You probably didn’t need me to tell you this morning that Avatar is still the number one movie in America… and in the Universe, as far as I know. With all the talk about Mel Gibson’s cinematic return in Edge of Darkness, it was never realistic to believe that an aging action star would derail Avatar‘s domination – not when the film is still pulling in numbers usually reserved for an opening week well into its second month in theatres.
||Edge of Darkness
||When in Rome
||Book of Eli
||Alvin & the Chipmunks 2
Opening on February 5 is director Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) new film Dear John. Here’s the synopsis:
Based on the best-selling Nicholas Sparks book, Dear John tells the story of John Tyree (Channing Tatum), a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation. Over the next seven tumultuous years, the couple is separated by John¹s increasingly dangerous deployments. While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters overseas — correspondence that eventually triggers fateful consequences.
While I’m not usually a fan of the Nicholas Sparks genre…I’ll admit to enjoying Dear John a lot more than I expected to. Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried have great chemistry and the romance and story feels believable. If you’re girlfriend/wife asks you to see the film, bite the bullet. Trust me, I’ve seen a lot of bad films in this genre and this is definitely not one of them.
To help promote the film, we’ve been given five movie clips. Hit the jump to check them out:
Screen Gems has released synopses and some first look images from their 2010 films and it’s all after the jump. Some of the new/first look images are from The Roomate (starring Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly), Death at a Funeral (starring Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover, Martin Lawrence, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Zoë Saldaña), and Takers (starring Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Jay Hernandez, and Hayden Christensen).
Also, while they didn’t release any images, they did provide the first synopsis for Burlesque which stars Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Peter Gallagher, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci.
Check out everything after the jump. It’s posted by release date.
January brings us the fourth season of HBO’s Big Love, but it may be the last to feature cast member Amanda Seyfried on a regular basis according to TV Guide. Seyfried plays the eldest of eight children of a polygamist family in suburban Utah, and will be written off the show in the eighth episode of the season.
The show’s creator, Will Scheffer, had this to say, “She’s been exploring her movie career for a couple of years now, and we’ve been giving her a lot of room to do that. I know having a commitment to a show for six months definitely cuts into her ability to pursue that career.” Just so there’s no confusion, Scheffer continues, “She’s moving away”. Hit the jump for what effect this may have on the show.
As you may have already noticed by the abundance of video interviews on Collider, last night I covered a special “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” screening at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. While there, I landed tons of video interviews with the cast and producers of the movie. Since I already talked to Channing Tatum about “G.I. Joe” on more than one occasion, I decided to use my time to talk about other projects. So after the jump you can hear Channing talk about his next film “Dear John” and the project he’s about to start…a Roman Empire film called “The Eagle of the Ninth”. If you haven’t heard about that one yet, it’s going to be directed by Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”, “State of Play”). What I’m trying to say is…it’s a film you should be excited for. Watch the interview after the jump: