New to Blu-ray: THE MONUMENTS MEN, POMPEII, VAMPIRE ACADEMY, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a number of films that were only recently in theaters, as well as a new addition to the Criterion Collection.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: NON-STOP Takes Off with $30 Million; SON OF GOD in Second with $26.5 Million

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A rare fourth frame on top was not in the cards for The LEGO Movie.  The animated hit fell to third place this weekend, surpassed by two radically different new titles.  In first place, Non-Stop is the latest thriller to star Liam Neeson and was expected by most to have a strong showing over this Oscar weekend.  What was not as expected was how close Son of God would come to shooting Non-Stop out of the sky.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Non-Stop $30,019,000 $30
2.  Son of God $26,500,000 $26.5
3.  The LEGO Movie $21,015,000 $209.3
4.  The Monuments Men $5,000,000 $65.6
5.  3 Days to Kill $4,900,000 $20.7
6.  Robocop $4,500,000 $51.2
7.  Pompeii $4,300,000 $17.7
8.  Frozen $3,611,000 $388.7
9.  About Last Night $3,400,000 $43.7
10.  Ride Along $3,065,000 $127.1

Director Paul W.S. Anderson Talks POMPEII, the Visual Effects, Deleted Scenes, RESIDENT EVIL 6, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic Pompeii.  The film stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who slaughtered his family years earlier.  The film also stars Jared HarrisAdewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeCarrie-Anne MossSasha RoizJessica Lucas, and Paz Vega.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Anderson.  He talked about the challenge of bringing Pompeii to life, the visual effects, deleted scenes, whether the script changed during the development process, the status of Resident Evil 6, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

TRUE DETECTIVE Director Cary Fukunaga Developing A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR with Edward Norton; Discusses His IT Adaptation and POMPEII

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Filmmaker Cary Fukunaga is rightfully garnering an intense amount of attention as his HBO series True Detective continues to mesmerize week after week.  In an atypical move for television, Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of True Detective, and the result of his collaboration with writer Nic Pizzolatto is truly stunning.  Fukunaga already has two features under his belt—Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre—and he’s developing a number of others, but in a recent interview he revealed another project that he’s been working on with Edward Norton that would see him tackle the Great War.  He also provided a bit of trivia by noting that Alejandro González Iñárritu was briefly attached to direct True Detective before he came aboard.

Hit the jump for more, including Fukunaga’s brutally honest thoughts on Pompeii and an update on his two-part It adaptation.

Weekend Box Office: THE LEGO MOVIE Claims Third Win, Crushes 3 DAYS TO KILL and POMPEII

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Once again, The LEGO Movie was the top draw at the box office, bringing in more than the frame’s two new releases combined.  In second place with an estimated $12.3 million, 3 Days to Kill lived up to its modest expectations.  And as for the 3D Pompeii?  The disaster motif appears apt this morning.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The LEGO Movie $31,450,000 $183.1
2.  3 Days to Kill $12,300,000 $12.3
3.  Pompeii $10,010,000 $10
4.  Robocop $9,400,000 $43.6
5.  The Monuments Men $8,100,000 $58
6.  About Last Night $7,400,000 $38.1
7.  Ride Along $4,667,000 $123.1
7.  Frozen $4,357,000 $384
9.  Endless Love $4,301,000 $20.1
10.  Winter’s Tale $2,130,000 $11.2

TOP 5: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Set Visit, POMPEII Interviews, FANTASTIC FOUR Casting, Toy Fair 2014

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Landing just outside of this week’s Top 5 and earning an opening paragraph mention as a result is the first trailer and poster for writer/editor/director Ti West‘s The Sacrament. Obviously inspired by 1978′s Jonestown Massacre, the film features a team of journalists who attempt to document the story of a seemingly peaceful religious commune only to have the proverbial shit hit the fan in the process. I think West is among the best working directors in terms of creating and maintaining terror as evidenced by both 2009′s The House of the Devil and 2011′s The Innkeepers. Each of those films expertly sustain a sense of dread throughout and if Gene Jones hauntingly daring the visiting journalists to “Take it…” in this first trailer is any indication, The Sacrament looks to be cut from the same stellar mold. While it will be tough to match the psychological horror dealt out by 2011′s cult-centric drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, I’ll be anxiously anticipating West’s latest up until the time it hits VOD on May 1st.

Transitioning to the list section of the feature, this week’s installment highlights the first trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Steve’s set visit coverage for X-Men: Days of Future Past, interviews for and Matt’s review of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, casting news for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, and coverage from the floor of Toy Fair 2014 at the Javits Center in NYC. Keep reading for a quick recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: 3 DAYS TO KILL and POMPEII Can’t Knock Down THE LEGO MOVIE

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Two new action-oriented titles hit domestic theatres on Friday, though neither of them had the muscle to knock down The LEGO Movie.  The Warner Bros. hit will claim its third consecutive first place finish this weekend with a projected take of $30 million.  In terms of new titles, 3 Days to Kill was in the best shape.  The latest thriller from Taken producer Luc Besson opened in second place with an estimated $4 million from 2,872 locations, putting 3 Days on track for around $12 million through Sunday.

The news for Pompeii was not as promising.  The historical disaster pic from director Paul WS Anderson brought in an estimated $3.4 million from 2,658 locations (many of those in 3D and other large formats) on Friday.  Even with its price-point advantage, Pompeii is facing an opening weekend just shy of $10 million.  That’s a bit higher than The Legend of Hercules brought in from its January debut, but not quite the $15 million that producers were hoping for.  We’ll have complete box office coverage tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The LEGO Movie $7,340,000 $159
2.  3 Days to Kill $4,000,000 $4
3.  Pompeii $3,400,000 $3.4
4.
 Robocop $2,600,000 $36.8
5.  The Monuments Men $2,250,000 $52.1

Emily Browning Talks POMPEII, Doing Her Own Stunts, GOD HELPS THE GIRL, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic Pompeii.  The film stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who slaughtered his family years earlier.  The film also stars Jared Harris, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sasha Roiz, Jessica Lucas, and Paz Vega.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Browning.  She talked about her reaction to the finished film, how Anderson likes to beat up his actors,if the script changed during production, what it was like being at Sundance for God Helps the Girl, and more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Talks POMPEII, the Special Effects, Getting to Sing and Dance in the ANNIE Remake, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic Pompeii.  The film stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who slaughtered his family years earlier.  The film also stars Jared Harris, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sasha Roiz, Jessica Lucas, and Paz Vega.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who plays a fellow gladiator and friend to Milo.   He talked about his reaction to the finished film, the special effects and how they couldn’t have been done a few years ago, how Anderson likes to beat up his actors, the way he prepared for the role, getting to sing and dance in director Will Gluck’s Annie remake, and how his next project is the NBC pilot Odyssey.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

POMPEII Review

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Until Titanic was released to record-breaking box office and a slew of awards, director James Cameron was known for straight-up action movies.  Titanic is still an action movie; it just happens to have a cheesy love story in the middle, and its epic sweep and central tragedy connected with audiences.  Two lesser directors attempted to repeat this formula, but with far less success.  Michael Bay attempted it in 2001 with Pearl Harbor and now Paul W.S. Anderson, the director behind Mortal Kombat, Alien vs. Predator, and multiple Resident Evil movies, has tried with Pompeii, a movie that not only apes Titanic, but also Gladiator.  Anderson may recognize the formula and have more weapons of destruction at his disposal, but he neither has the skill or the originality to move Pompeii out of the shadow of giants.

Kit Harington Talks POMPEII, Practical Sets, the Action Scenes, FANTASTIC FOUR, and GAME OF THRONES Season 4; Says it’s the Most Expensive Season Yet

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Opening this weekend is director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic Pompeii.  The film stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who slaughtered his family years earlier.  The film also stars Jared Harris, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sasha Roiz, Jessica Lucas, and Paz Vega.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Kit Harington.   He talked about his reaction to the finished film, the practical sets, if the script changed during production, how he prepared to film 50 fights, the challenging shoot, and Game of Thrones season 4 (which he says is the most expensive one to date).  Hit the jump to watch.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See POMPEII

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Because of the snowstorm, our previous screening of Pompeii was canceled, to which I can only say, “At least we weren’t destroyed by lava and frozen in time by volcanic ash.”  Thankfully, we’re doing another screening, and so I will repeat my previous comment about how this movie looks like Gladiator but with lava.  I don’t know what else I can say to try and convince you to see it.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 25 pairs of passes to the rescheduled Atlanta screening of Pompeii.  Hit the jump to find out how you can win a chance to see the movie early and for free.  The film stars Kit Harington, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbage, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jessica Lucas, and Jared HarrisPompeii opens in 3D on February 21st.

Watch 4 Clips from Paul W.S. Anderson’s POMPEII Starring Kit Harington, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Emily Browning, and Kiefer Sutherland

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TriStar Pictures has released four clips from director Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming disaster epic Pompeii.  The film stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who slaughtered his family years earlier.  If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage for the film, be sure to check out his full set visit report and interviews with Anderson, Harington, Sutherland, and producer Jeremy Bolt.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Jared Harris, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sasha Roiz, Jessica Lucas, and Paz VegaPompeii opens in 3D on February 21st.

First Clip from POMPEII Pits Kit Harington against Kiefer Sutherland

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The first clip from Paul W.S. Anderson’s ancient actioner Pompeii is now online.  While it’s light on volcanic action, this first look does feature quite a bit of gladiatorial fighting.  It looks like stars Kit Harington and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje have teamed up against a veritable army of soldiers within the fighting ring.  We also get a look at such antagonizing spectators as Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris and Sasha Roiz.

Also starring Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jessica Lucas, and Paz Vega, Pompeii opens February 21st.  Hit the jump to watch the clip.

Watch: 2014 Super Bowl Commercials for TRANSFORMERS 4, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, and More

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The year’s most-watched television event is upon us, and as with anything that’s seen by a large number of people, consumerism reigns supreme.  We’ll be compiling all of the Super Bowl TV spots for upcoming films like Transformers: Age of Extinction, Noah, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Need for Speed, Pompeii, 3 Days to Kill, Muppets Most Wanted, The Monuments Men, and plenty more in one handy dandy spot for your on-demand viewing pleasure.  Additionally, we’ll be adding some of the better regular commercials to the article as well.  This post will be updated throughout the night, so be sure to check back frequently.

Hit the jump to watch the 2014 Super Bowl TV spots and commercials, including a new full-length trailer for Captain America 2.

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