I, FRANKENSTEIN Blu-ray Review

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Let’s talk bad movies for a while, for regardless of what its few defenders maintain, I, Frankenstein is resolutely bad. It was apparently assembled out of scenes cut from the Underworld movies: spliced together much like the monster at its heart and set loose among the unsuspecting movie-going public last January. Lousy CG effects compete with stone-faced actors dutifully regurgitating plot exposition of breathtaking banality.  “Cliché” would be a kindness, and I, Frankenstein leaves not a single hackneyed chestnut unturned. It is, in the sum of things, breathtakingly awful. But is it devoid of entertainment value? That’s a much more interesting question. Hit the jump for my I, Frankenstein Blu-ray review.

New to Blu-ray: HER, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, FAST & FURIOUS 6-Movie Collection, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the best films of 2013, quite possibly the most popular new TV series of last year, a pair of films that failed to catch on at the box office earlier this year, and a box set of an ongoing feature film franchise.

Weekend Box Office: RIDE ALONG Claims Second Win; I, FRANKENSTEIN Struggles

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As expected, Ride Along easily claimed a second frame on top of the domestic box office.  The Universal comedy took in an estimated $21.1 million this weekend, or more than twice the amount credited to the week’s sole new release: I, Frankenstein.  The Lionsgate release pulled in an estimated $8.2 million in its first three days – falling below the very low bar set by the studio’s last feature, The Legend of Hercules, just two weeks ago.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Ride Along $21,162,000 $75.4
2.  Lone Survivor $12,601,000 $93.6
3.  The Nut Job $12,316,000 $40.2
4.  Frozen $9,035,000 $347.8
5.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $8,800,000 $30.1
6.  I, Frankenstein $8,275,000 $8.2
7.  American Hustle $7,100,000 $127
8.  August: Osage County $5,041,000 $26.5
9.  The Wolf of Wall Street $5,000,000 $98
10.  Devil’s Due $2,750,000 $12.8

Friday Box Office: RIDE ALONG Remains on Top; I, FRANKENSTEIN Shows Little Life

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ride-along-kevin-hart-ice-cube-After it’s record-breaking debut last weekend, Ride Along will have no trouble staying in first place in its sophomore frame.  The Universal comedy earned an estimated $6.3 million from 2,759 locations on Friday and is expected to take in over $20 million through Sunday.  Second place will also belong to Universal, as Lone Survivor continues to over perform entering its third frame.

The fact that two holdovers are on top should clue you in to the fate of the week’s one and only new release: I, Frankenstein.  The latest take on Mary Shelley’s monster is from the producers of Underworld – a series that found a comfortable home in January with its last three features.  From 2,753 venues (almost all of them in higher-priced 3D or IMAX formats), I, Frankenstein earned an estimated $2.8 million on Friday.  That sets the film’s weekend outlook at $8 million or under, or less than half what Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters brought in at this time last year.  We’ll have complete box office details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Ride Along $6,300,000 $60.5
2.  Lone Survivor $3,600,000 $84.6
3.  I, Frankenstein $2,820,000 $2.82
4.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $2,615,000 $23.9
5.  The Nut Job $2,300,000 $30.2

Yvonne Strahovski Talks I, FRANKENSTEIN, Electrophysiology, the DEXTER Series Finale, and More.

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One day she’s taking out her enemies using rat poison in Dexter and the next, she’s trying to re-animate a rat Frankenstein-style in I, Frankenstein.  In the Stuart Beattie-directed film, Yvonne Strahovski steps in as Terra, an electrophysiologist employed by Bill Nighy’s Wessex to figure out a way to bring the dead back to life. She manages to make some progress with the aforementioned rat, but it isn’t until Victor Frankenstein’s monster, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), comes back to town that Terra gets closer than ever to cracking the code of re-animation. However, that doesn’t mean the code is necessarily safe to share. Hit the jump for more from the I, Frankenstein star.

At the recent New York City press day, Strahovski sat down with us to discuss going from not being very “scientifically minded” to playing a believable electrophysiologist, her first go-around on a CGI-heavy set, how she felt about the way Dexter went out and more. Catch it all for yourself in the video interview after the jump.

Aaron Eckhart Talks I, FRANKENSTEIN, Creating an Accessible Monster, INCARNATE, and More

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Dr. Frankenstein’s creature is back, but in brand new form. He’s still got the scars, but Aaron Eckhart’s Adam is a “lean, mean fitting machine,” kicking some demon and gargoyle you-know-what in the modern world.

I, Frankenstein kicks off with a freshly minted Adam heading out of town in an effort to keep to himself. Trouble is, Prince Naberius has an agenda and the only way he can fulfill that agenda is by getting his hands on Adam and figuring out how to bring a soul-less human corpse back to life. At the ripe old age of 200-years-old, Adam returns to civilization to put a stop to Naberius once and for all by joining the ongoing war between demons and gargoyles, and ensuring the secretes behind his creation never land in enemy hands. Hit the jump for more on I, Frankenstein from Eckhart himself.

I, FRANKENSTEIN Giveaway

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With director Stuart Beattie’s fantasy action flick, I, Frankenstein, opening January 24th, we’ve been provided with some movie related swag to giveaway to two of our readers.  In the brand new take on the Mary Shelley classic, the iconic creation finds himself caught in the middle of an age-old war between immortal clans.  I, Frankenstein stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Miranda Otto and Kevin Grevioux.  Hit the jump to find out how you can win the I, Frankenstein prize pack.

New Posters for NEED FOR SPEED; 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE; I, FRANKENSTEIN and THAT AWKWARD MOMENT

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Here’s a look at the latest posters for some upcoming films:

  • Need for SpeedScott Waugh’s high-octane racing game adaptation stars Aaron Paul, Dakota Johnson, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, and Kid Cudi, and opens March 14th.
  • 300: Rise of an EmpireNoam Murro’s Spartan sequel stars Eva Green, Lena Headey, Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O’Connell and David Wenham, and opens March 7th.
  • I, FrankensteinStuart Beattie’s epic fantasy adventure starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Miranda Otto and Kevin Grevioux opens January 24th.
  • That Awkward Moment – Writer-director Tom Gormican’s R-rated comedy starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Imogen Poots opens January 31st.

Hit the jump to check them out.

Miranda Otto Talks REACHING FOR THE MOON, Playing Poet Elizabeth Bishop, THE HOMESMAN, I FRANKENSTEIN, RAKE, the LOCKE & KEY Pilot, More

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Reaching for the Moon tells the tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) and architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Gloria Pines).  Hoping to find inspiration, Bishop travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro, where she finds herself in a tempestuous relationship that spans decades and forever impacts the life and work of both women.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Miranda Otto, who gives a beautifully complex and layered performance as Elizabeth Bishop, talked about how she received an offer for the role via email, what made her want to play this woman, how Bishop’s poetry helped give her insight and an understanding of her she was, and why she needed time to decompress after doing this role.  She also talked about working with Tommy Lee Jones, as both an actor and a director, on The Homesman, what attracted her to I, Frankenstein, her role in the new Fox TV series Rake, starring Greg Kinnear, her involvement with the Locke & Key pilot, and her desire not to be pigeon-holed.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Bill Nighy Talks ABOUT TIME, Working with Richard Curtis, BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL 2, Looking Back on SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and More

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From writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually), About Time is charming, endearing, heart-warming and, at times, a real tear-jerker.  The story follows Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), whose father (Bill Nighy) tells him, at the age of 21, that the men in their family have always had the ability to travel through time.  He can’t change history, but he can make his world, and the life that he shares with his beautiful girlfriend Mary (Rachel McAdams), a better place.

At the film’s press day, actor Bill Nighy spoke to Collider in both a 1-on-1 and a roundtable about the appeal of this script and character, how he might have reacted, if he’d been told at 21 that he could travel through time, what he thought of working with  Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams, and the unspoken connection he’s developed with director Richard Curtis.  He also talked about which roles in his career he gets approached about most often, what it’s like to have been a part of Shaun of the Dead, how much he enjoyed voicing The Network for The World’s End, shooting the final two films in The Worricker Trilogy, playing a bad guy in I, Frankenstein, and returning to India to shoot The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

New Posters for AMERICAN HUSTLE, NURSE 3D, and I, FRANKENSTEIN

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We have a few new posters for you today.  First up, it’s a blending of the character posters for David O. Russell‘s terrific-looking film, American Hustle.  It doesn’t pop off the page, but the font gives the uninitiated an understanding of the time period, and it doesn’t hurt to have a glamorous Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence flanking your leading man.  Far less glamorous and classy is the poster for the horror film Nurse 3D.  I understand it’s trying to evoke the art on World War II bombers, but the movie has nothing to do with that time period.  It’s just pandering, and not doing it very well.  Finally, there’s the poster for I, Frankenstein, which bears the tagline, “200 Years Later, He’s Still Alive”.  Imagine Colin Clive (from the 1931 movie) shouting that line and it loses some of its potency.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  American Hustle opens December 18th, Nurse 3D opens February 7, 2014, and I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24, 2014.

New Image from I, FRANKENSTEIN Reveals a Demon

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Fresh off last week’s trailer debut, Lionsgate has released a new image from director Stuart Beattie’s action pic I, Frankenstein.  The film revolves around Victor Frankenstein’s creation, Adam Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart), having to fight an army of demons in order to protect mankind.  The first trailer showcased a deluge of CG baddies for Eckhart’s character to combat, but this new image confirms that there will indeed be some practical effects in the pic.  The photo is that of a demon, and belongs to a character named Dekar, played by Kevin Grevioux.  The film’s trailer and release date don’t exactly bode well for the quality of the finished feature, but perhaps Beattie has cooked up a fun genre entry.  Just as long as they don’t start calling the monster “Frankenstein.”

Hit the jump to check out the new image.  The film also stars Yvonne StrahovskiBill NighySocratis OttoMiranda Otto, and Jai Courtney.  I, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24th.

First Trailer for I, FRANKENSTEIN Starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto and Yvonne Strahovski

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The first trailer for director Stuart Beattie’s I, Frankenstein is now online.  The film revolves around Victor Frankenstein’s creation, Adam Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart), having to fight an army of demons in order to protect mankind.  I don’t mean to pick on the trailer, but it may not be the best idea to cut from Frankenstein with long, gangly hair to a shot of him sporting a hairstyle that looks like it was done in a salon.  Also, early in the trailer, Frankenstein says “I am like none other,” and then later in the trailer he points out “an entire army of monsters like me.”  That being said, there are some very cool shots, especially the one of the Frankensteins descending from a rooftop.  Also, I have to admit that the concept of Frankenstein fighting demons sounds like some goofy fun.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto and Jai CourtneyI, Frankenstein opens January 24, 2014.

New Image from I, FRANKENSTEIN Starring Aaron Eckhart; First Trailer to Be Released on Friday

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Lionsgate has released a new image from the action flick, I, Frankenstein.  Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the story takes place in the present day and finds Frankenstein’s creature, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), being hunted by demons that want to learn the secret of his creation.  In the image, we see Adam wielding two blades, which are really the only things that are missing from Mary Shelley’s classic novel.  All classic monsters could use hand-blade-thingies (seriously, what’s the name for that kind of weapon?  Hand-axes?  Razor knuckles?)

Hit the jump to see the image, and check back on Friday for the first trailer.  The film also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Socratis Otto, Miranda Otto, and Jai CourtneyI, Frankenstein opens in 3D on January 24th.

Director Stuart Beattie Talks I, FRANKENSTEIN, the Plot and Tone, Easter Eggs, Working with Aaron Eckhart, Future Projects, and More

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While at Comic-Con last week, I landed at exclusive video interview with writer-director Stuart Beattie for his graphic novel adaptation I, Frankenstein.  The film stars Aaron Eckhart as a modern-day version of the creature who is being hunted by demons who want to learn the secret of his creation.  I, Frankenstein also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Socratis Otto, Miranda Otto, and Jai Courtney.  The film opens in 3D on January 24th, 2014.

During the interview, Beattie talked about finally getting to show some footage, the plot and tone, the editing process, the running time, films that are similar in tone, Easter Eggs, working with Eckhart, the status of a sequel to Tomorrow, When the War Began, future projects, and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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