The Big Screen Bulletin 4.21.14: Captain America Stays on Top of the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 04.21.2014
News and thoughts on Patrick Stewart's future in the X-Men franchise, Zack Snyder discussing his plans for Batman vs. Superman, Steven Spielberg being on board for Goonies 2 and more!
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! For some additional reading you can check out my Comics 411. This week we talked about the Dick Grayson, spy!
I participated in the TV/Movies Fact or Fiction this week. Read it here
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $26.6 million ($201.5 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Rio 2 - $22.5 million ($75.4 million total)
3. Heaven is for Real - $21.5 million ($21.5 million total)
4. Transcendence - $11.2 million ($11.2 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. A Haunted House 2 - $9.1 million ($9.1 million total)
6. Draft Day - $5.9 million ($19.5 million total)
7. Divergent - $5.8 million ($133.9 million total)
8. Oculus - $5.2 million ($21.2 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. Noah - $5 million ($93.3 million total)
10. God's Not Dead - $4.8 million ($48.3 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!
* Why did Transcedence fail at the box office?
* Are we entering a new age of religious films?
As reported by TMZ, Richard Donner has stated that Steven Spielberg is on board for the Goonies sequel. While there is no other information as to how Spielberg, who wrote the story and was the executive producer for the original 1985 film, will be involved, this is a sign the the project will be getting some attention from the studio. Donner wants the original cast to be involved, and with Spielberg's hand in, there's a good chance the whole gang will reunite.
Casting of the Week!
Contact Music reports that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson wants to play a villain in a James bond movie, inspired by his grandfather Peter Maivia. Maivia played a driver who fights Sean Connery's version of Bond in the 1967 movie You Only Live Twice. Rock said: "I would love to be a Bond villain. I am a huge fan of Daniel Craig and the Bond movies but it seems only right to follow in my grandfather's footsteps as a Bond baddie."
As previously reported, Mara Wilson has expressed her disinterest in being in the just-announced Mrs. Doubtfire sequel. Wilson, who played daughter Nattie in the film, took to Twitter to explain why she doesn't desire to be in the film. She noted that she doesn't do sequels and feels that the first film "ended where it needed to end."
When asked by a fan why she would turn down a "turn down a multi million dollar payday," Wilson (who is now twenty-six and a blogger) said, "A) It wouldn't be that much, 2) I have some standards."
Chris Columbus is returning to direct the film, with Robin Williams reprising his starring role. Matthew Lawrence, who played son Chris, has expressed interest in returning.
In an interview with IGN, Sylvester Stallone spoke about The Expendables 3, which he said was his attempt to make an "event movie". Here are highlights:
On how this is his version of The Avengers: "The hardest thing is to find an action star. I don't give a damn what anyone says, stars they come and go. An action star, you can count on one hand." Or, given the size of this cast, presumably two or three. So to get them together," he continues, "is an Event. That's the key word. We're trying to make an Event Movie – like The Avengers. And I think we've accomplished it."
On Harrison Ford's character: "Harrison is a new character, Drummer, who's sort of the government side behind the scenes. He brought a sort of elegance and class."
On Mel Gibson's Conrad Stonebanks: "Mel's a fantastic filmmaker, a great actor. He and I are going to have a real one-on-one fight that's going to be pretty violent and interesting. And he's getting into some very physical shape for this, he's not taking it lightly at all. I'm getting worried!"
On the stigma of action movies: "Everyone has this conjecture that action films are somewhat… less prestigious than dramatic films. Nothing could be further from the truth. I've done them both and this is hard and dangerous. I mean, Jason here nearly drowned to death – lucky he's a great swimmer."
On almost getting Nicholson for the movie: "I was going to go [call] up Jack Nicholson and we just got there a little too late, because actually he had said he might be interested in it."
On wanting Clint Eastwood: "Well, you know Clint is so involved with what he's doing, so that's kind of a pipe dream."
On Kelsey Grammer being added to the cast: "It doesn't automatically mean you have to be an action guy. Like, Kelsey Grammer's coming in [for Expendables 3]. Kelsey's a great comedian, great actor. He's done so many things from [TV drama] Boss to comedy. So you're going to see him do something now, a unique role – he's a mercenary's agent. C'mon! Your client comes in with bullet holes, you're going to take 10% off of him, It's just a very interesting role."
Warner Bros. has released the latest TV spot for the reboot of Godzilla. You can watch the clip for the sixth TV spot in the player below. Godzilla hits theaters on May 16.
MTV recently spoke with Professor Xavier actor Patrick Stewart about possibly returning to the role for the next movie, X-Men: Apocalypse. Currently the cast is said to feature the remaining X-Men: First Class cast members, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, and Jennifer Lawrence.
Stewart said on the matter, "I don't see why not. That is one of the blessings about fantasy and science fiction. You're never really dead. I would love to come back and do some more." He then added about "something else" related to the franchise, saying, "There might be something else. A little bird has whispered that there might be something 'X-Men' related."
X-Men: Days of Future Past is due out on May 23. X-Men: Apocalypse is due out on May 27, 2016. Previously a 20th Century Fox Marvel movie was given the release date of July 18, 2018, though it's unknown if that's what Stewart was referring to.
Snyder! Forbes magazine conducted an interview with director Zack Snyder. In it, he covers just about everything there is to discuss about Batman vs Superman. Below are the highlights:
On how Batman came to be involved in the sequel to Man of Steel: "[...]after Man of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman. In the first meeting, it was like, ‘Maybe Batman?' Maybe at the end of the second movie, some Kryptonite gets delivered to Bruce Wayne's house or something. Like in a cryptic way, that's the first time we see him. But then, once you say it out loud, right? You're in a story meeting talking about, like, who should [Superman] fight if he fought this giant alien threat Zod who was basically his equal physically, from his planet, fighting on our turf… You know, who to fight next? The problem is, once you say it out loud, then it's kind of hard to go back, right? Once you say, ‘What about Batman?' then you realize, ‘Okay, that's a cool idea. What else?' I mean, what do you say after that?"
On thinking Superman isn't a very relatable character: "I think Batman — now after Chris [Nolan]‘s movies and the way we track Batmanthrough his cinematic history — he does have this license to enter our world and be a real character and not a complete cartoon, and he's able to tell us about the way we live and our society. He moves with us, his morality — I think Superman probably less so, but I think Batman definitely sort of reflects us in a more personal way.
[...] I think with Superman we have this opportunity to place this icon within the sort of real world we live in. And I think that, honestly, the thing I was surprised about in response to Superman was how everyone clings to the Christopher Reeve version of Superman, you know? How tightly they cling to those ideas, not really the comic book version but more the movie version… If you really analyze the comic book version of Superman, he's killed, he's done all the things– I guess the rules that people associate with Superman in the movie world are not the rules that really apply to him in the comic book world, because those rules are different. He's done all the things and more that we've shown him doing, right? It's just funny to see people really taking it personally… because I made him real, you know, I made him feel, or made consequences [in] the world. I felt like, it was the same thing in Watchmen. We really wanted to show it wasn't just like they thought, like the PG-13 version where everyone just gets up and they're fine. I really wanted to show the violence is real, people get killed or get hurt, and it's not fun or funny. And I guess for me, it was like I wanted a hero in Superman that was a real hero and sort of reflected the world we live in now…"
On the costumes: "The thing also that's really fascinating for me is that, even just in the tests we've been doing, the costumes, right? You basically have Batman and Superman — and this is without Ben [Affleck] and Henry [Cavill] in the costumes, but just like the stand-ins, just testing to see what the costumes look like. And you have them standing there and they're standing in the same shot — and then we have Wonder Woman, you know, all three of them in the same shot. Even just for a test, you really have to go, ‘Wow, that's crazy!' Not only is it the first time that I'm seeing them, it's the first time they've ever existed together on screen in a movie. And that's kind of a huge deal. Even just Batman and Superman standing next to each other… [I]t's kind of epic. You do sort of sense the weight of the pop culture iconography jumping out of its skin when you're standing there looking at the two of them and Wonder Woman. It's crazy. But it's fun. I mean, I have the first photo, I've got it in my archive because I was like, ‘Okay, I better keep this, it's gonna be worth something,' [laughs]!
"Unfortunately, I don't even know the timeline… Because the movie takes place so far from now, it's hard to know exactly. That all gets tied to marketing and strategies for the movie. It's not just a free-for-all, which I'd love it to be. Because I take a picture of the suit with my camera– I'm actually staring at one right now in my office. And it's just massive on my wall in my office and it's epic, let me tell you! And I'm like, ‘God, I want to send this to the Internet immediately.' But I know I'm not allowed to [laughs]! I do value the sort of excitement of the way the film is [revealed]…
"But, when we finally do show it, it's gonna be real fun. And it's true, you gotta make sure– you're gonna want the real shot…"
On what he thinks of the Marvel vs DC rivalry: "Look, I'm a fan of the Marvel movies… and the thing that's awesome is, we make a different movie. We have a different product than them, although they both exist in sort of the superhero world, which is great. I think that those are the opportunities. That's what you get at the movies, you get a chance to go to all these different worlds. And I'm as interested in going to the Marvel Universe as anybody. So, I personally don't think that there's any, from my point of view, we definitely don't have any animosity or anything of that nature. We're all in this big business together, and we hope people are interested in the adventures that we put up on screen. And I do believe it's infectious, and the next weekend you're like, ‘You know what? Let's go do that again, that was awesome. We saw a cool movie, maybe we'll get another cool movie.'"
You might know Kate Mara as the sexy political journalist from House of Cards and star of Transcendence (in theaters this NOW), is known for her icy, tough-gal roles.
But in Playboy magazine's May 20Q, Contributing Editor Stephen Rebello explores the actress's softer side and gets her to open up about her famous NFL family, her famous Oscar-nominated sister, and her family's reaction to all those racy sex scenes.
Following are selected quotes from Mara's 20Q (issue on newsstands and i.Playboy.com Friday, April 18, 2014, with the complete interview available at www.playboy.com/katemara):
On being typecast as "icy" and "ruthless": "There's always a reason people get cast in certain roles, so I feel maybe there is something of that underneath. I take all that as a compliment. I don't think of myself as icy, but I'm definitely ambitious. I do think of myself as strong and very driven." On her lack of sibling rivalry with Oscar-nominated sister, Rooney: "We've never had any kind of competitive thing between us, thank God. We're really close. Would I love to earn an Oscar nomination someday? Of course. But we were all together when we learned Rooney had gotten the nomination, and we all celebrated together. We went to the Oscars together. She and I have auditioned for some of the same parts, and we've actually checked with each other, like, ‘What time is your audition?' because it would be just awkward to see each other there." On being mistaken for other actresses: "As a redhead, I've been confused with other redheads like Amy Adams—but hey, I'll take that. She's amazing. I had someone come up to me for an autograph and say, ‘I loved you in The Devil Wears Prada,' but no, that's not me either. I've signed autographs, and when I realized they thought I was someone else, I've actually called the other actor to tell them. Maybe I need to start asking who people think I am before I sign." On what she would do if she could be invisible, just like her upcoming Fantastic Four character, Sue Storm: "I feel I have that power already. I can go almost anywhere and not be recognized. I already do what I want to do and just live my life." On her sex scenes with Kevin Spacey: "From day two of working with Kevin, I found him just as playful as I am. He would definitely up my game. I tried to get him to laugh by wearing pasties with his face on them. Of course, because Kevin wants to win whatever the game is and because he always wins, he did not laugh. He waited until the director said, ‘Cut' and then he laughed. Kevin has an amazing sense of humor, but he's also a great professional and he's really f**king good at it." On her family's reaction to those racy sex scenes: "They have a sense of humor about it. They were very upset when I was 19 and had a scene in Nip/Tuck that showed only my back but suggested nudity. I tried to explain that it's acting and part of the craft, and if it's important to the story and tastefully done, I will choose to do certain things. By the time House of Cards came along, my family had dealt with plenty of other difficult things to watch with my career and my sister's career." On attending NFL games growing up: "Going to a football game in sneakers and jeans, getting drunk with friends—that was so not the experience I ever had. We'd go into the box and sit with my grandma, dressed as nicely as if we were going to church. It was very much a place of business." On her love of football: "I love the Giants and Steelers so much that I sort of have an agreement on the set that if either team is in the Super Bowl, I have to be off the next day."
Photo credit: Playboy/Kurt Iswarienko
The first trailer has been released for Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which is about the Four Seasons. Warner Bros will release the film after it was originally set up at Sony. Graham King set up a deal with WB in September 2012.
John Lloyd Young (who won a Tony for playing Frankie Valli), Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazaa star, with Christopher Walken as a mobster. Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice wrote script and musical book, with song music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. The film will be released by GK Films on June 20.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
Are you a fan of 411mania on Facebook? Keep up-to-date on news and contests!