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The Big Screen Bulletin 01.09.12: The Devil Inside Possess the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 01.09.2012

Welcome to the Big Screen Bulletin! My name is Steve Gustafson and this is where we hit the big movie news from the weekend and anything else going on in the world of Hollywood!

Get your celebrity and hot girl fix with the ORIGINAL The Hollywood 5 & 1! Not for the faint of heart! This week: Kelly Brook battles Monica Bellucci and Sarah Shahi in Vs, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel get engaged, more divorce rumors for Will Smith and Jada Pinkett and is Hollywood afraid of Ricky Gervais? Plus Eva Longoria is your "& 1" Model of the Week and more!

Also, for the past few weeks I've been running my Road to AVN over in the Hollywood 5 & 1. I've had interviews with Bree Olson, Vivid founder Steve Hirsch, and some fun videos. Stop by and check them out!

But first, do you enjoy the 5 & 1 format? Of course you do! Check this out. First up is the newest member to the 5 & 1 club...Sean Garmer with his The Games 5 & 1! Following up is Stewart Lange with his The MMA 5 & 1! Next is The Music 5 & 1 by Jeremy Thomas. Bringing up the rear is The Wrestling 5 & 1 by Greg De Marco. Check it out!

I'm going to do things in reverse this week. I was originally going to post my Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies for 2012. Yes, January seems to be the month for lists! But instead I'm going to ask YOU all before I list mine. A reader on Twitter sent over some of his picks:

@CaliDMV: @stevethegoose must see movies of 2012: Safe House, Man on a ledge, Project X, new Friday series, and new Fast and Furious series.

@CaliDMV: @stevethegoose starwars would be a waste. Mib3 is a MUST.


My question to you: What are your Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies for 2012?


This has been a rough week for remakes. First Akira hits a major skid. Now Clive Owen is the latest actor to turn down the lead villain role in director Spike Lee's upcoming Oldboy remake. Christian Bale and Colin Firth have both previously turned down the role. With principal photography being pushed back until late summer/early fall, time remains to find a lead villain. Josh Brolin will star in the film.

What do you think of this project?

Speaking of Akira. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the production offices in Vancouver for the production of Akira live-adaption are being closed. "Everybody is being sent home," said an insider to THR. The below-the-line talent and crew were told to stop working. Apparently, THR stated the reasons its due to casting and budgetary issues. In the next couple of weeks, the producers Jennifer Kiloran Davisson, Andrew Lazar, and director Jaume Collet-Serra will iron out the script again to make the project more feasible for Warner Brothers Pictures. It is not known if Steve Kloves will be brought in again to rewrite the script.
The Akira movie adaptation project had several issues in the past with a high-price budget and casting rumors. In this round, Collet-Serra managed to bring down the budget in the $90 million range (it was nearly $200 million when director Albert Hughes planned to direct this a year ago). However, insiders told THR that Warner Brothers want the budget even smaller between $60 million and $70 million. Only actor Garrett Hedlund has officially signed on to the project. Other actors Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe, and Helena Bonham Carter are in various stages of negotiations at this time. The adapted film version will be an action film in New Manhattan rather than post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo. The storyline revolves around Kaneda saving his best friend from a medical experiment that threatens to unleash destructive powers.

Is this the end of the project? "It's a very resilient movie," said one insider to THR. "Warner Brothers just won't let it die."

Let's get into the REAL news!

Is Bane Cursed?
This story is picking up steam and gaining notice. What will happen when the "general audience" (Who I consider the average person who doesn't check the internet daily for spoilers and movie news) starts to hear rumblings about sound problems.
The Dark Knight Rises footage was just about universally loved, the major complaint was Bane's dialogue being indecipherable from the background noise. Collider at first reported that Warner Brothers has corrected the issue. An unnamed source told Collider new audio tracks were sent out to theatres the other day. Viewers reported no issues with Bane's dialogue once the new audio tracks were utilized.

But wait. Shortly after that report Indiewire posted this update:

"The New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff has tweeted, ‘Warner Bros. says ‘no truth' to reports of new Dark Knight Rises prologue trailers going out with fixed Bane audio.'"

Collider better check their sources for closely!

Currently the "word" from "sources" is director Christopher Nolan has not been shy about saying he sees no need to alter the audio of The Dark Knight Rises beyond some small adjustments. Warner Brothers has been urging him to make more substantial changes, but Nolan is adamant. It's no surprise the Warner Brothers' brass is more than a little concerned. The Dark Knight Rises is arguably the most anticipated tent pole film of the year. It also has the potential to be Warner Brothers' highest grossing film of the year, if not the highest grossing film of any studio.

Tom Hardy himself spoke about the film, "Batman is such an amazing ­franchise that I honestly feel ­overwhelmingly privileged to be a part of it," the actor told The Mirror in a recent interview. "It's such an amazing cast to work alongside, they are all so ­talented. I loved being able to play a baddie and, coming from East Sheen in South-West London, that doesn't come easily to me. I actually had to work on not being very nice. I'm genuinely a nice guy."

The paper go on to say that the actor isn't currently thinking of any "Oscars glory" (Heath Ledger won several posthumous awards for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight) as he has his sights set on far more down to Earth matters. "I'm not even thinking about how it's ­going to blow up for me after Batman. I'm just going to ­enjoy it and I'm still going to be buying a pint of milk by ­myself at the corner shop." He added: "My aim is to get an ­allotment. But where I live they are very ­selective about who they give one to, so even when I get to Michael Caine levels of ­acting I may not be able to have one."

Expect to hear more about this as we get closer to the opening date. Does this change your opinion at all about The Dark Knight Rises?

Wahlberg speaks!
Mark Wahlberg spoke with Coming Soon about a few projects he has going on. The first was his hit HBO show Entourage that wrapped up last year. He talked about plans to spin it off into a feature length film and what audiences could expect to see in that medium. "I saw Doug Ellin yesterday on my street and I was asking him when we're getting the script and we're just waiting on Doug to finish writing," he told us. "I'm working with him on what the story is but I'd like to see the guys just get back to being the guys again."

Nothing too ground-breaking there.

Wahlberg certainly has explored a lot of different aspects of the world of crime, and for years, he had been developing a dramatic feature based on Billy Corben's documentary Cocaine Cowboys, which looked at how cocaine became a huge commodity in Miami during the '70s. He was going to do that movie with director Peter Berg earlier this year, rumors began circulating that Wahlberg might do the movie with his long-time collaborator David O. Russell after the success of The Fighter, but Berg seems to be back in the mix, as word comes out that he's taking another pass at the script. "We've already had two drafts of the script. Pete Berg is now writing the last draft. I actually just read some pages of it yesterday; it's coming out really good, so we're excited about it. We're doing a story about Jon Roberts and Mickey (Munday) and develop that as a film."

A few weeks ago, at the New York junket, Wahlberg mentioned there had been talk of doing a sequel to his action film Shooter, produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and though it seems unlikely at this point, he did open up about what the original plans would have been: "We wanted to do something because there are so many books. I wanted to do something but not act in it and get somebody else to play the Bobby Swagger role. Last time we talked, we talked about another project so I haven't spoken to him for a while about it."

Entourage, Cocaine Cowboys, Shooter. Which project would you like to see Wahlberg focus on?

Underworld Awakening!
Screen Gems has debuted, through Yahoo! Movies, another new clip from Underworld Awakening, hitting 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on January 20th. The fourth installment in the franchise stars Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley, and Charles Dance.

Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.

What is your excitement level for this film?

The first photo is now online, courtesy of EW, from Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Lovelace. Starring Amanda Seyfried in the titular role, the film follows Linda Boreman's rise to fame as iconic porn star Linda Lovelace of 1972's Deep Throat, and her subsequent transformation into feminist, anti-porn activist Linda Marchiano. The story is told through the perspective of three interviewers at various stages of her life.

Also starring Peter Sarsgaard (pictured), Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Wes Bentley, Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth, Robert Patrick, James Franco, Eric Roberts, Adam Brody, and Demi Moore, Lovelace is now in production with a currently unspecified release date.

Is there a project out with a more impressive cast?

Bourne is Back!
It's...something. Below you can see the new teaser poster for the upcoming film The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner. It also stars Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, Scott Glenn, and Albert Finney. It hits theaters on August 3rd.

What do you think of the teaser poster?

Trailer Talk
ATO Pictures released the official trailer for comedy Thin Ice through Apple iTunes. The film stars Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup, David Harbour, Bob Balaban, and Lea Thompson. Here is the official synopsis:
Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) is a small-time insurance agent looking for a way to jump-start his business, reunite with his estranged wife (Lea Thompson) and escape the frigid Wisconsin weather. This self-proclaimed master of spin believes that salesmanship is about selling a story — all he needs is a sucker willing to buy it. He hits pay dirt with a lonely retired farmer (Alan Arkin) who is sitting on something much bigger than an insurance commission. But Mickey's attempt to con the old man spins out of control when a nosy, unstable locksmith (Billy Crudup) with a volatile temper dramatically ups the stakes, trapping him in a madcap spiral of danger, deceit and double-crossing. Blending dark comedy and delirious Midwestern noir, THIN ICE reaches a breaking point that no one — least of all Mickey Prohaska — could ever see coming.

The film is directed by Jill Sprecher. Jill and Karen Sprecher wrote the screenplay. ATO Pictures will release Thin Ice in selected cities on February 17.

What do you think?

1. The Devil Inside $34.5 million ($34.5 million total)
2. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol $20.5 million ($170.2 million total)
3. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $14.1 million ($157.4 million total) Read the review!
4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo $11.4 million ($76.8 million total) Read the review!
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked $9.5 million ($111.6 million total)
6. War Horse $8.6 million ($56.8 million total)
7. We Bought a Zoo $8.5 million ($56.5 million total)
8. The Adventures of Tintin $6.6 million ($61.9 million total)
9. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy $5.8 million ($10.4 million total) Read the review!
10. New Year's Eve $3.3 million ($52.4 million total)

Box Office Survey!
Instead of me just repeating what you can see, how about we ask some questions about the weekend box office? Answer in the comments and NO CHEATING!

* Are you surprised with how well The Devil Inside opened at the theaters?

* What can we learn from horror movies that seem to open strong the first weekend and then fall off sharply?

* Of all the movies currently in the top 10, which one will do best on DVD?

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