How to Train Your Dragon breathed a bit of box office fire this weekend with a $43.3 million opening to help it debut at No. 1, beating out last weeks champ Alice in Wonderland.
1. How to Train Your Dragon $43.3 Total: $43.3
2. Alice in Wonderland $17.3 Total:$293.1
3. Hot Tub Time Machine $13.6 Total:$13.6
4. The Bounty Hunter $12.4 Total:$38.8
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid $10.0 Total:$35.7
6. She’s Out of My League $3.5 Total:$25.6
7. Green Zone $3.3 Total:$30.4
8. Shutter Island $3.1 Total:$120.6
9. Repo Men $3.0 Total:$11.3
10. Our Family Wedding $2.2 Total:$16.7
11. Avatar $2.0 Total:$740.4
12. Remember Me $1.9 Total:$17.0
It’s been a devastating week for many fans, and one that has left a veritable who’s who of ultra-popular titles dead in its wake, as shows like Fox’s 24, Scrubs, and The Hills have all been canceled. Rumors of their demise had been circulating for a while now, but know it looks like those claims have merit.
The most recent announcement comes from John Cassar, director and producer of 24, who announced on his Twitter account (which is becoming the best way to get confirmation right from the source these days) in 140-characters “News from the 24 set,the crew has been told that 24 has come to an end. There will be no season 9. Its been a great run, thanx all 4 watching.”
Yet for fans of Jack Bauer, there remains hope. Studio 20th TV is developing a theatrical film that takes Bauer to Europe, and showrunner and executive producer Howard Gordon says other possibilities are being explored as well.
“There are other possible iterations of Jack Bauer and his world,” Gordon said.
The writing has been on the wall for the show all season, which Gordon said felt like “senior year of high school” to star Kiefer Sutherland.
Because of the constant upward spiral of cast and creative team salaries, any drama begins to carry serious financial weight after its fifth year. Sources say Fox paid a hefty $5 million per episode license fee to 20th TV.
Meanwhile, the show’s ratings dropped 16% this season to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating including DVR — still healthy numbers for a scripted drama, yet not enough to overcome the program’s increasing cost, a budget that was set to climb once again since contracts for Sutherland, Gordon and other key players expire this season.
Starting May 5th Eric and Marilyn will host “Retro Radio LIVE”, a daily retrospective for all the things that are the best of the 1980’s; Movies, TV, Music, Video Games, Fashion and the like. Eric is best known for his antics on Howard 101 and more recently as an addition to “The Foxxhole”, Jamie Foxx’s show on Sirius 106. Actress Marilyn Ghigliotti is best known for her role in the movie “Clerks“.
Eric announced his new show with the CEO of its primary sponsor, James Stylin of Stylin Online. James had contracted with Eric to host the show Monday-Thursday with special episodes live from the comic conventions across the United States. Stylin Online participates in 20 conventions this season as part of its “Wrath of Cons” tour.
Unbeknown to Eric, he would have a co-host. During the on-air announcement James told Eric he had a surprise. In walked Marilyn, the epitome of the movies from the era, and a compatible counterpart for Eric who grew up in New Jersey not far from her hometown.
Click the “play” arrow to listen to the announcement show.
Buck Rogers is taking flight again, this time in 3D! Paradox Entertainment, which is currently in the midst of lensing a reboot of Conan franchise, has acquired the rights to create a new Buck Rogers film and hired Paul W.S. Anderson (Alien vs. Predator, Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat) to direct the science fiction epic from a script by Iron Man scribes Matt Holloway and Art Marcum.
Paradox’s Frederik Malmberg told Variety that “Buck Rogers is among our top priorities once we wrap Conan.” Variety also indicated that the Buck Rogers film would likely be shot in 3D, which is currently all the rage in Tinseltown thanks to the success of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland.
In December of 2008 The Hollywood Reporter ran a story indicating that Frank Miller would write and direct a Buck Rogers film, but that was before Miller’s film adaptation of Will Eisner’s The Spirit bombed. Buck Rogers is about a fighter pilot who awakens in the 25th century, is credited with helping turn outer space into a setting for exploration and action-adventure stories, and getting the public used to space-age technologies during the Space Race.
Details of the plot are being kept under wraps, but it will essentially revolve around a relatable present-day hero flung into the future.
We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever to preview Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the flick is based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s awesome comic series.
Michael Cera stars as a guy who must defeat seven (not ten, that would be too many) evil ex-boyfriends to win the girl of his dreams. Edgar Wright directs; the supporting cast includes Up in the Air’s Anna Kendrick and Kieran Culkin plus Chris Evans, Alison Pill, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Brandon Routh,
(I tried to post the view here, but it keep getting pulled down – You can view the trailer on Newsarama Here)
Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob—omb, the 22—year—old has just met the girl of his dreams…literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre—smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) tells the amazing story of one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Scott Pilgrim has never …
Twilight Saga: Eclipse is just a few shorts months away from being in theaters and we’ve seen very little from the upcoming Twilight sequel.
Now, we have finally have a 7-minute sneak peek video of the new film that was included in select DVD/Blu-ray editions of Twilight Saga: New Moon, which was released last weekend. Watch the entire video here below and get ready to see plenty of action, including Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria, the werewolves, and the Volturi (an ancient and powerful coven of vampires, something like royalty in humans.), as well as several new characters. The last two minutes of the video is actually a scene from Eclipse of Bella and Edward talking about the choice Bella is about to make.
If you haven’t seen it already, be sure to check out the trailer for the movie, which comes to theaters on June 30, 2010.
In THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between Edward and Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.
The PlayStation Move controller may have only been officially named last week, but PlayStation VP of Realistic Movements Kevin Butler already has his commercial ready. How? This spot is from the future, when Sony’s already trolling the motion control competition.
DreamWorks has unveiled the first teaser trailer for their new animated movie “Megamind,” it perfectly encapsulates the hilarious insanity that we saw in the preview footage. But wait until you hear supervillain Will Ferrell spar with damsel in distress Tina Fey.
Synopsis: When super villain MegaMind (Will Ferrell) defeats his arch rival Metro Man (Brad Pitt), the world should be his oyster. But instead, MegaMind falls into total despair. It turns out that life without a rival is life without a point for him. So, he creates a new superhero rival, Titan (Hill). Unfortunately, the new hero wants to…
Starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Tina Fey. Megamind will be out November 5th, 2010.
According to Ian McKellen’s (Sir IanMckellen!) official website, director Guillermo del Toro is getting ready to begin filming his epic two-part adaptation of The Hobbit in June.
THE HOBBIT’s, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in July. Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The script too proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth.
The director Guillermo del Toro is now living in Wellington, close to the Jacksons’ and the studio in Miramar.
201? THE HOBBIT
Director: Guillermo del Toro
McKellen, who is set to return to his role of the ultra uber powerful white wizard Gandalf. The Hobbit is of course based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, and is a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy that Jackson turned into a massively-successful set of films earlier this past decade.
The Hollywood Reporter has a story that I honestly thought was a joke, Warner Bros. is turning Leonardo da Vinci into an action hero.
Warner Bros. is turning Leonardo into an action-adventure hero. No, not DiCaprio, but Da Vinci.
The studio has picked up a treatment titled “Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever” from producer Adrian Askarieh, who is teaming with Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison.
Da Vinci is best known as the painter behind “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper,” though he also was an inventor, engineer, architect, mathematician among many other occupations. The project re-imagines Da Vinci as a member of a secret society who falls headlong into a supernatural adventure that pits the man against Biblical demons in a story involving secret codes, lost civilizations, hidden fortresses and fallen angels. Think “National Treasure” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” by way of “Clash of the Titans.”
Askarieh, who is producing via his Prime Universe banner, came up with the original idea and wrote the treatment, with a search for a writer now under way.
Jon Berg is overseeing for Warners.
Prime Universe and Vertigo have histories with Warners. Askarieh is producing (along with Dan Lin and Daniel Alter) “Jonny Quest” for the studio, while Vertigo exec produced “The Departed,” bringing home multiple Oscars for Warners.
In the wake of the worldwide success of “Sherlock Holmes,” Warners seems eager to make more projects involving a period setting, a historical figure and the fantastical. Last week, the studio picked up a pitch that has Francis Lawrence attached to direct a supernatural tale featuring explorer Marco Polo, and it’s back in business with “Holmes” director Guy Ritchie on a King Arthur project.
So the question is, who else in history would make a hilariously out of place action hero?
This morning, former teen star Corey Haim died in Los Angeles of an accidental overdose.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the actor’s death to TV station KTLA. He was found unresponsive in his apartment at around 3:30 am and was later pronounced dead at Providence St. Josephs’ss Medical Center in Burbank. The cause of death has been reported as an accidental drug overdose. Whether the drugs involved were illegal substances or prescription medication Haim was taking is still under investigation.
Perhaps best known along with frequent co-star Corey Feldman as one of the two Coreys, Corey Haim’s career started off in a promising fashion in the early 80’s, in License to Drive and The Lost Boys, movies that quickly led to his teen idol status. While the 80s brought great success for Haim, the following decade did not follow suit. Haim’s roles consisted mostly of direct-to-video flops and the actor struggled to get back his once successful career while dealing with bankruptcy, drug dependency, and stints in rehab.
Haim developed a drug habit that plagued him through the 2000’s, stifling attempts at a comeback despite the success of his 2006 reality show The Two Coreys, and renewed interest in The Lost Boys as a franchise.
The latest trailer for Iron Man 2 is out, and it doesn’t disappoint. Watch Tony Stark roll out his new on-the-go armor. Plus new Nick Fury scenes, more War Machine, and Sam Rockwell wining and dining Whiplash.
The Mouse House and Tim Burton are set for a ‘very important date’ this weekend with the very anticipated 3D film “Alice in Wonderland” launching at 3,728 locations. Disney has said tracking for “Alice,” starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, is strong across all quadrants and should pique the curiosity of both families and young adults given the film’s 3D component. Studio reps have said the 3D aspect is an integral part of the film and expects 3D revenue to boost “Alice’s” overall B.O. performance and at the same time give people with glasses a mild headache… ok they didn’t say that last part but it’s true!
All this must weight heavy on Tim Burton’s head. Now in an exclusive behind the scenes look at a Tim Burton brainstorming session, we can see how the creative dark genius comes up with his ideas. Stripes, white make-up, Danny Elfman’s music, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter on speed dial — these are a few of his, favorite things.
Two new cartoon confirmations from Disney today: there will be a Tron animated series debuting in 2011, and a new Avengers series will air on Disney XD this fall.
Tron will be a 10-part Tron series in the Fall of 2011 on the Disney Channel. This series will be a precursor to full Tron animated series for the 6-14 year old set.
Disney also confirmed that they would be picking up The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for Disney XD’s Fall 2010 line-up. Although news of this series debuted in 2008, its move to Disney XD is evidence that the House of the Mouse is integrating the House of Ideas into their programming. Here’s a preview:
For the first Marvel cartoon to be produced by Disney, I think it looks pretty good.
Forget 3-D, the Koreans are taking the Avatar viewing experience all the way to 4-D. Which means you’ll actually get to feel the spittle from a wild banshee hit your cheek, mid-scream.
According to the Post Chronicle Korea’s Seoul Theater has lined up 25 different special effects to give audiences the full 4-D experience
Avatar is coming in 4D at Korean theaters. Don’t know what 4D is? It’s one of the coolest ways to watch a movie and feel a part of the action. Korea will give a full 4-dimensional experience for its viewers and tickets will cost $15.80.
The 4D seats are movie activated. When theres a scene of sprinkling water, you’ll feel real sprinkling water hit you. When there are explosives, you will be able to smell them. you’ll feel the wind as the characters fly through the sky. Your seat will also move during tense movie scenes. There are over 25 different special effects added to Korea’s Seoul Theater.
Korea’s Wonderworld Studio partnered up with an U.S. animation picture company to present 4D movies and rides. It is unclear if America and other countries may start implementing these movie experiences to movie theaters here
This isn’t the first 4-D experience for Korea, the theater has been throwing water in the audience’s faces since Journey to the Center of the Earth and plans on doing the same thing for Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.