The Big Screen Bulletin 08.26.13: Lee Daniels' The Butler Cleans Up at the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 08.26.2013
News and thoughts on all the fallout over Ben Affleck being cast as Batman, Bryan Cranston being rumored for Lex Luthor, new video footage from the set of Transformers 4, Joss Whedon talking Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron and more!
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1. Lee Daniels' The Butler - $17 million ($52.3 million total)
2. We're the Millers - $13.5 million ($91.7 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - $9.3 million ($14.1 million total)
4. The World's End - $8.9 million ($8.9 million total)
5. Planes - $8.6 million ($59.6 million total)
6. Elysium - $7.1 million ($69.1 million total)
7. You're Next - $7.1 million ($7.1 million total)
8. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters - $5.2 million ($48.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. Blue Jasmine - $4.3 million ($14.8 million total)
10. Kick-Ass 2 - $4.3 million ($22.4 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!
* Are you surprised that Lee Daniels' The Butler took the top spot for a second week in a row?
* Was The Mortal Instruments marketed wrong?
BULLETIN BOARD Ben Affleck is the new Batman. According to Warner Bros., Affleck will suit up as Batman in Man of Steel 2 opposite as Superman and Zach Snyder directing. Variety has quotes from WB and Snyder:
Warner Bros. president Greg Silverman: "We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics' most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some."
Zack Snyder: "Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry's Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can't wait to work with him."
The site also noted that, as previously reported late last year, WB courted Affleck to direct Justice League. Whether this will revive that possibility or not isn't yet known.
With anything that's off the beaten path, reaction online has been...mixed. Some are taking a "wait and see" attitude while others are quickly bashing Affleck. Especially after THR reported that Affleck signed for multiple films as Batman. The site noted that the talks between Affleck and the studio were kept so far under wraps that even executives at Warner Bros. and most agents at WME weren't even aware. They also reported that the conversations began earlier this year when Snyder checked with Affleck about potential interest, before Man of Steel had even released. The discussions revolved around the story and character.
The film will release on July 17, 2015.
Casting of the Week! Christina Hendricks is set to play a stripper in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling thriller Dark Places. The actress joins Charlize Theron, Chloe Moretz, Nicholas Hoult and Corey Stoll in the Gilles Paquet-Brenner film.
Hendricks, who is no stranger to attracting buzz, plays Krissi Cates, who years ago accused a man (Stoll) of being a child molester. Krissi is down on her luck and must address secrets from her past that have implications for the accused man's older sister (Theron).
For those keeping count, Hendricks is in good company when it comes to the stripper role. Jennifer Aniston, Natalie Portman, Demi Moore, Jessica Alba and Marisa Tomei are among the ladies who've played exotic dancers over the years.
Speaking to the BBC, director James Cameron gave his thoughts on the future of entertainment being in 3D:
"For me it's absolutely inevitable that entertainment will be 3D, it'll all be 3D eventually, because that's how we see the world. When it's correct and convenient for us, we pre-select for that as the premium experience."
Enough, Mr. Cameron. 3D ticket sales are down. No one wants to watch a movie with glasses on. Stop trying to push a technology in which you practically own on a public that doesn't want it.
Thoughts on 3D technology?
Some new set videos from the Transformers 4 production have surfaced online. The videos are from the film's shoot in Chicago at McCormick Place. The movie will be released in theaters on June 27, 2014.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, director Joss Whedon shared some thoughts on the character of Ultron, the primary villain for The Avengers: Age of Ultron due out on May 1, 2015.
Whedon stated: "As a character I love [Ultron] because he's so pissed off...I knew right away what I wanted to do with him. He's always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it. He's got a bee in his bonnet. He's not a happy guy, which means he's an interesting guy. He's got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we'll take away some of those powers because, at some point, everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone who's a witch."
Speaking of the that witch, back in May of 2013, we learned that Evan Peters had landed the role of Quicksilver, a character with superhuman speed who happens to be the son of Magneto and the twin brother of Scarlet Witch, in the forthcoming sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are being used the Avengers sequel. When Whedon was talking about the two characters, he said that Saoirse Ronan was in his head while crafting the character, but Bleeding Cool has said the actress already passed on the role.
Now Marvel and Whedon supposedly have their sights set on Elizabeth Olsen. She has a lot of buzz around her with films like Martha Marcy May Marlene, Silent House and Liberal Arts on her resume. She'll have even more attention with some bigger studio films like Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy and the new take on Godzilla.
Who do you want to see play the Witch? Thoughts on how Ultron will come across on the big screen?
Man of Steel 2!
Comic Book News is reporting (take with a grain of salt) that Bryan Cranston has been cast as Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2. The site has previously reported that the role was cast but didn't say who; they now cite an unidentified source as saying that Cranston has taken on the role.
The site also claims that DC wants their main characters for their movie universe to appear or at least be mentioned in all DC comics movies going forward, a la Marvel's Cinematic Universe. They also claim that WB wants to bring in Matt Damon for Aquaman or Martian Manhunter "now that Affleck is on board" as Batman.
Finally, they note that Mark Strong had been in consideration for the Luthor role but that his role as Sinestro worked against him.
Seems like they are throwing a lot of mud out there and seeing what sticks. Warner Bros. has yet to respond.
A new clip from the upcoming thriller Runner Runner is now online. The Brad Furman film follows Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake) who, believing he's been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block's promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.
Though Batman news has taken over, we have a little Star Wars tidbit to come out of Disney's D23 Expo earlier this month. Good for the cinephiles out there. TheForce.net has word that an announcement was made at an industry event in Los Angeles that director J.J. Abrams will be shooting Star Wars: Episode VII on 35mm film, specifically, Kodak film stock 5219 for the literal film experts out there.
According to Latino Review, Marvel has made an offer to the representatives of Bradley Cooper for him to voice Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. Nothing is official at this time.
Rocket Raccoon and Groot are the two central roles that have not been officially cast at this time. Vin Diesel has teased that he will voice Groot in the film.
Guardians is currently shooting in London and probably halfway through filming and during an interview with Empire Online, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed some details about the upcoming movie:
Feige tells Empire that the primary villain is Lee Pace's Ronan The Accuser. "Ronan The Accuser is very much the main bad guy. And Thanos is lurking above it all. You will learn more about Thanos in Guardians, for sure. Certainly you'll get more than the one turn around and smirk. You'll get much more than that!"
Although Ronan The Accuser is the main villain, Zoe Saldana's Gamora starts out being a bad guy but ends up becoming a crucial member of the "Guardians." "When we meet Gamora, she's a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula and Korath, and by extension for Thanos. Gamora doesn't necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren't greeting her with open arms."
Feige confirmed that the film will take place around the same time period as the other Phase Two films, and that the film is quite connected to the other films. He also explains the backstories of the main characters the film. "They are an unlikely band. It's pure circumstance that brings them all together throughout the course of the movie. Rocket has been genetically and mechanically altered, he's an experiment from one part of the galaxy. Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, "I am Groot." Peter Quill left Earth in the mid'80s, but when we meet back up with him he's very much a citizen of the universe. Drax has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy."
Feige also confirms that "Namor the Sub-Mariner" is NOT one of those Phase Three films as Universal still holds the rights to the character.
Sony Pictures has released the teaser trailer for the upcoming movie, Pompeii, from director Paul W.S. Anderson. You can view the trailer in the player below.
The film is set for a February 28, 2014 release.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
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