The Big Screen Bulletin 09.02.13: One Direction: This is Us Wins the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 09.02.2013
News and thoughts on Tom Hiddleston hinting at Loki's future in the Marvel films, the villain in The Avengers: Age of Ultron being cast, potential titles for Transformers 4, a new name circling Fast & Furious 7, Bradley Cooper joining Guardians of the Galaxy and more!
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1. One Direction: This Is Us - $17 million ($17 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Lee Daniels' The Butler - $14.7 million ($74 million total)
3. We're the Millers - $12.6 million ($109.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. Planes - $7.8 million ($70.8 million total)
5. Instructions Not Included - $7.5 million ($7.5 million total)
6. Elysium - $6.3 million ($78.4 million total)
7. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - $5.2 million ($22.7 million total)
8. The World's End - $4.8 million ($16.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. Getaway - $4.5 million ($4.5 million total)
10. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters - $4.4 million ($55 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!
* Why did Getaway bomb?
* Which music act should make a movie next?
It's Labor Day here in the United States so I kept it light. Speaking to Complex magazine, martial artist and former longtime actor of the Power Rangers franchise, Jason David Frank, said he has been speaking with Power Rangers creator Haim Saban about a solo feature film centered around the Green Ranger.
Frank stated, "I'm talking to Saban about making a PG-13 Green Ranger movie. It's just a matter of Saban stepping behind it. I was an X-Men fan growing up; I loved Wolverine. I feel like the Green Ranger can step outside the box and be like the Wolverine of Power Rangers. That's why I think he can handle his own movie."
Casting of the Week!
Time for some Star Wars rumors! Latino Review has a report on some possible casting news for Star Wars: Episode VII. According to their sources, Rachel Hurd-Wood has reportedly read for the role of Princess Leia's daughter. It says thus far she is the only actress to have read for the role though others will likely audition soon. In addition, the site reports that Alex Pettyfer has read for an unknown role. A "major casting news" item is also said to be dropping very soon from Lucasfilm.
In case you didn't know, in the Expanded Universe, Leia and Han Solo's daughter is Jaina Solo, who has a twin brother Jacen. The two characters have previously been reported (though unconfirmed) as being the focus of the new trilogy.
Hurd-Wood is best known for her role as Wendy Darling in 2003's Peter Pan, while Pettyfer has toplined films like I Am Number Four and Beastly and had supporting turns in Magic Mike, In Time and Lee Daniels' The Butler.
Thoughts on these casting rumors?
Looks like the furor is over. Until filming starts. And the first trailer. Matt Damon has spoken up about Ben Affleck playing Batman. Is anyone surprised about his thoughts?
In an interview with The Times of India, Damon was asked about his long-time friend's new gig as the Dark Knight and he effectively took the steam out of any and all people protesting Affleck's Batman role.
"I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it's kind of funny. You know, he's not playing King Lear. It's Batman!" Damon said. "[That's] certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw Argo or The Town, and all the work he's been doing lately, it's way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that."
Damon's statements mostly echo what director Zack Snyder said when it was announced that Affleck would play Batman in the Man of Steel sequel that Warner Bros. will release in 2015.
"Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry Cavill's Superman," Snyder said in the press release. "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."
Affleck, a two-time Oscar winner (for screenwriting and producing), was chosen for the Batman versus Superman film last Thursday, and the decision set of an immediate firestorm on the interweb. A number of comic fans went as far as setting up a petition on Change.org to remove Affleck from the part.
We have our team! The Guardians of the Galaxy are complete. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel are already lined up to play four out of the five heroes in Marvel's new superhero ensemble. Now Marvel has announced officially, after rumors swirled last week, that Bradley Cooper will voice Rocket Raccoon, a genetically modified anthropomorphic raccoon has a knack for guns and explosives, is a great pilot, and has a great sense of smell and impeccable hearing.
Do you think Cooper can pull it off?
Fusible has come out with some possible titles for Michael Bay'sTransformers 4. They wrote:
"The same brand protection agency that registered TransformersDarkoftheMoon.com back in 2010, has registered a few new domain names that could be possible titles for Michael Bay's untitled Transformers sequel.
MarkMonitor, which is also the registrar for the Transformers 4 official website, registered names for Transformers: Last Stand, Transformers: Apocalypse, and Transformers: Future Cast."
The June 27, 2014 release stars Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller, Han Geng and Titus Welliver.
No matter how many times I see this it still makes me laugh.
Loki and The Avengers!
MTV talked to Tom Hiddleston about reprising the role of Loki in Marvel Studios' anticipated November 8 sequel, Thor: The Dark World. "It's a roller coaster, no question," Hiddleston said. "It's full of ups and downs and loop-de-loops and twists and turns. It will take you to places you haven't seen before." Loki will have to team up with his brother to take on Malekith the Accursed, leader of the Dark Elves. "They have an ancient, ancient grudge against Asgard and against the reign of Odin, and they're back."
But Loki will remain a thorn in Thor's side. "Loki has a very complicated relationship with Thor," Hiddleston added. "He is an agent of chaos without equal in the world he inhabits. He knows his true nature. He knows he doesn't belong in the family of Asgard, and he's locked away in the beginning of the film in the deepest, darkest recesses of the dungeon as public enemy number one."
He was also asked if we'll see Loki again after Thor: The Dark World now that Joss Whedon has said he won't appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. "I do feel like there's some unfinished business between Loki and the Hulk," he said. "I feel like he didn't get a fair fight. Who knows, you'll have to see what happens in 'The Dark World' to find out where Loki finishes up."
Speaking of Ultron, James Spader will return to the big screen in what will likely be the largest role of his career. Marvel announced that the actor who stars in the forthcoming NBC series The Blacklist has landed the role of the villain Ultron in the forthcoming sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
What do you think of the casting?
Fast & Furious 7!
After bringing in Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa for a role in the forthcoming sequel Fast & Furious 7, Universal has picked up a bigger name to join the high speed franchise. Variety has word that actor Kurt Russell has joined the film but his role has not been disclosed at this time. However, one detail that has been divulged about the part was that it was originally offered to Denzel Washington.
Deadline.com debuted the first trailer for James Franco's latest directorial effort, Child of God. The film, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, stars Scott Haze as the title character, a loner who becomes a serial killer in the 1960s. Franco and Tim Blake Nelson co-star in the film, which Franco also adapted for the screen. Child of God debuts at this week's Venice Film Festival, the third Franco film this year to bow at a prestigious film fest.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
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