Warner Bros. has such strong confidence on its upcoming "Green Lantern" that the studio is putting a sequel on fast track and has hired "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" writer Michael Goldenberg to pen a script.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, WB has clearly seen the future and it's green. Hence, "Green Lantern 2" has been greenlit. But first, we have to wait on how the first "Green" will do at the box-office when it opens on June 17, 2011.
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"Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn, currently shooting "X-Men: First Class" in London, said Hollywood is the kryptonite to the superhero genre's Superman. Soon, the superhero movie, as we know it, will die according to Vaughn talking to the Los Angeles Times.
"It's been mined to death and in some cases the quality control is not what it's supposed to be," Vaughn said. "People are just going to get bored of it."
It's a strong statement coming from a director whose superhero movie will open next summer along with "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Thor" and "Green Lantern."
But let's see if the director's take on the "X-Men" franchise will be better than Brett Ratner's 2006 film "X-Men: The Last Stand." I'm a fan of Vaughn's last two films namely "Kick-Ass" and the criminally-underseen "Stardust." So I have hopes...
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Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg steal the box office crown from Leonardo DiCaprio. Viewers put "The Other Guys" at the top of the box office heap.
The buddy cop flick or "copedy" starring Ferrel and Wahlberg took the No. 1 spot with $35.6 million. Ferrel returned to the loving arms of writer-director Adam McKay, the actor's collaborator in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (it's still their biggest opening with $47 million when it debuted in August 2006).
Ferrel and McCay also worked in "Step Brothers" which opened with $30.9 million in July 2008, and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" which opened in July 2004 with $28.4 million.
"The Office Guy" kicked "Inception" to No. 2 with $18.6 million. Christopher Nolan's masterpiece had been the top flick for the past three weeks, and has now made $227.7 million.
Meanwhile, "Step Up 3D" opened with $15.5 million placing at No. 3. (For my review of "Step Up 3D" click here; for my interviews with the "Step Up 3D" dancers, cast, and director Jon Chu, click here).
The best part? "The Kids Are All Right" from Focus Features starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson, finally entered the Top 10! I love this film, it's definitely one of my favorites this summer, maybe the year! (Check out my review of "The Kids Are All Right Here" right here, and my interviews with the cast here)
Here's the estimated Top 10 list of box office films for weekend of Aug. 6th:
1. "The Other Guys," $35.6 million.
2. "Inception," $18.6 million.
3. "Step Up 3-D," $15.5 million.
4. "Salt," $11.1 million.
5. "Dinner for Schmucks," $10.5 million.
6. "Despicable Me," $9.4 million.
7. "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," $6.9 million.
8. "Charlie St. Cloud," $4.7 million.
9. "Toy Story 3," $3 million.
10."The Kids Are All Right," $2.6 million.
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“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” wowed the crowd at the recently held Comic-Con in San Diego. Since then, the geeks are proclaiming it one of the most original films this summer. You can call me a geek because I unequivocally agree.
Based on a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” tells the story of Scott Pilgrim played by Michael Cera. He’s 23 years old, in a rock band, “between jobs,” and dating a cute high school girl named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). Read More...
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I’m a fan of the over-the-top action films of the 80s. From the Sylvester Stallone to Dolph Lundgren movies, we were entertained by the explosive display of brainless machismo. Stallone’s “The Expendables” captures the spirit of those movies. The film is cheesy and over-the-top but those are the qualities that make “The Expendables” fun.
Director Stallone gathered a group of action film comrades for this brawny but brainless adventure. The film is replete of violence, drugs, guns, and lots of explosions that you will feel you stepped into a Hollywood time warp circa 1982. Read More...
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