The Box Office: The Captain Makes it Happen, Again

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

The Box Office

It’s three weeks later and Captain America: The Winter Soldier held on to the first place spot again, and the new faith-based drama Heaven is for Real ($21.5 M weekend, $28.5 M since Wednesday) nearly doubled Johnny Depp’s Transcendence ($11.5 M).  The Marvel hit took home $26 M, only a 36% drop from last week and should pass Thor: The Dark World in the next few days.

Rio 2 took second place again, this time with $22.5 M which is no surprise, it will hang in there for the rest of the month I’m sure.  The surprise for some people (not me), is the bomb that is Transcendence.  Depp’s other lame openings of late include like Dark Shadows ($29.7 M) and The Lone Ranger ($29.2 M).  It’s also interesting to note that it did worse than other sci-fi bombs like Stealth ($13.3 M), The Island ($12.4 M) and In Time ($12.1 M).  The movie was marketed in a strange way (boring) and didn’t give a hint of having an interesting story.  It’s a shame that if this movie actually has something to say – no one will be listening.

Next week we get: The other Women, Brick Mansions, The Quiet Ones

Title Weekend Total
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $26.6 M $201.5 M
2. Rio 2 $22.5 M $75.3 M
3. Heaven is for Real $21.5 M $28.5 M
4. Transcendence $11.1 M $11.1 M
5. A Haunted House 2 $9.1 M $9.1 M
6. Draft Day $5.9 M $19.5 M
7. Divergent $5.7 M $133.9 M
8. Oculus $4 M $21.1 M
9. Noah $5.2 M $93.2 M
10. God’s Not Dead $4.8 M $48.3 M

Book Review: The Adjacent by Christopher Priest

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

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The Adjacent is the latest work from novelist Christopher Priest; it’s a puzzling and frustrating read that leaves a lot for up to the reader to interpret.  It’s also a great read as it approaches a lot of the themes Priest has worked with in the past.  If you have read The Prestige (or seen the movie adaptation by Christopher Nolan), you can expect the master of misdirection to have you turning pages as fast as you can.  The Adjacent isn’t an easy read, you will have to pay attention to take in and consider the non-linear story.

adjacentTibor Tarent, a freelance photographer, is recalled from Anatolia to an alternative, near future Islamic Republic Great Britain (IRGB) where his wife has been killed by insurgent militia. IRGB is a nation living in the aftermath of a bizarre and terrifying terrorist atrocity – hundreds of thousands were wiped out when a vast triangle of west London was instantly annihilated. The authorities think the terrorist attack and the death of Tarent’s wife are somehow connected. A century earlier, a stage magician is sent to the Western Front on a secret mission to render British reconnaissance aircraft invisible to the enemy. On his journey to the trenches he meets the visionary who believes that this will be the war to end all wars. In 1943, a woman pilot from Poland tells a young RAF technician of her escape from the Nazis, and her desperate need to return home. In the present day, a theoretical physicist stands in his English garden and creates the first adjacency.

We move between three time periods and meet many characters including HG Wells (Priest is Vice-President of the H. G. Wells Society).  I learned about WWII aircraft like the Lancaster Bomber and Spitfire. The transition between periods isn’t obtrusive; it’s structured in such a way that it just clicks for the reader.  Climate change (or global warming some still call it) is depicted wonderfully here in the near-future Great Britain.  Reading about the attack on London and the new Islamic rule is interesting fantasy.

It’s a great story for those who love non-linear novels and alternative dimensions.  Nothing is at it seems, fantasy meets fiction, and everyone you meet and everywhere you go is questioned.  If you can make sense of it all, this is going to entertain you a whole lot.

Read Titan Books’ great interview with author Christopher Priest.

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Weekend Preview: Johnny Depp, So Very Bored

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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Welcome to the weekend preview!  Check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do, we can only help so much.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook because my mom says those are cool.

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Science-fiction is a fun genre, it brings authors and dreamers together to create some amazing work.  It looks like another movie that is scared of the future; am I wrong to keep thinking of The Lawnmower Man when watching trailers and clips for this movie?

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Another heavy-handed, faith-based, movie for the kids this Easter weekend.  They could have saved a ton and just gone right the Hallmark channel with this one.

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I didn’t realize the first one went to theaters, or I just chose forget.  I don’t even.

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These docs are always enjoyable, the box-set of these would totally come in handy on a rainy afternoon.  If you haven’t seen African Cats, Oceans, Earth, and Crimson Wings – you should.

TV Notables:

Hannibal (Friday, NBC) – You need a new Doctor Will Graham.

Game of Thrones (Sunday, HBO) – “Tyrion ponders his options. Tywin extends an olive branch. Sam realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan. The Hound teaches Arya the way things are. Dany chooses her champion.”  Watching.

Here is George RR Martin (not really) teasing the next book, part of which may be written from Hodor’s perspective:

Details and Images from LOST RIVER, Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River (previously titled How to Catch a Monster) will be premiering at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. We have the first images from the film below and some details on the plot from star Iain De Caestecker (via Empire):

“Ryan [Gosling] works in a very free way, he’s constantly in an artistic frame of mind … All I can really say is that it centers around a family. There’s my character, Bones, his mother and his younger brother. There’s also a girl next door played by Saoirse Ronan, called Rat … It’s about this family living in a town called Lost River, which is perhaps a place that was once full of family and happiness and love, and is now this town that’s slowly descending into a place without any hope. This family is holding onto the foundations of their house and everything they think they need to hold onto.”

The film looks creepy, so there’s that.  Lost River also stars Saoirse Ronan, Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendohlson, Matt Smith, and Barbara Steele.  We will update you with more as it comes in, I can’t wait to see the trailer for this one.

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DECODING ANNIE PARKER Trailer with Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt, and Aaron Paul

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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Here is the first trailer for Steven Bernstein’s drama Decoding Annie Parker, which stars Samantha Morton as Parker, a woman stricken with breast cancer who works with oncologist Dr. Mary-Claire King played by Helen Hunt to explore the theory of a genetic inheritance of cancer.

Aaron Paul’s character seems like the insensitive and unknowing man in the otherwise lighthearted take on breast cancer; but check out his dancing below, only a genius could pull that off right?

The movie also stars Rashida Jones, Alice Eve, Maggie Grace, Corey Stoll, and Ben McKenzie.

Decoding Annie Parker opens in limited release on May 2nd, watch the trailer below and a bonus clip of Aaron Paul showing off his dance moves:

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Watch a Featurette for MALEFICENT, A “Reinvention”

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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Disney released the first Maleficent featurette; it’s a short but interesting piece where we hear from the actors and makers involved in the film about the “reinvention”.

The film tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the titular villain (Angelina Jolie), and how a betrayal sets off a drive for revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  Elle Fanning plays the Princess Aurora.  Screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King), and director Robert Stromberg (Oscar winning art director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland) are at the helm.

Maleficent opens in 2D and 3D on May 30th, watch the video below:

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Trailer and Poster for Clint Eastwood’s JERSEY BOYS

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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“Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, and “Walk Like a Man” are just some of the sweet sounds you will hear from Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys.  It tells the story of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic `60s rock group The Four Seasons.

The first trailer is here for your viewing pleasure; I don’t know if this was what I was expecting or not, but the speaking into the camera from the actors was a little surprising.  I understand that’s a nod from the stage musical, so it might add a little something to an otherwise typical musical biopic.  After this though, can the darker and more broody Eastwood come out and play again?

The film stars John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda, and Christopher Walken.

Jersey Boys opens in theaters on June 20th, check out the poster and trailer below:

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It’s a Slow News Day, So Here are Updates for MRS. DOUBTFIRE 2 and BEVERLY HILLS COP 4

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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A sequel to the 1993 box office hit Mrs. Doubtfire has been talked about for over a decade, so what’s the latest you and or your mom might be asking?  Well, after Robin Williams reportedly rejected a script in 2006, and the project has remained dead, the actor noted in a recent interview, “They kept trying and it doesn’t work… because at the end of the first one they reveal who [Mrs. Doubtfire] is.”

Fast forward a few years and David Berenbaum (Elf) may have found a way to make it work, because The Wrap reports Fox 2000 has revived Mrs. Doubtfire 2 with a script by Berenbaum. Williams is on board and Chris Columbus will return to direct.  The report does not specify where Mrs. Doubtfire 2 will pick up or who else will return; but we know Mara Wilson won’t be:

Anyone out there looking forward to Mrs. Doubtfire 2?

In other sequel news, Beverly Hills Cop 4 may begin filming this summer.  During an interview with Bloomberg, Jerry Bruckheimer said that they are still finishing the script for Beverly Hills Cop 4 with tentative plans to shoot in a few months.

We’re in the process of getting the script finished. Paramount is very excited about making it, Eddie is very excited, Brett Ratner is excited about doing it, so I think we’re moving forward. Hopefully we’ll start end of summer, beginning of fall and get rolling on it. We’re going to take Eddie back to Detroit – he’s going to be in Beverly Hills and we take him to Detroit. So we’re going to have some fun with him, he’s really excited about doing it.”

Does anyone feel a lot older after this news?

It’s the Fantastic Final X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Trailer

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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The final X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer is here, and it’s great.  It’s all here: the setup, story, comedy and tons of action; it’s everything you want from an X-men movie and more.  I’m mostly excited to watch Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) and the rise of the Sentinels; it’s going to be awesome.

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, Omar Sy, Adan Canto, Daniel Cudmore, and Bingbing Fan.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D on May 23, watch the trailer below:

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Plot Details for Woody Allen’s MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT Starring Emma Stone

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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We have some info to share about Woody Allen’s upcoming film Magic in the Moonlight; it’s a romantic comedy about an Englishman (Colin Firth) brought in to expose a phony mystic (Emma Stone), only to end up falling for her. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age.  Marcia Gay Harden will play Stone’s mother and co-conspirator.magic_in_the_moonlight

Allen says he had the idea for “ages” but it only recently came together when he decided to set it in the south of France in the 1920s rather than the present day.  He loves that Jazz age.  I’ve enjoyed his more recent movies of the past few years (Match Point, Whatever Works, Midnight in Paris, Blue Jasmine) so I will no doubt be checking this one out with great optimism.

Magic in the Moonlight opens July 25th.  Allen can be seen acting in Fading Gigolo with its writer/director/co-star John Turturro.

via: thefilmstage