) movie eventually grossed $78 million worldwide, a bloody fortune in that era. Especially given its modest $6.4 million production budget. And, yes, The Sun eventually reviewed The Terminator more than a week after it opened, sheepishly perhaps and with too much restraint even then.
Actor Warwick Davis is all smiles since he is now going to be in Star Wars Episode VII (image courtesy Getty)
Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in 1983's Return of the Jedi, will have a role in the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
Davis, who also played the dual roles of Weazel and Wald in 1999 prequel The Phantom Menace, broke the news via video on YouTube.
It is unknown whether Davis will return as Wicket. The actor reprised the role in two TV spin-offs in 1984 and 1985.
Star Wars: Episode VII is released in December 2015.
Last year, Davis said - if asked to take part in the new franchise - he would like to play "someone from the Dark Side... [and] perhaps wield a lightsaber".
"I usually have to drop loads of hints. It's what I had to do for 'Episode One'," he joked in March 2013. "I used to have to send lots of faxes to George Lucas just to remind him that I was still around."
Neil Patrick Harris announces he'll host the Academy Awards in 2015
Neil Patrick Harris to host the Oscars in 2015 (image courtesy Reuters)
by Associated Press
Neil Patrick Harris is going for an awards-show trifecta, set to host the 2015 Oscars after four hosting stints at Broadway's Tony Awards and two at TV's Primetime Emmy Awards.
"To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true," Harris said in a statement Wednesday released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The 41-year-old entertainer announced his Oscar gig online Wednesday. He posted a video on Twitter of him on the phone saying, "I'm in," then showing a close-up of his bucket list and circling "Host the Oscars."
Academy Awards co-producer Neil Meron confirmed the casting on Twitter. He and co-producer Craig Zadan said they've known Harris "his entire adult life."
"We have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage," the producing pair said in the academy statement. "To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage."
'Aquaman,' 'Wonder Woman,' 'The Flash' & More DC Movies Announced
Jason Momoa arrives to a screening of 'Road to Paloma' in April (image courtesy Getty)
The big screen superhero world just got a lot more crowded!
On Wednesday, Warner Bros. announced plans to expand its DC Entertainment-branded content with a whopping 10 movies planned through 2020.
After months of rumors that "Game of Thrones" alum Jason Momoa would carry a trident and possibly communicate with sea creatures, the studio confirmed he will be playing Aquaman.
"The Flash" only just debuted last week on the small screen, with Grant Gustin playing the title character on The CW, but in 2018 "Perks of Being a Wallflower" star Ezra Miller will suit up as the world's fastest man.
No word if these actors will make cameos in the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," but it's a possibility.
Warner Bros. is also rebooting "Green Lantern" in 2020, and we're guessing the film will not include Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, who starred in a version of the superhero movie in 2011.
Click the Continue Reading at link to go to the story at Access Hollywood to see the list of upcoming DC movies.
Brotherhood brings Pitt and cast together in war film 'Fury'
By Piya Sinha-Roy
When writer-director David Ayer decided to tackle the "beaten-to-death" World War Two movie genre with "Fury," he decided to make it an intimate affair for his cast led by Brad Pitt.
"When I told people I was going to make a World War Two movie, the eyes rolled, you hear the groan," Ayer recalled. "It's really the study of a family that happens to live in a tank and kill people."
"Fury," out in U.S. theaters on Friday, follows five men led by hardened war veteran Wardaddy (Pitt), overcome with fatigue and trucking along in Nazi Germany during the final months of World War Two.
"My (motive) is bringing a cast together and turning them into a family, turning them into brothers," Ayer said. "I haven't really seen that level of intense character study in a World War Two movie, and I felt like it was time for that."
Made for an estimated $80 million by Sony Corp's Sony Pictures Entertainment, "Fury" is an intimate story amid war-torn battlefields. It is projected to open with $25 million at the U.S. box office, according to BoxOffice.com.
"Gone Girl," with its critical acclaim and big-name stars, continues to perform well at the box office. (image courtesy 20th Century Fox)
By David Daniel
If this weekend's box office battle was a big-screen boxing match, it would have been the original "Rocky": grinning, glamorous Apollo Creed against little-known and less-regarded Rocky Balboa. No one expected that one to go the full 15 rounds, either.
In this weekend's showdown, it was the established "Gone Girl" against newcomer fantasy action flick "Dracula Untold."
"Gone Girl" held the title belt, but not by much: the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-seller earned roughly $26.8 million compared with "Dracula Untold's" $23.5 million.
But "Gone Girl" seemed to have everything going for it, including big-name stars (led by Oscar winner Ben Affleck), critical acclaim and tremendous word of mouth. Estimated second-weekend ticket sales fell just 29%, compared with the 40% to 50% decline most box office champs suffer in their second week out.
Unlike the champ, "Untold" seemed to have everything going against it. With the lead role held by Luke Evans, best known as the bad guy in last year's "Fast & Furious 6," there was a lack of major stars. Then there was the consideration of competition: Horror movie "Annabelle" had opened the previous weekend, and unlike last year, most fright flicks are underperforming in 2014.
And the reviews? Most critics put a stake through its heart, leaving "Dracula Untold" at a putrid 26% on RottenTomatoes.com.
'Halloween: The Complete Collection' brings back Michael Myers in all his gory glory
By Bruce Kirkland
Warning us that this would be "The Night HE Came Home!," the poster for the original Halloween movie depicted a hand tightly clenching a dagger tipped with a starburst reflection of light. Looking like the bloodied fangs of a sabre-toothed tiger, the dagger was echoed four more times behind the primary image, creating one of the most terrifying images ever for a popular movie.
That dynamic poster lured the curious to theatres exactly 36 years ago this month, starting in Kansas City, Mo. As it rolled out across the U.S. and Canada in the days before and after All Hallows Eve that year, Halloween became a sensation - and enormously profitable.
It is still sensational and remains a money generator almost four decades later. Many factors are in play. John Carpenter’s slasher film defined his career. It propelled Jamie Lee Curtis to stardom, especially as a cult sex symbol. It left audiences breathless as psycho serial killer Michael Myers wreaked his revenge on his hometown of Haddonfield, Ill.
Beyond all that, the low-budget but well-made movie also revolutionized horror cinema forever. The modern era of the slasher film began then, despite the enormous restraint Carpenter had exercised in powerfully suggesting but never actually showing the gore. That restraint soon disappeared and is largely absent from the seven Halloween sequels. By the time Rob Zombie did his 2007 remake and his own 2009 sequel, extreme violence had become de rigueur in horror (although Zombie is the most extreme of the extremists).
But the legacy of Halloween is unassailable in terms of scale and influence, just as it owes something itself to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror classic, Psycho. Credit goes to director, co-writer and music composer Carpenter, his then writer-producer girlfriend Debra Hill, the cast led by the superb English character actor Donald Pleasence, and the two core co-producers who dreamed up the idea for a Halloween horror, Irwin Yablans and Moustapha Akkad.
Now, recognizing its potency, the current rights holders of all ten Halloween movies - the 1978 original, its sequels and Zombie's mini-franchise - got together to package everything up for the hardcore fans. Anchor Bay, a horror specialist in the home entertainment field, has just released two versions of Halloween: The Complete Collection. Besides Anchor Bay, Shout! Factory was crucial in getting the two collections ready. The third company involved is Trancas International Films.
Move Over Ben Affleck! A LEGO Batman Movie Is In The Works For 2017
By Adam Miller
The LEGO Movie has without a doubt been one of the most surprising smashes of the year and now we've learned that the film’s best character, well at least our favourite character, Batman will be getting his very own spin-off. If that wasn't exciting enough, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the LEGO Batman movie is also being fast-tracked for release in 2017 which means we'll have two, that's TWO, new LEGO movies in the same year. That is literally all of our Christmases come at once.
The 2014 animation took a staggering $468 million at the global box office this year and for the first time ever, led to an actual shortage of LEGO in the shops. And with another Batman picture currently being filmed with a 2016 release, hype surrounding the caped crusader will be rife. Combine that with a LEGO twist and what have you got? One heck of a lot of money at the box office!
We were gutted to hear that Chris Mackey's LEGO Movie 2 had been pushed back to 2017, but we guess looking forward to another toytastic pic more than makes up for the wait. The Dark Knight will be voiced by Will Arnett once again while Seth Grahame-Smith, who is currently penning the upcoming Beetlejuice sequel, will pen the whole thing. We have high hopes!
Hugh Grant pulls out of the third Bridget Jones’s Diary film
Actor Hugh Grant played Daniel Cleaver in the first two films of the series (image courtesy Reuters)
By Tim Walker
Two years after Hugh Grant told Mandrake that filming of the second sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary was on hold until the writers had made the script more to his liking, I can disclose that the capricious actor has quit the project for good.
"I decided not to do it," says Grant, who played the love rat Daniel Cleaver in the first two films, in an interview today with Free Radio in the Midlands. "But I think they're going to go ahead and do it without Daniel. The book's excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different – well, the script as I last saw it a few years ago."
It is likely that the 54-year-old actor will be conspicuous by his absence in the long-mooted film which is being written with the active involvement of Helen Fielding – who created the character Bridget – and offers what is described as an alternative version of events to what she tells in her third book in the series, Mad About The Boy.
While Mark Darcey – played by Colin Firth – is killed off in Fielding's latest book, it is understood that he will be spared in the forthcoming film, which will take up Bridget's story after she has turned 40 and is yearning for a baby. Renée Zellweger – who played Bridget in the first two films – is believed to be signed up for the project, along with Firth.
Director Paul Feig Confirms GHOSTBUSTERS Sequel Starring 'Hilarious Women'!
Bill Murray (left), Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis from the original Ghostbusters cast (image courtesy Columbia / Rex Features)
'Bridesmaid' director Paul Feig turned to Twitter yesterday to confirm the rumors that a new installment of the GHOSTBUSTERS franchise is in the works and will feature "hilarious women."
Tweeted Feig: "It's official. I'm making a new GHOSTBUSTERS & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call."
While Feig did not reveal who the "hilarious women" in question will be, we're hoping he follows 'Ghostbuster' alum Bill Murray's advice and casts funny ladies Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, both of whom he worked with on "Bridesmaids." (and we all know how well that one did!)
The newest incarnation of the film will reportedly center on the newest generation of GHOSTBUSTERS and will feature cameos from the franchise's original stars . The GHOSTBUSTERS film, originally about unemployed parapsychology professors who become a ghost removal agency, has had three different movies and a cartoon series.