The Big Screen Bulletin 02.10.14: The LEGO Movie Dominates the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 02.10.2014
News and thoughts on Paul Bettany playing Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the latest on Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman, Gary Oldman entering talks for Star Wars: Episode VII and more!
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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN
1. The LEGO Movie - $69.1 million ($69.1 million total)
2. The Monuments Men - $22.7 million ($22.7 million total)
3. Ride Along - $9.4 million ($105.2 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. Frozen - $6.9 million ($368.7 million total)
5. That Awkward Moment - $5.5 million ($16.8 million total)
6. Lone Survivor - $5.3 million ($112.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. Vampire Academy - $4.1 million ($4.1 million total)
8. The Nut Job - $3.8 million ($55.1 million total)
9. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - $3.6 million ($44.5 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
10. Labor Day - $3.2 million ($10.2 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!
* Will The LEGO Movie become a huge franchise?
* Are you surprised Vampire Academy bombed?
Domain names can sometimes be surprisingly revealing. Most of the time, a domain name is just one of many options that a company is considering for a project title. They want to cover all of their bases, so they register several names. A few months back, Warner Bros purchased a number of choices and now word is one of those is starting to rise to the top of the pile. A new title that has spring up and it's:
Man of Steel: Fight or Flight.
Casting of the Week!
In an interview with Sky Movies, Gary Oldman revealed that he is in talks for Star Wars: Episode VII. He's the latest name to be discussed for the film (including Jesse Plemons, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others) as the rumors continue to grow. Oldman is one of the few who revealed the news himself. He said: "They've called, yeah. I'm more cynical about it (casting) now, I believe it when I'm on the plane home. You know, the deal isn't done (until then). But yeah, they've inquired."
The film will be directed by JJ Abrams from a script he wrote with Lawrence Kasdan. It is rumored to focus on a new generation and could include appearnces from Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. It will begin filming soon and will get a release on December 18, 2015.
If you thought that Jesse Eisenberg being cast as Lex Luther in Batman vs. Superman caused some drama, the following rumors could cause some interesting reaction. According to Latino Review, here are the latest rumors on the Lex Luthor character:
Eisenberg's Luthor will be into tattoos, and have a sleeve of the Metropolis skyline down his right arm. He also has a shaved head.
At the age of 14 he was initiated into a gang and then took it over within a year.
He is a ruthless business man and tech genius with street smarts; becoming a self-made billionaire at 18, and is the CEO of Lexcorp.
Wayne and Luthor meet early in the film, but they have a past, as Bruce once called Lex as an amoral, arrogant brat. Lex thinks of Bruce as a trust fund baby and feels he got himself to where he is at by innovation and hard work while Bruce only has what he does because he was born a Wayne.
Wayne is a fan of Superman, while Luthor considers him an alien, and a trespasser that doesn't belong on this planet.
Wayne is in Metropolis to help rebuild, and wants to pull his sources with Luthor's and believes working together would better serve the citizens of Metropolis and Bruce is willing to put his differences with Lex aside.
This leads to Luthor feeling as if Wayne is invading his territory, because Lex Luthor is Lexcorp and Lexcorp is Metropolis. But Luthor also feels that he can use Wayne Enterprises for his own.
If these came true, what would you think?
Universal Pictures has released some new clips for Liam Neeson's new action-thriller, Non-Stop. Neeson stars as an air marshal on a transatlantic flight who receives texts on his phone that a passenger on the flight will die every 20 minutes unless he's paid $150 million.
The movie hits theaters on February 28.
According to a new report from Variety, actor Paul Bettany has been cast to play the Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Bettany previously voiced Iron Man's AI system, JARVIS, in several movies.
In the Marvel comics, the Vision was an android created by the villain Ultron to fight against the Avengers. Vision instead betrays his master and decides to become a hero. He also later married Wanda Maximoff aka The Scarlet Witch, who is also confirmed to appear in the sequel.
Production begins on the sequel next month.
Also, Latino Review reports that Ms. Marvel (now Captain Marvel in the comics) will appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's unknown who will play her at this time, but Katee Sackhoff was originally rumored for the role.
Wolf of Wall Street!
In the The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort, high on quaaludes, tries to get from inside a country club to his Lamborghini. According to DiCaprio, he found inspiration on how to play that scene from the famous "Drunkest Guy Ever Goes for More Beer" video on YouTube.
DiCaprio revealed at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Thursday that he drew inspiration for that scene from the video, which you can see below. DiCaprio noted of the subject in the video, "It's not just the fact that he was sort of elasticated and trying to get [up], it was his motivation that was really intriguing. He had one singular goal, one that was to get a beer out of the 7-Eleven, and it took him a half an hour. And he was writhing around the floor. And people were watching and scratching their heads saying, 'What are you doing?' He just wouldn't stop reaching for something that was a life-sustaining force for him."
He noted that he spoke with the real Jordan Belfort "about what it was like being on Quaaludes because I've never done it. And he said, 'Look. You think that you're operating the same, but the mechanics of what your brain thinks and what your body actually physically manifests are two entirely different things'...[I imagined myself as] this primordial beast crawling towards this space machine. But the way Marty [Scorsese] holds it, this wide shot. And he just waits for me to crawl there. Took forever. It felt like 10 minutes for me to just writhe over there."
A Look Back!
This is pretty funny. Comedy duo Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues has posted a fan video for Breaking Bad which reveals what Walter White's Facebook "A Look Back" video would look like. Facebook has been rolling out the video for their users to celebrate the service being around for ten years.
IGN has revealed the new red band trailer for David Ayer'sSabotage. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello and Harold Perrineau. It will be released on March 28.
Here's a synopsis: A team of Drug Enforcement Administration operatives, led by John Wharton (a.k.a "Breacher") is sent to bust the safe house of a drug cartel, although the main and actual motive is to pocket millions of dollars worth of loot. With the money safely hidden, the squad thinks that their secret is safe – until a mysterious assassin starts assassinating the team members one by one.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
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