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The Big Screen Bulletin 12.17.12: The Hobbit Travels to First!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 12.17.2012


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1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $84.8 million ($84.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Rise of the Guardians $7.4 million ($71.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. Lincoln $7.2 million ($107.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. Skyfall $7 million ($272.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. Life of Pi $5.4 million ($69.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 $5.2 million ($276.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. Wreck-It Ralph $3.3 million ($168.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. Playing for Keeps $3.2 million ($10.8 million total)
9. Red Dawn $2.4 million ($40.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
10. The Silver Linings Playbook $2.7 million ($40.9 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!

* How will The Hobbit do compared to the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

* Will the mixed reviews hurt The Hobbit in the long run?

What's your take on SPOILERS? Do they enhance your excitement for a movie? Ruin the "aura"? Do you avoid them or seek them out?

Take this for example:

On Location Vacations has released some casting calls for London Calling which is the production title for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Some of the information gives away details to a potentially important scene, so be forewarned of a possible spoiler.

The Amazing Spider-Man sequel will open in theaters on May 2, 2014.

"SAG-AFTRA Stand In- Shailene Woodley
London Calling

Stand-in / Female / Caucasian / 18 – 26
Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking: SAG-AFTRA Caucasian Female, 18-20s age range, approximately 5'7-5'9, very slim, reddish hair. This is for Stand In work for Shailene Woodley for a Camera Test. If selected you may be asked to stand in for her the entire film, February- July.

SAG-AFTRA Featured Friends & Family Mourners (Feb 14th)
London Calling

Background / Male or Female / All Ethnicities /18 – 70
Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking: SAG-AFTRA Men & Women, 18-70 age range, to portray Friends & Family Mourning at a Funeral/ Wake. The scene is scheduled to film February 14th, 2013. This is very featured & I will be submitting photos to the Director.

SAG-AFTRA Core Scientists, Engineers, Technicians (multiple dates)
London Calling

Background / Male or Female / All Ethnicities /22 – 65
Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking: SAG-AFTRA Men & Women, 20s-60s age range, all ethnicities to portray a Core Group of Scientists, Technicians, Engineers, etc. This will be multiple days work between March & July. No exact dates yet & we will be rotating people. We will be submitting photos to the Director.

Do we really need to know all this? Rumors will start to fly over the funeral and how it will be used in the movie.

Are we going to far with spoilers?

Casting of the Week!
Casting call! The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may very well have cast itself another villain, with actor Asim Ahmad claiming to have been cast as one Michael Morbius.

Fans of the comic-books will know that Morbius is a prize-winning biochemist who drastically alters his physical makeup when attempting to treat himself for a rare blood condition. Employing electro-shock therapy and...vampire bats...his experiment goes wrong, and Morbius is transformed into a vampire-like creature himself.


"Morbius is only mentioned in two pages, not a big part," tweeted Ahmad, suggesting that the casting is either a brief nod to the fans or a brief set-up for a later appearance. Given the relative anonymity of the actor, I wouldn't bet on a major swerve.

Directed by Marc Webb and co-starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will have us chewing on rumors for a while.


Esquire spoke with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger regarding the release of his new autobiography Total Recall. Here are some highlights:

His thoughts on his famous catchphrase: "I didn't get it at first. 'I'll be back'. What the f–k is 'I'll'? 'I will be back' sounded much stronger in my mind. So I argued with Jim Cameron. And he said, 'Look, Arnold, I don't tell you how to act. Please don't tell me how to write.' After I saw it in the movie, I was so thankful to Cameron. That was a good lesson to learn. If someone is a good writer, stick to the script."

On deciding to keep his name: "In the early days of immigration, they just shortened the foreign name. They did whatever they wanted with it. But in Hollywood, there was something else: It had to sound cool. You know, John Wayne. That sounded American, powerful. Charles Bronson. Those are great names. But Arnold Schwarzen…ag…ager? Ager? Acner? What is this? No one could pronounce it. So early on, they tried to convince me to turn it into Arnold Strong. But eventually the idea became: If someone has a difficult time remembering your name, they will also have a difficult time forgetting it."

I'll be curious to see how open and honest he is in this book.


Justice League!
Nothing confirmed but having broken the news that Justice League's bad guy will be Darkseid, Latino Review has now revealed a few more snippets as to what we can expect from the plot of the movie.

According to the site, Will Beal is currently adapting the script from three issues of the comic-book, specifically issues 183 - 185, which were released back in 1980.

The storyline sees Darkseid devise a fiendish plot to destroy Earth and to move his home planet Apokalips into its place. Pretty basic stuff. It would be departure in terms of realism for the film to tackle, particularly given the tone of the recent DC outings have been. However, with Thanos making his way into The Avengers 2, maybe this kind of thing is the new superhero trend.

We'll know more once Man Of Steel arrives, with Zack Snyder promising that film "keep them on course" for a later film. Justice League is expected to open in 2015.

Thoughts on Justice League? Feeling confident?


To add to that, Empire spoke with The Dark Knight Rises co-writer Jonathan Nolan about the ending for the movie, Justice League, his thoughts on The Avengers, and much more:

Regarding the inclusion of a Robin gag at the end of the movie: "It is a little hard to imagine Robin working in that universe, so the idea had to be limited to that gag at the end. But Joe's character is very important to the story. In any movie you need a character looking at proceedings the way you see them, and Joe's character is that character for this film. One of my favourite scenes is when John tells Bruce how he knew he was Batman. It's like that scene in The Prestige where the little kid sees through Christian's trick. Little kids, they don't have any illusions, they just see the truth of the situation. I feel there's a kind of spiritual connection between the two movies there."

Regarding using other Batman characters who are hard to imagine in Nolan's movies: "Yeah, like Clayface or, indeed, The Penguin. Part of what's compelling about Chris's take is the naturalism of it and I think that's one of the things I loved about the Frank Miller comic books was that they were sort of urban, gritty vigilante stories first and formost. So everything had to stick within that universe. It's hard to imagine [in these movies] any of the rogue's gallery characters who have sort of a more supernatural or science-fiction bent to them. And I think that's one of the aspects of Batman which are fascinating: in 70 years, the character has been sort of fully laundered. Because of writers and artists having every month coming up with a different story to tell with this character, there are often different genre aspects to it. You have your science-fictions, you've had fantasy elements along the way, horror, camp comedy... I mean there are so many different versions."

Nolan's thoughts on the plans for a Justice League movie and how we might see Batman in it: "I'm incredibly excited. I was a big Batman fan when I was a kid. In fact he was the only comic-book character I really liked. I went through a brief spell where I was reading Captain Britain, because I was an English kid living in the States, and Wolverine for 30 seconds, Spider-Man too, but really Batman was the one. And I love that there are different versions of the character. I love that in the context of The Justice League, he's kind of the black sheep of that family."

Nolan's thoughts on The Avengers movie: "I did. To me Joss Whedon is a god, I'm just a huge fan of his work, I love his work on TV. And I thought The Avengers was just an incredible achievement."


Quentin Tarantino is often fond of talking up his future projects, no matter how far along the development process they are. But he recently put to rest a few rumors. Tarantino had long mooted the possibility of Kill Bill Vol. 3, even going so far as to say it would focus on the daughter of Vivacia A. Fox's character growing up to take her revenge upon the Bride.

However, QT looks to have given up on that dream, conceding that, "I don't know if there's ever going to be a Kill Bill Vol. 3. We'll see, probably not though." Looks like any Kill Bill fans better not hold their breathe.

Anyone waiting for him to take the reins over a Bond film is also likely to be waiting a long time. Tarantino revealed that he was interested in making Casino Royale, but says the producers, "missed their opportunity".

With anticipation for Django Unchained at a high, a clip was released to wet your whistle. It shows Leonardo DiCaprio eating up the screen in a velvet smoking jacket as Calvin Candie, curiously feeling out Django (Jamie Foxx) while swamping Dr. Schultz (Christoph Waltz) in sickly bonhomie.

Going Boldly!
Like I mentioned last week, the new trailer has split people down the middle. Most saying that it doesn't look or feel like a Star Trek movie. Now questions have been asked as to how Benedict Cumberbatch's character will fit into the general plot of Star Trek Into Darkness.

All we really know so far is that he's named "Harrison", that he used to be part of Starfleet, and that he shares a history with the crew. Now, some of the creative team have dropped a few hints as to what we might expect, but predictably, it's all fairly vague.

"Well without revealing too much," begins screenwriter Alex Kurtzman, "what I can tell you is that in the same spirit as 'can the Enterprise be under water? What does that mean? How are we going to justify this? How are we going to explain it?' We went back and we talked a lot about things that made us want to make the first movie in the first place as fans...And what do we feel was successful for the fans. A lot of that had to do with honoring the history - honoring the show. But we also want to come up with a way to make the stories feel fresh and unpredictable. So without revealing too much, we applied the same thinking to Harrison."

I don't follow. Director J.J. Abrams was similarly cagey, although his comments did succeed in cranking our anticipation levels up even further. "The whole thing, not just his backstory, but his agenda, his plan, his secret…" explains Abrams, "all that is what, for me at least, makes him such a frightening and cool villain."


Hangover 3!
''The Hangover Part III is Alan's story,'' says director Todd Phillips of Zach Galifianakis' character. ''He's going through a crisis after the death of his father, [and] the Wolfpack is all he has.'' In theaters May 24, this installment brings the group together when something from the first movie comes back to haunt them. But Vegas is just one of their stops.

Are you excited for the third, and last, movie of the franchise?


Trailer Talk
Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro's epic sci-fi actioner, has revealed a first trailer, which you can watch below.

I like how the marketing so far has played it low with only a minimal amount of stills released. Now things are heating up and this trailer got people talking!

The premise is pretty simple: Jaegers (giant humanoid robots piloted by Earth's finest) are called into action to fight off the global threat of incoming Kaiju (enormous monsters in the Godzilla vein). Pretty cool, right?

What do you think?

Before I say GOODBYE!
Playboy has been kind enough to release me on the lovely Playmates. Here's some interviews to keep you entertained!
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