This week’s new home video releases include a couple of long-awaited box sets, an even longer cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (read our review here), and a classic from filmmaker D.W. Griffith. Briefly:
This morning’s box office has a ‘good news, bad news’ kind of vibe. On the one hand, overall earnings were up significantly over 2012 thanks to the two sequels at the top of chart. The not-so-good news was for fans of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. With an estimated $38.3 million from 3,275 runs, the original action pic came in third behind Despicable Me 2 and Grown Ups 2.
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|| Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
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After a confusing day that saw the top three films shift almost hourly, Friday’s official estimates are out and Sony’s Grown Ups 2 is on top… for now. The sequel to 2010′s Grown Ups took in an estimated $16.3 million from 3,491 locations, including $2.3 million from Thursday pm previews. Grown Ups 2 was originally expected to match the $40 million debut of its predecessor, but tracking has now been upgraded to the $45 million range. At third on Friday, Despicable Me 2 is also expected to earn $45 million this weekend, indicating that the box office confusion is far from over.
For a case in point, look no further than Pacific Rim. For a time, the Guillermo del Toro feature was expected to take top honors yesterday. Instead, Pacific Rim placed second with an estimated $14.6 million from 3,275 runs. That includes $3.6 million from the film’s Thursday pm and midnight screenings – exactly what World War Z saw from its early previews. That was enough to send Pacific Rim‘s weekend projections soaring to $50 million or more at one point yesterday though, at the moment, tracking has it back to $37 million through Sunday. With Friday’s estimates so unsteady, there is no reason to expect tracking to improve this weekend but check back tomorrow for updated estimates and analysis.
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A new international trailer for director Dennis Dugan’s comedy sequel Grown Ups 2 has been released online, and it’s got everything: ugly mother jokes, deer piss, David Spade in a tire, a Shaq nut shot, and the classic “fat guy jumps naked into a lake” gag. The story appears to revolve around a rivalry between Sandler’s “old guys” gang and a group of stereotypical frat boys who live near Sandler’s cabin. It’s hard to believe there’s an audience out there for a sequel like this, but with the first film making over $270 million worldwide, it would appear that there are plenty of people eager to see more Grown Ups.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Nick Swardson, Taylor Lautner, and Patrick Schwarzenegger. Grown Ups 2 opens on July 12th.
A few new posters have made their way online. Briefly:
- Fruitvale Station – The first official poster for the huge Sundance hit teases the heartbreak that lies ahead. There is a strong likelihood that this film will turn you into a blubbering mess. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, and Octavia Spencer and opens on July 12th. Read Matt’s review here.
- The Hangover Part III – A couple of new character posters for Ed Helms’ Stu, Justin Bartha’s Doug, and a rooster. The film opens on May 24th.
- Grown Ups 2 – Hard as you may try to ignore it, this unnecessary comedy sequel exists. The latest poster repeats the gag from the first film of using old photos of the castmembers. The film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade and opens on July 12th.
- Now You See Me – A motion poster for the magician thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Mark Ruffalo. The film opens on May 31st.
- Europa Report – The first poster for director Sebastian Cordero’s found footage sci-fi film teases the pic’s impressive practical effects. The film stars Sharlto Copley and Michael Nyqvist and is available VOD on June 27th and hits theaters on August 2nd.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.
Columbia Pictures has released the first trailer for director Dennis Dugan’s comedy sequel Grown Ups 2. I hate myself for saying this, but I actually got a few chuckles out of the trailer. After you get past the deer piss, there are a couple of ridiculous cameos from Shaquille O’Neal and Andy Samberg that are nice throwbacks to the zany Adam Sandler movies of old. There’s also a nice flip on the “hot girl car trouble” scene from the first film. And believe it or not, this might be a role that Lautner was Taylor-made for (sorry).
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars also Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Nick Swardson and Patrick Schwarzenegger. Grown Ups 2 opens on July 12th.
We’ve got some new posters to share this morning. Briefly:
- After Earth – Jaden 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.
The new original series Chosen, available on Sony’s multi-platform online entertainment network Crackle, is a heart-pounding thriller that follows Ian Mitchell (Milo Ventimiglia, who is also an executive producer on the project), a husband, father and lawyer who discovers a mysterious box on his doorstep that contains a loaded gun and a photo of a stranger he is instructed to kill within the next three days. Transformed into an unwilling assassin, Ian must risk everything to protect his family while looking for a way out of his predicament.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor/producer Milo Ventimiglia talked about why this web series appealed to him, how he first got involved with Crackle, when he started to see the viability of online programming, how much fun he had exploring such a full arc for his character in only six episodes, and how much he appreciates being in a position where he can contribute more, both creatively and on the business side of things. He also talked about how excited he is to get back to work on Frank Darabont’s crime drama L.A. Noir, picked up by TNT for six episodes. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Here’s a look at some new images from the following projects:
- From executive producer Guillermo del Toro comes Andres Muschietti’s directorial debut, Mama, a horror film starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse.
- The first official image from Dennis Dugan’s Grown Ups 2 features Salma Hayek’s boobs…oh, and Kevin James, Chris Rock, Maria Bello, David Spade and Adam Sandler.
- The first official image of Halley Berry from The Call, Brad Anderson’s thriller that was previously known as The Hive. The picture also stars Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut and Michael Imperioli.
Hit the jump to check out all the new images.
We’ve got a few set photos to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Taylor Lautner and Patrick Schwarzenegger were spotted on the set of Adam Sandler’s first-ever sequel, Grown Ups 2. The young duo were seen doing regular “cool guy” stuff like fiddling with a football, wearing tight jeans, and sporting super neato sunglasses. The two play members of a fraternity, so the bro-ing out may or may not be in keeping with their characters.
- Rachel McAdams was seen filming a labor scene for director Richard Curtis’ (Love Actually) time travel romantic comedy About Time.
- A pregnant Reese Witherspoon looks eerily like her real-life counterpart in set photos from Devil’s Knot. The film also stars Colin Firth and follows the true story of the West Memphis 3 case, in which three teenagers were wrongfully charged with murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in the 1990s.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos.
Now that we’ve told you what’s filming where, instead of just watching the action from behind the police barricades, perhaps you’d like to be in front of the cameras.
If that sounds like something you might be interested in pursuing, let us point you in the right direction towards the people who are hiring this key element to any movie. They’re referred to in different ways: background artists, atmosphere and the most common sobriquet—extras. Pretty much every film needs them, and some more than others. If Iron Man is saving the population of entire cities, they can’t all be in the other room. Audiences need to see hundreds of people running and screaming in the midst of the controlled chaos. When Jackie Robinson makes history by taking the field, it would be a pretty hollow effort if no one is in the stands to cheer him on. You get the idea. So are you ready for your close-up? Hit the jump for more on Iron Man 3, Machete Kills, CBGB, Grown Ups 2, The Smurfs 2, The Walking Dead, and more.
The raunchy and outrageous comedy That’s My Boy tells the story of Donny Berger (Adam Sandler), an aimless loser who knocked up his smoking hot teacher when he was a teenager, and was left to raise their love child even though he was completely unprepared to be a parent. Now, 30 years later, Todd (Andy Samberg) is all grown up and a successful Wall Street executive who hasn’t seen his father in years. But, with Donny owing tens of thousands to the IRS, he figures that tracking down his son will not only give him the chance to ask for the money he needs to stay out of jail, but to also finally bond with his son.
At the film’s press day, actor Andy Samberg spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he came to be playing the son of Adam Sandler and Susan Sarandon, how much of the comedy was on the page when he initially read it, and keeping the heart with all of the R-rated humor. He also talked about the news that he has officially left Saturday Night Live after seven seasons, what that conversation with executive producer Lorne Michaels was like, his hopes to continue contributing to the show, where he’d like to go next with his career, making another Lonely Island album, how uncomfortable his tight white shorts were for Grown Ups 2, who he’s playing in The To Do List, how excited he is for the release of the animated feature Hotel Transylvania, and the cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery in New York. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
This weekend is the press junket for the raunchy and outrageous comedy That’s My Boy, in which Adam Sandler plays Donny Berger, the screw-up who became a teenage parent when his smoking hot teacher gave birth to his child while in jail. While Collider was there, we got the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with actor Andy Samberg about how he got involved with the film, how much fun he had on set, and what it was like to have Adam Sandler and Susan Sarandon playing his parents.
We’ll run what he had to say about the film closer to its June 15th release, but we did want to share what he had to say about the news that he has officially left Saturday Night Live, what made now the right time, how difficult the decision was, what that conversation with executive producer Lorne Michaels was like, and his hopes to continue contributing to the show, in some way. Also talked about where he’d like to go next with his career, making another The Lonely Island album, how uncomfortable his tight white shorts were for Grown Ups 2, who he’s playing in The To Do List, and how excited he is for the release of the animated feature Hotel Transylvania. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
You’re driving down the street, and it’s suddenly blocked off. You notice these weird yellow signs with nonsensical letters or numbers. There’s unusual glow lighting up a neighborhood you can’t usually see from your house. What you might have here is a film company shooting in your town. It happens a lot, and you never know where they might pop up…until now.
The following is a semi-comprehensive list of films currently shooting, what they’re shooting, and where they’re shooting. We’ll be telling you where you might get to see the very famous, the kinda famous and (if all goes well) the soon-to-be famous. While we can’t list every single movie, television show, or student film in production, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the heck is going on where all those people are buzzing about. Want to know where in the world are Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Hit the jump for more.
We’ve got a few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Kevin Hart is joining Kevin James in the comedy Valet Guys.
- Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) joins the cast of Grown Ups 2.
- SNL cast member Taran Killam has joined Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in Twelve Years a Slave.
- Chris Diamantopoulos has been added to Empire State alongside Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth.
Hit the jump for more on each casting addition.