The Big Screen Bulletin 03.10.14: 300: Rise of an Empire Stakes Claim to #1
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 03.10.2014
News and thoughts on an extended clip from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the cast of Fantastic Four discussing the film, Mark Webb discussing Amazing Spider-Man 2 and more!
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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN
1. 300: Rise of an Empire - $45.1 million ($45.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman - $32.5 million ($32.5 million total)
1. Non-Stop - $15.4 million ($52.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. The LEGO Movie - $11 million ($224.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. Son of God - $10 million ($41.9 million total)
6. The Monuments Men - $3.1 million ($70.6 million total)
7. 3 Days to Kill - $3.1 million ($25.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. Frozen - $3 million ($393.1 million total)
9. 12 Years a Slave - $2.2 million ($53.1 million total)
10. Ride Along - $2 million ($130 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 there be a third 300?
* With the success of Son of God, will there be more Bible inspired offerings at the theater?
TMZ reports that NBC has an ultimatum for celebrities: if you appear on a talk show for CBS or ABC, you won't get to appear on The Tonight Show. NBC believes that Jimmy Fallon's success in the rating gives them leverage in negotiating with celebrities, agents and publicists. This not only applies to the shows that go head-to-head with Fallon, but also morning shows. They are only allowed to appear on shows that NBC airs like Today or Dateline.
A source from Good Morning America says they've had fallout from those they were trying to book. Fallon is currently bringing in twice the viewers as Jimmy Kimmel and is #1 in late night talk ratings.
Sounds dick-ish to me. But we ARE talking about NBC.
My thoughts on Fallon: I like him. He's a good, solid dude and understands how to use social media to spread his brand. The people I hear complaining about him are usually bitter, older folk who just like to complain. If you actually watch his show, you'll see he entertains and has fun with it.
Casting of the Week!
Not exactly casting news but Fox Broadcasting has released a new promo video for 24: Live Another Day with some new footage from the upcoming premiere. You can watch the video in the promo below. 24: Live Another premieres on May 5 on Fox.
Speaking to The Mirror, actor Liam Neeson said he was offered the role of James Bond almost 20 years ago, but he turned it down. Neeson stated, "I was heavily courted, let's put it that way, and I'm sure some other actors were too. It was about 18 or 19 years ago and my wife-to-be said, ‘If you play James Bond we're not getting married.' And I had to take that on board because I did want to marry her."
The role ultimately went to Pierce Brosnan after Neeson turned it down, and Goldeneye starring Brosnan as Bond was released in 1995. According to Neeson, he has no regrets over any of the roles he's passed on.
Do you think Neeson would have made a good Bond?
Here is four minutes of footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film opens on April 4th and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp and Maximiliano Hernández.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick-up where Marvel's The Avengers left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.
Director Marc Webb spoke at SXSW about fan concerns over too many villains being in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Webb addressed the concerns and promised that "villain overload" won't be a problem, noting that Paul Giamatti's Rhino actually only has four minutes of screen time.
"We're obviously familiar with the complaints people had," he said. "We're very careful to make sure the stories intertwine. For Peter Parker, it's very important that you create obstacles that are difficult to overcome… I'm going to embrace the spectacle. I'm not going to be beholden to smallness. I want it to be fantastic, to be big, to command and express that feeling when you're a kid and reading the comics."
Here is some new footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which comes from Kellogg's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Web-Slinging Game. The film opens on May 2nd and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field and B.J. Novak.
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, for Peter Parker (Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Stone), high school graduation can't come quickly enough. Peter hasn't forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen's father to protect her by staying away – but that's a promise he just can't keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.
Need for Speed!
Here is a new clip from Need For Speed. The film opens on March 14th and stars Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Scott 'Kid Cudi' Mescudi, Michael Keaton and Dakota Johnson.
IGN recently spoke with Miles Teller, who discussed his upcoming role as Mr. Fantastic in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot from 20th Century Fox. Below are some highlights.
Teller's thoughts on director Josh Trank: "Well, for me I didn't grow up really as a comic book kid necessarily. Fantastic Four is my dad's favorite superhero comic. And so for me I guess what attracted me originally was Josh Trank. I think Josh Trank is a very creative, inventive guy. You look at Chronicle, you look at what he did for that budget and just how he told the story was really well done. I want to chase directors at this point, and then the cast kind of came together -- Michael B. (Jordan), Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell -- I was very excited."
Teller on how he joked about playing a superhero a year ago: "I was joking around about a year ago, 'I guess I'll be playing a superhero soon' because that's just the world that we're in, but I think a lot of times it just looks like Hollywood actors in Halloween costumes, you know? And I think what we're going to do with Fantastic Four is going to be very grounded and it made sense to me."
Teller's thought on the script: "When I read the script, I didn't feel like I was reading this larger-than-life, incredible superhero tale. These are all very human people that end up having to become I guess what is known as the Fantastic Four. So for me it was just a really good story and gives me an opportunity to play something different from my own skin. It's a proper character and that's my favorite stuff to do."
Michael B. Jordan recently spoke about his casting as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch in the reboot of The Fantastic Four.
On The Outcry Over His Casting: "It was expected. You kinda know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way, it's a continuity thing more than anything. People don't like change too much. But annoyed? Eh, you just kinda accept it, it is what it is. You can't make everybody happy. You just gotta accept that and know. I'm an actor, I have to do my job. I'm going to do my job the best I can and the way I've been doing it my entire life, my entire career. I grew up a comic book guy, I read comic books as a kid growing up, and the Fantastic Four/Human Torch is one of my favorite characters so I'm going to give it my everything. I can't wait. I don't really let it bother me at all. I just want to go into it and do the best job I can. We'll see what happens."
On Playing Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch: "The Human Torch is, 'yknow, that's fun. That's going to be a good time…To play a superhero? That's dreams coming true. It's not going to be hard. It's going to be fun to kind of show a side of me that I don't really get to show on screen, to be a little bit lighter, funnier, just more personality. It's going to be fun."
A clip has appeared online of Andre "3000" Benjamin in the Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side before the film screens at SXSW. It shows Hendrix (Benjamin) flirting with Linda Keith (Imogen Poots), the girlfriend of Keith Richards. She inspired songs by both men. They are talking about going to Monterey while Hendrix seems impressed with the lineup.
The film was written and directed by John Ridley and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Open Road will distribute when the film gets a US release date.
Dimension Films has released the first trailer for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The film stars Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Jamie Chung, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Jeremy Piven and Stacey Keach and opens on August 22nd.
The film, similar to Sin City, weaves together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales in which the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants.
Before I say GOODBYE!
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