100 Pictures From Gallery1988′s BAD ROBOT Official Art Show in Los Angeles

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If you’re a fan of Bad Robot and live in Los Angeles area, it’s time to head over to the new Gallery1988 location at 7308 Melrose.  That’s because the gallery has teamed up with some great artists to create a new gallery show focused on the TV shows and movies produced by Bad Robot, like Fringe, Lost, Super 8, Person of Interest, Alias, Cloverfield, and Star Trek.  The show opens tonight and runs until May 18th, so you’ve got plenty of time to check it out.  However, since many of the items are very limited or original pieces of art, you probably want to head over soon if you want to buy anything.

Last night the gallery held a private reception for Bad Robot and I was able to stop by and take about 100 pictures of everything on display.  Hit the jump to see the pictures.

38th Annual Saturn Award Winners Include RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, SUPER 8, BREAKING BAD and FRINGE as Frontrunners

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The 38th annual Saturn Awards were held last night in Burbank, California to honor the best films and television shows in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.  In the film category, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Super 8 led the pack while the lion’s share of television honors went to Breaking Bad and Fringe.  Stay tuned for a ton of interviews from the night’s event and hit the jump to check out the full list of winners.

Weekend Box Office – MADAGASCAR 3 Passes PROMETHEUS with $60.3 Million Opening

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After winning Friday by a nose, Fox’s Prometheus slipped into second this weekend with an estimated $50 million from 3,396 locations. That gives Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted the win with a reported $60.3 million from 4,258 dates and puts overall box office receipts more than 30% ahead of 2011.

Title Weekend Total
1 Madagascar 3 $60,350,000 $60.3
2 Prometheus $50,000,000 $50
3 Snow White & the Huntsman $23,020,000 $98.5
4 Men in Black 3 $13,500,000 $135.5
5 The Avengers $10,809,000 $571.8
6 Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $3,235,000 $31
7 What to Expect When You’re Expecting $2,700,000 $35.7
8 Battleship $2,286,000 $59.8
9 The Dictator $2,150,000 $55.1
10 Dark Shadows $1,360,000 $73.7

Saturn Award Nominations Announced; HUGO and HARRY POTTER Lead with 10 Nominations Each

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Now that the Oscars are finally over, the Saturn Awards have come along and graced with nominations that are actually fun/infuriating-in-their-own-way.  There’s some cross-over between Oscars and Saturn Awards this year with Hugo racking up 10 nominations.  But since the Academy doesn’t want to recognize genre movies, they ignored Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  The Saturns are giving Mr. Potter his due, and the final chapter of the saga also nabbed 10 nominations.  Also doing well on the film side were Super 8 (8 nominations), Captain America: The First Avenger (7 nominations), The Adventures of Tintin and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (6 nominations each).  As for TV, Breaking Bad led with six nominations.  I can live with all of these (although eight nominations for Super 8 is pushing it).

Wait.  I just saw that there were no nominations for Drive.  Never mind.  The Saturn Awards are sham.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  Winners will be announced on June 20th (a long ways off, but meant to hit in the heart of the summer movie season).

97 Original Scores Up for Oscar; DRIVE and ATTACK THE BLOCK Ruled Ineligible

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As the 84th Academy Awards move closer, we’re starting to get a better sense of how things will pan out. We recently shared the 39 songs that will contend for the Best Original Song category, and now the Academy has announced the 97 original scores eligible for the Best Original Score award. AMPAS is notoriously picky when it comes to eligibility in this category, and as we feared the scores for both Drive and Attack the Block have been deemed ineligible. Also disappointing is the ineligibility of Alexandre Desplat’s mesmerizing score for The Tree of Life.

While it’s upsetting to see some of the year’s best work side-lined, there’s plenty to be happy about. I was a huge fan of Howard Shore’s work in Hugo and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Chemical Brothers’ brilliant work in the criminally underseen Hanna. Hit the jump for the full list, as well as who I think will make the cut.

SUPER 8 Blu-ray Review

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JJ Abrams—the mastermind of such mint television shows as LOST, Alias, and sci-fi geek favorite Fringe—has earned the bulk of his following through work on television, but over the past half-decade, the dude’s also been involved with some pretty mint films, as well:  Mission: Impossible 3 (which many consider the most mint of the Mission: Impossible films), Cloverfield (which Abrams didn’t direct, but had a strong hand in), and—most recently—this summer’s Super 8, the mint story of six amateur-filmmaker kids caught up in a mysterious alien-coverup in Smalltown, America.  The film earned just as many fans as it did detractors when it debuted a few months ago, and I was curious to find out if the film played better (or worse) at home.  Keep on reading to find out what I learned from the Super 8 Blu-ray, after the jump.

The Red Pill Viral Update: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE MUPPETS, Tout and SUPER 8 Blu-ray

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There was a time not too long ago when all a movie studio had to do to generate interest in a film was to slap a trailer together and buy a few TV commercial spots. With ticket prices climbing and a variety of in-home services able to provide entertainment on demand, studios must now look for creative ways to get your attention (and your dollars). Lucky for them, social media tools like Facebook and Twitter provide widespread (and free) access to consumers. “The Red Pill” is our weekly update on some of the more interesting ongoing viral ad campaigns. Updates this week include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Muppets, Super 8’s release on Blu-ray and examples from Tout, a video-posting version of Twitter. Hit the jump to check them out.

Weekend Box Office – RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Rises Above Expectations with $54 Million

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Looks like summer 2011 had one more blockbuster left after all.  Cowboys and Aliens may have been a late-July disappointment but, so far, Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes is performing more like a June release than your typical August afterthought.  Surpassing all early projections, the sci-fi vehicle took in an estimated $54 million from 3,648 locations for an easy number one at the US box office.

  Title Weekend Total
1 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $54,000,000 $54
2 The Smurfs $21,000,000 $76.2
3 Cowboys and Aliens $15,748,000 $67.3
4 The Change-Up $13,500,000 $13.5
5 Captain America $13,000,000 $143.1
6 Harry Potter 7b $12,160,000 $342.8
7 Crazy, Stupid, Love $12,100,000 $42.1
8 Friends with Benefits $4,700,000 $48.5
9 Horrible Bosses $4,620,000 $105.1
10 Transformers 3 $3,015,000 $344.1

Weekend Box Office – It’s a Draw. COWBOYS AND ALIENS Tie THE SMURFS with $36.2 Million Each

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At the moment the estimates for the weekend’s two top films are dead even: a box office rarity.  Both Cowboys and Aliens and The Smurfs are claiming estimates of $36.2 million – a figure that is slightly embarrassing for one film and a near miracle for the other.

Title Weekend Total
1 Cowboys and Aliens $36,200,000 $36.2
2 The Smurfs $36,200,000 $36.2
3 Captain America $24,900,000 $116.7
4 Harry Potter 7b $21,900,000 $318.4
5 Crazy Stupid Love $19,300,000 $19.3
6 Friends With Benefits $9,300,000 $38.2
7 Horrible Bosses $7,100,000 $96.2
8 Transformers 3 $5,970,000 $337.8
9 Zookeeper $4,200,000 $68.7
10 Cars 2 $2,300,000 $182

Exclusive: Matt Reeves Talks LET ME IN, CLOVERFIELD, THE PASSAGE, THIS DARK ENDEAVOR, More at the Saturn Awards

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While on the red carpet for the 37th annual Saturn Awards, we got the chance to speak with Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves. He gave a wide-ranging interview, talking at length about Let Me In (including his comments on the ending of the film), giving updates on his upcoming projects The Passage, This Dark Endeavor and a new script he’s currently writing, discussing the similarities between the creatures in Cloverfield and J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, and much, much more.

Hit the jump to watch the interview. If you missed our other coverage from the Saturn Awards, be sure to check out our conversations with makeup artists Rick Baker and Dave Elsey, Brandon Routh, Fringe’s Lance Reddick, producer Dean Devlin, Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd for The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.

Weekend Box Office – SUPER 8 Defies Expectations with $37 Million Debut

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After months of buildup, Super 8 took top honors this weekend with an estimated $37 million from 3,379 locations.  That figure is significantly higher than the film had been tracking just five days ago.  Is it higher than the studio was hoping for five months ago?  Not exactly.

Title Weekend Total
1 Super 8 $37,000,000 $38
2 X-Men: First Class $25,000,000 $98.8
3 The Hangover Part II $18,500,000 $216.5
4 Kung Fu Panda 2 $16,635,000 $126.9
5 Pirates of the Caribbean 4 $10,845,000 $208.7
6 Bridesmaids $10,154,000 $123.9
7 Judy Moody $6,267,000 $6.2
8 Midnight in Paris $6,146,000 $14.2
9 Thor $2,370,000 $173.6
10 Fast Five $1,714,000 $205

Friday Box Office – Mystery Solved. JJ Abrams’ SUPER 8 Debuts with $12.2 Million

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Super 8, the top-secret sci-fi spectacle from director JJ Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg, earned an estimated $12.2 million from 3,379 locations on Friday.  When combined with the $1 million Paramount took in from its Thursday previews it is looking like June’s most mysterious movie will see a weekend just north of $35 million.  If realized, that would be higher than most projections which had Super 8 performing in the same range as the $30.5 million The Happening saw on this same weekend in 2008.  Luckily, now that the film’s mystery has been revealed that release date is the only thing Super 8 shares with Shyamalan – especially in light of its current 82% Tomatometer reading.  X-Men: First Class slid 64% on its second Friday while Relativity’s Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, the weekend’s only other new offering, placed seventh with an estimated $2.2 million from 2,524 locations.

Title Friday Total
1 Super 8 $12,200,000 $13.2
2 X-Men: First Class $7,600,000 $81.4
3 The Hangover Part II $5,700,000 $203.7
4 Kung Fu Panda 2 $4,610,000 $114.8
5 Pirates of the Caribbean 4 $3,130,000 $201

TOP 5: Alamo Texter Voicemail, John Davis Talks PREDATOR, HORRIBLE BOSSES Set Visit, SUPER 8 Review, J.J. Abrams Video Interview

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At the risk of inflating expectations, I have to say that this week’s “Top 5″ includes one of my all-time favorite stories on the site: the “Alamo Texter Voicemail.” In less than two minutes, the Drafthouse puts a voice to “that person” who all too often sees the movie theater as a great place to get the most out of their unlimited monthly text plan. Joining Alamo’s contribution in this week’s installment is producer John Davis’ sit-down with Steve where he discusses the Predator franchise and what kept Arnold Schwarzenegger from doing Predator 2, our Horrible Bosses set visit, and a pair of Super 8 pieces coming in the form of Matt’s film review and Steve’s video interview with writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams.

Hit the jump to find a quick recap and link to each.

Kyle Chandler Video Interview SUPER 8

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Kyle Chandler Interview SUPER 8 slice

With writer-director J.J. Abrams Super 8 now playing, I was recently able to interview the cast in London for our partners at Omelete.  While Abrams likes to keep his films under wraps while they’re in production, by now you know Super 8 takes place in the summer of 1979 and it’s about a group of friends that discovers something not from this world while making a super 8 film.  Mix in that it’s produced by Steven Spielberg, uses his Amblin logo (which should clue you into what kind of movie this is), and you’re got a great coming-of-age story that I think audiences are going to love.

During my interview with Kyle Chandler we talked about keeping the secrets of Super 8, what was it like to work for Abrams and with the kids, the emotional voyage and what the film is really about, does he have a favorite early 80′s film like The Goonies or Stand By Me, the Amblin logo, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.


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J.J. Abrams has established himself as an imaginative and innovative director, writer and producer, in both film and television. No matter what you think of his work, he takes risks and makes an effort to keep his projects surprising, so that audiences can have that sense of discovery that’s so often missing these days. He successfully re-booted the Star Trek franchise for an all new audience, while also bringing totally original stories to the big and small screen. Now, he brings Super 8 to theaters, restoring the Amblin legacy in the tale of a group of friends in a small town in 1979, who set out to make a zombie movie, but end up witnessing a catastrophic train crash that changes all of their lives forever.

During a recent roundtable interview, J.J. Abrams talked about promoting a film while trying to maintain some secrecy for audiences, being so inspired by the Amblin era of filmmaking, the type of Super 8 films he enjoyed making as a kid, what it was like to work with so many young acting newcomers, and what appeals to him about monster movies. He also talked about why he was attracted to the upcoming fall TV shows Alcatraz and Person of Interest, which he is producing, and what the current delay in the script for Star Trek 2 might mean for the film’s release. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

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