The Big Screen Bulletin 6.02.14: Disney's Maleficent Charms the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 06.02.2014
News and thoughts on Ant-Man still looking for a director, the first set pics from Terminator: Genesis, Taylor Kitsch wanting a John Carter sequel, a new trailer for Edge of Tomorrow and more!
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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN
1. Maleficent - $70 million ($70 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $32.6 million ($162.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. A Million Ways to Die in the West - $17.1 million ($17.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. Godzilla - $12.2 million ($174.7 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. Blended - $8.4 million ($29.6 million total)
6. Neighbors - $7.7 million ($128.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $3.8 million ($192.7 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. Million Dollar Arm - $3.7 million ($28.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. Chef - $2 million ($6.9 million total)
10. The Other Woman - $1.4 million ($81.1 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 Disney capitalize on the success of Maleficent and start a franchise?
* Is Seth MacFarlane played out?
Recently Taylor Kitsch opened up to Variety about his Disney movie John Carter. When asked if the bad press for the movie was difficult to deal with Taylor answered, "I mean, look man, it wasn't an uplifting experience. My biggest regret would have been if I didn't do enough personally. If I didn't give it everything I had. If I hadn't prepped enough. I don't have that regret, so that allows me to let go. I still talk to Lynn Collins almost daily. Those relationships that were born won't be broken by people we never met."
Taylor also spoke about wishing there was a sequel to the film, saying, "I miss the family. I miss Andrew Stanton. I know the second script was fu**ing awesome. We had toplant a grounding, so we could really take off in the second one. The second one was even more emotionally taxing, which was awesome."
Do YOU want to see a John Carter sequel?
Casting of the Week!
Director Adam McKay has backed out of being considered by Marvel as Edgar Wright's potential replacement to helm Ant-Man. Aintitcool.com had reported that Marvel Studios had made an offer to McKay originally.
Marvel is still looking to keep the project on schedule for a July 17, 2015 release.
Makes you wonder what kind of security they have when this guy can break the barrier to multiple events and accost several actors and actresses. Brad Pitt was punched in the face while walking the red carpet at Hollywood's El Capitan theater on Wednesday evening. Pitt had been attending the premiere of Maleficent with his partner, Angelina Jolie, who stars in the film, at the time of the incident. He was posing for photographs and signing autographs when "some guy jumped over the barricades and made contact with Brad Pitt," Officer Nuria Vanegas of the Los Angeles Police Department told the Los Angeles Times. The suspect punched Pitt in the face, police told KTLA.
The suspect, 25-year-old Vitalii Seduik, allegedly attempted to crawl under actress America Ferrera's gown at the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2 at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month. Pitt appeared to be unharmed, and the Associated Press reports that he resumed signing autographs after the attack. Seduik was booked on suspicion of battery and is being held on $20,000 bail, the Times reports.
Obviously the guy is troubled and starving for attention. Hence, this will be the last time I talk about him in this column.
Director Alan Taylor'sTerminator: Genesis is filming in New Orleans with Emilia Clarke (as Sarah Conner), Jai Courtney (as Kyle Reese) and Arnold Schwarzenegger as a T-800 model terminator robot. As the pictures show, Arnold looks older on set and has grey hair, which he explained like this:
"'Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800, and then what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, and who gets a hold of him. So it will be all kinds of interesting twists in the movie, but I feel so good.
'The way that the character is written, it's a machine underneath. It's this metal skeleton. But above that is human flesh. And the Terminator's flesh ages, just like any other human being's flesh. Maybe not as fast. But it definitely ages."
What do you think? Will this be any good? Has this franchise been milked enough?
A Dame to Kill For!
According to Deadline, a poster featuring Eva Green as Ava Lord in August 22's Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For has caught the attention of the MPPA, and not in a good way. The Hollywood studios' trade group has reportedly "voiced its disapproval" for the poster, inspired directly from Miller's artwork.
Deadline reports the MPAA's disapproval was "for nudity. Specifically, the "curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown."
The Hollywood trade says the MPAA is working with the film's distributors Dimension Films on a compromise, who had no comment but confirmed the poster was "being reworked."
The Legend of Bill Murray!
When Bill Murray talks, you better listen. Murray crashed a bachelor party at a steakhouse in Charleston, South Carolina, over the Memorial Day Weekend in all his glory and dropped some knowledge on a group of young men. They said, "At one point during dinner at a steakhouse, one guy goes to the bathroom downstairs and sees Bill Murray sitting with some people with a fishing vest on," said the partygoer, identified only as Stephen. "We talked to the waiter to see if we could send him some drinks, to which Bill declined. One of my buddies then went down and asked if he'd come up and say a few words for (the groom) EJ and got a 'No thanks.' My buddy comes back up dejected and tells us it's not going to happen. Two minutes later, Bill f***ing Murray walks into the room and gives this speech."
Murray said, "You know how funerals are not for the dead, they're for the living? Bachelor parties are not for the groom, they're for the uncommitted," he said before giving the unmarried guests some tips on finding the right one. His advice?
"If you have someone that you think is The One, don't just sort of think in your ordinary mind, 'Okay, let's pick a date. Let's plan this and make a party and get married.' Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you're still in love with that person, get married at the airport."
Here is the final trailer for Edge of Tomorrow. The film opens on June 5th and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jeremy Piven, Ciaran Hinds, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, Franz Drameh, Masayoshi Haneda, and Tony Way.
The action unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.
What do you think?
Before I say GOODBYE!
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