The Big Screen Bulletin 09.23.13: Prisoners Captures #1 Spot
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 09.23.2013
News and thoughts on Tom Hiddleston discussing Loki's storyline arc in Thor: The Dark World, new casting rumors around Warcraft, a set video from Fast & Furious 7, the latest Star Wars: Episode VII rumors and more!
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1. Prisoners - $21.4 million ($21.4 million total)
2. Insidious Part 2 - $14.5 million ($60.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. The Family - $7 million ($25.6 million total)
4. Instructions Not Included - $5.7 million ($34.3 million total)
5. Battle of the Year - $5 million ($5 million total)
6. We're the Millers - $4.7 million ($138.2 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. Lee Daniels' The Butler - $4.3 million ($106.5 million total)
8. Riddick - $3.6 million ($37.2 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. The Wizard of Oz - $3 million ($19.7 million total)
10. Planes - $2.9 million ($86.5 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!
* Does the Insidious franchise deserve a part 3?
* What lessons can be learned from the success of Instructions Not Included?
BULLETIN BOARD Tom Hiddleson recently spoke with IGN about Loki's arc in Thor: The Dark World and more. Here's his highlights:
On whether Loki can ever get past the desire for the crown: "Loki? I don't know. I think the thing is, where we find him now in the development of the character and the films, he and Hal [from Henry IV and Henry V] diverged long ago. Hal decided to take responsibility, and Loki decided not to. But it's almost like he could have become a responsible soul and a responsible prince-- but he doesn't. It's funny, because I actually think in Kenneth Branagh's Thor film, I think both Thor and Loki are Prince Hal at one point. They are two princes who are wrestling with an authoritarian father who is a king, who happens to be King of the Universe, not the King of England. Both characters in their own way rebel against his authority, and then they both have different responses to him. But Loki now, I feel like he's tried to sever his connection from even caring in the end. Of course, like any psychologist will tell you, that's just a symptom of the deepest, deepest damage and hurt...we actually talked about this a lot with Alan Taylor, Chris and I talked about it. Chris had seen a documentary on some of the most dangerous criminals in the world and the psychology of how you get to that. It's just that the damage has been buried so deep, and the misanthropy and the desire to destroy has just taken over. There is no safety catch anymore. Whatever it was that was holding your brain together to keep it civilized has snapped, and he's embraced a kind of wildness."
On whether the footage at Comic-Con which reveals Loki's motivations was too much: "I couldn't possibly tell you. But I would say be very careful with your suppositions. People are so quick to jump. That's what I love about playing the character. People are so quick to draw conclusions about who he is. The whole thing about Loki is that he's dancing on this liminal line between redemption and destruction. Just be very careful about drawing conclusions based on what you see."
The popularity of Hiddleson is overwhelming. He's taken a comic book villain that COULD have been played one note and forgotten about but he's made him his own.
Casting of the Week!
Deadline reports that Colin Farrell and Paula Patton have received offers to star in the adaptation of the popular video game franchise,Warcraft. According to Deadline, they are "not sure that Farrell is going to make a deal–sources said it's 50/50 – and Jones is testing other actors for the major roles." Patton is in negotiations for an unspecified role.
Warcraft is currently without a distributor, but it's likely going to be released by Universal Pictures. The company recently made a deal with Legendary to be their new home after Legendary recently split from Warner Bros. The movie starts filming in January and will be directed by Duncan Jones.
Thoughts on Colin in Warcraft?
As well as helming the sequel to The Avengers, it's easy to forget that Joss Whedon is also a creative consultant for all of Marvel's big-screen productions. That role recently called him into play on Thor: The Dark World, with director Alan Taylor revealing how Whedon was flown to the London set to help out with a couple of tricky scenes.
"Joss came in to save our lives a couple of times," says Taylor. "We had a major scene that was not working on the page at all in London, and he basically got airlifted in, like a SWAT team or something...He came down, rewrote the scene, and before he got back to his plane I sort of grabbed him and said, ‘And this scene and this scene?' And he rewrote two other scenes that I thought had problems...Then finally we let go of him, he took off again, and we shot the scenes; and they were just much better and much lighter on their feet...I can relate to guys who come out of the TV world, since that's where I come from. And being able to land and work and solve a problem quickly… I really was grateful."
Can Whedon do any wrong?
Fast & Furious Video!
He shared some pics and now Fast & Furious 7 star Vin Diesel is back with more from the set of the new franchise sequel. Check out the player below for a special video message from Diesel on the first day of production. The James Wan-directed sequel also stars Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Tony Jaa, Kurt Russell, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black and Nathalie Emmanuel and is slated to hit theaters on July 11, 2014.
Affleck Speaks! Ben Affleck has broken his silence on being cast as Batman in Zack Snyder'sMan Of Steel. He appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and discussed his casting and the fan reaction that the news was met with. Which wasn't pretty. On playing Batman, he explained, "It's so awesome, I'm so excited. They called me up and said, ‘Do you want to do this?' And I thought, ‘I'm not like 25, are you sure?' And they said, ‘Come down, we want to show you what we're doing.' And it was incredible...Zack Snyder's directing it and he's got this incredible take on it. Obviously he can't do what Chris [Nolan] and Christian [Bale] did - those movies are amazing - so he wants to do something different but still in keeping with that. And I thought, ‘This is a brilliant way to do this, I really know how to hook into this.'"
He also went on to talk about his reaction to the internet uproar, joking, "I handle shit!", before describing the first online comment he saw, which simply read, ‘Noooooooooooooooo!' And finally he teased Snyder's take on the character without giving away anything akin to an actual detail: "It's a very hard thing to describe without giving away the story and giving away what it is. But I really feel like I have a lot of opportunities now, and this is something that's really exciting."
Everyone is holding their breath for July 2015.
Star Wars Roundup!
Latino Review has another batch of rumors for Star Wars: Episode VII, this time "claiming" that Saoirse Ronan has read for a role. Ronan recently passed on playing Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's unknown who she is reading for, but there is a rumor that there will be a female villain in the film. According to the website, the sequel will shoot in Las Cruces, New Mexico, along with Los Angeles. However, 90% will still be done in London when production begins in 2014.
Oh yeah. The website is adamant that Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in the film. They wrote: "DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE ABOUT BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH NOT BEING IN STAR WARS. HE IS IN THE MOVIE! In fact, he will be in all three Star Wars films! It's all a smoke screen. Folks, remember when Cumberbatch denied being Khan for over a year? Same situation here. At least give us the benefit of the doubt hence why we are bringing this up. Point is, he lied before and he can lie again. Google it. One more time because it is worth repeating, Benedict Cumberbatch will be in the upcoming Star Wars movies. I don't care if he denies it till opening day. We were right before about him playing Khan, and we will be right again on this one. Technically, his part in Episode VII is very small but the role is much bigger in Episode VIII and Episode IX."
What do you think?
The film is set to take place thirty years after Return of the Jedi.
Now for some more news that's NOT rumor. J.J. Abrams spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his plans for the movie. Check out the highlights:
On the franchise's fan base: "It's been nice seeing how important [Star Wars] is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [George Lucas'] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right."
On the film's tone: "It's going to be an evolving thing...I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible," he adds. "Whatever your favorite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective."
The Dark Audition!
Check out the following video, where Jonathon Nolan discusses Batman's choices in a new feature from The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collectors Edition, which will be released on September 24th.
Here is a new featurette from The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition, which hits stores on September 24th. The video features Christian Bale's audition for Batman from the first film in Val Kilmer's batsuit from Batman Forever opposite Amy Adams:
Army of Darkness 2!
Bloody Disgusting spoke with Bruce Campbell and Fede Alvarez about the plan for the upcoming Army of Darkness 2 as well as Evil Dead 2. Here's what Campbell said: "We have to figure out what we want to do," he said, "because this wasn't a huge long term 18 movie plan, you know what I mean? These sequels – remakes, sequels, whatever you want to call them – come out of nowhere."
Alvarez said Sam Raimi is focusing on Army of Darkness 2 right now, not Evil Dead 2. "The pressure is on them now. Because as far as I know, and heard, Sam is really determined to get Army Of Darkness 2 happening. He is actually writing [it now]."
Thoughts on the franchise?
Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for Steve Pink's remake of About Last Night. It will be released on February 14, 2014 and stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald and Paula Patton.
The synopsis: A modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. The original film was directed by Edward Zwick and starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins. It was released in 1986.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
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