Thor Freudenthal Talks PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, Working with a Bigger Budget, Future Projects, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Thor Freudenthal’s fantasy sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Leven Rambin, Douglas Smith, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Jake Abel, Anthony Head and Sean Bean.  For more on the film, watch five clips, the trailer, or read Matt’s review.

At the recent New York City press day, I landed a video interview with Freudenthal.  He talked about how he landed the job, what it was like to work with a much bigger budget, making sure certain things from the books made it into the movie, future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Friday Box Office: ELYSIUM on Top Opening Day; May Face Close Race with PLANES to Win the Weekend

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Two wide releases opened Friday: the sci-fi effort Elysium is in first place with $11.2 million—the Disney cartoon Planes follows in third with $8.1 million.  However, Planes should see the animation bump on Saturday and Sunday.  Epic and The Croods (recent animated movies that opened on a Friday in the same box office range) earned 72-73% of their weekend box office on Saturday and Sunday.  If Planes follows a similar path, it should reach $28-31 million for the weekend.  Elysium is more likely to resemble recent actioners 2 Guns and Pacific Rim, which peaked on Friday and grossed 61-63% of their weekend box office on Saturday and Sunday.  That track would also land Elysium in the $28-31 million range for the weekend, so it could be a close race.

We’re the Millers opened Wednesday and looks good in second place with $8.5 million, on its way to making back the listed $37 million budget by Monday.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters also opened Wednesday, and lags behind with a $4.9 million Friday.  Check back tomorrow for full details on the weekend box office.

Title Friday Total
1. Elysium $11,200,000 $11.2
2. We’re the Millers
$8,510,000 $20.0
3. Planes $8,105,000 $8.1
4. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
$4,900,000 $13.8
5. 2 Guns
$3,400,000 $40.8

TOP 5: New Trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD, ELYSIUM Interviews, New DOCTOR WHO, PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, WE’RE THE MILLERS

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Last night I had the chance to check out We’re the Millers with a group of friends and while I wouldn’t classify it as a “Must See!”, it’s a plenty serviceable R-rated comedy. As you can probably tell from the trailers, English actor Will Poulter delivers some of the biggest laughs and, for my money, it’s hard to go wrong with Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn in most anything. Aside from its tendency to settle for just being “OK”, my only real gripe would be that the film’s premise exceeds its execution. On paper, it has the potential to be a hilarious, yet incisive, play on the nuclear family. On screen, it turns the convention on its head before ultimately forcing its characters to conform to many of its tenets.

Although I’m sure you can never get enough of my one paragraph film reactions, we must move on to this week’s Top 5. Included this week is the new trailer for Thor: The Dark World, Elysium interviews with Neill Blomkamp and more, the new Doctor Who, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters interviews, and a slew of We’re the Millers interviews with the cast and director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Per routine, a brief recap and link to each of the above kindly requests your attention after the jump.

Alexandra Daddario Talks PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE, and When Will WB Cast Her as WONDER WOMAN

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Opening this week is director Thor Freudenthal’s fantasy sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Leven Rambin, Douglas Smith, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Jake Abel, Anthony Head and Sean Bean.  For more on the film, watch five clips, the trailer, or read Matt’s review.

At the recent New York City press day, I landed a video interview with Alexandra Daddario.  She talked about when she first heard they’d be making a sequel, what she wants for her character, what it’s like making a film for adults and kids in the same year, who she plays on HBO’s True Detective, and when Warner Bros. will cast her as Wonder Woman (which I think she could pull off).  Hit the jump to watch.

Logan Lerman Talks PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, Making the Sequel, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, Future Projects, and More

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Opening this week is director Thor Freudenthal’s fantasy sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Leven Rambin, Douglas Smith, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Jake Abel, Anthony Head and Sean Bean.  For more on the film, watch five clips, the trailer, or read Matt’s review.

At the recent New York City press day, I landed a video interview with Logan Lerman.  He talked about what the last year has been like working in a number of high-profile projects, when he first heard that they’d be making the sequel, how much fun he had making the film, his thoughts on The Butterfly Effect being remade (he played the younger version of Ashton Kutcher in the original), and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Review

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters makes a great case for second chances.  I haven’t read Rick Riordan‘s Percy Jackson novels, but the 2010 adaptation of the first book, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, was abysmal.  There wasn’t one good thing about the film, and it felt like the series would go the way of other stillborn fantasy franchises.  But in the demigod’s second adventure, director Thor Freudenthal find a place for the young hero by tapping into a solid PG adventure movie that takes the maturity of its cast and pairs it with fun action pieces, charming humor, and an enthusiasm that gives Percy Jackson a rare second chance at a first impression.

5 Clips from PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci and Nathan Fillion

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Coming soon to a theater near you is Thor Freudenthal’s family-friendly fantasy sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  Logan Lerman returns in the title role, along with partners Annabeth Chase (Alexandra Daddario) and Grover Underwood (Brandon T. Jackson).  Joining them in their quest to find the Golden Fleece are newcomers Clarisse la Rue (Leven Rambin) and the cyclops, Tyson (Douglas Smith).  This new adventure takes the crew into the heart of the Sea of Monsters and we’ve got five new clips to prepare you for the battle that is to come.

Also starring Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Jake Abel, Anthony Head and Sean Bean, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens Wednesday, August 7th.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

New Featurette for PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Brings the Myths to Our World

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20th Century Fox has released a new featurette for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home and other demigods.  This is the first bit of marketing that has me interested in the film since it shows how this time around the mythological aspects carry over into our world rather than mythological creatures simply coming to Percy like in the first movie.  There’s still plenty of emphasis on those creatures, but I like that the sequel looks like it’s willing to have more fun with the myths such as Hermes (Nathan Fillion) running UPS-like delivery service.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci, Douglas Smith, Anthony Head, Leven Rambin, Missi PyleYvette Nicole Brown, and Mary BirdsongPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens in 3D on August 7th.

Brandon T. Jackson and Leven Rambin Talk PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, Finding Comedy Amidst the Action and a Near Miss During a Fight Scene

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This summer will feature the return of Logan Lerman as a demigod in the title role of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Also returning for the sequel is Brandon T. Jackson, who plays Percy’s friend, Grover.  A new addition this time around is Clarisse, one of Percy’s Camp Half-Blood adversaries, played by Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games).  Our early sneak peek at the footage from the first act features both actors getting equal parts action and comedy in the Thor Freudenthal-directed picture.  In a recent interview, both Jackson and Rambin talked about working with the new cast members and directors, a near miss in one of their fight scenes and how close the movie gets to the Rick Riordan book.

Also starring Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Nathan Fillion, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Head and Douglas SmithPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens August 7th.  Hit the jump to watch.

International Trailer for PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Goes Heavy on Action and Shows Most of the Movie

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An international trailer has been released for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home and other demigods.  The trailer shows the giant action on display to the point where I’m wondering where a sequel could possibly go.  The villain is the father of the gods, Kronos, with an assist from the previous film’s villain, Luke (Jake Abel).  How do you top the father of the gods?  In any event, like the first movie, there’s a hodgepodge of Greek mythology that brings in the Cyclops, the Golden Fleece, and other icons.  I’m still not sold on the picture even though this trailer basically gives everything away.  But with new director Thor Freudenthal at the helm and no need to go through the origin story, perhaps the sequel will be far superior to the first film.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Douglas SmithLeven Rambin, Missi PyleYvette Nicole Brown, and Mary BirdsongPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens in 3D on August 7th.

Thor Freudenthal Talks PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, Pulling Material from the Novels, Working with the Sequel’s Cast, and Eventual Blu-ray Material

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Fans of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief will get to see star Logan Lerman back in action in this summer’s sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  Director Thor Freudenthal was kid enough to share an advanced look at the first act of the film, which has plenty of action and humor to go around.  In a recent interview, Freudenthal talked about his penchant for directing family films, Percy’s character arc in the sequel, pulling from the Rick Riordan books for his own interpretation, and working with the new and returning cast members.

Also starring Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Leven Rambin, Jake Abel, Nathan Fillion, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Head and Douglas SmithPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens August 7th.  Hit the jump for the video interview.

Logan Lerman Talks PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, Stepping Back into Percy’s Shoes and Reuniting with the Cast, Plus Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH

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Logan Lerman is set to return as the demigod Percy Jackson in the Thor Freudenthal-directed sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  Our early look at the film suggests the sequel will hit closer to the Rick Riordan books and has plenty of laughs to go along with the action.  In this recent interview, Lerman talked about stepping back into Percy’s shoes, what has happened to the character since the first movie and where he’ll go in the sequel, reuniting with his former cast members and working with a new cast and director.  Lerman also commented on his experience filming Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming picture, Noah.

Also starring Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Leven Rambin, Jake Abel, Nathan Fillion, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Head and Douglas SmithPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens August 7th.  Hit the jump for the video interview with Lerman.

New Posters for PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, and ONLY GOD FORGIVES

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We’ve got new posters to share with you for the following films:

  • Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersThor Freudenthal’s fantasy adventure sequel starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Leven Rambin, Jake Abel, Anthony Head, Stanley Tucci and Nathan Fillion opens August 7th.
  • Insidious: Chapter 2James Wan’s horror sequel starring Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins, opens September 15th.
  • Only God ForgivesNicolas Winding Refn reteams with Ryan Gosling in this violent revenge thriller that also stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm.  Only God Forgives opens July 19th.

Hit the jump to see all the new posters.

Nathan Fillion Talks MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, the STAR WARS Sequels, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, PERCY JACKSON, Comic-Con, Twitter, and Much More

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Joss Whedon’s contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is now playing in theaters.  The micro-budget film was completed in just twelve days at his house, and stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Clark Gregg, Tom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, Reed Diamond, Riki Lindhome, Sean Maher, and Nathan FillionFor more on the film, here is Matt’s review and all our previous coverage which includes clips, posters, and images.

During the recent L.A. press day, I landed an extended video interview with Fillion.  He talked about making Much Ado, the complicated dialogue, if he agrees to whatever Joss Whedon asks of him, Twitter, what he geeks out over, his thoughts on the Star Wars sequels, the idea of appearing as Captain Malcolm Reynolds in another movie as a cameo, and more.  In addition, he talks about his voice role for Monsters University and his Pixar fandom, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and his appreciation for star Logan Lerman, Justice Leage: The Flashpoint Paradox, and reveals he’ll be at Comic-Con next month for Nerd Machine.  Hit the jump to watch.

Early Look at PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Promises Lots of Action, Veteran Star-Power, Magic, Mysticism and Mythological Mayhem

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The first movie adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best-selling novel series Percy Jackson and the Olympians was not well-received critically, but banked enough box office bucks on the global scale to warrant another shot.  We were granted an early look at the upcoming sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and it appears that general audiences and book fans should be happier this time around.  There’s plenty of action to be found in the first act alone with much more promised throughout the film.  New additions Stanley Tucci, Anthony Head and, of course, Nathan Fillion bring some veteran star-power to the young adult picture and special attention is given to both new audiences and fans of the novels alike.  Hit the jump for more, and be sure to tune in later this week for video interviews with director Thor Freudenthal, and stars Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson and Leven Rambin.

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