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The Big Screen Bulletin 03.31.14: Noah Floods the Box Office
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 03.31.2014

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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! Follow me on Twitter for random bits, news RT's, and updates! Only at http://www.twitter.com/stevethegoose!

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1. Noah - $44 million ($44 million total)
2. Divergent - $26.5 million ($95.3 million total)
3. Muppets Most Wanted - $11.4 million ($33.2 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. Mr. Peabody & Sherman - $9.5 million ($94.9 million total)
5. God's Not Dead - $9.1 million ($22 million total)
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel - $8.8 million ($24.5 million total)
7. Sabotage - $5.3 million ($5.3 million total)
8. Need For Speed - $4.3 million ($37.8 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. 300: Rise of an Empire - $4.3 million ($101.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
10. Non-Stop - $4.1 million ($85.2 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!

* How much did the controversy factor help Noah?

* Why did Sabotage bomb?

In an interview with the New York Times, Warner Bros. Pictures CEO Kevin Tsujihara discussed the studio's plans to further develop DC Comics' characters into live-action properties. The article says a new film series is set to be announced that should include a Justice League entry. Check out the relevant portion of the interview below:

As for DC Entertainment, cross-studio collaboration to make better use of its comic book characters appears to have accelerated considerably since Mr. Tsujihara took over, in part because he eliminated some management layers. (He has not named a chief operating officer and did not replace Mr. Rosenblum and Mr. Robinov, choosing instead to divide up their duties and assume some himself.) Two new television shows are coming to the CW and Fox, including one based on the Flash and another on a young Batman, and a film series will be announced in the near future, Mr. Tsujihara said. It is expected to include a "Justice League" movie.

The common consensus is that the film will be announced at Comic-Con this summer.

My question:

Casting of the Week!
This week has a casting rumor but it's NOT for Star Wars: Episode VII! Originally, Latino Review reported that Bradley Cooper was on a list of names to replace Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones franchise. According to the site, it was still unclear if the fifth Indiana Jones film will feature Ford as the adventuring professor or a new actor picking up the baton.

Not so fast Latino Review! According to a source close to the production, Cooper is not under consideration to star and there are no plans to reboot the franchise with another actor. Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall sent out some tweets on Wednesday putting the rumor to rest. Kind of.

When it comes to Ford, some people are pretty clear. "He is Indiana Jones," producer George Lucas said about Ford before Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released in 2008. "If Indiana Jones wasn't in it, you'd have to call it 'Mutt Williams and the search for Elvis.'"

No one wants that.

Last year, Ford suggested that he could still play the role, despite age. "We've seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it's perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn't necessarily have to kick as much ass," Ford, who turns 72 in July, told The Telegraph.

That's very nice but the studio sees dollar signs so expect this to get the reboot in the next 5 years.

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Paramount Pictures has released the trailer for Jonathan Liebesman's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, produced by Michael Bay. The film will be released on August 8 and stars Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn and William Fichtner. Superhero Hype did an interview with screenwriter Andre Nemec. Here are the highlights:

On how big of a fan he was before he got the job: "I was a fan, but I wouldn't say I was a lunatic fan. I did have the old Eastman and Laird black and whites in the office. I knew very well the cartoons and the movies. I didn't have the bedsheets. I didn't have the lunch pails. I had a neighbor who had the Turtle Van. That was as close as I got, but I was a fan enough to know the differences between the original comics, the cartoon and the various iterations of the movies. "Turtles Forever" does a really great job of taking you through all the different iterations and how they've been drawn and how they've been rendered. Sort of what their attitudes are. Taking the job was less daunting and more just the opportunity to play in a really amazing sandbox with Michelangelo and Donatello and Leonardo and Raphael. It was a lot of fun to sort of break it out and find our own take and our own version of what we think the turtles are."

On if Krang and Dimension X could appear in a sequel: "Dimension X is a lot to cover. But yeah, we had to create our own versions of what these turtles are to not just be recreating stuff that was already out there."

On the tone of the film: "Tone was a very interesting question on this movie as far as how dark we really wanted to go. It's really all in the conflict between the characters. That was the driving principle. The color palettes that were chosen were not designed to be "Dark Knight"-ish in that regard. We weren't looking to make that movie. I'm a huge fan of that movie, but I didn't eat gobs of popcorn while I was watching that movie. We certainly didn't want kids to be running for the exits. 'Mommy! Why did he do that?!' We weren't looking for that. We really wanted to entertain and have fun with it. I think we skate — we live — on a very fun line in this movie, whether it's the action feeling real and exciting, but also fun and adventurous. It really never feels dark in a way that would startle you out of your chair or make you fearful."

What do you think of this movie? Can it overcome the bad buzz it has?

A new set video from BadTaste.it for Avengers: Age of Ultron has surfaced online. You can watch the video in the player below. The new video features Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Ultron in action.

The film is due out in theaters on May 1, 2015.

Here is fan footage (courtesy of CBM) from the South Korea shoot of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The footage shows off Captain America's new look thanks to a stunt double; he appears to be wearing an outfit that is a mix of his original costume in Captain America: The First Avenger and the about-to-release sequel The Winter Soldier. Check it out below, with some screenshots from the video included!

The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Spader and Thomas Kretschmann and opens on May 1st, 2015.

Sinister Six!
Entertainment Weekly has revealed the Amazing Spider-Man 2 had made the cover of the latest issue. It also reports that the sequel will set up a future Sinister Six film that was previously announced.

The film was directed by Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, and Dane DeHaan. There will be two more after this in 2016 and 2018, along with the Sinister Six and Venom spin-offs. While the studio hasn't revealed the lineup, Garfield said he enjoyed the villains Venom, Doctor Octopus, Kraven and the Vulture.

Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal said: "At the tail end of this movie we set up some of the other characters that will probably end up being in the Sinister Six. We're going forward on all fronts.

Avi Arad added: "Villains can be very entertaining. It's not like somebody's born and they're a villain. Something happens and it changes their lives. Some people can deal with it — they become the heroes. Some people can't and hate the world because of what they felt was done to them — they become the villains."

Producer Matt Tolmach said: "Great villains are the characters you remember. There's a lot of us in those people. It's hard to identify with people who are good all the time."

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Protector 2!
ComingSoon.net has a new three-minute clip available for Tony Jaa's The Protector 2. You can watch the video below.

The film is now available On Demand and will be released in theaters on May 2.

Trailer Talk
Warner Bros. has released the second trailer for the latest film from Lana and Andy Wachowski, Jupiter Ascending.

Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

The film will hit theaters on July 18.

What do you think?

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