I will be posting updates of all of tonight’s Oscar action here in this post and live tweeting – so refresh every so often. You can check out all of the nominations below, I will RED BOLD the winners as they are announced. Check out Bree’s “Celebrating the Oscars” checklist here, my predictions (not hopefuls) here UPDATE: (I scored 14/24).
Here is the full list of winners:
Non-Stop with your dad’s favorite actor Liam Neeson took first place with $30 million, up from his previous releases Unknown ($21.9 million) and The Grey ($19.7 million). Son of God came in with a strong second place with $26.5 million, much higher than other Christian centered movies like Courageous ($9.1 million), The Nativity Story ($7.8 million) and Fireproof ($6.8 million). The Passion of the Christ leads the way in that category earning over $26 million in its first day.
Disney’s Frozen became the 18th movie ever to earn over $1 billion worldwide. It’s only the fifth movie ever to hit that milestone that’s not a sequel or prequel, impressive! It might do even more business after tonight’s Oscar telecast if it earns a few trophies. After three weeks on top, The LEGO Movie took third place and last week’s newcomers are essentially of the map with 3 Days to Kill taking in $4.9 million and Pompeii $4.3 million.
Next week we get: 300: Rise of An Empire, Mr. Peabody & Sherman
|1.||Non-Stop||$30 M||$30 M|
|2.||Son of God||$26.5 M||$26.5 M|
|3.||The LEGO Movie||$21 M||$209.3 M|
|4.||The Monuments Men||$5 M||$65.6 M|
|5.||3 Days to Kill||$4.9M||$20.7 M|
|6.||Robocop||$4.5 M||$51.2 M|
|7.||Pompeii||$4.3 M||$17.7 M|
|8.||Frozen||$3.6 M||$388.7 M|
|9.||About Last Night||$3.4 M||$43.7 M|
|10.||Ride Along||$3 M||$127.1 M|
We don’t usually like to post rumors and headlines that require question marks, but a new Matrix trilogy now has my attention. Looking at all this now, it would be safe to say that it was inevitable and no surprise to anyone, but I actually would be surprised to see a new trilogy.
With sequels, reboots, remakes and franchises the goal of most major studios today, it’s easy to point to The Matrix as an easy property to work with again. If you ask me though, I enjoyed the full trilogy as one solid story that was perfectly paced and brought to life by the Wachowski’s. It doesn’t need another chapter, but if the folks behind the originals have something more to say, let’s hear them out.
Latino Review is reporting that writers/directors Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski are currently developing a new trilogy of Matrix films, with treatments and outlines already being handed into the studio. So we don’t know if it happening or who will direct, again this is just a single report at this point. For all we know they could be working on a TV series, which would be interesting to see.
The box office hasn’t been kind to the great work Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski provide, Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas were viewing pleasures but not lucrative enough to be called successes unfortunately. Do they need to re-visit The Matrix universe to gain trust again? This summer’s Jupiter Ascending might have a lot riding on it if they want a studios trust.
Do we need another Matrix movie?
A devious doppelganger or a imaginative office drone? That’s the question I pose after watching this great new trailer for writer/director Richard Ayoade’s (The IT Crowd, Submarine) new film The Double.
Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.
This trailer is quick, dark, and funny, I hope the whole movie feels the same way. It looks wholly original, Ayoade has another winner here. The film received many a positive response at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film also stars Wallace Shawn, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, and Paddy Considine.
The Double will be available VOD and in theaters on May 9th, watch the trailer below:
Kevin Bacon is reprising some of his more famous roles from his great career in these UK commercials, sadly there’s no JFK bacon. The characters included are from A Few Good Men, Footloose, Apollo 13, and Friday the 13th. It’s nice to see Bacon has a great sense of humor, and you have to love his reasoning behind not including Tremors Bacon.
Watch the ads below:
Welcome to the weekend preview everyone, check out what’s happening this weekend and decide what you’re going to do. The City Strip will be another classic on Monday, so check that out too!
Is it any surprise that the final act of this film is being deemed a fail? They rushed to get Liam Neeson in another beginning of the year action movie and forgot about writing a solid final 30 pages on the script. I’ll watch it anyways because if I don’t he will find me, and kill me.
I have never heard of this movie until now; I’m not sure why they didn’t push this out until closer to Easter, but that’s why I don’t wear a suit and they get paid the big bucks for big ideas.
Saturday Night Live (Saturday, NBC) - Jim Parsons hosts with musical guest Beck, I will be watching just to be reminded of Jimmy Fallon’s impression of Parsons.
The Oscars (Sunday, ABC) – Check out Bree’s Oscar checklist of things to do for this Sunday’s big night. I will be live posting updates of winners live with outrage and hopefully some joy (go Martin!). I made my predictions which you can see here, I will post the results after the show; again these are predictions, not hopefuls – otherwise I would have just written “Wolf of Wall Street Wins Everything” across the sheet.
BONUS! Speaking of The Wolf of Wall Street, the star and director, along with Jonah Hill and writer Terence Winter, join THR’s Stephen Galloway for an in-depth look at their awards contender. The Oscar-winning helmer shares the advice that he got from Steven Spielberg and DiCaprio opens up about playing one Wall Street’s biggest players Jordan Belfort, watch it now below:
There are two new images for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s long awaited Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The film stars Josh Brolin as Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is “hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.”
The images show Marv (Mickey Rourke) and Nancy (Jessica Alba) along with a small look at new character Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a “hard-luck gambler”. Miller tells EW that Nancy is still dancing at Kadie’s, but she’s been changed by Hartigan’s (Bruce Willis) death. She’s out for revenge and “…is sick of being treated—as she puts it—’a piece of ass.”
The film also stars Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson, Dennis Haysbert, Stacy Keach, Jamie King, Ray Liotta, and Jeremy Piven.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens August 22nd.
Check out the full size images below:
Novelist and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis will team with the very talented musician, director, screenwriter and producer Rob Zombie to develop a limited series about the Manson Family murders in August 1969.
Zombie says about the project:
“I have been obsessed with this insane story since I was a kid, so obviously I jumped at the chance to be involved in this incredible project. After speaking with Bret, I immediately realized that we shared the same vision for this epic madness.”
The project is in early stages of development at Fox and if it gets the greenlight, Ellis will write the script and some additional materials and Zombie will direct. Variety reports Ellis will turn to the original historical records to “tell converging stories of people and events leading up to and after the murders, from shifting points of view.”
This is perfect territory for Zombie I think; as a director and writer he proved with works like Halloween and The Devil’s Rejects that he’s got what it takes to tell a story and give us compelling characters. With a character like Mason already built in, this could make for some compelling storytelling and direction from the production team.
FYI: Although it was not proven Manson committed a homicide himself, Manson was convicted of first-degree murder.
I started this rewatch with one purpose, to find out if this final season was as bad as I remembered. The X-Files had enjoyed a fairly sizable audience for most of its run, but fan’s jumped ship in droves during the airing of this final season. Was it simply because of X-Files fatigue? Had the show gone on too long? Was Mulder that big of a draw that the show couldn’t thrive without him?
After watching the nineteen episodes that make up season nine…I might have an answer. Continue reading to find out more, see the complete scoreboard for season nine, and the final score for the season on a whole.
If you enjoyed the last Muppets movie chances are you will enjoy Muppets Most Wanted; that’s my take on it anyways, but ask the kids. The latest trailer features new footage from the upcoming movie while the Muppets sing a song about the sequel.
Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais.
The film’s human cast is top shelf with Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey.
Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21st, check out the trailer below: