StylinOnline Brings it HUGE Selection to FAN EXPO

StylinOnline.com LogoWell, boys and girls we are finally here.  As of yesterday afternoon StylinOnline was set up and ready to rock all weekend long.  You see, one of the reasons we look forward to this show all year is that we get to head to Toronto and connect with our Canadian fans.

James Stylin, President and CEO of StylinOnline had this to say about Fan Expo.  “We love heading north of the border for Fan Expo.  Typically, a Canadian consumer can’t get the selection we have to offer without paying high international shipping rates.  It’s really satisfying to make so many people happy.”

If you are going to the show, make sure you stop by the StylinOnline booth, number 738 and check it out.  I bet, with our unbeatable selection of t-shirts and hoodies, you’ll find something you can’t live without.

Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of August 21st to August 23rd.

Director Quentin Tarantino scored his best opening weekend with the World War Two thriller Inglourious Basterds, which topped the weekend box office in North America after hitting the $37.6 million mark.

Inglourious Basterds $37.6 Total: $37.6
District 9 $18.9 Total: $73.4
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra $12.5 Total: $120.5
The Time Traveler’s Wife $10.0 Total: $37.4
Julie & Julia $9.0 Total: $59.2
Shorts $6.6 Total: $6.6
G-Force $4.2 Total: $107.3
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $3.5 Total: $290.2
The Ugly Truth $2.8 Total: $82.8
Post Grad $2.8 Total: $2.8
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard $2.6 Total: $11.1
Ponyo $2.4 Total: $8.1

Geoff Johns As Co-Writer of SHAZAM! Movie

The movie has had several false starts since being brought to the forefront, with seven writers so far. Geoff Johns and his co-writer Billy Birch are starting fresh with the superhero known as Captain Marvel.

THR reports.:

Actor-turned-writer Bill Birch has been tapped to reboot “Shazam!,” Warners’ adaptation of a DC Comics series featuring Captain Marvel.

Geoff Johns, one of the three DC Comics heavyweights hired by the studio to act as consultants on DC projects, is also helping with the kick-start, co-writing the story with Birch.

It’s somewhat fitting that Birch takes on “Shazam!” as his very name echoes the name of the comic’s hero, Billy Batson, a teenager who becomes Captain Marvel when he utters the magic word “Shazam!” The name is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world as well as their attributes: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Aries, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.

The project, which was housed at New Line for several years, has had a tough time taking flight, with writers William Goldman, Bryan Goluboff, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, as well as John August taking turns writing a script.

Peter Segal remains attached to direct and also is producing with Michael Ewing.

Greg Silverman is overseeing for Warners while Gregory Noveck oversees for DC.

But will it have Black Adam!

Smallville Update: Brian Austin Green as Metallo

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TV Guide recently released this very Iron Man/Whiplash looking picture of Brian Austin Green as Metallo in the new season of Smallville.

Green’s character starts out as John Corben, a new Daily Planet reporter, who becomes Metallo when an accident leaves him with a heart made of kryptonite. Kryptonite being something Superman has an aversion too so you can see the conundrum this will put the man of steel in.

Some of you may remember Brian Austin Green recently from the canceled Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles… I think he did a great job so it will be no shock to me seeing him pull this roll off also.

Smallville returns for its 9th season (Damn, just knowing that makes me feel old) on September 25, 2009.

Inglourious Basterds off to a Good start in Europe

Variety is reporting that “Inglourious Basterds” is off to a good start in Europe, scoring the best opening day ever in France for a Quentin Tarantino pic with a Wednesday gross of $1.4 million from 499 playdates.

Universal Pictures Intl. also opened the film in Belgium and French-speaking Switzerland to best-ever numbers for Tarantino. Pic also finished No. 1 in Australia, where it opened Thursday, grossing $490,000 from 201.

“Basterds,” about a tough band of soldiers who slip into Germany to battle Nazis, kicks into high gear Friday, when it opens in 3,165 theaters domestically. The Weinstein Co., U’s partner on the film, is domestic distrib. Overseas, the pic rolls out into a total of 2,620 playdates in 22 territories, including the U.K. and Germany.

Film’s international cast includes Brad Pitt, who is the linchpin of the domestic marketing campaign. The Weinstein Co. believes Pitt will expose Tarantino to a broader audience.

“Basterds” has a shot at scoring Tarantino his best opening, either meeting or surpassing the $25.1 million earned by “Kill Bill Vol. 2.” Film is tracking well among men of all ages, but the Weinstein Co. hopes to reach women as well.

“Basterds,” which premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival, cost $70 million to produce before tax credits.

LIONSGATE Set To KICK-ASS With Filmmaker Matthew Vaughns Hotly Anticipated Superhero Action Comedy

Studio Acquires U.S. And Canadian Rights To Comic Book Adaptation From Director of LAYER CAKE and STARDUST

Buzz Sensation At 2009 Comic-Con, It Stars Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Breakout Stars Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — LIONSGATE((R)) (NYSE: LGF), the leading next generation studio, announced today that it has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to KICK-ASS, the hotly anticipated action-comedy from writer/director Matthew Vaughn (LAYER CAKE, STARDUST). Based on the groundbreaking, best-selling comic by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., KICK-ASS stars Nicolas Cage (the upcoming SEASON OF THE WITCH, KNOWING, NATIONAL TREASURE), rising star Aaron Johnson (the upcoming NOWHERE BOY), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (SUPERBAD) and Chloe Moretz ((500) DAYS OF SUMMER). The screenplay is written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman. The producers are Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Tarquin Pack and Kris Thykier; Millar and Romita Jr. are co-producers. The announcement was made today by Joe Drake, Lionsgate President, Motion Picture Group, and Co-Chief Operating Officer, and Jason Constantine, Lionsgate President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.

KICK-ASS was the buzz sensation of the July Comic-Con in San Diego, where early footage was shown to wildly appreciative fans. The film is a privately financed independent production from Vaughn’s Marv Films and Plan B Entertainment, and is currently in post-production. Lionsgate anticipates a wide release in 2010.

Said Constantine, “Matthew Vaughn is an amazing talent and a true original, and he has brought a whole new mindset to the action genre with KICK-ASS. KICK-ASS redefines the boundaries in terms of humor, action, story, character and tone — it’s the kind of movie that reminds us of why we go to the movies in the first place. Lionsgate is thrilled to bring KICK-ASS home to give it the next-generation launching pad it deserves.”

Said Vaughn, “Making and financing KICK-ASS has been an amazing experience, and we’ve had two important goals from the start: make a singularly entertaining film and find the right studio to release it. With Lionsgate, I know that I’ve got a supportive and fearless team behind me. It’s going to be fun working together to bring the film to audiences and those who are already fans of the comic book.”

Said Pack, “The massive response we received at Comic-Con has been hugely important in launching the next wave of momentum for the film, and Lionsgate’s marketing and distribution talents are a perfect fit for us. Lionsgate is a studio that is not afraid to do things differently, and that is the attitude that has characterized KICK-ASS from the very start.”

The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Constantine, Eda Kowan, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Wendy Jaffe, Executive Vice President Business & Legal Affairs, Acquisitions and Co-Productions; and by WME and Matthew Johnson of Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie, Stiffelman, Cook, Johnson, Lande & Wolf LLP, on behalf of the filmmakers.

SYNOPSIS

A twisted, funny, high-octane adventure, director Matthew Vaughn brings KICK-ASS to the big screen.

KICK-ASS tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name — Kick-Ass — assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There’s only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers.

His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage).

ABOUT LIONSGATE

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is the leading next generation studio with a strong and diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, production, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury, reality programming through its joint venture with ISH Entertainment and an array of channel platforms, including its partnership with One Equity Partners and Allen Shapiro in TV Guide Network and TV Guide.com, its partnership with Viacom and MGM in the multiplatform premium channel Epix, its partnership with Sony and Comcast in the branded horror channel FEARnet and its recent launch of the KIX action channel and the Thrill horror/suspense channel in Asia. Its feature film business achieved a record box office performance in the January-March 2009 quarter, driven by the success of “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail,” “My Bloody Valentine 3-D” and “The Haunting In Connecticut.” The Company’s home entertainment business has grown to more than 7% market share and leads the industry in its box office-to-DVD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

Low-budget space alien movie District 9 invades top of box office

Fueled by older males, Sony/TriStar’s sci-fi thriller “District 9” opened to a boffo $37 million from 3,049 theaters to win the weekend crown at the domestic B.O.

The movie was a sizable victory for Sony’s Worldwide Acquisitions Group, Sony’s marketing team, frosh filmmaker Neill Blomkamp and producer Peter Jackson. “District’s” opening is one more example of a pic generating strong biz this summer without big stars.

Here is the weekend box office chart for the weekend of August 14th to August 16th.

1. District 9 $37.0 Total:$37.0
2. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra $22.5 Total:$98.7
3. The Time Traveler’s Wife $19.2 Total:$19.2
4. Julie & Julia $12.4 Total:$43.6
5. G-Force $6.9 Total:$99.0
6. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard $5.3 Total:$5.3
7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $5.1 Total:$283.8
8. The Ugly Truth $4.5 Total:$77.5
9. Ponyo $3.5 Total:$3.5
10. (500) Days of Summer $3.0 Total:$17.9
11. Funny People $3.0 Total:$47.9
12. A Perfect Getaway $2.7 Total:$11.4

Universal Pictures has set Bryan Singer to direct and produce a feature version of Battlestar Galactica.

Found some interesting information on hitfix.com:

One of the many casualties of Sept. 11, 2001 was the Tom De Santo/Bryan Singer version of “Battlestar Galactica,” designed as a sequel to the ’70s show, which was less than three months from shooting when the attacks on America happened. Since the Cylon sneak attack was a big part of the $14 million backdoor pilot they were about to shoot, Sci-Fi got very nervous about the film, and everything fell apart.

In the time since, obviously, Ron Moore and David Eick and the entire amazing creative team who did bring “Battlestar Galactica” back to television managed to not only get a new show on the air, but they’ve completed their run and they’re gearing up on a spinoff series, “Caprica.” Despite the amount of critical love that was displayed for the show during its run, I wouldn’t call Moore’s “Galactica” a phenomenon. It was more like a very enthusiastic and vocal cult audience. As a result, Universal seems to feel that there’s more life in the property, and that there is room for another interpretation.

I also found this on Variety

It’s not clear whether Ronald Moore, exec producer of the recent series, will be invited to write the screenplay, but Singer will clearly put his own creative stamp on the project, as the studio indicates that the film will be “a complete reimagination.”

Nintendos Patented Scary Rocking Horse Peripheral Thingy

I’m hoping the next Zelda will use this for some mounted combat…. or not, just what I need to look even dumber playing video games!

Anyway siliconera.com has the story:

If you thought the Wii Balance Board was off the beaten path wait until you see Nintendo’s Wii Horseback Riding Saddle. We’re not kidding about this.

The inflatable seat has a pocket for the Wii remote, which is used to sense movement via the accelerometers. Players hold the nunchuck to simulate holding the reins or, as the Nintendo patent describes, “a raised hand for balance as in Bronco riding, a lasso, a sword or other weapon, etc.”

AMC will produce The Walking Dead

AMC is signed a development deal to produce a series based off Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, The Walking Dead.

“This is not about zombies popping out of closets, This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances. The world (in ‘Walking Dead’) is portrayed in a smart, sophisticated way.” said AMC SVP of programming, Joel Stillerman to Variety.

“We’ve got an audience that loves this kind of material,” he said.

Darabont and Hurd pitched the project to AMC and several other outlets. There is no studio attached yet. The duo’s involvement made the project a must-have for the cabler, Stillerman said.

“These are two world-class filmmakers who are also brilliant storytellers with experience in the fantasy genre,” he said.

Steven Spielberg Producing Halo Movie?

IESB is reporting the rumor that director Steven Spielberg is in talks to produce a Halo movie.

IESB has learned exclusively (believe me this is solid and I’ve confirmed it three times over with studio executives and our close ties to CAA) that one of the biggest producers in Hollywood history is currently in active negotiations to develop the feature film adaptation and no it’s not Jerry Bruckheimer or Peter Jackson. It’s the man behind Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones and Transformers, Mr. Steven Spielberg.

Also, Spielberg is a huge gaming fan. His prodigal star Shia LaBeouf has been quoted talking about Spielberg being stuck on the 15th level of BioShock recently,

“I get there and stick my head in to ask if he’s ready-and this is classic Spielberg-he says, ‘Nope, Shia. I’m trapped!’ ” LaBeouf then starts playing both parts-concerned protégé and faraway mentor:

“You’re trapped? Steven, what are you talking about?”

“I’m trapped back here. Follow my voice.”

“Where are you?”

“Over here… Here… Here!”

LaBeouf kept following the calls until he got to the director’s office. And there was the master himself: shoes off, socks on, dressed in shooting gear, but sitting behind a computer, stuck on the fifteenth level of a first-person shooter called BioShock.

“This is like months to get to this level, and he can’t get past this one little mysterious spider god, and he’s losing his mind. He’s like, ‘I can’t do it, Shia! I can’t do it.’ “

This is good news –

Munich
Shrek
Saving Private Ryan
Cape Fear
Back to the Future
The Goonies
Gremlins

I think he’s got the chops to pull it off.

Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of July 31st to August 2nd

G.I. Joe drunkenly stumbled it’s way to number one in the weekend box office in North America despite some really bad buzz. Showing us all the power of nostalgia.

1. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra $56.2 Total:$56.2
2. Julie & Julia $20.1 Total:$20.1
3. G-Force $9.8 Total:$86.1
4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $8.8 Total:$273.8
5. Funny People $7.8 Total:$40.4
6. The Ugly Truth $7.0 Total:$69.0
7. A Perfect Getaway $5.7 Total:$5.7
8. Aliens in the Attic $4.0 Total:$16.2
9. Orphan $3.7 Total:$34.8
10. (500) Days of Summer $3.7 Total:$12.3
11. The Hangover $3.4 Total:$262.0
12. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $3.0 Total:$393.7

Stop Killing Off Parts Of My Childhood

With G.J. Joe opening today, a movie I would have killed other kids my same age to watch 20 years ago, I feel it’s my job to point out some news about said movie floating around.

From Newsarama:

If knowing is half the battle, then most critics and therefore fans are missing the start of the fight. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is being held back from the grand majority of critics by Paramount, whom outright admitted the movie wasn’t being screened because they didn’t want it getting terrible reviews. Such reviews were seen for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but that movie has since made more than $800 million worldwide, so the move still seems bizarre. Good or bad, don’t expect to read a review by your favorite critic before the movie opens.

From Variety:

Paramount’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” marches into theaters Friday, with Par and toymaker Hasbro hoping to create a new fanboy franchise.

It won’t, unless people who love bad movies buy toys… wait maybe they do?

G.I. Joe” is sparking strong interest among both young and older men, as well as some curiosity among younger femmes, according to tracking. It opens in 3,500 theaters domestically and in a number of markets overseas.

No matter how bad the movie is, I bet it opens as #1

As an event pic based on an original property, “G.I. Joe” is an unusual choice for an August release. In recent years, mostly sequels and three-quels, such as last year’s “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” or “The Bourne Ultimatum” the year before, have occupied the late-summer berth.

G.I. Joe began as a Hasbro action figure, which was then adapted for a comicbook series. The property saw a major shift in the early 1980s, when the original team of U.S. military operatives were joined by elite forces from around the globe.

In adapting the property for the bigscreen, Paramount played up the international angle, casting actors from several countries and setting the film in locales including Egypt and Paris.

While actioners often generate more box office overseas than domestically, the pic could have a bumpy ride in some parts of Europe because of local attitudes toward the American military.

Heavy on CGI effects, “G.I. Joe” cost $175 million to produce. Spyglass Entertainment co-financed, while Lorenzo Di Bonaventura produced.

Paramount decided not to screen “G.I. Joe” for reviewers except for a select group of online media. Earlier this summer, Par’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” did blockbuster business despite generally withering reviews. The studio also is being conservative in buying print media, opting to concentrate on opening weekend ads.

Box office observers suggest that “G.I. Joe” could open north of $50 million, but with the unpredictable nature of tracking in recent months, no one’s making a firm wager. Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy”) directed.

Next time leave out the power suits and I’m sure the CGI budget will come way down.

Need more plastic toys? Tony Hawk Ride dated & priced by Activision

For those of you with some extra room left next to your Guitar Hero controllers and Rock Band drums, word has come down that Activision has dated and priced Tony Hawks Ride…. at least in the UK.

Activision has made the first official announcement regarding the price of Tony Hawk Ride. In the UK, a set containing the game and board will cost £99.99 ($169) upon its November 20 release. The only information we have for a North American price to compare is the $120 at which GameStop currently lists the game. Apparently, the game is called Tony Hawk Ride because you’ll need to start riding in friends’ cars after you sell your own for peripheral money.

As somebody who actually does skateboard on a real skateboard, I’m not sure how to feel about this. Then again I did like both Rock Band and Guitar Hero so who knows, I’m sure I’ll end up getting this in the end.

Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of July 31st to August 2nd

Funny People, which faced a dual marketing challenge as a departure from typical Adam Sandler comedies and from writer-director Judd Apatow’s raunchier movies, launched respectably at the top of a moderate weekend box office with $23.4 million at 3,008 playdates.

That figure, marked the lowest tally for a No. 1 film this summer. The Universal comedy in with 23% less box office than the July 10/12 launch of U’s “Bruno.” And the pic finished the frame 23% behind Apatow’s 2007 helming effort “Knocked Up,” which opened to $30.7 million.

1. Funny People $23.4 Total:$23.4
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $17.7 Total:$255.4
3. G-Force $17.0 Total:$66.4
4. The Ugly Truth $13.0 Total:$54.4
5. Aliens in the Attic $7.8 Total:$7.8
6. Orphan $7.2 Total:$26.7
7. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $5.3 Total:$181.8
8. The Hangover $5.0 Total:$255.7
9. The Proposal $4.8 Total:$148.8
10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $4.6 Total:$388.1
11. The Collector $3.6 Total:$3.6
12. (500) Days of Summer $2.7 Total:$6.8

Saw Funny People over the weekend, I’m not really a Sandler fan but I have to say I really like the movie and really liked him in it.

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