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Wednesday, October 31, 2012



In the last 24 hours, everyone's been buzzing about the big news that Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas for the astronomical figure of $4 Billion. Above is a video of Disney CEO Bob Iger and George Lucas discussing the finer details of this deal. It's quite obvious that this is not just a simple acquisition, but also a golden oportunity for Disney to carry on with such franchises as "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones". And that is exactly what they plan to do. The first thing Disney announced is that "Star Wars: Episode 7" is planned for a 2015 release date. Not only that, but Episode 7 will mark the beginning of a new trilogy, with episodes 8 and 9 to be released in 2017 and 2019, assuming that no Earth-shattering cataclysm occurs until then. Indeed, Disney gives a whole new meaning to the term "planning ahead". The new "Star Wars" releases will be entirely Disney property and 20th Century Fox will no longer be involved. However, it seems that Fox still holds the home video release rights and that contract doesn't expire until May 2020, so it's safe to assume that a legal battle will ensue. The legal troubles include the 3D re-releases of the remaining five films in the series, which Fox will also handle. Hopefully, they'll get things sorted out until 2015.

But let's put aside the dark legal aspects for a bit and talk some more about "Star Wars: Episode 7". Lucas will still be attached to the franchise as a "creative consultant" and Kathleen Kennedy will serve as executive producer for the new trilogy. Here is a video of George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy discussing the future of the "Star Wars" films :



The acquisition also involves Lucas' videogame franchises, his visual effect company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound. Disney plans to leave ILM "as it is". Also, there is no mention of future "Indiana Jones" films, but never say never. In case you haven't had enough of details about this deal, click the link below to read the full official press release.



Official Synopsis: Beth Raymer (Rebecca Hall) is a beautiful girl with a big heart who leaves her dancing job at a Florida strip club to become a Las Vegas cocktail waitress. Not exactly an ideal career choice, but her borderline-ditzy personality doesn’t give her many options. In walks Dink (Bruce Willis), a professional sports bettor who sees through her bubbly exterior and offers her a job placing wagers all over town to gain an advantage over the casinos. Her surprisingly impeccable mind for numbers soon cements her status as Dink’s good-luck charm, until his gorgeous-but-frigid wife, Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones), starts to get jealous. Faced with no other choice but to fire Beth, Dink’s luck runs out when she heads to New York to work for a smarmy bookie, a turn of events that lands her squarely on the wrong side of the law.

Release Date: December 7, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: Wreck-It Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (voice of McBrayer). Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan—win a medal—but soon wrecks everything, and accidently unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph’s only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman), a young troublemaking “glitch” from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before it’s “Game Over” for the entire arcade?

Release Date: November 2, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski and Dolph Lundgren star in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, which ups the ante in the UNIVERSAL SOLDIER series, giving you more hard-hitting, bloody, no-holds-barred fighting action.

John (Adkins, The Expendables 2) wakes up from a coma to discover his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme). While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol (Arlovski). As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army of genetically enhanced warriors led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew Scott (Lundgren), John discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true.

Release Date: On Demand - October 25, 2012; theatrical release - November 30, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation -- the narrators of "Cloud Atlas" hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small. Written and directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant.

Release Date: October 26, 2012 (US)



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twilight breaking dawn part 2 poster Official Synopsis: The astonishing conclusion to the series, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2, illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions. The epic love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen concludes in this final installment of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling series. DREAMGIRLS' Bill Condon directs this second segment of the two-film adaptation.

Release Date: November 16, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.

Release Date: November 21, 2012 (US)




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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Official Synopsis: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski and Dolph Lundgren star in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, which ups the ante in the UNIVERSAL SOLDIER series, giving you more hard-hitting, bloody, no-holds-barred fighting action.

John (Adkins, The Expendables 2) wakes up from a coma to discover his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme). While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol (Arlovski). As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army of genetically enhanced warriors led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew Scott (Lundgren), John discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true.

Release Date: On Demand - October 25, 2012; theatrical release - November 30, 2012 (US)



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flight denzel washington movie posterOfficial Synopsis: In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault, and what really happened on that plane?

Release Date: November 2, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: After India’s (Mia Wasikowska) father (Dermot Mulroney) dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

Release Date: March 1, 2013 (US)




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twilight breaking dawn part 2 poster Official Synopsis: The astonishing conclusion to the series, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2, illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions. The epic love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen concludes in this final installment of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling series. DREAMGIRLS' Bill Condon directs this second segment of the two-film adaptation.

Release Date: November 16, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.

Release Date: November 21, 2012 (US)




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Official Synopsis: After being struck and killed by lightning, a young man recounts the way he blackmailed his fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Chris Colfer, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Allison Janney, Sarah Hyland

Director: Brian Dannelly ("Saved!")

Screenplay: Chris Colfer

Release Date: TBA



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Monday, October 29, 2012


A new official image from "The Wolverine" (above) has surfaced online and it shows Hugh Jackman in character, showing off Wolverine's bone claws, that is, before his entire skeleton was covered in the indestructible Adamantium. This indicates that Wolverine's origin story will be advanced, but the big surprise is that according to director James Mangold, "The Wolverine" is not a prequel to the "X-Men" trilogy like "X-Men Origins" was, but a sequel. Here is what Mangold had to say:
"Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all. Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him. That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline. I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that’s such an interesting part of Logan’s character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie."



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Official Synopsis: After the death of his father, Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), an aspiring New York writer, meets Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a wild and infectiously charismatic ex-con. They hit it off immediately. Determined to avoid the pitfalls of a narrow, prescribed life, Sal hits the road, joining Dean on what evolves into a life-changing physical and emotional odyssey. Thirsting for freedom, they discover the world, the ecstasy of experience, the connectedness of humanity and ultimately themselves.

Release Date: December 21, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M (JUDI DENCH) is tested as her past returns to haunt her. 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (RALPH FIENNES), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent, Eve (NAOMIE HARRIS) – following a trail to the mysterious Silva (JAVIER BARDEM), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

Release Date: November 9, 2012 (US)



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twilight breaking dawn part 2 poster Official Synopsis: The astonishing conclusion to the series, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2, illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions. The epic love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen concludes in this final installment of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling series. DREAMGIRLS' Bill Condon directs this second segment of the two-film adaptation.

Release Date: November 16, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: t’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.

Release Date: 25 January 2013 (US)



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Official Synopsis: The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date: November 9, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: Catching up with Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) 15 years after the traumatic incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have evolved into vengeful bounty hunters dedicated to exterminating witches. Over the years, the siblings became expert hunters, famous for their proficiency at tracking and taking down their prey. Although still recovering from their ordeal, their work is relatively easy as for an unknown reason harmful spells and curses do not work well against them.

The Mayor of Augsburg recruits them to rid the town and nearby forests of an evil sorceress (Famke Janssen) who is planning to sacrifice many local children at the witches’ gathering during the upcoming ‘Blood Moon’ night in two days time. To make things worse, the duo also has to deal with the brutal Sheriff Berringer (Peter Stormare) who has taken power in Augsburg and conducts a very indiscriminate witch-hunt of his own.

Release Date: January 13, 2013 (US)



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Sunday, October 28, 2012

New Wide Releases: "Cloud Atlas", "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D", "Fun Size", "Chasing Mavericks".

Weekend Total: aprox. $75M.

Biggest Drop : "Paranormal Activity 4" (-70%)

Smallest Drop : "Argo" (-24%)

Rank Title Weekend Domestic ForeignBudgetDays
1
$12.3M
$60M
$1M
$44M
17
2
$9.5M
$130M
$68M
$85M
31
3
$9.4M
$9.4M
N/A
N/A
3
4
$8.6M
$42M
$48M
$5M
10
5
$8M
$117M
$175M
$45M
24
6
$8M
$8M
N/A
$20M
3
7
$5.5M
$30M
N/A
N/A
17
8
$5M
$39M
N/A
$3M
17
9
$5M
$19M
N/A
$35M
10
10
$4M
$4M
N/A
$14M
3
 


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This post contains all the news, trailers, movie clips, DVD/Blu-Ray releases and many more, that you may have missed in the last seven days, arranged in an accessible manner. Just browse and click the article titles you want to read. Read the full article to check out the weekly summary.



Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the Conan franchise. The former Governor will reunite with Universal for a reboot called "The Legend of Conan", which is said to follow directly after the original "Conan The Barbarian", ignoring its sequel and the 2011 reboot. The script may be written by Chris Morgan ("Fast and Furious 6"), who is also the one who came up with the story for this reboot. According to Paradox Entertainment CEO, Fredrik Malmberg :
"The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make. It’s that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle."


"Assassin's Creed" fans will be glad to hear that the big screen adaptation of the famous videogame franchise is still moving forward. The film, which is set to star Michael Fassbender ("Shame", "Centurion") in the lead role (he will also co-produce), has secured financing and distribution from New Regency. The company sees "Assassin's Creed" as their "first big commercial action franchise property". The next logical step is to secure a director, a screenwriter and then fill in the rest of the cast.



Another videogame franchise is speeding towards the big screen. "Mass Effect" is also getting its own adaptation from Legendary Pictures. An initial draft of the script was being handled by Mark Protosevich ("I Am Legend"), but recently there have been reports that Protosevich's draft was dismissed and that Morgan Davis Foehl has been brough in to tackle the script. Foehl worked as an assistant editor on "Rescue Me" and "Click", but his work as a writer has not been particularly fruitful (a script of his from 2009 made the Black List, but hasn't been produced). The producers are said to have "sparked to Foehl’s take on the project given that he is a Mass Effect fan and has also penned action pics with a strong espionage bent, material similar to the overall plot of the Mass Effect games."



Screenwriter John Logan ("Gladiator", "Hugo") will return to pen the script for the 24th and 25th James Bond films. Logan was responsible for rewriting the "Skyfall" script and it seems that the filmmakers were very pleased by the outcome, especially since early reviews seem to qualify the film as the best Bond film ever. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are hoping to release the next film in 2014, probably in November. Reports also state that Logan's pitch for the new script involves a two-movie story arc.



Al Pacino, Julianne Moore and Jeremy Renner have signed on for the rocker drama "Imagine", which will be directed by "Crazy, Stupid, Love" writer Dan Fogelman. The story follows an aging 1970's rocker (played by Pacino), who discovers an undelivered letter written to him when he was 19 by John Lennon that determines him to get his life back on track and connect with the son he's never met (played by Renner). Julianne Moore will play the owner of a small New Jersey hotel where the rocker will stay.



The sequel to "X-Men: First Class" will no longer be directed by Matthew Vaughn. The studio is now scrambling to find a replacement and rumors put Bryan Singer ("X-Men", "X2") at the top of that list. The sequel, titled "X-Men: Days of Future Past" will have the original cast reprising their roles and is scheduled for release on July 18, 2014.



Another one of Stephen King's works is getting the big screen treatment. "Gramma", a short story King wrote in 1985 will become a full feature film called "Mercy" and will star Frances O'Connor" ("A.I."). The film will be directed by Peter Cornwell ("The Haunting in Connecticut") and the script is written by Matt Greenberg ("1408"). Here is the what story is about :
"Story follows two young boys who go with their single mother (O’Connor) to take care of their elderly, senile grandmother named Mercy, only to discover that she’s a witch who made an evil pact with a dark force many years before."


Because studios really love their horror fans, "Paranormal Activity 5" has been greenlit for a Halloween 2013 release. "Paranormal Activity 4" hasn't been doing that well at the box-office, but considering the very small budget required for these flicks, it's no surprise Paramount still wants to hold on to their franchise, especially since competition during the Halloween week is usually weak now that "Saw" is long gone. Not only that, but Paramount is also working on a spin-off that is said to be released in Spring 2013.



Ryan Gosling has dropped out of Nicolas Winding Refn's remake of "Logan's Run". The remake doesn't seem to be going anywhere and now the lead actor has left the project. Warner Bros. have been waiting on the project for a while and it doesn't look like they'll be starting work anytime soon.



James Cameron is planning to direct a thriller based on Taylor Stevens' novel "The Informationist", after he's done with "Avatar 2" and 3, which will be shot back-to-back. For more information on the project, here is the official press release :
"LOS ANGELES, (October 23, 2012) – Lightstorm Entertainment has acquired motion picture rights to the acclaimed 2011 novel The Informationist by Taylor Stevens, as vehicle for James Cameron to direct for 20th Century Fox Film. The Informationist will be a project for Cameron after he completes work on the second and third “Avatar” films, which are currently in pre-production.

Published in October 2011, Stevens’ tale centers on Vanessa “Michael” Munroe, an information specialist, whose work is in-demand by corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. When a Texas oil billionaire hires her to find his daughter who vanished in Africa four years ago. Munroe finds herself back in the lands of her childhood. Betrayed, cut off from civilization, and left for dead, she must come face-to-face with the past that she’s tried for so long to forget.

Cameron will produce with Lightstorm partner, Jon Landau. The producers expect to hire a writer to adapt the novel shortly.

Jim Cameron stated: “Taylor Stevens’ Vanessa Michael Munroe is an intriguing and compelling heroine with an agile mind and a thirst for adventure. Equally fascinating for me is her emotional life and her unexpected love story. I’m looking forwarding to bringing Vanessa and her world to the big screen.”

Added Landau: “This was an opportunity to continue our relationship with Fox and Jim Gianopulos beyond the ‘Avatar’ films. We were drawn to this book because of the terrific, compelling narrative and the character, who typifies the strong female protagonists that have inhabited Jim’s work – in this case Vanessa Munroe is essentially a mix of Lisbeth Salander and Jason Bourne.”

A second “Vanessa Michael Munroe” novel, The Innocent, was published earlier this year.

Author Taylor Stevens has a background every bit as intriguing as her heroine’s. Born in New York State, and into the Children of God, an apocalyptic religious cult spun from the Jesus Movement of the ’60s, Stevens was raised in communes across the globe. Separated from her family at age twelve and denied an education beyond sixth grade, she lived on three continents and in a dozen countries before reaching fourteen. In place of schooling, the majority of her adolescence was spent begging on city streets at the behest of cult leaders, or as a worker bee child, caring for the many younger commune children, washing laundry and cooking meals for hundreds at a time. In her twenties, Stevens broke free in order to follow hope and a vague idea of what possibilities lay beyond. She now lives in Texas, and juggles full-time writing with full-time motherhood."




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