The Big Screen Bulletin 12.10.12: Skyfall Returns to the Top of the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 12.10.2012
News and thoughts on the latest trailer for Iron Man 3, Christopher Nolan discussing Man of Steel, Jamie Foxx on his role as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the cast for Anchorman 2 growing, the trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness 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!
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!
* Shoud Gerard Butler be worried about his acting status after his second bomb, Playing for Keeps?
* Skyfall. Best Bond movie ever?
Remakes. Love them or hate them, we have to live with them. Last summer, news broke that Jumanji would be getting a remake. Since then, it's all gone a bit quiet, although that's all about to change with the hiring of a new writer.
Columbia has hired Zach Helm to have a go at the script, which you'll recall is an adaptation of a well-loved children's story by Chris Van Allsburg.
The plot follows a family's discovery of a magical, jungle-set board game, the perils of which soon make themselves apparent in the real world. Cue monkeys in the kitchen, a monsoon in the hall, all sorts of crazy antics.
Back when the news of a remake was originally announced, Columbia's Doug Belgrad explained that the plan was to "try and reimagine Jumanji and update it for the present", so that's the brief Helm will be working from.
Sometimes I wonder what woud happen if they just re-released the original into theaters.
Casting of the Week! Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is still in the early stages of production, but it looks as though some major casting could be on the horizon in the form of Kristen Wiig.
Wiig is apparently being eyed by Adam McKay as a new member of the Channel 4 news team, and more specifically as love interest to Steve Carell's Brick Tamland.
At this stage, no casting beyond the returning principles has been confirmed, but Wiig would be a welcome addition to the gang. Meanwhile, the film is inching closer to unveiling a specific release date, with October 2013 the latest rumor as to when we can expect it to arrive.
I love lamp.
Boing Boing reports that a lawsuit was filed this week against Lucasfilm owner Disney and Indiana Jones film distributor Paramount Pictures over the use of a crystal skull replica from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
According to the report: "Dr. Jaime Awe, director of the Institute of Archaeology of Belize has brought suit on a number of parties on behalf of Belize. He is seeking the return of the Mitchell-Hedges skull and damages for use of its likeness. The Mitchell-Hedges is the missing fourth skull and was mentioned in the Indiana Jones movie. Awe claims the movie skull bears a striking resemblance to the original." This skull was said to be stolen from Belize by a treasure-hunting family 88 years ago.
The lawsuit claims the use of the Mitchell-Hedges likeness in the movie was unlawful, and the plaintiffs are now seeking part of the profits of the movie which grossed $786.6 million at the worldwide box office. The judge should laugh this one out of court. Dr. Jaime Awe and the Institute of Archaelogy of Belize do not own the skull and should not be legally entitled to any profits from a movie that is a work of fiction.
Did he SEE the movie? That right there is punishment enough.
Superhero Hype has the shot of Henry Cavill on the cover of Studio Cine Live magazine in costume as Superman for Man of Steel.
The film is directed by Zack Snyder and also stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Antje Traue as Faora, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick, and Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy.
Having finally put the Batman franchise to bed, Christopher Nolan is now answering questions about the new Superman comeback.
Nolan is a producer on Snyder's movie, and has been describing what we can expect from Supes and in his latest incarnation.
"I wouldn't want people to think we're doing for Superman what we did for Batman. It's very much Zack's film and I think people are going to love what he's done. I think it's really remarkable to take on that character. Superman is a completely different character than Batman.
"So you can't in anyway use the same template," he continues, "but David Goyer had this brilliant way to make Superman relatable and relevant for his audience. Zack has built on that and I think it's incredible what he's putting together."
"He's got a lot of finishing to do on that. Superman is the biggest comic book character of them all and he needs the biggest possible movie version which is what Zack's doing. It's really something."
The film will be released on June 14 in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D.
What do you think of the costume?
Electro! Jamie Foxx was recently confirmed as villain Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, after being linked to the role for some time.
He has wasted no time talking about the comic-book bad guy, telling ET Online that he's "a great character". "I met with the director, Mark Webb, I met with Andrew Garfield, and we talked.
"I think Electro will be an exciting character to play because he's a…genius electrician-type person, and he gets the short end of the stick from the whole world, and the next thing you know he turns it on."
Thoughts on Foxx as Electro?
Iron Man! Iron Man 3 fans hungry for some new footage can take relief, as a new Japanese trailer has hit the net. It only clocks in at one minute long, but there's enough new snippets in there to get you talking.
After opening with an Avengers Assemble reminder, the trailer focuses largely on the Mandarin's attack on Tony Stark's Malibu beach pad.
It's Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) who bear the brunt of the new footage, with further evidence that the threequel will hinge on their relationship.
The Mandarin's (Ben Kingsley) largely absent from proceedings, save for a snippet of his voiceover spiel about heroes.
MEOW! Anne Hathaway's Catwoman was considered a highlight of The Dark Knight Rises, and unsurprisingly, talk persists concerning a potential spin-off. Because we can't get enough Dark Knight rumors.
I don't think I have to remind everyone the last time such an idea was put into practice. Halle Berry.
"No one's talked to me about it she said. "[But] I would love it. I was at a press [conference] the other night for a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, and the moderator asked me, 'So what was it like to say goodbye to the character?' And I burst into tears, because I miss her."
The prospect still seems a remote one however, given that Christopher Nolan has repeatedly stressed that his input into the franchise is finished. Whether another director could do as much with the character is up for debate.
Still, there's always the Justice League movie to be considered. After all, if Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been linked to an appearance, then why not Hathaway?
Would you see a Catwoman spin-off with Hathaway?
Friday Night Lights!
For years now we've been hearing vague rumors of a new Friday Night Lights movie that would pick up where the superlative series left off. However, Kyle Chandler has rather spoiled the party by suggesting he wouldn't want to be involved.
Chandler played team coach Eric Taylor in Peter Berg's well-received series that ran for five series before coming to an end in 2011. However, as far as he's concerned, there's no more story to tell.
"My general attitude about Friday Night Lights is, it was a great movie with Billy Bob [Thornton]. It was a great TV show. I never had more fun doing anything. But they ended it at exactly the right time, and exactly the right way as well."
That sounds pretty conclusive to us, and would seem to throw a spanner in the works of any potential movie. Peter Berg has long expressed an enthusiasm for the idea, but to have to recast his leading man might be too much for his audience to accept.
A new teaser trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness came out and has split fandom down the middle. Some are loving it, while others say it's a genric explosion filled movie that doesn't capture the Star Trek spirit.
Also included is the Japanese version with a little new footage at the end.
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