January 02, 2015

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In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker.
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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol sizzles in IMAX debut – Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows Box Office

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: This was a weekend where two films gave the strongest evidence yet that there may be some kind of ‘slump’ in domestic box office while a third stood as a firm ‘It’s the movie, stupid!’ rebuttal. The two main wide releases, heavily marketed sequels to exceptionally popular originals, opened at levels far below their predecessors. The top film of the weekend was Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows (review), which debuted with a seemingly solid $40 million. But the sequel opened 36% lower than the first Sherlock Holmes opened with over Christmas weekend two years ago ($62 million). That’s a pretty big drop, especially when it wasn’t exactly contending with the $75 million-grossing second weekend of Avatar this time around. I’ve long been of the opinion that the pre-Christmas weekend is among the strongest to open a film, as you can parlay your opening weekend into two full weeks of ‘school vacation’ time and get some occasionally incredible legs (essay). The film cost $125 million, which is a touch more than the $90 million original, but still not a case of overspending on a sequel. It remains to see whether this frankly shockingly depressed opening is a case of moviegoers not having an interest in the continuing adventures of this variation on Sherlock Holmes or whether it’s merely a case of it not being appointment viewing. Also not helping matters was the blogosphere obsessing about a seven-minute Dark Knight Rises prologue (which actually kinda stunk) that was playing in 40 IMAX theaters showing Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol while ignoring the actual Dark Knight Rises trailer (which is officially offline until I presume Monday morning) that was attached to all prints of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

The marketing certainly did not help make this one ‘appointment viewing’, as it basically promised more of the same, but with lots of gunfire this time (teaser and trailer)! Casting a character actor (Jared Harris) as arch-villain Professor Moriarty may have been the right artistic choice, but it was possibly fatal to the PR campaign, as it left the film without a new hook to sell the sequel (imagine a wholly different marketing strategy based around Brat Pitt or Daniel Day Lewis as Moriarty ala Health Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight). Best case scenario, Guy Ritchie’s period action-adventure […]

“Sherlock Holmes,” “Chipmunks” off to slow box-office starts

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Box office success for the new “Sherlock Holmes” movie isn’t so elementary, my dear Watson.
Despite the introduction of chief nemesis Professor Moriarty (Jared Hess) and the return of the bulk of the creative team, Guy Ritchie’s “Game of Shadows” is off to a slower start than its immediate predecessor according to Friday box office figures. THR says that the bombastic sequel has pulled in an estimated $15 million, putting it on track for a $42-$45M opening.
The original “Sherlock,” a much more enjoyable affair (in my humble opinion), opened to $62.3M in 2009. But reviews for “Shadows” haven’t been nearly as favorable … and the sequel has stiff competition in Brad Bird’s “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” which is off to a red-hot start in limited release.
Paramount’s sequel, opening on IMAX screens ahead of its Dec. 21 wide release, nabbed an estimated $4.6M on 425 screens. Analysts believe that the inclusion of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” prologue ahead of “Ghost Protocol” helped boost the “Mission” numbers. But we’ll see how the sequel performs on its own in wider release.
Elsewhere, the third “Alvin and the Chipmunks” got off to a relatively slow start, given the previous films’ successes. It earned $7 million on Friday, targeting a $13M weekend.
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star talks sister’s stay in rehab

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Kim Richards is reportedly seeking some help in rehab, and it sounds like everything is going well.
Kyle Richards recently commented that her sister is “doing very well” these days since checking into rehab, states UsMagazine.com.
Kim has reportedly been in rehab for about two weeks now and is apparently “fantastic.”
Kim is allegedly still in rehab and will reportedly be there through the holidays.
Do you think she’ll get better?
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“The Expendables 2″ trailer features Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sylvester Stallone is hard at work filming a sequel to his men-in-arms smash “The Expendables.” But they’ve filmed just enough footage to piece together a teaser clip, which Lionsgate has posted online. We have it below, or you can see it in hi res over on Apple’s iTunes site.
Basically, the tease offers a scene of Bruce Willis explaining to Stallone why he’s about to be thrown back into the fray. Then, it’s a laundry list of the action heroes Stallone has recruited for the sequel – Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme (!!) — and pictures of all of them holding massive guns.
You need more than that?
Then you’ll have to wait until next summer, when “The Expendables 2” opens. Here’s the teaser. The sequel, directed by Simon West, opens in theaters on Aug. 17.

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Bruce Willis, The Rock in new “G.I. Joe” trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Audience members at Harry Knowles’ Butt-Numb-A-Thon in Austin over the weekend were treated to an early peek at the trailer for “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” a sequel to the summer blockbuster that brings The Rock and Bruce Willis into an already macho fold.
We thought we’d have to wait a while to share the clip with you. Turns out, we only had to wait a few days.
The new trailer is posted below. Directed by Jon M. Chu, “Retaliation” continues the story started in “Rise of Cobra” and seems to suggest that, for now, the bad guys are winning. Channing Tatum and RFay Park return to the ensemble as Captain Duke Hauser and Snake Eyes. Jonathan Pryce will star as the U.S. president, while lovely Adrianne Palicki joins the fun as Lady Jaye.
But we’re going to see Willis and The Rock, who intros the new clip. Check it out, and tell us what you think:

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Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones in first “Men In Black 3″ trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Galaxy defenders Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back, in black, as “Men In Black 3” prepares for its summer 2012 release. The movie has been shooting (and re-shooting) in and around New York City. This morning, the first official trailer dropped. We have it below!
I’m a fan of the “MIB” franchise. I even liked the second one, which takes a beating with moviegoers (for some odd reason). Given how well Smith and Jones play off each other, I’m surprised it took them so long to get the team back together for part three. These are expensive endeavors, however, and with a time-travel component, I’m sure “MIB3” cost a pretty penny.
The premise is still being kept under wraps, but here’s what we can tell from the clip. Agent J (Smith) can’t find his partner, Agent K (Jones), who might be dead. In order to piece together the puzzle, J takes a plunge off the Empire State Building and crash lands in 1969, where he meets … well, I’ll let you figure that out for yourself.
Barry Sonnenfeld returns to direct this third “Men In Black,” which also co-stars Alice Eve, Emma Thompson, Josh Brolin and Rip Torn (yay!).
The sequel has circled a May 25, 2012 release date.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Young Adult open huge in limited release

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: In what one might call ‘the calm before the storm’, two middling wide releases debuted to relatively middling numbers. Next week sees a flurry of major wide releases over the last two weeks of the year, so this frame was a bit of a breather. The top film was New Year’s Eve, which debuted with $13.8 million. That’s one of the weakest #1 debuts of the year, and about $1 million less than Valentine’s Day grossed on its first day back in February 2010. That film scored the record for a romantic comedy debut with $56 million over Fri-Sun. Of course, that film had romantic comedy heavyweights like Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Queen Latifah, and Jennifer Garner. This film had a slightly lower-wattage cast, with only Katherine Heigl and Zac Efron qualifying as box office draws. The newbies this time around (Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Hillary Swank, Jon Bon Jovi, Halle Berry, Lea Michele, etc) are names, but not actual ‘bring them to the theater’ movie stars.
Oddly enough, the film opened significantly lower than what Heigl, Efron, and Ashton Kutcher (who was also the lead in Valentine’s Day) bring in on their own (Jessica Biel was also in both, but she’s never been a draw). Which leads one to believe that this was a problem of ‘fool me once, shame on you’. Valentine’s Day was not very popular in the long run, earning $110 million after scoring $63 million in its four-day opening (that’s Green Lantern/Watchmen/Twilight Saga ‘legs’). The first film was somewhat of a novelty, a Love Actually with Americans and a massively star-packed romantic comedy about Valentine’s Day that opened over Valentine’s Day weekend. This just looked like a cash-in, which is what it probably was. The original cost $52 million while this sequel/spin-off/etc cost $56 million. Warner is going to have to hope for some holiday legs on this one, but as the only romantic comedy in the marketplace it may have some luck with that.
The only other wide release was David Gordon Green’s The Sitter. The Jonah Hill comedy, which was sold as an R-rated and more ‘extreme’ version of Adventures In Babysitting, debuted with just $10 million. This was the first real test of Jonah Hill’s ‘by himself’ star power, and as such it’s […]

“The Dark Knight Rises” prologue preview screens in L.A.

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Christopher Nolan let Batman geeks open their Christmas gifts early this year, revealing the “Dark Knight Rises Prologue” that will be attached to “Mission: Impossible” next week to journalists and studio guests in Los Angeles Thursday night.
Specific details are forbidden – and really, you’ll want to be relatively unspoiled when you see the footage for yourself next week – but we can tell you that the prologue is very similar in nature to the bank heist that opened “The Dark Knight,” which served as an introduction to Batman’s chief antagonist, The Joker (Heath Ledger).
This time out, the intro takes place in a plane, and will set up Tom Hardy’s Bane, Batman’s foe in “Rises.” Though the sequences sound similar in nature, they’re vastly different and, according to all accounts, take full advantage of the IMAX technology Nolan used to film his anticipated sequel.
The prologue is not without fault, however.
The prevailing attitude after the screening suggested that Bane’s dialogue – perhaps due to Hardy’s accent, and perhaps due to the fact that the character wears a mask over his nose and mouth – was unintelligible.
Nolan did admit to the problem at a post-screening reception, telling THR that there are points in the movie where the viewer might not get every line. Expect the director to try and clean the audio up in post, however, or possibly bring Hardy back in to re-record lines that are inaudible.
For now, the “Rises” prologue will be attached to IMAX prints of Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible” on Dec. 16. And a full trailer for the film is expected to be released online later today. Stay tuned, Bat fans!
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“Rock of Ages” trailer attached to “Sherlock Holmes”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Here’s a legitimate reason to get to the theaters early if you’re planning on seeing Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” sequel, “Game of Shadows.” Warner Bros. plans to attach the first trailer for Adam Shankman’s musical “Rock of Ages,” teasing the picture’s June 1, 2012 release date.
Shankman’s adaptation stars Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough (“Footloose”), Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the story of an up-and-coming glam rocker making his way through the seedy Sunset Strip lifestyle in 1987.
“Ages” is a massive Broadway sensation, and Shankman (“Hairspray”) seems like the right choice to bring it to the big screen.
December’s also a big month for Cruise, who is busy on the “Mission: Impossible” press circuit. But audiences will get double their dose of the action star if and when they check out the “Rock” trailer.
We hope it will be online shortly after the release. Once it’s up, we’ll post the trailer here on the site.
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