Archive for February 5, 2012
The end of 2011 saw the box office in the doldrums, but things are now looking up, as this week saw both Chronicle and The Woman In Black open to more than $20 million each – much more than analysts predicted.
Science Fiction effort Chronicle was the champion, grossing an estimated $22 million. The low budget superhero film (read our review) has a reported production budget of just $12 million, meaning that it’ll be very profitable for 20th Century Fox.
Daniel Radcliffe’s attempt to have a movie career after the Harry Potter franchise got off to a good start, with The Woman In Black grossing an estimated $21 million. The Hammer Horror (read our review), is set to have the biggest opening ...
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Special advanced screenings of footage from The Amazing Spider-Man will be held in select big cities around the globe tomorrow (from writing this), as Sony initiates the second wind of marketing for its 3D rebooting of the iconic arachnid-powered superhero movie series. A full-length trailer for the film is expected to make its way online shortly thereafter, possibly even that same day.
Today (via the official Amazing Spider-Man website) we have a pair of new character profiles and two wallpaper versions of previous-unveiled images featuring a partially-costumed Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) in high-school mode – along with excerpts from an interview with director Marc Webb, talking about the film’s darker plot elements, humor, and Garfield’s interpretation of the eponymous character.
Seeing how there will be several plot elements shared between The Amazing Spider-Man and director Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man flick, Sony’s promotional campaign angle ...
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|21 Jump Street - Big Game
In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier - and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind.
Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Ice Cube
|Safe House - Big Game - Deception
Oscar(r) winner Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House. Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. For the past year, Matt Weston has been frustrated by his inactive, backwater post in Cape Town. A "housekeeper" who aspires to be a full-fledged agent, the loyal company man has been waiting for an opportunity to prove himself. When the first and only occupant he's had proves to be the most dangerous man he's ever met, Weston readies for duty. Tobin Frost has eluded capture for almost a decade. One of the best ops men that the CIA's known, the ex-intelligence officer has given up assets and sold military intel to anyone with cash since he turned. From trading secrets to North Korea to aiding splinter cells, the damage he's done to the U.S. is immeasurable. And he's now back on the reservation with a secret. As soon as Frost is brought in for debriefing, mercenaries come and tear apart Weston's safe house. Barely escaping, the unlikely partners must discover if their attackers have been sent by terrorists or someone on the inside who will kill anyone standing in the way. Now it's up to Weston to figure out who he can trust before they're both eliminated from the game.
Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga, Fares Fares, Robert Patrick, Nora Arnezeder, Liam Cunningham, Joel Kinnaman, Ruben Blades
|Battleship - Big Game
Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic-scaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Inspired by Hasbro's classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper's fiancee; Alexander Skarsgard as Hopper's older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper's crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone's superior (and Sam's father), Admiral Shane.
Directed by: Peter Berg
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Asano Tadanobu, Liam Neeson