The Big Screen Bulletin 08.19.13: Lee Daniels' The Butler Serves Up #1!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 08.19.2013
News and thoughts on director Alan Taylor discussing Thor: The Dark World, Mark Wahlberg wanting to take over Iron Man, the potential return of Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode VII, a new X-Men: Days of Future Past set pic 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!
For some additional reading you can check out my interview with Playboy's Miss August, Val Keil! Then peep my interview with one of the coolest dudes in Hollywood Ari Gold! Want more? OK. Read my review for American Courtesans!
From time to time I come across a cool Kickstarter project that captures my interest. Like this one. It's a comic that's an update of the classic Robin Hood legend, adapting the story to modern times, where the outlaw steals medical supplies and gives them to those in need. Definitely something that reflects on the current healthcare scenario in the U.S..
BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN
1. Lee Daniels' The Butler - $25 million ($25 million total)
2. We're the Millers - $17.8 million ($69.5 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. Elysium - $13.6 million ($55.9 million total)
4. Kick-Ass 2 - $13.6 million ($13.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. Planes - $13.1 million ($45.1 million total)
6. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters - $8.4 million ($38.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. Jobs - $6.7 million ($6.7 million total)
8. 2 Guns - $5.6 million ($59.2 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. The Smurfs 2 - $4.6 million ($56.9 million total)
10. The Wolverine - $4.4 million ($120.5 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!
* Kick-Ass. What happened?
* Jobs. What happened?
BULLETIN BOARD Mark Wahlberg is already the leading man of a huge franchise, having been cast in Transformers 4, but he wouldn't turn down the chance of dabbling into comic book movies either.
Speaking with Yahoo! UK about his most recent action flick, the buddy cop movie 2 Guns, Wahlberg says that this kind of movies has a special appeal for him because he loves playing real people.
However, he wouldn't say no to playing a superhero-type.
"I would like to take over the Iron Man franchise for Robert Downey [but] it's one of those things where I kind of like playing real people, [so] I've never been asked," he says.
Casting of the Week!
Deadline reports that Bradley Cooper is in talks to sign on to the Lance Armstrong biopic Red Blooded American as a producer and one of the two major roles. One of those roles is Armstrong and the other is Tyler Hamilton. Hamilton is a former teammate of Armstrong's who was part of his "inner circle" on the US Postal Service Team. Hamilton is the one who revealed what he saw Armstrong doing in an interview with 60 Minutes. He was the target of attacks by Armstrong's for breaking a "closed circle". Armstrong had been accused of doping several times but had always denied it. Armstrong, a 7-time Tour de France champion, was disgraced and had his titles taken away when he admitted to doping. The film is being made by Warner Bros, Atlas Entertainment and director Jay Roach.They are looking to fast track the production.
Meanwhile, Working Title and director Stephen Frears are working on their own Armstrong film that stars Ben Foster as cyclist from a script by John Hodge. That film could start shooting in the fall. Paramount Pictures is working on another film with Bad Robot's JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk. That one is based on Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, a book by New York Times sportswriter Juliet Macur. When Armstrong admitted to cheating, Cooper was approached by Abrams to play Armstrong, according to rumors.
Red Blooded American is based on a script by Scott Z. Burns. It is produced by Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven and Alex Gartner, along with Roach and Cooper. CBS News executive producer and senior producer for 60 Minutes, Michael Radutzky, will also produced. Radutzky was involved in Hamilton's TV appearance.
GottaBeKidding! Bruce Willis spoke with the Mirror and said that working in the action genre is not particularly exciting for him, but that they earn him the best money.
"Explosions are one of the most boring parts of my job," Willis said. "When you have seen a few fireballs, its not exciting anymore. I know part of my audience enjoys the explosions, but to be honest, I'm a bit bored of it now...I am very clear with who I am. I work in all sorts of films, but the action movies are the ones that generate the most revenue. I like to earn lots of money from those, but I do all types: small productions, mega-projects, medium sized, even science fiction."
Last week Willis was dropped from The Expendables 3 after he wanted $4 million for four days of work. Sylvester Stallone then called him "lazy" and "greedy."
Here is another deleted scene from Iron Man 3. Iron Man 3 will be released digitally on September 3rd and then released on DVD and Blu-ray September 24th.
The film pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Now that we've had time to reflect, thoughts on Iron Man 3?
Desde Hollywood interviewed Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor at D23 last week. Below are some highlights:
Taylor on balancing fantasy with sci-fi: "One of my favorite lines in the first movie was [when] Thor says to Jane 'there's magic and there's science and I come from a land where they're one in the same.' It's a great way of [explaining] that challenge [of balancing science fiction]. And it means the movie lives in a kind of middle ground - we have spaceships, we have laser guns, we have interplanetary travel. We also have horses, swords, and castles. If you get that wrong the whole falls apart and you laugh. If you get it right, it has the power of both and becomes unique in a way. I'm thinking we got it right, I'm hoping we got it right. But there are moments when there's a guy with a sword fighting a guy with a laser rifle and you think 'is this really gonna make sense; can these things really be in the same movie together. And I think there's a trick to it."
Taylor on not being a fan of fantasy before Game of Thrones: "I was never a fantasy fan, but then I started doing Game of Thrones and the things that made me love it were whatever the trappings of the world were, you were always rooted in the character you cared about. And the thing you were seeing felt real. And that's the same quality I'd hope to get [with Thor: The Dark World]. If we're going to Asgard, it should really feel like a place. If we're going to the Dark World of the Dark elves it should feel like an actual landscape and planet and the people that you're dealing with should sweat and bleed. So hopefully we grounded [the movie] despite there being two of the most pretend genres mashed together."
He also spoke to Collider and revealed that more scenes with Loki are being added to the film.
According to Taylor, the production is now in the process of "plussing" the movie, with "new scenes being added even now." Taylor stated: "We're doing full scenes, scenes that were not in the movie before. We're adding scenes, creating scenes, writing scenes for the first time... We realized how well Loki was working in the movie and we wanted to do more with him. So it was that kind of thing, it was like, 'Oh, we could do this, we could jam this in here,' because he's such a wonderful guy to watch do his stuff."
He added on Marvel Studios: "They will work down to the wire. [Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige's always trying to make the film better, see if he can push it up. I saw them do this on Iron Man 3, I saw them do it on Avengers; they have to kind of pry it out of Marvel's hands and put it up on screens because he never wants to stop improving things, so that's the phase we're in right now."
What's your excitement level for Thor?
Check out what Mark Millar thoughts are on the future of the Kick-Ass franchise. Wonder how the poor box office will play into this.
This report comes from Latino Review. The site is reporting that they have details on how Ian McDiarmid will return as Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode VII. The site claims that Palpatine will return not as a clone the same way he has done in the Expanded Universe, but as a Force Ghost. He would not be the first Dark Side-oriented character in the universe to have done so; many Sith have managed to cheat death through the method and existed for centuries or more afterward.
The site claims that film will retcon events and give Palpatine a new apprentice that he was training just before he was killed by Vader. Palpatine will come back as a mentor for this other Sith apprentice, who will be a villain (and possibly the primary villain) of the new film.
This would be a change of philosophy from the films and Expanded Universe. Palpatine always adhered to Darth Bane's "One Master/One Apprentice" philosophy established many years before the events of even Episode I. The source also said things like "Why bring the emperor back to life? That would just be stupid as all hell," which doesn't seem quite like a legit source speaking. And as a final caveat, the Episode VII script is still in the works by all accounts, though this doesn't mean that the information wasn't legit in early treatments.
Jurassic 4! Jurassic Park 4 director Colin Trevorrow has been chatting about his dinosaur fourquel again, this time assuring franchise fans that "this is not a paycheck gig for me".
In an attempt to assuage negative internet conjecture, Trevorrow took to the Jurassic Park Podcast in order to clear a few things up.
"I saw some of the rumours on the internet and I would have all kinds of red flags going off if I heard they were going to muzzle a T-Rex," he says. "So I would say don't believe everything you read, there are way more insiders on the internet than there are in real life."
The director goes on to add that he really wants "to make a kick-ass Jurassic Park movie", stating: "This is not a paycheck gig for me and it's not the movie that I'm making so I can make the movies that I really want to make.
"It's important to make a movie for the fans but I also have to remember that there's a lot of people who just couldn't care less and need me to make a solid case for why the hell there's a Jurassic Park 4 in the first place, and I want to make a movie for them too."
The fourquel was originally set for a summer 2014 release, but was postponed to 2015 by Universal in order to give Trevorrow a chance to work on the film's script with producer Steven Spielberg. Check out the full podcast below…
X-Men! Bryan Singer has revealed a new image from the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past on Twitter, which shows a sort of mutant exhibit. He wrote "artifacts". The items appear to be Havok's costume, Magneto's helmet, and Angel Salvadore's wings.
The film will be released on May 23, 2014. It stars Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman and Lucas Till.
Marvel.com has released a new clip from their "One-Shot" short film, Agent Carter. You can check out the video in the player below. The short will be available with the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray release on September 24.
Before I say GOODBYE!
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