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The Big Screen Bulletin 12.16.13: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Takes the Box Office
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 12.16.2013

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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. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $73.7 million ($73.7 million total)
2. Frozen - $22.2 million ($164.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas - $16 million ($16 million total)
4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $13.2 million ($357 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. Thor: The Dark World - $2.7 million ($198.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. Out of the Furnace - $2.3 million ($9.5 million total)
7. Delivery Man - $1.8 million ($28 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. Philomena - $1.8 million ($11 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. The Book Thief - $1.7 million ($14.9 million total)
10. Homefront - $1.6 million ($18.4 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!

* Did the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hurt the sequel?

* Has Madea run its course?

Paramount Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for director Christopher Nolan's next film, Interstellar. The new sci-fi film, co-written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan, stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine and Matt Damon. The story chronicles a group of explorers who discover a wormhole that allows them to cross vast distances of space in an interstellar voyage.

My question:

Casting of the Week!
Deadline reports that Emilia Clarke, best known for her role on Game of Thrones, is following in the footsteps of Linda Hamilton and Lena Headey to play the role of Sarah Connor in the new Terminator film. The film will be directed by Alan Taylor, who has worked with Clarke on Game of Thrones.

Clarke joins Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Clarke in the film, with Schwarzenegger playing the robot again while Clarke plays Sarah's son John Connor. The film, which will be the first in a standalone trilogy, reportedly involves time travel to the future.

The film releases on July 2nd, 2015.

Joel Kinnaman has been talking to SFX about what we can expect from the new RoboCop, and is quick to stress that the film is more than just a retread of the original adventure. "When I first heard there was gonna be a RoboCop remake, I thought, ‘Maybe I'll see that somewhere down the line, but it's nothing I'm interested in pursuing myself,'" explains Kinnaman, candidly. "Then when I heard it was José Padilha that was gonna direct it, I became very interested. José has fought very hard and succeeded in making something that has a point of view, and a political and philosophical perspective."

And as for the film's relationship with the original, Kinnaman says it will contain respectful nods rather than wholesale plagiarism. "It's a great responsibility," says the actor. "Especially in a world where there's a lot of remakes being made for cynical economic reasons. But having José as a director washed away those fears. The biggest respect you can pay to the original is to acknowledge it as a very intelligent movie, and try to make something intelligent to follow it up with, and not just replay old catchphrases. We kept one or two as a wink to the fans, but we did not try to remake the movie."

So, it's a remake that's NOT a remake. Gotcha.

Spider-Man Roundup!
Whoa! The Electro Arrives viral site dropped some news on us! Sony Pictures officially announced films based on Spider-Man properties Venom and The Sinister Six, with Daredevil's Drew Goddard on board to write (and possibly direct) the latter. The official release:

CULVER CITY, Calif., December 12, 2013 – In a move to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen, Sony Pictures Entertainment, in association with Marvel Entertainment, is developing several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad,president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.

The five writers, along with the two producers and Marc Webb, have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films. Under the deals, the studio announced that Kurtzman & Orci & Pinkner are writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio hopes Webb will return to direct; the film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016. In addition, the team will build on the cinematic foundation laid by Webb, Arad, and Tolmach in the first two movies. They will expand the franchise as Kurtzman & Orci & Solomon will write the screenplay for Venom, which Kurtzman will direct; also, Goddard will write, with an eye to direct, The Sinister Six, focusing on the villains in the franchise. Hannah Minghella and Rachel O'Connor will oversee the development and production of these films for the studio.

In tapping these five writers, the studio and the producers are guiding the future of the franchise with the writer/producers who have each played significant and key roles in developing such highly successful franchises, films, and series as Star Trek, Transformers, "Alias," "Fringe," Men in Black, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, World War Z, "Lost," Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods, and Marvel's upcoming "Daredevil" series.

Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, "The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio's greatest assets. We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming films." Arad and Tolmach added, "This collaboration was born out of the great experience we and Marc had working with Alex, Bob, and Jeff on The Amazing Spider-Man 2. With more than fifty years' wealth of stories in the comic books to draw upon for inspiration, the Spider-Man universe is truly boundless; in addition, the Spider-Man comics have the greatest rogues gallery of any series, and to have the chance to explore that on film is truly thrilling. Until now, we have approached each film as a separate, self-contained entity, but with this move, we have the opportunity to grow the franchise by looking to the future as we develop a continuous arc for the story. That is what Alex, Bob, Jeff, Ed, and Drew will do in this unprecedented collaboration, and we're excited about the directions they are taking the character and the world."

The most successful franchise in the history of Columbia Pictures, Spider-Man is embraced all over the world. The four Spider-Man films to date have taken in over $3.2 billion worldwide.

Spider-Man, Venom, The Sinister Six and other Spider-Man related characters are licensed to Sony by Marvel Entertainment.

But what of Spider-Man? Andrew Garfield has been discussing his long-term future as Spider-Man, and seems non-committal over the prospect of continuing the role beyond the three films he had initially agreed to. "I mean I'm under contract for another one after this," begins Garfield. "As far as a fourth one? That's not anything to do with me."
To see Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, and Marc Webb provide a world exclusive trailer breakdown for your friendly neighbourhood Total Film, check out the video below.

Disney is taking its time with the recently-acquired Indiana Jones franchise. Variety reports that according to Disney's Alan Horn, the franchise won't see a new entry for at least two to three years.

Horn said at Variety's Dealmakers Breakfast, "We haven't done anything. We don't have a story. We need a story." He continued, "Do I have to see it now, and do I have to see it on the big screen? If the answer to both of those questions is no, then we have a big problem. My paycheck has a mouse on it and I take it very seriously."

Lucasfilm is currently focused on the Star Wars franchise. What this means for Harrison Ford's involvement, considering his age, isn't yet known.

War Machine!
A new report claims that Don Cheadle will be reprising his role as Rhodey in Avengers: Age of Ultron. USA Today reported that while covering Cheadle's Golden Globe nomination for House of Lies that Cheadle will appear in the Joss Whedon-directed film, which releases on May 1st, 2015. The report specifically notes that Cheadle "has a part to film in the next Avengers movie and then over the next few months will prepare to star in and direct a highly-anticipated Miles Davis biopic."

This is the first report that Cheadle would be appearing in the film; he has not been announced at this point and USA Today makes no reference of a source for their story. Disney and Marvel have yet to comment.

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Trailer Talk
Here is the first trailer for Edge of Tomorrow. The film opens on June 6th, 2014 and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong and Franz Drameh.

Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

What do you think?

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