Friday March 7, 2014
Are you ready for more intense stylized action and gobs of blood flying at the camera? 300: Rise of an Empire arrives minus 300 ab-tastic star Gerard Butler but with Lena Headey back as Queen Gorgo and with the addition of Eva Green as the lead villain. Yes, Rodrigo Santoro's back as Xerxes, but trust me, Eva Green's Artemisia is far more intimidating and scary. Also opening this weekend is the feature film adaptation of a classic cartoon series. Mr. Peabody and Sherman is the story of a genius dog (voiced by Modern Family's Ty Burrell) and his best two-legged friend (voiced by Max Charles) and the troubles they get into with their time machine.
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Thursday March 6, 2014
Author Ira Levin's Veronica's Room is going to be made into a feature film, with TWC-Dimension signing on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes writer Mark Bomback to write the script. Levin, who also wrote Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives, first unveiled Veronica's Room on the Broadway stage back in 1973 yet it's taken until 2014 to get a film version underway.
Announcing Bomback's involvement, The Weinstein Company Co-Chairman Bob Weinstein said, "Mark coming on board is huge for this project. He shares the same passion for Ira's play that I do and together we hope to make something very sinister and special."
Bomback said, "I've been a massive fan of the brilliant Ira Levin for as long as I can remember, and it's a true privilege to adapt this creepy gem of a story."
The official synopsis: "The dark tale of Veronica's Room explores the thin line between fantasy and reality. Students Susan and Larry find themselves enticed to an old New England mansion by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that Susan bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, the family member's long-dead sister. They believe her presence will comfort the dementia-afflicted woman and allow her to die in peace. But what begins as a simple errand of mercy quickly spirals into a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice, and murder."
Bomback's additional credits include Fifty Shades of Grey, The Wolverine, the 2012 Total Recall, and Unstoppable. His script for Art of Racing in the Rain is currently in production at Universal.
(Photo © Fox Searchlight)
Wednesday March 5, 2014
Kill the Messenger
finally has a confirmed release date. The dramatic movie will arrive in theaters on October 10, 2014, initially in limited release. Focus Features plans to add additional theaters in the weeks following its limited opening.
Two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Town, The Hurt Locker) stars in the thriller which was directed Michael Cuesta (12 and Holding, TV's Elementary) and is based on Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Gary Webb's true story. The cast also includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Tim Black Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, and Michael Sheen.
The official synopsis: "Jeremy Renner stars as Gary Webb, the real-life dedicated reporter for The San Jose Mercury-News. In the 1990s, Webb uncovered the Central Intelligence Agency's role in importing cocaine into California that was sold to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Supported by his wife and children, Webb pursued the story and went public with his evidence. When targeted for a vicious smear campaign by the CIA and rival journalists, Webb found himself fighting for his reputation and his family."
Renner's currently busy filming Avengers: Age of Ultron coming to theaters May 1, 2015.
Monday March 3, 2014
The LEGO Movie
had a healthy run at the top of the box office chart, however in its third weekend of release it was no match for the power of Liam Neeson and Son of God
. Neeson's gained a new following over the past dozen years since tackling starring roles in action films, normally ones that find him playing a character who's all alone in his fight against numerous bad guys. His latest action film, Non-Stop
, doesn't allow him quite as much room to actually fight the villains, but it did allow him to play a menacing, 'one man against many' Federal Air Marshal who's deeply flawed but nonetheless lethal. Non-Stop
saw Neeson's action fans turning out in droves and pushing the thriller past Son of God
(which had strong support from church groups) and the reigning champ, The LEGO Movie
Top 10 Films for Weekend of February 28-March 2, 2014
1) Non-Stop - $30,019,350
2) Son of God - $26,500,000
3) The LEGO Movie - $21,015,000
4) Monuments Men - $5,000,000
5) 3 Days to Kill - $4,900,000
6) RoboCop - $4,500,000
7) Pompeii - $4,300,000
8) Frozen - $3,611,000
9) About Last Night - $3,400,000
10) Ride Along - $3,065,160
(Photo © Universal Pictures)