All around the world today people are mourning the loss of Robin Williams. He was a light in many of our childhoods; he was a genius and a clown. His explosive energy and original style made for endless entertainment in nearly every genre and medium of entertainment. We have lost an alien, a sailor, a poet, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a mentor and a friend. He will be missed.
From all of us here at COF, we send our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Williams; and while we didn’t personally know him, we felt as though we did. We would like to share with you each of our personal memories; please share your thoughts below as well. We will all carry on his legacy, appreciating and sharing his body of work that he gave us for the rest of our lives.
Very sad news to report today as it appears actor and comedian Robin Williams has died. He was found dead in his home in Marin County, California today in what coroner’s are suspecting is suicide due to asphyxia. His publicist has confirmed the news saying:
Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss.
A very sad day for his family and friends and the countless millions he made (and will make) laugh all around the world.
His wife Susan Schneider issued the following statement:
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
After some pretty great teaser trailers, HBO has released the first full-length trailer for the fifth and final season of Boardwalk Empire premiering September 7th. The tagline for the trailer is “No one goes quietly”, which means people are going to die and it’s going to be great television as usual; also, this time it’s in 1931.
There won’t be a reunion show or feature movie, so I say bring on the death toll. Let’s red wedding this sucker!
AMC has released a very short trailer for the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul which at the very least confirms the show is actually happening, so sleep well folks. The teaser also sets the premiere date as being in February 2015, check it out below with a few images too.
While Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was expected to win the weekend, it unexpectedly over performed and ousted Guardians of the Galaxy from the top spot. Ninja Turtles scored an estimated $65 million, the biggest domestic opening ever for a TMNT movie (not adjusted for inflation), talk about turtle power! Guardians fell to second place with $41.5 million. Internationally, Ninja Turtles made an additional $28.7 million and Guardians has now earned over $137 million abroad.
Into the Storm, which opened in third place with an estimated $18 million; The Hundred-Foot Journey opened in fourth place with $11.1 million; and Step Up All In came in sixth place with a franchise-low of $6.6 million.
TMNT was one of the worst reviewed movies of the summer, but money talks in this crazy town. Paramount is happy with that $65 million win this weekend and has officially set Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 for a June 3, 2016 release. Writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec will return to write the sequel and Michael Bay will be back to produce with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes, however, there’s no word on whether or not Jonathan Liebesman will return to direct.
It’s pretty disheartening that a solid opening weekend can do that for a movie that was critically shit on and more than likely not a win with audiences who went to see it out of pure nostalgic reasons. Or maybe they were just curious as to just how bad it is. So yes, it will make back what it earned and sell a lot of toys, but at what real cost? The good name that is TMNT has been hurt with this movie right? We can’t go back and do it right. The winning formula of strange CGI and poor storytelling is now in Paramount’s head as a winning combination.
According to Deadline, Adam Goodman, President of Paramount’s Film Group, had this to say about the plan to move forward with the sequel:
“Launching a new take on the Turtles into the feature film world was a daunting task because as fans of them ourselves, we felt a great responsibility to ensure audiences were going to experience everything they loved about the Turtles, while also getting to see them brought to life in a way they had never been seen before. The result exceeded our high expectations and the response to the film is beyond great, making it all the more fun to get started on the continuation of their story.”
I don’t think they ensured people who paid to see the movie left happy; like a lot of movies, they just wanted the butts in the seats opening weekend.
Are you looking forward to getting more Turtles?
Next week we get: The Expendables 3, The Giver, Let’s Be Cops (on Wed.)
|1.||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||$65M||$65M|
|2.||Guardians of the Galaxy||$41.5M||$175.8M|
|3.||Into the Storm||$18M||$18M|
|4.||The Hundred-Foot Journey||$11.1M||$11.1M|
|6.||Step Up All In||$6.5M||$6.5M|
|8.||Get On Up||$5M||$22.9M|
|9.||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||$4.4M||$197.8M|
|10.||Planes: Fire & Rescue||$2.4M||$52.9M|
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It’s been over 20 years since the TMNT had a live action movie; I know a lot of us like to pretend Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III didn’t happen, but it did. This isn’t the darker/grittier/bloody reboot people were hoping to get after years of rumors that one was being made. Instead it’s a CGI-fest from Platinum Dunes and the director of Wrath of the Titans and Battle Los Angeles. In our lifetime, I’m sure we will get the more graphic version of TMNT we deserve; a studio and director will have the guts to do it without the toys and kid fanfare. I’ve heard only bad things about this new movie, not surprisingly of course as people wanted to hate it from day one. Go in and turn off your brain; you know you have to. Speaking of toys.
I watched part of the trailer for this; it’s Twister but worse right?
I’m stunned these hot people dancing movies are still a thing; I guess as long as we have people doing bad (and offensive) Photoshop jobs to make a girl unrealistically thing for a poster, we will have dance movies.
Helen Mirren is watchable in anything, so this might work for most people. I’ve just seen food become such a sport on TV over the last few years, I really don’t want it happening at the movies. No offense to Chef and Mirren of course.
Director Peter Sattler‘s feature directorial debut Camp X-Ray has a its first trailer today. The Guantanamo Bay drama stars Kristen Stewart as a young private stationed at the prison and revolves around the complex relationship that develops between her and a foreign detainee. Kristen Stewart’s open mouth acting is on display in the interesting looking melodrama; the Spike Lee style shot (:54) from Malcolm X took me out of the trailer for a moment but Peyman Maadi‘s performance looks to save the film.
The official synopsis for Camp X-Ray:
A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots. But she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay instead, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. A story of two people, on opposite sides of a war, struggling to find their way through the ethical quagmire of Guantanamo Bay. And in the process, they form an unlikely bond that changes them both.
The film also stars Lane Garrison, John Carrol Lynch, and Cory Michael Smith.
Camp X-Ray opens in theaters and VOD on October 28th 2014.
It wasn’t a question of if, only when we would get a movie from the The Lonely Island. Universal has acquired the untitled comedy project from the Lonely Island boys; the trio of course insists of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone. Schaffer (Hot Rod) and Taccone (MacGruber) are set to co-direct the movie which “takes place in the music world”. Judd Apatow will produce the film alongside Samberg, Schaffer, and Taccone.
There are no story details yet; I’m hoping they will just play themselves and just do a few music videos and some sketches; some in 3D for no reason and with a plethora of guest stars. Money. The three have been doing comedy together since junior high school, and when Samberg joined SNL, Schaffer and Taccone joined the writing team. Friendship.
Get on the boat:
In honor of Friday’s release of the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles we’re going back to our childhood memories of TMNT in a big way: Toys! Chances are if you were a kid in the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s, you had some awesome toys from TMNT and will recognize most of our selection’s below.
The list could be endless but we only allowed ourselves to pick four each, it was a hard task. As a child you would search high and low at Toys R Us, looking for that rare Shredder or Splinter that never seemed to arrive. Sure they had a plethora of Foot Soldiers, but who the heck wants more than two of those?
First Images from Robert Zemeckis’ 3D Drama THE WALK starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as High-Wire Walker Philippe Petit
One of the movies sure to make my must see list for 2015 is The Walk from director Robert Zemeckis. The 3D film about high-wire walker Philippe Petit which was previously brought to the screen in the great documentary Man on Wire. The story will follow his daring, illegal 1974 tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Petit in the film and we have the first images below. Producer Tom Rothman describes as “Gravity meets Ocean’s Eleven.” It will be interesting to see how Zemeckis brings his own brand of visuals to the story; I suspect it’s going to be thrilling movie to watch, especially on IMAX! The film also stars Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Clément Sibony and César Domboy.
The Walk opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on October 2, 2015.
Check out the images below and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s video message: