Even with five new movies competing at this weekend’s box office, Taken 2 had no trouble holding on to first place for a second week in a row. The action movie edged out Ben Affleck’s Argo and Friday’s first-place horror feature Sinister, though each put up strong debut numbers. The picture was not as rosy for the remaining three new releases, including Sony’s comedy Here Comes the Boom with Kevin James.
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With director Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers opening October 21, Summit Entertainment held a big press junket in London and I got the chance to head across the pond to interview the cast. Based on Alexandre Dumas’ classic story, The Three Musketeers stars Logan Lerman, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz, Matthew Macfayden, Gabriella Wilde and Mads Mikkelsen. In the reboot, “the hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (MacFadyen, Evans and Stevenson). They must stop the evil Richlieu (Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Jovovich).” For more on the film, here’s eight clips.
During my interview with Lerman and Wilde, they talked about how they got involved in the project, the training, and the amazing real world locations they got to use. In addition, they told me about a great prank they did to a fellow cast member, what’s their karaoke song and the last video game they played, and I asked Lerman what’s up with the Percy Jackson sequel. Hit the jump to watch.
Dylan McDermott (Dark Blue) was recently tapped as the lead opposite Connie Britton in American Horror Story, a new drama Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (Glee) are developing for FX. Variety reports McDermott has set up two feature roles prior to filming on the pilot. The first is Nobody Walks, the indie dramedy which centers on “a Los Angeles family that takes in a stranger who winds up disrupting their lives.” John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Jane Levy also star. Ry Russo-Young (You Won’t Miss Me) will direct from a script she co-wrote with Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture).
Next up is the adaptation of the popular Stephen Chbosky young adult novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower about “a boy whose life dramatically changes as he learns about secrets buried deep in his past during his freshman year of high school.” Logan Lerman is the boy; McDermott will play his father. Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Mae Whitman, and Johnny Simmons also star. Chbosky will direct. Read the book synopsis after the jump.
Over the past few days I’ve posted a ton of video interviews from WonderCon. While you may have thought they’d never end, my interview with Logan Lerman for The Three Musketeers is the last one.
For those playing catch up, The Three Musketeers is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and it stars Lerman, Milla Jovovich, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Mads Mikkelson, Gabriella Wilde, Juno Temple, Orlando Bloom, and Christoph Waltz. Unlike the previous versions, Anderson’s version has been shot in 3D and it’s definitely been contemporized. For more on the film, here’s the trailer and here’s Adam’s write up of the WonderCon panel.
During the interview, Lerman talks about attending his first convention, tells a great story about doing karaoke in Japan, talks about filming on location in Germany, describes the film’s story and his role as D’Artagnan, talks about his involvement in Perks of Being a Wallflower and touches on the story, and I ask what’s the status of a Percy Jackson sequel. Hit the jump to watch.