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The Big Screen Bulletin 12.30.13: The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Holds onto #1!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 12.30.2013

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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! Check out my interview with Playboy's Miss November, Gemma Lee Farrell! Follow me on Twitter for random bits, news RT's, and updates! Only at http://www.twitter.com/stevethegoose!

In the spirit of the season...


1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $29.9 million ($190.3 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Frozen - $28.8 million ($248.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. Anchorman: The Legend Continues - $20.2 million ($83.7 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. American Hustle - $19.6 million ($60 million total)
5. The Wolf of Wall Street - $18.5 million ($34.3 million total)
6. Saving Mr. Banks - $14 million ($37.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - $13 million ($25.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $10.2 million ($391.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. 47 Ronin - $9.9 million ($20.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
10. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas - $7.4 million ($43.7 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 47 Ronin fail?

* How will The Wolf of Wall Street perform over the long haul?

The Wolf Of Wall Street might be earning rave reviews from critics but it was less well received at a recent Academy screening, with senior members actually heckling the director during the event. It seems that some of the Academy's older members didn't enjoy some of the film's sex-and-drug-fueled content, with actress Hope Holiday updating her Facebook page with a scathing account of the evening.

"Last night was torture at the Academy," said Holiday. "The Wolf Of Wall Street-- three hours of torture. Same disgusting crap over and over again - after the film they had a discussion which a lot of us did not stay for."

"The elevator doors opened and Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese and a few others got out. Then a screenwriter ran over to them and started screaming, 'Shame on you'. Disgusting."

A number of people are saying it takes a real life event and makes a mockery of those that were taken advantage of. I'm confused. How is this different than numerous other movies and TV shows that take real events and dramatize them for entertainment?

My question:

Casting of the Week!
MGM's proposed remake of The Magnificent Seven is undergoing some major restructuring, with Tom Cruise dropping out of the leading role. Cruise's departure leaves the project back at square one on the casting front, with no other names attached at present.

The film will also be undergoing some significant rewrites, with the studio having enlisted John Lee Hancock to polish up the existing script written by Nic Pizzolatto. Hancock recently directed Saving Mr. Banks, although whether MGM have offered him the chance to direct this project as part of the re-writing arrangement remains to be seen.

In the meantime, MGM will be on the hunt for another leading man.

Shia LaBeouf is still apologizing for plagiarizing the work of Daniel Clowes for his short film. Now he's apologizing using the apologies of others.

Is this supposed to be performance art?

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Winter Soldier!
Chris Evans as Captain America is on the cover of the February edition of Empire magazine, to promote Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The limited edition collector's version also features The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). The film will be released on April 4. It also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp and Maximiliano Hernandez.

Here's a synopsis: Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick-up where Marvel's The Avengers left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

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Wonder Woman!
Gal Gadot has been discussing the reaction to her casting as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman, and describes herself as "the Wonder Woman of the new world".

Gadot's physique has been a source of much online consternation, with fans claiming she is too skinny for the role. The Israeli talk show Gadot was appearing on put it even more bluntly, asking the question, "Wonder Woman in large-breasted… is that going to change?"

"Breasts… anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine," responded Gadot. "By the way, Wonder Woman is Amazonian, and historically accurate Amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I really go by the book, it'd be problematic." "It's the physical preparations that I'm starting now," continues the star. "A very serious training regime – Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords, jujutsu, Brazilian…1,001 things…I'll gain body mass."

Lynda Carter, best known for her TV portrayal of Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV show, recently spoke with Metro about Gadot being cast in the role for Batman vs. Superman. Check out the highlights:

On Wonder Woman's appeal: "There's an identification factor. She's not your average superhero. It's not so much about her super powers as it is about her ethic. I always thought of her as a figure who stands for what's right. We all know what's wrong with the world today, so maybe we need her right now."

On if it will be strange seeing someone else play her: "I don't think so. It was a long time ago. I care more about the character continuing than holding on to my piece of it. I hope she has fun with it."

On Wonder Woman being in Batman vs. Superman: "And maybe that's better. She won't have to carry the whole film. It takes the pressure off. I wish her well. I'm just glad she's going to be out there again. Maybe she'll get her own show again."

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Point Made!
Keanu Reeves has been asked whether he would consider appearing in the proposed Point Break remake, and has made his feelings on the matter perfectly clear:

"Absolutely not," replied the actor, before adding, "it's not my place." A sequel to the project had long been mooted before Alcon Entertainment announced plans for a remake back in 2011. "If they can find a way to do it that works out good, then God bless them," continued Reeves. "It sounds very exciting - but is it a good thing? I don't know."

Producer Alan Kosov had previously described the project as "not a literal remake", before going on to elaborate on the link between the two films. "[It will have] elements of the original and it's not just surfing, it's other kinds of extreme sports, but surfing is very, very prominent in the story," said Kosov.

A new 20-minute Tomb Raider fan film has been released called Croft, based on the Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics property. It was directed by Trevor Addie and written by Addie and Irma Leong. In the short, "a woman will risk everything to save a young girl held hostage in the mountains by a group of mercenaries."

It stars Cassandra Ebner, Liam Carter, Devyn Dalton, Nickolas Baric, Shaw Madson and Brad Friesen.

22 Jump Street!
Radar Online reports that Brad Pitt is set to make a cameo in 22 Jump Street, which will see the actor make fun of himself. He will play himself working as a university librarian. The film stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

Hill talked him into doing the cameo. The sequel has Jenko (Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) working undercover on a college campus. To blend in, Jenko joins the football team and Schmidt becomes part of the art clique. They find Pitt on campus, playing himself as a low-paid librarian. He then does some bad acting which is noticed by the two cops.

A source said: "The scene is very funny and the guys had a great time doing it. Brad was a great sport and the producers were thrilled that he took part." The movie was filmed on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans. Pitt spent his recent time relaxing with his family in Australia after shooting Fury in the UK.

22 Jump Street was directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It also stars Ice Cube and Amber Stevens. It will be released on June 13, 2014. It is a sequel to the spin-off of the original 80s TV series that starred Johnny Depp. That film made over $200 million worldwide in 2012.

Trailer Talk
Director David Sandberg has crafted what very well could be the greatest trailer of all time. Kung Fury. The film's trailer has everything: awesome explosions, a "super kung-fu cop," dinosaurs, vikings, Thor, time travel, robots, and Nazi butt-kicking action.

Running short on funds, Sandberg took to Kickstarter to raise $200,000 in order to finish the post-production of his parody. Less than four days later, 8,000 plus supporters have pledged over $300,000. Having reached his goal, Sandberg has promised to release the 30-minute movie online for free. Should the campaign reach $1 million, Sandberg will reshape Kung Fury into a full-length feature film.

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