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The Big Screen Bulletin 1.27.14: Ride Along Takes Another Trip to #1!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 01.27.2014

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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. Ride Along - $21.2 million ($75.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Lone Survivor - $12.6 million ($93.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. The Nut Job - $12.3 million ($20.6 million total)
4. Frozen - $9 million ($347.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - $8.8 million ($30.2 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. I, Frankenstein - $8.3 million ($8.3 million total)
7. American Hustle - $7.1 million ($127 million total)
8. August: Osage County - $5 million ($26.5 million total)
9. The Wolf of Wall Street - $5 million ($98 million total)
10. Devil's Due - $2.8 million ($12.9 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!

* Why did I, Frankenstenin bomb?

* Are you surprised at the success of Ride Along?

Gal Gadot, who's set to play Wonder Woman in Batman Vs. Superman, has signed a three-picture deal with Warner Bros. Besides starring in Zack Snyder's upcoming superhero film, sources say that Gadot will put on her Wonder Woman suit for the Justice League movie as well as her own solo film.

My question:

Casting of the Week!
According to Latino-review, Microsoft Studios and Steven Spielberg are reportedly looking to Neill Blomkamp to direct the pilot for the Halo TV series for Xbox. Back in April, Blomkamp commented on wanting to be involved with the then rumored Halo feature film, stating the following:

"I still really love the world and the universe and the mythology of Halo. If I was given control, I would really like to do that film. But that's the problem. When something pre-exists, there's this idea of my own interpretation versus 150 other people involved with the film's interpretation of the same intellectual property. Then the entire filmgoing audience has their interpretation. You can really live up to or fail in their eyes. That part isn't appealing to me, but the original pieces are appealing."

What do you think about Blomkamp directing?

Star Wars Update!
Star Wars: Episode VII rumors continue to infiltrate the galaxy, and Carrie Fisher threw gas on the fire. During an interview with TV Guide about upcoming appearances on Legit and The Big Bang Theory, Fisher said she's set to use the force again in March or April. So are her co-stars Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.

"I'd like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again -- but with white hair," she told TV Guide. "I think that would be funny."

It has been rumored that Fisher, Hamill and Ford will reprise their roles as Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, respectively, for the new J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars movie, but their involvement has not been confirmed. Recent reports suggest the likelihood of Episode VII centering on the trio instead of their offspring; in the wake of writer Michael Arndt handing script duties over to Abrams. The latest rumors indicate Episode VIII and Episode IX will zero in on the trio's children instead.

Abrams has said that the movie will begin shooting in May. "That's the current plan," the director said this past weekend at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "We have our script and we're full steam ahead."

Hamill wasn't as direct during a Reddit AMA on Wednesday. When asked to respond to Fisher's statement, the actor said, "The only character I know for sure is returning is my friend R2-D2. He hasn't stopped beeping about it."

Similarly, Ford isn't giving up the details either. During a November appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, the actor emphasized that he was "only in three" Star Wars movies. When Letterman pressed him about whether he didn't want to do another one, Ford said, "Well, for a long time they didn't ask me. So, imagine how I feel."

This has now become the LEAST surprising rumor in the history of cinema.

Speaking to Fandango, actor Samuel L. Jackson revealed that his current deal with Marvel Studios to play Nick Fury is nearly up. Jackson had previously signed a nine-picture contract to play Nick Fury. Jackson stated: "I just know that the Marvel Universe is there, that there are things going on, and that I have three pictures left on my nine-picture deal. That's all I know."

Jackson has thus far appeared as Nick Fury in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, the Avengers, and will next appear as Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He also appeared in the tie-in series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. His cameo on the TV show was reportedly not a part of his existing contract. His next appearance as Fury after The Winter Soldier will be in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Jackson added, "I've done six [Marvel movies], and I'm about to do [number] seven [Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron], so I'm running out of Marvel pictures -- unless they extend my contract." He says he's willing to do more if a new contract offer was made.

Speaking of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel Entertainment has confirmed that longtime Marvel Comics character Deathlok will be appearing on the show. Look for Deathlok on the upcoming February 4 episode of the show. The character will be the transformation of recurring character Mike Peterson (played by J. August Richards ).

Below is an official synopsis for the episode, per the Marvel press release:

Transformed into the cybernetic solider against his will, Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) must struggle to find the man in the machine. With a high-tech eye that allows him to see through walls, super strength and increased speed courtesy of a cybernetic leg, will Deathlok fight alongside the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or against them?

Executive producer Jeffrey Bell said in the announcement: "We have been waiting all season for this moment where we can reveal that Mike Peterson's story arc is an origin story. We're thrilled to have J. August Richards playing Deathlok and to have our audience enjoy this favorite Marvel character on the show." Richards added on getting to play the character, "If you would have asked when I was nine-years old what I wanted to be, I would have said a super hero and I'm so excited to be one now as an adult on TV! It's a dream come true."

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What's Next For Quentin?
The Wrap has details on Quentin Tarantino's next potential project with the recent halting of his Western project, The Hateful Eight. According to the report, the project could be a prison movie based off actor Robert Blake and the case of his alleged murder of his wife. The actor was acquitted of murdering his wife.

Per the report: "Tarantino has been considering a prison movie of sorts and has immersed himself in the details of the Robert Blake case, though a representative for Blake told The Wrap several weeks ago that Tarantino has not reached out to the former Baretta star, who was acquitted of killing his wife."

From a pretty cool Western to Blake. What do you think about this?

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Brian K Vaughn's popular comic book series Y: The Last Man has been tossed around Hollywood for awhile. At one point, Shia LaBeouf was targeted to star but that version of the movie died and the new version was launched with Dan Trachtenberg at the helm.

Vaughn moved on after Y to work on Lost and co-create his current comics super-hit Saga (and DRM-free The Private Eye). Now, in an interview with Comic Book Resources Vaughn claims that if Trachtenberg's movie doesn't start shooting soon, the rights to Y will revert back to him:

Can you provide any updates about your various film projects, either the adaptations of "Y: The Last Man" and "Runaways" or your original spec scripts "Roundtable" and "The Vault?"

It's my understanding that the rights to "Y: The Last Man" will revert back to co-creator Pia Guerra and me for the first time in a decade if the planned New Line adaptation doesn't start shooting in the next few months, so I expect there will be some "Y" news in 2014 either way.

And I presume a "Runaways" movie is dead at this point, but I haven't talked to anyone from Marvel in a long time, so I'm not sure. I thought "Roundtable" and "The Vault" were both dead, too, but I just heard rumblings about each recently. I guess you never know.

Trailer Talk
Here is a new TV spot for 300: Rise of an Empire. The film opens on March 7th, and stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O'Connell and Andrew Tiernan.

Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles (Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. 300: Rise of an Empire pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Santoro), and Artemesia (Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

What do you think?

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