I fell in love with “ParaNorman!” It’s quite refreshing to see a summer movie that’s totally original – not based on anything previously created. The film began with writer/director Chris Butler who imagined a good, old fashioned creature feature. Soon, Sam Fell stepped in and the dynamic duo crafted one of the best animated films of 2012. ("ParaNorman" movie review)
In this interview, we talked about:
*** The inspiration behind “ParaNorman”
*** The film’s 80s vibe
*** Working together as the film’s directors
***Why embrace the stop-motion art form?
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Focus Features and LAIKA, the companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated film “Coraline,” return with another stop-motion flick called “ParaNorman.” It’s an animated wonder that perfectly blends comedy and thriller with just enough dash of sweetness.
Meet Norman Babcock (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee of “Let Me In” and “The Road), an 11-year-old outsider who sees dead people. He is gifted with the ability to see and speak with the dead such as his beloved grandmother (Elaine Stritch). But in the eyes of the living, he is cursed. Read More...
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The first "Hangover" was a comedic gem, the second, was an exact replica of the first but it was missing its heart -- Heather Graham's stripper character. So, I'm very happy to report that the actress is returning for Todd Phillips' threequel, "The Hangover Part III" from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.
Graham's Jade was a Las Vegas stripper who fell in love with Ed Helms' Stu. But for "Hangover Part II," Jade did not go to Thailand with Helms, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Justin Bartha.
The super-secret plot for the third installment is under wraps, but Graham will reunited with other franchise veterans Mike Epps and Ken Jeong.
"The Hangover Part III" will be unveiled on May 24, 2013.
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MGM is moving forward with their planned remake of "The Magnificent Seven" starring Tom Cruise. The studio has hired Nic Pizzolatto to write a script for the remake which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 gem, "Seven Samurai." The original starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz. They played a group of American gunmen hired to protect a small Mexican village from a group of baddies headed by Eli Wallach.
According to Variety, production of the remake could still be a ways off because of Cruise's schedule.
For now, take a look at the original 1960 movie:
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It took the powerful combo of "The Bourne Legacy" and "The Campaign" to beat "The Dark Knight Rises" at the weekend box-office. The reboot "Bourne Legacy" starring our new action hero, Jeremy Renner," debuted at No. 1 with $40.3 million yet it was still below the last film in the series, 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum" which debuted with $69.3 million. ("The Bourne Legacy" movie review)
At No. 2 was the political comedy "The Campaign" starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Directed by Jay Roach ("The Austin Powers" movies), "The Campaign earned $27.4 million at the box-office. ("The Campaign" movie review)
The third and final film in the Batman franchise from writer/director Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as our masked avenger slipped to No. 3 with $19.5 million. So far, the superhero blockbuster's three-week domestic total was $390.1 million. Overseas, "The Dark Knight Rises" was pacing comparatively with its predecessor, "The Dark Knight" starring Oscar-winner Heath Ledger as the Joker. So far, "The Dark Knight Rises" has made $445.3 million abroad which was a few nickels away from "The Dark Knight's" $468 million international total. ("The Dark Knight Rises" movie review)
Entering at No. 4 was the weekend's other new wide releases, the marital drama "Hope Springs" starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. The film debuted with $15.6 million.
Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for the weekend of Aug. 10th:
1. "The Bourne Legacy," $40.3 million ($7.8 million international).
2. "The Campaign," $27.4 million ($2.1 million international).
3. "The Dark Knight Rises," $19.5 million ($34.2 million international).
4. "Hope Springs," $15.6 million.
5. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days," $8.2 million ($1 million international).
6. "Total Recall," $8.1 million ($18.7 million international).
7. "Ice Age: Continental Drift," $6.8 million ($16.2 million international).
8. "Ted," $3.3 million ($20.3 million international).
9. "Step Up: Revolution," $2.9 million.
10. "The Amazing Spider-Man," $2.2 million ($3 million international).
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