Archive for March 11, 2012
For the last few weeks the eyes of box office watchers have been on Disney’s mega-budget John Carter (read our review). The pricey project has had poor tracking and many were wondering if Disney would recoup their $250 million investment – that’s just the production budget - at least another $100 million has been spent on the muddled marketing of the film. The result? A flaccid $9.8 million opening day, leading to an unspectacular opening weekend take of just $30.6 million.Director Andrew Stanton’s film has had a troubled production – it has been in development at a variety of studios for around a century. That’s not even hyperbole – they’ve been trying to make this film since the book was first published in 1912!
The Edgar Rice Burroughs source material has been ...
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Taylor Kitsch can be seen this weekend as the titular character in Disney’s John Carter but that is just the first in a series of releases that the Friday Night Lights actor will appear in this year. He stars in Peter Berg’s actioneer Battleship this May and Oliver Stone’s drama Savages in June.
We mentioned the possibility of both Battleship and John Carter sequels in our interview with Kitsch from the Arizona press event for the latter, today we bring you the remainder of our conversation with Kitsch on working with Stone, the tone of Battleship and flying under the radar in Hollywood.
Screen Rant: There seems to be some pre-buzz on Battleship where it’s being likened to Transformers, to the degree that some are calling it Transformers 4. What do you make of that? Do you think ...
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Tom Cruise is the latest in a long list of names to be associated with a starring role opposite Beyoncé Knowles in Clint Eastwood’s A Star Is Born. If the Mission: Impossible star decides to take the role it could mean yet another delay for the film, which has been in development for several years.
A Star Is Born was last delayed due to Beyoncé’s pregnancy, but she is now ready to start shooting this coming June; however, Cruise has a packed schedule. He’s currently filming director Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion, and then he’s set to segue into All You Need Is Kill (We Are Mortals) for Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, so an early summer shoot is unlikely (Mission: Impossible 5 is also in the pipeline). There is a possibility ...
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Lionsgate’s adaptation of The Hunger Games is already gearing up for an opening weekend box office take on par with the first Twilight movie. Of course, its performance in the weeks thereafter will truly determine if this film has managed to attract the interest of those outside the source material’s rabid fan base – and thus ensure than this will indeed be the cash cow that studio executives are hoping for.
Today we have a new five-minute featurette for the movie that offers a mix of familiar footage from previous Hunger Games promos, along with interviews where the central cast members address such topics as how they came to work on the project (and their adoration of Suzanne Collins’ original novel(s)).
This behind-the-scenes look at The Hunger Games covers well-trodden territory, touching again on the ...
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The South by Southwest (SXSW) 2012 Film Festival is ongoing right now (at the time of writing this) and The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon is in attendance, in part to promote the world premiere of The Cabin in the Woods - a long-delayed, post-modern variation on the classic horror genre that Whedon co-scripted with Drew Goddard (a writing alum of Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel TV series).
Whedon participated in a fairly-lengthy panel, which covered his upcoming film slate (including his surprise Much Ado About Nothing adaptation) and went into a fair amount of detail about his creative process for The Avengers. He also confirmed Kevin Feige’s previous claims that the extraterrestrial race featured in the Marvel superhero juggernaut are neither the ...
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