Weekend Box Office: LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER Serves $25 Million Debut; KICK-ASS 2 Falls to Fourth

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This weekend may have hosted four new titles, but audiences showed love to only one. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – a film that was barely on the radar when the summer began – opened in first place with an estimated $25 million. That left Kick-Ass 2 with a very disappointing fourth-place start and the biopic Jobs a distant seventh. Meanwhile, with just $3.5 million from 2,459 locations, new release Paranoia failed to make the top ten entirely.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $25,010,000 $25
2.  We’re the Millers $17,780,000 $69.5
3.  Elysium $13,600,00 $55.9
4.  Kick-Ass 2 $13,568,000 $13.5
5.  Planes $13,141,000 $45
6.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $8,375,000 $38.9
7.  Jobs $6,700,000 $6.7
8.  2 Guns $5,600,000 $59.2
9.  The Smurfs 2 $4,600,000 $56.9
10.  The Wolverine $4,425,000 $120.4

TOP 5: KICK-ASS 2, Rare Footage from Jerry Lewis’ THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED, Vin Diesel Voicing Groot in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY?, PARANOIA, D23 Expo

by     Posted 1 year, 35 days ago

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I hate to wish my life away, but with both The World’s End and You’re Next hitting theaters I really can’t help but look ahead to next weekend. That’s to say nothing of the pics opening this week (I plan on checking out Kick-Ass 2 next Wednesday), rather that the aforementioned two are a pair of my most anticipated of the soon-to-end summer movie season. In fact, You’re Next has been on my must-see list since Matt reviewed it at TIFF 2011 nearly two full years ago. In addition to the excitement associated with finally seeing the movie, my latent resentment of Goldberg for having seen it a lifetime ago will finally come to a close which is nice because I could use the sleep.

But enough about next weekend. Let’s focus on the here and now. This week’s Top 5 includes a slew of Kick-Ass 2 interviews, rare footage from Jerry Lewis‘s unreleased film The Day the Clown Cried, Vin Diesel all but confirming that he’s voicing Groot in Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, Paranoia interviews with Harrison Ford and more, and a recap of our coverage from Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim. As you might expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse Talks KICK-ASS 2, Running Around the Streets of Toronto in Costume, Nicholas Stoller’s TOWNIES and the Male Nudity, and Much More

by     Posted 1 year, 37 days ago

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With director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with some of the cast in New York City.  The sequel takes place a few years after the first film and finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).  For more on the film, watch five clips, a red-band featurette, video interviews with Wadlow and Mark Millar, or click here for all our previous coverage.

During the interview with Mintz-Plasse (who is awesome in the film), he talked about making the sequel, what it was like to run around the streets of Toronto in costume with people watching, changes on set, his reaction to the script, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Nicholas Stoller‘s Townies (talks about how the film has a lot of male nudity and his fake flaccid prosthetic penis), and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

KICK-ASS 2 Review

by     Posted 1 year, 37 days ago

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We make excuses when we’ve done something wrong, and Kick-Ass 2 is full of excuses.  It thinks it can excuse its misogyny because it has Hit-Girl.  It thinks it can excuse its misguided notion of heroism because the costumed characters occasionally do a non-violent good deed.  It thinks it can excuse the juvenile antics because it’s occasionally morose and “serious”.  And the action is a poor excuse for what director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn provided in the first movie.  Kick-Ass 2 writer-director Jeff Wadlow is all too happy to seize upon the violence and quirks of Vaughn’s film and discards anything that played up the joy of playing a superhero.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talks KICK-ASS 2, Running Around the Streets of Toronto in Costume, GODZILLA, and THE AVENGERS Sequel

by     Posted 1 year, 38 days ago

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With director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with some of the cast in New York City.  The sequel takes place a few years after the first film and finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).  For more on the film, watch five clips, a red-band featurette, video interviews with Wadlow and Mark Millar, or click here for all our previous coverage.

During the interview, Taylor-Johnson talked about making the sequel, what it was like to run around the streets of Toronto in costume with people watching, how much fun he had making Godzilla, and if he has signed on to Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers: Age of Ultron?  Hit the jump to watch.

Chloë Grace Moretz Talks KICK-ASS 2, Running Around Toronto in Costume, What She Collects, and Working with Denzel Washington on THE EQUALIZER

by     Posted 1 year, 39 days ago

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With director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with some of the cast in New York City.  The sequel takes place a few years after the first film and finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).  For more on the film, watch five clips, a red-band featurette, video interviews with Wadlow and Mark Millar, or click here for all our previous coverage.

During the interview, Moretz talked about making the sequel, how she got to sit on the purple ducati but not ride it due to insurance reasons, what it was like to run around the streets of Toronto in costume with people watching, what she collects, and the experience of working with Denzel Washington on The Equalizer.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jeff Wadlow Talks KICK-ASS 2, Adapting the Comic, Set Photos, the X-FORCE Movie, the Superhero Genre, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 52 days ago

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Last week at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about being at Comic-Con, how he landed the Kick-Ass 2 job, balancing adapting the source material versus realizing his own vision, deleted scenes, set photos, and much more.  In addition, with Wadlow writing and possibly directing the X-Force movie at 20th Century Fox, he talked about where he’s at in the writing process, the timeline of X-Force, how he landed the job, how much of the script are his ideas versus what Fox is asking him to write, the superhero genre, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch or read his comments.

Mark Millar Talks KICK-ASS 2, His Role at 20th Century Fox, Future Projects, and More

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While at Comic-Con last weekend, I sat down with Mark Millar for an exclusive video interview.  We talked about what he’s most excited for fans to see in Kick-Ass 2 (with a special nod to each of the film’s lead actors), seeing Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz) dealing with high school drama as an outsider, how long it took to get the sequel made, leaving Marvel, his role at 20th Century Fox and how the studio is building up towards something big—Millar says that Fox has 5-10 “gold franchises” with their comic properties, especially the X-Men and the related universe.  Hit the jump to watch.

14 New Images from KICK-ASS 2 Featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Plus 6 New Images from 2 GUNS

by     Posted 1 year, 57 days ago

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We’ve got a collection of new images from the following films:

  • Kick-Ass 2 – From director Jeff Wadlow comes this sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 original.  Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Donald Faison and Morris Chestnut, Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th.
  • 2 Guns – The Baltasar Kormákur-directed action crime comedy based on the Steven Grant and Mateus Santolouco graphic novels stars Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos. 2 Guns opens August 2nd.

Hit the jump to see the new images from both movies.

New KICK-ASS 2 Clips Feature Battle Guy’s Backstory and Hit-Girl Playing Hooky

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Comic-Con may be over but there are still plenty of superheroes left in 2013.  Coming up soon is Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2, which greatly expands the cadre of heroes and villains from the original film.  One such new introduction comes in the form of Battle Guy (Clark Duke), whose backstory is revealed (sorta) in this new clip from the film.  In another new clip, tried-and-true vigilante Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) fights the never-ending battle of overbearing parenting.

Also starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jim Carrey, Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

New Poster for KICK-ASS 2 and Comic-Con Posters for 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

by     Posted 1 year, 68 days ago

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New posters have been released for Kick-Ass 2 and 300: Rise of an Empire.  The new Kick-Ass 2 poster continues the trend of just providing close-ups on the lead characters, although on this poster, the photoshop effects have smoothed out of Hit Girl’s’ face to an unsettling degree.  As for the 300: Rise of an Empire poster, it’s for Comic-Con and will presumably be given out at Legendary’s booth on the exhibition hall floor.  The poster proclaims, “Fear us!” to which I can only respond, “No.  I’m not afraid of the tragedy-mask-on-steroids.”

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Jim Carrey300: Rise of an Empire opens in 3D on March 7, 2014, and stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, and Rodrigo Santoro. [Update: We've added a Lena Headey 300 poster after the jump as well.]

New Viral Clips for KICK-ASS 2 Tell You to Follow the @Motherf_cker and Recruits Heroes for Justice Forever

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A new viral clip for Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 gives fans a brief introduction to the mystique of The Mother Fucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).  There’s not much to see in the way of new action footage, but this quick clip sets up the villain’s increasing social media influence and Kick-Ass’s plea for you to join Justice Forever.  Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars in the title role with Chloë Grace Moretz returning as Hit-Girl in the sequel.

Kick-Ass 2, also starring Jim Carrey, Clark DukeDonald FaisonJohn Leguizamo and Olga Kurkulina, opens August 16th.  Hit the jump to watch the new viral clip.

TOP 5: WHITE HOUSE DOWN, THE CONJURING Set Visit, THE HEAT, Jim Carrey Declines to Promote KICK-ASS 2, 2013 Saturn Awards Interviews

by     Posted 1 year, 84 days ago

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Well said, Matt Goldberg. In the opening sentences of his review of The Heat (linked after the jump), our Managing Editor/resident film reviewer dropped some serious truth regarding female lead films, their often unfair characterization as “the female [insert hit movie here]“, and how ridiculous it is that it has taken this long to get our better halves at the forefront of a genre that has been around for years. I say this not because I feel like Matt needs my approval and/or defense, but because it’s thoughtful writing like this that makes me both a proud contributor and eternal fan of the site.

All high-fiving aside, this week’s Top 5 includes White House Down interviews with Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and more, Dave’s The Conjuring set visit recap, The Heat interviews with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and director Paul Feig, Jim Carrey‘s announcement that he won’t be promoting Kick-Ass 2, and interviews from the 2013 Saturn Awards red carpet with the likes of Joss Whedon and Shane Black. A brief recap and link to each makes its home after the jump.

New Poster KICK-ASS 2; Jim Carrey Declines to Promote the Film Because of Sandy Hook Shootings

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Lionsgate has released a new poster for Kick-Ass 2, but the bigger news is that Jim Carrey has decided not to promote the film because “in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.”  Carrey explained in his tweet that he did the film one month before the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  He followed this up with a second tweet saying, “my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”  I respect Carrey for sticking to his beliefs.  Three months after the shooting, Carrey released a video on Funny or Die mocking gun owners, and if he had done press for Kick-Ass 2, the question would have come up about why he condemned guns but was out promoting a film where characters, including his own, use them.  Personally, I believe movies aren’t the reason for gun violence; lack of gun control is the reason for gun violence (it’s why countries that have gun control have far fewer gun deaths per capita even though they consume the same media as us).  Carrey typically doesn’t do action movies, so this move probably won’t hurt his career, but I’m glad that he’s mindful enough to realize that he can’t promote a film that may not celebrate gun violence, but still features it in an entertainment capacity.

Hit the jump to check out the poster as well as a response to Carrey’s comments from Kick-Ass 2 author Mark Millar.  The film opens on August 16th.

New KICK-ASS 2 Trailer Tries to Have Fun … Otherwise, What’s the Point?

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The new Kick-Ass 2 trailer is now available.  It features an extended look at both the continuing training regime for Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and more new heroes on the block.  The new cut also shows off the evil side of the mask with The Mother Fucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) putting together his own posse.  The best thing about this trailer for Jeff Wadlow’s sequel isn’t Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes or even the fact that his German Shepherd gets in on the action; it’s the tone, one that reminds us that comicbook movies are still allowed to be fun.

Kick-Ass 2, also starring Clark DukeDonald FaisonJohn Leguizamo, and Olga Kurkulina, opens August 16th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

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