The Big Screen Bulletin 11.19.12: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Wins Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 11.19.2012
News and thoughts on Carrie Fisher confirming her involvement with Star Wars: Episode VII, Quentin Tarantino on the casting of Django Unchained, the rumor mill flying for Green Lantern 2, a look at the production on Thor: The Dark World 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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1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 - $141.3 million ($141.3 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Skyfall - $41.5 million ($161.3 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. Lincoln - $21 million ($22.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. Wreck-It Ralph - $18.3 million ($121.5 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. Flight - $8.6 million ($61.3 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. Argo - $4.1 million ($92 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. Taken 2 - $2.1 million ($134.6 million total)
8. Pitch Perfect - $1.3 million ($62 million total)
9. Jab Tak Hai Jaan - $1.2 million ($1.2 million total)
10. Here Comes the Boom - $1.2 million ($41 million total) 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!
* Is this REALLY the end of the Twilight franchise?
* Which movie released so far has the best Oscar buzz?
Thaht's why it's called a rumor. If you were one of the few who were excited to hear that we were going go get a Green Lantern 2 last week, sorry to burst your bubble.
Mark Guggenheim has shot down the report that he, among others, wrote a script for Green Lantern 2 which featured a war between the Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro's Corps, which as previously reported would have brought Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong, and Geoffrey Rush, among others, back for the film.
Guggenheim gave a short and succinct response to the initial report, telling ComicBook.com when asked about the rumor, "Absolute bullshit."
Casting of the Week!
We're getting closer! Access Hollywood recently spoke with Jamie Foxx about potentially playing the role of Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Here is what he had to say:
"Fingers crossed it all works out...I have a little daughter, four years old, and what's crazy is like, this past year she had a birthday where Spider-Man was the theme... I haven't sprung it on her yet, but she will go crazy!"
The casting continues with Harry Osborn the latest character to become attached to a new face. According to Heat Vision, Chronicle star Dane DeHaan is currently at the top of Sony's list to play Peter's best friend, although Alden Ehrenreich and Brady Corbet have also been highlighted as possible candidates.
The role itself is also thought to be something of a work in progress. Having originally been written for a bigger, more athletic actor, the part has now been retooled into something a little darker and a little less wholesome.
Robert Pattinson told BBC Radio 1 that if he were directing the sex scene in Breaking Dawn Part 1, it would have included a walrus.
He said: "I would put [the sex scene] the last day of the schedule. [I'd] say, 'Listen, I've got to have a closed set. It's really, really important. No one can see the monitors or anything,' and then just put like a walrus in or something."
When he stopped joking, he talked about doing love scenes in film. He added: "Kissing is harder than love-making scenes, I think. You can't kiss like normally you'd kiss. You got a one in three chance of smashing someone's tooth out."
Star Wars Update!
And the search goes on! Brad Bird recently responded to fans on Twitter who asked him about directing Star Wars: Episode VII. Here is what he had to say. Brad's response is bolded.
"@rsavenell: You are on people's lists as top choice for Star Wars, yet haven't confirmed. Please end this tease!" Not doing Star Wars.
"@ClarkGoble: tell me your next one is the new Star Wars!" Nope. A science fiction film. Not Star Wars.
"@JoesMonster: @wearebuffaloz Is it Star Wars Episode VII? Because I really hope it's Star Wars Episode VII..." It's not Episode VII.
"@GeoffBreedwell: You're not doing EP7? Why not? You're perfect for it!" Thanks. But the science fiction film I AM doing is gonna be cool.
I think he made it pretty clear.
Next, an interview with Entertainment Weekly apparently has Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirming that the studio plans to turn out several movies per year, in order to explore the Star Wars universe to the fullest.
The thinking is that Disney would like to establish a wider-reaching universe (ALA The Avengers) in which a variety of supporting characters are introduced individually, before being brought together further down the track.
Finally, the only word we've received about the return of any characters from the original Star Wars trilogy was an unnamed source saying that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher were up for returning. TheForce.net talked to Carrie Fisher at a book signing, and the actress point blank confirmed her involvement. TheForce.net has the quote from their reader saying:
"I was at Carrie Fisher's booksigning in Cherry Hill, NJ on November 15, and the interview she did started with the question 'Are you really going to be in a new star wars movie?' and Carrie answered quietly 'Yes....I thought it was already common knowledge.' She did not elaborate, as she probably doesn't want to crow too loudly at this point in the project development. But this is the first confirmation from one of the main [original trilogy] cast. [LucasFilm] has not said the cast would return yet."
Not so fast. Apparently Fisher might have been joking about her return as E! Online talked to a representative who said, "She hasn't confirmed anything. Everything you've seen has been tongue-in-cheek."
Also, TMZ caught up with Billy Dee Williams to find out if he would return for the new trilogy. He didn't say he's been approached, but Williams simply said, "I suppose so."
So that's all we have for now. Chew on that!
Django! Quentin Tarantino has given an interview with Playboy in which he talks extensively about Django Unchained, particularly focusing upon the casting process which saw various big names attached to the project.
Will Smith was famously Tarantino's first choice for the part of Django, but after consideration, the pair realised that the role wasn't a perfect fit.
"We spent quite a few hours together over a weekend when he was in New York doing Men in Black III," says QT. "I think half the process was an excuse for us to hang out and spend time with one another. It just wasn't 100 per cent right, and we didn't have time to try to make it that way."
So with Smith out of the picture, how did Tarantino finally come to settle upon Jamie Foxx?
"I met six different actors and had extensive meetings with all of them, and I went in-depth on all of their work. Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, Terrence Howard, M.K. Williams, Tyrese. They all appreciated the material, and I was going to put them through the paces, make them go off against one another and kind of put up an obstacle course.
"And then I met Jamie and realized I didn't need to do that. He was the cowboyů Forget the fact that he has his own horse - and that is actually his horse in the movie. He's from Texas; he understands. ůHe understood what it's like to be thought of as an Ĺother.'"
NME reports that actor Ian McKellan revealed to Contact Music that he was very frustrated with the green screen filming for The Hobbit movie. So much so that McKellan burst into tears on set.
McKellan reportedly found it so difficult to shoot scenes on his own that he got angry on set. McKellan stated: "In order to shoot the dwarves and a large Gandalf, we couldn't be in the same set. All I had for company was 13 photographs of the dwarves on top of stands with little lights ľ whoever's talking flashes up. Pretending you're with 13 other people when you're on your own, it stretches your technical ability to the absolute limits."
McKellan also stated: "And I cried, actually. I cried. Then I said out loud, 'This is not why I became an actor.' Unfortunately the microphone was on and the whole studio heard."
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in theaters on December 14.
I have some Tarzan news swinging your way! Warner Bros. has been wanting to make a new live action adaptation of this story for years, with director Craig Brewer once slated to make an entire trilogy. Director David Yates took over just last week, and already casting rumors are bouncing across the interwebs. Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam, and Alexander Skarsgard were reportedly being considered for the role, but Variety reports that Skarsgard has come to the forefront as the likely choice, although an official offer has yet to be made.
Surprisingly, the story by John August, Cormac, and Marianne Wibberley, and Adam Cozad, sounds like a far cry from the origin story we've saw in the Disney film over a decade ago.
The story centers on John Clayton III (Skarsgard), the man known the world over as Tarzan, but it takes place years after he's been worked back into society. The Queen asks him to investigate some conflict in the Congo, and Tarzan teams with ex-mercenary George Washington Williams to save the area from a warlord who controls a massive diamond mine. In addition, Samuel L. Jackson is being eyed for the mercenary role.
But hold off doing the Tarzan yell. Not only has Skarsgard not received an official offer as of now, but this is yet another project that hasn't even received an official greenlight from the studio.
The production for Thor: The Dark World has been on location at University of Greenwich in London this week. Splash News Online have debuted another set video and in this one, you can see star Chris Hemsworth as Thor in the midst of a fight with Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed. Check it out below!
Starring Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, the film is set for release on November 8, 2013.
Another tongue-in-cheek trailer has arrived for Paul Schrader'sThe Canyons, as Lindsay Lohan attempts to get her career back on track as a damsel in distress in murky LA.
Described as a "contemporary L.A. noir", the film will explore "the dangers of sexual obsession and ambition, both personally and professionally, among a group of young people in their 20s".
Co-starring James Deen, Nolan Funk, Amanda Brooks, and Gus Van Sant, The Canyons opens in the US in 2013.
What do you think?