The Big Screen Bulletin 1.13.14: Lone Survivor Attacks the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 01.13.2014
News and thoughts on major rumored script changes for Star Wars: Episode VII, Batman vs. Superman becoming Justice League, Bryan Singer discussing the future of the X-Men franchise and more!
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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN
1. Lone Survivor - $38.5 million ($38.5 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Frozen - $15.1 million ($317.7 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. The Wolf of Wall Street - $9 million ($78.6 million total)
4. The Legend of Hercules - $8.6 million ($8.6 million total)
5. American Hustle - $8.6 million ($101.6 million total)
6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $8 million ($242.2 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. August: Osage County - $7.3 million ($7.8 million total)
8. Saving Mr. Banks - $6.6 million ($68.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - $6.3 million ($28.5 million total)
10. Anchorman: The Legend Continues - $6.1 million ($118.5 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 that Lone Survivor opened as big as it did?
* Why did Hercules bomb?
During a recent interview with IGN, Dominic Cooper spoke on his participation in the World of Warcraft film. Here is what he had to say:
"It's a mix, it's a real mix of those world's crashing together. I don't know the game that well. I've come to learn that there is more than 13 million playing the game online, so now I can understand the secrecy around the script and the film. It's a massive adventure."
Casting of the Week!
IGN posted that while speaking to Jason Momoa about his new series The Red Road at Sundance, the actor revealed that he is not in the sequel to Man of Steel.
Rumors began last month that he was in negotiations to join the sequel, but Momoa said: "Maybe I told someone that it would be awesome and that's how it started. But it's just a rumor."
He also talked about joining Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. He was up for Drax the Destroyer before the role went to Dave Bautista. He said, "I mean you audition for things...", then shrugged his shoulders.
Speaking of: According to Warner Bros. producer Daniel Alter, Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman vs. Superman is actually going to be the planned Justice League movie.
OK. Some are brushing this off but Alter is a producer and he was the one who said Gal Gadot would be Wonder Woman before she was officially cast. It's no official confirmation, but everything that's been set up leads us to believe this is real. We already have Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman confirmed, with Green Lantern, Flash and Aquaman heavily rumored to be joining, too.
Recipe for disaster?
"He's No Good to Me Dead."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, here are the latest rumors on the casting for Star Wars: Episode VII. JJ Abrams has reportedly met with X-Men star Michael Fassbender for an unspecified role. Also, Lord of the Rings and Matrix star Hugo Weaving is said to be in the mix to play the role of, "an Imperial commander."
Abrams is also said to be interested in for an unspecified role for Girls cast member Adam Driver. Finally, Abrams and Lucasfilm are reportedly looking for a 20-something female actress who is either of mixed race or black. The role is rumored to be for Obi-Wan Kenobi's daughter or granddaughter.
There is also a lot going on with the script for the film. Screenwriter Michael Arndt parted ways with the production in the fall, which has led to change in the script. THR notes the following:
"Arndt is said to have focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with the original trilogy heroes taking on supporting roles. Abrams, however, wanted Episode VII to focus on the classic trio of characters, so audiences could have one more chance to enjoy them before a fitting send-off. The new characters, the offspring, will now be in supporting roles, according to these sources, and take center stage in Episode VIII and IX. Some characters have disappeared from the Arndt script and new ones are being drafted."
What do you think?
X-Men! Bryan Singer has been discussing X-Men: Apocalypse with Total Film and he divulges several cool nuggets of info about the planned sequel to X-Men: Days Of Future Past. "I'm co-writing the story and I'm producing it," says Singer. "I'm negotiating to direct. We're in the process. We're trying to figure it out, schedules...My desire would be to direct it."
As for how the film will fit into the existing X-Men saga, Singer says that it will be set up by Days Of Future Past, which may or may not contain an overt tease for the follow-up. "I'm still deciding," says Singer when asked about a potential Apocalypse cameo in the forthcoming film. "Something that happens in this movie causes what's going to happen in that movie." "It will also address historical mutantcy," he continues, "meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It's something that's always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers."
In other X-news, actor Evan Jonigkeit confirmed to MTV that he'll be playing Toad in Days Of Future Past. The character was previously played by Ray Park in the first installment of the franchise.
The Hateful Eight!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Quentin Tarantino's new western film has a title. The film will be titled The Hateful Eight, which is a nod to the classic western, The Magnificent Seven. While no timetable is official for the film, Tarantino hopes to direct the film this summer. It is also stated that a part has been written for Christoph Waltz.
CineFix has released a video in their "8-Bit Cinema" series which shows the classic movie Pulp Fiction in the style of an 8-bit videogame. You can watch the video in the player below.
HITRECORD! Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently spoke about his HITRECORD ON TV project. Here are the highlights:
On The Mix of Formats He Uses: "I have a really eclectic taste in what I like to watch. I don't only like romantic comedies or only action movies, I like all kinds of movies. I don't only want to listen to De La Soul or only want to listen to Johnny Cash, I like to listen to all kinds of music. HITRECORD is really a way I can work on a variety of things, and that diversity makes me happy." He added, "We have thousands of peoples from across the world working on our collaboration and we're going to get diverse [results]."
On The Format of HITRECORD: "It's a production company and I direct it. Instead of hiring a group of people that happens on a traditional set, we open up those doors on the internet and anyone can contribute to them."
On His Goals With HITRECORD: "Develop art and music and now a television show that wouldn't necessarily come up in the traditional development." Elaborating on the mix of genres, he said he felt traditional labels – "what's new, what's old, what's this genre?" – were going by the wayside, and that, "What's important is a sincere connection between human beings. Whether it's Rodgers & Hammerstein or punk music, it's all just music."
On How Things Grew: "Slowly but surely, a community sprung around this website with a simple message board. What we discovered, which was much more fun than just the little videos I was making, was all the people who were on this message board making stuff together." Things developed slowly over five years and Gordon-Levitt noted, "We figured out a way to work it out legally with the intellectual property laws and in a way that we could pay people for their [work]." Eventually, he and his brother talked about how great it would be to do a TV show with the concept and he said they recently said to each other, "We need to sit down and set some new goals, because we got there."
On How They Choose What to Use: "The community is highly involved in that – in the curation," adding many in the community help answer, "What are the things that are going to pop out?" "Even if you're not an animator or singer, just being on the set and contributing your taste is indispensible," Gordon-Levitt remarked. "It's really important for us. It's genuine artistry - the art of the DJ or the curator, or whatever you want to call it. What we are confronted with today is a true super abundance. We can look at or watch or read so, so much and the art of picking out those things and having an opinion or taste is an art form like any other."
Here is a new featurette for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit looking at Chris Pine's assumption of the Tom Clancy character. The Kenneth Branagh-directed action film also stars Keira Knightley, Peter Andersson, David Paymer and Colm Feore and opens on January 17th.
The film follows a young Ryan as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
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