The Big Screen Bulletin 04.30.12: Think Like a Man Stays Number One!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 04.30.2012
News and thoughts on the latest plot details for Iron Man 3, the elder Spock possibly appearing in the new Star Trek, The Hobbit getting criticized for its new filming process, details on the Fantastic Four reboot and more!
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!
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A quick word. This past weekend I was in DC doing some celebrity watching for the White House Correspondents Dinner. The city was buzzing with sightings of George Clooney, Kate Hudson, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, and a host of others. But it was one actor in particular who I'm going to talk about today.
When Robert Pattinson got the role of Edward Cullen in Twilight, it's safe to say that he had no idea of the world he was stepping into. Yes, the movie is based on a line of popular books but he quickly rocketed to a level of stardom that very few ever experience. Many jokes have been made at his expense and at the expense of his fans. I'm just as guilty as the next person. And what I say about Robert can also be true for Kristen Stewart. But until I tweeted about Robert landing at Dulles, I had never interacted with Pattinson or Stewart fans before. Not because I looked down on them. I simply never had the opportunity.
After I had tweeted I noticed a flurry of retweets. Then a number of mentions came my way. It seems that everyone was interested in Robert coming to DC and the onslaught began! I'm not exaggerating when I say I gained close to 250 new followers, retweeted over 500 times, and received close to 100 emails! These are passionate fans! But don't be so quick to dismiss them. In every tweet and email I found positive, polite individuals. Some with questions. Some just saying thanks. It started me thinking, "Why are we so determined to belittle a group for supporting an actor or actress? Why do we take pleasure in running down Robert or Kristen?" I'm pretty sure that if any one of us was put in the same situation, we'd be hard pressed to act any better than they have. They don't flaunt their fame. They come off as private people who respect the fans but want to minimize the attention. Would any of you turn down the opportunity they were given? Just because you don't like a movie (me included!), does that mean we have to be negative towards the film and to those who do like it? I'm curious to read your thoughts below.
Also, is the passion Robert or Kristen fans any different than the passion football fans have? Or Star Wars? Or NASCAR? Perception is a funny thing. We usually use it to support our point or position. I learned a pretty cool lesson over the weekend. And I owe it to the Pattinson and Stewart fans.
Last week in Prequel/Sequel/Remake I asked you all about Dune. The 1984 science fiction movie was written and directed by David Lynch and was panned by audiences and critics. Let's see the results!
Leave it Alone!: 26.97%
Looks like the majority of you would like to see this movie remade. With good reason. The source material is a layered classic that could benefit greatly from update CGI and proper vision. Reader Woopedoo also mentioned, "About Dune while waiting for a remake just watch the sci fi channel mini series its good." I've heard good things about the series and plan to check it out.
This week I present...The Black Hole! The original was a 1979 American science fiction film directed by Gary Nelson for Walt Disney Productions. It's pretty deep for a Disney production. In the year 2130, an exploratory spaceship, the USS Palomino, is returning from a deep space exploration mission. On its journey, the crew is alerted to the existence of a nearby black hole and find a derelict ship somehow defying the gravitational pull. It gets crazy from there.
It was a cool concept at the time and it still holds up today. The budget was $20 million (plus another $6 million for advertising), making it the most expensive picture ever produced by the company, at the time. The movie earned nearly $36 million at the North American box office and received mixed reviews from critics. The film received two Academy Award nominations: One for Best Visual Effects and one for Best Cinematography.
It's faded from memory for many but is there life for this one? Check out the trailer:
This one is ripe for any sort of treatment.
What do you think?
CRAZIEST CASTING RUMOR OF THE WEEK!
Deadline reports that David James Kelly has been hired by 20th Century Fox to rewrite the script for the Daredevil reboot. The film will be directed by David Slade. The film will adapt Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's "Born Again" storyline. It will involve a personal attack on Matt Murdock's friends and family after Wilson Fisk (The Kingpin) learns his true identity.
Are you excited about this one?
E! News is reporting that Wilmer Valderrama has hinted at a possible That 70's Show movie in the future. Valderrama reunited with Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Laura Prepon for a FOX 25 anniversary network special that looked at their series, which originally ran for eight years between 1998 and 2006. He was asked about it at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami and said, "I can't tell you it's really happening, but we're thinking that a That '70s Movie would probably be more appropriate than a '70s [TV] reunion."
Would you buy a ticket for that at the theater?
Iron Man 3!
Marvel's Kevin Feige spoke with Empire about the cinematic Marvel Universe, including Iron Man 3. This is what he had to say: "So Iron Man 3 has been structured specifically to be the antidote to The Avengers...Circumstances in the story separate Tony from having access to anything. We wanted to take Tony back to, metaphorically speaking, the cave from Iron Man, the first half of Iron Man, when he's cut off from the world and needs just focus on his intellects to get himself out of his situation. So he's not calling Thor, he's not calling Captain America, he can't press a special button to have the helicarrier come rescue him, so I think that'll be a nice complement to the team up of Avengers."
Feige also spoke with Badass Digest about the future of the franchise if Robert Downey Jr were to walk away or become too old to fill Tony Stark's shoes. It was suggested that the role of Tony Stark could easily be like James Bond in that a new actor could step into the role for a series of films to keep the story alive. Feige seemed to like the idea saying:
"I think Bond is a good example. Let's put it this way: I hope Downey makes a lot of movies for us as Stark. If and when he doesn't, and I'm still here making these movies, we don't take him to Afghanistan and have him wounded again. I think we James Bond it."
Feige seems to be against the idea of a reboot, or at least the moniker that comes with them, altogether. Feige says:
"I think the term reboot has got to go. I think it's like after the 'Star Wars' movies nobody likes the idea of prequels, and reboots have turned into the same thing. It means ĹOh they've run out of ideas! It's bad.' I've seen 'The Amazing Spider-Man.' It's awesome. It's totally fresh and unique."
Snow White and the Huntsman!
They have high hopes for this movie! The film doesn't hit theaters until the beginning of June but as with all blockbusters with franchise potential, when the buzz is good and the excitement high, there's always plans for a sequel. That seems to be the case over at Universal as Deadline reports the studio is already making moves to get a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman off the ground with David Koepp being hired to write the script. In addition, the studio hopes to get the sequel off the ground quickly so they can get Rupert Sanders in the director's chair again right away.
Despite previously reports that no original series cast members would be appearing in any more of JJ Abrams'Star Trek films, Leonard Nimoy has suggested that he may reprise his role as Spock. AICN reported that they have "compelling independent confirmation" that Nimoy is in the new film. In addition, Nimoy appears in the following CNN interview where he mentions that "we're talking" in relation to an appearance in the film. It is currently set for a May 17th, 2013 opening.
Should Spock be in the next Star Trek?
MTV caught up with Fox Chief Tom Rothman at Cinemacon and talked to him about some upcoming superhero projects including the X-Men: First Class sequel, the Fantastic Four reboot and he even mentions a Chronicle sequel. Roth on the X-Men: "We're going to start shooting January 2013 for [a release date of] either Christmas 2013, or Summer 2014. The script is in development now. Matt [Vaughn], Simon Kinberg, and Jane Goldman are working on it now."
Thoughts on Josh Trank, director of Chronicle, being rumored for the Fantastic Four reboot: "I'm hopeful. I think Josh is going to come onto Fantastic Four and develop that."
Chronicle sequel?: Rothman has said they are developing it, but it will only be made if everything comes together well. They will not make a sequel just to make it.
Hobbit in Trouble?
Last week's CinemaCon convention caused some concern when it came to The Hobbit. The biggest point of contention coming out is 48FPS and HFR (high frame rates), and The Hobbit footage/demo that left many less than pleased. While the people said the Hobbit content itself looked great, the 48FPS didn't impress the audience as many hoped it would. As expected, Peter Jackson and Warner Bros have responded in statements to EW's Anthony Breznican:
"Nobody is going to stop," Jackson said. "This technology is going to keep evolving...At first it's unusual because you've never seen a movie like this before. It's literally a new experience, but you know, that doesn't last the entire experience of the film; not by any stretch, after 10 minutes or so," Jackson told EW. "That's a different experience than if you see a fast-cutting montage at a technical presentation."
Is this cause for concern?
Almost here! Marvel Studios another TV Spot for Joss Whedon's highly anticipated summer movie The Avengers. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson. The soon to be smash hit will be in theaters on May 4, 2012.
What do you think?
BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN
1. Think Like a Man $18 million ($60.9 million total)
2. The Pirates: Band of Misfits $11.4 million ($11.4 million total) a href=http://www.411mania.com/movies/film_reviews/235795/The-Pirates!-Band-of-Misfits-Review.htm target="new">Read the review!
3. The Lucky One $11.3 million ($39.9 million total)
4. The Hunger Games $11.3 million ($372.5 million total) Read the review!
5. The Five-Year Engagement $11.2 million ($11.2 million total) a href=http://www.411mania.com/movies/film_reviews/235808/The-Five-Year-Engagement-Review.htm target="new">Read the review!
6. Safe $7.7 million ($7.7 million total)
7. The Raven $7.2 million ($7.2 million total)
8. Chimpanzee $5.5 million ($19.2 million total) a href=http://www.411mania.com/movies/film_reviews/235113/Chimpanzee-Review.htm target="new">Read the review!
9. The Three Stooges $5.4 million ($37.1 million total)
10. Cabin in the Woods $4.5 million ($34.7 million total) a href=http://www.411mania.com/movies/film_reviews/233876/The-Cabin-in-the-Woods-Review.htmtarget="new">Read the review!
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 that Think Like a Man retained the top spot?
* Why did The Five-Year Engagement fail at the box office?
* Was The Raven marketed poorly?
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