It was clear that The LEGO Movie was going to be big, but ‘big’ in February usually means something different than at other times of the year. Most projections had the animated film opening between $45 and $60 million. Instead, the big screen debut of the classic toy brand earned an estimated $69.1 million from 3,775 locations. That counts as big in any month, and stands as one of the best openings ever for an original animated feature. The Monuments Men and Vampire Academy were also new this weekend, though only the former ended up successfully counterprogramming the LEGO juggernaut.
|| The LEGO Movie
|| The Monuments Men
|| Ride Along
|| That Awkward Moment
|| Lone Survivor
|| Vampire Academy
|| The Nut Job
|| Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
|| Labor Day
In his past films, George Clooney has shown himself to be surprisingly deft at working with genre and mood. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a stunning directorial debut that melds comedy, paranoia, tragedy, and drama, and his following works all have a smart, sensible core (although I’ll admit his previous picture, The Ides of March is slightly shaky). Unfortunately, his confident direction is nowhere to be found in his latest film, The Monuments Men. The story is scattershot in structure, narrative, and tone. The premise is fascinating, but Clooney can never seem to find the right angle, and it’s unclear if we’re watching a drama with comedic elements or a rousing World War II picture with moments of tragedy. There’s almost a total lack of cohesion, and while Clooney is occasionally able to regain control of the picture, the best moments rely almost entirely on the performances.
Grant Heslov and his writing and producing partner, George Clooney, saw The Monuments Men as an opportunity to tell a true story with high stakes on an epic scale. Their movie about an unlikely WWII platoon that went to the front lines to rescue some of the world’s greatest art from the Nazis is not only entertaining and accessible but offers audiences a uniquely different perspective on the Second World War. Opening February 7th, the action-thriller based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter also stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett.
I recently landed an exclusive interview with Heslov who talked about the evolution of the story from book to script to screen, the reason for moving the film’s release to 2014, finding the right tone and balancing the humor with the more serious moments, what he learned by watching the film with a test audience, his collaborative process with Clooney, how writing Good Night, and Good Luck compared to this, the logistical challenges he encountered producing the film, the deleted scenes we can expect on the DVD, and his upcoming projects including what’s in active development. Hit the jump to read the interview.
John Goodman turns in a moving performance in The Monuments Men as Walter Garfield, a role inspired by real-life Monuments Man Walker Hancock who was an acclaimed artist and St. Louis sculptor. Goodman’s character is part of a motley crew of art historians and museum curators who rush to the front lines of WWII in a race against time to save priceless works of art from Nazi thieves. Opening February 7th, the buddy action thriller directed by and starring George Clooney boasts an impressive cast that also includes Jean Dujardin, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Bob Balazar, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett.
I recently landed an exclusive interview with Goodman who spoke about what attracted him to the role, why he said yes to the project before reading the script and had the same reaction when the Coen Brothers offered him Inside Llewyn Davis, why honoring the generation that sacrificed so much to win the war was a big hook for him, how his acting process has changed over the years, his upcoming role in The Gambler and his reaction to William Monahan’s script, working with the Wachowskis on Speed Racer, hosting SNL and his favorite sketch, the possibility of a Monsters University sequel, and looking back on making The Big Lebowski. Check out the interview after the jump.
The year’s most-watched television event is upon us, and as with anything that’s seen by a large number of people, consumerism reigns supreme. We’ll be compiling all of the Super Bowl TV spots for upcoming films like Transformers: Age of Extinction, Noah, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Need for Speed, Pompeii, 3 Days to Kill, Muppets Most Wanted, The Monuments Men, and plenty more in one handy dandy spot for your on-demand viewing pleasure. Additionally, we’ll be adding some of the better regular commercials to the article as well. This post will be updated throughout the night, so be sure to check back frequently.
Hit the jump to watch the 2014 Super Bowl TV spots and commercials, including a new full-length trailer for Captain America 2.
I consider George Clooney‘s directing work to be 4-for-4. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a brilliant debut, Good Night, and Good Luck. is a perfectly timed critique of the Bush Administration, Leatherheads is a ton of fun, and The Ides of March, while it has some issues, is still an assured piece of filmmaking. His latest, The Monuments Men, has a terrific premise—a true story about a group of soldiers trying to rescue art from the Nazis—and an outstanding cast. I have no reason to believe he won’t be 5-for-5.
I’m pleased to announce that we’re giving away 20 admit-two passes to The Monuments Men. Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free. The Monuments Men opens on February 7th, and stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett.
Sony Pictures has released a slew of new high-resolution images from George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, the WWII drama The Monuments Men. Based on a true story, the film revolves around a group of museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians tasked with rescuing the world’s artistic masterpieces before the Nazi army destroys them. Clooney has repeatedly stated that this film is his effort at tackling less cynical material than his previous directorial projects, and he’s put together a fantastic ensemble to bring this story to life.
Hit the jump to check out the new images, and click here to watch five clips from the pic. Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett star. The Monuments Men opens February 7th.
Five clips have been released for George Clooney’s The Monuments Men. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it’s based on a true story about soldiers and historians who have to go to Germany during World War II to rescue artistic masterpieces before the Nazis destroy them. We previously reported that Clooney was trying to find the right tone for the film between the comedic and dramatic aspects, and so perhaps these clips will give people a slightly better idea of what to expect.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. The film stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray. The Monuments Men opens February 7th.
A New Year is now upon us, and with 2014 comes another full 12 months of new films to look forward to. It will no doubt be filled with its fair share of disappointments, but right now we’re full of optimism as we look towards the first quarter. The next three months host a promisingly varied slate of films that include a goofy animated adventure, a World War II picture, a new Muppets movie, a Biblical epic, and much more. In the latest installment of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, and Dave have compiled a list of the films that they are most looking forward to in the first quarter of 2014. Read on after the jump.
Check out some new images from the upcoming 2014 films:
- Horrible Bosses 2 – Director Sean Anders’ comedy sequel starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, opening November 26, 2014.
- About Last Night – Steve Pink’s romantic comedy starring Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant and Regina Hall opens February 14, 2014.
- Deliver Us from Evil – Scott Derrickson’s crime horror picture starring Eric Bana, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, Edgar Ramirez and Chris Coy opens July 2, 2014.
- The Monuments Men – Writer-director-actor George Clooney’s World War II drama starring Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville opens February 7, 2014.
Hit the jump to view all the new images.
20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures have released a fun spin on the trailer for The Monuments Men by doing it in the style of a World War II newsreel. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it’s based on a true story about soldiers and historians who have to go to Germany during World War II to rescue artistic masterpieces before they’re destroyed by the Nazis. What’s really surprising about this trailer is that it provides a phone number at the end that actually works. I was expecting to get a recorded message plugging the movie, but if you call 1-866-WWII-ART you can get a real person on the line. When I called the number, I expressed my surprise to the person I spoke to, and she explained that the number is for people who believe they might have a lead on art that was stolen by the Nazis or lost during the war. There’s also a website, supportthemonumentsmen.com, that has more useful information. I’m surprised and delighted that the studios put something of substance into their marketing.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray. The Monuments Men opens February 7, 2014.
Georgle Clooney‘s Monuments Men looked like it could be a player in this year’s awards race, but it had to be pushed back to February in order to work on the special effects and find the tone of the story. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it’s based on a true story about soldiers and historians who have to go to Germany during World War II to rescue artistic masterpieces before they’re destroyed by the Nazis. The first trailer made the film look confused and mediocre, but now an international trailer has gone online, and the movie looks like it’s in much better shape. The humor is sharper, the story is better laid out, and the stakes are more clearly defined. There’s even a little grin about the premise having a bit of an Ocean’s Eleven vibe when Matt Damon‘s character asks Clooney, “Aren’t you a little old for this?” I have high hopes for the film, and this new trailer finally makes me excited for what Clooney has put together.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray. The Monuments Men opens February 7, 2014.
This year’s Oscar race is proving to be one of the most competitive in recent years. With Gravity and 12 Years a Slave already announcing themselves as major frontrunners in multiple categories, well-received smaller dramas duking it out to overtake the top spot, and films from Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell still on the way, there’s not a lot of breathing room. Perhaps that’s why we’ve already seen a number of would-be contenders get the heck out of Dodge and move to 2014 with the latest being George Clooney’s World War II drama The Monuments Men.
The pic had all the staples of an Academy favorite, but with its release now shifted to next February, which of the other contenders might benefit from its absence? We discuss that and more in this week’s edition of Oscar Beat after the jump.
A couple days ago, George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men was delayed to 2014 in order to work on the visual effects and find the right tone for the story. Warner Bros. has now set the movie for February 7, 2014. It will serve as adult counter-programming to family-friendly The LEGO Movie, but it also takes the movie out of the awards race completely. Monuments Men was positioned to be in this year’s race, but since the Academy can rarely remember movies that came out in February, a 2014 run looks unlikely.
Variety also reports that the move for The Monuments Men has caused some slight shifts for a couple of other films. The remake of RoboCop will now move from February 7th to February 12th. Meanwhile, American Hustle will move up from Christmas to go wide on Monuments Men‘s original December 18, 2013 date, but still open in limited release on December 13th.
Yesterday, we learned George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men was exiting the Oscar race and moving to 2014 in order to have more time to work on the special effects. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it’s based on a true story about soldiers and historians who have to go to Germany during World War II to rescue artistic masterpieces before they’re destroyed by the Nazis. I love the premise and the cast, but the trailers have been disappointing and disjointed. The scattershot nature could be blamed on the person cutting the trailer, but it turns out that even Clooney is the one searching for the tone of the picture.
Hit the jump for more. The film stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray.