Archive for June 26, 2012
Dax Shepard (When In Rome, Idiocracy) writes, co-directs and stars in Hit & Run, an action/comedy flick about a former bank robber named Charlie Bronson (Shepard) who is trying to settle down with his girl (Shepard’s real-life beau, Kristen Bell), only to get pulled back into the crime world by a former accomplice (Bradley Cooper) who claims that Charlie owes him for the jail time and… man-on-man violation… he suffered in place of his friend.
If you can’t tell by that description, the Hit & Run red-band trailer below will contain some dialogue that is absolutely NSFW. If you’re just looking to get a… cleaner sense of the film, the trailer posted above should be sufficient.
Co-helming the film with Shepard is his pal David Palmer, who directed the indie action comedy Brother’s Justice, starring… Dax ...
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After a rather quiet year in which there has been a drought of interesting Blu-ray titles, late September has suddenly emerged as the time in which the heavens open and out pours a flood of must-have discs. Four key titles in particular are set to really strain the disposable incomes of any film fan.
On September 18th comes "Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection" containing all four films, the first three making their high definition debuts. The set is expected to be the biggest catalog box set seller on the market since last year's "Star Wars" complete saga set.
One week later on September 25th comes three major juggernauts. Marvel's "The Avengers" makes its disc debut in various formats and will no doubt break disc sales records as much as the film itself has done at the box-office.
For classic film fans though it's also one hell of a day. There's the "Bond 50" set, a box-set containing all 22 official James Bond films from "Dr. No" through to "Quantum of Solace" and featuring nine key films which haven't made their debut on Blu-ray before including "The Spy Who Loved Me," "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," "You Only Live Twice," "GoldenEye," "Diamonds are Forever," "The Living Daylights," "Octopussy," "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "A View to a Kill".
If that weren't enough Universal is releasing "Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection", a box-set containing fifteen of the master's most famous films - thirteen of which are making their Blu-ray debut. Amongst the titles are some of cinema's greatest works including "Rear Window," "Vertigo," "North by Northwest," "Psycho," "The Birds," "Rope" and "Shadow of a Doubt". If that weren't enough, Blu-rays of both "Strangers on a Train" and "Dial M For Murder" hit two weeks later on October 9th.
Busy month? That's not even taking into account the Blu-ray debut of James Cameron's "Titanic" on September 10th, a flurry of high-profile TV releases, and a few other key smaller film titles like Criterion's release of David Fincher's "The Game" on the 25th as well. Start saving now.
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" and "21 Jump Street" filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are set to direct the feature "Lego: The Piece of Resistance" says Variety.
Will Arnett will voice the role of Lego Batman, while Channing Tatum is being sought to voice Superman in the project which will combine live-action and Lego-based animation.
Chris Pratt ("Parks and Recreation") is set to voice the pic's lead character, an ordinary and law-abiding Lego mini-figure who is mistaken for the most extraordinary MasterBuilder.
He's drafted into a fellowship of strangers on a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together. Chris McKay ("Robot Chicken") will serve as co-director, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing, Dan and Kevin Hageman penned the script, and Animal Logic will handle the film's animation.
A February 28th 2014 release is being targeted.
Marvel's "The Avengers" is expected to cross the $600 million U.S. domestic box-office mark today, its 54th day of release, making it only the third film in history to reach that milestone.
It now sits only behind "Avatar" with $760.5 million and "Titanic" with $658.6 million. Though still earning solidly, the final tally is expected to end up around the $630-640 million mark.
Outside the States, the film has raked in $837.9 million thus far - extremely impressive but not as significant a hit as "Avatar" or "Titanic" which took in $2.0 billion and $1.5 billion respectively in foreign markets alone.
In terms of non-US grosses it's currently fourth highest in history behind those two Cameron films and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" which scored $947 million overseas.
With the added domestic total back in though its current worldwide haul stands at a whopping $1.4 billion.
It has earned about $300 million worldwide thus far, but "Battleship" remains one of the notable failures of the Summer due to its sizeable $209 million budget and only modest return for a tentpole.
Indeed it was overseas grosses ($235M), where the film opened a month earlier, which accounted for most of the film's revenue.
Now, Peter Berg tells MTV News that he'd love to do a sequel and in the process claims the juggernaut success of "The Avengers" pretty much squashed everything in its path including his naval tentpole.
"The movie kicked butt internationally, but we kind of ran into a wall when 'Avengers' refused to go away. So, what I need everyone to do is go see 'Battleship' now that they've seen 'Avengers' five times. If they do that, we can definitely make a sequel" says Berg.
Would he do anything differently if he could do things over? "I would have loved to have come out three weeks before 'The Avengers' domestically, like we did internationally, because 'The Avengers' outperformed everything. It was impossible for 'Battleship' to get any oxygen."