The Big Screen Bulletin 10.28.13: Bad Grandpa Captures the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 10.28.2013
News and thoughts on Kevin Feige discussing the odds of Iron Man 4 and Marvel's upcoming films, Sam Raimi returning to direct Army of Darkness 2, new writers for Star Wars: Episode VII 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. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa - $32 million ($32 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Gravity - $20.3 million ($199.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. Captain Phillips - $11.8 million ($70.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. The Counselor - $8 million ($8 million total)
5. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 - $6.1 million ($100.6 million total)
6. Carrie - $5.9 million ($26 million total)
7. Escape Plan - $4.3 million ($17.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. 12 Years a Slave - $2.2 million ($2.2 million total)
9. Enough Said - $1.6 million ($13 million total)
10. Prisoners - $1.1 million ($59.1 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 at the follow Bad Grandpa has?
* Why did The Counselor bomb?
Horror writer/director Clive Barker took to his Facebook to tell everyone that he will be writing the Hellraiser remake. Barker reports from Facebook:
"HOT FROM HELL! My friends,I have some news which may be of interest to you. A few weeks ago I had a very productive meeting with Bob Weinstein of Dimension Pictures,in the course of which I pitched a remake of the first HELLRAISER film. The idea of my coming back to the original film and telling the story with a fresh intensity-honoring the structure and the designs from the first incarnation but hopefully creating an even darker and richer film-was attractive to Dimension. Today I have officially been invited to write the script based upon that pitch.What can I tell you about it?Well, it will not be a film awash with CGI. I remain as passionate about the power of practical make-up effects as I was when I wrote and directed the first HELLRAISER. Of course the best make-up in the world loses force if not inhabited by a first-rate actor. I told the Dimension team that in my opinion there could never be a Pinhead without Doug Bradley,and much to my delight Bob Weinstein agreed. So once the papers are signed , I will open a Lemarchand Configuration,dip my quill in its contents and start writing . I promise that there will be nowhere on the Internet where the news of my progress will be more reliable than here ,because the only author of these reports will be Your Infernal Corespondent ,me. My very best wishes to you
Casting of the Week! Evil Dead remake/redo director Fede Alvarez says that Sam Raimi will indeed direct Army of Darkness 2. As previously reported, there are plans to do the Army of Darkness follow-up as well as a sequel to this year's remake, which would them possibly flow into each other.
It looks like the truth behind the now infamous "nuke the fridge" scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull may never be known. At a recent screening of Indiana Jones: Raiders Of The Lost Ark in Hollywood, director Steven Spielberg took responsibility for its creation, yet again.
The scene, which appears toward the beginning of the fourth "Indy" adventure, features Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) hiding in a refrigerator to take shelter from an atomic bomb. The moment was a focal point of backlash for the film, and at the screening on Tuesday night, Spielberg attempted to set the record straight:
"I know in Indy 4, you didn't buy the refrigerator and the atomic bomb… I know! I know! But we tried! We tried! I was pushing the envelope! By the way, I take FULL responsibility for that –- that was COMPLETELY my idea! Even Harrison said to me: ‘Nobody is going to buy this!'"
In an interview with the New York Times in January of 2012, however, producer George Lucas said he was to blame for nuking the fridge.
"When I told Lucas that Spielberg had accepted the blame for nuking the fridge, he looked stunned. "It's not true," he said. "He's trying to protect me. In fact, it was Spielberg who "didn't believe" the scene. In response to Spielberg's fears, Lucas put together a whole nuking-the-fridge dossier. It was about six inches thick, he indicated with his hands. Lucas said that if the refrigerator were lead-lined, and if Indy didn't break his neck when the fridge crashed to earth, and if he were able to get the door open, he could, in fact, survive. "The odds of surviving that refrigerator — from a lot of scientists — are about 50-50," Lucas said."
Does it matter?
MARVEL! Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, spoke to the French website Lavoixdunord.fr about the Hulk and how he won't have any movies on his own in the current slate, Iron Man's connection to James Bond and teases of Age of Ultron.
What do think of the way DC Comics and Warner Bros are handling their own movies ? Do you like the fact that they will introduce a new Batman in Man of Steel 2?
You know, Batman and Superman meet up in the comics quite a bit. And I always say that all of all us at Marvel started as film fans and comic fans, and the idea of seeing a Batman and Superman film excites us. The idea of seeing it only because of the success that we have had is very flattering.
What about Ben Kinglsey and that secret Mavel project ?
I think the keyword here is "secret", ha ha !
Is it a TV show, a movie, a short film ?
(He says no with his head)
What are those other TV shows that Marvel seems to be working on ?
Anything outside Agents of SHIELD that you read online is just rumous. People are guessing what we do next. I can't speak much about television, because that's not what I do. We have a TV division, run by Jeff Loeb, that is doing the Agents of SHIELD show. They're certainly talking about things in the success of Agents of SHIELD, other opportunities and other TV show, but I don't know what those are.
Tell us about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Avengers : Age of Ultron, what are they going to do in this movie ?
They're going to be incredibly exciting and live adventures ! No, I can't say much about it. Joss of course has revealed that they will play a huge part in the movie, they will play a huge part in the movie. But, we can't say much more than that.
Are they good guys or bad guys?
Well, we take all of our inspiration from the comics, so… Clues exist !
Is there gonna be an Iron Man 4 ?
Well, if I believe Tony Stark to be James Bond, then there would be and Iron Man 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9… What is James Bond on at ? Twenty ?
So, no Robert Downey Jr. ?
That's the question. And again, that's a question we won't have to face until after Avengers 3. So that's at least five or six years away.
Are you planning another Hulk solo movie?
We have been discussing after Avengers what that would be, what that would look like. It's really Mark Ruffalo portrayal of Bruce Banner, in the way Joss Whedon brought him to life in Avengers that worked. It's even why you ask me that question. Which is good, we wanted that to happen, we wanted people to come out of Avengers saying The Hulk was their favorite character or at least on of their favorite. The fact that it did happen, was awesome. So, you know, all of the effort related to Hulk right know is going to Age of Ultron. It's exciting, beacuse he hasn't been in any other film, so you can expect to have a lot of Bruce Banner and Hulk in Age of Ultron. Where we go after that ? We'll see. It will be a little while before we figure that out but, we do think there's plenty of opportunities with the Ruffalo Banner.
Lucasfilm has announced that Michael Arndt will no longer be writing Star Wars: Episode VII. The company has officially revealed that J.J. Abrams will co-write the film with Lawrence Kasdan. Yes, the co-writer on the first two Star Wars sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He also wrote the script for Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said, "I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production."
Location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are all currently underway for the film, with John Williams set to return as composer. Production begins in spring for a 2015 release.
In other Star Wars news, this is making the rounds. On YouTube they've released some old school teasers for the original trilogy. You might notice a few surprises in the original teaser for Episode VI of the Star Wars saga. First, the episode number isn't mentioned anywhere, those weren't part of the series' promotional material at the time. Also, the title used in the trailer is not Return of the Jedi, but rather Revenge of the Jedi.
In an interview with Yahoo Movies, Ryan Reynolds provided an update on Deadpool, which is currently stuck in development hell. He previously played the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He's been interested in a film adaptation since 2003, but since Origins had a negative reaction, he's been pushing a solo film himself.
He said: "[In] its current iteration the movie's actually very small. There's minimal impact to the studio, which is the way we're kind of presenting it to them. We're saying ‘Look, the budget is minimal. Therefore, can we do this the way it should be done?' Which unfortunately needs a Rated R [age certificate] or it needs those elements. The script is probably available online, it leaked. But it's very meta, I mean the character knows he's in a movie, he knows he's in a comic book. He names studio executives in the script. So, it's kind of a risky property. But, you know, we'll see."
When asked if it will ever get made, he replied: "In our lifetime? Yeah, I think so. I think if I were a betting man it'll get made, eventually. I mean it's just been developed to high heaven. It has great people around it, so we'll see."
Place your bets: Will we ever see a Deadpool movie?
Anchorman! Will Ferrell spoke to Total Film about how it felt to work with Harrison Ford. "It's stupid why he would want to do it," he says. "Bless him. We worked a 16-hour-long day with him, and the whole day we just couldn't believe it was Harrison Ford!"
20th Century Fox has released a preview of the trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will be revealed this Tuesday. The day before, director Bryan Singer will host a Twitter chat. The film will be released on May 23, 2014. It stars Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman and Lucas Till.
Yes. A trailer for a trailer.
Captain America returns! The official first trailer for Captain America The Winter Soldier dropped and has people talking! Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
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