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The Big Screen Bulletin 06.16.14: 22 Jump Street Opens Big at the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 06.16.2014

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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! For some additional reading you can check out my Comics 411. Also, if you like hot women, my Hollywood 5 & 1 will keep you occupied. Click and read my interview with Playboy's Miss May Dani Mathers!


1. 22 Jump Street - $60 million ($60 million total)
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - $50 million ($50 million total)
3. Maleficent - $19 million ($163.5 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. Edge of Tomorrow - $16.2 million ($56.6 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. The Fault in Our Stars - $15.7 million ($81.7 million total)
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $9.5 million ($205.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
7. Godzilla - $3.1 million ($191.3 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. A Million Ways to Die in the West - $3.1 million ($38.9 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
9. Neighbors - $2.5 million ($143.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
10. Chef - $2.3 million ($14.1 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!

* 23 Jump Street anyone?

* Will Edge of Tomorrow make it's budget back thanks to international ticket sales?

In an interesting turn of developments, DC is looking to counter Marvel's cinematic mastery with some major moves. Nikki Finke, formerly of Deadline has launched her new site with a big scoop: the rumored year-to-year line-up for DC Comics based films from 2016 through to early 2018.

While Finke says cautiously that "a lot of stuff remains in flux," she reveals a seven movie slate for DCE and WB over the course of just two years, beginning in May 2016 and ending in May 2018. That would put DC on a three movies per year pace, a massive leap up from where they're at currently, with a three-year wait between Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. So what's beyond Dawn of Justice? Here's the rumored lineup:

May 2016 – Batman v Superman
July 2016 – Shazam
Christmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Christmas 2017 – Flash/Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2

My question:

Casting of the Week!
Let's stick with DC Universe action! A rumor from Hitfix reports that actor Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) is in line to appear as Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the following Justice League film.

According to the report, Aquaman's appearance will be based on repercussions from the events of Man of Steel. Specifically, Aquaman will not be happy about what General Zod's World Engine did to the Indian Ocean. The plan is apparently to have Aquaman make an appearance in Dawn of Justice before he returns in Justice League.

Jeff Sneider of The Wrap posted an agency grid on Twitter, suggesting Maxwell Lord and Martian Manhunter would also appear in the upcoming film. He also says that the grid lists Darkseid as the villain for the film.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is due out on May 6, 2016. Justice League is scheduled for a May 2017 release.

Frank Miller wants to write Captain America. He revealed this during a Reddit AMA to promote the second Sin City on Wednesday, telling fans that the character "features values that my country has either lost or misplaced for a very long time." But is Marvel prepared to hand over Captain America to the controversial creator?

For some background: When asked which comic hero he'd like to write for, he replied "I get back to Captain America, because I find him such a wonderful anachronism," in addition to being a character that "features virtues that my country has either lost or misplaced for a very long time." He continued, "I remember telling people at Marvel, just a few days after 9/11, that I hoped they realized what they had there, because Captain America's reaction to 9/11 would have been pretty direct."

Miller's own reaction to 9/11 was to create what would eventually become Holy Terror, a graphic novel in which a superhero called "The Fixer" fought Muslim terrorists. Originally intended as a Batman graphic novel, the title was published by Legendary Entertainment's comic book imprint to much critical complaint; the journalist Spencer Ackerman summed up popular response to the book when he described it as "a screed against Islam, completely uninterested in any nuance or empathy, [that] ignores practically everything about the actual strategic situation the United States is in."

Asked by a fan about whether Marvel would be interested in working with Miller on any Captain America project, the company's executive editor Tom Brevoort replied by writing "We'd certainly be interested in the abstract, depending on what story he'd want to tell," adding "I don't think, for example, we'd have gone ahead with Holy Terror as a Captain America story."

Now that Captain America is a hot movie property, is there any chance Miller is given the job?

Oh, here's a trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For:

Star Wars!
Harrison Ford suffered an ankle injury while filming the next Star Wars installment, Disney Studios said Thursday. Ford, 71, is reprising the Han Solo role that brought him fame in the first Star Wars in 1977. The injury happened on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII Thursday, a Disney statement said. "He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates."

While the film's production is happening at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England, and Abu Dhabi, Disney did not give the set location. A spokesman for the British Health And Safety Executive told CNN Thursday that the agency "have been made aware of an incident at Pinewood studios and are making initial inquiries."

At least it wasn't his hip.

OK, some cool news. Disney is releasing a new app that will allow children to become visual storytellers. Disney Publishing Worldwide executive VP Andrew Sugerman unveiled "Star Wars Scene Maker" at Variety's Purpose: The Family Entertainment and Faith-Based Summit at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills on Thursday. "The output of this is you're actually going to create a minute-long film," said Sugerman.

Available June 19, the app gives children the ability to reimagine three iconic scenes from the Star Wars franchise, including the Cloud City duel, and what those worlds can be using their own imagination.

Let's be realistic. This will be used by adult fans almost exclusively.

Kids (adult fans) can position multiple virtual cameras to capture vehicles, ships, characters,props and weapons that can be manipulated in a 360-degree field. Even dialogue can be voiced. Consumers will also be able to share their stories through Facebook and YouTube. Last month Disney released Lucasfilm app "Star Wars Journeys," which creates a storytelling format for ages 6-8. "We can bring the saga to a new generation of ‘Star Wars' fans," said Sugerman.

Here are two new TV sports courtesy of Paramount Pictures for Transformers: Age of Extinction. The film stars stars Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller, Han Geng, Titus Welliver, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, John DiMaggio, Mark Ryan, Robert Foxworth and Reno Wilson and opens on June 27th.

The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.

Here is a new video (via MSN) from 20th Century Fox looking at the events that took place between Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Dawn stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo and Judy Greer and opens on July 11th.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

Trailer Talk
Alejando Gonzalez Inarritu, the director who brought us Babel, 21 Grams, and the Oscar-nominated "Biutiful, returns with Birdman, a comedy-drama that stars Michael Keaton. Keaton plays a former superhero actor who tries to revitalize his career on Broadway. Emma Stone, Zach Galafianakis, Amy Ryan, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, and Naomi Watts and costar. Fox Searchlight opens the film October 17.

What do you think?

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