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The Big Screen Bulletin 02.03.14: Ride Along Threepeats at the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 02.03.2014

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!

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1. Ride Along - $12.3 million ($93 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Frozen - $9.3 million ($360 million total)
3. That Awkward Moment - $9 million ($9 million total)
4. The Nut Job - $7.6 million ($50.2 million total)
5. Lone Survivor - $7.2 million ($104.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - $5.4 million ($39 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. Labor Day - $5.3 million ($5.3 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. American Hustle - $4.3 million ($132.1 million total)
9. The Wolf of Wall Street - $3.6 million ($104.1 million total)
10. I, Frankenstein - $3.5 million ($14.5 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!

* Are you surprised at Ride Along's success?

* How would you judge the movie selection from January?

A Seinfeld reunion will happen "very, very soon," according to Jerry Seinfeld. Rumors sprung up last week when Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, and Larry David were spotted at Tom's Restaurant on the Upper West Side. The diner's facade was an iconic part of Seinfeld, and the Internet freaked out accordingly. Some thought they were prepping for an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Which I LOVE, by the way), but Seinfeld denied that theory on the Boomer & Carton radio show on WFAN on Thursday morning (Jan. 30). Instead, he promised a Seinfeld reunion.

Earlier this month, Seinfeld hinted at a "secret project" during his Reddit AMA and on the same radio show, he said that Alexander would reprise his role as George Costanza and other Seinfeld characters would be involved. He also described the project as being "short-ish" -- but longer than 60 seconds -- and a "one-and-done" thing involving Larry David.

My question:

Casting of the Week!
Deadline is reporting that Forest Whitaker is in talks to join the third installment of Liam Neeson's Taken series. Olivier Megaton, who directed the second film, will be back in the director's chair for this one, and Neeson is set to return as well. You might remember that Liam was wary about returning for the second one, but a $15 payday swayed him. This time, the rumored paycheck for Neeson is said to be $20 million.

Warner Bros. Pictures has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Superman/Batman film.

The internet exploded, per usual. The castings come two weeks after Warner pushed production on the untitled Superman-Batman movie to the second quarter of this year and set a release date of May 6, 2016, departing from a July, 2015 slot. The film is in pre-production with Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman and Zack Snyder directing.

Batman-Superman will also reunite Man of Steel stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

The screenplay will be written by David S. Goyer, from a story co-created by Goyer and Snyder.


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Lauren Schuler Donner has been involved with the X-Men franchise for quite a while, and her stewardship as a producer extends to the upcoming Days of Future Past as well as X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Force. She isn't stopping there though, and she has spoken with Empire Online about a potential Gambit film...with Channing Tatum.

"I'm dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum," Donner said. "That doesn't have to be a great big movie. It's a thief in New Orleans, it's a whole different story. He's on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He's such a sweetheart."

Tatum, for his part, is a fan of the character according to Fandango and was set to play old Remy Etienne LeBeau in X-Men: The Last Stand before his character was cut. He said while doing press for last year's White House Down, "I would like to play Gambit. Gambit's my favorite. I'm from New Orleans, around that area. My dad's from New Orleans, and I like to do a Cajun accent. I could do it for real."

Does that work for you?

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Singer Talks!
In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, director Bryan Singer talked about Man of Steel and gave some of his thoughts on the project as well as the fallout of Superman Returns and some ideas that were made for a potential sequel. Below are some highlights:

Singer's thoughts on Man of Steel: "I am in awe of the world building and the scope of that picture. It's tough for me. I'm not a critic and it starts to get into a weird thing where one director is talking about another director. I know how hard it is to make a movie, especially one of these movies and especially a Superman movie, and there was so much I was impressed with in that movie. There were things I might have done a little differently just because of the way I view the character. Don't misinterpret that as me not liking something."

Singer on Henry Cavill as Superman and why he wasn't cast in Superman Returns: "I think Henry Cavill is great. I knew Henry. He and I were friends years ago. Oddly enough, the reason I didn't cast him was because I was making a sequel to Christopher Reeve and I wanted somebody who embodied Reeve more."

Singer reflecting on Superman Returns and what he might have done differently: "Half of that I understand and half of it I never will. It was a movie made for a certain kind of audience. Perhaps more of a female audience. It wasn't what it needed to be, I guess. I think I could lop the first quarter off and start the movie a bit more aggressively and maybe find a way to start the movie with the jet disaster sequence or something. I could have grabbed the audience a little more quickly. I don't know what would have helped. Probably nothing. If I could go again, I would do an origin. I would reboot it."

Singer on Man of Steel being the title for his prospective Superman sequel and who the villain would've been: "That was the title. Actually, my buddy, one of my two best friends, came up with that...We did explore it a little. Just hammering out ideas. I think Darkseid was going to be the villain. It was pretty world-destroying, actually."

Singer on why he never got to do a Superman sequel: "I ended up having the opportunity to go and make Valkyrie, and I think the studio lost interest at that point. I can't say it was all the studio's fault and I can't say it was all my fault. It just fizzled out."

Paramount Pictures has provided 411 with the Super Bowl spot for Transformers: Age of Extinction. The film opens on June 27th and stars Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller, Han Geng and Titus Welliver.

Captain America!
Walt Disney Studios has provided 411 with the Super Bowl TV spot and the new trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier which contains more footage and story details, including better looks at Falcon and the titular villain! The film stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson and opens on April 4th.

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Trailer Talk
Sony Pictures has released part 1 of the Super Bowl spot for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In the new movie, Spider-Man must faces new dangerous foes such as Electro and The Rhino. The sequel opens in theaters on May 2.

What do you think?

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