26
Nov
2014

Jurassic World Trailer Nov 2014 - 62

We’re heading back to the island in Jurassic World… prepare for dinosaurs.

I have a confession to make… I am not a fan of the Jurassic Park series. I find it boring and tedious, and this trailer does nothing to change my mind on that topic. After the well publicized issues with these revived dinosaurs, we’re supposed to believe they were able to open this park and that there are people who would still want to go there?

Yeah, that makes sense.

We’ll see how this one does. Each film in the series did less than its predecessor, but by the time this one comes out it will have been 14 years since we had dinosaurs on the big screen. Perhaps audiences are ready to head back in, but my gut feeling tells me they won’t be.

Jurassic World hits theaters on June 12, 2015.

25
Nov
2014

Wonder Woman - Batman V Superman; Dawn of Justice featured

One of the biggest mysteries in Hollywood currently has been solved as Wonder Woman finally has a director.

Despite having already been announced, and no writers yet onboard, the Wonder Woman movie at least finally has a director. Warner Brothers announced today that Michelle MacLaren will take up the reigns of shaping the film for the Amazonian princess.

MacLaren is best known as a TV director having worked on shows such as Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. This will be her first big budget “tentpole” film, so everyone will definitely be watching to see how she handles the task.

To be honest, this film may be running a bit behind if you follow the production schedules of the recent Superman movies. I think those have actually been overly padded, so they could still pull this off, but it does seem tight.

Of course, saying that just over 2 & 1/2 years is “tight” for a film to be made is mind boggling to me.

Wonder Woman is scheduled to hit theaters on June 23, 2017.

24
Nov
2014

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Banner

Despite looking strong, things were not all happy in Panem.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1  took the top spot this weekend, but it was down significantly from Catching Fire. Domestically the third film took in $123 million compared to the $158 million of the second film. Before you cry too hard, however, know that it did well overseas and now has a global total of $275 million off of a $250 million dollar budget that was split with the fourth film. In other words, it was down, but no one is losing their job over this.

Second place went to Big Hero 6 with another $20 million to bring it to $135.7 million in the U.S. and $185.2 million globally off of a $165 million dollar budget.

Interstellar continues to do well with another $15.1 million and a new domestic gross of $120.6 million and a global haul of $346.4 million off of a $165 million dollar budget.

Dumb and Dumber To took a 61.7 percent slide in its second weekend to land in fourth place with $13.8 million and a new domestic total of $57.47 million. It now stands at $70.7 million globally.

Rounding out the top five was Gone Girl with $2.8 million. It’s haul now stands at $156.8 million domestically and $327.7 million globally off of a $61 million dollar budget.

Next week’s big releases are Horrible Bosses 2 and Penguins of Madagascar.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2014 – 4th Quarter report.

23
Nov
2014

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

At this point Netflix should just give up the ghost and admit it has become a television network.

NBC decided it wasn’t quite ready to move ahead with Tina Fey’s new comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. As Universal Television was producing the series it had the right to shop it around to find a new home, and Netflix quickly stepped in and snapped it up. Not only did they say they wanted it, they gave it an automatic two season order. This news comes shortly after the announcement that the streaming service was also resurrecting Longmire for a fourth season. This also doesn’t include the numerous completely original projects that Netflix currently has cooking up or continuing.

Honestly, my hats off to Netflix. Someone needed to step in and shake up the status quo, and I think Longmire is the perfect example of this. The series had strong numbers and critical acclaim, but it was canceled because it didn’t appeal to the RIGHT audience (people between the ages of 18 to 49). So Netflix fixed that wrong. In the case of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, it sounds quirky as hell. Here’s the official synopsis:

After 15 years of living in a cult, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is rescued along with three other women, causing a national sensation that culminates with an appearance on the “Today” show. Before getting back on the bus to Indiana, Kimmy decides to reclaim her life. And with just a big wad of rescue-fund cash, she’s ready to take on New York City. It’s easily the best time of Kimmy’s life as she frees Central Park horses and makes a spontaneous decision to rent a room from Titus, a wannabe Broadway actor who makes a living as a robot in Times Square. Motivated to start moving forward, Kimmy gets a job as a nanny for an Upper East Side family and it quickly becomes clear to her that money and status aren’t synonymous with happiness (or even sanity). Determined to have a romance and take advantage of everything life has to offer, Kimmy is using her overly optimistic spirit to finally start having all kinds of adventures in a world she never knew existed.

It sounds quirky, which means it would have lasted only a few episodes on NBC more than likely. Now it has the comfort of knowing it has room to try things out, and it has the back-up of a locked second season to make changes. And best of all… no advertisers to answer to.

Keep it up, Netflix. You may just finally start scaring the networks with the way you’re going.

22
Nov
2014

Caesar - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Just how long could we be following the prequel series of the Planet of the Apes films? No one seems to really know.

While out promoting the home video release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, motion capture actor extraordinaire Andy Serkis was asked by MTV where the next film will pick up.

To be honest, it’s very, very early in where we choose to drop our anchor in the next film, so it could be five years after the event. It could be the night after the events of where we left ‘Dawn,’ so it’s very difficult to know where the story is going right at this moment because it’s being written as we speak. I know part of the desire for Matt [Reeves] to do this next movie about continuing the enjoyment of seeing these apes evolve.

Will this conclude the prequel series? Well its unclear if a third film would wrap up the story, and Serkis is definitely uncertain.

It might be three films. It could be four. It could be five. Who knows? The journey will continue. It might not necessarily be summarized or completely fulfilled in this next one. The point being, eventually we know that we’re going to end up back at ‘The Planet of the Apes,’ but whether it’s this film or not, I don’t know.

Considering the money these films make, I would say it will be a while before we’re done. With the quality of these films, why not keep going? If they start to lose their punch, then you can end it, but for now, I think everyone is fine with this going on for a while.

[ Source MTV ]

21
Nov
2014

Pitch Perfect 2 trailer logo

I will admit it… I love Pitch Perfect.

Yes, even I, someone who makes himself out to be a movie snob quite often, can enjoy the simply and silly at times, and Pitch Perfect is one of those movies. No matter how many times I watch it, it’s still funny.

That being said, the trailer for Pitch Perfect 2, while looking awesome, also looks a repeat of the first film. Sure that might just be to make sure the fans of the original see more of what they love, but lets hope there are some fresh ideas in there as well.

Pitch Perfect 2 will open in theaters on May 15, 2015… and it will be acs-awesome.

… I have no shame.

20
Nov
2014

Longmire

After some deep negotiations, Netflix has ridden in to rescue Longmire for a fourth season.

Following the abrupt cancelation of Longmire, no one was quite sure what was going to happen to the series. It was enjoying 5.3 million viewers per episode, but they were from outside the demographic that advertisers find desirable: 18 to 49. So despite it being the most watched series on A&E, the plug was pulled and fans were left high and dry.

Netflix has been a prime target for the series as the streaming service currently airs the first three seasons. Rumors circulated the two sides were negotiating, but nothing was said officially.

Apparently the only two actors assured to be returning are Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire) and Katee Sackhoff (Victoria ‘Vic’ Moretti). No other cast members have been guaranteed to return as of yet because season three ended in a cliffhanger, and rumor is there will be a major departure.

The fourth season of Longmire will be 10 episodes and will air sometime in 2015 on Netflix.

NETFLIX ORDERS FOURTH SEASON OF LONGMIRE

Rousing Western Thriller from Warner Horizon Television to Premiere Exclusively in US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Series To Return for 10 New Episodes in 2015

Beverly Hills, Calif., November 19, 2014– Netflix, the world?s leading Internet TV network, has ordered a fourth season of the hit drama Longmire, from Warner Horizon Television. Ten new episodes of the series will premiere exclusively in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

“When Warner Horizon Television came to us with the idea for a new season of Longmire, we were intrigued because the series is so unique, and consistently great. We are thrilled to help continue Walt Longmire?s story for his large and passionate following,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix.

In a joint statement, the Longmire executive producers said: “We?re excited and honored to have the opportunity to bring this show that we love so much, and all its devoted fans, to Netflix.”

Season four of Longmire picks up moments after season three?s exciting finale. Walt Longmire (series star Robert Taylor), having found out who was behind the murder of his wife, succumbs to his darker impulses and takes off in pursuit of the killer with murder on his mind. Meanwhile, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase), the deputy who Walt fired for erratic, violent behavior, believes he has already figured out who the real culprit is. But during his confrontation with this suspected killer, a gun goes off. Now the audience will finally learn what happened, and whether Walt can be stopped before he makes a fatal choice.

Longmire, the contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country, is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Australian actor Robert Taylor (The Matrix) as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, along with Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick), Lou Diamond Phillips (Southland, La Bamba), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and Adam Bartley (Justified).

Longmire is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television. Hunt Baldwin (The Closer, Trust Me), John Coveny (The Closer, Trust Me), Greer Shephard (The Closer, Major Crimes, Nip/Tuck) and Michael M. Robin (The Closer, Major Crimes, Nip/Tuck) serve as executive producers.

19
Nov
2014

Peanuts Trailer Snoopy

The first full trailer for the upcoming Peanuts movie has arrived, and… it just looks odd.

I know CGI is all the rage for animation these days, but with trying to keep the classic look to these characters and marrying it with CGI, it just comes off looking… disturbing. And not in the good way. It’s like those old 3D Viewmaster wheels come to life and it just doesn’t work for me.

It comes out in 2015, and I think I will definitely be skipping it.

18
Nov
2014

Westworld water tower

HBO announced on Monday that it is moving forward with a series of Westworld, based on the Michael Crichton film of the same name from 1973.

Jurassic Park creator Michael Crichton loved stories of amusement parks gone wrong. Makes you wonder if he had a bad experience at Disney as a child. With that in mind, his original amusement park story was Westworld which was about a park devided into three “worlds”: West World, Roman World and Medieval World. You could go to one of these worlds, live out your fantasies for that time period, and then that night the robots that made up the residents were repaired and put back into service. However, as happens in stories such as this, the robots start going off  programming and start killing for real.

While it made an entertaining movie in 1973, I’m not entirely sure how it will be stretched to a series. I am, however, intrigued. I think there are a lot of possibilities here, but it will need to be metered correctly so it doesn’t feel like it’s being dragged out for no good reason.

What is really intriguing is the cast that is assembling for this show (from Wikipedia):

  • Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant creative director of Westworld.
  • James Marsden as Teddy Flood, a newly-arrived gunslinger in pursuit of a local beauty.
  • Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy, a Western girl who discovers her entire life is an elaborately constructed lie.
  • Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe, head of the Westworld Programming Division and creator of artificial people.
  • Thandie Newton as Maeve Millay, the beautiful and sharp madame of Westworld.
  • Miranda Otto as Virginia Pittmann, head of Westworld’s Quality Assurance and a ruthless power player.
  • Rodrigo Santoro as Harlan Bell, a wanted man bent on survival.
  • Ed Harris as the Man in Black, a mysterious villain.
  • Shannon Woodward as Elsie King, a rising star in the Programming Division tasked with odd behavior in the park’s artificial beings.
  • Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Armistice, a brutal and ruthless bandit.
  • Angela Sarafyan as Clementine Pennyfeather, an artifical being and one of Westworld’s most popular attractions.
  • Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore, Westworld’s narrative director, whose artistic temperament aggravates his co-workers.
  • Eddie Rouse as Kissy, an American-Indian card dealer who also deals contraband goods.
  • Ptolemy Slocum as Sylvester.

That’s a pretty solid cast.

I’m in, HBO. Lets see where you take me.

17
Nov
2014

Dumb and Dumber To banner

For whatever reason, a sequel that took 20 years to make took the top spot at the box office weekend.

Dumb and Dumber To took the top spot this weekend with $38 million off of a $40 million dollar budget. Don’t blame me when a bunch of sequels to old movies start popping up now.

Disney’s Big Hero 6 took in $36 million, a decline of only 35.9 percent from its opening weekend. It now stands at $111.6 million domestically off of a $165 million dollar budget.

Third place went to Interstellar with slid only 38.6 percent to take in $29.1 million. It’s now at $97.8 million domestically and $233.3 million globally off of a $165 million dollar budget.

Romantic drama Beyond the Lights took in $6.5 million off of its $7.1 million dollar budget to land in fourth place.

Rounding out the top five was Gone Girl with $4.6 million for a new domestic total of $152.6 million and $314.4 million globally off of its $61 million dollar budget.

Next week’s only big release is The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1. Gee… I wonder what number one will be next weekend.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2014 – 4th Quarter report.

16
Nov
2014

The Millers

CBS has ordered no additional scripts for The Millers, essentially ending the series in its sophomore season.

Everyone was a little surprised when CBS picked up The Millers for a second season despite some canceled series having higher ratings. The reason was that CBS pumped between $30 and $40 million into the series as the network wanted to own a hit series as opposed to licensing it from another studio.

With this in mind, CBS brought it back for another season, but four episodes in it looks like there just isn’t any saving it. Another episode will air Monday, but the fate of the filmed episodes beyond that is up in the air. Another episode will also be filmed, but it will just be added to the pile of unaired episodes.

This seems to be the new trend in Hollywood where networks just don’t order new episodes for a struggling show as they would rather not say the word “canceled.” Well, call it whatever you want, no new scripts kind of leans towards no more episodes being produced, meaning… yeah.

The reason this situation is so abnormal is that you hear all the time of brand new series being yanked this early in the season, but it’s highly unusual for a series in its second season. And it also shows that sitcoms catching on is getting harder and harder.

And yet, somehow Last Man Standing is still on the air over at ABC…

15
Nov
2014

Captain America Civil War logo

Captain America: Civil War has just landed its first villain, but your guess is as good as mine as to whom he may be.

According to a press release Marvel has signed Daniel Bruhl to a villain role in Captain America: Civil War, but there is no word as of yet as to whom that may be. All we know is he will be in the film, but we’re not even sure if he is the main protagonist as the Civil War storyline in the comics was more about Captain America and Iron Man facing each other down.

Captain America: Civil War is quickly turning into a crowded movie with Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) all confirmed to appear. However, don’t be too surprised if Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) all end up showing up as well.

Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters on May 6, 2016.

Daniel Bruhl Cast in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War

The celebrated actor to join the super heroic battle in May 2016!

Daniel Bruhl (“Rush,” “Inglourious Basterds”) has joined the cast of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” set to rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe on May 6, 2016.

The celebrated actor earned Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Critics’ Choice nominations for his role as Niki Lauda in director Ron Howard’s “Rush.” In addition to Howard, Bruhl has also worked with other esteemed directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Paul Greengrass, Anton Corbijn, and Michael Winterbottom.

Bruhl joins Chris Evans (Captain America), Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), and Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) in “Captain America: Civil War,” with Joe and Anthony Russo returning to direct after this year’s hit Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

“With Daniel’s ability to deliver intense, nuanced performances, we knew we had found yet another great actor to share the screen with some of our biggest heroes,” said Producer Kevin Feige.

Bruhl is represented by Tavistock Wood Management, Players Agentur Management, and WME.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Captain America: Civil War” and all Marvel Studios’ films!

EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Bruhl is set to play the villain role in the next Captain America: Civil War, the one that will also bring Robert Downey Jr. and his Iron Man character as central to the conflict of the new film. The third installment, to be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, brings back Chris Evans and marks the debut of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, and Sebastian Stan, who’s back as The Winter Soldier and Anthony Mackie back as The Falcon. Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson are also expected to take part. I have to say I’m disappointed with Marvel Studios, which took my inquiry as reason to rush up a press release on the inhouse website. I guess they’ve decided to leave virtues like honesty to the Marvel characters. So short sighted.

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capn Bruhl had his breakout role in the U.S. with Inglourious Basterds and turned in distinguished performances as the race car driver Niki Lauda in Rush and also starred in The Fifth Estate. The Russos are building up their Marvel cred with this all-star outing, and I keep hearing they will step up to the ultimate Marvel all-star team and take the reins of The Avengers franchise from Joss Whedon, possibly with that next film that will shoot back to back. Tavistock Wood Management, Players Agentur Management, and WME rep Bruhl.