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The Box Office: Predicatably, DIVERGENT Delivers

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

The Box Office

Divergent didn’t break any records this past weekend, but managed to take in more than any recent young adult adaption over the last two years.  Its opening total of $56 M was more than the openening totals for Beautiful Creatures, The Host, and Vampire Academy combined ($54 million).  The first Twilight film had a $69.6 M opening if you’re keeping score of these forgettable movies.   The hype will die down for Divergent in the coming weeks, it will be interesting to see its final earnings and how the sequels pan out.

The Muppet sequel Muppets Most Wanted underperformed with $16.5 M, and an independent Christian film called God’s Not Dead surprised everyone with a top five spot earning $8.5 M in just 780 locations.  The first Muppets movie earned about $29.2 M in its first weekend in 2011.  It’s not looking good for this sequel is what the numbers are saying.  Meanwhile this God’s Not Dead movie which I’ve never heard of before is matching indie Christian numbers like Fireproof ($6.8 M) and Courageous ($9.1 M).

Next week we get: Noah, Sabotage

Title Weekend Total
1. Divergent $56 M $56 M
2. Muppets Most Wanted $16.5 M $16.5 M
3. Mr. Peabody and Sherman $11.7 M $81 M
4. 300: Rise of an Empire $8.6 M $93.7 M
5. God’s Not Dead $8.5 M $8.5 M
6. Need for Speed $7.7 M $30.4 M
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel $6.7 M $12.9 M
8. Non-Stop $6.3 M $78.5 M
9. The LEGO Movie $4.1 M $243.3 M
10. Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club $3.1 M $12.9 M

Women in Film Get a New Rating System in Sweden

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Strong Women in Hollywood

Although I’ve dreamed of being a writer/director since I was 11 years old, it wasn’t until 2010 that a woman earned herself an Oscar for Best Director. Throughout my life I’ve been the lone woman in a room of men; computing science courses in school, as developer for multimedia companies, an entrepreneur at a business event, the gamer girl who tries to join the conversation, the woman at the pub watching UFC trying to ignore the comments that I must only be there because I like seeing nearly naked men wrestle… it never ends. And its frustrating.

Society and media doesn’t help the situation, typically in film, women are ‘token’ characters who serve purposes like being sex symbols, the tear factor, or the victim. Hollywood continues to make edits based on the belief that viewers aren’t interested in women as protagonists. Disney’s Tangled was originally titled Rapunzel, but worry that male viewers wouldn’t watch a movie about a princess caused a title change. There is even talk about what Wonder Woman should actually be titled, because apparently its not the same as Iron Man, Spiderman, Batman, The Hulk, Hellboy, or Thor. Um, did anyone see Brave? It may not have been titled Merida (which is fine, movies don’t HAVE to be names,) but hello – one of MY favorite Disney movies ever – and hey, a female protagonist with no love interest!

According to a report released in May by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, in the 100 top grossing movies of 2012, only 28.4% of characters who spoke a line of dialogue were women, down from 32.8% three years ago.

Swedish cinemas have introduced a new movie rating system that challenges Hollywood’s gender bias in film roles. Movies will earn an “A” rating if it passes the Bechdel Test (ie two female characters must have a conversation that isn’t about a male character). Although bringing the topic up for discussion is a step in the right direction, I don’t believe this test to be the best utility to make significant changes. Its pretty basic and although proving the point that its a rare find indeed to have female characters fully clothed, discussing something other than a likely love interest – it doesn’t automatically inject substance into society. While another movie may not pass the test, it could contain a brilliant character, story or conversation that tells an amazing story. (Pacific Rim comes to mind…)

FilmSchoolRejects put together a list of 10 Famous Films That Surprisingly Fail the Bechdel Test; Run Lola Run fails due to the fact that she never once has a conversation in the film with another female. Avatar fails even though Neytiri and her mother have a conversation; Because it is about Jake, a man.

Susana Polo points out on The Mary Sue that “movies with a better gender representation and with less objectified female characters tended to be the ones who appeared in movies written or directed by women.” However, if we start comparing the amount of female writers and directors to their male counterparts – it opens up a whole new can of worms and thus the vicious cycle continues.

What I want to know from our viewers, if you’re male – what female protagonists and films have you enjoyed? Because apparently Hollywood thinks you don’t like women in strong roles and I think you probably do.
And females, who are some of the best represented female roles you’ve seen or identified with?

Later this month we see the release of Catching Fire, (my review will follow the matinee showing that I purchased tickets for last month), the sequel to The Hunger Games – which does pass the Bechdel Test.


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Monday, October 28th, 2013

The Hunger Games Catching Fire

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy The Hunger Games as much as I did.  My girlfriend and I went to see it on a whim, not really knowing anything about it, and ended up liking it quite a bit.  I’m sure we’ll be there to check out the sequel which this final, albeit short, trailer does a great job of selling.  It also looks like we might be seeing more of Donald Sutherland’s character this time around, which is always a good thing.

Anyway enough of my yammering, continue reading to view the trailer for yourself!


International Trailer for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE; Coldplay Confirmed for Soundtrack

Friday, August 9th, 2013


Watching the first Hunger Games movie I knew there was something missing, and it wasn’t just a tripod to relieve me of shaky cam headache.  It was Coldplay.  Coldplay should be on every soundtrack and not just background music for X-Factor tryout tears.  It’s been confirmed they will be releasing an original song from the soundtrack called “Atlas” on August 26th.  Sleep well everyone.

There is also an international trailer for the film that shows off some new footage. Watch the trailer and see a new image of Jennifer Lawrence in all her Katniss goodness below:



Thursday, July 18th, 2013

The Hunger Games Catching Fire

Has anyone ever heard of this series?  I think there was one a year or so ago?  Can’t really remember it, must not have done very well.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is of course, the highly anticipated sequel to 2012′s (really, was that only last year?) The Hunger Games.  That film did very well both critically and financially which has only fueled the interest this second film will no doubt receive.

Lionsgate released a bunch of posters showcasing all the past Hunger Game victors in their Quarter Quell uniforms.  I have not read the books so I have no clue what that means.

Continue reading to view them all!



Monday, April 15th, 2013

hunger games

Here is the first trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. There is more darkness this time around, Katniss even gets punched in the face by a hired goon!  President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is trying to tear down the inspiring image of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and kill her.  The movie will involve “Quarter Quell”, a special Hunger Games where past winners will be forced to fight to the death.  Are you ready?

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on November 22nd.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

TODAY’S LINKS: Insidious 2, The Hunger Games, Star Wars, TMNT and More

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

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  • Insidious Chapter 2 will be hitting theaters on August 30, cast returns. [collider]
  • Smurfs 2 teaser trailer and synopsis. [youtube]
  • Motion poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. [comingsoon]
  • The first poster for Evil Dead revealed. [image]
  • Ryan Gosling in new Only God Forgives art. [image]
  • George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy talk Star Wars: Episode VII. [youtube]
  • Jack Reacher has two TV spots with Tom Cruise. [One, Two]
  • TMNT co-creator says new film will be “Fantastic”. [nbc]
  • New trailer for Epic featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, and Christoph Waltz. [youtube]

TODAY’S LINKS: Finding Nemo 2, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Wes Anderson’s Next and More

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

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  • Andrew Stanton to direct Finding Nemo 2; is Pixar desperate now or what? [deadline]
  • Daniel Radcliffe will star opposite Zoe Kazan in indie rom-com The F Word. [variety]
  • Amanda Plummer to play Wiress in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, can someone tell me how Wiress is a name? [thr]
  • Johnny Depp is going to star in Wes Anderson’s next, The Grand Budapest Hotel. [mtv]
  • Gary Ross may direct a screen version of Peter and the Starcatchers. [comingsoon]
  • Die Hard – The Guns Super Cut. [youtube]

Viral Teaser for M. Night Shyamalan’s AFTER EARTH:


TODAY’S LINKS: Assassin’s Creed, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Independence Day 2 and More

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

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  • Michael Fassbender is taking on Assassin’s Creed as star and producer. [variety]
  • Aronofsky has announced that Anthony Hopkins has signed on to star as Methuselah in his Noah film. [his twitter]
  • Christopher Nolan says no to Justice League film, thankfully. [ew]
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman will take the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. [mtv]
  • Wes Anderson wants Johnny Depp, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and more for his next project. [twitchfilm]
  • Dean Devlin on Independence Day 2 and bringing Stargate back. [thr]

First Trailer for GOATS Starring David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga:


TODAY’S LINKS: The Hunger Games Returns, The Wolf of Wall Street, Sin City 2 and More

Friday, April 20th, 2012

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  • Michael Pitt to write, produce, and star in adaptation of YOU CAN’T WIN. [variety]
  • THE HUNGER GAMES heads back to IMAX theaters, if you missed it. [deadline]
  • Mickey Rourke and Rosario Dawson to return for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. [mtv]
  • Red-Band Trailer for HIGH SCHOOL, it’s 4/20 bro! [hulu]
  • Martin Scorsese to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET is confirmed. [thr]
  • Mark Wahlberg to become the AVON MAN. [comingsoon]

First Trailer for RUBY SPARKS Starring Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan.