April 23, 2014

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Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom in Zulu by Jerome Salle to close the 66th Cannes Film Festival

The 66th Festival de Cannes will close on 26th May with a screening of the thriller Zulu, shot entirely on location in South Africa by Jérôme Salle and adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Férey.
The action takes place in Cape Town, in a South Africa still overshadowed by apartheid, where destitute townships rubs shoulders with affluent neighbourhoods. Two cops on the beat, Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean by Gore Verbinski, Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland by Kevin McDonald, Ghost Dog, La Voie du Samouraï by Jim Jarmush) are caught up in a suspenseful search which combines elements of political film noir and social study (…).
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The Dark Knight Rises topped the weekend box office again with $36 million.

HollywoodNews.com:In the face of two relatively non-mighty openers, The Dark Knight Rises (review/spoiler-review) topped the weekend box office again with $36 million. As has been the case throughout the film’s much-debated run (which is really only 17 days old), it’s doing pretty spectacular by any logical standard but must be defended from those who think it automatically should have topped The Dark Knight and/or challenged The Avengers.
The film has $354 million after three weekends, versus The Dark Knight ($393 million) and The Avengers ($457 million). It’s the third-biggest 17-day total of all-time, closely surpassing Avatar ($352 million) as the third-fastest film to reach $350 million. It will crack $400 million in two or three weekends (surely the fourth-fastest movie to do so if it can in less than Shrek 2′s 43 days) and anything after that is merely bragging rights. It may or may not crack $1 billion worldwide, with around $700 million so far and holding up relatively well. Despite my concerns following its Harry Potter/Twilight-esque opening weekend, it’s already having a leggier run than any recent Harry Potter or Twilight Saga sequel, as well as Spider-Man 3 (2.2x its weekend) or Iron Man 2 (2.4x times its weekend). It’ll out gross Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith ($380 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($381 million) around next weekend.
It will probably outgross Transformers 2 ($402 million), Spider-Man ($403 million), and The Hunger Games ($405 million) by the end of the month, with Toy Story 3 ($415 million), The Lion King ($422 million), and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($423 million) waiting on tap if it can keep those non-IMAX screens during the end-of-August deluge. So relax Bat-fans, it’s doing just fine.
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Keira Knightley is engaged

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actress Keira Knightley has been confirmed by her publicist as being engaged to marry.
It is being reported that Knightley is now set to marry musician James Righton, states OMG!. Further details about any wedding planning are unknown at this time.
The two reportedly started dating early last year.
Righton is a keyboardist with the Klaxons.
When do you think they will wed?
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Paramount to re-release Academy Awards nominated “RANGO”

HollywoodNews.com: The now Academy Award®-nominated Rango, from director Gore Verbinski and starring the voice of Johnny Depp, saddles up for a one week limited engagement at the ArcLight Hollywood beginning this Friday, January 27th.
The original animated comedy-adventure from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies a Blind Wing/GK Films Production that takes moviegoers for a hilarious and heartfelt walk in the Wild West, was this morning nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film.
Rango is the winner of the National Board of Review and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature, while top critics’ groups around the country have declared Rango the Best Animated Film of 2011, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
The incomparable Johnny Depp voices Rango, a chameleon living as an ordinary family pet who dreams of being a fearless hero and is challenged to become just that when he inadvertently becomes the sheriff of a lawless desert town called Dirt. Story by John Logan Gore Verbinski and James Ward Byrkit, Written by John Logan, Directed by Gore Verbinski, the visionary behind the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Rango delighted audiences of all ages, earning more than $230 million worldwide. The film also features the voices of Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone and Timothy Olyphant.
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Johnny Depp playing Dr. Seuss in big-screen biopic

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: He has played “Peter Pan” playwright J.M. Barrie, Gonzo journalist Raoul Duke, and a version of Stephen King’s terrified author in “Secret Window.” Now Johnny Depp’s ready to add another cherished author to his resume.
The Oscar-nominated “Pirates of the Caribbean” star will play Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel) in a live-action biopic produced by Illumination Entertainment and Infinitum Nihil, THR reports. Depp will produce and star in the picture for Universal, while Keith Bunin (“In Treatment”) has been tapped to write the script.
The trade says their take on Geisel’s life won’t drift into strange, Tim Burton-esque territories, but possibly could use animation to juice up the presentation. Currently, Universal and Illumination are putting the finishing touches on an animated adaptation of Seuss’s “The Lorax,” which opens in March.
As for Depp, this Seuss biopic joins the long list of pending projects, making us wonder when he’ll film. He’s reportedly doing “The Lone Ranger” with Gore Verbinski (if Disney can OK a budget), and has been rumored to do a fifth “Pirates” film.
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Is Johnny Depp’s “Lone Ranger” moving ahead without Gore Verbinski?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: There was a lot of news flowing our of Disney’s D23 Expo over the weekend, from potential Pixar projects to “Avengers” footage introduced by Robert Downey Jr. But one or two sites are picking up on a noticeable omission when it comes to a major, major motion picture that might have hit brick wall.
When talking about “The Lone Ranger,” with Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in the lead roles of the Ranger and Tonto, Disney executive Rich Ross confirmed, “I’m hoping to do it. I’m certainly hoping. I think it’s a compelling story and no one wants to work with Jerry [Bruckheimer] and Johnny [Depp] more than me so we’ll see how it works.”
Yet, as The Playlist points out, Ross doesn’t mention director Gore Verbinski. Slip of the tongue? Or a message shot across the bow that Disney could be willing to plow ahead without Verbinski at the helm?
It would be strange, as Verbinski certainly earned Disney vaults filled with money with his “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy. He’s also coming off of the animated comedy “Rango,” which did very well at the box office. Yet these successes are the reason why Verbinski’s able to demand a higher budget, which Disney is trying to reign in.
“If Verbinski is the sacrifice, Disney may be playing a game of chicken, as he’s worked with Depp on four movies already, and Depp’s involvement in this film seems tied to Verbinski’s,” The Playlist writes. “Or is it possible he’ll just call up old friend Tim Burton again?”
Now THAT is intriguing. Burton helming a Western, with Native American mysticism and spiritual undertones? Sign us up!
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Disney pulls the plug on Johnny Depp’s “The Lone Ranger”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Disney reportedly has shut down Gore Verbinski’s planned production of “The Lone Ranger,” which had cast Armie Hammer as the hand of justice and Johnny Depp as the Ranger’s sidekick, Tonto.
Budget concerns were cited by a source speaking to THR, who said that the director “balked” at the tight budget number set by the studio.
“One concern for the studio, according to an insider, is that even though Depp is the biggest star in the world, the project is a western, and the genre is having some dark days, particularly in light of the recent poor showing of ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’” the trade reports.
I find it a little hard to believe that the poor showing of Jon Favreau’s fizzled tentpole scared Disney, which hasn’t stopped counting its “Pirates” money from this summer’s “On Stranger Tides.” And Verbinski certainly showed that he and Depp have the power to lure massive audiences with odd material, as evidenced by the first three “Pirates” films they told together.
Also, Verbinski and Depp just collaborated on “Rango,” an animated Western – of sorts – that won over crowds.
Something else seems fishy here. Could the project have script problems? Did Disney blink in the face of stiff competition for next December, when “Lone Ranger” was due to open alongside Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” and Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi?”
Either way, this is a shocker. And as THR notes, it raises questions regarding the health of Disney’s relationship with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and its most bankable star, Depp, whom they wanted to film a fifth “Pirates” film … and soon.
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“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” soars past $1 billion mark

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Michael Bay’s third Transformers film, “Dark of the Moon,” has crossed the $1 billion mark at the international box office, making it the highest-grossing film in Paramount history.
“We are grateful for the extraordinary work of Michael Bay and his film-making team, executive producer Steven Spielberg, and everyone at Paramount around the globe who played a part in helping make this latest Transformers one of the 10 highest grossing films worldwide of all time,” Paramount chairman-CEO Brad Gray said.
Oddly enough, “Transformers” becomes the third film this summer to reach the billion-dollar mark after “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and the final “Harry Potter” film. That’s why sequel talk already has swirled around Disney’s “Pirates” franchise, with Johnny Depp contemplating another go-round in Capt. Jack Sparrow’s boots. (“Potter,” of course, is finished, so Warner has to put that cash cow out to pasture.)
“Transformers,” on the other hand, has not had much sequel talk just yet … quite the opposite. While promoting “Dark of the Moon,” Shia LaBeouf told anyone who would listen that he was finished with the franchise, while Bay has stayed mum.
Could these numbers help Paramount to convince Bay to return? Producer Don Murphy has gone on record saying another “Transformers” trilogy is possible (even likely). Will another director be at the helm, a la James Cameron walking away from the “Terminator” franchise? Or could Bay hop back in the saddle with new actors in his leads? So long as there’s giant robots, audiences will turn out. Right?
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon dominated weekend

HollywoodNews.com: As expected, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (review) dominated the long Fourth-of-July holiday frame this weekend. The film had a Fri-Sun debut of $97 million and thus far sits with $161 million since opening late Tuesday night. It’s expected to end its 6.25-day opening with around $180 million, with a worldwide six-day opening weekend well over $400 million. There are those who will scream “DISAPPOINTMENT!” because Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opened with $200 million in its first five days two years ago. If $180 million in six days is disappointment, sign me up for failure anytime. The film played 62% male and 55% under-25. Oddly enough, the picture scored an A- from males and an A from females in Cinemascore polling. I’m sure pundits will find sexist explanations for that finding (“Oh, the girls just LOVED that LeBeouf goes into a war-torn Chicago to save his girlfriend.”), but I’ll just chalk it up to the fact that any woman who walks into a Transformers movie likes robot-smashing and explosions as much as the stereotypical guy. The picture sold 60% of its tickets in 3D, which is an uptick from the usual 45/55 2D advantage over the last few months. Point being, if you give teens and older audiences something worth seeing in 3D (as opposed to families with really young kids), they will make the choice to plunk down the extra $3.
Anyway, the film had a slightly slower start than Revenge of the Fallen ($42 million opening day versus $62 million opening day), but managed to catch up to the derided sequel as the weekend wore on (part 3′s Friday was just $3 million behind part 2′s Friday). The $97 million Fri-Sun opening was the biggest opening weekend of the year, and the nineteenth-biggest opening weekend ever. It’s $162 million five-day total is the seventh-biggest on record and unseats Spider-Man 2 ($152 million) as the biggest Wed-Sun haul in July 4th history. If Transformers 3 can make it to $183.6 million by tomorrow, it will have the second-biggest six-day total ever. As it is, it’s all but guaranteed a spot in the top-five. Where it goes from here is an open question as always. The 3D screens will be an endangered species as early as July 22nd, when Captain America opens in [...]

“Pirates of the Caribbean” 4 surpasses $1B, becomes 7th highest grossing film ever

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: In the six weeks since its May 20th release, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has grossed more than $1 billion, confirmed Disney. That makes it the seventh highest grossing film in movie history, according to Box Office Mojo reports.
In fact, there are so many record-setting sequels among the top 20, it’s no wonder that movie studios forego potentially risky new projects in favor of producing films for franchises that they know can perform. In total, three “Pirates of the Caribbean”, four ‘Harry Potter”, and two “Lord of the Rings” appear in the top 20. Indeed the only film appearing in the top 20 without a sequel is “Titanic,” which grossed $1.8 billion worldwide and stands in the number two spot, behind “Avatar”.
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