Year in Review: Top 10 Posters of 2013

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We report on a lot of posters and trailers.  These little bits of advertising are crucial in steering fan anticipation for blockbusters or bringing attention to smaller movies.  Posters and trailers serve a purpose, and they’re not easy to make.  Dozens of posters and trailers are created for movies, and studios carefully select the ones they feel will work the best and have the broadest appeal.  Sadly, when it comes to posters, many of the designs are generic.  The recent trends are “Back to the Audience”, “Gigantic Tagline”, and “Sparks and Debris”.  I’ve chosen ten posters from 2013 that took a chance, broke the mold, and came away with something eye-catching and original.

Hit the jump for my top 10 posters of 2013, and come back tomorrow for the top 10 trailers of 2013.

Paul Feig Developing THE HEAT Spinoff Focusing on Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin’s Characters

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Though Sandra Bullock may not be 100% game for making a straight-up sequel to this summer’s comedy hit The Heat, director Paul Feig is still toying around with ideas of how to continue the story.  Deadline reports that the Bridesmaids filmmaker is developing a feature film spinoff that would focus on the characters of Beth and Gina, who were scene-stealing members of Melissa McCarthy’s extended family.  Played by Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin, respectively, the characters harassed Bullock’s straight-laced cop with questions about her gender and whether or not she was a “nahc” in very thick Boston accents, so a feature film spinoff would appear to be something along the lines of a comedy version of The Fighter.

Tracy McAlpin will write the script, and Feig is currently hashing out the storyline with McAlpin and Jessie Henderson, who will produce alongside Feig.  Denbo and Chaffin have extensive experience in the world of comedy, as they together formed the comedic duo Ronna and Beverly.

Paul Feig Talks THE HEAT on Blu-ray, a MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER Commentary Track, and Progress on SUSAN COOPER and PEOPLE IN NEW JERSEY

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With Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids) The Heat arriving on Blu-ray and DVD today, I recently landed an exclusive phone interview with the busy director.  As most of you know, the film stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent who teams up with a local Boston cop (Melissa 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, Feig talked about the special features on the Blu-ray like the deleted scenes and how he got the Mystery Science Theater guys to do a commentary track, the box office success of the film, his thoughts on the running time for comedies, the status of Susan Cooper with Melissa McCarthy (they start filming in March), the pilot he’s directing called People in New Jersey, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Box Office: 2013′s Record Breaking Summer

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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.

Weekend Box Office: DESPICABLE ME 2 Leads July Fourth Frame; THE LONE RANGER Misfires

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With both May and June setting new monthly records in 2013, July got off to a great start thanks to Despicable Me 2. The animated sequel earned an estimated $82.5 million from 3,957 locations this weekend – making it one of the highest Independence Day debuts of all time. The holiday was not as kind to The Lone Ranger. The Disney feature earned an estimated $29.4 million from 3,904 venues this weekend and just $48.9 million since opening on Wednesday – a disappointing number from any angle.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Despicable Me 2 $82,500,000 $142.1
2.  The Lone Ranger $29,430,000 $48.9
3.  The Heat $25,000,000 $86.3
4.  Monsters University $19,590,000 $216.1
5.  World War Z $18,200,000 $158.7
6.  White House Down $13,500,000 $50.4
7.  Man of Steel $11,415,000 $271.2
8.  Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain $10,100,000 $17.4
9.  This Is The End $5,800,000 $85.5
10.  Now You See Me $2,770,000 $110.4

THE COLLISION: Episode 51 – THE HEAT and Women in Cinema (Special Guest: CinemaBlend’s Katey Rich)

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This week on The Collision, we are joined by CinemaBlend editor-in-chief and Operation Kino co-host, Katey Rich.  During out conversation, we talk about women in cinema, the limited roles they have on screen and behind the camera, the portrayal of women in mainstream movies, the gender dynamic in Hollywood, the demand for female-led films, sexism, and much, much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Implosion of Hollywood and the Death of Movie Theaters”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Weekend Box Office: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Holds, THE HEAT Sparks and WHITE HOUSE DOWN Stalls

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With an estimated $46.1 million, Monsters University had no trouble holding on to first place in its sophomore frame. With Pixar’s track record, that was never really in doubt. Of more interest were the debuts of The Heat and White House Down. Would the summer box office make room for two strong openings, as it did for Monsters U and World War Z last weekend?  Not this time.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Monsters University $46,180,000 $171
2.  The Heat $40,000,000 $40
3.  World War Z $29,800,000 $123.7
4.  White House Down $25,700,000 $25.7
5.  Man of Steel $20,820,000 $248.6
6.  This Is The End $8,700,000 $74.6
7.  Now You See Me $5,500,000 $104.6
8.  Fast & Furious 6 $2,410,000 $233.3
9.  Star Trek Into Darkness $2,040,000 $220.5
10.  The Internship $1,425,000 $41.7

Friday Box Office: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Stays on Top; THE HEAT Beats WHITE HOUSE DOWN on First Day

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Following its impressive debut last weekend, Monsters University held on to first place on Friday with an estimated $14.2 million. As expected, the Pixar prequel edged out newcomers The Heat and White House Down and will now enjoy its second weekend on top with at least $45 million.

In the battle of the new releases, The Heat clearly burned the brightest. The R-rated comedy earned an estimated $13.6 million from 3,181 locations on Friday, including $1 million from Thursday pm previews. That puts the Fox feature on track for over $35 million through Sunday – topping its $30 million studio projection. A few weeks back, Sony’s White House Down was also expected to open in the $30-$35 million range. But after realizing just $9 million from 3,222 locations on Friday, the action-thriller will be lucky to reach $25 million by Sunday. In case you’re keeping score, Olympus Has Fallen earned $30.3 million for its debut last March – and with half the reported budget of White House Down. We’ll have complete details on this weekend’s box office tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Monsters University $14,280,000 $139.1
2.  The Heat $13,600,000 $13.6
3.  White House Down $9,000,000 $9
4.  World War Z $8,940,000 $102.8
5.  Man of Steel $6,020,000 $233.8

TOP 5: WHITE HOUSE DOWN, THE CONJURING Set Visit, THE HEAT, Jim Carrey Declines to Promote KICK-ASS 2, 2013 Saturn Awards Interviews

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Well said, Matt Goldberg. In the opening sentences of his review of The Heat (linked after the jump), our Managing Editor/resident film reviewer dropped some serious truth regarding female lead films, their often unfair characterization as “the female [insert hit movie here]“, and how ridiculous it is that it has taken this long to get our better halves at the forefront of a genre that has been around for years. I say this not because I feel like Matt needs my approval and/or defense, but because it’s thoughtful writing like this that makes me both a proud contributor and eternal fan of the site.

All high-fiving aside, this week’s Top 5 includes White House Down interviews with Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and more, Dave’s The Conjuring set visit recap, The Heat interviews with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and director Paul Feig, Jim Carrey‘s announcement that he won’t be promoting Kick-Ass 2, and interviews from the 2013 Saturn Awards red carpet with the likes of Joss Whedon and Shane Black. A brief recap and link to each makes its home after the jump.

THE HEAT Review

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According to the MPAA’s theatrical market statistics for 2012, slightly more women went to see movies than men.  However, most movies feature men in the lead roles or with an actress as a co-lead.  Hit films are usually male dominated and then if there’s movie in the same vein but featuring women, it’s “the female [insert hit movie here]“.  The Heat could be described as a female buddy-cop movie (you don’t need a specific movie title because there have been so many), which is not only pithy and unfair, but only serves to highlight how long it’s taken to get talented actresses to lead a genre that’s been around for decades.  With tremendous chemistry between stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as well as painfully funny dialogue, The Heat isn’t a hilarious buddy-cop flick with women.  It’s a hilarious buddy-cop flick, period.  It’s also the funniest film I’ve seen all year.

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.

Paul Feig Talks THE HEAT, Doing an Unrated Cut on Blu-ray, Developing New TV projects, His Spy Comedy, and More

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At the recent press day for The Heat, we landed an exclusive video interview with director Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids).  The film stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent who teams up with a local Boston cop (Melissa 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, Feig talked about how Hollywood rarely makes a movie with two female leads, how he prefers to keep the theatrical release short but provide an extended/unrated cut on the Blu-ray, who broke the most during filming, how things changed for him after the success of Bridesmaids, whether he will do more TV projects, and how he’s developing a comedy starring a female James Bond.  Hit the jump to watch.  The Heat opens June 28th.

Special Edition Posters for PACIFIC RIM in IMAX and Alamo Drafthouse Screenings of THE HEAT

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If you can’t wait to see Pacific Rim and/or The Heat, and have to be at a midnight screening, there might be a special edition poster in your future.  For those catching an IMAX screening of Pacific Rim on opening weekend, you’ll receive a special edition poster by Sergio Grisanti (while supplies last).  Director Guillermo del Toro says of the piece, “Sergio loves his Kaijus and his Mecha, and it shows. The poster, like my film, is a tribute to well-loved things.”  As for The Heat, if you live near an Alamo Drafthouse, you should probably go to the 10pm screening on Thursday night.  Present your 10pm ticket at 8pm on June 27th at participating locations, and you’ll receive Mondo’s amazing 80s-style poster by Tom “The Dude Designs” Hodge (again, while supplies last).  This is one of those posters you wish was the official artwork rather than something only available to Drafthouse patrons.

Hit the jump to check out both posters.  The Heat opens Thursday night at participating locations and goes wide on Friday.  Pacific Rim opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 12th.

Watch 6 Clips From Director Paul Feig’s THE HEAT Starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy

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With director Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids) upcoming buddy cop comedy The Heat opening June 28th, 20th Century Fox has sent over six clips.  The film stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent who teams up with a local Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) in order to bring down a drug lord.  The previous trailers and clips have teased some excellent chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and these new clips are no different.

The film also stars Katilin OlsonDemian BichirTony HaleThomas F. Wilson, Taran Killam, and Michael Rapaport.  Hit the jump to watch the clips and look for our exclusive video interviews for the film this week.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See THE HEAT

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This Is the End has been hailed as the summer’s great R-rated comedy, but I think we have another one on the way.  After the smashing success of Bridesmaids, director Paul Feig is back with the buddy-cop action-comedy, The Heat.  The film stars Sandra Bullock as an uptight FBI agent who’s paired up with a foul-mouthed Boston cop played by Melissa McCarthy.  The red-band trailer absolutely won me over, and while the movie might not radically reinvent the buddy-cop formula, the execution could be top-notch with the dynamic between Bullock and McCarthy.

I’m pleased to announce that we’re giving away passes to the Atlanta screening of The Heat.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film also stars Katilin OlsonDemian BichirTony HaleThomas F. Wilson, Taran Killam, and Michael RapaportThe Heat opens on June 28th.

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