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The Big Screen Bulletin 1.06.14: Frozen Slides Into First!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 01.06.2014

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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!


1. Frozen - $20.7 million ($297.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - $18.2 million ($18.2 million total)
3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $16.3 million ($229.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. The Wolf of Wall Street - $13.4 million ($63.6 million total)
5. American Hustle - $13.2 million ($88.7 million total)
6. Anchorman: The Legend Continues - $11.1 million ($109.2 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. Saving Mr. Banks - $9.1 million ($59.3 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - $8.2 million ($45.7 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $7.4 million ($407.5 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
10. Grudge Match - $5.4 million ($24.9 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!

* Even with poor reviews and a soft opening, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones has made a profit. How many more do you think the franchise has in it?

* How will Grudge Match do overall?

Shia LaBeouf. I'm not going into detail about the latest mess he's made in his attempts to apologize in the least respectful and insincere way possible. That's well documented all over the internet by better sources than I. What I wanted to focus on is his wiki page. Have you seen it? You can check it out here and read it over. Maybe it's because I never took the time to study Shia's life but with his latest incident and follow up, I browsed it over. You know what I think?

I think Shia has been lying to the media for years. The "hippy life". The performing in comedy clubs at age 10. Finding an agent in the Yellow pages and pretending to be his own manager. I think he's either trying hard to be a performance artist or has some serious mental issues that need to be addressed. If I had to guess, he had a rich uncle who helped him get into the business.

The stealing from Dan Clowes? Ridiculous. His apologies. An insult.

My question:

Casting of the Week!
Another casting rumor! According to Pwinsider.com, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has teased a project with DC Comics and Warner Bros. The big rumors is that he has had discussions with Warner Bros. to play the role of Green Lantern John Stewart, a member of the Green Lantern Corps and the Justice League of America. There has been no confirmation at this time, but there has been rumors of both a Green Lantern reboot and the possibility of Lantern being used in the Batman vs. Superman film. Both times, the John Stewart version of the Green Lantern has been rumored.

Earlier this week the year old rumor of Johnson playing Lobo resurfaced as well. Keep checking 411mania.com for updates!

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Fan blog Idle Hands has a source that claims to have seen the action figures for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which reveals details about the character designs. They may not be exactly how the characters appear in the film but will likely be close. The four turtles have their signature weapons (sais for Raph, swords for Leo, etc) and are "traditional" in their design, although they have "less texture" than the turtles from the 1990s series. The figures also have a "hunched over" posture that was shown in the set photos. Every turtle also appears to have a different physique. Raphael is the most muscular followed by Leonardo. Donatello has a "slimmer, leaner" look while Michaelangelo is the shortest. Each turtle has their colored masks.

Master Splinter has a "very traditional design" with a Fu Manchu style mustache and his hair pulled up in a bun. He wears a "slightly tattered samurai outfit with a blue upper half with gold accents, tan lower belted robes and blocky sandals." Shredder's suit has "pointy edges coming off of absolutely anything" and he is "covered head to toe in metal armor or blades." His helmet is "pseudo-traditional, adopting elements of the classic look". The source, however, said that "he'll be the stuff of ridicule for some time."

Toy Fair 2014 is set to begin in February, so the toys may be featured there.

The film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman and stars Megan Fox as April O'Neil, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick, Danny Woodburn as Master Splinter and William Fichtner as Shredder. It will be released on August 8, 2014.

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"He's No Good to Me Dead."
The director of Metalocalypse says that one of the two upcoming Star Wars spin-off films will focus on Boba Fett. Jon Schnepp said during the latest AMC Movie Talk that he has someone in the know who says the famed Mandalorian bounty hunter will be the subject of one of the spin-offs.

"One of them is Boba Fett," Schnepp said. "It is. I know. I know for a fact. I will never reveal my source, but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan."

Kasdan was writer of The Empire Strikes Back and is co-writing Star Wars: Episode VII with J.J. Abrams. No word on when the spin-offs will begin moving forward; Episode VII releases on December 18th, 2015.

Guardians of Galaxy!
Marvel has unveiled its Guardians of the Galaxy lineup. Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt are recognizable enough as Gamora and Peter Quill. In the middle is Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper. WWE wrestler Dave Bautista is Drax the Destroyer, while the real Groot, the tree looking guy, is voiced by Vin Diesel.

Disney also released a synopsis to help get audiences up to speed long before the movie opens on Aug. 1.

"An action-packed epic space adventure, Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy's fate in the balance."

Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, and Glenn Close.

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All Hail the King!
Marvel has announced Thor: The Dark World's One-Shot, and it's going to be called All Hail The King. Marvel One-Shots are short films that are canon within the Marvel universe. Early rumors say this film will focus on Tom Hiddleston's Loki.

However, Sir Ben Kingsley did mention recently that he'd filmed a short for Marvel, so that could factor in as well.

Jack Ryan!
Yahoo! Movies has a new extended clip from the upcoming release Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. You can check out the video in the player below.

The new film follows a young Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens in theaters on January 17.

No More Titans!
If you're looking forward to a third outing of Sam Worthington's mythological fighting action series, you could be disappointed. The producer of both Clash and Wrath of the Titans has said there are no plans to resurrect the franchise.

Talking to IGN, Basil Iwanyk didn't completely rule out its return, but he was far from positive either when questioned on whether fans can look forward to Clash of the Titans 3. "Not at this point, but you never know," he said. "In terms of Clash of the Titans 3, it's one of those situations where we've seen it a million times; a movie will kind of float away and then come back when it's supposed to come back."

"I think it's, "Okay, what's the new idea? How do you make it fresh?"

Worthington is busy on Avatars 2, 3 and 4 in the near future and it's unlikely he'd be available to return anyway.

Trailer Talk
Here is the latest trailer for Bad Neighbors, which opens on May 9th…

Seth Rogen, Dave Franco and Rose Byrne lead the cast of this comedy about a young couple living next to a fraternity house with their newborn baby.

What do you think?

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