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The Big Screen Bulletin 07.28.14: Lucy Overpowers the Box Office!
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 07.28.2014

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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.

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1. Lucy - $44.1 million ($44.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
2. Hercules - $29 million ($29 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - $16.5 million ($172.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
4. The Purge: Anarchy - $9.9 million ($51.3 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
5. Planes: Fire & Rescue - $9.3 million ($35.1 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
6. Sex Tape - $6 million ($26.9 million total)
7. Transformers: Age of Extinction - $4.6 million ($236.4 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
8. And So It Goes - $4.6 million ($4.6 million total)
9. Tammy - $3.4 million ($84.3 million total) READ THE REVIEW!
10. A Most Wanted Man - $2.7 million ($2.7 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!

* Are you surprised Lucy performed as strong as it did? What does this mean for a Black Widow solo film?

* Dwayne Johnson: Hollywood's new go-to leading man/box office power?

Huge news coming out of Comic Con this past weekend. Zack Snyder revealed the first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman on Saturday. The image shows the superhero ready for battle while standing in a volcanic landscape.

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gadot made a huge impact during the Warner Bros. panel for Hall H with their teaser made just for the Comic-Con crowd.

Snyder said he wasn't going to let the trio talk to the crowd because he didn't want them to spoil anything. "We have a teeny little thing," Snyder stated before unveiling a very short teaser scene, which featured a dark and rain-soaked skyline where Batman, on a rooftop, pulls back a tarp covering the Bat signal. He lights it, revealing Superman in the sky. Superman's eye lights up red and the tracks into Batman's face, his eyes glowing white.

"We have to go back to finish the movie," said Snyder, before leaving with the actors. The director, who previously revealed a new image of Affleck as Batman, debuted the photo of Wonder Woman on Twitter.

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My question:

Casting of the Week!
Dwayne Johnson enjoys teasing his potential role in a superhero movie. He posted a photo on Twitter of Superman, Black Adam and Shazam. Since the Superman role is taken, that means he's hinting at a possible role in the Shazam world. He's previously been linked to Black Adam over the years, but there have been rumors he could play Billy Batson's alter ego.

Who would you want him to play?

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Here is the first trailer for Leprechaun Origins. The film hits VOD on August 26th, then DVD & Blu-Ray on September 30th, and stars WWE's Hornswoggle in the starring role. "When Dan O'Grady returns to the U.S. after stealing some Irish leprechaun's pot of gold, he thinks he can settle down and enjoy his newfound wealth. He thought wrong. The leprechaun followed him and O'Grady barely gets away with his life, having locked the little monster in his basement. Ten years later, J.D. and his spoiled daughter Tory move in. By accident, the leprechaun is released and almost immediately the annoying creature starts to look for his gold, not displaying any respect for human life."

SuperHeroHype spoke with Marvel's Kevin Fiege at Comic-Con. Highlights are below.

On Thanos becoming bigger and his future: "I'm glad it feels like he will be a big deal. He's not a part of "Avengers 2." I think Thanos does what he wants and shows up where he wants to, and you don't tell him otherwise. But we are still making "Avengers 2″ so nothing is ruled out. In "Guardians" Thanos is just another step forward from Avengers. We wanted Ronan to be the bad guy, did not want to spend too much time with Thanos but wanted to show there was a guy behind the guy, the Emperor from "Empire Strikes Back," behind Darth Vader. Just to get him in his throne, leaning back and smirking."

On BALANCING NEW films and sequels: "Looking forward, I like the idea of an existing franchise, taking it to new places, and then the next being a NEW FRANCHISE, each year. Like next year with "Avengers" and Ant Man."

On going forward each year as oppose to rebooting franchises like WB and FOX: "We want to be wary of continuity collapsing in on itself. I like the idea of watching all the "Captain America" films as just one series. Or just the "Iron Man" or "Avengers" films. But you could also watch them in each phase."

Here is some B-Roll footage directly from Marvel for their Comic-Con Hall H Panel that took place last night. The first video is footage of the Ant-Man panel, while the last two are for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Obviously the footage does not include the footage screened from either movie. You can read a report from 411's Jeffrey Harris of the Age of Ultron footage here.

Take a look at an Ant-Man image that Marvel Studios shared at Comic-Con. The illustration is a piece of pre-production concept art specifically made for San Diego Comic-Con. Expect to see this movie heavily showcased on Saturday in Marvel's presentation. This movie definitely needs some love after the past few months. Director and co-writer Edgar Wright dropped out of the production and Marvel signed Peyton Reed to direct the story of the hero who can shrink to tiny sizes while still packing a heavyweight punch. Adam McKay also signed up to rewrite the script by Wright and Joe Cornish.

Now the film is set to start shooting in August with the original cast still in place. Paul Rudd will be taking on the central role of Scott Lang, a thief who, according to the comics, stole the technology behind the shrinking suit from the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym. That's where Michael Douglas comes in. He's joining the Marvel universe as Pym, a scientist with Tony Stark-levels of ingenuity. He not only builds a miniaturizing mechanism, but also constructs a method of communicating with tiny creatures.

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DC Comics has debuted a new pic to coincide with Comic-Con of Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film stars Henry Cavill, Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, and Scoot McNairy and is directed by Zack Snyder. It will hit theaters on May 6th, 2016.

What do you think?

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Luke Speaks!
Another pic that's making the rounds. Mark Hamill's not at Comic-Con this weekend but he still has some quotes for Star Wars fans. In an interview with the BBC in London, Hamill spoke briefly about his role in the next installment of the franchise, pointing out that he's really playing second fiddle to new actors. "It's really about the new generation of characters," Hamill said. "We're just there to lend our support, and grow contractually obligated beards."

Hamill also commented on Harrison Ford's recent injury on set. Even though he wasn't there for the event, Hamill told the BBC that Han Solo is doing well now: "It'll take more than that to stop Harrison Ford," he said.

Hamill added that he was "astonished" to be back on the Star Wars set. "We had a beginning, a middle, and an end—I never thought we'd come back," he said. The actor had high praise for that return, however, saying J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan had done a great job writing a script where "you immediately understand who these people are and relate to them."

In other Star Wars news, the BBC also reported that the Irish island of Skellig Michael will be used as a location in the upcoming film. The isle is home to the remains of a Christian monastery that's designated as a world heritage site.

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Death of Superman!
Here is the first trailer for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?. The documentary looks at the unproduced Superman project from Nicolas Cage and Tim Burton, titled Superman Lives. The film was set to star Cage as Clark Kent, Chris Rock as Jimmy Olsen, and possibly Tim Allen as Brainaic. Schnepp's documentary will investigate what happened to the failed film

Mad Max!
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures have released the first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road. The film stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The film was written and directed by George Miller and arrives in 2D and 3D on May 15, 2015.

Here's a synopsis: Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller's Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max (Tom Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos and Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

50 Shades!
For the few of you that didn't follow Comic Con and somehow missed it, here's the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer that debuted last week.

Trailer Talk
Paramount Pictures and MGM have released the red band trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 following its debut at Comic-Con. You can see it in the trailer below. The sequel is directed by Steve Pink and stars Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott, Chevy Chase, and Gillian Jacobs.

What do you think?

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