The Big Screen Bulletin 09.30.13: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Wins the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 09.30.2013
News and thoughts on Wonder Woman possibly showing up in Man of Steel 2, Tom Hiddleston wanting Enchantress in a Marvel film, new casting news for Dumb and Dumber To, a new trailer for Gravity 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!
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1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 - $35 million ($35 million total)
2. Prisoners - $11.3 million ($39 million total)
3. Rush - $10.3 million ($10.6 million total)
4. Baggage Claim - $9.3 million ($9.3 million total)
5. Don Jon - $9 million ($9 million total)
6. Insidious Part 2 - $6.7 million ($69.5 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. The Family - $3.7 million ($31.7 million total)
8. Instructions Not Included - $3.4 million ($38.6 million total)
9. We're the Millers - $2.9 million ($142.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
10. Lee Daniels' The Butler - $2.4 million ($110.3 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!
* Why did Rush open so soft?
* Will Don Juan do better or worse next week?
Breaking Bad. I know this is a Movie themed column but it would seem...unseemly to go without mentioning the end of one of the best shows to grace our televisions. The series premiered on January 20, 2008. The series has won ten Primetime Emmy Awards, including three consecutive wins for Best Actor for Cranston, two wins for Best Supporting Actorfor Paul, and one win for Best Supporting Actress for Gunn and Outstanding Drama Series after three nominations. The series was also nominated for a Best Television Series – Drama and Cranston three times for Best Actor, besides being nominated four times for a Screen Actors Guild Awardfor Best Actor, winning once at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named Breaking Bad the 13th best-written TV series of all time. That same year, Guinness World Records awarded it the highest-rated TV series of all time, citing a Metacriticscore of 99/100.
I open up the comments below to share your thoughts on the Series Finale and the vote today is pretty basic.
Casting of the Week! Dumb and Dumber To just got a little better in my eyes. They added Jennifer Lawrence to its roster, as the actress reportedly filmed a cameo for the sequel. Lawrence's bit took only a day to film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Oscar winner will play a younger version of Kathleen Turner's character, Fraida Felcher. The Dumber set is near Lawrence's The Hunger Games lot, and THR reports the entire cast visited the filming of the Jeff Daniels-Jim Carrey comedy.
The sequel finds Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) embarking on a road trip to find Harry's long-lost daughter. Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who are returning to direct the sequel, also revealed this week that Brady Bluhm will reprise his role as Billy in 4C.
GottaBeKidding! Alfonso Cuaron is getting a lot of buzz recently over the 3-D visual effects seen in Gravity, but that isn't stopping him from lambasting the technological craze at large. During a press conference at the Zurich Film Festival, where Gravity will screen, the director said only a "handful" of films use the technique to their advantage.
"The problem now is that they make all these films that are not designed for 3-D and then convert them as a commercially afterthought -- and they are crap," Cuaron said. "They don't follow the rules of 3-D of what does and doesn't work."
Cuaron acknowledged that 3-D can be an "amazing tool" when used in a "proper way." It appears a good chunk of the movie going public agrees with Cuaron's assessment. Shares for RealD, the 3-D technology projection company, hit all-time lows this month after August ticket sales proved especially disappointing. The summer's 3-D offerings, namely lucrative releases such as Despicable Me 2 and The Wolverine, were trumped by their 2-D counterparts.
Wondering About Wonder Woman!
What's wrong with Wonder Woman? Hollywood can't seem to get her right on both the big and small screens. Joss Whedon knows this. In case you didn't know, at one point he was attached to a big screen adaptation of the Amazon Princess, but the project never came to fruition.
"It is hard. She's a tough nut to crack," Whedon told EW. "I know she's famous as a television show, but I don't think she lends herself to television. I think she only works on an epic scale. I saw a bit of the David E. Kelley [NBC pilot]. That was not a good marriage." NBC tried to revive the superhero with the Kelley pilot starring Adrienne Palicki, but it didn't make it to series. Recently the CW ordered Amazon, a Wonder Woman origin story script from Allan Heinberg, but the script didn't make it to pilot for the 2013-2014 season. Instead, Heroes writer Aron Eli Coleite was hired to rewrite. "We are preparing to pilot it off-cycle should the script be what we want it to be," CW President Mark Pedowitz said in May 2013. "We do not want to produce something that doesn't work for that particular character -- it is the trickiest of all the DC characters to get done."
In a recent interview with ET Online, original series star Linda Carter shared her own theories as to why Hollywood has failed to thrust Wonder Woman back into the spotlight since her 1970s TV series. "I think they try to just make her a female version of a male superhero, and that's not what she is," Carter said. "She is an Amazon Princess and she's got really strong sisterhood values ... Maybe they need a female writer who gets it. I've often tried not to say that, but I think it's the truth. It's like, 'Hellooooo guys, get a female that understands what that's all about.' You look at any society that suppresses women, and it's violent. Look around the world. … There's a humanity that they're missing. There's got to be a sweetness, a kindness, a goodness in the character. The rest takes care of itself."
However, Wonder Woman could finally be making it to the big screen along with her super friends. New rumors have the amazing Amazon appearing alongside Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. Nothing is confirmed, but a supporting role for Wonder Woman in the upcoming blockbuster could be the best way to reintroduce audiences to the warrior blessed with gifts from the Greek gods.
What do you think?
There are a lot of questions about how often Tom Hiddleston will be returning to play Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Hiddleston is rooting for another character himself. The Thor and Avengers actor spoke with Total Film and says that he would like to see Loki get his favorite ally in the comic books: Amora, better known as the Enchantress.
"When I was first reading the comics, [Loki's] relationship with the Enchantress was one of the really fun things I thought would be good to explore," Hiddleston said. "[I] may have even pitched it to [Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige at some point." He noted he likes Amora "because she was as sneaky and as untrustworthy as he was. They basically had a really fantastic and twisted relationship until they both say, 'You know what? I don't trust you as far as I can throw you. It's over.' Because they keep betraying each other, in a way. So it could be good."
Do you think she could work on the big screen?
Man of Steel! David Goyer, writer of Man of Steel, mentioned to Hey You Guys that all the work they did on Batman for the better part of the past decade is going to get tossed. WHAT?
"It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn't hope that this would be the starting point for a shared universe. And Zack has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris' [Nolan] Dark Knight trilogy, and it would be disingenuous to say that Zack and I haven't had various conversations on set, around ‘what if' and ‘moving forward...That having been said, it's all going to depend on the next few weeks. Warner Bros has hopes that there will be more Man Of Steel films, and that this will be the beginning of a shared universe. We could meet Batman, or Wonder Woman, or the Justice League in these movies. But they all hinge on box office reception...If that happens, I would be happy, and nervous, to dive in."
Really? Throwing Nolan's work to the side already? Thoughts?
One of the biggest reveals at this year's Comic-Con was the confirmation that Ultron would be the villain going up against Iron Man, Thor, Captain American, and friends in the sequel to The Avengers. The announcement was made via a minute-long teaser video, pulling a series of key dialogue snippets from the first film before revealing the new title, Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Up until now, that teaser video has not been made public, but a shiny HD version is now available online. There was some faux conflict from the studio but that was an obvious marketing ploy to keep the Marvel name in the buzz.
Batman to Batman!
It's not often an actor is honest about past roles so this is refreshing. George Clooney spoke about his time playing Batman. You all remember that, right? "Batman is still the biggest break I ever had and it completely changed my career, even if it was weak and I was weak in it," Clooney told Total Film in a 2011 interview. "It was a difficult film to be good in. I don't know what I could have done differently."
So what does Clooney offer Ben Affleck, Clooney's producer partner on the Best Picture-winning Argo, when it comes to advice about taking the Batman role in Man of Steel 2?
"I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part," Clooney said to Empire magazine.
Despite that, Clooney did provide some comment to those Batman fans who were so enraged by Affleck's casting in the first place. "I tend to look at it like this -- let's just see what the movie is before everyone starts beating him up," he said. "He is a smart man, he knows what he is doing."
Warner Bros Pictures has released a new TV spot for Alfonso Cuaron'sGravity, which will be released in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D on October 4. Here's a synopsis: In the film, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone--tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
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