Film News Friday – Week 19, 2011

Here’s what has been happening in the movie world this week…
  • NBC are passing on the Wonder Woman series… pilot wasn’t optioned.
  • The Dark Knight Rises started filming this week. First stop India next stop London!
  • Spider-Man pictures are coming out hard and fast with peeks at Andrew Garfeild as Peter Parker and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Conners.
  • David Hasselhoff joins the cast of Piranha 3DD.
  • A darker version of Peter Pan, now has Aaron Eckhart, Anna-Sophia Robb and Sean Bean have been casted. Eckhart plays Hook, the Captain Hook character reimagined as a tormented former detective on the trail of a childlike kidnapper. Robb… will portray Wendy, the lone survivor who leaves an asylum to help in the hunt… Sean Bean has been cast as Smee, the chief detective and Hook’s only ally on the force.
  • Darren Aronofsky is said to be working with George Clooney on a Sci-Fi flick about a man who, after being cryogenically frozen, emerges in a future where man is no longer the dominant species. The script has been on the shelf for nearly twenty years and it’s titled, Human Nature.
  • New Poster for Conan the Barbarian…

  • Sneak Peek at Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter lead Benjamin Walker as the Vamp Slaying President…

AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE – MAY 5-11, 2011

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Title

This Week’s Gross

Weeks In Release

Total Gross

1

FAST AND FURIOUS 5 (M), UNIVERSAL [349/ $6,921]

$2,415,386

3

$22,138,506

2

THOR (M), PARAMOUNT [387/ $6,055]

$2,343,309

3

$15,624,295

3

SOURCE CODE (M), HOPSCOTCH [201/ $10,395]

$2,089,437

1

$2,089,437

4

SOMETHING BORROWED (M), HOYTS [249/ $6,207]

$1,545,459

1

$1,838,204

5

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (M), FOX [250/ $3,716]

$929,094

Preview Only

$929,094

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Film News Friday – Week 18, 2011

Here’s what has been happening in the movie world this week…

  • New The Amazing Spider-Man photos – http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=77234
  • Fast Five Director Justin Lin is in talks to direct a new Terminator film with Arnie. Lin and Schwarzenegger reckon they have a clear direction they’d like to take a fifth film and it could very well ignore the continuity of the past two films, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation.
  • New Pirates 5 Script already written up and ready to go.
  • Star Wars is coming to Blu Ray! And Lucasfilm have released the details of the nine disc box set…

Bring home the adventure and share Star Wars with your whole family when STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment! To be released beginning on September 12 internationally and on September 16 in North America, the nine-disc collection brings the wonder of the entire Saga direct to your living room, where you can revisit all of your favorite Star Wars moments in gorgeous high definition and with pristine, 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Dive deeper into the universe with an unprecedented 40+ hours of special features, highlighted by never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives.

Special Features:

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY is presented in widescreen with 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Special features include:

DISC ONE — STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE

– Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires
– Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC TWO — STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES

– Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow
– Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC THREE — STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH

– Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett
– Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC FOUR — STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE

– Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
– Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC FIVE — STAR WARS: EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

– Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
– Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC SIX — STAR WARS: EPISODE VI RETURN OF THE JEDI

– Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren
– Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

DISC SEVEN — NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES I-III

– Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; a flythrough of the Lucasfilm Archives and more

DISC EIGHT — NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES IV-VI

– Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; and more

DISC NINE — THE STAR WARS DOCUMENTARIES

– NEW! Star Warriors (2007, Color, Apx. 84 Minutes) — Some Star Wars fans want to collect action figures…these fans want to be action figures! A tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts, this insightful documentary shows how the super-fan club promotes interest in the films through charity and volunteer work at fundraisers and high-profile special events around the world.
– NEW! A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (2010, Color, Apx. 25 Minutes) — George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams look back on the making of The Empire Strikes Back in this in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm created to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie. The masters discuss and reminisce about one of the most beloved films of all time.
– NEW! Star Wars Spoofs (2011, Color, Apx. 91 Minutes) — The farce is strong with this one! Enjoy a hilarious collection of Star Wars spoofs and parodies that have been created over the years, including outrageous clips from Family Guy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother and more — and don’t miss “Weird Al” Yankovic’s one-of-a-kind music video tribute to The Phantom Menace!
– The Making of Star Wars (1977, Color, Apx. 49 Minutes) — Learn the incredible behind-the-scenes story of how the original Star Wars movie was brought to the big screen in this fascinating documentary hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2. Includes interviews with George Lucas and appearances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.
– The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (1980, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) — Learn the secrets of making movies in a galaxy far, far away. Hosted by Mark Hamill, this revealing documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the amazing special effects that transformed George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into reality!
– Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983, Color, Apx. 48 Minutes) — Go behind the scenes — and into the costumes — as production footage from Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilized by George Lucas to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film. Hosted and narrated by Carrie Fisher and Billie Dee Williams.
– Anatomy of a Dewback (1997, Color, Apx. 26 Minutes) — See how some of the special effects in Star Wars became even more special two decades later! George Lucas explains and demonstrates how his team transformed the original dewback creatures from immovable rubber puppets (in the original 1977 release) to seemingly living, breathing creatures for the Star Wars 1997 Special Edition update.
– Star Wars Tech (2007, Color, Apx. 46 Minutes) — Exploring the technical aspects of Star Wars vehicles, weapons and gadgetry, Star Wars Tech consults leading scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers, engineering and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars technology based on science as we know it today.

  • Hugh Jackman in talks for a 3D adaptation of Fantastic Voyage
  • Quentin Tarantino’s Next to be Titled Django Unchained
  • The ending of the film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is to be changed after the events that unfolded last weekend. Kathryn Bigelow, director of the Hurt Locker has signed Aussie, Joel Edgerton to play one of the Navy Seals.
  • Swinging Spider-Man!

Film News Fridays – Week 17, 2011

Here’s what has been happening in the movie world this week…

  • THE NEW HARRY POTTER TRAILER HAS BEEN RELEASED!!!
  • Mark Wahlberg and Justin Bieber To Team Up For A Movie
  • The Avengers is now in production
  • Schwarzenegger Will Be Back as The Terminator
  • Lord Of The Rings may pull an Avatar and be re-released in cinemas as extended editions before the release of The Hobbit
Top 3 Movies over the Long Weekend in Australia…
Fast And Furious 5 – $11,422,642
Thor – $8,510,679
Rio – $3,452,535

Short one this week… Gearing up for BATMAN MONTH.

Film News Friday – Week 16, 2011

Here’s what has been happening in the movie world this week…

  • Aussie Joel Edgerton rumoured to be the star of the new Bourne movie.
  • M. Night Shyamalan Fans Raise Money For the Director to Return to Film School.
  • Gordon-Levitt’s character in The Dark Knight Rises finally revealed… He will play John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon.
  • The Crow is currently in legal limbo as The Weinstien Company file a lawsuit against Relativity Media over distribution rights.
  • Ben Affleck is now not signing on for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Luhrmann has now set Leonardo DiCaprio to play Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan to play Daisy Buchanan, and Tobey Maguire for the role of Nick Carraway.
  • Writers hired to work on the script for J. J. Abrahms project, ZANBATO. The site says the script involves Japanese history and robotics: “swashbuckling robots with swords”.
  • New trailer for Jessie Eisenberg film, 30 Minutes Or Less. Check it out below.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING TRAILER CONTAINS CORSE LANGUAGE AND ADULT THEMES.

Australian Box Office – April 14-20, 2011

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Title

*(A) Denotes Australian Film

Week Total

Screening Weeks

Total Revenue

(In Australia)

1

RIO

$5,644,374

2

$10,152,582

2

HOP

$4,127,223

2

$7,234,867

3

PAUL

$3,144,250

1

$3,237,193

4

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2

$2,749,130

1

$3,295,516

5

SCREAM 4

$2,495,522

1

$2,495,522

6

FAST AND FURIOUS 5

$2,155,375

1

$2,155,375

7

JUST GO WITH IT

$1,618,143

3

$7,237,269

8

JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER

$1,402,160

2

$3,449,246

9

SUCKER PUNCH

$1,271,886

2

$3,681,875

10

THE LINCOLN LAWYER

$901,573

3

$3,823,010

Forecast – Week 16, 2011

Every Tuesday a forecast will be released focusing on the Movies coming out in Cinemas and the DVD’s that will hit your local shelves this week.

CINEMA

FAST AND FURIOUS 5

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five. In this installment, former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law. Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race. 

ARTHUR

“Arthur” is an upcoming comedy film and remake of the 1981 film of the same name, directed by Jason Winer and written by Peter Baynham. It stars Russell Brand as Arthur, a drunken playboy who stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn’t like. The original was really good so I don’t know how this one will stand up to it’s predecessor.

INCENDIES

A mother’s last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.

MARS NEEDS MOMS 3D (WA, SA)

Bombed this weekend in QLD, NSW and VIC. See last week’s forecast for info about this movie.

POTICHE

When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. Business and personal complications arrive in the form of her ex-lover (Depardieu), a former union leader.

THE TEMPEST

In Julie Taymor’s version of ‘The Tempest,’ the main character is now a woman named Prospera. Going back to the 16th or 17th century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor’s version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it’s a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda. This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect

THOR

Thor is a powerful but arrogant warrior from another world whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. He is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

See these films on your screens Thursday, 21st of April. Fast and Furious 5 comes out tomorrow (Wednesday the 20th of April).

DVD
TRON: LEGACY

Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade – a signal that could only come from his father – he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a cyber universe – a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

RED HILL

A young police officer must survive his first day’s duty in a small country town. Australian Movie.

These two movies will hit your shelves on Wednesday the 20th of April.

THE LAST EXORCISM

A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.

LITTLE FOCKERS

It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam (Polo) and countless hurdles for Greg to finally get “in” with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack. After the cash-strapped dad takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, however, Jack’s suspicions about his favorite male nurse come roaring back. When Greg and Pam’s entire clan-including Pam’s lovelorn ex, Kevin (Owen Wilson)-descends for the twins’ birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical Jack that he’s fully capable as the man of the house. But with all the misunderstandings, spying and covert missions, will Greg pass Jack’s final test and become the family’s next patriarch…or will the circle of trust be broken for good?

These two movies will hit your shelves on Thursday the 21st of April.

THE KING’S SPEECH

The Academy Award-winning story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

MADE IN DEGENHAM

A dramatisation of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.

These two movies will hit your shelves on Friday the 22nd of April.