Weekend Box Office: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Leads Labor Day Holiday

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As expected, the biggest movie of the summer – and as of yesterday, the biggest movie of the year – had no trouble holding on to first place this Labor Day weekend.  Guardians of the Galaxy took in an estimated $16.3 million through Sunday, which gave the blockbuster it’s third box office victory.  Although its wins were not consecutive, the Disney/Marvel pic is the only film to spend three weeks in first place this summer and just the fourth title to three-peat in 2014.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Guardians of the Galaxy $16,313,000 $274.6
2.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $11,750,000 $162.4
3.  If I Stay $9,260,000 $29.8
4.  As Above/So Below $8,342,000 $8.3
5.  Let’s Be Cops $8,200,000 $57.3
6.  The November Man $7,660,000 $9.35
7.  When the Game Stands Tall $5,650,000 $16.3
8.  The Giver $5,253,000 $31.5
9.  The Hundred-Foot Journey $4,603,000 $39.4
10.  The Expendables 3 $3,500,000 $33.1

Details after the jump.

Box Office: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Ends Summer As the Biggest Movie of 2014; AS ABOVE SO BELOW Underwhelms as Weekend’s Only New Release

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Labor Day weekend is here, which means that this summer’s box office will soon be put out of its misery.  But before we close the book on a season of disappointment, we should take the time to praise the one unalloyed bright spot of the summer box office: Guardians of the Galaxy.  Last weekend, the Marvel title passed Transformers: Age of Extinction to become the highest grossing release of the season; and today GotG emerged as the biggest film of the entire year.  Guardians earned an estimated $3.8 million on Friday, bringing its domestic total up to $262.1.  That beats the $259.7 million final gross of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the April release that has made a mockery of the term “summer blockbuster” for the last four months.

Hit the jump for this summer’s final Friday top five.

Weekend Box Office: SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Is DOA with Just $6.4 Million as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Reclaims Box Office Throne

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Hoo-boy, people did not want to see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  The box office prospects for the follow-up were already looking pretty dim following dismal reviews and lack of general interest, but few would have guessed that directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s stylized sequel would only make $6.4 million for the entire weekend—for the entire weekend!  That’s down 78% from the first film’s opening weekend, and puts the film at No. 8 on the box office chart, as Marvel Studios’ highly successful Guardians of the Galaxy reclaimed the top spot for the first time since its opening weekend.  The film was usurped by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in its second weekend, but pulled in an impressive $17.6 million over the last three days for a domestic total of $251.9 million.  Guardians is now on track to best Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the highest grossing film of the year, stateside.

Hit the jump for the full Top 10 and analysis.

TOP 5: SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Trailer, Pierce Brosnan Plays GOLDENEYE 007, OUTCAST, Chinese Movie Theater Texting

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Available now on VOD and DVD is writer/director Joshua Zeman‘s urban legend documentary Killer Legends. For those who’ve seen Zeman’s solid 2009 effort Cropsey, Killer Legends is a continuation of the filmmaker’s interest not just in urban legends but in the real stories behind the tales. Rather than focus on one subject like its predecessor, though, Legends is made up of four vignettes each devoted to a true crime that helped shape some of our most widely recognized legends: The Candyman, The Killer Clown, The Babysitter Murders, and The Hookman. Individually, I found Zeman’s look at “The Hookman” and its ties to the “Moonlight Murders” of Texarkana in 1946 (the inspiration for Charles B. Pierce‘s The Town That Dreaded Sundown) to be the strongest of the four. On the whole, the doc is a fascinating project that seamlessly blends elements of crime, horror, and nostalgia as you recall the versions of the aforementioned legends that you were exposed to as a kid. Killer Legends is highly recommended if you’ve ever wondered where some of our most popular legends got their start.

All recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the first trailer for Jason Reitman‘s Men, Women & Children, Pierce Brosnan playing N64′s Goldeneye 007 with Jimmy Fallon, the first trailer for Outcast which features some absolute gems from Nicolas Cage, and a report claiming that Chinese movie theaters are looking for ways to integrate audience texts into the moviegoing experience. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: IF I STAY on Top with $6.8 Million; SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Tanks with Paltry $2.6 Million

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The Young Adult trend continues at the box office this weekend as the Chloe Grace Moretz-fronted adaptation If I Stay topped all contenders on Friday with a solid $6.8 million.  That’s a far cry from the $26 million that The Fault in Our Stars took in on opening day earlier this year, but still a respectable pull for the $11 million drama.  Reviews weren’t as ecstatic as that previous YA film, but fans of both Moretz and author Gayle Forman’s source material look to have turned out for the film, which is on track for a weekend total around $16.5 million.  That might not be enough for the number one spot though, as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has its eye on reclaiming the title with a Friday take of $4.8 million, looking to pull in somewhere between $17.5 million to $17.7 million.  On the flipside, the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For absolutely bombed with a mere $2.6 million on Friday, putting it on track for an opening weekend just under $7 million.

More Friday Box Office details and the full Top 5 chart after the jump.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Review

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In 2005, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s Sin City was an interesting novelty.  The directors were able to transfer Miller’s visually distinct comics to the screen through the heavy use of CGI.  Not adapt; transfer.  The comic was used as a storyboard, and the directors filled in the gaps by casting a bunch of recognizable actors to play the roles.  For people who argue that adaptations should never stray from the source material, 2005′s Sin City was perfect.  Although the novelty has run its course, Rodriguez and Miller are back nine years later with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but the visual panache now feels like a crutch while also diminishing any authentic noir vibe the movie occasionally tries to convey.  Although the sequel is occasionally enjoyable thanks to the actors who are in on the exaggerated tone, the film feels like it was made by a couple of teenagers who mistake whores for dames, sadists for toughs guys, and style for charm.

Dennis Haysbert Talks SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, Taking Over Michael Clarke Duncan’s Role, BACKSTROM, MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, and More

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Nearly a decade after the first film, co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have reunited to bring the visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  In a town where murderers reign and the desperate want vengeance, their paths cross at the famous Kadie’s Club Pecos, where Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) still dances while mourning the loss of her love, John Hartigan (Bruce Willis).  With Marv (Mickey Rourke) in the center of the carnage, a cocky young gambler named Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) takes on the villainous Senator Roark (Powers Boothe), and Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) is battles with the woman of his dreams and nightmares, Ava Lord (Eva Green).

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Dennis Haysbert (who plays Manute, the mysterious, loyal and lethal bodyguard who has served many of Sin City’s most powerful figures) talked about why he wanted to be a part of this universe, how he came to take over this role from Michael Clarke Duncan (who played Manute in the first film), how quickly he took to the green screen process, how much wearing the chauffeur’s outfit from hell helped to inform his performance, his character’s motivations, what most impressed him about the way that Robert Rodriguez works, and how much he admired Eva Green’s work ethic and talent.  He also talked about what led him back to TV for Fox’s Backstrom, and the experience of working on Men, Women & Children with director Jason Reitman.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller Talk SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

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Nearly a decade after the first film, co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have reunited to bring the visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  In a town where murderers reign and the desperate want vengeance, their paths cross at the famous Kadie’s Club Pecos, where Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) still dances while mourning the loss of her love, John Hartigan (Bruce Willis).  With Marv (Mickey Rourke) in the center of the carnage, a cocky young gambler named Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) takes on the villainous Senator Roark (Powers Boothe), and Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) is battles with the woman of his dreams and nightmares, Ava Lord (Eva Green).

During a conference at the film’s press day, actors Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eva Green talked about living in Sin City, with this dialogue and these extremes, going into the mind of Frank Miller, trickiest scenes, playing a Rodriguez bad-ass, the motives of the women in Sin City, working in Austin at Troublemaker Studios, working with Christopher Lloyd, feeling comfortable with Nancy’s swagger, the sex and sexuality of the story, and why Nancy is a stripper who never actually takes her clothes off.  Also there, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller discussed getting even closer to the comics this time around, what the 3D added, the process of lighting the film, what their collaboration has meant to each other, and how they’d like to go into production on a third film, right away.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Exclusive: Paul Shipper and Odd City Entertainment’s SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Poster; Available at the Austin Film Society’s Texas Premiere

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Today, we’re brining you an exclusive first look at Odd City Entertainment’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill limited edition poster by artist Paul Shipper.  The poster will available at the after party following the Austin Film Society’s Texas premiere of the movie on Wednesday, August 20th.  The poster is an 18×24 screen print; it’s limited to an edition of 200, and will cost $45.  Please note that in order to get a chance at buying the poster, you have to buy a ticket to the screening and the after party, which are on sale from $30.  All proceeds from the event, and the poster sales, benefit the Austin Film Society’s artist programs.

Hit the jump to check out the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For limited edition poster, and for the press release, which contains more details.  The film opens August 22nd.

Quentin Tarantino’s HATEFUL EIGHT Trailer to Debut in Theaters with SIN CITY 2; May Not Be Online

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Nearly everything about Quentin Tarantino’s next film, The Hateful Eight, has been non-traditional.  The Django Unchained filmmaker first began publicly talking about the Western as his next film earlier this year, as he was finalizing the script and getting ready to send it to a few actors he had in mind for the lead roles.  But then the script leaked online and Tarantino angrily stated that he would not be making the movie to spite the unofficial leak.  The director subsequently staged a live-read of his Hateful Eight screenplay with a bevy of talented actors—including Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson—and after he cooled off, he then decided that he would be making The Hateful Eight as his next movie after all.

Tarantino revealed at Comic-Con that filming would be getting underway early next year, but it appears that the first Hateful Eight trailer might actually be arriving in theaters next week attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  However, there’s a catch: it might not be released online at all.  More after the jump. [Update: Deadline has confirmed that the Hateful Eight trailer will indeed be attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.]

Watch Over 9 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Footage

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The Weinstein Company has released over nine minutes of behind-the-scenes Sin City: A Dame to Kill For footage that offers a look at how directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller brought the sequel to fruition.  If you’re curious to see just how many actual sets were used (spoiler alert: the answer is basically zero) in the making of Sin City 2, this b-roll is an interesting watch.  Regardless of the quality of the finished film, the actors are all essentially playing pretend in a giant green sandbox with very little to work with by way of atmosphere or environment.  It’s certainly a challenging working process, and while blockbuster films all use greenscreen to some degree, Rodriguez pushes the lack of live-action elements to the limit.

Hit the jump to watch the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For footage.  The film stars Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Eva GreenMickey RourkeRosario DawsonJoseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce WillisJaime KingDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens in theaters on August 22nd.

Frank Miller Talks SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, the future of 300, Reincarnating Robocop, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, and More at Comic-Con

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Though he is not exactly a household name, Frank Miller is still one most singular and influential storytellers of the last 40 years.  His miniseries The Dark Knight Returns redefined the character, allowing for more cerebral and experimental efforts like Grant Morrison’s phantasmagoric Batman: Arkham Asylum Coupled with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns helped pave the way for a whole generation of adult-oriented and serious-minded graphic novels.  These novels served as the template for the gritty, hard-edged superhero fare that has dominated cineplex’s for almost a decade.  And it has seeped deeply into films featuring no spandex at all.  Without Miller, Tim Burton might not be an A-list director.  There would certainly be no Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy.  No Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles either, for that matter.  And if we are to include the technological advancements of Robert Rodriguez and Zack Snyder’s respective adaptations, Miller might well be more influential to the future of filmmaking than he has been to comics.  So all things considered, I think we can agree that Robocop never had any sequels and Holy Terror! exists only as an Onion article penned by David Mamet during his Andy Kaufman period.

Collider sat down with the perpetually-fedora-adorned author and artist at Comic-Con to talk about his long-awaited Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  During our exclusive one-on-one,  Miller talked about adapting his own work, original material added to the sequel, the importance of trusting actors, why he never writes a comic with the movie version in mind, the future of the 300 and Sin City franchises, the possible return of Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot and more.  Hit the jump for the full transcript. 

New Posters for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, HORNS, THE EQUALIZER, THE ONE I LOVE, and THE ZERO THEOREM

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New posters for some upcoming films have landed online.  Briefly:

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – The final Sin City: A Dame to Kill For poster for co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s sequel highlights the main cast, including Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, and Eva Green.  The film opens August 22nd.
  • Horns – An artful new poster for director Alexandre Aja’s supernatural thriller arrives a day after the film’s trailer debuted, giving us a look at Daniel Radcliffe as a man who grows a pair of horns on his head.  The film opens on October 31st.
  • The Equalizer – An IMAX poster for director Antoine Fuqua’s dramatic actioner previews what you’ll get when you see the film in IMAX: a giant Denzel Washington.  The pic opens on September 26th.
  • The One I Love – A fantastic debut poster for director Charlie McDowell’s unconventional romantic comedy starring Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss.  The film opens on August 15th.
  • The Zero Theorem – A new poster for director Terry Gilliam’s twisty sci-fi pic, starring Christoph Waltz and opening on September 19th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Clip – Jessica Alba Gets a Little Crazy

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The first clip from Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is now available and it features Jessica Alba getting a little crazy.  It’s a little clunky but it’s also taken out of context (I hope) so I wouldn’t judge the movie based on this brief glimpse.  If this little bit of Alba leaves you wanting more, then be sure to watch Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight at 11:35pm when she will appear to help promote the sequel.

Also starring Eva GreenMickey RourkeRosario DawsonJoseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Bruce WillisJaime KingDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.  Hit the jump to watch the new clip.

New SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Images Feature Rosario Dawson and Jamie Chung

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Dimension Films has released new Sin City: A Dame to Kill For images.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  These images feature Jamie Chung as Miho (who was played by Devon Aoki in the first movie) and Rosario Dawson as Gail, whose outfit was apparently inspired by the prank played on Regina George in Mean Girls.

Hit the jump to check out the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For images.  The film also stars Jessica AlbaMickey RourkeJoseph Gordon-Levitt Bruce WillisJaime KingDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens August 22nd.

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