After two weeks at the top, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire finally fell to Disney’s Frozen, which continues to build on positive reviews by bringing out families in droves. The animated film has earned $134 million so far, but is looking like it could also end up as one of the highest grossing movies of 2013 by year end. Unfortunately, the weekend’s only new movie in wide release, Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, had a much chillier reception from audiences, opening to a disastrous $5.3 million. Even the star power of Christian Bale couldn’t get mainstream audiences interested in what looked like a grim, low key crime drama. Elsewhere Thor: The Dark World fell to #4 and Delivery Man rounded out the top 5. Next weekend, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is going to heat things up all over again.
1. Frozen — $31.6M
2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — $27M
3. Out of the Furnace — $5.3M
4. Thor: The Dark World — $4.74M
5. Delivery Man — $3.77M
6. Homefront — $3.38M
7. The Book Thief — $2.7M
8. The Best Man Holiday — $2.67M
9. Philomena — $2.28M
10. Dallas Buyers Club — $1.46M
As the casting rumours continue for the upcoming Terminator reboot (the latest word is that the Sarah Connor role will go to either Emilia Clarke or Brie Larson), Fox, Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures have made a surprising announcement about their plans for the franchise. They are aiming to bring The Terminator to the small screen as well. We already saw the movies adapted for TV a few years back with The Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which essentially continued the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and then created a whole new timeline. In this case, however, the new TV show will tie into the rebooted movie trilogy, acting as a companion to the big screen story. What remains unclear is whether the TV show will feature the same characters and cast, although something tells me we won’t be seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger slumming it on TV just yet.
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A few months ago the big news broke that Disney had chosen not to renew Jerry Bruckheimer’s first-look deal, ending a nearly twenty-year partnership between the studio and mega-producer. Although many people blamed this decision on the failure of The Lone Ranger, the truth is that Disney has been slowly morphing into a different company over the past few years, becoming much more dependent on their Marvel and Star Wars brands. Unlike Disney, Bruckheimer also seemed to have an interest in returning to more adult-oriented fare, or as he put it, “films like Black Hawk Down, Enemy of the State, Beverly Hills Cop, and The Rock.” Well, it looks like he will get to do exactly that as this week it has been announced that he will be returning to Paramount Pictures where his first project will be a new Beverly Hills Cop movie. More details after the jump.
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There are a handful of spy shows on TV at the moment including Homeland, The Americans and Covert Affairs, and although AMC was quick to cancel their first foray into this territory a few years back (Rubicon), they’re about to give it another shot with a new series called Turn. What makes this one a bit different is that the show is set during the American Revolutionary War, focusing on a group known as The Culper Ring (aka “America’s First Spy Ring”). It looks like it has potential although I think I’m a little more interested in their other upcoming show, an ’80s personal computer industry drama called Halt and Catch Fire. Turn will premiere in spring 2014; check out the first trailer after the jump.
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For over a decade now, the folks at TIFF have been bringing attention to the best in Canadian cinema by setting up an annual theatrical event known as Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. They select the ten best feature films of the year (along with the ten best shorts) and screen them at a few major theatres across the country. This year’s top 10 consists of quite a few films from Quebec filmmakers including Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle, which is Canada’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. However, there are also a couple of movies featuring big name stars including Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Dowse’s The F Word starring Daniel Radcliffe. How do you feel about this year’s picks? Check out the full top 10 list after the jump.
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In this day and age, movies that once would have gone direct-to-DVD are getting slightly more respect thanks to the wonders of VOD. That’s good news for Samuel L. Jackson, who seems to be starring in his fair share of these lately. His latest VOD film, Reasonable Doubt looks like a decent enough thriller, it’s just that there’s nothing that really stands out about it either.
Helmed by first-time director Peter P. Croudins, the movie stars Dominic Cooper as a district attorney who commits a fatal hit and run. In an attempt to cover it up, he tries to pin the crime on a suspected killer (Samuel L. Jackson). It all leads to a cat and mouse game that feels familiar but may or may not have a few twists to offer. Reasonable Doubt hits select theatres and VOD on Jan. 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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After the relatively lukewarm reviews for Monsters University, it was looking like 2013 could be another year where someone else swoops in to steal the Oscar for Best Animated Film from Pixar. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like any other studios have really stepped up as potential contenders, with the exception of Disney’s own animation studio for Frozen, which many are now calling the frontrunner. Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises is also a possibility but there is some concern that Academy voters will view the subject matter as too controversial.
Either way, the 41st annual Annie Award nominations have been unveiled this week, and while they don’t always serve as a good predictor for the Oscars, they at least get the discussion started. Both Monsters University and Frozen lead this year’s nominees with 10 apiece, while The Croods and Despicable Me 2 aren’t far behind with 9 each. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the appearance of two GKIDS productions in the Best Animated Feature category: A Letter to Momo and Ernest & Celestine. Could either of these films have a shot at Oscar recognition? Check out the full list of nominees after the jump and see what you think.
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It’s the calm before the storm this weekend as there is just one major release hitting theatres before the flood of December blockbusters and Oscar hopefuls is unleashed. That major release is Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, which seems to be getting mixed reviews despite some decent performances from Christian Bale and Casey Affleck (among others). Elsewhere, The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis is also opening this weekend but don’t get too excited… it’s only playing on 4 screens at the moment. Other movies in limited release include the sci-fi thriller The Last Days on Mars starring Liev Schreiber, crime drama Swerve starring Jason Clarke and the Latino Christmas movie A Miracle in Spanish Harlem. What will you be watching this weekend?
It’s no secret that Fox has been planning to ramp up their X-Men movie franchise over the next few years, following Marvel’s lead just like everyone else and attempting to build a connected universe of sorts. Bringing together multiple X-Men casts in X-Men: Days of Future Past has been a big part of that plan, but back in July they also announced that an X-Force movie is currently in development. They have also hinted at the possibility of a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover and it looks like another Wolverine solo movie is going to happen too. Now this week they have revealed that they are already thinking ahead to the next X-Men movie. It seems that the follow-up to X-Men: Days of Future Past already has a title and a potential release date: X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theatres sometime in 2016.
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Just when you thought that gimmicky movies with “3D” in the title had all but disappeared, along comes director Douglas Aarniokoski (The Day) to remind us that cheap gimmicks will never die in Hollywood. Nurse 3D caused a bit of a stir last year with a handful of provocative teaser posters, and now the first trailer has arrived to confirm that it will be sold almost entirely on sex (in 3D, of course). The movie looks to be an erotic thriller of sorts, bringing to mind movies like Fatal Attraction and Single White Female, but it also features Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire) and Katrina Bowden (30 Rock) in their underwear, which is probably all you really need to know. Nurse 3D hits select theatres and VOD on Feb. 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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If the first trailer for Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii relied mostly on Gladiator and Game of Thrones comparisons, the new full-length theatrical trailer for the movie actually looks like something that Roland Emmerich could have directed. Set during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, it’s another movie that indulges in large scale destruction… but hey, at least it has some historical context! Clearly they’ve had time to finish a lot more of the special effects over the past few months and there is some impressive stuff here, particularly for a lowly February release. The mixing of sword and sandals and disaster genres is a novel combination, so even if the story is complete drivel, there may still be some enjoyment to be had. Pompeii hits theatres on Feb. 21st, 2014; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Now that we’ve had a few days to allow the tragic death of Paul Walker to sink in, much of the attention is shifting toward the production of Fast & Furious 7 and how they will deal with the loss of a major star. Although the movie was more than half finished, there were several key scenes featuring Walker that had yet to be shot. Production has been officially shut down as the studio and director James Wan evaluate their options, a few of which include using special effects to put Walker’s face on another actor’s body or simply scrapping the entire film and starting over again without his character. In the meantime, Universal Pictures has released the following statement:
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