THIS MEANS WAR Blu-ray Review

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What happens when two top-notch CIA operatives set their sights on the same woman? Nothing terribly unexpected, so it seems. This Means War, a playful rom-com by Director McG, takes on the task of trying to appease action and romance audiences, and fails to do strike a chord with either.  Hit the jump for our review of the Blu-ray.

Weekend Box Office – SAFE HOUSE Barely Tops THE VOW in Competitive President’s Day Race

by     Posted 2 years, 57 days ago

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Those of you who like a side of certainty with your box office entrée may want to dine elsewhere this morning. That’s because we’re witnessing an extremely close race between Safe House and The Vow for number one. As estimates currently stand, Safe House seems to have the edge – $23.9 million to The Vow’s $23.6 million. But the real news is how none of the new President’s Day releases – including the 3D sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – could threaten the holdovers in their fight for first.

Title Weekend Total
1 Safe House $23,900,000 $78.2
2 The Vow $23,600,000 $85.5
3 Ghost Rider 2 $22,000,000 $22
4 Journey 2 $20,085,000 $53.2
5 This Means War $17,550,000 $19.1
6 Phantom Menace $7,865,000 $33.7
7 Chronicle $7,500,000 $50.9
8 Woman in Black $6,645,000 $45.2
9 Secret World Arrietty $6,375,000 $6.3
10 The Grey $3,000,000 $47.9

McG Talks THIS MEANS WAR, SPRING AWAKENING, TINK, TERMINATOR SALVATION Original Ending & Deleted Scenes, PUZZLE PALACE

by     Posted 2 years, 58 days ago

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Opening this weekend is the action-comedy This Means War. Directed by McG, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy portray the world’s deadliest CIA operatives who are also inseparable partners and best friends…until they fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon).  Rather than giving up and allowing one of the two to continue seeing Witherspoon, Hardy and Pine put their CIA gadgetry and know-how to work in order to derail each another’s relationship with the girl.  For more on the film, here’s six clips and Matt’s review.

During the recent Los Angeles press junket, I was able to land an exclusive video interview with McG.  We talked about making This Means War, the battle with the MPAA over rating and what they had to cut to get a PG-13, test screenings, deleted scenes, and what will be on the Blu-ray (it’ll have a Bond-style title sequence).  In addition, with McG attached to so many other projects, I got updates on his TV pilot Guilty (about a lawyer that’s been disbarred), Spring Awakening, Dead Spy Running (a spy movie that Stephen Gaghan is writing and possibly directing), Face It (a romantic comedy), Monster Squad (he’s not involved anymore), Medieval (the status is up in the air at Regency), Tink (will star Elizabeth Banks as Tinkerbell), I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President (they haven’t cracked the script yet), Puzzle Palace (a thriller like Die Hard about a boy who has to break in to 1 Police Plaza in New York), Ouija (he’s not involved anymore), The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League (will star Amanda Seyfried as a girl who steals someone’s identity to attend an Ivy League school), and we also talked about the 30 to 40 minutes of deleted scenes from Terminator Salvation and an alternate ending where Skynet wins.  Hit the jump to watch.

Friday Box Office – THE VOW, SAFE HOUSE and GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE in Tight Race Entering President’s Day Weekend

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Another Friday, another surprisingly competitive box office race. According to estimates, three films were within one million dollars of claiming first place; though that is expected to change as the long holiday weekend progresses. In first place yesterday with $7.4 million was Sony/Screen Gems’ The Vow.  Even considering the film’s victory last weekend and its impressive seven day cume, analysts expected The Vow to fall to third in its sophomore frame.  Instead, the romantic-drama is making a play for another weekend on top, with a projected take of at least $25 million. On Friday, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance debuted with $7 million – just shy of The Vow’s first place finish. By Monday, however, the sequel should succumb to Nic Cage’s curse and drop to third behind holdover drama Safe House. The lingering success of The Vow proved a curse for the new romantic-comedy This Means War.  The would-be Valentine’s hit debuted in fourth place and is not expected to reach $20 million by Monday.  Finally, The Secret World of Arrietty may not have made the top five, but its projected four-day take of $7.5 million would double the highest debut of a Disney/Studio Ghibli animated film. Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 The Vow $7,400,000 $69.3
2 Ghost Rider 2 $7,000,000 $7
3 Safe House $6,500,000 $67.2
4 This Means War $5,600,000 $5.6
5 Journey 2 $4,500,000 $37.6

Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Chelsea Handler and Director McG Talk THIS MEANS WAR

by     Posted 2 years, 62 days ago

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In This Means War, which opens on Valentine’s Day, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy portray the world’s deadliest CIA operatives who are also inseparable partners and best friends…until they fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever – each other.

We sat down at a recent press conference with Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Chelsea Handler and director McG to talk about what happens when a longstanding personal and professional bond is put to the test. Reese and Tom revealed why their paint ball scene turned into a real ice breaker. Tom talked about working opposite Chris Pine and what happens when two actors with very different fighting styles face off on screen. McG revealed that the DVD will be a Chelsea feast because her raciest jokes had to be dropped to get a PG 13 rating. He also discussed directing a film that’s part comedy, romance, action and thriller and how he had three alternative endings in mind, including one with a homoerotic finish.

THIS MEANS WAR Review

by     Posted 2 years, 63 days ago

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This Means War is like plummeting to your death but pushing that thought out of your head and trying to enjoy the free fall.  You know it’s going to end badly, you shouldn’t be enjoying this, but there’s a silver lining in the exhilaration.  You have to embrace the charming lead performances in McG‘s action-rom-com in order to take your mind off their completely loathsome characters and the story’s gaping plot holes.  It is a master class is why movie stars are movie stars, and how the best of them can let you have breezy fun until you splatter on the sidewalk.

THE WOLVERINE Release Date Set for July 26, 2013; ALEX CROSS Dated for October 26, 2012 and Fox Pushes THIS MEANS WAR Back to February 17

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We’ve got a few release dates to share with you today. First and foremost, The Wolverine is finally set to land on July 26th, 2013. The sequel to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine has gone through a lengthy development process, as Darren Aronofsky was initially set to direct before ultimately dropping out. James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Knight and Day) is now set to helm the follow-up, which will take place mostly in Japan.

Story details are scarce, but Hugh Jackman recently hinted that they may end up filming both a PG-13 and R-rated version of the pic. While Mangold isn’t as exciting a choice as Aronofsky, I’m a fan of his previous work and I look forward to seeing what he does with the Wolverine character. The pic faces very little competition on that late July release date, as the Dirty Dancing reboot and the Phineas and Ferb movie are the only other films currently scheduled for the same weekend. Hit the jump for release date news concerning the Tyler Perry-fronted James Patterson adaptation Alex Cross, as well as a last minute shuffle for This Means War.

6 Clips from THIS MEANS WAR Starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon

by     Posted 2 years, 72 days ago

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We’ve been provided with six clips from the upcoming action-comedy This Means War to share with our readers. Directed by McG, the film stars Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as two CIA operatives who realize they’re dating the same girl (Reese Witherspoon). Rather than giving up and allowing one of the two to continue seeing Witherspoon, Hardy and Pine put their CIA gadgetry and know-how to work in order to derail each another’s relationship with the girl.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and look for interviews with the cast and McG soon. This Means War opens February 14th.

Fox Moves THIS MEANS WAR Starring Chris Pine and Tom Hardy Up to Valentine’s Day

by     Posted 2 years, 89 days ago

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If action-packed love triangles are your thing, Fox may have just switched up your Valentine’s Day plans. The studio announced today that they’re moving up the release of McG’s action-comedy This Means War. The film stars Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as two CIA operatives who find out they’re dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). They then proceed to utilize their super secret CIA skills (explosions and dart guns) to battle for Witherspoon’s affection. The trailer looked pretty ridiculous, but I’m still holding out hope that the full film delivers. The cast is enticing and the premise could be a lot of fun if executed right, so we’ll see if McG has a winner. The film’s biggest Valentine’s Day competition is The Vow starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, which opens on February 10th. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and bet that most guys will be partial to the one with explosions.

McG Talks AIM HIGH, THIS MEANS WAR, Upcoming TV Projects, TERMINATOR: SALVATION Deleted Scenes and More

by     Posted 2 years, 181 days ago

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A self-admitted lover of technology, it’s no surprise that McG is producing the new media series Aim High, premiering on Facebook and Cambio on October 18th, and mixing the quality of any television series or big screen feature with interactive content. Using technology to break down the wall of separation between the viewer and the show, Facebook will incorporate the pictures from your profile into the six-part first season, while looking to do the same with your personal music for a possible second season.

At a press day for the web series, McG spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about the appeal of working on such a cutting edge project, assembling such a strong cast, the challenge of getting such a quality product done in such a small time frame (less than two weeks) and without a great deal of money, and why he thinks mixing acne with espionage is a winning formula. He also talked about juggling so many projects at once, in both film and television, how fun it is to create something that touches the world, knowing when to move on from something that isn’t working out, and his hope of someday releasing a DVD cut of Terminator: Salvation with the extra footage from the film. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

First Trailer and Promo Poster for McG’s THIS MEANS WAR Starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, and Reese Witherspoon

by     Posted 2 years, 186 days ago

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The first trailer for McG’s action-romantic-comedy This Means War has gone online.  Chris Pine and Tom Hardy play covert operatives who are also best friends, but resort to their special-ops training when they compete for the affections of the same woman (Reese Witherspoon).  As you’ll see in the trailer, it’s a gross misuse of CIA resources, but that’s not my big problem with what I’m seeing.  McG seems to have gone all-in on the action and almost completely forgotten the comedy.  It’s an inherently absurd premise that two CIA agents would use their special-ops training for a silly romantic entanglement.  But McG looks like he’s taking it absolutely seriously.  Maybe the juxtaposition works better in the context of the whole movie, but this trailer is somewhat disheartening.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the promo poster (which is just the logo, but whatever).  This Means War opens February 17th.

Exclusive: McG Talks OUIJA, Future Film and TV Projects, and the Possibility of a TERMINATOR: SALVATION Director’s Cut Release

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At the press junket for the new interactive web series Aim High, starring Jackson Rathbone (Jasper in The Twilight Saga) and Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), executive producer McG was there to express his passion for the cutting edge project that will incorporate viewers’ personal Facebook profiles into the story of a high school student (Rathbone) living a double life as a government operative while dreaming of the most popular girl in school (Teegarden).

While we will run that portion of the interview closer to the web series’ October 18th premiere, we did want to let you know what he had to say about what else he’s currently juggling. In post-production on the action-comedy This Means War (starring Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine) and with six television series currently in development for next season, McG said that he’s looking at a few films right now and will probably decide what he’ll focus on next before the holidays. With so many things on his plate, not everything will end up actually getting made, which he said may be the case with the Ouija board movie that Universal dropped from their production schedule. And, while he knows they did a lot of things right with Terminator: Salvation, he also knows that they did a lot of things wrong, so only time will tell whether or not that director’s cut with all the additional footage will ever be released on DVD/Blu-ray. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Fox Sets Release Dates for McG’s THIS MEANS WAR and the Supernatural Drama CHRONICLE

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20th Century Fox has announced release dates for its upcoming films This Means War and Chronicle.  According to Box Office Mojo, This Means War is set for February 17, 2012.  Directed by McG, the film is an action-romantic-comedy that stars Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as former black-ops agents who go to war with each other when the fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon).  The other films currently set for the Presidents’ Day weekend are Ghost Rider 2 and Studio Ghibli’s Arrietty which was written and produced by Hayao Miyazaki.

As for Chronicle, the film recently cast Dane DeHaan (In Treatment) as one of three teenagers who develop superpowers after they’re exposed to a mysterious substance.  The film is the feature debut of Josh Trank and comes from a script by Max Landis (Masters of Horror).  Chronicle is slated for February 3, 2012, and currently has no competition at that date.

Abigail Spencer Joins THIS MEANS WAR; TV Pilots VEEP, WILFRIED, and PERCEPTION Add to Cast

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We have a few casting notices of the female persuasion this fine evening.  First up: Abigail Spencer (Mad Men) has signed on for a role in This Means War.  She joins Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, and Angela Bassett.  The storcy centers on “two best friends (Pine and Hardy), who are also covert agents, that fall in love with the same woman (Witherspoon), setting in motion a battle between spies for the woman’s heart.”  According to Heat Vision, Spencer plays Hardy’s ex-wife; Bassett plays his boss. The comedy, directed by McG (Terminator Salvation), is currently shooting in British Columbia.

Hit the jump for more casting news on three TV pilots: HBO’s Veep, FX’s Wilfried, and TNT’s Perception.

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