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Johnny Depp Flops Again, ‘Captain America’ Sequel Rises Past its Predecessor
Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” eked out a small lead over Fox’s “Rio 2” at the Friday box office. The superhero pic looks to win the weekend in this year’s second three-peat (after “The Lego Movie”).
The “Captain America” sequel earned $9.6 million, just over the animated movie’s $9.2 million, which should keep growing as kids hit theaters over the Easter weekend.
Warner Bros.’ new entry “Transcendence” was no match for the epic battle of the sequels, the second tightest race of the year following last weekend’s close showdown. The Johnny Depp-starrer came in at a disappointing fourth place with $4.8 million, making it the actor’s fourth flop in a row. Another newcomer, Sony’s “Heaven Is for Real” exceeded expectations by rising to $7.9 million.
With a cume of $176.7 million, “The Winter Soldier” overlapped its predecessor, “The First Avenger,” which hauled in $176.6 million domestically in its lifetime. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
‘Everest’ Movie Crew Ok After Tragic Avalanche
Exclusive: While the second unit crew shooting Everest were in the vicinity when a tragic avalanche struck Mount Everest and so far has killed 13, there were no injuries or fatalities on the film, I can report. Principal photography on the Baltasar Kormakur-directed film is nearly over and they are finishing in Pinewood in England, but the second unit was setting up to go and shoot at Base 2 on Mount Everest near Nepal. Fortunately for the crew, they were acclimating at the foot of the summit and weren’t up where the disaster took place, when a wall of ice 1,000 feet up fell off at the left shoulder of the mountain and crashed down on Base 2. Most of the fatalities were experienced sherpas that guide climbers to the summit. Several of the sherpas involved with the Everest production rushed to help. The production will now have to wait to assess whether »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Laying an Egg at the Box Office
“Rio 2” looks to benefit from the holiday timeframe as the number of children on spring break doubled this weekend from 10% to 20%. The 3D comedy could win this weekend by a beak, as it stands to earn an estimated $27 million-plus — roughly $2 million more than “Captain America.”
“Winter Soldier” has grossed almost $510 million worldwide ($175 million domestically), while “Rio 2” has tallied $177.2 million ($53 million domestically) through Thursday.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “Transcendence” is headed for a soft $16 million-plus launch. The sci-fi thriller, which reportedly cost $100 million to produce, may suffer from lackluster word of mouth and poor reviews (pic currently has 19% Rotten Tomatoes meter). “Transcendence” could, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
New 'Godzilla' trailer: See the monster roar -- Video
In a TV spot unveiled Friday, the headliner makes a glorious appearance, unleashing that iconic Godzilla roar. Oh, and there’s tons of people fleeing the destruction the monster leaves in its nuclear disaster-tinged wake. Take a look:
- Amber Ray
‘Rush Hour’ Producer Developing Spy Tale ‘Fugitive Colors’
The novel, published in October by Arcade Publishing, centers on an American Jewish artist who flees Chicago for the artistic freedom of Paris and becomes a spy amid the Nazis’ plans to rid Europe of “degenerate art.”
In addition to the “Rush Hour” trilogy, Sarkissian’s producing credits include “While You Were Sleeping.” Barr is a journalist who has worked as an editor at the Jerusalem Post and the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Dave McNary
Friday Box Office: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Battles Rio 2 for the Top Spot, While Heaven Is For Real Trumps Transcendence
This Good Friday wasn't so great for Wally Pfister's directorial debut, the sci-fi drama Transcendence, as the film debuted in a sub-$5 million opening. The film barely managed to stay ahead of this weekend's other overlooked (and for good reason) debut, A Haunted House 2, and that's only if current estimates hold. The Johnny Depp-starrer received no help from critics as it currently holds a 19% rating on Rt, and failed to impress our own Matt Goldberg. What did impress audiences this week, or at least a certain subsection of them, was the religious-themed Wednesday debut, Heaven Is for Real, which claims Friday's third spot (and reclaims its budget) leading into Easter weekend. None of the new entries, however, proved to be a contest for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2, which repeat their box office rivalry from last week. It's still pretty close, as estimates only »
- Dave Trumbore
Box office update: 'Captain America 2' brings in a heroic $9.57 million on Friday
Apparently, it’s hard to keep a good soldier (and movie!) down: Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought in an estimated $9.57 million for Disney/Marvel on Friday night, keeping it in the top spot for its third week in release. The movie — directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and starring Chris Evans as the ever-likeable Steve Rogers — has been well-received by critics and audiences (it has an A Cinemascore) and is on pace to cross the magic $200 million mark this weekend.
- Sara Vilkomerson
What to See from the Tribeca Film Festival Online
Screenings have just kicked off in Manhattan for the Tribeca Film Festival, but as always not all the films are showing in theaters–and there’s more available online this year than ever before. Here’s a quick guide to what you can see and how to see it. Streaming select titles: Four feature films and four shorts will be online after their initial theatrical screenings this week and next; they’ll also be eligible for an audience choice award with prize money totaling $15,000. All of Tribeca’s online material discussed below, including these eight films, is available at http://tribecafilm.com/online. The short films include: * Love in […] »
- Randy Astle
'Transcendence' Tanks, 'Cap' Holds Off 'Rio' on Good Friday
For the second week in a row, the top spot is going to be a toss-up between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp's Transcendence got off to a horrible start on Good Friday, and is now on pace for an opening weekend around $12 million.Captain America: The Winter Soldier took first place with an estimated $9.6 million. In its 15th day in theaters, it passed the lifetime gross of the first Captain America ($176.7 million). So far, it's earned $184.5 million, and could cross $200 million on Sunday.Rio 2 was a close second with $9.2 million, which is off from the first Rio's $10.7 million Good Friday gross. For the weekend, Rio 2 should wind up with at least $23 million.After putting up strong mid-week numbers, Heaven is for Real continued to attract large crowds on Good Friday. The faith-based true story added $7.9 million, which brings its three-day total to nearly $15 million. »
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Lindsay Lohan's reality show didn't need to take her seriously
As the final episode of her Oprah-led docu-series approaches, the star has hit the chat show circuit hard but what do her varied performances reveal about her life?
When the final instalment of her 'docu-series', Lindsay, airs on Own on Sunday, Lohan may not have convinced many viewers of her acting chops, healthy lifestyle or newfound sobriety. But none of this will damage her career, because it is now very clear that her career has nothing to do with acting.
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- Katie Rogers
Wondercon: Revolution Panel Recap Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell, Stephen Collins and Executive Producer Rockne S. O’Bannon
With only four episodes left in the season and Revolution’s renewal still up in the air, the cast and producer took the stage at WonderCon on Friday to discuss the events that have shaken up the show so far. Elizabeth Mitchell, Stephen Collins, and executive producer Rockne S. O’Bannon were on hand to provide some teases for the rest of the season and to briefly discuss plans for a possible Season 3 of the post-apocalyptic drama. Hit the jump for highlights from the panel. The talent was introduced following a 5-minute sizzle reel piecing together the moments that have shaped the season so far along with never-before-seen footage of what’s in store for the remainder of the season. Here’s what we learned during the discussion with Mitchell, Collins, and O’Bannon: The Patriot and the nano storyline have been separate so far, with the group being divided »
- Elena Butler
Tribeca Review: 'Life Partners' Starring Gillian Jacobs, Leighton Meester And Adam Brody
There are two types of intolerable people, and they're both present in “Life Partners.” This comedy depicts a friendship between two grown women, both of whom find themselves shifting in different directions. Responsible Paige (Gillian Jacobs) has a regular 9-to-5 position at a law firm and social gadfly Sasha (Leighton Meester) toils away at a thankless receptionist job, and while neither of these jobs should define these characters, they inevitably do. This shorthand complicates a potentially fine source of drama, because Paige is straight and Sasha is gay. On the cusp of thirty, both girls find themselves settling into familiar routines, and it's here where those intolerable types manifest. The tomboyish Sasha spends days at a local lesbian bar with a Greek chorus of over-dramatic friends, prattling on about her daily annoyances and frequently refreshing her Facebook page, now permanently shrugging off her initial dreams of being a singer-songwriter. Paige herself doesn't seem to. »
- Gabe Toro
Indie Spotlight: James White, A New Feature from Borderline Films Starring Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi
Borderline Films, the production company behind Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Simon Killer, is now looking to give their fans an opportunity to contribute to their newest feature, James White. Filmmakers Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond (who makes his directorial debut on this film) are reaching out via Kickstarter to help secure post-production editing costs and music rights. James White is in good company, as the banner's previous films have played the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, and have been nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards, four Gotham Awards, and won Best Director at Sundance (Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene). In addition to the behind-the-scenes names that are becoming quite familiar on the festival circuit, the pictures features Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi in front of the camera as well. »
- Dave Trumbore
Tribeca: 5 Questions for Glass Chin Writer/Director Noah Buschel
“Boxing has always drawn dumb, confused macho guys like myself,” writes filmmaker Noah Buschel. “It’s cool, it’s tough, it’s naked, it’s true…. But the thing about boxing, as Norman Mailer pointed out, is that it’s just as sensitive as it is murderous. If you go to a boxing gym, and Floyd Mayweather’s not there, it is a remarkably quiet and tender place.” Buschel heads straight into that quiet and tender place with his latest, Glass Chin, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. Since he’s already written an essay for us about the film itself, we sent Buschel a set of […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Jules And Jim Criterion Blu-ray Review
Love triangles in cinema are as old as cinema itself, but most play out along a few generally similar lines. Few take a path so unique as the course taken in François Truffaut’s Jules and Jim, a landmark of the French New Wave, a film that on one hand may seem like a light-hearted romance but on the other hand hits notes of great sadness and ugliness in the realism emblematic of the movement. My Jules and Jim Criterion Blu-ray review after the jump. Jules and Jim begins in pre-World War I Paris, when Austrian Jules (Oskar Werner) and Frenchman Jim (Henri Serre) meet and immediately bond over a shared love of art and women. The closest of friends, they share everything. Watching a slide-show, they both become entranced with the smile of a particular statue and subsequently seek out the statue itself, promising to take action if ever »
Beijing Market Emphasizes Film Production Detail
Beijing — The fourth running of the Beijing Film Market wrapped on Saturday with a quickfire series of set-piece contract signings in front of an array of senior Chinese officials. It was announced that over RMB10 billion ($1.61 billion) of business had been done in the three days April 17-19.
That claim breaks down in RMB3.8 billion ($612 million) for production, RMB3.4 billion ($550 million) for cinema and other construction projects and RMB2.3 billion ($370 million) for ‘film foundation projects’.
As such, Beijing seems to be treading a path towards a different, more generalized, film industry mart, than major rights trading events such as Cannes’ Marche du film, the American Film Market or FilMart.
Housed this year in yet another new venue – the China Millennium Monument exhibition center near the old CCTV headquarters in Haidian, West Beijing – the event saw stands arranged on three circular floors and visitors swing round and round.
Organizers report that »
- Patrick Frater
Film Review: ‘Make Your Move’
“East-Meets-West Side Story” might have made a clunkier but more interesting title for “Make Your Move,” a slick, disposable soap opera about a poor white boy and a spirited Korean girl who fall in love despite hailing from rival corners of Brooklyn’s club scene. Wringing yet another variation on the boy-hoofer-meets-girl-hoofer formula that fueled his screenplays for “Save the Last Dance” and “Step Up,” writer-director Duane Adler weaves an overly tangled web of resentment, betrayal and thuggish violence around his attractive two leads (“Dancing With the Stars” champ Derek Hough and pop star BoA), both of whom display almost enough fancy footwork to overcome the cliches they’ve been saddled with. Theatrical biz will be limited, but this amiable time-filler could have ancillary legs, particularly among the Asian-American audiences being targeted.
A genial, tap-dancing ex-con from New Orleans, Donny (Hough) decides to skip out on his parole and hightail it to Brooklyn, »
- Justin Chang
Maisie Williams talks playing Arya in Game Of Thrones Season 4
In issue 219 of Total Film magazine, Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams discusses how Arya has changed throughout the show so far. Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad - Williams reveals that the character has evolved massively since she first auditioned for the role. "I feel like I'm playing a completely different Arya to the one I auditioned with," the 17-year-old tells Total Film. "She was constantly taking the piss out of [her sister] Sansa, having a laugh and telling it as it is. "Now I feel that's...
- Total Film
Watch an exclusive Blue Ruin clip - 'The A-Team Gun'
Revenge thriller Blue Ruin has been drawing critical acclaim aplenty since its debut at last year's Cannes Festival. So we're happy to bring you an exclusive clip for those horror or thriller fans with a taste for vengeance. The plot follows mysterious outsider Dwight Evans who returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge. Before long, his surprisingly nifty assassin skills are put to the test as he fights to protect his estranged family. In the clip below, Dwight calls upon an old school friend to grab a gun - one he...
- Matt Risley
Easter TV Movie Guide: Saturday, April 19 - Speed, Taken, Iron Man
Carry On Cruising - 11.35am, ITV3
This Easter Saturday, be treated to a marathon of Carry On... films from 9.40am to 5.05pm. This charming offering sees the same cast of Sid James, Kenneth Williams and the rest, aboard the SS Happy Wanderer, staffed by a bunch of willing but inept newcomers.
Shrek Forever After - 5.15pm, BBC One
Surely the final instalment in the Shrek franchise, which began with such promise and is now gradually eked out to an adequate conclusion. Shrek (Mike Myers) makes an ill-fated deal with Rumpelstiltskin and is transported to an alternate universe where ogres are enslaved.
Iron Man - 6.40pm, Film 4
Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), an ex-cia operative, has exactly »
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