The Big Screen Bulletin 10.07.13: Gravity Spins Into First!!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 10.07.2013
News and thoughts on Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch reportedly being cast in Avengers: Age of Ultron, WB pushing for a Wonder Woman film, Willem Dafoe slamming the new Spider-Man series and more!
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1. Gravity - $55 million ($55 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 - $21.5 million ($60.6 million total)
3. Runner Runner - $7.6 million ($7.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. Prisoners - $5.7 million ($47.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. Rush - $4.4 million ($18.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. Don Jon - $4.2 million ($16.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. Baggage Claim - $4.1 million ($15.2 million total)
8. Insidious Part 2 - $3.9 million ($74.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. Pulling Strings - $2.5 million ($2.5 million total)
10. Enough Said - $2.2 million ($5.4 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!
* Is Gravity really a "game changer" in cinema?
* Why did Runner Runner fall flat?
It sounds like we may be getting a Wonder Woman movie or series after all. As the story goes, Warner Bros. and DC have been trying to get a film or television series starring the DC superheroine off the ground for years now to no avail. One film project with Joss Whedon at the helm fell through several years back; a deeply unfortunate David E. Kelly TV pilot was passed on by NBC in 2011 and a series at the CW titled Amazon stalled and wasn't picked up this past season. When asked about it this summer, DC president Diane Nelson said "We are still trying right now, but she's tricky."
That may change, though. THR reports that Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara was part of a lunchtime keynote interview at the USC Gould School of Law on Saturday and discussed the DC Comics properties as potential films and series. While on the subject, Tsujihara said that the lack of superhero movies at Warner Bros. (other than Superman and Batman) had been a "missed opportunity" and said that they have "huge plans for a number of other DC properties on TV." He specifically noted, "We need to get Wonder Woman on the big screen or TV."
Casting of the Week!
After months of rumor and speculation, it's finally been confirmed that Elizabeth Olsen has joined the cast of Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Samuel L. Jackson shared the news during an interview with The Wall Street Journal, where he confirmed that Olsen had been added to the sequel's huge cast. "I don't think we begin shooting before March of next year," Jackson said. "I know we're shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms Olsen. But I don't know what she's doing; if she's on the inside or the outside. I haven't seen a script." Though Jackson wasn't able to confirm which character Olsen will be tackling, she's long been linked to the role of Scarlet Witch. If she ends up playing the heroine, Olsen would be working closely with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who's already on board as Scarlet Witch's brother Quicksilver.
In semi-related news, Anthony Mackie plays Samuel Wilson a.k.a. The Falcon in Captain America: Winter Soldier, but the actor isn't sure if the character will make an appearance in Age of Ultron. "I wish. You know, Marvel is so quiet with that stuff. I won't know I'm doing it until I'm doing it," Mackie told NextMovie when asked if he would appear in Age of Ultron. "Literally, they're so quiet with that stuff you never really know. All I know for sure is Robert Downey Jr. is doing it, everybody else is just waiting for the call. It's like being drafted."
More casting rumors! For Star Wars: Episode VII. They just seem to grow bigger and bigger. Saoirse Ronan has confirmed that she has indeed read for a part in J.J. Abrams' forthcoming reboot. She went on to comment that, "so has everyone", but it does at least suggest that Disney's interest in the actress is real, and that the studio is driving forward through the audition process before making any concrete announcements. Ronan didn't elaborate on exactly which role she read for, although rumors have suggested that the primary characters in this film will be the offspring of Han and Leia, and Luke. Needless to say, that has yet to be confirmed, with Abrams playing his cards extremely close to his chest at this stage. The latest gossip from El Mayimbe from Latino Review links Daniel Day-Lewis to a possible Star Wars role, after the actor was spotting having lunch with George Lucas and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
Lucasfilm has officially announced that a short teaser for the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels will air on Monday during the premiere of Mighty Med on Disney XD. The teaser will be 15 seconds in length. The show premieres on Monday (October 7) at 8:30 PM ET. The teaser will be released online a short time after the initial broadcast. The show, set between the end of the Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, will premiere in the fall of 2014 on The Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD.
Summit Entertainment has released the first clip from Ender's Game, featuring the film's stars Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford. The film is directed by Gavin Hood and also stars Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Stevie Ray Dillmore, Andrea Powell, Moises Arias, Conor Carroll, Aramis Knight, Brandon Soo hoo, Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak, Suraj Parthasarathy and Khylin Rhambo. It will be released in theaters and IMAX on November 1.
Marvel has revealed the first clip from Thor: The Dark World, which features Chris Hemsworth as Thor visiting Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. The film will be released on November 8.
Here's a synopsis: Marvel's Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Out of the Furnace!
Here is a new trailer for Relativity Media's Out of the Furnace. The film stars Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoë Saldana and Sam Shepard and opens on December 6th.
Russell Baze (Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell's brother Rodney (Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so - with nothing left to lose - Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother.
Spider-Man! Willem Dafoe is not a fan of Sony's Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. Dafoe, who starred as Norman Osborn (a.k.a. Green Goblin) in Sam Raimi's 2002 film about the young Spidey, told Total Film that he was disappointed to see the studio take another crack at the character. "I saw a trailer for the first Spider-Man reboot and I thought, 'This is crazy! It's not shot for shot, but it's the same story,'" Dafoe said. "I thought, 'This is sort of a cynical approach to making money!'" Dafoe isn't the first Spider-Man actor to question the existence of The Amazing Spider-Man. James Franco, who played Dafoe's onscreen son, Harry, in the film and its sequels, has gone on record twice before about his issues with director Marc Webb's reboot.
"I mean, they could have strayed a little bit more from the original," Franco said to MTV in January of this year. "It's like, 'Why?' Well, I guess they made a lot of money. Congrats. Good for them. Sam and I moved on, we made Oz The Great And Powerful." In a piece published by Vice in June, Franco wrote that the 2012 Spider-Man reboot was made "before there was time to bury the corpse of the old one and enshroud it in the haze of nostalgia."
In fact, of the original Spider-Man participants, only Raimi himself has come out in favor of The Amazing Spider-Man. "I loved it," Raimi told the website Hey U Guys back in March of this year. "Of course the next Spider-Man story should be told, and [Marc Webb] did a wonderful job telling that. I loved the movie, and I'm looking forward like a fan to the next installment. I love the comic book, and now I don't feel bound, and I'm really glad somebody's remaking it again."
Here's an interview with Dafoe from a year ago...
The cast of David O. Russell'sAmerican Hustle is among the year's best. The upcoming film, based in part on the ABSCAM scandal of the late 1970s and early 1980s, stars Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, plus Robert De Niro, Louis C.K. and Michael Pena. With a call sheet like that, it's no wonder a simple one-sheet wasn't enough. As such, Sony has released five new character posters for the film, highlighting the vintage looks of Adams, Bale, Cooper, Lawrence and Renner in the film. Here's the one that caught my eye.
American Hustle is out in theaters starting on Dec. 13. The film will screen nationwide starting on Christmas Day.
The first trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has been released online. You can check out the video in the player below. The new update of the character created by the late Tom Clancy stars Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, and Kevin Costner. The film is due out on December 25.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
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