The summer of 2013 won’t exactly go down in the annals of cinematic greatness (kind of like the rest of 2013), and while there may have been bigger disappointments, you won’t find a film released in that period more indicative of what’s wrong with the system than R.I.P.D., a lazy knock-off of Men in Black without one-tenth of the wit or cleverness, it somehow managed to corral a couple of A-listers it clearly didn’t deserve to deliver onscreen boredom for theaters rightfully bereft of audiences. Hit the jump for my full review.
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Labor Day brings an official end to Hollywood’s busiest season which means it’s time to parse the numbers. If you’ve been following the box office for the past few months it won’t surprise you to learn that 2013 was the most profitable summer of all time with over $4.6 billion in domestic earnings. That’s a jump of almost 8% from last summer: a figure that is especially impressive when you recall that the 2013 lagged 14% behind 2012 in yearly earnings before the season started.
As expected, summer’s giant blockbusters closed that gap, but Tony Stark didn’t do it alone. Hit the jump for a breakdown of summer’s most notable box office moments.
For years now, studios have used this weekend to launch some of summer’s biggest titles: The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises. Left without a major marquee release for 2013, however, the box office instead hosted a handful of more marginal titles, including Turbo, Red 2 and R.I.P.D. No surprise, then, that overall receipts were way down from 2012 or that only one film – The Conjuring – made a major impression.
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|| Despicable Me 2
|| Grown Ups 2
|| Red 2
|| Pacific Rim
|| The Heat
|| World War Z
|| Monsters University
The Rest in Peace Department officers are the ones taking down the Deados, but there’s no chance anything would get done properly with out the guidance of Mary-Louise Parker’s Proctor. Armed with a killer pair of go-go boots and a bottle of Fresco, Proctor whips Ryan Reynolds’ Nick Walker into shape within minutes of being shot dead and shipped off to the R.I.P.D., the afterlife law enforcement agency responsible for bringing those who refuse to pass on when their time is up to justice.
With R.I.P.D. due for a wide release on Friday, July 19th, Parker hit the press circuit in New York City and sat down for a press conference to discuss what drew her to the project, the chance to reunite with her RED director, Robert Schwentke, and the “weird” picture that inspired Proctor’s look. Parker also enlightened us on her upcoming run on Broadway, her preference for theater, longing for Weeds, and, rather randomly, watching Good Luck Charlie instead of Breaking Bad. You can catch all of that and more after the jump.
Sometimes you die and go to heaven, but sometimes you die and try to hang out on Earth. That’s why there’s the Rest in Peace Department. Based on Peter M. Lenkov’s graphic novel, R.I.P.D. stars Ryan Reynolds as Nick Walker, a top Boston detective who eats a bunch of bullets while on the job. But, after passing on, rather than meeting his maker, he comes face to face with Proctor (Mary-Louise Parker) in the Rest in Peace Department. Nick is paired up with R.I.P.D. veteran and resident wise-cracker, Roy (Jeff Bridges), and the duo is tasked with tracking down the dead who refuse to leave Earth, known as Deados, and ensuring the afterlife and actual life remain separate.
Ahead of the film’s Friday, July 19th wide release, Reynolds and Bridges sat down for a press conference to discuss the details of joining the R.I.P.D.. Hit the jump to check out what the duo had to say about Reynolds’ mischievous childhood, the physical challenges of making the film, the lessons Bridges learned from his father, Lloyd Bridges, and loads more.
Three new clips have debuted for director Robert Schwentke’s R.I.P.D. adaptation that stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as law enforcement officers tasked with keeping the dead in line. Newly-deceased recruit Nick Walker (Reynolds) learns the ropes under the instruction of veteran officer Roy Pulsipher (Bridges). The duo quickly find that their everyday job has grown into a last-ditch effort to prevent an all-out apocalypse.
Also starring Mary-Louise Parker, Marisa Miller, James Hong and Kevin Bacon, R.I.P.D. opens July 19th. Hit the jump to watch the three clips.
Universal has released a new featurette for the action-comedy R.I.P.D. The film stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as two deceased lawmen who now work for the “Rest in Peace Department”, and are tasked with apprehending the souls of dead criminals that refuse to face final judgment. The featurette has got some new footage, and keeps making the flick look like it could be a fun ride, especially with Bridges basically playing a cartoon cowboy.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette, and be sure to enter our giveaway for the movie. The film also stars Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D. opens in 3D on July 19th.
I have high hopes for R.I.P.D. The Men in Black vibe from the trailer is good, but what I really want to see is the dynamic between stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. For those unfamiliar with the flick, Reynolds and Bridges play deceased lawmen from different eras who are partnered up to bring down souls that refuse to go to the great beyond. I’ll be at Comic-Con when the movie screens in Atlanta, so it will be one of the occasions where I shell out cash for a flick, and with R.I.P.D., I think it could be worth the price of admission.
I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of R.I.P.D. Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free. The film also stars Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D. opens in 3D on July 19th.
Director Robert Schwentke’s (Red) supernatural action-comedy R.I.P.D. is slated to hit theaters later this month, and we here at Collider have been provided with some R.I.P.D.-related prizing to give away to a few lucky readers. For those unaware, the film centers on dead cops who work for the “Rest in Peace Department,” with Ryan Reynolds as a newly deceased cop, and Jeff Bridges taking on the role of his partner, a seasoned R.I.P.D. veteran. Their job is to track down souls that have escaped judgment. Included amongst the prizes that we’re giving away are a $50 Visa gift card, an R.I.P.D. T-shirt, sunglasses, and a notepad.
Hit the jump to find out how you can win and to take a look at the swag. R.I.P.D. opens in 3D on July 19th.
Today’s slow news flow brings us a new TV spot for David Twohy’s Riddick and a behind-the-scenes featurette for Robert Schwentke’s R.I.P.D. This thirty-second spot for the third film in the anti-hero trilogy features a frantic look at stars Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista and Katee Sackhoff, along with a host of particularly nasty-looking alien creatures. On the more informative end of things, this featurette for R.I.P.D. has stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges walking audiences through everything they need to know about the upcoming action-comedy. Co-star Marisa Miller also stops by for a quick word and we get new looks at Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker and James Hong.
Riddick opens September 6th and R.I.P.D. opens July 19th. Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot and featurette.
Just a couple week’s away from opening in theaters, we’ve got 10 new images from Robert Schwentke’s R.I.P.D. to share with you today. Adapted from Peter M. Lenkov’s graphic novel, the action comedy centers on the newly-deceased Detective Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) and his veteran partner Sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) as officers of the Rest in Peace Department. Tasked with keeping angry souls of the dead from interfering with the world of the living, the pair must learn to work together in order to prevent Hell on Earth.
Also starring Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Miller and James Hong, R.I.P.D. opens July 19th. Hit the jump to check out the new images from R.I.P.D.
Check out a collection of featurettes and TV spots from the following films:
- The Lone Ranger – Gore Verbinski’s latest action film starring Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner and James Badge Dale opens July 3rd.
- World War Z – Marc Forster’s adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale opens June 21st.
- R.I.P.D. – Robert Schwentke’s action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges opens July 19th.
- Pacific Rim – Guillermo del Toro’s robots-vs-monsters movie starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day opens July 12th.
Hit the jump to watch all the videos.
A new international trailer for director Robert Schwentke’s (Red) supernatural action-comedy R.I.P.D. has landed online. The film centers on dead cops who work for the “Rest in Peace Department,” with Ryan Reynolds as a newly deceased cop, and Jeff Bridges taking on the role of his partner, a seasoned R.I.P.D. veteran. Their job is to track down souls that have escaped judgment. The Men in Black vibe continues in this international trailer, and we see a few bits of new footage involving the film’s set pieces and action-oriented sequences. The creature designs continue to impress, and I’m eager to see more of the interplay between Bridges and Reynolds.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Kevin Bacon, Mary Louise-Parker,Stephanie Szostak, Marissa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D. opens in 3D on July 19th.
Two new banners have been released for the action-comedy R.I.P.D. The film centers on dead cops who work for the “Rest in Peace Department,” with Ryan Reynolds as a newly deceased cop, and Jeff Bridges taking on the role of his partner, a seasoned R.I.P.D. veteran. Their job is to track down souls that have escaped judgment. Like we’ve seen with other posters and the trailer for the film, the eye should be drawn to their kooky guns. It’s not an easy movie to sell in a single image, but like the trailer, the idea is to draw a comparison to Men in Black, and try to follow that movie’s success.
Hit the jump to check out the banners. The film also stars Kevin Bacon, Mary Louise-Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Marissa Miller, and James Hong. R.I.P.D. opens in 3D on July 19th.