The Big Screen Bulletin 03.04.13: Jack the Giant Killer Climbs to First!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 03.04.2013
News and thoughts on Mark Wahlberg discussing Transformers 4's new take on the franchise, casting news for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Anchorman, Halle Berry possibly returning for X-Men: Days of Future Past!, a Prometheus sequel update and more!
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1. Jack the Giant Slayer - $28.1 million ($28.1 million total)
2. Identity Thief - $9.7 million ($107.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. 21 & Over - $9 million ($9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. The Last Exorcism Part II - $8 million ($8 million total)
5. Snitch - $7.7 million ($24.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. Escape From Planet Earth - $6.7 million ($43.2 million total)
7. Safe Haven - $6.3 million ($57.1 million total)
8. Silver Linings Playbook - $5.9 million ($115.3 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. A Good Day to Die Hard - $4.5 million ($59.6 million total)
10. Dark Skies - $3.6 million ($13.5 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!
* Jack the Giant Slayer won the box office with poor numbers. Why did audiences stay away?
* Is this really the LAST exorcism?
Shadow ands Act recently spoke with Halle Berry, and reported that she will be returning as Storm for X-Men: Days of Future Past, once a few contract details are finalized. Here's what they said:
"She did confirm to me that she would be returning in the role. Most likely. Practically 90% sure. And she nodded a lot too. I can't say, and neither could she say that it's definitely a done deal, and that the contracts have all been signed, with all the "i"s dotted and the "t"s crossed.
A few details that are still being negotiated which she couldn't get into. But since she did tell me that the film starts shooting in April, it's highly unlikely that talks are going to suddenly and horribly fall apart at this point, and the producers have to scramble to find a replacement at the very last minute."
It seems audiences are split on their thoughts about Berry. Begs the question...
Casting of the Week!
Can you cast too much? The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has signed another big name to its ever-expanding cast, with Chris Cooper joining the production as Norman Osborn. Variety reports that Cooper has signed on to star as the CEO of Oscorp, who was made mention of several times in the first film without actually appearing on screen.
Osborn famously goes on to become the Green Goblin, one of Spidey's most formidable foes in the comic-books, although with Electro and Rhino on antagonist duties in this sequel, it remains to be seen whether he'll take a villainous turn at this stage.
Thoughts on the cast and expectations for the sequel?
In a Q&A on Formspring, James Gunn talked about his film Guardians of the Galaxy, which features a script by Nicole Perlman and Chris McCoyas. Chris Pratt was cast as Peter Quill, aka Star Lord.
The movie synopsis goes: U.S. fighter pilot Peter Quill ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons -- Drax The Destroyer, a green warrior with the deadly purpose, a giant tree-man named Groot, Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a knack for guns and explosives and Gamora, an assassin and the last survivor of her species -- who have something everyone wants.
Here are highlights from the Q&A:
On rumors about the movie: "I can't even do any interviews at all right now. This is the closest thing. And - btw - I can't answer all these Guardians of the Galaxy questions right now. We have lots of surprises in store for you guys, but we can't let them out for a while. That said, don't believe everything your read! I am shrouding myself in secrecy for the time being so your enjoyment of GotG will be fully realized as we release the details little by little. TRUST ME."
On if doing screen tests already have a deal in place or do them without deals: "I think they can do either, but I've only ever done screen tests with people when they already have a deal in place."
On if this will be a part of Marvel's Cinematic Universe: "Same universe (different galaxy)."
The film will be released on August 1, 2014. It is the final solo film in Marvel's Phase 2 before The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015. Others include Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013), Thor: The Dark World (November 8, 2013), and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4, 2014).
What do you think about the movie taking place in another Galaxy?
Transforming Transformers! Mark Wahlberg says that Transformers 4 will be quite different from the first three films. Wahlberg told Empire that the film will in fact be a smaller-scale film than the franchise has seen to date.
Wahlberg told Empire of working with Michael Bay, "Michael and I had an amazing experience working together on Pain & Gain...That movie is insane. It's like Boogie Nights meets Pulp Fiction meets Fargo."
He added, "[Michael] made that movie for $25 million and then he asked me if I wanted to work with him again, told me his idea and I said, 'I'm in'...It's very different from the other three." He then joked about the film's smaller scale, saying that it's "just a couple of people in a room talking."
Transformers 4 opens on June 27th, 2014. You can listen to the full interview below, which includes a lot more from Wahlberg:
Look at this! No Star Wars rumors this week! But that doesn't mean we don't have any Star Wars news! The interweb was buzzing when a featurette popped up online about the making of The Empire Strikes Back!
For you younger people out there, this is a great look at everything that went into making one of the greatest movies ever.
I'm Ron Burgundy? Anchorman: The Legend Continues has finally begun shooting in Atlanta, and Steve Carell stopped by The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to give a quick update on what we can expect from the sequel.
Carell plays the slow-witted Brick Tamland, a character he says he hopes hasn't grown at all since the last outing, nearly ten years ago.
"He will not evolve. He will devolve," speculates Carell. "My hope with the movie was that it's going to be exactly the same ... nobody changes."
The new film will find Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) threatened by the prominence of a handsome rival newscaster (James Marsden), while Brick himself might be getting some love interest in the form of Kristen Wiig
And what's this? According to Deadline, Meagan Good, who is currently appearing on NBC's Deception, and Dylan Baker are confirmed for the sequel. Good would play Ron Burgundy's boss, as he leaves the friendly confines of San Diego this time around to take his anchoring game to New York City. As for Baker, details of his role are still unknown at this time.
It's also been rumored that John C. Reilly may be involved in some aspect, although nothing has been confirmed.
Anchorman 2 arrives in theatres on December 20.
Will HULK Smash Again?
Geek Chocolate reports that director and writer Joss Whedon shared his thoughts on the possibility of another Marvel Studios solo-movie for The Hulk.
During the Glasgow Film Festival on Sunday, Whedon reportedly stated: "Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He's the Claudio of superheroes. Because the problem is it's a very popular character, but it's not a superhero. Half of it's a superhero, half of it's a werewolf. And you can't structure it like a superhero movie, you can't light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that? It would be extremely difficult. The one thing you would have in your favor would be Mark Ruffalo. But right now I don't know if they have plans to do that or not, because he works so well as part of a greater whole, but by himself, it's tough. I don't envy the guys who went before."
Recent reports by Latino Review claiming Marvel Studios was planning a ‘Planet Hulk' spinoff movie as well as a third Avengers movie that would adapt the plot of ‘World War Hulk' were inaccurate and untrue according to Ain't It Cool News.
The Hulk will likely next appear in The Avengers 2 slated for May 1, 2015.
Will we see The Hulk on his own?
Wolverine! X-Men: Days Of Future Past has cast several names from the previous films in its time-jumping narrative, though one famous face yet to sign up is Famke Janssen. But don't lose hope! That's not the only X-Men movie in production. The Wolverine is also in production and to be set after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand.
Total Film magazine caught up with Janssen, who played telekinetic X-woman Jean Grey in the franchise's first three installments, and asked her to address the rumors surrounding a cameo in The Wolverine:
"I heard! I'm very excited about those rumors [laughs]. After a three-year hiatus and not being able to work because I was developing my own movie, any roles are welcome. So I hope X-Men 10 comes around, with Jean Grey in a wheelchair."
In more Wolverine news, James Mangold has tweeted another image from the set of The Wolverine, and it looks as though a wrecking ball has been through one of the walls. Yes, the new image shows a set featuring a badly damaged wall.
The image arrives just days after a new snap of Wolvie himself looking ripped. The new film will be set in Japan, with a lone Wolverine finding himself inextricably messed up with the dealings of the local mob.
Spider-Man 2! Dane DeHaan has spoken about his prep work for the role as Spider-Man's friend/enemy Harry Osborn in the upcoming sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
In an interview with The New York Times, DeHaan revealed that he's been bulking up to play the character (previously played by James Franco in Sam Raimi's trilogy).
Some had assumed that as a result of DeHaan's casting, director Marc Webb was aiming for a nerdier, slimmer Osborn Jr. But judging from these comments, he could be a match for Andrew Garfield.
On starting work on the sequel, DeHaan said: "Right now it's just about getting all my work done and bulking up a little bit. I'll start shooting fairly soon in New York...I work out incredibly intensely six days a week and I eat every two hours. Mostly proteins and veggies. I consume at least 3,000 calories a day. I've already gained seven pounds in six weeks! I weigh more right now than I've ever weighed in my whole life. I've always constantly had trouble putting on weight, so it's actually a whole lot for me."
Right now, it's unclear whether he'll be going to the dark side in the sequel. That arc might be being reserved for later in the rebooted franchise. Especially given the abundance of villains on the cast list of Part 2; Jamie Foxx is Electro, Paul Giamatti's alleged Rhino, Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn ....
It seems Prometheus was one of the most divisive movies of 2012 and it left the door open for a sequel, with Noomi Rapace's character heading off into space to track down the rest of the Engineers.
And according to Rapace herself, such a sequel may soon be on the way, with the star confirming she has held discussions with director Ridley Scott over a potential return.
"They're working on the script," confirms Rapace. "I met Ridley in London a couple of weeks ago. I would love to work with him again and I know that he would like to do another one. It's just like we need to find the right story. I hope we will...Most people I've talked to who see the movie, see things that are quite different," continues the star. "There are all these religious aspects and there are very interesting conversations. If we do a second one, there are a lot of things to explore in there and to continue. I would love to do it."
When asked whether a writer has been hired, Rapace went coy, replying, "You would have to ask someone at the studio who the writer is."
Yay or nay on a sequel?
I'm not a big horror guy but this looks...interesting to me. While at the Glasgow Frightfest, Eli Roth told IGN about how he came up with the story for The Green Inferno and the problems he encountered while shooting it.
He makes a lot of cool points.
"It was one of the craziest experiences of my life making that movie. I love cannibal movies – I love Cannibal Holocaust, I love Cannibal Ferox, and I wanted to do one. I feel like they are due for a comeback. But I wanted to do it for a really good reason, and I didn't really have that story. So it was something that was percolating.
Then I was thinking about student activism and ‘Occupy Wall Street' and looking at students getting involved in causes over Twitter. Looking at how people are re-tweeting ‘Save Pussy Riot' and ‘Save the Dolphins.' Actually it was right after I wrote the script that Coney 2012 happened, and I was like ‘This is it. This is what my movie's about.'
It's about these kids that get so caught up in a cause because it's sexy, they don't even really take the time to learn what it's about. And you think of all these 100m YouTube views, and all these t-shirts sold and all those mugs. And then the guy's jerking off in the street and Coney's still out there, and it didn't mean sh*t. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. It was completely useless. OK yes, it raised awareness. But so what? It didn't catch him. It didn't stop him. I think that people want to fix things instantly, and they can use their phones to do that now.
So I wrote about these student activists who want to save these un-contacted tribes in the Amazon. Which is happening now. These corporations with GPS looking for natural gasses go in, kick out the tribe – kill them or move them out of there. Then just destroy the village and take out the gas which is in the ground. So I wrote about these students that want to stop that. They chain themselves to trees and protest and stream it and hash-tag, and it works. It actually shuts down the operation. Then on their way home, their plane crashes. And the very people they save are like "Ah, food – that's great!" It's like a free lunch, and they are brought back into the fold of absolutely barbaric, primitive man. People that have had no contact with the outside world.
So when we shot it, I wanted to film somewhere that was really, really, really in the Amazon. Really, authentically off the grid. We scouted in the summer-time and went up the river for hours and hours and found this village where there was no electricity, no running water, grass huts. Ten people in a shack. And it looked incredible; it looked like a village from another time, so we asked if we could film there. But I was told that we have to tell them what a movie is because they have no idea. They've never seen one. They've never even seen a television. So they went back with a television and a generator and showed the village Cannibal Holocaust, which I couldn't believe. And the villagers – thank god – thought it was a comedy. The funniest thing that they'd ever seen. And they wanted to play cannibals in the movie. So we had the entire village acting in the film. And they speak Quechua – which is like another language from another time.
It was a really amazing experience to live there for a month. It was five hours of travel every day, and it was no joke. We could have died any number of times – there were floods, and there were rock-slides, there were tarantulas, snakes, animals walking through shots. It was crazy. Wild horses that if you got near them would kick you and bite you. And the bugs attacking you. And it was 110 degrees – it was brutal.
Yet it was this jungle adventure – we had cameras and everyone was just so up for it. Everyone got up in the morning every day at 4.45am and got in the Land Rovers and shipped our stuff, lugged it to the boats, went up the river, lugged it to the village. And going deep into the jungle to film these sequences.
Lorenza – our actress from Aftershock – she's the lead, and she got devoured by bugs. You'd wake up and mosquitos and ants had bitten your face. You've have to sleep completely covered from head-to-toe or you'd get devoured.
But I wanted it to look like a Werner Herzog film. They call the river Aguirre because the last film to shoot there was Aguirre The Wrath of God. And we went even further beyond where they went. So it really looks like a Terence Malick film. Or Apocalypto. We strapped cameras to remote control helicopters and ran them over the Amazon. The footage looks jaw-dropping. There have never been cameras where we were. So we start in New York City and go all the way to the ends of society. You don't think these places exist until you get there, and you can't believe it.
And it was so nice to talk to these kids – every kid in the village is in the movie – and you bonded with all of them. You became friends with all the kids and all the old people. And then by the end they were all playing with iPhones and iPads. We've completely polluted the social system and f*cked them up.
But we also housed every hut in the village – we gave them metal roofs. We put corrugated metal on all their roofs and that was all they wanted because they live in straw and it rains so that really changes things for them."
That's a pretty awesome little story.
Anyone who's ever seen The Skin I Live In, All About My Mother, or pretty much anything else by Pedro Almodovar knows he's anything but conventional.
So check out the trailer for I'm So Excited!
Set almost entirely on an airplane flying its way to Mexico City, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers are forced to 'face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves', when it appears the end could be in sight.
Watch the trailer below and catch the cameos of Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.
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