Harrison Ford Talks ENDER’S GAME, Why It’s a Good Family Movie, the Evolution of Space Visual Effects Since STAR WARS, and More

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Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford embarks on an exciting new adventure in space bringing credibility and charm to a complicated role in the sci-fi action thriller Ender’s Game opening November 1st.  After the people of Earth survive a devastating alien attack, Battle School commander Hyrum Graff (Ford) trains a new generation of child geniuses to be warriors to meet the threat of another imminent invasion.  Among them is a brilliant and remarkably gifted 12-year-old, Ender Wiggins (Asa Butterfield), who shows great promise to become Earth’s next ultimate military leader.  Written for the screen and directed by Gavin Hood based on the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel by Orson Scott Card, the film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin and Sir Ben Kingsley.

In an engaging interview at the film’s recent press day, Ford talked about what intrigued him when he first read the script, why he feels the questions it raises make it a good family movie, what it was like sharing the screen with young star Butterfield and veteran actors Davis and Kingsley, how the visual effects technology used to shoot space sequences has evolved since Star Wars, why he enjoys the collaborative process of filmmaking and wants to continue to perfect his talents, what he learned as a young actor working on American Graffiti, why he doesn’t consider himself an icon, his thoughts on the Oscar campaign for 42, and his advice for someone just starting out on the journey of being an actor.  Hit the jump to read the interview:

42 Blu-ray Review

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I love baseball movies.  To be honest, I love sports movies as a whole, but baseball movies in particular (it is perhaps needless to say that I love the games).  Alas, sports movies are a mixed bag in terms of quality.  One area in which baseball movies often find success is in tapping into the historic and/or mythic elements of the game itself.  42 does exactly that, delving into Jackie Robinson’s breaking of baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

Weekend Box Office: OBLIVION Takes First Place with $38.1 Million

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It was the only game in town, so Oblivion’s first place finish this weekend didn’t come as a shock. Universal’s sci-fi release had a solid debut – earning an estimated $38.1 million from 3,783 locations, or just under what G.I. Joe: Retaliation managed three weeks back. Oblivion also topped its initial domestic projection of $35 million, though the real strength of the Tom Cruise vehicle is overseas.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Oblivion $38,152,000 $38.1
2.  42 $18,025,000 $54
3.  The Croods $9,500,000 $154.8
4.  Scary Movie 5 $6,296,000 $22.9
5.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation $5,775,000 $111.2
6.  The Place Beyond the Pines $4,745,888 $11.4
7.  Olympus Has Fallen $4,500,000 $88.8
8.  Evil Dead $4,100,000 $48.4
9.  Jurassic Park 3D $4,000,000 $38.4
10.  Oz the Great & Powerful $3,048,000 $223.7

Weekend Box Office: 42 Hits $27.2 Million for Record Opening; SCARY MOVIE 5 a Distant Second

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The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 made history this weekend, scoring the all-time highest domestic opening for a baseball movie. From 3,003 locations, the film earned an estimated $27.2 million, or $7.5 million more than 2006’s Benchwarmers, the former genre title-holder. In second place, Scary Movie 5 earned $15.1 million from 3,402 runs, or just 37% of what Scary Movie 4 took in on this same weekend seven years ago.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  42 $27,250,000 $27.2
2.  Scary Movie 5 $15,153,000 $15.1
3.  The Croods $13,200,000 $142.5
4.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation $10,800,000 $102.4
5.  Evil Dead (2013) $9,500,000 $41.5
6.  Jurassic Park 3D $8,820,000 $31.9
7.  Olympus Has Fallen $7,283,000 $81.8
8.  Oz the Great & Powerful $4,923,000 $219.4
9.  Tyler Perry’s Temptation $4,500,000 $45.4
10.  The Place Beyond the Pines $4,079,000 $5.4

TOP 5: ELYSIUM, WHITE HOUSE DOWN, Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull Interview, First Trailers for RUSH, Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael Interview

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From time to time I like to use the opening paragraph to discuss my latest screenprint investments and/or dream items. This week I’m playing a similar note as I recently picked up Olly Moss“Batman’s Rogues Gallery” set on eBay for very close to what the timed edition went for originally. Those of you who follow posters and prints know how redeeming it can be to finally get an item you originally missed out on without having to pay exponentially more than its original asking price. Now, if only Ken Taylor‘s Halloween print would stop being so rare/expensive, I could officially run out of room on my walls.

I’ll stop gushing and leave any more in-depth poster/print talk to our own Limited Paper. For my part, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailer and a video blog recap of 10 minutes of footage from Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium, our White House Down set visit recap, an exclusive interview with Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, the first trailers for Ron Howard‘s Rush, and an extended interview with Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael. As is customary, a brief recap and link to each is ready and waiting for your attention after the jump.

Friday Box Office: SCARY MOVIE 5 Strikes Out While Baseball Biopic 42 Makes History

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42 was the undisputed box office champ on Friday, earning an estimated $9.1 million from 3,003 locations. That puts the Jackie Robinson biopic on track for as much as $28 million through Sunday – a record opening for a baseball movie. From a box office perspective, America’s pastime has never been a huge draw. Benchwarmers set the genre record in 2006 with its $19.7 million debut and, in 2011, Moneyball was a close second with $19.5 million. 42 – the story of the man who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 – was not originally expected to top $20 million. But then positive reviews met a flood of nostalgic news-coverage and the rest, as they say, is history.

The debut of Scary Movie 5 was not-nearly as historic. From its debut in 3,402 locations, Scary Movie 5 earned an estimated $5.5 million. On this same weekend in 2006 Scary Movie 4 took in over $40 million; but after yesterday’s start, the fifth installment in the horror-spoof series won’t scare up half that amount.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1.   42 $8,500,000 $9.1
2.   Scary Movie 5 $5,520,000 $5.5
3.   Evil Dead $3,200,000 $35.2
4.   The Croods $3,050,000 $132.3
5.   G.I. Joe: Retaliation $2,917,000 $94.5

 

42 Review

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Football may currently be the most popular sport in America, but baseball will always be “America’s Pastime”.  It was our first widely popular sport, and it contained both the best of our abilities and the worst of our perceptions.  Segregation in baseball was never official.  It was an unwritten rule agreed upon by the owners and “enforced” by the commissioner.  Baseball, in its rules, is a pure sport, but in its practice, was tainted by institutional racism.  Jackie Robinson didn’t just break the color barrier in a sport; he completed the greatness of America’s Pastime. He is a transformative figure, and in 42, writer-director Brian Helgeland pays complete and utter devotion to Robinson’s legend.  Strangely, despite his attempt to paint Robinson’s accomplishment as a mythic battle between good and evil, the story never feels larger than a TV movie.

Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull Talks 42, the Film’s Authenticity, Harrison Ford’s Performance, PACIFIC RIM, MAN OF STEEL, GODZILLA, and More

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Opening tomorrow director Brian Helgeland’s Jackie Robinson biopic 42.  Starring Chadwick Boseman in the lead role, 42 tells the story of Robinson, the first player to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier by signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Harrison Ford co-stars as Branch Rickey, the MLB exec who signed Robinson into the minors and ushered him along to the pros.  42 also stars Nicole Beharie, T.R. Knight, Christopher Meloni and Toby Huss.  For more on the film, here’s the trailer, 45 images, 7 clips, and everything we’ve posted.

With Legendary Pictures producing 42, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Legendary’s CEO Thomas Tull.  During our wide ranging interview we talked about the films authenticity, Ford’s performance, how he got involved with the project, how baseball’s status as an American pastime influenced the budget (might be a tough sell in other parts of the world), why they decided to focus on only two years of Robinson’s life, how much of the film was “Hollywoodized,” and a lot more.  In addition, we also talked about his Oscar worthy performance as the Gotham Rouges owner in The Dark Knight Rises, the coolest movie swag he’s got in his office, Nerdist Industries, Godzilla, Pacific Rim, his reaction to watching Man of Steel, his relationship with Guillermo del Toro, future projects, and more.

Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford and Director Brian Helgeland Talk 42, Getting Involved in the Film, Jackie Robinson’s Influence and His Portrayal in the Film

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The sports drama 42 tells a story of heroism and achievement that forever changed the game of baseball.  When trailblazing Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) in 1947, he broke Major League Baseball’s infamous color line, shocking both the public and the other players.  Tested in a way that seemed insurmountable, Robinson demonstrated such tremendous courage and restraint, instead letting his talent on the field win over the fans, his teammates and the world.

During a press conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, along with writer/director Brian Helgeland, talked about the influence of Jackie Robinson in both his own era and today, what made them want to be a part of this film, how much involvement Rachel Robinson (Jackie Robinson’s widow) had, and how they hope the positive portrayal of African Americans in this film will inspire other filmmakers.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.  

42 Giveaway; Brian Helgeland’s 42 Stars Chadwick Boesman and Harrison Ford

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Opening next Friday is Warner Bros.’ upcoming biopic of Jackie Robinson, 42.  Directed by Brian Helgeland, the film chronicles how Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boesman) and Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) worked together to eradicate segregation in baseball in 1947.  We’ve been provided with some 42-related swag to give away to a few lucky readers, including a baseball cap, a Henley Raglan tee, a thermal cooler, a water bottle, a gym bag, and an imprinted baseball.  Hit the jump to find out how you can win.

7 Clips for Jackie Robinson Biopic 42 Starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford

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Warner Bros. has released seven clips from the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, led by Chadwick BosemanHarrison Ford co-stars as Branch Rickey, the general manager who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball by signing Robinson to the Dodgers.  It’s a curious performance by Ford, who wraps a thick dialect around such mouthfuls as:

“Someday you’re going to meet God.  And when he inquires as why you didn’t take the field against Robinson in Philadelphia, and you answer that it’s because he was a negro, it may not be a sufficient reply!”

Since we are withholding judgement until we see the full context of the performance, let’s focus on the fact that the period piece photography is sharp, and Boseman looks to be a charasmatic lead.  Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Brad Beyer, Judy Tylor, Jon Bernthal, Nicole Beharie, and T.R. Knight co-star.  Directed by Brian Helgeland, 42 opens April 12.  Watch the clips after the break.

45 New Images from Jackie Robinson Biopic 42 Starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford

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We have over 40 new images from director Brian Helgeland’s Jackie Robinson biopic 42 to share with you today.  Starring Chadwick Boseman (Persrons Unknown) in the lead role, 42 tells the story of Robinson, the first player to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier by signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Harrison Ford co-stars as Branch Rickey, the MLB exec who signed Robinson into the minors and ushered him along to the pros.  Also starring Nicole Beharie, T.R. Knight, Christopher Meloni and Toby Huss, 42 opens April 12th.  Hit the jump to see 45 new images from the film along with some behind-the-scenes shots. 

New Posters for AFTER EARTH, GROWN UPS 2, ROOM 237, TYLER PERRY’S TEMPTATION, and 42

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We’ve got some new posters to share this morning.  Briefly:

  • After EarthJaden Smith has a little Jaden Smith in him in the new international poster for M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming sci-fi thriller, which also stars Will Smith.  The film opens on June 7th.
  • Grown Ups 2 – The first poster for this Adam Sandler sequel is appropriately lousy, as the person tasked with creating the one-sheet apparently only just learned Photoshop.  The film opens on July 12th.
  • Room 237 – The new poster for this documentary about the many theories surrounding Kubrick’s The Shining takes a cue from its subject.  The film opens in limited release and VOD on March 29th.
  • Tyler Perry’s Temptation – The latest Tyler Perry film takes the rather racy route in its new poster.  The film stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, and Kim Kardashian and opens on March 29th.
  • 42 – A few new posters for the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic play up the film’s romance angle and highlight the pic’s cast.  The film stars Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford and opens on April 12th.

Hit the jump for the posters and synopses.

New IRON MAN 3 Poster, Plus New Posters for DreamWorks’ TURBO, Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER and Jackie Robinson Biopic, 42

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Check out the latest posters from the following films:

  • Iron Man 3 – The U.S. version of a recent Japanese poster for the Shane Black film that stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Ben Kingsley.  Iron Man 3 opens May 3rd.
  • Turbo – Featuring the voices of Ryan ReynoldsPaul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg, and Samuel L. Jackson.  Turbo opens in 3D on July 19, 2013.
  • To the WonderTerrence Malick’s latest film starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko and Javier Bardem.  To the Wonder opens April 12th.
  • 42 – Three new posters for the Jackie Robinson biopic features star Chadwick Boseman making quite the play.  The film also stars Harrison Ford and Christopher Meloni and also opens on April 12th.

Hit the jump to check out the new posters.

New Posters for 42, EMPEROR, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, and MANIAC

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A few new posters have made their way online.  Briefly:

  • 42 – A new poster for the Jackie Robinson biopic features star Chadwick Boseman making quite the play.  The film also stars Harrison Ford and Christopher Meloni and opens on April 12th.
  • Emperor – The debut poster for this WWII historical drama, which finds Matthew Fox investigating whether or not the Japanese Emperor should be tried for war crimes.  Tommy Lee Jones plays General Douglas MacArthur.  The film opens on March 8th.
  • Olympus Has Fallen – A new character poster for this “Die Hard in the White House” thriller features a highly photoshopped Morgan Freeman, who shockingly does not play the president.  The film opens on March 22nd.
  • ManiacElijah Wood gets his serial killer on in this UK quad for the horror thriller remake.  The film opens later this year.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and full synopses.

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