New to Blu-ray: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, BATMAN: The Complete TV Series, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS – The Lost Missions, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the best animated films of the year, a wrap-up for a recently cancelled TV series, a classic TV show on Blu-ray for the first time ever, a musical from Clint Eastwood, and more.  Briefly:

Why Summer 2014 Never Had a Shot at the Box Office

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The holiday box office totals are in and, frankly, they’re not good.  We had three new wide releases make their way into over 3,000 theaters this weekend, but they still couldn’t top last weekend’s top contender, Transformers: Age of Extinction.  As noted in our weekend box office recap, Tammy took $21.2 million, Deliver Us From Evil claimed $9.5 million and Earth to Echo kicked off its run with just $8.3 million.  Even if you add up all three of those opening totals, that’s only about $39 million and even that pales in comparison to last year’s Independence Day weekend top earner alone, Despicable Me 2, which posted an impressive $83.5 million to start.

Sure, you could blame the weak holiday weekend on the fact that the new releases aren’t all that good or perhaps because July 4th fell on a Friday, but this isn’t the only problematic weekend of summer 2014.  The box office is down significantly for the summer season overall.  Why is that?  The answer is actually pretty obvious.  Find out what it is after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: TRANSFORMERS 4 Retains Title Over Holiday Weekend with $36.4 Million

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Over a very muted Independence Day weekend, Transformers: Age of Extinction had no trouble staying on top of the box office.  After ten days, the sequel has earned more than $575 million worldwide, putting it on track to become 2014’s biggest global earner before the end of the month.  Tammy, the comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, was the frame’s only other notable performer – because this year $21 million counts as notable.  As for the rest of the top ten, including new releases Earth to Echo and Deliver Us From Evil, 2014’s July Fourth weekend was one giant traffic jam of mediocrity.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Transformers 4 $36,400,000 $174.7
2.  Tammy $21,170,000 $32.9
3.  Deliver Us From Evil $9,500,000 $15
4.  22 Jump Street $9,400,000 $158.8
5.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 $8,750,000 $140
6.  Earth to Echo $8,250,000 $13.5
7.  Maleficent $6,133,000 $213.8
8.  Jersey Boys $5,160,000 $36.7
9.  Think Like A Man Too $4,900,000 $57.1
10.  Edge of Tomorrow $3,640,000 $90.8

 

Full story after the jump.

Friday Box Office: TRANSFORMERS 4 and TAMMY Lead Weak Fourth of July Frame

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Transformers: Age of Extinction remained on top of the box office for an eighth straight day on Friday, earning an estimated $10.6 million to easily dominate the week’s three new releases.  All of the new titles opened on July second and, as expected, Warner Bros.’ Tammy was strongest.  The comedy took second place with an estimated $6.6 million yesterday, putting its three-day total at $18.1 million.  Fellow newcomers Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo battled in the middle of the pack, with less than $250,000 separating their debuts from holdovers How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street, both of which are entering their fourth weekend in theatres.

Details and Friday’s top six films after the jump.

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone Talk TAMMY, Finding the Story Inspiration in a Dream, Writing the Script as a Love Letter to Illinois, and More

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Tammy, the feature directorial debut of Ben Falcone, follows Tammy Banks (Melissa McCarthy), a woman on the edge who has lost her job, her husband and her car, all in one day.  She wants out of her small town existence, but with no money or transportation, the only way to do that is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), who leads them into a string of misadventures that neither of them will soon forget.  The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette and Nat Faxon.

During a conference at the film’s press day, real-life husband and wife Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone talked about their dream of telling this story together, the idea coming from a dream, how growing up in Illinois has informed their comedy, getting this talented cast involved, giving mouth-to-mouth to a deer, what their own road trips are like, whether Pearl is anything like their own grandmothers, and the physical comedy.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Susan Sarandon Talks TAMMY, Joining the Film, Enduring Road Trip Movies, How Collaborative the Set Was, and Being Directed by Melissa McCarthy

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, the feature directorial debut of Ben Falcone, follows Tammy Banks (Melissa McCarthy), a woman on the edge who has lost her job, her husband and her car, all in one day.  She wants out of her small town existence, but with no money or transportation, the only way to do that is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), who leads them into a string of misadventures that neither of them will soon forget.  The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette and Nat Faxon.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Susan Sarandon talked about getting a call from Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone to be in the film, what attracted her to this role, why road trip movies are so enduring, the type of woman grandma Pearl is, how collaborative this set was, and being directed by Melissa McCarthy for an episode of her comedy series Mike & Molly.  She also talked about what attracts her to a project, what she still enjoys about being a working actress, that she would like to do a short-run one-off cable TV series, and that she has started a production company to make documentaries, called Reframed Pictures.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Enter Our TAMMY Giveaway and Win Free Stuff

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This Fourth of July, it’s not aliens or explosions that will be dominating the box office; it’s Melissa McCarthy.  The actress co-wrote and stars in the comedy Tammy, directed by her husband Ben Falcone, which tells the story of a down-and-out woman (McCarthy) who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Susan Sarandon).  In anticipation of the film’s release, we’ve been provided with some Tammy-related items to give away to a few lucky readers.  The materials include a leather covered flask, a tank top, and a $150 gift card.

Hit the jump to get a closer look at the items and to find out how you can win.  Tammy opens in theaters everywhere on Wednesday, July 2nd.

New Trailer for TAMMY Starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon

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Warner Bros. has released a new Tammy trailer for the upcoming road trip comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon.  Co-written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, who also directs, the film revolves around a down-and-out woman (McCarthy) who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon).  This new trailer offers a better look at the full film as well as the chemistry between McCarthy and Sarandon, and it also markets Tammy as the must-see movie of the big Fourth of July weekend.  It’s a smart play, and the comedy is certainly on-point in this trailer.  The driving force of the plot is still unclear, but the prospect of McCarthy and Sarandon encountering various familiar faces during their cross-country road trip is certainly enticing.

Hit the jump to watch the new Tammy trailer.  The film also stars Kathy Bates, Sarah Baker, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Gary Cole, Nat Faxon, Sandra Oh, and Mark DuplassTammy opens in theaters on July 2nd.

New TAMMY, JERSEY BOYS, and JUPITER ASCENDING Images, Featuring Channing Tatum’s Rocket Boots

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Warner Bros. has unveiled a few new images from some of its upcoming Summer 2014 films.  Briefly:

  • Jupiter Ascending – A new Jupiter Ascending image from writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi epic shows that Channing Tatum’s half-werewolf/half-albino character has himself a pair of rocket boots, which come in handy when saving Mila Kunis’ queen character.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 18th.
  • Tammy – A pair of new Tammy images from the upcoming comedy highlight Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, with McCarthy playing a down-and-out woman who takes a road trip with her foul-mouthed, alcoholic grandmother (Sarandon).  Directed by Ben Falcone, the film opens on July 2nd.
  • Jersey Boys – Two new Jersey Boys images from director Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the stage musical show the titular characters, played by newcomers John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, and Vincent Piazza.  The film opens on June 20th.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.

TOP 5: ROBOCOP, TRANSCENDENCE, Paramount to Release Darren Aronofsky’s Cut of NOAH, TAMMY, JODOROWSKY’S DUNE Trailer

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The best thing I can say about director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake is that, for better or worse, it tries to do its own thing. It makes an honest attempt at updating the scathing social critique of the original to fit within our immediate corporate and political landscape and I respect it for that. The most condemning thing I can say about the film is that I found it painfully boring. Aside from the original music playing over the opening title card and watching Samuel L. Jackson‘s spot-on depiction of the pure theater that cable television sells as honest political discourse, I rarely mustered so much as a grin throughout the film’s 108 minutes. To be fair, I don’t envy anyone who is tasked with making a PG-13 reimagining of Paul Verhoeven‘s subversive classic. It’s like Verhoeven was allowed to work with a sledgehammer and Padilha was asked to make due with a Q-tip. It was never a fair fight to begin with.

Opening thoughts aside, we’ll talk more about the RoboCop remake in this week’s Top 5 including an official review and interviews for the film. We’ll also cover the new trailer for Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut Transcendence, Paramount’s decision to release Darren Aronofsky‘s cut of Noah to theaters, the first trailer for Melissa McCarthy‘s Tammy, and a trailer for the excellent looking doc Jodorowsky’s Dune. As is so often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

New Images from Wally Pfister’s TRANSCENDENCE, Akiva Goldsman’s WINTER’S TALE, and TAMMY Starring Susan Sarandon and Melissa McCarthy

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We’ve got some new images from the following films:

  • TranscendenceWally Pfister’s directorial debut starring Johnny Depp, Paul BettanyRebecca HallKate MaraCillian MurphyClifton Collins Jr., and Morgan Freeman. Transcendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17th.
  • Winter’s TaleAkiva Goldsman’s adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay and Russell Crowe, opening February 14th.
  • TammyBen Falcone’s road trip comedy starring Susan Sarandon and Melissa McCarthy, due out July 2nd.

Hit the jump to check them out.

Official Synopses for GODZILLA, TRANSCENDENCE, BLENDED, TAMMY, JERSEY BOYS, THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN, and More

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In addition to a few first look images that Warner Bros. recently released in anticipation of its upcoming 2014 slate of films, the studio has also unveiled an extensive list of official synopses, providing a closer look at some highly anticipated features.  Briefly:

  • Transcendence – The feature directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister stars Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall and opens April 18th.
  • Godzilla – The action redo stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston and opens on May 16th.
  • Blended – The African safari-set romantic comedy stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and opens on May 23rd.
  • Jersey Boys – Director Clint Eastwood’s musical adaptation stars Christopher Walken and opens on June 20th.
  • Tammy – The Melissa McCarthy/Susan Sarandon comedy opens on July 2nd.
  • This Is Where I Leave You – Director Shawn Levy’s star-studded dramatic comedy opens September 12th.
  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again – The final chapter in Peter Jackson’s trilogy opens December 17th.

Hit the jump to read the full synopses for the aforementioned films and a few more.

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy Talk THE HEAT, TAMMY, Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY, What They Collect, and More

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At the recent press day for director Paul Feig‘s The Heat, we landed an exclusive video interview with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.  The film stars Bullock as an FBI agent who teams up with a local Boston cop (McCarthy) in order to bring down a drug lord.  As you can see in the trailers and clips, the film features some excellent chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and it’s great to see two women as the leads in a buddy cop comedy.

During the interview, Bullock and McCarthy talked about how Hollywood rarely makes a movie with two female leads, what they collect, iced coffee, Dunkin Donuts, and more.  In addition, McCarthy talked about Tammy, which she wrote and is directing with her husband Ben Falcone, and Bullock talked about Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity.  Hit the jump to watch.  The Heat opens June 28th.

New Release Dates for INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, TAMMY, NEBRASKA, BEWARE THE NIGHT, and A HAUNTED HOUSE 2

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We’ve got a number of new release dates and changes to share this afternoon.  In chronological order:

  • Fruitvale Station – The Weinstein Company has moved up the limited release of this tearjerking Sundance smash from July 26th to July 12th.  The pic stars Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer.
  • Nebraska – Director Alexander Payne’s black-and-white road trip drama starring Will Forte and Bruce Dern will arrive in limited release on November 22nd.
  • Inside Llewyn Davis – The highly anticipated new film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen will hit theaters in limited release on December 6th, just in time for awards season.  Taking place in the 1960s folk scene, the pic stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake.
  • A Haunted House 2 – The unnecessary Marlon Wayans horror-spoof sequel hits theaters on March 28, 2014.
  • Tammy – The road trip comedy starring Melissa McCarthy (who also co-directs with Ben Falcone) has been slated for a prime July 2, 2014 release date opposite Disney’s Maleficent and the Jason Segel comedy Sex Tape.
  • Beware the Night – Director Scott Derrickson’s (Sinister) horror thriller has been given a January 16, 2015 release date.  The film stars Eric Bana, Olivia Munn, and Edgar Ramirez.

Dan Aykroyd Drives with TAMMY, Michael Peña Joins David O. Russell’s Untitled Picture and Omar Sy Joins Stephen Gaghan’s CANDY STORE

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Check out some recent casting announcements below:

  • Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) is in negotiations to join the road trip comedy Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Mark Duplass and Kathy Bates.
  • Michael Peña (End of Watch) joins the Oscar-award winning cast of David O. Russell’s new untitled picture that stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Omar Sy (The Intouchables) is on board director Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store, also starring Jason Clarke.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

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