New to Blu-ray: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, BLADE RUNNER Collector’s Edition, MAGIC MIKE and More

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This week on Blu-ray, the revisionist Abraham Lincoln story comes to Blu, Blade Runner gets a 30th Anniversary edition upgrade, and Steven Soderbergh’s seriously great “male stripper movie” comes to home video.  Briefly:

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Weekend Box Office – TED Takes R-Rated Comedy Title with $54.1 Million; MAGIC MIKE Second with $39.1 Million

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The theory that audiences would wait for the tentpole movies of July before opening their wallets went down in flames this weekend as two all-original movies (R-rated ones at that) delivered stellar openings. Ted and Magic Mike bested Brave by taking first and second place: nearly doubling their pre-weekend projections and giving box office watchers a lot more to consider than the imminent arrival of The Amazing Spider-Man.

Title Weekend Total
1 Ted $54,100,000 $54.1
2 Magic Mike $39,155,000 $39.1
3 Brave $34,000,000 $131.6
4 Madea’s Witness Protection $26,350,000 $26.3
5 Madagascar 3 $11,815,000 $180
6 A Lincoln: Vampire Hunter $6,000,000 $29
7 Prometheus $4,925,000 $118.2
8 Moonrise Kingdom $4,872,000 $18.4
9 Snow White & the Huntsman $4,405,000 $145.6
10 People Like Us $4,300,000 $4.3

THE COLLISION – Episode 12: BRAVE and ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

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This week on The Collision, we’re talking Pixar.  We talk about how the studio now stands at a crossroads as their last two movies haven’t received universal acclaim, and the old creative heads are starting to move on to other endeavors.  We also talk about Brave and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter before moving on to our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for last week’s episode, and click here to add the podcast to your RSS.  We’re also now on iTunes.  Be sure to follow The Collision on Twitter for updates, and you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore).  Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Weekend Box Office – BRAVE the Easy Winner with $66.7 Million; ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER Third with $16.5 Million

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This weekend’s box office turned out to be pretty predictable. Brave, the thirteenth feature from fan-favorite Pixar studios, came out on top with an estimated $66.7 million from 4,127 locations. Easy to see that one coming. More of a question mark was Fox’s R-rated counter-programmer Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Many expected the film to crash in epic fashion; and while $16.5 million from 3,106 locations is not great, it is better than Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy managed last weekend so… yay?

Title Weekend Total
1 Brave $66,700,000 $66.7
2 Madagascar 3 $20,200,000 $157.5
3 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter $16,500,000 $16.5
4 Prometheus $10,000,000 $108.5
5 Snow White & the Huntsman $8,012,000 $137
6 Rock of Ages $8,000,000 $28.7
7 That’s My Boy $7,900,000 $28.1
8 The Avengers $7,040,000 $598.2
9 Men in Black 3 $5,600,000 $163.3
10 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World $3,836,000 $3.8

TOP 5: THE MASTER Trailer, BRAVE, Cinemath, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

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Earlier this week I literally dreamed about The Dark Knight Rises. Not that I was in the movie. Not that I was Batman. Just that I was in the theater watching it for the first time. And I woke up with a sense of joy that followed me around for hours. Even now I can’t decide exactly what this says about me or whether it’s a good or bad thing that I’m so excited for a single moviegoing experience. Part of me is a little disappointed in my subconscious for dreaming on such a micro level. Another part is encouraged that it finds such joy in the “little things”. Regardless, those precious two hours and forty-five minutes or so on midnight of July 20th can’t get here soon enough.

All personal issues aside, this week’s iteration of the Top 5 includes the new trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, Brave interviews with John Lasseter, director Mark Andrews and more, Brendan’s latest Cinemath feature, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World interviews with Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and more, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter interviews with Tim Burton and co. The search for a brief recap and link to each concludes after the jump.

Friday Box Office – BRAVE Hits Target with $24.5 Million; ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER More of a Miss with $6.3 Million

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Thirteen is looking like a lucky number for Pixar. Brave, the studio’s thirteenth release, will keep their perfect streak of number one debuts very much intact. From a Pixar-record of 4,164 locations (67% in 3D) Brave earned an estimated $24.5 million on Friday. That puts the PG-rated feature on track for an opening weekend of almost $70 million – slightly more than Pixar’s last movie, Cars 2, realized on this weekend in 2011. Projections are not quite as sanguine for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Though Fox’s R-rated genre-bender should avoid becoming a Jonah Hex-sized embarrassment, it also looks unlikely that director Timur Bekmambetov’s latest will taste success. From 3,106 locations, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter earned an estimated $6.3 million on Friday. Projections put the film just under $15 million for the weekend, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see that figure fall further. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Brave $24,518,000 $24.5
2 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter $6,300,000 $6.3
3 Madagascar 3 $6,115,000 $143.4
4 Prometheus $2,900,000 $101.4
5 Rock of Ages $2,515,000 $23.2

Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Talk ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

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Now playing is director Timur Bekmambetov‘s (WantedAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  Based on the book of the same name from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith and produced by Tim Burton, the film imagines that Lincoln’s mother and grandfather were killed by a vampire and that the president’s resolve to end slavery was due in part to the “fact” that vampires were involved with the slave trade.  Playing Lincoln is newcomer Benjamin Walker and he stars alongside Rufus SewellAnthony MackieDominic Cooper, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverageand three clips with twenty minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.

Last weekend I got to speak with Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in New York City.  We talked about their reaction when they first heard the title and how their characters changed from when they first got the script to the finished film.  Hit the jump to watch.

Timur Bekmambetov and Seth Grahame-Smith Talk ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER, Favorite Movies, WANTED 2, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Timur Bekmambetov‘s (WantedAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  Based on the book of the same name from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith and produced by Tim Burton, the film imagines that Lincoln’s mother and grandfather were killed by a vampire and that the president’s resolve to end slavery was due in part to the “fact” that vampires were involved with the slave trade.  Playing Lincoln is newcomer Benjamin Walker and he stars alongside Rufus SewellAnthony MackieDominic Cooper, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverageand three clips with twenty minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.

A few days ago I got to speak with Timur Bekmambetov and Seth Grahame-Smith in New York City.  We talked about making Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, what historical events from Lincoln’s life they felt needed to be included, what was cut due to budgetary reasons, their favorite movies, and Bekmambetov gave a Wanted 2 update.  Hit the jump to watch.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER Review

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter attempts to walk the line between solemn grit and bombastic action.  The film stumbles around the line, falls off of it, gropes in the dark to find the line again, give a big goofy smile at no one in particular, regains a wobbly balance before taking a proud stride forward only to constantly repeat this bizarre range of motions.  The film is an exercise in pushing the limits of going big while keeping a straight face.  In its action scenes, there’s not a shred of doubt that director Timur Bekmambetov is trying to find laughs in lunacy to make up for the dearth of humor in the “serious” scenes.  But what appears to be an attempt at balance simply comes off as measured schizophrenia, and what should be a fun twist on half-remembered American history instead becomes a dark twist on historiography.

Tim Burton Talks ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, FRANKENWEENIE, the BEETLEJUICE Sequel, Test Screenings, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Timur Bekmambetov‘s (WantedAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  Based on the book of the same name from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith and produced by Tim Burton, the film imagines that Lincoln’s mother and grandfather were killed by a vampire and that the president’s resolve to end slavery was due in part to the “fact” that vampires were involved with the slave trade.  Playing Lincoln is newcomer Benjamin Walker and he stars alongside Rufus SewellAnthony MackieDominic Cooper, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage and three clips with twenty minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.

A few days ago I got to speak with Tim Burton in New York City.  We talked about Frankenweenie, his favorite movies, the level of his involvement in the making of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the test screening process, how many deleted scenes there are from his previous films like Batman or Pee wee’s Big Adventure that have never been seen before, the status of the Beetlejuice sequel, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

3 Clips and 20 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

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We’ve been provided with three clips and 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  Based on the Seth Grahame-Smith novel of the same name, the film delves into the “secret” past of our nation’s 16th president and documents his quest to cut as many vampires in half as possible after they murder his mother.  Wanted helmer Timur Bekmambetov directs with producer Tim Burton onboard to make sure things stay strange, which is crucial when your film’s title is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  Be sure to check out Steve’s set visit coverage including 30 things to know plus a video blog, and interviews with Bekmambetov, Benjamin Walker, and Dominic Cooper.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens in 3D on June 22nd.

TOP 5: TOTAL RECALL Set Visit, BREAKING BAD, PROMETHEUS, RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION Trailer, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER Set Visit

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Apologies for the lack of a Top 5 last weekend. I was so busy prepping to get married, and eventually getting married, that I had to cash in a “sick day” on the best weekend job a person could ask for. The good news is that I have no intention on making this a routine (either the “sick day” or the getting married) so we should be good to go on the regular Top 5 installments for the foreseeable future. The bad news is that I doubt the substantial pile of wedding cards filled with cash/gift cards will catch on as a routine either. You win some you lose some, I guess.

In this week’s return edition you can find a recap of our Total Recall set visit coverage, a new trailer for Breaking Bad Season 5 alongside a fan-made recap of Seasons 1-4, continuing coverage of Prometheus such as Blu-ray details, a sequel recap and more, the first full trailer for Resident Evil: Retribution, and our Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter set visit. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each.

30 Things to Know About ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER From Our Set Visit; Plus Video Blog Recap and New Images

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Last summer, when director Timur Bekmambetov‘s (Wanted, Night Watch) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was filming in New Orleans, I got to visit the set with a few other online reporters.  Based on the book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith and produced by Tim Burton, the film re-imagines that Lincoln’s mother and grandfather were killed by a vampire and that the president’s resolve to end slavery was due in part to the “fact” that vampires were involved with the slave trade.  Playing Lincoln is newcomer Benjamin Walker and he stars alongside Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

While on set we got to interview some of the cast, the filmmakers, and I walked away thinking the film could be really cool.  Hit the jump for a list of things to know about the film and my video blog recap.

Director Timur Bekmambetov and Producer Jim Lemley Talk Casting Lincoln, 3D, Balancing Reality with Fantasy, and More on the Set of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

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When you think of one of the most famous men in American history, you don’t immediately consider Russian director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch) as the one who should tell his story.  But when you’re movie imagines Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires, perhaps it makes a little more sense.  In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Benjamin Walker plays of one of our greatest Presidents with one small change to his life story: he fought vampires.  While it might sound a bit crazy, the secret to why it should work is that everything else is grounded in reality.  It’s one of the reasons Marvel movies work.  In Iron Man, everything is realistic except for the fact that you’re asked to believe a man can fly around in a metal suit.  Same with Hulk.  Everything is real except you’re asked to believe a man bombarded with gamma rays could become this green monster.   With Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, everything is historically accurate except for the vampires.

Last summer I got to visit the production when they were filming in New Orleans. I participated in a group interview with Bekmambetov and producer Jim Lemley.  They talked about grounding the film in reality, why they made certain casting decisions, the vampires, filming in New Orleans, the look of the film, the 3D, how they get involved, and so much more.  Hit the jump for more.

Benjamin Walker Talks Research, Balancing History with the Supernatural, Playing Different Ages and More on the Set of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

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While 20th Century Fox could have easily gone after a “name” actor, I think they made a smart decision casting Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln in director Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  Walker’s an excellent choice because when you see the movie, you are hopefully going to think you’re watching President Lincoln on screen rather than an actor playing a part.  If the studio had cast a huge movie star, it’s sometimes hard to get past all the previous roles you’ve seen that actor play.

Last summer when the movie was filming outside New Orleans I got to participate in a group interview with Walker during a break in shooting.  He talked about how he got cast, his research, the physical and vocal aspects of the role, working with Bekmambetov, the violence in the film, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

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