April 23, 2014

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“Transformers” reviews are rolling in!

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Michael Bay’s third “Transformers” film, “Dark of the Moon,” opens everywhere tonight, Tuesday, June 28. But the film screened for media members across the country last night, leading many to post their reviews today.
They can best be described as “fair.”
The Hollywood Reporter calls “Dark of the Moon” a “a techno spectacle that is spectacularly empty.”
The Chicago Tribune dismisses it as “a work of ineffable soullessness and persistent moral idiocy.”
HitFix gave the film a more positive spin, saying this is “easily the best film in the series, and there’s a solid hour-long action sequence in Chicago that uses everything Bay’s ever done before, but all blended into one exhausting push to save one girl in the midst of a war involving two planets.”
The film only has a 44% Fresh grade on Rotten Tomatoes, but that’s with a miniscule 25 reviews filed. Expect that number to fluctuate as more flow in. And then brace for the fan enthusiasm, which begins tonight at 9 p.m., when “Dark of the Moon” opens everywhere.
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“Fast and Furious” 6 to open Memorial Day 2013

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: Looks like five “Fast and Furious” films wasn’t enough—so, get ready for number six. The latest sequel in the franchise will hit theaters on Memorial Day 2013 (May 27th). The announcement is no surprise, considering the record performance of the most recent release in the series, “Fast Five.” So far, it has grossed an estimated $592M worldwide, and earned more than $86M on opening weekend (a record for its studio, Universal Pictures).
So, what’s in store for number six? More action, and (impossibly), more danger. Vin Diesel will return; Neal H. Moritz will produce; Justin Lin will direct once again.
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“Cars 2″ soars with $68 million over the weekend

HollywoodNews.com: To the surprise of no one, a Pixar picture topped the box office in its debut weekend, making it 12/12 since 1995. Cars 2 (or as I like to call it: “Finally, a Pixar movie that won’t make you violently sob in front of your children!”) weathered some surprisingly savage reviews to still debut with $68 million over the weekend. Depending on the final figures, the opening will be just above or just below the $68.1 million debut of Up (it’s at $111 million worldwide thus far). The film had a somewhat low (for animation) 2.72x weekend multiplier (it opened with $25 million on Friday), but that means little more than that it was a sequel with a certain ‘want-to-see’ factor. Heck, Toy Story 3 had a 2.6x weekend multiplier last year, causing me to (needlessly) wonder if the film was going to end up front-loaded overall. Regardless, there has never been a Pixar movie to end up with less than 3.5x its opening weekend (Wall-E: $63m opening/$223m total). So even if the critically trashed and more-or-less kid-targeted Cars 2 somehow sinks to a ‘new low’ of just 3.3x this weekend’s number, it still ends up with $224 million. If it merely does the 3.77x weekend-to-final number of Toy Story 3 ($110m/$415m), Cars 2 ends up with $256 million.
The big question mark, aside from the obvious ‘how will the movie play?’, (the film earned an A- from Cinemascore) remains its 3D screens. The film played 38% 3D, which makes sense considering the demographic and Disney seemed to see that coming anyway. Disney seems to have played it smart by booking plenty of 2D screens (since families with very young children are that much less willing to shell out the extra money for glasses that their kids won’t wear). Alas, the film, no matter how successful, will start bleeding screens as soon as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II needs 3D screens on July 15th. Cars 2 took most of its 3D screens from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (which has now made more money overseas that any other movie save Titanic and Avatar) and Kung Fu Panda 2 (which crossed $150 million this weekend, as it races towards $500 million overseas). So Transformers: Dark of the Moon (seeing it Monday) will take [...]

Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig wed

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: It was on the set of “Dream House” that Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig met, and on Wednesday in New York that the on-screen couple got real-life married. The pair’s months-long courtship was relatively short, considering much longer relationships in each of their past. Weisz shares a five year old son (and had a long-term relationship) with “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky; Craig spent some six years with producer Satsuki Mitchell until their breakup in 2010.
The U.K. Daily Mail broke the story first, with headline “The name’s Craig. Mrs. Craig.” Weisz is best known for her work in “The Mummy” and “The Constant Gardner”; Craig entered the international spotlight when he starred in “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” as James Bond.
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“The Avengers” won’t have War Machine, Cheadle says

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Don’t expect to see War Machine in Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” when it comes out next summer. According to Don Cheadle, who played the Marvel hero in Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man 2,” he’s not showing up … and he’s thrilled with the character’s absence!
“I have a contract to be in ‘The Avengers,’ but I’m glad they haven’t exercised that option yet. I need some down time,” Cheadle tells Collider in an interview.
So when might we see Cheadle in the iron underwear again? Well, the actor who once replaced Terrence Howard in the “Iron Man” franchise speculates that he’ll be back for the announced “Iron Man 3,” which Shane Black will direct.
“We’ll probably do that again in February, and there’s talk of a War Machine spinoff, which I guess, unless I get recast, I would probably do.”
Great line. I think Cheadle was fine as James “Rhodey” Rhodes, but then again, I didn’t have a problem with Howard, who apparently bid himself out of the franchise with contract negotiations.
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Emma Stone eyes lead in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Emma Stone might not be finished with the undead just yet.
The redheaded Hollywood beauty, who’s currently filming the anticipated “Spider-Man” reboot with Andrew Garfield and Rhys Ifans, reportedly is eyeing the lead role in a planned adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” THR reports.
This wouldn’t be Stone’s first dance with zombies, as she also co-starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson in the surprise hit “Zombieland” for Sony.
“Pride,” which puts a new spin on the classic Jane Austen tale, is being directed Craig Gillespie for Lionsgate. It’s the second of Grahame-Smith’s books to get a film deal, the other being “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”
As for Stone, she’s juggling an extremely busy schedule. In addition to “Spider-Man,” she’s part of the upcoming ensemble comedies “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Friends with Benefits,” as well as the anticipated adaptation of “The Help.”
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Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel, “Bad Teacher” – EXCLUSIVE

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: If romancing Cameron Diaz’s “Bad Teacher” was a course, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel would earn a collective “F.” But when it comes to their interview skills on behalf of the filthy summer comedy of the same name, the duo also receives “Fs” … for “Funny.”
During a recent press event in Los Angeles, we sat down with Timberlake and Segel to discuss horrible teachers, stealing ideas, the early days of “Freaks and Geeks,” the Apatow school of comedy and so much more. Read on, students.
HollywoodNews.com: Cameron’s a pretty awful teacher in this film. I’m giving you guys the opportunity to call out the worst teacher you had. Just let them have it, right here and right now.
Jason Segel: Wow. I will not mention this person by name, but I was accused of plagiarism in high school by a teacher who did not believe in my intellectual capabilities. And now I am a professional writer!
Take that!
JS: Yeah!
Have you heard from her since?
JS: No, no. But it’s like, “Way to go, anonymous teacher. This is how I make my money now,” you know?
And she probably tells people the story, too. “Hey, do you know that guy in the Muppets trailer? I called him a plagiarist!”
Justin Timberlake: [Laugh] And he also wrote that movie.
JS: Or did he?
JT: Right, right! [Laughs] She’s still like, “Or did he really write these things?”

Justin, there’s a tone in the movie that’s so optimistic to try and counter Cameron’s negativity.
JT: Yeah, I think that my character, Scott Delacorte, is a pretty optimistic guy. I think he’s agreeable, to say the least. It’s obvious that this is a comedy. We’re not trying to make any political statements here. Or are we? [Laughs] But it’s really a testament to the writing because when you first read the script, each of the characters are so specific and so fleshed out, which I feel like was on purpose. So for me, I thought it was a lot of fun to play with the subtlety of him to see how possibly weird I could make him.
I think we’re also still trying to figure out Jake Kasdan as a director, so tell me what kind of wiggle room he gives you guys in scenes to figure out what’s funny and how far you should go with a joke.
JS: Well, I’ve known [...]

Kristen Stewart’s Snow White getting more bizarre dwarfs

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” is shaping up to be something truly bizarre … which, I hope, means something special.
Shortly after revealing that “Deadwood” star Ian McShane (who’s also terrifying Johnny Depp in the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean”) has been cast as one of White’s seven dwarfs, THR is reporting that the gruff actor will be joined by Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins and Toby Jones, while Eddie Marsan (“Sherlock Holmes”) and Steven Graham are “in negotiations” to round out the pint-sized co-stars.
Seriously, that’s awesome.
Universal’s “Snow White” currently casts Stewart as Snow White and Hemsworth as her Huntsman. It will be directed by Rupert Sanders and feature Charlize Theron as the evil queen. It’s competing against Relativity’s take on the fairy tale, and will be in theaters on June 1, 2012.
And now, based on the cast that’s lining up, it’s becoming a “must see.”
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Kristen Stewart will have Ian McShane as a dwarf

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: At least one of Kristen Stewart’s seven dwarves will have a potty mouth.
That’s because “Deadwood” star (and current “Pirates of the Caribbean” villain) Ian McShane has been cast as one of Snow White’s pint-sized partners in Rupert Sanders’ “Snow White and the Huntsman.” McShane joins previously cast Stewart, Chris Hemsworth of “Thor” and Charlize Theron as the evil queen.
But THR says McShane isn’t playing Grumpy, Sneezy, Doc or Dopey. He’ll play Caesar, the “leader of the dwarfs.”
Now that Universal has revealed casting for its “Snow White” version, it’s time for Relativity to counter with some new regarding its production, directed by Tarsem Singh.
Until then, Sanders’ picture has an August production start, and Universal will release the film on June 1, 2012.
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Peter Fonda marries for the third time in Hawaii

HollywoodNews.com: Actor/Director Peter Fonda (“Easy Rider”, “3:10 to Yuma”, “Ghost Rider”) was wed to Margaret (Parky) DeVogelaere yesterday, June 19, 2011, on Father’s Day in Hawaii.
This is Peter Fonda’s third marriage.
Peter Fonda was most recently seen as William Hunt in “CSI: NY” and as himself in the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill documentary “The Big Fix”, which premiered at this year’s Festival de Cannes.
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