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Monday, November 30, 2009

New Moon Still Rules Box Office

New Moon Still Rules Box Office
Blind Side not far behind
Source: Box Office Mojo


New Moon Still Rules Box Office

Veggie vampires or not, when the Twilight bloodsuckers sink their teeth into a box office they just will not let go. That's right, the toothsome teens of New Moon have held the number one spot at the US box office for a second week, and over the big Thanksgiving holiday, with a solid $42.5m.

That is, admittedly, a whopping 70% drop on last week, but it's still considered a win, giving the sequel a total of $230m in just ten days in the States - more than Twilight managed in its entire North American run. It's also managed $473.7m worldwide in those ten days, which you'd think would be a reason for the characters to stop moping, but somehow we doubt it. Hey, maybe they're just depressed that even drug dealers are trying to get onto the Twilight bandwagon now.

The big winner at the box office this weekend, however, was The Blind Side, the Sandra Bullock-starring sports movie that grossed a whopping $40.1m over the (three-day) weekend - 17.6% more than its (also impressive) opening tally last week. Usually films with a wide release only increase their opening weekend takings over the Christmas holiday, but apparently this tale of a middle-class family who take in a poverty-stricken teen who turns out to be a heck of a football player warmed the cockles of Thanksgiving hearts this weekend.

2012 added another $18m to its total for $138.8m to date, followed by the highest of the new releases: Old Dogs, with $16.8m over the three-day weekend and $24.1m over Thanksgiving. It's well behind the $40m opening of the last collaboration between star John Travolta and director Walter Becker, Wild Hogs.

The other new openers were Ninja Assassin, which took $21m over the five days and $13.1m over the weekend, and the distinctly uncheery adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, presumably released as a sort of counterprogramming to turkey dinners. That managed $1.5m on only 111 screens, but should go wider next week.

Also worthy of note was Fantastic Mr Fox, going wide after a very limited release and taking $7m over the weekend, and A Christmas Carol, which raised its takings by 30% to $16m and passed the $100m barrier.

For the full charts, head on over to Box Office Mojo.

Source: EmpireOnline

Friday, November 27, 2009

Toy Story 3 International Teaser Online

Toy Story 3 International Teaser Online
Get a buzz that will give you a... no.


Toy Story 3 International Teaser Online

The international trailer for Toy Story 3 has just gone online – however, as excited as we are about the movie, we have to warn you: if you saw the US trailer for the Disney/Pixar threequel, there’s virtually nothing new here. In fact, it’s actually about a minute shorter, even allowing for the addition of an intro designed to jog your memory about Buzz, Woody and the gang. As if it needed jogging.

Still, it’s worth watching if only for the warm, fuzzy feeling that will doubtless grip you at the prospect of seeing the toys back in action. No detailed glimpses of any new characters yet, but all in good time. We’ve got a good feeling about this one…



The film – also in Disney Digital 3D, don’t forget – opens here on July 23, 2010.

Source: EmpireOnline

World Exclusive: Exam Trailer Now Online

World Exclusive: Exam Trailer Now Online
Get a glimpse at dark psycho-thriller


World Exclusive: Exam Trailer Now Online

We’ve been banging on about Stuart Hazeldine’s Exam, since it went down a storm at the Edinburgh Film Festival back in August. And now, with the world exclusive debut of the trailer for the high-concept, low-budget thriller, you’ve got a chance to see why.

The high concept first: coming on like Cube meets The Apprentice, Exam brings together eight disparate people – candidates for an unspecified high-powered job – who find themselves undertaking an exam with a difference. A big difference. A mind-bending, noggin-noodling and potentially fatal difference.

Played out in real time, it’s a crisp, electrifying and often ingenious thriller featuring top-notch turns from Luke Mably, Jimi Mistry, and the godlike Colin Salmon, as a godlike invigilator, and marks out Hazeldine as a real talent to watch.

But don’t take our word for it – check out the trailer below and form your own opinions. You will be tested afterwards, so pay close attention.

Source: EmpireOnline

Thursday, November 26, 2009

First Look: The Wolfman One Sheets

First Look: The Wolfman One Sheets
Benicio in need of hair cut, dentist


First Look: The Wolfman One Sheets

Howl at the moon! Two new international posters for The Wolf Man have arrived and Benicio Del Toro’s afflicted werewolf is looking about as far from New Moon’s moon-loving lupines as it’s possible to be.

And, we’ve got to say we’re impressed. Not only by the attention to hair, claws, teeth – that’s a lot of saliva going on there - and bloody shirtedness, but by the fact that in the solo shot Benicio appears to have metamorphosed into Jeff Bridges.

Strong thoughtful work from Emily Blunt as well – nice touch having her coming out of the trees, moon and his breath simultaneously – although either that moonlight appears to be shining from multiple angles or the 19th century’s discovered search beams.



Werewolves – the new vampires?

Source: EmpireOnline

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thwoar! Kat Dennings Joins Thor

Thwoar! Kat Dennings Joins Thor
Indie babe signs up for Marvel madness
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Thwoar! Kat Dennings Joins Thor

Blimey. If the cast of Marvel’s Thor continues to swell at its current rate, pretty soon there won’t be an actor on Earth who won’t have some sort of part in it. Even Joe Swash might get the call at some point.

That’s because, hot on the heels of the news that the godlike Idris Elba has signed on to play the ungodlike Heimdall (because he’s, well, an actual god), Kat Dennings has also come on board, joining the already-cast Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Stuart Townsend, Jaimie Alexander, Jedward, Jermain Defoe and the cast of the West End production of Inherit The Wind.

No word yet on who Dennings, the lovely and talented indie chick who lit up Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist with her deadpan charms (ok, we fancy her), will play in the Kenneth Branagh-directed epic, but the rumour mill has her playing an assistant to Portman’s Thor-snogging scientist, Jane Foster. In fact, Portman herself let slip the news about Dennings’ casting in an interview with MTV News. The scamp.

But while we’re here, let’s throw another bone onto the rumour fire – what if, just what if, Dennings has been tapped to play sinister villainess The Enchantress? Now that we’d like to see. But on a production as secretive as Thor, we probably won’t know for sure until it comes out on Blu-ray.

Source: EmpireOnline

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

47 Ronin Finds A Master

47 Ronin Finds A Master
Carl Erik Rinsch to direct samurai epic
Source: Variety


47 Ronin Finds A Master

It's been almost a year since the news broke that Keanu Reaves would be starring in 47 Ronin, Universal's 18th Century samurai epic. But now the project has finally gained a director, in the form of commercials director Carl Erik Rinsch.

This will be Rinsch's feature debut, and it's unusual for a first-timer to land such a huge project. But his ads for the likes of Lexus, BMW and Mercedes have long been attracting favourable attention, and nobody seems in doubt about his confidence and ability behind a camera. And he goes out with Ridley Scott's daughter, so those connections can't hurt. If you recognise his name, it might be because he was, for a short while, in talks for the Alien prequel until Sir Ridders was persuaded to do it himself.

Ronin, as you probably learned at the movies, are masterless samurai, and the story of the 47 Ronin, one of Japan's key national legends, concerns the vengeance of the titular group after their feudal lord is forced to commit ritual suicide, following an assault on a corrupt court official. The story is recounted in John Frankenheimer's Ronin to explain the title, and has been filmed at least half a dozen times before.

The screenplay is by Wanted's Chris Morgan, who promises Lord of the Rings-type high fantasy and Gladiator-type battle scenes.

Frank Miller's Ronin, about a 13th century samurai transported to future New York, is also in the works.

Source: EmpireOnline

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Alice In Wonderland Poster

New Alice In Wonderland Poster
Off with their heads!
Source: Facebook


New Alice In Wonderland Poster

The Facebook fan page for Tim Burton's upcoming Alice In Wonderland has a new poster for the film, and promises to post another two close behind when 7,500 people "like" this one.

This rather lovely effort shows Helena Bonham Carter as the big-headed Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the slightly saner White Queen, and Matt Lucas as Tweedledum and Tweedledee. That's the Cheshire Cat, with his big green eyes, in the sky; he's voiced by Stephen Fry.



New Alice In Wonderland Poster

Click the image above for the larger version on Facebook

Alice in Wonderland is out on March 5, 2010. Keep eyes peeled on that link during the day in case the other two posters get posted.

Source: EmpireOnline

Monday, November 9, 2009

New Where The Wild Things Are Featurette

New Where The Wild Things Are Featurette
The story behind the casting of Max


New Where The Wild Things Are Featurette

The guys behind Where The Wild Things Are, including Spike Jones et al, have released what could be the cutest featurette of all time, telling the story of casting the sweetest child to ever muck about in a furry wolf suit.

Max Records (cool name, cool kid) fought off feirce competition to earn the right to jump about with a bunch of big woolly monsters, eventually charming his way into the part and wearing his crown with aplomb.

Besides Max, there's his even cheekier brother Sam, who's loud, excitable and adorable. Damn it, just watch the thing. You'll be eBaying "wolf romper suits" in minutes, we promise you.

Where The Wild Things Are is out in the UK on 11th December.

Source: EmpireOnline

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chuck Russell Sets Up Arabian Nights

Chuck Russell Sets Up Arabian Nights
Once upon a time...
Source: Variety


Chuck Russell Sets Up Arabian Nights

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is well on the way, and, it seems, has created a bandwagon of sorts. Variety reports that Chuck Russell is busy prepping a 3D adventure based on The Arabian Nights. Good news everyone! It's a timeless classic of world literature, coming to the screen from the director of Eraser!

Russell has co-written the script with newbie Barry Ambrose. You'll be disappointed to hear that it's not an ambitious Reduced-Shakespeare-Company-style portmanteau comprising 1001 stories, but "a new spin", in which a young military commander joins forces with Sinbad, Aladdin, and the Genie of the Lamp, to rescue storyteller Scheherazade from "dark powers" that have murdered the king.

Russell also directed The Mummy spinoff The Scorpion King, which is a fair idea of the territory this will be treading, we'd assume (although on a larger scale). Budgeted at $70m, shooting starts in the spring.

Source: EmpireOnline

Patrick Dempsey Joins Heist Comedy

Patrick Dempsey Joins Heist Comedy
In untitled script by Hangover writers
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Patrick Dempsey Joins Heist Comedy

Well isn't this just McDreamy news. Patrick Dempsey, on his next break from Seattle Grace Hospital, will be producing and starring in an as-yet untitled comedy by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the writers of The Hangover, and directed by one of Empire's favourite people, Paul McGuigan.

The plot will see Dempsey play a man caught in two bank robberies of the same bank at the same time. In the middle of all this, he's trying to protect the bank teller with whom he's secretly in love and- Wait. They lost us. Patrick Dempsey doesn't tell the girl he's in love with her? We're supposed to believe that he's a bit shy and hasn't got the self-confidence to ask out a bank teller? Has no one told him he looks just like Patrick Dempsey?!

Ahem. Anyway, moving on, shooting begins in April, by which time Dempsey's next film, Valentine's Day, will have been released and hopefully helped us to forget Maid of Honour.

Source: EmpireOnline

Great Videos Already Submitted

Great Videos Already Submitted

Few days before, I made a post about the iLASIK Video Contest. That contest is still running and many people already submitted their great videos to participate in this contest. These videos includes original music videos, videos of sports like boxing or just a simple video in which the participant is talking about that how the better vision improves life? If you are having no idea about my last post about this contest then, once again I am giving the details of this contest below.

Abbott Medical Optics Inc. (AMO) is a global leader in laser vision correction. And Abbott Medical Optics Inc. is conducting a video contest to know how better vision could improve — or has improved — people’s lives. The “You Gotta See This” Video Contest invites entrants to make a video showing the impact of improved vision, for a chance to win cash and prizes. To participate in this contest, you will have to do following things :

1.Submit A Video
Users make and submit a video in one of the following categories:
• “My contacts are getting in the way of my good time”
• “My favorite sport or activity would be so much cooler with better vision”
• “You should see life after the iLASIK® Procedure”

2.Tell Friends To Vote
Once users submit a video, their friends can vote on it. And votes are one of the key factors in determining which videos win a prize.

3.Have A Chance To Win
• One Grand Prize winner will win $5,000 — selected from all submitted videos
• One Grand Prize winner will win $5,000 — selected from all submitted videos
• Three First Prize winners will win an HDTV package(a $2,500 value) — one per video category
•Three Second Prize winners will win the Flip UltraHD™ camcorder (a $199.99 value) — one per video category Users can submit videos, view and vote on all entries at www.GottaSeeThisNow.com

So, do not waste your time and make your video to participate in this contest as soon as possible. Many people already submitted their videos and getting popularity and precious votes. . . . . . . BEST OF LUCK

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