While it may be a bit early to call the official start of “Oscar Season”, there is no denying the Oscar-caliber quality of the movies slated for release this month. With Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, opening to rave reviews in addition to setting a new October opening-weekend record at $55.6 million the rest of the month’s releases have their work cut out for them. With so much variety at the theater this weekend, it will be interesting to see which movie is able to break out of the pack and pull moviegoers from outside of its projected demographic. A new article from Bloomberg Businessweek details the importance of box office numbers in the race to the Oscars. You can read that article here: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-07/gravity-and-the-box-office-pull-on-the-oscars
Captain Phillips: 10/10/13 (p.m. screenings)
Tom Hanks fans will get their first dose of the charismatic Hollywood veteran since his turn in last year’s sci-fi fantasy Cloud Atlas. In Captain Phillips, Hanks has returned to Earth to star in this true story based on the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somalian pirates in 2009. The film is released amidst controversial accusations from the Alabama’s crew that the real Captain Phillips was not nearly as heroic as the film portrays him to be.
Machete Kills:10/10/13 (p.m. screenings)
Machete Kills, is the third film in a series inspired by fake trailers from the movie Grindhouse. The sequel is business as usual for Machete (Danny Trejo), who is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen) to stop the threat of a nuclear missile pointed at Washington D.C. However, Machete discovers that the real threat comes from a maniacal arms dealer named Luther Voz (Mel Gibson). The original Machete opened at a budget surplus of $11.4 million and went on to make $26 million domestically. At twice the budget, Machete Kills must perform at the same level as the original if it hopes to break even.
Romeo & Juliet: October 11, 2013
True to the Bard’s time honored tragedy, this new adaption takes place in Renaissance Verona. In it’s first major theatrical debut since Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 revamp, Carlo Carlei’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet is taking a more traditional approach to the material with period costumes, breathtaking Italian scenery, and a script that has been expertly streamlined by Downtown Abbey’s Julian Fellowes. Will the casting of Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick be enough to draw young moviegoers?
Limited Release: October 11, 2013 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete CBGB Zero Charisma All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Cassadaga Escape From Tomorrow Ghost Team One
What will you see this weekend with your MoviePass? Who do you think will take the top box office ranking?
MoviePass: Neil Marshall To Direct Faux Norwegian Doc Remake ‘Troll Hunter’
- firstshowing: Chris Columbus and his 1492 Pictures banner partnered with CJ Entertainment & Media to pick up the remake rights to the Norwegian faux documentary Troll Hunter back in 2011. Now the project is finally making some progress as Deadline reports director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Centurion) will be at the helm of the remake, and will also churn out a rewrite of the script as well. Marshall is slated to shoot the film as soon as he finishes directing a big episode for the third season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” following his work on the Blackwater episode for the second season, a pivotal battle in the fantasy series.
IMG Global is financing the film, and production is expected to begin early in 2014, so there’s still snow on the ground in the locations planned for shooting. For those unaware, the original film (which is available on Netflix Instant) was directed by André Øvredal and follows a group of students trailing a mysterious “hunter” who tries to elude them at every turn until the group learns that his prey is far more dangerous and mystical than mere bears. A cast still needs to be assembled, and producers are hoping to get a big star who hasn’t been associated with the horror genre before, but they’re not giving any names yet.
MoviePass: Watch Christian Bale’s ‘Batman Begins’ Audition In Val Kilmer’s Batsuit
- totalfilm: The forthcoming release of the The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray has seen an extraordinary extra feature surface online, with Christian Bale reading for the part of Batman opposite Amy Adams!
The audition footage shows Bale trying out his new Batman growl in the same batsuit worn by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever, while Adams fills in for Katie Holmes.
There’s also some interview footage with Christopher Nolan, in which the director explains the rationale for that famous growl, an idea that Bale apparently came up with himself.
MoviePass: Alex Kurtzman Says ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Will Answer All Your Questions
- totalfilm: One of the main gripes about The Amazing Spider-Man, was the way in which Marc Webb’s film went to great pains to ask questions about the mysterious disappearance of Peter’s parents, only to drop them again without supplying any answers.
However, it seems that said questions will be investigated in full in round two, with screenwriter Alex Kurtzman explaining how those issues will resonate in the sequel.
“It’s interesting,” says Kurtzman, “because the first movie asks all these questions and what I loved about it in so many ways is that it didn’t answer them. Part of what we were drawn to and intrigued by was wanting to know the answers to a lot of those questions.
“The villains emerge from a lot of unanswered questions at the end of that movie and none of them are random at all, they are all tied together by a theme, an idea, and I think they come from our curiosity about what was going on in the life of Peter Parker and his parents.”
The last thing we discovered about the pair was that Richard Parker’s research prompted he and his wife to flee the city abruptly, but the details of that remain blurry. If we were to guess, we’d suggest that Oscorp and Norman Osborn will be heavily involved.
MoviePass: Box Office Weekend: ‘Prisoners’ Taker The Top Spot With $21.4 Million
- moviefone: The Hugh Jackman kidnapping drama “Prisoners” opened with a box office-leading $21.4 million, a good start to Hollywood’s fall season.The Warner Bros. thriller, starring Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, is among the first fall films with Oscar aspirations to open in theaters. For a serious, adult-oriented drama that cost $30 million to make, it was a strong debut.
Last week’s top film, “Insidious: Chapter 2,” slid to second place for FilmDistrict. The horror film made $14.5 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. It has made $60.9 million in two weeks domestically.
The Chris Brown dance film “Battle of the Year" opened poorly for Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems, taking in only $5 million.
Weekend Box Office Numbers:
1. “Prisoners” $21 million
2. “Insidious: Chapter 2,” $14.5 million 3. “The Family” $7 million. 4. “Instructions Not Included” $5.7 million.
5. “Battle Of The Year” $5 million
6.”We’re the Millers” $4.6 million 7. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” $4.3 million 8. “Riddick” $3.6 million
MoviePass: Colin Farrell & Paula Patton Eyed for ‘Warcraft’
- empireonline: If you follow Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones on Twitter, you know that A) he likes a giggle and B) is preparing to kick off production work on his biggest job yet adapting Blizzard’s sprawling MMORPGWarcraft into a film. He’s deep into casting now and is apparently considering Paula Patton and Colin Farrell for two of the leads.
Patton’s deal is said to be further along she’s actually negotiating while Farrell is still umm-ing and ahh-ing about whether he wants to take part so it could go either way. Jones is hunting for other cast members and no doubt has a back up list for Farrell’s role if he doesn’t sign on.
Legendary Pictures is picking up the tab (which likely means Universal will distribute the eventual film under its new deal with the company) and Jones will start shooting in January.
MoviePass: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Lair Revealed!
- screenrant: To pass the time while TMNT fans nervously await the film’s release, however, a small glimpse into the world of Liebesman’s Turtles briefly made its way onto the internet. Latino Review got a birthday present in the form of some photos from the studio set of TMNT, which show where Donatello (Jeremy Howard), Michaelangelo (Noel Fisher), Leonardo (Peter Ploszek and Raphael (Alan Ritchson) spend their days when they’re not out fighting Shredder/Colonel Schrader (William Fichtner).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles In Theaters August 8, 2014
MoviePass: David Oyelowo and Michael B. Jordan In ‘Star Wars: Episode Vll’ Talks?
- totalfilm: The casting rumours surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII are starting to hot up, with two new actors linked to roles in J.J. Abrams’ forthcoming film.
Coming hot on the heels of reports that Saoirse Ronan recently read for a role in the project, Latino Review claims that both David Oyelowo and Michael B. Jordan have been in discussions with Abrams and co.
Oyelowo has been quietly impressing for some time now, in the likes of JackReacher, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Paperboy and the George Lucas-produced Red Tails. Jordan, meanwhile, caught attention in Chronicle, heads up the awards-baiting Fruitvale Station, and has been linked to the role of Johnny Storm in The Fantastic Four reboot. He also had a role in Red Tails.
Meanwhile, the project is thought to have confirmed a filming location, with cameras set to roll in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
- empireonline: Until it’s actually, finally, properly shooting (and, honestly, probably even then), the word on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII will be a confusing melange of official announcements, whispered rumours, half-truths and the sort of chatter even the Mos Eisley faithful would scorn. Still, the flood of speculation shows no sign of letting up.
The famously reticent Abrams did, however, briefly sit down with Entertainment Weekly and actually said something about his plans for the film. Don’t go getting too excited, though – he was vague. Surprise!
Asked which of the original films exemplifies what he’s aiming for in terms of the new one, Abrams dodged. “It’s Impossible for me to say because it’s going to be an evolving thing. I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favourite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”
He did, at least, have a little more to say when questioned about how he wants the film to feel to fans: “I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting the new film to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”
Talking of authenticity, he’s been pushing to shoot more real sets and locations than the prequel films and rumour hounds Latino Review have heard that some shooting will take place in New Mexico, specifically Las Cruces, the City Of Crosses. As with all things Wars rumour-related, take it with a big ol’ helping of salt.
MoviePass: Is There Room For ‘Black Panther’ In ‘Phase 3’ of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
- screenrant: We have to wait until next summer when Marvel Studios may begin unveiling their Phase Three schedule. In talking about the idea of shared cinematic universes with multiple franchises of films taking place in the same continuity at Comic-Con this summer, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige explained:
“I love that our success has inspired people to do it, because the audience said, ‘we like that. We want more of that, please.’ So, I love it, and I can’t wait to see those movies that come out. We’re not thinking three years ahead, even five years ahead and 10 years ahead. How do we keep it fresh? And Guardians is our big answer to that.”
This was during Comic-Con and he continued, stating that while the focus of the studio is squarely on Phase Two, fans can expect more of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor in Phase Three. This was two months before Robert Downey Jr. signed for The Avengers sequels but not Iron Man 4, meaning Marvel Studios may now have one additional slot to fill. Feige has since gone on record explaining that they’ve got plans laid out up until 2021, when we expect a fourth Avengers could release. And he told Empire regarding how many movies would come after The Avengers 2:
“There are three or four slots. We’ve got six or seven things going. We’ve got to choose which four will go. It’s a Battle Royale!”
According to Stan Lee however, executive producer on most Marvel movies and a creator of many of the characters they feature, seems to be partially in the know as well.
“Right now the people at Marvel are looking through our whole list of candidates and wondering which ones are we going to use now. They are going to do the Black Panther. They are going to use Doctor Strange. They are going to do Ant-Man. They are going to do the Guardians of the Galaxy, and they’ll probably do The Inhumans.”
MoviePass: Natalie Portman Hints at Female Marvel Superhero Movie In The Works
- screenrant: There has been the off-hand statement made by Marvel executives here and there in recent months, suggesting that the studio is taking steps to change that. First, Marvel Studios producer Louis D’Esposito acknowledged that there’s “a drumbeat that is getting louder and louder” for a female superhero mainstay in the MCU. And now, it appears that Marvel could be developing a TV series based around Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell in the Captain America movies) – one that builds on the foundation laid by Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (assuming the latter is a success when it premieres on ABC next week).
We can add Natalie Portman – who reprises as astrophysicist Jane Foster in Thor: The Dark World this fall – to the list of Marvel folk who’ve hinted that a female superhero move is in the works. Here is what the Oscar-winning actress said, during her interview with SciFiNow:
“There are definitely many strong women [in the MCU], but it will be exciting when there is a central female character which I think is coming I have heard is coming and, of course, also a central non-white character will also be exciting. Title characters.”
Comic book legend and Marvel executive producer Stan Lee has continually name-dropped Black Panther as a comic book character who is going to get their own solo vehicle in the foreseeable future, but as of right now there doesn’t seem to be much (if any) room for the Prince of Wakanda to be included in Phase 3 of the MCU (given the momentum that properties like Inhumans and Doctor Strange have on their sides, anyway). That’s not to say a Marvel Studio release featuring a central non-white lead isn’t part of the studio’s plan leading up to Avengers 4 in 2021, but (as Portman implies) there seems to be a more likely chance that a female superhero standalone vehicle will hit the big screen first.
MoviePass: ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Pushed To 2015, Forcing ‘Finding Dory’ To 2016
- firstshowing: Following news at the end of last month that the Pixar brain trust of John Lasseter, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, replacement Brave director Mark Andrews, and Party Cloudy short director Pete Sohn were taking over The Good Dinosaur from director Bob Peterson, it sounds like the problems weren’t as easy to fix as they might have thought. The LA Times is reporting that Disney and Pixar are pushing back the film from its initial release of May 30th, 2014 all the way back to November 25th, 2015. Pixar fans may have realized that’s the date that the sequel Finding Dory was hitting theaters, but that too is now delayed. More below!
The sequel to Finding Nemo will now arrive in the June 17, 2016. That’s likely because all hands on deck will be needed to fix The Good Dinosaur for 2015. Director Andrew Stanton explains:
"We can’t have the amount of labor it takes to do these movies at the same time because it becomes unsustainable economically. But it means if one director has a problem, everybody’s connected to the same bed sheet. You pull one end and it makes wrinkles in the other one. It’s a new problem."
"Nobody ever remembers the fact that you slipped a film, but they will remember a bad film. Our conclusion was that we were going to give the [dinosaur] film some more time."
With The Good Dinosaur movie to 2015, next year will be the first year that Pixar hasn’t had a film in theaters since 2005. But despite the push of Finding Dory, Pixar is still planning to have their original film Inside out ready for June 19th, 2015. Hopefully it will mark a return to form for the animation studio who was once flawless, but now has to clean up their own mess. Stay tuned.
MoviePass: Jeff Bridges Disappointed By Final Cut of ‘R.I.P.D.’
- totalfilm: Jeff Bridges has been talking about latest movie R.I.P.D., but instead of giving it the old PR flannel, he’s revealed that he’s none too partial to the finished film.
“I had such a great time working on that movie,” said Bridges in an interview with GQ. “I remember what we were doing. I thought: ‘This could be fun to see.’”
“And when I saw it,” he continues, “I was a little underwhelmed. For my mind, the studio made some choices that I wouldn’t have made.”
“It’s kind of fun when the movie’s coming out. It’s like having a horse in the race. And they’re lining up, and they’re off! And you’re rooting for your horse. And in this case, the jockey fell off the horse and you came in last.”